Have you heard that one in four adults are either living with diabetes or pre-diabetes? Did you know that Type Two Diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing? Eyes on Diabetes is the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day, which will be celebrated in Canowindra on 14th November with a display on Gaskill Street from 10am to 1pm. The stall will be offering blood sugar checks, dietary advice and general information.
Australian Hearing will visit Parkes this month to offer locals better access to hearing health services. With more than half of Australians over the age of 60 suffering from hearing loss, Australian Hearing’s Janet Chapparo encourages the local community to make their hearing health a priority. “It’s fantastic to be able to join forces with local businesses and provide a convenient way for people to check their hearing and make sure they are in good hearing health,” Janet said.
“As the incidence of hearing loss increases as we get older, we encourage seniors in particular to include hearing as part of their overall health check-up. The sooner you do something about your hearing the better.” Hearing checks are a quick and easy way to find out more about your hearing health and what can be done to help. “The hearing checks are conducted by staff from Australian Hearing Orange and our team will also be on hand to guide people through what next steps they may have to take in regards to their hearing.”
Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults who visit on the day. More information is available by calling Australian Hearing Orange on 02 6393 0500. Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners and most veterans. For full details visit www.hearing.com.au
Are You Suffering From Ongoing Pain?
Chronic pain affects one in five Australians in both children and adolescents. In people over 65 years, chronic pain will affect one in three people. During the months of November and December, our friendly pharmacists at Parkes
Pharmacy will be available to speak to you about your pain management needs. Even though it can be hard to stay active when you are in pain, it is important to keep mobile.
Being active can help prevent your muscles and bones from getting weak, can avoid stiffness and discomfort and can assist with sleep and can lift your mood. There are many ways you can stay active: find an activity that you enjoy and that isn’t too strenuous; do a little bit of exercise and gradually increase it; pace yourself and ensure not to overdo it; get back to work if possible as this helps emotional wellbeing and distracts you from your pain; and lastly don’t forget, there are medications to help relieve pain.
Turmeric: You might only know of turmeric as the bright yellow spice used in curries to add colour. What you might not know is that turmeric is quickly becoming known as an effective natural aid for the treatment of pain and mild osteoarthritis. Curcumin is the active component of turmeric and has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory
and an anti-arthritic. The curcumin found in VitaScience Turmeric Inflammatory Relief is a highly absorbed form. It provides temporary relief from the pain of mild arthritis and can help increase joint mobility and decrease joint swelling.
Dubbo’s Double Dozen Attractions
The city of Dubbo is just over an hour’s drive away, but a visit there can feel like it’s a world away with more than 25 attractions and activities and lots of shopping opportunities, coffee shops and restaurants. Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo is often touted as the jewel of the Central West, and for good reason. Whether you just want to cycle around the safari-like park, or get up close and personal with some of the more exotic and endangered creatures from around the globe, the zoo is a perfect way to spend a day. But there’s a lot more to explore around Dubbo than just the big
The Dubbo Gaol, nestled right in the CBD, will transport you to another time. It’s an immersive experience, with costumed characters, animatronics and holographic displays bringing the prison’s barbaric 119 year history to life. If the dark cells and hangman’s rope collections aren’t eerie enough, you could book into a night tour or the ominously named ‘beyond the grave’ tour.
There’s a lot more history to uncover just a short stroll away at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, which is home to the Dubbo Regional Museum. The museum boasts a 5,000 object collection, featuring a permanent local exhibition, as well as touring exhibits. The WPCC is also home to the Dubbo Regional Gallery, which hosts curated shows, regional exhibitions, a children’s gallery and a space devoted to the moving image. The WPCC offers a great opportunity to enjoy history and high culture.
This weekend Dubbo is hosting ARTLANDS, a regional arts conference and festival. The Western Plains Cultural Centre will be awash with vibrant and creative activities. Free entertainment includes Circus performances, lively music, and the spectacular, site-specific audio-visual installation, Spark.
But a trip to the bigger smoke shouldn’t be limited to entertainment; Dubbo is a treasure-trove of shopping delights, with popular fashion and retail chains as well as a range of exclusive boutiques. Orana Mall is known as the Central West’s premier shopping mall, and with 70 stores to browse through, it’s a day-trip in itself. Fortunately, Dubbo also boasts an array of cafes and eateries. The Local Coffee Co. is the perfect place to recharge your batteries and enjoy an exquisitely made barista coffee. Or you could enjoy a lunch on Grapevine’s outdoor patio, their extensive menu has something to appeal to any palette. But if you happen to have the kids in tow, you can’t go past PK’s Bakery, which offers a tasty selection of sweet and savory pastries, and has the added bonus of a kids’ playground, so they can keep
busy while you enjoy a cuppa.
The count down is on; it’s only eight weeks until Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but also one of the most stressful! As Christmas approaches life seems to get more hectic. The hustle and bustle can be overwhelming so make the season more enjoyable by stopping stress in its tracks and get organised.
Christmas parties are a great way to celebrate, so book it in now to save you the stress down the track. Christmas parties are a celebration of what all your staff and the business have achieved throughout the year. It is a time to unwind and enjoy the company of your fellow employees out of the work environment and to enjoy a nice meal and a cold beverage. Local businesses are taking bookings now so be sure to get in quick to secure your spot.
It is not too late to get feeling and looking great. Everybody wants to look their best on Christmas day so take action now. Sign up to a gym, walk to work or even just park further from the shops. Every little bit helps and it will not only help you drop those few winter kilograms, it will also make you feel great moving around again.
With days getting longer and warmer why not get some friends together and workout. Catching up with friends is a great way to burn more calories while you talk and walk. Get the kids active this summer too with lots of different classes available to sign up to. Eating well seems to always become much easier as summer approaches with so many delicious salads and BBQ recipes to try. Fruit comes into season and it’s easier to drink more water. A reminder to stay hydrated this summer season as water flushes out your body’s toxins and assists with all bodily functions.
Christmas shopping is next on the list and you either love it or hate it. So start thinking about gifts now to avoid the rush. There will be markets on in the coming months so be sure to go along as you might just find a bargain. This year try making some of your gifts, as they can be more personal and thoughtful that way. It can be as simple as
making gingerbread men to make a small gift or to accompany another. Homemade goods are always a hit so try your hand at baking or making. There are loads of ideas available on the internet.
The secret is to focus on what’s most important, remember to have fun and to do something that makes you happy.
Pulse Gym opened its doors just over a month ago on 5th September at 9A Clarke Street in Parkes. Rosemarie Gustowski, a life long resident of Parkes, is the new owner. She is busy doing a Certificate 3 in fitness, as well as a
Rosemarie found her passion for the industry when she was a member of a gym. “I loved the atmosphere and the way the business was run with such passion. I wanted that for me,” said Rosemarie.
Members are happy with the new gym with one saying: “The facilities are so much nicer – clean, new toilets that don’t leak, lock up parking, air conditioned and heated, fresh and a fantastic new start for a great gym.” Contact Rosemarie on 0410 679 424.
Currently our livestock and rural property markets are in a very good state. Almost on a weekly basis we are seeing
price records for cattle. We are used to seeing close to $4.00/kg/lw for light weight weaner cattle but we are now seeing those levels and better for feeder steers and close to those levels for heavy finished cattle. Cows are in short supply and are coming back at levels that were normally seen as top prices for cows and calves.
The word on the cattle market is that we are coming close if not at the top, as you can imagine, feedback from processors and feedlots is saying that it is starting to affect their profitability significantly. With current seasonal conditions looking very promising for a good start to Spring, the prospect of an over-supply situation forcing a correction is looking very unlikely.
Our sheep and lamb markets are also at very high levels. New seasons lamb numbers are growing steadily from week to week in our Forbes yarding’s with average pricing between $6.50-$7.00/kg/dw being achieved. Older lambs, both trade and heavy, are continuing to see levels around the $6.00/kg/dw if they are finished and fresh.
Where we are starting to see price pressure is on the lighter off type crossbred and merino lambs. This isn’t news to most but it should be remembered that these prices are still well above average for this time of year.
Our old sheep are still selling very well and it is not uncommon to see prices over $100/hd for well finished old sheep, which when you combine this with wool returns, your young replacement ewes are relatively under the market. As you can imagine store demand for both light cattle and store lambs is very high and hard to acquire. For those who don’t wish to outlay the high prices there are many people looking for agistment from areas not as lucky as ours. Feel free to contact us regarding any marketing information.
Our rural property market is continuing to see interest from both local and interstate. There is enquiry from areas where arable cropping and grazing values are well above our own, and people are looking to alternative areas such as ours. With the above livestock market values we are seeing grazing values increasing dramatically and therefore affecting overall land values.
For more information about any livestock or rural property marketing, feel free to contact us or visit www.langlandshanlon.com.au
By Geoff Rice
What an interesting 12 months it has been that have passed. Most farmers and graziers I would think, would be happy to have behind us. A short Spring followed by a severe Summer, with lots of hot and dry weather, and a late autumn break has offered little relief for most graziers. Pastures have felt the pressure, and more robust perennial pastures have been pushed hard, allowing greater broadleaf weed invasion. Each locality, farm and/or paddock will have its own weed issues. Any one or a combination of thistles including Saffron, Variegated, St Barnabys, Spear (Black) and True Scotch thistles seem to be prevalent. Capeweed and Paterson’s Curse could also be an issue in some localities.
However with the success of biological controls it may not be necessary to use herbicide control for Patersons Curse. MCPA or 2-4D Amine, often with spike rates of Clopyralid (Lontrel), can be used for control of most thistles. The addition of Turbutyn (Igran) may be necessary for effective control of Capeweed. This should be applied as soon as possible, avoiding temperatures above 18 degrees, and also before the capeweed gets too advanced. Where possible, thistle control should be undertaken as soon as practical, particularly on the slopes where early sub clover varieties will start flowering through August.
At the traditional end of the market we have fully framed shower screens with either pivoting or sliding doors. Pivot shower doors are easily adjustable and need very little maintenance. With the latest design innovations they can fit in almost any bathroom. Sliding doors suit very restricted spaces, but do need maintenance.
Framed showers use 6.38mm laminated safety glass. Semi-frameless shower screens are becoming the most popular in our range. They are easier to clean and evoke a feeling of more open space in your bathroom. The aluminium frame is limited to the perimeter of the shower screen with no vertical frame components on the glass panels. Again, the pivot door option can be designed to fit most bathroom layouts and uses 6mm toughened safety glass.
At the designer end of the shower screen market are frameless shower screens, which use 10mm toughened safety glass. They are fitted directly to the wall and floor of a tiled shower area with chrome plated brass fittings. Available with either sliding door, pivot door or a door-less walk in design, frameless shower screens are generally fitted to larger bathrooms.
We also stock a range of glass shower shelves to match any shower. Come and see our large range at Glassplace in Clarke Street, Parkes or call Kath on 6862 2346 for a quote.
Make Your Dream Wedding A Reality
When it comes to weddings, Cowra Hire have everything you need to organise your special day with ease. They have the right equipment to help you pull off the perfect event with everything from cutlery, linen and glasses to marquees, a cool room, dance floors and a jukebox. The list goes on.
Charlie has been in the business for 30 years so has plenty of experience in organising everything you need and making your dream a reality. As well as having an extensive range on offer, the team at Cowra Hire will deliver your equipment as well as assemble and dissemble your marquee to save you the stress and hassle, and allow you to enjoy your special day to the fullest.
Visit the store at 76 Redfern Street, Cowra or their website www.cowrahire.com.au or give Charlie and the team a call on 6342 3498 to see the fantastic range they have available for hire.
Fresh Pickings at Native Botanical
Following in the footsteps of her mother Marie, Steph Cooke has taken her passion for fresh flowers to become the Central West region’s most stylistic florist. What began with just Steph and her Mum in 2008 working from a studio in Temora, has now grown in to three gorgeous studios with a talented team all working together to bring their clients beautiful floral artistry. The three stores are located in Temora, Cootamundra and Young.
“My vision has been brought to life through our gorgeous studios,” Steph says. “Every day we find ourselves surrounded by over 100 varieties of the most beautiful, fresh flowers and foliage from Australian growers as passionate as we are about creating beautiful, long lasting designs.”
Native Botanical has beautiful arrangements to choose from, especially when it comes to weddings. They have a massive range of bouquets specifically dedicated to weddings. By supplying a stunning range of flowers, those who are looking for something different will also be satisfied by what Native Botanical has to offer. To see the latest designs and creations, follow Native Botanical on Facebook.
By Debra Clarke