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March 2014 // issue 85

Humanitarian Projects Inc

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It’s March! I never thought this was an especially busy month in the past, but I’ve changed my mind. hrove rove Tuesday (or Pancake Day, as we like to call it in Australia), St Patrick’s Day, Seniors Week … and this is in addition to all the usual monthly events that take place around the Manning-Great Lakes area. Speaking of Seniors Week, which runs this year from 15 - 23 March, we’ve devoted quite a few pages in this issue - and our cover - to celebrate these very important members of our community. ‘Live Life!’ is the catchcry for Seniors Week, and we certainly have an amazing group of locals doing just that! We introduce you to members of the Manning Valley Quota Club, Wendy Ferris from the Forster Private Hospital tells us about some of the fantastic new programs available in the hospital’s new hydrotherapy pool, and Phil Webster and Phil Rodham from the Great Lakes Cancer Support Group share the impact this disease has on men and their


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families. ON THE COVER Living life to the full are the vibrant, colourful and talented Silver Ukulele Strummers, who feature on our cover this month. This friendly bunch of locals is just one of the groups from the Manning Valley U3A (University of the Third Age). We couldn’t fit the entire group on our cover, as there are some 40 of them, so you’ll have to go to their interview page to meet the rest of them. Many thanks to Linda Bryant from Photography by Linda for this month’s stunning cover image. INSIDE THIS ISSUE We haven’t forgotten the younger members of our community either! We interviewed Emma Polson from Manning Dairy Youth - a very proactive and enthusiastic group of young people who are determined to see the dairy industry continue to thrive in the Valley, and Jerrad Allen fills us in about the

Great Lakes Viking Challenge, which is set to take place on March 8 and 9. For all you soccer fans out there – don’t miss this six a side, fast paced action! And this is in addition to all the plays, movies, and performances happening in our neck of the woods this month. Told you it was busy! EDITOR’S PHOTO Shane Chalker is well known for producing amzing images - and this month’s Editor’s letter photo is no exception. Don’t forget to send your images to FINAL SAY “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old” - George Burns.

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Seniors Week is all about celebrating the contribution seniors make to our community and to highlight that life is for living! Val Stack (Tutor) and Ann Haydon (Publicity Officer) of the Silver Ukulele Strummers, one of the many groups associated with the Manning Valley University of the Third Age (U3A), share the colour, excitement and sense of camaraderie experienced by this group of talented musicians ... who certainly enjoy life, and their music, to the full!


ho are the Silver Ukulele Strummers? Val The Silver Ukulele Strummers are members of the Manning Valley University of the Third Age (MV U3A) and were given the name Silver Ukulele Strummers because everyone seems to have a little silver in their hair! They are a group of like-minded people who meet every Tuesday in Taree and have a fun session of learning and strumming the ukulele. The group is now into its fifth year of meeting and performing, and the numbers have grown from 14 in the first year to now 40. How did you first find out about the University of the Third Age (U3A) and what convinced you it would be a good institution to join? Ann I initially joined U3A as I wanted to learn to play Mahjong, and I saw an article in the newspaper that offered beginners classes in Mahjong through U3A. It wasn't ‘til I started that I discovered what a wonderful organisation it is. There was a great mix of over 20 courses, ranging from discussion groups, exercises , music, language, craft, dancing, table games, book club, day trips, theatre visits, and a Sunday lunch club, and I have taken part in many of them over the years. Our amazing Program Organiser, Pam, keeps coming up with something new every


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term. It was during a percussion class being group now; I don't know how Val can cope run by Val that she mentioned that she might with us, but she seems to have endless start a ukulele class, and I signed up right patience. The ages of U3A members range away. So, it began at the beginning of 2010 from 50 to the 90s, as there is something to and just keeps getting bigger and better! suit all age groups and interests. We are also very fortunate to have What types of music do you all enjoy Chris Cavanagh, who tutors the playing? beginners' class (kindy) until Val The ukulele is a very they are confident enough versatile instrument, and I was surprised to to move up to our group our sessions include find that others (big school). I might Jazz, Blues, Pop, rested in became very inte I started add that all our Tutors Classical, Folk and so learning to play, are members who Country Music. We e s. Th a beginners' clas , ay volunteer to teach tend to include a pl to instrument is fun their various skills. washboard and some ve lo I affordable and le op pe When were you percussions. gs in the way it br p for first exposed to the What do you like together as a grou ” n. fu d an ukulele ... and what is ip most about being sh friend it about this instrument part of this group? that you love? Ann I love it, because it's Val I was first exposed to the like having a party every week ukulele when listening to the music with your friends in a casual and of various ukulele artists and was caught relaxed atmosphere. up in the revitalisation of the ‘people’s’ What have been some of the funny/ instrument. I was surprised to find that memorable moments you've experienced others became very interested in learning since you became a ‘strummer’? to play, so I started a beginners' class. The Val Our memorable moments include instrument is fun to play, affordable and I performing at the Glasshouse in Port love the way it brings people together as a Macquarie for the U3A State Conference, group for friendship and fun. It is a great performing at nursing homes and for charity, accompaniment for singing all types of music. making our first YouTube and watching the You mentioned you have 40 members faces of the audience as they laugh, join in now. What is the age range of members? and enjoy themselves. We attend ukulele Ann Yes, There are 40 members in the festivals and sometimes perform. Our fun

moments are dressing up for our gigs in our colourful flamboyant outfits, all of which are different. What's the criteria for people wanting to become a Silver Ukulele Strummer? Do they need to have any previous musical experience, or have access to their own instrument? Ann No musical experience is necessary, just a love of music and a desire to try something new. A lot of the group do play other instruments, but the ukulele is easy to learn and you do not have to be able to read music to play it. You can purchase your own ukulele, and it is very affordable. What are some of the upcoming performances/gigs you have over the next few months? Val Upcoming performances include charitable organisations and nursing homes. In 2013 we performed 19 gigs. 2014 is already getting bookings. We will be performing at Storm and St. Pauls in the next few weeks, so it looks like another busy ukulele fun year ahead. Where can people find out more info? Ann Our President, Ern Hollebone, can be contacted on 6553 9383. Ern and his wife, Pam, were inaugural members of Manning Valley U3A in 1999 when 55 people joined up. We now have 352 members enrolled for 2014. Or alternatively, you can e-mail: Thanks ladies.

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Issue 85 - March 2014

Jason De Santis.


With a unique, humorous and cheeky twist on the classic fairy tale Snow White, Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui was written by Jason De Santis, who also performs on stage in the production. Jason is proud of his indigenous heritage, and he’s used his skilful writing to bring the best of two worlds together …

Manning Dairy Youth.


The Manning Valley is well known for its dairy farms, and there is a local group of young people determined to ensure the viability of the dairy industry locally long into the future. Emma Polson, Secretary of Manning Dairy Youth, explains how the group encourages friendships, support and networking opportunities for the area’s young people …

Vikings Challenge.


For fast paced, highly skilled football (soccer) action, Boronia Park in Forster is the place to be on March 8 and 9. Jerrad Allen, the Great Lakes Vikings Challenge organiser, says the competition will be fierce, with some amazingly talented teams from as far afield as Maroochydore in Queensland travelling to the area to play …

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8. What’s On for March 16. eat featuring local restaurants 35. Star Guide with Terri 48. Tourism Update with Donna Hudson

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Old Bar residents Linda and Mike Norris and Adam Stevenson will head off to Tzaneen in South Africa on April 4. Their aim is to help build a Day Care Centre … and you can help! Read on to find out how …

ntroduce us to Humanitarian Projects Inc. What is this organisation all about, and what are its main aims? Linda Originally established in 2006, our volunteer organisation began its work fundraising and sending teams to Uganda to assist in the construction of homes and educational facilities for children orphaned by the civil war there. In 2012 we expanded our activities to encompass support for those in need both here in Australia and overseas. Since then we have undertaken relief and sustainable development projects in AUSAid sanctioned countries such as Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines and East Timor. We have also provided volunteers to support drug and alcohol intervention programs for an indigenous community in the East Kimberley area of WA. Humanitarian Projects International (HPI) exists to make a difference in the lives of orphans, vulnerable children and adults who are suffering from being mistreated, displaced or distressed through the ravages of war, disease, poverty and other misfortunes. We are not about sending cash overseas to prop up ailing or corrupt governments and organisations. All funds donated are spent on the Project (in this case, Tzaneen) for which the funds were collected. Our volunteers all pay their own travel costs, accommodation and expenses. Who are the three Old Bar residents planning to embark on a special trip to Africa in April? Linda Mike and Linda Norris (me) who retired to Old Bar four years ago, and Adam Stevenson from L J Hooker Real Estate Old Bar. Have any of you travelled to Africa before and if so, what do you most remember about the experience? Linda I travelled to South Africa in 2007 to work in an AIDs camp outside Pretoria. In 2008

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I returned to work with abandoned children in a you’re planning to build. Why is there such a Safe House in Pretoria and three nursery schools desperate need for this service? there. Both Mike and I travelled to Uganda in Mike A group of four Australian Sisters (Mis2011 to build a classroom in Suubi village, just sionaries of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) work outside of Kampala. in Marirone full-time, caring for the children We felt humbled by the resilience, dignity and and families left devastated by AIDs. Sr Christine resourcefulness of both children and adults living manages the ‘Head of Family’ program, where in difficult conditions. There was a strong sense the eldest sibling becomes head of the family of hope for the future and appreciation for any when both parents die. As the eldest cares for help offered to them. On our return, we were so the younger children, they are no longer able thankful for our children, families, and way of life to attend school. To enable these older siblings here in Australia. to attend school, the sisters, together with local Whereabouts in Africa are you planning to village help, established a Day Care Centre for the travel to – and what do you hope to accompreschoolers. plish while you’re there? Although the centre only had running Mike We are travelling to Marirone water for two days a week, no electricity and Village in Tzaneen, South Africa, only one mattress and six chairs, it approximately two hours west at least meant that the 40 - 45 of Pretoria. HPI members children attending were fed, s re ca st have been fundraising to cared for and safe durde el e As th r ge un yo support the building of ing the day and, most e th for no longer e ar ey a Day Care Centre for th importantly, their older n, re child hool. To sc nd te at between 40 - 45 chilsiblings could now atto le ab r si blings dren, left to fend for tend school, acquiring enable these olde e , th themselves after the to attend school an education that is with local sisters, together ished death of both parents crucial to breaking the bl village help, esta for the from AIDs. Our voluncycle of poverty. re a Day Care Cent teer team (consisting Unfortunately, the Day preschoolers.” of ourselves and 5 other Care Centre building is in members from Qld and terrible condition and has Vic) will provide the labour been condemned by the local to complete the building (already authorities to be demolished. So we under construction) painting and tiling etc, are going to Marirone this April to build a as well as building sandpits and landscaping the new Centre for the children and to support the playground. We will also visit the orphan village great work being done by the Australian Sisters. homes to see what repairs we can make. We are also hoping to equip the Centre with When will you be leaving, and how long do tables, chairs, daybeds, and all the other normal you plan to stay in Africa? requirements of a typical Day Care Centre. Mike We leave Sydney on 4 April this year and What challenges do you think you may all will spend 14 days in Tzaneen. have to face while you’re overseas? Tell us more about the Day Care Centre Adam Sometimes we take what we have

for granted. We are fortunate to live in such an amazing country, and I consider Australia to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world not just financially, but also its liveability. The challenge for me personally will be facing the other side of the spectrum. We have been told it can be quite confronting at times; I am hoping to stay strong in all situations and help the best I can. Timing is also a challenge, as we are only there a short period of time, and to complete the structure we are hoping for will be a feat in itself. How can readers help you accomplish your mission? What’s the best way to contact you, or to make a donation? Adam/Linda Donate items to our Silent Auction. Contact Adam on 6553 7133 or visit the L J Hooker, Old Bar Beach Facebook page at www. Buy a $10 ‘brick’ for the building. Names of donors will be placed in a specially built pillar at the front of the building with a plaque acknowledging the support given by Australia. Contact Mike and Linda on 6557 4060. Get together with family and friends to donate funds for a piece of equipment for the Day Care Centre. Contact Mike and Linda for a list of equipment needed. Call us or email norris@ Donations can be directly deposited into the HPI account: BSB 064 406 A/c 10611473 Ref: Tzaneen Equipment We can also carry small items for the children in our luggage, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Call or email Mike and Linda. For more information, visit the website www. Reg Charity No: CH2173. Thanks everyone.

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21 Remember The Big Bopper Presented by Pacific Palms Players. A musical, celebrating the history of Rock 'n' Roll with a hint of comedy. Written and directed by John Coles and Ray Howard, it brings together many talented and well known people in our community.

Wulamanayuwi & the Seven Pamanui Written by Jason De Santis and inspired by his indigenous heritage, this play is a humorous and thought provoking twist on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Where Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree. When Friday 28 March at 11am and Saturday 29 March at 6pm. Tickets $23.80 adult, $21.30 pensioner, $13.80 U21 and student. Contact Movies, Games and More 6552 5699 for tickets/details.

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Where The Pacific Palms Community Hall. (Next to the Recky on Lakes Way). When Friday 21 and Saturday 22 March at 7pm. Tickets adults $20; children $10. Light refreshments and a complimentary glass of wine. Available at: Pacific Palms Visitor Information Centre at the Bluey’s shops (10am3pm every day except Wednesdays), Forster Visitor Information Centre, Little Street, Forster. Contact 6554 0914 for more information.

The Bum Book Garden Party Fundraiser


Join us at Bent on Food on Saturday 22 March to raise some funds for this fabulous initiative. Sophie needs to raise enough money to publish her Bum Book, so let’s get behind her and have a great afternoon of food, wine, music, fun and laughter. There are some great prizes, and we will have the pleasure of listening to Jim Bird play some tunes. Bring a friend and share the bum love! When Saturday 22 March; 2.30pm – 5pm. Where Bent on Food Cost $20 per head Contact book a table on (02) 6557 0727 or g go to the Facebook p page. g Bent on Food, 95 Isabella Street Wingham. ngham.

Forster Farmers' Market Held the third Saturday of each month, the Forster Farmers' Market is your chance to stock up on a wonderful array of fresh produce: fruits, vegetables, eggs, gourmet sauces and jams, honey, plants and heaps more! When Saturday 15 March; 8am noon. Where Forster Visitors Centre, Little Street, Forster.

Careers Market Promote your business and connect with potential future employees. The Mid Coast Careers Market is a fun and interactive, hands-on expo providing students the opportunity to engage with local industry and education representatives to discover a wide range of career and study choices. Held at the Port Macquarie Race Club the event has always been popular and the organisers are looking forward to building on the successes of previous years by engaging 100 exhibitors. “Last year 90 exhibitors from a diverse range of industries engaged with over 800 students and their parents, with many of those students going home with useful information and more direction in their chosen careers,” said Mid Coast Connect’s Partnership Broker Michelle Fisher. “This year we are endeavouring to showcase a greater range of local businesses that can deliver interactive information on careers available in their industry.”

Forster Café & Indian Restaurant Welcome to Forster Café and Indian Restaurant Treat your friends to a delightful Indian dining experience here at Forster Café and Indian Restaurant. We are located at Wallis St, Forster, in New South Wales.

Mid Coast Connect is seeking more local employers to participate in this important local event that will maximise the exposure of your business within the community. Education and training providers as well as support services are also welcome.

We offer a wide range of Indian specialties like the Prawn Vindaloo, Lamb Saag and Paneer Karahi. We recommend our Chef’s Specials menu, which includes Chicken Malai Tikka, Tandoor Lamb Pieces, BBQ Chicken Biryani, Chicken Karahi, Chicken Handi, Lamb or Beef Handi and Garlic Prawn. We serve chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian Indian main courses.

By exhibiting at the Mid Coast Careers Market, your organisation will have the unique opportunity to:

We also serve kids' meals, such as fish and chips, chicken nuggets, potato fries and chicken and cheese naan.

• explain specific employment requirements to students, parents and teachers on career opportunities, employment requirements and pathways particular to your industry • provide practical demonstrations of activities as performed in your workplace • promote opportunities for employment by having direct access to potential future employees • support the development of skills and knowledge • build partnerships within our community

Order online at by clicking on the Order Online button, and we will deliver your food right to your front door.

There is no charge to exhibit, and lunch will be provided for exhibitors. The Mid Coast Careers Market will be open to the schools and public from 10am to 2pm. To enable your business or organisation to be part of the Mid Coast Careers Market, please contact Partnership Broker Michelle Fisher on 6562 5314 or 0448 877 953. Our website also has more information -

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from Great Lakes Winery




ine is complex in its flavour and behaviour, with potential to reflect the terroir/region and to alter and improve as it ages. To experience wines through a wine tasting either at home, winery or elsewhere, there are a few handy hints. The basics of a wine tasting include a few bottles of wine, clean glasses, somewhere to spit or tip wine after tasting, some water and or crackers to cleanse the palate. If you want to get a little more serious, a blank sheet of white paper or similar to use as a background for looking closely at the wine and something for note taking might help. Firstly use your eyes - simply LOOK at the wine. When you look at wine against a light background, you can check the colour and the clarity. The wine should appear clear, not hazy or cloudy. A muddy appearance in red wine is typically due to the sediment that settles in the bottom of the bottle that has been disturbed by movement of the bottle. Sediment is accumulated tannins and tartrates that may build up in red wine over time, dependent upon the filtration practices for that particular wine. In white wines you may see colourless crystals or tiny bubbles. The crystals are harmless tartrates, and the bubbles are carbon dioxide. White wines don't reveal a whole lot about themselves through their colour; however, the colour of white wine varies from almost colourless, to a hint of green through to a deep

golden honey colour. As a white wine continues to age, the colour deepens further, eventually turning brown, which usually means they are well over the hill. Red wines are the reverse. As they age they lose their rich colour, which converts to sediment and become progressively paler. The more mature a red wine, the greater the gradation of colour from the centre of the glass to the rim, where it can appear quite pale. This can be seen when you tilt the glass slightly. In an old wine the rim can be almost colourless. Typically the warmer the climate, the deeper the colour, where cool climate wines tend to be paler. Colour is also influenced by the variety and the winemaking processes. Each grape variety has different characteristics influencing the wine colour, as does the winemaker, who may manipulate the depth of colour by the amount of time the wine spends on the skins. The other visual quality to look for is the viscosity, which tells you a little about the alcohol level of the wine. When you swish the wine up the sides of the glass and the wine runs down the glass, the appearance of 'legs' indicates a wine high in alcohol. When the wine doesn't flow in a stream down the edge of the glass, the wine is likely to be quite old or light bodied or dry ... (or the glass may have traces of detergent.

HE PAST is the acclaimed new film from Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Academy Award®-winning masterpiece, A Separation. It stars Academy Award® nominee, Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), who was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


At the request of his estranged wife, Marie, Ahmad returns to Paris after four years in Tehran to finalise their divorce. He soon discovers that Marie plans to wed her beau, Samir, ignoring the protests of her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad finds himself attempting to repair the rift between Marie and Lucie, piecing together the puzzle of lies and unspoken guilt connected to misdeeds of the past. For tickets/info call 6552 3476 or visit www. - or book tickets

The Past 7pm Monday 20 March @ MEC Casual Tickets $16.30 online at Like us on Facebook Taree-Film-Society/131179570300932 E: P: 6552 3476 M: PO Box 216, Taree, NSW, 2430 W: Tickets, subscriptions, and information from the food table in the foyer, or contact us as above. The Society is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers to bring diversity of film to the Manning, and to encourage appreciation and discussion of film in a regular social atmosphere. 12 monthly screenings plus coffee, cakes and chatting.

Take a look at your next glass of red or white and see what you notice. Next month I'll move onto smelling the wine and what to look for.

71% attendance numbers at the Troy Bayliss Classic up by 71% this year. 12.7% The Manning Valley website at www. showed an excellent 12.7% growth in 2013, showing even stronger interest in our region.



5% increase in visitor numbers at the Visitor Information Centre for 2013. Occupancy rates during the Dec to Jan week were extremely high, with most operators having no vacancies over that period. Pic supplied by Karl Bayer

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Statistics provided by Manning Valley Tourism

Image of the month. About: Sunset over the Manning River at Pampoolah. Photo by: Katie Hardyman. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III. 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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It’s not the most exciting thing to do in your holidays, so why not make some resolutions regarding your finances and estate management now that could save your wealth and wellbeing in the years ahead. ony Mitchell, commercial law expert at Stacks/The Law Firm, points out that your life and circumstances change over time and there are a number of estate planning strategies that should be checked. “Let’s take the example of a couple who are planning to retire in the next few years. Assume they have three grown up children, one of whom is still at university.” Mr Mitchell said if they have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) it’s important to update it every few years. “Let’s say the fund has accumulated about $2 million and five years ago the couple signed Binding Death Benefit Nominations which declares to the fund trustee how the super fund money is to be distributed in the event of their death. “They’ll need to update it as such nominations at the time were permitted to be made for only three years – it lapsed two years ago. If they died the trustee could distribute the money as he or she wished ignoring the out of date nomination. “Under new legislation trust deeds for a SMSF provide for non-lapsing Binding Death Benefit Nominations.” The second major item to review is the Fam-


ily Discretionary Trust. “Let’s assume the couple set up a trust 20 years ago which owns a house and unit, both of which are rented. If the deed establishing the trust hasn’t been regularly updated it may be deficient in several financial aspects due to changes in rulings by the Tax Office. Unless the trust is adjusted in accordance it could leave the couple with unintended tax liabilities.” Wills also need to be checked and updated. If the couple signed their Wills 10 years ago leaving everything to their children, do they still want the eldest who has money problems to be executor? Would their three children – now adults – be better off receiving their inheritance through an optional testamentary trust rather than receiving it outright? “Such a trust can reduce tax, protect a spendthrift beneficiary from themselves, care for children when they are young or still dependents, protect someone who has a disability, protect against creditors and greedy partners or avoid the loss of a government pension or other benefit. “If you need help with all this it would be wise to contact someone with legal expertise in wealth protection."

Dear Alan, I was at footy training the other day and one of the boys said you fitted them with income cover, and they were looked after really well when off work with an injury. How can I get cover? JK Dear JK, It must be remembered that the purpose of income cover for your teammate was to provide replacement income if sickness or disability prevents work. The company selected and product features provided the cover for the football injury. If you are fortunate enough to have sick leave, it still doesn’t last forever, and the financial consequences of not being able to work again can be disastrous. Taking out insurance while you are young on level premiums saves a fortune over your working life versus waiting until you are older or falling into the trap of taking stepped premiums that escalate in later life. As an example, this week we helped a 24 year old tradesman obtain income cover, trauma and permanent disability cover for $33 per week, most of which was tax deductible. The level premiums ensured that the cover remained affordable, with CPI increases an automatic option. As income increases and family commitments becomes a priority, then the cover can be increased but for now, there is reasonable and affordable protection, including some protection against injury playing footy. Superannuation and Insurance There is too often a blasé attitude with insurance and the mistaken belief that cover within superannuation is adequate. Reviewing the insurance cover within superannuation should be undertaken regularly. Income cover within many super funds are either on decreasing cover with increasing age, or on stepped premiums, which means that the premiums escalate with age. There is rarely accident cover included, and

cover for Total and Permanent Disability within a superannuation fund can only be for any occupation. Take, for example, an electrician who injures a hand to the extent that they won’t be a able to operate tools but is capable of driving or other occupations; they are unlikely to be considered totally and permanently disabled. The cover within super will therefore not be of benefit. However, taking cover outside of super for your specified 'own' occupation as well as trauma cover, enables a lump sum to be paid, without having to meet superannuation trustee conditions of release. Taxation and Superannuation Having life cover attached to superannuation will result in 15% tax paid from those funds if the recipient is neither the spouse nor a financial dependent. An adult child is generally not a financial dependent. Having life insurance separate to superannuation will enable the lump sum payment to be made free of tax. Combining the two Having life and TPD insurance within super is often the only way some people can afford cover. However, by taking out some life cover outside of super on level premiums and then some cover inside super on stepped premiums will provide affordable cover, with the option to cancel or reduce the cover within super as the financial dependency of the family diminishes. This will enable a death benefit to be paid from the non- superannuation policy to non-dependent children free of the tax that might otherwise have applied if paid out of superannuation. Conclusion Getting the right advice on structuring insurance not only makes a difference when needing to claim, it can save considerable money in insurance premiums.

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

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Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui that touches on both of my cultures. I became fatigued by these theatre works that With a unique, humorous and cheeky twist on the classic fairy tale are constantly talking about the Stolen Generation Snow White, Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui was written and the separation between ‘black’ theatre and by Jason De Santis, who also performs on stage in the production. what is Australian theatre and Aboriginal theatre. Jason is proud of his indigenous heritage, and he’s used his skilful I was a bit tired of not seeing complementary writing to bring the best of two worlds together … pieces from both ends; I thought it was a good way to start with a story that was accessible by both young children and adults, and I knew that I i Jason. Firstly, I imagine in 2008; I was in Melbourne at the Federation needed a story that was going to be cheeky. you’re faced with people Square, and I was seeing this amazing solidarity You want kids to come to your show and you struggling to wrap their between indigenous and non-indigenous people need their parents or guardians to bring them, so tongue around the name all coming together to formally acknowledge, you also have to entertain the guardians. Snow of your production all the regardless of what Kevin Rudd said, what White’s a great way - a great place to time … had happened in our past in this start! There really isn’t a short way to say the name. country, and I thought, “Well, It sounds absolutely brilPeople have called it ‘Wula’ but the whole reason do we have something that liant! You’re on stage in es I think sometim why I choose to use my language … is because it’s represents this? … Why not this production, as well ce an st the biggest di about the fact that indigenous people have to take a play that both cultures d as being the writer. an l na gi between Abori on English as a language and we have to learn it, know?” y What characters do et ci so l na non-Aborigi and it’s about us now giving our language to the So, now I’m a little ge ua you play, and is it ng la at today is th colonists and their descendants and saying, this is bit obsessed with that ally re is th difficult to juggle the l al d fin I stuff … our language and we’d love for you to learn it and … with fairy tales and k it’s in th I roles? d an g, tin exci say it properly. archetypal characters … ople The character I play is beautiful that pe make I had a marketing person one time say, “We d writing’s always been an an it y Jarparra, the moon man try and sa should change the name, you know, it’s really ongoing thing. Reading has … I play another role on mistakes.” hard”. I think that’s the whole point. I love the always been a big part of my stage too, so I go from the English language, and I take it on board. I’m a life … I’ve always loved writing moon man and I turn into the writer. I think sometimes the biggest distance and reading … evil spirit of the water, who’s like the between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal society Please touch a little bit more on the Mirror, Mirror, on the wall character. today is that language stuff … I find all this really inspiration behind the play … No, I don’t find it hard to juggle at all, exciting, and I think it’s beautiful that people try My Grandmother had passed away back in because I love doing the two things so much. The and say it and make mistakes. That’s what it’s all 2004, so she never got to hear those words of most painful thing sometimes are moments on about. acknowledgement [at Sorry Day]. So, I thought, stage, because we all are our biggest critics … When did you first start writing? “How can I put this memory into a piece of writWhat funny moments have you had on stage, I started writing in Year 11. I went to the Mcing or theatre” … because I do so many different where you've had to cover up or ad lib? Donald College of Performing Arts in Sydney; I got things in the theatre: I do dancing, I choreograph, I Yeah, there have been moments like that, like in there on a scholarship. I always loved writing, sing, I act, and I now write. when the projections stopped working and I’d especially creative short stories. That was where Snow White is such a universal story; everybody have to time my narration around it - and when my first love was, and I also really love short fiction knows Snow White. that shut down, when the technology shut down, … and there was a moment in my life where all I Also, my grandfather’s Italian; and because it’s my brain kind of shut down! wanted to do was perform. also originally an Italian folklore story, I thought It was a very funny moment when you see the Then I was inspired again by the Sorry Day back what a beautiful way it was to represent a story father and Wulamanayuwi, and the father just for-

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got his lines … that little scene between them was quite funny; we almost all lost it on stage. There are funny kinds of moments where we’ll all chuck in words, or we throw in a thought or a word to keep the work fresh. What’s been the best thing for you about working on this whole production? First and foremost is rediscovering my love of writing and really being confident in saying that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I think that theatre has the potential ability to change people. Society brings focus, brings spotlight, talks about issues, and I think that that’s exactly what I want to be doing; I want to be using my theatre to talk about all the things that I want to talk about, things that are important to me and my family and it becomes a way of archiving people’s stories as well. Final words … This is a play for young and old, and when I say that it’s for young and old I mean there are jokes in there that no child will get! It’s mischievous, it’s playful, you’ve never seen anything like it before, and if you love your traditional Grimm style rhyming couplets and you want to learn more about a culture that is right on the top of Australia above Darwin, come and see Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui. It’s 70 minutes that you’ll never regret you’ve used. Thanks Jason.

the plug! See Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui at the MEC on Friday 28 March at 11am and Saturday 29 March at 6pm. Tickets cost $23.80 adult, $21.30 pensioner, $13.80 U21 and student. Call Movies, Games and More 6552 5699 for tickets/details.


The Manning Valley is well known for its dairy farms, and there is a group of young people determined to ensure the viability of the dairy industry locally long into the future. Emma Polson, Secretary of Manning Dairy Youth, explains how the group encourages friendships, support and networking opportunities for the area’s young people …

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hare a bit of information about the Manning Dairy Youth Group. The age range for the group is 3 to 25 years. Manning Dairy Youth is an organisation in the Manning Valley of NSW that is made up of young people who have a passion for the dairy industry and the showing of dairy cattle. Mission: To encourage young people in the Manning area to be actively involved and interested in the showing of dairy cattle. What led you to become involved with Manning Dairy Youth? Our committee all have ties to the dairy industry, but that does not mean others can’t get involved and be as passionate as we are. Some of our members have been introduced to cattle showing and judging at the annual RYAG camp at Wingham. I come from a very long history of dairy farming and showing cattle. I live on my parent’s dairy farm on Oxley Island; I have just moved back from Armidale. I am a dairy farmer with a passion for education, as I am student teacher as well. Teaching is a way I can teach the next generation the showing skills I was taught so many years ago. Why was the group originally created? The group was originally created because the Rural Youth Association had finished and there were no avenues for youth development. The distances young people in our region would have to travel for youth opportunities were great. The Manning Sub-Branch of Holstein Australia saw a need for a group to be formed to develop leadership skills in the next generation of farmers. The group was established 20 years ago.

the action, please contact Tim Wilson or Emma Dairying is an activity that has been asPolson. sociated with the Manning Valley for Colouring in competition. many years. What are some of the biggest Youth Development Day in October: This changes you’ve seen in the industry since is conducted on a local farm. It consists of a you’ve been involved? workshop on an aspect of cattle preparation, Deregulation, higher cost in production and showing or judging. All ages are catered for on lower milk prices has led to low margins. These the day, with fun activities throughout. changes have led to reduced numbers of cattle Various activities at the Annual All Breeds being shown at local shows. Manning Dairy Calf Day February: Tug o war, fancy dress heifer Youth group is very important for the industry class, kids' activities table, encouragement and the local area to restore pride in our local awards. shows. Celebrations for the Centenary of the Holstein Typically, people usually associate Holstein Association. Friesian cattle with dairy farming. What When and where does the group meet? other breeds do your group members own? Manning Dairy Youth’s next meeting is the At the annual calf day ran by the Manning 14 March in Taree, venue to be advised. This Sub-Branch held at Gloucester Show meeting will be a combined meeting Grounds, there were five breeds with the Manning Sub-Branch of dairy cattle represented. Holstein Australia. These included Holsteins, At meetings we discuss Jersey, Brown Swiss, what has been happening The Manning Ayrshire and Guernsey. Su b-Branch of in our region and what ia saw This was a great upcoming events will be Holstein Austral to p turnout by all breeds a need for a grou lop held. This is where we ve across the show. be formed to de will set dates for events in s leadership skill n of What are some of and competitions. tio ra the next gene the events Manning We are always open to farmers.” Dairy Youth have new ideas for the group. planned over the next What are some of the 12 months? success stories group memTwo teams in the Sydney bers can share? Royal Easter show Youth ChalEach year we raffle a heifer to raise lenge: The Semex All Breeds Dairy Youth money for the group; the heifer is regisChallenge held at the Sydney Royal Easter tered. The raffle is around the idea that they will Show is for youth of the dairy industry win and show it the next year. up to the age of 25. The Challenge has three The Youth group has been able to successfully disciplines: clipping, parading and judging. The fully sponsor two people to go to the National challenge date is 20 April. We are calling for All Breeds Youth Camp in Victoria this year. The expressions of interest to be part of the Mangroup has decided we will be doing this every ning Dairy Youth Challenge teams. If you are second year. interested in coming down and being part of all The two lucky people who were sent this year

were Kate Forbes and Jaclyn Lindsay. Both girls had an all expenses trip to the camp, paid for from proceeds from the calf raffle. Another member, Cameron Yarnold, had a very successful time at the camp as well. Cameron won a $2,000 scholarship at the National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp. It was the first time Cameron had been to the camp, and he attended thanks to the scholarship he won at the Royal Sydney Show last year. Cameron beat Marty Hore, from Leitchville, by six points to claim the Genetics Australia scholarship. The award recognises the most outstanding participant at the Melbourne fiveday camp. Up to 48 participants from across Australia and some from New Zealand attended the camp, which focused on judging, parading and handling dairy cattle. Other achievements include: Awards-Youth Challenge at Sydney Royal Easter show; 3rd in the Youth Challenge at Sydney Royal 2012; 4th in the Youth Challenge at Sydney Royal 2011; National Junior Judging Final Sydney Royal Easter: two of our members, Adam Forbes and Cameron Yarnold, have won the national junior judging competition. This involved them winning the NSW Junior judging at the Sydney Royal Easter Show to qualify. Where can people find out more info about Manning Dairy Youth group? Facebook page ManningDairyYouth/info Newsletters Contact Secretaary or President Tim Wilson: 0428 463 466 (President) Emma Polson: 0408 527 179 (Secretary) email: Thanks Emma.

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focusinterview. Trish Webber and Margaret Northam are members of Quota International of Taree Inc - a hardworking, friendly group of women who work tirelessly to raise funds for the disadvantaged in our community. Both women are equally passionate about the organisation, and Margaret also recently had the honour of being nominated the club’s Volunteer of the Year …

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RISH WEBBER Why did you become involved with Quota? I joined Quota in 2006. Our last daughter was due to leave home the next year, and I did not want to feel too lonely! I worked part-time but felt I needed something to do in the evenings rather than sit with feet up in front of the TV! I had had 23 years of being a part of organisations which revolved around our girls and felt it was time to do something for myself by joining a group that was primarily women, yet which would be a service group beneficial to my community. By this stage our family had been in Taree for 20 years, and I loved the place. I knew of some friends who belonged to Quota and they were people I admired, so I asked them about joining. What are the objectives of the club? We have an enthusiastic club of 33 at the moment. Our aim is to enjoy many fundraising and social activities which connect us through friendship and service to Quota Clubs throughout the world in 12 countries and to our local area. We aim to help disadvantaged women and children and people who are deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired. What have been some of the benefits you’ve gained through being a member? After 8 years in Quota I have made many new friends, and I have gained confidence. I have seen the kindness of people who donate time and money - the generous business houses, the carers, the individuals who sacrifice so much to help the disadvantaged. There are older women in our Club who are passionate, busy, classy and they made me feel that it is OK to get older - that you don’t have to just be at home and do nothing after children and jobs move on. When and where does the club meet?

We meet on the 2nd and the 4th Wednesday of the month (business, then social) at 6pm for a meal and chat with the meeting at 7pm. Every 1st Tuesday of the month we meet for morning tea. At the moment we meet at Club Taree, which has always been a wonderful support to our group. What events has the club planned for 2014? We are helping with the Seniors Concerts at Club Taree on 5 March, having a luncheon at St John’s Hall, Victoria Street, Taree to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sat 8 March with guest speaker Cleo Lynch and holding a St Pat’s Day Dinner/Dance on Sat 15 March at Club Taree to fundraise for the Royal Far West Caring for Country Kids program. Harrigan’s was generous in giving us an overnight stay and beverage/food voucher for a raffle. In June we’re taking part in the Manning Winter Festival Program by holding a luncheon at St John’s Hall again, presenting local author Tanya Saad. For those interested in finding out more, what are the best contact details? By post: Quota International of Taree, PO Box 455, Taree 2430. Phone: Trish 6552 5194. Or stop and speak to us when you see the ladies in pink blouses selling raffle tickets down the street or at a Bunning’s BBQ! MARGARET NORTHAM Why did you join the Taree Quota Club? I joined Taree Quota club in March 2006 after my marriage ended. I needed to fill a gap in my life, so I decided to join Quota after a work colleague from Taree Hospital and fellow Quotarian Jill Parker approached me to join. I also wanted to help the less fortunate than myself and put back into my local community that I was born into 60 years ago. My family are a 4th generation Taree family; my father, Ray Northam, was a local butcher, as was my grandfather, JJ Northam.

Trish Webber and Margaret Northam

I have always had a social conscience. I had in their busy lives in the name of Quota. previously been a volunteer Pink Lady at Taree I nevertheless felt extremely honoured to have Hospital, as well as Taree Lifeline and Wingham been nominated, let alone be the eventual winMuseum. When my children were young and ner - especially since it is voted on by my peers. over the years, I also volunteered at the I don't expect awards for doing school canteen, on school fundraising things for the less fortunate, committees and held various posifor charity and for helping tions on P&Cs. in my community. I cerI have found Quota to be tainly don't do what O ur club a very rewarding experiI do for rewards or needs more ith ence. honours, but I feel members. As w r a lot of voluntee What has been the most this a nice way for organisations, rewarding experience my fellow Quotare our numbers ar r for you being involved ians to show they ou dwindling, and with the club? appreciate what I e ar rs present membe There is not one pardo and to thank me ageing .” ticular experience. I find for my contribution, everything we do in the name and I do thank them for of Quota rewarding and satisfythat. ing - helping others less fortunate and Why would you encourage in need … and to know the recipients of others to join Quota? our help are very grateful for the help is reward We are a dedicated, hardworking enough for me. group of women and we help others less The help is often in monetary terms, but fortunate than ourselves; our main emphasis is also can be physical: for example, Quotarians the hard of hearing and disadvantaged women volunteer with meals on wheels, library, reading and children, but we support lots of other chariwith children. ties and local groups, we raise money, and each I organised Daffodil Day last year, a role I took year we distribute that money to organisations over from Joy Davey, who had done an excellent of our choosing. job for many years. My life, like many others, As well as fundraising for charity, Quota is a has been touched by cancer; my Dad died over friendly group of women, and we enjoy lots of 20 years ago from pancreatic cancer, so I felt good times and friendship. I would like to help in this very small way by Our club needs more members. As with a supporting The Cancer Council in the name of lot of volunteer organisations, our numbers are Quota. dwindling, and our present members are ageing. How did you feel when you found out At age 60, I am one of the youngest members of you’d been named the Volunteer of the Taree Quota club. Year for 2014? If you feel you would like to join a lovely I was shocked and overwhelmed. I feel I group of women who are dedicated to helping don't do any more than a lot of other members others, then come along to one of our meetings; of Taree Quota club; they are all hardworking, you will be made to feel most welcome. dedicated ladies, and they all do what they can Thanks ladies.

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

FLOW Espresso Bar

Blowfish Street Food

For Love Of Water!

New B’fast Menu Sample; Plus Lots More!

BlowFish Street Food - not your everyday takeaway! Menu Sample plus Lots more!

• Flow Baked Beans; House Made Middle Eastern Baked Beans, Free Range Poached Eggs on Local Rye Sourdough - 14.8

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

• Sautéed Sumac Mushroom Rye Bruschetta w’ House Made Hazelnut & Chilli Dukkah, Poached Free Range Eggs and Baby Spinach - 16.5

Chicken Taco: Grilled Chicken Breast served inside a Soft Tortilla Shell w’ Crisp Cabbage, Pico De Gallo and Minted Yoghurt - 6

• Fresh Steamed Porridge w’ Banana, Toasted Almonds & Brown Sugar or w’ Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote & Pistachios - 12.8

Blowfish Falafel Wrap: House Made and Seasoned Falafels served in a soft tortilla shell w’ crisp cabbage, Pico De Gallo and a cucumber and mint yoghurt - 8

• Big Breakfast w’ Bacon, Eggs, Middle Eastern Beans, Roast Tomato, Hash Browns and Sourdough - 19.5

Salt and Pepper Squid: Fried Squid in a secret Blowfish Spiced Coating served w’ Pico De Gallo and Blowfish Tartare - 8

Come visit to experience our new chef designed lunch and dinner menus.

Salt and Pepper Prawns: Fried King Prawns dusted in Blowfish’s Spicy S and P coating served w’ Pico De Gallo and Blowfish Tartare - $2

31 David St, Old Bar t 6557 4224 f

Beachfront Car Park, Old Bar Beach t 0409 118 083

open 8am–3pm Thurs to Sun and Dinner 6pm Thurs to Sat Night Please see for weekly live music and menus.

open 11.30–7.30pm Wed to Sun. Please see for daily specials

Beach Bums With beautiful calm mornings, it is no wonder that Forster/Tuncurry residents are early risers. It is great to see so many people out and about exercising and living healthy active lives, on and around Forster Main Beach. Always reward yourself with a social catch up and coffee pit stop afterwards with friends. It just sets the day off so much better! As usual the cake cabinet is packed with a variety of baked treats, including plenty of gluten free options. Keep an eye on the specials board, for some old favourites making a come back, due to popular demand. Plenty of things happening around the area during March and April, Forster Island Challenge 23 March and the annual Club2Club Ocean swim on 13 April ... just to mention a couple.

Roadies Café Premium fuel for foodies! Drop into Roadies Café for a bite to eat on the go or stop and relax for a while with us. With a great range or meals to suit everyone’s tastes, from sandwiches to panko crumbed chicken schnitzel, Szechwan prawn pasta and our famous Roadies’ beef burger, you will be sure to find something that will delight you.

Owners Kate and Darrin.

North & Beach St, Forster Main Beach. t 6555 2840 w open 6:30am-5pm. (weather permitting).

Why not try our mouth watering wood fired pizzas - available Thursday, Friday, Saturday night.

Owners Will & Erin Lute.

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Great Lakes Seafood

Club Taree

‘We catch ‘em & we cook ‘em’

Club Taree offering all day dining.

Great Lakes Seafood, Open 7am-10pm, 7 days a week for lunch & dinner.

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

Come in and enjoy a casual meal at Great Lakes Seafood. With the perfect combination of Fish and chips, coffee, slushies and ready to scoop ice cream. We provide something for the taste buds of the whole family.

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

Monday – Thursday. All fish & chips $9 .90

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

4/25 Wharf Street Forster t 6555 9947

121 Wingham Rd, Taree t 6539 4000 w

open 7 days per week. 7am - 10pm.

open from 10am daily.

Bonappetite Café

Coffee Grind

Ray and Tony have returned to Old Bar with the new BONAPPETITE CAFÉ, the Manning Valley's latest café and restaurant with something new.

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

Bonappetite Café, open 7 days per week for café style breakfast and lunch and at night from Wed to Saturday, as a FRENCH BRASSERIE, with a French chef and genuine French country style cuisine. BYO alcohol only. Chef Spencer Weselmann

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

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Chef Kevin Williams.

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

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

Matthew Thrippleton

Seared tuna wrapped in nori sheet with green mango and macadamia nut salad.

Summer berry textures - white chocolate and pistachio.

Zebu bar + grill Squeeze out the last drop of summer with some live tunes, a relaxing drink and bite to eat on the foreshore at Zebu! Pop into the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two, or reserve your waterfront table in the grill to experience contemporary coastal dining at its best. If doing breakfast is more your thing - chillax on the water with our RISE BUFFET BREAKFAST - a huge gourmet selection including fresh juices, wheat grass, scrummy smoothies, extra yummy buffet goodies and made-to-order treats! 6.30am – 10am every day! DIARY DATE: James Squires Beer Degustation Dinner Wednesday 19 March at 7pm - $75pp Five Courses with five Beers - tickets available from hotel reception.

Bent on Food Bent on Food - not just a café but a destination Winner of 2013 Northern Region Restaurant and Catering Awards - Best Café Restaurant and Best Breakfast Restaurant. Fully licensed with a great value wine list. On and offsite catering, cooking classes, cheese making workshops, barista training. High tea every Sat afternoon from 3pm - 5pm; bookings essential. Come along to the Bum Book fundraiser 2.30pm Sat 22 March, raffles, canapés, drinks and music by Jim Bird. Join us for Earth Hour by candlelight on Sat 29 March, with music by Up in Annie’s Room.

Head Chef Nick Samaras

Executive Chef Adam Tait.

95 Isabella St, Wingham t 6557 0727 w

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

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

Dorsal Hotel

Bowlo Bistro

Overlooking Main Beach, Forster, and boasting the most stunning views of any restaurant in town is The Dorsal Hotel.

Taree West Bowling Club

À La Carte dining at its finest, you can either enjoy the understated luxury of your surrounds inside the restaurant at Forster’s only 4.5 star hotel, or sit outside and listen to the waves lapping on the beach. The Dorsal offers an extensive menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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

Fully licensed, with an extensive bar offering local and imported wine and beer, The Dorsal also has a beautiful function room catering for up to 30 people for your next formal or informal gathering.

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

Head Chef James Nossiter.

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focus_travel A Tribute to the on Musical Sensati th Buddy Holly 20 ur To ary ers niv An onally Starring Internati Renowned Scot Robin

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• Legendary Pacific Coast•

20th Anniversary 75 years on Buddy Holly In Concert! is one of the most exciting shows to hit the Australian cabaret and theatre circuit in years. During this dynamic two hour production, internationally Renowned Scot Robin, who played the lead role in the smash hit musical Buddy (original cast), together with his Crickets will perform more than 30 Buddy Holly hits including: That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Think It Over, Peggy Sue, Raining In My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways, and of course, Oh Boy! 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of Scot Robin performing the role of the legendary rock 'n' Roll performer, Buddy Holly! He played the lead role of Buddy Holly in the smash hit musical Buddy The Buddy Holly story (original cast), was cast by the West End Theatre Director from London, and was the first Australian to perform the role. He has performed the role of Buddy Holly over 1,000 times and has received international acclaim for his portrayal. In September 2004, Scot performed in Buddy's home town of Lubbock, Texas, where he met

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with Buddy's family and widow Maria Elena Holly to celebrate Buddy Holly Week, an annual event set up by Sir Paul McCartney. This 20th anniversary tour will see the show showcased Australia wide and as always ... leave the audience feeling as though they have witnessed the real thing! Buddy Holly was one of the greatest pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll music in the '50s, a career spanning only two short years that made a lasting impact on popular music and the world. "A must see show for anyone who wants to relive the sound, the voice and all of the magical hits of Buddy Holly in an exciting two hour concert experience that is much like the man himself - unforgettable”.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS JUST GOT CHEAPER ON THE LEGENDARY PACIFIC COAST, WITH THE LAUNCH OF A NEW BEACHES & BUSH CAMPAIGN OFFERING DISCOUNTS ON ACCOMMODATION, ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE NSW NORTH COAST UNTIL THE END OF APRIL 2014. amily holidays just got cheaper on The Legendary Pacific Coast with the launch of a new Beaches & Bush campaign offering discounts on accommodation, attractions and activities across the NSW North Coast until the end of April 2014. Hop on line to www. to find special deals redeemable with more than 210 discount coupons for some of this region’s favourite holiday haunts throughout the coast and hinterland from Great Lakes in the south to The Tweed in the north. There are discounts on accommodation, some up to 50 per cent off, for holiday parks, house boats, apartments “glamp” sites, hotels, hinterland farm stays and guest houses. In Nambucca there are 14 discount offers available till 30 April. North Coast Holiday Parks are offering a road tripper discount. Get your card signed when you stay on a site in two or more of their parks and your 7th night is FREE. Other holiday Parks serving up special offers are Nambucca River Tourist Park, Big 4 Holiday Park, Pelican Caravan Park and Valla Beach Holiday Park. Free glasses of wine on Nambucca River Cruises, extra value for children dining at Nambucca RSL, watersports with Nambucca Water Ski and Wake Sports and bonuses at the Bowraville Folk Museum, Frank Partridge VC Military Museum and Mary Boulton Pioneer Museum serve up a full, family holiday experience in this great destination of azure seas, pristine beaches and rambling waterways. The Beaches and Bush campaign offers locals a great opportunity to rediscover their own backyard or travel to neighbouring regions to enjoy a broad range of accommodation and activities an take up the great savings. Visit for all the discount offers, download your discount coupons and book directly with the featured businesses. Discounted activities along the route

include horse riding, golf driving, wake boarding and water skiing, sky diving, jet skiing, canoeing, tag tours, camel rides, paint balling, surfing, golf and more are available as you take a road trip along The Legendary Pacific Coast. Attractions getting into the family holiday discount spirit include Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour, Ballina’s Summerland House Farm and Crystal Castle, Port Macquarie’s Sea Acres Rainforest, The Glasshouse and Bago Vineyard, Nambucca’s Bowraville Folk Museum, Military Museum and Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottages, and the Manning Valley’s award winning Honeycomb Valley Farm. “This is one of the largest campaigns undertaken along our iconic touring route and aims to lure visitors with generous offers in great beach and bush locations along The Legendary Pacific Coast.” said North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky. The campaign is a major tourism initiative funded by The North Coast Destination Network with its member destinations (Local Government Economic Development and Tourism units), the tourism industry and proudly supported by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund. Legendary deals are on line for Great Lakes, The Manning, Gloucester and Barrington Tops, Greater Port Macquarie, Macleay Valley Coast, Coffs Coast, Nambucca, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley, The Tweed, National Parks and Wildlife and North Coast State Forests. The Legendary Pacific Coast is the iconic holiday route from the Central Coast to the Tweed visit or go directly to the Beaches & Bush campaign

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February always goes so fast; I guess it is because it is a short month - kind of lucky really, because it is a bit too slow for my liking. F fter the manic January we have up here, February always seems to be a bit of a letdown ... but February 2014 was a little different to the norm, with visitors still around to bask in a bit of the February sunshine. Of course February is Valentine's Day month, where every restaurant in town is booked out with tables of two. We had a fabulous Valentine's Day event at Bent on Food, with resident chef Peter Mullany trading his tongs for his guitar to join the lovely Helen Knight and Jim Rourke, playing some romantic tunes, and creating a great vibe. Nick created a delicious 3 course meal with some glorious local produce, and a full house enjoyed the evening over a glass or two of bubbly. The next evening, our friends 'The Tree Woodies' once again put on a soiree aptly titled 'Another Smallest Gig', which is part of a series of events where they open their home to the public and invite musicians to come and play for nothing more than a free meal. Unlike the previous event, where the weather was amazing, this time they made a mad dash to find a wet weather venue. Luckily, they secured Ormsby House, which is a lovely intimate hall in Taree. A fabulous line up of musicians played, with a few invited ones including Sarah and Steve Morris, a father and daughter duo from Port Macquarie. They provided some great dinner music, a sumptuous meal was inspired by South America: a red chicken pozole, pulled braised beef rib and Peruvian mountain chilli. Following dinner (or while

sneaky seconds were devoured) the stage was a Sunday lunch. His lovely brother in law, opened for an open mic session. First up was Braham Lieberman of Tinonee, told me the Tasha Joy and her ukelele, then Jai and Grace, story of Arthur and I just had to share it with fresh from the previous week’s Elands store the readers - as he is quite an amazing bloke. Sunday session. Then Eyal and Bernadette Arthur volunteered for service in World War II with help from Maia played a stunningly with the Royal Australian Air Force and after cute rendition of Joelene. Next up completing basic training in Australia, he the invited guests, Galleri, then volunteered to fight in Europe whose smaller acoustic serving with the illustrious renditions of their own Bomber Command of the tracks lost nothing Royal Air Force. He was e lin A fabulous in translation, trained as a tail gunner ns ia ic us up of m with four part in the magnificent w fe a played, with g in harmonies, Lancaster heavy bomber ud cl in es on invited e guitar, flute flying over Europe, the ev St d an h Sara and er and harmonica, North Atlantic and the th fa a s, ri or M om Port matched with Mediterranean areas. The daughter duo fr guest appearances tail gunner was always the Macquarie.” on percussion really prime target of the enemy showed the talent fighter pilots, and Arthur is that resides locally. The one of very few who survived final act was a group from those operations. With an average Darwin called VanderAa; these age of 22 years, some 70,000 young three young lads, who have been living men of the countries fighting for freedom out of their van on the road for the against the Nazis took to the skies in the British last two years, really put some energy heavy bombers; 10,000 were captured and into the room with a great set of original sent to various detention camps, and 50,000 tunes. Overall, it was a lovely intimate family died in combat - a truly horrible price they paid friendly affair that showcased some awesome to protect our way of life. Arthur was made a local and travelling artists, with great food and Life Member of the RSL; he is the last survivor even better company. The Tree Woodies would of the crew with which he served. During a like to thank everyone who played and those visit to the Australian War Memorial (where who showed their support by being lovely and Lancaster 'C' for Charlie is displayed hanging lively! from a very high ceiling), an attendant noticed We were fortunate to host a very special Arthur’s persona whilst he stood and gazed occasion on 23 February, when Arthur Gray at the plane, found out who he was and celebrated his 90th birthday at the café over immediately arranged for a cherry picker to be

brought up. Arthur was then elevated to the plane’s entry door, and he crawled down to the rear gunner’s compartment where he was able to swing the turret and traverse the guns quite an emotional experience for him to relive those times he had spent doing exactly that but firing hundreds of rounds of ammunition to protect his mates in the crew as they went about their business! We were proud to be able to host Arthur and tell his story. Happy birthday Arthur! Nicky Van Dijk’s 40th Bollywood party went off with a blast, when Tinonee met Bombay, or should I say Mumbai, with around 90 guests going all out to dress in Bollywood theme. There were many beautiful saris, a few bellydance divas and lots of amazing Indian food prepared lovingly by Nicky’s family and friends. Nicky looked beautiful as ever, and the venue looked stunning with lots of places to chill out on their lovely property. We had a great time, and I hear that Nicky partied until dawn; she did well! Happy birthday, my friend, and thanks for inviting me to share your special milestone. I would like to say farewell to two very special young ladies who left us last month to pursue their dreams, in Sydney and Newcastle. We held a farewell for them at Pandoori Restaurant in Taree; we enjoyed a lovely evening and the food was fantastic. Farewell Ella and Mikaela x. I would love to hear from you if you have any social events, weddings, parties anything! Send pics and info to donna.carrier@bigpond. com. Cheers, D. manning-great lakes focus 21


Club Taree Community Concert Band Have an inkling that you might enjoy learning to play a musical instrument and become part of a fun-loving, community minded and talented group of individuals? Alan Yates, Musical Director of the Club Taree Community Concert Band, explains how this is possible! s Musical Director for the Club Taree Community Concert Band, what are your roles and responsibilities? As Musical Director I have many roles, the main one being the conductor of the band, which entails teaching the band the new music, choosing the music which is both suitable for our players and the audience, planning the progams for our concerts and other engagements, and teaching people how to play their instruments. Secondly, maintaining harmony through our players to keep the happy family situation that we have. Thirdly, do my best through our very supportive committee to provide our local and greater Taree area with as many performances as we can manage. What’s the band’s history? Club Taree Community Concert Band has a proud history dating back to 1998, when the then Musical Director, Mr Keith Staines, formed a community band then known as the Taree RSL Band. Keith continued as Musical Director and Wendy Staines, who played euphonium, as deputy Musical Director until 2005, when Keith's poor health (Wendy took the baton for a while) then Wendy's work commitments no longer allowed the Staines to commit to the band. Although we were without a full-time conductor for most of 2005/6, the job was admirably filled by Peter Bull for a while, then Stacey Harrell. There's an old saying: "You can take the Bandmaster out of the band, but you can't take the band out of the Bandmaster." Keith returned as Musical Director in the latter part or 2006 and led the band until his unexpected passing in 2007. His daughter, Amanda, who played lead cornet and was RSL bugler for a while, followed in her dad and mum's footsteps and became Musical Director. In 2011, I arrived in Taree from Victoria, supposedly to retire from teaching and banding,

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and was asked by the committee to take the band, as Amanda now had a young family and work commitments. In 2012, after many years of calling Taree High School Hall home (through the generosity of the then Principal, Mr Phil Streatfield), the band moved into a new band room at the Valley Industries Skilled for Life complex in Elizabeth Ave, Taree, with the kind support of Mr Trent Jennison of Valley Industries (a major supporter of the band and to whom we are extremely grateful.) In 2013 the band altered its name from Club Taree Band to Club Taree Community Concert Band. This was done to make the community aware that we were not just the Club Taree Band, but a community band. The word 'concert' was added to let people know what type of band we were. A concert band is made up of Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Rhythm, and Vocals. How many members do you have? We have about twelve regular members, and some who cannot get to band night every week. We have had two of our very good players - both trumpeters - move away to Newcastle in the last few weeks, but they will be back to play with us from time to time. At the moment our most senior member is Paul, who is a wonderful Jazz trombonist, and he is 84. Our youngest is Emma, who plays clarinet, and sings and plays guitar, and she is 16. We have had members as young as 8. What variety of instruments does the band include? We have three clarinetists (including Emma), and one of the others plays alto sax too. We have two trumpeters (and one of those plays cornet and Euphonium as well). We have Bernard, who plays alto sax, and Helen who plays alto and tenor saxes, and I've already mentioned Paul on trombone. We have Amanda on flute and bass guitar, and Robyn who sings and plays tambourine and triangle and other things in percus-

sion … and don't laugh about the triangle and There's $2 a week which goes into kitty/tea/ tambourine. It's not as easy as it looks to get it coffee, and the annual membership fee is $20 right, and nothing mucks up a band as badly as for adults and $5 for Juniors/under 18. a percussion section that cannot get the timing What are some of your upcoming perforand rhythm right! And that's where Steve comes mances? in on the big bass drum. He is always spot on. FiWe had so many gigs in the run up to nally, we have a really excellent drummer in Mel. Christmas we nearly blew ourselves to bits, so Oh yes. We also have me. I can play many of we haven't got anything planned at the mothe instruments, but I usually play the bass (tuba) ment. We have been asked to play in a big Charwhen I'm not waving the baton. ity Concert in the middle of May. We We also have a Rock Band are also the band for the Anzac with Jake on lead guitar, Day March and Parade in ed Jordan on bass guitar, Tom Taree, and we shall be ne t n' do They al on drums, and two singic working on some excitus m y an st a ju l, al ers, Emma and Sarah, at ing new Marches - new e dg le know arn and le to re who also play guitar. to us, that is. It is a si de en ke use I can Jordan has moved on great honour to be get better, beca ey need to uni, so the Rock asked by the RSL to teach them all th very a to know. It's also Band is in need of play for that. and the friendly outfit, more members, espeDoes the band have each players all help cially a bass guitarist. any sponsors/volother. ” When and where does unteers you’d like to the band meet? acknowledge? Every Tuesday at 7pm exWe have major sponsorcept in school holidays, in the Band ship from Club Taree (being an Room in the Valley Industries Building internal club) who help with money for in Elizabeth Avenue, Taree. The Rock Band uniforms etc; Valley Industries in the form rehearses on Monday afternoons at 4pm in of the Band Room; Specsavers have been really the Band Room. generous to us in the last couple of years, and If people would like to join the band, how Saxby's Chemists have helped too. much musical expertise is necessary? We also have volunteers who do their They don't need any musical knowledge at bit. Wives and husbands turn up to cook and all, just a keen desire to learn and get better, beserve at the Sausage Sizzles we do at Buncause I can teach them all they need to know. It's nings - and that is another fantastic and very also a very friendly outfit, and the players all help valuable form of sponsorship - and Ross Kneipp each other. is always about to do anything that may be Most of the members have their own instrurequired. Geoff (the piper) helps us out with his ments, but we have some that we can lend to wonderful bag-pipes for special occasions. new people. More info? We also have non playing members who enjoy Ring me on 0407 996 075 or Terry Green, our supporting and being a part of the band. Secretary, on 6552 1584. We'd love to hear from What fees are associated with being a some new players. And old ones too! member? Thanks Alan.

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Phil Webster and Phil Rodham are co-convenors of the Great Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group. As with any cancer diagnosis, finding out you have prostate cancer can lead to severe anxiety, depression, and a feeling of powerlessness – in addition to the physical symptoms you may experience. The Great Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group provides a valuable service to those men affected by prostate cancer and their families, at a time when it is most needed …

ow was the Great Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group established? Phil Rodham In April 2004, a community information night about Prostate Cancer and the value of a support group was held in Forster, with representatives from the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Community Health. As a follow up to this night, the Great Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group held its first meeting on 25 May 2004, with 20 attending. What’s your role in the group - and how did you become involved? Phil Webster I am currently co convenor with Phil Rodham, chair meetings and assist with planning the year’s activities. My wife and I became involved when I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2002. We visited the Port Macquarie support group and received good advice and information from the men at that meeting. We then attended the inaugural meeting of the support group at Taree and worked towards the formation of a support group in the Great Lakes. Phil Rodham My role is to help run activities for meetings and various fundraising events. I am presently compiling the book The Start of Tomorrow, which is a compilation of support group members’ experiences. I became involved with the support group after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2007. At that time, an awareness meeting was help at Club Forster, and I listened to two Urologists discuss the best methods for prostate cancer treatment. This discussion helped me make my decision about treatment options. I have been a member since that time and have attended yearly national and state training. What are the mains aims of the group? Phil Rodham The aims of the support group are to provide a forum to support men

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and their families, to provide awareness to of an enlarged prostate, which may not be the general public, to inform about current cancerous. The Prostate Cancer Foundation research, to educate the community about of Australia (PCFA) states that prostate cancer prostate cancer and to foster trust and accounts for approximately 30% of cancers friendship between members. diagnosed each year in Australian men. It is the What benefits have being a member of second most common cause of cancer death, the group given you? after lung cancer. Phil Webster The support group has One in 7 Australian men will develop enabled me to continue in a leadership and prostate cancer by age 75. The strongest risk educational role. I have appreciated the benefit factor is age, and the chance of developing the gained while serving on State Chapter Council disease rises rapidly after age 50. Family history for the last four years. I spend time outside of of prostate cancer is also a known risk factor. meetings providing information about prostate Early detection is the key to enabling better cancer to men and their partners, stressing the outcomes and potential cure of prostate point that I cannot advise about medical issues. cancer. I have always enjoyed learning and appreciate What are the treatment options of the the information provided by the wide range of disease; how effective are they? guest speakers, which has positively impacted Phil Webster There are many treatment on my lifestyle. The interaction between options available, depending on the stage of members at meetings is caring in a sincere yet the prostate cancer, the health of the man, humorous atmosphere. his age, the severity of the cancer, and Phil Rodham I have been advice from the treating Urologist. able to create the book Treatments range from Active The Start of Tomorrow, Surveillance/Watchful which has enabled Waiting, Surgery, At that time, an g tin me to better Radiotherapy, and awareness mee Forster, understand men Hormone Therapy. was help at Club o tw and their family’s What are some of and I listened to the s Urologists discus ostate experiences. I the most commonly r pr best methods fo This have come to reported issues men t. cancer treatmen me understand many and their families ed discussion help t social issues when face when dealing ou ab on si ci make my de difficult decisions with prostate cancer? .” ns tio op t treatmen have to be made when Psychological and diagnosed with prostate financial impact would cancer. also be of great concern. Share some facts about Phil Webster Incontinence can prostate cancer with us - what are be a consequence of treatment. While erectile some of the common symptoms and what dysfunction is an unfortunate consequence of is the most “at risk” age of developing the prostate cancer treatment, erections can be condition? improved - and the best chance of ensuring a Phil Rodham Prostate cancer rarely has future sex life is with early intervention. There symptoms at the time of diagnosis. Common are now treatment options for these two problems of frequent urination can be a sign conditions.

Just like any other cancer diagnosis, prostate cancer triggers the onset of many emotions feeling depressed, anxious, angry, uncertain, powerless, confused and scared. Research has shown that diagnosis of cancer makes the men affected by the disease feel as if they have lost control. Significantly, the carer also suffers from these emotions, as some men do not communicate their feelings appropriately. Treatment options, unless covered by a medical fund, can be very expensive, and this can add to the psychological and financial pressures. Describe the book the group has produced: what are the key messages it aims to get across? The book is called The Start Of Tomorrow and is a collection of stories of members of the Great Lakes Prostate Support Group giving their experiences with prostate cancer treatment. Some of the key messages are: communicate with your partner and family, ensure that sons talk to their doctor about being tested from the age of 40 if there is a family history, gather knowledge from as many sources as possible, ensure that you are emotionally and physically ready for treatment, have regular PSA and DRE tests, understand the value of diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Prostate cancer can be controlled and there are treatment options available. When and how often does the group meet? Phil Webster The support group meets at Club Forster on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm. The meeting usually consists of an educational segment, discussion and general business. It concludes at 8pm with a cup of tea and chance of informal discussion. Anyone interested in finding more information can phone either Phil Webster: 6555 3651 or Phil Rodham, 6557 2063. Thanks gentlemen.

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WENDY FERRIS FORSTER PRIVATE HOSPITAL Allied Health Manager Wendy Ferris is pleased at the community’s response to the custom built hydrotherapy pool at Forster Private Hospital, with the recent introduction of two new programs benefitting a large number of people. Allied Health Services at Forster private continue to expand, and Wendy is already looking ahead to future goals and plans … ow did you become the Allied Health Manager at Forster Private Hospital, and what changes have you seen in the Allied Health offerings in recent times? With a background in Physiotherapy, extensive involvement in Medical Practices, and the recent completion of a Master of Health Management, I successfully applied for the advertised position of Day Therapy coordinator for Forster Private Hospital. Hence, with the enthusiastic support of the General Manager, Dallas Tucker, we have successfully worked to introduce both programs. This time last year Forster Private was significantly different in the terms of Allied Health offerings than it is today. The catalyst was the opening in April 2013 of the Forster Private Hospital’s new custom built Hydrotherapy Pool. The benefits of Hydrotherapy to the existing therapy regimes of our valued patients on the Rehabilitation ward were immense. Subsequently, to gain the most from and utilise fully the benefits of hydrotherapy for the whole of the local community, FPH decided to introduce two new areas of therapy - Day Therapy and Keep Yourself Active (KYA) hydrotherapy. Please provide some more details about both the Day Therapy and Keep Yourself Active (KYA) programs … Day Therapy: This scheme has expanded enormously since its introduction in mid 2013 and it aims to provide both ongoing treatment to our Inpatients on discharge from the rehabilitation ward, as well as treatment for any person in the community requiring further rehabilitation post surgery, stroke, brain injury, cardiac or reconditioning after serious medical issues. Day therapy rehabilitation involves attending the hospital typically twice per week for a combination of at least 2 therapies, from the areas of Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Occupational therapy, Exercise Physiology,

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Falls Prevention and balance classes. For the board 4 more Physiotherapists, 2 Exercise purposes of attendance at Day Programs Physiologists, 2 Occupational therapists, Allied patients are classified as an ‘inpatient’ and Health assistants and experienced Social admitted for the duration of their visit worker Kerry Perkins. We also have the services (minimum 2 hours) and discharged the same of a visiting Speech therapist and a Dietician. day. Most attendances are covered completely This has allowed us to offer more places in by health funds. our day programs, staff the pool 8 hours a day, To become involved in Day Therapy requires expand KYA to 10 classes a week beginning in a referral from a General Practitioner to one March, and open a small separate Day Therapy of our 3 specialist Rehabilitation Physicians. Gym closer to the hydrotherapy pool. Following a medical consultation, with the Very recently we have welcomed an alliance Rehabilitation Physician, a regime of therapy between Forster Tuncurry Physiotherapy, will be prescribed for treatment, by our principals Rod and Di Tyter, and Forster Private Extensive Allied Health team. Hospital to allow us to provide Physiotherapy KYA: The Keep Yourself Active (KYA) cover to every patient of the hospital, medical program of Hydrotherapy is available to any or rehabilitation, at no additional cost to the member of the community who wants to client. TheTyter's extensive knowledge of the maintain a good level of mobility, are perhaps area and invaluable experience will be of great unable to exercise successfully on land or value to the delivery of quality treatment to all are further down the track in their patients of Forster Private Hospital. recovery process from injury or Our mix of new and older illness than requiring Day staff is enjoying the Therapy but just wanting a challenges and rewards y an We have had m little more. These classes, of providing high ts en m positive com conducted by one of quality clinical care s es on the friendlin our our therapists are 45 to all our patients of n and dedicatio , minutes long, cost $15 with the benefits of am te b ha re wonderful our to and are held at 8:15 new technology and ts is ap er th r from ou ted Allied am and 4pm. Those ca high quality clinical di de d an m war s ...” wanting to participate therapies. For instance Health Assistant require a referral from the Wii, used in many a GP or an Allied Health areas such as upper limb Practitioner such as a coordination and balance Physiotherapist. This is a group regimes along with the sound class with some tailoring for specific evidence based therapies, enhanced conditions however; participants must be by our strong commitment to ongoing independent in and out of the pool area education and clinical excellence for all staff What positive impact has the introduction will ensure optimum outcomes for all out of these new hydrotherapy programs had clients. at Forster Private Hospital? What has been some of the feedback from Spurred on by strong community interest previous clients? and the success of our new programs, in late We have had some wonderful feedback 2013, I took on the expanded role of Allied from our clients from our regular participants Health Manager and have since pursued a in KYA hydrotherapy classes and our longer strong program of expansion of our Allied term Day Program patients. Health Department. From a staff of just 1or 2 Many participants in KYA classes are keen Physiotherapists and some visiting contractors, to stay mobile as long as possible and have early last year, we have now welcomed on often been very active and prominent members

of our local community for many years, who appreciate the chance to keep mobile in a safe minimal weight bearing environment. Others may have breathing difficulties and find that this is the only way they can retain a level of activity, otherwise not possible on land. We have some very loyal customers who have been attending from the beginning and rarely miss a class! In our rehabilitation unit and day programs we enjoy the satisfaction of having followed people through from the beginning of their misfortunes with all sorts of conditions, from extensive neurological conditions, such as stroke or brain injury, to joint replacement surgery or major deconditioning following serious medical illnesses, to seeing the rewards of clients who reach their goals when the initial prognosis was dire. People who have seen their life go from one of the prospect of a wheel chair to one of independent mobility and full participation back into family and community life. We have had many positive comments on the friendliness and dedication of our wonderful rehab team, from our therapists to our warm and dedicated Allied Health Assistants, and the friendly atmosphere is a positive influence on the success of our programs. And what are the plans for the future? In the future, with our expanded staffing base we hope to be able to help more patients from our community achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. With Australia’s rapidly aging population, effective rehabilitation is a major factor in enabling people to live a better quality of life as they age and retain their independence in their own homes for as long as possible. Forster Private Hospital hopes to play a key role in enhancing the health of our local community. Later in the year, we also hope to introduce Cardiac Rehabilitation and make full use of the services of our wonderful Exercise Physiologists. Thanks Wendy.

theatre were commissioned on 16th January 1995.

In 1957 the first Cape Hawke Community Hospital consisting of 7 beds, was opened in Cross Street, Forster. In 1959 a further 2 beds were opened. In 1970 a new 16 bed hospital was opened, which consisted of rooms 8-14 of this existing hospital, on the present site. In 1971 a further 9 beds where opening comprising rooms 15,16 & 17 of this present structure. In 1981 additional services were opened which consisted of ; a further 9 beds, bring the total to 35, Operating Suite, Emergency Room, Nursery, Labour Ward, Mortuary and ancillary rooms. A Medical Centre was built in 1987, incorporating Pathology and Radiology practices which are privately leased. In 1990 further additions were opened which included 4 Private Rooms plus two 2 bed wards. This brought the total bed numbers to 42. A new Day Surgery Unit and fully equipped second operating

Health Limited on 7th April 2008.

In July 2012, Forster Private Hospital extended its leasing Extension and renovations were commissioned in of the property to include the first floor of the April 2001 taking total inpatient beds to building, enabling expansion of the present 13 62. The extension included 12 Private bed Rehabilitation Unit to 25 beds with fully Rooms, 9 Two bed Rooms, 5 High equipped gymnasium. Dependency Unit. We need to congratulate Extension of Kitchen May 2004. The Hospital has maintained continuous accreditation status since 1985. The hospital is a community owned facility and it’s building was funded by community effortsSince it’s inception the hospital has been leased out and operated as a Private Hospital.

Cape Hawke Community Hospital and Health Association for the major community asset which sits in the heart of a community proud district. The hard work and the commitment by them have made a landmark we can all be proud of.

Community Private Health Care Pty Ltd (formerly Kizet Pty Ltd) leased the property from 19th January 1987 until the sale of the business and assets to Forster Private Hospital Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pulse

With the construction the hydrotherapy pool by Cape Hawke Community Hospital and Health Association, this has enabled further expansion to include Day Programs and our popular “Keep You Active” sessions.

Further plans are for the development of a Renal Dialysis Unit and the expansion of our cancer treatment services, which will provide a much needed boost to services available in the Great Lakes Area.

For any enquiries please contact the hospital on 6555 1333 or visit our website on

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THE BIG C Cancer – now the number-one killer disease In February this year, the World Health Organisation released cancer research findings from 250 scientists in 40 countries which showed the three most common cancers diagnosed globally were lung cancer (13%), breast cancer (11.9%) and bowel cancer (9.7%). While some cancers are silent and insidious, it’s not all gloom and doom. Early detection, advanced diagnostics and treatment, better public awareness and lifestyle modification, knowing your family history, and concerted screening programs have all contributed to better outcomes and prognosis. Lung cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancerrelated death in both men and women in Australia. A 2013 report from Cancer Australia showed that of 9,703 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in Australia in 2007, more than ¾ of them (7,626 people) died from the disease.

tobacco smoking causes 89% of lung cancer cases in men and 70% of lung cancer cases in women

Lung cancer symptoms include: • A chest infection that won’t go away • A new cough that persists for three weeks or more • A changed cough • Coughing up blood ^

Take action See your doctor if you notice any of the above symptoms. • Stop smoking – two of every three deaths in current smokers can be directly attributed to smoking* • Seek asbestos advice before renovating old homes

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According to the Cancer Council Australia ^, tobacco smoking causes 89% of lung cancer cases in men and 70% of lung cancer cases in women. Lung cancer has also been linked with exposure to environmental or occupational hazards like asbestos. One of the reasons why lung cancer has such a high death rate is because at present there is no population-screening tool for the disease, therefore lung cancer is often only detected at an advanced stage. Lung cancer can be a very aggressive cancer and one of the most difficult cancers to treat. The incidence of lung cancer is strongly related to age, with more than 80% of new lung cancers diagnosed in people over 60 years of age.

Breast cancer In Australia, breast cancer accounts for close to one-third of all new cancers in women, and more than 15% of all cancer-related deaths in women. While public awareness around breast cancer has improved in recent years, a lot can still be done around early detection and prevention. “It is estimated that 15,270 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia this year,” says Dr Saad Al-Mahaidi, a General Surgeon at Mayo Private Hospital in Taree. “That equates to 42 women each day.”

Breast cancer symptoms include: • Breast changes or lumps (particularly if it’s only in one breast) • Dimpling, puckering or change in size and shape of breasts • Lumps under the armpit • Nipple changes or discharge from the nipple • Unusual breast pain that does not go away

Take action • For women between 50-74 years of age, breast screening is recommended every two years. It is free and you don’t need a referral

One in eight women are at risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 85. And it’s not just women who get breast cancer. “In 2009, there were 110 new cases of breast cancer in men,” says Dr Sami Dayoub, a General Surgeon at Mayo Private. The incidence of breast cancer will continue to rise due to the ageing population and higher detection rates through breast screening programs. “Breast screening was introduced in

“It is estimated that 15,270 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia this year,” Dr Saad Al-Mahaidi

• MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an optional diagnostic tool, as well as the longstanding mammograms, ultrasounds and CT scans • Monthly self-examination of the breasts from a young age. Ask your GP to teach you • Know your risks, discuss your family history • Stay fit, eat healthfully, drink in moderation

Specialists at Mayo include: Dr Saad Al-Mahaidi – General Surgeon P: 02 6552 4141 Dr Sami Dayoub – General Surgeon P: 02 6552 3162 Dr Moheb Ghaly – General Surgeon P: 02 6552 4412

Cancer is now Australia’s biggest killer disease, surpassing circulatory diseases and respiratory diseases, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Research released in November 2013 by the ABS revealed that of all the deaths certified by doctors, one third (33%) were due to cancer, 29.8% were due to circulatory diseases, and 9.7% were due to respiratory diseases.

Australians are told they have bowel cancer, and around 4,000 of those will die from the disease.

“In 2009, there were 110 new cases of breast cancer in men,” Dr Sami Dayoub Australia in the early 1990s, many years ahead of other countries,” says Dr Dayoub. “Early detection and treatment can provide a better cosmetic outcome and improved prognosis.” Dr Al-Mahaidi concurs. “Mortality from breast cancer fell by 29% in the past two decades, mainly because of early detection through screening programs and better access to effective treatment. It is important to remember that most women survive breast cancer, with a five-year survival of 89%.” Risk factors for breast cancer include some things you cannot do anything about, such as your gender, ageing, and the lucky-draw of genetics. However some risk factors can be tackled. “Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause,” says Dr Al-Mahaidi. “Women who drink more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day are at an increased risk, as are women who’ve used combination hormone replacement therapy for more than five years.”

Bowel cancer is a largely avoidable cancer. “It is one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early,” says Dr Senanayake Premitalake (Dr Prem), a Gastroenterologist at Mayo Private. “If bowel cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the bowel, the chance of surviving for at least five years after diagnosis is around 90%. However fewer than 40% of bowel cancers are detected early. Based on current trends, 1 in 12 Australians will develop bowel cancer before the age of 85. Both men and women are at risk.” It is very important to know your family history, as your bowel cancer risk is increased if family members have had bowel cancer or bowel polyps (polyps are pre-cancerous growths in bowel wall). “You are considered to have a significant family history of bowel cancer if a parent, brother, sister or child developed bowel cancer at a young age (under 55 years) or if more than one relative on the same side of your family has had bowel cancer,” cautions Dr Prem. Public awareness about regular screening for

“Don’t wait for symptoms” Dr Douglas Samuel

Bowel cancer symptoms include: • Recent change in bowel habits • Bleeding from the bowel (either dark/ black stools or fresh blood) • Recent onset of abdominal pain • Sometimes there are no symptoms. Don’t wait until you have symptoms

Take action: • Know your family history. Ask the awkward questions – it may save your life • Stop smoking, keep active, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid a high-fat diet • Talk to your GP today. The good news is bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early. bowel cancer has improved in recent years, but still a significant proportion of the at-risk population are not screened. Dr Douglas Samuel, a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Mayo Private, says there’s a tendency for people to say ‘I have no family history of bowel cancer and no symptoms, so why bother being tested?’. “Of the high risk group aged 50-70 years, only 30% are being screened for bowel cancer in a regular screening program. The recommendation is to test for blood in faeces every 1-2 years, and follow-up positive results with a colonoscopy (a colonoscopy is a short

day-procedure performed in hospital, using a colonoscope to visualise the inside of the bowel). The government has started a staged rollout of a National Bowel Cancer Screening Program but it won’t be fully up and running until 2034.” “If you’re over 50, even if you feel well, be proactive and ask your GP to talk you through a strategy for bowel cancer prevention. There are 80 ‘preventable’ deaths from bowel cancer in Australia each week. Don’t wait for symptoms – sometimes there aren’t any symptoms,” says Dr Samuel.

“It is one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early,” says Dr Senanayake Premitalake (Dr Prem)

Sources: * Cancer Council Australia ^ Note: The information in this article in general in nature and not to be substituted for the advice of your doctor.

Bowel Cancer Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Each year close to 14,500

General hospital enquiries: 02 6539 3600 Website:

Dr Senanayake Premitalake - Gastroenterologist P: 02 6552 3162 Dr Douglas Samuel - Gastroenterologist P: 02 6552 0071 Dr David Simons – General Surgeon P: 02 6552 2120

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with Shirley Liffman - Clinical Psychologist

Shirley Liffman

MIND __________



Overcoming Addiction to Electronic Games

Have the prime of your life Congratulations! You’re in the prime of

there is another group laughing away in the

Over the past few decades, electronic

your life and free to do what you want!

pool while doing their aqua-aerobics.

games have become increasingly popular

At the Y we know that bodies can get injured

forms of entertainment. While most gamers

while we age. But we also know that if you

play in moderation, around 3% play so much

stop using your body, you lose quality of life.

that it takes time away from important areas of

So if you want to retire in style, give us

their lives. Signs of gaming addiction include

a call! There are free trials during Seniors

missing meals, exercise and sleep because of

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gaming time and having difficulty cutting back

• Identify reasons why you want to reduce your gaming: what is your gaming time making you miss out on in life? Write down as many reasons as you can think, and put a list of these on your wall, fridge, computer desk or monitor to remind and motivate you when you are struggling to stick to your plan. • Write a ‘menu’ of other activities you can do instead of gaming like calling a friend, going to the beach, gardening, cooking, exercising, etc. Choose something from the menu if you get bored.

on your play. The addicted gamer’s social and family relationships also suffer, as little quality time for other activities is available. Keeping this fun hobby in moderation is especially important for young children, as their

more than one hour per day of screen time,

• Schedule fun and relaxing activities in at times you would normally be gaming. You will need some willpower at first, but it won’t be long before you look forward to other activities just as much. Learning to relieve stress in other ways will help break the habit and open up opportunities for other positive experiences.

and no more than 2 hours per day for kids

brain development will suffer from having too much screen time - particularly their ability to focus attention, and their acquisition of social skills. Good guidelines for kids aged 2-5 years are no

aged 5-18 years. This includes all screen use like television, computers, tablets and mobile telephones. Kids under 2 years old should not have any screen time at all, because they are busy learning important skills, like how to grasp, crawl, reach, walk and talk, which may be slowed down by spending time passively watching a screen. If you are struggling to cut down your gaming time, here are some tips to help you succeed:

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Keep track of your usual hours spent gaming, and then decide on a specific maximum number of hours per day you want to spend gaming. Use an alarm to tell you when to stop playing to ensure you achieve your goal. If you are concerned about your gaming or screen-use, talk to your doctor about treatment options. Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) has a qualified and skilled team of psychologists and clinical psychologists who can help you with creating a healthier pattern of gaming and screen use.

MARCH 2014


Reflections on Wallis After a successful 12 years within in the hairdressing industry working in Forster and Sydney, Pagen Peninton achieved a career changing milestone and opened her own salon on Wallis Street in December 2012.



January 21 - February 19

May 22 - June 22

Love yourself enough to receive the best possible outcomes. This will ensure a peaceful, uncomplicated existence, giving you the quality time you need to immerse yourself in your personal life happily. Career and other responsibilities will fall into their rightful place, and life will seem better balanced. Garnet will enhance your passion for living.

Avoid taking life too seriously at present; this is why all your fears and insecurities are playing with you. This is leaving you feeling trapped in life, instead of owning it and creating it. Try to connect to your silly self and do some pranking to lighten up your energy and brighten your world. Ruby shatters fear and leaves us feeling safe and comfortable in our reality.

LIBRA. September 24 - October 23

You are a person of your word. Your wisdom will be greatly drawn on in this next cycle. To make the most of every possible opportunity, set some fresh goals and don’t compromise your standards. Your mind is likely to be busy recognising possibilities that exist, so make the most of this talent and seize the moment. Amethyst is great for connecting to our higher qualities and life’s purpose.




February 20 - March 20

June 23 - July 23 Ju

October 24 - November 22

You are gifted at being able to think laterally and offer practical solutions to life’s dilemmas. For this reason, people are drawn to your energy. Hear the wise words you are offering in a counselling situation, as these words are channeling through you for your guidance as well. Protect your energy levels by thinking yourself in a bubble. Citrine shatters negative energy, wear some whilst helping others.

Self-esteem issues need to be addressed, as these will create scenarios that potentially ruin your most cherished feelings if not attended to. Know you are a beautiful soul, so you attract an abundance of nice things into your life. Smile at your reflection to realign your self worth with positive influences. Citrine attracts abundance carry some.



March 21 - April 20

July 24 - August 23

Listen to your wise words when helping others, as these are your answers too. You will be feeling quite independent and secure, as you make plans for your future happiness. You may need to protect yourself from energetic drainage, as your vulnerability increases simply achieve this by thinking yourself inside a bubble. Selenite is great for auric protection, carry some in stressful times.

A feeling of stagnation is taking place, because your fears have stopped your progress. You must take hold of them and reshape them, and then positive things will begin to flow again. Your soul is learning selfappreciation and self-love. Listen to your wise words, as they will provide clear direction. Turquoise is great for self-confidence.

Your sensitivity is increasing, and so is your wisdom. This is the reason so many people are drawing strength from you at this time. If you find you are being drained or affected in a negative way, look inward and recognise all the qualities you bear that you are proud of. This technique will charge your energy. Clear quartz enhances our energy carry some.

Beauty therapist Carole Anne Johnson has been a vital ingredient of the Reflection's team since opening. The salon here is lovely and has great ambience! I feel very fortunate, because I love what I do. I have been in business in Forster/Tuncurry for 11 years, and before that I had a salon in Sydney for 14 years. I believe even a simple treatment should feel special, hence the complimentary file and polish with any eyelash tint or brow shape. We believe in supporting our great community and often donate gift vouchers for fundraising, schools and other local charities. See you soon for a Caring, Calming experience.

November 23 - December 21

You can expect an opportunity to fulfill a dream from a long time ago or one that you carried for a long time to cross your path very soon. Prepare your mind by recognising it and list every thing needed to make it a reality, then take action and acquire a few things from the list. This way you will be armed and prepared for it and little time will be wasted. Turquoise assists in recognition of one’s higher purposes.



April 21 - May 21

August 24 - September 23 A

December 22 - January 20

Look within and identify all your attributes and qualities that you chose to bring forth in this life that leave you feeling proud to be who you are. You are getting ready to step into a new cycle, and it will be very emotionally rewarding. Your nurturing compassion will be used a lot in this cycle, delivering great self-worth. Clear quartz will help maintain strong positive thoughts.

Luke has 7 years' experience in hairdressing and has just returned back to Forster after broadening his horizons in Newcastle for 2 years. Luke is always willing to take on any challenge and loves to keep up with new trends. So give us a call TODAY and make your booking for your NEW look now.


TAURUS. Think about what you want, but be aware of why you want it, because if your motive is beneficial to your highest good, you are very clever at manifesting. If your motive is insecure based, you will align yourself with some big challenges. Remain in a positive headspace when goal setting, just to ensure a good outcome. Clear Quartz amplifies a happy mood; hold some to set fresh goals.

It is with a passion for what she does and constant self growth that brings her to extend her Reflections team by welcoming Luke Gardiner to her salon. The two highly skilled and creative hair dressers rejoin forces after previously working together.

Patience is one of the higher lessons you’re drawing into your reality at this time. In pursuit of exciting outcomes where you have little control of timing, avoid making hasty decisions to cure frustration, as this will alter your happy outcome. Instead re-connect with the passion driving you. Clear Quartz keeps us focused on positive outcomes, carry some. manning-great lakes focus 35


M a n n i n g

V a l l e y

< Oli Moran





BMX racing is an exciting sport that has been represented on the world stage by the likes of young local rider Oli Moran. If you would like to see just what BMX racing can offer you and your family in terms of friendship, action, travel and thrills, and perhaps even emulate young Oli’s success, Campbell Robinson (Secretary) and Greg Single (President) from the Manning Valley BMX Club suggest you attend the club’s ‘Come and Try Day’ on March 22 …


hen do you get together for meets and training? Every Monday and Wednesday we have training from 5pm. Gate training for the new riders and sprockets (7 years and under) is first up ’til 5.30pm, then the track opens to the rest. We then also have weekly racing, which is on Friday nights from 7pm, sign on from 6pm. Racing does, however, move to a Saturday when daylight saving finishes, but for now it is under lights on the Friday evening. How much does it cost to ride? Training is $2 per rider. Racing is $5 per rider. There are also licence fees through BMX NSW. You can find out more details at: www.bmxnsw. How can those interested find out more info about the club and BMX riding? The best way to find out everything that you need to know about BMX is to come along to our 'Come and Try' day on 22 March. Starting at 10am, it'll be a great opportunity for you to come along and have a go! What activities are planned for the Come and Try day? There will be a free sausage sizzle, and plenty of local BMX stars to talk to you about everything to do with BMX! Come to the track with whatever gear you have to start, meet some great people, most of whom have a great passion for the sport, whether they are parents riders or both, take the help they give you, jump on and ‘enjoy the ride’.

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Where is the track located? and New Zealand, making lifelong friends along Manning Valley BMX Club is located at Orara the way. Lane, Taree. Oli began competing competitively in 2010. He Why would you encourage local families to was the State and National Champion in his age get involved with BMX riding? for 2010, 2011 and 2012. A crash in last year’s Families come to the track on practice nights and National Final ended his reign as top rider in his then race on the weekends at the local track and class, when he finished 6th, but he is keen to make love doing just that. the top 3 in May when he rides in the 2014 Others look to what BMX Nationals in the country Victorian town has to offer by the way of of Shepparton. state, national and even 2013 was by far the biggest yet As well as hard , international competition. for Oli. In July Oli represented ng , competitive raci Last year from our Australia at the World ips and lifelong friendsh d at little club, seven riders Championships in Auckland ha lots of fun were contested the world in two bike classes 20’- 5th was both events . He ctory championships, with and 24’- 3rd. The World fa rewarded with a with p Oli Moran making two Championships are held hi team sponsors , 13 20 of d en class finals and Jess annually and to qualify, the e CRUPI at th me co m ea dr a Robinson progressing to rider needs to place in the top as which w ” li. O r the quarters. 16 at the Nationals. fo true These kids and their Oli was lucky enough to return families have made great friends to NZ in October for the Mighty 11 through the sport that are not just competition, where the top four 11 year here in Australia but New Zealand, USA, olds from each country ride for the coveted Latvia and Columbia. Mighty11 trophy. As well as hard, competitive Everyone's ‘ride’ is different; sometimes you need racing, lifelong friendships and lots of fun were had to stop for a minute and go, “Wow: we've been at both events. He was rewarded with a factory through all this just by getting my kids involved in team sponsorship with CRUPI at the end of 2013, BMX!” which was a dream come true for Oli. Great sport; great people. Oli’s ultimate dream is compete in the USA Come to the track, sign, pay, ride, enjoy! and have as much fun on the circuit as he can. Oliver Moran - Bio With BMX now an Olympic sport, National Forster local Oliver Moran began BMX as a 5 year Training Pathways are in place to nurture talent old in 2007 with his two brothers, Will and Levi. from a young age and produce riders constantly He is a member of the Manning Valley BMX club. competitive on the world stage. BMX has taken Oli and his family all over Australia Thanks guys.


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For fast paced, highly skilled football (soccer) action, Boronia Park in Forster is the place to be on March 8 and 9. Jerrad Allen, the Great Lakes Vikings Challenge organiser, says the competition will be fierce, with some amazingly talented teams from as far afield as Maroochydore in Queensland travelling to the area to play …

i Jerrad. What’s your role with the Great Lakes Vikings? My role for the Great Lakes Vikings is Viking Challenge Organiser; I started in this role close to 11 years ago. How long has the club been around ... and roughly how many members do you have? The Great Lakes Vikings was founded in 1983. 2014 is our 31st season; this year we are anticipating 160 members, from juniors to seniors. How many teams do you normally have playing year round? Do these teams encompass junior members right through to masters or veterans teams, and ladies as well as men’s teams? There are 14 Junior sides from the under 6s the under 1’s and 5 senior sides, including our Premier league squad Wallis Lake, our Open Women’s/ Men’s and our over 35s teams. What’s the Great Lakes Viking Challenge happening on Sat 8 and Sun 9 March? What special rules are involved, what competition format is followed, how many teams will take part? The Great Lakes Viking Challenge started 21 years ago, to give the players a pre-season warm up match, and it has grown over the years. I played in the first one and have been on the organising team for the last 11 years. Back then we had 54 teams; we are now at 120 this year. The popularity of this event is

getting larger and larger each year. This year mainly from Sydney - these girls bring some we have had to limit the number of teams talent to the weekend, with a few of them in - which we met within 3 weeks from the the Futsalaroos. opening of entries. We are now working with We also have teams from Griffith to Council at moving this event to a larger Mooroochydore, QLD. The venue. field of teams and players Eleven years ago we had is amazing; each year 2 divisions and the men to I get a phone call or s The field of team women ratio was pretty email confirming and players is even; now, we have 4 which weekend ar amazing; each ye divisions, which is close the Challenge is or ll I get a phone ca ch hi w g to 70% men’s teams on from all over in m email confir e ng le al Ch e and 30% women’s. The Australia, and this th weekend er ov l al format for the draw is year also from om is on fr year is th d an , ia al on the Saturday they Hong Kong tr Aus Kong .” play 3 games in their own Where will the also from Hong pool, winners from their event take place, pool are then put in the final and what time will it draw played on the Sunday; these kick off each day? teams have all won their games on the The Viking Challenge for Saturday, and the winner Sunday afternoon the last 21 years has taken place at has won all 8 games and walks away with the Great Lakes United Football Club’s $4,000. home grounds, Boronia Park, Forster, of The rules for the Challenge are normal Kularoo Drive. Football rules from FIFA with some modified This year with the numbers of entries we changes to account for the smaller fields. are starting at 8.30am on Saturday and 8am These are fast paced games played in 13 on Sunday; there are around 180 games on minute halves, plenty of goals to be seen for Saturday, with it working its way down to the the enthusiasts spectators and also some great 2 finalists on the Sunday with the knockout ball skill. draw. Who are some of the teams that will be How does six a side soccer differ from taking part in the challenge this year? normal soccer ... apart from the number of We have last year’s winners returning, one players, of course! of our local men’s teams GJ & CA Chipperfield As I said earlier, the six a side games are on a Building, and the women’s team TBA, who are smaller field and with obviously only 6 on the

field from each team, whereas with the normal football (soccer) they are playing on a full size field they have 11 on the field. It really is a fast paced game with some great opportunity to see great skills being played right in front of you, here in the regional area of the country. What prizes/trophies are on offer for the challenge? The Men’s A division finalists winner will take home $4,000, with the women’s A winner taking home $2,000, and they both get their names on their respective shields. This is only decided on the entry pool: we have 62 men’s team with only 30 women’s (so split fairly). In total, we are giving away around $11,000 in prize money - you have to agree the standard of competition that we are starting to attract is worth every dollar. What sponsors/support people would you like to thank for their assistance this year? We would like to thank the following: Thomas Scaffolding, Tooheys, Lakeside Tavern Forster, Fairway Butchery Forster, Forster Surf & Sport, Saxby Soft Drinks, Stocklands Forster, JR Richards & Sons, Kedwell Constructions ,Manning Valley Free Range Eggs, Great Lakes Council, of course the many volunteers and club committee & members, Where can people go to find out more info about the challenge or the club? To find out more about the Viking Challenge, you can go onto our website: Thanks Jerrad. manning-great lakes focus 37

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Meals on Wheels Forster/Tuncurry Meals on Wheels began on 17 June 1974 . At a cost of 60c, the first meals were delivered on 2 September 1974 . being able to go to the shops for groceries or to cook regular meals should not be an obstacle to autonomy. You choose the service what you want and when you want it, so that it suits your lifestyle. Meals on Wheels is about helping frail older people s is and younger people Meals on Wheel ail about helping fr r with disabilities and d younge their carers stay in older people an bilities people with disa their homes so they stay in and their carers Great Lakes Meals can maintain their n ca ey their homes so th on Wheels (as we are freedom and lifestyle. m do ee fr r maintain thei now known) has grown Every day a friendly â&#x20AC;? . le and lifesty a great deal. Here it is 40 smile, a chat, a nutritious years later, and we are still meal and knowing providing our great service to someone will drop by to say the community. Meals on Wheels hello can change the lives of so is a part of the Commonwealth Home and many. Home is where the heart is, and we can Community Care Program and is assisted with assist you so you can enjoy your life with your funding by the Federal Government family memories, personal belongings and Independence is something we all value, pets. and to have that taken away through not Meals on Wheels is more than just a meals



he food was prepared in the home of Mrs Vera Burley in Recreation Lane, Tuncurry, assisted by an army of volunteers and sent out to the Forster/Tuncurry area in borrowed eskis. During these times Meals on Wheels relied on donations from business houses, organisations, clubs and private citizens financial, as well as gifts of fish, cakes, fruit and vegetables. There were 130 volunteers, and 5,716 meals were delivered in the first ten months.

service. Over the years we have identified that the community requires other services, so that without this assistance people become isolated from the community and feel alone in the world. What we have introduced into our service are home visits, Ggoing out to lunch, discounted voucher systems, so that clients can enjoy a meal out at various venues, meals in centre and gourmet frozen meals ordered over the phone. Tasty, nutritious meals are prepared in our kitchen in the Community Centre, Forster, under the guidance of our Manager Meredith Pow and Chef - Adam Wilkinson and approved by a dietitian. Our kitchen is fully licensed by the NSW Food Authority and has an A rating. We serve about 20,000 hot meals and 5,500 frozen meals each year and have nearly 250 volunteers. The area covered includes Nabiac, Krambach, Firefly, Hallidays Point, Diamond Beach, Smiths Lake, Coomba Park, Tarbuck Bay and Pacific Palms, as well as Green Point, Tuncurry and Forster.

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Allan Pearse Funerals Tell me a bit about your business: Allan Pearse Funerals is a locally owned and operated business in both Tuncurry and Taree. Our business is unique in the sense that we help families at potentially the worst time of their lives. We know that it is important to make sure everything we do is carried out not only professionally, but compassionately. Allan Pearse Funerals staff

Ross Elliott's Pharmacy

Ageing and Disability Services

At Ross Elliott’s Tuncurry Pharmacy we are locally owned and operated, servicing the local area for over 40 years. We are conveniently located in the main street of Tuncurry, with easy access to Woolworths behind us. We are open 7 days for your convenience. With our trained staff always on hand, Tuncurry Pharmacy is your number one stop for all of your pharmaceutical needs.

Did you know that Great Lakes Council offers a range of services to assist people to stay in their own homes?

At Tuncurry Pharmacy we are passionate about providing high quality services to our local community, including:

will deal with grief in different ways.

• Webster packing • Free blood pressure monitoring • National Diabetes Australia access point • Home medication reviews with our knowledgeable pharmacists

What makes your service better than its competitors:

• Regular hearing Australia checks

Our staff are our No. 1 asset; we are really fortunate to have

At Tuncurry Pharmacy we do the best to meet the needs of all our customers. We offer you a choice of premium and generic brand prescription medications. We also carry a large range of quality brands at competitive prices, including Ethical Nutrients Vitamins, Caruso’s Vitamins, Bioglan Super foods range, Cancer Council hats and sunglasses, Designer Brands cosmetics, Innoxa skin care and

are very conscious of the fact that all families we are helping will have certain needs (religious beliefs, different cultures etc) and

fantastic, caring people working with us. Pictured above are Chris Edwards (Associate Director) Geoff Battle (General Manager) and Peter Flower (Funeral Consultant). Lady Funerals is a service we can offer to families who wish to have our dignified girls look after them. We are the only funeral director that has a mortuary in both Tuncurry and Taree, meaning your loved one can remain in the

Natio skin care and many more. Tuncurry Pharmacy is also the home of beautiful and affordable giftware for all occasions. Our friendly staff members are always

town or area in which they resided.

happy to help you find the perfect gift, and we will gladly wrap

Our Hearse (pictured) was designed by W.D Hadley in Sydney;

them for you free of charge.

our coffins are all made by Ashton Manufacturing and Lismore

So when you need quality advice and friendly service, come to Ross Elliott’s Tuncurry Pharmacy.

coffins, both Australian owned and operated companies.

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Our Ageing and Disability Services team helps older people throughout the Great Lakes, Greater Taree and Gloucester Council regions enjoy a more enriched lifestyle. Operating out of the Forster Tuncurry Community Centre, with local offices in Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens and Stroud, we offer assistance to older people and their carers by providing them with social activities and support with everyday tasks. We offer our clients individualised services that best meet their needs to be able to stay active within the community, providing access to new friendships and experiences. Services offered can include: • Shopping assistance or meal preparation • Supported medical transport • Outings and excursions • Social visiting and companionship • Minor home maintenance and housework • Case management/service coordination • Mobility equipment hire • Carer Support Groups If you are a carer, your loved one can participate in our various activities while you take a break from your caring role. We also offer a range of services for adults and children with a disability and their carers. Please call our friendly team on 1300 65 88 30.

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Focus on Health with Dr Ami Aganan

Understanding Dementia There are over 321,600 Australians living with dementia, with approximately 1 new case diagnosed every 6 minutes. There is one in four people over 85 years old have dementia. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia; it is progressive and irreversible and there is no current treatment available to halt the intellectual decline. The aim of currently available medications is to delay the progression in intellectual deterioration. It is not a specific disease, but rather a collection of symptoms that affect the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. It interferes with the person’s normal social or working life, marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. There are barriers for diagnosing dementia early. Among them and perhaps the most common is the stigma associated with the diagnosis. The diagnosis of dementia is likely to cause distress and might even trigger depression and extreme cases, suicide. There is also the delay in treatment through a misunderstanding of symptoms by doctors, that if the patient is not expressing concern about memory loss, the GP should not test for dementia. And then there is also the existence of a protective partner and the families arranging support rather than seeking medical advice. A common belief held by the general public and even some doctors is that dementia is an expected part of ageing or that forgetfulness is common in the elderly and does not require further exploration. Several of these beliefs can be challenged. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. In fact, one study showed that only 10% of 80 to 84 year olds have moderate to

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severe dementia. It is more common after the age of 65 years but can happen to anybody, even to people in their 40s and 50s. Patients themselves and their families, although initially expressing distress at its diagnosis, commonly experience relief that there is finally an explanation for the memory loss or change in personality and behaviour. The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. On average, symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made. Some common symptoms may include trouble recalling time, date, events or conversations, repetitive questioning, losing items, difficulty recognising familiar objects or people, language problems, stubbornness and irritability. Some specific incidents are: confusion or unhappiness while on holidays and neglect of longestablished behaviour, such as writing Xmas cards to family and friends. There are a number of conditions that produce symptoms similar to dementia. These include some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, depression, medication clashes or overmedication, infections and brain tumours. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly. The goal is to promote autonomy and protect from abuse and exploitation. If there are concerns about you or your loved one losing their memory, please consult your doctor or contact Alzheimer’s Australia to speak to a counsellor. References - Dementia: to screen or not to screen (Reutens, Peisah, Brodaty – Medicine Today, May 2009) Improving Outcomes for A Timely Diagnosis and Management of Dementia in General Practice (Pond, Peisah, Reutens, Shell, Schutze – Sept 2012)


Big Shots Duelling Pianos

Piano Story Jimmy Mann and Scott Donaldson are the Big Shots Duelling Piano Show. Jimmy (who, incidentally, describes himself as being the duo member with the 'shorter hair'!) explains the unique vibe the show has, ahead of the upcoming performance at the Forster Bowling Club this month …


hat’s your musical background ... how did you become involved with the music industry in a professional capacity? I started very young, about age 8; my father was a musician. I grew up in Sydney hanging out and jamming with musos. I joined a Reggae/Latin band, borrowed my father's Farfisa organ so I could play all the Santana organ solos etc. (this was a long time ago) … I was actually getting paid. I just remembered before that in school I played in a Turkish band; my first gig was playing the piano behind a curtain, and I got $35 for that - that was pretty good back then! I should speak for Scott as well … he started at a young age too; he has done lots of stuff also, playing piano bars around Europe and USA, and being the Musical Director for the comedy duo Hale & Pace etc. We both went on from there and never stopped (of course, a lot has happened in between, but we would need a book for that story!) Where are you guys based ... what neck of the woods do you call home these days? We both live on the Central Coast, Saratoga and Tuggerah Lakes area. Where and when did you and Scott first meet? What made you two decide to perform together? I got a call to do a Duelling Pianos show, the likes of which they have in Vegas … to do a run of gigs for the Tamworth Music Festival about 7 years ago now. I didn't have much time, so I frantically made phone calls to try and get another piano player as good as myself. Now, I knew how hard that would be - but the best

I could come up with was this guy, Scott Donaldson. many more! I was desperate and asked him if he was interested, What’s an experience you’ve had on stage or on so he came over to my recording studio at my home, tour that will always stick in your mind? and that's how we met. Doing a corporate show at the Sydney EntertainWe didn't have much time to rehearse, so ment Centre for Lions Club International we threw it all together, did the shows, for a few thousand visitors … a great they loved it, so we knew we had experience! something going there. We conHow familiar are you both sequently played the next year's with the Manning-Great Tamworth Country Music Lakes area ... are you e at D oing a corpor Festival, then were asked to looking forward to visitshow at the t en do the Gympie Muster for ing, and will you have nm ai Sydney Entert ub Cl the next couple of years s much of a chance to on Li Centre for w fe a r fo l bearing in mind, we are not enjoy some R&R while na io Internat …a rs to si vi a Country Music act; we play you’re here? nd sa thou !” ce en ri pe everything. I personally know the area ex t ea gr We are also funny guys too! very well. I have done many What types of music do you solo gigs around there and both like to play (and why) ... have friends in the area, so I may and who are some of your favouvery well go visiting … Scott, on the rite musicians? other hand, I think will just go straight Everything and everyone! We are very diverse in home to his family (he is boring) … our musical tastes … too hard to answer that one. Where can people go to find out more info Your show, Big Shots Duelling Pianos, is deabout you, or contact you to make bookings? scribed as 'something a little different'. What is Our website: it that’s different about your performances? au/index.html Just the way we interpret the music, and the funny Thanks Jimmy. spin we put on it all - we don't always know what we will come up with. the plug! I think that's important for us … not knowing what See the Big Shots Duelling Piano Show we are doing! at the Forster Bowling Club on Saturday, Run us through some of the musical numbers March 8 at 7pm. you’ll be presenting at Club Forster ... That's a secret, but if you really want to know, here Tickets cost $18 per person. are a few: Moondance, Mustang Sally, Copacabana Contact the Club on 6554 6155. (that's right), Sweet Caroline, I'm a Believer … and

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focusinterview. with Sharon Fowle from the Manning Valley Businesss Chamber

catch up over coffee

Sharon Fowle

Megan Lewis Megan Lewis has been recognised as a leader in the field of conflict resolution, M cre creating positive outcomes in difficult business and personal relationships. Sharon Fowle had the pleasure of picking the brain of this influential lady.


ou’re a professionally trained mediator - what exactly do you do? Typically when people are in conflict, they stop talking to each other - but that’s the last thing they should actually do, because it means they are still caught up in all of the pain and anger and hurt. As a mediator, I use my skills, expertise and experience to help people have the difficult conversations they have to have so they can move on with their life. What is it about difficult conversations that causes people to often run the other way or get into a yelling match? If you have to have a hard conversation - or you have to speak to someone you find hard to talk to - that can push a lot of buttons. You might be unsure of how the conversation will go or you think the other person won't listen to you or when you've tried to talk to them in the past it's ended in an argument. This uncertainty can feel quite threatening and we instinctively respond in 'fight or flight' mode. This doesn’t have to be the case though, as you can gain the skills to navigate through a difficult conversation - that’s what I help

people to do every day. difficult conversation? As the mediator, you need to stay I think the best advice I can give is to independent, don’t you? How do you not try and stay curious and calm. Rather than take sides? predicting what the other person is going to I get asked this question a lot. I think when say - ask them to help you understand the we listen to someone tell us about a hard situation from their view and try standing situation they are in, the tendency in their shoes. This can be quite is to take their side because tough to do; when you give it they’re your mate - and a go, it can totally change of course, the other the conversation. And person is totally to I’ve yet to see anything le op To help pe ng blame. positive come from a di fin in succeed r ei But there’s a th yelling match, so if h ug ro their way th lp he to ve saying: “There are the conversation does ha I , es differenc me sa e three sides to every get difficult, use your th e se to them fferent di om fr story - yours, theirs 'indoor voice' and n io at tu si and the truth”. In leave sarcasm and name perspectives.” my experience as a calling out. mediator, I see this time What do you do if and time again. Everyone’s during an argument story contains their truth, someone digs their heels but it’s not the whole truth. If I in and won’t budge from their listened to just one person, I wouldn’t see the position? complete picture. To help people succeed in When someone retreats into their 'corner', finding their way through their differences, I it’s a sign they are feeling cornered in the have to help them to see the same situation conversation. If you want to try and resolve from different perspectives. the argument, you need to change the What's the secret to making it through a conversation. You can do that either by

changing how the conversation is going (maybe it’s getting heated and emotions are running too high) or by changing what you’re talking about (maybe you need to stop judging and start listening). Be willing to take a break and come back together at a later time. The other key point to remember is that people will fight for their position if they think you’re not interested in what matters to them. So ask the person what’s important to them - what is it that they really want? By knowing this, you are able to come up with new ideas about how they can get what they are hoping for - in a way that also works for you. It’s about creating the 'win-win'. What’s one thing you think people should know about mediation? Mediation is your best opportunity to have a say in how you’d like to see a difficult situation resolved and to make choices about what you want your future to be like. People often think they get this in Court, but in the legal system, you don’t get to decide - a Judge does. It’s been great learning about how you can help people, Megan - thanks for your time.

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with Linda Bryant from Photography by Linda

This month’s business focus is on a business which has well and truly stood the test of time. Ian Turner talks to us about Saxbys Soft Drinks, which is celebrating their 150th year. Saxbys is a 'local hero' business, with an impact that reaches right around Australia and far beyond. Ian has worked in the business since his early teens, and perhaps that is part of the reason why, even running one of the largest operations our area knows, he’s still down to earth - an all round nice guy.

Ian Turner Saxbys Soft Drinks



t's a very exciting time for Saxbys, turning 150 years this year. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in business in your time at Saxbys? Turning 150 is an amazing milestone for any business, and to think we have remained a family owned business (5 generations) and Taree based for that time is a test of our products, our community involvement and great people working for us. At the end of the day you must stay relevant and never give in to the challenges thrown at you. In our industry the biggest changes have been the emergence of new products and packaging, along with major changes in retailing and distribution. In 1972 our business was predominantly returnable glass bottles and we distributed in a 100 km radius from Taree. Today we distribute throughout Australia and to export markets of New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei, Naru and others. Our product range is still predominantly bottled in glass bottles, with also a full range in PET bottles. During the past 40 years I have seen the emergence of new products, including diet products, flavoured mineral waters, sports drinks, the cola war, bottled water, energy drinks, iced teas, functional drinks and our craving for espresso coffee. At the same time I have seen many small regional soft drink businesses shut their doors. In the '70s there were around 80 soft drink bottlers in NSW - today under 10 - but in recent years we have seen the emergence of water bottlers. Today Coca Cola Ama-

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til, Schweppes (owned by Asahi Japan), Frucor Beverages with other stores in the local area. National distribution (Suntory Japan) and Red Bull (Austria) control close to began with Coles, Woolworths and Franklins by enlisting 90% of the market. Our customers have also changed brokers in Melbourne and Sydney. With the introduction dramatically, with grocery chains like Coles, Woolworths of Saxbys Diet Ginger Beer in the late '90s, we also saw and Aldi dominating the markets, who fortunately are enormous growth and much larger distribution around good supporters of Saxbys business. Service stations 2003. So I guess the answer to the question is we and liquor stores now also see Coles and Woolworths have grown organically, which has always meant dominate with very high market share. Shopping our local focus has never waned. centres are now dominant, meaning fewer There is a rich history behind Saxbys. independent stores are in each town, Any great stories you can share? meaning tougher access to market. I guess the obvious one is how You've worked in all aspects of entrepreneurial and commuthe business, from early teens nity minded George Saxby was, Today we I believe. Do you think that it starting the drinks factory, distri bute ia al tr helps to have that experience an independent newspaper, us throughout A ts ke ar m rt at all levels? served as Mayor of Taree and to expo d, an al It is definitely a great help. You on two occasions, founding Ze of New , ei un Br a, si are better able to support your member of Taree Church of ay Mal .” rs he ot d an u team and to identify opportunities Christ. Before coming to Taree ar N and problems. You also create conhe had travelled to Victoria durtacts with the knowledgeable people ing the Gold Rush. Another tale and suppliers in the industry, who can told in the Manning is the time he help you solve problems and innovate. lost control of his horse and cart on In the '70s and '80s our industry was descent to the Tinonee punt. All ended up fun and dynamic, with constant change and many in the Manning River, with the community rallying small bottlers in the business. There was a great support together to replace his lost cart and horse. network at that time; today, it is much smaller group, and Many years ago EJ Saxby, while working on the rotary the characters have mainly disappeared. filling machine, was found very embarrassed when his Saxbys is a brand which is a part of Australian clothes were caught in the filling machine and torn from culture - one that Manning Valley locals are so him, leaving him only wearing his shoes and socks. A proud to call 'ours'. How have you grown the brand great reminder for our OH & S committee and probably while still maintaining the local roots of where it all good underwear. began? What are some of your new products or innovaSaxbys really only started selling its products outside tions? Watch this space … its traditional area (100 km around Taree) in the late Thanks so much, Ian; we are proud of Saxbys as 1970s. This was into the Sydney and Newcastle markets a local hero in this area, and it’s great to see that via distributors and the acquisition of Clouten’s Cordials the family culture within the business still continues in Macksville in 1981. Our business with Coles began in today. Here’s to another 150 years! the 1970s when the Taree store opened and slowly grew Thanks!

focusbusiness. with Gary Gersbach from Great Lakes Business Chamber



Hurrah! Some rain has finally arrived to assist in the regreening of the area and reducing the demands on water consumption. We were very fortunate the weather stayed conducive to outdoor activities for most of the holiday period, allowing maximum enjoyment for all. Unfortunately, more rain is needed. uring this time all the businesses strive their hardest to ensure that when these people leave the area, they do so with wonderful experiences and memories.


The Great Lakesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; businesses are slowly coming out of the period of frenzy as most of the visitors leave town, hopefully with good memories and a resolve to return. It is apparent the annual activity has been greater than some previous years and also more widespread to some of the lesser known delights of the district. Most businesses can now take this reduced period to examine and correct their targets and values in the lead up to the next increased activity level of Easter. There is now time to gear up for stock, type and amount, as well as reviewing staff performance and possible training.

These were in the food and beverage areas and may well have been because of poor staff training and procedures. The Chamber is well placed to assist and provide the appropriate referrals and actions for these shortcomings. However, the business has to recognise it has a problem before any action can occur. The Chamber is currently actively campaigning for increased membership, with personal approaches to business owners outlining the advantages and assistance it can provide. The particular benefits associated with the networking and general knowledge of the membership can be of immense value. just

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We have just introduced a e which m m ra og pr d member to ar rew ificant gn si a e id ov pr n member reward ca only attraction to not programme, increase business to keep which can provide turnover, but alsoâ&#x20AC;? a signifi cant n. w services in to attraction to not only increase business turnover, but also to keep services in town. The actual member benefits are being For quite some time now the compiled and should be available from the Chamber has been encouraging everyone next breakfast meeting. to seriously look at the local market to spend their money wherever it is possible, convenient and good value. The Chamber has had its critics in as much as it is claimed that customers will consistently return to the local market only if they receive good service and that value is not just measured in dollars and cents. Unfortunately, not every visitor was overwhelmed with customer service during this time, with a number of reports of seriously flawed service and procedures.

Fortunately the high level in the Sydney real estate market is slowly but surely integrating the local market, with an increase in the number of buyers available. This has resulted in increase in demand for properties, and has also significantly lifted the demand for new homes. The corresponding demand for associated services has commenced and will augur well for the local businesses, which should have a brighter future for this year. manning-great lakes focus 47

focusTourism. Donna Hudson - Manning Valley Tourism

Going Tropical Coconut, lime, pineapple - tropical is the one of the new themes that have been growing popularity in the recent season, reaching great heights at the moment; where we see its use in fabric, images, scents and decor items.

Tourism Donna Hudson The recent release of our Bush and Beach Summer Guide has given me new inspiration to experience some more of the hidden treasures of our beautiful Manning Valley – this time I decided to head north, to the Three Brothers Regions. ow let’s be honest: us locals can tend to grumble a bit when the traffic backs up through our towns, tourists slow down on the bridge to marvel at the view and pods of passing dolphins ... but hey, it doesn’t hurt for us all to slow down once in a while and appreciate the wonders of where we live. Lined by four national parks, the Three Brothers Region boasts award-winning wetlands, rainforest boardwalks, and stunning headland trails, all within view of the iconic Three Brothers. As my girls and I were driving north, we were not sure how the day would unfold. We followed Drive One in the Bush and Beach Guide. We drove along the breathtaking Lansdowne Escarpment and stopped at Newby’s Lookout with the dramatic drop to the valley below and views over the northern manning, across to Crowdy Head and out to sea. The cameras were out, and with wide eyes we were taking in this new adventure playground. The Starrs Creek rainforest boardwalk was enchanting, where I am told if you are very quiet you may even see fairies. Continuing down the mountain, the quaint village of Hannam Vale unfolded, giving the prefect rural village look. A healthy looking herd of dairy cows were being moved for milking across the road, and we were able to put the windows down and reach out touch them. The beautiful drive down took us past fields of citrus, almonds and avocados. We took a left at the Stewarts River Community Church and continued to Johns River for lunch. With hungry tummies, we stopped and enjoyed barramundi burgers and a nice hot


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chocolate for mum. Following our rest stop we continued our journey through Middle Brother National Park, home of the Bird Tree (the biggest tree in NSW). There is so much to discover on the drive past North Brother Mountain and back down to Diamond Head and Crowdy Bay National Park, were we found another hidden gem, Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp. The road, although dirt, is in excellent condition. The Gap is a small campground with room for a couple of caravans and about 12 tents sites. Nestled in the sand dunes behind the beach, the Cultural Camp is a place of significance for Aboriginal people. On the way home we stopped by Cattai Wetlands, another special place of our Valley. While at Cattai we walked the old coastline and read the information panels noting the history of the site. This is a beautiful coastal wetland that provides a sanctuary to birds, kangaroos, wallabies and goannas. We lost count of all the different bird species we saw; they all looked different, although I did recognise the majestic black swans. I’ve been told Cattai is home to more than 170 different species. The girls have already asked if we can go back when the wetland is covered in purple Waterlilies. What a great day out, and we didn’t even see it all! The Summer Guide, maps and helpful information are available from the Manning Valley Visitors Information Centre along Manning River Drive or by visiting www. - or calling 1800 182 733. Don’t forget to like us on facebook. Search for Visit Manning Valley.

Motifs centred around palm trees, tropical birds, pineapples, vintage Hawaii; this look definitely has its roots in all things Maui, but it also takes us far off to the beaches of Tahiti, Fiji and the African tropics.

home, with our great tropical and vintage surf cushions. Scent your home with coconut and lime, mango and papaya - fresh and zesty fragrances that make you feel alive. Maybe relax in one of our beautiful cane arm chairs or swing away with your book in one of our hanging pod chairs - relaxation and the calming influence of the sea are the key. Let all things pineapple, from storage jars,

Island style is often referenced to the 'Raffles Hotel' in Singapore of old, when cane furniture, dark timbers and classic colonial style meet the heat of the tropical life, fans circulated the air and cocktails abound.

cushions, bed linen, decor pieces and

Get back to the days of ferns and tropical palms, hanging baskets, let all things green enhance your island style.

instrumental in highlighting the peace loving

Bring a bit of this laid back look into your


fabulous soap, take you to Tahiti. Did you know that in some American states such as Hawaii and Florida, the use of pineapple themed accessories and gifts are and hospitable people who reside within - let it be your symbol of welcome too.


•SOPHIE BIRD • It’s bold, brave and just a little bit cheeky, but in an effort to encourage women’s self esteem and to promote a positive self image, Sophie Bird has come up with a unique concept she calls The Bum Book. Sophie would love people to support this project, so she tells us how we can help ... ophie, FOCUS readers have met you before, as you’ve been associated with the local fashion industry and the FLAIR Awards, but please refresh our memories and tell us a bit about yourself ... Hi! I am a 20 year old designer (MOKU swim), dance teacher (Munro School of Dance) and shop assistant (The Bird Tree). I am an ocean, family, book, tattoo, fashion, dance and music lover! I grew up in the Byron Bay area but have been living between Old Bar and Wingham for 7 years. Where did the idea of The Bum Book originate? Who or what was your inspiration? The Bum Book was inspired by my recently launched swimwear label, MOKU, with great friend Bree Gardiner. We often hear people say they couldn't wear a bikini like that, and we always think, “Yes you can!” I was largely inspired by the bones of MOKU, those being freedom, happiness, confidence and summer loving. I have to ask ... why bums? I guess there were other body parts you could have targeted? I think bums are a great part of the body! Bums fill your jeans, they work a bikini, they are all shapes and sizes, and they are a little bit cheeky. I also liked the idea of bums being a little quirky, and I always get a good laugh from people when I tell them there are bare bums in the book, which is great! Breaking down the stigma of bums being off limits … So, the book hasn’t been printed yet, but

what format do you hope it will take? can't give the mystery away ... Let's say there Will it be in full colour, glossy, a hard is a really good range of community members copy, or an online text? Will there be baring all. much text, or mostly photos? How much fun have you had working I really dream for it to be a hard cover, on the book so far ... and what have matte finish, black and white coffee table been some of the most important things book. How good would that be to pass you’ve learned about yourself and down generations and say, "Look what I did; women in general throughout the whole this is my bum!", as well as being a piece process? of art that can be celebrated and enjoyed. It has honestly been a whirlwind. I have Composed of mostly photographs, as it's all been totally overwhelmed, in a good way! about the bums! However, there The positive support tidal waved will be quotes, comments in, in just a few days, and has and reflections from the continued through the women involved and journey. to myself. I've learned that in I want the book promote self love What key a safe environment, ; I just felt messages do women really within our area lf esteem se like the bigger you hope promote self love! e) h as D ov campaigns (suc the book will The day of the n r dow don't really filte , so communicate? photo shoot, all the ity to our commun e I hope it conveys conversation was th om fr I'm taking it on !” a sense of body positive, encouraging up g in go ground and freedom; women and insightful. should feel amazing What are your hopes in the skin they're in and and dreams where this not let their self worth and book is concerned – how inner health be defined by how big do you think this idea can the feel about their body. grow? I want the book to promote self love within I would really like to tackle men’s self our area; I just felt like the bigger self esteem esteem next, with a Boys’ Belly Book. I believe campaigns (such as Dove) don't really filter that men’s self esteem needed a bit of a trail down to our community, so I'm taking it on blazer, so the boys will get their bodies out for from the ground and going up! a good cause. I would like to make the books Who are some of the local women that annually, but of course mixing it up each time have helped you with the project? to create a collection of art with heart. Well now, the book will be anonymous, so I There are always crazy ideas and ways to

grow a project; my mind wanders all the time! Recently within MOKU, Bree and I launched MOKU x young creatives, where young people can sell and showcase their work on our website. We will run it on a 6 months turnaround, so we can support and provide a hub for young creatives all the time. How can members of the general public help you get your book off the ground? At the moment the only thing needed to get the book off the ground and into production is donations. Producing a beautiful book is crazy expensive. But I want to do it, and I want to do it right from the get go. So here goes, going all out! The book needs at least $6,000 to get the ball rolling - which seems like a large figure, but I have faith in our community to get behind (excuse the pun) this project to promote healthy self esteem and celebrate the ladies who bravely bared all! Where can people contact you if they’d like to assist? They can contact me through emailing attn: Sophie. - or go on Facebook and search The Bum Book. There is also a fundraising day at Bent on Food courtesy of Donna Carrier; it will be held on Saturday 22 March, $20 per person for an afternoon of canapés, laughs, live music from Jim Bird, a crazy good raffle (prizes from Leahas Hair Salon, Nardas Hair Salon, Dress Up, Old Bar Pharmacy, Flexion Fitness, Tahlaras Skin Care and Beauty, Ashlea Road and so, SO much more) and of course, good times! Thanks Sophie.

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19 Myalup Court, Seascape Estate Ideal locations, Visionary Architects, Creative Designers and a Master Builder â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FOCUS showcases Blackbilt Constructions Pty Ltd, a local, forward thinking building company that combines these elements to perfection in all their projects.

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Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of viewing two magnificent residences, one located in the Seascape Estate, the other nearing completion in the bushland setting of Headland Drive.

rom first look you know this home is something special. The executive residence sits high on the cliff top and is surrounded by the green-scape of the adjoining reserve. Never to be built out, the home boasts unimpeded views to Diamond Beach and the ocean; the home has been designed and built to take full advantage of its locale. An eye-catching combination of exterior finishes come together seamlessly to emit a regal feel to the property. Many innovative and environmentally friendly products have been used, including Hardies wall cladding and Rockcote. A hand crafted stone feature wall adds charm on the tiled entrance stairway that leads to the entry portico and into the upper level of the home. The tiled entrance foyer leads through to the open plan living areas encompassing the dining, lounge, and kitchen which has an adjoining outdoor, undercover entertaining area. Beautiful red mahogany timber flooring is underfoot, creating a striking contrast to the crisp whiteness of the walls, ceiling and kitchen cabinetry. The kitchen is a masterpiece. Featuring an off white Caesarstone island bench, it will be the hub of most family and guest gatherings. The island houses a wine fridge one side and breakfast bar seating, whilst the other has a concealed dishwasher and Blaum soft close drawers and storage cabinets. Integrated into the island is a Franke sink and a separate Zip hydro tap water purifier complete with hot and cold water as well as soda water at your fingertips. Further kitchen cabinetry has a charcoal Caesarstone top, a glass splash-back, and incorporates a

De Dietrich wall oven and microwave, an induction hotplate and range-hood, and overhead and under bench cabinetry. Cleverly blending into the cabinetry are the double doored refrigerator/freezer and the walk in pantry with sensor lighting. Comprising Master Bedroom with en-suite, artist studio, guest bedroom, bathroom, and an outdoor kitchen, the top level of the home is a showpiece and a credit to all involved. The ground level, accessed via handcrafted red mahogany timber stairs, comprises a triple garage, rumpus room, guest bedroom, library/music room, bathroom and laundry. Most rooms have stacker glass sliding doors overlooking the rear yard and open out onto the rear sandstone tiled outdoor pool side patio. Constructed by Blackbilt, the 5m x 3m saltwater, solar heated pool compliments the home spectacularly. Being fenced with glass balustrade one side and aluminium fencing the other, the pool area is finished off with tropically landscaped gardens and sandstone tile surrounds. The outdoor entertaining alfresco will provide a space for many hours of relaxation for family and friends. The main objective of the design has been totally achieved; to capture the magical ocean views from every possible angle and vantage point, allow for the ocean breezes to be disbursed throughout the home effortlessly and to provide a peaceful place for it's owners. A fantastic design which has been built masterfully by Stuart and his team of quality tradesmen, the residence is definitely a one of a kind in Seascape Estate.


from the builder Tell us about your business - how long have you been operating? I grew up on the Central Coast, starting in the building trade as a 17 year old labourer and progressed into carpentry. I put myself through carpentry and joinery at TAFE of an evening, working with Kelly Glew Building through the day. After finishing my trade, I become a sole trader then studied for my Builders Licence and started to build homes and complete renovations around the Central Coast area and Sydney. While observing an auction in 1994 I met John Cornish; at that time he was a property developer. We got to know each other and he asked me to renovate a heritage listed house he had bought on the water at Wagstaff. We worked closely together to restore it to its original

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condition and became good mates. John had always talked about land he had at Redhead and how one day he would like to develop it into not just an estate, but into an area of open space to be enjoyed by the community. The Cornish Group asked if I was interested in building a display home for the Seascape Estate; in 2005 we moved to Hallidays Point, an area we have grown to love. Since, I have been lucky enough to have had a good deal of work, both from the Cornish group and other clients around the area. I have felt privileged to have built 9 homes in Seascape as well as a number of renovations and homes in Hallidays Point and Forster. I have a great relationship with a number of local trades and subcontractors and tend to use the same trades for each job. For the last three years I have had two great local blokes

working with me, Pete Lewis and Johnno Waugh; they have the same work ethics as me. Also, I have employed a local apprentice, Ben, who does beyond what is asked of him. What are the types of building that you specialise in? We specialise in the construction of new houses and the renovation of existing dwellings. We have been lucky to have built homes from the designs of some amazing architects, from this area, Sydney and the Central Coast. Did the owners of the Myalup Close home have any specific requirements? The owners consulted closely with Mike Vanderwyck, the designer of the display home in Seascape and requested a similar, open plan design that made the most of the view and the unique seasonal pattern of the breeze.

During the construction of the house we stayed in close communication with the clients, discussing internal colour schemes, fixtures and exterior surfaces. What are some of the best elements of the home? The outlook of Seascape is amazing; the home makes the most of the fantastic ocean views, which are readily available from nearly all rooms. The red mahogany timber flooring adds to the opulence of the home. How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? We have a website that I have recently started to get the hang of updating; it has generated a lot of enquiries. I am also contactable on my mobile, 0416 101 591 or by email to Thanks Stuart.



from the OWNERS


You chose Blackbilt Constructions as your builder; how has it been working with Stuart and his team? We originally selected Blackbilt to build our new home through the recommendation of our Architect and Stuart's sound reputation for building a quality home in the Seascape Estate. Stuart and his team showed extreme professionalism in all aspects of the build; his knowledge of what products to use in our environment was amazing. Our upstairs flooring of local timber is stunning! It is not often you end up with a close friendship after a large building project of this calibre. We expected the best and that is what we got; Blackbilt does come highly recommended! Did you have any specific require-

ments? When we were at the planning stage with the Architect, our brief was to do the block justice by taking in all of the extensive ocean and coastal views. We even paid particular attention to designing two outdoor areas. One takes in the Southerly view, the other with north easterly view; so if the winds are coming from a north easterly aspect we can use the outdoor room facing south and visa versa. How does the home suit your lifestyle? This year will be our 43rd wedding anniversary and we have finally decided that there is no other place to call home than here on our ocean reserve cliff top home; funnily enough, I call it heaven's waiting room! We were lucky to move in just before

Xmas, and the house has had a few parties with family and friends. That was also in

from the DESIGNER

the plans - that we would have entertaining areas that incorporated both the view

Michael Vanderwyk Accredited Building Design,

and the outdoors.

was established in 1983. I have worked with Stuart

Which is your favourite room?

at Blackbilt for the last 10 years and am proud of

I would have to say that my favourite is

our association.

Stephen's library and music room. He is still

As the Designer of the Todd residence at Myalup

highly active in business and does a lot of

Close I had a specific design brief from the own-

travelling, so this room allows him to chill

ers. They wanted a home that reflected the relaxed

out and let go of the business stresses by

coastal atmosphere of the stunning location. They

playing his music, reading or watching tele.

wanted to take advantage of the outlook, make the

He has had a lot of fun decorating it. We

most of the sea breezes in the summer and the sun

are both looking forward to putting a lot

in the winter and for it to function practically and

more finishing touches to the decorating,

flow onto the site. I feel that we have achieved all

but there is no hurry.

of these requirements; the result is something very

Thanks Denise.


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19 Myalup Close, Red Head


Muree Court, Hallidays Point Another project that Blackbilt has under construction is a home in Muree Court, Hallidays Point. We take a sneak peek. Taking full advantage of the sloping bushland property, the house is designed with most rooms situated on the upper floor at street level, taking advantage of the bushland views, with the garage, laundry and guest quarters located on the lower floor. The owners are presently living in Western Canada, and they commissioned Designers Frank Tabotta and David Miskell to design a holiday home on the coast to escape the

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harsh Canadian winters and in the future, for them to spend more time in Australia when they retire. The Upper Level Large expanses of glass give the open plan living spaces a sense of transparency between indoors and out, with the main emphasis to the pond and bush setting beyond. A skillion roof design creates a high raking ceiling in the living and kitchen areas accommodating clerestory windows at ceiling height to capture extra natural light above the covered outdoor decks that wrap around the

rear of the home. Opposite facing sliding doors are incorporated throughout the living area to enhance cross ventilation on hot summer days, avoiding the need for air conditioning. Commercial grade aluminium framed windows and sliding doors with double glazing are used to improve thermal performance over the mild winter months. To complement the natural textures of the landscaping and coastal setting, a range of neutral Colorbond greys, combined with a timber pergola and a striking feature wall of

James Hardie Matrix panelling with a rusty paint finish, have been used on the exterior. All blends well with the interesting effect of the concrete entrance steps and wrap around patio and pathways. The concrete is a graveyard mix from Great Lakes Concrete and has been expertly polished by Concretive Australia. Such a unique design required an excellent builder known for his high standard of workmanship, competency, and attention to detail. I am looking forward to seeing this home on completion.


from the OWNERS


You chose Blackbilt Constructions as the builder of your new home. How has it been working with Stuart and his team? Stuart is very well known in the area, and he has accrued a good team of sub trades and industry contacts. I have to say each of the people on his crew and all the sub trades have been very easy to work with. They know their game and deliver a quality service. We initiated this project from Canada, so it was essential to have a builder we could rely on to build our dream home from 7,000 miles away. With the use of the internet etc Stuart was great to deal with. Did you have any specific requirements? We have built a number of projects over the years and have developed a list of

requirements over time. The only way to meet these requirements is to use a good architect to maximise these requirements and the aspects of the land your building on. Some of our specific requests were that we wanted to maximise the view to the west, but maintain privacy at the same time. We wanted to feel as if we were outside at any time as well as have a place to go outside no matter what the season. With the ever increasing costs of energy; we wanted a house that was comfortable without having to flick a switch, to this end we maximized the use of solar energy, natural lighting and the NE breezes (all of which are free). The main living area is like living in a treehouse with lots of glass and views across

the water and valley. There is plenty of louvred windows or sliding doors to maximize light and air flow. The positioning of the house and it's overhanging eaves were designed to keep out the summer heat, but utilize it in winter. Our expectations were more than met in the design. We have worked with Frank Tabotta over a number of years and have total faith in his abilities. How does your new home suit your lifestyle? The house is nearing completion and will suit our lifestyle to perfection. Our architects brief and the design criteria were based on how we like to live and are likely to live over the next few decades. Lots of space, the feeling of being in the bush, plenty of room

for large family events and room for overseas visitors. Which is your favourite room? The lounge/dining room, as it has such a great feel to it; is bright and airy with phenomenal views over the tree tops to watch the birds coming and going. Would you recommend Blackbilt Constructions to other prospective home builders? We have nothing but great things to say about Frank the designer and Blackbilt Constructions as the builders. Take your time designing it, know your needs in the design stage and Stuart will make it happen; he is a master builder. Thank you Jeff and Niva.

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What an Income! This older style home located in the heart of town has two bedrooms plus sleep-out with a good old-fashioned back yard. A huge shed at the rear of the yard has separate access via a rear laneway and is currently leased separately to the house. With a combined income of just over $300 per week, the mortgage will disintegrate before your eyes. For Sale



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n the last few weeks the next season's trade fairs were held and we saw some continuing trends and some emerging trends become more prominent. Winter for 2014 is all about colour, in all forms of decor from furniture to prints, soft furnishings and more. Trends Coming this Autumn - Winter Home Fashion This autumn winter there are quite a few influences on the trends & colours in home décor & fashion. As we look forward we see that everything old is made new again, handmade & home made touch on the finishes of a variety of items, craft & industrial merge to become a new style of vintage. Designers and product developers are looking more closely at the way items are made and the ramifications of production and distribution. The reinvention and resurrection of “made by hand” skills and products will be a prominent feature of the homewares landscape. Bright colours infiltrate the frames and finishes in products such as chairs and tables, combining with old timbers to give these items a vintage industrial vibe. Even in the more traditional "French feel" furniture, raw seams, patched fabrics and aged finishes are making this trend bend towards the recycled; restyled. Modern, style is not so much high shine & gloss, but revisiting the styles of Parker and Danish furniture from years gonee by:

retro is still the big influence on furniture, Harmony, creativity, and originality are the and is also a major force in prints and words used to describe the Pantone colour frames, typography is still big, but again "Radient Orchid" a vibrant fushia, purple colour changes everything. Lighting, is a with a pink base as the colour of 2014. It is major design feature, that is now offering an soft and inviting and is the perfect to make endless variety of styles, finishes and looks. it the winter pick me up colour; mixed with Feature lighting is by far the a neutral colour scheme, it gives of a most directional way to relaxed, calm feel. In any area change the way your get some purple into your s home looks, from world. ur lo co Bright e th entrance spaces, to The Pantone colour e at tr infil in s he is kitchens, there is forecasters have fin d an frames chairs as ch a lighting look to su teamed this colour ts uc od pr bining suit everyone, again with striking, blue, and tables, com to give industrial has a big freesia yellow, and a with old timbers ntage role to play here, or spicy red, which they these items a vi industrial vi be.” made from recycled then contrast with the hardware and glass this softer version in the pastel edgy feel can change the palette, look of your home. A big look There is still a very strong is a fitting with a hard single colour element of ocean colours and sea on the outside such as black or white, textures this winter, blues of all shades with a metallic interior, such as gold or steele, azure, royal, navy, turquoise all play a copper, these look amazing when on. part in this palette. Mixed white, sands and Lively, Modern Colours heading this way neutrals or the brighter colours, we see blue On the brighter side the colours for as a key colour. Autumn Winter 2014 are full of life and Greens are still going strong and indoor vigour. We have already seen in the fashion planting and leaf themed images are around pages of our favourite glossy mags, in a big way, from tropical to formal, ferns celebrities dressed in standout colours. They and succulents, plants are a key item in have been used alone or together, who interiors. And just a PS look out for a very would have thought an orange top under tropical inspired summer, Pineapple any one! a pink coat with purple pants looks good Amanda - Stylist/Designer, Coasting Home togethe together but yes, it is vibrant and modern.

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an impact and to deliver the ultimate in results. Service and attention to detail is a key component for the agents Shane Merrick, Norma McGovern, and Ronnie Tucker, and this along with an extensive local knowledge combines to make the buying and selling process easy. Today, the agency continues to grow and to embrace the rapid changes that are continually happening within the industry as well as in the technical environment, employing a team of enthusiastic professionals. An outstanding amount of our business originates from our referrals and repeat customers. Customer service is a priority for the agency.



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