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Welcome to the March edition of Manning-Great Lakes FOCUS.

hhh … March! St Patrick’s Day, Seniors interview some amazingly gifted seniors in our Week, International Women’s Day … community. The Manning Valley U3A Silver Tones it seems to be the month for inspiring Singers not only entertain the masses, they raise events and people. funds for needy charities too. We have both a Seniors Week feature and a The Great Lakes Art Society will host the 33rd Women in Business Feature inside this issue, so Annual Open Art Competition again this month; we’ll certainly get to meet a few wonderful locals with a prize pool of over $5,000, it will attract and read about their achievements. some top notch entries. And local trio the Tree March! I never thought this month, was anmake especially busy month in the past, I’ve changed With March still a warm the Woodies, live music lovers andbut entrepreneurs, are my mind. most of it and head down to Beach Bums to hosting an awesome music event, The Descent, hrove rove Tuesday Pancake Day,mealfamilies. Great Lakes 14. Viking enjoy a (or coffee or a lovely overlooking Main at the Great Lakes Winery on March The Challenge, which as we like to call it in Australia), ON THE COVER is set to take place Beach.... Cheers! headline act is Cheap Fakes - a one-of-a-kindon March 8 and 9. St Patrick’s Day, Seniors Week Living life to the full are the band. vibrant, For all you fansorout there – don’t ON THE COVER Brisbane If you like rock, funk,soccer soul, pop … and thisI mentioned is in addition to colourful and talented Silver Ukulele miss this six a side, inspiring women, and here are just anything in between, this event is a paced action! sual monthly events that take Strummers, who featureWhether on our cover is in addition to all the plays, a few of them! Every year FOCUS has a Women you’re young, And or notthis so young, be ound theinManning-Great Lakes this month. This friendly bunch of movies, and performances happening in Business Feature … We’re proud of our local inspired this month - our locals are amazing! locals is just one of the groups from our neck of the woods this month. Told businesswomen, and you should be too! They’re EDITOR’S LETTER PHOTO ing of Seniors Week, which the Manning (University you it was an enterprising, creative and talented bunch,Valley U3AThis month’s beautviful image of busy! the iconic and15 they’re of the reasonof ourthe area is such a WeForster-Tuncurry shot by PHOTO Brian Gymer. year from - 23 part March, Third Age). couldn’t fit thebridge was EDITOR’S special to The bridge features photos, as it’s such known for evoted quite a place few pages entire group on our cover, as there are in many Shane Chalker is well allcelebrate the women who were a classic landmark, can’t say I’ve seen too e - and ourThanks cover to - to some 40involved of them, so you’ll have to go but Iproducing amzing images - and this with this feature,ofand the pics of it taken night. Well done, letter Brian -photo is no ry important members ourto LindatoBryant their for interview pagemany to meet the rest at month’s Editor’s stunning photography. great shot! nity. of them. exception. INSIDE THISfor ISSUE forget your local photos to jo@ ife!’ is the catchcry Seniors Many thanks to LindaDon’t Bryant fromto email Don’t forget to send your images to This month Kirby and Carl like to see them in nd we certainly have we an catch up with Photography by for this month’s if you’d from the doing Saltwater Club ahead of the group of locals justBoardriders that! stunning cover image.FOCUS. FINAL SAY anniversary - amazing achievement, troduce club’s you to50th members of the INSIDE THIS ISSUE FINAL SAY “You can’t help getting older, but guys! We alsoWendy interview Sean Page Sam forgotten“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether g Valley Quota Club, Weand haven’t the younger you don’t have to get old” - George Thomson, as these two talented teenagers at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning om the Forster Private Hospital members of have our community either! Burns. beenofchosen to represent as a part of Emmastays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep about some the fantastic newAustralia We interviewed Polson from the in Australian Aurorasnew Under Manning 16 dragon Dairy boat Youth your mindproactive young.” - Henry Ford. s available the hospital’s - a very crewand laterPhil thisWebster year. Well done,and Sean and Sam - group of young people erapy pool, enthusiastic us proud! Rodhamdofrom the Great Lakes who are determined to see the dairy Jo Atkins – Editor And on the the otherimpact end of theindustry spectrum, we Jo Atkins – Editor Support Group share continue to thrive in the Valley,


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Sue Welch is one of a team of people who actively fundraise for Marine Rescue in Forster. Sue fills us in on the finer details of a competition to

be held on April 3rd and 4th that will not only showcase the handicraft skills of our locals, but will also provide valuable support for our Marine Rescue Service, helping to keep the organisation’s state-of-the-art boats and hardworking volunteers on the water …


Winter Wonderland Competition


hat is your role with Marine Rescue in Forster - and what duties does this role entail? My role is to participate with our fundraising. This involves many different activities throughout each year; we conduct a wide variety of opportunities to raise funds. The raffles are always well supported, with our ongoing petrol raffle and recent boat raffle achieving good results. The local markets held monthly at John Wright Park, Tuncurry, have become a popular event, with locals and visitors enjoying our craft stall and BBQ etc. Tell us a bit about our local Marine Rescue Centre ... What are its primary functions and typically, how many rescues would centre staff help coordinate in an average year? Marine Rescue is our state’s official volunteer rescue service, committed to saving lives on the water. Safety on the water is our highest priority for both our volunteers and the boating public. The state’s newest rescue service was established in July 2009 and officially took to the water on New Year`s Day 2010, backed by our volunteers’ decades of skill and experience. We are not a government agency but a community owned and focused organisation. Our volunteers are the great strength of Marine Rescue NSW. They are professionally trained to strict standards and accredited by the peak


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NSW rescue authority, the State Rescue Board. Our members is Marine Rescue work with other emerl ia fic of e’s at our st e, gency services in major ic rv se ue sc re r voluntee es liv disasters. Our new boats ng vi committed to sa on ty fe are fitted with state-ofSa on the water. highest the-art navigation, electhe water is our th our tronics, communication, priority - for bo the decision is final. Visitors night vision and first aid volunteers and .” ic bl pu g to the exhibition will be in equipment for their valuable at bo invited to vote for the item work. they think most deserving of Whenever you’re heading the People’s Choice Award. out on the water, make sure you What are the opening and closing use your marine radio to log on with your times for the public to view items on local MRNSW Unit, so someone responsible is display at the centre? Is there any cost to keeping watch for you. If you don’t Log Off attend? when you’re due back, our members will swing The display of all entries for public viewing will into action to find you. commence on Friday 3rd April at 10am and end Typically, 52 rescues occur annually, and a at 3pm and continue Saturday at 10am, closing typical average 208 hours is spent rescuing over at 3pm. 100 people. Entry to the display will be a gold coin donaDescribe the Winter Wonderland competition. Entry is free for the exhibitors. tion that will be held on April 3 and 4 at the What are some of the handmade items Marine Rescue Centre in Forster… Winter Wonderland is a competition sponsored you’ve already received for the competition ... any standout pieces? by Gloria Jean’s, Wharf Street, Forster for anyone We have already received many entries e.g. wishing to enter a craft item/s relating to the rugs, hats, scarves, knitted baby clothes, nursery theme of winter. soft toys, to mention a few. There are two categories: 1. Home DéThe standard of craftwork is very high, and it is cor; 2. Fashion. Three prizes of $100 will be difficult to say which piece stands out. awarded, one prize for each category and $100 How will funds raised by the competition be prize for the People’s Choice Award. used to benefit Marine Rescue? The two categories will be judged, and their

All funds raised from this event will be used towards maintaining and improving equipment and running costs necessary to our organisation. What is the closing date for people who may like to enter items for the competition - and what is the cost per item for entry? The closing date to submit an entry to the competition is Wednesday 1st April. Cost per entry is $5. Exhibitors may purchase back their own entry for $2.50 prior to the exhibition/competition. All items not purchased back for $2.50 will be offered for sale by Marine Rescue. Items can also be donated to Marine Rescue to sell. All proceeds from these sales will become part of our funds raised from the event. Purchased craft can be collected after 3pm on Saturday 4th April. Where can people find out more info about the competition? People can find out more about the competition from myself (Sue Welch) 6555 7291 or go to our website or visit us on Facebook. Thanks Sue.


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Kirby Stanley and Carl Muxlow, members of the Saltwater Boardriders Inc. share how proud they are of their club - which this year will celebrate its 50th anniversary! During its lengthy history, the club has produced many local surfing legends, and today it’s still a great place for up and coming surfers to learn new skills and form lifelong friendships.

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8. Manning River Dragon Boats

Both members of the Manning River Dragon Boat Club, Sean Page and Sam Thomson are two extremely hard working, dedicated 15 year old locals - and their efforts have certainly paid off! The guys have been selected to paddle with the Australian Auroras U16 team in Canada later this year, and they’re both thrilled to be representing their country ...

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9. What’s On for March 20. eat featuring local restaurants 42. Star Guide with Terri 47. Tourism Update with Sharon Bultitude

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Mia Dyson ARIA award winning blues and roots artist Mia Dyson is heading up this year’s Blues & BBQ Fest, Mia gives us the lowdown on her US tour and life in general.

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Annual OPEN ART E x h i b i t i o n The Great Lakes Art Society are once again hosting an Annual Art Exhibition at the Lake Street Gallery in Forster. Mary McEnallay (President) and Vicki Bullard (Immediate Past President) tell us that last year’s exhibition attracted over 300 entries, and they’re expecting this number to increase again this year!

hat’s been happening at the Great Lakes Art Society in recent times ... have there been any major

The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm every day, during the time the exhibition is on display. As this art competition is open to everyone, I expect we’ll see some great variety in the entries. What types of art are you

developments within the group, or some

expecting will be on display

local success stories?

at the exhibition - and

Vicki: We have recently held a sand sculp-

yet of roughly how

promote the gallery. The event was very well

many pieces we’re

supported by locals and visitors; in fact, we at-

likely to see?

tracted almost 100 children of all ages. All who

Vicki: As usual,

participated were awarded a prize, so you can

the art works will be

imagine the excitement when we said we’d do

many and varied. We

it again next year!

attract entries from all mediums to contem-

Gallery. The classes range from beginners to

porary and abstract, again

specialised workshops for those who want to

in all mediums.

push themselves to another level in their art.

Grants Program has also been a great support-

There is also the major award of $1,000

er, and we hope they will look on us favourably

for best work of art over all sections, and two

again this year. Thanks also have to go to the

members’ awards. With a total of $5,800 in

exhibitors from all over Australia who create

prize money, it encourages many new artists to enter as well as those with an established reputation. What has been

arch Monday 16th M te da g is the closin e ar ks or for entries. W rding to su bmitted acco the on s on iti the cond rm . ” official entry fo

some of the feedback you’ve received from previous years’ events? Vicki: A wide variety of feedback,

the traditional through

art classes, which are held at the Lake Street

Last year, we hung over 300

Great Lakes Council under their Community

first prize of $400 and second prize of $100.

do you have any idea

turing competition on Forster Main Beach to

We are also actively promoting our weekly

the “small paintings” category, which has a

but the most consistent comments are that the exhibition is bigger and better each year, with each painting unique in style and subject

Mary: We have also ventured into running

paintings, from artists from all over Australia.

matter. Visitors often remark how well the

classes for those who have been affected by

And of course, visitors will be impressed with

works of the local artists on display compare

stroke or who are challenged by other neuro-

the wide variety of sizes and how they are pre-

more than favourably with national well

logical issues. We see this as a way of opening

sented, framed and unframed. We expect the

known artists.

art to all who will gain some benefit from

response to be even greater this year, because

learning a new skill.

of our growing reputation as the centre of

And the fact we offer off-street parking with level access into the gallery is appreciated by

new art works for the enjoyment of our visitors to the exhibition and our dedicated volunteers who manage the exhibition. What is the closing date for entries into the exhibition ... and how do interested people submit their work? Vicki: Monday 16th March is the closing date for entries. Works are submitted according to the conditions on the official entry form. Copies of the form are available at the gallery or on the website. Artists can bring their work to the gallery on the hanging day or consign them by courier. Where can readers find out more info about the exhibition? Mary: From our website: or by telephoning Vicki Bullard 6554 5855, Helen Cooper 6555 6307, or Mary McEnallay 0409 743 728. Final words ... Mary: We are fortunate this year to have

The Society will be hosting the 33rd

quality art on the Mid North Coast.

those who have limited mobility.

the Acting Director of the Manning Regional

Annual Open Art Exhibition at the Lake

What are the various categories for en-

Anyone you’d like to thank for helping to

Art Gallery, Jane Hosking as the judge for our

Street Gallery in Forster. What dates will

trants, and what prize money do each of

support the Great Lakes Art Society and

exhibition. We know that it will be a delightful

this exhibition be held, and what are the

these categories attract?

the exhibition?

challenge for Jane to spend the time evaluat-

opening hours at the gallery?

Mary: There are six sections in all covering

Mary: Yes, our sponsors: the Baptist Com-

ing over 300 new works and of course, our

oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, drawing and

munity Services, Kularoo Gardens is our major

visitors will no doubt argue among themselves

March to Sunday 12th April, with the official

abstract, as well as a “small painting” section.

sponsor; All About Art and Framing, Taree;

as to Jane’s choices, but that’s what makes for

opening and presentation of prizes after the

Each section has a first prize of $500 and a

Memory Lane, Forster; Forster Photos and

an interesting exhibition.

judging on Saturday 28th March at 5pm.

second prize of $200, with the exception of

Framing; and Fox Doors and Shutters, Forster.

Thanks Mary and Vicki.

Mary: The exhibition runs from Sunday 29th


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Dear Alan, My wife and I receive close to a full aged pension. We both have account based pensions and $100,000 in bank accounts and fixed deposits. Are there other options to consider with Dear Alan, respect to age under pension? RW tests with We arethe caught the assets total of $350,000 in assessed assets. At DearaRW, age 70 and good health, wereceiving still have You have told meinthat you are not a some years ahead of us but as you full pension, which means that you eitherhave have ear Alan, pointed out an earlier column, the single assessed assets inin excess $279,000 or have My wife and I have recently retired pension will be tough, when one of us excess assessed andincome. have just over $300,000 in bank dies. and fixed deposits. It is suggestedaccounts that you request Centrelink to Should we spend more on our house to Wea are finding itofvery diffiincome cult to live the provide statement your andoffasset get the assets down? part pension, interest rates are so low. assessment and because you should then review the We never miss reading your column and The of cost ofamounts living is going up, but our income accuracy the recorded. nd Do it interesting, you. PS. isalways getting fi less. you have anythank suggestions? A common mistake is overstating the value of Dear PS, RW homeIf contents and other non-financial assets a couple Dear RW, on the aged or disability pension such have as motor vehicles, caravans and boats. then assessed assets When meeting with more clientsthan over$286,500 the past few their pension reduced by $1.50 forrates everyare Furniture isthey valued at the second value, weeks, tooishave pointed outhand that $1,000 in excess of that amount. not low replacement cost,been andkeen vehicles at the and they have to place more However, you haveed rightly pointed this realistic trade-in wholesale value. money into as theor diversifi portfolios thatout, have given them some excellent returns over the past hurts even more on the single pension, where Because the pension is reduced by $1.50 years. there is a reduction assets per few thousand of excess when assets,assessed if the asset There is$202,000. the trap of forgetting that the bank exceed test determines how much pension is paid, type investments provide you security, liquidity Should there be a review? legitimately reducing the assessed assets by and income that at least can come close to when I don’t it is in the national interest $10,000 forbelieve example, saves $15 in pension. matching infl ation. interest rates are the lowest in living memory, That extra pension type is like earning 3.9% per be However, account that either that spendingof the money,can or hardly needlessly annum interest on $10,000 called an investment, as the longer term return carrying out improvements on the home, does allowmeans for capital growth. assets There arenot other of reducing actually results in more net income. More than ever, people in your situation RW, legitimately, butaffected the message is that thereduces asset If a person by the asset test need to get some advice and actually sit down test certainly impacts. assessed assets by spending money, this and review where you are headed. What if theproduces income the testequivalent determines the actually of 3.9%pa Do you want an investment that is pension amount paid? by virtue of the extra pension paid, which is guaranteed to lose money? more than what is being earned on most fi If the $100,000 the only money invested That might is sound a dumb question, but thexed deposits or savings accounts. apart fromis,the account pensions, and reality where there isbased not enough income What are measures to reduce produced tosome meet costs,$279,000, capital is drawn if assessed assets areliving less than assessed assets? the bank. it is from likely that the income received from Funeral bonds where you invest a lump sum, This means that there is well less invested year by the allocated pension is set above the means that you earn compounding interest on year and after infl ation is taken into account, the Centrelink deductible amount. bank type accounts actually loseassessed money in the deposit but thecan capital is not as an Under current rules, Centrelink (or Veterans real terms. asset. (I can arrange such products.) Affairs, if you're a veteran) takes your In your$7,000 case RW, youtowould be affected by the Placing each a funeral bond results pension's purchase price and divides it by the Centrelink asset test since your combined assets in an additional $21 per fortnight pension for


[ w ith Ala n Tickle ] actuarial life expectancy when the account based pension commenced. Based on the 2005-07 Australian Life Tables, males aged 65 currently have a further life expectancy of 18.54 years. Females of the same age have a 21.62-year life expectancy. a couple.

The result of this calculation is called your Gifting of money pension's deductible amount or DA.

There is no gift duty or tax on gifting money

If and the commencing balance for a you newlike. account you can give away whatever based or allocated pension is $200,000, the However, amounts in excess of $10,000 per exceed $289,500 DA is $10,787 if you're male and $9,250 financial year up to a maximum of $30,000ifin The asset test is pretty savage, because female. five years, will count as an asset. it means that for every $1,000 dollars over

either, because diversifying the types of fixed

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Wills are now being challenged at record rates partly due to the growing complexity of what constitutes a family in today’s world, with Brady families and more live-in arrangements. NSW Bunch Policetype haveblended announced that from October 15 officers will

Stack. no longer attend minor vehicle collisions orJustin accidents where dded to that are burgeoning a will to make things objectively fair; rather, cars need to be towed. ANYBODY BUYING A NEWLY COMPLETED HOME OR BUILDERS DOING


estate values that make it

it has the power to provide provision for

THE CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BE AWARE OF CHANGES TO LAWS worthwhile to have aggrieved inJANUARY. circumstances that the ntil now police hadTHAT torelatives, ersan at eligible faultFORCE to person get offINthe hook. If a driver GOVERNING BUILDING CAME INTO

partners dependents of the suspects attend all and crashes where towing the for other driver has been drinking, provision them is inadequate given the law states “major defects” would include he laws were brought in ifbythey the NSW required. In future, police deceased tois challenge a will feelwill hard new taken drugs or is aggressive, they should call to moral obligation that the deceased owed That is the equivalent of 3.9% pa interest, government to tryifand fix problems aws that make a building uninhabitable, likely attend only someone involved flpolice done by. to the scene. theolder realistic market ofitthe your vehicles and the claimant,” says Crowther. The isvalue when account which is aabitperson crazy because means that ifbased regarding builders, buttothere toBut collapse, partquestion; of the building is unable to is injured, drunk,shonky on drugs or fails it begsorthe how would you personal assets, because they decline in value The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported pension the higherwhen the DA, as money iscommenced, drawn from an account a person “There are a host But of matters the court are details. complaints that in fixing one be used for its purpose. the warranty for exchange know whether the other driver is affected Your the home contents need be the number of laws disputed wills has shot up the life year. expectancy isasset less. isevery counted under test, and theonly money problem, the new create others. in making a decision, butsafety very Traffic and highway commander Assismajor defectsorincluding waterproofi ng and by considers alcohol drugs? Surely they’d want to the value hand dealer give you, by per cent since 2005. Even though used on saya asecond holiday or repairs towould the house, the By transferring the existing account based The59 Home Building Amendment Actsaid tant Commissioner John Hartley the 95 systems lasts only six years. Again, defi nitions important is the size of the estate and also get away as quickly as possible, and you’d not the insured value. extra pension received makes per centato of disputes over willsfor arebuilders settled pension to a new one,more the than current ageup offor the introduces 12reporting month prison term changes requirements would could befiargued. nancial of athe claimant. The be the stressed and position nervous of confrontation. Superannuation the loss in is interest the results money in stayed in the in mediation, almost aand thousand ended up who repeatedly perform unlicensed construction pensioner used, had which a more mean police save time resources by not Critics point out that what might be hairline If you are in a collision, legal experts suggest the greater the financial need for aaclaimant A person not yet ageunder pension can hold bank. being heard in theminor Supreme Courta last work. They also crack down on so-called attending 20,000 accidents year.year. He crack in year two could grow into something far favourable outcome theage income test. that: better the prospects of success.” Some Options and this is not moneyStrategy in superannuation, said many were because air bags phoenix companies repeatedly broke serious by always year six.alert Owners Corporation New Rules People arecallouts livingthat longer and a go major growth more • You should your insurer Due to aasfall interest rates and the low counted aninasset. For example, if the estate is $200,000 had gone off in aaminor and resurface under new trading Network executive offi cer Karen Skinner warns and area in challenging wills has been with following a collision, as vehicles may be seAfter December 2014 new account based deeming rate, more people are being caught by Estate Planning He said people a minor acciConstruction workinvolved worth lessinthan $5,000 can the will says it isapartment to be divided the legislation leaves ownersbetween on their 3 of riously damaged no matter how light it may grandchildren and stepchildren. Older folk pensions will have the benefit of a DA the assetmoney test.notheld dent move to the side the road, Having in single names or as now beshould done without a licence, butofspecialist own4inchildren the face then of anyaproblems that emerge in out claim by the one left are marrying or partnering up for the second, look. 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club 2 club ocean swim This swim is a ripper and is fast becoming known as one of the late season classics. Swimmers will traverse the length of One Mile Beach from Cape Hawke Surf Club before rounding Bennett's Head, swimming past the Tanks and Pebbly Beach to finish on Forster Main Beach approximately 3.8 km later. When Sun 29th March. Location Beach Street, Forster Phone 0427 415 283 Email

Nabiac Show


Nabiac Show presented by the Wallamba District Agricultural & Horticultural Assoc. Inc. The Nabiac Show returns in 2015 bigger and better than ever! Displays will include craft, cookery, flowers and plants, jams, condiments, beer, photography, needlework, handiwork, produce, children’s art and craft.

Frackman the Movie

International Women’s Day

Taree premiere of CSG refugee Dayne Pratsky’s Frackman the Movie will be screened at Fay’s Twin Cinema Taree. Guest speakers include Dayne Pratsky and Myall Lakes candidates for the NSW State Election. Just how dangerous is the CSG industry in our water catchment?

Quota International Women’s Day 2015 Soiree. With guest Marcella Zemanek, Director and Ambassador of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

When Thursday 12th March at 6:30pm. Tickets Bookings online at


When Saturday, March 7th 6:00pm - 12am. Where St John’s Anglican Church Hall. Tickets $25 per person available from Movies, Games & More in Victoria Street, Taree.

Events will include showjumping, working dog trials, pet show, animal exhibits, Epic Darren and his mini motor bike, Troppo Bob Magic and the Great Griego and Darren Duck.

The show will also feature carnival rides, food stalls and finish the evening with a fireworks display at 8pm. When Saturday, March 7th, 8am - 9pm. Where Nabiac Showground, Nabiac Street. Cost Adults $10; aged pensioners and children under 14 $5; family pass (2 adults, max 3 children) $30.







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Kirby Stanley and Carl Muxlow, members of the Saltwater Boardriders Inc. share how proud they are of their club - which this year will celebrate its 50th anniversary! During its lengthy history, the club has produced many local surfing legends, and today it’s still a great place for up and coming surfers to learn new skills and form lifelong friendships.

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ow and when did you first become involved with Saltwater Boardriders Inc.? Kirby: I think I joined Boardriders in 1999, when I was 15. Growing up in the local surfing community, I had been playing around on surfboards for a while, so joining Boardriders seemed like the next step and definitely a fun thing to do. Then after seven years of living away from the area for work and study, I rejoined the club in 2011. Carl: I had grown up around Boardriders following my brother’s involvement (he is four years older), but I probably joined in about 1982. I remember it seemed like a big day at Back Beach Saltwater, and I was surfing the inside reformers with Beau Emerton, Adam Gregory and Mick Moltzen. What’s the organisations’s history? When was it formed, and what led to it being established? Kirby: SBI was formed 1965 by a few guys 10

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from Wingham and Taree. According to people, we usually get to surf some really nice Phill Rowsell and Peter Muxlow (two of the waves. SBI is all about surfing as best you can original members), SBI was started as a bit of on the day and if you have a shocker, have a a social group, with some friendly competition laugh about it afterwards (I do the latter quite included. The group of guys were a bit!) already hanging out surfing How has the group grown a lot, so they thought over the years ... What are they should make a your current membership At one stage club out it. numbers, and do you the bo ardriders These days, cater for the different t bo ards catered for shor what are the types of boardriders . Now and knee bo ards d aims of the (longboard and an the long bo ards organisation? bodyboard etc.)? ve their bodybo ards ha Kirby: Today, Kirby: Last year we e all own club, and w SBI still aims to be ith had a club membership lw seem to fit in wel a social sporting of around 50 men each other.” club for both male and women. SBI is a and female surfers surfing NSW affiliated and their families. It’s a boardriders club. On our fun competitive club which comp days we try and choose also encourages and supports up the best waves on offer for surfing and coming local surfers. shortboards, and this often isn’t the best for We are lucky enough to have top quality bodyboarding or longboarding, as all three surf breaks around this area, so along with surf styles sometimes prefer different wave having a catch up with a great bunch of conditions.

Carl: It has had its ups and downs with numbers. I feel the late ‘80s and early ‘90s were quite huge. I remember some days having to double bank many rounds (running two heats at once) because we had so many heats to get through. At one stage the boardriders catered for short boards and knee boards. Now the longboards and bodyboards have their own club, and we all seem to fit in well with each other. Where and when do members hold their regular meetings/boardriding sessions? Carl: The first Sunday of each month from March to November each year. The comps are held at any of the Old Bar/Wallabi Point beaches. Saltwater Boardriders Inc. are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. That’s an amazing achievement! What do you have planned to celebrate the event? Kirby: We are very proud to say that SBI is turning 50 this year! To celebrate five decades of surfing, we are holding a Saltwater Boardriders Club reunion at Club Old Bar

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“ on Saturday 6th June (the long weekend). The celebration is open to past and present members, their families and friends, along with anyone from the community who has a connection with the local surf culture. Carl: We plan to have local surfing memorabilia on display and have the band Harry’s Lookout perform. It would be fantastic to see old and current members come along to the reunion and help celebrate this massive achievement that we have all been a part of! Tickets will soon be available at Club Old Bar, Saltwater Wine Taree or through SBI. What are some of the group’s success stories ... You must have had members who’ve achieved some sporting success over the years? Kirby: For a boardriders’ club in a small coastal town, we have had past and present members achieve some amazing results. We have had two members of SBI make it to the World championship tour (WCT); Beau Emerton who was a member in the ‘80s/’90s and current member Ben Dunn, now retired from professional surfing, who still travels nationally and internationally judging surfing contests. Joel Reading competed successfully on the World Qualifying series (WQS) back in the 2000s, while his brother, Luke Reading, is a very talented contest judge who currently travels the world judging WCT and WQS events. World renowned surfing coach Martin Dunn (Ben’s dad) has also been closely affiliated with the club, whose most recent success stories include being the Australian Head Coach of surfing 2009-2013 and in 2014 coached the Peruvian amateur surf team who, under Martin’s guidance, went on to win the Amateur World Title. Life member Kevin Lee and current member Billy Harrison have also had great successes in the Australian National Titles over numerous years. In the ‘80s, SBI was well known for hosting the very popular surfing contest the Capricorn Classic. World class surfers came to the contest, including Occy, Michael Peterson, Luke Egan and Munga Barry, just to name a few. Through the mid ‘90s to 2000s, the annual Saltwater Wine classic contest began, which was very popular on the amateur

Australian circuit. What are the goals for the group moving through 2015 and beyond? Kirby: As with each year, we welcome anyone new interested in joining the club. We also hope to encourage more young grommets (kids) to join SBI, as we believe it’s a great community club where they can improve their surfing and make great friendships at the same time. Where can people find out more info about the group if they’re interested in becoming members - or if they’d like to know more about the 50th anniversary celebrations? Kirby: You can find SBI on Facebook and email or you can contact me directly on 0422 624 397. Thanks guys.

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watch. steve attkins Winter Sleep (M) Manning Entertainment Centre, 6 for 6:30pm Monday 9th March



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people to try a blue cheese when they are typically a cheddar cheese eater is a bit more of a challenge. But I have been known to convert a number of non-blue cheese eaters with some of the lovely mild blue cheese from

keen to try to new things and learn. But it’s

Comboyne and when you add some lovely

not just young people who are visiting wine

rhubarb lime and ginger compote or rhubarb

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paste, it disappears within a nanosecond.

beer drinkers are also giving wine a go and getting into the

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the winning wine match so far is the Sparkling Shiraz. The cheese is a natural winner, because who doesn’t like a good tasty

non-red drinkers are going for the velvety texture and fruitiness of the Sparkling Shiraz. I particularly love it when Mum and Dad are tasting some wine and their young

we know rather than venture too far out of

kids are really getting into the cheese and

our comfort zone when it comes to food

willingly trying something different. Many

and drinks - so it’s a good excuse to visit a

kids also show an interest in how the wines

winery or a place that offers tastings to help

and cheeses are made and what makes them

you discover something new to bring to

different from each other. Their enthusiasm is

your repertoire. In our cellar door we offer

exciting, because these are the kids who will

wine and cheese tastings as well as tastings

be the future winemakers, cheese makers and

of much of the produce that we sell. Most

food producers - and I love planting the seed

people are easily persuaded to try a wine that

of curiosity about these exciting and luscious

they typically wouldn’t go for, but getting


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performed, we look closely at Aydin’s interactions with his wife, his recently divorced sister, and locals, many of whom are tenants of one of his properties. Ceylan co-wrote the screen play with his wife, Ebru, and it’s their depiction of the tattered remains of a marriage that’s so haunting. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d’Or, and the Audience Award at The Sydney International Film Festival, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty. Winter Sleep will commence promptly at 6:30 and will include an intermission. For further information or membership ($60 to June), please visit or phone 6552 3476. Tickets are $16 + booking fee, available: online:, or Movies Games and More (Victoria St, Taree) or at the door.

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inner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative Chekhovian drama. It has received universal praise from critics and was the most favoured film of Margaret Pomerantz and David Stratton in their last episodes of At The Movies. Winter Sleep delivers a dramatic intensity that very few films ever attempt. It dares to be literary and theatrical, filling all of its 196 minutes with magnificent film making. Set in the picturesque and extraordinary lunar landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. Like all the villagers, Aydin has time on his hands, but as Ceylan’s film progresses, the director carefully strips away the veneer that surrounds this self-satisfied and insular man. Through some magnificent set pieces, beautifully written and

Kale has become extremely popular in recent years due to its high nutritional value, including vitamins C, K, its abundant in minerals, and a rich source of iron and calcium. The leaves are used fresh in salads, steamed, lightly cooked and popular as kale chips. A luscious leafy vegetable with an earthy, crisp, fresh flavour and depending on the variety can be light to dark green, bluish to red colour tones, Kale has been used by various cultures for centuries, particularly in Europe. The curled leaf variety is traditionally used in Scotland and in Russia, a softer type. Kale can be planted anytime from March until August. Seeds can be sown direct in the garden or in containers, then seedlings transplanted at 5 cm high, spaced 30 - 40cm. Plant Kale in a well drained fertile soil, full sun-part shade position. Soil fertility can be

improved with a dressing of 3-4 handfuls per plant of animal manure, compost or organic based fertilizer. Early autumn planting will ensure a long harvesting period before plants go to seed in late spring. The leaves are best picked fresh as required and will also encourage continuous new growth. Kale is related to Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower, which are all in the Brassica family. They are prone to Cabbage Moth and White Butterfly when their eggs are laid on the leaves and hatch out into leaf eating caterpillars. Aphids could also become a problem. Natural spray such as pyrethrum will control both caterpillars and aphids. Also, Dipel is very effective on caterpillars. Exclusion Net with hole size of less than 5 mm is by far the most effective against the White Butterfly and Cabbage Moth.




national parks need our help

VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING SOUGHT TO HELP WITH TWO COASTAL BUSH REGENERATION PROJECTS ON THE MID NORTH COAST OF NSW. BOTH PROJECTS OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY OF FREE CAMPING FOR GENUINE VOLUNTEERS. A camp will be run by the National Parks Association at the beautiful spot of Kylies Beach in Crowdy Bay National Park, south of Laurieton and north of Taree from 14th-19th April. Long-term volunteers are racing against time to fight the explosion of bitou bush seedlings that resulted from a severe 2013 bushfire. There is a desperate need to remove the seedlings before they flower in autumn. A variety of tasks means that the work can be as easy or hard as volunteers choose. A BBQ dinner is provided on the Saturday night; tools are also provided. A walk around the magnificent

Diamond Head (named by Captain Cook as he sailed past) will be held on the Saturday morning. Details can be obtained from Sue on (02) 6559 7134. Having commenced in 1979, this project is Australia’s longest running bitou bush eradication project and is recognised at a national level. Native to South Africa, bitou bush thrives in our coastal environments, outcompeting native plants and altering the balance of the ecosystem. The project involves removal of other weeds, including lantana. While huge progress has been made in restoring areas to their natural state, the need

for extra help at this point in time is critical. National Parks and Wildlife Ranger Cath Ireland, who has also been “battling the bitou bush”, will run ongoing activities in another prime beauty spot - Hat Head National Park east of Kempsey from 6th - 24th May. For details, phone Cath on (02) 6566 7589 or email cath.ireland@ Both parks offer fabulous swimming and fishing, so why not come along and join in the fun, enjoy the natural surroundings and the birdsong?

We are so excited about this one; we know you will be too. Our friend Clayton is joining us for a very special event.

Wild Kitchen follows hatted chef Clayton Donovan as he travels through the Indigenous nations of the region visiting farms and providores to source the freshest ingredients for his delicious recipes.


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Robyn Ballard - Regional Manager What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? OCTEC is a specialist Disability Employment Service provider operating nationally. We have a 5 star rating from DEEWR; you can’t get any higher than that. We earned that by providing a high quality employment service in The Manning and Great Lakes area. What new services will you be introducing in 2015? Due to the success of OCTEC we have been allocated another contract, which we are excited about. I am also happy to announce that we will be offering the same quality employment service that we have for the past two years. We will continue to value our clients, the employers and the community. Most rewarding part of your job? WOW, where do I start ? My team of amazing career consultants make me proud to be their Manager every day. Joining in the “whoop” of joy with a career consultant when they announce they got a job for one of their clients. Watching the look on a client’s face when you tell them that they have a job. Knowing that what we do makes a positive difference in the community.

This ABC television programme is such a success, that it was recently accepted on to the airwaves of Qantas. We are fortunate to be involved in one episode where Clayton cooks local venison and kangaroo along with some bush tucker found nearby in the Manning and in our very own kitchen garden. Donna was featured with Clayton on the same episode. This dinner will see Clayton and Bent on Food’s talented head chef Simon Livingston cook local produce with a twist, whilst Donna uses her wine background to match each course with a specific NSW wine. We are looking forward to this event, and we are sure it will be one worth booking for.

the plug! For a dinner event not to be missed, join Clayton and other local icons cooking up a storm at Bent on Food. Call (02) 6557 0727. Saturday, March 7th, 6:30 for 7pm. $125 per person, includes wine matched to each course. Do not miss out on this very special event.

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ho are the Tree Woodies, and how did you all meet? The Tree Woodies are family - Matt, Erin and Christie Woodward - and our love for live music has taken us far and wide, but we wanted something closer to home. After gaining a degree in audio engineering, Matt established his own sound business, MPWaudio, and we started doing small house concerts in our backyard and have slowly built up to our own mini festival. You’re organising a special music event for March 14. Where will this be held and what time does it commence? The Descent is being held at the Great Lakes Winery; it’s a gorgeous setting in Wootton between Bulahdelah and Coolongolook. Gates open at 1pm and the bands start at 2pm. What’s your aim in organising this event ... what do you hope to achieve? Over the last 15 years or so we’ve seen a lot of live music together, and we love it. We’ve travelled many miles for the music, and we figure it’s great if we can bring the music to us instead, with the added bonus of being able to choose the acts. We don’t seek to profit from it - we simply want to see musicians making a living out of their craft and enjoy the fruits of their labours. Our wish is to bring good original live music to beautiful venues, for a reasonable price. Also, Matt turns 40 this year and with the Cheap Fakes being one of his favourite bands, the drive to put this particular event together with them headlining was a major achieve-


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ment for his birthday. What’s the entertainment lineup for the event? Fox Control, an electro pop duo from Newcastle, are going to kick off the day. Then we have Buoy, Oh Buoy! some local lads who recently won the Triple J Unearthed competition to open FOTSUN in Port Macquarie. The April Maze, a favourite of ours for some time, and who we are pretty chuffed to have onboard, are a cello and guitar duo from Melbourne who have just released their third album, Sleeping Storm; they’ll be the perfect late afternoon set. Then we’ll have Betty & Oswald, who are bringing their band, for some city blues and art house jazz. Next up is Holly Who, who were a favourite for many at the Wingham Akoostik Festival and then headlined the Lakeside Festival - hailing from Newcastle and describing their sound as soul pop. They’re fun and energetic, and we love it. The night will be topped off with the Cheap Fakes, a brass funk six-piece of well-dressed gentlemen all the way from Brisbane. Getting ready to release their album Modern Vintage, we are really excited to have the chance to hear their new stuff live, as well as their old tunes, of course. How much do tickets to the event cost, and where can they be purchased? Tickets are only $35 plus a booking fee. Under 15s are free. Tickets are available to buy online at Oztix ( or at the gate if there are any left. Numbers are limited, so we suggest you get in and buy online early to avoid disappointment. Thanks Erin.


ntroduce us to the band ... who chael Jackson, Bee Gees, Lenny Kravitz etc) are the various members, and producing, he really brought out the best what instruments do they play performances in all of us. Cheap Fakes are: Hayden My favourite track would be Wires - an Andrews - vocals, guitar; Scotty intense, sort of rocky kind of song with French - expert guitar, backing voa huge build up and a really interesting cals; Azza McCabe - drums, backing vocals; groove. Also, Good As Today - a really Jeremy Thomas - bass; Josh Appleby nicely formed pop song with an - saxophone; Scotty Bignell infectious hook and a great trumpet, keyboards. guitar riff, or Is Golden You describe your- which sounds like it od selves as a “brass All of our go could be in a Bond t funk six-piece that’s song s to ge g in nc film … In saying fuelled by a bluesy people up and da g bi that, my favourites soul with a hint of ... big build ups, rn ho , change every week. ns ow rock”. This is such kd brea g in tt hi rd You’ll be playing ha y, a unique concept heav , es lin ss ba t at Great Lakes fa s, ... How did the beat s and ie od el m Winery on March hy idea to from this tc ca ” n. fu of band originate? ts 14. What can we lo We definitely play a expect to see and hear broad mix of styles. We are at the show - will you be inspired by such a big variety of playing a mix of old and new different genres, that it was bound to tunes? come out in our sound. My idea for this We’ll be wearing our best suits and band was to just go with whatever music bringing a really upbeat mixed set of old and came out. There aren’t any rules - pop, new. All of our good songs to get people up reggae, funk, rock, dance; it’s all good. and dancing ... big build ups, big breakWith two successful albums already undowns, horn heavy, hard hitting beats, fat der your belt, you’re planning to release basslines, catchy melodies and lots of fun. your third album, Modern Vintage, later Where can people find out more about this year. Describe the album for us you and download/buy your albums? how does it differ from its predecessors, You can get our music from and what are some of your favourite cheapfakes tracks? Modern Vintage is definitely a progression for us - a much more polished sound. We cheapfakes went into the studio with a very clear idea of Thanks Hayden. the songs and with John Merchant (Mi-



i Steve. A lot has changed with the winery since we last caught up with you; tell us what you and your family have introduced? Our family owned tourism business, formerly known as Great Lakes Winery, is now called Great Lakes Paddocks, which really encompasses more of what we do - beef from the paddocks, live music days in the “back paddock” featuring local talent from our region and the offering of local produce that is some of the best from our region’s producers’ paddocks. The business and facility has matured into what the visiting public want. It is now so much more than a winery. Visitors to our region - local, national and international visitors - are looking to have experiences - taste, smell and sight - all of which we offer in the cellar door and around the property. Our regional gift hampers that showcase our product along with other regional producers have travelled to as far away as New Zealand


and America. weddings at the winery. Great Lakes Winery is definitely a family All are very different, yet all stunning in the business. How long has it been in your individuality - created by our brides and their family? families. Many of our brides are from around The winery has been a family the Great Lakes-Manning region run business for 25 years, originally, and they come back with my family owning it home to get “hitched”. The Visitors to for 15 years and Robyn, natural amphitheatre of on gi our re d an l Lucy and Jemma all na the back paddock is so local, natio rs to si vi l na io contributing to its huge protected, with the old at intern ve ha to g in ok lo e success. milking bales adding a - ar ste, experiences - ta l of Working in a great rustic feel. - al smell and sight business like ours, you One of our wedding e th in which we offer have to be doing so couples was from nd ou ar cellar door and much across so many Queensland - a couple ” . the property areas, and everyone chips who were looking for in to make it successful. that just right venue, and Agriculture is tough and yet they chose ours from dozens of rewarding at the same time, and we other venues because of that country are proud of the achievement to date as charm. a family. We feel very much part of our You have some great ideas for the year local community, as people appreciate and ahead, with lots happening at the winery utilise the facility for friends and family visits. for all our readers to enjoy. Tell us what’s Our beautiful property has also become a large coming up ... part of other families’ lives, as they have their As part of our year ahead we are hosting

more music days featuring local and regional artists, with days in the “back paddock”. The days are great relaxed family fun days and they create a great smile on people’s faces - you can see them relax as they sit on their nice piece of lawn. There are also plans to extend the facility into more of the food producer’s showcase by having tastings and displays of regional food producers. The aim is to feature more of our fantastic food producers and their products to our customers from all over the state. The other plan for the future is re-ignite the enviro-fair days that we used to hold to showcase successful farming, sustainable house designs, and creative living options and share the optimism that many people feel drives them to move to the region. The field days were held for nearly ten years at the winery after being started off by the ever vibrant Wootton community. We are also looking at some catered events that will support some charities throughout the region, but more about that when we get closer to the days and nights! Thanks Steve.

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LAND E n t e r p r i s e

Michaela Nagel, Bushland Enterprise Coordinator with Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services, tells

us about a the unique Bushland Enterprise project – the first stage of which comprises

the Bushland Tukka Café and Catering Services business...


i Michaela. Tell us a bit about yourself and your role with Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc ... It’s been a fabulous opportunity to continue my passion for grass roots community development and work on a project with such potential to help a community in need. I’ve been working in the Community Development sector for over 20 years across the Mid North Coast assisting government, community and not for profit organisations campaign and lobby for community needs. I started with Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services (MVNS) in July of last year as the Project Coordinator for the Bushland Enterprise. Explain the Bushland Enterprise ... what was the impetus behind the creation of this project? The Bushland Enterprise came about in recognition of concerns being expressed in the community and the welfare service sector about access to social services, opportunities for training and employment, social exclusion and isolation issues. So the seed of the idea was planted and MVNS Manager, Caron Watkins, sought opportunities to address them. The Bushland Enterprise is being run under a social enterprise business model. Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with an important difference. On the surface, they operate like traditional businesses, but how they differ is that they manage operations and redirect profits to pursue a not-for- profit agenda. The first stage of the Enterprise, the Bushland Tukka Cafe and Catering Service, was opened by local state MP Mr Stephen Bromhead on Wednesday 27th August 2014. Where exactly is this area known as “Bushland”? How many residents (approx.) call the area home? The “Bushland” area is not far from the Taree 16

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CBD. Just over 2000 people call The Bushland area home. Importantly, the area was previously known as Browns Hill and has important cultural and heritage significance to the community, particularly for the Biripi and Worimi peoples. Part of Bushland Enterprise has involved the establishment of the Bushland Tukka Café and Catering Service. Fill us in on some of the finer details of the café … The café and catering service is located in the arcade of the Bushland Fair Shopping Centre, Mudford Street, Taree. We’re open Tuesday Friday from 9:30am - 2.30pm, with Friday night theme dinner nights about to start. The changing seasonal menu uses fresh local produce and bush tucker native ingredients whenever possible. On offer at the moment are tasty selections like house-made sausage rolls seasoned with bush pepper, lemon myrtle, and bush tomato served with Kutjera (bush tomato) relish and a salad, and my favourite, bush spiced garlic prawn salad, with slow roasted tomato, grilled zucchini and mixed greens, finished with a drizzle of sticky wattle seed balsamic. For parties, meetings and events we have a range of delicious gourmet mixed platters like our antipasto platter or our signature Bushland Tukka Boxes. Plus, we have gluten free and vegetarian options available. You can pick up or we can come to you and set up a BBQ or buffet. Who staffs this café? The café and catering service is staffed mostly by a fantastic core group of six volunteers under the guidance and supervision of Hospitality Coordinator Beate Brooks Tracy, who has over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry. How do you feel the Bushland Enterprise including the café - have benefitted members of the local community so far? All of the benefits we have been able to bring to the community have been made possible due to the support and partnerships with other services and organisations like Biripi Aboriginal

Corporation Medical Centre, Legal Aid and Good Beginnings Australia, who have provided advocacy and outreach services at the centre. It’s truly a collaborative effort. Hospitality staff from the Great Lakes TAFE campus have also been incredibly accommodating and agreed to deliver training on site. This is a fantastic opportunity for our volunteers, as their shifts at the café have been structured to provide the hands on practical components of hospitality qualifications. In 2014 six of our volunteers successfully completed a Certificate II as well as Barista training with Doppio of Northing. TAFE has agreed to run further courses at the Enterprise in 2015. Who else has played a role in getting the Bushland Enterprise off the ground? MVNS was successful in securing seed funding through the NSW Family and Community Services “Community Builders Program”. We also have a catering trailer that was purchased with monies from the Enterprise Training Company (ETC) Community Support Fund, which means Bushland Tukka has a mobile presence and can attend and cater for local events. NRMA and ANZ have also provided project funds. Aside from funding, we have had very generous support from tireless volunteers and in kind donations from over 20 local businesses and organisations. What other components of the Bushland Enterprise are currently in place? Tell us more about the community garden, for example ... We’ve been fortunate to have the support of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Brenden Moore, Community Engagement and Education Officer for the Community Greening Project, has been running seed sowing and native plant propagation workshops in the Community Garden. In 2014, through this initiative, we were able to offer workshops to students from Chatham High,

Juvenile Justice Crews and other members of the community, with more days planned for this year. In addition, we envisage the community garden will provide an ideal opportunity to create and communicate a concept of local culture by utilising native plants, water features, weavings and sculptures and is already providing the perfect place for group meetings and outdoor community events. The Taree Men’s Shed and Jobfind Work for the Dole crews will also be adding to the atmosphere and are providing the materials and labour to construct decking, further seating and a cubby house and slide for children. Moving forward, what goals are in place? What’s the next step for the Bushland Enterprise? The next stage is to refurbish the old supermarket and convert it into a community and youth drop in centre. Then we’ll be able to run other activities sponsored by the project and partnerships with other local service agencies and groups like fitness programs, after-school homework help clubs, support groups, music drama and art workshops, or even movie nights. I’m currently seeking further in kind donations and local tradesmen willing to help us make this a reality by pledging their labour and time. Where can readers find out more info? Enquiries contact: 6557 7318 Like us @ Visit our website: Thanks Michaela. The Bushland Enterprise is proudly supported by: the Stacks Family, The Greater Taree City Council, Bunning’s, Big Wills Plants, Carpet Court Taree, Dingo Creek Nursery, Earls Turf, Furniture One Taree, Jobfind Taree, Good Beginnings Australia, Granty’s Fruit and Veg Wingham, Motostone Pavers, NRMA, Sandra Kwa Design, Taree Indigenous Development and Employment (TIDE) Ltd, Taree Hire, Taree Sand and Gravel, The Men’s Shed Taree and Valley Industries

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dragon boats •SEAN PAGE & SAM THOMSON•



ell us a bit about yourself ... how old are you, and where do you go to school? Sean: I’m 15 and attend St Clare’s High School Taree (Year 10). I love music, sketching and exploring the river on my stand-up paddle board. My family moved back to Taree when I was nine. Mum always thought it would be a great place to grow up - lots to do with the river and beaches. It’s also nice to have my aunts, uncles, grandmother and cousins around - we all get together regularly. Sam: I will be 16 in July this year. I am the youngest of two. My sister, Emily, is 17. I was born in Taree and have lived here all my life. Emily and I attend St Clare’s Catholic High School in Taree, where I am in Year 10. We are a pretty active family who love to walk, ride our pushies, and Mum says I am always on some form of wheels: scooter, skateboard or ripstick. I also really love to surf. My parents bought me a board last year, and I have been getting into that a bit since then. When it comes to sport, I like to give anything a go and always strive to do my best in whatever it is.

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How long have you been dragon years now; I started when I was 12. I had boating - and what was it that inspired always wanted to give it go before then, you to give it a go in the first place? because my mum and dad where doing it, Sean: You can’t paddle unless you are and I really look up to them. I saw the fun over 12, so as soon as I turned 12, I joined they were having doing it. up. I had already been to regattas with my Dragon boating requires travel to regional mother, and it looked like a friendly and metropolitan regattas, so I used to and fun sport. sit on the bank and watch them At that time there was a race until I was old enough fantastic northern NSW to get into it too. It is a hs ug la n junior team known as great way to keep fit and te of um M ve the Torpedos. Every being on the water is that I used to ha and as tt ga re time I saw them at awesome - I love water to go to le - now a regatta, they were sports. It’s a peaceful watch her padd atch me having so much fun kind of place. she travels to w she’s paddle . But hey, that I wanted to join Also, I have made about not complaining in. That year I was loads of friends !” going to Canada lucky enough to paddle through dragon boating. as a Torpedo at the I have met kids from Australian Championships Sydney, Perth, Queensland, in Melbourne, along with the many parts of regional NSW, NSW junior team. This year is my Melbourne. We keep in touch 4th year in the NSW junior team. regularly through Facebook and Mum often laughs that I used to have Instagram. It feels like I have a massive to go to regattas and watch her paddle extended dragon boat family. The friendly, - now she travels to watch me paddle. But supportive attitude of the people I have met hey, she’s not complaining about going to through dragon boating is one of the reasons Canada! I am inspired to compete. Sam: I have been dragon boating for three You’ve been chosen to paddle with the

Australian Auroras U16 team in August this year, which will see you jetting off to Canada. Congratulations! How were you actually selected for this team? Sean: After filling out the form, we had to do a fitness test in Sydney. Next step was a camp in Brisbane, where we met the Australian Coach, Serge. He taught us about new techniques, teamwork and training - we learnt so much. After the camp they contacted me to say I was selected, which was fantastic, but it made it even better when I found out that Sam was also selected. We go to school together and are great mates. Our team comes from around Australia, including Perth and Darwin, so we don’t get to train together very often. Every month we send fitness test results to our coaches to see if we are improving. If you ever see two boys on the Taree foreshore doing sit ups, pushups, chin-ups and the dreaded beep test and two mums yelling encouragement - that is us. We also have to do a monthly test in a single craft, which is difficult, as we don’t have this type of boat in Taree. We try to do the test whenever we are in Sydney for training.



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We also have to paddle as much as possible with our club team (the Manning River Dragon Boat Club) and represent our state at the Australian Championships, which is in Perth this year. With only six months to go, we are really starting to step up our training. We have another three training camps planned in Perth, Gold Coast and Canada. Sam: My local coaches, Yvonne and Ted, and Sydney coaches, Mary and Tanya, are the best. They really push me and encourage me to be the best I can be. They encouraged me to try out for the State Team, which is competing at the National Dragon Boat championships in Perth in April this year. At the beginning of 2014, Mary and Tanya and the Head Coach of the Australian team, Serge, called for interested paddlers to trial for selection for the Australian team. My mate, Sean, and I headed to Queensland at the beginning of August to trial. It involved a lot of paddling and the video analysis and feedback of our technique. We also had to do a lot of fitness testing, involving beep tests, sit ups, pushups and planking. We returned home and had to wait for the email to notify us if we had made the team. I waited anxiously for a week until I heard the good news - I had made it, and so had Sean … which was great news, as I was excited to

Locally, I would e like to encourag us in jo to s or more juni . It is in a dragon bo at ort, sp such a friendly it. ” do n ca and anyone

share the experience with my mate. Preparation for Canada has been tough, as we have to paddle regularly, perform fitness testing monthly and send our results to the coaches. We also attend Sydney regularly for team training and have another camp in Queensland in July. All this, and I have to keep on top of my schoolwork - tough gig! How long will you be away, and how do you feel about this opportunity you’ve been given? Sean: We arrive in Canada on 11 August and will leave on 24 August 2015. The first week will involve a training camp where we will work with our coaches to refine our teamwork. The second week will involve racing, which is always the best part of dragon boating, especially given it will be the World Championships. I love dragon boating, and to reach this level at my age is fantastic! I feel so lucky that I’ve had some great mentors that have encouraged me to do my best and try out for the team. I also have a great club who assist and support us juniors all the time. Sam: I will be gone for two and a half

weeks. I feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity to represent my country and to be able to travel to Canada to do so. It hasn’t come easy - I have had to work really hard to make this happen. It is the chance of a lifetime to be able to represent Australia at a sport you love. I am so grateful to the coaches for their interest and input in helping me to achieve this goal, so Mary, Tanya, Yvonne and Ted this is for you. Also, my parents have really had to put a lot of time, effort and expense into getting me to the goal of representing Australia. I really appreciate all my parents have done you guys are awesome! What are your goals? What would you like to achieve in Canada? Sean: To win ... to be a part of a winning Australian team would be amazing. It is hard to imagine being in a team that is competing to be the best in the world. The Australian junior teams have been successful in the past, and I hope we can continue the tradition. I would also love to bring home a trophy

to show our Manning River Dragon Boat Club members that their support really helped us to do our best. I’m also looking forward to meeting other junior paddlers with different languages and traditions who also love to paddle - what an amazing opportunity. After Canada, I would like to continue to improve my paddling and represent Australia again, especially given the next World Championships will be in Australia! I’m also hoping that one day it will be an Olympic sport. Locally, I would like to encourage more juniors to join us in a dragon boat. It is such a friendly sport, and anyone can do it. Come and try it out on Friday afternoons; you might also love it and be off representing your country. If you are interested in joining us, please check out our webpage: Sam: It’s pretty simple; I want to do my best and work the hardest I can to compete in the best team we can be. It would be awesome to bring home some medals, but at the end of the day if we can get off the boat knowing we have all given it everything we had - that’s enough for me! Thanks Sean and Sam. Photos courtesy of Scott Calvin. Photo (top right) courtesy of Manning River Times. manning-great lakes focus.


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beach Bums Forster Main Beach is host to a variety of fun activities and events. At Beach Bums Café we aim to make all visitors welcome in sharing our fab beachside lifestyle. Open from 6:30am daily, we are here to help get you kickstarted before work, offer a varied breakfast and lunch menu with changing specials including super summer salads, plus all the Aussie faves if a malted thick shake and works burger is what you’re craving. Original Bonsoy and almond milk available and gluten free options on most menu items. Join us at the heart of Main Beach and follow us on Facebook for more daily info on specials and events …

The Sicilian is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch, and it’s now open in two great locations in Taree and Forster. Do lunch the Sicilian way with our traditional menu and our $10 express lunch. Try our Amanti coffee, home style pizzas, pastas, salads and much more - all made with fresh local ingredients and a touch of love. Dine in or takeaway 7 days a week at The Sicilian - The Dorsal Hotel, Forster and Victoria Street, Taree. Owners Kate and Darrin.

North & Beach St, Forster Main Beach. 6555 2840

Taree: 139 Victoria St Forster: The Dorsal Hotel, 1 West St 6557 8689 6555 0116

7 days from 6:30am.

Open 7 Days. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Grilled chicken supreme w/ honey roasted pumpkin, broccolini & sage

kembali cafÉ

Bistro SeaSalt Showcasing some of the region’s finest local producers and suppliers, including Bago Wines, Black Duck beers, Brighton Oysters plus local and Australian seafood.

Come check out the brand new Kembali Café.

Bistro SeaSalt offers amazing views, wonderful food, great coffee and a relaxed dining experience.

Serving Gusto coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and delicious treats all day long.

Now fully licensed and open for breakfast on weekends.

21 Beach St, Harrington 6556 1700 Open Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch from 12pm and dinner from 6pm. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday only from 8am.

Embracing the chilled out lifestyle of Blueys Beach, with fresh healthy food infused with flavours from Indonesia.

We are open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7am. Owner & Chef Ben Hansen

Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm. Find us on Facebook - Kembali Cafe & Instagram - kembalicafe

Chefs Ceiron Bartz & Kane Donkin

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Flow cafÉ. restaurant. bar. A DESTINATION Flow Bar is a family friendly café/bar/live music venue just 100 m from the beach in the gorgeous coastal village of Old Bar. If you haven’t already visited, it’s a perfect place to soak in the sun and catch up with family and friends while enjoying a coffee, scrumptious breakfast, lazy lunch, sunset dinner or drinks on the deck. Visit to see the free weekly music lineup and PH 6557 4224 to book a table. Ticketed Events Sunday 12 April: The Audreys, Adelaide folk-rock band 2015 tour. Lunch from 11:30am and show from 1:30pm: $40. Visit or PH (02) 6557 4224 to purchase tickets.

31 David St, Old Bar, Beach 6557 4224 Tuesday - Sunday: breakfast & lunch 8am - 3pm. Thurs - Sat: dinner from 6pm. Please see for happy hour, weekly live music and menus

roadies cafÉ Premium fuel for foodies! More than just a menu, but a destination. Roadies Café provides breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7:30am. Dinner and woodfire pizzas Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm. Bella Roma is the coffee of choice, and there’s a wine list that includes some lovely local and Hunter wines. Roadies also provides gift vouchers and a selection of local jams, honeys and sauces.

Owners Will and Erin Lute.

77 Church St, Gloucester 6558 2772 Sunday - Wednesday 7:30am - 3:30pm. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30am - late.


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Kembali Café BLUEYs BEACH

i guys. Please introduce yourself to our readers ... Hi, we are Ceiron Bartz and Kane Donkin from Kembali Café, Blueys Beach.

Ceiron: I began my cooking career 25 years

ago at the award winning La Mer restaurant in

great small town vibe is perfect for us to raise our family. We were actually expecting our second daughter, Kyah (born in October) when the opportunity to start our own café came up, but we decided to dive in and go for it anyway! We are extremely fortunate that Kane came

Terrigal. For the past 15 years I have co-owned

on board to work for us; he is so passionate

a catering business, cooking at music festivals

about Kembali and producing great food for

such as Byron Bay Bluesfest and major surfing and sporting events. Most years I have also spent a few months cooking in Indonesia on surf charter boats and resorts. This is where my love for Indonesian cuisine comes from. Kane: I began my cooking career at the age of 15. I have worked hard in top Sydney and Central Coast restaurants to gain knowledge and experience, my favourite being Bells on Killcare, where I became a qualified chef. I have spent much of the past three years travelling, cooking and surfing throughout Indonesia. I had just arrived home from six months in Bali when Ceiron asked me to move up here to help get Kembali Café up and running. I love the area so much, that I’ve convinced my girlfriend to quit her job in Sydney and move up here with me. Tell us a bit about Kembali Café. Where did the name come from, and does it have a special meaning? Ceiron: Kembali means “to come back/ return” or “you are welcome” in Indonesian. My wife, Melissa, and I wanted to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is more than just somewhere to eat occasionally. We

our customers. We opened early December, life has been chaotic, but we’re lucky to have amazing staff and have loved every minute of

A live seven piece band incorporating some of Sydney’s top session musicians teamed with the extraordinary vocal delivery of Ursula Cain authentically reproduces the part of Stevie Nicks when she was at her artistic best. DRUMSTRUCK Saturday 11th April | 8pm The show was billed as the first interactive drumtheatre experience, and has won over audiences worldwide with its exhilarating presentation of African beats and explosive energy. This one of a kind show provides every audience member with a drum to play along with the on stage performers. Playing to sold out houses worldwide and receiving standing ovations at every venue, this unique phenomenon, rooted in African culture, is a thoroughly engaging spectacle that provides the audience with an experience of pure interactive fun and entertainment that is perfect for the whole family.

sneak a surf or two in most weeks! What type of dishes are our readers likely to find on your menu? Some of our Indonesian inspired dishes are: Gado Gado (fresh vego salad), Nasi Goreng and Pisang Goreng (fried banana with ice cream). We also do a great brekkie burrito! What would you say is your favourite ingredient to cook with and why? Fresh local seafood done with an Indonesian influence. Balanced flavours and aromas, and we love our chilli. You offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can you tell us what the most popular dish is at each meal time? Breakfast is the smashed avo on sourdough with eggs your way and chilli oil, coriander and fresh lime juice. Lunch is the nasi goreng, nasi campur and garlic squid lime. The specials at dinner definitely, without a doubt. The indo style coconut and chilli mud

to hang out and feel part of the family. That’s

crab. Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish), Swordfish,

what we love so much about the Indonesian

mussels and soft shell crab. “TerimaKasih”, and cheers from the Kembali

family that look out for each other.


What do you love the most about working

OPENING TIMES: Sunday - Wednesday -

and living in the area?

breakfast and lunch, 7am - 4pm.

Ceiron: Melissa and I moved here 3½

AUSTRALIAN FLEETWOOD MAC SHOW Running in the Shadows | Easter Sunday 5th April | 8pm The music of Fleetwood Mac is long etched into history. A band that began in the early ‘60s and are still touring the world today. This truly major concert production has been drawing capacity

crowds in all venues over the past four years with amazing audience response.

our new adventure. We’ve even managed to

want it to be a place where people can come

lifestyle; the whole community is like one big

Tom Burlinson’s Sinatra at the Sands | Saturday 7th March | 8pm Presenting Australian star of stage and screen Tom Burlinson in a new special performance of the classic live album Sinatra at the Sands. Accompanied by his All Star Big Band, Tom sings all the wonderful songs from this sensational recording of Sinatra in his prime. Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, One for my Baby, You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me to the Moon, It was a Very Good Year, My Kind of Town and many more! The original musical arrangements by the great Quincy Jones for the magnificent Count Basie Orchestra will be faithfully recreated by Tom’s big band of some of the best musicians in the country.

Thursday - Saturday - breakfast, lunch and

years ago whilst pregnant with our first

dinner, 7am - 10pm.

daughter, Leilani. We both love to surf, so

2/188 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach

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hen did you discover music was something you were “good” at? I started writing songs around 16, and a few years You have Well recently, later I finally wrote a song that I actually a special having Pink liked and thought I would want to connection at in the audience record. I think it took a long while e with guitars, nu ve a tiny little for me to feel confident to say, “This as w with your a ni in Califor is is what I’m good at; this is what I’m e Sh l. father being ril th a quite vely lo going to do”. But I did it even before I a d an a prominent s as d ba felt like that. guitar builder person too.” How did you develop your style; was here in Australia. this a natural progression for you? Are all your guitars Yeah, I would say so. I started out on guitar made by him?Do you imitating other players and learning their riffs ... have a favourite? Same with singing; I would imitate singers and then Yes, all my guitars are made by my when I started writing songs, I had to find my own dad. I have a baritone, a lap steel and my regular voice. Gigging a lot really helped me develop my road dog, the “tone deluxe standard”. I think the style, and certainly the great variety of music I was road dog is my fave, as I play it all the time. exposed to by my parents. Tell us about your most recent album, You’ve worked with an incredible range of Idyllwild… artists. Who has been the most memorable act It was recorded in Ojai at the same studio to work with? and with the same great players, engineer and Opening for Bonnie Raitt was definitely a huge producers as the previous album, The Moment. It’s highlight for me. She was a hero of mine growing more guitar driven and we experimented more in up, being one of very few women guitarists that I the studio than I ever had before. We tried out all could look up to. My dad had taken me to see her sorts of guitars and amp combinations, as well as play at the Melbourne Concert Hall when I was 13, studio effects and keys sounds. We had a lot of fun and 13 years later I opened for in the same venue, trying instruments we didn’t usually play, and I’m and she invited me up to sing with her. really proud of the result.


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What’s been the highlight of the US tour? Well recently, having Pink in the audience at a tiny little venue in California was quite a thrill. She is bad ass and a lovely person too. You’re headlining our Blues & BBQ fest here in Port Macquarie. What are you looking forward to the most? Playing and maybe having a swim in the ocean. It’s so beautiful up there, so I hope I can soak it in. In your travels around the US, have you feasted on any BBQ delights? I keep hearing that there’s really great BBQ in Texas, so this year will be my mission to get there and sample some ... Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Come to the show! Thanks Mia.

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Most Februarys and nearly every August, my sister Andre and I hit Melbourne to check out the trade fair, visit some restaurants, take in a few coffees, and just swan around.

e have a little bank account that we deposit into each week, and we use it to live a little in my favourite city. Now unlike many people I talk to, I love Sydney and believe that it is the most beautiful city in the world. Having done a lot of travelling, I think I am qualified to make that opinion. I was fortunate to live in the Eastern Suburbs and spend time on the water; it wasn’t a bad lifestyle at all, but all I wanted to do was move to Melbourne, for its culture and its European feel. Now I am content to visit both cities and happy with my country life, as long as I get out from time to time. As usual we ate at some great restaurants, my favourite this time being Chin Chin in Flinders Lane. You wait a long time for a table, but wow is it worth it - the best Thai food ever! We also went to see Strictly Ballroom, visited the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition and spent a Friday night in the funky Madame Brussels Rooftop Bar. I am looking forward to August already. What made the visit even more special was seeing Wild Kitchen with Clayton Donovan (and me) on the Qantas screen. It was great to see the Manning Valley featured, along with cookery school and some of Clayton’s relatives including well-known local Aunty Barb. Local venison all the way from Alpine meats at Murray Road was on the menu, but you must see it for yourself. Another place I love is Blackhead Beach. I often dream of owning a restaurant overlooking the beach, with my patrons sipping wine after a hard day’s fishing or sunning themselves by the water, the smell of suntan lotion wafting through the place and mingling with the aroma of pina coladas. Live music, great vibes, and fresh local produce would feature in my “dream” location. I sometimes get to work at the Blackhead Surf Club and the 7th February was one of

these occasions. The theme was seafood: eight courses of of the conditions is that I must teach people how to use it. wonderful seafood, cooked to perfection by Simon and his At first I was a little nervous; now I have taught for years at team for a very appreciative group of 72 from the Gloucester TAFE, conducted quite a few cooking classes and wine appreciation workshops, but this was very new to Food and Wine Club. We must thank them for allowing me. I am a very impatient person, so everything us to prepare and serve this seafood dinner, and we also must give me instant results. I went to Melbourne thank the team at the surf club, who looked after us for training and came back inspired; I just can’t beautifully. I did, however, find it hard to lift my stop painting, but now I am addicted to arms very high the next day; Simon informed Buy Swap Sell, I love to visit the tip me that Kylie and I had carried 600 plates, shop, and the back of the store both ways. It was all worth it for the re fo resembles an op shop. Anyway as smiles on the faces of the diners. be t gh The ni ay D e’s it turns out, I had no need to be in The following weekend was nt le Va l ia ec sp ry nervous, as my first two classes Valentine’s Day, with restaurants ve was a r fo n io at br went fabulously - with some everywhere booked out for the le ce chnical te eo G al on gi Re very happy albeit addicted night. I worked on the floor while s 5th n’ tio lu So students. They all painted my partner, Grahame, did the with birthday party, for some beautiful finishes and dishes - all very romantic, but g in a lovely gather d are now as inspired as I am. once again worth it to see all the an f af st around 50 d an s The other fabulous side to this nd happy love birds. ie fr , partners ” is that we are saving all our old . The night before Valentine’s Day es relativ furniture, upcycling and being was a very special celebration for sustainable. Regional Geotechnical Solution’s 5th Cronulla Sharks NRL players Pat birthday party, with a lovely gathering for Politoni, Matthew Prior, Dallas Wells and Todd around 50 staff and partners, friends and relatives. Murphy spent two days in the region visiting schools and These guys are true supporters of the community they conducting come and try days at the Wingham Sporting do business in, supporting events and local businesses. Complex and Old Bar Reserve. Their visit was co-ordinated The business has grown from strength to strength, with by NRL development officer Kylie Hilder. We were thrilled additional locations including Port Macquarie and Coffs when they dropped by Bent on Food for a coffee ... Harbour. Congratulations Nicola, Steve and team for an I would love to hear from you if you have any social awesome effort. events, weddings, parties anything! I am not sure if I have mentioned my new addiction: Send pics and info to painting. Last year I was fortunate to be approved as a Cheers, Donna. stockist of the amazing Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. One


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What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? The world of education is populated by women but dominated at the top by men. To be a female Principal of a coeducational school, you have to be at the top of your game. This is my third Principalship, so I bring a wealth of experience to the school.

at you in the playground because school is fun and they are happy makes each day special.

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as I would like. I wanted to find a new

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What’s the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes region? Having moved a year ago from Sydney, this area is literally a breath of fresh air! It is a safe, happy, beautiful place to raise children, to work and to enjoy life. There is also a generosity of spirit here that warms the heart.

podiatry from a sports therapy background,

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in Adelaide, who has designed a programme

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the feet, but it’s actually caused by a problem

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What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Follow your heart and your passion, and you cannot go wrong. When you love going to work every day, it is easy to be successful, because you are inspired daily by what you love doing best. Women can multitask in a way most men can’t, so if they put their mind to it, they can do anything!

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What’s new in 2015? Under our new Leading Learning Programme, each student is tested across a range of skills at the start of the year and then tracked through the year to make sure that we are value adding to every child in the College. The Programme informs our classroom teachers’ approach to each child as an individual. Most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the joy on children’s faces when they master a skill, learn a concept or simply smile

in their gluteal/hip area and vice versa. I think it’s important to look at the person holistically, not just concentrate on the feet. be introducing in 2015? Health today is very centred on evidence based practice, so

stretching, strengthening and maintenance exercises. I’ve been delighted with the results and have been utilising it more and more. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their

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knowledge in all areas of podiatric practice.

weaknesses. Find someone to help you; this

For example, plantar heel pain is an injury

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What is your competitive advantage? Over the years, we have built a strong brand in Bent on Food; it is not only limited to the Manning Valley, but well known outside the region. From the onset, we targeted tourists by entering the tourism awards, sending media releases and getting our name out there, then we built on that. I have a marketing background, my strength is in publicity and I know journalists from my wine industry days, so I kept them informed. We are featured in Lonely Planet, travel guides, food and wine guides and more recently on Clayton Donovan’s Wild Kitchen, which is now shown on Qantas flights. Although I targeted tourists, we also support local charities and events to ensure that I am supporting my community. We support local producers and promote them in my marketing activities.

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Newest product or service offered? Both these products are at Bent on Life. Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan has taken the world by storm, and I am enjoying this exclusive range. The community loves the classes I am conducting, and I am enjoying upcycling many pieces of furniture collected from op shops, the tip and buy swap sell. This amazing product requires no primer, no sanding and adheres to any surface. And it is beautiful to use! Available at Bent on Life. I also recently released my new skin and hair care range, under the Bent on You brand: no nasties, not tested on animals and definitely no palm oil. This is 96 to 98 percent organic and is available at Bent on Life; I will also be wholesaling the product to other stores and salons.


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in 2015? I am excited to announce the relocation of our beautiful homewares store! Ma Belle Maison is moving to Shop 12, Pulteney Arcade, 23 Pulteney Street in Taree. The new store will officially open in the first week of March, with gorgeous new stock arriving regularly. What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? Come in and browse the beautiful Hampton’s, Industrial and French collections that Ma Belle Maison has to offer. Specialising in rattan and timber furniture, apothecary jars and gorgeous homewares, and children’s lovelies to make your home beautiful. I am happy to source product for you also, and you will find that the quality and prices are fantastic. Tell us about your product ranges. If you are looking for some lovely new ideas for your home, drop in and have a browse. We stock a great range of men’s gifts, and the children’s range includes beautiful items from the highly sought after Alimrose range of soft toys and furnishings. Take a peek at our beautiful range of J. Elliot cushions, throws and soft furnishings. The lovely scents of the Ivory House soy candles and Florabelle room scents are among our best sellers, as are our collection of French books. All make beautiful gifts or are a great way to treat yourself. We look forward to seeing you instore soon! Contact us on 0428 864 753 or on Facebook.

Rhonda Futterleib. ESSENTIAL TAX What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? I am a registered company auditor. We audit entities of all sizes, including companies, incorporated associations, sporting clubs, government funded bodies, solicitors and real estate trusts. As audit is a specialist field; if you need an audit, we are qualified to do it. We also specialise in tax, accounting and SMSF services. We try to explain tax, accounting and super concepts in a way clients understand, rather than using “accountants speak”. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? We are launching Essential Bookkeeping and Accounts in April 2015. We saw a need for bookkeeping services where qualified accountants are supervising the work to ensure your day to day accounting is accurate and reliable. Most rewarding part of your job? Meeting and discussing issues with clients to ensure we get the most effective solution to meet their needs. There is no point having a solution if it is not what the client wants. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Have confidence in your own abilities. Be prepared to take a risk, but make sure you have researched your choices thoroughly before you step out.

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Position with business: Counsellor/Lecturer and Writer.

Leaha Stephens has two salons in the Manning Valley area. Leaha’s first salon has been up and running in the lovely Tuncurry/Forster for nearly six years. In December 2014 Leaha decided it was time to take the opportunity and move the salon to a bigger, brighter shop in Tuncurry. We are so happy with our new salon, and all the previous and new clients are enjoying it too.

Position with business: Director, Clinical Psychologist and major problem solver!

Point of difference and new local service ... The stigma of seeing a counsellor is losing traction within a society that’s highly stressed with economic uncertainties and a rapid growth in mental health, alcohol/drug issues. Tracy has a genuine interest in coping strategies and change techniques that assist individual clients, couples and families to manage life struggles and even heartache. Tracy is a qualified counsellor/lecturer of counselling and family intervention, having attained her qualifications at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors and teaching for the past 13 years. Tracy is able to put herself in the shoes of clients and show genuine empathy, having firsthand experience of the indicators, effects and risks of DFV, depression, grief/loss and workplace bullying. Most rewarding part? Being able to help and empower people to help themselves and make positive change. To guide others into making decisions for themselves that are effective and non-harmful, instead of being reliant on someone else to make choices for them. Best advice to give other women to succeed in their field? Believe in yourself and what it is you stand for. Accept support of others, but do what is best for you and your family. Remember to always be organised and plan contingencies. We don’t live in a perfect world.

In October 2013 Leaha was offered the opportunity to open Leaha’s Old Bar and hasn’t looked back since. We have built Leaha’s Old Bar up in the last year; we love having our Old Bar studio. Leaha and her team are bridal hair and makeup specialists; we offer a FREE mobile service (within the Manning Valley area) to take the stress out of the bride and bridal party’s day. Leaha is an international master colourist; herself and her team of fully qualified stylists are constantly training to keep up to date with the latest styles. Both salons offer the same expert services. We specialise in creative cuts, colours, curls, bridal hair and makeup. Join our Leaha Hair Studio Facebook page to keep up with our monthly specials and discounts. If you’re looking for a fresh new style, then come on in and meet Leaha, Ruby, Petra, Katie, Brody and Elyssa. WE ARE OPEN SATURDAYS! Tuncurry Salon is open Monday to Saturday, with late nights by appointments, and the Old Bar salon is open Tuesday to Saturday, late night by appointment.

What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? Our strength is definitely our amazing staff, our strong client focus and genuine passion for mental health. I also think it helps to have a psychologist running a psychology practice. It allows me to keep in direct touch with client needs and also to have unique insight in creating a rewarding workplace for psychologists. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? We have quite a few exciting things happening in 2015. We will see an extension of individual and business services and new clinical staff. Most rewarding part of your job? Definitely making a real and meaningful difference to people’s lives, both as a clinician and an employer. What’s the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes region? Firstly, to work with such a warm and appreciative community. Secondly, the amazing contact with nature the Great Lakes region allows. Nature is great therapy. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Find something you are good at and feel passionate about. Find a mentor and get ready to work very, very hard! As I say to my young daughter, with enough vision, planning and effort, you can achieve just about anything!

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It takes a certain person to be a funeral director; you definitely need that gentle touch and excellent organising skills, all of which come from raising a family.

O Lynda & Dani. THE PHOTOGRAPHY HUB What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? The consistent quality of our photography and the experience. We have so much fun with the families that we work with and are so proud of how much our clients love coming in to us. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? We have HUGE news ... Photography by Linda is about to evolve, with a new name, new products and some other really exciting developments. We haven’t revealed it all yet, but our Facebook page is the place to hear the details as we let them out. What I can tell you is that we are so excited about the changes! Most rewarding part of your job? For me now, it’s seeing others grow into new areas. When Danni came to work here last year, she hadn’t used computers much or even cameras. Now she’s doing most of the studio shoots and


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pretty much running the place! To see how she ‘s risen to the challenges has been so rewarding for me. I also love meeting the newborn babies that come in. It’s my favourite part of photography. What’s the best part of working and living in the Manning region? We live in paradise. Sometimes I think we need to have a holiday to make us realise how great we have it here! The river, beaches, the people and the businesses ... What’s not to love? What’s the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed? Know why you want to succeed before you begin. It’ll get hard at times, and if you know why you want it, you’re far more likely to stick it out when things don’t go your way. Spend time with people who push you and find mentors who have achieved what you want to achieve. And most of all, remember to have fun.

Lady Funerals Tuncurry. When it comes to having local women in business, Lady Funerals of Taree and Tuncurry lead the way. Danielle and her team pictured above have shown that an industry traditionally dominated by men can be perfected by women. All of the team at Lady funerals are mothers, and it shows. It takes a certain person to be a funeral director; you definitely need that gentle touch and excellent organising skills, all of which come from raising a family.

Lady Funerals is a locally owned and operated business, who hire all local staff. The team of ladies dedicate themselves to helping grieving families at what can be the worst time of their lives. Lady Funerals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their caring team are attentive and respectful to the needs of the family, ensuring the funeral is conducted in a professional manner.

Heather Richard, Kelly Stone, and Melinda Kiker are all Taree locals, whilst Danielle Tucker (Director), Kerry Barnsley, Glynis Nelson, Stephanie Disher and Rene Darwin all reside in the Great Lakes region.

When it comes to pre arranging your own needs, Lady Funerals can tailor a funeral to suit any budget, from the simplest low cost funeral to the most elaborate service imaginable. For a free no obligation quote, come into either of their offices anytime or alternatively, they can come to you in the comfort of your own home.

Why would I choose Lady Funerals over any other funeral director?

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The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the positive changes that happen in the lives of those who practice. Yoga heals, so when you hit the mat, change happens.



Position with business: Principal and Licensee. Most rewarding part of your job? It would have to be all the different people I meet, their stories, their journeys and being part of their lives - albeit for a short period of time. Encouraging a tenant who has had no training in life skills due to unfortunate circumstances to become independent, house proud and a good tenant - giving someone who has done it tough a chance and seeing them be so grateful. Getting someone into their first home and making their dream a reality. Growing wealth for my landlords and assisting them make the right purchases, maximising their returns and trusting me with their assets. Of course, there are always those million dollar sales, but that is not what drives me. What’s the best part of working and living in the Manning-Great Lakes region? We live in one of the most fertile valleys in Australia, and yet the majority of locals can’t see

Position with business: Owner, operator, creator, teacher and “broker of information”.

what is right before them. As a real estate agent we are often showcasing our area to visitors; possibly this is what reminds me of the beauty that surrounds us. We have clients that choose our area over the rest of the country to settle. Often they cannot believe the affordable properties that are available. Originally from Sydney, living in the Manning Valley allows me the luxury of incorporating my work with my family. Being 10 minutes from most places, it is easy to leave work and be the mum taxi. Working and living in a smaller community, especially in this industry, you get to know most of the locals and their families on a more personal level. I love being part of that. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Love what you do, be generous, passionate and become great at your chosen field. It will shine through and be infectious to others.

What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? Being on the mat and teaching for 27 years makes a difference. I was lucky in the beginning to have traditional training, and I think the longer you teach the better you get. It is a work in progress; there are no short cuts. I teach yoga holistically; I don’t like to compartmentalise. If you want to heal, you need to treat the whole body/mind, and I have a lot of success that way. It’s not just about asana (postures); it’s breathing, relaxing, meditation. Most of all, we need have a relationship with ourself and yoga does that; it’s like the match maker, bringing us together so that we see that we are whole. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? I have a studio in Forster

Arcade and offer restorative classes, which is relaxing and deeply healing. I teach One to One sessions, which is a way of getting the edge on your practice. It is also personal and you get to ask heaps of questions; it can be a lot of fun. My big joy is holding Retreats and International Yoga Treks. I have a Women’s Retreat coming up in March at Stroud; you can find out more on my website. Mention this article for a 20% discount. What’s the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes region? My job is also my life; it is a conscious choice to live a particular way. Living in the Great Lakes complements this choice - clean fresh air and waterways, a temperate climate and four seasons - what more could a yogi ask for? What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Do what you love; we all have something to offer our community, so don’t hold out on us.

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ntroduce yourselves briefly to our readers and fill us in on what your roles are with the Manning Valley Business Chamber ... Rosemary Lembke - Vice President MVBC I am the co-owner of The Resolution Network, and in my role I work with our clients to help them successfully manage change within their business. The Manning Valley Business Chamber was the first chamber we joined when we started, and we have really valued the opportunity the Chamber provides to meet other business owners and hear what’s happening in the Valley. As Vice President of the Chamber, my role is to support the President and the team in our and the community’s goals. Linda Bryant - Marketing and Sponsorship I recently started at the MVBC in the role of marketing for the Chamber, which will benefit both members and the Chamber as a whole. There are new opportunities for group advertising, as well as sponsorship of events. I have run my own business, The Photography Hub (previously named Photography by Linda) for 10 years. Cindy Padmos - Executive Officer MVBC I commenced work with MVBC in January 2015, taking the role of Executive Officer. I grew up in the Raymond Terrace area and moved to the Manning Valley with my family to support my husband in his teaching career. Prior to moving, I held a senior management role at a Maitland Funeral Director for eight years and my previous experience is predominately in hospitality / event management in hotels/resorts around Australia. Why do you feel the Business Chamber is a valuable tool for local business ... what services does it offer that can benefit everyone? Rosemary: The Chamber is valuable for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a great way to connect and network with businesses in the Manning Valley and more broadly with our


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colleagues up and down the coast. This is particularly important for new businesses in our region. Secondly, we have a strong relationship with Council and through the Economic Development Manager we work with businesses, both old and new, to achieve outcomes that may otherwise be difficult to negotiate. And lastly, the Chamber supports innovation by connecting businesses with the right partners both at a local level and across industries. The business world can be tough ... but have you found it this can particularly be the case for women in business? Are there any problems these days that women specifically may face, that their male counterparts may not have to address? Linda: I must admit that my view on this has changed. I used to think that it was harder for women to succeed in business, often not being taken as seriously as men. But what I’ve found is that as my belief changed, others then treated me differently. I feel that I can conduct business just as effectively, and being a woman is irrelevant. There are differences in the way men and women generally do business, and the strength lies in knowing when to tap into either masculine or feminine energy in the role of business owner. Rosemary: Much of my professional life has been spent in a male dominated industry, and at a personal level I don’t feel I have received any different treatment whilst doing my job because of my gender. However, research repeatedly shows women do have less opportunity and receive less pay. As to the problems women may specifically face, I think you need to look at aspects such as a business’ culture, it’s flexibility to support family commitments and the expectation that women do certain roles better than others. What has been the most rewarding thing for you being involved with the Chamber? Rosemary: By being a part of the chamber I


am able to participate in better. This approach As to the omen w s the great community m le has certainly paid b pro ce , fa ly al ic if that I live in and use ec sp dividends not only may nee d to my skillset to make I think you ec as ch for the business, su look at asp cutslture , its a difference. It’s so s’ but for me a busines support encouraging to see ility to ib ex personally. fl how much activity ments mily committa fa n What plans/ o ti there is in the Valley and the expec n ai rt ce o d events are on the and how many that women businesses are quietly agenda for the roles better than others. ” going about their day Chamber over the achieving a great many next 12 months? things. Cindy: Gateway for Growth Linda: I think for me it’s seeing 20th March 2015. how much the chamber has grown. Business Awards - 31st July 2015. I remember entering my first business Monthly Women In Business Events - 2nd awards and feeling like I didn’t know Thursday of the month. anything about the business community. I

was welcomed by others and received so much support and mentoring. It’s great to have the opportunity to now give to newer members of the business community. Collectively we have such strength, and I’m excited about what the chamber is doing for the community. What do you feel has been the most valuable lesson you’ve ever learned in business? Linda: Just one? That’s hard to narrow down! I think one of the best lessons I’ve learned is that you must continually grow, learn and evolve. What worked yesterday won’t necessarily work tomorrow. I think that’s why I like business so much. You can never get bored! Rosemary: There are so many and it never stops, but for me one of the most valuable lessons is that it’s always better and easier to solve an issue by bringing people together. I certainly don’t have all the answers - who does? But I will always seek out those who can help and discuss ways in which we can reach a solution, often times getting a much better solution than originally thought. I spend my days constantly in discussion with others, listening to what is going on in their world and working out how we can make it easier and

Monthly Business Networking Breakfasts 3rd Wednesday of the month When and where do Chamber members regularly meet? Cindy: MVBC Members Meeting Contact Cindy Padmos - 6551 2299 -1st Tuesday of the month. Old Bar Chamber Members Meeting Contact Carole Isaacs, email: - 3rd Thursday of the month. Wingham Chamber Members Meeting Contact Christine Calabria - 6553 1199 4th Wednesday of the month. Where can readers find out more info - and what’s the process if they’d like to become a member? Cindy: email: admin@manningvalleychamber. Visit: Phone: 6551 2299. We’re excited about the new innovations at the Manning Valley Business Chamber this year and welcome new members to the group.

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What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? The biggest point of difference Anoush Beauty provides is our innate knowledge on the topic of corneotherapy. In a nutshell, corneotherapy is the science behind specifically maintaining our natural skin barrier and preventing premature ageing by preserving the integrity of the epidermis (our skin’s surface barrier). A corneotherapeutic product’s function is to prevent, protect, repair and improve the balance of our skin. Skincare ingredients should correspond with the physiology of the skin, without harmful substances that can impede the effectiveness of active ingredients we apply to our skin.

Position with business: Owner and baker.

Most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part is when I see happy clients and when I have the opportunity to attend international educational events. Last November I was fortunate to be invited to the International Symposium of Corneotherapy in Taiwan. It was mind blowing to be able to hear first-hand the latest research and findings delivered by world class scientists and international experts. I have been able to decipher hype from fact and bring to our region a concept that changes skin like no other.

What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? We are introducing high tea in 2015. We had our first high tea on Saturday, which was a success. We had some great feedback from the ladies who attended, both on food and price.

What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Do what you love, and you will never have to work the rest of your life. I am fortunate enough to work in a field that I am truly passionate about, and it doesn’t feel like work!

What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? The point of difference between me and my competitors I think is the personalised service they receive when ordering their special cake. Be it a wedding cake, birthday cake or any special occasion cake, my clients can come in and have a coffee, sample some cake and speak directly to me - who will be making the cake. It’s also the only place in Gloucester where you can view the Bucketts while having coffee or lunch.

We have also introduced lunches to our menu. Most rewarding part of your job? I think the most rewarding part of my job would have to be doing what I love. I have been making and decorating cakes for over thirty years and now what was a hobby for me has become my job; there is nothing more rewarding than the look of happiness when a client sees their special cake for the first time.

Narda Newman-Harris. MODERN WISDOM Position with business: Owner of Modern Wisdom. What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? The point of difference for us is that no-one else does the same mix, carries the same brands or offers the same advice and service, and that's a good thing for everyone. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? We are introducing a wonderful new jewellery range called Palas, with heartfelt poetic pendants and charms in solid silver, copper and brass. New clothing labels, one direct from LA, just arrived in Australia - the others in beautiful natural bamboo fabric with classic cuts and “must have” basics for your winter wardrobe. Most rewarding part of your job? I love to help people. Being a Clinical Psychophysicist, Hypnotherapist, Spiritual Counsellor and Life Coach for over 15 years now, I am passionate about guiding those who are looking for a more holistic way of living. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Follow your passion, do what you love, and it won't seem like work!

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O Shelley May. CREATIVE SHELL Position with business: Owner. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? Website design is a new service Creative Shell is offering this year. Previously I have focused on print design and photography, so this will be an exciting venture. Most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part is seeing my poster designs in shop windows, menus at restaurants, logos and signage outside of businesses and receiving flyers in the mail that I have created - I love being able to say,“See that … I designed it”. What’s the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes region? It’s not called “great” for no reason. I wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else - I feel like I’m on holidays every day. I love being part of such a supportive community and being able to work with local businesses. What is the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? I was told my degree would be wasted if I moved to Forster - don’t let anyone dull your sparkle. If you can make a career out of your passion, nothing will hold you back - do what you love and love what you do!

Kat & Melissa.LAKESIDE INDULGENCE AT FORSTER Sandy Holden. KOBOSHA What is the difference between you and your competitors? Lakeside Indulgence offers personalised service with the emphasis on building client -therapist relationships. Together Kat and Melissa have many years of experience in beauty and health. Kat has been in the beauty industry for 20 years and won industry awards. Melissa started her Bowen Training nine years ago and has gained a wealth of knowledge in the health industry over the past 7 years. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015? In 2015 we are introducing Dermalogica and ASAP facial treatments, along with our signature oxygen facials. Beauty being balanced with inner health by Melissa's Bowen therapy.

Position with business: Owner/manager. What is the point of difference between you and your competitors? I provide several services and testing that no other practitioner in the Great Lakes region offers. With these tests I create a more in depth and personalised health and wellness treatment protocol. With 10 years’ experience, I’m still extremely passionate about helping people. If anyone is not feeling 100% or as happy and healthy as they would like, I’m like their personal battery charger and help get them jumping out of bed and enjoying all the day has to offer. What new services or products will you be introducing in 2015?

Coming very soon will be my online and in person 6, 8 and 12 Most rewarding part of your job? Working with people, week programmes, as well as my Self Help Workshops. allowing them “time out” to feel pampered and relaxed, helping Most rewarding part of your job? them to feel healthier and happier, guiding them to heal and renew. What's the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes Helping people renew their lives. I love not only helping by providing natural remedies. I am more passionate about being region? We have the most amazing lakes and beaches. People who live here appreciate the beauty and serenity surrounding us, it able to educate and help people understand and learn how to help themselves. creates relaxed and friendly people. What's the best advice you could give other women looking to succeed in their chosen field? Believe in your dreams, set goals, ask for help and take action. Believe in yourself, stay motivated and feel positive.

What’s the best part of working and living in the Great Lakes region? For me, it’s great returning home; I love being where all my childhood memories are.

creative shell 0414 312 919 Evolve Healing Centre 8 Wharf St Forster


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Mid Coast Careers Market The Mid Coast Careers Market brings locals together to talk about careers.

Tuncurry Washerteria You are now the new owners of Tuncurry Washertieria; how have you settled in? We took over the business on 2nd December and hit the ground running. We came from managing a busy motel for the last eight years, so we had a fair idea of Christmas trade and were prepared for the busy period. We feel that we are settling in really with a lot of help from Dan at Starden Chemicals coming on board and giving lots of advice and training in the way that we are laundering. We are obtaining amazing results and great satisfaction in giving our customers the best service possible. You are offering two sides to the business in regards to commercial and everyday laundry; tell us a bit more about this ... Anyone can just walk in and use the washing

machines and dryers themselves, or if they like they can just drop off and call back later and we will have it all done for them. We’d be more than happy to make your day easier for you. We have free pick up and delivery on any item from doonas, curtains, blankets or just a basket of washing. There is parking out front and also a car park behind the shop. On the commercial side we have linen hire available - sheets, towels etc. We also have a large selection of tablecloths for hire for all your functions. We are happy to starch your own special tablecloths for you anytime. We launder for local cleaning companies and B&Bs; we’d be happy to give you a quote anytime. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Promote your business; connect with future workers. 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. “Last year over 70 exhibitors from a diverse range of industry engaged with 900 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 Kim Trembath. “Many of the exhibitors are local businesses who give up their time to assist students discover local industries and career pathways. This connection is the most successful part of the Mid Coast Careers Market.”

Mid Coast Connect is calling on local employers to participate in this important event that will maximise the exposure of their business within the community. Education and training providers as well as support services are also welcome. By exhibiting at the Mid Coast Careers Market, you have the unique opportunity to: • explain specific employment requirements and pathways for your industry • demonstrate activities performed in your workplace • promote opportunities for employment • gain direct access to potential future employees • support the awareness of career opportunities • network and build partnerships There is no charge, and lunch will be provided for exhibitors. To be part of the Mid Coast Careers Market, please contact Kim Trembath on 6583 5910 or 0447 733 155. Our website also has more information -

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HEALTH Karen Tonkin - Your Power Plan to Revive Your Life



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axby’s Pharmacy are now offering a MedsCheck to eligible patients which involves a pharmacist sitting down with you one on one to review and discuss your medications and/or the management of your health conditions. Every year, up to 210,000 Australians are admitted to hospital due to medication problems; however, 50% of these admissions could be avoided by better medicine management. A MedsCheck will give you a better understanding of your medicines as well as making you feel more confident that you are taking the right medicines at the right time. The pharmacist will also ensure that your medicines are working for you to avoid a hospital admission in the future. And all of this

is FREE OF CHARGE! A MedsCheck takes about 30 minutes to complete and after this service, you will be provided with a MedsCheck report that contains a medication list as well as an action plan developed just for you during the consultation. This can be discussed with your doctor at a later date or the doctor can contact one of our pharmacists to resolve any problems. To see if you are eligible and to book an appointment, please call Saxby’s Pharmacy on (02) 6552 1662 or come in and see our friendly staff. Your pharmacists, Ian, Shari and Erinn.





he nationally acclaimed Australian Doctors’ Orchestra is coming to Port Macquarie. Founded in 1993, the Australian Doctors Orchestra is drawn from a national database of over 600 doctors and medical students who volunteer their time each year to rehearse and perform in the orchestra to raise money for medical charities. Sixty doctors and their families will come to Port Macquarie to spend four days rehearsing and presenting a fundraising concert, which will benefit Port Macquarie Base Hospital. The ADO will present a programme of musical magic including the Barber of Seville overture by Rossini; Trumpet concerto by Hummel,


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featuring local medical student Jason Heise; Viola concerto by Hoffmeister, featuring viola soloist Beth Condon; and Nanie by Brahms, presented in concert with the Hastings Choristers, led by artistic director Robyn Ryan OAM. The Australian Doctors’ Orchestra concert is one of the star attractions on the programme for the inaugural Celebrate Creative Ageing Festival, organized by the Australian Centre for Arts and Health in partnership with Port Macquarie Hastings Council, as a high profile event for Seniors Week 2015. TO BOOK: Online:



i Karen. You’ve just published to reach their health goals? a book; tell us about your Yes, it’s a workbook. Knowing that we all want publication? super results, super fast, I simplified the plan I’d love to! To move towards a into Power Points which are set out in a simple, healthy, vital, energised and inspired life, you straightforward, and time efficient way that gets need a plan, so I created Your Power Plan to right to the point of action with a specific action Revive Your Life, which is designed to get you step. Actions not only speak louder than words; Power Thinking and Power Living by focusing actions bring results. It’s a results driven power on adopting a combination of mental, plan that’s ready for action. emotional and physical health You simply follow your chosen practices. With Power Thinking Power Point activity, make the and Power Living practices in new habit happen, master place you can begin to feel it fully, make it a practise, alth he ur yo more alive, experience t and then move on to ar st To boundless energy, your next Power Point. transformation se your ha rc pu n ca expanded joy and The idea is that you can u yo er Plan eB ook your Pow at radiant health. change your life, one e” to Revive Your lif Your Power Plan is habit, one day at a time in .com ” www.karentonk divided into inspirational, and for life. My hope is motivational, emotional, to instil hope that you can mental, nutritional and create healthy habits that physical plans. You individually last a lifetime. get to choose where you start and Where can people go to get a how long you take to work through Your copy of your book? Power Plan, but collectively, the end result If you’re planning to go to the Wauchope is that all clients get results once they start Lasiandra Festival Purple People Market Day in practising their new health habits. Along with the Wauchope CBD on Thursday the 12th, you your results comes motivation to maintain your can grab a copy from me, as I’m planning to be healthy habits. there. What’s the inspiration behind the book? A faster and cheaper way to get started Knowing that not everyone can afford straightaway is to visit my web page: personal training, counselling and nutrition where the eBook can coaching was the inspiration behind writing Your be instantly purchased as a download to your Power Plan to Revive Your Life. computer, for you and/or for a friend. I wanted to make a holistic health plan as The soft cover book is also available for a workbook that not only worked, but was collection from my studio, and anyone preferring affordable, achievable and clients could work a print copy can contact my mobile 0413 979 through in their own way, their own time and 747 or email me: to refer back to any time in the future. arrange a time to call in and collect their copy. So it’s a workbook that clients work through Thanks Karen.

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with Dr Linda Dade - Chiropractor



Linda Dade

We all know that we can change our mind, and indeed most of us do this often! Now we know that the human brain can also change itself. Called neuroplasticity, it is the common view in neuroscience and medicine today that the brain is constantly changing in response to what we are actually doing in the world.


t had been thought for centuries that the brain was hard wired after childhood and it would only change with decline towards old age; if brain cells were injured or died or had failed to develop properly, then there was no chance of recovery or replacement. It was assumed that there was no ability to repair or renew should damage occur to any part of the brain. Thought was seen as “software”, the brain’s structure as “hardware”. Many Clinicians saw a patients’ attempts to resist their brains’ decline through mental and physical activity as futile. We now know that how you live matters! Norman Doidge, MD in his books How the Brain Heals Itself and The Brain that Changes Itself highlights the brain changing and healing its structure and function, into old age, after strokes, recovering sight, hearing and curing learning disorders and previously incurable obsessions and traumas, even overcoming being born with only half a brain. Doidge highlights discoveries at the Universities of California (Berkeley and San Francisco) in the late 1970s that showed experience and activity does change the brain’s circuitry in experiments with animals. Research showed if an animal stopped using a body part, the brain area that processed sensory input from that part weakened or was taken over to perform another function. These discoveries have major implications for how brain injury and decline is treated. Research into dementia, which affects about 15% of the population over 70, shows that

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a 60% risk reduction for cognitive decline and dementia is possible by doing a few things like walking, maintaining normal body weight, eating vegies, minimal drinking and no smoking. What drug does that? Our body should be our ally. In much of modern medicine the patient is rendered passive, going from scan to test, showing deterioration whilst waiting for the next better drug to “fight” the disease. In his books, Doidge talks about how medicine honours invasive high-tech treatments as more serious than non invasive methods. He wonders “when did medicine became a battle against disease” and asks WHY is there such reliance on drugs. He recounts amazing life transformations using “neuroplasticity” and the brilliant scientists who are championing its use. It becomes clear that both brain and body must be involved. “Conscious walking” to overcome symptoms of Parkinson’s, visualisation and body work (chiropractic) to eliminate chronic pain, natural light to speed healing, low intensity lasers (Quantum Neurology™) which enable cells to energise and heal themselves reducing osteoarthritis. And so much more! Participate in your life and health. Work with practitioners who are as passionate about your health as you are. Turn Back The Body Clock seminar, March 17 at Banks and Dade. Info - 6557 6333 or

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uring the first part of 2015, we all would have read about the large spike of measles cases in the USA from people contracting measles while visiting Disneyland. Many people go to such tourist attractions from parts of the world where they may or may not have been protected by comprehensive vaccination programmes. They then spend a lot of time together in close proximity. The majority of the 215 cases were children and completely unvaccinated. However, many of these were too young to be vaccinated or were only partially vaccinated. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states 20% of all the confirmed cases required hospitalisation. Measles is a major health disaster for some. I remember when I was a medical student in Newcastle, examining an adolescent in the Mater Hospital children’s ward who had such extensive brain damage from the measles, she was never again able to walk or talk. A lot of objections to the vaccine were based on a 1998 research paper by Andrew Wakefield in the medical journal the Lancet. This claimed that autism was caused by the measles vaccine, and it led to large drops in vaccination rates. However the paper was later shown to be fraudulent and retracted. The author, who had a commercial interest in litigation against the vaccine, was struck off the medical registrar and not allowed to return to practicing medicine. Vaccine-preventable illness is again in the media at the time of writing. I had a patient come in feeling unwell. She said she had been eating Nanna’s or Creative Gourmet’s frozen berries which were contaminated by Hepatitis A. We ordered the tests to see

if she had the infection but I was able to reassure her then and there that she should be OK. This is because she had travelled to a third world country some years before and had her Hepatitis A shots at that time. This usually provides lifelong protection, as we found out when her test results returned showing she was fully immune and so safe. A relatively new vaccine released in the last few years is for shingles. It is recommended for those in their 60s or 70s. Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus which may lie dormant for decades after the original infection. As we age our immune system may not be able to continue to suppress it. The chickenpox virus may then reactivate causing a very painful rash. Shingles may also damage sight or cause long-term severe pain. By the age of 84, one in two Australians will have had shingles. I recall one couple who baulked at the $200+ bill for each vaccination. He then got a bad dose and she was in like a flash to get her shot after seeing how devastating it was. Finally, it is time for influenza vaccinations again. These are recommended for anyone with serious long-term illnesses, anyone 65 or over, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander people aged 55 years or over. Massive nation-wide studies have shown that those aged 65 or over who have annual influenza vaccinations (plus at least one Pneumonia shot) have half the rates of death compared to people of the same age who do not. Flu shots usually are available from early March but this year it may be as late as April as the virus has mutated, delaying the vaccine’s development and manufacturing. Our practice runs flu vaccination clinics to minimise delays for patients and we bulk-bill these consultations.

Technology is developing rapidly in the dental field, and it is designed to make your experience more comfortable. We at Smile Craft Dental are committed to bringing the latest technology in dentistry to the Manning and Great Lakes areas. CAD CAM is an advanced dental restorative system that allows us to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, replace defective amalgam fillings with natural looking porcelain fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. Digital radiography of the whole mouth is possible with low dosage X-rays where radiation levels are kept to a minimum and, with no need to wait for X-rays, it becomes an instant procedure and we can identify problems on the spot.

infected teeth sterile and isolated from other teeth during treatment. The use of an apex locator enables the dentist to know where they are inside the tooth. Pain-free root canal work is just another normal part of dentistry today. Intro oral camera is designed to take pictures inside the mouth and allows both you and the Dentist a clear and precise view of images of your mouth, teeth and gums on a computer screen and allows us to make an accurate assessment and for you to be a part of your treatment plan. The entire team at Smile Craft Dental perform sterilisation with the utmost importance. Our Sterilisation room has been designed to ensure correct hygiene procedures and a

LOUPES are used for detailed work, as dentists wear special magnifying glasses to see the teeth more clearly.

sterile workplace. All reusable instruments

Root Canal and Apex Locators In the past, root canal work has had a terrible reputation; however, modern isolation techniques keep

Standards of infection control. Quite a few

are first cleaned and then fully sterilised in accordance with the current Australian test cycles are run just to make sure our sterilisation equipment is working fine.

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with Clairvoyant Terri Hall Phone. 0424 818 343

MARCH 2015

with Terri

AQUARIUS. January 21 - February 19

You may be feeling a little uprooted or unsettled lately. A new move or the discussion of moving is likely to be on the agenda. Avoid rash decisions; wait for what feels right and you will have no regret. New friends are coming into the picture, so relax and enjoy the social interactions. Herderite helps us to see our evolution, thus making it less of a challenge.


February 20 - March 20 An ending of a situation is bringing an exciting new influence into the picture. Your task at the moment is to understand your place in the bigger scheme of things. Don’t compromise your standards to soothe your fears. Rose Quartz attracts us towards loving experiences.


March 21 - April 20 Your leadership skills will be sought after in the work environment over the next few weeks. Allow your strengths to shine and don’t be afraid to put your hand up for a promotion. Connect with your laughter a little more, as you are currently taking life too seriously. Turquoise is great for communication.


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TA U R U S . April 21 - May 21

You so desperately want a change in direction, but this is challenging your rules and boundaries in life. At present, your personal strength is being tested, which also may make it harder to pursue your desires. Ask yourself how badly do you want change? Let this motivate you. Set your sights and then give yourself permission to receive. Phenacite helps us to release other people’s worries from our energies.

GEMINI. May 22 - June 22

Focus on your most important challenge at this time in order to achieve your hard earned success. You are too easily distracted at present, which is causing frustration. Be a little more aware of your thoughts, and eliminate negativity, self doubt and fear. Turquoise and rose quartz will enhance your self approval.

CANCER. June 23 - July 23

Be patient just a little longer. You are likely to be very busy over the next few weeks, offering you some distraction from your thoughts. Relax and let go of the need to know what will be and enjoy just being in the now. Set some fresh goals and wait for their arrival. Rose Quartz is a very powerful calming crystal.


July 24 - August 23 Your self-opinion is at present under attack. Be kinder to your sensitivity and stop believing negative things about you. Instead, wake up tomorrow with a brand new beginning attitude and watch your determination return. Citrine connects us to our happier energy.


August 24 - September 23 Your focus will be clearer after you have set some new goals or direction. Get that clever Virgo mind active and satisfy your intellect. An exciting new opportunity is out there through learning something different, so look for that perfect course or read a good book. Azeztulite allows us to explore alternate realities comfortably.


September 24 - October 23 Connect with a passion you have. Your love of life needs satisfying. Change is coming forward, and this is a natural challenge for the Libran. Start a project or play with your creative energies. You will soon offer your family members some profound healing advice, so don’t be afraid to speak. Topaz strengthens our self-esteem and brings personal power to situations surrounding us.


October 24 - November 22 Remove all self-doubt. You already know what your challenges’ outcome will be. You even have your answers for getting there quicker. Find out what it is that renders you powerless, so that you cannot be played with. You are gifted at thinking outside the square, so allow yourself this enlightenment and treat you as you would another. Snowflake obsidian is wonderful for shattering negative thoughts.

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

Bring out your happy self, as you are taking life far too seriously. This has left you drained lately and feeling unenthused. You just do things, you don’t need to talk about it or plan it, so remember this when you are next tempted to procrastinate. Sugilite would be of great benefit at this time as it helps us face our challenges with a joyful outlook.

CAPRICORN. December 22 - January 20

Begin something new. Soon work opportunities will keep you busy, fill your being with satisfaction and complete you. However, your enthusiasm needs to be strong when the project begins, so now is the time to feed it. Help your mind to get ready for this opportunity by writing lists, and setting goals. Rhodonite helps us to discover new talents through our creative energy.




radual weight gain is an insidious process, which over time leads to a massive increase in weight and girth and clothes size. When this is the result of a pregnancy, the change occurs over a relatively short period of time in a young woman, and hence a reversal is often seen. Massive weight gain, unrelated to pregnancy, in an older individual, does not have a reversal point, such as the delivery of a baby in a pregnancy. The weight gain goes on for a lot longer till something makes the individual take stock of the situation, and then attempt to reverse it. By now it is a major and diffuse problem, affecting all parts of the body, the face and neck, the trunk and especially the abdomen and both upper and lower limbs, with fat accumulation accompanied by significant drooping of tissues. A careful assessment and treatment plan is now required. PRIORITISATION AND A PLAN OF MANAGEMENT The correction usually starts with the abdomen and the trunk. A radical abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck“) is necessary to improve the front of the abdomen, sometimes in combination with a circumferential belt lipectomy, which takes care of the flanks and waist / upper gluteal areas. A Mons Pubis (the hair-bearing upper part of the vulva)

reduction with liposuction and lipectomy is done at the same time. In addition, liposuction is done to reduce fat accumulation in the upper anterior abdominal wall, the flanks and in the trochanteric (upper side of thigh / “saddlebags“) areas. If liposuction is not required, a radical abdominoplasty can be combined with breast augmentation, using implants for correction of breast ptosis (droop) , as well as a brachioplasty (correction of droopy lower arms or “bat wings“) or a medial thigh lift. If the breast tissue droop and stretch is excessive, breastreduction surgery would be required as a first stage, and to be followed up by breast augmentation as a secondary procedure. Sometimes, due to the number of areas needing correction, surgery may have to be staggered, with two sessions about 3 months apart, with each operation limited to 6 to 8 hours and with postoperative care in a hospital setting. Postoperative management and care is critical, as also the use of postoperative compression garments and the restriction of activities. These major procedures need a patient to be in good general health and the acceptance that there will always be the need for some revision surgery.

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hat is the aim of the event, and who is the special guest? The aim of the evening is to spread awareness in our local community about prostate cancer, its prevalence and the success that can be obtained from early detection. Dr Ben Kwok, a local Urologist, will be our guest speaker. Dr Kwok joined Manning Hospital in September 2011 and is providing public care and services at Mayo Private Hospital. Originally from Sydney, Dr Kwok completed his medical degree at the University of NSW and has since trained in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney, and in regional communities across NSW. He most recently completed his fellowship in Glasgow, Scotland. Why do you feel it’s important to spread awareness of prostate cancer in our local area? The Great Lakes area, a regional area with a high proportion of retired men, fits squarely within the demographics for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia


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to 69 years without symptoms of prostate cancer, the risk of dying from prostate cancer can be reduced by PSA testing every two years. For men with a higher risk of prostate cancer, including a strong family history of prostate cancer, it may be better to start regular testing earlier. How much does it cost to attend the event, and do people have to register their interest? The awareness night is free. All men and their partners are invited to attend the meeting, which is sponsored by Club Forster. It is not necessary to register beforehand, but would be helpful for catering purposes, as a light supper will be provided after the meeting. Please contact either phone numbers below. Where can readers find more info? Members of the public can find more about the Great Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group by attending our regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Club Forster at 6:30pm or by contacting: Phil Webster - 6555 3651 Phil Rodham - 6557 2063 Thanks gentlemen.












Celebrating Seniors Week at the Y Happy Seniors week! The Y is big on offering programmes for all walks of life. Great Lakes YMCA holds their mature members very dear, because their positive outlook on life is an inspiration to the whole community!


She found that her mobility consistently improved from the Aqua classes and 18 months later, you would see her getting out of a chair with ease. Amazing! Val Beuzeville has been involved in YMCA’s Aqua classes for around 10 years. She finds that the Aqua classes have become a lot more active now and the moves are different. With our Aqua instructors Cath Hayes and Charne Lindsay, she thinks that everyone is being challenged, regardless of fitness level and physical ability. “If your hips or knees hurt, you will find that the pain is gone in the water,” she says. “Participants are aware of problem areas, and in Aqua they can work on making these areas stronger; it’s also great for pregnant mothers!” Karen Mudford had a hip replacement last year. She has been doing the Aqua classes for two years. “Aqua was great rehab; I am now back to great movement in my hip, all thanks to

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f you happen to visit the centre in the morning, you will hear laughter in the gym, group fitness room and in the pool. The regulars know the “cackles” come from the happy seniors engaging in the various programmes. We would like to introduce you to some of the seniors involved in the Aqua classes. There are so many amazing stories; read on to be inspired: Robyn Satherley has now been doing Aqua for three years and loves it! Robyn has osteoporosis and has suffered from an assortment of broken bones! A nasty leg break caused her to be in a wheelchair for a while. When first joining the Aqua classes, she was unable to get out of a chair without assistance.

the classes!” John Larratt has been one of the “roosters” in the Aqua classes for the past two years. He is a Type II Diabetic and initially had been on 11 scripts of medicine for the last 20 years. Not long after attending the classes, his doctor dropped one of the scripts. He has also lost around 9 kg, improved his fitness and reduced his blood pressure. The main change for John is his frame of mind: “You appreciate things more when you feel good about yourself. I used to have my first drink around lunch time; now I don’t feel like it! My craving for fried foods has gone too.” There are, of course, programmes available for “land lovers” as well! The YMCA lives by the rule “if you don’t use it, you lose it”, they have experienced staff to help you in the gym or run specially designed group classes such as Functional Fitness, Pryme Lab, or Yoga. Check out the Great Lakes YMCA’s website for classes and events during Seniors Week, and make sure you take advantage of their offer in March to join for four weeks for $49.

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ow long have you been in business? Mackie’s Electric was established in 1953, originally providing industrial electrical services predominately to timber mills. In the ‘70s, Mackie’s expanded into the dairy farming industry, commercial refrigeration service and maintenance, the latter becoming an integral part of the business. Today, we offer specialist trade, sales, installation and service of a variety of products for both domestic and commercial applications to the Mid North Coast. The team at Mackie’s is committed to the provision of quality electrical, air conditioning, alternative solar energy and refrigeration with special services for commercial and industrial projects in a professional and timely manner. To achieve this, trade and sales specialists are supported by a dedicated group of administration and coordination personnel. How has Mackie’s evolved with changes in solar energy? Although solar power has been around in Australia for a very long time, the last 5 - 10 years has seen the solar industry expand exponentially, and it is continually evolving to meet the industry’s needs. Whether it be grid-connected, off-grid or hybrid, all of these variations are ramping up in Australia, with the current hot topic being battery storage and


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maximising self-consumption of renewable energy. suppliers who offer the best quality. Due to this industry growing and changing rapidly, One of your staff, Mark Hardy, recently won our technicians are continually training on the latest Apprentice of the Year. Tell us about this ... equipment to stay ahead of the game! Mark Hardy, an adult apprentice, had completed Mackie’s solar has grown over the years electronics with a former employer, to cover the industry’s every need, joining Mackie’s in 2010. Mark from installation and maintenance completed electrical and to breakdown service. refrigeration trades with us; he r fe Today, we of What changes have you was promoted through TAFE e, ad tr specialist seen as business has to go for the Apprentice of n tio sales, installa grown? the Year awards at state a of e and servic ts The biggest change is level, where he was the uc od pr of y variet tic the demand for solar and winner - then he went on es m do th bo for energy efficient products. to the national level and and commercial the Daikin air conditioning are achieved runner up. applications to t ...” always coming up with What are some of the new Mid North Co as exciting products, including an innovations you’ve brought energy efficient inverter and wifi into Mackie’s? remote control connectivity. We have implemented a new Now that energy has such a strong computer system, with the technicians sustainability focus, how has that changed using tablets to track the history of the how you do business? clients’ units. This allows clients of all sizes to be By connecting with suppliers that are able to have a live report on the maintenance and promoting energy efficient products and are well servicing of their equipment, allowing them to make established, as we have experienced many new a judgement on whether to repair or replace ageing suppliers coming out with an inferior product that equipment. is not of good quality and ends up failing - so the Thanks for your time, Paul - it’s great to see customer ends up paying for the product twice. We a business moving forward and creating a always ensure that we work with the brands and positive impact environmentally.

focusTourism. Sharon Bultitude - Great Lakes Tourism

focusbusiness. with Gary Gersbach from Great Lakes Business Chamber

focustechnology. with Cameron Illingworth from Harvey Norman.

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Tourism garygersbach garygersbach The yearThe 2013holiday has commenced withpassed, a bang, which, apart the season has and by all from accounts New Year’s Eve fi reworks display, has resulted in increased numbers it was a very successful period, resulting in a large of tourists, friends, visitors and locals taking advantage of the many number of people visiting the area. Sharon Bultitude attributes of our region.

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And even local the business themselves with the business community to the cater foreconomy, all, to ensure these A number of breakfast sites have been locally, regionally and nationally. when well-intended, the actions of industry and tourismexperiences people I have to encourage a decrease in red tape and an participants’ arespoken considered, and the February breakfast will However, I believe that tourism stakeholders can seriously impact the improved understanding of some difficulties suchvery thatpositive they will notthe only have to have been about results. be an equine event at Tuncurry Race Course, organisations have an unbelievably exciting efficiency and effectiveness of their tourism enjoyed being encountered. The weather, for the most was– kind, themselves, but willpart, return or at incorporating a tour of the facilities. All opportunity to be more effective and efficient organisation. The FTBC has welcomed the advice and hopefully all visitors departed with a least act as ambassadors for the promotion Welcome to February! Don’t you love it: another year, and we’re into membersthat arethe welcome any input intoitself to than we have ever been - to connect better Such collaborative working thus needs GLC hasfor now committed good experience and a great opinion of the area. monthwith twoconsumers, already.provide Unfortunately, be my last edition of Tech more value andthis will these venues. also to be the modus operandi amongst this programme. Discussions between of the Great Lakes as a tourist Talk, as I am moving tothe beautiful in a few weeks for new Business Chamber’s executive and relevancy to industry,up grow economy inBallina tourism businesses.They might compete with Thedestination. and the GLC will The Chamberthe hasChamber sought signifi cant opportunities. for reading if you it’sinbeen a joybut to the do, members, having been heavily involved at a sustainableThanks way and improve the quality of have other been; businesses town/region, continue and advice of access to the Council and has been The traffic and parking for residents as well. and I’lllife miss all in the FOCUS group and the readership. of all,want I’mto visit the coalface, have had little time to review reality is that when Most more people agreed actions will successful in having two confirmed be were tested to the full, to 15 years ago, we’re going toCompared miss Forster – what a place to live!the OK: on with thebenefi show ... the their actions and results. The time for region, everybody ts. That’s reported as decided. s and obviously some meetings with active interested parties TheGLC ha dealing with a radically different marketing marketing job of the tourism organisation. introspection and planning will come t State Elections af dr a frustrations were ed to date. su is landscape a new breed ofabout travellers and plus theTo getthat more here, get them to stay fact it ispeople waterproof, make this here’s- plenty of buzz at the end of this hectic time. The elections bound to occur for Memorial an pl global competitors that operate on a level The sister Chambers of longer and moremarket. money. We’ll The tourism a real contender in spend the phone in the Tech world with CES e th for the State r e fo However, the relatively th r and in this ve le ri D The smal n playing field. For tourism organisations the Manning District and to splash focus on the things that gr, ee e just haveorganisation to see whatneeds sort of it makes th in finishing up last month in en se th Government are to ea ss cr in new committee, with ne regard the Great si bu opportunity is there to do more with less, Port Macquarie have e ntage idva make the destination unique and the things ov pr to on release. ad e Vegas. So what’s news from ea th occur at the end ar is r te Lakes Council an excellent mix of grea manage the politics in much better ways and p. active participation that make people want to visit. The reality is rsrihian best orempe emde mits the Megalopolis? Well ... of March, and the of Lenovo Dual Screen TabBook. are continuously experience, new blood ultimately deliver real value. way ss do ce es ac ss ke ne that some experiences/businesses are more si bi with both local d bu l an al Sm usual electioneering is thehas Lenovo has announced the IdeaPad Yoga ro ad it hasFlat to start by TV accepting that Sony 4K orBut ‘UHD’ panel andmonitoring enthusiasm, hadve lyse cralea rm important drivers for tourism than others. antdnode no Council and e at currently in full swing. ci parking available we can’t build aHigh destination brand alone 11S with Ivy Bridge processor running 4K TV is UHD TV (Ultra Definition). ”s or asso already made some ...or chis idth Fr wan Believing that the big attraction doesn’t the FTBC Regional The intends to hold es where the anymore, because the volume of stories from and do have ni pa Windows 8, and it’s set to arrive m co 4K UHD Video has twice the need additional exposure is to miss the point firm resolutions and e, dg le Development ow kn l a “meet the candidates” ra other people drowns the message out, and ne some draft plans for ge in June this year inmakes the US. horizontal and vertical planned actions to assist are completely. The Eiffel Tower people rtise and advice Australia Areafor the pe ex morning breakfast they’re also more credible. Word-of-mouth improvements for access no release date ing.” resolution of the 1080p its members. The Chamber want to visitThere’s Paris, while the café down the readily forthcom Boards, and this business community to meet and has always been the most important when it to the green areas closer to the for Australia yet. HDTV (High Definition) road probably doesn’t. Tourism Paris needs to will continue with the comes to travel motivations, but now in social Chamber will actively IdeaPad discuss the candidates’ policies. he T lake. promote the Eiffel nothas thean café, lovely popular business breakfasts, format, with four times TheTower, IdeaPad media, it’s exponentially important.has an internal The businessseek community andfrom the chamber assistance these Memorial Drive Draft Plan as it might be. , en as many pixels overall. and in so doing will endeavour re internal and external sc al rna It’s really not that complicated it’ste just are of the belief that the Myall Lakes missing and -ex Chambers to embark on a issimilar The GLC has issued a draft plan for Memorial to letsothe tourism a tabletBusinesses need This means amazing, screen, it is both a to introduce a better awareness of other different way of thinking and You it is both sooperating. out on its fair share of funding from the format. To this effect, the Manning ValleyState Drive for the increase in green area to provide organisation work by focusing on the things services tebook in nogoing ife-like images tablet and a notebook it can provide to assist the members. can seeand examples of where things and aare Government, and this an ideal topic more pedestrian and bike access way and Chamber has agreed to will our be attendance at to that will make business better forthe everybody, one.”Australia in one. This gives detail likeallyou’ve aroundnever us. Look at how Tourism All members are aware that although theparking their pursue with the candidates. decreased road width. The reduction in next meeting. even if that means at times giving more manages happiness of a full-ish seen before. Sony their has Facebook page. Curating Opera in the Park business community hasbycommon goals, it here should be offset an increase in parking exposure to certain products than others. Most members tend to view the Chamber as content which is 100% user generated size keyboard with the showcased at CES the 56The Great Lakes Rotary Club has advised also operates under a number of diverse to the size of untimed parking in the Wallis St In a similar vein, if a business finds its hotel/ a knife and fork opportunity where valuable hasOLED propelled hip-ness (and portability NCH UHD Panel,this butpage to the most visited its intention to hold a night of opera in John car which park. makes it difficult for the restaurant/tour is booked out when a visitor areas, business contacts are made within a social tourism Facebook page on the planet. It too, of course) of a tablet PC. unfortunately it has no confi rmed Wright Park in March of 2016. This is an exciting The Chamber requested Chamber to appearhas to been be working forbyallthe enquires, why not recommend a trusted couldn’t be simpler, and it’s insanely effective. occasion without heavy, formal agendas, and release date as yet. Something which prospect and one that could well develop legs Microsoft Surface Pro Council to coordinate business community’s The main areas ofthe Stocklands, Forster partner business? They’re not losing business areas. There’s no way they could ever buy that kind thistoindeed is an extremelyevent. important parthas of become a permanent This area will be in production is Samsung's 85-inch opinionsand on what is best for commerce and I place atosmiley at the end of thegaining title for all Waterside Tuncurry Village are typical a competitor; they’re a visitor to of exposure, even with their deep pockets. the Chamber. However, the Chamber is and been consistently pursuing events which could UHDTV and LG's soon-to-ship 55-inch OLED. tourism willwithout contact the appropriate business and tech geeks who want a the destination and working together to of this, andand even consideration Just like marketing has changed, so hasthe business canmake be much thanbethis, andidentifi it is our their more mark and readily ed OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV’s leaders. tablet with full Windows 8 ™ functionality “raise all boats”. of the various industrial areas, it sometimes communication with industry stakeholders. resolve to demonstrate this to new members. with the area. Opera in the Park could well do Business Friendly Council give wider viewing angles and improved We allcapabilities. understand I’ve thatwanted tourism one is a major appears that we are not always pulling in the and installation Tourism organisations need to look at The smaller the business, then the greater this, particularly with the age demographic in Following an initiative by the NSW Business in our - if we can brightness, better power ciency from the driver moment theregion RT version their culture and effi move to a and point where of theseeconomic same direction. is the advantage of its membership. Small this area. The organisers have advised several Chamber Northern Rivers, who had witnessed put thesoscepticism, the politics, a better response time in refresh rate, to open, was released, we communicate in a much more it can’t come too soon“the old Accordingly, the Chamber has made the businesses normally havebooked Franchisors busloadsdo of not patrons have been already. the constant disconnect between small ways of doing things” behind us and work and collaborative way. eliminatetransparent flicker further. for my liking. See it here at http://www. following major resolutions: The FTBC encourages and invites all interested or associate companies where the general businesses and local government on a daily innovatively together, we can create an even But like any relationship, “real”’s New Smartphone in this event to get behind it andare givereadily it your full expertise and advice to be held over the basis, thebreakfasts State Government adopted the Small knowledge, stronger, more vibrant and successful tourism 1. Business communication/collaboration must be a windows-8-pro/home Not to sound like a major Sony fan boy here, support. The services of the Chamber industry, which benefits everyone! Business Friendlypossible Councils Programme (SBFC). two-way process, and with that comes forthcoming. whole area where There is no official release date for Aus. yet, but here’s a smartphone with great speed can be invaluable in these cases. 2. Chamber to actively promote involvement but I have it from close sources in the game and good looks to match. The Sony Xperia



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All the pieces are in place, and we are looking forward to a great year.



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The Shed Boss block logo has been specifically designed for signage, billboards and other locations where the standard horizontal logo does not suffice. When applying the corporate logo it should always be used with the byline and should always appear on a white background. The only exception is when applying the logo to garments and promotional products. These exceptions are addressed in Section 5 of this Standards Manual.

Introduction The ‘Shed Boss’ block logo and byline.

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Block logo

The Shed Boss block logo has been specifically designed for signage, billboards and other locations where the standard horizontal logo does not suffice. When applying the corporate logo it should always be used with the byline and should always appear on a white background. The only exception is when applying the logo to garments and promotional products. These exceptions are addressed in Section 5 of this Standards Manual.

Introduction The ‘Shed Boss’ block logo and byline.

The corporate brand Shed Boss Graphic Standards Manual

When you work with ShedBoss you are dealing with professional builders and qualified tradespeople who know what they’re doing. Chrissy Jones spoke with Dan Edwards and Mathew Humphries about the new store on Manning River Drive and found out just what they offer customers.


ell us about your business ShedBoss Mid North Coast … Our reputation is built upon offering a versatile, affordable range of quality steel structures with superior design, independent engineering and exclusive systems, including our patented Morinda Bracket™ systems. Quality and affordability has always been the core of ShedBoss. You want to invest your money in an asset that will last, and we want to build you a structure that we can both be proud of.

That’s why we have an uncompromising attitude when it comes to our workmanship and delivering our customers timely service, premium quality Australian products and genuine value for money. We offer consultation, design and construction and will help you step by step through the process of bringing your new steel building to fruition. Consult With more than 50 years’ combined experience; our dedicated team will spend time

understanding your unique requirements and engineering a custom, quality solution that meet Australian standards. Design As locals we know the unique environmental and weather conditions of the region and will build to meet your individual requirements using the most cost effective design. We are ShedSafe accredited and use quality Australian Steel. Construction We have a loyal team of qualified tradespeople who have a wealth of experience and knowledge across the entire ShedBoss product range. We manage the build of your project from the start of construction, through to completion, including coordination of all Council applications and insurances, taking the hassle out of the process.

At ShedBoss, we specialise in looking after the whole job, starting with your Council application, slab, construction, right through to final inspection stage. We take pride in ensuring you are looked after throughout your whole project. We can supply kit only buildings if required. ShedBoss does many projects both in and around Taree for many residential and commercial clients. You will not only be purchasing a shed, but rather a ShedBoss experience. Receive the strongest and best value for money shed in the market. We custom build to suit your needs for all types of jobs, including factories, domestic sheds, and also patios. We are fully licensed domestic and commercial builders and are members of the Australian Shed Group.

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other locations where the standard horizontal logo does not suffice. When applying the corporate logo it should always be used with the byline and should always appear on a white background. The only exception is when applying the logo to garments and promotional products. These exceptions are addressed in Section 5 of this Standards Manual.

Introduction The ‘Shed Boss’ block logo and byline.

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At ShedBoss we build much more than just sheds. We have the systems and experience to tailor any building or steel frame structure to suit your exact purpose, colour requirements and space. From small home patios to rural barns, industrial workshops and everything in between, no job is too big or too small. ShedBoss is ShedSafe Accredited; what’s this mean to customers? ShedSafe™ accreditation cannot be purchased - it has to be earned. ShedBoss underwent a rigorous independent auditing and certification process by an ASI appointed panel of independent engineers and specialists. When you request a quote for a shed, we will consider the following: 1. What will the shed be used for - domestic, farm or industrial use? 2. How far from the coastline will the shed be


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built? 3. Will it be subject to extreme conditions, e.g. snow, cyclones? 4. What is the surrounding area generally like - suburban, semi open or open plain and exposed? 5. Will the shed be built on or near a hill, slope or escarpment? 6. Are there existing structures near where you want to build your shed? How far away are these from the site? ShedBoss will use this information to determine importance level, terrain category, topography factor, shielding and wind speed in meters per second. This information determines the design strength of the building. Tell us about your SOL Home Improvements Range … Our SOL Home Improvements range, including patios, carports, awnings and

verandahs come in various styles, including flat, gable, or combination roof styles. There are freestanding or attached options; they all help to create a more enjoyable and practical outdoor space whilst improving the appeal of your home. The range is designed to cover wide spans for a more streamlined appearance; you can customise your home addition to suit your taste and the aesthetics of your home. Our designer options allow you to relax in the knowledge that your home addition will look great whilst adding to the value and enjoyment of your home. Options also include insulated or clear panels. The goal is to enhance your outdoor living and functional space with a stylish shade structure that you will enjoy for years to come. You also have another aspect to your business; tell us about that … Coastal Flashings provides Australian made

Colorbond flashings up to 8 m in length and general fabrication. Manager Gary Fernance has over 30 years’ experience within the sheet metal industry and Dan Edwards is 4th generation within the sheet metal and steel fabrication industry. With this experience, we can provide the service you are looking for. We provide same day service and delivery to site. We also specialise in custom flashings, rainwater heads and box gutters. Call in and see Gary or Dan for all of your flashing needs, or place an order via the phone, email or fax, ready for pick up in our drive through service. Contact us today! From residential garages to large commercial sheds, ShedBoss are here to provide you with quality work at an affordable price. Call into the new showroom at 147A Manning River Drive or phone 6551 4473 for further information.

A NEW INSULATED PATIO ROOF Why choose a structural insulated roof panel for your new outdoor living space? If you want to create that indoor outdoor alfresco entertaining area in your backyard, that can be used all year round without worrying about the extreme highs of summer, and the lows of winter, then a new insulated panel roof is ideal. Versiclad structural insulated composite roof panels are a 3 in 1 specialty product which combine a colour coated exterior profiled steel roof, a fire retardant polystyrene insulated core, and a pre-finished ceiling face. Versiclad roof panels will not only keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, but deliver a comfortable atmosphere wherever it is you crave a relaxed environment. Long trafficable free spans of up to 11.4 m can

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ongratulations, Coyne, on the new Evermore Living Retirement development. Please tell our readers about this project ... Evermore is a supported retirement village offering an independent lifestyle with the added security of knowing there is care available when and if required. Living at Evermore will provide the comforts, attractions and activities of a 5 star luxury resort in a community of like-minded friends. The village is central to all amenities, local clubs and attractions, with our complimentary transport making access stress free and enjoyable. Evermore has been inspired by personal experiences and is really a development created from a passion and commitment in ensuring our residents have an environment and care that is suitable, timely and luxurious. The village will cater for all the residents’ day-to day needs, while respecting their security and privacy. Add to this the countless enjoyable lifestyle choices, including new friendships, easy shopping, beautiful beaches, cafés, restaurants and more; countless activities can be enjoyed to whatever extent is preferred. The developers and staff have become so entranced by “Fabulous Forster”, to the point that four of our families have relocated already. How many stages will be a part of the resort, and when can we expect the first stage may be completed? There are five stages to Evermore Retirement Living, with the first stage scheduled for completion in September 2015. The first stage

will include 31 apartments, north facing to Safety is a design priority at Evermore, Bruce Street and all the facilities and amenities ensuring elimination of trip hazards, inclusions required to support all stages. These include of easy light switches, wide doorways and all the common areas: lounge, bar, library, hair emergency call system throughout. salon, pool etc. as well as the facilities required Not only are the apartments specifically to accommodate health professionals and care designed to minimise falls risks, they are also staff. designed to accommodate mechanical lifters, Stage one luxury apartments are now selling wheelchairs and hospital beds if needed. off the plan, with most anticipated In addition, there is reverse cycle to be sold prior to completion air conditioning, window in September. furnishings and internet The luxury access. apartments look Tell us about the There are five stages to stunning on your Supported Living ement Evermore Retir st website. Tell us Care on hand at fir Living , with the about the different Evermore. stage scheduled apartments Evermore supports in for completion ” ... available ... the principal of September 2015 Thoughtful “ageing in place” and architectural design staff are available to assist delivers an apartment through acute episodes or style home that is provide support when long comfortable, safe and unites term care is needed. seamlessly with stylish, modern In addition to our onsite Registered luxury. There is a choice of 10 spacious, Nurse and carers, the resident will be 1 and 2 bedroom designer floorplans. All supported by a network of professional care offer outdoor living with a choice of large service providers to ensure personalised care is courtyards or balconies. available when required. At Evermore, the apartments offer The onsite Registered Nurse will also assist contemporary kitchens with ergonomically in providing and developing an individual designed stone benchtops, easy glide drawers care plan and help the resident navigate and conveniently located cupboards. All the complex health system to source the are equipped with high quality appliances, best possible option available. Evermore will including range oven, draw style dishwasher, welcome outside care providers to all our microwave and refrigerator. Washing machines residents, including those that already have and dryers are also included in the European home care packages in place. style laundry. Evermore Retirement Living’s central

location adjoins the Forster Private Hospital. This location offers residents the convenience of the hospital’s services and various medical specialists within short walking distance. What other facilities will be a part of Evermore? Evermore offers a wealth of amenities and activities to share with like-minded companions or to enjoy independently. In reiterating, all the facilities will be complete at stage one. These include: the restaurant; the club lounge and bar; a movie theatre; swimming pool; library; hair salon and gymnasium. There will also be on-site professional suites for the visiting GP and other allied health professionals. Parking is available in the secure basement carpark. With the increasing popularity of the economical and convenient scooter, we will also have the provision to park and re-charge many scooters. Evermore will be providing complimentary transportation on a daily basis catering for most residents’ needs and requirements. The support shown by the professional community has been excellent, and at this stage we have a visiting Doctor, Pathologist, Podiatrist, Dietician, Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist. Although we encourage independence, it is reassuring to know that if and when crisis hits there is support available. Anything else you would like to add? Evermore Retirement Living offers its residents a guarantee of total wellbeing providing “a lifestyle to enrich the body, mind and spirit”. At Evermore, you will be RETIRING TO LIFE, not from it. manning-great lakes focus.



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hrough the national accreditation process, love their job and looking after us. our dedicated team of staff have recently “If ever I need to go in to care, Kularoo would be been praised for their commitment to the only place to be after seeing the wonderful care individualised care processes, enthusiasm given to Mum and the lovely food. for continuous improvement and our holistic “The staff make us feel like this is really our approach to lifestyle and comfort, from our home.” chaplains through to family involvement at “This is the gold for us; when we know every step of the way. we are providing care that is truly “I’m so proud of the team at trustworthy,” said Deidre. BaptistCare Kularoo Centre. Whatever you or your loved We’re really part of a very one needs, Kularoo Centre We’re really happy family here, and so staff members are highly part of a very grateful to be providing trained and eager to help. , re happy family he be vibrant care to the local “We don’t operate to ul and so gratef re ca t Forster community,” said around an itinerary at an br vi providing r te rs Fo Deidre Moylan, Residential Kularoo Centre,” says l ca to the lo ” . ity Manager at Kularoo Deidre. “We work around un m com Centre. our residents and what they “We love doing what need. We have a tailored social we do, and our residents are calendar, but also a beautiful singing our praises,” shared outlook with gardens to stroll Deidre. through or sit peacefully.” “We can see that wonderful care is being Be in contact with the friendly team at given to Mum, and we are so grateful to BaptistCare Kularoo Centre to discover the Kularoo.” BaptistCare difference on 6555 1600 or visit “It is not just a job to the staff; they all seem to

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Pamela Archer OAM heads a talented local choral group known as the Manning valley U3A Silver Tones Singers. Enjoying much camaraderie, laughter, and delighted to share their passion for music, the Silver Tones are becoming well known around the area for their uplifting performances …

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hat’s the history behind the formation of the Manning Valley U3A Silver Tones Choir? The Manning Valley U3A (University of the Third Age) has nearly 400 members and offers over 30 courses. In August 2009, the President’s wife, Pam Hollebone, asked me if I’d be interested in forming a U3A choir. I was delighted, said yes, and choir rehearsals commenced in September, 2009. I was a high school music teacher for over 30 years and have been involved as a pianist and with choral work in the Manning Valley since my husband and I arrived in Taree in 1981. How many members are in the choir these days ... and what’s the ratio of male and female members and their average age range? We started with 35 members. Those numbers continue to grow, and we now have 65 enthusiastic singers - 53 ladies and 12 gents. Many are retired, semi retired, and all are of mature age. We are known as the Silver Tones Singers. Our fellows do a great job as tenors and basses, but we could always do with a few more of these fine voices. They are truly a delightful group to work with, and I am proud to be associated with them. They are so supportive of each other. Describe the choir’s repertoire - what


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are some of the songs they most like to break for a cuppa and a chat, then back to perform? Who gets to choose the songs sing. There are four terms a year of approx. the choir learns? 10 weeks each. We have a wide range of songs in our The choir’s presented some very repertoire from different genres - some successful concerts recently at St John’s religious, folk songs, songs from musicals church and St Alban’s church (Forster). such as Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Tell us about the funds they managed Cats, choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan, and to raise, and how these funds were of course, many well-known “old” distributed in the community ... songs such as Bless This House, Yes, we wanted to do two I’ll Walk Beside You, Danny public performances to raise Boy, Drink to Me Only money for a charity. We etc. performed at Saint y They are trul We have performed John’s Church in Taree l fu a delight , the Slaves Chorus to a packed house and ith w k group to wor to from the opera a week later at Saint d ou pr and I am ith w Nabucco by Verdi, Alban’s Church in ed at ci so be as so e ar and the Gloria from Forster. Both audiences ey Th . em th ch the Twelfth Mass by were very receptive, supportive of ea Mozart. and we raised $3,000. other.” We sing in unison and After much discussion up to four-part harmonies. and many groups being I select many of the nominated, we decided to songs in our repertoire and donate the money to the Manning encourage the members to have some Rural Referral Hospital Children’s input as well. Several members share Ward. A few of us met with the sisterarrangements they have sung elsewhere, in-charge of the ward, as we wished to and we are delighted to learn some of these purchase appropriate medical equipment for too. the children. The hospital has since ordered a Where and when does the choir meet to humidifier with integrated flow generator. practice? What upcoming performances are The Silver Tones Singers meet each planned? Wednesday from 1pm to 3:30pm at the We will continue to visit Bishop Tyrrell and Uniting Church in Chatham (opposite the Storm Village throughout the year to sing for picture theatre inTaree). We have a short the residents.

In May, we are performing at the Harrington Community Church and the Wingham Scottish Concert and in June, the Golden Oldies at Club Taree. We will also be preparing for our two public concerts for a charity, and of course, our U3A concert at the end of the year. So we have a lot ahead of us, and I’m sure it will be an enjoyable time preparing new works What singing ability is needed to perform in the choir … there are probably a lot of seniors in the community who aren’t very confident about their voices? You just have to be able to sing and enjoy - there is no audition necessary. To be part of a group, to be able to sing and share the joy of music with others and to make your own contribution is such an uplifting experience. Many of our members have never sung in a choir before, or even performed on stage. However, there is always someone ready and willing with encouragement. We enjoy much laughter, then it is back to exercising those lungs with song. Where can people find out more info about the choir - whether they’re interested in joining, or booking a performance? If you wish to find out about us and have a computer, go to Manning Valley U3A and click on Newsletter Term 1, 2015, then go to Item 19 on page 11. Thanks Pam.

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