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Welcome to the June issue of Manning-Great Lakes FOCUS.


h June … I know it’s been said before, but winter is amazing! It’s time to enjoy some guilt-free, winter-warmer food (bring on the soups and other slow cooked wonders), a sneaky glass or two of red and a roaring fire. June each year is always our Arts and Culture edition, so we have some amazing content in this issue of FOCUS. We’ve interviewed a range of creatives, including musicians, artists, photographers, gallery directors and theatre managers in

this edition … and not forgetting about the “business culture” in the Manning-Great Lakes, we’ve chatted to some of our inspiring business leaders too. ON THE COVER In keeping with our Arts and Culture theme, our cover star this month is Jane Hosking, Assistant Gallery Director from the Manning Regional Art Gallery. It’s safe to say Jane is passionate about art, and the environment - and she’s a talented artist herself, with a newly created, beautiful gallery space she’s christened the “Armadillo”.

IN THIS ISSUE Holly Marsden, the creative behind Holly Holster - Art and Connection drops us a few lines from her beautiful property at Krambach. Holly is an expert in both art, and business branding. Terry Little from local band Nightmoves fills us in on what this group of “23-again” Rock ‘n’ Rollers are up to (think major Rock ‘n’ Roll festivals, like the epic Cooly Rocks On!) And Pipe Major John Andrews from the Wingham Pipes and Drums band has a chat with us about the role the band will play in the upcoming Bonnie

Wingham Scottish Festival. This month kicks off a series of special features promoting the local shopping hubs of our region. This month we showcase Wharf Street in Forster. Take a peak at Inhouse Homewares, Madora & PJ’s Cheaper Choice, crab a coffee from Brass Bell Cafe and treat yourself at Kellies Cafe, we love to shop and play locally, and encourage you to do so too! FINAL SAY “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” - Scott Adams.

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ith an artistic and adventurous spirit, Holly made the lifechanging journey with her husband, two daughters, horses, dogs and a cat across our wide continent from WA to where they are now, happily settled in Krambach. Holly’s passion for art, design and inspiring others to live a life they love enables her to work with many clients on their business branding, creating logos, websites, and stationery. Here is her story … Holly, you have a very interesting tale about how (and why) you settled in Krambach. In a nutshell, where are you from originally, and what brought you here? I grew up in Yerong Creek, a tiny town near Wagga Wagga in Southern NSW, but I have always loved travelling and I’ve lived in almost every state of Australia. One of my favourite places to live was the central western Australian desert, where my husband and I lived and worked, with our young daughters, in an Indigenous community. After four years living in WA, we decided it was time to come home to live closer to our family, so we began to plan the big move back across the country with our horses and dogs and cat. We always loved the Mid North Coast, so that was the region we had our hopes on, then a friend contacted me and asked if we would be interested in renting her family’s huge, five bedroom home on 100 acres in Krambach. We saw it as a big sign and jumped at the chance, and then everything else in the huge endeavour of selling almost everything we owned and


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driving our family and pets across the country, fell into perfect place. A journey of that kind (from the other side of the country) must have been an experience. What did you learn about yourself during your travels? Our journey driving across the country was one of the most incredible adventures I’ve ever experienced and has really set a benchmark for me of “where there is a will there is a way!” We drove for six hours a day for 10 days, with only two days off to give the horses (and me) a break. My husband drove his ute with our dogs, towing our horses in the horse float, and I followed, driving our car with our daughters, towing our vintage caravan. We mapped out every stop along the way, staying at pony clubs, showgrounds and race tracks, where we could let the horses rest and give them water; we had to take enough food for them for the whole two weeks, so it had to be a very well planned trip. I had never in my life driven for more than five hours on my own, especially not with my fiery, spirited kids or my horse, who is even more spirited, across the width of the country! But we did it, and it really did teach me to trust your gut, see all challenges as an adventure and that anything is possible. Where did your interest in art/graphic design begin? I grew up in my father’s art gallery, so my oil painting lessons started before I started school. I’ve always known that my life would be all about art, so I moved to Melbourne after high school to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting. During this degree, I also minored in graphic design, and this began my life love of all

My business ethos is based on ables the quote - 'Art en s ve el rs ou us to lose ves and find oursel e' tim e m sa e at th ” n. to Thomas Mer

things art and design. You own your own business, Holly Holster - Art and Connection. What's your business motto/ ethos? Holly Holster is all about inspiring others to create a life they love. My business ethos is based on the quote - “Art enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time” - Thomas Merton. I believe this is especially true for business branding, as it allows the business to really find themselves as a business and to visually represent who they really are to their clients. In my early 20s, I experienced some huge challenges, and the only way I was able to get out of that dark time was to lose myself and then find myself at the same time. It taught me the power of art and design and showed me how to be ferociously determined to create a life I love, and this created the desire to inspire others to do the same. What services does your business offer? I offer art and design services, through - Business branding, logo and website design - Stationery products - Paintings and prints When it comes to art, what do you most like to create? And what materials are you most likely to use? My first love is painting with lush, glossy oil paints on huge canvases, but I really love working with small business owners, translating their ideas into strong visual branding to elevate their business to a new level that makes them proud and pushes them closer to their business

dreams. I believe you're involved with an event on June 3rd - the Sharp Shooter Business Retreat. Tell us more ... what/who is involved with the day? Yes, I feel really strongly about community collaboration and sharing knowledge with small business owners, so this retreat is for small business owners who want to learn sharp and to the point business advice at an affordable price. It is going to be an incredible day, with guest speakers, Q&A time and networking opportunities. Teaming up with Agent Digital, Kirrily Hill Naturopathy, Nyaree Donnelly, Holiday Coast Credit Union, Forster Yoga studio. Covering topics like: Social media, websites, online stores, branding, banking and financial management, community collaboration, as well as how to keep your wellbeing and health intact, when “work” can very often be outside the 9 - 5 hours. Saturday June 3rd, 10am - 4pm, Clarendon Forest Retreat. Tickets available at retreats What are your hobbies/passions outside of work? I love hanging with my horses and dogs and all my favourite people, with good music while feasting on great food. Where can we contact you, or find out more about you? You can find me on Facebook and Instagram as Holly Holster, or check out my website: Thanks Holly.



As Assistant Gallery Director of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Jane Hosking is privileged to work amongst great artworks every day. Jane enjoys helping artists further their careers, and she’s also an artist herself - constantly inspired by the natural world around her.


ANTHONY MURPHY. A landscape photographer first and foremost, Anthony’s passion for the environment and its natural wonders is obvious in his work. Having been interested in photography since he was a teenager, Anthony’s honed his eye for composition and photographic skills over the years, and you may also see him out and about shooting commercial photography …


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Night moves

Terry Little, drummer and percussionist from local band Nightmoves, describes the four band members as “23-agin” musicians “living the dream” … And if living

the dream means providing awesome Rock ‘n’ Roll music to packed out venues around the Mid North Coast and putting a tap in the toes and a smile on the face of listeners, they’re certainly doing just that! The band is excited to be heading to the Cooly Rocks On Festival this month - a festival touted to be one of the largest Rock ‘n’ Roll and nostalgia festivals in Australia …


i Terry. Introduce us to Nightmoves ... when did the band form, and where was its opening performance? Our band consists of four "23-again" musicians, who despite being friends for many years, only came together by chance as a fill-in at a local club as recently as February 2015. The venue was Club Harrington, and on that night, the magic of our performance was so fulfilling, that we decided there and then to form a permanent band. We adopted the Nightmoves name from a previous project. The band has four members. Who are they, and what instrument does each member play? We have the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll band line up consisting of a lead guitar, Bryan Bartlett (B1); a rhythm guitar, David McGilvray (Davo); a whipper-snipper stringed slap double bass, Brian Adair (B2); and on drums and percussion, me, Terry Little (T1). All four of us have had previous successful careers in classic Rock ‘n’ Roll music, in one case first hand, or during many revivals of this wonderful music phenomena. Describe the various vocal styles the band members can produce ... A feature of the band is the fact that three of the four members present distinct individual vocal styles. B1 is blessed with a lyrical tenor voice, Davo is a direct opposite, with chops representing a deep, rich baritone, and B2 has what one would call a stylistic voice box. This combination provides a fine blending of harmonies in many of the band's arrangements. T1 completes the fine harmonic sounds by keeping quiet. What are some of the band's favourite 6

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songs to perform (and why)? Festivals such as Port Retrofest, Beatlefest, It would be impossible to pin down an acand the more recent Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festitual favourite, but a few of our arrangements val (where we were booked for 2018 two days that noticeably raise the adrenaline more after our performance), are certainly worth than others are: Louis Jordan's Caldonia and mentioning as highpoints of the past year. Ch-Boogie; Carl Perkins' Matchbox; Chuck BerTo top off a fabulous year, the band's also ry's Sweet Little 16 and Roll Over Beethoven; been selected to perform at the 2017 "Cooly two obscure Beatles' songs, One After 909 and Rocks On" Rock 'n' Roll and nostalgia festival 8 Days a Week. from 7 - 11 June. Congratulations! How did Even some swing era classics such as Tuxedo this selection process work, considering numerJunction, Minnie the Moocher and ous of bands must have applied? Mr Sheen have raised the We actually saw an adverB.P. of more than one of tisement on the Cooly the band members. Facebook site, which You've had asked the Rock ‘n’ Port Festivals such as st , some amazing Roll fraternity to fe Retrofest, Beatle gigs over the nominate a band cent and the more re past twelve of their choice. talgia Kurri Kurri Nos months. What We subsequently e er w we Festival (where ys have been completed an apda o tw booked for 2018 ), ce plication form, and some of the an m or rf after our pe th it was not long highlights, or or w y nl are certai ints po gh hi afterwards that we standout peras ng ni mentio .” ar ye were notified that formances? st pa e th of we were on the short Yes, it has list. Shortly after that, amazed us how we we received a contract. have been accepted Tell us a little about the in such a relatively short festival ... Have you visited it time. What has pleased us more before, what do you expect the than anything is the fact that the clubs vibe will be like, and how many gigs that have given us regular bookings are will you be required to play? now enjoying a dramatic increase in the This festival is now regarded as Australia's number of patrons whenever we appear. largest Rock ‘n’ Roll and nostalgia festival We can name, for example: and a signature event on the Queensland and Club Harrington, where we appear each secAustralian event calendar. Contracts have now ond month; Kempsey Heights Bowling Club, been signed for the band to appear at separate where it was "standing room only" last time venues on three of the four days of the festival. we played there. The Nightmoves band in a former life made However, the biggest success story of all, is an appearance some years ago, but since then our monthly Sunday arvo at Kendall Services, the festival has expanded to the status it now which attracts people from all along the Mid enjoys. B1 made an informal visit a couple North Coast.

of years ago and reported it to be simply mind-boggling, with all the activities organised and presented so well. What do you all have your sights set on next, once you return from Coolangatta? We were actually hoping for a short rest, in particular for the older band members; however, confirmed bookings for the remainder of June and July have certainly put that idea on the back-burner. Those bookings are themselves quite impressive and include appearances at Coff's Harbour Ex Services; Wests Cardiff; Port Panthers, Belmont 16's and a return appearance at the Foster Keys Family Fun Day, where the band made such an impact last year. Of course, on top of all that is our monthly Sunday Arvo at Kendall Services, which has gone gangbusters in the last couple of months. We are constantly being told that we make people happy, and our goal is to sustain that accomplishment. We aim to expand on what we have begun to achieve in bringing people back to club venues, where they can listen to some good, totally live music and watch some spectacular Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing, all mixed with a bit of old fashioned, zany antics from four young chaps who are once again living the dream. Where can readers find out more about the band, or book you for a show? Our Facebook page, nightmoves@nightroc, contains many photos and videos of some of our live performances. We have a limited number of YouTube examples, (Nightmoves Taree). Our email contacts are: oakwood165@ or The Nightmoves Band would like to publically thank all entertainment managers/agents who have given us the chance, and all our supporters who have continued to make it all possible. Thanks Terry.

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Hosking As Assistant Gallery Director of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Jane Hosking is privileged to work amongst great artworks every day. Jane enjoys helping artists further their careers, and she’s also an artist herself - constantly inspired by the natural world around her.


ou have been making things since you were a child … What was one of your earliest creations, and what was the inspiration behind it? When I was a child, I really wanted to be an archaeologist, digging and finding amazing objects with amazing stories. One of my first sculptures was a ceramic Sphinx I made at school. It combined my love of artefact and animals, but didn’t look very archaic. I think it just ended up looking like a big pussy-cat. What formal study have you completed, and how has this affected your career choices? After finishing Year 10 at Wingham High School, I wasn't ready to leave the area for study. Mr Silcock, a teacher from Taree TAFE, had visited us at school to encourage students to take up engineering. He made such an inspiring presentation, that I decided to enrol in pre-apprenticeship fitting/machining and mechanics. I was the only girl in the class an interesting experience, to say the least. I completed the course successfully but didn't continue the career. The course, however, gave me many skills in using tools and materials which have been beneficial in my art career. After running my own florist business for a few years, I enrolled at the University of Newcastle, as a mature age student, gaining a Bachelor of Visual Arts. I worked as a graphic artist for a while and later completed a Master of Letters in Visual Arts. The qualifications also helped me gain a position as a Fine Arts teacher at Tuncurry TAFE. I really enjoyed meeting students and helping them on their path to learning about


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the arts. I still see many of them in the area. Since 1999 you’ve worked at the MRAG. What impact does being surrounded by art every day in your work environment have on your own creativity? I'm privileged to be amongst art every day and get great satisfaction from helping artists exhibit their work and further their careers. Of course, it’s inspiring to experience the great range of art forms that we show, but sometimes I wonder if I am too “saturated”. I don't really know. It is wonderful to be exposed to new ideas in contemporary art, as well as works made during the last century. Sometimes an artwork I admire features a particular technique or medium, so I am able to study it closely as part of my research. You’ve been fortunate to work with many exhibitions over the years. What are a few of your particular favourites, and why did they have such an impact on you? The exhibitions I remember most are the ones I’ve curated. It takes at least a year, sometimes two, to develop an exhibition, and you submerge yourself in the research of the artworks, the artists, and how best to present them. I've been fortunate to be able to curate with my own interests in mind, so my first exhibition was about glass art. Later shows concentrated on animals in sculpture, pop culture and recycling in art. Shows that attract big crowds, such as the Archibald Prize, are memorable in that they create such a buzz about art in the area. I often wish that the people who come to see the Archibald Prize would also come and see all the other great exhibitions we show. We have some wonderful local artists who put their heart and soul into their exhibitions and

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would love to get as large an audience as possible. Working at the Manning Regional Art Gallery has been a dream job. We are a great team, supported by the best volunteers one could ask for. Our program calls for exhibition changes around every four to six weeks, and each time our team of trained installation volunteers turns up and helps us create a beautiful show. Sometimes installation calls for some tricky engineering or hanging techniques and as my colleague, Rachel Piercy, says, “It’s all smoke and mirrors!” You have recently completed your very own Studio - the Armadillo. How did the concept for this space develop? After discussing with my mother how much I wanted a decent studio, I mentioned it to my partner, Tim. He took on the idea and came up with this amazing design, inspired by the old “Nissen huts” of the early Twentieth Century. We wanted something that was almost an artwork in itself, so we found fantastic local professionals who helped us design and fabricate the main structure. Tim did the rest of the work himself, from the window walls, to the ceiling and decking. An amazing achievement! The studio sits in a beautiful position, overlooking the grove of trees that have been planted for koala feed. The back deck is a lovely spot to sit in the afternoon with a gentle breeze sweeping up the gully. We called it the Armadillo, because of its curved back. Since childhood I have loved armadillos; they are such a quirky animal, so it fits well and gives a sense of fun. The Manning Valley is such a beautiful

area, and I feel the potential for an art and tourism partnership can bring more growth. Many new residents tell me they chose to move to the area as it has a vibrant cultural community, highlighted by a regional art gallery and an entertainment centre. You have a love of nature; how does the natural world influence your art? I find animals a constant source of inspiration and entertainment, so some of my works are humorous, while addressing issues of human effects on the environment. I am extremely concerned about the way society seems to be ignoring its effect on animals and habitats, so I try to use repurposed materials as much as possible. I don't want to add to the waste that is constantly being created; there is a satisfaction in creating something that is thought of as spent or waste. Nature is full of amazing colours, textures and forms, which provide endless inspiration for an artist. I never tire of it. What is your next big art project ? I have so many ideas, I don’t know where to start. I’m working on a series of quirky Australian characters, and I have some designs in mind for sculptures that could be attached to the body, like prosthetics. In 2009 I lost a little finger in a motorbike accident, so I am starting with the hand, moving on to some larger, stranger attachments. Historical artefacts still intrigue me, and a series on future artefacts with a humorous twist is also on the sketchbook. Now I have this amazing studio, and the potential seems endless! Thanks Jane.

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GALLERIES IN THE GARDENS Why not drop into Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest on the June long weekend to check out a new art exhibition and sale of latest works by the renowned community of artists known as Galleries In The Gardens. The Winter Warmers exhibition kicks off with complimentary drinks and nibbles at 5pm on Friday 9 June at Tea Gardens Hotel opposite the ferry wharf, and runs through to the afternoon of Monday 12 June. It’s just another relaxing and free activity to enjoy while visiting these picturesque tiny twin towns bound by the upper reaches of Port Stephens, the Myall River and pristine ocean beaches. What Galleries In The Gardens Winter Warmer Art Exhibition and Sale. When 5pm Fri 9 June (“opening” drinks and viewing) then 10am to 4pm Sat 10 June - Mon 12 June. Where Tea Gardens Hotel, waterfront, Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW. Cost Free. Details or Facebook Galleries In The Gardens.

The aim is to have a large number of members demonstrating their various crafts, including tatting, knitting, crochet, jewellery making, bobbin lace, embroidery, paper crafts (e.g. card making) etc. The idea is to invite the general public in and hopefully kindle some interest in learning crafts. In addition, our café will be offering morning and afternoon teas and light lunches. Where Taree Craft Centre, 77 Pulteney Street, Taree.


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Pipe Major John Andrews wearing his clan tartan.



i John. How long have you been involved with Wingham Pipes and Drums, and what's your current position with the band? I have been active with the band since 1986, firstly as a piper, then Pipe Sergeant, and I am now the current Pipe Major. I started my piping as a learner with the original Manning Valley Pipe band in 1957 as a teenager, but Rock ‘n Roll and Jazz consumed the next 30 years. What can you tell us about the history of the band? The Wingham Pipes and Drums were first formed by the Wingham RSL Club and sub branch, with the need to have a band for ANZAC Day. The first Pipe Major was Barry Ryan, who came to the district from Sydney. He was the Pipe Sergeant for St Mary’s Band Club Band, which was at that time one of the top bands in Australia. Lessons for learners began in 1975, and their first ANZAC parade was in 1976. The band has not missed an ANZAC Day performance for 40 years. Over the years, we have participated in pipe band competitions and many festivals throughout the local area and along our coast, and inland to Armidale and Aberdeen. How many pipers and drummers does the

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Firstly, there is the snare drum, then the tenor band currently have? drum, and finally the bass drum. Pupils begin We currently have eight pipers, and six drummers and a Drum Major. It is very difficult on a practice pad (supplied for learners) with the appropriate sticks. Once again, plenty of to maintain a regular number, and most practice is needed to master the skills. difficult to attract learners. What is the significance of/type of The pipes (in my experience!) are tartan the band wears? not the easiest instrument to The tartan worn is the play. They're a beautiful “Prince Charles Stewart”. instrument, but take a lot Over the It does not have any real of practice to master! years, we have pipe significance for the What tuition/ participated in ns band. It was originally equipment can you band competitio als selected by Barry Ryan offer those people and many festiv local throughout the and his family, as it was who'd like to learn our area and along similar to the tartan that how to play? co ast, and inland Barry had at St Mary’s. You are correct. It is to Armidale and When/where does the very difficult from the Aberdeen.” band regularly meet for point of view that, firstly, practice/rehearsal? a lot of time is needed for The band has a regular practice the initial skills to be learned, on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9:30 without much result. Secondly, pm. We practice at the Wingham Brush learning and remembering tunes takes Public School Community Hall. We sometimes time. Anyone with musical experience practice at Wingham Park or at the old Taree should be playing within 12 months. swimming pool area. We have a good supply of equipment and What have been some of the events the experienced tutors, for the pipes, and what’s band has been involved with in recent more, it’s FREE. times? What types of drums are used by the Our main focus is for community events. band, and what assistance can you offer In recent times, we have played for the aspiring drummers? Wingham ANZAC Day march and on the Drumming can be very rewarding. There are same day played at Whiddon Aged Care three types of drums you could learn to play.

BAND Wingham, Wingham RSL and Club Taree. We have supported community events such as Relay for Life, Prostate Cancer events, and cultural days. We played at Wingham Australia Day Events this year, and received the coveted “Pride of Workmanship” award. What part will the band play in the upcoming Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival on June 3rd? Our band has a very important role to play in the Bonnie Wingham festivities. Apart from playing in the parade, massed bands and an individual performance at the fair on Saturday 3rd June, we will also play at the family night (Friday) and the Grand Scottish ball (Saturday). Individual members will also perform at the “brave heart breakfast”, welcome ceremony, the thanksgiving breakfast and the ceilidh, on Sunday. We start the festival on Sunday 28th May, performing at the Scottish concert. A few members of the band are also on the Bonnie Wingham Festival Committee. Where can readers contact the band, or find out more info? Any Tuesday night at the venue mentioned above, or contact myself or our secretary: John Andrew 6557 7240. Email Graeme Clarke 6557 0122. Email Thanks John.

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A landscape photographer first and foremost, Anthony’s passion for the environment and its natural wonders is obvious in his work. Having been interested in photography since he was a teenager, Anthony’s honed his eye for composition and photographic skills over the years, and you may also see him out and about shooting commercial photography …

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If my photos can help inspire others to get out there and explore our beautiful country, whilst leaving a minimal footprint on the environment, then to me that’s an achievement in itself.”

i Anthony. What brought you to the ManningGreat Lakes, and which particular area do you call home? Hi Jo. I’ve lived in the Forster-Tuncurry region since I was about six, having spent a few years travelling around Australia with my parents when I was younger. After a couple of years spent in Newcastle for study after school, I returned back to ForsterTuncurry in 2005 and have stayed here ever since. How did you first become interested in photography? I’ve had an interest in photography since I was about 14, I think. My parents both had SLR film cameras, and I was always eager to learn how to use them. I began a course in photography at school and basically hi-jacked my mum’s camera from then on. I then undertook a Digital Arts and Media course at the Newcastle Institute of Technology after school, where I further developed my understanding of cameras and the basics of photography. My passion has pretty much snow-balled since then, having a camera in my possession at most times, from surfing trips nearby or overseas, family outings or general wandering around the local beaches and rainforests looking for new places to explore. There's an obvious love and respect for the ocean, beach and waterways that shows in your photography. What is it about these things that inspire you the most? I’ve been a passionate surfer since I was 12, so I’ve always had a strong connection to our beaches and ocean in one way or another. If I’m not photographing something at the beach, I’ll be out there surfing the waves with friends. What I love about the ocean is that it is so unpredictable; it could be your average day at the beach, but then there could be a lightning storm out to sea, or a whale might breach with its calf, or that perfect wave will finally roll through all by itself, and then you’ve got that incredible moment in time captured to share

with others. I’ve drawn different levels of inspiration from fellow photographers such as Ken Duncan for his Australian panoramas, local photographer Shane Chalker for his great local surfing and seascape shots and Steve Parish for his beautiful rainforest photos. What's your favourite time of the day to shoot landscape/seascape shots (and why)? My favourite time would definitely be the pre-sunrise hour. I’ve yet to experience a more peaceful situation than sitting still on a beach I’ve been a or rock shelf waiting er passionate surf for the sun to rise, e I’v lighting conditions and a since I was 12, so letting the new day s had a strong ay w al thermos of hot coffee. unfold and watching nnection to our co What factors run in the scene around ean beaches and oc through your mind r.” he me erupt into the one way or anot when you're framing a most vibrant display of shot (whether landscape colours. or commercial shoots)? You've been taking Framing for a landscape photos professionally photo, the correct composition has for some time now, and your always been my number one priority. portfolio also includes commercial This is the one thing you can never fix in photography. What services does post-processing. I usually analyse all of the your business actually offer? nearby area before taking the shot, seeing My main passion is landscape photography, but I have been developing my skills in what the particular element of attraction is many types of photographic work over the to focus on, any leading lines to draw the last five years also. I’ve been fortunate to eyes into the shot more, if there are any provide photographic services to local clubs, elements of interest I can incorporate into the restaurants, holiday parks and real estate foreground and, if there will be moving water agencies in the Great Lakes and Manning in the shot, making sure I’ve got the direction Regions. I’ve also had a handful of jobs of flow and correct exposure figured out. photographing products for businesses and Commercial shoots are a little different; music events too. interior areas of a building tend to be quite What are the five essential items we'd cramped, so you need to be shooting as widefind in your photography bag - the things angle as possible to get as much detail of the you'd never be caught without? room into the frame as you can and making Being mainly a landscape photographer, sure exposure is correct for both interior and there are a few things I can’t survive without. exterior light sources. A tripod is essential for almost every situation, What are your photographic goals ... What a few lenses for different scenes/angles, insect would you like to achieve professionally repellent, various filters to help deal with and creatively in the future?

I would eventually love to be more involved in travel/surf photography, although this part of the industry tends to be a little difficult to get work in. There are so many spectacular natural wonders, both locally and further abroad, that people are unaware they even exist. If my photos can help inspire others to get out there and explore our beautiful country, whilst leaving a minimal footprint on the environment, then to me that’s an achievement in itself. I’ve recently been selected as one of the official photographers for the upcoming Jeff Wilcox Memorial in July also, which is one of the largest Bodyboarding events in Australia. I’m looking forward to that one - it should be a great experience for me. Where can we see samples of your work, or contact you? A collection of my photos can be viewed and purchased on my website at www. or my Facebook ( and Instagram (@amurphy_photo) Accounts feature new content all the time too. My contact details can be found on all of these sites for further enquiries. Thanks Anthony. manning-great lakes focus.





FOR IDEAS ABOUT RECYCLING, CLEAN ENERGY, NATURAL PRODUCTS AND HOW TO REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT ON THE EARTH, ENVIROFAIR IS THE PLACE TO BE ON JUNE 10. EVENT ORGANISER JO WALLACE SAYS THE EVENT WILL ALSO PROVIDE MUSIC AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, SO THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! i Jo. What can you tell us about the history of Envirofair and why the event was established? The Envirofair started back in 1991, after I arrived back in Taree from Cairns, where I was involved in a similar event. The event has always been a platform to raise awareness of how our lives impact on our environment and also to promote the choices we have to reduce that impact - our footprint, as it is called today. The day is held to celebrate World

Environment Day, which is on June 5 annually. How has Envirofair changed/evolved since its inception? The fair has evolved and grown over the years to be an annual event that attracts a broad range of people. From the outset, people from all walks of life have attended and enjoyed the diversity in stalls, food and entertainment offered on the day. The event offered like-minded people a day to get together and celebrate their efforts in preserving and protecting the environment,

specifically the forests and fauna and flora at that time in the early nineties. I know that some people moved to the valley after attending the event, because of this sense of community and wanting a clean environment to live in. It is interesting, but also sad to know that the efforts of many to save environment from significant damage and destruction is still so relevant. We know that forests are watersheds and saving them saves our waterways, and now

we are threatened by coal seam gas industry on our doorstep. That fight is not over. When/where will the event be held this year? The event is held on the Saturday of the long weekend in June, this year on June 10th, between 9:30 and 3.30 in Taree Park, behind the studios of community Radio 2BOBFM - with a gold coin entry. What/who are some of the attractions/ stallholders we'll be able to see at this year's

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event? There will be a range of stalls promoting ways to reduce our footprint, be it in solar energy, food scraps or general waste. Midcoast Waste will be on site with an E-Waste trailer, so you can save those items from your general waste now and bring them along. You will also be able to get up close to one those big noisy recycling trucks that pick your kerbside recycling and find out how they work, as well as have all your recycling questions answered. You can find out what worms really like and how they can turn food scraps into beautiful fertiliser. Local produce, and handmade and upcycled items will also be available. One thing the Envirofair has always focused on is minimal waste, by ensuring stallholders provide biodegradable containers and food that is good for your internal environment. We have a range of musicians to entertain visitors, and there will be entertainment for the children. Tell us a bit about the fantastic maze we'll be able to experience this year ... what was involved with this project? The Recycled Maze Project is a work in progress, and as we will need lots of panels to make up the walls, it is going to take more time to get the community involved. We will have some panels on the day, so people can get an idea of how they can turn their waste into a wall for the maze. This is a big topic at the moment, with The recent War on Waste program just run on ABC television where Craig Reucassel (from The Chaser) has highlighted this issue and really practical ways to reduce our waste, and thus our footprint. We will have information and registration forms available on the day, with plenty of lead up time to collect your waste, create a panel, and then we can construct the Recycled Maze. Whom would you like to thank for making this year's event possible? Midcoast Council and Midcoast Water have continued to provide funding for the event, and JR Richards supports us with waste management. Community Radio 2BOB 104.7FM continues to play a major role in the Envirofair and providing fantastic food at the Global Café. Where can we find out more info? More information is at or call 2BOB Radio during business hours on 6552 6200. Interested stallholders can contact Jo Wallace on 0448 822 042. Thanks Jo.

day & overnight trips Our specialty is senior groups, providing personal and caring service for holidays that are either organised by us, or as a charter organised by the groups. One Day Trips We also travel to the live shows in Sydney and Newcastle, as well as local shows in Taree and Port Macquarie. We can offer a coach booking and itinerary planning service, to help you organise your own tour or day trip. Overnight Tours We tour extensively over areas from Tasmania in the south to Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland, west to Cameron’s Corner, Broken Hill and down to Adelaide and the Great Ocean Road. Upcoming Overnight Trips Queensland Outback Winter Escape - 13 days and 12 nights 24th June - 6th July. Darwin, The Ghan and Adelaide - 13 days and 12 nights 26th August - 8th September. Mudgee/Gulgong Tour - 4 days and 3 nights - 22nd September - 25th September.

MA BELLE MAISON Ma Belle Maison is French for “Beautiful Home, Beautiful House”. Ma Belle Maison is the passion, heart and vision of Leanne Watson. Allow Leanne to assist you with adorning your home and residence with beautiful pieces of furniture and furnishings. Contact Leanne today. (02) 6550 1951. 0499 505 075.

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Lamb shank from Club taree


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Roast Pork with baked potatoes, pumpkin, peas & gravy

242ate CAFÉ Bar & Grill 242ate Café at Club Forster serves Modern Australian Cuisine, with fresh seafood, quality steak, and traditional pizza and Italian dishes. Executive Chef Steve Curlew focuses on colour, texture and taste in his dishes, and the flavour to match. Try the Whole Lemon Sole or the Hot & Cold Seafood Platter with local Rock Oysters, King Prawns, smoked Salmon, crumbed Whiting, prawns and calamari, chips and salad. With an Australian and international wine and beer list and award winning coffee, you are sure to enjoy your dining experience at 242ate Café.

Executive Chef Steve Curlew.

Kellie’s Café, Shop 6 Pacific Arcade, 46-48 Wharf St, Forster, New South Wales. 0477 455 814.


Club Forster, 19 Strand St, Forster 6591 6591

Ginger nut crumble, lime curd, coconut marshmallow, blueberry popcorn, meringue.

restaurant synergy Where food and service work in harmony. "NEW AUTUMN MENU" Synergy Restaurant & Bar, located at the Mercure Centro Hotel in the heart of town. For an intimate dining experience, offering modern Australian cuisine at its best. Intimate private dining rooms available on request, for bookings of 10 or more guests. Don’t forget to join us at “Happy Hour” every evening from 5pm - a refreshing 40% off all beverages - restaurant SYNERGY’S cocktail lounge.

Cnr Hay & William Streets, Port Macquarie 6583 0830 or book online 7 days, 6:30am - 10am for breakfast; 5pm - late for dinner. Bookings essential.

The Feral Brewing Co “Hop Hog” India Pale Ale 10 right: Executive Chef Jay Snelgar left: Sous Chef Shivaneel Nath.

Get a good whiff of this Feral Brewing Co beast that explodes with citrusy flavours and hop aromas, rounded out with a solid malt backbone. Reef Bar and Grill in Forster is your local watering hole featuring this well sought after Crafty.

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with Steve Attkins from Great Lakes Paddocks


Frantz (PG) 7pm Tuesday 13th June at the Manning Valley Visitors Information Centre.


aree Film Society screens the




love quality wine glasses and for me, an attractive, well weighted, balanced glass really adds to the wine drinking experience. However, I’m not sure that the glass in any way enhances the flavour of the wine that you actually pour into the glass. So why is it that some wine glassmakers claim that certain wines should be drunk out of specific styles of glasses? Apparently, Riedel was one of the early glass manufacturers who came out with a range of glassware highlighting that different wine varietals would benefit if drunk from glassware designed specifically for it. The Austrian company Riedel have a long history of 260 years making premium glassware. Back in the ‘70s, Riedel claimed that “the specific shape of the glass would aid a wine drinker in picking up every aroma of the wine, and that shape would also direct the wine to the exact part of your mouth that would allow you to taste that wine best.” As a marketing exercise, this worked wonderfully for them, and sales went through the roof! There was a selection of around 10 glass designs for specific wine styles, including pinot noir, syrah, sauvignon blanc etc. So for a period of time, many in the wine game believed and supported the notion of Riedel’s theory, and many “on-trend” wine drinkers must have experienced much confusion figuring out which glass goes with which wine, particularly if they hadn’t

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labelled their wine glass cabinet clearly! Interestingly, wine judges did not stray from using the standard wine taster for judging at wine competitions. A report came out in 2004, indicating that studies suggest that these claims by Riedel were not scientifically proven. It was suggested that your brain doesn’t care where the taste is coming from in your mouth and that while the glassware may be beautiful, the flavour of the wine doesn’t taste any better than it would being drunk from your standard vegemite glass jar!

Frantz (PG) at 7pm Tuesday 13th June at the Manning Valley Visitors Information

The arrival of this enigmatic es ch Fren man rais nites ig d an suspicions a’s warpassions in Ann wn, an d to e wounded hom ep ens, de ry te as the mys ied in the secrets long-bur rface su to past threaten ything …” er ev ge and chan

Centre, Taree North. Director François Ozon’s latest masterpiece is a hypnotic tale of love and remembrance. In a small German town in the wake of the First World War, Anna, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé (Paula Beer, in a Venice

award-winning performance), forms a bond with an unknown Frenchman (Pierre Niney) who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave.

The arrival of this enigmatic Frenchman raises suspicions and ignites passions in Anna’s war-wounded home town, and as the mystery deepens, secrets long-buried in the past threaten to surface and change everything …

Tickets are $14, including coffee, cakes and chatting. For more details, visit or phone 6552 3476.

Riedel were not deterred, and there must have been enough of us suckers who bought into their ploy that encouraged them to greater innovation by creating the now common “O” series glassware, the stemless glassware range. And it also didn’t stop us from buying our stunning “Wooded Chardonnay” glasses. And as I sit writing this, I have pulled out one of my beautiful “Wooded Chardonnay” Riedel wineglasses, which are typically stored carefully away in their box after we so easily broke one the first time we used them, and I have poured a little of our 2012 Chardonnay. This Chardonnay is lightly oaked, and I am assessing whether it tastes better than it did the other day out of our standard, ordinary, but not unattractive, wine glasses. And my conclusion, after pairing the Chardonnay in this stunning Riedel glass with some fantastic smoked salmon ... YES, it tastes better!

Image of the month. Title: Quiet Waters at Green Point. Photographer: Photo taken by Brian Gymer. Camera: Sony A77. Lens: Sigma 18 - 250 mm. 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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Taking a stroll along the footpath you will be greeted by the friendly locals and locate some great locally owned and operated businesses.

Discover the hidden gems, beautiful shops and inviting cafes that Wharf Street Forster has to offer. With it’s small village atmosphere and the beautiful Wallis lake at its door steps, Wharf Street is still the go to place for boutique shopping in Forster.

Featured in Focus this month you will find Coasting Home, offering on trend, in season homewares, fashion and accessories to see you through all year round, Kellie’s Cafe, hugely popular with locals and visitors for their delicious Breakfasts anfd quirky shakes, Cafe Brass Bell, offering two blends of coffee to please every pallette. Spoil yourself at Madora with a new handbag or a new outfit for the cooler days that are headed ourway. A must go-to is of course InHouse Homewares, from large statement pieces to that little something thats missing from your space, Inhouse is your one stop home decor boutique Finish off your shopping experience with PJ’s Cheaper Choice. You can get just about everything at Pj’s from gifts for the littles ones to beautiful wall art pieces to suit any taste.

Coasting Home

Kellie’s Cafe

We are a beautiful coastal homewares store located at 56 Wharf street Forster. Great range of decorating options for your home or holiday house. Whether you are looking for furniture or finishing touches, such as cushions, prints, lamps, or vases we can offer you a hand picked selection of home accessories with a coastal feel. We also carry an indulgent range of home fragrance, jewellery, scarves and beach kaftans that you can spoil yourself or friends and family with at any time. So next time you are in town, drop in and see us. Home stageing & interiors If you are a builder or developer looking to style interiors, we offer a consultant and styling service. Or you are wanting your home or development staged for sale come in & talk to us.

Overlooking the picturesque Wallis lake, offering a delicious range of eats, quirky shakes, espresso coffee and fresh squeezed juices is Kellie’s Cafe.

56 Wharf St, Forster (02) 6555 8838


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Kellie’s staff pride themselves on customer service and being able to offer beautiful quality, freshly sourced produce at affordable prices. A range of alternate milk options are available for those with dietary requirements or just looking for something a bit different. Come in to Kellie’s and let the Kellie’s Cafe experience speak for itself.

Shop 6 Pacific Arcade 46-48 Wharf St, Forster 0477 455 814

Wharf Street

Café Brass Bell Café Brass Bell is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and everything in-between. We serve two varieties of coffee, our house blend and a stronger Killer blend, Mildura tea, fresh juices, fruit smoothies, delicious cakes and breads, as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu. Come in and try our soup of the day served with Turkish toast, or Eggs Benny with your favourite topping. We have a yummy variety of Turkish breads and salads for those who don’t have time to sit down in their lunch break and need to keep moving. We specialise in corporate and private catering. Give us a call or email to discuss your catering needs and yes, we also deliver catering to your home or workplace.

41-43 Wharf St, Forster (02) 6554 5333 Open 6:30am - 3pm.




24 Wharf Street Forster, New South Wales (02) 6557 6550

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In House Homewares Forster (est 1997) has a huge selection of kitchenware and unique homewares and boasts a great selection of ELK clothing and accessories. Located in the heart of Wharf Street, Inhouse Homewares are that must visit shop, and with winter now upon us, why not pop in store and see our latest range of ladies’ clothing and accessories, scarfs, boots and hats. We stock an impressive range of Maxwell Williams and Scanpan, along with Crabtree and Evenlyn products and the famous T2 Teas. We look forward to meeting you soon and helping you decorate your home, select that perfect gift or deck yourself out in the lastest winter fashion.


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Madora has recently moved to a brand new location come in and see us in our brighther and bigger shop at 1/41-43 Wharf Street. Discover Madora and all this boutique shop offers. Pop in and browse the beautiful range of ladies casual clothing, handbags and accessories. Madora also stock and extensive range of European swimwear for all shapes and sizes, with cup sizes up to F.

Shop 1 41-43 Wharf Street, Forster 0414 259 909

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As Manager of the Manning Entertainment Centre, Jeremy Miller has a very intensive role, but he is also busy behind the scenes, helping to shape the theatre/entertainment industry at a wider level. His involvement with some important industry bodies helps ensure the future of entertainment in the Manning area ... And there’s no denying we’re privileged to experience lots of top notch shows locally.


i Jeremy. What's been keeping you busy with your role as Manager of the Manning Entertainment Centre in recent times? We’ve just about locked away our shows for 2018 and we’ve filled about half of the 2019 season. There are also still plenty of great shows coming in the second half of 2017, so stop reading this interview, go to our website, and buy some tickets! The Eisteddfod is currently in the theatre celebrating their 50th anniversary. It is pretty extraordinary what that group of volunteers has done for this area over the past 50 years. At the end of last year, you became Chair of the NSW and ACT Performing Arts Centres Association. What's involved with this position? The Association is an opportunity for all Performing Arts Centres to come together, learn from each other and present our needs to State and Federal Government and to the broader industry. Through the association, I am able to speak to other theatre managers throughout NSW and the ACT, work with producers and funding bodies to ensure the work coming down the pipeline fits with what our audiences are looking for, and benchmark our progress against our peers. When you look at the benchmarks, the Manning Entertainment Centre punches well above its weight. I’m lucky to have such a great team. Many readers may not know that you're also a board member of


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Monkey Baa Theatre Company - a Touring producers are constantly telling group that produces some amazing me how professional our crew are children's theatre tours. Why is it compared to other venues. Please don’t important to you to continue to be tell anyone - they might get poached! involved with organisations of this What motivates you to continue your work in ​the field of kind? entertainment? Monkey Baa is the I want to make a best children’s theatre difference to the company in Australia; region where I’ve they have written It’s a science, chosen to raise and produced a d an art an ’s at th my family. I really t consistently bu bit of luck , y an r believe that what excellent work fo e the sam in re he yw an we do here makes for young people e tr thea .” ld or a difference. We for over 20 years. w e th train young people in The production of acting, music, dance, Diary of a Wombat is lighting and sound, so currently on a seventhey might have a career that month tour to over 50 could take them anywhere in the venues around Australia, and later world. this year the company returns to the We contribute to the economic USA for a tour of Unknown Soldier. development of the region by giving These are incredibly inspiring, talented businesses and families another reason people. Sitting in the boardroom, I to move here. Plenty of studies have can represent the needs of regional shown that having facilities like theatres audiences. I also learn a lot that I and art galleries are a huge decision can bring back to the running of the factor for businesses. A healthy arts and Manning Entertainment Centre. entertainment scene plays a substantial What are some of the biggest role in attracting new residents to an challenges you face on a local area. level with regards to attracting, We give local audiences an opportunity organising, and promoting to see performances of the highest entertainment? calibre from emerging and world-famous It is always a challenge to predict companies. And yes, we give people a what shows will attract an audience. It’s good time. If we can present a show that a science, an art and a bit of luck, but takes you away from your troubles for a that’s the same for any theatre anywhere little while and sends you home with a in the world. It can be tricky to find smile on your face, what could be better skilled lighting and sound technicians than that? in regional areas. I’m grateful that we Thanks Jeremy. have a very strong crew at the moment.


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tockland Shopping Centre have formed a unique partnership with the Australian Museum; how did this come about? Stockland has partnered with the Australian Museum to bring an ultra-realistic T. rex model to its customers, offering an intimate dinosaur experience - never before seen in Australia. Stockland is excited to work with the Australian Museum to bring this phenomenal model to customers, providing a chance to get truly up close and personal with a life-size T. rex, without the need for a time machine. So far T. rex has travelled to Stockland Wetherill Park, Stockland Shellharbour and Stockland Balgowlah. After the visit to Stockland Forster, the tour will end at Stockland Glendale. Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO, Australian Museum, said: “Dinosaurs are a perennial favourite of museum audiences, so we’re excited to work with Stockland to give people outside Sydney the chance to see this prehistoric beast dating from 65 to 85 million years ago, as never before.” The centre will be host to T. rex over the next few weeks; what are the reasons for the visit? As part of T. rex on Tour, Stockland Forster will play host to this fantastic T. Rex model from 27 May to 20 June. T. rex has travelled to Australia from the UK and is the world’s first anatomically complete creation of a Tyrannosaurus rex, providing an incredible visualisation of the most infamous predator which ever lived. How big will T. rex be, and what materials is she constructed of? The model, which is valued at more than

$600,000, was built by National Geographic for the documentary T. rex Autopsy. The T. Rex model is 11 metres long and weighs 2 tonnes. More information on the construction and autopsy can be seen here: http://channel. anatomy-of-a-killer/ How will this dinosaur provide educational benefits to children and families visiting Stockland? The innovative model was built in collaboration with a team of palaeontologists and scientists and truly brings to life the size and scale of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whilst also showcasing what made it tick, with an up close look at its vital organs - including a giant heart. From an educational perspective, it is a great opportunity for young and old to get up close and personal and understand more about dinosaurs, and in particular to dispel many myths. What other dino-related activities are planned for Stockland Forster/ Whilst at the centre, visitors will have the opportunity to enter a national competition to name the life-size model of T. rex, with the winning entry to win an international family trip for four from Adventure World. As part of the centre activation, Stockland Forster will also host a number of dino related activities for families, including a Ferocious Friends Workshop to create dinosaur themed craft, dinosaur face painting and balloon artistry and dinosaur fairy floss. T. rex will remain at Stockland Forster until 20 June and then will end her tour at Stockland Glendale. Thanks Rachel.

The Kings of Country - Direct from the USA, Phillip Bauer as Johnny Cash has been recreating the sound and the look since 1985, as he recreates the era of Jackson, Folsom Prison Blues and all the songs that made Johnny Cash the King of Country Music. Michael Moore, as the outlaw Willie Nelson, is the World’s leading Willie tribute artist and as well as working with the Kings of Country, he also does his own show extensively in the United States. Ted Vigil, as John Denver, has just been awarded the Rising Legend award by the American Music Country Music Association. John tours the United States regularly with his own show. Together with their own band, these guys make The Kings of Country a must see show. Kevin Bloody Wilson -

"The Almost Awesome Tour". The Kevin Bloody Wilson Show is not just a concert performance. For most, it’s a full on event and an opportunity to tick from your bucket-list a chance to see Australia’s most unique international comedy legend. Kevin has become a national institution - a must see for any person wanting to see absolute original Australian comedy. Bootleg Beach Boys - perform selections of classic hits, and cult favourites, from California's most famous band. From surf themed anthems such as Surfin' Safari and Surfer Girl to classic muscle car memorables like Shut Down and Fun Fun Fun, the band have gathered an impressive repertoire of West Coast, harmony laden songs, that evoke the spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 1960s American dream.

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Works by Christine Long and Helga Visser What paintings will be featured in this exhibition? Christine: There’ll be something for everyone - from stunning landscapes of Tasmania and Central Australia to vivid still lifes, as well as paintings of birds, some impressionistic, while others are more beautifully detailed, all in a variety of media. Helga: Both of us find natural subjects a great inspiration, and both of us try to capture their essence. In this exhibition you’ll see some familiar subjects with different interpretations, as well as personal statements. There are paintings, drawings, as well as sculptures. How would you describe your work? Helga: Mostly representational, with a few excursions into contemporary. Landscapes of this area include the beautifully restored Cattai Wetlands. Trips to Central Australia gave me an understanding of the indigenous people’s attachment to “country”, so I’ve included some outback landscapes. Christine: I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of nature and enjoy painting landscapes, birds, still life and florals. I often approach my still life subjects with the use of bold colours and a strong sense of design; whereas, when I paint birds, I enjoy bringing out the detail and use watercolour and pencil. I use a more impressionistic approach when painting landscapes. What particularly inspires your sculptural work? Helga: Oddly enough, I find most of my sculptures are comments on today’s society and mores. Sometimes something strikes me as funny or absurd, and I want to make a comment on that. Sometimes it’s just quirky or frivolous, and sometimes it’s political - the equivalent of a comedian telling the truth.


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Manning-Great Lakes locals

a local Clairvoyant

John Portelli.

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ow long have you lived in the Manning-Great Lakes? Since August 2015.

Favourite hobby/pastime outside of work? Looking at real estate, ten pin bowling, as well as driving the coast. Best thing that’s happened to you so far this year? Won a trip with Volkswagen to China for outstanding work with customer service and sales.

I have a passion for home s; I at times love gn si de from to sit and draw int po ew vi an area gn .” si de or ri te in and

What’s a skill or talent you have that you’d like to develop more? I have a passion for home designs; I at times love to sit and draw from an area view

point and interior design. I guess learning more about these two areas would be exciting.

If you were to win a multi-million dollar lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy with the money? A property set on a hilltop with ocean views on one side and overlooking bushland the other.


his month we caught up with our very own stargazer, Terri, for a quick chat between readings ...

Where do you call home? Port Macquarie. How long have you been a FOCUS contributor? I’m not sure; approx. eight years?

Favourite food/drink? Ferrero Rocher/ Franjelico. Favourite musician/band? John Farnham/INXS. Most humorous memory/experience? Accidentally sitting in a plate of food at a party.

What do you like most about being a contributor? Offering guidance to people.

Who/what is your biggest inspiration?

Favourite thing about our area? How friendly and clean the environment is.

Where are you answering these questions?


My father. In the lounge room.

with Horticulturalist Neville Donovan - Greenpatch Organic Seeds

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½ cup water 1 cup full fat coconut milk (or any desired milk) 3 cm piece fresh turmeric root skin on, or 1 tsp ground 2 cardamom pods 1 cinnamon stick, or large pinch ground. 1 star anise 2 cm fresh ginger, skin on, sliced, or ½ tsp ground Pinch of black pepper, ground or freshly cracked

Method Combine all ingredients except milk in saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for five minutes. Add coconut milk; simmer for further five minutes. Using a strainer, strain desired amount of tea into cups; add honey to taste.


here are lots of ways we can improve overall soil health, including home produced compost, animal manures, organic fertilisers and mulching materials. Growing green crops is so much easier than lugging materials to your garden; it’s also a relatively under used soil improvement method. There are great benefits with growing green crops, including improved organic matter in the soil and providing nitrogen and other essential nutrients for plant growth. Planting green manures can also suppress winter weeds, protect existing soil from sun oxidisation and erosion from heavy rain whilst providing mulching material. Fast growing grains and legumes are generally used, with a growing period ranging from

eight -16 weeks, depending on the plant varieties. On poorer soils, organic fertilisers can be used to give the plants a boost. You can broadcast seed direct on to the garden bed and cover with either soil or a light mulch and water in well. Once vegetation grows 40 - 80 cm high and is lush and green, it is time to dig the green crop into the soil, just before flowering commences. Plant your garden after allowing the vegetation to begin breaking down - approximately two weeks. Legumes such as vetch, lupins, broad beans and peas are ideal when mixed with grains such as oats, barley and rye to provide additional green material. Happy growing! manning-great lakes focus.






W The Taree Day View Club will celebrate its 50th birthday on June 27th. To mark the occasion, a luncheon will be shared at Club Taree with special guests, and several long serving members will be recognised - two have been members for the entire 50 years! The Taree Day View Club is a friendly group that provides a place for women to meet, socialise and learn, all the while raising funds for the Smith Family.


hat's the history include outings, fashion parades, craft days, behind the friendship days, and they are all lots of fun. establishment of Taree The club will have its 50th birthday in Day View Club? June. Congratulations! What special VIEW … voice … celebrations are planned? interest … education … women. Pat Hammond: Our 50th birthday is on June Janice Howard (Jan): The first meeting was the 27th. held on the 16th May 1967, at the We are holding our celebrations Caravilla Motel, Taree, after at Club Taree, to which we a notice appeared in the have invited Dr David local paper asking for Gillespie, Mr Stephen our We are holding anyone interested to Bromhead and Smith ub Cl celebrations at attend. The agenda Family Executives ve we ha Taree, to which illespie, was to discuss from Sydney to G invited Dr David forming the first attend, plus all other ad he om Mr Stephen Br View Club outside View Clubs in the ily m Fa and Smith ey dn Sydney. Sy area. om fr es iv Execut l other An inaugural Lunch and to attend , plus al area .” e th in committee was s entertainment are the ub Cl w ie V formed, and their first order of the day, and as meeting was held at we have two inaugural the Council Chambers and members who are still with chaired by then Mayor Shirley us as members, they will be Kennedy. presented with their 50 year service The membership started with twenty badges. Other members will also be members and quickly grew to seventy. presented with their 40 year, 20 year, and Their first luncheon was held at the Royal 10 year badges. Hotel in August, with the then State President Our two inaugural members are Janice Mrs Armstrong and the then State Secretary Howard and Joy Davey. Mrs Stewart in attendance. When and where do you regularly meet? What are the aims of the club? Pat Hammond: We meet at Club Taree Pat Hammond: Amazingly, our club has on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and stayed strong over the years, and at present anyone wishing to come and join our friendly we have 64 members. Our aim is to raise club can contact: money to help the Smith Family to educate Melinda: (02) 6559 9919 disadvantaged students in all areas. Our club Coral: (02) 6552 6568 supports four Learning for Life students. Marcia: (02)655 00454 We hold functions each month and raffles All will be made very welcome. to raise the money needed. Our functions Thanks everyone.

hat started as a fleeting discussion about “Cafés in OpShops” at the Lifeline Business Conference continued to brew, with Kurt Russell, Business Manager of Lifeline Mid Coast, turning the café idea into reality for the Lifeline Shop at Forster. Café 13 11 14 opened recently, hoping to further bond locals and build upon the community infrastructure of the local Lifeline brand. A social media campaign helped in naming the café, with over 100 social commentators provided many interesting conceptual names, before Café 13 11 14 was chosen, which tied nicely back to the services side of industry. Each cup of coffee helps save Australian lives, as all money raised through the café is

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prevention programs. A collaborative effort and big thanks go to the Wallis Lakes Men’s Shed, 48 Tip Rd, Darawank, who fitted out the café with a stylish custom made recycled café bar, which they generously donated. Café 13 11 14 employs a professional barista and has many reasonably priced items on the menu, with coffees starting at $3.50. The café is a place to meet with friends, or park your husband while you enjoy shopping. The official launch party for Café Thirteen, Eleven, Fourteen is happening on Saturday, June 3rd from 9am to midday. There will be free cupcakes with every coffee sold.

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he two different concerts each feature about 30 of the best performances from the six sections of the 2017 Eisteddfod Competition - Vocal, Piano, Dance, Speech and Drama, Instrumental and Bands, and Choirs. Each concert is about three hours long. To celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Eisteddfod, this year there are also special guest performances in both concerts by previous major scholarship winners: pianist Andrew Chubb won the Roma Liggins Scholarship in 1991 and is now a celebrated Australian recitalist, composer and piano teacher in Newcastle; dancer Kye Maurer won the Roma Liggins Scholarship in 2008, has performed throughout Australia and also had two years in Tokyo; singer Nyssa Milligan

won the Roma Liggins Scholarship in 2009 and has performed extensively for the Sydney Conservatorium, including in Verona, and is currently a sought after freelance singer in Sydney; dramatist Corrie O'Brien won the NIDA scholarship in 2012 and 2014, and is currently studying Theatre at Newcastle University; guitarist Keegan Gibson (pictured above) won the Roma Liggins scholarship in 2016, is currently in Year 11 at Great Lakes College, and playing at many major local events. Andrew, Kye and Nyssa all have university degrees in their field. Tickets are: Adults $24, Pensioners $22, Children under 18 $12, and can be purchased online at, from the MEC box office phone 6592 5466, or Stockland Forster Information Desk.

Welcome to THE HUB. GARFIELD’s AUTO SERVICE ALL MAKES, ALL REPAIRS. YOUR MODERN DAY MECHANICS. Garfield’s Auto Service Centre is a longestablished automotive service centre offering its expertise to residents in Taree and the surrounds. Owners Dave and Kelly Fernance have a team of three full-time mechanics, with Kelly as the receptionist; they are dedicated to customer satisfaction. Dave is a fully qualified mechanic with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. This is further strengthened with the two highly qualified motor technicians, Kevin Scope and Gary Germon, who have more than 50 years’ combined experience among themselves. Offering quality vehicle repairs, Garfield’s are also automotive air conditioning specialists, plus all mechanical repairs, diagnostics, repair and

maintenance of brakes, clutches, diesel and petrol injections, transmission systems, regular car servicing and vehicle registration inspections. Garfield’s Auto services and accommodates all makes and models, from 4WDs to light commercial vehicles and motorhomes, all models from European to Australian. At Garfield’s Auto, they work hard on the pursuit of excellence to continuously deliver customer satisfaction. Quality and reliability of your vehicle is their main priority - like anything mechanical, you have to maintain it to keep it functioning at its best. That’s why its important, no matter what age your vehicle is that it is serviced regularly and the basics are checked. Garfield’s also offer Seniors’ discount to card holders, and courtesy cars are available.

Heath and Hoff are excited to announce that we are opening a creative shared workspace in Forster. Over the past year, we have discovered an incredible creative network of like-minded business people in the Great Lakes, and have found this inspiring. However, this network is often working in isolation from home, rather than collaborating - sharing ideas, creating opportunities, and building an active community. We’re hugely passionate about this, and the possibilities that collaboration can bring, so we wanted to do something to kick start it. Introducing “The Hub”. The services that The Hub will offer are: “Hot desking” - for professionals who need a workspace, but can’t afford to rent an office of their own. Daily, weekly and monthly packages available, including full use of our meeting facilities, WIFI, and our creative and strategic

brain power; Utilise our meeting room - need a place to host a meeting or presentation? Book our meeting room, complete with audio visual equipment, and tea/coffee making facilities; Event space - want to host a workshop, or an exhibition? Book our studio space. Open plan with plenty of wall space, our studio will be available to hire after business hours (conditions apply); Monthly events - monthly gatherings, workshops, creative nights and facilitating speakers; we plan to host plenty of events to bring people together. Run by Heath and Hoff, we will be operating out of The Hub full-time and welcome like-minded professionals to join us. Launching in July, we are accepting expressions of interest throughout June via our website. Visit

Calling all doers, thinkers, makers & shakers. Register your interest and find out more at:


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Beef Week.

Beef Week.

Jamie and Alistair’s wedding.

Jamie and Alistair’s wedding.

BBBob Berrigan and Paul Gallagher.

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n the Tuesday, I made coffee for the producers who were touring the abattoirs, then headed to the showground for Wednesday and Thursday. I was really impressed with the students (385 of them this year) who were so incredibly focused on the cattle and their task ahead. 2017 saw the first year for a Charity Steer, with all money raised going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The steer was donated by Mark Burke from Burke and Sons, Summerset. I love an auction, as it reminds me of my childhood days out with my Dad at McGraths Hill sales. Stephen Moy is a great auctioneer too, adding to the fantastic atmosphere that was happening at the showgrounds. I was told by many visitors that Wingham hosts a pretty good event due to the great organisation, the proximity and support from Wingham Beef Exports making it unique, and also the ability for families to camp at the showground. This year also saw an opening dinner held at Wingham Services Club, with major sponsor Wingham Beef Exports presenting awards to local cattle producers for the consistent quality of their beef. We dined on some wonderful steak and heard from some of the original Presidents of the committee, with some interesting stories on how it has evolved over the years, from cattle parades in the main street to where it is today. This year, in a successful attempt to bring the community into the feel of the event, the organisers ran a special art project with the children


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Mother’s Day weekend was also a great from St Joseph’s, co-ordinated by Ron Hindopportunity for new owner/chef Julie Ann Booth marsh, that saw 12 painted plywood cattle cutand joint Rotarian Karenne Norling to host the outs adorning the shop windows. I have never first fundraising high tea at Centrepoint Café spent much time at the Wingham showground and Arcade. The arcade and café transformed during Wingham Beef Week; it isn’t through into a very pretty, feminine atmosphere with lack of interest - I just never made it up there flowers and colour, ready to impress the 45 until now, but I plan on visiting again next year! attendees. A spectacular array of beautiful Thanks to the volunteers and organisers for “home baked” style savoury and a great week. sweet platters were delivered Mother’s Day is always a big to the tables, with everyday for restaurants and cafés, and this year was no excepone enjoying themselves is tion for us. We like to put immensely. ay D r’s he Mot y da g bi on a band for the mums, The Rotary Club of a s ay w al d an s nt and this year we were Sunrise on Manning (a ra au st re for ar was delighted to have Bob satellite club of Taree on cafés, and this ye .” r us Berrigan and Paul GallaManning) hosted this no exception fo event in aid of Ride 4 a gher play for a full house. Woman ( Unfortunately, the weather in southern Uganda, where was wet, so our plans of a continuing funds add to the garden party were dashed. We life skills and education of village also had to turn a few people away, ladies, leading to empowerment through which is always a shame - especially when employment. The end result was $765. there are a few last-minute cancellations, Both Julie Ann and Karenne were delighted every restaurateur’s nightmare, but the show with the afternoon, which was voted a huge went on and the staff did a brilliant job, with success by all those in attendance. everybody enjoying this special day. On Saturday 8th April, a lovely young lady by Bob is such an entertainer, and we love having his fantastic energy at the café, making the name of Jamie Cross came home to Marlee all the guests happy, with a lot of foot tapping to marry a Northern Irish lad by the name of between bites. He is great at playing the perfect Alistair Irwin, and it was bound to be a special songs for the audience and relating the lyrics union. Many of the 90 guests visited all the way back to the venue. We look forward to welcomfrom Northern Ireland, frequenting Bent on Food and shopping around Wingham for many ing Bob and his entire band to the café soon for days before the wedding. We were proud to ina Sunday afternoon Jazz session.

volved as the caterers, and the extended families made us feel like part of the family. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Brian Ford and took place in the beautiful old Marlee church, with the reception at the historic hall that was beautifully decorated in a whimsical fairytale theme. Jamie’s dad, being a builder, created some fabulous pieces with stunning timber, including a bar made from pallets. The decorations were stunning, with something to see around every corner, along with memorable family heirlooms and photos. The beautiful table flowers were supplied by Sophies Heritage Blooms and a fabulous cake was made by Hayleys Cakes. The Marlee Hall committee were wonderful and helped to make sure the hall was beautiful for the day. The photographers “Bobby and Fiona Photography” were very particular and did a great job at capturing the relaxed atmosphere of the wedding and the beautiful bridal party. Some of the photos were taken at John and Joy Gillogly’s property, “Duckbill”, which made a fantastic backdrop. Mitch Taylor from Vintage Car Club Taree supplied the car, and singer Kumari Lamotte travelled up from the Hunter Valley just to sing. It was a glorious wedding, and we wish Jamie and Alistair a wonderful life together - we thank the family for including us. I would love to hear from you if you have any social events, weddings, parties anything! Send pics and info to donna@bentonfood. Cheers, Donna.

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What motivates two Manning Valley sisters, both over 50 with dodgy backs, to take on the challenge of driving 2,500 km on mostly unsealed roads around western New South Wales in November heat, dressed as clowns? Let’s ask the Stanfield sisters, Katrina and Fiona, who are “Team CIRCUScision” in the 2017 Mystery Box Rally.


t’s three things really,” says Katrina. “Firstly, it’s the personal challenge to cross the finish line with everything in one piece; secondly it’s raising much-needed money and community awareness to fund cancer research for the Cancer Council; and thirdly, it’s an attempt to bring some laughter and sunshine into the dark world of cancer sufferers, survivors and their supporters. After all … laughter is the best medicine!” How has cancer touched your lives? Without going into personal details, can I say that Team CIRCUScision is comprised of a cancer survivor and her support person. Our primary focus though, is that so many people we know have been affected by a wide range of cancers - including family, friends and acquaintances. It’s an all too common occurrence. The statistics suggest that by age 85, one in two men and one in three women will have some form of cancer. So much money is needed to fund cancer research, and it takes time to get results, but for many of the people awaiting a cure - there isn’t much time. Over the last 10 years the Cancer Council has received $120 million in funding - 96% of that money is from community volunteers - only 4% from government sources. We want to do


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our bit to make a difference, so if you see us clowns carrying donation buckets, please give generously, or go to our “everyday hero” link below! Fiona, I understand that entering the rally was your idea. How did it come about, and why the name Team CIRCUScision? I’ve always been a thrill seeker and when I saw some photos of last year’s Mystery Box Rally on a friend’s Facebook page, I immediately got excited and investigated further. I didn’t think it would take too much effort to get my sister on board, and we were over the moon when we received our letter of acceptance. Over the years, Katrina and I have gone camping together - no husbands or kids - our own “down-time therapy”. We fill the time with mischief and adventures, which keep us laughing along with anyone else around. Anyone wanting to join in with us is told they have to be CIRCUScised first! We’re already having so much fun CIRCUScising our community for cancer research. What is involved in being in the rally? Well, first we had to find a suitable car. Only vehicles 25 years or older can be entered in the rally - two wheel drive only. We needed something reliable that would handle the rough conditions. We’re fairly confident problem

ggest The statistics su in e on , 85 e ag that by e re th in e on d two men an rm fo e m so women will have money h uc of cancer. So m cancer nd fu to ed ed ne is kes time to ta it d research , an r many of get results , but fo g a cure tin the people awai time.” there isn’ t much

solvers when it comes to most things about cars, but we’re not mechanics, and this outback adventure could get interesting! After a couple of months of brainstorming, quizzing all of the rev-heads we knew and looking online, our major sponsor, Ron Cavickas from Buffalo Motors Taree, came to the rescue with a 1988 Toyota HiAce Sunliner van as our Clown Rally Mobile. We are so grateful, because Buffalo Motors Taree not only supplied the vehicle, they registered and insured it, and it has a bed to rest our weary backs on each night of the rally. We’ve already raised the minimum $3,000 sponsorship to be eligible to enter. Our goal is to raise $20,000 through further sponsorships and donations over the next few months. We aim to put the FUN into FUNdraising, with many events planned between now and November, including Taree Envirofair on June 10th, raffles and sausage sizzles. Where does the rally take place? That’s the mystery! All we know is that it

starts at Dubbo and finishes at Dubbo five days later. Each morning we get directions for that day, drive 500 ks and camp for the night, then the same thing for the next four days. We could be headed for Bourke, or Broken Hill, or who knows where in 40 degree heat; we don’t know! Thanks Fiona and Katrina, and best wishes for a successful campaign. How can you support Team CIRCUScision? Like and follow Team CIRCUScision on Facebook for news about upcoming events and competitions. Visit the Mystery Box Rally website: for details. Become a sponsor - email Donate online. Donations are tax deductible and can be made directly at https:// circuscision Interview contributed by Roger Marmion.

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i John. We may have covered this before in your previous editorials, but just to refresh our memories ... How and why did you come to call the Manning

area home? My wife and I moved here just shortly after we got married, because I was given a great full-time job not long after I finished university. We had been living in Sydney all our lives to that point, so when the chance to move to the Mid North Coast came up, I leapt at it. How/when did you know what your career path would be ... and what courses of study did you complete to accomplish this? I decided in Year 10 of high school that I wanted to study sport and exercise science at uni, because I was a pretty decent swimmer growing up and wanted to have a career path that let me continue to live that dream. After completing my undergraduate degree, I started working with sporting teams with both developing athletes and professional teams, while I completed my exercise physiology accreditation. Then, I did postgraduate study in rehabilitation a little later on. Kinetic - from the Greek word meaning "of motion" or "to move" ... How does this word reflect what you do in your business? Great question! That's the whole point of what we do. As an exercise physiologist, that word, “exercise”, is often the problem. So we consider what we do is use movement


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as therapy in a very scientific way to create How can you help those suffering from adaptations and changes in the physiology various forms of cancer? of our patients, to help them live the life they Chemo, surgery and hormone therapy are want. essential treatments, but often the sideThe range of illnesses/injuries you treat in effects and risks of these treatments mean your day to day life must be immense. Let's that enduring cancer treatment is a harrowing focus on a group of diseases that come experience. What we know now though, under the banner of "cancer", though is that through specific exercise based ... Typically, what are some of medical therapy we can play a the common issues cancer tremendous role in eliminating patients (of all types) or minimising the harmful What we do is present you with? effects of treatment. t use movemen So, the easiest way More than this, in ry ve as therapy in a to answer that is to some cases we can to scientific way ns tio ta consider, broadly, how also see treatment create adap e th in s ge an cancer is generally effectiveness improve and ch r treated. Typically and most amazingly physiology of ou em th patients, to help ant.” there are three types of all, the one single w ey th e live the lif of medical management common determinant of strategies we interact with survivorship past five years - those who have surgery, post cancer diagnosis is exercise chemotherapy, and/or hormone participation. therapy. What about those patients who may So, with breast cancer, most often we be in remission ... How can you assist see patients pre and post surgery and also them? during and after chemotherapy. Certainly, as I said earlier the biggest For men with prostate cancer, it's much the determinant of survival following the acute same, and I have been running a group for treatment phase is exercise, and the number prostate cancer patients for about six years one post cancer killer is heart disease. They're now. two things we can manage very effectively and These are obviously two of the largest specifically. Getting to remission can be a long groups, but we also see patients with process though, and before someone technically lymphoma, leukaemia and other cancers like reaches remission there is a real need for colorectal, ovarian and lung cancer. rehabilitation, and that's something our breast

cancer support program was designed for. How huge, in your opinion, is the impact our common lifestyle choices these days has on our everyday health (and what can we do to improve our situation)? Our lifestyle choices fundamentally determine our health and as we learn more about the interrelationship between our genes and the way we live, we can see that these choices influence whether genetic signalling and DNA expression occur. So, we see some people develop ill health, despite taking every precaution, whilst others seem to have all the luck to do as they please … But it's all about risk - treat your body without respect, and sooner or later it will come back to bite you. This is all easier said than done and is a large part of what we do, implementing the most effective strategies that are going to have the biggest return, and ensuring that this is what takes place. Exercise really is medicine. You wouldn't expect just any old dose of a blood pressure medication would be right for anyone - your doctor would be very specific. This is how we use exercise. Where can we find out more about what you do? The best way to see what we're up to and to learn more about what we're about is to head to our Facebook page, but if you have cancer and want to know how you could join our programs for free, you should give us a call straight away. Thanks John.


Knowing the status of your hearing health is just plain SMART. Even if you don’t think you have a hearing loss, you might. In fact, it can take years to recognise hearing loss. After all, for so many, it comes on gradually. Many people don’t realise how easy it is to get a hearing test by a qualified hearing care professional and how straight forward the test itself is. In fact, at Manning Audiology, for your peace of mind, we provide no obligation free hearing checks at Taree, Tuncurry, Bulahdelah and Gloucester.

2. A series of sound prompts played for you with specially designed headphones. And your responses will be recorded on a chart i.e. Audiogram. If the hearing care professional finds that you do have a hearing loss, then they will advise you for further comprehensive evaluation of your hearing to determine the cause of hearing loss and possible rehabilitation. You are at no obligation to take any action if you don’t want to. So, don’t wait another day to learn the status of your hearing health.

The hearing test itself is fairly simple and takes less than 15 minutes. Most include two basic components:

Congratulations! You’ve made the first move towards better hearing and greater quality of life.

1. Questions about your hearing and general health;

Disclaimer: Manning Audiology is a privately owned & operated local business run by Independent Audiologists to provide you with best care and advise for better hearing health.



he condition known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or emphysema can be a debilitating illness that makes breathing incredibly difficult and the thought of physical tasks a cause for anxiety. COPD arises from the deterioration of a crucial part of our airways, where the vital gas exchange process takes place. At the same time, sufferers also experience damage to the fine hairs that line the airways, called cilia. The combination of these factors lead the airways to become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to frequent infections and heightened pneumonia risk. Coughing becomes a feature, as the sufferer tries to clear their airways; however coughing in and of itself is an abrasive action and can cause the airways to become inflamed and for the cilia to become even more damaged. Whilst some medication may assist in managing inflammation and keeping airways open and also in managing infections, and antibiotics are a frontline defence against infection, there is no pharmaceutical approach that can comprehensively manage this process so as to meaningfully change the course of this disease.

Now, as grim a picture as this seems, there is actually a series of strategies that can be put in to place to help most sufferers control the rate of disease progression and reduce infection risk. A comprehensive management program must include three main features. The first is knowing how to keep your airways clear. The active cycle of breath techniques (ACBT) involves a “huffing” manoeuvre instead of coughing, which is far more effective in clearing the congestion that leads to coughing fits and an environment ripe for infection. The second is to undergo some basic breath training. It might sound silly, but learning how to breathe effectively is something that is often lost in the disease process, and since the diaphragm is in fact a muscle, it responds very well to exercise. Lastly, the most important strategy is exercise. This is usually a loaded term, but in COPD it’s a non-negotiable. In as much as the airways are limited, the systemic gains still available through the application of appropriate exercise therapy is the difference between those who live well and those who don’t. Improvements in the vascular system’s capacity for oxygen transport and heart and muscle health can lead lead to reductions in shortness of breath, less time in hospital and less secondary health concerns.

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DUNDALOO SUPPORT SERVICES How does Dundaloo support participants to develop skills? Dundaloo Support Services provide a range of support for people to develop skills that help them grow, become independent and be part of their community. By visiting community places, events and participating in community activities, people can explore their personal interests and increase their confidence and enjoyment in life. This often encourages people to try new things to develop skills and opportunities. We support people to access volunteer work that gives them a sense of purpose and achieve personal goals. Some of our participants attend Men’s Shed and childcare facilities to develop new skills and participate in work that is meaningful to them. We support people to develop budgeting, money and life skills and use computer and technological aids. These are delivered in an individualised and flexible day program that

meets the needs of the people. You provide Day Programs that are designed to teach life skills. What are some of the outcomes that have been achieved with these Day Programs? Take for example Chris, who attends our cooking program. Chris is proud to be learning how to prepare food in a healthy way, different styles of cooking, knife handling and kitchen hygiene. He said, “In cooking I enjoyed making lemonade scones and pizza. I've learnt to make pizza bases and how to measure correctly. Learning these new skills has helped me to cook good food. I look forward to cooking on Wednesdays, and I am going to cook lots of new food that is good for me.�

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with Clairvoyant Terri Hall Phone. 0424 818 343

JUNE 2017

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MNC Disability Services Limited members with Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Ray Williams MP

ABOUT INCLUSION Mid North Coast (MNC) Disability Services Limited was honoured last month to be selected by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services as the chosen provider for the transfer of 10 accommodation and supported living services across the Mid North Coast Region of NSW. MNC Disability Services is a not for profit consortium comprising local, well respected community organisations, including About Inclusion, Nambucca Valley disAbility Services, Kempsey Regional Support, Booroongen Djugun Limited, Ability Options and accommodation partner Evolve Housing, who combined have over 120 years’ experience supporting people with disability. The locally based consortium members are fully committed to the people they support to live the best life possible and experience respect, belonging and contribution within their local community. Each consortium member brings a wealth of experience, established workforces and strong networks within their respective communities. As an immediate priority, the consortium members of MNC Disability Services will be focused on ensuring the next stage of the transition process for residents, their families and support staff is as seamless as possible. Mr Fred Van Steel, Chair of MNC Disability Services and CEO at Ability Options said, “We look forward to welcoming participants, families and staff and ensuring people with disabilities live inclusively in their communities, assisted by support services delivered with integrity, respect, compassion, innovation, diversity and understanding.”

AQUARIUS. January 21 - February 19

Your wisdom from every existence previously experienced is coming back for you to access. You may hear yourself speaking a truth and be filled with wonder as to its origin, because you won’t have learnt it. Your mind is connecting to thoughts beyond time. Enjoy! Blue Lace Agate is great for intellectual stimulation.


February 20 - March 20 Complete contentment is close. Set some new goals and have something intellectually stimulating to focus on. Your clever mind will benefit by being satisfied, and this will alleviate self degrading thoughts and negative put downs from others. Aquamarine cleanses negativity from our energy.


March 21 - April 20 Now is a great time to set fresh goals or re-evaluate your position at work. Change is favourable in the next few months and it is perfect timing for you to step up to the mark and fulfil your dreams or aspirations. Don’t empower your weaknesses by sharing them keep them confidential and release them. Turquoise is great for self worth.

TA U R U S . April 21 - May 21

You are discovering what your role in the bigger scheme of your life is at present. Set some fresh goals, but be aware of your motive, to ensure you are not asking for appeasement of insecurities. Give yourself permission to receive wonderful things and enjoy! Malachite helps release old emotions and enhances change.


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GEMINI. May 22 - June 22

The universe has a surprise in store for you. You will be able to take this opportunity anywhere you wish, and it will offer security and grounding. You will benefit by giving yourself permission to walk this walk fearlessly and passionately enjoy! Citrine attracts an abundance of positive influences.


September 24 - October 23 Now is a great time for adventure. Set some goals and go have fun. If your life’s commitments do not allow for travel at present, be as free thinking and adventurous in thought as possible. Play with some talents and gifts. Citrine enhances creativity.



You are embarking on a journey of emotional self discovery through the connection of another being. Reflect yourself in this person to eliminate issues from your past. If they do something you are challenged by, ask yourself why is it a problem. Aventurine is great for new beginnings.

Justice will prevail. You are aligning with freedom from entrapments. If you have been holding yourself back, give yourself permission to succeed fearlessly and have fun. Avoid entertaining thoughts about what other people are thinking, as everything you come up with is negative - not real, yet you believe it. Citrine shatters negative energy.

June 23 - July 23


July 24 - August 23 You need to know you deserve beautiful things or you will sabotage favourable opportunities. Smile at your reflection each time you are in front of a mirror to boost self worth. Your subconscious will be empowered by each smile. Turquoise is great for self love and confidence.


August 24 - September 23 Relationships are offering you healing from your past. Be as open as possible in communicating, and listen as much as you speak. You tend towards self criticism, so try to dampen this tendency. Use as much self praise as you can for the next few weeks. Rose Quartz is a nurturing crystal.

October 24 - November 22

S A G I T TA R I U S . November 23 - December 21

You have recently been recognising cycles that have repeated in the past. However these things no longer affect you the way they once did as you have healed. Try and identify what change you have made in attitude or beliefs then thank yourself. Quartz amplifies self worth.

CAPRICORN. December 22 - January 20

Your roots are shifting, so big change is on the horizon. Set some fresh goals, give yourself permission to receive the most wonderful rewards, and throw yourself into the next opportunity that crosses your path. Enjoy the feeling of complete contentment. Turquoise is great for enhancing self worth.


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e warned you months back that this could be a sell out, and how right we were! It was a sensational evening that showcased the best of local “MidCoast” business. To see new faces and people interacting with other businesses they usually wouldn’t get the chance to see was such a pleasing result. On the night, I reiterated that business need to be leaders of change and a positive driving force in our community. From the overwhelming positivity in the room, I am confident we are on the right track. MidCoast Council area has the chance to become a major player in regional NSW, but it must be driven in a unified and positive manner. We have plenty of new ambassadors to call upon now, and I am so glad the “silent majority” are starting to find their voice. I can’t single out one particular business from the night, but naturally the big winner gets the gong. Congratulations must go to Milligans Shower screens, who scooped three awards, including Business of the Year. Lumpys Nursery & Landscape Yard also had a big night, while a surprise packet emerged in the form of R and R Property, who have offices in Stroud and Bulahdelah. Denise and the team where overwhelmed to be part of such a big event and to be recognised amongst much bigger and more established businesses. Further proof that in all corners of MidCoast, we are having an impact. With a number of these winners going on to regional award level, we now wish them well and know they will do us proud. With the awards on, you would think there

was no time for anything else. Think again. Taree Chamber ran a Tourism Forum at Taree Uniting Church on May 10th. This was our way of getting direct consultation between tourism operators and council, to flush out any issues with changes to the local branding. It was a very positive forum, with Paul De Szell of Council speaking of the confusion in the market over what is “corporate branding” and what is tourism. Many have thought the recent release of logo and brand options was for tourism, which is not the case. Council are committed to working through a Destination Management Plan that is helping us find our identity and how we can best attract tourism business regionally. Using all three area’s assets as one is going to be very powerful, and the group were appreciative of this. Some good feedback was presented to Council, who committed to more consultation throughout and even in other areas of MidCoast. We also met with NSW State Minister for Tourism, Adam Marshall. This was a quick catch up to put some tourism related topics on the table with our local member. Mr Marshall is back to discuss tourism and events on 5th June at MidCoast Council Chambers in Forster. We recommend you consider attending, to continue the dialogue with State Government.

and structureplanner can liftextends both income and The portfolio role of financial to being overall performance, then attending the seminar a facilitator and with couples who both work, isfinding a must.the time to organise financial matters and The for retirees late has experience. not only been evenchallenge home loans can be of a stressful low interest rates, but with change across many The following are activities Jonathon has been areas such as the Centrelink asset test, age care involved with of late. The names have been financial assessment and superannuation, it is changed obviously, but circumstances are real, potentially confusing and stressful. which young families can relate to: One of the presenters is Keenan Bunning from Sandy andInvestments, John both work andshow have how great Perpetual who will difficulty getting time during work hours to seek diversified portfolios have consistently generated financial advice. They wanted to purchase a income more than three times what is on offer house, but needed help in obtaining a loan and a with bank deposits. total review of their financial situation. They had Jonathon Tickle will illustrate in his presentation saved enough for a deposit but had not sought how advice is for all generations and adviser pre-qualification forproactive a loan, nor had any idea on relationships enable coaching through how much they could spend on a home. life changes and challenges. Jonathon frequently comes across and ultimately Jonathon sawineffective them after hours in theircostly home and default insurance some superannuation completed detailswithin needed to refer to a mortgage funds and theinformed potentialthem trap for broker, who justthose how who muchaccept they what offered,aswithout advice. couldisborrow, well asindependent costs associated. His talk leads into Alan Tickles’ demonstration The loan was arranged to purchase their first of innovative strategies that can increase home at an interest rate way lower than what Centrelink payments and better overall investment the clients had researched. performance. Alan will also cover issues As part of Jonathon’s role, pensions, he also reviewed surrounding account based death their financial situation and personal risks. benefit tax and adverse Centrelink assessment. The sleeping giant is deathcover benefit taxbasic, He found their insurance very lingering for the unwary who vulnerable intend passing which would have left them due to superannuation including attached underinsurance benefits, that reduced further as theylife got insurance, to non-financial dependent children. older. He found that their superannuation was

They had no WillsMinefield in place and while it is often a Superannuation subject the back offor one’s mind, it really There is aput realtoopportunity certain people to is a responsible act to make sure that there is some act now to capitalise on existing superannuation estate planning which even include contribution rulesstrategy, before the July can 1st 2017 provisioning for future children. changes. Adam Johnson and Jan this Thompson Jonathon co-ordinated aspect from with alocal solicitor. Chartered Accountants, Johnson and Thompson, The clients felt secure in the knowledge that their will provide an insight at the seminar into the new house and family were protected against changes and strategies that can make a difference potential financial catastrophe such as sickness, when it comes to superannuation. disability or death or permanent disability. Political Scepticism John was veryopposition active in sport, I Because was bemused to hear leaderthere Bill was cover included extra benefits in the Shorten scoff at to theprovide Government for meddling eventsuperannuation of specific accidental injury. with given the questionable changes presided previously. They hadhea has clear budget,over so that home However, neither sideand of politics have grasped maintenance, rates insurance were all the impact of unpaid covered each pay daysuperannuation and their Willsguaranteed and Powers levies. of Attorney all neatly held in a safe packet with The result is a loss of both contribution tax and tax their solicitor. on fund earnings as well as a massive impact on This assistance took place with no interruption future retirementallfunding. to their work hours. Just this week, three new clients lamented They happened mentionhave that failed their parents that their former to employers to pass were concernedentitlement about retirement of and concern superannuation to theirand funds another salary sacrifice contributions. was thateven theirlost grandparents were facing aged Itcare. is a huge issue Australia wide. The solution I believe compulsory remittance Jonathon was able tois assist the whole family in a via the PAYG system through to the clearing diverse range of needs across four generations, house, from there the superannuation could to be including the future children of John and Sandy. remitted to the nominated funds. InCentrelink the meantime, all employees would be It has been bemusing to hear media comments well advised to be vigilant in checking that and shock just this week regarding changes to contributions are being received. assetFederal test limits for Centrelink. Local Member Dr David Gillespie is already inThis communication withbeen me on issue. information has outthis now for well over See you on the 13th! You need to phone 12 months. It is certainly notwill new information 6551 2333 to reserve your place. and this column has addressed the issue a

number ofontimes. Last month’s column in advice in information a defaultand fund that didnature not only address This advice is ofreally a general and notheir reliance should be placed the information before seeking individual from a Financial Planner and Taxation Adviser to ensure the appropriateness to individual circumstances. Alan Tickle and Your Heritage particular dealt with this. longer term goals. Financial Planning are both authorised representatives of Securitor Financial Group AFSL 240687 ABN 48009189495. 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.

Finally, Chamber is hoping to attract a higher calibre of speaker over the next 12 months, with a series of speaking sessions planned. This, we hope, will attract big business leaders from other parts of the country to speak of their experiences and provide insights we normally wouldn’t hear. What a great opportunity to learn from those who have achieved so much. Just a teaser for the new financial year and beyond. 14 manning-great lakes focus.

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FOCUS has a fresh face - or helmet. Introducing the Shift, a local car enthusiast and shift worker who put his hand up to test drive and review the latest in luxury vehicles for us in his spare time ...



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to try and grasp the sheer volume of highI was surprised to find that despite BMW’s tech widgets that are jammed into this luxury steadfast refusal to tune their vehicles specific sedan, which include a smart key (which to Australian conditions, the 5 Series drove enables you to remotely retrieve your impressively on the less than impressive car from tight car park spaces road. The global steering, damper - Port Central anyone?), and suspension set-up is spot a 10.25 inch highon, the car has unyielding When the loud resolution screen, a grip from its 20 inch pedal is put to massive heads-up tyres, and it is balanced bit of the floor with a display, wireless enough that you can eed oomph , the 8-sp Apple CarPlay (a go pretty hard into a Sport Automatic world first), active corner without being s ift sh transmission cruise control and punished. y, nc ge ur gears with nse se an autonomous Dynamic suspension n ca it if as t almos y kl ic lane change feature: makes the ride quite qu e ar u yo that ne .” a system that will comfortable, almost running out of la allow your BMW to urging you to drive at change lanes by itself if demerit point reducing the system determines that speeds, and the sound there are no vehicles in your blind deadening material is so effective spot. that your back seat passengers will Now vehicle autonomy might be all need a blast from the 16 speaker Bowers well and good on the well maintained and Wilkins stereo to keep them awake. Autobahns in Germany, but pot-holes, milk Ranging from $93k - $137K, the new 5 tankers and stray cattle are the norm in our Series range has a mixture of diesel, petrol neck of the woods, and you’ve generally got and turbo-charged petrol engines, and each to keep both hands on the wheel, so most model is accompanied by an encyclopaedic buyers are going to want to know how it array of BMW approved options. stacks up on our roads. My ride was the 540i M Sport Package,

boasting a twin turbo 3.0 litre six cylinder engine which is good for 0 - 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. When the loud pedal is put to the floor with a bit of oomph, the 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission shifts gears with urgency, almost as if it can sense that you are quickly running out of lane. The interior is comparable in size to big Aussie sedans and if you’re hands are full, you can kick the bumper and the boot will open up. However, most purists will argue that a car that can essentially drive itself and needs a computer engineering graduate to service it is a techno marvel first and a sports car second. But the bottom line is, BMW has made this car fun to drive, and figuring out all the electronic aids is going to add longevity to your purchase. Just don’t try explaining that to the octogenarian at Long Flat, as for many people, some cars are always going to be too expensive and too fancy for their tastes. As for the Shift, I’m new, but I’m here to stay. I plan to give the reading public a real world view of a variety of newly released cars and to have a good time in the process. Sometimes this might mean driving them like they’re stolen. Hope they come with full tanks!



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estinations around the world are being challenged to ask themselves, “Are we equipped to create experiences?” Put simply, without a unique story told consistently and by all, a destination and its products becomes a commodity, with price as the only battlefield. Visitor perceptions of a destination are now largely shaped by the opinion of others, communicated through word of mouth from millions of individuals. With ever increasing competition, visitors seek more authentic experiences. Just like the adage: “You don’t have a brand until your customers say you have a brand” - “an experience that is not talked about might as well be invisible.” So, how do we shift our focus to the visitor experience in order to deliver the right destination experience, that creates brand advocacy from visitors and locals alike? “Delete Product and Install Experience.” “Delete Destination Marketing and Install Destination Management.” We need to emphasise the experiences a visitor has in our destination, rather than the product found there. In other words, travel experiences are not merely products to promote, but require coordinated efforts to improve upon and build value for locals and visitors. The importance of tourism organisations in helping to shape these positive and inspiring experiences is paramount. But this shift demands that we step outside of our historic role of marketing and selling. Our role must become one of “management”. It’s about development, bringing the whole experience together and guiding collaboration across a wide spectrum of stakeholders in a coherent and intuitive way, to ensure experiences are seamless and that there is continuity that makes sense to people when they visit the region. The overriding reason for doing this is that


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if we’re making promises and appeals in our marketing communications, we need to be able to keep those when people arrive in our region. To overpromise while not delivering on the experience isn’t the right thing to do. Understanding the customer journey is critical in this process. This means leveraging data to better profile and target niche markets and then understanding the various stages and experiences that these different visitors segments have when they come to our destination. It can be the big projects, like developing a masterplan for a Great Walk. Or it can be something simpler, like finding the micro moments that can make the difference to someone’s experience. Every interaction matters. A major challenge for all destinations is that no single organisation owns the experience. It relies on a number of businesses being able to offer the types of experiences the target market is seeking from the destination. Collaboration with stakeholders is therefore fundamental to achieving cut through and success. Experience development doesn’t always mean starting from scratch; it might just require some creative thinking. The opportunity to leverage existing experiences to create new news is often overlooked. Collaboration between a number of businesses that offer different services, or services in different locations, could result in a bundling of offers that together can create a whole new experience. On the other end of the experience scale is the big idea that becomes a gamechanger for the destination. Ultimately, a destination can’t separate development from promotion. We need to walk our talk with a holistic approach that includes all branding and marketing activities. Since a brand is the sum of all stories that are told by and about our destination, the experiences we provide must match our words.



ith all the reality housing $200,000 will be difficult. Only a handful of shows on the television properties came up, other than land sales, at the moment, what most of which are located in the old Housing does amaze me is that areas. There are a few unit sales, with the we are not seeing more lowest sale at $155,000 for a two bedroom “flippers” in our marketplace. I believe we are unit in Taree. Forster wasn’t far behind, with back in a market which will allow reasonable an older style villa for just $192,500. A few profit from buying the right home, doing a bargain blocks were sold, with the lowest at reasonable renovation and remarketing. First $80,000 in Coomba Park; $85,000 purchased home buyers should consider purchasing a sloping site at Tallwoods, and $100,000 strategically to step them into a better price bought you a level block in Taree. range. There are what I would Not as many magic million sales as call “raw” properties for the Christmas period, but a record sale that need a bit of price of $1,700,000 was set old fashioned elbow at Mitchells Island for a u Where once yo grease, such as minor resort style home on 25 se could purcha repairs, painting, acres on the Manning e m an almost new ho ,000s carpet, decorating River, proving yet again 00 $4 for the early e ar rs ye and gardens. For that our waterways are bu in Taree, g, bi e th ng first home buyers more appreciated by ri prefer vators no re d te da ly ht - you can move in, people who live outside slig n style to create thei r ow ” live it rough while our area. There were e. in this price rang you do the work, and three residential sales over then remarket. With the million in Forster, all the capital growth we of which offer ocean views. are seeing plus the added Blueys Beach nearly got there value from the renovations, that at $959,000, without the views. Mt profit can give you the lead in you need George peaked at $920,000, with the to buy that dream property making it sale of a lush 153 acres currently running a well worthwhile to rough it for a short small dairy with Manning River frontage and period. beautiful views. What we are seeing is the renewed Proving that investors are keen to buy multi popularity of the big brick family home in the tenanted properties, a block of eight villas good areas. Where once you could purchase was sold in one line for $1,550,000 in Taree. an almost new home for the early $400,000s Recent sales over the past six months have in Taree, buyers are preferring the big, slightly shown that multi tenanted properties are dated renovators to create their own style in fetching up to 8% return on gross rental in this price range. Maybe these lifestyle shows some cases. We are about to auction another are inspiring us to recreate the neighbourhood next month, so it will be interesting to see home into something spacious and modern. what response we have. What we do know is Whilst searching for the lower end bargain that we have plenty of buyers who are keen buys, it is becoming evident that it is only a to invest in our market, and we are definitely matter of time before finding a home under back in a sellers’ market.


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ario Tomlin is only a recent addition to the local business community, but is establishing a strong reputation within it. He is a proactive and positive ambassador for the area and supports locals like he has been here forever. This month we walk inside the doors of Mid Coast Automotive and find out more about Mario Tomlin. Mario, you’re a Hunter lad originally, I believe. Please tell us a bit about your background. Correct - I was born and bred in Newcastle. I am married and have three grown up daughters. I got into the car business straight after leaving school, employed as a trainee salesman at the age of 18. I have worked in the business ever since, some 36 years now! During that time, I have done sales, sales management, general management, as well as owning a number of dealerships in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. We took over the Taree and Forster based dealership in November 2015 in partnership with the Hilton Group. Away from the car yard, what it is that you enjoy doing most? I enjoy spending time with my family mostly, but I love to travel, play a round of golf, and enjoy a beer or two with friends Mid Coast Automotive is only a relatively new business to the Manning-Great Lakes, but it has a very strong history and link to a local family? Yes, Wally Spychala, the previous owner and I

have been friends for 20 years, since I purchased huge selection of pre-owned cars and commercial Vintage Ford in Cessnock. When Wally decided to vehicles. retire, he contacted me, knowing I was wanting Getting inside the mind of a car dealer to get back into the Ford family. Wally’s son, Joel, and away from what some may think is a is our general sales manager and is doing a great clichéd image; what is it you perceive you do job. My business partners have been in business differently for your customers? for over 50 years. I think this is a great question, and I would Like all industries, no doubt car dealerships like to think the old stereotype of a car dealer is have had to adapt to change. long gone! The industry is very heavily What have you seen as some regulated these days, and I think of the biggest changes in this has been great in cleaning your industry? it up and getting rid of some y el in nu I can ge This industry has of those old, less than a is e er th say at ne changed, and changed desirable practices and yo er ev r car fo otive rapidly. Customer people. We are held to Mid Co ast Autom y to ck satisfaction is more account on a daily basis Group. We are lu the of imperative than ever, by the manufacturers we represent some ds in world’s best bran and given the amount represent via customer a, Ford , Nissan, Ki of information that is surveys on every car sold Isuzu Ute .” available to consumers via and every service completed. internet and social media. The manufacturers expect their Customers can often find out customers have been treated well more about a new model release and the experience was a good one. before the franchise dealer is notified. Our own company mantra is that we treat Customers can do most of their research, i.e. customers like “guests in our own home”pricing, model variants, colours etc., before warm, friendly, transparent, and professional. I ever visiting a dealership. But the good old values feel it is basic manners to conduct ourselves in of great service will never change. this manner. I am happy to say that based on the Having the ability to offer multiple makes of results of our customer surveys, we are delivering vehicle must be a benefit. With such a range, on our core beliefs. is there something for all at Mid Coast You won Business Leader at this year’s Automotive? MidCoast Business Awards. What does this I can genuinely say there is a car for everyone mean for you? at Mid Coast Automotive Group. We are lucky I am thrilled and very proud that we have to represent some of the world’s best brands, in won this award. It is outstanding recognition of Ford, Nissan, Kia, and Isuzu Ute. We also have a the effort my whole team delivered throughout

the year. We all worked very hard to grow the business in both volume of sales, where we outsold all our sales targets, and received outstanding recognition from our customers. We achieved many awards from our franchises for last year’s effort, but this one is the cherry on the cake, as it is the business community of the Mid Coast region that has recognised our efforts. Since arriving in the area, you’ve gone out of your way to become involved. How important is it to you to create those networks and be a proactive part of the community? I think it is important to be a part of and support your local community. I attend as many business chamber meetings as possible and have recently become a member of Rotary. Our business supports many sporting teams in the region, many charities, and school programs. Our view is we will only become successful if our community is successful, so it makes sense to support where we can to make sure our area thrives. I also believe that what goes around comes around; it is good karma to help where possible. For you, what is the best part about being in business in the Manning-Great Lakes? This one is easy - living in such a beautiful region! The lifestyle is relaxed and friendly. The region is so diverse; there is something for everyone. Regional people are generally more genuine and honest than some others. My wife and I have been made feel welcome and have made many good friends in our time here. But, business has been very good as well. Thanks Mario. manning-great lakes focus.





Exuding class and style, this luxurious penthouse occupies a premium beachfront position with uninterrupted panoramic views of the ocean, Main Beach, nature reserve and the coastline beyond. This property offers a true beachside haven, with effortless indoor and outdoor living. A casual lifestyle awaits, with an array of restaurants, cafés and shopping at your doorstep.


his stunning property is one of only two sub-penthouses in the ever popular “Beaches International” complex, with perfect north east aspect to capture the sea breezes and natural light. The clever floor plan allows for ease of living and maximises the outstanding beach views and perfect location. Your guests will be impressed with the stylish open kitchen with granite bench tops. The adjoining open plan lounge, dining and second living area is tiled throughout for convenience and offers a spacious area for entertaining. An impressive covered balcony extends the living, to provide a beautiful setting to enjoy this breathtaking, uninterrupted view and absorb the coastal atmosphere. All three bedrooms are a wonderful size and have their own private ensuites, large wardrobes and balcony access. The master bedroom, complete with stunning ocean views, is an absolute standout, whilst the second and third bedroom enjoy a


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combination of lake and township views. The fourth toilet/powder room is ideally located to service the living areas, plus there is an oversized internal laundry with ample storage. This unique penthouse is enormous and offers approximately 157 m² of living area plus a further 36 m² of secure garaging. Positioned in a complex with the benefit of on site management, this penthouse shows exceptional holiday returns and is being sold fully furnished. Whether this is your dream residence to live in for a lifestyle change or a feather in your portfolio as a holiday investment, this is an opportunity too good to miss. Feel on top of the world in one of the area’s most prestigious properties. The immaculate presentation throughout will satisfy the most discerning of buyers. To arrange a private inspection, please call Janet Knott from Forster Tuncurry Professionals on 0402 467 918 or 6555 6555 or call into our office at 48 Wharf Street, Forster. This property can be viewed on our website:

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hat does winning these business awards mean for Milligans? Winning the business awards “Excellence in Trades”, “Excellence in Customer Service” and “Business of the Year” has given Milligans recognition as an industry leader in the manufacture and install of shower screens, splash-backs, wardrobes and security in the MidCoast area. These awards provide us with recognition for all the hard work done in our day to day business life and provide feedback to our staff of a job well done, encouraging them to keep doing what they do, as it is noticed. Our customers can see our achievements of our business to date, and it reinforces our commitment to our growth and development. It also highlights to our varied suppliers that we are intentional about what we do, and with the planning, manufacturing and install of all our products, in order to be the best at what we do. Winning these business awards provides the community with current information that Milligans is serious about our business, maintaining our great name, and showcasing our dedication to local business and customers. What does Milligans strive to do in their business?

Our main aim is to ethically build our business to meet the high demand for quality shower screens, splash-backs, mirrors, built in wardrobes, security doors and security window grilles in the MidCoast areas. In our workshop we have the latest tools and equipment to manufacture our vast product range with precision and accuracy. We have expanded our advertising from print media to radio to attract more customers and have developed the best showroom on the Mid North Coast, to display our current products, where customers can feel free to touch our latest products and observe our quality for themselves. We have also developed a modern user friendly website and social media pages to promote our business to varying markets. Tell us about your team … Our entire team desires to provide customers with high quality products, installed by qualified tradesmen whilst providing great customer service in a timely fashion. Our staff members are friendly, motivated and team focused, to meet the varying needs of our customers, with a focus on problem solving for a double win. Our team is innovative, creative and knowledgeable, aware of the latest products in the market and eager to answer questions around customers’ needs. Tell us more about Milligans…

Milligans has been providing customers you with your next bathroom renovation. with high-quality products for more than 40 Milligans makes it easy! years. Our modern wardrobe innovations Our qualified and licensed staff provide combine custom wardrobe inserts with highexpert glass and aluminium solutions. We quality sliding wardrobe doors. design, manufacture and install quality We offer a large range of styles and products like shower screens, mirrors, glass colours, to suit all residential and shelving, built-in wardrobes and commercial needs. doors, security doors, security Call Ian or Deborah window grilles, fly screens, Atkins today on (02) screen doors, decorative m ai s an ig glass and glass splashill 6554 7018 for an M to enlarge our backs. obligation-FREE eet business to mou We are located r of s measure and ed ne the g in Forster and serve ever expandin quote. t , whils customer base the Great Lakes area er om st cu Or, visit our maintaining gaining and Lower MidCoast satisfaction, ss and showroom at 76 region, including repeat busine Kularoo Drive, referrals.” Taree, Bulahdelah, Forster. Pacific Palms, Gloucester

and Wingham. Come in and see our range of shower screens, semi-frameless to frameless, including our new standard “Optima” Semi-Frameless with pivot door and our “Opto” Frameless Glass Sliding Shower Screen. You can also see our large range of aluminium products, like security doors and window grilles, fly screens for windows and sliding screen doors - quality products that will enhance and secure your home. Our experienced staff are here to help

What does the future look like? Milligans aim to enlarge our business to meet the needs of our ever expanding customer base, whilst maintaining customer satisfaction, gaining repeat business and referrals. With the expansion of our business, we will then be able to provide more employment for our local area. Thanks Deborah and Ian - and congratulations! manning-great lakes focus.




i Denise. You are the proud owner of R & R Property, located in both Stroud and Bulahdelah. Please introduce yourself and your team to our

readers ... I am Denise Haynes, mother to Lily (6), wife to Paul and owner of R & R Property. I am a fourth generation local and grew up with the Australian bushland and the Karuah River as my backyard. I live on a 500 acre farm on the outskirts of rural Stroud. One of my favourite pastimes is photographing the gorgeous landscapes, both country and coastal, that we get to enjoy every day. We certainly do live the best of both worlds. The R & R Property team is a passionate group of women who love changing their customers’ lives for the better, whether that is purchasing a new sea change or tree change


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 R AND R PROPERTY ARE LEADERS IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY FOR THE STROUD, BULAHDELAH, GLOUCESTER AND KARUAH AREAS. R AND R PROPERTY PROVIDE REAL ESTATE SERVICES IN THE RESIDENTIAL, RURAL, COMMERCIAL AND LEASING SECTORS AND HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF TESTIMONIALS FROM HAPPY SELLERS AND BUYERS, WHO HAVE FOUND THEIR SERVICE EXCEPTIONAL. property for themselves or selling and moving I started in the real estate industry in 2004 at on to another chapter in their lives. We have a the bottom of the pecking order as the filing long list of city dwellers on our books who are clerk and chief beverage maker. I have worked sick and tired of the rat race and are seeking my way through all the different roles in real a more relaxed way of life. Hence, we estate, learning along the way and taking are working with them to find all the knowledge in like a sponge, them a property. We are 100% to today owning R & R Property. I community minded and love think this is important, because to embrace all the areas we as a leader I have personalThe harder work within. ly completed each role my e I work, th We love that we can team members undertake. I luckier I get.” walk down the street and think that, along with other chat with our friendly locals attributes, make a great team and that when times are leader. tough, everyone bands together R & R Property started in 2009, to help each other. Community and under my guidance has evolved spirit is strong in tree change and sea to what it is today. I have learnt so much change areas. along the way and know that the business is a How long have you been in real estate, living form that is ever evolving. and what was it that first took your interPrior to starting in the industry, I had est in the industry? purchased a few investment properties and

I found real estate really interesting. I loved researching the ins and outs of buying. I had given up an unsatisfactory job at the time and thought to myself, “What can I do that I’m really interested in?” It was at this time that I thought I might try the real estate industry. I love that I see so many beautiful properties with such diversity and get to meet really lovely people along the way. I have made many friends through real estate, as both colleagues and customers. How does R & R Property differ from other real estate agencies? Our business slogan is “A Passion For Property”, and we live by it. We are never stagnant, always moving forward and thinking ahead of the pack - never taking our clients’ business or situations for granted. We have been told frequently by our customers that we are refreshingly open, honest and caring. We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers




receive the best experience possible. We are also huge on marketing strategies, which gives our sellers the best chance of a quick sale with a great price. Our customers have voted us Agency of the Year two years running for the Stroud district through “Rate My Agent”. With our buyers, we take the time to help them find their ideal property, often working with them after hours. We also support community whenever we can, with sponsorships and buying locally. Our settlement gift packs are always stocked with local produce. The team attends extensive training on a regular basis, always improving our skills and knowledge. R & R Property provide free advice and assistance on a regular basis, both personally to our clients, but also on our social media pages. We have a Podcast and also a Blog, both of which you can find on our website. We are very generous and transparent with our information. R & R Property also has a monthly newsletter, which has a history piece on the front and real estate information on the back. These have become a collector’s item, as everyone really enjoys the history story and photos we produce each time. They can be downloaded and printed from our website any time. It’s a truly amazing thing from a marketing perspec-

tive when you have customers come in to ask and fellow business owners love what we do. for their newsletter, because they didn’t receive This is really important for our clients as well, it in the mail. You know when this happens because they know that they are dealing with that your customers are enjoying what the best of the best. There are so many you produce. amazing businesses in the MidYou recently attended Coast, and we are so proud the MidCoast Business to have won. I am so d ou pr ly al re e awards, where you thankful to the people We ar to say that we and your team who encouraged us xcellence achieved the ‘E picked up a numto enter. We had ss’ award in Small Busine ber of awards; a really amazing t. We for the MidCo as in both can you tell us night and would ts were also Finalis omer about them? like to thank the st ‘Excellence in Cu lence in el We are really xc sponsors and ‘E Service’ and d an ’, es ic rv Se al proud to say that organisers of the Profession ed iv ce re I ly al we achieved the event. But rest individu ded as a “Excellence in Small assured, this won’t Highly Commen ’.” ‘Business Leader Business” award for stop us from striving the MidCoast. We were to be even better. The also Finalists in both “Excelbest is yet to come. lence in Customer Service” and What are you and your team “Excellence in Professional Services”, looking forward to over the next and individually I received Highly Comfew months - and I'm sure years - at mended as a “Business Leader”. R & R Property? It truly is important for us to be acknowlGrowth. We are certainly keen to grow in edged in this way, as it cements us as the real the area, thus enabling growth in the team, estate specialists that we strive to be. It gives providing local services and employment. us motivation to continue on, knowing that We want to be a household name as R & R we are on the right track and our customers Property - The Real Estate Specialists. When

people think about Real Estate, we want them to think “R & R Property”. Watch this space, because R & R Property have lots of great things in the pipeline, ready to roll out in the coming months and years. And I’m sure that this will change along the way too, as the way in which people search for and transact real estate changes. If people would like to keep up with us and what we have rolling out next, we would love it if they joined us on our Facebook page, R and R Property. Also, check out the amazing location shots we take each day and showcase on Instagram: @randrproperty How can our readers, vendors and even buyers get in touch with you and your team? We have two office locations, both in the main streets of Stroud and Bulahdelah. We would really love it if people called in to meet us. Or, they can telephone and chat to us on: Bulahdelah (02) 4997 4325 or Stroud (02) 4994 5766 or take a peep at our newly updated website, with all the latest features: For our tree change or lifestyle buyers, we also offer a FREE Tree Change Guide, which they can download from our website. Thanks Denise. manning-great lakes focus.



S T A G E 3 N O W O P E N // R E L E A S I N G S T A G E 4


vermore’s Stage 3 is now open, and during the month of April new residents to Evermore started moving into their luxurious apartments to start another exciting chapter of their lives! Given the rain events during the month of March, it did delay the occupation dates by two weeks, and in some cases a little longer, but in the end our residents are now starting to enjoy the Evermore experience and settle into their new lifestyles. Additional recreational areas were created within Stage 3, to include the Evergreen restaurant and bar, located on the fourth floor, with gorgeous views to the lake and mountain ranges. Residents will be able to enjoy ocean and lake views from the comfort of an enclosed recreational area on the fourth floor. The addition of beautifully sculpted walkways and landscaping on the ground floor adds another relaxing endeavour for residents to enjoy. Evermore opened its doors on the last weekend of April, inviting the public to attend the open day and view Stage 3! “We welcomed more than 150 interested guests, including locals and visitors from as far afield as Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Many commented on how spacious the two bedroom apartments are, the generous ensuites and studies, and the beautifully 50

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appointed facilities. Most were genuinely surprised by how affordable it is to reside at Evermore, given the luxurious appointments and facilities within the complex,” said Evermore Sales Manager, Braden Graham. “Evermore delivers exceptional value, and it’s well worth coming in for a sticky beak to experience it for yourself.” Of the 29 apartments in Stage 3, 26 were snapped e of The fourth stag up off the plan, and the w no s ha e Evermor three remaining will ed as le re lly ia been offic sell very soon, as the bo asts 40 with ensuites, for sale . Stage 4 next stage won’t be the first ss ro ac ts en studies and tm apar ing from available until March ng ra s, or flo ur large balconies). fo oom have ns 2018. private one bedr The roomy two spacious Given limited stock with studies, to bedroom designs ith w e levels, if anyone in two bedders (som d large have certainly an s ie ensuites, stud contemplating moving been popular, balconies).” to Evermore this year and Evermore’s don’t delay. It is as easy as architects have listened making an appointment with to residents’ preferences, Braden by calling him on 6528 allocating 31 two bedroom 0403. apartments within the stage. Stage 4 Now Released for Sale! Move The fifth and final stage in the in March 2018! Evermore complex will include 25 two The fourth stage of Evermore has now bedroom apartments and feature the Evermore been officially released for sale. Stage 4 boasts High Care Nursing home facility, separate to 40 apartments across the first four floors, the village but located on the same site. ranging from private one bedroom havens Car parking for the final stages won’t be an with studies, to spacious two bedders (some

issue, as the basement carpark incorporates the total floor area of Stages 4 and 5. Serviced by three lifts currently and another one once Stage 4 is completed, residents can move freely within the village to catch up with like-minded friends. The final stage will be completed around the end of 2018 / early 2019 for a total of 148 luxurious affordable apartments. The response and support from the local community and businesses has been overwhelmingly positive, exceeding expectations, a fact reflected by the unprecedented satisfaction of residents and each stage selling out in record time! Be sure to call to make an appointment, so you can come in and check Evermore out for yourself. Photo of new residents to Evermore, Ron and Georgina.

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Issue 124 of Manning-Great Lakes Focus