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November 2013 // issue 96

Karla rose & Candice Rose-O'Rourke

Paige Leonhardt

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(02) 6581 8888 I Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie

IN THE THEATRE JONATHON WELCH SINGS THE GREAT TENORS Well known and loved for his Choir of Hard Knocks, Welch is considered one of the finest Australian tenors of his generation. Monday 4 November, 11am Tickets: $24 Adult, $20 Glasshouse Members


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Hitchcock meets hilarious in a jolly good show! The 39 Steps is a fast-paced, side-splitting comedy for all the family based on the 1935 Hitchcock spy thriller movie and novel by John Buchan. Tuesday 5 November & Wednesday 6 November, 8pm Non-members: $49.50 Adult, $45 Concession, $41.50 Under 21/Student. Members: $45 Adult, $41.50 Concession, $39.50 Under 21/Student

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Welcome to the November issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. e have a dedicated this month’s cover to a couple of up and coming superstars, sisters Karla Rose and Candice Rose-O’Rourke, who have started their own fashion label, Zulu & Zephyr. The relatively new label has already been featured in Vogue Online, Broadsheet and Frankie, to name a few. Their website is a perfect reflection of what can be achieved with a bit of passion, dedication and a whole lot of talent. Well done, girls. You can read this month’s cover interview on page 7. SPAGHETTI EATING COMPETITION Tastings on Hastings was again a huge success. The weather was perfect, the music was great and an estimated over 15,000 people, ate, drank and danced the day away. FOCUS again hosted the Spaghetti Eating Competition, thanks to Café 66 and Ricardoes Tomatoes. A big congratulations to Rylee Parry who won the kids’ round and a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher and to Steven Wallace who won the adults’ final and took home an Apple iPad. Thanks to everyone who entered; all money raised went to the Port

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Macquarie Youth Hub. DANCING WITH HASTINGS STARS FOCUS is proud to be partnering with the Cancer Council NSW this month to present what is sure to be a fun night of ‘Dancing with Hastings Stars’. Nine identities from the local community have been busy learning their moves and raising funds for this event that will take place at Rydges on November 29. To see who is involved, check out page 14. OUR MARCH TO 100 It’s not long now ‘til we check off the 100 issue milstone. We have something really special planned for our 100th issue celebrations, giving our readers the opportunity to be on the cover. Stay tuned in coming issues for more details. FINAL QUOTE “Dogs have masters. Cats have staff”. - ANONYMOUS.

CRASH, BANG, RATTLE Children will develop rhythm and pitch concepts, such as high and low or slow and fast as well as motor skills and the use of voice all while having fun! Every Wednesday: 9.30am - 10am ages 6 months to 3 years, 10.15am - 11am for ages 3-5 years. Tickets: $7.50

IN THE GALLERY (FREE ENTRY) ALUN LEACH-JONES A selection of recent works from one of Australia’s most renowned abstract artists. 4 October - 1 December Alun Leach-Jones, Jaipur # 3, 2012, bronze, edition of 5, 18 x 13 x 14cm. Courtesy of the artist and Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.

ARTHUR BOYD: AN ACTIVE WITNESS This exhibition offers insight into how one of Australia’s greatest artists and his contemporaries dealth with the social responsibilities that define humanity. 18 October – 8 December Arthur Boyd, Jonah on the Shoalhaven - outside the city, 1976, oil on canvas (detail). Bundanon Trust Collection.

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OPERATION ART An annual exhibition of chidren’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead. 25 October – 17 November

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When Port Macquarie resident Russell Wallace discussed with his family doing something ‘a bit different’ to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday, none of them realised they had just taken the first steps on the road to a fundraising marathon in Kenya.


he Wallace family have recently returned from the 3rd Amazing Maasai UltraMarathon – a fundraising event to support the Amazing Maasai Girls Project. The project provides secondary education scholarships for Maasai girls who would not otherwise receive a secondary education. How did you come up with the idea of making the trip? We were discussing Russell’s 50th and talked about doing something together as a family that would be a bit different from some of the more conventional alternatives. Russell has been a keen recreational runner since he was a teenager and has also always wanted to travel to Africa, so we thought we would look for an opportunity to combine both interests. When we started to investigate running races, we came across the ‘Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon’ and the more we read, the more it appealed to us. The event offered categories in which we could all take part and supported a great cause. It seemed to tick all the boxes for us. The fundraising aspect really appealed, especially as my work in Port Macquarie as Program Co-ordinator for Future Moves at Charles Sturt University is all about building aspiration for tertiary education, particularly for students in low SES and indigenous communities. There is a great synergy with what our program is aiming to achieve for Australian school students and what the Amazing Girls Project is set up to do in Kenya. Tell us more about the event itself ... The 2013 race was the third time the race had been run. The event came about after two ‘Ultramarathoners’, Sarah and Molly, were pitted against the ‘Maasai Warriors’ Francis and Paul, as contestants on the television show The Amazing Race China Rush. 4

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Following The Amazing Race they decided to found the first ultra-distance running race in Maasai country, Kenya and include fundraising to provide scholarships as part of the girls' education initiative for which Francis works. The scholarship recipients are known (of course!) as ‘The Amazing Girls’.

reminded us of finishes at events in Port Macquarie. There was Kenya’s own version of Pete Murray calling in the finishers (in Swahili) and lots of local support. It was, however, the first event that we have competed in which had men with automatic weapons along the way and at the finish line!

There were 3 race distances associated with the event – a 75 km ultramarathon, a marathon, and a half-marathon. The race was open to Africans as well as internationals who could choose either to join for the Race + 6-night travel program or just the Race Weekend.

We had been warned about wildlife on the course, especially elephants. As it turned out, our only sighting was a lone gazelle that Russell spotted. Wondering what might be following close behind may have helped spur him on to get to the finish!

We joined 10 other internationals in Nairobi for the travel program, which took us eventually to the race camp which was on Maasai land near the tiny town of Kimanjo in the foothills of Mt Kenya (the second highest mountain in Africa). There were runners from the US, China, Scotland and Panama on the trip. It was just the group in our tents and a small Maasai Village close by for many, many kilometres around. The first week helped us to acclimatise to the altitude of nearly 2,000 m before race start at 6.30am on Saturday, September 28 (with a 4am wakeup call!). The race itself was a fantastic event and very memorable. Russell ran his first marathon, I completed the ½ marathon and our two sons Liam (14) and Ronan (who turned 13 whilst we were in Kenya) ran an unofficial 9 km before helping out at an aid station on the course. It was a wonderful feeling to be running amongst hundreds of Kenyans in what seemed the middle of nowhere with the sun rising in the vast African sky and the landscape stretching out all around us. Along the race course, local Maasai villagers came out to cheer us on, and many young children took our hands and ran with us. The conditions were challenging, but the atmosphere was very special. You just couldn’t help but smile. At the end of the race it

lucky they are with the access they have to excellent education and other opportunities here in Port Macquarie and Australia – advantages that we can all sometimes take for granted. It also helped us recognise how much difference a relatively small amount of money can make when used well.

ul It was a wonderf g in nn ru be to g feelin of ds amongst hundre emed se t ha w in s an Keny here w no the middle of in the ng si ri n with the su and the vast African sky ng out hi landscape stretc all around us.”

There was a rich variety of sights and sounds that made the day special, including the shoe raffle. Many of the runners, including ourselves, had taken over old running shoes to donate. All Maasai runners were granted free entry to the run and also given tickets to go into the draw for the donated shoes. Ronan got quite a buzz seeing one of the local children proudly wearing a pair of his shoes … Did you get to meet any of the Amazing Girls? On the way to race camp from Nairobi, we stopped off at the school and met the Amazing Girls from previous races. It was great to meet with the principal of the school, ‘Miss Lucy’, and see the motivation of the girls to succeed. The school performed some traditional dances and songs for us, as well as a play, which took us through the scenario of a girl trying to convince her father to let her attend secondary school rather than marrying her off for a dowry of cattle. This was a very moving experience, and we were glad that Liam and Ronan could experience it and hopefully understand how

How has your fundraising gone? We had set a goal to raise at least US$1,600 – enough to fund one girl’s secondary education for four years. We have had some very generous support from friends, family and work colleagues and are very grateful for that support.

Now that we have met the Amazing Girls, we are even more motivated to support them and the school. As the principal at St Francis School told us, “Do not underestimate the difference you can make to these girls’ lives. Sponsoring one girl can have a real impact not just for that girl, but for their family and community”. So far we have raised just over US$2,000, and we would love to be able to sponsor more girls. Having seen the race organisation and met the volunteers who put the race together, we can assure supporters that the volunteers are incredibly hard working and all donations go straight to supporting the girls. Can FOCUS readers still sponsor you? Absolutely! They just need to visit the Amazing Maasai web page www.amazingmaasaiultra. org – navigate to the DONATE tab and donate to the Wallace Family. We are very grateful for any support. Thanks guys.

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Issue 96 - November 2013 Lindsay Moller.


Photography to Lindsay is visual storytelling. It’s about capturing everyday people in stunning imagery. Capturing that moment in time and telling their story in powerful visual images. His true passion is photographing people ... their emotions, personality, or just that quirky tick they have.


Alun Leach-Jones. The Glasshouse Regional Gallery hosts an array of eclectic and stunning exhibitions throughout the year, and the current exhibition of Alun Leach-Jones’ work is a fine example.

Andrew Friederich.


Andrew Friederich, current resident of Kyoto, Japan, is a Port Macquarie transplant. Juggling three jobs and with a keen interest in yoga, Andrew’s life is a busy and interesting one!

16. Paige Leonhardt 21. Kerry Medway 23. The Rubens 48. John Foreman 80. Glasshouse/Conservatorium Partnership

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10. what’s on for November 28. eat featuring local restaurants 33. palate pleasures with Lou Perri 44. social scene with Kate Wood-Foye 57. starguide with Terri 79. travel with Susie Boswell 81. tourism with Janette Hyde 93. landcare with Estelle Gough 93. real estate with Greg Trembath 86. port chamber update with Hadyn y Oriti

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Zulu Zephyr


Karla rose & Candice Rose-O'Rourke

ongratulations on the success so far for Zulu & Zephyr. How has it been working on the project? Zulu & Zephyr goes beyond just our project; it is more so an obsession – we are always thinking about our collection, perfecting it and building upon it. The label is very much an extension of our lives, so we are also living and breathing the brand and the dream! Tell us about Zulu & Zephyr and what the brand is about? Zulu & Zephyr is a label synonymous with a coastal lifestyle reflective of beautiful Australian terrain like that of the Mid North Coast. We offer a beautiful wardrobe for women – bikinis to leather pieces, easy dresses to denim. Beyond the clothing, our label is polished, with a penchant for expression. It’s a feeling, a mood and a moment – we are inspired by all of these things. Where and when did the idea come about for your own brand? And what made you take the leap of faith to create Zulu & Zephyr? We were literally walking along Lighthouse beach when Karla proposed we go into business together and do what we have always done so well for other people, but for ourselves. She would take on the creative side and Candice would look after marketing. We would introduce Ben as our creative director, and the three of us would form the team. Would you say that growing up in Port Macquarie fuelled some of your inspirations? Our Grandmother Marlene bought one of the first properties at Lighthouse beach, where she raised our mother Vivienne. We grew up sunbaking and surfing that beach day in day out, all summer long - it’s our family history. We would sit at Grandma's house, sunburnt and salty, going through the albums of our mum, Vivienne, as a teenager, in awe of her bikinis and amazing outfits from the '70s that she would sew for herself and her friends.

That alone has been a major influence on the label and how it was inspired.

working on the launch of Summer 13/14 into stores whilst concepting the Spring 14 collection. Together we are planning our next shoot, which includes casting a model, piecing together a campaign that reflects the next collection. It’s a nice mix of fun, stress, work, preparing and creating.

What are some of the highlights and challenges of working together as business partners and sisters? We are both very different and very much the same. We share the same vision for Zulu & Zephyr, and we prosper from that. Prickly moments? Sure, there The brand is starting to make its way into are a few, but ultimately we trust and the media now. Tell us some of the support one another. We have our features you have been in? Zulu business meetings whilst walking & Zephyr was recently featured on from Bondi to Bronte each day, Vogue online. We have also been BEYO N D TH E R we have lots and lots of fun, lucky enough to be profiled in CL OTH IN G, O U SH ED, and we often have Ben, our Broadsheet, Frankie and our LA BE L IS PO LI N T A business partner, to bounce collection will be shot for the W IT H A PE N CH . IT ’S ON FO R EX PR ES SI O D off and annoy. upcoming editions of Cleo, Shop O A FE EL IN G, A M – W E 'Til You Drop, Women’s Fitness Karla, you have a T A N D A M O M EN A LL and Australian Women’s Weekly BY background in fashion ED A R E IN SP IR magazines. design. Tell us a little about E TH IN G S.”


your career so far. I moved to Byron Bay after school and briefly studied clothing production in the countryside, before making the move to Sydney and landing an awesome design job with a renowned Australian label. I went on to launch the swimwear line, which became super successful and developed that until I knew it was time to say bon voyage and begin the journey of Zulu & Zephyr. I have been so fortunate in a sense of things just naturally happening, doors opening at the right time and the opportunities I’ve been handed. I have always known that this was the path I would follow, without putting too much thought into how it would come to be. It is great that you are both so creative. What are you working on currently? Candice is travelling Australia with the Fall/Winter 14 collection, hosting showings for our clients and looking after PR. Karla is

Where will you be spending your summer? We will be spending our summer between Bondi, where we are based and Port Macquarie for family holidays. A little stint of camping at Seal Rocks or Byron Bay may be on the cards too! Who represents and carries Zulu & Zephyr? We work with some of Australia’s most beautiful boutiques who continue to support us and our designs. We share the racks with amazing designers like Zimmermann and sass & bide – so we feel super lucky. We can also find Zulu & Zephyr in Indonesia, LA, Miami and Hawaii. Where can we find Z&Z locally? You can shop today at - we offer free returns after 7 days and we have an amazing customer service team to help you and ensure you pick your perfect Summer bikinis or clothing piece. Happy shopping!Thanks girls, and congratulations!

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Photography to me is visual storytelling. It’s about capturing everyday people in stunning imagery. Capturing that moment in time and telling their story in powerful visual images. My true passion is photographing people. Their emotions, personality, or just that quirky tick they have.


sk me to photograph a sunrise, and I’m bored: photograph a person watching the sunrise … and I’m there! Every person is different. The art is capturing that individuality. I just love encapsulating someone’s life into photographs. It is the essence of storytelling through photographs. The first camera I ever used was my father’s 1970s Praktica SLR. He still has it today. I used to run around the backyard photographing spiders and shooting Mum and Dad as they went about doing things around the home. My first lesson wasn’t until Year 9 at school in Cronulla: we were using pinhole cameras and darkrooms. I loved it. I then took up art for my HSC. Dad and I built a darkroom under the house and I was shooting and processing 20+ rolls of film a week. It was great fun getting your hands dirty in all the chemicals. 8

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My final artworks were accepted into the prestigious Art Express exhibition and displayed in the Art Gallery of NSW. That was a big honour reserved for only the top 1% of the state. I continued to study photography at Sydney Tech. I worked successfully in glamour photography, wedding photography, but I always wanted to work in newspapers. In 1998 in got my big break and started working with the Cumberland Newspaper Group. I worked for all of their 22 local publications. It was a great place to learn working under so many different Editors. I became their official Olympics photographer, covering all the Olympic trail events and had the amazing opportunity to meet and photograph people like Ian Thorpe and Cathy Freeman. In 2000 The Australian newspaper approached me and offered me a position I couldn’t refuse. I spent the next 10 years travelling the world, covering the biggest news stories each day. I’ve witnessed some amazing moments in history: governments being overthrown, the

Banda Aceh Tsunami, East Timor Riots, Beaconsfield mine disaster, APEC summit, international sporting events, celebrities, drought, bushfires, floods and even a hanging in Singapore.

k This type of wor In . is not easy you photojournalism very e, bl xi fle need to be le to versatile and ab shot e ur compose a feat g when in ns se on the run, is the right THAT moment one to capture.”

This type of work is not easy. In photojournalism you need to be flexible, very versatile and able to compose a feature shot on the run, sensing when THAT moment is the right one to capture. When you work in newspapers you become a sport photographer, portrait photographer, corporate, paparazzi, aerial, underwater, political, celebrity photographer … all in one … A typical day might start with a portrait of a mum and her kids in the park, followed by action shots of NRL training, then a feature on refugees living in western Sydney, and finally a

one-on-one interview with the Prime Minister for the Page 1 cover story. would always tell my wife, I had a start time, but I never had a finish time, as news happens 24/7.

The job I remember best was when overseas covering the East Timor riots. The country was thrown into turmoil after the army turned against its government. It’s a visually stunning country that very few people get to see; however, when the country is in turmoil you tend to experience it a little differently. I had bullets buzz pass my ears. got tear gassed, saw a man get murdered by machete. Those are challenging moments the typical photographer doesn’t get: to hone your skills under pressure and compose a shot in emotionally charged times.


Opposite Page: Side - Shark Research in the Coral Sea; Top - East Timor; Bottom - Banda Aceh. This Page: Top Left - Tsunami Aftermath; Left - Kevin Rudd and Kerri-Anne Kennerley; Top Right - Animal Doctors; Above Left - Ricardoes Tomatoes; Above Right - Bennetts Steel. Courtesy Lindsay Moller.

of the business. Going behind the scenes and capturing what makes your business or product so special. People are bombarded with 1,000s of images every day, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, instagram, or television. Businesses need to engage with customers, and the right e People ask m ite image can do that. Brandur vo fa what my 15 ing is so important for a r te af t photo is, bu ve ha t business, but branding is n’ do ill years I st yet ill st I’m about what they stand for: ve lie be one. I ere’s a Th it. e their quality, their service, ur pt ca to apers, product or produce. saying in newsp good as The best way is to show “You’re only as your last photo” it. That’s what I do: visual storytelling.

“ Photojournalism is a lot different from the average photographer's work. You need to find the story, work the contacts, document, capture and tell that story in your photographs. You’re documenting history. Whether it’s a Prime Minister losing power or a cancer survivor in remission, your image will tell that story forever.

we were expecting our first child.

People ask me what my favourite photo is, but after 15 years I still don’t have one. I believe I’m still yet to capture it. There’s a saying in newspapers, “You’re only as good as your last photo”! I guess that’s why every shoot I push to get a better shot than the last.

We arrived in April, and by June we were parents. It’s a boy. Yay! The family support has been amazing.

Every day and every assignment I am chasing that single best image. It’s like surfing; you’re always looking for that better wave. I’m always searching for that better image. Welcome to Port Macquarie. What prompted the move here? Thanks so much. As much as I love working in newspapers, and living in Cronulla, there comes a time when you need to get the family/work balance right. My wife and I always talked about moving to Port, but it was just a dream. However, in November last year my wife and I discovered

It was time. Family became as much of a priority as work was. It’s the best thing we have ever done. We have lots of family in Port, so we settled easily.

Your new business in Port Macquarie predominantly will focus on 'All in a Day's Work'. What is the concept behind this style of corporate photography? All in a Day’s Work is a product of Lindsay Moller Photography. It’s about using my highly developed skills and expertise as a photojournalist to document the ins and outs of a business and the people behind it that make it so special. People traditionally think of corporate photography as studio headshots and staff standing together in a group shot – and that’s what the average photographer will do. All in a Day’s Work is about telling the STORY

Apart from the focus on All In A Day’s Work, I also photograph weddings and still do photojournalism assignments for the press. Capturing the real and emotional side of the business will showcase a unique view from behind the scenes. What advantage will this give businesses? Most photographers only give you a couple of images, and they’ll hold the copyright to those images. With Lindsay Moller Photography, the client gets to select any or all of the images taken and they have full rights to use them in any way. Businesses have the opportunity to use these images in any and all platforms of media to advertise, market, and connect with customers.

high resolution images which can be used in advertising, websites, social media, print media and all means of marketing. Some clients even turn them into wall posters. What local businesses have you already worked with? I’ve already had some great experiences with some of the local businesses. Anthony Sarks and the team at Ricardoes Tomatoes. Bennetts Steel and their team of Bennett Boys in Wauchope. One of the best so far has been working with Animal Doctors in Port Macquarie. Just your typical vet, but people never get to see or experience what happens when you leave your much-loved pet behind for care. I loved capturing the real care and dedication they take. It has given this business the opportunity to share that intimacy with clients. Amazing people doing amazing work. They now have over 80 professional images to use, share and connect with customers. The added value of All In A Day’s Work that some of my clients have found is the way the images also reminds owners and staff of why they do what they do and the pride they have in their work. That’s a priceless motivational benefit, besides the unique photographic record they gain and outstanding images they can use to market and promote their business.

Depending on your business, there are 3 packages to choose from: a Mini shoot, Half Day and Full Day shoot.

Where can people view your work and find out more? Easy! Call me on 0403 193 210, visit my website: au or drop me an email lindsay@lindsaymoller. and while you’re there, check out the gorgeous pics of our newborn son, Riley. He would be my greatest subject so far.

The end result is businesses receive multiple

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Bring in the New Year on the marina with a sumptuous seafood buffet and a front row seat for the fireworks. Live entertainment by Jordan Jive. Time 6pm 'til 1am Cost $99 per person. Bookings contact Rachelle Dufty on 6589 5166 or email:

Christmas Craft Sale Quality handmade goods and artwork. Lapidary and silver jewellery, pottery, leather works, woodworks, weaving, handmade scarfs, jackets and knitted items. When Saturday 16 November; 9am - 3pm. Where Port Macquarie Art & Craft Centre, Gordon St. Entry FREE. Contact Kerry on 6583 6534.

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Forward with Scotland’s Past

Coastal Country

Under their banner ‘Forward with Scotland’s Past’, Battlefield Band have been a bedrock of talent for over four decades and continue to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song.

A great night of entertainment starring Coastal Country artists Amos Morris and full supporting artists. A fresh approach to traditional Blues and Country with smooth electric guitar tones and soulful vocal style.

Scotland’s great flagship band are the musicians that others measure themselves against, and their new album Room Enough For All finds them fresh and invigorated, illustrating once again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today.

Where Laurieton United Services Club, Seymour St, Laurieton. When Saturday 23 November. Time Doors open 7pm. Cost $10. Phone LUSC on 6559 9110.

Playing at Port Macquarie Panthers. When Wednesday 13 November 2013. Doors Open: 7pm. Show 7.30pm. Tickets and Info Call Panthers reception on (02) 6580 2300 or visit Presented by Hastings District Highland Pipe Band.


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Some of you may be familiar with these faces and are wondering, where do I know them from? Dena and Keiynan are from the hit children's show Dance Academy and are headed to Port Macqaurie on 9 November to run a Masterclass in Lyrical and Hip Hop. We catch up with both Dena and Keiynan and get to know them a little better.


ell us about yourself? I am 23 years old, I am originally South African but now I live in Melbourne and I have been dancing and acting for as long as I can remember. I have been lucky enough to make it my professional career. How did you first get into dance/acting? I come from a family of actors and dancers and singers, so it was in my genes as they say! I was also involved in performing arts at school and got an agent when I was about 12.

Tell us more about the Masterclasses at Port Macquarie Performing Arts studios? We wanted to give an opportunity to as many students as we could around Australia to dance with us and hopefully feel inspired. We remember being young dancers and looking up to s p o our idols, and it would sh rk o The w t u have been a dream o ab are g in n ar le , come true to be taught n fu g havin er th o g n ti by them. We just ee m d an ung hope we can motivate like minded yaloso set and inspire the next dancers . We r for a aside an hou answer generation of talented question and the Australian performers.

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Is there a particular type of dance you enjoy the most? I love Lyrical, for its ability to express emotion and Jazz, for its technique and performance aspect. Dena, how is it working on the show, Dance Academy? It is a dream come true, the most amazing job and the by far the hardest working cast and crew in show business. Dena, what do you enjoy most playing your character, Abigail? She is layered and 12 greater port macquarie focus.

complex; I admire her drive and ambition and enjoy her direct sense of humour.

The workshops are about having fun, learning and meeting other like minded young dancers. We also set aside an hour for a question and answer session about the industry; we hope we can give some sound advice that helped pave the way for our careers. Have you ever been to Port Macquarie before? First time for me; I can't wait! I am craving some warm weather. What are your plans for the future? We are both headed to NY and LA for the next adventure.


ell us about yourself ... I'm 21 years old. I grew up in Western Sydney and work as a dancer, actor and television presenter.

How did you first get into dance/acting? I started dancing at 2 years old, but was very shy. I began doing competitions when I turned 4 and usually danced to MJ. Is there a particular type of dance you enjoy the most? I don't really have a favourite style. I just like to dance and mix different genres together, like a fusion of Hip Hop and Contemporary. Keiynan, what are some of the highlights of your dancing career? Dancing for awesome international artists such as Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) and Jason Derulo. Also, touring with a small contemporary company in 2012 called Tannos + Choice. Tell us about your character, Ollie ... Ollie comes across extremely confident and cool, but he is extremely insecure and judgemental of himself, just like a lot of dancers. He uses his bravado and strong nature to get what he wants. Tell us more about the Masterclasses at Port Macquarie Performing Arts studios? We are hoping to give the dancers in Port Macquarie a rare and valuable experience by join-

ing us in our workshop. They will get to learn a new style in terms of movement, and we will share our industry knowledge and experiences with their young minds! Have you ever been to Port Macquarie before? Nope, but I can't wait. What are your plans for the future? To travel the world and continue learning about life and the arts.

the plug! Dena and Keiyan will be in Port Macquarie on the 9th of November for the Dance Academy Master Class. $60.00 to be paid in cash on the day. To register, email: 9am registration for 9.30am start Two age groups Junior – 7 - 10 years Senior – 11years plus Each age group will have two Masterclasses, one Lyrical and one Hip Hop. PLUS, all Masterclass attendees will take part in a 1 hour Question and Answer/Autograph session with Keiynan and Dena.


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local dr p. Cassegrain Chardonnay 2012 This chardonnay is from Cassegrain’s premium wine range with good reason; it’s a wine you will keep coming back to over the summer months. From the first hint of peach and tropical fruits on the nose, the wine excites the palate. On tasting, lime, citrus and grapefruit flavours are present, but balanced by the inclusion of French Oak. Time on oak has lifted the acidity and balanced the fruit, giving a lovely creamy mouth feel and a lingering spicy vanillin oak finish. Cassegrain Chardonnay is the perfect white wine to enjoy during a meal out with friends.

Image of the month. About: I thought you may like this image of an Osprey bringing home the Father's Day dinner to his fledgeling in the nest on the Port Macquarie North Shore. Photo by: Chris Nixon. Shot on: Nikon D800, 300mm lens with 1.4 converter, hand held. Taken a great photo of our local area? Like to see it published in FOCUS for the world to see? Just email

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Title. Obstacles of the Karma Author. Susan Hayward-Tonkin The world needed a change from the corruption of the elite and the politicians who lie constantly and use covert operations to deal with those who have ideas of change ... Belinda Dunn was chosen to help bring about change, not on a local scale but on the world stage – a cataclysmic event that would require humanity to start again, but she finds herself caught by insidiously evil people and must fight for her freedom, fight to save those she loves, but most of all, she must try and remain alive.

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MONTH Did you know? Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside! A symbol of love and decadence, strawberries have also been described as nutritional jewels and have been prized for their medicinal properties as far back as the Roman Empire. As well as being rich in vitamin C and a good source of folate, studies have indicated that strawberries (as part of a healthy low-fat diet) may help decrease blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Strawberries are also found to enhance memory function. And, of course, they give any dessert the wow factor – from fruit salads to summer puddings, tarts and cheesecakes – why not try a chocolate fondue? The possibilities with these lovely fruit are endless.


Get the best & freshest local strawberries direct from the grower – Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries – out on Blackmans Point Road.

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VIDEO BY: Café Culture TV. ABOUT: The beautiful coastal town of Port Macquarie this year hosted the 8th annual Golden Bean Coffee Roasting Competition, the largest coffee roasting competition in the world. WATCH AT:

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Stars THE hastings

Ben Hennessy PRIME7 News


Trisha McIntyre North Coast Tafe




Ben Hennessy PRIME7 News Ben is a local journalist and news reporter for PRIME7, a familiar face who covers a multitude of news and current events as they happen in our region. We are pleased to have PRIME7 as our major partner to help promote this inaugural Dancing with Hastings Stars event. Ben is dancing with Alana of Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts

Leslie Williams MP Lake Cathie resident Leslie Williams was elected to the position of the Member for Port Macquarie in March 2011. Leslie, along with her husband, Don, and two children have been residents of the Hastings since 1996, where they were small business

member of Rotary, the Hastings Business Women's Network, Port Macquarie Suicide Prevention Network, the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Hastings Cancer Trust, North Coast Amateur Swimming Club, the Laurieton Swimming Club, Special Olympics Mid North Coast, Lake Cathie Football Club and was a founding member of the Hastings Men's Shed. Leslie also convenes the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Group, is a Committee Member of the Mid North Coast Chapter of Bravehearts and has been a Mid North Coast Ambassador for the Cancer Council’s Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Leslie is dancing with Alex and Sam of Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts

owners and licensees of the Lake Cathie Post

Trisha McIntyre North Coast TAFE


Trisha is the Community Relations Officer at North Coast TAFE’s Port Macquarie and Wauchope campuses and specialises in providing media and public relations services to support community engagement and to raise the profile of North Coast TAFE and its services at a local community level. Trisha also volunteers her time to the Hastings Cancer Trust, Tastings on Hastings, Port

Previously Leslie was a nurse and a teacher, as well as spending some time as the former CEO of the Sudden Infant Death Association in the Northern Territory. Despite a busy schedule representing our community in State Parliament, Leslie continues to be actively involved in many community organisations as a current

Macquarie Speech and Drama Eisteddfod, White Ribbon Walk and as a foundation committee member and Publicity Officer for the Hastings Education Fund, to name a few. Trisha is dancing with Rob from Let’s Dance Rock n Roll

Justin Levido Senior Partner

Donovan Oates Hannaford Lawyers and Councillor Port Macquarie-Hastings Counci l

Justin is the Senior Partner of Port Macquarie’s longest established law firm, Donovan Oates Hannaford Lawyers, and also represents the community as part of the recently elected Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Like many community representatives, Justin is a member of Rotary with the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise and also a member of the Advisory Panel for the Hastings Business Enterprise Network (HBEN). He is also a member of the Parish Pastoral Council with St Agnes Catholic Parish, Port Macquarie. Justin is dancing with Kate from Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts

Sandra Hollins essential energy Communications and Project Management in Network Operations, for Essential Energy on the Mid North Coast. Sandra and her

colleagues regularly fundraise through their group 'Racing for Rach', which raises money for Camp Quality to help local families who are living with cancer. Sandra is a member of Sunrise Rotary, which raises funds to help our local community, Chair of the Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards, and each Wednesday she volunteers at North Coast Cancer Institute in oncology as a Palliative Care volunteer with North Coast Area Health. Before coming to Port Macquarie, she used to volunteer with the Cancer Council NSW on Daffodil Day and as a Young Ambassador. Sandra is dancing with Greg from Danceway Ballroom Dance Studio’s.

Kristian MurphY

Laing + Simmons Port Macquarie

Kristian is a well known licensed real estate agent with Number 1 local company Laing + Simmons. Born and raised in Port Macquarie, Kristian has had a long association with local Rugby League club Port Macquarie Sharks, where he is a life member. Now dad to 3 beautiful girls, this born and bred local is focused on family and the community. Kristian is dancing with Imogen from KG Dance Academy, trained by Kristy.

Ballroom • Swing • Jazz • Hip Hop • Disco • Musical Theatre • Rock n Roll

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Presented by FOCUS in-conjunction with the Cancer Council Mid North Coast


KRISTIAN MURPHY Laing + Simmons Port Macquarie




Kate Wood-Foye Rydges Port Macquarie

Mat Relf Lighthouse Beach Flavours

Kate is the Director of Sales & Marketing of Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort, and creates and hosts many events throughout the year at the hotels, including High Tea on the Hastings, Ladies in Red Fashion Fundraiser for the Salvation Army, Hope Shop Masquerade Ball, Six Degrees of Degustation, Melbourne Cup, and many more – raising tens of thousands over the year for local people in need. Kate details the events of the region in her monthly event column written for FOCUS. Kate is co founder and chairperson of Luminosity Youth Summit, a local not for profit organisation empowering young people of the region to achieve their best, putting their aspirations on a national stage and has represented Rotary as a guest speaker for RYLA and is a board member for Newman Senior Technical College. Kate is dedicated to giving back to the community through creating events and fundraisers; we are pleased to have Rydges Port Macquarie on board as a major partner to host the inaugural Dancing with Hastings Stars Fundraiser. Kate is dancing with Jason from Wauchope & Port Macquarie Performing Arts.

Owner LHB Flavours for 10 years and a keen surfer, born and bred local and an ex-player for the Roosters, who also represented NSW in the State of Origin. Mat is dancing with Helen from Port Rockers.



Kylie Biltris Childish Photography Kylie is a well known local photographer whose career spans 18 years. Her days are filled with laughter and giggles, as she captures precious moments in time. Kylie is a vibrant part of the local business community, multi award winning business and part of many local community groups and fundraising projects. Among her business peers Kylie is recognised a social and community leader – winning HBWN Members Choice Awards, GPBA Business to Business Choice awards consecutively, and Creative Industries Awards at the local Business Awards. Kylie is dancing with Jo from Movement Studio’s

Guest Judgee

Emcee and Special Guest

Anthony Ikin


Award Winning Acrobatic/Contemporary Dancer & Choreographer of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ & Ikin Dance

Cancer Survivor and Inspirational Speaker

Anthony Ikin started his dynamic career at the early age of 4 years old. Training as an elite gymnast, Anthony learnt basic elements of movement that would eventually take him to the top of his field. From gymnastics, Anthony moved into the vibrant area of competitive Sports Aerobics, where he went on to become 5 times National Sports Aerobic Champion and win a string of World Championship medals. Anthony is the current World Aerobic Champion, winning this title in Amsterdam last October. Ikin Dance Australia is becoming one of the leading dance and fitness academies in the country and Anthony is the Creator and Director. Scores of Ikin Dance students are graduating into strong careers in both industries, proof of Anthony’s drive and passion for performance. Anthony also works tirelessly as a choreographer, incorporating a variety of styles to create powerful, moving and exhilarating work. He has choreographed for such stars as KD Lang, Darren Hayes, Tina Arena, Sophie Monk and Jess Mauboy. Guests at this event can look forward to a special performance from Anthony on the night!

When Michael was just 11 months old he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the central nervous system called Neuroblastoma. This tumour had taken over half of his body. Survival was extremely unlikely. A little older, he was told school and sport were no option. Infection and fatigue were too great a risk. His only wish was to lead a normal, healthy life and to be able to do all the things that other kids his age took for granted. So began his dream and with it the determination to make it a reality - no matter the size of the obstacles that lay ahead. Michael’s story “Field of Dreams” was documented on Australian Story, ABC TV television, Australia. Through this documentary, his message touched the hearts of all who watched his story of how he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve success in both his personal and professional life. Everyone takes something different from Michael’s presentations to apply to their workplace and personal life but what is contagious about his speaking is his ability to inspire.

Friday 29th November 2013 Rydges Port Macquarie Ballroom 7pm for 7.30pm showtime TICKETS $65 Dress: Cocktail Tickets available at Rydges, Kate Wood-Foye 6589 2811

• A glass of bubbles and pre show canapés on arrival • A scrumptious supper of canapés and canapé share plates • Live dance entertainment from local celebrities!


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Paige L e o n h a r d t The Greater Port Macquarie area is no stranger to sporting heroes … but 13 year old Paige Leonhardt is a champion in every sense of the word. Having already worked through some major difficulties in her young life, Paige swims as both an able bodied and a multi class swimmer and holds numerous records. At the recent NSW MC Championships in Homebush, Paige was able to add several other State and Australian Records to her achievements … i Paige. Please tell us a bit about yourself – you’ve already had to face some pretty big challenges in your life ... I was in a car accident in 2006 and suffered major head injuries and seizures and might possibly lose my entire eyesight one day. I suffer from migraines and disturbed sleep. I will be on medication for the rest of my life. I have learnt to focus on my abilities, namely swimming, and not so much on my disabilities. I might learn at a slower pace to my peers, but I do work equally as hard to achieve great results. You celebrated your 13th birthday on September 21. How did you spend the day? I invited two friends from my swimming squad with me to the One Direction concert in Sydney.

ike to thank m; she is my taught me ng, to fight believe in ways believe - even when n’t. Mum told dream big er bigger – r matter!

When did you first discover you were interested in (and good at!) swimming? I changed swimming clubs and joined the team at PMQ Town Pool. The staff make me feel like part of their family. I went from junior to senior squad in one year. I went to Nationals in Adelaide in April 2013. I qualified in the top 10 and qualified 4th in the 100 m breast. Breaststroke is your preferred stroke. Why do you think you like this swimming style, instead of other strokes such as freestyle? I like breaststroke, because there are more techniques involved; it’s really challenging and it’s motivating. I actually find freestyle difficult. You’ve achieved some pretty phenomenal success with your swimming. You swim as both an ablebodied and a multi class swimmer, and so far you’ve managed to clock up 77 MC (multi class records), plus two Australian Records and one State Record for girls 13 years and under 200 breaststroke. How does all this make you feel ... and how much hard work has it been achieving this success? I now have

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86 MC records. I have 4 State Records in both long and short course events for the 200 m breaststroke. Last Friday I was nominated for 4 categories at the 2013 Eather Hastings Sports Awards. I won Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

am today without her. I would like to thank Michael Mullens, my head coach; he has an intense swimming program and pushes me to my limits by not changing my training from the able bodied swimmers. He hopes that I will make it to the Paralympics one day, and I don’t want to let him down. Michael trained James Magnussen, Olympian, and Prue Watt, Paralympian, in the past, and I know he has big achievements for me in the future.

You competed at the NSW MC Championships at Homebush on October 26. How did you go – you were hoping to break some more records! In the 100 breast 2nd place pb of 3.45 sec, 50 fly 2nd place pb of 1.16, 200 breast 1st place I would like to thank the continuing support pb of 7.97 sec and a new State and I receive from my swimming club, the Australian Record, and 200 IM 3rd Port Piranhas. Committee and friends I would like to e place pb of 1.06 sec. ank my mum; sh always give me praise and words of At the time of this interview, I also found out I broke another State Record in the 50 m breastroke.

th taught me is my hero. She fight for to be strong , to and to in what I believe myself in ve always belie rs do n’ t. – even whe n othe dream can Mum told me I bigger – big and deliver r!” te at m mind over

What’s next for you? Do you get a chance to have a rest now, or is it all systems go training for the next event? Upcoming Country Championships, State Open Championships, Swimming Championships and MC Age National and local coast carnivals.

Who would you like to thank for helping you achieve your goals? I would like to thank my mum; she is my hero. She taught me to be strong, to fight for what I believe in and to always believe in myself - even when others don’t. Mum told me I can dream big and deliver bigger – mind over matter! I would like to thank my swimming coach, Cheryl Neville. She supports me 100%. She is very caring and dedicated to helping me further develop as a swimmer, and I know she believes in me and I believe in her. She has patience and persistence with me. I would not be the champion I

encouragement. I would like to thank Variety the Children’s Charity for their 12 month scholarship for 2013. I would like to thank Layne Beachley, for her 12 month scholarship and being life mentor for 2013.

I would like to thank Amanzi for their 12 month sponsorship from July 2013 to July 2014 and their providing of advanced training swimwear. I would like to thank Evelina Kemp for her personal donation. I would like to thank Karen Rees-Pikett of Lake Cathie Medical Centre Pharmacy for her personal donation. What’s your ultimate dream ... where would you like to see your swimming take you in the future? To be a Paralympian and attend the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and to make the Rio 2016 Paralympics and everything beyond! Way to go, Paige. Congratulations on your results so far – you’re a star! Interview by Jo Atkins.

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Photo Credit: Renee Bell Studios



CLUB Port Macquarie Maroro Outrigger Club


arly next year year, four Bachelor of Nursing students from Port Macquarie will join others from the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses of Newcastle University and travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They will take part in three weeks of volunteering with Antipodeans Abroad. The students will be volunteering in health clinics on the outskirts of the city in conjunction with NGOs such as People Improvement Organisation (PIO) and Riverkids. PIO has outreach centres at the city dumpsite and in the slum areas of Phnom Penh, while Riverkids works with children and families in danger of abuse and trafficking. Health promotion and education in local schools and communities will also be a big part of the trip. Natalie Payne Photography is hosting mini photo sessions on Sunday 24 November to raise money to provide health supplies for these clinics in Cambodia. This will be a fun, easy and worth-

Port Macquarie’s outrigger paddlers are kicking off an historic 10th season with an invitation for new paddlers to join their ranks. photos just while opportunity to get those family photos, in time for Christmas. You could make Christmas cards, calendars and other inexpensive, meaningful gifts the family will love! In conjunction with raising money for health supplies, 25% of all takings will be donated to Wauchope Community Childcare Centre for the purchase of much needed educational resources. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity!

the plug! Cost: $40 Includes: 3 high resolution digital images. 15 minute studio session at The Mil Studios Port Macquarie Bookings: Spaces are strictly limited, so bookings are essential! Call or email Natalie on 0403 087 992 or Alternatively, contact Aleah or Stacey at Wauchope Community Childcare Centre on 6585 1500

The Maroro Outrigger Canoe Club is planning a series of free ‘Come n Try’ sessions over the next three weekends for anyone interested in having a go at paddling. The club has made a flying start to the season, with head coach Wes Byrnes returning from Hawaii today after becoming Port Macquarie’s first medal winner at the world’s biggest outrigger event, the Molokai Hoe. President Kim Roberts said the club was keen to build on its success by attracting new paddlers to the sport through a series of beginners’ sessions. “We will be running free sessions from the Westport boat ramp at 8.30am on each of the next three Saturdays – October 26 to November 9 – for anyone interested in finding out more about outrigger paddling and our club,” Roberts said.

“We will provide some basic tuition and an opportunity to paddle with some of our more experienced members in one of our OC6 canoes. “There is no need to bring anything other than comfortable clothes and a towel. Just turn up at the boat ramp, and we’ll be ready to go. “We will also be running our annual Corporate Day event on November 24, so these sessions provide a perfect opportunity for anyone thinking of putting a team in to get a jump on their rivals.” Roberts said the club was looking for both male and female paddlers. Find out more information about the club and its activities by phoning Kim Roberts on 0424 802 436 or visiting

EXHIBITIONS NOT TO MISS THIS SUMMER! Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness 18 October – 8 December This exhibition positions Boyd as a critical yet empathetic witness engaged with the urgent issues of his time, issues still highly relevant for audiences today. Alongside the Boyd works are selected works by his significant modern Australian contemporaries, such as Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman. The Glasshouse Regional Gallery would like to acknowledge the Bundanoon Trust, NSW for their support with this exhibition.

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970-2010 22 November – 2 February Bodywork features the work of 42 Australian jewellers, from the collection of National Gallery of Australia, exploring six broad themes: Romanticism, Interpreting the Vernacular, Encapsulating Nature, Technics, Social Message and Sculpture for the Body. The Glasshouse Regional Gallery would like to acknowledge the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra for their support with this exhibition.

Archibald Prize 13 December – 26 January Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald Prize. It is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes and is awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. The Glasshouse Regional Gallery would like to acknowledge this is an Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. Arthur Boyd, Jonah on the Shoalhaven - outside the city, 1976, oil on canvas. Bundanon Trust Collection. Elizabeth OLAH, Sunrise and Shade, brooch, 1981, sterling silver, 18 carat gold, porcelain, opal, Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982. Vincent Fantauzzo, Love face. Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW.

GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE REGIONAL GALLERY The Glasshouse is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

Regional Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm, Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm. FREE ENTRY

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

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kilimanjaro Climbing to the roof of Africa for water: a life changing experience!


n February 2014, locals Mandy Campbell and Susan Livermore will be undertaking a spiritual journey and a life changing experience by scaling the highest free standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. The mountain stands at 5,895 metres above sea level, exhibiting enormous biodiversity, its own weather pattern, and it's the only mountain on the equator with snow on its peak. Mandy and Susan will in fact climb up through five climates to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak, by the light of the full moon on February 14. The ladies, who are self-funding their own expedition expenses, will be holding a fundraising Fun Music Night, showcasing the talent of local amateur and professional musicians, at the Laurieton School of Arts on Saturday 30 November. All money raised will be donated towards sinking a well for Kikuhe Orphanage, a two roomed building which lies

in the shadow of the majestic mountain. The orphanage houses children whose parents have died from HIV/Aids, with many of the children infected themselves. Based on 2011 data, AIDS has resulted in an estimated 1.3 million orphaned children in Tanzania alone. The well will give the children direct access to clean, fresh drinking water. “We will be spending time with the children at Kikuhe, and I can’t wait to see the smiles on the children’s faces when we arrive with supplies of fruit, clothing, books and art supplies,” said team leader Mandy. “I am sure a few tears will be shed.” When asked why she wanted to climb Mount Kili, Mandy told us that she remembers sitting at her primary school desk in England learning about Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro and thinking to herself, “That mountain is truly amazing – it is calling me to climb it”, and soon a dream that started all those years ago will

We will be spending time n at with the childre wait n’ t ca I d Kikuhe , an on the s ile sm e to see th hen w children’s faces lies pp su ith we arrive w ok s bo , ng hi ot cl of fruit, and art supplies.”

become a reality for Mandy. Susan said of the 7 day return climb, “We need to be both mentally and physically prepared for this climb and the extreme mountain conditions. Making it to the summit is not to be taken for granted; this is a dangerous mountain to climb due to the high altitude”. All trekkers will suffer from some degree of altitude sickness and considerable discomfort, typically shortage of breath, hypothermia, and headaches. Local personal trainer Toni Gore is

motivating Susan and Mandy with a rigorous fitness preparation. Good luck ladies! If you would like to purchase tickets for the fundraising night ($12 each), make a financial contribution, donate new books, toys or artists' supplies to the orphanage, please contact Mandy on 0431 234 201. The team is also looking for some other people to join us on their climb in February 2014. If you’re interested in this amazing adventure, please contact Ingrid Pullen:

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by Michelle Newman from Newman Communications

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

Air Crewman Todd Mulville has been with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service since he left We school more than ten years ago and still enjoys sch taking to the skies whenever he gets the chance. tak


odd's dad was one of the first crewmen when the Service began as a voluntary summer beach patrol in 1975, and he has seen it evolve into a world-class aeromedical search and rescue

a little opening near the beach where we could land the chopper. It soon became apparent what a disaster zone it was and that there were children injured. “We transported two patients with burns, a 4 year old boy and 43 year old man, to Port Macquarie operation. Base Hospital and then onto Royal North Shore Todd’s job involves assisting the pilot in Hospital for treatment.” mission planning, instrument scanning, As a dad, Todd finds any rescues or transfers accident location, patient reports involving children particularly tough. for paramedics and operating “It’s good to know they are in the rescue winch. the hands of some of the best The helicopter can be heard paramedics in the country.” g in th t rs above the Mid North There is a strong sense of fi e Th o d to t Coast around three times camaraderie amongst the an Iw is rk o w to t every week, performing pilots, aircrew, paramedics, when I ge more lifesaving rescues and engineers and support staff at go flying. After I still critical patient transport the service. than a decade, operations. With a rolling roster, day love it .” “We’re called out to a lot and night shifts, and the of spinal injuries from surfing unpredictable nature of the work, accidents in the area. We also no two days are ever the same. do a lot of retrieval work from “The first thing I want to do when I Port Macquarie Base Hospital, getting get to work is go flying. After more than a critically ill patients to specialist care at John Hunter decade, I still love it.” within a 50 minute flight time,” Todd said. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service helped save Todd was involved in the call-out to the Point Plomer the life of my son when he was just three weeks camping ground in 2011, when seven people were old. I hope to see you at the Plate & Palate Discovery badly burnt in a BBQ gas explosion. fundraising event at The Stunned Mullet on 14 “When we arrived on scene at 1am, we found November – Michelle.

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My Day. 6.30am Fall out of bed to the sound of my little girl calling out. 7.30am Arrive at work for a hand over from the night crew. 8.00am Start shift. We could be called out on a rescue or medical job at any time, sometimes up to three flights a day. 8.05am Conduct aircraft checks with the pilot, flight crew and engineers. 8.15am Regular duties include ordering supplies, general housekeeping and washing the aircraft every week. 10.00am Study. We have exams every few months. 12.00pm Lunch and rest. 2.00pm Inspect 30 Alpha Eagle Helmets, worth about $3,000 each. 4.00pm Aircraft clean and made ready for oncoming night shift. 6.00pm Hand over to night boys and head home to my family.



HEAVEN? Kerry Medway The second book by local author Kerry Medway, Is Ned Kelly in Heaven? parallels the story of Ned himself, and the much lesser known story of Dr John Singleton. The book is the result of two years of research for Kerry ...

erry, this is the second book you have written on bushrangers. How does a local preacher get to write two books on Australia’s infamous outlaws? There is a former proved to be very popular, selling many editor of a local newspaper who loves to copies. Many tough men, some who tell his friends that he does not see much are ex-prisoners, have discovered that difference between bushrangers and everyone is able to be embraced by preachers! Well in the case of Andrew God’s love and forgiveness. The story has Scott, who was known as brought peace to many men and Captain Moonlite, he was women who felt ashamed both a preacher and a of some of the things bushranger. In my they have done in the The book took case, I spent several past. me two years years writing my Why did you write . to research and first bushranger l ia decide to write er mat There is lots of story TEENAGE , lly a story about Ke available on Ned ton's BUSHRANGER, le Australia’s ng Si but Dr John a story of a to r he ug most infamous to story was teenage jockey, outlaw, Ned fin d. ” John Dunn, who Kelly? I really rode with the Ben wanted to write Hall gang, shot a about a most amazing policeman at Collector Christian, a Dr John and was hanged at the Singleton, who was a doctor/ age of 19. Since writing this story, evangelist in Victoria from 1850 I have become a bit of an expert to 1890. Most people have heard of on bushrangers, receiving many the infamous John Singleton, well known enquiries about the Ben Hall gang. I now for his beer and racehorses, but hardly produce a Bushranger newsletter. anyone knows about Doctor Singleton,

What was it that motivated you to write about this young bushranger? I have a desire to write stories about Australia and especially the impact of Christians in our history and how their faith impacted the formation of this nation. The story of John Dunn was an exciting story to tell and the book has

who contributed greatly to the early days of our nation. I knew if I wrote about Singleton, no-one would buy the book, when I discovered that he met and shared his faith with Ned Kelly in Melbourne gaol in 1880, before Kelly was hanged. I knew that this encounter would give me a popular book title, that hopefully will sell

hundreds of books and prayerfully touch thousands of Australians for Christ. How long did it take you to write Is Ned Kelly in Heaven? The book took me two years to research and write. There is lots of material available on Ned Kelly, but Dr John Singleton’s story was tougher to find. I imported an out-of-print copy of Singleton’s autobiography from the USA, titled Narrative of Incidents in the Eventful Life of Life of a Physician, published in 1891. This book proved to be an invaluable source of Singleton’s story. I wrote the book paralleling the wellknown story of Ned Kelly with the almost unknown story of Dr John Singleton. Early reviews have commented that this works really well. Who printed the book and published it? It was printed locally by Peter Simmons at Chrysalis Print. Local artist Colleen Palmer designed part of the front cover. They have both done a great job. The book is self-published by Aussies Afire Publishing. So tell me the answer: is Ned Kelly in Heaven? Aha! You will have to get a copy of the book to find this answer. Is Ned Kelly in Heaven? can be purchased from local bookshops or online @ Thanks Kerry ... wishing you every success with the book. greater port macquarie focus 21


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The Rubens will drop in to see us at FOTSUN in December. Band member Sam Margin says the leadup to the festival has been nothing short of hectic for this talented crew ... hat have you yo ou u been doing for the last 12 months? The last 12 months have probably been the most important 12 months of our life. What have some of the highlights been? We’ve supported The Black Keys and Bruce Springsteen. Where was that? The Black Keys was around New Zealand. Springsteen was in Melbourne, and we’re going to support him again in the Hunter Valley. We’ve [also] toured around America and played festivals at Bonnaroo, and toured Europe as well. We’ve been to America two or three times, and Europe once. Wow. That’s busy. We’ve been really busy, and we’ve also done our headline tour ... which was fantastic. Also, Splendour in the Grass. There’s heaps going on. You must be tired by now. Yeah, I am tired, but I don’t want to stop. We’re trying to write now and get the next record going. You’re no stranger to fans on the Mid North Coast, and you’re going to be hitting up the summer festival for FOTSUN. What are you looking forward to about the smaller festivals, since you’ve been doing all these big ones? I don’t know. I think every festival is fun; I don’t really care whether it’s Splendour in the Grass or Festival of the Sun, or any of the smaller ones. The crowd is always going to be decent. I guess the deal is, there’ll be one or two stages max and still a bunch of people watching. So the crowd’s going to be energetic and loud and fun. I guess going to places like Port Macquarie or any other places that have their one festival of the year and it’s quite a big deal; it’s kind of fun, because everyone’s really pumped. It’s their summer festival. I guess people must come from all surrounding areas of the [Mid North Coast]. Tell us about the recent album. When did that come out? The album came out last September, so it’s almost been a year. That’s why the year has been so big for us. There’s

o of promoting the record and touring g been a lot the record. And for you personally, what’s it been like? Just loads of fun. It’s just been one big long gig. It’s been full on. It’s been seeing the world, really, with the band. It’s what we’ve done for the past year. We spin all over Australia and around Europe and America. We’ve circled the globe a couple of times, maybe even three times. We’re lucky.

We’ll see you guys up at Festival of the Sun. It’s going to be the funnest part of our summer festivals ...”

How would you compare the fans in Australia and their reception to your music as opposed to overseas? The record hasn’t even come out in the States yet; it comes out That’s huge for them, being so young and in a few weeks in America. It’s hard to compare so famous and getting to tour the world. It the fans, because most of the fans in America must be a great experience for them. haven’t even heard the record at all. The fans It’s fantastic ... It is quite hilarious that Elliot in Australia are energetic, but I guess that’s finished high school and all his mates were because they know The Rubens. We’re still going off to study uni degrees. He just went to trying to win over fans in the States. It’s America to record an album. He’s pretty lucky, a different deal over in the States; but yeah ... it’s been fun for all of us. It doesn’t they’re fun, they’re up for it, and matter how old we are. at the festivals we played we You have had a whirlwind 12 had a fantastic crowd. months, and you guys are They were keen. But definitely getting some what happened to So the crowd’s traction out there in the us in Australia was going to be music market. What are ud pretty unique. I energetic and lo ing you going to do for go figure it’s going and fun. I guess the next 12 months rt to take us a to places like Po other to keep upping the y an long time to get Macquarie or e on r ei th ante? We’ve got to ve ha at places th anywhere like that d an , ar ye e make a new record. It’s th of festival in America. .” al de g bi a all about how we make ite qu it’s So you guys the second record. I think are brothers, and the second record is going to obviously you’re all in be the only way we can up the the band together. What’s ante. We feel like we’ve been upping the journey like from that side the ante in a couple of our live shows, putting of things? What do your parents think more effort into them, becoming a better live of your fame, and how do they support band. But now it’s going to be about writing you along the way? Our parents are great and recording a killer second record which is with it. Jack and Elliot still live at home with notorious. It’s known for being the hardest our parents. They can afford to move out now record to make, so we’ll see. but I don’t think they’re going to do it, ‘cause When it comes to young bands, what there’s not really much point. We’re on the would be some of your advice to up road so much that if they moved out, there’d and coming locals who are looking to be an empty house sitting there wherever they get into the music scene? You guys just moved out to. They live at home with Mum started with a home demo record. Yeah, and Dad, so Mum and Dad support them in I’d recommend that for sure. You know, just that way financially.

chucking some Logic Pro Tools onto your laptop and just getting one microphone, plugging it in and recording some demos. Demos are important. And then I’d get it straight onto Triple J Unearthed. Obviously that is one of the best ways to get discovered in the country. One thing that I’ve learned from being around the industry is the record labels know who you are and the booking agents know who you are. If you’re playing heaps of shows around Sydney or whatever city you’re in, and you’re just starting to get a few people coming back to your gigs and a bit of a buzz happening – even if it’s just a small buzz – all the labels have their finger on the pulse. They’ll know who you are, and if you’re good enough they’ll give you a phone call. Don’t think that no one cares or knows who you are. If you’re trying hard enough, people will give a sh*t. You’ve mentioned you’ve opened for Springsteen and The Black Keys. What would be your dream band or singer or artist to tour with or open for? I’ve always said The Rolling Stones to this question, but that would be to say that I’ve supported The Rolling Stones, but they’re kind of old now. They’re awesome, and I would’ve liked to have supported them back in the ‘80s or ‘70s. What about a current band? I think Outkast. Thanks for your time today, Sam. Is there anything else we should know about that’s coming up for you guys other than just keep rocking? We’ll see you guys up at Festival of the Sun. It’s going to be the funnest part of our summer festivals. greater port macquarie focus 23



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Just an hour’s drive north of Port Macquarie at the mouth of the Macleay River lies peaceful South West Rocks, or the ‘rocks’, as it is affectionately known by locals. outh West Rocks is bordered by crystal clear beaches, a haven for divers and sun-bakers alike and the Arakoon State Recreation Area. With a population of 5,000, South West Rocks is the perfect destination for a quiet holiday on the Mid North Coast. The town of South West Rocks was established in 1896; however, the iconic history of the area dates back to May 13, 1770, when the first European, Captain James Cook none the less, spotted smoke from a fire on the headland, which he then aptly named Smoky Cape. His log entry reads “point or headland, on which were fires that caused a great quantity of smoke, which occasioned my giving it the name Smoky Cape.” The Smoky Cape Lighthouse was later built and opened in 1891 – designed by the Colonial Architect, James Barnet, and featuring a coach house, stables and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The head Lightkeepers Cottage now houses a delightful B&B. The lighthouse is built in a distinctive octagonal shape, and the cottage has been located in a shelf cut into the rocks on the headland. Soon after, construction began on the Pilots Station, and the town slowly grew up around this activity. The name of the town is a result of the pilot officer instructing vessels to anchor in Trial Bay, so the rocks would be south-west of their anchorage, and this would ensure their ship would be in deep water. The locals decided upon the name for the town in the 1910s. South West Rocks has eight beaches, the most popular being Horseshoe Bay, as it is patrolled by life guards through the school holidays and is great for small children because of the shallow water and small waves. To the left of Horseshoe Bay is Back Beach, which is a bit quieter if you want to escape the crowds and just relax in the sun. Around the corner at Arakoon is a smaller beach aptly named Little Bay; however small, the surf can get rough, and the beach is not patrolled. A good surfing beach is Gap Beach. Gap Beach is accessible by foot from the duck pond at Little Bay or the parking lot at the end of Gap Beach Road. Main Beach is more open and runs right around the Gaol. One of the best spots to sink your hook and catch some fish is Smoky Beach. Locals can be seen dotted along the breakwall at the mouth of

the Macleay river and also around the back of the Gaol is another quiet spot to fish. Local fisherman are always willing to give you their hints and tips on the best spots too; just ask and they’ll only be too happy to oblige. The river, estuaries and backwaters of South West Rocks are a fisherman’s paradise, with Blackfish, Bream, Whiting, Tailor, Mullet, Flathead and Jewfish caught downstream of Kempsey. The native Bass, or Perch as they are known on the coast, are also caught in the Macleay River. The Macleay River is recognised as one of the last strongholds of the Australian Bass in NSW, and some excellent catches can be expected from October to April. Don’t forget that all keen fishers require a licence to fish. There are two dive centres in South West Rocks who cater for beginners through to advanced divers. By far the most popular place to dive would be Fish Rock Cave, which lies just off the coast of Smoky Cape, and is a tunnel that passes through the entire island – a distance of approx. 120 m. Divers from around the world come to the rocks to explore the cave. Here the diver can enjoy an underwater cave, abundant reefs, steep walls, peaks, ridges and gullies, magnificent sponge gardens and an unbelievable variety of marine creatures. Whether your interest is swimming, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing, you are bound to find something you enjoy at South West Rocks, whether for a day, a weekend or the week. Sporting facilities include an 18 hole golf course, bowling greens, tennis and squash courts, bushwalking tracks and a swimming pool. Surfskis and catamarans can be hired on the beach at Arakoon, so you can explore the pristine waters off the coast. Fishing boats, boogie boards and push bikes can be hired, and charter fishing boats operate from the entrance of the Macleay River. There are many walking tracks in the Macleay region some that even start in town so you don’t have to drive to get to them. The first walk is from the surf club at Main Beach to Trial Bay Gaol along the beach. This walk is best done at low tide and takes 1.5 hours round trip. There are walks through the Arakoon State Recreation Area and Hat Head National Park too; just be sure to let someone know where you are going if you are heading off the beaten track, for safety.



Celebrate our 1st birthday Coffs Harbour Butterfly House One of Coffs Harbour's most amazing attractions is the award winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. When you enter the Butterfly House you will be almost instantly surrounded by hundreds of live Australian butterflies. You can share their world as they fly, court, mate, sip nectar or rest in the light showing off their fascinating colours and patterns. A butterfly may even mistake you for a flower and land on you. Knowledgeable guides are always on hand to answer any of your butterfly questions and to share the experience of the butterfly life-cycle with you – a scene that is constantly unfolding in the breeding area. The Butterfly House is one of only three fully enclosed, climate controlled butterfly houses in Australia and the only public display of live butterflies of its kind operating in New South Wales. It’s always summer at the Butterfly House! Local people are especially encouraged to share the 'butterfly experience'. To do this, free entry is provided for each local who brings an 'out of town' visitor. All that is required is proof of residency. (Conditions apply.) Don’t miss the fascinating gift shop, and the café with lovely homemade morning or afternoon teas and light lunches.

Head out for a day trip to the Long Flat countryside

Jenelle Nosworthy’s fondest childhood memories include the many hours spent in the kitchen baking beside her grandma. These warm memories and Grandma’s original handwritten recipes are the inspiration behind much of the menu at one of the newest hidden treasures of the Hastings – MISS NELLIE’S CAFÉ. Located in the township of Kendall, where the beaches of the Camden Haven meet the lush scenic valleys of the hinterland, MISS NELLIE’S CAFÉ is a modern-yet-classic haven for locals and visitors alike. The delightful country-style café celebrates the best of the Hastings’ local produce and offers something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxing morning coffee with a book on the verandah, treat yourself to a homemade cake or Devonshire tea with homemade jam, or bring family and friends to enjoy a light meal, children’s menu or a scoop of ice cream! While you’re there, why not browse the shelves and take home some local goodies and gourmet gifts. Just 4 minutes’ drive from the Kew turnoff on the Pacific Highway, MISS NELLIE’S welcoming atmosphere truly offers a taste of home! Miss Nellie’s is open 6 days a week, from 9am - 4pm. CLOSED WEDNESDAY. BYO, EFTPOS, groups welcome, lunch bookings recommended. Ph: 6559 0085.

The Long Flat Hotel Owners David, Judith and Craig Sonter offer great service, icy cold beers on tap, family-friendly bistro dining and fresh coffee. Located in the picturesque countryside and focused on good old fashioned hospitality, the Long Flat Pub is the perfect place to relax and take a break, have morning tea or lunch in our peaceful outdoor setting, celebrate a special occasion, and visit a piece of local history. • Live Music every 3rd Sunday of each month • Social Morning Tea on Monday 16th December Visit somewhere different and unique this holidays and bring the family (pets welcome outdoors only) out for a day trip to the Long Flat countryside.

Get Close to Nature! • Walk amongst 100’s of live Australian Butterflies • Get lost... in our Maze! • Souvenir & Gift Shop • Have lunch & yummy scones Open 9 - 4 Tues to Sun, 7 days in NSW school holidays COFFS HARBOUR

Butterfly House

5 Strouds Road Bonville Exit off Pacific Highway at TD18 (Lyons Rd) 9Kms south of Coffs Harbour p: 02 6653 4766 w: greater port macquarie focus 25


ex Zonta & Rotary have combined forces to present a huge craft expo offering creative handcrafted products via 80 stalls. The major beneficiary this year is Bravehearts, whose aim is to make Australia the safest place to raise children by 2020. ackground The 4th annual Port Macquarie Craft Expo will be held on Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 November at the Port Macquarie Racecourse. The Expo is a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie and the Zonta Club of Port Macquarie. The Expo began in an interesting fashion. The then President of the Rotary Club was holidaying in Tasmania and happened to be in Deloraine as a major Craft Fair was being held. The fair was and still is run by the local Rotary Club. This is a major event with about 230 exhibitors held over 4 days involving 10 different venues and attracting many thousands of visitors from Tasmania, the mainland and from throughout the world. The president decided that the Rotary Club should develop such an Expo in Port Macquarie but, on investigating the possibilities, it was discovered that the local Zonta Club was already running a much smaller event. Rather than compete, the Rotary planners discussed with Zonta the possibility of joining with them to expand their operation. Once the concept was agreed, a joint venture was established with a joint committee and it was decided that the two parties would be equal participants in all respects. All proceeds are used to further the international and local programs of Zonta and Rotary. This year’s beneficiary is Bravehearts whose key purpose is to educate, empower and protect Australian kids from sexual assault. Their Vision is to make Australia the safest place

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in the world to raise a child by 2020. To achieve this they depend on business, government and community support. This will ensure continued delivery of their school-based prevention programs as well as training, counselling, support and advocacy for survivors. It will also allow continued research and important legislative reform agenda. Since it was founded by Hetty Johnston in September 1997, Bravehearts has successfully moved this once taboo subject out of the shadows and into the light. As a result of its persistence, this distinction was acknowledged and supported by the Commonwealth Government and its COAG partners via the National Framework for the Protection of Australia’s Children (2009-2020). Organisations involved Zonta - Zonta International is a global organization with over 30,000 members in 64 countries working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. It was founded in 1919 in USA. The name Zonta is derived from a Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”. International projects seek to improve the position of women in developing countries and to prevent violence against women, as well as leadership and youth development programs. Local projects include birthing kits which provide for a clean and safe birthing environment and breast care cushions to provide comfort to women after breast cancer surgery. Zonta also supports Australia’s only safe house for women. Rotary - The Port Macquarie Rotary Club is one of three clubs in Port Macquarie and is part of

Rotary International which is the oldest and largest service organization in the world with more than 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries. Rotary has served the needs of communities worldwide since 1905 and it’s motto is “Service Above Self”. Rotary clubs are non political, non religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. The Port Macquarie club meets every Wednesday evening at 5.30pm for 6pm start at the Port Panthers Club, Settlement City.

Macquarie and the products on view and for sale are not just traditional craft but include beautiful homewares, a variety of quality jewellery and unusual items such as preserved flowers, funky dolls and indigenous craft that would make great Christmas gifts. ar ’s

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International projects include major ventures in PNG, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands. Local projects include the Rotary Community Centre, Rotary Lodge at the base hospital and Towers of Strength lifesaver towers at all the local beaches. The Event This is now a major event with more than 80 stalls, all under cover. The focus is on quality hand crafted products with no imported, manufactured or second hand items. There will also be some craft supplies suitable for patchwork, card making and beading as well as porcelain doll kits etc. More than 25 of the stalls are new to Port

A number of stallholders will be giving demonstrations during the expo and there will be some workshops which can be booked in advance. The details are on our website.

A family affair There will be a variety of food and drink stalls and this gives patrons a chance to rest between shopping bouts. Live music will be performed during the weekend by groups as well as individuals. A major feature of the weekend is children’s activities ranging from a jumping castle and pony rides to the Kidz Corner where they can have their faces painted and make craft items to take home. Entry is $5 per adult with children under 12 free. Concession holders will receive 2 for 1 entry on Sunday. There will be a lucky gate prize of a weekend away as well as raffles drawn each hour. Further Information Website Enquiries 0457 640 715

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Fresh pan seared Red Snapper fillet served with colcannon potato cake, cherry tomatoes, wilted mixed greens, capsicum essence and beurre blanc from Quay Lime.

eat. Dining Guide is available for iPhone & Android App Store.

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eat. Chicken sous vide with pickled heirloom beetroot, broadbeans, wild mushrooms radish sprouts and master stock reduction.

Come in and try our famous wood fired pizzas.

Restaurant Synergy

Zebu bar + grill

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

Pizza lovers, Mario is back! The man who made the very first pizza in Zebu has returned with his signature recipe for wood fired pizza dough learned from years of working in Italian restaurants all over the world, including 10 years under Master Enzo in Pino's Italian Restaurant in Crows Nest. Exec Chef Adam Tait has teamed this with the release of his new Zebu Bar Menu, with a mouth watering selection of divine dishes, including Ruben Sandwich, Wagyu Beef Burger and Tequila marinated prawns with chilli and lime. Diary Date: New Year's Poison Ivy - Super Heroes and Villains collide for a night of villainous fun. $150pp, including canapés, main and sinful dessert buffet. 4 Hour beverage package and dancing, DJ and gaming in Poison Ivy's den!

Enjoy an intimate dining experience, serving modern Australian Cuisine at its best. Private dining rooms available for up to 20 guests, or for larger events, consider our spectacular ocean roof top.

Sunday special $50pp - 2 course choice menu with complimentary bottle of wine.

Executive Chef Nathaniel.

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

Exec Chef Adam Tait & Pizza Chef Mario Sroka.

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

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill Scampis Seafood Bar and Grill enjoys magnificent ocean views and a delicious menu, taking advantage of local fresh seafood and the expertise of an experienced head chef. Scampis is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch or dinner. Why not ask about our Christmas party options, whether it be for family, friends or work colleagues, we have the venue, the atmosphere and the menu to suit your needs. Watch our for our NEW menu arriving soon.

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar Escape the bustle of the CBD and rediscover the tranquility of the marina with a sun kissed lunch or romantic dinner on Spinnakers Deck at Sails Resort by Rydges Port Macquarie. Join us on Wednesday evenings from 5pm -8pm for live acoustic sounds and tasting plates overlooking the water... Wind down from a busy week at the office with our Friday Night Piano Bar with live tunes from Joachim Thomas on the Baby Grand from 5pm – 8pm every week. Start your weekend off with a good dose of sun and fresh sea air with an alfresco breakfast amongst the yachts and stroll around the peninsula. Diary Date: New Year's Eve on the Marina! Seafood Buffet $99pp - 6pm til 1am. Live Entertainment and front row seats for the fireworks.

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar at Sails Resort Port Macquarie by Rydges. Park St, Port Macquarie at the roundabout, opposite Settlement City t 6589 5200 open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6.45am, 7 days a week.

Owners Mark and Jackie Holt.

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

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eat. Tuesday nights - Buy one pasta get one for $5

Café 66 Café 66 is renowned around the world for their quality Italian cuisine, and the warm family style hospitality. You can enjoy an intimate meal for two, or book a group function. There is also a daily blackboard menu to select from and a function menu that caters for all tastes and budgets. Tuesday nights - buy one pasta get one for $5. Wednesday and Thursday breakfast - bacon & eggs + standard coffee, all for $10.90. Takeaway menu also availble.

Head Chef Jamie Payten

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66 Clarence Street Port Macquarie t 6583 2484 open Closed all day Monday and Sunday nights only. No surcharge on Sundays.

Off the Hook Off the Hook is owned and operated by Paul and Narelle Walsh. We offer a great variety of choice: tasty old style hamburgers, snacks, salads and of course, fish and chips. We have added a larger selection of fish to our menu, including our favourite, the Flathead fillets. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after 4pm are our extra special nights; pay just $9.90 for two fillets of fish and chips. There’s nothing better than a meal by the edge of the beautiful Hastings River.

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

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The friendly staff.


PHILL Saltafosso

CafĂŠ 66 has been a local favourite for many, many years. We catch up with Phill and find out the secret to this much loved restaurant and its famous dishes.


hen did you first become interested in cookery as a career? I've always been interested in cooking; some of my fondest memories as a child was cooking with mum and making home made macaroni, aroncini balls and stuffed artichokes, to mention a few. It was a fairly natural transition into professional cooking. I worked in an Italian restaurant in Sydney and all the cooks were Italian mothers; I really love that style of cooking. I suppose you could call it rustic cooking using the freshest ingredients and secret recipes handed down from mother to mother.

favourite dishes. I love a good bolognese and you just can't go past our veal carbonara, pollo involtini or our risottos. Wine matching is important for restaurateurs – tell us about your wine choices. A lot of people don't realise we are licensed; we have a fairly extensive variety of wines to choose from at a reasonable price, including wines by the glass. When it comes to wine matching, the general rule of the thumb is to find out what the customers enjoy drinking and then match the food to the wine. It can get a bit tricky depending on customers' taste and preferences. How do you cater for special dietary

When it comes to creating a seasonal menu, what do you take into consideration? A lot of our menu remains the same all year round – our locals would kills us if we took them off the menu. But when it comes to our chef's specials, we try to use local products in season.

needs? There seems to be more people

What is your favourite dish on the menu currently and why? I have a lot of

speciality would be our tiramisu, which is

requiring dietary needs now than ever. We have designed our menu and sauces to cater for most dietary needs. What's your specialty sweet menu item? We are currently working on our dessert menu and at the moment our made on premises. greater port macquarie focus 31

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What's New at Mi Casa New owners of Mi Casa Spanish Café, Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Brendan and Jennis Field, are excited to bring the authentic tastes of Spain to Port Macquarie. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere and Spanish vibe whilst overlooking the Town Green. Mi Casa is now open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday to Sunday, from 8am to 2pm, and dinner is served 7 days from 5.30pm. Takeaway coffees are also available, using Gabriel's premium blend coffee. ALL DAY TAPAS MENU!


from The Stunned Mullet

SHOW M E THE LO VE Sometimes us hospitality long timers feel like we should be awarded an honorary psychology degree. hough we may not be practised in essay writing and not known to frequent libraries, we are extremely well versed in good old practical experience.


Our chosen vocation necessitates virtually constant human interaction. Loners need not apply for any roles in our industry. A steady flow of patrons in and out of the doors, a constant hum of conversation, clattering of cutlery and bursts of raucous laughter, the yell for 'service' from the kitchen, the shorthand bursts of communication between ourselves – this is the soundtrack our working days and nights is played to. People are everywhere – their bottoms on our seats, their questions awaiting the answer of a ringing telephone. They are arriving out back to deliver our fresh fish, fruit and veg and dairy. They are starting and finishing their shifts, or making cocktails, or plating up your scrumptious dinner. In any one moment, there are so many things happening. If we’re lucky, we learn to be masters of prioritisation and multi-tasking. If we’re not, a career change is imminent! There are many skills required in the business that are methodical and mechanical ... But more importantly than any adherence to procedures, thinking on our feet and the attributes above – is purely and simply – feeling the love! The love for fellow human beings, the love of the art of conversation, the love of meeting people from far and wide, the ability to celebrate diversity and a fascination for human nature – a genuine interest in what makes people tick. Hence the psychology bit! To be a great host in a hospitality sense, you really need this passion for humanity, warts and all. An amazing waitperson has a sixth sense about

each individual patron. They will often be able to predict a need before it arises ... deflect a potential problem before it becomes an issue. It’s essentially about having the ability to connect with another person, to be able to see the humanity in all of us. To work in a highly pressurised, stressful environment and still act with patience, humility and respect, to realise we are all different, all flawed and all amazing in our own ways.

So many favourites to choose from and the perfect way to share with friends! Try our ‘Chorizo Con Gambas’, Tiger Prawns and Spanish sausage sautéed in sweet sherry, garlic and butter, or the ‘Pulpo A La Gallego’, Baby Octopus d marinated in olive oil and our own blend o of herbs and spices, then flame grilled to order.

Don’t miss out on a taste of the traditional Spanish dish Paella, served with your choice of chicken, chorizo, seafood, or a mix.”

Don’t miss out on a taste of the traditional Spanish dish Paella, served with your choice of chicken, chorizo, seafood, or a mix. Make a reservation at Mi Casa Spanish Cafe & Restaurant today!

It isn’t an easy job, that is for certain. And we all have our bad days – this goes for even the most professional of us. Sometimes the constant stress and physical exhaustion gets the better of us. There are only few other occupations that come with the same burnout rate. And once you start to lose the love, it's time to move on and head towards a more solitary occupation … Without the love, I don’t believe it possible to be successful in this game. It is all encompassing, all consuming. Every day is like its own little theatrical production – requiring both rehearsal and improvisation, simultaneously. It is, in equal measures, exhilarating and exhausting, fantastic and frustrating. But when it all comes together, it is magical. We gain massive amounts of satisfaction from our happy customers. We love getting to know a bit about you and having a little bit of banter. We glow with pride when you write a great review. We especially love a challenge – when we get someone who is resistant, suspicious or cranky to walk out with a huge smile on their face! At the end of the day, we never really know what each day will bring, but if we can have a laugh, know that we have made someone happy and have a beer at the end of it, having avoided any major disasters – we are streets ahead! greater port macquarie focus 33

Performing at the Fig Friday 22 November

Richard Clapton at the Fig Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters. Clapton paved the way for three generations of songwriters to write about the experience of being Australian. When he began his recording career in 1973, Australia was still in vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the deep water and in his wake followed the Skyhooks and Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil and hundreds of others. Clapton’s songs are still on the radio. His records chart the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generations. Clapton grew up in Sydney in the 1960s. He hopped a plane for London and then later to Germany where he wrote a first album, Prussian Blue (1973). It was the first major ‘singersongwriter’ album in Australia. In 1975, Clapton had the critics on side, but Festival Records insisted on a hit single. However, it was the song they picked as a b-side called Girls On the Avenue that reached #2 on the national charts and put Clapton at the top of his class. Like Americans Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen, Richard Clapton developed a sound based on melodic Rock, while his lyrics were poetic musings on his state of mind or the state of the nation. By 1975, Clapton had set the themes he was to explore for the coming three decades. There were frequent escapes to his spiritual second home in Berlin to recharge and get a fresh perspective on Australia; there was Clapton’s love/hate relationship with the Pop Music culture; his often-tormented sense of growing up and his eye for the political landscape and how it affected Australians.

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Quay Lime Loft Bar Summer Fruits

Take a look at our new summer menu, with fresh salads and sumptuous seafood!

This is one of the most exciting months of the year. Summer fruit becomes more readily available. All the beautiful stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, mangoes, plums, apricots and cherries are arriving!

There is something extra for the kids too – receive a free busy nippers activity bag with every kids’ meal and ask our friendly staff to feed the fish swimming below!

Mangoes are in short supply at the moment due to the mild winter with the blossoms falling off, both in the Northern Territory and North Queensland. But the good news for mango lovers; we will still have a good supply. Local blueberries from Comboyne have started to arrive, and the supply will increase as we advance into November. Local veggies that will be arriving shortly will be beans from Telegraph Point and zucchinis from Wauchope. There will be plenty of local Lebanese cucumbers available to go with all the local fancy lettuces, so how about making a great salad! Everything is looking good, but a nice shower of rain would help our local farmers so much. Cheers, Ken.

The Quay Lime Loft Bar is now OPEN from 6pm Wed - Fri and from 8am Sat - Sun, where you can relax on the balcony and soak up some rays! Come and check out Port’s local talent every Wednesday night, with open mic kicking off from 7pm. The live entertainment continues throughout the week. Keep up to date with our facebook page to see What’s on! Happy hour – $5 house pour wines, $5 NZ Pure and $8 cocktails every Thursday and Friday 6 - 8pm and Sunday 3 - 6pm. Don’t forget to book for our New Year’s Eve retro party. Watch the fireworks on the deck and be entertained by our live DJ and band! Quay Lime – a stylish space where you can enjoy a delicious meal, a relaxing drink, watch the amazing marine life swim by and listen to free live music every weekend.



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come and join us for BINGO every Monday from 10.30am and Thursday evenings. FREE TRIVIA, raffle prize giveaways and cash countdown every Wednesday from 5.30pm. Friday raffles with over 50 prizes to give away; tickets on sale from 6.30pm. FREE live entertainment every Friday night and a free courtesy bus to pick you up and take you home. New and Exclusive Raffle Vouchers! We are now offering our exclusive ‘Raffle Vouchers’, that can be redeemed at any of the following stores: Khodary’s Pharmacy, Growers Market, Lighthouse Meats, Waniora Meats, Baskin Robin, Fredos Meats, IGA Gordon St, IGA Wauchope, BP Service Station at Tacking Point and the Donut. If you are a business that would like to be a part of our raffle vouchers, please contact Kelly: So much more than just a golf club!


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Here comes Christmas, coffee and tea lovers! The best gifts are the ones to be enjoyed together and of course, here at Café BUZZ we love to enjoy our fresh roasted coffees and quality organic teas with our friends. Your local Café BUZZ has a full range of coffee beans, tea leaves and locally grown and produced products for you to pick from.

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is gearing up for the Plate & Palate Discovery fundraiser on 14 November at The Stunned Mullet. Community Liaison Officer Kylie Morris tells us more …

he next event on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s fundraising calendar is just around the corner. What makes this an event not to be missed? The Plate & Palate Discovery fundraiser on the evening of Thursday 14 November will involve a terrific combination of fine food, fun, fundraising and an opportunity to find out more about the helicopter service. Guests will have the opportunity to sample cuisine from award-winning restaurant The Stunned Mullet. Lou Perri is designing an exquisite canapé menu created from tastes around the world to tantalise tastebuds, with each serve accompanied by perfectly paired fine wine or boutique beer. As the major sponsor of the event, Charles Sturt University will be providing insight into the future of medical training in our local area and will outline the university’s plans to contribute to allied health and medical education in the region. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to help guests understand what the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service offers to the community and the vital role it plays, often behind the scenes, in the health of so many Hastings residents every year. The event offers a terrific opportunity to enjoy a great night out while supporting the health of our region. As you mentioned, Charles Sturt University have come on board as the major sponsor of the event. Can you explain the collaboration between the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and CSU? CSU has recognised the importance of 38

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providing regional Australia with access to emergency services and has responded to this need by bringing their successful paramedics course to the Port Macquarie Campus. There is such a bright future for CSU’s paramedics students in the area, with technology advancements such as the ambulance simulator, the first of its kind in Australia being offered to students on campus. Senior lecturer and paramedic program leader Joe Acker will be working closely with the Ambulance Service of NSW and Mid North Coast Local Area Health to produce workready health professionals through the local CSU campus. CSU’s sponsorship of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service displays the university’s commitment to our community’s health and wellbeing on the Mid North Coast. CSU’s vision for the Port Macquarie campus is to draw on the strengths of the region and its people to create a sustainable learning community dedicated to local growth and prosperity. We see that there are significant synergies between our two organisations, and we look forward to working with CSU to achieve better health outcomes for our Mid North Coast communities. What vital services does the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service provide in the local area? The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service operates across the Mid North Coast, Hunter, New England – North West, and Central Coast regions. With four active helicopters, we operate 24 hours a day every day of the year, undertaking more than 1,000 missions each year. On average we conduct three missions per week on the Mid North Coast, including

primary accidents, secondary missions, which include the transportation of patients for specialist care, and search and rescue missions. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service conducted 35 primary missions in the Hastings alone last year, in addition to 78 inter-hospital patient transfers from the Hastings.

service requires a large amount of funding, with equipment ranging from a single rotor blade costing approximately $200,000 down to night vision goggles costing $15,000. For every 4,500 flight hours we require an engine overhaul which costs up to $250,000 and for every 1 hour flight there is 3.5 hours of maintenance hours to be conducted.

On board the rescue helicopters is a crew of highly trained and skilled paramedics and medical staff, pilots, air and rescue crew members.

It is the community’s own rescue helicopter service, because it is the community who value and support the rescue helicopter and are committed to ensuring it remains a free aeromedical service.

In September this year the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was named Winner of the Community and Social Services category at the 2013 Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards, which is a testament to the hard work of all our staff, volunteers and the invaluable community support we receive. No-one has ever paid to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. How does the Service continue to provide this service at no cost to users? Local community support has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the development and positioning of the rescue helicopter as a vital emergency service. The community and the NSW Government, through NSW Health and the Ambulance Service of NSW, provide the funds which ensure the rescue helicopters are there when and where they are needed. Events and fundraising initiatives like this Plate & Palate Discovery night are happening all across the state, with 33 Volunteer Support Groups established in the Service’s operational regions. Statewide there were 3,339 helicopter missions in 2011 at an estimated cost of $112.1 million, with our operating budget in excess of $13 million per year. Running the

What are some of the highlights on the Service’s community event calendar in the Hastings? Recently the Service has held some highly successful fundraising and community events, including the Lamington Drive, which saw almost 6,000 lamingtons being dipped in chocolate, rolled in coconut and delivered across the Hastings, raising $3,000 for the Service. Our 10th Annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Charity Golf Day at Emerald Downs raised $8,000 in September this year, with 72 people taking part. As well as hosting our own fundraising events, we are the very fortunate recipients of donations from other events such as the Health, Medical and Disability Expo in August and the inaugural Head to Head Walk Run, which attracted more than 250 participants at Crescent Head. Where can people get their tickets to the Plate & Palate Discovery? Please visit www. or email me at or call 0429 818 627. This event is proudly Supported by

What an event! What a great day! The SBS Feast 2013 Tastings on Hastings was another fantastic event for us at Peak Coffee. We love to be able to get out amongst the local community and support those customers who have supported us. For the first time we introduced our Cold Drip Coffee Slushie, and what a success! The poor slushie machine had a hard time keeping up. Peak Coffee were also very proud to have been involved in the Charity Coffee Auction, where we raised just under $1,200. The funds will be donated to the Port Macquarie Youth Hub – a fantastic local organisation which helps keep our youth off the streets, amongst many other things. Congratulations to everyone involved in ‘Tastings’. The organisers, stall holders, everyone who attended and also the weather turned up and put on a show. Don't forget, we have an amazing range of coffee origins to suit all tastes and brewing styles, as well as our famous Cold Brew, so get on down to the Peak Coffee Brew Lab and find out what all the fuss is about!

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There are twelve sculptures and eighteen prints in this exhibition at the Glasshouse. There is no common theme or thread to the work, but there is a discernible sensibility.”

Leach-Jones Th Gl The Glasshouse h R Regional i lG Gallery ll hosts h t an array of eclectic and stunning exhibitions throughout the year, and the current exhibition of Alun Leach-Jones’ work is a fine example. With a widely acclaimed artistic career that has spanned over 50 years, the collection of Alun’s sculptures and prints should be a highlight on your cultural calendar …

i Alun. I’ve read that you commenced studying art at the Liverpool College of Art (UK), with further studies completed at the South Australian School of Art after you immigrated to Australia in 1960. Some artists complete formal study, and others don’t ... so how valuable do you feel this study was for you personally? I studied painting and drawing part-time at the Liverpool College of Art (U.K) and then printmaking at the South Australian School of Art after I immigrated to Australia in 1960. When I was appointed to head of painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1971, I undertook and completed an M.A. After many years of studio practice, I have come to the view that formal study can be helpful and in many ways fulfilling, but it is not critical. Working in the studio, asking different questions and searching for answers to the way forward is what really counts. It is doing the actual work, experimenting, pushing oneself forward and making discoveries for oneself that is really where the true learning occurs. You’ve now had scores of exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, and been elected an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter – Printmakers in London, among other notable achievements. What have been some of the proudest moments of your artistic career to date (and why)? Proud is not a word that I have given much thought to, but I guess my first solo exhibition at the Australian Galleries in Melbourne in 1964 pleased me − a first step in what has now 40 greater port macquarie focus.

become a lengthy career. Having works acquired by many public collections both in Australia and overseas is both reassuring and satisfying. Being selected to participate in the important exhibition, 'The Field', that opened the new National Gallery of Victoria was important to me. Also, being selected for a number of artist’s residences both in Australia and abroad proved critical in the development of my work. A deeply satisfying aspect of your question is the fact that I am still hard at work in the studio, still asking questions that never have final answers and having a career now of over fifty years. Without trying to put a label on your work, it’s often described as ‘abstract’. Would you say this is a fair description – I’m actually curious what the word ‘abstract’ means to you in an artistic sense? I think my work is really non figurative. Abstract suggests taking something from something else, outside of painting itself. My work’s expressiveness comes from the nature of painting itself; it is self referential and comes from the possibilities of how painting itself can be truly inventive and innovative. Describe the exhibition you’ll be presenting at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie ... I understand this will be an exhibition of your sculptures, but roughly how many pieces will be on display, and is there a common theme or thread that ties the pieces together? There are twelve sculptures and eighteen prints in this exhibition at the Glasshouse. There is no common theme or thread to the work, but there is a discernible sensibility.

impressions of the area? I am familiar with the Mid North Coast, having travelled quite a bit. I love the coastal landscape − beautiful and thrilling. However, I must confess I am really a creature of cities!

What are some of the unique joys and conversely, challenges, you face when working with bronze? Wood magnets are What’s keeping you busy in a creative first made before the bronze casting process. sense lately? Are you currently working The problems and solutions arise in the making of the wooden magnets; this is where on some new pieces, or planning more upcoming exhibitions? I am always the real expressiveness is achieved. working and testing out hopefully The casting of the bronze is new and fresh ideas. No day relatively straightforward, goes by without work in but this can at times the studio. I never plan be difficult. The work Working in the for exhibitions; they just evolves and is always in studio, asking happen when works a state of flux until the ns different questio are finalised. There r final casting. and searching fo will always be ideas, ay w e How does the answers to th ly al projects and challenges re t ha w creative process forward is up ahead that I can never ” ... counts work for you when anticipate. you face a blank I believe your wife, Nola canvas, or an unformed Jones, accompanied you for piece of bronze? Do you the opening of your show at the usually have an idea in mind gallery and that she is a sculptor? of what you’d like to create before Yes. Nola is a sculptor. She makes sculpture you start working on a piece, or is in mixed media … wood, steel, found the process more fluid and evolves objects. She uses colour on all her work. as you continue to create? With any work She has donated a work to the Glasshouse the process of asking questions is the first Gallery. There is a major book on her work step. I generally start with many options, coming out early next year with a text by Joe many random fragmentary drawings, notes about colour … searching for a primary shape Elsenberg, Director, National Regional Gallery to coincide with a major survey of her work to start the process of making. The visual at his gallery. image slowly emerges, then it's a matter of Thanks Alun. Interview by Jo Atkins. adjustment and correction, going backwards

and forwards until some sort of resolution appears. How familiar are you with the Mid North Coast of NSW – you’ve visited Port Macquarie recently, so what were your

the plug! See the exhibition of Alun Leach-Jones’ work at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery from October 4 to December 1.

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Friends of the Glasshouse

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The 2014 Glasshouse Season is being launched this month, and the Friends of the Glasshouse are taking the opportunity to celebrate with a dinner after the event (see advertisement below). “We are all excited about what will be in the Glasshouse theatre 2014 program, so having a celebratory dinner after the launch just adds to the excitement of the night,” said Friends spokesperson, Ms. Anne Phillips. Many of the members of the Friends have been long-term supporters of arts and cultural activities in Port Macquarie. “We built on the work of the Friends of the Art Gallery," Ms. Phillips said, “and we have now expanded considerably to include a broad range of community members who are passionate about further cultural development in the local area, as well as local business people who appreciate the need for

value for money. “One of our key aims is to be strong advocates for activities across all the Arts to encourage community engagement with the Glasshouse.” Ms. Phillips added that the group saw their activities as supporting greater community participation the Glasshouse. “We do this by organising social events that are linked to the Glasshouse calendar,” Ms. Phillips said. “We also organise events that provide opportunities for profiling young musicians from our community.” The Friends of the Glasshouse would welcome other people from the community who share their passion for all the arts, visual, performing and literary. If you would like to find out more about the Friends, contact Dr Jenny Hutchison: 6584 4294 or


wit h Belinda G i b s o n

middle-of-the-road – adjective 1. moderate, 2. ordinary, average, mundane, unremarkable, humdrum, unexciting n programming an annual season of


faced with working through the reality of

shows each year at the Glasshouse,

production costs, available dates in our

we believe our audiences are worth

venue aligning with other venues to form

more than mundane, humdrum and

a viable touring itinerary, federal and state

average. We believe that if you are going

funding being secured … and after all

to make an investment of your time and

that, hoping the cast is still available. Many

money, you deserve much more in return

a great show has been lost in that process!

than ‘unremarkable’.

From what survives this process of budgets

Pulling together our annual shows

and schedules, we must then make a

to present to you each year is a huge

choice – is this the best possible offering

responsibility and one which we take very

that we can present to you? The answer

seriously. It is also one of our greatest joys.

is not about what I or anyone at the

At this time of year we all feel a sense of excitement and renewed passion for the year ahead.

Glasshouse ‘likes’; this is about ensuring that you, our audience, receives a diverse program of the best available theatre.

This month as we release our 2014

Each work must still contain something

Season, you see for the first time what we

special that makes it worthy of not just our

have been working on for the last two to

investment – but also yours.

three years. I wish I could tell you there was some magic formula we use to select each show we present – if only we could type some data into a spreadsheet, hear a ‘ping’ and we instantly pick a winner. Believe me, if there was a magic formula,

We know that not everyone will like everything – that would be wonderful, but is an unrealistic ideal. None of us like all the same things, and choosing our entertainment is no different.

theatre producers wouldn’t regularly be

It is quite reasonable not to like things

losing their homes to a show that looked

and make a personal choice not to see it.

like a sure thing but went belly up!

Equally though, it is important though to

The truth is most of the process of choice

spend some time to understand things

is quite mundane. Of the thousands of

and make an informed choice. What we

pieces of theatre being created each

present has not been selected on a whim

year, only a few hundred will ever make

– it has survived a process of selection

it to market. From that, an even smaller

lasting two to three years. We know that

selection receives enough support from

each one of these shows has something

presenters and venues to put together a

that has set it apart from the rest; you may

tour. From that, an even smaller selection

just need to step away from the middle of

is suitable for our audience. We are then

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s o c i a l s c e n e with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie.

Below. Sue's CoastFront Realty team, and Mermaid Eloise Osborne

Below. Craig Simon and Josh Corkhill at The Golden Bean Comp

Below. Kylie Malligan, Mark, Bianca and Adam Lyons - Celebrating 30 years of BBQs Galore PMQ.


Above. Dr David Wood & Laura Dalton, Photo Courtesy of Iron & Clay

Dance feve fever has hit the town … with locals shaking their groove thang in the name of charity in the lead up to the biggest boogie event in Hastings history! ickets to the show have literally shimmied out the door, with just a few spots remaining for the first ever Dancing with Hastings Stars. I am super pleased to have finally met my dance partner, Jason, fresh off the plane from the USA, and we are in lockdown in super cram dance mode to get on track with the other dancers in just 3 weeks' time – nothing like last minute! Between battling jetlag and trying to teach a totally inept student how to shake it, he is managing to help me contain the waves of sheer panic that periodically flood over me and render me a dribbling mess on the floor ... turn, turn, kick AAAAH! More practice required immediately! Such a fun night ahead, marred only by lingering memories of me as an eight year old girl waiting backstage excitedly to cartwheel out to Jonny Farnham’s Take the Pressure Down replaying in my head – black kung fu shoes, fluoro yellow top and ribbons to match with little black and yellow leggings … being counted in … cart wheeling across the stage and colliding with my bestie Jodie Bowling front and centre and promptly falling off the stage into the crowd … nightmares … cold sweat … good lord! It all started with a message in a Corona bottle … Sue Jogever hosted a fabulous coastal soiree in early October for 100 special clients and friends to launch into spring with a coastal theme, celebrating all that is good about our stunning Port Macquarie region with sun and sea

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on tap. Guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés with local beer from Al and Kate Owen at Black Duck. Sue even managed to conjure a stunning creature from the sea in the form of a mythical mermaid hand painted by Danielle Downs of Face of Dreams, complete with stunning fish tail and fish net. Guests, including Tiffany Slack Smith, Leanne Prussing and Necia Waghorn were all on hand to partake in the celebration heading into the beautiful Spring Eve! Congrats to Sue for a fabulous night. Congrats to Mark Lyons of BBQ 's Galore who recently celebrated 30 years of business with an event at his Lake Road store in early October. By his side was fiancé Kylie Malligan and gorgeous children Bianca and Adam Lyons hosting over 120 guests sharing laughs and memories, toasting Mark and his team. Guests including Lee and Craig Reimer-Madden, Chris and Trish Denny, David Gillespie and Mark Strachan all enjoyed Cassegrain Wines. Black Duck Beer and canapés by SilverSpoon Catering & Events. Food and wine flowed at the Tastings on Hastings event, with over 16,000 locals and visitors heading out to the waterfront on Town Green to partake in delectable dishes, local drops and fine brews … the weather turned on a treat, with perfect sunshine and a deliciously cooling breeze ... perfect to partake in a little Blood Orange & Gin Julep by Mixmistress Shae Glanville of Zebu, teamed with Duck Sang Choy Bow from Ed’s Kitchen and Buffalo Gelato to finish. Congrats to the team, Sonia Fingleton and the

swarm of amazing volunteers who made the day a huge hit. Preceding this food festival was another celebration of a good brew, with the largest coffee roasting competition in the Southern Hemisphere. The Golden Bean Awards made their home on the water at Rydges Port Macquarie in October, with roasters from all over the country and the world sending in their roasted beans for judging by over 100 skilled coffee connoisseurs. The five day bean lovers event run by locally owned Café Culture involved fabulous pool side parties, a brew and barber event at Black Duck Brewery (gotta love it when your hubby goes to a brewery and comes home with a hair cut – the ultimate in multi skilling! Thanks, Jimbo) jet boating and a gala dinner for over 200 hopefuls to the Golden Bean crown with a 'Back to School' theme at St Columba Iona Centre. Guests, dressed in their vintage school uniforms, were bussed to the rec hall and greeted by cheerleaders and delinquent students, haughty head masters and crazy science lab teachers, who all joined in to celebrate the big week of the bean! Congrats to Sean Edwards, Justeen Single and the Café Culture crew, who presented a stellar event. Dr David Wood and his stunning bride, Laura Dalton, said "I do” in October, with a ceremony in the French Gardens at Cassegrain Winery in front of 120 guests followed by a stunning waterfront reception at Rydges Port Macquarie. Guests entered the reception venue through a

handmade archway of vines in homage to the winery theme, with Cassegrain wine barrels, vines and premium Cassegrain wines served to guests throughout the celebration. All of the bridal party wore hats as a tribute to the bride’s grandmother. The wedding cake was a gorgeous surprise cupcake tower created by Temptation Bites of Sydney, hidden within a handmade encasement for guests to enjoy. Centrepieces were potted violets with handmade trees of twigs and green sashes. The happy couple were photographed by Matthew Van Dijk of Iron and Clay Photography and enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon in the Whitsundays. Congrats to Dr and Mrs Wood, who have made their home in Pymble. Thanks to Lou Perri and his amazing team at the Stunned Mullet for the most divine anniversary dinner in early October. Scrumptious food, atmosphere a treat, srum-diddly sparkling and an illegal amount of sugar laden deliciousness made it a night to remember – Sugar Pie – really, Mr Perri! Count me in … for boot camp! I leave you with a considerable amount of dread, panic and excitement brewing dangerously in my dancing shoes! Who knows what the 29th of November will bring … disaster or delight? Injury or infamy! Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the competitors (and their amazing dance schools) who have each raised thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council get out there and strut their stuff. Cart wheels be gone! 'til next month, Kate.

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Out ut to Lunch

with Susie Boswell

gerry BYRON If we had titles for such a thing, he’d possibly be known as the king of Port Macquarie’s party animals. On three or four nights every week without fail, you’ll find him out on the town. Susie meets the man who keeps folks from 18 to 88 and beyond entertained.


hen people gather to relax and mingle at many a club or pub, Gerry Byron’s a familiar face: on the stage, on the microphone, stirring up fun and social engagement. For 12 years on Thursday nights, Byron’s been a fixture at Finnian’s Irish Tavern on Gordon Street, calling out trivia questions, prompting some gentle creative thinking, adlibbing to the crowd, joshing, and spinning discs. Patrons love it. But he’s not just a happy face. Like many, he’s an escapee from the city, originally from Punchbowl in Sydney’s west, who had to create his own work opportunities here. From a range of jobs to begin with, he took on a humble gig at the former RSL Club on Short Street – and parlayed his outgoing personality into a busy, thriving, full-time business. On Thursday evenings, he arrives at Finnian’s armed with a shiny dual-CD deck, a load of CDs holding, say, 10,000 songs, and sheaves of photocopied quiz-question sheets. There are printed lists of geography and history questions, pop culture, general knowledge and current affairs posers, Scattergories novelties and pictures of the faces of well-known celebrities disguised with a band of white-out applied across their eyes, for guess-the-identity. Byron arrived in town in 1989. “I was a footy player, and the bloke who led the singalong after a game. I always jumped up on the bar and started the party. I got a job at the RSL as a bouncer and someone suggested ‘Why don’t

you get Gerry to help run the karaoke show?’ So that’s what happened. I worked my way through the levels there and ended up as the entertainment manager.” When the RSL moved to new premises Byron struck out independently (then, with business partner Dave Lazarus, who now runs a fun boat on Sydney Harbour). “I continued doing discos, karaoke shows, trivia nights. I do weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, MCing, DJing: [mixing on a laptop] all the favourite songs from the ’70s and ’80s through to today, music people will dance to.” His weekly routine includes Wednesday night trivia at Port City Bowling Club, Thursdays at Finnian’s, bingo on Fridays at Wauchope RSL, Friday night discos and karaoke at Fernhill Tavern, a monthly Friday night disco at Port City, and a monthly Saturday night disco and karaoke at Wauchope County Club. It’s all evolved, now under the umbrella of Gerry’s Interactive Entertainment: “I don’t just stand there and play songs. I get everybody in the audience involved. I’m doing the entertainment at Wauchope RSL for Melbourne Cup day. I dress up as a woman and sing as “Geraldine”: “just a wig and slap on the lipstick and away I go. And I do Elvis.” It all began when Finnian’s then-manager suggested Byron swap his Thursday night social tennis game for a three-month trial of entertainment at the pub. “Twelve years later, we’re still going: we’ve had people who’ve met, married, had children; all of them have

met at trivia. When it first started trivia would finish at 10 and I’d play music till midnight and everyone would stay and dance: it was one of the biggest nights in town ... and then they’d come in next week and say ‘Ooh, I was a bit seedy at work last Friday.’ Oh, really?!” he laughs. “With trivia, people get actually talking to one another; they walk out after a quiz having conversed with each other the whole time, not relying on screens or other forms of entertainment to keep them going. People will come in for dinner and not know trivia’s on; they’ll have fun and say ‘We must come next week.’ They tell their friends and a table of four becomes six, then eight. Some drop out in winter, but by then someone else has discovered it. Families come: kids know the young music and parents know the old music; they combine their knowledge and go really well. People who come on holidays for two weeks every year say ‘We’re back from Newcastle!’” While it sounds very cruisy, the job involves lots of behind-the-scenes research and preparation, equipment costs, and a fair dose of applied psychology. Sourcing questions takes ingenuity: “There’s thousands of resources on the internet but ... I’m a bit of a bower bird: on a plane I’ll tear the quiz out of the in-flight magazine; I buy old Woman’s Day magazines from op-shops for the quiz; I get the Sunday Tele’s 20-question quiz. Anywhere there’s a quiz I tear it out, put it away for a while: if anyone’s seen it they’ve probably forgotten it later.”

Ensuring player satisfaction and an attainable level of challenge is important, both for participants - and to keep the entertainment popular, so Byron stays in demand as a crowd-puller. “I don’t want people to sit there and get three questions out of ten because they won’t come next week. I want every team to average six or seven correct answers and then it’s just those few tough ones that sort out the winners and placegetters. Everyone’s got to be a chance of competing. I try to work out the quiz capacity of the crowd, try to make it enjoyable, so it’s not an HSC exam!” He’s always on the lookout for cheating, too, for people Googling answers on their mobile phones or using apps that can identify a tune or recognise the “masked” faces. And other patrons will dob in cheaters, who are then sidelined when points are tallied. “First prize [at Finnian’s] is only a $40 voucher, so you don’t dangle too big a carrot to encourage cheating. It ruins people’s nights and takes away my livelihood.” Byron’s wife Natalie runs a hairdressing school and salon: “I meet her in the hallway at home: she’s on the way in and I’m on the way out!” But the party animal’s feet will not stand still. “I went to TAFE last year and got my qualification as a personal trainer, Certificate IV in fitness training. So I’m going to start that business up soon ...” Out To Lunch is hosted by Lou Perri at The Stunned Mullet on Town Beach.

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So, you know, Year 11 I was in Sydney at the Conservatorium High School, and then all of a sudden I was surrounded by amazing symphony orchestras, very high level musicians in my classroom, you know, even my fellow students. I had to give a Classical recital, and I had to give a Jazz recital. They really pushed me hard at the Conservatorium High School; that was a really great thing for me to go through, and I loved it. And then I did the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, which was more of a, you know, pure Jazz improvisation course and that deepened my understanding of Jazz harmony, rhythm improvisation and just the musical intentions behind Jazz ... the pure art form of the genre, and that was a fantastic experience as well. While I was studying, I was doing little gigs all around Sydney: birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, weddings ... you name it. If there was a gig to be had, I would be there. It was great fun. And one of the gigs that I did was with Bert Newton up in the Twin Town Services Club on the border of New South Wales and Queensland.

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Oh great. Well, that was my next question. Yeah, so it came about as a result of that live experience that I met Bert and just a few months later, he was offered a job back on Channel Ten. He’d been off television for a few years and then he was back on Channel Ten and I was lucky enjoy to get the job working with him on Good Morning Australia, and that was the start of a fantastic time for me. Well done. It was a great show to work on, because we had two to three different musical artists each morning and they would range from a Country singer to a Jazz/Blues performer to a Classical musician to somebody singing an aria. You know, in the first week I think, we had James Gallway playing a flute solo, Joe Williams singing the Blues and a gum leaf player. So there was certainly lots

JOHN FOREMAN JOINS ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S NEWEST SUPERSTARS AND THE VOICE WINNER, HARRISON CRAIG, ON HIS 'MORE THAN A DREAM' TOUR. SEE JOHN AND HARRISON AT THE GLASSHOUSE ON NOVEMBER 21. of variety, and it was just the most fun thing to do to go into work every day when I was working on Good Morning Australia.

’m very impressed. I’ve actually been to university for Jazz myself. I was at McGill in Montreal, so I know how involved you’ve been and how much you’ve accomplished. It’s all very impressive, John. Oh well, thank you. Look, I loved coming from a Jazz background. I think having that sort of harmonic knowledge ... for any musician to be able to play a broad variety of contemporary style. I guess the reason for that is that most contemporary music is born out of the Jazz and the Blues. Absolutely. And you know, everything that has happened since then has been not necessarily an evolution, but you know, the next logical step in the musical history of contemporary popular music. So yeah, having a Jazz background has been fantastic for me and I’ve really enjoyed everything that’s happened since then. Maybe tell us a bit about yourself. Well, I grew up in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley. Oh ... lovely. Which I absolutely loved. I went to Kotara High School. I loved growing up in a city that was big enough to have lots of exciting fun things to do, but small enough so it sort of didn’t feel like a metropolis. So it was a fantastic environment in which to grow up.

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There were wonderful children’s orchestras. I was lucky enough to play in a Jazz band when I was in high school. I also played in a ska band when I was at school. I remember being in Year 7, and a couple of guys from Year 10 came to me and asked me if a wanted to play in this ska band. The first thing that I remember is that I had no idea what ska music was, but I said yes. And part of the reason for that was that I was absolutely flabbergasted that any student in Year 10 would deem it appropriate to speak to a Year 7 student. I was a particularly small child ... and the idea that a Year 10 student would find the time to even engage in a conversation with me was enough for me to say yes to whatever kind of musical suggestions they would make. So playing in the ska band was a fantastic experience, as was playing in the Jazz band. Then when I was in Year 11, my family moved to Sydney and I finished my schooling at the Conservatorium High School, which was a brilliant experience for me. It would have been, yes. Yeah. Oh, I should have mentioned while I was at infants school, primary school and high school, I was taking my once a week piano lessons which I think, for me, were really an integral part of my learning and an important foundation for any musician; that is to say, having regular tuition with a fantastic teacher.

That’s great. Did you ever expect to find yourself composing songs for the Summer Olympics? Well, I always hoped that I would be composing songs, but I never imagined that I would have the opportunity of writing a song for the Summer Olympics, and for me it actually goes back to a conversation I had with my music teacher in Year 10 at Kotara High School in Newcastle, Mr Wild. Terry Wild was the guy’s name, and the School Spectacular had begun in Sydney and it had been on for a year or two. I was considering auditioning for this show, and I remember feeling nervous about this because I thought the School Spectacular would not have any interest in taking on a Jazz/piano player from Newcastle. I considered the show to be far too big and too exciting for me to be involved or for them to even consider me to be part of it. They had big orchestras, Rock bands, choirs, and I couldn’t see how they would want to have me there. My music teacher in Year 10 said these very wise words, which were: “If you audition and you don’t get in, then you’re no worse off than you are now … all you’ve lost is ten minutes of your lunchtime”. But consumed with the fear of failure that I wasn’t going to audition, I did, and luckily I got in. And, you know, I remember my teacher’s advice so clearly. So then, you know, fast forward several years later and the announcement is made that the Olympics is coming to Sydney, and I remember my teacher’s advice. If I write a song, send it into the Olympic organisers and they don’t like it, then all I’ve lost is the time I’ve put into writing and recording the song. So I did this and I sent it off to SOCOG, along with I think three or


four thousand other people and the response I got was: “We really like your song, but your bridge needs a little bit of work. You need to write a more exciting bridge.” I was very excited by the fact they were asking me to make changes because that was a clear sign that they, you know, were interested. Were engaged with the song. And Max Lambert, who was musical director of the opening ceremony, had made a number of requests for me to update and change the song that I submitted. Then with about a 100 days to go, I got a phone call saying, “Your song is going to be performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Tina Arena will perform it with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Children’s Choir, and you cannot tell a living soul”. I had this extraordinary secret that I was not able to tell anybody until some months later, of course, when the big announcement was made. But it was certainly a really wonderful time, and it was a great moment for Sydney ... and I think it was an exciting time for Australia. I think we overcame a lot of our cultural cringe on that very night. I think there was really a sense of nervous anticipation, of nervousness actually, that we weren’t going to get the job done.

ber er ssee eein ing Ha H rrison I’m really excited about this tour. I remember seeing Harrison hatt so sort rt o off te tele eviision on The Voice, and I don’t watch a lot of that television use itt b ring ri ngss ba back ck aallll o since leaving Australian Idol, simply because brings off side de o off th thee st tag agee the nervous feelings that I had standing on thee si stage o you ur ol old d sc scho hool ho o aand nd getting ready to go on ... a bit like going tto your school ervo er vous us ffeeling. eelililing ee ng g. you walk in the building and you get thatt same n nervous ticcularlyy eenj njoy oyed ed But I did really enjoy The Voice, and I particularly enjoyed chi h ng h is firrst st Harrison’s performances. I remember watching his ho’s ho ’s ssty tyle lee performance and thinking to myself this iss a guy w who’s style eally en njo joy. y. of music is one that I understand and thatt I rreally enjoy. ulaar genr re,, sso oI And I worked quite a lot with that particular genre, er contac acctteed mee was really thrilled when Harrison’s manager contacted and asked me to be part of his tour. hink he h as I think Harrison’s a fantastic singer and I think has heere r ’ss a llot ott realised a lot of his potential, but I think there’s He’s ’ss a vvery ery er of his potential that has yet to be realised.. He have ve a g o d oo young guy ... I think there is potential to ha good and long-lasting career.

ur? I th hin ink nk What are you expecting from this tour? think I have heard about that. If you think back to that time, not eop ople lee. I this is going to be a tour that will move people. just the opening ceremony, but there was a general doubt and mo oti tion onal on al think Harrison’s voice is a very powerful, eemotional nervousness right across the whole community that things eop ople lee instrument, and I think that the reason people wouldn’t be built in time, that the ceremony wouldn’t be prepared, Voic icee is were drawn to him over the course of Thee Vo Voice that everything was going to fall over. And, of course, thanks to ugh ug hw wh hen n because of the emotion that comes through when Ric Birch and also David Atkins, the genius, and to eri rien encee he sings. It’s one thing to experience the wonderful work of Max Lambert and all of met ethi hing ng g that on television; it’s something the team, that the opening ceremony was a to much more powerfull to stunning success and really set the games you’ yo u’re re in in experience when you’re off in a very exciting way. I think there the the same room ass the was a great sense of pride around the artist. While I was country after that happened. That’s studying, I was peo ople So I think for people what those big events can do for a around l al gs gi e tl a at ch h ed d lit who have watched g doin country. ties, ar p ay d h rt bi te e levi le i sion si on, : Harrison on television, Sydney ... gs in d How do you find inspiration ed w s, s ame am ah being in the same room bar mitzv was when composing music? d hearing hea earing g his with him and name it . If there be ou y ld Composing music is a really ou w I , b voice live will be a very exciting ad a gig to be h interesting thing to do, and I find .” n fu t d o ne ea experience and one that his gr there. It was that I work best when I have some for o geet. audience won’t forget. kind of a brief that I am working veery talented Bobby Fox is also a very towards. So in the case of the Olympics, th t guy. I worked with him on a theatre I made up my own brief, but there was a set show some time ago in Melbourne, and he of parameters that I was working within. I was is a multi-talented performer. He’s just been in Hot Shoe clearly writing a song about, you know, reaching for Shuffle, and he does so much in his life. I think he will be a goals and about something very specific, which is where I really great entertainer for everybody to come along and enjoy came up with the idea of using the flame as a central image. If as well. somebody comes to me and says, “We want a summertime song Is there any advice or encouragement that you can share to be sung by four girls in a girl group and we want it to be up with others to follow in your musical footsteps? I would tempo and have a really catchy chorus”, that to me is a lot easier encourage young musicians to participate in as many musical than if somebody says, “Go into a room and write whatever piece opportunities that present themselves. Most jobs that a musician of music it is that you want to write”. gets in their life are as a result of word of mouth. There are some And looking back through the history of music, there were auditions, but very rarely, in my experience, has that been the case. composers and writers who work in both of those sorts of For example, if I’m looking for a guitarist for an Australian Idol scenarios. Many composers in history – and I certainly don’t put band or a bass player for Candles By Candlelight, if I can’t find the myself in their category – were writing to a brief. They would have people whom I normally use I would ask for recommendations, a special event at the church, or the King had a special birthday rather than taking auditions. And most people in my position or concert and needed a symphony prepared or an aria prepared would do the same. or you know, the King’s son or daughter was a magnificent flute What this means is that, if you’re in a band with a bass player and player or violin player who needed a concerto written for them a guitarist and a drummer, and that drummer gets a job on a major to perform at someone’s 40th birthday, or something like that. theatre show and then sometime after that this drummer is asked So I think in those circumstances, for me, having a brief makes it easier to know where to start and where to finish. And under those for a recommendation for a musician, there’s a good chance that you’ll be recommended by him or her. The more people you play circumstances, I find it to be sometimes painstaking, sometimes with, the greater the chance that you’ll get professional work, the easy, and no two compositions are ever the same. No two more experience you’ll have, the more musical knowledge you’ll approaches to composing a piece of music are ever the same. have, and the more fun you’ll have along the way. Let’s talk a little bit about some of your upcoming John, it’s been very nice talking to you. I enjoyed reading performances and touring. You’re about to tour with your home page on your website. It sounds like you have a Harrison Craig from The Voice. Are you excited about that?

healthy sense of humour. Is there anything upcoming that we can look forward to seeing you a part of, besides the tour? The other thing that’s coming up is the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, which is happening in Newcastle on the 1st of December, which I’m putting together at the Hunter Stadium. It’s going to be a very exciting event. If people in your area are interested in coming along to that as well, it’s going to be starring everybody from Marina Prior to Darren Percival to Iva Davies from Icehouse and Marcia Hines and a cast of two or three thousand people. That is going to be a Newcastle event that will be very exciting! Thank you very much John. It’s been great chatting to you.

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Rhinoplasty Surgery of the Nose


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hate the shape of my

with a groove in the middle of the

‘Septoplasty’ is surgical correction

nose!” is a frequent lament

tip of nose. This problem is due to

which improves the air entry, as well

heard from people who

large lower lateral cartilages of the

as the appearance of the nose.

have a problem with the

nose, which are also splayed apart.

Rhinoplasty needs meticulous

appearance of their nose.

Correction is by reducing the size

assessment and planning.

The shape of the nose is mainly due to

of the lower lateral cartilages and

the bony and cartilaginous skeleton,

bringing them together, often with

over which the skin of the nose is

the addition of a cartilage graft from


the septum (the cartilage in the

To effect change in the shape, the

midline which splits the nose into two

skeleton has to be altered to allow the


skin to drape over the new shape.

Surgery is also done to make a

caused by the ‘skeletal’ surgery of

A common problem is the dorsal

large nose smaller, a broad nose

the nose, as the soft tissue (skin and

hump, which is due to a prominent

narrower and to change ethnic/

fat) has to ‘shrink’ over the ‘new’

bony bridge of nose, and which can

inherited problems in the shape of the

skeleton. While change is evident

be made smaller, to get rid of the


by three months, a final result often


At times, the surgery is to improve

takes up to a year. The surgery, done

A second problem that causes grief

breathing due to blocks caused by a

under general anaesthetic, produces

to some is a broad tip of nose (‘boxy

deviated septum, which can be a long-

significant improvement in function

tip’), which is also ‘bifid’ or split,

standing problem or due to injury.

and appearance.

While traditionally it was done using a ‘closed’ approach, over the last 30 years, due to the influence of Dr. Jack Gunter from Dallas, the ‘open’ approach has gained popularity. It takes time to see the full changes


Bowen for Everybody

Massage by Ling

Now that the days are warmer and longer, this is a fantastic time of year to increase your outdoor activities or take up the sporting activities you've always been meaning too!

He Ling Ying (Ling), the popular proprietor of Massage at Port Macquarie, has recently returned from her trip to China, where she undertook additional study in traditional therapies and also caught up with close family. The doors of her clinic reopened on Monday 14 October, and she was immediately delighted by the warm welcome and the ongoing loyalty that she received and that she continues to receive from her very happy clientele.

Exercise is not only great fun, but it's a great way to improve your heart health and strengthen and tone your muscles. When increasing activity levels take the time to properly warm up and warm down, stretch and drink plenty of water. Push yourself as comfortable as you're happy to and remember, it's about having fun. Bowen Therapy can be an ideal partner to your newfound activities, helping to soothe the aching muscles and sporting injuries you may encounter. Using light touches, through light clothing or on skin, the Bowen Technique is a particularly effective remedial therapy, gentle in approach. During the 30 - 60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. If you would like to integrate Bowen into your fitness regime, contact Karen, Melissa or Deborah today. Mention our FOCUS advertisement when making your appointment and go in the draw for a beautiful Christmas hamper of organic goodies!

People are very important to Ling, and she genuinely cares about their wellbeing. The practices of Remedial Massage and Relaxation Massage each involve their own specific techniques, but both therapies involve an essential bond of care and of trust between patient and therapist. To her patients, Ling’s sincerity becomes immediately obvious; her knowledge and her proven skill providing strategic relief for many sufferers of chronic pain, tired or aching muscles, conditions of tension and a number of associated ailments. A highly-qualified member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, Ling practices from a serene, airconditioned home clinic in the Lighthouse Beach/Shelly Beach area, where parking is just a few paces from the door. Warm, considerate and surprisingly strong, she cares for her clients – male, female, young and not-soyoung – with compassion, respect, understanding and always, with traditional Chinese courtesy and values. Roger Bates is a freelance copywriter.


Restore Facial Youth As a child we have an oval shaped facial profile. Full width contoured cheeks and a well defined tapering jawline. If you draw a profile around your picture when you were young, the outline is about the shape of a grape. The middle face is what tells you that you are ageing when you look in the mirror. It is the part between your eye and mouth and as we age, it drops down and loses volume. The curves go, the cheekbones disappear and sag lines form around our mouth and lower face. We all know we can fix wrinkles with anti wrinkle injections. We all know you can get a face lift. BUT NOW you can choose from a number of non invasive non surgical procedures. Dissolvable Threads: Lift your middle face back up with these simple sutures which are threaded through the facial skin. Because they dissolve, the procedure is painfree with almost no downtime. Remarkably inexpensive, they last several years, and as your face keeps ageing you can keep 'updating'– which is one of the benefits compared to a face lift. Liquid Lift: Involves the injection of deep fillers in your upper cheeks, adjacent to your cheek bones. Resulting in the restoration of youthful contours and a high cheekbone profile, the effects are instant and last at least a year. This can be achieved for less than $1,000. Come and discuss your options with the friendly team at Beachside Medi Spa to help decide what might work for you.

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E lysi u m BEAU TY Elysium Beauty is a relaxing retreat that will help you escape to a new state of beauty and wellbeing. Offering a full range of beauty treatments, laser hair reduction and spa packages, we speak to owner and manager Carolin Thomson about their indulgent products and services, and get some tips on how to prepare your skin for the summer season. We offer Sun protection products with 30+ and 50+ to protect your skin all day long.


ffering a large range of luxurious and personalised beauty treatments, laser hair reduction and spa packages, what makes a visit to Elysium Beauty a ‘heaven on earth’ experience? The ancient Greeks knew of a place that was like heaven on earth – they called it Elysium. Here at Elysium Beauty we have created that for you – your very own heaven on earth. And as with the ancient Greek mythology, men also visited Elysium – we also provide for beauty and spa treatments for women and men. Be pampered to perfection and indulge the senses at Elysium Beauty, nestled under the Mantra Quayside Apartments in William Street, Port Macquarie. Let us indulge you in a luxurious personalised treatment. Elysium Beauty Day Spa specialises in

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massage, facial and body therapies and offers a wide array of beauty treatments and professional take home products. Describe some of the treatments offered at Elysium Beauty to prep skin for the summer season. We all know how important it is to prepare our bare skin for the summer sun. To get the perfect bronze complexion the safe way, body exfoliation is key to rid the skin of dry patches to get an even application. Our exotic Mango Sugar Scrub is made with fresh sugar cane crystals to buff away dead skin cells. Be sure to apply a moisturising body butter to hydrate your skin before getting your Technotan or St Tropez spray tan – the safest way to tan. Our pre-tan polish is only $35, and if you prepay for five tans, get the sixth one free!

Our ASAP Ultimate Hydration Facial is an intense specialty facial that uses Sonophoresis to plump and saturate life back into dull, dehydrated skin. A super hydrating facial will cleanse the skin of impurities and allow ASAP serums to deeply infuse into the skin, leaving a bright, hydrated and younger looking complexion. What product ranges are available? We have the full range of ASAP skincare products and a large range of Skinstitut products. At Elysium we use Active ingredients that produce results. ASAP offers scientifically proven skin care solutions for women and men of varying skin types. ASAP’s success is based on the use of active ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and antioxidants to create simple skin care that has fast-acting visible results. Skinstitut is based on an active combination of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinols, Vitamin C, Peptides, Antioxidants and UV protection to strengthen

the skin and create a more healthy appearance. Skinstitut uses combinations of highly active cosmeceutical ingredients with Chiral Technology to achieve a purified, safe yet highly effective product range. We have a great new and exclusive range of ‘Christian’ eyebrow colour and contour palettes that have their own easy-apply stencils and is a semi permanent colour to last all day long. MAC Makeup is also available for formal makeup applications. Describe some of your indulgent spa packages for both men and women. At Elysium we have some of the most luxurious spa packages to make you feel fresh and rejuvenated. Lie back and enjoy an amazing candlelit hydrotherapy spa infused with an aromatherapy blend, or try the ‘Elysium Effect’ package: a 60 min hot stone massage, 60 min signature facial, tropical body exfoliation, 45 min Elysium spa pedicure, 15 min scalp massage, Skin O2 professional mineral makeup and a spa lunch.





January 21 - February 19

May 22 - June 22

The ending of feeling suspended is near. You have some undigested emotions from your last cycle at work that may need some loving answers. When you have changed this inner conflict, nothing will be holding you back. Set new goals and give yourself permission to succeed. Citrine shatters negativity and attracts an abundance of luck.

PISCES. February 20 - March 20

You are going to experience itchy feet and a restlessness as your new cycle approaches. Setting fresh goals at that time will ensure a momentum that will benefit you enormously. Love will be your major influence in this next cycle. Loving life in general. Rose Quartz will amplify your happy feelings.

ARIES. March 21 - April 20

You may need to honour your boundaries. Don’t be afraid to say no to the things that leave you feeling uncomfortable, and yes to those things exciting you. You have new social influences to look forward to, so enjoy putting on your gypsy shoes and have fun. Turquoise is great for boosting confidence.

Love is likely to be the strongest influence in your reality at this time. Embrace it making newfound friends and enjoy your social calendar. Set some fresh goals, as your luck is picking up also. Career changes can be anticipated as well. Ruby shatters any fear of the unknown.

CANCER. June 23 - July 23 Ju

You are currently being given the opportunity to learn about yourself through your connection with another person. If you use each other as mirrors and work on your fears to shatter them, nothing will hold your connection back from exploring new heights. Rose Quartz, the ‘crystal of love’, can be carried in a pocket.

LEO. July 24 - August 23

You are likely to be adventuring with new foundations in life, so be aware of insecurities playing with you. A new dwelling or work changes can be anticipated. Keep a light heart and set some new goals, so you can easily access your opportunities as they appear. Carnelian is great for embracing change.



April 21 - May 21

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Love yourself enough to stop sabotaging your successes. If you know that you deserve the best, nothing will be a challenge. Give yourself permission to succeed before trying new ventures, and know when is a good time to be silent. Some fresh goals would be favourable. Selenite helps us reach our full potential.

Professional responsibilities need to be left at work, and not taken home. This is causing your seriousness. Bring your silly self back and prank or play more. You are naturally able to be very light hearted, but at present you’re vulnerable with serious energy. Clear quartz lightens our energy; carry some.

LIBRA. September 24 - October 23

You are learning how strong and independent you already are and what little you need from others. Identify what feelings you may think others can give you, wake that feeling up on your own and breathe it through every cell to strengthen it. Ruby leaves us feeling connected to our strength and independence.

SCORPIO. October 24 - November 22

Set some fresh goals and then wait for your surprise. The universe has an element of intrigue in store for you, and to access it all you need to do is listen to your own inner voice. This is the energy centre you will be guided from. Amethyst is great for following guidance.

SAGITTARIUS. November 23 - December 21

You may be finding a new depth of love in your relationship or finding a new love if you’re single. You can anticipate a solid connection for clear, open communication and complete truth. You will enjoy how this relationship leaves you feeling about yourself. Sugilite will help nurture love fearlessly.

CAPRICORN. December 22 - January 20

You need to set some new goals but by being aware of your motive, you will speed the delivery time up. So sit quietly and reflect on different areas in life and wish for new influences, making sure your fears are not your motive but your passions are guiding you. Aquamarine is efficient at releasing fears and opening new beginnings.

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Lusannaklotz from meg & me

SUMMER FASHION Long, lazy days by the beach ... Cocktails with friends ... BBQs that last long into the night ... Yes, it's summer in Port Macquarie! And don't we just love it!


ut isn't it true that the more we enjoy living where we do, the more we expect of our summer wardrobe – demanding that it take us from playing with the kids at the beach, to a coffee in the sun and then straight to an impromptu dinner with friends? So is there a trick to making sure you're ready for any occasion as you run out the door? There sure is, and it's called accessorising.

name? Well, here's our little fail-safe guide to your summer fabric must haves: Tencel is a natural, man-made fibre made with wood pulp harvested from sustainable tree farms. It is a very versatile fabric and is often blended with other fibres such as wool, cotton or linen. Garments made from Tencel generally feel fabulous, drape well and resist wrinkles. Tencel also has amazing moisture wicking capabilities, making it perfect to wear in our warmer weather.

So let's start with the basics. We all know and love cotton. There's Modal is a soft, luxurious fabric no denying that wrapping which feels softer next to the yourself in a natural fabric skin than cotton, absorbs e ar e er Th will not only keep you us eo 50% more moisture and rg go e m so cool throughout the le ty releases it more quickly, es lif n w homegro day, but will also give om Fr making it an extremely ve Lo e brands lik you that quintessential comfortable option for ve ha at Venus, th feminine beach look st la e our climate. It sheds th er ov emerged we all covet. Team your wrinkles quickly, is stain .” s.. few year cotton dress with pretty resistant, dries quickly, drapes ballet flats and a gorgeous beautifully and its colours are sun hat, and you're ready to hit brilliant and permanent. the beach in style! Bamboo is made from the cellulose To take it up a level though, it's all about extracted from the bamboo plant and can what you do next that counts ... there are be made into easy care, buttery soft, machine some gorgeous homegrown lifestyle brands washable fabrics. Bamboo is good for our like Love From Venus, that have emerged planet, because it is a natural, renewable over the last few years to help us Aussie girls resource that grows very quickly with very little glam up our resort wear. What's not to adore water, doesn't require fertilisers or pesticides, about the effortless style of layering all your adds more oxygen to the atmosphere than favourite jewellery, from silver to turquoise, trees, and has a complex root system that rose gold to pearls ... in anyone's language, helps fight erosion. those combinations say summer ... so make Thanks to modern technologies, now we can sure you throw a few of your favourite pieces not only look great – but feel fabulous too, as in your beach tote – just in case! we make better choices for the environment DECODING THE LABELS as well as our wardrobes! Perhaps you've noticed the increasing So, as we welcome another summer with complexity of garment compositions that open arms, make sure you visit The Girls have been appearing lately. Emerging from at Meg & Me for the very best in summer the company of old faithfuls like cotton and fashion, accessories and of course, advice! linen, we now see fabrics with illusive names like Tencel, Modal and Bamboo. So what's in a See you soon! Lusanna X


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Mind, Body & Soul Beauty Therapy At Lighthouse Beach Sharon Wilson of Aditi Beauty Therapy began her career several years ago, finding a field of work which she thoroughly enjoys. Her genuine passion for beauty therapy is passed on to clients, giving personal care and a laugh along the way. Aditi Beauty Therapy clients enjoy one-on-one service for all their beauty and skincare needs and experience a relaxed time out knowing that they are receiving results. Treatments offered: waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, Shellac, relaxation, hot stone massage, body treatments and facials. Clients can choose from a nurturing, repairing completely organic skin care range or a more active range focusing on anti-ageing, repairing and re-surfacing. To complete the mind-body experience, there is a choice of Reiki and/or Tibetan singing bowls to transport you to bliss and balance the chakra energy system ... a lovely way to indulge and re-balance in this fast paced world we live in. Special November offer: POWER PEPTIDE FACIAL Ultra firming power facial pumps high performance antiaging plant derived peptides deep into the skin. Immediate improvement of your skin. Normally $125. For November only $85. Sharon has a room at Vibrance Mind and Body. Ph: 0407 800 837 or 6582 1211 for an appointment.

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Birkenstock® Just in time for summer.

Colonial Cobbler Birkenstock® are designed for the natural form of the foot to allow freedom of movement and all-round support. The Birkenstock® footbed distributes the weight of the body evenly for comfort and wellbeing, making Birkenstock® the healthy choice. The original Birkenstock® contoured footbed was invented and manufactured in Germany by Konrad Birkenstock in 1897. In fact, the Birkenstock family has been shoemakers for over 230 years – more than two centuries of creating and perfecting a tradition of walking comfort. Papillio sandals are made by Birkenstock®, but the design of the uppers is left to the Papillio creative team who pick up on the latest catwalk trends to give you a range of stylish sandals for every occasion. Papillio’s vibrant and stylish motifs feature

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the latest trends and colors using luxurious leathers, pearlescent sheens, stylish hardware, and so much more. It’s style, fun, and sophistication at once with a collection of comfortable sandals that break through traditional boundaries. There are many new Birkenstock® styles for the summer season now available at Colonial Cobbler, including the longstanding favourite Birkenstock® ‘Arizona’, and the new Papillio ‘Gizeh’ and ‘Florida’ styles (all pictured below). Features of Birkenstock® sandals include an adjustable buckle closure, a broad heel cup, and the contoured natural cork footbed which moulds to the shape of your foot creating a custom footbed that supports and cradles you with each and every step. Come into Colonial Cobbler today to see the great range of Birkenstock® and Papillio sandals – just in time for summer!

Spark your appetite Let us Spark your appetite for water sport fun this summer with the new Seadoo Spark in five delicious colours. So which one is your favourite flavour: Vanilla, Orange Crush, Pineapple, Liquorice or Bubble Gum? Quite simply, you'll have more fun with a Spark. It's playful and easy to ride, thanks to its unique style and design, so everyone in your family will have a blast riding one. This watercraft delivers great days on the water like nothing else, with a wide range of colours and options to help you customise and make it exactly the Seadoo Spark you want. The Seadoo Spark is the most affordable watercraft you can buy. It's the lightest watercraft on the market, making it the only one that can be towed by many popular compact sedans. Plus, the Seadoo Spark is easier to fit in any garage. The Spark is also easy on the environment; it is the most fuel-efficient watercraft available, thanks to the new Rotax Ace 900 engine. This

breakthrough lightweight engine technology allows the Spark to produce up to 35% better fuel consumption than the closet competitive model. You can also add the iBR as an extra, the world's only on-water brake. You can stop up to 30m (100 ft.) sooner than other watercraft. It gives you added manoeuvrability and effortless docking. We also have other great Seadoo models in store, such as the GTR 215, which may not reach the headlines but this is the affordable performance option in the industry. Or the RXT-X 260; this ski delivers size, speed, strength and stability in the roughest of conditions. The GTX Limited model sets the luxury performance benchmark for people who have high expectations in terms of luxury, power, comfort and convenience. This summer we are running a fantastic promotion where you will receive a prepaid Visa card of up to $2,000 on the purchase of selected models.

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wauchope guide easy walking distance shopping

Class-ique Fashions. • Simply beautiful fashion clothing for the mature woman. • Large stockist of Black Pepper, Marco Polo and other leading Australian brands. • Size range 8 - 24. • Specialising in smart casual, ‘Mother of the Bride’ and special occasion.

Ewetopia Farm is a 130 acre property located on the Mid North Coast hinterland, less than an hour west of Port Macquarie at Ellenborough. Chrissy Jones found out more from owners, Ian & Jill McKittrick ...

Experience Country Living and Taste the Difference.

33 High Street Phone. 6586 1324

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Hilberts Hardware PTY LTD.

hat do you offer visitors to Ewetopia Farm? We have recently built a self-contained, farm stay cottage for guests to come and enjoy some time on our farm. We have set it up so that families can relax and unwind away from the busyness of life. Many guests enjoy taking the chance to sit back on the deck looking up the valley and take the chance to marvel at the spectacular sunsets, wildlife and farm animals. What is there to do at the farm? It's your choice – you can do as much or as little as you'd like. We encourage guests to take things slowly and enjoy life on the farm. Relax with a cuppa out on the deck and gaze out at the view up the valley. Go for a walk around the farm to check the lay of the land. The hens love to clean up any leftover food scraps, and hopefully they have laid eggs that you can collect.

General & Industrial Hardware — Call into the store to see the entire range. • Garden Fittings & Tools • Water & Poly Fittings • Door Fittings • Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws, • Hand Rails – Cabling & Fittings • Various Hand Tool Brands • Air Fittings & Tools • Hydraulics • Pressure Wash Customers travelling from over 100 km away know where to go! In an age of big boxes and mega stores, Hilberts Hardware is a refreshing throwback to a time when good service trumped all else. If you can’t get it at Hilberts Hardware, then you probably can’t get it! 43-45 Hastings Street Phone. 6585 2400 Fax. 6585 2435

Activities involving the animals on the farm vary seasonally. We milk our sheep during spring and summer, and we'd love you to come and watch us do this. Lambs are also around during spring, so there might even be some that you can bottle feed. We have a beautiful Jersey cow, Butterscotch. She provides us with our milk for the house and for our cheese. We milk her most of the year, with a couple of months break before she calves. During the warmer months you can swim in our saltwater pool, a great way to cool down. The gazebo next to the pool is perfect for summer BBQs or gathering around the open fire in winter. Tell me about your dairy and cheeses? We

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have a small flock of dairy sheep. Over the last few years we have been milking the ewes and turning that milk into cheese in our kitchen for our own consumption. We regularly make yogurt, labne, haloumi, feta and blue cheese. This year we have been working at building a dairy and cheese making area that will be allow us to sell our cheeses to the public. We’re hoping that in the new year we will be able to attend the local farmers’ markets and share our produce. Why set up a sheep farm in the first place? That’s a good question. I guess it was a thought that popped into our mind and has stuck. We love the idea of being able to make a product on the farm to market to our local community. We believe in a quality product produced ethically, with regards to our care for the land, the animals and the final product. What type of sheep do you raise? Our sheep are bred to produce milk. Our lambs are crosses of two dairy breeds to maximise the milk production of the sheep. One breed is from Europe and the other is a Middle Eastern breed. Are they suited to this region? Sheep farming is not a traditional activity in the Hastings Valley, but our girls have been surviving and in fact, thriving. This year we have 5 sets of twin lambs, showing a good level of fertility. We are now up to our fourth generation in our breeding. How do readers contact you to stay at Ewetopia? We’d love to hear from anyone wishing to come and stay on the farm. We can be contacted via email at stay@ewetopiafarm. and through our website www. or give us a call on 0409 941 656.

Natural Medicine Q&A with Karen Archer I am a 53 year old, and I think I’m going through menopause. I’m getting hot flushes that wake me up during the night, and I feel tired and moody. Can herbs and diet help me? Mrs AP, Port Macquarie. Dear AP, It certainly sounds like menopause. The symptoms are unique to each woman but include hot flushes, altered menstrual cycle and vaginal dryness, sleep disturbance and mood swings. While menopause is a natural part of life, the symptoms can be very challenging. Women benefit from adjustments to their diet and lifestyle as they transition through the menopausal years. Now is the time for you to start thinking about your health beyond menopause. As oestrogen declines, we catch up to men very quickly in terms of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. Osteoporosis risk is also increased. Studies show that a diet rich in plant oestrogens reduces hot flushes and vaginal dryness.

The clinical evidence around herbs to address menopausal symptoms is growing. Black Cohosh, Sage, Kava and Zizyphus are valued by herbalists to reduce hot flushes, relieve anxiety and regulate mood. Choose your remedies carefully with an appropriately trained practitioner. If you have a health question that you would like answered, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at contact@ I will endeavour to answer all emails. This column aims to provide general information only. It does not provide medical advice or professional diagnosis. Please contact me for a comprehensive consultation for further advice and treatment.

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early childhood education Joey’s House Early Education Centre Warlters St, Port Macquarie - 6583 5242 • At Joey’s House we have seen many genera ons coming through the door: 25 years of educa on, fun and friendships for both families and staff. • From early 2014 Joey’s House will expand to an Early Educa on Centre for children 0-6 years of age, with long day care and occasional care places. • The new Joey’s House Early EducaƟon Centre will be in Warlters St (next to St Joseph’s Primary School), currently the St Joseph’s Family Services community hub. • This building is being completely renovated to accommodate the new service and will have three separate rooms and staff to cater for each age group. • From 2014 Joey’s House Early Educa on Centre opening hours will be 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 49 weeks per year.

St Agnes’ Early Education Centre 6 Burgess Close, Port Macquarie - 6583 4991 • St Agnes Early EducaƟon Centre educators work in partnership with families and our community to provide early educa on and care for children 0-6 years of age. • Opening hours are 7.30am unƟl 6pm Monday to Friday, 49 weeks per year. • Play based learning environment, with dynamic programs that s mulate lifelong learning. • Five early childhood environments, each one carefully designed and equipped to support all children to become successful learners. • Unique environments for babies and toddlers are created with their individual care needs in mind, offering the opportunity to discover and explore the world around them. • Specialised transiƟon to school programs link children to the school environment.

St Joseph’s Preschool & Long Day Care Centre 4 Burgess Close, Port Macquarie - 6583 3843

St Joseph’s Preschool & Long Day Care Centre and St Agnes' Early Education Centre, proudly exceeding the National Quality Standards.

• St Joseph’s Preschool and Long Day Care provides a play based learning environment responsive to each child’s individual ability, community and culture, for children 3-6 years of age. • Preschool hours are 8.30am unƟl 3.30pm Monday to Friday during school terms. Long Day Care hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday 49 weeks per year. • Early childhood educators create engaging learning environments and encourage children to inves gate, research, problem-solve. • Children are linked to the school environment through specialised transiƟon to school programs. • Children using Preschool hours may also use holiday care if vacancies exist.

All programs are resourced to support children with addiƟonal needs through addi onal staff hours, training and/or equipment. A special emphasis is made to develop a reciprocal partnership with parents to guide children's individual development.

For further informa on about SJFS early educa on and care services, please contact our friendly staff and visit our website at

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at st joseph’s family services Being a Hastings Family Day Care Educator

Are you interested in working from home? APPLY WITH US TODAY

Being a Has ngs Family Day Educator makes it possible for me to stay at home with my child while s ll being able to contribute to the family income. I am always well supported, from the fast and helpful child placement team to the Child Development Officers regular friendly visits. My experience from parent to child Educator has been made smooth through the well tested business model of Has ngs Family Day Care.” Registered HFDC Educator A Family Day Care business is more than excellence in childcare when you are registered with HasƟngs Family Day Care. It’s an opportunity to establish your own successful independent business and earn an income from home with the benefit of local specialist knowledge. To assist your success, ongoing training and support is provided and tailored to suit your individual requirements, through in-house, flexible op ons and regular coaching and mentoring.

Hastings Family Day Care

02 6583 4660

Let Hastings Family Day Care open the door to the next phase in your life.

Why Choose Hastings Family Day Care for your children? HasƟngs Family Day Care provides an excep onal alterna ve to tradi onal centre-based care. • HasƟngs Family Day Care is a program of St Joseph's Family Services established in 1977. • HFDC is a network of experienced, qualified and registered Educators who provide educa on and care for children (0-13years) in the Educator’s own home. • All educators have been carefully selected, trained, and are supported by the Has ngs Family Day Care Coordina on Unit. • Children are nurtured in small group se ngs where their abili es, knowledge, culture and interests are the founda on for the Educators’ program. • Flexible hours and care tailored to your needs, Monday to Friday, weekends, overnight, full me and part me. Pay for booked hours only. • FDC Educators operate under the Educa on and Care Na onal Quality HFDC is currently the only FDC service rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard in the local community.

Framework, and are licensed by the Department of Educa on and Communi es.

For more informa on: Contact the HFDC team on Ph: 6583 4660 Email: has Has ngs Family Day Care – 106 Horton Street, Port Macquarie

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Rockmybaby Agency Rockmybaby Nanny & Babysitting Agency offers a trustworthy and valuable service with committed d professional carers that offer their expertise, support and mily love of children to ease the burdens on a busy work/family life for our clients. The ease of booking via our innovative website allows you to make a booking at anytime of the day or night. A Rockmybaby Recruitment Consultant can help you with all aspects of your childcare needs whether you are holidaying, organising an event or wedding or just need a one off babysitter for your family. Rockmybaby® gives you confidence in knowing that a Nanny or Babysitter recruited through the Rockmybaby® system is your guarantee of safety and quality care for your children. For many families the idea of Booking a babysitter from a website is something they wouldn’t dream of doing. The team at Rockmybaby understand those fears felt by parents and carers. Behind the website dynamics of each Franchised area is a Recruitment Consultant that is also the owner, guaranteeing and running a thorough recruitment of all Nannies and Babysitters that register with the agency. All bookings are tracked and monitored via the website. Once an online booking is accepted, the client is emailed a confirmation with their babysitters profile and name. The babysitter will phone the client and discuss further needs and any special arrangements. Rockmybaby really is the safest, way to book a trustworthy nanny or babysitter!

Giving Back To Our Community After f a great g start last term, the Wauchope High School Breakfast Program is continuing to provide a complimentary nutritious breakfast to an average of 20 to 30 students each school day.


riginally conceived by Wauchope High School, the Wauchope Ministers’ Association and Mid Coast Connect, many community organisations, service clubs and businesses have now joined the program to ensure its ongoing success. The Program was initially kick started with a $2,500 grant from the Holiday Coast Credit Union and has since received ongoing funding from the Aboriginal Move Eat Live Well Project funded by the Australian Government which has made sure that essential food items are regularly available. “The Breakfast Program represents the ongoing commitment of the Wauchope community to the welfare of the high school students”, said Rev. Elizabeth Raine of Wauchope Uniting Church. “Studies have shown that students perform better academically, socially and physically when beginning their day in a positive environment with a nutritious breakfast”. Each morning, a dedicated group of volunteers from the Wauchope

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churches, service clubs and the Holiday Coast Credit Union have been up early and working at the high school to ensure a nutritious breakfast is available for all students in need of this important morning meal.

delighted if local businesses, service clubs and organisations felt they could support the Breakfast Program with donations of relevant food items or financial assistance.

“We feel the Breakfast Generous donations of Program is a real goods, food and money opportunity for local The Breakfast have been received businesses and Program from the Uniting and organisations to ts the en es pr re Anglican Churches, contribute to ent ongoing commitm Wauchope our community, e op ch of the Wau e Retravision, and to invest in th to ity commun gh hi e Timbertown Supa the future of our th of re welfa ...” ts en ud IGA, Colonial children”, said st ol ho sc Bakehouse, Lewis’ Coordinator, Mrs Quality Meats, Wauchope Helen Hoare. “We are RSL Club, Masonic Lodge, very grateful for the time Woolworths Port Macquarie, Reap, given by the volunteers, as Ricardoes Tomatoes, The Good Guys well as for the generous donations and Centrelink. that keep the program operating.”

While the Breakfast Program organisers have been delighted with the tremendous response received so far from the community, additional volunteers are still being sought to help assist each morning with preparing and serving food. They would be further

If you, your business or organisation would like to support the Wauchope High School Breakfast Program, please contact the Coordinator Mrs Helen Hoare on 0408 684 802 or our Partnership Broker Deborah Oldfield at Mid Coast Connect on 6583 5910.

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Columba Cottage Columba Cottage Outside School Hours Care is located on the grounds of St Columba Anglican School, offering access to sporting facilities and playgrounds.

eligible for CCR (not income tested), therefore

University trained educators develop and lead the program, offering fun experiences while maintaining high quality care and supervision.

our new 14 seater bus.

Our educational curriculum is designed according to children’s interests, providing a range of activities such as active team sports, art and craft, social indoor and outdoor games, science experiments and cooking experiences. Our service is available 52 weeks a year for all school children 5-12 years in the Port Macquarie area; our qualified driver transports children attending before and afterschool care. Vacation care is available during all school holidays. As well as regular programmed activities, we offer excursions to local attractions and places of interest according to children’s requests. Our service is CCB and CCR approved; this means that all working/studying families are

reducing the overall cost of each session. It has been a very busy year for our service, and our most recent accomplishment is acquiring Our before and after school students who travel on the bus were very excited to be the first passengers. Our vacation care students were able to travel to each excursion on the new bus, which proved to be a nice change from the regular bus. We are now able to offer additional external activities for our service. Intensive swimming lessons will be available during the coming school holidays. Just remember that we can take children who are enrolled to attend kindergarten in 2014 for the January school holiday period. Most often, these children find themselves unable to attend preschool/long day care services during this period. Please call the centre asap, as numbers are limited. For more information on our services, visit

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Cycle CONTINUES With Ed Godschalk.

If you were one of those diehard fans who sat up night after night watching the recent Tour de France, you will have witnessed that cycling can be a gruelling, physically challenging sport at the elite level. The Port Macquarie Cycling Club’s Lauren Kitchen and Lachlan Morton are two locals who have moved onto the international racing scene. But it’s the social aspect of cycling with your mates that is the fabric that holds the Port Macquarie club together. It’s just about getting out there and having fun, as club Secretary Mark Magennis points out. hat does the club have on offer for families? Port Macquarie Cycling Club (PMCC) meets most Saturdays at the purpose built track and club house, situated approximately 20 km to the south west of PMQ on Burrawan Forest Drive. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon with a bunch of people who just want to get out and cycle in the fresh country air. Adults ride with and supervise some of the older children on the road course, and they are also backed up by support vehicles in front and behind. The younger children ride on the criterium track well away from traffic. Some afternoons we light up the BBQ to keep hungry cyclists and their supporters happy. Children bring out all sorts of bikes to ride, but we also have a range of children’s road bikes available for loan. This is a great way for children to try the sport out before committing to buying a bike. You don’t have to ride competitively; parents can bring their bike out and have a ride whilst helping to supervise the kids getting some exercise at the same time as the kids, rather than being restricted to the sidelines. Why do you think cycling is so popular in the general population? Basically, it really is an activity that anyone can do. Most of us learnt to ride as children and no matter how old we get, it is still a fun way to keep active and get around. Keeping active is the secret to longevity. With many other high impact sports your body has a use by date, but not with cycling. We have quite a few members of the club around the age of 60 and have one member of

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the club who is still riding at 79 years of age. Cyclists other goodies. We are also in the process of buying come in many shapes, sizes, and from diverse backsome new road bikes for use by the children’s group. grounds. Just recently I enjoyed a ride and amongst The club is presently involved in talks with a BMX the group was a doctor, lawyer, a European track designer to assess the feasibility of exchange student, a nurse and a brickconstructing a BMX track on the club layer. Not only does this allow for land. Also, we will soon launch some interesting conversations, a raffle with fantastic, cycling it allows you to become part of t related prizes to raise funds ou g in br Children a broader community and to to s for repairs to our clubhouse, ke bi of s all sort make useful contacts. which was vandalised so have a

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n’s ro ad How does cycling benefit recently. range of childre lo an . r fo e bl children? Research has la ai av s The club is not just about bike ay for shown that cycling is asThis is a great w sport racing, it also about fitness e sociated with improved children to try th ing to training and riding for itt m m co re fo cardiovascular fitness, as well out be enjoyment. The club has for buying a bike .” as a decrease in the risk of years had a qualified coach coronary heart disease. It is also who can assist members with a great for toning and strengthening plan to achieve their goals. Howmuscles while being low impact for ever, what’s exciting and new is that young, growing joints. For those wanting we have recently received a government to burn calories, cycling has the benefit of firing grant to convert the wealth of knowledge up your metabolism even after the ride is over. I within the club into more certified cycling coaches. know with my boys that cycling has helped to imIs it expensive to participate? Not at all! The prove their coordination, immune system and feeling children can bring whatever bike they have and can of wellbeing in general. also borrow the club bikes. Primary aged children can Does the club have anything exciting happening join the club and be covered by insurance for $16 in the near future? We have a growing children’s with what we call a Kidz licence, which entitles them cycling group who usually meet on a Saturday at to take part in club activities. It does not get much 2pm on the track to ride and practice their skills. cheaper than that. Anyone interested in joining the children’s group can Club contacts: contact myself via the telephone numbers on the President – Kevin Fletcher 0401 179 945 club's website or log onto the club's Facebook page. Secretary – Mark Magennis 0415 457 038 We are currently in talks with a potential sponsor for Racing and children’s cycling groups meet 2pm on the children’s group to provide them with T-shirts and most Saturdays.

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HOME modification

Hastings Home Modification and Maintenance Service Inc. provides subsidised home modifications, maintenance and lawn mowing services for people who are frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers so they can live more independently in the community and remain in their homes longer. We talk to Paul Martin about their spacious new premises on Jambali Road, and the history and growth of the service since its modest beginnings 23 years ago. ell us about the history of Hastings Home Modification & Maintenance Service Inc. How did the service get started? Hastings Home Modification and Maintenance Service Inc. is a not-for-profit group that started out from modest beginnings in1990 when Margaret McIntyre, an Occupational Therapist, could see the need for just such a service to provide help to the frail aged and people with disabilities within our community. A committee was formed and worked for many months to obtain funding under the HACC (Home and Community Care) Program. I have been with the company since 2000 as the builder and comanager, and now as the overall manager of the service. When I first started, it was in a small office front shop in the Colonial Arcade. We only had an office co-ordinator, a handyman who was employed to do the grab rails, and I was doing the sub-contract bathrooms and bigger projects. We were very excited when we obtained a large shop front at the top of Gordon St, with an area at the back to use as a workshop. We were located there for about 7 years, but the service was growing rapidly, so we found another bigger premises in Blackbutt Rd. With 4 admin staff, a meeting room, lunch room, and a 140 sqm workshop, we could accommodate a carpenter and a metal worker, and that is also when Jamie started with us, who is a toolmaker by trade and metal fabricator. The service continued to grow, the need continued to grow, and the number of people we had to look after just continued to expand. Hastings Home Modification and Maintenance Service Inc. has now been operating for 23 years in the Hastings, as part of the HACC Program, jointly funded by State and Federal Governments. Tell us about the new premises and what you are now looking forward to? Ultimately I’ve had a goal since the time I’ve been with Hastings Home Modification and Maintenance Service Inc. which was to purchase our own building, and we are proud to have achieved that


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vision. We have now been located in our spacious new premisesat 23 Jambali Rd for three months. With two 140 sqm workshops, an administration area out the front, and a display bathroom. We also have disabled car parking outside, a wheelchair friendly access ramp and a wheelchair accessible bathroom. One of the big luxuries is the fenced in yard, which means we can have our trailer and vehicles with off street parking. We would like to improve even further with an Occupational Therapy service available in-house.

Dave as our Carpenter, and myself as the Manager. We also have two tilers, two plumbers, two painters, a concreter and an electrician all engaged as sub-contractors, so we basically have every trade covered. All of our tradesmen are fully qualified, have passed criminal record checks, and have current valid insurance and licenses. The other thing that has really expanded is the garden mowing and yard maintenance program. We provide a regular lawn mowing service, and garden maintenance is also available.

We are looking forward to the fact What are some of the services you that we now have our own space specialise in? We can help with a s ed to work with. We have external Home Modifications including ne ne eo m If so ification displays of access modifications, grab rails and handrails, access bathroom mod may not be able an interior showroom display modifications such as ramps, and thinks they ould still sh with product samples from our widening of doorways, easy steps to afford it, they be ay funding m call us because e, suppliers such as tile selections, and wedges and footpaths, hand ic rv se e t a fre accessible . It’s no government grab rails, taps, hand held held showers and lever taps, lly but it is a partia showers, slip resistant surfaces adjusting the height of tables, chairs ” e. ic funded serv in Envirowalk and Diamond Deck, and beds, major bathroom and and our display bathroom. The kitchen modifications, chair lifts, stair whole building is disability friendly. climbers and vertical lifts, predominantly We are looking to run occupational disability wheelchair accessible bathrooms therapy workshops within our new premises, and access modifications. We organise stairlifts and set up a stair inclinator as part of the display also. and vertical lifts using Masterlifts. We can help with If a client isn’t sure about what they would like, they Home Maintenance including power point relocation, can come in and have a look first hand, and see what minor plumbing, carpentry and electrical work, work related it might feel like in their own home. This was one of our specifically to access and safety such as repairing stairs or biggest goals with the transition. paths, pressure cleaning, anti-slip floor surfaces, installation of smoke alarms and gutter and window cleaning. We How has the business grown over the years? The also provide commercial and insurance renovations and number of major modifications has certainly increased, modifications, and we are slowly building our reputation and so has the awareness of our service. The growth has in this field. What makes our team unique is the fact that been tremendous since I started with Hastings Home we are all specialists in disability standards, and all of the Modifications. We have increased our workload so much trades associated with Hastings Home Modification are that we have also had to increase our staffing. We currently all specialists in their field and know what the disability employ Sherryl as our Administrative assistant, Andrea as standards and needs are. our Office Co-ordinator, Jamie as our Workshop Manager,


HOME modification

How does the process work for people needing your services? For Home Modifications you will be referred to an Occupational Therapist if eligible, who will arrange a visit to discuss your needs and plan the modifications to help achieve your goals. For eligible clients this is free of charge. For Home Maintenance Services, customers just need to call our office to arrange for one of our qualified contractors to come to their home at a time that is convenient. If there is a request that doesn’t meet our guidelines, we can refer them to somebody else who can help with that request. Our service is available to residents living in the Hastings area, including Port Macquarie,

Wauchope, Camden Haven, Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills and surrounding rural areas as far as Johns River, Kundabung and Long Flat. Client fees are charged according to a Fees Policy introduced on the 1st July 2012. A free measure and quote is available and no GST, freight, travel or administration costs are charged for eligible clients. If someone needs a bathroom modification and thinks they may not be able to afford it, they should still call us because funding may be accessible. It’s not a free service, but it is a partially government funded service with Level 1, 2 or 3 government funding available.

official opening: The official opening of the new Hastings Home Modification & Maintenance Service premises will be held on Wednesday 27 November, from 10.30am to noon. We would like to thank Michael Bell from Canterbury Concepts, Ian Edwards from Masterlifts, Tiles with Style, Envirowalk, Tradelink, Tyrex and Lencare for their kind donations to our new showroom.

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Robyn Butler.

Just witnessed the Ironman in progress ‌ what beautiful weather, little wind, fanastic atmosphere and very fit athletes. My son, Grant, participated in his second Ironman and went well. cannot tell you how many people have commented on how lucky we are to have Westport Park so close to the water and no 'man made structures' impeding its beautiful feel. I might have said this before, but I would chain myself naked to a tree in the park if they ever spoilt this very special and unique area. Not a pretty thought, but I know others would follow ‌ or leave! Well done to the organisers, volunteers, all the work men and woman erecting and dismantling the endless barriers and tents, ambulance,



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and the different charity groups manning food stalls, information booths, and street marshals. Though it is an inconvenience for some, it is only for one day, and the benefits for this beaut town of ours are endless! Congratulations to all concerned. Last but not least, the men who called out the athletes' names as they came through the finish barrier ... well done! BBQ RULES ...'Slightly overdone'? We are about to enter the BBQ season, therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking

activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events are put into action: 1. The woman buys the food. 2. The woman prepares the salads, vegetables if desired and desserts. 3. The woman prepares meat for cooking, does sauces and marinades and takes to man beside grill ... hands him a beer. 4. The woman then remains outside the compulsory three metre zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities take place without interference of the woman. 5. HERE COMES THE IMPORTANT BIT ... The man places the meat on grill. 6. Woman goes inside to organise plates and cutlery. 7. Woman goes out to tell man the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks to bring him another beer while he flips the meat. 8. IMPORTANT AGAIN ... The woman prepares the plates, serviettes and salads and brings them to the table.. 9. After eating, the woman clears the table and loads the dishwasher or washes up. 10. Most important of all, everyone praises the man and thanks him for his wonderful cooking efforts. 11. The man asks the woman, "DID YOU ENJOY YOUR NIGHT OFF?" and upon seeing her

annoyed reaction concludes: 12. THERE'S NO PLEASING SOME WOMEN! SNIPPETS: 1. With BBQs you sometimes have wine ... Did you know you can buy a little bottle called Penningtons Pure Wine drops that eliminates preservatives in wine? You put 5 drops in a 750 ml bottle or 1 drop in a glass and swirl. It does work and costs only $5 a bottle. Not sure if all liquor outlets keep it, but it's available at Dan Murphys ... on the bottle it says avoid headaches ... for more information, visit Made in Western Australia. A group of us even road tested it (hic). 2. Did you know intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair ... my question is, more than what? 3. To know a product is Australian and not from overseas, the prefix on the barcode is always 93 ... 4. If you have a good Aussie product (maybe a little different to the norm) let me know and I will include it in my suggested Christmas Gift List next month. Email: ladylavender2@ 5. Good luck on Melbourne Cup Day ... hope you pick a winner! WHEN THE POWER OF LOVE OVERCOMES THE LOVE OF POWER, THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE ...

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Coastline Chiropractic Centre has completed a major refurbishment of the office in Port Macquarie as part of their commitment to provide comfortable and flexible facilities for all patients. This undertaking forms part of a sustainability initiative of the practice to change their office systems, providing a more environmentally friendly and efficient paperless healthcare service. The new office will impress our clients. We have transformed the way our office currently looks and functions. The new office design features more modern and more functional fit outs to enhance our chiropractic service and patient comfort. We have new furniture, user friendly chiropractic equipment and a state of the art sound system coming together through a newly improved layout creating a unique practice atmosphere. Patients will have the opportunity to experience effective chiropractic care in a safe and clean environment with more space and improved facilities. The new office features stimulating feature walls creating a calm atmosphere for a truly relaxed patient experience. In celebration of their newly improved office, Coastline Chiropractic welcomes everyone to visit their new premises and is now offering

At Coastline Chiropractic Centre we aim to deliver the highest level of care to not only address a patient’s symptoms, but to improve spinal and neurological function. We use objective testing such as computerised dynamic posturography & heart rate variability analysis to comprehensively assess potential underlying causes of common conditions such as low back pain and headaches. This in depth analysis allows us to create rehabilitation programs speciďŹ c to each person.

Case Presentation 56 year old female presents with pain and stiffness down both sides of her neck into the shoulders along with a low grade headache at the back of her head for 10 days duration. Extra life stress was reported but no physical onset could be found. No other signs or symptoms present. Blood pressure was measured at 180/100. Heart Rate variability was measured due to this finding and was found to be skewed significantly toward the sympathetic (stress response) range. The upper back was found to have joint fixations and increased muscle tightness. The combination of biomechanical spinal problems with an increase sympathetic drive pushed this lady past the threshold that her spinal support system could handle. This resulted in failure of the soft tissues around the upper neck region and head pain. Treatment consisted of a combination of physical interventions and exercises to increase joint mobility and reduce poor posture, combined with slow deliberate deep breathing biofeedback exercises to calm down reduce the stress response. After 2 days of this approach her blood pressure had reduced to 135/90 and the heart rate variability had moved toward the more relaxed end of the autonomic spectrum. Headaches had been eliminated and she was sleeping much better. A rehabilitation program was prescribed for this lady to stabilise both spinal and autonomic contributing factors.

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CLINICAL NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION SERVICE Brainstorm Rehabilitation provides specialised programs of neurological treatments to assist brain based dysfunction and creating a safe environment is paramount to the effectiveness of our care. With the new office equipment we will be able to deliver even more effective treatment and therapy programs: t Improved and efficient Computerised Balance testing and Heart rate variability t More room and facilities for Child behaviour and learning difficulties t Access to expanded Functional Neurology Evaluation tests

Case Presentation 40 year old female presents with worsening right sided neck pain of 1 month duration with no head or arm pain/symptoms. She also reported feeling “not quite right” when asked about any dizziness.

This means that, likely due to the previous infection, the nerve that carries balance information from the right inner ear was weakened which created an asymmetry in her overall balance system.

Her history was generally unremarkable with the exception of 3 months previous she had been quite sick with flu like symptoms and was very dizzy for several days which settled with Stemitil (anti-nausea/vertigo medication) which her GP prescribed. She was “back to normal” after 1 week and thought nothing more of it. She had a right head tilt of which was unaware.

As such, the balance system tried to compensate for the deficiency by creating the right head tilt which led to the muscles on the right side fatiguing and eventually failing causing her pain.

Spinal examination revealed painful muscle tightness down the right side of her neck into her shoulder blade. No spinal joint fixations were present however she had limited left rotation of her neck due to pain.

Therapy with standard vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) resulted in the nerve regaining its function over a 4 weeks period.

Due to the history of vertigo, her vestibular (inner ear balance mechanism) function was assessed using standard tests along with computerised dynamic posturography (CDP). This testing revealed a right unilateral vestibular hypofunction.

This normalised her head position and relieved the pressure on the right side neck muscles. The “not quite right” feeling abated and she was able to function optimally again.

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I n t e r i o r s

en Aguilar en, can you please introduce yourself and your business to our readers? Sure, I’m Jen Aguilar and my business is JLA Interiors. I moved from Sydney to Port Macquarie 5 years ago with my husband and our two young children. JLA Interiors offers interior decoration and style consulting for both residential and commercial premises with a focus on assisting clients to put atmosphere and their personality into their surrounds.


Jen, you have recently been a part of the renovations at Coastline Chiropractic. Tell us about this ... Yes, Coastline Chiropractic is a well known business in Port whose premises were in great need of an update. There were a lot of considerations on this job, including how to manage the renovations with minimal impact on the clients and the business. Luckily we have great tradespeople in Port such as Ryan from Plus Painting, who were very flexible and helped me minimise the disturbance. I chose to make the rooms warm and comforting, using timber furniture, plush

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carpet and warm beige walls. And for real impact, each room has a feature wall for which I chose to use wallpaper murals from Bristol. The images I chose give each room a certain character. For example, Room 4 makes me feel like I’m at a spa in Fiji, Room 3 I’m looking out of my penthouse suite window over New York city, and the Neurology Lab is where I get to escape to nature for a walk through the forest. For a touch of nostalgia I added beautiful replica Eames Organic chairs; they’re so comfortable! What was it that inspired you to do each room differently? Well, initially Coastline just planned to give the rooms a fresh coat of paint, but once I started discussing what Darren and his team really wanted and needed for their clients, the concept of making them spectacular grew from there. Each room is a different size needing different equipment and furniture, so I decided the best way to tackle this was to have some uniformity across the rooms to give it flow but give each room its own personality and with such a variety of clients, these had to be

pleasing for children and adults alike. The rooms have been so well received that clients are now requesting rooms by the room style such as, “Can I be put in the New York room today?” There’s no other business premises like it in Port and it’s creating an incredible buzz! What other work is keeping you busy at the moment? I have been busy with a variety of work, particularly residential jobs. There are a lot of people wanting advice on how to put their furnishings together to look ‘styled’, rather than just placed in rooms and where to source different furniture. I’ve also been busy planning workshops to commence early next year. These will give tips on how to give your home style, easy makeover tips and much more. If any of your readers want more information, they can contact me via email at What do you enjoy the most about your job? Oh, so many things! I love it when a

client struggles to explain in words how they want their place to look, and then to have them see it finished and say, “That’s exactly what I wanted”. You can’t get a better feeling than helping someone like that! I’m a bit of a storage addict, so I love finding solutions to the problem of clutter most of us face and ways to make your space work better for you. It’s great to see a room look inviting. With a new year almost upon us, what seem to be the trends over this summer/ new year period in home or business decoration? Well, geometric patterns and abstract prints are sure to be big in deep sky blue, muted teal greens and mauves and still brights, but not neon as we have just seen. I think we will see lots of soft furnishings with colour flow – where the colour creeps up in shades like it’s been dipped in colour. I guess it’s the modern-day version of the 1970s tie-died materials. There’s plenty of choices to play with for a fresh, new look – a great way to start the new year off.

coastline chiropractic centre Coastline Chiropractic Centre is known to many locals and their families. We catch up with Darren to find out all about the new rooms and what the practice has in store for the future.

arren, how long have you had your practice here in Port Macquarie, and why did you decide now was the time to make some changes? We established the Coastline Chiropractic Centre 13 years ago. Time has flown! In that time we have relocated to Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie (seven years ago), expanded to High Street, Wauchope (four years ago), extended our services with four Chiropractors and developed Brainstorm Rehabilitation, a clinical neuro-rehabilitation centre. However, the pleasure is the great outcomes our team achieve, which is further enhanced by the support from other local health professions. Our centre has been devoted to numerous community sporting, charity, and social events over the years. Tell us all about the services that are available within your practice ... The benefit really of a multi-practitioner centre is the pooling of knowledge. In fact, collectively our team of chiropractors have over 60 years of clinical experience. Each chiropractor in our practice has a key knowledge of a clinical area. Through professional development and training, our chiropractors are skilled in areas of neurological chiropractic, sports chiropractic, paediatric chiropractic, workplace injury, back pain and headache therapy. We have great resources on Brainstorm Rehabilitation is a rehabilitation centre

py. Here we often assist wit for brain based therapy. with stroke recovery, balance disorders like vertigo vertigo, rs and childho motor coordination disorders childhood ery clo learning difficulties. We work very closely with parents, teachers and other health care professions. The exclusivity of the service has permitted clients to travel from as far as Sydney to attend. For more information, we welcome you to visit www.

than “gaze over the pond view”. Not only has the wallpaper established a mood and theme, but also the room layouts are more functional. Coming into 2014, what else do you have in store for Brainstorm Rehabilitation and Coastline Chiropractic Centre? Without a doubt another busy year!

We have a few exciting plans, with more emphasis on community health ly of The benefit real r Jen Aguilar from JLA initiatives to raise ne a multi-practitio Interiors has helped awareness in particular g olin centre is the po along the way with ct fa of brain based of knowledge. In am most of these changes. te r therapy. The recent collectively ou What was it like to s have ABC series, Redesign of chiropractor clinical work with her? Firstly, your Brain by Todd over 60 years of the idea of the renovation experience.” Sampson, highlighted the evolved from a few focus emerging public interest in group surveys, staff meetings neuroplasticity. More medical and feedback from patients and researchers acknowledge the clients. Jen was referred by a friend. principles of brain neuroplasticity I was anxious about the change, but after – one of the foundations of Brainstorm a few meetings it became evident that Jen had Rehabilitation and Coastline Chiropractic understood our brief. It was reassuring to have Centre. Another goal for our centre is to produce someone to coordinate the contractors and quality research to support evidence-based health suppliers while the business continued with minimal care. interruption. Thanks Darren. What has the feedback been like in regards to To find out more inforamtion or to book an the new look rooms? A highlight has been the appointment, visit the website: response to the wallpaper. It has given each room its own identity and feel. For example, one patient or phone 6583 9393. last week requested to “go to New York”, rather

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Where are they Now?

F r i e d e r i c h

Where are they Now?Andrew Friederich, current resident of Kyoto, Japan, is a Port Macquarie transplant. Juggling three jobs and with a keen interest in yoga, Andrew’s life is a busy and interesting one!


i Andrew. Please share with our readers a bit about your earlier life living and growing up in Port Macquarie. Well, as you well know Jo, I went to Port High, where I competed against you year after year in English and History. I wasn't really into surfing or sports so much back then, but obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons. After Port I studied at New England University, trying to live the dream of a professional student. Unfortunately HECS fees started around that time, so I eventually had to look for a job. When did you first visit Japan, and what made you decide it was a place you’d like to travel to in the first place? James Clavell's book Shogun was probably my first inspiration. Then, being a fairly sickly child, I turned to martial arts, meditation and massage in an attempt to heal the damage of an academic education and a self obsessed mentality. By the time I was 25 I had developed a reasonable level of proficiency in Karate, Shiatsu and Zen Buddhism. Japan was the obvious choice for me. What led to you relocating to Japan permanently – it must have been a big decision to move so far away! To be honest, I never expected to stay in Japan for so long – especially as my first company relocated me to the middle of an earthquake disaster zone. Kobe city in 1995 was simply a mass of rubble. It was always ‘just one more year’. Eventually it became more and more comfortable for me, especially once I was married to my lovely wife, Naoko. I would be a 78 greater port macquarie focus.

liar if I didn't say I'm still completely fascinated by the beauty and grace of Japanese women (especially my daughter). Now I'm a wedding celebrant, yoga instructor, oral communication teacher ... unfortunately none of these skills guarantee me a reasonable income back home in Oz. Where exactly do you call home these days ... and for those of us who haven’t been there, what’s it like? My home is Kyoto, probably the most beautiful city in Japan, as well as one of the great historical and cultural centres of the country. It's ranked in the top ten cycling cities of the world (all the better, as there are no helmet laws in Japan and I don't drive). For two weeks in spring the rivers turn pink with the petals falling from the cherry blossoms, for four weeks of autumn the mountains are ablaze with oranges, reds and purples as the maple leaves die off ... unfortunately, the rest of the year is sweltering humidity, snowfalls, or typhoons. But Kyoto only really needs one thing ... a beach! Where did your interest in yoga stem from? As I said before, I wasn't a healthy child. When I was 16 my mother recommended going to a yoga class ... I loved it and have never looked back. I learned to do something I had never done before. Listen to my body! Tell us more about yoga ... I'm a bit of a fascist when it comes to yoga; Ashtanga is the only style which interests me. For the last ten years I have practiced every morning for two hours. As a part of this regimen, I only eat lunch ... no breakfasts or dinners since 2003. I also travel to India for a month every year to train either with the Guru's grandson in Mysore or one of his

senior instructors in Goa. At 34 I learned to put both legs behind my head, at 36 I could fall back into a bridge pose, and at 38 I started handstanding. Now at 43, my training is to go into a handstand, fall down into a bridge, go back up into a handstand ... and repeat until exhausted! I believe the peak age for When I was strength and flexibility 16 my mother going to in Ashtanga is in the recommended loved it mid-fifties, so I still a yoga class ... I looked r ve and have ne have a long way to do to d ne ar back . I le go yet. never

faced? Obviously language barriers and cultural differences could be seen as something I had diffi culties, but were en to Describe your day done before . List there any other issues? to day life in Kyoto my body!” Unlike Australia, Japan is – when you’re not a country where people will teaching yoga, what do almost anything to avoid else keeps you busy? confrontation. Especially in Kyoto! I think I mentioned earlier that I This means people will nearly never work three jobs. I'm busy, but I love the work express their own ideas; instead, they will try so much. My main money spinner is teachto guess what you want to hear and say that. ing conversation weekdays in a private high The Japanese word for ‘yes’ (hai) can actually school. Weeknights I teach yoga at a number mean ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’, depending on the of different studios. Yoga only really took off in context that it's used in. Japanese culture has Japan about 8 years ago, but Japanese never incredibly intricate rules, but there is an expresdo anything in half steps and the level of ability sion that goes, "there are three excuses for is increasing possibly faster than anywhere else bad behaviour: being drunk, being foreign or in the world. being a child". I guess a drunken foreign child Weekends I perform weddings (I've actually can get away with pretty much anything! married about 1,500 couples). As with most How often do you get to come back to of the jobs for foreigners in Japan, your level visit friends and relatives in Australia? of skill is irrelevant ... blue eyes and blond hair Only once every three or four years. I love will take you much further. My free time is Australia and wish it could be more often, but spent watching animation with my gorgeous India is always calling. Fortunately, Mum and daughter, Satoko. Dad come to Japan almost every year. When you first moved to Japan, what Thanks Andrew. Interview by Jo Atkins. were some of the biggest challenges you

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e’re like kids in a cubby house, romping about investigating our accommodation for the next four days and nights our beachfront holiday cabin at Hawks Nest, an hour north of Newcastle. We fling open cupboards to check kitchen supplies, test beds for comfort and the shower for plentiful hot water, and assess the views and number of steps to the sand from our sheltered front veranda. We pronounce it perfect, outfitted with two bedrooms, generous cooking facilities, ceiling fans, air-con, TV/DVD and two-shadesof-grey dual roller blinds for full privacy as well as a discreet daytime outlook. Plenty of basics for tea/coffee, washing up, towels, linen, soap and toilet paper allow guests to settle in effortlessly. We’ve scored an end cabin in the row of four: jackpot! Time to investigate the waterfront. Is there any better location! We take a pathway from our cabin down to Jimmy’s Beach, a long, soft white sandy stretch on the sheltered shores of Port Stephens. The water’s clear and gentle on the bay, safe for swimming and snorkelling without buffeting by waves. The view’s wonderful, looking across to bustling Nelson Bay and other settlements on the southern arm of the port. Kids build sandcastles, teenagers fly kites, couples in their swimmers stroll by, fishermen cast a rod, and an old beachcomber with his metal detector vainly plumbs the shoreline, enjoying himself nonetheless. On the first of several occasions, we plunge in, enjoying the cool clean water. Everyone nods, smiles and goes on their way: it’s private, peaceful and soothing. On a couple of early evenings we go down to watch the dramatic sunset; the brilliant sun dives low on the horizon, seemingly casting a golden pathway across the water to our feet. Jimmy’s is on a markedly narrow-necked peninsula, its eastern edge on the ocean coastline. We can stroll past holiday homes to Bennett’s Beach but instead drive two minutes to the sealed car park and surf club there and wander down to a more conventional, big, patrolled surf beach where frolickers

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are bodysurfing, board surfing, romping on jetskis further out and there’s even a few paddle boarders gently plying about. Forget Bali: we’ve travelled less than two hours from Port Macquarie to be immersed in an entirely different world - an ideal, relaxed destination for a quick getaway that minimises travel time, maximises leisure. Back at our cabin, we take in our surroundings. Jimmy’s is the southernmost of 23 casual coastal holiday camps stretching to the Queensland border managed by North Coast Holiday Parks (a NSW Crown Lands trust, ultimately under the control of our own Andrew Stoner). Many, like Jimmy’s, are “dog friendly”, where pets, on leash, are permitted on camping sites. Tiered behind our cabin and on a hilly rise above are neat rows of powered and unpowered grassy van and camping sites in a bushland setting, sheltered by trees. There’s a spiffing open-air camp kitchen, two shower-toilet blocks, BBQs, a big safe fire pit for roasting marshmallows or just gazing dreamily into the flames, and a children’s playground. And free WiFi, if you must. For a fun option, three new beach tents are set beside our cabin. Amazingly spacious, with ceiling fans, long galley kitchen and bathroom, on a raised timber floor, each boasts a veranda and outdoor setting. Wide, screened flaps zip up for privacy, of course; zip down for fresh bush air. Despite all its appointments, Jimmy’s has a notable air of being uncrowded: in our cabin, we’re oblivious to the camping ground behind. We found the park managers welcoming and efficient and, because of the enjoyable break, are set to try some of NCHP’s other spots. See Jimmy’s is two minutes’ stroll to Hawks Nest settlement and lovely nature-wildlife walks to and around Tea Gardens and heaps of waterborne activities, dining and touring options. But that’s another story, to be continued.

Pete Byron was 16 when he started working part-time with Fishing Tackle Australia, the world's largest fishing and tackle store. ishing Tackle Australia is the world's largest fishing and tackle store; how and when did you get involved with this business? I was 16 years old when I started part-time work with Fishing tackle Australia and moved to fulltime after finishing my HSC, and 15 years later I’m still here.


your customers? This means our customers, both in store and online, have access to the most comprehensive range of fishing tackle and outdoor gear all at the one location. With the world's largest fishing tackle store, Coffs Harbour Outdoor World and the Kayak Shak on the same site, there is nowhere else with such a range of products in the same place.

Tell us a little bit more about your journey so far with Fishing Tackle Australia? As mentioned, I started working weekends in the shop at 16, then moved to full-time later on. I spent a few years as mail order manager before moving into the office to assist on the mail order catalogue and was involved in the development of our website. Now I am part of the management team that oversees the running of the entire business.

How many staff do you have across the group? Are they retail staff or experts in their selected fields? Between all the stores and mail order, we have almost 50 staff, all with experience and extensive knowledge in their respective areas of the business. Being an independent, local business, our aim has always been to provide expert service and advice in all of our stores.

Over the past thirty years, how has the business developed? Originally a gun shop started by Reg and Carly Coutts-Smith in the '70s, the business transitioned to a dedicated fishing shop under the name Fishermans Heaven and has continued to grow ever since. The business name was changed to Fishing Tackle Australia to match up with the name of the shop's Mail Order Tackle Magazine. The mail order magazine and the eventual website had a huge influence on the business. Selling products across Australia allowed the shop to stock the most expansive range of fishing tackle in the country. Expanding all the time, FTA grew into Australia’s, and eventually the world's, largest fishing tackle store. The business has also expanded laterally opening Coffs Harbour Outdoor World and the Kayak Shak on the same site. What are the advantages of having all your stores based at the same site for

What does your business pride itself on? I would say our business prides itself on offering by far the largest range of fishing tackle and outdoor products at the best prices, whilst still providing the expert service and advice that comes with being an independent and homegrown business. And in your professional opinion, where on the Coffs Coast is the best place to fish? It’s hard to answer that question, as there is fantastic fishing throughout the Coffs Coast and it depends on what kind of fishing you prefer. Around the harbour itself is a great central location for anyone visiting the area, with rock fishing and beach fishing on offer, as well as being the access point for offshore fishing, and there’s great fishing around the marina area, especially for kids and families. My personal favourite locations though, would be the small Bass and Trout streams in the hinterland, which are only 10 - 45 minutes drive from Coffs Harbour.

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Greg Cook (left) tells us about a mutually beneficial partnership between the Glasshouse and the Conservatorium Mid North Coast. This unique arrangement provides some wonderful concerts and performances for our region …

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hat’s your official position at the Conservatorium Mid North Coast, and tell us about this role ... The position is that of Manager. It is a diverse role from support to the Board of Management, to attending at a school to establish a new instrument tuition and ensemble program. In between there is a fair slice of administrative work plus program development along with forward financial and strategic planning. How (and when) did the idea to establish a community partnership between the Conservatorium and the Glasshouse develop? The Conservatorium needed a public face and a decision was made in 2011 to set-up a Friday Free Concert to be based on local performers volunteering their talents. The concerts commenced at the Historic Courthouse. After several months we were playing to a small but regular audience. However, the Courthouse was scheduled for a new roof in late 2011and the volunteers there (what a great supportive group they had been) advised us early that the building would not be available in the last part of 2011. Learning we were without a home for July – October at least, Belinda Gibson, Program Manager at the Glasshouse, was interested to hear how we might be able to bring the event across to that venue. We proposed to operate the event from any space they could make available to us on a Friday, and in return we would deliver them an opportunity to get more people into the building and to an arts event. After some negotiation to sort out details, the Free Concerts moved to the Glasshouse at the end of Term 2 in 2011 and have been there now for over 100 concerts: the Glasshouse’s single biggest ongoing user!

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In essence, how does this partnership work ... how does each organisation assist the other? Simply, we access our local musos, students and school groups to develop a year long program of fine music concerts, whilst the Glasshouse supports the presentation of each concert through providing space and equipment. The partnership works to develop an audience for fine music in our region. The Conservatorium gains a public face in the community, and the Glasshouse is actively working with the citizens to make the facility fully accessible. You must bring your lunch one-day (or visit a food outlet) and sit in on a show. Drag the Editor out of the office and come see. What are some of the programs that have been developed as a result of this partnership ... for example, the free Friday lunchtime concerts, amongst others? You are right, programs have developed. The Friday Free Concerts now have a regular audience of 65/70. At 12.30 each Friday one/two or a group of our local performing artists provide a delightful concert for free to the municipality. Donations received at these concerts are then put towards instrument maintenance for music students of the Conservatorium. We work hand in hand with the Glasshouse to find opportunities to present Fine Music performances. Bringing cellist Gotthard Killian in 2012 to perform in the Art Gallery comes to mind; it was a great success. We also present in each week of school term an Early Childhood Music learning program. Again, the Glasshouse supports this by providing us a space in the building, and in return we provide them a Tutor to offer the same style of program in all of the school holidays. Both events are growing in popularity with locals and tourists. What have been some of the highlights of this partnership so far? One highlight is the involvement of students – some with their

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school and others with with the Glasshouse in G otthard Killian rt A their tutor. The May 31 to include support of e th in 2012 to perform it d; in 2013 performance by shows presented in the m to es Gallery com e W s. es the North Haven Public 2014 Performing Arts cc su t was a grea week ch ea in School Band in the main Program. Two of these t en es also pr Early an rm te theatre of the Glassshows will be available ol ho of sc ic learning house was an exciting for students from the Childhood Mus day, with almost a full Conservatorium to work, program .” house for the downstairs with the professional artsection (stalls) at the theatre. ists that come to our region, The support of the audience for the students becoming a part of students who have just started out on these productions. These students their journey with music and for the more will perform on stage in a professional advanced students has been generous and production with these internationally recogsupportive. They fulsomely acknowledge the nised artists, providing a unique opportunity to effort of the commencing student, as well as develop their professional performance skills. the skill of the advanced. The Con. will reciprocate by bringing the interWhat do you see as being the benefits of this partnership ... not only for the organisations involved, but also for the community? For the community it has meant one event, fifty weeks a year that they can just walk into at the Glasshouse for free, and with their lunch! (No concerts on Good Friday or the Friday following Christmas Day.) The success of the partnership helps to build the Conservatorium’s profile in the community (as well as develop our program administration abilities). This increased profile and abilities are being translated into opportunities to undertake tuition both at school and after school, to join ensembles and into participation in special performance presentations such as the annual Sydney Conservatorium Final Year students’ tour.

nationally acknowledged Konstantin Shamray, Sydney Piano Competition winner 2008 (1st Place and People’s winner and six other Sydney prizes) to perform in Port Macquarie and another Mid North Coast venue. What’s the likelihood that this arrangement between the Conservatorium and the Glasshouse will continue for the long term? From the Conservatorium’s position, we will be working to both maintain and develop a relationship which is such a natural fit and are encouraged by the Glasshouse’s ongoing support of this relationship. Everyone involved in this community partnership is keen to see the relationship flourish and is actively looking to add new ideas into the mix.

What plans are in the pipeline over the coming 12 months? The Friday Concerts will continue, with more of these events being presented in the main theatre. Some Friday Concerts are even planned to use the loading dock, which of course comes complete with its own stage ... the loading dock!

From the experience gained we plan to develop a similar relationship with two other Mid North Coast venues: Taree’s Manning Entertainment Centre, along the lines of that with the Glasshouse, and at Tuncurry’s Memorial Hall, where we will operate more as a promoter and presenter of shows (hopefully with a brand new grand piano to help make it possible).

Next year we will growing our partnership

Thanks Greg. Interview by Jo Atkins.


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janette hyde. Greater Port Macquarie has just hosted two great events, the 70.3 Ironman and SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings. Over 1,300 athletes took part in the Ironman 70.3. The area was bathed in sunshine and by all accounts, it was a huge success. The impact on our local economy of events like this is well documented. gain, the sun was shining and over 100 exhibitors took part on the day of the SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings. The event continues to showcase our local food, wine, beer and associated products. We are so lucky to have such wonderful produce right on our doorstep.


It was great to see just how well the community embraced this colourful event. Organisers reported that over 15,000 people attended this year. The cooking demonstration pavilion, showcasing some great chefs, the spaghetti eating competition, the great food, beverages, markets and the fantastic lineup of entertainment all contributed to this fantastic day.

by 6 November 2013. ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER AND EARLY DECEMBER Craft Expo 2013 Saturday 23, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 24 November 2013, 9am – 3pm Port Macquarie Race Club The Premier Arts and Crafts exhibition and sale is on again at Port Macquarie. This is a not for profit community event, and all funds raised go to the Zonta Club of Port Macquarie and the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie's local and Club Service projects. Christmas Countdown 28 November from 6.15pm – Horton Street and Town Green.

Thank you to Sonia Fingleton and all the team from Council, along with the fantastic volunteers.

Decorate your business, be part of the Santa Parade and Fun Run and enjoy the Concert and the Lighting of Christmas Tree.

As part of the Food and Wine celebrations in Greater Port Macquarie, 13 travel writers and travel agents visited us from Singapore. They were very impressed with all of the activities on their itinerary, declaring that our area was a must see for all the Singaporeans who plan a self drive tour of the Legendary Pacific Coast. They particularly mentioned the Tastings on Hastings, Sea Acres, the Koala Hospital, a dinner at 1830 Restaurant in the Glasshouse and Ricardoes Tomatoes as highlights of their visit. It is great that there is so much interest from our international markets.

Fun Run starting at 6.15pm along Horton Street (starting from the corner of William and Horton St.) It is free to enter, just register your business, don your Santa Hat and be part of the fun.

The Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association will hold their AGM at Billabong Zoo and Wildlife Park on 11 November from 6pm. All members of the 2013 - 2014 Greater Port Macquarie Partnership Programme are welcome to attend from 6pm. There will be a special preview of the Zoo Night Life Tour. Usual price $20 Members – nibbles and complimentary drink provided. RSVPs essential to Janette Hyde

Santa Parade following the Business Santa Fun Run at 6.15pm along Horton St and down to Town Green. Entertainment on the Town Green from 6.45pm. The lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at approximately 7.45pm. Bring the family, friends, a picnic, cameras and be entertained by local performers and an appearance by Santa Claus! 2013 NSW Touch Association State Cup Friday 6 - Sunday 8 December 2013, Port Macquarie Regional Stadium and Tuffins Lane Sporting Fields. The NSW Touch Association will host the 37th Annual State Cup in Port Macquarie. The State Cup is the premier Touch competition for New South Wales Touch Affiliates and proves to be an excellent competition for the state's most talented players, coaches, referees and administrators. Over 4,000 people will come to our area for this elite competition greater port macquarie focus 81


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Melodie Cicak started dance lessons when she was just 4 years of age. Now at the tender age of 9, she is excelling and enjoying every minute of it, taking out the Dance, Drama & Poetry Section in Wauchope's Got Talent Quest. Chrissy Jones chatted with Melodie about her love of dance and where she would like it to take her in the future ...


ow long have you been dancing; where did you start? About 5 years ago I started at Francessca Louise Academy of Dance in Wauchope. I drove my mum crazy; she would drop me off and I would cry every time, but when she picked me up I'd had such a great time that I couldn't wait to the next lesson. It was all I talked about for days. I started learning solos when I was 5 and competed in my first eisteddfod, in the Baby Dance section, when I was 6 years old. I won! And received my first trophy. I now attend Wauchope and Port Macquarie Performing Arts under the direction of principal Stacey Morgan. I would live at the studio if they would let me! What else have you won? I competed in Wauchope’s Got Talent, organised by Angus Gill at Wauchope Country Club last month and won first place in the Dance, Drama and Poetry Category. I won $450; I used some of it to pay for an upcoming workshop from Abigail and Ollie from Dance Academy on ABC3. I can't wait for that! Earlier in the year I also competed in the Showcase Regionals in Newcastle and came away with Gold and Silver medals. I qualified to go to the National Finals in Brisbane next year, but I am a little young, so we all decided to

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wait until I get a bit older. What's next? Tap and Ballet exams, my end of year concert at Wauchope Port Macquarie Performing Arts, and I can't wait until I go to the WPMPA Summer I love School in January; performing and it will be heaps e I get dancing becaus ts fun, and I will lo d to meet lots an aps get to learn new he ve of people, ha to el dance styles. Miss av tr d of fun an to Stacey organises different places .” the Summer School m or rf pe and brings in special teachers.

Why do you love performing? What's the best part about it? I love performing and dancing because I get to meet lots and lots of people, have heaps of fun and travel to different places to perform. I love to spend time with the senior dancers and learn from them; it's also good to catch up with my friends at eisteddfods. What's your favourite dance style and why? My favourite is ballet, because it calms me down and cheers me up; it makes me happy when I do it. Where would you like your dancing to take you in the future? I hope to one day

be good enough to join either the Australian Ballet Company or the Sydney Dance Company. I would love to be able to travel the world through my dance.

Do you practice much? How many times a week? I dance all the time, around the house, in the playground, any chance I get; I just love to dance. But I practice with my teachers 3 afternoons a week after school, one day in Wauchope and two in Port Macquarie for a couple of hours each time. I have a lot of dance teachers, Miss Stacey, Miss Cathy, Miss Francessca and Miss Kate from Wauchope and Port Macquarie Performing Arts. They make dancing fun and teach me lots. What do you do at practice? Mostly ballet work and I practice and practice for my exams. We have practical exams to go to the next level. I am now Grade 3. Have you got any other interests or

hobbies? Yes, I like to run, going to school with my friends and I like spending time with my brother and sisters playing. Do you have different types of shoes? All sorts! Lots and lots! Tap shoes, ballet shoes, Jazz shoes and foot undies for contemporary dance. Tell me about your special T-shirt ... My T-shirt is covered in autographs of famous and special dancers and dance teachers that I have met so far. My favourites are Jason Coleman, John Travis and Miss Stacey. It's very special and something I will treasure forever. I have seen you in some great costumes ... what's your favourite? I love my purple outfit; it's a crop top and a little skirt and has little wings on the back. I look like a Black Bird. I dance Black Bird by the Beatles when I wear this outfit. When I go in eisteddfods I wear lots of different costumes, plus makeup, and Mum does my hair pretty. Thanks Melodie, and all the best with your dancing.



Our Primary School is a busy, happy place where each child can experience success and know that they have an important contribution to make. We are currently taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2014, 2015 and beyond.

St Columba Anglican School is pleased to offer the following scholarships in 2014.

Secondary Secondary School is a rich, varied and exciting place, where students are encouraged to think independently, aim high, push ERXQGDULHVJURZLQVHOIFRQĂ€GHQFHDQGVWULYHIRUWKHLUSHUVRQDO best, in a supportive and enriching environment. Congratulations to the HSC Dance class of 2013 for receiving 23 nominations for ‘CALLBACK’, the annual Sydney Showcase of exemplary works from around the state. 91% of students in the class were nominated.

Freshstart Dance Scholarships for students entering Years 9 and 11 Freshstart Music Scholarships for students entering Year 11 Auditions for Dance and Music Scholarships will take place on Saturday 16th November 2013 at 10.00am in the St Columba Senior Studies Centre. Applications close Friday 8th November 2013. In addition, Excellence Scholarships for students entering Year 11 or Year 12, Freshstart All-Rounder Scholarships for students entering Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Indigenous Scholarships for students entering Kindergarten toYear 12 in 2014.

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Local resident Charles Granquist has just released his second book, Until the Little Birds Sing – a look at a future world that bears testament to the ravages of global warming, and the survivors who have to live there …


hat originally brought you to Port Macquarie? Originally we came from Baulkham Hills in Sydney, and we moved to Laurieton. That was in 2001. We were there for 8 years and we had a reasonably big house with a lot of land. Wendy [my wife] reckoned I couldn’t look after it any more, so we came here … So what was your working background? I had to leave school at what was the Intermediate Certificate, at 14 years of age, because my father had died and it was the end of the Depression and things weren’t good. So I went to work for a paint manufacturing company. Legacy got me a job, actually. I stayed there until the outbreak of the war. I went away to the war; I was away for 6 years. I came back and went back to them. And I stayed there for perhaps another 5 years, I suppose. And then there was a change in management and I decided to leave with another fellow who was in the company at the time, and we started a real estate agency at Baulkam Hills. We got started in 1960, he retired in 1970-odd, and I stayed there until 1977. And then I went into another company in industrial real estate. And that’s what I did until I retired, when I was 74. How long have you had the desire to write fiction? I was always very good at English; I could always put words together. In the industrial field you have to do feasibility studies and that sort of thing, quite detailed, and I could handle that quite well. But I never gave a single thought to writing a book. People would say I should write a book about my experiences … so I started writing that in 2008, I think. This was the first book? Yeah. And it was published in 2010. And then I wrote the second one in 2012. Your first book, A Long Way Home, is autobiographical. How hard was it for you to actually relive those memories from the war? No problem at all. I’d have problems now, but I didn’t then. I had a friend in New Zealand who was extraordinary, and he had a better memory than me and if I got stuck, I used to ring him and he’d say the name of the place is so-and-so. The dates are not exact, not really accurate, because you go by the seasons when you are 84 greater port macquarie focus.

a Prisoner of War, not the dates … but nobody would know any different, anyhow. But I refer to early spring and late spring and winter, instead of dates. It took me 9 goes to find a publisher. And with the 10th one, I was successful. I was just ready to give it up, actually. It couldn’t have been that bad of an experience, because you did write another book, with the same publisher, Big Sky Publishing. Until the Little Birds Sing is a pure work of fiction. Where did you get the idea from? First of all I wanted to write a book, and I had no more memoirs to write that were worth writing, so it had to be fiction. I cast around and I thought possibly something about global warming ... I bought some books about that, read those, and thought I could knock a futuristic story out of it …

ng. confronting. d you come c How did ch harup with the charda acters? I picked ant character charaacter dominant weell-to-do from quite a well-to-do Sydney He family living in Sydney. decided it was time to get haps become becom out of Sydney to a place where he could perhaps self-sufficient. They made two moves and eventually moved to Little Hartleyy on a farm, and when the creek ran dry there, ved to caves in the mountains and lived there they moved or about 6 or 8 years. for

The ‘refos’ were fleeing fleeing from the north north, where Jakarta had an enormous earthquake that destroyed the city, e book’s very Th and they were starving … so they I realised I’d started to believe it … ry futuristic. It’s ve came down to Australia. They didn’t and I still very much do, because use nfronting, beca co worry about visas, and that became I think it is quite evident it’s hapthat if things happen an increasing threat. And then a pening. This year has been full of way, it’s going to s life war developed between us and the y’ very extreme weather. It may be a change everybod refos … Eventually they had to arrive cycle, I don’t know, but the upward completely …” at a truce, at which time we gave half cycle is there all the way … of Australia to these people; we had And the book’s very futuristic. It’s very the bottom half. They had a demarcation confronting, because if things happen line, which was in fact the border; that ended that way, it’s going to change everybody’s life the war and a peaceful time returned. completely. But I wrote it with a view to hope at

the end, and it’s not an unhappy ending … put it that way. What’s the message you’re trying to get across to people with this book? I wasn’t trying to get any message about global warming to anybody when I wrote it. It was purely a novel; but, if it serves to make people aware of the problem … It’s not you and I who are worried about it, really … have you got children? If you’ve got children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they’re the ones who are going to cop it, and only history will judge us. And if that message gets across – excellent. But, it wasn’t written for that purpose. It was just a novel, and obviously anything set in the future is fiction. And as I explained when I launched it, it’s only a scenario. It’s probably as good a scenario as any, but that’s all it is. But it’s

You had the launch for Until the Little Birds Sing recently. How did it go? It was only a local launch of course … but it went well. The Book Warehouse sent a lass up with 30 books they had, and she sold those. It was only $15 a copy, and she sold them quite quickly. I had a complimentary 20 books, of which 16 were there. I gave her these 16 to fill the bill, and then they were all gone … So, it was very successful. Does the Book Warehouse keep both of your books in stock? Yes. They’re a couple of doors down from the Commonwealth Bank downtown … You can also get the books from Big Sky Publishing’s website, and e-book versions from Amazon and iTunes. Thanks Charles. Interview by Jo Atkins.


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BUSINESS CHANGE APPEARS TO BE IN THE AIR. THERE IS AN APPRECIABLE RISE IN ACTIVITY IN THE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SECTOR. opefully, the increase in activity will feed into other areas and build on the nascent confidence I see in the economy here and nationally.


I am very proud of the work undertaken with Council and others on economic development and the establishment of the Economic Development Steering Group. This initiative and the development of the draft economic development plan is the direct result of the efforts of the Chamber and others over the last two years. We are also encouraged by the work being undertaken by the Town Centre Master Planning looking to refresh and reboot the plan first created in 1992. The Kooloonbung Pedestrian Bridge, which fits in with the TCMP, will look just great and will improve the access to and engagement with the foreshore west of the creek from the CBD. The whole of the creek frontage on the western side of the CBD has so much potential.

vibrant, sustainable and broad based economy providing opportunities to work, live and play. In years to come, we will reap the benefits from implementation of the economic development plan, the creation of a vibrant and 'iconic' foreshore, a strong retailing presence in the CBD, and the flood proofing of access to and re-development of the airport. The growth of CSU, the building of the campus and student accommodation and the provision of other services to the young cohort will have the attention of Chamber. It is fair to say the CSU, UNSW Rural Medical School and the work going on at the Base Hospital all combine to provide this community with opportunities in health and education that other regional towns envy. Membership of the Chamber gives your business a voice and connects you to other busi-

The TCMP is a Port Macquarie initiative that is the envy of towns throughout the nation. The TCMP has proved its worth to Port Macquarie over the last 20 years. The good work of that committee must continue with the ongoing implementation of the Town Centre Master Plan. Similar plans for the other towns of the LGA would be welcomed and encouraged.

nesses, government and service providers. We

We have, over the last 12 months, maintained dialogue with Leslie Williams MP, and the Mayor, Peter Besseling. Representations have been made with respect to many issues including:

tive officer. She steered the Chamber through

NSW planning paper;

achieved and we have a great start to the next.

Land development issues in the LGA; Bus and traffic routes through the industrial area. The long-term future of this town is assured. But in the short-term, we must continue to focus on creating and seizing the opportunities available. 86 greater port macquarie focus.

The outcome, to which we are all working, is a

encourage those who are members to sell the benefits of membership. For those who are not members, please consider joining. We are only as strong and as credible as our membership permits. Thanks are due to Lisa McPherson, our execuanother successful year. A review of the annual report shows the Chamber’s strategic objectives for the financial year have been largely Katherine, Jenny and Chris, the team in the office, have really combined well. Without their commitment and support, this would all fall into a heap. Thank you also to my fellow board members for their contribution, counsel and support. I look forward to a successful 2014.


By Jane Hillsdon don Principal Consultant of Dragonfly Marketing


Barnaby Future Ambition

uture Ambition is a training and development company based in Port Macquarie and has now been in operation for just over 2 years. Tell us a bit about Future Ambition and the service it offers to employers? Our mission is to 'change the lives of everyday Australians by training, coaching and mentoring individuals to enhance their skill and confidence, leading to a more fulfilling life'. The best way we can do that is to help people find and maintain employment. A lot of job-seekers are genuinely keen to work and have a lot to offer, but may lack confidence or perhaps don't perform well in a traditional interview. So we have developed a Day in the Life course to give job seekers a relaxed and interactive environment to show their qualities to an employer. In doing so, we offer employers a free service to choose the best candidate from a group of pre-qualified job seekers. We take a brief from employers on their staff requirements, source job-seekers that match those requirements and run Day in the Life courses to help employers select the best person for the job. We source job-seekers from Government accredited employment agencies so there are wage subsidies and other support available, and we also provide mentors to work with the jobseekers to ensure they are successful in the long term. Our programs are government funded, so everything is free to employers. What was it that first inspired you (and fellow Directors Sean and Katie Davis) to develop Future Ambition? Katie started Future Ambition a number of years ago by providing career guidance to school leavers, and Sean and Katie developed the 'Day in the Life' concept to help select new staff for their McDonald's store in Kempsey. I had moved back to Port and was looking around for

something inspirational – so building a business around a concept that helped both job seekers and employers was a perfect fit! What I really like about Future Ambition is that it originated from an employer's genuine need to find a better way to hire new staff. You managed to secure government funding to assist with the initial start-up costs of the business. Are there any tips you can share with other businesses that may be investigating funding opportunities? I think the first tip is to find the right people to talk to. We worked through the myriad of government websites and the number of different departments and funding sources can be quite confusing. We were put in touch with the local Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) coordinators and they were very helpful and clarified the different options and processes to obtain funding. Then it's a matter of making sure your project matches the criteria for the particular funding source that you can commit to some outcomes to justify the funding, and then put it all into a logical, easy to understand submission. What are your long term goals for Future Ambition? Where would you like the business to be in 10 years’ time? I've always worked on the philosophy of 'act like a small business, think like a big business', so even when starting from scratch, I've tried to build systems and processes that will support the business over the next 5 or 10 years, which is what we are doing at Future Ambition. To date, we've run courses from Ulladulla to Loganholme and out as far Orange, and conducting pilot projects with McDonald's (hopefully) soon KFC and a couple of other large employers to trial our Day in the Life courses as part of their recruitment process. So with an ounce of luck, in

10 years’ time we'd like to be helping employers and everyday Australians across the country!

challenges that you face within your role? One of the biggest challenges is getting to talk to employers and having been an employer for the past 15 years, I completely understand! Running a business is hard work, and talking to us is probably well down the list of priorities. But when we do get time with an employer to explain our programs, they can see the benefits and savings to their business.

Tell us a little bit about your business background and how you came to be in Port Macquarie? I spent some time as an Engineer in the Army and then started a business providing telecommunications installation services to Optus, Foxtel, Telstra and Harvey Norman, covering all major cities and regional areas of Australia. In 2006 I took a year What do you think are some of the off and travelled round Australia for a year with important factors that employers need my family and ended up here! I went to to consider when they are hiring school here though and know and training staff? I've always the area well, so perhaps maintained that the most it wasn't such a great important thing is to find on surprise to come back. the person with the right d ke or w s I've alway ct 'a of attitude and cultural y ph so What would you ilo the ph think , ss fit with your business. ne si bu l class as your al like a sm so even ', ss Training and skills can be ne si bu g biggest career bi like a om scratch, fr g acquired, but attitude tin ar st n achievement he w systems and character are to date? I really I've tried to build will at ingrained. That's one of and processes th ss over enjoyed the Army ne the reasons I love what support the busi ars ... ” and I'm proud of my ye the next 5 or 10 we do – our courses focus achievements there, on identifying a person's including a two year stint attitude and character and how with the US Army in Hawaii, well they will fit into a particular but I think building a business business. from scratch to eventually employ about

400 people in a highly competitive market dominated by listed companies, was a significant achievement. What is the most rewarding part about your role with Future Ambition? Easy – working with job seekers. I work with lots of great people in the industry as well as hard working employers, and they are fantastic to work with. But running courses with job seekers who are genuinely keen to improve themselves, and seeing the difference we can make in their lives, is easily the most rewarding part. And, what are some of the more notable

And finally, if you could invite any three business people to lunch, who would they be and why would you invite them? John 'Strop' Cornell – between Kerry Packer, World Series Cricket and Paul Hogan, I think he'd have a few good stories – but I'd prefer lunch at his place/pub. Warren Buffett (the Oracle of Omaha) – I love his philosophies on investing and on life in general. Rupert Murdoch – I want to understand what motivates him to still put on a suit every day and go into battle in meetings and boardrooms. Thanks for your time Rod!

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‘The Smug’


aving covered previous models of the Subaru range in this column over the last couple of years, there’s still plenty to talk about with respect to the brand and the associated key features and technology. On picking up the test vehicle, the Subaru Outback 2.5i Auto (petrol), it was quite clear that there were some noteworthy visible changes to the exterior. I noted that the exterior design of the new Outback was being pointed more towards the SUV style with its chunked-up front and rear bumpers, side trims and fixed roof bars. Having said that, the elegance and style still crept through in somewhat of a seamless blend of on-andoff-road combination. The new fixed (pivot system) roof racks are a brave but clever addition. These have to be seen to be properly and simply explained. Again, it would seem that there’s a push to capture some more of the SUV market and upon closer inspection, there’s plenty of reasons to add this one to your short-list of SUVs to inspect when the time comes to upgrade. Starting with a ground clearance of 213 mm, there’s plenty of terrain the new Outback can travel with relative ease. Whether it's up the Maria River Road or along the beach track up to Plommer, taking a run through the back of the property down to the river with your kayak aboard, the new Outback is up to the task. It may be somewhat of a dream to think that most of your time could be spent enjoying and driving the off-road environments but the reality is, most of us actually spend more time running back and forward trekking the suburbs. Subaru haven’t forgotten this ‘suburb’ element and with the new Outback 2.5i, there’s plenty to smile about with the on-road side of the equation.

With the world-class and practically brilliant boxer engine and symmetrical all wheel drive, the street-side handling of this vehicle is superior to most.

cruise control, Bluetooth and USB port connectivity and quality sound system with plenty of speakers, just to name a handful of inclusions, this base model would have been the premium model only a few years ago.

I could talk all day about the boxer engine alone but in a few words, it really does add quite some value to the Of even more of a bonus point is the fact that the pricing overall appeal of not only this vehicle, but the whole has remained relatively low and steady, which means Subaru range. The engine’s unique design many of the current ‘once-options’ as stated allows it to sit lower and flatter in the above are basically thrown in at Subaru’s engine bay, which really enhances the expense. balance and stability of the vehicle, t As I have examined in previous ha In a nutshell, w not to mention the traction, corl ca reviews of the Subaru range, safety ri et m m sy e th nering and that it also delivers less em st is paramount and a clear focus for sy e iv dr el he all w engine noise and vibration to the ible ed this manufacturer. The Outback cr in is s er liv de interior occupants. 2.5i comes with the ABS and TCS e, power



l fo The Subaru symmetrical all wheel but also more ‘other’ safety acrodistri bution to al ously and ne ta ul m si s el drive is Japanese engineering at nyms than one could reasonably be whe crease of its best and in conjunction with expected to remember. But they’re offers a huge in .” ad ro e grip on th the boxer engine, I’ve dubbed this there. ‘core-duo’ one of the seven wonders To reveal my ‘what tha’ feature of this of modern day driving technology. model as stated in the multi-page speciNot that I am the ultimate word on these fications book, it’s that the ‘boxer engine sits things – but it’s clearly a match made in heaven. low in the engine bay to help protect occupants In a nutshell, what the symmetrical all wheel drive system delivers is incredible balance, power distribution to all four wheels simultaneously and offers a huge increase of grip on the road. In testing many vehicles in my time, more recently I’ve found that there’s somewhat of a vehicle manufacturers’ race to include as many once ‘optional extras’ into the base model range as possible. The Outback 2.5i has its fair share of inclusions and yet, even more options thereafter. The test vehicle I had the pleasure of sampling came slightly upgraded to include leather seats and a satellite navigation system, but seriously felt like a premium edition. With the dual climate control system, large LCD screen,

by sliding below the cabin – not into it – in the event of a severe frontal collision’. Very good thinking. I think. As mentioned, there’s a greater SUV feel to the Outback 2.5i and along with the choice in paint colours and finishes, there’s also a huge range of accessories to cater to any hobby. From bike and kayak racks to storage pods, towbar kits and cargo netting to keep those (soccer and footy) balls tight, there’s something for everyone. The Subaru Outback 2.5i Auto (petrol) is certainly an above-weight puncher for the inclusions and price and certainly has a versatile appeal. It’s well worth including in your thinking and test-driving list for your next set of wheels.

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MATT TAYLOR IS THE PROUD COACH OF THE GIRLS UNDER 15S RUGBY TEAM AT WAUCHOPE HIGH SCHOOL. ALONG WITH TEAM MEMBERS ZOE BLAIR AND TAYLOR LONG, HE SHARES THE RECENT SUCCESS EXPERIENCED BY THE TEM – WHO TOOK OUT THE STATE TITLE IN SYDNEY. i Matt. What are your roles at Wauchope High School, and how long have you been coaching the Wauchope High School Girls U15s Rugby team? Jo, I have a number of roles at Wauchope High School, including being the Head Teacher of our Support Unit and being the leader of our Learning and Support Team. I am also the very proud coach of both the girls’ U15s and Open Rugby teams. I have been coaching the U15s team since 2010. How often does the team meet to train throughout the year? The team started training in February and we trained once a week until term 3. We then started training twice a week. On a number of occasions Graham Sonter from the Australian Rugby Union came to the school and ran sessions for the girls. Graham was a huge help throughout the season and became a valued member of our team. Greg Healy, who is a teacher’s aide at school, was our defence coach and was also a valuable member of our team. Who are all the players involved with the team? We started the year with Zoe Blair as our captain. Unfortunately Zoe broke her leg (not playing Rugby) and Taylor Long took over as captain. Both girls are excellent leaders and have the potential to be leaders in whichever field they choose as they go through life. We had 24 players involved with the team throughout the year. If you trained, you played. Our team consisted of Zoe Blair (c), Taylor Long (c), Sheridan Ratko, Linsey Roberts, Nicara Donovan, Daina Hilan, Georgia 90 greater port macquarie focus.

Malcolm, Maihali Scott, Georgia White, Maree Tout, Evanee Unwin, Naomi Gardiner, Georgia Williams, Sophie Sohns (our German exchange student), Kitiara Porter, Samantha Porter, Breanna Allan, Sara Lucas, Samantha Mead, Georjean Davison, Jessica Cochrane, Ashlee Karbowiak, Ocean-Lee Cole and Chloe Houseman. Our support staff were managers Teresa Cochrane and Shai Bower, assistant coach-Greg Healy, bus driver-Shayne Bromfield, ball boys-Jacob McGrath and Bailey Farr, gear stewards-Matt Goddard and Jake Bell and our no 1 supporter our deputy principal Nicole Gough who came to our semi-final and final both played in Sydney. We had fantastic support from our families and friends as well.

to win 30-12.

The team achieved phenomenal success this year, winning the State Title in Sydney against Sarah Redfern High School. To what do you attribute this success? Training. The girls trained hard all year and improved each week. There is an old saying “that success comes before work only in the dictionary”. The girls have hopefully learnt that this is very true. We have some brilliant individual players, but to a player, especially in the semi-final against Wagga Wagga High School and in the final, each player did their job. Sarah Redfern High School was a much bigger team than our girls. Our girls showed incredible guts and determination and kept knocking their bigger girls over. Each player had an incredible desire to win. With 13 minutes to go we were down 10-12 and had a number of our best players off the field, but it didn’t matter. The girls kept doing their jobs, and we ended up scoring 4 tries in 13 minutes

w Zoe and Taylor, won? Taylor: The minutes to go -1 2 10 n why did you both feeling was great. I were dow mber and had a nula originally become thought I had just ers of our best p uyt it involved with Rugby achieved the biggest off the field, b” – what attracted thing in my life. The didn’t matter. you to the sport? experience of being there Taylor: I originally became and being in the team was involved with Rugby League great. The game was very in Year 4. From then on I played tough! The girls we played against throughout primary school and in Year 7 in were a lot bigger than us and had Queensland; my last year of being able to great defence; however, they could not play I was selected to represent the state. keep up with our speed. The overall score was When I went to high school there was no 30-12. This was such a great win for us, and longer an opportunity for me to play. When I considering we were playing in a State Final moved to Wauchope, there was Union, and I made it even better. thought I would give it a shot. Zoe: Unfortunately I was injured for the game,

devote to Rugby training? Two hours a week, but I play lots of other sports which What are the plans for the team moving keep me fit. forward, as we’re nearly at the end of the year now. Is it likely most of the girls Taylor, what’s been the best part about will go on to play in the U16s comp next being involved in the team personally? The year? The next level of competition after U15s best part of being in the team is the experience is Opens. A number of the girls will be able to of working with other girls who like the sport play U15s again, and there is no reason why if as much as I do. Also, having such a skilled and we train hard we can’t win a State Title again. devoted bunch of girls. It’s what made us win Those girls who are turning 16 next year the State Title. combined with some of our older Zoe and Taylor, describe the girls will combine to be a very experience of winning the strong Open team, who er State Title. How tough y la E ach p also have the potential to was the match, and an had go a long way ... if they e ir es d how did you both le ib incred all train hard. feel knowing you’d in. With 13

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Zoe: My cousins are Greg Inglis and Preston Campbell. I love watching them play; therefore, I wanted to play. Zoe, how many hours a week would you


but it was fun to watch and I can’t wait to win a State Title next year. Thanks everyone. Interview by Jo Atkins.

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DanielKelly. Daniel Kelly recently competed in the Ironman 70.3 event … and one of his majo major or goals was to raise awareness for the Red Cross Blood Service. Daniel regularly rly donates blood and can’t stress the importance of this vital service enough …


i Daniel. How did you go in the Ironman 70.3 event in Port Macquarie recently? Were you happy with your results ... and what do you feel was the best leg of the event for you personally? Great! This year’s Ironman 70.3 was my first experience at Ironman. I had a very tough day physically, but my goals were to make the finish line, which I did. I also hoped to inspire my 3 boys, James, Ethan, Isaac and others around me that you can do anything. I'm not sure which was my best leg; I think I was too wrapped up in the atmosphere created by the supporters and fantastic volunteers to concentrate on just one leg. How much training/how many hours did you put into preparing for the Ironman? On average I train between 15-20 hours a week, often waking up at 4am to start riding or running, so I can get back home to my family when they wake. Apart from the physical fitness/competitive motivation for entering the event, you also had another goal. Please explain your role as Ambassador for the Red Cross Blood Service ... Yes, recently I started assisting Red Cross Blood Service to promote the importance of donating blood/plasma and the fact that you can save someone's life. The Ironman is a prime example of the healthy people we have in the Port Macquarie area. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of athletic/ fit people donating, because they are 92

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unsure how it will affect their performance. It's time now for those people to take the next step. Contact the Blood Service or your local GP to see how you can do both; there are benefits for the body when you donate blood. Use the dedication you put into your training to also save a life.

a point that I had to stop spending money and tighten my belt, but I still wanted to help people and make my donation count. Being a father also made me think what a gift it would be if I could give another parent more quality time with an ill child, or to give life to a parent so a child didn't grow up without You don’t have their mother or father.

Just how important to donate blood/ is it for the Red Since I started, I have a life; plasma to save Cross to access been inspired by a d an s nd talk to your frie age supplies of healthy guy by the name of ur co family and en of ft blood and plasma? James. James has been gi e th ve them to gi ves ee sl ur Are we experiencing donating all his life and yo up ll life. Ro y.” da to e a shortage in suphas made over 1,000 lif a ve sa and plies locally? Yes, there donations and saved over is a shortage and what 2 million babies. I'm a long is in demand is the regular way off 1,000 donations, but I donations, so the Blood Service thought if I could set myself a goal can predict the future supplies/ shortto continue to donate and encourage ages. One off donations really help, but at least 100 people to donate 10 times, I the regular donations are vital. If you have potentially could have helped Red Cross Blood already donated whole blood and would like Service save another 2 million lives … I mean this to know more about plasma (Liquid Gold), please with no disrespect towards James’ achievements. ask the awesome staff at the local Red Cross Your day job is with Essential Energy. What’s Blood Service for some information and get them your role with the organisation? Senior Engito show you the process. neer/Underground Standards Coordinator. How did you first become aware of the Red Cross Blood Service – what initially inspired you to help out? I knew about the Red Cross Blood Service some time ago (back at school) and started donating about two years ago. The reason I started donating was that life got to

Explain how Essential Energy, as a group, is assisting the Red Cross Blood Service ... Essential Energy actively encourages employees to support the Red Cross Blood Service, providing donor leave, access to forums, and displaying

Red Cross Blood Service promotional material. Essential Energy has recently entered the statewide Club Red challenge and is performing very well against other similar sized NSW companies and government organisations. New Essential Energy donors are signing up each week, with employees saving over 1,100 lives so far this year through blood and plasma donations. What would you say to encourage others to donate blood on a regular basis? One in 3 people require blood at some stage in their life and with one blood donation, you could save many lives. Currently only 1 in 30 people donate, leaving a big shortfall. The next person you could save may be a family member or a close friend; why wait until it comes to the crunch to start donating! You don't have to donate blood/plasma to save a life; talk to your friends and family and encourage them to give the gift of life. Roll up your sleeves and save a life today: 13 14 95. What’s next on the agenda for you? I have just joined the Port Macquarie Triathlon Club and will do some small races. The South West Rocks Triathlon is early next year and will look at the Coffs Harbour Olympic race. I hope to participate in some of the running festivals and some charity rides. I would like to thank my wife, Stacey, and my family and friends for your support with the Ironman and training. Red Cross Blood Service; it is an honour to support your cause, and I look forward to supporting you into the future as an organisation keep up the fantastic work. Thanks Daniel. Interview by Jo Atkins.



Ask Greg

Greg Trembath answers ers your real estate questions. tions.


Landcare LOVES LIGHTHOUSE BEACH This love affair started more than 20 years ago with some visionary people, many of whom are now members of Landcare. ack then, they were local people caring for their environment through the Conservation Society.


They wanted to restore the bushland that belonged there: the native plants and animals. Lighthouse Beach had been sand mined, and needed lots of love to help it recover. They looked to Sea Acres, still in its original condition, to show them what beachside forest should look like. At the northern end, Society members began by removing weeds in a bush remnant known as Loris’ Rainforest. And at Camel Corner, these conservationists also started to revegetate stretches of sand where there was only a bit of grass. Between these points they worked along the whole beach. The stubborn weed, Bitou Bush, was widespread, so their work was hard, but they were doing it for love. The importance of what they did – stabilising the sand and fighting Bitou – cannot be overstated.

conditions) rainforest species such as tuckeroos. At the Vendul Crescent parking area you can see a tuckeroo planted in 1998, now growing tall and strong. About then Port Macquarie Landcare Group was born, and before long it started to support Dunecare, giving resources and handson help. From 2005 Landcare brought in dozens of school students to help it with large scale plantings of ‘natives’ between the dunes and the road. Landcare funded and built a surfviewing platform. Lighthouse Beach responded to all this TLC and grew more resilient. Many of the original workers, who knew it well, maintained Dunecare working bees year after year.

We have been looking for an investment property and can see the local market is hotting up. Have we left our purchase too late? What tips do you have for buying in this type of market? A. Yes, there is clear evidence that the market is on the way up, but you haven’t missed out. In recent years the residential property market has been stagnant, so it was only a matter of time before a growth spurt (in both price and volume) would be experienced. There are plenty of investors looking to take advantage of low interest rates by purchasing now. There is no reason why you should not too; just take the necessary steps with diligence and caution.

returns that offer other appealing features that may drive above-average future capital growth. Perhaps that ugly house on the fringe of the industrial area has future development potential, or that ‘tired’ looking apartment is crying out for simple renovations to improve the rent return. Look beyond the exhilarating headlines in the capital city newspapers and choose property that will continue to perform over the long term.

Aim to , invest long term u yo ensuring experience the peaks as well as the troughs.

Savvy investors take a long term view of property investment. My advice is to aim to invest long term, ensuring you experience the peaks as well as the troughs. Smart investors also look for strong yield. The old rule of thumb for residential property is that weekly rent should be at least 0.1% of the purchase price (for example $360+ per week for a property listed at $360,000). This equation can be applied in most circumstances, but don’t be put off investment properties with low rental

Whatever the market conditions, make sure you are in a position to swiftly secure the right property. Have finance organised and your consultants ready to quickly effect an exchange of contracts and make sure you check all the facts with experienced advisors.

Good luck, and let me know if I can be of any assistance. Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice. Send your real estate questions to Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at Greg Trembath Real Estate. Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

Landcare also persuaded some corporate donors and the Australian Government that money was needed to match the love. In the past few years environmental grants of more than $80,000 have been brought in to help regenerate this beach.

They adopted the successful methods and philosophy of Dunecare. We can see them proudly displaying the Dunecare logo in photos from 1990.

This includes a series of illustrated Landcare signs along Matthew Flinders Drive. They explain why we should all love this beach and protect its vegetation, which in turn protects us from the elements.

The Dunecarers propagated and planted native seedlings to replace the Bitou. Soon wattles, Banksias and Spinifex grass were thriving on the dunes.

Landcare celebrated this message and the pioneers who rescued this beach, at a party held there recently. Let’s say again to Steve, Jenny, John, Rex and the others THANK YOU!

Council helped them by fencing off bushland and reducing beach access to a few formalised tracks, so that the dunes were not trampled.

Their knowledge is being passed on to other Landcare people, who can assist them, as there is still more to do.

New weeds came and tried to undermine this work, but the devotion of these Dunecarers never waned.

Would you like to help the beach we love? To find out how, please phone Julie on 0439 597 926.

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adenbrookhomes From the moment you step into the Cebel, you know you are somewhere very unique and very different. Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of visiting Adenbrook Homes’ brand new display at HomeWorld Sovereign Hills.


he Cebel is one of Adenbrook Homes’ most popular designs. A raised timber path across minimalist landscape leads to a wide portico, which doubles as a small deck for the master bedroom at the front of the home. A modern facade combines rendered brick and rich hardwood timber for a clean, contemporary look. Throughout the home is warm, bamboo flooring – practical and hard wearing for today’s family and adds character and warmth to the sometimes clinical nature of an industrial theme.

The layout is clearly designed with separate zones to come together as a family and separate space for everyone to have private time alone. The living and entertainment zone is the central aspect of this design, with an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge for every day activities and relaxing. The corner kitchen has a breakfast bar for casual meals and high quality Essastone benchtops for practical everyday wear. An integrated wine fridge seems a necessary feature of an entertainers’ delight.

Brand New Display Now Open at Barton Ridge

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The kitchen overlooks the dining space for easy access from cooktop to plate. Perfect for everyday dining, as well as the occasional dinner party and larger family gathering. The space could fit a small bench for the smaller family or couple without feeling overwhelmed, or a much larger table for the extended family or parties. This freeflowing space also includes a lounge for relaxing and entertaining. Spacious enough for a large lounge suite, coffee table and single chairs, there is still a sense of intimacy and

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cosiness. Along with a flexible media room, which could double as a formal lounge or sitting room, this open plan space wraps a unique side alfresco, which is private and sheltered from the elements. Large sliding doors from the living area open out to the alfresco, creating an open freeflow between indoors and outdoors providing one large entertaining or relaxing space all year round. When it’s time for privacy and time out, there are separate zone for the parents and

children. A spacious master bedroom is isolated at the front of the home, creating a haven for Mum and Dad. Dark grey walls, timber furniture and animal skin rugs create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. There’s space for a comfy reading chair and doors open out to the front portico. The ensuite has double vanities, shower and walk in wardrobe. At the rear of the home is the children’s wing, with three double bedrooms and bathroom. The bathroom has separate shower and freestanding bath.

The Cebel has an open, free flowing feel, and it’s obvious that much thought has gone into both the layout and interior design to create an incredibly stylish and unique home that is also practical all year round. The design suits all types of families, from couples to young families, to families with teenage children and empty nesters. The flexibility of having multiple living spaces combined with separate bedroom zones creates a home for all occasions. This is a home in which you feel you could live, laugh and grow old in.




Adenbrook Homes is a multi-award winning builder with an established and respected reputation on the Mid North Coast. Father and son team Matt and Luke Morris lead a team of trusted locals, making this very much a local, family business. Known for their high quality finishes and attention to detail, every home is built with high quality products from reputable brand names including Caroma, Colorbond, Hume and Boral. Their display homes have won a multitude of awards for their design and quality of finish. Adenbrook Homes is a national brand with a growing number locally owned businesses throughout New South Wales and Queensland. Combining the confidence of a big brand with the knowledge and community commitment of a local team means more personalised customer service, the experience you want when building a home.


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FROM THE BUILDER Tell us about your team. Adenbrook Homes is very much a family business. The team has lived in the Mid North Coast region most of our lives, so we’re very familiar with the neighbourhood and the locals. Matt looks after the business side of things and ensures there’s structure, process and planning, while Luke is the Construction Manager and point of contact during the construction stages. Along with our Building Supervisor, Brett, they have great attention to

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detail and ensure that the construction phase runs smoothly. Angie is our customer service officer and looks after all the clients who are building with us, while Scott looks after the display. Our team is made up of a much larger group of tradies and subbies who are part of our Adenbrook family. We trust their consistent high quality workmanship and attention to detail. What are some of the featured design elements of the new display home at

Sovereign Hills? The Cebel has been designed with Australia’s unique outdoor lifestyle in mind. The design revolves around a central living and entertaining space, with an open plan kitchen, living, dining and media lounge integrating with an alfresco. The seamless indoor to outdoor integration creates year round entertainment and living space. Separate master and bedroom wings create privacy and a place to retreat. A generous master suite at the front of the home has a

spacious ensuite with his and her vanities and open walk in wardrobe. The children’s wing at the rear of the home is quiet and private, with three double bedrooms and bathroom with shower and freestanding bath. What are the types of building that Adenbrook specialises in? Adenbrook Homes over 35 single and double storey home designs suitable for all lots, including traditional, small lot, acreage and sloping. The designs incorporate open plan indoor and outdoor living spaces to take



maximum advantage of Australia’s favourable weather. What does Adenbrook offer potential clients during the building process? Adenbrook Homes Mid North Coast is a locally owned business with a local team. We combine the confidence of a national brand with the advantage of a local business to deliver very personalised customer service. We limit our site starts to ensure we allocate sufficient resources to building your new home. We guarantee your start date and you have a dedicated

customer service officer during the entirety of your build. If potential home owners have any specific requirements when they approach you to build, are your designs flexible? Many of our designs have optional designs to include rear master bedrooms, additional bedrooms, studies and many more to create a very large portfolio of designs to suit all types of blocks. Every block, however, is unique, and the design can be modified to suit particular blocks.

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INTERIOR SPOTLIGHT Filled with warmth and character with pops of bold colour, the Cebel's "Urban Living" interior theme has been a talking point amongst visitors. Soft grey coloured walls and warm bamboo floors create a neutral canvas for the industrial inspired decoration. Layered textures of linen, sisal and canvas are combined with industrial


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metals and curved plywood to create a fascinating and stylish interior. Adenbrook Homes' Interior Designer Lindy Evans is the creative talent behind the Cebel's unique and eclectic interior. Inspired by modern industrial warehouse apartments, the theme has been modified to create a comfortable yet striking interior.

"The urban living theme at the Cebel is bold with many layers, creating depth and character, however it's an interior that can be easily tailored to any family's personal taste," said Lindy. "The eclectic mix is one that can be created from a fusion of textures and colours from natural materials, plastics and metals in colour drenched shades."

Pops of colour are evident throughout the home, from the vintage posters on the walls to the Aztec inspired colours in the cushions and rugs. The theme is clean and modern with pops of colour that suits the casual coastal lifestyle. With elements of upmarket style, the space is still practical and very comfortable to live in.


There’s something very special about a boutique vineyard The signs along the road are very clear. Whether approaching from the Pacific Highway, Ocean Drive or Houston Mitchell Drive, they show the way to Long Point Vineyard, and many tourists have found what most locals have already discovered: an idyllic destination which is an absolute credit to the passion, knowledge and imagination of its creators.


here’s something very special about a boutique wine, and there’s something quite special about a boutique vineyard. To call into the cellar door, to sample some nurtured vintages and to chat with an enthusiastic vigneron about the evolution of his products, is to fully appreciate the infatuation that is associated with this most rewarding occupation. Such was the case recently, when we visited those pristine surroundings at Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery, just four minutes off the highway or eight minutes from Lake Cathie. Established in 1995, by owners Graeme and Helen Davies, Long Point is acknowledged not only for its magnificent wines, but also as a great tourist attraction or Sunday afternoon destination; the guest facilities and amenities there are truly welcoming, and visitors are encouraged to enjoy a family picnic in the beautiful grounds. Long Point Vineyard occupies 13.5 acres with five acres under vine, beautifully set across a gentle hillside which is surrounded by picturesque farmlands. The north westerly aspect is ideal for wine growing, offering light and sunshine, with no chance of frost during the cool winter mornings and from the impressive entry, the drive winding up through immaculate high-netted vines is exceptional. A fully operational vineyard, Long Point currently produces a range of reds, some delicious dry white varieties (our personal choice) plus ports, liqueurs and even an alcoholic ginger beer. Most sales occur through the iconic 'cellar door', which also incorporates a well-stocked art gallery, marketing paintings, jewellery, sculptures and other local works of art, plus a selection

ok of pickles and condiments, all of which look pretty tasty. Now, for the first time in its eighteen year d history, Long Point Vineyard is being offered for sale and the owners have selected McGrath Estate Agents to take their very o the special home and their beloved vineyard to ed market. It’s extremely rare for an established vineyard to be presented for sale. Vineyardss ed are traditionally family operations, developed il over many years and they usually stay in family hands for several generations, so this is one of many reasons why an opportunity to acquire a thriving business, such as Long Point, is outstanding indeed. Set high, overlooking the property and with direct access from the cellar door, is a truly unique residence, designed by Graeme and Helen and built in (almost) the shape of a pyramid. The high roof line soars above generous living spaces which open to wide wrap-around verandahs, shady barbecue spots and private terrace with huge spa. The kitchen and both bathrooms present with style and with high quality fitments whilst, of three bedrooms, the large master occupies an entire mezzanine area, looking out across a beautiful, fully landscaped and solar heated, free-form swimming pool, where the sparkling waters are disturbed only by the tinkling of a softly cascading waterfall. This magnificent home and the iconic business, around which it is based, have been developed with the environment in mind. The residence is serviced by two massive water storage tanks and powered by a vast back-to-the-grid solar installation which earns significant solar credits. Equally efficient, a central dam provides more-than-ample irrigation to the vines, and extensive high netting protects the precious grapes against

damage from native birdlife.

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As a package, Long Point Vineyard must be the ultimate lifestyle property, and it will be sold with all wine making equipment, cool room, cellar door furniture, outbuildings, tractors and farming gear, plus plenty of hand-over training where required. The new owners will acquire a delightful home, a thriving business plus a new and enviable lifestyle in what must be one of the most picturesque regions of the Greater Port Macquarie area.

For the entrepreneur there is even potential to add further value to the business, by establishing an on-site restaurant, function centre or catering operation. Whilst these improvements may require Council approval, the space is available, the infrastructure is already in place and additional facilities couldn’t help but to increase the volume of visitors and day-trippers. Todd Bates, Principal of McGrath Port Macquarie, together with Sales Agent, Dayne Molony, has been engaged to take Long

Point Vineyard to the marketplace and both are smitten with the magnificent property; with its fulfilling business and by its potential for further development. Interested parties should make contact with Todd or Dayne as soon as practicable, as opportunities like this don’t come along every day!

There’s something very special about a boutique wine and there’s something very special about a boutique vineyard. The signs along the road are very clear. Follow them, along the Pacific Highway or along Ocean Drive; they’ll direct you to Long Point Vineyard and, one day very soon, they could be guiding you to your new home. Roger Bates is a freelance copywriter.

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“OUR LOCAL BRAND IS GROWING” Our local brand is growing from strength to strength, we continue to specialise in Property Management and are proud and excited to announce the opening of our Sales Office.

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Introducing left - right: Susan Selfe - Reception, Jenny Magill - Sales Associate, Neroli Reid - Licensed Agent 0488 060 755 Michelle Percival - Principal 0404 466 500, Amanda Robinson - Sales Administration & Vicki Alfonso - Licenced Agent 0438 549 968

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ichelle, can you tell us about the history of Percival Property ... I am just so excited to launch the sales arm of our local brand 'Percival Property'. I am very much a Port Macquarie local, born and raised here, attending the local infants, primary and high school when at 16, I secured a job in a new real estate office working with the late Geoff Donnelly. From the very first day, I loved this industry. 'Real estate is not just about property, it is about people', and I knew I had found my lifelong passion. Michael and I were married and we moved to Canberra, where I became a real estate salesperson at the age of 20. It was commission only and there were very few women in the industry, let alone young women, but I was very determined to succeed. I sold 5 homes in my first week! We moved back to Port Macquarie in 1989 to raise our children, Camille and Jesse, and I commenced selling for Graham and Jane Tink of First National Real Estate. I spent 5 years at First National, achieving top salesperson in 1993, and with my dream of opening my own agency realised in December 1995. Michael and I established and operated Laing + Simmons 'til October, 2010, being inducted into the hall of fame, winning office of the year and achieving No 1 office for sales volume from 1996 'til 2010, as well as being personally placed in the Top 10 for sales and listings in those years. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and needing 12 months of treatment, we sold the sales business and retained our property management. The journey through breast cancer was life changing, but underpinning that was always my great love of selling real estate. It was always our goal to one day have our own brand. Percival Property - Property Management and Asset Care was born, specialising in providing first class service to landlords and tenants. Michael and our established team of expert and very professional property managers will continue to operate Percival Property Property Management division at the same location in 4/111 William Street. This 104

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landmark day of 1 November 2013 marks the commencement of our sales division of Percival Property. Where is your new sales office located? Our new office is situated at 104 William Street, shops 3 & 4, just up from Snap Printing. We have created a 'home environment' for our clients and staff, with a feature living wall garden, a large open plan living area with louvered windows and lots of light and northern sunshine! All are welcome to drop into our 'home' to say hello when you are next in town. Your new team at Percival Property Sales is highly skilled and experienced ... We have an extraordinary team who are all highly experienced real estate industry professionals. Many of you will already know licensed real estate agent and Stock and Station Agent, Neroli Reid. Neroli is an award winning agent with 17 years' experience who, along with sons Simon and Scott, grew up in Rollands Plains on the family farm. Having worked at Raine & Horne Wauchope and co-owned and operated Raine and Horne Port Macquarie, Neroli has won multiple state and national accolades in both sales and property management, including National Property Manager and Number 1 Property Manager in NSW. She is dedicated, determined, enthusiastic, honest, hard-working and importantly – caring – summing up a work ethic that goes far in understanding how she has reached such celebrated heights in the industry. Neroli’s word of mouth reputation has led to many lifetime clients. Vicki Alfonso is a licensed agent and driven by a real commitment to exceed client expectations. She is a straightforward operator who has developed a keen insight into the sales process, backed by years of experience in markets as diverse as the Southern Highlands and Noosa Hinterland. Vicki’s experience in auctions and real estate training in Sydney adds further context to her great understanding of the industry. She is a self confessed ‘reno queen’ with three boys – the youngest of whom is still at home and attending MacKillop Senior

College, and together with husband Steve has bought, sold and renovated numerous properties, including their latest in Shelly Beach. Vicki has also worked as a business banker and owned her own business, so apart from being real estate savvy, she has great analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills. Jenny Magill is perhaps the best student of real estate I have ever trained. Jenny is my personal assistant and sales associate. With a formal background in IT at Integral Energy, Jenny’s confidence in risk taking and diversifying saw her establish one of the first online nurseries. Jenny has an incredible work ethic, and we have worked side by side over the past 2 years to build the brand Percival Property! Jenny will be assisting me in sales, and I am looking forward to continue to mentor her to become an award winning agent in her own right. Amanda Robinson is responsible for our marketing and administration. Amanda has 12 years in real estate, having worked within residential, rural, commercial and property management sectors in Wagga Wagga, finding her great strength in marketing, advertising, publishing and data management. Amanda has a great eye for detail and may we suggest you go online to to enjoy her regular blogs. She is married to Gwaine, with three beautiful sons attending MacKillop Senior Colledge and SCAS. Susan Selfe is our skilled receptionist, having held positions in the head offices of Westfield and Lend Lease in Sydney from Reception to Tenancy Co-ordinator. Her ability to listen, her empathy and understanding with clients is combined with a determination to always conduct herself in a professional manner. We invite you to call to arrange a free market appraisal. CONTACT US: 6583 8606 Sales office 0404 466 500 Michelle Percival 0488 060 755 Neroli Reid 0438 549 968 Vicki Alfonso

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Getting Real with David Plews! Confidence is here! the market as we speak. It appears that confidence in the Port Readers may have noted that the number of Macquarie real estate market has returned! auctions is on the rise too with most agencies. Back in July I noted that all properties were I believe this is a sign of confidence from both taking in excess of 150 days to sell. The sellers and agents. latest figures from RPDATA however Auctions are getting excellent offer good news for local sellers. results, with many properties As at October 21, 2013, Port selling prior to auction day Investors are e Macquarie houses were selling or under the hammer – taking advantag on average just 107 days and and this is certainly cons te ra of low interest oney units in 122 days. My predictributing to the decrease m ed for borrow turns re al tion is that the number of in days on market. nt re e th d an ly days that residential properI recently sold a property remain reasonab favourable.” ties spend on market will fall in Transit Hill at full price even further. to a buyer from Sydney As the market has improved in who had not seen the propthe past six months, the numbers erty in person. I think you’ll of Port Macquarie properties for sale agree this is a great sign of things have fallen to around 600 and appear to be to come. hovering near this figure. More properties are Just recently the town witnessed the 70.3 now coming on the market; however, they Ironman, which showcases our great town to are selling just as quick. visitors from across the country and world. To Investors are back taking advantage of low the hardworking Council and organising cominterest rates for borrowed money and the mittee, stand tall – a job well done again! To rental returns remain reasonably favourable. all the competitors – take a bow! This is certainly driving the bottom end of the That’s My View! This article has been prepared in good faith with due care by David Plews. No market here in Port Macquarie. representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy of information contained in this article and readers should make and rely on their own enquiries as to the The experts predict interest rates to bottom correctness of such information. out as the economy further improves – I suppose this is why these investors are here in

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Making It Happen ... Drive and Determination. Passion and Integrity. Former multiple World Bodyboarding Champion and Mid North Coast Surfer of the Century, Damian King knows what it takes to succeed and is approaching his career in real estate with the same level of discipline, commitment and enthusiasm that took him to the pinnacle of his previous profession. We speak with this earthy character about his love for Port Macquarie and the passion he brings to his career as a real estate agent at Laing+Simmons.


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ell us a bit about your In my previous career I was involved with a variety of background? I am a born cultures and people. I was lucky enough to travel the and bred local, having lived world several times over and interact and enjoy diverse in Port Macquarie all my life. I experiences with people from all walks of life – from was introduced to the ocean the kids on the streets in the Philippines to company when I was thirteen years old directors in New York. In a sense, real estate is similar; when I found a bodyboard by the side of a creek. it’s essentially about people and traversing between a From that point onwards I began a journey that variety situations and circumstances to achieve a good challenged me, helped me grow, opened my eyes up outcome. and rewarded me with so many different Over the past fifteen years I’ve had to experiences and emotions that I am negotiate with a number of sponsors on really grateful for. Every day I feel an annual basis for my sponsorship lucky, and I look at life with contracts. I didn't engage a an attitude of opportunity manager; I did it myself. Negotiating with and genuine enthusiasm Negotiating with my sponsors my sponsors was to do something special y old m of was a huge part of my old rt pa ge a hu ete, with my life; we are not career as an athlete, and I am career as an athl ying pl here forever and I want now applying those skills to real and I am now ap al to make my time count. those skills to re estate which is a great benefit a great When my mum passed estate , which is to my clients. ients.” benefit to my cl away in 2003, it made me I also believe that passion drives appreciate life a little more. actions, and actions achieve your That was the definitive moment goals. I have big goals in real estate when I looked at things in a and I am passionate about this industry, so different light, and that’s when I started I am really looking forward to a long term future to achieve what I put my mind to. in my new career role. Now a Real Estate agent at Laing+Simmons, How are you finding the change from wet suit what prompted your decision to make the career to corporate attire? I have actually adjusted to it change, and what skills do you feel you bring to pretty well. I still go for a surf every morning before the role? The birth of my little girl, Siena, made me work; it’s important to me to start my day in the question my previous career. Travelling away regularly water and clear my head. I believe it affects the way for six weeks at a time didn't sit well with me. It was my whole day goes. If I am happy and balanced, I at that point I knew it was time to find something that operate more effectively. I think balance is important would keep me permanently in Port Macquarie with for everyone. my little girl and wife Leota.

In your opinion, what qualities should a good real estate agent possess? It’s important that your client has a good experience with you, and your goal should be to ‘over service’ your clients. I want people who liaise with me to come away saying, "Wow, he was really good and I am completely happy with how we worked together". The process of selling or buying real estate can be stressful, and when someone asks you to help them buy or sell a property, they are entrusting you with the biggest financial asset of their life. That is something I don't take lightly. What do you enjoy about being a real estate agent? When you offer great service, your clients refer business your way and it has a snowball effect – it's great! I particularly get a buzz from taking a buyer into a property and watching them fall in love with it. Observing them connecting emotionally with their new home is an amazing experience to be a part of. I am also fortunate to be part of a great team at Laing+Simmons. I am surrounded by some of the best agents in Port Macquarie, and Chris Koch is a great mentor for me. Laing+Simmons work as a team, not as individuals, and I think that’s what separates this office from others. What are your goals for your new career in real estate? My goal is to make sure that everyone who deals with me comes away having had a positive experience, achieving their real estate goals. Real estate is a long term career and if you maintain a high standard of customer service and go beyond what people expect, you will separate yourself from the pack. I want my name to spring forward whenever anyone thinks of real estate in Port Macquarie. Thanks Damian.

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LJ Hooker Laurieton & Wauchope Meet the Property Management Team Do you have an investment property? Do you think you are receiving the best service at competitive rates? Is your investment property in line with today’s rental market? Do you receive detailed feedback on your routine inspections? The property management team at LJ Hooker Laurieton & Wauchope make professionalism and diligence their number one priority when it comes to managing investment properties. The team consists of Property Manager Rebecca Bull, Property Officer Karen Raccani and Business Systems Operator Alana Denley (pictured). Rebecca says, “We welcome landlords to give us a call to discuss LJ Hooker’s quality investment management services and extremely competitive rates or arrange a no obligation rental appraisal.” LJ Hooker Laurieton & Wauchope also specialise in holiday property management, offering professional photography on all new holiday managements and advertising on well-known sites such as,,, and LJ Hooker also


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Meet the Elders Team has an online booking system where holiday makers can peruse available properties and make bookings 24 hours a day. Have you considered changing agencies but thought it would be too difficult? Did you know you can change agencies without affecting the tenancy in any way, even if your property is tenanted and on a current lease? All you have to do is make the decision and LJ Hooker will provide a seamless transition, taking care of everything. As a bonus, list your investment property with LJ Hooker Laurieton & Wauchope and receive 10,000 QANTAS Frequent Flyer points. For a free, no obligation rental appraisal on your investment property or for a copy of our Property Investment Management Guide detailing all our services, contact LJ Hooker Laurieton & Wauchope on 6559 5411.

Tony and Margaret Bashford Tony and Margaret Bashford are the happily married business partners of Elders insurance and the parents of SSO Joel Bashford. Tony is the local agent at Elders Insurance Port Macquarie, with over 35 years' experience in all facets of the insurance industry, starting in Newcastle in 1978. Tony and Margaret started their own Insurance Brokerage in Moree, NSW in 1991 and sold into the Elders Insurance Franchise in 2002. They expanded the business into other areas and moved to Port Macquarie in 2009. Today, Port Macquarie is the centre of a cluster of family owned franchises in the Mid North Coast and Tablelands of NSW. Tony and Margaret always say that they never once hesitated in teaming with Elders Insurance.

Our Team Karen Trajkovic – Karen moved to Port Macquarie in 1991 and has both Tier 1 & Tier 2 General Insurance qualifications allowing her to sell and advise on all general insurance products. Karen’s main focus at Elders Insurance Batemans Bay is her dedicated role as our local claims manager. Joel Bashford – Joel, eldest son of Agent Tony amd Margaret Bashford, joined the team at Elders Insurance in 2008. Joel moved to Port Macquarie in 2009 shortly after the office was purchased by his family's company. Joel looks to bring youth and enthusiasm to the Elders Insurance team. He has both Tier 2 & Tier 1 general insurance qualifications, extensive claims experience on larger claims and is looking towards future education and working closely with his parents and colleagues to grow his knowledge of the industry.

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ony, you are back in town and back in the real estate game. Tell us all about your new venture with ONE Agency? It’s great to be back and so exciting to establish the ONE Agency real estate brand in Port Macquarie with my partner, Sharon Ward. This fast growing, innovative business is a perfect fit for us and has already delivered We truly outstanding sales results for believe what our customers; this makes al re a we offer makes our decision to change so ce ni s it’ d difference, an ed worthwhile. iv ce re ve e ha

that w tive nothing but posi feed back so far.”

We truly believe what we offer makes a real difference, and it’s nice that we have received nothing but positive feedback so far. We intend to keep going the extra mile as we develop, improve and grow the business; we look forward to this exciting journey. What will be the major differences between ONE Agency and other real estate brands? The difference is that Sharo and I, our ONE Agency North Sharon Haven sister office and 100 other national collea colleagues are principals of the business.

This means we all have a vested interest in making sure we deliver great service and achieve exceptional sales results to keep improving and growing through rave reviews from our customers. We are also lucky enough to have a dynamic stand out brand, unique ways to attract more buyers, two (2) of us servicing each customer and the extensive experience and skills to make a real difference. Add to this our lower incentive based selling fee and proven negotiation skills and we are already saving and making our owners thousands. Our unique fee for service model is based on a lower percentage rate compared to traditional franchises, it is super competitive with the 'flat fee' agencies, and our customers also save as they don’t pay for any marketing with our 'standard marketing campaign'. This campaign has already proved to be a winner, with our last six (6) customers' sale price averaging only $3,750 from the listing price. We are also moving our owners to their next property quicker, with our average days on market an impressive 27. We want to keep raising the bar with our service and sales results; we are very passionate about this, and it is a key

driver for our business. We are coming into the summer and Christmas/holiday season. What is your advice to those who are thinking of putting their home on the market over this period of time? The Christmas / holiday season is also a great time to sell based on the influx of out of town investors and future residents visiting here. Of course, you don’t want potential buyers inspecting your property on Christmas, Boxing and definitely not New Year’s Day; however, we will be available if needed. Seriously, because a lot of people buy real estate on emotion, when they are relaxed and have time on their hands, you don’t want to miss the opportunity of marketing and promoting your home to a whole new pool of potential buyers during this period. For those considering purchasing over the Christmas/holiday season, our advice is to hop to it whilst property prices here are still very affordable, interest rates are at an all-time low and generous government grants are available. Grants are available for first home buyers and those relocating from their metropolitan home to a regional home; conditions apply.

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LJ Hooker Your last chance to enjoy the North Harbour lifestyle. Spectacular location • Level building blocks on the water’s edge • Established precinct with many stunning custom built homes • Fishing, boating from your doorstep • Direct access to Hastings River waterways and ocean • 500 metres to Settlement City shopping centre and Panthers Club • Restaurants and cafes within walking distance • 2 minute drive to Port Macquarie CBD or a gentle 1.5km stroll along the Hastings River frontage • Pristine beaches minutes away • Sydney is just a 4 hour drive • Port Macquarie airport minutes away

Superb lifestyle • Quiet ambience of water front living

Location & lifestyle No wonder Port Macquarie is one of the fastest growing towns in NSW

• Port Macquarie alfresco lifestyle • Great entertainment venues • Idyllic climate, great education & medical facilities • Abundance of natural beauty and wildlife • No wonder Port Macquarie is one of the fastest growing towns in NSW • Arrange to visit the area and North Harbour ASAP!

The last four developer release building blocks are now available for sale on the prestigious North Harbour development just 1.5km from Port Macquarie CBD. This is the final release ever! Development of this landmark lifestyle location began over 40 years ago - now only four waterfront blocks remain. What makes North Harbour lifestyle so special? Location! Location! Location! A visit to this vibrant waterfront development and you will quickly appreciate why this is truly one of the success stories of desirable waterfront living.

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Last four developer blocks FOR SALE through LJ Hooker. Amazing value Exclusive North Harbour precinct Last four parcels of land from the developer All one price $480,000 each 21 Harbourside Crescent 695sqm 13.34mt water frontage $480,000 23 Harbourside Crescent 686sqm 12.5mt water frontage $480,000 25 Harbourside Crescent 682sqm 12.5mt water frontage $480,000


27 Harbourside Crescent 678sqm 12.51mt water frontage $480,000

Custom built homes Here are a few examples of homes already in the North Harbour precinct


Build you own custom built home to suit your family and enjoy the North Harbour lifestyle. This development is unique - four decades in the making. Arrange to visit the site with Di Calder from LJ Hooker and discover the huge range of homes already built along the waterways. You will be inspired with the possibilities. Don’t miss out on your chance of living in this great location. The last four developer blocks of land are now for sale in North Harbour, Port Macquarie, 2444. $480,000 each. Spectacular location! Superb lifestyle! Amazing value!

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