Got a lazy $140 000 you don't know what to do with? If so, you could do a lot worse than invest it in the ultimate 'get away' product that has taken off like a rocket.
We are talking here of the 'Caraboat,' a unique caravan / boat which has been designed and built by two enterprising locals in the industrial estate at Lemon Tree Passage.
Since 2015 the dynamic duo has sold six of them with two more under construction for export to the USA.
'Caraboats' combine all the facilities of a luxury caravan along with the mobility of a shallow draft boat. They are 7.5 metres in length with an all up weight of 2500 kg. They draw just .2 metres (8”) of water and are powered by twin 30hp four stroke motors. Maximum speed is 17knots and you don't need a boat licence if you keep the speed below 10knots. A vehicle with a three tonne carrying capacity will have no trouble towing one on the open road.
We are only too happy to promote start-up businesses which bring employment and prosperity to the peninsula. This enterprise is classic case and we wish them well.
Partners Rob Shenn and Andrew Kiernan can be contacted on 4982 4858;
0428 939 078 or you can visit their site at facebook.com/caraboat or google them on caraboat.com.au
Photo: Rob and Andrew working on a 'Caraboat'.
Community Showcase Coming to Lemon Jam in April
Lemon Jam – music in the park on the waterfront at Lemon Tree Passage, now in it’s fifth year - is a free, all ages, monthly music event held on the waterfront at beautiful Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens. Lemon Jam has music (different band each month), kids’ activities, fun raffles, fabulous playground, enclosed sea swimming pool, close to waterfront cafes & takeaways & plenty of parking. It’s a great free family day out (free unless you need a caffeine fix, or a sausage, or a scone & cream……)
Seniors Week 4-15 April, 2018, has the tag line of ‘Let’s do more together’. In support of that Lemon Jam will be held on Sunday 15th April 2018. The organisers of Lemon Jam would like to invite community groups to have a stall at the April Lemon Jam, the purpose of which is to showcase to the community what activities are available to them: photography to walking groups, tai chi to gardening clubs, Mens Shed to Lions Club.
There will be no charge to any groups that would like to have a stall, but groups must provide their own equipment (marquee, tables, etc) and will also be responsible for set up and take down. Start time is 10am, music is from 12-4pm (on stage we welcome back the very popular The Klassics from Newcastle. For more information contact Kyla BH: 4982 5348 or Sheree M: 0438 315 017.
Tanilba Bay to host the Annual Catamaran Big Boat Regatta
The waters of Tanilba Bay will soon be a hive of activity, with the Tanilba Bay Big Boat Regatta to be held on February 17 and 18.
Tanilba Bay Amateur Sailing Club is hosting the event, which is held each year for off the beach catamarans 4.9m (16 feet) and longer.
Sam Breaden, a member of the Tanilba Bay Club: “We have a good fleet of catamarans here in Tanilba Bay, with up to 15 boats sailing regularly, so it’s a really strong sailing culture and the perfect spot to hold a regatta,” Breaden said.
Competitors will come from all over NSW, with a big contingent hailing from the Central Coast and Sydney.
“We are expecting up to 30 competitive boats to line up for starters’ orders, and we’re aiming to have up to 8 races, as long as the weather holds,” Breaden said.
Observers are encouraged to head down to Peace Park on the Tanilba Bay foreshore from 12pm on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday to catch all of the action.
Various catamaran classes will be hitting the waters of Tanilba Bay, including taipans, formula 18s, A class and hobie classes.
How Sweet It Is!
The eyes of the children in Tilligerry will light up like Xmas trees when they visit our new lolly shop in the Kooindah Centre. It is located next door to the newsagency and is run by experienced traders.
Steven and Suzanne Polley have relocated to Koala Bay from the central western town of Wellington where they ran a mixed business for many years. They still return to assist family members who have taken over the reins.
Steven said that the shop sold every type of lolly imaginable as well as drinks and ice creams.
“We stock a range of novelty confectionery as well as drinks and ice creams,” he said. “We also cater for parties and sell 'beanie boos,' he added.
That's not all. The couple plan to use the shop as a home base for packaging and distributing confectionery for an online offshoot to the enterprise.
Meanwhile, former tenants of the centre, TAG, have set up shop in the old LTP fire station and have markedly increased their sales due to the fresh and interesting makeover they have given the building. Its prime position on the main road has been a draw card for tourists.
This story also has a happy ending. The fire station was named in honour of the legendary Bernie Henderson in the 1980s. His daughter Lisa pulled the cord to unveil the sign. She now has been given that sign as a memento and a new carved one 'Old Rural Fire Station' has replaced it.
Photos: Steven and Suzanne at 'Lollies 2U' and the new TAG gallery in the old fire station at LTP.
Lemon Tree Passage Marine Rescue has just completed a 'shake down trial' of its revamped rescue vessel as Commander Richard Osborne OAM explains:
“We changed tack in our plans for replacing the boat and instead decided that it would be much more economical to update the motors,” he said.
“This has resulted in a $45 000 investment in twin 200hp Mercury outboards to power the craft.” he added.
“They have now been run in and performed well in a sea trial when we ventured out of the heads and travelled to Newcastle Harbour. Here we assisted with keeping spectator craft well clear of the the power boats at the recent series of races.”he said. “The boat handled well at 35knots and is capable of more speed in emergency situations. We do however run it at a slower speed during general operations for reasons of fuel economy.”
“I would like to thank the public for their support with our fund raising activities. We also welcome new members to fill the wide range of roles. These vary from manning the radio at our base station to becoming active crew members during patrols and rescues”, he said.
More details of our local Marine Rescue can be had by viewing their facebook page, visiting the base station at the top of Whitbread Drive LTP or by ringing them on: 49 824 981.
Photo: The rescue vessel sporting the new twin 200hp motors.
Fish Catch up Prawn Catch Down
While the escape of some 20 000 kingfish from a commercial farm has been a bonanza for professional and recreational fishers alike, it's a different story when it comes to prawns.
Friction of barnacles during recent monster swells could very well have been the cause of net failure at the trial farm some 7km off the Port. The good news is that a few thousand of the fish have been reclaimed. Apparently, they hung around the site and wanted to get back inside to be fed!
Wild kingfish stocks have soared since the very effective commercial traps have been banned. These traps used to be suspended beneath the surface and were covered with shade-cloth which attracted the fish.
Currently, the fish are swarming around the reefs and headlands and are being caught by spearfishers, professionals and amateurs in record numbers. An 'exclusion zone' has been proclaimed around the farm and authorities are worried that the plague of kingfish could lay waste to the marine parks as they hoover up anything that moves.
Meanwhile, our prawners have never seen it so bad with very little action in the Hunter River.
Long time professional Robert Hamilton puts it this way: “We need a major rain event to make them run. Without this it's just not worthwhile going out.” “I had a trial shot recently and returned with hardly enough prawns for bait for my son to go fishing with.”
Photos: Adam Parbera with his kingfish catch and Robert Hamilton … “Prawns very scarce.”
Love Minus Zero
Local writer Peter Brown, has just published an E-Book on the life and times of Bob Dylan. “Love Minus Zero” formed the basis of Pete’s MA Thesis in 1995.
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize in 2016.
Pete said that he was a long time fan of Bob Dylan whose music dates back to the 1960s. Peter said, “I published the E-book because I was deeply moved by the beautiful lyrics and philosophical depth and political commitment of his writing”.
Those wishing to check the book out can google Amazon or Kindle followed by the ISBN of the book “ISBN 9780648140917”
Photo: Pete with the cover picture of the book
Flying the Flag
Aussie flags will be all a flutter as Tilligerry locals celebrate Australia Day in Henderson Park on Friday, 26th January.
Sponsored by Port Stephens Shire Council and the Tilligerry Lions Club, the day will start with a barbecue breakfast. This includes fresh baked Aussie damper and starts at 8am and goes through until noon.
Local bush band 'Brumby's Run' along with the Australian Army Band will be on hand to provide live entertainment until 1pm and there will be amusements for the children. Tilligerry Auto Club will mount a display of restored vehicles.
Following the fourth Bob Royal fishing competition, our Lions Club have plans in place for future projects which include the 'care bear' initiative whereby trauma affected children are given teddy bears by the ambos to comfort them. They are also preparing to work on their Centennial Park project on Tanilba's waterfront. In March they will be running a 'pink' day under the umbrella of the Jane McGrath foundation.
File photos: Lions will cater for the day and local auto club will mount an exhibit.
Bob Royal Memorial – Lions Fishing Comp
This Year’s Bob Royal Memorial – Lions Fishing Comp was a great success raising $4,000.00 for the four junior sporting associations on the Peninsula.
Entry numbers were up and so were the number of family entries which was great to see
The success would not have been possible without the many sponsors who came on board to support this event.
Many thanks to our sponsors and great thanks to our Major sponsors
Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens Toyota
And special thanks to Tilligerry RSL Fishing Club for putting on a sausage sizzle and drinks for the crowd that attended the weigh-in
It’s fantastic to see that the aims of Bob Royal for a family involved project to have grown to such a success and benefiting the community
Winners of 2018 Fishing Comp
Boys Red Spot Whiting
1st Josh Croker 0.165
2nd Nathan Booth 0.160
Boys Sand Whiting
1st Rylan Coles 0.280
2nd Josh Croker 0.255
Girls Red Spot Whiting
1st Nikki Croker 0.180
2nd Joanna Booth 0.160
Girls Sand Whiting
1st Jorja Croker 0.275
2nd Tiona Gorden 0.240
1st Dean Gordon 0.790
2nd Joe Pfeifer 0.680
Fish Run Riot
People love fishing reports. That's why we regularly cruise by the fish cleaning table at Lemon Tree Passage in Henderson Park with the hope of getting a story.
It's not easy winkling the good oil out of fisher folk as some of them jealously guard their 'secret spots'. Some even refuse to tell us the bait they use. Others give out false leads to keep wannabes away from their hot spots.
Not so local legend Adam Parbera who has been scoring big time with both fish and crabs. While collecting yellowtail bait (yakkas) in the white water around Tomaree Headland the kingfish came on and he and his two mates had their 15 fish quota in record time. They weighed in at up to 8kg each.
The intrepid trio returned at night to the same spot to clean up big time on the snapper. These were running riot and Adam's largest topped the scales at 9kg. That's not all. He reefed in a thumping 32kg jew from a hole near North Arm Cove.
Why waste the fish frames? Most anglers feed them to the pelicans but Adam recycled some through his crab pots and nailed some monster muddies at Karuah.
So, dear reader, there you have it! Why hide in your air-con cave this summer watching the cricket and guzzling endless cans? Set the alarm clock for 3am. Hit the water and before you know it you'll be back home with a boat load. If Adam can do it, so can you!
Photo: Adam with some of the 15 kingies.
Amenities Lure Tourists
It's not by chance that the huge influx of tourists in motor homes and caravans ends up in Lemon Tree Passage. Older travellers, affectionately known as 'Grey Nomads' and those with disabilities carefully plan their journeys. This they do by targeting places with the amenities they need.
Henderson Park is one that ticks all the boxes and now provides an upgraded amenities block, a 'dump point' for sewerage and a MLAK
(Master Lock Access Key) service to the disability toilets. There is also an upgraded boat ramp complete with a waste pump out service.
The recent addition of $30 000 'sails' over the play equipment has also adds charm to the area.
Long time ward councillor Steve Tucker see it this way:
“All of these amenities are listed on tourist maps or online and travellers always target those which have most to offer. Add to this the fact that LTP has a beautiful waterfront setting and it's easy to see why this destination is growing in popularity.”
“So successful has been the big makeover ($1.3 million) of the waterfront been, we will now be turning our attention to both the Tanilba Bay and Mallabula foreshore reserves. These will be upgraded as funds become available,” he said.
Photos: Cr Tucker and the new 'dump point' and sails at LTP waterfront.
Let's Talk Weather
Tilligerry is lucky to have its own weather station run by Alan Gibson, a retired meteorologist. He has his home base at Tanilba and gives constant updates of all relevant weather information. What's more viewers can compare data dating back some 15 years.
With Australia having just experienced the third hottest year on record
November and December had temperatures varying from 14.1C to 41.7C which was 2 degrees above the norm. The big variant was the rainfall which was down 39.1 mm from the November / December average and a massive 307mm for the year.
For January, the temperature is up .9 degrees on the norm and the rainfall down 81.8mm even before the end of the month.
Reading between the lines, this does not look good for the bushfire season with so much tinder dry scrub. Strong winds as we have seen lately will make runaway fires hard to stop.
Why not check it all out for yourself. Punch in: 'tanilbabayweather.com' and it's all there for you to see. The service is free and is linked to the BoM data. Alan's drone videos are also very impressive. Send the link to your friends if you want to showcase the peninsula. Link: 'alan gibson drone tanilba.'
Photo: Alan Gibson monitoring the weather data.
Hunter and Coastal Region Scout Corroboree 2018
The 2018 Corroboree was held at Tocal, Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st January 2018. Over 700 Scouts from all parts of the State, and Qld made up the camp. Port Stephens Scouts were in Sub Camp 2, Troop 202 and comprised of forty seven Scouts from their home troops at Balgowlah, Bargo, Belrose, Forestville, Killarney Heights, Medowie, Mittagong, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Seaham and Tilligerry Peninsular.
The Scouts were supported by a team of seven leaders lead most capably by Troop Leader Melissa "Flash" Glover (1st Nelson Bay) and Ralph "Kookaburra" Francis (1st Tilligerry).
Day one saw the Scouts establish the camp by erecting sleeping, dining and kitchen tents and gazebos as well as erecting a boundary fence, entrance gate, clothes line and mess kit stand. Day five the whole site had to be dismantled and packed into trailers for the trip home.
There was a large number of Scouts that had never been on a camp of this size or duration and for several this was their first camp and some their first time away from home.
It was a most pleasurable and enjoyable experience to spend quality time working and playing with all members of Troop 202.
Scouts, in patrols, took turns at preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards. Each meal sitting was for fifty five persons with provision for seconds, once done they were then able to attend their allotted activity.
There were many activities including camel rides, laser tag, archery, slippery slides, jumping castles, wood working, flying fox, rock wall, Venturer base, canoeing, zorb balls, swimming, rocket making as well as exploring the rail motor museum, courthouse museum and St Pauls church graveyard at Patterson. We cannot forget the hike to the obstacle course and bivouac, nor the movies and disco. There were also in camp games and activities.
Scouts were responsible for maintaining the Troop 202 campsite, tents and packs in a neat and tidy condition; these were judged daily by the Sub camp Leaders, who were independent of any troop. Through teamwork and effort exerted by the patrols of Troop 202, they were able to set the standard on day one and maintaining it for the whole camp, thus winning the Sub camp 2 "Camping Standards Award" from the other five Troops in the sub camp.
BRAVOOO Troop 202
Ralph Francis, Group Leader, 1st Tilligerry Scout Group, Mobile: 0414 474612
Sheer Grit Returns
The popularity of Arthur Murdoch's classic book 'Sheer Grit' was such that original copies sell for around $200. Even the second edition hard cover copies go for well over $100.
But, dear reader, we are getting ahead of ourselves so it's perhaps best to wind back the clock to the Great Depression years of the 1930s to begin our tale.
Arthur Murdock was a working class man who decided to carve out a living by mining shell grit from the shoreline and holes around the Island at Fingal Bay. In those times, people kept poultry in the backyard. They [the chooks] needed shell grit in their diet to help grind up the food and to provide calcium for the eggshells. Hardware and produce merchants sold it by the bag and Arthur supplied them.
Arthur's story is a marvel of descriptive prose for a person of scant education. His narrative could very well rival that of A B Facey's blockbuster 'A Fortunate Life' which ended up as a school text book and a film.
Murdoch paints a broad picture of life in those times. He describes the village of Nelson Bay, the fisherman, how he constructed his hut and jetty and rowed and towed his grit up Tilligerry Creek. The lonely lighthouse keepers get a mention as do the swarms of mosquitoes and the dangerous shifting sands of the spit which joined the Island to the mainland.
The second edition of 'Sheer Grit' (2000 copies) was published by Blue Cow Press in Nelson Bay and sold out.
It is now back in print in soft cover and is available for a mere $20 at Tanilba Newsagency and no doubt other outlets in Port Stephens. If you always wanted a copy, now's your chance.
Photo: 'Sheer Grit'....third edition now available.
Olympics in his Sights
After winning many gymnastics trophies including 'Athlete of the Year' Josh Thompson has his sights set on the Olympics.
The eight year old from Lemon Tree Passage started early as mother Jade explains: “We lived in a house with polished floors and one day as a toddler he said, 'Look mum!' I turned around to see that he had done the splits! We steered him into gymnastics since the age of four and he hasn't looked back.”
Jade trains weekly at Glendale and performs the standard six multi disciplinary routines of adult male gymnasts. The rings and the high bar are his favourites.
His seven major trophies include 'Athlete of the Year NSW'; 'Country Championship ' (two years running) and 5th in NSW. Josh also gained two firsts, a second and a fourth in the Grand Prix series. On top of this he has been selected for a high performance training squad in Sydney.
“We are very proud of Josh, his dedication and his achievements,” his mother, a lifeguard at Tilligerry Aquatic Centre, remarked.
Photo: Josh showing his flexibility with his proud parent beside the pool.
New Community Directory
As the Tilligerry community expands and changes, there is the need to provide residents (particularly newcomers) and tourists with a directory of service groups, clubs and businesses. With this in mind, TACE (Tilligerry Adult and Community Education) will be compiling one in the near future.
It will be available in both an online and printed format.
TACE works under the umbrella of PSSC and coordinates community groups such as art, lead lighting, family history and mah jong. It has its home base at the LTP library. It also publishes tilligerry.com our local online news service which has grown to be the major source of local news for residents .Most months it gets over 1500 'hits'. The Port Stephens Literature Awards, a national short story competition, is another initiative of TACE and is run by volunteers.
If you would like to publicise your club, social group or business, email basic contact information to: email@example.com and it will be considered for inclusion. There will be no charge for this service.
Photo: TACE volunteers Helen Mizrachi and Sue Hamilton at the library.
The Great Wall
You've no doubt heard of The Great Wall of China, The Berlin Wall, Hadrian's Wall and the proposed Donald Trump wall to keep the Mexicans out. Well, Tanilba Bay now has its own Great Wall in Diggers Drive, just a bit past the arched gates on the left on the way to the foreshore.
“Why?” This Is what we asked the new owner, Tracey Budworth who has moved here with her partner Greg from Newcastle.
“It's the 'WOW' factor,” she explained as she helped backfill the solid block sandstone structure with black loam.”
The dynamic duo sourced the huge cut blocks of stone from a quarry near Gosford. Each one would weigh in at around a tonne and large blocks were no dearer than the smaller ones so they went the whole hog.
“It's not cheap,” she said. “The blocks alone were $10 000 and we've had a team of professionals in with their heavy machinery to put them in place.”
“We plan to construct a permaculture garden focusing on edible vegetation,” she added. “The previous owner was a little upset that we dug up her garden but was happier when we gave a lot of the plants away and put many of them in our backyard.”
“It looks a bit messy at the moment but wait 'till it's all done and dusted .” “As I say to those who ask:” “Watch this Space.”
Photos: Tracy, her wall and sandstone blocks waiting to be positioned.
Best Wishes Leone
The Lemon Tree Patchwork ladies recently held a farewell party for long time member Leone Oldham who is moving to Perth in the near future.
Leone and her husband Doug moved to Mallabula some 30 years ago from Wangi Wangi where they ran a butcher shop. They were personal friends with fellow resident artist William Dobell (later Sir William). Both were keen golfers and Leone played an important role with the LGU, travelling the state to officially rate golf courses for handicapping purposes. It was on one such visit to rate the infant Tanilba Bay course that they fell in love with the town and decided to relocate to Mallabula.
Doug passed away several years ago and as a tribute to his memory, the family planted a Wollemi Pine on Tanilba Golf Course . Today the tree is several metres high.
Now into her eighties, Leone has sold up and will live with her daughter.
Several of her fellow patchworkers plan to visit her in the new year.
Speaking of her years in Tilligerry, Leone said that she will miss the friendships and the happy golfing times.
“I'll never forget a very funny incident which happened when we were playing away. I was playing in a trio and I introduced myself as Leone Oldham to one of the others. When she said that her name was Bacon, we laughed. The third lady then told us that she owned a piggery! It really broke us up!”
Photos: The farewell party and Leone with Doug's memorial pine tree.
Top Accreditation Accolade & New Doctor for LTP
We have had a busy couple of months here at Lemon Tree Medical Practice. We have welcomed Dr Shahid Sarki to our team who has specialist training in children's health as well as General Practice. Dr Sarki joins our team of Doctors who have been at the surgery for many years who continue to have a passion in general medicine as well as their own specialist areas such as skin checks, mental health and women’s health.
We completed accreditation this month and were awarded a Category A classification which is very rare, and reserved for practices that meet every single standard of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with no areas in need of improvement. Our team of passionate management, Doctors, Nurses, Receptionist and cleaners always strive to do our best to offer our patients the highest standard of care in a friendly atmosphere. It is a privilege to be able to care for our patients so thank you.
Finally, our daughter Louisa Murcott who has worked at the surgery for several years and has grown up with the practice since she was 8 years old has completed her degree and has joined me in managing the surgery. It is our hope that when patients enter the surgery they are able to tell that it is run by our family.
Visit our website if you would like to know more about us: lemontreemp.com.au
Our team would like to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to caring for you in 2018.
Quilt and Literature Award Winners
“Don't sit down!” This was the advice given to Anna Bay's Jann Sturdy by the announcer at the 2017 quilting show. You see, Jann more or less scooped the pool with her entries, returning to the table time and again to pick up more prizes. Others to do well included Lynley Keers, Wendy Nutt, and Maureen Grealy. Some 58 quilts were entered with a further 29 on display over the weekend of November 18th and 19th at Club Lemon Tree. Wendy Nutt has also recently won a commendation in the Australian Modern Quilt Show.
The Quilt Show was also chosen as a venue to announce the winners of the Port Stephens Literature Awards 2017. The $1100 in prize money is funded by PSSC, Club Lemon Tree and entry fees. It has been running for some 15 years under the umbrella of TACE (Tilligerry Adult and Community Education), a not for profit group connected to Port Stephens Shire Council.
This year drew entries from every Australian state with local writers from Medowie, Tea Gardens and Tanilba Bay featuring in the top 21 awards.
First prize ($500) went to Sophia Field from Victoria with her story
'Chocolate Milk'. The same story also won the $50 Readers' Choice award.
Second prize ($300) was taken out by Tasmanian Freya Cox with her entry 'A Colour of Loss.'
The News Of The Area award ($150) was for 'A Child Named Warrior written by Rob Viskovich from Lane Cove in Sydney.
Photo : Jann Sturdy and Lloyd Hogg with one of Jann's prize winning quilts.
Port Stephens Literature Awards 2017
Port Stephens Council Award ($500) 'Chocolate Milk' Sophia Field Lilydale Vic.
Club Lemon Tree Award ($300) 'A Colour of Loss' Freya Cox Kingston Tas.
News Of The Area Award ($150) 'A Child Named Warrior' Rob Viskovich Lane Cove NSW.
Readers' Choice Award ($50) 'Chocolate Milk' Sophia Field
Most Highly Commended ($25) in order.
'The Meal Ticket' Susan Bowen Medowie NSW.
'Pilgrimage' Kerrin O'Sullivan Middle Pk. Vic.
'Mabel' Garry Boyd Tea Gardens NSW.
'Night of the Big Fright' Greg McFarland Orange NSW.
Highly Commended (in order).
'An Asterisk' Peter Bathie Tea Gardens NSW.
'Too Late to Leave' Rosie Abbott Paynesville Vic.
'No Place for A Lady' Greg McFarland Orange NSW.
'The Bride Price' Suzanne Ferris Bellingen NSW.
'Good Business' Noreen Wills Croydon Vic.
'A Story to Tell' David Abood Bexley NSW.
Commended (in order).
'Time's Slipping Away' Don Horne Pt. Macquarie NSW.
'A Farthing Will Do' Barbara Gurney Huntingdale WA.
'The Seat' Ted Arneson Brandy Hill NSW.
'Friendship Roller Coaster' Emma Bryan Medowie NSW.
'Send Me Home, my friends Freya Cox Kingston Tas.
'Rob' Fran Corner Tanilba Bay NSW.
'The Hospital Visitor' Barry Riley S Woy Woy NSW.
'Nine Nines....' Reg James Turramurra NSW.
We would like to thank PSSC, Club Lemon Tree, NOTA, our judges and TACE for making these awards possible and a huge thanks to you....the writers!!
Police Station Threatened?
Despite assurances from Superintendent Wayne Humphrey at a recent community meeting that Lemon Tree Passage police station will stay open,it appears that this may not be the case.
With the proposed amalgamation of Port Stephens and Maitland into one larger command, the Police Association gained the impression from more senior officers at a recent meeting that outlying stations may be a thing of the past.
The current 're-engineering' policy whereby a more flexible, mobile concept has been embraced by mnagement flies in the face of what the Tilligerry community has worked for over many years.
Long time community worker and campaigner for better policing Doreen Bradley explains:
“The best policing out here was seen when we had a resident police officer who would come on duty at any time to fix serious problems,” she said.
“Once community policing was done away with and centralised in Maitland we got big problems,” she added. “A call to our local station would be flick passed onto Maitland and we were 'prioritised.' This meant that a day or two later officers would respond.” “Crime flourished and it was only when we were able to get Port Stephens Command hived off that things improved.”
“Any attempt to shut our station or move officers to a central location will see a community backlash.”she said. “We want to work with the police service for better outcomes, not against them,” she added.
Photos: Doreen with former police minister Mike Gallacher and LTP police Station... Threatened closure?
'Lust in the Dust'
Rural Romance ( Ru-Roms), those 'Lust in the Dust' novels that are very popular these days have a new writer in the form of Helen (Lena) West from Tanilba Bay.
The former teacher and member of Romance Writers Australia has just completed a self publishing course in Canberra and her first novel, 'Marrying Alan Morgan' is ready to roll.
“I came from a small rural town in Queensland and after retiring, travelled most of Australia for some eight years with my husband,” she said. “On top of this we lived in western NSW for several years.” These experiences gave me inspiration for my books.”
“I have completed four novels and have 10 more in the pipeline,” she added.
“I did all the format of 'Marrying Alan Morgan' myself which includes my website and cover design,” she said. “It has been uploaded to Amazon and is available via Kindle for a mere 99c to read. The printed copy will sell for $US 9.99 as a 'Print on Demand ' publication shortly through Amazon.”
“Lena West is my pen name and the book series is known as 'Love in Oxley Crossing,' she added. More detailed information can be found on facebook by keying in 'Lena West-Author'.
Photos: Lena (Helen) West and her debut novel 'Marrying Alan Morgan.”
If you have noticed 'Telstra' workers feeding brightly coloured cables into the ground around town you would have probably guessed the reason.
Originally, the fibre cables were to go all the way to your house but a change in government saw the current system introduced as a cost saving measure. According to a local crew, all cables and nodes are being inspected to see which type of connection is appropriate for each suburb, street or individual property. Some will get FTTN (Fibre To The Node) and then existing copper wire from there and others will be linked by FTTC (Fibre To The Curb). Apparently Telstra has a problem with grammar as Australians would prefer FTTK as the concrete gutter beside roads here is spelt kerb. Curb is a word in our language which means to stop or regulate ie: to curb crime.
Sometime next year (possibly towards the end ) it will all be done and dusted ready for you to connect. To do this you will have to contact your current telco provider.
Want to know more? nbnco.com.au will paint the big picture for you and give you more specific details of how your suburb fits into the grand plan.
Photo: Coming to a node near you... Telstra upgrading their cable network.
Jai says Goodbye
It is with more than a tinge of sadness that long serving Lemon Tree pharmacist Jai Kumar has announced that he is moving on.
The business has been sold to Fady Victor and Fady Ewedar who will formally take over the reins on Wednesday, 1st November 2017.
The popular pharmacist gave his reasons thus:
“ After 30 years it was time for a break and to consider my future options,” he said. “I'll be having a well earned rest for a few months and then making a decision,” he added.
For some 17 years Jai has run the business which has mushroomed due to the construction of a two storied medical practice next door. He has always gone that extra distance for his clients and has been seen as as caring and compassionate professional. On top of this he has given financial support to the local sporting clubs and represented Tilligerry Soccer Club in its all-age team.
In a farewell letter to the community he thanked his current and former staff as well as the locals for supporting him and stated that he has made many personal and enduring friendships over the time he has been with us.
Reaction on social media to the news of Jai's impending departure was immediate and overwhelmingly grateful for his outstanding contribution to the health and well being of the community over such a long time.
Photo: Fond farewell: Jai flanked by assistants Krystal, Kelli and Jessica.
On the Tilligerry Peninsula, Fairfax newspaper sales have taken a tumble as home deliveries have ceased.
With a move away from print media in the electronic age, an effort to cut costs has apparently gone awry with many readers cancelling their subscriptions.
Local newsagent Julie Fitzgerald explains:
“About a year ago, Fairfax gave us the option of continuing our home delivery service or giving it away. Fairfax were happy to supply the papers themselves and employ a contractor to do the job.” “We agreed to go along with this as circulation was falling and it was hardly worth our while to home deliver.”
“Customers came to the shop complaining about the service and how the contractor was unable to be contacted.”
“More recently, home delivery customers were instructed to pay Fairfax directly and they wanted credit card details.” “This worried many local readers, particularly the elderly who either didn't have a card or were wary of giving personal details.” “On top of this they were confused when the contact phone number connected them to the Phillipines and they couldn't understand the operator on the other end of the line.”
“At the moment, the only two outlets for 'The Sydney Morning Herald,' 'The Newcastle Herald,' and the 'Fin Review' in Tilligerry are ourselves and Coles at Tanilba Bay.” “When and if a new contractor can be found is anybody's guess.”
Meanwhile, News Ltd. Papers ['The Telegraph' and 'The Australian'] have not been affected and their circulation has benefited at their rival's expense.”
Photo: Julie Fitzgerald – Fairfax circulation falling.
Club Title Tussle
Tanilba Sailing Club is well and truly into its summer racing season with something of a family feud developing between the brothers Colecliffe.
Both are former current state or national champions but the younger sibling (Mark) has beaten his older brother at the last two regattas. With a brand new sail, Mike thinks that at club level this could very well make the difference as the duo vies for the season club championship.
One Sunday each month is set aside for two races which count towards the coveted title. The club also looks forward to its annual 'Big Boat Regatta' which it hosts each February.
Meanwhile, the next generation of sailors is learning the ropes from more seasoned veterans with as many as nine young local hopefuls training on the six 'Bic' sailboats the club has purchased. This was made possible with a $30 000 NSW State Government grant. Long time member Sam Breaden was responsible for seeing this process through the web of official procedures.
As many as ten catamarans compete each Sunday. New members both young and old are welcome to learn or take part in the club's activities and Sam Breaden (0419 912 420) will give you all the details.
'Tanilba Bay Sailing Club' punched into facebook will also give you more info.
Photos: Jigging with the Rigging – Young learners being shown the ropes by Mike Colecliffe and senior sailors rig up for the Sunday race.
Fairway to Play
Foundation member of Tanilba and Districts Golf Club Dot Hissey has seen no problems with the integrated golf played there over the last 30+ years. Dot, who carries badge number 25 was the first female president of a golf club in the Hunter Region and one of many elected women directors since the club began operating as a nine hole course. Today it has expanded to a full 18 holes and is popular with locals and tourists alike.
“There is no discrimination at Tanilba and ladies have played in the Saturday competitions from day one,” she said. “We all pay the same membership fees and have equal rights,” she added.
Dot was one of many locals who literally carved the course out of virgin bushland during the '70s and '80s.
“Bernie Henderson in his old blue tractor would flatten the scrub and we would dig up roots and burn off the stacks of sticks and stumps. There was a great feeling of camaraderie,” she said. “You could even see Bruce MacKenzie working on the course and doing bar duty. He holds life membership and badge number 1 after his Herculean efforts in kick-starting the venture,” she added.
Former Ladies' Captain Carole Walker said that it was all about give and take and common sense: “Women accepted prizes from the men's competitions but we didn't insist on representing the club in traditional district 'mens' events. “They in turn never played in our special 'ladies' tournaments,” she said. “Indeed, they didn't ask to play in our Thursday competitions during my time. If they had, there would not have been a problem,” she added.
Dot who has also been a member of Newcastle Golf Club for some 14 years has been watching on with interest as the push from lady golfers to play amongst the traditional 'all male' Saturday field gathers momentum.
Photos: Tanilba Golf Club and former president Dot Hissey.
Live Bait the Secret
Live yakkas (yellowtail) caught around Cabbage Tree Island were the secret of success for two intrepid anglers recently.
Jamie Culver from Salt Ash and a friend nailed two large snapper and about six smaller ones around Broughton Island but a rising westerly gale made things uncomfortable for them so they headed inshore. They then took up station between the two bridges at Karuah for some night fishing.
Karuah is a renowned jewfish hot spot, particularly the deep holes in the eddies of the bridge pylons. Oyster Cove is also popular and indeed the Passage at Lemon Tree itself has been known to yield some very large Mulloway.
The dynamic duo was not to be disappointed as the photo shows.
Large snapper also enter the port in the summer months and old timers still talk of huge fish taken in holes off North Arm Cove and Soldiers Point.
The late Tommy Gavin of Mallabula told of a snapper he caught inside the port which was too heavy for the scales at the old Lemon Tree Passage corner store.
He and his fishing partner George Harper had to cut it in half for the weigh in and it went 26lbs. That's 11.8 kg.
Anglers wanting to know the weight of big fish don't need to look for scales. After measuring the fish from its mouth to the fork in the tail, just google: 'fish length to weight converter', scroll up the species required and all will be revealed.
Photo: Live bait the secret – Jamie with part of the catch.
History under the Hammer
If media reports are to be believed, Historic Tanilba House is to be sold following the death of resident part owner Helen Taylor around two years ago.
Historians have always been interested in the house mainly because he diaries of Susan Caswell (on public display there) were a primary source of information about life in Port Stephens in the 1830s. In particular, Susan recorded her account of the Aborigines which paints the settlers in a very different light to undocumented 'black armband' history we hear so much of today.
She is saddened by the the passing of so many of 'our natives' who fell victim to the white man's diseases and talks of the friendships developed.
She also mentions how the natives admired the white man to such an extent that they wanted to be like him. She relates how they would have a corrobboree in which they would daub themselves with white clay, pretend to die and ... 'jump up white man' (sic).
'A Histoty of the Tilligerry Peninsula'(1996) will expand the early history for those interested.
The building, now with a heritage classification, is lucky to still be standing as it lay unoccupied for long periods. At various times it has been a guest house, a religious retreat for the 'Gospel Fishermen' and the base of Henry Halloran, the legendary developer who subdivided Tanilba in the the 1920s.
In 1968 Helen Taylor and her extended family bought the freehold after renting it. Since then, she made every effort to repair and preserve the historic homestead and kept it open for inspection. A woman of refined tastes, Helen hosted her annual 'Little Picture Show', invited classical musicians to perform there for the public and was very generous in making Tanilba House available for photo shoots, weddings and other social events. Her annual Christmas Party was a most anticipated event.
Strict guidelines dictate what can and can't be done to any heritage listed properties and hopefully the new owner(s) will continue the work of preservation and improvement carried out over the past 50 years.
Photos: Historic Tanilba House and the late Helen Taylor.
All Pumped Up
Tilligerry now has two service stations after the one opposite the Kooindah Centre has reopened.
Jaspreet (Jazz) and Saluja Singh are the new owners and have taken out a ten year lease.
Jazz has plans to expand the business with modifications including:
• A conversion of the workshop to include a car wash.
• Umbrellas and tables for a 'free' coffee area for patrons.
Extra staff for the car wash and service bay will be needed and interested parties should contact the owner.
Photo: All pumped Up – Jazz ready to serve you at the bowser.
Have you seen the ads on TV where school kids are showing off their new garden built from logs made out of recycled printer cartridges?
Well, if you would like to help with this initiative you can drop off your used cartridges to the Lemon Tree Passage Library (opposite the motel).
The Library is open six days a week between 10 am and noon. Out of hours you can leave them in a bag or box in the alcove at the front door.
Oh! this recycling facility also accepts spent batteries which can be dropped of at the same time.
Our library always has new stocks of books and FREE magazines donated by readers. They are stacked on a table just inside the door.
We look forward to you helping make our planet just that little bit greener and cleaner.
Photo: TACE volunteer Helen Mizrachi: “We need your old cartridges and batteries!”
Tilligerry Adult & Community Education Inc. (TACE)
Don't forget that we have the only public internet/computer access open 5 days per week. We are located in the community library (opp the Motel) at Lemon Tree Passage.
Monday 10am to 12 midday Tuesday 10am to 12 midday Wednesday
10am to 12 midday
Thursday 10am to 2.30pm * Friday
10am to 12 midday
Cost to non-members of TACE is $5.00 per hour (minimum charge $1) and printing/photocopying is 20c per sheet (black and white only)
Thanks to Club Lemon Tree and Tilligerry Lions for assistance in keeping our equipment up-to-date. We have 3 computers running Windows 7, MS Office 2010, 1 computer with Windows XP and MS Office 2003 and a Brother printer/fax.
If you have any stories you want to put on the tilligerry.com send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Sue on 4982 3986.
*Please note that during the school holidays our Thursday hours are 10am to 12 midday.
The local Tilligerry Adult and Community Education (TACE) volunteers headed by Sue Hamilton has got the site up and running. They welcome all community groups to send in their news or details of upcoming events.
Sue Hamilton said that online news was the way of the future. “It is very hard to promote the activities of community organisations these days so we have decided, as a community service, to provide a site for all to access. I’d ask people to go onto our website at tilligerry.com and have a look and if it suits them they can send their photos and stories to email@example.com for consideration. Photos should be of low resolution and news items brief, non political and edited. This is a free service run by volunteers and supported by Port Stephens Council.”
Photo:- Check it out – Sue Hamilton at the TACE office in the LTP Library.