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06.    “taKiNg StOcK”
08.    “mOVember”
10.    “meet OF tHe iSSUe”
12.    “LittLe HOUSe. big iDea”
13.    mY JOb
14.    SOciaL & StYLe
18.    “LiNeS, camera, actiON”
19.    HeaLtH
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21.    taSteS
22.    FUN
24.    bUSiNeSS
25.    reWiND
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                                                OCTOBER 2008
                                                Welcome to the October issue of Living magazine.
Editor/Graphic Design chris Jollow              congratulations to the Narrabri chamber of commerce on the                           organisation and running of the recent business awards, and also
Printed by We Print it                          to those businesses who took out a gong on the night.                            as a new business owner, i have quickly come to appreciate the
                                                time and effort involved in running a business and the reliance
Contributors belinda Symons, richard            one has on others to make things work. it is important to reflect on
Orr, margot Palmer, Kate Schwager, Donna        the role locally owned businesses play in our community and the
turner, Jessica barraket, Natalie Smith,        need to support them whenever possible. coming into a tradition-
Helen caine, rheannon Flewitt.                  ally busy time for retailers, it is vital that we spend locally and by
Advertising chris Jollow                        doing so, invest in our own support network, local businesses.
Phone: (02) 6792 6550                           What goes around, comes around.
mobile: 0417 857 569                            there is plenty happening in October and especially during the
                                                last weekend of the month out Wee Waa way. the cuttabri Spring
                                                Fair is shaping up to be a great day out and the “Wife carrying          COVER
                                                competition” could just be the event of the year! a word of advice       Veteran Stock and Station
Published by NLm media Pty. Ltd.
                                                to those looking to pick up a wife out there... always go estonian       agent Len Sevil pictured at
abN 81 128 305 797
                                                style! (see picture this page). and while your out that way, why not     his “home away from home”,
PO box 175, Narrabri NSW 2390                                                                                            the Narrabri Sale Yards.
                                                check out some of the gardens on display (see events calendar).
Legal Information: Whilst every care is         anyway space is short, enjoy this issue and have a great month!          Photo by Chris Jollow.
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October Events Calendar

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     Narrabri art & CeramiC                     gypSy WillOW marketS                         CONvOy fOr kidS                      frieNdS Of the CrOSSiNg
          exhibitiON                                                                                                                   theatre a.g.m
                                             What Local crafts, clothing,             What A truck convoy and fun day
   What Showcasing artists from the          jewellery, food, delights, chooks        planned to raise money for kids’          What All members urged to
   North West region and beyond.             and so much more.                        wards at local hospitals.                 attend and prospective members
   Where Crossing Theatre, Narrabri          Where By the banks of the                Where Assemble at Caroline                most welcome.
   WheN Opens 6.30pm Friday, 10am            Narrabri Creek.                          Way from 7am, departing 10am for          Where The Crossing Theatre
   -4pm Sat & Sun, 9am-12pm Mon.             WheN From 9am-1pm                        judging at 2MAXFM at 11am.                WheN 7.30pm
   COSt Gold Coin, $20 Opening               COSt Free (for shoppers)                 COSt Convoy entry fee.                    COSt $5 annual membership
   CONtaCt Janice 0429 921 741               CONtaCt Tricia 0427 834 286              CONtaCt Ross 0427 551 080                 CONtaCt Margaret 6792 1786

     IN NOVEmBER?                                         17                                                                                  18
        Promote it in Living magazine.         St fraNCiS xavier’S fete                                                           Wee Waa Chamber meet
    the event calendar is a free service     What School fete with something                                                    What Wee Waa Chamber of
     for local, non-profit organisations.    for everyone. Plants, cakes, hot                                                   Commerce meeting all welcome.
    email the What, When, Where, time,       food, raffles, novelties, jumping                                                  Where Wee Waa Bowling Club
     cost and contact information to         castle, chocolate wheel.                                                           WheN 5.30 pm                 Where St Francis Xaviers                                                           COSt Free to attend
    Please note that editorial constraints   WheN From 5.30pm                                                                   CONtaCt Kate 6796 7243
      do apply and Living magazine is        COSt Free
    not accountable for errors. For more
         information call 6792 6550
                                             CONtaCt Eyvett 6792 2438
                                                                                                       PHOTO By MARGOT PALMER

          25/26                                            26                                      26                                         31
      Wee Waa OpeN gardeNS                              market day                      big day Out fOr familieS                   kOgil St preSChOOl
                                                                                                                                 ladieS’ Night fuNdraiSer
   What As part of the “Australia’s          What Sacred Heart Parish are             What Sausage sizzle, jumping
   Open Garden Scheme”, four local           organising a market day. Sites for       castle, music, face painting, crazy       What Bar facilities, auctions, mini
   gardens will be open to the public        hire. $10 per table. $15 larger table.   hair, kite making, balloons, Police       manicures, massage, crafts, coffee.
   with $5-8 entry going to charity.         Where Sacred Heart School                Fire & Ambulance demonstrations.          Courtesy bus home!
   Where “Bulgarra”, “Jumbunna”,             Grounds, Boggabri.                       Where Nurruby Hall                        Where Kogil St Preschool
   Little House on Rose, Towns garden        WheN From 9am                            WheN 11am-3pm                             WheN 6.30pm-midnight
   WheN 10am-4.30pm                          COSt Free (for shoppers)                 COSt Free                                 COSt $15 or $20 at door
   CONtaCt Shawn 6795 3334                   CONtaCt Rob 6743 4580                    CONtaCt Jo 6792 3718                      CONtaCt Dianne 6792 1465

  Expand your horizons                                                                                            Jumpstart into
  1 Oct. OHS Construction Induction @ Wee Waa
  1 Oct. RTA Yellow Ticket – Apply Traffic Control Plans
  2 & 3 Oct. Chemical User Training                                                                               A great opportunity for
  13–24 Oct. “Getting Your L’s”                                                                                   you and your child to
  13 Oct. “Young Mums or soon to be Mums” Seminar                                                                 experience a kindergarten
                                                                                                                  classroom at NPS.
  15 Oct. Evening WorkCover Accredited First Aid Course
  18 Oct. Dog Obedience Classes                                                                                   Sessions are available
                                                                                                                  between 9:45 - 11:15am
  20 Oct. Newcomers to Narrabri Craft Group                                                                       on the following days;
  21 Oct. Conversational French
                                                                                                                  - Tuesday October 28
  22 Oct. Cake Decorating                                                                                         - Wednesday Oct. 29                                  New
                                                                                                                                                                 England Region
  27 Oct. Pretty Ugly Art Classes for fun and creativity                                                          - Tuesday November 4     Director General's
                                                                                                                                                                Outstanding School
                                                                                                                                            Public Education
  28 Oct. Palliative Care Training                                                                                - Wednesday Nov. 5          Award 2008
                                                                                                                                                                 Award 2007 &
  28 Oct. Collecting for Fun “Show & Tell”

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            ShameleSS                  Wee Waa tOWN & COuNtry             Narrabri Chamber meet                        bOggabri bpa meetiNg
                                        gardeN preSeNtatiONS
 What A four piece country rock                                           What Narrabri Chamber of                  What Boggabri Business
 band covering a variety of modern    What A presentaion of prizes for    Commerce meeting. All welcome.            Promotions Association meeting.
 and classic country and rock hits.   the garden competition judged       Where Narrabri Bowling Club               All welcome.
 As seen at Narrabri B&S Ball.        over the 30/9 & 1/10.               WheN 6pm                                  Where Boggabri RSL Club
 Where Legends Bar                    Where Little House on Rose          COSt Free to attend                       WheN 7pm
 WheN From 9pm                        WheN 2.30pm                         CONtaCt Sheryl 6790 6867                  COSt Free to attend
 COSt Free (over 18’s only)           COSt Free                                                                     CONtaCt John 6743 4400
 CONtaCt Narrabri RSL 6792 1844       CONtaCt Pat 6795 4495

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    pareNtiNg iNfOrmatiON               Cuttabri WiNe ShaNty’S                                                            matt mCarthy dj
           SeSSiONS                     2Nd aNNual SpriNg fair
                                                                                                                    What Former resident, Matt
  What NDCAS free info sessions       What A fantastic family day out                                               Macarthy’s “Discos and Dreams”
  include Everyday Parenting 4-6pm,   with fun competitions, markets,                                               will have you have you on the DF
  Health and Wellbeing 6-8pm          demonstrations and displays.                                                  before you can say “funky robot”.
  Where The Crossing Theatre          Where Pilliga Rd, Cuttabri                                                    Where Wee Waa Bowling Club
  WheN Various times                  WheN From 10am - late                                                         WheN 8pm-late
  COSt Free                           COSt Free entry                                                               COSt Free (Over 18’s Only)
  CONtaCt Lisa 6792 3299              CONtaCt Tracey 6796 2240                                                      CONtaCt Ruth 6795 4401
                                                                                            PHOTO By CHRiS JOLLOW

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    gypSy WillOW marketS              SuCCeSSful bOardS SeCretS             makiNg meetiNgS WOrk                    lOCal fiShiNg dvd lauNCh

 What Local crafts, clothing,         What your responsibilities as a     What Learn how to run                     What ”Fishing the Gorges with
 jewellery, food, delights, chooks    committee member, and how to        stimulating, successful meetings          Josh and Jamie” DVD Premiere and
 and so much more.                    create a harmonious, productive     that produce real outcomes for            Launch with live entertainment
 Where By the banks of the            and more effective working group.   your organisation.                        and canapes in the Riverside Room.
 Narrabri Creek.                      Where Narrabri RSL Club             Where Narrabri RSL Club                   Where The Crossing Theatre
 WheN From 9am-1pm                    WheN 9.30am - 3 pm                  WheN 9.30am - 1 pm                        WheN 7pm start
 COSt Free (for shoppers)             COSt Free. 100 places only.         COSt Free. 100 places only.               COSt $20 (150 tickets only)
 CONtaCt Tricia 0427 834 286          CONtaCt NDCAS 6792 4900             CONtaCt NDCAS 6792 4900                   CONtaCt Josh 0428 950 019

                                                                          WEE WAA BOWLING CLUB.
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                                                                           OCT                          Wee Waa RLFC
                                                                                                        Presentation Night
                                                                           11                           Saturday 6.30pm

                                                                           OCT                          DJ Matt MacCarthy
                                                                                                        ‘Discos and dreams’
                                                                           25                           Saturday 8pm-late

                                                                           OCT                          Bowling Club AGM
                                                                                                        for all members.
                                                                           26                           Sunday from 10am

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                                                                                                                                                PHOTO: CHRiS JOLLOW

taKiNg StOcK
                                                                                    biggest change to the livestock industry is the liveweight selling of cattle.
                                                                                    Previous to this it was just an open auction and price per head. The advent
                                                                                    of modern technology, cattle running over scales in yards, changed all of
                                                                                    this. From the real estate point of view, it would be the dramatic increase of
LiViNG MAGAziNE yARDED uP VETERAN STOCK AND STATiON AGENT,                          house and property prices over the years. Land values in particular.
LEN SEViL, FOR A yARN ABOuT CATTLE, REAL ESTATE, LiFE iN NARRABRi,                  Do you have any horror tenant stories? No not really. Every now and then
SPORT AND, OF COuRSE, HiS LiKENESS TO HuGH JACKMAN!                                 you might get a bit of damage to property which is the main horror, or an
                                                                                    abusive tenant, which is rare.
Have you any nicknames? Sev, amongst other unmentionables.
                                                                                    When you started, what was the median price for houses? When i first
What’s your occupation? i’m a stock, station and real estate agent.
                                                                                    took over the Real Estate side of things the rental roll was the main concern
How long for? i’ve spent 54 years in livestock, with the last 21 years com-         at the time and i didn’t have enough time to really become involved in real
bined with real estate. in 1987 i purchased Namoi Real Estate.                      estate sales, but in the latter years i have. i suppose house prices since 1987,
What does a typical day involve? My typical day can vary from livestock             well some of the better houses at least, have probably trebled in those last
inspections to saleyard activities, office work and basically all aspects of run-   twenty odd years.
ning a business.                                                                    Years in Narrabri? i’ve been here fifty-four years overall. in 1960 to 1965 i was
What’s the best part of your job? Doing business with different types of            in Burren Junction at my brother’s company. i came back to Narrabri in 1965
people from all walks of life.                                                      and have been here ever since.
What’s one thing you would change if you could? it’s a hard question. i             What are Narrabri’s biggest strengths? Narrabri’s biggest strength is that it
don’t think i’d change too much.                                                    has a very solid business centre. One of the big features of Narrabri’s busi-
Have you had many problem cattle? in 54 years i’ve probably been injured            ness centre is that businesses are privately owned. Well, the majority of
three times. Never seriously.                                                       them. Of course we are getting the big corporates in now. Narrabri is a place
                                                                                    that has never boomed, but it has been very soild. it is very unlikely for it to
What sort of injuries? Only busted ribs, bruises, being bowled over by
                                                                                    bust in my opinion.
beasts, something like that. That’s only happened three times i think.
                                                                                    What does Narrabri need most? i’m a great believer in rate payers being
Have you been kicked before? Oh well... you don’t get kicked very often,
                                                                                    given something for their money, so i think one of the main needs, and i
you soon get sick of that. you have to be careful. you’ve always got to be
                                                                                    haven’t ever got into an argument about this, is sealed roads from kerb to
careful around cattle.
                                                                                    kerb. i also think we need more street lighting and surveillance cameras in
What’s the biggest change to the industry that you experienced? The                 the CBD are a must. Definitely better lighting. i think that business houses

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should be encouraged by discount, or some incentive, to provide more after
hours lighting. i realise power is dear, though.
Your ideal weekend is... doing as little as possible.
A great night out is... dining out with friends and a few drinks.
Favourite holiday destination and why? Every two years it would be Tweed
Heads. i get up fourteen or fifteen storeys and look straight down the Tweed
River to the ocean. i love the sea breeze and the scenery.
Favourite hobbies and why? i don’t know if i have any hobbies now. i was
into my gardening. in my younger days, i played a lot of sports.

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What is your worst habit? it was smoking until 18 years ago when i gave
it up. it’s hard to say. i’ve probably got a fair few. We might skip that one!

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What annoys you the most? Dishonesty. And difficult people. Those that
are hard to get through to.
A movie is made about you...

                                                                                       & more economical
What is the title? Life amongst the stockyards.
What is the genre? Documentary
Who would play you and why? ...This is a tough one for Len to answer and he
takes a while to half heartedly suggest Paul Hogan. He is undecided. staff mem-
bers, Leanne and Carla, are called upon to help. At the mention of Paul Hogan,
Leanne suggests “Strop” might be more approriate, then “The 3 Stooges”, and fi-
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nally “Chips Rafferty”.
When Len enquires about “the tall dark haired actor with the moustache, Carla
takes great delight in volunteering “Basil Fawlty” (John Cleese). Len was thinking     We provide domestic and
of Michael Caton (The Castle) but it is still not the answer he is looking for.
“What about the bloke who plays opposite Nicole Kidman in (the film) “Austra-
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lia”? asks Len. “What, Hugh Jackman?’ replies Carla. “Yes, that’s him” says Len.       designed to meet each
“But he’s a hunk” protests Carla. “That’s what I mean” smiles Len. Carla quickly re-   customer’s individual needs,
plies that the title of the film could be changed to “Len’s dreaming”. Len thinks he
could change the title to “Life with Carla” and that it may be more of a horror!
                                                                                       giving them more control
Eventually, Paul Hogan is settled upon as Len’s choice!
                                                                                       over their environments.
You’re hosting a dinner-party...
Who would you invite (any five people throughout history)? Sir Robert                  Benefits
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What would you drink? Red Wine. Cab Savs.
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What music would you play? i’d play piano music. Richard Clayderman and
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the likes, you know of him do you? Ask your parents, they’ll know. Good
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Your favourite sport to play? My favourite was tennis. it’s a long time since
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sit down, have a yarn. i never agreed with John McEnroe’s antics but that has
come into all sports. Too much emphasis on winning and money.
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                                                            Gus “Mercurio” Macrae (pictured far right)
                                                            works on a farm for Warbock Agronomics and

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                                                            has lived in Narrabri for the past three and a half
                                                            years after studying at UNE in Armidale.
                                                            According to Gus, the best thing about living in
                                                            Narrabri is the relaxed lifestyle.
                                                            However, during the month of November and
                                                                                                                   What tips can you give for aspiring Men of Mo-
                                                            leading up to it, Gus is a little busier than usual
                                                                                                                   vember? Stick with the mo for the entire month.
                                                            and performs a unique and interesting role.
                                                                                                                   People will your respect your decision to persist
                                                            Gus captains Narrabri’s “Modacious Poolclean-          with it, even at formal events and important oc-
                                                            ers”, organising the local fundraising drive for       casions, knowing it’s for a good cause.
                                                            the cause and month known as “Movember”.
                                                                                                                   Are there other titles up for grabs. We usually
                                                            Living Magazine took a mo-ment of his time.            give out a prize for the “lame mo” and the best
                                                                                                                   dressed “mo sista” at the Mo Town Parte.
                                                            What is Movember? A fund raising event for
                                                                                                                   What is a “lame mo”? A lame mo is a poor, sparse
                                                            the Prostate Cancer Foundation & Beyond Blue
                                                                                                                   tache (short for moustache - Ed). The prize is for try-
                                                            (National Depression initiative). Mobros grow a
                                                                                                                   ing to grow a mo... but producing a top lip that’s
                                                            moustache for the month with the help of Mo-
                                                                                                                   about as hairy as chicken skin.
                                                            sistas to raise awareness of prostate cancer & de-
                                                            pression, whilst raising funds and having some         In your book, who sported the greatest mo in
                                                            fun along the way.                                     history? Wyatt Earp. He combined the three rare
                                                                                                                   ingredients of thickness, length and twist.
                                                            When and how did you first find out about it? i
                                                            first heard about it in a newspaper article in 2006.   Any advice in growing a mo? Work with what
                                                            The article described how a couple of guys from        you have. Not everyone has the furriest of faces.
                                                            Melbourne came up with the idea while having a         In your experience, what sort of an effect does
                                                            beer at their local pub.                               the mo have on the ladies? initial resentment is
                                                            What does your role involve? Basically i ensure        soon replaced with admiration for the tache!
                                                            members of the Narrabri team are signed up cor-        Describe your look at last year’s Movember
                                                            rectly, have everything they need to “get mo-ing”      Parte. i went for the French Artist look, complete
                                                            and raise a few bucks. i organise the Mo Town          with pale, blue skivvy and beret.
                                                            Parte and get as many people along as possible.        What will you be going for in 2008? We will have
                                                            How has the Narrabri Modacious Poolcleaners            to wait and see what the growing season brings
                                                            progressed in this time? in 2006 we had 67 par-        and then match the outfit accordingly.
                                                            ticipants raising around $9500 which grew to 90        How can people get involved in the 2008 Mo-
                                                            in 2007 raising about $11,300 for beneficiaries.       vember? To join the Narrabri Movember team go
                                                            Who are the previous “Man of Movember” win-            to select “Join
                                                            ners? Harley Sheridan (2006) and last year, Drew       a Team”, enter the captains rego. number 1332366
                                                            Penberthy (pictured). Both Harley and Drew grew        and my email address gusmacrae83@bigpond.
                                                            great mos, dressed up brilliantly on the Mo Town       com and your off and mo-ing. Alternatively, give
                                                            Parte Night and put a lot of effort into their fund-   me a call on 0428 944 850.
                                                            raising. Basically, strong all-round performances.

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 65 Barwan St, Narrabri (P) 6792 2155 (E)

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meet OF
                                                                                                            sibilities, learn about procedures and resources
                                                                                                            to troubleshoot and evaluate their committees.
                                                                                                            Organisations are more likely to retain members
                                                                                                            if committees are effective. Plus it is FREE! The

tHe iSSUe
                                                                                                            cost of the training is $195 per day if you were to
                                                                                                            attend the seminars elsewhere.
                                                                                                            What organisations do you think will benefit
                                                                                                            from having members attend? Any community
                                                                                                            group, non profit, church or sporting body that
                                                                                                            holds meetings or is responsible for governing
                                                                                                            and managing.
MuNiTy DEVELOPMENT, BuT NO SEAFOOD...                                                                       How many meetings have you been involved
                                                                                                            in? Thousands
How long have you been in Narrabri? 11 years.                                                               What was your worst meeting? My first meet-
                                                                                                            ing as the NDCAS Manager, where the majority of
Where were you before and what were you                                                                     members informed me that they were resigning
doing? in the Bankstown area, working for the                                                               at the same time, nothing personal…
Australian Foundation for Disabled with young
people with intellectual disabilities and from dif-                                                         Name three ingredients to a successful meet-
ferent cultural backgrounds.                                                                                ing? 1. Different and objective opinions that
                                                                                                            encourage healthy debate 2. Skills and expertise
What is the best thing about living in Narrabri?                                                            (Come to the training!) 3. Max Pringle’s cake
Everyone is aware of each other’s personal space.                                     iMAGE: CHRiS JOLLOW
Have you ever walked down George Street, in                                                                 Name three ingredients to an unsuccessful
Sydney? it doesn’t happen.                            tend. These meetings will feature presentations       meeting? 1. No direction from the chairman 2.
                                                      from staff and the Management Board as well           Lack of participation of members. 3. Not reading
What are your interests outside of work? Garden-      as service planning and evaluation. Membership        the background information or having no knowl-
ing, music, watching the Blue Boars play, hanging     costs $5.00.                                          edge of the Agenda.
out with friends having quiet beverages.
                                                      In a sentence, why do you think people should         What meeting would you like to be a fly on the
Baked beans or spaghetti? Baked beans of              sign up? Because it is easier to affect change in     wall at? Any meeting where politicians dance
course – fibre is important.                          your community as a group than it is individually.    around in their underdaks!
What is the NDCAS? NDCAS is the Narrabri & Dis-       What’s happening on the first weekend of No-          What are common mistakes made by people
trict Community Aid Service. it is a community        vember? NDCAS has invited the Australian insti-       attending meetings? Not ensuring that all in-
organisation that was established in 1974 to pro-     tute of Community Practice & Governance (the          formation is made available to them – they are
vide services to those in need.                       training arm of to           accountable so they should know what is going
Today, it supports people in crisis, homeless, and    deliver training on Board & Committee responsi-       on.
youth at risk, support for families, as well as op-   bilities and meeting procedures.                      What role can food play in meetings? Appar-
portunities to participate in their communities.      How did this come about? Our own Manage-              ently quite important.
We also provide supported playgroups and a toy        ment Board wanted training in governance and
library service. All in a day’s work!                                                                       Good meeting food? Max Pringle’s cake
                                                      it was much more economical to bring the train-
The NDCAS is currently involved in a member-                                                                Bad meeting food? Left over cheese platter from
                                                      ers here than it was for the members to travel to
ship drive. What’s this all about? We are inviting                                                          a previous meeting held the month before
                                                      a capital city. Board member Glenys (pictured on
individuals in the community to join as members.      right) suggested we open it up to the general         Describe your fantasy meeting location? The
By joining as a member, you are provided with an      public.                                               Greenhouse Tavern in Coffs over their giant sea-
opportunity to provide feedback and comments,                                                               food baskets!
                                                      Why do you think it is important for people to
and support local community development. Four         attend? The training will give participants the op-   What would you be meeting about? The size of
meetings will be held per year for members to at-     portunity to understand their roles and respon-       the seafood baskets!

                                       Play your part in the big picture
                                       The Narrabri & District Community Aid Service has invited the Australian Institute of Community
                                       Practice & Governance to deliver training to the Narrabri Shire’s committees, boards, sporting
                                       and community organisations.
                                       The workshops will be held at the Narrabri RSL Club. You can attend one or both workshops.
                                       They are free and morning tea and lunch will be provided.
                                       Saturday November 1, 9.30 am – 3 pm – Secrets of Successful Boards
                                       Sunday November 2, 9.30 am – 1 pm – Making Meetings Work
                                       Registrations are due by 24 October. Contact NDCAS on 67924 900 for more information.

                                      These workshops are an iniative of the NDCAS for the community. Become a NDCAS member for $5 per year.

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                                    LittLe HOUSe, big iDea
                                    Starting late in 2005 and over a 12 month period, Wee Waa’s Tim and Sue        A great garden involves… Conceptual skills but mostly hard work (S)
                                    Fragar converted a bare block into a virtual oasis known today as the Little   Favourite plant and why? Probably Box, looks great and very hardy (S)
                                    House of Rose.
                                                                                                                   Worst weed and why? Spiny burr grass, have you ever had one in your fin-
                                    This year it has gained entry in the 2008 Australian Open Garden Scheme.       ger? (S)
                                    Living Magazine caught up with the couple to see who had the greenest          Most difficult plant to grow? if they’re difficult i don’t grow them (S)
                                    thumb, amongst other things...
                                                                                                                   What’s “hot to pot” this spring? Succulents are always good (S)
                                    How long have you been together? We have been married for 32 years
                                                                                                                   Describe your garden? A little of everything to please everyone (S)
                                    Have you any kids? We have two adult children and two grand kids.
                                                                                                                   Your garden is to be featured as part of the 2008 Australian Open Garden
                                    When did you arrive in Wee Waa? In April, 1984.                                Scheme. What is this all about? An Australia wide scheme sponsored by
                                    Where were you before and what were you doing? We were living the
                                    standard suburban life in Gosford on the central coast.
                                    What brought you to Wee Waa? Basically the opportunity for a tree change,
                                    and to raise the kids in a country environment.
                                    What do you do for a living? Contract Agricultural services (T)
                                    Why do you do it? it is geographically appropriate and it suits me (T)

                                                                                                                                                                                              PHOTOS SuPPLED
                                    What are your interests (outside family and work)? Gardening & quilting
                                    (S) Flying (T)
                                    Who has the greenest thumb? Sue without a doubt (T)

                                                                                                making the most of your space

                                                                                                                                                   Gifts • Furniture • Jewellery • Nursery

                                                                                                                                           The Little House on Rose
                                                                                                                                                    76 Rose St Wee Waa. (P) 6795 3334

                                    12 Living Magazine • October 2008
                                                                                                                                                                     my job

                                                                                                      giVe JeNNa
                                                                                                      a breaK!
                                                                                                      AFTER SPENDiNG TiME WORK-
                                                                                                      iNG OVERSEAS, JENNA BAiLEy
                                                                                                      DECiDED iT WAS TiME TO
                                                                                                      RETuRN TO AuSTRALiA.
                                                                                                      JENNA WAS KEEN TO WORK
                                                                                                      iN NORTH WEST NSW SO SHE
                                                                                                      COuLD BE CLOSE TO HER FAM-
                                                                                                      iLy iN GuNNEDAH AND GET

                                                                                                      BACK iNTO HORSE RiDiNG.
                                                                                                      TEN MONTHS AGO SHE
                                                                                                      LANDED HER BiG BREAK, AND
                                                                                                      NOW WORKS iN NARRABRi.
                                                                                                                                           PHOTO By CHRiS JOLLOW

                                                                                                      WHAT IS YOUr JOB?
                    the ABC, which allows the public to view certain gardens for a 2 day period.
                                                                                                      i am the Chief Radiographer at Hunter New England imaging, Narrabri
                    The purpose of the scheme is to broaden people’s vision of what is achiev-
                                                                                                      Health Service. i provide an x-ray service to the Narrabri District Health
                    able in an Australian garden. it’s a great way to glean ideas of what works
                                                                                                      Service; this includes half a day on Tuesday mornings in Wee Waa.
                    in a particular climatic conditions and to be inspired. All moneys raised are
                    shared between the AOGS and local charities.(S)                                   My job is to provide radiographs for the radiologist, who is the doctor
                                                                                                      that makes the diagnosis. The results are then sent to the referring
                    How did your garden come to be selected? We were approached by the
                    NW coordinator of AOGS(S)
                                                                                                      WHAT DOES YOUr DAY TO DAY JOB ENTAIL?
                    How did the idea for the Little House on rose come about? The site be-
                    came available in the centre of town. Sue had a plan in her head of how this      The x-ray department is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Most of the day
                    could look, enhancing the amenity of the town.(T)                                 is taken up by appointments and seeing to inpatients in the hospital.
                     What did the transformation involve? Vision, an action plan & hard work.         Considerable time is also spent managing the department. in the case
                                                                                                      of an emergency, i may be required to x-ray someone urgently at any
                     How long did it take? About 12 months (T)
                     What was the biggest obstacle to overcome? Poor soil which had been
                                                                                                      HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS CArEEr?
                     brought in for weather proofing. The soil in this area had to be removed and
                     replaced.(T)                                                                     My mum is a registered nurse in Gunnedah and suggested Radiogra-
                                                                                                      phy as a placement for year 10 work experience. i really enjoyed it and
                     What was the most enjoyable part of the project? Seeing the transforma-
                                                                                                      decided to follow it as a career.
                     tion and seeing it used for public community events (T)
                                                                                                      WHAT IS YOUr FAVOUrITE PArT OF THE JOB?
                     What was the least enjoyable part of the project? Wanting to be able to do
                     more but having to wait (T)                                                      My qualifications are recognised internationally which has enabled me
                                                                                                      to work and travel overseas, which was a fantastic opportunity and one
                     What plans have you for the future? (in regard to site and hall) Tasteful res-
                                                                                                      i will never forget. Plus meeting someone new every 15 minutes, means
                     toration allowing garden and building to be used for functions, weddings
                                                                                                      i get to have a bit of a chat which i quite enjoy.
                     etc and maybe a coffee lounge (T)
                                                                                                      WHAT ArE THE MOrE CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF YOUr JOB?
                                                                                                      Being the sole practitioner means i am on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a
                                                                                                      week. This means that i have to take my phone with me everywhere in
                                                                                                      case of an emergency. Another challenge is dealing with people in a
                                                                                                      traumatic situation after they have been injured.

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                                                                                                      IS THIS THE JOB YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO?
                                                                                                      yes. There is so much opportunity to diversify and specialise in differ-
                                                                                                      ent areas of radiography, for example Computed Tomography (CT),
                                                                                                      Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRi), ultrasound and Angiography just

                                                                                                      to name a few. it also enables the chance to work anywhere in Australia,
                                                                                                      as well as overseas.
                                                                                                      WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOr OTHErS WANTING TO FOLLOW
                                                                                                      DOWN THE SAME CArEEr PATH?
                                                                                                      Radiography is a fantastic and rewarding career with endless opportu-
                                                                                                      nities. it needs to be kept in mind that this profession deals directly with
                                                                                                      the public and especially with people who have been injured, so good
                                                                                                      people skills and compassion are a must.
                                                                                                      A Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) is a
                                                                                                      3 year course and is offered at Newcastle, Sydney and Wagga Wagga
                                                         *During October Only.
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                                                                                                      me at the x-ray department on (02) 6799 2831.
                                                        28 Dangar St , NARRABRI. 6792 1444

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social & style    Narrabri education Foundation art auction September 12 Photos: chris Jollow

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                                                                  Phone (02) 6795 3363
 Wee Waa P trivia Night august 22 Photos: rheannon Flewitt          cubbaroo Polo X Fundraiser Sept. 22 Photos: rheannon Flewitt

The Historic Cuttabri Wine Shanty’s 2nd Annual Spring Fair
 Wee Waa Hospital Fundraiser: All proceeds from competitions, Lion’s sausage sizzles,
 raffles and stall hire to be donated to Wee Waa Hospital.
 Adult competitions Wife carrying, wine relay, hammer throw, dog jumping, billy boiling,
 cross cut sawing...
 Kids competitions: Three legged race, egg and spoon, sack race, coca cola relay...
 Markets from 10am: Fresh produce, wares, poultry, pot plants + more. Stalls available for
 hire for $8 (donated). You can sell anything. Businesses welcome.
 Monster raffle: It’ll be big and it may be bigger! Any business or individual who would
 like to donate a prize on the day please contact Tracie.
 So many other attractions: Displays and demonstrations, jumping castle, beer tent + bar,
 hot food + entertainment (Peter Denovan) all day and night.

10am-late, Saturday October 25. Bring friends and family for a fun filled day & night.
Camping & bathroom facilities on site. Pilliga Rd, Cuttabri. Phone 6796 2240

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  Lines,                                                                                                      The best catch I ever made was… (JC)- with
                                                                                                              regards to freshwater you’ll also see that on the
                                                                                                              DVD, also caught on film. But overall it was the

                                                                                                              500kg Bronze Whaler caught on 40lb line that
                                                                                                              towed us from Swansea to Terrigal and wound
                                                                                                              up being bigger than the 16ft boat we were in.
                                                                                                              (JS)- i caught 5 species of trout in the Canadian

  action...                                                                                                   Rockies on my Fly Rod which i am pretty proud
                                                                                                              of, but the 40kg yellowfin Tuna on 8kg line 35km’s
                                                                                                              off Perth at the back of Rottnest island in my
                                                                                                              4.65m tinny probably wins.
                                                                                                              If you weren’t fishing you’d be… to be serious,
                                                                                                              we’re actually planning our next trip! Oh, and
                                                                                                              spending quality time with our families.
                                                                                                              Tallest fishing tale? it would have to be that fish-
                                                                                                              ing is a cheap and relaxing past-time.
                                                                                                              How did the idea to make a DVD come about?
                                                                                                              The distinct lack of high quality Australian native

                                                                                                              fish content was mainly responsible for this. A
                                                                                            PHOTOS SuPPLiED   throw away line whilst in the Gorges one time
                                                                                                              about it being “a shame that only a small percent-
        amie Condon (main pic) and Josh             you asked my wife, it would be too long. My life          age of the population ever actually get to see
        Smith (left) have returned to their         has been devoted to fishing since, as a toddler,          that pristine wilderness right on our doorstep”
        hometown of Narrabri, bringing their        my grandfather andfather first introduced me              prompted a decision to make a concerted effort
        young families back for the country         to the addiction that is Fishing. (JS)- i was a bit       to showcase it on film.
upbringing both experienced and cherished.          of a late comer to fishing at around 9 years old.
                                                                                                              Where did you shoot the DVD? it was shot on
They have also brought with them a combined         Growing up on a farm with no proximity to water
                                                                                                              the western watershed systems of the Great
passion for fishing that can only be described      dictated that. Things changed when we moved
                                                                                                              Divide, no more than 3 hours drive from here.
as a whopper.                                       to town and discovered the mighty Namoi.
                                                                                                              So... where were they biting? As anyone from
This passion has resulted in the pair producing     Who is the best fisherman and why? (JS)- Jamie
                                                                                                              around here will tell you, “right between the Big
their own DVD title “Fishing the Gorges with        has an unparalleled amount of patience when it
                                                                                                              bridge and the low level bridge.
Josh and Jamie”, a “docustyle fishumentary”         comes to targeting the huge fish that look great
                                                    on film. i am driven by quantity so that we have          What did the production process involve? (JC)-
showcasing the native fish and the techniques
                                                    some options when it comes to editing. (JC)-              We controlled all aspects of the production pro-
used to catch them in the New England area.
                                                    Josh is the master of catching fish after fish. i can     cess. Fishing, filming and editing. This meant a lot
Living Magazine lured Jamie (JC) and Josh (JS)      recall a day that i was fishless for over 12 hours,       of big hours on the water behind the camera and
into an interview...                                biding my time for the showstopper while Josh             then ultimately the computer. Editing 50 plus
What does your day job involve? (JC)- i’m the       boated 26 fish. So to answer your question my             hours of footage back to a 75 minute presenta-
Corporate Electrical Manager at Auscott Limited,    one fish usually equals his 26.                           tion resulted in many late nights and now shares
overseeing the companies electrical & techni-                                                                 in the Red Bull company. All up we managed
                                                    Favourite fishing location? Catch and release,
cal direction. (JS)- i’m the iT Manager at Cotton                                                             over 200 fish, all caught on lures and released.
                                                    lure fishing for native fish on the western edge
Seed Distributors and am responsible for the iT     of the Great Divide. This for us is the last of the       The hard part was… deciding which fish made
Network & Communications infrastructure across      “frontier land.”                                          it to the final cut, and dealing with the caffeine
the CSD Group of companies.                                                                                   addictions we both now have.
                                                    The one that got away was… (JC)- you’ll see it
How much time have you spent fishing? (JC)- if      first hand on the DVD, all caught on film. Still hav-     The easy part was… putting the fantastic cus-

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tom music score to the footage. We were most
happy with the results.                                            HuNTER NEW ENGLAND
                                                                   HEALTH’S Natalie Smith
The best moment was… (JS)- seeing all the
                                                                   ON THE BENEFiTS OF
hard work and countless hours culminate in a
                                                                   DRiNKiNG WATER
75minute feature.
The worst moment was… anytime between
11pm and 2.30am during the editing stage.
The scariest moment was…running into a
seven foot long King Brown that wasn’t too keen
on us fishing and filming on his granite boulder.
The funniest moment was…(JC)- The “slippery
rock incident” for sure. This involved Josh trying
to usher a feisty little cod back into the water
on downwards sloping, slime covered rock. The
result was a spectacular Michael Flatley-esque
dance with a damp conclusion.
The best location was... anywhere in the Gorges
The biggest fish caught was… (JS)- A beautiful
example of a Murray Cod, just over the magic
metre long mark, caught and released by Jamie
who perservered in some pretty tough condi-

                                                       Water – are you getting enough?
tions for what turned out to be a truly fantastic
What can people look forward to at the launch
party? A unique feature for Narrabri in the form       Did you know your body is 65-75% water? As water can’t be stored in our body, we need to
of a Movie Premiere. Starting out in the Riverside     restock everyday to recover losses through lungs, skin, urine and faeces.
room with some Canapes and a few drinks to             Some symptoms of not drinking enough water include; constipation, dry itchy skin, acne, nose
some great live music , we will then move into         bleeds, repeated urinary tract infections, constant sneezing, and sinus pressure and headaches
Cinema One for the official premiere screening
of our first DVD release, “Gorge Fishing with Josh     Dehydration. Dehydration occurs when water content in the body is low. Symptoms include
and Jamie”.                                            headaches, tiredness, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked
                                                       lips, dark-coloured urine, weakness, confusion and hallucinations. Eventually urination stops, the
 Copies of the DVD will be available for sale at a     kidneys fail and the body can’t remove toxic waste products. in extreme cases, this may result
special premiere evening price. Subsequent to          in death.
this event, the DVD will be obtainable from our
website and some local resellers.                      Eight glasses a day can keep the fat away! Water helps in losing weight and keeping it off. it
                                                       blocks the appetite and helps the body break down stored fat.
What do you think are the unique selling
points of the DVD? Two Narrabri locals both            Water relieves constipation. When the body doesn’t get enough water, it takes what it needs
born and bred showcasing not only beautiful            from other sources, the bowel being the main source, leading to constipation. However, if you
Australian, native fish and techniques used to         drink plenty of water, normal bowel function returns.
catch them but also the magnificent environ-           How much is enough? The average person should drink 8 glasses per day; however, overweight
ment from which they eminate.                          persons need to drink more. There is also increased needs when you exercise or if the weather
What’s next? Planning is well and truly under-         is hot and dry.
way for the second instalment, as is filming for       With the weather warming and summer just around the corner make sure you give your body
the pilot that will be presented to both free to air   what it needs to function correctly… water!
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                                                                                                                         DANiEL TRuDGEON iS THE LOCAL
                  NARRABRi SHiRE ViSiTOR CENTRE’S BELINDA SYMONS POTTERS ABOuT                                           NATiONAL PARKS AND WiLDLiFE
                  PiLLiGA AND THE PiiLiGA POTTERy, BiRD WATCHiNG BiNOCuLARS iN HAND...                                   SERViCE, SENiOR RANGER FOR
                                                                                                                         COMMuNiTy RELATiONS

                                                                                                          During the school holidays the National Parks and
                                                                                                          Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conduct several new
                                                                                                          and unique guided tag along drive tours of the
                                                                                                          Pilliga Forest.

POtterY                                                                                                   There are three tours being offered in the Pilliga
                                                                                                          Forest including an insight into the cultural heri-
                                                                                                          tage of the area and one for the bird enthusiast.
Last month we explored the Sandstone Caves,                                                               The Aboriginal cultural experience of the “Sun-
a natural wonder hidden deep in the Pilliga                                                               dancin’ Tour” includes an Aboriginal Discovery
Forest. in a similar vein this month we’re heading                                                        Ranger guided walk of the impressive Sandstone
just a few kilometres further down the Newell                                                             Caves and rock art site.
Highway to discover a manmade treasure called                                                             The Sandstone Caves are an important site for
Pilliga Pottery.                                                                                          the local Gamilaroi (also written as Gomeroi and
                                                                                                          Gamilaraay) Aboriginal people and are not well
you’ve probably seen their sign as you’re cruising
                                                                                                          known. They are difficult to access without a
towards Coonabarabran, but have you ever ven-
                                                                                                          guide, so this is a great way to experience them.
tured in for a sticky beak? No? Well be assured
you are missing out on a magical experience.                                                              yowies, Dingoes and a Million Wild Acres is a
                                                                                                          brand new tag-along tour which will take you to
Nestled in the beautiful woodlands of the Pilliga                                                         sites not generally visited by the public including
Forest sits the extensive studio workshop, gallery                                                        old sleeper cutter camps, gravestones and other
and café that make up Pilliga Pottery. Even the                                                           historic sites. This tour is lead by locals with a great
buildings are works of art, with inspirational                                                            knowledge of the history and hidden treasures of
architecture that so complements the surrounds                                                            the Pilliga.
you’ll imagine they sprouted up of their own
                                                                                                          The Pilliga forest is a famous refuge for woodland
                                                                                                          birds and the “Babblers and Branches” tour is a
Pilliga Pottery utilises a unique and stunning                                                            great opportunity for experienced birdwatchers
“lead-light” effect which brings their traditional      with over 120 species resident or regular         and beginners alike, to have a Discovery Ranger
and Australian designs to life. Ranging from            migrants.                                         with local knowledge show them around.
garden pottery to beautifully designed kitchen-                                                           When in the Pilliga visit the Salt Caves and the re-
ware and decorative pottery of every shape and           if you’re lucky you may spot of one the eight
                                                                                                          cently upgraded picnic area which is a short walk
size, everything is handmade on site from locally       threatened species found here, the Grey–
                                                                                                          from a dam that is good for bird watching.
sourced clay. Visitors are welcome to watch the         crowned Babbler (pictured left), Hooded
                                                        Robin, Speckled Warbler, Brown Treecreeper,       Along with new picnic shelters, the Salt Caves
potters and artists at work.
                                                        Turquoise Parrot, Glossy Black Cockatoo,          picnic area now has a free gas BBQ and a toilet.
Offering farm tours, horse riding, pottery classes,     Diamond Firetail (pictured right) or the Black–   These tours are part of the state wide Discovery
bush walking, stargazing or the chance to purely        chinned Honeyeater.                               walks, talks and tours program and are a good
relax, Pilliga Pottery is truly a jack of all trades.                                                     chance for locals and visitors to experience some
                                                        Next time you’re passing by think of the out-
Birdwatchers take note; the property is a haven                                                           of what this amazing forest has to offer.
                                                        door and indoor activities awaiting the whole
for a remarkable number of distinctive birds,           family and experience Pilliga!                    Booking are essential and numbers are limited so
                                                                                                          get in early!

    Discover your local National Park
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                                                                    October for lunch and dinner except
Enjoy plenty of your own space and
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kids pool and lush, grassy play areas.                              for the district’s visitors.               Lunch 12 - 2pm
The cooking facilities include three,      for motel room guests    A half hourly special e ects show          Dinner 6-9pm
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  sushi                                                               family
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Break up your working week with a                                   For a home cooked meal, away
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$6 serving of sushi.                                                price, visit the Wilga Hotel.
There are three avours to choose                                    There is an emphasis on family at the
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lots (2) Smoked salmon, avocado                                     areas surrounding the pub, with
& cucumber (3) Sweet Omelette &                                     plenty of tables, chairs and grassy
Vegetable.                                                          areas. Large shade sails turn this space   open
Made fresh on the day, Relish’s sushi      open                     into a comfortable and cool place to       Lunch:
is a cool, light, alternative during the                            unwind with family and friends.            Thurs-Fri: 12 - 2pm
                                           Monday - Friday
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a unique avour that both your taste-        For bookings contact    $12 Rump Steaks on Tuesdays and
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                  P.O. KATE SCHWAGER                          the goods and services that are available in the town. All
                                                              going well it will be launched at the BBPA dinner on the
                 At the last meeting the Chamber dis-         22nd of November.                                               protecting the family jewels
                 cussed the formation of a Skate Park
                                                              in September the BBPA also welcomed John Manner-
Committee and scheduling a public meeting about                                                                               Not long ago a client (who has substantial
                                                              ing, owner of the iGA, to his first BBPA meeting.
this issue. This has since been completed. The Skate                                                                          property holdings) said to me, “i haven’t had a
Park Committee consists of Conrad Bolton as President,                                                                        chance to come and see you but i did get one
Andrew John as Treasurer, and John O’Neil as Secretary.
                                                                             NARRABRI CHAMBER                                 of those will kits. Are they any good?”.
Other members include Maxine Booby, Steve MacCa-
rthy, Jacob O’Neil, James John and a number of young                         PRESIDENT RICHARD ORR                            My response was to tell him the following story
people. Four locations for the skate park are being                                                                           about a friend of mine. To protect his identity
                                                                             The BEST Business Awards are all done
considered. These include Dangar Park (which gained                                                                           and for the sake of telling this story, we will call
                                                                             and dusted for 2008. Congratulations to
the most support), Ludowici and Rotary Parks and the
                                                              all who participated in promoting Narrabri as a great           this friend... John.
Sporting Complex. The latter gained the least support                                                                         John visited his in-laws on the weekend with
                                                              place to do business and for making it such a good
due to it being close to the highway traffic. Local youth
                                                              night out. The whole event is about recognition for all         his wife to show off their new (fourth) child and
will be the principal designers of the park and they will
                                                              those hours we put into providing goods and services            to help his father in law mark calves.
be checking out other designs to make sure Wee Waa’s
                                                              for our community. Customers need business and busi-
park is different from everyone else’s. There is strong                                                                       When they had finished marking the 30th and
                                                              nesses need customers. it is a simple formula that takes
support to see this finished with both the Lions and Ro-
                                                              some effort to get right.
                                                                                                                              final calf, the father in law asked, “So John, are
tary clubs of Wee Waa involved as well as the Chamber.                                                                        you going to have any more kids?”.
it may be some time before the first stone is turned due      On the Awards night we also took the opportunity to
                                                              officially launch our new logo.                                 John replied “Four is enough. i’ve got an ap-
to the drought and sourcing funds for it. This is a project
                                                                                                                              pointment with the doctor next week, so that
that came out of the Chamber’s Strategic Plan Meeting
held last year and arranged by council.                                                                                       issue will be sorted out for good”.
We had an update from Conrad regarding the Public                                                                             The father in law then made a ‘generous offer’.
Library extensions and toilet block that these are pro-                                                                       “you can see i am pretty handy with a knife and
gressing well.                                                                                                                metho. i’ll fix you up and you’ll save a few bob
We have formed a Mardi Gras committee and confirma-           it really has become a banner to focus us on what is            by not having to go to the doctor”he said.
tion of a date will be known at the next meeting. The         our “Main Game” The purpose of the Narrabri & District          John thanked the father in law for his kind of-
                                                              Chamber of Commerce is indeed to “Advance Narrabri”
Mardi Gras committee will be holding regular meetings                                                                         fer and quickly excused himself, saying he had
before each Chamber meeting coming up to the De-              from where it is now, into a brighter future. Our con-
                                                                                                                              promised to help look after the new baby when
cember Mardi Gra.                                             fidence is in the knowledge that we are a “Gold Star”
                                                              town with potential to develop further and deeper to            he was finished with the marking.
                                                              serve our region, and, encourage a wider base on which          As John walked to the house he had visions of
               BOGGABrI BUSINESS P.A                          to build primary and secondary employment, enhance              the potentially disastrous consequences of be-
               SECrETArY DONNA TuRNER                         our country- style cultural opportunities and expand            ing ‘marked’ himself.
                                                              available retail services.
              At September’s meeting of the BBPA,                                                                             The next week, with these visions still firmly in
                                                              None of these things will happen by chance or without           mind, John received a referral to a specialist for
              final details were put into place for the       community support. Apart from the obvious element of
Rotary Club 2008 “Employee of the year” Award, and the                                                                        his little operation...
                                                              favourable seasons, they require planning and a belief
new award for the “Business of the year”. Entry forms will    in our ability to stretch out and grow into the future. it is   The moral to this story is simple. Don’t risk your
soon be available from business houses throughout the         for these reasons that unifying the business community          valuable assets for the sake of “saving a few
town.                                                         under the one banner is so important and why we will            bob”.
The new entrance signs to town have been erected,             continue to encourage services to members so we can             Expert advice and completion of legal work can
bringing us in line with both Narrabri and Wee Waa.           expand our “together in business” approach.                     prevent problems, mistakes and risks to your
The focus now turns to signs for the Main street and          if you want to join us and have a voice in shaping the          most valuable assets, such as your home, busi-
the museum.                                                   future of Narrabri business please contact us on 6792           ness and estate.
The Advance Boggabri Committee is busy collecting all         1342.

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               heleN CaiN REFLECTS
               ON A TiME BEFORE THE
               ADVENT OF TELEViSiON,
               WHEN “THE PiCTuRES”
               WAS THE PLACE TO BE.
Do you remember Mrs. Kinchela, formerly Mrs.
Foxe, the ‘General’, the usherette, prowling up and
down the aisles with her big torchlight, beaming
it onto embarrassed faces caught smooching,
misbehaving or creating a nuisance?
This was a common scene at the the Strand Pic-
ture Theatre in Maitland Street in the 1950’s and
early 60’s before the advent of television.
There was “downstairs” with lower-priced seating
of folding canvas deckchairs and the overwhelm-
ing section at its front known as ‘peanut alley’.
Here you could find lots of prams and strollers
where toddlers, children, teenagers and everyone
else really enjoyed themselves, lounging around.
There was “upstairs”, with its more-expensive
seats with padded cushions, but wooden arms
‘between’. A little more ‘posh’ and formal, not ex-
tremely comfortable, and not nearly so friendly.
in winter we wore smart woollen overcoats or
suits and even in summer we donned cardigans
because it was chilly outdoors. There was no such
thing as Aeroguard and the aroma of Citronella
hung in the air. it wasn’t a pleasent smell but it
kept away the mozzies .
During the hotter months the open-air “Savoy”
was used. if the weather threatened, the crowd
grew nervous and restless. if it broke, there was
pandamonium as the crown relocated back into
the main theatre.
Occasionally the scampering possums atop the
ivy and morning-glory vine-covered sides of the
outdoor theatre would distract and delight the
audience. There was a matinee on Saturday ‘arvo’,
so youngsters were home well before dark.
There was a half-time interval, which saw crowds
scurrying to the Milk-Bar for a cool drink or boxes
of lollies. Winning Post Chocolates, Jaffas, Mal-      Helen Cain is the research and Archives Officer for the Narrabri and District Historical Society
teesers, Fan-tails, Columbines and Jubes were          and is ably assisted by her husband Gordon. The Society is responsible for maintaining and
among the favourites. Some theatre-goers would         operating the hub of Narrabri history, The Old Gaol Museum, open 11am-3pm Sat & Sun.
cross the street to Colyvan’s Shop for a delicious
treat, a chocolate coated ice-cream in a cone. in     While it seems lifetimes away from today, the
winter one sucked on “Throaties” as coughs were       youth of our town and young families meet for
de-trop. There were no flu-shots in those days!       fellowship and friendship at the Strand, now con-
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play ‘spooks’ with torches, descending huge hand-     brick and iron’ with six escape doors at the sides,
shadows from above, frightening and threatening       after fire destroyed an earlier theatre.
the audience of squealing juveniles till the lights   i can still remember “Casablanca” with Humphrey
came on again and the film restarted.                 Bogart and ingrid Bergman; Clarke Gable and Vi-
Two movies were always shown, accompanied             vien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”; and Tarzan,
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                                                                                          Christmas touches...
                                                                                          Book your place in our fun, social,
                                                                                          Christmas gift and decoration work-
                                                                                          shops. Eg.“Days til Christmas” 
                                                                                          Extensive range of craft and scrap-
                                                                                          booking supplies + NEW ARRIVALS.

                                                                                          224 Boundary St, Narrabri. (P) 6792 4614
                                                                                          (E) or visit

Narrabri beariNgS & ag SPareS                                                            Bellata Playgroup                                        save videos
 60 years combined experience
                                                                                                                                                   onto dvds
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                                                                                         Held 2nd &
                                                                                         4th Tuesday
                                                                                         of the month
                                      • After hours service available
                                                                                         during the
                                      • Hydraulic & Industrial Hose & Fittings
                                      • Extensive range of quality products              school term.
                                      • Now includes metric bolts/nuts
                                                                                         At the Bellata
                                      Stockists of ‘E-Z-Go’                              Tennis Club
                                      vehicles & accessories                             10-11.30am
                                      16/22 Wee Waa Road, Narrabri
                                      Phone 6792 6222 Fax 6792 6223                                            Contact Candy or                   Narrabri Camera House
                                      Skip 0427 028 689 Rod 0439 924 387                                       Lisa on 6792 3299                        117 Maitland St 6792 1409

                                      NORTHWEST                                              the Best BB
                                                                                                         q’s start

                   TARPS & TRIM                                                              with the Be
                                                                                                         st Meats.
 Lic.No. MD20574

                           • Complete Motor Trimming Service                             Fresher
                           • Replacement Spray Tubes, Wind Socks, Canopies,              Healthier
                           Boat Covers, Shade Sails, Swags & Furniture                   Tastier
                           • Roll Over Tarps - design & manufacture
                                                                                         Low prices
                           • Tarp Repair Service - including full
                           module extensions to 40’                                      Locally sourced
                                                                                         Premium quality
                           Licensed Motor Dealer & Wrecker
                           66 Wee Waa rd, Narrabri
                           (P) 6792 2033 (F) 6792 2044 (M) 0428 222 006                  CraddoCk’s ButChery                                             Phone orders 6792 2083
                                                                                         150 Maitland st narraBri                                               eftPos availaBle

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