League tag competition change confirmed

LINING IT UP: Miranda Andrews (throwing the ball) from Pacific Palms during last week’s primary school league tag gala day in Taree. GROUP Three Junior Rugby League will play girl’s league tag in north/south divisions next year.
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“That’s a definite,” NRL development officer Kylie Hilder, who is assisting with establishing the competition said.

Hilder is also the co-coach of the Forster Tuncurry Hawks Ladies League Tag side.

This will mean Forster-Tuncurry, Wingham, Taree Panthers, Taree RSL Red Rovers and Old Bar Pirates will be in the same group to cut down the travel with northern clubs involved in a separate competition.

At this stage, it is planned to play two age divisions – under 12s and 14s – but the final decision will be based on registrations.

“We might just go with 14s for next year and look to expand in 2016,’” Kylie said.

She added there is also some thought to playing matches on Friday afternoons with all matches at the one venue.

“We could play one week at Wingham, then Taree, Old Bar and Forster,” Kylie said.

She understands that league tag will be in opposition to established winter sports including netball and hockey.

“It’s going to be baby steps for us next year,” Kylie admits.

“So we’ll have to be a bit flexible.”

Kylie was enthused by the response to a primary school league tag gala held in Taree last week. Seven schools were involved with 15 teams playing.

“It was hot but the girls really enjoyed it and as the day went on they started getting a better understanding of the rules and the matches improved,” she said.

Kylie will hold come and try days in conjunction with the junior league clubs early next year, where registrations will also be taken. No dates have been determined yet for the come and try days.

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New gala event to help bring cinema back to Bunbury community

A series of fundraisers hopes to centre cinema to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. BUNBURY Regional Entertainment Centre fans have been crying out for the return of cinema to the centre – but they need to get behind a new gala event to make it possible.
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Film has been a popular part of the centre’s program since it opened in 1990.

A trusty 35mm projector had allowed the screening of a wide range of film over the years, including children’s films, classics, shorts and the latest international and arthouse films from across the globe.

But the worldwide roll-out of digital cinema has meant the centre’s selection of films has diminished over the years and there is no longer an Australian distributor that offers the latest international or arthouse films in 35mm prints.

The cost for the Bunbury centre to set up digital cinema and conform to the industry standard is about $80,000, so the team has come up with a fundraising plan to bring back the popular Summer and Winter Film Festivals and be involved in events such as CinefestOZ.

The fundraising efforts will include an Australia Day Gala Spectacular in the new Sky Bar overlooking the Leschenault Inlet fireworks show.

“The whole community has been crying out for cinema to come back to the centre and we hope that people get behind us and purchase tickets to this fundraiser,” centre manager Joel McGuiness said.

“I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be than on the awesome balconies of the newly expanded entertainment centre on Australia Day, with great food, entertainment and a cocktail in hand.

“I really think that this event will become a ‘must-do’ on the social calendar, like the annually sold out events in Perth at places like Cocos and Frazer’s restaurants, especially with people knowing that the funds will go to a great cause.”

Fundraising for the digital projector will also include a diamond ticket raffle between now and Australia Day, which will give the winner a free double pass to every Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre presented show in 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan: The world’s best small bar scene

Make no mistake – Melbourne has some great small bars. They’re up there with the best.
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Try Bar Americano, a tiny place in the CBD, down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and room for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. There are no seats, the cocktail menu is printed in Euros, and the bartender wears a waistcoat. It treads that line between trendy and pretentious with precision.

And Melbourne is full of similarly great places, small, friendly bars where you can get a drink without having to hear to the TAB in the background, where you can listen to the music you like and imbibe the drinks you like with just a few other people.

But still, Melbourne doesn’t have the world’s best small bars. Neither does Sydney. Great cities like New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires can’t even claim that title, although they’re worthy contenders.

The world’s best small bar scene, without doubt, is in Tokyo.

No one else can compete. This is a city of hundreds, thousands, probably tens of thousands of the smallest, coolest little bars you’ve ever seen. Serving world-class food and painstakingly chosen drinks. Playing great music.

Small bar fans: welcome to paradise.

Start with the izakayas, the bars that double as tapas-style restaurants, the neighbourhood eateries where people go to drink a few flasks of sake, maybe a cold beer, and eat small plates of amazingly good food. To find an izakaya, look for the signature red lanterns out the front. You may not speak the language inside, but that’s OK: everything is good.

Izakayas are everywhere throughout Tokyo, ranging from the fancy, upmarket joints serving haute cuisine to the dingy street-side places that dish up stripped-back Japanese fare at its finest.

That’s a good start to the night. But there are plenty more small bars to be enjoyed.

Maybe you’ll go for a weird theme bar like the Lock-Up or Alcatraz E.R., places in the district of Shibuya that are decked out like dungeons and spooky hospitals. They’re a little cheesy, but definitely fun.

Then you might head somewhere with a more subtle theme, like 8-Bit Café, a Shinjuku bar where customers play old Nintendo and Sega gaming consoles while they consume their drinks. Or Bar Plastic Model, a tiny joint nearby that’s decked out with small plastic toys from Japan’s early-80s boom.

The true joy of the Tokyo small bar scene, however, is a place without a theme. It’s one of the hole-in-the-wall establishments that the city is littered with; quiet drinking dens that have no need for a theme or any fancy decoration. They’re just great places to drink.

Try Bar Martha in Ebisu. Something feels familiar here: it’s down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and space for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. This is one of Tokyo’s many whisky bars, a dark, cosy place where bottles of expensive spirits are lined up on the bar, and a DJ spins ’60s and ’70s classics on vinyl records.

Japanese whisky is served with a single, perfectly chipped sphere of ice. Bar snacks are free. The place oozes class.

And a bar like that is no anomaly in Tokyo. They’re everywhere. Above the street, below the street, unmarked doorways that lead to nighttime perfection.

There are jazz bars with live bands. Punk clubs in trendy Shimokitazawa. Gaming bars in Shibuya. English theme pubs. Anime bars in Akihabara.

The Golden Gai district in Shinjuku is a huge network of alleyways lined with small bars, some that have room for only four customers, some that don’t take to foreigners too kindly, but others that will provide the best night of your life. There are themed bars, fancy bars, dingy bars and plain, middle-of-the-road bars. All are worth exploring – if you can get in.

People get drunk in Tokyo, but they don’t get rowdy. You might have a few businessmen, ties askew, attempting to drunkenly practice their English on you, but this is not a city where you’re likely to run into serious trouble.

The Tokyo bar scene is all about good drinks, good food, good music, all taken in an establishment that’s about the size of your lounge room.

No other city can compete.

Which city do you think has the best small bar scene? 

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More charges laid against former Armidale dentist

A former dentist at Armidale has been charged with two additional historical indecent assault offences during a court appearance today.
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The 79-year-old man appeared at Armidale Local Court about 10am where 12 counts of indecent assault and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent were mentioned.

The charges relate to alleged assaults against two boys, one aged 16, the other between nine and 10, inside a dental surgery in the early 1980s.

At court, the man was additionally charged with two historical indecent assault offences in relation to another boy, aged 14, in 1982.

The man remains on conditional bail to reappear at Armidale Local Court on Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad are continuing their investigations into the incidents under Strike Force Holbeach.

They are appealing for anyone who can assist them to come forward.

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Gray has the golden touch

WINNING WAYS: Kyah Gray’s sporting career just keeps getting better. THE golden run of Shoalhaven Heads hockey star Kyah Gray continued recently but this time the success was indoors.
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Gray was a member of the winning NSW open women’s hockey side that proved too strong for its rivals in the national tournament in Canberra.

Gray’s NSW side was far too strong for Victoria in the final and recorded a 5-2 win.

She said it was a good all round effort from her team.

The defender produced a strong all round effort.

“I scored two goals from penalties and also saved some goals,” she said.

For those not familiar with indoor hockey it’s played within an area a little bigger than a basketball court, on floorboards or vinyl/lino and there are boards around the playing area.

Players can hit the ball into the boards, to get an advantage, if they want.

“The boards were dead and they just did not bounce,” Gray said.

NSW played eight games – won six, lost one to the ACT and had a draw against Western Australia.

Gray loves playing indoor hockey and said it was a fast game with lots of action.

The outstanding sportsperson is also equally at home playing field hockey.

“I like both forms of the game and playing both formats can help your all round game,” she said.

“I find the change of seasons – from field to indoor – keeps me fresh.”

Gray found the speedy indoor format helped her skill level and she also now gets the ball away quicker.

The past few months resulted in a run of success for Gray.

Gray was a key member of the NSW Arrows opens side that won the Australian Hockey League titles and was a member of the NSW under 21 side that won the Australian Championships.

She was then nominated for a NSW Institute of Sport award.

“It has been a good year,” she said.

“However, winning does not come easy.

“This success has been a long time coming.”

She can remember a time when winning did not come at all and before this run Gray said the last time she similar success was when she was in the under 15s.

Gray is now off overseas to take part in the FIH Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, early next year.

Details of Gray’s section will appear in an upcoming edition of the South Coast Register.

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Bega Art Prize winner an emotional sketch of mother’s final days

Bega Art Prize for painting, drawing and ceramics 2014 winner, Susan Chancellor, with her work titled ‘Sitting with Pattie’.Pambula artist Susan Chancellor has won the prestigious 2014 Bega Art Prize with a series of emotional yet haunting drawings of her mother, Pattie, created in the final weeks of her life.
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Ms Chancellor believed the subject matter of her work, titled “Sitting with Pattie”, drawn before her mother died in a Pambula nursing home 18 months ago, would resonate with many people.

“They are quite raw drawings,” she said.

“They offer a narrative of the time near the end of life when loss of both the body and the conscious mind occurs.

“During the final weeks of my mother’s life I made daily visits to her and, in order to ward off the inevitable feelings of sadness, I began to make drawings of her with portable tools, a small book and a stick of charcoal.

“This prize is a wonderful memorial, a lasting legacy, to Mum,” she said.

Ms Chancellor said the drawings had sat in her studio for quite a while before she sorted them into two groups and decided to have them framed.

Archibald Prize winner and Bega Art Prize judge Nicholas Harding praised Ms Chancellor’s work.

Mr Harding said the winning work was an extraordinary act of familial love and understanding that had captured the awareness of imminent and inevitable loss with a “ruthlessly hungry artistic eye.”

Thursday night’s win in the $5000 Bega Art Prize caps off a big year for Ms Chancellor, who in October won the $15,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize in Moruya with her work “The Family Lounge”.

Ms Chancellor, aged 66, worked as a physiotherapist in Merimbula before taking the leap to become a full-time artist in the mid-1990s.

She also has an undergraduate degree in art and is halfway through a postgraduate degree at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Ann Brosnan’s work titled ‘Dry Dock at St Jean de Luz’ which won the Mailroom Prize.

The Bega Art Prize is the annual flagship fixture on the BVRG exhibition program and is open to artists from across the South East Arts region, showcasing the depth and breadth of regional art.

The $500 Mailroom Prize was awarded to Ann Brosnan, of Millingandi, for her oil on canvas titled “Dry Dock at St Jean de Luz”, reminiscent of the Eden Wharf half a world away.

This is the second time Ms Brosnan has won the Mailroom Prize.

The art prize also includes a $1000 South East Arts People’s Choice Award.

Vote for people’s choice online or view the exhibition at the gallery, which runs until January 24.

The BVRG will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on January 2.

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Local bodyboard chief honoured

PASSIONATE: Forster Tuncurry Bodyboard Association (FTBA) president Aaron Dodds was recognised at the Australian Bodyboarding Awards held in Manly recently. He received a community award for all of his work with FTBA. THE president of Forster Tuncurry Bodyboard Association (FTBA) Aaron Dodds was recognised at Riptide Magazine’s Bodyboarder of the Year Awards in Sydney recently.
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Dodds was honoured for his dedication to the Australian bodyboarding community particularly for his work with FTBA with a community award.

“I was really unaware. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Dodds said.

“I was a little bit lost for words to be honest. I was shocked.”

The award symbolises Aaron’s passion for grassroots bodyboarding and the workshops he has organised through the club for local kids such as the successful Boogie Youth Development Clinics which aims to inspire youth up and down the coast of NSW to lead a healthy lifestyle.

He is also the director of the Jeff Wilcox Memorial which pays homage to a local teen who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

“I would like to recognise the Worimi country and community for use of the local lands to educate, mentor and motivate the next generation and also my amazing wife Rebecca Dodds my children, my close friends and the committee.”

Dodds also thanked everyone involved in FTBA, Jeff Wilcox’s family and to all of the club’s supporters.

The awards ceremony was held in Manly in Sydney on Friday, December 5 and recognised some of the best performing male and female Australian bodyboarders throughout 2014 as well as those who have made positive contributions to the sport.

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Thank you Rex

IT was with great interest that I read your your article on Rex Clark that has taken me way back in time.
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I have just turned 88 years of age and knew Rex well. Rex and Noeline lived and rented a house on the corner of High Street and Campbell Street when they arrived in Wauchope.

My Mum and Dad (Arthur and Isobel Robins) owned this house and we lived next door.

There was a gate in the dividing fence for easy access.

I remember the day we were in the back yard and an aeroplane flew overhead. Barry who was very young said “is there mens in there?”

His wording was laughed about for many years.

I had recently left West Kempsey High School (travelled by train each day) and Rex suggested that I sit for a NSW state wide exam that was coming up for entry to the PMG Telecommunications Training college in Sydney, as he had done in earlier years.

I was successful and commenced training on January 3, 1943 for a five year course.

I rose up the technical ladder and was O.I.C. Technical in many areas but that of course is another story. This was all due to Rex Clark.

It is of interest that on December 10, 1984 I retired after some 42 years plus service and now in the Telecom era and today December 11, 2014, I celebrate 30 years or some 10,958 days of retirement.

Thank you Rex for another good deed.

Kind Regards,

Eric Robins


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Public forum disappointing

I ATTENDED a Public Forum last Wednesday, December 10 at the Wauchope Country Club.
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This “Engaging and Communicating With Our Community” Forum was arranged by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

To my disappointment there may have been a dozen people, other than the Council representatives, that attended.

Representing Council was the Mayor, 90% of Councillors ,the Council’s General Manager as well as senior Council Staff.

I believe that our community missed out on a great opportunity to address Council on many issues that affect this area.

The only major topic raised on the night was the Wauchope Pool. Although this is a very important issue and needs to be resolved there are many other factors that Wauchope and its local area need to address.

Just to list a few: how do we as a community address the importance of job creation for our children, especially those leaving school, whether they be apprenticeships, retail positions or otherwise; the issue regarding residential housing and where is the best area to expand; ways to attract more manufacturing to our region and issues that concern our famers.

There are many other topics that need discussing and/or debating.

After all, Council were there to hear the community’s needs and as a team work through these issues.

The more the public can air their concerns in such forums the better I feel that Council can work with the community.

I would hope that when next this Public Forum is offered that as many people as possible attend – not to be disruptive but to be constructive.

I would like to thank our Mayor, all Councillors and Council Staff for making their time available.

Yours Sincerely,

Patrick Cassegrain


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A good jam goes a long way

The Jam Man: Roger Adams with some of the jams and chutneys he makes on a near daily basis to raise money for Wauchope Hospital.FOUR years ago, Roger Adams, president of the Wauchope Hospital Volunteers had trouble telling his jams from his jellies.
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Faced with an out-of -control Choko vine in his back yard and some time on his hands, he consulted an old recipe book.

He decided to make some jam.

Last week he turned out over 200 jars of jam, chutney and pickles, slaving over a sticky hot stove from Sunday to Sunday.

It’s been an amazing journey for this local man who gives back nearly all the money raised to the Wauchope Memorial Hospital.

This year he has made over 1,700 jars of jams, pickles and chutney for a profit of nearly $6,500.Most of that goes straight back to the Wauchope Memorial Hospital.

His ‘hobby’ has taken on a life force of its own and the description of his kitchen and production line conjures images of ordered chaos with the amazing aromas of marmalade

wafting through the air.

“In the beginning I was doing it all my hand but of course this has changed over time,” explains Roger.

“I have invested in a variety of machinery including mix masters and special saucepans that have cut the preparation time significantly”.

He averages around 35 bottles in a week although this week, in the lead up to Christmas, the tally stands at 80.

Most of the bottles that range in price from 2 – $6 are sold at the Wauchope Hospital Volunteers stall and two local retail outlets; Dancing Fabrics in Port Macquarie and Lewis’ Butchery in Wauchope.

Roger also gives bottles to friends or uses his jams as currency to barter for ingredients and equipment for his next batch.

His jams have been given to other charities for fundraising and have been distributed to Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne.

“People are stopping me in the street now to ask ‘Are you the jam man?’, so I suppose I am getting a bit of a reputation,” said Roger.

“I will work with whatever is in season and will always have a go with what people give me.

“I may find myself returning home with a melon, a pumpkin and a stick of celery and wonder what I’ll do with it?’

“I add onion, salt, vinegar and sugar and some food green food dye and the next day it’s hello Halloween chutney!”

The successes include the popular winter and summer medleys, Passionfruit jam, Fig jam and the citrus combinations including carrot and lemon, lemon, ginger, passionfruit and orange.

The failures or ‘experiments’ have included anything containing Rockmelon or Pineapple.

“They just will not set.”

Thanks to friends, some known and some unknown, Roger manages to procure all the ingredients at a relatively low cost.

“The IGA are wonderful, they will give me a significant reduction on seconds and I have friends who donate ingredients like sugar or drop off their excess fruit and vegies.

“There is also a mysterious jar donor who leaves them by the box load on my doorstep.”

This hobby is time consuming but still incredibly rewarding and Roger is determined to keep it manageable despite the growing popularity of his product.

“I’m really very happy with how it is going and now I have a following of people but I won’t go into business.

“It wouldn’t be a hobby then would it?

“We are told to learn what you are good at and do it with faith, hope and love,” he explains.

“I’ve done that and just added some vinegar, salt and sugar and most of all a touch of spice”.

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