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Adult Education: Jumpstart Your Future

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Nestled on an expansive site in Nelson Bay originally donated to the community in 1892 by John Dalton, the Tomaree Community College is a Registered Training Organisation employing over 20 staff and delivering training to more than 3000 students annually. Operational for 32 years, Linda Drake has worked at the college [...]

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Introducing Angel Tots Early Learning Centre

by Joanna Atherfold Finn It is fitting that Karin Hensley originates from South Africa. Angel Tots, the 56-place Salamander Bay Early Learning Centre she owns with husband Steve, closely follows the philosophy of the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. As Angel Tots Centre Director Melinda Lewis explained, “The service [...]

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What is self regulation and how can it make a difference to you and your children?

by Joanna Atherfold Finn What’s On In Our Backyard spoke to Occupational Therapist and Founder of Homebase Hope Rhiannon Crispe to find out. As Rhiannon explains, we are not born with the ability to self regulate. It is something that has to be taught. “Self regulation is our ability to control emotional and behavioural reactions [...]

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Introducing Michael Dunn, a local expert in Chiropractic Care

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Most of us have some idea that chiropractors are allied health professionals who use adjusting techniques to help ease pain, but what else can chiropractors assist with and what is their philosophy? To find out more, we caught up with chiropractor Dr Michael Dunn. Michael recently joined the allied services team [...]

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Reconnecting Families

Port Stephens resident Jewell Drury is the Media and Marketing Officer of a registered charity organisation, COPSY, who are launching a free counselling service for youth aged 12 to 18 years in Port Stephens. Jewell believes that the family unit is the core and lifeblood of society. As a mother of seven, foster parent to [...]

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So What’s It Really Like To Be A Foster Sibling?

Foster Care involves a child who is unable to live with their biological family for a range of reasons living with another family unit able to offer a safe, reliable and nurturing environment. Foster children may need to live with another family due to issues including family illness, neglect or abuse, mental health issues and [...]

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Why Smart People Switch To Solar

More and more people are doing their bit for the environment with renewable energy reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Research indicates almost one quarter of Australian households have invested in rooftop solar. Here are some other benefits that may help you to take the plunge. As with most emerging technologies, the price of solar [...]

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6 things you didn’t know about the importance of regular dental checks.

by Joanna Atherfold Finn It’s tempting to wait until a toothache before making a dental appointment, but you may be contributing to chronic disease or costly problems through avoidance. The importance of regular dental checkups can’t be overstated. What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with Bay Dental to find out more. Bay Dental was [...]

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Would you like to ease the pain of insect bites & stings this Summer?

Well now you can with Australian zeolite! This magic mineral supplement, distributed by Brenda White and Greg Pelton of locally owned business Zeo Natural, is 100% natural, toxin free and organic certified. Australia has a very pure source of zeolite. Its purity is assured as the zeolite deposit has been kept free from modern day [...]

By |2018-12-04T12:28:03+10:00December 4th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Would you like to ease the pain of insect bites & stings this Summer?

5 Minute Hair with Zeo Natural’s New Dry Shampoo

Recently and quite by accident, I discovered a product which, despite it’s name, doubles up as a miracle hair product! Now stay with me ladies (and gents) because I don't use the word “miracle” lightly. In fact for many years I have succumbed to all manner of “miracle” products which have promised to make me [...]

By |2018-09-22T12:02:09+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on 5 Minute Hair with Zeo Natural’s New Dry Shampoo

5 Fun Historial Facts About Port Stephens

by Claire Schroeder, age 13 Living in Port Stephens, you might think you know everything about it, but there is a lot of our history unknown to most. There is so much information about the past, that is worth knowing. Read on to discover 5 fun facts which I'm sure you will find interesting! I [...]

By |2018-09-22T10:26:22+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on 5 Fun Historial Facts About Port Stephens

Shoal Bay Country Club

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Shoal Bay Country Club’s recent refurbishment teamed with its exciting array of holiday activities makes Shoal Bay a haven for locals and tourists alike. What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with owner Andrew Lazarus. Shoal Bay, with its white sandy shores, pristine waters and stunning bushland, is a family-friendly destination. [...]

By |2018-09-22T09:56:20+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Shoal Bay Country Club

Join The FootGolf Revolution

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Most people associate Horizons Golf Resort at Salamander Bay with its 18-hole championship golf course, picturesque waterways and abundant wildlife, but did you know that Horizons is also the only accredited FootGolf provider in Port Stephens? What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with Horizons Marketing Director Shiana Tyler. If you [...]

By |2018-09-22T06:50:28+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Join The FootGolf Revolution

The Developing Newborn

by Sean Mahony You can never underestimate the importance of a good start in life. Chiropractors who have undertaken further study in the neuro-development of children of all ages, from the first day born until later on in life, are the best people to assess the health of children. Labour and birth is an intense [...]

By |2018-09-22T06:33:48+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on The Developing Newborn

Is Dental Fear Affecting Your Family

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Is the sound of the dentist’s drill enough to have you running for the nearest exit? Dental fear is a very real problem affecting up to one in six Australian adults and around one in ten children. Thankfully there are measures you and your dentist can implement to assist, as John [...]

By |2018-09-21T10:14:48+10:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Is Dental Fear Affecting Your Family

The Greenhouse Eatery – Review

"Who thought lunch with young kids could be fun and relaxing!" by Saffron Quantrell What's On In Our Backyard magazine discovered that the enigma of a quiet lunch with your munchkins is certainly achievable at The Greenhouse Eatery. Nestled in the grounds of Pacific Dunes at Medowie, the Greenhouse Eatery will welcome you and your [...]

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Wat’s On The Menu Catering

"A friendly and welcoming family dining venue, offering delicious fresh food that won’t break the budget! by Saffron Quantrell What's On In Our Backyard were recently invited to dine at the new cafe and bar Wats-On The Menu Catering at Horizons Golf Resort, Salamander Bay. Here is our review of our experience! The café and [...]

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The House Build With Love at The Bower Medowie

More than 950 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia, and one in six children dies as a result. Sadly, around 50 of those children diagnosed are from the Hunter. This September, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, McCloy Group and McDonald Jones Homes will join forces with the Children's Cancer Institute to launch [...]

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7 Top Tips For A Digital Detox

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Like it or not, we exist in a digital world with people ‘plugged in’ to devices to socialise, research, work and communicate. Digital media can create a sense of belonging, but it can also result in constant distractions and feelings of disconnection. Digital overuse is an issue that Geraldine Zadkiel from [...]

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Future Stars Are Born

by Saffron Quantrell Emily Kenny - All I Want Silver Medal Lyrical It's always incredibly heart warming to hear of the wonderful stories and achievements of children in our local area and in a little town called Tanilba Bay on the Tilligerry Peninsula, big dreams are coming true. What’s On In Our Backyard [...]

By |2018-09-20T20:07:19+10:00September 20th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Future Stars Are Born