No boat ramp for North Arm Cove

AFTER decades of community campaigning for a public boat ramp in North Arm Cove, Great Lakes Council has decided there is no appropriate place for one.
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Investigations into building a ramp at Heros Bay Reserve found the site would be unusable with the ramp needing to be a minimum of 40 metres in length.

Manager of parks and recreation David Bortfeld said in his report that even if it were to be 40 metres in length it could only be used for about four and a half hours a day.

“The reason for this is the extremely shallow nature of the site and the long tidal movement over the sand and mud flat,” the report stated.

President of the North Arm Cove Residents Association Len Yearsley said he had accepted the outcome because the bottom line was there was no site available.

“We knew it was coming because David Bortfeld had spoken to us about the unsuitability of Heros Bay at our meeting,” he said.

“It softened the blow a bit.”

Mr Yearsley said now that the council had worked through a logical process the only avenue would be if another site became available.

The council has agreed to this plan and Mr Bortfeld said it would try to ensure provisions where possible for boat launching in developments in the area.

There are plans in the pipeline for the council to pursue funding for the establishment of long jetties from Heros Bay Reserve and Casuarina Reserve.

Mr Bortfeld said the fact that there were well-serviced boat launching services at Karuah also played a role in the council’s vision in developments for North Arm Cove.

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Hot weather takes toll on Hawks’ game

IN CONDITIONS better suited to a day of cricket, the Tea Gardens Hawks were defeated by 34 points to 24 by the Shortland Devils on Sunday.
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Depleted by late withdrawals and a subsequent reshuffle of players, the Hawks opened up the game with two quick tries, however could not sustain the pressure against the more experienced visitors.

Best for the Hawks were back rower Trent Murphy and halfback Luke Handsaker.

The stifling conditions took its toll on the game, with some poor ball security, and unforced errors. The Devils adapted better to the heat and enjoyed a lopsided possession of the ball.

The Hawks were forced to defend their line for more than 20 tackles on five occasions. Tries for the Hawks went to Mike Nanai with two, Anthony Cameron, Robert Shakespeare, and Matt Cookson scored one each. Luke Handsaker kicked two goals from five attempts.

The supporter’s award was won by Trent Murphy. The Referees points went to Luke Handsaker. The player’s player award to Nic Clarke.

No competition will be played over the Easter long weekend. Round two will be played on Sunday, April 15 at Wyong.

The game will kick off at 2pm. A bus will leave Tea Gardens at 11am.

The club would like to thank all sponsors and supporters for their efforts this season. Sponsorship is very strong, and club membership has been maintained.

The weekend’s members draw winner was number 85 Daniel Ridley.

He was not at the ground, which will see next home game prize jackpot. Karen Brown won the consolation prize. The tipping competition is also well supported, with additional members entered this year. David Keeling and Anthony Cameron were leading after round four.

Contact 0429 846 747 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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Croquet coaching day success

Myall Park Croquet Club
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OUR coaching day last Saturday was well attended with 26 people including our host coach Margaret Thompson and her husband Tommy from the Nelson Bay Croquet Club. Our new members gained valuable insight and knowledge along with many practical pointers, while older members were reminded of the game rules and regulations. We all participated in learning exercises and one fun rally game.

Margaret provided us with real hands-on expertise so we were learing by doing while also having our questions answered about game procedure and ettiquette.

Many thanks to the morning tea ladies along with acknowledgement to Tim Barker, Sue Dodds and Tony Jones for organisation and planning of the delightful day.

Also a reminder if anyone out there reading this has a spare mallet they would like to donate or sell back to our increasingly popular club please let our secretary or treasurer know.

Please consider a game of croquet on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday as it is a challenging fun-loving but competitive game given that some thought and strategy is involved.

Contact secretary Kath Winterbottom on 997 0064.

Look forward to seeing you.

Happy croqueting


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Tea Gardens student has a way with words

OUTSTANDING: Cassy Reilly beat hundreds of other students to claim the award.A CHANCE sighting of a short story competition advertised in the newspaper combined with a zest for English led 11-year-old Tea Gardens Public School students Cassy Reilly to take out an impressive title.
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Cassy beat hundreds of hopeful entrants across the state and scored first place in the Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature Short Story Competition in March. Children aged 12 years and under were invited to submit a short story of no more than 1000 words about their favourite sports person. Cassy chose Johanna Griggs who retired from her professional swimming career due to illness but took up reporting for the sports news and then presenting on Better Homes and Gardens.

“Her life is really fascinating,” Cassy said.

“I researched her and found out the highlights of her life.”

The competition also asked entrants would they like to be their sporting hero and why.

“I chose not to become her even though she has an amazing life,” she said.

“Wanting to become someone else takes away most of your own qualities and replaces them with talents your idol has,” she explained in her story.

After being shortlisted in the short story competition Cassy was invited to the Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature in Faulconbridge. Cassy won $200 worth of books from Megalong Books which she is looking forward to spending.

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First hitout for Myall Mudcrabs

THE newly formed Myall Coast Mudcrabs Rugby Union side had its first official hitout last Saturday in a Mid North Coast Rugby Gala Day at Gloucester where it played a number of teams in the competition for one half of the game.
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The Mud Crabs more than held its own drawing its first half against Taree Rats one try each.

It then played Old Bar Clams who were last year’s 2011 premiers and drew this game two tries a piece which was a great effort from the total squad of 20 players who made the trek to Gloucester.

The best was yet to come when in the next half it played Wallamba Bulls from Nabiac, also semi-finalists from 2011 where the Mud Crabs turned on some exciting rugby to record a forties to two victory.

In the last half against Forster Dolphins they were beaten 3 tries to 2.

The effort by the entire squad was terrific particularly as they played in the 30 degree heat in Gloucester.

The standout players were James Moses, Elliot St George, Dayne Applebee and Chris Kirby

It must be noted that two players Luke and Tristan were having their very first games of rugby and acquitted themselves well.

All in all it was a great start to the season for this new club, The Myall Coast Mudcrabs and the side is now looking forward to the season opener at Myall Park on April 14 against the strong Gloucester team.

We would like to see a good local crowd to cheer on this new team with full bar and canteen facilities available.

Ian Felton – Knockon

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Top performance from Williams

RUNNERS: Carl Williams, Shannon Markham, Chris O’Neil, Leilani White, Matthew Williams and Megan Markham who competed at the Little Athletics State Championships.IT WAS a tough competition but the six members of Tea Gardens Runners who competed at the NSW Little Athletics State Championships put up strong effort according to trainer Charles Ringuet.
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Matthew Williams was a stand out performer of the group, narrowly missing out on scoring a place in the nationals after finishing fourth in the under 13 3000 metres. The next day he backed up his effort running a personal best in both the heat and finals of the 800 metres.

His brother Carl Williams also performed well throughout the weekend, finishing all his events in the top 10.

For the fifth time Shannon Markham made the top 10 in the under under 15 high jump and her sister Megan Markham ran an excellent under 13 3000 metres taking nine seconds off her previous personal best.

Mr Ringuet said it was Markham’s first time at state level and he believed her performance would improve with experience.

Leilani White also had her first experience at state and ran well throughout the weekend.

Finally Chris O’Neil scored two personal best times in the 800 metres and 1500 metre final.

Mr Ringuet said his athletes did very well considering they did not have the privilege of training with the best equipment and facilities that their counterparts take for granted.

“The best we can do in Tea Gardens is train on the roads and that is not good enough when it comes to competing at the top level,” he said.

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Broadband access in focus

IMPROVED access to telecommunications services has been a major need identified by communities across the Great Lakes.
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With this in mind Great Lakes Council is surveying businesses and residents on their broadband and mobile phone services. Council’s economic development manager Deb Tuckerman said reliable internet and mobile phone services were essential for local businesses.

Based on feedback to date, services seem to be put to the test when demand increases, such as later in the day and when more people are visiting the area.

Some areas of council’s operations were affected by reduced telecommunication access over summer.

Manager of marketing and tourism Richard Old said Great Lakes tourism business was severely affected.

“Our service relies on the internet for activities including online bookings, servicing customers and accessing information,” he said.

“At some stages the internet was not available at all.”

To help advocate for better services the council would like to hear from businesses and residents about their good and bad experiences with internet access and speed as well as mobile phone service.

A link to an online questionnaire is available from the council’s website

For hard copies of the questionnaire, contact Deb Tuckerman on 6591 7390.

The survey will be open until Friday March 30.

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Bulahdelah Lions doing more than coffee

BREAK: Robin Gregor and Carol Tattersall will be on hand to serve refreshments and have a chat. – Picture by Nathalie CraigMEMBERS of Bulahdelah Lions Club do a whole lot more than serving free coffee and biscuits to motorists at its stop, revive, survive van during the holiday period, the group is also in the business of saving lives.
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Pam Gardiner of the club said a man who caught a train to Maroochydore to buy a motorbike was riding the bike back down the coast without a stop over and only pulled over when he saw their van at Browns Flat Rest Area. The lions kept the man talking for an hour and a half before he fell asleep on the ground.

“We well and truly saved his life,” Mrs Gardiner said.

The van will be set up 24 hours a day over the easter period starting on Thursday April 5.

Lions club president Arthur Baker said the van has been running for two years in conjunction with Roads and Maritime Services. It is also sponsored for in excess of $28,000 from Candan Industries with Bushells and Arnotts providing the food and drink.

Over the Christmas and New Year period Mr Baker said the club served almost 5000 cups of tea and coffee to weary travellers.

“They’re really appreciative of it,” he said.

The benefits of working in the van includes lots of interesting conversations including meeting overseas visitors.

The van is the only Bulahdelah Lions Club initiative where non-members can also volunteer. If you are interested in helping out call co-ordinator Judy Dickson on 49974283.

“It gives you a real buzz,” Mr Baker said.

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A good read to be found at sale

BOOK WORMS: Brian Oakley, Ray Harrison and Beverly Latona have been working hard to organise the books. – Picture by Nathalie CraigROTARIANS of the Myall Coast have been sorting through and categorising thousands of donated books and magazines in preparation for the Giant Easter Book Sale.
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The two day event is set to take place on Easter Saturday April 7 and Easter Sunday April 8 from 9am until 3pm in the Hawks Nest Community Hall.

“There will be a great range of hard backs and paper backs featuring many well-known authors and titles, ” Ray Harrison of the rotary club said.

He said the selection would also include books on topics such as sport, gardening, craft, music, hobbies, cars, and a selection of back issue magazines.

Once again, the money made from the book sale will go straight back into community groups. In the past this has included the surf life saving club, the rural fire service and Westpac Helicopter. Book donations will be accepted until the very last minute and can be dropped at Pelican Pest Control or Ella’s Boutique.

For pick-ups in Tea Gardens or Hawks Nest contact Mr Harrison on 49971323.

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Rrrr, me hearties

IMAGINE being indebted to pirates until your 21st birthday, but being born in a leap year, your 21st birthday is another 63 years away.
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That is the concern of Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivans comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance.

After being released from his apprenticeship, he meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and they fall in love instantly. Frederick soon finds out he was born on February 29, so technically has a birthday only each leap year. His contract states he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, so must serve for another 63 years.

Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederick’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

With music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert, Pirates of Penzance was the pair’s fifth collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General’s patter song.

Savoy Arts Company has come to Bundanoon since 1985 to open its show at the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, and it’s a tradition looked forward to by the cast every year, with this year being no exception.

“We always enjoy Bundanoon; it’s good fun and we always receive a warm welcome,” artistic director Michael Morton-Evans said.

Next weekend Savoy Arts Company will present The Pirates of Penzance with a huge cast of 30, with a slight adjustment to the script.

“I’m a traditionalist, but there are a few surprises in the production, the Major-General song has been re-written with some up-to-date lyrics,” Mr Morton-Evans said.

Mr Morton-Evans is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in various Australian TV shows in the 70s and 80s, such as No 96 and The Young Doctors, as well as several movies.

He was introduced to Gilbert and Sullivan at age 10 by his father and has appeared in several Gilbert and Sullivan productions, such as Princess Ida and Patience.

“Gilbert’s satire is still relevant today… I don’t think human nature changes.”

The Pirates of Penzance presented by the Savoy Arts Company is on next Saturday at 3pm at Bundanoon Memorial Hall, Railway St, Bundanoon.

For bookings and inquiries: [email protected]南京夜网.au or call 4883 7195. Tickets: adult $25, concession $20 and child $15.

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