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Welcome to the March issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS.


very March, we put together one of our most exciting editions of the year,​​ to celebrate International Women's​ Day. Women, m ​ o ​ thers,​wives, partners, daughters​are all celebrated for the commitment they make to our homes, businesses and community. International Women'​s Day this year has adopted the theme #pressforprogress. With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is still over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated for the cause. Locally we embrace International Women’s Day with two key events, both of w ​ hich are fundraisers for our local Women's and Children’s Refuge - which is run by the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service. On March 8th, ​the Hastings Business Women​'​s Network and Leslie Williams MP will


host their annual business breakfast​, f​ eaturing a key note from Bec Brideson. You can find out more about Bec on page​4. T​ ickets for the event are just $55​, a​ nd all profits go to the fundraiser. In the lead up to the business breakfast, a​ n exciting new event​, ​"​Him in Heels​"​​, w ​ ill take place by local businessmen​s​ upporting the #pressforprogress movement. The men will take a morning walk along t​ he​​T​own​Green ​​ in their best heels and be part of a discussion on gender equality and domestic violence and how we can address those issues here. The walk will take place on March 1, and local businessmen are encouraged to join the field of locals already signed up to participate. For more information on either event, you can email or visit the web page. And ​… the talk about women continues! We have 27 pages of local businesswomen featured

in this edition​, a​ nd we are so proud to be promoting what they do - they are champions of the business community, carers, career women, and we celebrate them in our pages. Not all of our interviews feature women this month, but a good proportion of them do! Local designer Claire Johnson has been involved in a collaboration with fashion label Gorman, with some of her prints being used in their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection. Claire also has some other exciting projects on the drawing board. Jules Mackin is an inspiring athlete who'll be competing in the treble breakwall buster event at the Port Macquarie Running Festival on March 11 - a tough event, but she's a tough lady. Having fought her own battle with cancer, Jules is also a strong supporter and advocate for Can Too. Balancing out the feminine charge are interviews with the John Butler Trio, The Boys in the Band, Shaun Gregory and Jimmy Laing!



Four local artists Jill Cairns, Trish Clarke, Kim Madden and Jan Wilson travelled to Alice Springs to paint the MacDonnell Ranges. This exhibition is the result of exploring, painting and being inspired together.

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Gender Intelligence

and the Female Economy It’s no secret that the world is changing, and TRADITIONAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS AND MODELS JUST HAVEN’T CONVERTED TO RECOGNISE THE NEW $28 TRILLION ECONOMY OF WOMEN. With 91%* of women agreeing that advertisers and marketers do not understand them, there is a lot to learn and a long way to go.


hat’s why gender intelligence expert Bec Brideson is in high demand - helping brands and industries like AFLW better understand women and create effective business strategies that connect with and understand them. Port Macquarie is lucky to have secured her for the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 8. We chatted to Bec about why understanding the new world of the "female economy" is impacting business, and all of us. You’ve built a business around the female economy; how do you define what exactly that is? Essentially, I help business leverage the financial importance of women because: • The global consumer economy of women is valued at $28 trillion, whilst the overall consumer economy totals $35 trillion. That means women control 80% of consumer purchases globally. • A 2015 Ernst & Young report reported that by 2025, women will be responsible for 75% of discretionary household spend.  • Women make the FINAL decision in 80% of category purchases, including automotive, finance and FMCG. How did you come to be an expert in this field of womenomics? I have a big passion for wanting to understand female consumers. As an advertising creative director, I could see that there was a disconnect between the way we were talking to and selling products to women - the reality of the way women make decisions and want to be communicated with, and the needs that they have around certain products. I wanted to understand, so I became a student of this very under-realised and 4 Greater Port Macquarie focus

It’s time we take off the traditional lens of business, to

understudied field back when I was thinking about starting my own agency in around 2000. I found it was very difficult to get my hands on the data, as gender hadn’t been factored into a lot of research until the last decade. What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in the last decade in terms of gender and how we think of women in terms of the economy? Well, we’ve started to quantify women’s influence and economic potential. I think what can be measured and qualified gets more attention, so we can fully understand just how powerful women are in these decision-making arenas. We can now say that the numbers don’t lie - there is a big need to focus harder and concentrate more intensely on meeting the needs of women. For you personally, you work a lot in this space now not just in your agency, but in your speaking and coaching sessions. What are your aims in terms of achieving a better balance for women in the workplace? My aim is for both men and women to see how much brands and business can benefit from taking women seriously. I think that it really does take both genders to help move the status quo, and I don’t think that women can do this alone. So, it’s time we take off the traditional lens of business, to allow a perspective that is different and that is fresh and that is more suited to women’s needs. That’s why I think it’s necessary for both male and females to be on board with change. A gender balanced world is ideal, because the best place we can arrive at is a place where men and women are able to see things through each other’s perspectives, and create the right solution and infrastructure. And what do you see as the biggest barrier right now in finding that balance?

allow a perspective that There still exists this from you on the day? is different and that is huge misunderstanding I am beyond thrilled fresh and that is more and lack of education to be joining you and all suited to women’s needs. and awareness around those attending Hastings That’s why I think it’s necessary gender. I think that we Heroine’s IWD event, and for both male and females to be should bring more women I grateful for another on board with change. in to create a gender opportunity to spread my balanced workforce; but powerful message about I think that we also need the present and future of to understand how to rewomen. I’m going to be approach business in a way that is better and more sharing my journey of the ups and the downs, inclusive for women that will also help us look at the highs and lows of starting and running a things in a whole different light and perspective, business, especially when what you’re selling is that will benefit the bigger business too. not necessarily an accepted way of seeing things In terms of education, one of the things you especially if it is challenging and disrupting age-old have done is write your first book, Blind traditional practises. Spots: How to Uncover and Attract The But it is a pertinent reminder that for women, Fastest Emerging Economy. Who’s the book nothing is an easy journey, and it takes a lot ideal for, and what does it talk about? of resilience and courage to keep going. IWD’s It’s ideal for both men and women in business theme #PressforProgress has become the perfect who are looking to better connect with their core descriptor for what we all need to keep doing, consumer - which is highly likely to be women, which is pressing forward even in the face of according to those statistics I mentioned, with rejection or difficulty or hopelessness, because if around 75% being responsible for discretionary we don’t, then we will never see change happen. household spend. The book illuminates and And change needs to happen for women right shows the rise of women in business from meek now. survival to a powerful position of ever-broadening Thanks Bec. influence and economic potential. It takes you * Check for full details of facts through a history of where business began, and figures. and how it has evolved thanks to the greater participation of women and then the path that we need to take to re-establish and relearn new rules International Women’s Day around engaging women in the work force and Hosted by the Hastings Business Women’s meeting their needs as female consumers. Network and Leslie Williams MP on Thursday We're very fortunate to have you coming to 8th March at Port Macquarie Panthers. Port Macquarie for our International Women’s Tickets from Day event to talk about how we can reach $55 single or $400 table of eight. the balance and be better at targeting these Limited tickets left! consumers. What else are we going to learn

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Allysha Webber. After travelling for the last few years, local Allysha Webber has planted her roots back in Port Macquarie, with a photography portfolio to be envious of and many a story to tell. FOCUS sat down with Allysha for a chat …


Kim Madden, Jan Wilson, Jill Cairns and Trisha Clarke have quite a few things in common - they’re all artists, they’re all extraordinarily talented, they all form a deep emotional response to the sights they see, and they all travelled together to Alice Springs and the MacDonell Ranges for a shared art/travel experience. The Heartfelt exhibition is the result of this trip to “the Alice” - and it’s truly stunning …



At Cassegrain, every bottle we produce is the sum of all the individuals involved. The women in our midst - from production to winemaking to chefs - ensure the flavour and zest of Cassegrain is sought after across Australia and abroad. To our women in wine - here’s to you.

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Always willing to push the boundaries of what she can create, Port Macquarie local Claire’s love of design extends to work with clay and pastels, and she’s recently collaborated with fashion label Gorman to showcase a range of her prints … Claire was also a part of the Glasshouse’s Neon Summer Programme recently, but watch this space, as she hopes to hold a solo exhibition in the future …



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i John. It's been some time since releasing a studio album; however, you did drop the single Bully mid last year. When can we expect the release

John Butler and his talented band have been sharing their stories, foot stomping beats and heart felt lyrics for twenty years.

We are lucky enough to have the John Butler Trio visit Port Macquarie for the Summersalt Festival ... FOCUS chatted with John about his impending album release, life with music and some of his greatest achievements …

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of a new album? Well, I’m working on my new album now. I’ve just finished tracking, I'm heading to LA on Thursday to finish the mix on that, and it will hopefully be out mid-year, if all goes well. Bully was one of those songs; it was from the very first session, and I didn’t think it would make it to the album, but it was done and it was a song I thought was good enough to have a life out there - especially in the political situation that we’ve been touring through in The States. I’d say the album is a little bit more soul searching than that kind of righteous and angry vibe that Bully is. How would you describe the vibe of the album then? I guess on the music production front there’s probably a lot more electronic aspects to it, in a way; I’ve had a lot of ideas on programmed beats and synthesisers and easing that into what I do with my band, guitar playing and my song writing. What was the experience of playing the iconic Red Rocks like? We had supported acts there for almost 10


years, and now we’ve a balanced life, where we ON PROGRAMMED BEATS headlined three times. We both get to have an avenue AND SYNTHESISERS headlined it back in 2012, for expression. So, we are AND EASING THAT INTO and we’ve done it twice very blessed; it takes a lot of WHAT I DO WITH MY since then as well - it was work to keep that balance BAND, GUITAR PLAYING a huge mountain to climb. and that tightrope right. AND MY SONG WRITING. On one of my first tours in We are both releasing an The States, I was opening album in the same year, up for Dave Matthews' which is crazy. We're taking Band and Michael Franti, our boy out of school and and I said to myself that homeschooling him along one day I’m going to play this venue ... It took the way. We just bring the kids along; I've been 10 years of touring to be able to headline that lucky enough to do this for 18 years and bring venue on my own! When you work that hard to the kids up like this, on and off. It takes a lot of get to that point, you know what it's worth. effort; we dream big and make it happen. If you Last time I was there, they had all these great dream big, then all of a sudden you can draw photos on the wall, like Willie Nelson, John something bigger out of you. Mayer and Neil Young, and I walked around the After all these years and hits, which song is corner and there was this huge A4 poster of us still your favourite to perform? from our last headliner there. It was awesome! I like them all - Ocean, Pickapart is real fun ... Summersalt Festival, you're headlining They’re all my kids! I don’t have a favourite, but there, as is your wife, Mama Kin (Danielle Ocean is one of those that has been with me for Caruana). What do you love about being years, so it's like a body part, rather than a song. about to share the creative domain together, Thanks John. but still keep your own identities? For me, it's really important to be somebody plug! who feels creatively expressed, whatever that is, whether it’s playing soccer or knitting or making Catch John Butler Trio alongside Mama Kin music, and I just feel very thankful that both Spender, San Cisco and Oh Pep! On the Dan and I have these outlets and that we work SummerSalt tour on Sunday 25th March. Tickets really, really hard to make a balanced family and

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And she is just that ... local Liz Brennan, mum, Marketing Director of the Glasshouse and amazing seamstress took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to FOCUS about her passion and how she fits everything in to her “Sew Busy” life ...



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hen did your passion for creating first begin? I think most people have a passion to create ... they just don’t know it, or they lose it somewhere along the way. Kids love to make things, and for some that urge gets lost or destroyed as life goes on. I grew up with a dad who made things, fixed things, restored things. A mum who was never still, she was always busy sewing, knitting or embroidering. For me, creativity and curiosity is just the way I’ve always lived. If I don’t know how to do something, I learn. If something breaks, I fix it. If I want to make something, I’ll figure out how. What was the first item of clothing you sewed? Tough question! I think it would be some simple sundresses just after I finished high school. They were both quite wearable, but not perfect, and that put me off sewing garments for years. I’ve learnt that you need to accept some lemons in life to make lemonade. Even the bad garments teach you something. My mum is a very accomplished sewer. She taught me to use a pattern, understand the symbols, how to cut the fabric and was always generous with her advice. She's very precise and produces immaculate garments. I'm a hybrid of freestyle and fastidious attention to detail when required. This passion took you on a journey, landing you a position as editor of an art and craft magazine. What was that experience like? Funnily enough, I turned down the job 8 Greater Port Macquarie focus

interview ... twice! I had a very sensible corporate city job. After a few calls, I gave in, went to the interview and decided to ditch the corporate opportunities for the art and craft magazine world. I started as assistant editor and was editor within months - before I'd even graduated from university. I worked with talented, generous people. What I didn't know how to do, I learnt very quickly. I wrote, edited, interviewed, worked on photo shoots, coordinated the content, sourced craftspeople and projects, hired freelance writers, negotiated with the advertising department and briefed photographers. I wrote instructions, advertisements, articles and editorials. I read, sewed and painted in my lunch breaks. It was hectic and very stressful, but also inspiring and fun. Tell us about your venture, “Sew Busy Lizzy”. Sew Busy Lizzy was not at all planned. “She” just sort of happened and took on a life of her own. Years ago I stumbled across a dressmaking book on Amazon. Despite having sworn I would “never make clothes”, I purchased it on impulse. While waiting for it to arrive, I discovered the online sewing world. I started blogging, because I didn't know anyone locally who sewed clothes, except my mum … and she probably thought I was a bit mad. She is very practical, and often I am anything but that! Many of my skills were useful, but there was still so much I wanted to learn. My friends dismissed my new obsession as “so grandma”. I started a blog because even if I was talking to myself, at least I was talking to someone! Much to my surprise, people started

dresses, deconstructed reading. Years ago I stumbled across a Over the years, I've garments, floral dresses dressmaking book on Amazon. sewn for Mood Fabrics and boots. I’m fascinated Despite having sworn in New York, I met up by vintage fashion and I would ‘never make with the London sewing patterns; I love the 1950s clothes’, I purchased it community, pattern and ‘60s pattern artwork! on impulse. While waiting tested for independent Don't be surprised if you for it to arrive, I discovered the pattern designers and find me in an op shop online sewing world. reviewed books. searching for old patterns, I don’t accept money vintage sewing machines for blogging or have paid and fabric. blog advertising. How do you balance life The blog has inspired me to improve my work/mum/passion? skills, wear different styles and meet new Balance. Is there such a thing? I think not. people far and wide. I’m grateful that the blog I haven't blogged in a couple of months, as unexpectedly made my world a bigger and life has been crazy with my kids and work. That richer place. The blog was never about money used to bother me, but now I just accept I can't it was about my sewing journey - and I decided always do everything. long ago to keep it that way. I think life is about carving out time for the What style do you feel represents you and things that you need to do and the things that the clothing you create? matter to you. Coastal beach lifestyle - usually barefoot. Where can our readers go to follow your My clothes are a reflection of my lifestyle and journey? Can they purchase your clothes? location. I guess I’d say I make clothes to wear People often ask if I will sew for them; I very on Port Macquarie weekends! I often wonder if rarely do. People don’t appreciate the time, that's the reason for my blog's popularity - it is energy or skill required. truly beautiful here. My readers love the beaches I don't do alterations either. (and perhaps my dogs!) as much as the clothes. I work five days a week, and I treasure my I hate having my photo taken, but I’m at home spare time. I sew for creative reasons, not at the beach. So most of my photos are taken commercial ones. People think they can save wandering about with my daughters and dogs, money by sewing - which is not always the while my husband takes photos. The blog is as case. It's about being able to create something much a credit to his lovely photos as my sewing. unique, take an idea and turn it into a reality. If you were to create from your favourite Life is short. Do the things you love. era in fashion history, what would it be? You can find me at or Oh, I love the ‘70s! I am drawn to the long @sewbusylizzy on Instagram. flowing silhouette; that era had a careless boho elegance to it. I also adored the ‘90s, the slip Thanks Liz.

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Kim Madden, Jan Wilson, Jill Cairns and Trisha Clarke have quite a few things in common - they’re all artists, they’re all extraordinarily talented, THEY ALL FORM A DEEP EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THE SIGHTS THEY SEE, AND THEY ALL TRAVELLED TOGETHER TO ALICE SPRINGS AND THE MACDONELL RANGES for a shared art/travel experience. The Heartfelt exhibition is the result of this trip to “the Alice” - and it’s truly stunning …


hat were the reasons you decided to travel to Alice Springs together? Kim: I’m a keen traveller and have seen quite a bit of Australia, but I hadn’t been to the MacDonnell Ranges. I love to paint, although I find painting outdoors a challenge. I’ve been painting outdoors with Jan and members of HVFAA’s Paint out Pals for a couple of years, but all that green, all those trees, all that blue ocean had me bluffed. I thought the desert heartland of Australia with its magentas, ochres, umbers and purples would suit me - and it did. I also do classes with Jill, initially drawing and now oil. It’s natural to want to go on a painting adventure together with so much in common. Jan: HVFAA sometimes organise a painting trip where members gather in a location for a week’s art experience. Two years ago Kim suggested the MacDonnell Ranges. I jumped at the chance, as I had been there before and loved it. I knew it would be fun with the girls (plus friend Anne and my husband, Col). Col and I had travelled by campervan via Birdsville and the Plenty Highway on our way over, and the SA salt lakes on the way home (another paint trip sometime in the future!) It was a wonderful trip, so I was hyped up by the time I met the girls at 10 Greater Port Macquarie focus

Alice airport. struck by the land forms of rivers, mountains Jill: The initial decision to travel to Alice and salt pans - a wonderful sight from up so Springs was inspired by conversations high. amongst friends to experience working together What are some of your favourite memories as a group, in a location that would motivate from the trip? the senses. Alice Springs Kim: When friend certainly succeeded Anne and I arrived at in that! We wanted a Port Macquarie airport connection to a new to catch the plane, Trisha landscape that offered was already sitting there ONCE I’D SEEN THE a contrast in palette, wearing riding boots and COLOURS, I FELT textures and above all, a cowboy hat. I thought I HAD A BETTER the light. to myself, “This is going APPRECIATION OF Trisha: My trip to to be interesting!” From THE MARVELLOUS Alice Springs was a the first day to the last, ABORIGINAL ART IN last-minute decision by we were blown away THE LOCAL GALLERIES. me and thanks to the by the magnificence of generosity of my friends the place, so strong and Jill, Kim and friend Anne, structural, so different, I was able to share their quiet, even ethereal. accommodation and We were constantly hiring of their vehicle, sketching, taking photos, for which I am very grateful. I had travelled painting, walking, talking about what we’d several times overseas, but have never really seen, and enjoying each other’s company. explored what Australia has to offer the artist. Once I’d seen the colours, I felt I had a better I had always wanted to visit the Alice Springs appreciation of the marvellous Aboriginal art area to experience the majesty and richness of in the local galleries. We’d had no thought of this magical, awesome place and to photograph doing an exhibition before we left home, but the amazing rock formations in all their varied we saw the beauty, colour and majesty of the colours and shapes and to take in the spirit of landscape and said we have to paint this and timelessness and space. On the flight there I was share it with others.

Jan: My favourite memories are the walks in the gorges with light spilling down over the old formations - intense colours with generally close tones. Texture everywhere. I noticed that the red earth wasn't as prominent as in my earlier visit, due to the planting of Buffel Grass in Alice to keep the dust down, and this has now spread to the ranges and is competing with the native Spinifex for floor space. It does provide the artist with the use of a lighter tone. Another memory is being chased away from a beautiful painting site by a swarm of native bees! The evenings together provided comic relief, and a chance to reflect on the day’s work. Jill: The flight in to new country inspired me from above. Seeing the colours change into a traditional, indigenous palette gave me a sense of sharing with the custodial owners of the land. There were many memories, as each day took us to an amazing location, but, for me a highlight was our evening display of our daily efforts and the discussions that came from that about our art making. Over a glass or two of red wine, our positive banter was an inspiration and the beginning of new bonds. Watching the sun set from the John Flynn lookout whilst drawing and photographing the event in this vast place was stirring. Trisha: Ellery Creek Gorge was our first outing - a beautiful start to our adventure. I was particularly taken by the water reflections and


the bushland surrounding it. The ochre pits also struck a chord in me. The colours and eroded sides of the pits and the silence of this place are still with me. The idea of having an exhibition based on our trip to The Alice didn't take long to surface, and we all felt the need to share, through our paintings, what we had seen and felt there. Seeing, photographing and painting this land has brought me closer to my travelling companions and given me a better understanding of what motivates the artist in them to reproduce their emotional responses to such a beautiful place. Overall, it was the quietness and the spirit of this timeless land and the sense of being where Albert Namatjira stood, walked and painted that stays with me. To me, it was a valuable insight that we should travel our own country first to appreciate its beauty and the challenges that our forebears faced in opening up this beautiful country.


Describe a few of the artworks you'll be presenting in the Heartfelt exhibition. Kim: We drove along Larapinta Drive and The Red Centre Way most days; they follow the MacDonnell Ranges for hundreds of kilometres. The layers of rock twist and writhe and have been crushed and forced upwards by powerful and violent natural forces. It is capped by layers of undulating rock like the medieval fortifications you can see along hilltops in Rajestan. The Aborigines call it the Caterpillar, and one of my favourite paintings is Chasing the Caterpillar in watercolour and crayon. In 2017 I returned to Alice and travelled to Glen Helen Gorge - an amazing place where towering terracotta gorge walls rise like castle ramparts above the Finke River, which floats serenely below. The Finke fascinates me and is

reputedly the oldest river in the world; it peters out in Lake Eyre. My oil painting Gorgeous Glen Helen is an attempt to capture some of this mystery and majesty. It’s the largest painting I’ve done so far. Jan: Ellery Creek Waterhole is a medium size pastel of this beautiful place we visited first - a very cool oasis among the warm rocks. I enjoyed a paddle - very bracing! Trephina Gorge is another pastel/ink work from the East MacDonnell. We spent a day underneath the big River Gums, taking in the texture and colours of the walls of this gorge. Ochre Pit is a medium sized oil I did in the studio on my return home. It is a special place of myriad earth colours. I was intending to work a figure into the composition, but eventually decided to capture the texture of the earth wall with yellow tones in a close up view. I did add some footprints to indicate human activity along this important Aboriginal site. Jill: My artworks consist of a variety of mediums, but, a large charcoal, ABOUT JAN, enabled me to expressively render the landscape with strong marks. This work is the largest in the exhibition, and my portrayal of Jan's figure gave an insight into the special qualities in this vast scape. Another large oil, ROOTS, depicted the Ochre Pits and the sacred nature of what happens there. I used the shape of hands to symbolise the activity of gaining these pigments for ceremonial and creative purposes. I always felt that I was borrowing this environment! Trisha: My painting Ormiston Gorge was the last I did for Heartfelt. We were fortunate to be able to visit Ormiston Gorge when it held water. Again, it was the reflections that caught

my attention, as well as the beautiful, mature gum tree with the beautiful pattern of lights and darks on its twisted limbs. Another favourite painting is Trephina Gorge, which is in inks and gouache. When we visited this gorge, it was awash in oranges and reds, against which the greens of the white limbed gums and other plants made a standout statement. I am planning to revisit the MacDonnell Ranges with my husband, so that he can experience for himself the beauty of this part of our country. Where can we see more of your work? Kim: My work can be seen at www. at HVFAA Gallery above Oxley Beach and from time to time at Masterpiece Framing and Gallery on Hastings River Drive. Jan: I display some works at the HVFAA gallery in William St., Port Macquarie. I also enter local and regional art exhibitions. Jill: My practice can be viewed at the HVAA Gallery and website, Oatley 101 Art Society and website. I enter many competitions between Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast and west to Currabubula. I also have a studio, where anyone is able to make an appointment for a viewing. Trisha: My work can be seen at the Hastings Valley Fine Art (HVFAA) Gallery, Oxley Beach end of William Street, Port Macquarie. I enter local art exhibitions and those further up and down the coast. I will also be adding images of my work to our HVFAA website. Thanks ladies. Interview by Jo Robinson. Heartfelt will be on display at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery until March 18. Landscape inspired mixed media workshop with Jill Cairns and Jan Wilson, March 3 at 10am. Costs $45 (materials provided). Greater Port Macquarie focus 11

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With Mason Taylor, presented by The Hollow Store. Mason Taylor is a health educator and host of The Mason Taylor Show podcast. He's a passionate tonic herbalist and founder of Australia’s leading tonic herb company, SuperFeast and he'll be joining us at The Hollow Store. When 26th March. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30 start - 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 - free Superfeast sample on arrival. LIMITED SPACES | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Go to to book.

6 8 18 Australia’s premier rock photographer, Tony Mott, has captured all aspects of the rock’n’roll lifestyle through his camera lens. An untrained photographer, he got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of Divinyls. Mott went on to have over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on 400 posters and the covers of 500 CDs and more than 900 magazines. A State Library of NSW touring exhibition. Where Regional Gallery Glasshouse 32-40 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 From 10th Feb - 1st Apr. Image - Rihanna 2008-digital print on alucabond, 70 x 50 cm © Tony Mott State Library of NSW Travelling Exhibition.



Purple People Shopping and Market Day - art and craft markets in the Wauchope CBD. Judging of staff costume, window front and premises displays. When Thursday, March 8. Times 8:30am - 5pm. Booked sites only. Ph: 0412 137 621.

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Departs Lasiandra Park, Cameron Street, Wauchope. Limited seats @ $ 50pp inc. lunch, wine tastings @ local wineries and local drop off. Bookings essential 0412 137 621 or 6586 0050. Sunday 18th March, 10am.

Are you looking to strengthen your mother-daughter relationship? Gain knowledge and confidence to empower your parenting? Explore practical strategies to help you both discover your own unique purposes? This weekend coastal camp will empower mothers and their teens (aged 12 - 15) with knowledge and skills necessary for healthy minds and bodies. Mums will have a chance to relax, recharge and play like a kid again, while daughters will explore, learn and laugh, as they discover that their mums share their desire for a happy, healthy and purposeful life! Leave equipped with skills to craft your very best selves, so together you can walk with power and posify the world! www.theposifygroup. When April 6 at 4pm - April 8 at 2pm. Where The Francis Retreat, Bonny Hills. Info


Volunteers are needed for the annual bush regeneration camp to be held from the 3rd - 8th April at beautiful Kylies Beach in our iconic Crowdy Bay National Park.


he camp is run by volunteers from the National Parks Association, Mid North Coast Branch, which has been running bush regeneration activities in the park for 39 years, and the National Parks Service. Volunteers are welcome to come for just a day, or for however long they can make it and work at their own pace and ability. There is time to swim and relax. In 2013 a severe bushfire affected the southern park section, resulting in mass germination of Bitou Bush, undoing years of work. What on earth was to be done? Thankfully, the Environmental Trust came to the rescue with a three-year grant of $97,000. A contractor was employed, with

resulting fantastic success. So most of the hard work is already done in this area; the main role now is the vitally important follow up, including that of previously worked sites such as magnificent Diamond Head. The use of a trailer fully equipped with cooking and eating gear etc. and tables set up under a tarpaulin makes camping easy. We have a fabulous, friendly group of core volunteers, and a great time is had by all. A BBQ is provided on the Saturday night. So, why not come and join us and/or help by spreading the word to anyone who might be interested? Phone Sue Baker on (02) 6559 7134 for further information and to book in.


The 2018 Hastings Old Holden Classic Cruise will be held from 16th - 18th March.

he Classic Cruise HQ will be at the Edgewater Holiday Park on the Hastings River, and the weekend will commence with a Meet and Greet BBQ on Friday night from around 6pm. The Saturday morning Classic Cruise will depart the Hibbard Sports Club Car Park at 9am, and end at Westport Park for the Show ‘N’ Shine from 10:30am until 3pm. The club would like to encourage the public to keep an eye out for the old Holdens whilst on the Cruise! Entry to the Show-N-Shine is free. There will be plenty of hot food and cold drinks available at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter

BBQ stand on the day, along with ice creams and various trade stands. Port Macquarie Holden will have a marquee to enjoy the shelter and to look at the new Commodore. At 1pm there will be a local SES demonstration using the latest technologies in vehicle rescues. At about 2pm the Show-N-Shine raffles and trophy presentations will commence. All profits from the annual Classic Cruise are donated to local charities, which this year will be the Port Macquarie SES and the Hastings Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. More info: www.hastingsoldholdens. com, or email:

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Twilight Tastings bigger and better than ever Hastings Co-op’s Twilight Tastings is gearing up to exceed all expectations, with a record number of exhibitors and entertainment planned for the March 16 event. Organiser Lisa Attkins said, “Foodies, beer, wine and spirit lovers are in for a real treat.” “The best part is, entry is still $5 for adults and free for under 18s.

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“This is our fourth year and we have a record number of exhibitors, some amazing exclusive offers, tastings from Timbertown IGA deli, Farmers’ Market stalls, children’s entertainment and live music thanks to Troy White Music School and Chris Rose. “As the event grows, the sentiment is still the same - Twilight Tastings is all about celebrating beer, wine, spirits and food in a relaxed environment, where suppliers can share their

products and locals can try something new. “It will be a great opportunity to talk directly with producers and grab a great deal.” Mrs Attkins said there was also a strong familyfriendly focus, with an expanded line-up of entertainment and food and drink options for under 18s. Tastebuds will be tempted by everything from fudge, honey, pizza and salamis to cheese and strawberries, a Lions Club BBQ and awardwinning, well-known spirits and boutique beers. “More than 700 people attended last year, more than doubling the previous year, and there was a real sense of community, which the Hastings is renowned for,” Mrs Attkins said. “Hastings Co-op is passionate about fresh, local produce and supporting local suppliers wherever we can, so Twilight Tastings is a perfect fit.”



Former Port Mac resident and brilliant photographer Josh Hedge has travelled around quite a bit since we last spoke to him four years ago … he’s currently happily settled in the Byron area, and now has three books to his name (one just recently released). We chat to Josh about travel, life, photography and writing …


i Josh. When we last spoke a little over four years ago, you were pursuing your passion for photography. What's been keeping you busy

since? Gosh, a lot! Over the years I’ve built up some really nice work with photography. I was contracted with the company Tree Of Life for a few years, as well as freelancing for quite a lot of labels and companies outside of that. Work with photography gave me the opportunity to travel across Australia and overseas, where I was able to meet so many incredible people. I’ve been able to hold exhibitions with my more creative side of photography, as opposed to portrait work, which have been really cool experiences. Whereabouts do you call home these days? I’ve been living in the Byron region for around three years now. I’ve never lived in Byron Bay itself; I’ve found myself living in Suffolk Park, Wilsons Creek and now Bangalow. I guess I kind of just ended up here in a way … I didn’t know anyone when I moved here and I had only been to the area once, but it has been the best decision of my life so far. I think a lot of people who know of Byron but haven’t necessarily been here can get a wrong impression of it. Don’t get me wrong; it’s absolute paradise and there’s a very laid back nature that comes with living here. But the rate of self-employed people who are very successful at what they do is the most inspiring aspect of it all. Being surrounded by other creatives who are truly living their dream has helped my enormously.

Where are some places you've travelled published, so it’s hard to comprehend at times. to? Seeds for Truth was my first book, and my I haven’t clocked up to much time overseas main motivation was I wanted to write a book I - mainly because I just love Australia so wish I had read when I was younger and going much. Anytime I find myself overseas and I’m through some hard times with depression … a just about to return home, I always end up book to really put everything into perspective in thinking, “Why did I leave in the first place?” a simple, nurturing and open minded way. Ha ha! I love going away, but Australia just Your second book, Flowers for Growth, ticks all the boxes for me ... followed quickly on the heels if your first I had a pretty life changing experience a few book. What's it about? years ago when I went to Egypt, though. We Flowers For Growth is a lot more in depth have our set ways here in the Western world and requires a bit more “focus”. It’s my and don’t take the personal learnings of time to experience the certain aspects of the Eastern. In a country world I find interesting that was predominantly - such as religion. I had THINGS STILL HAPPEN IN Muslim, I can’t speak a huge fascination of LIFE AND CHALLENGES highly enough of their why there is so much STILL ARISE, BUT I JUST kindness, generous separation in our world. MOVE THROUGH IT ALL and loving nature; they Once I started learning IN A RELATIVELY CALM welcomed me in as if about all religions as a MANNER NOW. IT’S HELPED it was home, and it’s whole, rather than just ME TRULY SEE THE such a shame the way one, I came to realise that BEAUTY OF ALL THAT I’M in which we have a almost every single religion SURROUNDED BY … set idea of judgement believes in the exact same against Muslims in the thing, all of the stories are Western world. The trip relatively similar, but the itself was incredible religions are all against being immersed in structures that were built each other - because they think they are right many thousands of years ago and experiencing and the other is wrong. all of the ancient beauty and knowledge. Also, ancient cultures’ religion was simply You've added author to your list of nature, so to speak, which is an area we accomplishments! Describe the process of have lost touch with, because of technology writing your first book, Seeds of Truth … and developments. I have a chapter seeing I never expected this to happen! I’ve always technology as a threat to humanity, as I loved and enjoyed writing in journals; I can personally feel like sooner or later it’s going remember being in my early teenage years to control too many aspects of our day-to-day and really loving it. I never expected to write lives, and we will be left not doing much at one book, and now I have three, which I’ve all…

How do you feel both writing and photography have changed your relationship to the world? They’ve shaped who I am today enormously. I think for all artists what you create is mostly just a self-portrait of yourself. It’s grown me as a person, because you learn a lot about yourself and the world in general when you follow a creative and self-employed path, because the majority of the time it’s just you on your own; you learn the lessons firsthand, the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, the inspirations and blocks - it’s all you. It’s enabled me to find a peace within myself that I didn’t really think was possible when I was younger struggling with depression. Things still happen in life and challenges still arise, but I just move through it all in a relatively calm manner now. It’s helped me truly see the beauty of all that I’m surrounded by … What's next in the pipeline for you? I’m taking it pretty easy at the moment. I had a pretty big few months towards the end of last year, as I had an exhibition to coincide with the launch of my third book [Fruits for Love]. I have a big year of travels coming up in 2018, which I’m excited about. At the moment I’m focusing on getting my books out there in the big wide world, but at the same time just enjoying each day as it comes. Where's the best place to see what you're up to and buy your books? I post on a kind of regular basis on my instagram - @joshhedge and my website for all three books is which is available for worldwide and Australian shipping. Thanks Josh. Interview by Jo Robinson. Greater Port Macquarie focus 15

Bonny Hills Artists: Easter Art Exhibition. Easter Art Exhibition will run between 28th March to 2nd April from 10am to 4:30pm. Opening night from 6pm on Wednesday, March 28th, with free music and nibbles provided. The bar will be open to purchase drinks at the Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club, Rainbow Beach Bonny Hills.

The Players Theatre Winner of multiply Tony Awards, Bye Bye Birdie was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson (Ian Castle), whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend and secretary, Rosie (Amanda Gordon), pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young teenager Kim McAfee (Emily Holley), declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend Hugo, hilariously played by Jordan Frith.  Meet the rest of the “All American” MacAfee family played by Tim Parry, Cate Storen and Julian and Reuben Reed in this musical comedy with a modern twist to be enjoyed by the whole family. The Players Theatre Inc. brings the show to life under the direction of Daniel Parlevliet (The Producers).  The season runs from 13th to 29th April.

Twelve of Bonny Hills’ artists have banded together to run an annual Easter art exhibition at the Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club. All these artists have met through their art and as members of the Hastings Valley Fine Arts Association. Many of these artists are prize winning, and some have run exhibitions at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery and the Long Point Winery. There will be an eclectic mix of works in many mediums, from Brian Barker’s expressive watercolours, Caroline Baker’s animals and landscapes to the beach art of Karen Cornish. Each artist will display a minimum of ten works, some of which are local scenes. All art is for sale, with a commission of sales being donated to the club to assist them in their ongoing work within our community. A two-dollar entry fee will be charged to cover operation costs. The exhibition will run for six days over the Easter. There is also a special meet the artists session on Sunday 1st April between 3pm to 7pm, where the bar will also be open. The artists exhibiting are: Brian Barker, Caroline Baker, Rita Carosi, Karen Cornish, Alison Lockley, Linda Lockyer, Terri Maddock, Kim Madden, Julie Mills, Debbie Sarkoezy, Lyn Thomas and Jan Wilson.


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The Dancing Koala

In 2014, when the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail was being developed by Margret Meagher from Arts and Health Australia, the idea for a “Dancing Koala” was ever present, given the community’s strong engagement with dance.


any artistic submissions were received, but the design concept of a “Dancing Koala” seemed elusive. A year ago, Margret invited local artist and legendary dance teacher Francessca O’Donnell to create the Trail’s “Dancing Koala”. Over the next 12 months, Francessca worked on designs and invited local blacksmith/artist Wayne Lewis to join her on this adventure. They proved a formidable team. Both are highly talented, self-effacing about their talents and amazingly perceptive in how to turn dream into reality. “I feel honoured to be part of the ‘Hello Koalas family and this outstanding artistic drawcard for tourism on the Mid North Coast. It has not only promoted many talented local artists, but injected an excitement to explore the beauty of this part of the coast,” said Francessca. “I often get random photos of families with the Hello Koalas sculptures I have created, and it’s a constant reminder of the great pleasure it brings to so many locals and travellers. “Spending months bringing these koalas to life, they become part of your family. Lola is a real character, and creating her made me smile every day! “I have to admit when Margret asked me to paint a ‘Ballerina Koala’, sparks went off with thoughts of sequins and feathers and an ‘over the top glam-a-koala’… pretty sure this was

not what she actually had in mind, but as always we are given fabulous support and encouragement to simply ‘create’. “After bringing to life three previous Hello Koalas (Kalido, PK Sparkles, Retro Rita), I wanted to make a fun character that epitomises all the glamour and extravagance of a ballerina, while at the same time using new techniques that pushed past my previous mosaic and painting skills. "My first challenge was the 3D half tutu and tiara. This could not have come to life without the skills of Wayne Lewis. It’s very special to collaborate with someone who can see your vision and has the skills and eye to make it come to life and add their own creative twist." The tutu had to be sturdy, yet delicate, as I had originally planned to cover it with mesh and mosaic. When I picked up the raw tutu, my plan changed, as it really called for delicate copper wire, beading and feathers. "At the time, I had just completed a large peacock mosaic installation, so my head was still filled with jewel colours and delicate feathers, which became the theme for Lola’s painted leotard and the colours and feathers on her beaded 3D tutu and jewelled tiara.” Francessca O’Donnell studied Design at Sydney College of the Arts, graduating top of the year. She followed a pathway to the international dance world, as a teacher, examiner, adjudicator and Fellow of the British Ballet Organization. “My highlight has been the gift of connecting

with literally thousands of students and sharing my passion for dance. I am delighted to still be in contact with many of these young people, who have had great success in their chosen fields and as parents, are making the world a better place. “Creativity has always been a huge part of who I am and how I think and function on a daily basis. I LOVE the challenge of a new project, brain storming ideas with others and the opportunity to create ‘magic’. "Over the last ten years my passion for visual art has been my main focus. Launching ‘Out There Design and Mosaic’ in Beechwood in 2007 opened up a new world of opportunities to create, meet interesting people, further my art and business education, teach, travel and work with the community. “The opportunities have been prolific and so different. I am currently working with a woman in Sydney to illustrate her children’s book and I often work with my youngest son, Tim, who is the resident choreographer for the Milwaukee Ballet Company, to design the costumes for his newest ballet. “Locally I am in the planning stages of a new mosaic installation for private clients and the Kempsey International Women’s Day committee for a mosaic wall at Riverside Park, whilst still enjoying teaching ballet to children at Port

Macquarie Performing Arts and mosaic classes to adults.” Wayne Lewis has been working with steel for over 40 years. “I was interested in forging steel from the age of 11. l would ride my pushy from Wauchope to Beechwood to watch the local smithy at the forge, whose name was Lyle Shoesmith!” Wayne was a founding member of the Artist Blacksmith Association in the '90s in Laurieton and in 2000, he launched his own business, Iron Fist Forge ( “In my work I do varied things ... repairing farm implements, making hand tools, fabricating practical pieces like balustrades, security grilles, fireplace sets, gates, and creating sculptures and contemporary artworks. “I always admire other artists that use steel to express their creativity and when Francessca asked me to collaborate with her on this project, I jumped at the chance.” DIARY DATES: Lady Lola takes up residence at the Glasshouse Arts and Visitor Centre in March and will be Queen of the Hello Koalas Festival, over the June Long Weekend, 7 - 11 June 2018. More Info: E: Ph: 0416 641 482 Greater Port Macquarie focus 17

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Local youth talent Bridgette FordChilvers is no stranger to the stage, having been a performer since the age of two-and-a-half. Now 11, Bridgette loves to make audiences smile, she’s been an active fundraiser for several worthwhile causes - and she thinks big! Find out how you can help Bridgette realise her dreams …


i Bridgette. Tell us a bit about yourself ... How old are you, and what are some of your hobbies? My name is Bridgette Ford-Chilvers, and I am 11 years old. I love to play the trumpet, sing, Scouting and love to do craft. How old were you when you first started performing? I was around two and a half when I first started performing and found my love of the stage. I started in shows down in Sydney with my mum, working for RegProm, and I have been lucky enough to perform in shows like Carols in the Domain and for Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday in California. Why did you choose the trumpet as the instrument you wanted to focus on - and how long have you been playing? I chose to play the trumpet because I saw others playing it, and it looked quite difficult with only three keys - so I wanted to take that challenge. I have been playing the trumpet for four years now, which has been fun and hard, but it’s good to take a challenge. What bands/performance companies are you associated with - and how do they help you develop your skills? For trumpet I am a part of the Young Guns band, led by my trumpet teacher Frank Rugers.

I have also performed locally through opportunities given to me by lots of my teachers that I have had over the years, including Ian at 21st Century Music, Sarah and Mark at Theatre Oz, Mrs T at Saints Youth Drama, Tim and Steph at Got Ya Back Productions, and I am also currently involved in a show at Players Theatre. So, I am very lucky and very busy! All these teachers and the theatre have helped me by giving me lessons and lots of opportunities to perform in all sorts of different places. You're busy raising money to visit Japan. Why do you want to travel there ... and when would you need to visit? I am raising money to go to Japan with the Port Macquarie Young Guns band for performances in Tokyo and Hamamatsu. We’ll be there in July for around 10 days. What do you most enjoy about performing/ being on stage? I like seeing the audience enjoying the performance the most. I love it when they smile and sing or clap along. I learned from doing shows over the years that as a performer I should always put the audience first and give them a great show. You've been involved with some community work/fundraising for others too. Fill us in on some of the activities you've been a part of ... The last two years I have done the Act For


Peace Ration Challenge, that people who come SMILE AND SING OR CLAP where I had to eat the back from Jamboree ALONG. I LEARNED FROM same food as refugees have learned how to be DOING SHOWS OVER for a week (it wasn’t very leaders, independent and THE YEARS THAT AS A much food!) Over the self-sufficient. PERFORMER I SHOULD two years I raised almost I have been warned ALWAYS PUT THE AUDIENCE $1,000 for refugees. that I will come back very FIRST AND GIVE THEM A I have also participated tired! GREAT SHOW. in the MS Readathon, How can the which is really special community help you to me because my Ma reach your goals? (Mum’s mum) has MS. I am doing lots of different fundraising things In town I am also a member of 1st Port - if you see me busking, please drop a coin or Macquarie Sea Scouts, and we try to do lots two in my case (and enjoy the show!) I also for the community in Scouts, giving things to have a fundraising page where you can make the community, visiting nursing homes etc. and online donations at: I recently got to take part in the Australia Day au/page/168470/help-bridgette-get-to-japanceremonies both on the Marine Rescue boat and-jamboree and in the flag ceremony with the Scouts. There are also other kids in the Port This fundraising that I am doing now is the Macquarie Young Guns band who are going first time I’ve done fundraising for myself. to Japan who may need help too, so if any Another one of your goals is to attend businesses are keen to help, please contact my Jamboree in South Australia. What's this trumpet teacher, Frank: event all about? Going to Jamboree is part of Scouting, And the Scouts who are coming to Jamboree where I can meet up with Scouts from all over are also fundraising, so if any businesses Australia (and some from other countries) and wanted to help out the rest of the Scouts as learn new skills, make new friends and get lots well, please email: and lots and lots of badges! They make like a little Scout town there; they Thanks Bridgette. even have their own post office and shops. I get to stay with my patrol, and I have heard Interview by Jo Robinson. Greater Port Macquarie focus 19

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8:30am Ladies Golf Day. 5:00pm Jack Dwyer Memorial Triples Men’s Bowls. Where Wauchope Country Club.


MONDAY 5TH MARCH Veteran Ladies Golf Day. Women’s Bowls - Lasiandra Triples. Where Wauchope Country Club.

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8:30am Purple People Shopping and Market Day - art and craft markets in the CBD. Judging of staff costume, window front and premises displays. Purple and Pink Day, Timbertown Childcare. Where High Street. Lasiandra Festival Fiesta. Where TG’s Childcare: 33B Hastings Street; 122A High Street; and 3 Riverbreeze Drive. 10:00am Lifeline Garden Party. Where Lifeline Shop 41 Cameron Street

The 34th Annual Lasiandra Festival


10:00am Hastings Valley Miniature Railway Family Fun Day. Where Yippin Creek Reserve. Cost Rides $2 pp. Please wear covered footwear Lions Club BBQ.


5:00pm - 9:00pm. Hastings Co-op presents Twilight Tastings - celebrating local beer, wine and food. Local producers, live music, children’s entertainment, Farmers’ Market Stalls and tastings from Hastings Co-op Timbertown IGA Deli. Where Wauchope Show Ground. Cost $5 entry; kids under 18 free.


10:00am Bago Vineyards Wauchope presents “Jordan Jive Duo” live on the Pergola. Cost Free Entry w/ entertainment from 11:00am. Note Maze entry charges apply. Facilities include cellar door tastings and sales, Bago cheese/meat plates, the Chocolate Shop, Bago Maze, sausage sizzle by Lasiandra committee. Bring along a picnic basket, fold up chair or picnic rug and have a great day out.


1:00pm Hastings River Greyhound Club afternoon meeting, featuring the “Lasiandra Cup”.

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7.00am Purple Wauchope parkrun. Where Rocks Ferry Reserve, Rocks Ferry Road. Contact Wauchope parkrun un via email if wanting to participate - wauchopeoffice@ for further details.



10.00am Lasiandra Mystery Winery Tour - Departs Lasiandra Park. Cost Limited seats @ $ 50pp inc. lunch, wine tastings @ local wineries and local drop off. Bookings essential: 0412 137 621 or 6586 0050.


Noon 34th Annual Lasiandra Festival Celebration BBQ and Presentations. Where Lasiandra Park, Cameron Street, Wauchope.

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their dreams and family, and one of those was to develop his own clothing label ... HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN



ntroduce us to yourself; what’s your connection with Greater Port Macquarie? I’m Shaun, 29, father of three little legends and founder of Yeah The Dads Clothing Co. I was lucky enough to grow up in the Port Macquarie area, after my family made the move from Sydney to Wauchope, just before I started high school when I was 12. I lived in Wauchope for 15 years, met my beautiful wife and started a family, before we made the decision to move back to Sydney for my work. It is such an awesome part of the world that I now realise I took for granted at times since moving; getting back to see family, friends and enjoy the coast is something that is always on our priority list. Since moving, you have embarked on a journey creating your own clothing label; what’s the story behind this? YTD started out as a bit of fun and slowly morphed into a real thing. The idea really came from enjoying being a dad and wanting to celebrate fatherhood with others. I wanted to create a label that dads could be proud to wear and also one that gave back by supporting a foundation linked with Men’s Health, specifically depression and suicide prevention. I was lucky enough to be introduced to and link up with The Chad Robinson Legacy Foundation, whom we now support in the bid to fight one of the biggest killers of men and fathers in our society. In the first month of being live, we were able to raise over $550 to

support the foundation. Not only is it a clothing label, you’re also blogging about a number of topics relevant to men … Yes, I believe it is an awesome opportunity men’s health and to connect with other fatherhood with a wider I WANTED TO CREATE A dads and also show audience, along with LABEL THAT DADS COULD people there is a face sharing the knowledge BE PROUD TO WEAR AND behind the business, I have got from starting ALSO ONE THAT GAVE rather than just a a clothing line/small BACK BY SUPPORTING website you buy a business with anyone A FOUNDATION LINKED shirt from. I started who might want to as WITH MEN’S HEALTH, putting together blogs well. SPECIFICALLY DEPRESSION and vlogs which have As a man, do you feel it AND SUICIDE PREVENTION. been centred around is important to be able fatherhood, parenting, to express yourself and documenting things follow your dreams? that are happening in I think it is important for anyone to be able the business and things we do for fun as a to express themselves, especially men, as family. It’s been rewarding and interesting so there is still some stigma around not doing far. so. I have always been a big believer in doing What has the feedback been like? And what makes you happy and chasing dreams from whom? that are one size too big; no matter how The feedback has been positive and it’s other people perceive what you are doing. well received so far, with the majority of the I think a lot of men in particular might want feedback depending on what the content is to try something new, different or express about coming from dads - which has been themselves in some way, but don’t due to the encouraging! Some of the messages I have fear of being judged. Nothing negative will received from other dads off the back of them come out of pursuing your goals, dreams or have made my day. putting yourself out there if you choose to The whole dad blog/vlog scene isn’t as focus on the positives and doing something big as what is happening in the mum-verse that makes you happy. I think as men today on social media at the moment but as the we have the ability to make a significant label grows, it will be awesome to hopefully impact on the current stigma that doesn’t enable us to express ourselves by supporting be able to create more conversation around

each other and setting the right example for our boys to follow in the future. In the age we live in we have almost everything at our fingertips; we are spoilt for instant knowledge and have the ability to communicate to wide audiences with speed. If there was a right time to follow a dream, learn something new, express yourself or do something that makes you happy, it’s now. What have you discovered about yourself through this project? That I have had to put my values and way of thinking into action! There have been times when I have been nervous about launching the label or publishing a blog or vlog, because of a fear that it wouldn’t be accepted or that I would be judged by people who know me. I’ve discovered vulnerability, which I didn’t really think I had in my personality, and that as a dad and a man it’s OK to feel that way at times. It’s normal. Where can our readers purchase a piece of YTD clothing and follow you? You can find all YTD merch and our first collection over at and you can follow the label and myself on; Instagram - @ytd_clothingco Facebook – Yeah The Dads Clothing Co. Thanks Shaun. Greater Port Macquarie focus 23


An enterprising and passionate Lake Cathie resident, 11-year-old Shalise Leesfield has been a mover and shaker in the bid to clear our beaches and waterways of discarded fishing line. Shalise wants to be a voice for the marine animals she loves - but she’s not all about talking! This young eco-champion has provided some practical solutions as well …



i Shalise. Tell us a bit about yourself ... I’m 11 years old, and I live in Lake Cathie with my mum, dad and pets, which include my tropical fish, Tutu the Chihuahua dog and Tiara the Ragdoll cat. What do you love most about Lake Cathie? I have lived in Lake Cathie for eight years now, and I absolutely love it. I love the ocean and the marine life that lives in it, so living alongside Rainbow Beach is the perfect place for me to call home. On the weekends I enjoy snorkelling and kayaking, and Lake Cathie has the perfect place down at the Foreshore Reserve. I also love spending time at the beach and watching the local dolphins. Why do you care so much about the ocean and marine life? My devotion to the ocean started at a young age, as my family and I have always spent every spare moment either near the water, on it, or swimming under it. I have a real passion for our marine animals and their environment; Australian Sea Lions and Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins are my two favourite animals. I enjoy finding interesting ocean facts on the internet, and this introduced me to the horrific impacts of fishing line on marine life. I found out that every year thousands of marine animals, including seals, dolphins and sea turtles are injured due to people leaving behind their unwanted fishing line. Over 1,400 seals, including the endangered Australian Sea Lion, are killed annually across Australia through fishing line entanglement. This really made me start to think about how much the marine wildlife really needs our help, before it’s too late.

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Over the last few years I have really taken notice of the rubbish that I come across around the Lake Cathie beach and lake areas, especially the discarded fishing line, as I was always finding large clumps of it scattered all over the sand. When I found out on the internet about how bad forgotten fishing line can be for the marine animals, it made me really sad - and I wanted to become a voice for them, as they can’t speak for themselves. It became my mission to clean up my local beach in a bid to help save aquatic animals and bird life from entanglement. I began spending a lot of time on the weekends collecting, documenting and cleaning up discarded fishing line from the waterways and foreshore. I then gave my reports and photos to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in April last year, asking for approval to install fishing line collection bins locally. What have you found out about the issues fishing line causes for marine life? Fishing line is one of the most harmful things that gets washed into the ocean, because it’s strong and invisible in the water. A lot of marine animals can’t see it floating in the water, get tangled in it and can't break free. It’s also a problem as it takes up to 600 years to break down in the ocean. We also have a lot of pelicans in Lake Cathie, and they are at risk of fishing line entanglement. Fishing line can become tangled on the legs, wings and beaks of these birds and because pelicans have blunt beaks, they suffer the most, as they have no hope of biting through the line. What are some of the solutions you've come up with? While researching one day, I saw a fishing line bin program called Seal The Loop, and that is when I decided to approach Council about the possibility of having some collection bins

I want to show how installed in our area. After I FOUND OUT THAT getting the approval from just one young person EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS Council, I got the bins can make a difference in OF MARINE ANIMALS, free of charge from The INCLUDING SEALS, helping save our beautiful Seal The Loop program, I DOLPHINS AND SEA marine animals from travelled to Coffs Harbour TURTLES ARE INJURED extinction and to protect with my parents to pick DUE TO PEOPLE our ocean for future them up and with my LEAVING BEHIND THEIR generations. dad’s help, I installed UNWANTED FISHING LINE. It’s also great that Port them at the Lake Cathie Macquarie can show foreshore. the people who visit our My goal was to town that we are doing provide an environmental resource for our local as much as we can to help raise awareness in community to help protect our marine life that our local area and doing our bit to help save the didn’t cost the Council any money or time, as I marine life. manage the emptying of the bins and disposal What would you like to see happen on all of the fishing line collected. our local beaches in future? I installed the bins at some of the popular My goal for this year is I would like to fishing spots in Lake Cathie, one at the boat see more bins put up in other fishing spots ramp and the other one on the bridge. People can use the bins to dispose of any unwanted throughout Port Macquarie and the Camden fishing line and hooks, to reduce the amount of Haven. fishing line finding its way into the ocean. The I have been working with Nicki Julian at bins are also designed to advertise and remind Council to apply for grant funding from the people about the dangers of dumping fishing Litter Prevention team at the Environmental line into the marine environment. I also love that Protection Authority, that will help to pay for a the Seal the Loop bins have been made from community education component that includes recycled plastic collected from Melbourne Zoo. a ranger to come and talk to the fishermen, to I empty the bins weekly and record the educate them about the dangers of fishing line amount I have collected, which is on average within our local community. about three to four handfuls. This information is What would you like to do when you finish then forwarded to Council on an ongoing basis. school? Where can we check out what you're I would love to do something in marine currently up to? science and research, studying and helping the I want to spread the word to as many marine life would be such an amazing career. people as possible, and I’ve recently started an My dream would be to have a job where I could Instagram page @shalisesoceansupport so that help protect our oceans and all that live in it. I can share with people all over the world the Thanks Shalise. importance of not throwing fishing line into the ocean. Interview by Jo Robinson.



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Sailability is an organisation that offers those with a disability, including those confined to a wheelchair, a chance to enjoy freedom they may never have before experienced - sailing on our beautiful waterways.

ob Walsh, President of our local branch of the organisation, Sailability Port Macquarie, is very proud of the new pontoon that’s been established at McInherney Park, which allows more people than ever before to enjoy our river… Hi Bob. How long have you been involved with Sailability in Port Macquarie - and what inspired you to join the group initially? I am in my second year with Sailability Port Macquarie. Having worked with disadvantaged persons throughout my working career, joining Sailability provided a unique opportunity to serve the community and assist persons with a disability to enjoy freedom on the water. What can you tell us about Sailability; what are the organisation's aims? Sailability Port Macquarie is a not-for-profit volunteer group whose mission is to offer to people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the sport of sailing on a regular basis. We use a fleet of specially-designed sailing dinghies to stage a sailing day each Wednesday on the Hastings River off McInherney Park. Each Wednesday we provide our services at no charge to over 50 people with disabilities drawn from various disability support units, local public and private schools, community disability service providers, aged care providers and various private individuals. Sailability Port Macquarie received the Community Services Group of the year Award in 2015 from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Sailability marked a wonderful achievement recently, with the opening of a pontoon/ jetty on the river at McInherney Park. How was this pontoon made possible? It was through the untiring efforts of members that the pontoon eventuated. This project has been made possible by the support

of the following NSW State Government grant Macquarie-astings Council on the 31 January programs: 2018. Thus, the pontoon will enable others with • Community Building Partnership Grants a disability, as well as senior citizens and the • Sport & Recreation Disability Grants general public to enjoy the Hastings River. • Boating Now - Transport for NSW. Tell us a bit about the individuals Sailability What does this pontoon mean for Sailability assists ... Typically, what types of people in terms of accessibility for members? access your services, and from how far Since commencing operations in 2012, it away do they travel to meet with you? became apparent that we needed a permanent In 2018, we operate nine dinghies with pontoon from which 75 volunteers. Each we could launch and Wednesday, we provide retrieve our dinghies and our services at no charge safely transfer people in to over 50 people with wheelchairs to and from disabilities drawn from Having worked with our nine sailing dinghies. local public and private disadvantaged persons Growth in our client base schools (primary and throughout my working career, stagnated due to our secondary), providers of joining Sailability inability to accommodate disability services and provided a unique additional clients each aged care, and numerous opportunity to serve the Wednesday. We found private individuals. Clients community and assist it necessary to restrict (crew) mainly come from persons with a disability several of our larger client Kempsey, Wauchope, to enjoy freedom on the water. groups to fortnightly Camden Haven and Port visits, and we were unable Macquarie. to promote our services Census statistics to prospective new clients. The main cause confirm that there are approximately five of this stagnation was the limited capacity of thousand people with a "serious or profound the modular pontoon. The single C-Crane and disability" in the Port Macquarie electorate, the growing number of users in wheelchairs where Sailability is the only group of its kind. restricted the number of clients on any given Feedback from carers confirm the positive day. effects of participation in Sailability's activities on This bottleneck has been eliminated with our the self-esteem and confidence of people with new gangway and pontoon. We estimate that disabilities the new pontoon with its two C-Cranes will What types of watercraft does Sailability increase our capacity by around sixty percent. operate? With the new pontoon we have the opportunity We have a fleet of nine Access 303s, sailed by of increasing the number of crew that sail with one or two people. The 303 has two sails and us each week. Such an increase will ensure we is steered with a joystick located in front of the accommodate new crews and those crews who sailors. A one metre keel (actually a weighted wish to increase their attendance on a weekly centerboard) offers outstanding stability. Seating basis. is side by side, and sailors recline in a webbing The community at large will benefit from “lazy chair”. Three inflatable recovery vessels this pontoon, which was handed over to Port provide a safety backup while sailing is in

progress each Wednesday. What skills/experiences does your organisation offer to participants? Sailability Port Macquarie is a volunteer organisation whose mission is to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the sport of sailing. “Freedom on The Water” is our aim, to ensure that each participant gains new skills, personal confidence and growth, enjoys social interaction and experiences the exhilaration and freedom of sailing. What's a story or two you can share that's touched your heart during your involvement with the organisation? Each participant brings with them a special personality that endears them to our volunteers, whose aim is to ensure that sailing is a safe, memorable and exciting experience. In 2017, Colin, a wheel chair bound participant, through determination and skills progressed from a crew member with a disability to a “skipper” of one of Sailability’s nine sailing vessels. He now calls the shots and proudly skippers a vessel for other disabled colleagues each Wednesday. Colin attended the State Titles at Coomera Park, Forster, as a representative of Port Macquarie Sailability. At the 2017 AGM of Sailability Port Macquarie, Colin was unanimously elected to the Executive Committee of the club, being one of the first disabled persons in NSW to hold such a position. Where can we find out more info/access your services? We invite members of our community to come and visit our operations at McInherney Park each Wednesday. We are always looking for new members, especially now that we have the physical resources to provide sailing to a greater number of participants. Our website is http:// - select Port Macquarie from the list of clubs. Thanks Bob. Interview by Jo Robinson. Greater Port Macquarie focus 27





Douglas Vale Vineyard and Homestead is a much loved local iconic site, with a history dating back to 1859. As the only volunteer-run vineyard and homestead in Australia, it’s entirely unique, holds a special place in many locals’ hearts and often plays host to special events. Kay Morrison, Douglas Vale’s Functions Coordinator and Public Relations Officer, tells us more about the historical significance of the site, and fills us in on some of the upcoming events …

lease share some of the history behind Douglas Vale… Historic Douglas Vale dates back to 1859, when vigneron George Francis bought two parcels of land totalling 20 acres on what was then the New England Road. He had prospected enough gold at Majors Creek diggings near Braidwood to buy the property, build the cottage for his family and start the vineyard with Black Isabella cuttings believed to have come from the vineyard of Major Innes’ property at Lake Innes. He had worked for Major Innes for three years, planting his vineyard, before going gold prospecting. The Black Isabella grapes were imported from America. George later purchased land to a total of 44.7 acres. The property was named after George Francis’ first wife, Margaret, whose maiden name was Douglas. Her family originated from Scotland. Douglas Vale developed into one of the finest vineyards in the district. Its wines were exhibited in Bordeaux in 1882, Amsterdam in 1883, Calcutta in 1884 and 1885 and in London in 1886, winning commendations and medals. On the death of her father, in 1898, George’s daughter, Margaret Wilson, continued to maintain Douglas Vale as a successful vineyard until the last vintage in 1918. When Margaret Wilson died in 1932, the

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ownership of Douglas Vale then passed to her daughter, Margaret Ethel Isabella Dick, the widow of Ernest Dick (his father had been responsible for establishing the oyster farming industry on the Hastings River). Margaret Dick was joined by her youngest son, Patsy, who remained living in the homestead after his mother’s death. In later years the State Government progressively resumed the land, mainly for educational purposes. TAFE, as the new owner of the property, was unable to prevent the vandalism that occurred following Patsy’s death in 1993. As a response to the decision by TAFE to demolish the property, The Douglas Vale Conservation Group was formed in 1995. Only approximately 4.1 acres remains of the property today. The homestead is the oldest remaining timber house in the Hastings region and with the outbuildings, represents the last remaining fabric of the pioneering wine industry of the 1880s. There is an amazing collection of family memorabilia which has been donated by family members and is on display in the homestead. The vineyard in the oldest in Port Macquarie, and in the late 1880s it was the largest. Introduce us to the Douglas Vale Conservation Group - where can we meet you? Douglas Vale Conservation Group is the only volunteer run homestead and vineyard in Australia.

The Conservation Group is preserving this time it is New South Wales’ turn. We are Douglas Vale as a working museum/vineyard for very fortunate that Port Macquarie has been future generations. chosen as the location for the event. There will The homestead and its curtilage are classified be approximately thirty cars on display, and by the National Trust of Australia and is included judges will be selecting the winners in various in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s list of categories from entries from all over Australia. heritage sites. Douglas Vale will be providing We are open on Wednesday, Saturday and Devonshire teas to the 55 participants. The Sunday from 10am until 3pm. event will commence at 8:30am and conclude Our address is 235 at 12:30pm. Douglas Oxley Highway, and we Vale will be open to are located between interested visitors on the Westport Primary School day for viewing these There is an amazing collection and Westport High unique cars, as well of family memorabilia School. as wine tasting, tours which has been donated Our contact number is and the purchase of by family members 6584 3792. Devonshire teas. and is on display in the Douglas Vale Vineyard Our Heritage Open homestead. The vineyard in is renowned for Day is being held this the oldest in Port Macquarie, and hosting some amazing year on Saturday 21st in the late 1880s it was the largest. events. What’s on the April. This is being held in agenda for the next conjunction with the Art few months? Walk and will have some Douglas Vale Open Indigenous artworks on Days are held three times display. One of the artists a year, from 9:30am until 2:30pm. is Russell Meehan, winner of the Kempsey Art Third Saturday in January: Summer Open Day; Prize in 2009, who was also awarded Highly Third Saturday in April: Heritage Open Day; Commended at the Grafton Regional Gallery in Third Saturday in October: Spring Open Day. 2017. There will also be a variety of craft stalls, On Saturday 24th March, the Datsuns food stalls, Devonshire teas and BBQ, a full Sports Owners' National Championships is programme of local entertainment and much being held at Douglas Vale. The event is held more. in a different state of Australia each year, and Thanks Kay.





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Café Buzz With summer now passed, the warm weather continues. Salads are still a major part of our diet over this period of early autumn.

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When you order a salad at Café BUZZ, it is made fresh for you. Amy, our chef, loves to make different salads all the time. We have basic green salads right through to specials that showcase ingredients.

When you are next in the Port CBD, drop into Café BUZZ and enjoy our freshly made offers for you.

Every day fresh boxes arrive from Ken Little’s to our café. Even when you order one of our freshly baked goodies, like quiche, tarts, frittata and rolls, your side salad will be made fresh. The spinach salad is a “forever” favourite in



Hastings Coffee Co. at The Westport Club Those little beans that bring the buzz are rated on a 100 point scoring system that assesses body, balance, sweetness, clarity and acidity. A brew that scores 80 points or more is considered to be a specialty coffee. At Hastings Coffee Co. we are proud to use an 85 point blend of ethically-sourced beans. The Hastings Coffee Co. blend is made up of 60% naturally processed Brazil, 20% Indonesia and 20% India beans. This makes for a cup that is mild in flavour, yet full-bodied. The Hastings flavour profile evokes the sweetness of caramel, with hints of malt, nuts and spices. We offer a selection of sweet treats and our signature sourdough, all baked onsite daily. Our favourite picks from the pastry cabinet are the opera slice and the pear and ricotta tart! Take a loaf of our sourdough home or enjoy

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as part of our all-day menu at Hastings Coffee Co. It really doesn’t get any fresher or more authentic. As you dine at Hastings Coffee Co. you’ll be greeted with spectacular Hastings River vistas and might even spot a dolphin or two. How does it get any better than that? Breakfast from 7:30am daily. Lunch from 11:30am daily. Dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm.



Aussie coffee roaster making an impact on the environment. Coffs Harbour business owner and inventor Luke Floyd is working on saving the environment, one milk bottle at a time with his recently developed i-milk delivery system. After spending hours working on concepts and models in the back of his Artisti Coffee Roastery, the i-milk system was born and is now in use by large corporations such as McDonald’s. The system does away with the large amount of wastage in pouring milk from typical plastic milk bottles, and also the plastic waste that goes with it. Word is getting out, and many cafés across the country are employing the system after seeing the huge cost and environmental savings. Under a current EPA incentive, the government is offering a rebate for up to 50% on installs of systems like the i-milk, which have proven environmental impacts in reducing waste. For videos and more information, visit or contact the Artisti team on (02) 6653 1182 for a full demo today.

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There’s something for everyone at Jimmy’s Bar & Lounge. Order your favourite cocktail, pull up a big comfy chair and relax for the afternoon and into the evening. Time will seem to slow down and you’ll feel instantly stress-free as you take in the stunning Hastings River views of bobbing boats and local birdlife. If you love life and want to feel like you’re on an endless holiday...come and relax with us at Jimmy’s. What’s on at Jimmy’s - Every day: Cocktails, bubbles, wine, beer and international whisky flights Monday: Bingo, Members’ Jackpot Wednesday: Lucky 8’s Thursday: Members’ Jackpot Friday: Bingo Sunday: Lucky 8’s, Vinyl Sundays, Twisted Cocktails Upcoming events: Easter egg cocktails - Easter Long Weekend | Oreo Day cocktails - Tuesday 6 March | St Patricks Day - Saturday 17th March | Facebook Members Draw *DRINK RESPONSIBLY

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Port Macquarie Golf Club. Come and join us for our annual US Masters Breakfast and Golf on Monday 9th April, from 6:30am.

The Desert Island Question It surely is the most captivating of all culinary questions. Certainly, it is the one which is asked universally and frequently. Last month in this column I thought to expand on the “Pleasure” part of Palate Pleasures; now it is time to explore the “Palate” … “If you were stuck on a desert island and had to choose one dish/type of cuisine to eat for the rest of your days, what would it be?”


aturally, there are many variations of this query, but the gist of it always remains constant - which particular item of food you couldn’t possibly live without, the one that you would be least likely to tire of (such is the extreme fondness you have for it), and the sole survivor after a harrowing process of elimination and agonising soul searching. For some the choice is a no-brainer - as in a clear-cut winner immediately springs to mind of a firm and unshakeable favourite. This is one circumstance where the hankering for the simple things can work in your favour - Mum’s roast, or a great chicken schnnitty might effortlessly become the ticket to islandlife contentment. But for others, the narrowing down of an extensive list of much loved foods can prove too agonising to bear. Fact is, there is an infinite amount of delicious dishes in the world, ditto scrumptious offerings from every corner of the globe … how can you possibly even begin to decide? Vietnamese, Mexican, Thai, the dish you order every time you go to your favourite restaurant, spaghetti with prawns, garlic and chilli, foie gras or ramen? What will it be … you only have one!

is that such is the gravitational pull of food to capture our imaginations as well as our stomachs, to have this question be one that most of us are very familiar with. It’s one that highlights our extreme passion for food - which dish couldn’t we live without? Yet, it also signals our diversity - our great food loves are as unique and individual as we are. Someone’s desert island delight might be another's trip to food hell. And to even vaguely consider the notion that familiarity could breed contempt? No way, you might think, “I would never, ever get sick of tacos/minestrone/ or pad Thai”. Not to mention the nutritional deficiencies of an imbalanced diet … But again, we must remember that this notion is entirely fanciful, yet it still might make us salivate at the thought of our most coveted cuisine. And think about food in that dreamy way that magically transports us to another time and place, in the same way that spending all that time scrolling through the food porn on Instagram does … Because, let’s face facts here - when we are not consuming or preparing food, we are usually thinking about it. Actually, that’s not

Clearly falling into the latter category, it is virtually impossible to come to a decision.

right either - while we are eating or cooking,

Luckily though, this is an entirely whimsical question without any basis in reality whatsoever, but what is really interesting

What it all comes down to is as simple as can

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we are still thinking - about the next meal! be - we eat to live and live to eat! Recipe for good living right there ...

Either, come and watch the final nine holes whilst enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, or combine the breakfast with an 18 hole competition round following the winning putt. $1,000 in prizes to be won, sponsored by Angove Wines. $30 for members; $40 for guests. BINGO every Monday from 10:30am and Thursday from 6:30pm with plenty of $$$ to be won each week! Come along to our Raffles and Trivia nights each Wednesday from 5:30pm. Over $450 in prizes to be won. The Members Badge Draw also jackpots every week! Tickets on sale from

5:30pm Wednesday. Try your luck at POKER, wth Poker nights at the club every Tuesday and Saturday nights. $11 entry. Register at the club from 6pm to join in. Tuesday nights commence at 6:30pm, and Saturday nights will begin at 7pm. Aspire Restaurant at Port Macquarie Golf Club offers award winning lunch and dinner menus with a contemporary mix of casual meals and a la carte dining. Wednesday night specials at Aspire are premium rump steak, $17 members and $20 guests, or try our deluxe chicken or steak burger, just $17 members and $19.50 for guests. Great Golf, Great Food, Great Fun!


Australian Crawl Tribute Show. Australia’s Premier AUSTRALIAN CRAWL tribute show. CRAWL FILE pays homage to one of Australia’s most popular ‘80s rock bands. Crawl File’s authentic sound brings back your favourite memories from albums such as BOYS LIGHT UP, SIROCCO, SONS OF BEACHES, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, SEMANTICS, PHALANX and more. Crawl File have been entertaining “Aussie Crawl” fans since 2013 and have established themselves as the most authentic showcase of the original AUSTRALIAN CRAWL band and songs. Their outstanding production will surely stimulate your AUSTRALIAN CRAWL appetite and have you up on your feet in no time. This show would normally cost $20 or more per ticket; however, Club North Haven have

decided to run the show at no charge, so that nobody misses out on one of the best shows of the year. The show kicks off at 8pm on Saturday 3rd March, so make sure you get in early to get your seat. This isn’t the first free show that Club North Haven has put on; every Thursday night you can find free entertainment at the club from 6.30pm, with performers such as Lennox Lust, Brenden Jenssen, Gary King and Mark Bergin, just to name a few. There will also be a free performance from Soundscape, one of Newcastle’s premier bands, on Saturday 30th March. To keep up with all the entertainment and what’s on at Club North Haven, follow them on Facebook or visit the website:

Rock royalty will be hitting the stage with the sensational new Lost Legends Showcase! FOCUS chatted with the Aussie Legends about their upcoming show at the Old Butter Factory, Telegraph Point.


ell us about the band; who makes up the group and what are your musical backgrounds? Denny Burgess (bass/vocals/narrator) was a member of The Throb, The Whispers, and Masters Apprentices. He lived in England for 11 years, where he appeared on Top Of The Pops with chart bound band Ginger. Denny is Chairman of the Australian Songwriters Association, and was signed to Warner Chappell Music as a songwriter. Colin Burgess (drums/vocals) was the first drummer/founder of AC/DC and spent six years as drummer of Masters Apprentices. He was twice voted “Best Drummer In Australia” and has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. He spent time in England with brother Denny, playing extensively with Masters Apprentices, as well as other groups, before returning to Australia to play studio sessions etc. Roger Faynes (guitar/vocals/violin) was voted Australia’s best bass player in 1986 and is a multi-instrumentalist with his own home studio. He played bass and keyboards with Masters Apprentices and also was a member of Stevie Wright’s Hard Rain. He is currently performing all around NSW with the popular and busy duo, Vanessa Lea & Road Train. Vanessa Lea (vocals) was a finalist in Toyota Starmaker and fronts popular Mid North Coast duo, Vanessa Lea & Road Train. Together with Roger, she has written and produced three albums. Several tracks from these albums are currently receiving airplay on TV and radio, appearing on CMC, Rage and triple j, with some of these songs receiving awards from the Australian Songwriting Association. Vanessa has also recorded and performed in France. The show you’re bringing to the Old Butter Factory is a special one; what can fans enjoy? Over two hours of songs, videos and intimate stories about lost legendary Aussie singers from the people who lived with them, worked

with them, and were their friends. Add to that a myriad of costume changes, celebrity commentary and an array of unique props. The whole thing makes for an “experience” that stays in the memory of the audience long after “The Show” has finished. What do you love most about keeping the music alive? When performing each song, the band feels the presence of the legends we are paying tribute to. It is almost as though we are helping to keep their names alive, and exclaiming to our audience, “Do not forget these incredible singers”. Top three favourite songs to perform ... Wow! So hard to pick only three! Great to watch when Denny brings his edgy persona to The Loved One, by Gerry Humphreys. Love seeing Vanessa do her impression of Chrissy Amphlett in I Touch Myself and Boys in Town by the Divinyls, and The Skyhooks medley of Livin’ in the Seventies/Horror Movie/ Women In Uniform; also, Roger doing Jump in My Car and Colin’s take on Bon Scott’s Jailbreak. Where can our readers go to purchase tickets or follow your journey? Too easy! Just head to our FB page, Dead Singer Band, or contact the Old Butter Factory direct or via FB, and Tracy will steer you in the right direction. We'll keep you posted if you “like” and follow us on FB and will inform you and invite you to all our upcoming shows. So excited to be playing at the Old Butter Factory and so great to see Tracy has restored it beautifully and tastefully. Together with her wonderful staff, she will make you feel very welcome! Thanks guys.

plug! See the Lost Legends Showcase, Telegraph Point, on Friday, March 23 - 8pm - 11pm, at the The Old Butter Factory 12 Old Butter Factory Rd, Telegraph Point. Greater Port Macquarie focus 35

Settlers Inn.

Fantastic F R E E F U N C T I O N S


his transformation of Settlers Inn saw them win the prestigious Community Hotel of the Year at the 2017 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence on the

back of its sports sponsorship and wonderful fundraising achievements for local community groups. Settlers were also finalist for Best Casual Dining and Regional Hotel of the Year, putting it on the map as one of Port Macquarie’s premium hospitality destinations. The Settlers team doesn’t look like it will slow down in 2018. Recognising the need for great private function spaces, Settlers’ latest project was the redevelopment of their Clubhouse function room, adding huge bi-fold doors leading on to a private deck, doubling the size and capacity of the room.

Refinement and innovation are continuous at Settlers Inn, which has seen a significant redevelopment over the last two years since new owners Alistair and Renee Flower have bought the pub. This has included a new sports bar, bistro refresh, huge kids’ playground facility and most recently, the redevelopment of their private function space. “Initially the Clubhouse was created to support all the community groups that make Settlers their home, giving them a private area to hold committee meetings and presentations. This is something we will continue to do; however, our patrons were telling us we needed a more versatile space to cater for everyone. Already we have seen the room used to cater for engagement parties, 21sts, poker nights, corporate dinners, family gatherings and even a kids’ disco party. The addition of the external private deck makes it a great, versatile space. We can adapt the room to cater for individual needs,” Alistair says.

Settlers’ experienced Head Chef, Matt Tonks, has

“We can do fine dining, intimate three course meals through to cocktail functions with canapés or finger food. We have a large projector screen, great for televising sporting events or to be used for presentations.”

But the best bit ... aligning with Settlers’ com-

created a wonderful functions menu to suit everyone’s budget and function requirements. Their extensive menu gives event organisers a good starting point when looking at catering options for their function. Options include a four course menu with complementing beers or wines, rotisserie menus and extensive hot and cold platter options. The dynamic kitchen team can also work in closely with function organisers to create specific menus just for you; they really make it that easy. mitment to being a great community centric pub, they have a “no fee” policy for hiring this new function space, so our suggestion is book your function quickly! Phone 6583 3100.



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Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell


Three years ago this month Melinda Pavey was elected MP for the seat of Oxley, the State electorate running north from Wauchope. This past January marked her first anniversary as NSW Roads Minister. She joins Susie for a lunchtime chat.


he first thing that strikes me is the sheer energy Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight, brings to the task. It’s barely 12 noon yet she’s into her fourth substantial commitment for the day, a get together with me before grabbing the 1.25pm Qantas flight to Sydney. This Monday morning, en route to the airport from home 125km away in Urunga, she’s: visited Macksville Industrial Estate to meet with Express Bus Builders about coach building opportunities; dropped in for consultations on heavy vehicle regulations at Macleay Valley Trucks in Kempsey; called on Busways in Port Macquarie to discuss a breathtaking industry innovation; conducted an on-air interview on road safety, reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners, with 2GB’s Ray Hadley; and now sat down - relaxed, charming and on point - to talk with me. And on time too. Once she reaches her ministerial offices in Martin Place this afternoon she’ll have meetings with staff about parliamentary strategy and possible Opposition probes in Question Time preparatory to tomorrow’s sitting and later in Macquarie Street, at Parliament House itself, a schedule of briefings including for back benchers on new road safety regulations she secured approval for in Cabinet last week and ahead of a joint press conference on the measures with Premier Gladys Berejiklian tomorrow. There’ll be a Nationals party room meeting and a joint party (Coalition members) meeting. While the minister spends the week in Sydney, her husband Warren will be at home

with their daughter Emily, 15, in Year 10. So what, you say? Well, she handles it dexterously without any Ferry McFerryface type nonsense. Keen on fitness, she has the advantage of the physical stamina and mental acuity of being still, like the Premier, in her 40s - yet with approaching three decades of experience in NSW politics. It seems fortuitous, I suggest, that she became the Oxley incumbent and Roads Minister just when the duplication of the highway was passing near and through her electorate. She agrees: “I’ve been blessed to inherit Oxley. A lot of the work was done with [former Nationals MP] Andrew Stoner and [federal Nationals leader-Deputy PM] Warren Truss having signed the deal that got the Commonwealth paying 80 per cent. Being someone who’s lived this goat track, this Pacific Highway, that’s probably the most exciting thing from a portfolio perspective: after all these years of work, of lobbying by our communities, by our politicians, we’re 80per cent finished the Pacific Highway dual carriageway. We’ll be finished by the middle of 2020. Woolgoolga to Ballina is full steam ahead: we’ve got to move 14million cubic tonnes of soil: we’ve done about 10million cubic tonnes. We’ve got to put in bridges over that section ...” The second thing that strikes me about Pavey is the sheer joy she exhibits when talking about the project and her portfolio generally. “We’ve got a positive story to tell: our government has doubled the road budget over seven years, a 105 per cent increase, and 65 per cent is going into regional

and country areas!” Her eyes brighten with enthusiasm, even excitement, when she talks about “what [the duplication] means in terms of road safety and in terms of capitalising on the opportunities now we’ll have so much easier access between the two major cities of Sydney and Brisbane, and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Big opportunities will come off the back of it. I was talking to the mayor of Kempsey: they’re about to sign a deal with one of their industrial estates and I’m working with my other councils to ensure we’ve got industrial land that can go on the market at a cost-effective price. Have a skilled workforce locally and people can make things more cheaply than in Sydney or Brisbane!” The Roads portfolio however is not all roses. “We’ve got a big challenge at the moment with heavy vehicle safety,” she declares. Indeed. And her emotion turns now to serious. In the weeks leading up to our meeting, five people died in barely more than 24 hours in three unrelated heavy vehicle crashes on NSW country roads, among many in recent times. Last month an initiative of Pavey’s department in concert with NSW Police, Operation Rolling Thunder constituted the nation’s biggest-ever crackdown on heavy vehicle compliance: rigs, log books, drugs and alcohol testing. On occasion when Pavey’s spoken out on industry problems she’s been trolled. Yet she’s even-handed, pointing out that “65 per cent of the time it’s not the heavy vehicle driver’s fault”. (For example, when another three people died in a truck-car collision just as Focus went to press, police said it appeared

to be not the truckie’s fault). She’s at pains to consult with industry and respects the advice and opinions of her Freight Industry Taskforce, headed by trucking identity Ron Finemore. The greater use of new technology is part of the solution she’s looking at and employing and also for the general road-user population. She’d no sooner announced, several weeks ago, moves to introduce camera-detection of drivers’ mobile phone use than the menace was tragically underlined with a policeman maimed allegedly due to a texter-driver, even travelling at moderate speed. Pavey’s multibillion-dollar portfolio, though, is immensely multi-faceted. There’s a second Sydney Harbour tunnel in the offing ... planning the corridors and liaison with the feds to develop the Inland Rail, easing the freight burden on roads ... the prosperity of our three major port facilities at Newcastle, Sydney and Illawarra, essential to the State’s economy. But space now dictates I’ll need to explore more of all that next time. Meanwhile another set of emotions is on display when I ask Pavey about leisure time. She’s wistful as she talks about precious downtime with the family and a little misty as she notes the annual surf carnival the family attended yesterday was the first without son Jack, 18, who’s begun officer training at Duntroon. But now it’s time to go. She shakes her shoulders, straightens up, and strides off to work. Out To Lunch is hosted by Lou Perri at The Stunned Mullet on Town Beach

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In Season at Ken Little’s. March is the month for new season apples! We now have Royal Galas, but the Pink Lady variety will not arrive until about the end of March. This month stone fruit will start to disappear; however, Sugar Plums and Blue Teagan Plums are still good eating. We also have the wonderful Garnet Plum in stock. It’s always sad to see the end of stone fruit season. New season William Pears are a real treat, and very reasonably priced. Extra good for the kids’ lunch boxes. Aussie Navel Oranges will be coming in at the end of March/ early April. The vege department brings us some locally grown Desiree Potatoes from Red Hill. We also have local bok choy and a great range of fancy lettuce. Autumn herbs are in full swing, perfect for autumn salads. We have two of our local boys leaving to further their careers this month - Mitchell Bailey to Newcastle Uni, and Ambrose Kranitis to the Conservatorium of Music. Both have been a great asset to our business. We are always sad to see the kids leave, but very happy they are continuing on in their chosen fields. Our team wish them much success. See you soon. Ken.

The Native Catering Co. Just 30 minutes south of Port Macquarie, The Native Catering Co. is North Haven’s newest brunch café. Adjacent to the beautiful Camden Haven River, the breathtaking views of North Brother Mountain are inescapable. Watch dolphins, fish and even sting-rays jump out the water to say “hello” as you sit back, relax and sip on your morning coffee. The Native Catering Co. is stylishly decorated with framed antique botanical illustrations of NSW native flora, hanging plants and a green wall. You almost feel like you are in the lush littoral rainforest that extends along the Mid North Coast. The café is rapidly becoming known by locals for its delicious Campos Coffee and house made cakes and hollandaise sauce! The menu, created by Chef and Owner Adam Woods, offers all day breakfast and lunch with an emphasis on fresh, high-quality seasonal produce. The Native Catering Co. can accommodate group bookings, after hours functions and external catering on request. Open 7 days from 7am. (02) 6559 8221 1/3 The Parade, North Haven f/ thenativecateringco e/

Beantree Cafe & Bar. Beantree Café is a Port Macquarie “icon”, well known for both service and wonderful food. The cake fridge is filled each day with many varieties of homemade cakes and sweets. Why not try our great food, starting at 7:30am for breakfast through to lunch ending at 2:30pm! Our café has a lovely ambience inside or outside in the tranquil rainforest garden. Serving up our exclusive to Beantree Cafe Botero Toba Coffee Blend. Some of our lunch time meals include: • Salt and Pepper Squid • Duck Spring Rolls • Pesto Salad • Club Sandwich • Ruben Sandwich March specials: $3.80 Coffee Medium Takeaway/Mug, Monday to Saturday, 7:30am - 9:30am and YES, we have weekly lunch time specials. Find us opposite Your Discount Chemist on Horton Street.

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Announcing #LitFest Keynote Speaker Will Kostakis. Award-winning Australian author, Will Kostakis, will be the 2018 keynote speaker at #LitFest2444. Kostakis won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year prize as a high school student for his short story, Bing Me. By the age of 17, he signed his first publishing contract.

His Story Our Story 2018. commented #LitFest2444 organiser, Suzanne Penson.

Kostakis continues to write, and the awards follow. In 2014 he won the Inky Awards for his second novel, The First Third. The Inky Awards are Australia’s first national teen choice award voted solely by teen readers.

His latest novel, The Sidekicks, released in 2016, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, 2017 Gold Inky Award and just debuted in the United States.

The First Third was also short listed for the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award: Older Readers, which has recognised outstanding writing for the secondary school audience since 1946.

Kostakis’ keynote address to an anticipated crowd of 800 teens is titled: :How I got a book deal in high school (and other accidents)". He will candidly share mistakes he’s made and what he’s learnt through his writing career that started at an early age.

“To have someone who followed his passion as a teenager and achieved what he did by the time he graduated will show our aspiring youth their dreams are achievable,”

For more information about #LitFest2444, visit - you can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Storytelling Festival for High School Students


Call 6583 2632 to get your tickets

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In its seventh year, Port Macquarie Seventh Day Adventist Church will once again bring you the His Story Our Story presentation, an outdoor walk through dramatisation on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. His Story Our Story takes people on a journey through time, retelling the original Easter story. On arrival, the public enter a “Bible Village”, depicting life 2,000 years ago and entertaining them with various activities, and food to purchase while they wait for their tour to begin. Then the actual walk goes from scene to scene, each one acting out the events associated with the life of Jesus. Along the way, people will meet shepherds, disciples and Roman soldiers, amongst others. Tours will run regularly

throughout the evening, and the program is repeated over three nights. This interactive presentation will appeal to all ages, with sights, sounds and smells making it an unforgettable experience. Locally developed by members of the SDA church, it is now an annual event on the local calendar. The gates to the village will open at 6pm, and tours run regularly throughout the night starting at 6:30. Entry is free, but bookings are essential to reserve your tour time. Allow yourself time to wander the Bible Village before your tour begins. For all bookings/enquiries, phone 6582 6561 or email contactus@ or book online at https:// from Monday 05/03/18.


Hugh Barrington and Tom Struik are just two members of the immensely talented and ultra-charismatic “Boys in the Band” - a stage show that presents hits from the 1950s through to the 1990s, over 50 years of wonderful music. These boys can sing, and dance, and they’re a phenomenon on stage. You can catch them at the Glasshouse this month …

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hat can you tell us about the history behind The Boys in the Band stage show? Tom - The show was created by David Malek and Dale Burridge, owners of SMA Productions. They have over thirty years between them starring as leading men in musical theatre productions across the globe, from Broadway to the West End and back here in Australia. Now as producers of entertainment, they noticed a wave of jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys and We Will Rock You coming out; they loved them so much, but wondered what if there was a show that could take you through the story of all of the greats over 50 years of music, back to where the "boy band" began with Frankie Valli and right through the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, the Motown era and to the Pop era of today ... Boys in the Band was born! Why do you enjoy being a part of this particular show? Hugh - Because we get to cover so many iconic decades of music and artists, with so much different repertoire. The medley format means we get to touch on hit after hit, and it's a really exciting show to be a part of. Tom - The beauty about the show is I get to be myself on stage, rather than playing a character, show our own personality and sing songs that are just adored not only by us but by audiences everywhere. How far and wide have you travelled with The Boys in the Band?

Hugh - All throughout Asia and all around Australia and the South Pacific. We've performed in concert on theatre tours, many festivals, as well as on some of the most luxurious cruise ships. Everyone just loves the show; we always get people coming up to us with fond memories and stories of what the songs mean to them or where they were when the song was released. Tom - The show has performed right around the world, Singapore, South Africa, we have just come back from Jakarta - which was so much fun. By the end of the show you can almost guarantee everyone is up on their feet, clapping and singing along, and we just love it. The band will be singing a huge array of hits from the past 50 years, encompassing the Bee Gees, Queen, Simon & Garfunkel and more. What are some of the songs you most like to perform? Hugh - Simon & Garfunkel is my favourite medley in the show; I'm such a massive fan, and it's a beautiful, intimate moment in the show that has the audience mesmerised. Queen is also fun, but with over five decades of music, it is really hard to pick just one favourite! Tom - The Queen medley is definitely a favourite, as well as the Motown section - they are both brand new for the 2018 tour, and we can't wait to bust them out live on stage. I was lucky enough to experience a few of you guys in action at the Glasshouse's 2018 Season Launch in Feb. You were amazing! I was sitting on the edge of my seat when you sang Unchained Melody, waiting to see how the challenge of "that high note" was


treated. Nailed it! Who's the lead singer for this particular piece - and how much practice went into perfecting this difficult song? Hugh - That would be me! It's a notoriously difficult song to sing, and perfecting the transitions and different parts of the voice you need to use in order to perform it - and make it look easy and seamless - takes years of training. It's a very rewarding part of the show, and to be able to experience that moment of such a loved and iconic tune one on one with the audience is very special and a definite highlight. However, "that high note" is nothing compared to what I have to sing in Queen - so strap yourselves in for that one! This show is billed as the "Feel Good" performance of 2018. Why's that? Hugh - There's no other show around that covers over 50 years of music, the greatest hits from the greatest bands of all time, and we do it in medley format, which means you get a taste of all the hits - and it's really fast moving. We are singing, dancing, and telling the story of how the "boy band" phenomena evolved, all the way from artists like Frankie Valli, throughout the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, the Motown era, and into the pop and rock eras, from the 1950s all the way up to ‘90s, the Beatles, the BeeGees, Jackson 5, Queen, Elvis and beyond. We take the flavour of those eras, incorporating the style of the choreography

and vocals and weave it together with the stories of these iconic artists. We've worked really hard to make sure you are experiencing a worldclass show; there are no tacky tributes, wigs or costumes here - just world-class performers who have all been in touring musical, TV and stage productions, delivering a high energy, top notch performance that you'd expect to see in the world's entertainment capitals such as New York or the West End. How many of you will be performing live at Port Macquarie and Forster? Tom - We are bringing our full 90 minute concert show, with four great guys out front, myself, Hugh, Damon and Tom Sharah. Tom Sharah has just finished starring in the world premiere of musical Muriel's Wedding, and Hugh has just come out of touring with We Will Rock You. We are backed by our live band, “The Players”, who are super talented musicians that have travelled the globe with various artists such as Jess Mauboy and Boney M. Thanks guys. Interview by Jo Robinson.

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Jimmy Laing is an inspiration to follow your passion … ORIGINALLY WORKING AS A MECHANIC, JIMMY’S DISCOVERY OF AND LOVE FOR ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM) HAS LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUCCESSFUL NEW CAREER AS A DJ. You can catch Jimmy at regular gigs all over NSW now - in Port Mac, Gunnedah, Tamworth, South West Rocks, on the Central Coast and in Sydney …


i Jimmy. What's your association with the Port Macquarie area? I have lived in the Camden Haven area, which is just south of Port Macquarie, for 24 years. I attended Newman’s College for high school in Port Macquarie. About one year after finishing college, I started as a DJ at Altitude Night Club, where I have held a residency for a number of years now. I picked up a second residency at the Port Macquarie Hotel (The Macca) last year, which is another popular venue in Port Macquarie. Where did your interest in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) begin? I can remember I was with a few mates at a house party when I was 17, and one guy had his laptop there with a program called Virtual DJ. Once it was my turn to have a go, I really just couldn’t put it down, and it all kicked off from there - trying to find the hottest tracks to play and record my live mixes for my mates to listen to. What do you think it is about this style of music and being a DJ - that attracts you most?  The diversity of Electronic Dance Music has attracted me the most, as the options when producing or searching for new song is really endless. There is always something new popping up, new sounds being produced and forever changing, genres cycling.  You've taught yourself a lot of the "tricks" of the DJ trade - but you also underwent six weeks

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of training in Sydney a couple of years ago now. would in a club and loved interacting with the crowd Tell us a bit about this training - where was it from a higher viewpoint. Fun times! held, and what did you learn? Who/what are some of your biggest musical The training was held via The Academy Sydney, influences? where I was taught how to beat match song, use Some of my biggest influences with my career effects while mixing songs would have to be two of my together and how to use a mates, Jesse Bloch and Josh program on my laptop to Hart. They have both helped me organise and prepare my music along and inspired me to follow for upcoming gigs. in the same path as they are. SOME OF MY BIGGEST  You've played at quite a few What are your plans for the INFLUENCES WITH MY venues around Port Mac, remainder of 2018? CAREER WOULD HAVE TO including at Altitude Night Over the past six years I have BE TWO OF MY MATES, Club and the Port Macquarie worked as a mechanic and JESSE BLOCH AND JOSH Hotel. Where are your played music on the weekends. HART. THEY HAVE BOTH regular gigs these days? I have recently resigned as a HELPED ME ALONG AND  I am locked into regular gigs mechanic and would like to INSPIRED ME TO FOLLOW at The Courthouse Hotel in focus more on my music. IN THE SAME PATH AS Gunnedah, The Albert Hotel in I plan to travel as much as I THEY ARE. Tamworth and Sea Breeze Hotel can while still teaching myself in South West Rocks. to produce music and play at as I have just recently picked up many new venues as possible gigs on The Central Coast and that I can pick up along the in Sydney, which are yet to be announced.  way. You were also one of the stars at Lunar Electric's Where can we follow your career, or find out inaugural Festival in January. What was it like more about you? playing at an outdoor festival, as opposed to Anyone can follow me on my Facebook page or playing the club scene? Instagram; they both have regular updates on where  Playing at Lunar Electric was such a big change I will be next and where my travels are taking me! from the club scene, as I was up on a stage, instead of a few feet away from the crowd. I performed just as I Thanks Jimmy. Interview by Jo Robinson.

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ow did yours and Cody's love story begin? Cody and I attended primary school together. He was in the year above me all the way from Kindergarten to Year 6 and we didn't even know who each other was, until we made the connection when we first met. We met each other through friends via Facebook when I was in Year 12 and Cody was in his first year out of school. We made plans to meet as a big group of friends at first, and then we just clicked from then on. What was special about Cody's proposal? It was special because it was completely “us”, if that makes sense? I had very impatiently dropped hints all the time about getting engaged and found out he had the ring. So it wasn't a big surprise for me, but it didn't make it any less special. We went away to Newcastle for a weekend, and Cody proposed on our hotel balcony at night overlooking the lights of the city. Tell us about the location of your ceremony - why is this place special to you both? We had both our ceremony and reception at Little Fish Café and Vineyard. We had been out there numerous times for lunch and were just amazed at the beauty of the landscape. We also loved the idea that it would be very private and only guests would be able to come on to the grounds. We got married in spring, and naturally the vineyard just bursts with colour. The Jacaranda 44 Greater Port Macquarie focus

Local love birds Samantha and Cody shared with FOCUS their special day ... tree was a vibrant purple in full bloom, and going to have to get married inside and not the vines and grass were very green. We in the beautiful vineyards. It all worked out are not traditional people, so to get married perfectly in the end. outdoors in a vineyard as a very relaxed setting What was on the menu for guests to was perfect for us. enjoy? What song did you walk down the aisle Straight after the cermeony we had to, and what sentiment does this hold for canapes/platters of fresh fruits, cheeses, meats you two? and other things (which I sadly didn't get to I walked down the enjoy, as I ran off to get aisle to When you say photos - but I am told nothing at all by Ronan they were delicious). Then Keating. We both we had a buffet style love the song, and its sit down meal, where THE MOST MEMORABLE lyrics suit how we feel guests chose from chicken MOMENT OF OUR DAY for one another. As I ballontine, beef ragout, WAS DEFINITELY OUR said earlier, I couldn't prawn skewers and fresh ‘FIRST DANCE’. CODY imagine walking salads, potatoes and AND I (BEING NONdown the aisle to the bread. Dessert was our TRADITIONAL) DECIDED traditional “wedding wedding cake, which was TO CHOREOGRAPH A MASH bells”, so a romantic three tiers, vanilla mud UP OF CLASSIC OLD SONGS love song was what bottom, the middle was INTO A FUNNY DANCE. we wanted. We had a chocolate mud and the a live musician for our top a red velvet sponge. wedding, and his cover The most memorable of this song was amazing. moment of your day? Describe a timeline of your wedding day. The most memorable moment of our Hair was at 10am, followed by sushi for day was definitely our “first dance”. Cody lunch with my mum and bridesmaid, then and I (being non-traditional) decided to makeup at 1:30pm. Back to the house to get choreograph a mash up of classic old songs dressed and ready for the ceremony at 4pm. into a funny dance. Our guests did not know It poured down rain from about 3:30pm this, and were utterly shocked when we got 3:55pm. Guests told me that when I turned up there to bust a move. Everyone still says it up, they couldn't explain what had happened was the highlight of the night. - but the sun beamed out from behind the Where did you go for your honeymoon? clouds and birds starting chirping. It was a We went to Hawaii (Waikiki) for two weeks! really special moment, as I thought I was Who looked after all the fine details of

the day? Makeup was done by Brooke at Ella Baché in Port Macquarie. She made me look absolutely perfect, and I could not fault her one bit! Our flowers were done by Touchwood Flowers, and they were absolutely stunning. I had a large round red rose bouquet, which just splashes out in colour in all of my photos. My dress was custom made by Melanie Jayne Bridal in Coffs Harbour. These girls made something which seemed stressful and daunting to me so smooth and cruisy. They also made my veil; both were absolutely stunning. Our cake was made by Jacqui Bates, a local lady with talents in the kitchen; she also made our engagement party cake, so it was no surprise to us when we enjoyed our delicious cake - how yummy it was. Our musician was Jake Davey. Two words to describe him: talented and professional. I can't imagine going back now and not having a musician to play the wedding; he played both live and then DJ'd towards the end of the night; the music always set the mood. We had Erica Nelson as our celebrant. She was lovely to work with and made every process and step of the way easy. And of course, Angela from Little Fish Café took care of all things reception wise and made sure all of our guests were catered for; she really did a fantastic job. I 100% recommend all of these people who made our day special! Thanks Samantha.


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Organiser and Tour De Cure challenger Mel Cockshutt flanked by the tri club ladies. Photo Meraki Photography

Leone Boyton and Rydges Golden Ticket Winner Lauren Gregson

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Beccy and Tahj Jones with Christie-Lee Jackson

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Mariane Power & Nina Cass at Sails Resort


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Birthday bash fun with the girls at Sails.

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love it when people shock me - it turns out that Kamahl and I, we are kindred spirits. What I thought would be a quick 20 minute welcome to Port Macquarie chat at the hotel on a Saturday morning turned into a two and a half hour conversation about life, philosophy, Trump Vs Obama (he loves Obama BTW and had dinner with him last time in OZ) religion and karma. The tech savvy 83 year old crooner with the caramel voice (and the best hair in the biz) was an absolute delight, and I found myself laughing hysterically for almost two and half hours - so much, in fact, my face hurt! Proves to me that age is just a number - which was a timely reminder for me, as I celebrated forty years on this gorgeous planet myself! Yikes! So with that in mind, I danced myself silly at my recent birthday shindig. I figure if you are going to turn the big 4 - 0, you might as well arrive there with a bang, celebrating with 90 friends and family from all over - including Cairns, Townsville, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and Forster, with an afternoon and evening in the Pavilion at Sails Resort.Nick, Louise, Alarna, Anthony and the Sails crew looked after guests with new release canapés, a luscious grazing table followed by a super naughty banana and white chocolate naked cake from Lance and Georgia of Bittersweet. Special thanks to Meredy Bates-Lacey and her

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Bennet Powell Tour De Cure Challenger flanked by his support crew!

So, who knew Kamahl could tweet? 5,500 tweets, to be precise! This

month has been a month full of surprises for me, and meeting some intriguing new people from across the country.

gorgeous mum, Laureen, for the stunning de Cure. These two amazing human beings island luxe styling with gorgeous painted palm (I certainly don’t say that lightly - they both leaves, coconuts, limes and luscious green have the chops to back this up!) are riding foliage adorning the Pavilion. A huge thanks over 1,100 km EACH later in the year, to raise to hubby Steve for arranging the killer band essential funds to help find a cure for this - all the way from Sydney - who we met on insidious disease. a recent holiday in the Mel is a complete South Pacific. All the powerhouse both cheeky fun was captured physically and mentally, by photographers Chris with a beautiful family of Meraki and Matt behind her, including We created the ball Jorgo in the tropical hubby Todd, sons Zach for Bennett and Mel booth. The crowd busted and young James (a fab to raise the $25K they some serious moves budding event assistant, need to raise to enter and with their fusion of sexy I might add, who it turns compete in the epic cancer funk on the dance floor. out is rather fond of fire research ride, Tour de Cure. Seriously, one of the best engine drinks of which afternoons and nights of I may or may not have my life - had almost all oversupplied on the the people I love in one night! Sorry Mel!) and room, family and friends, eating, drinking and inspirational daughter Alani, who has battled dancing up a storm - couldn’t have asked for a and won against the disease herself. better celebration or more beautiful people in Bennett is a seriously special guy who literally my life! X radiates happiness whenever you meet him. Two more inspirational people I have had Born with Cerebral Palsy, this young legend the pleasure of getting to know and work has defied all odds, has a heart of gold and with over the last few months are Melinda determination and fitness to match it. Two Cockshutt and Bennett Powell, in preparation hundred guests gathered in February to for the Black Tie for Bennett Ball at Rydges. celebrate this courageous pair and raise funds We created the ball for Bennett and Mel to at the ball, with generous donations from the raise the $25K they need to raise to enter and extended community - silent and live auctions, compete in the epic cancer research ride, Tour bra pong, golf putting, word games, balloon

and bidden prizes - you name it, it was there to raise the cash for the cancer dash. Congrats to all involved - a fabulous night that smashed all targets and expectation! Wishing you all the best on the Tour! Crazy times ahead, with a month of party madness to come with Ladies in Red cocktail and fashion event, co presented by the lovely Erin Schmidt of Settlement City, and The Women in Business FOCUS Mag launch at the sneak preview of the new restaurant at Sails and the much anticipated “Him in Heels” event. This kooky event dovetails with International Women’s Day celebrations and messages and is a prime opportunity to see our men attempting to squeeze their large hairy feet into delicate stilettos! Hundreds of brave businessmen from across the Hastings will be challenged to don a pair of sky high heels and dash up the break wall to raise awareness for #pressforprogress. Ollie Brooke of Cloud Concepts and hubby Steve of Peak Coffee will be leading the tottering charge, with an investment in some seriously HUGE high heels … Size 14, to be precise! Watch out Port Macquarie; there could be some serious ankle and dignity injuries from this event – these guys are hardly qualified to utilise this specialised equipment! ‘til next month! Kate. Greater Port Macquarie focus 45



Building on last year’s success with over 400 students attending, event organisers Karen Bale and Suzanne Penson are adding more workshops designed for young adults that include storytelling through sound, visual and digital formats.


torytelling goes beyond the can attend workshops on "How and why to written or spoken word,“ deliver a TED talk", Slam Poetry, plus "The commented Suzanne Penson. Stella Prize" panel will be joining us again for “We want students to see all another panel discussion, this time titled "The possible avenues for telling a Personal is Political". story that helps them gain skills #LitFest2444 features a full day of for self-expression, school, HSC exams and into workshops and presentations hosted by some their careers.” of the industry’s most credible and successful Melbourne games designer, James Coquillat, writers, illustrators and directors. Students will share the world of writing online games can register to attend workshops on a range with students. Coquillat’s sessions always of subjects, including: poetry, film-making, draw a crowd. He will delve into how writing podcasting, comic drawing, storytelling and video games is much like more. The beauty of the writing a movie script. festival is that students Port Macquarie natives can pursue their own Jess O’Callaghan and areas of interest for MJ Hearle will return the day, while learning OUR REGION HAS A home, to share how content relevant to STRONG COMMUNITY their passions growing the English programs OF ARTISTS AND up on the Mid North covered by schools right WRITERS WHO Coast led to a career across the Mid North WANT TO SHARE AND in storytelling. Jess Coast. SUPPORT YOUNG O’Callaghan produces A selection of students CREATIVES ... political podcast The who attended last year’s Party Room and MJ festival reflected on their Hearle is the author of 2017 experience. The three bestselling fiction books. responses have been collated into a video that “Our region has a strong community of is circulating Facebook and Instagram. The artists and writers who want to share and descriptions the students gave ranged from support young creatives,” added Suzanne. "Literacy with an artsy twist" to "inspiration Parents will appreciate the value the for a HSC major work". workshops and presentations offer and how it "All high schools students across the Mid will apply to students’ work and HSC exams. North Coast are invited to attend. There is Favel Parrett’s novel, Past the Shallows, something for everyone. You can come along is an option for study in HSC English in in a school organised group, or grab a bunch 2018. At #LitFest2444, she will share how of friends and make a day of it," said Karen she approaches the development of place, Bale. character and voice in fictional writing. Parrett’s For ticket sales, call 6583 2632 between workshop, along with creative writing sessions, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. Invest will prepare students for the HSC English $35 into storytelling skills taught by industry exams in a fresh and inspiring way. professionals right here in Port Macquarie. In addition, senior secondary students

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Portraiture is the main focus of Carly’s work at present - she uses graphic, charcoal, oils and acrylics to capture what she sees and is inspired by. Based in Crescent Head, Carly’s dream is to set up a gallery/ studio in the bush …


i Carly. What's your background? My childhood was spent on a property on Maria River Road, Crescent Head. We grew a lot of our own vegetables, and my dad had a biodynamic orange orchard. My parents ran the Crescent Head pool, and I grew up swimming nearly every day. I was always involved in sport as a child and always very active. In my down time I liked to draw. It was something I was good at, and it allowed me to drift off and dream. Growing up watching my dad teach swimming and coaching, it was a natural progression for me to follow in his footsteps. I naturally have a passion for teaching children this “skill for life”. I believe it to be so important. When did you start to explore art? From the age of five, if anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always “an artist”. From that age I used to draw on anything and everything. If there was a bit of paper, a pencil, a wall, a step, or anything that I could put charcoal or pencil to, I would have a picture on it and be in trouble quite frequently. One of my proudest school achievements was having my “Poster Design” chosen for display at “On Stage” in the Seymour Theatre in Sydney. After completing Year 12 and gaining pre-selection at Art Express, I was awarded a Scholarship to Griffith University on the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art. This was a dream come true. During the three years when studying my degree, I entered a number of art competitions

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and also had a number of private exhibitions of my work. Once completing my degree, I moved home to Crescent Head and began working full-time as a school learning support officer and as a swimming teacher and coach. At this time in my life, my art took a back seat. It wasn’t until I had my first child that I found myself at home a lot more and really feeling like it was time to start creating again. I felt compelled to capture my daughter’s moods, emotions and spirit through sketches and photographs. To this day, she is still my main subject. People and the emotions they show during a particular moment in time appear to inspire your art practice. How do you translate what you see into an artwork? I am influenced by what is around me, whether it be colours, imagery or other artists’ works and their processes. Many works start with a photograph or a sketch, and from there it is all very intuitive. I suppose, when you have created for a long time, something extra kicks in when you don’t really have a plan, but every decision takes you on a journey and that might reflect how I’m feeling that day or what I’m trying to convey through the image. I find this the most exciting part of the process. My subject is often myself as a self-portrait or portraits of my daughter. My work is predominantly portraiture at this stage. What mediums do most like to work with? Graphite, charcoal, oils and acrylics are what I most like to work with. I am interested in the relationship between these mediums and how they work together. It also gives me more options, so I can draw and paint in the one work.

Even today, when planning my work, I draw in Where do you see your art practice evolving the fog on the shower screen, in sand or in dirt if over the next few years? that’s what is available. I am always practising my Ultimately, I would love to be an artist full-time craft, and it really is a compulsion. making a living from my art. My dream is to set What exhibitions have you been involved up a gallery/studio in the bush where I live on with? Maria River Road. My youngest child has started Most recently I have school this year, and I been involved in the have plans to hold some Northern Exposure exhibitions locally. In the exhibition at the coming years I would like I CREATE ART BECAUSE I Glasshouse. I have to branch out and have FEEL COMPELLED TO DO held a solo exhibition my works seen more SO. IT IS AS IMPERATIVE in 2016 in the Nexus broadly. Coming up, I am AS SLEEPING OR EATING. Gallery, Bellingen and having a retrospective art I FEEL IT IS MY THERAPY. a solo exhibition in sale starting on Saturday I LOSE MYSELF. I 2015 in the Macleay 17th March at Aimee Lee IMMERSE MYSELF. Valley Community Art Designs, South West Rocks. Gallery, Gladstone. I This will showcase works have also received a past and present and will Highly Commended in be a great opportunity to the drawing section in the Bellingen Art Prize see some of my works in a wonderful space. and 1st Prize in the drawing section at Adelaide In April, my family and I are embarking on a Swift Memorial Art Exhibition. My works were road trip to Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberleys. accepted into Camberwell Art show Melbourne This will be the focus of my next body of work. in 2016 and Hunters Hill Art Exhibition in Sydney I have works that I would like to sell, as this will 2016. free up some space to create a new series of Bottom line, simple (yet complex) works inspired by our adventure. question. Why do you create art? Where can we see more of your work? I create art because I feel compelled to do so. I encourage art lovers to visit my It is as imperative as sleeping or eating. I feel it is Facebook page: my therapy. I lose myself. I immerse myself. I feel carlymarchmentartist or find me on Instagram: most comfortable there. My partner really notices #carlyinart. My work is also hanging at when I have been in the “zone”. I’m a bit of a Masterpiece framers and Gallery Port Macquarie, zombie during these times - on auto pilot. It can Old Lodge Gallery Gladstone and in Aimee Lee take hours and sometimes days to switch back Design South West Rocks. into normal day to day life. I love it! Thanks Carly. Interview by Jo Robinson. Greater Port Macquarie focus 47



G After travelling for the last few years, local Allysha Webber has planted her

roots back in Port Macquarie, with a photography portfolio to be envious of and many a story to tell. FOCUS sat down with Allysha for a chat …

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ive us a bit of background on professionally? your connection to Greater I have loved all things photography and film Port Macquarie ... since I was a little girl making home videos with My parents moved to Port my friends. I attended film school in Sydney Macquarie when I was a after completing a degree in Medical Science, teenager, so I finished my HSC as filmmaking had always been a pipe dream. It here in Port. I have spent wasn’t until I released my a number of years living in graduate film, The Last different cities, and while Artist, which premiered at I enjoy what cities have Chicago Film Festival and to offer, my time spent won the short animation MY INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER away from Port Macquarie category, and then went on AT FEDERATION SQUARE has helped me realise to be selected for screening WAS AN INCREDIBLE it is here that I want to at more the 70 national and OPPORTUNITY THAT build a life for myself, as international film festivals, EXPOSED ME TO SO MANY opposed to being a place that I realised filmmaking/ FACETS OF MELBOURNE I visit on vacation. I am photography was not only LIFE AND CREATED A fortunate enough to be in a real, viable and tangible NEW NETWORK OF LIKEthe situation professionally career opportunity that I MINDED PROFESSIONALS. where I am employed was lucky enough to have as a freelancer, and do at my fingertips, but also a not need to be living in a career that I could make a major city to gain access to comfortable living from. creative work. You were offered to “Take Over” Federation How did you first discover your passion Square’s Instagram for a week; what was that for photography, and when did you realise experience like? it was something you wanted to pursue My Instagram takeover at Federation Square



was an incredible opportunity that exposed me to so many facets of Melbourne life and created a new network of like-minded professionals. I believe the experience pushed me, taught me and honed my photographic craft into a uniquely professional and yet still deeply personal expression. It was also one of my first real paid gigs as a professional photographer, and as a result of an overwhelming amount of local support and interest in my work, it helped me gain confidence in my abilities. As a result of the exposure I garnered during the takeover I was invited to exhibit my photography in some very well established Melbourne art galleries, which was a very humbling experience. This then led you to be offered a role as a freelance photographer for Shutterstock (wow, congrats!). How did this come about etc Once my take over was complete, Federation Square shared my photos across all their social media platforms, including the oversize outdoor screens, which led to Melburnians and tourists seeking my work on social media. When I cracked the

I AM AN AVID CAMERA 10 k followers mark on COLLECTOR AND Instagram, Shutterstock LOVE NOTHING MORE contacted me and THAN TO HUNT DOWN invited me to submit a DISCONTINUED portfolio of work, which to my own darkroom, PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM resulted in an incredible where I process and IN ORDER TO BREATHE opportunity for myself to develop my own black NEW LIFE INTO gain broader exposure as and white film. I am an VINTAGE CAMERAS. a photographer, as well as avid camera collector and gain work with companies love nothing more than to such as L’Oreal, Nestle, hunt down discontinued Purina and many other photographic film in brands I never in my wildest dreams thought I order to breathe new life into vintage cameras. would get a chance to work with. Constant experimentation, learning and change What’s your favourite subject/style to are necessary parts of my craft and are what photograph? sustain my passion. My interest in photography has always been You use a pixel stick in your photography; in street photography, capturing the essence can you explain what this is and how you and life of cities and their inhabitants exactly utilise it to gain special effects? as they are, flaws and beauty intertwined. I A pixel stick is a tool that is designed to aid am fascinated by humankind’s complicated photographers in creating light patterns and relationship with industrial expansion, and I’m effects for light painted pictures. I absolutely love naturally drawn to subjects and/or themes that experimenting with photographic techniques express universal emotional experiences such and pushing my camera’s functions as far as they as solitude, loneliness, hope, isolation and joy. I can go, with light painting having always been also love analogue photography and have access a basic technique in my photography ever since

I learnt how to utilise it through experimenting with sparklers and glow sticks, just doing the usual swirls and writing names. The pixel stick has been a game changer for me, as it is such a powerful, consistent tool that I am able to utilise in my professional work. The range of effects the pixel stick is capable of creating is literally endless, and it’s only limit is with the artist’s imagination. While the pixel stick is a fantastic tool, given the availability of high quality LED and other lighting products on the market for such a low price, I would urge all experimental photographers out there to create their own light wands for truly unique, nonreplicable photography. Where can our readers view your work and follow you? You can follow my work and keep up to date via my Instagram and website: www. or allyshawebber/ Thanks Allysha. Greater Port Macquarie focus 49

Dr Da David

Gillespie MP


He Listens. He Cares. He Delivers.

Hundreds of New Jobs The Federal Coalition Government’s massive multi-million dollar investment in job-creating projects throughout the Hastings and Camden Haven will provide a further boost to the region’s economy. Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he was delighted to be able to announce that Federal funding was being injected into a range of important local projects across the region which would create new opportunities for employment. ly

Looking over the recent completed works on Ocean Drive Lakewood

Our investment in industry through the North Coast jobs and Investment package will generate a further 226 new jobs in our electorate, building on other recent projects announced for the area in seniors living, road and communication infrastructure, health and education.

Securing More Doctors in the Camden Haven and Hastings AT A GLANCE Securing More Doctors Projects: Over $2-million to expand teaching training facilities for junior doctors in Lyne A Federal Coalition Government initiative that helps general practices in rural and regional communities to expand their facilities and take on more doctors has been delivered to a number of medical practices in our region. Over $2-million in Federal funding grants to medical training practices in our electorate aim to help general practices in regional communities to expand their facilities with additional consulting rooms and space for teaching medical students and supervising GP registrars. This important regional medical programme further demonstrates our government’s commitment to building a strong primary health care workforce to meet the nation’s future health care needs. This funding will enhance the training of doctors, GP registrars and medical students, give patients better access to health services in their local community, and provide opportunities for medical students and registrars to experience rural and remote practice. The medical practices include: Ocean Drive Family Practice Refurbishment – North Haven, Mountain View Medical Centre Expansion – Laurieton, The Good Shepherd Medical Centre – Laurieton, Lake Cathie Health Complex – Hastings and Medical Centre – Wauchope.

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Gillespie MP

Food Machines Wauchope – 20 jobs AT A GLANCE Food Machines Australia – Wauchope – 20 jobs Project: Expansion of Local Manufacturing Capacity Project Cost: $274,000 (Federal Funding - $137,000) Wauchope company Food Machines Australia (FMA) manufactures industrial scale food processing machinery and trans-critical CO2 refrigeration condensers. Space for its current manufacturing activities is fully utilised and increased demand requires additional space. Additionally, FMA intends to bring in house some of its manufacturing processes that are currently outsourced to other regions. This project involves the construction of new factory space on a greenfield site secured by FMA in the immediate vicinity of existing operations in Wauchope. This initiative will lead to more than 20 local jobs, the development of a more highly skilled workforce and the expansion of high value manufacturing the area.

He Listens. He Cares. He Delivers.



Pool Upgrade

– 23 jobs

Employment Precinct

AT A GLANCE Wauchope Pool – 23 jobs Project: Regional Pool Upgrade and Redevelopment Project Cost: $3-million (Federal Funding - $1.5-million)

AT A GLANCE Sancrox Employment Precinct Project: Sancrox Interchange and road network Project Cost: $30-million (Federal Funding - $15-million)

A $3-million upgrade of Wauchope Pool is nearing completion thanks to a Federal Coalition Government $1.5-million funding to the project.

The upgrade of the Pacific Highway and the creation of a new employment zone at Sancrox led the Federal Coalition Government to invest more than $15-million in the $30-million Sancrox Employment Precinct.

The multi-million dollar upgrade has not only increased the capacity of the aquatic centre to cater for local use, but also broader regional events including swimming and diving events. The work has involved the reconstruction of the Olympic Pool to meet current competition standards, a new grandstand and new children’s waterpark facilities. The project has supported 14 jobs during construction and 9 jobs on completion.

Local landholders and the NSW Government have come together with the Australian Government to fund the interchange project. Generating 50 direct jobs and a further 150 indirect jobs, this project has provided our region with a new employment precinct with the capacity to cater for a broad range of industries that can establish themselves here or expand here in a cost-effective way, generating thousands of new jobs over the course of the next decade.

Pacific Highway

Bundaleer Aged Care

– 933 jobs

- 100 jobs



AT A GLANCE Project: Regional Pool Upgrade and Redevelopment Project Cost: $3-million (Federal Funding - $1.5-million) A $3-million upgrade of Wauchope Pool is nearing completion thanks to a Federal Coalition Government $1.5-million funding to the project.

AT A GLANCE Pacific Highway Upgrade - 933 jobs Project: (Oxley Highway to Kempsey) Project Cost: $1.05-billion (Federal Funding - $800-million)

With most of the new motorway now complete, the final phase of construction is underway at Cooperabung in due for completion later in the year. Over 933 direct jobs have been created in the full works program for the $1-billion project between the Oxley Highway interchange and Kempsey. A further 2,900 indirect jobs have also been created through this project. The new motorway has not only improved safety but delivered enormous economic benefits to the tourism, freight and logistics sectors.

Airport Terminal upgrade Since the airport was first upgraded in 2007 to cater for the needs of larger airlines including jet aircraft, annual passenger movement numbers have increased from 70,000 a year to around 250,000 a year. This has led to the need to significantly expand the airport terminal.

The multi-million dollar upgrade has not only increased the capacity of the aquatic centre to cater for local use, but also broader regional events including swimming and diving events. The work has involved the reconstruction of the Olympic Pool to meet current competition standards, a new grandstand and new children’s waterpark facilities. The project has supported 14 jobs during construction and 9 jobs on completion.

AT A GLANCE Port Macquarie Airport Project Name: Airport Terminal Upgrade Project Cost: $7.5-million (Federal Funding - $1.25-million)

Corner of High and Hastings Streets Wauchope NSW 2446. Telephone: (02) 6586 4462. 51 Greater Port Macquarie focus

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Have you noticed, like me, that tea is the new coffee?


e’ve stepped into our bohemian boots, replacing brackish tea-bagged water with a newfound respect for herbal and bespoke tea concoctions. Tea Houses and fine china are muscling their way back into cafés like untapped treasure, because nothing makes for a better coffee-chaser than a smooth brew of detox tea. It’s the Yin Yang of café couture. It might be safe to assume the hot water and tea bag gig is now an isolated event confined to petrol stations and McDonald’s? Let’s hope so. After all the hoo-ha of technology and social media, climbing the corporate career ladder and juggling the ordinariness of suburban life, we’ve come to the screeching realisation that we’re missing out on smaller, slower and more intimate moments - like drinking tea. Let’s face it - we have some lousy coping mechanisms for the quickening of our existence: impulsive habits that keep us moving with the frenetic pace of living like coffee, alcohol, pills, spin classes. We snap, gram, and tweet every dull moment, living our version of a Hollywood motion picture … But we are losing the primordial skill of being slow. Slowing down. Being still. A talent we mastered thousands of years ago tucked away for long enduring winters - entire ice-ages waiting for a change in season, a ray of sunlight and the promise of food. For all that might kill us today, I think the prospect of waiting in a space 52 Greater Port Macquarie focus


of nothingness would be the hardest to suffer. Why? because if we’re not running at life with well-squatted butt cheeks, are we getting anywhere at all? At least, nowhere anyone cares about. Being slow is not productive, conducive or active enough for our post-modern busy-ness, but I think it’s the experience of stillness we seek, and where coffee is about speeding up and increasing productivity - tea is a tender gesture of self-love. It doesn’t tick a “to do” box. It’s about ritual and restoration. Tea has un-earthed a tiny little loop hole in our society, and it’s precious - time. Where major tea companies entice your senses with apple, strawberry, or lolly-like aromas, traditional herbalists will keep their intentions aligned with a purpose, and perhaps this is the small but significant divide between tea and tea therapy. So if you’re interested in a therapeutic outcome, you might like to ask yourself, what is the intention you have in purchasing a tea? If your intention is beyond flavour alone, you may be pleasantly surprised. Sore Throat Remedy: (Make as a gargle and use morning and night after brushing teeth) 1 tsp of dried thyme leaves 1 tsp of dried sage leaves A pinch of slippery elm powder 1/2 tsp of Manuka honey Brew as a tea and steep for 7 - 10 mins. Allow to cool to room temp before gargling.

The problem with taking some medications is that even though they treat illness, they can also cause undesirable effects. Side effects of medications can range from mild and short lasting, to more severe and longer lasting.


utrient deficiencies are a side effect from taking some medications. There have been many studies and reports on this; however, it is not something that is taken in to consideration very often when people present to their Doctor or Pharmacist to ask about symptoms they are suffering with. How medications affect nutrients There are a few ways that medications can affect how our bodies absorb vital nutrients. The medication may: • Take hold of a nutrient and pass it out of the body • Change the pH in the gastrointestinal tract, so that the nutrient can’t be absorbed properly • Increase or decrease the body’s ability to move nutrients around the body • Increase or decrease the activation of nutrients, so that they can be properly absorbed • Some medications need particular nutrients in order for them to be able to work also. Medications that can cause nutrient deficiencies Some commonly used medications that can cause nutrient deficiencies include: • Oral contraceptive pill

• Hormone replacement therapy • Antibiotics • Epilepsy medicines • Diabetes medicines • Blood pressure medicines • Cholesterol medicines • Anti-inflammatories • Heartburn medicines It is likely that someone who takes prescription medicines is taking at least one medicine from the list above. Symptoms that may be caused by nutrient deficiencies It is possible that some diseases, symptoms and conditions could be caused by nutrient deficiency. Examples include: • Leg cramps • Nerve pain • Osteoporosis • Depression • Chronic diarrhoea • Hair loss • Erectile dysfunction • Memory loss • Weight gain • Fatigue The list goes on. Read more at Shannon Lawrence is an Accredited Consultant Pharmacist.


Help Sarah take a leap!

leap for L I F E

On Friday 1st June, a large number of daring community leaders will “Leap for Life” in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Community Liaison Officer Richard McGovern tells us more about this high stakes event …


hat is the Leaders Leap for Life? A nine-storey building. Two abseiling lines. A crowd waiting with

bated breath below. Community leaders, politicians and business people will take the Leap for Life off the Rydges Hotel building on Friday 1st June. In doing so, they will summon their courage, face their fears and raise money and awareness for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Mayor of PMHC Peta Pinson, General Manager of Rydges Port Macquarie, Justin Boydell and Focus’ Sarah Gale will be some amongst the large line up of leaders to take the plunge. What’s in store for the brave leapers on the day? Other than knocking knees and sweaty palms, the leaders will experience an exhilarating abseil for fun and for a great cause. Our leaders will not get any practice runs. They will have one chance only to overcome their terror. They’ll head up to the rooftop, get rigged up, suck in some deep breaths, turn their back on the drop and lower themselves over the edge. If they’re game … They’ll then abseil down, two at a time, landing amongst their friends and supporters cheering them on at the “Drop Zone” cocktail party. What sort of fundraising do our leaping leaders have planned? Each leader has been challenged to raise

$2,000 to participate, with funds going to the Community’s Own Rescue Helicopter, which saves on average five lives per week on the Mid North Coast. Leaders are raising money via GoFundraise, others are holding raffles, fashion parades, BBQs and more. Keep an eye out for details on how you can get behind your favourite leader. And remember, you're not just supporting a leaping leader, you're supporting our greater community, ensuring that the Rescue Helicopter continues to fly as a free service in our region 24 hours per day, seven days per week. We’re grateful to have the support of many local businesses along with our event sponsors: COMPASS financial Management, Australian Workers Union, Shaw Gidley Insolvency Reconstruction, FOCUS, Port News and Hit FM. What safety precautions are in place? Our leapers will be safe in the expert hands of the experienced Sam Dalton and his team of professionals from Sparta Solutions and Advanced Solution Group, who have executed similar events in the past, including an abseil by Kyle and Jacki-O. Where did you get the idea to plunge people off a tall building? We were looking for something unique that would give people the chance to feel what it’s like to put their life on the line, and in someone else’s hands - just as the people who are assisted by the service place their trust in our pilots, aircrew officers, doctors and NSW Ambulance paramedics. What else has the Westpac Rescue He-

licopter Service been up to in our local community recently? The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is fast approaching 2,000 missions per year, with many on the Mid North Coast. Recently the Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted three patients from Port Macquarie Base Hospital to John Hunter Hospital for various medical conditions, was tasked to two separate motorcycle accidents and has transported a neonatal baby to the John Hunter Hospital. Four new AW139s operate from three bases at Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore and cost on average $4,000 per hour; therefore, a single mission to the Mid North Coast can cost anywhere between $6,000 and $12,000. Our local volunteers, community and fundraising events like the Leaders Leap for Life ensure the Rescue Helicopters are there for our community when and where they are needed. FOCUS’ Sarah Gale has bravely signed up to take the nine-storey plunge! To support her in raising much needed funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter, head to and search for “Sarah Gale”. This will direct you to her personal fundraising page - and make sure you’re there on the day to cheer her and the other community and business members taking the leap. “I haven’t done any form of abseiling, since Year 4 school camp, so this is certainly going to be exhilarating experience for me - and highly entertaining, I’m sure, for those spectating!” says Sarah. Greater Port Macquarie focus 53




i Claire. What’s your connection to the Coffs Coast? My whole family lives and runs a business in Coffs Harbour. I come from a business orientated family; some are organic farmers, some own shops or an earth moving business, produce organic compost and keep native bees. The Coffs Coast means the world to me and my family; it’s the most beautiful place to live, with stunning coastlines and bush. The climate here is perfect, not too hot or cold. The perfect place to live and work. Introduce us to Shibora; what is its meaning and what’s the mission behind the brand? I love to produce pure organic products that are beneficial for you. I think every woman is entitled to pure luxuries for their skin. Shibora is a boutique brand with all the products hand made in small batches on our farm. I use high quality locally grown and sourced organic ingredients; every ingredient I use is organic, apart from some of the scents I use, which are phthalate and paraben free. Where/how do you source ingredients? Most of the ingredients I use are grown on our farm or sourced from local farms in the area. Some of the ingredients I source from as far as Western Australia and right up to the cane fields in Far North Queensland. Where are Shibora products processed? All the Shibora products are made right here in beautiful Coffs Harbour on our organic blueberry farm. Each and every product is lovingly handcrafted

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All the Shibora products are made right here in beautiful Coffs Harbour on our organic blueberry farm. Each and

on our farm in small batches, access to all the organic herbs, made weekly to ensure they flowers and plants and be able every product is lovingly are fresh. to produce natural products that handcrafted on our farm Even right down to the all women deserve. in small batches, made candle lids are made on our Aspirations or goals for the weekly to ensure they are fresh. farm. All the labels and some future? of the packaging is made on I have a few big plans which I the farm too. I really believe in will reveal soon, so keep an eye making a quality product that on my FB page. is produced locally and keeps How can our readers get their the local economy growing. hands on Shibora? Tell us about your signature product … You can purchase my products straight from my The organic bee cream "fountain of youth" website, which is, from Sublime & is particularly special to me. I use propolis from our Blossom in Port Macquarie and you can also find me own hives and honey and beeswax to make this at Bellingen Markets on the third Saturday of the amazing face cream. Its pure and natural and works every month. so well, especially around the delicate eye area. The Thanks Claire. propolis and honey and beeswax come from the native Australian stingless bees, which have been foraging on our blueberry plants. Being natural skincare, what are some of the healing/medicinal qualities? Natural skincare is a great way to get your skin feeling and looking radiant. A lot of the organic ingredients I use have healing/ medicinal qualities, like aloe vera, which has natural healing qualities that soothe irritated skin. The honey I use in my products has amazing antibacterial qualities; it’s moisturising and soothing. What does it mean to you personally to be able to offer these beautiful products? It means the world to me; it’s my passion. I grew up on an organic farm, and it’s a privilege to have



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Anne Horneman graduated from the University of NSW in 1981 and has been working as an Optometrist for over 35 years, 22 of which have been on the Mid North Coast. She is a full scope general Optometrist with a particular interest in dealing with vision-related learning difficulties. As a qualified teacher as well as an Optometrist, this is an area that is very close to Anne’s heart. When Anne is not at the Practice, she can be found enjoying various other interests including Arts and Crafts, Yoga and Meditation. Anne has been working for Hanks Optometrists since 2010, during which time she has built up a strong loyal patient base, who appreciate the high level of care that she tailors to their individual situation.

Derek Fails first qualified as an Optometrist in the UK in 1987. Whilst he enjoys practising in all areas of general Optometry, Derek has a specific skill set in Contact lenses including Ortho Keratology, Myopia management and Low Vision work. He is also qualified in Ocular Therapeutics, which enables him to prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat ocular diseases. In addition to this, Derek serves as a practitioner board member with the National Optometry Regulation Board and the NSW Optometry Council. Derek is a proud father of his two children.  In his time outside of work, he enjoys watching his talented daughter fulfilling her passion for dancing and his son playing football as well as trying to find time to keep fit himself. We were lucky enough to have Derek join the team at Hanks Optometrists at the start of 2014. Since then he has become a strong leader and mentor within the G&M group.


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Jo-Anne Charles completed her Optometry qualifications at the University of NSW in 1994. She has a real passion for helping the elderly with their eyecare and vision needs and has a great appreciation of the huge difference that specialised eyecare can make to these patients’ general wellbeing and enjoyment in life. In her time off Jo-Anne is an avid reader but her real passion is spending time with her five delightful children. Jo-Anne moved to Port Macquarie 19 years ago and started working for Hanks Optometrists where she has been a very popular and well-respected Optometrist within our local community ever since. We are extremely proud to have Jo-Anne as part of our team at G&M.

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Sonia joins us straight from the University of NSW where she completed her studies and graduated in 2017. Sonia comes to us at G&M with the most up-todate training. Ocular Therapeutics is now built into the Optometry course and qualification. This is great news for Sonia and her patients as she is in a position to prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat ocular diseases, which happens to be a particular interest of hers. She is also passionate about Contact Lenses and Myopia control. Sonia is new to the Port Macquarie area, but in the time that she has been here, she has been busy getting herself acquainted with our idyllic town. She is a self-confessed ‘foodie’ and has been enjoying trying out some of the local cafes and restaurants. To offset her love for good food, Sonia enjoys keeping herself fit and active. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sonia onboard to join our team of Optometrists at G&M.

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s a hypnobirthing practitioner and yoga teacher, Kassie’s work is split into teaching monthly childbirth courses and daily yoga classes. “The hypnobirthing course is optimally taught between 20 to 30 weeks,” said Kassie, who aims to keep each course small and intimate. “Pregnancy is a time of huge change and growth in your life. Becoming a parent is one of the biggest challenges you will face. The hypnobirthing course gives the birthing mother and her birth partner the confidence to approach birth in a positive and empowering way,” said Kassie. The “hypno” part of “hypnobirthing” refers to the hypnotherapy used during the program to release fears and condition women to release endorphins during birth. With the help of hypnobirthing, birth can be a calm and relaxed experience. The course teaches skills to manage strong sensations in labour, prepares the mind to embrace change and helps mums connect with their baby in utero. It also educates mums on choices available to them - for their body and baby. Kassie loves the synergy between yoga and hypnobirthing, because hypnosis is essentially the same mind state as meditation. “The mindful practice of hypnosis can help women use their breath as a focal point and become responsive to the subtle sensations of

their body.” tent with minimal belongings, no running water Kassie became an accredited hypnobirthing or refrigeration. Living by nature's rhythms, practitioner in 2014 after the birth of her own always aware of the moon, the tides and the children, who are now five and seven. She weather is food for the soul. stumbled across hypnobirthing after her own “The kids learned to fish, snorkel over positive birth experience. She discovered not tropical reefs, climb all women had the coconut trees and even same experience and swim with Humpback decided to train to Whales.” help others. Kassie said that volunteer An Australian study Pregnancy is a time of huge on effective childbirth work in this remote change and growth in your life. education highlighted community was rewarding Becoming a parent is one of how important it on many levels, bringing a the biggest challenges you will was to take part face. The hypnobirthing greater sense of purpose in independent course gives the to life. childbirth classes. birthing mother and Returning to Australia, Programs that include her birth partner the Kassie is enjoying the complementary confidence to approach routine of regular yoga therapies have halved birth in a positive and practice and sharing her the intervention rates

empowering way.

for birth. Kassie is passionate about connecting with nature and being present in daily life. She recently returned from Tonga, where her family volunteered to work for four months. “We made contact with adventurer Don McIntyre and expressed interest in building the first solid structures on the island. My husband, Richard, is a carpenter by trade and was placed in charge of a group of volunteers to build two eco cabins.” “It was great to get back to basics, living in a

love and energy with soonto-be mums. The Hypnobirthing Australia Course prepares parents for one of life's biggest transitions. The best part of Kassie’s day is bumping into someone who took her course and hearing how hypnobirthing changed their birth. “I love to connect with people; to know that you have played a positive part in their life is so

My Day 5:30am Daily yoga, meditation practice 7:00am Kids wake, breakfast together and prepare for our day 8:30am Carpool with other families to take kids to The Nature School 10:00am First class of the day, a general yoga class or mums and bubs 11:30am Food shop buying local, seasonal produce from the farmers’ markets where possible 12:30pm Lunchtime yoga class; lunch with clients 1:30pm Afternoons responding to emails and project planning or meet with clients 3:00pm School pick up, snack together and find out about their day 4:00pm Beach swim, catch up with friends, make dinner and eat together 6:30pm Evening yoga class, hypnobirthing course, family time

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Jules Mackin is one of the intrepid athletes who’ll be tackling the Treble Breakwall Buster at the Brooks/ Compresport Port Macquarie Running Festival on March 11. This event is not for the faint-hearted, as competitors run three events - the half marathon (21.1 km), 10 km and 5 km back-to back - and Jules has certainly proved her grit over the years! A cancer survivor, she also aims to raise awareness and funds for Can Too ‌


i Jules. We last chatted for FOCUS back in 2015! Your athletic journey since competing in your first triathlon in 2010 has been very inspiring ... What have been some of the toughest events you've competed in recently? I've competed in some challenging events. Most recently I did the Tweed Half Ironman distance in Pottsville; it was very hot - in the 30s. I had a great swim and bike, but unfortunately had sickness on the run leg, making it a very challenging day out! I was, however, delighted to still come away with a 2nd place in my age group and have qualified for the long course world championships. What keeps you motivated and inspired to keep pushing your physical and mental limits? Strangely enough, I am motivated by the fact that I have overcome cancer; I have an inner drive to inspire others and help them realise that you can bounce back from adversity and hard times. Having said that, I have encountered a few health issues over the last few years which have slowed me down a bit! I am not getting any younger! I think running and triathlon helps with stress release too. The Brooks/Compresport Port Macquarie Running Festival is firmly in your sights now. On March 11, you'll be one of the very hardy souls tackling the Treble Breakwall Buster - a half marathon (21.1 km), followed by a 10 km and then

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finally a 5 km event, all in a row. What is your plan of attack for this tough event? As for the treble buster, I can firmly say I am undercooked! I will approach it similar to a long triathlon, taking each leg at a time and pacing myself. I am not going after PBs or best times - just out to finish such a challenging event. What's your regular training schedule look like at the moment? When you head into an event like the Port Mac Running Festival, which involves only running - no swimming or cycling - does your training regime change? I am currently resting after the Tweed event, but will jump back into training this week. I will focus more on running; however, keep some swimming and cycling for cross training purposes. You've experienced a few setbacks - and a few joyous occasions - in the past year. Tell us about some of the highlights and lowlights. Ha ha, yes! 2017, like most years for me, was full of highs and lows! Breaking my toe the day before leaving for the GC half marathon was frustrating indeed, although it did force me to visit the gym! A particular highlight was winning a brand new Bianchi bike! I was over the moon and absolutely love it; I feel grateful and lucky about that. There's a cause you're very passionate about too. What can you tell us about the organisation Can Too and how it helps those in our community?


I am passionate about finding a cure for cancer and have been involved in Can Too for years, holding several different roles: mentor, guest speaker, participant and coach. Can Too provides participants with a supportive team of coaches, team captains, mentors and resources to enable people run their first 10 km, half marathon and marathon. In return, participants raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. The focus is on finding a cure for cancer, fitness, fun, and community. The reason I started as a participant was because my mum had cancer when I was 10 years old; I experienced the devastation it can have on a family, so I wanted to give back and raise money to help cure cancer. Ironically, two weeks after finishing a half marathon with Can Too, I had my own diagnosis - which came as a real shock, as I was 31 and thought I was fit and healthy. Yes, those who read your interview from a few years ago would know that you were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008, so you understand the importance of cancer research. You are obviously so very fit and healthy now - what words of support/encouragement could you offer to those who may be undergoing their own battle with cancer? I was lucky during my diagnosis to be surrounded by amazing friends who supported

me and got me through the tough times. My plea to them when I was sick was to keep positive, which created good vibes of hope and a brighter future. Each diagnosis is unique, so it is difficult to know how that person feels or what they are going through. My words of encouragement would be to keep positive vibes and love around you and ask for help when you need it. Be kind to yourself and patient; take time to recover and heal. Where can we find out more about Can Too, and how we can become involved at a local level? We are building the first Can Too pod here in Port; it kicked off in February. Come and be a part of the inaugural team! If you are keen to get involved, you can jump online at and register for the half marathon or relay event. Raise some much needed funds for cancer research and get fit by running your first half marathon! Don't delay, sign up today - what do you have to lose? Thanks Jules. Interview by Jo Robinson. More info: Can Too: Port Macquarie Running Festival, info and registrations: event/

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An exciting adventure is on the horizon. If this opportunity has never been available to you before, shouldn’t that mean something? Don’t allow other people’s worries to spoil your exciting adventure. Listen to your intuition, and you can’t go wrong. Citrine will enable you to maintain high energy levels.

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Featured on the cover of our Women in Business edition this month are (left to right) Leasa Harris, Melanie Lock, Susan Rupert, Leeane Terp and Kate Wood-Foye. These are just some of the amazing women leading the business community in Port Macquarie. They are from a diverse range of businesses, but each have achieved great success, whilst still being humble, charitable, and grounded women.

M E L A N I E Lock


If one of your friends was to describe you, what would they say? That I'm the kind of person who'll throw on boots and hike all day, or hang my feet out the car window on the drive home. That I love real conversations and I laugh a lot. I'm hopeless with directions, and never ask me a mathematical question without a calculator nearby.     Being in business for me is about … Helping people - nothing makes me happier than seeing people's smiling faces at our workshops, classes or in our store. Some people have been literally moved to tears in our space, and that's more valuable to me than what money can buy. People are looking for a connection to their community, their body and life. We're privileged to witness some incredible transformations.   One of my greatest achievements in business has been … Creating The Hollow Store with my business partner, Benny. Our store is an eclectic hub of health, healing and movement for the whole community to experience. We've also produced our own line of Organic Herbal Teas and our SWEEP Colon Cleanse, which has been both busy but very rewarding. Small business is a steep learning curve, but we've managed to remain positive, progressive, and soon we'll be expanding into a larger premises on Murray Street.  How are you going to leave your mark on the world? I hope I've helped women to live their truth and empowered them with a deeper and more gentle understanding of their body. My hope is that all women feel the freedom and fire that they're seeking and deserve. It may be through their health, their food, but hopefully their heart also.

L E A S A Harris B I L L S F I S H H O U S E + S A LT Y C R E W K I O S K

If one of your friends was to describe you, what would they say? Driven, passionate, risk taker, diplomatic, social and sometimes a little too relaxed. Being in business for me is about ... Fulfilling your passions, having a clear purpose on why you are in your business and being a role model in your industry for people to aspire to.  One of my greatest achievements in business has been ... It would be returning to my hometown with my husband, Chris, and establishing our two businesses last year. It certainly wasn't easy - every day is still a juggle - but ultimately I have built the life I'd always dreamt of, and that in itself is something I'm incredibly proud of. How are you going to leave your mark on the world? I simply want to make to make the world a better place, educating my daughter and our young generation on how they, too, can make a difference.

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L E E A N E Terp


If one of your friends was to describe you, what would they say? Work related Leeane is a very principled, dedicated worker, honest and a hard task master. Home related Leeane is loving and soft, family orientated, loyal, a great mate and lifelong friend. How are you going to leave your mark on the world? My team; our people. It’s true of most businesses, but especially relevant for Hanson here in the Manning and Hastings valleys. Many of our employees are mature age, they are locals, and they have grown their skill set over the years. They take pride in their work, and they work as a team. One of my greatest achievements in business has been … The business has to be profitable to ensure its future and the security of its workforce, but it also has to cultivate a work environment that is safe, respectful and rewarding for employees. It really should be a partnership based on team work and mutual respect. Hanson’s also has a commitment to develop opportunities for women, who in this company work in all areas from management to batchers, from field staff to drivers. It’s a measure of success that I’m pleased to be a part of.

S U S A N Rupert


Tell us about what gets you out of bed and motivated for each day ... I can make a difference in the world around me. We are blessed enough to secure oftentimes life changing positions for our candidates. We are in this business to help people and empower those in our communities. By expanding into new communities and expanding our service range, we are able to help more people. How do juggle all your commitments of work, leisure and family? Always be present in the moment, whether you are at work or at home. I am careful to organise my time between work, leisure and family. Organising myself focuses on firstly finding free time, and then making sure I use it effectively. This allows me to recharge and be present in everything I do. Outside of work, what do you do you to be a good member of our community? We contribute to a number of charitable organisations. We support some families in our community privately. We also sponsor some sporting clubs, including the Port Pirates in Port Macquarie and the referees club in Tamworth. Every year we choose a specific charity to support and contribute to that cause throughout the year. What do you love most about work and life here in Port Macquarie? I love the close proximity to the beautiful nature in Port Macquarie; within minutes you can connect with nature and for a moment forget about the stresses of life.


If one of your friends was to describe you, what would they say? Eek, that’s tricky - I had to phone the girls for this one … Passionate, energetic, driven, deliberate, infectious, fun, generous, thoughtful, over achiever, stylish, organiser, loyal. Being in business for me is about ... being creative, making a difference in our community, setting a high standard, smashing targets, creating exceptional experiences for those who come through our hotel doors. I love the challenge of business, meeting and collaborating with others - it’s really what life is about. I love being given a challenge and then finding a way to get there and beyond. I tend not follow convention; I am a “just do it” kind of girl! One of my greatest achievements in business has been ... the creation of the Luminosity Youth Summit, now in its sixth year. This three day TEdX inspired summit - 22 speakers over three days - has been a game changer for me professionally and personally. I am 100% a better human after being involved with this not for profit project. They say you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with - I am lucky to have worked with a fantastic team of professionals to deliver this summit. I have met and remained friends with the most amazing speakers from across the country and the world. We have made real differences in young people’s lives - there is really no bigger high than that. To feel the energy in the theatre on closing day words can never really do it justice.

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I want to develop Cassegrain, create new experiences for our customers and do things a little differently to keep up with people and their ever-changing tastes and needs.


Describe how you got started in your business? After working at law firms and conveyancing practices throughout my career, I decided that it was finally time to take a leap of faith and try starting my own conveyancing business. Port Macquarie seemed to be the perfect place to do this. It has been challenging but at the end of the day, very rewarding. How do you measure success in business? We love referrals. Having a client or associate send their client or friends to us is one way that we know we are doing a good job. Building trust is a huge part of this - if you want the compliment of a referral, then your referrer needs to know you’ll do what you’ve promised. How has your business evolved since it began? We’ve been operating for two and a half years now, so are still quite a new business. We’ve added another staff member on in the last 12 months, which has helped us keep on top of everything. I feel as though we’ve moved out of the growth phase, and we are now just organically growing and maintaining the business.

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What is your businesss’ greatest asset? Being a multi regional winery allows us to source the best fruit from all over NSW, to provide our customers with a range of wines that they wouldn’t normally have access to in one region. This approach allows Cassegrain Wines to focus on the strengths of each region to craft elegantly styled wines. How do you measure success in business? I believe success is measured through customers’ unscripted feedback. When someone takes the time to share their thoughts, both good and bad, it is valuable and we have to appreciate and listen. It gives us the opportunity to grow and make changes to meet the needs of our customers. People seek a relationship with brands. Our goal is to continue to instigate meaningful relationships and by doing so, we will be successful. How will you embrace change in 2018? 2017 was a big year for me. I left Sydney, where I had a senior position working at eBay and a great group of friends, to move to Port Macquarie. When you throw everything up in the air to move to a new town, start a new job and make new friends, you have to embrace change wholeheartedly. It’s a scary moment, but when you’re out of your comfort zone, that’s when you grow. For me, 2018 is taking the strength I gained in my personal life into my work. Cassegrain has been in the community for 30+ years. I see this as a solid foundation to develop and create new experiences for locals and customers alike, to keep up with ever-changing tastes and desires.

S A N D R A Hollins

K Y L I E Jones


Describe how you got started in your business? To put it simply, we love data. Kylie and Sandra, the founders of Regional Insights Australia (RIA), share a passion for helping businesses utilise customer and market intelligence to drive improvements and growth. “Businesses have more data than ever before and can find it a challenge to know how to use data effectively,” says Sandra Hollins. “We created RIA to provide local businesses with services to help them understand and analyse their own customer and market insights, as well as the opportunity to access primary market research services locally.” RIA brings together over 25 years of experience in market research, strategy, marketing, customer insights, operational improvement and change management. “We can help businesses to understand what data they already have, as well as identify what should be collected from customers,” explains Kylie Jones. “It’s about working with businesses to use this intelligence in their daily activities, how to measure success, and future-proofing the business for change and growth.” If you would like more information on Regional Insights Australia, please call Kylie Jones (0418 595 433) or Sandra Hollins (0411 014 095). Regional Insights Australia is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.

D A N Y E L L E Macfarlan R E A L E S TAT E A G E N T

All homes have a story, and this is mine. I still sometimes pinch myself as, at fifty years of age, I am fortunate enough to not only be in a career that I love, but also live and work in a town that I love. It is an absolute privilege to assist my clients through what can be a highly stressful time in their lives, by selling their homes and achieving their sale-goals. Like all good homes that stand the test of time, good service is built upon a strong foundation. My career reflects experience in many facets of sales and service; however, of all my work experience, real estate has both challenged and satisfied me the most. It is an industry which ebbs and flows; no two days are ever the same, which creates a need for flexibility and resilience, a dynamic within which I thrive. I am passionate about everything I do and treat the sales process as if I were selling my own home. My personal mantra of customer-focused and results driven has been demonstrated through my recurring success in achieving not only desirable outcomes for my clients, but some exceptional ones. Success means different things to different people. For me, success is knowing that I have helped a person to reach their goals in an authentic and dignified manner. I have been fortunate in my short career to have achieved success at the National Laing+Simmons Annual Awards, winning “Laing+Simmons Rookie of The Year 2016”, followed up in 2017 by achieving 6th Place “Top Income Producer” and 7th Place “Highest Number of Listings”. It is with great pride that I represent Laing+Simmons - a company which has allowed me the opportunity to flourish. I look forward to the many successes ahead of me.

Contact details: 0421 031 109

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What is your business’ greatest asset? We are locally owned and operated with highly trained and enthusiastic consultants willing to share their knowledge, provide advice and source the best value for all our clients needs. We are excited about your holidays and your journey begins with us from the initial planning, whilst you are away, to welcoming you home on your return. Our business is different to other travel agencies, as it was established out of the need to create a more personalised and innovative travel service for our customers, which delivers consistent professionalism in a welcoming environment. In an era where technology is so readily available for consumers, the value that we provide at itravel Port Macquarie is that we offer a complete travel service with 24/7 support at no additional cost, which saves both time and money for our clients.

What is your greatest achievement? In September 2017, itravel Port Macquarie hosted Port Macquarie’s largest holiday and cruise expo on the Mid North Coast. Held at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie, our decision to arrange this event was to bring a travel show to share with our community. It was such a fun and amazing day, where we were recognised amongst our industry peers and won an award for our initiative. We are passionate about travel - we live and breathe it. Over extensive years of travelling ourselves, chances are we have been to your dream destination and would love to share personal hints, tips and experiences.   Exciting news ahead - we are going to do it all again in 2018.

L E A S A Harris B I L L S F I S H H O U S E + S A LT Y C R E W K I O S K O W N E R / O P E R AT I O N S M A N A G E R M A K E P E A C E I S L A N D

What is your greatest achievement? Personally, it would be becoming a mother. It is amazing how much my daughter, Elle, has changed my life for the better. I know many mothers say it, but it really is the most challenging, however best and most rewarding job of my life.   She has taught me so much about myself (and major lessons in learning patience!) and continues to do so as the days fly by. Professionally, it would be returning to my hometown with my husband and establishing our two businesses last year. It certainly wasn’t easy - every day is still a juggle - but ultimately I have built the life I’d always dreamt of, and that in itself is something I’m incredibly proud of. What is your business’ greatest asset? Our people, by a mile. The incredible fifty plus team members that sit across all three businesses I am involved with are undoubtedly each business’ greatest asset. A company is only as good as its people. Our employees make each day and milestone well worth the continual hard work. Cliché as it sounds, we simply could not do it successfully (or at all, for that matter) without their positive can-do attitudes and smiling faces showing up every single day. As a business owner, it’s a huge comfort knowing your brand and its future is in great hands.  How do you measure success in business?  

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To me, success is measured by a passionate and driven team all working cohesively as one, along with a thriving brand culture that your customers want to be a part of. Employing the right people that embody and embrace your core business values and brand ethics is often one of the hardest things to get right. However, when you do, it’s pure gold and you truly do reap the rewards. I am a firm believer that the success of any business hinges heavily on its people. Well that, and good, strong coffee.   Which business leaders do you look up to? My number one inspirational business leader would be Richard Branson. I have been lucky enough to meet Richard twice over the past three years. He is just as inspiring as you would imagine and equally humble and grounded. Richard really resonates with me not only as an amazing entrepreneur, but for the endless work he does to insight change and make a difference on a global scale.  Lisa Messenger is another business leader who really works wonders to inspire me. Lisa’s passion to challenge and disrupt individuals and corporations in order to change the way they think and act is not only trailblazing, but incredibly motivating. I believe success is often one step outside your comfort zone. Both Richard and Lisa encourage entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation - all while living their lives to the absolute fullest. 

The Event Architects Behind R Y D G E S & S A I L S K AT E W O O D - F O Y E A R E A D I R E C T O R O F S A L E S & M A R K E T I N G A M A N D A P E R R I N W E D D I N G & E V E N T C O - O R D I N AT O R J A C K I E L AW LO R E X E C U T I V E A S S I S TA N T / C O N F E R E N C E C O O R D I N AT O R , R A C H E L L E D U F T Y W E D D I N G & E V E N T C O O R D I N AT O R LO U I S E VA R A P O D I O   C O N F E R E N C E A N D E V E N T S C O O R D I N AT O R

Meet the team behind two of Port Macquarie’s most exciting event destinations - Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges. From early beginnings, these five dynamic women have been strongly influenced by family and their own passions for creativity, marketing, food, wine, fashion and the event industry. Teamed with backgrounds as chefs, caterers, event managers, resort and hotel executives and small business owners - one thing is clear: these ladies love to organise and aim to impress.

Mum always made every birthday and dinner

“Our family has celebration in their veins.

an abundance of waterfront spaces for special

party a really special occasion - fresh flowers, cloth napkins and little touches. She and my grandmother really knew the art of the party - how to create a moment. Our team look to recreate that for our clients,” says Kate, Area Director of Sales & Marketing. It’s no surprise then, that an event, function or conference organised by them at one of these venues has every detail planned out and delivered with signature style. The two gorgeous venues offer

events to be created, including a new 300 person ballroom, event pavilion, conference venues and multiple waterfront restaurant and bar spaces. The team credits their central locations, hands on experience, executive organisation skills, uninterrupted views of the water front, and enviable style and decor as the key to their popularity. There is a strong team connection between the Conferencing, Events, Wedding and Marketing teams and an understanding that excellence is key.

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What is your greatest achievement? Transforming the business from a digital perspective. The team has worked hard to introduce a cloud-based accounting system, a point of sale system, social media strategy and ecommerce website. We are working towards making it easier for customers to do business with us; they will be able to call, click or collect. What is your business' greatest asset? The relationships I have built with my team, my customers, and my suppliers. These relationships have enabled us to help our customers grow their businesses within the community by providing quality products, advice, training and business planning for local salons. One of my key relationships is with my team; as a business owner, I can’t emphasise enough the importance of having a team that complements my skills and is open to continuous improvement and learning. The team treats our customers with respect and strives to provide excellent customer service, which in turn drives customer loyalty and repeat business.

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P A U L A Johnson R O TA R Y LO D G E M A N A G E R

How has your business evolved since it began? I was fortunate to start at Rotary Lodge before the plans of extensions were tabled. I was then appointed the Contractor to manage Rotary Lodge 24/7 365 days of the year with my company I started with 1 employee and over the past 3 years we have grown to a total of 4 employees as my role at Rotary Lodge changed to include additional welfare services to our clients and the opening of the additional 12 rooms this year. What is your greatest achievement? I have to admit that there are times that you wonder why you are being paid, the nights that the Rotary Clubs and Tacking Point Lions would come in and put on a meal for our guests are so much fun.

M I C H E L L E Parker PA R K E R & C O C O M M U N I C AT I O N S P R I N C I PA L C O N S U LTA N T

How has your business evolved since it began? Like many women in business, I started out as a onewoman show, squeezing in a few projects while my firstborn slept, and juggling all the jobs myself. Fast-forward eight years, and I now have an amazing team of specialist consultants and a range of external experts supporting my business, so I can focus on our clients. We love helping clients put their best foot forward with powerful and professional branding and consistent communications. This involves a wholistic approach to all facets of communications - media, marketing, advertising, community relations, social media and events. How do you measure success in business?

The lounge area that the guests meet in for dinner sounded like a chock run with much laughter. Being able to see people enjoy themselves makes this the most rewarding job.

It’s got to be about people, not just profits. For me, the success markers that mean the most are relationships with clients built on trust and value, and recognition and respect from colleagues and collaborators.

Every time the Base Hospital opens a new line of medical work we see those patients and careers here at the Lodge. It is not only people that live some distance away that use us. We can have locals as well.

Besides what the books say, success for me is having a flexible business that enables me to do what I love, working with people I like, on meaningful projects that make a difference in our local community.


Describe how you got started in your business: It’s hard to believe that its nearly twelve months since we opened the doors of HEM. It’s been an amazing year and an achievement, along with my business partners and the rest of the team, that I’m am incredibly proud of. When we decided to open HEM Property, we all wanted to change the way that real estate has been done and get back to the good old fashioned way of doing business ... building relationships and treating people the way we like to be treated. We have stayed true to this, which is why I believe our first twelve months have been so enjoyable and successful. What is your business’ greatest asset: Our people! Without a doubt, our wonderful team is the greatest asset of HEM. We are fortunate to have a great group of like-minded people who genuinely enjoy and love what we do and what we are all about. We have all come from a variety of different work backgrounds, which I think is great, as we all have different ideas which contributes to making sure that we stay fresh and different from the rest. Besides the four agents, the remainder of our team is made up of wonderful women, and our property management section is headed by Jessica Brennan. To see this young lady strive for excellence in everything she does is so rewarding. Real estate is still very much a male dominated industry, so to see more women choosing this wonderful career makes me very happy indeed. The last six years have been the most rewarding workwise for me personally, and I can never imagine myself doing anything else! How do you measure success in business: The satisfaction of our clients is the greatest measure to know that we are being successful. To receive referrals and repeat business from those that we have either sold to or for, to me is the ultimate reward! I also believe that a happy team is another measure of success, because without them, we have no business! We all work long hours and spend a lot of time with each other, so a happy environment is vital.

Contact details: (02) 6583 2324

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We believe that to be successful in business you need to give back, and we work hard to ensure that we are always adding value to our local community, schools and initiatives. The support of our community has been our greatest asset.

L E E A N E Terp

S U E Jogever



Describe how you got started in your

and has been involved in numerous road projects,

business? As a single parent, I started working

including the Wrights Road intersection. The Oxley

for CTK Constructions Sancrox Quarry in 1997.

Highway Upgrade, Blackmans Point Roundabout

Pioneer purchased the company in 1998. And

and the Sancrox Interchange Bridge. The plant,

shortly afterwards, I became the weighbridge

which has grown from three to 10 staff, also

operator, followed by logistics allocator, quarry

plays a huge role in the domestic home building

sales and quality and administration supervisor.

industry, through our Imagecrete display range for

After 17 years at Sancrox Quarry, I was offered

home owners wanting beautiful, quality driveways.

the role of Concrete Plant Manager and charged

What is your greatest achievement? Without

with the responsibility of reopening the Taree

doubt, my daughter, who has grown into an

plant, while continuing to explore opportunities to

intelligent, ethical, community-minded young

expand the Port Macquarie plant.

woman. I always tried to be the best role model

How has your business evolved since it

possible, so she could learn that through hard

began? The once closed Taree Concrete Plant

work, honesty and a strong sense of ethics that

reopened and now has three employees servicing

in this country women can achieve whatever they

the needs of the Manning Valley. The Port

want, even if they are working in an industry

Macquarie Concrete Plant has continued to grow,

regarded as being male-dominated.

How has your business evolved since it began?

maximise premium results for our clients.

My real estate journey was always to create a boutique business that focused on amazing customer service, and exceeding expectations taking into consideration the individual needs of my clients. In November 2017, our awardwinning boutique agency was proudly selected as an independent that Belle Property would like to have as part of their franchise network. Belle Property shares my visions and core values and the alignment was a perfect fit. This has led me on a new chapter of my business being part of a national boutique award-winning network of over 80 offices, and now proudly providing the “Belle difference” in our lifestyle destination of Greater Port Macquarie region.

There are so many amazing business leaders in all industries and I have been lucky enough to work with some very talented and inspiring people.

What is your businesses greatest asset? Our greatest asset is the relationships that build with our clients and our connection to our community. We believe that to be successful in business you need to give back and we work hard to ensure that we are always adding value to our local community, schools and initiatives to make a difference in our region. The support of our community has been our greatest asset. How will you embrace change in 2018? We understand the importance of always striving to do things better and embracing change is the best way to ensure that we are a leader in our industry. Change is a normal and expected part of business and we have a continuous improvement model we follow to ensure we always get the best out of every situation &

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What business leaders do you look up to?

In saying that, I am inspired by the people who give back to their communities, are engaged with what their customers want and always lead the pack. Tom Peters is someone who I have got a lot from lately not to mention Peter and Fiona Hanscomb who are the founders of Belle Property who encapsulate everything I would like to be as a business leader. How do you measure success in business? As a boutique real estate agency we measure our success not through the number of transactions, but more importantly focus on our customer loyalty. The key to the success of our business is the personalised “care factor” we provide to our customers which creates “clients for life” and strong repeat and referral business. What has been your greatest achievement? I have always enjoyed being creative and innovative in our boutique real estate agency by always thinking “outside the box” on how we can provide exemplary customer service or community engagement. Our recent involvement in raising over $10,000 for the Orange Sky Laundry van was one of our greatest achievements to help make a difference for the homeless and give back to our community in our region.


GAYLE KEE Award-winning TG’s Chid Care and Preschool celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a bang. Gayle Kee, General Manager together with Centre Managers Toni-Lee, Linda and Laura work their magic to encourage children to love learning in an environment based on love, trust, respect, compassion and endless fun!



G’s won Excellence in Business and Employer of Choice at the Armidale Regional and Greater Port Macquarie Business

Awards last year. We ask Gayle where she goes from here.

will see TG’s investing a lot more in the


with us over the years. We firmly believe in

future of children and the families in our

The TG’s family is built on three Foundation Stones - Building Relationships, Understanding our Gifts and Encouraging Collective Thinking. These have spurred our growth by becoming the natural collaborative base of the teams we foster and develop and the relationships we have with the community. We will continue with these foundation stones as we Play Learn and Live, as that is how life should be for everyone.

empowering women and the importance in

This is what makes it worthwhile investing in


communities, where we involve them in helping the children play, learn and live life to the fullest! To do this we are formalising our business management with Diane Gray of Change

It is amazing how we have grown from

Play Consulting, with plans to open more

three to five centres in Armidale, Wauchope

early learning centres. Veronica Lind of

and Uralla! Our team of educators has also

Vermilion Pinstripes will lead marketing to

expanded from 65 to 106, and only three

drive activities for our new brand. We are

are men!

developing our unique culture to Play-Learn-

It takes a village to raise a child. We strongly

Live life across regional New South Wales.

believe in the family’s influence but we

There are going to be more fun campaigns

also want to pro-actively involve the wider

in each community, so get ready to come

community so that the children at TG’s

paint colourful murals with us or adopt a pet

Can you pick an element that has contributed to the winning formula of TG's? Without a doubt, it is our educators who make TG's stand out.

gain a well-rounded education. So 2018

rock, perhaps in one of our award-winning

Ninety per cent of educators have grown

investing, encouraging and providing them with career advancement and development opportunities within our services. Several have won national awards as trainees and early childhood teachers, and others have advanced to management and leadership positions within TG’s. They are our gifts … It is truly gratifying to go to work each day and see children learn with a smile and parents beaming with joy in their hearts. the future of the children and the families in our communities. TG’s is taking registrations for 2018 and

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How do you measure success in business?

What is your business' greatest asset?

Measuring success in business is at the heart of what we do. Our Business Benchmarking Bundle is a new service to help clients drive the success of their own businesses. It includes access to industry analysis, tailored market intelligence and practical success strategies to help clients make informed business decisions and stay ahead of the game.

Our greatest asset is definitely our team. As

What is your greatest achievement? Offering Xero to small businesses was a real game changer. If we can make clients' lives easier with simple cloud tools and efficient systems, that’s a great achievement for us. We offer tailored Xero set up and training services, as well as ongoing support and updates though our regular monthly Xero sessions. If you haven’t yet made the switch to Xero, now is the time.

business owners ourselves, the SeaChange accounting team have a thorough understanding of the challenges and frustrations our clients face - and the best way to overcome them. Laura and Lauren are both Xero certified advisors and provide friendly and responsive support in Xero, payroll and accounting. Our newest team member, Tim Sproats, has a wealth of accounting experience and will focus on creating strong relationships with business owners to provide efficiencies around the accounting function. He is passionate about helping clients improve their cash flow and keep on track of their business goals.

S U S A N De Jonge

N I C O L E Donohoe


Describe how you got started in your business? I always loved travel and hospitality and have visited many countries. On those trips I often said to myself “wouldn’t it be great if you can do this for a job”. Eventually, fifteen years later I did! I started by renting out my own home in Bonny Hills while I was still commuting weekly to Sydney for work. I found that I loved the work and the market opportunity existed and one thing led to the next. How has your business evolved since it began? We have tripled from a modest 7 property portfolio to 22 properties within 1.5 years. Our team has also grown. I couldn’t have done it without them and without Nicole’s involvement. Nic (Nicole) joined SOLscape 6 months ago and with her

photography and administrative background we make a perfect team. With the latest property listings, such as Kingspoint Resort, we can now start bringing our expertise to the Port Macquarie wedding market too. What is the greatest asset of your business? Our relationship with the property owners and their trust in our approach and our ability to achieve results is the greatest asset to our business. It is about achieving success together. Properties don’t sell or rent themselves. The intangible side of the business, such as knowing and respecting personal preferences, having accountability, market experience and truly caring to ensure the job is done well, make a big difference and this is what sets our brand apart.

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To give people the opportunity to do something so out of the ordinary when the aviation industry is often hard to navigate is highly important to me.


J U D Y Hodge hat is your greatest achievement? There’s a lot that I believe I’ve achieved, but the most recent

“achievement” for me personally was fighting and battling through cancer in the face of much adversity. For those who know me, I work hard and diligently and sacrifice a lot for my passion, so when I was faced with the prospect of spending six months undergoing chemotherapy and being unable to personally pilot my seaplane, it took a lot of adjusting for me to sit back and be comfortable with having others support me, and trust that things would pan out. Hair or no hair, I was with my plane and supporting


my pilots down by the water every day possible - I guess you can take the girl out of the plane, but you can’t take the plane crazy out of the girl!

and land on something as tempestuous and

sharing that with others.

powerful, yet serene and liberating as water. I

With that in mind, it is fitting that

spend much more of my time training young

“embracing change” is something I’m

ambitious pilots to follow their passion, and

prepared to do in 2018. With 2017’s

How has your business evolved since it began?

this gives me the greatest joy. To give people

fair share of it, change and movement is

the opportunity to do something so out of

something that I wish to invite into my life

the ordinary when the aviation industry is

both for myself and others.

I was trained and mentored by Australia’s leading and most experienced floatplane pilot, Bill Lane, who had previously operated a seaplane operation in the Port Macquarie area. Because of that, I started with a similar business model to him, as Port Macquarie is familiar with that - local flights, charters etc. I have been flying seaplanes in Port Macquarie since 2008, but my ultimate passion is training others to fly these fun machines - it is SO exhilarating to take off

often hard to navigate is highly important to me.

I want to create stories and celebrate stories of the experience of flying here

How will you embrace change in 2018?

in this community, and knowing that

Inspired by the “If we had wings” movement

Port Macquarie is shifting and changing

by our local Skye Petho, it is fitting that I’ve

encourages me to spread my wings and do

returned to flying after surviving the battle

the same. I am aiming to do more to support

with cancer. I am not an “if” person, I’m

women in aviation this coming year, as my

a “when” person, so I knew and had faith

own journey to this lifestyle was one with

that it was only a matter of time before I’d

plenty of setbacks and plenty of moments of

return to the joy of taking off, and the joy of

overcoming too!

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I measure success in business in a purposefully similar and closely derived way to how I measure success in my personal life - that is by defining success by what has the truest meaning in my life: relationships, making a difference, and living honestly.


A L L Y S H A Webber

ow has your business evolved since it began? Since the club first opened its doors 80 years ago, the changes that have occurred have been nothing short of remarkable. From branching out into the community and supporting individuals, charities, sporting teams and organisations from backgrounds as diverse as its membership base, Port City has put down firm roots in our local Hastings community and has evolved into a club that exists at its very core to serve, support and nurture the needs of our community, no matter what they may be as time goes on. What is your business’ greatest asset? Port City Bowling Club’s greatest asset are the many local individuals, couples and families who are our social and bowling members. Having a

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community as strong, diverse and supportive as what we are fortunate enough to have, combined with a myriad of like-minded staff means that not only do we provide a fun, safe place to socialise, but also means that when we join forces with our members to aid our local community at large in raising money, awareness and publicity for various worthy charities, we can do incredible things together. How do you measure success in business? I measure success in business in a purposefully similar and closely derived way to how I measure success in my personal life - that is by defining success by what has the truest meaning in my life: relationships, making a difference, and living honestly. Knowing that my day-to-day efforts at work have made a difference in people’s lives, have improved

the community around me or at least have been a part of those important processes bring the most valuable feelings of accomplishment in life and tangible success in business. How will you embrace change in 2018? As marketing becomes increasingly digitally focused, the data-driven marketing tools available become most useful and powerful when the marketer wielding them translates them into engaging with the customer and their journey. With the multitude of visual based social media platforms becoming increasingly crowded, noisy and less effective in reaching people, I will be striving to use these platforms as non-obtrusively as possible and designing my marketing not only as a means to create revenue, but as a way to learn about consumers, to share with and engage with them all along their journey.

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KRISTAL KINSELA Having achieved incredible success, such as NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year and a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Agenda Setter of the Year, plus her biggest achievement, being a mother, Kristal Kinsela is setting the way as an inspirational woman on many levels. FOCUS chatted with Kristal about her success and return to Port Macquarie …


hat’s your connection to the Greater Port Macquarie area? I first moved to Port Macquarie in 2008 for a position at North Coast TAFE. My children were very little at the time. Port Macquarie offered a beautiful lifestyle and a great place to raise the kids. You’ve been quite the mover and shaker in business over the past few years; what have been some of your achievements? I met my business partners, Katina Law and Damien Chalk, in late 2015, and they invited me to join Indigenous Professional Services (IPS) in 2016. We clicked immediately and recognised we shared the same vision and values. Building IPS has been life changing. Our success includes winning 13 contracts worth $1.4 Million in the 16/17 year with Federal Government Departments through the Indigenous Procurement Policy. We were one of four Indigenous businesses that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet recognised as a success story, and they made a case study video about us. Our growth helped us grow our team rapidly from the three of us to 15 staff in less than a year. I was also recognised for my contributions in working with Indigenous communities, Indigenous businesses, leaders and women across Australia and won two awards, 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, and 2017 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year. Most recently I was one of ten prominent Indigenous leaders in a historic meeting to present a statement to the Council Of Australian Governments on the Closing the Gap refresh, with the Prime Minister personally acknowledging me in his Closing the Gap report to Parliament. How did you cope with facing the challenges of being away from your family? 76 Greater Port Macquarie focus

It was the hardest decision I ever made when I decided to I returned to Port because of my daughter, Allayah. She’s move back to Sydney in late 2015. But, it was a choice I made going through those teenage years, and she needs her mum. So for the benefit of my children. We all needed a circuit breaker; the plan is really to spend as much time as I can with both my my children to have the stability of one home, for me to rebuild children, and nurture my daughter as she grows into our next myself after a marriage failure and to explore the opportunities leader. I’m juggling my business from Port and hope to attract the business world presented. some local work to stop me from travelling all the time. I’m also I experienced harsh criticism when I moved away, but not planning a wedding and looking to buy once did I ever concede to it. I coped a new home. Basically, settling right because I focused on maintaining back into the wonderful lifestyle. a positive relationship with my Tell us about the project you’re children; returning to Port Macquarie working on with CSU. to see them one week a month and I’ve been collaborating with CSU staying in constant communication since last year on Walan Mayinygu I’ve been collaborating by phone. Innovation Pop Up Hubs for Indigenous with CSU since I constantly surround myself with business owners, established and last year on Walan positive family and friends, maintain budding entrepreneurs. We’ve delivered Mayinygu Innovation a healthy lifestyle and just put my Pop Up Hubs for the hubs in Dubbo and Albury, head down and work my butt off. Indigenous business and finally are coming to Port 6 - 8 I owe a lot to my fiancé, Kevin, owners, established and March. The “pop up hubs” provide who has been a rock to me, budding entrepreneurs. learning events, including business grounded me and supported me masterclasses, practical workshops, through everything. panel discussions, guest speakers As a woman in business and a and networking. I will be facilitating mother, what advice can you give a workshop and panel discussions to those seeking to chase their alongside many other successful careers and dreams, but perhaps Indigenous entrepreneurs. feeling held back? Where can our readers go to follow your journey and get The times have changed. Being a mother isn’t all that defines in touch? you as a woman. You can have it all, but it will require sacrifices, The best place to find me is on social media: follow me on high levels of coordination and determination. The best place to Twitter Kristal_Kinsela or Facebook @kristalekinsela or Instagram start is to think about what is important to you, set goals and Kristal_Kinsela and IPS at @indigenousprofessionalservices strive to achieve them. You’re now back in Port (for good); what are your plans? Thanks Kristal.

We love the challenges of working with athletes and indivuals to improve performance.

A M A N D A Fletcher

K I M Ritchie



Nutrition for life!

Describe how you got started in business? I started

Good nutrition is pivotal in managing your health and your

studying personal training and massage therapy. During

family’s health – it is the secret to running a happy healthy

these studies I developed a passion for learning more about

life! I am a qualified Nutritionist (Adv Dip Nutritional

the human body and how it moved.

Medicine), who also completed a Bachelor of Science

Studying functional anatomy was challenging and

(Majoring in Physiology) at UNE. I am a wife and a mother

stimulating and the first time I ever felt truly engaged in

to three young kids. I get what it’s like to have a hectic


family life – and can provide you with nutritional support and guidance on how to make healthy normal in your life.

With a career in osteopathy, I have the opportunity to work with people to assess how they sit, walk, move and function,

I conduct one-on-one consultations supporting digestive

whether that be effectively or with compensations. We have

health issues/intolerances, provide weight loss programs,

many skills to assess and address these issues, ranging from

support those with sporting goals, support kid’s nutrition

soft tissue work, such as massage and stretching, through to

and create personalised nutritional programs for you and

adjustments and rehabilitation exercises.

your family to make healthy normal.

We engage patients in a one on one fashion to assess each

If you need someone to hold you to account to help you

individual. I love the challenges of working with athletes to

achieve your health goals, or just want information on how

improve performance.

to live a healthier life Amanda can help.

What is your business’ greatest asset? Fantastic staff

Your nutritional health is my passion.

who are committed to providing excellent quality care for

For more information checkout my facebook page

every patient who attends the practice.,

We have wonderful patients who provide excellent feedback,

Instagram or

helping us to improve what we do and making the job more

website –



I had been teaching for a quite a few years from home and also from an art shop in Wauchope called “Who Framed?”. When this closed, I decided there was a need for an art supply business, as we didn’t have any in the area at the time.   We have been trading for six years, and the business is growing. We have a full selection of Matisse and Atelier acrylic paints, Art Spectrum pastels, as well as Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils and Prismacolor colouring pencils, and a full stand of Daniel Smith Watercolour paints. Our classes have also increased to having five classes per week. As well as all our quality art supplies, we also stock a great range of unique and arty gifts, which we are constantly changing and updating.  My greatest achievement since opening the shop would be entering the Archibald Prize last year with a portrait I painted of my aunt, who was 102 at the time. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the finalists, but it was an experience just to enter.  I measure success in my business by being able to support our local community and provide a quality shopping experience to the area. We have given many vouchers to help fundraising for local organisations; locals supporting us helps us to support local. 

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We contribute to a number of charitable organisations. We support some families in our community privately. We also sponsor some sporting clubs, including the Port Pirates in Port Macquarie and the referees club in Tamworth.

S U S A N Rupert What is your business’ greatest asset? Our people are our greatest asset. Mbc provides a wide range of services to a broad base of clients throughout New South Wales. Our success depends on having a skilled team to resource, recruit, and deliver talent in all fields. Because of the diversity of our services, we rely on our staff to stay on top of training, innovations, and legal developments in their fields. We trust our team to think creatively and provide a personalised approach to services in professional environments. Our workers are also important because of the significant role they play in the community. Our roles can be administrative, labour, traffic control, or health-based. We expect our workers to provide excellent

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service to everyone they encounter, maintain a safe work environment for themselves and members of the public, and perform their duties professionally. Our business’s greatest strength is in our people skills, and we have a great team that helps us to deliver on that every day. How do you measure success in business? We measure success in how many people we can help, safety, and business improvements. We help people by finding candidates for jobs that may be hard to fill, and we help people by finding jobs they are suited for. Our goal every day is to find qualified workers that meet and exceed our clients’ needs. We welcome client and candidate feedback and always take suggestions under consideration.

We expect our workers to work safely, as well. We have high safety standards and we expect our workers to perform their duties in a way that keeps them and the public safe every day. We consistently seek to improve. We track suggestions, updates, and we carefully review policies, procedures, and always look for ways to improve our business services for our clients and our candidates. Our ISO-certified system tracks our changes and improvements so that we can always see development and improvement suggestions and progress. How has your business evolved since it began? Our business has increased in all the areas we serve. We have developed a strong nursing

department that is an NDIS approved provider. Our nursing staff also provide community, aged, and facility carers throughout New South Wales. Our traffic control and labour teams have grown, and we have depots in Tamworth and Coffs Harbour in addition to our Port Macquarie depot. Our administrative team has new offices in Port Macquarie above the ANZ, Newcastle, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, and Tamworth. We have also expanded our client base to include government and private clients throughout New South Wales. We pride ourselves on our systems and our ongoing commitment to growth and improvement, as well as our personalised services.

Businesses as organic entities need to engage proactively with customers on their buying journey to build business confidence.


I have been in business since I completed pharmacy at Sydney University in 1982. I have experienced the huge growth of the Port Macquarie and Wauchope areas and also the evolution of the pharmacy industry. There have been many changes along the way, but the core purpose of my businesses has not changed.

dispensing robots in both stores that save lots of time, so we can give our customers much more personal attention. We have an extensive new sleep apnoea service, as well as the Tony Ferguson and Impromy weight loss programs. We are always looking to keep up with new innovations in the world of health.

As a community pharmacist, my role is to provide my patients and customers with timely access to all medications and to a range of quality health services in a professional setting. With the help of all my well-trained staff, I think we give exceptional customer service and a great experience when people visit my stores.

And to add some glamour, we have recently installed the Estée Lauder and Clinique makeup and fragrance ranges. There is nothing better for the health than a little self-indulgence!

Pharmacists Tim, April, Ines, Kim and Wendy provide in depth information on how to take medications and how they work. We have

I am so proud of all my staff, as they continue to help me look after everyone that comes to us for assistance with their health needs. They are always so friendly and create a caring, professional atmosphere. They are my greatest asset!


Vermilion Pinstripes Sales Marketing Communications is helping businesses in Australia, Singapore and other Asian countries create growth through a framework for purposeful engagement and sustainability. Why do customers buy? They use both emotional and rational forms of reasoning. A mix of art, maths, science and psychology is fundamental to developing effective strategies quickly and within budget. It is our challenge to integrate sales, marketing, PR and internal communications to personalise customers’ engagements. Together with my business partner, Joh Ju, based in Singapore, we offer our clients a simple holistic framework to help businesses sell without selling. My background as an entrepreneur, technologist and international marketer has given me

many opportunities to work with businesses to improve their branding and accelerate their business. What do you expect businesses to focus on when they have achieved brand confidence? Businesses as organic entities need to engage proactively with customers on their buying journey, in order to grow. We speak to our clients about business sustainability as increasingly, businesses aim to be transparent about risks and opportunities and how they affect the community. We received our certification for Sustainability Reporting by the Global Reporting Initiative last December. We are serious about developing our client’s businesses sustainability. They need to assess their own operations, track their impact and make the right decisions that will benefit their communities.

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Changes are an ongoing process in our industry; the NDIS and Home Care Packages are two current ones. MSS prides itself on staying abreast of any changes and is continuously looking at ways to make it easier for our clients, to improve our service delivery, and our business eďŹƒciencies.


N I K K I Clancy escribe how you got started in your business? After completing my post graduate qualifications in Human Services in 2010, I

was on the lookout for a position within the community services industry. I was offered a team leader position at MSS, which provided me with a wonderful start within the sector. I worked in many of MSS’ service delivery areas over the next seven years, which led to the role as Manager of Connected Families Team, one of five senior management roles in MSS.


by the Board of Directors. How has your business evolved since it began? Manning Support Services (MSS) began as a volunteer service known as Manning Counselling in the 1980s. In June of 1988, Manning Support Services Inc. became an incorporated entity. It had a number of Government funded services at this stage, including Family Support Services, Manning Neighbour Aid and Home Maintenance and Modifications. MSS continued to grow over the years and now provides the following programs: Home Care Packages, NDIS,

In early 2017 the CEO resigned, and I filled

Home Maintenance, Home Modifications,

the role temporarily. In late 2017, after a

Neighbour Aid, My Meals, Volunteer

recruitment process that was open and

Recruitment, Transport, Community Visitors

thorough, I was selected, and appointed CEO

Scheme, Family Support, Parenting Programs,

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No Interest Loans, Counselling, Supervised Contact and Barra Marruk. What is your business' greatest asset? The people who work for us: the staff and volunteers. Without dedicated, committed, loyal and highly skilled staff and volunteers, MSS would not function as well as it does. At MSS we are extremely lucky to have staff and volunteers who are committed to the vision and mission of the organisation, displaying care and respect towards clients and most of all, enjoy what they do every day. Our Board of Management has broad community experience, diverse backgrounds and is drawn from across the region. Last year our amazing volunteers donated over 20,000 hours of their time to support our

community. How will you embrace change in 2018? Changes are an ongoing process in our industry; the NDIS and Home Care Packages are two current ones. MSS prides itself in staying abreast of any changes and is continuously looking at ways to make it easier for our clients, to improve our service delivery, and our business efficiencies. Changes in the Home Care Package industry in February 2017 saw clients gain greater choice in who delivers what services and how often. MSS have been working closely with all our clients to facilitate the reforms. MSS will continue to embrace change by providing services we know we can deliver and deliver them well.

My husband, Teale, and I moved from Sydney 15 years ago, where I used to manage payrolls for large international and national companies. The opportunities in this industry were harder to come by in Port Macquarie, so that’s when Teale and I started working alongside each other.


Y A S M I N E E G A N  


Role: Office Manager. Area of Expertise: Excellence in customer service - supporting the business team in the day to day operations to ensure the business runs smoothly.

Role: Business Sales Support. Area of Expertise: Supporting sales consultants at the Business Centre, provisioning all orders, amending faults and liaising with Telstra back of house.

L I N D A Bryan

Role: Business Centre Receptionist. Area of Expertise: After many years in the retail store, I have taken on the role of receptionist at the Business Centre. I greet and welcome customers in person and over the phone; answer and direct inquiries to the designated department, schedule appointments and maintain the store front.



Business: Telstra Port Central and the Telstra Business Centre Port Macquarie.

arrangement, but has now spanned across various businesses and many years!

Role: Primarily I do the financials of the What is your business’ greatest asset? business, but I have I know its cliché, but the opportunity a it’s our staff. We work couple of days per hard to build a strong, week to work at capable, resilient ground level within team whom we can I know its cliché, but it’s the store, which I be proud of - the old our staff. We work hard love. saying of hiring on to build a strong, capable, culture, not skill, being resilient team whom we can How did you be proud of the old saying the benchmark on any get started in of hiring on culture, not recruitment process we your business/ skill, being the benchmark have. industry? My

on any recruitment process

How do you measure husband, Teale, we have. success in business? and I moved Business success comes from Sydney 15 years ago, where in many forms; I don’t I used to manage think it can be measured payrolls for large on a single aspect. international and national companies. The Happy customer base, content staff, the opportunities in this industry were harder ability to adapt to the changing marketplace to come by in Port Macquarie, so that’s and of course, profit for sustainability. when Teale and I started working alongside Call any of our fantastic staff on each other. It was initially to be a short term 02 5525 0000.



Role: Sales Consultant. Area of Expertise: I have currently been working at the Telstra Shop in Port Central gaining skills and knowledge in all areas of telecommunications and customer service, analysing customer needs and providing the best solution. I am now branching off to the Telstra Business Centre to further my skills and knowledge to help me become a successful business woman.


Role: Sales Consultant. Area of Expertise: I enjoy all areas of technology; however, Apple is an area that I specialise in, as well as making complex technology solutions simple and more understandable for customers. TIARNA JANE

Role: Sales Consultant. Area of expertise: Working with customers to find the best solution for their lifestyle. I aim to build a great relationship with my customers first, that helps uncover what they may need that they didn’t even know was possible.  NERISSA RAE


Role: Operations Manager - Port Central. Area of Expertise: I have many hats being operations! I order and maintain our stock, answer phone calls and problem solve and also look after the repair process of handsets from start to finish.

Role: Telesales for small business accounts. Area of Expertise: Being in the Telstra Team for six years and telecommunications for over 10 years, I have a great understanding of the products available to suit my customers.

Role: Reconciliation / payments / auditing / corrections. Area of Expertise: Making sure we have our “I’s” dotted and our “T’s” crossed.




Role: Business Sales Support. Area of Expertise: Having worked in Telstra for the past 20 years, my areas of expertise are in customer resolutions, billing and products and providing excellent customer service.

Role: NBN Specialist. Area of Expertise: I’m the consumer support for the Telstra Port Central Store. I manage all bundle orders locally from start to finish, by ensuring a great customer experience. Greater Port Macquarie focus 81

Success is a happy client who trusts us to support them, and their family, through life’s journey. We help with debt reduction, building wealth, superannuation, life insurance and income protection, retirement planning, aged care, and ultimately their estate plan.


S U Z I E Barnaby escribe how you got started with Morgans.

I started with Morgans after many conversations with the Managing Director, Port Macquarie: Craig Watson. I wanted to work with an organisation that supported my client-first philosophy and one where developing financial solutions based on our clients’ needs would be the focus, rather than just selling certain products. I was impressed by the calibre and expertise of the people already at Morgans, and I couldn’t wait to join the team.


A crucial part of our conversations with clients is determining what they want from life - to establish their goals and what drives them. For example, many of our clients have met with us leading up to retirement. They are on good incomes, have paid off their mortgage and their kids are soon to fly the nest, or they have already.

What is Morgans’ greatest asset?

They want to build wealth for retirement to gain peace-of-mind that they will be comfortable in that stage of their life. They want clarity around when they can reduce their working hours, how they can incorporate travel, time spent with their family and hobbies.

Morgans’ greatest asset is our people. Our people and culture are aligned to helping our clients achieve their financial goals and have the lifestyle they want; we place our clients at the centre of everything we do.

We help them by creating a road map and then making it happen. This may include setting up appropriate financial structures, investment management, minimising tax, maximising Centrelink entitlements and ensuring that their

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estate planning is suitable.

our clients and transparency in every area of our

Essentially, we help ensure that our clients have enough money to do exactly what they want to do in life.

business, including fees.

How does Morgans measure success?

and educating clients by using my experience

Success is a happy client who trusts us to support them, and their family, through life’s journey. We help with debt reduction, building wealth, superannuation, life insurance and income protection, retirement planning, aged care and ultimately their estate plan.

gained from over 25 years in financial markets.

We recently conducted a client survey that shows our female clients are massive advocates of our organisation and that trust is the most important factor in their ongoing relationship with Morgans. We believe that trust and respect is earnt through excellent client service. We do this at Morgans through regular and clear communication with

Personally, success is doing something I love and am passionate about. For me, this is supporting

My expertise and guidance can help them make well-informed decisions in relation to their own financial situation. I’m also active in the broader community supporting women, being a founding member of the Bling for the Girls Committee, which has raised over $94,000 for local women who are less fortunate, including the Hastings Women and Children’s Refuge. I am also the Treasurer of the Hastings Business Women’s Network. Authorised Representative 001004887

No matter where you are in your career - just starting out, in the midst of family life, or heading towards retirement - the fact is, it’s never too late to develop a financial strategy to help you achieve your goals.

M I C H E L L E Kliousis

Working Women “Time to sort your super”


Describe how you got started in your business? In 2005 I opened my first large homewares and furniture business in the industrial area, with a heavy focus on colours and the tropics. Twelve years on, and I have now moved into a new homewares business that is more in tune with the coastal lifestyle here in Port Macquarie; hence, Nomadic Interiors has now been born. We are conveniently located in the CBD on Clarence Street. How has your business evolved since it began? Our doors flew open in early December 2017, and along with the warm summer came our first arrivals of authentic and unique homewares. The Nomadic’s style is is an eclectic combination of cultures and exotic locations from South East Asia, with handmade items that I personally choose. Pieces featured in the store

are original wood artefacts, wooden pieces, occasional furniture, leather and feature an ethnic influence. Nomadic Interiors is a big shift from what I was doing - with my focus now on layers and neutral tones that are calming and warm at the same time. This year I will be on a buying trip to South East Asia, so while I am there I will be sourcing new items for the store. I love designing and styling space, so if you have a piece in mind or would like something bespoke produced, then please come and see me to discuss. I personally meet with the carpenters, and pieces are not mass produced in factories - but rather sourced from the local tradesmen. What is your greatest achievement? Raising my four amazing humans with my husband, Nick.


Did you know women retire with approximately half the retirement savings of men?


hen you’re busy juggling • Spouse tax offset - if you are earning $37,000 career, home and family, per annum or less, your spouse can make retirement might be far from contributions to your eligible super fund and your mind. But the time to attract a tax offset of $540 per annum (based on act is now, and it’s easier than a contribution of $3,000). This amount gradually you might think to get your super sorted. reduces for income above $37,000 and phases Double-whammy for women out when income reaches $40,000 per annum. Most often, the careers of women are This means that a contribution to your super interrupted to raise children. That time off work fund by your spouse can benefit you both. and reduced hours mean there’s less money • Low income super tax offset contribution being contributed to the super pie. (LISTO) - this replaces the former Low Income Unpaid parental leave translates into no Super Contribution (LISC). Eligible individuals employer Super with an adjusted Guarantee (SG) taxable income of contributions. To make $37,000 or less will matters worse, women receive a contribution often return to the equal to 15% of workforce part-time in their total pre-tax Employers are not required order to manage the super contributions to pay the SG if the employee is earning $450 school run, after-school for an income year. or less before tax, in any activities and the endless Although capped at calendar month. So, even to-do list. $500 per annum, this once you return to your job, Employers are not scheme encourages chances are you still might required to pay the SG if even the smallest not be contributing to super. the employee is earning super contribution, $450 or less before tax, meaning that it’s in any calendar month. possible to continue So, even once you return contributing to super to your job, chances are while on parental you still might not be leave, or if you’re a sole contributing to super. trader. Every dollar will make a difference, as In fairness though, this is a stage of their lives compounding applies over the years. when young families often have other things on No matter where you are in your career their minds besides superannuation, and parents just starting out, in the midst of family life, or are happy to have this little extra in their hands. heading towards retirement - the fact is, it’s For some women, starting up a home-based never too late to develop a financial strategy to business presents a viable option. Given that help you achieve your goals. sole traders are not required by law to pay It is good to see that governments are superannuation to themselves, most manage to beginning to acknowledge women’s financial find something better to do with nine percent of needs. However, I encourage everyone to strive their income. for financial independence by taking control and So what can be done? putting your own plan in place. The answer lies in planning and budgeting. *According to an inquiry into Women’s From July 2017, changes to some of the Economic Security in Retirement. Ursula Boorman is an authorised representative of Direct Advisers superannuation laws came into effect. These Pty Ltd, AFSL Licence No 236855. measures are designed to help low income The information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the earners, particularly women, by supporting and information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, encouraging even the smallest contribution to seek professional advice. *Names have been changed for privacy reasons. retirement savings. They include: Greater Port Macquarie focus 83

Let’s face it, accounting and tax puts most people to sleep, but we love it. And we love it even more when we can make it work for our clients!

T H E R E S E Kelly N O VA S K I L L S E N I O R P R OJ E C T C O O R D I N AT O R

Describe how you got started in your business? After nearly 15 years in the hospitality industry, I was looking for a change. I was offered an opportunity to work for Novaskill. Novaskill’s goal is to enrich people’s lives by helping them achieve their full potential, so that they can make a greater contribution to their family and their community. I was keen to be able to make a difference in people’s lives; this was the perfect fit for me. What is your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement to date is my new appointment to Senior Project Coordinator for Novaskill. In this role I am privileged to be overseeing our Aamped Mentoring Program. The aim of the Aamped Program is to significantly increase retention and

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completion rates for apprentices in industries undergoing structural change. The Aamped Mentoring Program will help both apprentices and businesses, especially those who need it most, to stay on track to complete their apprenticeship.

What is Wrights’ greatest asset?

How will you embrace change in 2018? I will be welcoming any changes that 2018 throws at me. I believe anyone who is willing to take a risk and embrace change has a greater chance of achieving success in their personal and professional lives.

When people ask me what separates Wrights from other firms, I tell them that it’s not just about the numbers for us. We get ‘small business’ and know that there’s nothing ‘small’ about it.

What business leaders do you look up to? There are many business leaders I look up to, for various reasons, but mostly those who have achieved success through educating themselves and striving to be the best they can be.

Wrights’ greatest asset is definitely our people. We have a great team here who are not only experts in their field, but are also down-toearth, genuine people, who take a keen interest in their clients.

How do you measure success in your business? Success in our business is seeing our clients flourish after having helped them with the ‘behind-the-scenes stuff’. We may have worked with them to calculate their breakeven point and help boost net profit. Or maybe

we have assisted them with some structuring advice that allows them to maximise the small business CGT concessions and land them extra cash in their pocket. Let’s face it, accounting and tax puts most people to sleep, but we love it. And we love it even more when we can make it work for our clients! What is your greatest achievement? Becoming mum to baby Archie last year. Parenthood is certainly one of life’s greatest gifts, though becoming a new mum who works full-time has been a steep learning curve. These last 12 months have seen me balance my career with becoming a new mum (and all that goes with it), and so far I feel I’ve been successful in that - most days, anyway.

I’ve created my role here at Hibbards, this is definitely my greatest achievement outside of family. It has been (and constantly is) a work in progress where I am always creating in conjunction with other people.


T A M Z I N Shotbolt escribe how you got started in your business? I was initially doing contract work for Hibbards for graphic projects. I had two young children (5yo

and 2yo) so I would fit it in where I could - even if it meant staying up until 3am each night to complete it. Eventually I was asked to become full time and began a lot of personal assistant work for Bruce Hibbard. This meant I was involved in many business meetings and got a thorough understanding of how the business operated, and developed a true to the core belief that was inline with the Hibbard values, and my passion for communicating that core belief to clients and potential clients - that is how I’ve created my position here in Promotion, marketing, PR and New Business generation.


How has your business evolved since it began? When I first started here (as a full-time employee) in 2012, Hibbards was building in five locations. We are now fully operational in 11 regions, with research into other future regions happening as we speak. The running of the business has changed, with the expansion of the amount of employees and the structure creating confidence and empowerment of people in their roles. What is your business’ greatest asset? Our belief that EVERY Australian deserves the opportunity to own their own home. This is something believed in by the Hibbard family and is instilled in our staff. How do you measure success in business? Success is obviously very different in everyone’s eyes. How do I measure it? It’s an across

the board thing. I don’t believe you can be successful and maintain that level if you don’t bring it across your whole life; success is a lifestyle. I’m not talking about the kind of lifestyle where you’re laying back on the beach drinking mojitos; it’s something where at every moment you are learning, growing, doing your best in each situation and at the same time with the intent of bringing out the best in people.

in their drive to reach for what they want in life,

What is your greatest achievement? I’ve created my role here at Hibbards; this is definitely my greatest achievement outside of family. It has been (and constantly is) a work in progress, where I am always creating in conjunction with other people. Setting and reaching goals and expanding across all the dynamics in my life, which above everything is being a positive role model for my children, both

that’s the only path I want to take.

and how they relate positively to other people this is an even greater achievement for me and will always be the one I am striving for. How will you embrace change in 2018? Generally change is growth, and I love it. Being adaptable to changing circumstances always with the mentality of solutions and success What business leaders do you look up to? Bruce Hibbard, Mike Hibbard, Jon Hibbard. I am inspired and coached by them every day. More diversely, I get inspiration from listening to people such as: Grant Cardone, Anthony Robbins, Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins, Brene Brown.

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Success is receiving positive feedback from our clients saying they have received the advice and assistance they needed, when they needed it, and in a professional and easy to understand manner.


escribe how you got started with Donovan Oates Hannaford.

Jaclyn: We often visited Port Macquarie from Newcastle on holidays and aspired to move here permanently. I approached Donovan Oates Hannaford because of their excellent reputation and commercial focus. I started working with Donovan Oates Hannaford in early 2016. Cathy: I commenced working in the legal industry in 1982. We moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney in January 1990 with our young family. A position was advertised for a legal secretary at Donovan Oates Hannaford, and I was fortunate to be afforded that position and the opportunity. I have worked in various departments of Donovan Oates Hannaford since joining.

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Jo-Anne: I had been working in the retail industry for 20 years and decided I needed a change. I had career coaching with Malcolm Neale from Fuel for Business and have never looked back. Donovan Oates Hannaford offered me a position shortly after I started in the conveyancing industry, and it’s been full steam ahead since then. What is your greatest achievement? Jaclyn: My beautiful 12-month old little boy. Cathy: My greatest achievement is establishing a balance between my personal life and working career. What do you think Donovan Oates Hannaford’s greatest asset is? Jaclyn: Our greatest asset is our people - our legal expertise, community knowledge and refreshing approach. This is true for both our

lawyers and our support staff. Jo-Anne: Our team is our biggest asset. Between us there is such a terrific wealth of knowledge, and everyone has a willingness to help each other. How do you measure success in your business? Jaclyn: Success is receiving positive feedback from our clients saying they have received the advice and assistance they needed, when they needed it, and in a professional and easy to understand manner.

and how we can adopt technological changes to help us to deliver our legal services more efficiently. Cathy: I will embrace change by being openminded, flexible and adaptive in my approach. Jo-Anne: 2018 is the year of PEXA (Property Exchange Australia) in the conveyancing world, so no more paper settlements and bank cheques! Settlement funds are transferred electronically to your bank, and the title of your new property is transferred into your name within minutes. Which business leaders do you look up to?

Jo-Anne: Definitely our clients’ satisfaction with our work. When our clients are happy, we are happy.

Jaclyn: In the legal industry, I look up to the leaders in innovative law service models who are client-focused and embrace innovation.

How will you embrace change in 2018?

Jo-Anne: I look up to the leaders who own their choices, lead from the front and earn the respect of their team.

Jaclyn: By remaining client focused and keeping an open mind about new ways of doing things

Following my orthodontic treatment, I knew that this is where I wanted to be and grow in my career. Luckily enough, a position became available that outlined my experience, and I was successful in joining this incredible team.



Describe how you got started in your business? Dr Ballard was my Orthodontist many years ago. During

my treatment, Dr Ballard and the team

Invisalign treatment doesn’t use brackets and archwires to straighten your teeth. Instead, this method uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, removable and comfortable.

always created such a comfortable, happy and professional environment. Following my Orthodontic treatment, I knew that this is where I wanted to be and grow in my career. Luckily enough, a position became available

come a long way and is continually developing as a profession. Advances in orthodontic technology mean treatment is getting quicker, easier and more successful. We offer a range of treatment options to align teeth however Invisalign is the greatest advancement in orthodontics to date. It is the modern way to straighten your teeth without the pain and embarrassment of braces.

How has your business evolved

Invisalign treatment doesn’t use brackets and archwires to straighten your teeth. Instead, this method uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, removable and comfortable.

since it began? Orthodontics has

The process begins with 3D imaging

that outlined my experience and I was successful in joining this incredible team.

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equipment which we use to create your smile. This means we can see what your smile will look like after treatment, before you’ve even begun! The images we take are then used to create custommade aligners, designed specifically for the condition of your teeth. What is your greatest achievement? At Port Macquarie Orthodontics we’re now recognised as a Blue Diamond provider of this treatment meaning we are one of the leading Invisalign providers in the country. What is your businesses greatest asset? Our amazing team! Every staff member at Port Macquarie Orthodontics works to ensure your

treatment journey with us is both enjoyable and successful. They create an environment in which you feel comfortable and will put your needs first to achieve this. We put a lot of time and effort into training and understanding new techniques so you, our patients, can benefit from them. How do you measure success in business? Success is seeing our patients who are initially quite selfconscious about their smile, finish their treatment with a beaming smile on their face & life changing results.This makes my day, every day and what I believe is success!

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Always willing to push the boundaries of what she can create, Port Macquarie local Claire’s love of design extends to work with clay and pastels, and she’s recently collaborated with fashion label Gorman to showcase a range of her prints … Claire was also a part of the Glasshouse’s Neon Summer Programme recently, but watch this space, as she hopes to hold a solo exhibition in the future …


i Claire. What’s your connection with the Port Macquarie area? I grew up in the regional Central Tablelands town of Bathurst, and I was 15 when I relocated to Port Macquarie. My mum grew up in Port and my grandparents have never left the area, so I spent countless summer holidays in Port beforehand; in many ways I grew up here. I finished my schooling at MacKillop and moved to Sydney to start my degree in Fine Arts at the beginning of 2011. I moved back to the area in January 2017 to refocus on my practice. Where did your career with clay/design begin? I guess it all started in my second year of art school. I was studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at UNSW Art and Design and majoring in photography. I remember sitting at a computer in one of my classes and realising how much I hated Photoshop and making things on a screen. I wanted to be getting dirty - to be making things that made me feel something. I booked an appointment with the head of school and never looked back. At the time ceramics hadn’t gone through a resurgence; it wasn’t “on trend” like it is now. I loved it though, because my class was incredibly small - a group of passionate mess makers who loved bringing the earth to life with their hands. What study/ learning experiences have led you to develop your art practice to where it is currently? 88 Greater Port Macquarie focus

I feel fortunate to have come across many people while I was studying who helped me shape the way I see my practice and just the art world in general. My favourite lecturer, Peter Dwyer, who took my wheel throwing class was incredibly encouraging. I think he could see the willingness inside of me, my passion to learn, but also my interest in exploring clay and finding my own voice within my work. The artist Stephen Bird, whom I admire greatly, gave me the best piece of advice in my first year; in a nutshell, he wisely explained to me how important it is not to get hung up on comparing your career to those around you, because, “if you just sit around wondering when it’s going to be your turn that will become your focus, and your work will cease to become the centre”. After I finished art school in November 2014, I moved into a studio warehouse with an amazing collective of artists, florists, jewellers, costume makers, furniture designers and sign writers. That little family of us in Alexandria was a great motivator; we collaborated and shared all our artistic frustrations and triumphs. What most inspires you to create? It’s hard to describe what my exact inspiration is to create, because it really is more of a need … I know that may take the romance out of it a little, but art has done so much for me emotionally and if I don’t do something every day, I feel really unbalanced - because my work is a part of me. I suppose the main inspirations and themes revolve around lovers, the female form, female empowerment, mythology and

CLAIRE JOHNSON my own personal experiences. The process of making is also very inspiring to me, the way the clay responds to my touch, opening a new bottle of ink, packing my kiln, Hades, before a firing … often I find the process more important than the ending; there’s something incredibly beautiful in that. What was your recent involvement with the Neon Summer programme at the Glasshouse? I was a part of the Neon Local section of the exhibition, which was a wonderful opportunity to exhibit for the first time in my local area. I exhibited along with three other local artists, Adam Murray, Ainslie Ivin-Smith and Sarah Mufford. I’ve only just started working with pastel in the last six months, so it was exciting to include some of those new pieces as well. You recently collaborated with clothing manufacturer Gorman. How did this come about? I was approached by Lisa Gorman around March last year, asking if I would be interested in collaborating on their Autumn/Winter Collection for 2018. Lisa had seen my work on Instagram and thought my drawings would suit their label as prints. I’d actually worked for Gorman as a sale assistant in Sydney for five years, so I already knew a lot about the brand. Having the opportunity to see so many different people wear my art on their body is a privilege; it’s been really humbling having so much supportive feedback from complete strangers. As an artist it’s incredible when people connect with your work,

and working with textiles is no different. Describe your designs we can find in the Gorman range … All the drawings and paper collages used in each print I created specifically for the collaboration. The “Curious Ladies” print, which is also featured as the swing tag, was taken from a painting and paper collage I created representing the sexual empowerment of women and curiosity for truth. The snake featured in that print also is a symbol of rebirth. The range includes a variety of apparel, jewellery, tote bags, shoes and homewares. The collection has already started to appear in all Gorman stores, but can also be found online. What future projects are on the agenda? I’m constantly creating new work, and at the moment I’m trying to push myself when it comes to new mediums and process. I get really frustrated artistically when I become complacent; everything just starts to look the same. I think it’s important to challenge your own truths in your work, to explore that space that makes you feel uncomfortable, to be vulnerable and to not worry whether or not that will be accepted by those around you. I am trying to channel that, as I’m hoping to prepare for my first solo show this year. Where can we find out more? You can find me on Instagram @clairepony or on my website:www.clairejohnson.spaceClaire Thanks Claire. Interview by Jo Robinson.





tourism UPDATE

tech tips. With Tim Baker

WHAT'S on in MARCH March is the month when Wauchope paints the town purple! It all starts on the 5th March and culminates on the 25th March.


he Purple People Shopping Day on the 8th March is always fun. If you are a model train buff, the Hastings Valley Miniature Railway @ Yippin Creek Reserve will be operating on 10th March from 10am - don’t miss this one. Hastings Co-op presents Twilight Tastings from 5 - 9pm on the 16th March. Local producers, live music, children’s entertainment, Farmers' Market Stalls and tastings from Hastings Co-op Timbertown IGA Deli. Check out for the full programme. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and Sea Acres Rainforest will know the results of the National Tourism Awards, which are held in Perth this year, by the time FOCUS goes to print. Both of these awesome attractions won their State Awards sections. Hope we will be celebrating! Have you seen the unveiling of 4.5 Star Sails Resort by Rydges? The stylish and contemporary design of the resort, with its breathtaking bayside location will certainly enhance the existing accommodation offer in our region. Bookings are open for the 7th Annual Celebration for International Women's Day and the Hastings Heroines Ceremony, which will take place on March 8 at Panthers Port Macquarie. Hosted by the Hastings Business Women's Network and MP Leslie Williams - this premier breakfast event is a celebration for all within the community. For further details, check Another annual event which is always a great night - Ladies in Red. It will be held at Rydges on Friday 16th March - our local Salvation Army will be the beneficiary! It will be a fabulous evening of fashion, food, music and fundraising. Check out accommodation/port-macquarie-nsw/portmacquarie/events/ladies-in-red Can you believe that Easter is happening at the end of March - the year is flying! Time for people to have a break and visit the beautiful

Greater Port Macquarie area. If you are having friends or relatives visit, make sure you have a copy of the Eat, See and Do Guide. Pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre at The Glasshouse, the iKew Centre at Kew and all Port Macquarie-Hastings Council offices. We are so fortunate to have such a range of things to do in our region. To tour the hinterland villages and waterfalls is such a relaxing experience. Start your tour in the bustling rural township of Wauchope. Continue west along the Oxley Highway,  turn left on to Comboyne Road, which will take you through the village of Byabarra. A little further on you reach the township of Comboyne, nestled below Mt Bulli. For an impressive waterfall, visit the 200 metre Ellenborough Falls at Elands, approximately 30 km further west via Wingham Road. The falls are one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Australia. From Ellenborough you can retrace your drive back to Port Macquarie. Don’t miss the Koala Hospital Open Day, 31st March from 10 - 3pm. Lots of fun for everyone, and you will be really helping a great cause. Latest new members of the Tourism Association: Local Taste Hampers. Anna Martin operates this innovative business. Her vision for Local Taste Hampers is simple: to combine her passion for quality food, with her unprecedented strive to support the local community which she lives in and loves, Mid North Coast. If you are looking for that unique gift, contact her at Mid Pacific Motel Recently renovated, Mid Pacific Motel colocated with the Town Green, offers quality accommodation at affordable rates and is perfectly positioned in the very heart of Port Macquarie. Lots more activities in March - check out

What does it really cost? When you run a business, you have a myriad of costs, with one of them being technology. From servers and software, to PCs, printers, switches and modems, along with the cost to set it up and fix it when it breaks, it can be hard to navigate what to buy vs. the right equipment for the job.


like to think technology is like cars. In business, you need the right car for the right job. There is no point buying a 1.2 litre hatchback if you really need a V6 ute to do the job. Even though the hatchback is cheaper, in the end it's going to cost you more. Same with technology; by purchasing the right hardware for the job, you will get a better return on investment. The question I hear when recommending the right hardware for the job is, do I need the extra warranty? Does warranty matter? If you are a single user, and you’re willing to take the risk, then warranty may not concern you. If you are running a larger organisation, and have 10 staff with PCs, it might be a different story. Most business warranties are Onsite, Next Business Day. What that means is if there is a hardware failure, a replacement part will be available and replaced the next day. It's not the cost of the warranty you need to be concerned about; it’s the cost of productivity lost due to the failure. Three years is a good warranty period, as it usually covers the lifespan of the PC, so you can plan it into your PC rollover strategy. Software is commonly the most expensive part of a business technology budget. A new

trend from software providers is the move to subscription model, which offers several benefits to the end user. One of the main benefits is it gives new businesses a lower starting cost to get their systems up and running. It's also scalable and will grow with your business, month to month, user to user. It will ensure that all your users are running the latest version of the software, with access to newer versions when released. Subscriptions are a great way to minimise upfront costs and keep you and staff on current software platforms. Using the car analogy again, to get the most of your car and ensure that its performing, you need to get it serviced. Regular service will ensure the car stays on the road and will reduce the need for expensive replacements. Technology is the same. If your server isn’t maintained, it might be off the road (offline) for extended periods of time, which in the end will cost the business due to lost productivity. By having a trained technician review and maintain your network, they will be able to highlight any issues before they happen, offer advice on technologies that may increase productivity, and keep your IT network stable, so you can do what you do best.

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Port Macquarie State Emergency Service triumphant at the National Disaster Rescue Competition


Following the victory, Michael Ward (Unit ith over 50 years’ experience beController) said, “I am exceptionally proud of tween them, the the team and the entire Port Macquarie SES NSW SES team Unit - we were able to utilise the broad range from Port Macof skills and techniques that we develop to quarie triumphed save lives and protect our community and at the prestigious National Disaster Rescue apply them to the challenges we faced.” Competition held in November 2017. The Teams were faced with eight realistic rescue event was hosted by Tasmania SES at Fort scenarios, which were Direction on the picdesigned to test their turesque shores of the skills in areas such as Derwent River. The event navigation, casualty care saw a team from every and treatment, casualty state and territory come THE PORT MACQUARIE retrieval, vehicle recovery, together to challenge SES TEAM WAS CHOSEN sandbagging, protecting themselves in the spirit TO REPRESENT NSW SES an accident scene and of friendly competition. FOLLOWING THEIR WIN storm damage. The Port Macquarie AT THE STATE DISASTER The competition was SES team was chosen RESCUE COMPETITION based over two days, to represent NSW SES HELD IN BATHURST with teams given just following their win EARLIER IN THE YEAR. one hour to complete at the State Disaster each of the scenarios and Rescue Competition were judged on leadheld in Bathurst earlier ership, safety, first aid, in the year. The team rescue techniques and overall teamwork. consisted of Michael Ward (Team Leader), The Port Macquarie team, as well as being Scott Witchard (Deputy Team Leader), Michael declared the overall champions, won five Brumby (Medic), Mark Anderson, Sereena of the eight stands, and Michael Ward was Ward, and Alfred Portenschlager (Safety declared the best team leader. Officer). 90 Greater Port Macquarie focus


Ramp up at Airport

ast month I decided we would go to Sydney to see our new grandchild and because my husband had been unwell, I thought flying was a better option. On investigating the prices, it worked out to be around $600 for the two of us, but I thought that  was a bit steep. Second thought was take the train, but we would have ended up spending half our time travelling. In the meantime, I tried to see if any cheap flights were available, but to my horror, each time I Googled they were becoming more expensive! Within a week the price had risen to $690 ... We could have flown to Fiji and back and had a week’s holiday with that sort of money.   Apparently the airlines know how often you review their flights, and as Qantas don't fly as many times to Port as in the past, more people are using Virgin, and the prices vary depending on the demand and availability. Convenience is the key ... but boy, do you pay for it. We ended up biting the bullet and flying down, but my reason for writing about flying, once again about my life story, is to ask: in this day and age, why is there not a ramp for people to get on and off planes? On our flight home, there were five people who needed to be wheeled onto the tarmac, then had to battle the steps, and that was no easy feat when you are elderly and can barely walk up a few ordinary steps. They could have used the hoist, but what a job that would have been with five of them. Trying to manage the steps and carry a bag - and in some cases the people had just got out of hospital - how much easier would it have been to slide a ramp up and have people alight the plane without worrying if they were going to come a cropper! The airline staff were just terrific, but there is no room for them to stand near people trying to get up and down the narrow and steep stairs. I’m truly surprised, as for safety’s sake and with the worry of getting sued, that the airlines haven't implemented ramps by now. I am told some airports do have them ... With the number of elderly people in Port and surrounding areas, wouldn't it be great to have one here ... all in

favour? We had a great time with our grandchildren, and I had my first ever visit to a Yum Cha restaurant. As the young ones would say, OMG! We went early for lunch because of the children, and by the time we left there were over 200 people eating and some waiting ... They were mostly Chinese, so you knew it must be pretty good, and it was oh so yummy! As lovely as it was seeing the family and enjoying the cuisine, the best view of Sydney is in your rear vision mirror, and arriving at Port Macquarie you realise it is great to be home ... and somewhat poorer ha! SNIPPETS: 1.  Interesting story from a reader who informed me he lived in a block of town houses, where they previously shared a water meter and divided the account between them. After much ado and expense, “existing” separate water meters that were not being used were relocated to the front of the block, costing thousands. To his delight, his water bills have been halved ... 2.    Another reader said she bought some Himalayan sea salt that was estimated  to be thousands of years old - with a use by date on the package! Now, that is funny! 3.    Congrats to Westport Bowling Club staff in the Aqua Room for making one lady very happy on her birthday. Your kindness, cheerful smiles and attention given to her was so appreciated. She said Brett was a breath of fresh air and an asset to the club, along with all the other kitchen and floor staff - nice to hear! 4.    I don’t know about you, but I find cleaning glass shower walls and doors so hard, until the other day a friend recommended this spray that worked wonders. It is called Shower Sparkle, and fair dinkum - it works a treat. All Australian made and owned company. In a 750 g bottle for the amazing price of $3, available at The Reject Shop. Thanks Sheila, for the great tip! 5.    Great time was had by all at the Touch Football weekend, and didn't the mob enjoy the coolness of the ocean after the heat of the day! Well done, all concerned! Keep smiling, Robbie.



Minding your Maintaining a healthy business. A successful business of any size or type needs constant attention, nurturing and maintenance. Many business owners who are very good at the technical areas that make their businesses stand out become so focused, they forget or put off those all too important tasks needed to ensure ongoing success.


s the axiom goes, sometimes you need to spend time “working on the business” rather than “working in the business”. Now that Christmas and the New Year holidays have faded into a fond memory, it is probably a good time to take stock and think about some of the important, fundamental and

ongoing maintenance tasks to ensure success. Having a Business Plan To be a long term success, you need a plan. Knowing what you want to achieve in two years, five years, ten years and beyond will help you map out how to get there. If you’ve already got a business plan, that’s great, but it needs reviewing regularly. Things change, and so must

your plan if you want to keep pace. Technology, legislation and your own circumstances are dynamic, and that means constant review of the “plan” is likely to be necessary. Succession Planning and Exit Strategy Nothing lasts forever, and it stands to reason that you won’t be the owner and/or operator of your business forever. Like all of us, one day you’ll probably want to retire from full-time work. Long term planning involves succession planning to bring in younger people to take over or expand key areas of the business and ultimately perhaps take over or purchase the business. In conjunction with this, the long term goal would then be an exit strategy to sell off the business for the best price. This will not only reward you for years spent building a successful business, but also provide certainty and security post retirement. A well run, profitable and successful business when on sold by its owner or owners can be one of best sources of secure, tax effective superannuation available. Tax and Compliance One of the few certainties in life is taxes, and it is a required discipline as a business owner to remain on top of this area of financial management. Many other government or industry related compliance requirements such as ASIC returns, OH&S Plans, Quality Assurance, public and professional liability insurances, licensing, registrations and staff training demand regular maintenance, time and a disciplined approach.

Get Help With a vast array of financial and compliance issues to navigate, it is a modern day necessity to seek professional help. Most businesses will retain the services of an accountant and a solicitor from time to time. In addition to financial and legal specialists, there are also many business coaching services available to assist with set-up, planning and ongoing matters. Stay Connected The Chamber of Commerce hosts regular networking evenings and breakfasts for its members and their guests. There is at least one per month, so keep check your incoming emails from Chamber for dates, times and venues. These are a great forum to meet or catch up with other business owners, exchange ideas and compare experiences. Chamber is dedicated to providing the opportunity for member networking at these events, and any suggestions would be welcomed. If you are not a Chamber member you can attend as a guest, decide if these are a valuable experience, and if you would like to then become a member. In addition to providing networking opportunities, The Chamber of Commerce is a resource for the business community to find other businesses or government assistance for enterprise. We encourage members seeking assistance and business owners thinking of becoming members to contact the Chamber office by phone on 6583 4412 or by email: and make use of these services.

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ntroduce us to the team at Graham Seers Cyclery and their areas of expertise … I (Dave) have now owned Graham Seers for almost nine years, doing great deals. My background in BMX is at the top level; mountain and downhill racing makes me very knowable in all areas. Malcolm is one of the best bicycle mechanics around, servicing in all aspects including bike fitting and sales. With 14 years of working at Graham Seers, he is very well known. Mal is an accomplished rider too; his background is in road and mountain bike riding, which he still loves to do; plus, he has completed a few Ironman races and some other great rides along the way. This makes way for great conversations about and recommendations for rides and products.        How long has Graham Seers Cyclery been serving Greater Port Macquarie? Graham Seers Cyclery has catered to all biking skills and needs, ranging from road, mountain-bike and triathalon racers, to the early morning enthusiast and weekend warrior, for the past 30 years. Even if you just wish to take the kids out for a Sunday family ride, we have the gear and the team to assist you. Our top quality brands include: Giant, Avanti, Raleigh, Mongoose, GT, Eastern, United, Subrosa, We The People plus more!

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Mountain bikes have become In addition to our huge range service. very popular in the last few of bikes (over 200 in store at any We also do bike rebuilds, right years, with so many time) we have a massive range down to the little things like great areas to ride in of clothing, equipment and changing tubes. Whatever it is, now. People are getting accessories to make your riding we have you covered. off the roads and experience as comfortable and safe When is comes to cycling, riding in bush. Also, as possible. there are many different E-bikes are now a big What are some of the facets to consider - tell us part of cycling ... advancements you’ve seen in about some of these … cycling since the beginning? We cater for the whole family, Every year bikes get a little starting from around six months better; they are lighter and more of age and all riding ability, from advanced in all aspects. From hydraulic systems to learning to the advanced and all fitness levels.               We fit you to the right bike for your needs, electronic gearing to the top end bikes, we need to be including bike carriers and Proline scooters, just to up on the knowledge and understanding. With a lot name a few. of bikes you need specialist's tools, and electronic PC What sets you apart from other cycle retailers? linkage devices are needed to tune bicycles. Giant bikes is a very well-known brand in Australia, Mountain bikes have become very popular in the as well around the world. last few years, with so many great areas to ride in now. People are getting off the roads and riding in the bush.  Ironman is in May every year; we play a big part in Also, E-bikes are now a big part of cycling and taking the preparation of getting the bikes ready and serviced off in a huge way. for the participants. Tell us about the services you offer ... You’ve recently moved to a new premises; where can our readers find you?  We offer services from the basic to the full You can find us at The Hub 18, 11 - 19 Bellbowrie comprehensive, specialise in Shimano Di2 electronic Street (the newly renovated Hub Centre). systems, wheel building - which seems to be a dying Thanks Dave. art these days - and full hydraulic brake and suspension

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New wave - New Caledonia

survey at the start of 2018 shows France, with some 85 million visitors a year, is by far the world’s most popular tourist destination - as it long has been. Likewise Paris, attracting a big slice of those millions, is generally ranked the world’s most appealing city. And this is despite that the country suffered a severe downturn in visitation, at a nadir around 2016, in the wake of the string of horrendous terrorist attacks. Yet, while fear of terrorism doesn’t stop people travelling, it does cause them to re-evaluate the destinations they travel to, at least for a time. Could this be why New Caledonia, our French Pacific neighbour just two hours by air from Brisbane, last year recorded a nine per cent increase in tourism numbers? Many of these were Aussies: after the mainland French themselves, Australians constitute the next biggest contingent of foreigners arriving at Tontouta airport in the capital, Noumea, or by cruise ship and sailing vessels. The Gallic territory’s special charm is its near unique blend of the best of classic French culture with true Melanesian traditions and perfect tropical weather, lying on a latitude similar to our own Whitsundays. Tahiti, by contrast, has a more diluted French influence and a stronger Polynesian ambience – as well as being a considerable eight hours’ flying time distant. Noumea offers a multicultural city with, naturally, fine restaurants and cuisine combined with a laid-back island atmosphere, all wrapped up in an ideal climate. And so easily accessible, even if only for a long weekend: last month, as an example, one-way fares on Air Calin (Air Caledonie Int’l) were as little as around $270, including taxes. Expect to enjoy top class hotels (although there are budget offerings too, including rudimentary rural huts) and the dazzling turquoise waters of what’s said to be the world’s biggest lagoon and a coral reef second only in size to the Great Barrier Reef. Water sports dominate – swimming, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, windsurfing, kite-surfing, fishing (2000 species of fish live here), diving, boating and sailing to adjacent peaceful islands. Other popular pastimes include cycling, hiking, camping and golf. Then there’s a fascinating historical heritage to explore and touring to indigenous Kanak villages, a nice contrast to the sophisti-

cation of the capital. Sample package tours available through Flight Centre, if you were to travel this month: $3199pp for a 10-day experience with return flights, transfers, nine nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, 7-day car hire and three tours. SEA DREAM - SeaDream Yacht Club has space on a sailing in May embracing a range of ports both high profile and not-so-famous around the Mediterranean. They include Motril, the stepping-off point to the ancient Moorish city of Granada in the Sierra Nevada mountains, three of Spain’s famed Balearic islands, and legendary Saint Tropez, Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera. Sailing on May 2 from Malaga on Spain’s southern Costa del Sol, one of the oldest cities in the world, mega motor-cruiser SeaDream II will spend eight days in ports famed for their white and golden beaches and ancient walled cities with their narrow streets and laneways. The itinerary allows time to try local regional seafood, pastries, wines and cheeses at restaurants and cafés in the various ports. There will also be a full day at sea to indulge in SeaDream’s renowned dining and services poolside, at the Top of the Yacht bar or in a secluded corner. I can vouch for this wonderful vessel, which carries just 112 guests in five-star luxury: it’s not too small so it’s severely buffeted, and not too big, like so many “floating RSLs”. Staterooms are terrific, the crew is marvellous and there’s no limit to the plentiful, excellent cuisine and wines. Prices for the sailing - for an extended ten days rather than the usual seven - start at US$6609pp (approx $8350) twin share, including the award-winning cuisine, premium drinks both with meals and at the no-charge bars, for power and sail watersports, use of the golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and staff and crew gratuities. Your airfares are additional. For details, see travel agents or visit LORD HOWE ISLAND - Qantas’s agreement to provide air services to Lord Howe expired this month. Fortunately, the airline and the NSW Government signed a new deal recently which will see the links maintained – at least out of Sydney - for the next three to four years. Photo: Terres de lumiere/NCTPS Greater Port Macquarie focus 93


In search of myself in

By Michelle Parker


It hits you as soon as you exit the airport. A wall of men shouting, waving signs and competing for attention with offers of "auto" rides. The heavy heat and smog so thick it burns the throat.

o many lives and so much life I soon got used to the free-forall mayhem of weaving, honking traffic. The heady scent of spices swirling out from hole-in-the-wall eateries crammed with people. Cows wandering wherever they please. Chennai is a city of contrasts Women wearing exquisite, brightly coloured saris walk down tree-lined streets, dodging the garbage that clogs the gutters and the dogs eating scraps off the pavement. Alongside the 7th Century Kapaleeshwarar Temple of Mylapore, rich with ancient Hindu wisdom and bustling with worshippers, is an unfathomable and appalling caste-based poverty. But you don't travel to India for a comfortable holiday. I was there for the culture shock, to shake up my privileged perspective, and to connect with something much deeper in myself and the world. As I watched men kissing the ground in front of the gods, I was mesmerised by the spirituality of the people and the place. The local Priest’s mother proudly showed us her tiny shrine

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stressed-out society. room filled with incense, golden deities and Cooking, craft and colour unwavering faith. At a Southern Indian cooking school I I bought a little blue statue of Ganesh, the scorched up a storm of spices into a colourful Lord of New Beginnings and the Remover of array of dishes, all laid out on a banana leaf, to Obstacles. The elephant-headed god represents be eaten with the right supreme consciousness hand (don’t ask what and is often worshipped they do with the left). At at the start of a journey. one restaurant I ate like a Ganesh is one of 330 king for the princely sum million gods revered in AS I WATCHED of $3. Hinduism. He is the son MEN KISSING THE I watched traditional of Shiva the Destroyer, GROUND IN FRONT saris come together who works alongside OF THE GODS, I WAS from strings of raw Brahma the Creator and MESMERISED BY cotton, dyed with natural Vishnu the Preserver, THE SPIRITUALITY colourings and hand in the infinite cycle of OF THE PEOPLE block printed at a craft destruction and rebirth at AND THE PLACE. village. Out on the street, the centre of the Eastern however, the saris are circular view of time. mass-produced, technoI spent several days coloured polyester. at the Krishnamacharya In India cows love the Yoga Mandiram, taking beach as much as the tourists. We watched sessions in asana (postures), pranayama them meander along the sand as we dined on (breathwork) and philosophy. Here yoga is not a fish freshly-caught in the Bay of Bengal, dragged gym class. It is an all-encompassing way of life in by local fishermen who head out each with great lessons for us all, particularly in our

morning in bright wooden boats. At the seaside temple of Malybalyporum the crowds were thick with Indians dressed in red for Pongal, the four-day long harvest festival celebrated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Nearby we walked among giant elephants, lions and chariots in Pancha Rathas, a UNESCO World Heritage site of temples handcarved from solid rock in 680 AD. In the pre-dawn dark of the Chennai Market, my senses were completely overwhelmed. The hall was heaving with fresh-picked blooms and boisterous flower-sellers shouting for photos with the foreigners. The scent of floral oils crushed under thousands of feet was intoxicating - sending up wafts of sweet aromas better than any Parisian perfume. I left my heart in Auroville Auroville is an experimental city founded in 1968, home to around 2,000 people from all over the world who live in harmony with the purpose to realise human unity. The vision is to build a community where a new way of life can be worked out, a centre of accelerated evolution where people can begin to change the world by the power of the inner spirit.



At the centre of the self-reliant community is the huge golden Matramandir - a beacon of peace and a source of inspiration, blinding in the sunlight. Around the outskirts are villagebased businesses, innovative social enterprises and permaculture farmlands. There are basket weavers using recycled newspaper pages as rope, dams growing bright green spirulina, and makers of incense in every fragrance imaginable. I spotted the cute timber volunteer huts, like something out of a tiny-house doco, and started daydreaming about my return. Once my young children have flown the nest, perhaps it will be my time to fly too. That afternoon we walked around the town of Pondicherry, affectionately known as Pondy, with it’s French-inspired parklands, pastel coloured colonial villas and chic boutiques. The city has a fascinating history full of conflict, changing hands frequently between the Dutch, the Portuguese, the British and the French. The formal transfer of territory agreement between France and India was signed in 1962. As night fell, the streets came to life, more closely resembling the neon-flashing, grid-locked Las Vegas strip than a classy French boulevard. On the hippy trail in Goa We left the east coast behind and boarded an internal flight across the country to Goa, a state of touristy beachside villages dotted along the Arabian Sea. Goa was the place to be for hippies in the ‘70s, searching for meaning and trippy

days in the tropical sun. Today most of the hippies are gone, but you’ll still spot the occasional tie-dyed dress or magic mushroom top. Now the palm-fringed black sands of Goa are a hotspot for Britons and Russians from the Known, Thich THAT AFTERNOON WE looking to party and share Nhat Hanh’s No Mud No WALKED AROUND THE obligatory sunset selfies Lotus, and the ancient TOWN OF PONDICHERRY, on social media. Indian text Bhagavad AFFECTIONATELY But with the Russian Gita. I also studied the KNOWN AS PONDY, WITH economy in decline, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, ITS FRENCH-INSPIRED growth in Goa seems oncompiled before 400AD PARKLANDS, PASTEL hold. Massive construction from much older yoga COLOURED COLONIAL projects have stopped traditions, perhaps as old VILLAS AND CHIC almost overnight, leaving as 3,300BC. BOUTIQUES. roads, bridges and hotel In Sanskrit, the word complexes half built. yoga means “union” or On our busy beach “to join”. My favourite at Morjim, a visit by the definition of a yogi tourism authority saw half the ramshackle is someone who experiences themselves in beach-side bars dismantled overnight. the universe, and the entire universe within Stretching my body and my mind themselves. I checked into the Devarya Wellness Centre I signed up for a traditional Indian massage, for a week-long retreat. During a fire-side to relieve my tired muscles after hours of yoga. Puja ceremony, I set my intentions for the days Ayurvedic massage is thought to involve a subtle transfer of energy between the therapist and the ahead, ready for a routine of yoga, mediation, client, with awareness on the chakras. I could philosophy, reflection and relaxation. feel the energy shift and tension release, except Days were spent stretching in the yoga shalas, when the lights went out during one of the enjoying the most amazing vegetarian food, common blackouts, leaving me in a mild panic drinking lemon ginger tea, and cooling off in for a moment. the sea. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting In the evenings I read Krishnamurti’s Freedom

an intriguing character named Agyat, meaning “The Unknown”. Agyat is an Osho meditation master with a long dark beard and eyes that see straight into your soul. I spent a whole day with this humble guru and a small group of meaning-seekers, and it was one of the most life-affirming experiences of my life. At some stage during our “active meditation” camp, between laughing and dancing wildly on the crowded beach, speaking jibberish to strangers and practicing self-hypnosis something cracked. Just enough to let the light in. So, did I find myself in India? In many ways, I lost my “self” in India. For a time I was able to let go of the ego identity of images and labels, the projection of an illusionary self. Instead, I discovered something much greater - consciousness, spirit, the silent space within, and a sense of oneness with everyone and everything. Thank you to Beverly from Healing Heart Yoga, and to my beautiful mum, Julie, for sharing this incredible, life-changing journey with me. Greater Port Macquarie focus 95

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Omnicare Alliance is committed to providing aged and dementia care services that recognise the strengths and abilities of the individual. Formed in July 2017, through the merger of four local not-for-profit service providers, Omnicare has developed an innovative approach to its care services. Adapting internationally recognised Montessori methods, the organisation has developed its WISER approach to enrich clients’ lives by promoting meaningful and engaging activities in their social programs across the Hastings, Camden Haven and Macleay areas. The WISER approach is at the heart of all Omnicare operations, with staff trained to support and to respond to the individual needs of clients - whether that’s at home, or within the social programs. Changes to the way government funding is delivered mean individuals have more control over their care provision. This is consumer-directed care. An Australian Government-funded Home Care Package provides a subsidy (along with any eligible supplements) for the care service(s) required. By selecting a Home Care Package through

Omnicare, clients of all abilities are entering into partnership - based on their individual requirements - that promotes independence in their own homes and the support to live the best life possible. Home care services range from support with household tasks (such as cleaning, meal preparation, shopping and laundry); personal care (such as showering and dressing); maintenance and repair for home and garden; support for attending appointments and managing medications, support to participate in the community, and activities of choice. Omnicare home care services provide consultation and support for dementia, including recommendations for an environment that supports you. Omnicare also offers access to nursing and qualified allied health professionals in clients’

own homes to help meet requirements such as physiotherapy, diet, or rehabilitation. Respite services give clients the opportunity to connect with their community at Omnicare’s five day centres in Port Macquarie (Morton Street and Greenmeadows), Wauchope, Laurieton and Kempsey (Parklands Cottage). Social programs at the five centres have been devised applying the WISER Approach, with an emphasis on the interests and skills of the individual. Activities are designed to be purposeful and stimulating. Trained staff are there to offer guidance, supporting participants to increase their confidence and regain and build skills for everyday tasks. These social programs aim to promote community inclusion, reduce a sense of isolation, improve memory and mood among clients, while enabling family carers a break from their regular routines.

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LIFELINE Assiting Seniors Elderly men have the highest suicide rate, and ageism stops us from doing something about it.

s pensions were implemented and became commonplace across Australia, living standards improved and the rate of suicide among older people began a gradual decline. However, in the past 20 years the trend has bottomed out, with suicide rates now experiencing an increase,” says Life Matters Coordinator, Lee-Ann Foord. In 2016, men aged 85 and over had the highest rate of suicide of any age group in Australia, according to ABS data. While an ageing Australia may affect the rate, the statistics do compensate for population. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the age of 15 and 44, but what about the suicides we choose to ignore? “There are a number of factors that we can identify,” says Telephone Crisis Support Manager and Head Trainer Di Bannister, “themes around quality of life and happiness for older people, and the perception they have around how they fit socially with their families and how society regards them. John Fulton, TCS Support, adds that “not living within a family unit anymore, and older Australian’s found living alone, was a significant independent predictor of suicide”. Lifeline Mid Coast points to social exclusion as a key factor, particularly for people who had put a lot emphasis on their careers and therefore, in retirement, feel adrift. Also, the stigma of men talking about their feelings also remains strong anywhere, especially among our oldest generation.

Lifeline Mid Coast says combating the increasing numbers of older people taking their lives is a somewhat complex problem, but having suicide prevention techniques integrated into the aged care system can be beneficial. Lifeline Mid Coast has already taken a program into nursing homes called the Senior Wellness Session,s which was sponsored by the Holiday Coast Credit Union and was a great success. “Family support, family visits and activities that have a sense of meaning and purpose within the family really go a long way to helping combat suicide in seniors. Greater awareness, more research and resourcing is also needed. We need to be looking at older suicides as important as younger ones,” says Di Bannister. “We need to help identify older people who are suffering in various ways and allow relief through friendship, listening or clinical treatment.” About Lifeline Mid Coast Lifeline Mid Coast was built on a commitment to reach out to those in crisis, whenever they need it and wherever they are, offering real support when difficulties seem overwhelming. Lifeline Mid Coast contributes to the national crisis line 13 11 14, answering more than 17,000 calls in a year. The centre provides targeted services such as Support After Suicide groups and a range of training programs. We understand that a person can experience crisis for many reasons, and research into suicide suggests that while there are reasons for crisis, two perceptions stand out as being leading factors in suicide: a sense of isolation and feelings of hopelessness.

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Nothing but the best Home Care Getting older doesn’t mean that you have to stop making your own choices about the way you live your life. If continuing to live in your family home is important to you and your ageing family members, then the Bundaleer Care Services Home Care team will work with you to make that happen. Enabling clients to live their life on their own terms is something that Bundaleer’s Manager of Community Healthcare Pathways, Linda Martin is very passionate about.


“At the end of the day, the role of my team is promote quality of life for every one of our clients in this great community we call home. We are on the road each and every day across the Hastings Valley, sometimes travelling a

100 km round trip to tend to a dressing, dispense medication or prepare some meals.

“We are inspired by the phenomenal “My Home Life” initiative from the UK, which focuses on the simple little things that we can do as carers, that make a world of difference to our clients. And if it means that these clients are able to remain living at home, often where they have raised their family, surrounded by all the sentimental belongings

they have collected over the years, then we know we have done our job. “Perhaps you manage the demands of maintaining your home quite well and just need a bit of help with gardening, cleaning, laundry, shopping, cooking, new aids or equipment to make it easier and safer for you to get around your home. “Or maybe you aren’t coping as well as you’d like to and would like us to arrange a higher level of support, including assistance with showering, dressing, eating, medication management or even helping get you to your appointments. Either way, we put YOU in

the driver’s seat in developing your own care pathway, as we help you make sense of the new home care system and its choices. And as your needs change, your care levels can change with them.” We appreciate that this can be an overwhelming time, so our friendly Bundaleer Home Care team are only too happy to assist you in any way they can; after all, your retirement years should be one of the most enjoyable times in your life! Nothing but the best home care. - (02) 6586 9490. 144 Cameron St, Wauchope.

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RotaryLodge Expands! Rotary Lodge has been providing low cost onsite accommodation at the grounds on the Port Macquarie Hospital Precinct for over 20 years. The growing demand for accommodation for patients, guests, and family has seen a recent expansion of the premises. We chat to the Operations Manager Paula about what Rotary Lodge is and what they have been up to recently.


hen was Rotary Lodge established, and by whom? Rotary Lodge was the brainchild of Ron Walesby, a member of the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie, after the unfortunate tragic Kempsey bus crash. With the support of the District Governor and two members of each of the four local Rotary Clubs, namely Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie West, Laurieton and Wauchope, they formed the committee, and Ron as the chairman made the first press release in Feb 1991. The proposal was to build six units to accommodate accident and emergency patients’ families, which they completed in 1996. Then in early 2000, planning commenced by the then committee chairman Richard Morocco for Stage 2, which was opened in 2005 containing an additional 18 units to service the further expansion of the Base Hospital, including a Radiotherapy Unit along with patients at the Port Macquarie Private Hospital. In 2014, the realisation was that we either continue as we were with 24 rooms and turn people away, or extend the accommodation for patients and carers with the new $150 million extension to the Base Hospital and the Private Hospital. The decision was really a given, as we are here to support as many people as possible who need to attend Port Macquarie for their medical procedures. So, 2018 sees 12 more rooms opened up, and 100 Greater Port Macquarie focus

the slab laid for another 12 rooms when funding allows. Can you tell us about THE LODGE OFFERS 12 NEW your role with Rotary ROOMS, MAKING A TOTAL Lodge, and who else is OF 36 ROOMS. THEY ARE A part of the team? FULLY SELF-CONTAINED My role is to ensure MOTEL TYPE UNIT, WITH and accommodate our the efficient operation EXTERNAL LAUNDRY clients from outside Port of Rotary Lodge 24/7, FACILITIES, COMMON Macquarie, from the every day of the year, to ROOM LOUNGES AND OFFManning region to the ensure the clients have a STREET PARKING. south to the Queensland comfortable and relaxing and western state borders. stay whilst undergoing We will also be able to their medical procedures. provide hospital in the I am supported by my home type accommodation for people who live able-bodied staff and the 10 volunteer members in outlying areas who may not need to be in of the Rotary Lodge Board. hospital, but who require daily medical services to Who does the Lodge offer its facilities? support their recovery. Rotary Lodge offers accommodation to What is the next stage that is planned? patients, carers and family members coming to The next stage for Rotary Lodge development Port Macquarie for any medical appointments is the completion of the final 12 rooms. This will and/or procedures. We also continue to service compete the full development of 48 rooms. the needs of Accident and Emergency patients, Where does the funding come from? as per our original charter. The funding comes from grants from the You've just complete a new stage of the Federal and State Governments and community development - how many rooms and what is groups, and with the current expansion funded included? by a loan from Holiday Coast Credit Union. The Lodge offers 12 new rooms, making a Funding for the original land was funded by total of 36 rooms. They are a fully self-contained the operator of the Base Hospital in the form of motel type unit, with external laundry facilities, the donation of the land, and the first stage was common room lounges and off-street parking. funded by Rotary Clubs and Federal Government How will the extra rooms benefit locals. This increase of rooms will allow us to expand grants, along with various community groups.

Stage 2 was funded by federal funded grants, Cancer Council of NSW, Hasting Council and a financial loan from Holiday Coast Credit Union. We were also funded by various local community groups. For Stage 3, unfortunately we have been unable to receive any grants from Federal, State or Local Government Areas, so we have again gone to the Holiday Coast Credit Union to gain a loan facility to complete this stage of the building. Various local community groups have contributed to the cost of the fit out of each of the individual 12 units. How can locals help Rotary Lodge? We would love to see locals assisting community groups to raise funds for Rotary Lodge. We are like so many not for profits; a dollar donated goes a long way. Also, donations given to the Rotary Lodge stay in Port Macquarie. Our biggest wish would be for local community groups to assist with putting on a evening meal for our guests. These are such rewarding events for not only our guests, but also for the community groups. Thanks Paula.


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LifeWithatBundaleer Home Ellen Kaye Cooper of Redbank in Wauchope is one of Bundaleer’s Home and Community Care clients.

Ellen Kaye’s son Thomas said, “We really expected to have to look at a residential care placement for Mum around two years ago, and we can’t be happier that with Bundaleer’s staff supporting her, she has been able to stay in her own home right here on our farm where she’s lived since she and Dad were married.” Three times each week, Bundaleer’s home care team visit Ellen Kaye to deliver an array of services, including support to continue her weekly ritual of baking biscuits and a cake for when the family call and visit over the weekend. “It’s something I’ve done all my life,” she said. “We love talking about the different recipes; last week we made an Orange Cake and some fair dinkum Ginger Nut biscuits.” Jenny Taylor is another Bundaleer Home and Community Care client,

who says that being able to access top notch Home Care services was her “saving grace” in avoiding a move into permanent residential care a few years ago. Suffering from many medical and health conditions, resulting in almost 50 bouts of surgery, Jenny (a retired Registered Nurse and CNC) believes the Home Care staff at Bundaleer are amongst the best around. “I have some very complex care needs and all of the staff without exception attend to these in the most professional manner. I have a new member to my care team, who is a 3rd year student Registered Nurse, and I love being able to talk to him about different care procedures. I feel like Matron, and those were the best days of my life.”

across the Hastings Valley for more than 25 years. During this time we have been helping our clients to stay safe and happy in their own homes and connected to their local community. Delivering services like clinical care, personal care, domestic assistance, home and garden maintenance, transport and assistance with medical appointments and shopping, meal preparation and social support has prevented premature admissions to residential care and longer than necessary hospital stays.

Bundaleer Care Service’s Home and Community Care program has been supporting our ageing population

Nothing but the best home care. - (02) 6586 9490. 144 Cameron St, Wauchope.

Bundaleer Care Service’s Home and Community Care team will continue to expand their services across the area through the delivery of more care and support services and programs.

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Modern and spacious Retirement living at Sienna Grange retirement living at Sienna Grange New architecturally Sienna Grange offers two and three bedroom residences which are thoughtfully designed with you in mind.

designed villas set Each villa has a private courtyard to make your own. Enjoy a barbecue with your neighbours, grow herbs and flowers or soak up the morning amongst landscaped Located in Port Macquarie, Sienna Grange offers two Architecturally designed sun while you and planthree your day ahead.residences which are thoughtfully bedroom gardens and the beauty Sienna Grangedesigned with youofin possibilities. mind. Discover a connected two and three bedroom villas is a community of Port Macquarie and welcomingEach neighbourhood wherecourtyard life movestoatmake the pace want. villa has a private youryou own. set amongst landscaped Enjoy a barbecue with your neighbours, grow herbs and flowers or simply soak up the morning sun while you gardens and the beauty of plan your day ahead. Sienna Grange is a community of possibilities. Discover a connected and welcoming Port Macquarie neighbourhood where life moves at the pace you want. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

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Do you have an aged care plan in place? Ursula Boorman of Direct Advisers brings finance into focus, to help you find your way through the money maze. The truth is, many of us avoid thinking about our own aged care needs. We delay our decisions, until perhaps they’re taken out of our hands. Increasing life expectancies and improvements in medical technology mean we can expect to live longer and have more active retirements. But there is still a high chance that we will need help with daily living and medical care, especially in our older years. Understandably, many of us want to stay in our own homes as long as possible, and the government is responding by funding more home care packages. However, for many people, eventually a move to residential care is more suitable. Plan now for peace of mind We all know we need to plan for our retirement, and that can be quite enjoyable as we dream of cruise ships and caravans and time spent playing with the grandkids. Perhaps that’s why so many of us put off planning for our aged care needs. It’s not as fun to think ahead to a time where we might need more support. But, with the right advice, planning ahead can be easier than you think, and offers many benefits including: • providing confidence for you and your family • ensuring the best accommodation outcomes • securing your future health care needs • avoiding unnecessary costs Don’t leave it too late A recent industry survey conducted jointly by Aged Care Steps and Swiss Re showed that Australians tend to seek aged care advice after a medical event or crisis, but often this is too late, and their options are limited. Ursula Boorman of Direct Advisers in Port Macquarie said clients often call on her for advice when things go wrong. “Unfortunately, we’re often forced to make decisions about our aged care needs when something drastic has happened, such as a spouse passing away or following a serious medical problem. Dealing

with aged care choices is just an added stress at these times,” Mrs Boorman said. “These decisions are often emotionally difficult and confusing for all involved, and can sometimes lead to family conflicts. Trying to work it all out yourself can be time consuming and costly. It’s much easier to have certainty and control over the quality and cost of care when planning well in advance. Just as we plan for retirement, we need to plan for our aged care needs.” Aged care key questions “When it comes to aged care, people have so many questions. We help you work through the answers and help you make informed decisions to come up with a clear roadmap,” Ursula said. 1. How do we do this? • What are my choices? • What do I need to do? • How do I find a place when the time comes? 2. Can we afford it? • What will it cost? • How do we pay? • Do we have enough money? • Will this impact our retirement plans? 3. What are we missing? • Can we increase our age pension entitlements? • Can we reduce care fees? • Can we better structure our assets, finances and estate planning? 4. How will this impact others? • Can we still look after other family members? • Can we find a solution that works for the whole family? • Will my family be supported to make decisions during difficult times? Where to start? As an Accredited Aged Care Professional ™ from Aged Care Steps, Ursula can step you through the process and help you put an aged care plan in place. If you’re ready to start the conversation, call Ursula Boorman at Direct Advisers on (02) 6583 7588 or visit

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Business Minds with Jane Hillsdon of Dragonfly Marketing


Ross Cargill & Kiel Bigeni





oss, you became the Managing Director of Men at Work in October last year and Kiel the Director, after the founder David Bigeni passed on the organisation. Can you tell us a little about Men At Work and the services it offers? The succession fortifies Men At Work as a locally owned, family operated company. Established in 2001 by David to provide temporary staffing solutions to the Port Macquarie area, Men At Work has evolved to be a market leader and preferred supplier across the North Coast in labour hire, temporary staffing, traffic management, training and Aassessment and more recently, automotive services. To quote our namesake, it’s “business as usual” for Men At Work. Ross, in your role as Managing Director, how do you engender a culture that recognises and encourages strong leadership? Culture starts at the top. For me, this is about involving our staff in the future of the business. It is somewhat of a charismatic approach compared to transactional leadership often found in larger corporate and public organisations. A key outcome for our 2020 strategic plan is to maintain, enhance and nurture the Men At Work family ideals, which will go a long way to encourage not only Kiel and I, but also our staff key to be

strong leaders. control fleet. We have just rolled out our first What are some of the changes you have Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) with two seen within your industry over the past more in the pipeline. These vehicles have decade, and how have you adapted your a “crash cushion” on the back, protecting business practices to adjust accordingly to workers in front of it. Similarly, we have these changes? introduced cone trucks that allow us to close Ross: Since I started with Men at Work in lanes much faster and more safely than we 2008, I have seen much change internally have been able to do previously. within the business What do you think itself and also externally. is the single most Both require differing important factor in and dynamic business running a successful JUGGLING WORK/ approaches. family run, regionally LIFE BALANCE IS A Externally, a stand out based business? CONSTANT STRUGGLE for me in the past decade Ross: Our people. WITH A YOUNG FAMILY. has been responding People are the core of our HAVING SAID THAT, WE to a linear increase business. We value each HAVE KIDS AROUND with work health and and every staff member THE BUSINESS ALL safety compliance and and the expertise that THE TIME BEFORE changes in government they bring to the company AND AFTER SCHOOL. regulations. Working in each and every day. high risk environments, it Can you share some is essential that we marry insight into some of the this compliance with results on the ground. nuances of an industry that essentially That is, by ensuring our work method is safe deals with people as their product? in a practical sense which can be readily Both laugh. Ross: Oh man, we could write documented, but most of all that is responsive a book and not even scratch the surface. No to the health and safety of our employees. two days are ever the same! Kiel: Internally Men At Work has grown Kiel: A Hollywood Director would be proud its traffic control fleet to over 50 vehicles to tell some of the stories we hear and about and also has the addition of an automotive the people we get to work with. On the department. To be responsive to the needs of whole, we are so fortunate to have some the ever changing traffic control environment, of the most dedicated and loyal staff of just we have added specialty vehicles in our traffic about any business.

Ross: When you phone a team leader for a call out on Boxing Day and they have every sign off their truck because they are in the middle of cleaning them, you know they are dedicated. Kiel: If you look after your people, they’ll look after you. What is the most rewarding part about your role with Men At Work? Kiel: Giving people jobs! What are some of the biggest challenges you have personally faced throughout your career? Ross: Juggling work/life balance is a constant struggle with a young family. Having said that, we have kids around the business all the time before and after school. This brings a real vibrancy to the workplace in what can be a pretty hard slog late in the afternoon. And finally, if you could invite three business people to lunch, who would they be and why would you invite them? Ross: Kerry Packer and Richard Branson, to discuss success and how influential they were/ are. And on a personal note, I would also bring Adam Philp from Port Macquarie’s Hire a Hubby. Kiel: I would bring Scotty Lawrence from Lawrence Built. In a busy world we all too often miss the chance to sit down with our closest mates and catch up for a chat over a counter lunch. Thanks for your time, Ross and Kiel. Greater Port Macquarie focus 105

Momentum 4x4 Vehicles Do you tow a caravan or carry heavy loads? Can your vehicle legally tow your new caravan? Confused about the load you can legally carry or tow? At Momentum 4x4, we are RMS authorised fitter for Lovells Springs. We can supply GVM (gross vehicle mass) upgrade suspension kits to Toyota Landcruisers - all variants, Prado and Hilux 4x4. Also, Nissan Patrol cab chassis, Ford Ranger, BT50 and D-Max are all catered for. These kits have been approved by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and will help keep your vehicle legal.  Momentum 4x4 is a performance centre. We don’t just sell chips; we remap your vehicle for power and economy, with Dyno proven tunes that take performance to the next level. In-house Dyno for before and after is available on request, plus aftermarket HPD turbo upgrades and intercoolers are available. Call in and see us at our new location at 206 High Street, Wauchope, or call 6585 3200 to book your 4×4 service or to professionally upgrade your 4×4 engine, suspension or gearbox. All work carried out by our professional staff.

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Newton Shutters.


B L I N D S and A W N I N G S

aving spent the last 12 years owning a blinds franchise in Port Macquarie, we have been able to gain an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and contacts within the blinds industry, so that we are fully equipped to launch our own independent business.”

you’re after. Your main motivation might be to create privacy, sun protection, energy saving, rain protection, to keep out the insects, to comply with Council building regulations or simply home decorating with our vast range of indoor and outdoor products, we are sure to have something to meet your needs … or your desires!

It is refreshing and exciting to be able to pick and choose our products and suppliers. We have sourced a fantastic group of suppliers, to ensure we can provide all our customers with a broad range of options in a timely fashion and at the right prices. We believe the quality of our products are better than ever. Our professionalism and attention to detail are what make us stand out from the crowd.

Our range includes - but isn’t limited to: shutters: timber, PVC & aluminium for internal and external use Blinds: rollers, day/night, verticals, Venetians, Romans, panelglides Awnings: ziptraks, auto awnings, straight drops, café blinds, carbolite Roller Shutters: standard, BAL40 fire rated

We come to you - we will measure up your home, bring along the samples and colours so that you can take the time to choose and compare against your existing home décor to ensure your new shutters, blinds or awnings will best suit you and your home. Whether you are building, renovating or replacing old for new, we will have whatever

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Newton Shutters, Blinds & Awnings is the new independent business owned and operated by Robert and Melinda Newton.

Motorisation: battery, hard-wired or solar powered Fly Screens: retractable or standard Shutters still remain extremely popular due to their versatility, and let’s face it - they look amazing in ANY home. Roller Blinds are also a fabulous choice to create the modern minimalist look in a huge range of fabrics, colours and textures, with an interesting selection of finishing touches, from silent base bars to eyelets to

timber base bars to elegant beading. Why not team your roller blinds with matching panelglides on your sliding/ stacking doors! We take great pleasure in being able to assist you from beginning to end - Robert will measure your windows and help you choose the right products - then he will return to install the blinds, awnings or shutters himself - so you have the peace of mind in dealing with one person throughout the whole process (with some help from Melinda) and you don’t have to put up with different people coming and going in your home. Robert was born in Port Macquarie and Melinda moved here with her family as a young child, so you won’t find more local within the blinds industry - they know the area and they know the people - they went to school in the Hastings and now so do their three children. So if you want to support local - Newton Shutters, Blinds & Awnings has to be the pick every time. We are so pleased to be welcoming back all our old customers and finding the opportunity to meet so many new customers.

Lawrence Built Concept to Completion LAWRENCE BUILT was given a concept: remove an existing boat shed roof, add an entertaining area above taking advantage of river views … the result is STUNNING! From the Builder - Scott Lawrence With a design brief to create a usable alfresco area on ground level flowing to the river, with suspended polished concrete above and in the alfresco, we set about renovating the existing boat shed. Architect Craig Teasdell was fantastic, navigating Council requirements and any fine detailing. The end result sees large bifold and sliding doors, glass balustrade on the upper level utilising views and breezes, an alfresco protected with an openable roof, mod wood marine grade decking offering zero maintenance and linking the alfresco to the water’s edge. Overall, the boat shed is a stunner! From the Owner After twenty years in Port Macquarie, we were lucky to find a property on the Hastings River

perfect for redevelopment. The result was a very functional new house, river-wall and a nice boat shed for our ski-boat. Many social occasions followed, during which the idea evolved to develop facilities closer to the river to enjoy its beauty. We decided on a multifunctional room on top of the boat shed, with add-on entertainment facilities. Why choose Lawrence Built? As we documented our idea through our architect, the question arose who would be able to take our drawings into a “build”. The advice was that Scott Lawrence was the man with the ability to think outside the square and cope with the challenges of a novel building. I must admit that along the way we challenged Scott with many of our great “new ideas”, which he implemented - and indeed improved on them. I am amazed at the result: a little light globe was transformed into a unique and very usable facility.

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Floor sanding & decking restorations. Coastal Eco Floor Sanding is an owneroperated business with an eye for design and quality, specialising in eco-friendly timber finishes. Most clients know us as Pittwater Eco Floor Sanding. However, after nearly three years servicing the Mid North Coast, we decided it’s time to change our name to make it easier for our local clients to find us. Coastal Eco Floor Sanding will still have the same high quality, efficient, friendly service that we are known for. We’re proud to be part of the community, and like to support the great things happening in the region. We recently donated sanding of the kitchen floor for Port Macquarie Steiner School. We used ‘Loba Invisible Protect’ to give a warm, natural feel of raw timber whilst being durable and easy to maintain. Services include: Floor sanding and polishing, wood floor staining

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and lime-washing, floorboard installation and repairs, timber rejuvenation, deck and outdoor timber treatment and restoration. We offer an affordable, professional, reliable, on time friendly service and expert advice. We have the best modern, dustless machinery which means that we are very efficient, fast, and best of all we will leave your home clean, tidy and DUST FREE! CLIENT TESTIMONIAL: “Lucio and his team are first class! This was our second job with Lucio, and we absolutely wouldn’t go with anyone else.  He is 100% honest and is driven by customer satisfaction, rather than profit, as the right finish for a particular space isn’t necessarily the most expensive one. He will be coming back in January for a third job with us, as we are convinced that he is simply the best flooring specialist in the state, if not the country.” S.Thomas

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Unit 10, 1A Blackbutt Road

Unit 3, 22 Fernhill Road

VACANCY…? “Why do owners of commercial real estate leave properties vacant for so long – Why don’t they lower the rent and get someone, ANYONE in there?? “ The answer is complex and comes down to a few major reasons; 1. Obviously lowering the rent to attract a new tenant isn’t ideal for a property owner. Commercial real estate leasing is usually for a longer term than residential leasing. Commercial leases are generally 2 / 3 years or 5 years in length whilst residential leases are usually short – 6 months or one year terms. So, if you lease your commercial premises at a rental rate below market, you will probably be stuck with that rate for years. There are legal obligations when leasing commercial property and landlords cannot just terminate a lease just to get a better price when someone else comes along or increase the rental because the market has uplifted. Lower rentals, below market rates can often attract lower quality tenants. A solid business will know what they will need to invest in the property and will want a lease for at least 2 / 3 or 5 years. Also, bear in mind that rent on average accounts for approx 10% of turnover/revenue based on

Rebecca Hall

Coralie Cooper

3/136 William St, Port Macquarie Phone: 6584 0544

industry averages, and sometimes less. So, if you save 25% on the rent, that’s only 2.5% of total revenue which means it’s not the biggest deciding factor to setting up a business and low rental below market rates often attract tenants with unsound business models. 2. The rental rate influences the property value. The primary driver for not reducing rents is the negative impact on the value of the property, and in turn, the implications this may have for a property owner. Specifically, if a lower rent is accepted this can, and often will, reduce the value of the property if/when it is valued.

Ben Allison

4. A commercial property owner might own the entire strip of shops, and if a vacant shop within the strip is offered for lease at a rental lower than the rental the other tenants are paying, there will be understandable pressure to the property owner to reduce rentals of existing tenants to match the lower rental, either now or at a future open market rent review. Therefore, what do commercial property owners do ….. ?

For example, let’s suggest a property with $50,000 pa rental income is worth $715,000. If this property owner agrees to take a rental of $40,000 pa then the value of the property could potentially be reduced to $570,000 approx (using the same rate of return applied to the lower rental). The lower value of the property could then have effects on the property owners borrowing limit often referred to as the loan to value (property) ratio by lenders. If the LVR extends beyond the lenders parameters, then the lender may not want to continue the funding arrangement.

Lesley Turnbull

3. Sometimes, property owners have many other properties and have no issue leaving premises vacant as they can offset the nil income to reduce their taxable income rather than accept lower rents.

In our experience, rather than offer reduced rentals, owners will offer incentives. Incentives can include rent free periods, contribution to works either by actually doing works such as providing carpet or fit out, or alternatively providing a cash contribution to the lessee towards their expected cost. This allows the property owner to maintain market rentals, which maintains property value. If you would like to discuss the above or have a commercial property which you are considering selling or leasing, please feel free to contact our office on 6584 0544.

Luke Horton

Graeme Garrett

Hastings Garage Door Services Hastings Garage Door Services are specialists in the installation, repair and maintenance of your garage door and automatic garage door opener. We service all brands. Roller doors, panel doors or specialist doors, our experienced staff can assist with the choice of model, style and colour. Our free measure and quote will ensure your made to measure door is correctly fitted and installed. We choose Merlin ™ for our Automatic Garage Door Openers, providing five and seven year warranty options. Hastings Garage Door Services are the authorised dealer of Merlin - Automatic Garage Door Openers in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area. Our expertise will ensure your garage door and Merlin™ Automatic Garage Door Opener work together for optimal performance. If you are in need of: a new garage door; service/repair/ safety check to your existing garage door or automatic door opener; or would like the convenience of an automatic garage door ... Call us! Our competitive pricing, experienced and dedicated staff will provide all your garage door needs!

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Beechwood Village Estate

STAGE THREE - NOW SELLING You’re invited to become one of the community and enjoy the village atmosphere of Beechwood. After the success of stage one and two of the estate, stage three is now being released to the market. With 18 blocks being available in total, ranging from 922 M2 through to 21,763 M2. Prices starting from $173,000. Refer to the table below for sale status and block inclusions. All residential blocks include underground power, NBN and sewer, with the larger rural lifestyle blocks including power and NBN. With construction started and registration of blocks planned for mid 2018. Located just 20 minutes drive from Port Macquarie and just 8 minutes from Wauchope, Beechwood Village boasts a Public Primary School, General Store, Post Office, Hotel and much more, all on the banks of the Hastings river. To secure your block today, contact Martin Newell on 0429 883 488 LOT













































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Sixty percent of all marine debris is “disposable” items, mostly plastic bags, food containers, bottle caps and plastic bottles, according to Ocean Conservancy.

ment now that NSW has a container deposit scheme. Consumers pay for this system, and now they can get their money back through reverse vending machines.

So Queen Elizabeth is setting a good example, by refusing many throw away plastics.

Port Macquarie’s machine is at the back of Settlement City. It accepts some plastic, glass and metal containers. Go to to see which containers can be refunded.

Plastic is often used only once, but is designed to last forever. It’s sobering to think that every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere in the world. Only about 9% of the total has been recycled. Much of the rest is in landfill or in our oceans.

landcare. update Plastic banished from The Palace!


Queen Elizabeth has just banned single use plastic straws, cups and bottles from all her estates.

ould we follow this royal precedent, and eliminate a lot of plastic from our lives too?

It’s said the Queen was inspired by her friend, Sir David Attenborough. His TV

documentaries have brought the natural world into everyone’s living room. He has also highlighted threats to our environment, including plastic pollution of the ocean and other waterways.

We now understand the threat plastic poses when it finishes up in the ocean. Cornell University professor Joleah Lamb and her team studied 159 reefs in Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Some containers cannot get a refund, e.g. containers for plain milk, so they go into our yellow bins for recycling. The world buys a million plastic bottles every minute of every day. But we have alternatives. We can use refillable steel, aluminium or glass bottles instead to hold drinks.

They estimated that reefs across the Asia-Pacific region are littered with more than 11 billion pieces of plastic larger than 5 centimetres.

The ABC’s War on Waste series revealed most coffee cups that look like paper, are lined with plastic. So they cannot be recycled, but finish up in landfill.

About 70% of man-made waste that enters the ocean, including some plastics, sinks to the bottom.

There is an alternative: bring your own “KeepCup” when you want a takeaway, or have your coffee at the café instead, in a china cup.

The plastics that sink, because they are denser than seawater, are PET (polyethylene terephthalate), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and PS (polystyrene solid).

Single use plastic bags that supermarkets give their customers can also be avoided. We can bring our own cotton bags to put fruit or vegies in, and carry bags made of biodegradable fabrics like jute.

Only some plastic floats, and that’s because it’s less dense than seawater. This includes HDPE (high density polyethylene), LDPE (low density polyethylene), and PP (polypropylene) such as milk containers, plastic bags, and straws.

With less litter to end up in our waterways, the Queen will be pleased, and so will our Landcarers! Contributed by Julie Ho.

More plastic can be kept out of the environ-

Introducing Elanora at Rainbow Beach. A new residential estate offering you an affordable coastal alternative, 1.8 kilometres to the beach. • • • • • • •

Rarely found level land Ready to build 2nd quarter of 2018 Close proximity to shops and school Capture the cool summer breeze Selection of lot sizes and prices Just 18 blocks left in Stage 1 House and land packages from $520,000

Prices range from $225,000 to $320,000 Andrew Meldrum 0401 408 087 114 Greater Port Macquarie focus

Kristian Murphy 0411 156 868

Thank you to our buyers and sellers for the success of our auctions held on the 3rd of February We had 4 properties sell prior to auction and 3 sold under the hammer on the day.

6 Gore Street

22 O’Briens Road

Sold for $140,000 over the reserve

Sold for $1,173,500

Real Estate Port Macquarie, 02 6584 1199, 62 Clarence Street Port Macquarie NSW 2444 |

Elders & Cooley Auctions 18th of March from 11am at the Rydges Hotel

Auctioneer Damien Cooley from Cooley Auctions

149 Mathew Flinders Drive, Port Macquarie 26 Home Street, Port Macquarie 15 Campus Street, Port Macquarie 4/9 Denham Street, Port Macquarie 39B Newmarket Grove, Port Macquarie 33 Reading Street, Port Macquarie 6 Rainbow Beach Drive, Bonny Hills 13 Granite Street, Port Macquarie 10 Macleay Place, Port Macquarie

41 Moruya Drive, Port Macquarie 435 Rawdon Island Road, Rawdon Island 5 Grenadines Way, Bonny Hills 16 Echidna Street, Port Macquarie 12 Northridge Drive, Port Macquarie 4/2 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 14 Doncaster Avenue, Port Macquarie 20 O’Briens Road, Port Macquarie Plus more to be announced























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Issue 148 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus