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free l DEC/JAN 2013 No. 165 l Celebrating the Life and Times of the local Community

Fun times The Bangalow Show was lots of fun, see our report on pages 12 & 13, and now we head into the Summer holidays. Time to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. And lots of fun in the months ahead!

editorial 2012 is coming to an end but not the activities in and around Bangalow. This issue of Heartbeat, which covers December and January, offers ideas for Christmas and holiday entertaining and gift sourcing and reminds us ‘not to forget the lavender oil’ for seasonal ailments such as burns and bites! It notes the dates for end of the year club functions and, on a community wide level, seasonal events including the Bowlo Christmas party, the Newrybar Christmas fair, the Christmas Eve Street Carnival and the Bowlo New Year’s Eve party. Note also the many concerts scheduled over the holiday period at a number of local venues.

Looking back at November there are reports and photos of the Bangalow Show, another great success, despite the threatening weather. The community also took time out to observe Remembrance Day, always a moving occasion. Also in this issue are profiles of community members, interesting facts and figures from the recent census, an update on the highway, gardening ideas and much more. On behalf of the Heartbeat team I thank all our wonderful community contributors and advertisers and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Di Martin

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paying intention Local journalist, Mick O’Regan is the star of a new short film by Terry Bleakley that was filmed and edited over a weekend recently. Mick plays the role of a man desperately in need of money to repay a debt to some unsavoury characters. He sets out on a mission to get that money from his elderly par-


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ents any way he can. Of course not everything is as it seems and proves yet again that two plus two is not always four. The film, titled Paying Intention, will be submitted to local film festivals and then be consigned to a cupboard where Team: Judy Baker, Marika Bryant, Tony Hart, Lyn theEditorial rest of Terry’s films reside.

Plummer, Brian Sundstrom, Christobel Munson Sub Editor: Helen Wilson Distribution: Bangalow Post Office, Brian Sundstrom, Peter Bradridge Web Pages: Wendy Gray CampbellThis newsletter is published by BangaDISCLAIMER. Plummer, Benny Accounts: Saunders, Rob low’s Heartbeat Sally Schofield, Andrea Stur- Neville Chariman: MaloneyIncorporated PO Box 132 NSW 2479. Hon. Editors Dianne Martin, Ruth Kirby, Hon Sec/

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2479 census results: part 2

Tony Hart has been looking at the latest census results and sheds more light on the population of 2479.

As reported in the August issue of Heartbeat, the total number of people living in postcode 2479 in June 2011 was 4,538, 15% of Byron Shire and 0.07% of the total New South Wales population. Recently released figures provide more details on education and employment. We also now know that the closely built up area of Bangalow housed 1,522 people. How this compares with earlier years will have to wait until we can produce figures for the same area – more next time. Our growth Over the five years between 2006 and 2011, 2479’s population grew at a rate slower than the number of private dwellings (9% and 11% respectively). Compared with 2006 there are now either more unoccupied dwellings or fewer people in those that are occupied. Where have we come from? Of the 4,496 people who were usually resident in 2479 in 2011 3,671 (82%) were at the same address a year previously. Of the 825 incomers since 2010, 503 (or 10 people per week) had moved from somewhere else in Australia outside Byron Shire and 25 had come from overseas. Another 143

had changed address within the postcode. The census doesn’t yet tell us how many left our postcode. Interestingly, and perhaps of concern to some, the number of incomers in the last year is almost equivalent to the number arriving in the previous four years. This increased rate of incomers is likely to place pressures on rural land use, our local roads and our village infrastructure. Our education Almost 30% of 2479’s population were attending an educational institution, almost the same percentage as the state as a whole. 422 were at primary school, 356 in secondary schools and 218 in technical colleges or university. We have 138 post graduates and 775 graduates from universities. 330 have achieved advanced diploma level and 660 post school certificate level. Our work The unemployment rate was 6.6% compared with a state-wide 5.9%. Also, part time workers are a much higher proportion of our workforce (almost 40%) than for the state as a whole (28%). The median age of our labour force is much higher than normal, 48 years compared with 41 for the

state. This reflects the deficiency of 20-35 years olds throughout the shire. The health care and social assistance sectors employ more 2479 residents than any other industry (13%); then comes retail (11%), agriculture and education and training (both 9%). Over 47% of workers describe themselves as ‘managers’ or ‘professionals’ of which agriculture has the highest proportion (17%). In comparison, managers and professionals are only 36% of NSW’s workers. Other well-represented occupations in 2479 are tradies (11%), clerks (10%) and labourers (9%). Getting to work Needless to say, given our poor public transport service, 70% of workers go to work by car, 327 worked at home and 134 walked to work. Unpaid work 30% of people over 15 years old did up to 14 hours per week unpaid domestic work and 15% did between 15 hours and 29 hours per week. Close to a third of 2479 residents did voluntary work through an organisation or group, almost twice the percentage of voluntary workers state-wide.

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Christmas dinner made merry I saw the first promos for Christmas turkeys and hams as early as the end of October. Lights, trees and decorations went into the stores just as early. Does Christmas seem to begin earlier and earlier each year or is it more that it simply sneaks up on us? With a little bit of early planning and organising, Christmas dinner can be made more enjoyable and hassle free. This will be our first Christmas up here on the Northern Rivers. At our place we hope to make sure it’s more pleasure rather than only hard work with dishes and a hangover to show for it (although we’ll no doubt have those too). Let’s explore some ideas to help us all make our Christmas experience one to remember for the good reasons. Plan and start early Shop early for the food you will need, as well as gifts. The shopping centre is not a pleasant place the day before Christmas. Shopping early also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of specials which may be available. There are many menu items you can prepare ahead of time, freeing you up for more time with your loved ones on the day. Shop local Around Bangalow we have a wealth of tasty local produce. Our very own farmers’ market is a great place to begin and may inspire you with some creative ideas. Fruit and vegies in season taste better, are healthier and are often better value. Doing your food shopping close to home also helps keep our community’s money in the area and minimises food miles. Buying some things in bulk, such as a box of

peaches, can be great value when shared with your neighbours or friends. Honour your traditions Your family may have some traditions which they adopt each season and which make your festive celebrations unique and personal. I know a family who wake up to shots of rum every Christmas morning. Even if they have family members scattered around the globe, they get on the phone and share their first Christmas drink. Some traditions focus their celebrations on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Think outside the square There are no rules. You can prepare whatever you like. Beef, turkey, fish, duck, or goose - you are limited only by your imagination. Christmas is also a fantastic chance to get to meet those whom you see around but don’t really know. Knock on your neighbour’s door, and make any visitors to the area feel welcome. Share the duties Most people will appreciate your generosity

in hosting Christmas at your place and will be very glad to contribute. This may include bringing dessert or a salad or drinks. Don’t forget to delegate the washing up as well! This will be your chance to sit back and catch up with your guests. Get the kids involved There are creative ways to keep them busy and entertained. Putting children in teams and giving them tasks will not only get necessary work done but will give them a sense of involvement. They could set the table or pick and arrange the flowers. You will find that children may be capable bakers; think cakes and filling mince pies. Prepare some games such as making decorations, hanging stockings, or singing carols. Appreciate your leftovers I remember eating my family’s potato salad until New Year’s Eve. And it improved each day. My father would make it by the bucket. This is another sharing duties idea. Each year one family would make enough potato salad for several groups of friends and share it around. Left over roast meat can be utilised in many ways; cold in sandwiches or salads, or as part of an antipasto plate. Bones can be turned into broth with the simple addition of a few vegies. The freezer is your friend. Have fun and share the abundance! Give a little back. There are many families and individuals who may not be as lucky as you or I to sit down every year to a threecourse feast. Mission Australia and the Big Issue are just two examples of very worthy organisations who aim to support families, children, and the homeless. Eat well, share stories and have fun!  Paul Hudson

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Christmas Tree History An important part of the tradition of celebrating Christmas is the tree with its various colourful decorations of tinsel, ornaments and lights with the family presents placed underneath ready for opening on Christmas morning. From very early times non Christian cultures brought trees inside at the time of winter solstice. These were usually evergreen conifers such as pines and firs and they symbolised growth and everlasting life at a time when there were cold winters outside and other trees were bare. The custom of the Christmas tree as we now know it developed in Germany in the 1500s or even earlier in Latvia according to some sources. Early Christmas trees were traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, dates or nuts. A popular legend tells of Martin Luther, a founder of the Protestant faith, walking in the forest on Christmas Eve. He was so taken with the beauty of the stars shining through the fir trees that he decided to recreate it by decorating his Christmas tree with candles. When electricity was discovered candles were replaced with Christmas lights.Nowadays Christmas trees come in many forms from natural to artificial, decorated or undecorated and some are even fibre optic. Many families still chop down a pine tree or buy one from the roadside. Others bring a potted evergreen inside each year. Whatever the tradition the collecting and decorating of the tree is a part of the Christmas ritual for most families. It is something that all the family members, even the youngest children, enjoy. They love to help, by often adding their own homemade decorations to the tree alongside the tinsel, ornaments and lights.  Lyn Plummer

Christmas Eve Street Festival The annual Christmas Eve Street Festival will again be held this year. Originally a Bangalow Chamber of Commerce initiative, this year will see the Bangalow Lions Club take on a large part of the organising. The event starts at 5pm and continues through to 9pm. The main street of Bangalow will be closed from 4pm on 24 December through to 10pm. The festival will feature street performers, buskers, food vendors and the usual kids’ rides at the Bangalow Primary School. Santa will this year be outside the Post Office. This event is organised and implemented by the Bangalow business community as a way of thanking the Bangalow and 2479 community for its support throughout the year. It is planned as an inexpensive night out for families to relax and stroll the main street on the night before Christmas. We encourage everyone to attend. Business owners and residents please note that cars are to be off the main street between the roundabout and the School by no later than 4pm on Christmas Eve.  Greg Crump

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and restores its functional harmony. More info at www. Tix $34 from Barebones Art Space and $40 at the door. And in January Sunday 23: Bangalow markets, vintage fair and art on Sunday. Thursday, 3 January to Sunday 6: Starlight Wellbeing Expo Saturday, 12 January : US pop duo Beach House and others in concert Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 January: Flickerfest   Susie Warrick

Saturday 1 from 10am4pm: Cooking for Christmas. Fabulous local farm to fork chef Alison Drover presents a day of cooking for Christmas and the holiday season, designed around fresh local produce bought direct from the markets. Attendance $69, conc $62, additional materials $15. Bookings at 02 6684 3374.  Saturday 8 from 9am-1.30 pm:  A Very Crafty Christmas. Presented by local craft group Sew and Tell, a fabulous onestop shopping opportunity.  Each item unique and over 30 Bangalow Garden Club stalls. Entry free. Tea/coffee, The Garden Club will celebrate sandwiches and delicious another successful year at the cakes provided by Heritage Christmas lunch at Harvest Café on Wednesday, 5 December. House. Saturday 15 at 12 noon and A year full of interesting guest varied Saturday 7pm: It Came from Outer Space. speakers, Bangalow House of Dance social garden visits, a wonderful presents its annual blockbuster excursion to Mt Tambourine concert to showcase the House open gardens, bargains on of Dance students, ages 2 - 16, the trading table and lots of and their formidable talent. Tix delicious afternoon teas were at the door, $20 adults and $15 enjoyed by all members. At children [under 16]. Canteen the AGM the president, Hazel open each performance, Sowerby warmly thanked all those who made it happen. In drinks and snacks available. Sunday 16 at 8pm: Dream 2013 Hazel and Helen Johnston Drone, a 90 minute lie-down will share the responsibilities experience. The Dream Drone of the position of president is a unique sound produced by and all the committee were the didgeridoo. It stimulates re-elected. The next meeting is spiritual awareness and on Wednesday, 6 February at insight, rebalances the 1 pm in the Anglican Hall. Helen Johnston vital energies of the body 

Byron Farmers’ Market turns 10 Byron Farmers’ Market turns 10 this month and they are inviting everyone to celebrate at their Byron market on Thursday, 6 December. President Heather Armstrong, of Coopers Shoot Tomato fame and a founding member, said, “We have always sought community involvement, so want to see lots of people join the celebration. Our morning market will operate as usual with many extra activities, guests and entertainment. Cooking demonstrations by local chefs will offer free taste samples and we will launch our Farmers Market recipe souvenir magazine. This is a collection of recipes from our members using their own fresh ingredients, plus recipes from local guest chefs Victoria Cosford and Gavin Hughes.” Local musicians will be performing along with children’s entertainment and activities. There will be a history tent with photographs and video displays. “Drop in between 7 am and 11am, Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay. Bring the family and wish Byron Farmers’ Market a happy birthday,” Heather concluded. Byron Farmers Market also runs the Bangalow Saturday market. The local farmers who started

the market originally intended Bangalow to be first, but site selection problems with the Shire and main street businesses delayed its opening until 2004. No doubt there will be a Bangalow Saturday market celebration in 2014.  Brian Sundstrom

A Choired Taste Once again the Christmas concert with a variety of local choirs will be held in the Bangalow Catholic Hall on Saturday, 8 December at 7.30 pm. Choirs include Choir Baby, The Jazz Drops, Spiritsong, Acapelicans, Songbirds and Twisted Fate. Alison Mackay

Bangalow Networking Breakfast group Bangalow Networking Breakfast group will be having a Christmas luncheon at fabulous Liliana’s at Possum Creek on Wednesday, 12 December at 12 noon. Bookings are essential. Contact rosemarie@ byronandbeyondnetworking. or 0412 475 543 or www. byronandbeyondnetworking.  Rosemarie Toynbee

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Deakon St, Bangalow. Home made finger food, bubbles on arrival, followed by a choice of wine, all selected by Liette Snow of Bangalow Cellars. Tickets $20 www.stickytickets. before the close off date of Sunday, 9 December. There will be NO tickets at the door. Bring a festive spirit and a wrapped Christmas gift of no greater value than $10 to go into a Kris Kringle draw. Wear Christmas accessories - there will be prizes for winners. Contact: Teresa 0408 304 145 or Jeni 0438 383 811. Numbers will be capped so don’t be disappointed.  Teresa Bassham

Newrybar Christmas market On Saturday, 15 December the Newrybar Christmas Market will be held from 9am until 4 pm, celebrating the village Christmas spirit. The fun will include Santa, face painting, clowns and buskers. Local designer ware, local produce, native trees and Christmas puddings are just some of the delights on the stalls, along with Charity fundraising. So call by Newrybar Village, Old Pacific Highway. Meredith Barry

Eltham Hall event What? Eric Erdman and Hussy Hicks. Where? Eltham Hall, Mayfield St, Eltham NSW. When? Saturday, 15 December. Doors

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Saturday 15: The Bowlo presents a Christmas comedy show with Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn. Sunday 23: Rock ‘n roll Sunday Monday 31: New Year’s Eve celebration with big band The Well Swung Daddies. Wednesday, 23 January 2013: The Bowlo presents Galapagos Duck with David Ades. Saturday, 26 January 2013: Australia Day barbecue. Sunday, 27 January 2013: Rock ‘n roll Sunday at the Bowlo.  Simone Chapman

Book signing Bookworms & Papermites will be hosting an information and signing event at the Bangalow Farmer’s Market on Saturday, 15 December from 8am. Janella Purcell will be signing her latest book Janella’s Wholefood Kitchen, Ruth Winton-Brown will be signing Reclaiming Joy (see this months’ book review) and the Bud Organic Club will be there providing information about their group.Carolyn Adams

Local exhibition For the whole of December the Windhorse Gallery will be exhibiting recent paintings and

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Sunday, 23 December: Combined service at All Souls at 9am followed by a ‘bring a plate’ high tea and carols in the hall. Monday, 24 December: 6pm at St Aidan’s Eureka and 8pm at All Souls Bangalow. (Why not come to St Aidan’s for an early service?) Tuesday, 25 December: 9am combined at All Souls. Ellen Lehane

Brisbane exhibition Solo exhibition by Simon Harriott from Bangalow until late December at the Antonia Kelly Gallery, 98 Main St, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane 4169. Di Martin

Exhibition of draft LEP The public exhibition of the Draft Byron Local Envrionmental Plan 2012 (LEP) has been extended until Monday, 24 December 2012. Byron Council

Table tennis Table tennis is played at the Bangalow Bowling Club at 2pm every Sunday. Free entry. Drinks afterwards. Margot Hays

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poppies for remembrance Selling Poppies for Remembrance Day in Bangalow, the RSL Subbranch members were very happy to meet the Schofield Family of Bangalow and Tamworth. Pictured are Renee, father in law Ranville Kerry Schofield, baby Zac Kerry Wahren Schofield and his dog Choccie Charlie, who was also bought a poppy in remembrance of canines who served in all wars and especially those that are keeping our boys safe, sniffing out

IEDs, in Afghanistan. The family has a long history with the Australian Defence forces with Ranville Kerry Schofield having served with 7RAR whilst a National Serviceman in South Vietnam. His wife Dianne received the Descendants Medallion of the Boer War from the Governor General at Government House in June this year. Dianne’s grandfather, Trooper Farquhar George

Williamson, Service No 124, served with the Commonwealth Horse (NSW). He received the Queen’s South Africa Medal, which features Queen Victoria on the front, with clasps for ‘South Africa 190’, ‘Transvaal and Cape Colony’. Another member of the Schofield family has completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan. On Remembrance Day, 11 November, a small crowd gathered at the Bangalow RSL Hall for a service, a laying of the poppies and at 11.11 am, two minutes silence to remember all those servicemen and women who gave their lives in war.  Bob Heffernan, AM  President Bangalow RSL Sub-branch

Newrybar School remembers our fallen On Monday, 12 November Newrybar Public School held a Remembrance Day ceremony at the school. Present were students, teachers, parents and members of the Bangalow RSL. Senior students presided over the ceremony. The children began proceedings with a rendition of Lest We Forget. Bangalow RSL president Bob Heffernan then addressed the audience. Bob read from the memoirs of a WWI veteran Reginald Lees who hailed from the Northern Rivers. Reginald witnessed the demise of the infamous German pilot Manfred von Richthofen who was widely known as ‘the Red Baron’. Two senior students laid a wreath while all

in attendance observed a minute’s silence to remember those Australian soldiers fallen in wars. A senior student then raised the Australian flag as the Australian N a t i o n a l Anthem was sung. The ceremony was followed by morning tea for parents, teachers and the Bangalow RSL members Bob Heffernan,

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For the second in the series of profiles of people in important jobs, Don Brown interviews Susie Boyle. The first thing I noted when I entered the office of Susie Boyle, principal of Bangalow Public School, was the office plan. There is a desk with a single chair which is for her individual tasks and a round table for conferencing or chatting with Nosey Parker reporters. It sets the tone for what followed. Susie is an enthusiast for her job, and a dedicated and widely experienced teacher and administrator. A Gunnedah girl, she completed her primary and secondary education in public schools there and her tertiary education in Armidale. Her husband Frank, now retired, was a high school Maths teacher. They have two children, a daughter Kara who is studying Medicine in Brisbane and their son Dylan, a university student in Melbourne. Susie began her teaching experience in the Sydney area, working extensively in schools in the Western suburbs. Though some of her schools were regarded as tough assignments she found working there really rewarding because teachers had a great chance to give students from deprived backgrounds a pathway to success. She also taught English at Asquith Boys High and for a short time she taught at Central Coast Grammar, a private school north of Sydney. Susie also served as a Designated Support Teacher, gaining experience in helping classroom teachers to improve performance. Prior to taking up her position in Bangalow, she was principal at Coorabell.



Susie and her husband have many interests to keep them busy out of school time. Both are keen on live music. While Susie is especially fond of blues and also likes jazz and classical, her husband’s choice is country music. Theatre is also an important part of their life and they are

keen supporters of the Queensland Theatre Company. These cultural pursuits lead to a strong interest in encouraging her students’ involvement in activities which develop their talents. Reading is also an integral part of Susie’s life. She is particularly interested in Australian fiction, especially novels which have won important awards such as the Premier’s Award and the Miles Franklin. Cloudstreet, the Tim Winton award winning

novel of family and community life in Western Australia, is a favourite, so much so that she thoroughly enjoyed the five and a half hour stage version. The family home along the Wilson’s Creek Road brings them into close contact with the natural beauty of the countryside and its flora and fauna, a rich source of pleasurable and interesting exercise. The availability of good rivers for her favourite exercise, kayaking, is another reason for her choice of this beautiful region. The other great attraction is the community itself. This brings us back to the office. Susie sees her role as a communicator and the essence of good communication is that it flows both ways. That’s why the round table is better than the desk for her most important work. Desks are great for filling in forms and other tasks involving things. Round tables are for working with people and it is here that Susie is most at ease. She enjoys working with the parent body and the community at large. She tries to escape being an ‘office’ principal shut off from the company of her charges and their teachers. Very much a ‘people person’, Susie’s enthusiasm and dedication to the tasks involved are obvious at first meeting. If the characteristic of good educators is the ability to communicate enthusiasm and to instil it in those they work with, I would say that Bangalow Public School is in good hands.

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William Barby, who settled this area with Robinson in 1881, bought 201 acres of land (in 1882) which he named ‘Clover Hill’. At some time he spoke to Alice Holmes’ grandfather from Finland who voiced a wish that his descendants could have some of that fertile land. However, Barby sold the farm to Rankin and moved to Granuaille House in 1911. The farm was also owned by Woods, and possibly others, until Alice’s father Eric Holmes bought the property in 1967. The house Alice lives in was not Barby’s original farm house, but was there when Eric bought the property. Before the Clover Hill subdivision was created in Jan 2002, the home owned by the Holmes sisters stood alone on a grassy hill looking down on the Bangalow Bowling Club. Now, nearly eleven years since development began here, the house is almost completely hidden at the end of the cul-de-sac on Marblewood Place. Flanked on one side by a delightful cover of wildflowers, the Holmes residence now sits comfortably alongside an interesting mixture of new and traditional style homes.  Benny Saunders

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another hit show! The Bangalow 2012 Show was another great success story, this year with the theme ‘Farmer of the Year’, won by Warren Gallagher, a dairy farmer from Eureka (pictured right). Congratulations and many thanks to the organisers, helpers, entrants and winners of the various events. And all the others. Special thanks to Karen Ryan, Show Society Secretary, who works hard for months to get the show up and running. She even managed to hold off the heavy rain till after the fireworks. Well done everyone!  Di Martin


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What cook could resist the opportunity to walk around the Bangalow Show proudly displaying the rosette ‘Tart of the Show’? This year five entrants took up the challenge to produce a winning meat pie, in the ‘Year of the Farmer’. The schedule specified ‘no chicken or fish’ so the contestants used a range of red meats. The judges were Shane Oliver, chef at Fishheads, Steven Jarrett, who admits to being “a bit of a pie-eater” and ‘The Bloke’, Bob Guest. Appearance, texture and taste were all considered and the winners were: First: Margo Hills, from Bangalow, with a kangaroo meat pie. This was Margo’s first entry at the show. Second: Leanne Prior, with a lamb pie Third: Bruce McDonough, with a goat and chorizo pie. Judy Baker

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It’s 6.30 am and I wake to the dulcet tones of the ring announcer on Bangalow Show Day. Who is this man, the voice of the show? Peter Crawford has been announcing at regional shows from Kempsey to Murwillumbah for the past 33 years. He learnt his craft with local radio 2LM and then moved to television’s Channel 10, where he worked for nineteen years. Nowadays Peter has retired to his macca farm at Alstonville but still enjoys travelling the Northern Rivers show circuit for about sixteen weeks a year. What enthusiasm! He manages to sit at the mike all day, announcing all that goes on in the main ring, from showjumping to the Ironman Event, interspersed with advertisements and calls for someone to move a car, and still he gives whoops of alarm or joy as there’s a fall or a close win. What a wonderful asset he is to the show. A beautiful clear voice, letting everyone know what’s happening and coming next. Long may his enthusiasm continue. Judy Baker byron bay

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the buttery reaches out The Buttery is a highly regarded addiction recovery centre in the old butter factory at Binna Burra, near Bangalow. Last month Brian Sundstrom outlined the history of The Buttery and its residential programs. In this issue, he covers some of their outreach programs, staffing and involvement with the local community. The Buttery headquarters and residential programs are at their Binna Burra complex. Perhaps not so widely known is that they also have offices in Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads to help extend some programs into the wider community. Three current outreach programs are: I.N.T.RA. A non-government communitybased program funded since 1999 by the Australian National Illicit Drug Strategy. This provides a variety of treatment options for individuals and groups affected by illicit drug use throughout the Northern Rivers. One very successful program includes ‘wilderness adventure therapy treks’ for teenagers. Very positive, measurable results include improved motivation and school performance, reduced anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse. Northern Rivers Gambling Service. Funded under the Casino Community Benefit since 1998, this is a counselling service for problem gamblers and their partners. Other relatives and the wider community are also affected by problem gamblers. For example, it is estimated of the 600,000 Australians who play the pokies at least once a week, 95,000 lose an average $21,000 a year! MISA (Mental Illness Substance Abuse). A program for people with these dual problems. Buttery Staffing and involvement with Bangalow and surrounding areas The Buttery is not only performing a vital A parent’s story “Our son had a long-term addiction to alcohol. We’re sure that if he hadn’t gone to The Buttery his life would have ended. One of the most impressive things about the program is that everyone has to thoroughly examine their own life and behavior. As well as helping him overcome his addiction, another great benefit was our son’s discovery of a love of singing. He was introduced to singing at The Buttery

an intimate fundraiser. Thanks to the generosity of David, his wife Gillian, other performers and a small band of local friends, an event was staged. Pat and Delene Grier opened their Newrybar home to 75 guests who enjoyed performances by David, The Buttery Recovery Choir and singer Bryn Jenke. Guests then contributed very generously. Newrybar’s Harvest Café Buttery co-patron David Helfgott and his wife, Gillian (with staff donating their healing role but is a sizeable organisation, time) catered at cost and supporter Robert important to our local economy and Bleakley ‘auctioned’ the cost of painting social community. There are 24 full-time- each room. Lea House is now receiving its equivalent staff (34 in total) and some long-overdue paint job. board members come from nearby areas. A bigger, better Buttery? The Buttery shops locally where possible. The current facility has 30 beds and there They conduct and participate in fundraising is always a waiting list. Planning has been activities ranging from quality art shows to underway for many years to expand the car washes on market days. Their residents’ facility. Neighbouring land was obtained choir performs in events such as Cabaret da in anticipation, then building plans were Desh in Bangalow. gradually developed and shire DA obtained. A good example of recent local However it’s an extremely expensive project involvement was fundraising to paint Lea and has so far not been able to obtain House, one of the accommodation blocks. the needed funding. Considerable local This 100-year-old building is home to up to fundraising has made a good start and the eight Buttery residents. It was in dire need staff continue to aim for this new facility. of repainting when the Buttery’s co-patron, Further information: pianist David Helfgott, offered to play at or 6687 1111. and joined their Recovery Choir. He says some of the best experiences of his life have involved singing with them. When we visited for an open day the residents sang for the guests. To our surprise, our son performed solo. It was wonderful to know he could take this courageous step. Tears of joy were streaming down our faces. A transformation had occurred and we had our wonderful son back. He was as he’d been before he started drinking. “We also took part in The Buttery’s

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is to also mix a few drops of peppermint with lavender oil and the aloe gel for a wonderfully cooling balm for the burn. Lavender mixed with aloe gel can also ease scrapes and scratches from on the trail. It should not be used neat on an open wound though. If you are doing a lot of walking or exploring lavender mixed with carrier oil like almond or apricot oil helps soothe the muscular aches and pains: 5 drops to 5 ml (one teaspoon) of carrier. You might consider adding some diluted roman chamomile into this blend or even add a bit of rosemary. Lavender has an amazing effect on the nervous system and gives comfort during

times of stress, tension or trauma. Great for the Christmas season if you have to deal with too many visitors and too much to do! A few drops of lavender in a bath eases tension, or a few drops on the temples and the nape of the neck ease headaches. A drop of neat lavender on your pillow, or in the bath before retiring will help you (or your excited children) into a natural relaxing sleep. At the end of the day it is wonderful rubbed on or massaged into the feet to ease the body into sleep. Recipe for a First-Aid Spray 5 drops lavender 3 drops tea tree 2 drops cypress 250 mls of distilled water Mix oils into ½ teaspoon of salt. Put the salt and distilled water into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. This is a great first-aid spray. The anti-fungal and healing properties of the lavender and tea tree will soothe a bite or burn, free you from the poisons and invite your body to heal itself! Enjoy a safe and healthy Christmas.  Sue Daly (the bangalow naturopath)

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the arts Jangled balls, jangled balls, jangled all the way, oh what fun it is to stride with Christmas on its way. Oh yes. That time of year. Call it what you will (the silly season, consumer heaven, chance to catch up with yer mates) the fact is that December is the last Artery until February. Yep. So if you haven’t been arty or crafty or musically erect over the fading light of 2012, now is your last chance to jump in, scoop it up, rattle it around and drop it on its head. Come on, you know you can do it - just think of how good you will feel when you’ve been so creatively productive that your tree shines all by itself............. Want to be a star? The Village Players next major production needs you and they are holding auditions for actors (male and female over 16 years of age). ‘The Last Tempest’ is written and will be directed by Paul Johnson, too. The theme is timely (climate change) and every voice counts on this theme. Outrageous humour telling a story in this melodrama (melanomadrama when the ozone is in the no-zone) and you don’t even have to have any acting experience. Believing there is climate change might help - I’m convinced already! You need to not be precious about being coached, and you need to have fun. You also need commitment to rehearsals from the end of January to performances in late April/early May. Lines must be learnt in December and January, so that counts me out. What I learn in December I will surely forget by January (if red wine has its way). More info from Su Dorland 6682 5523 or Helena on 0416 781 702 by 3 December. Byron Arts Classic - Entries now open The year has flown by and how can I tell? It is the Byron Arts Classic 2013 already, with over $8,000 in prize money on offer for Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Works on Paper. Emerging and established artists (and anyone in between who can put a piece of art together) from Byron, Tweed, Lismore


or Ballina Shires have the opportunity to showcase their work. This is the fourth year this set-up has been operating and a new prize has been added - the Jonno Howell Photographic Prize valued at $2,000. Get those cameras out and give it a go - what have you got to lose? More info at by 3 December. Sculpture on the Greens - Call for entries This is a new model for outdoor sculpture exhibitions where artists are actually paid to exhibit! Wow. What a role reversal! Expressions of interest are called for to exhibit, but also for volunteers and people who still love to donate. This ‘egalitarian model’ is designed for large outdoor sculptures to be exhibited, with mentoring and support for artists - giving

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financial support and creating a platform to foster art and artists. Sounds too good to be true! There you go - all those unemployed Visual Arts teachers might be able to turn their spare time and creative talents to some good before being put out to pasture (at least the pasture can accommodate large sculptures)! More info at au/ by 10 December. Artist in Residence at The Office Byron has a co-working space opened in the Arts and Industry Estate where ‘host an artist’ might be a tasteful way of celebrating the festive season? Each month a new artist can move in and you are more than welcome to bring

people through and host your own gallery evening event in the space. So many ways to expose yourself and your talents. More info at community@theofficecollective. by 31 December. Then there is the art CUBE The art CUBE is the smallest gallery in the Byron Shire promoting local 3D art. Located at the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby (at last - a canny use of space) so if you are interested in exhibiting in the CUBE contact the curator Debby Gower at Gowerpdr@ or go to www.facebook. com/TheArtCube by 30 December. The Early Career Residencies Program provides an opportunity for artists, curators, editors and producers to develop and implement creative projects and developments. Wonder if I’m too long in the tooth for early career....... Support in a host organisation or venue is on offer, with an amount of up to $30,000 available for a residency of up to six months. Nice to know there are some buckeroos out there for creativity still! Go to www.australiacouncil. early-career-residencies by 1 January. Happy New Year! Art-on-the-Move at the Moller Pavilion (you all DO know where the Moller Pavilion is, don’t you)? It is the band end of the Showgrounds, in the old Pavilion where the artists await your presence for your presents. How about the gift of art? Keep an artist alive, heaven knows they deserve it - whilst there are still artists being taught to be artists, not miners! You will see me there with other locals in situ selling paintings, prints, sculpture, cards, calendars, large (Christmassy) magnets, boxes, bling, baubles, oh now I am getting carried away. Bangalow Market Day, Moller Pavilion, come and say hello........  Marika Bryant


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Highway Upgrade Update The past two months has seen a significant change in our landscape. The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade is well under way now. Most noticeable is the extensive clearance of land to make way for the upgrade and also the changed traffic conditions along the approximately 17 kilometre stretch of existing highway. The weather recently has provided favourable working conditions to assist the rapid progress for highway contractor Baulderstone. Concrete barriers have been installed separating the existing highway from the work site access roads. Houses have been removed and relocated. Large machinery is evident along the stretch of the upgrade. For example there is a large rock-crushing machine in action at Ross Lane. High fences have been installed. The high fence running along the back oval of Newrybar Public School popped up over the September school

holidays. Bridge foundations are being laid such as the one at Emigrant Creek where the upgrade will cross over the existing highway. Large drainage pipes are piled in readiness at work sites along the upgrade. The Bangalow site compound has expanded and smaller site compounds have been erected along the route. The construction of several water quality basins along the upgrade route has also commenced. A recent change to traffic conditions is evident north of Hambly Lane to just south of the village of Newrybar. The northbound slow lane has been closed here and will remain closed for approximately 12 months to allow for the safe passageway of construction vehicles and workers. A permanent 80km/h speed limit has been applied from Old Byron Bay Road to Broken Head Road. The other noticeable change to traffic conditions is at Bangalow. Here the existing southbound carriageway has been closed and traffic has

been diverted to the northbound carriageway under a contra−flow traffic arrangement. This means one lane in either direction. No doubt locals will have mixed feelings about the upgrade. Previously it was a concept. Now it’s a reality. The upgrade is not only impacting on us humans. On 6 November 2012 the Northern Star ran an article about snake handler George Ellis. In the article George said “We could expect to see an even bigger snake problem because of their displacement by the 17km upgrade of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale stretch of the Pacific Hwy”. The mid 2014 planned completion of the upgrade seems a long way away at present but the eventual benefits resulting from the upgrade such as an improvement in road safety, uninterrupted highway traffic flow and easy access on and off the highway for local traffic will hopefully outweigh the current status. Andrea Sturgeon

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bowlo highlights Enduro Racing Tickets are now on sale for Bangalow Bowlo’s Christmas Comedy Show with Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn. This is a cabaret-style night and your $35 ticket includes a delicious two course meal and riotously funny stand up from our two headline acts, all designed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Bangalow Bowlo also invites you to jive, swing, rock and roll your way into 2013 with our special New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring local swing sensations ‘The Well Swung Daddies.’ Your $45 ticket includes canapés on arrival and a two course sit down dinner, along with enough live music to bring the house down. Seats for both events are strictly limited so booking is essential. Call us on 6687 2741 to book, or simply drop in to the club and pick up your tickets. In January, The Bowlo will Mandy Nolan host Australian Jazz legends Galapagos Duck with a special guest appearance from our own David Ades. Banger’s Bistro will be serving dinner beforehand from 6pm. Call 6687 2741 to book your tickets or simply drop in and pick them up from the club. The Bowlo also welcomes the Northern Rivers Swing Dancing Club who are holding lessons each Thursday night from 7–8.30 pm at the Bowlo. If you would like to get involved please call Richie White on m. 0408 854 273. Our regular Tango and Salsa dance classes are also continuing and it is never too late to get involved. For more details of all our upcoming events and classes visit our website

Most people know little about Enduro Racing but for one Bangalow local it’s a way of life. Thomas Jenner has been competing in the sport (a hybrid of timed, cross-country motorbike riding with elements of motorcross) for the past five years. “Basically, we’ve got to go from point A to point B in a certain amount of time, and then there are special tests within that section of trail which we race on,” says the 21-yearold carpenter. And it’s not called Enduro for nothing. Competitors can race for up to seven hours a day covering up to 240 kilometres on off-road trails all around Australia. “You can’t do it without your support crew,” says Thomas, whose biggest supporters are his parents. “They do everything off the bike. They run around making sure I’ve got food and fuel. I just do the easy part,” he laughs. Transporting bikes interstate for events gives Thomas a chance to see the countryside. “The drive to South Australia was one of the best. It’s a long way to drive, but we go out through Broken Hill and it’s good to see the country.” In early 2012, Thomas’s hard work paid off when he graduated to Pro class. He is currently ranked 10 in Queensland and inside the top 50 Enduro riders in Australia – a long way from his first start riding Pee Wees as a five-year-old. With his eyes on a bigger prize – and ranking – in 2013, Thomas remains down-to-earth: “I’d love for it to be a job, but there’s still a lot of hard work to go yet,” he says. “I love going riding and having fun. That’s what’s it’s all about, having fun.”  Sally Schofield

Scout News 1st Bangalow Scout Group has been having a busy time over the last few months. There have been raffles and a pie drive held to help our eight Scouts to attend the Australian Jamboree in Maryborough in January. Thank you to our local community for your support for our young people. The Scouts have also been busy with camps, namely the Pre Jamboree camp held at Glenreagh where they got to meet the other Scouts who will make up their Troop for the ten days of the Jamboree. There was also the annual JOTA/ JOTI camp near Murwillumbah where four of our Scouts attended and got the chance to communicate with Scouts from all over the world via radio and internet. Our Cub Pack was not left out of the camping scene with nine Cub Scouts attending the Cub-O-Rama at Glenreagh back in September and 10 attending our very own Pack camp at Nashua in November. Since reopening the Cub Pack last year we have now had our very first Cub Scout progress on to the Scout Troop – well done Brigid. We have continued to steadily increase in number and currently have ten Scouts and thirteen Cubs. Also the other good news is that we have three new parents who have decided to undertake leader training, our group is growing and the best part is that all the Youth Members are having FUN!!!! Jenny Holden DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

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chamber update 2012 has been an exciting year for the Bangalow Chamber. The new web site, has been up and running for a few months now and work is underway to drive visitations and support for the 2479 business community. The Chambers Facebook page ‘Escape to Bangalow’ now has over 670 ‘likes’ and increasing every day. Sample Food Festival was a huge success again and in order to keep this premier event in Bangalow it will require a greater commitment from the Bangalow business community. The Bangalow Music Festival was a big draw card for Bangalow and special thanks must go to Margaret Curtis for her magnificent effort in making this year’s event one of the best ever. We look forward to a great 2013 and urge all 2479 business operators to get involved and become members.  Greg Crump 19

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Museum report It has been an extraordinary year and the Museum and Tea Room have achieved some grand successes. Many, many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who have worked tirelessly on everything from weddings and wakes to special ‘conversations with fascinating speakers’ and just generally preparing and serving delicious food. We are closing for the holiday season on 14 December and will re- open on 9 January 2013 (though booked out - already - on 10 January). The BIG NEWS is that we will be open four days a week, Wednesday to Saturday, with a 9am start on Saturdays. Like the old days. Don’t forget that we will be holding special Australia Day celebrations on 26 January 2013. It will be a real family fun day, in the afternoon when it is a little cooler, with food funded by the Byron Council. There will be loads of fun and games for all age groups. Fancy an egg and spoon race? Or a game of Boule? Finally, both myself and Tea Room manager, Trisha Bleakley, wish all our lovely customers and contributors a very happy holiday season and much joy in the year to come. Thank you so much for being part of the life and times of your town’s museum. Wendy Grissell.

lock the road to csg Broken Head Road residents voted to not only ‘Lock the Gate’ to coal seam gas exploration but to ‘lock the road’ as well. A celebratory cake and coffee fund raiser was held at Zentvelds Coffee showrooms at Broken Head Road on Sunday, 11 November. Signs will be erected at both ends of the road to show that gas exploration companies will not be welcomed by any of the residents. June Zentveld

Red Cross report Our next meeting, and final one for the year, will be on Friday, 7 December at 10am. It will be held at the Bangalow Museum. We are having an end-of-year street stall on Saturday 1, December with great goodies for sale, as well as our highly prized Christmas raffle. Red Cross is well-known for our hand-knitted trauma teddies which we provide to hospitals, retirement villages and people in need. We welcome anyone handy with knitting needles who would like to help out. Pattern and wool supplied and no need to sew up the finished teddy the ladies of the Red Cross will do that. Anyone interested in helping out, please phone Dot Gill on 6687 1246. Finally, we all wish to thank those many generous and caring folk who have contributed to us over the year. Wishing you and your families and friends a joyous Christmas season and a fulfilling 2013. This is a year when Red Cross has truly been at the forefront of helping people in need all around the world. Makes you proud to be a supporter. Dot Gill. 20

Tennis report The second Challenge Cup between the tennis club students from Bangalow and Mullumbimby Tennis Clubs was held on Friday, 16 November at MTC. A total of 34 tennis students participated, in four groups - Open, Under 12, Under 10 and Under 8. This second return Challenge Cup was again won by Mullumbimby Tennis Club with 48 points and Bangalow Tennis Club 32. In the Open, Bangalow won 11 points to 9; in the Under 12 Mullumbimby won 15 points to 3; in the Under 10 Bangalow won 12 points to 10; and in the Under 8 Mullumbimby won 14 points to 8. Both clubs have a healthy number of kids being coached, aged from as young as five through to the senior players in Year 12. Please contact either coach if you would like your children to learn to play tennis. Bangalow Tennis Academy: deniscoachestennis@, 0406 277 459, and Mullumbimby Tennis Club: justin@, 0403 841 241. It’s a great skill that can be carried throughout life. In Bangalow, courts may be hired on an hourly basis and permanent court bookings are available for members. Phone Vivienne on 6687 1803. The Bangalow Cellar bottle shop in the main street holds the key to the tennis club. Happy tennis everyone and Merry Christmas. Aileen Cole BANGALOW’S HEARTBEAT

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When I left my marriage 20 years ago I went through a three year period of voraciously reading every self-help book that was available. Some were for me and others most definitely were not (Women Who Run with the Wolves- good grief! What was that about). The point being that, the little pearls of wisdom I got from the books that resonated with me on a personal level were what made the read worthwhile and helped shape the person I am today. Reclaiming Joy is a self-help book. It may not be for everyone but even I found many pearls of wisdom within the pages. This book, a Photos by Lisa Sharpe collaboration by a group of local people living with chronic illness or disability, aims to help other sufferers. It is a collage of their personal stories, their individual experiences and the tools they have discovered which help them through life’s journey. It is clear from the reading that they have a long history of caring and sharing with each other and that their journey has been made easier because of the connectedness to the group. This in itself has been part of their process of reclaiming joy. A holistic approach has been taken by the group as they have examined the effects of diet and nutrition, exercise, emotional wellbeing and spiritual wellbeing on their individual conditions. It is most definitely not a book which advocates ‘putting on a brave face’ or ‘grinning and bearing it’. This book refers to the highs and lows of sufferers and recommends the importance of acknowledging the truth of their conditions and their emotions. Dr Ian Gawler, who provided the book’s foreword says, “The truth is that chronic illness involves ups and downs, highs and lows. Acknowledging this ... is actually easier, more energy efficient and more likely to lead to comfort and ease amidst the swings.” On reading this book I really felt that this group had something authentic to say, their sense of acceptance and love of life shone through the pages and I very much hope that the message they have shared is a real help to others in similar circumstances. The book is self published and available at Bookworms & Papermites in Bangalow for $19.95. Carolyn Adams



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Garden paths come in many forms, depending on the purpose for which the path is made. The path to the door of a clinic or retirement home will need to be of a different shape and of different materials from the path that leads you around the garden for a gentle stroll or the paths that are for the purpose of maintenance. Who will use the path? Do they have special requirements such as wheelchairs? What areas are being connected? Are they high or low traffic areas? The answers will affect the shape and the material used in the path. Once you have decided on the layout of the path you can then choose the path surface you require. The materials will depend on different factors such as the style of your home and garden, the safety of the users, the degree of slope, drainage, your budget and the availability of materials. Path materials Non porous materials such as paving bricks, stone or concrete must cope with surface water run off both within the path and around it. They are hard wearing, durable surfaces. Clay pavers or even common bricks will allow you to create attractive interlocking patterns. Concrete can be used for paths. Concrete pavers may after a few years look much less attractive. Concrete paths are good for lengthy high use areas; they can be coloured with oxide but will need to have a non slip finish for use in wet weather. Concrete sleepers can be laid down as paths although, due to the cost, are better used for short paths or in conjunction with other materials such as brick, stone or pebbles to edge the path or create an internal pattern. Stone pathways are very attractive. Sandstone and limestone are beautiful materials but will need to be sealed to

keep looking good. Basalt flagging is a local material that blends in with the natural environment, is non porous and extremely hard wearing. Porous materials such as pebbles will let the water slip into the ground. Such material needs to be contained by edging the side of the path with timber, bricks or stones or, as mentioned above, concrete sleepers. If the pebble path is going to be used by strollers or wheel chairs it is better to lay no more than 40mm of pebbles over some compacted road base. This will make it easier for wheels to roll over the surface. Round pebbles have the tendency to roll under foot; sharper pebbles such as quartz are more stable. Remember that pebbles are best used on flat or near flat areas as they can be washed away by heavy rain on slopes. Small pebbles of less than 10mm can get stuck in the shoes and carried indoors. Brown crusher dust is also a great path surface for flat paths. Edge the same way as for the pebbles. Brown dust will need to be 75mm thick. Add off-white cement to it at a rate of four bags per m3, moisten and compact with a plate compacter. Mulch and saw dust can be used for less used paths and will need to be topped up every year and the edges restrained. Finally a timber board walk is a great addition to a more natural garden. Raised above the surrounding garden beds it gives the walker the feeling of being part of the garden and yet leaving it untouched. This is often used in Japanese gardens. Paths are garden features in their own rights and can help create the mood of the garden. Their construction and the type of materials you use can transform even the most hidden corner of your garden into a place you will want to use.  Patrick Regnault (MAIH)


local talent

Artists in Residence During Terms 2 and 3, Bangalow Public School was lucky enough to host two Artists in Residence. The school won one of 10 highly sought after grants and was able to host

Penny Evans and Luke Close for a 20 week residency. Their time was broken down into two 10 week workshops that involved work with Kindy to Year 3 during Term 2 and Years 4 – 6 in Term 3. The students learnt a variety of art techniques such as monoprinting, line

marking and construction using things found in nature along with a greater appreciation of aboriginal culture and traditions. Students were taught about animal totems and the significance of these, shown traditional games and heard stories of a life very different to the one Bangalow students live today. The residency concluded with a special Smoking Ceremony on Thursday, 25 October. The students’ artwork has been hung to create an installation ‘Culture Corridor’ until the end of the year. The children were treated to story telling by local elder Burri Jerome, a smoking ceremony of the gunyas, the two traditional shelters that were built by the students, and a final chance to share with Luke and Penny just how important this experience has been for each and every one of them. The project has been an incredible success and we only hope now that this can continue into the future. Lisa Peacock

New facilities at BCCC After 10 years of planning and fundraising, Bangalow Community Children’s Centre is now building a new purpose built room for our under two year old children. The new room will be adjacent to their outdoor area, assisting educators in creating comfortable, nurturing and inspiring play spaces.  The old room will now be utilised for

offices, resources, library and meeting spaces. This will then open up space for all the other rooms in the service to expand so as to better meet the needs of the children in these rooms. A HUGE thank you to all the families, educators and people in the community who have been integral to the achievement of this. Kerry Ellbourn

BPS News

Cricket Sebastian Gleeson-Power and Lachlan Sproul, both year six students at Bangalow Public School were selected to represent the North Coast region in cricket. The talented bowlers faced teams from across NSW when they took part in the Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) State Cricket Carnival in Armidale from 1922 November. Both boys currently play for the Bangalow Cricket Club. Debating Finley Stubbs has a way with words and it has earned him a place in the North Coast Primary S c h o o l s Debating Team. A year six student at Bangalow Public School, Finley is one of four students from the region who will make the trip to Sydney for the Primary School State Debating Championships, to be held in Collaroy Beach from 2 - 5 December. Lisa Peacock

David Lane’s Annual Exhibition & Studio Sale Opens Saturday 1st December - From 10am-6pm

H O L I D AY I n A G R A C I O U S A pA Rt m e n t I n n O B L e pA L A z z O n O tA R n I C C H I in a stone sicilian village high in the m a d o n i e m o u n ta i n s

Open daily until Sunday 16th December - From 10am-6pm To arrange a preview contact David Lane on 02 6687 8139, Mobile: 0428 878 139 or David’s work can be viewed at: DECEMBER 2012



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december diary

town talk 12cm across! Out of a possible 1,800 points, Vinnie scored 1,681 to take the silver medal. Vinnie will travel to Las Vegas next year to gain international experience in the World Archery Festival’s Vegas shoot. In his spare time, Vinnie instructs adults and children at the Police Citizens Youth Club in Lismore. At other times he can be seen practising anywhere along the new highway route. Terry Bleakley

Palmistry One of our journalists recently saw this mobile phone tower in Mauritius disguised as a palm tree. With the proliferation of these towers in our area, it may be a good idea here too? Eds

Whither the Quiver? Shooting arrows at construction workers on the new highway upgrade has paid off for Newrybar local, Vincent Bleakley. Vinnie recently competed in the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast and came away with a silver medal for his performance not only in the 30-49 year age group but overall. He competed in freestyle compound archery which involved shooting 90 arrows a day at a target over two days of competition. The range was up to 60 metres and the bullseye measured only


Cooking for Xmas; Red Cross stall


Garden Club Xmas lunch


Byron Farmers’ Market party


Red Cross meeting


Sew and Tell; book launch (Robinson family); A Choired Taste concert


Bangalow Networking Breakfast group lunch


Bangalow Women’s Networking group celebration


Museum and Tearoom close


Bowlo Xmas party; Eltham concert; Newrybar Xmas market; House of Dance concerts; book signing


Dream Drone


Bangalow market; Rock ‘n roll Sunday


Xmas Eve Carnival


New Years Eve: Well Swung Daddies

Widlife the winner Katrina Beohm presents a cheque for $7,418.18 to WIRES Committee member Kimbah Pengelly at the North Coast National. Each year, Katrina Beohm Real Estate donates the settlement from a sale to the charity of a vendor’s choice. Willing vendors go into a draw at the Show and this year WIRES, nominated by Rob and Heidi Robertson, was pulled from the drum. The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service aims to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. The allvolunteer, non-profit organisation needs new members all over the Northern Rivers. Call the 24-hour hotline at 6628 1898 to see how you can help. Muriel Kinson

january 3

Starlight Wellbeing Expo begins


Museum and Tearoom reopen; Spunk Tones concert


Galapogos Duck and David Ades


Flickerfest begins


Australia Day celebrations


Bangalow market; Rock ‘n roll Sunday HB deadlines: 16 (ads) 21(copy)

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Ballina from $80 Gold Coast from $200 Brisbane from $400 Lismore $130

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Heartbeat December 2012  

Bangalow's Community Heartbeat

Heartbeat December 2012  

Bangalow's Community Heartbeat