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Friday, August 17, 2018

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘Honey’ is not just endearment! It is a marvellous product! It keeps indefinitely and has untold uses, from healing properties to health foods to being used as a rooting hormone for cutting and marcotting.

Isn’t it great to be able to eat unblended natural honey produced from multiple varieties of plants not from GM crops that have been repeatedly sprayed with chemicals.

The first record of bees to come to the Colony of NSW were bought by Gregory Blaxland (brother to the Blaxland who crossed the Blue Mountains) on 1st September 1805 in his cabin. How did he manage to keep a bee hive alive in his cabin all those months it took a sailing ship to travel from England to the Colony of NSW.

The first record of bees on Norfolk Island was in 1844 when it was reported that there were 50 hives.

On Buffett’s Road where Campbell Buffett lived Mr Griffiths kept bees after his schooling finished at our local school. When he left Norfolk he moved to QLD and kept bees there and he repotedly founded Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary now a huge tourist attraction.

Aubrey Greenwood kept bees at Peter Woodward’s daughter’s place at Watermill. He grew apples and lots of other fruit and he had a flourishing market garden were the watermill dam is now. To irrigate his crops he dropped a large rock into the narrow creek that went past the dam and the water went all around the wall in his trench and back into the creek near the bamboo. He can then run water down between his rows as needed. When he has enough water he removes the rock again. Aubrey also sold milk from his Jersey cows that grazed on the common all wearing cowbells that “donged’ everywhere and were milked anywhere he found them.

Norman Bowman kept bees at the top of Mission Road, later Vern Alston took over from him.

Jim Anderson kept bees at Cascade Rd. for many years.

Alan Baker kept bees at Steel’s Point and imported Queen Bee’s to improve his honey supply.

Ric Robertson was also the owner of a lot of hives at one time.

Alan Tomlinson had an industry going which he sold to Steve Nobbs  when Alan left NI.

Neville Bigg was also at one time a bee keeper.

There are still a number of bee keepers on NI today.

Bees are just not about honey. One out of every three mouthfuls of food are a result of pollination by bees. Bee security is food security.

NI is situated between New Zealand who has the Varroa mite and Australia which is still free of Varroa at this present time. In June 2018  the Port of Melbourne had an incursion of bees that carried Varroa. Three containers originating from Texas were on a ship coming into Melbourne but the Captain noticed dead bees on the deck and notified Biosecurity at the port and the hive was destroyed. All points of entry into Australia now have a system of sentinel hives which are checked on a regular basis to detect any incursions.

NI can’t afford to relax its vigilance and put our healthy bees in danger. Our bees have one pest and 2 diseases (the scientist thinks that one of these diseases most likely come in imported honey) making our bees which are genetically different to Australia’s bees some of the healthiest on the planet and are of worldwide significance.

Because NI’s bees are extremely healthy we do not have to use any chemicals which makes us exceptionally fortunate compared to the troubles the rest of the world is experiencing.

Merv Buffett  July 2018   

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News from the Norfolk Island Mental Health Awareness Group (NIMHAG)

Friday, August 17, 2018

The NIMHAG would like to congratulate David McCowan and Deborah Sheridan on being successful in their applications to undertake Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor training. NIMHAG has been working with the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator from Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service to coordinate and fund David and Deborah to attend the MHFA Instructor training in Brisbane and Sydney over the next few months.

This will mean that local people will be facilitating MHFA courses in the future rather than requiring Instructors to fly over to facilitate the courses.

In the next 12 months we will be rolling out three MHFA courses for the Community, so watch this space for more information.

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Cascade Pier Light

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Retail Price Index (RPI)

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Back yard Burning

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Tuesday Flights to Bribane in Late August

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Norfolk Island Chamber of Commerce INC

Thursday, August 16, 2018




TIME:  5.15 FOR 5.30PM START



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Golf Report

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What a great turn out for "Pete's Place Day" last Saturday and another good weather day.  A big thanks to Peter Woodward and staff for their ongoing support and sponsorship over the past years.  All our sponsors are so much appreciated and it is they that help keep the spirit and enjoyment up for the Golf Club members.

The “Olive Branch" kitchen continues to attract a large number of customers, both visitors to the Island and locals, enjoying the food and the panoramic scenery from our Veranda.  Everyone is always welcome!

Today we have more great sponsors on board for Round 2 of The Araucaria Building Contractors and Norfolk Island Pest Control Trophy, an Individual Stableford.  We look forward to seeing everyone there to support and thank our generous sponsors and enjoy our great Club.

Competition Results:

One of our long standing sponsors, "Pete’s Place" did not disappoint again this year with a great range of trophies for all the place getters.  Blake O'Hara won the day with a very good 42 pt's with Steve Foster coming in 2nd place on 41 pt's and Arthur [Arty] Keeping in 3rd place with 40 pt's on a c/b to Jason McCoy. Pat McCoy, with 41 pt's also, had the best of the Ladies from Ngaire Christian 40 pt's on a c/b to Honi Wilson in 3rd place.

The Pro-Pin 4th went to Caroline Miratana and almost taking the Jackpot [51cm ], the All-In 9/18th Jess Tierney [680cm], the Ladies 2nd shot to 6/15th Belinda Grube [170cm] and the Men's 2nd shot to 2/11th Blake O'Hara [320cm].

The “Island Plumbing & Gas" Putt Off has grown to $330. If you put a card in today and you are in the Club for presentations you have a chance to win that. So why not?

Wednesday's golf once again had some very good scores coming in. An Individual Stableford, with that prolific place getter lately, Kerry Robertson winning the Ladies with 39 pt's from Honi Wilson, also a regular amongst the places lately, in 2nd place on a c/b also with 39 pt's.  Ben Richards won the Men's with a superb 44 pt's from Richie Cottle 43 pt's on another c/b to Arthur [Arty] Keeping. The Pro-Pin 4th went to Cameron Feldman [295cm].

Social Golf News:

Veteran's Golf, once again attracted a record number of players. Brooke Watson cleaned up easily with 20 pt's from visitor Mark Coylon in 2nd with 17 pt's and our oldest golf tragic Lou Evans in 3rd place with 16 pt's. Our tee of time is going to remain in the meantime at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start. Come down Tuesday afternoon and enjoy a casual 9 holes with like minded golfers.

The Norfolk Island Mechanical Chook Run attracted another good field on Friday with some great scores and as always good times on the veranda afterwards.  Congratulations to Brett Carr who took out first place this week.

The Junior Choc Run continues to attract plenty of players also with 17 keen junior golfers taking to the course.  Congratulations to Taj Quintal, who continued his winning form to once again take out first place.

What's on this Week:

Today' golf is Rd 2 of the Araucaria Building Contractors & N I Pest Control Trophy, an Individual Stableford event.  Tee Off times are 8.30am and 12.30pm and players are asked to have cards into match committee no later than 15 mins prior to tee off. Any visiting golfers are always welcome to come down and play.

Tuesday           -           Veteran's Golf    - 9 holes -     2.30pm

Wednesday     -           “Dino’s Day", 2 person Aggregate Stableford -   1pm

Friday              -           "N I Mechanical" Chook Run - very social 7 holes - 3pm

                        -           Junior Choc Run – 4 junior holes – 3.30pm

Saturday          -           4BBB Stableford - choice of partner and group - 8.30am & 12.30pm

Our Club is open Monday to Saturday from 11am and Sundays from 12pm.  Lunch and afternoon nibbles are available at ‘The Olive Branch’ Monday to Saturday from 11am-5pm. 

Enjoy fabulous golf course and ocean views while sampling something from The Olive Branch’s menu, which changes regularly to take advantage of our fantastic local produce. 

Tea, coffee and gourmet cheese plates are available every day along with a great selection of beer, wine, cider, pre-mixed drinks and spirits.

Finally…A thought for the Day…

                        It's better to look back at life and say "I can't believe I did that"

                              than to look back and say "I wish I had done that"

Good golfing everyone,


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How Much Do You Know About Dementia?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

About 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia, and a new diagnosis is made every 3 seconds according to the World Alzheimer Report 2015. 
Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a Global Action Plan on Dementia urging all nations to run public health campaigns to raise awareness about dementia, and to put in place strategies to foster a “dementia-inclusive society” by 2025.

For public health strategies like this to be effective, we need to know what people already understand about dementia. We need to know the people with facts versus fiction, who seeks early diagnosis and which groups don’t have access to early intervention and treatment services. Community surveys help us uncover general community attitudes to dementia and help policy makers plan where to direct funding for prevention through to palliative care services.

A recent systematic review (a search of the data from a large collection of research studies in Europe, the US, Eastern Asia and Australia) found the following beliefs about dementia:

48% of people believe that dementia is not preventable;
42% of people believe they can act to reduce their own risk;
71% of people believe alcohol consumption increases the risk;
56% of people believe stress increases the risk;
37% did not believe that there are medications available to prevent or reduce the risk of dementia;
75% believe vitamins are available to prevent or reduce risk for dementia;
61% believe that risk for dementia is reduced with mental activity;
41% believe risk can be reduced with physical activity;
37% believe eating a healthy diet reduces risk;
13% believe risk can be reduced with social activity.

What do you believe about dementia?

The review also looked at people’s beliefs about available treatments for dementia. Results showed that:
42% believed a cure is available;
89% agreed that people should seek help for memory problems;
55% believe effective treatments exist but only 42% believe effective treatments exist to slow the progression of the disease;
82% of people believe treatments are available to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia.

How much do you know about treatment options for dementia?

Over the last ten years, the belief that dementia is a preventable disease has increased. Fewer people believe that there is a cure for dementia, while belief that effective treatments exist appears to have increased. However, belief that dementia is a normal part of ageing has remained relatively steady.

In a nutshell, this huge review found that the common misconceptions that dementia is a normal part of ageing and it’s not preventable are still very widespread, even among health professionals who diagnose and treat dementia. 

Knowledge about the importance of cognitive leisure activities has improved but still needs a lot more awareness in the community, along with raising awareness of the importance of formal educational attainment and reducing cardiovascular risk factors as preventative strategies. More people need to be aware of evidence that both medical and non-medical methods can delay functional and cognitive decline as we age.

So here are some evidence-based facts about ways to reduce your dementia risk:
People who are happily married (or in a secure long-term relationship) have a lower risk – the relative risk for lifelong singles is 1.42 and the relative risk for those who are widowed is 1.20. This is about being happily engaged in positive intimate relationships .
Nutritional interventions including dietary changes, medical food or nutraceutical supplements (e.g. fish oil, flax seeds) have shown moderate results for preventing the onset of dementia ;
A risk index (Lifestyle for Brain Health, LIBRA) based on 13 measured risk and protective factors can accurately predict future risk of dementia, for example, a one-point increase in LIBRA scores relates to a 19% higher risk for dementia. LIBRA provides a solid tool for “prescribing” changes to lifestyle-related risk factors that may reduce an individual’s risk of dementia in later life .

Dr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist
Chrysalis Counselling & Coaching, Norfolk Island
TEL: 52112 or email 

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