Megan Telford named Rural Doctors Association of Australia’s Medical Student of the Year
an we just all take a deep breath and acknowledge that it is in fact OCTOBER and that clearly some unscrupulous person has stolen 2018 without anyone noticing because last time I looked it was only March!Right, now we have gotten that out of the way, I am convinced the proper authorities will be notified and we can all start looking forward to 2019 at a much more leisurely pace.In an attempt to put the breaks on, I am pausing for a minute to enjoy a little mindfulness and meditation in the form of Here and Now, the monthly link-up by the lovely Say! Little Hen blog.So what is my here and now for October 2018?Loving // The rain, I appreciate it topping up our tank no end. I can stop worrying for a little while that showering every day is a little risky to the household water supply! Thank you rain!!!Eating // Peanut Butter Cookies that are so delicious, I think they might have inspired the Cookie Monster himself!Feeling // A little out of whack. My Queensland system is not yet used to Daylight Saving and in spite of the many good arguments for it, I am yet to be convinced. I do not like it and I may just well spend my later years being the crazy-hates-daylight-saving-lady that lives on the hill and makes the neighborhood children knock on the door and run away screaming…just saying.Making // A little doll who has blonde curly hair and is so far nameless…open for suggestions!
Kombu Floodcam: Flooding is a fact of life in Bellingen – and one of the key bits of information many of us in town need to know is if the main bridge through town is open. The close up image below updates once per minute. The timelapse updates from 45 minutes before sunrise until 45 minutes after sunset. You can use the time lapse feeds to check if the river is going up or down. If you spot any problems please let us know.
In the lush mountain forests between the Bellinger and Kalang valleys on the Mid North Coast of NSW, lies a patch of old growth trees in all their ancient, 400-year-old glory. Renowned Tasmanian photographer and big tree climber, Steve Pearce of The Tree Projects, and professional arborist, Kai Wild, took a trip to explore and document this incredible (and threatened) area using “tree portraits”.Steve’s passion for forests, climbing and photography have seen him adventuring worldwide, taking photos for the likes of National Geographic, and forging new innovations in how we see and appreciate our natural world. He hopes that people will see these magnificent trees and be inspired to visit and protect Australia’s remaining native forests.
The first land selectors did not arrive on the river until 1863 and because of navigational restrictions Fernmount became the principal village. However, Boat Harbour as Bellingen was first known, was selected as the site of the first court house and lockup, and shortly after the village site was proclaimed as Bellingen in October 1870.
The Roy Rose Fire Shed was named after its founder from Thora Valley’s well-known pioneering ‘Rose’ family. This fire shed has served the Thora community for 50-60 years, and has many local stories of fighting fire fronts across this dense bushland valley. In recent times it has become better known as the Thora Fire Station, or Thora RFS and is currently captained by Todd Travers. We caught up with Todd to hear about his recent recruitment drive success and his new team, their award-winning trip and how this RFS Captain relaxes.What is your connection with the Bellingen Shire?I first visited Bellingen 23 years ago and was instantly drawn to the Shire. I continued to visit annually – usually to tie in with the community markets – for eight years until I bit the bullet and moved from the northern beaches in Sydney. That was 15 years ago and I haven’t looked back.Apart from driving that big red truck (every boy’s dream), what got you interested in joining the RFS?I joined in about 2014 because I like helping people, and I also saw it as a great way contribute to, and participate in this amazing local community. The RFS is the biggest volunteer organisation in the world and being a part of the RFS gives me the opportunity to help the community, not just on the fire front, but also at MVA’s (motor vehicle accidents), burn pile assists and, importantly community fire education.What are you doing when you’re not in Rural Fire Service mode?I work at the local Bellingen Hardware shop. I love spending time with my three beautiful children and my amazing wife Nerida. I also really enjoy playing the guitar.So this means you get discounts on hoses and buckets for the truck…?Only the red ones.And why haven’t we seen you busking around the Shire or strumming a tune in one of our venues?All I can say is Open Mic night at No.5 Church Street – watch out, I’m coming! (When I’ve practiced a bit more.)How did you go about starting a recruitment drive to build the troops?Starting about mid 2017 I put together Open Days at the Station, as well as taking the kids out on Sundays and doing fire information letterbox drops and a recruitment letter. We got 2 members on the first drive, then 4, and then another 2.So we now are nine:John Imrie (The Bear), Phil O’Brien, Stuart Scott, Shaun Robinson, Peter van Brussells, Jacob Cooper, Sydney Eyre, Sue Travers and me.It was, and still is a big commitment but well worth it. Rachel Eggins from Coffs Harbour Fire Control Centre worked effortlessly with me for guidance & materials to make it all happen.How should people interested in joining their local RFS go about it?They should call Coffs Harbour fire control centre on 6659 7800 and they will walk you through the process.Tell us about the submission and ultimately your win at the recent ‘RFS Region North’ for Best Crew Leader (Todd), Best Performing Crew and Best Presented Truck?Admittedly being a new crew leader and having all new crew members, I thought it would be a good learning opportunity to attend the northern region exercises. I consulted with the crew and mentioned that there were awards to be won. However with more experienced crews up there I wasn’t getting my hopes up too much. So we decided rather than focus too much on the awards, we’d go to enjoy the experience and learn a thing or two. I had to fight back the tears when they started handing out the awards. It was an extremely proud moment, not just for myself but for John, Phil & Shaun. As the underdogs, we rose to the occasion! It’s also a credit to all the staff at the CCHC (Coffs Harbour Fire Control Centre) and all the volunteers who work selflessly to guide and train us.Your most rewarding RFS experience?It’s a hard question. There are rewarding moments in most of the experiences, but in different ways. It’s mainly about being able to help – wherever we can.Do you have ‘Open Days’ where people can come along and kids can experience what a fire truck looks like up-close-and-personal?Yep and we pride ourselves on that. The next one will be 22nd September 10am – 4pm which will also be a community information day (Thora Open Day). There’ll be information on fire prevention, and updates on new rules for local property owners.What would you like to be remembered for?For being me (since I can’t be Bruce Willis).What really annoys you?Fruit loops being in the cereal aisle.So if they were in the sweets aisle instead?I’d be very excited! It’s where they belong.How do you relax?Meditation.What level of fitness does one need to participate in the RFS?There’s a job for everyone! You don’t have to join just to fight fires. There’s a host of jobs including administrative ones, so don’t be shy.In the movie Todd-gate, who plays you?Bruce Willis – uncanny resemblance I’m told. What do you think? Leave a ReplyName * Email *Website
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Marguerite Montes bi-lingual singer songwriter passionate summons duende with each performance
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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
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.
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.
Just so that Robert Gray is here in the room with us, then, from the start; just so you hear his voice; just so that his pastures, creeks and estuaries join us at the confluence of the McKenzie and the Willamette, let me read you some of my favourite lines from his poetry. They open his poem “A Day at Bellingen,” a work from the very centre of his oeuvre, from the heart of his third (of seven) volumes, Skylight (1983).
A Day at Bellingen
I come rowing back on the mauve creek, and there’s a
among the shabby trees,
above the scratchy swamp oaks
and through the wrecked houses of the paperbarks;
a half moon
drifting up beside me like a jelly fish.
Now the reflected water becomes, momentarily, white—
have paused, held in their hailing
and the long water is a dove-grey rippled sand.
A dark bird hurries
low in a straight line silently overhead.
The navy-blue air, with faint underlighting;
Has gauze veil hung up within it, or a moist fresh
I land in the bottom of an empty paddock,
at a dark palisade
(Gray 1998, 126)
There’s Robert Gray: doing what he does like no one else, this coastal pastoral, with its echoes of Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Zen masters; there he goes, stilling time, slowing it, at least, to the pace of a dinghy on dark water at dusk. There is his palette: dove-grey, mauve, magnesium white, navy blue. There are some of his motifs: the daylight moon, the saplings, the dark bird in flight, the rowboat, the hanging smoke. There is nature’s “wrecked house.” And there on the shore are the empty paddocks his voice grew up in.