Hallidays Point News of Our World
May 2013
Community News of Hallidays Point and surrounding areas



Rick has sculpted a wonderful winged seat in memory of Craig Worth who died two years ago. The family were prepared to wait for Rick to finish other work and commissioned him to carve a seat that reflected Craig’s love of flying. It was worth waiting. The seat is made from two big tallowwood logs Rick retrieved from the forest near his home in Elands. He studied the wing structure of birds and when the seat was carved found two perfect stones from the river, to place it on. The sculpture weighs 300 kg and was lifted into place with a block and tackle on a tripod. Rick’s friends Greg and Chris helped with the delicate installation and a beer was drunk to commemorate the occasion. The seat is near the children’s playground at Black Head beach.



I love to fish……when I have time!! You know, we women have so many important things to do in our everyday life it is often hard to prioritise.

However, prioritise I did this month of April and put fishing on the top of the list, again.  I hadn’t wet a line for a while, so when the weather mellowed into autumn, the ocean was so serene and calm most of the time and the water temperature was still so warm that I headed back to my favourite spots - sure I would land a bream or whiting in no time. WRONG!!  My fishing mates had been telling me for some time that there were no fish, but I thought they were just keeping secrets from me.  They were right – haven’t lost a bait and only a few nibbles at that. I refer to fishing off the local beaches at Blackhead - main beach and back beach. Some friends tried Diamond Beach and only caught seaweed so it seems it is not much better there.

There have been a few catches of whiting and an odd bream or two. Some good catches of tailor in recent weeks, using Wonder Wobblers (lures) off back beach and off the rocks behind the rockpool.  The problem is there are few if any good gutters and holes to fish in.  The beaches haven’t formed up since the NE winds.  Offshore there have been plenty of bait fish – Bonito & slimy mackerel keeping the birds working.

Hopefully, seasonal winds, tides and currents might change the shape of the beaches and bring the fish back.  The mullet are forming up in the estuaries and should run soon, with reports of mullet runs on southern beaches.


You're invited to Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Come along and make your cup count in the fight against cancer.



Host: Denise Clarke,

Lions Club of Hallidays Point

Where: Black Head Surf Club

Date: Tuesday May, 14

Time: 10am

Tel: 6559 3205


Gibber road photo - back row from left: Bruce Hocking, Scott Davies,Helen Pursch, Dave Casserly, Kim Gollan, John Williamson, Alan Pursch, Adam Turville. front row: Mitch Wilson, Natalie Carrier.On the weekend before Easter when most Hallidays Point residents were readying themselves for the upcoming Easter break, a group of locals were tackling a 180 km mountain bike ride from Hallidays Point to Newcastle.  You may have seen over the summer months a group of locals swimming the beach or pedalling around the area thanks to the organising of Jim Crookston.

During one get together it was mentioned how good it would be to do a longer ride with an overnight stop.  It wasn’t long before Adam Turville started the ball rolling and decided on it, to follow our beautiful coastline from our local village to Newcastle taking 3 days with stopovers at Seal Rocks and Jimmy’s Beach, crossing Port Stephens on the ferry from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay and riding right along Stockton beach south of Anna Bay.

2013-3-bike ride photo - from left: Dave Casserly, Peter Gollan,David Frith,Adam Turville, Alan Pursch, Jim Crookston, Helen Pursch -at the start of the Stockton Beach leg.We also decided to “Pedal for a purpose” and raise awareness and some money for the Wateraid non-government aid organisation.  Wateraid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

We were able to raise over $400 for Wateraid during our ride and considering $280 could pay for the construction of a tap stand in Timor-Leste, providing water for five families, we were delighted with the support we received during the ride.  Thank you to all that dropped a coin in the tin.

We ended up with 14 riders in total.  Natalie Carrier, Dave Casserly, Jim Crookston, Scott Davies, David Frith, Kim & Peter Gollan, Bruce Hocking, Helen & Alan Pursch, James Quiring, Adam Turville, John Williamson and Mitch Wilson.


On Saturday morning March 30 Hallidays Point Lions staged the 2013 Biggest BBQ at the Shopping Square Car Park. It was wonderful to see the local community out and about on a busy Easter Saturday. With many stopping to have a chat, and purchase a freshly prepared bacon and egg roll, a sausage roll or being tempted with a chicken kebab.

We combined with many Lions Clubs around Australia to encourage Australian communities to support the efforts of the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF) achieve its vision of 100% survival for kids with cancer.

We thank Diamond Beach Butchery, Food Works, and all those people who generously supported this initiative. The proceeds combined with all other funds raised around Australia will make a difference.

Thursday the 11th of April was the occasion of District Governor Deyann McDonnell’s ‘Official Visit’ to our Club. In the absence of President Peter Clarke, who is touring with the Lions Vanners Club on their way to the National Convention at Canberra, the meeting was very well chaired by 1stVP Vaughn Parker. Vaughn gave President Peter’s report to the gathering.

Our Zone Chairman Wade Cavanagh(above right)  was also present and gave an excellent talk to the meeting before formally introducing DG Deyann who also gave an enlightening address.

Apart from a lovely meal (above), the other big highlight of the evening was the induction by the District Governor of three new members to our Club.

A big welcome to new Lions Ingrid Horsburgh, Helen Quinn and Richard (Dick) Quinn (left).

After the Induction Ceremony, Lion Ingrid Horsburgh spoke to the meeting on her intention to encourage a number of young adult citizens from our community, who have already expressed an interest, to join the Lions Organisation. This will probably happen by the formation of a ‘New Generation Club’ which will initially be a Hallidays Point Branch Club sponsored by us until their membership reaches 20 when they will become a fully fledged Lions Club. This prospect was enthusiastically received by all present and we look forward to being introduced to some of the prospective new Lions at our Dinner Meeting on the 23rd May. In the meantime administrative work will be done towards achieving this goal.



Picture at right shows the winning Black Head ladies Grade 3 Pennants Team. The competition went over 5 weeks against all Clubs in our District. Team members (right) are Pat Bayley, Donna Hampson, Maureen Meath, Mary Stamp, Gail Gleeson, Helen Bush, Chrisitne Peters and Ruth Higham. - from Pat Bayley


The coaching clinic for Hallidays Point School kids has come to an end for the moment with a great time had by all, coaches and children, with a lot of potential being shown by boys and girls alike;  so much so, that some of them are badgering their parents to roll up with them.  So come on and give it a go, mums and dads - remember, free coaching is available.


Burger and Bowls over the Easter period was once again a huge success, and we will be continuing with Bare Foot Bowls throughout the year during School Holidays.


Business House Bowls will commence between 2pm & 4.30 pm on Sunday, 5 May and run for 5 weeks (with the final on Sunday 2 June) and everyone is welcome.  There will be cash prices for winners - and for further details please contact the Bowling Club.

For those new people to the area we would extend a welcome to our facilities with regular entertainment, bistro, social roll ups on Saturdays for the “Chook Run” which requires no real experience;  Bingo on Thursdays, and our Fishing Club who welcome new members having their weigh in on the 3rd Sunday of the month;  badge draws, Poker, spin & win on Thursdays and Fridays - what a great way to meet new friends. - from WAZZAHUDSON

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Seniors Day, held on Friday 22 March, was a resounding success, with music provided by Peter Stuart and 48 enthusiastic members of Hallidays Point Primary School Choir, followed by a delicious bbq lunch.

The Gentle Exercise class run by June O’Toole  is proving very popular with members, with music and dancing adding extra interest – a great way to keep fit.

President Joe Ashton’s wife, Betty, suffered a bad fall and broken leg, but is recuperating well.

The topic for Open Forum this months is “Will our Hard Currency Survive” – which we will all have an opinion on!  Should make for an interesting discussion.  You do not have to be a member of K4S to attend lectures, providing you are a financial member of Seniors and pay your $2 attendance fee.




Architectural draftsman, Angus Laurie and  daughter Artemis catch up with Stuart (my husband . ed) at the bazaarJugglers at the bazaar in AprilThe usual final  Blackhead Bazaar will not be held in May. There is to be some changes to the running of the event and the bazaar will recommence on the first Sunday in September weather permitting.

below - Local volunteer stawart, Doreen Heaps takes time out from helping with the Seniors Barbecue at the bazaar to do a bit of shadow boxing to keep fit

and - Brian Lynch happy in the service at the Seniors Barbecue. Lois Wilson (rightly) keeps an eye on him




Current Exhibition

Have you ever travelled in Europe? Come down memory lane as you enjoy the sketches by Barry Steed of his recent travels.  Maybe see a side of Europe that you haven’t seen before. Also enjoy a few of Barry’s other paintings.  The exhibition is on until 30th May.

Birthday Celebrations

60 people enjoyed a fabulous evening of music and sing-a-long to celebrate our library’s 5th birthday. Alana, Charlie, Sandy, and Hugh provided a great variety of musical styles and instruments for our enjoyment. Vaughn and Gail led us in some good old familiar tunes as we had great fun with the sing-a-long. See photos.

Kids in the Library

We invite little ones to our regular Storytime for 2-5 yr olds every Friday morning, and Wriggle, Giggle, Read for the 0-2 yr olds on Wednesday mornings.  Bring your children or grandchildren along for a fun time.  No bookings required.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Is your child participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge?  Our library has the Challenge books marked for easy identification.  Borrow some quality books and encourage your child with reading!

See you soon at the Library – right next door to the Hallidays Point Post Office.

Mon - Fri 10am – 5pm and Sat. 10am – Noon.


Hallidays Point Garden Club will be hosting Open Gardens over the weekend of 4th and 5th May.  All proceeds from the event will go to Riding for the Disabled in the hope that they will soon be able to purchase the new surface for their indoor riding arena.  Hallidays Point Landcare Group is to be thanked for the assistance given in raising the funds to stage this event.  Tickets are available at each garden and a $10 pass is valid for the whole weekend.  Gates are open from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  Gardens are located in the Hallidays Point, Darawank and Rainbow Flat areas.  Maps are available at all venues.  Keep an eye out for the Bali flags on the Lakes Way and Blackhead Road.  Nine fabulous gardens are open for inspection, all very different – Rambling country gardens, manicured park like gardens, arboretums, tropical theme gardens and gardens featuring stone work and hedging.  Lunch will be available at two gardens, light snacks at a couple of others.  Toilets will be available at several gardens and also at the nearby beaches.

For more information please contact Bill Lyndon on 65592320 or email bjlyndon@bigpond.net.au.


The March meeting of the Hallidays Point Garden Club took  place at the home of Betty and Geoff Stockman on March 20th.  Betty and  Geoff live at Black Head in a north-east facing position.  If anyone ever  despairs of having a beautiful garden beside the sea, they should take a look  at the Stockmans’ garden.  This garden has been developed and maintained  over many years with lots of love.  Attention to detail is evident in the  placement of garden beds and the selection of plants for these beds, colour  arrangement and garden edging.  It is a manicured garden with nary a weed  to be seen.  Cosy nooks and crannies are to be found and garden club  members wandering around this pretty garden on a glorious autumn morning could  be heard using only superlatives.  One was welcomed to the home by bright  annuals all in flower along the driveway.  Hydrangeas with bright blue  heads the size of soccer balls grew along the northern boundary while a  perfectly clipped hedge of camellia sasanqua graced the southern  boundary.  This had been planted as both a screen from the next property  and a boundary definition and should look stunning in a month or so when all  those neat little buds open up.  At the back of the house could be found  a healthy vegetable garden, fruit trees and a gorgeous shaded area for the  barbecue and outdoor dining and relaxing.  An impressive fernery with  lots of healthy hanging baskets is well established beneath the house and is  taken care of by overhead watering.  Betty and Geoff control all the  watering of their garden by a computerised system.  Despite the salt air  and strong north-easterly winds they have had to contend with, the Stockmans  have developed their own little piece of paradise.  The before and after  photos indicated to members what could be achieved when vision, creativity and  lots of hard work are applied to a sloping block of dirt beside the sea.   Thank you, Betty and Geoff, for your hospitality and for sharing your lovely  garden.         Carmel


New Rose for

3 Beaches Chemist


Rose Aboud has replaced Rory as the pharmacist in charge at 3 Beaches Chemist. Rory has gone to Canada to be with his sweetheart, Rachel.

Rose started working at the pharmacy on 22nd April.  (Ed. They dust me off to fill in the gaps between but now I am back to one day a week). She comes from the very busy position at Priceline in Forster where she has been for the past two years.

Rose’s three decades in pharmacy has been spent in community pharmacies and she has travelled the east coast of Australia in locum positions for many years after practicing in Sydney for a decade or so.

Rose has held locum positions from Bega to Cairns. She grew up in Sydney and her family are still there.

Rose is currently developing her knowledge of complimentary therapies including massage, yoga and herbal and vitamin therapies.

She enjoys walking, reading, music and theatre. She is currently living in Forster.

Please help to make Rose welcome, as we did with Rory - who loved his work here and was heartbroken to leave behind his waves and his footy.

From the Council

The following articles are sent to NoOW from Greater Taree City Council.

The article about aged care facilities in Harrington has been included since it could be said that we have a significant requirement for aged care. Older people are happier if they can stay within their community when the times comes for them to move into a care facility. If we had our own high and medium care facilities, we could keep our locals local.

There is also an article about a youth strategic plan. Since we have a lot of young people in our community and it is our fastest growing demographic, you might be interested in putting in your two bobs worth.- Although if you are young, and allowing for inflation since 1966 that would equate to about two dollars.

The first article is about the Manning Art Prize. If we don’t harbour an artist who can give this art prize a nudge, I don’t know where can. Hallidays Point is riddled with talented artists! Ed.




“Naked and Nude” –  An exciting new theme for Manning Art Prize

The Manning Regional Art Gallery today announced a new theme for its prestigious Manning Art Prize: “Naked and Nude”.

As a theme, Naked and Nude will allow artists to explore what has been the most predominant theme in art throughout the ages.

“Naked and Nude refers to two things,” explained Gallery Director, Sue Mitchell.  “Firstly, the great tradition of ‘The Nude’ as a person who is bare with no covering or decoration. Secondly, the wider definition of ‘something that is revealed, laid bare, unmasked or vulnerable’”.

After 11 years, the Manning Art Prize has become a well-established event on the Australian Arts Calendar and is open to artists in a variety of media. The lucrative event this year carries a $16,000 prize pool.

The winning entry will be acquired by the Manning Regional Art Gallery and the work becomes part of Greater Taree City Council’s permanent collection.

Both the and the newly-appointed judge of the Manning Art Prize, Sydney Morning Herald art critic Mr John McDonald http://johnmcdonald.net.au/about/diary/ , and the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery are very keen to receive entries which develop this theme.

Entries for the Manning Art Prize close 9 August 2013, and applications are available at fogsmanningvalley.com.au http://www.fogsmanningvalley.com.au/ .

Further information is available through jane.hosking@gtcc.nsw.gov.au, by calling the Manning Regional Art Gallery on 6592 5455, or by visiting the gallery at 12 Macquarie Street in Taree.




Plans for aged care housing at Harrington are being requested by Greater Taree City Council through Thursday 9 May 2013.

Council is inviting interested community organisations to submit to Council by Thursday 9 May 2013 their detailed business plans for the provision of aged care housing (low and high care) at Harrington.

A 1.5ha site is earmarked for the provision of aged care housing on Harrington Road.  The site is a short distance away from the commercial and retail precincts of Harrington, and the area around the site is well-serviced by established community infrastructure, making the site attractive to consumers seeking aged care accommodation.

Harrington and surrounding settlements are slated to see a significant growth of the over 55 years+ age groups, with the peak age groups being within 55 to 75 years, ideal ages for retirement living. There are also a high number of those aged 75 years and over in the planning area which could require aged care housing in Harrington.

Community organisations interested in the provision of aged care housing at Harrington are encouraged to submit a business plan to Council for consideration. Visit Council’s website at www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Contact Richard Pamplin on 6592 5266 for further details or to discuss your proposal.




Greater Taree City Council are consulting with young people, community groups, parents, businesses and funded services in developing the new Greater Taree Youth Strategic Plan.

This is a unique opportunity for the community to examine the needs of its young people and through careful planning successfully support them in the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Youth Development Officer, Bree Dennis is coordinating the project. “At this time we are keen to hear from young people; community groups who have young people as members or would like to have young people as members; parents; businesses who employ or would like to employ young people; and funded services who work closely with our vulnerable young people”.

With the assistance of Hunter New England Area Health and the Family Law Network, Greater Taree City Council has already hosted 6 focus groups in schools with 125 young people and received more than 600 completed youth surveys. “We want to understand the range of experiences young people have growing up in the Manning Valley. We are asking questions about education, employment, social activities, issues of concern, sources of support and their general feeling about life in the Manning both now and into the future”.

Council have developed surveys for business, community groups, parents and funded services. “In addition to the 600 youth surveys, we have received 20 surveys from businesses collectively employing more than 275 young people; 15 from community groups who collectively hold 535 young people as members; and responses from over 30 funded community and education services” said Bree.

“We have also heard from community groups and business who do not currently employ or have young people as members. We’re learning a lot about the barriers to inclusion and employment of young people in our area”.

The information gathered will be used to determine priority areas for action and Council will take the lead in drawing together community members, community groups and government organisations in partnerships that will help resolve the priority issues.

“At this stage we are keen to have as many surveys completed and returned as possible. The information we are gathering is highly valued. We are already identifying dominant themes and we are keen to get on with the work of identifying realistic and workable solutions”.

Surveys can be found at www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au  under Our Community / Young People / Greater Taree Youth Consultation – Surveys.

For more information or for assistance in accessing the consultation surveys contact Bree Dennis on (02) 6592 5338 or email: bree.dennis@gtcc.nsw.gov.au.



The weekend after Anzac Day marks the end of the beach patrol season for the club and all the lifesaving gear will be packed away for another year.  To avoid a clash with Anzac Day activities, our annual Clean-up Day this year will be on April 21st with the usual barbecue to follow the hard work. Nippers have finished for the year and, once again, Nick Wisemantel and his Age Managers have done an awesome job to ensure the season has been full of fun as well as education.  Kevin Boag has had a busy season as Director of Surf Sports and was integral to the club’s hosting the Inter-Branch carnival. The Carnival was hugely successful and received much acclaim from Branch and State for a job well done.

The Club has established a Youth Committee (U13-U18) which has been doing some good things with fund raising.  The Committee has a number of activities planned to raise funds and support social activities for local youth.  A recent Pizza and Music night at the Club enabled them to all get together and socialise.

The Club Presentation Night is in the throes of being planned and we hope to see a large number of members present when the date has been set.

The NSW State Titles were held at Umina in early March.  Jordan Connolly, Jack Nicholson and Lilian Smyth represented the Club competitively while Bernadette Nicholson, Kellie Connolly and Terry Aldridge worked as Officials on the beach.  Lilian came third in the U/17 Girls’ Board race; Jordan and Jack made the semi-finals of the U/17 beach Sprint; Jack finished in the top 12 of the  Flags. Congratulations to all three. Scott Crawford.

Photos show stalwart surf life saver, Mel Atkinson left and Pete Gollan and a man in a hat?? (who is this man? :ed) on patrol at Blackhead.


Tragically, there was a fatal accident on The Lakes Way approximately two kilometres north of Black Head Road recently. Again we urge you to be careful on this section of road, particularly when it is wet.

Our AGM was held on Tuesday 9th April. Eddy Merzlikoff was elected Captain, Senior Deputy, Russell Gray (and Equipment Officer), Deputy Captains -Jan Kempe (and Secretary Treasurer), David Oates (and President), Mike Donohoe (and Training Officer), Jim Wootton, Ash Skillicorn, Gordon Skillicorn (and Station Officer), and Keith Duncan. Altogether 18 members filled 28 positions within the Brigade.

During the past year we responded to 4 structure, 7 non-structure, 20 bush & grass fires, 15 motor vehicle accidents, 10 false alarms and 8 section 44’s (Major Fires) – Mt George (Gibson’s Plantation), Grafton, Telegraph Point, Coomba Park, Coonabarabran, Laurieton/ Dunbogan, Gloucester and Kew.

Two of our members received awards recently; Eddy Merzlikoff 10 Year Long Service Medal and Ron Smith 4th Clasp for the national medal which equates to 55 years service in the RFS. (Ron was very young when he started)

After many months of wet weather and not being able to assist residents with pile burns, we finally were able to be involved in one in mid March. Photos show Leo Fransen and Graham Hill above and below at a pile burn.

“Hallidays Point’s Got Talent”

Fundraiser for Janette Daniel

Janette together with her husband Andrew & 3 children have been active community members of Hallidays Point for over 20 years with many roles within the community including positions in: the Hallidays Point Public School P&C; Hallidays Point Soccer club and the Black Head Surf Lifesaving Club.  In 2011, Janette graduated a 7 year part-time teaching degree and commenced her “lifelong dream” as a teacher at a local high school. Unfortunately, in February 2013, Janette suffered a medical incident.  Since this tragedy Janette’s husband Andrew, has taken an “unknown time of leave” from his employment to become the main carer of Janette and their children.

Black head Surf Life Saving Club has kindly donated their facility to host the “Let’s get over it” fundraiser, a non-profit event consisting of a talent show, BBQ dinner run & donated by the HP Lions Club, auctions, raffles and live entertainment donated from “the GeKKo”. Door donations of $10 per adult (includes lucky door ticket) & gold coin donation for kids. All monies raised from the fundraiser will assist Janette with future medical equipment etc. Have you got talent ?

For more information or to download the entry form for the “Hallidays Points got talent”, join the “Let’s get over it” fundraiser Face Book group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/149808591846875/ or contact:

Cheryl Greenham - chezgreenham@yahoo.com.au - 0427227639

Deb Schmitzer-Edstein - debschmitzer@gmail.com – 0447542422

Kellie Connolly (Treasurer BHSLSC)- 0409393825

Right - Andrew and Jeanette



A big welcome to Libby and Mark Delaney and their

family who have opened the gourmet food and espresso bar at the Village Square.


The activity was ‘Through Nature’s Garden’, a school holiday activity arranged by HPLC through Diane’s HP library holiday program. 19 children (4 – 11 years) and 13 parents. After an intro at the library, we walked through Black Head Flora Reserve, stopping at the marked points of interest, and then along the beach, comparing ‘treasures’ at the end. “Chefs” and “artists” enjoyed taking home the products of their creativity.

The children and parents were very interested and receptive.

Pictures  left and below show the Flora  Reserve Holiday Walk.




Taylor Wagener and John Finnie with help of the Lions Club jointly raised donations totalling $6,320.00.

Taylor was inspired to organise a “Shave for a Cure” event when her work colleague and friend, Cherrie Jones was diagnosed with a severe form of leukaemia. Cherrie is currently in Westmead hospital having chemotherapy after receiving stem cells donated by her brother Rob.

Although Cherrie is cheery, positive and looking forward to coning home, it is a painful and difficult time for her.

She thanks all  the people at Hallidays Point who have sent her love and good wishes.

Photo shows Cherrie and Rory from the chemist at Christmas last year.


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Bowling Club

Biggest Morning Tea

Fire Brigade

Fish 'n' Tips

Garden Club

Land Care


Lions Club

New Gourmet Cafe

Pedal for a Purpose

Sculpture in Black Head

Shave for a Cure

Senior Citizens

Surf Club

Talent Show

Taree Council

3 Beaches Chemist

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