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ISSUE #49 // OCTOBER 2019

It’s Seriously Dramatic at

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From the Editors... There’s a little bit of drama in all of us, right? Hunter Drama founder Daniel Stoddart says that Drama has always been part of his life in one way or another, but it wasn't until University that he began to take it seriously, ironically after failing drama in the HSC! Fast forward 12 years and Hunter Drama is now the most successful and prolific junior drama school certainly in the region and perhaps further abroad, growing from just six students in the early days to now over 450 students attending classes every week from Newcastle to Cessnock, East Maitland and Singleton. In this issue, we speak to Daniel about the success of the school and upcoming production Peter Pan Jr, put on by students and appearing for a short season at the Civic Theatre this school holidays. As we hit the stands this month the gates of our local school's slam shut for two weeks to a collective sigh from teachers, and a collective shriek from parents! Never fear – we’ve got you covered! Our regular School Holidays Guide has become the go-to guide for sanity for local parents, and this issue provides no exception. Starting on page 47, you’ll find the instant antidote to “I’m bored!” If the idea of sitting outdoors in the sunshine with a cheese platter and a glass of bubbles, having a laugh with friends and taking in the atmosphere of a day of Jazz Music provided by some of our countries greatest proponents of the genre (including fan-fave Kate Ceberano) sounds like you then there’s a ticket to Jazz in the Vineyards with your name on it on sale now! Read more on page 18. Early this month we will all put our clocks forward (or let our technology do it for us) for the start of daylight saving. But have you ever wondered why we have daylight saving at all, or know that there are legalities to daylight saving that most of us take for granted? Thanks to Jenkins Legal for shining some (day)light on this tricky subject on page 28. Enjoy! Stay intouch at getintouch@intouchmagazine.com.au


Contents ISSUE #49 OCTOBER 2019 Features 12

It's Seriously Dramatic at Hunter Drama


Mamma Mia! Good-Times on (and off) the Stage


The Skride Piano Quartet


Get Jazzy at Jazz in the Vineyards!


The Lake Macquarie Open Gardens Weekend


Listen Up! Season 2 of Oversubscribed is Out Now


Live Wild at Jamala Wildlife Lodge


Do it Yourself Wills: Cheap Solution or Expensive Problem?


Bicentenary Celebrations Around the Globe


Preventing Burnout at Work


A New Perspective


Lifetime Solutions from RetainEase


Sustainable, Money Saving Options from SolarBright


School Holiday Special Feature

What started as a University student hosting drama masterclasses at various public schools across the region is now the enigma we all know now as Hunter Drama. This month we speak to founder Daniel Stoddart about his own thespian successes as well as those of his students. Read more on page 12.

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CONTRIBUTORS Michelle Meehan Jess Codrington Di von Essen Quentin von Essen Tanya Obreza Claire Bradshaw Brett Cameron

Chloe O'Sullivan Anne Ward Chris Walkom Mia Kyrikos AJM Photography Laura Jackel Hannah Smith Jamie-Lee Donohoe Kim-Cherie Davidson

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What’s on? TUESDAY, OCT 1 It's School Holidays! Check out a massive range of activities on offer from page 47.

►COMING UP OCT WEDNESDAY 2ND Elvis An American Trilogy Wests New Lambton THURSDAY 3RD Amy Shark NEX Snowfish + Paris Grace 5 Sawyers FRIDAY 4TH Tim McGraw Hope Estate Foemen Prince of Wales Glovers Lane The Edwards Megan Core + DJ Tim Coffee Hotel Delany Delta Riggs DJ Set Family Hotel SATURDAY 5TH Eishan Ensemble The Royal Exchange Minét and Camille Olive Tree Markets Phonic Duo Duke of Wellington The Social Adamstown Bowling Club Thunder Monkeys + Chin Chen + grrumble Wickham Park Hotel Prestige Inc Honeysuckle Hotel SUNDAY 6TH Jam Be Good The Landing MONDAY 7TH Bobby C Honeysuckle Hotel FRIDAY 11TH Kylie Jane Hotel Delany Mark Wells Trio Honeysuckle Hotel Downtown The Duo The Junction Hotel Kid On A Leash + Lunar Umbra Beach Hotel SATURDAY 12TH Michael Jackson Legacy Tour Belmont 16s Hurricane Fall Stockton Bowling Club Dean Kyrwood Northern Star Hotel Dai Pritchard Wickham Park Hotel The Bender 2019 The Lock-Up SUNDAY 13TH Homebase Bar on the Hill, UoN Kids Disco Free Stockton Bowling Club FRIDAY 18TH Chocolate Starfish The Cambridge Hotel Lloyd Spiegel Stag & Hunter Hotel Onshore Beach Hotel Madelyn Battlesticks SATURDAY 19TH Roy Orbison Reborn Wests New Lambton Holy Holy The Cambridge Shivoo Blackbutt Hotel KISStory Beresfield Bowling Club Zane Penn Duo Duke of Wellington FKA Festival Hope Estate SUNDAY 20TH Stella Donnelly The Cambridge Early Daze Stockton Bowling Club Crocq Honeysuckle Hotel The Mark Of Cain The Small Ballroom FRIDAY 25TH Matt McLaren Duke of Wellington SATURDAY 26TH Dami Im Belmont 16s Snape Trilogy MEX Club Mayfield Slowly Slowly Newcastle Hotel Kasey Chambers NEX SUNDAY 27TH Lachlan Homegrown Markets Speers Point

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The Big Draw Festival The world’s biggest celebration of drawing is coming to Lake Mac! Catch Big Draw on the Foreshore on 8–10 Oct and The Big Draw Marathon at Toronto Library on Oct 26+27, which includes life drawing, drop-in drawing walls and sunset art. Book at www.library.lakemac.com.au Teddy Bears Picnic Bring your teddy and a picnic and join in the teddy bear games, craft, dip-netting and more at Hunter Wetlands, from 10am 1+11 Oct. tickets: www.wetlands.org.au

WEDNESDAY, OCT 2 Boards Out West Everything skate, surf & snowboard every Wednesday of the school holidays at Wallsend Library. Board-riding films and pizza. Bookings are essential. 2+9 October.

THURSDAY, OCT 3 Much Ado About Nothing Presented by Bell Shakespeare at Civic Theatre. This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival Newcastle CBD will be alive with over 150 events – live music, performances, panels, workshops, live art, installations, projections and more. 3–6 October.

FRIDAY, OCT 4 TiNA Takeover Visit Newcastle Art Gallery for live music, live art, radical electronic DJs and projections, 6pm–9pm. Free. Blithe Spirit A comedy originally from the West End in 1941. 4–19 October, find tickets at www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

Grand Final Family Day Head to Lambton Park Hotel for family entertainment plus the NRL Grand Final. Loads of kids activities in the carpark from 12pm. Newcastle International Half Marathon + Community 5km Run the iconic Newcastle coastline in this inaugural event. www.hevents.com.au Newcastle Vegan Market The Station, Newcastle 9am–4pm.

THURSDAY, OCT 10 Peter Pan Jr Presented by Hunter Drama. 10–12 October.

FRIDAY, OCT 11 Oktoberfest at The Grain Store 2 days of German beer, food and dancing! Free, 11+12 October. HMRI Open Day A day of fun and education where you can meet the researchers and find out all about the work happening behind the scenes at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Register (for free) at www.hmri.org.au

SATURDAY, OCT 12 Spring Street Festival Newcastle Youth Council invites you to talk, learn & think globally through a clothes swap, music, food, art, stalls, an emerging artist market and workshops on a range of issues – plus more! 10am–3pm at Newcastle Art Gallery. Health & Fitness Festival A range of health and fitness products and stalls, food, classes and demonstrations at The Station, Newcastle 8.30am– 6pm. It's free! Aussie Night Markets 4pm–10pm, Dixon Park Beach, 12+13 October


SATURDAY, OCT 5 Woodstockton Celebrating 50 years since Woodstock, join Stockton Bowling Club for 7 bands from 12pm. It's all free!

Newcastle Farmers Markets Every Sunday, 7am–1pm. Broadmeadow Racecourse (usually at Newcastle Showground).

Circus Avalon – Safari Some of Australia's most awarded performers under the little big top. 5–13 October, www.circusavalon.com.au/tickets

SportsFest Sport, fitness classes, health and wellness booths and healthy food stalls will line Speers Point Park for a free, all ages community day run by Hunter Academy of Sport, 10am–2pm.

Younger Young Writers' Program Writing sessions for teens, as part of the National Young Writers' Festival. Sessions include panels, conversations and workshops. Free, register at www.eventbrite.com.au Oktoberfest Newcastle The world’s most celebrated beer festival at The Station, Newcastle. Visit www.oktoberfestnewcastle.com.au Lifeline Newcastle Book Fair Thousands of pre-loved books for sale. 5–7 October. Saturday 9am–4pm, Sunday + Monday 10am–4pm, The Lampworks, 54 Clyde Street Hamilton. Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Civic Theatre. Mattara Festival Newcastle Show rides, craft, petting zoo, entertainment and more at Wallsend Park, 5–13 October. Jungle Boogie A rock 'n' soul dance party at 48 Watt St. Tickets at www.trybooking.com

SUNDAY, OCT 6 Newcastle Farmers Markets Every Sunday, 7am–1pm, Newcastle Showground (Oct 13 at Broadmeadow Racecourse).

Sunday Sessions at The Station From 12pm–7pm each Sunday, find food, drinks and live music at The Station, Newcastle.

MONDAY, OCT 14 YWCA Encore – Breast Cancer Exercise Program A free 8 week program designed for women who have experienced breast cancer to improve and retain mobility and flexibility, confidence and wellbeing. Every Monday, 1.15pm–3.15pm, Croudace Bay. Contact YWCA Hunter Region to join in.

TUESDAY, OCT 15 Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company Civic Theatre.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 16 Playing Face 16–19 October, The Playhouse.

THURSDAY, OCT 17 Dame Edna – My Gorgeous Life The grand dame of world theatre has come out of retirement for one last tour! 17–19 October, Civic Theatre.

SATURDAY, OCT 19 Homegrown Markets At The Station, Newcastle 9am–2pm. Lake Mac Food & Wine Festival Free event at Speers Point Park 12pm–8pm. Mental Health Wellness Walk Meet at Hunter St Mall (exact location TBA) at 9.30am for 10am start. Head to Civic Park for stalls, entertainment and food. Lake Macquarie Superboats High-octane vessels and jet ski racing, markets, car displays and free water sports at Warners Bay, 19+20 October.

SUNDAY, OCT 20 Fernleigh15 Run or walk the Fernleigh Track for yourself or in a team. www.greater.com.au/ community/our-partners/calendar Newcastle Record + CD Fair 10am–4pm, The Croation Club Wickham. Gone Fishing Day Free info sessions, casting comp, local experts, touch tank, kids activities. More info page 9. Pelican Foreshore, 9am–3pm.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 23 The Ugly One Lette takes matters into his own hands with some transformative cosmetic surgery. 23–26 Oct, www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au The Last Scorpio By Newcastle University Drama Society. At The CAS Theatre on Beaumont Street, until Oct 27. Half price tickets for Scorpio's on the door! Visit www.trybooking.com

FRIDAY, OCT 25 Mamma Mia! Civic Theatre, 25 Oct–9 Nov. Reclaim the Night Part of a global protest for women's right to be free from sexual violence and abuse. Gregson Park Hamilton, 6pm.

SATURDAY, OCT 26 Wallsend Halloween Party Celebrations in the town centre, 9.30am–12.30pm. More info Page 25. Wollombi at The Station Wollombi Music Festival is bringing music to The Station. Tickets at Humantix. Harbour2Vine 2019 An on-road cycling event. 58km event and 1km kid event. www.harbour2vine.com.au

SUNDAY, OCT 27 Live Your Light Mind Body & Soul Expo Stalls offering a range of services and products, free workshops and demos. Entry $10, under 12s free. 10am–5pm, Souths Merewether. Girls on Key Poetry Reading Newcastle poetry reading featuring women and gender diverse poets. Open Mic to All! 6pm, Bank Corner Espresso, 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle. My Kids Market Good quality pre-loved baby and kids goods. Cash only, entry $4 for adults, Newcastle Basketball Stadium. 9am–12pm. Homegrown Markets At Speers Point Park, Warners Bay, 10am–2pm.

THURSDAY, OCT 31 Radical Reels Tour 7 short action-packed adventure films that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Event Cinemas Kotara.

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What’s on? Coming Up NOVEMBER

Live & Cookin’

FRIDAY 1ST House Plant Revival No.2 Desert Sunday Co is bringing plants galore to Carrington Fruit Factory on 1,2+3 November. Grinspoon Chemical Hearts Tour Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

31 Morehead Street, Lambton Doors open from 6pm FULLY LICENSED

SATURDAY 2ND Press Club The Cambridge Hotel. TUESDAY 5TH Melbourne Cup There are plenty of events happening around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie – check your favourite local! THURSDAY 7TH Reel Rock Film Tour One of climbing's greatest celebrations at Event Cinemas Kotara, 7+20 November. FRIDAY 8TH Strassman The Chocolate Diet Wests New Lambton, 8+9 Nov. An Evening with Q&A host Tony Jones Presented by Newcastle Writers Festival. Tickets at www.trybooking.com SATURDAY 9TH Newcastle Lapidary Club Gem + Jewellery Fair 9+10 Nov, at Broadmeadow PCYC. This That Festival At Wickham Park. www.thisthat.com.au Sing Along to the Shows – Moon, Sun and Stars Mark this year’s anniversary of the first Moon landing through song. $10 at the door (incl afternoon tea), 2pm, The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church. Proceeds to Camp Breakaway. SUNDAY 10TH Scene & Heard Festival Wickham Park. www.oztix.com.au Five Senses Twilight Market Lambton Park, 4pm–8pm. MONDAY 14TH McLeish Estate Wine Dinner Wests New Lambton. SUNDAY 17TH Art Bazzar At Lambton Park, 9am–3pm. THURSDAY 21ST Supercars Grand Finale Breakfast Mingle with the drivers and support Westpac Helicopter Service. Tickets are limited, $80pp. Visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/events FRIDAY 22ND Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Visit www.supercars.com for information and tickets for the Supercars Finale! 22–24 Nov. SUNDAY 24TH Lake Singers Last Performance – ‘Show Stoppers’ (Songs from Musicals) with Waratah Male Voice Choir and guest artists. 2pm, Belmont Uniting Church.



Steve Balbi + Special Guest Lozz Benson


Saturday, 19 November 2019


The creative chameleon, Steve Balbi, returns to Lizotte’s for one night only on Saturday 16 November. The music of singer, composer, performer and producer mines a kaleidoscope of life at the margins. Navigating a wistful path from melancholy through madness, transcending rock and pop as he coalesces sentimentality and soul, Balbi bespeaks Bowie and Dylan in melody and verse, meanwhile exploring the heterogeneity, refinement and dirty rotten groove of Radiohead. Exclusive to Lizotte’s, Balbi will be joined by Sydney songstress, drummer, percussionist and pianist, Lozz Benson (John Butler Trio). A noted regular at Bluesfest, the Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival and Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Benson has performed with Paul Kelly, Steve Smyth, Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Sandy Evans, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Chris D’Rozario (Brian Setzer), Jacob Stone (Bluejuice), The Vegetable Plot and Zoe Hauptmann, to name just a few. Balbi and Benson’s exclusive appearance at Lizotte’s is one show not to be missed. For tickets and more information visit www.lizottes.com.au



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What's On


This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) Thursday, 3rd–Sunday, 6th October This independent, emerging and experimental arts festival will bring Newcastle CBD alive through live music, performances, panels, workshops, in conversations, live art, installations, projections and plenty of special events. Highlights include the Hunter Poetry Slam Regional Final, a Garden Party at a grand home in Merewether, a Takeover of Newcastle Art Gallery, the annual NYWF Zine Fair plus loads more. Check out the full program at www.thisisnotart.org

SportsFest Sunday, 13th October Hunter Academy of Sport are hosting the annual SportsFest this month, a day of fun and physical activity where people of all ages and abilities can try multiple sports in a great inclusive environment – all for free! This annual community day was created to help motivate locals, drive sporting registrations and just generally increase the health and wellbeing of our local community. Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges will be dotted along the Speers Point Park Sportsgrounds, along with fitness classes, health and wellness booths, and healthy food stalls. Sports likely to be included are football, rock climbing, netball, athletics, rowing, and lots more. So if you've wanted to try your hand at a certain sport or find out how to join in, this is your chance! Head to Speers Point Park from 10am–2pm. For more information visit www.hunteracademy.org.au



Picnic in Style! Every day in Spring McGuigan are offering a range of experiences that allow you to explore their wines. If you are looking for something extra special, their Picnic Hamper Experience is the perfect choice! Each hamper includes a selection of local Hunter Valley cheeses, antipasto and crackers. Cutlery, glassware and picnic blanket provided. Special pricing is available on all wine purchases. The hampers are available through Spring. To book, visit www.mcguiganwines.com.au and click on Experiences.

Homegrown Newcastle (and now also Lake Mac!)

WoodStockton Saturday, 5th October With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year, the 4th instalment of WoodStockton is only fitting! Head to Stockton Bowling Club for a family friendly afternoon/night full of classic music, with 7 bands playing on the green from midday to 7pm, along with food trucks, drinks, sunshine and fun for all ages. The lineup includes TK, Code Red Trio, Evergreen, CCR Band, Eyes On You, Misbehave and Amigos.

Saturday, 19th + Sunday, 27th October If you’ve been in hibernation (ok – it has been Winter, after all, so you’re excused), then you may have missed the new eco-focused, handmade market that has popped up in Newcastle, and is set to make it’s Lake Mac debut at Speers Point later this month. Homegrown showcases a hand-picked line-up of stalls from local-based creatives and foodies with an enviable focus on sustainability, handmade and the environment. Visit Homegrown at The Station on Saturday, October 19 (9am until 2pm) for a lineup of 90 handmade stalls, delicious food and coffee, local produce, eco-conscious incentives like their popular mug library, kids urban farming, craft and reading workshops, live music, scooter track and good vibes. The inaugural Homegrown at Speers Point Park on Sunday, October 27 (10am until 2pm) will showcase all of the usual Homegrown market essentials in addition to a full line up of unique stallholders, multigenerational workshops and Halloween themed activities.

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Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 19th October Operating on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8am to 2pm on the beautiful Warners Bay Foreshore, Warners Bay Markets offer a large selection of fashion, gifts, homewares, arts and crafts, jewellery, skincare, pet accessories, local produce, gourmet delights, live entertainment and plenty more to tempt you! It’s a great day out for the whole family – including your fur-baby (responsible owners only). Pop in and stroll around – find something different and unique, pick up some fresh local produce, enjoy a coffee or a bite from one of the street eat vans and then take home some fresh baked goodies. Don’t forget to check out the many wonderful local businesses while you are in Warners Bay. Email warnersbaymarkets@ outlook.com for further information or to book a stall, or visit www.facebook.com/WarnersBayMarkets

Gone Fishing and Boating Day Sunday, 20th October DPI, Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue and Maritime will again be running a host of activities in celebration of fishing and boating on the Pelican Foreshore, from 9am–3pm. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun, with free how to fish sessions, casting comps and sessions, free goodie bags with bonus fishing lures, fishing tip classes by local experts, boating safety and displays, boat rides, sail past, touch tank, prizes and loads of free kids activities. The day will be free, no fishing licence required and all ages are welcome!



Lake Macquarie Superboats

Fernleigh 15

Saturday, 19th – Sunday, 20th October Catch all the action with two days of speed and excitement as Round 4, Offshore Superboat Championships returns to Lake Macquarie. This massive weekend is packed full of events to keep you entertained, including the Lake Mac Food and Wine Festival, a show and shine competition, pop-up bar, plus free watersports. The best way to enjoy this awesome weekend is with the full VIP experience. For $90 a head, you receive access to a VIP Marquee, 5 drink vouchers (beer, wine or soft drink), a catered lunch, and a licensed bar. To purchase tickets for the VIP Experience, head to www.trybooking.com (simply search Superboats VIP). For the best spots to catch all the action and to check out the full program of events on offer, head to www.lakemac.com.au/superboats or head to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lakemaccity

Sunday, 20th October The iconic Fernleigh 15 is back this year, where runners and walkers can experience the amazing 15km Fernleigh Track free of bicycles and traffic. The event will feature an individual race, as well as a 5-person relay – with change zones at each of the railway stations along the track. You'll start at Adamstown and head towards Belmont, passing through suburbia, underneath the Pacific Highway through a tunnel, run through Glenrock nature reserve and past Redhead. There will plenty of entertainment for spectators and runners once finished with food trucks and refreshments, entertainment such as the HIT106.9 Party Zone and live broadcast and the Greater Bank Active Recovery Zone. Entry is $50 for individuals, or $85 for the relay (includes bus). Entry prices will go up October 7. Visit www.runnsw.com.au/event/2019-fernleigh-15

Walk for Type 1 Diabetes Sunday, 27th October The worlds biggest Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) fundraising event will be happening at Speers Point Park this month. Show the strength of your local #JDRFbluearmy by getting your family, friends and colleagues together for a great day out! The event is free, with lunch and kids activities available after a 5km walk. Register beforehand at walk.jdrf.org.au, or arrive early at 9am and register on the day (10am start). Walk to help turn type one into type none!


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when you’re this strapped for cash, options can look limited. You don’t like turning to family for help, but in pooling resources, late October promises both productivity and fun. A fabulous way to end the month. Pisces 19 February – 20 March Think big, as bountiful Jupiter settles in your career sector. Ambition should be a top priority, but it needs to be matched by careful planning. Managing your time and energy is crucial when turning opportunities into reality. Perhaps change your career or start a business of your own? It’s time to raise your public profile or to turn a hobby into income. For guaranteed success, plan ahead and leave nothing to chance.

Astrologer TANYA OBREZA on what’s in the stars.

STAR OF THE MONTH Lake Macquarie Food and Wine Festival Speers Point Park 19 October • 12pm-8pm

Lake Macquarie Superboats Lake Macquarie • 19-20 October Enjoy the VIP Experience with access to drink vouchers, catered lunch and entertainment. $90 cost per ticket. Book now! Warners Bay Markets Warners Bay Foreshore 19-20 October • 9am–4pm Fernleigh 15 Fernleigh Track • 20 October

Coming up next month • 21 November Lake Macquarie Centre for Performing Arts The Real Film Festival defines the Hunter’s personality, transforming Speers Point Park with bold films of real stories and cutting-edge documentaries.

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Libra 23 September – 22 October Recent months were probably not at all what you’d hoped for. Many Librans encountered uncertainty or disruption and, bit by bit, these negative attributes chipped away at your selfidentity. This next year encourages physical, mental and spiritual renewal - this time, with you as an active contributor. Many outworn attitudes are discarded for new ideals more relevant to the present. Though work may demand even more commitment, you’re rewarded with unprecedented success. There’s also enough planetary diversions for unusual romantic adventures. And with added confidence on the rise, you voluntarily return to the social scene. Welcome back, Libra. You’ve been missed. Scorpio 23 October – 21 November An extremely busy month means you’ll need to concentrate - a huge ask for any restless Scorpio. The culprit? Your imagination. There’s a whole world of possibilities out there and staying tethered to commitment could feel like a prison sentence. Behave, and you may get the occasional day release. With emotions also running high, October draws you towards illicit liaisons. Just take care that secrets aren’t exposed. Sagittarius November 22 – December 21 It’s my guess you need a rest. Take advantage of October, which offers a spot of relaxation: maybe some contemplation. Find somewhere warm - kick through the sand; curl up under the doona. Some of you, though, find it hard to slam on the brakes. Try, or you’ll end up exhausted when work spurs into overdrive at month’s end. In the meanwhile, open up to the possibility of love - it’s closer than you think. Capricorn December 22 – January 19 Obsessions, or one particular project, rule October’s agenda. Ideas become more intense as spiritual and intellectual awareness deepens. Capricorns seek greater personal power through the use of knowledge, travel or meditation. For many, this means a step up the career ladder. Others will notice your talents and welcome you into a new work arena. Interestingly, business and romantic alliances may not be too far removed. Aquarius 20 January – 18 February You have a few issues in limbo, which doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep - especially if money’s involved. There has to be a way of finalising matters, even if it means getting professional advice. But

Aries 21 March – 20 April Romance makes its mark in many ways in October. Some fall head over heels. Others reach a watershed. Either way, Arien hearts beat with a new intensity. Singles have their flings but also consider a commitment. Couples are more willing to offer mutual support. All in all, it’s a month when the planets give you an easier time of it. You can also afford to spend a few dollars - just keep your luxuries affordable. Taurus 21 April – 20 May October presents a paradox. Even when work demands so much, maverick thoughts stray towards love and sensual satisfaction. Keep in mind that you don’t have to act on every fantasy. As much as you love carnal thrills, you might find yourself outside your comfort zone. Don’t worry; this is an out of the ordinary situation. Revel in it while it lasts. Be bold, Taurus. Gemini 21 May – 21 June As a Gemini, you believe in miracles - so welcome the amazing events that are coming your way but don’t become complacent. Although you may be riding a wave of optimism, the currents may be unpredictable, so pay attention to details. Also, be prepared to jettison old baggage for new opportunities. Money shouldn’t be too much of a problem, so you can afford to work and play hard. Cancer 22 June – 22 July Mars rules your home sector through October, drawing attention to personal matters. Enhance your living space so that it can nourish your hopes and dreams. Cancerians 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 faith open the way for unconditional love. Leo 23 July – 22 August Just when you’re anticipating drama from one direction, it comes from another. Many important conversations take place this month. The outcome depends on your reaction but think twice before laying the blame on others. Late in October, an inner need to restructure your life releases passions you thought had passed you by. Apparently, not so. You delight in treading the same path as in younger days. Virgo 23 August – 22 September Mars looks set to spark some fiery debates in October. Little can be left to chance, with cash flow being the most contentious issue. You’ll have to think on your feet as each new financial twist unfolds. Love isn’t about to lay its cards on the table either. Look out for devious behaviour. Someone’s got a secret, which could be held against you. Get to the bottom of it, any way you can.

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 wideranging international following, mostly due to her reassuring, down to earth presence.

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If it wasn’t for the influence of one university professor, Daniel Stoddart might well have been writing this article instead of being its subject. Now an award-winning actor, director, producer and the founder of Hunter Drama, Stoddart had somewhat reluctantly embarked down the path towards a Communications degree when the Head of the Drama Department at the University of Newcastle, Professor Victor Emeljanow, wrote what was to be a career-changing letter.

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“Drama has always been a part of my life in one way or another… but it wasn’t until I got to university that I really took it seriously,” Stoddart said. “I failed drama in the HSC, so it’s kind of ironic that I’m doing all this stuff now. It just goes to show how unimportant the HSC is, I guess. “Mum was like, ‘You’re a bit of a performer. You could be a newsreader or something,’… so I went and started doing Communications (at university). “As part of that, you could do ten credit points of an introduction to drama. The Head of Drama wrote me a letter at the end of first-year drama and said, ‘You’ve got such a flair for drama. Why don’t you do some more drama subjects – this (can be) a career path’. “And I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll do that,’ so I dropped Communications totally and did just all drama subjects, much to my parents’ fear and worry, I guess.” At the same time that he was learning the finer details of the craft at university, Stoddart was passing on his knowledge to the next generation, hosting drama masterclasses at various public schools across the region. Part-time work with place activation organisation Newcastle Live Sites also saw Stoddart gain arts administration skills while putting on and singing in the acclaimed Ultra Swing Lounge musical show offered a practical insight into the world of performing arts production. Fast forward a few years and Stoddart was at a crossroads in his career. After graduating from university he had auditioned for and been accepted into Australia’s most prestigious drama school, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) – before almost inexplicably turning it down. ►

Instead, he decided to combine all the skills and experience he had so far accumulated to focus on the development of his own fledgeling drama school – Hunter Drama. Originally known as the Hunter Region Drama School, it began its life in a small hall at Glendale in April 2007 following repeated requests from the students in his masterclasses who wanted to learn more. Beginning with just six students, the concept quickly gained momentum and by its second week around 26 eager thespians had joined in. By the end of its first year, the drama school had welcomed more than 126 students into its ranks, and it was not long before that number doubled again to hover around the 300 mark. “Hunter Drama came along when I was really at a crossroads,” Stoddart said. “I started it, and I said to myself, ‘I’ll do this for three years, I’ll just give it a go, and then I’ll move on and do something else, I’ll go on and do my acting for myself.’ But here we are 12 years later, and I love it.

“Over the years, we’ve just continued to grow. We’ve got about 450 students that come every week now, and it’s grown from not just classes in Newcastle, but we also run classes in Cessnock, Singleton, and East Maitland as well. “We’ve got that big pool that we're drawing from now, into the Upper Hunter as well, which is really exciting.” Aside from a name change, Hunter Drama has also had several venue changes over the years, with their most recent move seeing them set up a dedicated office and rehearsal space in Broadmeadow. Moving into the two-storey building in 2016 represented a major milestone in the development of Hunter Drama, which over the years has firmly established itself as the region’s premier independent training facility for young people in the dramatic arts.

“I can count on one hand the significant business growth milestones (of Hunter Drama), in terms of where we are now,” Stoddart said. “One of them would be moving the office out of our garage at home, into a real office. That was nice. “And one of them is definitely moving in here. Our enrolments jumped up by about 50, just by being here on Brunker Road with a sign out front. “All the challenges of renting school halls and things like that, people forgetting keys and schools double booking, all of those stressful things just don’t happen anymore. “Moving here was a turning point. It allowed us to have space at our disposal. It means that the office staff can communicate directly with the tutors, and vice versa. If a tutor is away, one of us just jumps in and teaches the class. “The space also gets used by other companies as well, so there's a really nice synergy between other companies and Hunter Drama, both working out of the same building simultaneously. It’s just nice networking across different companies. “Nice creative opportunities have come up that would not have ordinarily come up if we didn’t have this space. We’re just about to start to run A Musical in a Week Program, where kids come and rehearse and stage and costume the whole thing in one week. “We were not able to do those sorts of things before, but now, having the space, we can put whatever we want in it.” Hunter Drama caters for young people between the ages of 3 and 21, with dynamic learning opportunities in stage acting, screen acting, musical theatre, design, directing and writing. They offer a range of experiences, including term classes, short courses, masterclasses, productions and more. Among the most popular offerings is the Young Actors Program, which exposes kids to the fundamental concepts of being on a stage. Stoddard said the program features a world-class drama syllabus designed to cater specifically to each age group and their skill level. Industry professional tutors facilitate supportive, inclusive, energetic and fun drama classes that aim to build confidence and creativity in each and every student. “We treat the five-year-olds just as we would treat professional actors, tailored to their age groups,” he said. (Continued next page) ►

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“And you come here to learn not just the craft of acting and the discipline of it but also the industry etiquette as well. If you go to a rehearsal, or you go to an audition, what you need to prepare. What you need to wear, how you need to look, how you need to engage with the people on the audition panel. All of that kind of professional realm, we look at as well. “We do this for two reasons; for kids that do want to take it really seriously, but also just helping them for when they go for job interviews and things like that, all of those transferable skills.” Hunter Drama’s Musical Theatre Program is also incredibly popular, incorporating dance, movement and vocals as well as acting. “Kids that take both those courses can audition for our musicals and our plays so they can actually put into practice the skills that they’re learning in the classes,” Stoddart said.

“If anybody ever shows particular promise, or approaches us about wanting to take it seriously, we mentor them and guide them in a direction that could set up a career path for them. “We help them audition for some of the big drama schools in Australia, help them find an agent, help them find somebody to take headshots, all those sorts of things as well. “We’ve had people that have gone on to NIDA, we've got people who have gone on to WAAPA, which is the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, where Hugh Jackman went. “There are others that have just pursued careers straight out of here, getting an agent and going on to auditions. We’ve got people who now have an agent in Los Angeles, some that have an agent based here in Australia and at the moment we’ve got two students that are in the production of Hair that’s on down at the Sydney Opera House.

“One of the best examples of how Hunter Drama can change a person and where it can take them is a kid called Will Parker. Will started when he was seven or eight, and he was the shyest kid I ever met. He clung onto his mum’s leg; he wouldn't get up and be involved in the games, he’d sit over to the side. “And that kid is now studying at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, where Robin Williams went. He just started last week. “To go from that to that, is the most warming thing, knowing that we’ve impacted that kid so heavily. “I still remember the first time he performed a lead role in one of our shows. It was a janitor in Bugsy Malone. He had a solo song. I remember when he walked out to do his solo the very first time and eyeballed the audience, he just went white as a sheet. “But by the end of that week, after he’d done it multiple times, he was a different person. It was miraculous; it was like being touched by the hand of God. There was no stopping him after that, he just grew and grew and grew, and now he’s off studying in one of the biggest acting schools in the world.” But the benefits of attending this remarkable drama school go far beyond just training the next generation of actors and actresses to industry level – Hunter Drama also has a far more simple and holistic aim. “Although our primary focus is offering drama and acting opportunities for kids in the forms of courses, workshops and production opportunities where they can audition to perform on stage, we also use drama and acting as a vehicle basically to develop young people into the best versions of themselves possible,” Stoddart said. “We try to inspire them to find out what’s possible for themselves in their own life, to get them to think outside the box, to nurture them and encourage them to get them to take risks in their performance. “We’re really passionate about developing young people because we know that they’re the future and we’d like to change the future by inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves possible. ►

“The two kind of go hand-in-hand, the professional industry level training and the holistic approach because to be really good at anything we believe you need to be good at being yourself first. “Having that kind of confidence and positivity about yourself as a person is particularly important for young people in this day and age. The world just knocks it out of you so quickly. “But, being able to feel confident in your own skin reflects then on everything else you do in your life. “There have been many studies that show when someone has that sense of belonging and that sense of comfort in themselves; then their academic records go up as well at the same time. ‘So it’s immeasurable, the ways drama can affect you as a person.” Stoddart believes being exposed to creative and performing arts offers so many benefits for children, regardless of whether they’re up on stage themselves or just enjoying the show from the audience. “There are so many benefits of exposing kids to drama, even if it’s just going along

Visit www.hunterdrama.com.au for more details about all Hunter Drama’s upcoming productions and the various training courses on offer.

don’t have to worry about attention spans and things like that. It’s a real bite-size introduction, which is great.” Fifty of the Hunter’s brightest young musical theatre performers from Hunter Drama will present a lavish, largescale production of this high-flying, Tony Award-winning musical, which has been delighting audiences around the world for For parents who have never taken their more than 60 years. children to a live performance before, The cast has been preparing for the Hunter Drama’s upcoming production of show for the past three months, while Peter Pan JR offers a taste of theatre in a those performers in the lead roles perfect, bite-sized 60-minute package. recently stepped up their training by One of the most beloved family undertaking “flying lessons” with worldmusicals of all time, the magical tale leading production company Showtech in of Peter Pan will be brought to life on Melbourne. the majestic Civic Theatre stage during Stoddart said the quality of the show October under the expert guidance of was so high that Hunter Drama was also acclaimed director James Tolhurst. going to take the show over to London “It’s pretty special to go to the Civic in May next year to perform at the Junior Theatre, to look up just before the show Theatre Festival in Birmingham. starts at the architecture in there, and Before then however, Hunter to be in a room with 1400 other people audiences can check Peter Pan JR out watching something, is an amazing for themselves when it takes to the experience,” Stoddart said. stage at the Civic Theatre for six magical “The good thing about Peter Pan is performances across October 10, 11 and that it’s a junior show, which means it’s 12. an adaption of the full-length show down Tickets are on sale now through to a 60-minute version. Ticketek, with adults at children’s prices “There’s no interval, no intermission, – a fitting arrangement when it comes to it’s just one hour, and that’s it, you’re in a show depicting the land where no-one and out, so parents with really young kids ever grows up! ■



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and buying a ticket and watching a piece of live theatre,” he said. “It’s such a foreign concept to some kids, but when they sit there, and they watch this game of make-believe going on in front of them, it just blows their mind. “It gets quite addictive as well because you want to see more. You kind of go, ‘What is this strange stuff, people getting up and pretending to be something else in front of me?’ They watch movies and things like that, but that's so far removed. When you’re in a room with people dressed up in front of you, pretending to be something else, it’s a really interesting dynamic that happens there. “So whether it's just watching a piece of drama or pursuing a drama interest on stage, everybody takes something different from it. “You get what you need from it, which is what I think makes it really special.”



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MAMMA MIA! Good-Times on {and off} the Stage WORDS CLAIRE BRADSHAW

Whether you’ve seen the hit musical on West End, Broadway or the big screen, or you’re simply a lifelong member of the ABBA fan club, there’s one event you won’t want to miss at the Civic Theatre: Mamma Mia. In fact, non-diehard fans or strangers to the show should grab a ticket, too – because if one thing’s for sure, it’s that you’d be hard-pressed to find a more feel-good local production.

Coming to Newcastle for the first time this year, Mamma Mia will be staged by local theatre outfit The Very Popular Theatre Company. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, here’s a quick rundown: ahead of her Greek island wedding, a young woman invites three men from her mother’s past to attend in the hopes of discovering which one is her birth father. What ensues is a feel-good story about family, told with the aid of flares, frills, fluoro and good old-fashioned fun. Oh, and did we mention the whole thing centres around the music of ABBA? More than 40 years after hitting the big-time, the 70's Swedish pop sensations still have millions of fans around the world – partly thanks to Mamma Mia and its continued success on stage and screen. So it’s no surprise to hear that many involved in the local production have personal connections with the band and its music. “I’m a bit of a diehard ABBA fan,” confesses lead actor Rachelle Schmidt-Adnum, who plays Donna in the show. “My mum always told the story that when I was literally in nappies, sitting in the highchair, ABBA would get me grooving! And then I just stayed a fan for my whole life – I still played the albums, and I would still jump around my bedroom with my hairbrush to ‘Dancing Queen’. So it really has been a part of my musical life, my life in general, for my whole life.” The production’s director, Erin James, feels that these personal links are part of what makes Mamma Mia so special. “That’s what’s wonderful about the show itself – everybody has some sort of connection or journey with the 16 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

music of ABBA because they’ve been around for such a long time and they’re so enduring,” she says. “Whether it be someone in the company, in the cast, in the audience – everyone has a connection.” With such popular, upbeat music at its heart, the show can’t help but be a jubilant experience for those both onstage and off. Audiences can expect to hear twenty-two of ABBA’s hits peppered throughout the production, including ‘Take A Chance On Me’, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Thank You For The Music’ and many more, including the title track. But it’s also the story itself that gets people smiling. “We’re telling a joyful story – you can’t help but do most of it with a massive smile on your face,” Erin says. “It’s a show about family, about having connections and discovering them. Everybody has a question that they’re asking in the show, and because it’s set to such incredible music, you can’t help but be happy.” For Rachelle as an actor, Mamma Mia’s appeal also lies in its portrayal of relationships (romantic, familial and those between friends), as well as its representation of women. “This musical is so full of life and energy and fun, and it’s really nice to see women across a broad age range being represented, but then also having this other side of it: the stories about these lovely relationships. Friendships, the mother-daughter relationship, our intimate relationships as women,” she says. “And I love how Donna is represented. It’s not the stock-standard ‘a woman’s got to fall in love with a man, and that’s who she’s stuck with for the rest of her life’ – she’s paved her way, and she’s done things a little bit against the social norms.” For Erin as a director, Mamma Mia has allowed her to return to her hometown, bringing her interpretation to a show that’s known and loved around the globe. “I am honoured to be able to bring such a well-known beast of a show into the Civic Theatre for local audiences,” she says. “We’re not

replicating anybody else’s production; this is our show, but it’s still the same message that is universal. I think that’s the most wonderful thing: that we can honour this beautiful story that has been around for twenty years.” So who’s the ideal audience for Mamma Mia? Well, don’t feel you need to know every word to ABBA’s greatest hits to have a great time.

“This show is for everybody because it is such a party – it’s a celebration of family, it’s a celebration of love, it’s a celebration of music. “Audiences can expect amazing performances, fantastic vocals, and just a wonderful party atmosphere,” Erin says. Rachelle agrees. “I don’t think you need to be an ABBA fan; I don’t think you necessarily need to be a musical theatre fan, either. You can bring little tiny kids through to your great-grandma. There’s literally something in it for everyone,” she says. “I would be disappointed if there isn’t a whole lot of on-your-feet dancing by the end of the show every single performance!”

Catch The Very Popular Theatre Company’s production of Mamma Mia at the Civic Theatre from 25th October to 9th November. For tickets and further information, head to www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

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The Skride Quartet Four Star Musicians Unite in Newcastle A new classical supergroup of leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Newcastle. Visiting for one night only on Saturday 2 November, the group presents masterpieces by Mozart and Richard Strauss alongside a world premiere by Australian composer Graeme Koehne. The Skride Quartet was formed in Autumn 2016 by sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride, Lise Bertaud, and founding cellist Harriet Krijgh, who has since left the group and is replaced for this tour by Julian Steckel. While maintaining their own high-profile solo careers, their passion for chamber music unites the four of them. Within a short period of time, they have grown into a close-knit chamber ensemble in great demand internationally.

Born into a musical Latvian family in Riga, violinist Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. Winner of first prize at the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition, she is a sought-after chamber musician and has worked with prestigious orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. Violist Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene. She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world and has played as a soloist with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014. Cellist Julian Steckel’s solo career was launched after he won the prestigious ARD Musikwettbewerb in 2010. Since then, he has soloed with many of the world’s great orchestras and worked with acclaimed conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Roger Norrington and Valery Gergiev. The youngest of three musical daughters, pianist Lauma Skride, was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008 and is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire, appearing with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Within two seasons, the Skride Quartet has performed at leading venues and festivals including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein, Philharmonie Essen, Great Guild Hall Riga, Istanbul Music Festival and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, amongst others. In 2018/19, invitations have taken them to Wigmore Hall in London, the Louvre in Paris, on a regional tour of Germany and to many

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prestigious events worldwide. Further afield, the Quartet performed its debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival in summer 2018 and a US tour in March 2019 which included performances in New York, Washington, Palm Springs and Oklahoma. The Quartet’s Newcastle program opens with Mozart’s G minor Piano Quartet no 1 – a work of grandeur and towering emotion written at a time when the piano quartet genre was first evolving. Commissioned to write a piece especially for the tour, Australian composer Graeme Koehne is known for achieving that elusive synthesis of sophisticated technique and a popular touch that invests his music with emotional eloquence and visceral appeal. His compositions have long been among the most popular by any Australian composer, and find a regular presence in the established repertoire of Australian music. The evening concludes with the C minor Piano Quartet op 13 of Richard Straus – a work of ‘noble but restrained passion’ according to Professor Wilhelm Altmann, the noted German authority on chamber music in Strauss’s day. Altmann was certain that it would ‘long hold its own in the concert hall’ thanks to its ‘wealth of striking melodies and clever ideas.’ Piano quartets are less often heard than piano trios, but the simple addition of a rich-toned viola seems to inspire composers to create music of outstanding lyricism. Together these stunning virtuosi play with an exhilarating sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention. Experience the Skride Quartet at the Newcastle Conservatorium on Saturday 2 November at 7:30pm. For bookings and details, please visit www.musicaviva.com.au/skride

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Jazz is back in the Hunter Valley, and Kate Ceberano is the headline act! Hope Estate announced the coup late last month along with the date of this year’s event – Saturday 7 December. Kate will take to the stage along with John Morrison’s Swing City Band, featuring Jacki Cooper, The Aston Martinis and The Djangologists. A great day out for groups of friends, ladies who lunch, and families, to come along to the Hunter Valley’s biggest beer garden at Hope Estate. Set on the rolling lawns of Hope Estate’s amphitheatre, enjoy a slow lunch, estate-grown wine, fresh craft beer, markets and kids zone, all to the lively big band jazz tunes and classic hits. “I am such a fan of Kate Ceberano and my friends, and I just love this event,” said Karen Hope, who owns Hope Estate with husband Michael. “It’s such a wonderful time of the year to sit outdoors in the sunshine with a cheese platter and a glass of bubbles, have a laugh and take in the atmosphere of the day. Jazz in the Vineyards just feels like a party Michael and I might have at home with friends. We’re just inviting everyone in NSW to come along,” she laughed. Kate Ceberano is an icon of the Australian music landscape, a member of the Australian Songwriters’ Associate (ASA) Hall of Fame, and ARIA award winner who will be performing some of her greatest hits. Having carved out an enviable solo career over the years, Ceberano’s passion for creating original music across a whole range of genres remains as strong as ever. “Staying true myself and refusing to be pigeonholed has certainly ensured that I’ve had an interesting and diverse career,” Ceberano told intouch Magazine late last year. But while forays into television and film have been a large part of that diversity, music has always remained her core focus, and since hitting the spotlight, she has barely drawn breath, racking up 25 albums over 35 years to become the most prolific Australian female recording artist of this era. 18 | www.intouchmagazine.com.au

Kate is a fantastic performer set to be the highlight for the day, but while Kate’s a hard act to follow, John Morrison’s Swing City Band featuring Jacki Cooper is certainly up to the challenge! A 14-piece big band performing traditional jazz, swing, funk and jazz-rock, John Morrison is one of the most recognisable and sought after jazz drummers working in Australia today. Known as ‘The Cat in the Hat’, he continues to delight audiences with his humour and performance. In addition to John Morrison’s prestigious drumming career, he is also the elder brother to trumpeter James Morrison. Jacki Cooper is a passionate Jazz advocate and a cornerstone for many of the national Jazz Festivals including Darling Harbour International Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival and Thredbo Jazz Festival. The Aston Martinis are bringing the cool swing and classic soul of their 4-piece band to the Hunter Valley. Bursting with energy and a touch of class they will be quick to get your toes tapping, and the dancing started. Be sure to bring a dance partner and your best swing dancing moves. The Djangologists are a gypsy jazz duo performing songs inspired by Django Reinhardt with a twist. These guys bring a great vibe, and you’ll quickly feel like you’re somewhere in Paris in the 1950's. Dynamic, fresh and fun, these musicians are set to be an exciting surprise. Of course, a day like this is best enjoyed with a group of friends or family – the more, the merrier says Karen. “Gather a group of friends and book seats with Rover Coaches, our bus transport partner. With pickups from Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Singleton and Hunter Valley, travel for the day to the vineyards or make a weekend of it and take up one of the many accommodation options available in the area. Jazz in the Vineyards is a wonderful way to enjoy a day of good wine, beer, views and great music.” For those couples and groups looking for a long leisurely lunch, they can choose from a pre-purchased picnic hamper ticket or upgrade to a VIP ticket which includes a 3-course lunch and drink on arrival. It’s best to book your tickets early as the VIP tickets are limited. For more information and tickets, visit www.jazzinthevineyards.com.au

FKA FESTIVAL If you can’ t keep your dancing feet stationery until December, then get along to Hope Estate for the annual FKA Festival later this month. The Hunter Valley will be in full-festival mode on Saturday 19 October for FKA Festival, which will see a massive line-up take the stage featuring The Rubens, Safia, Allday, Lime Cordiale, The Chats, Eves Karydas, Elk Road, and Rayn on the main stage. With Kilter, Yahtzel, LO’99, Sippy, Tori Levett, Lex Deluxe and Keyes on ‘The Harvest Stage’. This year’s festival is the first year FKA will feature a second stage. Named ‘The Harvest Stage’ and featuring live electronic and DJ artists in Hope Estate’s barrel lined warehouse. No other winery venue in the Hunter Valley has created a space like this for an electronic stage. This stage will be epic! Hope Estate is a landmark venue in the local Hunter Valley live music landscape and is the only winery in the world to have hosted The Rolling Stones. Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au

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For the Lake Macquarie Open Gardens Weekend WORDS DI VON ESSEN

Lake Macquarie Garden Club has only 38 members, all who describe themselves as being ‘at the very mature end of the age spectrum,’ although, we’re not so sure about that as there seems to be abundant energy in this little club! The group get together every third Tuesday of the month to explore gardens, expand their knowledge of all things horticultural and, of course, socialise. Each year the club opens several spectacular local gardens to the general public and this year is no different with plans afoot to open ten gardens combined with art exhibitions to the public on the weekend of 12 and 13 October for the Lake Macquarie Open Garden Weekend – all in celebration of Spring. “It is an opportunity to show the wider community the beautiful gardens in our area along with exhibitions of artworks and at the same time raise money for medical research undertaken by the Hunter Medical Research

Institute,” says Club President and event co-ordinator, Lynne Turner. The club formed thirty-seven years ago and has retained some of those original founding members. Frequent debates amongst the group include the question of ‘what makes a garden unique – is it a reflection of its creator? Where do the ideas stem from? And how do you use this inspiration or knowledge to create a garden or a work of art, because while an artwork does have a finite completion; a garden is always a work in progress. Our area has many talented artists; painters, printmakers, sculptors, potters, felt workers and calligraphers, so it seemed natural to combine the two – beautiful gardens, big and bold, small and intricate in which to exhibit artworks. Some of the gardens were professionally designed, others the result of hard yakka and dedication by the owners. The artists exhibiting in the gardens, under a pergola or in a garage, are as varied as the gardens. Each garden will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. Entry will be by donation of $5 per garden or $35 for all ten gardens, with all money

collected going straight to the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HRMI) located adjacent to the John Hunter Hospital. The Mater Hospital, the John Hunter and the University of Newcastle all work together on specific research projects including research into the cure for cancers, pulmonary fibrosis, stroke prevention and treatment, heart attack and arterial disease, the impact of healthy arteries on cognitive function in older members of our community. Lake Macquarie Garden Club is interested in raising our community’s awareness of the quality research being carried out here in Newcastle. All money raised over the weekend stays here in our community for the benefit of the entire community. “Last year, with Council support for the printing and marketing, we raised $25,000, and I’m sure that we can do even better this year,” said Lynne. “Even more importantly, community fundraising attracts further significant funds from the federal government to assist research projects at HMRI.” After the success of the event last year Lake Macquarie Garden Club will be presenting another ten unique gardens. This year the open gardens are located on the western side of Lake Macquarie – from Eraring, Wangi Wangi in the south to Coal Point, Toronto, Blackall’s Park and around the lake to the northern side of Toronto. Plus, there are two bonus gardens, including one that’s bound to give inspiration to many homeowners who no longer need (or want) the backyard swimming pool – but aren’t quite sure what to do with it. The owners of this garden have a young son who has turned the pool into a creative pond environment – greatly adored by local frogs and fish! The second bonus garden is located at Coal Point Public School. The rejuvenated garden, plantings and the aboveground vegetable gardens are a must to see. “A focus of study for the students has been on healthy food production, and the garden gives simple practical experience for the young students,” said Lynne. Open Garden visitors can decide to cycle the route, walk, take a bus to the various gardens or walk parts of the waterfront of Lake Macquarie to get from garden to garden. A great idea is to get a group together for a fun day out with lunch in the area at restaurants, cafes or even a picnic in a park-as simple or as sophisticated as you desire. Owners of the properties will be on hand to answer your questions and share their passion for gardening, the environment, sustainable gardens and horticulture. One gardener is keen to share her knowledge about a Japanese method of producing natural liquid fertiliser. Morning and/or afternoon tea/coffee will be available at some of the gardens.

Details and maps will be available to pick up to help you plan your day out, while posters dotted around businesses in the Lake Macquarie area will provide detailed information. Visit the Facebook page to print your own flyer, or pick up a flyer from all businesses displaying posters. Round up friends and family for a wonderful weekend visiting spectacular gardens in the Lake Macquarie area and support our world-class research facility; HMRI. Every dollar raised does indeed make a difference. For more information, email artandgardenslakemac@gmail.com or visit the Lake Macquarie Garden Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Lake-Macquarie-Garden-Club.

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Hunter Valley Gardens are bringing an entirely new and exciting experience this school holidays – 360 ALLSTARS! This group of exceptional performers include world champion breakdancers, a Guinness World Record-holding Cyr wheel performer, a New Zealand X-Factor winning beatboxer plus an epic virtuoso percussionist. Their fusion of talent comes together as a revolutionary performance of physical feats and live music that will excite crowds of all ages! 360 ALLSTARS have been touring Australia and Internationally to sell-out crowds and will be in the Hunter Valley from 28 September to 13 October for their last confirmed Australian tour before heading to Europe. This is your last chance to see their brilliant show! Not only will you love this fantastic performance during the school holidays, but the rides will also be open for even more family fun times. All your favourites are back including the ferris wheel, carousel, swing chair and superslide. The event area will also host a range of delicious food stalls and plenty of space to relax so you can enjoy a full day out with your family. Change pace from the exhilarating show and rides and take a stroll through 10 internationally themed display gardens and Carnival of Colour installations. The Gardens are looking their blooming best during Spring with stunning displays and countless areas to explore. The Hunter Valley Gardens horticulturalists are even calling this year their most beautiful Spring since the Gardens beginnings!

Wander along the many paths and experience an explosion of colour and fun including millions of flowers in blooms, photogenic tunnels and new giant ball pit to enjoy! Plus, the team will be giving daily talks where you can learn about the history of Hunter Valley Gardens and get an insight into our Oriental Garden and beautiful Koi fish. With more to see and do (and the most beautiful spring ever!), there truly is something for everyone at Hunter Valley Gardens. So what are you waiting for? Get outside, experience something new and make wonderful memories with your family at Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays. Tickets are selling quickly and are strictly limited. To secure your preferred session, visit www.hvg.com.au today.

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After a successful first season, Oversubscribed, the Newcastle based podcast for women hell-bent on squeezing the most out of life, drops its second batch of eight episodes this month. Hosts Alana Dagwell and Laura Jackel discuss a new selection of topics including climate anxiety, adult friendships

and inspirational women, in their signature smart and chatty style. Freelance writer Laura said the duo had chosen eight new themes for this season that matter to them and other women at a similar age and stage of life. “We received really positive feedback from our listeners after season one ended in early September and it has helped us to plan the content and direction for season two,” Laura said. The friends and ex-work colleagues decided to launch Oversubscribed after chatting earlier this year about how busy life can be. Social media consultant Alana said that she and Laura often joke that they have ‘too many tabs open’ in their brains, with so many things to do and remember. “We started Oversubscribed because we often feel a bit strung out when juggling parenting, work, fitness and just life at age 40. We felt there wasn’t a podcast targeting women of our age and stage that was relaxed and relatable, so we launched one ourselves,” Alana said. Alana and Laura’s first series, which included eight episodes on topics such as beauty, parenting, fashion and long-term relationships, was launched in July to great reviews. In both season one and two, Alana and Laura discuss their chosen subject honestly and interview relevant industry experts. Laura said that the Oversubscribed format was created because the two of them had always been avid podcast consumers themselves. “We both love listening to and discussing podcasts, but we mostly do the listening while driving the kids to school, cooking dinner or working out,” Laura said. “We know that’s how most of our friends also consume

podcasts which is why each of our episodes is capped at 30 minutes. We appreciate that time is precious for women of our age!” In a first for the second season, Alana and Laura will be working with Hunter based businesses to help promote the episodes as well as provide discounts and offers for local listeners. “We are so excited to be working with amazing local businesses this season. We purposely only wanted to target brands that we believe our listeners will love too,” Alana said. Laura has been working with Australia’s biggest media network for women, Mamamia as a contributor since 2015 and her articles along with other current news, views and entertainment stories, have been a great resource for the pair. “Laura wrote a story about the challenges and bouts of boredom that comes with raising young kids and we bonded over that,” Alana said. “We don’t always agree on everything, but we can normally relate to each other’s viewpoint.” Oversubscribed is being produced by Mel Sargeant, at Newcastle Podcast Station. Mel is best known locally as the former co-host of the NewFM breakfast crew and for her MC work. She is also the co-host of the NHM – I got it from my Mumma podcast with friend and fellow mum, Bec Tansey, which is one the most listened to podcasts for mums in Australia. To listen to Alana and Laura’s Oversubscribed podcast, visit the Apple Podcast app on your iPhone and search for ‘Oversubscribed’. For those not using an iPhone, visit www.getoversubscribed.com and click on the links to each episode or check out Get Oversubscribed on Instagram or Facebook.





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Live Wild! At Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Imagine waking up at dawn to the roar of a pride of lions, bathing next to a Malayan sun bear, or seeing a giraffe wander leisurely past your window. But you’re not on an African safari, or deep in the wilds of Asia. You’re just ten minutes outside of the Canberra CBD. WORDS CLAIRE BRADSHAW

It sounds implausible, but this is the experience on offer when you stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge – luxury accommodation within the grounds of Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium. Housed in gorgeously appointed suites among various animal habitats, guests have the opportunity for a weekend away like no other, meeting dangerous and endangered species and learning how you can contribute to their survival in the wild. The National Zoo and Aquarium (NZA) was purchased in 1998 by the Tindale family, who set about improving and expanding the venue with a key motto in mind: ‘To inspire and assist in the conservation of the natural world through innovative and exciting educational experiences’. Now three

times its former size, NZA decided back in 2014 to bolster its various programs with the opening of Jamala Wildlife Lodge – and the guests haven’t stopped pouring in since. “Jamala attracts visitors from all over Australia and the world,” says Renee Nasserpour, General Manager of Projects and Visitor Experiences. “For many of our guests, it’s a chance to experience an African wildlife safari without leaving Australia.” Staying in one of three five-star accommodation hubs – Giraffe Treehouses, Jungle Bungalows, or one of seven suites in the decadent uShaka Lodge – you’ll be surrounded by wildlife of all shapes, sizes and species. Some of the incredible animals you may encounter during a stay include bears, monkeys, lemurs, sharks, hyenas, tigers, cheetahs, a pair of rare white lions, two white rhinoceros, and a particular guest favourite: Hummer, the friendly 18-year-old giraffe. Guests have the option of an overnight all-inclusive safari experience complete with exclusive tours and animal encounters that day visitors to the zoo generally don’t have access to. Alternatively, a two or three-night stay offers the additional option to change rooms and stay near a range of different animals. “You can also participate in behind-thescenes tours where you will get the opportunity to feed a variety of animals (including our lions and sun bears), pat our rhinos, or even cuddle up to our reptilian friends,” Renee adds. And let’s not forget the food. Jamala’s dining options aren’t just there to sustain you for your animal encounters – they’re a key part of the experience. A gourmet Africaninspired dinner party is served each evening in the Rainforest Cave, where guests are accompanied (safely!) by white lions Jake and Mischka and hyenas Zuberi and Pinduli. So, what do the animals themselves think of their human guests? “Our animals are very relaxed about humans sharing the night in such close proximity,” Renee says. “One of my favourite stories comes from when we first opened Jamala. Guests were woken in the early hours of the morning to a tapping sound – at first they thought it was

someone knocking at the door. However, they soon realised it was coming from the windows looking into the sun bear habitat… As they opened the blinds, they found our male sun bear, Arataki, inquisitively tapping on the window, wanting to look at the guests in the room!” Another of the facility’s resident sun bears, a female named Otay, was rescued from the restaurant trade as a cub by Australian organisation Free the Bears. Several of the zoo’s former and current residents have similar stories, including retired circus animals and others who have been saved from harmful destinations and rehomed in comfortable surroundings at NZA. “We still have a number of rescued animals today,” Renee explains. “Just recently we received a number of Australian native reptiles that had been confiscated when attempts were made to illegally export them overseas.” NZA maintains a clear focus on animal welfare, protection and conservation through all its operations. The majority of its animals are included in regional and international breeding programs, designed to assist in creating viable genetic populations of animals at risk of extinction in the wild. Funds from Jamala are intended to help the zoo expand its contributions to various organisations dedicated to preserving and protecting the future of the animal kingdom. “Monies raised from animal encounters and Jamala Wildlife Lodge help support a number of local and overseas conservation initiatives and charities,” explains Renee. “Last year alone, over $100,000 was donated to these funds.” Sustainability is also a key commitment, with the upcoming installation of two major solar power systems assisting in NZA’s efforts to become a more sustainable facility. And education is a clear and present priority for lodge guests and zoo visitors alike. A stay at Jamala isn’t merely a unique and luxurious experience. It’s also intended as a chance for guests to learn more about the magnificent creatures of the world, and for the team to raise awareness about conservation, leaving a lasting impression that emphasises the importance of ensuring these animals’ survival. “We are passionate about providing our guests with worldclass, up close and personal wildlife experiences that are education-focused,” Renee sums up. “We believe that these direct, positive connections are effective in developing a better understanding of the natural world, and can positively influence and change behaviours.”

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Discover and Explore The Wonderful World of Health Get set for a huge day of discovery and learning at the annual Hunter Medical Research Institute Open Day. It’s your chance to see what goes on behind the lab doors, meet the incredible researchers in person and find out what research is happening right here in Newcastle that impacts all of our lives. There will be something for everyone with attractions, including: Hands-on Health and Medical Research Expo – Meet the Hunter's leading researchers and explore the wide range of health and medical research being undertaken right here in Newcastle. Stroke, cancer, mental health, heart disease, reproduction, physical activity, chronic pain, addiction, pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, dementia, nutrition – groundbreaking research from across the health spectrum will be right at your fingertips. The expo will run throughout the day on all levels of the HMRI Building with hands-on activities for all ages. Interactive Science Sessions and Activities – Hear from leading researchers

about the latest breakthroughs and what's next on the research agenda. There will be four sessions run hourly from 10am until 1pm with interesting topics such as What Goes In Must Come Out, The Weird & Wonderful World of Wounds, When Good Cells Go Bad and Brains, Brains, Brains! These sessions provide the opportunity for an insight into recent discoveries and new hopes for the future. There is no reserved seating – please arrive early to secure a seat! Kids Science Activities – Kids can explore the exciting world of science and medical research with a day jam-packed with interactive and engaging activities for kids. Join in the Interactive Kids Science Sessions, journey through the amazing Brain Exhibit, discover gross things at Blood & Guts Central, explore the famous Poo Palace, take part in Science Experiments, become an HMRI Scientist for the day plus lots, lots, LOTS more! Complete a series of fun science challenges on the day and be awarded a real researcher lanyard and get a photo with the mad scientist in the photo booth. Laboratory Tours – The doors will be flung open to all levels of the HMRI Building with lab tours of cancer and genetics, mothers and babies and stroke labs as well as HMRI's world-class Clinical Trials Centre. During these tours, you will be able to watch experiments taking place, learn about the latest research being conducted and experience a working laboratory. These tours are run by the HMRI researchers giving you a chance to ask any questions, find out about what's new in health and medical research and learn about the different research trials being conducted. Tours will go for about 15 minutes and will begin approximately every 30 minutes. There is no need to register; the tours will run for the entire length of the day. Free shuttle buses are running all day from McDonald Jones Stadium, and a range of food and drink will be available for the duration of the event. The HMRI cafe and BBQ will be serving from 10am to 3pm on Level 4. Don't forget to wear your comfortable shoes and clothes – and get set for a huge day! Register today at www.hmri.org.au/upcoming-events

The Hands (and Laws) of Time Much of our lives is underpinned by the operation of legislation and regulations; often without us realising it. Take daylight saving, for instance. We all appreciate its presence through Summer because it means we can maximise our time outside but have you ever thought to question what dictates its existence? Well, let me introduce you to the Standard Time Act 1987 (NSW). This little-known Act operates purely to prescribe exactly how “time” (which incorporates Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time) operates in NSW. Under this Act, Standard Time in NSW is defined as “10 hours in advance of Coordinated Universal Time”, which is a period determined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures and maintained under a separate Commonwealth Act: the National Measurement Act 1960. In 2005, all Australian states adopted the International Bureau of Weights and Measures’ “Coordinated Universal Time” (UTC) as the benchmark of all standard Australian times. UTC is often referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (named after the place in England treated as the “zero” point) however there is, technically, a difference in the way the two are calculated. For our purposes, the end result is the same, and results in the time in NSW (which

operates under Eastern Standard Time) being calculated as UTC plus 10 hours. As with most Acts though, there are exceptions. Due to its far-west location, Broken Hill operates under “Central Time” which is 30 minutes behind NSW time, and due to its far easterly location, Lord Howe Island operates 30 minutes ahead of the NSW time. Under the Standard Time Act, Daylight Saving Time is one hour in advance of the standard time (i.e. UTC plus 11 hours). This above exception means that neither Broken Hill or Lord Howe Island follow the Daylight Saving period under the Act. The Daylight Saving Time Period (referred to as the “Summer Time Period”) is then defined as “a period starting at 2 am on the first Sunday in October in each year and ending at 2 am on the first Sunday in the following April”. This definition changed in 2007, as previously the Daylight Saving Time period varied each year, starting on the last weekend in October and ending anywhere from early March to early April. This change also means that the Daylight Saving period is the same in NSW, South Australia, ACT, Victoria, and Tasmania. Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory do not recognise Daylight Saving Time at all. If you’re still confused, just know that come 2am 6 October 2019, you’ll need to adjust the clocks forward an hour (and also be thankful that these days most technology does it for us!)


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A will is a legal document that expresses how the will-maker intends their property to be distributed upon their death. Regardless of wealth, a will is an important component of estate and financial planning to ensure a legal transition of your assets to your intended recipients. Recognising the importance of having a will, many people turn to “cheap” solutions such as ‘at home will kits’ without obtaining legal advice. However, seeking a "cheap" method now may be more costly to your estate. In NSW, the Succession Act 2006 identifies specific requirements to create a valid will. The will is to be in writing, signed by the will-maker in the presence of two witnesses, and signed by those witnesses. Without proper execution, the person seeking to use the document as a will must satisfy the Supreme Court that the document records your testamentary intentions and should be treated as your valid legal will and should operate as a will. It isn't guaranteed the Court will find an informal will to be valid.

The will should also appoint an executor(s). Broadly speaking, an executor is the person responsible for administering your estate in accordance with your testamentary instructions. If your will doesn't appoint an executor, the responsibility may fall to a Court-appointed administrator using the process “Letters of Administration”. It is important that any will is unambiguous to ensure your wishes are fulfilled. An example of ambiguity is demonstrated in the case Brown v Hill [2012] NSWSC 464. One of the issues considered by the NSW Supreme Court was whether the deceased, who stated in her home-made will “I give to [my son] all my worldly goods providing he does not give his immediate family anything. He is to live his life out in my home and divide what he wishes among my children and grandchildren” intended the term “goods” to mean only personal goods or the deceased's whole estate. The Court concluded that as she stated “not give his immediate family anything”, she intended “anything” to include her home. Logically, this must have meant the

deceased intended her home as part of her “worldly goods”, and therefore the will disposed of all the deceased's estate. For various reasons, however, the Court ordered the parties’ legal costs be paid from the estate; consequently, an expensive exercise. A homemade will kit may be signed and witnessed appropriately with the wording achieving the desired intention, but often homemade wills fail to adequately address the individual will-maker's unique circumstances. Most people's family and financial arrangements do not fall into a 'one-size-fits-all' category. Complex legal principles may apply to people's circumstances without their knowledge, including survivorship rights for jointly held assets, eligibility criteria in blended families, taxation consequences, and the payment of superannuation interests. Superannuation, for example, does not automatically form part of your estate when you die and therefore not generally subject to the terms of your will. Your superannuation and any associated death benefit insurance may form a significant part of your asset base, so it's important you know how it will be dealt with after your death so you can plan accordingly. Will kits lack the sophistication required to ensure your superannuation is handled correctly. If you don’t have a will, are unsure whether your will meets your needs, or wish to ensure you have a legally valid will, it's important you obtain legal advice. Having an experienced lawyer assist you means you can ensure that your personal needs are considered to tailor a will specific to your circumstances. You can have peace of mind knowing that your will is valid and legally effective. Hannah is based in the Newcastle office and practices in the areas of will, probate, estate administration, inheritance law and contested estates.

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As a child, this Charlestown resident loved to sing, but as she got older, her passion became buried under the responsibility of ‘being an adult’. Then when her daughter was born, she decided that she wanted to be a role model by honouring her passions and dreams.

A registered nurse, Rebecca Gibson broke her silence about being a psychic medium, and she also started singing again, taking a leap of faith with a singing performance at the renowned Lizotte’s Newcastle in July. “It was so much fun. I loved it, and glad I did it. I think the key was that I promised myself to take it all in. When I stepped on stage, I stopped, looked at my family, friends and everyone else and took a deep breath. Then for a second everything went still, there was no more anxiety, just peace and joy – it was a very special moment for me,” said Rebecca.

Rebecca sang Fleetwood Mac’s Gypsy as a part of The Voice Studio’s mid-year concert. About four years ago, she started singing lessons with Marty Worrall, an Australian Idol Season 2 top six finalist and vocal coach for The Voice. For nearly 12 months, Rebecca had weekly classes. Then there was a hiatus – until this year. “I love singing, going to lessons and I really wanted to perform. I always said no because my mind kept saying you are not good enough, too old, you will look like an idiot. This time I said stuff it – I am going to do it!” Before the performance, she admits to being a bundle of nerves bordering on a panic attack. However, Rebecca decided nothing was going to stop her. Not even a broken foot. She determinedly hobbled to the stage wearing a moon boot and on crutches! “It was about turning life around, to be my life, living for me. Singing makes me feel good, and it is a bonus if others enjoy it. It is empowering, not to be worried about people’s opinions.” In the audience was Rebecca’s daughter Sienna (aged five) who, during the performance, pointed and told everyone in earshot “that’s my mummy”. “I am so glad she was there. It showed her adults get to do fun stuff too. Life is not all about work and making money. She can do whatever lights her up and not what other people want her to do.” Through coaching with Marty, Rebecca has rediscovered her singing voice through changing her style, genre and intention. Utilising this connection, Rebecca has recently started using singing to effectively help manage pain and stress levels. “Some people use pain killers and the gym; my outlet is singing. It is so uplifting and healing as well as good for energy levels, connecting to your breath and opening up your spirituality. Music, to me, is the universal language.” This love of music has led her to write lyrics, and she hopes to work towards writing songs with a deep spiritual connection, record and perform them. Though she has written lyrics and poetry, Rebecca has never written down her bucket list. It is stored in her head and performing in public has been ticked off along with seeing Oprah live and Stevie Nicks in concert. Her to-do wishes are to see Heart in concert, belly dancing, host a talk show about singers, musicians and their source of inspiration and energy and interview Lady Gaga. “Saying some of these dreams out loud makes me feel anxious, but I know I must step out of my fear. I can do it. These dreams will become a reality by connecting to the passion and the joy that makes me feel good. It is a bonus if others are inspired along the way.”

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Celebrations abound this year for members of the local Bahá’í community. 2019 marks an important anniversary for this modern independent religion: the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. With more than five million followers across the globe, the Bahá’í Faith emphasises the importance of unity, seeking the goal of equality and prosperity for all nations, races, classes and creeds. Its tenets propose that all of the world’s major religions are fundamentally united, each being a separate chapter in the teachings of one God, revealed by a series of divine messengers: Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, to name a few. According to the Bahá’í Faith, the Báb is one such messenger. The Báb was born in Persia (now Iran) in October of 1819. As a young merchant in 1844, the Báb began to produce writings calling for spiritual renewal and moral reformation, including a focus on improving the lives of the poor and the position of women in society. He declared the beginning of a new era of human history, teaching that God would send a new messenger to usher in this age of peace and justice. The Báb soon gained thousands of followers; all inspired to transform their lives and the world around them and to protect their new faith and the revolutionary voice behind it. But the Persian authorities became wary of the Báb’s growing influence, and after a ministry that lasted just six years, he was executed by firing squad in 1850, aged just 31. With a title that means ‘the Gate’ in Arabic, Bahá’ís believe the Báb’s mission was to prepare the way for a new prophet – Bahá’u’lláh (‘the Glory of God’), who became the official founder of the Bahá’í Faith in 1863. The bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth was commemorated in 2017. This year, the same milestone will be celebrated for the Báb’s birth by followers all around the world, including Australia’s own Bahá’í community. Introduced in Australia in 1920, the Bahá’í Faith now has around 20,000 followers here, spread across more than 400 communities who seek to contribute to the progress of Australian society. One

of the Faith’s distinctive Houses of Worship was opened in Ingleside, Sydney, in 1961, as a place to pray, reflect, enjoy the native gardens or learn more about the religion. The Shrine of the Báb (pictured), located on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, is a place of pilgrimage for many Bahá’ís, and will no doubt be full to bursting with devotees this month. But there are plenty of local bicentenary events planned, too, with the Newcastle and Hunter Bahá’í community gathering for public celebrations throughout October and November. On Friday, October 18, the Lake Macquarie Bahá’í community will host a celebration at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay, from 7pm to 9:30pm (to RSVP, email lakemacquarie@ nsw.bahai.org.au or phone 02 4049 6302). Newcastle’s event will take place at Fort Scratchley Function Centre, Newcastle East, on Friday, 1 November from 6:30pm to 10pm (RSVP: text 0416 444 835 or visit newcastlebahais.eventbrite.com). And finally, Maitland Bahá’ís will commemorate the occasion on Saturday, November 16 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Rutherford Community Centre (RSVP: aeshragi@tpg. com.au). In 2017, the Newcastle and Hunter celebrations of the bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth drew hundreds of people. Undoubtedly, this year’s festivities will be no different, as members of the Bahá’í community come together in the name of the Báb, his birth and the transformative power of the cause he heralded. For more information about the Bahá’í Faith, contact 02 4049 6302, or email your local Bahá’í community at newcastle@nsw. bahai.org.au, lakemacquarie@nsw.bahai. org.au, or aeshragi@tpg.com.au (Maitland). You can also learn more at www.bahai. org.au and www.bicentenary.bahai.org, or attend Soul Food at the Art Gallery of Lake Macquarie, a free monthly community event for people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds: www.soulfood.com.au/ lakemacquarie

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Several years ago, I started writing a book that I hope no one sees for a very long time. It’s title – If You Could Ask Me. Its entire purpose is that if I get hit by a bus, the kid knows what I might have said about a particular issue. I would like to think I’m raising her to be a kind, ethical, independent thinker but sometimes it’s nice to be able to get advice from your mum. I write furiously in the middle of the night when something comes up in our family, or if there is something the kid and I have discussed that I would have explained in broader terms had she been an adult. I also write when something comes up that becomes part of the zeitgeist. Issues that are part of living in this particular place and time and I think will become part of the generational shift. Of the last several entries these are the ones I wanted to share. Friendship – There are people who I know who are part of our lives, who are not related by blood, but even if I am not around will be there for you. There are two friends, both of whom I have known for over 30 years. It makes us all feel very old when we say that. Both of these women you call Aunty. In very different ways, they are both two of the most amazing humans I know. Both very free-spirited in their own way,

non-judgemental, spiritual and caring. Understand that real friendship is not about talking every day or geographic closeness. It’s about being able to pick up where you left off no matter how long it has been since you last spoke. It’s about being able to tell them absolutely anything and knowing that not only will they listen but they will have your back and be honest enough to tell you the truth in response. There will be friendships that come in and out of your life. They change as your ideals change and your interests change. You will learn over time to find your people. You don’t need to have known them a certain amount of time, but there should be a soulful connection that makes you feel safe. I have been lucky to find a few of these over the years, one thanks to a friendship that you formed at school. These are the people who will get you through the hard times. Climate Rally – Just last month, thousands of school-aged children took the day off school to protest Climate Change polices which they feel are largely being ignored by the government. That day, a lot of adults took to social media to criticise these kids by calling them names and belittling their intelligence. Firstly, know that if you ever have an honestly held and wellreasoned ideal point of view, I will always have your back. If, as an adult talking with, or talking about children, your first reaction is not to reason but to belittle and insult them, then you need to rethink what your time at school has done for your intellectual skills. Perhaps joining the debate team might have been helpful. The other main complaint was that the kids were missing a day of school. Given the science, in this case, is on their side, you wonder why they care if they are missing class, when they are being asked to ignore scientific facts, which would be taught in those classes. These are some of the things I want the kid to know. What do you want your kids to know?


Burnout At Work WORDS ANNE WARD – Mindinsight

Participation in meaningful work is good for mental health and wellbeing. When people experience positive work engagement, they experience motivation and energy at work, a strong sense of involvement and accomplishment. Employee engagement provides benefits for employers and employees in terms of productivity, job satisfaction, workplace culture and morale. Under stress, people can generally maintain high levels of performance for short periods. However, prolonged, high stress can result in overload. This can ultimately affect wellbeing, performance and morale. Burnout could be thought of as being at the opposite end of the spectrum to engagement. Burnout is a psychological condition that emerges over time as a response to chronic job-related stress. It is characterised by overwhelming exhaustion, negative feelings and disengagement, feelings of low accomplishment and ineffectiveness. Physical signs of burnout include frequent headaches or muscle pain, lowered immunity, changes in sleep and appetite.

Workplace risk factors Burnout has traditionally been associated with professions such as education, health care and human service areas that involve high levels and intensity of personal contact and emotional involvement. However, with increasing pressure on employers to produce more with less, burnout is increasingly relevant as a work hazard in other work environments. Burnout is largely a problem of imbalance. There are six types of workplace imbalances that are known to increase the risk of burnout: 1. Imbalance between workload demands and the resources provided to complete the job, leading to a person feeling over-worked, exhausted, unable to recover and restore balance 2. Imbalance in autonomy and decision-making, leading to a person feeling unable to influence their effectiveness at work 3. Imbalance in rewards and recognition, leading to a person feeling de-valued at work 4. Imbalance in the sense of community at work, leading to a person feeling isolated 5. Imbalance in the perceived quality and fairness of procedures and decisions, affecting how a person perceives they are being treated at work 6. Imbalance between personal values and workplace values can lead to a trade-off between what a person feels they should do and what they have to do Personal risk factors Several personal factors can place people at a greater risk of burnout. These factors also involve imbalances, between personal and work life:

• Relying on success at work as a yardstick for success in life can mean that personal satisfaction becomes dependent on factors or events that are unpredictable and outside your control • Setting overly high expectations of yourself and others can lead to a sense of underachieving and disappointment/resentment towards others • Needing to be in control and not able to delegate work, can lead to feeling overwhelmed and isolated from others • Not taking physical and mental breaks from work – e.g. checking emails outside work hours, not switching off • Not paying attention to general health factors such as exercise, diet and social relationships outside of work Preventing burnout Workplaces vary in their understanding, capacity and commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace. As employers recognise the business cost of burnout, they are more likely to understand the benefits of lowering the risk factors. Individuals also have a role to play in being aware of personal risk factors and paying attention to personal wellbeing and self-care. Burnout can “creep up” and place a person at risk of mental illness such as depression. Early recognition of signs of burnout is important so that the factors contributing to burnout can be identified. Sharing concerns with others can be a first step in making sense of symptoms and seeking help to bring about positive change. Anne Ward is principal psychologist of Mindinsight, providing evidencebased psychology and coaching services. Mindinsight is located in the T&G Building at 45 Hunter Street Newcastle. Phone 4942 7660 or visit www.mindinsight.com.au for more information.

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Here we are again, another winter has passed, and we are heading into what I call the magical season – Spring and Summer. Spring is the season of change. Clean out the old, and in with the new for a fresh start. It does not matter what this means for you, it could be a spring clean through the house to make you feel refreshed and revived, or you may want or need a spring clean for your life, a fresh start. It is time to take back control of your own life. Get outside, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, go for a run, join a gym (I know a good one). Either way, you know what you need to do, or do you? This is not a silly question in any way, and it can be what makes or breaks your “Spring Clean Journey”. It is also one of the biggest questions I am asked almost daily.

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Young Australians are less likely to over-indulge in booze and illicit drugs because they like to keep up appearances in their social media-sphere, according to a Flinders University, expert on substance abuse and addiction. Speaking at the recent Australian Public Health Conference 2019, Professor Ann Roche, Director of National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) noted that while significant decreases in risky alcohol consumption by young people have been documented in Australia, it’s unknown whether risky drinking has been displaced by increased illicit drug use.

Some of the key aspects I do speak to members about are: • Be realistic about what you are trying or wanting to accomplish. For example, if you have a goal to win a million dollars, you only have a very small chance of being the winner, so don’t set yourself up to fail! • Be accountable for your actions! You are the only one who can do this, and you CAN DO THIS! • Be consistent; it is the key to routine and habit. • Acknowledgement is huge! Do not forget to stop and look at where you have come from and how far you have come. We are always looking forward and at the next “thing” coming, and that is the way we need to move in life, but give yourself the acknowledgement you deserve for the journey you are on. Every day can bring a new challenge, or a new hurdle you need to go over, or around, or maybe even build a bridge to get over it. Each one you overcome or conquer deserves to be acknowledged. • Love yourself. If you do not love who you are on the inside and out, you may never be happy with your journey. Selflove and care is a must. • Have a support network; this can simply be a positive group chat you are in, or a training buddy, or someone who will ask “R U OK”. • Failure - it is mostly used as a negative word, but to me, failure is a chance to start again, to change the outcome, and I do believe when one door closes, another will always open. It is all in the way you look at the situation. Failure is a bump in the imperfect road of life, acknowledge it, and just keep moving forward. You will never fail if you do not stop trying. Come and join the Planet Fitness Family and let’s do this together having fun. Speaking of fun… Planet Fitness has been making fitness fun since 1994 – which means we’re turning 25! We are celebrating with loads of fun and games, and we’d love it if you come and join us in our Judgement Free Gym, we’ll be opening the doors to everyone to celebrate our birthday, see the website for details.


The research found that the profile of both risky drinkers and drug users varied by the industry of employment, highlighting the need for tailored interventions. But it’s not only young people who are of concern, with Baby Boomers increasingly leading the statistics cataloguing risky drinking behaviour in Australia and being dubbed ‘the new risk group.’ “These major changes in older people’s alcohol consumption have important implications for health care providers, policymakers and carers,” said Professor Roche. “Tailored strategies to identify indicators of problematic consumption among their older clients, and providing sensitive age-appropriate responses, need to be outlined.”

that you are passionate about? What is it that you would love to excel in? Putting your hand on heart and listening to your soul, what is your purpose? The confidence formula I encourage is: 1. Find your passion and trust in yourself. 2. Map out a path for that passion. 3. Yearn to learn so that you are the “go-to” for that passion. 4. Own your field. 5. Inspire others to pursue their passion.

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• What is stopping you from living a life in flow with confidence? • How much more could you achieve if you follow your passion? • Can you imagine a life with you in control, not out of control? • Has a loss of self-belief held you back in sporting or performance endeavours? • Maybe it is time to get you out of your way. Firstly, let me state that I’ve just had a month of supercharged, uplifting confidence boosters, so I’m on a high right now. I feel awesome, and I want to share the love. I’ve returned from an amazing Hypnosis conference in Las Vegas where there were 1,000 inspiring people under one roof. I was able to study and work with some of the world’s leading Hypnosis professionals. Then to top it off, in September I was honoured to present at the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association World Conference in Brisbane. All of that positivity can only lift and motivate someone. But hey this is not about me. Confidence builds confidence. Self-belief doesn’t just manifest itself. It begins with positive intent. But before we talk about intent, what is it

In a coaching or therapy role, I have had countless clients tell me that they are in a rut, they hate their job, they have no direction, and yet they would love to be doing something else, but they lack the courage to make that change. It is an all too common story. So, what if we were able to get the old you out of the way. What if you were able to put a toe in the water to see where your heart will take you? Don’t live with regret. Yearn to learn. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. What a load of rubbish. Please delete that from your mind NOW. Confidence comes through acquired knowledge and application. I am forever in awe of my 95-year-old fatherin-law, as he gets a bus to Charlestown to visit the Apple store so that he can sit at the Genius Bar and learn new technology. He knows more about smart devices than I’ll ever know. Try telling him that he is too old to learn. Confidence doesn’t live on a shelf in the supermarket. It is something that you develop. If I were to put on my past life salesman hat, I would hear the mantra “I own the field, it is mine”. I ensured that I had honed my communication skills, I had researched and absorbed all knowledge that was relevant to my product, I had absorbed all relevant information of my territory, and I developed the ‘drive’ to own that territory. Therefore, “I own the field, it is mine”. I was passionate about what I did. It is the same formula for applying yourself to sport, a hobby, a profession, your life, and your chosen field. Inspire others to do the same. By encouraging others to follow their passion, we are by turn, encouraging ourselves to continue to grow. Imagine a community of inspired and creative people, interacting and working towards a desired goal, not just trudging along the same trodden path of sameness. It all begins with you. Confidence is contagious. Imagine the possibilities. Create your future now! Are you ready to change the wiring to create a better version of you? Brett at Cameron Hypnotics has created a 3 Session Confidence Booster program for $450. You might also want to check the range of self-hypnosis MP3s on Spotify and iTunes by searching Cameron Hypnotics. For more information, visit www.cameronhypnotics.com.au

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What do Australia’s lush coastal landscapes, Europe’s picturesque lakes and castles, and the mist-wreathed waters of Vietnam’s fishing villages all have in common? Well, apart from being sought-after travel destinations, they all feature in the photographic print collections by Through Our Lens, a landscape photography duo based in Bondi Beach. These aren’t your average happy travel snaps, though – they’re carefully crafted vistas that can transform any wall of your house into an eye-catching feature. The couple behind the lens are Edgar PudÄ ns and Norah Nguyen, two ‘21st-century voyagers’ who met back

in 2015 during their first year of university. With their diverse backgrounds and complementary skillsets, their partnership – both personal and professional – was a natural development. “We come from very culturally different places. I am from Eastern Europe (Latvia), and Norah is from Southeast Asia (Vietnam),� says Edgar. “Essentially, [the photography venture] started with our shared passion for travelling and storytelling through photography. The business side of things came together naturally, as we can both work on opposite ends of the business.� Edgar has a degree in Business and Marketing, which facilitates the nuts-and-bolts side of running a business, while Norah’s background in Architecture and Design helps to shape the creative side of their endeavours. Their creative process has grown and developed with the business itself, gaining more concrete direction as demand for their products has increased. “Before we started the business, the photo-taking process used to be more relaxed and spontaneous as we embarked on our travels and even everyday life to capture the moment,� Edgar says. “But with the growing business, we have developed a feel for what people like, and oftentimes photoshoots are now planned.� For landscape photographers, a certain level of planning will always be a necessity. Being at the mercy of natural light and other elements like wind and cloud cover, it can be tricky to ensure you’re in the right spot at the right time to capture that perfect shot. But thanks to modern technology, Edgar and Norah don’t have to leave things up to chance. “We use advanced applications like Sky Candy, designed to demonstrate the direction of sunlight during an allocated time of day,� Edgar explains. “Based on the location of the shoot, this will help us determine the time in which the shoot will take place.�


After photos are taken, the pair comb through for the best selections, which are adjusted and enhanced through the post-production process. Then the final images are printed and framed, ready for display at weekly markets in Paddington and Bondi, and of course our very own Olive Tree Market. Prints are also available to purchase online – and no matter where you buy, 10% of the profits are donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a Netherlands organisation that develops technology to extract plastic pollution from the world’s oceans. The pair’s passion for the ocean is on clear display in their work. But what else inspires them? “A big chunk of our inspiration comes from the work of other well-known photographers and content creators on social media platforms like Instagram,� Edgar says. “It always excites us to see photographers who push boundaries and use their creativity to reinvent the appearance of familiar places and give it a new perspective.� So what’s coming up in future for Through Our Lens? While the pair mainly operate around the iconic coastlines of NSW at the moment, they’re looking forward to expanding their reach to other Australian states. But no matter where they end up, they’ll be living the dream. “We love to engage in untold stories from every new place we get to visit, the adventures we get to embark on and the people that we meet along the way,� Edgar says. “And of course, we love that we can do it together as a young couple.� Visit Norah and Edgar at their next Olive Tree Market stall or check out Through Our Lens online at www.throughourlens.es. Upcoming market dates for The Olive Tree Market, held in Civic Park are October 5, and November 2+16. For more information visit www.theolivetreemarket.com.au

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RETIREMENT FOR THE ACTIVE OVER 55s Think you're too young for a retirement village? Well, keep an open mind and read on, because whatever your preconceived ideas, modern retirement villages will challenge them. Gone are the days of cramped, cookie-cutter units and a continual barrage of organised fun, fun, fun. A generation of spritely retirees with high expectations and the means to pay for quality have created fierce competition within the retirement village sector. However, trying to find a village that delivers what you need can be anything but straightforward. With this in mind, we would like to introduce you to Marmong Waters: a little hidden gem on the northern shores of Lake Macquarie that caters for the active over 55s. Location, Location! Marmong Waters’ beautifully designed Independent Living Units are located just 250m from Marmong Point Marina. If you’re all about the water, then this is the locale for you! Pop the kayak on the trolley and wander down to Lake Macquarie, just 100m from the village entrance. For bike-riders, Warners Bay cafés are an easy 8km pedal on good level pathways around the lakefront, or if you’re keen for a walk, there are several starting from your front door. Wander along the foreshore to Teralba, or all the way to Speers Point if you’re feeling fit. You might prefer to stroll along the lake’s edge at Marmong Point, or pull on your

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hiking boots and choose a trail in Lake Macquarie State Recreation Area. All this is after you’ve walked the dog of course: Booragul off-leash dog exercise area is a mere 200 meters away via a shady waterfront track. Spacious and Light-filled. But what about the village itself? The elevated grounds at Marmong Waters catch the afternoon breeze and provide beautiful views over Lake Macquarie and/or Marmong Creek Reserve. As for the Independent Living Units, there’s a choice of six beautiful floor plans with two or three bedrooms and single or double lock-up garage – all single level. With above-average floor space and soaring ceilings, you won’t feel like you’ve downsized at all. The Community Spirit. The stunning Community & Recreation Centre is the thriving hub of Marmong Waters.

Residents can take advantage of the immaculate indoor heated pool and gymnasium or choose to participate in regular aqua-aerobics and heart-moves fitness classes. Pampering options are all at your fingertips with their very popular visiting masseuse, hairdresser and beautician. Also on-site are consulting rooms for GPs and allied health professionals. Residents who are still actively involved in business may utilise a specially designed office space. A boardroom/private dining room is available for corporate meetings and functions and is the setting for regular games and arts and crafts gatherings. For those who enjoy the social interaction of a game of bowls, a bowling green is currently under construction next to a driving range. For those days when it’s just too wet for a roll-up, perhaps a movie in the theatre room is a better option! A range of dining and lounge areas provide the perfect place to meet friends for morning tea or sunset drinks. A grand piano provides a wonderful opportunity for those who play and is available for special functions and concerts. In addition, BBQ facilities are available for families to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors, and a children’s playground will make the grandkids feel welcome.

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For local home renovators and landscapers seeking retaining wall solutions, there’s only one name you need to remember: RetainEase. Owned and operated by Gavin and Rachael Kitching, RetainEase provides concrete products for landscaping projects including retaining walls, fencing and more. Concrete sleepers from RetainEase are an attractive, durable and cost-effective alternative to timber, and the team prides itself on five-star customer service and a consistently high-quality product. This month, we chatted with Rachael to learn a little more about RetainEase and its solutions. How did you come to establish RetainEase? Gavin is a builder by trade with over 25 years’ experience in the building and construction industry, having worked on residential, commercial and industrial sites. We had discovered the concrete sleeper wall system in our own backyard renovations and realised there was no one around locally supplying this type of product. We shipped ours down from Queensland at the time, which was a costly expense. After a few years of thought and research, we decided to take the leap and set up a manufacturing plant here in Cardiff to provide builders, landscapers and homeowners with a local supplier of the concrete sleeper system. How is RetainEase different from other retaining wall solutions? The RetainEase retaining wall system is as our slogan suggests: the easy way to retain. It’s a set-and-forget product that is super quick to install and is going to last for decades to come. The benefits of using a concrete sleeper retaining wall are endless, but to name a few – they won’t warp, twist or rot over time with the impact of moisture or water; they won’t be eaten by termites; they have quicker installation time than a traditional block wall, which saves on both time on-site and the cost of labour; there’s no rendering or painting required, and a variety of colours and styles available; and it’s a fully engineered product that has been used in projects up to eight metres in height (with tailored engineering). Talk us through what the RetainEase process looks like. We can arrange for a free measure and quote for supply, and a quote from one of our fantastic installers if you need someone to put the wall in for

you. We come out and measure up the site, do up a proposed wall layout to get a visual of what it will all look like, and then send through the quote. If you proceed, then in most cases materials are ready for dispatch within a couple of days, subject to payment. What are some industry trends you’ve seen lately? We are definitely seeing a rise in the popularity of the concrete sleeper retaining wall. With a lot of areas for development falling into Flame Zone areas, the timber retaining wall is not an option for a lot of owners. We’re also hearing from some building suppliers that the price of hardwood is increasing, and it’s no longer as hard and durable as it was years ago – so walls built from the current timber sleepers potentially won’t last as long as they once did. We are seeing more people staying in homes longer and looking for a long-term solution rather than a quick fix. Our concrete sleeper systems provide a more time and cost-effective solution to a traditional block retaining wall, and they’re a lowmaintenance option, which is what everyone is looking for these days as well. Any exciting future plans coming up for the business? We are in the process of launching our new Rustic Concrete post and rail fencing system, which is now available in two or three-rail systems. It’s a fabulous new product that can be used in any property but will be suited to rural properties, around homesteads, or just anywhere you want to make a feature. Ready to take your landscaping project to the next level with RetainEase? Head to www.retainease.com.au to learn more, or contact the team on 4956 5269.

We are local manufacturers of Concrete Retaining wall sleepers and Concrete Post and Rail fencing. • Our RetainEase Concrete Sleeper Retaining wall system is fully Engineered to suit almost any retaining wall height. • Our concrete sleepers are steel reinforced and come in a range of colours and styles. • Our sleepers are guaranteed never to warp, twist, rot or be eaten by termites.

Contact Gavin or Rachael at RetainEase to discuss your retaining wall needs! Visit our Showroom at Unit 1/58 Mitchell Road, Cardiff Ph (02) 4956 5269 • E info@retainease.com.au

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CREATE YOUR OWN Dream Sleep at Makin Mattresses! Australia’s largest independent mattress manufacturer, Makin Mattresses, has been creating the most comfortable and highest quality mattresses for more than 40 years. And because they are manufacturers selling direct to the public, customers can try the product before they buy, guaranteeing customer satisfaction. The way they design, construct the mattresses and the in-store experience is the difference at Makin Mattresses. Attention to detail, quality control, and focus on comfort has made this Aussie company the country’s most well-loved provider of the perfect night’s sleep. Offering a wide range of mattresses to suit individual needs, the company regularly conducts satisfaction surveys which show that 1 in 2 of their customers has either bought from them before or been recommended by a friend! The most popular in the range is the premium two-piece, Bellissimo, delivering the perfect balance of comfort and support by providing a five or seven-zone support system that cradles the parts of your body that need it most; thousands of micro-coils provide balanced comfort and support whilst ensuring airflow management, resulting in a cooler more hygienic night’s sleep. They’re double-sided too as is every mattress manufactured by Makin Mattresses, the pillow top is separate to the support module, allowing flipping, turning and rotating. This results in a longer-lasting more comfortable mattress because you can use both sides of the mattress as your sleep surface over time. Having a singlesided mattress that you can only rotate leaves you creating body impressions, causing the comfort layers to flatten and collapse, a problem resolved by the unique double-sided construction. Not to forget the 5-year comfort promise

on the Bellissimo Micro-Coil range, meaning that if in the first five years of owning your mattress your comfort level changes you can take it back to the store to be changed once. As the manufacturer, we can take your mattress and change it from too firm or too soft for your liking to something in between. This removes the risk of buying a new mattress, not knowing if once you get it home, the comfort won’t be exactly how you imagined. With the only micro coil machine in Australia, Makin Mattresses have created a unique mattress. The micro-coil technology creates a cooler night sleep, with more effective airflow through the comfort layers. The micro-coils don’t degrade over time like foam. Produced exclusively in the company’s North Brisbane factory the Bellissimo micro coil range is unique and only available at Makin Mattresses Sandgate, in the Hunter Region. If you have a boat or caravan that requires a custom-sized mattress, the team at Makin Mattresses can alter any of their mattresses to suit the sleep space, right here in Newcastle. The large factory and retail showroom has an expansive carpark enabling customers to drive in with their caravan for a custom fitting. The team at the Sandgate store work closely with the production team on site and are experts at matching you with the right mattress to suit your comfort needs and budget. Whether you have a lastminute guest coming, a teenager growing out of their bed or it’s time to upgrade to something special Makin Mattresses has a mattress to suit. Additionally, to complete your new mattress, they have bed bases and bed heads in 3 fashionable colours, bed frames and linen. Makin Mattresses has nine stores Australia-wide and six manufacturing sites. Create your dream sleep with Makin Mattresses in the Hunter – you’ll find the showroom on the corner of Friesian Close and Jersey Avenue in Sandgate.

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Thinking of Renovating?

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This is a question we get asked quite a bit – and the answer is…. 'absolutely we can!' However, we do need to obtain some critical information first via a site consultation first. Be very wary of anyone who gives you an amount over the phone, especially without seeing your home or proposed project. It’s common to get a low-ball figure and get stuck with 10’s of thousands of cost overruns and variations during the project. The square metre rate can be easily worked out by yourself, but it’s not the question to ask first. The first question you must ask yourself before you even begin on the renovating or building journey is ‘How much am I comfortable spending?’ If you don’t know the answer, the architect and builder won’t, and you are at risk of going down the path of having unrealistic plans drawn up that can never be built. Once you know how much you are willing to invest and you have a rough idea how many square metres you will renovate, extend or build, simply do the maths! A bespoke renovation, extension or new build

can vary so much in pricing depending on the existing home, the size and the level of finish. It certainly isn’t a real figure to compare pricing between 2 or 3 quotes as you may be comparing apples with oranges. The information you need to compare quotations is in the detail. A professional builder will meet with you to gain a better insight on what you’re trying to achieve with your project and tailor a proposal to suit your needs and wants. It’s a good time to ask yourself a few questions about the project: • Do you need more room for the kids? • A bigger kitchen? Or an area outside to enjoy the summer months? • How do you spend your weekends? • What does a normal day at home look like for you and your family? • What areas need to interact or remain separate? • How does the current home perform in summer/winter? • Where can we get the best use of light and ventilation? There are so many more important questions to ask before trying to nail down a square metre price. Honesty and transparency between you and the builder is the key for effective communication. For more knowledge on the building process and how you can save time and money, visit our website or contact us today. Visit www.walkomconstructions.com

Hamilton’s Heritage Character to be Preserved The unique character of Hamilton’s residential streetscapes will be preserved for future generations following the creation of the City’s first substantial heritage conservation area in 20 years. In July last year, City of Newcastle proposed to the State Government to protect the historically significant Hamilton Residential Precinct, a fourblock area between Donald and Tudor Streets bounded by Gordon Avenue to the east and Murray Street to the west. This proposal has now been approved by the Minister for Planning.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it is crucial to recognise and retain Newcastle’s unique heritage. “The Hamilton Residential Precinct is typical of the late Victorian and Federation periods in Newcastle’s urban development, featuring small lot housing of one or two storeys. Retaining our suburbs’ character helps preserve our Novocastrian cultural identity and demonstrate our sense of pride in heritage places.”

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Sustainable, Money Saving Options from SolarBright WORDS CLAIRE BRADSHAW

As power bills remain on the increase, many households are struggling to keep up (and with the burdens placed upon it, the environment is struggling, too). That’s why the option of solar power has become ever more attractive in recent years. As well as helping you save money through significantly reduced bills, solar is a more environmentally friendly energy solution. And with experts like SolarBright here to help, it’s never been easier to transform your home into a solar powerhouse. SolarBright is one of the largest solar installation

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companies in NSW. An Australian-owned family business operating from purpose-built premises in Prestons, SolarBright services Sydney and the wider NSW regional area, including Port Macquarie, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter. The company specialises in solar panels and batteries as well as tubular skylights and rooftop ventilation. They’ve completed over 11,000 installations throughout their eleven years in business. This longevity is something of a rarity in the industry. Over recent years, high numbers of solar companies have popped up across the country and disappeared within short order – leaving their customers as ‘solar orphans’ when systems break down, and warranties can’t be honoured by the closed-down provider. These breakdowns are made all the more likely by inferior-quality panels offered at low prices, and installation processes that cut all the wrong corners. SolarBright aims to be the antithesis of this unfortunate industry trend. The company focuses on providing only the best solar system technology, such as LG solar panels (regarded as the best-performing panels on the market), Solar Edge inverters and Tesla PowerWall batteries. SolarBright’s knowledgeable on-the-ground consultants also offer a personalised service to ensure customers’ needs are being met. And clients have the reassurance of industry certification: the company is a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer, an Authorised LG Energy Partner and a Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer. So what are the key benefits of solar power for homes and businesses? Money-saving and sustainable home improvement are the key incentives for most customers. An investment in solar typically pays for itself within a few years, with savings continuing for the homeowner for years to come. According to SolarBright, “a combination of a correctly

sized solar system and solar battery can reduce your [power] bill to nearly zero”. It’s an ideal investment for retirees or homeowners on fixed incomes. Those who have already converted to solar throughout Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the Hunter might recognise Mike Fox, local energy consultant for SolarBright. Mike is emblematic of the personal touch that sets SolarBright apart from the phone- or email-based consultants of other companies. Conducting in-person visits to clients, he sits down with families and local businesses to look at their power bills and usage, discussing the systems and options that will prove the best investment for their situation. “I love my job because I get to help people,” Mike says. “With my technical knowledge of solar, I can reduce people’s and businesses’ day-to-day costs with a realistic ROI.” When it comes to the process of seeking solar energy solutions, one of the main roadblocks people face is confusion at the overwhelming amount of options and conflicting advice. This can lead to the solar option simply getting put in the too-hard basket – but that’s where Mike comes in. With an honest, reliable reputation and keen product knowledge, it’s his goal to make the process as smooth, understandable and successful as possible. “I love making the solar journey easy – to simplify and provide the desired outcome tailored to the client’s needs,” he says. “I’ll visit you and help you even after the solar is installed because I care. And I love to hear how amazed my customers are that the system purchased is doing everything that was promised.” If you’re interested in beginning the solar journey with SolarBright, visit www.solarbright.com.au or call 1300 852 622 for more information or to organise a free in-home consultation.

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The School Holidays! {Said no parent, ever} Yet another term has drawn to a close (I know, we can’t believe it either!). And so, the age-old question rears its head – ‘what on earth can I possibly do to keep the kids entertained these school holidays?’ WORDS MIA KYRIKOS

If you are anything like us, we are constantly on the lookout for new ideas to keep the kids off the couch, and boy-oh-boy have we got the perfect list for you! We’ve found the best activities you need to survive these school holidays. From wet-weather friendly events to outdoor adventures, and with a mix of both free and paid events, we know exactly how you can keep the cabin fever at bay. Newcastle Museum Every day is a new opportunity to learn, and school holidays are no exception! Head to the museum and keep the little minds firing with a range of exciting exhibitions, shows, and workshops. Kids are invited to get hands on and delve

deeper into the secret life of a spy, or for those who are fascinated by all the wonders of the world, head to the new museum show, Fire and Ice! Keen to get outdoors? On Friday 11th October, bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a family event with music, a petting zoo, entertainers and activities to celebrate the new Museum Park. Be sure to book soon; spaces are limited. For more details and dates visit www.newcastlemuseum.com.au Newcastle Region Libraries It’s no secret; holidays are trying. If we hear “I’m boredâ€? one more time we might lose all our hair! That’s where Newcastle Region Libraries can lend you a helping hand. With plenty on offer, you are sure to find holiday activities that will keep them off the screens and inspired all day long. Kick-off the school holidays with some serious fun outdoors, or if it's looking a little grey and rainy outside, there is plenty to do inside! From hit events like the excellent DIY â–ş

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Terrariums workshop or The Great Lego Challenge. There is sure to be something for all ages. Bookings for all activities are essential. To find out what’s on near you, check out www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au Newcastle Art Gallery Keep those creative minds buzzing when you head to Newcastle Art Gallery – open every day of the school holidays. Wander the gallery and discover incredible exhibitions, or book into one of the awesome workshops. Help your kids discover their inner artist at fantastic workshops, including the Drawing Faces and Portrait Painting workshop. Here, kids will explore the fundamentals of sketching, painting and creative development. Both workshops are suitable for children aged 5–12, at the cost of $12 per person, with bookings essential. For more details visit www.nag.org.au Blackbutt Reserve Looking for the perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather? Get the family to Blackbutt Reserve for the ideal day out! Enjoy the Aussie Animal Painting workshop or the amazing reptile show. You can even let the kids blow off some steam at the adventure playground at Richley Reserve. For more details visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/ Blackbutt-Reserve Lake Macquarie Libraries Kids are sure to delight in a range of activities across the various Lake Macquarie Council libraries! Budding musicians will love the pop-up workshops like the Junkyard Beats Recycled music class, or for those interested in photography, be sure to check out the

Monday 30 Drawing Faces – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Minibeasts Story Stomp Mayfield Library 11am – 11.45am 3 – 7 yrs • Free Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp Makey Makey! Wallsend Library 2pm – 3pm 8 – 13 yrs • Free The Great Lego® Challenge Newcastle Library 3pm – 4pm 5 - 12 yrs • Free

Tuesday 1 Recycled Robots New Lambton Library 10am – 11am 6 - 12 yrs • Free Drawing Faces – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Minibeasts Story Stomp Hamilton Library 11am – 11.45am 3 – 7 yrs • Free

Nature Trail Story Stomp Lambton Park 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Science Shows Fire & Ice! Newcastle Museum 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm All ages • Free Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp DIY Terrariums Newcastle Library 3pm – 4pm 9 – 13 yrs • Free Kitchen Collage Hamilton Library 3pm – 4pm 7 – 12 yrs • Free

Wednesday 2 Museum Mysteries Code Breaker Workshop Newcastle Museum 10.15am & 12.30pm 7+ yrs • $10 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Fun in the Garden Story Stomp Wallsend Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Nature Trail Story Stomp Newcastle Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Going Green Story Stomp Adamstown Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free

Drawing Faces – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery Noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp The Great Lego® Challenge Adamstown Library 3pm – 4pm 5 - 12 yrs • Free

Thursday 3 DIY Terrariums Wallsend Library 10am – 11am 9 - 13 yrs • Free Drawing Faces – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Fun in the Garden Story Stomp Stockton Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Going Green Story Stomp New Lambton Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Science Shows Fire & Ice! Newcastle Museum 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm All ages • Free Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp

Cyanotypes workshop. For those keen to get outdoors, kids can even learn how to start their own native garden at the Gardening for Kids: veggies and native plants workshop. Future artists can also enjoy a variety of workshops from learning how to build their very own sun catcher from recycled materials to discovering how to give everyday objects new life. There will be plenty more activities on offer. Visit www.library.lakemac.com.au for more information, prices and to book your place. Learn2Swim Program

Out and About Are the kids feeling a bit cooped up? Get them out of the house and burning off that energy! Enrol your little fish into the Learn2Swim – Holiday Intensive Program week. If your little one is more of an adrenaline junkie, get them to Charlestown and Speers Point Swim Centres to enjoy a full-throttle Laser Tag in a pool environment! For more information visit www.lakemac.com.au ■

Kitchen Collage New Lambton Library 3pm – 4pm 7 – 12 yrs • Free

Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Going Green Story Stomp Friday 4 Hamilton Library Drawing Faces 11am – 11.45am – Art Workshop 3 - 7 yrs • Free Newcastle Art Gallery Science Shows 10.30am, noon, 2pm Fire & Ice! (1hr workshop) Newcastle Museum 5 - 12 yrs • $12 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm Reptile Show All ages • Free Blackbutt Reserve Aussie Animal Painting 11am • All ages • $3pp Blackbutt Reserve Minibeasts Story Stomp 1pm • All ages • $3pp Beresfield Library Makey Makey! 11am – 11.45am Newcastle Library 3 – 7 yrs • Free 2pm – 3pm Aussie Animal Painting 8 – 13 yrs • Free Blackbutt Reserve The Great Lego® 1pm • All ages • $3pp Challenge Recycled Robots Wallsend Library Beresfield Library 3pm – 4pm 3pm – 4pm 5 - 12 yrs • Free 6 - 12 yrs • Free Wednesday 9 Movie Mania – Nims Island Portrait Painting Wallsend Library – Art Workshop 6pm - 7.30pm Newcastle Art Gallery 5+ yrs • Free 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) Monday 7 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Public Holiday Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve Tuesday 8 11am • All ages • $3pp DIY Terrariums Nature Trail New Lambton Library Story Stomp 10am – 11am Wallsend Library 9 - 13 yrs • Free 11am – 11.45am Portrait Painting 3 – 7 yrs • Free – Art Workshop Minibeasts Story Stomp Newcastle Art Gallery Newcastle Library 10.30am, noon, 2pm 11am – 11.45am (1hr workshop) 3 - 7 yrs • Free 5 - 12 yrs • $12

Fun in the Garden Story Stomp Adamstown Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • $3pp • Free The Great Lego® Challenge Mayfield Library 3pm - 4pm 5 - 12 yrs • Free Makey Makey! Wallsend Library 2pm – 3pm 8 - 13 yrs • Free

Thursday 10 Kitchen Collage Wallsend Library 10am - 11am 7 – 12 yrs • Free Portrait Painting – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Fun in the Garden Story Stomp New Lambton Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Going Green Story Stomp Stockton Library 11am – 11.45am 3 - 7 yrs • Free Science Shows Fire & Ice! Newcastle Museum 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm All ages • Free

Get Spooky in Wallsend this Halloween! Wallsend Town Businesses will be holding a Halloween Party on Saturday 26 October from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Wallsend CBD, and you’re invited… if you dare! Enjoy a fun morning of Trick or Treat around the participating businesses, have your face painted, and navigate the huge free Inflatable obstacle course. Don’t forget to come dressed in your Halloween Costumes to go in the running for some great prizes for best dressed and scariest costumes. There will be prizes for Mums and Dads as well! There will be entertainment in Rotunda Park from 10am to 12noon, and Wallsend Businesses will be offering Halloween Specials on the day. The Wallsend Town Business Association proudly presents this event for the whole community to enjoy. So come along for some frighteningly good fun the whole family will enjoy. For further details, visit the Wallsend website www.wallsendtown.com.au or Wallsend Town Facebook and Instagram pages.

Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp Recycled Robots Stockton Library 3pm – 4pm 6 - 12 yrs • Free

Friday 11 Kitchen Collage Newcastle Library 10am - 11am 7 - 12 yrs • Free Picnic in Museum Park Newcastle Museum 10am - 2pm All ages • Free Portrait Painting – Art Workshop Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am, noon, 2pm (1hr workshop) 5 - 12 yrs • $12 Reptile Show Blackbutt Reserve 11am • All ages • $3pp Nature Trail Story Stomp Beresfield Library 11am – 11.45am 3 – 7 yrs • Free Aussie Animal Painting Blackbutt Reserve 1pm • All ages • $3pp Movie Mania – Storm Boy Newcastle Library 6pm – 7.30pm 5+ yrs • Free

Let your imagination run wild these holidays!

Every Saturday & Sunday Art Cart Newcastle Art Gallery 10.30am - 12.30pm All ages • Free

Full program at newcastle.nsw.gov.au

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Holiday Art Workshops

Finite Gallery

for Creative Kids

AGES 6 - 18 YEARS The kids are sure to be kept busy this school holidays with the fantastic range of 2-hour children's workshops at Finite Gallery.

AGES 6 - 16 YEARS The Studio Lambton has you covered these October School Holidays with our Creative Children's Holiday Program. There is something for all mini artists (6-16yrs) with a wide range of workshops across drawing, painting, craft, and sculpture. Step away from screens and into the studio to let imaginations run wild. Students can join us for a whole day of art activities or pick and choose workshops to suite your schedule. Excellent multiple enrollment and sibling discounts available. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

What’s on at the Gardens this School Holidays


There are a wide range of workshops on offer – everything from creating in Clay to Tie Dyeing, Painting and Weaving. All materials are included!

LOCATED The Arts Emporium, 2 Pearson St, Lambton PH 0404 736 083 E courtney@theartsemporium.com.au

Parents/Carers are also welcome to participate, so why not make it a fun family day?

www.finitegallery.com/learn LOCATED 60 Caves Beach Rd, Caves Beach E info@finitegallery.com PH 0419 471 660

Everyday is a great day to fall in love with nature at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens!

NATURE IS FUN 9th OCT – Explore, learn about nature and enjoy craft. To suit 4–12yrs, 10am–12pm. Entry $5 p/child over 3, bookings essential. FREE ORCHID POTTING DEMONSTRATION 12th OCT – Learn what mix to use, pots to use, about pests and fertilisers with Stu Webb. A demonstration, Q&A session and tour of the Orchid Houses will follow, plus a sausage sizzle ($3). Two sessions: 11am & 1.30pm (approx 1 hour duration).

www.huntergardens.org.au 2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae PH 4987 1655 E events@huntergardens.org.au

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WIN A FAMILY PASS TO TREETOPS ADVENTURE PARK! Create memories and enjoy a fun day out in nature with your family at TreeTops Adventure Park Newcastle. Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles including rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo-nets and zip lines. Thanks to the team at TreeTops, we have three family passes to give away to three lucky readers! The family pass is for two adults + two juniors with each pass valued at $172 for a full day of family fun!


Stadium For your chance to win, visit www.intouchmagazine.com.au and head to the GIVEAWAYS page. Entries close midnight October 31 2019 – don’t miss out!

ALL AGES, ALL ABILITIES Holiday Super Sessions are back! Skate as long as you like between 11am and 3pm on weekdays during the holidays. There are party games like limbo and pass the puck and a sectioned off area for beginners with skating frames available.

Non-skating spectators are admitted free – why not relax in the cafe while the kids skate! A great option in wet weather and also a great place to be when it's really hot outside. Rental Skate sizes range from a Kids 9 up to an Adults 14. Lockers are available for a small fee to secure your belongings whilst on the ice. DETAILS 230 Macquarie Road, Warners Bay. Prices are $16 for 6yrs or under, $20 for 7yrs or over, $18 seniors and $65 for a family (1 adult + 3 kids OR 2 adults + 2 kids). These prices include skate hire – with your own skates you will save $4. For more details and other session times please visit the website. Phone 4954 4499. www.hiss.com.au

October School Holiday Vacation Programs Catering to kids 5 - 13 years, we provide a supervised holiday activity which is fun and active!

• 28 Sep - 1 Oct 2019 • 6 Oct - 9 Oct 2019

• 2 Oct - 5 Oct 2019 • 10 Oct - 13 Oct 2019

$199 = 4 Days - 2.5hr Sessions with Lunch included! Other holiday activities for all ages and skill levels: Skate Sessions, Private & Group Skate Lessons, Open Skate Sessions (Skate, Scoot, Roller Skate, Rollerblade) & Birthday Parties

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Book online at www.sanbahgrindhouse.com or call (02) 4925 2714

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Art House Studios

Does your child love art? Do you want them to learn new skills, have fun, spend time off screens, and make new friends? Art House Studios could become their creative home away from home. We offer engaging holiday drawing and painting workshops that children love. This holiday, choose from the following – - Beautiful Blooms 6yrs+ - Sketch Party 6yrs+

- Fairy Gardens 6yrs+ - Just For Teens all day studio session ..and more! Each workshop is designed and led by Priya Joy, an artist and qualified teacher with over 20 years experience. Your child will build confidence in their skills and feel at home in the relaxed, artistic atmosphere. Quality time in a safe, fully equipped environment with lots of guidance and encouragement. 10am–4pm, all art materials, inspiration and food provided. We accept the $100 Creative Kids Voucher for all holiday workshops. DETAILS Level 1, 268 Turton Road, New Lambton. PH 0478 116313. Visit www.arthousestudios.com.au E priyajoy@arthousestudios.com.au



Monday, 7th October 2019 | 10am–4pm Free Entry

GUN FIRING (7 Guns) 11am, 1pm + 3pm Coffee Cart | Sausage Sizzle | Pipe Band Re-enactments | Vehicle Displays Fort Scratchley Historical Society Inc. | 1-3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East Open 6 days a week, (closed Tuesday) from 10am to 4pm Admission and self guided tours (excluding tunnels) of the Fort is free

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This School Holidays! BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED Pulse Climbing has gone one better in 2019 and opened an exciting new boulder gym in Warners Bay. The new gym complements our top rope climbing gym in Adamstown to better cater for increased popularity of the sport in the Newcastle Region. Pulse Climbing Managing Director, Scott Forrester, said "It's an exciting time at Pulse Climbing and the sport in general as the debut of the sport in the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 approaches. It's fantastic to see the next generation of climbers come through our doors and watch them fall in love with the sport. The thought of helping an athlete achieve an Olympic dream is a fabulous prospect and something we hope to achieve as climbing continues to grow in popularity." Pulse Climbing is the perfect venue for beginner climbers looking to try the sport for the first time, our experienced staff are always friendly and on hand to give advice and every first time climber gets a safety orientation before they get started. We also cater for the more experienced climber with excellent training facilitates and a progression of climbing grades that will keep

all level of climbers wanting to come back for the next challenge. YOUTH HOLIDAY CLINICS Our youth holiday clinics are a great way to keep the kids happy and healthy during the school holidays! Running from 10am– 1.30pm they include warm-up, climbing games and activities, individualised advice, a healthy morning tea and cool down activities. Adamstown sessions will be held on 2 and 4 October. Warners Bay will be held on 8 and 10 October. Please call the facility to book a spot in the holiday clinic. DETAILS No bookings required for casual visits. Open 10am everyday in the school holidays (until 10pm Mon-Fri, 6pm Sat and 4pm Sun). Minimum climbing age of 5. FIND US Warners Bay – 2/305 Hillborough Road Warners Bay; Adamstown – 10/122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown www.pulseclimbing.com.au




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Mentor Support Network MSN award scholarships and support to students in financial need as well as training, professional development and networking for mentors. At this recent networking and learning event, speakers Asterie Nsengiyumva and Renata Ninevski. The afternoon began with Asterie describing her experiences as a refugee and was followed by that of Renata, who is the Refugee Support Leader for the Hunter Region, DET. Renata is an experienced leader of refugee education and community engagement. For more information and to volunteer visit www.mentorsupportnetwork.com.au

Vinnies CEO Sleep Out 2019 The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness. Each CEO Sleepout participant commits to raising thousands of dollars to help Vinnies provide essential services to the people who need them. Here’s just a few Novocastrians who braved the cold in 2019 – register now for 2020 at www.ceosleepout.org.au/event/newcastle

(Above) Erin McCort, Lisa Peel and Year 8 St Joseph's Lochinvar Students

TSA Management The TSA Newcastle team held their inaugural Hunter industry insight event recently, which was attended by clients, consultants, contractors and industry partners. The afternoon was made special by raising $5000 to contribute to the Ikara Flinders Ranges Challenge. The challenge of trekking the Ikara-Flinders Ranges is an initiative of the University of Newcastle where participants experience the arid South Australian outback and raise over $100,000 to support Indigenous education, health, research and community initiatives. For more information about the challenge visit www.newcastle.edu.au/ikara

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