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Well here we are in the second month of 2023, or as we at FOCUS like to call it, LOVE month. Our annual Weddings
Feature is again a big part of our edition with a beautiful line up of businesses big and small showcasing what they can do to help make your special day.
Our cover model for this month, I am sure you are all familair with, the very beautiful and oh so kind Rebecca Stockwell from Soul Sister Grazing. We thought Bec was the perfect fit for our Wedding Feature. Read Bec’s interview on page 14 and make sure you take a look at this year’s FOCUS Weddings Feature starting
on page 48. In this edition.
The Speaker Project; supplying kits and instructions for those looking to make their own set of high quality speakers. Atlas Gouverneur and Jason Ridgeway have teamed up to combine Atlas’ speakers and Jason’s traditional indigenous painting. Boo Seeka is headed to Port Macquarie on February 17th. We had the pleasure of catching up with him ahead of his tour. Check him out on page 46.!
2023 Coastline Credit Union Business Awards. This year’s Business Awards will launch on February 7th with the awards open for entry on the 8th and closing on March 28th. The
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WHAT’S ON @ GLASSHOUSE FOR BOOKINGS: 02 6581 8888 I glasshouse.org.au GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE Corner Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Glasshouse Opening Hours Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm Sat, Sun & Public Hol’s 9am - 2pm Closed Christmas Day Regional Gallery Opening Hours Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm Sat, Sun & Public Hol’s 10am - 2pm Closed Mondays Follow Glasshouse: The Glasshouse is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW EXHIBITION THE NATURE OF US Saturday 4 February to Sunday 23 April MARK VINCENT PRESENTS SONGS OF 3 TENORS Friday 24 February, 2.00pm LEAVING JACKSON THE JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER SHOW Friday 3rd March, 7.30pm EXHIBITION ORIGIN: SYDNEY PRINTMAKERS Saturday 28 January to Sunday 23 April EXHIBITION AWAKENING Saturday 28 January to Sunday 23 April EXHIBITION HOUSE & HOME Saturday 4 February to Sunday 23 April JOIN NOW! GLASSHOUSE MEMBERS BENEFITS INCLUDE*: • Discount on ticket prices • 20% Glasshouse Shop discount • 10% discount at Glasshouse Bar • No transaction fees • Replacement of lost tickets • Exclusive invitations & booking periods • Monthly Member draws *conditions apply
Atlas Gouverneur started making his own speakers after discovering a love for really highend audio systems but not being able to justify the cost, he started The Speaker Project.
Drew Lindsay, a local author has just released his 40th novel - Mystery at Limeburners Creek. Based in Port, and like most of Drew’s stories, it is based around his central character Ben Hood.
Positive Energy Adventures & Retreats is an exciting new business designed to engage your mind and body with our region’s natural landscape.
10 GREATER PORT MACQUARIE focus 36. Alex Cassegrain - Wine Time 39. Lou Perri - Palate Pleasures 44. Mid North Social - The Gig Guide 68. Rachel Leman - Fitness Update 85. Lusanna Koltz - Monthly Musings 89. Alex Glen-Holmes - Business Voice 92. Tim Couch - Legal Light 94. Kate Wood-Foye - Business Illuminate Issue 203 - February 2023
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JUNIOR PHYSICAL CULTURE OPEN DAY
Physical Culture is a dance and fitness sport for girls and ladies of all age. Come along for our FREE open day and Junior Workshop. Offering jazz, hip hop, ballet, strength and fitness all in one class. When 4th February Where 70 Cameron St Wauchope. Wauchope Fitness Centre Complex. Time 5-8yrs 9.30-10.15am, 9-12 yrs 10.30-11.15am
Casual in nature, and with a focus on women’s wellbeing, these meet-ups provide an opportunity where we can come together to share our stories and support one another in a safe and confidential space. Our gathering is open to all women, and you don’t need to have attended our Sunday walks to join us. Registration essential. For more info or to register, send us your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
When 7th February Where Waters Edge - 1 Buller St PMQ TIme 6.30pm
Hastings Homelessness Collective. Our Place is a drop-in service for anyone in the community doing it tough. Free breakfast supplied by M.A.D. Emergency food, clothing and toiletries. Showers and Laundry Facilities. Free lunch. Services AustraliaIndigenous Service Officer 9-11am
When 9th & 23rd February Where 140 Horton St PMQ TIme 8am-1pm
SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
Keith Urban and Bryan Adams Show + Craig Woodward Hits. Craig Woodward presents SOMEBODY LIKE YOU - a tribute to Keith Urban & Bryan Adams and for Wauchope audiences a bonus string of Woodward Country Hits. When 25th February Where Wauchope RSL
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SENIORS COMEDY SHOW
The NSW Seniors Festival’s Comedy Show returns for 2023! The Comedy Show is a much-loved event of the annual Festival and brings fun and laughter to our audiences. When 10th February Where Glasshouse Port Macquarie Time 11am
Port Macquarie Race Club. Get your family and friends together and come and enjoy the Port Macquarie Races. We have plenty of reserved seating available in our airconditioned Ivan Livermore Stand, or there are limited tables in the outside bar or betting ring area. Entry $7 Adult $5 Concession & Kids under 15 FREE Gates Open at 12:00pm More info 02 6581 1964 or email email@example.com
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GREATER PORT MACQUARIE focus 13 “Footy Colours Friday” PRESENTS THE 14TH ANNUAL Limited Numbers so Don’t Miss Out! Rego closes March 1 or until sold out. Here’s your chance to support junior Hastings Sports Stars of the Future! Supported by Triple M & Hit Mid North Coast and Regional Australia Bank. Midday to 4pm. Bowls start at 1. $200 for a Team of 4 (*plus Booking Fee). Includes Free BBQ Lunch and a Drink. Tickets available from the Glasshouse Box Office, phone 6581 8888 or on-line via www.glasshouse.org.au (or) www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au PORT CITY BOWLING CLUB ON OWEN STREET. FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2023. Wear your favourite footy team colours from any Code!
Rebecca STOCKWELL SOUL SISTER GRAZING
Hi Rebecca, many of our readers would recognise you as the amazing face behind your business Soul Sister Grazing, tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up?
Hi guys, I have been in Port Mac now for almost 9 years, I grew up in Sydney. I had enough of the hustle and bustle and having three children it just made more sense to come and have a seaside change.Port Macquarie was always a place that I loved. Not only the beautiful beaches but the people, something about our community that always interests me now being in business, I’m in love with Port.
How long have you owned and operated Soul Sister Grazing? What were you doing prior to this?
I’ve owned and operated Soul Sister Grazing now for 4 1/2 years. Prior to this I had a tourism business in town and I am a fulltime mum to 3 beautiful amazing children. What inspired you to start Soul Sister.
In my previous business I did a lot of catering and platters and when I closed that business down I still loved to do platters, so it just started one day when I was in the shower, funny enough (true story). I decided that Soul Sister Grazing was going to come to life and boy oh boy it sure has come to life; a dream is now a beautiful reality. It was only ever started as a little hobby and now Soul Sister grazing is my full-time job which I absolutely love. Grazing tables and platters have become a huge want with people holding events and even smaller parties, why do you think this is, and what makes them so popular?
I decided that Soul Sister Grazing was going to come to life and boy oh boy it sure has come to life; a dream is now a beautiful reality. It was only ever started as a little hobby and now Soul Sister grazing is my full-time job.
weddings especially. Grazing tables are easy, people can help themselves and you can just keep grazing and socialise around the table which is the point of a grazing table. People often think it’s an all you can eat buffet and have to fill your plate up all at once (that’s wrong). Have a little bit at a time and enjoy. Grazing and wine, beer etc etc just go hand in hand. Who doesn’t love a good cheese platter and a cold beverage.
I think grazing tables are so much fun for parties and functions. When you walk into a room and you have an amazing grazing table in front of you filled with so many options it really sets a tone to your event,
We want easy in life and I think grazing platters are just a perfect option to your function. So that’s why someone like me can make your life easy with your catering needs.
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Tell us about one of the biggest grazing boards you have ever done and what was involved?
Recently I have been doing a lot of corporate events. I can cater from one person up to 1000 people.
My biggest event was for 800 people, lots of prepping for that table, I had something like 32kg of cheese on the table.
So much is involved with platters and tables I get told all the time “OMG how do you do it and make it look so good? I try and it
never looks as good as yours” - this makes me smile.
It’s in the preparation, you have to be organised.
creating new options for my customers. You have to be always forward thinking and change with the seasons as I always use fresh ingredients.
I offer grazing boxes as well as tables and platter boards. Boxes are perfect gifts to send to anyone for any occasion. Soul Sister Grazing has grown so much in the last two years.
I offer grazing boxes as well as tables and platter boards. Boxes are perfect gifts to send to anyone for any occasion. Soul Sister Grazing has grown so much in the last two years.
Do you have set boards and packs available? What can customers expect from you?
2023 is going to be big! With Valentine’s Day and Easter coming up new ranges and packages are always coming out. I love
I want to offer more with the catering side as well. Fresh salads sandwiches wraps etc, moving with the times and evolving is key to a great successful business. How long does it take you to put the boards together? Can you tell us about the set up and display process?
Well the prep is the time consuming part. That can take a few hours then it just depends on the size of a platter board. If I have a one metre board that could take
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about an hour to put together.
It’s so much fun creating boards, I just love it.
Grazing boards have also become super popular for weddings, tell us about the wedding packages you offer?
I love weddings, they always make you smile and the excitement in the air on the day is great.
I offer bridal boxes for the bride and groom which is perfect for when they are getting ready (specifically the bridal party with hairdressers and makeup),they are easy to have food there for everyone to pick at.
I offer bridal boxes for the bride and groom, which is perfect for when they are getting ready (specifically the bridal party with hairdressers and makeup). They are easy to have food there for everyone to pick at. Most of the times brides forget to eat so a grazing box is perfect.
I create packages to suit the client and
budget. It makes my life easy knowing they are paying for what they want and like on the tables.
How do you keep your passion alive for creating these amazing boards?
I love talking to my customers as people will see that no table or platter are the same.
I like to know what the customer likes and dislikes. Once we talk I just get the idea and it comes alive on the day.
I just recently did a beautiful wedding at my client’s house and the table was amazing, it was one of my favourites. It had everything, and I mean everything on it.
Prawns, oysters, leg of ham and bruschetta. This was followed with a second table full of hot food and it was truly amazing. The food flowed throughout a four hour period, and everyone just loved the options.
How can our readers get in touch with you?
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 0455 106 370
You can also order online at soulsistergrazing.com.au
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MIEDECKE MOTOR GROUP
The last 12 months have been big for you and the team with the renovations to the Dealership as well as some changes with your Mercedes-Benz franchise. Can you tell us what is in store for Mercedes customers in 2023?
2023 is going to be huge. There are so many new models and specs – it will be very exciting! The biggest one is an all-new GLC SUV, which will debut this year and is fully reengineered from the ground up, an all-new car. The performance arm, AMG is also set for a big year with an all new two door convertible SL 63 AMG and the brand’s first hybrid supercar in the C 63S E (for electric) AMG. This will be a huge shift and is the most powerful engine for its size in the world!
We are also doing business a little differently to other brands in Australia, with a fixed price for all products Australia-wide. Exciting! Can you tell us about the benefits to the customer that these changes will have?
This new model has really modernised the experience and intends to show a level of transparency traditionally lacking in some corners of the industry.
Rather than individual dealerships owning stock cars scattered all over the country, Mercedes-Benz Australia now owns every vehicle, nationwide.
So this means once you walk into Andrew Miedecke Mercedes-Benz we will have some vehicles/demonstrators on display, but if your dream Mercedes is a different colour – it’s as easy as searching the system and if the vehicle is available in Australia it will be picked up and delivered to Port Macquarie for you to take delivery. Gone are the days of having to ring multiple dealerships and repeating your conversation to sales consultants to try and find your perfect car and find the best price. The price in Port Macquarie is the same as Sydney, Melbourne… anywhere!
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At Miedecke Motor Group we pride ourselves on conducting business with transparency, honesty and integrity. Your business is important to us and as a team we strive for excellence in customer satisfaction.
Buying a Mercedes-Benz is more than just a car. It is a luxury experience and an extension of who we are, and that is something that they simply just do better than anyone.
This is intended to give our customers peace of mind that no matter where they buy their dream Mercedes, they are getting as good a deal as anyone. What’s not to like!
The last few years have seen a hold up on car purchases and availability. With this new system can you tell us about this and what customers can expect?
The beauty of this new system is transparency and availability. Previously, each dealer only had access to their own pool of stock and supply, and if your dream Mercedes wasn’t represented you either had to look elsewhere or be prepared for a long wait. The wait times do endure on some highly desirable models or configurations, but as a whole we are experiencing a much quicker time to match a customer with the exact specification that they desire. As we speak in fact, there are over 1500 available Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the order system so the chances are that we will be able to source the perfect one for you, and faster than you expect!
Mercedes has in recent times been the most sought-after luxury car - why is this and do you see it changing?
Mercedes has established itself as a leader in technology and safety over many years. It is a hard-won reputation and one that is richly deserved! Where we have made the next step in recent times is as a luxury brand. Buying a
Mercedes-Benz is more than just a car. It is a luxury experience and an extension of who we are, and that is something that they simply just do better than anyone. With the impending release of the all new GLC, I don’t see that changing anytime soon!
What would be your pick of MercedesBenz models and why?
The best thing about Mercedes is whether you are driving an A-Class up to our S-Class range or anywhere in between they all feel great to drive and have that luxury experience our customers are looking for.
With SUV’s being so popular these days though I don’t think you could go past the soon to be released 2023 GLC. We think this car will be extremely popular and will see huge demand in the first few years of production, especially if the last one is any indication! Personally though, if money was no issue, I don’t think you could go past the SL 63 AMG Convertible coming out this year. Driving around our beaches in the summer with the top off and twin-turbo AMG V8 would be amazing.
What are you looking forward to for 2023?
2023 will be another great year with Mercedes, we are looking forward to another strong year of sales and
providing more choices for our customers with some exciting new models to hit our shores this year. With our new fixed price program now active Australia wide and the unparalleled luxury experience the brand offers, I’m sure Mercedes will be at the top of your shopping list.
Multisports Social Comp
Starts Back: 9th Feb 2023
When: every Thursday between 5.509.15pm
Team Registration: $100
Team Game Fee: $70 each week Call 6583 2501 or email@example.com
Volleyball Social Comp
Starts Back: Tuesday 14th Feb 2023
When: every Tuesday between 6pm-9pm
Team Registration: $100
Team Game Fee: $50 each week Call 6583 2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Starts Back: Tuesday 4th January 2022
Social: Tuesday 5pm-7.15pm and Fridays 6pm-8pm
Seniors: Fridays 9.15-11.15am (from 4th February)
Costs: Adults $10 + Seniors / Students $7
Equipment Supplied, No Partner Required Call 6583 2501 or email@example.com
School Holiday Program
Dates: These are conducted each School Holidays
Costs: $30-$40 depending on number of days
Age: Primary School Age
Lot of activities to keep the kids amused www.sprocketsportmacquarie.com.au
Starts back: Juniors - Monday 6th Feb 2023
Mixed - Tuesday 7th Feb
Seniors - Wednesday 8th Feb firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Macquarie Basketball Association
Monday 30th Jan 2023 (13’s, B & C grade men)
Wednesday 1st Feb (15’s & 17’s boys, PLUS A & A-Reserve men & women)
Thursday 2nd Feb (Jnr girls)
AND Aussie Hoops from 9th Feb
Friday 3rd (11’s boys/girls) portmacquariebasketball.com.au
Starts Back: Monday 6th Feb 2023
Sprockets is a Multisport Program for children aged 5 years and under Sensory Program for children aged 3 -18 months fun@sprocketsportmacquarie. com.au or www.sprockets portmacquarie.com.au
Port Macquarie Gymnastics Club
Starts back: 30th Jan 2023
Classes for all ages including pre-school
Kindy Gym, Pre-Levels, Teen Gym, Competitive WAG & MAG Programs
Phone 6583 2501
Cnr Hibbard & Hastings River Dr, Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie Performing Arts
Starts back: Monday 23rd Jan 2023
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Performance Programs
Kindy & Junior Combo Classes, Dance Acro, Twinkle Toes, Mini Movers, Kindy Gym Call 6583 3753 or email@example.com
We have mastectomy swimwear, chlorine resistant swimwear, and many brands available including Seafolly, JETS, Sunflair, Sunseeker, Monte & Lou, Sea Level, Resort wear, hats, gift cards, Melissa shoes.
Sizes 8 to 24
Cup size A-G
Fitting service provided
Phone 6584 1088 84-86 Horton St Port Macquarie
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THE SPEAKER PROJECT
Atlas Gouverneur started making his own speakers after discovering a love for really high-end audio systems but not being able to justify the cost. He soon found that others loved the idea but didn’t have the knowledge that he had, and so he started The Speaker Project; supplying kits and instructions for those looking to make their own set of high quality speakers. He met Jason Ridgeway after starting the project and they decided to collaborate with Jason decorating the speakers with his beautiful artwork. Jason’s traditional indigenous paintings turn a piece of equipment into a work of art.
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Hi Guys. Atlas can you tell us a bit about how the Speaker Project got started and where the idea came from?
The idea really started a decade ago, when I heard a high-end audio system for the first time. I had never heard recorded music sound so real. You know that
feeling you get when you see your favorite band live, well, it was like that but played off a record.
I soon discovered such a system was way outside of what I could ever afford, good speakers can easily exceed $10k. But, I soon learnt that the DIY speaker hobby was the affordable way to get great sound.
This led me on a decade long journey of building my own and chasing that high fidelity sound that I first heard. The loudspeakers I developed after years of practice had all the sonic characteristics of the expensive speakers found at the high-end audio stores, but more than that, I felt proud of what I made, and this is something that money can’t buy.
After years of doing it as a hobby some mates of mine asked if I could put on a speaker building session for them. I was hesitant in doing it to be honest, but with some encouragement I did it, and you know what, it was an absolute blast!
Seeing everyone enjoy the process and the sense of achievement gained was the moment that made me think, I want to do this again. And this was the very moment that The Speaker Project was born. How does the project work and what makes it unique?
I think what makes The Speaker Project unique is that it’s the only inperson speaker building course on the planet right now. But more than that, it sets out to make speaker building easily accessible as all the material and tools are provided along with my guidance.
I used to only run inperson courses both in Sydney and on my parents’ farm. Then COVID came along, which prompted me to make a series of instructional videos so people could enjoy the process from their home. I think the most important part has been focusing on making the course fun and achievable for everyone no matter their skill level.
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Seeing everyone enjoy the process and their sense of achievement gained was the moment that made me think, I want to do this again. And this was the very moment that The Speaker Project was born.
How long would you say it has taken you to perfect the speaker design?
One of the toughest parts of the DIY speaker hobby is developing a design that sounds good and works well with all genres of music. For instance, the Trohet’s, which are my flagship model, have taken six years to perfect.
Is the course the only way people can get your speaker designs?
I’ve recently started building speakers to suit people who don’t have the time to build them. People can choose from a range of timbers and stains to suit their taste.
How did the two of you come together to collaborate on this project?
We met on my parents’ farm (Nulla Nulla
know that Atlas produced speakers. He approached me with the idea and we went back and forth for a little while and the artwork and speakers were delivered.
Blacksmith Farm), which is 65 km west of Kempsey. Jason was there painting an abstract birds-eye view of the farm. One of the key features of the painting is that the river is in the form of a snake.
We chatted and shared our thoughts and experiences with working on the things that bring us joy. The conversation soon progressed to the idea of Jason painting the exterior of the speakers in Indigenous-themed artwork. I think the idea is symbolic of how music brings people together, both in Australian indigenous culture and other cultures too.
Jason, you have actually created artworks on many different mediums, what has it been like working with the speakers?
Yes I have created artworks on a number of different mediums from surfboards, skateboard decks, helmets, footy boots, didgeridoo, boomerangs, signage, canvas, tables, artworks turned into clothing for fashion shows, and for sport community groups, schools, and now speakers.
Working on the speakers was a new challenge but one that I accept with open arms. I had to paint one face at a time.
Can you tell us about the collaboration between the two of you and what you enjoy about being a part of it?
Atlas is an amazing person. He has a lot of experience with life in general and has a great nature. I didn’t know that Atlas produced speakers. He approached me with the idea and we went back and forth for a little while and
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the artwork and speakers were delivered.
How do you come up with new designs for the speakers, and what is your design process like for each one?
Coming up with new design concepts for the speakers is pretty easy. It’s all about coming together, gathering, sharing experiences and gaining knowledge. Music does this and art also does it, so what better way to appreciate that than to produce an exceptional product then to put this into an artwork that tells that type of story.
How long does each set of speakers usually take you to paint?
If I’m in the zone they could take me 5-7 days with dry time for each face.
Where can people check out the Speaker Project, view some of your work or get in touch?
The Speaker Project can be found on Instagram. If anyone wants to learn more about our collaboration, details can be found on the website www.thespeakerproject.com/by-jasonridgeway.
People can also listen to the speakers at the Ikigai Art Gallery at Crescent Head or by contacting Atlas or Jason directly via email: Hello@thespeakerproject.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HAVE YOU NOTICED WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BELLBOWRIE PARK BUSINESS CENTRE LATELY?
There’s some new exciting businesses and some old favourites. Conveniently located close to Settlement City and with plenty of easy parking, Bellbowrie Park Business Centre is definitely worth a look.
An event as unique as you are! Emma Lilly loves getting creative; whether it's putting together beautiful floral arrangements for your next special event, designing table scapes, lighting and balloon installations, or something as simple as a photo moment.
Emma knows that all the little details count! Emma Lilly Events will ensure that every event portrays as uniquely "you". We offer an array of services for your wedding or special event including:
Florals - Fresh & Fake!
Plus so so much more!
The team is also super happy
to collaborate with your other suppliers and has connections and fantastic working relationships with the best local vendors in the Port Macquarie Hastings area! Contact Emma Lilly Events to discuss your needs today.
Nearly 30 exciting businesses call Bellbowrie Park Business Centre home. DISCOVER THEM TODAY.
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COASTAL FIRE PROTECTION Coral Homes
Owners, Dave and Dennis, have been in the industry for 20 years combined. Coastal Fire Protection has been built on a solid foundation of commitment to customers and with a professional attitude.
A locally owned and operated business servicing Forster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and the surrounding areas. You will be dealing directly with the local owners and staff of our business and not off shore and remote call centres. Giving you peace of mind that we are with you every step of the way, ensuring your business is provided with the very best fire protection at all times.
We are pleased to provide you a quality service on all fire protection equipment, installation and maintenance, to assist you in your duty of care in the protection of life and property.
Fire Protection Services
Coastal Fire Protection provides a full range of fire protection services for commercial businesses, industrial premises, aged care facilities, hospitals, schools and private residential properties.
On our first visit to your property we conduct a comprehensive overview of the requirements for your premises and design an entire fire system and safety service specific for your property.
Call one of our staff now, 24hrs/7days. 02 6583 2081.
Since its inception in 1990, Coral Homes’ vision was to provide innovative home designs built on quality craftsmanship and attention to detail; and over 30 years later, this vision proudly lives on.
The trusted Coral Homes brand was cemented by consistently offering customers a wide range of affordable homes with unbeatable value inclusions, which are standard by name but designer by nature.
Amongst Coral Home’s exceptional variety of product offering is their newly introduced Lisbon 31 MKII at Sovereign Hills Estate, Port Macquarie (above). This home features four generous bedrooms, three dedicated living areas, two bathrooms and a perfect open plan kitchen & outdoor living area which is ideal for entertaining.
In addition, the foundation of
Coral Homes’ business is built on transparency, trust, and outstanding customer service, which has seen the company take out various industry awards for business excellence such as Product Review’s 2021 Customer Service Excellence Award and various Housing Industry Australia Awards. Our Bellbowrie Park premises are the co-ordination hub of our local building projects. To discover more and explore the Lisbon 31 MKll visit www.coralhomes.com.au and click on the Display Homes tab.
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Tell us a little about yourself and your role as CEO at Garden Village?
This is my sixth year working alongside the Garden Village team. The organisation’s continued growth is thanks to our 270 valued employees. Together, our people create a positive culture and caring community. As a local not-for-profit organisation everything we do is underpinned by our values to support the needs of our community and help them live their best life. In recent times our hardworking team has gone above and beyond and we are looking forward to a brighter COVID ‘normal’ future.
What guides the Garden Village vision? Giving people opportunities to age positively is a shared responsibility. At Garden Village, we support a whole-of-community, whole-oflife, multiple activity approach to ageing. Our team is passionate about creating connected and inclusive services where everyone can take part in meaningful activities.
Garden Village demonstrates progressive leadership to continually adapt to the needs of the region. I work with an experienced Board of Directors to support strategic growth while maintaining operational excellence. In 2022 we welcomed Gary Humphreys as the new
Chairperson and two new Board Directors, Victoria Oakden and Shannon Dawson.
We’ve accomplished some incredible milestones with two new Retirement Living residences, a new Wellbeing Centre and the launch of Home Care and Disability Support.
Tell us more about the Disability Support and NDIS Services? We have over 40 years of experience providing care within the Hastings. People may not necessarily recognise Garden Village as a Disability Service provider, but it made sense to provide services and supports to NDIS participants given our experience and presence in the local community. It is also important to remember that people who already have an NDIS Plan in place and turn 65 can continue to access NDIS services.
We also offer Disability Support to people over the age of 18 in the Port Macquarie Hastings region. Again, we are not known for providing services to younger people and we look forward to providing this additional support to the community.
What Home Packages do you offer for older Australians? More people are choosing to live in their own homes as they age. People frequently leave it too late to consider Home Care arrangements so we suggest exploring Home Care possibilities
early. People who are 65+ can check their eligibility for in-home support through the My Aged Care assessment process or contact Garden Village Home Care for assistance navigating this process.
Our growing team of Support Workers travel to provide nursing care and individualised support across the Hastings. We service clients from Port Macquarie to Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills, Laurieton, Kew and Wauchope. Garden Village Home Care offers a range of services including nursing care, medication assistance and personal care.
Congratulations on receiving five stars for the new Residential Aged Care Star Ratings. Thanks! Garden Village received five stars for compliance which is a fantastic achievement. Overall Garden Village received a four star rating which is in the top 30 percent of residential aged care providers nationally. We’re pleased the new Star Ratings system offers transparency and accountability. It is another way for residents and families to find information about quality, compliance, residents’ experiences and staffing levels. We always recommend the personal approachbook a tour with our Transition Nurse, Katie or Eilleen, talk to staff and residents and find out what makes Garden Village Residential Aged Care a good fit for you or a loved one.
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FOCUS SPEAKS WITH CEO CRAIG WEARNE ABOUT GARDEN VILLAGE’S UPCOMING VISION FOR THE YEAR AND NEW SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY.
Global population trends show the number of people aged 65 or older will more than double in the next 30 years. What does this mean locally? People are living longer than previous generations and Port Macquarie is well known as a retirement destination.
Population ageing is a global trend that requires a whole of community response. Collective action is urgently needed to support growing numbers of older Australians. At Garden Village we continually adapt and innovate and have formed strong relationships with state and federal members to ensure ongoing advocacy for the sector.
What opportunities are there for young people to work and be part of Garden Village? A key challenge for our sector is workforce. Garden Village was an early adopter of a traineeship program. Our nurse educators and our RTO partner Wesley Vocational Institute have all done an amazing job.
Garden Village also supports an ongoing Scholarship Award to students at Hastings Secondary College. We are proud to celebrate student achievements but particularly support students that have an interest in the Health Sector. Recently the Hazel Kirkbride Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Anthony Hooper. It is great to connect with local students and support ongoing learning opportunities.
If locals are interested in careers in health, disability, or aged care we offer generous salary packaging, career development opportunities and mentoring from a supportive team.
Garden Village is fast becoming an iconic retirement village in Port Macquarie. What do people love most about the community? It’s the community and the people that create a wonderful sense of belonging. Garden Village is situated in a prime location and we are fortunate to be stewards of this beautiful area of Port Macquarie. Our central position on the corner of Hastings River Drive appeals to people who want to be close to shops, medical facilities, and the beautiful Hastings River foreshore. Our positioning is unique and Retirement Living Apartments and Units are in high demand. We have a small number available in the affordable Classics and the brand new Banksia Apartments.
The new Wellbeing Centre is open to the public. Why is wellness important to your vision? We’re delighted to open the Wellbeing Centre to offer more holistic services to residents and the community. People can access massage therapy, beauty treatments and wellbeing classes such as yoga, pilates and tai chi. Keeping active is key to positive ageing for better health. The more we invest in wellness in the younger years the more active we will be
in later life. We have an onsite physiotherapist with access to a fitness gym to support people’s rehabilitation and reablement. The recently refurbished hydrotherapy pool is heated to a lovely 32 degrees and enjoyed for aqua aerobics and swimming.
What’s happening at Garden Village in 2023 and beyond? A transformation is taking place. The Royal Commission into Aged Care recommendations coupled with COVID has pushed the sector changes. New reforms will be taking place across the Residential Aged Care and Home Care sectors in 2023/24. Guided by the Board of Directors and a strong management team Garden Village is wellpositioned to support the changes to ensure access to quality care for all. The reforms are welcomed by Garden Village as positive steps to ensure ongoing excellence in service delivery.
How can people get to know Garden Village? Join us at the Wellbeing Centre for a pilates class or book a massage. Follow us on Facebook to find out what’s happening and visit our website to see our Home Care, Disability, Retirement Living or Residential Aged Care services. Visitors can also come along and enjoy a Buffet Breakfast at the Waterfalls Cafe on Saturday 18th February - everyone is welcome. Gardenvillage.com.au
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GET SMART is a full-length comedy-satire play adapted for the stage from the hilarious classic 1960's spy spoof TV series created by Mel Brooks.
The show introduced the world to America’s best secret agent, the bumbling Maxwell Smart –Agent 86, and his loyal sidekick Agent 99, plus The Chief and all the other goofy spies at the international spy agency CONTROL. In this play, after an elaborate diversionary wild-goose-chase around Washington DC, the hapless agents attempt to save humanity and stop the evil organisation KAOS and its mysterious suave mastermind Mr Big from blowing up the Statue of Liberty.
Making his directorial debut, Paul Bishop has put together a talented cast of actors to
bring this show to life. Taking on the iconic role of Maxwell Smart is Anthony Miles. Doing a brilliant portrayal of the character, Anthony even has the distinctly Don Adams voice. The cunning and possibly real brains of control, Agent 99, is being played by the wonderful Georgia O’Keefe and joining these two as the head of Control is Bill Harrow as the Chief.
Heading up KAOS as Mr Big, young Charlie Finnecy take on this tall role. With a large ensemble of other crazy characters you may recognise from the TV show, this is sure to be a good laugh and a fantastic start to The Players Theatre Inc. 2023 season.
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or at The Players Theatre Box Office, 33a Lord Street, one hour prior to the show Theatre bookings at www.playerstheatre.org.au or via The Glasshouse 6581 8888 By
Director PAUL BISHOP Assistant Director DANIEL PARLEVLIET
Christopher Sergel. Based on the series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry
arrangement w ith ORiGiN™ THEATRICA L, on behalf of
PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woods tock, Illinois
THE PLAYERS THEATRE PRESENTS GET SMART
Drew Lindsay is a local author who has just released his 40th novel. Mystery at Limeburners Creek is based in Port Macquarie and, like most of Drew’s stories, is based around his central character Ben Hood who is a detective and investigator; just like Drew was for the majority of his career.
Hi Drew. You moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney in recent years, what made you choose PMQ?
My mother was born and grew up in Port Macquarie and my parents brought me here for Christmas holidays from the time I was born. My mother’s family lived at Grantham, the old house on the hill behind the TAFE college. Port was just a part of my DNA. I have lots of cousins living here and although the place has changed from when I was a child, it still feels like my home. When did you first discover the joy of writing and that you had a knack for it?
I have a bit of a wild imagination and loved making up stories from the time I was a teenager. I wrote some short stories for fun but stopped when I joined the workforce and took it up again when I retired. I am a fairly fast touch typist and my fingers type almost as quickly as my mind works, which makes writing easier.
Your work life has been very interesting and varied, can you tell us a bit about your career and where it’s taken you?
I have a General Engineering Trade. I then went to a Theological College in South Australia for 3 years and later took up a position as the Pastor of the Five Dock – Drummoyne Uniting Church for 2 years. I then joined the NSW Police Force and worked in uniform for 3 years before becoming a Designated Detective in the Sydney area CIB (Criminal Investigation Branch) and various regional police stations for around 10 years.
around 12 years, then took up investigation management positions within the insurance industry until retirement in 2010.
When did you decide to focus on your writing and start publishing novels?
An old woman living near the banks of Limeburners Creek, heard what appeared to be a plane in trouble, and a subsequent crash.The Tiger Moth and the pilot were never seen again.
During this time, I also trained and qualified as a PADI Dive Master and obtained my pilot’s licence. I resigned from the police to work as a private investigator in my own business for
It was in 2010. It stopped me from becoming bored after I retired, and gave me something creative to do. Initially, I attempted to find a suitable agent and publisher, especially when I saw so much interest and high volume of sales worldwide on the internet for my work. However, I found the submission requirements of agents and publishers to be unsuitable and somewhat frustrating so I decided to self-publish my books online to make them easily available and very affordable for people to enjoy.
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You have released an impressive 40 books in just over 10 years, many ending up on best seller lists. Is it difficult to continuously come up with new storylines?
I’ve been blessed with a very active imagination, probably thanks to my grandmother, Ivy Walsh. She taught me to read before I went to school. The more books I write, however, the more difficult it is to come up with something fresh and different. It’s not impossible, just more difficult.
Where do you draw a lot of your inspiration from? Do you draw on your own real life experiences at all?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my experience as a Police Detective as well as a Private Investigator. I’ve travelled a lot throughout Australia and the world and have met many people. Every person is interesting to me. Each has their own experiences of life and I try to absorb bits of their personality and life into my own memory bank. My stories are heavily based on the characters who appear. Realistic characters give life to my stories.
My main character in each story, Ben Hood, has a Police Detective background. Pieces of Ben’s personality and life experience are parallel to some degree to my own.
What is your writing process usually like?
Lots of initial research. Fiction books must
have a firm factual feel, unless they are science fiction, pure fantasy or a blend of both. I only write in the afternoons and try to be approachable in my writing room rather than lock myself away. I try to write for at least 4 hours and then stop. I try to write every day, including weekends. I have my writing room and am surrounded with all kinds of inspirational junk. I can rarely write when on holidays or in a different physical environment.
An important part of my writing process is to have the book thoroughly checked and proof read to eliminate spelling mistakes and continuity disasters.
Your most recent book Mystery At Limeburners Creek is based in Port Macquarie, can you give us a little hint to the storyline?
Actually this is the second book I based in Port Macquarie, the first one was released in 2013 and is called “Treasure”. It is available in paperback as well as an eBook.
Mystery at Limeburners Creek involves a Tiger Moth biplane which took off from a private airstrip near Lake Innes just after WWII, carrying an extremely valuable and even more dangerous cargo, enroute to a remote property in Queensland. It never reached its destination. An old woman living near the banks of Limeburners Creek, heard what appeared to be a plane in trouble, and a subsequent crash. The Tiger Moth and the
pilot were never seen again.
Limeburners Creek was searched repeatedly by divers. The plane wreck was never found.
Fast forward to the present and a young woman named Lexi Knox has inherited her grandfather’s home, jetty and workshop on the banks of Limeburners Creek. It is suspected by some that her grandfather knew something about this missing plane, and therefore she, and her mother, must also know something. There are those who would stop at nothing, including murder, to discover what happened to that old plane and it’s cargo. In fear for her safety, and that of her mother, Lexi Knox hires Ben Hood to assist them. Ben reluctantly comes out of retirement as a highly regarded VIP Protection Operative, to assist these women who are threatened with physical harm. Ben’s involvement leads him into the mystery of the missing pilot and plane and ultimately puts his own life on the line. Where can people find your books?
All my books are available online from Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and all online book retailers. Seven of my books are also available in paperback from Amazon.
All books can be viewed on my website at drew-lindsay.com
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I draw a lot of inspiration from my experience as a Police Detective as well as a Private Investigator
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Trend towards heritage, tradition, and authenticity of family-owned wineries gains traction
Family wineries are becoming more and more sought out by consumers and wine collectors. It is an emerging trend evidenced by a significant increase in visitation of familyowned wineries and cellar doors, online subscriptions, online purchases, and engagement on social media platforms. Searching for something new and different has unearthed a virtual treasure trove of family owned and run wineries that offer a more personalised service to consumers, and this trend is set to continue well into the future. It is the authenticity of family wineries that is appealing to the younger, savvier consumer
particularly. Enjoying a wine experience is no longer simply tasting the latest vintage of chardonnay or shiraz. These consumers want to know about the family heritage, the provenance of the wines, and the winemaker’s story that sits behind each bottle.
These consumers want to know about the family heritage, the provenance of the wines, and the winemaker’s story that sits behind each bottle.
The spotlight on value-driven, quality wines that have a compelling family narrative instills a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes these wines much more desirable.
Come and visit Cassegrain Wines and experience our family owned, award winning wines right here in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Enjoy a complimentary tasting at our cellar door open 7 days a week.
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STAY OR ‘CATION?
Heading towards the last couple of weeks of the holiday season I happened upon a rare window of opportunity for some downtime.
Now within the rather rigid parameters that dictate one’s life in general, when one happens to work within the hospitality industry in a popular coastal tourist destination, this is an extremely rare gift over this particular part of the year.
What to do with this wonderous respite became the question du jour and there ensued a rather frenzied ‘to and froing’ of weighing up various availabilities in multiple destinations up the coast, whilst very seriously contemplating the concept of just having a staycation, right here in this very locale of 2444.
Now for any of you that may glance at this column on a regular basis, you might have recalled that last month’s offering was about something like living here ‘as if’ you were on holiday. Surely the very essence of the philosophy behind having a staycation right? After all, I was indeed advocating for all the many and varied things we as long-term
residents living in a stunning holiday destination can and will enjoy for ourselves too right?
Isn’t the next logical progression after adding an enjoyment of such leisure activities to our work/ life balance to actually, really experience a true staycation?
Turns out its not that simple.
In fact, from personal experience having a staycation is nigh-impossible.
Because….all the ‘things’ are still there. Windows need a clean, dog needs a walk, lawn needs mowing, there’s in fact all manner of ‘stuff’ to catch up on. Before you know it, there’s a pile up of distractions to sift through before you get anywhere near the ‘cation’ part, and oh wait work is still there and shouldn’t I just ‘catch up’ on these couple of tasks before I chill out?
Sound familiar? Sounds like just a normal working day to me, yet with more jobs around the house to stress about.
But, check the beaches you say to yourself – there’s nowhere up and down the coast better than Townies right now. And after endlessly scrolling through the scrawny remains
of wildly overpriced and incredible ordinary accommodation options elsewhere you can’t help but conclude how awesome your own house in a holiday town is in comparison to absolutely anywhere else on the coast. Has anyone else been on this roller coaster of indecision? Or is the answer clear?
For me the staycation lasted a mere 24 hours. Then we legged it out of town for a short break up the coast. In all honesty, it was absolutely the right choice.
Fact is, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ really rings true here when it comes to having a true break. A change of scenery is really all it takes to remove that mental load for a little while. And that is often, all that is needed.
A different town, a new beach, some new cafes and restaurants to try, and dare I say itsurrounding oneself with some unfamiliar faces for a few days can work wonders.
And the best part of it all is when you do get back home, it is all the more appreciated by your fresh, new, un-jaded eyes!
Just go I say, the jobs will still be there when you return.
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FROM THE STUNNED MULLET with LOU PERRI
This elegant lychee martini is truly one of the most refreshing, simple and impressive signature cocktails for a romantic date night.
6 ounces vodka
4 ounces lychee juice
Splash of vermouth
Lychees to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka, lychee juice and vermouth. Shake until chilled.
Pour into martini glasses and garnish with a fresh lychee.
IT’S PINA COLADA TIME!
Did you know pineapple is not an apple or a pine - it's actually a fruit consisting of many berries grown together!
This delicious tropical fruit adds sweetness to the famous cocktail of my choice. When I was little, one of our favourite treats was fresh pineapple.
Simply cut up some fresh rings on those hot summer days to bring back those nostalgic childhood
Pineapples are in peak season and super cheap so now is the time to enjoy this sweet fruit. Pineapple is a good source of fibre and Vitamin C as well as iron. You can use this fruit raw or cooked and it will be sure to make your favourite recipes a little brighter.
Ken and Kel
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Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) was willing to do whatever it took to become famous, even if it meant stapling his testicles to his leg. After failing miserably at the University of Miami and couchsurfing with friends, he decided that in order to further his goal of becoming a stuntman he would enrol in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. But it was his relentless attention seeking that ultimately led to working with Johnny Knoxville on a new stunt-based reality show called Jackass.
In 2000, MTV aired the first season and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, he’s had continued success, as a New York Times bestselling author with the release of his memoir, ‘Professional Idiot’, as well as establishing himself in the world of stand-up comedy. With fourteen years of sobriety under his belt, Steve-O shows no signs of slowing down. He can currently be found selling out theatres across the U.S. and Canada on The Bucket List tour, a multimedia stand-up comedy show like no other. In 2022, he rejoined Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass crew for the film ‘Jackass Forever’, which opened #1 at the box office, and released his second book
A Hard Kick In The Nuts: What I Learned From A Lifetime Of Terrible Decisions.
Steve-O regularly produces content for his YouTube channel which routinely racks up millions of views, and his ‘Wild Ride with Steve-O’ podcast has proven to be a fan favourite with guests like Post Malone, Demi Lovato, Shaq, Tom Delonge from Blink 182, and more.
Steve-O has described the performance as containing all of the stories and stunts from his sordid stardom.The raspy-voiced stuntman and career comedian known for his roles on the hit MTV show Jackass along with the spin-off Wild Boyz, most recently appeared in Jackass Forever (2022). The real catch for audiences is that The Bucket List content was too crude for the Jackass crew, so you KNOW that the xxx 18+ rating is absolutely warranted. Between his podcast, Steve-O’s Wild Ride! and his booming YouTube channel which has amassed 6.3 million subscribers, he has
He’s had continued success, as a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his memoir, ‘Professional Idiot’, as well as establishing himself in the world of stand-up comedy.
managed to keep adding stand-up dates. The Bucket List Tour was first announced in 2018 for North American audiences, but has had a rocky history with shows in Canada and North America impacted by the pandemic during the past few years. Steve-O has yet to confirm whether other Jackass stars will make cameo appearances during his Australian tour, with co-stars such as Jason ‘Weeman’ Acuña and Jackass lead Johnny Knoxville appearing in US iterations of the show.
Steve-O’s tour coincides with the release of his second book, A Hard Kick in the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions which hit shelves in September last year after the New York Times Bestseller status of his memoir, Professional Idiot.
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Catch Steve-O at The Glasshouse 1 March Tickets available at glasshouse.org.au
STEVE-O IS BRINGING HIS “THE BUCKET LIST TOUR DOWN UNDER” SHOW TO THE GLASSHOUSE ON WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH
6:30pm Jasmine O’Brien Botanic Wine Garden
5:00pm Beau Bennett Little Shack
6:30pm Besty Club North Haven
5:00pm Leigh I’Anson Wicked Elf
5:00pm Isabella Livingstone Little Shack
5:30pm Andrew Cousins Chop n’ Chill
6:00pm Stevie B Club Lake Cathie
6:30pm Cheryl & Pete PMQ Golf Club
7:00pm Anthony Staines Lake Cathie Tavern
7:30pm Andrew Best Settlers Inn
8:00pm Can’t Adult Today Laurieton Hotel
8:30pm Brenden Jenssen Port Macquarie Hotel
12:30pm Andrew Best Chop n’ Chill
2:00pm Coppertones Wicked Elf 5:00pm Jasmin O’Brien Tacking Point Tavern 7:30pm Rhys Callinan Hastings Hotel
WEDNESDAY, 8 6:30pm Brock Colley Botanic Wine Garden
5:00pm Mat Brooker Little Shack
6:30pm Gary King Club North Haven
5:00pm Mat Brooker Wicked Elf
5:00pm Beau Bennett Little Shack
5:30pm Andrew Best Chop n’ Chill
6:00pm Rockabillys Club Lake Cathie
6:30pm Pure Acoustic PMQ Golf Club
7:30pm Anthony Staines Settlers Inn
8:00pm Acoustik Kick Laurieton Hotel
8:30pm Andrew Cousins Finnians Hotel
8:30pm Geoff Hughes Port Macquarie Hotel
12:30pm Jackson James Chop n’ Chill
2:00pm Anna-Vee Wicked Elf
5:00pm Ruby Blunt Tacking Point Tavern
6:30pm Husdon Rose Little Turkey
7:30pm Graham Howel Hastings Hotel
8:00pm Humpdaze Laurieton Hotel
8:30pm Smooth Moves Finnians Hotel
12:30pm Pure Acoustic Chop n’ Chill
1:00pm Simon Gudgeon Moo & Bean
1:30pm Besty Wauchope Country Club
2:00pm Nikki Rudge Laurieton Hotel
4:00pm Ross Ruprecht Lake Cathie Tavern
5:00pm Craig Stewart Tacking Point Tavern
6:30pm Cameron Alexander Botanic Wine Garden
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8:00pm Electro Unplugged Laurieton Hotel 8:30pm Fella Falafel
Chill 1:00pm Andrew Best Moo & Bean 1:30pm Happy Dave Wauchope
Club 2:00pm Bill Roberts Laurieton Hotel 5:00pm Dan Hopkins Tacking
Gudgeon Chop n’
5:00pm Beau Bennett Little Shack
6:30pm Reggie Sinclair Club North Haven
5:00pm Al McLeod Wicked Elf
5:00pm Keanu Jai Little Shack
5:30pm Mat Brooker Chop n’ Chill
6:00pm The Wisemen Club Lake Cathie
6:30pm Leigh I’Anson PMQ Golf Club
7:00pm Tanisha Palmer Lake Cathie Tavern
7:00pm Nikki Rudge Long Flat Pub
7:30pm Rhys Callinan Settlers Inn
8:00pm Dusty Soul Laurieton Hotel
8:30pm Daniel Hopkins Port Macquarie Hotel
12:30pm Andrew Best Chop n’ Chill
2:00pm Tony Kennelly Wicked Elf
5:00pm Tanisha Palmer Tacking Point Tavern
7:30pm Nikki Rudge Hastings Hotel
8:00pm Pure Acoustic Laurieton Hotel
12:30pm Craig Stewart Chop n’ Chill
1:00pm Al McCloud Moo & Bean
1:30pm Nikki & Besty Wauchope Country Club
2:00pm Goody 2 Shoes Laurieton Hotel
5:00pm As the Flow Cries Tacking Point Tavern
6:30pm Dan Hopkins Botanic Wine Garden
5:00pm Jackson Rafferty Little Shack
6:30pm Brendan Tremlow Club North Haven
12:30pm Scott Troutman Laurieton Hotel
5:00pm Beau Bennett Little Shack
5:00pm Pure Acoustic Wicked Elf
5:30pm Sarah McKenna Chop n’ Chill
6:00pm Slingshot Duo Club Lake Cathie
6:30pm Besty Port Macquarie Golf Club
7:30pm Tanisha Palmer Settlers Inn 8:30pm Leigh I’Anson Finnians Hotel 8:30pm Craig Stewart Port Macquarie Hotel
12:30pm Brody Ireland Chop n’ Chill
12:30pm Funhouse Laurieton Hotel
2:00pm Jessica Flanagan Wicked Elf
5:00pm Brock Colley Tacking Point Tavern
6:30pm Tanisha Palmer Little Turkey
7:00pm Fella Felafel Fernhill Tavern
7:30pm Anthony Staines Hastings Hotel
8:30pm Gotcha Covered Finnians Hotel
12:30pm Goody 2 Shoes Chop n’ Chill
12:30pm Al McLeod Laurieton Hotel
1:00pm Steve Bennett Moo & Bean
1:30pm Pure Acoustic Wauchope Country Club 4:00pm Max Marvell Lake Cathie Tavern 5:00pm Tlarmon Tacking Point Tavern
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B O O S E E K A
Boo Seeka is heading to Port Macquarie and playing at Finnians on the 17th February! We had a chat with him ahead of the show. Expect a fun night of letting go, enjoying some good music and good vibes!
Hey Boo. When would you say you first discovered your love of music?
I started the same as probably a lot of other people, whether it's playing music or just a love of listening to music, and that was through my parents growing up. My Mum and Dad had a very big music collection, so there was always music in the house, music in the car, music everywhere I guess. Listening to the classics, stuff like the Beatles, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Led Zeppelin, Supertramp, a bit of everything. We were always listening to music. I just kind of started from there.
Have you ever done any formal music training or are you self taught?
Mum and Dad bought me a second hand guitar when I was 8. I don’t think they really thought much of it, I think they just bought it because I was always listening to music.
Then I just found myself sitting in front of the speakers, figuring out what I was hearing, you know, getting bounced back to me. It was probably about two and a half years later they asked me if I wanted to do some guitar lessons and I was super keen. But about two lessons in I had frustrated the guitar teacher so much because I knew what I was doing, but I didn't know what I was doing! So when it came to the theory side of things the guy gave up. So I've had two guitar lessons in my life. When it comes to singing I was in a band prior to Boo Seeka with my high school best mates. None of us wanted to sing at the time so my mate's father got five straws out and whoever drew the shortest straw learnt how to sing, and that was me. So my singing career comes down to that day where I drew the shortest straw and I’d never had a singing lesson in my life. Can you tell us a bit about your process when you’re creating a song or album?
I think you'll hear a lot of creative people
probably say the same thing, I don't think there's really a straight up process for any of us. I don't think we do the same thing over and over again. I think it's a time and a place that something comes to you or a certain way you go about writing something. When I wrote the first three singles for Boo Seeka I was coming off the back of the news that the guys from my old band didn't want to do it anymore and for me, I thought life was over. But I thought well, I don't really have anything else in life, I don't want to do anything else in life other than write music and I literally wrote Kingdom Leader, Fool and Deception Bay in probably a week after they told me that. So off the back of that I was writing about me taking over my own career, my own life, my own kingdom, and finally doing what I wanted to do. I went into a studio and recorded them all in two days and stuck them out a week later, and heavens above, Triple J picked them up and started playing it and I was literally on the road a week later and didn't stop touring for three and a
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half years until COVID. Where do you draw a lot of your inspiration from?
I really do believe that most songwriters are, it’s a bit of a cliche saying, but we really are like a sponge. You could literally be walking down the street, whether it's a thought in your brain that comes to you or visually something that happens right there in front of you, I think you're always sucking up inspiration. I think for me personally, it always needs to mean something, it needs to have meaning for me. I think I use songwriting as a way to get out all the pressure that I seem to build up within my brain and in my heart and it's a very easy way to let go of that. I'm a bit of a procrastinator and I definitely overthink things a lot of the time so to be able to write a song and verbally get it out of me, I think it helps quite a lot. You’re currently on a big Australian tour, what do you enjoy most about being on the road and playing in lots of different areas/venues?
When COVID was here that honestly was the hardest 2.5 years of my life. Boo Seeka, and even the band prior to that, had been touring literally since I was eighteen and I've been playing four shows a week since then and have never got sick of it. Then coming out of that band into Boo Seeka and getting to tour the world, meant in my eyes I'd made it. You kind of set goals as a kid of what you want to do, and for me at that point, it was touring the world and being able to pay my rent off music, and I accomplished both of those. But when it got taken away from me it was honestly the hardest thing I had to go through because I tend to steer away from normality, I don't like doing the same things every day, I like being inspired. Touring is one of those things that does inspire me, being in a different place in a different scenario in a different city. It all helps me with writing so being able to do these tours, and go and play a regional
tour just off the back of doing a capital city run. I've always loved playing regional tours and I love experiencing a different crowd every night. I also still haven't really figured out the person that I I seem to turn into on stage and I think it's almost like a way I get to let go of whatever it is that is building up inside of me. It's like an expression, but I don't put it on. I mean, I still see footage of myself on stage and scratch my head and go ‘who the hell do I turn into on stage’ but when I get off stage I feel what some people might get from doing yoga or going for a surf in the morning, you feel cleansed. And for me, having that hour on stage, I get to let go of everything and feel re-energized when I get off stage. So that's why I like touring.
What can people expect from this show?
I just want people to have fun. I want people to come and whether they are coming just to have fun or if they’ve had a really crappy week at work, I want people to come and forget about all of that for an hour and just enjoy a room full of people that enjoy music, and dance and sing and let go. I can't wait. We hear you’re also a bit of a foodie, do you like to cook yourself or are you more of a discovering-new-restaurants-andfood-spots kind of guy?
A bit of both really. I've been cooking for a long time now, probably from when I was seven or
eight. My parents worked very long hours so by the time I was seven or eight I'd have food on the table for the family when they got home from work. I was in the kitchen at a very young age just being taught from Mum and Dad to be able to cook and put different flavours together. And obviously when I was touring with my old bands and not having money, my way of showing my appreciation to people that let us crash on their couches was to cook, and most of them would say I just use whatever's in the fridge and in the cupboard. So I was very good at always being able to put something together. Now, again, it's almost like another outlet for me to cook. I'm in the studio every day now writing the next record and can't wait to come home and pour myself a glass of wine and cook. It's relaxing for me and It's another really amazing part of touring too. Most of my off time when I’m not doing interviews or soundchecks or travel time in between is going to different places in the world and finding the best restaurants or the best produce, butchers or seafood markets and buying food and going back and cooking for the crew and the band. Where can people listen to Boo Seeka or find tickets for your show?
Tickets for all the regional shows can be found on our website, or the links through our Facebook and Instagram or on all the venue's websites, Instagram and Facebook. And you can literally listen to us on every streaming service in the world.
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I also still haven’t really figured out the person that I seem to be on stage and I think it’s almost like a way to let go of whatever it is that is bulding up inside me.
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The Port Macquarie Race Club
The Port Macquarie Race Club offers the perfect space for hosting all kinds of functions, conferences, and events. Our facilities offer a range of features suitable for a variety of event types Organising your Event - Our team of professionals are communicative and ready to help provide you with the information and support you need when it comes to planning your event or function.
We can provide catering for anywhere up to 900 attendees, including a variety of menu
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Amenities - Our amenities include essentials like air-conditioned spaces and wireless broadband access. We also provide the option for extended services like data projectors for hire.
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MARRY ME MINDY
Please introduce yourself and tell us how long you have been a marriage celebrant for.
Hi, Mindy here from Marry Me Mindy. I have been a celebrant on the Mid North Coast for 12 magical months. So stoked to share the same vibe with over 100 lovers who have chosen to share their special day with me!
How did this career come about for you?
Having been in the industry for over 15 years it was just a total no brainer, it was the final piece of the puzzle. I was a wedding coordinator, planner, and MC for a multi award winning venue. This is where I found my love for styling and flowers (I mean who doesn’t love flowers). From there I went on to become a qualified florist, but by far my favourite part of any wedding day was the ceremony.
I thought I could have some fun with this by putting a modern spin on things and making
it the highlight of a couple’s wedding day. So, becoming a celebrant was the next step and Marry Me Mindy was born.
I would never have anticipated the number of enquiries and bookings I received and am so happy I made the decision to re-enter the industry as a celebrant. I have shared the most amazing experiences with couples, helping them create their dream ceremony and making it an unforgettable fun experience.
You have 15 years’ experience in wedding planning and styling, are these services something you still offer?
As a celebrant I have combined my skill set and offer ceremony hire items which include
a wedding arbour, dried flower arrangements, and welcome signage on easels and seating. I also offer my couples an MC/Coordination service where I basically assist them through the planning process all the way from the ‘I do’s to the D Floor’.
What can our brides and grooms expect when they first meet you?
‘Oh my gosh, well let’s just say get excited! I love encouraging my couples to stick all their ideas of traditional boring ceremonies in the bin and get to work with me, breaking the rules and making it so damn fun!’
Can you tell us about the services and packages you offer and what is involved?
My most popular by far is my ‘I do’s to the D
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I have shared the most amazing experiences with couples, helping them create their dream ceremony and making it an unforgettable fun experience.
Floor Package’ which is basically where I do all the ceremony stuff and be your party starting reception MC ninja!
This is a combo of my Full Wedding Package and MC/Coordination Package so, it’s basically a triple threat! Couples love it because they don’t have to worry about a thing because I’m right by their side the whole time from start to finish.
For those couples that literally just want to get hitched without the fuss and are after something low key I offer a Legals Only Package where they choose 2 of their BFF’s, we head down to the headland, pop a bottle of champa’s and witness them saying their I do’s. What are your 5 top tips when choosing a marriage celebrant?
Ensure you gel with your celebrant. They are about to share one of the most important days of your life with you and will set the vibe for the rest of your wedding day.
Ask about different packages that would best suit your needs and budget.
Choose a celebrant that can provide you with hot tips and recommendations of local vendors that they regularly work with, as this helps a wedding day run like clockwork.
Ask your celebrant if they can offer you a range
of ceremony ideas and inclusions to ensure your ceremony is exactly the way YOU want it to be. Don’t leave booking your celebrant too late in your planning process, as we have bookings and enquiries generally a year in advance.
I’m just as excited to be joining them for the ride.
to working with a new couple?
I think it’s really important to just be myself. Couples that enquire with me generally share the same attitude and vibe. I pride myself on taking the stress out of the planning process for them, ensuring that they enjoy every moment as I’m just as excited to be joining them for the ride.
Can you let us in on some of your favourite weddings you have done in the past?
I absolutely love doing crazy, out of the box weddings that are a bit quirky or different! It’s so much fun!
-I worked at a wedding that won the reality TV series “4 Weddings”.
-I have recently held ceremonies for 2 themed weddings - A Viking theme and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme. They were epic!
-But a standout wedding was on an island where the groomsmen all rocked up on jet ski’s and the bride water skied in, and yes the inevitable happened, she face planted it during her grand entrance (disclaimer - no one was injured).
What is important to you when it comes
How can our readers get in contact with you?
Fill out my contact form on my website www.marrymemindy.com.au or email ido@ marrymemindy.com.au from there we can arrange a time to catch up and get the wedding ball rolling! Don’t forget to follow me on my socials.
Instagram – @marryme.mindy
Facebook – Marry Me Mindy- Port Macquarie
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I pride myself on taking the stress out of the planning process for them, ensuring that they enjoy every moment as
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Matthews has the widest range of ready-towear engagement and wedding rings on the coast, including a huge selection of men’s rings ranging from classic gold bands to more technical materials like tantalum. They also have the widest range of diamonds to guarantee that your diamond is the finest in its price range for the Four C’s. Their primary diamond collections are:-
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Where did you first meet?
Adam and I first ran into each other at the Seabreeze Tavern at South West Rocks. Adam was in town working and we happened to cross paths.
Tell us about the proposal?
The proposal was a HUGE surprise and very romantic. Adam had organised a local helicopter ride with Affinity Helicopters, followed by wine tasting and lunch at Cassegrains. The weather was terrible so our scenic ride was cut short. Little did I know that he had plans to propose in the chopper. During lunch, he dropped down on one knee and popped the question.
Where were you married and why did you choose this location?
We were lucky to have our special day at Banks Cafe. It was the perfect location for both our ceremony and the party which followed. The venue has the best outlook over the river but also has a beautiful vibe inside. Who were some of the businesses you worked with to help create your special day?
We honestly worked with some of the most amazing, professional people who made our day effortless. Hodgey, Bourkey and the crew at Banks were amazing. They pulled the whole day together and served up delicious food and cocktails from lunch ‘til late. The boys at Thistle Flowers went above and beyond to shower our venue with blooms in every corner. They were easy to deal with and it was so nice to work with people who love what they do and are passionate about every part of it. Our photographer, Mel from Seed & Salt Photography was a true gem. Not only has she captured our day beautifully, she got amongst the crew on the dance floor to get every shot of our family and friends possible. Looking back, is there anything that you would do differently?
Little did I know that he had plans to propose in the chopper. During lunch, he dropped down on to one knee and popped the question.
has given us a lovely backdrop in our photos. What advice do you have for couples who are getting married in 2023?
If you get the right businesses involved, your day will be stress free. We are so lucky with the passionate businesses that we have in this town. Everyone was easy to work with and just wanted to help make our wedding day extra special.
What was your favourite part/moment of the day?
If I could have changed the weather to a beautifully sunny day I would have but we rolled with what Mother Nature handed us. The overcast weather and afternoon drizzle
Having all of our family and friends together for a day was our favourite part. We laughed, cried, danced and had the best day together. We felt extremely blessed to be in a room with all of our favourite people.
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here did you first meet? Karl and I met at high school. We played touch football together at Beechwood and he was on the opposite team. I stepped him silly and scored a try and ran back and roughed his hair up. The rest is history and we have been inseparable ever since.
Tell us about the proposal.
Saturday 7th June in the middle of winter and Karl suggested a walk on our favourite beach. Late and dark with the only light coming from the moon and some street lights we walked along a very deserted beach. Karl said that he had a video to show me. We stopped and he played the video. He had hand written signs that had key moments from our love story. The last sign said turn around and so I turned around and there he was on one knee asking me to marry him.
Where were you married?
We got married at the beautiful Mansfield Estate. Karl’s family have been delivering fuel to Mansfield for some years now and Karl would always return back from there telling me how amazing it was. He would tell me that the view is something that you simply cannot explain and you have to go and see
KARL AND GEORGIA
Wit for yourself. When we both organised to go and check it out, the view and feel of the venue was absolutely breathtaking. Mansfield has it all - accommodation for our guests, spectacular ceremony locations, gorgeous reception area and spectacular backdrops for the perfect photos which means less running around on your very special day.
Who were some of the businesses you worked with to help create your special day?
We tried to keep it very low key and do a lot of the work ourselves with help from our family. It was very important for us to support small local businesses, Ellen at EA Botanical (bouquet and arbour flowers), Brooke from Brooke Hudson Beauty Collective (makeup), Karina Hair and Makeup (hair) and Seed and Salt photography. Looking back, is there anything that you would do differently?
He would tell me that the view is something that you simply cannot explain and you have to go and see it for yourself. When we both organised to go and check it out the view and feel of the venue was absolutely breathtaking.
feel like a blur and a food truck/catering. What advice do you have for couples who are getting married in 2023?
Talk to each other and figure out what is most important to each of you and invest your money into those things. Slow down and take your time, you will never live in this moment again.
What was the favourite part of the day and why?
Nothing major, just small things like a videographer to capture some moments that
It sounds so cliche but seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony was a moment that I will never forget. We also loved that it felt like one big family dinner and most of our guests got to stay and share the very special experience with us.
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La Costa Cantina at The Med Motel Crescent Head is the perfect destination for your wedding. Our recently refurbished, stunning white arched property has everything you need with onsite ceremony location, restaurant and large luxe courtyard and 15 beautifully modern refurbished hotel rooms. Our restaurant has been beautifully renovated with highquality finishes, rattan accents, tropical laid backed vibes, bar and doors that open up on to the all weather covered courtyard. The space is the ideal backdrop for your ceremony and reception.
The area can comfortably seat up to 120 guests. Our passionate team will ensure your special day is a seamless event.
With cost effective 4 course food packages starting from $71pp* we have options for the mild and the wild. Bring a little Mexican flavour to your special day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your upcoming wedding and receive our full T&C's
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throughout the open space, creates the perfect space for your next event or special occasion. Whether you hire a space or the whole venue our passionate team specialises in offering its guests a unique experience no matter the occasion.
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CASSIE AND LUKE
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Where did you first meet?
We first met at the Gold Coast. My best friend and I went there for the weekend and her partner was friends with Luke. We ended up at his, what we thought 21st birthday party, turns out it was his 27th!
Tell us about the proposal?
Nothing romantic about it. I was sitting on the lounge on the morning of New Year’s Eve in my pjs. He did get down on one knee though so I’ll give him points for that.
Where were you married and why did you choose this location?
We got married at Rancho Relaxo. After 4 postponed weddings due to COVID we scrapped our original plan of getting married at our farm and went with a more relaxed approach of not having to worry about getting
the property ready.
Who were some of the businesses you worked with to help create your special day?
Handi Hire, Boho Styling, Tru Blue Catering, Trish Jackson Cakes and my Aunty Ally who made our whole wedding come together.
Looking back, is there anything that you would do differently and why?
I wouldn’t change a thing about our day, but if we were to ever do it again, we would elope - it’s a lot of stress and money for one day!
What advice do you have for couples who are getting married in 2023?
Don’t stress about the little things. Your day will be perfect anyway, and try to slow down and enjoy the day, as it will fly by.
What was your favourite part/ moment of the day and why?
It’s finally happening after COVID!
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Daliyah Brightfeeld bought Crestwood Park in 2014, after falling in love with the beautiful natural features of the property and it’s unique history. She has dedicated the last 9 years to bringing the property to it’s full potential, creating beautiful gardens and unique spaces so she can now open the park to others as a wedding or function venue with accommodation.
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Hey Daliyah, Tell us how you came to be at Crestwood Park?
My daughter Gladiah and I moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney in 2014.
It was my dream to find a property like this around Port Macquarie in terms of accessible land features and a place to plant and grow wonderful trees, plants and palms, creating an oasis of beauty and tranquility. I also wanted to include decorative landscaping features, relaxation areas and walking paths. Tell us about the history of Crestwood Park.
The property was originally owned by Edward Reid in the 1880’s sometime.
The property was originally called “Clovelly”. Somewhere about the mid 1920’s Allen Reid purchased another property from Percy Battle. The two properties became what is now called “Crestwood”.
“Crestwood” was owned by 3 generations of Reid’s. Later it was owned by Dr. John Hammett and his wife and then Dr. Michele Fulton bought “Crestwood” in 1975.
At the invitation of Dr. John Hammett, the then Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret came from Sydney to spend the Easter long weekend in Crestwood.
The pr0perty is surrounded by mountains on all sides, with magnificent hundredyear-old trees, and private access to the Wilson River.
In 2004 the property was sold to Chris and Jean McGeoch, from whom I bought the property in 2014.
More information is posted on the website: weddingincrestwoodpark.com
What work have you done to bring the property to it’s present condition?
It took almost 9 years of total commitment, very hard work and a large investment to bring the property to what it looks like now.
You are quite a gardener. When did you first fall in love with plants and how much does this play a role in your vision of Crestwood Park. Beautiful nature and plants have always fascinated me. When we first saw Crestwood Park we immediately fell in love with this incredible place.
The property is surrounded by mountains on all sides, with magnificent hundred-year-old trees, and private access to the Wilson River. I have enjoyed being able to connect with nature while creating Crestwood Park, and hearing so many times from visitors that they are delighted with the beauty and
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harmony of the park. They are inspired by the magnificent trees and palms, sculptures and fountains. Seeing delighted and grateful guests gives me great satisfaction.
You recently opened as a wedding venue at Crestwood?
Yes, Crestwood Park is now open as a wedding venue providing a location for the ceremony, reception, and accommodation. We can also host any other important celebrations in our lives and those of our loved ones. I enjoy helping create plans for people’s special events. The epitome of elegance, Crestwood Park provides a wedding venue with garden ceremony options which allows couples to retreat to a venue that has a secluded ‘worlds-awayfeeling’.
Located on a large property featuring abundant blossoms, rambling paths, manicured lawns and striking green spaces. The park is not only a wedding
destination but also functions in other ways. What are those?
The 110 acres of Crestwood Park includes not only gardens, but also a horse retreat and we also have a large area to produce bales of hay. During the good growing season, we can supply up to 800 bales from one cut.
What makes Crestwood Park unique as a wedding venue?
Crestwood Park gives couples exclusive access to the grounds for their ceremony, reception and photo shoot all in one stunning location. It’s an absolutely private venue only 25 minutes from Port Macquarie. Our range of different function spaces can be styled to suit your wedding day dreams. It also offers luxurious accommodation for couples.
On your wedding day, if there is a possibility of rain, we offer an exclusive area undercover. Guests will be able to appreciate the beauty
of nature around them, as well as offering many different locations for photo shoots. What are your future plans for Crestwood Park?
My plan is to make Crestwood Park a wonderfully unique place where the beautiful Australian nature meets with elegant European design.
The garden will be open to visitors from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, March 11 and Saturday March 25. Entry is free of charge. More information on the website.
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Our range of different function spaces can be styled to suit your wedding day dreams. It also offers luxurious accommodation for couples
GETTING MARRIED CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING TIMES IN OUR LIVES, IT IS ALSO A TIME THAT WE WANT TO LOOK OUR ABSOLUTE BEST.
This can often come with added stress and pressure so let me share with you my 5 top tips to have you feeling and looking amazing on your wedding day.
1. Don’t cram
One of the most important things to consider is time. It is important to take things gradually, particularly if you are starting to exercise after a break. Talk to a fitness professional to help you plan. The key to a healthy exercise and nutrition program is consistency over timecramming with exercise or fad dieting will only leave you feeling sore, hungry and possibly injured. Plan for a good combination of strength, cardiovascular and rest or recovery days. Remember - give yourself time, set some realistic weekly goals and make a plan that is sustainable.
2. Fill up on nutrient rich foods
One of the best things you can do for your body and mind during this exciting and busy time is
to make sure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be functioning at its very best. Have you ever considered if the nutritional intake that you are eating each day is truly supporting you? Mix it up, enjoy all the food groups, and all of the colours that natural foods offer us. Challenge yourself each day to eat most colours of the rainbow. As they say good food = good mood and who doesn’t need that when planning a wedding!
3. Lift weights
Trust me, lifting weights 3 times a week won’t have you “bulking up”. Put simply a woman doesn’t have the balance of hormones to do this, however lifting weights has amazing benefits for woman. Resistance training will help you to build leaner muscle mass, and this helps to boost your metabolism and tone and shape your body.
One of the easiest things you can do to start feeling great is to be hydrated. This looks different for everyone and will be determined
by your body size, bladder capacity, energy output and the weather. A general rule of thumb is around 2L per day. Have a play, your body might need more or less than this. There is no doubt though that increasing your hydration will have you thinking clearer, feeling more energised and having you look brighter.
5. Get some rest
Now this one is really important. Our bodies need rest as much as they need exercise and good nutrition. Aim for around 8 hours of sleep each night. This gives your body time to recover and helps you to be more productive, improves memory, boosts your immune system, increases your workout performance and boosts your mood! Set yourself a get ready for bed alarm if you need to!
At Miss Motivator we help for woman of all ages and stages to feel great. Pop in or give us a call for chat on 6581 5199 or visit our website for more info missmotivator.com.au
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FROM MISS MOTIVATOR with RACHEL LEMAN
Mix it up, enjoy all the food groups, and all of the colours that natural foods offer us. Challenge yourself each day to eat most colours of the rainbow.
YOUR COASTAL WEDDING DESTINATION
ith an impressive 600 acres, Mansfield Estate has endless options for perfect places to say ‘I do’. Offering a ceremony space for every theme including classic white wedding styles set amongst the fields, a fairytale wedding on the tranquil water's edge, or a rustic hillside ceremony for an earthy natural wedding vibe. Themed marquees can be specially set up at Mansfield Estate, or have a bohemian style wedding under the trees, salty air and sand between your toes at Grants Beach and an indoor botanical balcony overlooking forest views.
Do you want to get married with a small number of guests in a strikingly beautiful location, where the ceremony and celebration is all about the two of you? Mansfield Estate is a mesmerising destination and coastal getaway for micro weddings, elopements and intimate celebrations in New South Wales. You're welcome to choose your own celebrant, vendors, caterers, styling and props to make your day as unique as you are. Capture all the special moments with photos overlooking the gorgeous valley. At Mansfield Estate, you're spoilt for choice
A luxury eco-wedding venue and accommodation located on the beautiful Mid North Coast, Mansfield Estate is a stunning blank canvas for you to create your dream wedding.
Wwith multiple function spaces and outdoor zones including seated dining for up to 95 guests in the main reception hall, stand up cocktail style wedding reception for up to 115 guests in the main reception hall or up to 150 guests in the Grand Hall, cocktail style or seated.
The gorgeous main reception space opens out to an alfresco area and outdoor bar overlooking the expansive vista and is perfect for small intimate secluded events, cocktail and canapes on the lawn, a casual outdoor bar or alfresco entertaining space for a poolside summer party.
friends and relatives on-site at Mansfield Estate.
Mansfield Estate is a mesmerising destination and coastal getaway for micro weddings, elopements and intimate celebrations in New South Wales.
The venue is the perfect holiday escape for you and your guests to enjoy the Mansfield Estate facilities, including a fully equipped commercial kitchen, alfresco dining area and fire pit area, an expansive lounge area with ocean views, swimming pool and recreation zone with half-court basketball, games room and audiovisual facilities. The 13 guest rooms capture ocean breezes with treescape views and the accommodation connects to the function venues with covered accessible pathways.
The reception spaces can easily seat an intimate or large gathering. There are two bars and relaxed areas which make the venue a unique space for you and your guests to celebrate. Food and beverage packages are available on request.
As well as the wedding venue available for your use, you can also include accommodation for up to 30 of your closest
Finally - our gift to you. We plant a tree for every couple who gets married at Mansfield Estate. The tree-planting ceremony honours the commitment you make to each other and supports our promise to protect the environment for future generations.
Contact our weddings and events team to discuss your needs today via email@example.com
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Hi Bonnie. Thanks so much for speaking with Focus. You describe yourself as a photographer who captures love in all it’s glorious forms with a passion for weddings, lovers, elopements and families. Tell us a little about yourself and your work as a photographer?
Hey, thanks for the opportunity to chat with you and your readers. I grew up in the country, and I adored growing up on the farm, surrounded by nature and animals. This was also a time of extreme drought and hardship, and now living on the coast and enjoying a very coastal lifestyle. I love the contrast and beauty in both worlds and I find my work reflects this.
When I started my business I dabbled in everything. I soon found I preferred to work
with only portraiture. At this stage most photographers tend to niche down into subcategories such as weddings, newborns etc but I just couldn’t. I found myself as a photographer making such strong connections with my clients and wanting to continue a journey with them to continue to tell their story. Instead of niching down, I chose to work within my style and approach and apply this across the board to all the genres I work in. It’s such a special thing that I am able to photograph a couple's journey from engagement to wedding, to maternity, newborn and numerous family shoots (or all the other non linear life events, no matter what order they happen in). It’s a beautiful thing and it’s never lost on me what a privilege it is to do what I do.
My work endeavors to not only capture connection, but to promote it. I think living a
real authentic existence is sometimes hard to come by. A lot of the things we do are dictated by society, social media, our work and the fast pace of living in 2023.
My shoots, no matter what they are, wedding, family, couples etc. are always an invitation to slow down and focus on the gift we have in front of us, to connect with the ones we love.
My work tends to always be highly emotive, light hearted, down to earth and client centric. And in terms of style, it’s warm, a little moody, ethereal, cinematic and intimate. I work really closely with clients, to tell their story, rather than only ‘taking great photos’.
To be a great photographer these days I think you have to offer much more than just be able to take a photo. Photography is one of the most saturated markets at the moment due to its low entry level, and the fact that it’s
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Weddings and all forms of love photographer Bonnie Sevil speaks with Focus magazine about her unique approach to capturing couples on their wedding day, telling their stories and producing beautiful moments in time.
unregulated. The thing is we all carry around a camera in our back pocket these days, so in some way we’re all photographers which is incredible. But in other ways, we all have a hammer in our garages but we don’t call ourselves builders. In this sense I feel the photography world can get a bad wrap as there’s a lot of inexperience out there and a lack of education.
When did you first develop a love of the art form that is photography and what is it you enjoy so much about the craft?
Photography was something that always came pretty naturally to me, I was always artistic and enjoyed all forms of art. It wasn’t until my later years of High School when I took on photography as a subject to support my dream of becoming a fashion designer, where I was introduced to the darkroom, alternate photographic techniques and styles and I was pretty darn hooked.
I went on to study Visual Arts and Education at Southern Cross University, Lismore, majoring in Printmaking and Photography. My work at this time explored conceptual themes and experimented with expired Polaroid films and alternate processes. It was really beautiful aesthetic work, lots of experimentation,
engagement in the environment and water. I do miss this side of my work a lot and would love to get back into it. Personally, photography opens a lot of doors for me. I’m invited to witness and experience things I otherwise would never, I also get to hear people speak about their loved ones in a way sometimes they would never themselves. I really enjoy the emotive side of the work I do. But I also really love the challenges it brings, especially weddings. There’s a lot to capture, the weather is always going to do its thing and at the end of the day it’s all on you. You hold the power of how someone’s most special life altering moments will be preserved. It’s high pressure, high fun, incredible vibes and very rewarding. What type of equipment do you predominantly use?
Currently I’ve got a pretty simple system, I don’t get too bogged down in gear.
My one must is weather sealed because at shoots there’s always a 90% chance I’ll be getting wet, trekking through sand or enduring dust. And the second is dual shots, so I can shoot two cards at once, I never want to be in the position where someone's files get corrupted or go missing.
When I rock up to a shoot I’ll be wearing a holster so I’m always hands free (can help direct, style, tie bow ties on wedding days etc), strapped with 2 Canon cameras (5D MarkIV & R5), and I predominately shoot with a 35 and 50 all day long, with a few changes throughout the day. I like to keep things as light as possible, I’m on the move a lot and in all kinds of awkward positions.
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You hold the power of how someone’s most special life altering moments will be preserved. It’s high pressure, high fun, incredible vibes and very rewarding.
You have already had an extremely busy 2022 capturing weddings throughout the Mid North Coast and beyond. Tell us a little about your unique approach in engaging with your subject matter?
I think it’s really important to remember that photography, especially portraiture, isn’t only about the final photo. The larger part of this equation is the experience. This starts way before the photoshoot, from the first contact your clients have with you from social media/ websites, communication, down to the shoot and the delivery of photos and/or prints, and
I decided pretty early on that I wouldn’t be a “shoot and deliver” kind of photographer. Having an intimate connection with the people I work with is far more important to me and enriching for my life and I feel this is a pretty mutual feeling among my clients. Having this connection is how we create the art we do, it’s a total collaborative work, I couldn’t create work the way I do without
the trust my clients have. I do just have the best clients!
I think you also have to have the ability to read a room. Not all shoots I do are the highly emotive kind, you have to really vibe the experience your clients want to have, and provide this for them. Family sessions are always just about the fun, kids just want to play, they don’t want to be photographed, so it’s easy, we literally just play games, laugh and hang out with mums and dads. Your style of photography seems effortless: natural, organic, warm, artistic and authentic, yet I know you are a perfectionist and your work certainly speaks for itself. You also love to tell people stories by spending time getting to know your clients. Why is this an important attribute for you before a shoot?
If I’m speaking honestly, I’m a total introvert. My camera has always been my connection to people and the wider world. It pushes my boundaries and has been my greatest teacher. I find it incredibly empowering to have the gift to capture people in a way they
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Having an intimate connection with the people I work with is far more important to me and enriching for my life and I feel this is a pretty mutual feeling among my clients.
haven’t seen before. Being photographed puts you in such a vulnerable state, it’s up there with shark diving and public speaking. Therefore getting to know someone before being photographed is pretty vital. Any shoot I do, I will at least have a questionnaire and/or phone and we dive into some pretty deep topics. When someone already feels “seen”, there’s so much more possibility to capture them in a truer sense. Their guards have already been let down and they know you are going to hold them and take care of their memories.
How do you see your business developing and what is on the horizon for you for the new year ahead?
This year I’m hoping to get a little more balance in my life. As with many in the wedding industry, 2022 was an insane year with so many postponements from COVID still being squeezed in, it made life pretty insane.
I’m wanting to improve my client experience
even more, revamp a few things, and take on a few more employees to create what I’m envisioning. What have been some of your highlights of your work looking back?
I think when I really hit my stride and found my people, there was a lot of snowball effect from there. I fell in love with the people I was working with, which brought more richness to my work, and allowed me to take bigger risks as they trusted me.
Also being a photographer who travels all over, it was unreal for me when clients started to hit the road just to be photographed by me in my hometown. That felt huge.
A highlight was definitely shooting a wedding in Uluru at the start of 2021, there was so much uncertainty with COVID still shutting borders etc. so it was just wild to have such a huge beautiful party in the middle of Australia.
Away from the camera where would we find you spending your own time?
Tending to my 100’s of house plants (I thought they were cool before the COVID popularity hit haha), or in my garden trying to rescue it from the last 18 months of neglect due to having severe morning sickness and the arrival of my daughter last year.
A lot of my time off is family time. After the arrival of my daughter last April, it’s been a whirlwind. It wasn’t a smooth birth and we spent the first few weeks in hospital with her. I took very little time off after her arrival and I hit the road working with her fairly early. So when I’m not working, it’s definitely a lot of quality family time, heading to our local river, beach or cafe. I know how fast this first year goes, so I’m just soaking all our firsts up. For people wanting to find out more about your work or engage your services, how can they best connect with you?
Instagram is always an easy connection, I’m there a lot @lillyatdawn or my website www.lillyatdawn.com.
Thanks Bonnie. Interview: Sarah Baker.
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I fell in love with the people I was working with, which brought more richness to my work, and allowed me to take bigger risks as they trusted me.
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Simon Adel, the Director of Port Yoga, opened his first yoga school in 1986 in Randwick, Sydney. Having studied Functional Anatomy and Physiology at the University of NSW, he taught Yoga as Therapy for 10 years.
Simon’s interests then turned to Meditation. He went to India and joined a worldwide non profit group founded on Yogic principles, and served as it’s Australian President for 5 years. Simon then went back to India and ran a meditation retreat in the middle of nowhere, in the desert of Rajasthan for 2 years. There he became a Swami or Monk, adopting
traditional saffron robes and teaching meditation to groups that came from all over the world.
Then came a new challenge. He was sent to Washington DC to run the American arm of the organisation where he served as Group President for 5 years, opening branches, overseeing volunteers and, of course, teaching yoga and meditation.
After 8 years living as a Swami, Simon returned to life in the world and came back to Australia, where he settled in Port Macquarie. He opened Port Yoga where he has been teaching for 15 years. Having been practicing
yoga and meditation almost every single day now for 40 years Simon is in an ideal position to help us learn how to relax.
Simon is well known for his capacity to use his voice to help people relax, or as Brian Johnston put in the Sunday Telegraph “a soothing murmur that would hypnotise a snake.”
According to Simon:
‘We can all learn how to relax, how to calm the mind. It is not that difficult, it is just that we have never learnt how to. We have been too busy.’
‘Greater Peace of Mind is within your reach.’
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POSITIVE ADVENTURES & RETREATS
Positive Energy Adventures & Retreats is an exciting new business designed to engage your mind and body with our region’s natural landscape. Local women and dynamic duo Peta Alexopoulos and Belinda Johnson have created their new business to connect people with other like-minded individuals, switch off from technology and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Hi ladies. It is such a pleasure to speak with you both and congratulations on your new venture together. Positive Energy Adventures & Retreats has been born out of you both seeing a need in our busy technological focused society to switch off and take a step back with you both having a desire to support people’s well-being through eco-tourism and the beautiful outdoors of the Mid North Coast. Tell us a little about why you created this brand?
After our Beach to Brother Marathon adventure in 2021, and participating in a number of multi-day hikes, we have enjoyed
the physical and mental benefits of journeying on our feet and felt inspired to create a new venture.
We have enjoyed hiking to many places over the years. More recently, completing a pack free hike in 2022 in Tasmania. Whilst flying back into Port Macquarie, we spotted the 35km stretch of sandy beaches connecting Port Macquarie to Crescent Head. It was at this moment that inspiration began for Positive Energy.
The name “Positive Energy” was inspired by a special group of ladies who came together to share stories and strength during the difficult days of farewelling a friend’s life. The brand is a celebration of life and living every day with mindfulness.
The simple act of walking has so many benefits both for our physical and mental wellbeing, including connecting back with nature, cultivating mindfulness and sparking your adventurous spirit.
What are some of the packages and specific guided walks available?
We are all about creating positive energy. Our pack free guided walks allow our hikers to switch off and reset with ease, with all luggage, transfers, meals and activities included. Our hikers take off at Settlement Point Ferry and journey on foot to Crescent Head over 3 days and 2 nights connecting the beautiful Limeburners and Dunghutti National Parks. “Soaking up the views of the ocean along the way, surrounded by nature,
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is the perfect way to ease the stress levels and calm the mind” says Peta Alexopoulos. Hikers can enjoy dolphin or whale watching along the walk, depending on the season, savor a sunrise and sunset, participate in morning yoga, pilates, an ocean refresh or mindfulness sessions on the beach. Days are ended with a wine and campfire dinner and a reflection on the day. Accommodation consists of fullyfurnished luxury bell tents or comfortable cottage rooms, both located on the tranquil grounds of Big Hill Beach Cottages.
The brand has been created with a clear vision and set of values for a sustainable travel experience and from an ecoconscious perspective. Can you tell us about some of these attributes and why these are important to you both?
Being a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Eco Pass partner allows us to confirm our vision to practice sustainable travel. An important part of our vision is to explore the outdoors whilst conserving and celebrating Australian heritage and culture. We are supported by both the Port Macquarie Hastings and Macleay Valley Coast Councils and have partnered with local specialists to best share the natural history and traditional culture of the land.
What do you hope participants will take away from engaging with Positive Energy: Adventures & Retreats? I also know you have your first retreat for 2023 coming up.
We hope that our hikers leave relaxed, feel empowered whilst having enjoyed some time to reflect on their wellbeing. “We are so passionate and enthusiastic about the outdoors and finding that positive energy all
around, so we hope that we can spread a little bit of that energy to others” says Belinda Johnson.
Our first retreat for 2023 takes place in March and sold out within days of our social media promotion and we have been humbled with compliments, bookings and local support. “It was such a magical moment for us” says Belinda.
“We feel proud to launch such an exciting new business to engage the mind and body using our region’s natural beauty as our setting” says Peta. The official launch will take place on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2023, where we will host an event to celebrate our venture and align ourselves with a chosen
charity, Beyond Blue. Tell us about your plans for the year ahead. I know you have also engaged a number of travel partners, can you talk us through some of your affiliates?
We look forward to sharing a number of retreats in May, August and November this year. Having a retreat in each of the seasons allows us to share so much of what this beautiful region has to offer year-round. We are delighted to work with local suppliers to bring our retreat to life. Special thanks to Big Hill Beach Cottages, Stylish Camping Co, KateCaters, North Coast Charters, Premium Coffee Roasters, local vineyards Longpoint and Cassegrain and brewery Wicked Elf.
For people wanting to find out more and connect with the brand, how can they best get in touch?
Our beautiful website, created by local developer Cloud Concepts, www. positiveenergyretreats.com.au is host to all information for our hikes with an online booking system. We encourage everyone to sign up to our Newsletter and follow us on socials to stay up to date with our tours, competitions, travel deals and all the positive energy that we aim to create. Thank you both.
Interview: Sarah Baker.
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Having a retreat in each of the seasons allows us to share so much of what this beautiful region has to offer year-round. We are delighted to work with local suppliers to bring our retreat to life.
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BONE LOSS - ANDTOOTH LOSS
A HAND-IN-HAND RELATIONSHIP
Bone loss has recently become a topic of concern as patients begin to realise the importance of their bone and the bone density defines their smile. As the New Year begins, we thought it’s time to address the topic of Bone Loss, Tooth Loss, the relationship, prevention and treatment. Bone Loss occurs for a number of reasons, but the most common cause of bone loss is the result of a missing tooth or several teeth, which have not been replaced or substituted. Natural teeth that are embedded in the jawbone stimulate bone growth through chewing and biting. When missing teeth are left untreated, the bone no longer receives this stimulation, causing the bone to resorb. This bone loss or resorption can create a divot in your gum line, in your smile and a depression in your cheek. If you loose a number of teeth this can make your smile lopsided or depressed. In addition tooth loss can put pressure on your surrounding teeth and may cause these teeth to break down from the additional workload. In short, bone loss and tooth loss go hand-inhand and we have outlined some of the important causes and solutions.
What causes bone loss?
Trauma and Tooth Extraction; Tooth loss by extraction or by trauma is the leading cause of bone loss. Natural teeth help stimulate bone growth through various activities, including biting and chewing. If a tooth is knocked out or is removed it can no longer provide the stimulation received from biting or chewing and bone loss will start to occur. Without a replacement
tooth, bone graft or other dental solution, 25% of bone is lost within the first year and will continue to deteriorate over time. Gum Disease; Serious gum infections such as gum disease or periodontitis damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone structure that supports your teeth. If mild gum disease is left untreated it may progress into more serious gum diseases, including periodontitis, deteriorating the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place starts to deteriorate. The progressive loss of bone can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of neighbouring teeth and result in further tooth and bone loss. Dentures; Loose dentures that are placed on top of the gum line may not necessarily provide any direct stimulation to the underlying jawbone and rely on the current bone structure to be held securely into place. Over time, this lack of stimulation may cause the bone to resorb and deteriorate, making it harder for users to eat and speak properly — this is where the term loose dentures come from. If left untreated, bone loss may become so severe that dentures can no longer be held in place, even with the use of stronger adhesives, and eventually may require a new set of dentures to be made. Misalignment; Bone loss can occur from misalignment, when teeth are no longer providing direct stimulation as a result of not having an opposing tooth structure to hit against. Other misalignment issues, including TMJ, wisdom teeth erupting, lack of treatment and normal wear-and-tear can also result in the inability to perform natural activities such as chewing and biting. Over time, bone loss can occur due to a lack of contact and direct stimulation.
Preventing Bone Loss
The first step is understanding the bone structure of your mouth and jaw and the importance of that bone to your smile and way of life. The second step is brushing and flossing daily, seeing your dentist/hygienist every six months and managing your periodontal or gum health. It is important to take tooth loss seriously and consider the impact on your whole smile and bone because with every tooth lost there is bone resorption and more pressure put on the remaining teeth.
Treating Bone Loss
Bone loss can be caused by any number of reasons, but whatever the cause you should consult your dentist to prevent any further bone and tooth loss. In severe cases of bone loss, bone grafting may be required to replace missing bone and support your teeth. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to repair and rebuild damaged bone. This can be a solution to the ‘tooth loss divot’. In addition, a bone graft can save and support your natural bone structure and prevent further resorption. This treatment can open up the door for other dental treatments, including dental implants, dentures, bridges and other treatments to rehabilitate your smile should your smile start to fade due to bone resorption.
For more information call the caring team at Sundial Dental and request a consultation regarding bone loss and start to rehabilitate your smile today, 6583 3533, or 6585 2015 or visit us at sundialdental.com.au
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Your smile is important, your teeth are important too, but what many people fail to realise is that your teeth and your smile are rooted in bone and the integrity of the bone can define your smile.
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Knitting in the community REGIS
Residents at a popular aged care home in Port Macquarie have come together to contribute to the community with their knitting and crocheting skills.
Regis Port Macquarie residents have initiated numerous projects as part of their Spinning Yarns group. These projects have included knitting for premature babies at John Hunter Hospital, knitting bears for local children in hospital, and producing Christmas decorations for fellow residents and employees at the home, and knitting babies clothing for expecting mothers.
Spinning Yarns members, including Ita, Jeanette, Sally, Alice, Bev, Cheryl and Annette, collaborate twice a week to work on their projects and have a good natter amongst each other whilst they’re at it.
Jennifer Phillips, Regis Port Macquarie General Manager, said the initiative allows the residents to express themselves creatively whilst providing a valuable contribution to the community.
“Providing our seniors with the opportunity to work with diverse art practices for the community has had an extraordinary effect on their mental health and wellbeing.
“The initiative has been a great creative outlet for them and the residents find it extremely rewarding giving back to the local community in Port Macquarie and beyond.”
The residents from Regis Port Macquarie take great pride in their work and they are always looking for new projects to participate in. Particularly, they enjoy teaching each other new techniques and passing their knowledge
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onto others to make a positive difference in the community.
Spinning Yarns member, Bev, shares “I love being able to teach others new skills and pass on my knowledge.”
“It’s nice to feel part of something bigger than you and it gives me purpose,” says Jeanette. Regis offers a diverse range of care options including residential aged care, home care, retirement living, day therapy and day respite. Regis is one of the largest providers of aged care in Australia and cares for more than 7,000 residents each year.
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I have had the best January I’ve had in a LONG time this year!
So it got me thinking. What made this January so good?
The answer was simple. Good planning, allowing myself time to step back and enjoy a reward for the hard work I did last year, and remembering that in order to be operating at our best, we need to feel our best.
For me, I embrace any opportunity to refill my figurative cup back “home” in Hobart, surrounded by family and friends and this year was the first year I allowed myself to do that in January! After all, my parents were celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary, so for me I just had to make it happen.
I’ve never allowed myself to leave the business in “peak tourist time” before, but you know what - I don’t think anyone even noticed I was gone! I came back fully refreshed and ready to face another year in business, and it was the best thing I could have done!
So what does this year actually look like for me so far? Busy!! There’s interstate buying trips, overseas business planning retreats (yes, overseas business planning retreats!), there’s a new Meg+Me merchandise line to release, more planning, more buying trips and oh, did I mention overseas business planning retreats...?!
When it comes to sourcing and buying, there’s a common question I’m often asked, which is “how do you decide what to actually buy?”
Well, it’s a highly complicated, methodical scientific process. First there’s the research stage, then there’s quite a bit of trial and error, followed by the occasional failed experiment
with it all finally culminating in a decision of, “I think we should try this!” Once I’ve done that, then it’s simply a matter trying to do that all over again each and every time I buy something new! That’s how it feels anyway, but honestly it’s simply a matter of knowing my customers and trusting my instincts.
I’ve always been a believer in starting “small” and adjusting as you grow, and anyone that has followed our journey so far knows that this ethos has worked well for us to date! When Meg+Me first started, there were just two fashion labels in store, and now 10 years later we work with 20+ local and international fashion brands and that’s just the apparel. But running a successful fashion, gift, homewares store and espresso bar (OK - Ant runs that, but still) is more than just buying and selling pretty things. There’s the nuts and bolts of actually running the business, the not so glamorous number crunching, the predictions and the planning, the educated guess work it takes to keep the doors opening every day and making sure we are turning up better than we did the day before. And that, my friends, brings me full circle back to my business retreat!
One thing I learned early on in business, is to know and work within your own strengths.
Then importantly, find people to help with what doesn’t come naturally to you and learn from them. Last year I surrounded myself with a fabulous group of supportive entrepreneurial women who have inspired and encouraged me to grow in ways I didn’t think possible.
In the past, I inadvertently underestimated the power of a business mentor, of having someone “on your team and in your corner” showing you how to do and be more. I am so excited to be heading to Bali for a week in March to surround myself with some of these inspiring business women, immersing myself in all things small business and all things “cup filling” which of course includes networking by the pool, daily massages, oh and strategising and meeting with potential new suppliers for fun new product ranges... it’s going to be a hoot.
Now, if you are enjoying getting to know me and my business (Meg + Me boutique+home +espresso) through these articles, I’d love to connect more with you! Please feel free to stop by and have a chat with me in store, or follow me on instagram (@megnmeboutique) where you’ll get to immerse yourself in our journey even more! I can’t wait to take you with me as I enter what is sure to be a fun and exciting 2023. Until next time... Lusanna xx
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WHY CHOOSE HIGHFIELDS MANOR?
THE TEAM AT HIGHFIELDS MANOR IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING COMPASSIONATE AND CONSIDERATE CARE AND OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO.
We know that a decision to move into aged care can be extremely difficult and an emotional time for everyone involved and we are here to make the move as smooth as possible. With experience gained from 30 years in the sector, we tailor our services to each of our residents and their individual needs and wishes.
With a focus on wellness and ‘reablement’, we support our residents to remain active and stay connected with loved ones, family, friends and favourite pastimes. This includes facilitating and supporting any existing relationships which would be defined as partnership in care arrangements.
Residents at Highfields Manor will also have access to a range of holistic services to enhance and improve wellbeing, personalised wellness classes and varied social gatherings and activities.
FIND US IN THE HEART OF PORT MACQUARIE’S HEALTH & EDUCATION PRECINCT
Highfields Manor is located at 1 Highfields Circuit, Port Macquarie just minutes away from Port Macquarie Base Hospital. We are conveniently located close to everything you may need in Port Macquarie with shopping, cafes and local services all just a short drive on our the Highfields Manor bus.
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RESPITE CARE AGED CARE PALLIATIVE CARE ALLIED SERVICES
The year has started with a bang with January, despite holidays, being a very busy month.
At Business Port Macquarie we hit the ground running getting everything in place for the launch of the Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards on the 7th February. Make sure that you take the opportunity to enter the awards to help promote your business. Our theme this year is “Heart of The Hastings”. Entries are open from the 8th February and close on the 28th March. The Gala Dinner will be held Saturday 20th May so watch out for your tickets as it promises to be a fantastic night with fabulous entertainment where we can applaud the achievements of local businesses.
Tue, 7 February 2023 – Awards Launch, entries and nominations open
Tue, 28 March 2023 – Entries close
Tue, 4 April 2023 – Voting open and Judging and Mystery Shops commence
Fri, 14 April 2023 – Voting closes at midnight
Wed, 19 April 2023 – Gala Dinner tickets sales open
Fri, 21 April 2023 – Finalists announced
Thu, 27 April 2023 – Sponsors and entrants Movie Night (to be confirmed)
Sat, 20 May 2023 – Awards Gala Dinner Event
Our January Network event was very well
attended with many new businesses to the area joining us for a great informal night of having a chat and getting to know each other. We have many great topical events coming up including Cyber Security, Luminosity 2023 launch and Budgeting for the Financial Year to name a few. We have had such great feedback from our November Business Accelerator Program that we will be holding an Accelerator Workshop Working Lunch every two months facilitated by our expert presenters. The first one will kick off in March with Stacey Morgan who presented on “How to run a Business and have a Life”. Keep an eye out for this one or go to our website to register. All welcome. Do you employ staff? Are you up to date on what is happening with HR and Industrial Relation Laws? Local business HR Culture are running a workshop 8th February with presenter Andrew Bland from Blandslaw on all the changes and updates to IR Law that you need to know. Specifically the Respect@Work and Secure Jobs Bill. Tickets are $49+ GST. This is a working lunch at Settlers Inn. To register go to https:/./forms.gle/FRVwnqd6HhagA7GM9.
We are pleased to hear the news that tenders for the works on the Breakwall have been sent out by TNSW. The tenders close as we go to print with the successful company being announced shortly after and work to begin on the Breakwall in May after Ironman has been completed. The repairs may cause some
disruption however the community will benefit long term with a secure piece of infrastructure and an upgraded asset with wider paths, seating, lighting and many more trees and groundcover plants. It will also allow increased access for those with wheelchairs to be able to enjoy a trip along the Breakwall. If you have been there over this summer break, it has been fantastic to see so many people in town and utilising this beautiful area.
For information regarding Business Port Macquarie please don’t hesitate to contact Katherine Harris our Executive Office on 0448 221 773 or myself Alex Glen-Holmes 0414 772 771. To book for events and more information go to our website at businesspmq.com.au.
Quote for the month: As a small business our voice may be but a squeak but when we join with others our voice becomes a roar!
We are a non-political organisation and are committed to work with all layers of government. With State Elections coming up on March 25 we are keen to effectively represent the needs of business. If you have an issue you would like us to address please contact us.
Have a great month!
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The Hastings Business Womens Network begins the 2023 year both refreshed and recharged after a well needed summer break. Exciting things happened in 2022 and many professional and personal bonds were formed between the members and the wider community.
Last year proved to be a great success with all events being booked out to maximum capacity and the Network were fortunate to enlist an array of amazing guest speakers. We had a representative from the Invictus Games share his experience on how to overcome adversity in achieving and a weight lifting champion who spoke about goal setting. The committee members continue to work hard to ensure that all individuals are supported, welcomed and given an opportunity to grow to their full potential through professional development and networking events.
The Network has a solid foundation of members and they are supported by the long term Tall Poppies ensuring that there is a successful exchange of information and resources to ensure we live up to it’s ethos of women supporting women.
Another core objective is the commitment to the ongoing beneficiaries - Liberty Services, Share the Dignity and Hastings Education Fund. Great results were achieved with
our non-for-profit organisation giving back through both monetary and other donations to the beneficiaries to ensure their important work continues to grow and support the vulnerable members of the community.
The Network is privileged to participate in the Hastings Education Panels. It was amazing to see students complete their HSC, despite their difficult personal circumstances. To then witness the successful students be awarded grants and scholarships so they can continue to grow and develop into dynamic individuals is truly heart-warming.
Last year was a busy and productive year which culminated with the end of year celebration in which the Network was inundated with handbags to donate to Liberty Services on behalf of Share the Dignity.
The Panel to Success was another highlight for the 2022 year. There was a not a dry eye in the house. We were privileged to have some guest speakers who came along and particularised their moving life stories and how they were able to beat the odds to become successful in their own right. Our members were able to openly discuss strategies and ways in which we can all move forward as a collective to support not only the Network, but individuals in the community who are in need of assistance.
We cannot forget the important role our sponsors play in supporting the Network achieve it’s goals and are grateful for the
support received during the 2022 financial year.
But I hear you say, where to from here! Well, big plans for this year, however we always like to keep everyone in suspense. So if you would like to be involved in what is going to be a fantastic year be sure to attend our upcoming Calendar Launch on 2 February 2023. It is simply a matter of heading over to the following social media pages:-
Webpage – https://www.hbwn.com.au Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/hbwn1 Instagram – https://instagram.com/ hastingsbusinesswomensnetwork
Don’t forget to connect with us for a casual meet up with other like-minded individuals at our Poppy Connect which is held monthly. The next one being 31 January 2023 5.30 pm at the Jimmy’s Bar Westport Club.
The committee members are a dynamic group of individuals who are successful in their fields of expertise and who bring to the committee not only that expertise but compassion and drive and a willingness to give back to both the beneficiaries and the wider community.
The Network continues to strive for excellence in achieving all objectives while engaging with the wider community and relevant stakeholders in order to support all women and our beneficiaries.
Let’s make it a year to remember. Thank you.
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FROM PRIEST LEGAL with TIM COUCH
Although the New Year’s celebrations are now over, the year for many families only begins to hit full tilt in February as schools and universities go back and many retail businesses start to come up for air after a very busy Christmas/New Year period. With a new year comes great opportunity. An opportunity for change and growth. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to travel to a particular destination, or spend more quality time with your kids, or work on improving your health, or learn to dance, or skydive, or start a new career. Whatever it might be, why not make it happen in 2023. Why not make your new year’s resolutions (or at least one or some of them) a reality. Make 2023 your year. It goes without saying that during 2023 we will also be faced with challenges, whatever they may be. Challenges are also an opportunity for personal or professional growth.
What’s it like working in legal practice?
Individuals and businesses in the community who encounter a legal issue will generally need the help of a lawyer to help them navigate and resolve their legal issue. Be it a business dispute, a marriage or relationship
separation, buying or selling property, preparing a Will or other estate planning documents, or a criminal issue. Working in legal practice is a partnership between the client and the lawyer. We are a team. A client’s active participation in trying to find acceptable solutions to their legal problem is likely to help produce the best possible outcome for the client. To coin the old football adage “A kick is only as good as its chase!” In a legal setting, if the lawyer and the client work together towards the same goals and outcome, it is far more likely to produce the client’s desired outcome to their legal issue.
Get the right lawyer to solve your legal issue!
You may know the story of the Mechanical Engineer of 40 years’ experience who is hired to fix a problem with the engine of a container ship. He proceeds to inspect the engine carefully and pulls out his hammer. He knocks something gently and the problem is solved. The Engineer issues a bill for $20,000. The owner says “What! You did almost nothing! Give me a detailed bill.”
The bill says: “Tap with a hammer - $2. Knowing where to tap and how much to tap - $19,998.”
But what about the benefit to the owner?
Their problem was solved promptly having drawn on the right knowledge and experience vs the problem remaining unresolved causing ongoing and extensive delays and stress, ultimately costing the owner well in excess of the Mechanical Engineer’s bill. Valuing time and expertise is always difficult and subjective as the above illustration shows. For present purposes, engaging a Lawyer with sound expertise in the area of law in which your legal issue falls will likely see your legal issue resolved in a timely, pragmatic and ultimately cost-effective way.
People helping people!
To be a good lawyer (or a “good anything” for that matter) you must genuinely enjoy what you do, even in the face of some challenges along the way. For me personally, I enjoy working as a team with my clients, helping them resolve their legal issue and making a positive difference in their lives.
The diverse team of lawyers, conveyancers and support staff at Priest Legal enables us to achieve strong outcomes for clients as we are able to draw on the depth of varying knowledge and skills within the firm. Find me or any of the Priest Legal team at www. priestlegal.com.au or call 6583 1777.
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The Team at Priest Legal wish all the Focus Magazine readers a very happy, safe and prosperous 2023!
with KATE WOOD-FOYE
CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS VAGNER DOS SANTOS
Brazilian native Vagner Dos Santos has travelled the world exploring the ways Occupational Therapy can make a difference to communities through research and practice. As Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy as part of the School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences at Charles Sturt, he now shares this passion with his students challenging them to explore all the ways they can make their own unique and positive impact.
What started your journey and passion in Occupational Therapy?
I trained as an Occupational Therapist in 2007, and after a few years working in community and hospital settings, I also engaged in research. I pursued social, epidemiological, and clinical research training in several countries, including Brazil, Spain, France, Sweden and the United States. I am passionate about working with communities and with theoretical formulations to advance professional practices, specifically those aimed at promoting greater equality, inclusion and participation.
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Honours Program is offered on Campus at Port Macquarie - can you tell us a little about the course and what makes it unique?
The Course at the Port Macquarie Campus is relatively new (5 years), yet the Occupational Therapy Course at Charles Sturt is wellestablished and accounts for nearly 30 years of experience at the Albury Campus. Charles Sturt graduates enjoy full registration upon completion of their four-year full-time training. The program not only ensures students have the knowledge but importantly they have practical hands-on skills. The course has an emphasis on regional people and contexts, including a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledge.
Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Program are working in many diverse and interesting roles all over the community.
What kind of careers can graduates go on to enjoy and how can they can make a difference?
Occupational Therapy students will engage with people of all ages. They work in diverse settings, from schools and paediatric clinics to aged care facilities, and will engage with individuals, groups, communities and populations to enhance their health, well-being and participation. OT’s are in high demand in both the public and private sectors, and, for example, they can work in private NDIS providers as well as for public hospitals. We support our students in preparing for their transition to practice by becoming reflective thinkers and life-long learners to enable them to adapt to the challenges and changing landscape. Hands-on experience through industry placements is a vital component of the Occupational Therapy student experience, as are the industry networks that support these student placements. How important are connections to professional practice and industry?
Connections to professional practice and industry are essential for the course’s success and to give back to the professional healthcare community and the public. Clinical Supervisors have a key role in supporting students in translating university knowledge and skill into relevant practice in a growing and fast-changing industry. The past three years have been very challenging for both education and allied health sectors, and we are working to increase our ability to respond to the effects of these challenges and contribute
to the community in meaningful ways. Vagner, now more than ever, Occupational Therapists are in demand - what do you see as the most exciting opportunity for graduates about to head into the community and industry?
We work to prepare and motivate graduates to promote positive social change in their communities. For many of our students, they might be the first in the family to graduate from university, or they might be the first in the health sector, and after graduation, they might be one of the few OTs in a regional town. This in itself reflects a unique achievement and a positive social change. Also, the most rewarding aspect of OT is supporting people living with an illness, disability, or injury or experiencing social exclusion.
Vagner, is there any opportunity for the local professional community to engage with the Course?
Yes, we provide several opportunities for local Occupational Therapists to share their knowledge and experience and contribute to the course. For instance, clinical supervisors are connected through workplace learning activities; we often offer casual work, so people can share their expertise in our laboratories. We are also looking into opportunities to provide professional development sessions soon.
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FROM CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
with KATE WOOD-FOYE
THE GUTS, GRIT AND GROUNDWORK OF REMARKABLE REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS, LEADERS AND GAME CHANGERS.
Denis Juelicher is a yogi and businesswoman who is passionate about community, connection and protection of our planet. She is a leading light in our region championing these causes and providing a voice and choice for those who need it at end of life. Denis was recently awarded the “Local Upstander” Award by National Organisation Courage to Care for her role as a gamechanger using her social enterprise to positively impact our community.
Denis you have deep connections to our local community and have used this understanding and compassion to bring to life your vision for a community-led social enterprise empowering and including families in this last significant rite of passage. Can you share the passion and purpose behind your vision - where did it all begin?
Many people in Port Macquarie know me through yoga, which has been a thread
through my life from which a number of initiatives have evolved. The practice has been an invitation to seek a deeper understanding of life, human nature and how we connect and support each other. Bringing Tender Funerals to our community has been a direct expression of that.
Like many of us, in recent years I have had encounters with death within my circle of friends and family.
My friend Prabuh’s funeral was incredible. There was singing and dancing and tears and laughter, lots of colour, people playing instruments. He would have absolutely loved it because it was an expression of who he was and what was meaningful to him and his community. I also had the opportunity to see his dead body at the ceremony. It somehow made me understand more about my own being and my mortality. It was a gift, and a real turning point for me.
Not long after, I came across a Radio National
interview with Jenny Briscoe-Hough, the founder of Tender Funerals Illawarra & Sydney. I was immediately taken by the concept. Jenny came to Port Macquarie in 2019 to speak to a Dying with Dignity group about Tender and a few of us formed a volunteer working group to start the process of bringing Tender here.
You were awarded “Local Upstander 2022” alongside fellow charity leader Benny Cudmore through National Organisation Courage to Care? What does this mean to you?
It was an absolute honour to be recognised as a "Local Upstander 2022". Courage to Care celebrates local people who stand up for what they believe in and support people in need with this award. Receiving this award highlighted the fact that the energy that has gone into setting up Tender Funerals, is seen as a worthwhile contribution to our community fabric.
What are the defining qualities that make Tender Funerals unique?
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My mentors have taught me ...... when your work is an expression of who you are, you can only succeed
Everything at Tender is informed by our values framework, which centres around kindness. It informs the care we give, our support for families, as well as our relationships with other organisations and the community. Our use of volunteers means those who use our service are supported by their own community, who deeply care about them.
Tender is also a registered charity, operating a not-for-profit model which means Tender only charge what it costs to deliver the services each family has requested, and that sets us apart from the rest of the industry.
How did you traverse the jump from yogi and small businesswoman to being at the helm of a social enterprise and not for profit charity organisation?
It really felt like a natural evolution and an extension of the work I’d already been doing. A lot of my yoga community came along for the ride, which has been wonderful. Tender has been something that makes total sense to people, once they hear about the concept and the way we work.
You have been a mentor for many. How important are mentors in your journey and what is the most valuable lesson/s they have taught you?
Having a mentor is a wonderful way to enhance your professional and personal development. I have had three amazing
business mentors in my life, Richard Rowe (Busways), Greg Freeman (Environmental Impact) and Jenny Briscoe-Hough (Tender Funerals Australia). They are all inspiring entrepreneurs and thinkers and very successful in their respective fields. Each of them has been motivated by a desire to support me and bring out the best in me, without any judgement or self-interest and have given generously of their skills and time for my benefit. They’ve taught me that when your work is an expression of who you are, you can only succeed.
What is your relationship with risk? How critical has it been to you professionally and in your journey as a leader?
I’m not afraid of risk, but I also know the value of having a plan B when things don’t work out. As an entrepreneur you have to take risks to make your visions come to life. While sound business planning can provide a good framework, you can’t ever be sure of the demand for your product or service until you launch your project, and by that time the investment has been enormous. Interestingly, with Tender it felt like it just wanted to happen all along.
How integral is your team to delivering on your organisational mission?
Tender is a community undertaking - it’s
all of us together that creates this special offering. We are a close knit, collaborate team of staff, volunteers and supporters. We are all committed to creating cultural change in relation to death and dying, and to supporting our community to create meaningful ceremonies that honour their person, at an affordable cost. We all believe these things are essential, and should be available to all people.
What is the hardest lesson you have learnt in life and business?
Sometimes you have to make hard choices. While there seem to be an infinite amount of worthwhile things to spend my time and energy on, there is a limit to what I can do and I’ve learnt that the hard way at times. What advice would you give someone taking a leap of faith into a creating a unique community organisation with impact?
My great passions in life are community, connection and care for this beautiful planet we get to share for a while, so my advice would be to go for it! And to make sure you are surrounded by a great team.
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I’m a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Businesswoman and the Mayor of the Port Macquarie Hastings.
I’m not a career politician and until now, I’d never been a member of a political party. I’m a team player and I love my region and want to see it enjoy its fair share of support from the State Government to ensure our area is not left behind.
I’ve recently joined the NSW Nationals and together, with your support, aim to return the seat of Port Macquarie to a Member and Party whose primary focus is on supporting the Regions.
I have served and represented the Port Macquarie area as Mayor for nearly six years from 2017 and I will continue to serve as mayor if elected until 2024 to ensure stability in leadership and to not force a by-election if elected as your new Member of Parliament.
As a region, we know that health, roads and infrastructure, policing and education are very important aspects of delivery by the State Government. We’re also aware that there are a number of shortfalls in the delivery and resourcing of these key areas that adversely affect our area.
As you know, it will be my job as the New Member for Port Macquarie to ensure I put our Electorate’s issues forward and to plug those critical gaps for the benefit of our region and community.
For too long, we’ve waited for positive action on a number of key and local projects of strategic importance and I’m excited to take my intimate understanding and local knowledge of these issues to Macquarie Street, to fiercely advocate for real progress.
Delivery of the promised upgrade to Harrington & Houston Mitchell Drive highway intersections, delivery of the upgrade to Lake Road & Wrights
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In me, I’m offering our electorate a candidate and with your support, the next Member for Port Macquarie who will bring a fresh approach, untold passion and energy to the role and longer term leadership and political stability for our region.
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Create a space for entertaining and relaxing with a little help from the experts.
Did you know al fresco is Italian for ‘in the cool/fresh air’.
In our more temperate climate, an alfresco area is not only a sheltered space to enjoy those beautiful sunny days and balmy nights, it’s an extension of your home, located underneath the main roof of your house, just outside.
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A pergola adds extra interest and dimension to your outdoor area, defining a space for relaxing and entertaining.
Open and airy, a pergola doesn’t feel boxed in. It also provides the perfect setting for potted and climbing greenery and festoon lights.
A louvred patio roof system is useful for both sun and rain. Open the louvered slats to allow the sunlight in, or close during wet weather to block the rain.
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Thanks to the brilliant designs of today; plunge pools, lap pools and swim spas, combined with a silkflow waterfall feature and deck jets, you can achieve a resort-style pool area at home.
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You can never have too much seating when entertaining at home.
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Choose outdoor furniture that works for your setting and shelter situation. Fire pits – feel the warmth
These days no garden landscape is complete without a cozy corner or focal point fire pit.
You can keep it relatively simple with timber beam and sandstone block seating or go all out with built-in seating. No matter the budget, it’s a functional garden feature and provides another space for get-togethers with family and friends in the great outdoors.
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