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TIGER AIRWAYS TOUCH DOWN IN COFFS Coffs has a new cat in town

12 WINTER HOLIDAYS Where you should holiday this winter season 18

HAYLEY LEWIS A mother and wife, former Olympian, business owner, author, healthy living advocate and presenter of Network Ten’s The Biggest Loser

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NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY Discover a world of art


ARJ BARKER American stand-up comedian and actor, Arj Barker is heading to Australia for a whirlwind tour

20 TIME TO GET HEALTHY Shape up and slim down 21

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IT’S JUST SHUTTLECOCK Badminton tournament is coming to Sydney

25 SMOKER’S DELIGHT Give up smoking for good 28 A SOLITARY STROLL Take a walk along Coffs Harbour’s newest walking trail

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4 Welcome to Coffs Harbour Airport 5 Coffs Harbour Airport Updates 10 Chit Chat 20 Fighting Fit 22 Money Matters 24 Your Place 26 Talkin’ Technology 30 Talk Back COVER IMAGE: From L-R:

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Mr Andrew Fraser MLA - Member for Coffs Harbour, Cr. Denise Knight - Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Hon. George Souris MP - Minister for Tourism.

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t is with immense pride that Coffs Coast has become the first region in New South Wales to have QantasLink, Virgin Australia and now Tiger Airways operating between a regional city and Sydney. With more than 50 flights per week there is an extended choice of carriers, fares and service levels. To cater for this, Coffs Harbour Regional Airport has been through a process of change and up-grade of airport services and facilities. The new access road for staff and airport freight business is now complete. Three check-in counters are now operational for QantasLink, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways. And the departure lounge has been expanded so that with each airline has a dedicated departure gate. Airside of the terminal building, work to extend the aircraft parking is nearing completion. Currently, jet aircraft parking is restricted to two at any one time. Once the extensions are finalised we will be able to accommodate five jet aircraft on the tarmac. The Coffs Harbour Regional Airport Master Plan forecast that by 2019/20 the airport would be handling just over 700 passengers during the busy afternoon peak hour. However, it is estimated that by April this year, the airport will be welcoming around 900 passengers during this busy time slot. It is for this reason that further changes are necessary. The most noticeable change will be access into the departure and arrivals areas. To better manage people traffic and ensure aircraft depart on schedule, travellers and visitors will clear security screening immediately after checking in with each airline. Once though security, you will be able to move freely between the departure and public lounge areas and Biggles coffee lounge. This will be separate from the arrivals hall, baggage collection and rental car desks. The latter will be accessed from the southern side of the terminal building. Soon new toilets, cafe bar and counter for rental cars will be installed in this section. While this and other works are being undertaken, I ask for your cooperation and understanding. These changes are due to be completed by the end of April. Many years ago, Coffs Harbour City Council recognised that a high quality and commercially oriented airport would be an economical and social asset for the region. I am proud to continue this vision and commitment. And as we say welcome to Tiger Airways we also say thank you to QantasLink , Brindabella Airlines and Virgin Australia for their continued service to Coffs Coast and Coffs Harbour Regional Airport. Together we aim to provide convenient, economical and quality aviation services for all travellers. Dennis Martin Airport Manager

Conference Surprises on Coffs Coast F

irst time conference visitors to Coffs Harbour are often pleasantly surprised. According to Coffs Coast Marketing's conference sales manager Kate O'Grady they are surprised at the relaxing and tranquil seaside location of the major conference resorts and meeting venues. "Our major resorts with their combination of accommodation styles, versatile meeting rooms, technical and staging services and dining and banqueting options are ideally suited for meetings and conferences for between 4 and 400 delegates,” Ms O'Grady said. "Another surprise is the range of exhilarating outdoor team building activities on offer such as learning to trapeze at circus school, white water and surf rafting, balancing on a board at surf school, holding 'hands' with delightful dolphins, cruising the beach on a camel train and falling back to earth from 10,000 ft on a tandem sky dive.” Ms O'Grady said the availability of golf as part of a conference program was often requested. “Along Coffs Coast we have eleven courses with a diverse range of experiences.” A fun element of any conference is corporate team building. Timeout Adventures based at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort has a range of fun activities from which to choose. Delegates can team up and compete in a local version of The Amazing Race, get roped up for a game of Giant Foosball, or mount up for a motorised Segway Team Challenge. These and other activities can be staged at the resort or at a variety of locations around Coffs Harbour.


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Dining in and dining out is another element that is of interest to conference organisers, especially if it is something new and different. Fortunately for Coffs Coast the Pet Porpoise Pool, now known as Dolphin Marine Magic is a great example of creativity. After normal operating hours, the whole complex is available for staging formal sit down dinners or casual dining and the wild life comes along as part of the experience. Delegates can be enchanted by little Blue Penguins, kissed by delightful dolphins and whiskery seals, entertained by fish, turtles and sharks in the centre's aquarium. Your delegates can then adjourn for cocktails in the new intimate Dolphin Lagoon pavilion, again joined by the dolphins and seals. There are other dining options too in-house at resort restaurants or at one of a number of nearby eateries. Ten kilometres south from Coffs Harbour is Sawtell. This laid-back seaside village offers sidewalk cafes and casual dining under the shade of four giant ficus trees and shopfront verandahs.

For those that like a little shopping indulgence, there are boutiques, bicycles and beauty therapy temptations too. Nearby Bellingen is another delightful outing for both conference delegates and accompanying partners. It is a twenty five minutes drive from Coffs to this quintessential country village where people of traditional farming backgrounds fuse with technophiles of today. Deciding on a venue, selecting activities and determining where to go can be a daunting task for conference organisers. This is where staff at Coffs Coast Conferences can assist no matter what size of meeting or conference you are organising. Kate O'Grady and Michelle Aubert have many years of experience successfully planning and arranging meetings, conferences and special events. Together with conference and tourism industry operators, they have assisted some of Australia's leading corporations, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies stage their meetings and conferences on Coffs Coast. As an added bonus, Coffs Harbour has up to seven air services a day to and from Sydney with Qantas and Virgin Australia. And with Tiger Airways now also servicing Coffs from Sydney with connections from its other Australian ports, Coffs Harbour will become more and more appealing as a leading regional conference destination in Australia. Visit for more details. n

Segway fun at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort. Copyright Rob Cleary, Seen Australia.

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Tiger Touchdown St Augustine students welcome passengers. Copyright Rob Cleary, Seen Australia.

Tiger Team at Coffs Harbour Airport. Copyright Rob Cleary, Seen Australia.


t 2.45 pm Friday February 15, the inaugural Tiger Airways service from Sydney touched down at Coffs Harbour Airport. As the aircraft taxied towards the terminal two fire tenders showered the Airbus A 320 as a sign of welcome to Coffs Coast. Shortly after taxiing to the terminal, disembarking passengers were greeted by blue skies, sunshine and a warm welcome by Coffs Harbour City Council's mayor, general


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manager and Coffs Harbour Airport Regional Airport management and staff. Enthusiastic children from St Augustine's school waved hello to people and a contingent of television, newspaper and magazine paparazzi helped create an atmosphere more in keeping with the arrival of movie and music rock stars. Once inside the terminal, Mayor Cr Denise Knight officially welcomed the Minister for Tourism Hon George Souris MP and Tiger

Airways head of communication Vanessa Regan to Coffs Harbour. Minister Souris acknowledged the commitment of Coffs Harbour City Council and community to tourism and in particular for partnering with Tiger Airways to establish their first intrastate service between Sydney and Coffs Harbour. Vanessa Regan outlined Tiger Airways desire to work with the local and wider Coffs Coast community, tourism operators and

Travelling with Tiger


hen flying with Tiger Airways there are few things to keep in mind when making bookings, checking in and travelling.

Fare deals: For the best deals, visit the website You may wish to sign up to the free e-newsletter which you can do on the Tiger Airways website homepage to hear right away about regular special deals direct from the airline. You can book on-line or via Tiger Airways call centre (02) 8073 3421. Please Note: if booking via the call centre, the passenger fare will incur an additional fee, however other addon charges such as baggage are the same. Check in time: Tiger is flying the A320 Airbus to and from Coffs Harbour. This aircraft has a maximum seat capacity for 180 passengers. So with Tiger, check in time is a minimum of 45 minutes prior to departure. At larger and busier airports like Sydney, Tiger recommends checking in between 60 and 90 minutes prior to departure. This is to enable pre-departure checks and to make certain all is in order prior to departure. By doing so, this will assist getting you to your destination on time and at the best possible price. Carry on and checked baggage: Free carry-on baggage is limited to 10 kg per passenger. This can be made up of two items, but with a combined weight of 10kg. If you wish to take additional baggage, this can be checked in on arrival at the airport. There is a charge for extra baggage which varies depending on how much you wish to take. For the best deal, reserve your additional baggage via Tiger's website when booking. By booking your seat and baggage via the website this enables greater operating efficiency and hence better prices for travellers. On board service: Although it is only a short flight between Sydney and Coffs Harbour, you can still enjoy on-board service. Tea and coffee, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and light snacks are available for a fee.

Mayor Denise Knight welcoming Tiger Airways. Copyright Rob Cleary, Seen Australia.

businesses by way of providing true low-cost fares on this new route. She said the airline’s aim was to stimulate and grow the air travel market between Sydney and Coffs Harbour for leisure, sporting events, conferences and corporate travel. With Tiger Airways now operating to Coffs Harbour, there are opportunities for the tourism sector to partner with Tiger to

attract new and repeat holiday makers to the region. Up to five weekly return services provide an additional 1800 visitor seats weekly through Coffs Harbour airport. In the reverse direction, Coffs Coast residents now have the opportunity to travel to Sydney and beyond at more competitive fares.

Other services: Tiger also offers travellers the option of choosing a seat, again for a few extra dollars. They also partner with rental car companies, hotels and motels and travel insurers should you wish to utilise these services. When booking with Tiger Airways to travel from Coffs to say Melbourne, you will need to book two sector fares, Coffs to Sydney and then from Sydney to Melbourne. This is typical of low-cost carrier systems. Tiger is a non-connecting carrier (this is one way the airline keeps costs down) – meaning you need to check in for each flight separately. As such it is recommended you allow plenty of time between any same day services (at least two hours as a general rule) and you may wish to consider travel insurance as an extra safeguard to assist you on the rare occasion that a flight may be disrupted. For information phone Tiger Airways support centre on (02) 8073 3421 or visit n

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Coffs Harbour, venue for bcu Coffs Tri. Copyright Rob Cleary, Seen Australia.

Three times the Fun


offs Harbour played host to the inaugural bcu Coffs Triathlon during the first week of March. More than three hundred competitors from around the country enjoyed the sights of Coffs during the weekend before, during and after their swim, run and cycle. Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the globe with a number of Australians among the world's best. But with few Olympic distance races on the national triathlon calendar, organisers Village Sports felt this was the perfect event to attract athletes of all abilities by taking advantage of Coffs Harbour’s east coast location, subtropical climate and natural beauty. bcu Chief Executive Lyndon Kingston said the company was excited to support the inaugural triathlon. “Coffs Coast has a strong following for the sport and we are happy to be working with very dedicated and experienced triathlon

enthusiasts to bring a world-class event and world class competitors to the region,” he said. In addition to the headline Olympic-distance race (1.5km swim, 40km Cycle and 10km run) there were shorter distance races for novices and children. Event organiser Sinclair Black said the aim was to make the bcu Coffs Tri suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness. “Younger tri competitors contested the event with a 375 metre swim, followed by a 10 km cycle leg before finishing with a 2.5 km run,” she said. “Another draw card for the event, thanks to the event’s major sponsor bcu, was a prize purse of $4,500 for open male and female category placegetters.” The spectacular open water swim, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, was held inside the protected harbour with spectators getting a birds-eye view from the Jetty.

The two-lap cycle leg was a fast and furious affair as competitors sped along mostlyflat, closed roads to Sawtell and back to the harbour followed by the run course of two laps around the harbour foreshores and the iconic Coffs Jetty. Mr Kingston said he had no doubt this event would continue to grow as word spread about the scenic nature of the course, welcoming hospitality and great range of things to see and do in Coffs Harbour. The bcu Tri will be held annually on the first weekend in March. Now with almost twelve months to prepare for next year's event, consider entering and joining a growing number of tri enthusiasts for three times the fun of fitness, scenic beauty and a warm welcome from Coffs Coast locals. For more information visit or contact Sinclair Black on 0412 219 878 or n

Race Start. Image courtesy bcu Coffs Tri.


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Newcastle’s little known past exposed


he most historically important artefacts of colonial Newcastle will return almost 200 years after they were first created for a major exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery, presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW, opening on 2 March 2013. The free exhibition, Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie era, features rare, historic and artistic treasures from the significant collections of the Newcastle Art Gallery and State Library of NSW, brought together for the first time with the support of Noble Resources International Australia. Entry to the exhibition is free and a range of events including late night openings, a series of talks, children’s workshops as well as educational resources and programs will be available in support of the exhibition. Two key pieces in the exhibition are the State Library’s Macquarie Collector’s Chest, in its first showing in Newcastle since it was created here in c.1818; and its contemporary accompaniment, the Newcastle Chest, commissioned in 2010 by Newcastle Art Gallery. The historic Macquarie Chest, decorated with scenes of Newcastle and filled with local natural history specimens, was an elaborate gift from Captain James Wallis to Governor Macquarie as a thank you for his patronage. The Newcastle Chest, created from the

same native timber species found in the Macquarie Chest, and crafted to the same dimensions, was produced to mark the 200th anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie’s swearingin as Governor of New South Wales. “The Macquarie Collector’s Chest lay forgotten in a Scottish castle for nearly 150 years. The Library acquired it in 2004 and it is now one of the most prized items in our collections,” NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Dr Alex Byrne said. Newcastle Art Gallery Director Ron Ramsey said the exhibition would feature Newcastle landscapes from Joseph Lycett, Richard Browne, and Walter Preston, as well as an album of original works of art compiled by Captain Wallis in 1818 including portraits of local Awabakal people which, unusual for the

time, are named. “To have Governor Macquarie’s Collector’s Chest return to Newcastle after almost 200 years is extremely special, but to have the accompanying Wallis album and other works by Newcastle based colonial artists on display at the Gallery makes this a not-to-miss opportunity,” he said. A recent acquisition of Newcastle Art Gallery’s – an illustrated Joseph Lycett book from 1824 – will also be on public display for the first time. n

Fast Facts: What: Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie era Where: Newcastle Art Gallery When: March 2 – May 5 2013

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olor Run is rolling into NSW to spread its multi-coloured magic in Newcastle on May 5. The five kilometre fun run with a colourful twist will see participants of all ages and fitness levels covered in colour, food grade corn starch with added food colouring, by the time they’ve completed the course. Inspired in part by the Hindu Holi festival, with its tradition of welcoming Spring by throwing natural coloured powders, The Swisse Color Run will see more than 250 volunteers squirt, throw, and shower runners with around 3,000kg of colour as they hit each kilometre mark on the course turning their pristine white attire into a rainbow explosion of colours. Affectionately known as ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, The Swisse Color Run marks the launch of Swisse’s new national community program. Donating through its Celebrate Life

Foundation, Swisse hopes to generate more than $1 million in charitable contributions over the next 12 months through this event and other fundraising efforts. The Foundation, in conjunction with The Swisse Color Run, will make a donation to a selected charity at the conclusion of each event. National Manager Luke Hannan said he was delighted to bring this truly unique event to NSW. “The Swisse Color Run is not a race – it’s not about competing or running a personal best, it’s about connecting with friends and family, being active, and enjoying yourself,” he said. Once runners complete the course, the fun and festivities continue with the Finish Festival; a coloured extravaganza of epic proportions featuring music and a family-friendly party atmosphere with celebrations culminating in a mass throw of colour powder packets. Color Runners can enter as individuals,

or register as a team of four or more. Entry fees of $55 per person ($50 per person for a group of four) include: • White T-shirt • White sweatband • Race bib number • The Color Run temporary tattoo • 1 x colour powder packet for Finish Festival Events: Gold Coast – Sunday, April 14, 2013 Newcastle – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Adelaide – Sunday, May 19, 2013 Sydney (2nd event) - Sunday, August 25, 2013 Visit for more details and to register.

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How much did you have to change your approach, content, and delivery to appeal to an Australian audience and how different Australian humour is to US humour? I don’t change my humour! If you think about your sense of humour, everyone has one sense of humour. So I don’t change that! The only thing I would worry about is references. Something poignant. In our country right now, gun control is a hot topic because of the terrible events recently. And I have some material about that, actually which I wrote this summer, so I was working on this material and it’s fairly relevant here although I don’t really know if it’s as relevant there because I don’t think you guys have a gun issue.

ast time I spoke with you, you were just winding down from your last Australian tour – what are you up to now? I’m just doing some final preparations for my tour and my next visit to Australia. And also visiting family and all that sort of stuff. Taking a little time off but also working and preparing my new show. You’ve been to Aussie shores a couple of times now - what brings you back here? House payments! (Laughs) I seem to have a great rapport with the public there and I like it there! It’s too tempting I can’t stay away. What can the Australian audience expect for your next tour? Jokes and humour - and I always like to spice up my shows with a little surprise. You know with other shows I’ve used the guitar, harmonica, short film. So I have a little something musical in store with this show too but I don’t want to give away the surprise. It’s a solid show. The main thing to expect is an hour of stand up and if you like my stand up then that’s what you’d expect to enjoy! There are all different subjects you know, from things that have happened to me, to the state of the world, to politics and various issues so it’s got a wide range of subjects – something for everyone! What’s your writing/producing process for your shows? I don’t have a way to ensure that I think of something hilarious. But I try to write through something. So I might just write about my day. I like to just try to loosen things up in my mind and then hopefully I think of stuff. But also things just happen in life and then you go, “Oh, that’s it!” You’ve been doing stand up for many years now, but Flight of the Concords gave you a whole new audience - how did you get involved with those guys? The same way I meet so many comedians throughout the years, touring. They’re just your colleague. And that’s the same way I met them. We were working together in Auckland NZ - and when I say working together, we were sharing a venue. They’re really friendly. And you know, they’re Kiwis so they said ‘we know a few people in Auckland,’ they introduced me to their friends. That’s how all good friendships start! Are you still working with them? No that show’s finished. I recently toured Australia and New Zealand with them as their support act during their big stadium tour. We’re still great friends. I’m sure I’ll work with them again in the future; I just don’t know what it’ll be. Maybe it’ll be something Flight of the Concords related, or something else.

So it all boils down to references and how relevant, and what your subject matter is. But I don’t change my approach or how I tell a joke or my sense of humour. It is what it is, I can’t change it. I only have one personality. Unfortunately that’s what I’m stuck with! (Laughs) You travel a lot obviously – do you have any travel tips for our frequent flyers? Hold on tight! It gets bumpy on those small planes!

“I always like to spice up my shows with a little surprise.”

…you did an interview for us a couple of years back and mentioned you got into a bit of trouble from a flight attendant thanks to a certain video? Oh yeah! That was when I was watching an adult film! I couldn’t believe that! I was just so bored I’d been travelling for like 20 hours and I was on my third flight. And I was just watching it on my iPod just to kill time - I wasn’t going to do anything untoward or anything, and the guy scolded me! There was no one sitting behind me either! I was alone in the row. I still don’t know how he saw it to this day, but I don’t know.

What kind of things do you like to do in your down time? I’m a very active guy. I like mountain biking in California and I did learn to hang glide in 2012, but I’m still a beginner. But I did do two solo flights. That was a life-long dream, at least 20 years I planned to do that. Bit of a Daredevil are you? It’s quite a safe sport actually, if it’s done carefully. In fact I think mountain biking is more dangerous. Everyone who does mountain biking long enough crashes. Most hand gliders have never had a serious crash because that’s quite serious if you do. And let’s see what else, what else do I like? Just trying to stay healthy takes up a lot of my time. Looking after this and that, travelling. I went to China and did some sight seeing, I saw the Great Wall. I like to mix touring with enjoyment too.

So can we take that as your travel tip? No dirty movies? Oh yes. No adult movies on the airplane, they don’t like it. Also, get to the airport on the early side rather than the late side because you save yourself a lot of stress. It’s better to be there a little too early and have a coffee than to be there a little too late and stress about whether you’ll make it through the queue in time. That’s a big one. That’s my favourite travel thing is I always leave early for the airport. It keeps my stress levels down. OK well thank you Arj, we look forward to seeing you in Australia very soon! Yes I’m definitely going to come around to a lot of the cities so I look forward to seeing all you guys! n To book your tickets to see Arj in Australia, visit

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Winter Holiday Ideas


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elcome to winter in Australia. Those few months of the year where the days get cooler, the sun

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slip away, winter brings its own dose of fun to those who dare to enjoy it. The next six pages are dedicated to winter holidays in Australia. Pull out the winter woollies for a trip to the snow after reading all about the NSW ski fields with firsthand accounts

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Are we there yet? “It is a place of legends and memories, many which can be revisited by ongoing generations who create their own legends in their own time.”


ll Mums and Dads in Australia are bound to have heard these words whilst travelling on a road trip with their kids. Maybe it’s not moaned as much these days with mini TVs and DVDs strategically placed for smaller passengers in the rear. iPads, iPods, smart phones, and a plethora of computer games have replaced ‘eye spy with my little eye’ and ‘Spotto’ but combined these distractions do give a vague glimmer of hope towards arriving at your destination without hearing those four little words, “Are we there yet?” Family road trips, the good and bad, hold a special place in our memories. Times we shared, argued, laughed, and explored all in the comfort of our tight family unit away from the responsibilities of school, work, and home. For the older among us, it was the old family valiant and the bare essentials. They were sunny days filled with adventure and exploring nooks and crannies along the quieter villages and towns, beaches, lakes, rivers, rainforests, and mountains on the north coast NSW. It was a special, quality time. Memories were made as we reconnected with our families and friends lolling on the beach, enjoying a casual meal, or sitting round a campfire. They were great, relaxing times, savoured and favoured with many families choosing to do the same trip to the same place year after year to enhance memories, create new experiences, and carry the sights, smells and tastes of that time to adulthood with sighs of nostalgia. This is why The Legendary Pacific Coast is called just that because it is a place of legends and memories, many which can be


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revisited by ongoing generations who create their own legends in their own time. There is so much to explore spreading across the 930km between the cities of Sydney and Brisbane and there is something for every member of the family. Beaches for the kids, fishing for the boys, and best of all the great outdoors. The good news is with much of the highway now upgraded you don’t have to drive too far to stunning locations whether it’s a few hours or a day to travel to your destination.

See where it takes you – to a State Forest or two? For a new experience, why not try visiting some of the 12 State Forests located along the drive? Here you can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with amenities, including picnic and camping areas – and it’s absolutely free! It’s an ideal opportunity to pack up the electronic equipment for a few hours or a few days and enjoy places such as the beautiful Strickland State Forest on the Central Coast. Walk through wildflowers and forest on tracks purpose-built by the Friends of Strickland. Just north are the State Forests of the Watagan Mountains, where

visitors can picnic under towering pines. Adventure activities are welcome, with mountain bike, trail-bike, horse-riding, and hiking experiences on offer. Wang Wauk State Forest located near Wootton, north of Bulahdelah, showcases beautiful rainforest via the Wootton Historical Railway Walk. Follow the remnants of an old logging railway from Sam's Camp Picnic Area, through 6km of rainforest and cleared, grassy areas used by logging vehicles in the early 1900s. The walk includes bridges over waterfalls, bubbling creek crossings, gully rainforest, and magnificent regrowth flooded gums. A trip north to Coffs Harbour on The Legendary Pacific Coast wouldn’t be complete without visiting Orara East State Forest, only 5km from Coffs Harbour. This unique forest is home to Sealy Lookout and the spectacular Forest Sky Pier - an impressive structure stretching out over the forest canopy, offering panoramic views over the Coffs coastline and mountain ranges. And best of all it’s free! For information visit n

Stay overnight in your tent, caravan or campervan and wake up to breakfast with the birds. There’s so much to see and do in NSW State Forests, all within a short drive along The Legendary Pacific Coast - and best of all, it’s free.


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winter wonderland BY LAHNEE PAVLOVICH


s a kid I always believed those dreamlike faraway lands in fairy tales were real. And after spending seven days at Charlottes Pass in NSW, I know for sure. Charlottes Pass is a small snowfield located 10km from Perisher Valley in NSW. To get there you catch a snow cat from Perisher which is exactly what my husband and I did. Our journey into the towering mountains began and it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before; snow covered hills and gigantic boulders of all shapes dusted with white powder; snow gums covered in icicles that looked like someone had actually painted on the bark the colours were so perfect. 30 minutes through windy roads passed and our snow cat pulled up out front a magnificent building made of wood and stone. This was our stop, ‘Snowbird Lodge’, and it was beautiful. Our first day was spent exploring the village. Holding only 600 people at any one time including the hundred or so staff members,


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Charlottes Pass is the perfect place for quiet time and to get back in touch with yourself and nature. A few little lodges similar to ours, the big castle-like Kosciusko chalet, two restaurants and bars and that’s about it besides the glorious white mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. The next few days were spent carving up the slopes on our boards for the first time. It was so many things all at once, fun, scary, hard, and a damn good workout. The ski slopes at Charlottes Pass are quite small compared to some of the other ski resorts in the area but that makes them perfect for beginners and people wanting to get away from the crowds. Another great reason to visit Charlottes Pass is to do some back country hiking. The village is surrounded on all sides by lofty mountains including Australia’s tallest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. We started off our hiking day bright and early after a delicious brekky. Backpacks filled with the safety essentials, boards strapped to our backs we took the chairlift to the top of the slopes for a cheat start up the mountains. The view from the top of the chairlift was breathtaking with nothing but white powdery snow in all directions, soaring peaks, and icy cliffs. It’s a long hike to the top of Mt Kozzy and not for the faint hearted. But when you reach the top you will not be disappointed and the snowboard or ski back down the few kilometres you’ve just walked is very rewarding and an absolute blast. It was another day well spent in our snow covered fairy land and with a hot cup of chocolate in hand sitting in the onsite spa we thought to ourselves that this was not a bad way to finish off our winter holiday. n

House of Ullr, Thredbo

• 20m to shuttle bus • 200m to Kosciuszko express chair • 5 nights $775 pp 4 share, breakfast daily, 2 dinners included • 7 nights from $645 to $1195 pp 4 share, breakfast daily, 3 dinners included All subject to availability and excluding NSW school holidays

The House of Ullr is named after the Norwegian God of Snow—the huge medieval doors, wood and stonework are reminiscent of Nordic culture. The lodge is ideally located in the heart of Thredbo Village, with an easy level walk to the ski lifts, night life, shops, overnight parking and the Thredbo courtesy shuttle bus (winter only). Your host, Andrew, together with his friendly team of staff, aim to provide a high level of professional service and comfortable accommodation with an emphasis on cleanliness and friendliness. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest. Lot 89 Mowamba Place, Thredbo Village NSW 2625 Ph: (02) 6457 6210 E:

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Hayley Lewis “It’s important not only to set a good example for your own kids in terms of looking after yourself health and fitness wise, but also being there for them for the future and being around to watch them grow up and have a wonderful life as well.”


ettina Maniatis talks to the mother and wife, former Olympian, business owner, author, healthy living advocate, and of course, presenter of Network Ten’s The Biggest Loser. So, you’re getting into the next series of The Biggest Loser, that’s pretty exciting… Yes, it’s very exciting – I can’t wait to start it actually. You know it’s that whole excitement about meeting the new contestants and seeing how far we can go with it and the changes that they make so yes, I’m very much looking forward to getting the ball rolling! Do you meet the contestants before the competition? No, which I think is a good thing. I think it’s exciting for me to meet them on the first day of filming as soon as the cameras start rolling. It’s as exciting for me as it probably is for them starting the whole competition. What are you most excited about for this season? It’s all about the next generation - it’s mothers and daughters, and fathers and sons. I think it’s a main issue obviously


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with obesity in our country, that it’s usually a generational thing and it’s great that it’s being addressed. You learn mainly through a generational family situation. It’ll just be a wonderful opportunity for families watching at home to realise the standards that they’re setting in terms of health and fitness. Hopefully they’ll learn and realise that having great habits as a parent certainly can lend itself to the children being healthy and aware of how important it is to look after yourself. So I think that’s what I’m most excited about this season. And it will be interesting to see the interaction and how it all works. Everyone will be learning and there are all the different ages. Also we’ll be in a new house - we won’t be in Manly anymore we’ll be out in the western suburbs so that’ll be exciting for everyone as well.

“Family comes first above everything and then obviously looking after yourself with health and fitness comes second.”

Obviously health and a healthy lifestyle is very important to you – how much of your day is taken up with keeping yourself healthy and active? Probably just over an hour a day. I like to go for a run in the morning just after I drop my kids at swimming training. I think an hour’s probably about as much as I can fit into my day, and about as much as my 38 year old body can handle at this stage! I try to do that at least six times a week. Many of our readers have similar lifestyles to yours in that they can sometimes work crazy hours and have to juggle a lot – what sort of advice can you offer them? Putting your health first. I know it’s hard in some circumstances because you have got a job to do and people are relying on you to do your job, however there’s not much use if you’re not fit and healthy and looking after yourself - you’re not going to be productive within your daily schedule. I guess being a parent as well, it’s important not only to set a good example for your own kids in terms of looking after yourself health and fitness wise, but also being there for them for the future and being around to watch them grow up and have a wonderful life as well. I think a lot of people have the excuse that they don’t have time to exercise and look after themselves which I think needs to be a number one priority. And also in common with our readers, you have to sometimes be away from your family – do you have any advice on that side of things? In terms of the time I have to be away from my immediate family, my kids and my husband, then obviously it’s my number one priority to speak with them when I’m away. With my kids, before they go to school and then before they go to bed at night and my husband, it’s sometimes keeping in touch a few times throughout the day, especially if we’ve got issues at work or things are bothering us, we obviously keep in close contact to make sure that everything’s going smoothly where ever

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we might be. It’s my top priority to keep in touch with my kids when I’m away from them, and know exactly what’s going on and if anything’s bothering them I want them to feel that they can still talk to me, even if I am away and things like that. So definitely family comes first above everything and then obviously looking after yourself with health and fitness comes second. What do you do outside of The Biggest Loser seasons? I own a gift and homewares store in Brisbane, so I’m pretty much a Mum and business

owner 12 months of the year. The weekends that I get home, I’m at my shop and with the kids and at the time I’m not filming The Biggest Loser, I’m at the shop. So my life is pretty full on and busy all the time – it’s just trying to manage things as best as I can and not to get too stressed and to be as organised as possible. I am very lucky to have the support of my husband. So being organised and making sure that everything’s working like clock work and I’m staying healthy. And I think that’s the other thing with fitness; you’re not only looking after yourself, but it’s a means of relaxation and of doing something for yourself. n

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to get timeHEALTHY

Silo Restaurant & Lounge


e’re making our way through the new year so now is the time to set some goals, get fit, and get healthy. Below are some tips on how to do it.

Set some realistic goals:

Silo Restaurant & Lounge is an award winning harbour side restaurant and lounge bar, located 50m from the crown plaza hotel , with a sophisticated and boutique ambience that has been established since 2004. It was established with the vision of providing a world class venue right here in Newcastle to showcase some of the Hunter region’s finest produce in a relaxing atmosphere staffed by some of Newcastle’s most accommodating people. We have become a favourite among many Novocastrians and have also proved to be a destination for tourists alike. Over the past 8 years we have successfully catered for a variety of local and multinational companies in all industry sectors - pharmaceutical, retail, IT and of course mining and minerals.


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It is all well and good to say you want to look like Joe Manganiello or Angelina Jolie but you may not have their body shape or genetics, not to mention their personal trainer or dietician. While it is great to use others as inspiration, it is important to set realistic goals and then stick to them. Try to set smaller goals each week so you can keep track of your progress. A safe way to determine weight loss is 0.5 – 1kg per week depending on how much you have to lose.

Get a training buddy: You will be more likely to stick to your plan if you have support. Get your friends or partner involved and set out on a journey to health and fitness together.

Eat well and often:

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There is no need to pick at salads to lose weight. Eating healthy, wholesome foods regularly is the way to go. You will have the energy you need to get through the day, you will feel better on the inside and you will start to notice added benefits such as glowing skin and shiny hair. As a general rule, a small meal or snack every three hours helps speed up your metabolism and keeps you feeling satisfied. Stay away from processed foods and fill your tummy with lean meats, fruits, veggies, and complex carbohydrates.

Get physical: The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat a healthy diet and to incorporate regular physical activity into your lifestyle. Thirty minutes of exercise per day is a great place to start. So hit the pavement for a walk or run, join the local gym and get active. n

Smashing it out in Sydney W

ith more than 2500 shuttlecocks smashed as part of the first Yonex Australian Badminton Open (ABO) in Sydney 2012, the event returns this year from April 2 –7 bigger and better. The highly acclaimed Grand Prix Gold tournament at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) at Darling Harbour will welcome the world’s best badminton players for the second consecutive year as they battle it out for the largest prize package of any event played in the Oceania region - a whopping US $120,000. Oceania Badminton has lined up its top three events for 2013 all to be played in April, spearheaded by the Yonex Australian Open in Sydney, New Zealand Open ($50,000 prize money) in Auckland and then Tahiti International ($15,000) in consecutive weeks. Over six heated days of intense, highenergy competition, Sydney will play host to more than 300 Badminton athletes from around 30 countries. With the fastest smash of the 2012 tournament clocking in at 289 kilometres per hour, a good 38kms faster than the world record for tennis at just 251 kilometres, expectations are high as both local and international fans prepare to descend upon Australia’s picturesque harbour city. Badminton Australia Tournament Director Loke Poh Wong said he was thrilled to bring a world class badminton tournament to Sydney for the second year running.

“2012 brought more than 2,000 Badminton fans to Sydney so we, once again, eagerly await the arrival of the Sydney ABO visitors,” he said. “More importantly, more than 100 million viewers around the world watched the event live in 2012 and we are expecting higher worldwide TV viewers for 2013. We also have record hits through our website and social media.” As a fast paced action sport, spectators will be blown away by the power, agility, and stamina of the courts’ athletes. The marathon match of the 2012 tournament went to eighth seed Sayaka Sato of Japan who in three tight sets, 18-21, 24-22, 21-18, defeated Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri. The match lasted a staggering 78 minutes. Badminton Australia CEO Paul Brettell said booking the Badminton Grand Prix Gold event for a second year in a row was a sporting and cultural win for Sydney. “We could not be more proud of NSW and the way in which it has adopted the tournament as its own,” he said. “With our past and present success we can confidently see Sydney becoming the current home of the Australian Badminton Open for years to come.” All five disciplines of the world’s fastest racquet sport will be contested at the tournament: Men and Women’s singles, Men and Women Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Last year attracted key Olympic contenders to Sydney for the ABO, and organisers are expecting the same calibre again.

A daily ticket to the event starts from $20 and an early bird session pass (all sessions) starts from $110. Early purchase of finals tickets is recommended as all finals were a sell out at the 2012 competition. The hype leading into the 2013 ABO comes off the back of the recent announcement that Australia will for the very first time host a Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries in 2014. Sydney’s success in securing a BWF World Superseries event from next year will effectively see the Australian Badminton Open, currently a Grand Prix Gold rated event, become one of the richest professional badminton tournaments in the world with US$750,000 in prize money up for grabs.

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am a library addict, I admit it. I spend a lot of time learning life lessons from the pages of a good novel, so it’s not surprising that a couple of tips about how to save money have been gleaned from the written word along the way. Here’s my list of the 5 best novels about finance, money, the lack of it, and how to get some of it. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens At number one, David Copperfield is a shoe in. Not that it is a novel overwhelmingly about finance; it isn’t. Rather because it is the vehicle for the famous Micawber principle, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” I would find it hard to think of a better explanation of personal finance than this pithy little phrase, a truth backed up by the life the character lives.

best novels about money and finance BY FRAN SIDOTI, WWW.SAVINGSGUIDE.COM.AU Money: A Suicide Note, Martin Amis You want cautionary? I’ll give you cautionary. This book is enough to scare the pants off anyone. If you feel like you need a kick up the pants to start your saving, this might just be the tale for you. About a selfmade man, hedonist John Self, who makes and then proceeds to lose a fortune. “Man, you are out for a whole lot of money.” It’s not a pretty story, but it is a great example of the crushing weight that debt and destitution can be.

The Firm, John Grisham Somewhere along the line, John Grisham novels are always about money. People kill for it, or die for it, and seemingly would spend infinite hours in a courtroom to protect it. “Get ‘em [The Mafia] with what? Overbilling, mail fraud? Oh, that’s exciting.” When you find out your firm acts as the Mob’s accountants, things can get a little tricky. A great crime novel about the seemingly clean face that can cover up money laundering.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald Certainly not something to read on a cheery summer vacation, but one of the greater tales ever told nonetheless. Life on the East Coast is depicted, with the clash of old money and new money just after the First World War. “Her voice is full of money.” While not overtly a novel about finance, the events of The Great Gatsby are underpinned by faith in the Great American Dream and the self-made man. It’s a tale of the happiness money can’t buy.

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson A sympathetic portrayal of a company man. It centres on the search for meaning in a world that is materialistic. Unlike most of the other books on this list, this one can be read without a Prozac handy. “A citizen’s guide to the economy.” A good reminder of the important things in life, none of which the rat race can provide. Though this book is 60 years old, it still has a couple of lessons that reverberate today. n

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creen doors can give you peace of mind that your home is safe and sound when locked. They can deter burglars, are simple to install, and come in a variety of styles and colours, making them attractive additions to the home. Materials • Door – most doors come with screws and components included • Drill and bits • Hammer • Chisel • Screwdriver • Measuring tape • Pencil • Builders square Where to begin To be on the safe side, measure your doorway frame before you choose a door, even though most doorways are a standard size. Attaching locks and handles Most doors will come without the locks and handles attached, so this is part of your installation of the door. Door handle and lock mechanisms can vary depending on the type of door you purchase. The door handle and lock should be attached

to the door in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines. Installing the door Once the handle and lock are assembled, it’s time to fit the door into the doorway. • Attach the hinges to the door with the screws provided. • You should have received three wedges in your assembly pack. Close the hinges and stand the door in place with two wedges supporting the bottom (each side) and one supporting the top (middle). You should try and leave a 3mm gap all around the door. Use a tape measure if needed. • Mark out the positioning for the top and bottom hinge with a pencil on the doorway from the outside. • Remove the door and complete by marking the hinge inside the doorway with a builders

square or spirit level. • Next open the door and prop it up so that the hinges are aligned with the marks on the doorway and that the door sits level. • Drill in one screw, top hinge first then the bottom hinge. Make sure the door swings freely and that a 3mm gap is left between the door and the door’s lock. Now drill the remaining screws. • Fit the striker plate • Close the door and mark out the top and bottom of the latch. • Open the door and centre the striker plate over the two latch marks. Pencil out the opening of the striker plate and mark the screw holes. • Drill the pilot holes for the screws and drill or chisel out the marked rectangle to the correct depth of 20mm. • Check that the latch fits into the hole then attach the striker plate with the screws provided. • Check that the lock functions correctly. Door closers may or may not be included when you purchase a screen door, if not, they are reasonably simple to install. For tools and information visit Bunnings Warehouse n

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The problem is that the effects only last a short time so the body wants more nicotine which leads to addiction. But nicotine itself is not what makes cigarette smoking so harmful. The smoke from cigarettes is a complex mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals produced by the burning of tobacco and its additives including about 60 chemicals known to cause cancer. In fact an average cigarette only yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine. But even that amount is enough to make smoking a highly addictive habit. That along with the fact smoking is a learned behaviour meaning the habit of holding a cigarette can also become addictive. This is why e-cigarettes might just be one of the best ciggy kicking methods available.

The cost of having your e-cig equates to about 60c per day as opposed to around $20 per day for a pack a day smoker. Electronic cigarettes deliver the experience of smoking while eliminating the smell and health risks associated with tobacco smoke. Each e-cig is powered by a small lithium battery that atomizes a propylene glycol/nicotine solution. The substance, which is inserted into the e-cig in liquid form, is inhaled and then exhaled as a vapour that looks almost like fog and contains a dosage of nicotine which can be controlled. Over time the user might use no nicotine at all.

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The New

Solitary Islands Coast Walk C

offs Coast locals have known for years that their coastal views are some of the best in Australia. Crescent shaped beaches of crunchy golden sands, windswept headlands of wallaby grass with groves of banksias and pandanus trees, quiet coves and tidal pools


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home to a myriad of marine creatures, seabirds riding the on-shore breezes and off-shore islands dotting the Pacific horizon. Until now, many of these locations were independent. To reach them you had to drive from one spot to the next. Or if well equipped and prepared to scramble, you

could climb over rocky outcrops and through the scrub to walk from beach to beach. Now, thanks to an alliance between Coffs Harbour City Council, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coffs Coast Regional Park Trust and the NSW Environmental Trust you

can experience these stunning views with greater comfort and convenience along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. Between Red Rock in the north and Sawtell in the south, there are elevated board walks, stairs over headlands, paved and natural pathways, bench seating at a number of headland lookouts, informative stories of indigenous heritage, interpretative displays of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, directional markers and a pocket sized z-card brochure and map to keep you on track. The walk from one end to the other is 60 kilometres. For the outdoors enthusiast, it is a two to three day walk. This allows time to explore the sea shore, sit a while under a shady tree and soak up the scenery of sea, shore and sky. Unlike walking on more traditional trails you

don’t have to camp out. Along the way there are towns and villages where you have a mix of accommodations to choose from including holiday park cabins, resorts, hotels and motels, bed and breakfast and self contained apartments. If you prefer a shorter seaside stroll, you can start and stop at a number of access points along the trail; Arrawarra, Woolgoolga, Emerald Beach, Korora, and the Jetty at Coffs Harbour. This way, you can walk as much or as little as you want and still experience stunning coastal views. To do this you will need a friend to drive you to your start point then meet you at the end of your walk. Another option is to gather up a group of friends, take two cars and park one at each end of your chosen route.

Whatever time of the day or season of the year you walk, it will be like a tonic for body and soul. Gallons of fresh salty air, the sounds of waves drumming the shore, colours of the rainbow from sunrise to sunset, sightings of whales, dolphins, seabirds, lizards and kangaroos, who all share this spectacular shoreline with us. As the Greek philosopher Hippocrates once said, "Walking is man's best medicine." And the best place to take your medicine is on the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. Visit www.national for more information. For a copy of the informative Z-card brochure with map, access points, walking distances and times visit; Coffs Coast Visitor Centre, Elizabeth Street, Coffs Harbour or phone 1300 369 070. n

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CAMERON DADDO OCCUPATION? Entertainer, part story teller, part salesman; mostly survivor and thriver. There's never a dull moment because everything is always changing. FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY? Australia! I have yet to see all of our country. I tend to find a new location and have to keep going back. I am slow to move on. There's so much to discover here. WHAT WILL YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT? Toothbrush and toothpaste, I hate that furry feeling! TRAVEL TIP? Wherever I land, I always get out and into the fresh air as soon as possible. It really helps me with the jetlag, and so does a swim. Must be the oxygen. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT? More excruciating than embarrassing - getting stopped by a stranger on an aeroplane as we crossed paths in the aisle. He wanted to congratulate me on my series on TV. Problem was, it wasn't my show and I wasn't Julian McMahon, but try telling that guy! WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU IN 2013? More Legally Blonde in Brisbane and Melbourne and radio on SMOOTH FM. And maybe some more surprises.... I am very excited for this year. n


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Newcastle Art Gallery

2 MARCH - 5 MAY 2013 A State Library of NSW and Newcastle Art Gallery partnership exhibition Sponsored by Noble Resources International Australia

Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie Era will share the fascinating and little-known stories of Newcastle’s origins as a coal centre, major port and cultural centre. Highlights include the iconic Macquarie Collector’s Chest, the recently discovered Wallis album, rare images of Awabakal people, paintings of Newcastle by convict artist Joseph Lycett, early views of Nobbys and a stunning panorama of the city by Edward Close.

FREE ENTRY Newcastle Art Gallery | Laman Street Newcastle NSW 2300 | 02 4974 5100 |

Above The Macquarie Collector’s Chest c1818 Cabinet makers: Patrick Riley and William Temple Artist: Joseph Lycett Australian red cedar and rosewood mahogany with glass, gilt decoration, pine, brass, oil paint and natural history specimens and artefacts 68.5 x 72.2 x 57.2cm Purchased 2004 State Library of New South Wales collection

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