EXPLORE - LIVE - CREATE AUTUMN 2019
HOP TO IT EASTER PICNIC SPOTS FOLLOW THE TRAIL DISCOVER WATAGAN PARK’S LOCAL TRACKS HOME SWEET HOME CREATE DREAM SPACES
G THE AND CELEBRATIN UTDOORS EASTER BREAK O Artist’s Impression of town centre – mixed-use space, speciality stores and retail
Welcome to Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine. Published quarterly with the seasons, inside you will find inspiring stories on living, creating and exploring your neighbourhood, along with local news and upcoming events. Enjoyed best outside with a cuppa!
At Watagan Park, we believe in the
We live for a safe and worry-free lifestyle,
outdoors and the lifestyle it has to offer.
and community is an important part
With the Watagan Mountains in the west
of that. To build a community, people
and Lake Macquarie in the east, natural
need to be outside, meeting neighbours
reserves, big backyards, trails, picnic
and joining the conversation, which
spots, lookouts, waterfalls, beaches to
is why we have designed Watagan
explore and mountains to climb, families
Park with integrating thoroughfares
have more opportunities to get outside
that connect each area of the
and live a healthy and peaceful lifestyle.
community, and nice, quiet streets for neighbourly cricket games.
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Autumn, a time for adventure This edition is all about enjoying the season of renewal! There is so much inspiration, from gardening and interior design ideas to outdoor fitness and adventure tips for you to try. Plus, with Easter so close, we’ve included a piece on the best local picnic and barbecue spots as well as some April school holiday activities. Speaking of renewal, we’d love to get your input in the design of your town centre. What spaces would you love to
see, and what services would complement your lifestyle here at Watagan Park? To read more and see how you can get in touch, please go to page 3. We can’t wait for the holiday season, and we want to wish all of our residents a very happy Easter! But before you retreat to consume all that chocolate the Easter Bunny is bringing you, have a look at the extraordinary value currently available at Watagan Park. We are passionate about quality of life and want to make sure all our residents are
Blackbutt Reserve Amenities: Public toilets, picnic tables, wood-fire barbecues Features: Animal shows and encounters, playground, walking trails Accessibility: Easy Pet friendly: No Blackbutt Reserve is perfect for nature-loving couples and families. There are animals galore, and opportunities to get up-close and personal with some of Australia’s wildlife. Not to mention, there are a ton of picnic areas and barbecue facilities on-site, great for hosting an Easter lunch with the extended family.
supported to create their dream home. To help you achieve your goals, we have
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Heaton Picnic Area Amenities: Public toilets, picnic tables, wood-fire barbecues Features: Walking trails and lookout Accessibility: Hard Pet friendly: Yes
covered on your land purchase, $8,000* worth of façade upgrades, up to $12,000* of free front yard landscaping and $13,000 of *
site levelling with sandstone retaining walls. *
Host your classic Aussie Easter picnic or barbecue at one of these beautiful spots close to you!
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for terms and conditions.
Perfect for adventurous couples who love a good hike and breathtaking views. The picnic area is located in a prime spot—Heaton Lookout, which means you’ll be treated to a gorgeous scenic backdrop as you enjoy your Easter feast.
Speers Point Park Amenities: Public toilets, covered picnic tables, park benches, barbecues Features: Playground, cycling and walking trail, exercise station, dog exercise area
Keith Johnson, Managing Director Johnson Property Group
Accessibility: Easy Pet friendly: Yes Speers Point Park has everything couples and families could need for their Easter celebrations. The kids can spend hours on the giant playground while parents cook up a barbecue. You can also stroll around the beautiful lake, kick things up a gear with a cycle or take advantage of the exercise station. EXPLORE
AND THE WINNER IS... Lake Macquarie is set to receive a brand-new cultural landmark with the Council’s latest architectural development—the Multi-Arts Space. Lake Macquarie City Council enlisted the help of the next generation to create a design for their new Multi-Arts Space. Third-year students from the School of Architecture and Built Environment at The University of Newcastle were tasked with creating a space that responded to the identity of Lake Macquarie, using a creative, sustainable and innovative approach.
“THE BUILDING WAS TO BE A STATE OF THE ART CULTURAL FACILITY THAT NOT ONLY EXPLORED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ART AND ARCHITECTURE BUT COULD BE AN ENVIRONMENT TO HOUSE A DIVERSE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES.” “The building would in turn be expected to become an arts and cultural landmark that would enliven public space and draw people to Speers Point Park,” explains Samantha Bailey, winner of the architectural competition. Samantha’s design was chosen from amongst 90 other students who submitted their work, and was announced at a formal event hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council. “We had an afternoon where we presented the top five designs to Lake Macquarie council. This was followed by an exhibition where the winner was announced, and it was so nerve-racking. I could not believe it—it felt very surreal to think that my university assignment would be built!”
THE DESIGN ITSELF FOCUSES ON ACCENTUATING THE BEAUTIFUL ASPECTS OF LAKE MACQUARIE, AND IS LAID OUT VERY THOUGHTFULLY TO THE SURROUNDS OF THE SITE. Artist’s Impression
“I positioned large feature windows to highlight the lake, which will hopefully create a new appreciation of the lake and how it is seen by the community,” shares Samantha. “It is very exciting! We’ve been making improvements to the design to meet requirements, so the updated building is now a far better solution than the original. It was a great challenge to make design seamless and as good as it could possibly be. I have learnt so much from the experience and how important it is to work constantly on a design so it can be at its best,” describes Samantha. Lake Macquarie City Council continues to develop initiatives to enliven the area with the help of the community. Keep an eye out for more of their upcoming projects in 2019!
YOUR TOWN CENTRE WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE? Here at Watagan Park, we are always evolving and we are excited to now be in the planning stage of your future town centre. The vibrant mixed-use space will offer a hub for the community to socialise, meet up with friends and neighbours, and do some shopping. We are planning to integrate natural, open areas that are ideal for picnics, games or a moment to relax, with leafy thoroughfares connecting each area to the town centre. Residents will enjoy added convenience, with specialty stores and retail even closer than ever before. There are also plans to include apartment-style living, for those who want to embrace low-
WHAT SPACES WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE, AND WHAT SERVICES WOULD COMPLEMENT YOUR LIFESTYLE HERE AT WATAGAN PARK? SEND US AN EMAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org
maintenance living within the Watagan Park community.
A WALK IN THE PARK Local resident Monica Stahlhut gives us the inside scoop on the best walking trails at Watagan Park.
Walk One – Wildlife enthusiasts 45 minutes
I found this track by walking around the local streets and decided to mix it with some bush parts. Early in the morning or late afternoon are the best times to explore this trail—there’s less heat exposure and mosquitoes can be a bit of an issue later in the evening. I would recommend this for those who enjoy spotting wonderful wildlife on their walks—you’ll even get the chance to chat to some of your friendly neighbours on the way!
Walk Two – Peace and tranquility 45 minutes
This has to be one of my favourite tracks! It mainly follows along a footpath, but there is a slight section without it. You can walk this track at any time of day as it’s super easy, and you can even stop at the Avondale shops or cafe for a coffee before you make your way back home. I chose this walk because I love to see something different, and there are always new sights along the way, from baby goats to geese and ducks.
Walk Three – Backyard discoveries 45 minutes
Explore almost the entire estate with this trail. Start in precinct one at the front and move your way up through the newer section and back down in a big loop. When the gate is open, I usually walk along the airstrip and up into the bush (this adds roughly another two kilometres to the trail). If you do decide to follow the airstrip, you should be on the lookout for snakes as well, although I have only seen a few this season. This is a really nice, quiet walk that you can take at any time of the day. It does have a few hills, but they are by no means difficult. For more of Monica’s favourite tracks follow @monstar_79
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Get outdoors and amongst your community by joining in on the latest events with the help of this lift out calendar! MONDAY
School Holidays commence
Free Kids’ Activities
Patonga Beach Easter Saturday Fete
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
School Holidays end Free Kids’ Disco
LOOK OUT FOR OUR WINTER ISSUE COMING SOON
Central Coast Regional Show
Central Coast Regional Show
Rathmines Catalina Festival
FREE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES
THE WIZARD OF OZ
SATURDAY APRIL 13
SUNDAY APRIL 14
Hunter Valley Gardens 9am-5pm
Shoal Bay Country Club 12pm-2pm
FRIDAY APRIL 26 AND SATURDAY APRIL 27
Kids can check out some of their favourite dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies or take part in the brand new fossil dig at the Hunter Valley Gardens these April school holidays.
Take the kids along to Shoal Bay Country Club every Sunday to enjoy a roster of free fun-filled activities, including a jumping castle, kids’ disco, magic show, craft days and so much more!
Newcastle Entertainment Centre Evening or matinee performances With a cast of 500, this arena presentation of The Wizard of Oz takes the classic tale to a whole new level and is sure to be a visual treat.
PATONGA BEACH EASTER SATURDAY FETE
FREE KIDS’ DISCO
SATURDAY APRIL 20
Kahibah Sports Club 2pm-5pm
Patonga Progress Hall 9am-1pm The Patonga Progress Association is fundraising with a fete that’s full of arts, crafts, jewellery, plants, books and heaps more from local Central Coast traders.
SUNDAY APRIL 28
For kids who love music and wouldn’t mind spending an afternoon dancing, take them over to Kahibah Sports Club.
MAY CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL SHOW
RATHMINES CATALINA FESTIVAL
SATURDAY MAY 4 AND SUNDAY MAY 5
SATURDAY MAY 19
Gosford Showground From 9am There is so much fun to be had with daredevil displays, baking competitions, pet parades and loads more on offer.
Rathmines Entertain the whole family with this Catalina display, plus live music, a classic car show, market stalls and kids’ activities.
A GARDEN IS A GRAND TEACHER. IT TEACHES PATIENCE AND CAREFUL WATCHFULNESS; IT TEACHES INDUSTRY AND THRIFT; ABOVE ALL IT TEACHES ENTIRE TRUST.
TURN OVER A NEW LEAF Discover how you can achieve your desired landscape this season with Watagan Park Landscaping’s tailored tips and advice.
Private backyard haven
A colourful oasis
There are a number of great plants you can use to create a secluded
Personally, we like a mix of vibrant greens with white flowers, such as
backyard at Watagan Park. All varieties of lilly pilly and callistemon
jasmine combined with buxus hedges, or magnolia trees with their
would be perfect as they grow tall enough to turn into a screen for
white, scented flowers. Yellow flowers, such as camellia and roses,
privacy and are fairly low maintenance. You could also mix them with
also break up gardens by adding a pop of colour. There are some
the tuckeroo tree and spotted gum for a bit more volume. To maintain
dark purple varieties, like the ones you can spot on the roundabouts
the trees, you should prune the lower branches in autumn as well as
at Watagan Park, that really brighten up the area. These colourful
fertilise and spray for pests. You can do the same with the lilly pillys
flowers are great to plant around winter and will last the seasons
too so that they are ready for winter.
that follow with the right care and maintenance. To tend to them
A harmonious landscape North-facing: These gardens normally take the full brunt of the sun
for long periods and there isn’t as much shade for the plants. Natives
properly, we suggest fertilising and spraying for pests every six to eight weeks, and watering them two to three times a week to keep them nice and healthy.
are great for these areas as they can put up with the harsh rays. Lilly
pillys again can feature on the north side as well as the south side,
The best plants for a low-maintenance landscape are the ones that
as they are a very hearty plant and don’t need much water. Aloe
grow naturally where you live. Lilly pillys, doryanthes, lomandra and
vera plants can also handle the warmth, as well as tanika lomandras.
gardenias are wonderful to put into a garden around Watagan Park as
Plants are generally better in the garden on the north side as you
they don’t require a lot of upkeep and are quite resilient. Also your fruit
don’t have to water them as much as you would if were they in a pot.
trees, like lemons, mandarins and passionfruit, would work beautifully
South-facing: South-facing gardens are trickier to landscape as
as well! To maintain doryanthes, you should trim dead leaves off and
alright in this situation would be lilly pillys as they can tolerate shade
The same goes for the lomandra, but you can trim these every six
this side is generally shadier and wetter. A few plants that would be and moisture and buxus microphylla ‘faulkner’, which can be ideal as a formal hedge. If you didn’t want to use plants, then another great option is to lay steppers and a decorative pebble or decomposed granite and turn it into a walkway.
water two to three times a week, and fertilise every six to eight weeks. months depending on how big you want them. For more gardening or landscaping tips or if you are after some extra help around the yard, visit wataganparklandscaping.com.au
PLANT THE SEEDS
spacers against the wooden block at each end of your vertical pieces. Square up the horizontal pieces with another piece of wood. Step 3: Glue and fix the front of the planter: Apply PVA wood glue
Create a fantastic DIY feature for your backyard or entertaining space with this clever vertical garden made from stackable wooden planters. What youâ€™ll need
to the horizontal pieces of timber to attach the vertical piece. Put the
vertical pieces of timber in place. Use a nail gun to secure the vertical pieces to the horizontal pieces of timber. Mark where the top of each panel is after you have finished them. Repeat the above steps to build the second front for the planter. Step 4: Build the side and base panels: To build the first side
84mm x 19mm timber decking
Paint or stain
PVA exterior wood glue
is in the spacing between the internal timber blocks, which will
10mm plastic packers
Sandpaper and staples
need to be closer together. Repeat this process to build the other
side panels and base.
Step 1: Cut your timber to size: Weâ€™ve designed our planters in
two different sizes: 600mm and 300mm wide. The lengths of 84mm x 19mm blackwood decking timber for both are listed below. Cut and label each piece, and put them in their groups so you remember where they go. Keep at least eight offcuts to use as spacers. 600mm box: 6 x 600mm (front & back), 3 x 560mm (base),
panel, just follow the same process as before. The only difference
Step 5: Put the planter together: Apply wood glue to the vertical
blocks where they will be joined to the side panel. Put the side panel in place and use a nail gun to secure the panels together. Repeat this process until all the sides are attached. Step 6: Insert the base: Once the front and sides have been
secured, turn the planter over. Apply glue around the edges of the
8 x 275mm (sides & bottom blocks), 8 x 219mm (internal blocks)
planter and put the base into position. Use a nail gun to secure the
300mm box: 6 x 300mm (front & back), 3 x 260mm (base),
base to the front and sides of the planter.
8 x 275mm (sides & bottom blocks), 8 x 219mm (internal blocks)
Step 7: Finish off the planter: You can paint, stain or oil your
Step 2: Build the front of the planter: Prepare your workbench by
planter, depending on the look you want. Remember, before
Lay the three pieces of timber for the front of the planter horizontally
timber from rotting.
clamping a 750mm wooden block along the back to use as a square. on the workbench. Place your 10mm plastic packers in-between these horizontal pieces to make sure they are spaced evenly apart. Then place two internal pieces over the top, 300mm apart. Place two
you put any soil in, place weed matting down to protect the
Head to Bunnings Morisset to gather all the materials youâ€™ll need for your very own planter, and check out the how-to video for this project at bunnings.com.au
LUNCHBOX READY Do you remember the old school lunches you used to have as a kid, with the classic Vegemite sandwich (without crusts, of course!) and the healthy apple you’d trade for your friends Roll-Up (it still counts as fruit)? Well, here’s a treat you can create a packed lunch with for adults and kids alike—cheese, basil and black pepper muffins! Ingredients 2 Weet-Bix
2 cups self-raising flour
1 ½ cups milk
Sprinkle of salt
½ tsp baking powder
Lots of cracked pepper 1 ½ heaped cups grated chedder cheese 1 handful fresh basil leaves
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a muffin tin. 2. In a large mixing bowl, crumble the Weet-Bix into fine crumbs using your hands. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper and whisk to combine. Add the cheese and basil and make a well in the centre of the bowl. 3. Whisk the eggs in a separate, smaller mixing bowl. Add the milk and stir to combine. 4. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the well and gently fold the ingredients until the flour is incorporated. 5. Spoon the mixture into the greased muffin holes, filling the mixture about 3/4 of the way. 6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even cooking) until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. For more recipes like this, visit sanitarium.com.au/recipes
If you struggled with your big New Year’s resolution to get healthy, it’s not too late to try and pick it up again! Here are Anytime Fitness’ tips to start off small and make a long-term difference. Try something new! It’s easy to get stuck in a stale gym routine,
but this can have dangerous repercussions. It can mean struggling to continuously push yourself, repeatedly exercising limited muscle groups or lacking the motivation to work out entirely. It’s important to keep it fresh. Go to a new gym class, or get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery on one of Watagan Park’s walking trails. Check out the feature on the local trails near you (pg. 3). Change one thing about your diet. Committing to a complete and instant overhaul is going to be hard to stick to—especially if
your body is used to a pattern. Changing one small thing can have a huge impact. This could be drinking an extra glass of water through the day, shifting the time you eat by a half-hour or replacing sugary cereals with protein-filled oats. There’s also a healthy lunch snack in this Issue you can try out (pg. 11). Walk, jog or bike to your destination. Up those steps! While there
will always be those times when the weather is forbidding, or distance is too far, adding in one additional timeslot of low-impact exercise is a great way to get outside for the day and improve your headspace. Why not join a hiking group? Check out @hikinggroupnewielakemac and meet up with some fellow adventurers! Limit screen time by one hour. Our dependence on technology
is continuously growing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing across all aspects of our daily life, but setting a goal where you reduce mindless screen time by one hour a day could clear up some more time for you to achieve your other fitness goals. For some extra help and guidance, speak to the experts at Anytime Fitness Morisset or visit anytimefitness.com.au CREATE 11
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Whether you’re building or already settled in, there are endless tools at your fingertips that will make interior design, decorating and renovating that little bit easier. Get inspired and get planning with a handful of our favourites below.
PINTEREST Think of an online moodboard and you’ve got Pinterest. Search up your favourite interior styles, from boho and rustic to modern and elegant, and pin them to boards of your choosing. There are ideas for every area of your home, and a host of DIY advice at your fingertips too! Available via pinterest.com.au, the App Store or Google Play for free
HOMESTYLER INTERIOR DESIGN The Homestyler Interior Design app is perfect for visualising how furniture and decor will look in your home, before you even purchase it! Simply snap a picture of your room to create your own 3D home design playground, then use high-quality models of real furniture, light fixtures and decor to style it. Available via the App Store or Google Play for free
HOME DESIGN 3D This app has a ton of functions for creating your own unique interior spaces. You can draw your plot, rooms and dividers and add all the furniture, accessories and finishing touches you’d like. Once you’ve completed your design, the app also allows you to view your creation in real-time with photorealistic 3D rendering. Available via the App Store or Google Play for free
MORPHOLIO The Morpholio app was created by professional interior designers, and while it is was produced for other designers, it has a host of functions that are perfect for those looking to add a creative flair to their home. You can gather inspiration, create moodboards and view the products and furniture in a room or space. Available via the App Store for free
HOUZZ AUSTRALIA This site has it all, from home design and decorating to renovation ideas. Browse their inventory of over 18 million interior design photos, home decor and styling advice, or take a look at their catalogue of home professionals who can help bring your vision to life. Available via houzz.com.au, the App Store or Google Play for free
meet your neighbours
GETTING BACK TO NATURE
“The more time we save in travel, the more time you can spend doing outdoor things and actually enjoying life. And also you don’t want to be stuck in traffic for an hour, and that’s just the
Karishma and Jayesh are ditching the fast-paced Melbourne lifestyle to enjoy a life in the outdoors at Watagan Park.
daily commute. In Melbourne, on average you’ll be spending about 45 minutes to an hour for just 20 kilometres or 17 kilometres,” shares Jayesh.
residents, they’re ready to settle down and enjoy an adventurous
BUT IT’S NOT JUST THE TRAILS THAT MOTIVATED THE NEWLYWEDS TO JOIN WATAGAN PARK ESTATE — THEY WERE DRAWN TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE AREA.
lifestyle at Watagan Park estate.
“Knowing that New South Wales and Australia as a whole is always
The pair married in November last year, and they both currently
suffering drought, when you’ve got estates like Watagan Park who
Jayesh and Karishma are both originally from Mauritius. They made the move to Australia as university students, and now as Australian
live in Newcastle, with Karishma making long commutes to
is working with Cooranbong Water to recycle the sewer water and
her job as a Health Information Manager at Gosford Public
provide that back to your home is a big tick,” explains Jayesh.
Hospital. Jayesh works as a Finance Manager for Toronto Private
After signing on to become a part of the estate and getting to
Hospital and Dubbo Private Hospital, but they are both looking forward to creating more of a work-life balance when they move in to their new home. Both Jayesh and Karishma can’t wait to start exploring the Watagan trails, and once they’ve moved in to their new home, a new German shepherd will be joining the family.
know the neighbours, Jayesh and Karishma can’t wait to join the community when their home is finished later on this year. Karishma adds, “We’ve actually spoken to a few new people around there, and I think they’re quite friendly. You could drive past them in your car and they’ll be waving at you. I think that’s what we’re actually looking forward to — having that connection there.” ESTATE 13
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Inside you will find lots of inspiration, from gardening and interior design ideas to art trails and outdoor adventures to try. Plus, with E...
Published on Apr 9, 2019
Inside you will find lots of inspiration, from gardening and interior design ideas to art trails and outdoor adventures to try. Plus, with E...