Tourist drive in world spotlight

A TOURIST drive including our area has been showcased to the world.

Tourism destinations from the Central Coast to the Tweed are firmly in the international spotlight as the Legendary Pacific Coast continues its efforts to increase international visitor numbers along the Sydney to Brisbane route.

Port Macquarie tourism representatives were among a strong contingent promoting the Legendary Pacific Coast, and the areas along the way, at the Tourism Exchange in Sydney late last month.

There were eight exhibition booths linked by Legendary Pacific Coast branding and staffed by a contingent of 14 representatives from regional and local tourism bodies.

Australian Tourism Exchange is the largest annual tourism trade show of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

It provides a forum for tourism businesses and tourism bodies to showcase their products and establish links with the people and organisations which take Australian tourism to the international market place.

Legendary Pacific Coast’s international marketing consultant Russell Mills said they had truly re-launched the Legendary Pacific Coast to the world’s travel distributors, a global community of 39 countries from east and west with around 450 seller companies and 550 buyers meeting and doing business.

He said innumerable opportunities had been unlocked to increase international visitor numbers along the self-drive tourism route including highlights such as one of the UK’s biggest sellers of Australian holidays incorporating the touring route in their new brochure.

A six-day Legendary Pacific Coast food and wine familiarisation by six of China’s leading travel agents/wholesalers has just wrapped up too.

Meanwhile, the North Coast Destination Network is offering tourism associated industry, businesses directly and indirectly associated with the local visitor economy, and other groups, the opportunity to participate in the destination management planning process for the north coast.

The destination management planning process is intended to help direct and non-direct key partners identify the changing needs of visitors and the ways of meeting consumer expectations.

Any stakeholder seeking access to funding, through the new Destination NSW contestable funding pool, must be supported or included in a destination management plan.

A workshop to help in the development of a five-year road map for growing the visitor economy across the north coast will take place at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council at 2.30pm on Monday (May 13).

Camel rides at Lighthouse Beach are one of the many attractions in the Greater Port Macquarie area.

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Grenfell Tennis News

JUNIOR TENNIS COACHING: We have been liaising with Tennis Coach, Peter Clifton regarding regular coaching in Grenfell. Residing in Forbes, Peter has been a qualified tennis coach for more than 25 years, and has agreed to get some regular coaching for the Grenfell kids.

It is hoped that clinics will begin on Friday May 17, commencing at the Grenfell tennis complex, commencing at 3.30pm till 6pm. The session will include group lessons and a Hot Shots program for the 5-10 year olds.

To register or to find out more information, don’t hesitate to phone Peter on 02 6851 1993 before Friday May 10. A minimum of 20 students are needed to ensure the coaching can go ahead.

INTERTOWN TENNIS: The second round of the Intertown Competition will be played this Sunday, May 19, when the combined team of Grenfell/ Cowra play 2012 Premiers West Wyalong at the Grenfell complex. After the disappointing defeat to Forbes in Round 1 to Forbes, it is hoped to stick it to the undisputed champions. For this to happen, selectors are pleading for selected players to make themselves available. The team selected are: Michael Mitton, Charles Harvey, Michael Doyle, Robert Anderson, Ben Mitton, Danny Joyce, Shirley Davies, Mandy Taylor, Prue Hancock, Sally Mitton, Madelaine Griffiths, Leanne Livingstone,

Reserves (In no order) Warren Schaefer, Charles Harvey, Stuart McKellar, Mark Joliffe, Arnold Brown, John Walmsley, Dooley Jones, Phillip Barr, Lyn Peterson, Emma Amery, Lisa Schaefer, Lyndell Rolls, Temeika Rolls, Cobie Joliffe, Maria Neill.

Could you ring please ring Danny 63432081 or Michael 63431691 as soon as possible to advise of your availability.

MIXED TEAMS RESULTS: The final round of the Wednesday Night Mixed Tennis was played this week, in chillier conditions. Results included Solar Cockies defeating Lone Rangers 36-28, Warraderry Warrigals were far too strong for Jude’s Juggernauts 47-17, Tracey’s Tryhards defeated What a Mixture 33-31, & Mad Mittons muscled up against Coppsies Floppsies 43-21.

Congratulations to The Solar Cockies who took out the comp, going through undefeated. The team consisted of Ali Forde, Rob Anderson, Mandy Taylor & Tim Wood. Runners Up were the Mad Mittons, who comprised of Madelaine Griffiths, Sal, Mick & David Mitton. Thanks to all players who made it a successful comp. Hope you enjoyed your tennis & are keen to come back again.

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2012/13 Summer Reading Club Awards with performance poet Gregory Worth

The 2012/13 Summer Reading Club at the Grenfell Library concluded on Monday, May 6, with the Awards Afternoon Tea.

Each year members are challenged to read ten books, or as many as they can, between mid-December and the end of January.

Most libraries offer a Summer Reading Club for junior members but Grenfell is a groundbreaker in having an all-age Club.

This year thirty-six people met the challenge and a further twelve participated even though they couldn’t quite get through ten books and these were invited to attend the afternoon tea along with guests – other family members or friends.

Each year there is an official guest entertainer and this year we were very pleased to welcome back performance poet Gregory North. Gregory’s performance pedigree includes several Bush Poet of Australia Awards and Poetry Slam state final appearances and so quality entertainment was guaranteed.

Over fifty people enjoyed Greg’s new poems “Frackin’ Fricker” about coal seam gas mining and his commissioned Blue Mountains Crossing Bicentenary poem.

There was also a performance of a lesser-known Henry Lawson poem but the highlights were perhaps “The Football Fracas” which involved five children from the audience in a fanciful tale of spectator carnage and his multi-cultural version of “The Man from Snowy River” based on an amazing sequence of hat and accent changes.

Gregory also presented Award and Participation Certificates to Reading Club members and then all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea courtesy of those caterers extraordinaire, the Friends of Grenfell Library.

Gregory North with those receiving certificates for meeting the Summer Reading Club challenge. They were (l/r back) Vera Penhey, Isabelle Hunter, Sarah Knight, Margret Roper, Darryl Knapp, Audrey Hampton, Jenn Graham, Marie Knight, Marion Amery, Andrew Knight, Charlotte Amery, Chris Heatley, Anne Doyle and Kate Amery. In the middle row were (l/r) Tara Schaefer, Phoebe Clifton, Jamie Stephens, Brendan Knight, Oscar Schaefer, Brett Knight and in the front row (l/r) were Amelia Ingrey, William Wilson, Hugh Wilson, Holly Sanderson, Ailish Moore and Kate Clifton.

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New political party targets Lyne

THE Lyne electorate is on a new political party’s target list.

The 21st Century Australia Party founder and leader, Jamie McIntyre, confirmed the newly launched party intended to run a candidate in the electorate of Lyne.

Mr McIntyre holds independent Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott and independent New England MP Tony Windsor accountable for what he calls the worst government in the history of this country.

The party is pushing for a political system overhaul.

A 25-point policy document focuses the creation of a new 21st century political system which pushes for people to vote directly on major policy and for government spending to be put in the hands of an independent board.

21st Century Australia Party also supports a fast train network which Mr McIntyre said would have benefits for Port Macquarie.

Mr McIntyre said the party also had a strong education platform.

“The right education is key to future prosperity in this country,” he said.

Other policies include the removal of compulsory voting and elimination of state governments.

September will mark the first election test for the party.

The party submitted its Australian Electoral Commission party registration last week and aims to recruit 35,000-plus members.

There are almost 100 candidates awaiting pre-selection for lower house seats.

“We believe people want a choice and they want politicians that have real life experience outside of politics,” Mr McIntyre said.

Mr McIntyre, a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, has announced his candidacy against Tony Windsor and Barnaby Joyce for the seat of New England.

Jamie McIntyre.

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Mother’s Day celebrations

Robbie and Belinda Newham Oliver and Anna Orth

Kelly, Riley, Sonny and Dusty Maskey

Rochelle and Kate Pankhurst

Eliza and Anna Shearman

Sarah, Alex and Amelia Kelly

Jane and Fergus Attenborough

George, Jenny, Olivia and Annie Murphy

Children at Dubbo and District Preschool hosted their mums for a special Mother’s Day event. Songs were sung, activities were shared and an afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.


Kobey, Amanda and Ashlyn Osborne

Renae and Cooper Gidding

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Weddin Whispers “Heard it through the Grapevine” with Deidre Carroll

KEN TUCKER: I was fortunate to run into Ken Tucker and his wife Lea when they had a stop-over in Grenfell on April 18.

Ken and Lea, like ‘Lucky Star’ have been everywhere and know many people in the Lithgow/Blue Mountains area that I also know.

Amazingly, they were also great friends of Kate and the late Dale Berney who used to be in the Exchange Hotel.

After chatting I learned that Ken is a famous artist who will be will be the guest artist at the Weddin Shire Gallery in September 2013.

Ken and Lea called into Grenfell to check out the venue for art and were really taken with the community.

Ken is a full-time established professional practicing artist, who also conducts weekly art classes and weekend workshops for students of all ages, from art beginners to advanced levels. Ken is masterful in the use oil, acrylic and watercolour mediums. His candid observations of his surrounds allow him to pursue a painterly dialogue of his visions, both in a traditional realist and contemporary impressionistic manner. His works display strength in contrast, created by his skilful use of the elements critical to his compositions, light and tone. Ken’s versatility as an artist is evident in the diverseness of the size and subject matter he engages with, whether it is a landscape, a still life or a portrait Ken’s landscape works have for 3 consecutive years, 2006, 07, 08; been selected as finalist in the prestige Mortimore Art Prize. Ken enjoys accepting commissioned works, running workshops, and has paintings hanging in many private collections locally and abroad.

He predominately works in acrylics but is masterful at watercolours and oils as well.

Whether is the serenity of the seaside, the cosmopolitan ambience, an arcade coffee shop or the stark natural beauty of the western plains, Ken aims to share with other through the use of the brush on canvas, his love and respect of his homeland.

His works are now gaining significant appreciation and recognition in the broader national and international market.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: John Penrose surprised his wife Del on the occasion of their 45th wedding Anniversary last weekend.

Del thought she was coming into town to do some shopping and whilst browsing in Jan Parlett’s Roses Gallery at the Exchange Hotel was pleasantly surprised to see her son Jamie, daughter in law Jacqui and grandchildren Jonah, Charlie and Tom Penrose from Canberra walk in behind her.

The family met at Fettler’s Restaurant for a luncheon to celebrate the occasion.

John and Del were the last couple to marry in the Church of England at Caragabal on May 4 1968 before restorations commenced on the building.

Del, daughter of the late George and Mavis Noble was attended by her sister Gail Freudenstein, Maureen (Penrose) Gault and Lana McDonald, whilst John, son of Adelaide and the late Allan Penrose attendants were his brothers Ross and Rob and Ross Noble.

The officiating minister was the Rev Ussher.

MOTHER’S DAY: Let us celebrate Mother’s Day – by thanking them because they are the one who teach us to love, she holds us in her arms, she kisses away our wounds and gives us a warm hug, she ensures we eat the correct food, she sits by our bed when we are sick, she wake early in the morning and endures our tempers and our tantrums, as teenagers, she worries more about our exams than we do ourselves. A mother never misses the slightest opportunity to praise in our growth and achievements even when we put the blame of our failures on her.

If not for our mothers we would not be what we are today.

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joy of having a mother. Spend some quality time with her, think about her likes and dislikes giving a perfect gift – pampering her as she pampers you all year round, and give her a warm hug and big kiss.


M – Is the million things she gave us

O – Means only that she is growing old

T – Is the tears she shed to save me

H – Is her heart of purest gold

E – Is for her eyes, with love-light shining

R- Means right and right she’ll always be.

Put them all together, they spell “Mother”

The word that means so much to me.

SINCERE SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to families who have lost loved ones over the past few months, including Bethwyn Bunn, Theresia Payne, Margaret (Keppie) Johnston, Dawn Anderson, John Lynch, Fay Aston, Ian Curl, Arthur Wiegold and Stan Armitage (Forbes) formerly of Quandialla.

John and Del Penrose with their son Jamie, daughter in law Jacqui and grandchildren Jonah (L), Charlie and Tom Penrose (F) from Canberra who surprised them on their wedding anniversary on May 4.

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Redland city represented at Mackay forum 

Redland city politicians and representatives are returning from a summit in Mackay, where they helped draft up a 30-year plan for the Queensland.

Redland City’s hard-working team nutting out ways to make Queensland a better place in 30 years. Photo: Karen Williams

Premier Campbell Newman said he expected theQueensland Plan to cost the state about $4.6million or about $1 dollar a person.

Questions to the forum from Capalaba.

Redlands representatives at the Mackay where they played a role drafting a 30-year plan for the state. Photo: Karen Williams

Redland delegates included MPs Steve Davies, Mark Robinson andPeter Dowling, along with Redland City mayor Karen Williams, councillorPaul Gleeson and former councillor Helen Murray.

Redland CityChamber of Commerce president Garry Hargrave, Cleveland District State High School principal Paul Bancroft and community leaders joined the400 delegates to beginformulating questions to put to the rest of the state.

The question from Capalaba was “How can Queensland ensure meaningful employment given the emerging off-shore trends?”

The questions will be discussed over the next five monthsand a Brisbane summit will be held in September.

Mr Newman said the cost was worth it to ensure Queensland ended up with a plan for all residents.

Delegates and politicians at this morning’s forum in Mackay start mapping out a 30-year plan for Queensland. Photo: Paul Gleeson

The panel also included industry representatives and all levels of government with the task of settingthe long-term vision for the state.

Capalaba MP Steve Davies joins in the think fest at the Mackay forum with his team from Capalaba. Photo: Steve Davies

The marina in Mackay, where politicians are converging for tomorrow’s forum to draw up Queensland’s 30-year plan. Photo: Karen Williams

Capalaba MP STeve Davies, second from left, with Redland City councillor Paul Gleeson, former councillor Helen Murray and Capalaba midwife Sarah Hodkinson arrive at teh forum this morning. Photo: Steve Davies

Questions to the forum from Redland representatives.

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Girls step onto big stage

NOT many people from the Central West get the chance to step out on to the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground, particularly on the 50th anniversary of a sporting moment immortalised through time.

But last month 35 girls from the Canobolas Rural Technology High School did just that.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Western Suburbs Magpies versus St George Dragons grand final, a match that captured the famous Arthur Summons-Norm Provan gladiators moment, the group got the chance to dance at half-time of the Wests Tigers and St George NRL match at the SCG.

The girls performed alongside 1700 other kids from across the state as part of the Wests Tigers dance spectacular on April 14, strutting their stuff to the tune of 1960s music.

“I just think it was a great chance for the girls to go to Sydney and experience what’s it’s like to dance with 1700 other dancers on the day,” Canobolas teacher Amanda Rouse said.

“It was a great opportunity for the girls.”

It was a big day for the group, leaving Orange on a bus at 5am, performing at the SCG at 4pm then arriving back home at 10pm.

Rouse said it was all worth it though.

“Definitely. Kimberly Roebuck, who organised it all, actually wrote to us saying the girls were absolutely outstanding, behaved well and they’re a talented bunch of girls. Hands down, we were the best school there,” Rouse enthused.

“We’ll definitely be doing it next year.”

READY, OK: Canobolas Rural Technology High School students (front, left) Maddy Leonard, Sophie Lamers, Hannah Shepherd, Mikaela Priest, Jada Murphy, Chloe Carr, Mikayla Leahey, Samantha Coppock, Jess Davis, (middle, left) Shayleigh Wilkins, Paige Wicks, Aisling O’Connor, Taneisha Burns, Samantha Clifford, Sarah Smith, Grace Khattar, Karthiha Kaye, Ayla Frost, (back, left) Rebecca Barber, Emily Campbell, Kyrra Charman, Charmain O’Malverney, Maddison Hurst, Maddy Alexander, Emily Cole, Shinniah Wright and Hannah Miles. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0507nmcheer

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Survivor seal back in the ocean

WHEN a baby Elephant Seal washed up on thebeach near Port MacDonnell in March, wildlife rescuers did not hold out muchhope for his survival.

A group of about 20 people gathered on thebeach today while surfers watched from the water as the seal made his way fromthe trailer to the sea.

As a full grown adult male, Elmo could weigh upto four tonne, grow seven metres long and be able to dive 3km deep for twohours on a single breath.

Friends of Native Wildlife South East, whichhelped with the rescue of Elmo, is a volunteer organisation that cares forinjured or orphaned wildlife.

Anyone who finds an animal in need ofassistance can call the 24-hour hotline on 0427 396 919.

Read the full story in Friday’s print edition.

LOOKING BACK: Elmo the seal looked back as if to farewell volunteers who nursed him back to health. Picture: KAREN SWEENEY

Target reached, but Team Carinya pushes on

There are still a couple of days left but team ‘Mother Goose’ has already passed their fundraising target for this weekend’s Relay for Life event.

The 31 person team from Carinya Early Childhood Centre including board members, family and friends has already passed their goal of $1500 with $3000 in their sights by the time the weekend is over.

A raffle with the welcome winter prize of a 7×4 trailer load of wood as well as tickets to the monster raffle have helped the team raise funds for cancer research and treatment. Team ‘Mother Goose’ will also have glow sticks, mouth guards and homemade soup available over the weekend.

An organiser for the team, Deidre Healey said Relay for Life represented a strong community spirit.

“It’s the community celebrating life, family and being part of our wider network support within the community,” she said.

Having been both personally affected by cancer herself, as have many of the participants in team ‘Mother Goose,’ Mrs Healey said there were many reasons inspiring the entry.

“We wanted to remember the loved ones that we have lost and to support friends and family that are on a journey of fighting cancer,” she said.

“We also wanted to celebrate and support survivors, raise funds and promote cancer awareness, particularly at a younger age.”

Mrs Healey said the support from the community, the Carinya Early Childhood Centre board of management as well as friends and family of the centre has been very much appreciated in their fundraising efforts.

“Woolworths and Sportspower allowed us to sell raffle tickets out the front of their stores, Royce’s Bakery supplied us with bread rolls. Adrian, Luke and Ron gave us the firewood, Debbie Presley donated the glow products and our team members have been making soup,” she said.

“We just wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone who’s been so supportive.”

Cowra’s Relay for Life will be held this weekend, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, May at Sid Kallas Oval, with an official start time of 3.45pm on Saturday.

Ranging in ages from five to 70, team ‘Mother Goose’ will be walking the track at Relay for Life this weekend. Team members Debbie Presley, Deidre Healey, Michele McGuiness, Rosemary Pittam and Susan Schofield with some of their youngest participants.

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