EXPLORE - LIVE - CREATE WINTER 2019
NEW RELEASE - STAGE 2.8 THE AFFORDABLE LIFESTYLE CHOICE TURN UP THE HEAT OUTDOOR HEATING TIPS WINTER READY CARING FOR YOUR GARDEN IN THE COOLER MONTHS
winter warmers EATURE EMBRACE THE CR SEASON COMFORTS THIS
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.
Sales Centre on corner of Whistler Drive and Armitage Way, Cooranbong
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McDonald Jones Home construction at Housing World Watagan Park
warm wishes for winter This winter issue sees us exploring ways we can warm up indoors and outdoors, with articles on styling your home for winter, heating solutions for outdoor entertaining, and landscaping tips for maintaining your garden this season, as well as a hearty pasta recipe to top it all off! We’ve also got some exciting new social and business directories for you to check out on pages 8 and 9.
Stage 2.8 construction
We have been busy here at Watagan Park with the release of Stage 2.8, coupled with the launch of a host of new valuepacked house and land packages. And we are delighted to see construction commence on the display homes within Housing World Watagan Park. In other news, election results are in, and the outlook for the property market is positive. The Liberal government has promised tax cuts for middle-income earners and no changes to negative gearing or capital gains
IT’S ALL HAPPENING AT WATAGAN PARK
tax. Coupled with the RBA cutting interest rates and recommendations from APRA to lower loan serviceability requirements, it is the perfect time to be looking to build your dream home. Chat to our team to find out how to take advantage of our
Winter is an exciting time here at Watagan Park, with our newly released Stage 2.8 and display homes in Housing World Watagan Park under construction!
Breathe Easy Package, with up to
Housing World Watagan Park is coming to life, with construction of homes
$38,888* worth of free inclusions! *T&C’s
beginning in May. This month saw the site preparation, benching and piering
apply: Refer to Watagan Park website for
commence on our new sales display and office, as well as the first homes
terms and conditions.
start to take shape!
Lastly, don’t forget to send through feedback
Leading builder McDonald Jones Homes have poured slabs and installed framing
on your future town centre! Email us at
for their two highly anticipated stylish display homes. Housing World Watagan
Park will showcase one of the newest Stuart Everitt designs and one of the most popular designs from the NextGen collection, giving visitors even more inspiration to create smarter, practical and modern family homes.
At the same time, our newly released Stage 2.8 is taking shape with construction
well underway. This stage with 577 – 714m2 is positioned right next to walking
Johnson Property Group
tracks, the nature reserve and the water catchment, offering stunning views and endless lifestyle options. EXPLORE
877 876 875 874 873 577.5m² 577.5m² 654.5 15
Shipwright Street 15
868 869 870 87 1 872 600m² 600m² 600m 15
855 854 853 852 851 850 630m² 630m² 630m² 714m 17
LAND SIZE 577.5 - 714m²
This plan is indicative and for guid
ance purpose only.
THE AFFORDABLE LIFESTYLE CHOICE The newly released Stage 2.8 is perfectly positioned with the water catchment, nature reserve and walking tracks right outside your front door.
breathe easy WITH UP TO $38,888 OF FREE INCLUSIONS
With fully serviced, near-flat 577.5 to 714m2 blocks from $248,888, it offers incredible value for home buyers in the highly sought-after Lake Macquarie area.
TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME
Blocks are now under construction, so call our team today to arrange a site visit and discover your future in natureâ€™s playground.
*T & Cs apply
HOUSE & LAND PACKAGES FROM $510,684* ADVANTAGE PLUS 194
ADVANTAGE PLUS 225
Lot 850 - 630m2
Lot 850 - 630m2
Lot 868 - 600m2
Lot 877 - 577.5m2
Lot 869 - 600m2
Lot 874 - 577.5m2
THE LIGHT IS WHAT GUIDES YOU HOME, THE WARMTH IS WHAT KEEPS YOU THERE.
STYLING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER Local resident, Anita Pratt, shares her secrets to making her Watagan Park home looking and feeling warm during winter.
As we’re retreating indoors to escape the winter cold, it’s important that our homes are made to be a source of warmth and comfort. There are so many simple ways that you can achieve this without breaking the bank, but I’m going to let you in on just a few tricks I’ve used to create a warm atmosphere around my home.
Add splashes of colour I’m a huge lover of mustard! It’s the perfect colour all year round as it’s ideal for any season. Plus it’s a lot warmer than using your standard yellow shades, so you can be sure it will add a cosy feel. You won’t need too much of this colour – just a few accents here and there such as a cushion or throw.
Update bedding This one is very important. Now that winter is upon us, it’s time to put away those cotton sheets! Invest in some good quality flannelette sheets and a thick duvet cover. Add plenty of cushions and a throw to make your bed oh-so-comfy (warning: you may not ever want to leave it!).
Roll out some rugs This is particularly good for those who have tiling and hardwood or laminate floors rather than carpet. A rug will add instant warmth to a room and keep those toes of yours off the cold floors. You may need
Add greenery Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fresh greenery around the house. Be sure to choose varieties that thrive in cooler climates and don’t need too much sunlight, as the sun-loving types will be hard to manage when they are primarily indoors. But if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, faux greenery is a good option.
Toss a blanket on your lounge I know—such an easy solution, right? But rather than heading to the linen closet or bedroom to grab a blanket each time you’re cold, consider buying a throw or small comforter that matches the aesthetic of your living room and looks great draped over your lounge. It’s an easy way to style this area and perfect for snuggling up on a cold winter’s night.
Candles, candles, candles! Can you tell I love candles? They emanate warmth and to top that off, they look stunning! I have candles in every room of my house as they not only create beautiful lighting, but smell amazing too.
FOR MORE HOME STYLING INSPIRATION VISIT ANITA PRATT’S INSTAGRAM: @STYLING.OUR.HAVANA
to invest in multiple rugs to place in ‘high-traffic’ areas, such as a living room or dining room.
calendar lift out s t n e v e of YO U R
, FI LL IN IS CA LE N D AR PU LL O U T TH D EV EN TS AN AC TI VI TI ES U PC O M IN G FR ID G E. IT O N YO U R TH EN PO P
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
NSW Junior Golf Championships till 14 July
Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey & Friends till 14 Jul
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
LEGO Club – School Holiday Session
DreamWorks’ Madagascar Junior till 20 Jul
Hunter Valley Cheese and Chocolate Festival
Lake Mac City Farmers Market
A Furry Good Picnic
Rafferty’s Coastal Run
Winery Running Festival Hunter Valley
School holidays conclude Dogs in the Park NSW
Newcastle Music Festival till 18 Aug
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast till 24 Aug
Watagan Park Information Evening
Newcastle Jazz Festival till 25 Aug
LOOK OUT FOR OUR SPRING ISSUE COMING SOON
Newcastle Cross Country
Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival till 4 Aug
Wallsend Winter Fair
Lake Macquarie Running Festival
HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
A FURRY GOOD PICNIC SUNDAY JULY 14
NEWCASTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY JULY 6 Hunter Valley 10am-5pm
Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen 11am-2pm
TUESDAY AUGUST 6 TO SUNDAY AUGUST 18
Celebrates two of the best foods the Hunter Valley is known for! Cheese, chocolate, beer and wine tasting, food trucks, demonstrations, and masterclasses, live entertainment and a Kids Zone for the littlies.
A sweet picnic event alongside Hunter Animal Rescue. You’ll be able to have a catered lunch with some furry friends looking for their forever homes, and five dollars from each picnic pack will be donated to the organisation.
See event schedule for locations and times
NSW JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Celebrate the beauty of music with the annual Newcastle Music Festival, which hosts up to 30 concerts and recitals as well as masterclasses and competition events across 13 days.
WALLSEND WINTER FAIR
WEDNESDAY JULY 10 TO SATURDAY JULY 13
SUNDAY AUGUST 11 Nelson Street, Wallsend 9am-3pm
Charlestown & Belmont Golf Clubs See event schedule for times 240 of the best junior players from New South Wales and Australia come together to compete for the 2019 title.
LEGO CLUB – SCHOOL HOLIDAY SESSION THURSDAY JULY 18
Enjoy 150 vibrant specialty stalls and local businesses at the Wallsend Winter Fair. You’ll be able to shop unique arts, crafts, gifts, clothing, jewellery and more, or check out the entertainment on offer from local musicians, school bands, choirs and dance schools.
Toronto Library 4-5pm Children aged six and up can enjoy this creative event to build their very own LEGO scene!
DOGS IN THE PARK NSW RAFFERTY’S COASTAL RUN SATURDAY JULY 13 Rafferty’s Resort See event schedule for times Take up the 12km, 22km or 36km coastal run through Wallarah National Park, Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area.
LAKE MACQUARIE CITY FARMERS MARKET SATURDAY JULY 13 Speers Point Park 7:30am-1pm Fresh, local produce and products, such as fruits and vegetables, meats, organic bread, handmade clothing, gourmet teas and loads more!
SUNDAY JULY 21 Speers Point Park 9:30-4:30pm A day of play with man’s best friend inc. dog sports demonstrations, dog races and competitions such as Best Dog Trick, Smallest Dog and Largest Dog, to name a few.
NEWCASTLE CROSS COUNTRY SUNDAY JULY 27 Hunter Wetlands. See event schedule for times A series of races throughout the Hunter. Sign up as a club member and you’ll be able to participate in either the 3.2km, 6.3km or 10km events.
LAKE MACQUARIE RUNNING FESTIVAL SUNDAY AUGUST 25 Lake Macquarie foreshore, The Esplanade Warners Bay See event schedule for times Lake Macquarie Running Festival’s 35th annual event. Enjoy one of the three scenic runs, including the 10.5km Fun Run, Half Marathon and the 4km Kids Scamper for the littlies.
If you attend a social group and think it’s worth sharing in this directory, email the group name, email address, website, and a short description to: email@example.com
your local directory WATAGAN WANDERERS BUSHWALKING CLUB
The social groups listed within this directory have been sourced online based on their proximity to Watagan Park. Although all care is taken to promote ethical and reliable social groups, we recommend completing your own due-diligence before signing up.
This group is for the adventurers looking to explore more of the Watagan area. The walks vary to suit different capabilities, and the club also enjoys some bush sports, such as abseiling, canoeing, canyoning and snowshoeing, as well as camping. Membership: $35 per annum plus a one-off $1 joining fee. firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE MACQUARIE FISHING facebook.com/groups/527300177334408 Lake Macquarie Fishing is for the avid fisherman who wants to share their love of the sport with others in the area. The group posts local competitions and prizes, and contains over 8,500 members. You’ll be able to chat to fellow anglers and find out about all the best spots to catch fish as well. Join Facebook group to message
COORANBONG MUMS facebook.com/groups/337508679925369 Created to connect mothers from Cooranbong and surrounding areas, the group posts social events and activities so you can get together with other mums and bubs to enjoy quality conversations and support. Join to become a part of this encouraging network of over 300 members. Join Facebook group to message
LAKE MAC GROWS facebook.com/groups/1667832506866394 Lake Mac Grows is a community of gardeners who are passionate about growing, sharing and eating fresh local produce. The group’s network of over 1,500 members share their stories, skills and harvest, as well as tips for eating better for less. Join to find out all the best gardening advice for your area. Join Facebook group to message
PORT HUNTER 4X4 CLUB porthunter4x4club.org.au This club is family-friendly and great for those who enjoy social and driving activities. Based in the Lake Macquarie/ Newcastle region, their calendar includes social outings, camping trips, driver training and trips with various track classifications to cater for everyone. Become a member and chat about all things 4x4. email@example.com
GROWUP BUSINESS ADVISERS Adrian Timmermans
The businesses listed within this directory are owned by residents or homeowners within the Watagan Park estate. Although all care is taken to promote ethical and reliable businesses, we recommend completing your own due diligence when enlisting the services of a contractor.
Small business accounting specialists, personal and business tax returns, self-managed super funds, bookkeeping and payroll management
P: 0468 723 363 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAUTY TAHITIAN BEAUTY THERAPY
Tahisha Dias Microblading/brow feathering, facial and microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions and more P: 0466 217 178 E: email@example.com W: tahitianbeautytherapy.com
CHILDCARE KYLIEâ€™S FAMILY DAY CARE
Kylie Montgomery Children three months to five years day care P: 0423 933 607 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
MINI MILESTONES FAMILY DAY CARE Kim Murray Children 0-6 years before and afterschool care Monday to Friday with flexible hours
P: 0415 464 305 E: email@example.com
CONSTRUCTION JAGA DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Greg Smith Stairs, balustrades, house renovations, decks and handyman work P: 0450 225 884 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTRICAL ON TOP SOLAR & ELECTRICAL
Sam Lewis Solar and electrical installations and maintenance P: 0488 644 710 E: email@example.com W: facebook.com/OnTopSolarAndElectrical
LANDSCAPING WATAGAN PARK LANDSCAPING
Kelsy Johnson Landscape design and construction, horticulture, fun yards, lawn and garden maintenance P: 0439 012 888 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: wataganparklandscaping.com.au
If you live in the W atagan Park estate and would like your bu siness listed in th is directory, email yo ur business name, phone number, em ail address, webs ite, and list of services to: wataganpark@john sonpropertygroup. com.au
WINTER IS THE TIME FOR COMFORT, FOR GOOD FOOD AND WARMTH, FOR A TALK BESIDE THE FIRE: IT IS TIME FOR HOME.
TURN THE HEAT UP Find out ways to keep the party going this winter with these tips on heating for outdoor entertaining.
Size, portability and safety count
Try a gas outdoor heater
Select the right size heater for the job. For example, an outdoor gas
Gas patio heaters are designed to radiate heat through the air to
patio heater can warm an area of up to 17 square metres, so it’s ideal for an outdoor entertaining space. If you’re dining under the stars,
where it’s needed most, and warm up what’s directly within the vicinity. While these heaters come in a range of sizes, most work
you can’t go past a tabletop gas heater, which will throw heat for up
effectively if positioned in the centre of your entertaining area.
to six square metres. These heaters operate on bottled gas and are
Look for easy start or push button ignition and think about the
very energy efficient. A gas bottle should last for at least eight to nine hours on a high setting. Most gas heaters are designed for easy portability. Wheels make the larger freestanding models mobile for simple positioning. The majority of these models also have built-in features such as a tilt shut-off
aesthetics when choosing your outdoor gas heater. You’ll also need to consider the weather in your region.
Consider a heatstrip outdoor heater With a modern, minimalist style, heatstrip outdoor heaters can
switch, so if the appliance falls over, the heater automatically turns off.
enhance the appearance and functionality of any outdoor area.
Location is important
for harsh environments, such as coastal areas and outdoor kitchens.
Firepits and fireplaces need to be positioned on a flat, level and
Compared to gas bottle heaters, heatstrips are very efficient, with
non-combustible surface, such as concrete pavers. Be sure to place your firepit and fireplace away from the house or other fixtures that might burn, and consider wind direction when choosing the right spot. Firepits and fireplaces are ideal places for people to congregate, so position yours where it’s accessible. You’ll also need plenty of fuel to keep it going, such as wood. So think about a place you can store the wood too where it’s out of the weather and stays dry. If you’re looking at an outdoor fireplace, be sure its size is proportionate to the location. A well-designed flue will help let the smoke out so that the fire burns well. Always use a screen if supplied, or consider buying one, to help prevent sparks. And watch children and pets around outdoor heaters and fires.
Heatstrips are built with a corrosion-resistant alloy, so they are great
much lower running costs and even increase the value of your home. Ceiling and wall mounting options are available.
Shop for outdoor firepits and fireplaces Outdoor firepits and fireplaces are also popular heating options and are appealing because they help create the perfect ambience. When selecting a firepit, think about design, shape and size, which are all dependent on your outdoor space. Consider whether you want a permanent fixture or bowl, and if you want it built-in or movable. Find out more at bunnings.com.au or head to the local Bunnings at Morisset for further advice.
PREPARATION IS KEY Watagan Park Landscaping shares some of their best advice for caring for your garden during the cooler months, ready for thriving growth in spring. Winter pruning The dormant months are ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants. You can also prune the vast majority of shrubs and hedges during this time. If you’re thinking about trimming your trees, now is perfect for evergreen and deciduous varieties. Inspect the tree thoroughly and cut back only failing or decayed branches. Unless you are absolutely confident in your tree pruning capabilities, we recommend consulting a reliable landscaping company. Have them remove any dead trees or high branches prior to winter if possible.
Remove leaves and debris Throughout winter, it’s important to remove leaves from your lawn every few days. Leaves and debris that sit on the surface of your lawn prevent sunlight from reaching the grass blades underneath. Less sun equals less growth, which means your grass won’t look as lush and healthy.
Prepare planting beds for mulch As spring approaches, get a head start on your planting beds: 1. Prune all shrubs, trees and perennials in your planting beds. 2. Remove all leaves and other debris. 3. After your beds are clear, define the edges of the planting beds by first hard edging, followed by a perimeter pass with a lawn mower along the edge, and then line trimming for a clean, crisp finish. 4. Finally, install your bulbs for spring. For ideal results, the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed.
Mulch installation Mulch your planting beds at a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches. Mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also acts as a shield against harsh winter weather. As you mulch, be certain not to cover the trunk of any shrub or tree trunks. Mulch holds moisture and can cause trunk and root rot if it is spread too heavily around the base of plantings. For more gardening and landscaping tips, or some extra help around the yard, visit wataganparklandscaping.com.au
There’s nothing like a hearty warm meal in winter to keep away those chills. This Dukka Winter Greens Pesto combines all of the carbs you crave this season with a fresh kick of herbs and spices. Enjoy with the family or doubleup on ingredients to entertain guests looking to escape the winter cold. Ingredients 1 sweet potato, peeled & cubed
3 cloves garlic
500g pasta of choice
½ tsp salt
250g english spinach
¼ cup light olive oil
1 cup pine nuts, toasted & cooled
1 tbs dukka spice
2 tbs savoury yeast flakes
Squeeze of lemon
¾ cup light olive oil
Method 1. Toss sweet potato cubes in two teaspoons of the oil and arrange on oven tray. Bake in a hot oven, 200°C, until golden. 2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add pasta and cook until tender. Drain. 3. While pasta and sweet potato are cooking, remove stems and veins from spinach. 4. Place spinach, pine nuts, garlic, yeast flakes and salt in a food processor. 5. Gradually add oil while processing mixture. Process until finely chopped. 6. Fold pesto sauce and sweet potato through drained pasta. Arrange in serving bowls and top with dukka and a squeeze of lemon. Serve immediately. For more warming winter recipes, check out sanitarium.com.au/recipes
meet your neighbours
THE FIRST MOVE First-home buyers, Steph and Jesse, are seeking adventure with their move to Watagan Park, and are excited to become a part of this welcoming and friendly community.
What attracted you to the Watagan Park area?
Steph and Jesse are a young couple in their mid-twenties, who
What is it about Watagan Park that suits your lifestyle?
have always dreamt of building their own home. Jesse works as a
We seek adventures and love getting outdoors, always searching for
carpenter/home renovator while Steph is an assistant manager in the air conditioning industry, and the two were elated to have been able to save for their first home. Here they share their experiences building at Watagan Park, and what they look forward to most with their move.
How is the building process going for you at Watagan Park? The process is going quite quickly. We purchased our block before it was registered and before any civil works were done back in June 2018, and our house is due for completion in August. We are very excited! Itâ€™s quite daunting being a first-home buyer, but we are so grateful for the team at JPG and Beechwood Homes for working with
The neighbourhood. We loved that the residents within Watagan Park were friendly and helpful even before we purchased our block. We also liked that it was a smaller community.
new things to do. The adventure is right on the edge of Watagan Park, with bushland and local trails that are literally at our back doorstep. We canâ€™t wait to start exploring what Watagan Park has to offer.
How would you describe Watagan Park to others? Watagan Park is well-presented, affordable (especially for first-home buyers), close enough to work and other commitments, and to top it all off, it has stunning views of the Watagan Mountains.
YOU CAN FOLLOW MORE OF THEIR EXCITING BUILDING JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM: @OURBEECHWOODBUILD
us and guiding us through the whole process. ESTATE 13
make lifestyle a priority For those who want to embrace an effortless lifestyle, we have created a range of boutique-style, turn-key house and land packages, perfect for first home buyers, downsizers and investors. Homes are entirely finished with modern inclusions: -- alfresco area -- turf and fencing -- coloured concrete driveway -- letterbox and clothesline
-- stone benchtops -- ducted air-conditioning -- kitchen appliances -- and so much more
FULL TURN-KEY HOUSE & LAND FROM $469,588 350 - 570M2 BLOCKS
Choose lifestyle and family. Call our team today to discover your future at Watagan Park.
LOT 8451 - CHASE 5 FACADE
LOT 8452 - RYDE FACADE
LOT 8453 - NEVADA FACADE
LOT 8456 - NEVADA FACADE
LOT 8462 - CHASE 4 FACADE
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For our winter edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer, we have a raft of ideas to keep you snug, from outdoor heating solutions to winter styl...
Published on Jun 17, 2019
For our winter edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer, we have a raft of ideas to keep you snug, from outdoor heating solutions to winter styl...