There is no other place I would rather be on Australia Day.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2014

Uncle Martin and friends dancing to the music of Troy Cassar-Daley


For me personally Australia Day is about paying my respect to Australia’s first peoples, a people who have survived and contributed so much to society with little recognition.

I admire the bonds of family within Aboriginal communities, something that seems to be frequently disappearing from mainstream society. I love the welcome I receive for acknowledging Aboriginal people and culture.

For the past four years I have had the wonderful honour of photographing three of the Saltwater Freshwater Festivals. Port Macquarie, Taree and this year at Kempsey.

2014 was the year for the Dunghutti people of Kempsey  to showcase their local Aboriginal Culture and Heritage.

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Rhys Waite

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Dunghutti dancer Auntie Thelma Kelly

As a photographer it is a perfect location with colour, subject and entertainment  all together in one location.

Photographing the festival is exciting and entertaining but the greatest satisfaction comes from sharing and participating with Australia’s first peoples. The friendships, the conversation and the opportunity to engage and communicate with the local Aboriginal community is a wonderful experience for all Australians.

 

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Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley, the headline act for the festival, had the audience up and dancing below the stage. He had already had a big week at the Tamworth Music Awards. I had great admiration for Troy as he signed autographs and had photos taken with his fans for an hour and a half following his performance.

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From Kempsey band Sages Muse

As with previous years the team at Saltwater Freshwater Alliance had put together an amazing line-up of artists on stage. They included fresh new sounds from local band Sages Muse, a powerful bluesy performance by Amos Morris, haunting melodies from Jess Beck and great dance beats from hip hop duo Supafresh.

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Wagana Dancers

The dance place had performances by the Dreamtime Sistas led by Auntie Thelma Kelly, the Gumleaf Band, the Wagana Dancers and Steve Donavon with the flash mob.

One of my fondest memories will be of the opening Kempsey Australia Day awards and a yarn that will make me smile for awhile:

While photographing the awards the odd big green grape would land with precision accuracy on the crown of my head. Despite several unsuccessful attempts to discover the source, the mischievous perpetrators had beaten me with their stealth and no doubt a well deserved giggle.

Loved it!

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Uncle Martin Ballangarry

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Amos Morris with an awesome bluesy performance

Steven Donavon leading the Flash Mob

Steven Donavon leading the Flash Mob

The Gumleaf Band

The Gumleaf Band


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Located in the quiet coastal village of Lake Cathie on the mid north coast of NSW this outstanding residence was the Winner of the Donavon Oates and Hannaford 2006 Awards for Excellence in Design and Heritage.
2006 Winner Awards for Excellence in Design and Heritage

2006 Winner Awards for Excellence in Design and Heritage

Judged by three leading NSW Architects this home also received a commendation for landscaping.

Views of Ocean and Lake

Views of Ocean and Lake

The home has 180 degree views of the ocean and lake. Combine these views with no lawns to mow and you have the ultimate lifestyle for relaxation.

One of the major features of the home is three 5.5 metre wide sliding doors which opens the entire upstairs living and kitchen areas to the traventine tiled covered verandah.

The home has a fully ducted air conditioning system very rarely used in summer due to the thermal design and coastal temperatures. This area of the mid north coast is often described as the ideal climate in Australia.

With fishing just across the road and great surfing out the front all the action can be watched from the comfort of home. Migrating whales are often seen from the kitchen, dining and living areas upstairs.

The entire house is carpet free with Spotted Gum flooring featuring in all living areas, bedrooms, study and stairwell. The large Kitchen/Dining area is finished with 400mm square traventine stone tiles.

Picture Frame Sunrises

Picture Frame Sunrises

Street frontage wall details

Street frontage wall details

The Pool Area

The Pool Area

The street frontage is finished with a 1.8 metre high granite stone wall which provides privacy to the courtyard entry and sunken pool area with a 1.8 metre deep inground tiled pool.

Location of Residence at Lake Cathie NSW

Location of Residence at Lake Cathie NSW

Designer Kitchen

Designer Kitchen

The designer kitchen is finished in metallic gloss with glass splash back. Bench tops are black marble and the appliances include stainless steel gas cooktop and dual self cleaning stainless steel finished ovens.

Front Entry

Front Entry

The front entry is finished with traventine stone tiles and is accessed by dual opening designer glass front doors with stainless steel security screens.

Stunning Sunrises

Stunning Sunrises

Wake up to all year round stunning sunrises over the sea. You don’t even have to get out of bed.

 

Traventine tiles line the fully covered verandah that surrounds the east and north sides of the home.

Upstairs Living

Upstairs Living

Traventine tiled verandahs with modern colourbond feature walling and decorative balustrading

Traventine tiled verandahs with modern colourbond feature walling and decorative balustrading

Main Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Bathroom Main Bedroom

Bathroom Main Bedroom

The main bedroom has a full bathroom with makeup area and adjacent walk-in-robe.

Downstairs Kitchenette

Downstairs Kitchenette

Front entry deck and limestone walls

Front entry deck and limestone walls

Front Entry Feature Walls

Front Entry Feature Walls

Lake Cathie has two village shopping centres within an easy level walk. One has a Woolworths Fresh Food Supermarket and specialty shops, the other takeaways and services. Nearby is a tennis court, bowling club, hotel, medical centre and more. The major centre Port Macquarie is a quick twenty minutes drive north.

Entry to Front Doors

Entry to Front Doors

Regular visitors to the balcony

Regular visitors to the balcony

Wildlife is abundant in the surrounding reserves and parks at Lake Cathie. Koalas are seen regularly throughout the village and there is a wide variety of bird visitors to the home.

Fishing the Lakemouth

A short walk over the road for fishing at the lake entry

There are great waves at the lake entry and other nearby breaks. Summer holidays the beach is flagged and patrolled by lifeguards.

Lake mouth surf.

Lake mouth waves.

Slideshow of additional images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQOAUD2KD4Y&feature=share&list=UUtAzJNlPoVIdu1Y3cywR8uA

Best of 2013 – Still Photography

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Media
Lorne Bushfire photographed from Grants Head Bonny Hills NSW Australia. Winter 2013

Lorne Bushfire photographed from Grants Head Bonny Hills NSW Australia. Winter 2013

Always love coming across wildlife when exploring

Always love coming across wildlife when exploring

Looking out from Bago Mountain January 2013 as a lone fire fighting helicopter assists rural fire services on the ground

Looking out from Bago Mountain January 2013 as a lone fire fighting helicopter assists rural fire services on the ground

Looking back on 2013 I have selected some images that best some up the year for me so far. A little of everything from events to nature and some personal moments.

Love this location for viewing the east coast of NSW and its Indigenous and European history and storytelling.

Love this location for viewing the east coast of NSW and its Indigenous and European history and storytelling.

Darren O'Rafferty WINNER of the Open Men's Event at the Bird Rock Memorial Surf Classic.

Darren O’Rafferty WINNER of the Open Men’s Event at the Bird Rock Memorial Surf Classic.

Bird Rock Memorial Surf Classic

Bird Rock Memorial Surf Classic

Halloween 2013 Australia

Halloween 2013 Australia

Bass player for legendary Indigenous band Coloured Stone playing at the Taree Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2013

Bass player for legendary Indigenous band Coloured Stone playing at the Taree Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2013

Steven Donavon and the Saltwater Freshwater Dancers at Taree Australia Day 2013

Steven Donavon and the Saltwater Freshwater Dancers at Taree Australia Day 2013

Taken while returning to Lake Cathie from an ABC Open workshop at Kempsey NSW.

Taken while returning to Lake Cathie from an ABC Open workshop at Kempsey NSW.

The end of an era for a well known trawler after running aground near the breakwall at Harrington NSW Australia

The end of an era for a well known trawler after running aground near the breakwall at Harrington NSW Australia

When old school friends get back together some forty year later now

When old school friends get back together some forty year later now

Rusa Deer at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Rusa Deer at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon

Taken on nightfall adjacent to the football field at Harrington.

Taken on nightfall adjacent to the football field at Harrington.

Male Eastern Grey Kangaroos fighting for dominance.

Male Eastern Grey Kangaroos fighting for dominance.

A spectacular late Autumn Sunrise at Lake Cathie

A spectacular late Autumn Sunrise at Lake Cathie

Pelican catching the first rays of sunlight at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Pelican catching the first rays of sunlight at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Biripi Reserve east of Taree NSW Australia.

Biripi Reserve east of Taree NSW Australia.

Scaly breasted lorikeet visiting the garden

Scaly breasted lorikeet visiting the garden

National Recognition Day Port Macquarie 2013

National Recognition Day Port Macquarie 2013

Sunset at Saltwater Lagoon

Sunset at Saltwater Lagoon

Thankyou for Looking

Thankyou for Looking

Crowdy Gap Fire

Posted: October 10, 2013 in Media
Taken on nightfall adjacent to the football field at Harrington.

Taken on nightfall adjacent to the football field at Harrington.

Taken from Crowdy Head around 4.30pm with the fire heading towards Harrington.

Taken from Crowdy Head around 4.30pm with the fire heading towards Harrington.

For more images and blog on the Crowdy Bay Fires go to ABC Open at:
https://open.abc.net.au/posts/crowdy-bay-bushfire-47mh9dv