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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Norfolk Island National Park and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden Management Plan 2018-28

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The new Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Gardens 2018-2028 Management Plan, which was developed in consultation with the Norfolk Island community, has been finalised.

The plan aims to support the Norfolk Island community and its economy through effective management of the park and botanic gardens, while working with the community to encourage and develop new tourism ideas and opportunities.

Norfolk Island National Park acting park manager Melinda Wilson said the plan balanced the legislative requirements with which a National Park must comply, such as the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act, with community and stakeholder concerns to provide a clear direction for the management of the park and botanic gardens over the next decade.

“The plan strengthens our commitment to the control of pests such as rats, cats and weeds, whilst allowing for the continued management of the population of tarler birds on Phillip Island,” Ms Wilson said.

“As we strengthen our control on introduced species, the plan also outlines the work needed to protect and promote native and endemic species, and the island.

“We want Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Gardens to continue providing great recreational experiences for locals and visitors. Our island is an amazing destination with beautiful forest walks and stunning views from Mount Pitt and Mount Bates.

 “This plan charts a positive direction for the management of Norfolk Island National Park & Gardens, and we look forward to working with the community to conserve the biodiversity of our island and promote its tourism potential,” she said.

The plan allows the continuation of a forestry zone in the park for harvesting plantation timber, commits to maintaining remnant vegetation in the forestry zone to reduce costs to the forestry operators, and allows the Norfolk Island community to continue collecting lemons and guava in the park.

Hard copies are available at Norfolk Island National Park Headquarters, or you can find a copy online at:

If Norfolk Island residents would like to discuss the plan, please contact Acting Park Manager Mel Wilson on 22 695.

Media Contact: Mark Sawa – Parks Australia media manager – 02 6274 1276 or 0416 911 968

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Public Speaking Group Launches on Norfolk Island

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Do you want to learn how to captivate an audience? Bring down the house with your wit? Win an argument with ease? Or just be more confident in your own communication skills?

This week an intrepid group of locals who love public speaking got together and launched Norfolk Island’s Speakers Group. Open to young and old, the group provides all members of the community the chance to hone their skills in communication and public speaking within the comfort of a safe and warmly encouraging space.

Local identity Graham White made the comment, “Most people say they’d rather be eaten by a shark than stand up and give a speech. The thing is, though, anyone can learn handy tips for speaking with confidence and captivating an audience. Being able to approach a public speaking opportunity with excitement rather than terror is a great life skill to develop”.

At the inaugural meeting on Monday night, the group decided not to affiliate with Toastmasters at this stage although we might revisit that option further down the track. For now, we aim to keep the group informal and fun although we will include some of the elements of Toastmasters such as giving group members the chance to rehearse structured speeches for specific events, short impromptu speeches, and coaching tips for building confidence in public speaking. We aim to give members the chance to build their confidence, learn how to structure a presentation, tips for overcoming anxiety, and many more tips for being a speaker people remember.

The group will meet fortnightly with the next meeting being Monday 4 June from 6.30 – 8.00 PM at 83 New Cascade Rd (Unit 1 upstairs). For more information call Kate on 52112.

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Thriving in Retirement: Making Life Meaningful After Work

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Baby Boomers - the 5.5 million people born between 1946 and 1965 - have been retiring now for some ten years. Hot on their heels are the Generation X-ers – the 6.5 million people born 1965 to 1984 – now in their mid-fifties and heading towards retirement. The Baby Boomers comprise about 24% of Australia’s population, and the Gen-X-ers make up another 28%. That means over half Australia’s population is facing retirement.

So you’re certainly not alone…but what does retirement mean for YOU?

Even if you’re well and truly over the drudgery of work, stepping out of the workforce is a significant life change. Many people will have struggled with the dilemma of when to make the move, typically weighing up financial matters. Fewer will consider less measurable factors such as the impact on their identity, being solely responsible for managing the structure of their days, or having other people at hand to chew the fat. If you’re not working, who are you and what do you do?

Many people facing retirement will think back to the days their own parents retired. Many with a sense of dread. Recalling their grandparents in rocking chairs waiting for death to snap them up, or worse still, withering away in squalid nursing homes, doesn’t imbue retirement with much of a glow!

Others who have had careers that filled their life with satisfaction, meaning, and excitement face the prospect of life without their career with despair. Even more so when considering retirement could last 28 years now that almost 1-in-5 people live to age 90.

Many people put a lot of thought and planning into their financial portfolio in preparation for retirement. Far fewer plan the other side - the emotional, psychological, and social side – with the same attention to detail. They might plan the “trip of a lifetime” touring Europe, or set off and join the grey nomads for a year touring Australia’s outback. After returning home, the future can begin to look very bleak.

Whether you’re still a few years off retirement, or you’re in that slump of “What next?”, here are some practical tips to build up your psychological portfolio for retirement:

  • Do a stocktake of the “If only I had the time…” dreams. In days gone by, what did you dream about experiencing if you didn’t have to go to work? Some call this the bucket list. Now is the time to write your bucket list. Sort these dreams into categories – travel (the places you’d love to see), new skills (learning a language, musical instrument, craft), volunteering (helping out the homeless, tour guiding, running a community group). Even add new career options you never thought would be possible, like teaching private classes or doing that degree or writing the next great novel.
  • Identify your “retirement robbers”.  Are the children planning your retirement as a chance to save on their childcare costs? Have you already become so caught up working for local charities or community groups that there’s no time for you? Learning to graciously say “Thanks for the invitation, I’ll have to check my commitments” is an essential life skill to ensure your retirement is just that – YOUR retirement.
  • Tackle procrastination head-on. This really gets down to taking control over time management. When you went to work, you knew you were being paid for a “good day’s work” and you made sure time was allocated for getting the jobs done. Retirement is no different – each day needs jobs to be done, they may just be much more diverse than those of your working life. Think about retirement as a set of projects – there’s the “staying healthy” project that requires daily activities, there’s the “staying connected” project that requires setting aside time to nurture relationships, there’s the “stretching the mind” project that requires time for learning. Setting up annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals and project task lists is essential. Even making it a project to learn practical tools for overcoming procrastination, then writing your own anti-procrastination guidebook, is a start to conquering this retirement robber.
  • Keep replenishing your relationships. The human brain needs other brains to stay operational. We know this from stories of people who’ve been isolated for long periods of time, and we know it from developmental neuroscience that proves brains grow from interacting with each other. It’s also a sad fact that as we age, the people who made up our social connections begin falling off the perch. Ageing – and death – are facts of life. Bemoaning it won’t change this. So learning to face loss and replenish our lives with new people is not a sign of disrespect for those who have passed on, it’s a healthy way of maintaining a high quality of mental wellbeing right to the end of your own journey. Make sure you allocate fun time to share with your inner circle of loved ones, whilst also seizing opportunities to meet new people of all ages. Join local community groups, offer time as a volunteer, start your own classes mentoring people in skills you have. Set yourself the goal of talking to at least one stranger every day!
  • Plan the legacy you want to leave. There’s nothing more important than the question, “What was the purpose of my life?”. It might seem gloomy to think of this, but inevitably we’ll all face that question at some time. Don’t wait until that moment when you want to beg for an extension of time. What will be the most significant contributions you’ll make for this world? Or the memories you’ll leave behind for your descendants? Retirement is the time to start getting your legacy in order, whether it’s doing the family tree, writing your memoirs, passing on your talents to others, or creating a garden wonderland. Your legacy is the most important project that gives meaning to every day of the rest of your life.

Dr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist

Chrysalis Counselling & Coaching, Norfolk Island


TEL: 52112 or email

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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service – Update

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Minor Singles Championships for the Club are in their final stages of completion with the Men’s final being played last Saturday between Graeme Woolley and Neil McWaters, and what a finish to the championship it was.  Graeme got away to a terrific start and after 15 ends was leading Neil 19-8 but as it is usually with bowls, Neil dug deep and squared the score at 20-20 after 24 ends.  With the daylight dimming, Neil snuck away to lead by 2 shots 22-20 but Graeme then scored 2 shots to square the scorecard yet again.  In what was a very tense last few ends and with Neil and Graeme playing excellent bowls in the twilight, it was Graeme who handled the conditions the best to finally come out the victor 25-23.  A very good game to finish the minor singles, and a good lead up to the major singles in a few weeks’ time.

DID YOU KNOW: That is has been some 25 years since Graham has won the Yager Minor Singles, back in 1993.

In the Ladies semi-finals of the Yager Minor Singles, with the games played last Saturday & Sunday, it was the game on Saturday between Margaret O’Brien and Vivien Bigg that had members on their edge of their seats, as this game went for well over three hours and the lights having to be turned on so that the girls could see to finish the game.  In a game that saw Margaret jump away to a 11-4 lead after 11 ends, it was Vivien who showed some fighting spirit to square the card at 13-13 after 17 ends. Margaret then jumped away yet again playing some excellent bowls to have a handy lead 23-18 but Vivien attempted a come back and scored a few ends to be only 1 shot behind at 23-22, but Margaret in the darkness then scored two single shots to claim the win 25-22. In the other semi-final between Chrissie Pauling and Petal Jones played on Sunday, this was another nail-biter with Petal jumping out to a 18-10 lead after some 13 end, but Chrissie showed her fighting spirit to square the score at 18-18 all after 18 ends, with what was the final 8 ends virtually being shared and Chrissie took the lead 24-23 (with first to 25 being the winner). Petal proved to strong in what was to be the final end scoring the 2 shots required to win 25-24. Another terrific game between two very good players.

This left the final to be played out between Petal Jones and Marg O’Brien last Wednesday with the result thus: Petal who has been a 4 time winner of this event was up against Marg, who was the defending champion, as she won this event for the first time last year, and the game lived up to expectations as neither of the girls were able to get a clear margin and after 14 ends the score was locked together at 14-14, and yet again the ends were shared and they were locked together again at 19-19 after some 23 ends. It was here by playing excellent draw bowls and conversion shots that the defending champion, Marg strung 4 ends together to have a handy lead of 24-19, with only the one shot to score before she could hold the trophy high, Petal scored on the next end but Marg kept her to only the one shot and then on the very next end scored the vital shot that she needed to finally win the game 25-20. A very good game of bowls and Marg can be very happy with herself, as it is very hard to win back to back championships.

Now for the Major Singles tournament as DID YOU KNOW, neither of these girls have won the Major Singles at the Club.

In the social games played on Saturday last, the team of Kate Smith, Marg Buffett, Tonig Bobelbyk (visitor) defeated Peter Glass, Jan Williams & George Ready (visitor) 20-15. The team of Culla Graham, Baz Wilson, Trev Gow & Moochie Christian defeated Tim Sheridan, Haydn Evans, Wes Cooper & Brent Johnstone 17-12; and Phil Jones, Allan Curtis (visitor) and Maycee Deszacsar defeated Stan Cronin (visitor), Barry Jones & Ling Glass 25-8.

The social games played on last Wednesday, the results were: Ken (visitor) & Stephen Mathews defeated Haydn Evans & Rex (visitor -both from Warroweyah, VIC) 15-13; ester Sanchez & Brent Johnstone defeated Culla Graham & Bill (visitor) 22-8; and Tess Evans, Vivian Bigg & Kitha Bailey defeated Ann Snell, Kate Smith & Gavin (visitor) 24-5.

The Men’s fours championships commence today at 1pm, and Members please note the new starting time for bowls at 1pm during the winter months, names are asked to be into the club by 12:30pm for social bowls for the new 1pm start.

Tomorrow, Sunday the Clubs Mixed Fours will commence with play at 1pm, with the draw on the club notice board.

The Club has been very busy with the Country Music fans in town to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the festival on Norfolk Island and the Club wishes all patrons well during this past week.

See you all on the greens.

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NIJRL Report 24 May 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Last weekend saw the first proper games of the season and all the teams looked awesome in their jerseys. The club has a good supply of shorts and socks if anyone still needs to purchase some.

This year the NIJRL will be picking a player of the round, who will win a $15 voucher kindly donated by one of our sponsors - Hot Krust Bakery in the Mall. A huge thank you to Lachlan and Kaye for supporting our club and kids. The winner of the $15 Hot Krust voucher this week goes to JD Buffett. Well done JD, your try in the corner didn’t go unnoticedJ.

The State of Origin raffle will be on sale again at the Norfolk Mall on Saturday morning. This raffle only has 3 weeks until it’s drawn, tickets are only $5. Proceeds from this raffle will go towards our Under 14s Rep Team tour to the Gold Coast in October.

The NIJRL would like to hear from people interested in being part of the Under 14s Rep Team tour. The positions of Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Fitness coordinator/trainer and manager need to be filled by suitably qualified people. If you are interested and have the qualifications, please apply in writing to the NIJRL secretary, Luke Collins at or PO Box 846 by Sunday 3rd June.

On game days, it would be appreciated if no cars drive onto the playing surface, please stay outside of the white lines. In particular please avoid driving around the corner closest to the old Youth Centre.

NI Junior Rugby League match report for Sunday 20th May.


Midget B’s – Central Service Station Golds 44 defeated Christian Baileys Agencies Reds 36.

Try Scorers for Central Service Station Golds – Eroni Kaniatoma x 4, Elijah Ratelevu x 3, Xavier King x 2, Zhyler Cawit x 2. 

Try scorers for Christian Baileys Agencies Reds – Rocco Menghetti x 4, Vilikesa Ratelevu x 4, Josiah Carr x 2.         

Refs Player of the day – Josiah Carr.


Midget B’s – Car Beat Et/NIDS Greens 40 defeated NIO Blues 36.

Try scorers for Car Beat Et/NIDS Greens – Alickson Kalsrap x 4, Traydon Wora x 2, Connor Henderson x 2, Nate Christian-Bailey x 2.

Try scorers for NIO Blues – Lachie McCoy x 5, Max Mietzel x 4.

Refs Player of the day – Nate Christian-Bailey.


Midget A’s – Paradise Reds 32 defeated Castaway Greens 26.


Try scorers for Paradise Reds – Ali Miller x 1, Jack Richards x 1, Toby Christian x 1, Will Peapells x 1, Cassie McCoy x1, Stefan Kalangis x 1. Conversions – Stefan Kalangis x 2, Will Peapells x 1, Mitch Randall x 1.

Try scorers for Castaway Greens – Vinnie Martinovich x 2, Jonah Sheridan x 1, Leeloo Evans x 1, Taj Quintal x 1. Conversions – Taj Quintal x 3.

Refs Player of the day – Jack Richards.


Junior B’s – Jolly Roger Blues 22 defeated Hot Krust Purples 12.


Try scorers for the Jolly Roger Blues – Tony Martinovich x 2, Brandon Borg x 1, JD Buffett x 1. Conversions – Dylan Bruce x 2, Tony Martinovich x 1.

Try scorers for the Hot Krust Purples – Fletcher Buffett x 1, Tom Kelly x 1, Travor Wora x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Carolynn Morgan.

Girls League Tag – Greens 32 defeated Reds 16.


Try scorers for the Greens – Tahlia Evans x 3, T’Sharn Evans x 2, Hannah Wright x 1, Anya Sheridan x 1, Chayla Williams x 1.

Try scorers for the Reds – Carolynn Morgan x 2, Alani Snell x 1, Telani Schmitz x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Tahlia Evans.


Junior A’s – Norfolk Online Blues 36 defeated Bedrock Golds 30.


Try scorers for the Norfolk Online Blues – Saxon Snell x 3, Kya Snell x 3, Will Buffett x 1, Lachlan Godfrey-Bigg x 1, Nathan Nicolai x 1.

Try scorers for the Bedrock Golds – James Bigg x 4, TK Morgan x 1, Eamonn Kennerley x 1, Louis Williams-Anderson x 1, Zac Richards-Singer x 1.

Refs Player of the day – Will Buffett.

Game times for Sunday 27th May at the Bicentennial Oval.


Midget B’s training - 10:00am

Midget B’s – Christian Bailey Agencies Reds V Car Beat Et/NIDS Greens – 10:15am

Midget B’s – Central Service Station Golds V NIO Blues – 10:15am

Midget A’s – Castaway Greens V Paradise Reds - 11:00am

Junior B’s – Jolly Roger Blues V Hot Krust Purples - 11:45am

Girls League Tag – Greens V  Reds - 12:30pm

Junior A’s – Bedrock Golds V Norfolk Online Blues - 1:15pm

Could all players please be at the ground 30 minutes before kick-off.

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This months Specials At Pete's Place

Friday, May 18, 2018

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Cheryl Tennis Club News

Friday, May 18, 2018

Last week we welcomed back our Juniors and we are thrilled to announce that Sam Cribb has been invited back to Fiji to play in another tournament in a couple of weeks.  This is a huge honour and shows how well Sam played while there. 

Night comps resumed this week for all.  A big Thankyou to Jo for sponsoring our Tuesday ladies night and providing prizes to our winners.  We also farewelled Gaby and wished her well on her travels to Tasmania.  The ladies enjoyed their social night.

Thank you to those people who have put their names down for Mavis Cup we are still looking for more players and hope to start this off late June or July due to a few other upcoming commitments.  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!

Upcoming Events: Bounty Gala Day - Sunday June 10th  starting at 2pm.  Please contact your families captain if you are able to play:  Helen Dowling /Adams family; Craig Buffett/Buffett family, Tanya Randall/Christian family; Gae Quintal/Nobbs family; Rossco Quintal/Quintal family.  Save the date- Gala Night -Junior Fundraiser Saturday 1st September.  Keep watching for more details about this exciting evening!

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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