Fairhaven-Tiny-HomesFairhaven Services, who provide employment, community and residential support for people living with disability on the Central Coast, collaborated with the Tiny Homes team, in making some of the innovative furniture solutions for the project. “It was inspiring to see the four new residences open their doors today in this pilot project” said Monique Cardon, CEO of Fairhaven Services “I’m sure this is only the beginning of this particular inspiring solution to homelessness and affordable housing” she said.

The tables and chairs were hand crafted by the team at ReCreate, an award winning social enterprise of Fairhaven Services. What makes ReCreate so unique, is not just the craftsmanship and the recycling of materials, but the initiative offers people living with disabilities a rewarding employment opportunity. “The team have done an excellent job with the recycled pallet tables and box seats” said David Wooldridge CEO of Tiny Homes Foundation.

Glenn Cannard from Central Coast Council was excited to see two local social enterprises collaborating like this, helping make the Tiny Homes spaces so functional. “It is a perfect outcome of our Launch Pad Program helping to bring these two great initiatives together.”
ReCreate furniture is available from Fairhaven’s Vintage Fair op shop, a thriving retail shopping village at Point Clare as well as a pop up shop at Erina Fair.

Fairhaven Services is a not for profit organisation that has been operating on the Central Coast since 1962. It’s modest beginnings as a school for children with a disability, has grown to become a social enterprise dedicated to providing community participation, social skills, supported employment, accommodation and living supports. These are situated in various locations and settings across the Coast, giving opportunity for people living with disability to develop the skills required for a more independent and enriched lifestyle. Meaningful employment opportunities are offered at their Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) business divisions, Pacific CoPack, a packaging operation, and Re-Create.

Supported employee Chris and ReCreate Coordinator Scott sit proudly alongside one of the custom made ReCreate tables.

Fairhaven Services is a registered charity that has been providing employment, community and residential support for people living with disability on the Central Coast since 1962.
Fairhaven is an approved NDIS provider that offers personalised advice and assistance across a range of supports and services, including; Community Activities and Life Skills, Supported Employment, Residential Services and NDIS planning.
General enquiries: Tel (02) 4349 5500 or email hello@fairhaven.org.au Follow: facebook.com/fairhavenservicesltd


Commando Steve and team to Conquer Kozi for R U OK?

One of Australia’s most respected personal trainers and R U OK? Ambassador, Steve “Commando” Willis, is back to lead the 2018 Conquer Kozi Challenge, an annual 18 kilometre charity walk to the summit of Mount Kosciusko.

Conquer Kozi is a partnership between R U OK? and Huma Charity Challenge (the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions). The return walk from Charlotte’s Pass to the 2228 metre peak of Australia’s mountain will take place on the weekend of 9-11 March 2018.

As well as challenging participants to “Conquer Kozi”, Commando Steve believes the hike is a great way to remind us all to support those who are going through tough times.. He is urging people to take up the Conquer Kozi challenge for R U OK? in 2018.

“Conquer Kozi is the perfect way to get your legs moving and your heart pumping, to talk, communicate, share, and connect. I really embrace challenge, no matter how big or small because there is always a gift or a lesson to be learned, whether it’s a positive or something we perceive as a negative, there’s always something we can take away that can help to effect change.”

Commando Steve led the inaugural  Conquer Kozi event last year, which raised and incredible $76,000 for suicide prevention.

R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher wants every Australian to feel confident to start a conversation with someone they are worried about.

“We love this initiative, it’s all about community, conversation and collaboration. We hope as many people as possible get behind Conquer Kozi again this year,” he said. “We want the R U OK? message to reach every corner of the country. Asking, Listening, Encouraging action and Checking in can help more Australians support a friend, loved one or workmate who might be struggling with life. The funds raised for Conquer Kozi will contribute to new campaigns and resources to reach more Australians who really need it.”


How Conquer Kozi works:

Participants who register for Conquer Kozi are encouraged to raise a suggested amount of around $700 (per person) for R U OK? and then conquer Kozi by completing the walk to the summit.

Travel costs for Conquer Kozi (9-11 March 2018) are $670 per person or $620 per person for teams of four.
This includes a $200 non-deductible registration fee, two nights multi-share accommodation in comfortable cabins in Jindabyne, return team transfers from Jindabyne to Charlottes Pass for the challenge, challenge t/shirt, expert local guides and support crew, two breakfasts, water, snacks and lunch on the walk and a celebratory BBQ dinner after completing the challenge.

Conquer Kozi is organised by Huma Charity Challenge, the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions which provides travellers with the opportunity to adventure for a cause. In the past four years, Huma Charity Challenge has raised more than $4million for charities, worldwide.

Once registered, Huma Charity Challenge provides participants with a link to create their own fundraising page as well as a comprehensive fundraiser’s guidebook.

For more information: www.humacharitychallenge.com


Coast Sport selected to service Wyong Lakes Australian Rules Football Club

Coast-Sport-logoIn their pursuit to keep the Central Coast feeling well, moving well and performing well, leading provider of Allied Health & Sports Medicine services, Coast Sport, has recently partnered with Wyong Lakes Australian Rules Football Club. The Magpies, or ‘Pies’ as they are affectionately known as are most excited to have a premium health care partner on board and look forward to a long- term partnership with the Tuggerah based Allied Health provider.

17426245_440442686347975_7093423553494026946_n 17796540_442288459496731_2480372602595876303_n 17884568_446658269059750_1626378912347359617_nLocated in the Mariners Centre of Excellence Building in Tuggerah, Coast Sport is the leader in provision of Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Clinical Pilates and Massage Therapy services to Central Coast communities. The team at Coast Sport work closely with many elite sporting teams and organisations including the Australian Dolphins Swim team, Central Coast Academy of Sport, Central Coast Mariners FC & Academy, Central Coast Heart Netball, Central Coast Crusaders, NSW Basketball and more.

The team at Coast Sport will be providing Physiotherapy coverage at all home and away matches for the senior women’s and Black Diamond Cup Teams as well as providing pre-season screenings to senior players. Coast Sport recognises the importance of education for players, coaches and their families when it comes to things like injury prevention and management as well as nutrition and optimal training and recovery for performance. “We will be providing a number of educational sessions to ensure players are performing at their best and are fully supported to minimise injury occurrence” states Coast Sport Director, Brett Doring.

As part of their partnership commitment, Coast Sport will also be providing access for players to their state-of -the -art and highly equipped gym along with the latest technology and techniques that they utilise on all their elite athletes. Coast Sport Physiotherapist and Director, Mathew Cranney highlights the importance of “nurturing local talent and providing them with the best opportunity to shine in the future’, at Coast Sport we genuinely care about our athletes and work closely with them on their sporting journey, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams”.

Established in 1975, Wyong Lakes Australian Rules Football Club prides themselves on providing a fun family atmosphere for players of all ages. The club is currently working hard towards developing and growing its junior base, which now also includes two female squads. Senior numbers have also stabilised, and the club is looking to further grow numbers. Fostering a culture of inclusiveness and respect for each other, the ‘pies’ warmly welcomes new players. For more information about this great local sporting team click here to visit the Wyong Lakes Australian Football Club website.



The early morning drive to Glenworth Valley had us very excited, we were going to go riding and Quad Biking and Kayaking.

As I have not ridden for 30 years there was also a bit of fear, now I am 73 will I be able to walk again. OH dear, what was I thinking. I have my cousin Emma, my nephew and niece Bryce and Naomi with me, this is our day together and we are going to enjoy every minute.

Our excitement increased as we reached the carpark and smelt the wonderful aroma of the horses, saddled in the paddock ready to meet their riders for the first excursion into the beautiful valley. We registered at reception, were given our helmets and went to meet our horses. Mine was a beautiful white named Mystery, what a lovely gentle horse with good manners and a great instinct to look after his rider. He was huge so I needed all the help I could get just getting up there.

Our Guide was Andre, a wonderful man who knew every horse and was able to assist each rider in how to help them look after their charge. Andre’s assistant was a sweet young lady called Isabella. The time had come to move em out, the horses jockeyed for their position in the file and we were away. I cannot describe how wonderful it felt to be sitting on a horse again. What took me so long?

For 2 1/2 hours we meandered through the most beautiful valley on the coast. We were greeted by Lyre Birds running through the growth, what an amazing sight to see this beautiful shy bird out in the open. We sighted about 10 that morning, worth coming back just to see the wild life and the beauty of this wonderful valley.

When we returned, getting me off the horse was hysterical, my knees were not my own anymore, and my bum was a bit numb too.

Now who was the genius that chose to go Quad biking right away….never having been on a Quad Bike I was wondering how I would go, well there was no need to worry as our instructor knew just how to teach us the best way to do this so we could get the maximum enjoyment from our ride. Thank you Sarah you are a treasure. We had a ball, definitely coming back to do this again.

By now we were all starving, so off to the Café for lunch. I am gluten intolerant so was wondering if there was anything that wasn’t sweet for me to eat. I needed not to have worried as Gabi our café manager has everything one needs for a delicious lunch.

The sausages (Beef and Thyme) and the hamburger meat was gluten free and absolutely delicious, hamburgers all round and mine was on a plate without the bun. Emma and I were a bit too numb to join Bryce and Naomi for a 2½ hr Kayak down the river, so we chilled out and watched the horses having a shower and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee.

The highlight of the day is watching the horses run through the paddocks over the creek and into the paddock where they spend the night.

Glenworth Valley is a wonderful place to come for the day or you can camp for as long as you like. The staff are so well trained that if there is a hitch they know exactly how to deal with it.

You are made to feel so wonderfully special, that is why everyone comes back again. We’re going abseiling next time and Emma and I will go Kayaking too. Bryce and Naomi have been before and will be going again – we all will.




Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

69 Cooks Rd, Glenworth Valley. Ph: (02) 4375 1222



Lonely Planet has listed the Central Coast’s Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park as the

8th best animal adventure in the world! Our Walkabout Park is on the Top 10 list alongside places like the Galapagos Islands and Yellowstone National Park. And this world-ranked real life working wildlife sanctuary is right here on our doorstep. Walkabout-logo

With 80 acres of fox-proof bushland, it is home to kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, pythons, wombats, devils and all their feathery, furry, spiky and scaly friends. Many of the animals have been rescued and can’t be released back into the wild to deal with people, dogs, cats and cars. Instead, they are safe with the rangers at Walkabout Park.

Step into the animals’ world where you not only get a hands-on introduction to Australia’s weird creatures, but you can also feed the alpacas, cuddle the bunnies and meet their other farmyard friends.

Join in activities like boomerang throwing and animal encounters throughout the day, or set off with a map to explore the bush tracks and visit ancient Aboriginal sites, or hire your own personal ranger to take you behind the scenes.

Or book a Wild Sleep Out full of ranger-led night-animal encounters, with your choice of a private eco-cabin or family-sized tent with everything included.

100% of proceeds are spent on the animals and bush, so you are helping to save the planet just by visiting.
To learn more about this wonderful wildlife sanctuary visit 1 Darkinjung Rd, Calga or www.walkaboutpark.com.au