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Despite the challenges he has faced over 60 years, Raymond’s life is testimony that one person can make a difference.

Brothers Jo and Will Ashley and best mate Callum Small have decided to kayak over 2,000 km down the Murray River to raise money for cancer research.

Belinda is using her extensive experience on stage and in film & TV to promote the creative and performing arts to local youth.


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riting this Editor’s Letter for me is somewhat bittersweet, as I’m sad to say it will be my last edition in the driver’s seat of FOCUS. It would seem that after my recent adventures in Europe I caught the travel bug … so this little country girl is off to see some more of the big bad world! The last two and half years have been a blast for me, launching Coffs Coast FOCUS and watching it blossom into the amazing publication it now is. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our many readers and clients for their loyalty and positive feedback over the past two and a half years and also thank our regular contributors, who faithfully deliver every month. Our Advertising Consultants, Kylie Soultanian and Sam Dawson, have been the most amazing sidekicks and work extremely hard each month to


make this publication happen. And a big thanks goes to our talented photographer, Russell Pell, who has produced some stunning images each month. So as I bid you all adieu, we welcome on board your new Editor, Melly Dee. Melly is a talented young lady who brings with her a wealth of industry experience. Melly will be keeping up the tradition of great local content, which is something we’re very proud of at FOCUS. INSIDE THIS ISSUE Speaking of local content, many of you may recognise the face on our cover this month – local photographer Peter Sechi. He gives us his insight into how the industry has changed, and where it appears to be heading (page 11). Other great locals featured this month are power couple Barney Miller and Kate Southwell (page 14), Sawtellian Phil Jacobson (page 4), passionate

environmental scientist and new Councillor Sally Townley (page 66) and advocate for the performing arts Belinda Lemair (page 59). FEATURE PHOTO This month’s feature photo (above) was taken by Kate Meinel on a sunny winter afternoon spent with friends at the Never Never in Bellingen. FINAL SAY “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

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Phil Jacobson, Police Officer, single father, community all-rounder, 2012 Sawtellian of the Year winner and just a great bloke. Here we find out what motivates a man to continue giving to his community.


ou’ve had a huge career, a rugby career with the Roosters, joining the Police Force in the early ‘70s, hitting the pavement in King Cross, before being transferred to Coffs Coast in the early ‘80s. Tell us about your outstanding career ... I was born and bred in Narromine, a small town of 3,000, 25 miles west of Dubbo. In 1971 I had an offer to play professional rugby league with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Their policy was that you had to have a job if you wanted to play. They were to organise a building apprenticeship, but it fell through, and at 17 years of age I ended up joining the NSW Police Cadets. I was sworn in at 19 years of age and then stationed at Darlinghurst/Kings Cross, playing for the Roosters. I was part of the Roosters that very successful year, under Jack Gibson. The first grade won in 1974 and 1975. We were undefeated and won the under 23 premiership in 1976. In 1977, I fractured discs in my back and was told that I would never play contact sport again. After extensive rehabilitation, I commenced playing again in 1978, and later that year I transferred to Cobar, a wonderful western town with great people. In 1983 I transferred to Sawtell and have been in

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the area as a Police Officer ever since. I have the luxury I was surprised and very honoured to be chosen of living on the coast, but can visit family who live on as the Sawtellian of the Year. I am well aware of a properties and in Forbes and Cobar. great number of people within our community I have worked as a general duties who also deserve this honour. Volunteers Police Officer, an Intelligence and their work go a very long way Officer and at the present time to making Sawtell the wonderful My number one ent as the Domestic Violence community it is. biggest achievem y Liaison Officer. I am going What do you regard are your m to is that I’m a dad greatest nd into my 42nd year, and biggest achievements? co kids. My se er as a th ei t, en em ev currently I’m in the process My number one biggest achi r or a member ce ffi O e lic Po of retiring. achievement is that I’m a dad , was of the communityn to make Policing is a very unique to my kids. My second greatest tio si po a being in ce to en er ff and rewarding job and one achievement, either as a Police di e tiv si a po es. ” of the few careers where you Officer or a member of the some people’s liv get to make a difference. It’s also community, was being in a position a job where you are required to to make a positive difference to some make tough and unpopular decisions. people’s lives. To see a person who was However, the majority of the community not coping with life or going down a destructive appreciate the job we do. path, and then later for them to turn it all around and Your involvement in the community is prosper is very rewarding. very honourable. What are you involved in at the What inspires you to continue to keep moment? contributing to the community ... I am currently involved with the Sawtell Surf Life To make the Sawtell community a better and safe Saving Club and Sawtell Rugby League. place to live. It is as simple as that. If we all do our little New Year’s Day saw you take out the Sawtellian bit, it is very achievable. of the Year Award. How exciting! Thanks Phil.


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Barry Smith A fascination for electrical items as a boy grew into a lifetime spent in electronics for Barry, who became a collector of radios and other sound equipment.

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Peter Sechi Peter Sechi has been in the photography game for two decades and has shot a multitude of gorgeous images on a variety of subjects. He gives us his insight into how the industry has changed and where it appears to be heading.


10. what’s on for December 16. eat featuring local restaurants 28. social scene with Carole Beros 52. star guide with Terri

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Ba r r y S m it h A fascination for electrical items as a boy grew into a lifetime spent in electronics for Barry, who became a collector of radios and other sound equipment. hat do you collect? My main interest is valve radios, but I am also very interested in real Hi-Fi sound equipment. I also have on display transistor radios, telephones and paraphernalia connected with my hobby. How long have you been collecting? I suppose seriously from about 1990, but I’ve always picked up interesting items. At about the age of 12, I used to go to the local radio shop and purchase old trade in radios for two shillings, take them home and – yes, I admit it – wreck them for parts. I still have nightmares of the carnage. What prompted you to start collecting, and why radios? I was always playing about with electrical items, probably because my father was an electrician – ex Royal Air Force with radio and radar knowledge, and some seemed to rub off! I saw many sets for sale or giveaway or found thrown away and somehow couldn’t resist. I wanted to know how they worked. But with life requirements, I had to resist until time was available to get back to serious business. Do you remember the first piece that started your collection? Around 1990 my father-in-law purchased a collection of ‘rubbish’ from a garage sale, and in the box was an Astor ‘Sportster’ valve portable radio made in Melbourne in the 1950s. It was in such good condition, that it was ‘too good’ to let go. I repaired it to working order and as has been noted by others, the rest is history. Tell us about the variety of radios in your collection. 6 coffs coast focus.

They vary from 1920s crystal sets to late 1990s microprocessor controlled portable sets, as well as radiograms and large consoles. They cover almost the whole range of styles that were typically available to the Australian market – as well as some overseas types. Timber cabinets, bakelite cabinets, plastic cabinets, vinyl cabinets, metal cabinets and many combinations of these materials. Simple hand span tuning dials to complicated beautifully lit tuning dials all add to a wide range of style and price variation in design. Are all your radios in working order? What’s the upkeep like on them? All sets on display are in working order. They are inherently very reliable, especially when compared to modern equipment. It is not uncommon for a set that has been in storage for 30 years to, after a careful check first, work immediately on switch on. Sometimes a set on display, after a period of time of not being used, may not perform as required, but no doubt as you may have discovered yourself, that is the nature of electronic things. The most common faults are mechanical such as volume controls, switches and tuning mechanisms, due to lack of use. Usually a clean and lube fixes them. The biggest problem is keeping them clean and dusted, as well as a suitable display method with limited space. Where do you find all your radios, and are they hard to source? Years ago, markets and garage sales were good sources of radios, but they became overvalued and now they are hard to come by and are usually overpriced. Also, many sets are found to have been ‘repaired’ and require ‘unrepairing’ to get them back to the state the

designer intended – it can be quite a challenge. Many sets collected in the 1990s are bringing little more today than the original purchase price, even after being restored. Having said that, we still have quite a few sets donated to our radio group for auction within the group, the proceeds going to the group or the donor. eBay can produce a few but again, price is a major factor. What’s the oldest and/or most valuable one that you have? I wouldn’t have a truly valuable set in monetary terms. This is usually set by fads at the time, rather than true appreciation of the model on a subjective basis. The oldest model is a one valve set branded ‘Minifone’, made in Melbourne. I have been unable to find a true date for it, but it would be the mid 1920s. Is your collection still growing? Yes, I’m always on the lookout for interesting sets, though I always keep in mind to ‘rescue’ any set that may be at risk of being damaged or destroyed. I still have a few sets put aside for restoration as I can get to them. I prefer sets in ‘as is’ condition, complete with years of grime, as cleaning can unwittingly cause damage. Any condition is good, as sometimes an unviable set can provide parts for another. Do you have one favourite piece in your collection? That’s a real hard one. Each set has features that either aesthetically or technically stand out; an ugly set may perform really well, and a set of appealing appearance may be a poor performer. I’m very partial to a 1938 Stromberg-Carlson model 87 table radio, designed and made in Sydney. It is technically well designed with features such as two short

wave bands, variable bandwidth and magic eye tuning. This is complemented by a beautiful timber veneer inlay cabinet. What makes YOUR collection so unique? Possibly the range from ‘modern’ equipment such as Hi-Fi gear, tape recorders, turntables etc. from the late 1950s to the ‘90s, back to the very early days of home radio reception. My interest in constructing valve Hi-Fi amplifiers biases me a lot in the direction of audio, as well as radios. Are you a member of any collectors and/or enthusiasts clubs? I am pleased to be a member of the Historical Radio Society of Australia – the NSW North Coast Group. We are a group of individuals mainly concerned with the preservation of the history and artefacts of the radio revolution that began to unfold in the late 1800s and is still continuing today. We range from people like myself who spent a lifetime in electronics (and are still learning) to those with no prior knowledge from many and varied backgrounds. Some of the group travel quite some distance to attend meetings – there’s definitely some attraction! We always welcome anybody who may be interested in this subject to come to our meetings to find what all the fuss is about.

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enhancing our tailor’s business and enriching the lives of his staff. We quality control our products and follow the manufacturing process every step of the way. So, the final product? Completed, our products are reversible doona covers that come as a five piece set, including four pillow covers. 100% cotton, 372 thread count and machine washable. Is this your first collection? Yes, The Name is a collection of our favourite fabrics; there are over twenty designs named after our family and mates. They are all unique, full of fond Indian memories. This range is completely limited. Where can we make a purchase? I’m stocked at Coco 39, Sawtell, VAST Interiors, Coffs Harbour or Utterly Fabulous, Bellingen, OR jump online at

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PRAWNS So, ‘tis the festive season, and one of the things that certainly features in an Australian Christmas party is the delectable, sweet, tender and tasty prawn. Now, that may have seemed like a lot of adjectives to use on what is almost considered a staple in our festive menu, but when I moved to the Coffs Harbour area, I have to admit I fell in love with the prawn all over again. In Coffs Harbour, we manage to have an amazing combination of habitat and a natural flow of rich nutrient filled streams and rivers, which helps us produce some of the most amazing prawns I have had the pleasure of enjoying. One of the things I think is most positive about the Australian culinary public when in combination with the humble prawn, is we know not to over complicate things. For the most part, a little cocktail sauce, or a squeeze of lemon, and we are happy as Larry. And Larry knows his prawns! This festive season, if you wanted to try something a little different, and just as uncomplicated, try poaching or cooking the prawns for yourself. You can do it in something as simple as coconut milk seasoned with salt and pepper, or something exotic, such as tomato or carrot juice.


To continue reading about unique ingredients, including a few useful tips and recipes, visit my blog on the Zulu’s Restaurant & Bar website:

M e e t P h i l Wo o l a s t o n f r o m F I G R e s t a u r a n t How long have you been on the Coffs Coast ? All of 15 months, when I purchased the FIG Restaurant in Sawtell.

the robust honest flavours, smokey paprika, saffron, tomatoes, garlic, small goods, cheeses, olives and oils.

What herb or spice could you not do What do you love about the Coffs Coast ? without? Location. It's all here in the Coffs region: I use lots of herbs; they impart a clean, stunning coast line, beautiful fresh flavour, but the humble hinterland; you can still find parsley is the one that I cannot a stretch of beach all to e do without. It’s the base of th ve lo st “ I ju g, yourself only minutes from chimichurri, chermoula. As ocean: swimm,in surfing, sailing ing. town. From a chef's point for spice, smoked paprika; diving and fisha of view, Coffs Coast offers again, it is a good allis p A quick di ver lie re ss top quality produce. rounder. re st t ea gr

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and he How do you relax? What is the plan for the mind. ” With my feet up ... Other future? than that, almost anything FIG is the focus. I'm constantly water based (including beer). looking for new products to I just love the ocean: swimming, keep things interesting for the guests; surfing, sailing, diving and fishing. A quick degustation Friday is a good way to offer dip is a great stress reliever and helps clear people something that is not readily available the mind. on the Coffs Coast. I am looking to expand what FIG has to offer: cooking classes, FIG@ What ingredients do you always have in home, featured producers dinners. Visit the your kitchen? website to keep up-dated on FIG's events: At the moment, anything Spanish. I just love 8 coffs coast focus.



Brothers Jo and Will Ashley have ‘adventure travel’ in their blood. In 2010 they were home schooled, and they journeyed around Australia. So when mates Callum Small and Will Ashley decided to kayak over 2,000 km down the Murray River to raise money for cancer, bro Jo Ashley couldn’t resist. Cue: Kayak 4 A Cure! ell us about your voyage. We will be kayaking 2,225 km down the Murray River, from the Hume Weir, east Albury, to the Murray River Mouth, south-east of Adelaide. The trip will take 40 days, camping on route. The reason for the trip is twofold; we want to raise $10,000 for Australian Cancer Research Foundation, and we want to spread a positive message about teenagers living life to the full! Averaging 60 km a day, kayaking in the morning and afternoon, breaking through the day. Because of our age (17 and 18) we have had so much support from the Bellingen and Coffs Harbour communities and their sponsors. We are so grateful to Kim at the Happy Frog who recently put on a fundraising dinner for us. The event raised $2,500! Our school, Bishop Druitt College, put on a mufti day. Pacific City Lion Club (Coffs Lion Club) provided financial assistance when Kayak 4 A Cure was just an idea. Their continued support has also included linking us with Lions Clubs along the Murray River. We are also incredibly appreciative to our major sponsor’s, Sea to Summit, Kokatat, Coffs Computing Services, GME, Rhino Rack, Sea Specs, Area 51 and Coffs Harbour Harvey Norman. You and Jo are brothers? Where does Callum fit in to the Kayak 4 A Cure family? Callum was actually part of the team before Jo. I guess I thought up the idea and put the question to Cal to see if he would like to join me. After he got the OK from his parents then

we went ahead and started to plan out the logistics of the journey a bit more. My brother Jo (who was completing his HSC) was taking quite an interest in the trip, it was then the duo became a trio. Since that moment there have been countless hours of planning, training and preparation into making this trip a huge success! What motivated this? I have a passion for ‘extreme’ adventure. Last year I cycled from Coffs to Sydney with friend, Kale Teece, and raised $11,500 for Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Later I partook in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, walking the Kokoda track, Papua New Guinea. This fuelled an ambition to take on another adventure. Because I was at school, I needed to come up with an adventure that we could complete during the holidays and after my initial plan of cycling across Australia was thwarted by my parents, I went back to the drawing board and came up with the Murray River kayaking trip. How long do you anticipate the journey will take? What route are you taking? And across what states? The trip is anticipated to take 40 days. If we average 60 kilometres a day we’ll complete the trip in 32 days. We have a bit of room for error in the form of weather conditions or the need for rest. The trip is not deviating of the main river system and we’ll be camping on the banks of the river at night. The trip begins at the Hume Weir and, as the Murray River is the border between New South Wales and Victo-


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ria, the team will be in both extreme journey. We consider e the N.S.W and Victoria until the ourselves lucky to live in an we’ll complet trip in 32 days.” river enters South Australia. area with such a variety of It then takes a southerly turn rivers to train on and explore. to were the Murray enters the One of our fundraising ideas has Sea, near Goolwa, south-east of also turned into a training exercise Adelaide. as well. This involves kayaking on dry So where will you be spending Christmas land with elastic tied to the paddle and pegged Day? into the ground. This puts resistance on the Mum and Dad are doing a four day Murray paddle and simulates paddling in water. River Houseboat trip at Echuca over ChristHave you had a personal experience with mas. Despite their planning of kayaking 60 cancer? kilometres a day throughout the trip, the boys Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer are hoping the thought of a home-baked when we were very young. Our family have Christmas dinner will be enough to see them always been fortunate that she made a full push through their limits and kayak at least 70 recovery. Throughout the years she has been kilometres a day in order to be able to spend involved in fundraising. Callum’s family has also Christmas day with the family. This will be a big been touched by cancer so it is an issue that motivation for the first week of the trip and we we are all passionate about. With continued are sure the thought of a bed and a good meal research, its possible that our generation will will spur us on! know a cancer-free world. Talk us through the training regime? How can people support your adventure? Training has been a mixture of kayaking on the Bellinger and Bonville rivers as a team and We have surpassed our $10k target; we becross training personally. These activities vary lieve that more money raised will not only help from swimming, cycling, running and core to rid the world of cancer, but also raise the strength exercises to keep our fitness levels profile of the journey which, in turn, spreads high so we are able to endure the constant the message of teenagers living life to the full physical output day after day. We also do gym and following their dreams to a broader audiwork to build up muscles needed for such an ence. All donations would be appreciated.

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Saltwater S altwater Blackboard Nigh Night ht Thursday night is 'Blackboard' night at Saltwater Restaurant, where locals and visitors can enjoy a delicious global menu every Thursday night, at a very special price! The menu changes every week. With the main course at $20 and entree and desserts at $10, bookings are advisable. Where Saltwater Restaurant, 104 Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach. When Thursdays from 6pm. Bookings Please call 6656 1888.

Peter Pan & A Midsummerr Night's Dream Youth theatre for the young at heart … Performances provided by the students of Coffs Harbour Young Actors' Studio. Kids can join in the fun by dressing up as their favourite Neverland character at the Peter Pan performances. Where North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Pavilion. When Sat 8 & Sun 9 December. Times Peter Pan – 10.30am & 1.30 pm. Midsummer Night’s Dream – 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday). Cost Gold coin donation. More info Belinda Lemair 0408 169 415.

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Vandalism DJ Australia’s leading Electro/Dance outfit Vandalism has been enjoying success as one the most sought-after electro artists in the world. In December, they come to Coffs! Where Plantation Hotel When Friday 7 December, 9pm. More info Visit

EMSLA Exhibition The annual Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA), now in its 6th year, has become a significant yearend staple at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. The prestigious award, which promotes excellence and innovation in Australian still life, has been made possible by Gallery benefactor Dr Mal Eutick. Where Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. When Until 12 January 2013. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. More info Call 6648 4863.

Sawtell Carols By Candlelight Join in the family oriented carol singing and celebration of Christmas with community carols service on the 9th fairway of the Golf Club. Enjoy a sausage sizzle or your own picnic, and say hello to Santa! Candles available for $2, and songbooks for a small donation. All money raised is donated to local groups and charities. Where Sawtell Golf Club – Bayldon Road, Sawtell. When Thursday 20 December, 6pm - 9pm. More info Phone Colin Robson on 6653 1755 or 0439 403 147.

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ou’ve had a very successful career in graphy, spanning over 20 years, photography, ave had the pleasure of working and have sionally in both film and digital. professionally Tell us about your experience with both mediums and what the transition was like from film to digital? My career up to this point has been exactly half film and half digital. I look back on the film days fondly, especially the black and white, as I printed my own work. It meant that not only could I interpret the image with the way I lit and shot it, but also allowed me creativity in the way I printed the image. In those film years, I was like an excitable boy. I tried every type of film that was out there, using a lot of them in ways they weren’t intended for, to give a different interpretation on an assignment I was shooting. It was about striking a balance, shooting the assignment to follow the brief, and then going to town by doing something totally left of centre. More often than not, some of the experimental images made the client’s final cut. The darkroom was just as rewarding if you put in the time and effort. What will happen if I leave the print in the toner longer/shorter than it says in the instructions? What if I just bleach the print a little? Well … let’s find out then! Using Medium Format (a large negative) equipment brought a lot of joy and satisfaction as well. They were the dinosaurs of the camera world (very basic), but the image quality was outstanding. Using an analogy, it was like learning to drive a car with a 'three-on-a-tree' or a clunky old floor shift, that seemed to have acres between the gears. Once you mastered them, you could drive anything. It was the same with medium format. Also, only getting 10 - 12 shots on a roll really made you think about the image you were shooting before pressing the shutter button.

Switching to digital in 2002 I found was a smooth transition, as I had always used a hand held light meter and set my exposures manually on my camera. This was a very important thing to do, as digital files were either taken as jpegs or tiff files, which meant they had a narrow exposure latitude similar to E6 or ‘slide’ film, as it was known. Nowadays, the RAW format seems to be all the rage, as it has a far greater exposure latitude – hence the name 'digital


negative' used to describe it. The darkroom is now replaced by your computer and editing software – a dry darkroom, really. This now gives you an infinite amount of ways to alter and interpret an image. Personally, I like to still keep things 'real' and not stray too far from my traditional darkroom methods. Even now, I still shoot like I’m using film. By this, I mean I know the final look and feel of the image that I will achieve when I take it. There is no 'hope and see' mentality in my processes. As technology progresses, so does the world of digital photography. With more advanced equipment (and software) being produced, the limits for photographers seem to be endless. Where do you see the world of photography heading over the next decade? Technology across the board is moving ahead so fast, that I don’t really have any idea where photography will be in 10 years, to be honest. In the short term, I think 3D images could make an appearance. Fuji tried about 18 months ago with this technology – using a 3D camera, and the image was then printed on 3D paper. However, it disappeared as quickly as it appeared. I think the idea has some merit. Also, smartphones/handheld devices like iPads etc will become more prominent in photography. So many images we see these days are 'Photoshopped' and altered beyond recognition. What is there to say for capturing beautiful raw images in the first place? Personally, I think a lot. Photography to me is capturing a moment in time. Capturing the right moments at the right time is really what gives an image its beauty – not Photoshopping the crap out of it. Raising your camera to your

ey eye and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, if you like. I always try to create the perfect image in the camera. An old Chief Photographer I worked with at the Advocate, John Rotar, used to say: “Get it right when you take the image, and you have nothing to worry about”. This adage has always stuck with me. I also think historically speaking, unaltered images are very important. Moments written about in history are always subject to a point of view; however, it is hard to argue with a photo essay of an event. DSLRs are so affordable these days and, at the risk of sounding arrogant, many people think that because they have the equipment they're a 'real photographer', so to speak. But equipment isn't everything ... what real talent must a great photographer possess? Look, I think photography as a profession has been sadly cheapened over the last decade. The number of people buying digital SLRs, putting them in some program mode to shoot in and create a website and call themselves a professional, has reached plague proportions. If I buy a hammer, that doesn’t make me a carpenter. Same goes with photography. In any trade or profession, training and experience are the things that make you competent at your vocation. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need apprenticeships etc. What then sets people apart after their training is natural talent, drive and in the case of photography, vision and a creative mind. What’s been the secret to your long career in the photography industry? • You have to keep challenging yourself and never stay in your comfort zone. You are only as good as your last assignment. • Keeping it light! I’ve never taken myself too seriously – I do take my work seriously, however. • Preparation. Making sure you have all of the scenarios covered … ‘always expect the unexpected’. • Being able to blend in when photographing people and the ability to put them at ease. • I've always created my own style with my work and not followed trends or other photographers. It’s a profession that lets you put your own stamp on things, so why waste that opportunity? • And last but not least, I love what I do. I still like going to work – how many people can say that! Thanks Peter.

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How long have you lived in Sawtell and for 19 years. They say if you don’t make it where are you from? after two, you’re cactus, so I think we are We moved up from the Northern Beaches doing OK! We pride ourselves on the fact in Sydney over 20 years ago. We were that we can turn up at a specific time and looking at buying a property closer to not expect our customers to wait all day. Sydney, but came up and fell in love with Also, we are firm believers that while we the Coffs Coast. have all the latest equipment for What do you love about your the services we provide (i.e. life on the Coffs Coast? thermal imaging cameras if y sa We still have to travel etc.) we strongly believe y he “T e back to Sydney for the that good old fashioned you don’t makar it after two ye s, business, but when I experience has to go you’re cactus, e hit that traffic, it always hand in hand with so I think we ar refreshes the realisation that modern technology. doing OK! ” living and working up here How do you relax? is a privilege. I certainly don’t I have always enjoyed miss the rush. You can get from surfing, and this year I’ll be A to B without one set of traffic lights. asking Santa for a new board. Down in Sydney, you would have 10! Tell us something about yourself that Tell us about your local business, people wouldn’t know? Country to Coast Pest Control. How long I am a mad aviation buff and enjoy flight have you been in business, and what operation simulators on the PC. I actually sets you apart from the competition? purchased a Flight Simulator a number of I have been in the trade for over 25 years, years ago and plan to set it up in the near but have had Country to Coast Pest Control future.

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Locally produced feature film THIRST enjoyed sell-out screenings on the Coffs Coast earlier this year. Audiences have likened THIRSTT to Picnic at Hanging Rock, Into the Wild and Deep Impact and said it's a movie you'll keep thinking about long after you've watched it. Now is your chance to see THIRST again – or for the first time, if you were one of the scoress of people who missed out. THIRST has just released on both DVD and iTunes and to celebrate, FOCUS and the Producers of THIRST are giving you the opportunity to win 1 of 5 DVDs. The 5 lucky winners will be selected on December 31 2012. Here's how: 1. Go to the THIRST website link and 'like' the THIRST Facebook page. 2. On the THIRST Facebook page, comment what you 'thirst' for this summer. It's that simple!

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Just as writers are self-publishing more these days, international artist/ painter Ruth Randall-George has also decided to direct her own artistic future, displaying her work in a gallery closer to home – her own home, in Nambucca.


alled Randall Art, the gallery opened in mid-November at Bangalow Drive in Nambucca. The collection on display at the opening ranged from abstract through still life to rainforest, interior and landscape. Ruth Randall-George is pictured above with Nasturtiums, a recent work. She was born in Sale, Victoria and has been drawing and painting most of her life. She began taking painting lessons with Graham Walpole in 1974 and later studied with renowned artist Barry Alford. Ruth has travelled extensively; she lived in Malaysia for two years painting and studying the Malay culture. After four years in Houston, Texas, continuing her art studies and taking up photography, she travelled to England and Canada before returning home to Australia in late 1996. Much of Ruth’s work sells through private commissions, several have been for corporate managers, and her work hangs in many private collections throughout Australia,

the United States, England and Malaysia. Although Ruth spends most of her time on commissioned works, she occasionally enters her work in art exhibitions, where she has taken out several prizes and highly commended awards. Book illustrations and a growing demand for her portrait photography add to her busy professional life. Ruth now resides at Nambucca Heads, NSW, where she is close to rainforest and surrounding bushland from which she draws inspiration for her work. Picture: Artist Ruth Randall-George (right) and Chris Hamilton at the gallery opening.

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C O U P L E Barney Miller and Kate Southwell are a true local power couple. The pair have just spent the last 6 months in the USA following their dreams. Barney is learning to walk again after an accident 13 years ago left him wheelchair bound, and Kate just signed a record deal and is pursuing her music career. Now that they’re back home, we catch up with them for an update.


arney, it’s been a while since we caught up with you. We hear you’ve been in San Diego for the last 6 months ... what has life been like for you over there? Yeah, we started living in Carlsbad in the north county of San Diego for 6 months out of the year. It’s been fun. I really love that area too; it’s got the same cruisy beach vibe as here, which is a bonus. We are lucky we have made so many great new friends, which definitely makes moving there easier. I have a good crew of boys who took me surfing every weekend; I only missed 3 weeks out of the whole 6 months – which made me feel like a grom again, ‘cause I haven’t surfed that much since before my accident. My head trainer at Project Walk also believes it’s a big part of my recovery, because it’s my happy place. Obviously a big reason behind your stay in the USA was to participate in Project Walk. Tell us about the program and what it’s doing for you.


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Project Walk is a Kinesiology based exercise program for spinal injuries. They work through repetitive movements to regenerate the nervous system and find new pathways. I have been injured since 1999 and I started at Project Walk in 2009; that’s 10 years with no movement below my chest. In the past 3 years, I have regained some movement in my legs, learning to fire muscles on command such as my quads and glutes, overall feeling and the biggest of all, load bearing through my legs. It’s hard not to be motivated though, when you are in an environment filled with driven and inspiring people who all share the same goal of regaining their independence. Everybody has different injuries and are at different stages in their recovery, so we feed of each others’ motivation and progress. What has been your biggest achievement so far at Project Walk, and what are your next couple of goals? Wow, there are so many great achievements I have made since starting, but my biggest by far

would be that I can now stand with Kate at any time. That’s how we transfer now, and it has made our everyday life so much easier. My main goal in life is to work as hard as I possibly can and to stay focused on the big goal, which of course is independently walking and never doubting myself for a second. This has gotten me to where I am now, so I will just continue working hard at it. Your beautiful fiancée, Kate, was over there with you and you proposed to her while there! Congratulations to you both. Tell us your story – how long you’ve been together, how you first met, and the proposal story! Ha ha – thank you. We met about 5½years ago through mutual friends at the annual Sawtell Chilli Festival and started hanging out a few months later, then the rest is history. The night I proposed was at a Major League Baseball game for the San Diego Padres. Kate had been asked to sing the US national anthem for the opening of the game in front of 20,000+ people and as soon as we found that out, I knew that was going to be the night. That night,


B A R N E Y M I L L E R A N D K A T E S O U T H W E L L Kate had been asked to sing the r em fo US national anth e game th of g in en the op + in front of 20,000on so as d an people out, I as we found that ing to go as w knew that be the night. ”

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Project Walk had joined up with the SD Padres for Spinal Awareness Month and was holding a fundraiser night on the rooftop of one of the oldest buildings in San Diego called the Western Metal building, which overlooked the field. There was about 300 people there in support of Project Walk, including some of our closest Cali friends. I had only told 2 people of what I planned to do, and they helped with the organising as well as distracting Kate while things got set up. Meanwhile, everybody had been told Kate was receiving an award and to gather around, then Kate got told to come quickly, because I needed her. She came around the corner to see everyone parted and

I had so much fun recording and seeing my songs come to life. I have come a long way in the past 6 months and getting this opportunity has taught me so much not only about the industry, but myself as an artist. I am just so anxious, but at the same time excited to share my music with the world under my new stage name ‘Kada’, which means ‘the unknown’. I hope everybody enjoys them as much as I did making them. Tell us about the label you’ve signed with and the owner. How helpful have they been to you as a new talent on the scene? It is an LA based independent label called MNO Records.

We will just be cruising for a little bit hanging with the family, friends and most of all, our dogs. We really miss them being away for so long. This is kind of our holiday, as we are so busy when we are in Cali.”

a red carpet with rose petals and me at the end kneeling down on one knee. It was really emotional, but the best night of our lives for sure. To kneel at my proposal was a goal I had set for myself a long time ago; the next step is to dance at our wedding! Kate, living in San Diego has also been a huge stepping stone for your career. We hear you signed a record deal while you were over there. What does this mean for you? Yes, it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure for me.

The lead singer from OPM (Heaven is a Halfpipe) John Edney is the owner and also my producer. He has been so amazing throughout this whole process and we have had fun developing my sound, but the greatest thing about the deal is I have just as much creative control as he does, and we have found a really great balance in collaborating together. Barney tells me you’re about to record the film clip for your first single. Tell us about your music and what’s in store for the clip.

Yes, I am so excited. One of our good friends and local film maker Dave Wayland is directing it. I can’t really tell you much about it, other than it is for my first single, Memory, which I wrote early this year about my Great Grandfather who passed away; but now it is a tribute to anyone who has ever lost somebody. It really is a special song. You’re both back in Sawtell for the next few months. What have you got planned while you’re home? Barney, will you be continuing training, and Kate will you be writing/recording? We will just be cruising for a little bit hanging with the family, friends and most of all, our dogs. We really miss them being away for so long. This is kind of our holiday, as we are so busy when we are in Cali. Other than that, my first single comes out on iTunes in a few weeks, so once that’s released I will be busy with the marketing and Barney will always be training. He loves it. And Barney, is the surf classic still on for next year? It sure is. The BM Classic will be on March 16/17, 2013. For more info about it, go to barneymillersurfclassic And to follow Kate’s music – Thanks Barney & Kate. You’re truly inspirational. coffs coast focus 15

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eat. The Pier Hotel It doesn’t matter what food you like, there’s a good chance you will find that perfect meal at Waves Bistro at The Pier. Dave Newick and the staff have spent years working and listening to customers, so they have designed a menu that fits the profile of the customer base at The Pier. If you’re looking for a $10 steak for lunch or a grilled lemon snapper topped with prawns for dinner, it’s on the menu. The theme nights are our most popular nights, especially Thursday nights’ Mexican, where you can get your meal + Corona for just $14.50; or you could come down and try our new 1kg burrito challenge and walk away with a T-shirt and your name on our honour board. Come down and try our new Tapas menu every Friday arvo from 2.30pm - 5.30pm.

Head Chef Dave Newick.

Cnr Harbour Dr and Camperdown St, Coffs Harbour hotel 6652 2110 bistro 6651 8222 open: lunch 11.30 - 2.30pm, dinner 5.30 - 8.30pm, 7 days a week.

No. 5 Church Street Summer is here, and so is our hot new menu featuring some of the old favourites and a few new special delights too! Our crack kitchen team is cooking up a storm, and we’re looking forward to making you feel right at home. A must is the three little quinoa cakes, served w/ community garden greens, avocado mango salsa, spicy carrot salad and ajwain yogurt – and don’t forget the classics; our burgers and fish and chips are sure to please even the most humble palate. And to go with your meal – live music is on every Friday and Saturday night from here to New Year, so come on down to No.5 – we look forward to serving you soon! Check out what’s on @ or follow us on the old Facebook.

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Surf Club Restaurant & Bar Surf Club Restaurant and Bar is doing dinner for a short time only. From Thursday night 27 December, 2012 until Friday night January 11, 2013 our oceanfront restaurant will be serving dinner between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, with full bar provided by Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club. New Year’s Eve dinner will be run as a private function with a limit of 200 people (over18s only). Bookings are essential, with New Year’s Eve being a pre-paid ticketed event. For details, phone our restaurant on (02) 6652 9870 and check our website or Facebook page for more details.

Piña Colada Juice Bar Piña Colada Juice Bar is more than just juice. They offer their customers a variety of gluten free and vegetarian options, made fresh daily or made to order. Sandwiches fresh or toasted, wraps fresh or toasted, salads, rice paper rolls, fruit salad, slices, cakes, biscuits and a whole lot more. We are doing ‘GLUTEN FREE PIZZAS’ – pre-order is advised. Come in and get a loyalty card, with the 8th purchase FREE. Internet ordering available. We even deliver. Don’t forget the COFFEE. Chef Matt Donovan.

Surf Club Road, Park Beach, Coffs Harbour t 6652 9870 w open: Daily from 7am. Breakfast and lunch.

Cherrie, Tamara, and Allanah.

Shop 1 - 4 / 9 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour t 6650 0499 open: 7am-5pm Monday- Friday Saturday 8am-2pm, Sunday 10am-2pm

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eat. Wholly Cow Café Wholly Cow not only do great burgers and coffee but also have a delicious breakfast menu, served all day! Brekkie choices include Eggs Benedict, Wholly Vegie Brekkie and the ever popular French Toast, served with maple syrup and strawberries. Wholly Cow serves award winning coffee from Bellingen roaster, Amelia Franklin. Wholly Cow offer the choice of two different beans for coffee lovers to try - the Soul Blend and Café Femenino, a single origin coffee from a women’s cooperative in Peru. Organic and fairtrade coffee - feel good and delicious too!

Horizons Restaurant & Bar TAKE THE WORK OUT OF CHRISTMAS DAY Join us for Coffs Harbour's biggest Christmas party, with a huge festive buffet lunch and entertainment – limited numbers left; book now! BOOK NOW FOR YOUR WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY Why not include a game of mini golf at The Cove Australiana themed miniature golf course, opening 8th December! THE OC LUNCH SPECIAL – AVAILABLE 7 DAYS, 11.30am - 2.30pm Enjoy a glass of house wine, domestic beer or soft drink, your meal and espresso or tea – all for $23.50. Horizons Restaurant & Bar overlooking the pool and taking in the coastal views. Guests are able to dine alfresco on the terrace or in air conditioned comfort. Horizons Bar has fabulous cocktails and happy hour 5 - 6pm daily.

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Clinton Hunter Head Chef.

2/39 First Avenue, Sawtell t 6658 2682

Opal Cove Resort, Opal Boulevard, Coffs Harbour t 6651 0510

open: Mon to Thurs – 7am to 5pm. Fri to Sat – 7am to 8pm Sun and Public Holidays – 7am to 3pm

open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner – 7 days a week. Bookings recommended.

Bluebottles Brasserie Bluebottles is located in beautiful seaside Woolgoolga. Enjoy the coast’s beautiful summer weather in a relaxed alfresco atmosphere. Open 7 days a week: from 6.30am - 3pm Sunday to Thursday and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturdays. Under the guidance of Head Chef Gerard Geerligs, Bluebottle’s new summer menu provides fresh flavours for all tastes. Bookings are recommended, and private functions are catered for. Book now for your Christmas function.

Palms Butchery

Head Chef Gerard Geerligs.

Shops 1 & 2, 53 Beach St, Woolgoolga t 6654 1962 open Breakfast and lunch daily. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm.

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Try this glaze on your Christmas ham. Don't forget to get your butcher to take the rind off and score your ham no more than 5 mm. Glazed Ham: • 7 kg ham, rind removed • 200 g fig paste • ½ cup of marmalade • ½ cup brown sugar • 1tsp ground cinnamon. 1. Preheat oven to 150°C; line a baking dish with baking paper. 2. Spoon the fig paste into a microwave safe bowl. Heat uncovered for 30 to 40 seconds on high until soft. Add marmalade, and whisk 'til combined. Stir in sugar and cinnamon; pour mixture over ham. 3. Bake for 1½ hours, spooning glaze and dish juices over every 30 minutes. 4. The last 10 to 15 minutes, increase the heat to 200°C, until the ham is golden and crisp. Recipe from Family Circle.

Shop 25, Palms Centre, Coffs Harbour t 6652 3394 w open: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5.30pm. Sat: 8am - 4pm. Sun: 9am - 2pm.

Owner/Butcher Tim Allen.


Zulu’s Restaurant & Bar

Outback Jacks

Zulu’s has been branded with special clearance to serve the 'Alien Autopsy' menu this December. So what is the Alien Autopsy menu? Well ... we can’t tell you. What’s in it? That is also on a need to know basis. The only thing we can tell you is that it vanishes from the menu on 22 December when we take a break for the Christmas period. Then it will be replaced with something equally as crazy on 3 January 2013, when we return. If you want to be let in on the secret, book in now. As the number of Alien Autopsies each night are limited, please mention upon booking your intentions, to help secure your clearance level.

Planning a Christmas function? Let the team at Outback Jacks take the stress and hassle out of it. Offering alfresco dining on the deck, it is the perfect place to get together to celebrate the festive season; but be quick– bookings are filling fast. Celebrating a birthday? Book a table for 8 or more adults, and the birthday person eats for free (conditions apply). Plus, they will recieve a special birthday treat, compliments of Outback Jacks. You should also come in and try Jacks 1 kg Steak Challenge: eat everything in under 30 mins and be rewarded with a 50% discount and a free T-shirt! And just a reminder: kids 12 and under eat for $3 all day, every day.

Chef Joel McCulla.

27 Grafton Street, Coffs Harbour (Pacific Highway). t 6652 1588 w open: Breakfast: Monday – Friday, 7am – 9am. Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – late.

New Owner Glenn.

8 Bray Street, Coffs Harbour t 6699 2458 w open: 7 days a week from 11.30am ‘til late.

Saltwater Restaurant Planning your Christmas party? Saltwater is the perfect location for your Christmas party or group get together. Take in the awesome view, while our team of award winning chefs and friendly staff look after you. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace, a leisurely lunch, or fine dining in the evening. We have an affordable extensive wine list, and are also BYO. Reviewed and recommended by SMH Good Food Guide. Winner Best Breakfast Award for Excellence for the 2nd year.

Flooded Gums Restaurant Winner of 1 ‘Chef’s Hat’ in the 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and 1 Glass in the 2011 and 2012 Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List Awards. The Flooded Gums offers an unmatched combination of setting, atmosphere, food, wine and professional service. Our team of talented chefs have created modern Australian menus for your enjoyment across breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Christmas Day Lunch Join our award winning team for a sumptuous seafood and carvery buffet. Spaces are still available but are filling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. Experience the Bonville Hat experience today.

North Bonville Road, Bonville t 6653 4002 w open: 7 days. Bookings essential for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



Head Chef Dan Williams.

104 Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach t 6656 1888 w open: Wednesday to Sunday, breakfast and lunch. Wednesday to Saturday for dinner.

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The winning dish at Show us your Dish 2012

Grilled Baby Bugs

Spinifex Restaurant Loacated at the Coast Hotel, Spinifex is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. The Spinifex team pride themselves on bringing the best local ingredients to your table at affordable prices. Soak up some sun in the beer garden, or dine in the comfort of our restaurant. The tempting menu and blackboard specials are a delight and provide a delicious choice for everyone. Also on offer is the great value $9.90 lunch menu and the $13.90 daily specials, with a free beer or glass of wine. We provide the perfect venue for functions and parties. We are now taking group bookings for Christmas parties.


Ingredients • 400g Kipfler potatoes • ½ clove garlic finely chopped • 50 ml olive oil, warmed

Head Chef Sam Allinson.

Romesco Sauce • 2 ripe whole tomatoes • 2 cloves of garlic • 1 red capsicum • 1 Spanish onion, unpeeled • 100 g dry roasted macadamias • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 30 g smoked sweet paprika • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Coast Hotel, 2 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour t 6652 3007 w open: Lunch: 12noon - 2.30pm. Dinner: 6pm - 9pm.

Baby Bugs • 16 green baby bugs • Olive oil • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped • 1 chilli, deseeded and chopped finely

Me t h o d To make the romesco sauce, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place the tomatoes, unpeeled garlic, capsicum and onion in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the tomatoes and set aside. Continue roasting another 10 minutes, then remove the garlic. Continue roasting for another 20 - 25 minutes, or until the capsicum are slightly charred. Remove the capsicum and place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to lightly steam; this will make it easier to peel. Continue roasting the onion another 15 minutes, or until very soft. Remove and set aside.

Finz on The Beach Join us at BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort to celebrate Christmas Day by the sea. Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet, with seasonal fresh seafood, hot carvery and all the Christmas trimmings. For only $135 for adults and $6.50 per year of age for children (ages 3 - 15), you can enjoy the buffet and ice cold beverages, with a gorgeous ocean view and plenty of entertainment. Santa Claus will also make a stop in his busy schedule to treat the kids to some Christmas goodies. We are also taking Christmas party bookings for all parties large and small. Aanuka is the perfect venue; with three private venues and the Finz Restaurant, we have the venue to suit you. For all Christmas Day lunch and Christmas party bookings, please contact the resort on (02) 6652 7555. The best view in Coffs Harbour is right here at Aanuka Beach Resort!

Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort 11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour t 6650 2400 w open: 6pm - 9pm, 7 days a week.

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When the vegetables are cool enough to handle, peel the tomatoes and discard the skins. Squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins over the tomato. Peel away the skins from the capsicum and discard with the stalks and seeds and roughly chop the flesh. Remove and discard the outer skin of the onion, and roughly chop the flesh. Blend all of the vegetables. Add the paprika, vinegar and nuts, and process until well blended but still coarse in texture. Set aside until ready to

Serves 4 use. Place the unpeeled potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain. Peel the potatoes while they are still hot, using a tea towel to protect your hands. Return the peeled potatoes to the pan and crush them with a fork, adding the chopped garlic and extra virgin olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper as you do so. Cover and keep warm until you are ready to serve. Remove the head and shell from 12 of the baby green bugs and devein the tail meat. Halve the other 4 bugs and devein. Marinate the bugs in the olive oil, garlic and chilli for 10 minutes. Grill the split bugs first flesh side down on a hot grill or BBQ. Once cooked, remove and turn down the heat and cook the tails for a few minutes each side until cooked. Serve the bugs on top of some crushed kipflers wih the romesco sauce on the side and a green salad.

Exciting new shop opening just in time for Christmas! Christmas All Wrapped Up Christmas Selection • Salads – all salads are $15/kg (Serves 10 - 15): Moroccan grated carrot salad, tossed green salad with balsamic dressing, Moroccan spicy green beans, fried rice, crunchy Asian salad, roast vegetable couscous, Greek salad, Moroccan chickpea salad, potato salad, coleslaw, Waldorf salad, tabbouleh. • Potato bake 1.5 kg $25 (serves 15). • Potato frittata 1 kg $20 (serves 10 - 12). • Antipasto entertainers plate $50 (serves 20). • Fruit and cheese platters $50 (serves 20). • Cold meat platters – consisting of a mixture of ham, beef, pork, chicken, salamis, cheeses and prawns. $40/10 people, $60/20 people, $85/30 people, $120/50 people. • Dessert – all $25 each (10 serves): Apple strudel, sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce, Toblerone cheesecake, summer lime cheesecake, pavlova with fresh fruit salad, fresh fruit salad, chocolate mousse. Order by 20 December; pick up Christmas Eve.

Calling all chocolate and cake lovers … Coffs Harbour’s very first Wicked Berries shopfront officially opens 3 December. Owners Kerry and Rachael Sullivan and their team are celebrating the launch of their new exciting shop at the Northside Shopping Centre in Coffs Harbour, just a few doors up from their original location. Specialising in fine chocolate coated strawberries, gorgeous edible gift packs and amazing cakes, this is the shop to head to for the perfect gift for any occasion, especially leading up to Christmas. Try their signature decadent Wicked Cakes, which are a huge hit for birthdays and special occasions. Wicked Berries can be sent to your family, friends and business associates, as they also deliver Australia wide overnight. Also incorporated into the new shop is Modern Cake Creation’s amazing wedding cakes, birthday and special occasion cakes. Kerry's award winning cakes now include gluten, dairy and egg free options … even his amazing croquembouche can be made gluten free.

k’pané Artisan Bakery k’pané ARTISAN BAKERY opened in Coffs Harbour in February 2010. Owners Bret and Kirsty Knight have proudly been supplying locals with delicious sourdough breads, gourmet pies, cakes, pastries and coffee. A major focus of k’pané is to only use whole foods. All products are made without the use of artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. k’pané only uses natural, and where possible, organic ingredients. Bret has worked extensively in Australia and has experience working overseas as a chef and pastry chef, gaining a great deal of experience, which he brings to k‘pané. k’pané has a committed team equally devoted to the quality that is the trademark of k’pané bakery.


Gourmet pies, sourdough breads, cakes & pastries

Shop no. 1 Jetty Village Shopping Centre, 361 Harbour Drive Shop no. 2 Coffs Central, Harbour Drive

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What about an Asian slant

on your Christmas catering this year? The time honoured starter – champagne

Christmas or New Year feasting.

and oysters. Try Sashimi oysters for added

Fortune cookies could be a decorative addition to the table and a fun alternative to crackers. Tie them up with red ribbon – red means fortune and luck!

impact. Just spread ice on a platter, arrange oysters in their shell on top, add to each a dash of soy sauce, a small slice of pink pickled ginger and a dot of wasabi. Serve immediately, and wait for applause! Give traditional turkey an innovative taste with stuffing of 4 sliced shitake mushrooms, 1 chopped onion, 2 whole star anise and a 2 cm piece of ginger, shredded. Baste during cooking with hoisin sauce to glaze and serve with plum sauce on the side. This also works with ham.

Looking for gift giving inspiration? A few well chosen items in a basket, and the enthusiastic cook is sorted. Complimentary wrapping provided.

Also, in preparing for all your festive activities, don’t overlook the iconic theatre as a venue to celebrate in style for your next special event or occasion.

For a really personal touch – say it with Midway flowers. Always a pleasure to give and a delight to receive. Great for last minute gifts. Local delivery can be arranged.

2013 season programme We are seeing this year out by making some noise and would like to extend Functions at iconic arts venue Play the offer for the Coffs Coast out your fancy at the iconic Coffs community to join us Coasts’ historic arts venue along with all the by hosting your special to t Be the firs community theatre occasion at Jetty Memorial know about theat ring great shows starTheatre groups, for the Theatre. With an outdoor Jetty Memorial reserve launch of the 2013 gazebo and space on and ensure youthe r fo ts season programme. ke the lawns for stargazing your tic us at pl ; on as se 13 20 We know the or sun basking, Jetty ch, the opening laun ve gi avid theatregoers Memorial Theatre offers to es iz pr ve we ha amongst you have both indoor and outdoor .” away been long awaiting this alternatives for making announcement, so RSVP your special occasion one to early, as the community theatre remember. Onsite you can make groups have an impressive line up use of the licensed bar, performance of performances from drama to comedy to stage, dance floor and theatre style seating dance and musicals, plus our touring shows – pick and mix whatever features take your are sure to inspire and impress. fancy!

not let someone else do the hard work? You

Come in and get inspired for Asian style catering, gift baskets and fresh flowers for giving or to decorate your own home.

can order from us ready cooked in time for

Enjoy the Festive Season – Tim and Suzanne.

Barbequed duck always brings accolades. Why

We are gearing up for a stellar 2013 season at Jetty Memorial Theatre and excited to announce the launch of the 2013 programme just days out from “are Christmas. ”

Be the first to know about the great shows starring at Jetty Memorial Theatre and ensure you reserve your tickets for the 2013 season; plus at the opening launch, we have prizes to give away. Jetty Memorial Theatre has a new

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membership programme to announce, and you will also see some new items joining the range in our beverage and snack menu for 2013. We will share all these details with you at the opening launch and hey, we may even let you try some of them while you are here!

Here is to looking forward to another great season in 2013. We wish you, your family and theatre companions a safe and joyous Christmas and New Year – see you again soon!




Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s most loved and enduring songwriters and heralds in the first album of his fifth decade in the music industry with his first album in eight years, Harlequin Nights.


ichard Clapton, you’re the various tracks on the album, but happily, a truly iconic member people seem to like every track, which is great. of the Australian Rock It may sound like a fairly simple song, but we Music industry, with a put a lot of work and rework into that track. career spanning across Hopefully we’re going to see a lot more five decades. You must have some of you. What are you plans for 2013? funny stories! Share one with us Well, firstly I want to take January and ... Obviously because I’ve been February off the road and hopefully touring for 40 years, there is get back into some writing, a plethora of funny stories, but also go in for Round Two but most of them are not of promoting Harlequin I spent 5 years suitable for publication. writing and Nights. There are already llection Maybe you’ll just have recording this co e quite a few gigs lined up of songs. So far the media to wait for my memoirs! starting March, so I’ll be th m

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been You’ve just released treading the boards again. and the fans has is very ch hi w nt lle ce your first album in ex I really want to get my rewarding.” eight years, Harlequin music out overseas this Nights. What can we coming year, and I hope that expect? Hopefully a very with the advent of the ‘global soulful album written from the village’, this may be possible. heart. I spent 5 years writing and Thanks Richard. recording this collection of songs. So far the reaction from the media and the fans has been excellent, which is very rewarding. the plug! In 1999 you were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. What a great achievement! It may sound very clichéd, but it is always very rewarding to be recognised by one’s peers. Harlequin Tour 2012 is touring Mid North Coast late December. We’re all excited about Vapour Trails; please tell us about this ... There are very different opinions about

Richard Clapton with special guests (18+) Friday 28 December 2012 (opening 8pm) at C.ex Coffs. $39.80 follow the links or

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R O B I N S O N The young and exciting guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson will be playing several venues along the North Coast over coming months. Joe plays at No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen on 1 December and FOTSUN in Port Macquarie on 15 December. Back home now in Australia from his new permanent base in Nashville, Tennessee for his Comin’ Home Tour, the busy star updates us with his latest news …


’ve been reading your bio, and the thing that struck me the most is it’s certainly a long way from Temagog (where you grew up) to Nashfield! How long have you been in the USA now? I’ve been there for about two, nearly three years. I made the move there when I was 18. It’s been a great place to live, and I’ve learnt a lot there. So what are some of the most important things you’ve experienced in the time you’ve been there? Recording in different studios and touring all over America, which is a really huge country, I’ve made a lot of good friends over there. I’ve seen a lot of good acts, and the whole experience of being there amongst it all is just fabulous. You were self-taught on guitar from an early age. How much of an impact did watching YouTube videos have on your guitar playing? When I was 13 or 14, I got lessons at school for a little bit, and my parents had a lot of musician friends whom I used to kind of hang out with and jam with. When it came to really learning a lot of the stuff I rely on now and just being exposed to the wide world of music, YouTube was the way I found the type of music I like to play. You’re a big fan of both Phil and Tommy Emanuel. What led up to you actually meeting the pair? I first met Tommy and Phil when I was 11, and that was a case of Phil’s old bass player living in Kempsey hearing me playing in my band called the Kaotic Penguins. We were playing at the Smithstown pub, and he heard me play and gave me Phil’s number – I then called Phil and met with him and Tommy in Taree. They really encouraged me and said that I was really talented for my age. Tell us a little bit about your latest EP and the music and inspiration behind it …

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I made an album last year that was released in January this year, and I had great experience recording that. With this EP I went to the studio and basically recorded new songs that I felt had bit more of a raw quality. I was just really creative with the production of it; I played all the instruments, and it was a really fun time. I’m really proud of this recording − more so than others I’ve done. And the EP’s called Toe Jam. Where on earth did that the name come from? (Laughs). I wrote the song Toe Jam with a friend of mine − she’s a drummer in Nashville. We were jamming on it together and having fun, so I just thought I’d call the EP by the same name. Do you get homesick much living away from home? Absolutely. It’s really hard to be away for that long. I got back two days ago, and there’s nothing like the coast − it’s so beautiful here. Usually I try to come back this time of year. You played at Port Macquarie's Glasshouse in November and you're returning to play Festival of the Sun (FOTSUN) in December. What do you prefer – playing venues like the Glasshouse, or the whole festival atmosphere? I like them both for different reasons. I love the energy and the rawness of a festival show; it’s a little more off the cuff. The theatre is more intimate, and you can connect with the audience a bit better. I think the Glasshouse is one of the best venues in Australia; it’s a really awesome place to play, but I’m kind of biased, because I love playing there. I haven’t played Festival of the Sun before but I’m excited to play there, because I’ve heard a lot about it. You’ll also be playing at Bellingen soon, in December. Have you been there before? I played a little festival there five years ago when I was young. It was a lot of fun!

How much of what you do on stage is adlibbed, as opposed to being rehearsed and practiced? Usually I change the set list every night. As far as the songs themselves, I structure them so I have the freedom to change and improvise during a song. If it’s a festival, you really want to build the energy up and make them exciting. Pretty much every song I play, there’s some level of improvisation. How many guitars do you have in your collection, and how many travel with you when you do tours? I think about 20. I take 4 on the road. I guess it would be a bit hard to carry 20 around on tour! Definitely! What is there left for you that you’d like to achieve but haven’t accomplished yet? I would like to win a Grammy and to crack the market in America. It’s really a huge industry there. Ultimately I want to have a touring career and travel and perform all my life, keep making albums and doing gigs and becoming better as a performer and writer. Thanks Joe. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! Joe Robinson will perform at No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen on 1 Dec. Tickets: $16 pre sale or $20 at door visit or call No. 5 Church Street on 6655 0155 for details. Please note: Joe Robinson will also be playing at FOTSUN on 15 December.

Santa brings Christmas to the City Centre On Thursday 6 December, Santa and his reindeer will arrive in the city centre to bring Christmas to the city. A tradition for many years now, Santa’s appearance in the heart of our city is a special time for the young and young at heart. The fun begins at 6pm with the appearance of the Gold Coast Titans, who will help to bring some Christmas Cheer to the city and sign autographs for their fans. The C.ex Community Crew will be on hand to help Santa and his reindeer meet and greet the children of Coffs Harbour. Children will have the chance to have their photo taken with Santa’s live reindeer, as well as have their face painted and join in the many other activities on offer. There will be an extra surprise on the night, with the arrival of the Three Wise Men on their camels and Christmas Carols from Coffs City

Choir. “This event is always a huge success and a great community event. We are privileged to have Santa here with his reindeer at such a busy time of year and thank him for taking the time to visit all the children of Coffs Harbour. There is a real sense of excitement in the air when Santa arrives in the city centre, and it truly marks the start of the festive season,” said Economic Development Manager Jenny Oloman. The official countdown to the arrival of Christmas will then begin with the lighting of the Christmas Tree. One lucky child will have the chance to win a ride in Santa’s sleigh, thanks to Coffs Central. If you don’t get the chance to have a photo with Santa on Thursday, his reindeer will be in the city centre again on Friday 7 December from 10am - 4pm.

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These talented youngsters will have you humming along to traditional carols and tapping your foot to cool Jazz.

Sanctuary Resort.

The biggest ever handmade market to hit the Coffs Coast. The organisers of the Made with Love Markets, Cathy Parker and Alison Paul, are putting the final preparations on the biggest handmade market to ever hit the Coffs Coast. Being held at C.ex Coffs on Sunday 2 December, there are over 100 stallholders booked. The Made with Love Markets is the only dedicated handmade market on the coast which showcases handmade, local, boutique and unique items. Everything is handmade or created and items include: soaps, teas, cookie and cakes, wooden toys, softies, gorgeous baby and kids’ clothing, candles, jewellery, crystals, leadlight, wall art, hair accessories, herb packs, cards and scrapbooking items and much more! The Made with Love Markets started as a very small event in May 2011, and its popularity has exploded on the Coffs Coast. Held four times a year, the 2 December market is the much-awaited Christmas market. The dates for 2013 have just been announced and can be found on the website. The organisers are encouraging Coffs locals to buy local and buy handmade this year and are confident you will find a gift for everyone under one roof. The Made with Love Markets are on Sunday from 9am – 2pm at C.ex Coffs, Vernon St. For more information, visit the website

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Enjoy great dining at the Tree House Restaurant at the Sanctuary Resort.

A Music Feast! Need a little respite from the hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas rush? Then set aside Sunday 9 December in your calendar for a musical feast that will warm your heart and calm your soul. Students of Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium are presenting their Annual Concert with a Christmas theme at the Jetty Memorial Theatre – a chance for all the family to escape to hear beautiful music played with energy and enthusiasm. There will be choirs, guitar ensembles, solos from various instrumentalists, a couple of Jazz groups, brass, wind and singers galore – in fact, the whole range of musical styles, with something for everyone. These talented youngsters will have you humming along to traditional carols and tapping your foot to cool Jazz. Doors to the Jetty Memorial Theatre will open at 1.30pm. Entry is by $2 gold coin donation, which helps the Con pay for the hire of the theatre. The concert will start at 2pm and probably go through until 5pm. You don’t have to stay for everything, but do try to come along and at least sample the wonderful talent of our young stars! Further details: 6652 1592.

With all the rooms having been recently renovated and under new management, the Sanctuary Resort is once again one of the premier places to stay and dine in Coffs Harbour. Enjoy a superb full buffet breakfast, in the Treehouse Restaurant, 7 days a week from 7am ‘til 9am for only $15 per person. Great location for a Sunday breakfast! Function and conference facilities, for up to 100 persons, are also available for weddings and other events, as well as for business meetings. We can cater for almost any event, and the Sanctuary Resort is an ideal wedding venue with large grounds and superb function rooms. The Treehouse Restaurant is just stunning to hold that intimate gathering for smaller weddings, wedding breakfasts or special occasions. Have your wedding or reception at the Sanctuary Resort, and the bride and groom receive a free complimentary king spa room with sparkling wine, chocolates and a very late check out. With tennis court, squash court, pool, sauna and gym, there is plenty to keep you active, or just relax in the peaceful and tranquil 7 acres of bush setting that the Sanctuary Resort sits in.

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B Below. Gaston (Peter Hodges) and his silly girls (Laura Smith, Stephanie Bateman, Leah Tidey and Jess Barnes) in Beauty and the Beast. Photo byCardie Green.

Above. Lyndall Coomber ber er with Cr. Denise Knight at Lifeline’s Fashion if li hi Parade. Above. Matt Loretan and Jodi Wittenberg at the Promenade Cocktail Party.


It’s the season to be jolly, and there is certainly plenty to be jolly about! That’s why so many visitors spend their vacation on our picturesque Coffs Coast. I’ve heard many a tale of how, after holidaying here, many return to retire in this beautiful area. We try not to let The Son take it all for granted and point out that we are just a bit spoilt with all that the Coffs Coast has to offer.


t was certainly ‘A Classy Affair’ when I arrived at The Sawtell Uniting Church recently. This was the venue for Lifeline’s Fashion Parade and High Tea. It was an absolutely full house ... just goes to show that you don’t need a big flashy affair to make an event successful. There was gorgeous vintage tiered plate stands piled high with homemade delights, a fabulous fashion parade, and our local Mayor Denise Knight was there to MC the show. The atmosphere was buzzing when models (volunteers from BDC) paraded fashions which included vintage, beachwear, casual and evening wear. Clothes could be purchased, and there were prizes to be won, and $2,600 was raised for charity. What more could you ask for? Raising funds for a great cause and having an absolutely lovely afternoon.

Thunder and lightning didn’t stop excited party goers attending the annual Promenade Cocktail Party, where funds were raised for the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club. As usual, the bar was open and guests were ready to party. We met up with Matt Loretan and his partner, Jodi, who were there making good use of the cocktail party to celebrate the relaunch of Matt Loretan Jewellery. The crowd was entertained by the SSLSC Drummers and their band, The Fuzz. For the grand finale, spectacular fireworks lit up the sky over the mangroves, and I hear there was dancing and frivolity as the party went on ‘til late. Good kick start to the Silly Season. The Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company had their opening night for their spectacular production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s a show that sparkles from start to finish, with a full house every night. I heard that a couple even got engaged at the show! Every member of the cast gave it their all and deserves praise, especially local actor Colin Wilkes, 28 coffs coast focus.

who excelled at playing Cogsworth. This is a fabulous production for all the family and with the ambience of our Jetty Memorial Theatre, it makes for a good night out.

fashion through gh the ages when I was younger and had fine plans to be a designer, this interested me and was definitely something different to attend. Dr Leigh Summers is the Director of our Regional Gallery, and she was discussing the social history of this type of clothing, worn by women in the 1850s. After enjoying light refreshments, we strolled out of there having enjoyed an informative and entertaining talk.

For something different and vibrant, The African Women Support Group Coffs Harbour has its Annual Dinner Dance on 1 December at The Coffs Harbour High School. Last year was a huge success, with over 250 attending. There will be a traditional dress parade, EthioSpeaking of fashions from different eras, African traditional food and dancing by Bellbowrie European along with La Didjital. This band fuses didgeridoo Fleur D’Alyse, Le Dãin Designs, with electronic beats with funky and event co-ordinator 400 percussion. Tickets are $35 t Management were recently gh ni ng and only $5 for under The Openi d ar aw A involved in staging a SL EM e 10 year olds, available of th ur bo ar H photo shoot for the s ff Co e from the Coffs Coast at th lery was al G al on promotion of the New gi Re Community College, nly scintillating! ai rt ce Year’s Eve party (Le Bal African Hair Braids and most This night is the al art Masque de Francaise) Roots Records in Bellingen. prestigious visu . ” which is being held at ar ye e th For information, contact event of Opal Cove Resort. The Dianne Jacobus 0410 266 shoot was staged at the 165. gorgeous Bella Cosa antique A day at the races is always a store in Sawtell, set for an 1800 treat, especially when you are in good Parisian Masquerade affair. Owners Kathryn company, enjoying fabulous food and having and Clive joined in the fun and turned the a glass of bubbles or two. There was a great whole shoot into a mini social event. It looked turnout for the Melbourne Cup Race Day at so real, that passersby were convinced a small our very own Coffs Harbour Racing Club. The movie was being shot! Fashion Stylist Kay Ryan sun was shining, and it didn’t matter if you helped sponsors and VIPs dress like royalty in were there to bet or just to enjoy the fun of fabulous gowns from RSVP Bridal, makeup dressing up. We don’t take things too seriously and exquisite hand painted face masks were ... I usually back the one that’s sauntering in provided by Mickeela Tonycliffe Makeup, and last, so it was more than exciting to finally back Neil from Risque Hair worked his magic, giving a winner! I can’t say I can give up my day job, us amazing hairstyles from that era. but it was certainly fun, and that is what it’s all The Opening night of the EMSLA award at the about! Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery was certainly Recently the Coffs Harbour Library invited scintillating! This night is the most prestigious guests to attend a talk from Dr Leigh Summers visual art event of the year. It was an evening on the History of the Crinoline. Having studied fused with fine art, special guests, and music.

Winner of the 2012 coveted EMSLA prize Nathan Taylor is originally from Tasmania but now a Sydney based artist whose meticulous hyperrealism has made him hot in the art world. Judges John McDonald and Jude McBean agreed that his painting, New Found Freedom, is a standout work with its astounding attention. While the work depicts a plastic disposable cup wedged in wire mesh, it can also be interpreted as an allegory that parallels the fate of asylum seekers, caught in a detention centre and seemingly considered as inconsequential as a discarded plastic cup. Nathan was elated by his EMSLA win and will present a major show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2014. The prize is acquisitive – the winning painting now enters the collections of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Well, I don’t know what happened to all the talk about not spoiling your children too much, because I found myself at 10pm making The Son his favourite cake, just because he had that “I will never be rude to you again” look on his face! This look is similar to the expression that The Cat has when it somehow manages to get The Husband to carry it up the stairs! No way would I ever be like his father, who is a bit of a ‘Yes Dad’. I’m the tough one ... if it wasn’t for me, he’d walk all over us! I was re running these bold statements through my head when it suddenly dawned on me that I might just be slipping a tad, because there I was, standing at midnight in a shopping centre waiting for the launch of the latest game for his ZOMBIE BOX (aka PlayStation)! Oh yes, I was one tough cookie! ‘tis the season to be jolly, so here’s to spoiling ourselves ... and our kids! Carole, Le Dãin Designs.


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Get Close to Nature - Coffs Harbour Butterfly House One of Coff’s most interactive nature experiences, The Butterfly House, now has new owners. Ian and Ros Bryant have taken over this flighty attraction and are opening the doors to locals and visitors to the area. This is an amazing space to be able to stroll among hundreds of live butterflies.

all weather rainforest, where you can watch a butterfly’s life cycle, or get lost in the walled maze, then it’s butterfly time you did.

If that sounds a little too enthusiastic, then browse around the gift shop, before you sit in the ds “With hundre shaded café and enjoy a cuppa n ia of live Austral ng yi fl with homemade scones and s ie butterfl rfly sandwiches. around, the Butte

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Watch as the pupae hatch and a fully fledged butterfly stretches and dries its wings, before taking off into the leafy surroundings. If you haven’t taken time to walk through the

Ros and Ian are also offering a special ’local’s deal.’ If you’re a local, you can receive free entry when you bring an ‘out of town’ visitor to the Butterfly House … Don’t forget to ask!*

Located just 9 km south of Coffs Harbour. Take the Lyons Road exit off the tourist drive and follow the signs.*Conditions apply.

5 Church Street is a new open space in the heart of Bellingen, where owners Jason Brown and Stephen Grace have brought together over ten years of dreaming under the one roof. The result is quite unique. ocal seasonal food and drink is the order of the day and with an ever-evolving selection of original, flavour filled menu options full of colour, style and nourishing goodness, No.5 has quickly become the hub of the town’s ever progressive social and culinary scene.


And a little word of caution from the kitchen: our local, organic, hand cut chips are said to be ‘the best hot chips in the world’ and can lead to severe cravings.

With live music, community gatherings, workshops, events and ayurvedic cooking classes, the dream continues to grow, as we move on now into our second year! The philosophy behind No.5 has always been very simple: to create an open space where people from all walks of life can come together to share an experience, to leave feeling inspired.

You can check out what’s on by visiting our website, or you can follow us on the old Facebook.

Our food is an expression of how we feel – colorful, creative and artistic, with an emphasis on diversity and nutrition. It is a vehicle to share ideas about what we believe is important – awareness, sustainability and ethics in business and in life. We source the best local, organic and biodynamic produce possible, and we are endeavouring to establish ourselves as a fully self sufficient business model, powered by renewable energy – rain fed and community driven. Our new menu is a sight to see, showcasing some of the finest produce of the region and satisfying even the biggest (and smallest) of hungers. What better way to spend a hot summer’s day then sitting back by the river with a frosty local beer and a burger, looking out across the mountains, taking in the scene. Our bar is fully licensed, and our outdoor area offers a great space for families to come and enjoy the magic of Bellingen town.

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On a lighter note, we’re gearing up for some serious celebrations this summer, showcasing some of Australia’s best talent live on stage every weekend into the New Year and beyond!

Whether you’re a local or a traveller, we hope to see you soon down at No.5! 5 Church Street, BELLINGEN. Wed - Sun, 11am - 10pm. 6655 0155.

The prettiest Christmas shop you'll ever find.

The Christmas hristmas experience “This is the nicest shop I’ve seen in years ... ” “I know I’ll always find something here; I just love this shop ...” “I always come to Love & Kisses first ...” “Whenever we come through Coffs Harbour, this is the first shop I come to ...” “I come from Grafton every year to start my Christmas shopping at your shop ...” “I’m from Armidale and your prices are so much better, that it’s worth me coming down for the day to get my Christmas gifts at Love & Kisses ...” Stand in Love & Kisses for 15 minutes any day of the week, and you’re sure to hear one of those comments. And at this time of year, it’s more fun than ever – you’ll find total strangers sharing jokes and helping each other with gift ideas, carriers rushing in and out delivering new stock, and regular customers telling Judy she hasn’t really lost her marbles – it’s just Christmas! So if you need a $5 gift for each of your book club friends, a $10 Kris Kringle, a teacher gift, or lots of unusual little things for the grandchildren, take your list to Love & Kisses and ask for help – you’ll love some of the suggestions they can come up with. Some of Judy’s current favourites are the lovely new stationery sets from Italy, the spectacle cases and cleaners from France, and the Lucy Lu jewellery from the USA. But call in and see for yourself – you’ll be happy that you did. And may this Christmas bring you much love and plenty of kisses.

“This is the best lolly shop in the world!” Bronwyn’s Shop Bellingen Bronwyn’s Shop in Bellingen has recently extended, and we are continually upgrading our range of goods. For the Christmas season we have a large range of Christmas goods in our rear wing; follow the trail of Christmas decorations to find them! We have some unique decorations and some lines are selling very quickly, so be quick to avoid disappointment. Following is a selection of the category of goods we carry in the rear wing:

These are the words of one customer who described their shopping experience at ‘Sweet Bellingen’, the only specialty store of its kind in the region. Situated in the main street of beautiful Bellingen, ‘Sweet Bellingen’ has been retailing delicious lollies and chocolates since July 2011, in the unique way that only owners Bobbi and Nigel know how to do. The shop is small; however, the range of lollies and chocolates are extraordinary! ... from exquisite handmade chocolates by Ranae, fabulous handcrafted fudge, boutique ‘chocome’ chocolate blocks, plus boxed and bagged chocolates from Australia and around the world.

• Pet care • Car care • Basic hardware • Swimming items • And lots more seasonally influenced goods (currently Christmas items).

Of course, the ‘children’s’ department is amazing, stacked with a mind boggling selection of lollies and international soft drinks.

In the front wing of the shop we have lots of goodies too! The following is a sample:

The Sweet Bellingen crew also offer: ’Sweet Weddings’, a comprehensive lolly buffet service for that special day; ‘Sweet Blooms’, glorious chocolate bouquets for any occasion; and party bags for little … and big kids!

• Craft • Scrapbooking • Giftware • Cards and gift wrap • Hair accessories • TV connection • Computer and phone accessories • Glassware • Dress-up • Novelty items • And lots more. When in the beautiful Bellinger Valley visiting the enchanting township of Bellingen, pop in and see our friendly staff and let them assist you take home that something special to remember your visit.

Right now, the store is bursting with sensational Christmas delights and with Sweet Bellingen’s December ‘Shop And Win’ promotion, a visit to Sweet Bellingen is a ‘rewarding’ experience! The store, open 7 days a week, is now well and truly the sweet centre of the Mid North Coast!

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Kimbra is a singer/songwriter bringing her own style, talents and inspiration to the world of experimental music and communicating her inner vision more clearly.


t 17 you discovered your musisatisfying and melodically interesting, but also clever in cal talents and skill for songthe risks it takes. writing. Most kids would have And who do you look to now for inspiration? been studying and looking These days I am listening to a lot of Nusrat Fateh Ali towards the end of school; so Kahn, a Pakistani singer who uses his voice in incredible what prompted your inquisiways. I also love the new Grizzly Bear album and Flying tiveness about music? Lotus’ new record. It was just always there. I gravitated You've collaborated with some of the to music as a child through going to music industry's best. What skills have musicals and shows, and then joining you picked up along the way? I love intimate the Jazz choir at school. Soon after Vocabulary in the studio is very shows. We toured that, I was introduced to more important, as it allows you to comle op Pe with Foster The t to play experimental music, and after municate your vision more clearly go d this year an cks Ro that it just became my constant d and actually speak in the same Re e lik es venu c. which obsession and hobby to create terms when it comes to producamphitheatre et t even music with my 8-track or to be tion and mixing. I’ve become very was amazing, bu nce I after that experieg beats a discovering some new and excitinterested in this side of things still think nothin room.” ing band for myself. and a big learning curve has been ty ci smaller capa What kind of musical influences learning to program and sample by or icons did you have at that myself – this allowed me to execute full discovery age? arrangements of my songs just at home in I started off with more traditional influmy bedroom, then use the bigger studios to ences in the world of Jazz, but around the age of refine the sounds and tighten up the overall vision. 15 the bands I loved most were The Mars Volta, Interpol, Now that you are touring so heavily, when do you Mew and The Blood Brothers. Prog Rock and experimenget time to be a songwriter – do the places you visit tal music baffled me and inspired so much, because I inspire you? could never understand it all on the first listen. It got me The places I visit definitely inspire me. But the difficult excited about the concept of Pop Music being not only thing is not having the time to fully relay all the amazing

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experiences that I have swimming around in my head at the moment. However, I do feel excited about all the perspectives I am acquiring from spending time with so many interesting people, and touring definitely opens your eyes to various cultures around the world. Luckily, Port Macquarie has secured you to perform at FOTSUN, an amazing regional festival with loads of charisma and funk. With only 3,000 attending, what are you looking forward to about a more intimate festival? I love intimate shows. We toured with Foster The People this year and got to play venues like Red Rocks amphitheatre etc. which was amazing, but even after that experience I still think nothing beats a smaller capacity room. You can really make eye contact with your audience and the energy is so much more exciting, I find. What’s next for 2013 in your schedule? After the summer festivals, I will be knuckling down and getting started on a second album. I want to try and find some stillness again. I will also spend more time in the US, as there are some exciting collaborations in the works. Ideally, what would you like to be doing in 5 years? Where would you be? Living in the moment. Thanks Kimbra. Kimbra will be at FOTSUN on December 15.

















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Each year over one million air travellers and local residents visit Coffs Harbour Regional Airport. And with over 26,000 take-offs and landings each year, the task of maintaining airport infrastructure in top condition is an ongoing challenge. ccording to airport manager Dennis Martin, the ravages of sun and salt on buildings, the wear and tear of hands and feet on furniture and fittings and weighty wings on runways and taxiways means that replacement and refurbishment are regular items on the airport’s to-do list. In addition to complying with aviation and government authorities’ operating standards, it is also considered vital that Coffs Harbour Regional Airport creates a positive experience for travellers. This is especially so for the corporate, leisure and sporting visitors, as competition between regional, national and overseas destinations for tourism business is extremely fierce. This year, a number of projects have been completed or are currently underway to improve customer experiences and help create positive first and lasting impressions of our airport and Coffs Coast. To keep you abreast of these, here is an up-date on Coffs Harbour Regional Airport services and projects. BIGGLES FLIGHT LOUNGE REFURBISHMENT Two-tone grey and a soft maroon are the new colours used to create a modern, clean and stylish look for Biggles Flight Lounge. The service counter, food cabinets,

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newspaper and magazine stands, signage and souvenir displays have all been replaced and revitalised. A fresh coat of maroon has been applied to the walls, complementing the new furnishings. Polished grey ‘Marengo’ stone with black specks is now the main service counter for coffees, cakes and refreshments. Along the north wall are modular and adjustable Laminex ‘Sarsen Grey’ and ‘Gunmetal’ coloured display shelves, stocked with gifts and souvenirs. On the lounge floor in front of the service counter are three free standing two-tone grey cabinets displaying newspapers, magazines and post cards. This new layout is more open and accessible, allowing faster streamlined access and service for customers. Biggles staff, led by owner Eric Hughes, have also embraced the new colour scheme, with a smart-casual uniform of grey shirts with maroon piping complemented with dark coloured trousers and skirts. This was a challenging project for both Biggles and airport staff, as the lounge was required to remain open for food and beverage service and continue to fulfil its role as the help desk for the general public and security car park customers. This was achieved by working at night after the close of daily air services. Project managed,

between Airport Manager Dennis Martin designed, manufactured and installed by and Council’s Acting Sports Unit Manager, Coffs Harbour company Infracraft Detailed Joinery, the refurbishment was completed in Leanne Atwal, to highlight the contribution of sports tourism to airport business and the just seven days. Coffs Coast economy. The seating capacity at Biggles has also Players, fans and officials often travel been increased to cater for the growing to and from Coffs by air. They help fill number of airport visitors. Bar beds in hotels and motels and tables and stools, as well as tables in restaurants, clubs and new tables and chairs cafés when major sporting have now been a , ar events are staged at BCU placed in the main ye is Th International Stadium number of arrivals hall. You en projects have be and other Coffs Coast can sit and enjoy e completed or arr way sporting venues. refreshments currently undestomer NRL, AFL, FAA, Touch and a meal cu e to improv help d an es nc Football, World Rally while looking rie pe ex d create positivesian and OzTag are some of out through the ons.” lasting impres the more obvious sports panoramic floor people who fly to and to ceiling windows, from Coffs Coast, but there watching landing and are many other less conspicuous departing aircraft. sporting enthusiasts arriving and SPORTS MURAL AND departing the airport daily. There are MONITOR golfers, surfers, basketballers, cricketers, A new colourful canvas mural is now hockey players and others all toting their mounted on the ‘Sports Wall’ inside the sports bags, bats, balls and boards. airport terminal . Measuring 6 metres x 2 Also new and mounted on the wall metres, the image is of an AFL game played beside the mural is a large, flat screen between Saint Kilda and the Sydney Swans monitor. This displays images and videos at BCU International Stadium in March last of sporting events, details when teams and year. various sporting tournaments are to occur The mural is the result of collaboration


“ With so many visitors and locals passing through the airport each year, the new ‘Sports Wall’ will help profile the events being held and raise awareness of the economic value of sport to Coffs Coast. It is estimated that sports tourism contributes around $30 million annually to the local economy. ”

and where and when to purchase tickets. With so many visitors and locals passing through the airport each year, the new ‘Sports Wall’ will help profile the events being held and raise awareness of the economic value of sport to Coffs Coast. It is estimated that sports tourism contributes around $30 million annually to the local economy. The ‘Sports Wall’ is opposite the car rental counter on the southern side of the terminal. Next time you visit the airport, stroll on down and see for yourself. REFURBISHED CONVENIENCES Both the men’s and women’s toilet facilities inside the terminal have had a facelift. The colour scheme has been refreshed with sunshine-yellow Laminex cubicles and a sea-blue panel on new walls of bright-white ceramic tiles. Hand basins with water saving automatic on/off taps have been installed, along with new hygienic Dyson Blade hand dryers. All works were undertaken by another local company, X-Corp Building Services P/L. FREIGHT SERVICES AND AIRPORT STAFF ACCESS ROAD A new access road has been built on the western side of the Coffs Airport Security Car Park building. This is the new service road for all heavy vehicles, airport staff and people visiting the airport to despatch and collect freight items. A boom-gate with intercom to the freight depot is soon to be installed on this access

road. Freight office staff will be in attendance from 6am - 5.30 pm, Mon-Fri and on-call Saturday and Sunday to respond to intercom calls and to allow public and business access. Weather permitting, all work is scheduled for completion in early January. TAXI SERVICES Patrons who require a taxi to travel from the airport to home or other Coffs Coast locations should soon discover an improvement in services. A holding bay for additional taxis awaiting access to the undercover terminal rank is currently being constructed in front of the Coffs Airport Security Car Park. So customers can be quickly serviced, an electronic signal board will be installed to inform taxis parked in the holding bay whenever a terminal rank is vacant. The aim is to encourage a more timely and efficient taxi service for local residents and visitors to Coffs Coast. BUS SERVICES If you are going to and from the airport by coach, please note that the set-down and pick-up point for the public bus service operated by Sawtell Coaches is to move. This will soon be relocated from outside the terminal to the front of Coffs Airport Security Car Park. Access to and from the terminal will be by way of the undercover walkway between the terminal and security car park and connecting pathway to a new purpose built bus shelter.

The bus service timetable will be displayed inside the shelter. FLIGHT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES So airport patrons can keep abreast of arrival and departure times, flight details can now be accessed online. The daily arrivals and departures for Virgin Australia, QantasLink and Brindabella Airlines can be found on the Coffs Coast website On the left hand side of the home page is the heading, ‘Coffs Harbour Regional Airport’. Underneath this heading is ‘Arrivals or Departures’. Click on whichever is appropriate, and you will find the scheduled, estimated and actual arrival and departure times. This information is supplied by the airlines and up-dated regularly. INTERNET AND WI-FI SERVICES Whether for business or pleasure, staying connected is easy at Coffs Harbour Airport. In the public guest lounge adjacent to Biggles, there are two terminals on which to connect to the internet. For a nominal fee (coin operated), you can be online in a matter of moments. And, if you need to make a printout of your documents, you can. An adjacent printer is connected to each monitor. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled smart phone, tablet or laptop, there is a Wi-Fi Hotspot in the terminal. This is near the arrivals entrance opposite the check-in counters. APRON EXTENSIONS

At times, there are three and sometimes four aircraft parked air-side at the terminal. To cater for these occasions and ever changing aircraft sizes, maintenance and improvements to the parking apron will soon be undertaken. COFFS AIRPORT SECURITY CAR PARK With changes to bus and taxi bays, the current exit from the security car park will be relocated to the north-western corner of the building. The installation of the new exit doorway and boom gate is expected to take 1 - 2 days, during which time a manually operated system will be staffed and operated so as not to cause any delay for people using this service. As an alternative, the general public car park will be operating normally. At only $2 for the first hour, this is one of the most inexpensive airport car parks in Australia. These changes will take place once the new freight access road is sealed. YOU’RE WELCOME AT COFFS HARBOUR REGIONAL AIRPORT The next time you are driving along Hogbin Drive, call in and see first-hand the changes taking place. Visit Biggles Flight Lounge to see the new and stylish decor. Stroll a little further and view the sports wall, then perhaps relax in the arrivals hall with coffee and cake and watch as people from near and far arrive and depart Coffs Harbour Regional Airport. They and you are most welcome, 365 days of the year.

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Love All Things Aviation? The Austalian Air League is one of the oldest youth organisations in Australia, having been in existence since 1934, when the first squadron was formed in Manly NSW. Because of the interest in aviation due to the exploits of Kingsford Smith, Bert Hinkler, the Ulm brothers and many others, it was decided to make ‘aviation’ the theme of the club. Many WW2 pilots and many of today’s Qantas aircrew, along with many overseas crews, started their flying career with the Australian Air League.

in constructing two dioramas of different airfields and other modelling endeavours.

The courses include: Aircraft Control surfaces and how they operate, Theory of Flight, Navigation, Radio Communication, Meteorology, Aircraft Construction, Aero Engines, Astronomy, Electronics, Administration, Photography, “The coursese Signals, Survival, Physics, Space Flight and taught to thes Field Craft, to name a few. These courses re tu young fu a r ve are designed to cater for the young and co ts ul ad r also for the older cadets, as they progress wide range of ai and ground through the studies. er

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The Australian Air League is a non-profit All courses are divided into stages such paths.” organisation and caters for boys and girls as 4, 3, 2 and 1. By the time the number 1 from 8 years of age and over. The courses stage is completed, the cadets have an excellent taught to these young future adults cover a wide knowledge of that subject and could most likely range of air and ground related career paths. The first secure a career in whatever vocation he/she desired. thing they learn is: ‘What is an aeroplane?’ From there, the The cadets enjoy powered flying and/or gliding several times Air League can guide them all the way to their commercial during the year, and various projects are undertaken to interest pilot’s license. Coffs Harbour squadron in currently engaged the cadets in all aspects of aviation.

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Scenic Joy Flights Precision Helicopters can take you just about anywhere. It’s always special to showcase the harbour and international marina and to provide our guests with a bird’s eye view of our sensational turquoise coastline and beautiful beaches – often to see dolphins playing in the crystal clear waters or whales, in season, during their annual migration. There are also the boutique style resorts, magnificent mountains and secretive waterfalls. Arrive in style at your wedding – a fantastic way to spoil your bridal party or make an entrance at your reception. Maybe a transfer to a 5 star resort for breakfast or lunch to celebrate a special occasion, get the guys together for an adrenaline adventure or immerse yourself with local history on the South Solitary Island Tours. Choose from the two seater R22 helicopter or the larger JetRanger helicopter for groups of two or more. Have a 30 minute lesson in the R22, and see if you can master the controls and hover like a professional! Gift vouchers are always available for those special events and unique gift ideas. For those who want to experience the awesome splendor and diversity of our fabulous Coffs Coast, there is no better way than with an aerial perspective from a helicopter.

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Professional Pilot Training

Coffs Harbour & District Aero Club

As easy as parking in your own garage

Coffs Harbour & District Aero Club (CHAC) is the focal point of General Aviation at Coffs Harbour Airport. We have an excellent flying school, with the ONLY CASA certified exemption for training RAA on the airfield. There’s an air-conditioned briefing room, bar, kitchen, and full BBQ and function facilities. For your convenience, we also offer bunkhouse accommodation, widescreen TV, Wi-Fi access, pool, darts and a selection of coffees, teas and light refreshments.

For proprietors Tom and Therese Murray-Prior, the launch of Coffs Airport Security Carpark in 1998 was the result of years of detailed investigation into the latest in carpark security. Tom says, “Four years of research before we first opened included extensive travel, both to Australian city and country airport carparks and internationally.

With stunning coastal scenery north and south and spectacular valleys, rainforest and mountain escarpments just moments inland, we are at the centre of paradise. Something to eat? Come and meet our wonderful new chef, Mark Savic, in our brand new, unique Tex Mex restaurant and have an awesome social experience while treating yourself to a culinary delight. So be it learning, fun or business – ‘Come Fly the Coffs Coast’ at the Coffs Harbour Aero Club! Please check out our site: it’s packed with lots of useful info to help you enjoy your stay! Aviation is expensive, and many volunteers donate their time to keep the club running. Coffs Harbour Aero Club is a tax deductible gift recipient – if you’d like to talk to someone about making a donation to the club, please get in touch via our contacts page. ‘If the sky’s your limit, you gotta be in it’!

We keep up with the latest in carparks and still believe, even though we are in a country airport, that we are leading the way for other airport car parks in providing a protected and safe environment for travellers’ cars. Coffs Airport Security Carpark is unique in the emphasis on the security of your car.” Tom and Therese came to Coffs Harbour in 1988, when Tom took the sea change from his career as a senior executive director of a major merchant bank. They built Hi-Tech Self Storage and provided travellers with a valet parking service at the storage at all times of the day or night. This led to the idea of a secured, undercover, purpose built carpark at the airport. Over time, they have extended the secured carpark and still have room for future expansion. “We have tried to make parking at Coffs Airport Security Carpark as easy as parking in your own garage. It probably is also safer than parking at most home garages,” says Therese.

Professional Pilot Training specialises in the professional development of airline cadet pilots. The regulatory authorities only establish the minimum safety standards required to fly a light aircraft, so unfortunately the graduate is not immediately employable in a modern multicrew airline. To be employable and to have a long term career, the airline pilot must be a more rounded professional, they must have excellent flying skills, be able to speak and communicate accurately to other crew members, company personnel and to public meetings. They must have confidence and social skills that allow them to be at ease with people from all levels of society and be able to write and present formal documents within the company; they must be able to report for duty fit to fly and in a clean, neat uniform. None of the personal skills can be addressed with the safety standards set by regulation that requires only a minimum skill standard. Professional Pilot Training operates a system that copies an airline command and dress structure and provides a full range of professional development training including leadership, report writing, public speaking and aviation related problem solving. Our cutting edge competency based training system helps manage the development of excellent aeroplane manipulative and command skills.

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Heidi’s House Heidi Brett is the owner of Vast Interior Coffs Harbour, and her passion for unique homewares and furnishings is evident in her own fantasy like property. We take a stroll through her humble abode ... references, bronze hue and peculiar shape makes it the hat inspired you to build a castle? My husband and I have always loved evperfect talking piece. erything medieval, and then we fell in love 2. I just love the organic shape and the intricately painted with the idea of having our own castle colours in this hand painted antique tin kharbuja pot from after returning from our first trip to Europe 18 years ago. India. We were just determined to turn our dream residence 3. This is David’s grandfather’s fireman helmet. His grandinto a reality; we have never been ones to shy away from father would be horrified to see it’s not polished, but I love the unusual or a challenge! the patina of age and the all the dents. It tells a story when You decided to add a modern extension last year. you look at it, and it’s part of our family’s history. Why did you decide to go that way? 4. My recent birthday present. This is the dragon that We found it difficult to find the same every girl should have ... I mean, I do live in a building materials that were used in our castle, so it fits. original building, and we wanted a 5. Perfect for lazy days, this is where we It’s like having pool and entertainment area – which relax and entertain. I love my carved our own is very un-castle like, but essential for teak daybed and in our climate, I ; it personal resortes a Coffs Harbour entertaining abode! think every home should have one. definitely comthe As fans of the TV show Grand And the bright colours of the pillows in into its own it’s d an , Designs, I loved seeing ambitious and stools ... well, it’s my happy er summ to e ac pl t ea designs that blended new modern place. a gr entertain friends extensions with old homes. 6. So many memories. This is our and to relax. ” We were lucky enough to find engagement photo in a quirky antique a local builder, Brian Hopwood, who camera frame from work. Looking back, understood our vision and came up with a we were so young – only 19. It’s been one suitable bold solution that functions and conhell of a journey, and I’ve loved every moment of trasts well with the old world design features. it. Are you happy with the outcome? You’re the owner of the VAST INTERIOR in Coffs HarMost definitely. The old part of our home is all rich, bour. Tell us something some people may not know warm colours with lots of dark wood and textures, and we about the store. We are direct importers, so we only keep a small call it our winter abode, while the new section is like walkamount of stock on hand and sell our stock off the floor. ing into a different world, all light and airy space. This means if you find something you like, it’s best to get It’s like having our own personal resort; it definitely it when you see it ... and with our original pieces, we may comes into its own in the summer, and it’s a great place to get something similar but NEVER the same. entertain friends and to relax. Tell us a little bit about each of the featured items in Although we can order special requests for customers your home, and why they're important to you. seeking something unusual, the lead time can be up to six 1. This beautiful deer tea light holder holds wonderful months, so it’s best to seize the moment if you fall in love memories. Found on our first family holiday, the Celtic with that special piece!


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Big Flavours of coffee to go! In February 2008, piccolo to go was established. A small coffee cart, never before seen in Coffs Harbour. A small coffee cart that offered big flavours in coffee. Three blends: a medium roast, medium-dark and a dark roast. Not much has changed; fast forward to 2013, and piccolo to go still offers three blends of award winning Di Bella coffee. Now located in the old Swankys espresso bar site, we are excited to be showcasing these ever reliable blends, still made with the same passion that has kept us going for the past five years. The Piccolo latte is a strong small coffee with extra punch and flavour. Our ever expanding menu will explore these traits minus the small, taking Mediterranean flavours and traditions and infusing them with modern Australian flair. We endeavour to source local in season produce, keeping our menu fresh and ever changing. As you know, piccolo to go‘s speciality is coffee, and our chefs have taken this passion on and display it in the menu. We look forward to seeing you soon. piccolo to go mobile is located at the Bailey Centre on the Pacific Highway for people on the go, serving fresh espresso coffee made by professional barsitas.

Blush’s Wish List For Christmas Gift Vouchers. 1. Sothy’s anti ageing, hydrating, brightening facials. 2. Sothys cinnamon and ginger escape body exfoliate and massage. 3. Intensive pedicure, exfoliate and massage those twinkle toes for Christmas. 4. Intensive manicure. 5. Come in and try our amazing staff’s waxing techniques. The best eyebrow waxes on the North Coast. 6. Acrylic, gel and shellac nails available in Christmas vouchers. 7. Get your Summer Loven Tuscan Tan. Buy 2 spray tans for Christmas, and receive your third spray tan free. 8. Complexion perfection; get that elusive glow. Experience the wonders of couture contouring and find your perfect foundation match. Ideal for makeup minimalist. $160 redeemable. 9. Makeup lesson: $100s redeemable on product. Great gift voucher for Christmas. 10. Dermal fillers, muscle relaxing injectables and rejuvenating light therapy available weekly after cosmetic doctor consultation. 11. Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Christmas from the Blush Makeup and Beauty Studio girls.

Kim Barkway, Claire O’Meley &Jason Green Doggy bakery: Home-made baked treats in 9 flavours. Small/large decorated bones. Birthday/Christmas cakes/cup cakes, savoury or sweet. Bach flower remedies: Emotional needs of our pets can be supported with flower remedies. Flower remedies are 100% safe, contain no drugs or chemicals, and can be used on the young and old, sick and pregnant females. Home-made doggy treats and dinners: Vet endorsed, no preservatives, freshly baked home-made healthy treats and dinners, high in fibre, 100% real meat. Health Benefits for your dog eating our treats and dinners: Healthy coat and skin, healthy teeth and gums, maintain healthy weight, better health, strong bones, firmer stools (less of them), reduce vet bills, less behaviours. Christmas Ideas: Hand-made doggy and cat print recyclable carry bags, decorated bones, doggy cake (savoury or sweet), decorated cup cakes, Santa stockings, gift vouchers.

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Matt Loretan a man of many talents. After 17 years of being recognised in the jewellery industry as a talented master craftsman and with a large loyal client base, Matt closed his Park Avenue store earlier this year to embark on another journey and pursue a new career that is just as highly regarded and also steeped in family tradition. After only beginning his pilot training in May this year, Matt can be seen preforming blood draining aerobatic manoeuvres most mornings over our beautiful Coffs Coast, pushing the limits of aerodynamics, with some manoeuvres straining pilot and machine at 4 times the weight of gravity (see the video on the Matt Loretan Jewellery Facebook page!) “I feel extremely privileged to have had a successful business which has enabled me to take this time out to train full-time, which will see me achieve my commercial pilot’s licence within the next 12 months.” Not letting his head get too far in the clouds, Matt still has the same down to earth service and honesty that people have come to expect from the Loretan family jewellers over the past 90 years. “… and since closing the Park Avenue store in March, I have been constantly contacted by

Christmas destination store customers wanting me to create new pieces and repair or remodel their old favourites.“ So a new workshop has now been completed, enabling Matt to provide the same high quality fine jewellery and now offer a personalised service at wholesale prices. Matt Loretan Jewellery has joined forces with Le Dãin Designs. We will be providing an exclusive service to attend to all fine jewellery orders where precious stones (e.g. diamonds) are required. We will also be working together designing a piece for an upcoming charity event in 2013. Call Matt: 0413 228 645 or Jodi 0434 148 660 to make your appointment for quotes and sales.

Harvey Norman has always been a great Christmas destination store for computers and technology. This Christmas is even more exciting, because of all the new gadgets in-store. Whether you are after fun new tablet computers or iPads to the latest smartphones, they have such a great range and choice. Some of our favourite gift ideas this year are the Appsessories, which are toys driven by mobile phone apps. There are boats, cars, tanks, helicopters and more. Tablet computers are on everyone’s wish list, and this year we see the best range line up. Speaker docks have never been better, with so many great quality models that suit iPods, mp3 players and smartphones. A new line up of fitness products

can be found in store: pedometers to fitness watches to heart rate monitors; you can even order fitness equipment. Along with all the new products, Harvey Norman has a massive range of all the best tech products, such as digital cameras, GPS devices, new Ultrabook slim computers, just to name a few. Harvey Norman is more than happy to beat any competitor’s price, but pride themselves on having trained staff and friendly service. Don’t forget Santa photos are on every weekend up until Christmas from 11 - 2pm, with 1 free 6 x 4 photo per family. Merry Christmas from Liz and her staff at Harvey Norman Computers, Home Base Centre.


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Adrian at Celtic Roots introduces his new apprentice. Rahwa is a recent arrival to these shores. In her country of birth she is a qualified hairdresser; her skills and qualifications related to Afro Caribbean hair. At Celtic Roots, she is going to learn about Caucasian “ Due to her erience, hair. previous exp

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perfection and finish. Also, please note that I will oversee all appointments with Rahwa.

First Christmas at Jetty Boating. Karen and Norm are looking forward to their first Christmas at Jetty Boating and wish to thank all their customers for their support during their first year at the helm of the business.

been working extremely hard to get all the service work out for our clients leading into Christmas.

New customers, old customers and returning customers – we hope that they have all liked the few changes we have made and are made feel welcome while they are with us.

So if you are thinking of getting a service or you need a service, PLEASE don’t leave it too much longer; we have been booked up well in advance, and our mechanics will be taking a well deserved break over Christmas to spend time with their family and loved ones.

We have learnt a lot and love sharing our knowledge and passion for the industry with our clients. Our mechanics, Chopper and Davo, have been invaluable and have

If we have not met you yet, we look forward to. And again, wishing everyone a very safe and happy Christmas, whatever you are doing. Enjoy: life truly is for living.

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focusfeature_ 12 Days of Christmas.

Divine Living Factory Outlet. If you’re looking for that individual piece for your home, then look no further than the Divine Factory Outlet. We stock everything from clocks, wall art, canvas art, mirrors, occasional statement pieces and much more.

The Harmony Store New Deliveries for Christmas

The Divine Factory Outlet passes on the savings directly to the public, giving great value for money to our shoppers. The Divine Factory Outlet offers great customer service in a friendly and relaxed environment. Many of the pieces have been hand-picked from abroad and not purchased in bulk, as we want you to have that special piece that is individual to your home.

Harmony Store has great options for the Christmas and New Year festivities. Lovely dresses from VERY VERY and MESOP, separates from VERGE, The Santi Butterfly, Tani, and Gordon Smith. Great accessories, PLUS, we have gift vouchers available. Are you over 30 and want to be stylish and funky (not frumpy) while feeling comfortable? Harmony Store is for you! The girls at Harmony Store are there to help you with good old fashioned service, offering product information and honest opinions. Prices range from $28 to $300, giving everyone’s budget the opportunity to enjoy the natural fibre comfort. Your total outfit cost won’t break the bank. Team a lower priced top with our VERGE Italian cotton pants that are truly a great investment. We make sure there is quality in our clothing brands, so you can feel the difference when wearing them, and they last more than one season and suit our climate. Harmony Store is open 24/7.

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• • eBay SALE store (Naturals at Harmony) • Coffs Harbour store Browse online at your leisure, email or ring the girls to put your size on hold. Plus, if you purchase garments from the eBay store, postage is free when you choose store pick up. A new delivery of Cotton Village and TAKA is in store, PLUS we have new Neemah, Wyse, The Shanti Butterfly, Tropical Batique and our bamboo brands. Merry Christmas to our existing and new customers.

• New and exciting Factory Outlet in Coffs Harbour, showcasing quality items at an affordable price. • A massive variety. • All products are discounted off the recommended retail price, giving great savings. • Items include home and giftwares, ladies fashion and soft furnishings. • Some of the individual pieces include handmade recycled glassware from Spain and handmade Moroccan copper pieces, just to mention a few. • Everything in our store is underneath the recommended retail price. • If you’re looking for quality items at an outstanding price, then look no further. • Off street parking.

Hours of trade up to Xmas is 6 days, 10am 5.30pm, Thursdays to Tuesdays and Saturday to Sunday 10am - 2pm. Divine Living Factory Outlet, 23 Isles Drive, Coffs Harbour. • Recycled Spanish stained glass $55 (RRP $85). • Red vase $35 (RRP $55). • 4 tier candle holder $35 ($49). • Moroccan pendant light $99 ($139). • Egyptian bath towel set $54.99 (RRP $99.99). • Leather mat $24.99 (RRP $49). • Photo frame $24.99 (RRP $45). • Felt table runners $12 (RRP $19). • Oil burner $12 (RRP $22). • String lights $25 (RRP $45). • Car money box $21.99 (RRP $29). Gift Registry available.


A place where stress doesn’t exist


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’ve discovered a place where stress doesn’t exist. A place that’s easy to get to, yet remote enough to feel like you’re miles away from anywhere. A place people find themselves drawn back to again and again. That place is Wooli, a peaceful village of just 500 people on the Clarence Coast. Wooli’s topography is unlike any town I know. Stretching out along a 4km long, narrow peninsula (less than 200m at the narrowest points), the village is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the stunning Wooli Wooli River. With Wooli entirely surrounded by Yuraygir National Park and the Solitary Islands Marine Park, bushwalks, wildlife, rare birds and great diving and snorkelling are right on its doorstep. But if you like your creature comforts, you’ll be glad to know Wooli also has great spots offering eat-in and take-away food and drink. So yes, you can sip your latte at a café in the morning and celebrate that big fish you caught with a cold beer at the pub in the afternoon. Wooli does something to people, I’ve found. It takes them back to happy childhood holidays. To times when life was simpler and there were fewer distractions. When mum settled down with a book, dad tried to catch a feed, and you swam, played on the beach and ran around to your heart’s content with not a care in the world. Wooli somehow manages to take you back there. It slows you down and makes you notice and appreciate things. It gently forces you to (excuse the catch phrase) ‘live in the now’ and enjoy every minute of the day. Cleanest river in NSW Locals like to point out that the Wooli Wooli River is the cleanest in all of New South Wales. It actually shares that honour with the nearby Sandon River, but you only need to look in the crystal clear water to know it’s true. Because the river lies within the protected Yuraygir National Park and Solitary Islands Marine Park, there’s nothing but untouched nature upstream. With no industrial or farming runoff into the river, Wooli enjoys pure, unpolluted water that’s relished by fish, birds and people alike. It’s no wonder the river is Wooli’s beating heart. It’s the star attraction of Wooli’s most popular pastimes such as fishing,

Holidays can be hard work these days. But just 90 minutes from Coffs is a place that lets you truly unwind and relive those blissful laid-back holidays of the past. Living in Coffs Harbour, our holidays usually go via busy Sydney Airport. They involve check-in procedures, long waits, laptop and WiFi hassles, taxi queues or car rental forms, and a full schedule of activities. Once arrived, it can take hours, if not days, to relax.

boating swimming, swimm boating, kayaking and canoeing. What’s more, almost all holiday accommodation in Wooli is either right on the river or just a short stroll from it. Riverside accommodation For me, part of the charm of staying at the friendly Wooli River Lodges is sitting on the balcony of our cabin and watching hubby try to catch a fish from the river’s edge. Being right on the river also makes it easy to get up early and slide a canoe into the water for an early-morning paddle. Nothing compares to the peace and quiet of sitting in a canoe in the middle of a motionless river at sunrise. Listening to rustling mangroves and beautiful bird song across the still water as nature awakes does wonders for your soul. Just up the road from the lodges – past Wooli Hotel Motel, Emilio’s Bistro and the service station/general store – the Solitary Islands Marine Park Resort sprawls out along the riverbank. Camp sites by the riverside are the most popular, I’m told, snapped up by anglers keen to cast a rod from right outside their campervan. Here, too, guests make good use of the resort’s kayaks and canoes. The village ‘centre’ Driving into Wooli from the resort, hotel and lodges at the entrance of town, you’ll pass the Showground. Here, I’ve seen kangaroos graze on the oval’s grass at dusk, while a family of white-bellied sea eagles watched from their nest perched on a power pole opposite the road. From the end of Main Street and Riverside Drive in the centre of Wooli it’s another 2km to where the river meets the sea. There’s certainly no shortage of holiday homes and units in the central part of Wooli. Staying at Wooli Serviced Apartments, on one of the narrowest parts of the peninsula, we can see the river from our sprawling deck and hear the ocean just over the dune behind us. Most accommodation in Wooli is fully self-contained but you need to bring or buy your own supplies. So when we arrived at Wooli Serviced Apartments, the fresh breakfast provisions in the kitchen were a pleasant surprise. Chatting to owners Gordon and Maureen Hooper, we were fascinated to learn that the property on O’Keeffe Lane has been in Maureen’s family for almost a century. Maureen, whose maiden name is O’Keeffe, tells us her great great uncles Jack and Ned O’Keeffe were among the first European settlers in Wooli. They ran Wooli’s first shop and post office from the property, which has since been converted into four comfortable two-bedroom apartments. A short stroll from here brings you to the Wooli Bowling & Recreation Club and Harry’s Chinese restaurant. Right on the river are Waves at Wooli café and takeaway and Wooli Oyster Supply,

which sells seafood and oysters harvested straight from the river behind it. Knowing the Wooli Wooli River is among the healthiest and most pristine in the country, it’s no wonder many visitors proclaim that Wooli oysters are the best they’ve tasted anywhere. Wooli in a nutshell Wooli is like a quiet, hidden destination in a beautiful natural setting, where holidays feel like yesteryear – except your accommodation and facilities are modern, food and coffee is good and yes, you even have mobile phone coverage if you really need it. Story By Micky Stuivenberg

WOOLI ACTIVITIES Swimming – river, estuary or beach. Patrolled beach in summer. Fishing – river, breakwall, beach, or join a deep sea fishing charter. Surfing – variety of banks from breakwall to Wilsons Headland. Kayaking & canoeing – check if accommodation has canoes or kayaks. Walking – walking tracks in town and in Yuraygir National Park. Bird watching – you may spot a brolga, jabiru or emu. Bring binoculars. Scuba diving – Wooli Dive knows the best spots at North Solitary Islands. Snorkelling – great rock pools at Wooli, Minnie Water and Diggers Camp.

River tours – hire a tinny or join an eco-tour on the Wooli River Explorer. Cycling – bring your bikes; you’ll enjoy riding on Wooli’s flat, quiet roads. Tasting fresh oysters – get a dozen local oysters and picnic by the river. Photography – it’s so picturesque you’ll want to capture everything. Camping – camp in Wooli, Minnie Water or a National Park campground. Day trips – spend a day at gorgeous Minnie Water and Diggers Camp. Nothing – just read, eat, sleep, hang out and recharge your batteries.

Getting There Coffs Harbour CBD to Wooli is 105 km (90 mins). Follow the signs from the Pacific Highway.

Staying there Plenty of accommodation available, ranging from basic to luxury. Busiest time is Christmas to midJanuary. Visit for a list of all accommodation and further information about Wooli and Minnie Water.

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Lightstream Health Clinic

D’Entrecasteaux Soaps. “Soap company D’Entrecasteaux use natural ingredients that cater for all skin types...”

W Lightstream Health Clinic are holding retreats at the tranquil Lightstream Sanctuary, where you can have a naturopathic health assessment throughout the new year!


hat alternatives do you suggest for people who want to have a healthier lifestyle? People need insight into how having a healthy lifestyle can motivate them into having fulfilling lives and relationships. We are human beings, not human doings! How will the retreat leave a lasting effect on one’s health? It will identify weaknesses in participants’ physical, emotional and psychological health and give them the skills and information to remedy or help with their specific problems. Skills learnt will enable the participant to manage time better, while leading a healthy fulfilling life. What environment can one expect at the retreat? The ambience at Lightstream Sanctuary is one of peace and tranquillity, with birds and wildlife as company. Located on the Little Nymboida River with a unique waterfall and swimming area that is not only pristine, but remote enough to feel as if one is far away from the troubles of the world ... Tranquil walks through the warm temperate rainforest, a calm lake to sit and ponder, meditate around the circular herb garden, and a healing oxygen-charged atmosphere that will leave one feeling refreshed and ready to start anew. What range of activities are on the program? Participants are given an individual naturopathic health assessment and treatments, including therapeutic massage, tai chi/qi gong, meditation, communication skills, food as medicine workshops, emotional healing, herbal medicine, yoga and mud wraps by the river.

the plug! Retreats will be held on 12/13/14 January, 16/17/18 February, 30/31March/1st April, 27/28/29 April. Ring 6658 6406, email or visit for details.

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hat is your soap company called, and where did that name come from? Our small business is called D’Entrecasteaux Soaps. We first started the business in Tasmania, on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Tell us about the soap ingredients and why they are so special? We use coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil as our base and shea butter and avocado oil as additives. We use French clays for our colouring and also quality essential oils for their lovely scent. Various botanicals are also used. Your prices are a bit more expensive than the mass produced commercial products, so why should people pay that extra buck? Our soaps are made in small batches using the cold process method. They are not mass produced, therefore the whole process is more time consuming. It takes 6 - 8 weeks for the soap to cure. Large amounts of glycerin is removed in the commercial production process and used to make other beauty products. Only a small quantity of glycerin remains in commercially produced soaps. Commercially produced soaps are made with artificial ingredients, chemicals and harsh detergents.

Calling all Soulmates.

“ They are not , mass produced le therefore the weho time process is mortakes consuming. It the 6 - 8 weeks for soap to cure. ”

D’Entrecasteaux soap retains all of this natural glycerin, a major benefit in handmade soap. Glycerin attracts moisture to your skin, and each bar of handmade soap you use is thereby providing your skin with more moisturising properties than commercial soap. Also, handmade soaps are blended with pure vegetable oils and butters, pure essential oils and organic botanicals. These ingredients are a healthier alternative for cleansing your precious skin. No artificial ingredients or chemicals are included in 100% natural, handmade soap. What is your background in soap making? I started making soap in Tasmania in 2008, after attending a weekend workshop. What started off as a hobby grew into a small business. What soaps are best for different skin types?

We have a variety of nine soaps that cater for all skin types. Avocado Soap and Honey and Oat Soap is best for very sensitive skin. Seaweed and Lemon Myrtle soap is very good for oily skin. Green Clay and Sandalwood is a fantastic shaving soap! We even have pet soap! How can people buy your soaps? Who do you sell to? We are on Facebook, and we also have a website: www.dentrecasteauxsoaps. com. We live at Valla Beach, and anyone is free to drop in by appointment. My phone number is 0400 695 944. We supply guest soaps to Bruny Island, Cradle Mountain Lodge and The Cable Station, and also various smaller B&Bs in Tasmania. We also cater for wedding gift packs. These are becoming very popular! I recently packaged gift soaps for 100 wedding guests in Utah, USA. I can cater for custom orders. You can find us at Valla Beach Markets.

Calling all Sole Mates!

What does Cleopatra, Princess Diana and Oprah all have in common? They all enjoyed the benefits of Reflexology!


o what is Reflexology? A simple answer is, “Having a massage from the inside out”. A specialised form of bodywork that focuses on the feet and hands. It is a very safe and non-invasive treatment. Our feet mirror our body and internal health; therefore, with the use of Reflexology we can help clear toxins, find balance and function more easily (and it feels amazing). It’s a subtle yet powerful tool that aids in a sense of health and wellbeing. With 7,200 nerve endings in our feet, it is no wonder it relaxes and calms the

mind, aids anxiety, helps digestion, and calms emotional issues. Apart from the obvious, walking around day after day, year after year, our feet can become sore, tired and swollen at times. The rhythmic massage of reflexology feels wonderful on the sore tootsies and then, add the bonus of stimulating the congested areas in your body … well that’s just a match made in heaven! And it is really good for you! Issues that benefit greatly, to name a few are: pregnancy issues, diabetes, migraine, hormonal challenges in the body, digestive complaints, depression, anxiety,

emotional stress and systemic illness. If you feel your feet are tired, you are disconnected from who you are or used to be, your health is lagging a little or you just feel stuck … then walk forward with reflexology. It’s ancient … but it works.

the plug! Soothe Your Soles and lift your mood: Sole Therapy Fusion, Coffs Harbour and Sawtell. Phone: 0409 944 022.

Every monthly treatment builds on the last. That's real skincare and age-control.

Don’t put anything on your skin that you would not eat.

Real skincare. Change of season is always a busy time for Qi Beauty Facials at Coffs Harbour Acupuncture Clinic. Karen Di Nicola, an Acupuncturist for 24 years, has found one of her greatest joys is the results of Acupuncture based treatments for skin that has difficulty adjusting to the environment. Skin responds to change in different ways. Change in season, change in working environment, change in diet, or change in health status often alters the appearance of skin. Women who see Karen for Qi Beauty Treatments notice a considerable difference with skin moisture, texture and the common signs of ageing after one treatment. Effective treatments include facials to plump and tone dehydrated skin, decrease the size of pores, lift and define facial features and create volume to fill wrinkles and lines. Karen incorporates her training to offer people alternatives to assist in the treatment of conditions such as rosacea, broken capillaries and uneven pigmentation by correcting skin imbalances and deficiencies through the stimulation of Qi. Karen believes, "Maintaining Qi between treatments means that people are able to keep the results of a facial long-term. This means that every monthly treatment builds on the last. That's real skincare and agecontrol." Karen's success in facial treatments means people leave her clinic with a Home Kit, which she prescribes and personalises specifically for her patients to use at home to support her treatments.

Lightstream Sanctuary Retreats Do you need to change your present lifestyle to accommodate a healthier approach? Have you been feeling tired and run down and need a boost to kick start a new way of being? Lightstream Sanctuary, a serene pristine retreat in the hinterland of Coffs Harbour, is restarting their program of rejuvenating Natural Health and Lifestyle workshops to be conducted over 3 days. The workshops, which will start you on a program of health and learning to relax effectively with meditation, healthy food and how to sustain a congenial lifestyle which energises rather than depletes and sets one on a positive approach to one’s life, begin on 12, 13 and 14 January 2013. It’s planned to have a retreat each month. Judy and Andrew at Lightstream Health Clinic in Sawtell are your hosts at these relaxing lifestyle weekends. You will receive an individual naturopathic health assessment, including specific herbal medicine, nutritional advice based on blood type and lifestyle, yoga exercises, qigong/tai chi, meditation, therapeutic massage, communication skills, emotional and psychological support. Fresh vegetarian meals are provided, along with comfortable accommodation in a healing, tranquil environment. Contact 6658 6406, email or au for details and a brochure.

Sole therapy. The OmVeda Fusion. Divine skincare fused with reflexology=Heavenly Body Rituals OmVeda Skincare is now available on the Mid North Coast. An organic range of skincare formulated using ancient Ayurvedic guidelines – no animal testing, chemical and preservative free, and all ingredients are picked according to the moon cycle for potency. Now available to indulge in, and heal from. Don’t put anything on your skin that you would not eat. Sole Therapy Fusion, run by Trista Shanahan, incorporates OmVeda products in all of her Ayurvedic facials and bodywork. What goes on inside the body is often reflected in the skin. The combination of ancient skincare formulas and therapeutic reflexology allows for a synergised healing treatment. Sole Therapy Fusion’s aim is for you to be looking forward to your next treatment before the current one has even ended, with deep relaxation, intuiative healing and heavenly fragrances. Bring radiance to your body, mind and spirit. Treat your body divinely.

Karen Di Nicola Acupuncturist

Practitioner of the Qi beauty Facial Treatment

Specialising in health for beauty

Correcting imbalances for vitality & sustainable age-control

Coffs Harbour Acupuncture Clinic 02 6651 2898 87 West High St, Coffs Harbour NSW

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Dr. Chris Knight, General Practicioner, discusses being married to our new Mayor Cr. Denise Knight.

Opal essence Day SPA Opal Essence are celebrating their 1ST birthday. And all the gifts are for you! Over the past year, the salon has thrived. Located in a tropical oasis at Opal Cove Resort, the spa has catered to both visitors and locals alike. It is the one stop beauty spa for people living around the Northern beaches area. The hairdressers are available from Monday to Saturday and provide a full range of hair treatments. The Turkish style wet room is a beautiful space for full body scrubs, body wraps and spray tans. Carolyne and her staff are offering specials on cosmetic tattooing and the body machine treatments.

Treatments from the Alpha Shape machine result in the reduction of cellulite, fatty tissue and is perfect for body shaping. By assisting the muscles in your face and body to contract and firm, skin tightening treatments result in a more youthful appearance. Also available are treatments to improve the appearance of your skin’s texture. Opal Essence offers great beauty packages for weddings, girls’ nights or for mums who need to be pampered. It is a great time of year to refresh your skin and hair and have yourself looking fabulous summer. Contact the girls, or drop in to take advantage of the birthday specials.

Dr. Chris Knight


hen and why did you you feel medical science/modern physicians first decide to become a could be doing better? doctor? I think that, as doctors, we need to My brother, Paul, is a encourage patients to take a more active doctor. I used to go with participation in their treatment. I am guilty of him to hospitals when I was about 10, and I being too paternalistic in dealing with problems. saw how rewarding his work was. After that, And on being married to the Mayor, Cr. I really did not want to do anything else; it is a Denise Knight. That’s exciting – you must decision I have never regretted. be very proud of her? What do you recall as being some of the Extremely proud. She gives so much to the most important things you’ve learned since community and continues to do so. She has launching your career in medicine? worked very hard to become Mayor. She works Always listen to your patients and never ten to twelve hours per day at the moment. Yes, assume anything about a patient. I’m very proud of her! Describe how your career has Denise’s background is in nursing tracked to date ... ... did you meet on the job? I graduated in 1975. Yes, I was a Resident at I did my residency at Western Suburbs Hospital, She gives so St Vincent’s Hospital, and we met over a patient much to the Darlinghurst, and then with a knife sticking out d an community . so do to worked at Fairfield s of his chest. He got better, ue contin very Hospital, which was and I got Denise! She has worked hard to become where I met my wife, Talk about ‘The Power mayor.” Denise. Then I went Couple’ – have the to England to study dynamics changed at Anesthetics and Obstetrics. home? Denise and I were married in Very much so; I have had to take Paris, and our daughter, Katherine, on more of the household duties. I tend was born in Birmingham. Apparently I to be fairly messy, so I have had to change my delivered her, but I have no memory of ways. My cooking skills have improved in leaps the event. We returned to Australia and started and bounds, and I made a rather nice meatloaf our practice in Sawtell and had our other two the week before last. children, David and Amy. Three years ago, I How do you find the public is responding moved the practice to Coffs Harbour. to you personally since she was elected What’s your specialty? Mayor? Do you find people stopping you General Practice. to talk politics? Such a long honorable career; what inspires Fortunately not. The main question I get is: you to keep helping people? “What do I call you now?” and “have things The sincere thanks I get from what I do. I changed?”. I have not had anyone come up to became the doctor for the Sawtell Panthers me with pot hole problems yet. Football club after being asked by John Personally and professionally, what are you Wotherspoon. This has been a most rewarding looking forward to in 2013? position, especially when I was there to see I have my work, which I find very rewarding, them win the premiership in 2010! and I look forward to supporting Denise in her Considering all the advances that have challenging job in any way I can. been made in medicine, is there anything Thanks Dr Chris.

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Ageing Gracefully by Dr. Chandran Arianayagam Time takes its toll on the human body in different ways, and skin is no exception. In fact, the effects of excessive exposure of fair skin to the harsh Australian sun compounds the effects of ageing. Initially, the changes are noted on the surface as blotchy, pigmented marks and fine blood vessels on the face. Later, skin begins to thin and sag due to collagen in the dermis (deeper part of skin) losing substance and the thinning of the fat layer beneath the skin. Facial Rejuvenation is now well established, using skincare and protection, as well as lasers and surgical methods as the basic building blocks. Skincare is a must and refers to adequate moisturising of skin and avoidance of the use of drying agents, including some soaps and cosmetics. Skin protection is the use of suitable clothes and sunblocks and the avoidance of overexposure to the sun. ‘PhotoThermoLysis’ (photo+light/thermal=heat/ lysis=destroy) is the principle by which lasers work to rejuvenate skin. Both ‘skin peeling’ and ‘non skin peeling’ methods are available and PhotoThermoLysis produces new collagen, with a resultant increase in skin tone (firmness) and a decrease in the sagging of skin. In addition, the skin looks and feels better too. ‘Dermal Fillers’ are injections used to place synthetic collagen in the dermis and are appropriate for softening facial lines and grooves; in effect,

this temporarily reproduces the effects of the laser treatment. Surgical Methods of facial rejuvenation have become more sophisticated over the years, with the emphasis more on restoration rather than removal and/or tightening. In a facelift operation, where previously skin removal and tightening were the mainstays, now there is much less removal and much more restoration of tissues to the original site, reducing the effects of sagging and stretch.

Expert Management of Skin Cancers Assessment of skin condition Total body check Appropriate treatment including: Carbon Dioxide Ablation Excisional Surgery (Including with Frozen Section Control)

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Drawing/Mixed media with Julie Hutchings. Drawing one day, painting the next! Join Julie to learn techniques on drawing, with a follow up of a completed painting of your own design (or one can be provided for you).

High-impact, professionally-staged photography At Top Snap, we understand that highimpact, professionally-staged photography is the foundation for every successful property marketing campaign, whether print or online.

and studio lighting to ensure each property is presented to its maximum potential, whatever the time of day.

Your images will be digitally retouched by our expert post-production e In addition to our quality team and hosted onto our secure ic We serv te ta es al re e daylight, dusk, elevated, server, with a next business day th also aerial or commercial turnaround. You’ll then get industry, but we s, service architect rior photography, we can exclusive access to our custombuilders and inteelalso help maximise the built online image management designers. We w es!” iri impact of your marketing system, giving you the flexibility come all enqu campaigns with our range to download images for marketof property marketing tools, ing campaigns, distribute images including virtual tours, floor to clients and create online property plans, copywriting, online property tours at your leisure. tours and virtual furniture. We service the real estate industry, but we also

Our photo shoots are professionally staged, using high-end digital cameras, wide-angle lenses

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service architects, builders and interior designers. We welcome all enquiries!

An early Christmas present for your loved one or friend. Cost $150. Please contact Sharan on 6651 7771. Date 1st and 2nd December. Time 9am - 4pm. Location 2/21 Isles Drive. If you’re interested in attending a water colour workshop at the Art Supply Emporium with renowned water colourist, JOHN LOVETT on 12th - 13th January, please contact Sharan no later than 7th December. For more information, please feel free to call Sharan and discuss details. The Art Supply Emporium also offers a unique gallery space for hire, purpose built to hold classes, workshops and exhibitions. Art Supply Emporium have new products arriving regularly e.g. glitter flakes, gold/ silver ink, blank cutout cards and pure pigment, to name just a few.

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focusinterview. Coffs Outriggers welcome the best in the nation to the beautiful Coffs Coast.

St Luke’s General Practice. The newest family practice ce in Coffs Harbour ound floor of the has just opened at the ground e Coffs Harbour’ op‘Specialist Medical Centre partment of Coffs posite the Emergency Department Hospital. St Luke’s will relieve pressuree off the Emerurgent gency Department for non-urgent ment attendances, as no appointment rs. is required to see our doctors. Bulk Billing readily available..

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offs locals will have a chance to see the Coffs Coast Outrigger club shine when it hosts the OC1 and OC2 National Marathon Titles on 8 and 9 December. “It’s an exciting time of the year for the club, where we gear up for hosting the biggest event in the OC1 (single canoe) and OC2 (double canoe) series with the prestigious National Marathon Titles,” said Club President, Gordon Polkinghorne. “Coffs Coast has held this event for the past five years, and each year we make it bigger and better. We have competitors travelling from all over Australia: Tasmania, South Australia, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville and even Darwin to compete.” Coffs Coast locals are encouraged to go down to the Jetty to witness the best in the nation competing for gold. Saturday 8 December sees participants contend for a place in 25 km long course, which runs between Woolgoolga and Coffs, while Sunday 9 December will be the 12 km short course race, which runs between Coffs and Sawtell. Final race directions will be dependent on the wind and conditions. And it won’t just be Outrigging which will be showcased during the national titles; the regatta will also host races for Ocean Skis and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) as well, which means the event will represent some of the fasting growing ocean sports, and there is something for everyone to compete in. “With over 150 entries anticipated in the short and long course, it is an amazing sight to see such a large flotilla of all crafts lined up and waiting for the bull horn to signal … GO!” explains Head Coach Robyn Elks. “There will be some of the best paddlers in Australia vying for national gold, and a lot of those will be from our very own club.” This year has been outstanding for one of the club seniors, John Vincent, who paddles in the Golden Masters Division. John is currently placed first in the short course OC1 marathon series and second in the long course category and cannot be beaten with his impressive point lead.


“It is very rewarding being at the peak of my paddling fitness, achieving personal sporting goals and being over 60. It just shows that this sport doesn’t discriminate against age.” Coffs local Matt O’Garey, who is currently leading the Pacific Ocean Ski Series, is also busy preparing for the ski race. “This regatta attracts some of the fastest ski paddlers in Australia, so it’s great to gauge how you’re going against other competitors in the series. And the length of the races really helps to build speed, which is a great assistance for the lead up to the world titles being held in Molokai later this season.“ Last year saw many of the local Coffs Outriggers place during the regatta: • Gale Mills Thom – silver in the long course OC1, Senior Master. • Ann Leonard – gold in both the long and short course OC1, Golden Master. • Keilly Hunter and Robyn Elks – gold long course double ski, Senior Master. • Bec and Tim Blay – bronze short course OC2, Open Mixed. It has been a busy and productive start to the season for the Coffs Outriggers, with outstanding results in the recent Pan Pacific Masters Games, as well as a significant influx of new members to the club. The club has nearly doubled in size, with new members at both a social level and senior competitive level. Robyn is very pleased with this outcome so far. “Our new member drive has given our club such a great injection of enthusiasm and new personalities. It also means that we will have a strong and united club to help host the upcoming Nationals. It takes all hands on boats, on time keeping and registrations to ensure a smooth and successful event.”

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CHC Pharmacy is on site (on the same level) and so are S&N Pathology and Rainforest Café. Coffs Radiology e will be moving in some time ist, three in the future. A dermatologist, n and cardiologists, an obstetrician gynaecologist have already set up evel 2. their consulting rooms on Level

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CAPRICORN. Peter Pan & Midsummer Night’s Dream m In another first for the Botanic Garden, the Friends of the Garden will join with the Young Actors Studio to stage productions of Peter Pan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in early December. Two separate casts of children aged between 4 and 13 years perform Peter Pan, the Þrst starting at 10.30am, the second at 1.30pm, on December 8 and 9. Each show runs for about 1½ hours. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, enjoy the fun these youngsters bring to an old favourite and help to encourage the arts education of young people. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a talented cast of seniors, aged between 15 and 18 years, performing from 6pm on 8 and 9 December. Many of these young actors have a potential future in the dramatic arts, and the Friends of the Garden are keen to give them a venue to air these talents. When education faces cuts to funding, it is all too often the Arts that suffer. And yet drama, painting, sculpture and music endure and are enjoyed over centuries. We owe it to children to keep education in the Arts as part of the normal curriculum in all levels of schooling.

December 22 - January 20

Relationships may bring some unexpected surprises. Keep the nurturing magic of your relationship active this month. A holiday may soon be on the agenda. New friends and work colleagues are also likely to be a major inßuence over the next few weeks. Rose quartz is a loving, nurturing crystal encouraging confidence.

AQUARIUS. January 21 - February 19

Congratulations you are about to receive a beautiful reward. Your faith is one of your strongest gifts, and even though you have been through rough times, you were still able to be true to yourself and remained yourself. You may now be showing others how to do the same. Turquoise enables us to receive our rewards effortlessly.

PISCES. February 20 - March 20

You may have been feeling left out or abandoned lately. DonÕt despair, you were just being given a perfect time out time to regather your energy and personal power. Work opportunities will soon take you on a new journey. Enjoy! Ruby is very effective for personal power.

ARIES. March 21 - April 20

If life still isnÕt satisfying you, perhaps your focus is a little too material. Try connecting with the essence of your childhood joy, and allow new adventure into your life. Your intellect will soon be satisÞed, as study is a likely inßuence soon. Citrine brings an abundance of creative energy.

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More adventure is on the horizon this year. A trip overseas is likely to occur soon, bringing further passion into your life. Avoid being anxious about money, because you will manifest the perfect amount needed, as you usually do anyway. Citrine carried in the wallet is said to attract an abundance of wealth.

GEMINI. May 22 - June 22

New beginnings surround you at the moment. Dreaming of birth often represents new beginnings too so donÕt be worried if you have dreamt these themes. This year is likely to host a myriad of activities for your social calendar. New acquaintances are entering the picture so enjoy their company. Mangano Calcite is wonderful for removing potential negative thought patterns, and eliminating self- sabotage.

CANCER. June 23 - July 23 Ju

You have recently triumphed over personal challenges and may have begun to recognise new strengths. Now just bring back your laughter and lighten up your energy. New romance, fun and adventure can be expected. Make a wish and see what happens. Rose quartz brings out our passion for living and our joy.

LEO. July 24 - August 23

You are about to tumble into Ôthe adventure of a life-timeÕ. Enjoy your talents and the wonder of developing them as this year will present many opportunities to explore them through. Reconnect through your inner child with a personal relationship and enjoy some playful energy. Aqua Marine gives us enormous self courage to confidently walk through any situation.

Your feelings of distance from your situation will not last much longer, as your tolerance is returning to you. Be patient and kind to yourself, as you are so often there for everyone else and rarely for yourself. In order to survive, you needed your space to recover from the demands placed on you. Ruby protects us from our own worst enemy (ourselves). Stops fear based thoughts and insecurities playing with us.

LIBRA. September 24 - October 23

Congratulations; you have created the way for your success through letting go of anxiety and bringing forth self conÞdence. Now rehash what is important to you and why it is, to attract even more reward. Real estate dealings should prove very rewarding. Orange Calcite heals, restores and rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit.

SCORPIO. October 24 - November 22

Stand strong in your own light, someone close to you is trying to grow through their weaknesses, and their insecurities are playing with them. They are learning by your example, so donÕt give up. Remember we all react to truths we arenÕt prepared for. Blue lace agate lightens the mind and clears thoughts.

SAGATTARIUS. November 23 - December 21

Total change can be expected to your binding circumstance, as your wish has been heard. Validate one talent today by using it, and watch the wonderful difference this makes to your attitudes. Try a little goal setting. Carnelian is a wonderful motivating crystal.


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Players will putt their way past a swaggy at the billabong, gold panners looking for gold, lifesavers on our beaches, shearers, as well as the chance to share the field with some of our sporting heroes. Perhaps our most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, takes centre stage in the course. The course has been designed so as to be able to accommodate players of varying ages due to our ability to change hole distances to suit ages from 7 to 97.

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ith the day of celebration fast approaching and the invitations hot off the press, you will want to cross your fingers and hope one is heading your way. Bellbowrie European, in conjunction with La Fleur D’Alyse and Le Dãin Designs take great pleasure in announcing the La Bal Masqué de Française, a night of pure opulence on the eve of the New Year 2012. The scene is set for the invite only event, with only 200 tickets available; this exclusive evening will have the lucky few ringing in 2013 in style. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the beachfront Opal Cove Resort will be dressed to impress, with the dedicated team from Special Occasions pulling out all the stops to transport guests back to the 18th century French court. As the masked invitees arrive, they will be greeted not only with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the top of the line luxury Audi range, thanks to Bellbowrie European, but also by the classical sounds of Heartstrings, the string trio consisting of a viola, violin and cello, who will be setting the welcoming mood. The divine singer Millie O’Rouke will croon guests back through time, as they mingle and are waited on

The whispers have begun … European luxury cars, designer jewels, pampered luxury, French champagne, ball gowns and masks ... whatever is set to happen on the eve of the New Year at the opulent beachfront Opal Cove?

Cove Resort. Leading the motorcade will be Mayor Denise Knight and husband Dr Christopher Knight in their Audi A6 for the evening. Upon arrival, the court crier will announce each VIP guest and sponsor upon entrance. Bellbowrie European are pulling out all the stops with their luxury motorcade, with the top of the line Audis being joined for the evening by some special Audi surprises from Melbourne, being : ht rig s ’ brought in especially to add to at Yes, th hand and foot by r fo ts es gu Bellbowrie European's already IP the V the attentive help y jo en ill w incredibly impressive fleet ... the evening for the evening. ious of Make sure you keep an the most prestig As the evening llbowrie eye out from 7.30pm on 31 arrivals in the Be of masked indulDecember along Harbour Drive European luxury gence unfolds, and the Pacific Highway to catch motorcade. guests will be a glimpse of this grand spectacle. pampered with many This amazing, never been done luxurious delights. Upon on the Coffs Coast before, motorcade arrival, guests will be treated shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who to cocktails created especially for the evening by know the dedication of the Bellbowrie European two of the event’s major sponsors. ‘Opulence’ team to go above and beyond in every area. from major sponsor Le Dãin Designs, which is Not only do they pride themselves and are well named after Le Dain’s latest collection to be known for their continued service and support launched on the evening and available from Opal long after a car is sold, but their dedication to Cove – one of the main stockists of Le Dãin Dequality extends into their service department as signs, will consist of Kruskovac, a Croatian pear well. You would be blown away to know the liqueur with Italian Asti Prosecco. The cocktail lengths they go to, to ensure only the best for ‘La Fleur’ from major sponsor La Fleur D’Alyse their customers. Bellbowrie European’s head will contain edible Lotus Flowers topped with Land Rover Technician, Ruldolph Dercksen, joined Italian Asti Ruby. These delicious cocktails will be the team as a result of an international search enjoyed in magnificent surrounds, while awaiting to find the best Land Rover mechanic on the the arrival of the VIP motorcade … Yes, that’s globe. Bellbowrie European also has in residence right: the VIP guests for the evening will enjoy the 'mechanical legend', as he is known, John the most prestigious of arrivals in the Bellbowrie Ussher, who regularly travels the world comEuropean luxury motorcade. VIP guests will be peting in, and winning, international technical collected from their homes and treated to a lavcompetitions run by Audi, Volvo and Saab. ish journey through the centre of Coffs Harbour Bellbowrie European is the class leader in the in convoy on their way to the beachfront Opal

sale of quality imported European vehicles in Coffs Harbour, with Audi outselling Mercedes Benz and BMW by a significant margin. One only has to look at the dedicated showroom and workshop facility to see that they take the European experience seriously. To keep the guests well informed about the proceedings of La Bal Masque De Francaise, we have the pleasure of having the fabulously effervescent Michael Crossland as the MC for the event. Michael has been a busy man this year and spent a huge part of 2012 presenting and spreading hope and passion to create inspiration throughout Australia and overseas. We count ourselves lucky he is home for Christmas and can join us help ring in the New Year in style. As the evening of fun and frivolity unfolds, more excitement will ensue. Jules Faber, caricature extraordinaire, will be on hand to capture all the glamorous action, with personalised caricature of willing guests. Jules is the ‘Cartoonist in Residence’ at the Bunker Gallery and President of the Australian Cartoonists Association, so caricature subjects are in good hands. Sammy Hart from Coffs Harbour High Teas and her mysterious ladies will be forecasting futures for 2013 in tea leaves from upturned fine china teacups, while Trudy Smith, the talented local artist, will be body painting a life model to show us all what was worn under those gorgeous gowns in the 1800. Guests can take home instant memories, with snapshots from polaroid cameras, and outstanding local photographers Alyssa Evans from Lyss & Her Camera and Brendan Ray from Skyview Photography will be on hand as the official memory capturers, so everyone can relive the evening once the champagne effects have worn off. continued over

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As guests arrive at this evening of opulence, the focus won’t purely be on fun and frivolity. Guests will be asked to make a donation to the Coffs Harbour Based Hospital Children’s Ward, which Tegan Ewart from 400 Management will match dollar for dollar to $1,000. As attendees make their donation, they will be provided a gold key, one of which will open the treasure trove, guarded by the court crier, of untold luxuries for their keeping. After the custom cocktails, mini banquets and French canapés, pampered guests will move from the civilized formalities of the high society string quartet and French court trappings to the complete beach frontage Opals Room, where the DJ will be spinning tunes ‘til the early hours for guests to dance the night away. Upon entering the pièce de fête, the party room, guests will be greeted by a towering deliciously WICKED masterpiece, designed es-

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pecially for this fabulous event by cake masters Kerry and Rachael Sullivan from Modern Cake Creations and Wicked Berries. The tower of delicious will contain the infamous and highly sought after wicked berries, amongst other mouthfuls of delicious. Continuing with the deliciously decadent theme, Kristi from Pansabella has constructed a ‘cheese cake’ – a lofty construction of the finest cheese to be enjoyed with French baguettes and jambon cuit au miel, honey glazed ham, late into the night. The most glamorous guest will be handsomely rewarded with the Best Dressed accolade, receiving a lavish gift from Le Dãin Deigns and La Fleur D’Alyse, to ensure they continue to dazzle in style. Every effort has been made to deliver a luxurious night to remember, with the opportunity to don a ball gown and sparkle the evening away in fine style. To help prepare for

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the event, indulge yourself and pay a visit to La Fleur D’Alyse to rejuvenate and unmask the new you on New Year’s eve. New lips, fresh face, exquisite hands and feet, a special pre ball package of a 30 minute face refresh or luscious lips is available for $750 + GST, or a special sublime spa pamper package with gold mask infusion is $200 + GST. Call La Fleur D’Alyse on (02) 6652 8943. When you dress to impress, order a designer original from Le Dãin Designs Jewells; the latest collection pieces consist of semi-precious stones, vintage treasures, Austrian crystal and freshwater pearls. This exquisite jewellery will complement any attire, being it casual, business or in this case, that special event. Prices range from the affordable to the absolute indulgence. Receive complimentary Austrian crystal earrings with every purchase when mentioning the La Bal Masqué De Française. Private showings can be

arranged for Le Dãin Designs Jewells at either Opal Cove Resort or La Fleur D’Alyse; please visit Being a masquerade ball, masks are of the upmost importance. Rebecca Hope of Coco 39 in Sawtell has all guests covered with the couture collection of masks available from her private, air-conditioned styling lounge. Drop in for a visit and enjoy a glass of champagne with Rebecca, while she expertly styles you for the ball. If you’d like to stand out from the crowd, super star makeup artist Mickeela Toneycliffe is available to personally design and hand paint on a mask that will last the evening, without you forgetting where you put it down! Mickeela is also available, along with the incredibly talented hair stylist Neil Coogan of Risque Hair, to complete your entire look for the evening. Book in at Risque to have an 18th century inspired makeup done or glamorous blow-dry

with elegant makeup to match, while enjoying a glass of French champagne in Neil’s luxurious salon. Prices start from $60, so give Neil’s team a call on 6652 2223 for more information or to make a hair or makeup booking. If you are in the market for a new gown for the evening, the ever so lovely and stylish team at RSVP Bridal and Formalwear will be only too happy to help. Tracey, Lisa, Mel and the team at RSVP are experts in finding the perfect dress for the perfect evening, so wander down the jetty and drop in for a visit. The team behind this impressive event couldn’t wait until New Year’s Eve to get the party started and so took it upon themselves to

stage an 18th century period photo shoot – the results of which you can see here. Major sponsors Barbara and Dr John Wenman and Carole Beros, along with Audi Brand Manager Lachlan Brown, FOCUS Editor Kim Gould, Mayor Denise Knight and 400 Management’s Tegan Ewart enjoyed an evening of laughter and luxury at Bella Cosa grand antique store in Sawtell. The jovial group, dolled up to the nines thanks to Mickeela Toneycliffe Makeup Artistry, Risque Hair and RSVP Bridal and Formalwear, even drew a crowd as they posed for photographs alongside the luxurious Audi A8. Enjoying French champagne from original 18th century rose glass goblets, kindly provided

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by Katherine of Bella Cosa and delicious food from the queen of all trades, Carole Beros, the evening was a wonderful success. The intricate and exquisite antique treasures held within Bella Cosa’s walls made the perfect setting for the photographs. Next time you are in Sawtell, head in to Bella Cosa for some Christmas shopping and to learn some interesting facts from Katherine and Clive about the fortunes held within. As the evening draws closer and this article draws to an end, you may possibly be wondering how you can join the fun? Being a limited number, invite only event, you will need to

contact the major sponsors to secure your ticket. $150 for this evening of luxury is almost too good to be true, and it is all thanks to the generous and fun loving Bellbowrie European, La Fleur D’Alyse, Le Dãin Design Jewells and the beachfront Opal Cove Resort. Please contact Carole Beros, designer and owner of Le Dãin Designs on 0417 471 019, La Fleur D’Alyse on (02) 6652 8943, Bellbowrie European on (02) 6656 8727, Sharnee Smith at Opal Cove on (02) 6651 0573 or Tegan Ewart from 400 Management on 0408 494 464 for more information, and hopefully you’ll be there when the clock strikes twelve – as the biggest surprise is yet to come! …

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Lemair B e l i n d a is u sing he r extensive career experience in performing arts to promote youth theatre lo ca l ly. S he is staging productions of Pe te r Pan & A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Botanic Gardens on ce mb e r 8 & 9. Dec Dec


elinda, you’ve had an interesting career. Tell us about your background? I guess performing is in my DNA. At the age of 3 years, I attended my first dance class, and from then on I haven’t wanted to do anything else but be on stage. As a youngster I trained in RAD Ballet through to Solo Seal, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop. I attended Bodenweiser Dance Centre, Brent Street Studios and the David Atkins School Dynamite Dance Studio. On weekends, I attended the Sydney Dance Company, where later I become a resident teacher. In 1990 I auditioned for Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, doing Years 11 and 12, majoring in Dance and Drama. After schoo, I toured and performed in many professional productions; Mighty Morphine Power Ranger Show performing along side Todd McKenney (Boy from Oz) and Jason Coleman (Judge from television dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance) was a favourite. But, I longed to pursue acting, so I auditioned and was accepted into The Actors Centre course ‘The Journey’, acquiring a Diploma in Theatre/Camera Studies. I continued my studies at the Queensland University of Technology, where I graduated with a BA in Acting and Dance, completing my final year with the acting strand at the University of California, Los Angeles. Once graduating, I was lucky enough to work professionally on numerous theatre and television productions – the television series All Saints being one of my most memorable. I completed another BA in Secondary Education Drama/Dance at University in 2002 and started teaching high school the same year at Reddam House in Bondi, were I directed/choreographed numerous productions: The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Guys & Dolls to Twelfth Night – the list goes on. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to travel and teach at Reddam House’s sister school in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2006, I was

very pleased when one of my HSC groups and an individual performance piece were selected from entries across NSW for ‘On Stage’ from that year’s Higher School Certificate Drama Curriculum. Since moving to Coffs Harbour in 2008, I have been teaching Drama/Dance for a number of high schools and at the Julie Ross Dance Studio. I run Kids Church at Harbour Church, and I launched the Young Actors Studio in 2009. It’s been an interesting journey. How long have you lived in Coffs? My young family and I moved to Coffs in 2008 to be closer to my parents and extended family. It is such a wonderful place to live and bring up children. As long as I can pop on a flight back to Sydney or Melbourne occasionally to keep in touch with the industry, see a show and catch up with my best friend, I am happy. I have the best of both worlds. Tell us about your latest project: Peter Pan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream ... This year with so many actors enrolled, and no script for a cast list of 65 students aged 4 - 18 years, I decided to do two plays. In the beginning, the idea of doing two productions was a little overwhelming, but I knew the risk would be worth it and a great opportunity for the young actors involved. I decided on two perfect age appropriate plays: Peter Pan for the younger actors, because I knew they could do it justice; and something I knew my older students would find challenging, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ll never forget the faces of the older students when I told them what they would be undertaking; they were horrified. Most said they didn’t understand Shakespeare, which is representative of most teenagers. Well, I was determined to make these kids fall in love with Shakespeare. Auditions took place for both productions, an experience in itself for each of them, and now we are in the last few weeks of rehearsals. I am blown away with the level of maturity and confidence these young actors display. Their grasp of the story in both productions will be magical and exciting for the

audience; however, it is the magic I have seen in It’s well documented that participation in perthe rehearsal space that will be truly memorable forming arts experiences can provide a number to me. of benefits to the individual. Apart from being an I have the best job in the world. I want to incredibly enriching experience, recent educathank all the parents – especially those who tional studies have emphasised the benefits that have helped and supported me personally. I also involvement in the performing arts can have in want to thank Ian Corbett, Eve Colley and the facilitating proficiency and achievement in mathBotanical Gardens for being so supportive of this ematics, reading and cognitive development and creative venture of Youth Theatre! developing skills for second-language developWhat are some of the challenges that the ment. Performing arts improve students’ ability youth arts scene is currently facing? to collaborate and to apply higher-order thinking Creative arts in all its forms is one of the main skills. Given this, I’d liked like to see a change in ways that humans define who they attitude locally for performing arts to be a are. They often express a sense of specialised high school course and not community and ethnicity. The just something to do as a side interst be e th ve challenge is to provide the est. I’d like to see the city develop I ha . ld or w e th right environment, support its own specialised educational in job e th l al k and opportunities for our institutions, programs and touran I want to th ly al ci young people to explore ing companies. Imagine Coffs pe parents – es ed lp he the possibilities. Harbour having its very own those who have e m Locally we have a wealth NIDA. d and supporte of young talent and some How can people get involved personally. ” very supportive teachers, with your Young Actors Studio? organisations and educational 2013 enrolment day is on Saturday institutions all doing their bit to sup26 January, 2pm - 4pm, at the Coffs port these kids in their pursuit of a career Harbour Golf Club. Classes are available for 4 in the performing arts. However, when years to adults. To be selected for our senior Actthey reach a certain age, staying in Coffs Harbour ing Ensemble, ‘The Actors Bench’, which is open is not an option and they move to the capital citto 15 years and up, you are required to audition ies to further develop their talent. Sadly for some, and will need to prepare a monologue. Auditions it’s not financially viable. I’d like to see us ask how for ‘The Actor’s Bench’ will be held on enrolment can we retain our talented kids and give them day, 12pm - 1.30pm. the opportunity to develop their creative gifts right here in Coffs Harbour. Of course, I couldn’t conclude my reply to this question without comthe plug! menting on the recent alarming decision by the For more information or to NSW State Government to cut $1.7 billion from book your audition time, please education, particularly when the Federal Governcontact Belinda Lemair at ment is saying we should be spending more. The or find us challenges and impact of this decision across the on Facebook The Young Actors education sector and for our youth cannot be Studio-Actors Bench. over emphasised. Ph 0408 169 415. What changes would you like to see imple-

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Raymond Munro is 65 years of age; he has been a paraplegic for sixty of those years. It was 1972 when he moved to Coffs Harbour, and he has been volunteering since then. He sits on numerous boards and committees and volunteers to this day because he “likes to help people grow – especially people with a disability”.

R a y m o n d ow does December 3, International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD), increase awareness of the benefits of the inclusion of people with a disability? IDPWD is an opportunity to celebrate the talents and contributions that people with different abilities make in our community. It’s also an opportunity to promote positive perceptions and encourage active participation in our workforce, leisure pursuits and social activities. This year is the 20th anniversary of IDPWD. What progression have you seen in this time? There has been significant change in that time, and we now see people with a disability living and actively participating in our communities, as valued citizens. There is still some work to be done though, and people with a disability are more likely to find it harder to access the workforce, education and other social opportunities. It’s the responsibility of the whole community to make sure people of all abilities are valued and can be active, equal citizens. 2011 theme was ‘Together for a better world for all: including persons with disabilities in development’. What is the theme for 2012? The 2012 United Nations Theme is: ‘Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all’. This means we want people with a disability to be able to genuinely

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M u n r o . access and participate in their community. This includes physical access to shops, sporting and cultural venues, public buildings and events. It also means that communities value and welcome people of different abilities in education, employment and social situations. There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about people with a disability. It’s time we broke down those barriers. If members of the community wanted to organise an event to celebrate IDPWD, what can we do? There are so many ways to celebrate IDPWD, it’s really only limited by your imagination. If you are looking for inspiration, check out to see what other events are being held. You can simply have a morning tea or lunch and invite the public to join you in celebration. You may like to invite a guest speaker from a disability service. Better still, invite people of different abilities to come and check out your business, club or venue. It’s also a great opportunity to think about how to make your business or club more accessible. For more ideas and information, check out local newsagents for a free copy of Made you Look – the official magazine for the ‘Don’t Dis My Ability’ campaign. It is packed with great stories and tips for celebrating our diverse community. And for all of those who are wanting to attend an event (not host one), what can we expect?

There are a couple of events being held, including the ‘Come and Try Sports Day’ at Sportz Central, Bray Street, Coffs Harbour on December 7 starting at 10am. As we have done for the past several years, we will be hosting Special Education classes from all schools in the Coffs Harbour area and even one from Nambucca Heads. First off, we have a march past of the schools, and then the speeches and the Coffs Council Access advisory committee presents an award. This award goes to a person or organisation/business that has, in our opinion, fulfilled the theme of the IDPWD. Next, lots of entertainment from children with a disability and of course, we always have Troppo Bob the clown – great fun for the children. The best bit comes next, when we get a worthy person to cut the massive IDPWD chocolate cake. Then it is down to the business of letting everyone have a go at all the Come and Try sports on offer, like, futsal, T-ball, indoor bowls, table tennis, and we always have wheelchair basketball, with chairs on hand. There will be people to talk to about other sports, like Sailability, Riding for the Disabled and Disability Surfers. By this time you should be good and hungry, so we’ll be feeding the hungry horde. After lunch there is more entertainment by Troppo Bob and more sports. Then it’s on the bus and back to school, just in time to go home. If you need any more information about the day, just give Tim 0403 045 016 or Raymond

0408 649 126 a call. The Community Access team at Ageing, Disability and Home Care will be hosting an art exhibition and colouring-in competition in the city centre during the week starting 3 December, to showcase the talents of people with different abilities. For more information about this event, you can contact Gail McArtney on 6659 1300. Many people don’t know how to approach someone with a disability, because they are worried about saying the wrong thing, or the person’s behaviour or appearance makes them uncomfortable. What advice can you give to readers? One in five people in our community have a disability, and everyone wants to feel part of their community. If you meet someone who has a disability, speak to them in the same way you would to anyone else. Don’t make assumptions, and don’t avoid them. Smile and say hello! If they are being supported by someone else (like a carer or community worker), make sure you don’t ignore the person with the disability. Think about how you would like to be treated in a similar situation and chances are, you’ll get it right. And once you get to know the person, you will quickly understand that their disability doesn’t define who they are. If you’d like some more tips on how to make our community more friendly for everyone, check out the Made you Look magazine. Thanks Raymond.

Wishing all our clients, family and friends a Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

It takes a village to raise a child h Directions Diirections proudly encourages enco Youth and supports a collective community responsibility to assist young people to achieve their educational, social and economic potential. Youth Directions wishes to acknowledge and thank the local community for their involvement in numerous programs and initiatives we have run during 2012.

web and print design studio Dinkum Di nkum k Web Solutions is a lo locally owned innovative vative web and print design studio. They understand their clients’ needs and will deliver professional solutions to suit your exact business needs. The team prides itself on creating 100% unique web designs that are all individually designed by owner and chief designer Matthew Wilde. Dinkum Web Solutions design CMS-based, client controlled websites that even a beginner could navigate and maintain. And if that’s not enough, they also offer all clients commercial printing, including business cards, letterheads, promotional material etc. Dinkum Web Solutions is committed to building business relationships with both clients and the public that are founded on sincerity, trust and client support. Phone: (02) 6652 6881.

Thank you to the: • many local employers and their staff who have provided on the job supervision and learning opportunities for vocational students and trainees. • exhibitors and participants at our Careers Expos, who provide current industry-relevant information that encourages young people to consider a broad range of careers. • educators and trainers who take on the challenging role of preparing our young people for the world of work. • local youth agencies that provide specialist services and support for our young people • organisers and volunteers at local homework centres providing assistance to Indigenous students and refugee students. • businesses involved in projects to inform and inspire our youth. • teachers, schools and agencies that supported the Glass without Water Refugee Youth Art Exhibition. You are all contributing to the education and successful transition of our young people and thereby building a vibrant, connected and resilient future for our community. Thank you!

Does Your Business Need Finance? Cashflow and profits are important to a business. Equally important is ensuring that your business has access to the right amount and the most appropriate type of finance. Businesses borrow for a number of reasons, including: • Purchase of new equipment or vehicles • Working capital • Funding required for expansion and growth • Purchase of business real property. So before you approach your financier, it is essential you are well prepared and ensure that you: 1. Prepare a cash flow budget to identify – • Amount of finance needed • When the finance is required • Your repayment capacity and length of time required to repay the loan. 2. Are sensible about the amount required and you can justify it. 3. Consider the type of finance required – for example, a debtor factoring arrangement can assist a business to fund growth at the same time as reducing overdraft requirements 4. Look at ways to increase cash flow internally to finance funding requirements, such as reducing stock levels, earlier collection of cash from customers, or extending payment terms with suppliers.

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with Dene Zahner, President of Tourism Coffs Coast.

UPDATE Quadrant Australia – Meet the team Jeanette, how long have you lived in Coffs Harbour? My husband, daughter and I moved to Coffs in 2001. We originally lived in Sydney, where I worked in various roles in the travel industry. We made the move when we purchased our property at Moonee Beach with the plan to start a Wholesale Plant Nursery, which we did. Approximately 2½ years ago, I made the return to the travel industry and have never looked back; it is an industry for which I have great passion.

and internationally. I travelled to places and saw things that I would never have had dreamed of prior to joining the company

Tell us about the highlights of your career in the travel industry? My first travel position was with a large corporate travel agency in Sydney. That was back in 1974, and it provided an excellent introduction into the travel Industry. To date, my most challenging and rewarding position was the position of Operations Manager for Aircuising Australia/Bill Peach Journeys, a position I held for 11 years. The company operated their own unique journeys around Australia

Jeanette’s Number One travel tip Always travel as light as possible. Travellers should layout all the clothes they are considering taking on a spare bed; making sure that they can mix and match outfits. This should be done well in advance. Cull what you have chosen by about 50%, and then throw in one more outfit. There is nothing worse when travelling than lugging around a heavy suitcase filled with outfits you don’t need.

What are you doing now? I have recently joined the team in the Coffs Harbour office at Quadrant Australia. I loved the diversity of the company; it really excited me. It’s been a wonderful return to what I love, and I look forward to not only helping our clients find their perfect holiday, but also working with some of the special group departures.

denezahner North Coast Destination Network has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore’s newest low-cost airline, Scoot, to develop visitor markets from Asia. coot is a fully-owned but cover relatively short stages. The off-roaders independently run and managed will tackle longer stages over rougher bush subsidiary of Singapore Airlines terrain. Limited, established in 2011 to The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) focus on the medium-to-long is widely regarded as the world’s most haul no-frills market. Scoot will be flying challenging motorsport championship. directly into Gold Coast Airport, as well as Rounds in 13 countries pit drivers in highlySydney International Airport. This should modified versions of popular production cars see an increase in visitors, with great value over a series of timed ‘special stages’ on airfares being marketed around Asia. The surfaces varying from gravel and asphalt to aim is to grow international visitors, which snow and ice. It started in 1973 and attracts have declined by 11% in the year to March hundreds of thousands of spectators in 2012. International visitors are predicted to some countries and a huge global television account for 45% of all overnight visitor audience. The WRC is regulated and expenditure by 2020, and the forecasts controlled by the Federation Internationale indicate that Asian markets like de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for Singapore will be an engine motorsport worldwide. room for that growth in The Tourism Industry Regional visitor expenditure. We Development Fund (TIRF) is Off road look forward to working a competitive merit-based competition cars with the NCDW to program that provides of e ur will be a new featram determine how our grants of up to $250,000 og pr the support , lia ra st region can benefit to develop, upgrade Au lly for Ra und from this new MOU and refresh tourism which will host rold Rally 10 of the FIA Wor RC) as as it leverages products, services Championship (W 12 opportunities created or experiences. The on t its headline even13.” 20 r by the Legendary Tourism Industry Regional 15 Septembe Pacific Coast Touring Development Fund (TIRF) Route. is being developed and will RALLY Australia, the round be implemented for the first time of the FIA World Rally Championship this financial year. This is on a matched (WRC) has appointed experienced motorsport dollar-for-dollar funding basis. organiser and competitor David Catchpole A major focus of the program is to improve as Event Manager. Our region will host the the quality of accommodation and attractions 22nd WRC event in Australia. According to in regional areas. Funding is also available for Destination NSW, the 2011 rally attracted innovative projects to attract interstate and more than 13,000 visitors to the Coffs Coast, international visitors and extend their length generating more than 64,000 bed nights and of stay. The Grants Program will close on 14 a net economic impact of more than $12 December 2012. million for the region. As this year draws to a close, we are Off road competition cars will be a new pleased to have experienced warmer weather, feature of the support program for Rally and feedback from the industry has been Australia, which will host round 10 of the very positive, with increased bookings for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as its upcoming school holidays. There have been headline event on 12 - 15 September 2013. a number of sporting and other events, and Its addition is part of a plan by organisers to we look forward to a few more in the pipeline increase the range of attractions and facilities for 2013. at the Rally Australia festival, adding to the Have a safe and prosperous Christmas excitement and value for ticket holders. season and extend a warm welcome to all our Rally Australia 2013 will include cars in the visitors. Our first industry meeting will be in Australian Rally Championship which will February 2013.


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focusbusiness. with the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce




Data, Data, Data… You’re sitting on a gold mine! Data is one of those concepts that, put quite frankly, either puts you to sleep or is so overwhelming it’s put on top of the ‘when I have time’ pile to never action. If this sounds like you, I am sorry to say you might just be missing out on the biggest slice of the pie for your business yet!

garth shipperlee. Christmas seems to have a habit of creeping up on us, and most small businesses should have by now formulated and started to implement their marketing strategies in the lead-up to Christmas. e all know that customers spend more during the November – January period, so it should be a high priority for businesses, and particularly the sluggish retail sector, to ensure activities are in place to entice and get customers through the door to spend their money with you. Be thinking about how you can create a buzz around what you do or sell. Use the season that is upon us to create a sustainable business with loyal repeat customers. Make use of an innovative marketing or sales promotion to kick start sales and get results. And to all in the community, as the holidays approach, most importantly this season spread some Christmas cheer locally by supporting our local businesses and retailers. The recent announcement by Council to start consultation on the Jetty Foreshore is welcome news. Our foreshore area has the potential to be so much more and with the beautification of the Jetty Foreshores back on the agenda, we now have the golden opportunity to see the big picture and work together in what we hope it is the first of many projects to come. The Council has engaged the community, business, service clubs, preservation groups and the long term thinkers of our city, by calling representation of each of these sectors to form part of a committee for the whole purpose of getting this project off the ground. It will be expected of the chosen candidates to bring to the committee the ‘big picture’ and working together attitude, so we can after all these years really achieve one of our city dreams. It’s time to keep the momentum moving forward, and hopefully soon we will start seeing improvements take shape to revitalise this valuable asset. Thanks to the wider business community and community groups for coming together and speaking with one voice to make a difference, and let’s keep working together to make our city more attractive than it already is. Mr Mark Brennan has been appointed as the first National Small Business Commissioner. Mr Brennan has previously served as the inaugural


Victorian Small Business Commissioner for seven years – the first appointment of a Small Business Commissioner in any Australian jurisdiction. The NSW Business Chamber has been a strong advocate of Small Business Commissioners, having called for a NSW Small Business Commissioner as part of the 10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW campaign in the lead up to the last NSW State Election. NSW Business Chamber advised they were hopeful that Mr Brennan would be a strong advocate for small business and drive a reform agenda to make the Federal Government more responsive to the needs of small business. Consideration should be given to providing the role with legislative backing, to ensure the commissioner can deliver workable solutions to the challenges facing the small business community. Regional Manager Kellon Beard said the NSW Business Chamber looked forward to working with Mr Brennan on developing policies to combat the increase of red tape, improving harmonisation between Australian jurisdictions and making sure the concerns of small business are fairly and squarely in the sights of the government. NSW businesses are more optimistic heading into the Christmas quarter, after reaching near GFC-levels of low confidence, according to the latest NSW Business Chamber – Commonwealth Bank Business Conditions Survey. Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the NSW Business Chamber commented that while in the previous quarter they had seen business conditions in NSW return to GFC levels, we’ve had an upturn in this quarter which is good outcome and a positive outlook for the next quarter heading into the crucial Christmas trading period. Mr Cartwright’s message to take away from the latest survey of NSW businesses is that economic conditions continue to pose significant challenges for businesses across the board in the face of dampened consumer confidence, tough export competition with the high dollar, and a Federal government that sees the business sector as a cash cow to help engineer its surplus promise.

Data is King! It’s actual real data on your customers’ buying behaviours, wants and needs. From analysing your businesses sales or customer data, you can look for patterns such as repeat purchases, buying patterns and also what your customers want! How good would it be to know what your customers want and to sell it to them! No more dead stock sitting on shelves, hoping for the ‘right’ customer to come in and buy it. It’s the perfect match – the number one goal a business seeks to achieve – the balance in supply and demand. So how can you make the most of your data? It can be as easy as looking at the data you already capture, and hopefully you are capturing customers’ demographic data, things like contact details, date of birth, purchase history etc. If not, you need to invest in a sales or CRM system! Then export all the data into an Excel spread sheet; you can then look at patterns in age spread, times of purchases, what they are purchasing and more. You can then create simple and easy charts to

samwardman show the visual results of your data comparisons. These comparisons will hopefully help you identify some areas where you can focus your marketing or loyalty strategies. What do you do when you identify opportunities? Take action! It’s that easy. If you identify that 100 of your customers like a particular product range, why not email or post them a special sales offer on this product? Perhaps you have a good Gen Y customer base and a great product that will appeal to them, so why not market the product to this target market? Or maybe you can identify a group of customers who haven’t purchased from you in a while; send them a ‘We want you back!’ offer, to get them back in the door! By taking a good look at what your customers are already doing in your business and taking action on the opportunities you find, you might just unlock the door to a whole new world of sales, profit and better servicing your customers’ actual needs and wants! Happy marketing! Sam Wardman.

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with Samantha Wardman of CornerPost Marketing


Peter ow did you come to be living in Coffs Harbour? I was born and raised in Sydney and married my wife, Alana, there some 33 years ago. When we decided that we needed a lifestyle change, our daughter, Alice, was just 5 years old and our second daughter, Lucy, was just born. We had a successful business employing 35 people, but we were over the demanding city life. We wanted to get away and have a more relaxed and non-city upbringing and lifestyle for our family by the beach. So I guess you could say we were one of the early ‘sea changers’! Axis Print Solutions has been operating for over 15 years. How did this business begin? I was working for a major national business systems printer, Kalamazoo, and they were sold to a private equity company who took a new approach to operating the business without sales reps on the road. When I was made redundant, Alana and I looked at moving to Brisbane, because there were not any suitable jobs available on the coast. But lucky for us, we decided to take a risk, which paid off in the end. We said we would throw $3,000 and 3 months at starting a new business, and Axis Print Solutions was born. We have never looked back. Being a print broker is vastly different to being a printer. What are the benefits of using the services of a print broker? As a print broker, you manage your clients’ whole print requirements, as opposed to printer who tend to look at jobs on a one off basis. This allows for better efficiency and a much better relationship with our clients. Because we don’t own any print equipment, we look at each job and pick the most suitable press to print each job. A printer will try to print every job that comes through on their own machines, regardless if it’s the right press or not. Our method generally ends up saving our clients money and getting them a better quality job. It also gives us a vast product range. If it’s printed, we can print it for you – regardless of what it is. We supply our customers everything from the smallest business card to wide format digital print for signage and widow displays. We have a large stable of specialist printers all over Australia we 64 coffs coast focus.

use regularly. You haven’t always been in the print business, Peter. Can you tell us about your other business experiences? Well, in one word, chickens … Believe it or not, before moving to Coffs Harbour I was in the business of further processing of chicken products, i.e. boning chicken breasts. We had a contract with Ingham Chickens for the duration of this business. So you can say that a chicken roast at our house is one of the e best around! We started Print has becom e or m h uc out with two employees challenges. What have so m ness and expanded to five been some of the than a set of busihead. cards and letter ally retail shops throughout challenges you have Its purpose is re Sydney and 35 faced in your business? e th e ak now to m n ee employees. tw The biggest challenge be n tio ec conn d the It was an extremely we face is how we are the consumer an demanding industry to going to be relevant in business. ” work in, with days always 10 years’ time. I see this starting at 3.45am and often challenge as not being our going through until 7.30pm at physical competitors, but actually night. After 10 years of this demanding how the world is evolving and how we work schedule, we decided to sell up and can evolve to retain our market share and move to the Coast. client base. Things like introducing display and We all know that the written and printed visual impact products along with direct and word is being somewhat overshadowed smart mail products are areas that we’ve been by the online digital world. What changes focusing on to meet this challenge. have you seen in the print industry over Print has become so much more than a set the past decade? of business cards and letter head. Its purpose is This is a hard question to answer. There really now to make the connection between the are two things I think that are interesting consumer and the business. Given the nature changes to this industry. Firstly, we are seeing of our business and how we are connected to a collaboration with the digital world where a national printer base, I feel we are in a strong print is complementing digital marketing position to meet the challenges as the digital strategies through the use of QR codes and age evolves. new approaches like augmented reality. What do you find most valuable about However, this change does not come without a doing business in a regional area like Coffs certain level of concern, as there is a fear that Harbour? print will be out-dated by the digital world in Without a doubt, the client loyalty is a stand the future. out characteristic of doing business in the Secondly, there has been a big shift in region. There is a real ability to create long-term businesses placing more emphasis on the valuable relationships with clients and business traditional marketing materials that profile people alike in this area. Also, what is very their companies. Look at business cards rewarding for my business and clients is the now as opposed to 10 years ago; there is ability to bring current trends back from my city no comparison. I have a Sydney client who clients to our local client base. spent over $40,000K on producing 1,000 As a print broker, I have established major presentation folders. $30,000k of that was in national clients who are often managing large photography and graphic design. Print still has marketing budgets and have the flexibility to a strong foothold, at least for the foreseeable trial new methods and processes to connect future. better with their clients or customers. I am able Success does not come without its to pass on this knowledge and experience to

my local clients, which I believe gives them the opportunity to have a leading edge. I’d also say that it’s important to play an active role within the business and local community and to get involved in activities, groups or events that interest you and even complement your business. I have supported many local business initiatives, including the establishment of Nextgen Leaders and supporting the Chamber of Commerce, Tubbys’ White Whales, Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, Coffs Harbour Running Festival and Coffs Coast WRC Rally. We also provide free of charge small print jobs for numerous schools and local charities. Peter, who has been a mentor to you in your career success? Without a doubt, my biggest mentor is my big brother, Warwick Williams of Warwick Williams Real Estate, Drummoyne, which is the biggest real estate agency in inner-western Sydney. Warwick’s making was really the network that he has surrounded himself with, and I guess that’s what I have tried to establish here in Coffs with my business too. He’s one of my biggest supporters and has encouraged with any endeavours, and he’s also a major referral source of business for me. If you could give one piece of advice to any business owner or aspirational professional, what would it be? I think what has been most important for me has been forming strong strategic partnerships with like-minded complementary businesses to my offering. I actively refer my clients to a number of businesses that can complement not only my business offering, but deliver what my clients need. I have also established a buying group of similar print managers like Axis Print Solutions, which has been very beneficial from a business think tank, brainstorming perspective.


Oceanic Discoverer Broome to Darwin

The dream of a Kimberley coast cruise became a reality for me recently, after I was invited to join the Oceanic Discovery on a cruise from Broome to Darwin. he Kimberley is steeped in the mystic of an ancient race of people, who once inhabited the land thousands of years ago and left their mark in the form of mysterious rock paintings that seem to characterise their life balance with the land, weather and animals. The epic adventures of white settlers and the subsequent clash of cultures had always captured my imagination and fostered a desire to know more and one day explore the area more intimately.


I had previously travelled overland through parts of the North West, and my never-to-be-forgotten experience in the Bungle Bungles fired the urge to see the coastal areas, many of which are not accessible by land. The coastal cruise from Broome to Darwin represents one of the last frontiers of this region and provides an opportunity to explore this unique wilderness area on board one of the best equipped expedition vessels in the world. For me, it was one of the holy grails of travel come true! Coral Princess Cruises ‘Oceanic Discoverer’ is

the only Australian family owned and operated ship of its size cruising in Australian waters, with Australian staff and a team of expert guest lecturers. It is purpose-built for navigating the tidal rivers and rugged coastlines of the remarkable Kimberley coast. Accommodating a maximum of just 72 guests, the 63 metre Oceanic Discoverer offers the opportunity to experience the Kimberley in total comfort and unrivalled style. Not only is it equipped with inflatable Zodiacs, it has the truly unique Xplorer excursion vessel, which sets it apart from other cruise operators as the Xplorer allows access to parts of the Kimberley Coast inaccessible to other travellers and ensures you explore in the most comfort possible. In practical terms, this also means that for passengers not wanting or able to make beach landings or clamber up to see indigenous art galleries, there is an alternative option available. The ‘Oceanic Discoverer’ delivers a unique product in terms of cruise itinerary and stylish facilities, plus a range of amenities you would

expect of much larger vessels. Wholesome cuisine exemplified in the daily menus is masterfully created by experienced chefs using only the freshest of locally sourced ingredients. Meals are served in the smart dining room, or there is the option of dining alfresco on Oceanic Discoverer’s aft deck. The level of personalised service is second to none. The highlights included Crocodile Creek in Yampi Sound, Nares Point with incredible folding sandstone, Horizontal Falls – a remarkable tidal feature where seawater gushes through two gaps in the sandstone ridges with each tide, Raft Bluff, where we viewed galleries of Aboriginal art, Montgomery Reef, which magically appears as the tide recedes, Langgi with mystical stone Wandjinas, Sampson Inlet, Prince Regent River,

King Cascade, Swift Bay, Verandah Beach, Vansittart Bay, Jar Island, King George River, Faraway Bay, Berkeley River and Bonaparte Gulf. The stunning memories are now an indelible part of my senses, and I would happily return to all, for another quaff of this incredible elixir. On arrival in Darwin, I felt that I was returning to earth from a foreign planet; the culture shock was palpable.

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Recently elected to Coffs Harbour Council, Dr. Sally Townley is a passionate, forward-thinking environmental scientist who plans to work with local community members to improve our lifestyle – not just environmentally, but also economically and socially.

i, my name is Sally Townley. I am an environmental scientist. I specialise in the ecology of native animals. For the past twenty years, I have worked in the forests of NSW and QLD as a wildlife biologist. I studied at Southern Cross University in Lismore, completing a PhD in 2000. I am fascinated by our Australian wildlife and love studying these sometimes cryptic creatures. Much of our fauna, in particular the mammals, are nocturnal and secretive, so it takes a bit of detective work. This can involve spotlighting at night, using special live traps, and using radio tracking equipment. Not many people have the opportunity to see some of our wildlife face to face, and I am passionate about educating people, particularly children, about the secret lives of native animals. Congratulations, you’ve recently been elected to the Coffs Harbour Council. What are your priorities in your new role? I feel extremely honoured to have been elected to Council. I represent the NSW Greens, but my interest is not restricted to environmental issues alone. The role of local government has a wide scope, with a lot to offer in making our community an even better place to live. My priorities are to work with Council staff and community members, to make sure that sustainability and imagination shape the way we grow. Our basic needs, in terms of clean water, agricultural resources and adequate housing, must not compromised. As our population grows, development must be balanced in a way that improves our lifestyle, not just in an economic sense, but socially and environmentally as well. There are some big land use decisions ahead; for example, we need to ensure that large-scale industrial mining activities are not allowed to ruin our water and farm land permanently. There is a 66 coffs coast focus.


ed tremendously to architectural theory, and part of his teachings suggest that children will be more receptive to learning in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The buildings at Casuarina are handcrafted y I feel extremel ve using local stone and ha to ed honour cil. I un co to timber and have lots of on d te ec been el Greens, SW N e th t strong feeling among natural light. en es pr re not all sectors of the As a co-operative, the but my interest isronmental restricted to envie role of community that the school is run by a volunissues alone. Th t has a wide experience of areas tary Board of Direcen local governm to offer in t where mining has lo tors, usually parents or a ith w scope, munity an m co r destroyed communities ou associates of the school. g in ak m e to live.. should not be repeated I have been a director over even better plac here in Coffs Harbour and the past 8 years and have the surrounding areas. enjoyed the opportunity to put Our natural environment is something back into the school the basis for much of our agricultural which has given hundreds of Coffs Harand tourism industries and must be maintained bour children a tremendous foundation for life. and enhanced, not sold off for the short term And you run the Coffs Coast Community Cirgain of multinational corporations. cus. Talk us through what a day in the office Talk us through us through your involveinvolves there? ment in Steiner School? The Coffs Coast Community Circus is a collecMy two children have been at the Casuarina tive of friends who have an interest in circus skills Steiner School for the past eight years, and I feel as a recreational activity. We had all done a lot very lucky that Coffs Harbour has this unique of training in various areas of circus, such as traeducational opportunity for local kids. The stupeze, juggling, hula hoops, acrobatics and more. dents learn the same subject material as required We all loved the health benefits that these by the Department of Education, but in addition, skills brought to us and our children, and we they learn a range of additional concepts based decided to form a circus school. We have been around the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner, who was a running in our current location at the PCYC for a scientist and educator. few years now and have an ever-growing group The curriculum includes the use of art and of students. We run classes for all ages from music as forms of self-expression, as well as a fo3 years upwards, with no upper age limit for cus on how the rhythms of nature affect human adults. We offer school sport activities to most of society. The result is a holistic form of educathe local high schools and some primary schools. tion, where children learn about how to fulfil Circus skills are a fantastic way to have fun their potential as people in an academic as well and get fit. We find that there is something as social environment. I have been continually for everyone, and there are also mental and impressed by the professional dedication of the emotional benefits. For children, there is a direct staff at Casuarina and the effort that they put relationship between improving physical cointo creating a nurturing, creative environment ordination and dexterity and improving mental for their students. processes. Many neural pathways are enhanced The school is run as a co-operative and has by precise movements, and there is a lot of edubeen operating in Coffs Harbour for 21 years. cational theory about the importance of ‘crossing It has grown from a handful of students and a the midline’. This means that where children couple of buildings to a full primary school from gain co-ordination in activities which require, for kindergarten to Year 7. Rudolf Steiner contributexample, the left hand crossing to the right side

of the body, they gain increased development of intellectual processes. Circus skills, such as juggling and other object manipulation activities, are an ideal way to achieve this in a fun setting. How do you juggle so many hats? It is difficult, but I feel lucky to have so many opportunities. I would not be able to achieve nearly so much without the support of my amazing partner, Dave, and my two daughters. I also have a tremendous network of friends who help and encourage me. I get a huge amount of reward from the circus school in seeing kids achieve physical skills and the resulting improvement in their confidence and self esteem. During the lead up to the election, I met so many people who encouraged me to represent their views about how they would like to see the Coffs community grow. There is a massive amount of support for sustaining our waterways, farmlands and forests into the future, and I feel honoured to represent these ideals. How long have you been in Coffs Harbour, and what brought you here? What do you love about the area? I have been in Coffs for 12 years, coming here to take a job with the NPWS. The job lasted for six years, but now I have such a network of wonderful friends and feel such a part of the community, that I have no plans to leave. I love the natural setting of our area: the beaches, the forests, the rivers and the hinterland. I think we are in a great position to really be a model for community development which sustains our natural resources while creatively developing our social and economic environment. What big plans do you have for 2013? Mainly I want to focus on working with Council and the community to develop ways to improve the way we do business. Waste disposal will be a focus; we have some great stuff happening, but there is a lot of room for improved recycling and re-use. Energy efficiency is also an area where we can improve. Creation of public facilities like the skate park has been a long time coming and will come to fruition in 2013. I look forward to hearing the views of the local community as to how we can create a living space that just gets better and better.

Don’t panic: Ray is here to help you out before all the relatives arrive!

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Max and his team at Poolside Waterworld have an exciting new product to share with you. It is the new range of energy efficient Viron eVo Pool and Spa Pumps.

With Chem-Dry, carpets are DRIER, CLEANER, HEALTHIER. DRIER The Chem-Dry process uses a fraction of the water of steam cleaning, leaving behind less moisture on carpets and no soapy residue that can cause stains to return. This means that carpets are dry quickly, allowing customers back on their floors within 1 - 2 hours. CLEANER Our exclusive products, including our main cleaner ‘The Natural’ sets us apart from the competition. Customers are delighted with a Chem-Dry clean and stay on as lifelong clients. Some of them have been using us for 25 years. HEALTHIER Stagnant water breeds bacteria such as mould. Steam cleaning uses high pressure water with a detergent to try and clean carpets. This leaves behind wet underlay and floorboards. Chem-Dry uses a fraction of the water of steam cleaners and our patented carbonating solution bubbles up to the surface of the carpet, bringing the dirt with it. Less water and carbonation equals a much healthier carpet and healthier home.

These pumps are revolutionary and brand new to the market, but the best part is that they could save you up to $1,000 a year on your power bill! Viron eVo Pumps are said to save you up to 85% of your pool running costs – this is not only great for your back pocket, but also the environment. Once supplied and fitted to your pool, the settings are tested to each individual pool and then adjusted accordingly. In the past, a pump only had limited settings, and this could drain unwanted power – which is not only wasteful, but costly. The new Viron eVo pump’s variable speed setting eliminates this waste. Suction cleaners, pressure cleaners, waterfalls, spa jets and in-floor cleaning systems are all easy to cater for with Viron eVo Pumps’ flexibility and programmability. Viron eVo Pumps are exclusive to Poolside Waterworld, who collectively have over 144 years’ experience in the pool industry. “We care about saving our customers money, so it is a winwin all around,” says Tim.

Go Caravaning For Christmas! Want to head away for the Christmas period in a brand new caravan? Order now for your unit to be ready by Christmas. Let Watsons Caravans make your caravan purchase a first class experience. Here you’ll find a huge range of new and used campers, pop-tops and Expandas, as well as the New Fiat Motor Home and Toy Haulers. Check out our website, our huge caravan range, and see what we have in stock now ready to go. The experienced and friendly team at Watsons Caravans can give you friendly advice and help you choose what suits your family’s needs and budget. Beat the 2013 price rise on stock models and come on in and see why many people choose to buy their second, third and fourth caravan from the team at Watsons Coffs Harbour! And have you considered getting your current van serviced for the Christmas holidays, so you can take off on a safe journey? Our workshop has limited spaces available, so please pre book. Whilst you’re there, book in your new awning or air-conditioning. Winner of the Country Dealer of the Year 2011.

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“ Living on the

oast beautiful Coffs C ated should be celebr and enjoyed to its ly fullest, particular of rt from the comfo ” your own home.

efl flective ti off the th typical t i l Coffs C ff Coast C t new home style, this home was built for the owners to enjoy the idyllic lifestyle and temperate climate of Sawtell. The open plan layout incorporates a natural flow from the inside to the outdoor entertaining areas, with 3 bedrooms, a library/office, bathroom, ensuite and alfresco dining area. The owners wanted to focus on their coastal lifestyle for the design concept. Living in an incredible area like Sawtell, the design needed to be easy to live and entertain in and have a natural flow to the home. “Living on the beautiful Coffs Coast should be celebrated and enjoyed to its fullest, particularly from the comfort of your own home.” It was simpler to demolish and completely remove the existing building, so that the clients were able to start from scratch and design their home,

ttailored il to their needs. Architecturally designed by local professional, Frank Scahill, this light and airy home allowed the owners to incorporate a welcoming Moroccan styled courtyard at the entrance and the very popular Balinese theme in the entertaining areas at the rear of the property. Blay Building & Design were then able to take these plans and turn them into reality for the owners. “While we work with clients to design or tailor plans for buildings and homes, we are often given plans and our role becomes to build and project manage the entire process,” explains owner of Blay Building, Tim Blay. “Some clients have a very firm idea of what they want, and others need more ideas, to see examples and ultimately develop the concept during the design phase.” continued over

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le rewarding to be abith w er th ge to k to wor d other locally owne l al sm ed and operat ngthen business and stre y and our local econom construction industry.”

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While the idea of building a home is very simple, it’s the actual process that can become rather complicated if it’s not implemented and managed effectively. Tim notes, “To build a home requires effective coordination of the different trades, strong adherence to all compliance and codes, sourcing quality products and of course, efficient use of time and resources.” Blay Building were able to have this property completed within the clients’ timeframe due to their effective project management. “To deliver this home on time and before Christmas, it took on-site supervision and liaison with our team of contractors to ensure that each step ran smoothly. It only takes a slight delay in a delivery of products or a run of bad weather,

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and we have to rearrange resources to ensure that the project is delivered on time and to the finest quality.” Rebecca Blay states that it’s not about just asking what the clients want their home to look like. With so many new product options and styles, many clients are unsure of the exact aspects they want. It is more typical that clients respond to a type or theme instead. Modern coastal is obviously very popular on the Coffs Coast. “One of the benefits of Blay Building is that while Tim has the construction and management skills, I really enjoy working with the clients on some of the more ‘girlie’ aspects, like the décor and tone of the project. It’s a real team effort.” Bec spends as much time as needed with as-

sisting clients with colour coordination, recommendations on tile, paint and fixtures selection, with time spent together with clients in suppliers’ businesses. “For us, it’s about delivering the whole project for the client. We make the time to guide clients through new products and options in a face to face manner.” It’s a fine line when it comes to interior concepts for new homes and renovations – whether to be concurrent with the latest trends and utilise new product ideas, or to keep to a more classic and timeless approach which can then help with future resale value. When it comes to the overall look of each Blay Building project, Tim finds it important to incorporate texture and different materials that provide interest and depth to the visual appeal. “By using different materials to build depth to a look of a house, we find that it maintains more longevity and looks fresher

than just using colour and concept trends alone.” The owners couldn’t be more pleased with their new home. “I have heard that building a house can be very frustrating, time consuming and frequently goes over budget. However, our experience with Blay Building was enjoyable and easy. “Having Tim and Bec manage all aspects of the build and coordinate the multitude of required contractors meant that there was continuous progress, little downtime and effective communication. We have the home we wanted, it fits our lifestyle, was within our anticipated budget and has exceeded our expectations.”

Blay Building Blay Building and Design is a young and enthusiastic family based company which offers design and construction service focus-

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ing primarily on new homes, additions and renovations. The owners, Tim and Rebecca, provide a close and personal service based on quality, excellence and most importantly, client satisfaction. Blay Building offer all aspects of design, drafting and building for both domestic and commercial areas of construction. And it’s not just about the big projections either. “Many customers don’t realise that we do small renovations and extensions just as much as the big new home projects. Customers often feel that their job is too small for a professional builder to undertake or that it would cost too much as a small client, so they don’t know who to contact. However, that is not the case with us. Being a small business with smaller overheads and costs, we are able to give the client more value for money and a really personalised service.”

Clients are able to be as involved as much or as little as they like throughout the construction process. “We like to have as much contact as possible with our clients, whether we meet them on-site or at our office. We go over plans they have provided or work with them to design their project and work as hard as possible to make that dream suit their budget,” said Bec. “Being a small building company, we have more one on one time with the client. Tim can be on-site overseeing everything and coordinating the many facets of each job – particularly as he does the majority of the carpentry work, it provides a clear insight to how the job is progressing and maintains strong quality assurance for each project.” Having been in operation for over 14 years, Blay Building has built strong ties and relationship throughout the local construction and trade industry. Tim attributes this strong

etwork of trades and local suppliers to a key network component of success for the business. “We pride ourselves that every contractor we use we know and trust and would employ for work in our own home. This means that we know that their component of the job has the same values and finish as the rest. At the end of the day, it’s a seamless project. It’s also personally rewarding to be able to work together with other locally owned and operated small business and strengthen our local economy and construction industry.” A recent client noted how it was the quality and attention to detail that really stood out in their bathroom and ensuite renovation. “I was very impressed with the overall attention to detail and finished product that was delivered by Blay Building. It was the little touches required to make the areas be both practical and liveable that made all the difference. Things that I would not have known

where needed were taken into account and everything finished to the highest standards.” Bec states their approach to finishing projects: “Both Tim and I are firm believers that we put ourselves in our customers’ shoes. If we were paying for the job to be completed, would we be happy with it? Would it do everything it needs to do and at the highest quality that we can afford? When you take that approach, it is all about the customer and quality, which means that both parties are happy with the end results.”

the plug! Enquires are welcomed and customers are encouraged to contact Tim directly on 0407 957 351 to chat about their needs and how Blay Building can assist.

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North Sapphire Showcase One of the most sought after residential areas on the Coffs Coast is now the proud home of another newly constructed Blay Building. This home required Tim to work with the local business couple to design a home that complemented the unique aspects of the block and integrate the surrounding coastal aspect into the project. A key aspect of the property that influenced the design concept was the laneway access at the rear of the property, which resulted in the garage being placed directly at the rear laneway and the main entertaining area being placed at the front of the single level property. “Traditionally, the street access at the front of a home dictates the layout concept. However, having the more highly trafficked area of the car access at the rear of the block meant that we could create quite an impressive entrance and entertaining area at the front, which allowed the owners to enjoy most of

the coastal lifestyle up close and personal,” “This is a very popular trend at the moment, explains Tim. as it visually showcases key areas of the front One of the building highlights of this of the home. That, coupled with the overall project was the clever use of different textures smooth, clean lines of a painted textural faused throughout many aspects of cade gives the home a really modern appeal.” the building. A particular Blay Design focus was placed on a There is no such thing as a variety of textural matypical building project these terials, such as feature nge days. There are always unique “ It was a challe face brickwork, tiles, s xe bo e constraints or personal preferto tick all th stonework, glass and ences, which mean that more on what the client e th splashbacks at key and more unique concepts are had in mind, but ty et focal points on the being incorporated into every end result was pr exterior and intespectacular. ” design project. rior of the home. As a Typically, it is often the lifestyle visual aid, smoked glass or family preferences which are fencing at the front of the required to be included as an integral property provided both some aspect of the design phase. A property along privacy with the coloured tint and enhanced Spilt Solitary Road showcased a unique custhe feel of incorporating the outdoors indoors. tomer design request not typically undertaken Tim noted the high visual appeal of the in a regional coastal environment. The client property with its featured stacked stone tiles. had a firm idea that they wanted to enjoy the

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fitness aspect and family time of a swimming pool, while enjoying the amazing beach views. Tim was able to design the pool to wrap round the living area, incorporate a lap pool to join two separate swimming and spa areas and all from the second floor of the home. The second floor was selected for the placement of the pool, to capitalise on the panoramic ocean views which were not available from the typical ground floor approach. “It was a challenge to tick all the boxes on what the client had in mind, but the end result was pretty spectacular.” A recent home built in Shepherds Lane on a challenging block required Tim to rethink the typical structural design components. “The block that we had to work with was extremely steep and had some really difficult terrain. Many builders would have refused to even tackle it.” Tim was able to design a welcoming family home with three stories. Due to the weight

placed on key elements of the foundations, structural steel was an essential aspect to work into the concept, without showcasing it. “While you need the steel to hold everything together, it’s not something you actually want to be looking at. So we made sure that it was hidden in the design and not displayed, so that people could enjoy the great views instead.” Steep blocks often mean fabulous views, and this was an aspect that Tim took great pleasure in emphasising. “The view over and down the valley is a real unique aspect of the home. By showcasing them to their fullest, the home will always command a strong return on investment, as well as providing a wonderful feel to the home.” The design was also broken down into a two phase plan to work to the client’s budget,

with a pool a key feature of stage two. “It will really be a pool with unsurpassed views for the owners to relax and unwind in, as it is sitting in line with the top of the third story.” And it’s not just new homes that Blay Design take on board. With the current climate, many more clients are renovating their homes instead of selling and upgrading to a new location. Bec agrees, “One of our most common enquiries is for renovations and decks. This means that we often have to work around existing building and framework, as well as Council regulations. This means that we have to be clever in our concepts for these renovations, so that we can work within clients’ budgets. Sometimes, it will take two or three design plans until we can get the happy fit of project and budget.”

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with Chris Hines from Unrealestate

real Quick tips for buyers and sellers.

chris hines. CHOOSING YOUR HOME. Usually, this is the time when you should keep a cool head.

good advisors, be a very enjoyable process! THINKING OF SELLING First impressions: what I’m about to tell you may seem minor and easily overlooked, but this advice goes hand-in-hand with the very well known concept of curb appeal. Whereas curb appeal is the very first gut feeling a potential buyer has about your house, the buyer’s first impression lasts as they walk up to the front door to the point when the door first opens. With this in mind, the front door should be especially sharp, since it is the entryway into the house. Polish the door fixture so it gleams. If the door needs refinishing or repainting, make sure to get that done.

Questions you should ask yourself here are: • Is this going to be your house for the next 50 years, or is this a stepping stone towards your dream home? • How is the commute between your house and your work? • Is this house going to fit your family’s needs in 2, 5, 10 years? • Can this house be improved cosmetically with minimum effort and would this considerably affect its resale value? e • Is the neighbourhood’s “Buying a hous Make sure the lock ur yo ire reputation going to may requ works easily and the key e ak m whole family tos. But change in a foreseeable fits properly. When a ce ifi cr some sa your e future? lik to ve homebuyer comes to visit ha u yo n’t • Where are the schools, house, if you doeach your home, the agent want to resent show centre, restaurants, uses the key from the lock payment.” etc? box to unlock the door. If • Is there public transport there is trouble working the nearby? lock while everyone else stands • How easily can this house be around waiting, this sends a negative first maintained (do I enjoy the work)? impression to prospective home buyers. If the • The most important question of all: do you lock is sticky, sometimes a shot of graphite in actually like this house? the keyhole is all that is needed. • Bonus question: will this house fulfill your Then, there is the entry way. Are there shoes entertaining needs? or other clutter in the foyer, does the first Buying a house may require your whole family impression of the inside of your home impress to make some sacrifices. But you have to like a buyer of things to come or set them up for your house, if you don’t want to resent each a polite, but quick tour of your home? payment. In any housing market, but especially in a Watch home makeover shows, read buyer’s market, your house is in competition magazines or hire a professional to help you with all the other houses on sale in your make your house appealing to your senses, neighbourhood. How your home competes as this can often be done for little money and is key to turning a prospective buyer into a make a tremendous difference in how you fell buyer with an offer. every time you pass your front door. A first impression will not last, if the rest of You can’t know it all, nor should you have to. your home is not presentable. Many home Surround yourself with trustworthy advisors sellers wonder what trade-offs to make – how such as an accountant, a lawyer and a real much budget to allocate to get their home estate agent who has a reputation of integrity ready to list and sell. The starting place is to and good negotiation skills. think like a buyer, put yourself in your buyer’s shoes, walk across the street from your house Choose advisors you are comfortable with, and walk up to the front door, make notes of as you will have to share some intimate all the things that you’d want to see fixed if information with them. And finally: HAVE you were going to buy your own house. FUN, as this should, if done right and with

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Issue 27 of the Coffs Coast Focus

Coffs Coast - i27  

Issue 27 of the Coffs Coast Focus