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We visit Pine End Organics for our first Macarthur Foodies feature

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‘‘Really satisfying’’: Margarita Carrick with some of Pine End Organics’ cheeses, which they make at their Belimbla Park farm. Picture: Jonathan NgFor food lovers, Pine End Organics is the organic pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Kerrie Armstrong dropped in to have a look.
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NESTLED in a copse of trees in Belimbla Park is a foodie magnet for Sydneysiders and locals alike.

Pine End Organics produces organic fruit and vegetables, eggs and honey and its bed and breakfast attracts city dwellers with the promise of a weekend away in the country, just 80kilometres from the big smoke.

But owner Margarita Carrick offers an unusual point of difference for her visitors — the opportunity to learn how to make cheese.

‘‘Making your own cheese is really satisfying, like anything you do for yourself,’’ Mrs Carrick said.

‘‘You know what’s in it, just like when you are cooking from scratch.’’

Mrs Carrick has been making cheese for about 10 years and teaching others for about eight years.

She offers two levels of dairy workshops: the introductory workshop, which covers how to make fetta, ricotta and butter, and the advanced workshops, which cover camembert, quarg and yoghurt.

The process for all the cheeses begins with raw milk, which Mrs Carrick said could be difficult to get, but could, at a pinch, be substituted for organic homogenised milk.

‘‘I have a few different sources for raw milk.

‘‘It has entered our thoughts to get a cow ourselves, but there are lots of local people who have cows and the amount of milk is too much for one family.’’

Once the milk has been sourced, Mrs Carrick pasteurises it and adds a starter culture, to replace good bacteria that is lost in the pasteurisation process, which converts the lactose in the milk to lactic acid.

Rennet is then added to set the mixture into curds which are then cut into small cubes.

‘‘Then the process is different for every cheese,’’ Mrs Carrick said.

Pine End Organics sells its ricotta and quarg along with home-grown eggs, honey, fruit and vegetables — all certified organic.

Mrs Carrick said this organic certification was hard fought for and took dedication to maintain.

She said farmers and producers who claimed to be organic but flouted regulations risked damaging genuinely organic produce.

‘‘Organic certification is a four-year process.

‘‘If someone has a bad experience [with produce falsely labelled organic] it tars us all the same.’’


■ What: Pine End Organics

■ Where: 35 Binalong Road, Belimbla Park

■ Details: 46572176, [email protected]南京夜网 or visit www.pineend南京夜网


■ Introductory workshops: fetta, ricotta and butter — $135

■ Advanced workshops: camembert, quarg and yoghurt — $150

■ Morning tea and lunch are included and comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended

■ Workshops are particularly fun when done with friends or family

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Labor sees red over Hunter school zone light roll-out

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John Robertson flanked by Jodie Harrison Tim Crakanthorp outside Windale Public School. Pic: Max Mason-HubersA SLOW roll-out of flashing orange lights in Hunter school zones has NSW Opposition leader John Robertson seeing red.
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MrRobertson met with Labor candidates Jodie Harrison and Tim Crakanthrop outside Windale Public School this morning to discuss the issue.

Mr Robertson said the rollout had been a ‘‘miserable failure’’, despite the Hunter’s flashing light installation being planned for later this year.

Only half the Hunter’s schools have flashing school zone lights.

The Transport for NSW website has published a schedule detailing when local government areas should expect installation of flashing school zone lights.

On the list, Lake Macquarie City Council and Newcastle Council are scheduled between November 2014 and February 2015.

But Ms Harrison said the government had had three and a half years to install the lights but had managed to put in plenty of speed cameras.

She said the government had the wrong priorities.

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Foodie fun part of Carnivale action

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A NEW fixture on the region’s spring calendar will have residents dusting off their cookbooks or whipping up the secret family recipe, as well as hitting the local food trail to find the freshest and best produce the Upper Hunter provides.
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One of the many events held during Muswellbrook Carnivale in Spring, the aptly-named Carnivale de Cuisine encourages the community to share a meal with family and friends, while at the same time using fresh local produce.

Muswellbrook Shire tourism and promotions officer Kevin Doherty said it was simple and fun to be part of Carnivale de Cuisine.

“Any time during spring, invite a family member or a few friends over for a home-cooked meal,” Mr Doherty said.

“The only rule is you must use at least one item of local, Upper Hunter produce.

“And if you serve it with a bottle of Upper Hunter wine – well that’s even better.”

Once you’ve shared your meal, share a photo of it on Muswellbrook Shire Carnivale in Spring Facebook page.

2NM radio host Stephen Cenatiempo has been named grand ambassador of Carnivale de Cuisine and is encouraging the entire community to be involved.

Mr Cenatiempo’s family hails from southern Italy, from the little island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples.

“Dad came to Australia in 1950 and we lived most of our lives in Sydney’s western suburbs,” he said.

“He was involved in fruit and veg, so food has been a major part of my life since I was born, especially fresh produce.”

It stands to reason, with his Italian heritage, that Mr Cenatiempo would be big fan of pasta – and he is – but he also includes German among his favourite cuisines.

He’s looking forward to seeing the dishes the local community shares during Carnivale de Cuisine.

To make it easier to find and buy local, the new online directory The Upper Hunter Country Pantry Shopping List was launched last month.

It brings together details of local food and wine producers in one easy-to-search list.

Mr Cenatiempo said the The Upper Hunter Country Pantry Shopping List was a great initiative.

“An area like the Upper Hunter has been begging for something like this and I really can’t believe it’s never been done before,” he said.

“Most regions have great local produce, but here in the Hunter the area is just so rich with it,” he said.

“I’ve been in the Upper Hunter for two years now and I really only know a handful of local producers.”

Mr Cenatiempo said the Upper Hunter has a diverse cultural make up, so Carnivale de Cuisine was a great opportunity to celebrate it.

The benefits of Carnivale de Cuisine are two-fold, it brings people together to enjoy a meal and it encourages residents to “shop local” and learn about the vast array of local produce and producers available right on their door step.

The Upper Hunter Country Pantry Shopping List can be found at www.upperhuntercountry南京夜网 – click the Eat Up! tab.

Don’t forget to post a photo of your meal on Muswellbrook Carnivale in Spring Facebook page.

For more information contact Kevin Doherty on 6541 4050.

GRAND AMBASSADOR: 2NM radio host Stephen Cenatiempo is encouraging residents to embrace Carnivale de Cuisine.

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Premier says Koala trail will be an inspiration to the world

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SURROUNDED by 55 creatively painted sculptured koalas on Monday, NSW Premier Mike Baird said other communities will looks to the Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail for inspiration.
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The Premier made a brief appearance at Emerald Downs Golf Course at the invitation of Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams and Hello Koalas project instigator Margret Meagher. In her introduction to the Premier, Mrs Williams said: “The community will be the beneficiary of what we see here today”.

Trail tees off: Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams, executive director Arts and Health Australia Margret Meagher, NSW Premier Mike Baird, deputy mayor Adam Roberts, and project coordinator Linda Hall surrounded by koala sculptures at Emerald Downs Golf Course on Monday.

Mr Baird said public art is a critical part of any city and the artists had made the koalas so visually appealing they will generate conversation not just here but across the nation and the world. Also at the launch mayor Peter Besseling said he couldn’t believe the talent of the artists who created the designs on the koalas.

“It showcases our local arts community and confirms Port Macquarie’s relationship with koalas to the world, “Cr Besseling said.

“It has been well supported throughout the community, including council as principal sponsors, and adds another level of interest for people coming to the Hastings.”

Koala artist Yvonne Kiely, whose Celtic Koala design is a nod to her heritage and that of many in the community, said her family will be coming from overseas to see the trail.

Executive director Arts and Health Australia Mrs Meagher said the gods and koala spirits were shining on the launch.

“This the culmination of three years work and we are honoured Premier Mike Baird has joined us,” Mrs Meagher said.

Arts and Health Australia was indebted to the state government for its support of the Dementia Koala, and for its support of the organisation’s efforts to make the Hastings the first dementia friendly community in Australia, she said.

There had been overwhelming support for the project and Mrs Meagher believes the community will take ownership of it.

“Already today we have had sightseers calling into the golf club to see the koalas.”

She gave high praise to project coordinator Linda Hall.

“This wouldn’t have happened without the calibre of expertise and skill set of Linda. I can’t speak highly enough of her.”

Each of the koalas will be placed on a plinth and located either at the site of their sponsor’s premises or at a mutually agreed location.

The creatively designed koalas will start to appear throughout the Hastings this month.

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End of a Gawler era

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STANDING DOWN: Brian Thom with the painting of a Gawler train outside the Old Spot Hotel circa 1890s, and his own painting of Gawler’s man with the dog (Briant Mahoney).Brian Thom was born in Gawler, was schooled there and lived in the town most of his life. Now, after 14-and-a-half interesting years on the Town of Gawler Council, he is retiring at the next election.
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The passion the 69-year-old has for the history and heritage of Gawler is only surpassed by his love of working with the community.

When Mr Thom started on council local MP Tony Piccolo was mayor, who was followed by the first lady mayor, Helena Dawkins, then through Brian Sambell’s mayoral tenure, including several stints as deputy mayor.

“I retired at 55 and my wife (Bev) said, ‘you should run for the council elections in a couple of months’, and eventually I capitulated – as you do,” the popular deputy mayor said.

“It didn’t take long to quickly learn that one had to digest reams of info, but the level of intensity in 2000 compared to 2014 is intermediate high school compared to uni.

“There is greater attention to detail, which has really come to the fore in the past five years, with probably bigger picture issues to grapple with, like the transport management plan and the state government foisting ministerial DPAs on us, regarding Gawler East and the top of racecourse.”

Mr Thom worked on a number of sub committees, including infrastructure; corporate and community service; the signage committee until it disbanded; and currently is the chairman of Gawler 175th events. And since its inception, he has been Gawler’s board member on the Gawler River Flood Plain management authority, attending 78 of 80 possible meetings.

Some of the retiring councillor’s highlights include being involved in the Bruce Eastick North Para flood mitigation dam; putting a fourth deck on the three deck car park to cater for future Gawler expansion; and dissuading council to have a commercial area where lifestyle village now stands.

“There are always areas of concern in council, which are issues affecting community members,” he said.

“The placement of the multi goods area to where it is, establishment of the Gawler graffiti removal team, under lighting the Morton Bay Fig Trees along Julian Terrace and the new skate park, are some of the issues we have looked at. Others include eliminating the use of High Street for the passage of 10,000 vehicles a day, and advocating for the heritage buildings and walls of Gawler to be preserved for prosperity, as much as possible.”

Mr Thom is frustrated the pigeon problem in Gawler still exists, a toilet hasn’t been erected in the Fifth Street playground, and the state government hasn’t progressed the year 2000 memorandum of understanding for a north east bypass.

Probably closest to his heart is the fact the town’s heritage items are still in storage hidden away and not on display, which led to him forming the popular Gawler History Group.

“Three years ago, after increasingly becoming concerned that Gawler’s photographic history was being lost, or hidden, I felt it needed to be exposed for the world to see, so the Gawler History Team was formed,” Mr Thom said.

“It now has about 10,000 photos and articles, and I am delighted with how it has progressed.”

For 39 years Brian Thom worked for AMP, his last 20 years as a financial advisor and planner in Gawler and the Barossa Valley. He and his wife Bev have two sons (Richard and Michael) – brought up in Gawler – and two grandchildren, Stephanie and Nicholas.

And for the past 39 years, Mr Thom has lived in Daly Street, Gawler, just 200metres from where he was born.

A life member of the Apex Club, the Gawler lifer has been the curator of the St George’s Anglican Cemetery since 2000, is a member of the national trust of Gawler and the Gawler Community Gallery.

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Police appeal for help to find man who robbed bus at gunpoint: VIDEO, PHOTOS

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CONCEALED: The man who robbed a bus driver at gunpoint pulled a cover over his face as he entered the vehicle.Police are seeking help to identify a man who terrorised a female bus driver with a hand gun during an armed robbery at Telarah last month.
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Footage of the robbery has been released in the hope someone will recognise the offender.

On August 14, a man flagged down the bus about 8.45pm as it travelled south along its usual route on Brooks Street near the William Street intersection.

The 57-year-old female driver stopped the bus and the man, wearing a hooded top, got on board with his face concealed.

He produced a silver pistol and demanded cash.

Police said the man put the money in a backpack and fled on foot.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time.

Police were called and the bus was forensically examined.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector John Zdrilic said police needed help from the public to find the man.

“Anyone who wants to point guns at other members of the community doesn’t deserve to exist with other members of the community,” he said.

“We are seeking assistance from the community to identify this person so he can be dealt with accordingly.

“We’re releasing the CCTV footage from the bus in the hope someone will identify him.”

The man is believed to be Caucasian, in his teens or early 20s, 160 to 165cm tall with a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a light grey, hooded top, dark pants, white runners and carrying a backpack.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Maitland police on 4934 0200.

Police appeal for help to find man who robbed bus at gunpoint: VIDEO, PHOTOS HELP WANTED: Police have called on the public to help identify a man who robbed a bus at gunpoint in Telarah on August 14.

HELP WANTED: Police have called on the public to help identify a man who robbed a bus at gunpoint in Telarah on August 14.

HELP WANTED: Police have called on the public to help identify a man who robbed a bus at gunpoint in Telarah on August 14.

HELP WANTED: Police have called on the public to help identify a man who robbed a bus at gunpoint in Telarah on August 14.

HELP WANTED: Police have called on the public to help identify a man who robbed a bus at gunpoint in Telarah on August 14.

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School bonus back in as mining tax axed

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced the deal in the Senate on Tuesday. Photo: Alex EllinghausenThe Abbott government has moved to cut short debate on the mining tax after clinching a deal with the Palmer United Party to repeal the tax but keep the associated compensation.
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The opposition and the Greens have lashed out at what Labor’s leader in the Senate Penny Wong called “a stealth attack” on the Senate.

The deal means millions of workers will not receive a promised boost to their superannuation, with the PUP agreeing to let the government delay the increase to improve the bottom line.

Compulsory super, currently set at 9.5 per cent of an employee’s wages, had been set to increase to 12 per cent by July 2019.

PUP has made a deal with the government that will sacrifice that increase in order to keep spending associated with the mining tax.

The amendment circulated says the superannuation guarantee will not increase to 12 per cent until on or after July 1, 2025.

An amendment moved by Labor, with support from the Greens, called for the government’s proposal to go to an inquiry.

PUP senator Glenn Lazarus told the Senate the deal would keep the schoolkids bonus in place to December 2016, low income super contributions until June 2017 and the low income bonus until December 2016.

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Palmer United leader Clive Palmer appeared in the chamber to shake hands as the amended bill was presented.

Labor and the Greens attacked the government for what Senator Wong called “a dirty deal”.

“We have another deal…another dirty deal where they try to ram through the chamber just like we’ve seen before,” she said.

Greens Leader Christine Milne called the move to gag debate on the amended bill “contempt for the Senate”.

“I can’t remember a time when we had amendments dropped on the desk with no attempt to explain what they mean,” she said.

Senator Milne called the deal “an absolute disgrace” that would hurt the super entitlements of millions of working Australians.

“This is exactly what the Australian people were concerned about at the prospect of a mining billionaire coming in here.”

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Diverse range at Scone FilmFest

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SCONE Films is gearing up to present their sixth short film festival, Scone FilmFest 2014, this month.
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Save the date – Saturday, September 13 – for a highly enjoyable and social evening of entertainment.

This isn’t just for movie buffs, there’s something for everyone in the diverse range of films screened.

Once again all the movies are Australian.

Some have been screened internationally and are award-winning films but all of them showcase the talents of independent Australian filmmakers.

The range of offerings includes animation, rural, urban and black and white.

As always, the strong program features many award-wining films that have screened around the world.

This year’s list includes films starring David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and the late Penne Hackforth-Jones.

Four of the directors and/or producers will attend FilmFest – and be able to talk to festival-goers about their stories.

Taylor Litton-Strain, the director and producer of two films being screened, will be in attendance.

“Driven is the first film I ever made and I’m still really proud of it,” she said.

“It’s really wonderful to be screening Driven at Scone FilmFest.

“It’s a simple modern story about family and struggling to do what’s right, which I think many people will be able to relate to and (hopefully) enjoy.”

Ms Litton-Strain’s other film, All God’s Creatures, has won six awards, including at Nashville in the United States.

“All God’s Creatures is a really lovely film featuring very good performances from two child actors,” said Margaret Pomeranz, from At the Movies, who judged it at a Sydney Film Festival this year, where it won Best Film and Best Direction.

Ms Litton-Strain added: “All God’s Creatures is one of the more recent films I have produced, but it’s going to be an interesting screening at the Scone FilmFest, pairing it with my first short Driven.

“While they are very different films, they do share some themes.

“Also, of course, both films hinge on the performances of some very talented young actors.

“Ed Oxenbould, who is now appearing in the Hollywood feature film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, stars in All God’s Creatures.

“I can’t wait to see what the Scone audience think.”

Another short film, Jump, has screened at festivals around Australia, the USA and at the renowned Cannes Film Festival in France.

“Jump is a story that celebrates difference,” director and writer Aimee Lee Curran said.

“It underscores the importance of family when pursuing your dreams.

“It is a story close to my heart that was largely inspired by my little brother, and it is to him that I dedicate the film.”

Maxx Corkindale, is co-producer of Welcome to Iron Knob, one of the films being screened.

It is set in a sleepy little town in South Australia.

It has won seven awards, including best of the Fest at Palm Springs, USA, and screened around Australia.

“Thanks for having us and showing our film to audiences we would never be able to reach,” Mr Corkindale said.

“We hope that the audience enjoy it.”

Delicious finger food and refreshments will be served before the films, and coffee and desserts afterwards.

Dress up in something glamorous, walk the red carpet and enjoy a fun and sociable evening at the movies with a real atmosphere.

Scone FilmFest 2014 takes place at the Senior Citizen’s Centre, Oxford Road, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

Entry is $25 and tickets are available from Serendipity, Scone, and Eyecare Plus, Muswellbrook.

For further information, visit the website at or phone 0428 508 326.

FILMFEST TREAT: A scene from All God’s Creatures, one of the selections at the upcoming Scone Films’ short film festival.

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Off to a flying start

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Jenny Parer (left) with guest artist Susan O’Brien.The Holbrook Art and Photography Show has started with a bang with around 100 people attending opening night lastFriday.
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This year the show will split the proceeds with the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group who will help with the running of the show and spread their message at the event.

“The food went well, the art was appreciated and I believe the guest artists had a great time,” organiser Milt Golenberg said.

“There were a few paintings sold on opening night and over the next couple of days we sold a few more.”

There is something for each taste at the art show with pieces ranging from metal art, sculptures, paintings, photographs and clay frocks.

Another one of the organisers Jenny Parer said many hours of work had gone into the admission side of the show.

The art show featured two artists, Susan O’Brien and Suzie O’Shea.

“We go to other art shows and see work we like then contact the artist and ask if they would like to come,” Ms Parer said.

The event is run by the Holbrook Rotary with an art committee within the club organising the event.

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Focus on environment

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Murray Group CWA members went on an imaginary bus ride to Botswana following a power point presentation by five students from Rand Public School.Around 30 members from the Murray Group of the CWA attended the Agriculture and Environment and International Day last week on in Holbrook at the CTC on Tuesday August 26.
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Agriculture and Environment officer Rita Bowler organised the environmental side with Bushlinks officer Kylie Durant invited as the guest speaker.

While members were a mix of people who lived in town and people who lived on farms they all found the talk very informative.

Ms Durant spoke about the importance of tree corridors, the wedge tail eagle and the wilga tree which are a focus of study for the CWA.

She also spoke about the invasive weed, serrated tussock, and the importance of controlling it.

“It was thoroughly enjoyable and we all gained something from it,” member of the Murray Group Pat Brown said.

The Murray group includes branches from around the area including Holbrook, Little Billabong and Albury.

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