Taree artist’s city opportunity

Sydney Adermann joined fellow Year 10 and Year 11 students from across the state at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Taree local Sydney Adermann has taken the next exciting step in her art career.

She has been invited by The Smith Family to travel to Sydney during the school holidays to take part in a four-day art workshop called Bella Momentum at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Sydney, who attends Taree High, joined 11 fellow Year 10 and 11 students from across the State for the intensive artistic development opportunity.

Bella Momentum is staged twice each year for selected students supported by The Smith Family who are currently studying art subjects – or whom possess a strong interest in artistic pursuits – to hone their interests and inspire their post-school arts-related career options.

Sydney secured her place at the workshop ahead of a statewide pool of applicants.

During the workshop, participants explored a diverse range of contemporary art-making techniques, including drawing, sculpture, installation, print making and performance.

The workshop was conducted under the supportive guidance of tutors and professional artists, who assisted students to create a strong body of artwork and build a portfolio.

“The Bella Momentum art workshop is now in its 13th year and, thanks to funding made available through the Macquarie Group Foundation, is opening doors to students to build self-confidence, develop their artistic talents and explore career paths available in the art world,” CEO of The Smith Family, Dr Lisa O’Brien said.

During their stay in Sydney, students were also treated to visits to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chinatown and waxworks museum Madame Tussaud’s to further inspire their creativity.

At the workshop’s completion, participants were provided with the rare opportunity to present their works in a professional gallery exhibition at the MCA’s National Centre for Creative Learning for friends and family members. All Bella Momentum participants attend schools in communities in which The Smith Family is working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people.

Bella Momentum is a collaboration between The Smith Family, MCA, Perpetual and Macquarie Group Foundation.

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Manning TAFE students recognised

FOUR Manning Valley residents won major awards at the institute-wide Student Recognition Awards, which recognises the top TAFE students from the 17 campuses on the North Coast.
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The awards acknowledged the efforts in 2014 of top-performing students studying either on-campus, on-the-job or online on the North Coast, across NSW and Australia.

North Coast TAFE’s Apprentice of the Year, Leigh Ryan, from Wingham, also won the North Coast TAFE Manufacturing and Engineering Student of the Year award.

The winning students from the Manning included Leigh Ryan, from Wingham, who received two awards for his achievements in the Certificate III in electrotechnology electrician: the overall apprentice of the year and the manufacturing and engineering student of the year.

Jessica Maher, from Taree, is North Coast TAFE’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year, thanks to her high achievements in community services work

Jessica Maher, from Taree, was awarded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year for both her studies in Certificate IV in community services work and her achievements in community and the workplace.

From minimal user of technology to IT expert- Lei Bush, from Caffrey’s Flat, received North Coast TAFE’s IT Student of the Year Award.

Lei Bush, from Caffreys Flat, won the information technology student of the year award for her achievements in attaining the Certificate IV in digital media technologies, and Kaitlin Lefevre, from Rainbow Flat, received the tourism and hospitality student of the year award for outstanding achievement in completing her Certificate IV in travel and tourism.

Terrific at tourism- Kaitlin Lefevre, from Rainbow Flat, is North Coast TAFE’s overall Tourism and Hospitality Student of the Year.

Institute director Elizabeth McGregor said the awards night was an inspiring celebration of the vocational dreams and achievements of many North Coast TAFE students across the region.

“It’s a complete privilege for us in North Coast TAFE to have somehow been a part of these achievements,” Ms McGregor said.

The awards were held in the Osprey Restaurant, at Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

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Manning home in line for State award

The Manning Valley home boasts stunning views of the surrounding landscape.AN “OFF-GRID” Manning Valley home has led to a local architecture firm being nominated for a state wide award.
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Austin McFarland Architects, who won the 2011 NSW Architecture Awards’ Blacket Prize, have been shortlisted in the residential architecture (new houses) and sustainable architecture categories for a project house based on a 90 hectare property in the Manning Valley.

The practice and clients drew heavily on locally sourced materials and artisans to create the “off-grid”, winter home which has stunning views of the Manning Valley.

The timber and brick house relies on itself to generate power, collect water and process waste.

Other regional members of the Australian Institute of Architects to have been shortlisted include EN House, by Newcastle practice Derive Architecture and Design.

This addition to a small inner suburban Newcastle home was designed to minimise the project’s footprint in order to maximise the small backyard.

The design retained a significant portion of the existing building fabric, supplemented by locally sourced, recycled materials

The 2015 NSW Architecture Awards with winners to be announced in Sydney on Thursday, July 2.

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Taree’s first parkrun: fantastic!

155 park runners turned up for the first edition of the weekly Taree parkrun held along the Manning River foreshore.ORGANISERS of Taree’s first parkrun have one word to describe the first run of the weekly event – fantastic!
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“155 park runners turned up and 137 of these were first timers,” organiser Janelle Jefferies said.

“We had runners from as far as Brisbane, Tamworth, Newcastle, Penrith and Port Macquarie.”

Runners arrived as early as 7.30am to hear organiser Marg Lewis run over safety information, to thank sponsors and to welcome all those that had come along.

Organiser Marg Lewis explained safety and thanked sponsors and attendees for supporting the new event.

The run kicked off at 8am.

Runners’ ages ranged from 10-years-old to 69.

“We had a lady named Kathy from Penrith who has now run every parkrun in NSW,” Janelle said.

Janelle and Marg were delighted by the “positive vibes” shared on the day.

“I heard stories of runners high-fiving on the way past,” Janelle added, “and others meeting new people out on the course.”

The course started at Endeavour Place near Manning River Rowing Club and went along the Manning River foreshore to Martin Bridge and return, with two laps making up 5km.

Ready… set…. parkrun!

Some participants ran the entire track, while others paced themselves or walked along with prams.

Along the way participants enjoyed cheers and encouragement from volunteers.

“Our volunteers did a tremendous job considering it was all new to them,” said Janelle.

“We will always be looking for volunteers because without them we can’t continue to run the event.

“The benefit of being a volunteer is to ensure parkrun stays in Taree for years to come.

“Volunteers are given maximum points towards the annual points competition and after volunteering 25 times will be rewarded with a t-shirt. Volunteering is easy and loads of fun.”

At the end of the track participants received a token which was then scanned with their personalised printed out barcodes.

This ensures their run time is saved and sent out to them by email and displayed on the Taree results page.

Topping last weekend’s results was parkrun Australia’s communications manager/territory director Dave Robertson, who travelled from Newcastle for the event.

Many locals made the top 10.

Family fun: Brooke Huland of Wherrol Flat participated with her children Joshie, Holly and Joseph.

Janelle and Marg would like to thank Dave Robertson and Dave Appleby from parkrun Australia for their ongoing support and guidance.

Local sponsors assisting the weekly event are Club Taree, Hunter Medicare Local and MidCoast Podiatry, who were all present on the day either running or cheering.

Club Taree donated drink bottles and Hunter Medicare Local donated a Garmin watch that was raffled off.

The winner was Catrina Dawson of Port Macquarie, who said she would be giving it to her mother.

“My mother is an amazing woman who is on an incredible weight loss journey,” wrote Catrina on Taree parkrun’s Facebook.

“I have a dream that one day I will complete a parkrun with her and this Garmin is going to help the reality of that dream come true. Thank you again.”

The average time time taken to complete the course was 35 minutes and 23 seconds.

The event ran so smoothly few changes will need to be made for this week’s run.

“We will aim for a bit more signage and we will move our start line back a little, due to reports of the course being around 80 metres short,” Janelle explained.

“I think Taree has needed something like parkrun for a very long time and I can see it growing bigger and better.”

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The final message from organisers to participants is “don’t forget your barcode!”

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Happy 75th Martin Bridge!

HISTORY RECREATED: Thousands walked the bridge on Sunday May 17 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Martin Bridge. This was a recreation of the first community walk across Martin Bridge in 1940, on the same day 75 years ago.
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THE challenge was set by the Night Bazaar committee and organisers of the Martin Bridge 75th Anniversary.

The committee aimed to recreate the photo of thousands standing on Martin Bridge at the original bridge opening in 1940.

Not only was this challenge met on Sunday May 17, but numbers of bridge walkers exceeded organisers’ expectations.

“We estimate between 4000 to 5000 to have walked the bridge on Sunday,” Night Bazaar committee member Catherine Calvin said. “Although police on the day estimates slightly more.”

In the original photo 75 per cent of the bridge was filled with roughly 3500 in attendance. Organisers believe at one point during Sunday’s bridge walk Martin Bridge was 90 per cent filled with walkers.

The organisers were overjoyed by the support they received from the community.

“There was such a co-operative atmosphere,” Catherine said.

“It could have been difficult, but everyone was in the spirit of making it work.”

The walk ran so smoothly Taree police and SES volunteers were able to open the bridge earlier than expected.

The bridge walk was led by town crier Rod Illidge and Wingham circus group Circartus, creating a colourful display at the front of the crowd.

Those who were part of the original 1940 bridge walk or who had family relations there on the day, were also up the front.

These included Norma Cox (formerly Miss Wicks) who walked when she was 13-years-old, Glad Fernley (formerly Miss Murray) who walked when she was 11-years-old, John Doust who watched the bridge walk at age nine, Wendy McKeough who walked with her nana at four-years-old, Peter Dahdah who had been pushed along in a stroller by his parents, Eric Richardson OAM who went along with a bus load from his school in Wingham, and Harry Dryer, who was a boy scout. Norma Smith’s grandfather was the largest man in the original photograph.

Manning Valley Historical Society (MVHS) had captured their stories and others in the lead up to the day.

In collaboration with Greater Taree City Council (GTCC), MVHS had a historical display, which was a highly popular stall at the celebratory day markets.

“It was a wonderful family day out,” president of Manning Valley Historical Society Barbara Waters said.

“We had a lot of people asking questions and interested in the history of the bridge and the area.”

Manning Valley Business Chamber also saw similar success with those interested in its businesses old and new display.

The 65 market and food stalls on the day boomed with interested and buying customers, said Night Bazaar committee member Annette O’Rourke.

“So many of our food stalls sold out!” Annette said.

“It was great exposure for new businesses and stall holders.

“One lady commented to me ‘It is so nice to see what is available in our area – especially things we don’t always see around'”

Fotheringham Park was alive with old fashioned games provided by Catholic Care, children playing in the park and those enjoying the entertainment on the day.

Entertainment was selected by Night Bazaar committee member Rosie Smith.

“I like to choose acts that are dedicated, local and good at live performance,” Rosie said.

“Performing at events like this are great launch pads for artists, especially young acts like SOAR.”

Rosie had asked two of the acts Tasha Joy Burton and Wingsong to cover 1940s songs, she was amazed when they met the challenge.

Other bands on the day included Jay Davis Trio, Mojo Bluesman, Alyse Gray, The Undecided and Jim Bird.

Jim Bird and Luke Bottomley of Aurora Show Effects handled the music’s production.

The Bean Car cafe enjoyed a full house for most of the day with its recreation of the original menu from the bridge opening.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead enjoyed the menu’s delicacies including Manning Bridge consomm followed by rock bottom chicken and lifting sauce, finished with span trifle and bitumen cream with Pacific Highway jelly and muddy coffee.

Official proceedings of the day included Mayor Paul Hogan cutting the 75th anniversary cake, that was provided by Andy’s Cake Kitchen.

GTCC and MVHS’s historical display is now available to view at the bottom of the administration building. GTCC is currently working to the display available to view online.

The Night Bazaar team will return again in November for the next Taree Night Bazaar.

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