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EDITORS... As we head into our first issue of Winter and our thoughts turn to snuggling up in front of the heater (or fireplace if you’re lucky) glass of wine in hand, it might not seem to be an obvious time to get out and about – unless of course, the Hunter Valley is right on your doorstep! This month we take a trip to Wine Country and explore some of the amazing wine and food offerings available, as well as checking out those very special places you can visit that allow you to savour both art and wine – at the same time. Heaven! Art is at the forefront this month, with several exhibitions and events featuring across the region. Throughout Lake Macquarie, the Sir William Dobell Festival is a month-long celebration of art and creativity, shaped by the works and life of Lake Macquarie’s (and arguably Australia’s) most famous artist. Make sure you don’t miss it. If you’re into creativity and want to learn more – why not pull out and keep the ATWEA Term 3 Course Guide in this issue. Courses cover everything from the creative arts to business, health and beauty to community and aged care, fitness to food and plenty more. Just make sure you book in early to avoid disappointment. Giving a voice to those who can't speak for themselves has been one of the true highlights of the past two decades for local newsreader and presenter Jane Goldsmith. Signed with one of Australia's top modelling agencies at just 14, Jane spent school holidays attending castings and working in the fashion industry. It was a gig that gave Jane a head start – but she always knew that her passion lay in journalism – a craft which will see her shortly celebrate 20 years at NBN News. This month we caught up with Jane to talk all things news, family and following your dreams. See more on page 12. The property market has seen unprecedented and unexpected growth this past year. As Sydney siders continue to travel northward en-masse to the Hunter region, population numbers and property prices continue to climb – fuelled by the circumstances of 2020. The reality is that it is less about the pandemic and more about lifestyle, affordability and technology. And it’s not going away any time soon. This month we also look at some of the businesses behind our enviable lifestyle with our Winter HUNTER HOMES feature.

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Contents

INVIGORATIN

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The Power of Performance

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Taste the Flavours of Pokolbin at the End2End Festival

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Twenty Years on the Road with Jane Goldsmith

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High School Musical Hits the Civic Theatre Stage

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Raffertys Coastal Run – Explore the Region and Get Fit!

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The Smash-Hit Musical 'ONCE' Arrives in Newcastle

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ATWEA Course Guide – Term 3

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Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month Focus

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If You Love Wine & Food –You've Come to the Right Place

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Travel the Art & Wine Trail in Wine Country

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Durability of Different Filling Materials

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Motion is Lotion

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Live Your List – At One With Nature

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Hunter Homes Special Winter Feature

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Enjoy MORE When you Build with MOJO

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Wander in For Winter Winners at Oz Design

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A New Level of Luxury Opens its Doors at Chisholm

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The Bank of Mum and Dad

On the Cover

While travelling the world for magazine shoots and television commercials may sound glamorous, local news presenter Jane Goldsmith always knew her future career would be in front of a different kind of camera – the ‘breaking news’ kind. This year Jane celebrates 20 years with NBN News – read more on page 12. Big thank you’s to Di Grover for stunning hair and makeup and Andrew Monger of AJM Photography for the stunning images.

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What's On?

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Horoscopes

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Health & Wellbeing

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Family & Community

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Home & Lifestyle

Enjoy!

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of the hottest acts from one of the world’s best comedy festivals. This year, host Ben Knight will lead off the laughs before MC’ing the four special guest performers – Alex Ward, Andy Saunders, Lizzy Hoo, and Sam Taunton. They’re only in town for two nights, so secure your seats today!

THE POWER OF

Performance THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION SEASON DELIVERED BY THE CIVIC THEATRE ALWAYS CATERS TO A WIDE VARIETY OF TASTES AND INTERESTS. THE SHOWS ON OFFER IN THE COMING MONTHS CERTAINLY MATCH THAT BRIEF. FROM COMEDY TO OPERA TO HARDHITTING DRAMA, THIS LINEUP DELIVERS THE VERY BEST IN LIVE PERFORMANCE. GO ON, HAVE A LAUGH! Australians love their long weekends, and Novocastrians are particularly fond of the Queens Birthday celebration when the laugh-fest that is the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into town. Every June, audiences are treated to a sample

BE SWEPT AWAY BY THE BEAUTY OF CARMEN Enigmatic and elusive, Carmen is the femme fatale you simply cannot forget. Luring Don José into her world with her sensual Habanera, he gives up everything to be with her. But by then, Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover – the dashing bullfighter Escamillo. Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is intense. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate. Boasting gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes, this new production is bursting with thrilling Spanish colour and the rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score. Hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live, and completely unamplified – performed by Opera Australia’s stellar cast and a live chamber orchestra. This production also features the Hunter Trebles Children’s Choir, who will rejoice at the opportunity to perform on the magnificent Civic Theatre stage.

men, ultimately delivering an eye-opening, transformative physical theatre experience brimming with hope. “GRABS YOU BY THE HEARTSTRINGS AND NEVER LETS GO” After a sell-out season in Sydney, the breathtaking musical ONCE comes to Newcastle for five shows only this September. The only Broadway score to win an Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award, and Tony Award®, this captivating and life-affirming musical immerses audiences in the irresistible musicality of Dublin. Performed by an outstanding ensemble of actor-musicians playing instruments live on stage, ONCE is a modern-day musical that reminds us of the power of music to connect us all. LAST CHANCE TO USE YOUR VOUCHERS Don’t miss out on your last opportunity to use your Dine & Discover vouchers – they expire on 30 June! Redeem your “Dine” vouchers at the Civic Digest for a pre-show meal and use your “Discover” vouchers to take $25 off the ticket price for any of our shows.

DRAMA AT ITS BEST The Man with the Iron Neck is anything but your standard night at the theatre. Featuring awe-inspiring aerial wizardry, this bold and tender portrait of survival melds Ursula Yovich’s heartachingly beautiful text with daring physicality against a backdrop of moving sound, set, and video design. A powerful new work about finding hope and embracing life after grief, it tackles the growing rate of suicide among young indigenous

DON'T MISS All of these performances will be staged at the Civic Theatre. Bookings are available online at www.civictheatrenewcastle. com.au or by phoning 4929 1977. Civic Ticket Office gift vouchers are also now available. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow – 11+12 June at 8pm Opera Australia presents Bizet’s Carmen – 6 July at 7.30pm The Man with the Iron Neck – 1 September at 7.30pm ONCE – 8 September to 11 at 7.30pm and a matinee at 2pm on 11 September.

What’s on at the

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Regular Screenings

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Friday 11 & Saturday 12 June 8pm Tickle your funny bone this June Long Weekend. Hosted by Ben Knight with special guests Alex Ward, Andy Saunders, Lizzy Hoo & Sam Taunton.

Gift Vouchers Available online

Carmen by Opera Australia The Man With the Iron Neck by Legs On The Wall Tuesday 6 July 7.30pm Carmen features thrilling Spanish colours & rhythms, gorgeous sets & vintage inspired costumes. Performed with a Chamber Orchestra & joined on stage by the Hunter Trebles Children’s Choir.

Wednesday 1 September A powerful play about finding hope & embracing life after grief. With aweinspiring aerial wizardry, incredible set, sound and video design this is a bold and tender portrait of survival.

Once 8–11 September The award-winning Broadway musical Once is here for 4 shows only! An outstanding ensemble of actor-musicians brings the irresistible musicality of Dublin to life.

Dine & Discover NSW Redeem your voucher on any show, or a meal at the Café to complete your experience

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JUNE TUESDAY 1 JUNE Newcastle Comedy Festival A range of shows happening until 13 June, including the likes of Luke Heggie, Gen Fricker, and more. Visit www.newycomedyfest.com ‘Ouvre’ by Goya Torres Exhibition A mix of paintings, printmaking pieces and 3D work at Toronto library, Lake Macquarie until June 24. THURSDAY 3 JUNE Live Music Lake Mac - Owen Campbell & the Cosmic People At Warners Bay Theatre, 6.30pm. Tickets: www.eventbrite. com.au Civic Cinema: The Father A beautiful riveting first feature by Florian Zeller with master performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman at Civic Theatre. FRIDAY 4 JUNE Dobell Festival of Art and Craft Over 300 artworks and

MARKET GUIDE SATURDAY 5 JUNE Olive Tree Market at Civic Park, Newcastle 9am–2pm. Pelican Foreshore Market at Pelican Foreshore, 9am–1pm. SUNDAY 6 JUNE Newcastle City Farmers Market at Newcastle Showground EVERY Sunday, 7am–1pm. Adamstown Lions Club Markets Cnr Brunker and Glebe Rds, EVERY Sunday 7am–12pm. Homegrown Market at Speers Point Park, 10am–2pm. SUNDAY 13 JUNE Newcastle Vegan Market at The Station, 9am–3pm. Lake Macquarie Finders & Keepers Markets at Quinn Park, Swansea, 8am–1pm. THURSDAY 17 JUNE Belmont Country Women’s Association Markets at Lake Macquarie Centre, Wilson's Road, Mt Hutton 8:30am–1pm. FRIDAY 18 JUNE Poppin Tags at The Greenroof, 6pm–9pm. SATURDAY 19 JUNE Warners Bay Markets at Warners Bay Foreshore, 8am–2pm. SATURDAY 26 JUNE Homegrown Markets at The Station, 9am–2pm. SUNDAY 27 JUNE Wickham Park Markets at Wickham Park.

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hundreds of craft item entries, 4–6 June at the Wangi District Workers Club. Opening night Friday, 7pm. $15 entry includes drink, canapés & weekend entry pass; Exhibit open Saturday + Sunday 10am–4pm, entry $5. SATURDAY 5 JUNE Prada Clutch's: All-Drag Revue at Civic Theatre. Lake Mac Open Studios Local artists and makers will open their studio doors and welcome the general public inside for a behind the scenes look on 5+6 June, at various locations in Lake Mac. Free event. www.lakemac.com.au WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE Impermanence by Sydney Dance Company at Civic Theatre. FRIDAY 11 JUNE Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 11+12 June, at Civic Theatre. SATURDAY 12 JUNE Shania Twain – Bryan Adams Tribute "The Canadian Connection" at The Playhouse. Lake Macquarie Winds A free concert 2pm–4pm, at Rathmines Theatre. FRIDAY 18 JUNE Float Your Boat An open competition for boat owners to dress their boats with lights and take part in a flotilla parade for cash prizes in Lake Macquarie! www.lakemac.com.au Lunch for the Stars with Craig Johnston A Lunch at Noahs on the Beach aimed at raising money for a youth mentoring and scholarship program. Tickets at www.humantix.com Travelling Film Festival Newcastle at Event Cinemas Kotara, 18–20 June. Visit www.sff.org.au/tff SATURDAY 19 JUNE Snow Time in the Garden Snow Time is back with all your Winter fun at Hunter Valley Gardens, 19 June–18 July. www.hvg.com.au

SUNDAY 20 JUNE Sunday Sessions at MAC Grab a wine or beer, enjoy some local music and artmaking, 2pm–4pm. Tickets $20, visit www.eventbrite.com.au

WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE AT MCGUIGAN Immerse yourself in the flavours of the Hunter in this exquisite Wine, Cheese & Chocolate tasting. Relax in a private tasting area with a dedicated wine expert who will help you explore the exceptional wines that have made McGuigan one of the most awarded wineries in the world. You will enjoy a selection of the best seasonal, hand-crafted cheeses from the artisans at Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, plus carefully selected hand made chocolates by artisan chocolatier Maître Pâtissier complementing a range of premium McGuigan dessert and fortified wines.

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WHAT’S ON Australian Haydn Ensemble – Beethoven's Pastoral One of Australia's leading chamber music ensembles brings Mozart and Beethoven to Lake Macquarie. Tickets at Eventbrite. Euro Motorfest A display of historic and modern vehicles manufactured in Europe at Foreshore Park, 8am–4pm. Adult Workshop: Still life painting with Rachel Milne Create a still life painting with acrylics at Newcastle Art Gallery. THURSDAY 24 JUNE High School Musical Presented by St Philip's Christian College at Civic Theatre, 24–26 June. FRIDAY 25 JUNE Civic Comedy Club at City Hall, 25 June + 23 July. Tickets through www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au Cabaret Drag Disco at The Well A non-stop show at 48 Watt St. www.timberproductions.com.au

SATURDAY 26 JUNE Civic Cinema in the Playhouse: NTL Follies Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical, captured live from the National Theatre in London, playing at The Playhouse. SUNDAY 27 JUNE Omega Ensemble – Ex Machina at Newcastle Art Gallery, tickets at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au MONDAY 28 JUNE Tim Minchin – Back at Civic Theatre, 28+29 June.

JULY THURSDAY 1 JULY The Tap Pack Slick humour, high energy entertainment and world class tap dance at Civic Theatre. SATURDAY 3 JULY Rafferty's Coastal Run 12km, 22km and 36km options in Lake Macquarie. John Williamson – Winding Back at Civic Theatre Newcastle. TUESDAY 6 JULY Carmen The femme fatale you can’t forget and a cast of some of Australia's finest opera singers at Civic Theatre.

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY The Empire Strips Back at Civic Theatre. Coffee with Art at Newcastle Art Gallery, 10.30am–12pm. Discover artist Rachel Milne and enjoy morning tea. Tickets $15 members/$20 non-members. Visit www.nag.org.au Carl Barron – Skating Rink for Flies 7–14 July + 5 August at Civic Theatre. Tim Tszyu V Michael Zefara at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Visit www.nec.net.au FRIDAY 9 JULY The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond at Civic Theatre. SUNDAY 11 JULY Sunday Sessions at MAC Grab a wine or beer, enjoy some local music and artmaking, 2pm–4pm. Tickets $20, visit www.eventbrite.com.au THURSDAY 15 JULY Bohemian Symphony – The Music of Queen A 24 Piece Symphony Orchestra conducted by the renowned George Ellis will perform Queen’s greatest hits at Civic Theatre. FRIDAY 16 JULY Things I Know to Be True at The Playhouse, 16–24 July. SATURDAY 17 JULY Newcastle Spiritual & Lifestyle Market Readings, healing, health, lifestyle and handmade boutique products at City Hall, 17+18 July. 10am–5pm (4pm Sun). WEDNESDAY 21 JULY La Traviata Opera Hunter and Lake Macquarie City Council present Verdi’s Masterpiece La Traviata at Warners Bay Theatre. 21 July–1 August. Tickets at Sticky Tickets. FRIDAY 23 JULY National Theatre Live: No Man's Land A comic classic at Rathmines Theatre. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au MONDAY 26 JULY Musica Viva: Genevieve Lacey & Marshall McGuire at City Hall, tickets at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au TUESDAY 27 JULY The Stones' Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones’ seminal Sticky Fingers album is celebrating its 50th anniversary! At Civic Theatre, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au WEDNESDAY 28 JULY The TEN Tenors pack 25 years of fun into one night with a 25th anniversary tour, at Civic Theatre. FRIDAY 30 JULY Films @ Rathmines: Monty Python - Life of Brian at Rathmines Theatre. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au

1 - 30 JUNE

DOBELL FESTIVAL

Attend an exhibition, make art, watch a performance or listen to live music in various venues across the lake.

5 - 6 JUNE

LAKE MAC OPEN STUDIOS

Meet artists, learn about the creative process and purchase unique artworks.

18 - 19 JUNE

FLOAT YOUR BOAT

Line the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie to see boats in a rainbow of colours cruise past.

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– the festival that encourages us to come out and come together, to celebrate the pure joy of a collective experience – albeit COVID-safely. Vivid Light exemplifies resilience and wonder. This year’s program features significant immersive experiences, major kinetic works and surprising projection sites that light unique urban spaces like never before. Vivid Music taps into the vast array of talent with ground-breaking, emerging artistry in all styles and an eclectic and unorthodox nature program that genuinely represents today's music scene. At Vivid Ideas, you’ll hear from Game Changers, who lead the way. Sessions will shine a light on the next generation of creative and innovative brains who think outside the box and certainly don’t fit the mould. Visit www.vividsydney.com for more information.

20 JUNE

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE

Float away with breathtaking Beethoven from Australia’s leading chamber ensemble under heritage high ceilings.

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While the weather cools down, Lake Mac’s events calendar heats up! Throughout the month of June, the Dobell Festival returns with exhibitions, workshops and live performances, all designed to celebrate the passion and innovation of Lake Mac’s most revered artist, Sir William Dobell. Come along, be inspired, set your creative spark on fire! Float Your Boat, a spectacular two-night parade of illuminated boats is set to light up the Lake on 18–19 June. Pack some chairs and a picnic or enjoy your very own illuminated drive-in show from the comfort of your car! Experience Beethoven's Masterwork like never before, in the hands and strings of world-class musicians. The Australian Haydn Ensemble performs at Rathmines Theatre on 20 June. Ticket cost is $50, or $40 concession. Head to www.lakemac.com.au for more information on what else is happening around the lake this June.

More about Float Your Boat! � 18 + 19 JUNE, LAKE MACQUARIE Float Your Boat is back lighting up the Lake again this month! This is an open competition for boat owners to dress their boats with lights and take part in a flotilla parade for cash prizes. Held over two nights on our beautiful lake Macquarie, spectators can line over 20km of shoreline to watch boats in a rainbow of colour cruise past before casting their vote for the People's Choice Award. Catch the action 6pm–9.30pm: Friday 18 – Marmong Point Marina to Toronto, Coal Point and Wangi. Saturday 19 – Marmong Point Marina to Warners Bay, Eleebana, Valentine and Belmont.

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month � HUNTER VALLEY WINE COUNTRY This year's Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month program is an eclectic range of events that allow visitors to experience the Hunter Valley through a locals eyes. In fact, you can hang out with the locals united by a mutual love of food, or wine, or both during the month-long series of themed activities from 1–30 June. It's a food and wine extravaganza that is the perfect antidote to those winter blues and your chance to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs, take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to fine-tune your culinary skills, or curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate. For the complete program and individual event tickets, visit www.winecountry.com.au

NEW TO VIEW: From the Collection On display for the first time, NEW TO VIEW: from the collection includes works from Australian artists Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Trent Parke and is on show now until 1 August at Newcastle Art Gallery. This exhibition is explosive with colour and fresh perspectives and represents bold abstracted works from prominent Australian artists working across the past two decades. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.nag.org.au

� WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE, AT LIZOTTE'S Don't miss final year Bachelor of Music students from the University of Newcastle showcasing their exceptional skills and creativity at Lizotte's! The opportunity to perform at Lizotte's provides students with vital real-world experience, and this performance is the culmination of three years of studies. UoN Bachelor of Music graduates become performing artists, songwriters, composers, producers, teachers and take on diverse professional roles across the creative industries. This is a great night out for all and features some of Newcastle's most promising emerging talent! Book now at www.lizottes.com.au/live

> S TA R S T R U C K IS BACK! � NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 18+19 JUNE And what better way to celebrate than with the theme Rise Up. Star Struck 2021 will be as spectacular as ever, with around 3000 students set to take to the stage. This year, however, will see the show reduced to a 90-minute performance, with no interval, and performers divided into two casts. The show will be held Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June, with four performances. For more information and tickets, visit www.nec.net.au

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C O M E DY F E S T I VA L � 11+12 JUNE, AT CIVIC THEATRE Australia's favourite comedy convoy is locked, loaded and hitting every corner of the country, including Newcastle's own Civic Theatre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June! Join a diverse line-up of the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone's funny bone. Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, the festival home-delivers Australia's largest comedy festival in one jampacked night of the biggest, and best belly laughs you'll have all year. Catch the likes of host Ben Knight alongside special guests Alex Ward, Andy Saunders, Lizzy Hoo and Sam Taunton for over 2 hours of side-splitting hilarity. For more information and tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

OPEN STUDIOS � 5+6 JUNE, AROUND LAKE MACQUARIE Over Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June, almost 40 local artists and makers will open their studio doors and welcome the general public inside for a behind the scenes look, giving art lovers the chance to meet artists, learn about the creative process and purchase unique artworks to take home. The event will include artists who work with various mediums, including glass, textile, oil and acrylic artists and sculptors. Council Lifelong Learning and Engagement Coordinator Jess Dowdell said the popularity of previous Open Studios weekends demonstrated the community's desire to learn more about art and support Lake Mac artists. Plan your Lake Mac Open Studios weekend using the brochure and map available at www.lakemac.com.au

NEWCASTLE ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO > 27 JUNE, AT NEX

Enter Now and Start Training! > 29 AUGUST, LAKE MACQUARIE If you were in need of something to keep you motivated to exercise during the Winter months – maybe this is it! The Ramsay Health Care LakeMacRun is returning to Lake Macquarie at the end of August, with events including the 4km Family Scamper, 10.5km Fun Run and the 21.1km Half Marathon. So whichever event you choose – take advantage of earlybird pricing now! Visit www.lakemacrunning.com

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This flagship wedding event in the Newcastle and Hunter region will be held on Sunday 27 June at NEX (Newcastle Entertainment and Convention Centre). We love the local, creative and trendy vibe that this event brings. Full of colour, inspiration, over 100 local vendors, and great live entertainment – if you're planning a wedding or know someone who is, don't miss it! For more information and tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.au

18–20 JUNE

Travelling Film Festival (TFF Newcastle) > 18–20 JUNE, AT EVENT CINEMAS KOTARA The world's best cinema returns to Kotara from 18–20 June, with a program that will treat locals to eight award-winning feature films, a highly anticipated Australian documentary and a perfectly crafted First Nations short film. Headlining the programme is Molly Reynolds' MY NAME IS GULPILIL. This brilliant new Australian documentary celebrates the personal story and remarkable film career of iconic Australian actor David Gulpilil, beginning with his breakthrough performance in Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (1970), and including such classics as Storm Boy (1976, Henri Safran), The Last Wave (1977, Peter Weir), and more recently The Tracker (2002, Rolf de Heer) and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002, Phillip Noyce). To further celebrate Australian cinema, TFF is proud to showcase the local premiere of DISCLOSURE by director Michael Bentham alongside other award-winning films from around the globe. TFF Newcastle screens from 18–20 June at Event Cinemas Kotara. Ticket holders can watch as many films as they want and save up to 30% on single ticket prices with a Full Subscription or a 5-film pass. For the complete program and tickets, visit www.sff.org.au/tff/program/newcastle

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Horo Scope Astrologer TANYA OBREZA on what’s in the stars this month.

STAR OF THE MONTH GEMINI 21 MAY – 21 JUNE A dynamic solar eclipse takes place in your own sign on the 10th of June. Take it slow for a few days before and after that date. Take this time to delight in some downtime. The rest of the year, however, is hectic. Synchronicities are heightened. Reinvention comes naturally, so expect profound changes in your thoughts and appearance. What's been hidden may also come to light. Some Geminis break away from relationships that no longer serve them, or you're surprised by fortuitous breakthroughs. There can be a sense of fate to these events or encounters. It's a year to live large, Gemini. Enjoy.

CANCER 22 JUNE – 22 JULY Often, life's chaos distracts us. We're forever planning for the future, forgetting that in order to manifest what we want – we must live in the present. Of course, it's worry that usually clouds our judgement. June reminds you not to fret. Mostly, you have all you need, and you're moving in the right direction. Everything will fall into place soon enough as past struggles are replaced by growing optimism and fun. LEO 23 JULY – 22 AUGUST With plenty of your zodiac neighbours heading for the hammock, here's your chance to outrun them. Major planets overrule a lazy Mercury, all vying to give you that extra spark. Indeed, things are going so well that you might shelve professional aspirations after mid-June – especially when unexpected detours hold the promise of new love or friendship. A soul mate may be closer than you think. VIRGO 23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER Your ruler, Mercury, is out of phase until the 23rd, and that spells short term trouble. Life may become a tad more complex now, so try to simplify your daily existence by avoiding anything that could cause headaches, stress or physical or mental exhaustion. Tackle one thing at a time and don't make major decisions or purchases. The good news: love brings surprises, though possibly the secret kind. LIBRA 23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER Happy news, Libra. It seems that some antiquated rules and regulations vanish almost like magic, just to make your life just a bit easier. Help comes from seemingly mysterious directions. It's almost as if a loving force is saying, "here… I'll take care of that for you." Things that should normally never have been possible, or even made sense, are likely to occur now. Make the most of June's heavenly support.

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SCORPIO 23 OCTOBER –21 NOVEMBER This month the communicative planet Mercury back steps into your sector of finances and other people's money – so delay work or major money matters. Should mishaps and misunderstandings start to create financial meltdowns, take some precautionary measures. Switch up your online passwords and back up important data. Don't sign any important documents. SAGITTARIUS 22 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER You're probably still pinching yourself, not quite certain if what just happened was a dream. The truth is, your ambition and hard work should finally find its audience this month - so take advantage of any good press. Still, good fortune or fame is usually fleeting. Make sure you record all praise so that, in the future, you can hold others to their word. If they want what you have so badly, get it in writing. CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY What took place three years ago marked the end of an important cycle in your life. Delve deeply into your heart and question your priorities. You can't keep going around in circles, Capricorn – so answers must be found. The changes that take place in the next few weeks may drain your energy, but keep refilling the tank, and you'll soon be powering ahead. Be ready to carve an exciting new niche. AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY Feisty Mars provides extra energy and plenty of fight this month, so challenges are welcomed. You're encouraged to show the world what you can do – make your presence known. Expect new beginnings. Sex appeal runs high. The downside: you become impatient with less dynamic souls. Impulsive behaviour can also lead to accidents, or you're more susceptible to illness, fevers or headaches. PISCES 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH Your actions seem to be guided by instinct this month. Creativity and imagination are enhanced. Relationships improve, with female friends or family members being more sympathetic or supportive. Even domestic chores or making improvements around the home seem less of a hassle. It's also an ideal time to move house or take action towards buying or renting a new home or property. ARIES 21 MARCH – 20 APRIL Every month has its complications, and Mercury's backflip could create even more delays. Don't worry. If given a chance, feisty Ariens like nothing better than to tear up boring schedules - so, any hint of Mercury's monotony is overturned by your thrills-and-spills attitude. Whether this leads to disappointment depends on your expectations. Someone you considered a potential lover might become a lifelong friend instead. TAURUS 21 APRIL – 20 MAY Mars rules your home sector through June, drawing attention to personal matters. Enhance your living space so that it can nourish your hopes and dreams. Taureans tend to live in the present but, for now – reconnect with your past. Memories, both happy and sad, should help you to recognise life patterns. For singles and couples alike, forgiveness and trust open the way for unconditional love. TANYA OBREZA was born in Slovenija and emigrated to Australia with her parents as a young girl. It was during her first visit to England that Tanya was introduced to astrology, and in 1980 she gained her London Faculty of Astrological Studies qualifications. Over the years, Tanya has established an extensive and wide-ranging international following, mostly due to her reassuring, down to earth presence.

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WINDING BACK

CELEBRATING 50+ YEARS OF JOHN WILLIAMSON

IN 2022 AUSTRALIAN MUSIC ICON JOHN WILLIAMSON WILL CELEBRATE HIS 52ND ANNIVERSARY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND FORESEE CLOSING THE BOOK ON HIS REGULAR TOURING. AHEAD OF THIS MILESTONE, JOHN WILL BE TOURING ACROSS AUSTRALIA AS HE TAKES HIS WINDING BACK TOUR ON THE ROAD, INCLUDING A MUCH-ANTICIPATED SHOW AT NEWCASTLE’S CIVIC THEATRE ON SATURDAY, 3 JULY. When John Williamson wandered into Richmond’s GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer know that he’d make a 50+ year career out of singing and performing. His performance of Old Man Emu, the first song John had ever written, on Channel Nine’s popular New Faces program resulted in a number one single and a record deal. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.

Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, the heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums –including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos. With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed, it’s hard to begrudge the 75-year-old a less hectic schedule. First, though, there’s an anniversary to celebrate. For more information and tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF POKOLBIN AT THE

End2End F E S T I VA L

THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE A FOOD, WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL – ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S IN THE HUNTER VALLEY! While the Hunter is home to a diverse calendar of quality events all year round that include anything from local markets to music festivals and concerts featuring Australian and international artists, topping the list of wine-soaked festivals this year is the annual End2End Festival held on September 18th. Incorporating food, wine, music and more, this much-anticipated event showcases Pokolbin's diverse wine and food culture with a full day of activities spread across four venues and includes world-class wines, gourmet food, live music, celebrity chefs, masterclasses, boutique beer, and so much more. This is a festival that delights all the senses again – and again! It is no secret the Hunter Valley is known for its spectacular wines, and that is exactly what End2End will be serving up. With over 20 wineries involved in the event – there will certainly be flavours to please all! Taste delicious wines from Ivanhoe Wines, Kelman Vineyard, Pokolbin Estate, Ernest Hill Wines, Peterson's Wines, Saddlers Creek Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Ben Ean, Drayton's Family Wines, Lisa McGuigan Wines, Peterson House, Lambloch Estate, Pepper Tree Wines, Glen Oak Wines, Parched Crow Wines, Tulloch Wines, Savannah Estate, Hanging Tree Wines, Irongate Estate or Tinklers Wines. Indulge in deep reds or crisp whites, Semillon or Shiraz; the only tough choice will be what to try first! There will even be the opportunity to try the latest Spring releases as well as masterclasses from the experts to learn

about the amazing wines from the Hunter Valley. Or if wine isn't your thing, there will be boutique beers from The Parched Brewing Co, Ironbark Hill Brewery and cider from Pokolbin Cider House. The End2End Festival will take place over four different venues - Ben Ean, Blaxland's Inn, Cypress Lakes and Drayton's Family Wines with entertainment and different wines available and exclusive to each venue. Hop on and off the End2End shuttle bus at any of the four venues throughout the day, relax with a glass of wine, indulge in fantastic food, or take to the dancefloor with world-class tribute bands Mamamia ABBA Tribute, Damnation the AC/DC show, The Blues Brothers Rebooted and the Australian Fleetwood Mac Experience as well as other great local support acts. No wine festival is complete without gourmet food, and food lovers will not be disappointed. Think Semillon and seafood or beef and big reds; whichever wine you decide to try, there will be the perfect food accompaniment. The gourmet foods on offer will be supplied by Baume Restaurant, Pokolbin Angus Beef Company, Hunter Belle Cheese, Oak and Vine at Cypress Lakes, Blaxland Inn's onsite restaurant and many more. The End2End Festival is a once-a-year opportunity to indulge your senses, taste world-class wines, indulge in delectable cuisine and dance the day away to some of the best live music in the Hunter Valley. Whether you bring a group of friends, your family or someone special, the End2End Festival is the perfect way to spend a weekend this Spring. For tickets (get in quick!) and more information, visit www.end2endfestival.com.au

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TWENTY YEARS

Jane Goldsmith NBN NEWSREADER JANE GOLDSMITH HAS BEEN IN FRONT OF A CAMERA SINCE SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD. SIGNED WITH ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S TOP MODELLING AGENCIES, SHE SPENT HER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ATTENDING CASTINGS AND, AT THE AGE OF 14, SCORED HER FIRST GIG AS A COVER MODEL FOR A NATIONAL MAGAZINE. BUT WHILE TRAVELLING TO JAPAN FOR MAGAZINE SHOOTS AND TELEVISION COMMERCIALS MAY SOUND GLAMOROUS, GOLDSMITH ALWAYS KNEW HER FUTURE CAREER WOULD BE IN FRONT OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF CAMERA. WORDS MICHELLE MEEHAN

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"I did a bit of modelling as a teen in my school holidays... it was a bit of fun, and I enjoyed the travel and experiences," she said. "But even by Year 10, I knew that journalism was where I wanted to be. "I grew up in a little place called Bonny Hills near Port Macquarie, and I loved school. I was really into public speaking and debating and drama, writing, languages, all of those things. "My parents were both high school teachers, and they encouraged my love of writing. I did some work experience with Cleo magazine in Sydney and PRIME local news in Port Macquarie. That was the typical Year 10 work experience. "Then when I finished school, I went straight into the University of Newcastle's communications degree and loved it, and I just knew that broadcast journalism was the right fit." While at Uni, Goldsmith juggled her full-time studies with stints as a radio producer on Newcastle radios stations ABC and KOFM, working with well-known Newcastle media personalities Craig Hamilton, David Collins and Tanya Wilks. By 2000, when she was in her third year of Uni, Goldsmith was back in front of the camera as a casual member of the PRIME news team in Newcastle – and she knew this was where she belonged. "I had decided at that point that radio was fun, but I was more interested in getting out on the road doing television because you have to be out getting the pictures, and that's what I really loved," she said. "I started at PRIME, worked there as a casual for probably 12 months, and I was coming up to the end of third-year Uni when PRIME sadly closed down, and everybody was out of a job. "I had thought at the time this might be where I end up next year when I finish Uni, but it wasn't to be, so I sent off my resumé to Jim Sullivan, who was the news editor at NBN at

the time and went in for a day or two of work experience. "I ended up being lucky enough to get a gig quite quickly in our Central Coast bureau. I was a journo down on the Central Coast for a couple of years doing news and sport and then moved back up to NBN's headquarters in Newcastle and have stayed ever since. "It did feel lucky that I had a full-time job, but at the same time throughout Uni, I was going off to work at 4am to be a breakfast producer five days a week while my friends were still coming home from the pub. "I worked hard for it, and whenever I meet any uni students that come in for work experience now, I just hammer home that point that if you want something, you've just got to really strive for it, seize the day, and keep knocking on that door." Fast forward to 2021, and Goldsmith's hard work and passion for her job are still paying off, with the dedicated journalist getting ready to celebrate 20 years at NBN this October. After two decades, Goldsmith has become a much-loved familiar face on our screens and now works as a newsreader on the 6pm bulletins every Saturday and Sunday, as well as writing and presenting the weekend weather. On Mondays each week, Goldsmith heads out on the road as one of NBN's journalists in the field, still rating it as the aspect of the job she loves the most, even after all these years. For the past few years, she has also been doing some casual stints down in the Channel Nine newsroom in Sydney and in recent months has taken on a weekly role on a Thursday working as a reporter on their 6pm bulletin and late edition. "NBN, over the years, has given me a lot of opportunities to work in different roles," Goldsmith said. "The day-to-day is mainly as a journalist, but I've also worked as a producer and acting chief of staff, weather

presenter and of course newsreader. I love that about the job - that it's been so varied and interesting. "I was thinking about what I love the most about being at NBN, and I think that it's a combination of things. "It's the places that the job takes me and the people that we meet. But also the new things that we learn on the road every day about our community and about the world. "Every day is different, and that's what I love about it. I'm not stuck behind a desk, especially when I'm out reporting; I'm meeting people and telling their stories. "Above all, I'd say it's the fact that we can do good and help people, highlight issues and give our community a voice. It can be just small neighbourhood issues, or it can be a much larger issue. "I feel quite privileged that I'm able to do that for people." Giving a voice to those who can't speak for themselves has been one of the true highlights of the past two decades for Goldsmith, who said she is most proud of her ongoing series of stories on the disappearance of three girls from Lake Macquarie. "Over the last two or three years, I've done a lot of work, and a lot of it in my own time, about three girls who went missing from Lake Macquarie – Robyn Hickie, Amanda Robinson and Gordana Kotevski," she said. "The first two went missing more than 40 years ago, and Gordana went missing in 1994. I've done a lot of work in that area in terms of stories and was a finalist in the Kennedy Awards for that work. "I met Julie Talevski, the aunt of Gordana Kotevski, a few years ago. Gordana went missing from Charlestown when she was only 16-years-old, and I'd heard a lot about her case, but I hadn't ever done anything on it before. When I met Julie, it was just to do a simple little story about how they'd created these bumper stickers and were hoping to get the word out, trying to keep the focus on the case. "When I was doing a story with her, it just really got under my skin. I wanted to know more about it, and I did a lot of research and then found out six months later or so that Lake Macquarie detectives were reopening her case. They were reviewing her case as well as the cases of Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson. "From there, it's just become something that I'm really passionate about.

YOU GET TO KNOW THESE FAMILIES, AND THE HEARTBREAK AND DESPAIR, YOU SHARE THAT. I'M ALMOST GETTING INTO TEARS THINKING ABOUT IT, WHAT THEY GO THROUGH EVERY DAY, AND I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP. "There’s only so much I can do, but in my spare time at the moment when I’m not with my kids, or I’m not working, that's what I try to think about in terms of what else can I do, and what’s my next step? I go through old archive footage of NBN, and I see what I can find, and I go through old newspaper articles. (Continued next page) ► www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 13


(Continued) “I have grown close to the families and worked with the detectives on it, striving to get some answers about what happened to them. “I have had people contacting me on social media who have had similar experiences, had also been abducted around a similar time, perhaps knew Gordana or have known some of the other girls. “There have been all sorts of interesting things that have come from the work that I’ve done, and I’ve passed things onto the detectives, so I do feel like it might be helping. I just want them to finally get some answers about what happened to the girls.” Being around the same age as Gordana really brought home the emotion of the story for Goldsmith as well. “Her aunt has told me about how Gordana has missed out on having kids; she’s missed out on getting married, seeing her nephews and nieces growing up,” Goldsmith said. “I can really put myself into that, I can understand that, and I think about what’s happened in my life since I was 16, and what has been taken away from Gordana, but also taken away from her family. “I try not to be too edgy as a parent. I’ve got to try and let my kids be a bit independent and all of that, but when you do a lot of work in this space, about kids being abducted, it is sometimes on my mind in terms of what can happen.” Goldsmith has three young children with her husband E PICTURED: LUCY, JANE, JAMES, ELIZABETH, NEIL KEENE. Neil Keene, a well-known former Newcastle journalist whom PHOTO BY JONATHAN CARROLL she met on the job in the least romantic of circumstances. “We had a mutual friend, but we did meet on the job, in the salubrious location of a murder scene, which I think family, which is made up of her workmates as well as the was at Bar Beach, and then again while walking through the community at large. chemical wastelands of the old BHP site,” Goldsmith said. “It really is like an extension of family,” Goldsmith said. “I had always respected his work as a journalist. He’s a “The camera operators in particular brilliant journalist and had done a lot of because you spend so much time really great stories and worked over in Bali on the Bali Nine. I TRY NOT TO BE TOO EDGY on the road with them every day, you get to know them so well, you know “We both loved journalism, and that AS A PARENT. I’VE GOT TO everything about them and their kicked things off. TRY AND LET MY KIDS BE families. “We’ve been married 11 years and A BIT INDEPENDENT AND “People like my producer, the 6pm have three kids. Our girls Lucy and producer who subs all the work and Elizabeth are five (they go to school next ALL OF THAT, BUT WHEN lines up the bulletin, Colin Baldwin, year), and our son, James, is nine. They YOU DO A LOT OF WORK IN he’s been there for a long time. Andrew keep us very busy. THIS SPACE, ABOUT KIDS Lobb, my chief of staff and Blake Doyle, “Because I’ve been reading weekend BEING ABDUCTED, IT IS the news editor, and obviously Paul bulletins for more than ten years, I’ve (Lobb) and Natasha (Beyersdorf) and missed out on a lot with the family SOMETIMES ON MY MIND a lot of the journos too, they’ve been because I work every weekend. But in IN TERMS OF WHAT CAN there for a long time. a way, it sort of works for us, especially HAPPEN. “I love that about NBN. It is like because of the age the kids are now. I’ve family, and everybody’s very supportive. been able to be at home during the week I just feel grateful to have a job in the industry and still be looking after the girls because they’re not yet at school. It’s there. been nice that I’ve been able to have that time at home with “I’m also grateful for NBN to still be operating as we have the kids in the middle of the week. for such a long time, and that basically comes down to the “At the moment, I’m doing Saturday, Sunday, Monday at community and the support of the viewers and the audience.” NBN, then I’m at home Tuesday, Wednesday, then Thursday Goldsmith has also felt that support in a far more I’m in Sydney, so it works quite nicely. personal way, especially following the premature birth of her “My husband and I are like ships in the night at the daughters, who had to spend three weeks in the Neonatal moment, but Neil’s a great dad, and I am really, really Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the John Hunter Children’s grateful that I’m married to somebody that understands the Hospital. industry and is happy for me to do things like having a day “I think NBN did a post on the NBN Facebook page when down in Sydney where I'm working, and that pulls me away Lucy and Elizabeth were born, and there were hundreds and from the family. hundreds and hundreds of people saying, ‘Congratulations’, “He’s really happy for me to have that sort of challenge and hoping that the girls were okay, and all sorts of beautiful and is hugely supportive, so I feel lucky about that.” messages about my work as a newsreader,” Goldsmith said. 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“From time to time, people come up to me on the street as well, and it’s lovely. I always ask them their name, and I tell them thanks for watching, and we have a chat. “It’s lovely that people do feel that I’m in their lounge rooms on the weekend and that I am almost part of the family. “It is pretty remarkable, the love that people have for NBN. I think people are quite parochial in Newcastle, and NBN is just something they’ve grown up with. It gets switched on at six o’clock, and I think that’s a brilliant thing. “We’re fortunate, but we also shouldn’t take that for granted, and we’ve got to keep doing what we do and improve ourselves as well to make sure that that continues. “But I love being a journalist, and I can’t think of anything else I would want to do.” P


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High School Musical

HITS THE CIVIC THEATRE STAGE THE DISNEY SMASH-HIT MOVIE ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’ IS COMING TO NEWCASTLE AS A LIVE FULL-LENGTH MUSICAL THIS MONTH, AND YOU CAN CATCH ALL THE ACTION AT THE CIVIC THEATRE FROM 24 TO 26 JUNE! With a long tradition of award-winning musicals, St Philip’s Christian College Senior School is bringing the magic of Disney’s High School Musical to the Civic Theatre stage, with no effort being spared to give the audience the time of their life! It's the first day back after their Winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skaters find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that Ms Darbus is directing. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Student Tim Davies, who plays Troy Bolton in the production, says, “playing the role has been a challenge as I have needed to learn new skills and adapt my acting to portray a role that’s different to my natural personality.

However, this reflects the overall message of the show, which encourages people to be true to themselves, whilst accepting others for who they are.” Songs such as Getcha Head in the Game, Start of Something New and We’re All in this Together have been anthems sung by schools and theatre groups alike since Disney released the musical movie in 2006 where it became the most commercially successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced. High School Musical generated 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the USA, which is one of the highest the network has generated. Internationally, the film has also seen considerable success; as of 2019, over 225 million viewers have watched High School Musical. The film's soundtrack was also successful as it peaked at number one in the USA, with Breaking Free reaching number four on the music charts. The most recent Senior School Musicals, Strictly Ballroom (2019) and Mary Poppins (2017), attracted over 6400 patrons each and have continued to cement St Philip’s reputation as one of the Hunter’s leading performing arts organisations. Producer Michael Cooper says that “after the year we’ve had, we chose a show that will bring a really positive message and a great sense of joy to the community.” High School Musical will be the tenth musical SPCC has staged at the Civic Theatre since deciding to move their

main-stage shows to Newcastle’s most exquisite theatre venue in 2007. “We love the Civic Theatre because it enhances the learning of both our performers and technicians, whilst providing access for school groups and families to come and see a big show in a big theatre at an affordable price,” says Michael. “High School Musical already has over 5000 people booked, including school groups from a range of sectors who have filled the weekday matinees.” Though theatre was all-but-cancelled in 2020, St Philip’s were able to stage three musicals with ‘Seussical Kids’ at their own school theatre, Aladdin Jr at the Civic Theatre and a special Junior School musical which was filmed on stage and screened at the VMAX Cinema at Kotara. In 2021, St Philip’s are staging High School Musical, the onstage version at the Civic Theatre this month and have just announced their production of High School Musical 2 Jr through their theatre training arm, High Street Productions scheduled for October at the SPCC Theatre. High School Musical will be playing at the Civic Theatre from 24–26 June with tickets from $19. A special preview performance is scheduled for 23 June with tickets all $17.50. Book online at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au, in person or over the phone from the Civic Theatre. www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 17


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RAFFERTYS COASTAL RUN

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ARE YOU A TRAIL RUNNER? OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? IF TRAIL RUNNING IS YOUR PASSION AND YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EVENT OFFERING TRAILS WITH BEAUTIFUL COASTAL VIEWS AND A VARIETY OF TERRAIN, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! YOU’LL FIND ALL THIS AND MORE AT RAFFERTYS COASTAL RUN ON SATURDAY, 3 JULY 2021. The family-friendly event is hosted from the magnificent Raffertys Resort on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. Nestled amongst beaches and bush on the quiet bay of Cams Wharf, the self-catering resort offers visitors an opportunity to experience 38 acres of pure relaxation and rejuvenation and is just 45 minutes from Newcastle’s CBD. It provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend of running and activities for the whole family. On offer are three-course distances; 12km, 22km and 36km to accommodate runners/walkers of all abilities. There’s even a 1km Kids Fun Run and an Orienteering event to keep the little tikes occupied. This event is heavily focused

on creating a unique experience for participants and their families for the entire weekend, not just race day. The whole family will enjoy exploring the region and spending time together in the great outdoors. “The 36km Raffertys Coastal Run course rivals the challenge and sheer beauty of the iconic Sydney trail run event, Coastal Classic. Running along these trails feels like you are on a remote coastline; it is simply spectacular,” said Mark Roberts, Race Director from event organiser Max Adventure. “After five years, as we expected, this event matches the popularity of the Coastal Classic, with all the same elements of a truly iconic trail run. It has gained much popularity from your everyday runners, fun runners and die-hard trail runners alike.” Starting and finishing at Raffertys Resort, the course snakes through the Wallarah National Park, taking in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline

of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area. The terrain is varied; bushland single track, fire trail, coastal tracks, rock platforms and beach running all feature to challenge and excite the most discerning of trail runners. So what are you waiting for? Entries are now over 60% sold out, with organisers expecting it to completely sell out in the next month as have all their events this year with runners so keen to get back out there and race again. WHAT Raffertys Coastal Run WHEN Saturday, 3 July 2021 WHERE From Raffertys Resort, 1 Wild Duck Dr, Cams Wharf ENTER www.raffertyscoastalrun.com.au/event-entry

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Stefanie Caccamo and Toby Francis in the 2019 season of ONCE. © Robert Catto

THE SMASH-HIT MUSICAL 'ONCE' ARRIVES IN NEWCASTLE AFTER A SELL-OUT 2019 SYDNEY SEASON, THE BREATHTAKING BROADWAY MUSICAL ONCE IS ABOUT TO MELT HEARTS AGAIN WHEN IT PLAYS THE CIVIC THEATRE NEWCASTLE FOR FIVE SHOWS ONLY FROM 8–11 SEPTEMBER. Based on the movie of the same name by John Carney, ONCE features a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. It is the only Broadway show with music that won the Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award and Tony Award®.

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NBN TV ART COLLECTION EXHIBITION Local gallery Cooks Hill Gallery, has been appointed to sell a collection of 18 paintings by local and nationally recognised artists that NBN Television has retained for some 50 years. The exhibition and sale come ahead of the networks move from their Mosbri Crescent offices and studio to Honeysuckle in June this year. All artworks are to be sold with proceeds going to local charities John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Got Your Back Sista. 20 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

Jay Laga'aia in rehearsal for ONCE. ©Robert Catto

Richard Carroll directs this critically acclaimed production with musical direction by Victoria Falconer. It features stunning movement sequences created by Hamilton's resident director Amy Campbell. Jay Laga'aia joins Australian musical theatre stars Toby Francis and Stefanie Caccamo, who are returning to the roles inspired by the love story of ONCE's songwriters. Irish singer and songwriter Glen Hansard formed his group The Frames in 1990, before appearing as guitarist Outspan Foster in the motion picture The Commitments. In 2001 he performed with The Frames at a music festival in the Czech Republic, where he first met Markéta Irglová. Six years later, they formed the folk duo The Swell Season. Their self-titled album included several songs that found their way onto the 2007 ONCE soundtrack including, "When Your

Minds Made Up", "Lies", "Leave", and the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly." This captivating and life-affirming musical immerses audiences in the irresistible musicality of Dublin. It is brought to life by an outstanding ensemble of actor-musicians playing the spellbinding songs from the critically-acclaimed film live on stage. Performing alongside Francis, Caccamo, and Laga'aia will be Victoria Falconer, Drew Livingston, Abe Mitchell, Rupert Reid, Alec Steedman, who are all returning after performing in the original 2019 season. They are joined by newcomers Tamlyn Henderson, Deirdre Khoo, Patrick Schnur and Jennifer Trijo, who is also Associate Musical Director. Award-winning Director Richard Carroll considers ONCE to be one of the most challenging musicals for the artists involved. "It asks for so much from its actors. Not only do they need to tell this beautiful story every night with truth, passion and humour – they also need to sing the unforgettable songs with all of the same qualities. And they are their own band, so every one of them needs to be an exceptional instrumentalist. I was blown away by the capabilities of the cast and creative team we assembled for ONCE in 2019, and I can't wait to do it all again for audiences in Newcastle to see." When Richard Carroll's production of ONCE opened in Sydney in 2019, it broke box-office records and played to nightly standing ovations and packed houses. Garnering five-star reviews, the sell-out season had to be extended due to popular demand. Now it is Newcastle's turn to fall in love with this modern-day musical that reminds us of the power of music to connect us all. ONCE plays the Civic Theatre Newcastle from 8–11 September. Book now at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

It is envisaged the sale will attract a huge interest, with followers, past employees both on-air personalities and studio staff anticipated to attend the exhibition. The exhibition is on now and will continue until 28 June. Cooks Hill Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 11am to 6pm or by appointment (call 0418 492 259). The gallery is located in Bull Street, Cooks Hill.

SIR WILLIAM DOBELL HONOURED WITH NEW ARTS FESTIVAL One of Lake Macquarie’s most famous names has inspired a new month-long celebration of art and performance. Starting on 1 June, the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival will be a month-long celebration of art and creativity, shaped by the works and life of Lake Macquarie’s most famous artist, Sir William Dobell. Lake Macquarie City Council Lifelong Learning and Engagement Coordinator Jess Dowdell said the festival would explore passion, innovation, fringe arts, experimentation and creative excellence – all central to Dobell’s work. “Dobell was a pioneer in his day, breaking the rules and creating new styles,” she said. “The Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival is all about allowing creatives to engage with communities and explore their passions.” The festival includes art events, exhibitions, workshops

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and performances at venues across the City. Highlights include: BILL: A musical tribute to William Dobell, an evening of music held at Rathmines Theatre on Friday 11 June; Dobell for Kids at Rathmines Theatre on Sunday 13 June; Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020 exhibition of eight contemporary artists at the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Lake Macquarie, open throughout June and Your Collection, William Dobell at MAC, featuring nine of Dobell’s works from the 1950's–60's. “The Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival brings together so many different creative events across the City, from community groups to professional performers,” Ms Dowdell said. “This makes it a festival for the community, by the community.” Sir William Dobell was one of Australia’s most celebrated portrait and landscape artists of the 20th century, winning the Archibald Prize in 1943, 1948 and 1959, and the Wynne Prize in 1948. He settled in Wangi Wangi in 1945 and lived there until his death in 1970. For full festival details, visit www.lakemac.com.au/dobellfestival


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COURSE GUIDE

TERM 3 course information MUSIC INDUSTRY

Term 3

HEALTH AND BEAUTY BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND AGED CARE FOOD, LANGUAGES AND CULTURE PHOTOGRAPHY FITNESS AND OUTDOORS CREATIVE ARTS

INVIGORATING


COURSES SKILLS TRAINING

Hospitality and Retail

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie

COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 8 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

HOSPITALITY WORK SKILLS – SITXCCS003 Interact with customers – SITHIND001 Use hygienic practices for hospitality service – SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol• – SITHGAM001 Provide responsible gambling services• – SITXFIN001 Process financial transactions – Non-accredited: Introduction to Barista – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

RSA & RCG: Upon successful completion of the course you will be issued with the relevant Statement of Attainment and you will be able to apply for your Liquor

& Gaming approved Competency Card.

RCG (SITHGAM001)•

$150

1 day

Various dates – contact us for details.

RSA (SITHFAB002)•

$150

1 day

Various dates – contact us for details.

RSA & RCG Package (SITHGAM001 & SITHFAB002)•

$275

2 days

Various dates – contact us for details.

SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

HOSPITALITY

RETAIL SKILL SET

HOSPITALITY WORK SKILLS Individuals with engaging and dynamic people skills are highly suitable for the face-paced environment of the hospitality sector. This skill set, which includes RSA and RCG will have you job-ready in no time.

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– SIRXCOM002 Work effectively in a team – SIRXCOM001 Communicate in the workplace to support team and customer outcomes – SIRXCEG001 Engage the customer – SIRXWHS002 Contribute to workplace health and safety – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Term 3 Winter 2021

2 days per week 6 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates – contact us for details.

RETAIL SIR20216 Certificate II in Retail Services

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

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ATWEA COLLEGE

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Community and Aged Care COURSE NAME

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 6 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

AGED CARE/DISABILITY SKILL SET – CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services – CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people – HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems – HLTAID003 Provide first aid – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

MEDICATION SKILL SET – HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems – HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication

$595. Expressions of interest.

Develop the skills and knowledge required to provide medication assistance and complete medication documentation. This short course is recommended for workers in aged, home, community and disability care settings.

Various dates – contact us for details.

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 6 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

COMMUNITY SERVICES SKILL SET – CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services – CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people – BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities – BSBWOR201 Manage personal stress in the workplace – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

COMMUNITY SERVICES CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Diploma of Community Services over 18 months online with monthly face to face or video link workshops.

Mon 12 Jul

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $9,990.

AGED CARE CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week | 24 weeks 120hrs compulsory work placement. Support in securing work placement provvided.

Various dates – contact us for details.

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Certificate IV in Ageing Support over 12 months. Blended delivery options. 120hrs compulsory work placement.

Various dates – contact us for details.

DISABILITY CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week | 24 weeks 120hrs compulsory work placement. Support in securing work placement provvided.

Various dates – contact us for details.

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Certificate IV in Disability over 12 months online. Blended delivery options. 120hrs compulsory work placement.

Various dates – contact us for details.

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study to become a youth leader. This qualification is also available as a traineeship.

Various dates – contact us for details.

YOUTH WORK CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

AGED CARE/ DISABILITY SKILL SET Are you interested in a caring profession and prefer work that is hands on? This skill set is ideal if you’re interested in learning about providing assistance to those in aged care or disability. Students are equipped with the relevant theoretical knowledge and practices necessary to provide person-centred support.


COURSES SKILLS TRAINING

Complementary Health and Beauty COURSE NAME

Run in Newcastle COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 day per week face to face 12 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 day per week face to face 12 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates

SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates

SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

3 days per week 12 month course

Mon 12 Jul

SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Upskilling Pathway)

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability*

If you have already achieved SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services come and talk to us about upskilling to the Diploma. 2 days a week 9 month course

Mon 12 Jul

BEAUTY INDUSTRY SKILL SET – SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices – SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up – SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions – SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art – SHBBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning NAIL TECHNOLOGY SKILL SET – SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices – SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements – SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art – SHBBNLS005 Use electric file equipment for nail services – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning BEAUTY SERVICES

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $13,990.

MAKE-UP

NAIL TECHNOLOGY SKILL SET

SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-up

Develop the ability to undertake everyday tasks such as nail enhancements and nail art in this comprehensive skill set course. Students will be trained in how to communicate effectively with clients, including consultation on nail care products.

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

ATWEA COLLEGE

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

2 days per week 24 weeks

Various dates

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

12-month course. Recognised by the Australian Natural Therapists Association and can provide you with health fund status. 200 hours of client work must be completed.

Mon 12 Jul

MASSAGE HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $14,990.

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Term 3 Winter 2021


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Business

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie

COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 8 weeks

Various dates – contact us for details.

BUSINESS SKILL SET – BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace – BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others – BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others – BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

BUSINESS DIGITAL SKILL SET – BSBWOR204 Use business technology – BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely – BSBITU211 Produce digital text documents – Non-accredited: Computer skills – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 6 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates – contact us for details.

BUSINESS DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE SKILL SET – BSBITU307 Develop keyboard speed and accuracy – BSBITU313 Design and produce digital text documents – BSBITU314 Design and produce spreadsheets – BSBITU312 Create electronic presentations – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

2 days per week 8 weeks Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

Various dates – contact us for details.

DIGITAL MARKETING How to Integrate Digital Platforms into Your Business

No fees apply (if eligible). This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government if your business has less than 20 employees or under $2M turnover. Contact us to check eligibility.

This course helps you and your team understand and market your business in the digital world. Includes a 1-day workshop with three worksite support visits to complete a marketing plan. This course has accredited and non-accredited components.

Dates determined by demand.

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrol any time.

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrol any time.

BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Self-paced online delivery. Choose your hours of study.

Enrol any time.

BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

Study the Diploma of Leadership and Management over 12 months. Online delivery with monthly face-to-face workshops.

Mon 12 Jul

BUSINESS BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $5,990.

* ELIGIBLE

FOR JOB TR AINER

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

HOW TO INTEGRATE DIGITAL PLATFORMS INTO YOUR BUSINESS This course helps you and your team understand and market your business in the digital world. Includes a 1-day workshop with three worksite support visits to complete a marketing plan.


COURSES SKILLS TRAINING Music Industry

Run at The Creative Arts Space in Hamilton, Newcastle

COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

1 day per week 10 weeks

Various dates

HOME STUDIO RECORDING SKILL SET – CUAMCP303 Develop simple pieces using electronic media – CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice – CUAMPF304 Make a music demo – CUAMCP302 Write Song Lyrics – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

Flexible delivery options depending on numbers.

THEATRE FRONT OF HOUSE SKILL SET – CUAFOH202 Usher patrons – CUAFOH301 Provide seating and ticketing services – CUAIND201 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge – CUALGT201 Develop basic lighting skills and knowledge – CUASOU201 Develop basic audio skills and knowledge – CUASTA202 Assist with bump in and bump out of shows – Non-accredited: Study skills – Non-accredited: Pathway planning

No fee if eligible for subsidy.*

CUA30213 Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

An introduction into the performing arts industry with a focus on musical theatre. 2 days per week. 24 weeks.

Various dates

CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

An introduction to the music industry with a focus on industry requirements . 2 days per week. 24 weeks.

Various dates

CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry

Fees subject to eligibility and funding availability.*

12 month course. Elective streams: performance, sound production and business.

Mon 12 Jul

2 days per week 10 weeks

Various dates

Some days will be assiting with shows for the practical experience and may be in the evening or weekend

Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter. Registered business names. Atwea College I WEA Hunter I WEA Coast I Alesco Senior College I Forster Tuncurry Community College I Alesco Learning Centre I WEA Hunter Adult Education & Training. RTO code: 90020. Maximum tuition for this course is $13,990.

HOME STUDIO RECORDING This short course will give you the general knowledge and foundation skills needed to operate industry standard equipment and software.

• DEPENDING

First Aid COURSE NAME

COST

DETAILS

START

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid• Includes HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

$140

9am-4pm 1 day

Various dates – contact us for details.

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ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 3 Winter 2021

Courses are run in Newcastle, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Lake Macquarie

* SEE

WEBSITE FOR REQUIREMENTS

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.


To register call 02 4925 4200 visit atwea.edu.au

COURSES LEARN FOR FUN Food, Languages and Culture

TERM 3

SPANISH

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

Spanish Beginners

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

Spanish Intermediate

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

Spanish Conversational

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Wed 14 Jul

$220

6-8pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

French Beginners

$280

12:30-3pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Wed 14 Jul

French Intermediate

$280

12:30-3pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

French Continuing

$200

12:30-3pm or

6

Thu 29 Jul

$200

6-8:30pm

6

Mon 26 Jul

Italian Beginners

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Wed 14 Jul

Italian Intermediate

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

Italian Continuing

$280

2:30-5pm or 6-8:30pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

Japanese Intermediate

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

Japanese Beginners

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

Japanese Continuing

$280

6-8:30pm

8

Wed 14 Jul

$220

6-8pm

8

Tue 13 Jul

$280

12:30-3pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

$280

6:15-8:45pm

AUSLAN Auslan Beginners LATIN Latin Beginners FRENCH

ITALIAN

SCHIACCIATA FIORENTINA AND CROSTOLI

JAPANESE

Two Italian celebration staples, these sweet treats appear in every bakery and cafe in Florence during Carnavale. Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a sweet cake, fragrant with orange and vanilla and Crostoli are a crispy, light and flaky fried pastry.

CHINESE MANDARIN Chinese Mandarin Beginners German German Beginners

Wed 14 Jul

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

TERM 3

DETAILS

Italian Arancini

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 19 July or Mon 16 Aug Mon 13 Sep

This hands-on cooking class shows you how to make delicious Italian Arancini.*

$89 Parmigiana Eggplant (Melanzane alla Parmigiana) with Besciamella sauce and traditional Peperonata Dish (Italian vegetarian) Schiacciata Fiorentina and Crostoli $89

6-9pm

1

Mon 12 July or Mon 9 Aug

Learn how to create traditional Italian Parmigiana and Peperonata from scratch to take home and enjoy!*

6-9pm

1

Mon 2 Aug or Mon 30 Aug

Cook authentic and traditional Italian orange cake and crostoli biscuits from scratch to take at home!*

Cannelloni with homemade pasta, bechamel and tomato sauce

$89

6-9pm

1

Mon 26 July or Mon 23 Aug Mon 6 Sept

Join Elisabetta to learn how to make spinach and ricotta cannelloni with fresh made pasta and sauces!*

Cake Decorating – Buttercream Basics

$89

9am-11:30am

1

Sat 28 Aug

Learn simple techniques to crumb coat and smoothly finish a buttercream coated sponge cake. Three basic piping techniques will be used to finish off your cake. All materials supplied.*

• DEPENDING

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* SEE

WEBSITE FOR REQUIREMENTS


COURSES LEARN FOR FUN Hobbies, Home & Handicrafts

TERM 3

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Arc Welding

$80

10am-12pm

2

Wed 7 Jul Wed 11 Aug or Wed 8 Sep

Learn the basic welding skills and techniques to weld safely and correctly on small projects.

Soap Making Beginners

$99

5:30-8:30pm

1

Wed 21 Jul Create and control the products you use on your own skin! In this one session, Wed 11 Aug students will learn basic scientific principles of saponification to create a basic soap Wed 25 Aug using supermarket ingredients. Learn the basics of operating Soapcalc. or Wed 1 Sep

Advanced Soap Making

$99

5:30-8:30pm 1

Wed 28 Jul Wed 18 Aug or Wed 8 Sep

Students will learn about the different colourants and fragrance/essential oils that can be used safely in soap and addititives that are soothing to different skin conditions. Must have completed Soap Making Beginners.

Soy Candles

$99

9am-12pm

Sat 21 Aug

Make your own natural soy candles. You can choose from six different fragrances and colours to make your own candle to take home.

Quilt as You Go Placemats

$99

9am-12pm

Sat 24 Jul

You will learn how to cut and piece different fabric widths to achieve two quilted placemats with 100% cotton fabric. lncludes wadding and backing and binding techniques to finish edges.

Basic Sewing

$280 5:30-8:30pm

6

Mon 12 Jul or Wed 14 Jul

Learn how to use a sewing machine, read and understand patterns, basic sewing skills, simple garment construction, repair and alteration.

Unfinished Objects

$65

5:30-8:30pm

1

Mon 23 Aug Bring in your unfinished objects or alterations or just come along with a small project or which you could piece together in 3 hours. Get tips on anything at all to get your Wed 25 Aug project finished e.g. mastering zips, pockets.

Puppy Obedience School

$99

6-7:30pm

4

Wed 4 Aug

Learn how to use your hands, body and voice to teach your puppy to sit, stand, drop, heel, retrieve and come to you. For puppies 9 to 16 weeks on collar and lead, must have current vaccination paper work.

Flower Arranging – Preserved/dried

$160

6-8pm

1

Mon 19 Jul or Mon 30 Aug

Create an arrangement, in floral foam in a ceramic pot, using a mix of preserved and dried materials. Learn the basic techniques to a centrepiece or sideboard design. All materials are supplied.

1

Photography

TERM 3

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Beginners DLSR Photography

$170

6pm-8:30pm

3

Tue 13 Jul Wed 14 Jul or Wed 25 Aug

Learn the three basic elements of photography and learn how to confidently shoot in manual mode to create the shots you imagine!

SOAP MAKING Our Soap Making classes will have you making your own soap from scratch. Gain an understanding of saponification and skin care ingredients. Great to give as gifts or treat yourself!

• DEPENDING

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ATWEA COLLEGE

Term 3 Winter 2021

* SEE

WEBSITE FOR REQUIREMENTS


To register call 02 4925 4200 or visit atwea.edu.au

Personal Development

TERM 3

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Public Speaking

$200

6:30-9pm

8

Wed 21 Jul

Learn the techniques of public speaking and improve your confidence with experienced Toastmasters.

Psychic Development

$220

6:30-8:30pm 8

Mon 19 Jul

Understand how to use your natural abilities and intuition to develop your own psychic senses. Begin your journey with the fundamentals of psychic connection, interpretation of messages, signs, synchronicity. Put it into practice in a safe, respectful learning environment.

Meditation

$220

6:30-8:30pm 8

Wed 21 Jul

Learn the basics of a variety of meditation styles. Learn how to build the practice, relax and understand everyone has the ability to meditate.

Introduction to Creative Writing

$69

10am-1pm

1

Sat 31 Jul

This workshop is all about having fun and using your imagination! This workshop will help novice writers develop the essential tools of needed to be a creative writer.

Writing a Short Story

$69

10am-1pm

1

Sat 7Aug

This workshop provides students with an understanding of all aspects of writing short stories in various genres. All styles and viewpoints contained within the short story form will be discussed. Through a series of Creative Writing exercises, students will explore different approaches to writing a short story.

Fitness and Outdoors

TERM 3

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Introduction to Outrigger Canoeing

$30

9am-12pm

1

Sat 18 Sep or Sat 23 Oct

Supervised practice in a six-person outrigger canoe and a rotating try out in a double outrigger canoe with a coach. Enjoy a paddle around Throsby Creek and the harbour before returning to Carrington.

Cardio Tennis

$79

6-7:30pm

5

Thu 22 Jul

Fun, social group tennis fitness program for people of all ages and abilities. The Cardio Tennis session provides a time efficient way to improve your fitness, lose weight and meet new friends.

Tennis – Adult Clinic for Beginner Players

$99

6pm-7:30pm 5

Tue 20 Jul

A great introduction to tennis and a fun workout. Learn the game and stroke technique with professional advice in a friendly atmosphere.

Tennis – Ladies Clinic for Beginner Players

$99

10:30am12pm

5

Tue 20 Jul

A great introduction to tennis and a fun workout. Learn the game and stroke technique with professional advice in a friendly atmosphere.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls $80 Prevention – Newcastle

1:45-3pm

6

Thu 29 Jul

Using Dr Lam’s easy, self-paced, step-wise teaching method. Tai Chi significantly improves pain, stiffness, mobility and general health. Supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and $80 Falls Prevention – Raymond Terrace

11:1512:30pm

6

Thu 29 Jul

As above.

Chair Yoga

$130

10-11:30am

8

Mon 12 Jul

Chair Yoga is a wonderful way to get the many physical and mental health benefits of yoga for those who may have trouble standing for long periods or sitting on the floor.

Yoga, Breath & Movement for Longevity

$110

4-5:15pm

8

Mon 12 Jul

Relax, reduce stress, improve balance, flexibility and strength through the practice of yoga, movement and simple breathwork. Sara’s class is perfect for those new to Yoga or who enjoy a slower paced class.

Reiki Level 1

$99

10am-4pm

1

Sat 24 Jul

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing in which a ‘universal energy’ is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient to encourage emotional or physical healing.

JAPANESE DOJO FOR WOMEN

Introduction to the Japanese Dojo for Ladies (Self-defence focus)

$175

9-10:30am

8

Sat 17 Jul

An introduction to the basics of traditional Japanese martial arts and self-defence modelled on the syllabus of the Shikishimakan Dojo. To be empowered is very much a matter of the heart and ultimate strength never resides in the hands or feet.

Get empowered through traditional Japanese martial arts in self-defence, including the basics of meditation, philosophy, Japanese language and culture.

Note: No class on Sat 4 September

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COURSES LEARN FOR FUN

Business and Money Matters

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Understanding Investments

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 2 Aug

Learn how investments work and how you can use them to turn a profit.

Wealth Creation and Accumulation

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 9 Aug

Learn how you can create wealth and achieve financial independence.

Stock Market Investing

$49

6pm- 9pm

1

Mon 16 Aug Gain a sound understanding of the issues involved in buying and selling shares, understanding financial pages, taxation aspects including negative gearing, dividend imputation and how you can lower your personal tax.

Successful Money Management

$49

6pm- 9pm

1

Mon 23 Aug Learn about various investment strategies and how they are appropriate in differing stages of life.

Planning for Retirement

$49

6pm-9pm

1

Mon 30 Aug Learn the importance of retirement planning and investment options such as cash, shares, super, property and self-managed funds.

Build an Online Store with Shopify

$159

9am-3pm

2

Sat 24 Jul

If you’re thinking of starting an eCommerce business, you need a website to support it. Shopify is one of the best eCommerce platform in terms of functionality and user friendliness. This course will show you step by step how to build, design, manage and market a Shopify store that both customers and search engines like Google will love! This will be run as a small class with plenty of time to discuss your needs, it is very practical and hands on. Please contact us for course requirements.

Computer Confidence

$280

9:30am12:45pm

6

Wed 21 Jul

Computers for absolute beginners to learn skills and build tech confidence. Our trainer will guide you through a range of programs including internet and email. You will also be able to create, edit and save documents in Microsoft programs and be able to create and use an electronic filing system.

Connect with Facebook

$80

9am-1pm

1

Sat 11 Sep

Learn to make the most of your new Facebook profile. Please bring your login details or your own device with Facebook access if you wish to use your own account. You can setup a Facebook account on the day or just use the course for your own information.

Buying and Selling Online

$80

9am-1pm

1

Sat 17 Jul

Cut the clutter and make some money to shop for great online deals!

BUYING AND SELLING ONLINE Use the power of online tools to sell what you no longer need to those who want it and make some extra cash!

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Creative Arts COURSE NAME

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DETAIL

Water colour techniques $89 and painting

COST

10am-4pm

1

Sat 31 Jul

Learn techniques to bring out your the best as a water colour artist. Brush your way to perfect creations.*

Seascape Acrylic Painting

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 7 Aug

Acrylic paint is an easy inexpensive medium. Come and surprise yourself and take home your masterpiece.*

Learn to Draw Using the Right Side of the Brain

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 14 Aug

Use the right side of your brain to unlock the secrets to drawing. Simple steps, draw with ease. Take home your masterpiece for show and tell.*

Pen & Wash

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 21 Aug

Enjoy a day learning how simple lines and soft washes will create a beautiful pen and wash work. Bring along your own study if you wish.*

Paint a Shabby Chic Jewelled Chandalier

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 28 Aug

Starting with a canvas we will paint, stencil and stamp in acrylics to create a vintage-look wall paper background. A chandelier is painted on and pearls and diamantes are added for extra bling.*

Faux Finishes & Upholstery

$89

10am-4pm

1

Sat 11 Sep

Do you have a worn out chair or vintage piece that has seen better days? Learn how to reupholster those tired looking pieces and give them a new lease on life. This is a NO SEW course, suitable for small pieces.*

Framed Vintage Jewelled $89 Christmas Tree

10am-4pm

1

Mature Make-Up

$79

5:30pm8:30pm

1

Mon 26 Jul Learn techniques to apply your make-up to suit your facial features. or Mon 30 Aug Course overview Hooded eyes | Lift your eyes | Look younger | Clever tips | Perfecting pigmentation | Skincare products. Please bring your makeup kit.*

Get ready for Formal Season!

$79

5:30pm8:30pm

1

Mon 16 Aug

Bling it on during this Christmas themed work shop. Use your old jewellery with to create a treasured Christmas decoration that you won’t want to take down.*

With school formals back on the calendar, get ready to glam it up! Course overview Skin prep | Flawless foundation finishes | Corrective make-up | Highlight & Shading. Please bring your makeup kit.*

Mental Health

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TERM 3

COURSE NAME

COST

TIME

WKS

START DATE

DETAIL

Standard Mental Health First Aid

$170

6-9pm

4

Tue 13 Jul

This course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.* NOTE: This course is NOT a therapy or support group.

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Atwea College has a long and proud history as the leading provider of community-based adult learning in the Hunter and Mid North Coast Regions.

Your journey starts here

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Term 2 2021

Mon 19 Apr

Fri 25 Jun

Term 3 2021

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Fri 17 Sep

Term 4 2021

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Fri 17 Dec

Atwea College is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Legal name: Workers Educational Association – Hunter RTO code: 90020 Atwea College gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Education.

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Workers Educational Association – Hunter is delighted to provide VET Student Loans eligible courses for existing and new students, for all full qualifications at Diploma level and above. VET Student Loans is a Commonwealth supported loan scheme that helps eligible VET students pay their tuition fees for higher-level VET qualifications and pay the loan back when their income reaches a manageable level. For more information consult the Study Assist website. *This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

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Disclaimer: The information in this brochure was correct at the time of printing but is subject to change without notice.

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It’s easy to learn with Atwea College Atwea College can offer many courses that are not listed here and can even tailor-make courses for small groups of learners. Contact us to let us know what you are interested in.

Atwea College is registered as COVIDSafe organisation with NSW Government.

Enrol or enquire 02 4925 4200 atwea.edu.au


Hunter Valley WINE & FOOD MONTH

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard · Cellar Door & Art Gallery Open Friday 12pm–4pm, Saturday 10am–5pm & Sunday 10am–2pm · Gallery open other times by appointment

438 Wilderness Road, Lovedale 2320 · Ph (02) 4998 7734 · www.emmascottage.com.au

A RT, S C U L P T U R E WA L K & C E L L A R D O O R Spanning 130 breathtaking acres, Winmark is not just a premium Chardonnay producer but a destination. Enjoy a Chardonnay tasting in the Cellar Door overlooking the stunning 28 acre vineyard and explore the Sculpture

Park to find spectacular sculptures reaching for the sky, whimsical installations and sculptures inspired by the Australian bush. The newly opened Art Gallery is placed alongside the Cellar Door, connecting art, nature and

wine. Owner & Vigneron Karin Adcock has curated the gallery introducing some of the amazing Artists and Sculptors discovered through her travels. Winmark is a place of beauty and unexpected discovery.

C E L L A R D O O R O P E N 7 DAY S T: 0417 100 824 | E: cellardoor@winmarkwines.com.au | 229 Wollombi Road, Broke NSW 2330, Australia @winmarkwines | winmarkwines.com.au

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Hunter Valley WINE & FOOD MONTH

If You Love Wine & Food – You've Come to the Right Place. WORDS QUENTIN VON ESSEN IF YOU COULD PACKAGE UP THE BEST FROM ALL MAJOR WINE-PRODUCING REGIONS OF THE WORLD AND PUT IT IN ONE PLACE, IT WOULD BE THE HUNTER VALLEY. Surrounded by the rich bounty of the Hunter's food, wine, gourmet produce, craft beers, ciders, distilled spirits and other specialty beverages, it's difficult to imagine that the world is largely unaware of the depth of the region's

gastronomic experiences. Whether it's lovingly made sourdough, pastries, fresh handmade cheese or chocolates, locally picked olives, locally farmed lamb or perch, crisp Semillons or vibrant Shiraz – we are spoiled for choice.

years, the Hunter Valley has become not just Australia's oldest wine region but a leader in wine and food tourism. Combined with its relatively mild climate, the Hunter Valley's food and wine experiences lead us outside to enjoy some of the world's finest flavours against a backdrop of stunning beauty. For generations, people from all over Australia and the world have travelled to the Hunter Valley to experience the regions exceptional food and wine experiences - their greatest asset. After all, it's Australia's premier wine region, where the pleasures of eating and drinking are celebrated daily. Step inside restaurants renowned for their exciting food, warm hospitality and stunning locations and experience the culinary creativity of some of the best chefs in the country. Visiting a cellar door, too, is quite extraordinary, and you are likely to find yourself chatting to the winemaker and several family members, often second or third-generation vignerons.

UNLOCKING THE GEMS FEAST ON THE REGIONS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCES Where there is great wine, great food usually follows, and the Hunter Valley, with a reputation for being the home of great Australian wines, is also one of the finest, most authentic culinary destinations in Australia. With a range and quality of produce that is second to none, combined with a rich history going back over 185

Food and wine experiences are the key drivers in holiday decision making. By tapping into the groundswell of interest and the boom in gourmet tourism, the leading guide to wine and food experiences in the Hunter Valley – Wine & Dine Hunter Valley aims to showcase how wine and food can make any visit to the Hunter Valley genuinely unique and memorable.

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New Issue Out Now! ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO TOUR WINE COUNTRY INCLUDING: CELLAR DOORS RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS TRAIL MAPS LOCAL PRODUCE CRAFT BEER AND SPIRITS WEDDINGS AND EVENTS Pick up a copy throughout wine country or visit our website below!

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Hunter Valley WINE & FOOD MONTH With the rise of gourmet tourism being one of the strongest travel trends globally, Wine & Dine Hunter Valley takes wine and food tourism to new heights by exposing the hands-on experiences, the hidden gems, unique wine tastings and the pockets of culinary excellence that only the locals know about.

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ON THE HUNT – WINE & FOOD TRAILS Food and wine trails provide the perfect blend of travel and taste, and for wine or culinary enthusiasts, wine and food trails are the best way to plan a trip, punctuating the journey with memorable wine tasting and dining experiences. To experience the flavours of the Hunter Valley, pick up your copy of Wine & Dine Hunter Valley at Visitor Information Centres, accommodation providers, cellar doors, restaurants and cafes or any other tourist attractions. Alternatively, scan the QR code opposite or visit www.wineandinehuntervalley.com.au to plan your trip to some of the best wineries, restaurants, cafes, providores, breweries and distilleries around. There really is no better way to plan your way around Hunter Valley Wine Country and make the most of your stay. ■

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The menu includes a stunning range of cakes, pastries and savouries made from scratch using only the best ingredients as well as the famous ‘The Grounds of Alexandria’ Coffee. We also have an exclusively local wine list to choose from. So, discover our brand-new patisserie at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village today.

Re-Discover Mortels

See our full range at our large spacious stores! 1 Weakleys Drive, Thornton Ph 4966 0990 4/305 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay Ph 4953 7373

www.mortels.com.au for online ordering and delivery

Due to high demand (especially weekends) we encourage you to book so you don’t miss out! Visit our website to book online.

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Check out local artist Tanya Loviz from Loviz Art Gallery’s amazing new piece “Cocktail-In-Fusion” inspired by Hunter Distillery. www.lovizarts.com.au/shop

Come in and try our top shelf spirits through a unique test tube tasting experience! OPEN FOR TASTINGS AND SALES 7 DAYS, 10AM–5PM Bookings Essential

1686 Broke Road, Pokolbin PH (02) 4998 6737 E info@hunterdistillery.com.au

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Travel the Art & Wine trail in Wine Country THERE’S SOMETHING ROMANTIC ABOUT BROWSING WORKS OF ART, GLASS OF WINE IN HAND. MAYBE IT’S THAT THE WINE LOOSENS OUR MINDS A LITTLE TO ENABLE US TO SEE THE MEANING BEHIND THE ART – OR PERHAPS IT’S THE BEAUTY OF THE VINES THAT FORGES THE VISUAL CONNECTION OF A SHARED ENVIRONMENT. Whatever it is, there are plenty of places around Wine Country that let you appreciate and experience all things art and wine together. The latest offering is the addition of a gallery to the sculpture gardens at Winmark Wines. The Winmark Art Gallery is placed alongside the new Cellar Door, connecting art, nature and wine when visiting the vineyard. Owner and vigneron Karin Adcock has always been a passionate art collector and has now been able to realise a long-held dream of curating a gallery introducing some of the renowned artists and sculptors that she has discovered through her travels. The Gallery proudly represents Rebecca Pierce, Felicia Aroney, James Ainslie, Erik Flygenring and Sculptors David Ball, Michael Purdy, Ulan & Rachel and Katarina Wells, to name but a few. Karin said that the sales of pieces just on the opening day were outstanding. “We were so happy with how visitors have embraced the new gallery,” she said. “Ongoing sales allow us to consistently add new pieces to the gallery from our existing artists and others that I hope to discover on my journeys and share with visitors – so the walls are always changing.” Over in Lovedale, the Gallery at Emmas Cottage Vineyard has been delighting guests for some years. Owner, Therese Kramer, says that it’s difficult for most people to know why art and wine fit together so beautifully. “We know the what, but for many, the why is a little

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more to difficult discern, and the knowledge of this takes time to develop. Art and wine, to most people, are abstract concepts. When you think about it, the making of wine or a work of art is an art in itself. Knowing how to manipulate the components into a final form that tells a story is masterful,” said Therese. “Why do we love something or not? What is it that evokes the OMG moment with either wine or artwork? What is it that causes us, at times, to have a visceral response to a taste, an observation or a feeling?” Therese says that choosing artists to invite to hang work in the Emmas Cottage Gallery is complex. “There is no real process for choosing. We tend towards the same group of artists as they are familiar with the space, the distance constraints of some display walls and the level of light,” she said. “What I have to avoid is choosing work which reflects my own personal style. I can’t move in any one direction as much as I would sometimes like to, and it often surprises me which art piece from a new exhibition sells first.” Taking the art into the vines is something that wineries like Winmark, Mistletoe Wines (Pokolbin Fine Art Gallery) and Constable Estate have invested in – adding Sculpture Gardens to their properties. The beauty of art in the vines has long been recognised and was the impetus behind the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards event held throughout Wollombi each year (11–26 September, 2021). The magnificent sculpture created by David Bell for Winmark has become somewhat of a landmark in the area, welcoming visitors to the iconic location. “There is just something special about placing pieces into the natural environment, making the vineyard vistas just that little bit more spectacular. Tasting wine and appreciating art is a sensory experience that resonates with so many people,” said Karin.

TRAVEL THE ART & WINE TRAIL The Hunter Valley is renowned for its thriving art scene. The fully interactive Art & Wine Trail at www.wineanddinehuntervalley.com. au/tasting-trails takes you on a journey to a selection of galleries showcasing local and visiting artists as well as outdoor sculpture gardens in stunning vineyard locations where you can savour art and wine at the same time! Get it on your phone today and take to the road this weekend!

Book online @ www.lisamcguiganwines.com and step inside the Hunter Valley’s newest destination

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Durability

OF DIFFERENT FILLING MATERIALS WORDS ALEX HUSZTI - BelleDental Alex has had a career focused on low-biologic cost reconstructive cosmetic dental care – common sense teeth for life.

in on an adhesive system (that I still use today) that has provided me with incredible reliability over the past 30 years. Contrary to what many people believe, I don’t believe that silver amalgam (a room temperature alloy of silver powder and mercury) is toxic in most individuals. In fact, the great majority of individuals who have silver amalgam fillings have been served incredibly well by the filling material. I initially shifted to using composite resin materials exclusively because of one of the physical properties of silver amalgam: creep. Creep is the physical property of some metals and alloys whereby with repeated loading, the material deforms (this behaviour is not evident in the composite resin materials). When some silver amalgams are packed into teeth as a filling material, they take up the space in the cavity and set. With the millions and millions of repeated chewing cycles,

I am commonly asked by patients what type of filling I am proposing to use. Will I be placing a silver amalgam (metal filling) or a composite resin (white filling)? And, when I explain that I only use the composite resin materials (white fillings), the next question is – do the silver amalgam (metal) fillings last longer than the composite resin fillings? I have been using white filling materials (composite resin) exclusively since the early 1990's. I am willing to concede that these materials require more technique when they are being placed (compared to silver amalgam), and in the early days (the 1980's), the bond to tooth structure was far less reliable than it is today. I was fortunate to graduate in 1989 from dental school. Right about that time, the composite resin materials and the adhesive systems for bonding the composite resins to tooth structure had just gone through a revolutionary shift. I lucked

the silver amalgam filling becomes flatter and wider. As the material deforms, it cracks teeth. I deal with cracked teeth virtually daily – this is often (not always) a consequence of amalgam as a dental restorative material. This is also why I developed composite resins in the form of our BelleDental CRCs (Composite Resin Crowns). The majority of cracked teeth can be treated with a BelleDental CRC – by reconstructing the whole biting surface of the tooth, the splitting load on the tooth (through the crack) can often be neutralized. I’ve included a photo of some composite resin restorations that I completed in the early 1990's – some of these fillings are coming up to 30 years old and are still serving the patient well. There is no evidence of cracking associated with these fillings, and they are all still well bonded – sealing the teeth well. Periodically, these resin restorations can chip, or a heavily loaded portion of the filling can break. In a well bonded filling, a repair is a simple matter – fresh resin can be bonded to the existing restoration, irrespective of age. My conclusion regarding durability is that composite resin is as durable as silver amalgam (if handled and placed correctly), with the added advantage that the resins don’t cause cracking of teeth. There is no doubt that the days of silver amalgam are numbered. But my experience with composite resin materials indicates that not only have the materials to date been as durable as silver amalgam – the composite resins are undergoing continuous development – with recent improvements in wear resistance as well as strength. These improvements, as well as cost-effectiveness, are likely to ensure that composite resin materials remain the restorative material of choice.

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Direct Resin Veneers have a multitude of uses – they can be used to improve function, enhance the colour and shape of teeth, modify tooth position as well as in this case, restore teeth that have suffered trauma. Direct Resin Veneers can do this without cutting teeth – all in one visit.

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MOTION IS LOTION WORDS NINEWAYS CHIROPRACTIC Exercise. We either love it, or it’s a chore! Exercise should be fun, and it is essential that you choose a form of exercise that you love because we want you to be able to commit to this for life. Ideally, exercise should be part of daily life, just like brushing your teeth; it is your spinal “flossing” session. Essentially our bodies are designed to move; however, in today’s current social construct, we commute longer distances, sit for long periods and relax on the sofa in the evening watching TV… this physical inactivity is a worldwide issue. Studies have shown that 30 minutes of moderate exercise performed regularly provides benefits for the body and the mind. This includes improvement in cardiovascular and respiratory function, digestion, our metabolic system and waste disposal systems. During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This may help

with anxiety, depression, cognitive function, sleep, libido, energy levels, and weight reduction. For older adults, research shows that performing balance and muscle coordination activities in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic exercise can assist in reducing the risk of falling. Having better balance and the capacity to respond to a loss of centre of gravity over your base of support and recover appropriately will improve your body awareness in space. At Nineways Chiropractic, our team offers an in-depth functional assessment before designing a treatment and exercise plan. The aim is to educate and develop an exercise program that empowers the individual to continue exercising and maintaining an active lifestyle. We provide weekly classes using breath and posture as a stable platform to enhance optimal spinal movement strategies. Teaching correct physiological breathing and stabilizing capacity allows for easy and flexible movement. Understanding your own movement patterns is essential for improving and expanding your body awareness in space. GOOD BREATHING LEADS TO GOOD MOBILITY! Nineways offer weekly Breath and Posture classes for our patients. These classes help patients practice and incorporate optimal strategies for normal daily activities to enable the individual to take charge of their own body. The Beginners class is offered Tuesdays from 4.30pm–6pm and Advanced Thursdays from 4.30pm–6pm. If you are interested in learning more about breath and posture, how this may benefit you, please feel free to contact our team, and we will be happy to guide you.

inspired to start the unique facility in Newcastle in 2018 after realising how important exercise and movement was to her own cancer treatment recovery. “Whether you’re in cancer treatment or in survivorship, going from being active to not at all can lead to massive muscle atrophy. For me, it got to the point where I couldn’t stand up from a chair,” Sue recalls. “The saying ‘if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it’ is really true when it comes to cancer. But with exercise oncology like that which we provide at the Kaden Centre, allied health professionals design individualised exercise sessions around your cancer to help you stay in the best physical condition you can, rather than you going down into the depths of disability.” When established, the Kaden Centre was seeing 30 oncology patients a week. Now that figure is around 370 a week, with the Centre having helped keep over 800 clients undergoing cancer treatment active at its Warrabrook centre and through COVID via home-based programs. “We now have over 50 specialists referring here – oncologists, surgeons, anaesthetists. We also have over 300 GPs referring to us. This is going from exercise oncology being completely unknown in 2017, to the Kaden Centre being an integral part of cancer care in Newcastle and the Hunter in 2021. So I’m pretty proud of that,” Sue said. Sue says key to the Kaden Centre’s growth has been the generous support from the community, including that of the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. “The Kaden Centre has evolved to be its own community of sorts, supporting clients generate not just physical strength but emotional strength too.”

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RECOGNITION EARNED FOR DETERMINATION AND VISION Three-time cancer survivor, Sue Clark-Pitrolo, has been recognised for her outstanding commitment to helping rewrite the future of people in the Hunter, awarded the prestigious annual Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman’s Medal. “I am delighted to bestow the Charitable Foundation’s Chairman’s Medal on Sue Clark-Pitrolo for her work to create the Kaden Centre in the Hunter. Thanks to her vision and determination, her purpose-built exercise oncology centre has so far helped over 800 cancer patients throughout their treatment journey,” said Jennifer Leslie, Chair of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. Established by the Charitable Foundation in 2017, the prestigious Medal acknowledges the contribution of an outstanding individual volunteer to their organisation’s work. “It is such a huge honour to receive this Medal. When I was told, I started to cry,” Sue shared on receiving the news she was awarded the accolade for creating the Kaden Centre. An environmental scientist, Sue was

NINEWAYS CHIROPRACTIC (02) 4961 6200

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“ONE YEAR LATER” – HOW COVID-19 HAS CHANGED GYMS WORDS GJENAE ROSEKELLY - PLANET FITNESS NEWCASTLE THEY SAY IT TAKES 30 DAYS TO CREATE A NEW HABIT OR SHAKE A BAD HABIT. ALTHOUGH, THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU HOW LOCKDOWN WOULD AFFECT AUSTRALIAN MINDSETS AFTER GYMS WERE FORCED CLOSED FOR 83 DAYS IN 2020 DUE TO COVID-19. After almost three months of being shut down, when Planet Fitness re-opened on 13 June, we knew it would be a tough hill to climb to get back to where we were. But what the entire Fitness Industry didn’t expect was that one year later, they would still be facing challenges and also trying to navigate the new priorities in people’s routines which have shifted the fitness world. Shutting down gyms was in the best interest of the Australian public. It also meant that to continue to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, avid gym-goers had to find an alternative. The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BMJ) published an article in correspondence with the University of Sydney, supplementing data that revealed a spike in inside and outdoor exercise within the community when the lockdowns

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hit. This immediately resulted in thousands of home workouts and even more hilarious Instagram videos to follow. Australians also found new interests in hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, and generally walking outside, as someone had to walk their new puppy companion that was purchased during the lockdown! The BMJ data suggested that “despite challenges to an active lifestyle, the COVID-19 lockdown may have led to increases in population-level interest in and engagement with physical activity.” The article notes that despite the simultaneous increase in the typical sedentary behaviour of television viewing, the increase of exercise is still salient. The “potential explanations for the relative increase in exercise interest include compensation for reduced incidental activities, availability of discretionary time, increased health awareness and ubiquitous messages recommending exercise during COVID-19 from media, governments and health authorities (e.g., WHO). In countries such as the UK and Australia, lockdown rules have explicitly allowed for exercise as an

"It was an adventure in wild living and reclaiming the wild woman in me. After being addicted to busyness, it was a real task to discover myself through solitude, endurance, and challenges such as making fire without matches. It was, and still is, very formative," says Claire. "I was so alive and excited about life. Every day, there was a feeling of freedom as I navigated my days." Even though in a small tribe, Claire spent most of her time alone, focussed on shelter, food, fire, and nature. Claire built a one-room igloo for her shelter – with a thatched roof, door and an inside fire pit – to keep her warm and dry. The thatching took her several months to complete. "I loved my shelter. It was beautiful and cosy. The forest was my other rooms for leisure, entertainment, relaxation," said Claire. She also built a stand-alone outside kitchen with a paperbark roof and another external fire site. She collected bushfood of roots, berries, or shoots to go with her dry stores every day. Sometimes, there was meat from road kill or traps. "The most delicious meal was wallaby with fresh-collected greens. It was the first animal I trapped using a hand-made snare. It was such a sense of achievement to live on the land and not survive on supermarkets." She tanned the hide and made it into a bag for her fire tools, which were used instead of matches. Fires were made by two traditional methods – bow drill and hand drill. For three months, Claire had bow-drill fires until her first handdrill, spinning a stick on a piece of wood to create enough friction and heat to ignite coal (ember), struck. "It was a milestone. I felt ecstatic, powerful, and connected with something invisible within. It was a start of a new relationship with fire that is ongoing."

‘essential’ activity, which encouraged some to exercise outside.” This data, along with the general life changes people made (like moving home or pursuing a new active hobby), has been reflected in gym sales, with a current trend evidentpeople just aren’t joining gyms. Behavioural changes will take longer to determine, but right now, your local gym or small studio needs your support. Just like many businesses, Planet Fitness has had to adapt to the new trends and changed mindsets of Australians. This year they installed brand new private and automated Spray Tan Booths, included in their Platinum Membership from only $8 a week. They wanted to give members a bonus for sticking around post-COVID-19, as well as entice customers and give them a new reason as to why they should join a gym (what is better than being golden all year long!?). The Spray Tan Booths have been such a success that Planet Fitness is ready to give back to the community again. On Saturday, 19 June, Planet Fitness is holding an Open Day for the community. Anyone can come and use the gym for free – that includes working out, trying a class, getting a free Spray Tan, using the Infrared Sauna, Massage Chairs and Hydro-Massage Lounges. The Lambton location will have a live DJ, free protein and supplements, a local chiropractor, free sausage sizzle and will be supporting Lifeline in the Push-Up Challenge. Absolutely everyone is welcome to join in – check our social media leading up to the event for updated information @planetfitnessnewcastle.

Although the fire symbolised self-reliance, igniting passion and her heart. It was also a potent, practical element for cooking, boiling the kettle, staying warm and companionship. "It was my TV; I lit a fire most nights and in the morning for a cuppa. it took about 15 minutes to get it started, which helped me gain a new rapport with time." Every day, Claire observed nature. For about an hour, she sat in the same spot at different times and watched the plants, birds, animals, and changes. "I became a sponge absorbing the forest's patterns and started to be literate in nature's book – especially bird language, tracking animals and holistic landscape awareness." While immersed in nature, Claire started to reclaim the wild woman within. Her dreams deepened, intuition strengthened, and her emotions intensified. "It was an earthy sensuality – raw and authentic. Sometimes, it was dirty and messy, and other times, beautiful and feminine. It has stayed with me." From this 12-month experience, Claire wrote her first book, My Year Without Matches; established her passion business (www.naturesapprentice.com.au), guiding people through rewilding; and trained in nature-based human transformational work at Animas Valley Institute in the US. Still on her' love to-do list is a large permaculture garden, learn to spearfish, and live in the bush – for less than a year – to practice her skills. Her next step is the launch of her latest book, Rewilding the Urban Soul, this month in Melbourne and in Newcastle in July. www.intouchmagazine.com.au | 43


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PROPERTY WAVE WORDS QUENTIN VON ESSEN As Sydney siders continue to travel northward en-masse to the Hunter Region, population numbers and property prices continue to climb to unprecedented levels. While Australia’s major cities may have borne the brunt of the majority of COVID cases, casualties and lockdowns throughout 2020, a post-pandemic Australia suggests regional centres such as the Hunter and, in particular, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, will see the greatest longterm transformation with increasing population and demand for housing causing median prices to soar to record levels in 2021. In some cases, more than four times the pace of capital city markets.

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This trend has been happening for too long to be considered a short-term phenomenon. Sydney has been losing population to regional migration for ten years and Melbourne for the past 3 to 4 years. This demand for regional housing can be attributed to a range of factors. Many people are seeking a different lifestyle, one that’s more affordable and relaxed, away from the big expensive and congested cities. In addition, technology and the growing acceptance of commuting and work-from-home scenarios are boosting additional demand for regional centres. The reality is that it is less about the pandemic and more about lifestyle, affordability and technology. And it’s not going away any time soon. For example, Newcastle experienced 4.6% population growth between the 2011 and 2016 censuses, whilst Lake Macquarie saw a 4.4% increase in population over the same period. ABS data shows that COVID only accelerated that trend, with Australian capital cities experiencing a net loss of 11,200 people during July, August and September in 2020, the greatest quarterly net loss since 2001. Interestingly, when people move out to regional areas, they still like to remain in striking distance of capital cities. It is, therefore, no coincidence that the three regional NSW areas that performed the most strongly over the last decade, namely Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, the Southern Highlands Shoalhaven region and the Illawarra – are all within ‘commutable’ distance of Sydney. The better lifestyle promised by regional coastal areas coupled with the ease of access to Sydney’s amenities is a winning combination and also helps explain why Newcastle and Lake Macquarie properties have seen an increase in value.

SO, WHAT IS MAKING NEWCASTLE SO ATTRACTIVE? Apart from being an attractive business and investment location, the Hunter offers residents a lifestyle that is difficult to match, and it does so at a cost of living well below that of the major metropolitan areas across Australia. In addition, significant investments, past and present, have underpinned Newcastle’s transformation into a bustling multicultural city and a vibrant place to live with a diverse economy based around both industry and the service sector. These include the now complete, $368 million light rail system, the Newcastle East End mixed-use development, the $66 million Newcastle Airport runway upgrade, the reimagination of the Broadmeadow sport and entertainment precinct, the John Hunter Hospital Innovation Precinct and the University of Newcastle’s increasing expansion into the CBD – amongst others. “Lifestyle” can mean many things to many people, and for those of us lucky enough to live here, there is no better place to live or a place that offers so much diversity with pristine beaches, limited congestion, a strong sense of community - not to mention an outstanding place to raise a family with good schools, including private schools, health and sporting facilities and all the other facilities and amenities that families need to lead comfortable and fulfilling lives. Yes, the secret is out, and the exodus to an affordable lifestyle has become the dominant trend in Australian real estate across the nation, with city slickers residing in the major capital cities now fast-forwarding their dreams of pursuing a life filled with more affordable housing, flexibility in their work-life balance and evenings winding down on a golden beach.

methodology and even their display home strategy, offering confidence to customers that they won’t encounter any nasty surprises down the track. MORE is MOJO’s base specification, meaning everything within this range is included in the base price of every MOJO Home. A key aspect of this specification is that it contains various items that are often considered upgrades in the broader industry. Items such as stone benchtops in both the Kitchen and Bathrooms, 900mm Kitchen appliances, ducted airconditioning and steel frames all form part of this range and give each MOJO Home a luxury feel, even when built to base level. Surprisingly, items such as flyscreens, downlights and even floor coverings are still excluded from many builders standard offerings. The MOJO team believe a home should be ready to move into from the day you get the keys, without the need to engage and coordinate with additional contractors. “One of the things that consistently comes back to us through customer feedback is how blown away people are with the level of inclusions MOJO offers,” says MOJO’s General Manager of sales, Paul Hogan. “A lot of people who’ve built previously or have gotten quotes from other builders are surprised by some of the things that are left out. I had a client once tell me they got their keys and went to flick on a light, only to realise there were no light globes fitted. MOJO is determined to change the industry for the better, and MORE is just one of the ways we’re doing that.” Honesty and transparency in the building process begin right from the initial quote, and not all “Free Quotes” are

created equal. Many quotes provided within the industry are estimates at best, as until a complete site survey is conducted, it isn’t possible to know the true cost to build a home. A MOJO quote involves a site inspection of your registered land by a registered surveyor or an in-depth analysis of your contour plans if your land is unregistered. This allows the MOJO team to calculate the actual costs associated with building on your lot, meaning they can provide a fixed price quote that gives you more certainty upfront. “The fixed price quote is another way MOJO are combatting a lack of transparency in the industry. We also now offer a 20 month fixed price proposal, which, particularly in the current market climate, where land registration timeframes are often a year plus, offers people that extra level of security,” says Paul. Possibly one of the most beneficial aspects of the MORE concept is the display home strategy around it. From late 2019 onwards, MOJO began displaying at least one home per display site in the MORE spec, meaning customers can enjoy a “what you see is what you get” experience when visiting a MOJO display centre. “Our philosophy is if it’s not good enough to be on display, then it’s not good enough to be a standard inclusion,” says Paul. “That philosophy in and of itself was one of the founding notions of MORE.” So discover MORE for yourself; visit a MOJO display home today at one of five fantastic locations across the Hunter.



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WINTER WINNERS AT OZ DESIGN COLOUR PREFERENCES VARY AS MUCH AS PERSONALITIES – SOME PEOPLE PREFER TO BE SURROUNDED BY BURSTS OF BOLDNESS, WHILE OTHERS LONG FOR SUBTLE SERENITY OF NEUTRALS. Fill your home with hues of colour that you enjoy – choices that will resonate with your personality. Experimenting with different colours and schemes can be a wonderful way to breathe life and personality into your home. However, too much colour can make your interior appear busy and overwhelming. Creams, blush and earthy tones can help tone down the space and restore balance.

A great rule to follow when deciding on an interior colour scheme is the 60:30:10 rule. 60% is the main colour of the room. This will usually be the wall colour or large accent pieces like the Byron rug or the Salotto sofa. The idea is that the 60% colour anchors the space and also serves as a backdrop for what comes next. 30% is the secondary colour. This could include accent chairs, cabinets and small pieces of furniture. The 30% colour supports the main colour but is different enough to set them apart and give the room interest. 10% is your accent colour, the little pops that give your room life and energy. This can be your throw pillows, décor or artwork. The 60:30:10 rule can make choosing colour simple and help achieve balance in decorating.

For this season, OZ Design embraces romantic, warm hues. Terracotta’s versatility can serve as a neutral backdrop or a statement colour in any home, with different tones of the colours spanning trends for all seasons. Terracotta is a rich, warm and tactile orange that has the power to add instant warmth to any home. It is a great accent colour to subtly introduce through cushions, throws, décor or artwork. For a space that is predominately white and looking for a pop of colour, adding terracotta tones through fabrics will add depth and personality without the brashness of a brighter shade. Create a collection of handmade terracotta vases, like the Bindi vase from OZ Design Furniture and display them on a bookshelf, sideboard or console table, or if you’re a plant lover, rehome your favourite plants in a terracotta pot. Although it may not seem like it, terracotta is surprisingly versatile and can be combined with a variety of colours. Terracotta combined with dusty pink is very modern, elegant and feminine. Styling with the different tones of terracotta is ideal for those who like to furnish playing with shades, while the results of combining terracotta and grey are very contemporary and perhaps easier to dose than others. Terracotta matches well with light grey for a sober, elegant and luminous effect. In this case, terracotta helps to warm a cold colour like grey. Lastly, terracotta and blue is a combination that is perhaps a bit more difficult but very chic. Just like with grey, terracotta helps to warm a cold colour like blue, which results in an interesting graphic effect that plays with contrast. Winter is….wandering into OZ Design Furniture’s boundless collections and creating a home that you will fall in love with more and more each day!

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Known for their award-winning architectural homes, McDonald Jones certainly know how to combine the latest trends in family living with all the timeless appeal of classic styling and great design with their three new homes now open at Chisholm. Daniel King, McDonald Jones Hunter Sales Manager, says their newest display homes feature brand new floorplans never seen before across their range. “As the leading residential builder in NSW, we are always excited to deliver new displays and new designs to the Hunter for customers to experience first. There is nothing like walking through a newly built home to inspire you on what is possible and imagine how your family could live in each of the spaces.” All three new displays are single-storey designs but offer three distinctly different interior styles and floorplans to inspire would-be builders. The new Retreat Executive 16 showcases the best of modern architecture with an effortless flow between the spacious living zones and private, quiet spaces, perfect for modern lifestyles. The home includes four bedrooms, a home theatre and children’s activity, plus a stunning galley kitchen with a butler’s pantry and shopper’s entrance. The raked ceilings with skylights create an abundance of natural light across the open plan living for a seamless transition to the outdoors and alfresco cabana. The home is beautifully finished as a coastal beach house 50 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

with a modern twist, including wainscoting wall panelling, muted cool tones complemented by the natural timber flooring and stone benchtops and tiling throughout. “This design really is the epitome of a ‘dream home’, and customers are falling in love with the flow of spaces, the 2.7m raked ceilings and skylights, and of course the full glass wall cabinet for the wine lovers,” Daniel says. The new Miami Encore 16 on display was created to complement contemporary block sizes and to enhance a popular existing design with an impressive new master suite layout, central children’s activity and study in a home that seeks to maximise storage and space for busy modern families. Styled to appeal to those who love a contemporary feel, with its cool matt black colour palette, along with white and greys that exudes effortless sophistication. The use of stone, sleek lighting features and striking black cabinetry throughout the kitchen and bathrooms deliver the ultimate in modern styling for this design. “This Miami has always been one of our most popular designs, and this new floorplan adds to this again, more space, larger robes and bedrooms, but still keeping all the things our customers have always loved.” The striking skillion roof of the new Seaview 16 has enviable curbside appeal and doesn’t disappoint once you step inside. With its impressive entry and the distinct separation created between the living and sleeping zones, the yearround appeal of sun-soaked living, dining and alfresco is sure to inspire you. There are plenty of relaxing spaces in this design, such as the home theatre and children’s activity, with a study nook for the entire family to enjoy. The home has been styled with subtle organic tones, natural raw materials and has a seamless connection to the outdoors with huge corner stacking bi-folds to bring the outdoors in. The Seaview features a breathtaking stone stacked feature wall in the dining, timber grain joinery

throughout and understated tones and textures for a completely calm and organic feeling. “The Seaview is a classic, timeless design,” Dan says. “It’s styled to reflect that earthy, homely feel of relaxed modern living. People love the impressive 3m high foyer ceilings, the street appeal of the façade and the easy flow of this floorplan; it’s easy to see why people love the design.” This new display centre at Waterford Living is a great opportunity to visit three unique single-storey designs to consider when looking for your dream home and to experience the feeling of what true architectural design delivers. “Visiting a display home is not just about experiencing a potential home, it’s about being inspired how a home can reflect your own personal style, your family and way of living.” “When it comes to pinning down the perfect new home design for you, our expert team of Building and Design Consultants are professionally trained to guide and support you in selecting the best home for your requirements. They can also help personalise your design to meet your individual needs,” he says. “Right now, we are offering a $60,000 cash discount until the end of June across our range of homes, so customers not only fall in love with the designs, the price is more affordable than ever to start building the dream home they’ve always wanted.”

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THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD WORDS SALLY DAVIES - Senior Associate, Jenkins Legal WITH PROPERTY PRICES SKYROCKETING, RECENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MORE AND MORE PURCHASERS (FIRST HOME BUYERS IN PARTICULAR) RELY ON “THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD” TO HELP FUND THEIR FORAY INTO THE MARKET. So much so that “Mum and Dad” are now the country’s 9th biggest lender, with Digital Finance Analytics’ statistics indicating that more than 60% of property purchasers are receiving parental assistance to fund their deposit.

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PROBLEMS THAT CAN ARISE INCLUDE: • What is to happen upon the death of one or both of the parents? If the funds are treated as a loan, is the loan to be forgiven or is the child to repay it from their share of the estate? To ensure fairness, is there to be a “levelling up” of bequests to some children to take into account any funds loaned or gifted to other children? • What happens if the child who received the funds dies? Will the funds form part of the deceased child’s estate and potentially be paid to the child’s spouse? Was that the intention? • What happens if the child goes bankrupt? For instance, if the funds are a gift, then it’s likely that the proceeds will be clawed back by the trustee in bankruptcy for payment of creditors, while if the funds are a loan, then the parents may be able to classify themselves as a creditor and recover some or all of the funds. • What happens if the child separates from, or divorces, their spouse? If the funds are a gift rather than a loan, they may be added to the matrimonial pool and a portion lost to the ex-spouse in a property split. In Australia, there is a legal principle called ‘the presumption of advancement or gift’, where it is presumed that the advancement of money to a child is a gift rather than a loan. This presumption can be rebutted with evidence; however, such evidence must exist.

In short, documentation is key. If it is a gift, make sure that you have something in writing to make that clear, and consider whether any updates need to happen with estate planning documents to ensure there aren’t fights amongst other children down the track. If the advance of funds is a loan, whilst having anything in writing to say that is a start, nothing beats having a loan agreement in place that clearly sets out the terms (for example, how long the loan is for, what the repayment terms are, what interest is to be charged, etc.). This loan would also, ideally, be secured through registration of a mortgage or caveat on the property that the funds were advanced for the purchase of. Finally, all parties should review their estate planning documents to consider whether any changes need to be made to address the loaned funds. Open and clear communication and documentation are key to providing help to your kids to get them into the property market while minimising the risk of there being a sting in the tail down the track.

If you need assistance concerning estate planning, property matters, or the documentation of loans, please give Jenkins Legal Services a call on 4929 2000 or email office@jenkinslegal.com.au. This article is not legal advice, and the views and comments are of a general nature only. This article is not to be relied upon in substitution for detailed legal advice.

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