Max’s Portrait – OPAL PASTRO ART

The organiser of the pub exhibition space is an artist  herself, and a teacher. I was a bit surprised at her delight when viewing my work for the first time. She was so excited over Lucky that she bought it on the spot! I was thrilled that an artist and someone who taught art would like my animated-looking quirky animal paintings enough to want to buy one. I knew I still had a lot of painting hours ahead of me before I felt like I was painting to my potential.  Jackie even said she liked my style and would like me to paint her own dogs.Seven months down the track and I got the opportunity to go out to Jackie’s place to meet and photograph her dogs. There were three. Two big black ultra excited hounds met me at the gate. One of them was Max.

Source: Max’s Portrait – OPAL PASTRO ART


Bellingen Shire Council – Vacancies

Shared Ranger (Bellingen & Nambucca Shire Councils)BellingenReference: 4083047What we offer38 hrs per week 9 day fortnight varying rosterSalary Range: $50,258 to $58,052 p.a + SGCAccess to Tool of Trade VehicleAccess to ongoing training optionsConditions & allowances as outlined in the Local Government NSW (State) Award, 2017Unique OpportunityProvide ranger services across Bellingen Shire and Nambucca Shire, including monitoring compliance with, and the enforcement of, relevant legislation ensuring agreed community service standards are delivered and that Council’s regulatory and compliance priorities are met. Control and regulate activities and provide advice, education and guidance to the community consistent with relevant Acts, Regulations and Council policies.The key requirements for this role include:Experience in Law, Order & Public Safety legislation in Local Government; enforcing compliance within the community.Understanding & ability to, enforce the Local Government Act 1993, Companion Animals legislation, Roads Act 1993, Roads Rules 2008, Impounding Act 1993, Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 & related Environmental Legislation.Professional written & verbal communication skills.Flexible attitude & ability to adapt to procedural differences in both Bellingen & Nambucca Councils.Ability to apply conflict resolution & mediation techniques.Computer literacy; Microsoft Office & Internet.Current NSW Class C drivers licence or equivalent with demonstrated competency in driving off-road and on beaches.Demonstrated experience in Animal & Livestock Control; Dogs, Horses, Cattle & other species.To view the requirements and key responsibilities of this role, please download the full Position Description from our careers website by clicking on Download PD.Candidates are requested to address the essential criteria on the Position Description in the covering letter.Should you require further information, please contactReg Clough 02 6655 7300.

Source: Bellingen Shire Council – Vacancies

Love is in the Air at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2018 – I Love Bello Shire

This year’s Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has an awe inspiring line-up of writers who represent a wide variety of writing genres.  One genre which will be explored at the Festival will be Romance Fiction, an exciting area of literature that has been too often dismissed by the high-brow literary intelligentsia. But in fact Romance is one of the most popular and best-selling genres today, and Australia is an avid participant, supporting a vibrant and ever-growing community of both readers and writers.ROMANCE- Writing From and For The Heart will be one of the many featured discussion panels at this year’s Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival, with  Alli Sinclair, Fiona McArthur (pictured above) & Annie Seaton, chaired by Ros Ward.While there’s no doubt that the stereotypical love stories of Barbara Cartland once pleased an older generation, today’s millions of romance fans form a much more diverse and cosmopolitan readership. And the romance industry is big business, worth more than a billion dollars a year. While approximately 85% of the genre’s readers are women, the largest segment (40+%) is somewhat surprisingly between the ages of 30 and 54.“Romance readers cross all social boundaries these days,“ says local enthusiast Ros Ward, who will be chairing the discussion session at the festival. “What amazes me are the many sub-genres that have evolved in recent times. There’s contemporary romance, historical romance, urban romance, medical romance, and even horror romance!“Ros has arranged for three of the genre’s most popular authors to attend this year’s festival, and two of them are from the local region.

Source: Love is in the Air at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2018 – I Love Bello Shire



To be a sculptor presents an interesting moral decision, With the current harvesting of resources globally (forests, minerals, metals, stone etc) becoming increasingly more finite due to deforestation, open cut mining, mass production methods and unsustainable demand, what then becomes an ethical material to use in the making of an artwork? That question led me to consider the fact that so many materials already exist. In our backyards, trashcans, garages, junkyards, wreckers and sidewalks.

The scale on which we create waste is magnificent.

This opened up so many possibilities.

For me waste materials present a beautiful invitation to embrace the concept of renewal and innovation.

An apathy has developed for our day to day material possessions . The idea that modern products contain this built in obselensence is widely accepted and has resorted I think to this devalued view of the various objects and items that we buy as consumers.

In order to be an agent of environment change I believe one must first love the detrimental factors that are affecting it. Waste materials must first be celebrated in order to bring about a more sustainable perspective of what should be wasted and why we are wasting things in the first place.

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