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Butcher claims steak in Evans Head business

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Butcher claims steak in Evans Head business

By Samantha Elley

After over 30 years of providing the Evans Head community and visitors with top quality meat, Mick and Nicole Metcalf have decided to hang up their striped aprons.

The husband-and-wife team recently sold their business Metcalf Meats to Casino butcher Wade and his wife Anita Goldthorpe.

“We were planning on going around Australia in 1991,” said Nicole.

“We were in Casino working with Madsen Meats and this shop came up for sale.

“We decided to buy the shop and didn’t end up going around Australia.”

Now, after three decades, the Metcalfs have decided it’s time to make way for younger blood.

“We weren’t planning to sell, but Wade approached us, and we thought it was time,” said Mick.

“It’s all happened really quickly.”

The Metcalfs have seen a lot of changes in their time in Evans Head.

“When we started there were more retirees, but now there are a lot more families,” said Nicole.

“Especially since covid and people have been able to work from home.”

They have seen the changes to the town from the infrastructure built including, the new sewerage system, the Evans River K-12 school, the sugar mill, the bypass and now the recent building of the housing pods.

When asked what their most sought-after product was, they both agreed their ham and bacon were big sellers.

“I’ve been Sausage King two or three times and we were presented with Richmond Valley retailer of the year in 2015,” said Mick.

“We were voted as best bacon in Australia at one point too.”

The Metcalfs want to say a huge thank you to the Evans Head community for their support by buying their meat locally and in turn, they have been as supportive as they can to all the community groups.

“It didn’t matter who it was, but we have been supported and we have tried to support every organisation in town as well,” said Nicole.

“We will miss seeing people, the banter, the recipes.

“We have seen families grow where the couple start out by buying half a kilo of mince, then as the kids get older, they buy two kilos and then as the kids leave, they go back to half a kilo.”

Newlyweds Wade and Anita Goldthorpe are thrilled to become a part of the Evans Head community.

“We’ve been married eight months, but together 16 years and have three kids,” said Wade.

“I had come and worked here with Mick on Saturdays and knew it was a great shop.

“We currently live at Greenridge but hope to move to Evans Head soon.”

Wade is very supportive of the products and quality Mick sells and plans to keep selling the great cuts of meat already available in the shop.

“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” said Wade.

“I am looking forward to meeting all the locals and I will be here to support them.

“Thank you to Mick and Nick for giving me this opportunity.”

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“There are certain people who are part of my heart”

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“There are certain people who are part of my heart”

 

By Samantha Elley

For the last 40 years, patients and staff of the Evans Head Medical Centre have had the pleasure of dealing with Marion Smith, but that came to an end last Monday week when she finally retired from a job she never expected to have.

“I took my baby to the doctor when he was nine months old,” Said Marion Smith.

“And they offered the job to me.

“I wasn’t looking for a job and they were the days that Paul Walsh and Ernie Finberg were the doctors and Lorraine Aleckson was there. We are now lifelong friends.”

That baby, Brock, is now 40 years old and Marion has done reception, practice management and dealing with the many people who have walked through the doors of the small village practice over that time.

“And it’s become a generational thing,” she said.

“The people that were little people when I started, they have brought in their babies and they treat you like their aunty.

“It’s just the most beautiful feeling.”

Marion said she has been through the tragedies and joys with many of the clients to the practice, and while others would shy away from such emotion, she takes a different view.

“It’s a real privilege to be part of someone’s terrible sorrow,” she said.

“For them to share it with you.”

Being part of the community has been a great joy for Marion as well, as people share their lives with her.

“It’s like an extended family,” she said.

“There are certain people who are part of my heart.”

One of the biggest changes Marion has seen over her time at the practice has been the growth of the town.

The need for new doctors to attend to the increasing population, meant that she had to help source doctors from further afield.

“I negotiated with people in America to bring the doctors over,” she said.

“Female doctors in our little town. That was a big change.”

Covid was a tumultuous time for the practice as well.

“Covid was scary,” Marion said.

“You really had to think about going to work, as I’m an asthmatic so I really got a bit (worried).

“Then I thought, it’s important because if we don’t come…it’s very hard when you can’t cuddle people, when they walk up to the counter and they are in tears.”

Then there was the patient who was a cat.

“At one stage I had a patient come around the back door with their cat for the doctor to try and save,” laughed Marion.

“There was no vet back then.

“Poor Dr Walsh tried to stitch the cat up.”

Marion’s lasting memories will be the many patients and staff she has worked with, but she is also looking forward to time with her family and indulging in her hobby of house decorating.

“I get to go home,” she said.

“In all my lifetime I’ve never had time at home.

“I’ve worked the whole time and now I get to enjoy my family.”

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

 

By Sarah Waters

Koalas are becoming an increasingly rare sight in NSW and the one organisation that is dedicated solely to their care in the Northern Rivers is desperately trying to keep operating as normal.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, operated by Friends of the Koala, has made an urgent plea for financial support.

A decline in donations and available funding has threatened the hospital’s ability to operate effectively.

The hospital is specifically designed for the medical treatment of koalas and is the only wildlife hospital in NSW licensed to vaccinate all treated koalas against Chlamydia – the number one cause of death for koalas in the Northern Rivers.

General manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers said more than 350 Koalas are treated at the hospital each year.

“From July last year we’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in koalas coming in, versus the year before,” Ms Everaers said.

“It will continue to increase as the threats to koalas are increasing with climate change, natural disasters, habitat being destroyed causing more koalas on the road, which leads to car hits, dog attacks and more diseases due to stress.

“So that’s obviously concerning, and it has been really, really busy for our volunteers rescuing and caring for them,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital was formed in 2019 and is part of the wider Friends of the Koala (FOK) organisation.

The FOK organisation receives government grants for certain projects including a recent grant to vaccinate 300 koalas against chlamydia.

But no government money is received for the operational cost of the koala hospital.

General Manager of Friends of the Koala and Northern Rivers Koala Hospital Silva Everaers

General Manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers

Half a million dollars needs to be raised by Friends of the Koala each year to cover the hospital’s annual operating expenses.

It is set up with diagnostic and treatment tools including ultrasounds, x-rays, a blood bank, as well as surgical and pathology equipment to provide specialised 24/7 veterinary care to koalas.

Until more funds become available the hospital may not be able to continue in its current capacity.

Ms Everaers said the priority was to keep the hospital funded and veterinary staff paid.

“That really is where the research and the magic happens,” she said.

“We work with over 300 volunteers, who do an absolutely incredible job rescuing and rehabilitating the koalas treated in our hospital, and because of that we are able to keep operational costs really, really low.

“But we can’t do it without financial support, in the end, there’s medicine, veterinary staff, the equipment we need, research facilities – it’s not free.”

Friends of the Koala have set up a special donation drive, appealing to the public’s generosity to help keep the hospital in operation and maintain their high standards of care.

Anyone with a heart for wildlife, including business owners and philanthropists, can become a ‘Friend of the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital’ at: friendsofthekoala.org or support by donating to the organisation.

Friends of the Koala are a grassroots organisation with more than 35 years of experience working on critical, on-the-ground activities to conserve habitat and protect koalas individually and as a species.

It originated as a charity focused on planting trees but has evolved into a multifaceted organisation that also provides 24/7 koala rescue, medical treatment, research, advocacy and community education.

Friends of the Koala has successfully rehabilitated and released over 2000 koalas back into the wild since its inception.

The Northern Rivers is home to one of the last significant, genetically diverse koala populations.

 

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