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Thursday, May 03, 2018

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Cheryl Tennis Club News

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Well it has certainly been a quieter week this week at the tennis club.  There were some farewells on the weekend flowing through to the early week flights and things have started to get back to normal.

The ladies had a great social night on Tuesday with 8 ladies braving the cold and the rain for a hit!  We will try again for Round 7 next Tuesday and have decided to make the final the week after with supper to follow to farewell one of our lovely ladies, Gaby, who is heading off to Australia, after three months here on Norfolk. 

We hope to commence Mavis Cup this month.  For those who are new to the island it involves playing with a partner and having one game of doubles and a game of singles.  We usually cook up on the BBQ and bring pot luck salads to share.   The cost is $5.00 per person.  If you are interested in playing a social game of tennis on a Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm then please give Gill a call on 56878 to get involved.  If you are interested and can’t find a partner then let us know and we will do our best to find one!  It is a great comp for those wanting to get back into tennis or for those who enjoy having a hit, so get along for a fun weekend comp!

Mens comp will resume on Monday so get yourself along for 6pm.

We are hearing lots of good things about our Juniors in Fiji at the moment.  I think they have had some of our inclement weather which may have hampered some of the play, but they are keeping in good spirits and enjoying the whole experience and I am sure we will get some more information about the event next week.

Upcoming Events: Bounty Gala Day - Sunday June 10th.

Court Hire:  Visitors and non-members are welcome to play during the day at a cost of $16 per hour- Night rates are $18 per hour. However, members are able to have free use of the courts during the day, or pay $12 per hour in the evenings when there are no comps being played. Please use the Honesty Box if the courts are unattended.

Ball Machine Hire:   Should you wish to hire the Ball machine to improve your skills, cost to members is $6 per half-hour & $10 per hour; and to Non-members, $15 per half-hour and $25 per hour.  Please be mindful of our neighbours and do not use the ball machine before 7am on Sunday mornings.  Thank you.

Venue Hire:  Looking for a great place to host your next event.  Why not try the Cheryl Tennis club?  Bar facilities available on request and facilities can cater for up to 100 people. 

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Banyan Park News

Thursday, May 03, 2018

It’s hard to believe that Term 2 is underway and we’re a quarter of the way through the school year!

The kids at Banyan had a great start with lots of interesting out-door and indoor play-based activities! All the ‘new’ 3 year olds are settling in really well as they get used to our daily routines like reading circles, morning tea, lunch and quiet rest time of an afternoon.

Welcome to all the new families over the last few months who are now part of the Banyan Park community.


We held our AGM in March which was relatively well attended.  

Thank you to all those who attended and put their hands up to be part of the team. The Banyan Park Committee for 2018: Claire Quintal (President), Angie Andresen (Vice), Carrie Mietzel (Secretary), Brigette Graham (Treasurer), Jessica Rutledge (Assist. Treasurer); Sarah Quintal, Crystal Fell, Heather Bruce, Olivia Cooper, Leslie Buffett, Maria Christian, Sarah Robinson.

New Director

In Term 1 we undertook a recruitment process to fill the role of Director at Banyan Park. We received many strong applications for the position, and are very happy to announce the appointment of Emma Cullen to the position of Director.

Emma is leaving her role as Director of Abbotsford Long Day Care Centre in Sydney, NSW (a role she has held for the past six years), to come and work with us at Banyan Park. She first started working in the sector in 1996, and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (first class Honours), Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Education, and most recently, a Graduate Certificate in Autism. Emma is also highly awarded, having received – among other accolades – the ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’ award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to education in Australia. We know she will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Banyan Park, and we feel lucky to have her on board at Banyan as the centre continues to strive towards meeting accreditation requirements and the National Quality Standard for early childhood education..

Due to Emma's extended tenure in her current role, she has 12-week notice period and will join us at the beginning of Term 3. Thank you to the recruitment team who undertook a thorough recruitment process to secure such a quality candidate.

Term 2 interim Director

While we wait for Emma, we are excited to have secured an excellent interim Director for term 2, Marcus Cooper! Marcus, his wife Mandy, and their three children have temporarily relocated to Norfolk from Crescent Head in NSW where Marcus is the teacher at the community preschool.

Marcus has worked in the early childhood industry for 17 years, he has a Bachelor in Early Childhood, and experience as a relief centre director. With passions such as surfing and spending time at the beach with his family, we know Marcus will fit in well to life on Norfolk! He also has strong family friend connections on the island, and can’t wait to explore Norfolk and get to know its wonderful children and their families.

Thanks again to Katherine Lance, our outgoing Director for your care and love for the kids throughout your time at Banyan. Good luck from orl aklan in your new family day care venture!

Vacation Care

Banyan again offered care to children ages 3-8 years during the term break. Vinnie, Emily, Tilly and Eloise were a wonderful team – thanks yoryle for your dedication and enthusiasm! The kids had an absolutely ball, and despite the weather getting in the way of a few plans, rave reviews will ensure parents are well and truly pestered into sending them again next hols! If you’re interested in vacation care for your family, contact the centre ph.22415.

New Pirate Ship!

Banyan Park was lucky enough to secure the famous Burrell Pirate Ship from Wendy, Dean and Luca Burrell during the holidays. The awesome ship was collected from Rocky Point, delivered to Banyan and dropped into place last week by Charles Christian-Bailey – a HUGE Thankyou to Christian Bailey Agencies for the donation of your time and vehicle – we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks also to Jimmy Quintal for some ongoing modifications to make it safer for the littler kids!

To say the kids were excited about the new addition when they came back on Tuesday, is about the biggest understatement we could make :-)

Building Better Regions Fund – New Centre Planning & Construction

Our development application for the new centre is still underway, and we’re awaiting detailed drawings and specification from our architect which will inform our tender process. We hope to release information about the tenders in the next month.

Thank you to the community from everyone at Banyan Park, for your ongoing support of the Centre!

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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service – Update

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine is now available through the GP Clinic.   The following patients are able to obtain the vaccine free of charge under the Commonwealth Immunise Australia Program:

  • people 65 years of age or older
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island peoples 50 years of age and over
  • Those deemed to be at medical risk by their GP.

All patients are to be reviewed by a GP prior to receiving their vaccine.     All patients under 65 requesting a flu vaccine will be charged $20. Please call the GP Clinic on 24134 to make an appointment.  Please mention to the receptionist that you will be requesting a flu vaccine and if you are over 65.

Vaccine for Shingles

The Vaccine for Shingles is now available and is recommended for those patients who are over 70 as Shingles is more prevalent in this age group.  Shingles is a blistery rash (related to the Chicken Pox Virus) that can cause chronic pain which can have significant impact on lifestyle.  The vaccine is free of charge for those patients between 70 -79.  All patients requesting the vaccine will need to see a GP prior to receiving their vaccine.  Please contact the GP Clinic on 24134 to make an appointment.

Visiting Occupational Therapist

Kimberley Styles (Occupational Therapist) will be visiting 14 – 18 May.   She will be seeing Care Norfolk clients and NIHRACS aged care residents. There will also be a clinic for other patients from 1- 4pm on Wednesday 16 May.  Referrals from the GP will be required. Please phone the GP Clinic on 24134 to make an appointment.  Please mention to the receptionist that you are requesting the Vaccine for Shingles and that you are over 70.

GP Clinic – Hours of Operation

The GP Clinic is open from 8.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Please note the clinic is closed for lunch from 12.30 – 1.30pm.  Please call for appointments only during opening hours.

Diabetes Clinic

These will now be held monthly.  Please call 22091 to book an appointment.

Women’s Wellness Clinic

The Women’s Wellness program continues. Interested women of all ages are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting forty minutes) with Dr Jenny Sexton on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  Please mention ‘Women’s Wellness’ when making the appointment – phone 24134.

Positions Vacant

We are currently advertising for a Child Welfare Officer (Practitioner) and a Child and Family Specialist Counsellor to join the Child and Family Unit.  These positions have been advertised on  Details of the positions were also been placed last weekend’s Norfolk Islander and Norfolk Online.  For more information contact Tanya Smith, Child and Family Unit Manager, Norfolk Island on (0011) 6723 22687 or Rosanne Nash, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities on 0477 384 733.

Norfolk Island Community & Clinical Consultative Committee

Expressions of Interest are called from members of the Norfolk Island community to fulfil the role of a volunteer Community Representative on the Norfolk Island Community and Clinical Consultative Committee (NI CCCC).  Two Community Representative volunteer positions are available on the Committee.   Contact the NIHRACS Manager on 22091 for further information. Please submit your interest in writing to the NIHRACS Manager by close of business on 11 May 2018.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

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Bowls Report by Ballzup

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Heritage Bounty Bowls week has been in full steam at the Bowling Club this past week, with 30 teams participating, both local and overseas teams, who have come from as far away as New Zealand (via Australia) and Western Australia. Many teams have returned after successful visits to Norfolk Island in the past, and esp. the Northern Beaches Club in Mackay, QLD, Barry Gartrell has brought over nearly 30 persons from WA, two teams from Waihopai, N.Z., and teams from Sarina QLD, Semaphore SA, Gayndah QLD, and Coraki NSW.  120 players began their quest for the trophy last Sunday at 9am, with games continuing throughout the week, having to compete not only their opposition but the continued rain and wind, which haven’t made the bowling easy for any team.

After the weeks bowling and at the time of writing this report the majority of the sectional games had been completed, with two sections on the green as I speak vying for the final positions in the quarter finals.  Section A (completed) was won by the team of Garry Ryan, Pat Campbell, Matt Anundsen & Tess Evans with 6 wins +69, closely followed by the team from the Northern Beaches Club of Jason Little, Paul Finlay, Barry Finlay & Bruce Pilon with 6 wins +63; Section B (completed) was won by the team from Northern Beaches of Neil Grummet, Stewart Lackings, Robert Lynch & John Shepherd with 4 wins +13, closely followed by the local team of Neil McWaters, Marg O’Brien, Ann Snell & Peter Glass with 4 wins +9; Section C, with the final round to play was led by the team from Sarina, QLD skipped by  Brian Adams, Ron Perkins, Ivy Henshaw & Ian Henshaw with 4 wins plus a draw +48, and with the local side skipped by Peter Walkinshaw, Jeff Pledger, Spider Webb & Trev Gow with 4 wins +25; Section D was wide open with Ryan Dixon, Rob Dixon, Matt Bigg & Hayden Evans leading the way with 5 wins +58, but with 3 teams fighting it out for 2nd, with the team from Northern Beaches of W. Alexander, Michael Godfrey, S. Mau & P. Foot on 4 wins +35, the team skipped by Barry Gartrell, T. Needs, F. Faigenbaum and B. Hood on 4 wins +22, and the team of R. Kelsey, Alan Marshall, Graham Woolley & D. Fowler on 4 wins +31.  A very hard section by the looks.

After the sectional play, the quarterfinals were played on Thursday afternoon, with the semi-finals and final played on Friday, these results will be reported on in full in next weeks paper.

At the time of writing the quarterfinals looked like this, Garry Ryan to play the 2nd team from Section C; Neil McWaters to play the winner from Section D; Jason Little to play the winner from Section C and Neil Grummet to play the 2nd team from Section D.

These tournaments cannot be played without sponsorship and I would like to thank Mike King for his continued sponsorship with Heritage Events over the past years, as this is Mike’s last year, the Club will be looking for a new sponsor (so if your keen let the Club know), Mike has been a great stalwart of the Club over many years and the Members thank Mike for his support.

Next week will see the 2nd week of the Bounty played with games to commence on Monday and continue until Thursday, so come on down to the Club and watch some terrific games, a lot of the visiting players are staying for the 2nd week, with new faces also turning up this weekend.

The Club restaurant continues to trade very well, with a great menu and great prices to match.  Come on down for a cold drink and great feed, and a casual roll on the green if it suits your mood.

See you all on the greens.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sexual assault, domestic and family violence can happen to anyone — that is, any person from any country, religion, sexuality, gender, social background or culture can experience sexual, domestic or family violence.

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1800RESPECT understands that everyone's experience of sexual, domestic or family violence is different. So too is the kind of help and support each person needs. You can contact 1800RESPECT by phone or via online chat if you:

  • have been sexually assaulted
  • are experiencing the impacts of domestic or family violence
  • are worried about someone you know
  • are a family member or friend providing support
  • need advice as a professional working with people impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence
  • need support as a worker for vicarious trauma

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit for more information. In an emergency, call 000.

The service supports people with diverse needs and backgrounds, and counsellors can connect to interpreters and the National Relay Service as required.

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