Gordon Braithwaite passed away on March 2, 2017 at the Bellingen Hospital. He was 86-years-old. Mr Braithwaite spent more than 32 years as a councillor and 14-and-a-half years as either Mayor or Shire President, he is the longest serving councillor in the history of Bellingen Shire. The former logging contractor was first elected in 1971.In a Courier-Sun interview in 2012 he said among his other achievements as mayor were “three new libraries across the Shire, two surf club houses, four senior citizen centres, sewerage extensions in Urunga, water supply to Repton and Mylestom, purchase of property for the Valley Rose estate in Bellingen, establishing the Connell Park sporting fields, funding for Bellingen and Dorrigo swimming pools and assisted with the establishment of the Nursing Home in Bellingen”.
Splash out in the national YMCA Swimathon on 5 March 2017, to support people with disability in our community.We believe that everyone who wants to enjoy the water should be able to do so safely. People with disabilities often require specially qualified swimming instructors, or accessible facilities and equipment, but don’t always have access to these. That’s where the YMCA comes in. Funds raised provide people with disability the opportunity to learn to swim and enjoy the water safely at YMCA pools around Australia.How you can get involved:> Join us in the pool! You can swim and fundraise too by registering.> Simply Make a donation> Attend our fundraising event – https://www.facebook.com/pg/YMCASwimathon/events/Every dollar makes a difference:$20 – can provide one swimming lesson for a child with a disability$60 – can purchase a neck flotation collar for a child with a disability$250 – can provide training and qualifications for swim instructors to teach learners with disabilities$500 – can purchase a float suit$2,000 – can purchase a water wheelchair.Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
It is with great sadness that after 34 years of constant service to the people of the Bellingen Shire, Brenda Mitchell is retiring from the North Bellingen Medical Centre. Brenda and her still-to-be-completed family arrived here from Sydney at the same time as Angus McClure was just starting up the North Bellingen surgery. As her own family grew, Brenda took on the role of the North Bellingen family – and became practice manageress, in which role she has stayed ever since!Known to everyone in the town Brenda has been the steady hand at North Bellingen, settling in new registrars, new medical students and sometimes new associate doctors. Working with the team she led, Brenda’s warmth and gentleness have been the welcoming foundations of the practice for a generation. Methodical, highly ethical, quietly thoughtful, Brenda has been the go-to person steering our service.
A heavy but short southerly change and shower dropped the temperature from the 40 plus temperatures we had been sheltering from most of the day and made the garden walk much more pleasant.The Cherimoya and Rollinia (flowering) were of interest as were the flowering and fruiting Carambolas. We gathered for a quick stroll through the food forest then enjoyed a presentation on edible perennials – some surprises there. A Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens) cousin of the Okinawan spinach flourishes in the Bellingen climate.Then we shared a supper till late. Elaine’s herbal punch (lemon myrtle and lemon verbena tea base) was popular.Noticed on the sharing table: tamarillos, Giant Russian garlic, eggplant seedlings, seeds of mustard, celery, bunching shallot and cuttings of Okinawa and Surinam spinach.
Source: Bellingen Seed Savers
Artisan GelatoNatural, real ingredients and strong, distinct flavours are the defining features of our gelato (nobody ever mistakes one of our flavours for a different flavour). We develop our own recipes from scratch and our range includes both traditional flavours and flavours created by us.We also make gelato-based desserts (gelato cakes, banana splits, waffles, smoothies etc), and can custom-make flavours to meet your requirements, or using your ingredients. We can supply bulk gelato for events and parties or to caterers and restaurants.We have two shops and make gelato in both. The original Bellingen Gelato Bar (established 2006) is in Bellingen, northern NSW – and now also in Rozelle, Sydney (established 2014).
Utilising the magnificent resources of the Mid North Coast’s wonderful food bowl, Bellingen Pasta produces fresh rolled pasta and hand-made ravioli.Bellingen Pasta use the very best local, sustainable and organic produce available
This series of swimming holes is just off the main road out to Glennifer about 25 minutes from Bellingen in the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, AustraliaWhere: The nearest major city is Coffs Harbor on the Mid North Coast in NSW. You drive into the hills just South of Coffs to a very left wing/hipster country town called Bellingen. Make sure you stop here and check out some of the local cafes and shops.Getting to the spot: Once you arrive in Bellingen take the road to Glennifer (go over the Bellinger River). If you travel for about 20 mins you’ll reach a place called the Promised Land — home of George Negus and David Helfgott. You’ll come to a rickety old bridge with a small church hall on your right with a sign saying ‘NEVER NEVER CREEK’ once you cross the bridge continue driving for about 60 seconds and take a right then drive all the way to the end of this road and you will see another bridge (which you cross) and then a bunch of parked cars. That is how you know you are there.