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Hello everyone, where to begin? It has been a very productive Winter for those of us here at the magazine with our print run doubling and distribution area increasing including major hotels, motels pubs, clubs and information centres around the Northern Rivers. Some readers may have noticed during the winter issue that we now have a stand at the Wollongbar Newsagency (generously looked after by their amazing staff). So thank you to everyone who has called, written and emailed requesting a place at Wollongbar to pickup copies. Bailey has been settling into a new social scene at a local preschool twice a week and he may have even found himself a girlfriend, not too bad for a 16 month old little fellow (Daddy is very proud and Mummy has said that Bailey doesn’t get his charm and charisma from his father). Bailey has had a busy month featuring in a local commercial for Healthy North Coast and being on the Winter cover of the Northern Rivers Family Magazine. We have also added new and interesting sections in this issue with Health & Wellbeing, Sport, Fashion, Suburb Profile, Local Arts and Performances and Competitions (Spring prize pool worth over $800!). Don’t forget if you miss an issue you view online copies by going to our website. We also have a Facebook page, which features upcoming events, community groups news and local business news, offers and specials. So make sure to jump online and like our page, share our page with friends and family and post feedback about previous and future issues.

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10 Please continue to let us know about upcoming events and activities, local news, sporting events and charity/community groups. We will still place them on our Facebook page if you miss the print deadline. Once again, we hope that you will enjoy reading this issue.

Aaron, Lindsey & Bailey

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In this issue

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Places we love Local Playgrounds I love my shop Alstonville Florist

Local Businesses Chamber of Commerce


Spring Issue Competitions Photo Competition Winners


North Coast Weddings


Community Groups Garden Tips


Local Sport Update Football, Hockey & Fun Run


Health & Wellbeing


Beauty, Fashion & Travel


Things we love


Kids Spring Activities Kids Competition


Suburb Profile Eltham Village


Recipe Fishermans Stew


Local Arts & Performances Ballina Players & Norpa



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Plateau Social Scene

Why we love our area | Local life

There have been so many wonderful events in our area. Photos featured include the Uniting Church Winter Markets and AWCC Business Awards.

Congratulations to the Alstonville Mixed Probus Club, which recently celebrated its 30th Birthday. Photos featured show members Ray (Certificate of 20 years service), Bob (Life member 29 years service) and Jim (Life member with 25 years service) with their awards. Congratulations to the Alstonville Rotary Club who celebrated their 40th Changeover on July 3. After a very successful year President Harry Pampel handed the reigns over to Gordon King. During Harry’s year over $30,000 was raised and donated locally, nationally and internationally, of which $7,000 went to Our Kids and $2,200 to Heartfelt House. Over $6,000 was spent on local school and youth programs.

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Places we love This issue we packed a picnic and off we went to visit several local parks to give you a small selection of places to visit in our area this Spring.

1. Bulwinkel Park (Main Street, Alstonville) A peaceful place to visit and a hidden gem right at the end of Main Street. We had a wonderful time listening to the local birdlife and water flowing over the weir. Features include: Toilets, playground with shade sail, creek & weir, picnic areas, tables, off street parking and garbage bin. Perfect for the whole family of any age. 2. Elizabeth Ann Brown Park (Wardell Rd, Alstonville) We love visiting this park right in the heart of

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Alstonville. Surrounded by the Main Street, Alstonville Plaza and Crawford House Museum it is the perfect stop. You can visit the memorial, have a BBQ and relax with the whole family. Features include: Playground, Climber, picnic areas, parking, grassed areas, tables, benches and an electric BBQ (please clean when finished). 3. Killarney Park (Cornwall Place, Wollongbar) A lovely park and playground area featuring off street parking, a picnic table, park bench, well maintained large grass area, sunshade over playground and footpath through park for kids bicycles. Perfect for young children.

Places we love

Local Playgrounds

4. Wollongbar Oval (Rubiton Street, Wollongbar) Lots of space to stretch out, this playground area is right next to the Wollongbar Oval. The perfect place to take older children both to run around on the oval and play on the equipment. Features include: sporting field, garbage bin, swings and seating (park bench). Please use garbage facilities or take your rubbish with you, we want to keep our area just as beautiful for the next family to enjoy. Supervision of children is required at all parks. If you have a favourite place to share simply email us or post a message on our facebook page.

I love my shop 5 words to describe the shop Fresh, friendly, creative, unexpected & interesting.

What is the best part of your job? Being creative and working to customers’ “briefs”. It is so much fun to put together floral designs to suit our customers’ requests. It is also amazing what other people see and the flowers and colours they choose. Every day we have customers needing flowers for different occasions, and each occasion brings with it it’s own story. What we love about our shop? The atmosphere that is created by the fresh product we receive on a daily basis, the creative team that work together making the shop look beautiful and full of fabulous designs, and the community that is really supportive of what we do. What do we bring to the plateau? Our shop brings a piece of the floral world to our community. We are really fortunate as a team to be able to travel and get involved in the ever changing world of floristry. Alison spent a few days with German floral designer Bjorn Kroner in Melbourne in June, bringing some great new trends and design ideas fresh from that trip back to the shop to display. Earlier this year Mark travelled to Europe to work with German master florist Gregor Lersch and Belgium designer Moniek Vanden Berghe learning some great new techniques and trends. We visit flower shows, demonstrations and workshop as often as we can to make sure our customers are seeing the latest trends and ideas on offer. The best part about working on the plateau? The community – we have so many people just popping in to say hi and stopping to smell the flowers and enjoy our displays … it’s so nice.

Alstonville Florist

What products do you stock? We offer a range of flowers, foliages and plants from both local and national suppliers. We have daily flower deliveries ensuring our stock is always fresh for our customers. Most popular item This time of year sees the early spring blooms such as erlicheer, the small double jonquil with a big perfume and personality just walking out the door. They come in almost daily and we just love them. Flowers that are currently in season that we love Cymbidium orchids, cattleya orchids, blushing brides, andromeda and sweet peas. Something people might not know We have delivery runs to Ballina and Lismore, three sometimes four times a day, and deliver to almost anywhere in the Northern Rivers… including Byron and Yamba. We belong to Interflora and frequently organise deliveries of flowers, chocolates, fruit and wine nationally and internationally for our customers. We have online facilities for browsing our design range or placing an order, just visit For those of you who are technologically savy, we are on both Facebook and Instagram, with daily updates on the shop, the stock we have in, tips and shop news. Please join us. Most recent shop achievements After Mark (co-owner) won the Interflora National florist of the year in 2011 and 2012, Alison, our shop manager, won the Interflora NSW and ACT florist of the Year Award in April 2013. Alison will compete for the national title when she represents both the shop and NSW at the National Competition to be held as part of the Interflora annual conference in Darwin in October.

I love my shop

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Chamber news

Lisa Dillon | AWCC Member

We are excited to announce our new Alstonville Wollongbar tourist brochure is available and currently being distributed around both our region and interstate. Parking issues continue to be important to the Chamber, to business owners and to the general community. We have recently written to the Council, asking for more information on plans for increasing parking behind (below) the main street. I have now concluded my term as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Our Secretary, Margaret Orr, Treasurer, Sandra Denison, and Membership Secretary, Candy Fitness, have also finished their two-year contributions, and I'd like to express my thanks to all of them for the many hours they've put into the Chamber. Lindsey Bidwell, a Chamber Committee member for a short time (and editor of this magazine), has also contributed a great deal to the Chamber this year.

AWCC Business Awards The Chamber of Commerce and many of our Plateau businesses had an exciting night on June 21st. The winners of the AWCC inaugural Business Awards were announced at a gala event at the Nightcap Restaurant, Wollongbar TAFE, attended by Mayor David Wright and Councillor Sharon Cadwallader.

Master of Ceremonies was John Murray, Regional Manager of the NSW Business Chamber, who had appointed a panel of independent judges for the competition. The Chamber was very grateful to Wollongbar TAFE for hosting the event, and very appreciative of the efforts of their hospitality students who provided a really delicious meal, as always. Congratulations to all business owners who took the time to enter. The winners were: Accommodation & Attractions - Summerland House Farm

Congratulations to Peter Mehan who is the new President, and thanks to Mary Weingarth and Lindsey Bidwell who is continuing on the Executive. Thanks also to Richard Lutze who has rejoined the Executive, plus Margie Heffernan who has joined for the first time.

Comment: Outstanding creative product development over the last 12 - 18 months with an expansion into the educational tourism market, the establishment of regular markets that showcase our region’s extensive produce and a very successful rebranding exercise.

Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce Phone: 0458 445 569 Email: Visit:

Cafes & Restaurants – Orio Cafe Comment: Focussing on really understanding their customers and competition with consistent attention to improving on a daily basis.

Spring and Health Spring is an interesting and important time in terms of Chinese medicine. As winter is coming to an end our bodies need to readjust to warmer but often changeable conditions.

states. Often the qi constraint causes symptoms in the upper body. For example, sore and stiff neck and shoulders, sinusitis, red and itchy eyes, or headaches. It can also impact on digestion. Indigestion, diarrhoea or In Chinese medicine spring is associated constipation, and bloating are often with the liver and gall bladder. The related to liver qi constraint. Also associated element is wind. The sense menstrual problems or irregularity can organ the eyes. The emotion is anger. be symptoms. Longterm it can cause The liver is responsible for some of the more serious stagnation even leading most common disease patterns. to masses and tumours. The liver and gall bladder organs and channels are not referring to the liver organ as thought of in Western medicine. The liver function is one of ensuring the smooth flow of qi or energy. The sudden weather changes and wind of spring will affect the liver. Often symptoms move and change. The sudden onset of pain, hayfever, dizziness or skin problems are examples. The emotion of the liver is anger. This includes frustration, resentments, repressed anger and depression. These emotions can cause physical symptoms. Conversely liver qi constraint leads to some of these emotional

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Wind, the element of spring, can cause colds and flu. These are still around in this season. Wind can also cause hayfever and stiff necks. The change of seasons is a good time to rebalance energy and address problems. This will enable us to enjoy fully the pleasant season of spring. For advice or appointments phone Brigid on 0431 702 560 or Alstonville Complete Care 6628 1654

Brigid Beckett Mingmen Acupuncture Clinic

Business News

Community Award - Ballina Region Community College

Comment: Consistent attention to objectives and clear values resulting in admirable corporate and community citizenship. Personal Services - Complete Care Alstonville Comment: Strategic and holistic approaches by this organisation ensure a very comprehensive service to clients whilst sound business practices mean the winner of this category is a strong and sustainable business Professional Services - Summerland Credit Union Comment: Defined values, continual staff training and improvement and an impressive 98% customer satisfaction rating combined with consistent community contribution make this business a valuable contributor to the Alstonville community. Retail - Alstonville Garden House Comments: Outstanding growth in both product lines and turnover, a strategy of sourcing regionally created products and quality items combined with attention to a whole of buying experience. BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Ballina Region Community College

Comment: This business is a valued corporate citizen and actively to promotes the Alstonville Wollongbar Plateau across the region by providing professional, creative and cultural opportunities for the entire community.

Jessie & Brendon

Shop Update Weddings - what we’re loving now!

Right now when we think of weddings we think vintage! The vintage wedding; it inspires old wine barrels for tables, suitcases as stools, bunting, hessian, lace and florals, and oh how we love the florals! This fashionable wedding theme is a beautiful way to feature some old favourites. The simple flowers that for so long have been over looked. Flowers like carnations, daisies, dahlias and delphinium are all making a comeback. But it is also a style that allows us florists to showcase other flowers that you don’t normally see, or are not a common choice for wedding flowers. We love using unusual textures like the native Tetragona nut, a silvery white eucalypt with clusters of small square shaped nuts. Andromeda flower sweet small bell shaped blooms that cascade beautifully in bouquets, available in white and pale pink. Cymbidium orchids with their beautiful array of colours are a top pick for this season and don’t be mistaken by Green trick it is a carnation but is often mistaken for moss or grass. The beauty about the vintage wedding is that there are no rules, there is no set colour theme, there is no limit on how many flowers you can use and every flower works, for us the flower lovers it is the perfect style. So if you have a vintage style wedding coming up or you just love the look for your home, don’t limit yourself to the flowers you know, try out some hidden gems, you might just find a new love. For a large array of unique blooms on display to choose form visit Alstonville Florist at Shop 17 The Plaza.

Savannah Coffee Lounge

Savannah is celebrating it’s 4th birthday, after re-opening in Sept 2009 Linda and her husband Greg wanted to reinvent the business taking it from its former deli/takeaway café and transforming it to become the relaxing and friendly coffee lounge that it has become today. Linda says the first two years were a challenge, but with the bypass just around the corner believed that the town would come into it’s own and have not been disappointed. Linda and the girls say goodbye to Elizabeth (Beth) who has been part of the team for nearly 3 years and wish her well and good health in her retirement. They are very happy to welcome Belinda Smith who is joining them as part of the kitchen staff and know that she will continue the same good quality of cakes and meals that customers have come to enjoy in the past. It will be a sad but exciting day when Linda hands the business over to the incoming owners of the café, having achieved the goal of operating a successful business in the town Linda says that she is looking forward to the next stage of life, spent retired and travelling with her husband Greg. “It’s time to hang up my apron and let

Business News

Belinda, Claire, Kim & Linda

someone younger take the helm, and hope that all the lovely customers that I have enjoyed the pleasure of meeting and knowing will continue to support Jessie and Brendon in their pursuit to own and operate their own business.”

Jessie & Brendon A husband and wife pair passionate and dedicated to provide you with the exceptional customer service, quality product and inviting atmosphere that is ever present at Savannah's. Formerly from McLeans Ridges, Brendan moved to the Gold Coast at 19 focused in retail management and later met Jessie a self confessed coffee addict and coffee barista. Together we have lived on the Gold Coast for 8 years. It is our ambition to utilise this knowledge and experience to develop upon the wonderful foundation already established by Linda, of which we are grateful to be a part of. As we have both been brought up in small country towns we long to return to where we feel at home, being a part of the strong sense of community and relaxed environment present in Alstonville. We look forward to seeing you soon to share in a perfectly made coffee, delicious food and the same friendly service.

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The Plateau Photo Competition Winners

All images were blind marked independently by two judges and notes compared. This led to a short list of finalists with one image a stand out winner. While the number of entries this year was less than in 2012, the quality and creativity displayed clearly demonstrated the care and interest of the individual entrants.

Helen Armstrong | Runner Up

Mark Davis | Winner

Helen gave a sense of perspective in her image of the Federal Hotel in Alstonville against the twilight sky. It is always a challenge to correct for low light and the image was sharp and well composed.

Marilyn Perkins | Highly Commended

Marilyn gave a simple scene a quirky and human focus with the glorious yellow backdrop lending a sense of identifiable place for locals. The image was structured to stimulate curiosity and generated a sense of contemplation for the viewer.

Mark Davis has rendered both the near and far views superbly with an invitation to step into the picture and bask in the warm afternoon glow. The image captures both the plateau and its rural context in a well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing way.


Helen Armstrong 2477 view

Donna Lloyd Sun on the post

Joanne Tunbridge Big Scrub

Jean Ison Rodeo Boy

James Carr Bullwinkle Ripples

Thank you to all our entrants Spring Competitions

YOUR THOUGHTS COMPETITION Simply download and print a 'Your Thoughts' survey sheet from our website or pick up a copy at our stand at the Alstonville Plaza Shopping Centre. When completed post your entries to: Two Four 7 Seven Magazine, PO Box 872, Alstonville NSW 2477. A panel of 3 judges will pick the winner who will feature in our Summer Issue. Prize: Double pass to the Boomerang Festival and an Expressi Machine (Including 4 glasses & sample capsules - Coffee, Chai Tea & Hot Chocolate) LIKE & SHARE US ON FACEBOOK COMPETITION Simply like and share our facebook page, once completed click on the competitions tab on our facebook page and enter your details to win. Prize: Double pass to the Boomerang Festival and a Candylane $50 Voucher KIDS COMPETITION DETAILS ON P.19 Entries close: 23rd September | All prizes Drawn: 26th September View our website for competition terms and conditions

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Photo Competition Winners & Local Reads

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NORTH COAST WEDDINGS THEMES & COLOURS Whether you’re planning a festive winter wedding or a summer outdoor extravaganza. A pretty and romantic butterfly or love-bird theme or a striking vintage or retro celebration will come to life with colour and the right details. 2014 colour trends include: Rich, regal chocolate-box purples, warm coffee colours and bright citrus shades. Below are the top 5 wedding themes for 2014. Dramatic If you’re a bride who prefers bold colours to pastels and likes to make a statement, then a dramatic theme is for you. Venue ideas: Theatrical, unusual locations Decorations: Striking picture windows, over-sized floral arrangements, decorated ceilings with hanging ribbons, beads or crystals, coloured lighting, fireworks and roaring open fires are all ideal for a dramatic-themed wedding.

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Symbolic The lighting of candles or pouring of sand adds a symbolic twist in a visually interesting way. The bride and groom take it in turns to pour coloured sand into a beautiful keepsake glass vase to symbolise the joining of 2 people and 2 families. Venue ideas: Seaside, Beach, Cliff-top Decorations: Guests can write their wishes on Chinese lanterns before you send them up into the night sky in a breath-taking display of light. Quirky This theme has evolved from humorous novelty into clever and stylish. Be it Art Deco of the roaring 20s currently enjoying a renaissance thanks to The Great Gatsby, or a Rock n Roll 1950s style theme in all its glory. Venue ideas: Zoo, Football pitch, Roof top Decorations: Cute personalised cake toppers, Inside out cake, Photo booths, Stage scenes

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Organic A natural theme, with its warm and friendly rustic country look can be eco-friendly as well as stylish. Venue ideas: Great outdoors, Barn, Botanical Gardens Decorations: Organic materials, cheese wedding cake, pretty biodegradable lanterns, rose petals Romance and roses A wedding look that will always be in fashion is romance. In classic elegant form or a more contemporary reworking; the traditional look, morning suits and roses never dates. Venue ideas: Candle-lit castle, Victorian hotel Decorations: Vintage, Rose petals, paper roses, dried roses in unusual colours, romantic rose centrepieces. When you plan your wedding it’s up to you what colours, look and theme your whole day takes on. It’s your chance to get creative and stamp your own personal style on the day you celebrate your marriage – the first day of the rest of your lives together.

WEDDING I CONTACTS A small selection of wonderful businesses in our region offering wedding services.

Pines of the Plateau

It’s Your Wedding! There would be few more important days in your life than your Wedding Day. You have done all the hard work of planning and organising the day, now O! Hair... the creators of divine hair and makeup. let it all come together in the private serenity of Pines on Personalised especially for you to suit any occasion. the Plateau Boutique Lodges. You and your attendants View O! Hair for your complete transformation! Including can relax whilst your hair and make-up stylists work their spray tanning, hair and makeup, by qualified stylists, all at magic. A light lunch can be served to you if you wish and our gardens are idyllic for wedding photography. competitive prices After the celebrations have concluded, come back to your accommodation which has been freshened in your absence and reflect on the brilliance of the day. Needing For most people, a wedding ceremony is one of the accommodation for guests? Just perfect! most important events in their lives. A civil celebrant can provide a beautiful and meaningful ceremony in almost any location. Each is individually customised to the couple's particular style. Elizabeth will take the time to meet with you Rachel is a professional wedding photographer and prides before the occasion to make sure she fully understands herself on capturing your special day in an elegant and your ideas and wants, providing you with the best possible. vibrant way that you will cherish forever. Rachel tailors

O! Hair

Elizabeth Waggott

Rachel Elizabeth Photography

Wedding Feature

wedding packages to suit every budget. Meeting with each couple prior to their wedding to discuss and plan individual ideas.

Alstonville Florist

For many brides, one of the most challenging experiences can be finding the right florist. Alstonville Florist has worked with hundreds of brides and guided them though the steps of capturing their style, choosing their flowers and identifying the special extras that add so much to a perfect wedding day. Our team of national award winning florists are passionate about wedding floristry and ensuring every bride’s day is ‘flower’ perfect.

Gem Array Jewellers

Your rings are a symbol of love, let the staff at Gem Array help you find that special piece that is you. Select from our range of wedding and engagement rings or let us design and create a unique piece for you and you alone.

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Gardening Hints Wollongbar Garden Club

What’s wrong with my Pot Plant? Most homes have at least one pot plant either indoors or on a patio/courtyard, so it might be a good time after winter to check why it is not looking as good as when you purchased it. Some EXHIBITIONS simple checks might prevent you tossing it into the 6th September to 27th October 2013 “Signature Tablecloths” - Four signature bin.

Crawford House

table cloths will be displayed, including a large white linen cloth from St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina, which was found in a cupboard in 1999, and the Eureka GFS tablecloth.

Has the plant been fed? Fertilisers don’t last long in potting mix as it tends to be a small area and the chemicals are leeched out with constant watering. It is easy to burn roots in a confined space so a slow release fertiliser is better. You could try something organic like Dynamic Lifter or a slow release like Osmocote.

8th November 2013 to 23rd February 2014 “Undercover and Unseen” - Underwear from the Museum collection. Is the potting mix getting old?


These will be held on Sunday; 15th September, 20th October and 17th November, 2013 at 2.00pm in the Community Resource Centre at the Museum. There are always interesting speakers and visitors are welcome. Crawford House Museum 10 Wardell Road, Alstonville (02) 6628 1829 | Open Times: Friday -10am to 4pm & Sunday - 1pm to 4pm

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Is the drainage blocked? Many pots have only one drainage hole and as the plant grows the roots can expand and block the hole. You can repot into a larger pot, use one with multiple drainage holes or raise the pot by using pot feet thus allowing better drainage. Drainage saucers are best avoided too, as they can rot the roots. Are the roots being eaten? Curl grubs are the larvae of the scarab beetles. These “C” shaped grubs hatch underground and live off the roots of plants. If a previously healthy plant starts to decline it is worth checking the root area. Dig around and remove any grubs. If the problem persists, pot into fresh potting mix.

After a few years, potting mixes tend to lose their quality and start to break down .This is what has happened when the mixture sinks down in the container. It is a good idea to repot your plant with new mixture every 3-4 years. If possible use a good quality potting mix. Many of them contain fertiliser and water crystals.

Have you watered your plant? It is easy over winter to forget to water the pots. Many of us are guilty of the opposite and overwater forgetting that the plants do not require as much water in the colder weather. To check, test the soil with your finger. If the top 4cms is dry, it is time to water.

Has the mix become water repellent? As potting mixes age they can become water repellent and the water will run down the inside of the pot rather than seeping into the root area. Repotting will solve this problem but soil wetters break the surface tension and allow water penetration.

Do you need to repot? It is easy if you take advantage of your old pot. First, layer some potting mix in the bottom of the new pot. Place the old pot inside the new one and pour potting mix around it , gently tamping it with your fingers. Then remove the smaller pot and it will leave a well that is the perfect size for the plant’s root ball.

Community Groups

Alstonville Mixed Probus Club On May 27th 1973, three balsa rafts set sail for Mooloolaba, a small fishing town north of Brisbane. The ocean currents and the wind brought them to Ballina in November. What adventures did the twelve men on board experience? We the members of the Alstonville Probus Club were keen to find out. In May the club members visited the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum to see the remaining raft. We were amazed that on each of the rafts four members could live peaceably in such cramped quarters. We were told a couple of monkeys, carts and parrots helped reduce their worries and tensions. At our next club meeting we invited councillor Jeff Johnson to come and tell us the background to the amazing adventure. We were told the balsa logs were cut when the moon was full and the sap at its best. This was the reason the rafts survived further than the Kon Tiki raft. Only wooden pegs and thistle ropes were used in their construction. Only winds, currents and sextons guide their way. The food available was limited mainly fish and the rainwater trapped on the roofs of their cabins. We look forward to November 15th to 17th when Ballina will hold celebrations to recognise the achievements of these men and their amazing balsa raft experience forty years ago. Pictured above: 1) Model of the balsa raft at the Ballina Navel & Maritime Museum. 2) Councillor Jeff Johnson receiving a vote of thanks from treasurer Anthony Nalder.

Meet a Local

Con Melino

The long road from Italy to Alstonville Con grew up in the Italian After the war, Con married Bella countryside. “My parents sent Erminia in Italy. The couple had me to school for three years and seven children; the first two I graduated a learned man,” were born in Italy, the others he says. “I could write my own in Australia. After years of hard name.” At the age of eight, Con work, the Melinos bought a began his first job: minding sheep. farm at Bagotville. This is where A year later, his father taught him Con lived – raising animals and to plough. “Heaven help me if I growing sugar cane – until he pulled a crooked row!” moved to Maranoa in 2010. At nineteen, Con was drafted into the Italian Army and given six months training. He was then sent to fight in Libya. His mind was filled with questions. “What is war? Why do we have to shoot the English?” All Con understood was tending sheep and growing wheat. In Libya, he was hit by shrapnel and captured by the British. He spent the next five years in POW camps in Egypt, India and Australia.

Con’s passion is Italian opera. He would sing on his tractor. “Not only to keep myself awake,” he says, “but also because music brings every happiness to my heart.” Sharon Dean researched Con’s life as part of the Interactive Life Stories project at BCS Maranoa Centre – Alstonville. To learn more about Con, watch his video at

A Fair to Remember The Wollongbar Public School 2013 Fete

Wollongbar Public School P & C Committee invite you to participate in our Community Fair fundraiser event. Come along and have a market stall at our fete: Saturday 12th October, 2013 $25 per site. BYO shade and stall equipment. For further details please contact: Clare Cassin Mobile: 0432646918 Email:

Community Groups

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Alstonville Football Club Alstonville Hockey Club Fun Run Success On Sunday 4 August, Alstonville & District Football Club hosted our annual JUNIOR CARNIVAL for players from Grade 6 to Grade 11. The club has been holding this very successful event since 1975 and this year catered for 98 teams and some 850 players and their families. This was our biggest carnival for many years utilising all the fields and available space at Geoff Watt Oval, with teams from Pottsville, Mullumbimby, Casino, Grafton as well as many local clubs. This was a fantastic team effort from the club with everyone working together to ensure this year’s carnival was a huge success. Players and their families experienced a fantastic day of football, wonderful food, great entertainment between games from the jumping castle, face painting, Prem Central and the Big Dog, all in perfect weather. All players were rewarded at the end of the day with a medallion supplied by the club. The carnival committee would like to thank all the volunteers and teams who contributed to such a wonderful day that provides fun for all our young players and promotes our sport in the best possible way.

Alstonville has a very strong hockey tradition, going way back to the formation of the club in 1932. Consequently the Alstonville Hockey Club is one of the oldest in the Far North Coast Competition. The club is fortunate to have had consistent and generous support from the local community over those many years.

This year we had three senior women’s teams, two senior men’s teams and teams in each of the junior age divisions from Minkeys up to Under 15s in the FNC Competition. 2013 has once again been a very successful season for the club, with three of our five senior teams qualifying for the finals and the Under 11 and Under 13 sides also qualifying for finals. As in past years, we have also had a number of our senior and junior players represent the Far North Coast in state championships from Under 13s up to Over 45s. Junior players are looking forward to their Presentation Day at our Gap Road fields on Sunday 15th September. The Senior Presentation Night will be held at the Federal Hotel in Alstonville on 21st September. We are now gearing up for the 2014 season and extend a warm welcome to prospective new senior men and women and junior players interested in signing up.


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Local Sport Update

The second Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge was held on Sunday the 28th July and was a great success with over 400 competitors enjoyed the beautiful winter sunshine. Entrants ranged from ages 3 to 85, and it was lovely to see so many families out enjoying themselves together. There was a wonderful feeling of community amidst the crowd. There were four events, all starting at Alstonville High School: Elders Alstonville 10km Run, Summerland House Farm 1km Junior Dash, Summit Fitness 5km Run and Newsxpress Wollongbar 5km Walk. The runners were very positive about the event, despite the tough, hilly course (hence the CHALLENGE in Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge). The Fun Run was a joint venture of Wollongbar Public School P&C and Alstonville High School P&C Associations. Local businesses were extremely generous in providing sponsorship and random draw prizes for participants. The Ballina Shire Council maintenance crew also did an excellent job cleaning up the cycle track ready for the day. For more information visit

Making the perfect smile What is Health? I enjoy most aspects of dentistry, but I get a real buzz out of doing cosmetic enhancement of people's smiles.

Many people don't realise that their smile can be improved through a variety of techniques and cutting edge new materials. Small issues can often be easily overcome. Through bonding techniques we can close gaps, make teeth appear straight and lighten tooth shades. There is no better feeling than seeing a patient look in the mirror after having a treatment and flash a beaming smile. People often say to me...

"Why didn't I do this years ago?"

I think some people feel that having cosmetic treatment means getting the "hollywood smile" which may appear a bit flashy but the treatment doesn't need to be like this. I believe the result should be more subtle and that it should not be noticeable. By working with each patient we can achieve the result they want. I particularly like working with composite resin which we bond directly to teeth and can shape and smooth. We are able to get fantastic results and at a fraction of the cost of porcelain. In one sitting a patient's smile can be transformed. Dr Justin Pakin Plateau Dental Care

A simple question… The answer which many of the decisions you make on a day to day basis. Everyone knows that health is essential to getting the most out of your life. So what is health?

The best one line answer I have come across is from the World Health Organisation. Their guiding charter, which was written in 1948 defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. So the first idea I take from this is that just because you don’t feel sick or have a disease does NOT automatically mean you are healthy. The second idea I see is that even though

Health & Wellbeing

you may have the physical body of an Olympic athlete combined with the serenity of a monk in a Himalayan cave if you are not able to interact with people in a social way you are not completely healthy. Can you see how the answer to the simple question “What is Health” can only be answered by examining all aspects of your life? This is why a holistic approach to health is so important. I also feel that it is virtually impossible for any one health practitioner to have a complete knowledge of ALL areas of health and that a team approach is the best way to go. Shaun Cashman Alstonville Complete Care

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Join the fun at the Summerland Beauty Smooth into the spring of things for 2013 and get race day ready! Its time to House Farm 2013 Country Fair! Get refresh your look for spring with bright eyes, mussed up hair, major brows and Save the date: 9am to 4pm, 15th of September

bold lips.

It’s on again and there is loads of entertainment for everyone! Including: Dirtgirl (International Kids TV Star), Steven Tandy (The Sullivans) reading Henry Lawsons classics, Jules Allen (Masterchef TV Show), live music, activities for the kids & more!

Brows have made a major comeback and while you shouldn’t throw away the tweezers completely, fill in brows with TK Brows extender available in 3 colours only @ Smooth for $55. And if you haven’t tried bold lips yet, make it your springtime revolution. Try LA Splash lipsticks in ‘red carpet red’, ‘juicy melon’, or ‘pink fusion’. Only $10 this spring @ Smooth and perfect to compliment any race day outfit.

The Country Fair Markets will be in full swing, with over 50 stalls on the day! The very popular Recycled Scarecrow competition is back and this year the winner will be voted by Dirtgirl! There will be rides galore, fantastic food and our regions finest produce will also be on offer. Held on the beautiful Summerland House Farm this event is growing to be one of our region’s most popular annual events. The Country Fair showcases the qualities of our rural community, celebrating our identity and distinct village life. For further information and details on our shuttle bus running from Alstonville and Wollongbar visit:

When it comes to your hair this spring, start with a treatment. Nothing says “gorgeous” more than a lustrous well maintained mane. We suggest ‘Biolage keratin dose’ for a take home treatment to wash away winters damage ($8) or a ‘L’Oreal steam pod’ in salon keratin treatment for $39. And your ends will love you if you invest in a good ‘trim’. For2013 spring time looks this year… we will see soft tussled waves again, but for something different low slick ponytails worn either wide, to the side, or in a bun will also be popular. We suggest Biolage agave nectar control gel for either style $29 @ Smooth. Top to toe, Smooth has you covered this spring. From waxing to tanning, hair to gel polished toes, we will give you the look that YOU want! Take advantage of our beauty room whilst having your hair done or come in for a massage that will revitalise you from the inside out. You WILL feel and look refreshed after visiting us… and we guarantee it!


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Travel & Beauty

Spring Fashion


Murray River

Explore Australia’s greatest waterway. From its source in the Snowy Mountains in NSW, the Murray flows 2520 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia through the Riverland, down to Murray Bridge and onto the Lakes and Coorong.

Wow spring has arrived early! About three weeks early from weather forecasters! But that is fantastic news for us on the plateau, especially after a few wet summers. I have just put together a few ideas to put into your wardrobe for this Spring. As well some Race-day ideas for our coming Ballina Cup, Lismore Cup, Melbourne Cup and the northern rivers famous Tabulam Races. For details and dates for these events view our events section on page 23.

Spring Racing Carnival kicks off in the Northern Rivers Bright colours are always a hit at the races. Another option, opt for a lovely aqua or white lace dress and team it From wildlife and Aboriginal culture to fascinating with matching floral bag and shoes. history and adrenalin-packed action, the Murray Monochrome is a central point this spring River, Lakes and Coorong is a playground for and summer, that is black and white or everyone. varying tones of only one colour.

Go exploring in a canoe, then relax by the riverbank from the comfort of your houseboat or shack. Go wild at Monarto Zoo or head off the beaten track on a four wheel drive (4WD) adventure through the rugged Mallee region.

Many ladies don’t realise that with Race Wear Fashion comes very hard and fast fashion rules. Here is a quick and easy guide on what to wear and not wear during the Spring Racing Carnival.

The Coorong is a popular place to fish, hike, camp and birdwatch. It has more than 275 different plant species and 200 bird species spread across almost 47,000 hectares of stunning lagoons and saltpans. Take some time out to play among the wetlands, wildlife and water, you’ll return home feeling relaxed and recharged.

_ Ladies must always have headwear. It can be a hat or fascinator. Sinamay or straw for the lighter look for Spring/Summer and Felt/wool for a heavy textured look Autumn/Winter. _ Do buy your dress first and then match your accessories accordingly. _ Do wear flowers or feathers, they are For more information on the Murray River visit the South chic all year round. Australia tourism website: _ Pastel and light colours reflect less heat

Events & Fashion

Candy Lane

and are cooler (and prettier) to wear when walking around. _ Walk around in your new heels for a few days before the Races to break them in. _ Always remember the shorter the skirt, the lower the heel. _ Leave in the outfit you arrived in. That means, shoes on your feet, not in your hands. _ Hats and fascinators on your head and gloves on your hands. _ Do dress for daytime not for a nightclub. _ Don't forget to detail with new fashion sunglasses. _ Derby Day is strictly a Black and White ensemble day. _ Don’t forget to have fun! At first I thought it was just me, but a few fashion houses I have just visited have confirmed – 2013 is the summer of stripes, patterns, a few spots, pretty & bold florals... Shorts, dresses, shirts and tanks: Per the usual with any fad that trends on animal (in some case – zebra and bee) or has the potential for accentuating the wrong curves, however done right, anyone can wear stripes. They are best when kept to just one component (i.e. a shirt or a scarf) or is it possible to get away with wearing a pattern like stripes or spots on an entire ensemble? Yes if you are game. Field research says yes. Everyone can wear stripes and prints from head-to-toe if you do them right. The best boutiques know how to sell the best way to flaunt the lined look. Whatever your style keep it individual and comfortable!

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Things we love




10 Vintage Inspired

1 Quirky Brooch made from Tasmanian Oak | Find them at Alstonville Garden House | How Much? $24.95 2 Beautiful frilly vintage Umbrellas | Find them at Gingerlily Vintage Wares | How Much? From $39.95 3 The latest trend in Party glasses | Find them at Alstonville Garden House | How Much? $3.95 Each 4 Stunning vintage Hats & Clothing | Find them at Gingerlily Vintage Wares | How Much? From $10 5 Pastiche vintage lace Bangle in stainless steel rose or yellow gold | Find them at Gem Array Jewellers | How Much? $115 (Rose) 6 Vintage linen tea towel Cushions | Find them at Gingerlily Vintage Wares | How Much? $49 7 Chiffon and lace race Dress | Find them at Candy Lane Fashion | How Much? $59.95 8 Najo decorative sunburst Ring with lemon quartz | Find them at Gem Array Jewellers | How Much? $99 9 Blossom Pendant made from Tasmanian Oak | Find them at Alstonville Garden House | How Much? $32.95 10 Stunning vintage collection, grey Pearls, Necklace, Shoes & Scarf | Find them at Candy Lane Fashion | How Much? From $14.95

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Things we love








Kids Spring Activities

No more bored kids this Spring! Over the past month we sat down and thought of what would help parents, grandparents, carers, aunts, uncles and more, new and old to our area - Here it is a list of truly wonderful places to visit with the kids. 1. Alstonville Aquatic Centre Location: Cnr Freeborn Pl & Alston Ave, Alstonville The Alstonville Olympic pool has three pools in complex all heated; toddlers, medium and 50 metre. Features include: Spacious grass shaded grounds, Squads for all ages children through to adults, Swimming club, Aqua exercise classes, Water polo for all ages, Triathlon squads, Kiosk and coffee facilities, Learn to swim through to stroke correction [4 years-adults] and 30 metre pool inflatable obstacle course. 2. Play Quest Play Centre Location: 36A Carrington St, Lismore Play Quest is the Northern River’s BIGGEST

indoor, all-weather play centre and hirer of outdoor Inflatables. With over 5000 square feet, it’s jam packed with everything to keep crawlers to teens amused for hours and give you Mums and Dads a well earned break! Check out our amazing range of bargain party options on our brand new web page and let us take all the stress out of your next kids birthday. Playquest. Choose you fun today! 3. Summerland House Farm Location: 253 Wardell Road, Alstonville Summerland House Farm is a beautiful, working Macadamia and Avocado farm set in the hills of the Alstonville Plateau. The farm has a wide

range of attractions including tractor farm tours, mini golf, water park and playground, ‘The Grocer’ – a regional food showcase, cafe, nursery, gift shop and museum. 4. The Macadamia Castle Location: 1699 Pacific Highway, Knockrow A popular activity destination for over 35 years. The animal park, café, nut bar, fine food section and retail store provide a full days entertainment and education. An ideal days outing for the family, and a great destination when discovering the district. A relaxing stop for food, coffee, kids activities or education.

KIDS COMPETITION Competition time for the children of the Plateau! That's right kids, we have a wonderful colouring in competition with loads of prizes. Simply download a colouring in sheet from our website or facebook page or pick up a copy at our stand in the Alstonville Plaza Shopping Centre. Then post your entries to: Two Four 7 Seven Magazine, PO Box 872, Alstonville NSW 2477. A panel of 3 judges will pick the winners who will feature in our Summer Issue. Entries close 23rd September, winners will be contacted 26th September FIRST PRIZE Ubooly Toy, Alstonville Aquatic Centre Adult 10 Visit Pass & Child 10 Visit Pass, Summerland House Farm Kids Hamper, Playquest Family Pass + Boo and the Big Storm Hardback book SECOND PRIZE Ubooly Toy, Playquest Family Pass + Boo and the Big Storm paperback book THIRD PRIZE Ubooly Toy + Boo and the Big Storm paperback book

Kids Spring Activities

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Suburb Profile Eltham Village

Eltham is a historical village located about 15 minutes from Alstonville. On your next day off take a short drive to Eltham with welcoming and friendly locals your trip out won't disappoint.

Eltham Valley Pantry

Eltham Farmhouse Plate & Chicken Burger

Eltham Hotel This country Hotel was first built in 1902 when the town was a bustling railway village, and has been a favourite meeting place for the local community ever since. The restaurant offers quality meals with locally sourced produce and good old pub favourites. Be seated in the quaint dining room, under the shade of the graceful Jacarandas or in the large undercover pavilion area. Located at 441 Eltham Road, Eltham. For further details visit: Eltham Valley Pantry Located on a picturesque orchard, the Eltham Valley Pantry is a cafe offering a tranquil dining experience with tables available inside the renovated farmhouse, on the shady verandahs or outside in the garden under the pecan trees. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea prepared by chefs using fresh, local ingredients. The Pantry's cakes and desserts are all made on site and the coffee is roasted nearly every day. Located at 713 Boatharbour Road, Eltham. For further details visit: www.elthamvalley.

Eltham Valley Pantry

Peacan Pie & Peacan Cheesecake

Eltham Village Gallery Located in a wonderful old building full of mostly local products. The gallery has items such as artwork, breadboards, candles, ceramics, coffees, furnishings, glassware, ironwork, jewellery, kids corner, local food hampers, macadamia products, planters, teas, timberwork, unique chess sets, vases, and a huge range of giftware - something for all Eltham Hotel occasions. Located at 445 Eltham Road, Eltham For further Ploughmans Platter & Beef Burger details visit:

Boo & the Big Storm

'Boo and the Big Storm' tells a story of lost, found, family and belonging. Boo, a Boobook owlet, is blown out of her hollow during a storm and lands in the middle of a road. How will she ever get home?' Written by Wendy Lawrence and Illustrated by Glen Vause two Alstonville locals. The book is available at the Wild Publishing website www. (free shipping for one hardback and up to three paperbacks) or pick up a copy at Get Hooked on Books in Alstonville.

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Suburb Profile


Saffron Brodetto: Fishermans Stew

What a wonderful recipe! Quattro's Saffron Brodetto: Fishermans Stew is one that will definately please! Quattro's recipe features in the new Byron Bay Cookbook along with many other local producer, caterers, restaurans and cafes, details are featured below. Shopping List (Serves 2-3) 50g - Butter 2 Tbs - Diced shallots 150ml - Dry white wine 250ml - Cream 4 x Cloves garlic, thinly sliced 10 x Strands saffron 2 x 400g - Tins whole peeled Tomatoes Handful basil, roughly torn Salt & Pepper 1 x Large Moreton Bay or Balmain Bug (approx 400g), halved & cleaned 8 x Mussels

6 x Large local king prawns, peeled & deveined 6 x Scallops 200g - Fresh local fish (mahi mahi & jewfish) 150ml - Dry white wine 1 Washed leek, 1cm thick sliced on the angle Ciabatta Whole garlic cloves Olive oil Flat leaf parsley


Melt the butter in a medium pot, then add garlic and shallots. Saute until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the saffron and stir well, then add the 150ml wine and simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Add cream and reduce. Now add the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes then throw in torn basil and simmer for another 3 minutes, season to taste. Allow to cool a little, then blitz until smooth. Force through fine sieve and set aside.


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy bottom fry pan, add halved bugs flesh side down and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, turn over. Increase heat and add fish, prawns and scallops, saute on high for 1-2 minutes,

turning to sear on all sides. Add 150ml wine and mussels together then the leeks, as mussels start to open. Add a generous amount of saffron / tomato sauce then simmer on low until all fish is cooked.


Drizzle extra virgin olive oil onto ciabatta and toast and rub with garlic cloves then dress with finely chopped parsley and sea salt.


Season with coarse sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper and serve in a pan or portion into dishes, garnished with plenty of coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley and fresh lemon. Top with garlic ciabatta.

Byron Bay Cookbook

A stunning 208 page book from publisher Remy Tancred and photographer Nelly le Comte. Byron Bay – a food journey through the region is a collection of recipes and photographs from the regions finest producers, caterers, restaurants and cafes. Local celebrities also feature a recipe in the book. Long known as a tourist mecca and sea-changer destination, this picturesque semi-tropical area is a fertile food bowl, renowned for the quality of its produce and the ingenuity of its growers and producers. The book invites you to take the journey, following three distinct routes: commencing in Byron then venturing south, over the hills to the west, and finishing in the north. For the keen diner, there is a foodie trail map to follow and for the home cook, easy to follow recipes that will impress at your next dinner party! ‘The publishers love for this beautiful part of the world shines from every page’. said Joanna Savill - Festival director, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month. ‘This is a true celebration, with all the essential elements that create a sense of regional pride - produce, producers, chefs and foodlovers and a strong connection between them’. Joanna added. Byron Bay - a food journey through the region is available to order now for delivery September 6th. Go to: RRP soft cover $34.95 and hardcover $44.95


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Ballina Players

NORPA opens doors to ‘new’ home

As interest snowballs, the calendar girls spark a global phenomenon. Calendar Girls is adapted by Tim Firth from the film of the same name and based on an inspiring and uplifting true story. It is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Rehearsals are well advanced under director Fran Legge with an experienced and very talented cast. An entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical experience is guaranteed.

NORPA marked its 20th anniversary this year by moving back into the newly renovated Lismore City Hall on July 19th. The meticulously renovated hall also features covered outdoor spaces, new seating, acoustics, a redesigned foyer, bar and access. In addition, Arts NSW has come on board with NORPA to contribute $100,000 to new lighting for the theatre.

Calendar Girls comes to Ballina Players. In Players’ latest production a group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute, persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. Overcoming their initial reserve, the friends drop their dressing gowns, their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements.

The Lismore City Hall is set to enter a new golden era, thanks to a $6 million upgrade largely funded by Regional Development Australia, the 1960s building has been transformed into a premiere performing arts and community venue for the NSW Northern Rivers region. The hall is now the new home of one of the nation’s leading regional theatre companies, NORPA.

“What a great way to mark 20 years of NORPA creating and presenting performing arts in this region,” says NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis. “This renovation has a huge impact on the type of shows we can bring to the area. There is better access with a new loading dock and Calendar Girls will be followed in November by storage space for sets and road cases. The Eurobeat - Almost Eurovision. This musical is a lively space now has excellent acoustics and lighting and hilarious spoof on the Eurovision Song Contest. stock – and the new seats will mean comfortable It will run from November 15th until December 7th. patrons, not to mention the new bar area! “It Calendar Girls will be staged at the Players Theatre from September 13th to 28th at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays and 2pm Sundays. Tickets are available at Just Funkin Music, River Street, phone 6686 2440.

Show Week

The Lions and Apex Clubs of Alstonville along with the Alstonville Show Society recently announced the dates of the 2nd Annual Alstonville Show Week. The 9 days of fun and entertainment will run from 19th October to 27th October 2013. The week will showcase Alstonville starting with a community day in the Alstonville Plaza on Saturday, Arts and Craft market in the Main Street on Sunday. Other events include The Heartfelt House Garage Sale, Trivia Night, Wine Tasting, Miss Showgirl Dinner, The Alstonville Walking Trail, Floral Display and lots of community activities around the village.

also means that NORPA, as a theatre company in residence creating original works, has access to better rehearsal spaces and facilities. I’m particularly excited for our technical staff led by Karl Johnson who for years has worked in very difficult conditions – he’s got a real spring in his step now!“ “The fact that Lismore City Council has invested in this significant upgrade is testament to the value of performing arts in this community, and in a regional context more broadly. NORPA has a long history of creating original works that connect on a grassroots level with a vibrant and diverse local community. We bring non-arts organisations together with local and national theatre practitioners to create theatre works that tell regional stories in an entertaining, engaging way.” Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said the new venue firmly places the city on the national stage in terms of its ability to host world-class shows, further embedding the arts as a major contributor to the economy in the region. For further details visit or contact Norpa on 1300 066 772

Alstonville Show 2013

Jewellery, The Federal Hotel. Summerland House Farm. Ingram, Wiles & Associates, Impress Blind Design, Duraplas, Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce and The Alstonville Plateau Bowling Sports Club. Richard Campbell from The Alstonville Plaza says he is proud the Plaza is associated with such an event and encourages all community groups and businesses to get involved. Alstonville Show week is all about building a community festival we can be proud of. If you are a non for profit community group and would like to run an event or be part of our community day at the plaza you can contact Les Wiles on 66285161 or email By taking part you will receive free publicity about your event in all our promotion material.

The week will conclude with the 125th Alstonville Show 2 Days of nonstop activities at the Showground which includes live entertainment, bull rides, dog trials, horse events, side show alley, Fireworks, lots of displays and best of all show food. Stallholders interested in being involved in the Arts and Craft markets can register interest This year’s major sponsor will again be by emailing or the Alstonville Plaza along with Red Earth contact Les Wiles.

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Local Arts, Performances & Events

7 September

Sample Food Festival 8am, Bangalow Showground

7-8 September Trash & Treasure 8am, Tintenbar Hall

15 September

1 October

Summerland House Farm Country Fair 9am, Wardell Road, Alstonville

Eltham Gallery Christmas Display Starts 445 Eltham Road, Eltham

26 September

4-6 October

Exciting bargains including bric-a-brac, plants, craft, small furniture, books and more

Winterton Parade off Woodlawn Rd, Lismore

Boomerang Festival Pacific Highway, Tyagarah, Byron Bay

13 September

28-29 September Ballina Boat & Leisure Show 9am, Fawcett Street, Ballina

Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival

Australian Hotel, Ballina RSL Club & Bowling Club, Cherry Street Sports Club, Hotel Henry Rous, Shaws Bay Hotel, Westower Tavern & River Streeet Stage

11 & 12 October

19-27 October

5 November

12 October

9 days of fun and entertainment showcasing Alstonville featuring: community day at the Plaza, Arts and Craft market in the Main Street. Heartfelt House Garage Sale, Trivia Night, Wine Tasting, Miss Showgirl Dinner, The Alstonville Walking Trail, Floral Display and lots of community activities around the village.

Ballina Cup Day 7 Racecourse Road, Ballina

A wild & wicked adults interpretation of Wizard of Oz Norpa Lismore, Lismore City Hall

Wollongbar Primary School Fete 9am, Simpsons Avenue, Wollongbar

17-19 October

North Coast National Show Lismore Showgrounds

Lismore Cup Day

4-6 October

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Alstonville Show Week

9 November

Tabulam Races Bus available. Visit Candylane Fashion for tickets. For further event details contact Milton on 66613531 or email

25-27 October

Byron Bay Surf Festival 9am, Byron Bay Community Centre, 69 Johnson Street, Byron Bay


16 November

Ballina Prawn Festival Missingham Park, Ballina Island

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Competitions Don't forget to enter our competitions. We have 3 running in the Spring Issue with a total prize value of over $800. We would like to thank all the businesses or groups who generously donated towards Our Spring issue was wonderful to put together with all our new prizes. Including: The Boomerang Festival, Ubooly Australia, Boo sections. competitions and input from the community. Our & the Big Storm author Wendy Lawrence, Summerland House new media kit was a success and straightforward allowing our Farm, Alstonville Aquatic Centre and Playquest Lismore. advertisers to easily work out sizes, costs and designing their own Summer Issue advertisement. Our Summer issue will again be packed with information and Are you interested in advertising in the Two Four 7 Seven articles. With all the new sections appearing again with a chance for local businesses, community groups, charities and individuals Magazine? With so many places for our magazine to now appear we have to showcase their knowledge and advice. If you would like to doubled our copies. We have also had a dramatic increase in our suggest content eg. renovation, garden or household tips, subscription lists both being posted and emailed online, so there favourite places, your photos of the area, deserving charities, has never been a better time to come onboard and feature in recipes or any other worthy upcoming event, please contact us. the Two Four 7 Seven Magazine. Email us to join our advertisers mailing list and be notified of upcoming issues, deadlines, prices If you are a local business and you would like to donate prizes or sponsor upcoming competitions please contact Lindsey for & specials. details. Didn't receive your copy of this issue? If your letterbox has a 'No advertisement or No junk mail' sticker Contact Us or you live outside the distribution zone, you will unfortunately not PO Box 872, Alstonville | 0427 058 966 (Lindsey) receive our magazine. You can pick up a copy from several local | businesses in the Main Street of Alstonville or there is a stand in the Alstonville Plaza and Wollongbar Newsagency. You can also view all of our magazine issues on our website.

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