June, 2019

It’s a bumper season

Merimbula has been busier than usual say local businesses.Tourists bring huge boost for local economyIt may have been bumper to bumper down Market Street, but it’s also been a bumper holiday season for many local businesses reporting very healthy figures for the period. There have been reports of the season starting earlier than in the previous couple of years and also of demand extending throughout January.
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Lyndall Whyman from Fisk & Nagle, Merimbula reported “unusually strong demand” for holiday accommodation in the eight to 10 days leading up to Christmas as well as the very high bookings over the Christmas/New Year week and into mid-January. Lyndall said she had a waiting and enquiry list of over 40 for that week, adding that there is also a lot of interest extending toward the end of the month.

Kevin Gerathy, from Merimbula Beach Cabins, agreed that visitors arrived earlier this year and attributed this, at least in part, to a promotional campaign run in September by Sapphire Coast Tourism and Merimbula Tourism which targeted regional Victoria, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.

He too reported strong bookings for the remainder of the month, as did Laurie O’Shea from Pambula Beach Discovery Holiday Park, where they are fielding many more enquiries than usual for vacancies at the park. Laurie also agreed with the consensus that the pre-Christmas demand was up on last year. Laurie said that he has been able to employ an extra 25 staff from the local area to cope with the increased workload over the season.

Manager of the Merimbula Visitor Information centre, Kristie Tsakiris said while visitors through the door in early December were slower than on previous years, from December 22 they began to rise. Ms Tsakiris said the centre has been making more effective use of online tools and had streamlined the information and accommodation booking services.

Retailers have also noticed the increase in visitor numbers with Woolworths Tura Beach manager, Paul Harrison, reporting an eight per cent improvement on last year’s trading figures, adding that he had needed to put on extra staff to cope with the demand.

And if you’ve tried to get a seat at your favourite cafe around town, you may have had to wait a while. Poppy’s cafe owner, Louise Brand, said trade was up by around 20 per cent on the previous year.

“Absolutely flat out!” is how Louise described the past four weeks at the popular cafe.

Amanda Dwyer, a manager at Merimbula McDonald’s said they are a little up on last year, taking into account that since a new store opened in Bega last Easter, their trading figures have been lower all year.

Merimbula Marina’s Jessica Millar said that visitor numbers and fishing have both been very good lately, coinciding with some great weather which has kept patrons happy. Jessica reported that on Monday, January 5, the smallest boy on the morning’s fishing trip caught the biggest fish, a 61cm snapper.

Merimbula Chamber of Commerce president, Donella Roberts said the increased business around town was great for local jobs.

“With another strong season employers will be more confident about putting on extra staff,” she said.

Ms Roberts said she was also very pleased with the enthusiastic take up by businesses and shoppers alike for the Why Leave Town Merimbula gift cards. Ms Roberts said the promotion had exceeded their expectations with more than $20,000 loaded onto cards purchased in the two weeks before Christmas.

“That is money that will stay in the local economy,” she said.

The gift cards are available year-round from over 80 local businesses.

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Minecraft creator Markus Persson betters Beyonce to buy Beverly Hills mansion

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall. 1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.
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1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

1181 N. Hillcrest Rd. Beverly Hills. Photo: Ben Becall.

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Fast4 making a racket

FAST4 tennis – four games, four points, four rules.
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LAUNCH: Mark Philippoussis.

Much like Twenty20 revolutionised cricket, the shortened Fast4 is set to take the tennis world by storm when it gets launched internationally in Sydney and Melbourne on January 12 and 14 respectively, and Orange Indoor Tennis Centre manager Chris Besgrove can’t wait.

“Anything that helps our game is alright by me,” he said.

“It’s all happened very suddenly, but I think anything they do like this is a good thing for tennis, and it’s about time they did something like this.

“They’ve got Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal and Mark Philippoussis on board to launch it. It’s great.”

An adapted version of traditional tennis, Fast4 was designed to provide a less-time consuming version of the sport for those who can’t participate in the longer, traditional form of the game.

Traditional games of tennis normally last between 30 minutes and four hours for women, or between one and seven hours for men – depending on how competitive the match may be.

The longest games for each sex have been six hours and 31 minutes, and 11 hours and five minutes respectively.

A five set game of Fast4 however, will rarely last longer than 75 minutes with sets likely to take between 12 and 15 minutes to complete.

“If people enjoy it, and the content then we’ll definitely do something here in Orange,” Besgrove explained.

“People can play it in their lunch breaks, so it’s much more available.”

Much like the fallout from Twenty20 cricket, the worry of traditionalists condemning the sport remains likely.

“And they’ll be a pain in the back side really,” Besgrove said.

“The grand slams and big tournaments won’t be affected, traditional tennis will still be there. This is just a way to improve the sport, and appeal to more people.”

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Hey presto, lots of fun on offer

THERE are many exciting children’s activities on offer at Upper Hunter facilities this school holidays.
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A highlight is the return of JD’s World of Magic this week.

International award-winning magician Joel Howlett will perform at Scone library at 10.30am today before heading to Murrurundi library for a 1pm show.

He will be at Merriwa library tomorrow from 1pm.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to the Upper Hunter for shows during the January school holidays,” Joel said.

“I have a brand new show that is guaranteed to be lots of fun for all ages.

“It will include a rabbit, audience participation and more fun than you could wave a wand at.”

Merriwa library will have story time and craft from 11am on Tuesdays – January 13, 20 and 27.

For more information or to book a place, contact 6521 7007.

Aberdeen library will make butterfly mobiles at10.30am on Tuesday, January 13; and, barnyard animal masks at 2.30pm on Friday, January 23.

For more information or to book phone 6540 1303.

Cassilis library will show participants how to make picture frames at 2.30pm on Friday, January 16.

For more information or to register contact 6376 1295.

Murrurundi library will host story time and craft from 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 8 to 22.

You can also learn belly dancing at 2pm on Thursday, January 15.

To book a place at one of these events phone 6540 1363.

Scone library will have lots of action including wooden rockets craft at10.30am on Monday, January 12; pirate craft and party at 11.30am on Wednesday, January 14; Chinese hats craft at 10.30am on Monday, January 19; the Summer Reading Club presentation, prizes and party at 11.30am on Wednesday, January 21; and Australia Day craft and games at 10.30am on Friday, January 23.

To register for a Scone event contact 6540 1183.

There is no cost to attend these events, however, bookings are essential.

The activities are limited to school-aged children unless accompanied by a carer.

If your child is more interested in running around there is a range of local sporting options available too.

Scone Tennis Courts will host an open day from 9am to noon today followed by a family evening from 5.30pm.

There will be three on three basketball at Scone Basketball Stadium from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday, January 20.

To register for a family game of T-Ball, contact [email protected] by January 19.

The game will be on Wednesday, January 21, from 5.30pm, and costs $40 for a team of eight.

For information about Youth Centre activities, SOOSH Vacation Care and other resources, visit www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

In Muswellbrook, head on down to Muswellbrook Marketplace where the shopping centre boasts a fantastic array of holiday activities.

For more details, and times, see the advertisement on this page.

There is also plenty happening at Muswellbrook and Denman libraries.

Everything from the Summer Reading Club to dressing up as your favourite character is on offer.

Registrations for the reading club opened on Monday and prizes are available so don’t waste any time signing up.

The libraries also host random activities including ping pong tournaments, board games and video games, spot Dr Seuss games, portrait painting and much more.

For those who are a fan of Mr Darcy, the library will host a Jane Austen High Tea Party tomorrow from 3pm to 4.30pm.

The afternoon will include trivia games, reading and listening to quotes from Jane Austen’s work, and a chance to dress up as your favourite character.

For more information on these events or other things on offer, contact Muswellbrook library on 6543 1913 or Denman library on 6547 2485.

CLEVER: International award-winning magician Joel Howlett will visit Upper Hunter libraries these school holidays.

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Plenty of Riverina support behind Single Gaze in the Magic Millions

EXCITING TIMES: Canberra trainer Nick Olive with the Gundagai-owned and Harden-bred Single Gaze that will contest the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Saturday at Gold Coast. Picture: The Canberra TimesRACING
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THERE will be a distinct Riverina flavour to the connections of one runner in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at Gold Coast.

Gundagai men David Tout and Martin Hay own 50 per cent of Single Gaze, an $8.00 chance in the big race.

Adding to the Riverina connection is that Single Gaze was bred by Jamie Middleton at Redbank North at Harden, who has also retained a share in the exciting filly.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive prepares Single Gaze and come Saturday they will take on the might of Australia’s biggest stables for the first prize cheque of $1,140,000.

Hay will travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday and said it is a huge thrill just to have a runner in the race.

“I think Magic Millions sold 3000 yearlings last year so the odds just to get a starter in the race are incredibly high, let alone we think he is a real live chance,” Hay said.

“We’re really excited.”

Single Gaze came out and won a 2YO Handicap at Rosehill on debut at the big price of $81.

She then went to the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Wyong and ran a close third despite being wide the entire trip.

The Gold Coast feature will be her third race start.

Tout has group one experience when another horse he part owned, Just Mambo, ran seventh behind Miss Finland in the 2006 Golden Slipper, among many big races he contested during his career.

Tout is unable to make it to the Gold Coast but is excited to again have a runner in one of Australia’s biggest races.

“It’s a massive thrill, especially with Nick, a good local trainer,” Tout said.

“Nick only bought one horse at Magic Millions (last year), which is a pretty good effort, and he’s been raving about it ever since.

“I think she’ll be very competitive, I’ll be surprised if she doesn’t run in the top three.”

Former Gundagai footballer and apprentice jockey, Billy Owen, is a foreman for Olive.

He has travelled the filly to Gold Coast.

Hay said that adds to the special moment.

“Billy’s done all the work with her and that’s an exciting part for us as well,” Hay said.

“Billy’s an integral part of the town.”

Single Gaze drew barrier six at Tuesday’s draw and will be ridden by Damien Oliver.

Single Gaze’s success has been part of a good run Tout and Hay, who also race Art Thou Ready.

Art Thou Ready won three good races at Wagga and Albury this campaign and will return for the Gold Cup carnival in coming months.

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