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February 2014 // issue 84

Kiwarrak Country Retreat

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It’s February … the last month of summer, and also traditionally known as the ‘month of love’, due to Valentine’s Day on the 14th. s we experience the last of the hot weather for another year and move into the balmier days and crisp nights of autumn, our thoughts start to turn to how we can spoil our loved ones and those who share a special place in our lives. And it suddenly occurred to me, you can use this edition of FOCUS to truly inspire you in your quest for the perfect Valentine’s gift! This month we interviewed Frank Allen from the fabulous and iconic band, The Searchers, which has been around since the 1950s and is still entertaining thousands of fans worldwide today. What better way to show someone you care than to take them to a special show? Our Behind the Lens guest is local bodyboarder and talented photographer Thomas Donnelly, who loves to create special portraits of you and your loved ones, or snap those never-to-be forgotten moments at


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your wedding or engagement – or a Valentine’s dinner date. If you’re looking for an idyllic romantic getaway for the weekend – or the week – Tara Eldred from Kiwarrak Country Retreat has the solution. Nestled in between Kiwarrak State Forest and Khappinghat National Park, this stunningly serene location has it all! And for a truly unique experience, why not visit the Artisans Expo this month. Artisans on the Hill will host this expo over three days, with talented artisans demonstrating skills that range from jewellery making and woodturning to glass blowing and candle making. It’s also a wonderful place to buy a beautiful, one of a kind gift. ON THE COVER Our area is home to so many special women, we simply can’t do justice to them all. Entrepreneurs, women who work in retail, education, health or hospitality – we are fortunate to have so many skilled and dedicated women

working hard to provide us with the goods and services we often take for granted. Thanks to Craig Mason for our cover shot this month, which features just a few of our local women in business. Check out our special Women in Business Feature as well, to find out about the wide array of business services they offer. EDITOR’S PHOTO This month’s stunning photo was taken by local photographer Alan Small. Don’t forget to send your great local shots to FINAL SAY: “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” – Anonymous.

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hat was your career background before you commenced at Lifeline? My background started in secretarial as PA to the Sales Manager at BRL Hardy Wine Company at Pagewood. I moved from PA to Catering Sales Representative and found I loved being out of an office and talking to many different people. After 7 years I wanted to move to Taree to be closer to my family, and I was lucky enough to secure the Management position at Rockmans, when it first opened in the Manning Mall. From there, I moved to different Sales Manager positions within Taree and Forster before returning to Sydney for a short stint as Manager of Noni B. A highlight of those years was at Noni B where we won Noni B store of the year. Retail sales management has been part of my life for 25 years. How long have you been at the Lifeline store as manager? I have been working at the Lifeline Shop since June 2013, and it’s been by far the best position of my working career. I am learning a lot about Lifeline and feel privileged to be supporting our crisis support and suicide intervention services via our Lifeline Shop. I really do enjoy being Lifeline Mid Coast’s Taree Shop Manger. I am extremely proud of our Lifeline Shop team of volunteers, who are hardworking, interesting and fun to be around. We know our shop is vital in supporting the work of Lifeline Mid Coast, and that gives us extra energy and commitment to do a good job. The best thing about my job is being able to work alongside my shop volunteers. They are always generous with their time, are reliable, responsible, loyal and extremely hardworking, and I should also mention have a sense of humour that makes working at the Lifeline 4

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donation drive using our Lifeline Wheelie Bin Shop fun. I’ve worked with employees who solution. are paid a lot of money, but my volunteers What plans do you have for the coming do twice as much work, just to give to their twelve months? community. It’s very humbling working with My plans are for a brighter better Lifeline people who are motivated to help others. Shop bursting with great donations and Where is the Lifeline store in Taree volunteers ready to help. I am hopeful our new located? workplace Wheelie Bin idea catches on in Taree At 43 Manning Street, Taree, opposite IGA. and that people who are thinking about joining The Shop is open Monday to Friday from an organisation think about becoming a Lifeline 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to Shop Volunteer. 2.30pm. Something that is relatively new to our shop is You’ve come up with a new concept for a small selection of new goods. These sourcing donations for the store in range from new clothes to the Manning area. How does homewares such as rugs this system work? and cushions to natural There are many people If you have a soaps. We are treading who would like to large donation or slowly here, as we donate items to Lifeline, on’t fit in furniture that w want to be able to but due to work and e rg la or our Wheelie Bins se provide great value family commitments ea donation bins, pl d an on our new goods they can’t easily drop 44 65 call us at 6552 r ou of e on while keeping our new off their donations at ve arrange to ha u. yo r fo up products interesting our Lifeline Shop. We ck drivers pi .” ee fr is e ic and varied. In fact, are now able to bring rv se This Lifeline Mid Coast is the donation bin to you! developing its own label, so We have lovely clean Lifeline watch this space! Wheelie Bins available to be Australia Day was the first of placed at individual workplaces the celebrations that our Lifeline Shop and businesses, making it much easier used to merchandise and display our unique to donate goods. Our wonderful Lifeline gifts and items. Keep an eye out for other great truck drivers will deliver and pick up the promotions and displays, as I am planning a big bins on request. We are hoping this method of year. collection will not only make donating easier, What types of goods do you prefer people we will not have the task of separating trash donate? that is increasingly turning up and ruining We are interested in and gratefully appreciate genuine donated items. all items of clothing, jewellery, accessories, We are looking for individuals, workplaces homewares, books, toys, and importantly, and businesses willing to support Lifeline furniture … items which you would continue Mid Coast through this donation project. We to use yourself but which now maybe excess encourage people who are spring cleaning or to your needs. Clothing, furniture, accessories, decluttering to request a bin to be delivered to jewellery never age in a Lifeline Shop, because their workplace. As far as corporate businesses we know someone, somewhere will appreciate go, we have TAFE Taree interested and we quality donated items. would welcome other businesses to think We know men will always love tools, women about helping Lifeline Mid Coast through a

shoes and small interesting items that make lovely gifts. Holiday makers and avid readers appreciate our wide range of books and of course anyone setting up home, whether for the first time or not, will love our homewares department. You never know what treasures you will find in a Lifeline shop. There is no size limit, as long as what is donated will fit in our shop! Furniture is always in demand, so if you have any furniture, please call and we can take the burden of getting it to us by picking it up for you. If people have goods they’re willing to donate, where do they drop them off – and how do they use the collection service available? We would love businesses and workplaces to try our new Lifeline Wheelie Bins. All you have to do is call and request a bin, and one of our drivers will deliver and pick up the Lifeline Wheelie Bin for you. If you prefer delivering donations, we love to receive them at the back of our Lifeline Shop in Manning St during working hours, or you can drop off donations at one of our 3 large donation bins located at: the rear of the Lifeline Shop, the United Church Albert Street or at 30 Commerce Street. If you have a large donation or furniture that won’t fit in our Wheelie Bins or large donation bins, please call us at 6552 6544 and arrange to have one of our drivers pick up for you. This service is free. Final words … We would like to encourage young people to shop and to think about volunteering at our Lifeline Shop. If a young person is interested in fashion, window display, merchandising or items that could be termed vintage or retro, then Lifeline Shop is the place to shop and volunteer. We have a motto – SHOP, DONATE, VOLUNTEER. If anyone wants to become a part of the Lifeline family, please give us a call on 6552 6544. Thanks Linda.

inside this Dune Care.


Tuncurry Dune Care is a group consisting of local residents who are committed to maintaining the health of our local beaches and foreshore. The crew meets regularly to propagate and plant native flora, eradicate harmful weeds and perform other maintenance work.

Tinfish George. Tinfish George is a local muso with an extensive repertoire of songs and a CD under his belt. George is currently in South Australia for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, but he was happy to spare us some time for a chat!


Issue 84 - February 2014

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9. What’s On for February 16. eat featuring local restaurants 39. Tourism Update with Sharon Bultitude 40. Star Guide with Terri

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Kiwarrak Retreat. Tara Eldred and Meg Lawless feel they have one of the best lifestyles in NSW … and they’re quite right! Nestled in between Kiwarrak State Forest and Khappinghat National Park, Kiwarrak Country Retreat is a place of serene beauty. Making a tree change was quite possibly one of the best decisions this family ever made … u follow us on

Dr David Gillespie MP Fighting for Better Roads Community Survey The Federal Government currently provides over $8,000,000.00 a year in Federal Financial Assistance Grants and Federal Roads to Recovery Grants to Greater Taree City Council. This funding is in addition to other Federal and State grants received through various other programmes Council applies for. Here is your chance to help David Gillespie highlight your priorities and about how you believe the Federal funding currently allocated to Greater Taree City Council should be spent.

“Recently, I secured Federal funding commitments of $17.4 million for the Bucketts Way upgrade, $3.4 million for the Thunderbolts Way upgrade, up to $10 million towards the Taree Northern Gateway project and dozens of other local projects under the Coalition’s new Community Development Grants programme. I’ll be continuing to work hard to secure our fair share and I want to make sure Council delivers the Federal funds it receives wisely and where the community expects.”

Contact David: ph 1300 656 685 fax 02 6584 1022

Survey 1. Are you satisfied with how Greater Taree City Council spends your rates and Yes No Federal and State taxpayers’ funds? 2. Do you think Greater Taree City Council is doing a good job in managing the Yes No local road network? 3. Do you think Greater Taree City Council would benefit from obtaining external advice from independent experts on how to get greater efficiencies in its Yes No roads programme? 4. If there was one local road project you believe Greater Taree City Council should be spending some of its current Federal road funding it receives on, what would it be?

Please send your survey answers to either or Dr David Gillespie MP, Federal Member for Lyne, PO Box 1112, Port Macquarie 2444. Authorised by David Gillespie MP, Suite 1, 75-77 Clarence St, Port Macquarie 2444, using Parliamentary entitlements.

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H. Fish … artist extraordinaire, with a background in movie props, car customisation, sculpture and painting will be showcasing 34 pieces of his work at the Manning Regional Gallery from February 7 to March 3. Visions is just that - a stunning array of bold, colourful art that captures Fish’s thoughtful view of the world – his visions … ell me the story about how you came to Australia … In 2003 I came for my brother’s funeral; he’d been in Australia since the ’70s as an academic in Melbourne. I finalised a lot of my life … 30 years of a successful career and raising children and everything else, my parents had passed, so I was ready to change. I was going to go to Costa Rica, because my Spanish is good and I know the area well. But, I fell in love with Australia and settled in this area … So, when you were in the USA, where exactly did you live? I was born in the little town of Delmar, which is the coastal high end of San Diego, close to the Mexican border, just down the road from Hollywood. I spent time in Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, was in Berkeley all through the Summer of Love and spent 4 years at university there. I did all the work through Bill Graham and his poster art for the Avalon Ballroom and the psychedelic scene … I’ve been very lucky to be at the cutting edge of early surfing, early car customising, underground comics, graffiti art work, and knowing when to go from one genre to the next and spinning it off to a younger crowd; it was a big part of being successful and moving on. What have been some of the career highlights for you? Surfing in the early ’60s and going to Hawaii at an early age. Going to San Francisco in the Summer of Love, ’67, and meeting up with Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin and doing all the 6 manning-great lakes focus.

poster art for the amazing psychedelic music scene there. Meeting and becoming friends with Janis Joplin, and I painted her personal Porsche. And then, carrying that energy back down into the early ’70s and opening H. Fish studios, and then I had a 30 year career with custom cars, movie props, trompe l’oeil for big movie projects and doing my painting. And what were some of the movies you actually worked on? George Lucas was a classmate of mine at San Francisco Art Institute in the early years. He actually did a movie, wrote a screenplay called THX1138 and sold it to the movies for $70,000 in 1969 and we thought, “My God! That’s more money than Jesus”, right? And so, I said, “What are you going to do, George?” And he said, “I’m going to drop out and make a movie of something I know best”, and we all thought, “Well, oh, what do you know best?” And he said, “Well, when I was growing up” … and of course, what did he make? He made American Graffiti, which started the retrospective look at that part of life ... So in the early ’80s, ten years plus later, I got this note from him saying, “I’m making this movie; it’s sort of like all of the swashbucklers, the serials we used to watch in the ’50s, you know, Captain Adventure … and it’s going to have Harrison Ford, who was one of my bit players; he was the guy who drove the black ’55 Chevy in American Graffiti … so, this’ll be his first big movie, and in it there’s a scene of this flying wing, and it’s going to have to be a German flying wing … Can you make this prop? It’s got to be life-size”. There was no CG back then, so I got the

commission to build the flying wing with some friends … there was only three and a half minutes, and then they blew it up! But it was a big commission, and it opened the door to the bigger props. I interestingly did one of the cars for the Batman series and a lot of little model works for different things, some Star Wars things, but pre’85 people made models or they made lifesize replicas of the Command Ship or whatever, and the actors stood near them. Now, it’s a different thing … With your history, I guess I can see why automotive paint forms a large part of your artist’s palette … Building movie props and custom cars, you’re using enamels, lacquers and urethanes that you don’t usually use in a painting context, but they give you deep, shiny lustres and you’re able to bridge colour to colour in a different way than traditional oil paints or acrylics. People often ask me, “What are you painting with?”, and I say, “Automotive enamels and lacquers”. Odd shaped canvasses are another unusual point in my work, and I’ve been doing those since the ’60s, because squares and rectangles just get repetitive after a while. My big work that is a square or rectangle is on canvas - I make it myself, but the more unusual constructions are usually pine and steamed oak and have a variety of tricks to make them into mostly three dimensional cabinetry. Is using automotive paints a similar process to using oils; for example, do you still apply them with brushes, or do you use a spray gun? I have a variety of smaller spray guns and air

brushes. They’re only usually for shading and highlighting. Most of the bleeds that are done in this paint are done by reducing the material with thinners and solvents, and I use a term that’s called ‘controlling the accident’, so to cover large areas I know what they’re going to do. A lot of times the canvasses are tipped; I work flat a lot. There’s a bit of abstract expressionism in the beginnings of many of these things to put the power into the backgrounds, but as you look at the work you’ll see that it gets tighter and tighter into using actually a little brush to put in the eyelashes of the small creatures in the background. I like to have the work hold its intensity; it should grab you from across the room. You can walk up and put your nose against the canvas and the clarity of lines is still there … there’s nothing soft and fuzzy about these pictures; they really are meant to grab you. I’ve spoken to some artists, and they’ve told me they have an idea in their head and they want to capture that idea on canvas; others may have a photograph that they like and they re-create the photograph, whereas still others don’t start with any idea at all, but just a blank canvas. What’s your method? It involves all of those. I’ll have an image that I’ve had in the back of my mind or a conglomerate of cartoon images that I’ll pencil in; I have reams of these things that I’ve saved over the years, and I don’t know when they’ll need to come up in a painting. A lot of times there’s an emotion or a theme that I want to talk to, and I don’t know how I’ll portray that, so it starts with abstract expres-


sionism and this controlled accident to build in colours. Then I let the painting sort of talk to me and then I weave in from this vast repertoire of saved images and saved sketches what would fit that piece … That’s part of this Popular Surrealism or Pop Surrealism, in that it uses images that we see all the time. The Coca-Cola bottle, you know, the pop star, things that are part of the barrage that hits us, are woven into the image in multiple layers to draw the viewer in. So, let’s talk about Pop Surrealism … This is the next phase that will take the world by storm. It’s already there in America. It’s already there in Europe. It’s there in Chinese contemporary art … because why? It comes from the outsider art; it comes from underground art. The art world was this academia and gallery stuff that’s been held back for so long with installation art, but the true artists of the world have been the sign-writers and the tattooists who had to make a living from doing this work that blended together with the need to see representational art. It doesn’t have to be photo-representational; it can be abstraction, it can be twisted, it can be cartoony, it can be hyper-realism. All of this combined together in one canvas presents this new genre, which is basically coming across the whole global art scene, because we live in a global world now. So, this Popular Surrealism, or Pop Surrealism or Underground Pop Surrealism is what is taking the world by visual storm. You know, you don’t have to wonder what the artist is trying to tell you; he’s telling you a whole lot and if anything, your eye is dancing around the canvas and it’s what really holds your attention. You’re no longer wondering what emotion the artist is trying to tell you; he’ll let you know about it. Describe the exhibition you’re presenting at the Manning Regional Gallery - Visions … It’s a body of work that’s taken two years to produce. Eighteen of the 34 pieces are neverbefore-seen, to be debuted at the Manning. It’s an international quality, world-renowned

artist, bringing you a Sydney or Melbourne quality opening in Taree, because there are bigger worlds than just New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney. Many people have moved to an area and then bring that energy to that area, so when I approached Sue Mitchell [from the Manning Regional Gallery] with this theory, she thought, “I can do this for you. I can give you the month of February, and we’ll be behind you 110%”. Deb Wall from the Regional Gallery in Coffs Harbour has been a huge supporter of this; she’ll be opening the show … Describe some of the works in the exhibition. Apocalypto is a massive piece; how long did that take you to create? A month in the planning for the line drawing and almost 6 months to paint it. It’s 4½ m x 1½ m and it’s a big topic, so it needs a big image. It’s the end of the world. It’s good and evil … the left hand side is purist, it’s spiritual, it’s a giant tsunami that washes over New York and the Opera House to the It's a body of centre panel, which is the n work that's take explosions of the nuclear e. uc od pr to two years holocaust, the eruptions 34 Eighteen of the eforeof volcanoes, the Earth r-b ve ne e ar es piec opening, people being ted at bu de be to , en se cast in and out of Purga.” ng the Manni time for us to reatory or consumed by the lise we have to turn planet and as you move to the planet around. the right, it then becomes a There is a self-portrait representational images of all of my partner and I that’s the cataclysms of war. There’s a targeted for the Archibald, WWI soldier, a WWII soldier, there’s a which is full of whimsy and has a contemporary Australian soldier from Afghaniwonderful title: Time Pixellating the Carnival of stan, there are Roman soldiers, there’s a terrorist Life for Artist and Muse. There’s also Journey to in there, there’s the devil, there’s the Industrial Seven Billion and One, which is calling to the Military complex. fact that the planet is so overrun by us that we There are snippets from great anti-war painthave to pull this back, you know. I don’t want ings that I’ve used liberally – Picasso’s Guernica, to predict disastrous things, but there are just Goya’s The Third of May ... so, it gives me sort too many of us to wear out the planet. of goose bumps to even talk about it because What can we look forward to at the openI think it’s very timely, because now is the best

ing night on February 7? There’ll be international guests, and guests from Sydney, Melbourne, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay. We’re calling in all the cards, and it will be a great night. I’m sure it’ll be one of the largest openings to be at the Manning. There’ll be incredibly great vegetarian food, great wine from the Great Lakes Winery and a beautiful soundtrack, and I think it will be something really worth walking down the street and going to see. Thanks Fish. See Visions at the Manning Regional Gallery from February 7 – March 3, with the official opening on February 7 at 6.30pm.

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• live at club forster • With classic hits such as Needles and Pins, Love Potion No. 9, and When you Walk in the Room, The Searchers haven’t had to search very far to find fame and recognition. In a world where everything changes rapidly, The Searchers have proven it’s possible to keep their fan base for a long time – and their number of fans amongst the Australian population continues to grow. Frank Allen, lead singer and bassist, shares his enthusiasm for the band’s upcoming visit, where they’ll be stopping off at Club Forster.


i Frank. How much are you looking forward to coming down to Oz? Oh, very much. It’s been kind of a tradition for us now throughout our career … but for the last 12 years we’ve been coming pretty regularly every February and into March and getting into the nice Australian sunshine, to kind of continue our love affair with the Australian people, really! The Searchers have had quite a few line-up changes over the years, as you’d expect for a band that’s been around since the late 1950s. Was it around 1964 that you joined? It was exactly; it was August 3, 1964, and it was a Monday night. I remember it very well. There was a very famous club in Germany called The Star Club, where the Beatles and everyone else went out to play, and we were all unknown at that time. In fact, the band I was with was called Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers - actually probably better known than most of the others, because we’d been a recording band for a few years - and we suddenly came across all these Liverpool bands that were playing in Hamburg, completely unknown, because they’d just been semi-pro musicians but the rough, tough sound of the Hamburg bands, the Liverpool bands, went down well in Germany … I met The Searchers at the beginning of 1963 at The Star Club … I palled up with them, just because they were nice guys and about six months later, of course, The Beatles had kicked all the doors down, gave everyone the chance to go in to record, and they [The Searchers] just did it. Actually, perfectly, their [The Searcher’s] first song went straight to number one. They carried on with a whole run of hits, which I joined in on 8 manning-great lakes focus.

in August ’64. The first record I played on was still had the 6 O’clock swill at that time. People When You Walk in the Room, which has, thankwould rush in and get as much beer as they fully, become one of the all-time classics. could down their necks before things closed. What are some of your other favourite Unheard of back home … so it was all pretty memories from that period? novel, but lovely and new. It was an exciting time, because from being I remember in Sydney they were still building enthusiastic, sort of-amateurs, we suddenly the Opera House. All the tiles were piled up and found that we could actually make a living and a the mounds were in the courtyard in front of it, success out of it … My first exciting experience, I and it was all controversy going in the newssuppose, was as soon as we cut When You Walk papers and the TV about the cost of the whole in the Room, we went off to do a thing and what a waste of money it mini world tour … which actuwas and, boy - were they wrong ally ended in our first tour there. Because, it might have of Australia [in 1964]. seemed a lot of money They carried on But, it began in New at the time, but, when n with a whole ru York and we worked you’ve got an iconic, ined of hits, which I jo The with all the Motown fantastic building like ’64. in on in August people … now, that that … it’s one of the ed on first record I play k in was so exciting for a most awesome sights Wal was When You lad like me, because in the world with that ha s, the Ro om , whi ch e one all my heroes were harbour and the bridge m thankfully, beco sics.” as American and I was and the Opera House. cl of the all-time on stage with Marvin With all of the hits Gaye, The Supremes, The Searchers have had Martha and the Vandellas, over the years - which one Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, do you still enjoy singing the Little Anthony, The Shangri-las, The most? Ronettes … And that was a pretty aweIt’s definitely When You Walk in the some introduction to the world of Pop Room. Not because it was the first record I stardom! was on, but it is the most classic Pop song I’ve What was your very first impression of recorded; it’s the best constructed Pop song for Australia? longevity. It’s got that great guitar riff, it’s got a My first impression, and I don’t want this to brilliant tune, it’s got great lyrics. It’s so easy to sound like an insult, was how kind of backward remember. It’s so in your face … I still like things it was compared to the UK … because it was like Love Potion No. 9 and Sweets for my Sweet, very, very quiet. There were … almost like village but When You Walk in the Room’s the one for towns compared to the UK. Everything was in its me. infancy. TV had been around for a lot less time Describe the show you’re bringing to Austhan it had out where we were – a pretty novel tralia this time around? event still. Most of our shows, apart from a few excepThe drinking system was unbelievable. They tions, we do a two hour set. We do an hour,

give an intro and then go on and do another hour, and it’s more or less a potted history of the band. All the hits ... a lot of the B-sides and the album tracks, and a few things we’ve gathered along the way - a couple of new ones. We’re not overloaded with new stuff, because you’ve got to realise that your duty is nostalgia, and we’re perfectly happy to do that. We talk through a few bits, and we tell stories … and give the answers about what we did and how we came with the songs … If anyone hasn’t been to a Searchers all evening concert, then I can only plead with them to come along. Once people come to a show, it seems to generate such an immense loyalty because I think they go away, as we do, feeling they’ve had an evening in the company of friends … And if you want to come for one night you’ll be with us next year and the year after ad infinitum, until we decide to hang up our guitars and call it a day. Well, don’t hang up the guitars any time soon! No, certainly not before this tour. In fact, no, we can actually touch on the subject of retirement, but it’s really not in the wind. We enjoy it so much that we can’t bring ourselves to say that’s going to be it. We’re not stopping; we’re having a good time. The age doesn’t really matter. Thanks Frank.

the plug! See The Searchers at Club Forster on February 8, at 8pm. Tickets cost $28. Call the club on 6591 6591 for details.

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Forster town markets



Visit the markets to find around 50 stallholders selling a wide range of handmade items, craft, homewares, art, clothing and jewellery. The markets have developed a reputation for selling wonderful ‘homemade, home grown and home baked’ items. When Sun 9 Feb; 8am to 2pm

Artisans Expo Don’t miss your chance to see some amazingly talented artisans in action at Artisans on the Hill. Experience glass blowing, woodturning, fan carving, jewellery making and more! Craft supplies and equipment will also be available for purchase.


Where Town Park, Forster.


Destiny Rescue - Tony Kirwan

When 21 and 22 Feb: 10am – 4pm and 23 Feb 10am –

Going strong since the late 1950s, The Searchers’ hits include classics such as Love Potion No. 9 and Needles and Pins. Back to visit Australia for their new tour, you can relive the magic of the ‘60s at Club Forster.

Tony Kirwan has always had a heart for the poor and needy, which led him to run a feeding program in Cairns, Australia for many years. He and his wife, Jenni, were also involved in youth ministry during this time. After running their own electrical contracting company for 10 years, they sold everything and began Destiny Rescue in 2001. Tony will be in the area and presenting a talk on his experiences for one night only.

Where Artisans on the Hill, 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook.

The Searchers


Where Club Forster.

When 13 February at 7pm.

Cost $5 per person, with entry fees assisting the Taree

When February 8, at 8pm.

Where Taree Baptist Centre, Kolodong Road, Taree.

Rescue Squad. Contact 6553 1199.

Cost $28.

Cost Free.

Contact the club on 6591 6591.

Info Helen Lyness: 0403 297 400.

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Matters. [ with Alan T ickle ]

Dear Alan,

after that date the amount reduces to $10,000.

My name is Sue, and I am 25. I have saved up $50,000 and will soon get an increase in salary to $85,000. I pay rent of $180 per week and wondered about buying a home for $390,000 versus renting a while longer.

Rent versus Buy

This scenario is a real situation of a parent bringing their daughter in for some 'coaching', but the details have been changed to avoid any possibility of identification. It is a pleasure and honour to provide complementary 'coaching' for young people or couples in devising a strategy or plan for them to follow.

so is interest, insurance, utilities and home maintenance. In Sue’s case, if borrowing $350,000 at 5%pa, the house will need to increase in value by approximately $28,000pa (7% growth on a $390,000 home) to cover those costs versus $9,500pa rent. Plan of Attack Sue agreed to open a first home saver account and deposit $115 per week ($6,000 pa) as

Dear Sue,

savings to gain the $1,020pa from the Federal

The choice of renting versus purchasing a house is a financial as well as an emotional decision.


The emotional issue is one of dream fulfilment, but with the commitment of having to meet a mortgage payment and the responsibility that goes with it. Sometimes paying off a mortgage might not make financial sense in the short term, but the discipline can curtail spending and in the long term generate greater wealth.

have a balance of close to $29,000.

After four financial years, that account would In discussions though, Sue said she was also keen on the idea of purchasing a block of land for $180,000 and borrowing $140,000 as a first home owner. The repayments at 5% fixed rate comes to $191 per week on a 25 year term.

The financial decision is one around alternative choices and decision making that takes into account all factors, including dreams and how they can become a reality.

which all comes to about $10,000pa less

First Home Buyers Benefits

than what it would cost to pay back a loan of

The Federal Government will deposit up to $1,020pa to a first home buyer saver account subject to the amount saved into that account. At least $6,000pa is needed to be saved to receive the maximum benefit. (Couple $1,020pa each)

$350,000 with other home costs included.

Stamp Duty Exemption (NSW) and First Home Grant (Building) Purchasing a block of land that will be eventually built on as a first home or a first home itself, will qualify for full stamp duty exemption provided the value is less than $650,000. If a building contract is signed before 1 January 2016, there is a grant of $15,000 available, but

Sue can afford to pay rent, pay off the block of land, and save in the first home owner account,

The first home owner account can be drawn after four financial years (which can effectively be just over three years) If Sue builds, there is the bonus of the first home grant and hopefully the value of the land would have increased, providing a larger security buffer when it comes to borrowing to build. Manage Financial Risk Sue has agreed to lock in comprehensive insurance on level premiums while she is young and premiums are low, thus giving her financial security and peace of mind.

This information and advice is of a general nature only and no reliance should be placed on the information before seeking individual advice from a Financial Planner and Taxation Adviser to ensure the appropriateness to individual circumstances. Alan Tickle and Your Heritage Financial Planning are both authorised representatives of Securitor Financial Group AFSL 240687 ABN 48009189495.

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Tuncurry/Forster XXXX Gold Cup

Often people will say rent is dead money, but The biggest race day for the Jockey Club is the XXXX Gold Cup, which will be held on 1 March. The 2,100 metre XXXX Gold Cup Day holds an exciting six race program as well as featuring the Bellevue Hotel 1,600 metre Golden Mile, with T.J.L Business Advisors, Tuncurry Bowling Club and Coasting Home Gift Ware's supporting the day's racing.

the Mid North Coast, with horses and jockeys travelling from near and far and and large numbers of acceptances and spectators. The XXXX G old ing The atmosphere is to be m co be Cup Day is e th experienced, with tickets on n tio a maj or attrac Mid e th on sale for the pavilion and of ar nd le racing ca rses ho ith w gazebos now. t, as Co North

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The XXXX Gold Cup Day is becoming a major attraction on the racing calendar of

Bring along a blanket, umbrella and fold up chair and sit on hill for an enjoyable day's racing. Plenty of hot food with cold drinks flowing for one and all, with free busses running from town to the track. On the day will also be fashions on the field, with prizes for all categories. Bookings and enquiries: ring Marg 0429 967 823.


from Great Lakes Winery

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any vineyards harvested early this year as a result of the warmer than usual winter, with budburst for us coming a month early - which has led to riper fruit earlier and an early harvest. Another advantage for us was minimal bird damage to the fruit, which was a major win! Seems a combination of the rowdy cicadas and years of bird deterrent methods finally paid off ... not sure how much credit to give to the cicadas, but there has to be an upside to their consistent symphony. It seems there is always some hiccup in the lead up to picking the fruit; usually the weather is our greatest enemy, along with bird damage, but this year it was a little problem we had when the cattle got into the vineyard ... someone left a gate open! ... cattle amongst the fruit laden vines is not something we recommend. The cows don't actually eat the fruit; they were more interested in the green lush grass between the rows, but they do have a habit of knocking the vines about a bit so we did lose a bit of fruit to cow damage ... that's a new one for us!

The weather for picking this last week was as good as it gets for January, with the cooler conditions making the long hours in the vineyards almost pleasant ... with cool breezes and the odd light shower to keep us refreshed and at times a little chilly. It is usual for energy levels to fade quickly once the sun is high in the sky, so we start picking at about 6 - 6.30am once it is light enough to clearly see the lovely bunches hiding in the canopy. The happy chatter amongst the pickers increased as the day progressed, which was also unusual, as the excitement usually wears off after the reality of the job sinks in after the first half hour or so ... grape picking sounds like fun, but it is hard work! There was lots of smiling back in the winery as the fruit was being processed, with the fruit quality being realised. It is not over yet, as now the juice needs to be cared for as it is transformed into wine. Assuming all goes well from here on in, we recommend when you see 2014 wine available from wineries in this region you should get in quick, as it's going to be a good drop!

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aree Film Society next screens Blancanieves (M), a re-telling of the classic Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale Snow White. Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful film and a uniquely spirited homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema.


Set in a romanticised 1920s Seville, Pablo Berger’s Snow White is Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who lives under the tyrannical rule of her monstrous, evil stepmother, Encarna. She escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, where her beauty and natural talent in the ring attract notices from the press. But soon the news reaches Encarna, who at last she knows where to find Carmen, and she prepares for the final showdown. Revelling in the melodramatic filmmaking of

Blancanieves 7pm Monday 10 February, Fays Twin Cinema, Taree. Tickets are $16.

cinema's Golden Age and laced with a gleeful sense of high camp and high tragedy, Berger's Goya award winning film is a dizzying, charming and entirely unique take on one of our most beloved stories. Blancanieves screens 7pm Mon 10 February at Fays Twin Cinema, Taree. Tickets are $16 at the door for casual members, including light refreshments. For further information or membership, please phone 6552 3476 or visit www.tareefilmsociety. or follow us on Facebook https://



One of the largest regions in NSW now has a stunning cookbook featuring some of the top restaurants along The Legendary Pacific Coast from the Central Coast to the Tweed. Great images, recipes reflecting the eclectic character of each location, the creativity and expertise of leading chefs deliver a unique culinary journey along the NSW coast with 100 Dishes of the Pacific Coast. 100 Dishes of the Pacific Coast is a collaboration of North Coast chefs, photographers and passionate foodies lovingly crafted throughout the past six months. The imagery is not restricted to the plate. Destination snapshots set the tone and transport readers on a coastal journey covering more than 700 kilometres along The Legendary Pacific Coast.

Tastes of the sea, rivers, fertile farm land and mountains feature in this 240 page edition selling for only $29.95 at each of the restaurants or online by visiting

Image of the month. About: The iconic bridge connecting Forster and Tuncurry. Photo by: Thomas Donnelly. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III. Lens: Sigma 15 mm fisheye. Taken a great photo of our local area? Like to see it published in FOCUS for the world to see? Just email

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The path under construction at Tuncurry Breakwall in 1995.

Tuncurry Dune Care is a group consisting of local residents who are committed to maintaining the health of our local beaches and foreshore. The crew meets regularly to propagate and plant native flora, eradicate harmful weeds and perform other maintenance work. friendly and active bunch, Tuncurry Dune Care is always looking for new members … so if you’d like to be involved in a community-focused group that provides a valuable service to our local area – look no further! Please introduce yourselves to our readers. Jim Fawcett, Foundation Member, Life Member; Frank Atchison, Foundation Member, Life Member; Gwendolyn Stonham, Secretary, ex Assistant Treasurer; Pamela White, Member 14 years, has officiated in various positions; John Imber, 2014 Coordinator. When was Tuncurry Dune Care established, and who were some of the key people that helped get the group started? It was first suggested in September 1991 by a representative of CALM that the Tuncurry Community Association should form a dune care group, and the first working bee was organised for 25 November 1991. A large group attended; some of those attending went on to become members. Amongst those present at an early working bee at the Rockpool were Jim and Norma McClure, Joyce Davidson, Peter and Joan Goodwin, Frank and Jean Atchison and Jim Fawcett. What are the aims of the group? The aim of the group was: to stabilise the sand drift, the regeneration of plants and trees, to provide access to the beach and breakwater, the installation of showers for beach users and involve the youth of the community, to propagate and plant vegetation, and the erection of further fencing. What are some of the projects Tuncurry Dune Care has worked on, and what stage 12 manning-great lakes focus.

are these projects at now? When first formed, the area from the carpark to the ocean was all drifting sandhills, devoid of all vegetation, and sand was moving over the carpark. Our first project involved planting Marram Grass, Wattle, Banksia and various native species to stop the sand. This area is now thickly covered, and the sandrift has been completely stopped. Our second project was to reduce the damage caused to the dunes by high seas, during severe storms breaking through the primary dune and destroying vegetation on the swale. To minimise the damage, walls of baled straw were built to protect weak areas. During normal weather, the sand builds up over the bales to create a primary dune. An ongoing project has been the creation of a botanic walk on the secondary and tertiary dunes to be used for educational purposes. This is still being developed, but some 18 signs have been made identifying the main native plants. What areas within the Great Lakes are presenting Tuncurry Dune Care with issues now, and why are they a cause for concern? Vandalism is not a major issue and is usually confined to the area near the picnic shelters. The overwhelming problem is the asparagus fern. This overseas weed is completely out of control, even though more time and effort is spent digging it out or spraying it, than is spent on all our other activities combined. As it is spread by birds that feed on its juicy berries, its spread is difficult to stop. The main problem with asparagus fern is that it takes over an area, gets tangled amongst native plants and smothers them. As suggested in

Sand dunes at Tuncurry in 2006

2000, a possible solution could be the creation by the Government of an Environmental Army to have the manpower and resources to make a mass attack and completely eradicate if from the dunes and surrounding areas. What are some of the biggest challenges facing your group on a daily basis? Keeping the dune area healthy by removing invasive weeds like bitou bush and as previously mentioned, asparagus fern, would be the biggest challenge. Mother of millions, reproducing from seeds and leaves is also a challenge. Gloryose Lilly is our latest threat. Whilst we feel we have bitou bush under control, we are constantly on the watch for new weeds. Great Lakes Council and its officers are very supportive of both our group and all dune care groups in the Council area. They provide all the necessary equipment and expertise. Council officers also source and apply for suitable grants, which become available from time to time. Without Tuncurry Dune Care helping to make a difference, what do you believe would ultimately happen to our beaches and foreshore? In the short term, invasive weeds would take over, killing some of the native species. The rising sea level could slowly eat into the dunes, taking away some of the beach sand. Sand would also blow across the carpark at the Rockpool. Garbage on the breakwall and dunes would build up, and walkways would become overgrown. What would Tuncurry Dune Care like to accomplish throughout 2014 and beyond? During 2014, Tuncurry Dune Care would like to maintain friendships, build on knowledge within the group, and increase membership, whilst maintaining a healthy dune area with

steady progress towards the eradication of invasive weeds. Where, when and how often does your group meet? We meet on Fridays from February to early December at the playground area at Tuncurry Rock Pool. In daylight saving time we work from 8am to 10am, and other times from 8.30am to 10.30am. Tuncurry Dune Care has always maintained social activities, holding a breakup party at the end of each year and outings at other times throughout the year. Morning tea after a morning’s work enable the group members to talk. Our first working bee for 2014 will be Friday 7 February, commencing at 8am. If people are interested in joining your group or finding out more information, where’s the best place to start? New members are always welcome, because as they say, “many hands make light work”. For information on joining our friendly group, contact either our Coordinator John on 6554 7549, our Secretary Gwendolyn on 6554 7528 or just come down on a Friday, where you will be warmly welcomed. Final words … We visit the Council nursery every second month, where Wally gives us a demonstration and information about different species and we help with the propagation and planting of small seedlings into pots. We have also assisted with stabilising at Treasury Beach and Yagon in the National Park south of Seal Rocks, with success. We have, at various times, visited local schools, and clubs such as Rotary, Lions and Probus to spread the word about Tuncurry Dune Care. Thanks everyone.

Fabulous February at Artisans! February is Full of Fabulous Fun for the whole Family at Artisans on the Hill. New Gallery Pieces You must come and check out the great garden art and functional pieces by local Eric Hull. Lots more too! New Kids’ Craft Creative Kids fun workshops, also ideal for birthday parties etc. Various activities including kite making, candle making, paper, wood, wool and leather craft, plus lots more. Prices vary, and bookings are essential. Chat to Christine for ideas. Coffee Lounge It is worth the short drive to Artisans on the Hill just to relax in the coffee lounge, gazing at the magnificent view while enjoying mellow coffee, specialty teas and home-made goodies. You can even enjoy home cooked lunches if you give at least a day’s notice. Artisans Expo February culminates with our annual Expo, bringing together some of Australia’s best Artisans for you to meet and watch them at work, suppliers with hard to get equipment and consumables, and classes to learn Artisan skills. Expo is on 21, 22, & 23 Feb from 10am. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Where is Artisans? Only 10 minutes from the Pacific Highway Taree Service Centre, Artisans is on the road between Tinonee and Wingham. Scan the QR code below for the website.

Always Different! Gallery Coffee Lounge Craft Activities Artisans Expo and more! Air Conditioned!

Open 10am Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 702 Tinonee Rd, Mondrook

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This month’s Behind the Lens guest is Thomas Donnelly, from Thomas Donnelly Photography. From a passion for the surf and surf photography, Thomas has branched out into portraiture, weddings and newborn baby shoots – and his eye for detail and creative flair are apparent in his images ...


hen did you first discover your passion for photography? I’ve always had a passion for photography growing up, but I realised in high school when I chose photography as an elective that it was going to become a main passion in my life. I purchased my first SLR camera, and that extended my love for photography. How would you describe your photographic style? I don't have a set style. I enjoy trying new ideas and pushing the boundaries with my photography. All I try to be is different; I like to be arty and creative. What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most? Ray Collins, because of his different style and creative flair with his water photography. What inspires you when you’re working? Just the people you work with … the people you take the photos for and their families. So, it’s more about people for you? You prefer taking photos of people rather than landscapes? Yes. I’ve been doing photography full on now for about 5 years, and I don’t mind landscapes, but I started doing weddings and portraits in the last two years. I was doing surf photography for most of my time, but now I really, really like doing people photography, such as weddings, portraits, families and baby photos. 14 manning-great lakes focus.

What do you think it takes to shoot a good a Sigma 15 mm. It’s great for water, because portrait shot of someone? it brings out the really wide angle and you get The right light is really important, plus the right everything in the frame that you want … I also mood and the right setting. I really like to set up use a 28-135 mm for some portrait shots. and plan shots and get a different aspect than What three words would your friends use to everyone else would. describe you? What got you started with surf Funny, creative, and caring. photography? Are you a surfer yourself? How often are you out there with a Yes, I’m a bodyboarder. camera in your hand? Are you shooting How difficult is it to get good photography most days? underwater shots? I’m a carpenter by trade; I do You’ve just got to get that through the week, then them at the right time. I do photography every I was doing surf It’s hard when the chance I get through the photography waves are big and it’s week and on Saturdays e, tim for most of my difficult to stay in the and Sundays. I always ly al re , but now I really right spot; it’s one of try to have my camera le op like doing pe as the challenges with with me at all times to ch su y, ph photogra , its ra surf photography. capture any moments rt po s, ng weddi by ba d If you’re on the that may arise. I’m an es ili fam beach, you can sit there always trying to get down photos .” and set up what angle to the beach early for a you want where the surfing morning swim with my water action is and take the shot … housing, and every chance I but in the water, with the currents get in the afternoons I always want moving and big waves, you do get caught to grab my camera and go and take some on the inside. If you’re there at the right time, photos. Every chance I get to do jobs such as you can capture some great stuff. portraits, I’m straight on it! What types of cameras and lenses do you Weddings can be quite complicated to shoot. usually shoot with? When you’re shooting a wedding, what are Mainly a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50 mm 1.4 some of the challenges that you have to try lens, or a Canon 100 – 400 mm lens for my surf to overcome? stuff and a Canon 1D Mark III. For my portraits, I Capturing the day, trying to get as many good usually shoot with my 5D. photos as you can in that time that you have. You I also use a fish-eye lens for my surf shots; it’s need to capture as much as you can, so there can

be a lot of rushing around. What would you like to be doing in five years’ time? I’d like to be running my photography business full-time, and I’d like to be shooting a lot more weddings. I’d probably have a studio at my house, with a gallery space for my photos. If you could photograph anyone in the world right now, who would you pick to photograph and why? Probably Mike Stewart, he’s an older guy - a bodyboarder, and nine-times world champion. I idolised him when I was young, and I think he’s 50 now and he still rides a bodyboard and surfs big waves. He’s always done the biggest wave he can, and look at him now - he’s still going at fifty and he’s got kids. I’d love to do a photo with him. Do you still want to be bodyboarding when you’re fifty? What else are you looking forward to? Yes, I would love to. As I’m soon to be a father, I’m looking forward to watching my baby grow up and capturing a lot of moments along the way, getting my business well known and hopefully having photography as my main fulltime job … Thanks Thomas. See More of Thomas’ work on his Facebook page, Thomas Donnelly Photography, or contact him directly on 0403 662 567. Ed’s Note: Thomas and partner Ange welcomed their new son, Ryder Nash Donnelly, into the world on January 28, at 4.57pm: 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 51.5 cm long. Congratulations to you both!

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Manning-Great Lakes

Za’tar crispy skin Atlantic Salmon w warm Middle Eastern style sweet potato and charred lemon from The Dorsal Hotel.

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

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eat. Live Music every Friday from 6.30pm & Sunday from 12.30pm

FLOW Espresso Bar

Blowfish Street Food

For Love Of Water!

Menu Sample; • ECO Breakfast: Baby Spinach, Grilled Soft Haloumi, Fried Eggs, Onion Relish and Aioli on Toasted Turkish Bread - 14

‘Not your everyday take away’ - Fresh, Healthy, Local food

• Kumara Free Flow: Chef’s Sweet Potato Hash Brown stacked w’ Baby Spinach, Bacon, Avocado and Poached Eggs - 15

• Whiting and Chips: Crumbed Whiting fillets w’ French Fries, Blowfish Tartare and Lemon - $9

Menu Sample:

• Spanish Eggs: Poached free Range Eggs, Salsa Verde, Baby Rocket, Capsicum and Grilled Chorizo Salsa with Organic Sourdough - 15

• Fresh Local Flathead and Chips - $11

• Szechuan Salty Squid: Tender Crisp Fried Squid lightly dusted with Chef’s combination of Szechuan Pepper and Fresh Chilli Salt Served with Lime Aioli, Chips and Rocket Salad - 15

• Chicken Taco: Soft Tortilla Shell w’ Grilled Chicken, Cabbage, Pico De Gallo and Minted Yoghurt - $6

• Kumara and Chickpea Open Sandwich with Baby Rocket, Beetroot Relish, Char Grilled Vegetables and a Garlic Aioli on Organic Sourdough - 17

• Brioche Cheeseburger: Beef Patty w’ Caramelized Onion, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce and Tomato Relish - $9

• King Prawn Pasta with Kale and Basil Pesto, Toasted Almonds, Lemon Oil and a Chilli Saffron Gremolata - 18

31 David St, Old Bar t 6557 4224 f

• Fish Taco: Soft Tortilla Shell w’ Fish, Cabbage, Pico De Gallo and Jalapeno Tartare - $6

+ lots more.

Beachfront Car Park, Old Bar Beach t 0409 118 083

open Tuesday - Sunday from 8am; dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Fully licensed – bookings recommended.

open Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 7.30pm

Beach Bums

Raw Sugar Café

Make plans for a happy, healthy 2014.

Our food is prepared by our qualified chefs, using only the freshest local ingredients and served by experienced and friendly staff. Our specials board changes weekly! Don’t forget our fantastic fresh fruit smoothies, frappes and fresh juices. Come in and enjoy the five star experience today. Open for breakfast at 7.30am, lunch from 11.30am and afternoon tea until 4pm.

Do things you love and make you feel POSITIVELY GOOD! Early walks on the beach, sunrise yoga, join a swimming group, invigorating morning ocean dips and most importantly, take a little time out to meet with your best friends over coffee. Summer is far from over at Beach Bums Café, enjoy icy fruit frappes, tasty summer salads, healthy salad wraps, and much more. Embrace the Main Beach lifestyle.

Owners Kate and Darrin.

North & Beach St, Forster Main Beach. t 6555 2840 w

Freshest local ingredients.

214 Victoria Street, Taree t 6550 0137

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Great Lakes Seafood

Club Taree

‘We catch ‘em & we cook ‘em’

Club Taree offering all day dining.

Fancy some fish and chips the way they used to be?

Enjoy a meal at the Iron Bark Restaurant with a selection of options to enjoy. Choose from the range of dishes featured in our à la carte or try one of chef’s tempting weekly specials. The kids are also catered for, with a selection of meals under $10.

Straight from the lake, cooked by the fisherman, served to you by the local team? That’s what we offer! With a new year, comes a new outlet store in Wharf Street, Forster! Our food is All Australian, fresh from our lake, processed in our Tuncurry factory. Come in and enjoy our simple yet tasty menu, ready to scoop ice cream and locally sourced coffee made with the famous Byron Bay coffee beans. Currently looking for someone to join our bubbly breakfast team. “...ecologically sound and gastronomically pleasing...” - Good Living, Sydney Morning Herald.

Relax in comfort indoors or take advantage of the warmer weather, enjoying a meal on the verandah whilst enjoying the surrounds of our beautiful golf course.

Chef Kevin Williams.

121 Wingham Rd, Taree t 6539 4000 w

4/25 Wharf Street Forster t 6555 9947 open 7 days per week. 10am - 9pm.

Bruschetta from Bonappetite: simply yummy ...

The Lilly Pilly Café, also open daily, features a tempting variety of light meal options along with hot and cold beverages and tempting cakes, desserts and slices.

open from 10am daily.

Bonappetite Café Ray and Tony have returned to Old Bar with the new BONAPPETITE CAFÉ, the Manning Valley's latest café and restaurant with something new. Bonappetite Café, open 7 days per week for café style breakfast and lunch and at night from Wed to Saturday, as a FRENCH BRASSERIE, with a French chef and genuine French country style cuisine. BYO alcohol only.

Coffee Grind Located in Wharf Street, Forster, Coffee Grind boasts its own unique style with its simple yet tasty and fresh menu and beautiful Momenti Coffee. From fresh gourmet salad wraps, homemade spinach and feta pie, to the original thick cut toasted sandwich, there’s something for every palate. Make sure you bring your appetite and your sweet tooth; with some of the most delicious locally made treats, you’ll find it hard to resist. Chef Spencer Weselmann

Shop 2 – 3 / 47 Old Bar Road, Old Bar. t 6553 3188 m 0411 693 458 open 7 days per week for café style breakfast and lunch and at night from Wed to Saturday.

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Remember, takeaway is available, and phone orders are welcome.

59 Wharf St, Forster t 6557 5155 open 6 days. Monday - Saturday from 8am.

Matthew Thrippleton

Sticky pork belly, pickled cabbage, spring onions & pear chutney.

Bent on Food

Restaurant Synergy

Bent on Food – not just a café but a destination

Synergy Restaurant & Bar, located at the Mercure Centro Hotel – where food and service works in harmony.

Winner of 2013 Northern Region Restaurant and Catering Awards – Best Café Restaurant and Best Breakfast Restaurant.

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

Open 7 days a week - Breakfast, lunch and tasty treats. Friday and Saturday night – Dinner (bookings recommended)

Intimate private dining rooms available for up to 20 guests, or for larger events, consider our spectacular ocean view roof top.

Fully licenced with a great value wine list. On and offsite catering, cooking classes, cheese making workshops, barista training. Book now for Valentine’s Day $65 a head includes lovely 3 course a la carte menu including music and a glass of bubbly or a beer.

Head Chef Nick Samaras

95 Isabella St, Wingham t 6557 0727 w

For Valentine's Day: a romantic two course choice menu with complimentary champagne on arrival and dessert tasting plate for 2 - $60pp

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

open 7 days. Breakfast, lunch and tasty treats. Friday and Saturday nights for dinner (Bookings recommended).

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

Dorsal Hotel

Bowlo Bistro

Overlooking Main Beach, Forster, and boasting the most stunning views of any restaurant in town is The Dorsal Hotel. À La Carte dining at its finest, you can either enjoy the understated luxury of your surrounds inside the restaurant at Forster’s only 4.5 star hotel, or sit outside and listen to the waves lapping on the beach. The Dorsal offers an extensive menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Fully licensed, with an extensive bar offering local and imported wine and beer, The Dorsal also has a beautiful function room catering for up to 30 people for your next formal or informal gathering. Special menu for Valentine’s Day; bookings essential!

Taree West Bowling Club

1 West Street, Forster t 6554 8766 open 7 days. Breakfast from 7.30am, lunch from 12pm and dinner from 6pm.

Executive Chef Nathaniel.

Head down to the Taree West Bowling Club for some great dining specials, like the great tasting homemade chicken schnitzels for just $8 on Tuesday Nights or Fish and Chips for $8 on Wednesday Nights. Always available is our famous BBQ duck noodles and the succulent roast pork with crackling. Come down and experience the homemade difference; you will be pleasantly surprised. Head Chef James Nossiter.

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s o c i a l s c e n e with Donna Carrier from Bent on Food. Below. Judy, Jen and Alan at WW opening Right. Chris and Linda

Below. George and Mave

Above. Toga wedding Above. Spicer function 21 Dec '13

Above. Girls at the bum book session Above. Sarah Kinnear


Above. Linda's party

Above. James and Nina

Here we are in 2014 wondering what happened to 2013; nothing changes, as this is exactly what I was doing last year. t has been a really busy start to the year, lots of visitors in the region, and we are not the only ones who have been busy; most are saying it has been a record season, and I tend to agree. We had the busiest time between Christmas and New Year period since we started trading 9 years ago. I have even managed to stick to a few of my 2014 goals: I have been to the beach 4 times, back at the gym regularly, been to The Laneway and watched the lake with a glass of wine and a tasty antipasto and explored more of my own region. I even got brave enough to get my bum photographed ... but that is a story for later. I have had a few outings during January, the first one being the annual get together at Mave and Eric Richardson’s lovely property at Wherrol Flat. This was held on the afternoon of January 1, so it was the first social event of 2014. I must admit when I accepted the invitation I quietly hoped that I would be up for a party after New Year’s Eve. I was fine, due to the fact that I didn’t make it to midnight this year, so I awoke fresh and made myself feel even better with a swim in the ocean and a cricket game on Blackhead Beach: a fantastic way to begin the year. So back to the party, around 30 people attended and it was a peaceful and relaxing way to end the day, catching up with lots of lovely locals. Another chilled out party was the combined 75th birthday party for Linda and Chris Bryant at their home in Wallabi Point. The party had a Hawaiian theme, and once again partner Grahame Nash had picked out his party outfit long before I did; I think he likes dress ups! We

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had a lovely time; it was very laid back and we employed a lovely young lady named Sophie relaxed with some lovely people and enjoyed Bird, and she was then and is now a delight to a fabulous meal that included a pig on a very be around; she is also a very smart and caring improvised spit, cooked superbly by Chris. individual. I was slightly nervous but also very Happy birthday guys. x proud to be involved in her latest venture, the I wonder what Grahame will choose for beautiful bum book. Her dream is that this Nicky’s Bollywood party? coffee table book will help to promote healthy Another special event held at the wonderful body image in the Manning Valley and beyond. Tellers Restaurant in Wingham was Audrey On Friday 24 January we had a mini session and Norrie Spicer’s 60th wedding for those who couldn’t make the main anniversary. This special session in a few weeks. The event event was celebrated was full of bum cookies, love with a lovely lunch for brownies, cheeky buntings I was slightly family and friends and laughs. Sophie says nervous but also on 21 December. she is really appreciative ed lv vo in very proud to be e, the Proprietor Bev of all the support that ur in her latest vent . Her Petterson tells me has come forward for ok bo beautiful bum e ffe co it was a beautiful the project and how is th at dream is th to lp he occasion and one beautiful women are ill w ok table bo body y th al of the highlights of bringing themselves he e ot prom ning the year. forward to help women’s image in the Man . ” nd yo be d Mondrook Garden body image! What I Valley an Café & Gallery hosted would like to mention is a very special Toga that this project will not go Wedding, celebrating the ahead without some sponsorship. marriage of Rachael Holden and We would all love to see the book David Faunt on Friday 17 January, with published, so if any of the readers would Sarah Julian as the celebrant. Guests like to help, I am sure it would be appreciated. also joined in with the Roman theme You can like the page on Facebook 'the bum that made the day both fun and colourful. book'. Good luck Sophie, and thanks from us During the ceremony, Sarah invited the women with bums of all shapes and sizes. couple’s children to create a lasting keepsake We have been busy with children’s cooking with a sand ceremony with earth from classes at Bent on Food over the holidays and I Mondrook Garden and separate coloured have really enjoyed sharing some skills with the sands for each child and the bride and groom. children; I am also perfecting my pasta making All who attended said that this was a very at the same time. moving ceremony. One very special class was a private birthday I love that the young people of this region party for Sarah Kinnear. Ten lovely young ladies are so entrepreneurial. Many years ago I enjoyed a very sharing day where they cooked

together and dined on the fruits of their labour. Sarah’s mum, Julie, helped out and also made a lovely birthday cake complete with sequins. The girls were a delight to teach and some of them were already proficient pasta makers, teaching me a thing or two. Wingham Wellbeing held the official opening of their new building on Saturday 30 November, and they had a large number of the community attend, especially considering the rainy weather. Previous owner of the site, Alan Carlyle, officially unveiled the name of the premises: 'Casa Carlyle’s' and expressed his delight at how his old structure had been transformed into a modern, functional facility. Jen Draper and Alan Carlyle conducted their speeches inside, before the group ventured outside in the breezeway to unveil the new name of CASA Carlyle's. Alan was accompanied by his daughter in law Judy. Many of the readers of this column know my family as we grew up in Nabiac; many would remember my young brother, James. On 23 December, James married Nina Watts with a small ceremony at the historic Dylan Hotel in Dublin. Nineteen of Nina’s close family and friends attended the wedding, and Nina and James hope to have another ceremony in Australia soon. Nina looked beautiful; James was a little jetlagged, but he scrubbed up OK too. Congratulations and best wishes for a fabulous future to my brother and his new wife. I would love to hear from you if you have any social events, weddings, parties anything! Send pics and info to donna.carrier@ Cheers, D.




eorge, I hear you’re over in Adelaide for the Fringe Festival at the moment? I’m doing three different gigs – one in the northern suburbs at Salisbury, one in the city in one of the trendy pubs, and another one in an open air venue. I do music mainly … but it’s sort of turned into people wanting me to be funny as well! It’s funny how that started, because when we launched my CD there was a well known radio presenter in Adelaide who was going to come along and do the introduction, but he called in sick - so I had to do it myself! I just sort of winged it – I was used to doing public speaking anyway and over the years I’d collected quite a few anecdotes … the musicians on the CD came up to me afterwards and told me I should keep doing it! What’s your background, George? I started playing when I was about 14. My grandfather used to live with us, and I shared a room with him – he was a Finnish merchant Mariner, and his best mate was nicknamed Tinfish George … My grandfather was killed in an accident just before I turned 14 – I was very close to him; he was a lovely man. Looking back on it now, my parents were pretty smart – they bought me a guitar, and I started playing. When I was 16, I left school, started an apprenticeship as an auto electrician and hooked onto a guy who still plays music to this day – he plays with Eric Bogle, the Folk musician – his name is John (Jock) Munro. Jock and I had a duet, and I found out I could play a Saturday night gig and make more than I got paid for a week as an apprentice! And, being young and naïve, I thought, “This is what I’m going to do!” So, I packed up the apprenticeship and hit the road, travelling

from Adelaide, ending up in Queensland playing music along the way. Jock and I had a d out Of course, it duet , and I foun … I had a really severe ay rd tu didn’t last! I drifted I could play a Sa more asthma attack one ake back to Adelaide, night gig and m a week night and ended up r went into a day than I got paid fo nd, in hospital, and I was e! A job and became a as an apprentic I in my hospital bed e, ïv na d being young an hat I’m nurse. This is where when Peter called me w is s thought, “Thi I met my friend and said, “I have a great !” going to do Laury – he came over name for the CD – Try to Adelaide to do some Before You Die” (Laughs). nursing training, and we He said, “It’s a pity you didn’t did nursing together. die – it would’ve been a great I worked as a nurse for 10 career move!” … years or so, but all the time I kept Tell us more about Try before You Die … playing music as a hobby and part-time It was a big project; there are around 15 in bands. Then I became a single parent and tracks. The Blues community call my guitar didn’t really want to keep working the odd nursstyle the Piedmont Blues – it’s a softer Blues, like ing shifts we had in those days, so I went to uni Ragtime. If you listen to the tracks, there’s a track and studied Arts/Law. I worked with Aboriginal called Step it Up and Go – it’s very up tempo and Legal Aid and spent 20 years as a criminal lawyer typical of that style. … I always kept playing music with local musiOn the CD we decided to do a broader mix. I’ve cians, because it always kept me sane… well, to never really considered myself to be a Blues player a point! (Laughs.) It was very stressful work … so – other people have put me in that box. I just play I went into ATSIC [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Ismusic that I like. lander Commission], because I very much enjoyed There’s a great song on the CD called Hello in working with traditional Aboriginal people, and There, and it’s one of my favourites. It was written they folded up so I drifted back to Adelaide and by a guy called John Prine, an American guy, and worked as a lawyer for the Ombudsman … he wrote it when he was 24 years old. It’s about I met this guy, Peter Gelling, who’s on the CD an old couple: “Me and Loretta we don’t talk – he’s an Aria-Award winning Blues musician and much any more. She just sits and stares out the columnist in the Australian Guitarist magazine. I backdoor screen. All the news just repeats itself went to him to do a demo disc, because I wanted like some forgotten dream …” It’s a very poignant to get back into playing festivals. We recorded song, and that’s really Folk music … about four songs, and when we were warming up The last track is an old Willie Dixon song called to do our recording, he asked, “How many songs I Don’t Trust Nobody When it Comes to My Girl. do you know?” I told him I think I knew about 60 It’s all about some woman who stole his girlfriend – so he suggested I do a CD … away from him, and that's Electric Blues. On the I am 64, and this was a few years ago now other hand, Your Cheatin' Heart is pure Country.

You mentioned people putting you in a box, when it came to categorising your music. How would you describe your style? I was happy with a label that was finally put on me … Mike Hotz presented Blues on Adelaide Radio for many years, and he’s now in Melbourne … he really is quite an authority on the history of Blues. He coined the phrase, “George – you’re a Folk/Blues Songster” … Where’s your home base these days, George? How did you actually end up in our local area all the way from Adelaide? I’m based in Forster, but I’m doing a lot of travelling at the moment. I already have some bookings for Bangkok later in the year – there are some Jazz and Blues clubs there. I mentioned Laury and I nursed together – that was 37 years ago now. His late wife, Jenni Phillips, passed away from cancer. Laury and Jenni had come over to Adelaide to visit; I’d done the CD and was playing the music, and by that time Jenni’s cancer had spread and she had a brain tumour. She was just such an inspiration … when I saw her condition, and I saw how she was still out there grabbing life with both hands – I decided to get out there, have some fun, travel and play some music. Laury and I started to talk a lot on the phone … he had to take a year off work to nurse Jenni, and we became close during this time. He said to me if I was ever ready to move, to come to Forster – and that’s how I ended up there … Thanks George. To book Tinfish George for your next function, email Laury at: - Visit the website: to buy George’s CD. manning-great lakes focus 21


Sarah Julian, a local to the area since relocating from Sydney in 2007, has been a part of many, many couples' big day. With her very personal service that involves getting to know the couple and then planning and writing the service directly with them to ensure all the required elements are included, Sarah has first hand been a part of many local love stories. Jasmine McQuillan chatted to the unique and very special Sarah Julian to get her take on all things love!


irstly, are you yourself a romantic? If yes, did being a romantic help you get started in being such a huge part of people's big day? Well, 'Sarah' means 'princess', so it was inevitable that I would grow up to believe in the 'happily ever after' type of love story! And yes, I am DEFINITELY a romantic! I had never planned on being a marriage celebrant – I was focusing on a brand new career as a funeral celebrant when friends of mine asked me to marry them … (Long story short), after their wedding, I realised what a special honour it was to meet with a couple and get to know them personally, and it didn’t take long before I started to have more ‘word-of-mouth’ bookings, and as they say: “The rest is history”! I have a tendency to become completely absorbed in the love stories I am privileged to be told - each couple is so unique, and they continue to remind me that love can be real, honest and everlasting … Romance may be a myth to some, but every single day of my life I see that love is everywhere! And now, as my full time job, and after 151 weddings to date – I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing with my life! What is one thing that you absolutely love about marrying people? I absolutely LOVE weddings! When you asked me this question, Jasmine, I found it very hard to pinpoint ONE thing that I love in particular – meeting and learning all about a couple is such a fun part of my job, but only being able to choose ONE thing for now, I think it would have to be the ceremony itself … The atmosphere at all of my weddings is INCREDIBLE! – You can literally ‘feel’ the love in the air, and one of my most favourite things when marrying a couple is having the luxury of being so close to them that you can not only see their emotion, but feel it as well – the look and unexpected tears in a groom’s eyes when his bride appears… the way they giggle and whisper to each other when they first hold hands … the excitement they both display once the ceremony

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begins – those things are my favourite parts! am asked to do something a little unusual at a (And seeing a tough groom cry is also fun!) wedding … Tell us about a service that has really stuck There hasn’t been anything too weird to in your mind. date, but I have had to dress up as a hippie and Back in early 2012, a young lady living in pretend to be a ‘friend’ at a 40th birthday / Germany contacted me via email. Her family was surprise wedding; I’ve been a ‘friend from school’ from Forster, and her fiancé was a German guy at a family BBQ/surprise wedding; and I even she had met whilst travelling through Europe. concocted a quite elaborate story to an uncle This beautiful young couple had all the odds at a wedding one day about how I had met the stacked against them. She loved this man so groom at work and how we were in the same much; she packed up her life in Australia and circle of friends in Sydney blah blah blah … then moved to Germany to be with him. They had a an hour or so later, I stood up and proposed a language barrier, a cultural barrier, she had no toast to my ‘old friends’ with an announcement friends, she left an amazing career, and there that I was not only a big fat liar, but I had never was no family nearby for her to lean on. met the groom before, and would everyone But all she needed (and all she wanted) was please get ready for a wedding! That one was a to be with the man who had won her heart GREAT surprise! and soul. She learned the language; Only last Friday (17 January 2014) she got a job, made some I dressed in a toga for a fancyfriends and embraced her dress wedding at Mondrook cy en nd te new home. a Gardens, along with other ve ha I Against all odds, they gladiators and wenches! to become rbed were finally able to come There are a couple of completely abso s I am in the love storietold to Australia together. His definite 'no-nos' on my privileged to be unique, family and best friends list of things I would each couple is soue to travelled from Germany never do … but in all in nt co ey and th love to be here and they not seriousness, I doubt remind me that st and only welcomed her family there’s much I wouldn’t can be real, hone everlasting” with open arms, but me do to make a couple’s as well – it took me a while dreams come true on their to get their sense of humour (it wedding day! And at the end was even quirkier than mine!), but of the day, it’s all about having FUN! together, at the stunning Green Cathedral I always encourage couples to ‘think alongside the Sundowner Tiona, I married outside the square’ – whatever they want to Angela and Alex! do on their special day, I will do my best to do They were definitely a couple with a true for them. Their happiness is my happiness after romantic love story and with such a beautiful all! happy ending; I will never, ever forget them. We What’s one tip you have for a bride and still keep in touch to this day! groom for their wedding day or when What Angela & Alex taught me, was that love planning their wedding? knows no boundaries. Always apply the K.I.S.S. principle – your LOVE IS LOVE, and if you feel it – don’t let go wedding will only be as big as you allow it to be! of it! There are SO many options available to brides What’s the most unusual request you've had and grooms these days, it can all seem a bit from a bride and groom in relation to their overwhelming. My advice would definitely be wedding ceremony? to book the essentials early – ceremony venue, Being the quirky, sometimes comedic celebrant reception venue/catering, celebrant/minister and that I am, I tend to get a bit excited when I photographer. The rest will fall into place.

Definitely make lists, utilise people’s experience within the wedding industry, ask questions, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way! How do clients go about booking you for their big day? How does the process then work? People can contact me in several ways – there are email links on my website www.sarahjulian. com via email directly at celebrantsarah@icloud. com by phone 0410 657 167 or via my Facebook page Sarah Julian – Civil Celebrant. When a couple have their date organised and a booking with me has been made, we then talk about location and time, their style/theme and then the official paperwork is prepared! We get together for a planning meeting, the couple make sure they meet all the requirements set out in the Marriage Act 1961, and then the fun begins! A couple must notify me at least one calendar month before their wedding date (and no more than 18 months before their wedding date) that they are intending to marry one another. It’s a simple process, but one that I ensure has A LOT of fun and excitement to be had! And finally, Valentine's Day is on the 14th of the month ... what does it mean to you? In my opinion, expressing your love for a person is something that should come naturally and be a part of your daily existence … that being said, in this day and age with our hectic lives and busy schedules, we don’t always take the time (make the time or have the time) to stop and smell the roses … Valentine's Day to me, is a chance for people who aren’t freely expressing their love for their partner on a daily basis, to really show the one they care about the most just how special they are. You don’t have to spend a fortune, or buy a card, and not many people I know have room for a 6ft stuffed teddy bear … but the sentiment that is behind a single handpicked flower, a handmade card, love letter or a warm embrace each year on 14 February AND EVERY OTHER DAY is what matters. Keeping love alive is what’s important, because as I said before … LOVE IS EVERYWHERE! Thanks Sarah.


Saturday 8 February | 8pm

The Searchers & Big ‘O’ & Del Shannon hit Club Forster in February


The distinctive jangling sound of the twelve string guitar and the rich harmonies embellishing their immaculate vocals have without doubt assured THE SEARCHERS of a lasting place in the history of popular music throughout the world. The hit songs were Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice, Needles And Pins, Love Potion Number 9, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, Someday We’re Gonna Love Again and When You Walk In The Room. THE SEARCHERS have contributed enormously to the British music industry, with record sales well in excess of 40 million.

Roy Orbison & Del Shannon Tribute

Tickets $28 | Groups 10+ $25 each Reserved Seating | 8pm Showtime 8 February

Members $35 | Non Members $39

Saturday 22 February | 8pm Come and relive the magic and the classic hits of two of the world’s greatest and most successful Rock 'n' Roll Music Legends of all time. 2014 marks the magnificent milestone as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1964 single release of Roy Orbison’s iconic worldwide smash hit Oh Pretty Woman. Internationally renowned artists Dean Bourne & Fallon will take you on a magical celebration of the iconic hits of Superstars Roy Orbison & Del Shannon as they perform hit after massive hit.

Reserved Seating | 8pm Showtime

G Greg Walker, W lk Head H d Chef Ch f att R Raw S Sugar C Café, fé has h b been serving i up good d honest h t food f d in the relaxed and casual dining atmosphere since the café opened 9 years ago.


reg started his career Greg tries to source local produce where possible and currently uses local meat, bread, as an apprentice chef mushrooms, tomatoes, honey, eggs and over 30 years ago in a supports local businesses when possible. 50 seat restaurant in North Parramatta and Raw Sugar Café has an extensive menu for both after completing his 4 year breakfast and lunch and also provides apprenticeship at Ryde takeaway and office catering. Catering College, was Greg enjoys preparing choices then promoted to Head like delicious raisin toast, Chef and continued Raw Sugar Café banana bread through to e has an extensiv refining his trade in the super big breakfast this restaurant for a menu for both or eggs benedict at nch breakfast and lu further 4 years. breakfast, and for lunch

Since then, Greg has worked in cafés, restaurants, hotels, his own catering business and for a catering contractor.

es and also provid fice of d an ay aw take catering .”

Greg moved his young family to a rural property at Kimbriki and started as Head Chef at Seafood on Victoria 11 years ago. When Rhonda and Stan Tull, owners of Coffs Harbour’s Foreshores Café decided to open a café in Taree’s Victoria Street, they employed Greg as Head Chef, and he was involved with the fit out of the café, menu selection and everything involved with refitting a new café. That was nearly nine years ago.

he can construct a freshly made sandwich – toasted perhaps, or tantalise your taste buds with a Reef and Beef.

Greg draws on his extensive knowledge of cooking principles to create many styles of food, and this flows through on the menus and weekly specials board. Raw Sugar's customers are both regular locals and tourists, and it is great when diners come over to the chef's counter (being an open kitchen makes this possible) and say, “Thank you for a great meal” or, “When are you doing this dish on the specials again?” or, “Can’t wait for this one again!” manning-great lakes focus 23



Tara Eldred and Meg Lawless feel they have one of the best lifestyles in NSW … and they’re quite right! Nestled in between Kiwarrak State Forest and Khappinghat National Park, Kiwarrak Country Retreat is a place of serene beauty. Making a tree change was quite possibly one of the best decisions this family ever made … i Tara. Please fill us in on a bit of your family background ... I grew up on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Jervis Bay. The lifestyle is very similar to the Manning Valley - as kids we spent lots of time at the beach, riding our bikes through the bush and making tree houses. As one of four children, my parents encouraged us to get outside as often as possible! I started baby sitting when I was about 14 years old and landed a job looking after two beautiful girls, daughters of Meg and Steve Lawless, who were friends of my parents. They also had a son my age, Alistair. We went to the same school (and I secretly had a high school crush ...) but he had just moved to Cairns to live with his father. Meg and I always got along very well, and when the family moved to County Cork, Ireland for a few years, we kept in touch. There, Meg managed a successful 7 room bed and breakfast practically single handedly and Steve became renowned in the area for his craftsmanship, renovating not only the derelict 300 year old thatched cottage they bought, but the local pub and almost half the town's properties. They returned to Jervis Bay a few years later, just in time for my parent’s infamous Australia Day 24 manning-great lakes focus.

cricket match. I travelled down from my uni campus in Sydney for the event and Alistair decided to do the same from his base in Brisbane, with some encouragement from me, after I happened to answer the phone at my parents’ place. Meg and Steve had dropped in for a drink a few days before Australia Day and had received a mobile call from Alistair, which kept dropping out. They gave him my parents’ home number to call, so I made sure I was the one to answer it! It didn't take too much to persuade him to book his flights, and a day of cricket, sunshine and a few beers proved to be the ideal recipe for romance. We hit it off and have been practically inseparable ever since, which was just before I turned 21. I had planned to do the traditional working holiday pilgrimage to the UK a few months after we got together, and Ali readily postponed uni to come with me. We lived in the UK and travelled together for four years. We started working in a pub/restaurant, Ali in the bar and myself waitressing, in the seaside village of Hunstanton, Norfolk, but ultimately developed careers for ourselves when we relocated to London a few months later. When we moved back to Australia, we settled in Brisbane. We bought a house close to the city and were married in Jervis Bay in 2007, on the same reserve at the front of my parents’ place that hosts the Australia Day cricket match that brought us

together! Our daughter, Maya, was born 4 years later, and we just welcomed our son, Kalan, into the world, a week before Christmas. On their return from Ireland, Meg and Steve settled back into Jervis Bay, where they bought, renovated and sold four houses in 10 years and have become known locally for their excellent design, workmanship and style. You’re a ‘tree changer’, having upped stumps to move to the beautiful Manning Valley. When did you move here, and what brought about this decision? Meg and I had always talked about how we'd like to one day run an eco friendly retreat, offering massages (we are both trained therapists), local and organic produce and enjoying a country and community based lifestyle. With our combined skills - Alistair specialises in marketing, sales and web services, Meg with her hospitality background, eye for detail and style and a keen gardener, Steve's exceptional handyman and building skills and my own business and IT background, it seemed the ideal combination to run a successful business together. When Alistair and I fell pregnant with Maya, we decided the time was right to move out of the city, as we wanted our children to enjoy a childhood similar to the one we had both loved in Jervis Bay,

without the hectic pace of city life. I was working as a Business Analyst in the city and would see my colleagues racing into the office after dropping off the kids at daycare and then racing out again to pick them up before it closed, feeling like they were failing both at work and at home. I didn't want that for us. Luckily, Alistair runs his own online business and can do so from home, so is flexible in terms of working locations and hours. At the same time, Meg and Steve were ready to move on from the area they'd lived in for 23 years and be closer to their children who had moved further north. The timing seemed perfect for us to make our dream a reality, so we began to look for properties that would fit our criteria from the Gold Coast to the Central Coast. We found Kiwarrak Country Retreat for sale online and although we didn't know the area very well, once we investigated a little further, it seemed to have everything we were looking for. The Manning Valley is so beautiful but relatively undiscovered compared to nearby tourist destinations such as Port Stephens, which was appealing and also seemed a sensible investment in terms of future potential. We drove down to view the property and explore the area and were hooked immediately. Old Bar is such a lovely and vibrant community, with exceptional and dynamic local businesses, res-


taurants and cafés that would rival any renowned 'hotspots' and wonderful events, most notably the Old Bar Beach Festival. There are gorgeous beaches nearby, and it is within an easy drive from Sydney and Newcastle where we have family, and potential guests for the cottages! There was no need to look any further! How long have you been operating Kiwarrak Country Retreat? Just over two years now. Where exactly is the retreat located? We are tucked between Kiwarrak State Forest and Khappinghat National Park, just off Old Bar Road. We are under 10 minutes’ drive to Old Bar Village and less than 15 minutes to Taree. Describe the property for our readers ... what facilities do you offer guests? Our property is in a bushland setting on 10 acres with lily filled dams, plentiful birdlife and pretty gardens. Our 4 star fully self contained cottages are tastefully designed and encourage relaxation, comfort and green living. Guests can enjoy bushwalks on the property and in the surrounding national parks and plenty of bird watching. To really rejuvenate, we offer luxurious massages in the privacy of their cottage, and guests in our romantic cottage, the Bower, can unwind in the outdoor spa overlooking the dam and gardens. We also provide delicious dinner and breakfast

hampers with local and homemade produce. “What an awesome way to end our roadtrip Our most popular package is our romantic so relaxing and peaceful. Lovely warm hosts who spa package, where guests enjoy sparkling wine, think of all the little things.” Jess and Brendan. chocolates, rose petals and a late “Loved every minute of our stay here - the checkout - perfect for a spa and massage were fantastic and couple’s getaway. the hospitality made us feel so welIn the chilly winter come. The cottage speaks for in Our property is months, our wood itself ... Amazing! Definitely ing a bushland sett d burning fireplaces coming back - thank you.” le lily fil on 10 acres with d are a huge hit, and Sam and Vicky. an e lif bird dams, plentiful ar we can also cater “We love this place! As st 4 ur O pretty gardens. es ag tt for small boutique before, we will return co d ne ai fully self cont ed gn weddings, vow love the privacy and serensi de ly ul are tastef tion, xa la re renewals and other ity. Thanks again.” Travis e ag ur co and en living. n ee gr functions on the and Nikki. d an rt fo com y bushwalks grounds. “Feels like we're home alGuests can enjo watching.” What has been ready. Can we come back to & plenty of bird some of the feedback your lovely cottage - please?” you’ve received from Emma and Nathan. guests in the past? What type of visitors does the Our guests most often comment retreat best suit - you’ve mentioned on the beautiful grounds, relaxing peaceromantic getaways, but do you cater for ful atmosphere and personal touches in families or business people? the cottages. We work hard to provide Between the two cottages we can cater for each and every guest a fantastic stay, and our most types of visitors. The romantic 'Bower' guests seems to recognise and appreciate this - we accommodates two guests and is perfect for a have only ever received excellent reviews, which is couple’s getaway, honeymoon or wedding night, so rewarding. Here are some examples from our as well as a relaxing escape for singles. Our two guestbook: bedroom cottage, the 'Arbour', is ideal for families

and groups of friends. Both cottages make a great alternative to motels for business people with that home away from home feel and the freedom to cook for yourself, without being too far from town. What do you love most about the lifestyle you lead now? We are away from the maddening crowd with local wildlife at our doorstep, but close enough to enjoy the beach and village lifestyle of Old Bar. We grow and enjoy our own produce and keep chickens, which is wonderful for our own health and wellbeing as well as an excellent grounding for our children. We can be our own bosses, work from home, be with the kids and enjoy a family communal kind of life. With bushwalks and bike riding trails and plenty of places in the Manning Valley and surrounds to explore, we are also enjoying the freedom to get outdoors and keep active. Where can people find out more info about Kiwarrak Country Retreat? There are plenty of photos and information about the retreat on our website and we also have a Facebook page Alternatively, give us a call on 6553 7391 to find out our best available online rate. We hope to welcome you to Kiwarrak soon! Thanks Tara. manning-great lakes focus 25

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Position: Owner operator of Ballistic Chix Number of years in the business? I started Chix Boutique in 1985. Then in 1993 I sold the business, and the name was changed to Hot Cover. Hot Covers had several owners over the 17 years it operated. In August 2010 I grabbed the opportunity to go back into business, changed the name to Ballistic Chix and opened 22/10/2010 and took the business into a whole new direction. How does your business support the community? Ballistic Chix gives many donations and vouchers to many good causes, such as Camp Quality, Pink Ribbon Day, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Relay for Life, McGrath Foundation and a number of local schools, just to name a few. Ballistic Chix also sponsored the Forster Tuncurry R.L.F.C. ladies tag team 2011 and 2012. What gives you the greatest pride in your business? I have been lucky enough to live and work in the area for 42 years. I am proud of the fact that it's a business I started in 1985 and that it is still extremely successful. My loyal customers have become friends; it is from them and my family that I get my inspiration and ideas. I have loyal tourist customers who come back to the shop each time they come on holidays to Forster.

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Position: Owner. Number of years in the business? 20. How does your business support the community? Supporting your local community goes hand in hand when running a small business in a small town. In my area of business I am constantly asked for sponsorship, and when my business is doing well, I am more than happy to oblige. Over the years we have contributed to almost all the sporting teams throughout the Forster/Tuncurry Great Lakes area, from Forster Tuncurry RLFC & JRLFC, Green Point Rovers Football Club, Tuncurry Football Club to sponsoring the Great Lakes Tuncurry Campus Kayak Team with beanies on their New Zealand tour. Sponsor Touch teams … the list goes on … Kellie Turner Embroidery employs local people, and every year we've had work experience students from the high school. It is paramount that we promote employment opportunities in our town. My current passion is the Tuncurry Racecourse. In the past two years, along with Terry Evans Racing, we have organised our Pre Cup Cruise to raise money to donate to the Jockey Club to help them raise funds to get this up and running: another great thing for the Great Lakes. What gives you the greatest pride in your business? The greatest pride I get from my business is when I walk down the street and see my embroidery on people's shirts, or watching sporting teams knowing I supplied their uniforms … it is a great buzz. Also, being the original Great Lakes Uniform Supplier, knowing all our embroidery work and manufacturing of the junior skirts is all done right here in Tuncurry is a wonderful, fulfilling feeling.

Jan Williams & Annie O'Brien. Position: Owners One Hair and Beauty. Number of years in the business? 10 years. How does your business support the community? One Hair and Beauty support the local football club, The Hawkes. We have also supported Ronald McDonald House since it opened and the local schools and countless local charities over the years. As a small business, where do you go to for inspiration and new ideas? Our inspiration and new ideas come from the support we receive from the De Lorenzo Aspya program; this is an exclusive group combined of the top 200 motivated, innovative and creative salons around Australia. We attend all seminars teaching vital business tools, educating our team on the latest looks, techniques and fresh ideas. We also attend an annual conference, which is being held in Singapore this year, alongside like minded hair dressers - to inspire and create new ideas for our team. What gives you the greatest pride in your business? Working alongside such a fun loving and vibrant team. It's a great experience watching staff blossom throughout their training and teaching. Being successful in business for 10 years is a great achievement. The best thing about living and working in a coastal/ regional area? Being surrounded by such beautiful beaches and watching the buzz of the town grow with such interesting people at holiday time.

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Number of years in business? Four years in restaurant business with my husband, Nils Stromland, who is also the Head Chef.

Number of years in business? 10 years.

Ten years in Environmental Horticulture business in Sydney, before moving to Pacific Palms 4½ years ago; although, I am still involved in a small amount of environmental consulting work when time permits.

individual and helping clients achieve their goals. Helping

How does the business support the community? Where possible we source fresh produce and supplies for the restuarant from local business. The restuarant employs up to 25 staff, including a full-time apprentice chef. Where do you go for inspiration and new ideas? Continued research of what's going on in the industry in both regional and metropolitan areas is very important. There's also a little trial and error. And of course, I have a fantastic business partner and fantastic staff! What gives you the greatest pride in your business? Providing quality fresh and diverse food, professional service and importantly, happy customers and happy staff. Best thing about living and working in a coastal/regional area? We are surrounded by and are lucky enough to live and work in an environment with the most beautiful and diverse bushland, waterways, beaches and a very supportive local community.

How does your business support the community? By providing customised treatments and products to each people that are fighting cancer. As a small business, where do you go to for inspiration and new ideas? Every time I complete a course such as Corneotherapy, Cosmetic Chemistry, or Advanced Skin

Leaha Stephens.

Leaha's Hair Studio

Leaha Stephens is a mother of 2 beautiful boys and a wife to an amazing husband. She is also the proud owner of 2 successful salons in the Manning Valley. Her first has been up and running in the lovely Tuncurry/ Forster area for almost 5 years. In October 2013 Leaha was offered the opportunity to open Leaha's Old Bar and hasn't looked back since.

Analysis, I come up with new ideas for treatments or skin care products. I get inspired by the wealth of knowledge my educators always give me. I believe that constantly upgrading your knowledge in this industry is very important,

Both salons offer expert services in cuts, colours, curls, spray tanning and beauty treatments.”

in order to offer your client the best products and personal service. What gives you the greatest pride in your business? Definitely when I received my certification of Oncology Aesthetic; it is very rewarding when I volunteer my time to make a positive difference in a person’s life throughout their cancer battle. The best thing about living and working in a coastal/ regional area? Just another day in paradise! This is really

Leaha and her team are bridal hair and makeup specialists, we offer a FREE mobile service to take the stress out of the bride and bridal parties day. Leaha is an international master colourist, herself and her team of fully qualified stylists are constantly training to keep up to date with the latest styles. If you're looking for a fresh new style then come on in and meet Leaha and her friendly staff.

live in. Everytime I take trips away, I appreciate the arrival

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Position: Director and Senior Dental Hygienist at Forster Dental Centre. Number of years in business? 10 years. How does your business support the community? We annually sponsor the Forster Public School by donating through Academy Publishing and fund sponsorship to some of the local sporting clubs. We have also been involved in sponsoring 3 children in Africa via the World Vision organisation for around 10 years. We donate to the Cancer Council, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Heart Foundation. I take most pride, however, in helping and educating the local community on how to prevent the dental diseases that they do not want, and try to enable them to keep their natural teeth for their entire lives. As a small business, where do you go to

for inspiration and new ideas? To maintain registration as a dental professional currently in Australia, we are required to undertake 20 hours of continuing professional development each year. This brings us into contact with some of the best international speakers in the dental industry on a regular basis, providing all the inspiration and new ideas we require to thrive as a small business in this industry. What gives you the most pride in your business? As I discussed earlier, helping my patients to prevent the dental diseases that they do not want, and the positive feedback that they give to me for doing this. We were recently nominated by one of our patients for entry into the 2013 Australian Business Quality Awards for Excellence in Customer Service. We were most proud and honoured to receive the Gold Award in this category.

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How does your business support the Club and a Board Member of Manning Valley community? We love helping out anyone Anglican College. who asks us for support in our community, What gives you the greatest pride in your whether it be monetary, vouchers, business? Employing and nurturing the use of our marquees our crew from a timid teenager and shade structures or to an outgoing, confident our drink dispensers. ve ha do ly al young adult, ready to take We re g A very small number un yo st be e th on the world. We really do of whom we support adults (and of have the best young adults are: Easter Power Boat course the more e (and of course the more Classic, Sharks Hockey mature age) in th ng mature age) in the Manning ki Manning wor Club, Taree Eisteddfod, working for us! for us! Australian Children's Music Best thing about living and Foundation, Carols in the working in a coastal/regional Park, most local sporting clubs, schools and of course, our charity Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Forster, of which I am a board member. I am also an active member of the Taree Lions

area? The people and the community feeling, having the best of both worlds with the unspoilt landscape of the land and the sea.


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What we do is incredibly rewarding and we get to see individuals, families and workplaces thrive as a result. I am also passionate about providing a flexible, supportive and rewarding workplace for psychologists to thrive within.�

Renae Taylor Clinical Psychologist and Director

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health services in our region. At a grass roots level we visit schools and organisations providing education and demystifying mental health services to help make people feel comfortable to access support. We lobby strongly for services to be available in our region and we work exceptionally hard behind the scenes to make sure we meet criteria in order for this to happen. It is amazing and rewarding to see the very different mental health landscape we now have in this region, within a relatively short period of time, and the greater acceptance that mental health is just a necessary aspect to good health. Where do you go to for inspiration and new ideas? Over the years good networks with other women in business has been irreplaceable. I am always inspired by their ideas and energy.

community? CPS proudly advocates for mental

What gives you greatest pride in your

Number of years in business: 12. Tell us about your business ... We are a large diverse psychology practice servicing the Manning Valley and Great Lakes area. We have 15 psychologists and clinical psychologists providing counselling and emotional health services to adults, children, couples and businesses. We love what we do and we are passionate about mental health! What do you offer clients? We offer friendly accessible counselling and training services to assist with life’s many and varied challenges. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced in understanding emotional health and relationship difficulties.

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business? Many aspects of running a psychology practice and small business give me great satisfaction.

small business to this size; I still have so much to learn, but I am proud of this achievement. Now if someone could just give me an extra 12 hours in every day!

I love that we are on the ground providing front The best thing about living Many aspects of logy line mental health and working in a coastal/ running a psycho all practice and sme great services to the people regional area? We live in business give m that who need it. What a beautiful regional area. satisfaction . I love we do is incredibly I greatly enjoy working ound we are on the grline rewarding and we with country people: their providing front rvices se get to see individuals, warmth, the genuineness mental health families and workplaces and their humour makes to the people who thrive as a result. I am my days very enjoyable. need it. also passionate about The area is so picturesque and providing a flexible, supportive unique; we have the amazing and rewarding workplace for bush, the mountains, the river and psychologists to thrive within. Lastly, it has beautiful beaches! Nature is my therapy and been quite a journey building up a very what a terrific place to raise my family.


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ou’ve been in business now for 9 years, and have a marketing background before then. You now run Bent on food, Bent on life, and the cooking school. What would you say is crucial to running a successful business in a small town? When you start a business, you often have grandiose plans of how it should look; that is, until your customer arrives and you realise that you are not always meeting their needs. Although I have always held firm to my values by supporting local producers with the aim to reduce carbon miles and to deliver an experience rather than just a meal, I have also listened very hard to what people want. This is key in developing relationships, which is so important in a small town. We build relationships with our customers, they become part of the business, they get excited when we win awards, and they love reading about us in the Sydney press, watching us in a TV series and proudly promoting us to their friends. I have a marketing and public relations background, and much of my success is because of the relationships I have built with journalists over the many years I have been in the wine/tourism and hospitality industries. We were recently featured in Australian Traveller Magazine in the 10 best things to see when travelling up the coast, and our inclusion in Lonely Planet all over the world brings some international visitors to us. But I believe that the fact that we have great staff and excellent staff retention is one key reason why our customers return. It really is like a big family, and the customers are made to feel welcome into the family. Your businesses are always changing and

Because it was the Women in Business feature this month, I’ve chosen the most inspirational local woman in business that I know, Donna Carrier. Not only is she running 2 wonderful businesses, she’s having a ball doing it, and giving back to the community in more ways than many people know.

evolving. Do you think this is part of your yourself against your competition. The awards success? have been instrumental in gaining us extra I am one of those people who would only publicity and credibility. The Bruce Cowan hold the same job down for around four years, award was a lovely surprise; it was unexpected, then I would either ‘evolve’ my position or get and I certainly did not apply for it. Bent on another job. I want to be in business for the Food has won at least 35 awards, including 2 long term, so to keep me from getting bored national awards, along with state awards and I must continue to grow. This is great for our local awards. We have been through all sorts customers too, as there is always something of judging processes, from anonymous judges new to see, a new range, a new addition to to submission based applications. This proves the garden, like a cubby house or some to me that we are on the right track. pet ducklings, expanded trading This is a tough question, and hours, and new stock. I love I’ve debated whether I new projects, but there are should ask … but do ly nt times when I must focus you see ‘tall poppy ce We were re n ia al tr us A in on the current project syndrome’ as existfeatured e th in e in az before expanding, as I ag ing for someone Traveller M hen w e se to gs in often overwhelm mylike you who has th 10 best co ast and e th up g lin self. Sometimes ideas won so many el trav Lonely in n io us cl in r are best left at that, awards and is so ou e world Planet all over th ational just ideas, because highly recognised? rn brings some inte you can’t do everyDefinitely yes. .” us to rs to visi thing that you want When you appear - but there is no harm in to be too successful, dreaming. insecure people will try You’ve won many, many and bring you down. I have awards, on so many levels for a successful brand and I do what both yourself as a businesswoman and I love, but believe me - I do not make the café. What do the awards mean to a fortune. I do know that I have lots of supyou and your businesses? port from many business people in the ManEvery award means the world to me, from ning Valley who respect my business and know the National Tourism Award in 2010 for Bent the hours that I put in and the time I spend on on Food, to last year’s Bruce Cowan award at community projects and Chamber of Comthe Manning Valley Business Awards for my merce. I also have a very loyal customer base; personal contribution to local business and the we would see around 200 customers a day, community. I enter many awards for Bent on and many of these customers purchase from us Food, tourism, restaurant and business awards; around 5 times a week. The people who think this is one way of setting a benchmark, a way I am some sort of capitalist do not see my botof setting goals and a great way to measure tom line. I am passionate about marketing and

believe that I have the ability to create a great brand and that is what I have done; I make no apologies for that. Do you see any big differences for women in business to men? Sometimes women are not as confident as men, but they are quite competitive. I also think that women are excellent networkers and tend to be more open about their businesses and will often ask for more advice than men do. If a woman feels that she is not doing well in a certain area of business, she is more likely to talk to someone. Men do not talk about their problems as much as women do, and this can bring them down emotionally. Women possess greater emotional intelligence. I think both men and women can run great businesses, and we can learn a lot from each other’s business styles. What is new on the horizon for Donna and the Bent businesses? We intend on expanding our Bent on Food range into more retail outlets and increasing the range as we do each year. At Bent on Life we have become sole distributors for a great product unavailable locally - more about that later. I am planning on taking another cooking tour, possibly to Turkey ... just working with Karenne Norling to put that together. We are also going to extend the catering arm, as we have a fabulous new chef who is very passionate, and we have some pop up dinners planned. My plans are to expand the Bent businesses, but I have been told by my accountant (also life partner) to slow up a bit and make sure I have all my processes in place, so doing that is a plan. And finally, I will be conducting some marketing workshops in conjunction with someone very talented! Watch this space.

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Position Office Manager.

Position: Owner.

Position: Principal/Licensee.

Number of years in Real Estate: 18 years - current position 2 years.

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How does your business support the community? We believe that supporting the community is very important, as it is the community that helps to achieve our goals. We sponsor local sporting clubs such as the Old Bar Pirates, Biripi Allstars and Manning Point Bowling Club. The licensee, Adam Stevenson, is involved in the Old Bar Chamber of Commerce, who have just received a $10,000 Grant for seating in the Old Bar CBD and Old Bar Rotary Club.

offices sponsor. Hooker Bear is our mascot; he attended

Number of years in business: Nearly 18 years with L J Hooker Taree however I have been self employed since creating my first insurance and finance business at 23 years of age.

As a small business, where do you go to for inspiration and new ideas? We have a great team and many ideas come from things we have read or seen in our dealings with other businesses. We learn from those who are successful, what makes them successful, and re-work it to suit our business. With the world at our fingertips through the internet, there is great inspiration almost everywhere.

Cystic Fibrosis is our national charity that all L J Hooker the L J Hooker Forster/Tuncurry Beach Bash, held at Main Beach, in December 2013. This event was extremely successful and a wonderful day for families. Hooker Bear greeted everyone with balloons and a big smile and was one of the stars of the Mascot Race. A considerable amount of money for Cystic Fibrosis was raised by our office; Hooker Bear would like to thank all those who donated monies to this worthwhile cause. What gives you the greatest pride in your business? Making a purchaser and vendor both happy throughout the listing and selling procedure of their most valuable asset – their home. It is an ever changing world we live in, and just making people happy is what drives me to stay in the industry.

What gives you the greatest pride in your business?

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I am so proud to be a part of this amazing business. We have such a great team! They are so dedicated, caring and great at their jobs. I am proud that together we have been able to grow the business and continue to strive to improve our levels of service.

regional area? Life is all about living, and being in Forster/ Tuncurry offers you a lifestyle that is the best. Our climate is temperate, the village type atmosphere we live in is friendly and supportive, you really get to know people; who then become friends.

How does your business support the community? Without the community we do not have a business and I am constantly overwhelmed by the support of local people. We are the main sponsor for Taree Carols in the Park each year. It is easy to write a cheque however it is a lot more fun rolling up your sleeves and helping out where you can. Our business has been fortunate in that we have won many marketing and community relationship awards both for L J Hooker Corporate NSW and in 2010 the international award. I was fortunate to win the Sir Leslie Hooker Award in 2012, the most prestigious Award for L J Hooker Corporate Internationally and only the third female to win such an award. Off the back of this I was nominated and was a finalist in the NSW Franchise Council Woman of the Year in 2013. The best thing about living and working in a coastal/ regional area? It creates a good work/life balance. Raising three children whilst running a business is full on. It does take a while to walk up the street but I love that. That is what living in the country is all about.

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Number of years in business? More than a year.

Number of years in business: 3 years in the Manning

How does your business support the community? I work as a GP, so my main priority and responsibility is the health of the community, particularly focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

How does your business support the community? We help people cope better with their physical and mental issues and try to assist them to function at their best.

As a small business, where do you go to As a small business where do you go to for inspiration and new ideas? I attend for inspiration and new ideas? some of the medical conferences I attend medical conferences and that offer innovative ways seminars which detail new to promote the practice, and innovative health care like very user friendly I w ork as a G P, so resources and procedures ty software programs to my m ai n pr io ri y available. I also attend lit bi manage the files and an d re sp on si regular training to ensure of th is th e he al documents and also , my medical skills are up ity un m m th e co flat screens that show ng si cu fo to date and that I am able ly ar ul ic part health advertisements to offer new procedures th prom ot io n al he on in the waiting room that and techniques in order to an d di se as e patients can watch while provide the best possible care eventio n. pr they wait. There are also for our patients. Networking in seminars and trainings for our community and in professional new procedures and techniques organisations helps too. Within our that I always find useful when dealing practice we brainstorm how to improve our with my patients. service during a weekly meetings. What gives you the greatest pride in What gives you the greatest pride in your your business? The fulfilment of being of business? service to others. Knowing that I can make a difference, no The best thing about living and working matter, how small to a persons health and in a coastal/regional area? You save a lot wellbeing brings me great job satisfaction and compared to living in cities like Newcastle or pride. Sydney. People are friendlier. Very fun and The best thing about living and working in relaxing to live, especially when you're a a coastal/regional area? nature-lover, so close to camping and hiking We have made some great friends and it’s the sites as well as the sparkling beaches along the perfect environment to raise our family. coastline.

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GORE • TG'S HEALTH CLUB • Toni Gore has taken her passion for leading a healthy lifestyle one step further … completing her Personal Training Certificate and then opening her business, TG’s Health Club, which trades in two locations. Toni specialises in providing classes and training for seniors, with the goal of helping all who attend to lead happy, active and healthy lives …

i Toni. What’s your family and career background? I come from five generations of Australians and was very fortunate to know most of my great grandparents and grandparents, who lived to a ripe old age - most being active in their lifestyles until old age crept in. My career has been very varied, from the building industry to hospitality and aged care domestic help. Then, in my mid 30s, I decided I needed to change my work skills to become a personal trainer. What led you to become interested in seniors' physical fitness? I completed my Personal Training Certificate in 2006. Initially, I began training younger clients but whilst working with my mentor, Lee Coombes, we noticed quite a few senior ladies joining our classes. It was then I decided that I would very much like to train seniors, as they really didn’t need to be training at such a high intensity and needed something that was more appropriate for them. At about the same time, my Nana suffered a heart attack and I realised I needed to further my knowledge of seniors’ training methods, so I completed my Heartmoves Certificate with the Heart Foundation of Australia. Once I started with Heartmoves, I found it was more about motivation and encouragement, rather than training my seniors too hard. What is your own personal fitness motto? It’s not about being muscle-bound, but staying active and mobile, as well as being happy and healthy. This way I intend to enjoy all life has to offer, until I’m at least 100 years old. When did you start trading as TG’s health club? What made you decide to open your own business? I decided to start my own business after first delivering Heartmoves on a weekly basis at Harrington Bowling Club in July 2010. I started with ten ladies in the early days, but numbers quickly grew to fill the auditorium. This was when some of the ladies encouraged me to open my own gym. That’s when I decided to give it a go for a year and see how it went. TG’s Health Club started in 2011 in both Harrington and Bonny Hills. In Harrington we started in a small 36 manning-great lakes focus.

shop in Beach Street, with just a few weights, fit balls presently attend; however, it is pleasing to see the and resistance bands and lots of bright, energetic music. increasing number of gentlemen attending as word gets Harrington outgrew those premises within ten months, around. Often when the wife starts classes, the husband so we moved to Harrington Waters Golf Club, which was becomes interested and also joins the club. more accommodating for our requirements, and it was You mentioned you operate two TG’s health clubs. soon filled with new and different equipment. Where exactly are they both located? Bonny Hills began in a church hall with similar TG’s Harrington is located at Harrington Waters Golf equipment and operates today in that same hall, with Club, next to the Pro Shop, and TG’s Bonny Hills is in similar equipment to Harrington. the hall behind the Church of Christ on Ocean From there, TG’s Health Club Drive. has continued to grow, and I’m You’ve recently been acknowledged overwhelmed with all the with an award from Fitness t my wonderful people I train every I decided to star Australia. What was this award ter own business af week in both locations. for – and how did you feel Heartmoves first delivering What facilities and programs when you received it? Last s at on a weekly basi g Club do you offer at TG’s? year I was excited to receive lin Harrington Bow ted with TG’s Harrington and Bonny a Bronze Quality Award from ar in July 2010. I st rly days, Hills both offer disabled Fitness Australia; it’s been a ea e ten ladies in th ew gr access, many different types of great honour to be recognised y kl ic qu rs but numbe .” um machines, balance equipment, by my colleagues for the service ri to di au e to fill th weights, resistance bands etc. and I provide to my customers and all types of equipment to improve the community. The Quality Awards co-ordination. were presented to 68 businesses across Programs offered are designed to Australia for excellence in the work they improve the health of all clients, from low to perform in helping everyday Australians to get medium and high intensity, starting with Heartmoves and stay fit and healthy. then progressing to Lift for Life, Active Over 50s and What’s on the agenda for you personally in 2014 Fitness Forever. and also for your health clubs? Heartmoves is low to moderate intensity, whereas Lift I aim to expand my knowledge and expertise in fitness for Life has been designed to help anyone who is preto accommodate more clients with disabilities and ageing diabetic to diabetic and is also a good program for those concerns, so they can feel more able to achieve their who enjoy weight work. Active Over 50s is aimed at fitness goals. TG’s motto is to inspire Golden Seniors improving health in every way, while Fitness Forever is a clients with extra motivation and determination to work program designed at TG’s to help improve and work that towards longevity and know they will be confident to little bit more on core strength and flexibility. lead a happy, healthy lifestyle. What types of people attend your club? Is there a Where can people find out more info or contact broad age range amongst the members, and do you you? have equal numbers of male and female attendees? TG’S Health Club Harrington - 41 Josephine Boulevard, I have people of all ages, from every walk of life Harrington. attending, from those who just want to maintain their TG’S Health Club Bonny Hills - Church of Christ, Ocean fitness to some people who have never thought they Drive Bonny Hills. would ever enter a gym, as well as people with all types - Email: of disabilities and chronic diseases. At TG’s the ages range Ph. 0423 059 839. from 47 to 93 years. A lot more ladies than gentlemen Thanks Toni.

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Relationship Difficulties Tell us a little about Co-dependents Anonymous – who do they assist? Coda assists anyone who is trying to improve their relationships with other people. These can be friends, partners, work colleagues, employers, family members. It can also assist anyone who is in a relationship with someone suffering from an addiction, or from a family where addictions existed, but is not exclusive to this.

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It is helpful for people who feel trapped in repeating the same life experiences and want to change but don’t know how to. If someone was unsure about whether it was right for them, what advice would you give them? The advice from Coda is to come to 6 consecutive meetings to decide whether Coda is right for you. There are two local meetings a week in Tuncurry. There is no obligation to keep attending; anyone can come as often or as little as they like. The cost is a gold coin donation, and newcomers are asked not to contribute. What are the benefits to those who attend? The benefits are greater for people who come regularly, and can vary. For many it is the start of a new better life, as old baffling selfdefeating behaviours gradually disappear and are replaced by new healthy behaviours. Relationships with other people become healthier, new opportunities start to arise, along with a sense of self empowerment.

Working to learn Learning to work Many businesses have recognised the link between vocational learning and the serious skill shortages faced in the Mid North Coast region. By training local youth, employers can make a significant investment in the future of their industry. Mid Coast Connect has been assisting employers with the coordination of student work placements for over 15 years. Work placement is a valuable way of demonstrating the needs of industry to young people and the education sector. It can also be a source of potential new employees and further develop community goodwill. Work placements provide students with industry experience so they can gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification as part of their HSC and make a successful transition from school into the world of work. Mid Coast Connect is currently seeking new employers to support students from all our local high schools in 2014. Mid Coast Connect brings together all parties involved in the organisation of the work placement. We are available for support throughout the process to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for both the business and the students. What are the benefits for your business? • The opportunity to reflect local industry needs and standards in education programs • Develop the training and supervision skills of your staff • Ensure sufficient skilled labour for the future of your industry • Have meaningful work completed whilst developing skills in students • Have an extra set of hands to help with entry-level tasks • Gain community goodwill for helping students improve their skills and increase their employment opportunities • Access to more customers and clients through the student, their friends and family • Recruit potential employees from the students you host, saving on expensive advertising and recruitment costs • Personal reward - it is satisfying to know that you gave someone a head start into their career • No financial outlay for business - your time and effort is all the investment required

Are you ready to strengthen your marketing muscles? ... create the mindset of success and make your business stand out in 2014? Over 12 weeks I will show you the foundations of success for you, in your business. Think of it like a 12 week fitness challenge ... it’s not going to be easy, but I’ll be there to show you how to do it right. You’ll be the one who has to lift the weights, but you won’t be on your own. I’ll challenge you, push you and be there as you want to throw your hands in the air and give up ... and then I’ll remind you again why you are doing this and push you some more. I’ll also celebrate with you as you step into new levels of success. This is for you if: • You are a woman in business or management, or ready to go into business. • You are ready to create a great foundation mentally as a successful businesswoman. • You are willing to try something new, put in the effort and have some fun along the way. • You’re already in business, but frustrated that the old ways aren’t working any more. This NOT for you if: • You want a quick fix • You aren’t willing to accept the responsibility that success, or lack of success, is completely dependent on you. • You are not willing to explore some new ways of thinking • If you are prepared to accept ‘busy’ as an excuse. So ... are you ready to step up? Take the challenge? Book before 10 February for early bird price of $97.

Interested and want to get involved with work placement? Call Kylie or Toni-lee in our Taree office on 6551 5463. Our website also has more information -

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Surgical facial Rejuvenation & Correction With constant exposure and the wear and tear of daily living skin “ages” SURGICAL FACIAL REJUVENATION Melanin, a pigment in the epidermis (superficial layer of skin) and collagen, a protein' building block ' in the dermis (deeper layer of skin) protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light and give strength and tone to the skin. With constant exposure and the wear and tear of daily living, skin “ages”, showing up as thinner skin, loss of a bulk in subcutaneous (beneath the skin) fat and muscle and resulting in drooping skin, affecting both appearance and function. The eyes are first affected, with stretched and droopy skin (blepharochalasia), prominent pockets of fat, and often drooping of the upper eyelid (ptosis), causing difficulty in keeping the eyes open. The face shows the same changes. With skin drooping, the natural grooves in the face become more prominent and reduction in the volume and “show” of

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the lips which then appear thin. Due to skin thinning, the skin of the nose slides downwards, making the tip less prominent and showing the shape of the cartilages beneath the skin. The neck is a major concern to many, with droopy skin, accumulation of fat and the presence of longitudinal bands, due to the midline separation of muscles. The brow/forehead is also affected, again with drooping of skin and eyebrows. SURGICAL CORRECTION Modern surgical methods, used in the correction of the above problems, are more about restoration of function and appearance, rather than resection (removal) of skin and fat. In most of the affected areas, the skin and deeper tissues droop downwards and correction is achieved by restoring deeper tissues to their original positions and draping skin over the restored deeper tissue, with minimal skin

resection. This gives a very natural facial rejuvenation, compared to previous corrections where the emphasis was on skin-tightening alone. The neck is slightly different in that it has a “corset” made up of the two Platysma muscles, which hold the contents of the neck in position. When these muscles come apart in the midline, their edges show up as longitudinal bands in the central neck. In a neck lift, this corset is restored (corset platysmoplasty), in addition to removal of fat and skin. Corrective and restorative surgery is sometimes done in isolation, eg. eyelid surgery, but often in combination, eg. face and neck lift. Surgery gives good results which lasts for many years. For operative details of the above procedures, please visit our website.


Sharon Bultitude - Marketing & Partnerships Manager, Great Lakes Tourism

Tourism Sharon Bultitude Welcome to this month's Great Lakes Tourism update. Many locals may have noticed that it seems to have been a lot busier this season, and they would be right. Feedback from local businesses suggests this summer period has been incredibly busy, with numbers well up on the same period last year. ow let’s be honest, us locals can tend to grumble a bit when the traffic backs up through our towns, tourists slow down on the bridge to marvel at the view and pods of passing dolphins ... but hey, it doesn’t hurt for us all to slow down once in a while and appreciate the wonders of where we live.


Besides, did you know the Great Lakes attracts an estimated 1 million visitors a year, contributing $315 million to the local economy? This summer holiday period alone will see over half of the region’s total yearly visitation of around 600,000 visitors. That is $185 million of tourism expenditure, which when broken down is $506,849 per day and an astounding $21,116 per hour! Need to measure that in a slightly more tasty way? The guys from Sinners & Saints Ice-cream in Forster estimate that through Dec/Jan they will have served over 26,000 people! That is a LOT of tasty ice-cream! Overwhelmingly, the large majority of visitors are family groups with school age children. Of which, around 70% are repeat visitors to the area. As February arrives, families with younger children take the opportunity to have a holiday, as it is less crowded and a perfect time to make the most of the last weeks of summer.

accommodation providers are again seeing a demand for shorter stays of two or so nights, as opposed to the traditional weekly break. Lead in times for bookings are also becoming shorter. Often overlooked as a contributing factor to our tourist influx over this period, is the large number of locals who play host to friends and family over the summer holidays. This visitor segment known as ‘VFR’ (Visiting Friends & Relatives) is an extremely valuable one to the Great Lakes. It actually accounts for 35% of all visitors to the region and is the second highest reason for visits. This market is also very important to us, since these visitors actually spend more money on things like shopping, attractions, entertainment, restaurants and activities, than regular visitors. So no more grumbling when second cousin Mavis asks to visit with her brood of rowdy and hungry kids; it’s good for the local economy! As a part of encouraging tourism and local business, Great Lakes Tourism has again produced its popular Summer in the Lakes Guide.

Interestingly, we’ve seen an increasing number of younger international visitors this year, particularly through some of our more remote areas. These visitors are loving the opportunity to explore and camp in one of our three wonderful National Parks.

The booklet is full of events, attractions, activities and everything you need to make the most of the summer break. You can pick up your copy of the guide from local businesses and Visitor Centres. So why not grab a copy for cousin Mavis next time you’re out, or perhaps you might find it handy in discovering some hidden gems you didn’t know about, perfect for that little escape and ‘me’ time.

Some other summer trends: camping continues to be an increasingly popular option for many families, partly due to affordability but also the desire to ‘escape the city’ and get ‘back to nature’. And in general,

Sharon Bultitude Marketing & Partnerships Manager Great Lakes Tourism (02) 6554 8799

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January 21 - February 19

May 22 - June 22

September 24 - October 23

You can expect good news regarding family matters. Home influences will bring opportunity to celebrate. A feeling of being on top of things can be anticipated, so make the most of this time and keep gratitude in your heart as strong as possible to receive maximum benefit from all the blessings you will be receiving. Rose quartz enhances love. Wear some.

New career changes are likely to challenge your comfort zone, but will lead to growth in your confidence. Throw yourself into new opportunities, as this will give you positive reflection time. You are much more able than you acknowledge. Don’t judge yourself; just say yes and fake it until you make it. Amethyst is great for connecting to our higher qualities and life’s purpose.




February 20 - March 20

June 23 - July 23 Ju

October 24 - November 22

A nice feeling of personal satisfaction can be anticipated this month. The opposite of feeling you need support from others; in fact, you are quite chuffed with yourself and independent. You are very inspirational to others, as when you are confronted with challenge, you have the ability to rise above it and only allow it to make you more powerful. Garnet will enhance your passion for living.

Avoid stressing over finances, as this stress is blocking your ability to create wealth because your current belief, which is there isn’t enough money, is being lived out. By tricking your subconscious into believing there is more than enough, you will create that path by which to live. Look at how money always finds you when you need it and know this will always be the case. Citrine creates an abundance. Carry some in your wallet.

Avoid stressing over finances; everything will be fine for the short term, as well as the future. Focus instead on how much you enjoy what you do and stay intellectually stimulated. You are good at keeping your word; make a commitment to yourself and stand by it. This will strengthen your will power, and your confidence will grow. Citrine attracts abundance. Carry some in your wallet.



March 21 - April 20

July 24 - August 23

An opportunity to travel will present itself. Not only does it come at an opportune time, but you can also expect a balance of your mind, body, spirit and emotions. However, at the time of hearing this offer, you may be feeling financially vulnerable. You have previously learned how to stretch your money, so make your choice without fear. Ruby shatters fear. Wear some for a few weeks.

Now is a good time to keep your thoughts productive and positive; find something intellectually challenging and throw yourself into it. A bored mind is a dangerous thing for a fire sign, so have fun learning. An important speech is looming. If you remain silent, conflict is likely to follow; if you stand your ground and communicate lovingly, all will be good. Turquoise is great for positive communication.



April 21 - May 21

August 24 - September 23 A

Avoid being caught up in how you will be able to support yourself comfortably in the future; you have always been able to progress from one opportunity to the next with perfect timing, so see this as a gauge in how you manifest and thank yourself for being self sufficient. Avoid placing emphasis on negative possibilities. Turquoise sustains our confidence.

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Avoid being caught up in feelings of abandonment or rejection; you are much loved and appreciated by all who know you. If you experience feelings of being unwanted, connect to your God belief for comfort. This influence will not be long lasting, and good news will follow. Celebrations will be likely to be on the agenda soon. Clear quartz will help maintain strong positive thoughts.

You have recently been summing up life and have made conscious choices to move into the future with only positive attitudes and influences. Now you need to stand your ground and break any lingering habits that impede this choice, to ensure your happy outcome. You can have the strongest will when you need it, so don’t be afraid to use it. Clear quartz enhances our energy making choice easy.

SAGITTARIUS. November 23 - December 21

Your leadership skills are being drawn on for your recognition. Work changes will be requiring these qualities to be practiced more. By seeing what a natural leader you are, so will others, and career advancement will follow. Your ability to offer win/wins when arbitrating will be used more frequently also. Turquoise assists in recognition of one’s higher qualities.

CAPRICORN. December 22 - January 20

Adventure is in store for you. You can anticipate finding an opportunity that will benefit you enormously on your return home. To access the best of what this journey will present, it will benefit you to have a chat with your inner child. Ask what they need and listen telepathically to your answer. Then just think the answer to them. Herkimer diamonds help record our joyous experiences for future memories.


We last spoke to Amy Heague before she set off for Cambodia. Determined to not only spread awareness of human trafficking, but also to offer practical assistance on to organisations and individuals who deal with the realities of this trade on a daily basis, Cycle 4 Cambodia was established to meet these dual aims. Amy fills da us in on her Cambodian experience and hopes for the future … my, please give our readers a quick refresher on the Cycle 4 Cambodia initiative and its aims ... Cycle 4 Cambodia’s main aim is to raise awareness on the realities of Human Trafficking, particularly in Cambodia and to fundraise to support some of the amazing local organisations there - some of which work with local communities to break the cycle of trafficking at a village level and others that work directly with survivors of trafficking or girls who are at risk of being trafficked. How many of you travelled over to Cambodia, how long did you stay, and when did you return? Nineteen amazing ladies from right across the Mid North Coast joined us in Cambodia. We left in October 2013 and were there for 14 days. What areas of Cambodia did you actually visit? We started our cycle journey in the north at the city of Siem Reap, famous for the ancient temples of Angkor. We were taken off the beaten track and wound our way through jungles and ancient city walls of the temple complex. Due to extensive flooding in the country prior to and during our trip, some of our cycling legs were cut short; in fact, one day we caught a boat into our destination instead of ride! We then made our way out to Battambang on the western side of the Tonle Sap River, where we witnessed the production of rice wine, rice paper, sticky rice and the notoriously famous fermented fish sauce. Here we also experienced the reality of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, as our guides

shared their very personal family stories at a local ‘killing field’ memorial. We then made our way through little villages, winding our way around rice paddies, stopping off at riverside villages, where we got to ride in traditional boats out to floating villages then down to Phnom Penh. Due to some minor civil unrest in the city at the time, we transferred out of the city in our vans instead of riding. Once we had cleared the city, we jumped on our bikes and headed to the stunning coastal town of Kep via the region of Kampot – famous for its pepper plantations. Then we headed back to Phnom Phenh for the more serious part of the trip. You were heavily involved with fundraising for Cycle 4 Cambodia prior to your departure. How much money were you able to raise, and how have these funds benefitted the people of Cambodia? All our riders did an AMAZING job at fundraising. In total, we were able to raise $33,061.24. Some of our riders have been so moved by the experience, that they are continuing to fundraise and support some of our organisations. The monies have gone towards supporting the care of girls rescued from trafficking in a safe home, supporting vocational training in a hair and beauty salon that works with girls at risk or who are graduating from care programs, supporting sewing programs, purchasing goats for micro enterprise initiatives and much more. Describe some of the projects you worked on while you were overseas. While we were in Phnom Penh, we were fortunate enough to be invited to spend the day at the rescue home we supported doing

craft and game activities with the girls. It was children. Also, Pastor Daryll Moran and the a great, fun day with lots of laughs, silliness congregation from Lakeside Church Tuncurry and playtime, but it was tough to reconcile - without their support and practical hands the fun when you knew that these girls (who on help, we could never have gotten this far. were aged between 8 – 15) had either been Also, all our amazing riders, their family and trafficked into the sex industry, raped or friends who helped us with our fundraising, were at serious risk of these things. What an and the local community and businesses amazing thing this rescue home of the Manning-Great Lakes, many does for the girls in their care. of whom donated goods and While we were there, services to help us with our we were also able to do fundraising efforts. e iv ns some practical hands What initiatives/ te ex to Due e th in g on jobs for the admin developments are in od flo d an to r io team. you working on now pr y tr coun some of , ip tr r ou What were some that you’re back ng ri du were cut of the highlights home? our cycling legs e one day of the trip for you short; in fact, w Well, we couldn’t into our we caught a bo at d of personally? leave it there, so with ea destination inst Firstly, that the blessing of all ride!” everyone completed involved in organising the cycling! But, the our 2013 venture, my new main highlight, and I think business partner Kerryann the rest of the team will agree, Hayes and I are taking on Cycle was our day of volunteering in an 4 Cambodia into the future. We extremely poor village. We got in touch are in the process of launching our new with our inner handy woman and began business Travel Play Live, where we are all building the frame work of a goat pen about empowering women to become all for a family involved in a micro enterprise they can be, live their life to the full, seek out scheme. Some of us were thigh deep in adventure and dare to dream … all that with receding flood waters ‘digging’ out holes a good dose of travel and the great outdoors. for the footings, and others were perched We will be offering Cycle 4 Cambodia precariously atop the bamboo floor joists. To as a not for profit fundraising trip for the share that day with the local family was very foreseeable future. For people who are moving. interested in joining us on an adventure of Who would you like to thank for their a lifetime, head over to our Facebook page support? to watch First and foremost, I would like to thank the journey unfold. We will be announcing my partner in this adventure – Kerrie Moran; dates for our trips when we launch our she is a real ‘see a need met a need’ kind website in early March. of woman with a passion for helping Thanks Amy.

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Once again, Artisans On The Hill are hosting an Artisans Expo – this year from Friday 21 February – Sunday 23 February. Here’s your chance to get up close to skilled artists and artisans at work, stock up on hard to find craft items and learn some new skills. Peter Calabria from Artisans on the Hill and Peter Minson, glass blower, tell us more …


eter, what’s happening at the Artisans Expo this year? Who are some of the visiting artisans? After the floods during Expo last year, we are planning a bigger, brighter event for 2014. You will be up close while they work, with Master Artisans like glass blower Peter Minson, bandsaw box maker Alan Williams and rare chair maker Howard Archbold. Both Peter and Alan will be teaching their crafts at workshops held at Artisans On The Hill in the week following Expo. Also working at the Expo will be Doug Moseley (Blacksmith), Warren Targett (guitar maker), Graham Rawbone (furniture maker), Bill Longhurst (fan carving), Vivienne Scott (jewellery) and more. Christine and I will be demonstrating some of the skills we teach at our workshops, such as wood turning, silver jewellery using PMC, candles and lots more. Many of the visiting artisans will also be running workshops at Artisans during the year. As well as the working Artisans, you will also be able to catch up with some specialty suppliers for those hard to get equipment and bits and pieces. Michael Mogy from Hardware for Creative Finishes and Adrian Clark from Trend Timbers will be there with lots of goodies. There is sure to be lots happening to interest all members of the family. What dates/times will the expo be open? The Expo is open from 10am to 4pm on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February, and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday 23 February. We deliberately open Artisans Expo on the Friday, as we want to encourage school groups to attend. Artisans Expo is perfect for Year 10 and Year 11 students to get ideas and help for their major works in the TAS and art fields. 42 manning-great lakes focus.

We even ensure buses can access the site without problem. It does help if buses arrange an arrival time with us. Please explain how people can find Artisans On The Hill … If we can get Council staff to relax their stance on event directional signage, there will be signs directing you along the 10 km from Manning River Drive at Purfleet to Artisans Expo at Mondrook. Artisans On The Hill is at 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook; that is the road between Tinonee and Wingham. From Wingham, head over the Bight Bridge towards Tinonee. From the Pacific Highway, take the southern Taree exit (where the service centre is), then head towards Tinonee (don’t go in to Taree). When you get to Tinonee, follow the signs to Mondrook and Wingham. Artisans Expo is on the left hand side, approx. 2 km from the Tinonee School. What activities will visitors to the expo be able to participate in ... you mentioned the workshops, but will you be providing refreshments and any other activities? Artisans Coffee Lounge will be serving their famous scones, coffee, teas and ice cold slushies. There will be a BBQ tent at Expo, and across the road, Rob and Lyn at Mondrook Gardens Café have lunches. Perhaps you can grab brekkie with Bev and Bob at The Famous Tinonee Café on the way. The main emphasis is getting up close and personal with great Artisans while they work. Some will let you try some processes for yourself. There will be workshops by Peter Minson in Glass Blowing and Alan Williams in Bandsaw Box Making in the days following the Expo. You need to book early for those, as there are only six participants in each class. What costs are associated with attending the Expo, and where can people find out more information?

Entry to Artisans Expo is $5 per person. gallery and café is open to the public, where Proceeds from the entry fee assist Taree Rescue people can watch and talk to me as I make my Squad. There is information on Artisans webwork. site - or feel free Can anyone learn to work with glass? to call Christine or myself (Peter) on (02) 6553 What equipment and knowledge would 1199. they need to start with? PETER MINSON – GLASS BLOWER Anyone can learn to work with glass, but Share some of your artistic background, they need some lessons about the process and Peter ... I believe you’re a third generation the equipment needed, types of glass to use glass blower? and the hand skills and techniques used to Yes, I am a ‘third generation’ work with glass. I run workshops glass blower. I follow my in my studio and in places grandfather, who started where I am asked to teach a is po Ex working with glass for workshop. s an tis Ar 10 and a company in England You’ll be visiting Artiperfect for Year eas to get id making radio valves sans on the Hill for the Year 11 students r major and help for thei by hand in 1904. Artisans Expo and also t ar S and works in the TA s se bu Then my father took presenting a workre su en fields. We even out ith w e sit over running the shop on February 24, e th ss can acce help if es do It . family scientific and from 8.30am until 4pm. m le ob pr arrival medical glass business, What skills will you be buses arrange an time with us.” which was started by his teaching the workshop father, my grandfather, in participants? 1932 in Sydney. He did this Yes, this is the third year taking over from his mother, who where I have been invited to display was running the business at the end of my work, demonstrate, talk to the public the Second World War in 1946. about my work and what I do. On Monday I How did you learn your skills – was teach a one day workshop which will focus a there any formal training involved? lot on blowing glass, making hollow items like I started learning and working with glass blown beads for jewellery, perfume bottles, on school holidays early 1951 in the family small containers etc. We will concentrate on business in Paddington, Sydney. The formal the techniques and hand skills needed to carry training was from skilled English glass blowers out the processes to achieve a good quality employed in the business and from my father. finished product. I also studied at night in the Sydney Tech ColWhere can people buy your beautiful lege in Ultimo, doing an instrument technician glasswork, or contact you to find out more course that was applicable to the scientific information? glass industry. I have a few outlets for my work, one being Where is your studio based, and is it open in Tinonee at Artisans on the Hill. I exhibit once to the public? a year in Melbourne at Kirra Gallery, Federation These days I am situated in Binalong, NSW, Square. The others are in Canberra and in my a small village 95 km north west of Canberra gallery in Binalong. - population around 300 people. My

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Campbell & Jones is a proud family owned timber company who pride themselves on having a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the timber industry - a knowledge that spans 50 years. Chrissy Jones talked to Manager Darren and found out just what this local company has to offer builders, handymen and DIYers alike. 44 manning-great lakes focus.

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50 Years in the Manning Valley & We're Stronger Than Ever

ou are proud of your team members and products, tell us more ... We pride ourselves in employing team members that know and understand the timber products that we sell. Our customers are our business and with that in mind we are continually updating stocks, knowledge and new products so that we can offer clients the best possible products and service. Tell us a little about the history of Campbell & Jones ... Founder of the business Norman Jones, spent 60 years in the sawmill industry. The son of

a timber man Charles Jones, Norman started work in the State Government Mill at Craven in 1921. In 1948 Norman built his first mill in Wingham with his business partner Charles Lee. 4 years later Norman bought out his partner's share, and then when the lease ran out on the Wingham property he bought a mill in Cowper Street Taree. Next Norman, along with his son-in-law Raymond Campbell, purchased a sawmill at Langley Vale from Alan Taylor Pty Ltd in 1963. The Langley Vale Mill then operated as Campbell & Jones Pty Ltd until a new mill was built in Whitbread

Street, Taree at it's current location in 1970. Four years later Raymond's son Greg joined the company and was the company's General Manager for 29 years up till his retirement in late 2013. 1979 saw the Cowper Street Mill close down with all operations converting to the Whitbread Street premises. As a business that has been in operation for 50 years, what do you think is the main reason that the business has stood the test of time? Our staff at Campbell & Jones have an extensive knowledge of the timber industry. Our No.

1 focus is on customer service, we make sure our customers get the right advice and material to do their job. Being honest and reliable, and by having a sound knowledge of the products we supply, has all contributed to our service over the years. By being competitive in our pricing keeps us at the forefront in our field. We listen to what the customer needs allowing us to help them to the best of our ability. Our staff have an extensive knowledge of house plans, you can come in and sit with our consultants and we can go over them with you and discuss your needs.

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Our delivery service is available for customers in the Manning Great Lakes and Hastings areas and we can also arrange Being able to delivery in other parts of give the right Australia if required. lying advice and supp ed What does Campbell ir the material requ . & Jones offer customne do to get the job stomers ers? mills, to using semi-trailers Knowing our cu their Today Campbell & nowadays, from felling are happy with s us Jones Pty Ltd is a timber finished job give trees using handsaws and n.� yard with a wide cusgreat satisfactio axes to now using chaintomer base ranging from saws. A lot of houses were the large construction builder, built out of green hardwood hardware stores, truss plants, many years ago, now most timber joinery shops, builders, owner buildused in housing is kiln dried and ers and hobby enthusiasts. dressed, for example radiata pine hardwood What would you say most motivates and also we are now using engineered products your business to do what you do so for 2nd storeys, for example LVL J Joist beams, well? Laminated F/Jointed Prime Beams. By giving the right advice and by being able to What is the future vision of Campbell & supply the customer with exactly what they are Jones for the next 50 years? looking form, whether it is one piece of timber We will strive to keep giving great service and or supplying a house full of timber, be it flooring, the best possible advice to our customers and exdecking, doors or architraves. There is nothing pand and innovate along with the timber industry better than a satisfied customer. as it advances. What gives the company satisfaction? Tell us what Campbell & Jones offers today ... Being able to give the right advice and supToday Campbell & Jones Pty Ltd is a timber plying the material required to get the job done. yard with a wide customer base ranging from the Knowing our customers are happy with their large construction builder, hardware stores, truss finished job gives us great satisfaction. plants, joinery shops, builders, owner builders How has the timber industry evolved over and hobby enthusiasts. We have a planing mill the years? and we can dress timber to size, also a sanding It has changed so much, from using bullock machine and can match most profiles. teams in the early years to deliver timber to the Thanks Darren.


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focusbusiness. with Sharon Fowle from Manning Valley Business Chamber

sharonfowle A little late to wish you a happy New Year, but a lot of us are now just getting back into the swing of work … with that in mind, I wish you all a highly prosperous New Year. eports generally across the Manning and Great Lakes indicate that there was a significant influx of tourists and that a number of businesses was pleased with their overall performance.

duration. This 'Gateway for Growth' expo is primarily an opportunity for businesses to showcase themselves and engage with other businesses. The second purpose of the event is to explain the opportunities associated with the Northern Gateway. We have invited a well-known Economist from Sydney to be We have many and varied activities planned our keynote speaker; further details will be at the Chamber to ensure you are kept provided via our Facebook page and in our abreast of what’s happening in the region, newsletter. Reports will be presented on the plus a number of helpful, low cost business current economic conditions of the region events, some of which I will mention here and the potential impact of the Gateway and more information will follow as the project. Expressions of interest to book a year progresses. Ensure you sign up for our booth and sponsorship support are now newsletter and like us on Facebook to keep being sought. The event is scheduled informed. to take place at the Taree Wingham The first of these events is our Racecourse on Friday 21 March next women in business. from 10am - 4pm. Stand We have the pleasure spaces are available at an of inviting Ingrid early bird price of $90 ittee Bayer from V-Biz, Any new comm d for bookings received se fu in lly ra Virtual Business is gene before 21 February, of e av w Solutions to with a new is th d increasing to $250 an , sm ia enthus talk to us about ception. ex no is after that date. The ee itt m com LinkedIn. If you ket’ ar m p ‘u e or event will be open m he T are interested s not proach within ha where free of charge to the ap e in learning how been the only plac public. Can I please .” your business can this can be seen encourage you to benefit from this spread the word ... free social media tool, There is an opportunity for then do join us. We will us to make this a yearly B2B be meeting at The Bean Bar event, so your participation to support Café, Taree, on Thursday 6 February the event would be greatly appreciated. It at 12.30pm. could prove to be the injection you need Following on from that is our Business to boost your business. Conferences and Breakfast on 19 February. Janet Jamieson, exhibitions can provide unique opportunities Senior Clinical Social Worker, will be joining to learn, promote your business and establish us to talk about mental health in the valuable relationships that can generate workplace. This is a very common issue and additional clients, and relevant content to one which affects all of us at some time or your business will be delivered through the another. The event will be held at Bowers presentation sessions. Café on Kolodong Road, Taree, from 7.30am. We have already started advertising the Women in Business and our breakfasts give event through various media channels, and local businesses an opportunity to meet and media coverage will be available on the mingle with other like-minded people. It has day. Act now, book your booth via email, as proven to be an effective way to generate only limited spaces are available. We’ll look new clients. Both events cost $25, and forward to seeing you there. booking is essential. We strongly encourage For more information about joining the you to consider getting involved this year. Chamber or receiving our newsletters, please We are also hosting a major one day contact us on (02) 6555 2299. Alternatively, event on Friday 21 March for businesses visit which will include 4/5 seminars for the


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DR ARNE RUBINSTEIN Dr. Arne Rubinstein is a father of two with a thirty year career background as a doctor, counsellor, mentor and public speaker. The author of the book ‘The Making of Men’, and organiser of many workshops that provide practical tips and strategies for raising teenagers, Dr Arne will be presenting two workshops in the area during February … lease provide us with a brief summary of how your career has progressed to where it stands now, starting from your time as a doctor … As a doctor I saw lots of wonderful young kids and disastrous teenagers, and I felt that we needed to do something so the great start we’re giving our kids would support them to be fabulous young men and inspirational leaders and community members of the future. I started running some programs with fathers and sons and looking into rites of passage, and that basically took over my life. Many cultures in the world still have rites of passage and initiation ceremonies for young men. In this modern day and age, what rites of passage do we actually have? We do have rites of passage, but we have very unhealthy rites of passage - like getting drunk, or losing your virginity, or getting in fights … even king hitting is, for some people, a form of rite of passage. What I’ve found through my research is that all the cultures who did rites of passage always had the same elements … so we took those elements and brought them into an appropriate modern context, and basically, it consists of a boy having an opportunity to hear his father’s or other men’s stories, and that stories are passing on knowledge as opposed to telling someone what to do. The boys often go on and are presented challenges with this, where they have an opportunity to think about what sort of men they want to be and what they’re ready to let go of from their childish behaviour, and finally they get acknowledged by their father and the older men for their individual gifts and talents, their genius, or their spirit … the idea being that we’re acknowledging them, and saying, “You’re all different, and we want you to be who you are” . And, we need diversity; we need all sorts of different people in our community. We don’t want you to all be the same, like we see on the 50 manning-great lakes focus.

marketing and television commercials, which try child having regular one on one time together and make every kid identical; that’s not what we doing something that you both enjoy to do. want! We actually want you to find what you’re The second is sharing stories about your life, passionate about and to do that … and it’s the and especially when you were their age. same for girls, so girls also have an opportunity Third, we teach them skills of resilience and to hear their mother’s stories, do their own chalreflection; and the last one, which is very imporlenges and be honoured for their individual gifts tant, is that when discipline is required, which and talents. it will be in all families, that we separate the Tell us a little bit about the Pathways Founperson from the behaviour … we don’t actudation that you co-started … ally shame them and say they’re a bad person. I founded that in 2000 … and We say, “We love you and we know we built it to a point where you’re a good person, but this it was running programs behaviour is actually not OK”. for boys and girls in These parenting strategies s We do have rite e w eight places around t are available on the Upliftof passage, bu s te ri y th Australia. ing Australia website: al have very unhe tting ge e I actually left the http://www.upliftinof passage - lik your Pathways Foundation in a drunk, or losing g in in tt ge or , in 2008, but it contindownloadable form. virginity hitting ng ki en ev … s ues to run programs. Your book, The Making fight le, a op pe e m so r fo , Since then I’ve recently of Men … what are is ssage.” form of rite of pa started an organisation some of the key mescalled Uplifting Australia, sages you were aiming to which is designed to inget across in this work? crease the emotional wellbeing The key message in The Making and resilience of children and families of Men is that we have an opportunity around Australia. to really support our kids to be great young How are you delivering the messages men and to help stop them going off the rails … of Uplifting Australia? And, we need to accept that once they reach Uplifting Australia has a different delivery puberty, we need to change the way we are model, and it’s basically doing programs like as fathers and as mothers, and also that it’s Camp Out with Kids, which is an opportunity for extremely important that we create some sort kids and their parents to spend a night camping of process, which I call a rite of passage … to on the school oval, and they engage in fun activ- acknowledge and celebrate the fact that they’re ities … we believe that if we can create positive becoming young men and that as young men parenting techniques when kids are young, we they will get much greater privileges, but there can actually avoid a lot of issues that are going are also greater responsibilities which come with to happen, potentially, when they’re older. being a young man … What are some of these positive parenting What are you hoping to convey at the techniques that you mention? seminars you’re presenting in the Manning The strategies that we’ve presented are all Great Lakes area? from our personal experience. And, the first one I’m looking forward to some great meetis spending one on one time with your child ings with some motivated staff, teachers, and without your mobile phone - just you and your parents, and I’m going to talk about the latest

research. A lot of what I’m going to talk about is actually common sense, but also providing tools as to how we can deal with some of the issues that are facing kids today and to talk about the particular strategies that we can all implement so that we can support them. I think teenage boys, young men, are fantastic. I’m an advocate for young men, and I believe that if you give them the right environment, all young men are amazing – so I’ll be talking about what we need to do to support our young men and to create the right environment so that they can really shine. These seminars are equally relevant for young girls as well. What’s on the agenda for you for the rest of the year, Arne? I’m running a number of Making Men Camps. I’m also running some junior camps, Young Warriors, overnight camps for 8 - 12year old boys. I’m running a father/daughter program that we’re starting this year, and I’ll be focusing heavily on leadership training programs, because I’m very interested in doing more to train people around what a rite of passage is and how they can deliver them in their own community, and then on top of that I have programs that are run internationally in places like Sri Lanka and Indonesia and probably Israel this year. Thanks Arne. Visit for more info ... Doctor Arne Rubinstein will be holding two workshops in the Manning area in February. 1. For parents and guardians of teens and pre-teens: a free workshop, Thursday 13 February, 5.30pm at Taree PCYC. 2. For professionals working with young people: Thursday 13 February, 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Taree PCYC. Cost: $45. Bookings can be made by calling Lee Murray on 0488 462 714 or email lee.murray@ccstd.

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