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Wauchope is celebrating the 25th annual Lasiandra Festival - a celebration of the purple bloom.

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Find great gift ideas for Mum, as well as fashion and beauty in our special 12 page feature.



Between being three time winners at last year’s Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards and receiving multiple Australian Beer Awards, our very own local brewery has been extremely busy since its rrst brew two years ago.

With Morning of the Earth surf rlm and music live in concert coming to Port Macquarie, we talk to some of our own surf legends and reminisce about the ‘freedom’ era that was the ‘70s.



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Find great ideas about what to do these school holidays: where to go, what to see and what events are on.

One of the world’s most intere esting perform mers, Ani DiFranco is coming to Cassegrain Winery for a special performance. She is standing up for what she believes in and performs for people who believe in the power of music.

Find out what’s in store for the Queen of the North event this year.


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From humble beginnings in Port Macquarie, Nabil takes on the world through his camera lens.


Brian Cadd and LIOR take centre stage for Morning of the Earth at Cassegrain Winery on 11 April 09.


From humble Port Macquarie to the fashion runways of LA, local girl Samantha Wills is still making headlines in the fashion industry with her jewellery.



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Ready to Retire? Then rnd the right choices for you in this special Focus feature.



Take your rrst look inside the Glasshouse with our exclusive behind the scenes tour...


An interivew with our new Panthers GM of Operations. Find out what’s in store for the Club.





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Over $5,000 worth of prizes to be won in the Focus Fashions on the Field at the Port Macquarie Cup.

The inspirational Father Chris Riley speaks to us about his Youth Off the Streets Program.

This November, Glasshouse On Tour brings ‘Steel Magnolias’ to Port Macquarie.


Find out what ‘a day in the life’ of a Hotel Manager is like.







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The ‘Ricardoes Tomatoes’ Sarks brothers love to grow things, including their business. Next it’s salad greens, free range chickens and organic eggs.


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A special feature on Trevor Coles Terry White Chemists in Port Central.

The Great Gordo Gamsby, world record holding ‘sword swallower’ and Port Macquarie native drops in for a chat.


Historic Douglas Vale Vineyard celebrates its 150th anniversary.




Festival of the Sun kicks off this month with a fantastic line up including Little Birdy, Spiderbait, The Beautiful Girls and Children Collide.

Digital artist Mic Rees is creating landscape magic with his iPhone.

The Glasshouse comes alive with the troupe from Circus Oz.

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The Holiday Coast Credit Union Tastings of the Hastings celebrates the farmers, producers, restaurants, wineries and breweries of the Greater Port Macquarie region.

Allan and Sam Schmidt talk to us about their new life caring for orphans in Thailand.

Podiatrist Sara Coombes’ adventure in the Northern Territory.



Eileen Kerr introduces the exciting new Hastings Youth Theatre and its upcoming debut production.


Denis Juelicher from the Yoga Shala tells us about this annual fundraiser for charity.



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Gold, silver and bronze all the way for Port’s own brewery – The Little Brewing Company. Head Brewer Warwick Little shares his excitement over the business’ performance at the Australian International Beer Awards.

ELIZABETH GALLOWAY Celebrating 25 years of business, we talk to the local dance school owner about her achievements over the years.



The Camden Haven’s premier music festival returns to the region this month, bringing an ensemble of musicians and their performances. They will enchant lovers of classical, jazz and blues and more. This is an event not to be missed.




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Meet 20 of our local women in business, who are inspired by their respective industries and are passionate about our local area.

The rrst show for the 2010 Glasshouse On Tour season brings the ever-fresh political satire of The Wharf Revue with the brandnew show Pennies from Kevin.

Help raise money for cancer research at Stuart’s Park on ANZAC weekend.



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O off Shakespeare’s One Sh k ’ most popular plays finds new life in this adaption, which is being brought to the stage b l t dA t li castt – by a ttalented Australian including acting icon, Max Cullen. Coming soon to the Glasshouse.



The annual Wauchope Country Music Festival will kick off this month with a line-up of talented local and international artists.





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Danielle Morante helps earthquake victims in Haiti to rebuild their homes


Get ready for Spring Racing! The Port Macquarie Cup is just around the corner corner.


Sun un and music worsh worshippers hippers get ready! rea Port Macquarie’s favourite music festival is finally here! Featuring headline artists Xavier Rudd, Regurgitator and Sharon Jones, FOTSUN kicks off on Dec 10.

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One ne of the world’s best loved pia pianists, anists, mm mortalised in the Oscar winning fi film immortalised lm Shine, is coming to Port Macquarie – a concert not to be missed.

David and Alison Waite’s dream for Timbertown and the heritage railway has come to fruition, just in time for the school holidays.

DA N N Y Incomparable comedian n Danny Bhoy will be presenting his unique blend of humour in a brand new show at the Glasshouse this month...

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COLONIAL ARCADE Visit this boutique arcade and discover its hidden treasures of shopping and business

JIM PEARSON Meet the man behind this household name in this month’s Out to Lunch


JOHN JO N BUTL LER TRIO Jo Butler is passionate John about making his music a meanin meaningful, valuing audience participation at his shows. part

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THE DELLTONES Renowned for their rockin’ harmonies, this iconic group will feature at Wintersun.

NEIL PORTER Susie Boswell takes our new Council Administrator Out to Lunch.

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Seven-time world champion Sebastien Loeb shares the challenges of competitive rally driving.

TONY HAYWARD We catch up for lunch with the new Port-Macquarie Hastings Council General Manager.


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SINGING SENSATIONS David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes to perform at Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse – THE musical highlight of 2011.

GARY O’CALLAGHAN Susie Boswell catches up with the Australian Father of the Year in this month’s Out to Lunch.

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We catch up with this passionate local, who tells us about why he will run for Council.

JOHN ROSS Susie Boswell takes the local businessman and keen traveller Out to Lunch.

Rockabilly, classic cars, electric guitars, Burlesque and much more. It’s all at Wintersun.


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THE JONESES Paul Adams chats to our local McDonald’s Proprietors about life at the top of the food chain.


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MIKEY ROBINS The award-winning international smash hit comedy, Celebrity Autobiography, will visit the Glasshouse direct from the Sydney Opera House.


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DAMIAN KING 3 x world Champion bodyboarder, Damian King, is back home after taking the Drop Knee crown in Puerto Rico.

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This month, Susie lunches with our Council’s tourism and events manager, Linda Hall.

JANICE DOWNES Inspirational local Janice Downes is a tireless volunteer worker, poet, radio announcer and reflexologist – a woman who faces life head on with both courage and compassion.



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Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park continues to lead the way in local tourism, proudly bringing you big cats – Kamala and Sabu.

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If this month’s lunch guest is our future, Susie finds we’re in good shape.


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This month, Susie is out to lunch with Sam Openshaw from the Port Macquarie Mental Health Support Group.

KEITH UPTIN Lunch guest Keith Uptin takes us on a journey through Port Macquarie’s more recent past.

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The UK star of stage and screen is one of the world’s most celebrated character actors; we chat to her about her upcoming performance in March.

GWENETH NEWELL This month, Susie lunches with local Peloton Espresso owner ‘Gwennie’ Newell.



SUNDIAL DENTAL Leading the way in 21st century dentistry. Find out about their new advancements in our special 6 page feature.



For his community work, Aaron will receive an OAM certificate of commendation later this month.

Warren Plowright grew up humbly, then earned success over 30 years in his own business. Lunching with Susie Boswell, he poses some questions for our future.

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ASHLEY OLSEN Wauchope Showgirl for 2012, Ashley is a hard working, high achieving young woman.

DR RAY HODGSON Women in third world countries are benefiting from humanitarian aid provided by Dr Ray Hodgson and his team of medical experts.


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Nestled in the hinterland west of Elands, tree-changers Darren and Liane share their new life on their enterprising free range egg farm.

TIM O'DONNELL A solid foundation of exceptional training and his mother's philosophy has taken Tim's career as a dancer to new heights.




Emma's creative career as a glass artist and her dedication to her craft will be on display at the 2012 Ranamok Glass Prize at the Glasshouse from 23 Nov.

The challenges of walking the Track brought home the realities to a local family of the rigours faced by all who served in PNG during WWII.

Boasting an amazing repertoire of songs, a local community musical group is bringing smiles to audiences through its concerts.

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Welcome to the December issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. elcome to the b i g g e s t issue of FOCUS ever, which coincides with our 7th birthday. It’s been a wild ride here at FOCUS over the last 84 editions, and it’s never been without its challenges. As many people in the media might tell you, it’s a scary time in our industry. Traditional media is going head to head with a new world of iPads, smartphones, blogs, likes, tweets, apps, funny cats, memes and those inspirational messages that flood your Facebook feed. It was all supposed to make our lives easier and more connected. But has it really?


Nevertheless, whether you’re reading this issue on your iPad, on Facebook or that ‘good old fashioned’ printed copy, which is still by a mile the most preferred way to read FOCUS, a big thank you from the team here for supporting what we do. Without your kind words and support for our advertisers, we would not exist. From all the team here at FOCUS, a very merry Christmas and a safe New Year. INSIDE THIS ISSUE This month we have Festival of the Sun headline artist ‘Kimbra’ on the cover. Apart from being a supremely talented artist under her own name, she was also featured in the Gotye song Someone that I Used to Know, which was the first Australian song to make it No.1 in the US for 12 years. The song topped the ARIA Singles Chart, UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100,

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selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. We’ve been a fan of Kimbra here at FOCUS ever since we first heard her single Settle Down. Well done to the whole team at Festival of the Sun for yet another amazing line up. COMMUNITY PRIDE It’s been refreshing to see what is seemingly a big change in the way our local Council has been injecting a bit of community pride lately. On the back of an amazing welcome home parade for our Olympians and the support for the Tastings on Hastings, Council was also involved in the Christmas Parade culminating with the lighting of the tree, which I’m very proud to report after being a previous critic, is actually big enough to create a bit of wow factor. Well done to all! A great evening.

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And it’s not all over; we have a new Community Garden on the way and a rather exciting art project in the works which will add a lot of fun to the area – see page 9. Keep up the good work.


FINAL SAY ”Follow your dreams, except for that one where you’re naked at work.” – unknown.

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t 17 you discovered your musisatisfying and melodically interesting, but also clever in cal talents and skill for songthe risks it takes. writing. Most kids would have And who do you look to now for inspiration? been studying and looking These days I am listening to a lot of Nusrat Fateh Ali towards the end of school; so Kahn, a Pakistani singer who uses his voice in incredible what prompted your inquisiways. I also love the new Grizzly Bear album and Flying tiveness about music? Lotus’ new record. It was just always there. I gravitated You've collaborated with some of the to music as a child through going to music industry's best. What skills have musicals and shows, and then joining you picked up along the way? I love intimate the Jazz choir at school. Soon after Vocabulary in the studio is very shows. We toured that, I was introduced to more important, as it allows you to comPeople with Foster The t to play experimental music, and after municate your vision more clearly this year and go Rocks that it just became my constant d and actually speak in the same Re e venues lik c. which et tre ea obsession and hobby to create terms when it comes to producith ph am t even music with my 8-track or to be tion and mixing. I’ve become very was amazing, bu nce I after that experieg beats a discovering some new and excitinterested in this side of things still think nothin room.” ing band for myself. and a big learning curve has been smaller capacity What kind of musical influences learning to program and sample by or icons did you have at that myself – this allowed me to execute full discovery age? arrangements of my songs just at home in I started off with more traditional influmy bedroom, then use the bigger studios to ences in the world of Jazz, but around the age of refine the sounds and tighten up the overall vision. 15 the bands I loved most were The Mars Volta, Interpol, Now that you are touring so heavily, when do you Mew and The Blood Brothers. Prog Rock and experimenget time to be a songwriter – do the places you visit tal music baffled me and inspired so much, because I inspire you? could never understand it all on the first listen. It got me The places I visit definitely inspire me. But the difficult excited about the concept of Pop Music being not only thing is not having the time to fully relay all the amazing

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experiences that I have swimming around in my head at the moment. However, I do feel excited about all the perspectives I am acquiring from spending time with so many interesting people, and touring definitely opens your eyes to various cultures around the world. Luckily, Port Macquarie has secured you to perform at FOTSUN, an amazing regional festival with loads of charisma and funk. With only 3,000 attending, what are you looking forward to about a more intimate festival? I love intimate shows. We toured with Foster The People this year and got to play venues like Red Rocks amphitheatre etc. which was amazing, but even after that experience I still think nothing beats a smaller capacity room. You can really make eye contact with your audience and the energy is so much more exciting, I find. What’s next for 2013 in your schedule? After the summer festivals, I will be knuckling down and getting started on a second album. I want to try and find some stillness again. I will also spend more time in the US, as there are some exciting collaborations in the works. Ideally, what would you like to be doing in 5 years? Where would you be? Living in the moment. Thanks Kimbra. Kimbra will be at FOTSUN on December 15.

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Collectors Corner. A trip to Bali in the ’70s and the purchase of some Balinese souvenirs ignited a passion in Judith Hansen for owls. Over the years, Judith has since amassed a prolific collection of owls in all shapes, sizes and colours …

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In 2003, Jarna Findlay had a combined kidney and pancreas transplant. She received a number of blood transfusions during the operation; the blood helped save her life. Jarna talks about her new role at the Blood Donor Centre in Port Macquarie and how important and easy it is to donate.


IVF Success. We were travelling in the ruggedly beautiful Kimberley region in Western Australia when we made the decision. After years of putting it off, of sitting on the fence and peering nervously over the other side, we were finally ready. It was time to start a family.

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tt ti iincluding l di enjoyed trips tto llocall attractions, Lake Cathie, Long Flat and North Haven for lunch, the Irish Pub in Harrington and Lorne Macadamia Farm. In October, the residents' Social Group arranged a 2 day ‘mini holiday’ in Forster, where they visited the Green Cathedral and many local attractions. The opportunities are endless, being in such a wonderful part of the Mid North Coast. The Men’s TEAM also has a bus trip monthly to a variety of venues for a meal and a few light ales. Garden Village has its own Village Chaplain, and he is also the coordinator of the bus outings, ensuring there is a driver available for outings for both the Retirement Village and Aged Care residents. Our bus can accommodate 18 and 2 wheelchair passengers, all comfortably and safely. All Garden Village staff drivers and our wonderful

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age and would like to spend retirement free to come and go as you please, have relatives and friends visit you at any time, pursue your interests and share your hobbies, knowledge and skills with others; forge new friendships and forget the anxiety of everyday life, especially loneliness; and enjoy privacy and security in a garden atmosphere. Our modern 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are spacious and fully appointed.

The ‘G.V. Fun Bus’, with its (you vibrant artwork s ha , won’t miss it) on taken residents a large number of outings.”

Garden Village has a variety of ages within our Village; a minimum age of 55 years applies to occupy Self Care Apartments – age is no barrier. You can find activities to suit your individual level of health and mobility. Continuity of care at Garden Village may be provided on site through the hostel or nursing home (entry to the hostel or nursing home is via the government aged care assessment team). This offers peace of mind for residents and their family as care needs change. What they Offer YOU … Garden Village can assist you: if you have attained 55 years of

Please ring Kate Chew on (02) 6582 8923 for an appointment to visit Garden Village today and see for yourself what a great place it is to live.

Life is about being Pampered... Our great location means your favourite shopping spot or club is closer than ever. While you’re living it up, your family will have peace of mind that you’ll be thriving in a warm and friendly community with four levels of care.


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The Port Macquarie-Hastings region is well known for its koala population and the acclaimed Koala Hospital. Now, the Koala is the inspiration for a major new cultural event which launches in December 2012. Inspired by ‘Larkin with Toads’ which achieved huge exposure in the UK, Greater Port Macquarie is about to welcome 50 huge Koalas to feature around the local area. ello Koalas is a signature cultural tourism project that has been developed by locally based Arts and Health Australia in partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Margret Meagher, Executive Director of the national organisation Arts and Health Australia, is proud to bring this project to her home base. “When we moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney, we were so struck by the beautiful surrounds from coast to hinterland and thought the natural attractions of the area provided the perfect backdrop for large scale sculptures. I have loved Sculpture by the Sea since its inception. Eighteen months ago, at an arts and health forum in the UK, I met Elaine Burke, who works in Hull and East Yorkshire in northeast England. Elaine had been involved in a sculpture project in 2010 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of national poet Philip Larkin, who lived in Hull for 30 years. I knew this project was destined for Port Macquarie in some guise. We are now excited to be launching a home grown sculpture project based on our very own Koala.” Elaine Burke is in Port Macquarie for the launch of Hello Koalas and spoke with FOCUS in an exclusive interview. Elaine, tell us a little about the Toads sculpture project. Philip Larkin is the UK’s best loved poet. The city and the surrounding countryside provided the inspiration for his poetry, including his poems about toads. We wanted to do something glorious and unexpected! So the ‘Larkin with Toads’ public art project was born. Locally, the word ‘larking’ means ‘playing’, so it

was a project that invited the community to have fun, restaurants, shops, accommodation and attractions. be joyful, enjoy the city, and to see both Larkin and The Toads also changed how people thought about Hull in a new light. art. In a survey at the end of the project, 90% said We created the design for a giant metre-high Toad they wanted more public art. The business sector also and produced 40 sculptures which were decorated by saw how a strong, vibrant cultural identity improved artists who turned the Toads into punks, space-toads, the life of the city, raised its profile and attracted new and all sorts of incredible colourful creatures. Local investment. businesses and community groups sponsored the There was also extensive media coverage, not Toads, and we created small sculptures and a just local and regional, but national and specially designed education pack which international media interest too. went to all schools in the area. ‘Larkin with Toads’ won gold Just before the summer holidays, for the ‘Most Remarkable e We created th t the Toads appeared – as if by Event’ in the ‘Remarkable East an design for a gi ad magic – overnight on the Yorkshire Tourism Awards’ To metre-high ed 40 uc od streets. It felt like waking up on and gold for the Best pr d an which were sculptures,by Christmas morning to find that Tourism Event in Yorkshire tists decorated thar s ad To Father Christmas has been – but at the White Rose Tourism e who turnedspaces, nk this time, he’d put 40 colourful Awards. The crowning pu into l sorts of toads, and al Toads all over the city! The glory came when Toads beat ful co incredible lour Toads sat on pavements, in parks, internationally renowned creatures. ” in buildings, by the waterfront – events like the Grand National everywhere. to scoop the Silver Award for Best Mums, dads, kids, grandparents, Tourism Event in England, at the Visit couples, visitors from out of town flocked to Hull England awards in 2012. and East Yorkshire to follow the Toad Trail and take Apart from attending the launch of Hello Koalas, photos. ‘Larkin with Toads’ enchanted everyone for 10 what are your plans while you are in Port weeks over summer. Macquarie? What was the social, economic and tourism First stop is a visit to the Koala Hospital. I’ve wanted impact on the community? to cuddle a koala since I was a kid! The tourist information centre in Hull had a 40% increase in footfall during the summer of Toads, and the plug! over 120,000 people participated in the Toad Trail. We For information about the Hello Koalas project, originally printed 30,000 Toad Trail maps and ran out in email or telephone the first week. Margret Meagher on 0416 641 482. The Toads brought in an enormous economic boost

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Garden Village Christmas Craft ft Sale The Garden Village Craft Group is a fundraising group of ladies from within and outside of the village. Their chief goal is to create hand made items that can be sold, and monies collected assists specifically the Garden Lodge High Care Unit. There are many hand made items that are lovely gifts for Christmas.

People p Builders Big black and white Christma Christmas as A huge night of live entertainment, guest appearance by Santa and fun for the kids. Festive food, drinks and giveaways! A night not to miss!

When Monday 17 December, 8am - noon. Where 7 Garden Crescent, Port Macquarie (Garden Village Craft Room). ).

When Friday 7 December, 7pm. Tickets From People Builders Centre 6583 2566. Book your seat now! $5 single, $15 family (2 adults and 3 kids under 12).

Garden Village Auxiliary Garage Sale Garden Village has been holding these for almost 30 years. The Auxiliary is responsible for raising funds that assist to purchase comfort items for our Aged Care Facility. Over the last 30 years, they have raised approx. $170,000 to assist the village. The garage sale will have furniture, books, linen and household bric-a-brac. All are welcome. When Saturday 8 December from 7.30am - noon. Where 7 Garden Crescent, Port Macquarie (Findlay Ave entrance).

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Festival of the Sun FOTSUN 2012 Festival of the Sun is Port Macquarie's flagship live music event, bringing in the summer with some great live Aussie bands, tasty markets and three days of camping in the sun next to beach! When Friday 14 - Saturday 15 December 2012. Contact Simon Luke by phone on 1800 636 452 or by email at: for further information.

19-20 Shakespeare on the Green Local up and coming theatre company 'Popinjay and Nuncle' is very proud to present Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing on the Town Green these Christmas holidays. Where Town Green, Port Macquarie. When Saturday 19 January 2013 to Sunday 20 January 2013. More info Contact Belinda Horne by phone on 0450 308 088 or by email at:

Call the Visitor Information Centre on 6581 8000, or log on to the Port Macquarie events website:

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Adventure Sports Instructors.

Corey Enfield from Soul Surfing, Wayne Dean from Stand Up Paddle and Damion Treloar from Wedge Surf School have all come together as internationally accredited Adventure Sports Instructors. If you’ve always been a bit apprehensive about learning to surf or stand up paddle, this summer might be your time to give it a go.

COREY ENFIELD – Soul Surfing. Tell us about your background in surfing? I was born and bred in Manly and frequented the beach from an early age. I took up surfing at 14yrs and was hooked from my first wave, a feeling I will never forget. Surfing has always been about fun and enjoyment to me. After surfing around Australia and parts of the world its really special being able to go surfing with my wife and kids. Port Macquarie offers us the perfect playground to assist our students into a happy surfing future. What do you offer through Soul Surfing? We offer people the chance to experience what the whole surfing lifestyle has to offer. We can start you with a single surf lesson or join a beginners program short or long term. We have a big focus on Ocean Education but at the same time make sure that the fun and excitement is sky high. We’ve developed teaching methods that work quickly and effectively so this happens. This is what we do best. From there we can help you as far as you want to go with your skills, assist you with equipment or even make you a custom surfboard. I don’t know of any other coaches who can teach, watch, listen and then shape a board for you. What are the benefits of surfing? Health, fitness and general wellbeing are the big ones. There are not too many sports that are as fun as surfing that revitalise you or make you feel alive and invigorated. Why did you decide to join forces with Damion and Wayne? We each run small businesses of really high quality and the benefits to our existing and future students are endless. We are all ac-

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credited instructors with ASI, Adventure Sports Instructors. We really wanted to come together to promote the fact that ASI is the only internationally accredited system that governs surfing and SUP. They lead the world in their coaching and education standards

ing paddles give clients the chance to check out the natural beauty of our waterways whilst enjoy the wildlife both about and underneath the boards, it's just fantastic . Australia day there will be a family paddle day and kids races with prizes and goody bags for every competitor. DAMION TRELOAR – Wedge Surf School. For more serious competiWhat do you offer at Wedge? tors. The Lost Supa stand Wedge surf and SUP school operup paddle race day on ates from South West rocks, Hat We can cater the river at Gladstone, Head, Arakoon for surfing and for any type of which will include a 4km a e stand up paddle boarding and person, if they ar or s paddle, 2km paddle and ou we have recently included little bit nerv t ap ad ill w e w a 500m dash for cash. , re unsu Kempsey river park for stand sson structure le r that will be taking place ou up paddle boarding as well. enjoy so that they still ” in February next year The main objectives of our it and have fun.. through SUP Australia, surf and sup programs is educakeep your eye out for dates tion and water safety, we have a of this event.. lot of people these days who can't

even swim, so we blend in personal water safety during our paddle boarding or surfing lessons. We are now carry a full range of SUP boards for customers to try catering for all disciplines of this fast growing sport. Add to this our quiver of soft surfboards and SUPS which are perfect for Kids and beginners alike and take out the fear of injury during the early stages of learning to surf, making it as easy and fun for everyone to get up an catch that first wave. What is coming up for summer at Wedge? Through summer we will be operating the paddle board hire and lessons at Arakoon, South West Rocks where people learn the basic skills on how to control, turn and paddle the boards. From that people can book one of our new range of paddle board tours, these relax-

WAYNE DEAN – Stand Up Paddle Port Macquarie. What do you offer at Stand up Paddle Port Macquarie? We offer stand up paddle boarding on the river, everything from private lessons to groups. We show you all the basics of balance, strength and core fitness, manoeuvring the board and becoming confident enough to work your way up to a 2 or 3 hour paddle tour. We take from 1 to 8 people at a time, sunset paddles, stand up paddle fitness training, parties and corporate days. Tell us about your surfing background. I have a long boarding background, and used to ride competition until I injured my knee, which is why I got into stand up paddle. It is great for people with sore backs, legs, necks

and other injuries. Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet, it isn't restricted to age or level of fitness, from young kids to the elderly it is fun for all ages. What are the benefits of stand up paddle? Balance, strength and core fitness, while paddling on the river you will see schools of fish and a variety of marine life. If you are lucky enough when you come paddling with us you will see dolphins and turtles, and we take you to private locations on the river, show you where Osprey eagles live and nest. SUMMER OF FUN – a new initiative by ASI – setting the world standard in adventure sports education. The Summer of Fun involves 4 different programs: Girls Get into Surfing on 1 - 2 December, Girls Get into Stand Up Paddle 8 - 9 December, Guys Get into Surfing 23 - 24 February 2013 and Guys Get into Stand Up Paddle 9 - 10 March 2013. It is a great new initiative by ASI. For anyone wanting to go, certainly if you have never tried surf or sup, these programs are the perfect opportunity to try it. All ages are welcome and all equipment is provided. Register online at

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Livia Austin lives in the small isolated town of Moore Valley. She wants to escape the dead end town and get out into the real world. But something seems to keep stopping her. The mysterious Jackson Wyler enters her high school, and immediately they are drawn together. Then there is Everett, who is lethally dangerous and saves her life multiple times. From first sight, she knows he is not an ordinary human being and has some bizarre interest in her. The closer they get, the more she learns of their powerful secrets, what they are, why they are here and just what they are protecting her from. Frost and Flame is available on Amazon

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Recently announced as Cycling Australia’s 2012 Australian Mountain Bike Rider of the Year, Jason English has his sights set on even bigger achievements – competing at the 24 hour World Championships in Canberra next year ...

It’s been a little while since you last spoke to FOCUS, but what’s been keeping you occupied for the past 12 months? In the past 12 months I have been trying to get used to racing and training while being a dad. It has been a balancing act, and Jen has been very supportive of my continued involvement in racing. My parents have kindly stepped in several times recently to support me at some of the not so baby friendly races! The logistics for getting to Italy with a 10 month old to compete in the 24 hour World Championships was perhaps one of the toughest aspects of racing all year. What events have you competed in recently, and what were your results? I’ve had a few good results this year. My highlights have been winning: The Mountains to Beach Stage Race, NSW 24hr Solo National Champs, Canberra, ACT 24hr Solo World Champs − Finalie Ligure, Italy Tathra Marathon, NSW Paluma Push Marathon, Townsville, QLD JetBlack 12hr, Sydney 12hrs in the Piney, Armidale Flight Centre Epic, QLD Scott 24hr, Canberra, QLD Back Yamma Bigfoot Marathon, Parkes, NSW. You were recently announced as Cycling Australia’s 2012 Australian Mountain Bike Rider of the Year. How do you feel about this achievement? I was really quite honoured to achieve this award. The selectors were quick to point out that it wasn't purely about results in a range of different events, but sportsmanship and being a good ambassador for the sport were also important. I was surprised to win, considering I was up against our Olympic representative and downhill riders, who are some of the best in the world. 14 greater port macquarie focus.

Where and when were you presented with the award, and what was the vibe like at the event? The Cycling Australia Awards were held at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney. It was the most formal event I have ever been to. After I’m hoping seeing how seriously some next year I y of the other cyclists commit ke can ep with mrs and so on their lives to the sport, Jen current sp tain biking, he quickly well represent them now feels that perhaps I do decked out the whole ld Wor at the 24 hourip have a balanced approach in s family with bikes; howsh Champion to life after all! .” ra er ever, I didn't start racing nb Ca Who would you like to until Year 11. It wasn't thank for helping with your until 5 years ago that I got cycling achievements? a bike sponsorship deal, which I guess my parents first, for dragging meant I felt I should start racing in the me around to races when I was in late high Elite class. In an attempt to justify sponsorship school, but also for them coming back and support, I became competitive at this level. The supporting me when Jen has had to look after next year (2008) I won my first National 24 hour Archie. Jen has made some serious sacrifices to Championship, and this started my love of the support me over the past few years, and I know longer events and I have been able to defend I couldn't have done it without her organised this title for the past 5 years. approach to racing and experience as a sports As you’re also a teacher at the Heritage dietitian. Christian School, how do you find the time Locally, Gordon Street Cycles have supported to practice and compete in the sporting me for a long time and ensure I always have arena? bikes in excellent condition, which takes a lot of The Principal is very supportive of my racing. stress out of pre-event organisation. Darcy has He can see value in a teacher who not only worked on my bikes for years, and I am always teaches about training, nutrition and perforimpressed with how careful he is in ensuring mance, but can speak with experience through everything is running perfectly. real life examples. I have had the opportunity I have been quite fortunate to now have to take students away racing with me, which sponsors that are helping me get to races, which reinforces the importance of the theory we is great. I'm hoping next year I can keep with my cover in class. The Principal has also adjusted my current sponsors and represent them well at the timetable to ensure I can still get a significant 24 hour World Championships in Canberra. amount of training completed before work, For those readers unaware of your sportwhich means after school is dedicated to family ing history, how and when did you actually and lesson preparation. first get your start in mountain bike riding? For any youngsters considering taking up I got my first mountain bike when I was in mountain bike riding competitively, what Year 7. After my dad got the bug for mounadvice would you give them?

Firstly, I would suggest spending time riding your mountain bike to pick up skills and learn how to ride efficiently. While fitness is important, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. You can always pick up fitness later on in life when you want to be competitive at higher levels. Lloyd (from Gordon Street Cycles) has been running an amazing program for kids under 14 years old at Wayne Richards Park on a Wednesday afternoon. It has been attracting up to 70 kids, and I'm just hanging to send Archie there when he can use a balance bike. It's also worth checking out the local mountain bike club both on their website and by joining their Facebook page. What’s next on the agenda for you - any big events looming on the horizon? I've missed a few events recently due to a fractured collarbone after a head on collision with a car in far north Queensland, but after some good kilometres in the holidays I'll be focusing mostly on the 24 hour races next year. The 24 Hour World Championships are back in Canberra this year, and I really want to wear the green and gold Australian Championship Jersey in this event. In order to do that, I need to win my 6th 24 Hour National Championship event in a row ... Thanks Jason. Congrats on your recent award – and best of luck with both the National and World Championships! Interview by Jo Atkins.

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Ju d it h H a n s e n . A trip to Bali in the ’70s and the purchase of some Balinese souvenirs ignited a passion in Judith Hansen for owls. Over the years, Judith has since amassed a prolific collection of owls in all shapes, sizes and colours … hy collect owls? I’ve been asked this question many times and after 36 years of collecting, I’m still not sure how to answer. There are really two questions: why collect, and why owls? Collectors are a race apart and only fellow collectors understand the passion, the thrill of the hunt and the triumph of discovery and acquisition. There is a successful television show, The Collectors, an entertaining look at people’s obsessions. The enthusiasm, often bordering on fanaticism, comes through clearly as people display and talk about their collection. The collections and their owners are a varied lot. We have seen collections of belly button lint, glass eyes and huge sheds of tractors, cars and planes. Of course, popular perennials, animals and birds in all forms, china, glassware, furniture, records, toys, clothes, comics and stamps feature as well, but it is the bizarre collections that attract the most interest. A collection often begins with a single purchase or gift, the object chosen because of an emotional response: “Oh, isn’t that cute?”; a humorous reaction: “Have you ever seen such a weird such and such?”; a monetary motivation: “Gee, that could be valuable”; or aesthetic appeal: “What a beautiful object”. Having up to ten similar objects is fine. Allow16 greater port macquarie focus.

ing more into your life is dangerous. You have become a collector. If you walk into a cluttered, disorganised shop and immediately see the object of your desire, you have developed collector’s tunnel vision. Friends and relatives are happy to have gift giving simplified. You now have a regular supply of gifts from overseas as well. As a collector, you feature in people’s minds, “I saw a … and thought of you”. Warning: becoming a collector is easy; becoming an ex-collector is hard. What was the very first owl that started your collection? My owl collection began in January 1973, when I visited a friend in Bali. Among my souvenirs were some small, carved, wooden, brightly coloured owls. I moved to Leeton that year and in the local Coles, I found a brown owl mug, then a stapler, sticky tape dispenser, pencil sharpener and egg timer in seventies pink and orange. My collection had begun. Where do your source most of your items? From the beginning, I had no discrimination, guidelines or taste. I did have a budget, so op shops, markets and two dollar shops were my main suppliers. Arty and crafty owls abounded in the Blue Mountains where I lived for twenty years. Audrey collected owls and owned a shop, the Barn Owl and a teashop, the Owls Nest. We

compared our latest acquisitions and she found me a valued customer. I have a theory that there is a roster in factories in Taiwan, Japan, and now China, setting out the schedule for the mass production of specific animals, ashtrays and other collectibles. This explains why there are recurring surges in popularity for elephants, frogs, pigs, roosters, everywhere from the Franklin Mint to Go Lo. Have you ever been a member of any collectors’ clubs or groups? In the eighties, the halcyon days of my collecting, I belonged to an International Owl Collectors Club in England, subscribed to an American magazine, Owls, and received catalogues from The Owl’s Nest, an online shop selling every imaginable owl product, including owl pellets (I did not add these to my collection.) How has your collection continued to grow over the years? As technology progressed, the owl was used as a logo for many computer companies and financial institutions. The association with wisdom and mythology has seen many publishing firms, particularly educational and children’s, use owl logos. Conservation causes find photographs of owls a good drawcard. So, I began collecting advertisements, calendars, photographs, greeting cards and bookmarks. The collection continued to grow: candles,

clocks, clothes, curtains, cushions, jewellery, moneyboxes, mugs, ornamental owls of all shapes, sizes and materials, paintings, quilt cover, salt and pepper shakers, soft toys, teapots and OWL numberplates for the car. At one stage, the car also had embroidered owl seat covers and a beaded owl seat cover. How and where do you display your owls? A collection must be displayed. An owl room was the solution in two houses but by the time we moved to Port, both the collection and I were looking worse for wear; culling was necessary. Donations were made to charity shops, and display space was curtailed. Duplicates and cheap and nasties are easier to dispose of, but there are still so many owls of sentimental value, valuable or linked with the giver, that it doesn’t seem possible to become owl free. “Why do you collect?” is often answered by another question, “How do I stop?” Thanks Judith.

are you a collector? We want to know about you! Let us know what you collect, and you might just be our next Collectors Corner guest! e. ph. (02) 6584 7433.

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Peter Dransfield, Player's Theatre President, on behalf of the Committee and all the volunteers, wishes to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the Theatre after another wonderful year of productions in 2012 – our 50th year. The Players Theatre also marked the 25th anniversary of their theatre building in Lord Street and in memory of former theatre President Terry Gould, a special functions room was opened. 2012 began with The Sound of Music, which was so well received it set the tone for the rest of the year. Our production of Educating Rita featured the fine performance skills of Simone Berry and Lance Thompson. We broke new ground with staging locally written productions Pacific Highway the Musical Revue and The Secret Reunion, which were well supported. The One Act Play Festival continues to grow in popularity and our final show for the year, Jerry's Girls, enabled the Theatre to showcase our ability to stage a high quality musical with a stellar cast," Mr Dransfield said.

Holiday Coast Connections, your shuttle bus service between Port Macquarie and Newcastle, is under new management.

Now 2013 promises to deliver even more to local audiences, with a wide range of productions starting with the play The Butler Did It, which starts February 15 and runs until March 3. If you have a New Year's resolution to get involved in your community or take up a new hobby, then the Player's Theatre is a great place to start. You can learn how to assist with makeup or costume design, become an actor, assist with lighting and sound, work in the coffee shop or just become a Players Theatre member. We look forward to welcoming you in 2013 to Players Theatre.

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New owner Suzie White is pleased to be given the opportunity to take over this established business that has been servicing the local community for 7 years. The bus operates daily from Monday to Saturday, and bookings are essential. Suzie’s drivers, Dane and Mick, will provide you with a safe, professional and friendly travel experience, whether you are the only customer or the bus is full. The bus departs 7am from Port Macquarie, arriving at Newcastle Airport at 10.45am (via pre-booked pick up/drop off points) to join up with discounted flights to Melbourne and Brisbane, then to Newcastle City Railway, arriving at 11.15am to meet up with CityRail trains to Sydney. If you need to get to John Hunter, Mater Hospital or the university, the bus arrives at 11.30am. For transport for medical reasons, please speak to your GP regarding IPTAAS and a receipt can be provided. The bus departs from the hospitals and university at 12.45pm, railway at 1.15pm and the airport at 2pm, to be back in Port Macquarie by 5.30pm. For a detailed timetable, contact Suzie on (02) 6581 5557 or visit our recently new improved website at


Cedar Grove Farmstay. This unique farmstay is set on a 600 acre cattle breeding property adjoining the Wilson River, surrounded by mountainscapes and green pastures. The units are self contained and have spectacular views. Great for families and ideal for couples seeking a break from urban stress. Your first breakfast (Continental) is provided, plus fresh farm eggs (in season). The verandahs provide the perfect setting for outdoor dining or simply ‘chilling out’. Parents can participate with their children in feeding the chooks, guinea fowl, and sheep. Tip Top the Shetland pony and Sydney the donkey enjoy being fed carrots and greens. Children may look for fresh eggs or make friends with the lambs, then have a refreshing play in the river for cooling off. Local attractions include farm and bushwalking, cycling, swimming, fishing and 4 wheel bush driving. Observe awesome night skies, birdlife and native flora/fauna and ‘spotlighting’ for night creatures. Visit a local dairy farm. Horse riding by prior arrangement. All these rural pleasures are just 40 km from the many attractions of Port Macquarie. Call now on (02) 6585 8257 or go to the website:


Spirit of the Land is a new exhibition at the Sea Acres Rainforest. We catch up with Janet Cohen to find out more.



ow did the idea for the exhibition come about? The idea for Spirit of the Land originated through Sea Acres Rainforest Centre’s work over the last six years with community leader and chair of the Birpai LALC, Uncle Bill O’Brien, and other local Aboriginal community members. The exhibition is inspired by the richness of Birpai culture and the spectacular National Parks of the local area. Birpai culture is deeply embedded in the land, and this land we live in is alive with Birpai history, stories and cultural practices which stretch back thousands of years. From the beginning, the concept was developed through community input, firstly at a steering group workshop in February 2012, which provided more inspiration for content. It quickly became apparent that we had all the ingredients to make this exhibition something really special … both the enthusiasm and willingness to contribute and the talent to realise some innovative ideas. It’s been great to see how passionately so many people have embraced the ideas behind Spirit of the Land. I think that’s because the people who live here have a love for the natural beauty of this place and a growing appreciation of how our sense of belonging to this place and this landscape can be enriched by understanding local Aboriginal history and culture. What has been your role throughout the project? The main activity has been to encourage and coordinate the creative input and involvement of many different visual artists, designers, photographers, film-makers, musicians, organisations and community members involved in creating the colourful mosaic that is this exhibition. The major features of the exhibition have been co-produced within the local community. National Parks and Wildlife Service interpretation, community relations and information technology staff were also part of the project team. The other key role was to source project funds. The project was primarily funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and

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Destination NSW Regional Tourism Product and public outcome. The students’ work is Development Funding Program through Tourism outstanding and has created an interpretive Mid North Coast. Support was also provided experience that will be all the more interesting by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts for visitors, because it’s been designed and Fund and Essential Energy’s Community Support developed by people who live here. program. Why was it important to you to utilise local Transforming the old 60 seat theatrette into talent for the exhibition? an exhibition space was a very satisfying part of In this exhibition, Birpai people speak about coordinating the project. The renovation works Birpai Country and tell Birpai stories. The people were kick-started by participants in Novaskill Port who contributed to this exhibition have an Macquarie Trade Skills course. Over 3 weeks in intimate knowledge of and depth of feeling for May, they prepared the space as a fresh canvas this place, and this feeling comes across. ready for local trades to install infrastructure and As Uncle Bill O'Brien says, “It’s so heartening services. and exciting that so many people, especially Tell us about the involvement young people from all different the local TAFE students have areas of interest, have come played in creating the together and cooperated so es ur exhibition. productively to produce at fe or aj The m Input from students this beautiful and of the exhibition d duce and teachers from North meaningful exhibition have been co-pro Coast TAFE’s Information within the local ional at Sea Acres." community. Nat e Service Technology and Creative The result is an Parks and Wildlif mmunity Industries Faculty in Port authentic experience co n, interpretatio formation in Macquarie forms the in which genuine d an ns relatio were also heart of the exhibition. stories, real people and technology staff t team.” part of the projec Without their skill and stunning images speak creativity, it simply would not for themselves. have been possible to produce Visitors will really be able this exhibition. to feel part of the exhibition One of the exhibition’s key attractions with the sand play light box – is the Welcome to Country feature film what is that about? produced by Diploma of Film students and The digital sand art element is one of the teachers. The students spent months on location most captivating elements in Spirit of the Land. in National Parks, shooting hours of footage. Drawing in sand has been a traditional way of The film is a visual poem, a celebration of Birpai telling stories for thousands of years, across culture and a virtual tour of our iconic natural many cultures. Contemporary sand artist Tiani environments. Page and film-maker husband David, worked Diploma of Graphic Design students designed with Birpai community members to tell two a set of canvas wall panels 7 metres long, traditional stories using the medium of digital featuring the work of local nature photographers sand art. Their performances are captured on combined with Aboriginal designs. Inspired by film in the exhibition. Visitors will also be able to field trips to our National Parks, students in try their hand at sand drawing in the sand-play the Certificate 3 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait light box and to see their images live on screen. Islander arts also created stunning batik banners Local organisational support is imperative to which reflect the special plant communities helping projects like this get off the ground. associated with these places. Who would you like to acknowledge? The project gave students an opportunity to Spirit of the Land is a truly collaborative extend their skills to meet a challenging brief community project involving hundreds of people and to be involved in a project with a very real ... students, teachers, Sea Acres volunteers,

contractors and many local organisations. Special thanks needs to go to Uncle Bill O’Brien, the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, Nardja Davies, Arlene McInherny and many other Aboriginal people who enriched this project. Thanks also to Wiriya Sati from ABC Open Mid North Coast, who produced several fascinating touch screen films with the community. Birpai Barray (Birpai Country) is an animation of children’s drawings produced with students from Westport Public School and tells the story of the impact of European colonisation on the Aboriginal people of the Hastings, capturing national events such as the Rudd Government’s apology. Another film explores the importance of the revival of Gathang, the language of the Birpai people, which is being taught today. Thanks also to the Glasshouse which, via Liz Gillroy and Niomi Sands, contributed on loan a selection of exhibition panels of photographs taken by Thomas Dick (1877-1927) whose staged photographs of Aboriginal people (19101920) in various locations around the local area tell part of the ongoing history of the Birpai in the Hastings. What is the value of the Spirit of the Land exhibition to visitors and to the local community? This exhibition has created an authentic visitor experience which inspires people to appreciate and engage with Birpai culture and the stunning natural environments of our area. It has also created a truly unique space for cultural learning ... a valuable community resource that can continue to develop over time. The permanent exhibition opens to the public on 1 December and is open daily from 10am (first screening) to 3pm (final screening). Entry on weekend of 1 and 2 December is free of charge and thereafter by $2 voluntary entry fee. Sea Acres is offering free familiarisation tours and encourages local tourism operators, schools, community organisations and businesses interested in visiting the exhibition to make contact for more information or a group booking. P: 6582 3355s E: Interview with Janet Cohen.

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An eclectic Christmas shopping experience What could be nicer than giving a gift produced with heart and soul? The much loved artisans and producers who make up the Foreshore Market are branching out to give you more opportunities to fill those Xmas stockings with some beautifully handcrafted and hand grown products. Apart from our regular market on the banks of the wonderful Hastings River on 8 December, we will be bringing 3 more markets to the centre of Port Macquarie’s Arts and Entertainment precinct – the Glasshouse Forecourt. Three Twilight Markets will operate on the 3 Thursdays of December leading up to Christmas. This truly eclectic group of 30 stalls will bring a wonderfully intimate shopping experience that will allow you to choose a very personalised gift. Our Twilight Markets will operate from 2.30pm - 7.30pm, with live music on: Thursday 6, Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 December. Our regular market on Saturday 8 December will bring you our regular group of stallholders and a lot of new faces. Embraced as a lovely community event held

Return of a local favourite

at Westport Park, it is a vibrant, creative and cultural market full of unique handmade arts and crafts with a wonderful selection of farm fresh produce, wood fired breads and local cheeses to tempt those tastebuds. Sit back and enjoy live music in our entertainment precinct and scattered throughout the market and indulge in a great selection of wonderful food and coffee on offer. The Foreshore Market brings a quirky style and is a great alternative to the region’s market scene. So come along to one of our December markets and be part of this wonderful environment, and while you are at it, take away a little moment of happiness. From all the stalls of the Foreshore Market –we wish you a wonderfully special handmade/locally grown Christmas.

Since Hastings Choristers ‘Christmas at the Glasshouse’ concerts began in 2009, the unique combination of traditional and contemporary choral performances, children’s and adult choirs, talented musicians and dancers plus a liberal dose of festive fun has been fondly embraced by enthusiastic, responsive audiences, and the 2012 concert promises to deliver more of the same. Here’s a taste of the program: Bel Canto, the angelic children’s choir from Tacking Point Public School singing assorted Christmas music. Violin soloist Margie Cassegrain’s treatment of the Meditation de Thais from Jules Massenet’s opera and her accompaniment of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, with Nina Mestric as Soprano soloist. A stunning ballet interpretation by the 10-years old group from Wauchope and Port Macquarie Performing Arts of Bruno Mars’ Count on Me. Let the Bright Seraphim from Handel’s Samson oratorio by Choristers’ Soprano, Nina Mestric,

accompanied by Jason Heise on trumpet. Seasonal classics by the female ensemble Cantabile, including The Lord is My Shepherd, Ave Maria and The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy. Jason Heise with The Trumpet Shall Sound from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Baritone Daniel Macey. A sultry rendition of Santa Baby by Chorister Ruth Allen. Sam Packer and Mikaela Smith from WPMPA delivering a haunting balletic performance to the music of Lux Aetrerna. Christmas favourites by Cantorus mixed voice choir, including The Three Kings, O Holy Night and Hallelujah. Massed choirs and audience sing-a-long of evergreen Silent Night and rousing O Come All Ye Faithful. Get your family and friends together and join us from 2pm on Sunday 16 December for ‘Christmas at the Glasshouse 2012’ – you’ll be so glad you did!


Hastings Choristers presents ...

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Chill out in the Glasshouse theatre with a concert full of variety, festivities and fun with superb choirs and exceptional musicians – Daniel Macey (Baritone), Jason Heise (Trumpet), Margie Cassegrain (Violin), Lydia Wills (Accompanist) and much more. Thrill to the beautiful solo voices of talented children and adults as you kick back and relax for 2 hours before Christmas madness descends, you will be rejuvenated and totally captivated with this delightful program. Hurry to +PEWWLSYWI&SSOMRK3J½GIXSIRWYVI]SYVJEZSYVMXIWIEXWMRXLI[SRHIVJYPXLIEXVI

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For the ultimate in a healthy start to 2013, you can’t miss out on these exciting new short breaks!

Bago Maze Set to Open Five years in the research stage, almost six years of nurturing and construction coupled with plenty of blood, sweat and cheers, and the Bago Maze at Bago Vineyards, Wauchope has now reached the finale of the first major stage. Designed by Jim and Kay Mobbs’ eldest child, Ian, a qualified Landscape Architect based in the ACT, the opening of the Bago Maze represents a long-time ambition of the Mobbs family to provide a unique attraction to complement the vineyards and winery. To be officially opened by Ian Mobbs on Sunday 2 December, the Bago Maze consists of two interlaced spirals of Lilli Pilli hedges over a hectare in size with 2 kilometres of pathways, two observation towers, three bridges, a sunken pathway and an elevated walkway. During the conceptual period, a number of trips were undertaken researching various mazes both in Australia and overseas. Finally, a maze design taking inspiration from the surrounding vineyard and bushland along

Everybody’s Supercamps are Starting Soon! Everybody’s fitness camps has a vision – to offer people an exciting new type of short break that is fun, full of fitness and health tips too. with natural influences was settled upon. The opening of stage 1 will also signal the beginning of the next stage, consisting of an extension to the existing maze along with an amphitheatre, viewing deck and a rainforest walk. The Bago Maze will be open to the public from 1pm on Sunday 2 December and thence from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. During school holidays and public holidays, the maze will also be open. Admission prices to the Bago Maze are adults $10 and children $7.

We have put together an action packed weekend to suit all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced, so that you can leave feeling fit, healthy and fantastic, with loads of helpful tools to ensure you start 2013 with motivation to keep you on track to a happier you! Expect a full itinerary providing you with great value for money, with industry experts sharing their practical knowledge in exercise, nutrition and motivation. We have prepared some great fun workouts and as the logo says, for “every Body”.

Including a purpose built obstacle course, tourist type activities and some time to relax with yoga and massage. There will be: talks on exercise that will show you the right way to gain long lasting results; nutrition, taking the confusion out of what to eat and when to eat it; and motivation, so that you can leave with tools to stay on track permanently. There are also cooking classes to teach you some hands on skills on how to prepare affordable and healthy meals that taste great too! With all accommodation, healthy meals and transfers to all locations provided, you can park your car on arrival and focus on YOU. For the ultimate healthy start to 2013, you can’t miss out on these exciting new short breaks!

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J A R N A A N D T H E T E A M AT T H E B L O O D D O N O R C E N T R E .



In 2003, Jarna Findlay had a combined kidney and pancreas transplant. She received a number of blood transfusions during the operation; the blood helped save her life. Jarna talks to us about her new role within the Blood Donor Centre here in Port Macquarie and how important and easy it is to donate. Hi Jarna, you have recently become the new manager at the Port Macquarie Blood Donor Centre. Tell us a bit about yourself ... I have a history of employment in government and finance and am looking to put my practical skills and education into a role that is ‘good’ to its very core. There is no feeling like being involved in a process that can help save a person’s life. Donations from Port Macquarie could be helping your family, your neighbour, or even you! What changes await the centre now you have become the manager? I am hoping to bring some ‘new blood’ through the door. Port Macquarie is responsible for approximately 1,200 donations a month to ensure there are blood supplies for patients in need. We need many more people from Port Macquarie to start rolling up their sleeves to keep blood supplies flowing. Port Macquarie has a fantastic team who are ready to take you through the wonderful experience of saving lives! You have experienced first hand the need for blood. What happened? In 2003 I had a combined kidney and pancreas transplant at Westmead Hospital. I was dying from renal failure and received numerous blood transfusions during the operation. The blood helped save my life. Without it, I could not have survived the operation. I know there are many people like myself who owe their lives to the generosity of blood donors. I am now healthy and well and have a great 22 greater port macquarie focus.

quality of life – no dialysis or insulin injections and I am able to do all the things any normal person would. To anyone who has ever thought about giving blood, I would say, “Yes please”. As a person who has received blood transfusions, I can say that there are no words to describe the gratitude towards people then be interviewed by a who help others in this The blood helped trained staff member to way. There will always save my life. t no d ul assess your suitability. be a silent ‘thank you’ Without it, I co e The tiny pinch of in the back of my have survived th there operation. I knowlike the needle only lasts a mind for those who are many peopletheir couple of seconds. helped save my life. e myself who ow rosity ne We take 470 ml of ge Why is it important e th lives to . rs no do d oo blood in one donation. to donate blood? bl of The actual donation itself Only three percent of will only take 5 to 10 minutes. Australians roll up their This is less than 10% of your total sleeves to make lifesaving blood volume and may be donated blood donations, yet one in three of safely every 12 weeks. us will need it in our lifetime. Your body keeps on discarding and We will need it to save the lives of our replenishing blood all the time, whether you unborn babies, to help us battle cancer, to give blood or not, so this amount is quickly save us dying from road trauma and to help replaced. people through various other life-threatening After giving blood, you will be given your illnesses. choice of something to eat and drink while When somebody is ready to donate relaxing in the refreshment area. blood, what is the process? You’ll then be asked if you’d like to book Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to another appointment. Blood has a short help people. shelf life, and rebooking helps us ensure There are a few things you need to do a consistent blood supply for those who before you donate blood. Ensure that you need it. It’s also good for you – get the eat something substantial and have plenty of appointment time you want! water or juice the day before donation. Bring What happens to blood after a donation? your photo identification. Once the blood is taken, the clock starts to On arrival, you will be asked to complete a tick. Blood needs to be processed as quickly form that asks questions about your general as possible, as orders from the hospitals come health. It is designed to protect both you and in constantly. Before it can be released to the the person who receives your blood. You will

hospitals and delivered to patients, the blood is tested and processed. What are the most need blood types? The good news is that whatever blood group you are, you will be a match for someone in need. All blood groups are special and needed every day. Your blood donation will be broken down into three components: red cells, plasma, and platelets. The red cells may go to a road accident victim or a new mother undergoing surgery post birth. The platelets will more than likely be used to help a cancer or Leukaemia patient, and the plasma may be used to help a haemophilic or a young child with an immune disorder. Plasma is like liquid gold! It can be used to make as many as 17 lifesaving medical products. How can readers help out? Donate blood! Thanks Jarna.

the plug! Generally you will be able to give blood if you are feeling fit and healthy and are aged 16 to 70. The easiest way to find out is to call us on 13 14 95 or visit

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Chocolate and blueberry brioche from Bay Leaf Restaurant.

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

eat. Enjoy a high tea overlooking our spectacular lake.

Abundance Lifestyle & Garden

Oysters with wakami, Japanese mayonnaise, pink horseradish and tobiko.

– Beautiful Plants – Delectable Food – Picturesque Water Views – simply irresistible! Abundance Lifestyle and Garden is fast becoming a prime destination for plant and food lovers alike. Settled alongside a beautiful lake, the new Garden Centre and Café is open 7 days for your enjoyment. Take the meandering path through the premium quality plants, pots and garden supplies to Abundance Café. Indoor and outdoor seating keeps you in touch with nature and the serene environment. Sample our delicious Abundance Kitchen Cakes and ever changing fresh and delicious blackboard specials. Open for special Christmas Day Lunch, bookings essential. Function catering and Parties and Weddings by arrangement.

Zebu bar + grill Take a fresh look at Zebu this summer, with the launch of our new casual dining/bar menu kicking off in mid December. Hit the bar this silly season with naughty new promos and yummies for every day of the week! Executive Chef Ben Hollloway and newcomer Sous Chef Adam Tait unveil their new evening grill menu, with fresh summer flavours featuring succulent fresh seafood and prime steaks from the grill. Check out the exciting new deluxe buffet breakfast concept at Zebu now! Diary Date: NYE White Party – Monday 31 December//Open ‘til 2am.

Chef Rachael Bower & owner Carol Goulding.

274 Rawdon Island Rd, Sancrox t 6586 0030 e café open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Breakfast weekends only. Wed - High Tea from 3.30 (bookings essential).

Executive Chef Ben Holloway.

No cover charge//DJs and snow machine! Breakfast - Coffee - Cocktails - 10 Tap Beers - Wood Fire Pizzas - Steaks Seafood - Purveyors of Peak Coffee

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

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill

French toast with caramelised apple, maple cream, lemon and sugared almonds.

Summer has arrived!! Who can resist a mouthwatering meal, a cool beverage in the warm sun with the summer breeze coming straight off the ocean? Sampis seafood bar and grill is the place to be. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and ocean views while kicking back and sipping on a refrshing beverage. Open 7 days Daily lunch time specials. Weekend breakfast from 8.30am. Live music Sunday afternoons.

Watermans Café Now open Sunday breakfast from 8.30am 'til noon. Overlooking the beautiful Bain Park, Watermans Café is among the finest cafés on the Mid North Coast. Watermans Café offers a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere and serving up modern Australian cuisine, there is something for all tastes. Watermans Café is committed to showcasing local produce, displaying the best our area has to offer. Closed from 23 December and will reopen on 2 January. Merry Christmas to all our loyal customers; thanks for all your support!

56 High Street, Wauchope t 6586 4242 w open Mon - Thurs 8am - 4pm; Friday and Saturday - 8am - 9pm.

Takeaway or dine in.

Owners Ren & Farrah

Owners Mark and Jackie Holt.

40 William Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7200 open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Breakfast Saturdays and Sundays only.

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Bay Leaf

Authentic Thai Orchid

We will be open for Christmas lunch this year and have two dining options, both at $85 pp. Our Traditional Hot English Xmas lunch offers breads to start, a selection of roasted meats and vegetables with all the condiments, as well as steaming hot plum pudding with brandy custard. Or you could consider the Modern Australian Tropical Christmas, which includes fresh local cold seafoods; our combination of prawns, oysters, crab and house smoked salmon is sure to please. Also on this menu is cold ham off the bone and roasted organic free range chicken. Dessert is served as a brioche pavlova and ice cream. Secure your reservation at Bay Leaf by pre-purchase. $85 pp.

Why not treat yourself and your family to the exotic flavours of Thailand presented at their best! Outdoor and indoor dining areas, traditional and relaxed atmosphere. Dine in or takeaway available. Banquet menus available for group bookings. Fully licensed restaurant – BYOB (wine only). Home delivery – $30 min; fee applies. Perfect venue for birthday/anniversary dinners. Owners Matt and Shane.

138 William St, Port Macquarie t 6583 5527

2011 Port Macquarie Business Awards finalist. FINALIST: Best Thai on the North Coast Finalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Owners May and Paul.

Next to Rivers Menswear, 4 Bay St, Port Macquarie t 6584 9049

open 7 days. Mon - Sun, lunch 11.30 - 2.30ish. Dinner 5.30 - 8.30ish.

open Tuesday - Sunday, from 5pm.

Ceche King Fish with avocado, soba noodles and wasabi aioli.

Bluewater Bar and Restaurant There is always something happening at Bluewater. Come in and experience our wonderful new menu. Book your Christmas function lunch or dinner at the Bluewater Bar. Lunches – Tuesday to Friday $15 (including Xmas luncheons). Live music Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Happy hour 3pm to 4pm – $5 Coronas and Peroni, $10 beer jugs, and $10 cocktails. Courtesy bus available. Join us on Facebook at Bluewater Bar, or check our web page at: for all the latest info. We wish all our loyal customers a very Merry Christmas and we are looking forward to celebrating the holida

Off the Hook Off the Hook is owned and operated by Paul and Narelle Walsh and employs thirteen staff. We offer a great variety of choice: tasty old style hamburgers, snacks, salads and of course, fish and chips. We have added a larger selection of fish to our menu, including our favourite, the Flathead fillets and fresh Jew fish. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after 4pm are our extra special nights; pay just $9.90 for two fillets of fish and chips. We also have a complete selection of Coca-Cola beverages to quench your thirst, including the popular Goulburn Valley milk and juice ranges.

The friendly staff.

The Wolf pack.

There’s nothing better than a meal by the edge of the beautiful Hastings River.

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

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Ocean Street, Flynns Beach Resort t 6583 5730 or 6583 9073 open 7 days: Monday, 3pm - late. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - late.

eat. Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar As the days warm, and the festive season approaches, there is no better choice than home made ice cream! Enjoy flavours likes wattleseed and walnut or caramelized pumpkin! Pop into Spinnakers any time of the day for a coffee and a catch up. Try jam and scones or a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful water setting overlooking Port Marina and the Hastings River. Our new seasonal menu has some superbly tempting dishes! The perfect location for your New Year's Eve celebrations! OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH – Book now – call Michelle for more information

Wauchope Country Club Just a five minute walk from the CBD, and what awaits you is a breathtaking oasis, a place to meet friends, to enjoy a coffee or a cold refreshment or a place to select a meal from our popular Hook N Slice menu ... Monday – $10 steak night; Tuesday – $8 lunches; Thursday – $9 schnitzel night; Friday, Saturday and Sunday – select from our blackboard specials.

Head chef Scott Trotter

The Wauchope Country Club Chefs

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar at Quality Resort Sails. 20 Park St, Port Macquarie at the roundabout, opposite Settlement City t 6589 5200

King Street, Wauchope t 6585 3020 w open 7 days. Mon - Sun, lunch 11.30 - 2.30ish. Dinner 5.30 - 8.30ish.

open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6.45am, 7 days a week.

House special - local deep fried Snapper with thai herbs and tamarind sauce.

Smoked Salmon Salad and Freshly Squeezed OJ.

Beantree Garden Café Sit under the cooling canopy of our trees on a hot humid day and enjoy a light and tasty menu with one of our freshly squeezed juices. The chefs at Beantree are passionate about using local, seasonal produce and provide a new specials menu each week, with many vegetarian & gluten free options. Try our new summer specials! Including the smoked salmon salad with caramelised pear, feta and walnuts (pictured), or the spinach, ricotta and sun-dried tomato stuffed mushroom with potato rosti, grilled asparagus and balsamic glaze.

Spicy Yahmor Thai

Freshly squeezed mixed juices and icy cold frappes are a refreshing summer favourite.

Spicy Yahmor Thai offers authentic thai cuisine and fresh, flavoursome

Having a function or celebration? Consider the Beantree – no venue hire charged and catering to your budget and tastes.

dishes. Head chef Charlie has had over 10 years of cooking experience, in both Thailand and Sydney and our new menu has something for everyone, including the local deep-fried Snapper topped with cashews, spring onion, fresh thai herbs and tamarind sauce. $10 Lunch Specials! With original Thai decor and a relaxing ambience, enjoy a candlelit dinner whilst savouring the tastes of Thailand. Owner and host Justin has had years of experience in the hospitality industry, and will ensure your experience with us is enjoyable. We offer fast, efficient and friendly customer service whether you are eating in or taking away.

Owner Justin and Head chef Charlie.

Delivery Available - minimum order $30. BYO Corkage $1 pp.

Shop 1, 37-43 Clarence St, Port Macquarie t 6583 9043 open 7 days. Lunch Mon - Sat, 11am - 2.30pm. Dinner 7 days, 5pm - 10pm.

124 Horton St, Port Macquarie t 6583 3055 open Mon - Fri 7.30am - 3.30pm. (Breakfast 7.30am - 11.30am, lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm). Sat 7.30am - 2pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.

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Waterfront Restaurant

Yummy Thai

At the Waterfront Restaurant, our aim is to make sure that when you leave

Eat in, takeaway or home delivery. Yummy Thai in Wauchope welcomes

our restaurant, we have satisfied every facet of the dining experience. Family

back Smiley Dang. Yummy Thai is open for lunch and dinner.

friendly and open for breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 6 days a week.

With an all new extensive menu, all meals are made fresh to your taste

Now is the time to book for your Christmas functions – open for groups

and liking. Located conveniently opposite the RSL, or first right west of the

from small numbers up to 150 guests.


We can cater for a sit down meal, a buffet or finger food. Venue can be

No corkage fee. Home delivery is free for purchases over $50 and a mere $5 for deliveries

closed for private functions (conditions apply). Have Christmas lunch with us. We are filling up fast, so book your table for Christmas Day now.

Inside and outside dining.

over $30. With the busy season fast approaching, be sure you don’t miss out on the

Contact Rob and Karen for further details and information.

best Thai food and atmosphere in Wauchope.

Bookings requested for dinner time.

Reservations suggested to avoid disappointment.

Sunset Parade, Port Macquarie t 6583 1944

Owner and head chef Smiley Dang.

10 Young St, Wauchope t 6585 21 77

open for breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7am - 11am; weekends 8 am - 11am. Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 6pm - late.

open for lunch Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 2pm; dinner Tuesday - Sunday, 5pm - 9pm.

Waffles with vanilla ice cream, mixed berries and maple syrup.

Ocean Breeze Café & Catering

Crema Espresso Bar

The delicious Ocean Breeze menu includes modern dishes with local produce, fresh seafood, prime cut steaks and home-made cakes and desserts. Christmas season is here, and party bookings for all groups, small or large, are now available. Our function packages will make entertaining a whole lot easier this holiday season! We can customise a package to suit your needs, including gluten-free and other dietary requirements. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, or coffee and a sweet treat, the Ocean Breeze Café has something for everyone.

Whether it is grabbing a coffee on the run or a lazy weekend breakfast with friends, Crema Espresso Bar offers a wonderful selection of meals and beverages. Choose from fresh free range eggs, baked breakfast or healthy Bircher muesli, or enjoy a sweet treat of hot Belgium waffles served with mixed berries and ice cream with a cool fruit smoothie. Conveniently located in the centre of town, Crema is the perfect place to dine for breakfast and lunch, enjoy a beautiful house made gelato, or sip on our very own batch roasted and blended coffee. Ask about our coffee beans – available for home and offices, ground on demand. Home of Namaste Chai.

Inside Port City Bowling Club 4 Owen Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 1133 open Menu available from 10am - 8pm daily. Cake and coffee served all day.

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Our friendly staff.

Corner of Horton and Clarence St, Port Macquarie t 6583 9858 open breakfast and lunch. Gelato Bar- open til 9pm Thurs-Sun

Owner Greg Cacace.

eat. Harrington Hotel Summer has arrived and with that brings the Christmas holidays. Why not bring the family down to the Harrington Hotel and make a day of it. Stunning ocean and river views, coupled with an extensive menu. Enjoy a meal or two from our bistro and experience our very popular woodfire pizzas, or maybe you are after something sweet from our café? Whether it be lunch or dinner, you will not be disappionted with a trip to the Harrington Hotel. Wishing all our customers and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Stunning ocean views.

30 Beach St, Harrington t 6556 1205 open 7 days: lunch 12pm - 2pm; dinner 6pm - 8pm.

Warm date and pistachio pudding with chamomile ice cream, preserved orange and cardamom sauce.

Café Buzz Café BUZZ is the region’s first Coffee Company. Our four local outlets let you BUZZ around our region. Every day should begin with a freshly made healthy breakfast! Fresh local free range eggs, freshly made BUZZ raisin and nut bread or a spectacular fresh ricotta, honey and banana stack on banana bread. Add your favourite BUZZ coffee and enjoy! Café BUZZ Laurieton is now under NEW management; lunch specials are on the board every day. Café BUZZ at The Marina is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a BYO licence. End your day relaxing over the river. You know it will be good every time! See you at your local BUZZ!

Port Macquarie: Grant St (opposite library) t 6583 5756. The Marina t 6583 6767. Peachtree Walk (CBD) t 65 83 7979 Laurieton: Bold St t 6559 7744 w open Breakfast and lunch.

Restaurant Synergy Synergy Restaurant & Bar, located at the Mercure Centro Hotel – where food and service works in harmony. Enjoy an intimate dining experience, serving modern Australian Cuisine at its best. Private dining rooms available for up to 20 guests, or for larger events, consider our spectacular ocean roof top.

Happy hour 5.30pm - 7pm nightly. Sunday special $50pp - 2 course choice menu with complimentary bottle of wine.

The Corner Restaurant The Corner offers a relaxed and contemporary vibe with a modern Australian menu driven by fresh, seasonal produce.

Maître d' Ammish & Executive Chef Nathaniel.

Cnr Hay & William Streets, Port Macquarie t 6583 0830 w open 7 days, from 6.30am 'til 10am for breakfast; 5pm – late for dinner. Bookings essential.

• Large sunny alfresco area. • Delicious summer menu showcasing local produce. • Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. • Afternoon menu available. • Exclusively serving Campos Coffee. • Reviewed in 2013 Good Food Guide. • Follow us on Facebook.

Head Chef Blake Dyer.

Corner of Munster and Clarence Sts, Port Macquarie t 6583 3300 w open From 7am - 7 Days. Coffee all day. Closed Christmas Day

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Plans for New Year's Eve? Griddle NYE Party Package! What do you see yourself doing this New live on Saturday 22 December. Dance, sing Year's Eve? Will you be ... a) sitting at home and party your way into everyone's favourite watching TV with the last of the time of year. Christmas leftovers for tea, then Have you had a meal at our deciding you may as well just restaurant yet? Open for lk to go to bed ... or b) enjoying “Come in and taout lunch Monday – Saturday our head chef abtion a fantastic 3 course meal from 12pm, with dinner nc fu any type of with friends and family in at g in ok Wednesday – Saturday lo e you ar we the fun and friendly atfrom 6pm. The kiddies' holding in 2013; ur mosphere of the Hastings can answer all yook corner is a big hit with questions and lo tion Hotel in Wauchope, with all familes, and there is after all your func FREE pool and jukebox and something on the menu to needs.” the best seat in the house suit everyone's tastes. Why to watch the fireworks from not pop down in your lunch Sydney Harbour. Bring in the new break and enjoy one of our famous year with a BANG! $6 specials? Have you forgotten about your Don't forget to join us and celebrate the start of the holidays, with Brenton Williams playing

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end of year Christmas function? There's still time – contact us today!

Come and celebrate this New Year's Eve at Griddle! With stunning views overlooking the river, take in the beautiful sunset whilst enjoying our exclusive wines, tap beers, cocktails and tapas plates. The newly renovated upstairs function area has an inviting ambience and decor and is in prime view of the midnight fireworks for our lucky patrons! Starting at 9.30pm, the Griddle New Year's Eve package includes a 2.5 hour drink menu of house wines and tap beers (limit 7 drinks pp), a selection of tapas style canapés throughout the evening and $10 cocktails. Indulge in delicious Moroccan lamb skewers, Wagyu beef skewers, tandoori chicken skewers, chicken wings, salt and pepper calamari and many more.

Your personal bar is in the upstairs function room, with exclusive wines available including Tyrell, Moores Creek, and Ocean Grove. If you are looking for a quieter evening with an early sitting, we will have our regular à la carte menu available in the main downstairs dining room. Bookings recommended. Spaces are limited for New Year's Eve, so please BOOK NOW for the party of the year at Griddle!

Come and visit the Port Macquarie Golf Club Come and visit the newly renovated Port Macquarie Golf Club these holidays!

The new menu at Aspire restaurant is not to be missed, with talented chefs Alex Hallam and Keiran English now heading the kitchen. With an With raffles and entertainment, extensive range of menu items to choose a delicious new menu from from for lunch and dinner, you won’t Aspire restaurant and a be disappointed! The seafood plate y relaxed atmosphere with Lots of luck includes Australian prawns, local ill w rs friendly service, you ne win m fro oysters, lemon pepper squid, a se oo ch are sure to enjoy your to get of scallop and prawn mornay, tempura a huge selection e experience with us. toys, and there arent fish and tempura crab pieces, chips, Don’t miss out on an dozens of succul! ” salad and two dipping sauces – the exciting day on Sunday hams to be won perfect summer dish! Also, try the December 16, with crispy skinned chicken, marinated the Port Macquarie Golf in paprika, lemon and garlic, with crisp Club’s MONSTER Toy raffle and polenta cakes, broccolini and salsa verde. Christmas Ham Raffle! Starting from The Golf Club is located on Ocean Drive just past 12pm, lots of lucky winners will get to the Lighthouse beach area. Come and visit us choose from a huge selection of toys, and there during this holiday season! are dozens of succulent hams to be won!

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below. Rod Cooper, Lisa Bryant, Kye Maurer and Vanessa Gill at Zebu enjoying Kate Munro.

with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie. below. Nicole and Mitchell Edwards.

above. Sean, Charlie and Jay – cooking for the Peak’N’Ale night.

above. Belinda Gaddes and Giselle De Silva at Zebu.

Holiday season is here! Preparations are in full swing for end of year bashes, office wraps up and catch ups with friends and family before we all disappear into the busy blur that is Christmas!


ith only weeks now until the big day, I am starting to feel the arrival of panicked frenzy but trying to avoid madly shopping and purchasing last minute gifts and goodies. This year I was hoping to be a little more prepared in the gift department – having a little stash of prezzies stockpiled away like a deranged Christmas squirrel … Only trouble with this very organised method is that I will totally forget what I purchased 3 months ago and end up buying it all over again!

crowd to enjoy a posh pommy pony party for the grand annual race. Guests were greeted by Michael and his gorgeous horse Chance on arrival, followed by four courses, including a high tea dessert and a fashion show by Rikki Lee Flanagan and Freddy Pittman of Settlement City Shopping Centre. Guests sipped on Cassegrain Wines, Chambord cocktails and enjoyed thousands of dollars in prize money! Congrats to Mike and Bec Cusato and the Prime TV table, who walked away with the spoils after backing the winner!

I have learned some very valuable Christmas party etiquette of late. If a thoughtful guest brings a beautifully decorated Swedish chocolate cake as a gift for the party host, it is very important to police the consumption of said cake … particularly when you have a much loved yet chocolate loving little friend in tow (who shall remain nameless) who very kindly sneaks five pieces of a 12 piece cake! Also important to note that this cake is potentially just for adults, not for little people! I am sure to be blacklisted from the next shindig! Bakery faux pas aside – a wonderful time had at Rhonda and Mark Wells for their Christmas bash! Guests included Veronica Green, Mel and Brad Payne, Jodie Rowe and Lucy Donohoe. Oh how Christmas parties have changed … once filled with cocktails, late nights and naughtiness, now all jolly juniors and jumping castles! Love it!

The Hastings Education Fund celebrated their end of year event at Rydges on Friday 23 November, with 100 guests attending a fabulous cocktail event in the Bayside Water view rooms. The event celebrated talented young people from all walks of life who have been recipients of the fund’s support over the year. Chair Peter Cuskelly and Patrons John and Helen Ross put on a fabulous night, assisted by the committee of volunteers and sponsors. Guests included Rob Oakeshott, Jenny Fraser, Kylie Biltris, Gordon Wiegold, Di and Andrew Richmond, Sue and Paul Jogever, Tanya Newman and Peta Bennett and Kylie Morris were all greeted by a flautist quartet and entertained throughout the night by various musical prodigies. Congratulations to all the students and recipients, who are inspiration to all with their passion, dedication and enthusiasm.

Had a blast with 170 guests at the recent Royal Ascot Melbourne Cup Day at Rydges. British beauties and noble gentlemen were among the

Jason Clifton and the crew at Peak celebrated a night of international beers and coffee with


the Peak’N’Ale night held at the roastery on Saturday 24 November. Fifty guests sampled beer and coffee from around the world with American style street food by Charlie Edwards with his Carlos and Co culinary creations. Guests included Nick Veitch, David and Trish Relf, Sean and Kristine Edwards and Kylie and Mark Leeson. Cheers ‘n’ beers to all involved. The gorgeous Nicole Watts and Mitchell Edwards were married on Saturday 10 November at a stunning private property at Hampden Hall near South West Rocks. Mitch, a vet at Macleay Valley Veterinary Clinic and Nicole, a teacher at St Joseph’s Primary, were married in the afternoon followed by a gorgeous reception in a marquee for 95 guests. Guests were greeted by SilverSpoon canapés in the private grounds, followed by a main course and divine 4 tier wedding cake made by the groom’s mother, Julie Edwards. This seriously naughty cake was a wonderfully wicked combination of chocolate mud and banana torte served with vanilla ice-cream and lashings of warm caramel sauce. Nicole was attended by Grace Jeffery and sister Lauren Watts and beautiful little flower girl Sally Jeffery. Mitch was attended by Tim Brown and brother Bryce Edwards. Congrats to the gorgeous couple, who will be honeymooning in Vietnam later in the year. Nicole and Damien McElroy of Hermitage Dental Port Macquarie celebrated the opening of their Kempsey Dental Surgery on Wednesday 15 November with a celebration for 40 of their

clients and business associates. Guests enjoyed a selection of scrummy canapés and of course, the obligatory bubbly! Congrats to Damien and Nicole on your new venture. DJ Kate Munroe flew in from Sydney and took residence in Zebu Bar on Saturday night with a sexy House session, with a tribute to all things classic. The crowd got into the tunes and the cocktails, partying up a storm until the midnight hour. Guests, including Lisa Bryant, Darlene Salter and Jackie Lawlor, all checked in for a boogie. Spent a fabulous weekend in Sydney recently with good friends Mark Lyon and Kylie Malligan. Happy 50th birthday to Mark, who topped off a fabulous week with a wedding proposal to long time love Kylie Malligan. Congrats to you both – so happy for you! We look forward to lots more celebrating over the holiday season. A special mention to Mrs Lee ‘Hello Sailor’ Reimer Madden and hubby Craig, who added plenty of fun to the trip! So this month I leave you in the midst of a total fashion fiasco trying to sort out a birthday costume for a girlfriend’s fabulous 30th B’day 1920s Prohibition Party – with only 3 days ‘til we get our gin joint on – the only component of the costume I have is fishnet stockings and black bob wig! Shall be a very chilly and scary experience for other guests if I don’t find that 1920s flapper costume ASAP! Get ready Miss Louise – the sleep over baby sitter is booked and the cocktails are already on ice! ‘til next month, Kate!

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Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell

Karen Davies. Christmas is a time of gathering together, goodwill and giving. Port Macquarie, take a bow! – the Christmas spirit thrives every December 25 on the grassy

reserve down by the river mouth, between Town Beach and the skate park. Over lunch this month, Susie hears how hundreds contribute to make it happen.

ullet owners Lou Perri and David Henry are hosting an early Christmas lunch for us today. We enjoy the view over Town Beach and a very fine fish feast indeed as my guest, Karen Davies, tells me about a different kind of Christmas lunch at the beach. It’s become a Port Macquarie institution, featuring hordes of keen volunteers and the support of generous donors: a bounteous Christmas feast and celebration, free, open to all, held on Christmas Day every year over the road from here, at Town Beach. It began seven years ago with just two dozen guests, alone and without family or friends to share the day. By last year it’d grown to Christmas lunch for 350, with 100 smiling helpers handing around turkey, hams and gifts, playing games, singing carols. When Santa’s belly appeared too slim, the cops at the nearby police station, serving as a dressing room for Santa and his elves, got some spare bedding kept in storage for the holding cells to stuff into his suit. Davies laughs often, and cries with joy, as she describes the planning and execution of the annual party. The community’s generosity and the pleasure it brings to the guests are, she frequently remarks: “A-maaazing!” Once, Davies, husband Max, and children Nicky, Monty and Danny, now 28, 26 and 24, invited odd “orphans” to their home for Christmas. One day Pastor Phil of Port City Church gave a sermon that apparently spurred Davies on to spread the love more widely.

“It was our Aha! moment,” Davies recalls. When they moved lunch to the beach the first time, 25 people came. The next year it was 45, next 75, then 120, 200-plus and so on. “There’s no catch, no criteria. There’s no alcohol, but we’re not Bible bashing! It’s not just if you’re homeless, there’s lots of lonely people around, people just at a loose end with nothing organised. Kids grow up and move away, people have curve balls in life, maybe a partner’s died. There’s rich and poor, all walks of life; no one looks down their nose, we get a multitude of different people - visiting from France, from everywhere! Last year we had a couple who’d lost their child during the year. For three guests, it turned out to be their last Christmas, so they had happy memories. Families are welcome: we all get together as one big family. There’s no stigma, everyone’s the same; it’s Christmas Day. We cater for everyone who turns up.” Davies herself has seen difficult times. “Thirty five years ago I was sleeping in a car; I come from a tough background.” Then she and Max met and married; came to Port 26 years ago. Formal religion hadn’t been part of their lives but, seeking help at a difficult time, she approached the church. “No one judged me. I got support and felt valued as a person.” So, while its organisational base is at the church, Christmas on the Beach, kicking off at 10.30, is a huge secular effort that evokes a splendid spirit of giving among businesses, organisations and individuals. She tumbles over her words as she lists just

some of the generosity; it seems the lunch each year is a loaves and fishes act, and ever a work in progress. “Each year we start ringing up; people say they can help in various ways; we don’t know till we call them if they can; no offence if they can’t. Each year at the start I’ve got nothing, then a stranger will ring up. Last year a stranger rang up and gave us more hams! There’s no rubbish hams. We only carve the ham the day before, never earlier. Turkey only came in last year because we were given a turkey. The chicken people cut the chicken into eighths for us, but they pay someone to do it. Dry slaw is only dressed on Christmas eve; tossed salad only on the day itself. People come in to help; they donate craft items. We say ‘You wrap gifts for 7-year-olds’. They go home and return with wrapped gifts, and the sticky tape! We went to pick up at the bakery and saw four lovely trays. Not leftover stuff, all fresh. The woman said hang on, there’s 17 trays. I said we’ll have to call the trailers in! We were blown away. It’s: she’s breaking down crying and I’m crying; we get so overwhelmed by what people do. We’ve had to move to the grass near the skate park because we don’t want to take over from other people on the beach. But they’ve built more toilets down there. Real toilets! Magnificent!!” Then, she’s at the budget novelty store piling trolleys high, offered a monumental discount. “The cash register’s going Ching Ching Ching but the manager says ‘That’s not much for $75, you better go back and add some more’. We

get these amazing phone calls [with offers of help]. The energy people came out Christmas eve to get the coolroom going. Everything gets audited, we account for everything; no one takes things home. Hams that are untouched, toys, anything left over goes to the Women’s Refuge or wherever there’s a need. “As a mother I found it hard to ask my kids to pick up their clothes; now I’m learning to use resources. Every year we’re learning: ‘You pick up the chickens; you pick up the hams. Here’s a letter of authority’. A dozen of us set up the structures; it takes a few hours. And the sound system for singing Rudolph. We have OH&S: ensure guy ropes aren’t a hazard, first-aid nurse on standby, sunscreen. I check the weather early; sometimes it’s raining but I know Port weather: by 10 o’clock it’s turned out fine.” (There’s a backup plan to move everyone under cover if necessary). This year the war room to map out 2012’s logistics convenes on December 10. Karen can be contacted on 0449 75 25 66. In the new year there’s supper for donors and helpers, and a souvenir disc of photos from the day. “We give them a thankyou. I feel like kissing them. It makes you cry to see people enjoying themselves. We’d do it every day if we could, to put value into people’s lives. People from Dunbogan are coming to observe this year so they can do it in their town. You have to be there to get the feeling. People grab gifts and give them out; it’s a dream. You feel Christmas. “You have to see the faces, it’s just priceless.”

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louperri. from The Stunned Mullet

his month’s column comes to you from the beautiful Margaret River region in Western Australia. We are here for the inaugural Gourmet Escape weekend – a celebration of the region’s diverse and sophisticated food and wine output. The window of a much needed holiday just happened to coincide with this amazing festival, the first of its kind in the region. Having always wanted to travel here, it seemed like the right time to do it! The events of the last few days seem to align with the concept of ‘palate pleasures’. Indeed, the region itself conjures up some of Australia’s best wine and food. From luscious Chardonnays, Bordeaux-like Cabernet blends – wine that is polished and sophisticated, as well as being consistently high quality is produced here year in and year out. The south west’s lack of damaging eastern weather patterns such as storms or hail and the drier climate and low humidity make for spectacular vintage after spectacular vintage. Food here is also a pleasure to behold. From venison chorizo, local handmade cheeses, olives to excellent seafood – marron, prawns, goldband snapper, the choices are sublime and the execution is pretty darn good. Amazingly, winemaking in this region only began 40 years ago, with the vast majority beginning to grow grapes in the last 20 years. The already supreme quality of wines from such young vines can only hint at the potential from more mature vines as the years go by – indeed, there are already world class wines coming out of this region. The Gourmet Escape event itself attracted a who’s-who of local and international culinary talent. The number one drawcard was Heston Blumenthal; tragically as has been all over the media, he was unable to 36 greater port macquarie focus.

t h e g o u r me t e s c a p e attend due to an horrific and fatal accident that two of his senior chefs were involved in – in Hong Kong. Other top drawcards were Rene Redzepi of the world’s number one restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, David Chang of New York’s Momofuko, and local gems Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry, Peter Kuruvita, Tetsuya Wakuda, Peter Gilmore ... the list goes on. It’s quite incredible that a veritable smorgasbord of the world’s most talented and famous chefs all made their way to this stunning, yet remote and isolated region to help celebrate its food and wine. It really just goes to show the ever increasing pulling power of Australia’s food and wine tourism. And not to mention, the turnout to the event itself – thousands of ‘foodies’, vinophiles and industry folks converged on the beautiful gardens of Leeuwin Estate both days – many from Perth, many locals and a few like us from the eastern states and also from Asia. This is what the appreciation of food and wine is all about – a gathering together of farmers, retailers, suppliers merged with the general public and industry professionals. We’re all in it together – it’s less and less about the snooty waiter and unseen chef in a basement kitchen and more about getting out there and talking to those who grow, harvest and prepare food. Or it should be anyway! Exciting times are upon us in the food and wine industry. Australia is slowly but surely starting to develop an emerging ‘regionality’ (not sure if that’s a word), as per European countries. When we look at a place like Margaret River and see how it has defined itself so quickly as an international wine and food mecca, we can see the potential for other regions across the nation. Hmmm ... who’s next? Perhaps it’s the Mid North Coast of NSW!

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think putting together our annual theatre season, without a doubt, is my favourite part of the job, and this year it’s been a great joy to put together the 2013 theatre program. I can honestly say I am looking forward to every show in 2013 – every single one is a delight in its own way.

The diversity of our season grows every year and for our regular theatre goers, things have just got even better with Glasshouse Memberships!

This is international exciting territory. You have on your doorstep a venue that brings the best Australian tour shows – and now international artists – right to your doorstep. Don’t be blasé about this – be excited and be proud Port Macquarie!

regular Glasshouse visitor (or just eyeing of that fabulous handbag in the Glasshouse shop) it is well worth joining up for 2013.

Imagine being able to access the best seats in the house before anyone else. Members can buy their tickets for 2013 Glasshouse Shows now before they go on sale to the general public on 2 January 2013, and the Occasionally in life you get presented best part is you don’t pay full price with ‘once in a lifetime’ for your tickets! Imagine a shop experiences. Seeing Dame full of goodies where you Kiri Te Kanawa perform automatically get 20% off in the intimacy of the full retail prices every day e “ Glasshous ill w rs Glasshouse theatre will of the year … I actually be Mem get all these ore be one! This woman have that fantasy quite ts and m fi ne be has sung for royalty, is often … if only more .” throughout 2013 one of the world’s finest shops would do that for sopranos, and is coming to me! perform at the Glasshouse Glasshouse Members will Port Macquarie. Really, that is get all these benefits and more incredible. throughout 2013, so if you’re a

To be able to present shows like Blue Grassy Knoll, who have sold out shows in London and New York at the Glasshouse is pretty special. Bringing a Canadian comedian who has had a sellout season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the Festival’s best newcomer award to Port Macquarie to perform his show, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is an extraordinary thing.

So no more talking about it – don’t let another year go past and be one of those people sitting around at home saying, “Oh, was that on? I meant to see that” or, “Oh! I meant to book, and now I left it too late and it’s sold out”. You have one of the best theatres in Australia, you have access to extraordinary Australian and international performances, and you have a way to access all of that and save money! What are you waiting for – just do it!

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Bago Magic Performance Group needs YOUR help. This well known and much loved organisation has provided a valuable service to our local community for the past 11 years, helping people develop greater self esteem and social skills through the creative arts. But now, Bago Magic is in serious danger of closing its doors – a loss our community can ill afford …


ARCUS LUDRIKS What’s your association with Bago Magic? My wife, Mariet, is the Coordinator, and I am the

Treasurer. How long has the group been in operation? The group started in 2001. How many members does Bago Magic currently have? Bago Magic has 45 members, 30 of whom have an intellectual disability. What do you feel is the best or most valuable service Bago Magic provides to both its members, and the community at large? The most valuable service Bago Magic provides is undoubtedly the development of self-esteem, con* dence and communication skills of all the participants, through performance. Our Director, Emil Wolk, said, * As a professional practitioner, I had not worked a great deal with performers who were not professionals. I had done some workshops with professional artists with various handicaps, but they were already well established and versed in the Performing Arts. * Bago Magic, however, took my breath away, as a group of highly motivated individuals who passionately believed that the Creative Arts offer an opportunity to those with or without disabilities to realise their gifts, which have never had the opportunity of seeing the light of day. * I have personally experienced the creative hot house that is Bago Magic. In my time working with the company, I have witnessed such intensity of delight, joy and involvement from those participating in the productions and those in the community watching them, that it would be hard to * nd its equal − even among professionals. We are talking about productions that contain an enticing mix of spontaneity, courage, humour and expertise.* Bago Magic is a non-profit organisation and it’s in danger of imminent closure, due to a

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lack of financial support. In practical terms, how much does it take to keep Bago Magic afloat each year, and what is the shortfall in your funding? Our annual expenses are about $40,000. This is made up of rent, insurance, materials for props and costumes, tutors and directors fees and other minor administration expenses. Our income of about $15,000 is made up of ticket sales, membership and workshop fees. This leaves an annual shortfall of $25,000 per year, which is usually covered by grants, donations and fundraising. This year, we have only been successful in securing one grant and some small donations. We are $18,000 short for 2013. This is why we may have to fold. How can community members, government and non-government organisations provide assistance to Bago Magic? Every year we face a funding battle, but this year has de* nitely been the worst. When we submit a grant application, we wait months to hear whether or not we have been successful, and when we are not, it puts a lot of pressure on the committee to * nd funding. Ideally, we are seeking a patron and local business to commit to annual funding to ensure our * nancial sustainability. We have been engaging with government agencies, local business and service groups, but so far have not received any ongoing funding commitments. Thanks Marcus. PAT & CLEM MORAN (PARENTS OF BERNARD MORAN – MEMBER OF BMPG SINCE 2007) Tell us a about your family background … Our family originated from Sydney. We have holidayed in the Camden Haven since the * 60s, and we retired to Dunbogan 16 years ago. We have 7 children, of whom Bernard is the youngest. He has a great love of live shows and music of every type, from circus, Rock & Roll to opera. Bernard loves classical music, which he

conducts with great gusto. But his main love is being involved in performing (acting, dancing and singing) through Bago Magic* s weekly workshop. Bernard travels each week from the Camden Haven on the bus to Port Macquarie to where BM now meet, at Bourne House Auditorium (Short Street − the previous PYBC). What is it about your son, Bernard, that makes him such a special individual? Bernard has Downs Syndrome and moderate intellectual handicap. Bernard is now 37. He has marked limitation of speech, but can usually manage to get his message across. He has a bright personality but because of his limited speech, he did not have very many good friends. How and when did you first become involved with Bago Magic? We originally heard about Bago Magic about 5 years ago, and it took several years before he was accepted as a member (at times, BM* s membership books have been closed, due to lack of resources/ funding). Since becoming a member of BM, there has been a great change in his life. He now has many more friends, and he has developed many more skills. He enjoys drawing and has learned a great deal about the use of colour − especially since being involved in the making of props for the Bago Magic productions. What productions has Bernard been involved with to date? Bernard* s * rst production with Bago Magic was 2 years ago in Suspicious Baggage, in which he played a gangster. He played with * air and great enjoyment. He has been looking forward to his roles in Red Boar Riot, both as a brewer and as the javelin thrower. How important is it to you that Bago Magic keeps operating well into the future – and what exactly are the benefits to Bernard of being involved with the organisation? The highlight of his week is his visit to Port Macquarie to Bago Magic, which has become a

Photo: Top row, L - R: Jen Broughton (Public Relations) Marcus Ludriks (Treasurer) Clem Moran (Parent). Bottom row, L - R: Pat Moran (Parent) Bernard Moran (Member) Jan Dark (President).

major part of his life. He would be lost without it and would greatly miss the activities and his many friends there. Bernard* s con* dence and social skills have improved dramatically since his involvement with Bago Magic. How do you feel community members could help save Bago Magic for future generations? We have to think of the future, not just for Bernard, but for all those following on afterwards. If there was no Bago Magic, where would they go to develop their talents in all aspects of performance and art? THIS IS SOMETHING WE MUST NOT LOSE! We would ultimately need a major sponsor(s) or benefactor to secure Bago Magic* s future for all. Thanks Pat and Clem. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

donations! If you can help Bago Magic stay alive, please contact: President Jan Dark Phone: 6586 4221 / 0418 682 147 Administration Co-ordinator Helen Payne Phone: 6582 5183 / 0424 682 709 or via our website: To raise $1 donations from community engine − please sign-up and * FOLLOW* us at: bagomagicperformancegroup Any donations greatly accepted. Organisation’s Bank Details: Holiday Coast Credit Union: BSB: 802 214 Account # 79809



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After forming a friendship based on a mutual admiration for each other’s creative skills and the enthusiasm they shared for growing their businesses, Suzi Pye and Karen Needham came together to create a pretty and popular market stall, Restyled Vintage+Suzi Pye Designs.


ell us a bit about yourselves ... have you always had a creative streak? Suzi: I have been involved in the fashion industry for over 20 years. In that time I have wholesaled, retailed, owned and operated my own fashion boutique in Sydney, consulted to other boutiques and trained retail staff in sales and visual merchandising and also started Suzi Pye Designs in 2000. I am also a personal shopper for a handful of clients in Sydney and am starting to build a local following. I guess I have always been creative, and I just went down the fashion path. Karen: My husband, our two children and I made the big move to Port Macquarie from Rangiora (near Christchurch) New Zealand in August 2011 after getting a bit sick of the ground shaking! I guess I have always had a creative streak – as a child I loved crafty type activities and particularly enjoyed making rag dolls. It kind of disappeared for the 17 years I spent working for Westpac, then came back again once I was a stay at home mum. I don’t like to sit still for long, so my mind is always churning with crafty ideas for my next project! What is your hobby, and how did you become involved it? Suzi: My latest hobby is candles. I have a Suzi Pye Designs 'classic' range which can be bought from Immersion at Wauchope, and the Black Duck Brewery and I have just launched Rustic Junk Candles, which will be on sale at the next markets. My husband kept saying: “Why do you keep collecting all this junk?" It was driving him nuts, so I turned my JUNK into cute, quirky

candles. Karen: Way back in 1995, a good friend gave me a book on furniture painting for my birthday. I was fascinated by the way paint could totally transform a dark, outdated piece of furniture. Work and life got in the way, and it was about 10 years later that I first painted a piece of furniture. My serious painting obsession started in 2009, and that is when I launched my business after my dad told me that he thought I should sell my creations (his way of paying me a huge compliment!) I listed a couple of pieces for sale online, and within a week they had both sold. Being a stallholder at the The Foreshore Market has helped hugely in gaining exposure for my business. I sell the furniture that I have sourced and upcycled at the Foreshore Market, and I also offer a consignment painting service, where clients can enjoy getting their old style, dark furniture transformed into something light, bright and fresh. I specialise in shabby chic, French country and beach house style painted finishes. I absolutely love what I do and never get sick of it. I love the saying ‘Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’. Describe some of your favourite pieces that you have restyled into vintage treasures. Suzi: I had a piece of vintage fabric from Liberty of London. It was given to me when I was at school. I finally turned it into a '50s inspired tea dress. There is a list of people who want to buy it if I ever decide to part with it. (Look out for it at the next market.) Karen: One that particularly stands out is my Duck Egg Distressed Hutch that I did in 2010. I guess it was the first piece that I

went a bit bold on and really painted it in the colours I thought it should be, rather than thinking I should paint something a ‘safe’ traditional colour, which I did do early on (lots of creams and off whites!) I painted it in the most gorgeous shade of duck egg, cream and pink. I knew it would sell to a person who absolutely fell in love with it … and it did! Are all of your pieces original and one of a kind? Suzi: All my creations are original, one off designs. That is the beauty and the challenge of working with end of line, one off and vintage fabrics. Karen: All my pieces are original and one of a kind – because the furniture I restyle is second hand, each piece is different and I never know what I will find next. Even if I found the same piece and painted it the same colour, it would differ slightly in the finishing techniques such as distressing, waxing and antiquing, because each piece is hand finished. I do share some of my ‘befores and afters’ and the techniques I use on my blog at How long have you been attending the Foreshore Market in Port Macquarie, and what do you enjoy about it? Suzi: We started doing the markets last April. I love being a part of the local creative community. Every month our lovely regulars come and visit us, and every month we meet new friends. Karen: Suzi and I love being a part of the buzz of the Foreshore Market; we love the positive feedback we get for our products, we love meeting new customers, and we love it even more when our regular customers come back to see us again! Thanks ladies. greater port macquarie focus 39








Kevin Gallagher and his group Playing for Change play a varied selection of music at Scampis Seafood Restaurant every Sunday from 12pm - 2.30pm. What's unique about these performances, though, is where funds raised at these gigs go, with worthy charities ultimately being the recipients ... i Kevin, tell us a bit about yourself and the concept behind Playing for Change? I am just a classical/acoustic soloist playing and singing mainly my own compositions. These tend to be about my experiences in life and issues facing our society and planet.


Playing for Change is not a new concept and has been around for a numbers of years, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, which seeks to bring together musicians from around the world. Playing for Change also created a separate non-profit organisation called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world. Playing for Change started in 2004 with the organisation's self-described goal to 'inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music'. Check out playing for change on YouTube – especially the song Stand by Me. How did you get involved? Well, a number of us used to play each week at an open mic venue at Flynns Beach but when this venue came to an end last year, a small group of us approached Scampis Seafood Restaurant and offered to donate our time in exchange for Scampis to provide financial assistance to local charities … taking up the idea of Playing for Change, but keeping it in our local community. So playing our music at Scampis Seafood Restaurant provides for an excellent venue to further develop our performing skills, build confidence in our songwriting, while enjoying a beautiful outlook, a place to meet up and chat

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but above all, putting something back into our community. What charity are you raising money for this quarter? This quarter Scampis will donate to a small group of people who care for people suffering from brain related injuries; they're called ‘Hastings Headway’, and their representative collecting the donation is Andrea Kershaw. How does Hastings Headway help? Hastings Headway has a lot of service users who are in wheelchairs and have mobility issues, so having a holiday on their own is impossible for them. Hastings Headway fundraise to help our group to have a supported annual holiday once a year; the very kind donation of $500 we received from Scampis owners, Mark and Jackie Holt, will go towards that supported holiday in 2013. The Playing for Change line up consists of: Mike and Wendy Jameson, Katherine Bright, David Smith and me. We play at Scampis Seafood Bar and Grill every week on a Sunday from 12pm 'til about 2.30pm. Bring some friends, have a meal, relax with a fantastic outlook, hopefully enjoy our very varied acoustic music and individual playing styles and feel good about helping those in our community who have not been so lucky in life. Thanks Kevin. Interview By Annette Wannell.

Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s most loved and enduring songwriters and heralds in the first album of his fifth decade in the music industry with his first album in eight years, Harlequin Nights.


ichard Clapton, you’re the various tracks on the album, but happily, a truly iconic member people seem to like every track, which is great. of the Australian Rock It may sound like a fairly simple song, but we Music industry, with a put a lot of work and rework into that track. career spanning across Hopefully we’re going to see a lot more five decades. You must have some of you. What are you plans for 2013? funny stories! Share one with us Well, firstly I want to take January and ... Obviously because I’ve been February off the road and hopefully touring for 40 years, there is get back into some writing, a plethora of funny stories, but also go in for Round Two but most of them are not of promoting Harlequin I spent 5 years suitable for publication. writing and Nights. There are already llection Maybe you’ll just have recording this co e quite a few gigs lined up of songs. So far the media to wait for my memoirs! starting March, so I’ll be th m

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The likenesses Tony Cronin captures with paper and pencil are simply stunning and appear so life-like, you’d almost expect them to move. Tony explains that his interest and talent in drawing and portraiture is a rediscovered one …

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ost of us would know you as an English teacher from Port Macquarie High School, but what’s generally keeping you busy these days, Tony? Hi Jo. It’s not that long ago since you were in my English class yourself! Even though I’m officially retired, I’m still there part-time and loving it. I feel I still have plenty to offer in public education and working with students is very rewarding and continues to give me that sense of achievement I need. I’m also dabbling in pencil sketching and finding it very relaxing. What made you decide to give portraiture a try – have you always had an artistic streak? My sister revived my interest when she asked me to draw her late husband from a photograph the night before his funeral a few years ago. She remembered me sketching as a teenager, but I hadn’t kept it up. I tried to put her off but when she showed me the pencil sketches her husband, Len, did while in hospital, I was amazed and felt I had to give it a go for her sake. She cried when she saw my sketch, but I realised it wasn’t because it was so bad. She loved it! She was quite emotional anyway, as you can imagine. I’ve sketched other relatives since then, as I was encouraged by that experience and wanted to improve and use the sketches as presents. What tools of the trade do you use to create your portraits? What is it about these mediums that particularly like? I work with pencils mostly, even though I’ve tried pen and ink and charcoal. I’m experimenting with colour pencils too, but I’d really like to try oils eventually. Pencils can be very forgiving and versatile. You were very inspired to capture well-known local Steve Stevanovic’s image. What is it about Steve that you admire? I meet Steve regularly on the road, and his wave and smile always make my day. Steve is one of Port Macquarie’s great characters. I’m

Who are some of the other individuals you’ve in awe of what he achieves. Even at 75 years of age, he captured with your artwork? walks 35 km every day, and most people in town would President Obama, Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman, have got a friendly smile and wave from him over the Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Sean Connery, years. Leonardo Di Caprio and other famous people like Steve I admire his self-discipline, his athleticism, and his Irwin and Hugh Jackman. Recently I finished one on the commitment to his chosen activity. Not only is he an Federal Minister for Education, Peter Garrett, after he inspiration, he is a real gentleman. visited the school. How long did it take you to complete Steve’s porI also like drawing ageing faces, as they are more intrait, and what processes were involved? teresting. What time does to the human face fascinates I decided I would like to try to immortalise Steve, so me. I’ve sketched many of my relatives, but derelicts and I stopped one day and asked if I could take his photo. homeless characters also have a special appeal when I I had some drawings in the car and told him my plans. find images on the internet. When he realised I wasn’t trying to sell him someWhat plans do you have for your thing, he relaxed. artwork – is a future exhibition We stayed in touch over the next few ils nc likely? weeks. I sketched from one of the pe ith w k “ I wor ough I see myself as a hobbyist photos I took, and I probably spent mostly, even th d rather than an artist. I plan on around 12 hours on it over a few I’ve tried pen anal. I’m ink and charcog with learning more about art, and days. My wife, Chris, and I went experimentin too, but portraiture in particular, in my out to dinner with Steve after I ils nc colour pe y oils tr to e retirement. I was surprised completed the drawing, and I was lik ly al re d I’ ils can when my son, Keegan, sold one so relieved that he liked it. eventually. Penc g and be very forgivin of my landscapes for $300. As a You presented Steve’s finished ” . ile at vers uni student, he’s obviously more portrait to him as a gift. Who was enterprising than his dad. actually at the presentation, and I was flattered when Alan and Denise what was Steve’s reaction? Davis from Masterpiece Framing in the Steve is always home after 4pm, and my Colonial Arcade invited me to hang some drawings in wife, Chris, and I rang him before dropping by to give their studio next May with a view to selling them. I’m him his completed portrait. I told him I thought he was hesitant about taking on requests for portraits, though. the fittest man in Port Macquarie. Chris took a photo Like my sister-in-law in Ireland, a person may not always to mark the occasion, and Steve invited us in for a drink be flattered by the results. (She thought I put too many and a chat. wrinkles in). He shared some of his fascinating life story with us More recently, I’ve had requests to draw a dog, a and spoke about what motivates him to walk starting at vintage car and even a pelican! 4.30am every day. One of his favourite walks is over and At present it’s fun. I’d hate for it to become just anback to Wauchope. We certainly got to know him a lot other chore I had to do. Chris would tell you that I don’t more. He was interested in learning about us also. He is do those very well now as it is! a fascinating person, and I feel very privileged to know Thanks Tony. him. It was then that he invited us out to dinner as a Interview by Jo Atkins. ‘thank you’ the following week.

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Robyn Butler. Hang on, it can’t be this time of the year already! I know I say it every year, but where has the time gone.? At the moment I am celebrating one of my sister’s 60th birthday ... one more to go, and then all five of us will be over the halfway mark … that can’t be right either … it only seems like yesterday when … HE PERFECT CHRISTMAS CAKE (FOOLPROOF) The following recipe for the Foolproof Christmas Cake has been requested by so many people, I thought I would include it in this month* s column. The wonderful lady who gave me this recipe passed away this year aged 97, so in memory of Hazel, who incidentally held the best Biggest Morning Teas for the Cancer Council every year up until she was 92, I present the moistest cake you will ever taste.

* not her * hanging 5* ), this unbelievable lady bought it for the North Coast Area Seniors. The picture is Thelma with me at the function smiling and really enjoying herself ... I* m sure people half her age don* t have the stamina, wonderful sense of humour and intelligence this gracious lady exudes.

HAZEL’S FRUIT CAKE * Place the following ingredients in a large saucepan: * 1 kilo mixed fruit * 2 cups brown sugar * ¼ teaspoon bicarb of soda * Pinch of salt * Small tumbler of orange juice, plus small tumbler of sherry or brandy or both (hic!) and l cup of water (I use ½ cup of water and the rest whisky, brandy or whatever you have in cupboard. * Bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. * Cool. * When cool, add 4 large eggs * Packet of Bakeo Pastry Mix (fully broken up) * ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup of almonds, a shake of ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla, or almond, or lemon * I use just vanilla * MIX THOROUGHLY* now, how easy is that! * Grease a large square cake tin and line with brown paper and then bake off. Heat oven to 170 degrees, place cake in oven and cook for 20 minutes, then reduce to 160 degrees and bake for a further 1½ hours. If burning on top, cover with foil. You can also decorate the top with almonds and cherries and add ginger, apricots etc. to the cake, but it will be A WINNER! ENJOY! When nearly cool, pour half a cup of whisky or brandy over and wrap in a towel overnight ...

Wauchope is holding a Psychic Fair:

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PSYCHIC FAIR ... WAUCHOPE Want to know what the future has in store for you, want to buy some nice crystals, jewellery, books, CDs, even talk to the Angel Whisperer? Well, have I got the place for you to visit.

Where: The Senior Citizens Hall, High Street, Wauchope. When: Saturday 8 December 2012. Time: 10am to 4.30am. Entry: FREE Enjoy practical, accurate advice with the Spirit Talkers, aura photos, energy readings, new age products, numerology, tarot, clairvoyants, readings, runes and the list goes on and on * Further info, call Chevarro on 6559 3509 or visit SHIPS AHOY ... PORT PRINCESS HAS JOINED THE FLEET Have you been down to the Town Wharf and seen the new addition to the * Fleet* ? The Port Princess made its inaugural cruise last month. The fully licensed 15 m catamaran is the latest to grace Port Macquarie shores for our bene* t. It has two levels and room for about 100 guests and is the perfect party boat for your Christmas party, birthday or wedding. I am informed it is * lling fast for the * silly season* , but ring Alison on 6583 3058 or 0409 7442 70 to * bags* a date. Cruise Terminal have been continually honoured by the Tourism industry for their carefully planned itineraries, spectacular river cruises and whale watching tours (my fav: The Junk) and the way they make everyone, of every age, feel relaxed and happy when they* re on board. Take it from me: the crews are just fantastic and will assist you in every way possible. Happy Christmas to all the readers of my column, to fellow columnists and especially to the of* ce staff and of course, Louise and Jay. May the festive season be a real family time for you all, and look out 2013 * here we come! KEEP SMILING, Robbie x




We catch up with Executive Chef from Mercure Synergy Nathaniel Destefano, wo tells us about his 8 years in the food industry and his future plans. ow/when did your love for food and cooking begin? I * rst started my apprenticeship in Yamba in a busy restaurant right on the water. After that I moved to a small town called Mudgee, were I completed my apprenticeship and started my * rst role as Head Chef. This is where you could say my passion began * being able to create my own * la carte menu and designing function menus to cater for up to 1,000 people. I have always been one to love a challenge. After 5 years in Mudgee, I decided to commit to a move and here I am, Executive Chef at Mercure Synergy.

I try to source my ingredients locally where possible. In saying that, I do like to look outside the box, so to say, in search for the best produce. How is Synergy Restaurant different from others? Synergy is a small 40 seat restaurant, which offers a more intimate dining experience.We also have private dining facilities with a range of menus, or we can design a menu to suit. I would also have to say the team is friendly and professional and really strive to give the best dining experience.

You have a wonderful new menu at Synergy. What changes have you made?

What is your favourite item on the menu and why? My favourite dish would have to be the Gippsland eye * llet with beetroot paint, asparagus, truf* e potato and horseradish cream. I really take a lot of pride when it comes to cooking a steak. So many chefs out there cannot cook a decent steak. I can promise, if you came out and tried the steak, you will not leave disappointed.

The menu is now a lot more re* ned, to really target perfection. The dishes themselves are simple and fresh * nothing too overpowering * to keep the focus on the quality of the main ingredient.

What are the future plans for the restaurant? As the business grows, I plan to hold special events, live music plus more * so keep an eye out on upcoming events.

Where do you source your supplies?

Thanks Nathaniel.

What made you decide to pursue it as a career? From a very young age I have always loved to cook; also, my mum is in the industry and my dad was also a chef, so you could just say I had no choice * it was already in my blood.

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Belinda Horne and her newly established local Theatre Company – PopinJay and Nuncle – will be bringing the joy of Shakespeare to Port Macquarie’s Town Green in a free performance this January. We caught up with the local about her vision for the festival.


ou grew up in the Port Macquarie region. Tell us about life growing up here ...

Bonny Hills was the best place I could have hoped for as a kid growing up. Like most kids, I needed to have plenty of freedom to be me and run amok. Growing up, I was always putting on shows for the whole street. One particular show, my brother played the sun with see-through yellow stockings. On opening day, the ‘costume department’ had neglected to give him undies, so in hindsight, l probably should have charged more for that show. (Ha ha!) I have always had a pretty restless spirit and a strong sense of curiosity. I was content in my little world until l came across literary giants such as Moliere, Shakespeare, Miller, Beckett, and Checkhov. I started stealing away at lunchtime in school to read them in the library. I felt a great affinity with them. They opened up this huge world for me, and I couldn’t wait to get out and see it for myself. Where did the love and passion for theatre begin?

If you ask anyone who loves theatre the same question, I’m sure they will tell you it’s in their blood. I’m certain it’s in mine. From a young age, it was my grandma who fostered in me a love of language, poetry and classical literature and brought them to life for me. One defining moment was when I had begged my family to take me to see Beckett’s Waiting for Godot when l was 13. That play changed me forever. Beckett isn’t for the faint hearted, but when l saw that play l felt like l had come across an old friend and that I belonged there in that theatre. Every time l step into an empty theatre, l get that same palpable feeling. Most art these days is lamed down and appeals to the laziest audience. A staggering amount of film, music, theatre and photography these days seem to be more displays of technology than artistry; that’s why the classics are so important. I am so grateful to have been brought up knowing the difference between good and bad art, otherwise l would be frothing over junk like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey right now and not using them for more useful things like firewood. You trained at NIDA. Where did you go from there?

I was so keen to get ‘out there’ in the big


world. I had already auditioned for drama school, as an actor and playwright, before completing my HSC, and moved down to Sydney to start straight after school finished. My time in Sydney was spent living and breathing theatre. The most important thing l learned from NIDA was how important it was to find and make opportunities for yourself as an artist and not to wait for others to give it to you. But I consider the time l spent outside the safety of drama school and actually ‘in’ the industry to be the real education. When it comes down to it, the only teacher you need is the audience. You put yourself in front of an audience and you’ll know quick smart what’s working and what’s not. So I was keen to get out of the protection of institutions and mix what l had with the real world. I found it hard being trained in A good friend certain schools; l was always of mine in the finding that I didn’t quite to ‘bite industry told meu can yo fit in and was a headoff more than like hell.’ strong student. I hated chew and chew wing anything defining me. I’m So I guess I’m follo y vision that closely as mof quite proud of the fact t is nothing shor that I was never the perfect ambitious..” student.

Working on London's West End, you would have gained some valuable experiences and learnt a lot about the industry. What, specifically?

It was a complete paradigm shift for me in terms of how l defined myself as a writer and actor. I worked mostly with various playwrights from inception to final performance. I remember being backstage at Duke of York’s theatre where Michael Gambon was playing to sold out shows, and there was a scribbled note hanging in the wings that read: ‘Boldness, Boldness and more Boldness’. That idea of daring and being larger than life stuck with me. While in Sydney, l sort of got around with my head half held high because being a ‘female playwright’ was not the most ‘sensible’ career. Working in England meant l met many successful theatre practitioners who never felt the need to apologise for their art. They saw their art as a life affirming gesture and a push against complacency and mediocrity. They had a great fight in them. Needless to say, l came back with renewed sense of pride and resolve in what l do. You are back in Port Macquarie now and have plans for a big Shakespeare festival. What is

your vision?

Yeah, it’s not the most seamless transition from London’s’ West End to Town Green Port Macquarie, but to be honest, there is something more exciting and challenging about the prospect of outdoor theatre in a place where it has never happened before. My theatre company: ‘Popinjay and Nuncle’ seeks to enrich the community by staging free and accessible outdoor productions, bringing people of all walks of life together and involving local artists. A good friend of mine in the industry told me to ‘bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell.’ So I guess I’m following that closely, as my vision is nothing short of ambitious. The weekend will be a huge theatrical spectacle, complete with musicians, novelty stores, roving performers, street theatre, face-painting, fairy floss (no event is complete without it) and the main event being Shakespeare’s much loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. You will launch the festival in 2013 with Much Ado About Nothing. Tell us about the performance – will it be performed in the traditional sense?

There is a reason why Shakespeare is the most performed playwright. He is truly mindblowing. His genius rests largely in his infinite scope and universality. Shakespeare therefore

belongs to everyone; he is everyman’s author and even though his works are over 400 years old, l would say he is the most relevant writer today. Much Ado is arguably Shakespeare’s most naturalistic play. We are setting the play in modern day Australia. The choice to set it outdoors was an easy one. Theatre is at its best when it is unconfined, thrilling and dangerous. You have some local and national celeb power coming to the show to help open it, we hear?

Lisa Gormley, who plays Bianca from Home and Away, is introducing the show. Lisa is a NIDA graduate who shares with me a love of Shakespeare. We would also like the newly appointed Mayor to get behind the arts and open the show to the public. How can locals get involved and support the free event?

Locals can get involved in the production itself, if you are a performer, musician, singer, own a stall, etc, we would love to have you. For those who are unsure about Shakespeare or have always found him boring, you are our greatest audience. Come along with your picnic rug and nibbles. There is nothing safe or precious about Shakespeare. Remember, if a performance of his were boring and reverent, Shakespeare himself would have been the last person to watch it. It may be a chance to reacquaint yourself with the world’s greatest playwright. Give him a chance to surprise you. Thanks Belinda.

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Glasshouse Flowers is excited to be celebrating its second anniversary in its new location underneath Rydges on Hay Street, and with a flurry of weddings, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve events to design for, the year is wrapping up quickly. December brings with it cheeky elves, delicate birds and gorgeous decorations. he Booca Natural Soy Wax Candles were so popular last year that we have expanded our range of designs and fragrances. This month we also introduce the Maya Muse Textiles brand of cushions, pamper packs and eye pillows, designed and hand-made in Australia from linens and eco-friendly inks. Such beautiful textures and patterns, perfect for your home or office! Your favourite collections from Urban Rituelle are back again - with fragrances like Pomegranate, Peach, Ginger Apple and Cotton Candy, the petite perfumes, hand creams and candles are just divine and simply irresistible. Our local produce hampers are flying out the door – old favourites The Other Chef, Yarras Valley Olives, Bago Vineyards, World Par-Tea, Barbushco, Peak Coffee, Lorne Valley Macadamias and Baba

Lila Chocolates join the new “Port Macquarie Hampers” brand of jams and chutneys, in our custom made Gift Hampers. Our gourmet ‘Port Macquarie Hampers’ are a popular choice at Christmas, and the perfect gift for food lovers or for ‘someone who has everything’. Why not send someone you love a sample of what this beautiful region has to offer? We can organise to send the hampers anywhere in Australia or overseas. Ask about the new floral design classes you can learn to create your own fresh flower masterpiece this Christmas, or spoil someone you love with a gift certificate for an experience they will be sure to remember for years to come. So for delightful and unique gift ideas for every occasion, come and see Meredy and the team at Glasshouse Flowers! Visit us at Shop 2, 1 Hay St, Port Macquarie. Or phone: (02) 6584 2242.




eaders may remember the story of Garden Village’s Westerweller Hostel resident Lindsay being able to make a long held wish of flying in a plane come true with the help of Garden Village’s ‘Dream Weaving’ program. Recently another Garden Village resident was able to benefit from ‘Dream Weaving’ and go whale watching. Kathryn Prescott was given a fantastic show by the huge visitors. The pictures tell the story of the fun that Kathryn had as she came face to face with the beauty of nature! Our thanks to the Port Venture for taking us where we needed to be and to the whales for showing up on the day! Dream Weaving is an initiative designed to facilitate an opportunity that would allow a

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person to realize the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. So often it is thought only young people have dreams for the future. However, anyone who relates closely with seniors would know that they too have hopes and dreams for the future. Garden Village staff now offer hope, because where hopes are dashed, despair settles in. Facilitated by Garden Village’s Chaplain and care staff, the dreams are identified and the process of dream weaving is put in place to make the dream a reality. Another resident living in our Retirement Village has expressed a desire to ride a horse again, so with the help of Garden Village Chaplain and Operations Manager, she will jump in the saddle again in the New Year.


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The Block Coffee and Chocolate.

Wheatley & Co. Nardia has always loved colour. After honing her skills in fashion and homewares, Nardia developed an eye for things she loved and instinctively knew that when she dreamed of having her own store, she’d know exactly how she’d have it. Nardia turned her dream into a reality after transforming a dry cleaners into a riot of colour and form. Stepping into her west Kempsey store is like entering an emporium of wonderment – rainbow of homewares, including luxury KAS bedding, fragrant Ecoya candles and gifts for those ‘hard to buy for people’. Nardia’s signature line is the highly sought after Samantha Wills. SW’s designs have become favourites, as have the champagne and cheese nights Nardia regularly holds in store. Find Wheatley & Co on Facebook, or follow us on instagram ...

With a name like The Block Coffee + Chocolate, you would expect a focus on chocolates, but be prepared to be wowed by the region’s most extensive range of fine chocolates from Australia’s most accomplished artisan chocolate makers. Located in Port Macquarie’s CBD Coles building, experience the chocolate bar with over 20 exquisite varieties on display, unique figurines and many other items ideal for a little self indulgence, gift idea or as a thank you to your hardworking staff or clients. For any taste or budget, The Block staff will assist you in the perfect packaging presentation for your needs. From a simple 2 piece card box to the deluxe wooden gift box, there is sure to be something to satisfy your needs.

It is going to be a Merry Christmas at Silkies Lingerie and Sleepwear! There are so many specials in store – a huge 40% OFF all of your favourite brands, including Berlei, Triumph, Loveable, Elle Macpherson intimates, Fayreform, Miracle control wear, Voodoo & Levante hosiery and Tani Modal ‘what nature wears’. Sports bras, everyday comfort bras, push-up bras, convertible bras – Silkies has it all, in a range of colours, brands, lace, patterns and print! Lin also has soft ‘bra fillers’ for pocket bras for only $5 each- small, medium. All Berlei Bras 40% OFF! Berlei Sport – Electrify – Berlei sport bras offer superior support and comfort and are specifically designed for high impact sports. Berlei Barely There Contour – Australia's No. 1 Everyday Bra – the Berlei Barely There Contour Bra is designed in a smooth, soft, stretch fabric, so it's easy to fit and soft against the skin, creates a great shape and is easy to wash and wear. Comes in white, pink, black and cafe- up to sizes 18G/20C in cafe.

Also experience our delicious macarons, bright and colourful, in many different flavours.

Silkies has a beautiful range of handmade lace bridal garters that are now only $40 each, originally $77. The Tani Modal 'what nature wears' range of sleepwear is also a favourite, with a selection of colours and comfortable styles to choose from. Gift vouchers are available for Christmas! Ask about going into the draw to WIN A $50 VOUCHER TO SPEND IN JANUARY! Just spend over $100 in store in December to receive your ticket into the draw.

Drop by for a browse 7 days and enjoy a chocolate with your next coffee or a light dessert after lunch.

Lin would like to thank her customers and wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

With Christmas fast approaching, you will find a good selection of more seasonal figurines, table centre pieces and gifts.

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Paradiso will help find a solution.

Buying the Presents. We aren’t going to tell you that Paradiso has a great selection of fabulous gifts suitable for all those hard to buy for people, or that we have a selection of items you really must have. That just goes without saying. What we will assure you of is that Paradiso will do their utmost to solve your purchasing dilemma. We don’t have it all ‌ but we’ll try our very best to find it or offer you an out of the box solution from our treasure trove. Whether you’re looking for an elusive piece of furniture, a decorative item for yourself or that unique gift full of personality for someone else, Paradiso will help find a solution. Wouldn’t you rather be remembered as that rad aunty who gave that amazing retro desk lamp, than the one who gave another pair of ‌ socks? (Unless of course, the socks have a glow

in the dark Santa on them that sings ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas!’) We could rabbit on about all the fabulous vintage finds, handcrafted goodies and one-off items instore but that would be blowing our own trumpet, and we’d rather you come in and see for yourself. We can’t guarantee that we’ll have exactly what you originally had in mind when you set foot in our gorgeous store, because the world of rare treasures and quirky finds is all about discovery. What we do guarantee though, is that when you purchase from Paradiso, you’ll be looked after by a passionate proprietor whose aim is to have you leave a Satisfied Shopper. You’ll also have the added knowledge that you’ve supported a local business who in turn supports other local businesses.

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Designer Jewellers

Beautiful Christmas Gifts After 39 years in Business in the local area, Designer Jewellers has earnt the reputation for stocking quality jewellery and watches at affordable prices. They specialise in diamond rings and Erika is a passionate jewellery designer. Designer Jeweller's recently introduced the Astralis diamond, by renowned diamond cutter Gabi Tolkowsky - this remarkable diamond cut features 32 facets more than the convential cut round brillian diamond. The result is greater brilliance, beauty and light performance. Visit the store to view the full range of diamonds with the signature Astralis cutting tecnique. As a designer for over 39 years Erika's dream of designing her own range has been fulfilled through the launch earlier this year of the unique Fides range. To view the whole collection either visit the store in Peachtree

Walk Arcade or browse on line at Brand new and exclusive to Designer Jewellers is the Bering watch collection, famous Danish design, with high tech ceramic style that is highly scratch and heat resistant. These watches have been flying off the shelves so don't miss out. Designer Jewellers has a fantastic range of gift ideas for everyone with international brands such as Ellani, Thomas Sabo, Classique and Pastiche. For something extra special browse through thier lovely collection of precious, semi- precious and diamond jewellery. To celebrate the fesitive season Designer Jewellers has gorgeous diamond rings at half price, so hurry in to see the fabulous specials! If your looking for amazing customer service, unique design and quality products look no further this Christmas than Designer Jewellers.

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Meg and Me Phone. 6583 7773

Silkies Lingerie and Sleepwear Phone. 6583 8558 Urban Rituelle from Glasshouse Flowers Phone. 6584 2242 Willow House and Baby Phone. 6584 2275

Spotlight Phone. 6581 5133

Aquamail Phone. 6583 3422

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CAPRICORN. December 22 - January 20

Relationships may bring some unexpected surprises. Keep the nurturing magic of your relationship active this month. A holiday may soon be on the agenda. New friends and work colleagues are also likely to be a major influence over the next few weeks. Rose quartz is a loving, nurturing crystal encouraging confidence.

AQUARIUS. January 21 - February 19

Congratulations you are about to receive a beautiful reward. Your faith is one of your strongest gifts, and even though you have been through rough times, you were still able to be true to yourself and remained yourself. You may now be showing others how to do the same. Turquoise enables us to receive our rewards effortlessly.

PISCES. February 20 - March 20

You may have been feeling left out or abandoned lately. Don’t despair, you were just being given a perfect time out time to regather your energy and personal power. Work opportunities will soon take you on a new journey. Enjoy! Ruby is very effective for personal power.

ARIES. March 21 - April 20

If life still isn’t satisfying you, perhaps your focus is a little too material. Try connecting with the essence of your childhood joy, and allow new adventure into your life. Your intellect will soon be satisfied, as study is a likely influence soon. Citrine brings an abundance of creative energy.

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More adventure is on the horizon this year. A trip overseas is likely to occur soon, bringing further passion into your life. Avoid being anxious about money, because you will manifest the perfect amount needed, as you usually do anyway. Citrine carried in the wallet is said to attract an abundance of wealth.

GEMINI. May 22 - June 22

New beginnings surround you at the moment. Dreaming of birth often represents new beginnings too so don’t be worried if you have dreamt these themes. This year is likely to host a myriad of activities for your social calendar. New acquaintances are entering the picture so enjoy their company. Mangano Calcite is wonderful for removing potential negative thought patterns, and eliminating self- sabotage.

CANCER. June 23 - July 23 Ju

You have recently triumphed over personal challenges and may have begun to recognise new strengths. Now just bring back your laughter and lighten up your energy. New romance, fun and adventure can be expected. Make a wish and see what happens. Rose quartz brings out our passion for living and our joy.

LEO. July 24 - August 23

You are about to tumble into ‘the adventure of a life-time’. Enjoy your talents and the wonder of developing them as this year will present many opportunities to explore them through. Reconnect through your inner child with a personal relationship and enjoy some playful energy. Aqua Marine gives us enormous self courage to confidently walk through any situation.

Your feelings of distance from your situation will not last much longer, as your tolerance is returning to you. Be patient and kind to yourself, as you are so often there for everyone else and rarely for yourself. In order to survive, you needed your space to recover from the demands placed on you. Ruby protects us from our own worst enemy (ourselves). Stops fear based thoughts and insecurities playing with us.

LIBRA. September 24 - October 23

Congratulations; you have created the way for your success through letting go of anxiety and bringing forth self confidence. Now rehash what is important to you and why it is, to attract even more reward. Real estate dealings should prove very rewarding. Orange Calcite heals, restores and rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit.

SCORPIO. October 24 - November 22

Stand strong in your own light, someone close to you is trying to grow through their weaknesses, and their insecurities are playing with them. They are learning by your example, so don’t give up. Remember we all react to truths we aren’t prepared for. Blue lace agate lightens the mind and clears thoughts.

SAGATTARIUS. November 23 - December 21

Total change can be expected to your binding circumstance, as your wish has been heard. Validate one talent today by using it, and watch the wonderful difference this makes to your attitudes. Try a little goal setting. Carnelian is a wonderful motivating crystal.

The Fastest Growing Global Water Sport.

Explore areas that you never thought were possible.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing global water sport. Paddle boarding is an amazing sport and best of all, it’s family friendly and anyone can do it. SUP promotes balance, strength, and cardio improvement. It encourages a focus on your core muscles and you get to enjoy our beautiful waterways while you exercise. Imagine not just standing on the shoreline admiring our lakes, rivers and coastline but actually paddling along these while you are interacting with the marine life. Explore areas you never thought possible, while you improve your fitness. At Jungle Surf we actively use the boards and equipment we sell. We understand what equipment is required for the first time paddler looking for a stable easy to use board, or the accomplished paddler ready to take on the next challenge of this diverse sport. Whether you want to cruise the lakes and coastline or charge the biggest of waves, we have the equipment for all levels. We service all the equipment we sell.

Come along for a demonstration paddle to find the right board for you, using our extensive range of boards. Simply call in to our store and have a chat to the friendly staff, or give us a call and we can book you in for a no obligation introduction to paddle boarding. Check out our web page or Facebook to keep up to date with our latest equipment and special offers. SUP is a low impact activity that anyone can master. Come and join the SUP adventure this summer.

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Proving that re-use is better than just recycling at the new overflowing Op Shop. Re-use of clothes, books, furniture etc. as finished or manufactured goods is much, much more environmentally friendly than just recycling the goods as raw materials. he first benefit is helping the environment – you are saving the planet by conserving limited resources such as plastics, metal, glass and energy like coal, oil, gas. You’re also reducing pollution in the air and water and reducing the space needed on landfill sites.


The second benefit is raising valuable revenue for charities – so they can continue their good work. “We have wonderful support from the Hast-

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held the three monthly monster garage sales in our woodwork factory; these hugely successful days were the reason we decided to open our first Op Shop in 2002, initially with only one supervisor and two supported workers. But with the continued support of our local community, we have grown to be able to employ two supervisors and five fulltime supported workers with disabilities and two volunteers – a wonderful achievement.

We have wonderful support from the Hastings, with communityous very generof donations oks, clothing, boand bric a brac furniture.”

ings community, with very generous donations of clothing, books, bric a brac and furniture," said Karol O’Brien General Manager. We are a not for profit organisation, so all the money goes back into helping our supported workers. Our Op Shop is overflowing so we have built a new extension, which opened in November. It is huge, and we have more room to display items like furniture, toys, books and clothing. Many local residents will remember the humble beginnings of the Op Shop in 2000. We

Willing & Able Foundation is a provider of meaningful employment and personal growth opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in a safe and happy environment. They employ 30 supported workers and 9 supervisors and staff that operate five businesses in our local area. The grounds maintenance team offers a professional domestic and commercial mowing service and is probably the most noticeable,

with their hardworking teams out and about in the area. Our woodworking division manufacture and sell hardwood stakes to builders, surveyors, real estates and for the gardener – tomato stakes. They have recently expanded into steel banded pegs, which is proving to be very popular. The assembly area workers are our quiet achievers; they can do all those tedious, time consuming jobs that take up your valuable staff’s time – assemble, fold, envelope, label, collate, seal, glue and quality check, no job too big or too small. Our laundrette in Short Street opposite Officeworks provides a range of laundry services, including washing, folding, mending, ironing, Monday to Friday, with the self serve available 7 days a week from 6am to 9pm. Like us on Facebook in December and you could win a $25 gift voucher to use over this busy period. We wish all our valued customers a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year; we appreciate your support in our businesses, which allows us then to continue support our special workers.




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This year the local Ministers Association of Port Macquarie want to host the Carols by Candlelight in Westport Park, as an opportunity for you to connect within your community and also with the Christmas message. So when you take time out of your schedules and to-do lists to find a patch of grass with those you love, you are guaranteed a time of connection and blessing. Christmas really is the perfect opportunity to connect, and here is an opportunity to create lifelong memories for yourselves, your children, your friends and your community! The miracle of Christmas has always been in the connection and the ultimate Connector. Relationships that get renewed, restored and re-established re-open the connections of our hearts. Christmas is the season of opportunity for connection and the time for you to again experience the miracle of Christmas!

P OR T MI N I ST ER S A SSOC IATION M E M BE RS CH R ISTMA S SER V I C E TIM E S AND SPE C IAL E VE NT S : Honour Church Christmas Pageant 'Hope for Christmas', 10am Sunday 23 December. Christmas Day Service @ 10am. The Ruins Way, Port Macquarie.

Grace Church Christmas Eve, 6pm. Christmas Day, 9am. 2 Kingfisher Road, Port Macquarie.

Trinity Anglican Church [Rev] Ken Fenton: 6584 1033. Trinity meets 10am each Sunday at St Columba School, Major Innes Drive. 7.30pm Christmas Eve, Dec 24, carols and nativity play. Iona Centre at St Columba School, Major Innes Drive.

St Thomas' Anglican Church 14 December A Child is Born nativity play;

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BBQ @ 6.30pm followed by the play at 7pm. 23 December: 9am Carols Service (Church) 24 December: 6pm Family Service (Hall) 24 December: 11pm Candlelight Service (Church) 25 December: 9am Service (Church) Hay Street, Port Macquarie

Port City Church Christmas Eve, 24/12 at 7pm. 40 Munster Street, Port Macquarie. 'Christmas on the Beach' event on Christmas Day from 10.30am 'til 3pm at Town Beach near the Skate Park.

The Salvation Army Christmas Service details are Tuesday, December 25 @ 9am.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Christmas and New Year's events around the area have been supported by the grant funding allocation, with events in Long Flat, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie sharing in over $14,000 funding. The Carols by Candlelight was very appreciative to once again receive a portion of the Community Grant Funds for Christmas and New Year's Eve event.

Quality Discount Vitamins Quality Discount Vitamins is locally owned and operated, supplying all your vitamin needs and more, with up to 50% off recommended retail prices, all the time. QDV stock a huge range of quality supplements and if they don’t have it, they will do their best to get it for you. A big shout out and thank you to Mike and

People Builders

Port Macquarie Baptist Church

Big Black and White Christmas. Friday 7 December, 7pm. Panthers, Settlement City, People Builders Auditorium. Huge night of live Christmas entertainment. Guest appearance by SANTA and fun for the kids. $5 single; $15 family. Happy Birthday Jesus – 23 December, 10am, at People Builders

(18 McIntyre Close) Christmas Day – 9am. Sundays –10am.

Coastside Church Carols, Sunday 23 December. 6pm start 1 hour Christmas Day Service; Tuesday 25; 9am.

Seventh Day Adventist Saturday, December 22 at 10am.

Jackie Turner from Quality Discount Vitamins; your continued support of this event is amazing, and we are very grateful for your support.

NBN Carols has been supported for many years by our local NBN branch. Their continued support with TV advertising has assisted to make the event successful and ensures that the community knows that the event is on. Thanks to Grant Woods, Sam Mascord and all the staff at NBN.

RhemaFM Rhema is a non-denominational Christian based organisation established to broadcast the gospel to the Mid North Coast area. Rhema is currently operated 100% by volunteers working together to change

St Peter’s Lutheran Church 13 Kemp Street, Port Macquarie. Christmas Eve – 7pm Christmas Day – 9am.

Joy – A Child is Born A free outdoor nativity play for all ages. Friday, December 14 at St Thomas' Church, Hay Street. Bring your own chairs and blankets. The night begins with a BBQ at 6.30pm; play will follow at 7pm. Repeated at Trinity Carols 7.30pm Christmas Eve, December 24, Iona centre, St Columba Anglican School, Major Innes Road.

lives for good by broadcasting hope and encouragement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tune in at 99.9FM for a dose of great music that is certain to lift your spirits. We thank you for your continued support of Carols by Candlelight.

Greater Port Macquarie Focus Thanks so much to the FOCUS team for all your support of the Carols event. It is a pleasure to have such a professional and creative team involved with Carols, helping to promote it throughout the community. Your efforts are truly appreciated!


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A recent trip to Thailand has given Ebanie inspiration for what she hopes will be her future career ...


here do you go to school, Ebanie, and what grade are you in? I go to school at St Paul’s High School, Port Macquarie, and I am currently in Year 10. When did you travel to Thailand, and who went with you? After my parents, Jamie and Sharon Martin, agreed to me travelling to Thailand (much thanks!) I travelled for four weeks, from September 18 until October 16, spending 2 weeks in an orphanage. I travelled with my grandmother, Susan Flynn, who really made the whole trip possible, so I am very thankful for that. The organisation that gave me the opportunity to experience this despite my age was ‘Friends for Asia’, who were really great with giving out the right information and providing pictures and past volunteer stories on their website. What was the aim of the trip – what inspired you to go? The aim of the trip, I guess, was to get an insight into what I wish to do when I leave school. I also really have a passion for learning about culture and differences in the world. How long did you stay in Thailand, and what were some of the things you saw and did while you were there? I was in Thailand for a month, but I had 2 weeks in Chiang Mai, where the orphanage was located. During each day, my grandmother and I, along with other volunteers, travelled 40 minutes out of town to the orphanage, where we worked with the kids from 9 - 4, as they were on school holidays. Whilst in the orphanage, we enjoyed spending quality time with the children, playing games and joining them for lunch. I also got the opportunity to teach English in the local primary school, to very cute 8 year old children. Other than the orphanage experience, it was really great to see a side of Thailand that was not tourist directed with the help of Friends for Asia. Friends for Asia helped us to learn basic Thai language and took us to see the

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traditional Thai temples, as well as purchasing fresh food from local markets. At the markets we tried traditional Thai foods, with even an opportunity to try a fried cricket! Friends for Asia was really great with helping us experience the real Thailand. Friends for Asia also provided great accommodation in a guest house, where I got an opportunity to meet people from all over the world and form good friendships. What memory sticks in your mind most from the experience (and why)? I have taken a lot of memories away from my experience that I will never forget, but I would have to say the smiles and happiness of the children that have so little, to be so excited for volunteers, including me, to arrive each day. There were just so many great emotions attached to being able to improve the lives of children and give them the love and attention they need and deserve; it really was great. Has the trip changed your life in any way – and if so, how? The trip has definitely given me an insight into what I wish to do when I leave school, and it has also made me super keen to go to Thailand next year and visit the same orphanage. The trip to Thailand has also really shown what kind of things happen in the world that most of us are so ignorant about; it really did show how much is taken for granted. What are your future plans – have you decided what you’d like to do when you leave school? When I finish school, I hope to go to university and get a medical degree. With this I hope to be able to travel to as many different third world countries as possible in a volunteer team. I hope to help out in hospitals and give hope to those people who live in complete poverty in the world. I really hope to be able to make a difference, even if it is small. Thanks Ebanie. More information about Friends for Asia organisation can be found at: Interview by Jo Atkins.

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Juggling a professional life in finance with a passion for triathlon ensures John’s life never has a dull moment! John believes the support he receives from his family, who are also all keen sportspeople, is what makes all the difference when trying to fit work, training and triathlon events into his schedule. i John. What do you do to earn a living? I own an accounting and tax consulting business in Port Macquarie (O’Connor Heckenberg Business Services) and have done so since 2006. I completed an economics degree at UNE in 1992 and postgraduate accounting qualifications in 2005. Tell us a bit about your family background ... I moved to Port Macquarie in the late 1980s after growing up in Sydney and then spending half a dozen years working different jobs in Queensland. After spending that time working in far north and outback Queensland, I decided I wasn’t interested in returning to the city life. I enjoy the relaxed country lifestyle in the Hastings area. My wife, Lindy, is a born and bred Port Macquarie local, although she spent some time in Sydney and the Blue Mountains before returning to live here. Lindy is a qualified nurse. She and I married five years ago, and we became a blended family with three teenage sons: Brendan, Dylan and Christopher. We also have three dogs: a Weimaraner pup and two adult Italian Greyhounds. Of course, they are part of the family too! Brendan and Dylan have both just started Year 12 at Port Macquarie High School and Christopher is just finishing Year 10 at Westport High. Christopher has recently returned from a student exchange program in Montana (USA), where he developed a love of basketball. Brendan and Dylan have both played football (soccer) for many years, and this year Dylan has followed my footsteps into the triathlon world. Lindy is a keen mountain bike rider and earlier this year completed her first ever duathlon. She also participated in the inaugural Port Macquarie Running Festival in March 2012. You took up triathlon as a sport quite late in life. How old were you when you started, and what made you decide to give it a go? My triathlon debut was six years ago at the age of 42! I have always been a sports lover, playing cricket and golf and I had a passion for long distance and cross country running as a boy. I took a long break from running in the 1990s and early 2000s while I was studying, working and raising my two boys as a single parent. Then in 2006, two workmates entered the South West Rocks triathlon and challenged me to do it with them. I accepted the challenge and have loved the sport ever since. My mum was an accomplished sportswoman, playing

representative tennis in New Zealand. My dad was also a sportsperson, growing up in Forster. In his youth, he was a skilled amateur boxer and a successful 220 yard sprinter. My great grandfather and his brothers were champion axemen from the Green Valley area, and between them they won 17 Australian titles in woodchopping in the 1890s and 1900s. Whenever they competed, the podium was usually occupied by three Heckenberg brothers in first, second and third place. In their honour, the Sydney suburb of Heckenberg is named. I sometimes feel the pressure to perform better than I do with this kind of sporting pedigree behind me! You’re a member of the Port Macquarie Triathlon Club. When and where does the club meet? The Port Macquarie Triathlon Club holds 12 races during each spring/summer season, as well as some duathlon events in the winter months. We meet for most of our races on Sunday mornings usually every two weeks, at McInherney Park. More information on the club’s racing calendar can be found at: What are some of the benefits being a member of the club, and triathlons in general, have brought to your life? The Port Macquarie Triathlon Club prides itself on being a family friendly club. We emphasise the fun part of the sport and participation over competitiveness, although there are always plenty of rivals at every race to test yourself against. Apart from the health benefits, the club experience has reinforced in me the value of volunteering in amateur sport. Lindy and I recently completed the Level 1 triathlon technical official course, enabling us to officiate at the Ironman 70.3 race held here this year in October. The local support for Ironman and half Ironman races in Port Macquarie is the best I have seen anywhere I have raced throughout Australia. What triathlon events have you competed in to date? I have completed three half distance Ironman races (1.9 km swim, 90 km cycle, 21 km run), in Port Macquarie. The highlight of my triathlon life so far was the 2012 Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie (3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle, 42 km run). With a target time of 14 hours, I was ecstatic to cross the finish line in 12 hours 57 minutes. When Ironman first came to Port Macquarie, I looked at the competitors and thought to myself, “No way could I

ever do that”, and now my dream is completed. As well as local club races and the long distance, Lindy and I enjoy travelling to races around the country. The NSW Club Championship end of season race in Forster is a lot of fun. In April 2013 we will be travelling south with our mission to wrest back the title of best country club from Coffs Harbour. We travelled to Falls Creek in the Victorian highlands in February this year for the Australian long distance championships. Cycling across the Bogong High Plains was the most scenic triathlon course I have ever raced on, as well as being Australia’s highest triathlon at over 1,700 m above sea level. Your life sounds extremely busy. How do you manage to juggle being an Accountant and triathlon events, considering there must be a lot of preparation and training involved? This is a question I often ask myself! I would not be able to pursue my sporting goals without the loving support from my wonderful wife, Lindy. When you have a busy work and home life, maintaining the motivation to train can be very difficult. When gearing up for a long distance race, I need to complete up to 8 training sessions every week, with a total of around 14 hours a week. As well as the actual training, rest and recovery are important to keep you going. In addition to swim/cycle/run training, there is also a regimen of stretching and core strength exercises that triathletes should be doing. My work life requires some juggling to fit in all the training and rest. There is always so much ongoing education and training in my profession as well. You can’t take your eye off the ball, or you will lose touch with the endless changes we are faced with. What are some of your goals for the next 12 months? Next January we will be travelling to Auckland for Ironman 70.3 (I am competing; Lindy and the boys will be supporting). Further ahead, we plan on seeing more of the world as part of our ongoing triathlon experience. There is an Ironman race in Northern Europe I have pencilled in for July of 2014 as a 50th ‘birthday gift’ to myself! From a work point of view, I see lots of small business owners struggling with a sluggish economy. There is no easy solution to that, but at work we would like to see the local and national economy rebound. Thanks John. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 71

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Merle Williams is a much respected and well-loved teacher at The Adventist School in Port Macquarie. Merle has enjoyed a personally rewarding and fulfilling career and next year will enjoy the special experience of having taught two generations of the same family. Jade Langhorne was taught by Merle when she was in kindergarten, and next year, when Jade’s daughter Meisha Mabey starts kindergarten, she too will get to experience Merle’s wonderful teaching!


here and when did you study teaching? I completed my Diploma in Primary Teaching at Avondale College in 1975. In 1993, I completed my degree in Early Childhood from Edith Cowan University. What (or who) first inspired you to study teaching? As I grew up, most of my cousins had young children, and I discovered that I enjoyed being with and caring for the younger ones. I knew that whatever career I chose, it would be one that worked with children. By the time I had completed high school, I realised that I wanted to be a teacher. How has your career progressed – where was your first professional posting, and what schools have you taught in since? My first posting was at Mackay (Queensland). I then taught in Sydney (Auburn), Mullumbimby, Coffs Harbour, Toronto (Newcastle area) and Port Macquarie. When did you commence teaching at the Adventist School in Port Macquarie? I came to the Adventist School here in Port Macquarie in 1998. What have been some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in teaching since you started – whether it’s curriculum changes, advances in technology or teaching methodologies? Life is never static, and educators endeavour to keep abreast of change, which is demonstrated in curriculum updates and new methodologies. Sometimes we even see things go full circle; for example, we go from a strong phonics approach to look/say methodology, and then back to a

strong phonic approach. As you have probably e However, the greatest guessed, I love my job. I think The growth in thol first year of schost changes that I have seen have it is one of the most rewardeate ob is pr ably the grar, and probably been in technology. ing careers that anyone of any school ye of Commencing with blackcould choose. The ‘ah ha’ re I get the pleasu litating ci fa boards, chalk dust and spirit moments, when the penny d an creating for es iti un rt po duplicators, to interactive drops and the student grasps op the am so that to happen. I whiteboards and colour phoa previous unknown concept blessed!” tocopiers that can do so much is always rewarding. to make the teachers’ lives easier. Would I do anything differHow does it feel to know you’re ently? Hindsight is always helpful; about to teach the second genhowever, I think you try to make the best eration of the same family at the Adventist decisions based on the information you have at School as a kindergarten teacher? the time. I just wish that I had started my career It certainly reminds me that I’m not getting any with the knowledge and insight that I have now. younger, but I also see it as a wonderful compliExperience teaches you so much. ment that I am trusted with the next generation. Thinking ahead over the next decade, what I enjoy working with this age group so much. I are your thoughts on the future of Australian think I am privileged to see a child start school and education – is there anything you’d like to in that first year learn to read, write, work with see introduced or implemented differently? numbers and develop so many new social skills. A national curriculum will not only benefit The growth in the first year of school is probably children moving interstate, but should allow for the greatest of any school year, and I get the pleagreater funding for resources. I would like to see sure of creating and facilitating the opportunities more effort to reach and teach those 30% of for that to happen. I am so blessed! children that traditional schooling seems to fail to What are your overall thoughts about your reach. No child living in Australia should ever slip teaching career – has it mostly been rewardthrough the system and be illiterate at the end of ing, or challenging ... and would you do their schooling. anything differently if you had your time Thanks Merle. Interview by Jo Atkins. over again?

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A milestone in local surfing was met last month, with 100 years of surfing in the area showcased. Helen Cross-Glover has been researching the history of surfing for the past 2 years and along with the assistance of a team of supporters, was instrumental in organising the event. Chrissy Jones found out more about the night and who received the prestigious Surfer of the Century Award ...


here were the celebrations held, and what was on display? The event was hosted by the North Haven Boardriders and held at the North Haven Bowling Club. The surfing community, including longboarders, shortboarders, bodyboarders, surf skiers, sailboarders and SUP riders came together to celebrate 100 years of surfing in the local area. A vast array of surfing memorabilia and information about the past 100 years was on show and took locals on a journey through time, back to when the surfing stoke first came to our shores and a generation of young people fell in love with the ocean ... All the way from 1912, when the first surf craft was shaped by Harry McLaren, through to 2012, where local young guns like Matt Banting have been making their mark on the elite international surfing scene. Awards were given out at the event; who received those? The top award of Surfers of the Century was a tie between the legendary Hudson family of Peter, Wayne and Grant Hudson and 3 times World Champion bodyboard rider Damian King. There was a strict selection criteria for the award, which was voted by the local surfing fraternity. Peter Hudson was honoured to win the award and said he felt very humble to accept the award in front of so many talented surfers of the area. Grant paid tribute to his mum and dad, saying that if it wasn’t for all their love and support over the years, the family would have never achieved the life they are all currently living as a family. “Dad has done so much for surfing in this area; Wayne and I just followed in what was a family passion,” Grant said. Peter’s eldest son, Wayne, said the award came as a huge surprise. “It’s really unexpected,” he said. “Dad has done so much, not only for us, but for the whole surfing 74 greater port macquarie focus.

community.” The Hudson family have been surfing the local waters for many years. Tell us more ... Peter’s father, Arthur Hudson, surfed in the area in the 1930s and Peter still has his father’s first surfboard, which was built out of Canadian Cedar and shaped The top award with an adze. Peter and of Surfers of his sons, Wayne and a tie Ce the ntury was ndary Grant, established Port ge le e between th Macquarie Surf School Peter helped establish Hudson family of d in the 1990s, and the Peter, Wayne an d 3 Hastings Disabled Surfing family is well known in Grant Hudson an pion with Jeff and Melissa am ch ld times wor the local community as er Roughly and others in rid d ar bo Body being highly successful 2001. He started coaching Damian King. surfers in the competition surfing in 1981 – a time when arena. They all hold surf coaching wasn’t heard of. numerous Australian and State Wayne has achieved many Champion awards. honours, not only in the surfing side of Peter has been surfing for over 50 years and life, but also in the academic field. He has been started at the age of 9, when he found an old Australian Champion and NSW Champion on rickety board washed up on Town Beach. Peter’s many occasions. He is the current Mid North mother allowed him to surf with the older Coast Regional Director of Surfing NSW, a boys, who used to take him up and down the position he has held since 2006 and also has an coast, sometimes all the way to Coffs Harbour, Environmental Science Degree (Honours) along or they’d go to Crescent Head. Peter was small with a Dip Ed/ Secondary Teaching. Wayne was enough to sleep in the boot of the car and the previously the contest Director for NSW Titles older guys thought it was hilarious to lock him in and Australian Titles. Wayne also presents Level there, but he was always looked after well. 1 and Level 2 coaching courses for Surfing How does it feel to be labelled the Surfers NSW on a regular basis. He is an integral part of the Century? of Port Macquarie Surf School and writes all “I’ve enjoyed the whole 50+ years of programs for the surf school’s surf safety and surfing,”Peter said. “The whole journey has surf awareness courses. been fantastic and now to be recognised with Grant has also held Australian and NSW my two sons just tops it off. titles and was a vital cog in Port Macquarie “I have always believed you have to give Surf School and Surfing Australia until he was something back to the community, and our way appointed head lifeguard for Hastings Council of doing that is through Port Macquarie Surf in 2011. For 5 years he was appointed the School. This has given my family the opportunity Australian Coach for the Australian Junior to allow everyone to have the chance to surf team, which won 4 gold and 1 silver medal at and to learn about the ocean in a fun, safe the world title events. He also participated in environment.” Elite Camps for Surfing Australia, such as the Peter, Wayne and Grant have done a lot for MR Camps and training camps for Australian the surfing community over the years ...

Junior teams. He was Surfing NSW head coach for a number of years. Part of his expertise now as head lifeguard is conducting surf education programs to all primary schools in the area (over 3,000 local school children in the past 2 years) which not only targets surf awareness, but also beach education. Both Wayne and Grant travelled the world competing in the World Qualifying Series (WQS) in the late 1990s, before returning home and helping Peter in the family business. In their younger lives the family travelled extensively around Australia, competing in the Australian Junior Series. Earlier this year, Port Macquarie Surf School took out the prestigious 2012 Greater Port Macquarie Commonwealth Bank Business Awards for the Childcare, Education and Training Awards, so the Surfer of the Century Award capped off a great year for the family. Once the little grommet of the pack, a lot has changed for the 61 year old surfing legend and five times Australian title holder. Peter and his sons have become custodians of the new generation of local surfers; to many they are the epitome of the true surfing spirit, embodying all that is important to those who treasure the sport. Well done Peter, Grant and Wayne and congratulations on your award! And congratulations to Helen Cross-Glover for her research into the history of surfing in the area for the past 100 years.

Surfers Of the Century - 100 Years Of Surfing In the Area (1912-2012)

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By Brenda Fernandez of East Coast Laser and Cosmetic Clinic

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Lightstream Health Clinic are holding retreats at the tranquil Lightstream Sanctuary, where you can have a naturopathic health assessment throughout the New Year!


hat alternatives do you suggest for people who want to have a healthier lifestyle? People need insight into how having a healthy lifestyle can motivate them into having fulfilling lives and relationships. We are human beings, not human doings! How will the retreat leave a lasting effect on one’s health? It will identify weaknesses in participants’ physical, emotional and psychological health and give them the skills and information to remedy or help with their specific problems. Skills learnt will enable the participant to manage time better, while leading a healthy, fulfilling life. What environment can one expect at the retreat? The ambience at Lightstream Sanctuary is one of peace and tranquillity, with birds and wildlife as company. Located on the Little Nymboida River with a unique waterfall and swimming area that is not only pristine, but remote enough to feel as if one is far away from the troubles of the world ... Tranquil walks through the warm temperate rainforest, a calm lake to sit by and ponder, meditate around the circular herb garden, and a healing oxygen-charged atmosphere that will leave one feeling refreshed and ready to start anew. What range of activities are on the program? Participants are given an individual naturopathic health assessment and treatments, including therapeutic massage, tai chi/qi gong, meditation, communication skills, food as medicine workshops, emotional healing, herbal medicine, yoga and mud wraps by the river.

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By Glenise McLaughlin from The Natural Health Sanctum

ageing As I was preparing to write this article, I was thinking how fast the years seem to be f lying by for me and unless we adopt a healthy ageing lifestyle, the years are going to whiz past so fast, it might be too late by the ‘time we get around to doing something about being healthy’. healthy ageing lifestyle is the insurance we need to keep us healthy and vital for years to come. This requires optimal nutrition through a healthy diet and lifestyle supported by appropriate supplementation to form the foundation of good health, as well as being active and taking time out. So make sure over the Christmas period to stay active and enjoy fun and relaxation on most days to balance all the overeating and dare I say – drinking. Ageing can lead to a reduction in our physical and mental functioning and contribute to the onset of chronic disease.


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n Adopting a healthy If you would like to your health ca d ageing lifestyle can some more advice or be identified an addressed using help slow the pace of need some help to natural options c accelerated ageing, so implement a healthy ni ro before ch time that you live a long, ageing lifestyle, contact symptoms have to manifest. ” healthy and happy life. Glenise McLaughlin It can be easy at times to fall – Naturopath with over off the wellness wagon. Having 18 years’ experience at The a natural healthcare practitioner to Natural Health Sanctum on support you not only in time of sickness, Ph: (02)65 833 544. I would like to take this opportunity to thank but also with wellness, can help to keep all my clients and to let them know I really you ageing gracefully on both the inside appreciate their support and smiles and wish and outside. Subtle changes to your health everyone a great Christmas break.‘Remember: can be identified and addressed using it is not only about how long we live, but how natural options before chronic symptoms well we live’. have time to manifest.


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bloated? tired all the time? 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 17 years’ experience, specialises in the natural treatment of food intolerances.

Note For All Health Fund Members Important information for people who have optical cover with their Health Fund: In most cases, any unused annual health fund benefits will expire on December 31. This means that if you don’t use you annual entitlement for spectacles or contact lenses before that date, you will simply lose it. A new entitlement will begin on January 1, but the limit set for the current year will have been lost. This means you will receive nothing for the Health Fund premiums you have paid during the past year. Now, that does not sound like an effective use of your hard earned cash. You may think you don’t need any further optical assistance, but ask yourself this: • Do you have an adequate spare pair of spectacles if your current ones break or go missing over summer? • Do you have a pair of prescription sunglasses? • Do your everyday spectacles compromise your vision on the computer or when reading in bed? • Would you like to try contact lenses for summer activities? If you answered yes to any of these, you could use your annual entitlement towards addressing these problems. Better still, in many cases you will have little or even nothing to pay. Eyecare Plus has an electronic claiming terminal for most funds, so we can provide instant processing for convenient on-the-spot claims. If you would like to know more, please ask our staff; they will be happy to help you. Be sure to book an appointment before the final rush in late December to allow for your claims to be processed.

Massage @ Port Macquarie. He Ling Ying (Dip. Rem. Massage) – fondly known as ‘Ling’ – is a highly regarded and very professional remedial masseur and the popular proprietor of Massage at Port Macquarie, a busy practice in the Lighthouse Beach/Shelly Beach area. Ling’s commitment is to provide a superior, caring and genuinely effective massage experience. Her many clients are a testimony to her success and some of their comments may be found on Ling’s website, www.massageatportmacquarie. Massage at Port Macquarie operates from a purpose-built, air conditioned and serene home clinic, where parking is only metres from the door and where clients need have no concerns of parking fines or traffic congestion; they can arrive relaxed, to enjoy their treatments without a care in the world. Naturally, as Ling is fully accredited, most health fund rebates are readily available and HICAPS provides an instant rebate service. Medical research has evidenced that professional remedial massage therapies provide highly beneficial treatments for a variety of conditions, by substantially improving circulation and by introducing fresh oxygen to ailing tissues. A highly experienced (and surprisingly strong) therapist, Ling operated her own clinic in China prior to settling in Australia. Fully qualified to Australian standards and a member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, it is impossible to meet Ling and to not be impressed. Sincere, warm and caring, she looks after her patients – male, female, young and not-soyoung – with compassion, respect, understanding, and always with traditional Chinese courtesy and values.

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Our IVF miracle - Emma & Adam

We were travelling in the ruggedly beautiful Kimberley region in Western Australia when we made the decision. After years of putting it off, of sitting on the fence and peering nervously over the other side, we were finally ready. It was time to start a family.


t was 2007 and my husband Adam and I were already in our early thirties, but we hadn’t felt ready to have children earlier. We wanted more time together as a couple, more time to travel, more time footloose and fancy free. We also carried the naïve belief that once we decided it was time to have children, I would simply fall pregnant within a short space of time. As it turns out, I did fall pregnant relatively quickly, within a few months. I was initially elated and started imagining creative ways I could surprise Adam with the news. My excitement was, however, tainted with mild alarm, as I experienced some early heavy bleeding. I went to the doctor for a blood test, and that day started experiencing more spotting and cramping on one side. ed ar The doctor confirmed sc Feeling as w I b, m I was pregnant, but nu and e th l ita sp ho to feared it might be in rushed gency er em r fo y ectopic. da xt ne etrician I was sent for surgery. My obst said my tube had an immediate been very close toI was ultrasound, which bursting and thattopic confi rmed the doctor very lucky, as ec be life was right. I did have pregnancies can an ectopic pregnancy, threatening.” and the embryo had implanted in my right fallopian tube. Feeling scared and numb, I was rushed into hospital the next day for emergency surgery. My obstetrician said my tube had been very close to bursting and that I was very lucky, as ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening. I lost the pregnancy and my right


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tube and was told my left tube was also in very bad shape, with a lot of scar tissue. It meant our best chance of having a baby would be IVF. I felt my previously ordered world shatter to pieces. My dreams of starting a family in a loving, natural way fell apart. I grieved the loss of my baby and the loss of my ability to conceive a child naturally. A few months later, we started our IVF journey with Genea in Newcastle. Our Port Macquarie nurse, Louise Harper, was lovely and carefully explained the procedures to us, and I began my first stimulated cycle. It felt good to be actively doing something towards having a baby, yet each stage was nerve-wracking. After a couple of weeks of sniffing and injecting medication, I had a good range of mature follicles and felt a bit like a bloated egg factory. The Genea staff were helpful and professional at my egg collection, and it was then an anxious wait to see how many of our precious eggs would fertilise and how many embryos would make it to the day 5 blastocyst stage to be suitable to transfer. We ended up with 10 eggs, five fertilised embryos and finally, two healthy blastocysts. One was transferred and one frozen, and we waited nervously for our pregnancy test a couple of weeks later. Sadly, the cycle was not successful. We were very disappointed, but also grateful we had one frozen blastocyst left, which we nicknamed ‘frostie’. A couple of months later, we had ‘frostie’ transferred, and this time after the ‘two week wait’ we received the exciting news that I was pregnant! Adam and I were thrilled. We were cautious, but after a harrowing year, felt like our turn had come. Things, however, didn’t progress smoothly. We saw a heartbeat at our 8 week scan, but my HCG

levels were not rising as quickly as they should have been. We tried to remain positive, but our next scan at 10 weeks revealed our embryo had stopped growing a week earlier. I sank into a dark place of sadness, disappointment and anger. How could life be so unfair, when all around me people were popping out babies without even thinking about it? The desire for a baby started to consume my thoughts. Over the following weeks, my grief and anger consumed me. I lost my sense of identity. I felt defined by trying to have a baby and my pregnancy losses and floated in a painful limbo. Dinner party conversations became an effort. My main focus was of little interest to others, who simply couldn’t understand our situation. Shopping centres were full of pregnant women and tiny babies. I stared enviously at both. I was depressed and drifted through the days and weeks, trying to find any small moments of happiness. My Genea Infertility specialist, Dr Myvanwy McIlveen, in Newcastle, ordered a range of blood tests and the results eventually revealed some abnormalities, including raised anti-bodies, indicating an auto-immune problem which could be causing my pregnancy losses. Dr McIlveen recommended that at the time of my next embryo transfer, I commence daily Clexane injections to try and treat the auto-immune issue. It gave us some hope that the next time might be successful. Not long after, I lost a lot of weight and became quite ill. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, a thyroid disorder which can also cause fertility problems. It was another hurdle to overcome, and our attempts at having a baby had to go on hold. We found ourselves hanging in limbo, but tried to use the time to regroup and

Our IVF miracle - Emma & Adam focus on other things. After nearly 12 months, we were given the medical green light to start trying for a baby again and decided to resume IVF. The next cycle we ended up with two blastocycts – one to transfer and one to freeze. This time round, I took time off work during the ‘two week wait’ until the pregnancy test. The blood test confirmed a positive result! It was December 2010 and the most perfect Christmas present in the He is now a world. spirited and r Throughout the first delightful toddle t gh ou br trimester, Adam and I took and has y into things week by week and immeasurable jove lo our lives and a held our breath, very scared beyond words. ” of losing this baby as well. Each positive scan gave us reassurance, but it wasn’t until him, so after a long, painful day I had we passed the week at which I had an emergency caesarean and our beautiful lost the other babies that we exhaled, just Aidan James arrived late on August 1, 2011. We a little, and I started to really enjoy the pregnancy. cradled our tiny 2.18 kilogram baby boy in our arms, People told me I really was ‘glowing’, and it was the our hearts full of overwhelming love and wonder. happiest I had felt in a long time. Aidan needed to stay in the Special Care Nursery At around 35 weeks, we were told our baby’s for nearly two weeks, but once he could breastfeed, growth had slowed and it was time for him to come he quickly grew stronger. It was wonderful to finally into the world. We were scared and excited and bring him home into the nursery that had been ready prayed he would be healthy. Our baby wasn’t very for a baby for so long and marked the start of an strong and my contractions proved too stressful for amazing new chapter in our lives.

Aidan is perfect to us and our IVF miracle. He is now a spirited and delightful toddler and has brought immeasurable joy into our lives and a love beyond words. We haven’t forgotten our painful journey, and sometimes the emotions from that time bubble to the surface and bring tears to my eyes. Yet we can now view it as a stage in our lives – one which taught us to never take our child for granted and enabled us to have greater empathy and compassion for others who have fertility struggles. And of course, our Aidan is worth it all.

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What is a Prosthodontist?

Photo by Jackson Rafferty Photography


A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist who provide this restorative treatment at an is skilled in the replacement of missing advanced level. teeth (and associated tissues) and the If you have missing teeth, we specialise in restoration of natural teeth. To methods to replace them with fixed become a board-registered solutions that function and can feel specialist Prosthodontist, just like real teeth. We have a a qualified dentist must There is often fully equipped dental laboratory a need to undertake at least an in our clinic, which allows ed ag rehabilitate dameth additional three years closer communication with te ed and diseas full-time training in a to our dental technicians – and le ab un e ar that ith university Masters degree you can be assured it’s Aussie be maintained w re.” programme. made! routine dental ca

Experience the very best in dental care The only dental board registered specialist prosthodontists in the region, Davis Dental are proud of their new rooms in Clarence Street, and of the high quality level of expertise and care they offer customers. hat have been some of the Davis Dental achievements since opening in Port Macquarie? We have the only specialist prosthodontic practice in Port Macquarie. We are proud of our new rooms in Clarence St, with more room and our expanding range of high tech devices.


Describe your full range of services. We provide a full range of prosthodontic services, which includes crowns, bridges, resin and porcelain bonding. We place and restore dental implants. We treat jaw joint disorders, as well as sleep problems including snoring and sleep apnoea. We are also involved in the management of dental problems associated with serious medical conditions and congenital defects. How has the practice evolved in terms of technology used? Computers and imaging now play an essential role in what we do. Our 3D X-ray machine has dramatically changed the speed and precision of implant planning in particular. We have been increasingly using Digital Smile design computer software planning tool. This planning tool allows patients to visualise their new smile on a computer screen, even before starting with the treatment. Scanning with our iTero 3D camera has removed the need for impressions for most of what we do. Model scanning and CAD/CAM manufacturing has allowed us to use more biocompatible materials (like titanium and zirconia) in what we make. What makes Davis Dental unique?

We are the only dental board registered specialist prosthodontists in the region. That means we both have masters degrees in restorative dentistry. This additional training, combined with a range of advanced equipment, allows us to focus on providing complex restorative dentistry.

There is often a need to rehabilitate damaged and diseased teeth that are unable to be maintained with routine dental care. This type of complex and demanding treatment can be done by the use of crowns, fixed bridges, veneers, titanium implants and occasionally, precision partial dentures. Prosthodontists are specifically trained to

Providing such complex treatments also requires the latest equipment. At Davis Dental, we utilise the latest in dentistry, enabling us to provide the best possible dental treatment. Please feel free to contact one of our friendly experienced staff on (02) 6584 7272 to know more about the range of specialist procedures offered at Davis Dental.

After nearly 30 years as a dentist and 20 years as a specialist, I can say that the technology and procedures available now allow for a more comfortable, predictable process towards creating your new smile. How do you ensure a high level of customer service, and what benefits does Davis Dental offer clients? We place a lot of emphasis on training the whole team, so every aspect of what we do will provide the best customer service. Our new rooms in Clarence Street overlooking the river provide a unique view from every room, and the architect designed layout offers a clean, fresh feel. Our recently rewritten website is designed to be informative and fun with a fresh, clean look to complement the practice design. I’ll be writing a monthly blog on topics of interest & responding to issues raised by your questions. What are you looking forward to for 2013? In recent years, I have been travelling around Australia lecturing to dentists about integrating advanced technology into their practices. The hot topic for me at the moment is integrating and linking the various planning & manufacturing processes to improve precision and simplify treatment. The ultimate goal is faster, predictable and cheaper treatment. After all, isn't that what we all want? greater port macquarie focus 81

For a brighter future. Selecting the right Early Education Centre can be a very daunting experience for parents, especially your first time around. So ... what do you look for? Early Education Centres are working under the same set of guidelines and regulations across Australia. However, centres can look and feel very different. It is about individual philosophies, concurring ideologies of staff and management and the professional attitudes exhibited. When you walk into a centre, you will immediately have a sense of it.

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• Does it feel warm and welcoming? • Do staff smile and greet you? • Are you invited to ask questions? • Do staff offer information, a tour of the centre, introduce you to the staff who may be your child’s future educators? • Are you informed of Educational Programmes and routine Centre Practices? At Lighthouse Child Care Centre, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Ring 6585 5585 to make a time to ‘check us out’. We’d like to be your best option for Child Care in 2013.

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Dr. Bobby Kumar Cosmetic Surgeon What’s New in Breast Augmentation … The Keller Funnell – using this device allows Dr. Bobby Kumar a ‘no touch technique’. No direct handling of the breast implant as it’s inserted into the breast pocket has several benefits, including: • a reduced risk of infection; • the ability to use a smaller incision, and • a reduced risk of implant damage (such as rupture or fracturing). New Breast Implant Silicone: • Improved cohesiveness (in rare case of rupture, silicone stays intact – similar to ‘gummy bear’ texture); • No ‘fracturing’ (potential of gel to crumble); • Already preferred for their resemblance to normal breast tissue, continued improvements further increase natural feel. More information on breast augmentation is available on our blogs at Dr. Bobby Kumar, a Surgical Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, has specialised in cosmetic surgery for almost ten years, gaining comprehensive experience in breast, abdominal and facial surgery. Dr. Bobby Kumar also brings his extensive expertise and experience in facial surgery to achieving natural and effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation with anti wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers, providing consultations and treatments personally. Consultations by appointment – contact Wendy on 1300 676 003 or 0430 491 009 or email via our website at

Salon For Sale Salon for Sale: due to owner relocation, the salon is being offered for sale. Walk in; Walk out. On offer is a modern fit out, complete with 7 stations featuring hydraulic chairs and large mirrors • Massage chairs at the 2 basins • Spray tan equipment, stock and retail • Ear and nose piercing equipment, stock and retail • Large range of colours and developers • Large range of retail products in stock • Individual shelving and display units. • LCD TV • Sofa and shelving in waiting area • Salon Desk • Full kitchen • Staff Lockers • Custom shelving and storage • Large safe for money and valuables. Other features include • Solar hot water service to save power costs • New eco reverse cycle air conditioner • Private toilet • Reserved car parking at rear of store • Plenty of on street parking for customers. Located on a busy street next door to a main supermarket, near banks, post office and other specialty stores. Salon will be sold complete with all equipment, including hairdryers, wall dryer, perming equipment, ghd irons, brushes, clips, capes, trolleys etc. Everything you need is here; all you’ll need is your scissors and talent. For more details, please head to our Facebook page or email

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Local mother of two April Styles creates unique pieces of jewellery and accessories. ell us about your brand, Madd Lola – where did it all begin? I have always been creative. I am a girl who looks at things and wonders, “How can I make that?” A few years ago I fell in love with a gorgeous fabric rosette necklace online – only to have my heart broken, when I found out it cost $200. I immediately Googled ‘how to make ...’ and created a replica of the necklace for about $20. I have high fashion tastes, with a DIY budget! Whenever I wore it, women asked me where I bought it, and when I told them that I made it myself, they asked me to make them one as well. Opportunity was knocking! In February 2011, I decided to open a little shop online selling my creations. I named it Madd Lola after my two children, Maddox and Lola. I am currently a stay at home mother, and my decision to open my own business came from wanting to help with my family's cost of living and providing a little bit of extra cash for us to have some fun with! I have been so lucky to have had such an encouraging support system within my family and friends. My husband, Dwayne, also a creative type, lets me bounce ideas off of him, and he is always the first to tell me how proud he is of me – and the first to remind me how proud I should be of myself. It's a great feeling to feel like you are making a positive impact on your family – making our lives a little better, a little easier and a lot more fun! I started off by designing my first collection. My original collection showcased 12 items. My 86 greater port macquarie focus.

most recent collections now have 30 or more items available. One way I market my designs is with a photo shoot. This is one of my favourite parts of the whole creative process! I hired a local photography duo, Hayley and Karen from Stained in Ink Photography, and my sister in law, Kate Styles, does magic with makeup. I am pretty much creating my dream job, where I can be my own boss, have limitless creative licence and then get to be a fashion model! I've also enlisted family and friends to model my designs, and I love that my 2 year old daughter has developed her own pose! It's so lovely that she and I can enjoy doing things like this together. Once the photos are ready to be published online, I always look at them with the point of view of, “Would I stop to look at this?” or “Would I buy this?” If the answer isn't “YES!”, then it doesn't make the cut. My designs may not be for everyone, but I have a good eye for what is current and on trend, as well as what is flattering and classic. I research local trends, as well as what's going on around the country and the rest of the world, then I try to fuse these ideas and trends into my own original designs. It's a combination that seems to be working for me, as it continues to attract fans of my brand. At what point did it become more of a job than a hobby? My little hobby turned business started getting serious once orders started rolling in almost daily – and from all around the world. Madd Lola has had customers from all around Australia, North

America, Mexico, the UK, and just recently I had my business comes from custom orders. I also sell my first order from India. Madd Lola is all about Madd Lola at Piper and Rush on William Street handmade. I source 90% of my materials locally in Port Macquarie, which is fantastic for my local (Spotlight and Op Shops) and 10% I source online customers. from sites like Etsy and eBay. My business tag line What are you working on now? is: 'One of a kind accessories for one of a kind I am currently set to release my final collecwomen and girls”. I personally design and hand tion of 2012, called Wanderlust. The designs are make each piece, and the time they take varies inspired by my love for world travel and all the from half an hour to several weeks, depending on beautiful places on this earth. Colourful pieces the design details. take you away to Carnival in Rio. Ornate jewelled Do you work in collections or just designs from the likes of a Paris runway ... I am pieces? inspired by dream escapes. I like to design collecHow can people see your work? tions based on something This collection, as well as other ly “ I personal nd ha or someone that I am Madd Lola designs, can be found d an design e, inspired by. I love fashion locally at Piper and Rush on Wilmake each piecey and the time thm half and peruse magazines, liam Street in Port Macquarie. take varies fro ral blogs and websites In 2013 I inspire to add a an hour to seveing nd for inspiration daily. So Madd Lola decor and entertainpe de , weeks far my collections have ing aspect to my brand – handon the design details. ” included themes of Marie made items that will add a unique Antionette, Marilyn Monroe, and gorgeous touch to your home New York City and most recently, and celebrations. I am looking forward a Lemonade Stand. I have also deto 2013 being a breakthrough year for Madd signed a few wedding collections, one of which Lola, and I would like to thank everyone for the was recently featured on The Social Butterfly Event amazing local support. Management Co.'s website and blog. Thanks April. Do you commission custom work? Most of my designs are one of a kind, but the plug! I also make items in limited stock or made to order. I specialise in statement necklaces, hair Readers can also contact Madd Lola on accessories and shoe clips. I also make earrings, FaceBook bracelets, fascinators and even wedding bouquets. and on etsy: Outside of selling my collection pieces, most of

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four extra doctors Patients will benefit from four additional doctors at the new Port Macquarie Medical & Dental Centre, including a new female GP. he medical centre at the corner of Hastings River Drive and Park Street is already making it easier and more convenient for patients to meet all their health needs in the one place, with pathology, radiology services and a specialist skincare clinic. In addition, a new dental clinic will open on-site on 10 December.


Medical centre GP Dr Paul Jones said patients were taking advantage of the extended opening hours (7am – 10pm weekdays and 8am – 10pm weekends), and no appointment system, with indications the new clinic is beginning to take some pressure off the local Base Hospital. “We have heard we’ve had an impact on the number of people attending the Emergency Department with minor, treatable problems like small cuts and fractures, as well as cold and flu symptoms,” Dr Jones said. “In addition, our patients particularly appreciate being able to have their X-ray or scan done in the Medical Centre and discuss

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the results with their GP straight away,” he said. Medical Centre practice manager Pauline Probert said patients were finding the new centre easily accessible, convenient and comfortable. “There are no appointments necessary, but patients can still elect to see the doctor of their choice. We’ve found our shortest waiting times are particularly in the afternoons and early evenings,” Ms Probert said. “The additional doctors are a big boost for the local community and will also assist us to care for visitors as well as our regular patients during the upcoming busy holiday period.” THE CENTRE OFFERS • Longer opening hours: 7am - 10pm weekdays and 8am - 10pm weekends, 365 days of the year. • Bulk billing and no appointment necessary. • A one stop healthcare shop – with GPs, skincare clinic, pathology, radiology and a recently opened dental clinic.

• Treatment and procedural area available for treating minor emergencies such as broken bones and fractures, cuts needing sutures, acute illness and minor skin operations. • 78 space undercover car park, including 3 disabled parking spots. GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED BEFORE SUMMER With summer fast approaching, now is a good time for a skin cancer check.

other spots.

All doctors at the Port Macquarie Medical and Dental Centre can do routine checks and will refer you to the specialist on-site Molescan Clinic to assess any moles or spots of concern.

Molescan Clinic Manager Kelly Fife says the onset of summer should be a reminder to people of the importance of protecting their skin from the sun and getting regular checks.

Molescan Clinic has special equipment to diagnose skin cancers and monitor the colour, shape and general appearance of moles and

“In Australia’s climate and harsh sun, we should be getting our skin checked at least once a year,” she said.

Celebrating Our First Birthday! ial! $99 XMAS Spec


ou are celebrating your first birthday with Lovely Locks. What have been some of the salon’s achievements since opening late last year? Both Khym and I have brought new product ranges into the salon which we are very excited about, including Pelactiv skincare, spray tanning and soon to introduce the Pelactiv ‘bright’ teeth whitening product. We have also introduced the popular Redken hair care and styling products, and Lovely Locks is soon to be a Redken colour stockist. We have been involved with many events throughout the year, including the Manning Flair Awards, in which we directed the show and were part of the styling team. We also entered the Hair Expo Awards and entered the local competition here in Port Macquarie. Lovely Locks exhibited at the Bridal Expo at Panthers,

we decided to open Lovely Locks, we both had a sage • 1 hr facial or mas very clear view of what • Mini manicure we wanted and how ing on iti nd co re e we wanted the salon ux • Del t en to operate. For us, tm trea doing hair ge sa as m p it had to be about al demonstrations • 10 min sc sh ni fi + exceptional service y dr for brides on the • Style cut, blow e bl every time and offering la ai av day. Weddings • Only 25 packages the little things. It’s not are something that just about getting your both Khym and I really hair done or having a beauty enjoy doing, and we have service; we wanted to make it an really been a massive part of intimate experience where our clients the wedding scene, doing location really get pampered – a relaxed environment hair and makeup for bridal parties every that is not fast paced. We don’t rush through weekend throughout autumn and spring. clients, but invite people to join us for a few The Lovely Locks salon has also had a makeover hours and leave feeling uplifted. this year, with a full renovation and restyle to You can have your hair and beauty services take on more of the French theme we wanted. done all at the same place, which has been This year has been all about building the a huge drawcard for us, doing everything business and making Lovely Locks a full service from hair, nails, facials, spray tanning and hair salon with an inviting and friendly atmosphere. extensions; clients just love it. What do you enjoy most about having What are you looking forward to for 2013? your own salon and creative space? When

The Redken colour range will be massive and will be in by the end of this year, and the Pelactiv teeth whitening will be a great drawcard for our customers. Another exciting new product that is exclusive to Lovely Locks in Port Macquarie is the revolutionary Cloud 9 styler from the creators of ghd. We are proud to be the only local salon with this cutting edge technology available for our clients, with the straightener, wand and ‘o’ stylers in salon. We have also talked about running a hair and beauty tips class – a girls’ night out where you can gain tips on how to do your hair and makeup. We are so happy with how much the salon has grown in the first year, and it is great to hear our clients thank us with sincerity and tell us they had a great time here at Lovely Locks. Lucy, Khym and the team at Lovely Locks would like to thank their loyal clients for their support in their first year in business, and thank you to the team at Lovely Locks for all your hard work. We look forward to seeing you in 2013.

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D ance Dance Dance

Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts is the Hastings' home of Dance, focusing on the individual needs of its students. The passionate staff at WPMPA are building confident, focused, happy young members of the community through the arts.

ith classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap and Contemporary, WPMPA are celebrating the end of their second successful year.


This year their students competed with great success at local eisteddfods, winning scholarship and championship prizes at Taree, Kempsey and Port Macquarie. Their students starred in two Showcase performances at The Glasshouse, including their November production of Aurora's Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty. The students enriched their weekly arts experiences with excursions to watch musicals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, Legally Blonde and Annie, and dance performances such as The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and

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Bangarra Dance Theatre. Students prepared for their examinations by attending National Danceweek in Sydney, and senior students' high examination results were rewarded shortly after with classes at the Australian Dance Festival. During the year, WPMPA students were given the opportunity to take class with dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Melbourne Ballet company, along with many dancers who are known for their work on So you think you can Dance, but are currently working in the industry or on Channel Seven's X-Factor. In May, two of WPMPA’s senior students, Sam Packer and Phillipa Mills, were selected to

represent Australia at the International Ballet Workshop in Montgomery, USA. Phillipa Mills took on a huge challenge in September at the arrangement of Principal Stacey Morgan, to Aimed at dance with the Sydney Dance students 8 years Company on a secondment. e Summer

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is 2013 looks to be an exciting Dance Intensivedance all local to en op year already, with the ter students no matey a great opportunity for students th school's Summer Dance ol ho sc which from all around the area to Intensive kicking off the train at” come together and share their year on January 19 - 23. The love of dance. A great Christmas hottest dancers in Australia present for the dancer in your family! will be in Port Macquarie to teach, For more information, see including ex-Australian ballet dancer, star of In July, WPMPA students and teachers fly to the London's West End and Broadway and current USA, as the students have been invited to dance judge on Dancing with the Stars, Josh Horner. in the Disney Parade in California and will be Joining him is WPMPA Senior classical coach taking class at The Edge Performing Arts, the and ex-dancer with the English National Ballet, biggest commercial dance studio in the world. Scottish Ballet, London City Ballet and the Royal Opera Ballet, Spencer Parker. Star of SYTYCD, Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts Wicked and Hairspray, Heath Keating will be welcomes all dancers, no matter what their teaching Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop, age or ability, to their family friendly studios in along with Founder of Blink Dance Company and Wauchope, Bonny Hills and Port Macquarie in choreographer, Ebony Wakefield. 2013. For a full list of classes and times for 2013 Aimed at students 8 years and up, the Summer Dance Intensive is open to all local dance students, no matter which school they train at –

,see their website now Enrol online before December 31 for a discount on your yearly registration.


Fisher Jesse Fisher is a young local lad with a passion for football – especially his favourite team, the Paramatta Eels and with his amazing determination and strength of character, he could just possibly be a future Paralympian! Jesse and his mum, Belinda, share their story so far …


i Jesse. How old are you, and where do you go to school? Jesse: I’m 6. I’m in Kindy at St Peter’s Primary. Belinda, please tell us a bit about Jesse’s medical history – what led to him having an operation on his leg earlier this year? Belinda: Jesse would say he has a broken leg and a bone disease. He has NF 1 – Neurofibromatosis type 1. Also, he had a pseudoarthrosis of the left leg. He had a large Neurofibroma (tumour) which ate away his bones in his left foot. We were told that Jesse would eventually end up with a leg with a lump of meat at the end of it that would have a high chance of becoming malignant. We were told that they had to amputate his lower left leg; this would give him a much better quality of life. Jesse, we know you’re a massive Parramatta Eels fan. Who’s your favourite player, and why do you like him so much? Jesse: Nathan Hindmarsh. He is a good player, and he came and saw me in hospital and bought me some Bey Blades. What’s your favourite footy memory? Jesse: When I went into the dressing shed at Newcastle and saw all the Parramatta players. What are some of the other things you like to do for fun outside school? Jesse: Playing 44 home, touch footy, tips, footy and the Xbox. Belinda, Jesse’s obviously a very brave,

happy-go-lucky chap. What are some of the things you’ve seen him do that make you particularly proud? Belinda: Five months after Jesse’s surgery, he had a sports carnival for school. Kindy do a running race of 70 m. Jesse had only had his new prosthetic for about 3 months; his stump had changed quite a bit, so his prosthetic He started the leg wasn’t the race and began best fit. He was out running, and ab , his super keen to ce 20 m into his ra ll off. race. He started the race and prosthetic leg fe er; he began running, He did not fall ovping what you have. He and about 20 m just kept on hop .” m 50 t ex n e will tell you that this into his race, his th new metal leg is much prosthetic leg fell off. better than his other leg. He did not fall over; he We were told that Jesse could just kept on hopping the not do contact sport. He just loves next 50 m. to play footy and is keen to sign up to the Everyone clapped and cheered, and he had his arms in the air enjoying the applause Breakers Footy Club next year. He is tough, and nothing holds him back. He has never as he crossed the finish line. There were a complained about his leg once. lot of watery eyes, and everyone was just What’s Jesse’s medical prognosis now – amazed at his strength and willpower to is he in the all clear for the future? complete the race. Belinda: We won’t know about stump I was the proudest mum on that day! I overgrowth until about 12 months after had parents commenting that we should surgery (April 13). If his tibia bone still save our money, as he would be off to the grows, it will grow through his skin. He Paralympics in no time. will need surgery every year until he stops What are some of the qualities you feel growing to shave back the tibia, so the bone Jesse’s displayed that we could all learn doesn’t grow through the stump. and benefit from? Also, he has an Optic Nerve Glioma Belinda: Never give up, you can do anything you want to do, and be happy with (tumour) of his left eye; this has just been

discovered only 3 months ago. This is something that we just need to monitor and hope doesn’t become active. If it becomes active, it could lead to brain surgery, chemo and blindness. Neurofibromatosis is a disease where you get lots of tumours. They become more active during puberty. At the moment, we are just enjoying watching him run around and be a little boy. Jesse, what do you hope Santa will bring you for Christmas this year? Jesse: Sky Landers for my Xbox and a remote control car. How do you think the Eels will go in the new season – Grand Final champs for sure? Jesse: Probably fourth.s Thanks Jesse and Belinda – you’re both troupers. All the best for the future! Interview by Jo Atkins.

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focustourism. Port Macquarie Tourism Association

T o u r is m The countdown to Christmas in Port Macquarie has started, with a Santa Fun Run, a Santa Parade, Entertainment on the Town Green, the lighting of the 13 metre Christmas Tree, the Christmas Banners and the uplighting of the Palm Trees in Horton Street.

The NSW Tourism Awards have just been held, and Greater Port Macquarie came away with some great results. Nine local businesses won gold, silver or bronze awards. The businesses or events which received recognition were: Festival of the Sun, Glasshouse, Greater Port Macquarie Visitors Service, Rydges,

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through Birpai Country, engaging people with the region’s rich local Aboriginal culture and showcasing the area’s National Parks through audio-visual, interactive media and visual art displays.

Located at Bago Vineyards, the design of the Maze takes inspiration from the surrounding vineyard, bushland and the influences of earth, air and water, represented in two interlaced spirals.

Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park have a new addition, Shrek the 5 metre crocodile – worth a visit to see this.

The region’s newest micro-brewery, Black Duck Brewery, has opened with tastings and sales from the new cellar door.

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fantastic family night was enjoyed by all who took part. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to making this night so successful. The local organising committee are looking forward to growing this year’s event in 2013.

Bago Maze is a magical escape where children and adults alike can get lost in 2,000 metres of pathways covering 10,000 square metres, with lookout towers, bridges, boardwalks and musical instruments along the way.

If you are into extreme sports, you can see the region from above with High Adventures Paragliding or take a scenic flight with Hastings Valley Helicopters and feel the need for speed with Port Macquarie GoKarts. For the avid fisher, Castaway Fishing Charters and Deep End Fishing Charters will give you a trip to truly remember.

Legendary Pacific Coast, The Observatory (2), Diamond Waters Treehouse Resort, Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel, and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

If you are looking for somewhere for your visitors to stay, then located just 200 metres from Port Macquarie’s most popular beach is Port Macquarie’s newest accommodation, The Waves.

The Observatory’s result was outstanding, as they won 2 golds – Deluxe Accommodation and Sustainable Tourism – a fantastic effort. The inaugural gold award for Local Government areas was awarded to Port Macquarie- astings Council. It is fantastic to see new tourism businesses opening their doors in our area.

Abundance Café at Vanderley Nursery in Rawdon Island has opened its doors. With freshly baked cakes, high-tea and gourmet goodies on the menu, this is the perfect venue for a long, lazy lunch, set by a cool dam and surrounded by native bush, plants and pots for sale in the nursery.

Holiday makers can get now lost in a labyrinth at Bago Maze! The largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere opens on 2 December.

Spirit of the Land exhibition at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is also now open. This new multi-media exhibition takes viewers on a journey

December Events We welcome the Touch State Cup back on the 7/8/9 December. Over 4,000 players and their families will visit. Over the years, this event has grown, and many families include it in their annual holidays. Festival of the Sun is Port Macquarie’s flagship live music event, bringing in the summer with some great live Aussie bands, tasty markets and three days of camping in the sun next to beach ... all happening on the 14/15 December. The Tourism Association recently conducted their Annual Board elections. Chris Denny (Observatory), David Capper (Rydges), Kathy Balodis (Macquarie Waters), Adam Button (Oxley Insurance Brokers), Mark Stone (Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park), Mark Ennor (Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding), Ann Hywood (The Waves), David Wells (Mid North Coast Brochure Distribution) and Janette Hyde were successful. Jeanette McCoubrie and Lisa McPherson were appointed as representatives from Camden Haven and Wauchope areas. Janette Hyde was re-elected President for the ensuing year. Congratulations to all. Lastly, we wish everybody a very happy Christmas and a Healthy 2013.


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sion Beach. Perfect. An exotic Tropical North Queensland holiday at a spot that offers everything you desire in the Great Barrier Reef’s friendliest, most welcoming location. Mission Beach has the lot. Sun-kissed white sand beaches stretching along a magnificent 14km. Calming ocean vistas. Picture-book waves tumbling gently to shore, inviting a paddle and some beachcombing. Level flat sands that insist you take a bicycle and pedal along the scenic coastline or play ball games from dawn to dusk. Superb fishing for everyone from the sportsman to toddlers learning to cast their first line. A lush green environment splashed with scarlet and purple bougainvillea and fragrant frangipani. Barbecues in the open air with heaps of room for play. A safe holiday destination untouched by developer scourge, with roads and walkways demanding you stroll along, enjoying the laidback atmosphere, discovering rock pools teeming with marine life, stopping for a snack or a cool drink, browsing small stores for a sarong, swim goggles, a new lure or a souvenir for folks at home. No concrete high-rise, no honking traffic or parking snarls, no rip-off restaurants, greasy burger joints, noise or crowds. An atmosphere that makes you want to open your arms wide and gulp in the glorious fresh salty air, dance and frolic in the warm evenings as the sun sinks and the barbecue tongs come out. We flew Port-Brisbane-Cairns in a jiffy with Virgin, collected a nifty hire car at the airport and in the blink of an eye were r-e-l-a-x-e-d at our destination. Our lightweight luggage of cossies, sandals and casual wear was unpacked in a moment. A bonus that had us enjoying the tropics instantly was the amazing journey en route to Mission Beach, 90 minutes south of Cairns - through the most beautiful drive anywhere in Australia via lush World Heritage rainforest country, patchwork green plantations stretching way to the horizon to the foot of Queensland’s tallest mountain, Mt Bartle Frere. An imposing, awesome sight, the landmark is so tall its peak is often circled by a coronet of wispy cloud: not surprising that at the top enjoys a nourishing rainfall of 8000mm, or more than 300in, a year! Mission Beach though enjoys the perfect tropical climate. It’s at the centre of the Casso-

wary Coast, named for its remarkable emu-like native birds. Strikingly situated at the edge of the Coral Sea, it looks across to Dunk and Bedarra islands, close to shore, and Hinchinbrook, a national park, a little further in the distance. Best of all, it endures as a rare hideaway in Oz today: a simple seaside village set on picturesque beaches that’s grown just enough to include modern amenities and sophisticated food and accommodation choices, without spoiling the rustic charm most of us look for in a break far away from the everyday. Accommodation ranges from the luxury of a low-rise resort right on the main beach, motels, and upmarket or simple beachfront homes and rental units, to B&Bs, rainforest retreats, idyllic foreshore cabins and other budget options. There’s no easier or surer way of securing what’s ideal for your needs and pocket than contacting Mission Beach Tourist Information Centre, right in the centre ( tel 07 4068 7099). Both staff and enthusiastic volunteers are experts at suggesting unbiased choices and the timber cottage is a must-visit for generous information on holiday activities. The list includes snorkelling, kayaking, diving, fishing, hire-a-tinnie, sailing, tropical fruit safaris, tandem skydiving, bird watching, golf and white-water rafting. Mission Beach is well placed to strike out for all the region’s traditional tours and day trips - via cat to the reef itself; meandering elevated walkways on the canopy of nearby Mamu Rainforest; exploring Paronella Park (castles, waterfalls, tennis, fish feeding and much more); hippie markets, crater lake swimming holes, picnic spots, train rides and lots of fauna on the Atherton Tablelands, plus plenty more. There’s a wide range of cuisine. We enjoyed delicious bistro-style steaks, prawns, salad and frites on the alfresco deck of Castaways Resort, overlooking its pure blue swimming pool, just 20m to the surf and sand. There are many other casual dining opportunities, bars, coffee shops and takeaways, and shops and a supermarket for stocking up for self-catering and grilling that fish you just caught on the free waters-edge barbecues. For holidays romantic, family, camping or caravanning … make it your Mission. Lovely people, lovely environment, lovely memories.

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Customer Care. “P “People l will ill forget f t what h t you said, id people l will ill forget f t what h t you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” his thought-provoking statement by American author and poet Maya Angelou is an often used quote about the lasting impact of action on human emotion. Positive communication forms the foundation of a good relationship, helps instil trust and loyalty and is a powerful and persuasive influence in the delicate balance between emotion and rationale. When applied to the retail and service industry environment, how a customer feels as they leave a store will have a lasting impression on their shopping experience, made unique and memorable if customer service has extended beyond a simple exchange of goods or services. By recognising a customer’s needs and expectations and exceeding them each and every time, a business living and breathing the right attitude about good customer service will be the business everyone talks about. The power of ‘word of mouth’ advertising is priceless in a competitive market where traditional and online retailers compete for a slice of the shopper dollar and endorsement via social media influences consumer behaviour. With Christmas just around the corner and retail spending ready to shift into overdrive, both consumers and businesses have an

opportunity to reap the rewards of a good customer service ethic. Shopping, socialising, catching up with family and friends, eating out are all the things synonymous with the festive holiday season. Local Customer Care endorsed businesses invite you to enjoy the customer experience you deserve. If you’re looking for a refreshing, positive and personal shopping experience, look for the Customer Care logo or find a full list of Customer Care champions online at www. Many Customer Care accredited producers, cafés, restaurants, providores, wineries and breweries are also Journey of Flavour endorsed. This means that they not only give a guarantee to provide great customer service, but their goods, products and ingredients are grown, manufactured or produced right here in Port Macquarie-Hastings. TEN CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMANDMENTS 1. Have the right attitude. Happy, enthusiastic staff set the tone the moment a customer walks through the door. 2. Know what your customers want. Do this by actively engaging and listening to their

needs. Listen to their words, tone of voice, body language, and most importantly, how they feel. 3. Customers buy more than products and services. They invest in satisfaction and solutions. The more you know your customers, the better you become at anticipating their needs. 4. Make customers feel important and appreciated. People value sincerity. It creates good feeling and trust. Thank them every time you get a chance. 5. Always look for ways to help your customers. Look for ways to make doing business with you easy. Always do what you say you are going to do.

6. Know how to apologise. When something goes wrong, say sorry. Deal with problems immediately and let customers know what you have done. Value customer complaints. 7. Exceed expectations. Think of ways to elevate yourself above the competition. What can you give customers that they cannot get elsewhere? 8. Seek feedback. Encourage and welcome suggestions about how you could improve. 9. Be mindful of time. Do not leave your customers waiting for service. Nothing ruins a shopping or dining experience more than slow or inconsistent service standards. 10. Know your product. Customers expect you to have the answers.

LOOK FOR THIS LOGO FOR A GREAT LOCAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE! The Customer Care Program is a Port Macquarie-Hastings Council initiative, first established in 2006. High quality customer service is universally regarded as imperative for long term business success. The aim of the Customer Care Program is to work with local businesses to develop people, systems and standards to improve customer service. The Customer Care Program has been enthusiastically embraced by 132 local businesses who operate in a diverse range of industry sectors. These businesses have successfully met the standards of accreditation and therefore proudly display the Customer Care logo. Shopping, socialising, catching up with family & friends, eating out … all the things synonymous with the festive holiday season. Local Customer Care endorsed businesses invite you to enjoy the customer experience you deserve.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Customer Care Program is a proud member of the Customer Service Institute of Australia.

FOR A FULL LISTING Visit m a to find a full listing of Customer Care endorsed businesses.


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minding your Workplace experience counts at CSU Since February 2012, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been providing students at its Port Macquarie Campus the opportunity to pursue a career in the dynamic and rapidly growing accounting profession. SU’s Bachelor of Accounting in


Port Macquarie is an excellent platform from which graduates can launch their accounting and

management careers. The qualification, offered via pathway programs in partnership with North Coast TAFE, or direct with CSU, has a strong focus on workplace learning. CSU accounting student Ms Fauzia Waheed migrated to Australia in 2007 from Pakistan where, she said, it was not possible to go into accounting, as it was considered a male profession. “Once I found an opportunity to do what I wanted, I went for my choice,� Fauzia said. “The class environment is stimulating, because the teachers allow you to participate. Whatever we are learning has relevance to our lives.� Fauzia said she has enjoyed the fantastic opportunity to do her degree in Port Macquarie, where CSU staff have been very helpful, encouraging and friendly.“Don’t miss this opportunity!� she said. Students are able to benefit from hands-

on experience and workplace learning opportunities, including an upcoming internship opportunity with Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) – one of the many benefits that result from a recentlysigned Memorandum of Understanding between CSU and MNCLHD. “The opportunity is priceless, as there are job opportunities available afterwards. The work we will be undertaking is directly linked to what we are currently studying and provides incentives and opportunities which we would otherwise not have,� says fellow accounting student Mr Michael Woolnough. Other accounting students also relish this opportunity. Mr James Barham and Mr Lindsay Milledge agree the workplace learning with MNCLHD will allow them to further develop and apply their CSU learning in a practical and stimulating work environment. For more information on studying the Bachelor of Accounting at CSU in Port Macquarie, or other CSU degrees, visit or call 1300 135 435.

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We have talked in these pages on the role of business in maintaining our standard of living. Without a strong profitable business community, we cannot afford the services we all seek from our Council. Hand in hand with a thriving business community is economic development. ecently, the Council consulted widely with interested parties about the need for economic development and the role the Council should play. The Chamber of Commerce participated and made detailed submissions. A draft report from the consultants has been provided to Council and at the time of writing, we are eagerly awaiting the release of the final report. The experts will tell you that ‘structure follows strategy’. If the strategy is to achieve economic growth, then examples of successful models abound. The Chamber has looked at models in Townsville, in other regions of NSW and overseas in New Zealand. The Chamber wholeheartedly supports the creation of a structure that will assist economic development across the Hastings Region. We don’t have any particular structure in mind, but we do think it needs to have a few characteristics that are fundamental to any design. The outcome must be a structure that has a clear objective to achieve the growth of broadbased (or diverse) business activity within the LGA. In a geographically spread and sparsely populated region, it is only with such growth that Council can sustainably fund the services the community expects. We must avoid the trap of placing all our eggs in any one basket. We must look to encourage diverse industries in the region, including manufacturing, construction, retail, tourism, transport, education, health and others. Tourism to our region is important, and marketing of Port Macquarie, the Camden Haven, Wauchope and the broader region as tourism destinations should have a special function within the entity. The structure of our economic development model must incorporate the interests of those with a stake in the outcomes. In other words, the Council, business and the broader


community must be represented. An outside expert may be worthwhile, as it is important to draw on expertise from outside the region. The entity must have the ability to get things done. In particular, it should have adequate funding and must report on the return on investment to Council and the local community. We must objectively measure how it performs against its targets. In the medium term, it should be looking for the development of a sustainable funding model less beholden to Council budgetary constraints. Business already contributes significantly to the funding of initiatives within the CBD. Accordingly, Chamber considers additional levies or imposts on business should be avoided. In the longer term, there is room to develop an entity that relies more on sponsorship funding and selling services for which users pay. Irrespective of the structure finally adopted, the Council must elevate the role of economic development to director level. It is critical that the economic development director be able to forcefully put forward the views of business, so that the compliance culture of Council does not stop valuable opportunities being converted into reality. Both voices should form part of submissions our Councillors read. In other places, the key foundations for success seems to follow bringing together of good infrastructure, tertiary education and research, ongoing skills development for industry, leveraging off competitive advantages. When I consider our foreshore, beaches and climate, the airport development, higher education opportunities, upgrading of the Pacific Highway and Industry Mid-north Coast, it is clear the key ingredients for a prosperous region are coming together. We look forward to the consultant’s report to Council building on what we have. I wish each of you a very merry Christmas.

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Donovan Oates Hannaford Professional Team


Hadyn Oriti, Justin Levido, Georgia Boland, Scott Williams, Libby Davison and Tony Maher


upheavals in the business environment

n 1946, in the quite fishing village of Port Macquarie, of documents can all happen at the speed of light. There Frank Donovan’s reputation ensured that the firm grew are always new developments in the law. Investment in and endured. As the town grew, new partners came and technology at Donovan Oates Hannaford is ongoing. added their own flavours to the mix. Some more so than People demand that their lawyers understand their others. But over time a business develops a personality problems, their goals and aspirations. A lawyer must be made up of core values that endure beyond any individual. accessible. And it is taken as a given, that a lawyer must Those values cannot be easily changed; they have endured be right. Justin says that they are prepared as a firm to get and continue to hold the firm down into the trenches with their in good stead. New members clients. “We are prepared to do the are chosen (or choose) to join The practice is broadly based but hard stuff. But what people want on the basis of their ability with a clear focus. Conveyancing from their lawyer is a solution. We to fit in with those values and is a strength of ours, with spend the time understanding the then add to what has gone licensed conveyancer, Georgia law and understanding our clients before. In that context, one Boland. But we are also strong and their needs and we communicate can see that the passing of the in commercial and property in the way our clients want.” baton to a new generation is a law, wills and estate planning. From large corporates, small and continuation of the journey that Employment law and commerical medium enterprises, to ‘mums and began 66 years ago. The baton litigation with solicitor Tony dads’, the firm serves all in the carriers may change; evolving Maher is also a growing area. community. and keeping up with the times,

and thrive to this day.

but the ethos remains the same.

Right from the outset, when Frank

The current partners of Donovan Oates Hannaford, Justin Levido, Hadyn Oriti and Scott Williams, want to acknowledge the people of Port Macquarie for continuing to reward the firm with their loyalty. “ We really wanted to say thank you. That loyalty is not taken for granted. Each day we seek to repay that commitment from our clients” said managing partner, Justin Levido.

The story of any organisation is really a story of personalities; the effect they have and the legacies they leave - with staff, clients and the broader community. A firm that has been around over 66 years is rich with history and values of those who have gone before. To have lasted that long, a business must have something going for it. The challenge, however, is to stay in business for the next 66 years. The partners of Donovan Oates Hannaford understand the qualities that have seen the firm withstand many

Donovan first went out on his own in 1946, the firm was committed to the highest standards – loyalty to clients, being accessible, responsive and getting it right.

Justin Levido

The times change and we are all affected by the fast pace of life today. Technology has changed the speed at which things can happen. Precedents, research and transmission

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The firm engages with the community and is particularly proud of the pro bono work its lawyers undertake with the National Cancer Council working freely for cancer patients and their families. Hadyn is engaged with the Chamber of Commerce. As he looks forward, Justin says the economy nationally and in Port Macquarie is uncertain, but there are many positives for Port Macquarie. “It is an interesting time, but Port has a great future. We are happy to say the firm is well placed and we will be here serving our clients for many more years to come.”

I would like to wish all of our clients a very merry Christmas and the best for the New Year. Over the past 23 years with the firm I have seen good times, interesting times and sad times. As I look forward to 2013, I would like all of our clients to know that we continue to be committed to serving their needs, promptly, courteously, and as professionally as we always have. - Justin Levido

Donovan Oates Hannaford Lawyers practices across a range of areas:

Justin Levido While Justin’s journey to the law was not as direct as others, it is based on very strong foundations. Renowned as a stickler for detail, he has a strong practice in property law and leasing with a Masters of Laws Degree (majoring in Environmental and Local Government Law). Justin has a commitment to community service having been a member of Apex, and a current member of Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory panel of the Hastings Business Enterprise Network. Justin also has an abiding interest in political biographies and United States politics.

Commercial law – trusts, structuring Property and leasing Conveyancing Estate administration Dispute resolution - litigation Employment law Consumer banking law

Hadyn Oriti Hadyn’s practice focuses largely on commercial law, leasing trusts and estate planning. With 25 years’ experience, Hadyn provides industry specific knowledge, credibility and a depth of understanding of property and commercial transactions. He has spoken at industry and legal conferences and seminars and was an author of the CCH publication “The New Consumer Credit Code Explained”. He has advised many national and regional companies through-out his career. Hadyn is involved with the Chamber of Commerce, serving as its current president, and is on the board of the Edmund Barton Centre for Business Excellence.

Scott Williams Scott brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the areas of real property law, leasing and Deceased Estate matters. He is actively involved in the community. Currently he is a senior active member Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC, a Past Vice President of the club and its honorary solicitor. Scott is also the Honorary Solicitor for Bonny Hills Progress Association.

Our Support Team

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neverlate ELECTRICAL

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David Young and the team at Never Late Electrcial are committed to guaranting exceptional servic service and always being on time. 18,460 jobs later Never Late are still as passionate as ever. ell us a bit about Never Late Electrical difference? One of our main points of difference at Never Late Electrical is our relentless attitude towards our reliability and integrity,which are ingrained in our culture. We don’t want to let anyone down with any aspect of business and the first part of this attitude is to get there on time every time. Being so reliable is the end product of being organised, efficient and determined not to let others down which not only means our customers but also our team and our suppliers. So what happens if you are late? If by some freak of circumstances we actually are late we will give our customer $100 cash back. We introduced this several years ago after a friend of mine who is also an Action business coach, Stuart Goodfellow, suggested that giving the cash back guarantee will let people know just how strongly we believe in our our ability. Since we started Never Late Electrical around 8 years ago we have done over 18,460 jobs and we have only missed our time commitment on 4 occasions. So we have a 99.99783% on time success rate. Our team believe we may be the most reliable trade team on the planet.

Tell us a bit about upfront pricing? If after we have finished a job and any We believe that whenever we possibly part of the work we have done needs can we should price a job upfront before attention due to a mistake on our behalf we start so as a customer is fully aware or a part failure, we treat it with a sense of what costs are involved and this gives of urgency and do our absolute best to a customer an opportunity to discuss any resolve any issue with speed, courtesy and aspect of a job, be it small or large. a caring attitude. We don’t want to let This gives the customer full control anyone down before, during or after a of decision making. A simple job has been completed. example of this is, one of our Another habit is, we spend existing customers rang to time and effort in updating So we have% get extra power points customers when parts are a 99.99783 installed and have a on back order. s es on time succ am te ur light fitting removed We always try first O . te ra ay be believe we m and replaced and said to help a customer for ble the most relia e th on just do it and bill me free over the phone with am trade te ... we actually gave her resolving domestic power planet.” individual prices over the loss issues. phone which helped her to We made a massive comrealise she could do without one mitment to be available 24/7 365 of the powerpoints and decided that she days a year. This includes Xmas day, all would get 8 lights changed instead of 1, public holidays, even when the State of as she saw good value in the light fitting Origin is on. changing, and a cost saving with one less We also have a culture of cleaning up powerpoint that wasn’t really essential. when the job is done. All our vans are Up front pricing helps us and our decked out with battery vacuum cleancustomer be on the same page and helps ers, drop sheets and a variety of cleaning eliminate any perceived differences. products. How does Never Late Electrical go the If we were to put in a nutshell we have extra mile for their customers? a very strong customer care culture.


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Elite E li S Standards at Elders Port Macquarie

Due to the recent awards and success of Elders during 2012, we spoke with Robyn Gleeson and Bill Bodkin about the key to staying amongst the top performing real estate teams in the nation.


hy is Elders Port Macquarie unique, and how would you describe your point of difference amongst the industry similarities? Our business is unique for more than one reason, and earning ‘Elite’ status for the past three years in succession is just an example. Elders Head office measures many key performing indicators on all facets of our business throughout the year, to ensure we are consistently operating on top of our game. We also subscribe to Best Practice, which sets benchmarks for all aspects of a real estate business. Even though you are one of the largest real estate businesses on the Mid North Coast of NSW, how do you ensure you offer personalised customer service and benefits for your clients? Yes, we are a large business and employ 24 talented real estate professionals. We adhere to the theory of the same staff per property ratio as if we were a small business; in fact, we are over the recommended staffing levels according to industry standards. Being a large business has its many benefits, including the necessity to have systems, procedures and checklists in place to ensure quality services to our valued clients is very much personalised. Our clients appreciate the attention to details.

It’s also beneficial to our clients to receive broad branding exposure and access to the majority of potential tenants and buyers in the market place. Elders Port Macquarie is ranked the No.1, by creating a most visited Elders website Being a large business has its ing significant point nationally, with an average of clud many benefits, inhave of difference with 30,000 visits per month and the necessity to ures and property consumers No.1, in the total number of systems, proced e to in their local area,” lettings for NSW/ACT. ac pl checklists in ices to rv se ity said Robert Bevan al Elders Port Macquarie is qu re ensu s is very OAM General renowned for having a our valued cliented. ” much personalis Manager of Best large database of rental Practice. properties and excelling in this Accreditation is only area of the business ... there are awarded to an agency which many other aspects and services that has available a written Guarantee of also deserve some recognition? Service and complies with top 10% levels of Our office offers a full range of real estate performance in each of the following client services, including holiday accommodation, focused categories: 1. Customer Service 2. plus a highly skilled and experienced sales Standards of Professional Conduct and Ethical team comprising 5 fully licensed agents, 2 of Behaviour 3. Employee Training and Support whom are licensed auctioneers. They list and 4. Business Management. sell residential houses, land and units, along The Result: property consumers receive the with commercial and industrial property. They level of service they demand and deserve. are dynamic performers and very successful in In a competitive industry like real estate, their fields. how big a role do your personal ethics Explain the meaning of your recently play in the business? awarded title ‘Best Practice Accreditation’ We are both long standing well known local – what benefits does this have for your identities, and we believe the reputation of our customers? business is a reflection of ourselves personally. Accredited Best Practice agents “are We, as leaders, both share similar ethics and distancing themselves from their competitors

high business standards and subscribe to the theory of being ‘comfortable and true to ourselves, our clients and staff’. Brendan Whipps, National Franchise Manager of Elders Real Estate said: “Elders Port Macquarie is one of our flagship offices. Their commitment to real estate business excellence and constant improvement is evidenced by their numerous awards and recognition over the years. The foundation stone of any successful business is leadership, and clearly we are very proud to have Bill and Robyn as the franchisees for Port Macquarie. Their team do an outstanding job in property management, sales and general agency every day. They keep the Elders brand polished, and for that we thank and congratulate them on their success.” Bill and Robyn would like to congratulate the Elders team and their families for their support in making 2012 a very successful year. They would also like to thank their valued and loyal clients for their support, which kept them motivated to achieve the success and recognition they have obtained over the past few years.

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JaxQuickfit Tyres Fire Renovation Now Complete


John and Jane Hrabak and their team at JAX Tyres Port Macquarie opened the doors to their newly built premises on Hastings River Drive mid November. Chrissy Jones chatted with John about the store that has emerged from the ashes of the fire that ripped through tthe premises 12 months ago ...

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ou’re not new to the Jax Quickfi fitt franchise franchise, having owned the Penrith branch for the past 13 years before taking on the newly relocated JAXQuickfit Port Macquarie store. What inspired the move? Having grown up in nearby Laurieton, my wife, Jane, daughter Karoline and I had a desire to be closer to family and friends. Why Jax Quickfit? The best brands, advice, service and price is always provided by our team for your car. We offer unbeatable savings and service for your vehicle for the Christmas holiday period; in fact, all year round. Australian owned and established in 1949, JAXQuickfit Tyres is unique in representing the top global manufacturing giants of the tyre industry. The tyres available at JAX stores include high performance

passe passenger car, light truck and four-wheel drive brands BFGo BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Maxxis, Michelin and Pirelli, together with value for money brand options. This provides a comprehensive customer choice through a mix of brands spanning the premium, major and budget market sectors. JAX Tyres services over 60,000 of the Australian motoring public each month through a network of 80 stores along the Eastern Seaboard. Our highly qualified mechanics service cars and fourwheel drives, concentrating on brakes and suspension and also offer wheel alignments, balancing, rotation, and nitrogen inflation to increase the life of the tyres and the performance of the vehicle. Tell us about the new premises ... It has been one year since fire destroyed the store on Hastings River Drive.

Having Scott Lawrence of Lawrence Constructions & Renovations recently complete the rebuilding process has given our team a fresh start in the impressively appointed premises. The showroom and workshop facilities are state of the art, with new wheel alignment and road force balancing machines installed. We are also totally disability friendly, being up to code and easily accessible at street level, by provid providing wide doors, disabled toilet facilities and even baby change facilities; we are customer friendly. I wan wanted the store to put the customer in number o one position. We have a diverse customer base, so we have ensured that every age group is catered for at the new store by providing a spacious, comfortable facility that has a modern, clean look. Both yourself and your wife, Jane, are involved in the running of Jax. What is Jane's role? Jane's priority is to ensure that our customers are well looked after – whether that means making a fantastic coffee or dropping people off to the shops and collecting them afterwards. If you need to wait for our services, we have a very comfortable sitting area complete with coffee machine, comfy chairs and a wide screen television. You offer the JAX price guarantee across an extensive range of tyres. We stock many brands

including BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin and Pirelli, as well as budget options. This provides a comprehensive customer choice through a mix of brands spanning the premium, major and budget market sectors. The store is licensed to provide inspection certificates for a range of vehicles, advising on roadworthiness. The mechanical staff at JAX Port Macquarie combines for over 30 years’ experience, while the tyre fitters collectively hold an impressive 65 years in the industry. Thank you John.

Having Scott ence Lawrence of Lawr tio Renova ns Constructions & e the recently complet s has given es oc pr g rebuildin start in the our team a fresh inted impressively appo premises.”

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id you have any obstacles that you had to overcome with the fire renovation for Jax Tyres? There were a few, including the close proximity to adjacent businesses, rectification of what was left of the existing building and making the building comply with current Australian Standards. This meant that a redesign of the floor space was needed. Consistent rain also created problems until the roof went on, making it a challenge to get the job completed on time. Were there any specific requirements with the rebuild?

Lawrence Constructions & Renovations have recently completed the fire renovation of the building that houses JaxQuickfit Tyres on Hastings River Drive in Port Macquarie. Chrissy Jones talked with builder Scott Lawrence about the renovation, the difficulties he faced along the way and the result – the newly renovated store.

There were specific compliance requirements with Council that were needed to be met to make the building up to date with current standards. These changes included disabled access, energy and thermal efficiency and the proper treatment of trade waste. The renovation has been a bit of a process – take us through it? Initial demolition by Bridle Demolition was difficult, with the building structurally unstable. This, along with the building’s close proximity to neighbouring businesses, made it interesting. We had to keep some of the original block work and glass front and were rebuilding with limited space and site access to rectify what was left of the existing structure. Large structural steel fabrication was required to specific engineering

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Printing Digital Signs and ly and pp su to was chosen signage al rn te ex install all the new ises. em pr lt ui on the newly re-b uter cut ro e rg la of Works consisted letters in red and composite panel ls, ated image pane black, large lamin e th r g and frosting fo cut vinyl letterin ows. ” showroom wind

“ detail, along with a re-design of the workshop floor to compensate for the larger disabled toilet area that has been provided in the new building. This resulted in 2 new roller door openings, with a higher opening height to allow for larger height vehicles.

New services to the building were installed, including up to date electrical, plumbing, security, data and communication facilities. Then to make the showroom comfortable for staff and customers, reglazing of the large western shop front and the installation of insulation and air-conditioning was completed. Top quality showroom finishes including joinery, tiling, painting and flooring were the final touches to the renovation. Tell us a bit about your business – how long have you been operating? Lawrence Constructions & Renovations is a family business. My father moved to Port Macquarie 35 years ago, starting

Kevin Lawrence Constructions and retired iin 2008 db ildi iin 1994 and d 2008. I started building established my company Lawrence Constructions & Renovations in 2000. My staff are now a combination of quality tradesmen and apprentices.

What types of building do you specialise in? Pretty much everything from new homes, extensions, decks, commercial jobs and as the name implies: renovations. We do a lot of bathroom renovations as well. We like to get involved with clients from the beginning to help with the initial design and going through the approval process with Council. How do readers contact you for their next building job? Give me a call on 0412 044 593. I would be only too happy to take the call, meet with them and provide an obligation free quotation for their building project. Thanks Scott.

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hank you for taking the time to chat to me, Penny; I know it’s gearing up to be the busiest time of year for you. How are you going with your Christmas preparations at elements of design in Wauchope? Our Christmas preparation started months ago! We invest a lot of time and effort into sourcing unique clothing, fabulous homewares and accessories that will make the perfect Christmas gifts to give to others or to yourself! The Christmas period is an extremely lively time of year, especially for retail. What are some of the biggest challenges you face at this time of year, and how do you try and overcome them? One of the biggest challenges we face at this time of year is timely arrival of our stock. It’s such a busy season, that it would be easy to sell out of items with a moment’s notice. To try and manage this, we make sure we are well prepared with surplus stock and that our suppliers are on board with meeting our deadlines. What is it that you love most about working in retail at this time of year? My favourite aspect of retail for the Christmas period would have to be creating displays that tell a story. Everybody loves looking at window displays at this time of year, so it’s an opportunity for us to really showcase our creativity and our gorgeous range. It’s also a time that we get to meet so many lovely new customers who are holidaying in the area and enjoying their quality family time. How do you manage to keep up your 104 greater port macquarie focus.

Our Facebook page is updated daily with unique new stock arrival photos. These posts keep our customers informed and excited energy and enthusiasm with all of the about what they can find in store. We also extra hours that the Christmas period like to strengthen our relationship with our must demand? Facebook fans by posting regular relevant and The workload at this time of year can be quirky updates and messages that we love to quiet demanding, but it is made much easier share and know our customers will appreciate. by my supportive and helpful family, who will The response to our Facebook page has been come in and help me in the store from time extremely overwhelming, and we really have to time. met so many lovely new ‘Likers’. The popularity of online and mobile We originally installed an e-commerce shopping has just boomed platform onto our Facebook page, but in Australia. Ecommerce found customers weren’t really platform Shopify predicts using it. Now we post new that 25% of online stock on the Facebook page ss gift purchases this ne si and if a customer likes it, bu Our Christmas will be they comment on the post, strategy at gn is carried out via elements of desi ed to asking us to put it away constantly reviewanging mobile, rising to and they’ll buy it later that meet the ever chd 43% by Christmas day when they can get in. expectations an our 2013. How do you of ts What was it that first en requirem s.” manage to compete er inspired you to buy om st cu with local and global and manage this local online retailers? business? The popularity of online Our boutique was created from shopping has become greater, the ground up, due to a family crisis and yet we seem not to have been too re-assessment of our lives. My husband was affected. We find our customers love in a critical condition for 5 weeks suffering a being able to come in and feel the textures, life threatening illness. We really felt that we to try things on, to smell our candles etc. were given a second chance of life for him before they purchase, so we focus a lot of and realised just how short life is. For me, it our efforts on our in-store merchandising and made me believe that it was time to follow my our customer service. Operating in a regional dream of opening my very own boutique. And area means we can build a stronger and more so became elements of design. meaningful relationships with our customers, I imagine getting your product offering which will hopefully keep them coming back. right for your target customer would Speaking of online, you have a fabulous involve great skill, along with a bit of Facebook page. It cleverly captures the trial and error. Where do you turn to get vivacious and vibrant essence of both inspiration for stocking your store? yourself, as well as elements of design. I am constantly pursuing new and creative How do you make this social media ideas. I attend the Sydney and Melbourne network work for your business? Gift Fairs annually; I scour magazines, and

I have a huge appetite for homeware and styling books. My latest splurge was on Megan Morton’s Things I Love book. I’m always on the lookout for new stockists and really try to find local artisans and suppliers where I can. In fact, I’ve just returned from a holiday in Byron Bay, where I’ve managed to sign up two new stockists – I’m so excited about their stock arriving in store! I also studied Fashion Design at TAFE and have had experience in Interior Decorating. These two skills have definitely been beneficial in gaining and sourcing inspiration for current trends. What business initiatives do you have planned for the future? Will we be seeing an online version of elements of design any time soon? Our business strategy at elements of design is constantly reviewed to meet the ever changing expectations and requirements of our customers. With the combination of our boutique and Facebook page, we are confident that we are meeting the market for now. We do, however, have pipeline dreams of expanding elements of design in the near future, so watch this space! What advice would you offer to other regionally based retailers looking to have a successful and prosperous Christmas season? Our one and main piece of advice for other retailers is to be as unique and original with your product offering as you can. We have found that customers like to go from boutique to boutique and not see the same items stocked. By offering shoppers a distinctive product range, you will ensure that you stand out from other retailers and this is what makes you successful! MERRY CHRISTMAS. Thanks for your time, Penny and have a Merry Christmas!


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is to find out what the worst case scenario would be. If the pergola had to come down, would that really change the whole appeal of the home for you? Can you leverage the situation to negotiate a better price that reflects the risk you could be taking? should we do? I get nervous whenever a seller tells me they A. I’m sure the solicitor or conveyancer don’t have the necessary permissions, or that you use would prefer that the property you certain aspects of their home do not purchase is ‘squeaky clean’ in comply. The downside to that is this regard. Unfortunately, it that if I’m feeling nervous, so will is common for properties the potential buyers. to have additions or My advice to in So, in a nutshell, get advice alterations which do not potential buyeisrsto and decide if you can live this situation the have the appropriate find out whatenario with the worst case scenario, certification or compliance worst case sc then make a well-informed with local authorities. ... would be decision. Contractors who carry My partner and I are considering buying a house in the area. The main reason we like it is the large covered pergola, which the agent says was built without Council approval. What

Everybody needs good neighbours. Many of us enjoy a vista of remnant rainforest or eucalypt bushland near our homes in Port Macquarie. ut if we live near an urban bushland reserve, are we good wildlife neighbours? Are we helpful to the ecosystem nudging our residential boundaries, or do we mistreat this green space? Actions of disrespect might be to throw garden waste, pet waste and unwanted household hardware out of sight into the undergrowth. It happens. Yet it’s easy to be a good neighbour to urban bushland, and there are many benefits. Clean, green natural environs will enhance your property values: there is a premium on having 'a leafy precinct', and views of greenery rather than buildings and roads. And it’s good for you! Entering healthy bushland when you’re ‘feeling blue’ can lift your mood, as your senses become aware of the natural surroundings – the friendly shade, the soothing colours, the aromas and the sounds of life. We are like children when we explore the bush. Curiosity is aroused, and we realise there is a parallel universe of living and growing things beyond what humans do and make. Here’s an example. Right now, in the reserve near my house, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are doctoring the big Blackbutt trees. The birds bite through the branches to eat the grubs that attack these trees. The Blackbutts also have nesting hollows where branches have fallen off, and that’s where parrots and kookaburras raise their families. Koalas and possums regularly use these Blackbutts, which form the backbone of a green corridor used by animals to move through the suburbs.


Aside from the entertainment provided by all this action, the trees make human life more comfortable by giving free shade and air-conditioning. What about fire? The risk of fire is a fact of life in Australia, but it’s well managed in Port Macquarie, as our Council has put Asset Protection Zones between bushland reserves and property boundaries. In these zones, fuel is reduced, and access is provided for authorised vehicles when needed. This means the APZ must be kept clear of encroachments such as parked vehicles, play equipment, garden plants and green waste.

out small additions such as carports and pergolas often advise home owners that because the new structure is less than a certain value or size, there is no need to obtain Council approval. This is often not the case; however, occasionally while there is an absence of an application and approval, the structure may comply. My advice for potential buyers in this situation

Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice. Send your real estate questions to greg@ Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at Greg Trembath Real Estate. Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

The APZ is part of your connection with the reserve, and wildlife will happily move in and out of your garden if you fill it with local native plants. But remember to contain your pets, especially at night. Don’t allow them to chase wildlife. Householders can best look after their own interests by putting green waste in their green bin, or composting it on their own property. Dumped green waste is a fire hazard, and ornamental plants can quickly turn into a costly weed invasion. To find out which garden plants can morph into bushland weeds once they jump the fence, look at the illustrated Master Weed Manual on Landcare’s website at Being a good wildlife neighbour means placing equal value toward life on the other side of the fence. It means that human activities can enhance and protect native biodiversity – a win-win story. Contributed by Janet Slater and Julie Ho. greater port macquarie focus 105



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Leading the way in the local building industry, Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast are the December FOCUS featured builder.

ith their new display home opening in the Homeworld Display Precinct in the New Year, Chrissy Jones takes us through one of their recently completed homes and chats to Tim about the family owned building company that is going from strength to strength. Modern, up to the minute products, fittings and fixtures are a highlight of the home, from the steel framework, to the mix of exterior claddings and installation of state of the art technology that will service the home well now and into the future. The exterior claddings supplied by Fastplast are a blend of Hardie’s Sycon Matrix in a mitred checkerboard finish, 75 mm thick foam wall panels that have been texture coated, hardwood timber feature posts and the Hebel panelling on the front exterior that has been used to satisfy bushfire ratings.

Blind sides of the home have been cladded in James Hardie Easy Lap cement sheets that have been texture coated, and the rear features horizontal corrugated cladding. A mix of brown, grey and off white cladding colour present a modern facade pleasing to the eye. An expansive concrete drive leads to the extra large garage; two auto panel lift doors have been installed, allowing for easy access into the garage, which also has internal access to the foyer of the home. Main entry is via a beautiful Sliced Pacific Maple Hardwood entrance door that has 3 opaque glass panels for added style into the wide entrance foyer. Bathed in sunlight from the Velux skylight above, 600 x 600 off white tiles supplied by Beaumont Tiles are used in the foyer and lead you through the home. continued over

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To the right is the family/rumpus room; plush carpeting under foot from Choices Port Macquarie has been laid expertly by Payneless Flooring and fitted out with a home office/ study that can be neatly hidden away by closing the wooden bi-fold doors. A skylight above allows lots of natural light in; this, along with soft downlighting and a ceiling fan, add to the comfort of the rumpus. The purpose built toy cupboard is a great spot for the kids to house their toys and odds and ends. Flanking the rumpus are the children’s bedrooms; mirror image, they are a good size and have vertical louvre panel windows dressed with Roman blinds, ceiling fan and a large built-in wardrobe with 3 easy-slide wooden doors. Servicing both bedrooms is the family bathroom, with a deep rectangular bath encased in


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a small brown tile base, large white vanity unit that has a wall length vanity mirror atop, stainless steel tapware and towel rails, plus a glass walled shower recess all add up to a very functional bathroom for a young family. A smarttile drain is installed in the shower floor tile and floor to ceiling horizontally laid white wall tiles all combine to present a crisp, clean finish. A separate WC with small vanity is conveniently located between the bathroom and the guest bedroom adjacent to the rumpus. Very roomy, the guest bedroom has a large built-in robe complete with drawers, hanging space and overhead store shelf. Ceiling fan, plush carpeting and 2 vertical panel windows that let in the readily available gentle breeze, roundset cornice and crisp white walls will make any guest feel at home. With the installation of the Schlage LiNK system, a simple way to remotely access the

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home systems – locks, lights, cameras and small appliances – via the web from a smartphone or computer, the homeowner has a state of the art security and home maintenance system. They can take care of their home, visitors and all the details of managing their home, at any moment, from any place. With all of its remote control capabilities, Schlage LiNK is just like being there. You can easily set schedules to activate lights, let in friends or workers or schedule security. Receive notifications when events happen, such as the kids arriving home from school and even take care of things you forgot to do: lock a door, switch off a light. The Schlage LiNK system is the answer that keeps you connected to your

home – ask the Cavalier team for more information. Left at the end of the entrance hall is the master bedroom, with its very own walk-in his and hers robe with separate hanging space, 2 levels of overhead shelving and luxurious ensuite. An extra large vanity, with his and hers hand-basins, a set of double drawers either side of double under bench cupboards and a large mirror above are complemented by the feature tiled back wall that stretches across to the double shower. Twin stainless steel shower ropes have been installed in the glass screened shower, along with floor to ceiling white tiling with a stainless steel-framed tile wall niche matching the feature tile wall. The main overlooks the swimming pool and back deck through vertical windows on both






sidess that allow in the breeze breeze, plus ceiling fan fan, downlighting and soft carpeting. Right at the end of the entrance hall sit the entry way to the combined lounge, living and dining areas. Open plan, this is a great space to either entertain friends and family, or just kick back and relax with all amenities at hand. Tiling continues around the carpeted lounge room into the kitchen/dining rooms. As in most homes, the kitchen is the hub of this young family’s home. Supplied and installed by Brad of DMB Kitchens, the benchtops are a 50 mm Smart-stone with a smooth, easy to care for off white surface. The back wall of the kitchen has a large double door pantry alongside a wide Smart-stone benchtop that houses the ceramic touch control De Longhi electric cooktop and multifunctional oven with glass dome De Longhi stainless steel range-hood with storage cabinets placed either side of the appliances. A mist green glass splash-back above behind the cook-top continues to the ceiling line and divides overhead cupboards either side of the range-hood. Further cabinetry above the refrigerator provides a place for the wine collection and a handy overhead cupboard also.

An extra large island bench has a double stainless steel sink with flick mixer and an under-bench integrated dishwasher, drawers and further storage cupboards alongside a microwave nook. Stainless steel pendant light bulbs hang over the island, adding a touch of class. Dividing the kitchen and dining room, the island can easily double as a breakfast bar or servery when entertaining. Two extra large Velux skylights overhead in the dining r room, along with the 3 vertical windows overlooking the b backyard give an airy, open feel to the room. Opening i to save space on the rear deck, bi-fold glass doors on in t dining room and lounge room walls open to create the a fantastic indoor/outdoor room incorporating the back poolside ModWood deck made by Dura Composites Australia. The ModWood decking is stylish, versatile and easy to install; no nails are used – it is secret fixed. Whether you have a deck, entertaining platform or pool and spa area, ModWood adds definite style and sophistication which is long wearing, safe and eco-friendly. ModWood decking is safe for children, as it is splinter free and is a composite product made essentially from a mixture of ground sustainable wood waste and plastic recycled milk bottles. The 7.5 x 3.0 m x 1.2 m deep pool, built by Bluwater Pools, is edgeless, with the home sitting on the edge of the concrete pool. Being constructed allowing the house slab to bear on two sides gives a seamless finish, integrating the pool and the home as one entity. The pool is enclosed with a frameless glass pool fence deck side and has a waterfall feature on its back wall. To finish off the home, there’s a built-in BBQ with timber-top benches and cabinetry that tie in beautifully with the Merbau posts of the deck alfresco entertainment area. continued over

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ing to build a luxurious single storey design, Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast can help you. Rob and Tim have joined with other leading established builders all over Australia and New Zealand to be part of the Cavalier Homes franchise team. They continue to offer the service, expertise and ccommitment of a local ‘known’ builder but with the b backing, systems, marketing support and buying p power of a major national construction company. This means Cavalier clients receive the best of both ABOUT THE BUILDERS worlds. We continue to offer the service, expertise and comob Donohoe and son, Tim, of Cavalier mitment of a “local” builder with the backings of a Homes Mid North Coast are 3rd and major national construction company. 4th generation builders with In Rob and Tims’, case the franchisee more than 50 years’ experibuilders have been active in their local ence in the building industry, with market for several generations and to a strong reputation of delivering know their personal reputations are “ We continue offer the service, a quality and personal service as founded on servicing the needs expertise andof a one of the area’s leading resiof new home buyers in their own t en commitm ith dential building entities servicing ‘backyard’. “local” builder w new homes buyers in the Mid the backings of l This also means there are long a major nationa North Coast and surrounding established relationships with the construction areas. area’s best tradespeople, helping ” . ny compa The company’s growth has been Cavalier franchises deliver the highest founded on delivering new home buystandard of finishes. ers a complete range of designs to suit So if you are about to build a new home, every market. contact the local team at Cavalier Homes Mid So whether you are buying your first home or lookNorth Coast and experience the difference first-hand.


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FROM THE BUILDERS ell us a bit about b tC Cavalier li H Homes Mid North Coast, Tim. Along with my dad, Rob Donohoe, we have been operating as Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast since November 2007. Together, Dad and I bring over 50 years’ building experience to the business. Also working in the display centre on Jindalee Road is my wife, Lucy, and my sister, Erin, so we are a family owned and operated business, which is working very well. We have Phil Shack as our Sales Manager; he is available to discuss your needs at the Display Centre as well. We pride ourselves on giving our clients the friendly and professional service they need when deciding whether to build, and the quality craftsmanship during the build right through to our six month maintenance period on any of our homes. What types of building do you specialise in? We offer a range of residential floor plans through Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast, right

through th h to t drafting d fti plans l from f scratch, t h to t enable bl us to build exactly what our clients are after. Even small changes to our floor plans are no trouble at all. Plans that are drawn by other draftsmen are also welcome to be quoted upon. We build all styles of homes, from two storey dwellings, homes for sloping blocks, townhouses, homestead range to suit larger blocks as well as catering for the first home buyers. The areas we build in are from South West Rocks south to Bulahdelah. Do you accommodate individual requirements when you are first asked to build for the home owner? We work closely with all prospective home owners and our suppliers to ensure that we were able to meet all their needs. The floor plan of any of our packages can be designed around individual needs and ideas. We are flexible with any changes that are required to be made. When it comes down to working closely with the

ng client and maintaining regular communication throughout the building of their home to ensure it all runs smoothly, we like to think that we are second to none for customer service. What are the standout features that Cavalier Homes are now using in their homes?

of “ The floor planages ck pa r ou any of can be designed al around individus. ea id d an needs ith We are flexible w at th s ge an ch any are required to be made. �

Over the past 12 months we have been working on a Platinum Inclusion Package, which includes high end inclusions in all our homes, and more so upfront and honest pricing given to clients in regards to these packages. The absolute standout feature is the option of Steel Frames

and Trusses with Colorbond Roofing AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, a saving of thousands of dollars for the home builders. Within the Platinum Packages, our clients will also receive in their new home 2Pac Kitchens with 20 mm Smartstone benchtops including waterfall ends on benches, De Longhi 900 mm Gas/Electric Upright Cooker as well as a Glass Splashback, Porcelain Tiling for common floors and floor to ceiling tiling in the ensuite, frameless shower screens, stone top vanities, a Humes 1200 front door, solar hot water system and more! continued over

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FROM THE BUILDERS What does the future hold for Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast? Over the past couple of years, we have seen the company grow from strength to strength – even during the quiet economic times we have been busy. We are proud to be opening a standout Display Home at Sovereign Hills Homeworld, where inclusions from our Platinum Package will be showcased. The home is a Bayview 27 and is a great family home with room to move for everyone, as well as offering an outdoor lifestyle under the large alfresco area with built in BBQ area. The New Year will see the addition of new team members in administration, drafting and tradesmen on site. We are also eagerly awaiting the new innovative website, which will be up and


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running early next year. How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? What is the process? Firstly, visit our display centre on Jindalee Road, or contact us on 6581 2475 for an appointment. Our all new Display Home is about to open in the Homeworld Display Precinct at Sovereign Hills; this home is a fantastic design, highlighting open plan living and modern fittings and fixtures throughout. It has been built combining a lot of ideas accumulated over the years from previous builds and from sourcing of up to the minute products and fittings and fixtures. We will offer you a range of floor plans, or if you have a custom drawing, bring

that along. We offer a range of services, service i s, right through to helping clients search for that particular block of land, site inspection of their land, drafting and quoting of their floor plan all for FREE! This is the service we pride ourselves on. Once we have paperwork signed, we then commence approvals and of course, the building of the home! Thanks Tim.

more info. For more information on building a Cavalier Home, contact or Phone: (02) 6581 2475.

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ew things ngs in life are as important as protecting the value of your family home and the environment. Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast are supplied TRUECORE® steel by BlueScope Steel, providing a new world of home design that is a smart choice, is easy and fast to erect, strong and lightweight. This simple checklist is your guarantee – 100% termite proof, durable, straight and true, does not warp or shrink, environmentally considerate and 100% recyclable. Backed by a 50 year BlueScope Steel conditional warranty, TRUECORE® steel provides homeowners with the peace of mind of knowing their most valuable asset is protected by the strength of steel. Contact Cavalier Homes Mid North Coast on 6581 2475, to provide the framework for your family’s future while supporting the environment.

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This year Mid Coast Connect secured over 2,500 placements for students in Years 11 and 12 studying Vocational Education and Training subjects for their HSC. Our valued local employers consistently accept students for work placement, providing them with the opportunity to turn theory into experience in a real life working environment. Recently we were able to celebrate our ongoing working relationships at a series of employer thank you events in Forster, Wauchope, Laurieton, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie and Kempsey. Schools and TAFE partners joined with us to acknowledge the contribution our employers make to the program. It was great to catch up and celebrate the successes of 2012. After such a huge year, we are already planning for 2013 and are seeking employers happy to share their knowledge with the next generation. If you could assist by hosting a student for a short placement in your business or if you would like to know more about how to be involved, please contact our of* ce on 6583 5910. More information is also available on our website: The contribution of employers, schools, TAFE, partners and stakeholders to the programs offered by Mid Coast Connect is deeply appreciated.

Prepare your lawn for Summer

Over 30 years in the industry.

The humble backyard is the breeding ground for sporting heroes globally. It is also a sacred place for people of all ages to escape the increasing demands of our fast paced modern world.

With over 30 years’ experience in the jetty industry, local company Tidemaster Jetties will design and build a top quality jetty or floating pontoon just right for you and ready for the long hot summer months ahead!

So when one of your loved ones tell you this year that they want a * * Buffalo* * for Christmas * you can bet your boots it will be a Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo lawn they are referring to on their list! If you like the sound of lazy summer days on a shagpile rug in your own backyard * then visit one of Earl* s regional landscape displays, located locally at Grow Lush Landscape Supplies, 2/2 Lind* eld Park Rd, Port Macquarie. Bonny Hills Garden Centre, 1055 Ocean Dr, Bonny Hills or visit the Taree farm, 60 Levicks Lane, Taree. You will soon discover why more than 35 million square metres of Sir Walter has already been sold nationally!

In the Port Macquarie area alone, Tidemaster has installed over 90% of the existing jetties in canal developments and rivers. The highly skilled team offers advice and professional service from * rst contact right through to the * nished jetty. The jetties are built in the local factory and then transported to your site. Council approval is hassle free, with full engineer* s speci* cations included.

Phone 6551 5555 or check out to place your order.

Offering * exibility in design and construction, the most popular product is the * oating aluminium pontoon; constructed from Marine Grade Aluminium, it is guaranteed rust free and comes * tted with durable polypropolene * oats and with your choice of either all-weather carpet or a timber deck.

Ho Ho HO ! All orders over 100 m² will also receive a copy of Nigel Ruck* s just released, limited edition Loving Your Lawn – Your Guide to the Perfect Aussie Lawn. RRP $29.95

Phone Stephen on 0415 778 073 to obtain a quote for your new jetty or * oating pontoon today! Or check out our website @

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Cabins & affordable housing kits. DIY Cabin Company offer a selection of affordable, high quality kit style timber building structures that are dispatched ready-to-assemble with detailed inventory lists, numbered components and written instructions. These do-it-yourself timber buildings use engineered Spruce logs that are tongue and grooved for easy stacking and assembly, with interlocking joints and corners that ensure an airtight structure. If you don't wish to DIY, we can recommend a tradesman to assemble the building for you. Check out the online catalogue, that features a collection of around 80 different models from cabins, cottages and comfortable homes suitable for use as granny * ats, providing a place for those who need a space of their own, or can be used as accommodation for visiting family and friends. The complete range includes sheds, garages and carports, plus gazebos and garden pavilions suitable as outdoor entertainment venues.


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The kits include all that is needed from roo* ng to * ooring: treated * oor joists, ¾ tongue and groove * ooring, wall logs, single or double glazed timber windows and doors, interior divisional walls, interior doors, casings, baseboards, roof beams, tongue and groove roof boards, environmentally safe timber preservative and treatment, deck railings, fascia, door hardware, keys and most importantly, printed assembly instructions. Only a few basic tools are required for construction. Our goal is to provide a quality, easily assembled, affordable structure that can be enjoyed for years to come. Call into the Display Centre at 185 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie (next to Hastings Marine) open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm and Saturday 9am * noon. There are a variety of cabins on display waiting for you to take a walk through. Phone 6583 8778 for more info or go to to see the full range on offer.

Carol and Telfor Cockburn moved to the region last year and built their retirement home with G.J. Gardner Homes. They offer up this testimonial to explain why they are so happy with the local builder. ou first purchased the land in 1994. What was it that appealed to you about the Bonny Hills area? Well, the climate, the distance to Sydney * it wasn* t that far for our family to travel up when we moved up here, and we just loved the area. We like the holiday lifestyle and country living, and you aren* t too far from major towns. You have relocated here to retire, is that correct? Yes, it is. Having held the land for a number of years, did that give you a clear idea of the type of house you wanted to build on it? We did, but we did change our mind about the design over the years and about what we wanted to have. In the end we settled on a single level house, because we didn* t really want to have steps, knowing that we were moving here to retire and looking forward with that in mind. We looked for a style that would * t on our block * it* s a funny shaped block, and G.J. Gardner Homes were really good. We went though many designs, and we had to amend it because of the shape of the block. What made you choose G.J. Gardner Homes as your builder of choice? In the beginning as it happens, friends of ours in Diamond Beach were soon to be building with another local builder, but something went wrong and they forfeited their money and switched to G.J. Gardner Homes. With the experience they had and watching their house being built * which was * nished just last September * we could see all the * nishes * rst hand, and they had no problems at all. There was no other builder we would go to after that; we were so pleased with them. And when we did approach G.J. Gardner to build for us, they could not have been more helpful. When you first met with G.J. Gardner Homes and worked through the plans on offer, how did they help you fit the plans to your lifestyle? They were very helpful. We were still travelling


up and down from Sydney at the time, and they spent a lot of time with us going through all the options and working with the plans to * t them on the block and just helping us with ideas. One of the great selling points for G.J. Gardner Homes has been their ‘no hidden costs’ approach. How did that help your confidence in them and your planning? It helped a lot. We were able to start with the basic price and then add things on that WE wanted, so we knew exactly what we were up for as far as any extra cost, as it was at our discretion. Now that have you moved into your new G.J. Gardner Home, is it everything you imagined it would be? De* nitely. It is very relaxed living. It* s very open: the family room, kitchen and the big alfresco area (which we increased the size of during the planning), so we have a beautiful entertaining area out there. So with relocating, retirement and building, you still have room for the family? Exactly! We could have had a 3 bedroom (home) but we decided to put an extra bedroom in, and it* s already been utilised! Within the * rst few weeks, we had every room full! They will all come, from Sydney, as it is a very short trip up here now. Tell us why you recommend G.J. Gardner Homes to other retirees looking to build? Trust: they are helpful; there are no hidden costs. They tell you exactly what you are up for, what you can have * even for simple things like power points. Some builders only allow one per room. And the people they have working for them, I have complete faith in. From the construction manger (who even helped us put our dishwasher in) through to the of* ce staff * the whole team I recommend. And even once we moved in, they gave us a beautiful gift; they didn* t have to, but they did.

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Building locally for over 23 years. • Local subcontractors; local suppliers • Family owned • Get the builder on the job from start to finish • Talk direct with the owners of the business • Personal, quality service • Honest, accurate and reliable pricing and quotes • Product and colour selection assistance • Active members of the Housing Industry Association • Regular participants in Continuing Professional Development • Multi award winners • Energy efficient homes • Sustainable designs • Simple and adaptable plans • Innovative use of space ‘Our homes say it all’. ‘Our reputation does the rest’. Peter and Kim Ruming, trading as Little Beach Building Co. See our Living Green Designer Home at Bonny Hills. Available for inspection by phoning for an appointment. Phone: 6585 5176. Mobile: 0412 654 174.








COAST OR COUNTRY When you live on the stunning Mid North Coast, you want a home that matches your lifestyle and individual needs.

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At McDonald Jones, we’re focussed on creating functional designs that both embraces our wonderful climate and enhances the way you live. Our leading architect, Stuart Everitt, has designed award-winning homes which are ideally suited to coastal or country living, be it your first home or a grand acreage manor.


With stunning contemporary architecture, gourmet kitchens with butlers pantry, private retreats and spacious alfresco living areas, a McDonald Jones home has everything you’re looking for.

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+Conditions apply. # Steel frames now included with Impressions package upgrade. * Prices for homes in the GenOne range start from $136,400 for the GenOne Hamilton design. Specific prices of these products are available on our price list available at our display offices. The photographs of interiors may be from another McDonald Jones design range. Photographs shown here depict fixtures, finishes and features not supplied by McDonald Jones such as landscaping, driveways, swimming pools and furnishings. Accordingly, the published prices do not include the supply of any of these items. The photo may also depict optional variations to the standard home which incur additional charges. Prices listed here do not include site costs. Additional material delivery costs may apply to some building areas. For detailed home pricing, please talk to one of our consultants. Newcastle Quality Constructions Pty Ltd ABN 82 003 687 232, Builders Licence MJH0432FOCUS Number 41628, T/A McDonald Jones Homes. Architect Reg No: 4234

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Lately, a lot has been written itten about sea changes and tree changes and, when the former is considered, the Port Macquarie region invariably gets a mention.

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nce thought to be just a destination for retirees, Port Macquarie now attracts more and more families moving from capital cities and looking for a better way of life, not only for the adults, but also for their children; Port’s age demographic is becoming younger every year. So what entices new residents to our region? A prominent Sydney newspaper recently featured an article about an internationally recognised professional man who, with his wife, chose to quit the Sydney rat race, for a new life in Port Macquarie. Their decision was a considered one. Pros and cons were carefully analysed and, apart from the wonderful climate, environment and (of course) people, Port’s infrastructure became its major selling point. Our town can boast some of the finest medical facilities and some of the most prominent medical specialists in the country. Our restaurants and shopping centres provide excellent dining or shopping. The road link from Sydney offers a smooth and relatively stress-free driving experience, yet no busy highways pass through the streets of Port Macquarie. For this particular couple, however, the jet airport was the ‘clincher’. Required to travel nationally and internationally, every two or three weeks, the professional couple needed easy access to Sydney airport. From their previous home in Manly, a traumatic peak hour taxi trip took over two hours, at a cost of $100 or more. By

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comparison, from their new waterfront home in Port Macquarie, they can now access the local airport in only five minutes then, for an often similar cost, enjoy a relaxed fifty minute flight to Sydney. A convincing argument indeed! The couple bought their new home from McGrath Port Macquarie, and McGrath indicates that, currently, 45% of all homes sold by their local office are purchased by out-oftown buyers. Joint Principal Todd Bates comments; “At McGrath, we offer unique marketing facilities which reach further than those of other agencies. Of course, we sell a lot of homes locally, but it is certainly that special ability to reach more buyers that provides McGrath with the lowest ‘days on market’ in the region. In fact, in a local market where homes are listed for an average of 205 days, McGrath maintains an average of 35 days. We are extremely proud of that achievement.” Asked what properties were currently attracting interest from out of town buyers, Todd offered two examples: “For those people who prefer apartment living, Port Macquarie has a range of very luxurious apartments. Most of these would offer spectacular views, many would have swimming pools and resort-style facilities but, in a $900,000 and over price range, they could be out of reach for many sea changers. One exciting opportunity though, would be an apartment which we recently listed, in the Heritage building.

“Heritage Apartments are located on what is arguably the finest site in the Port Macquarie CBD, at the very top of Clarence Street, next door to parklands and intimately overlooking the breakwater, the harbour entrance, Town Beach, ocean and then the northern beaches as far as the eye can see. There are only seven apartments in the building, and they present in a very engaging, art deco theme. “McGrath has listed a delightful two bedroom apartment, which was a holiday residence for the existing owners. It is certainly worth serious consideration; the granite kitchen has European appliances, there is a spa bathroom plus an ensuite, coffee shops and eateries are nearby and Port Central is just metres away. It is a great home and has been listed with a price guide of ‘over $620k’. “For those who prefer the size and comfort of their own house, I would strongly recommend a new home, which we have just listed in Bourne Street, Lighthouse Beach. Most locals would acknowledge Bourne Street as one of the premium addresses in the Lighthouse Beach area. Very close to café and shops, the residences there really do justify the classification. “The home that we’re selling is on the beach side of the road and has absolutely stunning views over the beach and the ocean. Built by one of Port’s most respected builders, it was completed only months ago and has absolute, state-of-the art everything. Contemporary raked ceilings tower over polished Blackbutt floors, walls of windows welcome natural light and amazing views and the kitchen is

outstanding: CaesarStone benches with glass splash-backs, 900 mm European cooking and so much more. All three bathrooms are breathtakingly beautiful and, of course, the pristine swimming pool is a sparkling delight. “This is a very luxurious, modern home, in one of the region’s best streets but, with a price guide of ‘over $1050k’, it would be within the budget of many sea changers, once they have sold their metropolitan homes. Not only that, it would probably represent a significant improvement in lifestyle, which is really why most people decide to make their move to Port Macquarie.” Having made such a decision himself, many years ago, Todd Bates fully understands the motivation required, and he has the personal experience of a man who has assimilated into his chosen community and lifestyle and made it his own. Now, as joint Principals of McGrath Estate Agents, Todd and his brother, Greg Bates, have built a business which has the power to add value to the local economy and to keep the property market moving, simply by utilising the company’s unique marketing tools to effectively attract those families and sea changers who are looking for a better way of life. (Roger Bates is a freelance copywriter.)

McGrath Estate Agents 147 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie. T 6589 3777.


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