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Feature Story Greg Norton-Baker

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Welcome to the February issue of Coffs Coast FOCUS.


fter a jam packed festive season, we are finally getting back into the swing of things. It has taken us a week or so to get our heads out of holiday mode, but we got there … Just in time to present to you the fabulous February edition. Front Cover This month we have dedicated our front cover to our annual Coffs Coast Wedding Guide. Gracing the cover are our stunning models, Laura Diacono, Stephanie Kesby and Sienna Wild. We would like to thank all of the wonderful local businesses involved in this shoot. Without your help and expertise, we would not have been able to pull off such a fabulous front cover. Thanks to the girls at RSVP Bridal and Formal Wear for the stunning dresses, Victoria and Paul from Cedar Bar & Kitchen for allowing us to use your venue as the perfect location, Kate and her team at Living Doll Premier Stylists for hair and makeup,

Kelly from Flowers on First for producing three beautiful bouquets in under 12 hours and last but certainly not least, a huge thanks goes to Carole Beros for styling the shoot. Carole goes above and beyond to help us almost every month. We don’t know what we would do without her. Thanks again to everyone involved. Ultimate Wedding Guide February, the month of love and eight months out from the traditional commencement of wedding season, means this is a timely feature for the wedding industry to showcase what they have to offer future brides. This beautifully presented Wedding Guide, as part of the FOCUS publication, will be sought after by local brides to be as the essential wedding planning tool. Inside this Edition Greg Norton-Baker has combined his love of both music and art to create beautiful and unique guitars that look just as fantastic on show as they

sound when played. FOCUS sat down with him to discuss his creative process and what gets him inspired to create these interesting pieces. North Coast Storm Chasers is a social media page that has attracted a lot of interest, and followers, by reporting on local storms and weather events. They have provided a new way of getting up to the minute news on what’s going on during these events, as well as predictions on what is to come. We spoke to Antonio about the page and what’s involved in storm-chasing and predicting the weather. Next Month - Women in Business It’s our annual editorial showcase featuring the talented businesswomen who live, work and play in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Manning-Great Lakes and the New England. Final Say: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it” - Maya Angelou.


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Unwritten Law.


Punk rock veterans Unwritten Law are heading down under this month, celebrating a huge twenty years since the release of their “Black Album”. This album was not only an important part of punk rock history, but saw millions of people naming their daughter Cailin, after hearing the song Scott had affectionately written for his own daughter ...

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Gina and Andrew have quite a unique and beautiful love story ... Some would say that their lives have been destined to be spent together since the day they were born! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked them to share their story with us.

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Local couple Chloe and Kerrod Parker were married recently in the romantic setting of Dangar Falls, Dorrigo. We asked them to tell us about the proposal, the planning, and the wedding, and what mad their big day so special.


Greg Norton-Baker.

Greg Norton-Baker has combined his love of both music and art to create beautiful and unique guitars that look just as fantastic on show as they sound when played. FOCUS sat down with him to discuss his creative process and what gets him inspired to create these interesting pieces.

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i Greg. How long have you been a resident of the Coffs Coast? I first moved to the area in the 1970s, fresh out of the inner city punk scene. I arrived here with my girlfriend at the time and despite my many travels and time away, this area has been home base for me ever since. I moved here permanently 17 years ago and now get to enjoy the coast with my teenage son. Could you tell us a little about the history of your art, and why you chose to use guitars as your medium? Some of my earliest memories are of drawing, and the love of creating has stayed with me my whole life. A portrait I painted for my HSC toured the state in the first HSC major works exhibition in 1976. I have continued to paint, sculpt and build a variety of things over the ensuing years and have held solo exhibitions of my portraiture, abstract and landscape art. Along with my love of artistic creation, I have played blues harmonica for around 40 years. About 10 years ago I decided I needed to challenge my grey matter by learning something new, so I decided to try guitar. There began a love affair with all things gui6 Coffs Coast focus

tar, and I have gone on to purchase quite a few. I am reliably informed I have developed something known as GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome). Are you a musician as well? Over recent years I have started playing as a solo performer. I use the stage name of Howlin’ Norton and play very traditional Delta style slide guitar, harmonica, and a kick drum - sort of a "one man band". Are the guitars still functional once the art process is complete? I am a very pragmatic sort of bloke, and I think that if an object has a function and it is to be incorporated into an artistic piece, then that function should be maintained and even enhanced if possible. The original intention of modifying guitars was purely for personal enjoyment and use. Then I realised there were more than I was likely to be able to play, and a friend suggested showing them in an exhibition. It is a great delight for me to have someone appreciate and own my creations. To know that these guitars will also go on to entertain others is truly fantastic. Where do you draw inspiration from? I love having lots of sensory stimuli, and my workshop studio is full of artworks, music and a plethora of objects and eclectic

raw materials. As with sculpting in stone or painting a portrait in oils, the shape is there already; I am just revealing its presence. Could you tell us about the process you go through for each piece? For the creation of a guitar I just observe the shape and then look around Do you exhibit your I THINK THAT IF AN OBJECT my workshop stuwork locally? dio, and once one HAS A FUNCTION AND IT IS The exhibition on at The piece is in place, the TO BE INCORPORATED INTO Brewery in Bellingen is the rest of the pieces AN ARTISTIC PIECE, THEN first time I have shown any reveal themselves work in many years. WorkTHAT FUNCTION SHOULD pretty readily ing full-time as a nurse, through recognising BE MAINTAINED AND EVEN renovating and landscaping shapes and seeing ENHANCED IF POSSIBLE. my home, building furniture how they fit like an and raising my son have abstract jigsaw. been pretty consuming When people buy activities. I assure you there your pieces, is it will be more to come though. usually to hang as art, or do most peoWhere can people find your work? ple buy them to play as well? I have a Facebook Page, Howlin’ Norton I am flattered that people seek to purGuitars, and over the coming months will chase things I have made and the guitars I be populating it with guitars and other have sold have all been destined for creating artworks. music, as well as being used as a decorative Thanks Greg. addition.



North Coast Storm Chasers is a social media page that has attracted a lot of interest, and followers, by reporting on local storms and weather events. They have provided a new way of getting up to the minute news on what’s going on during these events, as well as predictions on what is to come. We spoke to Antonio about the page and what’s involved in storm-chasing and predicting the weather.


i Antonio. Tell us about North Coast Storm Chasers? Five years ago I started North Coast Storm Chasers with the sole purpose of sharing my storm-chasing adventures and photography with the community. It did not take long for people to recognise my efforts, and this is also when followers would start asking questions like, “Is there hail in that storm?” or, “Do you think it will hit Lismore?” After answering numerous times the questions on my photos and having a high success rate of making predictions and statements, that is when the demand for severe storm forecasting became high. After several months of forecasting severe storm potential, as well as where they may occur, and once again having a high success rate, people then started wondering about rain and other weather events. I felt as if it was my duty to respond to these requests, and slowly but surely I started developing my own high quality and detailed maps of severe weather and storms and would give up to a week’s time of heads up for the possibility of a weather event. Finally today we have close to 53,000 amazing supporters, as well as almost 10,000 members on our NCSC social group. We have built up an amazing community of people who have been reporting on weather for us and then

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also sharing any updates we have. My team of 25 assists with the tasks of making sure the latest warnings and radar screenshots are shared within a close amount of time prior to the storm affecting people in that How have you noticed THE COMMUNITY PLAYS area. the weather changing A SIGNIFICANT ROLE BY My primary role is the over the past few years weather forecaster; my BEING THE EYES AND on the Coffs Coast? role is to make sure I I have noticed that EARS FOR WHERE OTHER know what the weather in recent years the Mid ADMINS AND I CAN’T BE. will be doing for at least North Coast and Northern the next week or two and Rivers has seen weather if anything of interest or which is getting harder something that needs to to forecast. From drier be addressed arises. than usual seasons to flooding rains and severe The future of NCSC is looking very exciting. thunderstorms, most of the time the weather We have something that has been in planning tends to be one of these extremes. for about two years now; however, it’s a secret In your opinion, what kind of weather can I can’t yet let out. It’s going to change the way we expect in the coming months? everyone is going to check and observe the Over the coming months it’s looking like we weather. are going to see a wetter than average season, How long have you been chasing storms on with a decent chance of seeing at least one the Coffs Coast? major rain event before March 2018. The Mid I have been observing the weather and North Coast is usually prone to high rainfall storm-chasing in the Northern Rivers and now totals when a rain event unfolds in the area. the Mid North Coast for about 10 years. How have you found social media has had How many people help run NCSC? an impact on chasing storms? Including myself, there are 25 people in the Social media has greatly impacted the way team. that I chase storms. For instance, if I am chasing

in a certain town and I upload an image to show what’s happening, usually someone will then comment a response about what is inside of that storm and it assists me in knowing whether or not I need to report a warning of severe features, or if I need to change my position because it may become too dangerous to stay. Overall, I welcome social media in the storm-chasing activity. What role can the community play when monitoring storms? The community plays a significant role by being the eyes and ears for where other admins and I can’t be. With the assistance of the people following us reporting in, we get a proper perspective of the storm or weather event and can better forecast the future movements and possible outcomes of the storm or event. It is most important to us that our followers report any severe weather to us as soon as they see it. What’s the best place to find NCSC? Check out our Facebook page: or join our group, North Coast Storm Chasers Social. Thanks Antonio.

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real estate update. N E G O T I AT I O N S K I L L S .

Knowing how to negotiate is one of the most important skills you’ll need in the home buying process. Not all of us are negotiation experts, especially if it’s your first time buying, so it is natural to worry about how to make your best offer. Just keep a few simple things in mind, and it’ll be smooth sailing. Know your budget Before you enter any price negotiations, you should have a clear idea of how much you can spend. If you don’t have a clear budget, you could commit to spending a lot more than you can actually afford.

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If you are pre-approved for a certain amount, and negotiations push the price above that amount, you’ll know to walk away. Obtaining pre-approval can also let vendors know that you’re a serious buyer and they are likely to give your offer stronger consideration.

Negotiation has changed As both buyers and sellers become more educated on property value, we now see more full price sales and only slight negotiation. If a buyer sees value in a property, they will purchase it; if they do not, they will tend to just walk away rather than make cheeky offers. Pricing Research previous sale prices of other properties that are similar to the one you are looking at, comparing similar attributes such as number of rooms, same age and so on. When gathering as much information as you can, you are more educated on estimated value. Finding additional value Further to physical attributes of a property, it is more important than ever to consider the ongoing running costs of the property you are purchasing. With energy costs continually rising, you may consider paying more for a property that has cheaper ongoing running costs. Things to consider include the property’s orientation, cross-ventilation, solar system, insulation and efficiency of heating and cooling devices. There are 17 liveability features that can increase comfort and reduce the running costs of a home that you can read more about: Know the area There are a few things that can increase a property’s value, including:

Being close to schools, child care facilities, having shops, restaurants and cafés nearby, being within walking distance of public transport, and being close to parks or beach. Negotiate conditions You may think that negotiation is just about settling on the best price, but that’s not true. The vendor may get several offers of the same price (or similar), but be inclined towards the one that includes favourable conditions. This could mean a shorter settlement period, or - if there are any repairs or upgrades needed accepting the house as-is and tackling those yourself. Be friendly This is especially true if the property you like is in high demand. Vendors and agents don’t want to deal with aggressive or rude buyers, so if they’re not comfortable with you, they’ll keep negotiating with someone else. Don’t be put off - re-negotiating It is not uncommon for things to come up in a pest and building inspection that an agent or seller was unaware of. Depending on how serious the issue is, you may still want to buy the property. It is important to keep communication open, as there are options. The seller may fix the problem as part of the conditions of sale, or they may consider making a price reduction for you to address the issue yourself.



Woman of the Year 2018 Coffs Coast International Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day Coffs Coast Woman of the Year Award was established to acknowledge the positive contribution of women in the Coffs Coast region. It aims to recognise outstanding women working for the betterment of women and girls in business, education or community.


nternational Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of women globally on 8th March each year. The three major women’s groups in Coffs Harbour: the Zonta Club of Coffs Harbour Inc., BPW (Business and Professional Women) Coffs Harbour, and the Coffs Coast Business Women’s Network (BWN) will again be holding their very special breakfast on the morning of 8th March 2018, to provide the opportunity for girls, men and women to come together to share in the successes of our local women and girls. Finalists: Five inspiring finalists have been recognised by their peers for the 2018 Woman of the Year Award. The finalists and the eventual winner of the Award will be presented at the IWD Breakfast, at C.ex Coffs, on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2018. The sponsors for the cash award of $1,000 are Coffs Harbour City Council and C.ex Group ClubGRANTS program. This year we are delighted to announce that we have a runner up award of $250, sponsored by One Agency Coffs Harbour. The finalists are: E L L E N S L AT E R Ellen is the face of a great initiative on the Coffs Coast, Joyland Carers’ Retreat. Over the past two and half years, Ellen Slater has worked diligently to meet the need for suitable respite facilities for carers in the Coffs Coast Region. Her retreat provides a holistic service for carers’ health and wellbeing to enable them to have time out from their caring role, to relax, rejuvenate and access support for their own psychological wellness. Respite is at no

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cost, as it is paid for from a series of successful Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca LGAs. fundraising activities organised by Ellen. Meena’s strength is in her capacity to get BEA BALLANGARRY services working together collaboratively, be it Aunty Bea is a well-respected Indigenous government or non-government organisations. elder and inspirational mentor to women of all Her passion is infectious, and her phrase ages in Coffs Harbour. “Homelessness is everyone’s business” gets Aunty Bea is a core founder of the people involved in working together. community initiative, WOW Women Of KYLA HOLLEY the World, Coffs Harbour. WOW has been Since 2014, Kyla has been working tirelessly connecting women to establish the Australian and girls coming from Centre for Eating socially, cultural and Disorders (ACFED) to financially disadvantaged improve the education backgrounds since 2011. and support standards WOMEN ARE THE She facilitates cultural for people with eating PREDOMINANT awareness in a safe disorders and obesity POPULATION AFFECTED environment for women throughout Australia and BY EATING DISORDERS to connect and exchange New Zealand. Women AND OBESITY. WITH stories through her are the predominant VERY FEW RESOURCES, Women’s Story Circles. population affected by KYLA HAS CREATED A These Circles have been eating disorders and SMALL BUSINESS WITH part of WOW and other obesity. With very few A LOFTY MISSION. community events via resources, Kyla has festivals and conferences, created a small business as well as putting with a lofty mission. Coffs Harbour on the international map at an ACFED’s mission includes developing International Women’s conference in Katherine and delivering professional development in 2015 and opening the Venice Biennale in opportunities in Eating Disorders and Obesity 2016. for health professionals. To date, over 340 MEENA JOHNSON health professionals have participated in the Meena, a Program Manager with Wesley numerous ACFED eating disorder and obesity Mission, is a champion for homeless people course options across Australia and New in the Coffs Harbour region. She has been Zealand. instrumental in introducing and developing DEB LEANEY community capacity building projects that Deb dedicates her time to creating a safe promote the housing options for disadvantaged community for women through Zumba classes. homeless people on low income in Coffs Deb’s commitment to women’s emotional and

physical wellbeing creates capacity for women to: experience freedom in their bodies, connect with others, thereby reducing isolation; have time out from emotional upheavals, along with experiencing much laughter and fun. Deb models genuine kindness and compassion. Deb hopes that by creating a safe, fun space that women experience increased confidence, enjoy and love the experience of being “oneself", enjoy Latin music and gain numerous health benefits. The theme for IWD 2018 is #Press for Progress. Are you ready to find out how we can continue the great progress that has been made for women and girls to date? Then, make sure you come to the 2018 IWD Breakfast event on Thursday 8th March 2018, C.ex Coffs, to congratulate the winner of this prestigious award. Our guest speaker, sponsored by ANZ Coffs Harbour, will be Augusta Supple, a former Coffs Coast resident who is making a difference in the world of performing arts. You will also be inspired by female future leaders, student recipients of the 2017 Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Tickets can be purchased at Thank you to all our sponsors: C.ex Group, Coffs Harbour City Council, One Agency Coffs Harbour, ANZ Coffs Harbour, Opal Cove Resort and FOCUS.

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Self Care for Busy Mums

Make a


It is very easy as a busy mum to become focused on caring for everyone else, leaving little time to look after yourself. Looking after yourself should be right up there at the top of the list, because if it is not a priority, then your health can suffer. If you don’t regularly service your car and top it up with oil, water and fuel, then it will eventually start to show signs of wear and tear. The same principle applies for your body.

health. Sometimes we just need a helping hand to take that step forward. There are great herbs and nutrients to support you and your busy lifestyle.

The side effects of not making your health a priority can lead to weight gain, hormonal disturbances, inability to focus, stress and anxiety. If you find yourself feeling guilty about making time for your own health and wellbeing, remember that everyone will reap the rewards of a healthier you.

3) Drink more water!

Here are some tips that can be helpful, so that you can start caring for YOU! 1) Start now. Once you have committed to looking after yourself - start. Don’t put it off. 2) See a naturopath, as they can guide you in finding positive ways to manage your stress, support your hormones and optimise your

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4) Small dietary changes, including cutting our processed foods, sugary snacks, limiting alcohol and caffeine intake.

The side effects of not making your health a priority can lead to weight gain, hormonal disturbances, inability to focus, stress and anxiety.

morning or evening with a friend. Having an exercise buddy gives you someone to answer to and stops you making excuses.

5) Kitchen preparation. Set aside a few hours one day a week to cook healthy and nutritious food for you and your family. The more organised you are, the better choices you will make.

Commit to making your health a priority. The whole family will thrive from seeing a healthier and happier version of you - one who is more motivated, full of energy and vitality.

6) Exercise. A brisk 30 minute walk every

Nourishing your body, exercising, and positive

self talk daily will allow you to cope better with whatever life throws at you. Make goals for your health, both short and long term, that are achievable and sustainable. Show up to that Yoga class that you have always wanted to attend, enrol in the art class that you have always dreamt of pursuing, go camping with your family, and just start exploring things that you have always wanted to do. Make 2018 the year to become the best, healthiest and happiest version of you!


hy did you join SGC over other local clubs? JL: It’s a family friendly, safe environment and there’s plenty

of capacity for social and competition, so you always get a game. SC: I played at another local club and wasn’t made to feel welcome but when I came to Sawtell, I was part of the family right away. MK: It’s a real social club and the membership fees are the lowest around for an 18-hole course, especially with how good the course is looking. What’s your favourite hole at SGC? JL: 17th - aim for the gum tree, and hopefully it runs down the hill into the hole; plus it’s near the end! Or the 4th, because I got an Eagle on that! SC: The long par 5 8th, but you have to know how to play it. The whole course is really challenging;

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Sawtell Golf Club is reaping the rewards of the hard work put in by Course Superintendent, Matt Duff and his team, as it looks to rival other courses on the North Coast for its quality greens and lush landscaping. With a range of membership rates available, we caught up with three members, Ladies President Judi Leiper, Stephen Cooper and Michael Kenny, to find out why Sawtell Golf Club (SGC) is so special and why you should join the family.

we have a local interclub comp and we hold our own at their course, but thrash them here! MK: The 8th has a lot of character and I usually go alright on it, unless I hook it into the bushes! What advice would you give to someone starting out? JL: Start with lessons (with resident pro Brendan Barnes), watch the ball and keep your head down it’s your partner’s job to watch where the ball goes, not yours! SC: Get fitted for clubs, don’t buy off the shelf, and have some lessons to grasp the basics. MK: It’s a tough game, but just have fun and try

not to get frustrated! What tip have you received that really helped you? JL: Plant your front foot on the ground and don’t lift your heel. SC: Jack Nicklaus said in his book, play to your handicap, so if you play off 18, use the extra shot you have per hole - don’t try to be a hero. MK: Do what feels comfortable for you. Is golf an expensive sport? JL: If you divide the fees over two/three games a week, you easily get your money’s worth. SC: Start with the right equipment and it’ll last 15 - 20 years, and membership at SGC is very competitive for the area. I’d recommend getting some second hand balls to newcomers; otherwise, it can get expensive! MK: SGC has some great rates, especially for juniors, so I don’t think so. Why should people take up golf at SGC? JL: You make lots of friendships, it’s very active and it’s in Sunny Sawtell, where you get a nice breeze from the ocean on a hot day! SC: It’s great exercise; 18 holes is about 6 km if you hit straight up the fairways and 8 km if you don’t! We have members in their 90s, so it’s for young and old. MK: It’s a good social, fun, relaxing sport that you can play on your own or in a group. To join, call (02) 6653 1006 or visit

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Introducing OPIUO with special guests TBA, over two rooms, one main stage, cricket on the lawn + activities + waterslide. All ages event. When 26th January. Where Coffs Harbour Racing Club. Tickets $32.50 + BF from





You’re invited to experience the ultimate Coffs Coast wedding venue. Take a tour of our unique ceremony and reception spaces styled and themed for you to picture your big day, and enjoy sparkling wine and canapés whilst you meet our talented wedding specialists. When 10th February. Where Aanuka Beach Resort. Time 9am until 2pm.


COAST COMEDY PLAYERS When the residents of the Swift Valley Retirement Village win a garden makeover from the popular TV Show, Perfect Plots, little do they know what the magical presenter, Perry Potts, has in store for them. Companion Planting is a saucy, romantic, comedy romp with colourful characters that will have you laughing from start to finish. Come and enjoy this hilarious new farce from the Coffs Coast’s newest talent, Penny Dennis. When 16th February and 17th February. Where Jetty Theatre. Tickets

Twilight Food Market is open all day on Australia Day. Come and enjoy our delicious multicultural food to celebrate our diverse community. Bring a blanket, chair, beach umbrella, pooch (on a lead) and DON’T FORGET THE KIDS! When 26th January. Where Park Beach Reserve. Time 11am to 9pm.


QUEEN’S BATON RELAY We invite everyone to come down and welcome the Queen’s Baton to Coffs Coast on Thursday 1 February from 4pm. The opening ceremony will take place at the Jetty Foreshore, where the first baton bearer will start the Coffs Harbour leg of the Queen’s Baton journey. The baton will be passed through 13 batonbearers until it reaches the closing ceremony in City Square. When 1st February. Where Jetty Foreshore. Time From 4pm.

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UNWRITTEN LAW Punk legends Unwritten Law are returning to Australia in February to perform their most celebrated record, The Black Album (officially Unwritten Law Law) in its entirety from start to finish. When 14th February. Where C.ex Coffs. Cost GA $49.90 | VIP $99.90 *18+ Event. Tickets

2018 AUSTRALIAN LADIES GOLF CLASSIC Come and see some of the world’s best female athletes compete in Australia’s newest professional golf tournament for women, the Australian Ladies Classic. When 22nd February until 25th February. Where Bonville International Golf Resort. More info


FOCUS had a chat with Penny Dennis of the Coast Comedy Players about their upcoming show, “Companion Planting”, which will be performed at a number of locations on the Coffs Coast in February.

i Penny. How many people are part of we think our audiences will enjoy the sheer bravura. As the Coast Comedy Players group, and you might have gathered by now, there’s a real sense of where are you based here on the Coffs larrikinism about our troupe. Coast? Can you tell us a bit about the show? There’s about 15 of us all up - the cast Companion Planting is about what happens when the comprises 10, and there are about five or six of us workproduction crew of the popular TV show, Perfect Plots!, ing behind the scenes on props, costumes, techies and visits the Swift Valley Retirement Village to do a garden publicity. But what we lack in numbers, we make up for makeover. It’s a cast of richly funny characters who are in talent, enthusiasm and a cracking sense of fun. Hownot afraid to be politically incorrect - and the cast of local ever, as this is our first show, if it goes well, we hope to actors are having a ball hamming it up. It’s a bit like The recruit many more members. It’s Vicar of Dibley meets Gardening part of our mission to encourAustralia and they get saucy on age local talent in the fields of The Bachelor. It’s written by local writing, directing and performplaywright Penny Dennis, whose As the cast gets to know the play ing. So, all are welcome, even if previous credits were Trojan Women and their characters better, we they are part of another group, (2010 adaptation) and Autumn Song start adding things that we hadn’t as most of our members are. (2014, original), both played at the thought of before. There’s Our base is in Coffs, but we Jetty Memorial Theatre. a great deal of physical don’t have an office as such. What do you enjoy most about comedy that you just What’s the story behind the performing? can’t script in - that only Coast Comedy Players, how Without doubt - making a comcomes out of rehearsals. did the group come togethplete fool of myself in such a way er? that it makes people laugh. As the As performers in community cast gets to know the play and their theatre for some years, the characters better, we start adding feedback we often got from audiences was that it was things that we hadn’t thought of before. There’s a great constraining to always have to travel into Coffs Harbour deal of physical comedy that you just can’t script in - that for theatre shows. It could also be expensive, and getting only comes out of rehearsals. My play has been made home on dark nights was no fun either. So, why not fix better by these actors, and I am so grateful to them - for the problem by taking the shows to regional audiences? their creative contributions and for taking a punt on me And, essentially, the only way to do that was to do the too. show as a pop-up style of theatre, where the set could be Thanks Penny. put up and taken down within 20 minutes and put in the Penny is fielding all the enquiries via the Facebook back of a ute… How Aussie is that! It’s a challenge, but page (The Coast Comedy Players) and on 0407 396 038.

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McDonald’s Coffs Harbour and Nambucca are proud to support local children and groups through their Junior Grants Program.


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ast year saw 13 year old Millie Robinson from Coffs Harbour receive the accolade of “most valuable team player” in her favourite sport, basketball, as well as being offered a place in the Bellinger Braves representative team for the upcoming season. “During the season, my goal is to take my basketball to a higher skill level, train with the best coaches and have the opportunity to play alongside some of the highest achieving players in my age group around NSW.” Millie understands that sport can be very expensive and that her parents have had to spend a lot of money to support her along the way. The grant will be of additional benefit, as her father was diagnosed last year with Ankylosing Spondylitis, reducing his ability to work. “The grant is an important stepping stone towards trying out to play in the Division One team next year, as well as giving me confidence to apply for other basketball opportunities offered in NSW.” The McDonald’s Junior Grant is helping to keep 140 junior nippers cool during hot summer days in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca, by assisting with the purchase of shade shelters for carnival competitions. “ Sun protection is a very important factor at carnivals, as children are on the beach for a full two - three days. At present, the kids cram under the tent to get out of the harsh

sun,” explains Fiona Fluechter. As part of the nippers program, children learn the importance surf safety skills and community volunteering, and this grant will ensure they have adequate shelter to sit comfortably during carnivals. Another talented athlete who is looking to kick big goals in AFL is Jordan Speechly from Grafton. Having recently been selected in the 2018 NSW/ACT Youth Girls Academy, Jordan was excited to participate in the squad. The Academy squad is an important forerunner to the state team that will play at the National Championships and involves four camps over a period of five months. Three of these camps will be held in Sydney, with the fourth to be staged in Coffs Harbour. Without the support of the McDonald’s Junior Grant, Jordan was considering not participating, as her parents faced the financial hurdle of covering costs for Jordan to join the squad. Receiving the grant means Jordan can take up the opportunity and pursue her dream of making the state team, which is also critical for being drafted into a women’s AFL club. The McDonald’s Junior Grant Program believes that building a successful generation comes from supporting our great locals, so, if you are a local child or group who needs assistance with your sporting, academic, cultural or community project, we want to hear from you. Jump on the Grants website and apply today:

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Barbecue Pork Ribs served with coleslaw and steak fries, from The Hoey Moey. 22 Coffs Coast focus

up and summer approaching quickly, we will be kicking off our new menu shortly. Our chef, Blake Wittenberg, is very excited with all the great produce he gets to use over the summer period. Be sure to make your way down and have a look at the new and upcoming changes to the Pier Hotel.

Head Chef Blake Wiittenberg.

We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner; to make a reservation, please call the Pier Hotel on 6652 2110. We look forward to seeing you.

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the hoey moey Welcome to the Beachside Bistro at the Hoey Moey with our newly renovated kitchen. We are the only hotel in Coffs Harbour with direct beach access. Come and enjoy our beachside hotel with spacious beer garden, open plan bar, bistro, drive thru bottle shop and TAB facilities. Have you tried our new Gourmet Pizza range? There is a large selection to choose from and you can have these eat in or takeaway. Come in and check out our takeaway specials or phone ahead for pick-up. If a pizza is not what you are after our FAMOUS If you’re looking for the best value in Coffs Harbour, look no further than $7.50 FEEDS are always available daily. the Plantation Hotel … The team at the Plantation pride themselves on offering outstanding service alongside quality food at an affordable price, that will keep you coming back time and time again.

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The only thing better than a brand new menu… the brand new tastes! Join us at the Hoey Moey and experience the new flavour profiles like our featured Morroccan Spiced Mince Lamb Salad complete with cucumber, tomato, roasted pine nuts, sultanas, spinach, coriander, fresh yoghurt and warm naan bread! Pair this with a red wine from our new wine list for a dish worth savoring!

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The crew at Element Bar on the Coffs Jetty Strip have the perfect cocktail to take the edge off a hot summer’s day. A blend of fresh cucumber, St Germain elderflower liqueur, pear infused vodka, lemon juice, house syrup and sparkling lemonade. From the very first sip of a Cucumber Fizz, you’ll feel like you’ve been hit with a cool ocean breeze and feel the heat melt away!


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offs Harbour is lucky enough to Law, so we have definitely seen generations of play host to the group this month, fans and people coming up to us and saying, “I’ve and FOCUS caught up with front brought my kids up listening to you guys”... and man Scott Russo for a trip down especially people who have named their daughter memory lane. Cailin! Who knew! I was so young and writing Hi Scott. What have been some that song for my daughter. So, we definitely see major highlights for you being in the industry? generations of people coming out now; it’s really, Highlights are getting to travel the world with really cool. your friends. We’ve been As one of the most highly fortunate enough to get reputable and well known some really dope gigs with No punk bands of the ‘90s, Doubt, Blink 182, Big Day Out this tour in particular is in WE WILL BE PLAYING Tour, Warped Tour; it’s been a celebration of your self THE “BLACK ALBUM” pretty fortunate run, all in all. titled album making its Do you find at these shows debut 20 years ago. Can we FROM FRONT TO BACK IN it’s mostly die hard fans, expect a run through of just ITS ENTIRETY, AND THEN or do you see a new wave this album as the show, or WE’LL DO AN ENCORE of younger fans coming will you be throwing some WITH AN ENTIRELY through? other tunes in there? DIFFERENT SET. Well, the thing with us We will be playing the Black - and this being a twenty Album from front to back in year tour - is that there are its entirety, and then we’ll do going to be generations there an encore with an entirely now. For instance - and not different set. because of me - my kids love Blink and Greenday. How have you developed personally through It’s like everything has a 20 year cycle; they found music since the beginning of your journey? that on their own. People who’ve loved us are now I tend to write songs ten times over now, so it’s parents and have children of their own, and those more of a tedious process. When we were doing children probably grew up listening to Unwritten that record (Black Album), we were kids; we were

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writing what we thought sounded cool. When I go over the lyrics off that record, I think to myself, “I cannot believe I really wrote that gibberish!” Whereas now when I write, I write something that means something to me or that I see personally, or that I’m personally affected by whether it be love, or heart break or partying, or whatever it may be. Are you bringing anyone along as support? In Australia, we’re trying to bring our friends Runaway Kids, who couldn’t get on the plane last time. Thanks Scott.

Don’t miss Unwritten Law with special guests on Wednesday 14 February 2018 (opening 7:30pm) at C.ex Coffs, Cnr Pacific Hwy and Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour. Tickets **18+**

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Club Retro Fridays ft DJ Flak3y & DJ Bisho - Coast Hotel Benny Black Band - Seaview Tavern Scott Day-vee Duo + DJ Little J - Hoey Moey Pauline Stephens Band - C.Ex Coffs Festival of Small Halls - Toormina Community Hall The Ahern Brothers “Until Next Time” Tour - 63 First Avenue, Sawtell


Red Light Special Band & DJ Blakey Coast Hotel Minnie Marks - Seaview Tavern Heat 1 - Miss Mid North Coast Model Search! + DJ Little J - Hoey Moey Whiskey Business - C.Ex Coffs The Brothers - No.5 Church Street Festival of Small Halls - Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, Ulong 26 Coffs Coast focus


Minnie Marks - Ocean View Hotel, Urunga


Hekyl & Jive - Hoey Moey


Club Retro Fridays ft DJ Brandon & DJ Bisho - Coast Hotel Misschief - Seaview Tavern The Funk Thieves + DJ Brown Sugar - Hoey Moey Tangle - C.Ex Coffs


Occarock & DJ Brandon - Coast Hotel Rowland & Shekinah - Seaview Tavern Heat 2 - Miss Mid North Coast Model Search + DJ Bisho - Hoey Moey Bang Bang - C.Ex Coffs



Madison Kat - Hoey Moey Funk Thieves - Ocean View Hotel


Unwritten Law - C.ex Coffs


Club Retro Fridays ft DJ Bisho & DJ Rowan - Coast Hotel Empire - Seaview Tavern The Lazy Sundays + DJ Brown Sugar - Hoey Moey Gary King - C.Ex Coffs Companion Planning - Jetty Theatre


1st Avenue Band & DJ Rowan - Coast Hotel Son of Jaguar - Seaview Tavern Final - Miss Mid North Coast Model Search + DJ Tarmz - Hoey Moey Mamamia - A Tribute To Abba - C.Ex Coffs Companion Planning - Jetty Theatre


Electrik Lemonade + DJ Tarmz - Hoey Moey


Club Retro Fridays ft DJ Bisho & DJ Rjay - Coast Hotel Agent 77 - Seaview Tavern Minnie Marks + DJ OB - Hoey Moey DJ Bobby Q - C.Ex Coffs


Powerhouse Band & DJ Rjay - Coast Hotel Aqwa Duo - Seaview Tavern DJ OB1 - Hoey Moey The Shuffle Boys - C.Ex Coffs The Spooky Men’s Chorale - Jetty Theatre


The Feramones - Hoey Moey

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Forestry Corporation of NSW’s John Shipp, Aboriginal Partnerships Leader, and Justin Black, Strategic Projects Leader, are working together with Aboriginal communities to bring traditional Aboriginal fire practices to NSW State Forests. Tony Dodson, a Garby Elder, was involved in a project last year, and here all three discuss the outcomes and future plans for this unique yet longestablished approach to managing our forests.

Bringing traditional Aboriginal fire practices back to NSW State Forests


ustin, can you tell us a little about why Forestry Corporation is interested in traditional Aboriginal burning practices? Our forests were fashioned by how Aboriginal people managed the land, and frequent, low intensity fire was an important part of this management. It’s only natural that we look at traditional Aboriginal burning practices to guide how we can better manage our NSW State Forests today. Hazard reduction through proactive/managed fires or burns is an important tool for reducing the risk of wildfire and more importantly, is critical in maintaining the health of the forest when used in the right way. John, why is it important for Aboriginal people to be involved in fire management in State Forests? Our team works closely with Aboriginal communities across the state, particularly with cultural heritage. More and more we are focused on helping communities return to the bush and returning the bush to communities. For Aboriginal people, there is an intrinsic connection between people and country; it’s part of who we are. Using traditional fire knowledge and techniques to care for country is an important part of maintaining this connection. Not only that, having our people 28 Coffs Coast focus

sharing and caring for country creates wellbeing within our community - this is really important for community pride, health and success. Justin, tell us what’s been achieved to date. We have carried out a few burns with local Aboriginal Communities, where we have all gained insights into future possibilities of this approach. Last year we carried out a burn at Arrawarra, just north of Woolgoolga, with the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council and local community members, in an area that hadn’t experienced fire for some time. Every managed burn in State Forest requires a plan, which Forestry Corporation completed before bringing all parties together. It really was wonderful to see local Elders, Aunties and Uncles getting involved with some younger members of the community and Forestry staff. Our staff continued the burn with Land Council staff for a few weeks, working on over 1,000 hectares. For me personally, one of the most fantastic aspects of this project was watching the Aunties getting involved with and embrace modern techniques for measuring fuel moisture, while also sharing their knowledge on when to burn. It was the old and the new ways coming together and a pleasure to watch. Tony, you were involved with the burn at Arrawarra; how important was it? This burn was extremely important, as it


taught the different Regular cool burns are the WONDERFUL TO SEE methods of looking after key to fixing this problem. LOCAL ELDERS, AUNTIES country between today Reinstating traditional and yesterday’s societies. burning practices will AND UNCLES GETTING It will hopefully bring open up country for INVOLVED WITH SOME a better outcome to cultural purposes and YOUNGER MEMBERS OF managing the bush using restore that traditional THE COMMUNITY AND traditional and European forest structure. FORESTRY STAFF. ways. It’s important that Justin, how will we all work together to Forestry Corporation ensure that the bush is continue this program? maintained as it was in We are slowly building the past, using fire to look after country and our program across the state and are planning the animals. When wildfire comes through, you a number of joint burns this year. It is important can see firsthand the impact that it has on our that we build on recent success, so we are animals. planning to introduce a research element to the John, you talked about healthy forests. program, to demonstrate how the health of the How does fire improve the health of forest is improving with regular cool burns. forests? Getting the community involved with Regular cool burns were a normal part of the program takes time, and our Aboriginal managing country by Aboriginal people, so Partnerships team is doing great work with the forests traditionally had a more open understory community, building capacity and getting them and denser canopy - the reverse of what we see involved. I reckon in a couple of years we will be today. Victor Steffensen, a leading Indigenous in a place where burning with local Aboriginal fire practitioner, talks about how our forests communities becomes routine practice. What a have become upside down forests, where the great place for us to be. canopy becomes sparse as the forest understory Thanks to Justin Black and John Shipp thickens up due to a lack of fire. (Forestry Corporation of NSW) and Tony You can see it happening across the country, Dodson, Garby Elder, for this interview. as our fire regimes have changed, and the forests are becoming filled with sick trees.

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If you were one of the many fortunate audience members to secure tickets for the sold out performances of Darren Coggan’s critically acclaimed production, “Peace Train, The Cat Stevens Story” at Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Theatre in recent years, then you will not want to miss Darren’s uplifting new production, “Fire & Rain, The James Taylor Songbook”, playing the Jetty Theatre, Saturday, March 10 at 8pm. 1970 - it’s the dawn of a new era. The sixties have gone and left in their wake a darker, disillusioned world - a world which is searching for answers, a world which has been battered by the tumultuous Vietnam war, a world that is still reeling from the shock of the Kennedy assassination. The Beatles announce that they have disbanded, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are both found dead from drug related excess, the heart of ‘60s rock and roll is broken and losing momentum. Amidst these ashes, every time you turn on the radio you can’t escape the soothing, intensely personal reflections of a song called Fire & Rain. For all those who heard it for the first time, they knew that something had changed, the era of the

singer-songwriter had arrived, and James Taylor was crowned its king.

still moves me now.”

Darren Coggan, award winning performer and star of the critically acclaimed show Peace Train, The Cat Stevens Story, takes us on an eloquent journey through the songbook of one of the most magnetic figures in the music world, articulating moments of pain and joy, tragedy and triumph, fire and rain.

The James Taylor songbook is full of intensely personal songs and yet they became anthems for millions of people, reaching out and touching his audience. James Taylor, a modern-day troubadour, channelled his self-destructive impulses into some of the most memorable songs of our time: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Country Road, Carolina In My Mind, Fire & Rain and more.

“For over forty years, James Taylor’s songs have resonated with people everywhere,” said Darren. “He is undoubtedly one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. I remember listening to his music as a kid; he moved me then and

“Our audiences obviously come expecting to hear those timeless songs of James Taylor, but I think they walk away with so much more, a real insight and understanding of who he was. It’s a very positive, uplifting show ...” commented Darren.

“I’ve had some incredible experiences over the past few years performing at The Jetty Theatre in Coffs Harbour. The standing ovations and warm hospitality that we received with our performances of Peace Train were incredible, so I can’t wait to play my new show, Fire & Rain at The Jetty Theatre. The intimate nature of the Jetty theatre is the ideal setting for this show ... as we turn the pages of the songbook of one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, James Taylor.” JETTY THEATRE COFFS HARBOUR, SATURDAY, MARCH 10. Ph: 6648 4930 /

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Gina and Andrew have quite a unique and beautiful love story ... Some would say that their lives have been destined to be spent together since the day they were born! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked them to share their story with us.

i Gina and Andrew. We understand you guys have known each other a long time and that you have an interesting story about your births. Can you tell us a bit about your history? We were born on the same day just three hours apart, both in the old Coffs Harbour hospital 30 years ago. Our mothers where in the same room, but we never saw each other as I (Gina) was in Special Care, as I was premmie. My family would come in after seeing the tiny 4 lbs 4 oz me and comment on how big Andrew was at 10 lbs 1 oz. Fast forward 14 years, and we met in a Year 8 sports class, where we instantly became close friends. One day shortly after Andrew mentioned in passing to his mother that his friend, Gina, had the same birthday as him, she asked what her last name was, and then she quickly replied, “You know, I was in the same room in hospital as her mother!” Between Andrew’s mother and Gina's Nan, they put all the pieces together about their birth - even having kept newspaper clippings of birthday notices with the other on it without realising. All this sure was a surprise to both of us! After meeting in Year 8, we became pretty much inseparable but still just great friends; 30 Coffs Coast focus

there were feelings from the very beginning Was there a particular moment you and we tried dating, but decided we should realised you were meant for each other? just be friends. But as time went on and we Not a particular moment, but more that dated other people, our feelings started to we didn't want to be without each other and grow for each other. By Year 10 (2003) we that over time our feelings grew to be more decided to go on a holiday together, where romantic. our feelings grew even stronger. Could you tell us about your marriage Shortly after our return proposal and home and after having a wedding? few days apart, we were Andrew proposed casually walking together Valentine's Day 2009 HE SAID HE LOVED and Andrew finally got after a nice dinner the courage to make his at Latitude 30. He ME AND TO THAT real feelings known. He insisted we go for MY HEART MELTED, said he loved me and to a walk on the Jetty, AS I FELT THE SAME, that my heart melted, as I and then halfway out IT WAS KIND OF ONE felt the same; it was kind he stopped for what OF THOSE MOVIE of one of those movie I thought was just SCENE MOMENTS ... scene moments where a hug; he asked if I the characters finally end would marry him. And up together. And that of course, I said yes! was the start of our life We wed on the 2nd together. April 2011 at Aanuka We are now lucky enough to have two Beach Resort in front of close family and beautiful daughters as well. Life has sure friends. They say it's lucky to have rain on given us our challenges, but we have always your wedding day, so I guess we are lucky, stayed united and still love each other just as because we had lovely sunshine all day until much as we did 15 years ago. just before the reception started, when a big So have you both always lived around thunderstorm hit - along with buckets of rain. the Coffs Coast? You now have two little girls; what are Yes, Andrew has always lived in Bellingen, some of the things you like about raising and I have lived a few places, but all in the your children on the Coffs Coast? area (Coffs, Thora, Bellingen, Urunga, Valla). We have chosen to raise our children here

as it's a safe, quiet, family oriented area with beautiful beaches to enjoy as a family. Now that you have a family, do you manage to make time for yourselves as a couple? Ha ha! We try our best, but with a four year old and three month old it is a struggle. But we do always make sure we always hug and say “I love you” to each other every night before bed. Do you have plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We will probably celebrate Valentine's Day with a restaurant dinner date with the children this year, as the baby is still so young. Is there a Valentine’s Day from the past that remains really memorable? Our most memorable Valentine's Day would definitely have to be 2009, the day we got engaged! Who of the two of you is the most romantic? Andrew’s response to this question is definitely Gina. Andrew is very shy and not very romantic, but he is a very caring man. Are there any lessons you’ve learnt through your relationship that you’d like to pass on to other couples? Always comfort each other and trust that the other will always be there, no matter what. And when times get tough, be there and support each other. Thanks guys.

Lindsay’s OYSTER BARN Lindsay’s Oysters and Fresh Seafood ... MORE THAN JUST OYSTERS! Lindsay’s Oyster Barn is located on the Pacific Highway at the BP Service Centre, North Urunga. Our aim is to provide local fish to our customers wherever possible, both fresh and frozen, for easy meals at your convenience. John Lindsay has been growing oysters on the beautiful Bellingen River for over 30 years and is now the largest supplier of locally grown, delicious oysters on the Coffs Coast. We have an excellent reputation for quality and price. We also specialise in supplying local oysters to restaurants and clubs on the Coffs Coast. Products and Services • Oysters, including tray, bottled and unopened • Prawns, including green and cooked • Local fresh fish, including Blackfish, Yellow Fin Tuna and Atlantic Salmon • Fresh local deep sea fish • Salad dressing, Japanese wasabi sauces and mayonnaise • Tartare sauce and other delicious mayonnaises • EFTPOS

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Coffs HARBOUR A celebration City The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

he GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will be remembered as the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits. The Relay started on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace, and the Baton will have travelled an epic 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Coffs Coast on 1 February 2018, and more than 15 batonbearers have been honoured to carry the Queen’s Baton in Coffs Harbour, bringing the excitement of the Games to our community. Everyone is encouraged to line the streets and support the following local batonbearers: Paul Bartholomew, Steel Beveridge, Liam Carruthers, Michael Crossland, Mark Donaldson VC, Peter Kimber, Michael Maley, Michael McGavigan, Harry Menzies, Tex O'Grady, Tom Strickland, Richard Taffs, Peter Webster, Glyn Williams, Jim Woodlock. The Queen’s Baton Relay in Coffs Harbour will commence with a spectacular arrival of the Baton at the Jetty Foreshores, including kids entertainment and fun. The Relay will proceed from the Coffs Harbour Jetty, along Harbour Drive and conclude at City Square at the CBD, where 32 Coffs Coast focus

there will also be a community celebration from 5:30pm, where the public can come together and share the spirit of the Relay and the Games. The Queen’s Baton will reach its final destination on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games. Times at a Glance • Baton Arrival, from 4pm, Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores. Spectacular baton arrival and kids entertainment. • Convoy, 4:50pm - 5:30pm, Harbour Drive. Queens Baton Relay in convoy from the Jetty to the CBD. • End of Day Celebration, 5:30 - 6pm, City Square in CBD. End of Stage celebration in CBD with kids’ entertainment and refreshments. Batonbearers Michael McGavigan - Sawtell Michael is dedicated to the surf lifesaving movement and the community. He is an outstanding athlete and inspired many when he was recently diagnosed with NonHodgkins Lymphoma and continued to train during chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He is a Life Member of Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, having served the club for 30 years. During this time he has been

Club Captain, care show their support THE GC2018 QUEEN’S taker, competed for the Queen’s Baton in the Australian Relay passing through BATON RELAY IS THE championships, he Coffs Harbour. Come LONGEST IN HISTORY, trains up and coming and join the community TRAVELLING A lifesavers and transports celebration, and cheer RECORD 388 DAYS junior competitors to on our batonbearers. surf lifesaving meets. To help get in the spirit, AND 230,000 KM He was instrumental in a special colour-byAROUND THE WORLD. establishing the Coffs numbers activity sheet is Harbour Triathlon. He available for download currently trains young so children can print, men from The Armidale colour and make their School to achieve their bronze medallion in own flag to fly at this memorable occasion: surf lifesaving. Tom Strickland - Coffs Harbour Please ensure you find your spectator point Tom is an outstanding person in the prior to road closures at approximately 4pm. community of Coffs Harbour. Some of ROAD CLOSURES his achievements include: Rotary Paul With the Queen’s Baton Relay using Harris Fellow, OAM for his services to the Harbour Drive from the Jetty Foreshores community, and Citizen of the Year for Coffs through to the CBD, rolling road closures Harbour. Tom helped the local Aboriginal will be in place to allow safe passage of the people start a housing co-operative in the convoy. Expect traffic delays between 4pm ‘60s, and he was the instigator of starting and 6pm. Camp Quality in Northern NSW and ran the If you wish to see the arrival of the Baton programme for 23 years. Tom has served at the Jetty Foreshores as well as enjoy the on many committees, including Save the end of day celebration in the CBD, you will Children, Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy need to use alternate routes from the Jetty to Company, Coffs Harbour Amateur Theatre, the CBD. along with many others. Tom is extremely For alternate routes, visit our website interested in sport - athletics his main interest. for SPECTATORS more information and a map of closures We encourage the whole community to or call 6648 4950


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Shopping, enjoying a coffee, feeling inspired by a great art exhibition, connecting with the latest ideas, getting hands-on with art and craft, letting your digital creativity run wild, curling up in a bean bag with a great book, chilling in an urban lounge. How does that sound for a town centre experience? Exciting?


t’s time to get excited! A new state-of-theart central library and gallery are on the way for Coffs Harbour, as part of a new cultural and civic space. A place to gather, create and discover in the heart of the city. What’s Coming Plans are already underway to create the new space on Gordon Street. It will be inclusive, attractive and welcoming to all and is proposed to feature: • a new library and gallery • a café and co-working space • a multi-purpose civic and meeting space, also to be used for Council meetings • Council customer service and administration offices • Redesigned streets surrounding the new building and precinct All with plenty of parking nearby, just two minutes’ walk to City Square and with easy access to

public transport. The city centre location offers the ultimate in convenience - you can shop, use services, indulge your taste buds, exercise, get creative and check out a cultural experience - all in one visit. In early 2018 you are invited to give your feedback on three different architectural concept designs for the new facility. Watch out for this exciting opportunity to be part of shaping our future and register for updates at haveyoursay. Fast Facts Our current library is only 40% of the size it should be for our growing population. The new library will have event, study and youth spaces + modern technology for the whole community, with a digital media studio and maker-spaces. The new gallery will allow better exhibition and workshop spaces for use by our community,

visitors and creatives. in central locations. The lie th at th t Surrounding brary and gallery in particea gr ’s It d an y ar streetscapes will be ular will attract people br li w ne n er od m improved, becoming into the CBD, which is be l il w gallery e ac sp h more attractive and a vital part of the City it w , er and bigg d an s ea convenient for use Centre Masterplan and ar t ou l for chil e th in by pedestrians and crucial to achieving that ts en ev cultural to e os cl cyclists, as well as plan’s goal of making n w to centre of s.” vehicles. Our urban the centre of Coffs a fé ca d shops an spaces will be enhanced buzzing place for locals and beautified. and visitors alike. The Coffs Harbour area It's time to get excited! Find community has expressed that out more and register for the latest it wants to see more vibrancy, cultural updates: and economic benefits in the city centre, as well as convenient access to community cultural-and-civic-space facilities. The new space will meet those Follow all the great things happening at the needs, while also embracing contemporary plancurrent Coffs Harbour Libraries and Regional ning best practice, which sees the importance of Gallery on Facebook/CoffsHarbourLibraries and creating modern, cultural and multi-use facilities Facebook/CoffsHarbourRegionalGallery.

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TWO TAILS WINES Come out and relax at the Winery. Enjoy some wine, local produce and Tapas dishes inside the newly renovated bar and Velvets Restaurant. Orara Vale Vineyard is located approximately 25km northwest of Coff s Harbour at Nana Glen in the heart of Orara Valley. Why would you want to be anywhere else? Bookings are essential. TRADING Tues to Sun 10:30am - 4:30pm Open Monday during school Holidays ADDRESS 963 Orara Way, Nana Glen EMAIL PHONE (02) 66 543 633 WEB

A great way to start 2018. Over the summer holiday season, I hope that you have had the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful aspects of our region.


hether it be soaking up the sun at any one of our numerous beaches, catching up for a meal with family and friends at one of our parks or being refreshed as you walk along some of our hinterland trails, the Coffs Coast has certainly put on a show for visitors and locals alike. The opening of Stage 2 - 4 of the Jetty Foreshore project late last year has renewed the Jetty precinct. The changes comprise: • an open plaza area with wide, shallow steps onto the northern end of Jetty Beach; • a market and events space; and • a boardwalk around the dunes and vegetation, linking the plaza to the historic Jetty and market space. The transformation of this area has provided a chance for a selection of markets and events to take place, allowing locals and visitors to enjoy this space for its traditional uses, along with some new or revitalised opportunities. Occasional activities such as food and wine festivals, artisan and food markets and amusement carnivals have added to the constant atmosphere provided by the calm beach waters, the fitness equipment, wide paths, amenities and food and drink vendors. Throughout January, the Coffs Coast has had the opportunity to experience once again the colour and culture of film during the 2018 ScreenWave International Film Festival (SWIFF). This year the program extended to include SWIFF Light Box, a project which saw a number of spaces in the Jetty precinct painted in projected light beaming image artworks of local artists, including two experienced Gumbaynggirr artists. The shows were amazing and provided a new cultural experience for our region. The interest in Indigenous culture by visitors to the area has been heightened by the recent 34 Coffs Coast focus

release of a short video commissioned by the Industry and Destination Development team, showing a variety of the Gumbaynggirr experiences offered on the Coffs Coast. The video features, along with other cultural opportunities, the award winning Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience tour, which showcases a number of culturally significant experience - including traditional Gumbaynggirr Stories, Language Learning, Cultural Dancing, Bushtucker Tasting and Artwork. The Nyanggan Gapi coffee van, soon to be a permanent fixture at Sealy Lookout, provides refreshments for tour guests along with all visitors to this beautiful part of our region. February 1st turns the Commonwealth Games spotlight on Coffs Harbour, as the Games Baton journeys towards its final destination on the Gold Coast. The Queen’s Baton will be welcomed in an opening ceremony at the Jetty Foreshore in the morning, passed on through a number of local baton bearers on the Coffs Harbour leg of the relay and then farewelled at the closing ceremony in City Square in the afternoon. We also see the return of the 2018 NSW Junior State Oztag Championships on the second weekend in February. For the fourth year in a row, this event brings many junior players, families and spectators to our area to enjoy the facilities, the competition and the region. February also brings some of the world’s best female golfers to compete in Australia’s newest professional golf tournament for women, the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville. The four day event is one of the two Australians Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) tournaments being played on the Coffs Coast at the end of summer.


Twilight Food Market is open all day on Australia Day from 11am to 9pm. Come and enjoy our delicious multicultural food to celebrate our diverse community. Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour. ENTERTAINMENT 12-4pm Cat Calls (belting out our great Aussie rock anthems) 5.30-9pm D’Boyzos (our fav lads) Bring a blanket, chair, beach umbrella, pooch (on a lead) and DON’T FORGET THE KIDS!

XTREME BODY FLIGHT Fly your body like a super hero in our amazing THOR, XtremeBodyflights outdoor wind tunnel. See your friends below as you experience real body flight in the safety of our flight chamber. A wonderful experience for adults and kids before the 2018 school year begins. Available to 4 years up. Groups, birthday parties, special occasions. Located in Coffs Harbour behind the Link Centre Hogbin Drive. Bookings essential. TRADING Sat, Sun 2-4pm. Call any day for groups of 6+ MOBILE 0499 987 363 FACEBOOK xtremebodyflight WEB

2018 is shaping up to be another amazing year, as we showcase the paradise that is on offer here on the Coffs Coast. #createyourparadise


BONVILLE CREEK estuary meanders through Bongil Bongil

Bring your own craft or join an organised group experience with an expert. Kayaks and canoes can also be hired in several locations including Bellingen, Sawtell and Bonville. Here are a few of our favourite paddling spots…

ORARA VALLEY offers lots of opportunities for those wanting to explore the hidden hinterland river gems near Coff s Harbour. Take Coramba Rd out of town and in minutes you are immersed in a rural landscape that is home to rivers with freshwater swimming pools interspersed by gentle rapids. There are numerous entry points in the valley depending on rainfall and water levels. A great introduction to the Orara River is the Hartley’s Bridge to Coramba Bridge paddle. With easy access and small races, it only takes 45 minutes and winds through pristine country and farmland. You may even pass some sleepy cattle cooling off at the water’s edge. MOONEE CREEK estuary is renowned for its clean, clear water and affords an easily accessible opportunity for great paddling and checking out the natural wonders of this area. Enter the estuary at Moonee Creek Reserve and head upstream with an incoming tide. The estuary is strongly tidal and it is recommended that you time your paddle to coincide with the appropriate tide. Wind your way north as the creek twists and turns and the landscape slowly changes from mangroves to melaleuca and large eucalypts. There is a fantastic spot to picnic near ‘Tikki Walk’ bridge, which is about one hour upstream, or you could land at any number of other serene chill-out spots.

National Park and flows into the sea at Sawtell. The upper section of Pine Creek is stained brown by melaleuca and lined by towering gums and magnificent pines. Further downstream you reach the mangroves and eventually the dunes below Bonville boat ramp. Upstream from Bonville boat ramp, the tidal influence is reduced, making this place perfect for the novice kayaker or those interested in testing their skill on a stand-uppaddle board. As a bonus, this creek is protected from prevailing northeast summer winds. For more information on these and other great water craft places to enjoy go to:

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BAR+KITCHEN Cedar Bar & Kitchen celebrated its 2nd birthday in December. We talk to owners Paul and Victoria about the journey so far.

i guys. Congrats on reaching two years ... Thanks guys - it’s been non-stop! We’ve had dozens of wedding celebrations in 2017, and 2018 is going to be even bigger! We’ve really enjoyed hosting so many loved-up couples, and their family and friends. We’ve had huge cocktail parties, grand share feasts, home-style buffets and even a surprise wedding too! Describe the kind of couples Cedar attracts? Ones who are keen for a relaxed wedding and love the idea that they can have the entire celebration - both the ceremony and reception - all in beautiful Bellingen. Many of the couples we host either grew up on the Coffs Coast or have recently moved back. Often their friends and family have travelled a long way to attend the wedding and they want to spend the day with them (rather than driving between ceremony and reception locations). Tell us about what makes Cedar such a unique wedding venue? The "home" for Cedar is a 108 year-old church with beautiful original stained glass windows and seven metre high ceilings. We’ve completely modernised the interiors, but kept all the iconic church elements, making it an idyllic space for wedding celebrations. Our huge function room is a blank space for couples to add their own personal touches. Our crockery and accessories are premium quality, plus we offer a huge range of included furniture, so couples don’t need to hire a thing. Should the rain arrive, we have plenty of undercover entertaining spaces for all the guests. Most importantly though -

myself, Paul and our team are a bunch of passionate foodies, and we love creating the ultimate celebration feasts for our couples at Cedar. What can couples expect on the menu? All our sit down reception menus are served "share style", with generous platters of food presented in the middle of the table, so guests can talk and share amongst themselves. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of everything on offer, and couples can choose from a range of dishes to build their own unique feast. Most popular has been our slow roasted lamb shoulder and our oven roasted Barramundi with beetroot crisps, and then there are so many yummy side dishes to choose from too! What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue? Sometimes it’s the unplanned moments that can be the most memorable. At Ben and Belinda's reception, towards the end of the night we had a town-wide blackout. With no music, Belinda’s very talented father serenaded the guests under candlelight - it was a magic moment! And what do you think would be epic Cedar? Any ideas you’d love to see a couple carry out for their wedding? We have one crafty bride currently making over 1,000 paper cranes, which she is going to hang from the ceiling. We can’t wait to see them in place for their celebration! How can couples find out more? Check out our website: for our wedding kit or email Victoria: for a venue tour and complimentary glass of bubbles!

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t Flowers on First, we take a simple yet effective approach to making beautiful wedding flowers. Choose your colours, and then talk to us about the flowers that will best bring your theme together. Floral design is such a strong element in weddings now, and we often find that by keeping it simple - the result is stunning and the style everlasting. We are slowly but surely moving away from vintage styling! We are seeing a lovely new emphasis on colour, with muted sophisticated palettes emerging on our global social media feeds. Think - tonal contrast with subtle hints of colour. • Muted dusty pinks with subtle contrasts and fresh greens • Dark foliage and hints of burgundy • Modern tropical whites with fresh greens • Round floral arbours and statement



installations • Pampas grass and dried botanicals At Flowers on First Sawtell, Kelly Finley, our wedding florist, has been working as a florist on the Coffs Coast for ten years, teaches floristry and has a wealth of knowledge with sourcing local and interstate flowers. She enjoys the creative challenge of working with wedding flower design and installation, in particular colour. If you want sweet, simple bouquets or large impressive statement installations, we are able to work with your design ideas to create something special for your wedding day. To view examples of our recent wedding work, please go to our website: Kelly Finley is available to discuss your wedding flowers by appointment or email. 6658 9599

Red Carpet



hat is your connection to the Coffs Coast? Being with family; I’ve raised my beautiful children and worked as a respected businessman and mechanic in the automotive industry here on the Coffs Coast for over 30 years. My hobbies are building and restoring racing and muscle cars; I also enjoy playing in a local rock/show band, for around 20 years now. How long have you owned Red Carpet Limousine Service? More than 15 years. Do you specialise in weddings? Most certainly ... This is what we do. Making the day even more special for the bride and groom means a lot to me, and it’s a privilege to be a part of the bridal party’s special day. What is the favourite when it comes to

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wedding cars? The “Stretch Limousine”. It’s hard to beat cruising around in a luxury Limo with dual air conditioning, entertainment, optic lights, two bars and the service from an expert chauffeur, who is more like a butler. Do you have any advice for a new bride? Commitment and patience comes to mind. Marriage isn’t 50/50; you both have to give each other 100 per cent. Always respect, support and be honest with your partner. Choose to love each other, even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. A “perfect marriage” is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other. Enjoy your time together to the fullest and make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage ... Share moments of joy, even in the hard times. Find reasons to laugh. If you do that, it will all work.

OUTPOST Hair Outpost Hair is a luxury Aveda salon situated in Bellingen, with a team of talented hairdressers and makeup artists, some who have been specialising in weddings for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of working on weddings, in the salon and on location for many brides in Bellingen and on the North Coast. The Outpost wedding team is able to work with any bridal party, big or small, and can create the perfect look to suit any style of wedding. Hanna and the Outpost team were not only a delight to have around on our wedding day, but saved the day when all of our floral headpieces froze overnight. Hanna handpicked flowers from the garden to match the brides-

maids’ dresses and created new headpieces on the spot! Her creativity saved our flower crisis, and her relaxed attitude kept us all cool, calm and collected. We loved our hair and had a beautiful morning getting ready - Ellie Pierotti. Hanna did a fantastic job on my hair for our wedding. We did a trial on my hen’s night, which helped me work out exactly what I wanted on the big day. She listened to what I wanted and executed it beautifully. I loved that Outpost came to us, so we had photos in our family home. My hairstyle was relaxed and not too formal, yet beautiful and elegant; I couldn’t recommended Hanna and Outpost more - Milli Divola.

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RED CARPET Limousine Service. Welcome! Red Carpet Limousine Service. Fully accredited chauffeured stretch Limousine and wedding car specialists. Available for weddings - school formals and special occasions. Affordable luxury ... full chauffeur/butler personal service, triple DVD screens, stacker CDs, bars and seating for up to eight passengers. Our chauffeurs are not just drivers who transport you from one place or another; they are also there to ensure your Limousine experience is as expected at all times. We care, and provide a service that ensures a personal touch and attention to detail, before, during and after your Limousine experience. We take great pride and enjoy what we do, as you will find with all of our reviews. We intend keeping it this way. Why not - a little fun! Try our Red Carpet Limousine THEME service. Arrive or leave in a 77 Pontiac Trans Am or a ‘69 Beach Buggy! Have your chauffeur dressed to a movie theme of your request. Have Batman, or Batman and Robin, or Batgirl pick you up - or Darth Vader! Be different! Photo shoot included (conditions apply). On your special day, let us transport you in style! Mobile - 0411 862 496 Email - Website - Facebook - Type in: Red Carpet Limousine Service.

DANIELLE PERRY Bush to Beach Weddings Danielle is located in Corindi Beach, NSW, but it does not stop this gypsy lady travelling to Darwin, the opal fields of Lightning Ridge, or to many other locations of our beautiful coastline to do weddings, naming days or renewal of vows. Danielle has been an accredited marriage celebrant for six years and has undertaken a wide variety of wedding ceremonies, some of her favourites being riding in with the wedding party on her Harley Davidson or on the back of a John Deere harvester! Danielle is willing and able to travel to your venue of choice and will help you create a wedding ceremony that is unique and catered to your style and personality. To prepare her wedding ceremonies, Danielle meets with the couple to discuss in depth their aspirations for the day, how to make the experience unique and personal to them and enjoyable for all in attendance. Her relaxed and fun approach ensures that couples are also relaxed and ready to enjoy their wedding day. Danielle is currently undertaking a Masters in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling. This gives Danielle an excellent grounding in understanding the various dynamics couples experience not only preparing for their big day, but preparing for their future together.

Photo credit "Rebeccalynne Photography"

Coffs Coast HAIR STUDIO. Coffs Coast Hair Studio is located in the Dream Time Day Spa at Opal Cove Resort in Coffs Harbour and specialises in bridal and special occasions. We take group bookings and tailor your experience not just for the big day; we also do pre-event pamper sessions, hen's nights, formals and race days. This can include yoga or tarot readings! We love welcoming brides and their bridal party into our salon and ensure the bride feels relaxed and special on her big day. Our friendly team of hairstylists have extensive experience, including styling for bridal fashion parades at wedding expos. Our stylists create individual styles perfect for each bride on every occasion. We take the time to discuss with our brides veils and head pieces, dress and venue styling, and ask them to bring along any inspiration images, so we get the right look for you!

If you are looking for someone who is professional but relaxed, you can meet Danielle in the comfort of her home by the sea, or she is happy to come to you.

Our prices, including our regular hair services, are very affordable. We love welcoming new clients in to our salon, where they can relax and be pampered by our experienced team.

For all enquiries, please contact Danielle on 0457 679 654 or

Coffs Coast Hair Studio is now taking bookings for 2018; call us for an appointment today on 6651 0532.

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The wedding industry is gearing up for a record number of ceremonies in 2018. This month, we met with one of our favourite marriage celebrants, Sam Dawson and local radio personality, Tullia Connor, who is currently going through the register to become a qualified celebrant. FOCUS had a chat about the role of a celebrant, and the support they have and share for same sex marriage.




Celebrant in Training

Married By Sam

ell me a little about yourself and why you became a celebrant. I don’t know if I can “fully” call myself a celebrant yet, because I’m still going through the register! But I have been to so many weddings, and I just love them. The ceremony for me is the most enjoyable part. I love seeing people express their love for each other, and I really think I can help couples achieve their vision of a beautiful ceremony. So, I just think it’s going to be such a nice and uplifting thing to be a part of. How long does it take to become a qualified celebrant? At the moment I have my Certificate IV, but I am currently going through the register - which takes a few months - so I can’t do ceremonies until that’s gone through. It took me a year to get my Cert IV. That was my pace, plus I was working full-time, so I didn’t really smash through it. What process did you go through to become a celebrant? I did it online. That was hard for me, because it’s not my preferred way of training, but I’m sure heaps of people would find it a breeze! There are other options that may suit others better. Sam Dawson is your mentor. What did

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you learn from her? Sam is such a breath of fresh air. She’s so positive and accepting. Her vibrant personality is why she’s such a popular and great celebrant. Along with the nitty gritty paperwork stuff, I think the main thing I learnt is just to inject your personality into everything and to be supportive and lend an ear to the couple whenever they need it. What should a couple consider when searching for their celebrant? I think a couple needs to take into consideration what vibe and tone they want for their ceremony. Comfort is a big one; you want to be able to approach your celebrant with any questions. But seriously, all the celebrants I’ve met around Coffs are great, so I don’t think anyone’s stuck for options of an awesome celebrant here. You are a big ambassador for same sex marriage. Tell us about that. I think as a society we need to embrace and accept anyone who’s not causing any harm and are simply being themselves. We’re all born on this earth, we’re human, we want freedom, and we can never ever spread or practice too much love. Everyone deserves the right to be excited about a wedding day if they choose marriage! How do we get in touch? When I’m registered, I’ll flaunt it on social media!


ell me a little about yourself and why you became a celebrant. I became a civil celebrant in 2010 after always flirting with the idea of being one for a really long time. I had moved to Coffs Harbour from the NT and with a combined skill set of nursing, hospitality, events and being a TV producer, I thought - “Why not!” I looked into the course and started the Cert IV in Celebrancy, which took a year to complete online. I’m so happy I pursued this career, as it has been so fulfilling and rewarding being a special part of a couple’s most important day. I decided to launch as a professional business with the name Married By Sam, and Bryn from Giant Media developed my logo and website and then people have told me that my pink VW cabriolet that zips around our town has been a great attention getter too! What does your current role involve? My role encompasses being able to legally marry couples and perform any life celebration from funerals to baby namings and vow renewals, and even milestone birthdays. I always chat and find out exactly what couples would like, as it is about them and what they wish for. I see my role as making sure everything is legally correct but also that the whole process is seamless, personal and fun. To date I have worked with over 300 of the most amazing couples and have travelled to Darwin, Sydney, Queensland and Alice Springs, but I love all the amazing venues and locations right

here on our Coffs Coast, that is truly a popular wedding destination. You are a big ambassador for same sex marriage. Tell us about that. I am a huge supporter of same sex marriage. I was very vocal during the marriage equality campaign and for many reasons. I echoed the majority of my couples who wanted the wording - marriage is between a man and woman to be what it is now - marriage is the union of two people - and they would often ask me to offer wording in their ceremony expressing their strong belief on this. I am also passionate as a mother of an awesome gay son and I would say, “I have three children, and only two are afforded the right to marry”. I also added in the social thinking of the various eras - me being adopted in the ‘60s, where it was commonplace if a young unwed girl who fell pregnant automatically went into a home and adopted her child out - I pointed out how aghast we are at the thought of this these days. I hope this analogy makes people think and reflect, as I hope in the future we look back on this part of history and see how unjust this thinking and people’s attitudes have been. I am so happy it was a yes to human rights too, and I’ve got quite a few same sex couples booked in now for weddings already, which makes my heart skip! How do we get in touch? P: 0417 861 045 E: FB: Married By Sam Instagram: married_by_sam

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Your Perfect WEDDING VENUE Opal Cove Resort specialises in wedding ceremonies and receptions, making it the perfect venue for your special day. Let us make this day one you will remember forever. Say “I do” surrounded by nature, your family and friends. At Opal Cove Resort, we offer exclusivity; we have only one ceremony per day, ensuring that you and your guests can relax and enjoy the facilities. With an idyllic beachside location and fabulous views to the Solitary Islands, look no further than Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour. Capture the moment on your wedding day with a variety of ceremony locations, featuring amazing views of ocean, lagoon and garden backdrops. Our picturesque and stylishly appointed reception venues make the perfect location to celebrate your special day. If natural lighting and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean are what you want, then Opals function room is ideal. For larger weddings our ballroom will be sure to impress, featuring high ceilings, endless theming options, it can accommodate up to 300 guests, with plenty of room for dancing and entertainment. A spectacular backdrop for photos and special memories is right here at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour. Set in an idyllic location, with luxury accommodation options, exquisite cuisine and quality service from a professional team, you and your guests may never want to leave! Our dedicated Wedding Coordinator will guide you in making the most important day of your life stress free and memorable. Contact Tammy today on (02) 66 510 510 or email weddings@ to tailor a wedding package just for you!

MIRROR IMAGE Weddings Welcome to our Kombi Wedding Hire service, Mirror Image Weddings! We are Jann and Wally of Mullaway, Mid North Coast NSW. Mirror Image Weddings is the perfect solution for any couple getting married who are Kombi enthusiasts or prefer something a little out of the ordinary. We cater for weddings “only”, with a two hour minimum hire as far south as Port Macquarie and as far north as Byron Bay, and all areas in between. Our purpose is to make the wedding party's trip as enjoyable as we can on this life changing adventure. We love driving for weddings; it's such a happy time, and we cater to the needs on the day and are open to suggestions. We don’t aim to get there first, but get there in style. The journey to the wedding ceremony is a relaxing cruise, with music floating through the air, tingling the wedding party's earlobes. Nirvana and Mango are always noticed and bring smiles to those watching them cruise past. When the sun shines, their colours shine with it, and on a cloudy day they still shine as strong.

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OPPY Entertainment. After over a decade of providing exceptional entertainment service to pubs, clubs, weddings and corporate events, there's no surprise that Oppy Entertainment is the #1 entertainment provider on the Coffs Coast. Oppy Entertainment not only comes highly recommended by every major venue on the coast, they’re also trusted to exclusively supply those venues with their own in house entertainment every year.

down the aisle, a full band, or a proper mixing DJ, they have you covered. Prefer the DIY approach? They also have Karaoke and Jukebox machines, or sound and lighting packages where you control the music. Lawn games are also popular, with games like GIANT Connect 4, GIANT Jenga and more. Whatever your need, with over 1,500 weddings under their belt, you can rest assured Oppy Entertainment will make your special day one to remember.

Another side of Oppy Entertainment is “Coffs Coast Photobooth Hire”, Coffs Harbour’s biggest photobooth provider, last year alone providing photobooths to over 200 events on the Coffs Coast.

To make your big day as stress free as possible, all of their wedding clients gain access to their Wedding Hub. The Wedding Hub includes tips for creating the perfect floor plan, ideas for creating the perfect music lists, example run-sheets to plan out your night, fun game ideas, plus a complete timeline of everything you’ll need to complete when planning your wedding.

They also have an array of options when it comes to wedding entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a singer to serenade you

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Wedding Case Study

ELLIE AND CODIE HEARFIELD Moose and Co. Wedding Films - we are bound by a unique but shared vision, to make every film different with a personalised story of your wedding day.


Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Grafton, NSW • Wedding Date: 30.09.2017 • Moose and Co Film Package: Platinum

i Ellie. Can you give an overview of your wedding? Ellie: We went with a bohemian/luxe style with lots of gold decor, bright flowers and greenery, along with fairy lights, candles and festoon lighting, which gave our reception a romantic feel. Our wedding was held on my parents’ property and our reception was held in a paddock, under the stars - a luxury style backyard wedding. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves, while listening to live music in the background. Guests could help themselves to our grazing table and dessert bar, and canapés were served by waitstaff during the night. What budget were you working with for your wedding? Ellie: When we first started our wedding planning, we set our budget at $20,000. In the end, we nearly doubled that figure, but it was well worth it - the day was perfect! Backyard weddings; are they worth the hassle? Ellie: Definitely! Codie and I had always envisioned an outdoor reception under the stars and festoon lighting, and that's what we had. We didn't want to have a seating plan or sit down meal, so we opted for cocktail instead and added bar tables, stools, lounges and rugs for a relaxed feel. Our ceremony was also held outside, as we didn’t want a traditional church

wedding. Our backdrop was held in front of beautiful green included screenshots of styling ideas. I collected a lot of vintage trees and it made for perfect photos, which was also one of my and one off pieces throughout the 18 months of planning, and visions for the day. my mum and I did practice set ups prior to the wedding. My dad Who were some of your vendors? actually made a timber bar just for our wedding, and it looked Moose and Co Wedding incredible! Films; Is a wedding film worth purchasing for your Bye Bye Blackbird wedding? Photography; Absolutely! From the minute I began my planning, Vines Catering; a videographer was always a must have! We booked MOOSE AND CO Misty Optic (musicians); an amazing photographer and knew we were WEDDING FILMS Paper Daisy Florist; going to have stunning pictures, but we wanted to USED A DRONE TO Lois Robinson Civil Celebrant; capture the feelings and surroundings from our day FILM PARTS OF OUR Rebecca Brien Makeup; on film. Moose and Co Wedding Films used a drone WEDDING DAY, WHICH Hair by Hearfield. to film parts of our wedding day, which was one The wedding looked of the highlights for us. Our videographers worked WAS ONE OF THE amazing, and you styled it amazingly well with our photographer on the day HIGHLIGHTS FOR US. all yourself. Where did you and made us feel so relaxed. It's something special draw your inspiration? that we are able to watch with our kids as the years Ellie: Yes! Most of my go by. I highly recommend both Moose and Co inspiration came from Wedding Films and Bye Bye Blackbird Photography. Instagram. I spent a lot of time scrolling through pages and To watch Ellie and Codie’s wedding film, visit www. getting ideas. I also used Pinterest and wedding Facebook pages or check us out on Facebook: occasionally. I created a "wedding" album on my phone, which

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& Chloe


Local couple Chloe and Kerrod Parker were married recently in the romantic setting of Dangar Falls, Dorrigo. We asked them to tell us about the proposal, the planning, and the wedding, and what made their big day so special.


i Chloe and Kerrod. Congratulations on your wedding! Could you tell us a bit about when and how you met? Thank you so much! Neither of us can remember exactly when we met, we think around five years ago, through Daniel and Amy, Chloe’s parents. Kerrod loves cycling and Daniel owns the local bike shop Rainbow Cycles, and Amy was working with Kerrod at the time. It was between cycling and the coffee shop that we noticed each other, with many side glances and butterflies! We were both so nervous each time we saw one another, we both knew there could be something between us, but Kerrod was so shy. It took him a while until he asked me to be his girlfriend. When he did, he took me out the back of Coffs to a secret waterfall and asked me to be his girlfriend. Once we started dating, it felt as though we’d been together forever. It was just so right; he and I work so well together. We knew we were meant to be. Did you both grow up on the Coffs Coast? Chloe: I have always lived on the Coffs Coast; you really can’t get much better. Mum and Dad have brought my sisters and I up to appreciate all that we’ve been given here by spending many hours outside. We have spent so many days on the beach and at the river; they hold some of my favourite memories. We’re blessed to live here. Kerrod: I spent my early years in Armidale and then moved down here when I was 12 with my 44 Coffs Coast focus

family. We really do have it so great here; there tightly, yelling and laughing nervously at me for are some of the best beaches and bush right taking her out over this bridge. After a lot of at our doorsteps. I have loved growing up and nudging and persuading, I eventually managed being able to appreciate everything this region to basically drag her into the very middle. has to offer us. I can't say I don't occasionally Strangely, I didn't really feel nervous, I think miss the uniqueness of Armidale, but I could because I was concentrating so hard on keeping never move back after living here! myself and Chloe on the bridge. What was the proposal like? Chloe: Kerrod all of a sudden drops down Kerrod: We were camping at Dangar Falls onto one knee, and I'm standing there grabbing in Dorrigo for Easter with Chloe's family; it's a hold of him in fear of falling off this bridge pretty awesome spot that looks out over the and then realising … Kerrod’s proposing! It's valley and hills. It was after Easter Sunday lunch as though the whole world stops in that one and everyone was off moment. He pulled out the doing their own thing, most beautiful ring and we decided we’d go asked me to marry him! for a ride along the I wasn’t expecting it at dirt road to an old all. It was my family who decommissioned railway we were camping with, IT’S AS THOUGH THE bridge, not far from so we were able to tell WHOLE WORLD STOPS Dangar itself. them straight away. Kerrod IN THAT ONE MOMENT. I had the ring stashed had asked my dad a few HE PULLED OUT THE in my jacket, as I knew months ago if he could MOST BEAUTIFUL RING I wanted to ask today. marry me, and seeing AND ASKED ME TO I suggested to Chloe Dad and Mum’s reaction that it would be a good was priceless. It was such MARRY HIM! I WASN’T idea to walk across a happy and beautiful EXPECTING IT AT ALL. the bridge, seeing as moment. Kerrod and I though she has always were going to get married! been too scared to do Where did you guys get it. It’s ridiculously high married, and why did up and crosses a river and road; the sleepers you choose the location? on the track have started to break away, so We knew pretty much straight away where there's large gaps between each step. Chloe we wanted to get married. It had to be the spot was freaking out, because she hates heights; where Kerrod proposed, up at Dangar Falls. We she's only ever made it out a few steps along wanted someplace unique and open, where we this bridge. She was gripping on to me very could have the ceremony and reception all in

the one place - a place that we felt represented us. It was truly the most magical place. Kerrod built the arbour for us to get married under, and we placed it on the hill, right where you could see the bridge where he proposed down in the distance. Having it on the paddock also meant that we could have our family and friends either camp or stay in the lodge. There’s a lot of amazing inspiration out there for wedding planning these days. How did you come up with the kind of look and feel you wanted for your wedding? I spent hours scouting online and reading through mags. The wedding became like our second job. We both knew we wanted our family and friends, good food, live music and fun! We especially wanted our wedding to look lush, full of beautiful Australian natives and foliage. Kerrod, my dad and I spent hours filling trailers full of foliage. I started with that and dreamt up ideas, and really if I saw something I loved I bought it, like the white Mexican flags I found on Etsy. Etsy was a very useful website; I could find beautiful Australian made pieces that would contribute to the look of our wedding. I loved knowing that it was also going to be supporting small businesses. Pinterest has an incredible amount of different themes and ideas; it’s almost a bit overwhelming seeing how much is out there. I didn’t want to follow one theme specifically ... We didn't want our wedding to look like every other wedding, which is also why we wanted to be married at Dangar Falls. It had to be ours. We went after what we loved, to make it our

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own. Can you tell us about some of the local vendors/contributors you used and how you came to find them? We were very lucky with the people who helped put this wedding together - people who went the extra mile for us. Kerrod and I tried to hand make as much as we possibly could. There is a lovely lady, Bernie, in Bellingen who runs a business with her son called “Bellingen Bespoke Weddings”; she had everything vintage and unique, which is what we were after. She also introduced us to different local businesses who were in the wedding business that we had no idea about. We wanted to keep it all local. Daisy Llewellyn from Bellingen did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair beautifully. One of my best friends, Yolanda, did all of our makeup (it's extra fun having one of your best friends there the morning of, doing your makeup!) David Moore, from Sawtell, was our amazing photographer (arguably the best photographer around; just don't tell his wife, Leah…) Our florist was a local lady Danielle, who worked along with two women, Kate and Crystal, who I had become friends with at the café I was working at. I approached them one day and asked if they’d be interested in decorating our wedding. It was their first big wedding, and they all went above and beyond, - it looked absolutely amazing what they pulled off. Our clear marquee was from C2C event hire, and the chairs were from Coffs Chair Covers. The band was a local folk/bluegrass band called “the Mid North”; they knew how to get

everyone dancing! We spent the night outside dancing around the fire pits. We had a few things from Kennards Hire in Coffs and Faircloth and Reynolds too. And the food was by Tru Blue Catering; they do spit roasts. We both felt it was very special and important to keep it all local, to have people we knew play a part in our day. We both knew a lot of people who worked locally in different industries; it definitely IT WAS A DRESS I NEVER pays to ask around. THOUGHT I’D WEAR ON Chloe, had you already dreamed up the kind MY WEDDING DAY, BUT I wedding day that of dress you wanted, LOVED IT! I COULD JUST really stands out to or did you just come IMAGINE IT FLOWING either of you? across one that felt IN THE MOUNTAINS, Probably the most right? A WILDLY ROMANTIC memorable moment I had definitely would have to have been DRESS ... dreamed up the dress I when we were at the wanted. I drove up to the signing table waiting Gold Coast on my own for our best friends to to the Grace Loves Lace sign as witnesses. As we showroom, where you were waiting, that was our first brief moment have to pre choose the five dresses you want we got to hold each other as husband and wife to try on. The very last dress I had just added to - nothing can describe that. It's truly a surreal fill up the five, called the Florence Ivory dress, feeling. Our photographer, Dave, captured that ended up being the one. I had no expectation moment; it's one of our favourite photos. It of it suiting me or even really liking it. But once holds such emotion to it. I had it on, I knew it was the one. It was a dress Where did you go for your honeymoon? I never thought I’d wear on my wedding day, Our honeymoon was on the South Island of but I loved it! I could just imagine it flowing in New Zealand. It was a long awaited holiday the mountains, a wildly romantic dress; it was after working hard at work and on the absolutely perfect. wedding. We hired a campervan and travelled Is there a special moment from your

about 3,000 km over the course of two weeks all throughout the stunning New Zealand. We crammed in as much as we could. It definitely wasn’t long enough; you could spend months there taking in all its beauty. We definitely recommend it! Have you got any advice to give other couples planning on getting married on the Coffs Coast? Make sure you ask around; ask your friends and family if they know of anyone in the wedding business or who can hire things out. It’s surprising how much is out there. It can be stressful and overwhelming planning your big day, but there's always people willing and able to help with it all. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy every moment! We were the last ones to leave our wedding, and we would never change that. It was such an incredible day! Thanks Kerrod and Chloe. Coffs Coast focus 45

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hat areas does c2c Event Hire service? We service the Coffs Coast region, as far south as the Hunter area, the North Coast, including Lismore and Casino areas, the New England region, including North West Slopes and Plains, Tamworth and Liverpool Plains - including Ag Quip, Gunnedah. What different equipment can you provide for hire? We specialise in marquee structures - full clear fabric and new white block out fabric. New parquetry dance floors, new imported custom flooring for our marquee structures. Tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, catering equipment, cool rooms, porta loos. We also provide initial event planning and consultation. Besides weddings, what other sort of events can you cater for? c2c Event Hire is quite diverse in their service delivery - not only weddings, but field days, expos, stadium sports events, a day on the green - rock concerts, farm livestock sales, parties, christenings, engagements - “a complete event and party hire business�.

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Do you have any new products or services of late? We sure do. Our company now boasts new dance floor and marquee flooring. Newish clear fabric for marquees and new white block out fabric to suit our 6 m and 10 m marquee structures. How long have you been in the industry? C2C EVENT HIRE WAS c2c Event Hire was INITIALLY INCORPORATED have branches in Raleigh initially incorporated in IN DECEMBER 2002 and Armidale. December 2002 and Having a physical commenced operations AND COMMENCED presence on the coast in January 2003 in OPERATIONS IN allows for better and more Armidale under the JANUARY 2003, AND timely service delivery. We name of Hubbard Party NOW OPERATING FROM are able to meet face to Hire. We continued to OUR COFFS COAST face quicker and more service the Coffs Coast WAREHOUSE conveniently, and it places from that location for us in a far better position well over a decade. to react more efficiently As we expanded, we and effectively. felt a change of name We are now into our 16th year and continue was needed to better establish our position in to grow. Our customer base on the East Coast the marketplace. Therefore, c2c Event Hire was has grown exponentially, and we look forward to created - Country to Coast - literally. We now

continued patronage. Can I hire your equipment to be used in any location? Yes, definitely. A simple request for items to be hired in most locations is quite the norm. Occasionally we recommend customers collect their hired items, to save the freight component. Additionally, if distance is a factor, we can recommend similar service providers in our network. For major events such as weddings, concerts and sports competitions, c2c Event Hire gladly deliver and install. Good communication and consultation allows for bump in and bump out with ease.

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Relax ... We can in help so many ways.”


Planning your

WEDDING GETTING MARRIED? We can help! Relax - enjoy - put your feet up. We can help! We’ll do the work, save you the worry; OR, hire what you need from us and do it yourself (DIY). Either way, we have a lot to offer that will save you time, money and anxiety. Wedding Stylist Coffs Coast and Coffs Harbour Weddings have teamed up with Wow Functions and Coffs Event Hire at the Coffs Event Centre to bring you new and exciting services, a great range of new gear, the latest ideas and an expanded range of hire items. Their combined stock of decorating and hire items is now massive - chairs, tables, fabrics - decorative glassware - sound systems and

lighting. All at your fingertips. Easy to explore on-line. Lots of websites to look at. Before you make up your mind about your wedding, party, or other event - Deb, Manda and Sharon invite you to visit our showroom/ warehouse. It is best to ring first, as we may be closed, with everyone out setting up events. To get the most value from your visit, we will need to help you explore your particular interests. Many items are stored in boxes or containers not everything is on display in the showroom at any one time. Ring us now - (02) 6658 0071 - if we are away working, your call will auto divert to our mobile.

Stress is the enemy! You avoid stress with good planning. A wedding day is a BIG day in your life. Half the fun is getting there. Set out to enjoy the journey.


e asked the wedding ideas. Pinterest is a great place to start. Browse team at the Coffs around to get an overview. Event Centre for some COLLECT the ideas that appeal (copy and guidelines. paste makes it easy) and store them someTHEIR ADVICE IS where. Cloud services like Google Drive are AT THE EARLIEST - BUILD A FRIM FOUNgreat free services you might find useful. DATION: discuss with just your partner what Check that in each service you use, your inforlies ahead: the basic form you would like your mation remains private, secure, controllable wedding to take - large, small - a church wedand deletable. You can store the information in ding, a celebrant wedding - at home, folders as text, pictures, videos, etc. at a venue - indoors, outdoors SORT your collection into cate- formal, smart, or casual gories and prioritise the things - the available resources you like best. Fit the cost of You cannot who you would like to your dreams to your predo ever ything involve and imporagreed budget limit. d’ oa yourself, so ‘upl tantly how much SHARE: a Cloud Service to s sk the major ta you are prepared to or makes this easy. We s al profession spend. Set a budget to t, as le suggest you open one ry at the ve at the very beginning r he ot d an s of these Cloud Services friend by mutual agreement, family members.” for the private use of just and stick to it! The way you and your partner. Open you interact together a second and share it with the may set the pattern for your bridal party and perhaps a third for married life - get it right! others who will be involved or interestDECIDE THE DATE: with a “fall-back” ed. plan, in case some of your choices are Your Invitation List and virtual guests ... unavailable. Apart from your personal Decide who you MUST ask - who you would preferences - consider the availability of your LIKE to ask - how they will get there - where chosen bridal party, avoiding holiday periods they will be accommodated etc. Consider how with lower accommodation availability and you might use the internet to involve people higher tariffs, venue, celebrant, and honeywho may find it hard to attend. It is easy to moon booking availability. invite virtual guests to phone in and take part, You cannot do everything yourself, so by voice, text or Skype. Consider pairing each “upload” the major tasks to professionals - or virtual guest with someone in attendance who at the very least, to friends and other family

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can act to host the call and act as an intermediary in relaying proceedings (a bit like the people who take phone bids at auctions). Want to know more? The team at the Coffs Event Centre said they would be very happy to answer individual reader questions. You can call them on (02) 6658 0071.

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Bethany & Ryan Bethany and Ryan Heagney celebrated their wedding day at the beautiful Flooded Gums Restaurant, Bonville Golf Resort.


ow did you meet? Ryan and I first met in our teens, when we both worked at a local fast food restaurant. We never really spoke much though, because I was a cashier and he was a cook. We met again a couple of years later through a mutual friend, and since then we've been virtually inseparable - 10 years and counting! What was most important in making your wedding day perfect? As most of my friends could probably tell you, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so basically I wanted absolutely everything to be perfect! Essentially though, the most important thing for us was to ensure that our friends and family enjoyed the day with us and that it went off without a hitch. We wanted there to be delicious food, drinks aplenty, lots of laughs, dancing and enjoyment all around. How important was it that your wedding reflected your personality? How did Bonville and your suppliers help achieve this? It was extremely important to us. We both love outdoor activities and really wanted to bring in a natural, country chic theme for our wedding. Bonville was perfect for this, as they have a ceremony venue within their very own lush rainforest. They also set up our pre-made wedding decorations at the reception, including timber rounds, flowers, vintage jars, candles and vines etc. to give it that natural feel. Our photographer, Stephanie Flay, was also extremely helpful in providing us with a natural and un-posed

IT WAS REALLY How did Bonville ensure your day experience. Most of the time IMPORTANT TO US was really special? we didn't even know she was TO MAKE SURE THAT The staff were extremely helpful there, and she captured the most THERE WOULD BE with all aspects of our wedding, from amazing candid shots. AN ABUNDANCE OF the initial consultation right through What were the criteria for DELICIOUS FOOD to dropping us off at our room after selecting your venue? AND REALLY GREAT the reception and communications Initially we wanted to be SERVICE. post-wedding. Bonville made the married somewhere out in the entire wedding essentially stressrainforest, but it would have free for us, which allowed us to been too difficult with relatives really appreciate the experience and visiting from out of town and celebrate our most important day to elderly guests with regards to date with all of our loved ones. accessibility, transport and accommodation. We wanted What was the most memorable part of your a venue that gave us that natural and outdoorsy feel reception? without any of the hassle that comes with it, which is why It’s hard to narrow it down to one part! We’ll never Bonville Golf Resort worked perfectly for us. forget the laughs, dancing, delicious food, our guests’ The food, drink and reception venue was also very crazy singing to Horses and of course, the amazing important. We wanted plenty of room for our guests, the band (Funk Thieves), dancing and socialising. We decided heartfelt speeches. It truly was an amazing experience. on a cocktail style wedding, rather than seated, but we Married Saturday 29th April 2017, rainforest ceremony, were concerned with this, as we've been to cocktail events Flooded Gums Restaurant and Terrace Lawn Reception. before where there hasn't been enough food. It was Photos: Stephanie Flay Photography: really important to us to make sure that there would be an abundance of delicious food and really great service. Thanks Bethany and Ryan. Bonville excelled with this; they had wait-staff serving For more stories, check out our Facebook page: exquisite food for hours, and our guests still comment on For enquiries, the quality and quantity of the food to this day. please call (02) 6653 4002. Coffs Coast focus 49

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Kombi Keg Mid North Coast is a unique local business that has become a popular addition to weddings and functions in the area. We had a chat with Zac White about how the idea came about and what makes it such a stand out bar! i! Tell us how you came to be on the Coffs Coast? Having grown up on the Mid North Coast and loving the childhood I had, I wanted to give my children the same lifestyle that I was lucky enough to have. Working full-time, a roster change gave my partner, Jess, and I the opportunity to move back to Scotts Head, and I could not jump at it quick enough. Having spent the last year in Scotts and doing events around the area, I know I have made the right decision to come back. With the welcome addition of our first little girl, Milla, who decided to join the world early on the 3/1/18, I can not wait to have her grow up on the beach, where my favourite childhood memories came from! Can you tell us about the Kombi Keg and the service you provide? Kombi Keg is a unique mobile bar with a difference! We provide you with a classic Kombi that has six taps on the side for pouring some of your favourite beverages from: beers, ciders, home brew, cocktails, wines, or even non alcoholic beverages ... in fact,anything. We can put nearly any liquid through it! The Kombi has a 55 inch screen TV that pops out of the roof so you can display your photos, slideshows, company logos, play videos or music clips or watch your favourite sports event live. There are two large tubs located in the back filled to the brim with ice to put any other beverages in if we run out of taps. We have two bench options to choose from - the classic 50 Coffs Coast focus

surfboard or the rustic timber bench, whichever best suits your event. Do you have certain drinks on offer, or can your customers chose whatever they would like to serve? One of the best features of Kombi Keg is the choice, selection and freedom that our customers have in choosing their beverages to be served from the Kombi Keg to personally suit their event. There is no set drink; customers are free to choose their own selections - anything from beer, cider, wine, cocktails, pre-mix spirits, soft drink, kombucha, and the list goes on! If it's not supplied in a keg, we have empty kegs which we can provide for the brew to go in. How did the idea of the Kombi Keg come about? It all began on the 7th August 2015, with a dream of creating a mobile bar out of a Kombi van. A friend of mine, Phil Hoken, purchased a 1976 VW Kombi van from Surf St, Port Macquarie and went about stripping and restoring it! With the help of his friends and many 2am finishes, the concept of Kombi Keg started to take shape. On the 21st November 2015, Phil took the van to a mate’s birthday, and “Kombi Keg” was launched! Phil decided to post a picture of the finished product on Facebook. To date, that picture has been shared over 35,000 times, and in less than 12 months the “Kombi Keg” Facebook page gained over 65,000 likes and one of our videos received over 3.2 million views! After this astonishing result, Phil began buying Kombi vans from all over Australia and restoring

have had a great

We them for future to hiring this unique response at ever y VW franchisees. Kombi mobile bar! We from event whether it be e amazed Keg now has ,over 26 have had a great enthusiasts who arion of the franchises worldwide response at every at the transformatguests who in Australia, USA, event, whether it be Kombi or excited a go.” Indonesia, South Africa, it ve from VW enthusiasts can’t wait to gi UK, and New Zealand who are amazed at soon to be launched. the transformation How much work went of the Kombi or excited into converting the Kombi? guests who can’t wait to give Countless hours went into it a go; the response has been the original Kombi Keg and many more overwhelmingly positive. refining the product to what it is now. Simply It’s quite a unique business; what are too many hours to add up! some of the most unique events you’ve Had you ever worked on a Kombi been a part of? restoration/conversion before? Kombi Keg has been hired by the likes of Personally I have been around many James Squire, Summer Bright, XXXX, Bundaberg restoration projects, as my father’s shed always Rum, Pimms, Summer. Having Pimms hire it had a restoration project inside. Phil is more the for the Midnight Oil concert was a highlight, hands on person when it comes to restoratio - a as was the wedding of Israel Folou, where he mechanic by trade, he is really a jack of all trades hired it for his bar! With some exciting bookings when it comes to building Kombi Kegs. coming up, you will see Kombi Keg feature at What sort of events do people usually hire the end-of-season pool party at White Water you for? World at Dreamworld. Kombi Keg can be hired for absolutely any Is it just the Kombi Keg that you have on event. We cater for all clients’ needs, whether it offer, or are there any other services you be a small gathering, milestone birthday parties, provide? engagements, weddings, corporate functions, No, we do offer another Kombi! That being festivals, markets, and the list goes on. Kombi a 21 window “Samba” wedding car. With eight Keg can be providing ice cold beverages in seats, it is a real feature piece for wedding minutes. pictures. Adding to this, we do offer other bar What kind of reaction do you get from the options if the Kombi Keg is not the bar to suit crowd at events? your wedding. People love pouring their own drinks from the Kombi Keg - that is one of the main attractions Thanks Zac.

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When you choose to have your wedding at Dolphin Marine Magic, we will provide you with an experience that will make your special day truly memorable - an event that will long be remembered and cherished.


ur dedicated commitment to Marine Magic can cater for an intimate wedservice excellence has earned ding of ten up to 100 guests in our marquee, Dolphin Marine Magic nationor book out our park for larger groups. Enjoy al recognition and accolades wedding canapés while watching the sun set, over the 40 years of operaan individualised multi-course menu, or hot tion. Providing a truly unique setting, comand cold buffet selections in our marquee. bined with the park’s friendly, professional and Special dietary menus and children’s prices experienced staff, your bridal party and guests available upon request will be welcomed with a magical experience as Elopement Package & In Water Weddings soon as they walk through the door. Perfect for destination weddings, vow Have your bridal photos taken with our renewals and small gatherings - an intimate beautiful dolphins, or include them in your and unique wedding experience. Imagine you, ceremony over the Dolphin Lagoon, for a your partner and celebrant taking your truly special inclusion. vows in the crystal blue waters Wedding Ceremony of our Dolphin Lagoon while Our beautiful Dolphin dolphins swim around you, Lagoon is the unique bridal ur yo e av H and your select guests location to hold your taken os ot ph watch from the shore. dream wedding r beautiful ou ith w “I wanted to send you ceremony. Be kissed e dolphins, or includ a message of sincere y by seals, have your on m ur cere

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gratitude and appreciaown seal ring bearer over the Dolphin y ul tr and make your vows tion for everything you Lagoon, for a by the water with our did for my daughter’s special inclusion.” lovely dolphins watchwedding. It was a wondering. ful day, and the entire family Garden Marquee could not be happier. The staff Our Garden Marquee is a private all went above and beyond from the venue with patio and adjoining garden, organising, the rehearsal and the day of perfect for your reception. Suitable for the wedding. The food was amazing, and our a fully catered sit down meal, buffet or guests could not stop raving about it! Everycocktail reception. one that we spoke to were so very impressed Cocktail Reception with DMM as a wedding venue. They loved Dolphin Lagoon is a romantic beachside everything about it - especially the animals, of location in a tropical garden with covered course! They all said it was a wedding they will decking - a truly unique setting. never forget and would talk about it to all of Animal Interactions and Mini Show their friends. So thank you again from a very Treat your guests to a unique experience and happy Mother of the Bride.” include seal kisses or a personalised Marine Discovery presentation. Catering Our team will cater to all your requirements with a range of menu packages and event styles to suit every taste and budget. Dolphin

For a personalised appointment to view Dolphin Marine Magic and discuss your wedding in person, please contact our function department on: 6659 1904 or Coffs Coast focus 51

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The Simmon family have been in Coffs Harbour for 80 years, originally coming here to carve a career in the rag trade. Cue 2015, and today their family store, Jack Simmons mensland, has three generations of Simmons working in the business on any given day. he Simmon family have been a huge smile! in Coffs Harbour for 80 The Simmons have a history in Coffs Haryears, originally coming here bour that spans over 80 years. What is the to carve a career in the rag original heritage of the Simmon family, trade. and who were some of the first Simmons Back in 1942, Mr Jack Simmon established to pull up stumps in Coffs Harbour? an outstanding reputation in Coffs Harbour as My grandfather, Lou Simmon, arrived in a businessman of courtesy and integrity. Jack Australia from Lebanon at the turn of the last came to Coffs Harbour in 1941 from Bellingen, century, settling in Kempsey and travelling up where he owned a business at the time. He and down the coast as a hawker selling clothalso owned a store in Armidale. Upon arrival ing. In 1922 my uncle, Jack Simmon, estabin Coffs Harbour, Jack took over a men’s store, lished his first business, a drapery and mercery formerly known as Blow’s. store in Bellingen. By 1953, Jack had comHe expanded in 1938, estabpletely modernised the lishing a menswear store at store. This was entirely Armidale. Jack could see in line with Jack’s the potential growth in The business has d belief that the store Coffs Harbour and in been good to us an was to keep up to 1941 sold his interests ng vi while we do love ha date with the latest in Bellingen and rt pa our grandchildren ss, it selling trends. Armidale to establish ne of the family busi that When the store a menswear store in us is important to own r ei was first taken over Coffs Harbour. th they pursue by Mr Simmon, the What changes do careers.” staff comprised him you think this new and his manager, Frank generation will bring to Horan. Frank and Jack had the business? worked together for over 20 The business has been good to years, having a break from being colus and while we do love having our leagues only when Frank went away to grandchildren part of the family business, war. It was that period when Frank was it is important to us that they pursue their own away at war service when he brought his careers. younger nephew, Tony Simmon, into business. Right now they have their whole life ahead It was always Jack’s legacy to ensure that of them, and who knows what they’ll do. It’s the store and the family stayed up to date with difficult to predict what assets they’ll bring to current trends and good, old fashioned service. the business and to what capacity, but as long Cue 2015, and today Jack Simmons as they are happy, so are we. Mensland is owned and operated by Tony and What important lessons have you learnt his wife, Elizabeth, who work five and a half along the way, and what would you like days a week on the floor. The store is still very to pass down to your sons and grandchilpopular and completely iconic to our region. dren? Walk in store, and you’ll find three generaIt’s important to be polite, honest and sintions of Simmons working on any given day, cere, both in business and personal life. welcoming customers with a jolly greeting and Thanks guys.

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It’s a big question: should you wear your hair up or down for your wedding day? It seems like it wouldn’t be so difficult to decide, but something this simple has a big impact on your wedding day look, so it can be a tough decision. yself and the stylists that seriously GORGEOUS hair that can last at Living Doll have through hurricanes, go for it - wear it down done our fair share of and flowing. However, if you have anything weddings, and we’ve like my hair, I’ll spend hours working on the seen it all when it perfect curl-to-volume-to-wave ratio only to comes to hairstyles. And friends, I’ve formed have my manicured locks barely last through an opinion on this. My friends always tell me cocktails, much less appetizers or dinner. I feel that I need to share more of my opinions, so like my hair knows exactly when I step out here it goes… the door, and it begins a five-minute In my opinion, the most countdown to “blah”. successful option is to Also, if you’re at all nerwear your hair UP on vous about frizzy strands es your wedding day. in the humidity, the id br y an m d I’ve ha ir Your hairstyle breezy beach having its ha r ei th r wea ed ok lo needs to last a ’ve way with your locks, ey th d down, an last ic ep e th til long time at your or curls falling flat, un us gorgeo n ai rt ce e os th wedding - at then find a gorgeous ut B . song ain type rt ce a ve ha LEAST six or eight es updo that will fit your id br their hours - and it needs personality and style. of hair that holds ell.” shape extremely w to be able to endure We’ve found over the all kinds of conditions. years that wearing your Think sweat, humidity, hair up will last longer and sun, breeze, and hugs from stay intact through the celemany, many loved ones. The bration and doesn’t have to be too chances of your hair staying in beautiful rigid, stiff and formal looking. It can still shape when it’s down is much lowbe very soft and even at times not look like er than when your hair is up. it has even been pinned up. We can work our Now, I must say that this has a LOT to do magic for you. with your particular hair. I’ve had many brides So, if you’re unsure of how long your hair wear their hair down, and they’ve looked will last, follow my rule of thumb: when in gorgeous until the epic last song. But those doubt, wear it up. The good news is that there certain brides have a certain type of hair that are so many creative ways to wear your hair holds their shape extremely well. Most of us up these days. Come and have a chat with one girls know if our hair can hold curls or volume of our Premier Stylists at Living Doll for some for an extended period of time - and we ideas, and we can try a few different styles on also know when it can’t. you. If you are one of those lucky girls who has XO Dolls.

Fitness Coffs Coast

and Wellness Hub.

Jacqui (Jarratt) and Glen Barnett from Beyond Intensity Fitness and Wellness have banded together with a few other like minded fitness and wellness professionals to create the Coffs Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub. FOCUS asked them a few questions about Coffs Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub.


hat is The Coffs Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub? We believe health looks different on everybody, so we have created a fun community facility that offers fitness and wellness options you may not find in mainstream facilities. We wanted to create a facility for other small fitness and wellness businesses to operate from, where they can support each others’ business, and enable cross promotion and joint endeavours like this one. What programs and services do you offer? The Coffs Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub has a large floor space, meaning our options are extensive. We currently offer courses and classes in PoleFitness, Hula Hooping, Kickboxing, Pilates, Stretch and Conditioning. For instance, Coffs Coast PoleFit is a great way for women (and men) to improve their upper and lower body strength, flexibility, core strength and weight loss, whilst also getting a great dance “fix” when “playing” on a vertical pole. It’s totally fun

and potentially addictive. We run our PoleFit as courses with up to 13 sessions per week, with levels from Beginner 1 and 2, to Intermediate courses, TeenPole and PoleFitPlus for our plus size girls, as well as Open Classes. We do pole parties, hen’s nights, birthdays and any fun occasion really. We even sell poles. The Coffs Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub also offers Weight and Wellness Coaching, Iridology, Applied Kinesiology, Herbal Medicine, Massage and Personal Training. We have options for seniors, teens, people with rehabilitation needs and people with disabilities who require some alternate options for their fitness and wellness. Our weight loss program is called Dietflex and was developed by health industry professionals. It is tailored around your body, your eating preferences and goals and is delivered through weekly face-to-face coaching sessions to give you accountability and support. It’s about developing a personalised eating plan that switches your body from fat storage to fat burning. As you feel better and have more energy, the program becomes

self-sustaining. We like Dietflex, because we es, weekly casual classes, open ended terms of believe one diet just personal training or weight or doesn’t suit everyone wellness coaching and single and DietFlex is adjustsessions of our health options. able for everyone. Where are you located? The Hub has a large floor Do I have to be fit to 1/5 Forge Drive, Isles Inspace, meaning our options are utilise your services? dustrial Park, North Boambee extensive. We currently offer Absolutely not. That’s Valley. courses and classes in why we are different as How can I find out more PoleFitness, Hula Hooping, well. There is someinformation? Kickboxing, Pilates, thing for everybody at Contact details for all The Stretch and Conditioning. The Coffs Coast Fitness Coffs Coast Fitness and Welland Wellness Hub, reness Hub operators can be gardless of your fitness given out by contacting Jacqui level, experience level on 0421 971 155 or jacqui@ or body shape. - also, check out our Coffs Do I have to sign up for 12 months? Coast Fitness and Wellness Hub Facebook page, We do have a flexible Hub membership, but which provides links to all our operators’ individual mostly people come along for our five week cours- Facebook pages.

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The bcu Coffs Kids TRI is on again on Saturday 3 March, with events for children aged six to twelve years. The Scoot for Schools Cup is part of the event, offering $3,500 in cash prizes for the schools with the highest numbers of participants to spend on sporting equipment.


ace Director Noel Phillips said, “The aim of the Scoot for Schools Cup is to encourage participation across the region from primary school students. We want to get the kids to set themselves a challenge and do something fun and active in their local community.” Schools are categorised based on their size, and the schools with the highest percentage of participants in each category will be awarded cash to spend on sporting equipment. When registering for the event, students simply select their school from a dropdown list. The more students who participate, the more chance their school has of winning. The winning primary schools in the 2017 bcu Coffs Kids Tri event were St Augustine’s, Coramba, Christian Community and Kororo, who shared in the cash and were able to purchase some much-needed sporting items for their students. “We would love to see a different mix of schools take home the Scoot for Schools Cup prizes this year,” said Phillips. The bcu Coffs Kids Tri is open to all abilities and levels of experience, offering an aquathlon (swim/run) for six and seven year olds, and triathlons (swim/cycle/run) over varying distances for eight to twelve year olds. The swims are held in the shallow waters of

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the protected Jetty Beach, with qualified surf lifesavers on duty. The ride and run courses are completely flat on closed roads and held around the harbour foreshores. Children can ride any style of bike, as long as it’s roadworthy and is ridden with an approved helmet. The roads are closed to traffic for the cycle and run legs, making it very safe for all competitors. It’s a great event for spectators too, as they can watch the swim from the Jetty and cheer on the competitors as they run around the new Jetty Foreshores precinct. Scoot is bcu’s mascot for kids’ saver accounts and will be there on the day to high five the young competitors and cheer them over the line. All children who participate in the bcu Coffs Kids tri will receive a $20 voucher to go into a new or existing bcu bank account. They will also receive a quality event T-shirt and a medal when they cross the finish line. “It really is great value for money,” said Phillips. “The entry fees are only $35, and the kids receive a very generous goody bag and quality event merchandise. They also get to experience a wonderful community event and physically challenge themselves, all whilst supporting their school.” Alan Butler, bcu’s acting CEO said bcu is thrilled to be supporting the Scoot for Schools Cup. “The bcu Coffs Kids Tri is a great homegrown event helping to promote a healthy

and active lifestyle run. The event is a qualifying The bcu Coffs Kids Tri is amongst the local race for the 2018 World a great homegrown event community. We look Championships as well as helping to promote a healthy forward to working the State Championship and active lifestyle amongst the with the primary race, to determine the best local community. We look schools in the region to triathletes in NSW. forward to working with encourage kids to get Record numbers are the primary schools in the outdoors and swim, expected for this event, region to encourage kids ride and run around as many athletes will use to get outdoors and swim, the beautiful Jetty it as an opportunity to ride and run around the Foreshores.” earn points to gain a spot beautiful Jetty Foreshores. Twelve-year-old on the Australian team Sarah Davis has to compete at the World participated in every Championships, which are bcu Coffs Kids Tri since it began and can’t wait being held on the Gold Coast in September. for this year’s event. “I love running along “Coffs is the ideal location for a major the Jetty and being able to race alongside my triathlon event and really showcases the region’s friends. It’s a great feeling when you cross the natural beauty,” said Event Director Sinclair finish line with the crowd cheering and high Black. “Sixty percent of competitors in the 2017 fiving you,” she said. event were from outside the Coffs Coast. In addition to the bcu Coffs Kids Tri on “The bcu Coffs Tri has been fortunate Saturday 3rd March, the Enticer event is also on enough to receive Destination Marketing offer for ages thirteen and over. With a 300 m swim, 7 km cycle and 2 km run around the Jetty Funding from Coffs Coast Events, which will enable us to further promote the event and foreshores, it’s a great event for those new to encourage more visitors to our beautiful the sport or not quite ready to step up to the region,” said Black. full distance. Entries for all bcu Coffs TRI events on the Sunday 4th March sees the headline Standard weekend of March 3 - 4 are now open. Visit (Olympic) Distance Triathlon, which is open to for more information and individuals and teams. The event comprises a 1.5 km ocean swim, 40 km cycle and a 10 km to enter the Scoot for Schools Cup.

Col (PT), Louise (Dietitian), Melinda (Dietitian), Brooke (Office Manager) & Sheree (Dietitian)

Coffs Coast Nutrition. Do you suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, wind, reflux, nausea, diarrhoea and/or constipation? If so, you may have IBS. This functional gut disorder affects up to one in seven adults. For some people, the symptoms are so severe, that they impact on every aspect of their lives. IBS symptoms can be similar to those experienced by people with other medical conditions, so it is important to seek expert help and obtain an accurate diagnosis. If you’re having trouble managing your symptoms, then it’s time to see the experts at Coffs Coast Nutrition. They can discuss various treatment options and arrange a personal plan to help you manage your symptoms and enjoy life again. Louise Williams has a Masters degree in Science and has undergone extensive studies in the management and treatment of IBS, gut health and food chemical intolerances. She has attended numerous IBS and FODMAP seminars and courses, and has additional training through Monash University Dept of Gastroenterology. Melinda Olliver and Sheree Riley are also university qualified in nutrition, with an in-depth understanding of IBS, the low FODMAP diet, the Failsafe Diet and various other food intolerances.

Living Doll Premier Stylists. 2018 has already started with a boom ... and is this year going to be an extra special one for you? Is your wedding date booked in - are you are starting to do the many checklists that it involves, so you can keep bridezilla away? Well, the team at Living Doll is proud to bring some fantastic 2018 Wedding Packages to help make the decision easier. Whether you need the whole salon style tribe to come and work their magic, or would like that special time just for yourself, Living Doll has something for you. Packages include: makeup by a professional makeup artist, hair styled by a premier stylist, complimentary glass of bubbly, chocolate strawberries and cheese platter to start the celebrations. Our dedicated Wedding Coordinator, Kim, will be able to help you with your every need. Ring the salon today to book a wedding consultation for package prices: 6699 2122. Let Living Doll make your Perfect Look for your Perfect Day. XO Dolls.

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Yvette Prewett has just launched her new hairdressing salon at the Jetty, called “SY Hair”. FOCUS chatted with Yvette to find out more ...

Kick start your New Year’s

resolution for free. Are you someone who makes New Year’s resolutions and never keeps them? Do you always talk about getting healthy after the Christmas binge, but don’t really know where to start? Rest assured; you are not the only one. Recent studies showed over 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions, but as little as 8% of those actually stick to it.


n fact, it’s highly likely that many of you have already broken your wellintentioned hopes for this year. Mid North Coast Physio owner and leading local physiotherapist, Aaron Hardaker, explains why he doesn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions and outlines the best method for making 2018 the year of good health and happiness for you. Why don’t you like New Year’s Resolutions? Generally, it’s because they’re often made hastily with little thought given to creating the goal or a specific plan to achieve it. I love to see you making goals, especially with a focus on improving your health, but I want you to have a plan to ensure you’re successful. Surrounding yourself with the right people to support you along the road is imperative. What are the common reasons people fail to achieve their health goals? It is usually one or all of the following: • Injury - if you don’t manage an underlying issue to start with, you’re much more susceptible to suffering a more significant injury that will stop you exercising • Inappropriate exercise or advice - doing exercise that isn’t suitable for you will lead to soreness, injury or lack of progress, as will eating foods that don’t fit with your goals • Lack of motivation - everyone hits low points when trying to improve fitness, lose

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weight, build strength or improve flexibility having someone there to support you through the challenges will ensure success. So what’s the best way to overcome these challenges? Surround yourself with the right team to ensure your goal is reached. Having a physio assessment to highlight any underlying risk factors will reduce your risk of injury and manage any problem before it stops you exercising. Seeing an exercise physiologist could ensure you’re doing exercises that are best for you and most suitable for your goal, whether it be improving fitness, reducing weight or general toning and strengthening. Getting personalised nutrition advice from a dietitian will always be much more successful than trying to follow the latest fad diet. When it comes to motivation, having a personal trainer who can keep you focused can be a huge benefit, as is a little regular massage to loosen up your body along the way. To kick start your new healthy lifestyle in 2018, Mid North Coast Physio is offering 10 FREE Assessment consultations with your choice of practitioner - one of our physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, dietitians or personal trainers in one of our four Coffs Coast locations. Call NOW on 1300 273 747 to secure an appointment and start 2018 on the right foot.


moved to Coffs Harbour 12 years ago when my husband was transferred here for work. It was certainly a change after growing up in the small country town of Gunnedah. Gordon, my husband, and his family are from here and considering the Coffs Coast is such a great place to raise a family, it was inevitable that we were to settle here.

was getting too much to ignore. I opened “SY Hair” (pronounced: sigh) - Salon Yvette. I am excited to be reunited with “Keune”, a company and product that I know and trust.

I am so thrilled to be back doing what I love in the beautiful salon that we have created. I am also grateful and feel so blessed at the response that SY has received in the short period of time When and why did you decide to become a since opening. I have intentionally developed SY qualified hairdresser? Hair as a small, intimate salon in order to provide I have always been the ultimate “one on fascinated by the hair and one” experience that fashion industry, even clients deserve, without I have intentionally developed as a young girl. I started the hustle and bustle of SY Hair as a small, intimate work experience in a the noisier, bigger salons. salon in order to provide salon after school and on weekends when I was 14 years old and began my apprenticeship as soon as I left school at 16. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

the ultimate ‘one on one’ experience that

clients deserve, without the hustle and bustle of the noisier, bigger salons.

Tell us about the history of businesses you have owned and operated on the Coffs Coast. I opened “Aura Hair” (Moonee Street) in 2007, with its success exceeding all my expectations. In early 2014 I closed Aura Hair to concentrate on being a “mum” for our young family. I loved the “Aura” period of my life. You have recently opened the door to your brand new salon. Can you tell us more? After nearly four years in the toughest job ever (motherhood/domestic engineer), I realised that the passion for getting back into hairdressing

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It is without a shadow of a doubt that the most enjoyable part of my job is the interaction I have with my clients; building trust and rapport by creating the style that “they’d dreamed of”. I must say, I also love that feeling of knowing that I have contributed to making my clients happy and confident within themselves. Where can we find out more? SY Hair is situated in the “Cruikshank Centre”, 2A/30 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour, between Prime News and Jetty Car Wash. You can make an appointment by calling 6651 7111. Also, keep up to date via instagram (@syhairsalon) and/or Facebook (SY Hair).


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This month’s inspirational fitness story comes to us courtesy of Darren McGregor. He is the man charged with the responsibility of educating the next generation of personal trainers here on the Coffs Coast. Darren is the Campus Manager for the local arm of The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, where those interested in becoming a personal trainer learn how to be one in a real gym, with real experiences instead of only online or in a lecture theatre.


ow long have you been in the industry, and how did you first get involved in it? I have been in the fitness industry since 2006. From a young age, I was involved in sport and fitness and wasted no time pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, obtaining a Cert IV in Fitness and Massage along the way. Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? Well, I was actually under contract with a Sydney based NRL club, and that was cut short through injury. I needed to make some serious life choices pretty quickly, and that seemed like a natural fit - and getting a normal 9 - 5 job at that time seemed like a horrible idea. Who are the biggest influences in your career in the fitness industry? In no particular order and for varying reasons, the biggest influences in my career in the fitness industry would be: firstly, my ex-girlfriend. She was kind of good looking, and I thought if I am going to keep this girl, I am going to have to train my backside off and make some money … More seriously, I would say Stuart Pass, Todd Howard and James Smith; although nobodies to the general public, they all employed me at some stage, and I learnt more from these guys than a university degree from a business sense.

or accident. To see that type of smile on people’s faces are some of the best images that I will treasure until my last moments. Why do you want to help educate others to become great personal trainers? All jokes aside, the role of personal trainers, group instructors etc. is such a vital role in the community. With obesity on the rise, our younger generation playing more online than outside and certain diseases becoming household names, now more than ever it is up to those in the industry to make a difference. In addition to that, there are so many great opportunities and avenues that associate with this industry and the opportunities are endless, not only here, but across the country and also abroad. What would be some of the things students would take away from doing your course? Personal training is a personal experience. You have to learn about becoming a personal trainer by using real equipment, with real people, in the real gym environment. We’re now lucky to educate students from Macksville in the south, to Dorrigo in the west and Grafton in the north. The AIPT Coffs Coast Personal Training course is the only local course to provide this, and I am very proud to be charged with the responsibility of developing our new Coffs Coast Fitness Leaders.

Last but not least, Daine Mcdonald and Charles Poliquin. If I knew what these two had forgotten, then I would be a genius. I started following their methods for a short while with great success, but more than this, I respected their willingness to teach people without asking for anything in return. Top blokes!

How can anyone interested in becoming a personal trainer get more information about it? The educational experience is also a very personal one and we only have limited places available in each course, so the best way to find out more is to simply contact me via 0490 803 506 or - the next course starts at the end of February, so the time to find out more is now.

What’s the most exciting thing you have achieved as a personal trainer? I have been fortunate enough to have a decent highlight reel e.g. working with some sporting superstars but as clichéd as it is, I get the biggest kicks out of seeing things like a self-conscious lady fit into her dream wedding dress or bikini, or to help someone get back to health after a serious injury

Thanks for sharing, Darren, and if you are looking to kickstart your own inspirational fitness story, call us directly on 1300 040 479 or drop in to see the team at either Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee, to get started today. More inspirational fitness stories can be found at: Coffs Coast focus 57



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February 2018


JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19 Life offers a lot of adventure at present, so love every moment. Your wishes will soon be granted; pay attention to your thoughts. You need to remain focused to gain every opportunity. You may not know who you are at times, which is only a reflection of your rapid growth. Good luck on your journeying. Kyanite brings forward personal strengths.


FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20 Time to sit down and do nothing physical. Your mind needs attention. Your recent scrambled thoughts are the result of how fast your pace of life is. Pay attention to restlessness in situations that frustrate you (queues, traffic delays etc.) and instead of being inconvenienced, try relaxing, if even for a moment. Rose Quartz has a calming effect on the body and the mind.


MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Now is a great time to recreate the reality you are living in. First of all, there is a need to reinvent your rules or conditions you are living by, and then allow yourself to experience all the joy you deserve. Don’t be afraid to speak your truth; if you don’t state what you want, your desires won’t even be considered. Azeztulite helps us to explore alternate realities with comfort.


APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Calm energy can be enjoyed on the home front. A peaceful atmosphere can be expected, with a change in the usual busy schedule of your everyday life. Play with your artistic ability, as this will help to awaken new enthusiastic energies. Look for an interesting topic to fill that active mind with. This will improve your memory. Kunzite and Hiddenite both aid in bringing a balance of joy and gratitude into the picture.


MAY 22 - JUNE 22 A profitable money venture is about to unfold for you and as this has been a long time coming, enjoy it as much as you can. If your scepticism should interfere, you could spoil it. Avoid sharing your plans with too many people, as their fears and doubts may deter you. Danburite will give you confidence in your decisions.


JUNE 23 - JULY 23 Hear the wise words you speak when helping others with their challenges. These words will also benefit you somehow. Now is a great time to play with a gift or talent or fulfil a dream. Simply give yourself permission to succeed and go have fun. Citrine attracts an abundance of positive energy.


JULY 24 - AUGUST 23 Soon the feeling of “waiting and watching life pass by”, will end. Try some fresh goals and even explore some new interests. Some direction is needed for things to be different. If you are unable to see things clearly, learn to trust. Some reflection time will expose things needing to change. Aquamarine helps us release fears and personal blocks.


AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23 Trust in the bigger picture. Life unfolds mysteries every step of the way. By not trying to control everything, you can experience HOW you deal with things. This is when you will be comfortable with the unknown. Sensitive Angelic Virgos need to occasionally stop weighing things up and just let things be. Charoite connects us to our “allknowing” self, helping us to see the bigger picture.


SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23 Time to reassess where life is going. Ask yourself will you be happy in this predicament in five years’ time? If you shudder, there’s your answer. You have enormous strength for other people, so practice some personal strength and honour yourself. New friends are entering the picture soon to enrich your life. Amazonite helps us speak our personal truth.


OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Your distraction from loved ones has been for a much bigger reason than is obvious. Avoid harsh judgement of yourself and focus on regaining your personal strength. Your leadership skills will soon be required. Perhaps a little new goal setting for career would benefit you at this time. Seraphinite increases self esteem and connects us to untapped purpose.


NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Now is a good time to throw yourself into some physical exercise, to help clear your thoughts, energise your mind, and rejuvenate your enthusiasm. Try finding a new interest to stimulate or awaken any unfound talent. Something of intellectual interest would benefit you at this time too. Clear Quartz is a strong amplifier and aids mind clarity.


DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 All your fears are perhaps playing on your mind at present, and now you may be taking life too seriously. Bring back you laughter and lighten up your energy, and watch your fears disappear. Reconnect with your curious side, as adventure is trying to come into your life. Azurite enhances our gift of vision. Try holding some over your third eye and project your thoughts into a “ possible scenario”.

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Madonna and Barry Bannerman

Nicola Taylor and staff from Skinfit

Emma Binns and Max Wood

Sawtell Hotel

Christopher Beros, Leonie Sens, Ivan Beros

Colin Smyth, Lilly Lucic, Leanne Zietsch, Shelley Turner, Christina Zecchinati, Trudy Smithers and Geoff Smyth

Open Air Picnics

Raine and Horne Toormina Sawtell

Jacqui’s Shoe Boutique


Social /Scene

un was certainly had at our annual Coffs Harbour Carnival. It is coming up to 30 years of the Carnival being a sign of the holidays and fun in the sun. It is certainly thrilling when we drive past and see the ferris wheel rise up over the harbour. The attractions cater for all the family, and in the evening they light up the Coffs Coast night sky. The Coffs Harbour Racing Club has certainly been busy with the club staging its Summer Racing Carnival. The Le Dãin Designs Summer Cup saw a hefty crowd attend on the day. Aside from the locals and tourists, who took advantage of the racing event being “family friendly”, there was eight race owners who treated their clients and staff to the luncheon packages in the corporate area. The race owners on the day were: Raine and Horne Toormina/Sawtell, Jacquie’s Shoe Boutique, La Fleur D’Alyse Cosmedic Laser and Medispa, Two Tails Wines, Open Air Picnics and Takeaway, Sawtell Hotel, Le Dãin Designs and Country to Coast Pest Control. Other Major Sponsors for the day were FOCUS, Opal Cove Resort, Ladies in Racing Magazine and Racing Carnival Escapes. Aside from the luncheon, there was of course The Le Dãin Designs Fashions on the Field. As I mentioned, this day

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It is hard to believe that I am typing up the Social Pages for our February edition! Time flies when you are having fun … or so they say!

was Family and Fashion Friendly, so it made sense that there would be a “Best Dressed Family” section. Lots of fun here, as I am sure that even if you were verrry distant cousins ... you could enter! And they certainly did! This included the merging of the Beros and Bamford Family … not winners, but it certainly made for some fun family photos. To finish the day there was musical entertainment provided from the talented Benny Black. The club was certainly rocking way after the races were over. The next big Race Day was the ever popular annual Pink Silks Race Day. The committee, along with their helpers, generous sponsors and supporters had been working hard once again to make this day the success it always is. This is always another family friendly race day event, with a Children’s Fashions on the Field to add to the fun. Aside from the races, the lunch and the fashion, there was plenty of entertainment for the children. This day is a Charity Race Day, where the Pink Silks committee raises funds to lift the health of local women. Ladies and gents spruce themselves up and don their best PINK outfit to attend the fun at the track. The trust is a local registered charity, committed to raising awareness and funds for local women who are challenged by cancer or illness. Another

wonderful day out for everyone, as well as raising funds for a great cause. After the fundraising auction, the crowd were once again treated to being able to kick up their heels and enjoy the sounds from talented artist Benny Black. FOCUS attended the launch evening of SWIFF. This is the third annual Screenwave International Film Festival here in this area, which this time around screened over 70 films across locations from Coffs Harbour to Bellingen! This is a summer event that is definitely putting the region firmly on the map for film, star power and creative inspiration. The launch was staged at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Memorial Theatre. This festival is all about new voices and fresh ideas. Australia’s independent film makers are challenging the status quo, from the brothels of Kalgoorlie to the streets of your town. We always have something to suit everything here on the Coffs Coast, and this film festival definitely had it all. It was both refreshing and eye opening! The launch was packed out, and the festival itself was nothing short of amazing! We recently just shot this edition’s amazing cover at the beautiful Cedar Bar & Kitchen in Bellingen. Nicci, myself and Gavin, our fab new FOCUS photographer, along with talented

Kate from Living Doll arrived in 34 degree heat at the beautiful Cedar Bar & Kitchen. These shoots are like mini FOCUS events, because aside from all the hard work and skill that goes into the covers, they’re also really enjoyable. Despite the heat, the models were cool and beautiful. I really love being part of the FOCUS team and feel super privileged with being one of the front cover stylists. Staying with Bellingen, it really was the hive for creativity just recently. Camp Creative was certainly the place to be to enjoy arts and crafts. With the backdrop of beautiful Bellingen, one could relax and enjoy what Camp Creative had to offer. It is like an artistic summer camp for everyone; bearing in mind that is in its third decade, it is certainly popular! Classes ranged from mosiac, pure pencil, and material craft, to so much more. I have always fancied taking a Chinese brush painting class, but never quite get the time right! Camp Creative drew over 1,200 people as usual from around NSW and beyond. What a wonderful place we live in. Why chase paradise … We are living in it … Carole Beros, Le Dãin Designs.



Dr Lisa Milner and Colleen O’Brien

Barbara Wenman, Simon Chladil, Mayor Denise Knight, Kay Ryan

Alice Williams and Darren Smith

Stephanie Nay and Eve Jaranka

Dr Christopher and Mayor Denise Knight and family

Nicholas and Michelle Chudzk

Peter and Liz Watts

Kate Howat and Darren Smith

Darren and Tiffany Anderson

Sami Small and Julia Johnston

Barb Ellis and Lynette Clarke

Karen Jackson, Trudy Thomson, Beth Holroyd

Jem Atkinson and Adelaide Zietsch

Kathy and Marlene Heffernan

Pink Silks Committee

Kay Skinner and family

Tanya and Alan Johnson and Renee Opryszko

Jason and Rochelle Williams, Lisa Smith, Kris and Kristen Pallas

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Mid Coast

microlights Ever wondered what it would be like to get a bird’s eye view over the beautiful Coffs Coast? Or flown into Coffs on a commercial flight and wished you had longer to take it all in? Mark White, chief Flying Instructor and Instructor Trainer at Mid Coast Microlights, shares what it’s like to fly a microlight aircraft in the area and a bit about the business of teaching others to fly.


i Mark. Tell us a little about your connection to the Coffs Coast? My connection with the Coffs Coast began when a good friend of mine, who is the Principal of the Coffs Harbour Community Christian School, Mr Rodney Lynn, asked me to instruct his students to fly ultralights and microlights. I was previously operating for many years at Port Macquarie, but saw the huge opportunity that the Coffs Harbour area offered and the need for a professional flying school, so with the help and willingness of the Coffs Harbour Airport Management, we purchased and renovated our hangar, which included a training room, modern kitchen, bathroom and office/ reception area. We also purchased a new Foxbat Ultralight plane plus another Airborne microlight called The Silver Bullet. Since then we have had many local, interstate and international students come through, and several of those getting their pilots certificate before they were legally able to drive a car! We are very proud of the fact that we are one of the only schools in Australia that specialises in teaching school students how to fly. First off, what is a Microlight? A Microlight is a two seat factory built CASA approved weight shift aircraft. It is a very unique flying machine that you feel part of when you

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fly. It’s like the wing is attached to you; you feel like an eagle soaring around the sky. It’s an incredible feeling. The base of the aircraft acts like a pendulum under the wing. This enables the aircraft to shift the weight from side to side and front to back. It is a very strong and well built machine, giving you a safe and secure feeling of flying. It’s often referred to as a Trike, or as I call it, a 3D motorcycle in the air. How long have you been operating Midcoast Microlights? I have operated Midcoast Microlights for the past 25 years. During that time I have flown all kinds of ultralights and general aviation aircraft. I am also a chief flying instructor/instructor trainer who offers advanced flight training and endorsements to those pilots wanting to better their flying skills with more knowledge and safet - safety being the operative word. We take safety very seriously here at the school. What is the experience like flying over the Coffs Coast? The experience of flying in controlled airspace like Coffs Harbour is priceless. It’s not uncommon to be taxiing out with big commercial jets such as Qantas and Virgin. Often the passengers are waving to us as we pass them on the taxiway. I am the only microlight school in Australia to operate in controlled airspace, which gives the students a very professional environment to learn in. It gives me great satisfaction to watch

my students go from basis, so as the students are being nervous and always learning in a state of THE EXPERIENCE unsure of themselves the art plane. OF FLYING IN to confident and very How long does it take to CONTROLLED AIRSPACE capable pilots. get your pilot licence? LIKE COFFS HARBOUR What’s your It depends on IS PRICELESS. favourite thing about commitment and operating on the consistency, but usually it Coffs Coast? takes around 20 hours. My favourite Can you fly just for fun? thing about operating on the Coffs Coast is Yes, most people do just fly the microlight for the beautiful scenery - some of the best in fun, starting with a one hour trial Introductory Australia. Our five big training areas take in flight. Anyone who is an adrenaline junkie just our spectacular beaches, which include all loves the speed of it, which reaches 160 km the way south to Nambucca Heads or north per hour, and its manoeuvres are breathtaking. to Woolgoolga, then it goes right out to the Channel Seven’s show, The Sydney Weekender hinterland around the Bellingen area and did a great story on us recently that can be its lovely waterfalls. I never become tired of watched on our website. The reporter reckoned teaching my students in this environment! it was the best fun he has ever had doing a How long have you been teaching students story. how to fly? With the ultralight plane, students can also I’ve been teaching students for over 20 years put the hours towards making a career out of now. Our training syllabus is recognised as one aviation. of the best in the world. We guide our students Where can we find out more about through the whole process with regular theory classes, which include post and pre flight training. We make it fun and easy. Who can learn how to fly and at what age? Anyone at any age can learn to fly, as long as you can reach the controls and understand instructions. The minimum age to go solo is 15 years. We turn over our aircraft on a regular

Midcoast Microlights? You can find more out about us from our website: or call 0428 850 062 or email us at Thanks Mark.

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Tips for Travellers

Combine your two great loves ... Horses and travelling Local tour company Quadrant Australia, together with Horse Deals are offering FOCUS readers the unique opportunity to visit the UK on their 20 day escorted tour - Equine Experience to the UK.

Holidays with Kids. We asked our local travel guru, Kerry Moss, what the perfect holiday destination was for families. If you’re thinking about a getaway, then check out her list below.


f you like the idea of a set budget with the option to prepay everything from your accommodation, to your meals and sightseeing, then it’s hard to go past cruising as a good family option. There are activities on-board the ships ranging from waterslides through to ice-skating and everything in between. That, packaged with an upfront price that covers your accommodation and meals allow families on a budget the chance to sail the seas with a little of something for everyone. Cultural Capital If your family likes to meet the locals and experience the culture, then it’s hard to go past South-East Asia. Destinations such as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are all accessible and affordable choices. Destinations such as these provide the perfect combination of cultural experiences and fabulous food, with spacious accommodation options including villas and apartments. Flop and drop If living on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world is not enough and the idea of spending a week on a sandy, white beach whilst snorkelling in turquoise waters appeals to you, then the Pacific Islands are an excellent choice for your family. Fiji and Vanuatu offer excellent packages and you’re not wasting time getting there, as the flight is only 3½ hours from Brisbane. The locals love family and children, and there are options to have a nanny help you during your stay with the younger children. The kids’ club for the older ones are varied and interesting. Spoil yourself If your family want to create a once-in-alifetime opportunity, a chance to create lasting memories or celebrate a special occasion, the options are endless. They depend very

much on your family’s interests and budget. Some inspiration for ideas are visiting Santa’s workshop in Lapland, including being transported around by reindeer and sleigh or dog-sledding with the polar bears in Alaska. If luxurious tropical holidays are more your style, then why not consider the Disney Resort in Hawaii, where guests can hurtle down water slides, float along a lazy river or snorkel in a private lagoon while surrounded by everything Disney.

Departing in May 2018, travellers will enjoy three days at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials, before travelling through the UK enjoying many of the highlights, including London, Cambridge, Oxford and Bath. Guests then experience three event filled days at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, with an opportunity to visit leading show horse producers and the Royal Mews. This tour is escorted by Dale Plumb. Dale is one of Australia's leading producers, trainers and riders, winning at all major Royal Shows and has numerous national titles to his credit. Witty and wise with an excellent sense of humour, Dale will offer participants

a fun filled equine experience of a lifetime. This tour is a wonderful chance to combine equine with sightseeing whilst travelling with a small escorted group. Make friends, and take the opportunity to enjoy the colour and pageantry of equestrian events. When we asked Jan Goldner, who was one of the travellers from the inaugural trip, she said, “I would recommend this trip to anyone; everything equestrian was covered. I saw so much, I learnt so much, and I could do it all again tomorrow. I had the best time.” Quadrant Australia have a local office in Coffs Harbour staffed by a professional, passionate and knowledgeable team. If you’d like to discuss your travel plans or join this trip of a lifetime, then drop in to see the team at Quadrant Australia in Vernon St, Coffs Harbour, or visit their website:

Travel with a conscience There has been an increase in families wanting to give back to the communities in which they visit, and now there are lots of opportunities to do this. It can be a simple as using local tour guides so the money stays locally, or committing to help build a local school and volunteering in the communities. Other ethical choices include travelling with tour companies that support ethical practices, including safe and sustainable animal protection or a commitment to reducing child-sex tourism. Closer to home Let’s not forget how lucky we are to have some of the most beautiful options right on our door step. Some of the fondest memories you’ll make will be on the most simplest of holidays available to you. Holidays Parks provide an excellent value option with loads of free activities available for children and a range of accommodation options. With some of the best available in the Coffs Coast region, a holiday might be easier than you think. With more than 25 years’ experience in holiday travel, Kerry and the team at Quadrant Australia are sure to be able to match the perfect family holiday with your interests and budget. Drop in to see them in Vernon St, Coffs Harbour for further information. Coffs Coast focus 63


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Watts from Opal Cove Resort


anya, how did you come to call the Coffs Coast home? My parents are from the Northern Rivers region near Lismore, and they relocated to Coffs Harbour in the late ‘60s after they were married. They decided that Coffs Harbour was the perfect coastal town to raise a family, build their dream home, and it was still close enough to visit my grandparents, who were a short two-hour drive away. I was born at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, attended School at Tyalla and Orara High School, finishing off my tertiary education at the University of New England/Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Campus. Like many Coffs Harbour locals, I moved away after completing my studies. Lifestyle and location has been a major factor in choosing where I have lived over the years. I pursued my career in both finance and hospitality on the Tweed Coast, in London, Pittwater and Byron Bay. Fate saw me return to the Coffs Coast eight and a half years ago; not long afterwards, I met my partner at my new workplace! When deciding to relocate back to the Coffs Coast, I realised just how amazing the region is, with picturesque beaches, rainforests, hinterland, plus an affordable housing market and a city on the rise! What excites you about your role? My role at Opal Cove Resort is diverse and creative, with no two days being the same. Having a passion for people, the role of Sales and Marketing Manager involves working on our website, social media, advertising, networking, Leisure Club Memberships, sponsorships and so much more. I am heavily involved in the local tourism industry and love working with Tourism Operators to promote and activate the Coffs Coast to locals and visitors alike. Working

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alongside local industry, I have attended various forums with Council, Regional and State Government bodies to maximise the Coffs Coast’s potential. We are all working towards creating a sustainable and flourishing tourism industry, and that’s pretty exciting in itself! What are some of the challenges you face in your role? My biggest challenge has been learning to balance my workload with the creative process and the plethora of new ideas, which take time to execute. I have learnt to remind myself to slow down and breathe sometimes. Although, if you want something done, just ask a busy person - they will more than likely complete the task effectively and efficiently! How has social media impacted your business? Social media has had a positive impact on our business and the tourism industry. We predominantly market our business through Facebook and Instagram and have found both mediums to be great assets to our marketing mix. People want information fast; social media has allowed for the sharing of information, imagery and content worldwide in an instant fashion. Our networks are diverse, just like our clientele; we target the local and domestic market, along with international travellers. As we all know with social media, content is king; this allows me to follow one of my passions - taking photos! Working at Opal Cove, I am blessed with a beautiful backdrop for taking breathtaking images, including the Solitary Islands, beach, lagoon and rainforest walks throughout the property. Lucky me! What trends are you seeing in the tourism and events industry? The tourism and events industry is constantly evolving, which is why I love working within it, at Opal Cove. There are a number of pillars to the industry to consider when looking at trends.

Service and experience must play a large We are finding that the domestic traveller is role in the success of your events. What looking for experiences, including food, nature steps have you put in place to ensure the - beach and hinterland, iconic and boutique best service experience is achieved? attractions, along with cultural and artistic The events team at Opal Cove Resort is experiences. Events and festivals are also a led by a strong team of dedicated hospitality major player in bringing people to the region. professionals. Combined, Business events are there is a mixture of looking for a balance experience, youth, between professional enthusiasm and passion. outcomes with strong Our staff have worked destination appeal. This People want information hard to secure their roles; is great news for the fast; social media has many have progressed Coffs Coast, featuring allowed for the sharing through the ranks to fabulous scenery and of information, imagery higher responsibilities and sight-seeing; we are and content worldwide their current positions. a destination worth in an instant fashion. Our We promote internally travelling to. We also networks are diverse, just like where we can, valuing offer an attractive our clientele; we target the local the opportunity to provide destination for and domestic market, along with career pathways and conference participants international travellers. mentoring for recruits new both pre and post event, to the industry. so we are in a good Food and beverage is position to grow and develop more. critical for a successful Tourism statistics have revealed that the event. Fortunately we have a strong team, who area covered by the Destination North Coast are able to cater for small groups up to large Network (Great Lakes to Tweed Heads), has the events for over 550 delegates. We try to utilise third highest visitor numbers in Australia. The local produce where possible and are always Coffs Coast is geographically placed midway in looking at fresh and innovative options for our the Destination North Coast region, so we have clients. a major opportunity on our doorstep. The key steps for a successful event include What would you say are the top three attention to detail, listening to customer needs, things you look for when employing staff? building rapport with our clients, anticipating The top three things I look for when additional requirements, delivering a quality employing staff are: experience and following up on client feedback. • Enthusiasm and energy Finally, we have interdepartmental meetings • Positivity, a love of people, and the ability to on a weekly basis, ensuring that all areas of the adapt to change. resort operations are briefed on our client needs • A passion for hospitality, along with the for each event. outlook that the tourism industry can offer a What is your favourite inspirational quote? career and lifestyle. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you I have found that these three characteristics do, and liking how you do it”- Maya Angelou. tend to result in a happy and dynamic team. Thanks Tanya.

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XBC’s Sales Manager and “Prints bind. He is the person to count on when you’re Charming”, Kris Banks is the in a jam. Kris will give you the copiers of your staple your business has been reams ... I mean dreams! Find a keeper with searching for to help with your Fuji Xerox! printing and workflow needs. He Drowning in documents? has a “hole punch” of passion FXBC has recently started offering a new when it comes to finding out about your busiscanning service. Elite Scanning Solutions was ness requirements, to offer solutions that solve born from common issues arising within the many common workplace issues to save your workplace, such as the need for more space, business both time and resources. With over the risk of hard copy files being destroyed eight years' copier and IT experience, Kris uses permanently from natural disasters such as the his extensive knowledge Lismore floods, offsite to fit your business with storage costs and the the perfect Fuji Xerox lack of productivity with match. Your business staff searching for documay be in shreds without ments. The new Fuji Xerox him, because you just According to the Wall copiers work like you can’t copy experience Street Journal, the averdo, no matter where you like this. age executive wastes six are, so you can do more Kris knows that weeks annually searching in less time... Stuck in a business today works for documents lost in the contract? Kris will get in a way that previous clutter. you out of a bind. generations could only Elite Scanning Soludream about - always tions allows quicker on the move, uploading, access to information, downloading, sharing because documents are content in the cloud and using apps for practiscanned with a commercial scanner and have cally everything. software enhancement embedded into the The new Fuji Xerox copiers work like you do, files, so documents can be saved electronically, no matter where you are, so you can do more legally and you can search and retrieve a file in in less time. With our Fuji Xerox copiers you under one second - as all words in each docuhave the freedom to work in the most efficient ment are SEARCHABLE. and productive way, powering through each To find out more, speak to Kris at FXBC day, managing documents at every stage from on 6652 6844, email or creation to printing, scanning, copying, faxing come and see him at 1/26B Isles Drive, Coffs and emailing. Harbour. Stuck in a contract? Kris will get you out of a Coffs Coast focus 65

WOW! What a ride 2017 was for Your Commercial Property Specialist… CPS

is certainly dedicated to raising the bar on how commercial property is sold, leased and managed on the Coffs Coast.



ell us about some of your achievements so far … HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you. Our biggest success: selling and leasing so many properties

for our clients. We were recognised in the Real Estate Institute of NSW Awards for Excellence for outstanding performance as an agency who represented the highest level of professional expertise, skill and contribution to the real estate industry in NSW. We were also recognised in the local Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. CPS helped create an e-Book, YouTube video tips and co-hosted seminars with other local professionals. We love that people are seeing more of our signs around town too - means we’re helping out more clients … What makes CPS different: We don’t dabble in anything else. We specialise in one field, and we do it well. Since completing my university degree in property economics, working in commercial real estate is all I have ever done. We share the knowledge and experience gathered from a career dedicated to commercial real estate and provide enormous value to our ideal clients. Return on investment and less stress! What clients had to share with us about the value CPS provides: “During the roll-out of 30 new sites for The 66 Coffs Coast focus

Cherie’s attention Benevolent Society guides me through the to detail and her across NSW, we were process. The due diligence knowledge in referred to Cherie to Cherie does on incoming Commercial Real assist in finding suitable tenants, to ensure they’re Estate - what to look for and commercial office capable of meeting lease how to handle it guarantees space. We couldn’t obligations long-term is high return on investment for have done it without above and beyond. She is our portfolio. Cherie and her ability invaluable as our property to sort out issues and manager. I happily tell get things done within everyone”- S.Hopwood. the local community”“CPS have sold three of M.Graham; Raine & Horne Commercial, Sydney. my properties in record time. I could not expect “Cherie came highly recommended to a better result. This is a very professional outfit source a new tenant for our Boambee Creek committed to customer service”- B.Eyre. Reserve site in Sawtell, and she delivered, from  “Frustrated with arrears or vacancies? Cherie the first phone call right through to delivering is your answer! She’s protected us in many high quality, qualified applicants for our instances to ensure we get the highest possible consideration. Cherie’s professionalism is very return from our investments”- R&C Wheatley. impressive.” - David; Business Development  “Cherie came highly recommended, and Manager, Reflections Holiday Parks. we’re blown away at the level of service she  “I called many agents last financial year with provides. Massive increase in value for money my budget and details of what I was looking compared to what we were getting elsewhere”to buy, but it was Cherie who found me a G.Robinson, Sydney. high yielding, great looking building in the  “We thought the time Cherie spent with time frame I needed. She thought outside the us and the advice she shared to help us find a square and amazed me how much she knows premises to lease was normal, until we went to about commercial real estate, the law and other inspections with other agents who either accountancy concepts behind it all”- I.Shaw; turned up late or worse, stood there playing Armidale. on their phone, very uninterested in securing  “I self-managed my properties for many a tenant for their client. We can now see the years until another agent suggested I appoint difference Cherie provides her clients, and that’s Cherie, who has been paramount for my just from a tenant’s perspective  - S.Nicol.  health. She ensures I act in accordance with the “Cherie’s attention to detail and her Retail Leases Act, handles every situation in a knowledge in Commercial Real Estate - what to professional manner, keeps me informed and look for and how to handle it guarantees high

return on investment for our portfolio”- J&M Singh. “Our property had been vacant, listed with other agents for over two years. Cherie was able to secure us a long-term lease at full asking rent within only a few weeks of her appointment as our new agent. Cherie’s attention to detail needs to be acknowledged. Her thoroughness and professionalism resulted in us getting the result we did. If you have a vacant tenancy, we recommend Cherie’s professional services” - K&U Howe. What’s happening in the local commercial market? It’s a great outlook with so much Government infrastructure and private investor spending in the region, with much more in the pipeline. Exciting times ahead! We encourage readers to call us to find out more. We’d love to share some insights with you on what it all really means for the commercial property market and local business owners moving forward. What does 2018 and beyond look like for CPS? Knuckle down, dig deep and craft record breaking deals … basically deliver awesome results for our clients.  We’re super pumped to be building a successful business here on the Coffs Coast. Thank you to all of our loyal clients and to the business community who are helping us raise the bar - look forward to working with you all in 2018. Thanks Cherie.



I tech tips. With Tim Baker

Get your head into the cloud. The old business IT model of a server and desktop PCs are on the way out. A move to a subscription based mobile workforce is becoming the new norm. A typical business has a server running 24/7 in the back room of the office, chewing up power and aircon.

t holds all the business data from the drives, which need to be taken off site. beginning of time, runs all the in-house Some good example of business apps: • Antivirus: Sophos Endpoint, Symantec Endpoint programs, stores your emails and gets • Email: Office 365 Essentials, Google Mail for replaced every three - five years and when Business there’s a problem with your server, the • Data Storage: Box, Google Drive, Onedrive business stops until it’s up and running again. The • Document tracking: DocuSign server and software aren’t cheap, but they are a • Workforce Management and necessity for the business Rostering: Deputy, GeoOp to run. Your business might not be What other options do at a stage where you can move I have? It does depend on Your business might not be at 100% into the cloud, but you what your core application a stage where you can move can start to look at options to is that you are running for 100% into the cloud, but you can turn various services into apps your business and we always start to look at options to turn which are already out there to recommend you speak with various services into apps which help increase productivity and the software provider first, are already out there to help allow your workforce to become but more and more software increase productivity and more mobile. By doing so will platforms are moving to the allow your workforce to give your business an advantage cloud, reducing the need of become more mobile. over your competitors, as well as having expensive on-premise reducing the risk in your business servers and software that in the event of a disaster. needs to be purchased But what if I lose my internet outright. If you can get your connection; do I lose access to everything? No, most business application in the cloud, then that opens cloud apps function in an offline mode, allowing the door to moving your other requirements into the you to access information and emails until your cloud, which in turn massively reduces the risk in the connection is restored. It will then automatically sync business in the event of a disaster. any changes, and most of the time you won’t even You can start to take advantage of Office 365 or know you have lost connection. Google Mail for business grade email solutions, cloud The next time you need to look at replacing your based antivirus solutions, and enterprise grade data storage options which look after all your data, security server, I recommend you speak to your local IT team and ask them what your options are. and recovery. No more swapping over external hard

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repair relationships that were not given due attention during the previous year. Student relationships have a direct impact on student mental health and on student performance. The new year and the first day of school, in particular, is essential in making all students welcome, particularly those on the fringes and those students who are new to the school or to the city. The right attitude is, however, only the first step of your “new beginnings”. The second part of the plan is to set some goals. The secret to setting goals is to write them down from the big picture perspective and then work backwards to what specific actions are required to meet those goals. Most organisations use SMART goals, which usually stands for: S - Specific M - Measurable A - Action-Oriented R - Relevant T - Time-bound

This relates, from a From a student teaching perspective, to perspective, the new giving both our students school year provides the and our colleagues an opportunity to reset some opportunity to improve study and work habits themselves in your that may have not been a eyes. Their perceived priority in 2017. While I am limitations and foibles not a strong advocate of hours and were last year’s issues. hours of homework, I am a strong Teachers should provide believer of the development of a their students with the good work ethic, high expectations blank slate they desire for your own performances and to improve themselves learning ‘time and place’. without the limits of our judgement. Teachers should also afford the same generosity to There are numerous free their colleagues and their administrators. This SMART templates available online, but many of year can and will be better than last year. This them have the same basic structure. change in mindset will lift the mood of the From a parental perspective, it is essential that workplace and the school more generally. you speak with your child/teen about their From a student perspective, the new school goals for 2018 and let them know that it is year provides the opportunity to reset some your role as a parent to help them achieve their study and work habits that may have not been dreams. a priority in 2017. While I am not a strong My tips for this year’s “new beginning” is to be advocate of hours and hours of homework, I specific with your goals, write down your goals, am a strong believer of the development of a keep them visible and track your performance good work ethic, high expectations for your at least once per week and most importantly, own performances and learning “time and don’t prejudge your child, yourself or your place”. The skill of knowing when to burn the colleagues. Prejudging is a limit that your life midnight oil and when to play is one that is doesn’t need. essential for students to learn, as it translates Nick Johnstone, to adult life. The new year also provides the opportunity to build new friendships and to Principal BDC.

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Welcome to 2018. Best wishes for a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours. Whilst January is often a time of holidays, visitors and connecting with family, it can also be a chance to sit back and reflect on what you did and did not achieve in 2017 and what you want to make happen in 2018. If your plans include a new kitchen or kitchen renovation, a vanity, laundry cabinets or a wardrobe fitout, wall units or study storage, we will be very happy to assist you with your design, including a free measure and quotation. Maybe you are looking at changing or updating your business premises. As experienced commercial cabinetmakers, we are able to assist you there as well. bcu at the Plaza is a longstanding example of our work, as is the new Lotto fitout at Bray Street. Our showroom allows you to see what the various products available look like in reality, thus assisting with your choices. If you wish to look at hardware options, the Lincoln Sentry website is a great source of information. After a well-earned rest, we will be back mid January to assist you with your requirements.

Meet Adrian Brookman. Coffs Coast Buyers Agents was recently launched by Adrian Brookman, who has close to 25 years of real estate experience behind him. Adrian was a successful agent in Sydney and is currently a leading auctioneer and trainer. He moved to Coffs with his wife (a local girl) with their young family three years ago, as they love the lifestyle choices this wonderful area offers. Adrian could see an opportunity for someone with his experience and skills to assist and advise people buying property. Let’s face it; buying property can be a very stressful and emotional time, which can often lead to people making rushed or uninformed decisions. Adrian will ensure you do everything right from the start, via researching, sourcing, negotiating and securing property on your behalf. He will be with you every step of the way, which will ensure you do not waste unnecessary time and money. Adrian will bring clarity and calmness to the table throughout the whole process. Remember, real estate agents work for the owner, where a buyer’s agent works for the buyer, so Adrian will be there to secure the property at the best possible price and on the best terms for you - the buyer.


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