Page 1


Volunteer Expo

May 2014 // issue 102

• F ood a nd W i ne F e sti v a L •

editor's note.





from the

jay beaumont.

Welcome to the May issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. ort Macquarie certainly turned it on this Easter long weekend. The sun was shining, waves were pumping and the town was bursting with tourists, with many local businesses doing an excellent trade. The Pancake Place was so busy, hungry patrons lined the street waiting for tables. It was great to see so many tourists enjoying our beautiful region in all its splendour - something we take for granted every day. SLICE OF HAVEN Don't miss the Camden Haven's annual 'Slice of Haven' Food and Wine Festival. This year's theme, 'Home Grown Gourmet', will bring the likes of local culinarians, brewers and wine makers showcasing their wares together with live entertainment and a buzzing atmosphere. Last year's festival harboured 50 stallholders all sourcing 90 per cent of their produce within the 60 'food mile' radius of the Camden Haven. So grab your calendar, or smart phone, and lock in 25th May for a great day jam packed with local gourmet delights, entertainment and more. BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL A big thank you to all who attended the inaugural Blues and BBQ Festival. Over 20 teams came from all over Australia, making it


contacts. Got a story idea? Looking to advertise in Focus? Contact us for more information.

ADDRESS: 4/74 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 PHONE: 02 6584 7433 FAX: 02 6584 6733 WEB: TV: Comments and opinions of our contributors do not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of the Publishers or Editor. All reasonable efforts have been made to trace copyright holders. Information appearing in Focus is believed to be correct at the time of going to press however no liability will be held for inaccurate information approved or supplied by advertisers or contributors. While all care is taken it is recommended that readers confirm dates, times, prices and any other material including advice with individual businesses and industry professionals. Greater Port Macquarie Focus is produced and published by Creative House Publications PTY LTD ABN: 621 287 86005 Material in Focus is Copyright © Creative House Publications PTY LTD 2009-2014 and may not be reproduced whole or in part, in any form, without permission of the Publisher. All rights reserved.

the biggest barbecue competition ever held in Australia, selling out by noon. A lot was learnt from the first event, and we hope to make it bigger and better next year. A big thank you to local businesses XS Foods, Black Duck Brewery, Sundowner Tourist Park, Carlos and Co and our major sponsor Café Culture for helping to make it all happen. Check out the the video recapping the event; search 'Australian Barbecue Championships' on YouTube. MOTHER'S DAY COMP May is the month we celebrate the special women in our lives, so make sure you enter our Mother's Day competition for your chance to win an amazing luxury stay at The Observatory Penthouse Apartment – check out page 58 for details, or log on to loveyourmumgiveaway FINAL SAY "You can't wait around for destiny to give you what you think you deserve, you have to earn it, even if you think you've paid your dues." Slash (GNR).

Jay Beaumont – Editor

EDITOR: Jay Beaumont

SMASH HIT: EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL These performers will gently manipulate your heart as easily as they gently manipulate their puppets.

“A wonderful combination of live theatre, puppetry and animation... 5 out of 5 stars” Arts Hub



“From start to finish it’s a riot... demented energy and adroit interpaly” The Sydney Morning Herlad

FRIDAY 6 JUNE, 11AM & 8pm




PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Marchment

2007 Business of the Year 2009 Winner Professional Services 2010 Winner Professional Services 2010 Winner Business to Business Choice Award 2011 Winner Creative, IT & Communications 2012 Winner Creative, IT & Communications 2012 Finalist Excellence in Business 2013 HALL OF FAME

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Annalise Montgomery


“The Girls in Grey is inspiring, poignant and honest, and encompasses the spirit of the ANZACS” Arts Hub






TRAVEL EDITOR: Susie Boswell


of the ancing Dwith hastings Stars P R E S E N T E D


02 6581 8888


greater port macquarie focus 3


Lifeline Volunteer – Phoebe Crane

Volunteer Expo

Phoebe Crane is a Telephone Crisis Supporter with Lifeline and finds her volunteer role has not only helped her to overcome personal hardship, but gives her untold rewards. Phoebe explains the benefits of volunteering …

Beck Miles from the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood and Volunteer Centre highlights the important roles volunteers play in our local community. The centre is, for the 7th year in a row, organising a Volunteer Expo, which this year will take place on May 10 …


ow long have you been a Telephone Crisis Supporter with Lifeline, and what led you to take on this position? I am a great believer that a community only flourishes when its members actively contribute to its welfare. A community is like a living organism; if you don't nurture it, it becomes unwell and may even perish. I started my first training with Lifeline in 2000. After a few years I took a break due to full-time work commitments, but missed it so much that I re-trained a couple of years ago. There is nothing I enjoy more than contributing, and Lifeline gave me the opportunity to do so in a meaningful way. I also like the idea that my work is anonymous, and that it often makes a huge difference to a person in crisis while allowing me the flexibility to manage my own health demands. You received a special letter of acknowledgement from Parliament recently. What was it for? Yes, I received a letter telling me that our local member, Leslie Williams, had mentioned me during a parliamentary sitting, where she shared that I had saved 53 callers who had been on the brink of suicide in the past 12 months and that she thanked me for my contribution to my community. Politics aside, I’m grateful for any government support towards the great work of Lifeline and other like organisations. The letter was a big surprise and is now hanging next to my two Australian of the Year nominations. I feel honoured to be recognised, but also feel a little embarrassed, as there are so many amazing Australians out there who give with a full heart to their community and make an enormous difference. 4

greater port macquarie focus.

What has been the biggest benefit for you personally being a volunteer? I had a horrific car accident which left me in a wheelchair for almost 5 years and even though I can walk most days now, I am left with constant, crippling pain. Due to that, I am unable to work as a therapist any longer, and dwelling on that upsets me greatly. Lifeline Midcoast is an awesome team; the CEO, manager and trainers understood that despite my disability, I have a lot to contribute and have enabled me to do so even though I have days when I can hardly get out of bed. My volunteering with Lifeline has allowed me to feel that I can still make a difference, despite my physical restrictions, pain and loss. When I help others, it seems to help me to move my pain aside. Giving feels great. Why would you encourage others to give their time to a volunteer organisation? Like I said before, there is no better feeling than giving to others from your heart. Just remember what it felt like when you did something nice for another person. How great did it feel when you saw their surprise, their smile, the difference it made, however small your contribution may have been? Didn't it lift your spirits, seeing how much joy your ‘gift’ meant to another? Well, volunteer work feels just like that. The gift you give comes in whatever form you decide. In my case it is me being on the end of the telephone when someone in crisis needs an empathetic ear. If you have days when you find yourself at home, lonely or bored, imagine what it would do for you and others if you would volunteer for an organisation whose mission you wholeheartedly support. I am convinced that you won't regret it. Thanks Phoebe.


i Beck. What’s your position with the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood and Volunteer Centre? I’m the Volunteer Centre Coordinator. The Volunteer Centre supports both prospective volunteers and volunteer organisations with all things volunteering. As it’s National Volunteer Week from May 18 - 25, the centre has organised several events throughout the week. Please give us a brief rundown of the various activities planned ... Port Macquarie Volunteer Centre encourages all local not-for-profit organisations to celebrate volunteer week with a special event. Along with the Expo, the Volunteer Centre will be having Volunteer morning teas at Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre and Laurieton Men's Shed during the National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Australia shares the Top 25 Ways to Recognise Your Volunteers and includes things like: present your volunteers with a certificate, hold a special thank you social function, give your volunteers a pat on the back and nominate your volunteers for community award, just to name a few. Tell us more about the Volunteer Expo. When and where will it be held, and who will be some of the exhibitors? The Expo will be held on Saturday 10 May from 9.30am at the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. The Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre Community Volunteer Awards will be held from 12.30pm. 2014 will be the 7th year of the Volunteer Centre hosting Volunteer Expos in our community. The Expo has moved to an outdoor venue, with the aim of having a festival feel in celebrat-

ing volunteering. There will be something for everyone, including music, food and refreshments. There are over 30 not-for-profit organisations joining the Port Volunteer Expo showcasing their services and informing our community of volunteering options available. By offering the Expo on a Saturday, we are hoping it will be more accessible for people considering volunteering. Volunteering can really give you a sense of achievement by making a difference to someone’s life. We recognise that unemployment is high in our community and that volunteering can be a way of building self-esteem or confidence, learning or developing skills, become a pathway to enhancing work experience and a way of gaining improved health and being active. This year Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre (PMNC) is introducing Community Volunteer awards during National Volunteer week at the Port Volunteer Expo. Volunteers are the cornerstone of our community and are vital to raising awareness of the not-for- profit sector. PMNC wishes to honour individual volunteers and teams for their commitment to outstanding volunteering. The PMNC Community Volunteer Awards will acknowledge people and teams in our community for their valuable and selfless commitment to innovation, dedication and contribution to enhancement of the efficiency of the not-for-profit sector. Where can people find out more info? Contact Port Macquarie Volunteer Centre 6584 1914 or email: pmncvol@midcoast. Thanks Beck. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

inside this

Issue 102 - May 2014 Marion Martin


Marion Martin has made a name for herself with her lilting voice and canny Scottish sense of humour, with a career that has spanned multiple albums and a multitude of concerts. Marion will be performing at the Glasshouse on May 11, presenting some of her favourite songs …

HRU19K1 MOWER Ideal for the residential user, industry leading Mow-Safe Technology™ stops the blade and engine within 3 seconds of releasing the handle. LIMITED TIME ONLY




Jodie Fox


Jodie Fox is a young ambitious woman who grew up in a regional town in NSW and has gone on to create a multi-million dollar shoe empire. Jodie is a key note speaker at this year’s Luminosity Youth Summit.

† Savings based on RRP $799. Offer valid from 1/12/13 to 31/5/14 or while stocks last.


UMS425 BRUSHCUTTER Commercial grade quality at a domestic price, Honda’s best-selling brushcutter features the legendary OHV/OHC Mini 4-Stroke engine & effortless ‘tap & go’ head. Safety goggles included.




Wendy Matthews



† Savings based on RRP $369. Offer valid from 1/12/13 to 31/05/14 or while stocks last.


Wendy Matthews is about to kickstart her North Coast tour to promote her latest album, The Welcome Fire. Nicci Seccombe caught up with Wendy and asked about her music, the North Coast and her no. 1 fan – her Border Collie, Bear ...

6. Big Band Blast 23. It's Dark Outside 43. (Un)seen Sculptures 47. Hamish Keddie 63. Out There Mosaics

usual suspects.


10. what’s on for May 24. eat featuring local restaurants 35. social scene with Kate Wood-Foye 41. palate pleasures with Lou Perri 49. tourism with Janette Hyde 49. travel with Susie Boswell



Powered by the Honda Mini 4-Stroke engine, this gutsy hedgecutter features an adjustable rear handle, double-sided 720mm cutting blade and dual-motion throttle trigger.

Whisper quiet and fuel efficient and yet so powerful, featuring Honda’s famous Mini 4-Stroke engine, cruise control and vibration isolation handle.






† Savings based on RRP $849. Offer valid from 1/8/13 to 31/05/14 or while stocks last.

† Savings based on RRP $559. Offer valid from 1/8/13 to 31/05/14 or while stocks last.




Get into Rock Motorcycles today. It’s your last chance at these great low prices! Must end 31 May 2014.

69. starguide with Terri 85. port chamber update with Hadyn Oriti 91. real estate with Greg Trembath 101. landcare andcare with Estelle Gough

No matter where you are in the world, read Focus for free online every month @ follow us on

ROCK MOTORCYCLES 175 Gordon Street Port Macquarie NSW 2444 (02) 6583 6655 Subject to availability, all prices include GST. *4 year warranty applies for domestic use only and does not apply to engines sold as separate units. Savings on selected models. Prices only available at Rock Motorcycles.

greater port macquarie focus 5


From 30th May to 1st June, Port Macquarie will be buzzing, with a thousand musicians coming from around Australia, all set to rock out! Jim Morrison's Big Band Blast event will also feature special guest Angry Anderson at a 'once in a lifetime' performance at the Town Green on May 31st ...


or those who may not be familiar jazz orchestra’ for this event. How have they been with you, please give us a brief rehearsing, and what's involved with the band? rundown ... The rehearsals won’t take place until a few days Well, it is always embarrassing before the actual performance (which I am very excited talking about oneself! about), as then it is fresh in everyone's minds – you My professional name for the last 40 rehearse just enough to get all the parts right so they years has been Angry Anderson, and I all work, but you don’t work it to death, so it remains am still known as that. nice and fresh and vibrant. I started out in life and have spent most of my time The orchestra accommodates a rock singer, in so as a singer in rock bands – the notoriously famous or much that there is bass player, a drummer and guitar infamous Rose Tattoo, of course. I have been involved player in the core ensemble, if you like – a core group with television, film, stage, and most things in around the singer. the entertainment area … and I suppose Then the orchestra as I understand it, now that I find myself in my 60s, I am the big band, is arranged around that turning my attentions and energies in the layers; because when you to an involvement in state write the arrangements for this, It gives me the politics! you write it in layers ... so what opportunity to e So you are coming to Port is the horn section doing at th work with one of and ed Macqurie for the Big Band this time, what is the rhythm nt incredible tale ; rs he ot br n Blast. What are you looking section doing at this time, and so great Morri a in e, m s forward to about your visit? so on. also it give ney ur jo al itu ir sp a It’s kinda like a return to my From a muso’s point of view, I sense, started. ” I re he w to roots. I have only worked big am really, really excited, because ck ba band on a number of occasions; as a rock singer in a rock band when I say big band, nothing this you have a bass player, drums, large in numbers. But I was the first guitarist and keyboards etc., but that is civilian into the war zone in Iraq, and I probably the extent of it. went in there with a 24 piece Navy swing band – This is not going to be like standing in front and that was a great experience. of a V8 super car – this is going to be like standing But my relationship with big band goes back to in front of a Mack truck! my earliest musical influence, which was my Uncle Ivan You are collaborating with John Morrison for the – the youngest of the Anderson boys. Ivan took me event; what do you enjoy about working with under his wing when I was a youngster and introduced him? me to his wonderful music collection; also, he was a He’s as nutty as a fruit cake! person who allowed me access to his radiogram and So you obviously get along well. his radio, ‘the wireless’, and listened to the music Absolutely; we’re like brothers! he was playing in those days. He was a drummer So you bring the rock and he brings the swing, in a swing band and they played the classic Benny but you both have mixed musical pasts and Goodman, Buddy Rich sort of swing, which was during influences, I understand. the great era of swing jazz music. Well, at home I don’t listen to heavy rock. People So my earliest influences were not only jazz singers, expect me to listen to it, because I am in a heavy rock but the big band sound. So (this event), it gives me the band, they expect me to listen to The 'Stones, ACDC, opportunity to work with one of the incredible talented and Rose Tattoo – but why would I listen to my own and great Morrison brothers and also it gives me, in a band or any kind of heavy rock band? It is the last sense, a spiritual journey back to where I started. thing I listen to. You are bringing together a 35 piece ‘heavy metal When I am at home I listen to two kinds of music –

6 greater port macquarie focus.

and that is music that I have playing right around the house ... ambient music, like mood music, feng shui! For entertainment, recently I have been listening to Amy Winehouse and Sade, but the big band swing is never far away. I suppose because of this impending experience, I have recently started to pull out some of my favourite singers from that era, to start absorbing the flavour! I am listening to Bessie Smith, Rosemary Clooney and Billie Holliday and the great jazz singers from that era. The basis of what I hold as my music influence and what I hold in my heart ... I guess what I was first introduced to was swing. I have been listening to a lot of singers and arrangements. There are one thousand musicians coming from around Australia to attend the Big Band Blast. What excites you about getting them all together? It's one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ kind of things to be in the company of so many musicians. For me, it really will be a one off. Thanks Angry.

The Big Band Blast takes place over

30 May - 1 June 2014 MAIN EVENT - THE 'BIG' BLAST John Morrison's HEAVY METAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA with Special Guest ANGRY ANDERSON John has assembled a 'Monster Big Band' with a full metal rhythm section (two drummers) alongside a 30 piece horn section. Angry will be our special guest for this one time world premiere performance. It's going to ROCK!


Marketplace EVENTS A new look and a new name that will bring 3 of the most recognised markets in our region to you. The Foreshore Markets, The Artist Market in the Vines and the Mums & Bubs Market are now all found under the one banner. you on the second Saturday of every month.


s an event group, we are now proudly bringing all of these wonderful community inspired markets under the one event company banner. Still the same faces with the same passion, we are really looking forward to welcoming the Mums & Bubs Market to our group of markets. We have continued to evolve the markets and the focus of markets over the last four years and are now proudly involved in the overseeing of three of the most recognised markets in this region. The month of May sees both the Foreshore Market and The Artist Market in The Vines come to life. The Foreshore Market will be held on Saturday 10th May from 8am - 1pm, where you will find stalls overflowing with the

The Artist Market in The Vines is truly an eclectic mix of stallholders, and that is what makes it so special. I love working alongside the stallholders of this freshest of produce, local market, and it is a highlight cheeses, woodfired of my month. We always bread and local craft. focus heavily on it being a We have It is definitely the co nt in ue d to destination market and d ts an place to stock your ev olve th e m arkeke ts encourage you to bring pantry, with the th e fo cu s of m ar a blanket and sit back ur fo st la most wonderful over th e w and enjoy the magic no e ar d an s ar ye selection of local setting and the fantastic dl y involved in re e ou pr produce and of th music line up that we th e overse ei ng gnised goodness. Bring of th e m os t re coregi on .” have on stage every along your shopping m arke ts in this month. You couldn’t find basket or stop by Mel a more beautiful market; Morrows and purchase along with the wonderful one of her wonderful group of stallholders, it makes for African woven shopping the perfect Sunday. Come and discover baskets and get started! The farmers for yourself why so many love and adore this and producers are always up for a chat – market on the fourth Sunday of every month. learn about where they come from and what After four years of running the Mums & inspires them. We have around 100 stalls on a Bubs Markets, Shannon Collins and Tamika monthly basis and love bringing this market to

Collins are handing over the reins to Necia Waghorn, to continue its success under the one banner alongside the Foreshore Markets and the Artists Markets in the Vines. “We are extremely proud of the Mums & Bubs Markets and have enjoyed building a unique market event in Port Macquarie,” says Tamika Collins. “But we are also excited to be handing over the next phase of the market’s growth to Necia Waghorn.” The Mums & Bubs Markets attracts a variety of stallholders showcasing handmade, new and pre-loved products and services for mothers, babies and children. “The Markets are a great place to find unique items for babies and kids, as well as pick up a bargain or two from other mums who are selling second hand and pre-loved products,” says Shannon Collins. The Mums & Bubs Markets are held quarterly, on the first Saturday in March, June, September and December, with proceeds supporting projects in Kenya.

greater port macquarie focus 7

focus fo oc cu usiin interview. nterv nte tte errv vie ew.

MckennEy The Boy from Oz is BACK! This time in his own show. Todd McKenney is performing the songs of Peter Allen in a high energy, vibrant and entertaining nigh night that showcases Todd’s incredible talents. Louise Beaumont chats to Todd about his upcoming show tour. ou are about to hit the road on your regional tour; are you excited? Yes, very excited. We have been doing versions of this show and others over the last year, and I get the luxury of when I do the Peter Allen songs of changing the show every show, because he recorded so many songs; so each show has its own feel. We put together part of a newer version of this show, if you like, for the regional tours, so we are all are little bit nervous and a little bit excited ... but it’s all part of doing your first performance of a show, so yeah – I’m looking forward to it. It's great that you're sharing the amazing work that Peter Allen created with the audiences around Australia. What is it about his work that inspires you to keep promoting it? Look, the audiences' reaction when they hear his songs ... It has been interesting, because I am getting an audience now that know me, some of them only from Dancing with the Stars. Quite often they say to me, “Oh, we didn’t know you could sing,” or they really think that I am the loud mouth .. ha ha, and I reckon that’s why a lot of them actually come to see it – to see whether I can actually do anything. So they’re probably quite surprised when they do get there! Yes, well I think that they often are, and often they bring score cards and score me – which is pretty hilarious. Actually, that happens at nearly every single show ... I think that it's wonderful they're prepared to join in like that. So tell us a little bit about the format of the show; you said that you do flex and change, but just give us a general overview of what we can expect ... Well, obviously with Peter Allen there are certain songs that you would be lynched if you didn’t sing, like Tenterfield Saddler, I Go to Rio,

8 greater port macquarie foc ffocus. us us.

wave them in the air and all that sort of stu stuff. It is a joy ... I encourage the people must love Australia. audience to ask I think that people are they do. questions, and b enjoying being reminded estions They ask me qu of what a great Australia e , th about, you know rtain it was, as a songwriter. ce other judges , or been ve It is being pitched as a persons who ha t ha w or , one man show for you, ow on the sh I Still Call Australia ... ” e lik is r ge ru but you’re talking about K Sonia Home, I Honestly Love 'us' ... so who is there You ... you know, the with you? real iconic Peter Allen show Yes, it is me. I’ve got a five tunes that he is known for. piece band and two backing singers. Then we pepper them with some We share the stage and we’re all really, early stuff of Peter Allen’s that people may really good friends, so there is a real feel on not have known about and then as I was stage that we’re having a good time – as much as saying at the beginning, I’ve got the luxury we’re giving the audience a good time too. We of people knowing me from Dancing with the have stories and we have digs at each other on Stars. So even though they get a huge dose of stage, but none of it is exclusive of the audience Peter Allen material, we also talk about Dancing – we don’t have 'in' jokes. The audience is very with the Stars; I encourage the audience to ask aware that we're a very tight group of friends. questions, and they do. They ask me questions So the tour takes you around most of about, you know, the other judges, or certain Australia. What are looking forward to most persons who have been on the show, or what about visiting regional towns? Sonia Kruger is like – all sorts of stuff. It's a real Well, it’s hard to explain it. I find that the kind of mixture of Peter Allen and me, so they regional towns, the regional audiences, come don’t get me necessarily playing Peter Allen, but ready for a good time. They don’t take very long they get me talking about meeting Peter Allen to warm up; it’s like they’re ready to go from the and also some of the other shows I have done; very first note. it’s a real mixture it’s Peter Allen and Todd, all Quite often they meet me after the show, kind of mashed up. because I like to say hello to the crowd from off And look, his songs are iconic, and you stage at the end. Quite often they’ll ask me back would have to be crazy not to want to sing to their house for a coffee (laughs) ... things in along with them as well ... as a performer, capital cities you couldn’t get! Every now and it must make the show so much fun to be a again I say, “Yes” on the go, and it’s normally part of? It does. By the end of the night when hilarious! It is the relaxed attitude of the audience we sing Rio, the audience is well and truly in the that I enjoy when I tour regionally. palm of your hand – sometimes they get up and Once the regional tour wraps up, what is dance. The song that kind of evokes the most next for this part of your career and this part reaction out of them is Tenterfield Saddler, funnily of your life doing the Peter Allen show and enough. That’s the song that they all sing along songs? to and sway to, light their cigarette lighters and

Well, the lucky thing for me is that I do musical theatre too, so I don’t just do music as my career. I’ll put this away nine months, while I go back into another stage show and then I will probably pick it up and do a version of it again and tour different regional cities. We want to try and cover as much of Australia as we possibly can. You have also brought a new CD out as well ... I have. Well, this is the large show of the CD that I brought out at Christmas time; I have never done a Peter Allen CD, I have no idea why, but nobody has ever asked me before. I did do it once at Christmas and it’s selling really well, and this is basically the live version of the CD. Will people be able to purchase that CD throughout the tour? No, they can buy it online or they can buy it from me and I will sign it after the show, if they like ... Is there anything else about the tour or the show that would encourage people? Just that: I encourage the people to talk back to me. I treat this show like a conversation with a huge group of people, so if people have got questions, just yell them out. I do a lot of the show down in the audience, so people get a real view that they are part of it without being embarrassingly made to participate ... Thanks Todd.

the plug! Todd McKenney is performing the songs of Peter Allen FRI 9 MAY – The Glasshouse Theatre PORT MACQUARIE, NSW (02) 6581 8888

greater port macquarie focus 9




Artist Market May sees The Artist Market in The Vines come to life.

Rydges High Tea on the Hastings

When Sunday 25th May from 9am - 2pm, with an eclectic mix

In honour of ‘The Racing for Rach’ – Camp Quality Fund.

World Par-TEA Biggest Morning Tea

of stallholders. Bring a blanket and sit back and enjoy the magic

Live entertainment, fashion and fun! World Par-TEA, Cassegrain

For a great cause, please join us for morning tea/

setting and the fantastic music line up.

Sparkling Wine and an array of sweet and savoury delicacies.

lunch; only $20 per person. All staff of World Par-TEA

When Saturday 17th May; 2pm - 6pm.

will be donating their time, tea rooms and teas. Lucky

Tickets $39pp.

door prizes and raffles. Please bring a plate to share.

Bookings Call Kate Wood-Foye on 6589 2888 or

Please book, so you don’t miss out!

email Tickets also available at reception.

When Wednesday 4th June at 11am. Where World Par-TEA, 22/35 Merrigal Rd, PMQ.

Art & Craft Sale Day


Port Macquarie Art & Craft Centre are excited to announce they are holding a Sale Day! Wander down to the Big Blue Building on the corner of Lake Rd and Gordon St Roundabout. With free entry, discover a treasure trove of quality local handmade goods. When Saturday, May 31st between 9am - 3pm. Contact Kerry for enquiries: 6583 6534.

more information

THE BIG DIG A Treasure Hunt for the whole family. When From 9am Saturday 3rd May 2014. Where Town Beach. All Profits go to local and overseas charities. Thanks to Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise.

Call the Visitor Information Centre on 6581 8000



To tour our friendly community call Kate today on 6582 8923 or visit

10 greater port macquarie focus.

Phone (02) 6581 4833.

Giant Garage Clearance Sale! Furniture, toys, bric-a-brac and lots of household items. All welcome. When Saturday, May 10 from 8.30 to 12.30. Where Garden Village Op Shop.


MA RTIN the Flower of Scotland

Marion Martin has made a name for herself with her lilting voice and canny Scottish sense of humour, with a career that has spanned multiple albums and a multitude of concerts. Marion will be performing at the Glasshouse on May 11, presenting some of her favourite songs …


our performance career actually started at a very young age. What led to you getting on the stage when you were only four? My mother just took me along to the local dancing troupe, and I learned dancing and they discovered that I could sing … so I used to do tap dancing, Scottish dancing and sing too. I think my mother was my biggest fan. She saw the talent in me. She used to take me around to Scottish concert parties in Glasgow dressed as the star of the show. I performed with some of Scotland’s leading entertainers in these shows, and that’s where I got my grounding and my experience. What first brought you to Australia? Our whole family immigrated here. I was the youngest of six. What strikes me is you may have immigrated to Australia, but it’s very apparent from your music just how much pride you have in your native Scotland. What is it about the Scottish people you particularly love? When I came here, I was 15 - so I was already well grounded in Scotland. I was already working, so I didn’t go through school and lose my accent very quickly. I modified it slowly myself over the years, so I could be more easily understood. Scottish people are great singers. We were not that well off and we didn’t own any musical instruments, so our main form of entertaining when we got together was

singing. Scottish people are still the same! When you go into some bars in Glasgow, they’ve got big notices behind the bars saying, “No singing” … because when the Scots get on the Scottish whiskey and start singing, they can get a bit unruly! Describe the performance you’ll be giving us in Port Macquarie when you visit? My show is a collection of old Scottish songs, old traditional ones that people will know – maybe from their childhood. I find that’s what the people who come to my shows want to hear. There are a couple of my own songs too, and there is a song written by Lord Byron, songs by Robbie Burns of course, and also at the moment in my show I’m doing a little tribute to Gracie Fields. People are welcome to sing along …it’s actually very hard to stop a Scottish person from singing! That’s always the happy part of the show. Then I do a little medley of impersonations of a few artists – they’ve all gone to God by now, because that means they can’t sue me! (Laughs.) I sing a Glasgow Street song called, Oh ye cannae Shove yer Grannie aff the Bus – it’s very original. I like laughing, I like singing, I like to hear people laugh, and that’s all in my show. You’ve achieved so much over time with your career, but what would you nominate as some of the high points? It’s all been a highlight; I enjoy it all. I just take it as it comes. Sometimes the big so called highlights are often fraught behind the scenes

le There are a coup s of my own song a song too, and there is ron, By rd written by Lo Burns songs by Robbie at the so al d an , se of cour show I’m moment in my ute to ib tr doing a little .” ds Gracie Fiel

with disaster, and sometimes the most ordinary little club … you know, you have a wonderful time and the audience has a wonderful time. I don’t know, really. I suppose possibly my first album, because that was put together by me and the children while I was doing the dishes! I had four children at the time, when I started. It amazes me now: if you go to YouTube and eBay, people are playing, buying and selling my records … people I don’t know, people in Germany, in Africa, South America … my goodness! That little album that I planned in my kitchen and put together! All these years later and albums and concerts later, you know, I laugh at the thought; if you had seen me in the kitchen, surrounded by children, you would have thought, “No, never … that would never happen!” So, that’s probably my greatest achievement. And speaking of albums, do you have anything in the pipeline at the moment? We are negotiating a release of a double CD of all my recordings into one, but we’re not planning any recordings at the moment – although I’ve got a few written songs that I think I should put down properly. Marion, you’re always so beautifully dressed when you go on stage; your outfits are absolutely stunning. Do you

have a favourite designer? (Laughs.) I make them all myself; that came out of poverty! When I first started out, I couldn’t afford to buy anything. I always enjoyed sewing, had sewed all my life and had sewn for the children. Like every typical Scot, I thought, “I’ll do it myself!” So I did! It’s something I enjoy. And just to wrap up, is there anything else you would like to mention about the show? In Port Macquarie it’s a 2pm matinée, which has proved to be very popular … and it’s Mother’s Day. It’s a great time on a Sunday - you can have lunch before, have dinner afterwards and be home in time for the news! Thanks Marion. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! See Marion Martin – the Flower of Scotland – at the Glasshouse on May 11, at 2pm. Tickets: $29.90 adult, $25.90 concession. Call the Box Office on 6581 8888 or visit for more details.

greater port macquarie focus 11


Uniting Church Special Projects Roz Bond takes the time to share with us two special projects facilitated by the Uniting Church in Port Macquarie. One is a soiree, to be held on May 16 to raise funds for Frontier Services, and the other is a series of mothers’/women’s groups that aim to provide support for those who may otherwise be feeling a bit isolated …


oz, please explain what the organisation Frontier Services is all about – to your understanding, why was the organisation established, and what are

its aims? The organisation has an amazing history. In 2012 we celebrated 100 years of Frontier Services. It was established in 1912 by the Rev John Flynn, who had a huge heart for the people of inland Australia. Flynn saw the need and developed a mantle of safety and care (physical, medical and spiritual) over Australians isolated by distance. The famous FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE was the inspiration of John Flynn. Frontier Services today offers a similar care. Volunteers, especially newly retired folk, have the opportunity to help pastoralists, those on stations in outback Australia when there is illness, accident, grief, a need for a holiday or when mustering and shearing are in full swing Describe the soiree event that will be hosted on May 16, 6.30pm at the Uniting Church, Sherwood Road in Port Macquarie. Is there a dress code – and what will happen on the night? In the past we have held an annual BIG BBQ to raise funds for Frontier Services. This year we decided to hold a SOIRÉE. We have a wonderful night of entertainment planned, beginning with a piano bar and canapes served at 6.30pm. Local guest artists and choirs will entertain us until 8pm, when supper will be served. The dress code for the night is formal. How much are tickets to the event? The cost of the ticket is $10 per head and


greater port macquarie focus.

can be purchased at the church office 9 - 1pm weekdays, or you can phone Kaye: 6581 2414 and make a booking or group booking. As we need to know numbers for catering purposes, there will be only a few tickets available at the door. Where will funds raised from the evening go? Our fundraising will go to Frontier Services, who have the same charter of care inspired by John Flynn, caring for those in Inland Australia, nursing and hospital care for elderly Aboriginal people, chaplaincy care to outback Australians to name just a couple and to support 'OUTBACK LINKS', which is the volunteer arm of Frontier Services. What have been some of your personal experiences working on behalf of Frontier Services? Since retiring 10 years ago, we have been involved with many outback families, in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. One I recall well, was out from Windorah in SW Queensland – a huge cattle/sheep station run by a couple in their early 50s. Mustering and shearing were coming up. The wife was suffering from depression triggered by past grief. It was a challenging time, but out of this experience has blossomed a great friendship. They have holidayed with us on the coast. Another was a single mum with 3 boys. Geoff, my husband, along with the single mum did many of the outside jobs needing two, and I took over the school run and the housekeeping. We keep in touch, as we are very interested in this little family as they grow. Mothers’/Women’s Groups When and where does the Uniting Church

host its play groups each week? stands for MY UNIQUE ME, and is a journey Play Group is held every Tuesday and Thursof discovering the ME in all the relationships a day morning during school terms, from 10 busy mum has and learning how to maintain - noon at the Uniting Church on the corner of a balance. Sessions include being a friend, the Oxley Highway and Sherwood Road. At the daughter, mother, partner, lover, communicator moment, both mornings have people waiting and conflict resolver. to join. When some of our more senior women, What age range do the groups cater for? including singles, mums and grandmums, This is a wonderfully fruitful group; we expressed interest in the MUM program, we have tiny newborns to those nearly started another MUMM (My Unique ready for 'big school'. Mums, MATURE Me) group. Twenty dads and grandparents women came together and bring the children along Young mums enjoyed the challenge of love to chat and and volunteers help to discovering more about s, share experience set up the toys, cuddle themselves and those on so twice a year babies, serve cups of around them. s ning Wednesday mor tea and do the dishes. WIT stands for Women e w from 10 - noon What types of acin Touch and is for mums r fo re ca provide child tivities do the groups who want to continue an n ru d an the littlies ” p. provide for parents the journey of discovering ou gr M U M 8 week and their children? who they are and where Our Children and Families’ they are going, but it is also a Worker, Marion, facilitates these time of fun and togetherness. This mornings, which are beautifully yet group meets monthly at the Uniting informally structured. Activities include indoor Church on the first Tuesday of the month from and outdoor play followed by art and craft. The 7 - 8.30pm. highlight of the morning is 'fruit time', which We also have a Wednesday evening women’s often includes a birthday celebration, and this is group that meets for spiritual nurturing, friendfollowed by singing and story time. ship and support. We meet from 7.30 - 9pm The church also hosts other groups for and are currently studying women in the Bible. mums, including the MUM (My Unique Me) How can people find out more informaprogram and WIT (Women in Touch). When tion or join the various groups the church are these groups held – and what is their offers? aim? Our office is staffed by Kaye, who has her Young mums love to chat and share experifinger on the pulse of these programs and will ences, so twice a year on Wednesday mornings readily connect enquiries to the right person. from 10 - noon we provide childcare for the Phone 6581 2414 between 9 - 1pm weekdays. littlies and run an 8 week MUM group. MUM Thanks Roz. Interview by Jo Atkins.


Image of the month. About: “The photo was taken on a Sunday morning at Town Beach car park. I saw this bloke having a strum. He was more than happy to allow me to take a few pictures of him. The photo is made up of 3 photographs at varying exposure values, then tone-mapped, and this was the end result.” Photo by: Lyndon Buttola. Camera: Canon 600D, 18-55mm lens.

Beef & Platypus Pie

Take a great photo of our local area? Like to see it published in FOCUS for the Taken world to see? Just email worl

(no aussie icons were harmed in the making of this dish) with Eric from


How perfect ... the classic meat pie with the enhancement of a traditional style Australian ale called the Platypus from Black Duck Brewery.

AT ’ S I N

INGREDIENTS 650 g beef scotch fillet, cubed 2 tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion (brown) 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tbsp thyme, chopped 400 g tomato, chopped 250 ml Black Duck Brewery Platypus Beer; sample the leftover 1 whole egg, lightly beaten 2 whole puff pastry sheets Tomato sauce, to serve


QUINCES Aq quince uincee iis a hard hardy rdyy tr tree tree, ee,, with w loads of character in their gnarled twisted trunks and branches. They will grow anywhere in temperate Australia, and it wouldn’t be unusual to find a quince tree in the backyard or side paddock of older rural properties. Quinces have been cultivated for thousands of years, originating in Persia before spreading throughout the Mediterranean and the rest of the world. Interestingly, they belong to the Rosaceae (rose) family, and are also related to fruit such as apples, pears and plums.

Cheff C Ch Craig i FFreudenstein d t i

B Dk B XS 

Not particularly attractive, the fruit is a bit like a large, hard, lumpy pear, with a surface fuzz - which can be rubbed away before peeling. The flesh is a rather dull yellow, and cannot be eaten raw. Long, slow cooking turns the flesh a delightful rosy pink, with a sweet tart flavour.

S E RV E S 4

Place the beef in a large bowl and sprinkle with flour. Season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to evenly coat.

Quince paste is probably one of the most popular ways to enjoy quinces – it partners perfectly with many styles of cheese. Quince is also a popular addition to fruit pies, and other jams, jellies and chutneys.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in the tomato and beer. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 55 minutes or until beef is tender.

Try simply poaching quartered quinces in red wine and honey, with a vanilla pod, cinnamon stick and some cloves for a couple of hours until the fruit has softened. Serve with thick cream or ice cream for a lovely winter dessert.

Set aside for 30 minutes to cool. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place a baking tray on the middle shelf. Use 4 oven proof ramekins 3 cm deep, 12 cm (base measurement). Divide the beef mixture evenly among the ramekins.

Whilst not grown locally on a commercial scale, the fruit is available to buy in local green grocers such as Ken Little’s and Growers Market. You can always skip the cooking and enjoy a locally-made award-winning quince paste, made by The Other Chef and available at Gourmand Ingredients and other selected retailers.

Cut each pastry sheet in half diagonally. Top the pies with puff pastry and trim the excess. Press the edges to seal. Brush the pies with egg. Cut a small cross in the centre of each pie. Place the pies on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve with tomato sauce and another Black Duck Brewery Platypus beer.

To purchase the cook book featuring 100 local recipes visit


Find out more about The Other Chef at

greater port macquarie focus 13

High School Musical Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Port Macquarie‘s PLAYERS Theatre. Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular and sporting activities. It’s the start of something new for all of us! It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the New Year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy Bolton discovers that the brainy Gabriella Montez, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. They fall for each other and sing I Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You. Although many students resent the threat posed to the ‘status quo’, especially the scheming Sharpay Evans, Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine and ‘break free’ as well.

Ken Little's Fruit & Vegetables The month of May heralds the new season – CITRUS. Sweet IMPERIAL mandarins and NAVEL oranges are now available. All ‘Aussie’ grown from South Queensland. Stone fruit is now a distant memory. That is ... until next season! We will all look forward to that towards the end of the year. Good quality Pink Lady apples are now readily available. May is also the month when locally grown Kiwi from Comboyne Plateau will be on sale in the shop. News in the vegetable patch!

The central message of High School Musical is that young people can achieve their dreams. All students should feel free to explore new avenues and become who they aspire to be. Also, High School Musical imbues a sense of camaraderie.

Good local beans and fancy lettuce are still available. By the end of May local snow peas will be ready to pick. Local zucchini and Lebanese cucumber will also be ready for sale.

“Families, friends, musical and Disney lovers everywhere need to ‘Getcha Head in the Game’, because we are ‘Counting on You’ to come to this highly energetic show,” said Hamish Keddie - Director of High School Musical.

Great news has just come in from the Royal Easter Show. Our very own Matt and Tammy Davis from Red Hill have won first prize with their magnificent corn. They received 100 points out of a possible 100. So 100%! Congratulations to this young couple, who have worked so hard to achieve the very best product. Of course it is sold in our shop, so come in and buy some really beaut corn!

The show opens on May 9 and runs to June 1, 2014 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Book now at the Glasshouse or online at

14 greater port macquarie focus.

Stop press!

See you next month, Ken.




Jodie Fox is a young ambitious woman who grew up in a regional town in NSW and has gone on to create a multi-million dollar shoe empire, whilst collecting a degree in international business and a number of awards including the "Telstra Business Women of the Year". She has also been featured in O − Oprah’s magazine. Jodie is a keynote speaker at this year’s Luminosity Youth Summit, being held at the Glasshouse this July. We have a quick chat to Jodie about where it all began …


ell us a little about yourself and where you grew up and went to school. I grew up in Lismore on the far north coast of NSW and attended school there; it was a great place to grow up, a very cultural community, and also I enjoyed the pace of the area whereby you could learn about yourself as you grew up. It is full of lots of creative people, so I was always very creatively inspired, and I became very interested in business as well. Tell us about your ambitions as young lady. I was always a fiercely independent child; I told my mum when I was growing up at the age of 8 that I was ready to move out - as good responsible parents of course, they didn’t let that happen (laughs). I was always creatively focused, and I studied dance intensively as I grew up; but when it got to the age of deciding what to do with myself, I auditioned to dance with the Queensland University of Technology, but I was also accepted into a Law and International Business Degree. I decided to take the degree, so I could find out more about how the world works. My Dad had always been great at encouraging me to open my mind to the world that was out there and discussing what it would be like to do international business, so that is what I decided to do. I practiced as a lawyer for number of years in banking and finance, then I discovered that my heart really wasn’t in that; despite the fact that I was working at an amazing firm, with amazing people and doing incredible work. So I started the journey figuring out what it was that I really wanted to do ... back towards that more creative side of things. You have realised your creative dream, with the success of your company ‘Shoes of Prey’. Tell us about

e the concept ... terms of manufacturing, and I think one of th be ill Shoes of Prey is a website where there were people who really things I w owing women can design their very own strongly advised us against talking about - kn e th shoes. We started in October 2009, doing this. I think had we that the theme of Ideas" rous event is "Dange we built a website that offers the had the same knowledge at "not - will be looking ise choice of ten different heel heights, that we do today about rt letting your expe good multiple toe shapes and over 70 difshoe production, we might a get in the way of ferent colours and textures of materihave talked ourselves out of id ea ..." ” als, so that you can create exactly the it as well, as the concept is kind of shoe that you are looking for. quite difficult. So I’ll be talking We also have a really large size range about how to make room for those - so we go from an Australian size 1 to 15, ideas to break through and balancing which means that women who have previously not the risk of what you want to do. had the opportunity to get what they want, now have I’ll also talk about passion and the feeling of that choice with us. failure and how to deal with that, as they are pretty We can also make adjustments for foot conditions, so strong emotions to have, and how to make good career we can develop a shoe that you can feel comfortable in decisions when those feelings do exist. I’ll also talk about and look great in - those two things are no longer mutumy own personal journey - because you do need to have ally exclusive. an enormous amount of passion and belief in what you Why do you think the business has been so successare doing. ful to date? What importance do you see in events like this and I think the market is pretty keen on beautiful shoes! giving young adults access to hear about other I also think the level of accessibility - so one of the things people's stories, learn from them and be inspired? I love about Shoes of Prey is it is never about ‘does It is very crucial. When I remember back to when I was something exist’; it is about imagining what the best finishing up high school, I was given this book of careers solution would be and then creating that. I think that has to flick through and decide what I was going to be! definitely established the popularity of the site. And when I look back on that and when I think about You are coming to Port Macquarie in July as a when I have kids of my own, I hope that they are never keynote speaker of the Luminosity Youth Summit. confronted with that; I would want them to imagine the What will your presentation be about? world that they want to live in and then go out there and I think one of the things I will be talking about - knowmake that happen. ing that the theme of the event is "Dangerous Ideas" I think opening up that freedom of thinking in young - will be looking at "not letting your expertise get in the people is absolutely critical for us as a nation. way of a good idea". When we first started the business, Thanks Jodie. there were a lot of people who already made shoes in

greater port macquarie focus 15




Elizabeth McGregor (TAFE Mid North Coast Institute Director) and Allan Gordon (Hastings Co-op CEO) signing the MOU.

A mutual desire to meet the needs of local business and to provide staff every possible learning opportunity, whilst at the same time enabling career advancement has seen a historic moment take place between a local business and the training sector. Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] has been signed by TAFE Mid North Coast and the Hastings Co-op that will benefit the community now and into the future. Two years in the making, the MOU has officially acknowledged this joint venture and sees customised education opportunities being offered to all of the Hastings Co-op's employees – designed to help them advance in their chosen retail environment and it is open to all staff, whether they be 14 years of age or mature age employees of 70 years. Courses in the areas of Customer Service, Sales leadership and Agricultural studies are already underway or have been slated for introduction over the coming year. The initiative aims to offer solid life long career paths, and improve overall customer service to its customers. By providing customised training opportunities, assistance with external tertiary study costs and




As the days become shorter, Rock Motorcycles is announcing Honda price savings for every backyard hero until the end of May, as part of their Autumn Falls promotion. with encouragement, the Co-op sees education as an extremely important element in improving business and in turn, improving the experience of every one of their customers. The learning pathways offered by TAFE Mid North Coast to the Hastings Co-op employees will be an integral part of the Co-operative's goals and ambitions going forward. By the inclusion of customised internal training, certificate or diploma courses, and through partnerships with universities, this venture signifies and cements the Co-op’s commitment to lifelong educational opportunities for all their employees. For both parties, the MOU will give them the edge, individually: TAFE, Mid North Coast as a provider of tailored education and training programs that fit the needs of business and the Hastings Co-op to have fantastic staff to deliver the best shopping experience for its customers. Locals supporting locals.

With deciduous trees shedding their leaves, one of the most popular Honda products during autumn is – unsurprisingly – the HHB25 Blower. Usually priced at $559, until May 31 the HHB25 will be slashed to just $499, meaning that lawns, driveways and decks can be free from foliage every day. Also included in the Autumn Falls promotion are savings of up to $70 on Honda’s UMS425 Bent Shaft Brushcutter ($299, down from $369). And with hedges and bushes needing maintenance work during autumn, the gutsy Honda HHH25D Hedgecutter has also had its price cut (no pun intended) by $50 to $799. Of course, every Honda sale needs a discount on its premium Four-Stroke lawn mowers. Prices at Rock Motorcycles on the HRU19K1 Buffalo Buck mower have been lowered to

$699: a huge saving of $100. Rock Motorcycles’ General Manager, Rory Rock, says that as long as the hum of a Honda hangs in the air, prices on premium Honda products will remain low. “Identifying the products that our customers love gives us the opportunity to offer our products at a great price,” he said. “There’s still plenty of time left in the lawn and garden season, but with these prices being limited to the month of May, the time is now to get a great deal.” For more information on Rock Motorcycles and these savings, visit the store at 175 Gordon St, Port Macquarie, or call Rory and the team on (02) 6583 6655.

This Mother’s Day the Hope Shop brings to you three special young ladies who want to share why they choose to be involved in the A21 Campaign.



laming ming b bubbles ubbl ub bbles bl a and nd d flying beach balls will fill Port Macquarie Sports Stadium on Saturday 24th May, as the Shell Questacon Science Circus rolls into Port Macquarie. The Science Circus brings an interactive science exhibition with spectacular shows to engage and inspire people of all ages with science. Visitors will be able to freeze their shadow, compare their reflexes to an F-111 pilot and explore another 40 hands-on science exhibits and simple science activities to do at home. The Shell Questacon Science Circus is comprised of 12 postgraduate students studying a Master of Science Communication Outreach at The Australian National University. The students spend three months of the year

16 greater port macquarie focus.

travelling to remote and regional communities engaging people with science. The Science Circus public exhibition is open at Port Macquarie Sports Stadium from 11 am–4 pm on Saturday 24 May. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children/concessions, $18 for families of up to two adults and three children. Shell Questacon Science Circus Public Exhibition Port Macquarie Saturday 24 May, 11 am–4 pm Port Macquarie Sports Stadium Hibbard Drive, Port Macquarie Tickets available at the door. Cash payments only. Admission: Adults $6, Students $5, Concession $5 and Family $18.

ACAM2PAIGIN An organisation that brings awareness, hope, a refuge and importantly, prosecution to the perpetrators of sex trafficking.

Come and celebrate with the women in your life and these three beautiful young ladies, who choose to believe that they can 'indeed' make a difference.

Chloe (24 years), Elli (16 years) and Dimity (24 years) have been blessed to have mums who have shared the true heart of being a woman and a mum: a heart that loves beyond her own family, endures through hardship, and nurtures and loves continually.

Let’s make this Mother’s Day weekend, with three different events, a weekend where we as a 'Community of Women' can make a difference in women and children's lives.

We can all say that there have been people somewhere in our lives who brought that kind of love to us ... maybe not your own mum, but we have experienced this kind of love, and we know that it is good.

Breakfast @ Rydges, Friday 9th May, 6.45am (bookings essential). St Thomas, Saturday 10th May, 2pm, for afternoon tea and more ... Honour Auditorium, Mother’s Day, 11th May, 10am.

greater port macquarie focus 17


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is gearing up for the Barrel Room Banquet fundraiser on 28th June 2014 in the Barrel Room at Cassegrain Winery. Community Liaison Officer Kylie Morris tells us more…

Westpac Rescue H e l i c o p t e r


he next event on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s fundraising calendar is just around the corner. What makes this an event not to be missed? The Barrel Room Banquet fundraiser on Saturday evening, 28th June, will involve a terrific combination of great food, fun, fundraising and an opportunity to find out more about the helicopter service. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to help guests understand what the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service offers to the community and the vital role it plays, often behind the scenes, on the Mid North Coast every year. The event offers a great opportunity to enjoy a great night out while supporting the health and safety of our region. Cassegrain Wines have come on board as the major sponsor of the event. Can you explain the collaboration between the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Cassegrain Wines? The sponsorship displays Cassegrain Wine’s commitment to being an active part of our community and supporting such a vital service. John Cassegrain is well known as a passionate supporter of local industries, particularly in the area of food and wine. Behind the scenes John is also a strong supporter of community activities that provide a range of benefits to local groups and individuals. In the past, Cassegrain Wines have supported the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service by way of wine for raffles and guest presenters at our various events, but this year John has offered to kindly go one step further by hosting a fundrais-

18 greater port macquarie focus.

S e r v i c e

ing event in the winery’s Barrel Room. The barrel hall is an atmospheric room surrounded by living, breathing wine stored in the barrels. It’s a fantastic space, and we are delighted that John has offered it to us for the night. What vital services does the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service provide in the local area? The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service operates across the Mid North Coast, Hunter, New England – North West, and Central Coast regions. With four active helicopters, we operate 24 hours a day every day of the year, undertaking more than 1,000 missions each year. On average we conduct three missions per week on the Mid North Coast, including primary accidents, secondary missions, which include the transportation of patients for specialist care, and search and rescue missions. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service conducted 35 primary missions in the Hastings alone last year, in addition to 78 inter-hospital patient transfers from the Hastings. On board the rescue helicopters is a crew of highly trained and skilled paramedics and medical staff, pilots, air and rescue crew members. In 2013 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was named Winner of the Community and Social Services category at the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards, which is a testament to the hard work of all our staff, volunteers and the invaluable community support we receive. No-one has ever paid to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. How does the Service continue to provide this service at no cost to users? Local community support has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the develop-

ment and positionHastings? ity Local commun ing of the rescue Recently the Service has support has s ue helicopter as a held some highly successful in been, and cont in l ta en vital emergency fundraising and commum to be, instru d an t en pm service. The comnity events, including the lo the deve scue re e th of ng ni munity and the Country Music Concert in positio tal vi a as r te op NSW Government, March raising over $4,800 lic he ice.” through NSW for the Service. This event emergency serv Health and the was run by the amazingly Ambulance Service of dedicated Hastings Support NSW, provide the funds Group volunteers. which ensure the rescue Our 10th Annual Westpac Rescue helicopters are there when and where Helicopter Service Charity Golf Day at they are needed. Emerald Downs raised $8,000 in September last Events and fundraising initiatives like year, with 72 people taking part. We’re hoping the Barrel Room Banquet night are for an even bigger player number this year. happening all across the state, with 33 VolunAs well as hosting our own fundraising teer Support Groups established in the Service’s events, we are the very fortunate recipients of operational regions. donations from other events such as the inauStatewide there were 3,339 helicopter misgural Head to Head Walk Run, which attracted sions in 2011 at an estimated cost of $112.1 more than 250 participants at Crescent Head million, with our operating budget in excess last year. Registrations are currently open for this of $13 million per year. Running the service year’s event. requires a large amount of funding, with equipCommunity groups also make valued donament ranging from a single rotor blade costing tions through running raffles and donating approximately $200,000, down to night vision door money to the service, such as the Hastings goggles costing $15,000. For every 4,500 flight Bonsai Group, who ran an expo in March and hours we require an engine overhaul, which donated the proceeds. costs up to $250,000, and for every 1 hour Other ways to get involved include paying a flight there is 3.5 hours of maintenance hours to little each week through our Payroll Deduction be conducted. Program. It’s tax deductible and it isn’t missed It is the community’s own rescue helicopter when it is taken automatically from your weekly/ service because it is the community who value fortnightly wage. and support the rescue helicopter and are comWhere can people get their tickets to the mitted to ensuring it remains a free aeromedical Barrel Room Banquet? Please visit service. or email me or call What are some of the highlights on the 0429 818 627. Service’s community event calendar in the

greater port macquarie focus 19


Reap&Sow Ronni Kahn ozharvest Interview by Jane Hillsdon


onni, you have such a wonderful story to tell. We are looking forward to hearing it at the upcoming Hastings Business Women’s Network event, Reap & Sow, in June. We’d love to take this opportunity to get to know more about you and the organisation you have inspired; OzHarvest. With a desire to make a significant contribution to society, I founded OzHarvest in November 2004. As an event organiser, I was stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry, and I decided to do something about it. I took inspiration from AmericaHarvest, a charity that had been operating successfully for over 20 years in New York, and I brought the food-rescue model back to Sydney. Having been a successful business entrepreneur, I transitioned easily to social entrepreneur, becoming a leader and innovator in food rescue within the charitable sector. Can you share with us exactly what OzHarvest does today and some of the amazing milestones you have been able to achieve along the way? OzHarvest collected and delivered its first meal on 3 November 2004 and in its first month delivered 4,000 meals to 14 shelters using one van. OzHarvest now delivers over 400,000 meals each month, with a fleet of 21 vans to more than 500 charities across Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne. Since its inception, over 21 million meals have been delivered to women, children and men in need, while also having

20 greater port macquarie focus.

rescued over 6,000 tonnes of food from You’re absolutely right. Part of my ending up as landfill and waste. journey in ensuring the success of OzHarvest rescues its food daily from OzHarvest has been to help change the restaurants, cafés, hotels, retailers and existing legislation across four states food outlets throughout these cities, that had prevented food donors from then delivers the fresh meals which can supplying excess food. Now companies include pre-prepared meals, fresh fruit and and registered businesses around Australia vegetables, meat and seafood products are protected from liability when donating and packaged food to its charities. quality excess food to OzHarvest under the How can members of our local Civil Liabilities Amendment Act and Health community participate in this excellent Acts. initiative? In early 2010 you were In 2011, OzHarvest found awarded the Australian a way to assist and teach of the Year Local Hero communities and award. Can you tell Having been individuals in rural us about some ul a successf , ur Australia to set up of your other ne re ep business entr ly their own food achievements si ea d ne I transitio ur ne re rescue service, with for your ep tr en al to soci er ad le the introduction a work and g in m beco food of a regional food commitment to and innovator in e rescue program, the community? rescue within th .” or ct se e bl REAP. I am honestly charita REAP Port Macquarie very humbled by the was started in December recognitions that I have 2011 by Katrina Humble and received personally and since commencing operations, they that OzHarvest has received as an have managed to rescue 6,919 kg of organisation. It felt incredible to receive the surplus food from local businesses, which Australian of the Year Local Hero Award equates to 23,036 meals. and I’m also very proud to have won This surplus food has then been donated the InStyle Woman of Style Award for a to help feed some of the more vulnerable Community / Charity category in 2011, the members of the Hastings community, Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Tribute including people who access the services Award for Innovation, Entrepreneurial of the Port Macquarie Soup Kitchen and Skill and Contribution to the Community the Domestic and Family Violence Specialist in 2012 and the Ernst & Young Social Service. Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. What is the legislation around As an organisation we were thrilled to donating excess food? I can imagine receive the United Nations Environment this kind of activity would need strict Day Award for Community in 2013. regulations in place to ensure it met Thanks Ronni, we look forward to food health and safety requirements? seeing you in June!



Clarence Street is home to a diverse range of businesses and individuals, and today is one of the busiest streets in Port’s town centre. To coincide with International Museum Day on May 18, Port Macquarie Historical Museum will host a free community day to highlight the importance of this major thoroughfare throughout Port Macquarie’s history – and also to build connections between the vast array of people who live, work and visit the area.


ebbie, explain what ‘Clarence Street Connections’ is all about ... Clarence Street Connections is a free community event for people, who live, work and learn in Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. It is a day to bring the museum’s many neighbours together, to build connections, foster future co-operations, establish friendships and to create a sense of community across Clarence Street residents, community groups and businesses. We know many of our neighbours walk past the museum every day to go to work, school, shop, etc. and we also know many of them have never set foot in the museum. We are hoping to change that with Clarence Street Connections. Our goal is to connect with our neighbours who are not regular museum goers and to also create opportunities for our neighbours to connect with us and one another. This free community day will be held on May 18, but what time do proceedings start - and where’s the best place for people to gather? The day will commence at 9.30am and run through to 4pm, with all activities taking place at the Port Macquarie Historical Museum at 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. Entry will be via the museum’s garden gates and also through the museum front door. What activities – including refreshments – are planned for the day? Activities for the day will include tours of the museum’s 14 rooms and galleries, Clarence Street photographic exhibition, musical entertainment by The Jugged Hare bush band and Chris Waals will be there to entertain the kids. Our popular ‘dress up’ area will also be available. We will be serving free refreshments including

morning and afternoon teas throughout the day and a sausage sizzle lunch. Also, each visitor will receive a Clarence Street Connections badge as a keepsake of the day. People can wander in and out at their leisure and are more than welcome to stay the whole day if they wish. We will also have members on hand to talk about researching local history, and caring for old photographs and other family memorabilia. How has the day been funded ... any businesses or individuals you’d like to thank for their support? The day is being supported with the assistance of a Port Macquarie -Hastings Council Community Grant. Without Council’s generous assistance, we would not have been able to host the day. Port Hire is also helping us out with a marquee and outdoor furniture, and our members and volunteers are giving generously of their time to make the day an enjoyable and memorable one. May 18 is also International Museum Day, and the theme this year is ‘Museum Collections make Connections’. How do you believe museums can help people connect with one another, with the environment, and with history? Museums are the custodians of community stories, and we use our collections to tell those stories. Many people say museums are full of old stuff, and that is true, but it is stuff with connections. One of my colleagues describes museum collections as our cultural DNA. Our collections and stories link or connect people with the past in all its forms, and by doing so help guide our future. Museum exhibitions have the ability to not only tell a story, but to also engage with the community through shared memory. International Museum Day aims to increase

International Museum Day public aims to increase the t ou ab s es awaren s in the role of museum ciety so of development ce of an rt po and the im ltural cu d an l ra our natu heritage .”

public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society and the importance of our natural and cultural heritage. Clarence Street Connections is about achieving this in a fun and family friendly way. What’s been happening at the museum lately ... are there any new exhibits/ displays or renovations underway? The museum regularly changes its exhibits and displays. Most recently we have opened a new permanent exhibition, Federation Comes to Port. The exhibition tells the little known story of Port Macquarie’s role in Australia’s Federation and explains why Edmund Barton’s statue is on Port Macquarie’s Town Green. We also have a new temporary exhibition Travel Tales – Journeys Near and Far; from convict migrants and free settlers to tourists and sea-changers, each journey is different. Behind the scenes we are working on a display to recognise the Centenary of the Port Macquarie Branch of the Australian Red Cross later in the year. In addition, we are in the throes of completing a Cultural Tourism Plan which is aimed at increasing visitor numbers to help us better fund the care and maintenance of our heritage listed building. These days, Clarence Street is a diverse area, with homes, many types of businesses, a school ... Based on old photos or documents you may have seen, how much has the street changed over time? What would it have been like back in the early days of settlement? Clarence Street has always been the heart of Port Macquarie’s business and cultural life. In the

early days of the penal settlement, Clarence Street was a bustling waterfront street with several Convict Overseer’s cottages, the Military Barracks, Port Macquarie’s Government House and first cemetery. Later it would be the site of the Courthouse, Council Chambers and the School of Arts. The museum building was once a shop and later a boarding house. Clarence Street was the original site of the War Memorial and during the 1930s, the Hotel Macquarie and Ritz Cinema were added to the street. Clarence Street continues to have a role as our arts, cultural and civic centre, central business district and a place of commemorations, ceremonies and celebrations. In terms of the environment, the Clarence Street landscape has changed enormously. Old photos of Clarence Street are the best way to view the changes, and we will have these on display during Clarence Street Connections. What’s the future for Clarence Street Connections ... is it hoped this day will become an annual event? This is the first ever Clarence Street Connections. We are hoping it is a successful day and if so, will consider making it a regular event. Where can people find out more information? For more information, contact the Port Macquarie Historical Society on (02) 6583 1108, by email or drop into the Port Macquarie Historical Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Saturday. Thanks Debbie. greater port macquarie focus 21



1 MAY - 31 MAY 11MAY --3131- MAY 1 MAY 31 MAY MAYMAY



Use your smart phone to discover and uncover these amazing Use yoursculptures tophone discover andjourney uncover these and take yourto own artisticamazing discovery. Usesmart yourphone smart discover andofuncover these amazing Use your smart phone to discover and uncover these amazing Image courtesy of Warren Armstrong sculptures and takeandyour of artistic discovery. sculptures takeownyourjourney own journey of artistic discovery. sculptures and takeofyour own journey of artistic discovery. Image courtesy of Warren Armstrong Image courtesy Warren Armstrong

The very first After DRAWING School Art Classes at TECHNIQUES the Glasshouse! Kids will develop EXPLORING The verytheir first After School Art Classes at the Glasshouse! Kids willKids develop drawing exploring tone,atscale and composition inwilla develop series of The very first skills After School Artline, Classes the Glasshouse! The very first After School Art Classes at the Glasshouse! Kids will develop their drawing skills exploring line, tone, composition in a series fun workshops. theirworks drawing skills exploring line,scale tone,and scale and composition in a ofseries of their drawing skills exploring line, tone, scale and composition in a series of fun workshops. fun workshops. fun workshops.

Image courtesy of Warren Armstrong



next t xtk! x neew neexnkte! e ek! w ew w eke!






In an evening of unparalleled intimacy, for the first time in 14 years, In an evening ofbrings unparalleled intimacy, forshow the for first timefirst in time 14 years, Dennis unique one-man to the Port Macquarie. In an evening ofhisunparalleled intimacy, in 14 years, In an evening of unparalleled intimacy, for the first time in 14 years, Dennis Dennis brings his unique one-manone-man show toshow Port toMacquarie. brings his unique Port Macquarie. Dennis brings his unique one-man show to Port Macquarie.

Todd Mc McKenney is back on stage doing what he does best, singing the Todd McKenney backAllen. stageondoing doeshebest, the the songsMcKenney of isPeter Todd isonback stagewhat doinghewhat doessinging best, singing Todd McKenney is back on stage doing what he does best, singing the songs ofsongs PeterofAllen. Peter Allen. songs of Peter Allen.






Indoor & outdoor seating - come Indoor & outdoor seating -go come and watch the world by... Indoor & outdoor seating - come Indoor & outdoor seating - come and watch the world go by... AND open for pre& go post show and watch the world by... and watch the world go by... ANDdrinks! open for pre& post show AND open for pre- & post show AND open for pre- & post show drinks! UNDER drinks! NEW MANAGEMENT drinks!

interplay” Sydney Morning “From startThe to finish it is a riot... Herald demented energy and adroit “From start to finish it is a riot... demented energy and adroit interplay” The Sydney Morning Herald interplay” The Sydney Morning Herald interplay” The Sydney Morning Herald NLY


A CDP production A CDP Aproduction CDP production A CDP production



02 6581 8888 02 6581 8888 6581 0202 6581 8888 Government Sponsors The Glasshouse is Government Sponsors A facility of Port Government Sponsors supported by the NSW Macquarie-Hastings Government through Government Sponsors Council The Glasshouse is NSW Arts

A facility of Port A facility of Port Macquarie-Hastings A facility of Macquarie-Hastings Port Council Council Macquarie-Hastings Council

The Glasshouse is supported by the NSW supported by the NSW The Glasshouse Government throughis Government through Artssupported NSW by the NSW NSW GovernmentArts through

22 greater port macquarie focus.

Arts NSW

Founding Sponsors

Principal Sponsors

Founding Sponsors Founding Sponsors THE ROSS Founding Sponsors FAMILY

Principal Sponsors Principal Sponsors Principal Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Partners

Supporting Sponsors Partners Supporting Sponsors Supporting Supporting Partners Supporting Sponsors Supporting Partners


It’s Dark

Using a magical blend of puppetry, lighting, masks and animation, It’s Dark Outside is an amazing production that highlights the issues of ageing and dementia. With no words or spoken narrative, the performers must rely on their own skill, and that of the accompanying music, to tell a poignant story. Creator and performer Tim Watts (pictured above) and composer Rachael Dease tell us more …

TIM WATTS – CREATOR AND PERFORMER Tim, I understand you’ve worked with your fellow creators and performers in It’s Dark Outside – Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs – for some time now. What’s the best part of working together as a team? We know each other really well. We make a lot of shows together; we do improvised comedy together; we live together. So we know how to play together, and we like playing together, that is basically what it comes down to. We are great at YES-ANDing each other. We pretty much ALWAYS try out someone’s idea, and usually one idea ends up turning into something else. We also can be blunt, and disagree, and not be precious about ideas. We are not afraid to fail infront of each other, ’cause we have each other’s backs. Chris is very smart and is also a writer, so has a real strength for narrative as well as a great tech background. Arielle is a fantastic performer and is great at improvising and bringing ideas to life. She also has a good instinct for timing and directing. I tend to have big stupid ideas that we then try and figure out how to do. I guess the best part is we end up making shows that I like and want to make. Explain how the concept of It’s Dark Outside began and evolved ... That is a very long story. But the short version is I wanted to make a show about 'the call of the wild'. We had a few scattered starting points, about a gorilla falling in love with a man, having a tent come to life, and an old man mask. We did a bunch of developments, showed experiments to people, and got an idea of where the interesting theatrics might be. We expanded on these notions of 'wildness', and I fell in love with spaghetti western soundtracks, and decided to try make a western. During all this my grandparents were suffering with Alzheimer's, and eventually died from it. It was heartbreaking to watch their humanity and dignity slide away and watch my dad deal with his parents. There is this phenomenon with Alzheimer's patents where at sunset they go

wandering. My grandad used to do it. It is really dangerous, because they are really vulnerable and disoriented. I found something poetic in this, about this primal deluded adventure. So this became our central image of the show: an old man wanders out into the wild at sunset. We played with western tropes, with shadows, with puppets, with fluff, and just devised wildly, with very little regard for narrative. We did lots of showings, and eventually strung together a collection of scenes, then sculpted a through line and drive to keep the whole thing satisfying. The story highlights themes revolving around the ageing process and dementia. Why do you feel the tools you use – puppetry, shadows, masks, and animation – help convey these ideas so effectively? I think theatre is good when there is a game happening onstage and puppets (for example) are only alive when you are playing the game of 'let’s pretend this thing is alive'. That’s why I like all the tools we use. They require the audience to play, to use their imagination, and I think when you are more imaginatively engaged, you are more emotionally engaged. You intellectualise what is happening less, and you are more able to empathise with the point of view of the main character. One of the big challenges for us was to try and get the audience to see the world from the old man's point of view. It is not a realistic portrayal of someone with dementia, but it is inspired by it. I think these elements help you use more parts of your brain to empathise with that situation, because you have been sucked into that world by these elements. What do you hope the audience ultimately derives from the production? To entertain is my primary goal, beyond that if I can move, or delight, or inspire people, that’s fantastic. But I guess the ultimate is if I can make someone’s life better, or help them deal with something that is breaking them. Thanks Tim.

RACHAEL DEASE - COMPOSER Rachael, how did you become involved with these really lyrical, singable lines, so I focused on the team working on It’s Dark Outside? how I could achieve that in my own way. There’s Tim Watts and I met up at the awards night of one section that pays homage to the man quite the 2012 Fringeworld. We’d both had shows that deliberately, but I think it’s mostly my own take year (Pollyanna & City of Shadows) and it came on the genre. up that he was in development on a new show, a What instruments did you use for this pro‘western’, was pretty much all he gave away. Tim duction? was thinking about an original score, I was lookI used quite a lot of piano, omnichord and ing for something I hadn’t done yet, and it came voice layering. With so many changes needing to about from there. The show opened about happen at a fairly rapid rate, it was important three months later, so it was all pretty that I could do most of it myself. I refast and furious from that point! corded layers of cello, guitar and How does this production drums towards the end to lend differ from anything else extra colour and texture. There’s no you’ve worked on? What was the most redialogue , This is a unique show warding part of working which is both in many ways. It was the on the production? y completel first time I’ve worked with Being given the opd an g in frighten g tin ra Tim, Arielle and Chris, and portunity to be part of a la hi ex lly tota the first time I’d worked voice for a whole part of for a composer.” with puppetry or animation. our community we largely There’s no dialogue, which is forget about, and working with both completely frightening and a wonderful collaborative creative totally exhilarating for a composer. We team. It has opened up some incredible don’t have to duck and weave so much, but discussions and personal stories between at the same time you have to help carry the the artists and audience. There’s a reason this work sonically and be an integral part of its show is in its third year of touring; I still laugh narrative. and cry whenever I see it. I’m really proud of this Describe the creative processes involved one. from the initial brief you received, to the Thanks Rachael. finished score … Interviews by Jo Atkins. Photo credits, left I was invited to the studio, to see some of the and centre: Richard Jefferson. scenes that were closer to being finished, and we talked about what sort of sounds the performers the plug! envisaged. It’s always easier to start with what’s needed; it’s like doing the edges of the jigsaw See It’s Dark Outside at the Glasshouse puzzle first. on May 17 at 7.30pm. Much to my terror, Morricone had been used during the development, probably the biggest $49.90 adult, $45.90 concession/ possible shoes to fill for any composer, let alone under 21 *Transaction fees may apply. one trying their hand at a western for the first Contact the Box Office time! I spent a week listening to all the Morricone 6581 8888 or visit I had (it was a lot), then I turned it off and didn’t for details. listen again. Much of Morricone’s beauty lies in

greater port macquarie focus 23

Greater Port Macquarie

The Chocolate Indulgence - Chocolate mousse with a chocolate biscuit base, and topped with chocolate ganache from Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar.

eat. Dining Guide is available for iPhone & Android App Store. 24 greater port macquarie focus.

eat. Warm vanilla sponge, chocolate mousse, blood orange sorbet, sous vide of vanilla strawberries.

Crispy skinned salmon with a mixed beetroot walnut salad and crab remoulade.

Zebu bar + grill

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar

Treat mum to a special Mother’s Day on the waterfront with a scrumptious breakfast or lunch at Zebu Bar + Grill. Enjoy an à la carte or full buffet breakfast overlooking the water from 6.30am–10:30am.

Relax in the sun and fresh sea air with a full buffet breakfast from 6:30am – 10:30am with Mum on Spinnakers Deck at Sails Resort. Mother's Day Lunch: Soak up the marina side atmosphere as you and the family enjoy lunch and a glass of complimentary bubbles.

Don’t miss out on Mother’s Day lunch! $45pp – Two course reduced à la carte menu and a glass of Croser NV sparkling. $55pp – Three course reduced à la carte menu and a glass of Croser NV sparkling. Special Mother's Day Gift – Mum gets a $25 Voucher to with lunch bookings.

Chillax with the live acoustic guitar from Josh Needs and a magical marina side atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon from 12noon. $39pp – Two course reduced à la carte menu including a glass of Willowglen Sparkling

Live entertainment from noon. Bookings essential for lunch seating. Diary Date: the perfect gift for Mothers Day – treat her to a “High Tea on the Hastings”. Our special event on Sat 17 May 2014 2pm–6pm - $39pp including sweet and savoury treats, sparkling bubbles, fashion and live entertainment.

Executive Chef Adam Tait.

$49pp – Three course reduced à la carte menu including a glass of Willowglen Sparkling Mothers Day Gift – Each Mum will go into the draw to win a nights’ accommodation and breakfast for two in an Executive Suite at Sails Resort. (Drawn onsite on Mothers Day)

Located inside Sails Resort Port Macquarie by Rydges. Park St, Port Macquarie at the roundabout, opposite Settlement City t (02) 6589 5100

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

open 7 days, breakfast, lunch, casual dining and dinner from 6.30am

Churros and poached pear and a white chocolate sauce.

Off the Hook

Mi Casa Café & Restaurant

Off the Hook is owned and operated by Paul and Narelle Walsh.

Bringing an authentic taste of Spain to Port Macquarie. With a cool Spanish vibe and relaxing views overlooking the Town Green, Mi Casa is a unique dining experience. The new Autumn menu includes some hearty favourites such as the chicken with creamed leek and butter beans, and some sweet desserts such as the poached vanilla pear with cinnamon sugar churros. BOOK NOW FOR MOTHER’S DAY! Treat Mum to a Spanish dining experience for lunch or dinner. Share some tapas, indulge in the house favourite Paella, and try a Rekorderlig cider or one of Mi Casa’s specialty wines.

Pop down and see the friendly staff at Off the Hook this weekend and enjoy the best fish and chips in town. Hamburgers, cold drinks, your choice of grilled or battered fish with freshly made chips or salad. Fishermen's baskets, kids packs and so much more! See you soon! Mothers Day on Town Green with family and fish and chips from Off the Hook.

Located along Port Macquarie’s Town Green. t 6584 1146 open 7 days, from 11am - late. EFTPOS available; phone orders welcome.

The friendly staff.

Owners Brendan & Jennis Field.

3/2 Horton Street (Located on Town Green), Port Macquarie. t 6584 4559 open Brunch / Lunch / Tapas: Wed - Sun from 11am - 2pm. Dinner: Tues - Sun from 5.30pm. greater port macquarie focus 25

eat. Miso Glazed Cod with Wakame Salad & Confit Red Onion.

Restaurant Synergy

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill

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

On behalf of the management and staff at Scampis Seafood Bar and Grill, we would like to wish all mothers a wonderful and Happy Mother's Day and invite you and your family to join us on Sunday 11th May for our Mother's Day breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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

Bookings Requested.

Mother’s Day Special $50pp - 2 course choice menu with complimentary bottle of wine.

Fully licensed. Water views. Executive Chef Nathaniel.

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

Children welcome.

40 William Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7200

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

open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Breakfast Saturdays and Sundays only.

The Cheesecake Shop

Salty's Bar and Grill

Mother's Day is fast approaching and that means it is time to spoil mum with something yummy from The Cheesecake Shop Port Macquarie.

Welcome to the new Salty's Bar and Grill. Why not experience what Salty's have to offer and enjoy a wonderful meal overlooking the Hastings River!

Phone orders welcome

Dine with us this Mother's Day.

House made fresh cakes, sponges and cheesecakes - continental and baked.

Buffet breaky from 9 - 11am. Lunch from 12 - 2pm; Mum recieves a FREE dessert. Fully licensed.

Limited time only The Boston Rose and The White Rose. Treat mum or yourself today.

11/4 Bay Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7811 open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm & Sundays, 10am - 4pm.


greater port macquarie focus.

Owners Mark and Jackie Holt.

Owner Robbie.

Bookings requested, but walk ins welcome.

9 McInherney Close, Port Macquarie t 6584 0841 open Wed & Thurs dinner only from 5.30pm. Fri Lunch from 12 - 2 and dinner from 5.30pm. Sat breakfast from 9 - 11, lunch from 12 - 2 & dinner from 5.30pm. Sun breakfast from 9 - 11 and lunch from 12 - 2pm.

Owner Andrea & Head Chef Sam.


Meg & Me Espresso Port's coffee scene has just gone up a notch. Meg & Me Espresso is a vibing hole in the wall style espresso bar which focuses solely on excellent coffee, while also offering an exclusive selection of gourmet tea products. Anthony prides himself on consistent quality and has worked tirelessly to create a welcoming, friendly environment in which to enjoy your daily coffee ritual. Machine: Port's only 3 Group Synesso Syncra. Blend: Meg & Me runs an exclusive blend of Holy Goat Coffee.

Owner Anthony Mathias.

Also Available: Bonsoy, Lactose Free, Brewed Chai, Tea Forte, RawC, COYO, Organic Juices & Bliss Balls.


Shop 12 / 6-14 Clarence St (Port Pacific building) t 6583 7773 open Monday-Friday from 6:30am and Saturday-Sunday from 7am

arly and Andrea, you have both and also introducing a breakfast and lunch recently moved to Port Macquarie menu. Come and enjoy the friendly service, with and are the proud owners of stunning views of the Hastings River Salty's Bar and Grill in McInherney Tell us a little bit about your background in Close. Tell us what inspired you to open hospitality; have you always wanted to own Salty's? your own restaurant? We had been looking at buying a small Andrea has worked in the hospitality business for some time, and a café industry for more than 20 years. or restaurant was something Prior to opening Salty's Bar we had thought about. and Grill, Andrea was When we came and had a managing a motel in The locals have e. be en ve ry po sitiv look at Salty's (previously Forster. I had relocated and Mykonos) we fell in love from Melbourne to work We are excited to being looking forward t with the location and alongside Andrea in ea able to offer a gr for knew this was the type Forster. The family has ce dining experien of business we wanted. owned and operated e ad tr both the tourist How are you both hotels over many years, ay and our everyd finding Port Macquarie? which both Andrea and I customers.” We are both loving what have worked in. Port Macquarie has to offer. Do you cater for functions We relocated here from Forster, and group bookings? so the climate and location was already Most definitely. Salty's Bar and something we were used to and loved. Gril is able to cater for small intimate The locals have been very positive. We weddings, parties and corporate events, with are excited and looking forward to being able a seating capacity for approx 60. Please phone to offer a great dining experience for both the us to discuss your function needs, and we will tourist trade and our everyday customers. be more than happy to sit down and help you in What can our readers expect when they any way we can. come to dine at Salty's? What are your plans for Salty's Bar and For those who were regular diners before it Grill? became Salty's, the feedback has been positive. Future plans are for Salty's to gain a great The locals have been very happy with the reputation in the Port region and to operate a changes that have been made to not only the successful business, offering wholesome and menu, but the atmosphere as well. We offer seasonable food, excellent service at reasonable a range of meals for all taste buds, fresh and prices, and for our diners to fall in love with locally sought produce, meals for the little ones Salty's and what we are offering.


Confit Duck on a salad of local mesclun, citrus, toasted walnuts and figs

Bent on Food Not just a café but a destination... Winner of 2013 Northern Region Restaurant and Catering Awards – Best Café Restaurant and Best Breakfast Restaurant. Fully licenced with a great value wine list. On and offsite catering, cooking classes, cheese making workshops, barista training. High tea every Saturday afternoon from 3pm -5pm Bookings essential Sunday 11th May Mother’s Day with Warren Targett – lunch bookings from 12 o clock – open for breakfast from 8am Saturday 17th May Lismore band Black Train Closed for dinner 3rd May due to wedding

95 Isabella St, Wingham t 6557 0727 w open 7 days. Breakfast, lunch and tasty treats. Friday and Saturday nights for dinner (bookings recommended).

Head Chef Nick Samaras

greater port macquarie focus 27




PO RT’S B R AN D N EW CAFÉ & BAR!! g n ti a e s r o o td u o & r o o d In d rl o w e th h tc a w d n a e m o c go by... y

Open from 9am dail

02 6581 8888 Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts Port Macquarie NSW 2444

28 greater port macquarie focus.


breakfast 8am-11am daily

One of our closest neighbours is Papua New Guinea. This country produces superb coffees! The coffee is grown in the highlands at Mount Hagan and Goroka. Our BUZZ Papua New Guinea comes from the Kimel A Estate. It is located in the Western Highlands, approximately 50 km south of Mount Hagan. Kimel Estate is 100% tribal, clan and village owned, and 100% of all profits are returned to the traditional landowners. It provides employment and food for about 500 workers. The plantation has a high percentage of shade and bird-friendly trees. The coffee itself has sweet-tones, has a delicate aroma with notes of butter, hints of chocolate and spice. It has a long, continuing sweet finish. A coffee to enjoy both with milk and black. Here is a plantation that produces PNG’s finest coffee bean. It neither looks for nor needs somebody else’s accreditation and labels. The Kimel people simply want us to enjoy their fine coffee product and afford them a future, where that future is the outcome of their own labours. Many of our BUZZ Coffee lovers only drink this

coffee, especially those who have been to the region. Our BUZZ China Sencha Tea is from Zhejiang Province. It is plucked in spring. The leaves are steamed, dried and rolled, producing long flat emerald green leaves. After brewing, it releases a soft, mild and finely spicy taste in a greenyellow cup. It is delicious! Green tea requires no milk or sugar and can be enjoyed at the strength you like. This is a very healthy habit to develop, BUZZ Sencha Green Tea. We have take-home bags for you, or sit back and let us make it for you. If you love the social pleasure of Facebook, then you will love to see what is happening at your local Café BUZZ. Come and like us to enjoy the newsfeed. All BUZZ coffees and teas are available at your local Café BUZZ or online at www.buzzcoffee. Regards, Harry.

•TOAST •CEREALS AND FRUIT SALAD •THE PORT - 2 pancakes with rashers of bacon and maple syrup. •VEGETARIAN - mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs on 2 pancakes.s. •CANADIAN - 2 pancakes with bacon, tomato, eggs and a jug off ou our syrup. uurr maple m pl syrup y p. •ENGLISH - sausages and eggs, tomato and baked beans (tomato or HP sauce on the side) on your choice of toast or pancakes. •BIG AUSSIE - rashers of bacon, sausages, egg, mushrooms and tomato (on toast or pancakes) Go Aussie, oi, oi, oi!

gourmet t






All gourmet crepes are served with a delicious sele selection of fresh fruits and salads and a bread roll.

kids menu m

available av

OPEN 7 DAYS • Br BBreakfast Bre reakfast • LLunch • Dinner


Cnr. Clarence & Hay St BUY ONE MAIN MEAL Port Macquarie GET ANOTHER AT HALF PRICE*

6583 4544

* Available lunch and dinner ONLY Mon-Fri on presentation of this coupon. Dine-in meal only. Offer ends Friday 30th May 2014. Not to be used with any other offer.

greater port macquarie focus 29

TOM BURLINSON SATURDAY 31 MAY, 8pm A couple of things: - the cropping of the hero image ima mage mag m age aagg ha has h a cut off ff tth hee h the edges of the keyy characters cha haara rract aacc erss at at L and an nd R. nd R Could Cou Coul C Co ould you o you yo please designer “zoom out” little plea ple p lea lle ea eassee aask s yyour our o ur desi ur d de e iggn gner n to to “zo “z ““zoo zo zzoo oom ou oo oom utt”” a li llit it ittle tllee o tl on n tthe th hee image h imag mag ma m age so ag o th the hee cha h harract ha raaact ctter eers rrss aare ree complete? ccom comp co omp o om mp mplet ete ttee? characters - please p ea pl ease eas ase aas se ad se add dd the dd tth hee CDP h DP log DP llo o o logo

Celebrate with Mum The Port Macquarie Golf Club is a great day out for the whole family this Mother’s Day. Come along for a champagne breakfast and have a game of golf (shot gun start, Medley 4BBB stableford), or stay for a long lunch with our 2 course Mother’s Day luncheon.

“... an astonishing performance” The Australian.


Talented chefs Kieran English and Alex Hallam have a delicious menu on offer, including a choice of chicken breast with polenta, green beans, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, Romesco sauce and salsa verde, or Scotch Fillet w/. green beans, confit garlic mash, Café De Paris butter and caramelised butter. Indulge in dessert with a crème brulee with passionfruit and strawberry salad, or the banana and macadamia pudding with butterscotch sauce and whipped cream the perfect way to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day! There will be a Mother’s Day Raffle for


Legs 11

2014 Order of Australia recipient.

“Totally embraceable... larger than life” Sydney Morning Herald

02 6581 8888 30 greater port macquarie focus.

everyone to get involved and win some great prizes, and champagne or wine for Mum is also included in the price of $29.50pp. Tickets are on sale NOW! So be sure to phone or call into reception to book your spot! Friday Night Footy: watch the football on the big screen and enjoy happy hour. Kicking off from 8.30pm. Don’t miss the Better Homes PRO AM Tournament from Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th April! Showcasing golfing pros from around the region. PRO AM Dinner, Monday 28th April at 6pm. Come and join us for BINGO every Monday from 10.30am and every Thursday from 6.30pm, Wednesday raffles from 5.30pm with FREE Trivia and Members Badge Draw, and Friday night raffles and Members Badge Draw. Great Golf, Great Food, Great Fun!

Business O P P O RT U N I T Y L I T TLE FISH CA FE Little Fish Café is renowned for its idyllic vineyard setting , beautiful food and fabulous functions ... and now it could be yours to own and nurture its ongoing growth. functions, hens’ parties, wakes etc. The ivy covered pergola has been the most beautiful setting for onsite weddings.


ittle Fish Café sits in the beautiful Innes Lake Vineyards, seven minutes

for tourists.

from Port Macquarie CBD. When you drive through the estate gates, a sense

is positioned in the centre of the vineyards, with the

of peace prevails and you feel as if you could be anywhere in the world. Our TV ads use the theme – is it Tuscany? Is it Bordeaux? No, it’s Port Macquarie.

Little Fish Café

vines surrounding the café and large Jacaranda

It is on e of th e m os t po pu la r th e re st au ra nt s in ly area an d hi gh by re co m m en de d s or to ur is t op er at rs an d th e vi si to nt re .” in fo rm at io n ce

The vineyards are part of landholdings which have historic connections to Major Innes, who

and Poinsiana trees offering an abundance of shade. There is a cellar door for

built one of the largest homesteads in the early settlement of Port Macquarie. The remains of the homestead are located at the end of the Ruins

wine tasting, a large inside eating area, an extended covered verandah and shady level grass area for alfresco dining.

Way and have been acquired by the Parks and Wildlife Dept, who conduct tours of the Ruins

Little Fish Café also caters for weddings, engagements, Christmas functions, work

The current owners have set a high standard of exceptional food, wine and customer service. The business has been operating for 10 years by the same owners since its introduction in 2004. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the area and highly recommended by tourist

operators and the visitors information centre. The restaurant operates only for lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea and opens for

Coast. Future development of a 5,000 student university 1 km away and a large Woolworths – Masters store 1.5 km away, are positive signs of the potential that this region of Port Macquarie has to offer. Virgin Airlines and Qantas have flights from Sydney and Brisbane, and the Port Macquarie- Hastings Council is planning for further upgrades of the airport to cater for the forecast growth in passenger numbers. Port Macquarie is 4.5 hours from Sydney and is a favoured holiday destination ,with plans for increased development in 4-5 star accommodation. The business has very favourable lease terms and day trading hours a bonus; the asking price is $250,000.

private functions in the evening, so there is

To obtain more information, contact the owners exclusively via email at

plenty of scope to extend opening hours or just enjoy a great lifestyle on the beautiful Mid North

au and leave your full name and contact phone number.

greater port macquarie focus 31

Wendy Matthews

32 greater port macquarie focus.

Photo by Toni Fuller.


Wendy Matthews is one of Australia’s most recognised female artists. She is

about to kickstart her North Coast tour to promote her latest album, The Welcome Fire. Nicci Seccombe caught up with Wendy and asked about her music, the North Coast and her no. 1 fan – her Border Collie, Bear...


ear the end of 2013 you released your first originals album in 12 years, called The Welcome Fire. Why so long between original albums? It really is that life goes on. I have a pretty weird relationship with time, and it goes a lot quicker than I think it does. I have just been touring and building a little house and a garden. I just made a conscious decision to take some time off and open myself up to all of that stuff again. I see on the album that you co-wrote or wrote every song. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Oh my goodness ... Life and love is plenty, believe me. I have journals and ideas, titles and bits of poetry. I have a little secret agent dictator phone that I sing ideas into. I don’t read or write music, so I am not a disciplined writer, so it was really something for me to have to sit down with some people I didn’t know and some people I did know. I sort of allow myself to be a little bit of an idiot, because I have to sing them chords that I hear and for them to find the chords that I hear in my head. All of the songwriters I worked with were very generous. Each was a completely unique exchange. The Welcome Fire has been critically acclaimed by your peers and music critics alike, saying it is your best work ever - yet it doesn't receive a lot of radio play. Does that annoy you? I really can’t expect that. Regular people and the media see me from a certain time, so I don’t really get airplay and that’s just the way it is. But I have actually learnt a lot about putting out independent records and realising that there is a huge audience of people like me.

Every once in a while I will that I so hear mething ge hu a t love . I am no really radio listener. It ord w h ug ro th f is stuf ve ha of mouth that I ” grown to like.

MATTHEWS Those over 30 and 40 want to go to live gigs and they want to hear music and they would buy the records if someone puts their heart and soul into their music, so all I can hope for is that. You have just announced The Welcome Fire NSW Mid North Coast tour. When was the last time you brought the full band to places like Bellingen, Laurieton, Armidale,Yamba and many of these other Mid North Coast Towns? Forever! It’s been such a long time. God, last time we played Yamba with a band was years and years ago and I really do feel this is my home, so I am really looking forward to it a lot. Most of the guys in my band have been together for 25 years. They are actually some of my best friends, who obviously hung out at my place up here. It will be really nice just to cruise around and play this area with them. What can we expect from the shows? I have a fantastic band which has been a real blast at the moment, especially with this new stuff, but also I have 8 or 9 studio albums to choose from now, so it’s lots of the old stuff that people will know. We have reworked a little bit and freshened up for ourselves. I am feeling a lot more open these days with smaller audiences. I love the intimacy. It will be a great evening for us, as well as hopefully them. What music are you listening to at the moment? Oh goodness ... I have 10 acres to look after. I occasionally blast something like the Blue Nile, which you have probably never heard of. They are a Scottish band from a few years back, but they’re absolutely incredible. I don’t really follow the industry as such. Every once in a while I will hear something that I love. I am not a huge radio listener. It really is stuff through word of

mouth that I have grown to like. What other artists, Australian or international, have you worked with, and what was that like? I learnt a lot in my days as a backing singer and plenty of Australian bands including folks like Jimmy Barnes, Icehouse. I worked a lot with Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil. I was a backing singer before I even put out my first record in 1990. It was a brilliant learning experience and very educational for me. Not only are you touring the NSW Mid North Coast, you actually live here? What town? I live a little north of Coffs Harbour, in the hinterland of the Northern Beaches, between Sapphire and Moonee. It’s my dog and I on 10 acres, and it’s incredible. I have built a little mud brick place over the years, and it’s home. I can’t wait to get home. I can never quite get enough time at home. It’s an exquisite part of the world. I have been to beaches right up to Port Douglas and I thought, “You know what? Moonee just craps all over this”. We have such a beautiful coastline and it’s crazy that it's right next to a highway, but maybe that’s the secret. I bought my property in 2000. I lived in the Orara Valley while I was building my little place up here and moved in by about 2006. Tell us about your beloved Border Collie, Bear. We hear through the grapevine that Bear made her stage debut at the Jetty Theatre in Coffs a few years ago? That was hilarious. It was all her own work. Bear used to come on the road with me quite often, and after she showed me her little job that she wanted on the road, she has contin-

ued to do it. I am not sure if you are familiar with the Jetty Theatre dressing rooms? They are about two levels down from the stage, and she was downstairs in the dressing room while we were all on stage and realised I had forgotten my set list. So just as I mentioned something, by sheer coincidence, Bear has a real thing about carrying bits of paper in her mouth, so she grabbed the set list, broke free and raced up onstage and dropped the set list at my feet. Ask anybody there ... it was hilarious. As everyone applauded, she turned around and looked into the lights and saw 300 potential ball throwers out there, and she just broke into this huge smile and body wiggle. She is retired now. Last but not least … the 4 million dollar question. If you could sit down to dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why? This is going to sound really obscure, but I have her picture right in front of me. There was an American painter from the ’50s called Georgia O’Keeffe, and I would love to sit down with her and pick her brains. She moved out to the desert by herself and lived there, just painting away. I admire her stamina as a solo woman and her courage. She is very clear headed. Thanks Wendy.

the plug! Playing at Laurieton United Services Club on Sunday 8 June.

greater port macquarie focus 33

34 greater port macquarie focus.

s o c i a l s c e n e Vanessa Lawrence at Kylie's farewell brunch

Right. Above. Ben Turnball, Josh and Beau Dorrington, James Harrison, Richard Bastable, Indigo Lawrie, Genevieve Dinham, Courtney Krahe, Gerorgia Kuhn, Samantha Smith.

Below. Louisa Ermer & Troy Power, Jacqueline, Kye & Jed Below Spence. Spenc Photo credit to Little Glimpses Photography

Left. Danni Probst +

with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie.

Louisa & Troy Power. Photo credit to Little Glimpses Photography


A heavenly concoction of chocolate, sun, sea, sand and sparkles ensured the recent Easter break and whopper Long Weekend was a super rancho-relaxo retreat with four glorious days of glamping and chillaxing on the beach involving a delicious combination of fambo, trusty trash mags and Easter goodies galore.


ate to admit that the work dress is more than a tad snug this week, with a total lack of exercise undertaken for the duration - if you exclude walking from the towel to the beach or from the towel to the pool. Hard life, really - gotta love it! The beach fest was a fabulous escape from the joys of renovating, where I am currently hunting for vegemite in the bathroom, cutlery in the linen press and my sanity in the laundry basket! Never one to shy away from a celebration … we had a three day “festival of Steve” recently to celebrate his b'day (21 again!) with Friday night dinner and drinks at Zebu with family listening to trio Matt, Liz and Chris followed by a fabulous dinner with friends at Fusion 7 on the Saturday night with the most ridiculously delicious haloumi entrée I think I've ever had. A rather bold statement, but true - thinking I should have really had haloumi for entrée and main, it was that yum-diddly! Lindsay and the crew looked after our guests a treat, with crème brûlée all round for dessert, topped off with some moreish salted caramel popcorn and candles for the b'day boy. A short stumble to a local watering hole and a quick boogie later … Ahem ... Mr Clifton ... and home again. Backed up beautifully by an afternoon in the Sunday sun at the Beach House listening to Bill Roberts on guitar, with some relaxed tunes and naughty nachos … and some more of that perfect Port Macquarie weather! Happy birthday also to UTS student and my

former events intern Courtney Krahe, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday of the Easter long weekend with a “Naughty or Nice” soiree hosted by her parents, Lee and Jim Krahe, at their family home on the canals. Fifty five guests, including family and friends travelled far and wide from Sydney, Brisbane and Dubbo to celebrate. Special guests included Courtney's grandparents, Brian and Di Leary from Port Macquarie and Doreen and Rex Krahe from Tenterfield. Courtney's grandmother, Eileena Pierpoint, from Dubbo, sent her love and best wishes. A slew of rather humorous speeches were made by Courtney's good friends, Indigo Lawrie and Richard Bastable, topped off by a tribute by Courtney's parents. The finger food was from Luxe Catering and Ottoman Kebabs providing a pop up kebab stall in the Krahe garage! All guests took to the theme with gusto, with costumes including the Godfather, Poison Ivy, Angels and Demons, Batman, Catwoman, Guy Fawkes and the Easter Bunny, with a visit from some rather raunchy male strippers, who immediately catapulted themselves into the naughty category! Happy birthday, Courtney! Paul and Amanda Sumner hosted a farewell brunch on their deck at their Shelly Beach home for long-time local Kylie Zeimer on a sunny Sunday in March. Thirty friends gathered to sip Mumm Champagne, Bloody Marys and Pina Coladas to send Kylie off to join her hubby, Tony, in WA.

Guests enjoyed crispy bacon, egg and Ricardo’s tomato rolls, homemade muesli, yoghurt and fresh fruit with a wickedly delicious Mexican Mudcake from Bittersweet Café - a gift from Wendy Gaddes-Tadross from Sydney. Other guests included Cherie Schulz of Gunnedah, Gold Coasters Tameka Day, Danni Probst and Laslo Groh, with Sophie Munday visiting from Newcastle. Locals Scott and Vanessa Lawrence, Graeme and Jackie Lawlor, Lauren Macie and Danny Tate were also part of the farewell crew. DJ Danni debuted on the decks with DJ Argestes and local lad Jamie Dwyer. As always at the Sumners, brunch turned into lunch and lunch to into late! Congrats to former local lovely Louisa Ermer and Troy Powers, who were married in April at St Thomas’s Anglican Church followed by a reception at Rydges Port Macquarie. The couple met in a local night spot whilst whilst Troy was on holidays in Port Macquarie. Over 116 guests enjoyed the vintage reception adorned with crisp white linen, hessian runners and sashes with pale blue, soft purple and white hydrangeas with sprays of baby’s breath to decorate the church. Louisa's hair was done by Danielle Prussing, with makeup artistry by Kim at Lovely Locks Hair and Beauty. The couple chose two 1957 Chevy Bellairs and a 1988 stretch Cadillac from their hometown of Newcastle. Guests included Troy’s parents, Shirley and Keith Power, Louisa’s mother, Margaret and stepfather, Robert

Morton, and brother Marty Ermer, who walked Louisa down the aisle. Matron of Honour Kellie McDonald and bridesmaids Chelsea Ellis, Candy Columbro, Caitlin Rankin and Rachel Fensom wore long midnight blue dresses in differing styles. Troy was attended by best man Jed Spence and groomsmen Drew Baird, Gavin Antoine, David Buscombe and Mathew McCann. All the gents, including the groom, wore soft light grey suits – Troy had an ivory hankie, tie and flower with the groomsmen in midnight blue ties and hankies. The wedding cake was a three tier white chocolate and chocolate mud cake, made by a family friend, Suzanne Wallis. Guest name tags were also the bonbonniere - little handmade paper cones marked with Mr & Mrs Power and the date. Guests filled the little cones with luscious treats at the lolly buffet. Louisa and Troy had a special memorial table dedicated to both Louisa's grandparents and close family members who were no longer with them. Congrats to Mr and Mrs Power, who make their home in Newcastle. We are hurtling towards the end of May already, with Mother's Day, high teas and cooler weather on the horizon. Comfort food, here we come! Popped a slow cooked lamb dish on in the garage this morning! Certainly getting use out of every inch of the house that isn’t dismantled at this point! 'til next month, Kate.

greater port macquarie focus 35

36 greater port macquarie focus


Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell



A G I F T O F F L OW E R S I S T W I C E - B L E S S E D, GIVING PLEASURE TO BOTH GIVER AND RECEIVER. WHETHER TRADITIONAL C H RY S A N T H E M U M S O R A N Y C O L O U R F U L BUNCH, RECIPIENTS OF FLORAL TRIBUTES O N M O T H E R ’ S D AY A P P R E C I AT E T H E T H O U G H T. B U T D O W E E V E R W O N D E R W H E R E A L L T H E S E F L OW E R S COM E F ROM? other’s Day, second Sunday in May, means record flower sales. More flowers by volume are bought this month than even for Valentine’s Day: not everyone has a lover, but everyone has a mother and even if she’s dearly departed, she’s often remembered with a floral tribute at her resting place. But, beyond the florist’s sticker, few of us pause to ponder where the thousands of flowers sent for special occasions come from. In fact, just like oranges or avocadoes, most have travelled from afar, trucked to cities from flower farms some hours distant or flown in from places as remote as Colombia (roses), Israel (baby’s breath) or Vietnam (carnations). Then the middle men, flower brokers at the capital city markets, handle the bulk of Australian florists’ stock in trade. Or ... they could have been picked fresh that morning from John van Woudenberg’s farm at King Creek. Flowers cool-freighted by air and road are now yet another staple commodity at supermarkets. Bunches of fresh blooms from just a few local growers are displayed in buckets at farmer’s markets. But the King Creek cut crop can be found only by visiting van Woudenberg’s good clients: Port’s five main specialist florists, Growers Market, and Wauchope farmer’s market. He’s been supplying local outlets for 16 years, since coming from Sydney to set up his farm. Daily now he tends his rows of flowers grown in the fresh soil and open air of 5ha


of rolling Hastings countryside set around his homestead, a pretty property with a swimming pool framed by mango, lemon and grapefruit trees. Just beyond, the flower man tills the ground by rotary hoe, planting bulbs and seedlings in neat lines separated by avenues from where he inspects the blooms and wages war on weeds. Healthy heads sway: zinnia, snapdragons, asters, delphinium, statice, Irish green bells, rosella, viburnum, trendy new kale and more. Hyacinths for winter harvest are already in and he’s planting freesia bulbs for early spring. This current incarnation is his third foray into horticulture since he arrived with his parents from Holland in 1956 at age 17, the oldest of five kids. Coincidentally, a year earlier, Henny - now his wife of 53 years - also arrived from Holland with her parents as a 14-year-old, oldest of three and later four. A former primary teacher, Henny teaches piano and signing at St Columba school two days a week. The pair met after several years, at a church youth group. On arrival in Sydney the young man, recently finished school in Holland, prepared for the workforce, one of 50,000 Dutch immigrants by the mid-’50s, among a million post-war new arrivals from Europe. He wanted to work in horticulture and, with what became typical persistence, secured his first job in a nursery in outer western Sydney. It didn’t last long: “I had to shovel ashes and milk the boss’s cow!” And he wasn’t learning the craft. So he tried for a job at Riverstone Meatworks, where wages were better and eager young men queued at

the gate, seeking casual shifts. The hit and wool by lunchtime.” Once again, he wanted miss nature of that didn’t sit well with the keen more. He progressed to city office as a wool youngster, who soon secured a permanent slot buyer, becoming a “white coat” himself and as a “bin boy” in the works’ fellmongery, where travelling the country. But when the company the Vestey Group treated sheepskins. Yet again, headed further downhill towards eventual he wasn’t satisfied; he told the foreman he closure and his job was modified, he quit. wanted more. When an opening for storeman Despite an indefatigable nature and rise to arose the boss tested a group of men for the top, and two decades of experience, he the spot. “I was by far the best with figures; was in his late 30s with three kids and no job. some of them couldn’t add up for nuts,” van But when did challenge ever stop him? With Woudenberg recalls, with what becomes a mate, an established flower grower, and a clear as we speak is his trademark move to a house on a bigger block, he love of English colloquialism, began growing his own flowers and his speech peppered with selling them alongside his friend idiom. “English was one and the hundreds of growers n ca u Yo of my favourite subjects ... at Australia’s biggest flower s lip tu t ge – at school,” he recalls, market, Flemington. At last, d n lla o from H ” only the barest hint of an the nurseryman had arrived! ! to t an w if you accent remnant from early His second career lasted 21 on. He took to Aussie life, years until the couple’s move too, with gusto. “I adopted to Port, with van Woudenberg this country as my new home,” nearing 60. becoming an Australian citizen barely He and Henny have seven grandchildren two years later: “As soon as I could!” Yet his and a first great grandchild, a boy eight weeks new job, too, wasn’t enough. “Everything was old. Neither is slowing down but he moots straight, tidy and swept and the books up to one day selling to another grower who might date, but when the “white coats” (managers) add greenhouse flowers to the land. It’d be came round you had to look busy! I told them nice to see his teenage dream, ultimately won, I wanted to go wool classing.” Four years of continue to thrive. Unsurprisingly, he’s not a night classes and long train trips to inner-city fan of imported flowers. He allows, dismissively, Darlinghurst followed, while he worked days that of course: “You can get tulips and irises as a trainee wool sorter. In final exams he from Holland ... if you want to.” came second among NSW’s 1506 students. Out To Lunch is hosted by Lou Perri “I was able to class 1,000 pounds of greasy at The Stunned Mullet on Town Beach.

greater port macquarie focus 37














SLICE OF HAVEN • Food and Wine FestivaL •

It’s set to be a gastronomic trip around the Camden Haven region at the Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival in Laurieton, May 25. he region’s most popular gourmet event is presenting the best of the best in 2014: our fave 50 stallholders who embrace the local, gourmet vision of the festival will be invited. The stallholders will meet the annual challenge of sourcing 90 per cent of their produce within the 60 'food mile' radius of the Camden Haven. The festival, brought to you by the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, will be held on May 25, and the theme this year is 'Home grown gourmet'. The Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival always showcases the best local produce, local chefs and local talents in the region. Stallholders are challenged to embrace the theme and treat customers to a taste of our

38 greater port macquarie focus.

beautiful region. Producers, cooks and chefs are also encouraged to team-up and create dishes you won’t find on the menu at any restaurant. This sense of brotherhood amongst stallholders influences the friendly atmosphere that can only be found at the Slice of Haven. Slice of Haven will be a feast for all the senses. The gourmet local foods, drinks and their tempting aromas will satisfy young and old, talented musicians will provide a soundtrack to make you want to groove, dancers and 'dressed-up' stalls will be a sight to see, rides and art workshop will let you get hands-on at the Slice experience. Some food for thought as you make your way around the festival: a few stallholders are

launching new flavours and products on the day. Little Brewing Company will have a new beer for you to try and purchase, the Lorne Macadamia Farm will have a crisp new nut flavour and the Laurieton Fisherman’s Co-op will be selling seafood, caught hours earlier, right off their trawler which will be moored at the LUSC jetty. For the children, several stallholders will cater for their tender taste buds (and the grownups’ too). There are carnival rides, jumping castle, games and the Slice of Beach - a massive sandpit with spades and buckets ready to go. Slice of Haven is a Sunday to let loose, try and buy local dishes, relax on your picnic blanket with friends and family and seriously chill out.

If spending a day with a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky entices you, then mark May 25 as a Sunday to spend by the Camden Haven River in Laurieton. Grab your Slice of Haven from 10am - 4pm, in one beautiful location - on the waterfront between the Laurieton United Services Club and the Camden Haven River at the end of Seymour Street, Laurieton. Entry is by gold coin donation. Slice of Haven is brought to you by the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Holiday Coast Credit Union, Laurieton United Services Club, Camden Haven Courier, FOCUS, Southern Cross Media and the Hastings Co-op. For more information, contact:













Black Duck Brewery Nestled in the industrial area of Port Macquarie lies a craft beer experience you have been missing out on. With a comprehensive range of locally brewed beers and the occasional beer from fellow brewers, there is something for everyone. You can have a tasting paddle or enjoy a quiet beer, cider or glass of local wine with a ploughman’s platter and local nibbles. The spacious bar is welcoming, and the well loved brewery equipment is on display to complete the craft beer experience. All the brewing and bottling happens in house, so if you enjoy the beer at the brewery, you can take it home with you. A great place to meet family and friends or for a quiet break on your way somewhere. Stop by for a refreshing ale after work and join the other local business people taking advantage of the cellar door and bar. Open Wednesday to Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm, other times by appointment. The Black Duck Brewery will be taking their local beers to the annual Slice of Haven Festival on Sunday, May 25; so come along to the Camden Haven, sample some great beers, fabulous food and music. Bring your picnic blanket, chill out on the grass and celebrate the fact we live in such a fantastic area. For all the latest Black Duck Brewery news, log onto their website and sign up for their newsletters:

Life is short Lick the bowl! Better still, head to Miss Nellie's for a homemade treat and see why this hip, hinterland café has very quickly become one of the most popular treasures of the Hastings! With its retro pink decor, fun vibe and gluttonous menu, Miss Nellie's is located in the township of Kendall, where the beaches meet the lush scenic valleys of the Camden Haven. Owner Jenelle and her team welcome guests with a warm smile, and you will soon feel like part of the family in this friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing morning coffee with a book on the verandah, treat yourself to a homemade cake or Devonshire Tea with Miss Nellie's Jam, or bring family and friends to indulge in a light meal freshly prepared using the best of the Hastings local produce. While you're there, why not browse the shelves and take home some local goodies and gourmet gifts! Just 4 minutes' drive from the Kew turnoff on the Pacific Highway, Miss Nellie's truly offers a taste of home! Miss Nellie’s is open 6 days a week, from 9am - 4pm. CLOSED WEDNESDAY. **NOW AIR-CONDITIONED** BYO, EFTPOS, groups welcome, lunch bookings recommended. Ph: 6559 0085.

greater port macquarie focus 39



They might only be 15 years young in age, but local band ‘StrongHart’ are already impressing crowds at the events around town. Billy Hart, one of the founding members of the Camden Haven based group, tells us about how they got together and what they have been up to lately.


from The Stunned Mullet

CULTURE CLUB. What a melting pot this world of ours is – so many different countries, about 196 at last count. And within those countries are so many regions and provinces, each with their own traditions, customs and even languages. iving in a vast country like Australia, where you could travel 5000 km across our landmass, to be greeted by an accent virtually the same as the one on the other side, as well as the same shops and pretty much same culture (not that I am saying that Sydneysiders and Perth dwellers are peas in a pod!) it can be somewhat hard to believe that the traditions of one place could differ so wildly from another – in some countries we are talking about a distance of just down the road, where accents change and the speciality of the house is totally different. And there of course, is no other place where such diversity is more prominent than in food, wine and the rituals surrounding the imbibing of these. No, it's not just a case of different ingredients used, different tastes, flavours and cooking methods – it comes down to the individual philosophy of a place surrounding the intake of food, the ways in which people come together for meals, the esteem in which food is held, and the emphasis placed on mealtimes from region to region. It is fair to assume that most cultures and subcultures within them would hold dear ingrained traditions surrounding food and have their own almost sacred rituals and traditions. Of course, the sharing of meals in a tone of civility and reverence is one of the primary things that sets us apart from other animals (as well as the possession of a sense of humour!) And there are some cultures that immediately spring to mind when we think of this civility – Italy for one – a country which consists of the many diverse regions as discussed above; all however, sharing such an intense passion and adoration for food that the love for all things Italian has traversed the world over and influenced the way we dine and enjoy food and wine right here. Then there is Japan, similarly impassioned about its cuisine – the preparation of food almost scientific in its precision and detail. These are only two examples; I could go on all day – and as we become an even more global society, we discover even more amazing regional specialities from around the globe. However, it’s best that we head home and work out how and where we fit in somehow… It is such a pleasure to be able to host diners from



ey Billy, tell us about your band Stronghart; who are the members? We have five members of the band; there is myself, I play vocals and lead guitar; we have two brothers, Flynn and Bailey Armstrong - Flynn plays guitar and Bailey who plays drums; we have a rhythm guitar player, Josh Jones, and we have a new addition to the band, Jamieson Williams, who plays the keyboard. When did you first start playing together? Myself, Bailey and Flynn started - I had just taken my guitar over to their house and they would be playing a bit of drums and bass, and it just went from there. It started to get a bit more serious when we got into high school, and there we met Josh and Jamieson, and brought them into the band. We all go to school at St Joseph’s Regional College and study music as well. And do you play covers, or do you write your own music? We do a bit of a mix; so at the moment we do covers and we do a bit of our own as well. We play anything from old country rock music, through to INXS or Coldplay. We're really inspired by anything from the Eagles to Bon Jovi, and that comes across in our own music too. We’ll play anything really - so long as the band is happy. How often do you get together and

rehearse? We play together about once a week and in the holidays a bit more - maybe up to three times a week. What local gigs have you played at recently? We played at the ‘Rock n Ride’ headspace fundraiser - which was really excellent. We played on Town Green; there was a great crowd there and we got some really good publicity thanks to the other people who were there - such as Phil Jamieson and Kate Peck and a few other really high profile musicians, so that was really cool. Plus, we also played at the Rely for Life event as well. So the big gig coming up for you will be at Slice of Haven. Tell us what you will be doing there? We have been learning a few new songs - some INXS, so we are really excited about playing them for the first time. We will also be playing one of our own originals there, so we are really excited about showcasing that. So what ambitions do the band have? Just to keep going and get a few more gigs. We are really hoping Slice of Haven will give us that exposure and get us some more gigs. Thanks Billy. Keep an eye out for these talented young musos at the Slice of Haven, May 25, on the riverbank behind Laurieton United Services Club. For band enquiries, contact Trevor Hart on 0408 918 299.

all over the world here in Port Macquarie. We are lucky to live and work in such a thriving community that is attracting more and more international tourists, as well as residents, every year. Working the restaurant floor, it is quite thrilling to serve our local food to those from countries whose food we so adore – and so gratifying when it is thoroughly enjoyed. Yes, we have moved on from the meat and three veg and cremated BBQ stage… that again, is another story! One of the things we do love is to observe the difference in how diners from other lands approach their experience in our restaurant. Even whilst eating wildly different food in a different place, it is so very obvious how food traditions and rituals are ingrained through nationality. And it’s so very interesting to compare ourselves to them . For example: the sharing of meals. It’s a biggie! And one we Aussies are just getting the hang of. But a group of Chinese diners will approach a menu with one person ordering for the entire table, and they will throw all the plates in the middle and pass them around so everyone gets to try everything. Brilliant! They approach food very seriously too, enquiring about flavours, ingredients, cooking methods, in a manner that is almost businesslike. Not leaving margin for error and misinterpretation … food is of grave importance! And then there are Italian and French diners – who order in the spirited fashion that they would at home. Wine is always involved and often matched with food choices. Again, there is a lack of hesitancy when it comes to asking questions about anything they are unsure about and a desire to ‘get it right’. At the end of the day, in Australia we are still learning about what we like and don’t like. Perhaps that is why many of us will leap into a menu blindly, only to regret later. That is not to say we lack our own food traditions or that any single one abroad is better than ours! As a cultural melting pot of a country, we are lucky enough to get the best of everything – amazing international food influences, an abundance of diverse ingredients from all over the world … not to mention the best local produce with which to produce incredible, tasty and unique food, which is undoubtedly – our own! greater port macquarie focus


Robyn Butler.

What fabulous weather we experienced over Easter, and how good did our area look and feel? Though it was a holiday for most of us, others working in restaurants, markets, entertaining etc. made our experience even more pleasurable. The foreshore, waterways and beaches looked so inviting, and with the many activities going on around the towns in the Hastings, one could never be bored! Love this place! CLEANING FRUIT ... CHEMICAL FREE AND EASY… Fill the sink with water, add one cup of

vinegar, and stir. Add all fruit and soak for other drinks. You simply place them in your 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will freezer overnight, pop them in your drink, sparkle, and there'll be NO WAX or dirty film. and it won’t water down or cause the alcohol Great for berries too, as it keeps them from or other beverages to lose their integrity. The moulding. Do this with strawberries, and they corners of the stones are rounded, which will last for ages. ensure you will not damage your glassware in SCIENTISTS BELIEVE … BRAINS OF anyway. They are safe and FDA approved THE ELDERLY for use and will never react with Brains of the elderly are household solvents like alcohol h slow, because they know or detergents. is w I would like to , rs he so much. The brains The major benefit of ot all the m t ea gr , rs he of older people only ot them is the fact you can grandm d an rs he ot dm an appear to slow down reuse them over and over gr made a those who have because they have so again, simply by rinsing e th ds ar w contribution to r ou much information to them after use, pat drying of ng vi lo caring and very a n re compute, much like a and putting them straight ild ch us precio ’S DAY.” full up hard drive ... does back into the freezer. They HAPPY MOTHER that make you feel better, do not change the flavour of fellow “older residents”? your drink whatsoever. If you What’s a hard drive … driving to Google Sydney? au you will see most come in packs of WHISKEY STONES ... (HIC!) 9, in a velvet bag and cost about $23, and I was reading this article about ladies they come in light grey, dark grey, white Whiskey Stones or Whiskey Rocks, as they and black … are sometimes called, and thought this would I would like to wish all the mothers, make for a “different” pressie for Mother’s grandmothers, great grandmothers, and those Day - if your mother or grandmother fancy a who have made a contribution towards the whiskey, or any drink for that matter. caring and loving of our precious children a They are ice cubes shaped like rocks made very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY ... you are the from soapstone or granite and are high in salt and the rock of the earth, so I hope you quality and are made for the reason to keep are really spoilt and enjoy your special day. For your drinks cold without watering them down those of you, like myself, whose mother has over time, like traditional ice blocks. They passed over, it is a special day for reflection!! are known for being perfect for Whiskey or Miss you mum xx.

GET THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 WITH TELSTRA NEW PHONE FEELING™ Visit Telstra Store Port Macquarie Samsung GALAXY S5 with Telstra New Phone Feeling™






Mobile Accelerate Plan. Plus $12/mth handset payment when you stay connected for 24 months or until you use Telstra New Phone Feeling.

Telstra New Phone Feeling. Get the latest phone after 12 months when you sign up to a new eligible 24 month handset payment and mobile plan and return your Samsung GALAXY S5 in good working condition.

Minimum cost: If you use Telstra New Phone Feeling is $1,104 ($92/mth for 12 mths) plus the cost of your new plan & payment contract. Min. cost if you don’t use Telstra New Phone Feeling is $2,208 ($92/mth for 24 mths).

Telstra Store Port Macquarie Shop 14 Port Central Shopping Centre 40 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 PH: 6584 2777

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you cancel early the remaining handset payments will be higher as you’ll no longer receive a discount to offset the handset cost and you will not be able to use the Telstra New Phone Feeling offer. Mobile Accelerate Plan: Some usage is excluded; such as calls/text/MMS to premium numbers (e.g. 19xxnumbers), 1234, 12455, 12345 numbers and to some satellite numbers, content charges and use overseas. Unused allowances expire monthly. You will be charged $10/ mth for Telstra New Phone Feeling until you cancel it, use the offer or your 24 month plan ends, whichever is earlier. The spectrum device and ™ are trade marks and ® are registered trade marks of Telstra Corporation Limited, ABN 33 051 775 556.

42 greater port macquarie focus.


seen Sculptures

Warren Armstrong rong is the inspiration behind (Un)seen Sculptures – a tion that definitely embodies the ‘more than meets the unique exhibition eye’ principle! A free smart phone app makes it possible to observe hidden nuances of each sculpture, and what’s even better is the exhibition is held outdoors! (Un)seen Sculptures is brought to Port Macquarie thanks to the Glasshouse Regional Gallery ... you can experience it from May 1 - 31, 2014. i Warren. Please introduce yourself briefly to our readers and provide a brief overview of your background as an artist... Hi, my name is Warren Armstrong. I’m a new media artist with a background in software application development, and an interest in the creative potential of contemporary technology. This has led me into some rather esoteric experiments and explorations – such as turning Twitter updates into hymns, or turning brainwave readings into stylised models of leaves that were printed in glow-in-the-dark plastic using a 3D printers. And it’s seen me spend a lot of time exploring the possibilities of that most widespread piece of contemporary consumer technology – the mobile phone – and this has lead to me curating (Un)seen Sculptures, the exhibition of mobile phone based augmented reality art that will be bringing to Port Macquarie in May. Where did the idea for (Un)seen Sculptures stem from, and what was your role in organising the exhibition in Rozelle, Sydney, in 2012? The idea for (Un)seen Sculptures emerged in 2010 after seeing the work Symmetry by Chris Manzione of the Virtual Public Art Project. It was a giant crystalline form that the artist had “virtually” placed in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. It was completely invisible until I held up my iPhone and “there” it was – superimposed over the video seen the lens of the phone’s camera. I was immediately taken by the possibility of taking this idea further and having an entire “virtual” sculpture walk; something akin to the annual Sydney outdoor sculpture festival, Sculpture By The Sea – only with sculptures that weren’t actually “there” and could only be seen on smart phones and tablets. I curated and presented the first (Un)seen Sculptures as part of a suburban community festival in Sydney in early 2011. Shortly thereaf-

ter, it was staged in locations throughout Melbourne, at the Cairns Festival, and then as part of 2012 Sydney Art Month in Rozelle, Sydney. And now the exhibition is coming to Port Macquarie ... how excited are you about this? It is always exciting to take (Un)seen Sculptures to To experience new locations and see these work s how the pieces work you need a or in a particular space. smartphone And this is especially tablet with an ality so when it’s a space as augmented recation the artwork may viewing appli e beautiful as the Town also be ‘interaclike L ayar – th n) Green foreshore where tive’ – responding to one used in (U a number of the works in – s touch by producing re tu seen Sculp .” this show will be located. It it sound, or providing n o installed has also been exciting to see access to other informaworks that have been produced tion. In the current show, specifically for this show, including a there is even a work that will couple by local artists, and one which will fluctuate in size in response to being be expanding over time, by American artist viewed. John Craig Freeman. Tell us more about the app – the Layar Please explain the concept of the exhibiAugmented Reality Browser. Was this detion - what is a mobile 3D augmented realveloped specifically for (Un)seen Sculptures ity art show exactly? – and does it have any other applications? An art show of the sort I am putting on basiLayar was actually developed by a company cally consists of a series of computer-generated in The Netherlands for wider, more commercial3D art works that have each been given GPS ly-oriented purposes than art shows like (Un) locations. To experience these works you need seen Sculptures; things like on-screen popa smartphone or tablet with an augmented up boxes directing people to businesses and reality viewing application like Layar – the one services. Initially, it only displayed flat images used in (Un)seen Sculptures – installed on it. and text labels on the mobile phone screen Once you have this, you just go to the but then, in late 2009, it added support for 3D location of a work, open the AR viewing app, computer-generated models, and that’s when and hold up the device. The app will use the artists became interested in the possibilities it device’s GPS to work out how far it is from presented. the artwork, and the device’s compass and So art is just a happy by-product of this comaccelerometer to work out which side of the mercially driven application. artwork is visible – and it will then superimpose What are some of the pieces that will form an image of the artwork, seen from that point part of the exhibition in Port Macquarie? of view, on a video from the device’s camera. Among the works in this showing of (Un) As the device is moved from side to side, the seen Sculptures will be a giant scan of the foot artwork will appear to remain in place, as if it of Sydney artist Tully Arnot that will occupy is actually ‘there’ in the landscape. In addition, the lawn in front of Rydges, a school of virtual

dolphins painted by local artists, a colony of mutant future water lilies that respond to the viewer’s gaze, the latest in a series of spiral sculptures by local artist Julie Shea, and a selection of items from an imaginary virtual world based on Alaskan culture – complete with audio recordings of short pieces of digital fiction for audiences to enjoy. What do you hope the public will ultimately gain from viewing (Un)seen Sculptures? If they haven’t had one already, I hope the audience gains a glimpse into the fascinating world of augmented reality, and the artistic possibilities of this intersection of the virtual and the real. Where to from here? Once the exhibition closes in Port Macquarie, are there any plans for it to travel elsewhere - or do you, yourself, have any other creative projects in the pipeline? Right now there are no immediate plans in the pipeline for (Un)seen Sculptures once it closes in Port Macquarie, but there is one artwork that has emerged out of this staging that may have a life beyond the show. Flotsam & Jetsam, an AR installation consisting shipping containers and washed-up flotsam, is looking to spread out from its site outside the Glasshouse Gallery to mark out the shoreline of Port Macquarie in 50 years’ time when it is predicted the sea will have risen by 7 metres. Thanks Warren. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 43

Port City Bowlo

44 greater port macquarie focus.


Maureen Hales Maureen Hales is a local artist working from her home studio and gallery in Port Macquarie, Benjella Art Studio and Gallery. Maureen's solo exhibition, titled Coastal Synergy, will be showcased at the Macleay Community Art Gallery during May. ell us about your journey as an artist - when did you first realise your passion for art, and how have you come to be where you are today? As a child I loved to enter the drawing competitions on the Corn Flakes boxes and still remember my excitement when the postie delivered my funny little prizes. At 15 and still a naive country girl, I was accepted into the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney, where I studied graphic design. I quickly found my feet and went on to work freelance in Sydney, London and Zimbabwe. I moved to Port Macquarie in 1980, with family and business being my focus for many years. I started painting 8 years ago, the beginning of a new and exciting personal journey. What is your style of art, and what has influenced your work? My style has changed dramatically from my Mixed Media 3D portraits in the beginning to seascapes on canvas and most recently, contemporary works. I love my early morning walks on our beaches soaking up the serenity and the sunshine. I find an endless source of inspiration in the natural beauty of our wonderful pristine coastal area. I love our clear blue skies and pristine beaches that so many of us take for granted. Paradise is 2444. How do you maintain a traditional feel with some contemporary elements? Most of my work is referenced from my own photos, so my subject matter is still quite traditional, with the introduction of bolder lines, colour and texture adding the contemporary element. The viewer

can take a wander (or a swim) through my clever use of fabrics, braids, lace and my paintings discovering interesting stops beads, which gives them their amazing along the way. 3D effect. A love of costume design and Your solo exhibition, Coastal Synergy, cupboards full of ‘tizzy bits’ was my origiwill be on display at the nal inspiration. I have painted Macleay Community Art many famous women and Gallery in May. What have done some amazscenes are depicted ing commissioned d se es We are bl r ea throughout this cl portraits. Many l ta ys cr with e th s ct exhibition? have ended up in fle re at water th our of s Coastal Synergy private collections ue bl ul tif beau I love to d an s, highlights this in Canada, New ie sk r ea cl e colours coming together Zealand, Perth reproduce thes ly of my traditional and Sydney, as that so magical and capture the light and contemporary well as locally. sunshine .” styles. There are Where else can we lots of seascapes and find your artworks local scenes. I love to on display? paint trees that are forever I am a passionate supportreaching for our beautiful blue er of our local Artist Markets and skies - also flowers, the essence of new life can be found each month at Cassegrain’s, in nature. The Foreshore and the Gladstone markets. With many beautiful beaches in our You can find my work in the Northern Exlocal area, what do you love about posures exhibition at the Glasshouse, The painting seascapes? HVFAA Gallery and Mastercraft Framing We are blessed with crystal clear water and Gallery. I host an annual solo exhibithat reflects the beautiful blues of our tion/garden party, and visitors are always clear skies, and I love to reproduce these welcome to come and browse my home colours that so magically capture the light gallery or visit my website. Please contact and sunshine. You may even be tempted me for more information. Also, don’t to take a dip. forget to pop into the gallery in Gladstone Portraits are also a specialty of yours, to see my Coastal Synergy exhibition. with a costume theme seen in many. Gladstone is a pleasant 1 hour drive north What has been the inspiration for on the way to South West Rocks, and the some of your favourite portraits? Gladstone Pub does lovely lunches. I have always been fascinated by beautiMaureen Hales, Benjella Art Studio & ful faces, with my portraits capturing Gallery. the expression in the eyes. My glamorPh: 0413 991 616 ous ladies communicate and watch over Email: you. They have a uniqueness created by

greater port macquarie focus 45

focusinterview. Photos by Fab Photos

Hamish Keddie High School Musical

Hamish Keddie has taken on the rewarding and challenging role of directing talented students from high schools around the area in Players Theatre’s production of High School Musical – a task this passionate teacher, actor and director was more than happy to accept! High School Musical will run throughout May … don’t miss it!! i Hamish. Please fill us in on a bit of your background ... what brought you to Port Macquarie originally, and what’s your day job? I came to Australia in 1987. My mother is Australian, and my father is Scottish. They decided after over 30 years in Canada to come and reside here; plus, my mother missed her family. I was a well-travelled 18 year old who embraced my new home with relish. A long journey of working as bartender, kitchen hand and chef in Brisbane and Sydney and sleeping on many floors to becoming an actor brought me to where my parents had settled, here in Port Macquarie, where I can proudly say I am the drama teacher and Year 8 Adviser at Port Macquarie High School. My day job as a high school teacher is full of dramas that keep me on my toes day in and day out. I love trying to challenge students to take on responsibility and build confidence from that. It makes me want to come to school every day. How did you first become involved with acting and directing? I first became involved with acting at a young age, but travelled a different path in my teens. I would say a good 20 years or so I have been involved with acting and directing. I was always the class clown and carried on a treat in the classroom back in Canada. It wasn’t until I went to university in Armidale, NSW, that I found the love of the stage. In my study of performing arts I was given an opportunity to work with New England Theatre Company, and there I had the desire to direct. After working with some leading theatre tutors and mentors, some from England, I got more confident to push myself into the world of acting. A professor from England, Chris Ross-Smith,

e cast me in his intense play The Island, by South Musical. How long will the African playwright Athol Fugard. It was a production’s run last? journey of self-discovery, and his advice and Disney’s High School Musical On Stage is on guidance has led me onwards to the passionate from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, June 1. It is a and quirky teacher that I am. more comprehensive version than the movie, What’s your association with Players Thewith 17 songs and a deep storyline. We have atre? two special daytime school shows on May 15 I have been a member of the Players Theatre and May 22 at 11am – all students are only $10 since 1994. The Players Theatre is a unique and teachers free! and amazing community theatre. The Why was this musical, in particular, volunteers, the people who give chosen to be staged at Players? their time to make sure that This is Disney! I love the ve lo ld live theatre thrives are truly energy, the passion and ou Iw inspirational. The hard storyline. I submitted this to see more this of ns tio uc working costume ladies, to the Players because od pr the people who do I wanted to unite all scale on EVERY more single year and makeup and hair, the students from every type g students cravin backstage crew and of background to be e to throw away th managers, the lighting on stage and feel the al demands of soci and sound people and adrenalin rush of LIVE or media and indo on of course, the actors, theatre. up t pursuits and ge musical directors and Who are some of other ...” e ag st theatre directors all deserve a the talented cast and crew mention, because without all of involved with the production? them not one single show would ever On board the good ship High School be put on. Musical I have multi-talented Simone Berry, This theatre is not a club, but a working my musical director, who is just awesome in organisation that has put on some fantastic every sense of the word. For my choreographer musicals and plays. The future that I see the is the ever-bouncy Claire Michell, who teaches Players Theatre heading is taking on musicals at St. Agnes Primary School. Her work with the such as the one I am directing now, High School actors has been inspirational, and I have loved Musical, a full-on show full of young, talented working with her. performers dancing, singing and acting. The two leads of Gabriella Montez and Troy I put on the dark musical Sweeney Todd the Bolton are played by Sarah Carroll and Jack Demon Barber of Fleet Street back in 2011, Titterington, both strong young performers. which was my first attempt at a musical, and by Jack is having his second go on stage at the all accounts it was a hit. Players, because I cast him as the young Tobias I thoroughly enjoy working at the Players Ragg in Sweeney Todd, where he and Simone Theatre, and I can call many of the members my Berry shared the role to huge success. I have a friends. We are lucky to have such a fantastic talented cast that is a make-up of students from venue on Lord Street! MacKillop Senior College, St. Paul’s High School, You mentioned you’re directing High School Port Macquarie High School, Melville High

School, Kempsey, Camden Haven High School, Regional High School. For someone like Bianca Power, who plays the diva Sharpay Evans, this musical is hard as she is doing her HSC at MacKillop; I admire her dedication and energy coming to all rehearsals ready to dance, sing and be a drama queen! I have seasoned back stage manager Bert Parlevliet, who is a rock backstage – which is great. It helps me manage the show and all the ups and downs of having a large cast. What have been some of the highlights of working on this musical for you personally? The highlights are working in every rehearsal with such a fantastic group of young performers! Two performers in the show had to step up into bigger roles than they had initially, and they have done such a wonderful job I cannot help but mention that, as it takes guts to do what they have done. The main excitement is working with Simone; she is such a talented person and having a laugh along the way keeps us moving along. We both want the same thing – to show the community that we have some amazing talent out there and if we get the right vehicle – aka – High School Musical – it’s “the time to free us, to touch the sky, to reach for the highest star”. You obviously have a passion for youth theatre and drama. What direction would you like to see this heading locally? I would love to see more productions of this scale on EVERY single year and more students craving to throw away the demands of social media and indoor pursuits and get up on stage and have some fun. As in High School Musical – “together, forever, come on let’s have some fun…” Thanks Hamish. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 47

sienna grange — P O RT MACQ UA R I E —


Choose a superbly built 2 or 3 bedroom villa for your retirement and enjoy features such as: – Extra comfort, security and value provided with solid bricks and mortar – 24 hour emergency call system in every unit – On-site manager to assist with special requests – New community centre coming very soon – A range of social activities – Home care service options tailored to your needs**

28 JOHN OXLEY DR I V E , 02 6581 1322 SIENNAGR A NGE .COM . AU * Price is correct at time of printing and is subject to change. **Additional services such as domestic help, meal preparation, medication management, shopping or transport assistance are offered on a fee-for-service basis.

48 greater port macquarie focus.


Port Macquarie Tourism Association

with Susie Boswell.


T o u r is m


janette hyde. What great weather we have all enjoyed for our Easter break. y now, most households should have received the latest Eat, See and Do Guide. This very informative booklet is a must to keep and discover Greater Port Macquarie, as well as encouraging your visitors to explore this diverse region.


going into the maze, Roses and Historic Douglas Vale, all in picturesque settings. We also have two great Boutique Breweries, The Little Brewing Company and Black Duck. All of these locations are a must to visit, whether you are a local or holidaymaker.

If you have not received your guide yet, pick one up from the Visitors Information Centre at The Glasshouse or iKew Visitors Centre.

For more details on our wonderful attractions, check out the Eat, See and Do Guide.

A new tourist attraction was launched on 7th April: Port Jet Waverider, an exciting new commercial boat. Custom-built for Port Macquarie and it is environmentally friendly. Port Jet’s new boat is ideal for the river and ocean conditions experienced here. Andrew and Liz Burt are very proud of their new enterprise. Why not look for the great new yellow boat at the Waterfront on the Hastings River. If you are looking for an adventure in the sky in Greater Port Macquarie, why not experience: High Adventure Paragliding, with nothing more than a wing and harness, and you can be soaring above mountains, experiencing a perspective of earth otherwise only accessible to birds. Coastal Sky Diving Skydive tandem and freefall over Port Macquarie. The magic of your first skydive is an experience you will never forget. Hastings Valley Helicopters is focused on providing safety, high-quality service and customer satisfaction. They do everything they can to exceed your expectations. Experience Jet Fighter and become a Top Gun Pilot for a day, flying your very own Adventure Joy Flight with Australia's longest running adventure jet operator. Join Port Macquarie Seaplanes and imagine the thrill of taking-off and landing on water and experiencing the magnificent scenery of the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW. Soar over the spectacular coastline and waterways and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Great Dividing Range. Another experience which adds to the diversity of the region is the Winery Trail - Cassegrain, Long Point, Innes Lake, Bago - don’t miss

The Ironman Local Committee is still looking for people to act as volunteers along the course on 4 May. If you are interested in volunteering, please email portmacquarie@ It is a rewarding experience. ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR MAY Toyota IRONMAN Australia, Port Macquarie Sunday 4 May Established in 1985, TOYOTA IRONMAN Australia remains an iconic global event, from the swim course in the Hastings River to the bike course along the Pacific Ocean to the Camden Haven, and the run course in the heart of Port Macquarie. Slice of Haven Food & Wine Festival, Sunday 25 May Spend an Autumn Sunday feasting on delicious local delicacies at the 7th annual food and wine festival in the Camden Haven. Slice of Haven organisers are gearing up for a gourmet food and wine festival with a difference in 2014. Enjoy chilled out music and the cream of gourmet food producers from the Camden Haven. Big Band Blast Music Festival 2014, Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June Pack your trumpet or just your dancing shoes and groove to the sounds of New Orleans at the Big Band Blast Festival. John Morrison has assembled a 'Monster Big Band' with a full metal rhythm section (two drummers) alongside a 30 piece horn section. Angry Anderson will be the special guest for this world premiere performance. It's going to ROCK!


t’s the biggest festival of wooden boats in the Southern Hemisphere and indeed pretty much anywhere in the world, save for an event in Brittany, France’s big shipbuilding and fishing centre, said to be bigger but held only at four-year intervals. By contrast, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the craftsmanship of timber vessels over four days every two years – next from Friday February 6 to Monday February 9, 2015. It’s centred about Hobart’s famous Constitution Dock and right across the adjacent Sullivan’s Cove waterfront on the River Derwent. And sees worldleading sailors, boat builders, maritime historians and enthusiasts gather to honour Tasmania’s unique maritime heritage and culture and visitors mingling with them to admire, discuss and learn more about value and beauty of timber craft. Every manifestation of wooden boat creation is on display, from tall ships and sleek racing yachts to working fishing trawlers and hand-hewn dinghies ... and model boats. The event’s grown from a modest inception 20 years ago to, last year, register some 550 wooden boats boarded, sailed on and inspected by 200,000 visitors, more than a third travelling especially from the mainland and a wide number of other nations. The city of Hobart goes mad for it, says festival General Manager Paul Cullen, enjoying a broad program of entertainment, featuring Tasmania’s renowned fresh seafood and produce and including a range of exhibitions, lectures and special children’s activities. Sponsorship’s been integral to the festival’s expansion and its standing and cachet now see it backed by Tassie’s biggest bank, MyState, as well as the State Government and other corporate supporters. The underwriting allows the festival to offer completely free entry to the public, masses of free ancillary activities, and attendance, also free, at its Wooden Boat Symposium, to enjoy a fascinating program hosted by internationally-renowned guest presenters. A huge maritime marketplace materialises where boat builders, tool makers and ship’s chandlers offer their wares; attendees can chat to the owners and builders, craftspeople and sailors, and a “village” of shipwrights who still practise their traditional skills. A boat groupies’ extravaganza! Even greater numbers of vessels and visitors than ever are expected at this coming summer’s event. Naturally, the festival’s Seafood Market adds to the atmosphere and complementary Tasmanian gourmet food, wine, ciders and whiskey are a big additional drawcard. Planning for the 2015 festival has been in train since last year’s event for the many activities

that go to make up an attraction to appeal to all. A random selection from 2013’s diary, for example, includes: boat owners’ welcome gettogether, breakfasts at the Wooden Boat Tavern, dinghies display, Water Ways art exhibition at the Salamanca Arts Centre, building and restoring wooden boats, choosing the right engine, Maritime Museum of Tasmania visits, a book launch, Irish boat building and curraghs, protecting your wooden boat’s hull, model boat building and exhibition, model boats afloat, traditional crafts, classic racing dinghies, sailing dinghies, Rowing Tasmania display, boating weather and using the Met Bureau website presentations, storm tactics, small boat design, tall ships sailings from Elizabeth Pier, fisherman’s village, “from tree to boat” exhibition, sculling races, traditional wooden dinghy race, Derwent skiffs rowing trials, classic wooden power boats display and demonstration, Open Day at Mission to Seafarers, a marine artist work at the Masterpiece Gallery, old sea dogs photographic display, scrimshaw, punts display and a parbuckling display. Parbuckling? That’s recovering a sunken vessel using rotational leverage. Notable examples include the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbour and the Costa Concordia last September. A skill to have but preferably not need. And even: surfing in Tasmania. Other offerings will include attractions such as guided walking tours, boat rides, sea plane flights, all-day roving performers, sea shanty songs and ballads, seafood market stalls, Franklin Wharf food stalls, Tasmanian seafood cookery, The Great Tasmanian Chowder Challenge, latest seafood industry research, crayfishing in Tasmania, aquaculture, farming oysters, Wooden Boat Tavern wine and cider tastings, Marketplace Bar, Indonesian village and food stall – even information for devotees such as “cleaning up marine debris” and “climate change and the marine environment”! And the Royal Australian Navy Band’s Concert under the Stars. Organisers create a dedicated children’s program with activities such as kids’ woodcraft - make your own boat to take home, street art: mural painting demonstration, circus for kids – the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, family pirate photographs, storytelling, puppet theatre presentations – an adventure story about boats and sailors, and numerous other opportunities to keep kids occupied, interested and involved in the event. There’s an evening fireworks cruise ... and The Piper’s Lament, the Farewell Sail Past. 2015’s special guest vessel is HM Bark Endeavour. Further info at: au Photo: © Bruce Smart, Kingston Camera Centre. greater port macquarie focus 49


Community Champions Danena and Mark Stone hold Billabong Zoo's koala named Stoney with Artist Bruce Whittaker and his painted Hello Koalas sculpture. Pic: Lindsay Moller


Artist Kellie Mobbs

On 8 September 2014, local communities will wake to the enigmatic smiles and whimsical designs of the 50 large scale fiberglass koalas sculptures residing in various locations across the Port Macquarie region to form the Official Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. We catch up with two of the artists Bruce Whittaker and Kellie Mobbs about their artworks on the Koalas.


he Hello Koalas Sculpture Project is the brainchild of Arts and Health Australia’s Margret Meagher, who sees public art as a key way to foster connected communities, promote creative industries and generate cultural tourism. Port Macquarie Hastings Council is principal sponsor, with Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital a major project partner. “The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail essentially relies on two groups of people to make this project materialise – the Artist, who conceives the sculpture design, and the Community Champion who sponsors their koala sculpture,” said Margret. We received 150 artist submissions and have shortlisted those to 75 designs and now we are having fun matching the Artist with their Community Champion. You can see the shortlisted designs on www.hellokoalas. com. Several artists have already completed their sculpture designs, like Bruce Whittaker and Francessca O’Donnell, some are just starting, like Kellie Mobbs, and others are awaiting selection by Community Champions. All designs will be completed by July 2014 and the sculptures ready for the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail launch in September.” Hello Koalas Artist Bruce Whittaker from Tweed Heads, NSW, was a logical choice for Community Champions Mark and Danena Stone from Billabong Zoo. ------------------------------------------------------------Bruce, tells us about your involvement with Billabong Zoo I am a familiar face at Billabong Zoo where the Stone’s call me their own “artist in resi50 greater port macquarie focus.

dence”. I have created a number of backdrops to complement the various animal enclosures over the years. My latest artwork at Billabong Zoo is featured at the Meerkat enclosure. What brought you to this type of work? I call myself a ‘themer’ rather than an artist. Actually I am a signwriter by trade but over the past few years have been engaged to create themes and backdrops for wildlife parks, zoos, museums and major theme parks. Some of the big attractions I have worked on recently include creating a Coral Sea backdrop for Underwater World in Shanghai, China and SeaWorld on the Gold Coast. What inspired your design idea for your koala sculpture? I wanted the design to reflect the Australian landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Unlike other projects I have worked on, painting the sculpture did have its challenges, mainly because it was really important for me not to compromise the integrity of the koala image itself. I spent quite a bit of time staring at the face of the sculpture and working out the best way to ensure my artwork complemented the beautiful symmetry and curves of the koala sculpture. Eventually it talked to me and I was on my way! I am proud my koala sculpture will be on exhibition at Billabong Zoo, which has such a great reputation in koala care, breeding and conservation. Hello Koalas Artist Kellie Mobbs has a special connection with her Community Champions (and parents) Kay and Jim Mobbs from Bago Vineyards

I have included the maze as part ea of my theme id and am calling e the sculpture, Th ” a! al Ko g in eaz Am

---------------------------------Kellie, you know the landscape so well at Bago Vineyards, what especially influenced your design for your koala sculpture? I am working as a textile print designer and combine photography, painting and digital design to create bright, energetic images. My artistic themes always revolve around the natural environment, both celebrating the beauty and conveying concern. When I developed my design idea for the koala sculpture for Bago Vineyards, I had one major theme idea in mind, “the magic of the bush”. I am in awe of the beautiful environment I grew up with on the farm. My personal connection with the property inspired me to create a design idea to reflect the bush magic through native flowers. For example, I use spiraled bottlebrush flower designs as a key element to the overall image. Bago Vineyards is now well known for its maze – will this also be incorporated into your koala sculpture design? I have included the maze as part of my theme idea and am calling the sculpture, The Amaze-ing Koala! My brother is a landscape architect who

created the maze using native Lilly Pillies. I felt it was important to highlight the beauty of this addition to the Bago Vineyard landscape. The maze is a magical place for the young and old to escape, as well as being a major tourism attraction in our region. How did you develop your career as an artist? I studied Fashion and Textile Design at the University of Technology in Sydney with a focus on printed textiles and clothing design. I worked abroad in Italy and London to expand my experience and am now working as a textile designer in Australia, with both cult Australian brands and commercial fashion. I recently launched Bago Studio, a contemporary cycle wear clothing label. Bago Studio features unique eye catching prints and classic cuts for practical and stylish cycle wear.

the plug! For more information about the Hello Koalas Sculpture Project, log on to, email or call Hello Koalas Project Manager, Linda Hall on 0428 975 650

Direct From the USA The world famous Glenn Miller

of American culture such as Moonlight

Orchestra is returning by popular

Serenade, In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction,

demand to perform one concert at the

Chattanooga Choo Choo and many more…

Glasshouse Theatre on Tuesday 17th

Our special guest stars will entertain you

June commencing at 7.30PM.

once again…The Moonlight Serenade

This will be a new show – bigger and

Singers and fabulous dancing from The

brighter than ever. A concert spectacular

Broadway Swing Dancers.

starring 26 musicians, singers and dancers

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, featuring

on stage. An added attraction will be

America’s finest musicians will bring back

a feature of music from the library of

all those sentimental memories of the

The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band,

1940’s – the great Big Band hits, the original

performed by the Orchestra.

Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of

The Glenn Miller musical arrangements

the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Frank

are unique; even after 77 years, they are

Sinatra and those memorable World War II

still heard around the world; timeless icons



THE WORLD FAMOUS GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA THE MOONLIGHT SERENADE SINGERS THE BROADWAY SWING DANCERS Mussiical Mu cal Di ca Direct reccttor re or: Ri or: Rick ck Geerrber be r be “A spectacular rendition of classics & upbeat favourites” Australian Stage

and fe and an feat atur urin inngg musi mu musi sic from from fr om

CONCERT SPECTACULAR 26 Musicians, Singers and Dancers on Stage Unforgettable Music of the 1940’s from the Golden Era of Swing

GLASSHOUSE THEATRE, PORT MACQUARIE Tue 17 June 7.30pm – Book at or 6581 8888

greater port macquarie focus 51


greater port macquarie focus.

THE COLONIAL COBBLER How quickly the seasons come ome and go, but oh what a privilege to be able to enjoy the journey! As you will note when you look at any of the fashion magazines, the must have for this winter is the ankle boot. Of course, this takes on many guises,

wililll be b your colour this season? Mix it What will up and try out different textures to add to your look, such as leather and suede. Thinking about travel? Many people are on the move these days. The Northern Hemisphere beckons many of us through our

THE MUST HAVE FOR THIS WINTER IS THE ANKLE BOOT. “ OF COURSE THIS TAKES ON MANY GUISES, FROM THE FASHIONABLE HIGH HEEL, TO THE VERY COMFORTABLE FLAT.� from the fashionable high heel, to the very comfortable flat. You will be excited to note that colour has taken a foothold and we are not confined to the traditional black and brown for the Autumn/Winter season. We are seeing a trend of pastels, including indigo, teale, fuschia and mustard, and some textured colour with washed out burgundy, beige and navy.

winter months, and as such the need for the comfortable travel shoes. A range of sandals and walking shoes that will fit that need are also still available in store. Step out in sophisticated style and choose colours that will become staples in your winter wardrobe. Stocking quality brands at affordable prices, don't forget to come and browse the new season range at Colonial Cobbler today.

greater port macquarie focus 53

Find something special for Mum this Mother's Day - Here are some of our favourite finds all sourced from our local retailers.

EAST COAST LASER L'Occitane gift sets Phone 6584 6266

GLASSHOUSE FLOWERS natural light candles phone 6584 2242

THE DEPARTMENT STORE new furniture range phone 6585 2299 OUT THERE DESIGN

54 greater port macquarie focus.

TAKE MUM TO THE GRILL The Grill: steak, ribs and seafood… cooked to perfection. Griddle has changed it's name to 'The Grill', and is still offering exceptional water views in the same location on Clarence St (opposite to cruise terminal), friendly service and a menu to suit all tastes. The Grill has a huge variety on the menu, with everything from steaks, ribs and fresh local seafood, to burgers, pastas, sizzlers,


chicken, salads and mouth watering desserts! Try the generous serving of 1kg full rack pork ribs, 500g Wagyu steak, chilli garlic mussels, slow braised lamb shanks, sword fish, fresh local oysters and deep fried baby snapper to name a few!


KYLIE'S ART STUDIO Come and see our unique range of gift ideas at Kylie’s Art Studio and Supplies, Gifts and Homewares. We now stock beautiful Ashleigh and Burwood lamps and fragrances. To introduce you to these stunning lamps, we are offering a free tube of incense with every $100 purchase in the Ashleigh and Burwood range. Also new is our range of soft toys from Wild Republic; there’s no shark cull in our store. Come and see our range of sharks, orcas, kangaroos, koalas and even a sloth. We have top quality craft kits for kids, great for the holidays. Layby for the winter season, and keep the kids entertained.

Become a VIP member and get rewarded every time you dine at The Grill.

Of course, we still have our favourites - the talking Noah Bears and plenty of hand painted items and paintings from local artists.

Come and see the friendly team at The Grill, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

If you are still stumped for ideas, then why not give a gift voucher for art supplies or art lessons, or maybe a portrait?

Leanne, what do you specialise in at Lakeside Beauty Retreat? We specialise in a wide range of beauty treatments ranging from waxing and tinting, eyelash extensions through to advanced facials, microdermabrasion, facial peels, and body treatments. Tell us about some of your product ranges. We stock a range of skin care products including ASAP, Skin Juice, Pure Fiji and Zuii certified organic makeup. What great gift ideas are on offer for mums this Mother’s Day? This Mother’s Day, indulge your mum with a ‘Juicy’ treatment. Our Botanical Juice Splurge Package includes a juice shot facial, a mini lemongrass juice pedicure and manicure for just $99. Or, perhaps a gift voucher or any of our product packages designed especially for her. What exciting new services will you soon be introducing? We are very excited to be introducing Lakeside Beauty Retreat’s partnership with an experienced, knowledgeable Cosmetic Physician and Surgeon. An impressive, vast range of treatments will be available to you. Such treatments include, but are not limited to, anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, Sclerotherapy leg veins, liquid face lift, thread lifts, eyelid surgery to remove loose, droopy skin from top of eyelid, hand rejuvenation as well as teeth whitening, laser for pigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing of brows, lips and eyeliner.

greater port macquarie focus 55


greater port macquarie focus focus.




arolin, what makes Elysium Beauty a ‘mini retreat’ for clients? We offer everything you need to put your mind at ease, feel rejuvenated, and get relaxed and pampered! Our services include everything from Laser Hair Reduction, Personalised Skin Treatments, Dermal Rolling and Skin Renewal Peels, to Full Spa packages, Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Spray Tanning and Holistic services including Reiki, Massage and Angel Card Intuitive readings. Why is it important to have such an elite standard of product and service in the beauty industry? In my experience, it is the quality of your business and the quality of service that really counts. Our qualified and experienced staff provide a unique experience for clients in a welcoming and professional environment, and this is something that we achieve with ease at Elysium. It is important to maintain these high standards by always looking for new ways to improve, introducing new courses and training for staff, and finding new product ranges to benefit our clients. You will be celebrating your 1st Anniversary in July, what have been some of your successes thus far? We are very excited to be celebrating our first year in business. During this time, we have developed our business plan that has extended our Laser services, and our dedicated Spray Tanning room with state of the art extraction booth is wonderfully popular. We have more than 10 spray tan solutions that will suit every skin type. We have produced a comprehensive spa menu which is currently being reviewed, and new treatments are being added. How do you stay on top of new advances in technology? At Elysium, we have a policy of training and updating in all areas of beauty wherever possible. Myself and staff attend advanced product knowledge classes, technical seminars, including Advanced Laser and IPL Hair Reduction and Skin Treatment courses, Microdermabrasion, Dermal Rolling and Skin Peels. My staff and I are always researching developments within the beauty industry to ensure that our clients receive the very best in the latest treatments and products available.

Coming into the winter season, what treatments and products should people be having/using? Now is the perfect time to start your Laser Hair Reduction treatments to reduce unwanted hair for the summer months. As the seasons change, we tend to experience dry, flaky skin. Our Microdermabrasion Facial is a great way to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, whilst polishing the skin to stimulate new cell growth and collagen. This is followed by sonophoresis to infuse moisturising serums into the skin to give you a beautiful glow. We will also be adding some yummy body treatments to our winter spa menu, using warm clay wraps, hot oil wraps and luxurious peaches and cream body polish, just to name a few! Always looking for new ways to improve your business; what is in the pipeline for Elysium? Elysium Beauty will soon be adding an exciting new product range, Payot skincare, to complement the treatments we offer. The organic Payot range will allow our clients to feel the benefits of all natural products, and we will be the exclusive stockists in Port Macquarie for Payot skincare, including their all natural organic line. We are in negotiations with a renowned plastic surgeon from Sydney to perform Injectables and Surgical Consultations to complete our Holistic Packages. Renovations are also underway at the salon, with the rejuvenation of our reception area and spa room - watch this space! Tell us about your community support and involvement - why is this important to you? We donate to many cancer foundations and fundraisers to help support our local charities. We believe that you have to give to receive, and in doing so we support the Pink Ribbon Campaign as our major charity. Elysium Beauty has generously donated to Port Macquarie Breast Cancer support group, Port Macquarie Cancer support group, local schools for fundraising events and the MS Foundation, to name a few. We enjoy taking on work experience and trainee students who would like to gain some experience working in the beauty industry, continuing to support local people with their chosen career. We are also actively involved in Port Macquarie business groups that support the local economy. greater port macquarie focus 57

YOUR MUM This Mother's Day

ENTER and WIN •Nils Nilsson & Sons•

The Observatory Penthouse

YO U C O U L D W I N M U M T H E U LT I M AT E PA C K A G E Luxury Penthouse Accommodation at The Observatory 3 nights for up to 4 people in a luxurious Penthouse overlooking Town Beach Port Macquarie.


Spa treatment for mum from endota spa to the value of $150

$200 Voucher to use at The Glasshouse Box Office or Gift Shop.

Total prize valued at over $1950 HOW TO ENTER


Upload your favourite photo of you and your mum, along with 50 words about what makes her amazing - to our Facebook page.


Share the photo with all your friends and get them to LIKE it.


The photo with the most number of likes at 5pm Saturday 8 May will WIN this amazing prize.

02 6581 8888

Conditions: Open to anyone. Not redeemable for any other offers, or exchangeable for cash or other goods. Must be used within 12 months of 8th May 2014. Black out dates may apply. Check at time of booking.


greater port macquarie focus.

CELEBRATING MOTHERS At Dudes and Dolls Hair, we want to give all mothers a special experience for Mother's Day. We have a selection of Top 3 Gift Ideas at Dudes and Dolls for your mum this Mother's Day. 1. ghd 'air' Hairdryer. Fastest and smoothest way to dry hair. 2. ghd Straighteners - available in classic gold, sapphire blue and pink diamond. With ghd straighteners you can get three completely different looks: silky smooth, curls, or waves. 3. Gift Vouchers. If you purchase a gift voucher, the team at Dudes and Dolls Hair can come up with a personal pampering package to suit exactly what your special someone wants. We are offering all mums to come in and relax in our reclining, massage basin lounge and choose from any of these pampering specials: • Shampoo, hot towel treatment, 10 min head massage, blow wave or straightening - $55.00. • Shampoo, hot towel treatment, 10 min head massage, style cut, blow wave or straightening - $85.00

Package deals also include ... Your choice of a free take home Moroccan Oil Treatment OR Free Eyebrow Wax or Eyebrow Tint done in our beauty room.

GLASSHOUSE FLOWERS Whilst it's true that every day really should be Mother's Day, Sunday 11th May is the perfect opportunity to show our mums, and the important ladies in our life, how much they mean to us! And what do you buy the lady who has it all? A gift voucher for one of our floral design classes for an experience she will

WE HAVE BOTH TRADITIONAL AND "OUT “ OF THE BOX" IDEAS FOR YOU TO SPOIL MUM WITH AND TO MAKE LIFE EVEN EASIER, WE HAVE OUR NEW COLLECTION ONLINE AT WWW.GLASSHOUSEFLOWERS.COM.AU WILL YOU CHOOSE A TRADITIONAL BOUQUET, A HAMPER FULL OF GIRLY DELICIOUSNESS, OR EVEN ONE OF OUR GORGEOUS SUCCULENT TERRARIUMS?” always remember - a fantastic afternoon filled with pretty things and yummy goodies. Whether she is the creative type or not, our classes are designed to be enjoyable for all skill types! We’d love to answer any questions, or you can find out more in store or on our website:

greater port macquarie focus


Inside Out @ Lighthouse Assorted jewellery phone 0403 569 478

Find something special for Mum this Mother's Day - Here are some of our favourite finds all sourced from our local retailers.

Kylie’s Art Studio Ashley & Burwood London Oil Lamps and Oils Phone 0427 598 042

Lakeside Beauty Retreat Pure Fiji Pamper Pack phone 6584 8884

Dudes & Dolls Miracurl Styler by Rusk, CPR Colour pack Phone 6582 1161

Colonial Cobbler Pierre Cardin handbag and Zeta boot phone 6583 3525

Elysium Beauty Day Spa Skinstitut Products phone 6583 2217

Inside Out @ Lighthouse homewares phone 0403 569 478

60 greater port macquarie

SPOIL YOUR MUM Mother’s Day is the one day a year where it is a MUST to spoil your mum!

10.30am. $20pp.

Although, it should be every day! There are so many things we have to thank our mums for,

Two courses $45pp - reduced à la carte menu including a glass of Croser NV

Relax with a two or three course lunch:

THIS MOTHER’S DAY ON SUNDAY 11TH MAY, TREAT MUM TO “ A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY ON THE WATERFRONT WITH A SCRUMPTIOUS BREAKFAST OR LUNCH AT ZEBU. ” and it is important to spend some quality time together to catch up amongst the hustle and bustle of our fast paced lives. This Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th May, treat Mum to a special Mother’s Day on the waterfront with a scrumptious breakfast or lunch at Zebu. Enjoy an à la carte or full buffet breakfast overlooking the water from 6.30am -

Sparkling. Three courses $55pp - reduced à la carte menu including a glass of Croser NV Sparkling. Kids’ menu also available. All mums get a special gift of a $20 voucher to with all lunch bookings. What better way to spend the day with Mum? Reserve your waterfront breakfast or lunch booking for Mother’s Day by calling Zebu on 6589 2822.

BEAUTIFUL SKIN TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY IN Special Offer Indulge yourself or treat someone special with an Ella Baché Signature Facial and luxurious Foot Ritual. Also receive $20 to spend on skincare products & $20 to spend on your next treatment.

Only $99

For a limited time only. Gift Vouchers Available.


T: 6583 6952

greater port macquarie focus 61

62 greater port macquarie focus.


Francesca O'Donnell - owner of locall business d skilled ‘Out There Mosaics’ is a talented and artist who creates stunning mosaics and has recently branched off into creating beautiful cesca pieces of jewellery. We chat to Francesca about the creative process involved in llery. creating these unique pieces of jewellery.

Francesca O’Donnell ‘Out There Mosaics’


ou have branched out now not only to create beautiful mosaics, but also stunning jewellery pieces. How did this new venture begin? I used to dabble in jewellery years ago making richly decorated gothic like brooches in black fimo, that were encrusted with glass beads and highlighted with antique gold. Getting back to jewellery feels a natural progression from the large intricate mosaic artworks I have been involved with in recent years, into small, colourful pieces of art you can wear. I started putting small pictures into jewellery blanks, but that quickly was replaced by using some of my tiny mosaic tesserae like Murano millefiori and Mexican smalti. Once these were covered with resin, the pieces suddenly came to life. My passion for working with glass was inspired by a fascinating lampwork workshop with well known jewellery artist Skye Petho, from Arthouse Industries. Whilst I failed at lampworking, the properties of melting glass drew me in, and I began combining Murano millefiori and glass into glass fusions. Can you tell us about the style of your jewellery? Like most of the things I create, there is no one style - simply an exploration and play with various materials, where one idea leads to another. The fact that jewellery pieces come out of this ‘play’ is a bonus, and I use these to create a small range that may include earrings, necklaces and rings that work together. The underlying theme is usually colour and pattern. Your jewellery pieces are all individual -

what do you use to make your designs, and how difficult is the process? Creating jewellery is a bit like entering a lolly shop ... so many exciting materials to choose from, with the only limit your imagination. I rarely plan a piece; I tend to find a new material and start playing. I work with most of my containers open around me and look for colours, shapes or pieces that will work together. Glass fusions can be a bit more challenging, as the fusing glass comes in a flat sheet, which has to be cut. This requires both skill and patience. Patience I have bucket loads of; the skill to cut a piece that is actually even and what I want is more challenging. After the small pieces of glass are layered together, they need to go into a kiln for 5 hours or more, where the glass is heated through a series of temperature cycles which gradually bond the pieces. The glass is then allowed to cool slowly over a specified time, soaking at specified temperature ranges, which are essential to the annealing process. This prevents uneven cooling and breakage and produces a strong finished product. Thanks once more to Skye here for her help in understanding this process and the use of her kiln. The other challenging element I have come across is working with the gloss resin finish. It not only has fumes you need to avoid, but can develop tiny air bubbles and lines which are hard to remove and can spoil a piece if not noticed early. What are some of the favourite pieces that you have created? So often I stumble across things that really draw me in. I recently found some large jewellery blanks of birds. By embellishing these with

ry Creating jewelle ring te en e lik t bi a is many a lolly shop ... so to ls ia exciting mater ith choose from, w ur yo it lim the only ” n. io at in imag

tiny shards of Mexican smalti to form feathers and using Murano millefiori for the eyes, I had way too much fun making these in a range of colours which quickly led to the Rainbow Lorikeet and King Parrot, which I have just finished. Have you ever been commissioned to make a piece of jewellery for someone before? I recently met a woman whose mum had passed away from breast cancer, and she was looking for gifts to thank those that had supported her. I felt that for these gifts to have meaning, they needed to represent symbols of hope and remembrance, so I combined the icon of the breast cancer ribbon with birds and blue beads hanging from a silver circle with the word ‘hope’ engraved. As necklaces, they would sit near the heart and be a special reminder of her mum. How can people see and purchase your jewellery? Later this year we will be launching our new look website and online store that Vick and I are currently planning and hope to have up and working by mid June. You can always find us at the Artists in the Vines at Cassegrain Winery on the fourth Sunday of the month. For those who have not yet experienced these markets, they are a ‘must do’ destination. Set in the shade amongst the trees at Cassegrain, these markets offer a huge variety of unique stalls filled with handmade

goodies and art. There is always an outstanding line up of musicians, and who can resist a relaxing day out with great food, wine and entertainment! We are also excited to be invited as ‘artists in residence’ at the Tara ‘Spotlight Exhibition of emerging artists’ and The Great Day Out, which will be held May 16 and 17 at the Tara Anglican School in Sydney. We will be exhibiting our mosaics and jewellery and demonstrating over the two day event. You can also see many pieces on our website www.outtheredesignandmosic and our Facebook page: What are your future plans for your jewellery? After the launch of our online store, we plan to follow up some connections we have made in Sydney and Melbourne to possibly have some mosaics and jewellery pieces available in a few trendy shops that sell the type of merchandise that would complement our artworks. The other hat I wear is teaching ballet at WPMPA, which I love. In my conversations with students recently, it has reminded me just how passionate these kids are about their dancing and their friends. With this in mind, I have decided to create a series of fun pieces which will include dance and friend icons with a selection of gorgeous millefiori beads on colourful leather and silver necklaces. Thanks Francesca.

greater port macquarie focus 63

By Glenise McLaughlin from The Natural Health Sanctum By Shanna Fealy, Midwifery Lecturer University of Newcastle Port Macquarie Campus and Clinical Midwifery Specialist (CMS) at Port Macquarie Base Hospital



Gestational Up to 45% of the population is estimated to suffer from some form of food intolerance at some stage in their life. That means almost one in two of us (including infants, children and adults) are being affected in some way by the food we are eating, WOW, that’s a lot of people suffering!


ometimes people can identify the gain, difficulty losing weight, diarrhoea, offending food easily, because constipation, stomach pains, difficult they feel unwell when they eat concentration, headaches, migraines, sleeping that particular food; others find difficulties, mood changes including tantrums it very difficult. The reason for and crankiness, itchy skin rashes such as this is that it can take up to eczema – oh, the list could fill this three days for a symptom entire magazine! The severity of to appear; plus, some the symptoms vary as well, even Food people have been living within the same person. Food Intolerance ly nt ca fi ni with the symptoms for intolerance can significantly sig can so long that they think affect your ability to live a affect your ability to live a normal it is ‘normal’ for them. normal life. life. ” For example, the milk or You know ... it doesn’t have bread eaten today could to be like this; help is available. be the cause of the joint At The Natural Health Sanctum pains three days later and can we use a quick, reliable and simple last for weeks. Can you imagine how test for food intolerance that is suitable for hard it would be for an infant or a infants, children and adults. We then design young child to be able to communicate what a comprehensive Food Intolerance Program is wrong with them when even adults find it specifically tailored to suit your individual difficult? health needs. Call Glenise McLaughlin The symptoms of food intolerance can be Naturopath/Nutritionist at The Natural Health many and varied, such as: fatigue, reflux, Sanctum on (02)6583 3544 to take all the constant sinus conditions, joint pains, aching guesswork out of finding out which foods are muscles and weakness, bloating, weight your ‘trigger foods’.

64 greater port macquarie focus.


estational diabetes is defined as glucose intolerance of varying degree that for the first time has been detected during pregnancy. This may include women with undiagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes or be true gestational diabetes that is only present during pregnancy and resolves following birth. It is the second most common disorder of pregnancy, occurring between 2 - 9% of all pregnancies, with rates increasing globally. The onset of gestational diabetes commonly occurs during the second trimester and has no particular signs or symptoms for a woman to be aware of. During the second trimester the baby enters a time of rapid growth and development. For a woman’s body to accommodate these changes, the placenta releases hormones that are thought to block and slow the release of the mother’s insulin, to allow for an increased supply of glucose (sugar) to be available for the growing baby. This is called insulin resistance, and in most people the resistance from the placental hormones can be regulated by an increase in insulin from the mother. In gestational diabetes, the mother’s body is unable to produce enough insulin or use insulin effectively to regulate the glucose


levels, resulting in higher than normal blood glucose levels. If left untreated, this can cause complications for the developing baby and mother: the most common complication being large for gestational age babies (above 4 kg). The screening for gestational diabetes forms part of routine antenatal care. Screening occurs generally between 24 - 28 weeks’ gestation by an oral glucose tolerance test. In Australia, Screening is recommended for all pregnant women. The risk for developing gestational diabetes is highest amongst women who are obese BMI ≥30kg/m2 at the beginning of pregnancy, women who gain weight during pregnancy above the recommended guidelines, women with poly cystic ovarian syndrome, have a family history of diabetes, women over 35 years of age, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women or women of Asian descent. Women requiring more information about Gestational Diabetes are advised to discuss their questions with their midwife, obstetrician or doctor. Useful resources can additionally be found at the Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy society’s web page or Australian Diabetes Council website http://www. .

foggy brain?

bloa bloated? tired all the time? stom stomach upsets? If you answered yes to any of the above, you could simply be suffering from an intolerance to one or more foods you are consuming. Food intolerances may cause a range of slow-onset symptoms that are seemingly unconnected to specific foods. Symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear, in which time a lot of different types of food and drink have been consumed, baffling the sufferer as to what has caused their discomfort. Although not life threatening, the impact on sufferers can be significant, sometimes affecting their ability to live normal healthy lives. Symptoms of food intolerance are many and varied and can include anxiety (acute/chronic), arthritis, ADD, bed wetting, bloating, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, depression, muscle aches and pains, headaches, inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, itchy skin problems, mood swings, sleep disturbances, weight control problems – and many, many more. Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’, feeling bloated and being tired all the time. Up until now, food intolerances have been very difficult and time consuming to diagnose, due to the vagueness of the symptoms and the time lapse. Now a quick, reliable, simple, safe test for food intolerance to 59 foods is available at The Natural Health Sanctum. This procedure is the world’s first in-clinic test available for food intolerance. This test now forms part of our comprehensive Food Intolerance Program, which is specifically tailored to suit each individual’s needs. Be quick, be smart, be symptom free – book in for your Food Intolerance Program now. Glenise McLaughlin – Naturopath with over 20 years’ experience, specialises in the natural treatment of food intolerances.

New Eyecare Technology Eyecare Plus prides itself on using the latest technology in all aspects of your eye care, from examining your eyes right through to providing your eye wear needs. Eye Health: Breakthrough eye imaging technology with Ocular Coherence Tomography, digital retinal imaging and corneal topography allows our optometrists to assess the health of your eyes from the cornea right through to the retinal layers at the back of your eye. So, we can detect and monitor cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Spectacle Frames: Our frames include thermo plastics and titanium alloys to provide super light, strong and flexible frames in fashion and designer ranges. The result is a frame that feels comfortable, looks great and will last the life of your prescription. Spectacle Lenses: Eyecare Plus prescribe the latest generation lens designs with coatings that incorporate complete UV absorption and anti-reflection. The result maximises vision clarity and comfort, while providing complete eye protection. Contact Lenses: Breakthrough bi-gradient moisture technology provides contact lenses with unsurpassed comfort whilst providing maximum oxygen and moisture to the eye. These contact lenses exclusive to Eyecare Plus feel so comfortable, that patients forget they are wearing them! So if you have tried contact lenses unsuccessfully before, or if you find your current contact lenses uncomfortable and dry at the end of the day, or if you have ever thought about contact lenses, this new lens material is for you. If you have questions regarding any of this new technology or how we can solve your vision needs, please call our offices below.

Dr. Bobby Kumar Cosmetic Surgeon Facial Rejuvenation Q&A Can a Facelift look natural? Yes! – the days of the ‘windswept’ look are history! Dr. Bobby Kumar, Cosmetic Surgeon, uses a deep plane technique that results in a rejuvenated, refreshed appearance with long lasting results that still maintain an individual’s natural features & appearance. And with hidden scars, no one need know! Do alternatives like Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) or Threadlifts work? The short answer is No: • PRP has only been demonstrated to be effective in combination with the compound ECM in repairing tendons or damaged tissue in US military experiments • ECM is only available in USA & not TGA approved in Australia • Research into PRP without ECM (performed by qualified, trained Doctors in a closed, sterile system) has NOT demonstrated worthwhile or long lasting effects, & as a typically expensive procedure, patients are usually dissatisfied. • Threadlifts are unfortunately often promoted & performed by untrained practitioners with a lack of understanding of facial anatomy, tissues, musculature & nerves.

• Complications include uneven pulling of skin tissue, track marks, nerve damage affecting muscle movement & perforation of the parotid gland/duct • Patients are disappointed with minimal & short term results; Threads = 15-18 month minimal results Facelift = 10-15 year effective results For an appointment with Dr. Bobby Kumar, call Wendy on 1300 676 003 or 0430 491 009, or email

UÊ œ“«Ài…i˜ÃˆÛiÊiÞiÊiÝ>“ˆ˜>̈œ˜ÃÊÊÊÊ UÊ>ÌiÃÌÊÌiV…˜œœ}ÞÊVœ˜Ì>VÌʏi˜ÃiÃÊÊÊÊ UÊ >Ì>À>VÌÊEÊ}>ÕVœ“>ÊÌiÃ̈˜} UÊ ˆ}ˆÌ>ÊÀï˜>Êˆ“>}ˆ˜} UÊi>Ì…Êv՘`ʈ˜ÃÌ>˜ÌÊV>ˆ“Ã

PORT MACQUARIE: 95 William St... 6583 7333 29 Horton St.... 6584 3948 WAUCHOPE: 6 Bransdon St... 6585 2393 greater port macquarie focus 65

66 greater port macquarie focus.

GIVING IS GOLD Holiday Coast Credit Union has proudly supported Life Education Australia since 2002 and is currently providing $33,000 per year to support the education of children in the local area. Life Education Australia provides positive programs that develop the social skills and knowledge necessary for effective decisionmaking, communication, negotiation, peer resistance and refusal in drug-related situations.

Life Education NSW. This is a major community giving program and one that all at Holiday Coast are extremely proud to be associated with. We encourage our staff to be actively involved in the local Life Education Support Groups … this engagement is part of our staff Community Giving Program.

Life Education’s programs are based on the latest research, and provide high quality drug education featuring role-play; social skills training; correction of common myths; and varied, fast-moving and interactive activities facilitated by excellent educators assisted by the latest multi-media technology.

“The benefits for sponsoring Life Education NSW is best seen through the eyes of the children that attend the school visits from the Life Education Van and Healthy Harold. The sponsorship of this program neatly aligns with Holiday Coast Credit Union’s strategic focus on enhancing our community’s well being, as well as demonstrating Holiday Coast Credit Union’s core values.” Neville Parsons - CEO Holiday Coast Credit Union.

Healthy Harold is a well-known and loved mascot who accompanies the local educator Leannne Goggin to local schools to roll out fun and engaging programs that are age specific. “The support of organisations such as the Holiday Coast Credit Union enables us to keep providing essential services and programs to schools locally.” Jay Bacik – CEO

HOLIDAYCOAST credit union

It’s where you belong... Ongoing annual contribution since 2002, currently



GIVINGISGOLD APPLY NOW FOR YOUR 2014 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GRANT GRA ANT The Application Form and the Grants Guidelines are available from the Holiday Coast Credit Union website at, by calling 1300 365 7 24 or email Applications must be recieved by Holiday Coast Credit Union no later than 12 noon Wednesday 14 May 2014.

It’s where you belong...


1300 365 7 24

Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd ABN 64 087 650 164, AFS & Australian Credit Licence: 240782. Registered Office: 1 Commerce Street, Wauchope.

greater port macquarie focus 67


Margaret et Court’s Cou Miracle

When Margaret Court (nee Smith) Australia’s greatest women’s tennis player (winner of Wimbledon three times plus five US and five French Opens and 64 major tennis tournaments, 1960 - 1975) stepped down from international tennis, she had developed frightening heart palpitations.

argaret went to her doctor in the US, she was given a book about and discovered she had a ‘being born again’ (John 3:1-8). Margaret torn heart valve and was almost threw it in the rubbish bin, but told she would be on tabinstead went to a prayer meeting with lets for the rest of her life. She became her American friend who had given her very sick and depressed and was hospitathe book, and at that meeting felt God’s lised. Margaret began to believe touch and for the first time she that God would heal. knew God intimately. She She read the Bible and had been ‘born again’, believed what God and God began to t Today Margare said about healing play a significant is the founding and miracles and role in her life. ictory Life V of or st Pa after several years, She returned and Church in Perth was totally healed to Perth and y an has planted m by God’s amazshared this new es ch similar chur .” ing Grace, and she experience with ia al tr us across A no longer needed her husband, Barry tablets. (Barry is the son of Margaret Court was a former Premier of a devout Catholic and atWestern Australia, Sir Charles tended church regularly during her Court). Soon Barry too found God tennis career. However, she always in a much deeper way and was ‘born felt she wanted to know Christ in a again’ (Romans 10:9). Margaret and deeper way. Whilst visiting some friends Barry found they drew closer together as

they drew closer to God, as did their family of four children. Margaret says, “That if I knew years ago what I know today, I could have won twice as many Wimbledons as I did.” She continued, “It’s true, I know it, if I’d known how to renew my mind and to think on the positive and on the good things, I wouldn’t have had the inadequacies in my life I had.” Today Margaret is the founding Pastor of Victory Life Church in Perth and has planted many similar churches across Australia. She has seen hundreds come to Christ and healed by God. Some years ago Margaret Court came to Port Macquarie and spoke at an Aussies Afire Conference in the old Civic Centre. Over 400 heard her speak, and many received a special touch from God. Sources – * Margaret Court’s autobiography, Winning Words. Published in 1999 by Strand Publishing. *An article in The New Idea, 11/4/1987.

This article is published by Kerry Medway, and sponsored by Aussies Afire Publishing. In Port Macquarie there are seventeen amazing churches. Find yourself in Church – this Weekend.


greater port macquarie focus.

MAY 2014





January 21 - February 19

May 22 - June 22

September 24 - October 23

Your soul is calling out for your attention. Listen to your needs. Some personal nurturing is required. Release other people’s stress and problems, as these weigh you down. Set some personal goals and enjoy what is about to befall you. Kunzite fills our soul with joy, allowing us to override stress.

Time for change is at hand, perhaps a change in career or a new position at work. You have exhausted the cycle you have been in and your itchy feet are a result of still sitting idle and perhaps waiting for change to come to you. Make a choice and take action. Garnet is wonderful for prosperity in thought as well as outcome.

Remember strength and wisdom are such powerful virtues; they will take you on the most amazing journey through life. You were blessed with these qualities and need to remember the difference between your problems and everyone else’s. Lately taking on too much has exhausted your zest. Moldavite will transform your energy and gives flight to new opportunities.




February 20 - March 20

June 23 - July 23 Ju

You have a wonderful opportunity to recognise your self worth. You are embarking on a journey of self-discovery. You can expect either bright outcomes if you like yourself or negative outcomes if you don’t. Rose Quartz is a wonderful crystal for selfesteem and unconditional love.

A gift is about to be bestowed upon you. This was your creation through a wish made several months ago. Now all you need to do is get out of the way and let heaven help you. Romance and passion are likely to be a major influence over the next few months. Rhodochrosite helps us find our inner child’s joy of life. Carry it for a couple of weeks.



March 21 - April 20

July 24 - August 23

You have the natural ability to manifest whatever you want. You also have the challenge of not believing in yourself adequately. Set some new goals and give yourself permission to achieve them and receive their rewards. Clear quartz amplifies strengths; carry it or wear it.

Now is a good time to consider what you deserve. The more you think you are worth, the better your outcome will be. Try to recognise any feelings of low esteem and turn them around using positive affirmations. Selenite is very powerful for self esteem issues.

October 24 - November 22

Goal setting at this time will benefit you mostly. New beginnings are at hand, so make the most of this creating time. You can have what you want, but you need to know this. Give yourself permission to receive your wish and enjoy it when it gets here. Aventurine will help you to grow very quickly.

SAGITTARIUS. November 23 - December 21

You are a natural leader. You will achieve so much more when you remain focused. Avoid distractions at all costs over the next few months and be elated by your changes. Turquoise is great for self-improvement.




April 21 - May 21

August 24 - September 23 A

December 22 - January 20

Your inner strength has been challenged lately. Now is the perfect time to set some new goals for a positive future. You will enjoy some newfound talents and friends. By walking fearlessly into your future, you will discover even more personal strength. Azeztulite helps us to connect with alternate realities. Carry it on your being.

The world is your oyster. You will soon be finishing off old business ties and making ways for new opportunities, so be prepared. Some new friends are entering the picture, which is why old relationships are fading away. Words need to be spoken to clear some old issues. Speak your truth from your heart. Zincite helps creation of new ideas.

You can expect an apology or confession from one very close to you. Justice is being served and anything unresolved, will be forgiven. Spend some quiet time thinking about what you need and how you can muster it within yourself so you are completely independent and not needy of another. Lapis Lazuli helps us understand our needs.

greater port macquarie focus




Every day without a SMILE is a lost day.

Warren Grimshaw AM is an active member of the local community who combines high-level roles in both the health and education sectors. We talk to Warren about his position as Chair of the Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board.


The ‘models‘ above are all real patients of saacks orthodontics with real smiles.

At saacks orthodontics we don‘t believe in a ‘one system fits all‘ approach. Every smile is unique. Every person individual. Every treatment we recommend is customised to achieve a better smile. We offer a range of orthodontic options from the best systems available in Australia and America. Plus, with Dr Eric Saacks overseeing all treatment plans you have the confidence of a renowned international orthodontic and periodontal specialist with the experience to further customise any treatment, ensuring the best possible smile for you.

Free orthodontic consultation We will explain, in detail, the treatment best suited to you or your child. Together with a timeline, costs and repayment plan options. No referral is necessary. It’s an absolutely no obligation consultation. Call 6584 2333

70 greater port macquarie focus.

arren, you are the Chair of the Governing Board of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Please tell us exactly what your role entails and also that of the Board ... The Governing Board, with the Chief Executive, Stewart Dowrick, is responsible for setting the strategic directions for the district, improving patient care, monitoring the performance of the district and delivering health services within an agreed budget. Effective communication with communities also forms part of the Board’s role. As Chair, I work with the Board and Stewart in achieving the strategic goals of the district and ensuring that the focus is always on patient safety and quality. Aboriginal Health is a key focus of the Board, as is the promotion of new approaches to the delivery of health care. Developing policies to promote health for all ages and the provision of coordinated and integrated care is also a major consideration. I regularly meet with community leaders and participate in state meetings and, in doing this, advocate for our district in a variety of forums. What are some of the major improvements and initiatives the Board is moving to have implemented this year for our local communities? The district can be proud of what has been achieved since its establishment just over three years ago. I mention particularly our emergency and surgical performance, which has brought significant benefits to the district. Our clinicians and management should be proud of what they have achieved. Other initiatives include: the development of renal dialysis services at Macksville in collaboration with a local GP practice, the

appointment of a vascular surgeon to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, the construction of a new sub-acute facility at Bellingen, the establishment of an Emergency Medical Unit at Coffs Harbour Health Campus, extensive capital works at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Wauchope District Memorial Hospital and Kempsey District Hospital and the launch of the Your Health Link public website. The Board and the MNCLHD Executive are supported by a dedicated workforce of clinicians, health professionals, managers and administrative and support staff. What do you enjoy about taking an active role in the health sector? The health sector is critical to the wellbeing of our communities. I enjoy very much the challenges of the position and regard it as a privilege to have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the ongoing development of our health services. I enjoy working with our clinicians in seeking solutions to problems and working with our committed Board members. The Board does make a difference, as we strive to achieve our vision of providing Quality and Excellence in Regional Health Care. You are also actively involved in education, and as such received an AM for your services to education and to public administration. How do education and health go hand in hand? Education and health have similar purposes in many ways, in that each is critical to our future as a nation. Each has its own challenges, but with an overriding challenge of quality provision. I am still involved in education and training through North Coast Institute of TAFE and the NSW TAFE Board. It’s the best of both worlds. I have treasured the opportunities to participate in the progress of education and health and in their critical missions.

Edstein Creative Stone The thought of choosing a loved one’s monument can appear somewhat daunting for families during their time of need. Choosing a company with a heritage extending back to 1896 that employs trades qualified Stone Masons who are fully licensed can place familes’ minds at rest, knowing they are dealing with a reputable company that has stood the test of time. As with the ever changing world we live in, business must find new ways of servicing the needs of our clients. Edstein Creative Stone have developed an extensive website which provides a wide range of information and images of monumental styles. On this site we have also developed an online inscription assistant which provides a tool to guide families through the layout of a headstone.


You can also keep in contact with us via Facebook! To contact one of our consultants or to make general enquiries, please contact us at or call toll free on 1800 621 599.

MidHeading Coast Careers Your Here! Market Community collaborators create career connections The strong partnership between two well-respected local organisations has provided the opportunity for over 800 students to discover career, training and study pathways to set them in the direction of success. Mid Coast Connect and North Coast TAFE joined forces last year to deliver the 2013 Mid Coast Careers Market with outstanding success. Mid Coast Connect’s Partnership Broker Michelle Fischer is looking forward to continuing that success at this year’s event. The event features a diverse range of exhibitions from the business community, industry and local education providers to inform participants about career and study choices. Students from Years 9 to 12 across the Mid North Coast attend the Mid Coast Careers Market. “We were very happy with the results last year and students were really enthusiastic about attending. Many of them were impressed with the calibre of exhibits” said Michelle. “This year we are endeavouring to showcase an even greater range. We’ll still have all the usual ‘favourites’, as well as plenty of fun and freebies.” Most exhibits at the Mid Coast Careers Market aim to be highly interactive as well as informative. Stall holders will be available to talk to students about areas of interest, what kind of jobs are available in their line of work and prerequisites, such as qualifications and prior experience, needed for the position. They can also give a ‘first-hand’ account of what it is like. The Mid Coast Careers Market will be held at the Port Macquarie Race Club on Tuesday, May 27 from 10.00am to 2.00pm. All secondary students are welcome to attend and the free event is open to the public. For more information on exhibiting or attending the Mid Coast Careers Market, please contact Partnership Broker Michelle Fisher on 6562 5314 or 0448 877 953. Our website also has more information

greater port macquarie focus 71


by Michelle Newman from Newman Communications


The ‘Day in the Life’ series gives us a glimpse into the working lives of the people we don’t often see or think about, but who play an important role in keeping our community running.


s a childcare educator, Sarah Wilton is always a bird’s nest at home, so the class will look up and learn on her toes. about how nests are made and then collect twigs to build It’s a big responsibility, guiding the cognitive, their own. social-emotional and physical development of “We balance giving children access to up to date resources a group of busy three and four year olds. But such as computers and tablets, with natural resources from for Sarah, who remembers fondly her own time at preschool the playground and local environment.” in Gunnedah, it’s also a privilege to be making memories Sarah said some people see the Early Childhood Educator with the children she cares for. Sector as ‘glorified babysitting’. Sarah has always loved children. She grew up “I assure you, it is much, much more than that.” caring for her younger cousins, and a Year Staff at Bangalay Child Care and Education 10 work experience placement at a local Centre put a lot of time and energy into s w llo fo preschool cemented her determination developing individual portfolios which y da Each e, in ut ro ar to start a career in childcare. document each child’s development, ili m fa a have s or at uc Sarah studied a Certificate 3 and interests, activities and photos. ed e th and lp the he to s ay w a Diploma in Children’s Services at Sarah loves to give the children er ev cl n from TAFE and received numerous awards opportunities to explore and create. children transitio her, ot one activity to an nds for excellence, achievement and “Play is the lifeblood of the early ha such as clapping s dedication. learning process. Children are it’ to let them know A great honour for Sarah was the developing their curiosity and problem .” time to go inside opportunity to share her education solving, as well as learning confidence, journey and transition into the workforce cooperation and communication.” as an Aboriginal TAFE Graduate guest Sarah forms a special bond with each child speaker at a Department of Education, and their family and has been with her current Employment and Workplace Relations roundtable event. class for three years. “I love watching their minds According to Sarah, patience is the most obvious quality tick during group discussion time. Some of their answers a childcare worker needs, but also creativity, warmth, are so imaginative and funny. Children are the most honest confidence and leadership. people!” Each day follows a familiar routine, and the educators have She takes the time to chat with parents at the start and end clever ways to help the children transition from one activity of each day. The feedback she receives is heart-warming, to another, such as clapping hands to let them know it’s time and it’s rewarding to know she is making a difference in each to go inside. child’s life. The children take comfort in repetition and knowing what Sarah’s very first class of babies will head off to ‘big school’ to expect, but Sarah says it’s the individual interactions that next year, and there may well be tears at the gate as she make each day unique and special. A child might have found waves goodbye!

MY DAY. 8.30am

Sign in at work. Put on hat and sunnies on and go outside to interact and observe. Greet families and children as they arrive. Take photos of outside activities.


Clap hands for ‘inside time’. Run group time - reading stories, singing songs, playing sharing games. Supervise hand washing and morning tea.


Inside play. Children can choose from the organised activities or their own play spaces.


greater port macquarie focus.

Encourage children to help pack away and set out beds. 12pm

Lunchtime for the kids. Put some relaxing music on and turn the lights out for rest time.


Lunchtime for me. Off to the staffroom for a little peace and quiet.


Design PowerPoint of photos and comments about what the children are learning and gaining out of their play and group times.


Encourage self-help skills like putting their own shoes and socks on, getting their hats and helping rub their sunscreen in. Encourage children to put their bed sheets away.


Facilitate music and movement with the children. Afternoon tea and tidy the room.


Outdoor play. Greet parents for pick up. Talk to them about what their child did that day and areas of development.


Say goodbye to fellow workers and children. Time to sign out and go home.

BREAST AUGMENTATION WHICH IMPLANT? WHAT SIZE? HICH IMPLANT? Breast augmentation with silicone implants has been done for over 50 years, with silicone implants first used in 1962 & saline implants in 1964.


not a difficult decision for me to use only the best implants, namely the high cohesive biodimensional implants for my patients. I use the Natrelle (previously known as McGhan) 410 for its well established reputation for safety & quality.

Over the years, many improvements have been made by addressing problems of silicone diffusion, silicone & saline leak, rupture, deflation & migration.

These implants cost more than many others - but what price safety & peace of mind for both patient & surgeon?

Saline implants have a major problem - a valve is used to fill an empty silicone shell with sterile saline (salt water) at the time of surgery. Unfortunately, in addition to the previously mentioned problems, the saline implant has the additional risk of a valve leak in about 20% of patients.

This is probably the hardest decision for the patient! The problem is due to the fact that the same sized & shaped implant will look different on different women, due to differences in breast & chest shape & size.

Silicone gel-implants on the other hand have become better & safer, especially with the development of high cohesive gel-implants (the silicone in these implants have more cross linkages, which causes greater cohesion of the molecules of silicone) in which implant leak or migration is almost completely eliminated. Further, the availability of biodimensional (naturally shaped) implants in a range of projections, height & width, permits "customisation" for the patient. With all of the above changes, it was


Breast augmentation, while increasing size & volume, will also highlight every existing problem in nipple size & position, breast shape, position & asymmetry & chest shape & asymmetry. There is no template or formula to follow & a photograph of a woman with implants that compliments her are not relevant to any other woman. The only thing that works is individualization & customisation.

depends on a number of factors, & the patient's compliance with the necessary postoperative care is critical. Time is well spent in going into all the details, for the patient to be well informed. The patient is then advised to come back in a week or two, giving time for absorption of all information given. The second consultation, at no additional cost, may be a short one, with the patients seeking some information. If the patient has decided to go ahead with surgery she then has to choose her surgeon. I prefer my patients to have a good think about this & want them to choose me on trust & rapport & not on price or style. The rest is easy! We have a good range of brassieres, fitting tops & breast-implant sizers, to take the patient through a range of implants, to help her choose the right size (or sizes, if asymmetry is significant).


The use of a full-length mirror & a well setup digital photography studio aids in helping the patient to see herself in the mirror & in an immediately available digital image.

At the first consultation, the time is spent discussing breast augmentation, the pros & cons, the timing of surgery & the dos & dont's after surgery. The eventual result

The goal is to make a woman look good with or without clothes, to have a natural look & for her to feel happy & confident with the change in her body contour.

greater port macquarie focus 73

Disability Services: How individualised funding could help give YOU the freedom to live independently Bennett Powell talks to us today about how he has benefited immensely from the funding he received under the Supported Living Fund. A similar fund will be available under the Governments ‘NDIS’ National Disability Insurance Scheme. ennett tells us about the support, confidence and freedom that this funding has given him and how it encourages him to make his own choices and achieve his own goals.


and Her Coach. Each week varies, but I would d say I complete 7 hours running, cycling and swimming ming with my worker Emma from Centacare. These hours will increase with time as we get closer to the Half Ironman.

Bennett, please tell us a little bit about yourself ... I currently live on my own in Port Macquarie. I work two days a week as a Kitchen Hand and one day a week at Ten Pin Bowling. I enjoy fitness, being healthy and cooking all my own meals. My favourite meals to cook are roast chicken and roast vegetables with gravy. What goals have you have set yourself with your Centacare Worker? As part of my support I have chosen to begin training for the Half Ironman in November 2014; it’s the 70.3 Forster Challenge. It is a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre cycle and a 21.1 kilometre run. What training have you been doing? I have a training program with Mel Cockshutt from His

What made you decide to do the Ironman? I enjoy fitness, and I want to complete it for the challenge and to stay healthy. I would also like to meet new friends and mix with new people. What other goals have you set yourself since working with Centacare? I just recently completed the NRL League Safe Course to allow me to run the water for the Port Macquarie Sharks RLFC with my Centacare worker. I am also studying to get my Motor Scooter Licence. What other things do you want to achieve in the future? I would like to complete the Full Iron Man in Port Macquarie in May next year; this will mean a lot more training for me, but I really enjoy it.

Would you recommend Centacare to other people looking to find a Supported Living Fund? Yes, I would. The support they provide is about what I want to do. Centacare assists me with setting my own goals, and they provide me with information about what is available in the community. Thanks Bennett. Bennett has recently made the National Games for 200 m and 400 m sprints. He was also selected for the long jump. Emma and Mel have been working hard with Bennett on his training program for the Half Ironman; they are currently looking for local organisations to offer sponsorship for Bennett to assist him with his goals. If you are able to assist in any way, please contact Emma Cudmore on 0423 291 616 or Mel Cockshutt on 0428 749 505.

about t h e program he NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers. People with a disability, their families and carers have expressed the need for greater choice and control over state-based disability funding and resources, and the supports and services they access in their daily lives. To ensure that these people are at the centre of decision making about the services they need, the NSW Government will implement person centred approaches by the end of 2014. Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is looking to expand the range of accommodation support options to offer more choice for


74 greater port macquarie focus.

people with a disability, their families, carers and support networks. This includes promoting individualised funding and supported living arrangements for people with a disability, their families, carers and support networks that are inclusive and designed around individual needs. What is individualised funding? Individualised funding packages will give people with a disability more choice and control over their lives and futures, including how the system supports them. Essentially, individualised funding means that funding is allocated to meet a person’s particular needs and aspirations regarding how they want to live their life, which is detailed in their

Support Plan. The funding is portable and will remain with the individual and be administered by a service provider of their choice. What is supported living? Supported living is quite a simple idea. People with a disability should have real choices and control over decisions on: where to live, who to live with and the supports required to live the lifestyle they choose. A person with a disability receives the support he/she needs to live in their own home. If the person needs to change the support they receive, this can also be changed. Supported living involves: • emphasis on the person. • community inclusion.

• new ways of looking at support, based on a mix of unpaid, informal relationships, complemented by paid, formal support that is flexible and tailored to the individual. • a service provider supporting the person with a disability and their family, carers and support networks to enable them to have a high degree of influence on matters that affect his/her life. • a separation of housing and support. This means the support services fit the person; the person does not have to fit the services. ADHC will review the outcomes of the Supported Living Fund so that improvements can be made into the future.


Our Farming Future

Marion Napier Port Macquarie High School


hat years at Port Macquarie High are involved with agricultural studies, and roughly how many students are learning this subject? Approximately 130 students from Years 8-12 study Agriculture at Port Macquarie High School. Year 8 is a semester elective, and Years 9 and 10 are a 200 our (2 year) course followed by the 2 Unit Agriculture Preliminary and HSC Course. What are some of the key topics/learning areas covered in the school’s agricultural program? Some of the key learning areas in the Junior Program are Poultry, Vegetable, Beef, Sheep and Wool Production, Dairying, Animal Husbandry, Pasture Management, Field Crops and Farm Studies. Our existing hydroponics system is currently being converted into an aquaponics system which can be accessed by all students. The HSC Program builds on students’ knowledge with an emphasis on sustainable farming and resource management. The students also gain insight into marketing and possible future directions in agriculture. Due to our collaboration with the local schools, a number of our agriculture students are also enrolled in Primary Industries at Wauchope High School and travel to Wauchope for this subject What livestock/crops do students currently tend to on the school’s farm? Students currently tend: cattle (Limousin x Angus and Lowline breeds), sheep, our Saanen goat and miniature horse, chickens (layers and meat birds and numerous breeds of show hens) and fish (Silver Perch, Japanese Koi alternating with Barramundi). Crops grown and studied are: oats, sorghum, cotton, orchard fruits, wine grapes and vegetables. What are some of the successes ag students have experienced this year? We have been extremely fortunate to win the Junior Cows Create Careers Competition for 6 out of 7 years. Due to our success,

Marion Napier from Port Macquarie High School and Rebecca Roach from Westport High School teach agriculture to some very keen and enthusiastic students. High school agriculture these days allows the students to be very hands on with livestock as diverse as alpacas, goats, chickens and yabbies, while crops grown include avocadoes, corn, sunflowers and sorghum. The future of farming looks bright!

Port Macquarie High School was chosen to represent New South Wales at the National Moo’in Transfer Competition held at the National Dairy Conference in Geelong, Victoria in February. Although our students did not achieve 1st place, this amazing experience was one they will remember for the rest of their lives. Our dedicated Cattle Show Team actively participates in the local Cattle Shows in Parading and Junior Judging Competitions. They have all represented our school proudly and have each taken home numerous ribbons for their efforts. Our Cattle Team numbers are continually growing, with more and more interested students joining the ranks. The 2014 Show season is getting into full swing, and the students are eagerly preparing and looking forward to the shows ahead. You recently attended the Royal Easter Show in Sydney with some of the students and livestock. What were your results? Not all of the results for this year’s SRES are available. However, we have achieved one place, and we’ve had some good success in the past. 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show 8th: HY-Line Brown Layers Competition 2013 SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW 2nd: Champion Meat Bird Pair and 7th in the Carcase Competition 4th: Hy-Line Commercial Layers 3rd: Hy-Line commercial Layers – Team Presentation 3rd: Twelve Hen eggs Ribbons and medallion. 2012 SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW Winner of the Meat Birds Rearing Competition (winning a beautiful glass trophy and $1,000 in prize money) 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show First place in the Meat Birds Competition, winning $400 for the school plus a ribbon and medallion. Third Place in the Meat Birds Carcase Competition. Thanks Marion.

Rebecca Roach W e s t p o r t H i g h S c h o o l


hat years at Westport High are involved with agricultural studies, and roughly how many students are learning

this subject? This year, Westport High School has Agriculture classes in Year 10 and Year 11. It is available to both junior and senior students each year. What are some of the key topics/learning areas covered in the school’s agricultural program? Students study the following enterprises: Alpaca, Poultry, Horticulture, Vegetable, Dairy, Beef and Equine. We are very fortunate to have our own ‘teaching and learning’ tractor, on which students are able to gain skills in tractor operations. ‘Cows Create Careers’, sponsored by Mid Coast Connect, is a program that students at Westport have participated in for a number of years. This program allows students to care for dairy calves over a period of time and complete project work related to the industry. Our students have performed exceptionally well in this competition in previous years. This year we have developed an ‘Adopt a Calf’ program with Mr Ian Lindsay, a local dairy farmer, in which we will be loaned a calf each term. Students are able to maximise their experiences and build confidence with their handling skills with these smaller animals. Links to the local Wauchope Poultry Club also exist, and these breeders have been very generous with their time, knowledge and resources. What livestock/crops do students currently tend to on the school’s farm? We have a variety of livestock, including ducks, laying hens, calves, yabbies and breeding alpacas. Plant enterprises on the farm consist of pasture, flower (sunflowers, sweet peas, snapdragons), fruit (avocado, passionfruit, strawberries, mulberry, citrus) and

vegetable production (choko, beans, peas, pumpkin, carrot, potato, broccoli). What are some of the successes ag students have experienced this year? Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of agricultural experiences throughout the year. In the past 12 months students performed extremely well at the Wauchope Show, taking out numerous first and second places in Dairy, Poultry and Produce in the pavilion, and a number of places at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for Poultry and Eggs. Students have participated in the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Schools Poultry Education competition, Cows Create Careers program and the University of Queensland Sunflower Competition. An opportunity also exists for passionate agriculture students to participate in a number of Rotary Youth in Agriculture (RYAG) camps, where students have learnt valuable skills and gained friendships. What excursions/field trips have the students taken part in this year to assist with their learning? Field trips are a highlight for students in agriculture. They enable students to gain hands on skills and knowledge in specialised areas. Regular trips are on our calendar, including: visiting the Sydney Royal Easter Show, horse riding at local establishments, visiting local vineyards, and RYAG camps. Each year we look at ways to improve our excursions and keep them relevant and interesting for student engagement and learning. We are developing some new experiences in the near future for students. These range from ‘Adopt a Stud’, where students look after and prepare animals to show quality, and then enter them at local shows for the breeder, to investigating producers of significant alternate enterprises within our region. Thanks Rebecca. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

greater port macquarie focus 75




76 greater port macquarie focus.





NATASHA SCHURINK. Personal Travel Manager


ou have been with TravelManagers now for 3 years; how did it all come about? My career in travel started in 2004, with one of Australia's largest retail travel chains. Over the last 10 years I have worked on almost all the different scenarios available to travellers but the learning never stops, as every trip is different. Three years ago the opportunity presented itself to join forces with TravelManagers Australia as the Area Representative for Port Macquarie. Taking this step was very overwhelming, but the best business decision I’ve ever made ... continuing to provide my clients with the most memorable travel experience, along with unrivalled customer service, and the best part is that as a mobile travel agent I am able to offer all the advice and assistance that they need but in the comfort of their own home or office and at a time and place of their choosing, making organising travel arrangements convenient and stress free. I have a passion for travel that is coupled with great attention to detail; to share that with others is an absolute joy. Everyone should have a



holiday in the planning, at all times. It’s necessary for a healthy soul! What has been your favourite destination for holidays? As a wife and mum of 2 young children, we love nothing more than making sure our family gets away every year on a family holiday, so we can learn and appreciate what this amazing world has to offer. Last year we spent a month travelling in Europe, falling in love with the people, landscapes, food and lifestyle. Italy has now taken over from Hawaii as our #1 destination. This trip was an essential part of refreshing and refuelling my love to continue my work. A lot of the services we used I booked through one of my wholesalers, Freestyle Holidays, and they were extremely efficient and accurate with every detail; that was very important to experience from a 'client' perspective. I have loved travel since my first solo adventure to England at the age of 20. Prior to and since having my own family, I have travelled extensively. Next year I will be heading abroad with a dear friend to conquer the Kokoda Trail on a Geckos Adventures group

journey which will be the most physically and mentally demanding trip for me so far. What does TravelManagers do differently? Whatever holiday dreams you have - a Safari in Africa, six weeks in Europe or a major tour of the Americas, I can bring it all to life. My service does not stop when my clients start their trip; I am always available for any emergencies, and my clients know they can call if anything goes wrong while they are travelling. It’s the time taken and the care given that makes the difference. You just need to contact me to start! Client Testimonials: Everything was amazing! We loved the hotel, and the wedding day was wonderful. The whole family were so impressed. You have been the most amazing travel agent. We couldn't have organised this wedding without you. Thank you for all your hard work and effort. Gemma – Destination Wedding Fiji Natasha has been my Personal Travel Manager for some two years, to my entire satisfaction. I have travelled extensively during that time and intend further travel as I take up the position of

District Governor of Zonta International District 24. I have found Natasha to be extremely competent, efficient and patient. I use her services on a personal and Zonta International level and beyond, as I fulfil my 'bucket list' of travel. M Bateman – NZ, Orlando, Chicago, Hawaii, Caribbean Natasha was recommended to us by close friends, who recommended her expert/personal services to us. I asked for a quote, which was emailed instantly in a very professional way. We had everything taken care of - flights, accommodation, transfers and ski lift passes. All our accommodation was excellent. It couldn’t have been organised more precisely; everything went like clockwork. Natasha was available for any queries we had and made us feel relaxed and comfortable with our arrangements. We definitely will be seeking her help for our next trip. J Carney – Canada Ski.

greater port macquarie focus 77



oconnor heckenberg business services. The Team

Our area of expertise is small business and personal taxation consulting, superannuation administration and audit.

greater port macquarie focus.








A key focus this year is ... Coping with the changing regulatory environment in finance - adjusting to demographic changes which have put pressure on personal budgets and the national budget. Seeking to educate clients about financial self sufficiency via personal wealth creation and protection, emphasising the benefits of superannuation as a tax efficient savings vehicle, and assessing individuals' suitability to consider self managed superannuation as an option for their retirement and succession planning. I/we stay on top of new advances in technology by… We continually advance our training and education by attending courses and other training provided by our Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and other training organisations. We are currently undergoing further training to stay at the head of the pack with the FOFA (Future of Financial Advice) reforms. My/our biggest success has been ... Doing the simple things well: leading

the market in clear communication with our clients, and at the other end of the spectrum, maintaining a good relationship with regulatory bodies such as the Tax Office, State Revenue Offices, Australian Securities Commission etc. Being proactive with clients and government agencies has served us and our clients well over many years. A unique point of difference is ... We have two accredited Self Managed Superannuation Specialists in house, Peter Steffensen and John Heckenberg, who have completed the SMSF Specialisation Course, jointly run as a postgraduate course by the University of NSW and the ICAA. An essential 'Expert' tip would be … Pay attention to your super! You’re going to need it in future and if you tend to it wisely now, it will bear fruit later when you want it. Super is a complex area; we provide independent advice not tied to any bank or finance house, so you know we do not have a vested interest in any of the advice we provide.



o'connor heckenberg business services. The Team

Our area of expertise is small business and personal taxation consulting, superannuation administration and audit.

greater port macquarie focus.








A key focus this year is ... Coping with the changing regulatory environment in finance - adjusting to demographic changes which have put pressure on personal budgets and the national budget. Seeking to educate clients about financial self sufficiency via personal wealth creation and protection, emphasising the benefits of superannuation as a tax efficient savings vehicle, and assessing individuals' suitability to consider self managed superannuation as an option for their retirement and succession planning. I/we stay on top of new advances in technology by… We continually advance our training and education by attending courses and other training provided by our Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and other training organisations. We are currently undergoing further training to stay at the head of the pack with the FOFA (Future of Financial Advice) reforms. My/our biggest success has been ... Doing the simple things well: leading

the market in clear communication with our clients, and at the other end of the spectrum, maintaining a good relationship with regulatory bodies such as the Tax Office, State Revenue Offices, Australian Securities Commission etc. Being proactive with clients and government agencies has served us and our clients well over many years. A unique point of difference is ... We have two accredited Self Managed Superannuation Specialists in house, Peter Steffensen and John Heckenberg, who have completed the SMSF Specialisation Course, jointly run as a postgraduate course by the University of NSW and the ICAA. An essential 'Expert' tip would be … Pay attention to your super! You’re going to need it in future and if you tend to it wisely now, it will bear fruit later when you want it. Super is a complex area; we provide independent advice not tied to any bank or finance house, so you know we do not have a vested interest in any of the advice we provide.






EXPERTS Belinda richardson..


Longview Solutions

‘'A new geological epoch: can humans survive the Anthropocene? Professor Clive Hamilton AM

Businesses can do themselves a disservice by o not getting expert advice when it comes to ts obtaining finance. There are many products and services available, and getting the oness ming, that suit your business can be time consuming, complicated and confusing. Anyone can take out a loan, but is this the ng best use of your resources and are you using the most appropriate and cost effective products and services? Our services are very different from those of an accountant or a financial planner. We find money for business purposes, from standard products to specialised lending solutions. We can also source other forms of capital. Longview Solutions can tailor solutions to suit your business – big or small. We are constantly amazed that businesses seek professional advice for other aspects of their business but don’t when it comes to loans and obtaining finance. Businesses need to consider options beyond just going to your bank manager. Don’t just take what is available from your bank. Let Longview Solutions look at all the available options.

If your business applies for a loan and fails, it shows on your credit report. This can impact on your ability to borrow elsewhere. If you are not getting what you want from your bank, don’t risk it; come and talk to us first, so you can maximise your chances of success. If you can’t obtain finance, then your business may not survive. We specialise in sourcing capital in situations where the banks aren’t keen to lend. We can provide access to and act as a liaison for other major banks and lenders that aren’t represented in Port Macquarie. If you need money for your business or feel you are paying too much on your existing loans, call us on 6586 3191 or find us at

According to Earth scientists, our planet has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in which human activity has become a powerful force of nature. Now, in the ‘Age of Humans’, our influence overwhelms other sources of change in the Earth system, shifting the planet’s geological arc. The question we face in the 21st century is whether planetary boundaries will be breached to such a degree that the functioning of the Earth system is disturbed irreversibly in ways hostile to life, or whether humans can use technology (such as geoengineering) to take control of the planet. And what would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole into an ‘artefact’ designed to suit our needs? Professor Clive Hamilton AM is Chair in Public Ethics at CSU in Canberra. He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Australia Institute prior to his appointment at CSU. His most recent book is Earthmasters: ‘Playing God with the climate’. His other books include The Freedom Paradox:

Towards a Post-Secular Ethics; Affluenza; Requiem for a Species; and, Growth Fetish. In recent years Professor Hamilton has also held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, Sciences Po and Yale University. This is the second lecture in the 2014 Public Lecture Series brought to Port Macquarie by Charles Sturt University as part of its Explorations Series. The Explorations Series aims to make available to CSU’s communities the expertise of its staff and to promote community engagement with significant public issues.

FREE Public Lecture ‘‘A new geological epoch: can humans survive the Anthropocene?’ Professor Clive Hamilton AM Wednesday, 14th May 5:00pm – 7:00pm Glasshouse Theatre Cnr Clarence & Hay Streets Port Macquarie NSW 2444


Tickets are FREE and available from The Glasshouse Box Office from Monday, 21st April 2014

80 greater port macquarie focus.

For more information Alison Woods Port Macquarie Campus phone: 02 6582 9334 email:


14 1300 135 435




Smarter Property Group. The Team Why is using a Smarter Property Expert simply Smarter? 1. Saves you valuable time and money Let our experts show you how you can save when investing in property. 2. Reduces the risks associated with investing Access one of our Property Investment Advisors, who are qualified to write a property investment plan, based on your personal situation, your goals and how much risk you are comfortable with. This will allow you to identify where to look for the right type of property that suits your needs, how each investment can support your long-term financial goals, whilst reducing the risks. This will allow you to control the process, making improved/more informed decisions regarding your property investing. 3. Increased safety for you and your family We only use professional Licensed Buyers

Agents that help you take action to invest in the safety of 'bricks & mortar'. They will research and find the right property for you, negotiating the best deal possible and ensuring the contract terms suit your needs. They will help you every step of the way - even until after your property is happily tenanted, making you money. 4. We work for YOU, not the seller We provide professional support in executing your property plan that matches your goals, ensuring all the hard work is done for you to help your succeed sooner. 5. Take Action We will help you to get started and take action sooner, allowing you to invest in quality properties all over Australia. Remember, our experts want to help you succeed with your property investing and wealth creation. So don't delay, and call one of our friendly experts today.

greater port macquarie focus 81




Jodie Kennett, Louise Schneider and Jessica Moss




JK healthcare. Brenda Fernandez. East Coast Laser & Cosmetic Clinic

With the beauty market flooded with skin care products and treatments, with variations in ingredients, prices and often all claiming to improve your skin concerns, where do we go? What do we believe? How do we choose? East Coast Laser and Cosmetic Clinic is a well established, reputable business that not only is a leader in its field in Port Macquarie, but also nationally. Our team are medically trained and specialise in skin, specifically treating concerns with laser and skin care products. Our team is involved in selecting only the best award winning scientifically proven, medical grade (high concentration of active ingredients )products that can only be sold in medical clinics. Our staff is readily available to offer their expert advice on what treatments are recommended for each individual and suggest quality skin care - taking into account cost and expectations. Our expert team is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and use latest technology medical grade equipment that is unique to Port Macquarie. Recently we attended a specialist meeting in Sydney regarding a German based anti wrinkle injectable, that has been used widely in Europe since 2005. East Coast Laser & Cosmetic Clinic is one of the few selected clinics nationally who will offer this recently approved anti wrinkle injection known for its high safety record and longevity advantage. We are honoured to be part of its launch and again to meet up with other leaders.

82 greater port macquarie focus.

Jodie Kennett, Louise Schneider & Jessica Moss JK Healthcare is owned by local Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)/Diabetes Educator Jodie Kennett, who has been working in the industry for over 18 years. June 2012, she expanded and includes APD Jessica Moss and receptionist Louise Schneider. How can an APD help me? APDs have the skills to provide expert nutrition advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training to ensure that they are your most up-to-date source of nutrition information. APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, disordered eating, as well as overweight and obesity. What Does JK Healthcare Do? We strive to provide clear, realistic and long term education, regarding your individual Dietary and Diabetes needs. The practice has a friendly, home-style feeling and is centrally located. We conduct clinics at the Lake Cathie Medical centre, Nursing Homes, daycare centres and the Port Macquarie Private Hospital. You can even ask us to come to your business to conduct a staff health program or inservice. What About Groups? We hold Weight Management Groups (men’s and women’s), and “Back to School” talks to teach families about nutrition for children. The area can also be rented out by other organizations, for their own groups or meetings. What Else Do You Offer? A library that people can drop in to read, and current books to buy. We have a FREE monthly newsletter full of recipes and tips, which anyone can subscribe to by emailing Why not join us on our Facebook site – just search for “JK Healthcare”. Contact us on 6583 7717 for an appointment today!

Michael Page. Owner/Operator Cullens Carpet One

Over 1,700 stores worldwide Carpet One is a co-operative and one of the world’s largest retail floor covering groups. This means we have huge buying power - and we pass the savings on to you. Get help from experts, so you find exactly what you need. Choose the best floor for your home with the help of a Carpet One flooring consultant - someone who will guide you through the selection process. This way, you won’t find the choices overwhelming. Advice you can count on. Carpet One specializes in flooring. Our staff lives, breathes and sleeps flooring and are industry trained and experienced in flooring. As a family owned business, our staff is our family; so they take what they do personally and only the very best will do. In turn, our customers, from initial engagement through to follow-up service years down the track, will receive unprecedented professional service, quality and sound advice, competitive pricing and product satisfaction to last a lifetime. The right floor is from Carpet One. Carpet One’s approach to good retail is straightforward: to make their customers' shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. In their stores, this is achieved by displaying products in easy, clearly identified categories supported by customer friendly descriptions. This makes it pleasurable to browse at your leisure.








Dr Dan mestric. Amplex Hearing Author of the popular Ear-Luminating ary ticle series, Dr Daniel Mestric is uniquely qualified as the region’s only Doctor of Audiology. At the time of his last graduation in 2003, he was the youngest person in America to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Audiology by the prestigious rsiCentral Michigan and Vanderbilt Universities. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, Daniel earned his Master of Audiology at Macquarie University, home to one of the world’s largest and most respected hearing research and educational laboratories. His professional interests include the neuroanatomy of hearing and the interaction between psychology and hearing. “These sub-specialties assist me greatly in my work with tinnitus patients, who often present with complex case histories”, admits Dr Mestric. His interest in the psychology of hearing lends itself well to hearing rehabilitation. Dr Mestric professes, “fitting hearing aids is a task much more complex than many care to realize. It takes a good understanding of neurological processes to effectively assist hearing impaired


David Ross. Supercoach Area of expertise ... As professional business coaches, we strike a balance between strategy, financial and performance coaching. A client once called me a great "CommuniCounter"... I think that sums up our coaching expertise.

individuals to assimilate new sounds into the brain’s auditory repertoire.” Dr Mestric has been assisting hearing impaired individuals in the Hastings region for over twelve years. “It is gratifying to achieve results for patients who may have been unsuccessful in their past efforts to wear hearing aids. Attention to small details and a willingness to focus on individual needs are two primary factors which determine success with hearing aids.” Anybody contemplating a trial of hearing aids should enquire if the clinician they are seeing is university qualified in the specialization of audiology. Dr Mestric is available for consultation at his Gordon Street Practice – Amplex Hearing.

A key focus this year is ... Continued development of our coaching brand, both locally and nationally. We will continue to advise our coaching clients in areas which allow them to do better business.

A unique point of difference is ... Our business experience. I have personally worked with over two thousand businesses over the last 20 years. Those clients have allowed me to gain the widest possible range and flexibility as

We have been early adopters of technology that

a business coach. We are not template coaches

is now commonplace to many. For example,

and work with a business' specific issues. To be

we were at the forefront of cloud technology

able to provide that range of coaching is unique,

locally, in particular Xero, Salesforce and Point of

but also what I believe the savvy business owner

Sale solutions.

should demand of their key advisor.

My biggest success would be ... every time

An essential 'Expert' tip would be ... This

a client achieves positive change, be it financial

is not a blatant plug, but "Seriously commit

(average sale increases of over 250% are

to a coach“. Not a mentor, not a friend, not

common) or personal (moving a client from a

Google, but a coach flexible to your needs. It is

helpless rut to a clear 3 year vision and action

only when you commit with serious intent that


results will occur.

greater port macquarie focus 83


By Jane Hillsdon Principal Consultant of Dragonfly Marketing



ohn, you’ve worked with the National Australia Bank (NAB) now for over 34 years and are currently in the position of Business Banking Executive. Can you please give us some insight into what your current role involves? I have the responsibility for leading and driving the sales and operational performance of the Business Bank for the Mid North Coast. My key areas of responsibility are: People leadership; Customer focus; Revenue and expenses; Sales activity; Risk profile, operational risk and asset quality management. How is the Business Banking service that National Australia Bank offers different from other banks? I put that down to a few key areas of differentiation. Firstly, at NAB we are very focused on our Relationship Model, where each manager has a portfolio of customers that suits their capability and capacity to really understand and deliver to our customers. Secondly, our bankers work alongside key specialists for a raft of advice and expertise to ensure we offer a well-rounded and tailored solution to meet our customers’ financial goals and aspirations. My team are empowered to make decisions, and our focus is ensuring our bankers are equipped with strong lending authorities at a local level. This is very important to customers as it equates to our ability to respond quickly. Building solid relationships with your clients is an imperative pursuit for any business. What processes do you have in place to ensure that this activity is prioritised and implemented across your business activities? The quality of the relationship with our clients is our most important currency in the market place. We as a team focus on weekly face to face meetings with our customers, key influencers and prospects within the market place. NAB 84

greater port macquarie focus.

is Australia’s largest business bank, and putting our customers at the centre of everything we do is the core to creating long-term and quality relationships. What are some of the changes you have seen within your industry over the past decade, and how has NAB adapted their business model to adjust accordingly to these changes? Wow! How about the changes over the last six months? The industry and the market place is changing all the time, and in reality, 'change is the norm'. I think I would narrow it down to a couple of key areas: 1. Compliance. We have always been, and rightly so, a very compliance focused industry; however, the GFC has certainly seen an escalation of this in recent years. It is vital organisations continually adjust their risk appetite to suit the ever changing environment and we have seen an even greater focus on this at NAB and will continue to do so to ensure we keep our customers and our business safe and as risk adverse as possible. 2. Technology. I know that covers a lot, but the pace of change and what bankers and customers now have at their fingertips is incredible, so we need to ensure we continually update our digital offering and take advantage of new technologies in the market. How do you manage to keep your staff motivated and engaged with the growth of NAB? First and foremost it is critical motivation comes from within and every individual 'sings to their own tune'. I always ensure I take the time to give feedback and reward my people, which can be as simple as a thank you, some time off, or dinner out with their partner/family. It differs from person to person as to what is important to them, so I adjust my reward accordingly. On a wider scale, NAB has an Enterprise Recognition Programme that is peer to peer nomination, which I think is a really powerful way to recognise and reward staff from an Enterprise level.

What is the most rewarding part about your role with NAB? That’s an easy one - the people you meet, both within the company and externally, plus the businesses across the organisation you get to work with every day. I often say Business Bankers are in a unique position, as in our day to day jobs we get to know and understand a huge variety of businesses and industries. Tell us about your background and how you came to be in Port Macquarie? I actually went to school in Port Macquarie, then joined the NAB and spent many years in Newcastle, the Central Coast (where I spent a bit of time commuting to Sydney), the Hunter Valley and then back to the Mid North Coast. Outside of work, family and friends are really important to me. I am self-confessed sports nut and have a real passion for surfing and music and due to recent knee trouble, a new appreciation for cycling. What are some of the biggest challenges you have personally faced throughout your career? Most challenges pose an excellent opportunity to learn, improve, but I think it would be external influences that impact the team or the customer and having to find a way to navigate through. What would you class as your biggest career achievement to date? I am not really into personal accolades and consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunities that NAB has provided me over the years both for my family, the personal development through some quality leaders I have worked with, and the satisfaction and knowledge I have gained from clients I have worked with over the years. What do you personally think is the single most important factor in running a successful regional business? Do what you love; we all spend a large part of our waking hours either at work or running a business, so surround yourself with people that share the passion and enjoy. Build strong relationships. Brand will take you

so far; however, people generally buy from the person. Know your competitive advantage, and execute on that. Enter into business arrangements and Partnerships, with a Win/Win approach. Employ the right people, have an appropriate SUCCESSION Plan and structure in place and obtain the right professional advice, from advisors who grow with the business. WORK HARD – I have never seen anyone succeed without that. What are some of the key financial considerations business owners should focus on in order to build a successful business? Plan and use targets, budgets and reporting systems that give a current position. Manage CASH FLOW, not just profits. Cash is oxygen for your business. Don’t focus exclusively on sales and revenue: focus on margin, as being even more important. Don’t move away from the core business and skills and don’t pull too much money out of the business, but continue to reinvest. Control your growth. Growth needs money and management capability, and growing too fast destroys many businesses. As the business grows, leverage your strengths but 'let go' of operations; make the tough decisions. Manage risks such as interest rates, foreign exchange, cash flow buffer / Plan B. And finally, if you could invite three business people to lunch, who would they be and why would you invite them? Richard Branson: always been an admirer ... just exudes passion. Steve Jobs (when alive) changed so many things that we now enjoy and after reading the book, seems like a really interesting person. Kelly Slater for obvious personal reasons; however, not only arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, he personifies personal brand and that really interests me. Thanks for your time, John.


with the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce mmerce

Hadyn Oriti.


business THE PORT MACQUARIE FORESHORE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER WATERFRONT LOCATIONS – LET’S NOT MUCK IT UP! he Short Street car park site is a crown reserve and it does not strike me as the best location for another shopping centre. So any proposal for that site involving a 75 metre wall, 8 metres high, fronting Kooloonbung Creek will be a disaster. That was a risk we faced. Let me recount the recent history of the fore-


shore. In October 2006, the Chamber’s waterfront consultation report concluded that our foreshore should be developed as a vibrant and interactive place, recognised throughout Australia, strengthening of our local economy. The Council produced their final vision and master plan for the foreshore in January 2009. The vision was for a:

â€œâ€Ś foreshore of Port Macquarie, from Town Be Beach to Settlement City including Kooloonbu Creek [that] is iconic, vibrant, safe and bung ‌ connected ‌ It provides nodes of interest an activity that creates a foreshore promand en enade which is a major coastal destination th locals and tourists are proud of because that of its environmental and social sustainable am amenityâ€?. Cr Crown Lands then developed a draft plan to im implement a management framework based on the Council vision. Without the State Government overlay for management of crown reserves within the foreshore area, Council has limited planning powers to prevent development that does not comply with the vision. So we were concerned when the government decided recently to scrap the plan of management. While that decision was reversed, it highlighted the need to be vigilant to ensure that our community’s interest is respected. Clearly, a car park is not the highest and best use of the land. But is selling the car park to Woolworths the best result for our community? Let’s be clear - our community must not suffer in the war between the Coles and Woolworths duopoly. As crown land, the car park is a community asset. No one party has any right over and above another person to acquire that site. There must be a proper process to flush out the best proposal for that site in both dollar returns to the Crown and for the community. It is a key parcel of land bordering the

CBD and the waterfront with the potential to be developed in an engaging and active way. The construction of the pedestrian bridge over Kooloonbung Creek means people are drawn to this area to access the creek and promenade with river views. The opportunity to develop commercial enterprises consistently with the community’s objectives means it is a valuable site in more than just monetary terms. So how do we ensure that we get the best for the community? Well, we call for expressions of interest from anyone interested in developing the site. They can be assessed according to proper criteria to ensure that the expectations of the community are satisfied. In this respect, Crown Lands Department have an obligation under their own legislation to ensure that crown land is used and managed so the land and its resources are sustained in perpetuity for public use and enjoyment. That’s all we ask for this site. Accordingly, the Chamber calls on the Department to ensure that the principles of their own Act are upheld with respect to this key site on the Port Macquarie foreshore. Furthermore, any funds generated from the leasing or sale of the site must be committed to the Port Macquarie foreshore development. The land is a community asset. The proceeds of sale are a community asset. They must not be lost to Port Macquarie. This opportunity is too important to squander.


A World of Opportunities......


             t  X X X T D B T O T X F E V B V  t  1 0  # PY       t    * P O B  "WF O V F  t  1P S U  . B D R V B S J F  / 4 8      greater port macquarie focus


Mid North Coast Jobs Drive Great People, Great Pluses they were met exactly by Jobfind Centre. We wanted young people with a drive to work, who we can teach lots of skills and offer long-term employment and a career.

When 52 of their young staff left for university, Paul Ashton of McDonald's Port Macquarie needed to fill the gap with great people, quickly.

What’s great about the services the network offers employers? Jobfind Centre really listened to me and did an amazing job of getting the right sort of candidates together. It was really convenient to recruit through the network and saved McDonald's the time and resources it takes to place a paper job advertisement, read applications, short-list and interview. We also recruit using an online application, but having face-to-face time with the job seekers was fantastic. At McDonald's it is all about the smile, and it was great to see the confidence of these young people increase after an hour and their personalities begin to shine.

The cost of putting the wrong employee

Finding that great person for your business

in your business can be huge. On the

is a plus, but with the employment services

other hand, the right person can be

network, the pluses keep on coming. Wage

worth their weight in gold.

subsidies, ongoing training, tickets and

It is easy to assess experience and skills by

licences, uniforms, tools, online job vacancy

reading a resume, but it's a lot harder to

listings, mentors and more – all at no cost to

great people looking for work

work out if the personality will suit your


D E M I P R E S T O N - L AW S - J O B S E E K E R

business. That's why the employment

Background: I am 18 years old and have recently completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Trendz. I am willing to accept any employment opportunities that are offered to me, including being a beauty therapist, pharmacy assistant or retail assistant.

services network provides quality advice

My skills and experience includes: I have two years’ experience working in a retail environment, and I understand the importance of having a neat and tidy appearance to represent a business. I am patient, friendly and respectful of the needs of customers.

retraining and great people with a disability.

What made you use the employment and disability services network to recruit? It was convenient and put us in direct contact with the exact type of employee we were looking for. We had clear requirements and

My goals in life are: I would like to work towards building my confidence with a reputable and supportive employer so that I can grow into a highly skilled and professional young woman. My personal interests include: I enjoy watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and reading. I also enjoy keeping up with the latest beauty and fashion trends.

DENISE DABINETT - JOBSEEKER Background: I am a mother who is keen to gain stable employment in the Hastings area. I am currently studying my Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability two-days-a-week. Whilst I am undertaking this qualification I am looking for approximately 15 hours per week of employment. My skills and experience includes: I have a background in cleaning, housekeeping and also hospitality. I am reliable, have excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic. My goals in life are: To gain stable employment where I can utilise my existing experience while continuing to learn and grow. My personal interests include: Spending time with my children, computers and I also love reading.

GINENE OLANDER - JOBSEEKER Background: I am a mother of three teenagers. I am returning to the workforce after several years of caring for my terminally ill husband. My skills and experience includes: I’m currently studying and have only one unit left to complete in a Certificate III in Business Administration. My work experience skills include over 15 years in administration, including customer service, accounts payable/receivable, monthly reconciliations, bank reconciliations, data entry, petty cash, open/distribute mail, reconcile discrepancies in receipts and enter journals into the General Ledger. My goals in life are: To complete Certificate III in Business Administration, continue studying and gain employment. My personal interests include: Walking, gardening and enjoying life with my children. 86

Plus Great People

greater port macquarie focus.

and candidate screening for recruitment of great people. This includes mums returning to work, people who have undertaken Industry experience and skills are matched to

The Mid North Coast Jobs Drive encourages local businesses to use the no-cost employment and disability services network to find employees. There are over 50 agencies in the Mid North Coast network, with a pool of around 30,000 potential

the job, and there are flexible employment

employees registered.

scenarios to suit your needs.

To find out more phone 1300 05 67 69.

Confessions of a Social Dragonfly Do you suffer from post block? My advice: don’t over think it. This may be unsurprising, but I often find myself in a position where I am enthusiastically persuading people to get online and to take advantage of all the benefits that social media can offer, both from a personal and business perspective. Most people have succumbed now and find themselves with a profile on all the biggies; however, there’s very little action coming from their station. When I ask them about this, their reply is generally, "Well, what do I say? What have I got to say that people want to hear?" My response? Don’t over think it. You’ll never have the perfect post, the perfect comment or the perfect update. Social media is purely a channel to start and continue a conversation with friends, family and colleagues. While it would be fabulous if you could produce consistent poetic prose, witty comebacks and cleverly crafted business advice for all your

SkillsLink offers extra support social media contributions, no-one expects you to. Sure, several more people are now witness to your online conversations so you may want to filter your thoughts a little, but don’t get too caught up in the small stuff. Now of course, all of the above mentioned advice does not apply if you are holding a glass of champagne in one hand and your smart phone in the other. In that scenario, my advice is to close your social media app and step away from your device! Alcohol fuelled banter is generally never worth sharing publically! To find out more about social media, connect with me at @JanePMQ on LinkedIn or

At SkillsLink Training (formerly known as Port Macquarie Community College) we understand that looking for work and going back to study after a number of years can be stressful. This is the reason we offer extra support to those who choose to study with us. Assistance with reading, writing, maths and basic computer skills is available. For people with hearing impairments studying at SkillsLink, the FM-system available ensures students can have a direct audio link to their teacher and not miss a word. SkillsLink is a registered training organisation offering a range of vocational courses. We can help you brush up on your study skills and plan a career and study path towards further education at TAFE and/or university. Our extra support is even available for six months

after you complete a course with us - this means once you have achieved your qualification and you’re ready to apply for jobs - we can assist you with writing job application letters/resumes or even practising for the interview if needed. We’re here to support you! Youth Engagement Programs are also available at SkillsLink. We have over a decade’s experience working with 'At Risk Young People'. Through our strong relationship with local high schools, TAFE and support agencies, we can provide a bridge between school and the adult learning environment. To find out more about SkillsLink’s support services, contact the Learner Support Coordinator Alison Powell on 6516 2248 or our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Rhodes on 6516 2246.

Dragonfly Marketing is an agency specialising in innovative, creative and effective digital marketing solutions for your business. Marketing Services provided: Strategic Marketing Planning and Implementation

Sign up for our regular e-newsletter which is packed to the brim with useful marketing advice at

Website Marketing Social Media Strategy and Implementation E-mail Marketing Campaigns Online Advertising Market Research Online Branding

Jane Hillsdon 0420 853 283

greater port macquarie focus


focus focus interview. interview.

DARRELL NASH n a s h y s p i x


here did your interest in photography begin? Prior to 2008 I was right into the sport of triathlon and completed the 2008 Australian Ironman Triathlon here in Port Macquarie. Whilst training for the 2009 IM, I had a bike accident which resulted in me crushing and breaking my L1 Vertebrae; thus, there was to be no more competing for me. As I was very close friends with many of the professional athletes, I made the transition from competing to taking photos of those competing. You can often be seen out and about photographing sporting events, like the recent NSW Junior Touch Football Tournament, NSW Surfing, at off road rallies and even at ARL Test Matches. What led you to start shooting these types of images? Having played sport all my life, I found that taking professional images gave me an opportunity to still be actively involved in things that had been such a big part of my life. As you say, NashysPix has covered numerous events across Australia, including as official photographer at World Rally Australia, ARL 88 greater port macquarie focus.

Australia V NZ ANZAC Test Match, Australian thus making images available to customers Ironman Triathlons, all rounds of The Austrawhilst the event is still in their minds. Knowlian Formula Power Boat Grand Prix Series, ing your equipment inside and out and taking Australian Sky Diving Championships, NSW quality images in the first place is a huge part Touch Football Junior & Senior tournaments in achieving this. as well as corporate events such as It’s not just competitors that being Gail Kelly’s (Westpac benefit from having profesBank CEO) personal tour sional images - the event photographer, road organisers and event NashysP ix has openings for the RMS sponsors get enorem developed a syst as well as many mous publicity by w shoot, where we can no ad to other events. way of people looklo process, tag and ss What skills do ing at our images ce our website in ex just you feel it takes well past the actual in of 15,000 images us th , to photograph event date. ys a couple of da e to bl la ai av es these events sucIn this industry ag making im e event th t ls hi w s er cessfully? you must be a peocustom inds.” Whilst it is very ple person. Regardless is still in their m easy these days to get of dealing with local one or two quality images sporting teams, profesfrom your personal camera, or sional athletes, preschool even your phone, it is another thing to groups or corporate heavyweights, constantly take thousands of quality images you have to be able to engage with the variin all lighting and weather conditions. There ous personalities whilst remaining focused on is also the ‘TIME FACTOR’. NashysPix has the job at hand. developed a system where we can now shoot, What other areas of photography do you process, tag and load to our website in excess specialise in? of 15,000 images in just a couple of days, NashysPix also has a studio where we

conduct model, family and product shoots. Corporate clients include Westpac, Southern Cross Austereo, Sun Grow Australia, Port City Bowling Club, Mid Coast Garages, North Point Resort, Port Macquarie Racing Club, various local Real Estate Agents and Regional Development Australia, for whom I have covered a number of events at Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse, as well as in Coffs Harbour. What are some publications your work has featured in? Many of our images appear in television commercials and videos, and some magazine publications include the front cover of Race Boat International (European based), double page spreads in the Australian Triathlete Magazine, Sky Diving and Police Legacy Magazines, as well as a complete booklet for the KIDS Foundation made up entirely from our images taken during the Port Melbourne to Port Macquarie charity ride, for which NashysPix was official photographer. A major point of difference for your business is that you also offer custom framing. What types of objects can you frame? Yes, the business name is NashysPix – Photography & FRAMING. It’s basically two

focus focusinterview. interview.

separate businesses that complement each other from cradle to grave. Whilst many of our photographic clients have us customise professional frames to showcase their images, we also have a large number of clients that get NashysPix to produce customised framing for their artworks, sporting memorabilia, sporting and military medals or even to frame prints sourced from other photographers. To date, the largest customised frame we have been commissioned to frame has been the full size wetsuit of English World Champion Triathlete Chrissie Wellington, closely followed by a frame which housed 27 medals as well as photos etc. for young local swimming dynamo Paige Leonhardt. Apart from that, generally the largest items are framed football jumpers. As well as our local clients, we also service art galleries on Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and clients who travel from Kempsey and Taree, because they know that they are getting quality and not just a slap together job which might fall apart in twelve months’ time. And you’ve made a hefty investment in new technology for your business in recent times too? With any business there must be a sub-

stantial investment in capital if you want to service as a club fundraiser. compete in today’s marketplace and produce We have a number of weddings and quality products. This is definitely the case sporting events such as the Coffs with NashysPix using the top of the Harbour Running Festival line photographic equipment and Bird Rock Surf Clasand having recently invested sic booked in, as well to t in a CMC (Computerised as another Deb an w t n’ do We Mat Cutter) worth tens Ball at Waube known as the er on the am fr ’ of thousands of dollars. chope. When we st pe ea ‘ch t; we want The CMC enables initially started Mid North Co as the ‘best’. to be known as NashysPix to provide off there was as this as Technology such vation amazing frame mat a good chance using conser as l el w designs, including we could fit provides grade materials just be V-Grooves, Text and someone in at to ity un rt the oppo Multi-Layer designs. the drop of a hat, that .” We don’t want to be but these days we known as the ‘cheapest’ are taking bookframer on the Mid North Coast; ings twelve months in we want to be known as the ‘best’. advance. Technology such as this as well as using Who does NashysPix sponsor? conservation grade materials provides the opBeneficiaries to date include local athletes portunity to be just that. Mitch Robins, Laura Harris, Shaun Viddler, What are some upcoming events you’ll Zac Watts, Isaac Sanderson, Nic Hurlston, be photographing? Madi Roberts, Sam Lewis & Adam Holborow. NashysPix has just started to undertake Athletes based elsewhere in Australia include team photo shoots for many of the winter Luke Witmore, Nicole Ward, Josh Rix, Madasporting clubs on the Mid North Coast and as line Oldfield & Melisa Rolison as well as Canawell as offering great value, we also offer this dian National Triathlon Champ Scott Curry.

Organisations/sporting clubs assisted include Wauchope Hockey Club, Port Macquarie Pirates Rugby Union Club, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Central Coast Triathlon Clubs, Port Macquarie Outrigger Club, the Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Forster Running Festivals, Police Legacy, Cancer Council and HAARG. Where can people contact you? There are currently over one million images on our website NashysPix is unique in that in most cases we sell the High Resolution Image Files, which allows our customers to share their images on social media as well as being able to print as many and as large as they wish from their preferred printer. Nashy can be contacted 7 days a week, 365 days a year on 0418 213 866 or emailed at NashysPix is based at 10 Nulla Close, Port Macquarie. Meetings can be arranged via appointment ‘where either you come to Nashy or Nashy comes to you’. All framing and photographic quotes are absolutely obligation FREE and all enquires are most welcome. Thanks Nashy. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 89

We’re off TO THE Nationals Four students from Newman Senior Technical College are off to the National finals of the Worldskills Australia (WSA) Competition.

Luke Staunton, Katelyn Dwyer, Liam Norman, Alexander Ramsay. SA is a competition that brings together the best tradespeople and skilled young Australians to showcase their trade and skill talent. The finals will be held in Perth in September with three more students still in the State level skill-off, vying to book their seats for the final. The College will be represented in Automotive, Electrotechnology, Metal and Engineering as well as Business Services, Hospitality and Construction. ‘It’s these sorts of opportunities that demonstrate the standards that students at Newman reach in their training’, commented Mr Stephen Pares, Principal at Newman. “No other College across Australia can claim to have such a high level of achievement at this premier


90 greater port macquarie focus.

ev event over such a long period of time”. The College has secured 4 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal over the last three competitions. Tangible results that students at the College achieve, such as these, are clear evidence of the success of this excellent learning community. Stephen Pares, Principal of Newman College, is quick to point out however that the development of such a unique and successful model cannot happen over-night. “We’ve been doing this now for 35 years and over this time we have built up an incredible amount of experience and intellectual capital that enriches every aspect of College life” he said. “When you consider curriculum design and delivery, industry engagement, outstanding teachers and staff, pastoral care, facility design and

TA NG IB LE RE SU LT S TH AT resourcing, policy and Services, Business Services, TH E ST UD EN TS AT culture, every one of Information Technology, E, LL EG E AC HI EV CO these aspects of our Computer Aided Design, E, AR E SU CH AS TH ES CE OF College has evolved and EN Children’s Services, ID EV R EA CL OF TH IS has been honed over Printmaking and Ceramics, TH E SU CC ES S AR NI NG EXCE LL EN T LE our extensive history to a Marine Studies (and many ” Y. IT CO M M UN point where the College is related qualifications in fields recognised Australia wide as such as Aquaculture and Marine a high quality VET delivery site. craft) and Sports Coaching along Students at Newman have with many others including Beauty the opportunity to study up to Certificate Therapy in 2014. In most cases students can III level in a vast range of courses with the gain dual qualifications as part of their HSC. majority leading to nationally recognised When one considers the full suite of qualifications under the Australian Quality opportunities that is on offer at the College Training Framework. Courses include (built through years of experience) it is clear Construction, Hospitality, Electrotechnology, why completing Year 11 and 12 at Newman Automotive, Metal and Engineering, Furniture Senior Technical College really is “A HSC like no Making, Human Services - Aged Care, Retail other”.



with C rai g Smith

Ask Greg

G Greg T Trembath b h answers nswers your real estate questions. uestions.



o the Glasshouse team has been working hard to change that. The last few weeks have had the Glasshouse team run off their feet

to bring you Port Macquarie’s latest café & bar – Encore, which will have you coming back again and again. It’s never going to be “mission accomplished” for the Glasshouse team to get people through the theatre or gallery door. That’s not where the Glasshouse experience begins and ends. Culture is much more than seeing a show or exhibition; culture is more than the arts. I find it amusing at times that there is such a strong negative reaction to the word “culture”. Too often people think of culture as purely “the arts”. While the

It’s the positive human connections that resonant with our patrons and define a “good night out”. However Encore is more than a theatre bar, it’s a café by day and a bar by night, and it just happens to be located in the middle of the most soaring architectural space in Port Macquarie - with huge windows so you can watch the world go by. Or sit on the podium and enjoy the autumn sunshine. Several months ago we moved the piano into the foyer… slowly people are dropping in and “tickling the ivories”, the random backpacker, the young budding pianist, it’s becoming your space. Not us dictating culture to you – but the community creating its own culture in the space custom-built for that purpose.

Glasshouse was clearly built for the purpose

“All the world’s a stage,

of showcasing the arts, it was also built as

And all the men and women merely players”.

a community centre. And it is a community and not a building that defines its culture and that’s where you come in. The more time I spend at the Glasshouse, in the foyers prior to a show or event, it’s more and more apparent, that while the show is the driver, it’s not the sole reason for the outing. People get dressed up, they meet friends, they have a drink, a meal, they amble through the gallery. It’s the sum of these experiences that creates culture.

Shakepeare (who happened to turn 450 last month).

My partner and I are looking to buy a “doer-upper” property in the Lighthouse Beach area. We’re planning to do as much of the work ourselves as possible, so we can maximise the profit when we sell. We’ve been advised to spend no more than 10% of the purchase price on the renovation. Does this sound about right to you? Mitchell A: Your question is very timely Mitchell. I recently read an article about “The Block Effect”, which got me thinking about renovating and the discipline and common sense needed to ensure you don’t go overboard.

of control. Renovation show contestants can spend thousands of dollars on the latest designer bath for their multi-million dollar properties, but it’s unlikely to be a good investment for the typical renovation project in Port Macquarie. There is no doubt renovating does add value to properties, but how much value will depend on how well you plan and execute your renovations and the purchase and sale of the property.

... renovating does w add value, but ho on much will depend how well you plan and execute yourthe renovations and of le purchase and sa . the property

According to the article, “The Block Effect” is the term used by some sections of the building industry to describe the spike in demand for builders and trades when television renovation shows go to air. The data quoted indicates a sudden, measurable jump in people undertaking home improvements. It is not hard to see how television could serve as a powerful motivator for people to renovate their homes. While this is obviously good news for home improvement-related businesses, I do wonder how many people let their aspiration for the perfect “before and after” story get a bit out

Whether 10% of the purchase price is right for you will depend on the state of the property you buy, your capabilities as renovators and on the value of surrounding properties. You need to establish what price renovated properties have been achieving in the immediate area to ensure you don’t overcapitalise.

If you would like to review the latest Lighthouse Beach sales data, please give me a call. Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice. Send your real estate questions to Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at Greg Trembath Real Estate. Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

gregtremb th REAL ESTATE

So drop in a create an Encore culture. Bring in a book, lie down and have a read. Drop in for a stitch n bitch with your friends, a beer with the boys, idle away some time over a coffee, share some cake and muffins with the kids … come in and create your own culture at the Glasshouse. It’s your house. greater port macquarie focus 91



property guide


92 greater port macquarie focus.


The quirky orange coloured an entry door has rved cu s as gl ue opaq the to panel adding s en op d appeal an ce an tr en e id into a w r.” foye

“ SJS CONSTRUCTIONS port macquarie

Modern, architecturally designed and open plan, this spacious home, built to an exacting detail by SJS Constructions, is the May FOCUS Home of the Month. Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of viewing the brand new residence found at 166 Granite Street, Port Macquarie.

Conveniently located close to the Port Macquarie CBD and nearby beaches, the home is complete with low maintenance landscaped gardens, colour-bond fencing and a wide exposed aggregate driveway leading to a double garage with auto panel lift door. Combining varied colours and textures expertly via an appealing combination of exterior surfaces including brickwork, James Hardie Sycon horizontal wall cladding, BioWood feature wall and contrast-

ing orange post and entrance door, the home has a striking facade. The quirky orange coloured entry door has an opaque glass curved panel adding to the appeal and opens into a wide entrance foyer. Attractive “Ghost Gum” bamboo flooring supplied and installed by Verde Bamboo, is the choice underfoot throughout the home in all high traffic areas and the open plan kitchen/living/dining area.

Storage will not be a problem, not the least being a set of two built-in concealed cabinets aligning one side of the hallway that leads you through the residence from entry. On the other side of the hall is a concealed home office nook, ingeniously hidden behind concertina wooden doors and conveniently placed in close proximity to the kitchen. Left of entry is the Master Bedroom; very spacious and comfortable, it has everything you would desire and more.

greater port macquarie focus 93


SJS CONSTRUCTIONS port macquarie

A wonderful design, the n has been he tc ki supplied and a installed by Keen ...� ns he Kitc

“ Soft carpeting, large walk-in robe with plenty of hanging and overhead shelf space, ceiling fan, downlighting and floor to ceiling windows that allow in an abundance of natural light. An adjoining en-suite adds to the comfort having a glass doored shower recess with chrome plated rope shower rose, wall hung vanity and large mirror and WC. White floor to ceiling tiling is divided by 2 feature tile strips placed on one wall of the shower that matches the earthy tones of the floor tiling and vanity; adding a touch of style.

94 greater port macquarie focus.

Right of the hallway is bedroom 1, another comfortable space, having a ceiling fan, soft carpeting, downlighting and built-in robe all incorporated. Bedroom 2 is mirror image and found adjacent. Dividing the bedrooms is a very well appointed family bathroom, separate WC and laundry. The family bathroom has it all. Crisp white wall tiles floor to ceiling, glass walled cubicle

shower with feature wall tile strips in contrast to the chocolate coloured floor tiles. The floor tiles continue as a surround for the deep, oval bath adding to the contemporary look achieved by the wall hung vanity, all is in keeping with the style of the Master en-suite. A large, opaque window allows in plenty of natural light, overhead heat lamps and an exhaust fan complete

the bathroom. The laundry is a great layout and has access through a glass sliding door to the side yard. Cabinetry houses a deep stainless steel tub with flick-mixer and has plenty of under-bench storage, a white tile splash-back adds to the easy clean surfaces. All combines for a very functional and practical laundry conveniently located to other wet areas and bedrooms. Found at the rear of the home is the kitchen and adjoining open plan dining/living area, formal lounge and rear deck.


Chocolate coloured tile used as the cook-top aluminium balustrade for safety with a wide splash-back is an eye-pleasing addition to the timber top and is screened on one side from colour scheme. Kitchen cabinet fronts are a neighbouring properties by horizontal wall combination of crisp white and a classy grey/ cladding. brown laminate which compliments both the Last but not least is the formal lounge or stainless steel in cabinet range-hood and door media room, whatever you like to make it handles. when the home is yours. The room may be The wide island bench finds a closed off completely from the rest home for the double stainless of the home for movie nights, steel sink with flick mixer, has soft carpeting, ceiling fan microwave nook and a and downlighting for added A nice touch ith w white Smeg dishwasher comfort. Another glass slidds that blen g, in or flo o to blend in with the ing door allows for access bo m the ba n cupboards. A nice to the rear deck from the is the continuatio n of the grey/brow touch that blends with room, an added bonus. ng laminate panelli the bamboo flooring, Overall the home is ideal as e on one side of th is the continuation of a family home, or a retireisl an d. � the grey/brown laminate ment haven with plenty of panelling on one side of the room for visiting family and island. Doubling as a breakfast friends to make themselves at bar, the island divides the kitchen from home. Easy to maintain inside and out, the dining and informal sitting area. A having a stylish, modern kitchen, Master bulk head ceiling line gives the kitchen a bedroom with en-suite and walk in robe, plus cosy feel. two good sized bedrooms all with built-ins, a Adjoining is the open plan living area, having hidden home office, wide hallways leading to a raked ceiling with its highest point 3.6m private and family zones and a double garage and sloping to 2.9m adds to the spaciouswith internal access, this home has it all. ness. Inclusion of a set of six highlight winFinished off expertly by John and his team dows (one either end being louvres to allow of highly skilled tradesmen with the installafor adjustment of breezes) in the northern tion of up to the minute fittings and fixtures wall; is a wonderful asset of the design. throughout, the home is ideal. Watch this Opening out through a glass sliding door is space as more one-off custom built SJS the rear timber covered deck area. A private Construction homes will be built in the near spot to sit back and relax taking in the never future. to be built out surrounds, the deck has an


greater port macquarie focus 95


FROM THE BUILDER J o h n S e n ta n c e o f S J S C o n s t r u c t io n s P o rt M ac q ua r i e

Tell us a bit about your business; how long have you been operating? SJS Constructions has operated in Port Macquarie since 2007 after moving from Sydney seven years ago. In that time I have concentrated on land and house packages as well as new homes and renovations for clients. Commencing my building career 50 years ago as a carpenter and being a licensed builder in Sydney since 1975, I have been involved with all aspects of the industry. I have worked on large construction sites, built new homes for clients and completed major custom designed renovations to many homes by leading Sydney Architects. These


greater port macquarie focus.

have included modern, Victorian and Federation styles and roof conversions. My scope of works has also included the refurbishment of office buildings in the Sydney CBD and restoration of numerous sea walls on Sydney Harbour. So you can see my experience has been very varied and interesting. My passion is building and I will continue doing so for as long as I can. What are the types of building that you specialise in? At the moment I specialise in finding a suitable block of land close to all the wonderful amenities that Port Macquarie has to offer and then have Collins W Collins design a house to complement the site. My wife


SJS CONSTRUCTIONS port macquarie

A nice touch that blends with oring, the bamboo flo n tio ua in nt co e th is n w ro /b of the grey ng laminate panelli e th of e on one sid ” d. isl an

This area has a great co astal of feel with the use " um G the "Ghost Verde bamboo flooring ...”

and I enjoy the design process and selecting the interior elements such as kitchen layout and colours, flooring, carpet, tiles and colours. We really appreciate the helpful advice from Sue at Keena Kitchens and Maureen at Tiles with Style for their expert suggestions. As well as the land and house packages, I have built custom designed homes and renovations using a team of great sub-contractors and suppliers that I have been lucky enough to source in Port Macquarie. What are some of the featured design elements of this home?

This brand new home is in a very convenient area with beaches, schools and shops close by. Some of the distinctive design features are the BioWood near the entry leading to a wide hallway which opens out to a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area which have elevated "never to be built out" views to the east and opens onto a large elevated deck. This area has a great coastal feel with the use of the "Ghost Gum" Verde bamboo flooring. Great breezes flow through the house making it particularly comfortable in summer, whilst the high windows to the north allow warm-

ing sunlight during winter. There is a second lounge area that could be used for many purposes as well as a computer nook and great storage spaces. The spacious bathrooms are fitted out with high quality tiles and fittings. The rear of the house is elevated and there is plenty of space for the owner of this home to add their own individual touch according to their needs; whilst the front gardens have been designed to be low maintenance. This home is for sale, how much is it listed for and who would the home ideally suit? This home and land package is for sale for $469,000 from First National Real Estate and

would suit a variety of families. We definitely had the young retirees in mind when designing, but would be just as suitable for a young family or as an investment property. How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? What is the process? If you would like to speak to John at SJS Constructions about designing and building a new home on your land or doing renovations to your existing home, you can contact him at his office on 6584 0559 or on his mobile 0418 225 210. Helping others to achieve their ideal home at an affordable price is what we take pleasure in doing. Thank you John.


Proud to be associated with SJS Constructions

Designing New Homes & Renovations RQ the Mid North Coast for over 10yrs


greater port macquarie focus 97

Deborah & Glen Walker Affordable ShedsWauchope

Locally owned and operated, with a combined 30 years in the construction industry, Affordable Sheds Wauchope is your local expert shed supplier. Covering the region between Coffs Harbour in the north, Bulahdelah in the south, Walcha in the west and all towns in between, Affordable Sheds Wauchope has a great range; you’re sure to find what you’re after. The range includes many different types of carports, sheds, garages, Aussie barns and kit homes; check out the entire range at All products are of the highest quality, come with a 15 year structural warranty plus a 12 year finish warranty as standard for your peace of mind. Affordable Sheds Wauchope is an ideal source of sheds and garages large or small for rural, residential and industrial customers. For more information, call into the office at Shop 2/7 High Street in Wauchope; it's open for business Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am - 1pm, or call the friendly team on 6586 0966 for an obligation free quote. You can’t beat Affordable Sheds Wauchope on quality or price!

98 greater port macquarie focus.


So you’ve decided to sell your home, or to cash in an investment property? Perhaps you have found a new home already and, whether you have already made the commitment or are simply anxious that you might miss out on ‘the perfect place’, timing, together


with yield, have become all-


important elements in the tr transitional process.


hich real estate agent should you choose to take your home to the marketplace? For many people, this is a daunting decision and the importance of making the right choice cannot be overstated. Timing, success and price-achieved-at-sale depend so much upon the strength of the marketing and the skills of the selling agent/s so it is important to do the homework and to review the facts. Agents will appraise your current home and estimate its market value. Some appraisals will appear higher than others, but all appraisals should be supported by recent comparable sales figures of very similar homes nearby and vendors should always remain focussed on the outcomes they ultimately require. In this digital age, the property industry is constantly evolving. The days of browsing through photos in agents’ windows are long gone. (How many people do you know who have, in recent years, found a new home this way?) There remains a strong argument for advertising with press media but, in this modern era, press advertising largely complements a digital campaign so, even this, requires more thought and more appropriate presentation. By far, the predominant amount of buyer interest is drawn from the internet and from data base marketing, but only one agent’s

McGrath Real Estate website has a full range of search engines, making it the most popular property franchise website in Australia, and only one agent’s pooled database contains well over 190,000 qualified buyers, creating more competition for its homes; that agent is McGrath. In Port Macquarie (and similarly in the surrounding regions) McGrath has been consistently achieving results which are the envy of its competitors. Thanks to its connection with Australia’s finest real estate marketing network and to the tireless expertise of an excellent local team, McGrath continues to sell homes faster and for greater returns. ‘List-to-sell ratio’ is an industry guideline which calculates the volume of properties sold, as a percentage of the volume of properties listed. In April 2014, independent RP Data released their average for Port Macquarie, across all agents, at only 55 percent. For the same period, the success average for McGrath Port Macquarie stood at 95 percent. ‘Days on Market’ (DOM) is real estate terminology for the number of days between the initial listing and the ultimate sale of a property. Again, according to RP Data’s assessment for April 2014, the Port Macquarie average, across all agents, stood at a worrying 148 days yet for the same period, McGrath Port Macquarie achieved a DOM of 41 days. ‘Discounting’, being the relationship of the final selling price to the original listing price,


is assessed by independent ‘Domain’ and in April 2014, it issued a local figure at minus 5.7 percent; a statistic which would seem to indicate that a Port Macquarie home listed for sale at $500,000 would, on average, achieve a sale price of only $471,500. McGrath’s average of 8.1% above listing price could see the same property selling for $540,500 and a massive difference of $69,000 in the vendors’ pockets! The world is not a perfect place. Figures provide only guidelines and ‘probable outcomes’, but they do clearly illustrate the significant differences which McGrath’s unique network structure and outstanding marketing tools can achieve for its vendors: A greater certainty of success; McGrath’s ‘list-to-sell’ ratio is substantially more positive. A faster sale; as supported by lower ‘days on market’. At McGrath, many homes are selling within days. A stronger return: McGrath’s unique marketing reaches more buyers, more




quickly. It creates competition among buyers and it results in better prices at sale. So, if you have decided to sell your home, or to cash in an investment property, there are a number of very good reasons why you should consider McGrath. Which real estate agent is best-equipped to take your home to the marketplace and to swiftly achieve the premium outcome you need? The choice is yours and yours alone, but it is certainly worth speaking with a friendly McGrath agent to learn more about, what is often referred to as, ‘The McGrath Difference’. *Figures quoted for McGrath use same criteria and are drawn from a central database over which McGrath Port Macquarie has no direct control.

greater port macquarie focus 99

100 greater port macquarie focus focus.


UPDATE Getting Real with David Plews! Volunteers are lucky Thirteen is a lucky number for our volunteers. It’s a winner! Thirteen times every month they take to the bush to blitz the weeds, and make unloved areas into beautiful bushland. y doing this they have clocked up 9,000 great pictures, and also has the knowledge to do hours in just two years, working on a lots of weed control spraying. major $250,000 Environmental Trust We have a couple who used to be on a farm; Project. they love to do physical work, and help out It’s a big job, and they have made it a big when we need a qualified chainsaw operator. success. All the others are just as keen, and they really Their passion and energy are repairing understand teamwork. creeklines throughout our town for this huge It seems that volunteering grows friendships Project. too. Landcare volunteers have cheerfully There are so many opportunities taken on 55 hectares of weeds to let your light shine within and promised to fix it within a volunteer group. Your six years. ideas and skills improve y an m And the price tag for the group, and at the so e ar e er Th let this Project indicates same time, you find opportunitiesitto w hin e in sh how important the yourself learning t h lig r u yo p. Your work is, as well as and growing. a volunteer grou improve its scope. Port Macquarie ideas and skilldsat the Port Macquarie Landcare is one the group, an find same time, youing and Landcare had to group that offers yourself learn compete for the many choices growing. ” Environmental Trust as well as many grant. Our partnership different locations. with Council helped to Landcare Is For make our bid successful, Everyone! as Council is responsible for If bushland work is not these creekline Reserves for you, maybe our Community The Project funding and work have Nursery is. been entrusted to Landcare because our There is also administration work to do, volunteers have all the right skills, they work keeping the equipment in good shape, and safely and efficiently, and they are reliable. looking after the other volunteers. We need How did they get that way? By joining a Chiefs as well as Indians. strong volunteer group, well equipped and well And of course, we give you the training organised, with a clear mission. and equipment you need to make a satisfying Volunteering has given them a new chapter contribution. in life: learning and getting fit, having fun with If you would like to meet Landcare people in like-minded people, and giving back to the person, come and see us on 10th May at the community they live in. Port Macquarie Volunteer Centre. So now, let’s meet some of them. We will be there to welcome new volunteers A grandmother drives our Landcare van and celebrate The Power of Volunteering at a fun loaded with tools and equipment - and doesn’t event. There will be information stalls, practical mind if she gets muddy! experiences, volunteer awards, local identities, Another woman known for her patience and entertainment. and weed ID skills, has helped disabled people You can also like us on Facebook, and visit our involved in Landcare. website at There’s a clever photographer who makes Contributed by Julie Ho


he Port Macquarie First National providing fantastic returns and capital growth team meets twice a week to discuss expected, it”s all looking good in this market! the market and share informaThe second highest area of sales volume tion to assist us to be the best real within our town is one of the newest areas – estate agents we can. Innes Lake with 71 sales. This is an increase In a recent meeting we examined some sales of 21 sales on the same period last year. One data which confirmed our thoughts that third of the sales at Lake Innes are vacant investors are back buying up. blocks of land which means our local builders For the seven month period from 1 and contractors have work. August 2013 to 28 February 2014, Lacking in the market place at the the most popular area based on moment is the “first home” David volume of sales was Eastport buyer who is is no longer Plews with 73 sales, while the third assisted with a government r so Major Spon rt highest was Westport with grant on existing dwellings Po e Th of Macquarie Surf 63 sales. (now only new dwellings). Life Saving The lion”s share of these sales This decision appears to Club” were units priced between have removed them from $150,000 and $280,000. the Port Macquarie market big Another interesting detail from the time. It may be time for the state data was that the volume of sales for the government to assist first home buyers again area of Clifton has increased a whopping 93 in this regard. per cent – with investors driving this heavy Currently, 3-4 bedroom homes are in exceldemand. lent demand from those wanting to rent at The First National team is working with a around $450 per week. If you have a property large amount of buyers who are investors and that you’d like to rent, feel free to call our our numbers reflect this. Property Management Team on 6583 6000. Investors have comprised almost 40 per Until next month remember to “focus” and cent of our purchasers in 2014. With rents take care!


LOCAL | QUALIFIED | PROVEN mobile 0448 836 000 email 69 Horton St, Port Macquarie

greater port macquarie focus 101


‘The Smug’


rom the unmistakable sporty and bold exterior to the predominant red seam stitched interior, everything about the brand new 2015 2.0-litre Direct Injection Turbocharged 2015 Subaru WRX (Premium) is simply ... sexy. To say I was seduced is probably an understatement. Even though this new generation is more sleek and elegant in exterior design than the earlier '90s models, the general body shape and trademark bonnet scoop remain relatively similar, which certainly keeps the sex appeal of the WRX intact and ongoing. Pitched by Subaru as their new 'weapon of mass seduction', my reading of this by-line was that it's used to signal that this new generation and re-built from the ground up performance vehicle is deliberately designed to appeal to a wider than usual audience. With the option of a six-speed manual transmission or Sports Lineartronic CVT (automatic with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel), the 2015 WRX appeals to both automatic or manual transmission lovers; or both at the same time, if you select the CVT option. The new WRX is unashamedly built for and actually delivers a unique, incredible and very sporty driving experience. From the moment you sit in the cockpit, which visually resembles a mission control command centre, you know you're 102 greater greater port port macquarie macquarie focus. focus.

in a sports-car. The sleek and comfortably Control, an Active Torque Vectoring Sysplaced instrument panels, toggles and buttem, LSD, TCS, ABS, Brake Override System, tons reveal everything you need at your Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and also fingertips or at a glance, making controlthe Hydraulic Brake Assist. ling this beast relatively effortless. Add the above mentioned driving assist Key features of the interior include a 4.3 features with seven airbags, a ring-shaped inch multi-function display and an addipassenger safety cells with crumple zones tional turbo boost pressure display screen. to absorb impact energy, it becomes very A push button start and the leather easy to have supreme confidence in the car bound and grippy sports steeraround you. ing wheel really appeal There is not enough room and the use of solid here to pen the words black throughout the to accurately sum up IS interior furnishings every element of the TH E N EW W R X is a masterstroke. U NA SH A M ED LY exhilarating driving D Even though the experience other BU ILT FO R A N IV ER S A ACT UA LLY D EL IB LE 2015 Subaru WRX ED U N IQ U E, IN CR is easily one of RT Y O SP A N D V ERY the most exciting IE N CE .” R PE EX G D R IV IN vehicles on paper, the excitement soon turns to exhilaration once you're behind the wheel and taking it out for a spin. Is clear to see that Subaru's 40 years of rigorous testing has paid off with this new generation of all-wheel drive. When you can deliver a sports sedan that can handle itself like a champion both on and off the bitumen, or as importantly, in extreme situations, you're simply 'winning'. With an ANCAP safety rating of five stars, it's hard to go past the WRX on safety credentials alone. The new generation WRX packs in an Electronic Safety

than to say it is simply awesome. The handling and cornering are superb, the acceleration is mind-blowing and this is one ride that will certainly and cleanly knock your socks off. Don't just take my word for it; do yourself a favour and book a test-drive of your own. With a realistic and achievable pricepoint for the common man or woman, the new generation 2.0-litre Direct Injection Turbocharged 2015 Subaru WRX is simply irresistible. I would go as far as to say that the 2015 WRX is the new 'holy grail' of sports motoring.

greater port macquarie focus


Port Macquarie Focus i102  

Issue 102 of the Greater Port Macquarie Focus.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you