Coastal pleasures: This renovated Wombarra home is described as featuring ‘Hamptons’ style design, with an emphasis on making the most of spectacular ocean viewsClean lines is the name of the game for the pair who renovated this seaside house at Wombarra.
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With a location ideal for takingadvantage of the majesty of the Pacific Ocean, the house can simply complement its surroundings.

The interior emphasises white, no doubt chosen for how it lookswhen set against the ocean blue.

It’s a spacious house in a desirable coastal suburb. Agents Trevor Molenaar andKristine Morgan of McGrath Estate Agents said it would suit a family looking for a new home, or someone who wanted to give themselves a permanent getaway on the northern Illawarra coast.

“It has two levels of spectacular ocean views,” Ms Morgan said.“Downstairs there’s potential for a little studio or self-contained.

“They’re kept that Hamptons style –it’s a mix of contemporary and old, which works well.”

Family home: This three-bedroom place at 15 Messenger Rd, Barrack Heights, could be the ideal purchase for a first homebuyer

The new kitchen has stainless steel gas appliances and stone benches.

“It’s great for either a family home or for Sydneysiders to use as a holiday home,” Ms Morgan said.

Theproperty will be auctioned on Saturday February 13 at 4.30pm.

The agents did not have a price guide for publication and encouraged interested buyers to contact McGrath.

A look at recent salesin the surrounding area shows a wide range of prices for Wombarra. Homes on the eastern side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive, such as this one,range from $1.3 million up to $1.9million for the absolute beachfront.

Ifyou’re looking for your dream home, another option is to buy vacant land which you can use as your blank canvas (see story, right).

With a view to more affordable property, as anyone who lives in the south of the Illawarra knows, the area has its own charms and can be a fantastic place to live.

But finding an affordable house can be hard for a young family anywhere.

Sometimes a place comes along that combines price, location and fit. There’s athree-bedroom house on Messenger Rd, Barrack Heights, that will suit the right family down to a tee.

On a decent block of 579 squares, this house also has garage orcarportspace for two cars, and cuts a stylish figure from the street.

Agents say it’s been completely renovated, with open plan living/dining area and kitchen configured to maximise space.

The house is being soldby Adam Martin and Luke Collins of MMJ Windang.

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ON TRACK: Peter Bartter and Jim McGann stand with the T20 International Tractor donated by Mr Bartter to Pioneer ParkFORMER Griffith businessman Peter Bartterhas donated a restoredhistorical ‘international T20’ tractor to Pioneer Park as part of Griffith’s Australia Day celebrations.
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Mr Bartter, whowith his brother Davidestablished poultry giant Bartter’s before its sale in 2009, said he decided to donate the tractor due to his belief that it belongs in Griffith.

“It was here when we came to Griffith and was owned by Andy Day,but when my Dad bought farm 131 the tractor was part of the farm equipment,” he said.

Andy Day’s grandsonJim McGann was also present at the Australia Day celebrations.

“My grandfather sold the farm to Peter’s father after the war in 1946 and in those days a lot of the farm machinery like the tractors were sold with the farm,” Mr McGann said.

A horse called Prince had also been purchased with the farmhowever, sadly it was no longer around to be donated to Pioneer Park.

Jennifer O’Donnell, business and administration co-ordinatorofGriffith Pioneer Park Museum said the museum was thrilled to have acquired such a wonderful piece of Griffith’s own local farming history.

“The Day, McGann and Bartter names are well known local identities who have all contributed to the progress of Griffith. It is great that Mr Bartter, who has had the T20 tractor restored, housed and looked after meticulously, is allowing the museum to take possession.”

Speaking about the restoration, Mr Bartter praised the efforts of Renzo Rovere in restoring the tractor.

“Renzo in his spare time would take a piece off,clean it up and get it all spray painted and it looks pretty schmick,” he said, remarking that Mr Rovere had done a very good job.

As an 18-year-old kid Mr Bartter remembersmany hours spent on the tractor.

“It was a very dusty job,” he said.“It wasn’t a work of desire – you just had to do it.

“When we bought it, the trackson it were actually wearing down so I welded new ones on,they’ve since worn down from three centimetres. They’re about one centimetre now but they have stayed there and there is not one missing by the way,” he said proudly. “The welding held out.”

Griffith mayor John Dal Broi recognised Mr Bartter’s contribution at the Australia Day celebrations on Tuesday.

“Peter has decided to relocate to Sydney,”he told the crowd.

“But before he has gone he has afully restored tractor that he has spent a lot ofmoney onandhas kindly donated to Pioneer Park.”

Pioneer Park curator Jason Richardson will be documenting the provenance and stories of the tractorfor visitors to the museum.

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TALL ASK: An artist’s mock-up of what the statue will look like when placed in the piazza at Rosalind Park next week. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDBendigo will be under the watchful eye of an eight-metretall, 15-tonne woman from Monday.
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The gargantuan guardian, a metalsculpture of Marilyn Monroe, will take pride of place in the Rosalind Park piazza for five months while the Bendigo ArtGallery hostsan exhibition dedicated to the screen icon.

American artist Seward Johnson constructed his mammoth Forever Marilynstatue in 2011 and,after stints inChicago, Palm Springs and New Jersey, gallery spokesperson Sandra Bruce said this was the first time the sculpture wouldbe seen outside the United States.

She said Johnson’s creation wouldbe an unmissable reminder of the coming exhibition, for which the firstdisplay items arrive next month beforeopening on March 5.

Asked whether the film starwould look out of place in Bendigo, Ms Bruce was confident in Marilyn’s appeal, citing the success of the gallery’s 2012Grace Kellyexhibit.

Tell us what you think about the Marilyn statue coming to Rosalind Park next week.Tell us what you think about the Marilyn statue coming to Rosalind Park next week.

“One thing that Marilyn’s got, she’s got a broad, worldwide awareness,” she said.

“Why not go all out and bring one of the most famous identities of all time to Bendigo?”

But the statue hasnot always received a warmwelcome on its travels.

American film critic Richard Roeper was scathing in his assessment ofForever Marilyn andthe crude behaviour it elicited frompassers-by.

“Men (and women) licking Marilyn’s leg, gawking up her skirt, pointing at her giant panties as they leer and laugh,” he said at the time.

STARSTRUCK: Sandra Bruce looks up to the Marilyn poster at Bendigo Art Gallery. Both will be dwarfed by the piazza statue. Picture: NONI HYETT

Ms Bruce expected similar behaviour from onlookers in Bendigo, but hoped people would be respectful.

“The Australian public hasthat potential to be larrikin,” she said.

“And really, we don’t have a problem with that as long as they don’t try to damage it because she’s not ours and we do have to give her back at the end of the five months.

“You can’t really reach up above her knees anyway, that’s how tall she is.”

CCTV will monitor the blonde bombshell, while the gallery hadorganised for her to be lit up after the sun goes down.

“Public art is 90 percent less likely to be vandalised if it’s lit,” Ms Bruce said.

“She’ll have nice, dramatic lighting on her all night.”

Picture: Bendigo Art Gallery Instagram

Even though curious onlookers couldgaze up the screen siren’s skirt, Ms Bruce said Marilyn’s modesty wouldremain intact: the statue is wearingunderwear.

“She’s wearing what you would call cottontails these days,” she said.

“It’s very true to the time.”

Drivers should expect delays throughoutthe installation as crates containing the statue’s piecesare transported down View Street.

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SPORADIC rain, across the parched northern and western parts of the state throughout January, has been hailed a positive by the cropping community.
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POSITIVE FALLS: Sporadic rain, across the parched northern and western parts of the state throughout January, has been hailed a positive by the cropping community.

Last week saw heavy falls of 50mm plus in Wimmera locations such as Dimboola East and Natimuk, with isolated tallies of above 80mm;in the Mallee, storm rain dumped equivalent tallies in places such as Watchupga.

It follows similar storm driven rainfall earlier in the month.

In general there has been 10-20mm across most of the Wimmera – Mallee for the month, with the prospect of further falls this week.

Agronomists said falls under 25mm were not enough for farmers to embark on summer spraying programs in terms of moisture conservation programs, but said farmers were spraying to control summer weed seed bank numbers and for nutrient retention.

“I’d say around 5-10pc of the Wimmera has had those good falls of 50mm plus where the summer spraying is useful for storing moisture on our heavier soils,” SMS Rural agronomist Darren Scott, Horsham said.

“However, others guys are looking at spraying just to keep things under control and if we can jag a couple of these rains that are forecast the totals begin to get useful.”

Rob Sonogan, Agrivision Swan Hill, said the rainfall had been patchy across the region, but farmers were generally looking to spray.

“It helps retain nutrients and it is also a good thing if we are lucky enough to get further rain.”

Woomelang farmer Chris Kelly said while he had only received about 25mm for the year, he would look to spot spray, in particular to control melons.

“It is not so much about subsoil moisture here at present, I am just a bit worried about sowing management, if the melons are left uncontrolled they can create trafficability issues at sowing, they go ropey if they are allowed to fruit without being sprayed.”

Ouyen farmer Ian Hastings said there had been good falls earlier in the year of between 25-50mm with further showers of around 10mm last week.

“Anything that’s had over that 40mm it will be beneficial in terms of providing moisture for the crop later in the year.”

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FRIENDSHIP: A plaque representing the first meeting between the local Darug people and Gov Phillip was installed at Friendship Bridge, Pitt Town Bottoms in 2001.HAWKESBURY aboriginal tribal leaders who welcomed Governor Arthur Phillip when he arrived on their land over two centuries ago have been recognisedwith a Hawkesbury Australia Day Posthumous Commemorative Plaque Award.
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The traditional custodians of the Hawkesbury land, Aboriginal tribal leaders who were known to their people as Caradgee or wise men and doctors of their tribe, called the Darug people, are said to have welcomed Governor Phillip to their land in friendship on 14 April 1791 at Bardenarang Creek — known at the time as Bardo Narang (meaning ‘little water’) — at Pitt Town Bottoms.

The tribal leaders’ names were Gombeeree and his son Yellowmundi — the latter of which is the namesake of the suburb of Yarramundi.

Descendants of Gombeeree and Yellowmundi attended the Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Windsor Function Centre on Australia Day, accepting the plaque on behalf of their ancestors.

Local historian John Miller — who presented the award along with Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Kim Ford — said he wished to pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past and present, who cared for the land for many thousands of years.

“GovernorArthur Phillip had previously explored what he named the Hawkesbury River, from Broken Bay to Richmond Hill at the confluence of the Grose River in July 1789, on year after settlement by the English when the first fleet arrived in January 1788,” Miller said.

“He decided to try and find Richmond Hill by travelling overland in 1791 from Parramatta.”

It was reported in the diary of Captain Watkin Tench in his book ‘Sydney’s First Four Years 1788-1791’ that GovernorPhillip, along with two Sydney Aborigines Colebee and Boladeree who acted as guides, led a party of men to the Hawkesbury via Baulkham Hills, through Maraylya and Cattai, to Pitt Town Bottoms and then to the Hawkesbury River.

“When they reached the river they saw aborigines coming along in canoes. Governor Phillip thought that they were going to be attached and sent the two guides to go and parlay with them,” said Miller.

“When they came ashore, leader of the group, Combeeree, presented Governor Phillip with two spears and two stone axes as a sign of friendship. They were not aggressive nor did they show signs of fear.

“The two groups dined together that night, happily exchanging stories.”

The Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards program is organised annually by Hawkesbury City Council to recognise contributions to the Hawkesbury by dedicated individuals. A range of other awards was presented on the day, including Hawkesbury Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

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Ella Finemore
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Becoming a mother does not mean that barracking on thesideline is asclose as you’ll get to playing agame of sport.

In fact, some of Wagga’smost competitive players in the women’s premier league are mothers who have returned to the game after a couple of years off.

Competition leaders Don Tuckwells Audiohave their fair share of mums, and so do runners-up the Bar Up Bullbars.

The highlight of the season for Bullbars coach Andrew Wise has been watching the mums find their mojo again.

“It’sgood to see the women in our team who have had kidscan come back to the sport and are starting to play at that high level again,” Wise said.

A few players bring their kids along on Tuesday nights, creating a family-friendlyatmosphere.

It didn’t take long for the Bullbars to prove they’d be strong contenders.

“We have five or six new players this year andthey all gelled pretty well,” Wise said.

Bullbars mums Olivia Sheather, Denise Bailey and Rachael Addison consistently produce standout performances.

There are also some solid younger players on the team including Maddie Morton and Sidonie Carroll who will return from the summer break slightly fitter than their team-mates after training for the Junior State Cup.

Ella Finemore has made great improvements over the first part of the season.

“She has great hands, she’s starting to read the game really well,” Wise said.

A premiership certainly isn’t out of reach for the Bullbars, who came close to defeating the Tuckies in a recent round.

“I think that on our day we could knock Tuckies off, or AKW Jets,” Wise said.

“I think all the teams lift when they play the Tuckies who are obviously the benchmark.”

The Bullbars have gone all season injury-free, and player availability has been the only frustration for Wise; a common thread in the competition.

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RISING STAR: Mume chef Kai Ward will prepare dinner at Broadgauge in Wodonga on Friday, February 19. He tried to make a booking for himself and got talked into cooking.
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Internationally acclaimedchefKai Ward will cook on the Border in February for the first time since training in Albury.

The head chef atTaiwanese restaurant Mume will prepare dinner atBroadgauge in Wodonga on Friday, February 19.

Broadgauge co-owner Steve Carne said diners could expect the degustationto reflect Ward’s food journey.

“Mume is one of the hottest restaurants in Asia at the moment,” Mr Carne said.

“Kai has gone from Zed Bar to Sourcedining to Mume in six years.Hopefully hewill inspire the other young chefs in the region.”

Mr Carne and partner Jodie Jones operated Sourcedining in Albury whereWard trained with them for 18 months.

Ward took out the prestigious statewide TAFE NSW Oliver C Shaul Scholarship for commercial cookery students while training underJones.

Mr Carne said they were proud to have their former colleague cook at Broadgauge.

“He’s very passionate; he’s always been very passionate about his work,” he said.

“The inspiration for the dinner will come from Kai.”

Ward completed his apprenticeship at Sydney restaurant Quay, which has beenin TheWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2009.He rose to Head of Pastry under executive chef Peter Gilmore.

At MumeWard, 24, works with Hong Kong-born founder and chef Richie Lin, 34,and US chef Long Xiong, 32,usingTaiwanese produce to create Western dishes that fillthe gap between simple island fare and pricey fine dining.

Ward said the first12 monthsfor thesmall casual/fine-dining eatery had been a rollercoaster ride.

“Adapting to a new environment, learning the new seasonsof produce, dealing with typhoons, learning a new language and food culture,” Ward said.

“So far the pressfeedback hasbeen pretty positive, but honestly we are just happy to be cooking food and knowing that we can dosomething different; trying toshow the locals something they haven’t seen before and maybe show therest of the world what Taiwan has to offer.”

Mr Carne said theysigned Ward up for thedinner when he messaged Broadgaugefrom Taipei to makea booking for himself in February.

“He’s only home a short time so we appreciate him doing it,” he said.

Only 50 seats areavailable for thedinner.

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NESTED UMBRELLA: Nested on Wallaga owner Julie Nash (right) admires Sue Swensson’s painted umbrella “Nasturtiums – A Very Pretty Problem”.Fifteen unique umbrellas were on display at the Bermagui Country Club on Australia Dayas a preview to the auction at the Bermagui Seaside Fair on Saturday,March 12.
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This is the third year of Umbrellas of Bermagui, an idea that came from Harbert, Michigan USA where Umbrellas of Harbert has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local not for profit groups.

Bermagui businesses sponsor a 2.7-metre shade umbrella that is hand decorated by a local or invited artist and then auctioned at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

The umbrellas will be displayed by the sponsor businesses after Australia Day, providing event publicity, recognition for the artist and public viewing opportunity.

The umbrellas will be carried in the fair’s street parade and then displayed on Dickinson Oval before the auction at 12.45pm.

The first two Umbrellas of Bermagui auctions resulted in donations to local youth and community groups totalling almost $10,000!

This is a lead up to a fantastic program for the 19th annual Bermagui Seaside Fair.The fancy dress street parade theme this year is Rio Olympics.

For your listening and dancing pleasure, enjoy Djembe Forte, Jonathan Richman Experience and Beautifully Mad, while Wallaga Lake Kids andGrow the Music will amaze you.

Tony Jaggers headlines on a second stage, which also featuries Oops! The Clown, Katie Callaghan, the ever-popular pet pageant and boxing, Zumba and karate demonstrations.

The Seaside Fair’s cultural program includes an art show at the Fishermen’s Wharf and photographic, arts andcrafts exhibitions at the Bermagui Surf Club.

You can meet the exhibitors at the official opening on Thursday,March 10, 6pm at the surf club.

For early risers, be at the harbour for the Bermagui blessing of the fleet, or on Dickinson Oval for the poet’s breakfast.

Get friends and family together for the sandcastle competition, or try your luck in the hole in one golf beach bash.

There arefree kid’s novelty events, vintage and classic cars, Seasiders auction, more than100 market stalls and a fireworks extravaganza in the evening.

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Diligent: Graham Caldersmith has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list for service to musical instrument making.Comboyne-based luthier Graham Caldersmith has handcrafted and acoustically designed hundreds of guitars, violins, violas and cellos since 1978.
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It is a challenging, focused and rewarding craft.

Mr Caldersmith was yesterday awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list for service to musical instrument making.

The luthier, with a Masters in fluid physics to his name, has an academic background including research conducted in Sweden.

He said: “When I came back [from Sweden] I thought all this theoretical knowledge is fine but does it make a difference?

“Personally for me, I’m fascinated by the way these instruments vibrate and create sound.”

Mr Caldersmith started making musical instruments on his return from Sweden in 1978 and he hasn’t stopped since.

He has just completed his 112th violin, started viola number 60, made almost 40 cellos and well over 200 guitars.

“It takes intuition,” Mr Caldersmith said about making a quality musical instrument.

“The specific scientific knowledge I have may or may not make a difference.”

Psychoacoustics is a factor which could not be ignored, he said, as our perception was one of the big factors at play.

Mr Caldersmith started a violin and guitar workshop in Canberra after committing to instrument making. His designs evolved with the help of great musicians in Canberra.

The luthier developed the classical guitar family featuring five different sized guitars, many of which have gone to Holland.

That gave composers a new palette with which to paint their music and the classical guitar family expands the amount of music and styles which musicians can play.

“There are some terrific ensembles in Australia that use the new instruments to virtually create new types of music,” Mr Caldersmith said.

Mr Caldersmith moved from Canberra to Kendall until he saw a perfect workshop at Comboyne from which he now hones his craft.

He has been a major sponsor of the Kendall National Violin Competition from 1998 to 2014 and each year donated a violin designed for and made from Australian woods.

Czech Republic and UK-trained Michal Prokop came on board last year in a move to involve more than one luthier.

Mr Caldersmith sums up his craft as both artistic and scientific.

“It is really exciting when you see things vibrating and you see where the resonances lie,” he said.

The luthier says he is one of a band of Australian makers doing innovative and creative work in classical and folk music.

“There are so many good musicians involved and I see myself as a part of a whole,” Mr Caldersmith said.

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ALL SMILES: Dennington’s new coach, Katie Burt after the Dog’s 2015 premiership win.
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NEW Dennington coach Katie Burt knows she is inheriting a team in a good place.

Fresh off their maiden Warrnambool and District Football Netball League A grade flag, Burt said the focus for the Dogs in 2016 would be to keep building on the hard work of former coach Sue Fleming.

“It was a great opportunity that was presented to me,” she said.

“Sue had done a lot of hard work (and) I had all the support of the A grade girls from last year.

“I want to keep the same success rolling that has preceded me.

“Sue worked so hard to put the club into this position … (between her and) Josie Bolden, the club has been going in the right direction for the last four-to-five years.”

Dennington is doing its best to avoid a premiership hangover, with a number of players continuing to train over the summer break.

Burt, who is passionate about junior development, said a number of under 15 players had also joined in.

“We’ve got extremely talented juniors at our club, (we want) to give them opportunities when they’re available to do that,” she said.

Burt, who has played in goals for Dennington the past two seasons, has a wealth of coaching experience behind her.

She led East Warrnambool from 2009 to 2011, took on a specialist role as goaling coach with VNL side Geelong Cougars and has coached an indigenous team to state titles the past 10 years.

Having coached the Bombers to their first A grade premiership in 2009, Burtsaid she knew the Dogs faced an uphill battle to go back-to-back this season, but was confident they would put their best foot forward trying.

“The hunger (for success) definitely is still there …there’s quite a few girls that have worked on their fitness,” she said.

“(But) it’s hard –I tried to go back-to-back 2009 and 2010, it’s a difficult thing to do but it is doable.”

The Dogs will have a solid base to build on after last year’s success, and have also been busy bolstering the stocks in the senior grades.

“Everyone from last year is still involved in the club in some capacity,” Burt said.

“We’ve recruited well and we’re looking forward the new players that are coming along.”

Burt said she was looking forward to beginning to shape Dennington’s senior sides with tryouts this Thursday and Tuesday evening.

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