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City’s accommodation on ‘unusual’ list| Photos Taronga Western Plains Zoo where visitors can sleep in luxury safari tents on the edge of the African savannah. Photo: TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO
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Aranyani Bison Adventure Park which allows visitors to camp in a Native American style teepee. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Enchanted cave in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views, a spa and a woodfire. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse has wall-to-wall windows, exposed native timber and is perched on timber stilts. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Visitors get a glimpse into what life would have once been like for a lighthouse keeper with a night in Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. Photo: JMorrell OEH

Talo Retreat Yurts have canvas walls lined with Australian wood, a domed skylight to allow stargazing from ybed and a private outdoor spa. Photo: TALO RETREAT

White Cliffs Underground Motel gives visitors the chance to experience underground-living first hand. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Perched overlooking a stunning valley near Bathurst, is a 1949 red double decker London bus that has been converted into accommodation. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

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-Camp Native American- style, bison and all, at Aranyani Bison Adventure Park

-A London bus in the bush at Artisans Park

-Adults-only treehouse at Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse

-African Safari in Dubbo at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

-Caveman accommodation at the Enchanted Cave in the Blue Mountains

-A lighthouse on an Island at Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

-Yurt on the Murray River at Talo Retreat

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Big school is now in session

Alexander Edmonds and Emily Forbes are just two of Cowra Public School’s new Kindergarten students.They’re small fish ina big pond but that hasn’t stopped the newest kindergarten students at Cowra Public School (CPS) and Mulyan Public School (MPS) from taking the leap into infantsschool.
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Kindergarten students at CPS walked through the gates for the first time on Wednesday whilst class was in session for MPS students on Thursday.

Cowra Public School Assistant PrincipalSheridan Oborn said it was always exciting to see the new students start.

“It’s always lots of fun having our new kindies come in, it’s lots of fun teaching them all the basic routines of school where to line up, how to put their hand up and how to go up stairs,” she said.

She said teachers at CPS also share the same enthusiasm for the first day of school.

“Our teachers are very passionate about all their students and look forward to the start of the year and meeting all the names on that are on a page and getting to know their students and tailoring their teaching to their students educational needs,” she said.

She said that the Year 1 cohort will now have to get used to the fact they are no the littlest ones in the school anymore.

“The kindergarten children from last year would still be talking about their teacher over the holidays and it’s strange for them to come back on the first day and no longer be kindergarten students, that they’ve moved on.

Kinder Purple and Kinder Aqua celebrated their first day at Mulyan Public School on Thursday.

Assistant Principal at MPS, Beatrice Murray said there were quite a few nervous Mums on Thursday morning but it was all smiles from the new students.

“I don’t know who was more nervous, the mums or the kids,” she said.

“But there were no tears this year so we are happy about that.”

After an extensive introduction program, Mrs Murray says kindergarten students were ready to feel at home at MPS.

“We are doing the best start assessment now, looking at where students are at and what teachers can do to help them,” she said.

She said she looks forward to seeing their journey through primary school.

“When Kindergarten comes, they are new, fresh face little children and by the end of Kindergarten they have grown in so many different ways,” she said.

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Moree melts in record heatwavePhotos

KEEPING COOL: Amelia Powlton and Maddie Lumb enjoy some delicious ice-cream from Sullivan’s Newsagency on Wednesday.
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Moree residents are doing everything they can to keep cool this week as the record-breaking hot weather continues, with a stretch of 40-degree temperatures in store until at least Tuesday.

We arecurrently up to 37straight daysof 35-degree plus temperatures, more than double the previous record set in the summer of 1981/82, and this looks set to continue.

Another record could well be broken over the next week, as Moree buckles down for seven straight days of40-degree temperatures –equal that of the record set in November 2009.

Wednesday kicked off this latest40-degree period with a top of 42, while Thursdayis set to peak at a sweltering 44 degrees. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are each expected to reach 42 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be 43.

Bill Crawford, owner/manager of Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal said this summer hasbeen pretty tough with temperatures about 55 degrees ontop of a roof in this heat.

“We’ve been up on roofs every day …it gets pretty extreme,” he said.

“It’s the extended period of heat which knocks us up the most, it wears you down.”

FEELING HOT: Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on top of a roof in Wednesday’s heat.

While outside workers are sweltering, a number of local businesses are benefitting from the heat spell.

Yates Refridgeration and Airconditioning has seen a huge surge in business.

“I’ve never seen so many installs,” co-owner Sheryline Yates said. “We’ve been constantly inundated with people wanting air-conditioners installed. We’ve got installs almost every day.”

Mrs Yates said while business has always been busy around this time, this year has been particularly demanding.

“We’re just flat-out; there seems to be an influx all at once.”

Harvey Norman Moreehas experienced one of its biggest seasons for air-conditioner sales, which franchisee Marc Pigdon said has been constant since December.

“Every day there’s been a constant flow of people in the store looking for air-conditioners,” he said.

“We’ve sold out two or three times and have had to get stock from out-of-state.”

HOT SELLERS: Harvey Norman Moree franchisee Marc Pigdon said air conditioners have been in high demand this summer.

Mr Pigdon said portable air-conditioners have been most popular as people look for immediate relief, while split systems have also been popularas alonger-term solution, and surprisingly, the “old window rattlers” havebeen selling well.

Fans have also been walking out the door of Harvey Norman Moree as people look for additional ways to cool their houses.

“We ordered 100 fans at the start of the season and they were gone by mid-December,” Mr Pigdon said.

“People will come in for something else and they’ll grab a few pedestal fans.”

In addition to fans and air-conditioners, more people have also been buying new refridgerators and even blenders.

“It certainly has been a great season,” Mr Pigdon said.

Moree melts in record heatwave | Photos Maddie Lumb and dog Phoebe have fun cooling off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Phoebe cools off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Maddie and Alice Gough with Zohie Lobsy cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Morgan, Holly and Blayne O’Dempsey cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Jodie and Evie Anderson cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Shaylee and Jacqueline enjoy the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen on the slide.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Harper Anderson comes down the slide.

Matthew Anderson on the slide.

Birds finding the shade.

Carolyn Osmond waters the plants at the Fork and Spade Nursery.

Charlie the friendly cockatoo at Fork and Spade Nursery stays hydrated in this heat.

19-year-old duck Handicap doesn’t move far from his water under the shade at Fork and Spade Nursery.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

It doesn’t take long for ice-cream to melt in this heat.

Fun on the slide with water. Photo contributed by Jodie Litchfield.

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Bill Lawry and Dick Blacka: A tale of two cricket tragics

Cricket tragic: Local sporting identity Dick Blacka with a photograph taken during his recent meeting with former Australian cricket captian Bill Lawry.A tribute to cricketing legend Bill Lawry will be aired on ABC’s Grandstand program on his 80thbirthday –February 11.
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The tribute is a poem, penned by Bega resident John Cafe, by special request after a chance meeting of Mr Lawry and local cricketidentity Dick Blacka.

Wes and Matt Fleet discovered they were painting the kitchen in Mr Lawry’s Merimbula holiday home and mentioned in passing that Mr Blacka was a big fan and had been diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Cafe said Mr Lawry’s reaction was a catalyst for the tribute.

“Bill not only agreed to meet Dick,” he said.“But set aside an afternoon and hosted for him for an afternoon tea with a big spread prepared by his wife.

“It just lifted Dick’s spirits to no end.”

After the meeting, Matt asked Mr Cafe to pen the tribute to show their admiration of the cricketing icon.

However, the simple gesture quickly became something more when Mr Cafe asked his brother to look over the words.

“One of my brothersis a cricket tragic,” Mr Cafe said with a laugh.“So I asked him to referee it and we came up with this tribute.”

“It all stemmed from his generosity to Dick.”

“He took the time to encourage him through the sickness, and this is also in appreciation of everything Dick has given to local cricket.”

Mr Blacka is a life-long supporter of the local competition and is a life member of the Tathra Sea Eagles club.

It took almost 12 months of back and forth to settle on the final result, butMr Cafe’sbrother, who works as a producer for ABC in Sydney,recorded the poem with music and a backing track of cheers and commentary.

News spread through the ABC and it will be aired on February 11 to celebrate Mr Lawry’s 80thbirthday, both locally and in Sydney on the Grandstand program.

An interview with Mr Cafe and Matt Fleet will be aired before the tribute is played on Andrew Ogilvy’s Saturday morning program.

Mr Blacka, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment over the last two years, met with fellow cricket tragic and commentary team icon Bill Lawry at the former Australian captain’sMerimbula holiday home.

”It was very casual, it was two people together who love the game,” Mr Blacka said.

“He’s quite funny, and really down to earth.

“He’s a good bloke, there’s no doubt about it.”

The pair spent the afternoon together chatting about the rich history of the game, it’s modern day adaptations, their shared passion for fishing and even Mr Lawry’s well-known love of pidgeons.

“He did talk about pigeons, but I didn’t have much to say,” Mr Blacka said with a laugh.

“I did tell him they used to race pigeons out at Cobargo in the 1960s at the football ground before games.”

Through the afternoon Mr Blacka gained an insight into the former Australian captain’s view on the modern game.

“He was a stalwart, he stayed at the crease and took his time,” Mr Blacka said.

“It’s a completely different game to how he used to bat, he never believed they’d play shots like they do now.”

The pair are planning to catch up again soon and fish at Mr Lawry’s favourite spot at Tura Beach.

Mr Blacka played his first grade cricket game in 1970, and despite his current treatment took to the field this season in the local C Grade competition.

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First for the North Coast

Kempsey Saints in action in 2016.IN what will be a first, all Football Mid North Coast clubs will come together for a pre-season seminar on Sunday at Laurieton United Ex-Services Club.
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This will take in clubs from South West Rocks to Gloucester.

“In other years we’ve had northern and southern meetings, but this time we’ve decided to get everyone together at the one time and the one place,’’ Football Mid North Coast chairman Mike Parsons said.

He said there will be representatives from the Northern NSW Federationat the seminar to address club delegates.

“All the club registrars will be in attendanceand they’ll be briefed of what will be required with player registrations this year,’’ Mr Parsons said.

There will also be a detailed outline on how clubs can increase sponsorship revenue along with grant applications for funding toimproveinfrastructure.

Mr Parsons had previously said that improving facilities for players and spectators will be a major priority for Football Mid North Coast. He is concerned football is lagging behind other codes in this area.

“We’ll have discussions on how clubs can give better value for money to their sponsors,’’ Mr Parsons added.

There will also be a detailed explanation for all club presidents onFMNC’sstrategic plan that has been signed offby the board.

Mr Parsons said the seminar will be part of the board’s plan to make clubs ‘more inclusive’ in the running of the code.

He added the seminar will now be held annually as part of the pre-season preparations.

“Sundaywill be a busy program,’’ he said.

“We’ll be starting at 9.30 and running through to 1pm.’’

Mr Parsons added the regularpre-season briefing for premier league clubs will be held later this month.

Ten clubs from Forster-Tuncurry to Kempseywill contest the premier league this year, an increase in one on 2016 with Wauchope’s return.

“If we can achieve this we will have more than 350 players on our books,’’ Mr Taylor said.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats will be one of sevenFootball Mid North Coast Premier League clubs taking part in the Westfield FFA Cup this year.

The others are Wallis Lake, Tuncurry-Forster, Macleay Valley, Port Saints, Wauchope and Kempsey Saints.

Kempsey Saints Football Clubrecently announced the appointment of Matt Baker and Jason Fisher to coach their 2017 Premier League squad.

Baker is amongst the highest credentialed coach’s in the area and brings a professionalism to the job that has been refined over years of coaching at all levels.

He has recently stepped away from the Football Mid North Coast rep system,where he coached with and against the best players and coaches between Kempsey and Newcastle.

Baker is committed to Saints this year and is focused on achieving a successful season.

In 2016 he became the seventh life member of the Saints club.

Fisher was instrumental in guiding the Saints into Premier League, and has the experience of playing or coachingevery year the Saints has been involved in senior football.

Pre-season is underway and players who wish to join the senior team can attend training atEden St on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm.

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