New name likely

DEDICATED: The renaming would help boost interest in maintaining the park.AFTER 18 months of improving the Myall River Camping Area, the Lions Club of Bulahdelah has put forward a proposal to re-name the reserve Lions Park Bulahdelah.
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A report from the Great Lakes Council said council officers fully supported the name change with the Bulahdelah community already referring to the reserve as the Lions Park. President of the Lions Club of Bulahdelah Arthur Baker said before the group started work at the reserve there was “nothing but lantana and overgrowth”.

With the help of Great Lakes Council members of the club were inducted to maintenance and regeneration works an provided with equipment to do the job. The main purpose of the upgrade was to provide an area where motorists can pull in, stop and take a break off the highway.

“They pulled the rest stop at the golf club north of Bulahdelah so we want to duplicate that,” Mr Baker said. The area is now used for overnight camping mainly during school holidays with people stopping over for the night. Mr Baker said the renaming of the reserve would help give the club “more interest in maintaining and upgrading” the area. The council will first advertise the proposed change for a period of 28 days until April 11. If no objections are received the application will be forwarded to the Geographical Names Board to rename the reserve Lions Park Bulahdelah.

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Proposal for Broughton Island hut

THE increase in numbers of visitors, scientists and volunteers coming to Broughton Island has spurred National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to look at establishing a small management hut and storage area on the island.
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NPWS Hunter region manager Robert Quirk said the proposed management hut would provide a base for staff and camp ground hosts to manage camping on the island in peak periods. It would also be used to accommodate researchers and volunteers who use the island to study threatened wildlife. To minimise the visual and environmental impacts of building, Mr Quirk said the hut would be located in the existing developed precinct at Esmeralda Cove, next to the seven privately owned fishing huts currently licenced to the Broughton Island Conservation Society.

“Located on the disturbed site of a past fishing hut, the NPWS facility will also provide a public information point for the large number of day visitors who land at this location before walking across to the spectacular vistas of North Beach,” Mr Quirk said. Public comment is being sought on the proposed amendment to the Myall Lakes National Park Plan of Management. Copies of the amendments are available from the NPWS Great Lakes Area Office and at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/MyallLakesPOMamend.htm. Written submissions must be received by The Planner, Myall Lakes National Park, NPWS, Locked Bag 99, Nelson Bay Delivery Centre, 2315, by Wednesday, April 18.

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Motorfest all torque

HOT WHEELS: Great Lakes mayor Jan McWilliams hitches a ride in a 1962 Lincoln Continental. See more pictures on page 2. – Picture by Nathalie Craig ON DISPLAY: Clockwise from left, revellers take a look at what is on offer and below, Helmut Panhuber and Ron Doyle with the Tea Gardens fire trucks and Juergen Seil with his Audi S3 and his VW Kurierwagen which was once used as a patrol car on the Iron Curtain. – Pictures by Nathalie Craig
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A RICH mix of motoring history together with the latest makes and models were on display among hundreds of cars at the tenth annual Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motorfest on Saturday.

There were many well-restored vehicles such as a 1962 Lincoln Continental and a VW Kurierwagen once used as a patrol car on the Iron Curtain as well as pristine condition new models including a 2010 Aston Martin vantage.

Motor club secretary Juergen Seil deemed the tenth motorfest “the best yet”, with perfect weather and 45 motoring clubs participating. More than 2000 people turned out from as far afield as Glen Innes, Tamworth and Port Maquarie to appreciate the show including Great Lakes mayor Jan McWilliams who opened the event and is a self-confessed car enthusiast herself.

“We have a Thunderbird and a 1975 chrysler by chrysler,” she said.

“So it makes it easy to come to places like this and appreciate the work that goes into it.”

Cr McWilliams said she felt honoured to be asked to open the motorfest.

“The committee here do an absolutely wonderful job,” she said.

‘This small committee has been together for 10 years and looks like it will be around for at least another 10.”

Local MP Craig Baumann who also introduced the show praised the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club for its efforts in again staging the successful event.

“There are so many wonderful, well presented cars. I’d just hate to be a judge,” he said.

Mr Seil said the whole event would not be possible without the enthusiastic hard work by the many volunteers and club members.

“They deserve a big thank you,” he said.

For the first time a highway patrol police car was on display and the Newcastle Army Reserve Band entertained the crowds.

Mr Seil also commended the local council maintenance team for their great job preparing the Myall Sports Oval.

In the coming weeks the motor club will one again be making a “sizeable donation” to beneficiaries of the day.

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Volunteers get their hands dirty for big clean up

AT WORK: Chelsea and Danielle Imrie help collect rubbish.TELEVISION sets, mattresses and tyres were among what was collected this Clean Up Australia Day, but volunteers say the good news was that the quantity was a lot less than previous years.
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According to Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Progress Association member Kevin Green 28 volunteers took to the streets last Saturday for a major clean up of the twin towns. “Almost everyone reported that there was significantly less rubbish around this year in the town areas,” Mr Green said.

“We can’t say the same for the local bushland to the same extent but there was still less than before”.

Mr Green said the main haul of rubbish came from the Mungo Brush roadsides and bush tracks where they got more than a trailer full of mattress, tyres, televisions and other household rubbish. Altogether Mr Green estimated that the group of volunteers collected about 30 bags of rubbish.

Leon Katz of Hawks Nest who volunteered with his wife Karen and son Nathan won the lucky entrant prize of a $30 voucher donated by Tea Gardens Country Club.

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Soccer regos

Tea Gardens Soccer Club
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Registration dates: Saturday March 17, 2pm – 4pm at Soccer Field, Witt St, Tea Gardens

Saturday, March 24 9am Final registration and grading/ skills test, Saturday, April 28 9am, season begins – W1.

Fees: 5 – 7 year old $70, 8 – 11 year old $80, 12+ year old $90. No family or multiple discounts. Only cash and cheque accepted. All new members must show a birth certificate. Free socks are provided to new members. Please note our new website www.teagardenssoccerclub南京夜网.au. Email: [email protected]南京夜网

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Season over for Sharks

THE frustration of the wet season continued for the Karuah RSL sponsored Sharks cricket teams.
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The A grade team was eliminated last week after finishing fourth and the semi-finals were washed out denying them any chance to advance.

This week the Junior Sharks promising season ended when the Maitland grounds were deemed too wet for play. They had gone into the finals in good form and because of the nature of the finals system were eliminated. The top team was to play fourth and second play third. The young Sharks finished third and therefore did not get a second chance. The coaches of the young Sharks can be justly proud of their young charges as they played with a lot of enthusiasm throughout the season. Some of the players may well advance to the senior ranks next season with some of the form shown.

C GRADE

The C grade Sharks were the last hope of the club playing the preliminary final against the Dungog Hammers at Vacy. The Sharks were sent in to bat and immediatly found run scoring difficult due a very heavy out field, shots that usually yield twos and threes were only singles. Credit also goes to the Hammers bowlers who bowled with discipline to keep good lines and a full length. The Sharks were bowled out for a very disapointing 50 runs. Only veteran Bob Zelkie managed to get a handle on the bowling with 28 and no real assistance from any other batsmen.

The task ahead was always going to be difficult the Sharks were hoping to continue their good bowling and catching form and hopefully the outfield would remain their friend as well. Nash Johnson picked up the early wicket and when relieved Josh Whitby really put a hole in the Hammers batting order by picking up three wickets and the Sharks were back in the match. Bob Zelkie continued the good work as did Darren weatherall both getting a wicket each. At this stage Hammers were 6 for 36. Sam Rees then took a couple of wickets and Hammers were 8 for 40.

This was the end of the good news for the Sharks as a couple of chances went begging and Hammers limped home by two wickets. The Sharks valiant effort not quite good enough and paid the price of not scoring enough runs. However it must be said they enjoyed a good season anyway.

Sam Rees

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Trial game Saturday

TEA Gardens Hawks will open the season with a trial game against the Wangi Warriors. Last week’s planned trial game did not eventuate after rival squads were unable to field a team.
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As many as 14 new faces will turn out for the Hawks this season, in a major challenge for the club. Elevation into A grade for at least the first three rounds will test the side’s ability to form a winning combination. Brooke Roach will have a coaching dilemma with only seven players backing up from last season at this stage. Players to return include halfback Luke Handsaker, whose direction around the scrum base will be a positive. Anthony Cameron’s impact in the backline will be crucial, and workhorse forward Nathan Ruse will cement his position in the second row. Club captain Trent Murphy will hit the ground running with a strong off season. New players to watch will be forward Kevin Dryden, and ex Myall River juniors Matt Cookson, and Matt Johnson who won’t let the club down in higher company.

The trial game will kick off at 3pm on Saturday March 17 at Myall Park.

Contact 0429 846747 for Hawks information, email [email protected]南京夜网 or check the Hawks Tea Gardens facebook page for updates and events.

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Classic draws 230 golfers

HAWKS Nest Golf Club’s 26th Ladies Classic attracted about 230 women from 40 different golf clubs throughout NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
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The competition took place last Monday and Tuesday and president of Hawks Nest Golf Club Elsa Jones said it was “a fantastic two days”.

Julie Swanson from Pacific Dunes won the classic on 158 scratch with close runner up Lynne Townsend on 162.

“This is the sixth time Julie has won over the last 15 years, Lynne has won the times so it was very close,” Jones said.

The 36 hole nett winner was Julie Bevan from Belmont on 145 c/b and 36 hole stableford winner was Judith Paul from Everglades with 71 points.

Aside from a shower on Monday weather was perfect and Jones said rain before the event ensured the golf course was in “top condition”.

On Monday evening 195 ladies attended a special dinner as part of the two- -day-event with modelling by local ladies of Susan Lawrence Golf Attire. Entertainment was provided by Graeme Hill.

On Monday afternoon the “monster raffle” was held which made $1200 together with a $90 auction of a painting by local artist Lyn Blake.

Jones said she sincerely thanked all local businesses who donated most of the prizes.

She thanked everyone involved in making the event such a success and congratulated all winners of both days.

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Easter art show

EXHIBIT: This painting of Jimmys Beach by Joan Richards will be up for grabs.WITH the easter long weekend comes the 35th annual Tea Gardens Public School Easter Art and Craft Expo.
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Oganised by the Tea Gardens Public School P and C Association, the event is the school’s major annual fundraiser, with more than $12,000 being reaised at previous events.

“The quality and variety of the art and craft on show reflects the many skills and amazing talents of the exhibiting artists,” expo president Trudy Brumby said.

The expo, which takes place at Tea Gardens Public School, is open from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday, 9am until 5pm daily. There will also be an evening of wine tasting, hors d’eouvres and a light supper.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available from the school, Indigo Blue Homewares or from the front desk on the night starting at 6.30pm. This year Margaret Fortey will be the featured artist. A painter of Watercolours on silk, Margaret has developed a unique technique of landscape painting. Morning and afternoon teas with homemade cakes will be for sale all weekend and children’s activities will be available. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $1 each, the prize, a painting of Jimmys Beach by local artist, Joan Richards valued at $550.

Craft entries and artists wishing to exhibit, are invited to complete an entry form, available from the school office, website www.teagardens-p.schools.nsw.edu.au or from Indigo Blue. Entries close on Monday March 26. For any information phone Trudy Brumby 0401 134 177 or Fiona 0409 450 583.

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Deciding games in summer competion

ON THE BALL: Action from the weekend games.THE Bulahdelah Football Club Summer Competition drew to its close last Thursday with six teams competing in their respective grand finals.
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C grade got underway at 6pm with UFOs facing the highly fancied Fracked.

As the saying goes, anything can happen come finals time, and as this match wore on you could sense that an upset was on the cards.

The UFOs were first to strike with Jamie Gordon breaking away down the field to slot home their first for the evening.

A handball saw Fracked draw level shortly after with Ross Talbot calmly slotting the free kick, sending the teams to the break locked 1-1.

The second stanza would see the UFOs snag two more goals wrapping up the match 3-1 and taking the C grade title.

B grade turned out to be a non-event as the Bullrouts who managed an emphatic win in their semi-final the previous week were unable to field a team therefore handing the B grade title to Tea Gardens Hook ‘n’ Cook.

The main event, A grade, grand final kicked off at 7pm with Robyn’s Cafe tackling arch rivals Smiths Lake Bottle-O for the right to lift the BFC Summer Competition – Bulahdelah Bowling Club Shield.

In a physical end-to-end match with two very contrasting styles of play it would take golden goal extra time to determine the 2011-2012 Champions.

Both teams had some great chances to take the match but it took something special to break the dead lock, with Dylan Guthrie clinching the winner for Robyn’s Cafe handing them their sixth Championship.

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