I think that watching a baby held by BIG hands is a treat. BIG HANDS that are not going to hold hard enough to hurt nor softly enough to allow the baby to fall.
CRISIS – FOR BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA
THE COMMUNITIES ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY
TO RAISE $20,000
I write this urgent plea for financial assistance on behalf of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra, the musicians & their teachers. The musicians and teachers have an extraordinary opportunity to acquire from the Department of Health two demountable (portable) buildings for re-location from Bellingen Hospital to both the Bellingen Primary School and the Bellingen High School.
We understand that this asset (portables) currently owned by the Dept. of Health will be transferred to the schools as the new owners. This transfer of ownership is not to the Dept. of Education & hence cannot be re-claimed & transferred to another school.
These portable buildings must be removed from the hospital site to allow the new Rehabilitation & Palliative Care wing to be built. If the Dept. of Health were to undertake this removal we were advised that it was going to cost $50-60,000 – money that the budget for the new wing could not afford without cutting back on some of the health services built into the wing. So in the words of Dr Trevor Cheney this initiative to transfer the portable buildings to the schools is a “Win, Win” for all parties. The community receives a better equipped health service facility in the new wing and the schools music fraternity receives two much needed buildings.
You may ask why the schools need more buildings for the music students. Following are two teacher’s perspective on the answer to this question.
ANN PHELAN (Music Teacher & Conductor/Leader of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra)
‘Music Teachers at Bellingen High and Primary Schools are often seen teaching under trees, along walkways and in store rooms. This is due to the drastic shortage of spaces and the high demand for tuition.
Bellingen has long been renowned for its outstanding music program which has brought kudos to the town, the schools, families and students involved.
The solution to this problem will be alleviated by the two portable hospital buildings that will provide the much needed teaching spaces in our schools.’
LIZ SCOTT (Violin Teacher)
‘On Friday I teach string students all day at the public school. My place to teach is in the new hall, but it is ridiculous to consume such a facility for two students and their parent at a time.
Yesterday I moved five times, which involves me, my instrument, stands, music and students. This was because the hall was in use.
There are 10 specialist music teachers that visit the school each week to teach specific instruments e.g. cello, violin, woodwind, drumming, guitar, brass and keyboard.
For a tiny town like Bellingen this is most unusual. Our School prides itself on its excellence in music education and we receive many of our enrolments with families seeking this.
How these teachers continue to teach in such frustrating conditions where there are few tiny rooms available and we are always being moved out of one and into the next, I don’t Know.
There is also the sound factor and the Principal often has saxophones honking right by his office! These students learn in the court yard under a shade umbrella.
Our need for a music practice room is extreme and I will do all in my power to help raise the funds needed and organize labour, as I can.’
With the immediate support by the Bellingen Shire Community you can make this happen. The most expensive & challenging component of this initiative is the physical dismantling and transport of the two portable buildings to the designated locations. $20,000 will make this happen. This money must be confirmed by Sunday 15th April 2012.
The musical future of many depends on your assistance. Please contact Liz Scott (6655 0505) or Ann Phelan (6655 9286) to arrange your generous gift.
Barbara Moore (Chair BHAG Inc.)
Years Back, when I went to Sydney after leaving my husband, I found it distressing to have to BUY all my food and mostly in supermarkets. I am now back home and in the process of quiet acceptance of that being so, I watch the little things. I watch the food grown locally and John the Canadian Neighbour who passes by and hands us 2 cloves of garlic, grown organically by him down in the bottom paddock.
ELLIOTT’S VIEW OF THE HOSPITAL RALLY.
Amy tells me there is an update on the way due to some changes in suppliers.
I LUV GURU FOODS.
PIP WILSON GETTING MIKE HELP.
This way to the Guru Food.
POTATOES AND DECADENCE.
GIRLS AT WORK
GIRLS AT DINNER
IZZY FOREAL WITH SNEZ AND STEWART IN MARCH 2010
AMY AFTER A LONG DAY’S
PREPARING FINE FOODS.
BELLINGEN ANGLICAN CHURCH THROUGH THE BAMBOO OF INFUSIONS.
|EASTER MOON OVER RALEIGH||IZZY FOREAL WITH BILLY AND THE BLUES AT PACIFIC BAY||BABY IN BELLO||ANNANDALE TREES||IZZY AND BABY|
|ULMARRA YARD AND PEACH TREE||CATTLE IN ULMARRA||THE FOREALTY BOOKROOM|
The Ulmarra House featured a disused outside loo. I have several memories of outside loos. Some are from my childhood and some from living in the country as an adult.
I do recall an incident in Blacktown when a turkey would chase us from the Loo to the house and back.
I have also had pit toilets. My first school as a young teacher was at Rosewood, down near Tumbarumba, and we had fine pit toilets for the handful of children and the 2 teachers. At some stage – possibly just after the water diviner located water – the powers that be in Sydney determined that flush toilets were needed. They then built a brick ablutions block with almost more toilets that children and separate male and female for the staff of two.
My memories, which might be a little exaggerated, are of a toilet block almost larger than the wooden two teacher school building.
Leaving Ulmarra means leaving the Village Life of which I was very fond. Sundays, I lunched at the WIDE RIVER CAFE and Lizzy baked the best Vegie Pies on the Nprth Coast. Izzy and Andrew and Tony Rendell played music from 10-2 and I yarned with Debbie and Leanne and sundry others.
I believe Mum is having her knee done this weekend in Coffs Hospital.
The pixie in the photo comes from JACK A DANDY across Coldstream Street. Paul from Jack a Dandy told me it was a Devon Pixie. Devon is the homeplace of the Sanders Side of my family. They came as “assisted immigrants”.
Its been a couple of years since Izzy and I took on the Telstra fight in Bilambil. And won. This year, I took it into my mind to open a wee Facebook Page about the Bellingen Hospital. It went straight to 1000 fans in one week and now its has 3000+.
We might or might not win this time but I have found it very moving to see the support coming in and read the anecdotes.
There is a great pride in Being a Bello Baby.
We even made the newspapers with my sister’s picture of possums as profile pic.
March 2010 also saw Snew and Stewart on their Norther Tour. Like me, they had taken a liking to GURU FOODS in Bellingen. They were booked to perform in early April and our well-coordinated Southern Trip brought us back down the mountain from Armidale just in time for their gig.
WINDSOR NSW. I was looking for evidence of OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE where my ancestor Johannah Ready was Housekeeper in the early 1800s. I didn’t find it.
|SIXTYEYES||LOOKING AT A WELL KNOWN VALLEY THROUGH NEW EYES.|
3 months ago, my daughter gave birth to her daughter. This has triggered major changes in my life including a return to my Home Valley, the Bellinger. The prospect had been siren calling me for a while but I didn’t expect the suddenness of the relocation.
I went south with Izzy for a fortnight’s visiting to his children and grandchildren and to the area he lived in for many years before I met him. Packed my bags one day for a holiday and never went back to Ulmarra.
I am now located in Raleigh near my Girls and just down the Hill from the Armidale Mob.
I seem to be moving a little further South each year. My hope and intention is that I remain here for a goodly while. Another North Coast River. This is one on which I have lived often and long.
From the Workers’ Cottage, I can see the sunrise and moonrise and I can see Sunsets. I know that the River is only 1km to the East and the Ocean just beyond it.
2BB COMMUNITY RADIO STATION BELLINGEN
I have a tendency to move along – semi-nomadic but this move was faster than I had expected. Combine that with the Illawarra Adventure, a trip to RPA this week, in Sydney, a National Convention in Coffs, a car needing registering and Izzy’s amazing Wrap Up of the Ulmarra House, plus Easter – and weeks without internet and phone – and the experience of going away for 2 weeks and never going home again – and I am a little frazzled.
Now I begin to re-explore the area which has been part of my life since pre-birth.
I didn’t expect to be faced with 5 little brown hens pooing all through my house.
After weeks without Internet and Phone, Telstra came good from the Complaints Section and allowed me to use my Mobile as a Modem and gave me credits etc. I think I c an be a very annoying customer and perhaps they didn’t want a repeat of the BILAMBIL VILLAGE RALLY. So engrossed was I in the return of the Net, that I paid little attention to the odour behind me, thinking perhaps the septic was in trouble as it often was in Ulmarra where the RTA refused to do any maintenance AT ALL on the 100 year old house. Nor did I hear the patter of tiny clawed feet till a clucking reached through my cyber net and the five little ladies appeared beside me.
They made a fair mess for such small creatures.
I left the Bellinger in 2001. Now I return with many things changed. My parents have passed on. My sister and her husband have sold their home after 30 years and moved South. My daughter is back in Bello with her Man and a new baby. My son and his family are up on top of the Mountains.
I am with Izzy and looking partially through his eyes as a Bello Virgin. I am not teaching at the local schools and the children I taught are grown.
It is an exciting time for me. I have a grave to purchase, exploring to do. Broadband has been invented. I have a world to show to the man in my life. And I am a Grandmother.
And in the morning, I can see the sunrise and the mists in the paddocks.
|SIXTYEYES||LOOKING AT A WELL KNOWN VALLEY THROUGH NEW EYES.|
They have brought an edge to the female wisdoms I have also had access to.
It was a man called Tennis Eddie who told me of the bright blue pilot light of Outrage which needs to be kept burning. The Flame which says – You Will NOT do this to me again.
Last week saw the passing of a gentleman by the name of Bede – who taught me many things.
AVAIL YOURSELF OF THE BEST – said Bede. And – In this situation, behave as if you were your own best friend.
Bede also said to me once, words to this effect – “ you have become very adept at protecting yourself from your enemies. Now it is time to beware of your well-meaning friends. “
There seems to be a way of the Peaceful that achieves good outcomes. It seems to me I have just survived that era. The Reasoning, the Reasonable, the Rational. I have worked with people who were good at it. One Boss of mine in particular, was able to formulate desired Outcomes and to proceed calmly towards them.
As for me, I am of the Protest generation. Seemingly born with a Sense of Outrage. Its one of the reasons I like Facebook with its vibrancy, immediacy, lack of political correctness or editing.
I know there are dangers inherent in that. I know there are dangers in the Protesting. I am, however, more at ease with those dangers than I am with the Smooth Spider Web Weave of the Politically Correct Era.
Somewhere a few years back, I came across a story of a young man who had experienced great sorrows and griefs and for whom the consolatory and gentle were not working. He was, as I recall the tale, riding on the top deck of a bus, through a city when he saw a Cross atop a church with a bleeding Jesus and realised that, for him, ONLY A SUFFERING GOD WOULD DO. It brings to mind another instance for me when a student took a matter serious to her to the School Counsellor, who continued to smile as the girl spoke of her concerns. “ I do not want someone who smiles at me when I am telling them about the worst things in my life. “
I would in many ways like to be Peacable. If not that, I would like to be a Fighter for Causes. I seem only to sit at home and Complain. And yet, as times change, I am glad to be somewhat back in my original time of Outrage. One voice is still a Voice.
The hidden reduction of services at Bellingen Hospital is the matter which has flickered that blue pilot light of Outrage into a flame today.
|PROTEST SONGS||UNION SONGS|
|SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL FB GROUP||http://www.save-bellingen-hospital.com/
Bellingen Health Action Group (BHAG)*
How good is the Internet ? A few years and a few tears back, I could no more have accessed a public forum for journals, images, music, videos, genealogy than I could have knitted new clothes for my coming grandchild. My father, Bruce Sanders, wanted his 2/3 Pioneer Battalion Story published but we simply didn’t have the resources. Now – here it is! How good is that ? This Particular Blog of mine is about to hit 10,00 and I thank you all.
The mutual sharing is another dimension that works for me. I am not always able to travel and sometimes I don’t get out much at all. I also have a tendency to be overcome by what I like to call Acedia – in various forms – and NOW – I am no longer locked in at home alone. This is truly the Global Village for me.
Now – as we come into an Australian Summertime. and the closing of 2009 – I shall take a look at 2009- as it has been.
It was the year in which Izzy and I both turned 60 – 1949 children. I think I had best rephrase that. We were born in 1949. 2009 was the year in which we moved from the Tweed to the Clarence, in which my daughter newly turned 30 became pregnant with her first child. My granddaughters turned 5 and 10. A most interesting time it has been.
Last Christmas, we, as a family, were to meet in Kalang on Boxing Day for Kati B’s 30th birthday and Christmas Day, Izzy and I were to spend alone at Bilambil Cottage where we were living.
We were out and about in the morning and received an impromptu invite to Lorraine’s for lunch with a dozen or so guests. Plenty of good foods and good company. A sober affair so it was and I enjoyed it up behind Scenic Drive in Tweed Heads West.
Spent the rest of the day at home with our swimming pool and tennis court.
The next home for us was already starting to be listed on realestate.com.au. I didn’t realise then that it would become a place of rather deep emotional and mental impact. 2009 is the last year of my 50s and time seems to have wrapped itself around me and curled into the core of me. Memories of 20 years of Addiction and 20 years of Recovery were waiting for in this 100 year old house as well as the history of my family and my childhood. I intended entering my 60s consciously and cautiously, knowing this – IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. And it has been a gentle, explorative time with a good deal of ‘ thinking’ going on.
MT WARNING OVER BILAMBIL.
|Briefly this is my locational history.
1949-1950 – CANTERBURY ROAD HURSLTONE PARK SYDNEY. SANDERS FAMILY HOME.
In January of 2009, the Armidale Mob came to Bilambil Cottage for a Summer Holiday. That was a ‘ classic’ summer holiday. I must have had some sweet stars shining on me this year because, despite the transitional turmoil and my own inclination to distress, I have had a goodly share of Sweet Moments, Classically Good Experiences and of events turning out just as I had planned and hoped for.
The Summer holiday was one of them as was the 30th birthday of Kati B.
We took the Poppy to the beach at Pottsville. They have been living in Armidale for years now and she hasn’t been beaching since she was a baby. We also continued our cafe experience which is rather extensive . The EATZ CAFE at Pottsville featured real Beach Food. None of which I can now recall but they had tropical names and strange drinks – a 60s flashback which I enjoyed after one too many trendoid, generic eateries such as the infamous Blue Frog in Toowong, Brisbane.
I lived in Bilambil Cottage for 4 years and in deciding to leave, we took our time in choosing where we wanted to go and when and why and how etc. The Cottage was tiny but exquisite with a view over the Bilambil Valley and out to the Coral Sea, During the Mob’s Holiday, we sat outside of an evening and watched the bats fly over and the long nose come out to feed from the long grasses. The Poppy learned to swim and discovered the wonder of being a Mermaid.
We also visited the beach at Kingscliff. The Mob had lived at Kingscliff before going up the mountain. I thought that when we moved south we might miss the exotic birds and plants of the Tweed. Tweed is on the NSW/ QUEENSLAND border.
Are these baobab trees ? I like the word and haven’t checked to see whether these are baobabs or not.
One thing I knew I wouldn’t miss was the BILAMBIL SPORTS CLUB.
I enjoyed it for a goodly length of time but things went amiss and the decor was never a good look. The Club is set in the Valley. A lovely setting with a creek beside it and playing fields, paddocks with horses and the hills rising on either side.
The Bilambil Village is tiny and part of a loop drive enjoyed by Many. However, the Club doesn’t open till 3pm, serves food only a couple of nights a week, doesnt cater for vegetarians AT ALL and is decorated as you can see on the left. The music scene which thrived there has shrivelled to nothing. Lots of potential going unused.
|Leaving blue skies and palm trees took some serious decision making.|
FROM RTA NSW.
OVERTOPPING THE LEVEE AT KEMPSEY 12.04 PM SATURDAY
Started at 22/05/09 6:55am
PACIFIC HIGHWAY – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
ADVERSE WEATHER – FLOODING
Both directions – All
The highway is closed between Ballina and Grafton and at Frederickton, north of Kempsey.
Started at 21/05/09 10:36am
DORRIGO – WATERFALL WAY at DORRIGO MOUNTAIN
ADVERSE WEATHER – FLOODING
Both directions – All
Avoid the area, Use alternative route
The road is currently closed between Bellingen and Raleigh. There is no access from the Pacific Highway.
Started at 21/05/09 6:35pm
LAWRENCE – ULMARRA AND BLUFF POINT FERRIES
ADVERSE WEATHER – HEAVY RAIN
Both directions – All
Use alternative route
The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 13 April 1864,
Courier (Brisbane, Qld.) Thursday 12 March 1863,
THE" FLOODS- IN-THE- CLARENCE
AND RICHMOND DISTRICTS.
Tub Clarence and Richmond Examiner,
FLOODS IN THE CLARENCE AND RICHMOND. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) January 28.
The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 9 February 1887, page 6
The Brisbane Courier Saturday 29 January 1887
Further news from Grafton respecting the
floods in the Clarence River is to the effect that several houses were swept away at Ulmarra
The Brisbane Courier Tuesday 18 March 1890
The Presbyterian Church at Ulmarra was shifted bodily and placed in an unsafe condition, necessitating rebuilding
The Brisbane Courier Friday 16 June 1893
On Saturday a resident of
Ulmarra lost seventeen head of fat cattle by one stroke of lightning.
Northern Territory Times Friday 24 February 1928
A third flood in the Clarence within a
week occurred and our huge pastoral
and agricultural lands again covered
by floodwaters. Boats under police
supervision and manned by voluntary
crews have been out daily removing
families from flooded homes and
taking food to people who are isolated.
RECURRING FLOODS. THIRD IN CLARENCE RIVER. Rescue Work in Boats. ULMARRA.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday 24 February 1928, page 16. News 458 words
The Canberra Times Wednesday 31 March 1954
MACLEAN, Tuesday. I
"Floods can be prevented on
the Clarence River," Federal
Minister for Health, Sir Earle
Page, said to-day.
Sir Earle was addressing a
meeting of the Clarence Valley
women’s flood-control committee.
He said a dam could be built
at the Clarence Gorge to hold
any flood likely to sweep down
the river. ‘
"The dam proposed by experts is a dual purpose dam,"
Sir Earle told the meeting.
It would prevent floods, and
the water stored in it could be
used for power production.
The continual run of water down the river would tend to keep the channel clear and lessen dredging operations.
"With the completion of the northern breakwater and other port works at Iluka, expert opinion is that many of the present shallows will be permanently deepened," he said.
The Canberra Times Tuesday 27 June 1950,
Frederick Ayres, 35, -was drowned at Ulmarra
MAJOR FLOOD WARNING
FOR CLARENCE RIVER
Issued at 4:05 PM on Saturday the 23rd of May 2009
Flood Warning Number: 15
The Clarence River at Grafton peaked near 7.4 metres around 5:30 am this morning [23/05/09] with major flooding. The Clarence River at Ulmarra peaked near 5.8 metres around 10:30 am [23/06/09]. Major flood peaks will occur at Maclean later today.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Maclean - peak near 3.3 metres around 7:30 pm (23/05/09) with major flooding coinciding with the high tide. FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw
The next warning will be issued by 7:30 pm (23/05/09).
Latest River Heights:
Nymboida R at Nymboida 8.51m rising 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Boyd R at Broadmeadows 4.72m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Tabulam 5.85m steady 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Baryulgil 7.39m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Mann R at Jackadgery 7.76m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Lilydale 14.04m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Orara R at Glenreagh 9m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Grafton (Prince St) 7.24m falling 12:15 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Ulmarra 5.68m falling 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09 Clarence R at Maclean 3.04m steady 03:30 PM SAT 23/05/09
449 millimetres of rain fell last night at Dorrigo last night.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
MAJOR FLOOD WARNING
FOR CLARENCE RIVER
Issued at 9:44 AM on Friday the 22nd of May 2009
Flood Warning Number: 6
Up to 330 millimetres of rain has fallen in the Clarence Valley during the past
2 days to 9 am today [22/05/09]. Very heavy rain has fallen over the central
valley with up to 112 millimetres being recorded in the 6 hours to 3 am
Rain has eased in the past 6 hours to 9 am [22/05/09], however
further heavy rainfall is forecasted over the next 12-24 hours which is expected
to produce further river level rises. The situation is being closely monitored.
At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of
uncertainty over how much more rain will fall.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Grafton – reach 7.8 metres around midnight(22/05/09) with major flooding
Ulmarra – reach 6.1 metres around 1 am (23/05/09) with major flooding
Maclean – reach 3.3 metres around 6 pm (23/05/09) with major flooding
I am moving South. I woke this morning and thought of the changes coming. Then the BLACK BEAR CAFE came to mind. Our local cafe in Ulmarra will be the MULBERRY COURT CAFE. That’s me in the Gazebo at Mulberry Court last year. I shall show some more images of Ulmarra later. This morning its the BLACK BEAR CAFE on my mind.
Back to Bellingen. That’s app 100 kms south of Ulmarra. I married in Bellingen and my kids were born there. Years back, my daughter, Kati B, did her work experience at a wee cafe there. BOILING BILLY it was called. Last year we took Izzy there. Boiling Billy has now become the baby of Sophie and Dave. Kate worked with Sophie in BADDE MANNERZ in Glebe.
The BOILING BILLY is now re-named THE BLACK BEAR. The morning thinking was that I shall be in range of BLACK BEAR visits. That’s the Church Street Cafe strip. My sister married Mark at the Courthouse opposite back in the 1970s. I have many memories of CHURCH STREET. When Tony Bahles and I opened the WHITE ROSE TRADING COMPANY in Urunga early in the 1970s, THE GOOD FOOD SHOP opened in Bello and was in CHRUCH STREET till quite recently. The HIPPIES we were.
I also note that the Re=Mains are playing at BELLO BOWLO on MAY 15 prior to a CANADIAN tour.
That’s Sophie in the background clearing the table after an Izzy Meal. Izzy is a specialist in eating out and mugoccino drinking. Wish I had a menu to put up but that will have to wait till I am moved South. I shall look for a picture of the Bear itself. I have some hidden in my hard drive.
There we are.
THE BLACK BEAR.
|Next week I am expecting to be there.|
As is usual, the news bulletins lasted the duration of the crisis and then took their cameras off to newer fresher disasters leaving the DAMAGED to take care of themselves. Via my sister, I have heard a little more. Difficult to imagine. One of the houses which has been condemned is nowhere near the sea or the river.
This was no ordinary flood in Urunga…….80 cars were flooded and heaps of homes. Nearly all the shops had water through them… the museum, preschool and under Tambar Ct …. all the flats in Orara St … the whole of Newry Island was evacuated and heaps of homes had water through them… Julie and Steve had 7 ft of water through their house and it came from across the road. They said it happened so fast they felt lucky to have got out….they lost their car and the house has been condemned….there are heaps of people the same.
Image from RTA of DORRIGO BELLINGEN ROAD.
Bit hard to take in. My thoughts are with the Urunga and Bellingen people and even with Coffs Harbour, our traditional “enemies”.
MARCH AND APRIL 2009
I have just spent a few days on the Clarence. Before we went we did a BEECHMONT TRIP and Izzy did a gig there on the Saturday night.
It seems years since I slept in a house outside the electricity grid and it was a beautiful experience.
BELLINGEN BRIDGE UNDER WATER IN THE 1990s
BELLINGEN BRIDGE which is way under water today. It has a side rail which can be dropped allowing the debris to float over the top with minimised destruction.
I LIVE ON the QLD NSW border and almost all the news we receive is QUEENSLAND news. So – early this morning, when my COASTFM Brekkie News Reader mentioned BELLINGEN, it caught my attention immediately. Bellingen often doesn’t reach the news even in NSW and even in midst of BIG events. The Daughter, Kati B, contacted me by SMS a few seconds later. Yes! BELLINGEN IS FLOODED. Wooyung was NOT flooded yesterday despite the road blocks and the signs. We contacted the WOOYUNG CARAVAN PARK and they reaffirmed their NON FLOODED status. BELLINGEN, however, IS FLOODED. 7.32 metres at BELLO bridge and heading for 8.2.
Kati B and IMM had headed in from Hyde’s Creek to work in town but on reaching North Bellingen were faced with the flooded BRIDGE which separates the two halves of town. I have experienced many Flood Events in Bello over many years. I have not as yet determined the precise nature of TWEED Flooding but I know the Bellinger very well.
Most of those experiences were without mobile phones. Today, Kati B was able to ring me from the outside the Providore in North Bellingen where IMM and her were topping up provisions but lots of guesswork used to go into flood assessment in my previous experiences. Still has my adrenalin on the drip and a strange excitement. Memories of children and floating VWs and calculated estimations of how high the waters would come.
I have very few images of those times. Certainly I have none to hand, but I have some fine mental images of days flooded in and floodboats bringing supplies across.
1974, the Cyclone came down off the coast and URUNGA was flooded in with the rarely seen flooding of RALEIGH BRIDGE and Urunga Caravan Park.
I just checked my FACEBOOK friends and several of them are flooded in and most of them seem to be enjoying it. No work today! That indicates that Urunga is also flooded in. That’s dramatic.
COAST FM at 12.01pm NSW time – says that water is across the road at URUNGA and north of Frederickton. That’s dramatic too.
Lifted this from the RTA site.
BELLINGEN – WATERFALL WAY between PACIFIC HIGHWAY and DORRIGO MOUNTAIN
ADVERSE WEATHER – FLOODING
Both directions – All
There is no access to Bellingen.
Motorists are advised to delay their journey.
THE WALKWAY AT THE END OF THE FOOTBRIDGE OVER URUNGA LAGOON. Most likely flooded today. (That’s my academic analysis. )
The West Australian
Saturday 29 March 1890
NEW SOUTH WALES.
THE DAMAGE IN THE COUNTRY
(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT)
SYDNEY, March 28. 1890
Walcha, a township 300 miles north of Sydney, is under water. The inhabitants have removed their things to a place of safety. Great damage has been done. The river at Walcha fell considerably yesterday. It is raining in torrents at Armidale, where the floods are the greatest ever experienced. Several houses on the low land at Armidale are flooded. The gasworks also are flooded, and the fires have been put out. The damage on tbe Bellinger river is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. The river is again rising. Thirty three inches of rain have fallen at Fernmount up to date, and nearly three inches fell last night. At Inverell the river rose 20 feet, overflowing its banks in many places. Families, in many instances, have deserted their homes. The people in the Kempsey district are preparing for another flood. The largest flood since 1878 has been experienced at Tenterfield. Several residents have left their homes, and one house is in water 4 feet deep.
The Canberra Times ; Monday 15 February 1937
FLOOD DANGER PASSES QUICKLY IN THE NORTH
SWIFT RISE AND FALL
Flood danger on the North Coast is rapidly passing as the flood waters are being carried swiftly away, and although some townships are still isolated by water; the worst appears to be over.
The severest local floods for 40 years were experienced at Gleniffer, on the Bellinger River,which had 32 inches of rain in 48 hours; Much damage has been caused to property, maize crops being washed away, and fencing swept out to sea while heavy losses of stock are expected to be revealed when farmers can inspect their flooded lands.
At Gienreagh, the Orara River which had risen more than 30 feet: dropped 9 ft last night and rain ceased altogether this morning.
Gangs of men are out repairing bridges, filling in washaways and clearing railway lines. The falling, of the river has made it posslble to reach Glenreagh by rail, though roads are still impassable. At East Bellingen, residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
Occupants of Gleniffer stocked their houses with provisions to withstand a flood seige, and have received no mail or food yet. Their only available means of communication waa the telephone.
Quote of the Day:
Houses should be more like ovens. Self-insulating and self-cleaning!
(while cleaning room)
BELMORE METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL.
People in the North talk of AUGUST winds. Here on the Hill, the winds seem to be taking up a lot more months than just August. The Dos has taken the garbage down. We have been shopping Murwillumbah and I am looking for a wee pied a terre in Bellingen for access to Children and Co. This weekend there is a big wedding on down South as well as one in Dorrigo with reception in Coffs Harbour neither of which we need to attend but best wishes to all involved. We stand at one marriage apiece, Iz and me. Chidlren of the 40s. I had a very strange wedding as an idealistically non bride. Some of my friends had fine weddings like LEE and GAIE CONDON in Kalang in the 70s. A beast on the spit and sarongs and creeks. It was good. Chris Page and MARGIE MCGIRR had one even more strange than mine. I do have fotos someplace of Chris in thongs of different colours and all of us Drummoyne hippies at a lavish do at Watson’s Bay in the 70s. They went on to have twins called GIMLI and DANIEL and I believe they moved to ELANDS up back of Taree. My sister had 2 weddings. 2 marriages in fact. I am still planning a big wedding – bring your own – someplace delightful. I am no longer sure whether its a wedding or a funeral I am planning or an NA convention. But I am planning something. Not my birthday. That will be in 16 days and I don’t know quite what I wish to do this time.
My sister’s weddings were good. I had something more like them in mind when I decided to marry although I don’t mind the church bit – I would prefer a cathedral. I do not want what Pat Lamir’s brother in Boston had with the envelopes of butterflies which people accidentally sat on. My sister’s first wedding was to a boy who had been called up in the early 70s Vietnam draft. Married men were far less likely to be sent to Vietnam and it worked for them. He just cooked in Australia and they had to live at Liverpool for a time which is probably not an ideal start to a marriage anyways. The wedding actually was in a church which wasn’t easy for My Sister who had turned from any God following the deaths of her pets as a child and being told by the local Methodist Sunday Teacher that pets didn’t go to Heaven. Nevertheless – into the church for the wedding to the radical socialist soldier – I still don’t know where that Methodist Church was or why we went there instead of BELMORE METHODIST CHURCH where we attended Sunday School each week.
We wore CLOGS. Heavy wooden clogs as I recall and she had long mediaeval Camelot robes.Then we went back to 27 PAXTON AVENUE BELMORE – built by my father Bruce – double brick – for the reception which my mother JOYCE catered for and had a fine time. The second wedding was years later in Bellingen behind the Courthouse by the Clerk of Petty Sessions. That was a good one too and I have fotos of that as well.
Mine was in Bellingen Anglican Church with a reception at the BELLINGEN BOWLING CLUB. SAY NO MORE ! This weekend one of our children is marrying. The others remain – unmarried. My two remain in love and partnered but – inspired perhaps by the marriage of their mother and father – they resist the tempting lure of clogs in a church aisle. Be that as it may – we are not going to weddings this weekend. Jamie Laura Jacob and Bronte are. Kate and IMM are. Mad O’Brian and co are not.
For us it is Luffley Cafe in Murwillumbah tonight and a meeting for me up the Hill at the UNITING CHURCH which brings back the childhood memories of Belmore Methodist. There could well be dancing in the street as there often is although SCRUBBY is away at SCOTTS HEAD lolling on the beach. For me its back into the 19th Century where I am VERY HAPPY despite the 21st Century winds tearing at the Cottage on the Hill. For me its looking for the caravan, tent or wee flat in Bello to rent for my visits south. Its pointing the statue of Big Buddy who might well be the compassionate goddess Kuan Yin, across the Valley with a gardenia in her lap to reduce the impact of the world out there.
Perhaps I will do the washing. Last did it in Kate’s smooth machine in Kalang and hung it on the Hills Hoist – where later I hung the rat.
In the meantime I shall see what wedding fotos I do have and make a slideshow.
Back in BILAMBIL after 10 days down south and less than pleased to be here. Seems to me I am destined to become a NORTH COAST NSW specialist whether or not I like it. Despite the endless green desert viewed from STARWAGON and train windows or roaring through the dark night from CASINO to TWEED HEADS in a fully crowded COUNTRYLINK coach with a DVD of GARFIELD 2 hypnotising the Desperadoes of 21st Century public transport. Some people cross the oceans and some people do fine restaurants in the Cities – and I go up and down the North Coast crossing big rivers. Encountered major heat on day 1 heading south. Unexpected heat. School holidays has begun as well. The familiar Queensland NSW overlap and cars were hither and thithering just like a true Xmas time which it wasnt. We stopped outside the Big Pineapple in Ballina. Avoided the BIG PRAWN which is now a mere shade of pink. I asked one thing – Iz says I – please don’t stop at TALLIMOBLE. So – with aches in his limbs he stops at BEEKEEPERS rest stop at TALLIMOBLE. With the gravity pulling Eco-Loo.
Why ? Iz ? Says I? WHY ?
Nevertheless , being one to learn from any circumstance – I looked for the Good in the Situation . I am still looking for the good in the situation. They did have a very well embedded table for picnickers and resters. Very strong it was.
I have been Looking for the Good in situations for a long time. I usually find something but its a DISCIPLINE to do so for me. I once knew a man – a young man whose name I shall not at this time use- and it was not a DISCIPLINE for him to LOOK FOR THE GOOD. It seemed to come naturally to him. It was a lovely thing to be close to.
Once when we were sitting at Bondi Beach – I said of a situation – ” I think this is worth a try even though it will be difficult “.
He said – ” Oh ! What I was thinking was ‘ THIS COULD BE GOOD ! ‘ “
For me, 20 years later – I still expect the Difficult. And in consequence, I frequently get the Difficult. However – sometimes I get the naturally joyful and unexpectedly good. Like the GATEWAY CARAVAN VILLAGE in Grafton West.
We headed on down to Gateway and took up residence in Van 255. Hot enough to swim so it was and I did so.
I am living in a place where I don’t wish to be. The Getting Away breaks that up and takes me back to my HomePlaces and my own People. Time in Kalang and Armidale and family around me. I wanted this time to go south to Laurieton and the Manning and explore there. But Izzy has music which is his passion and so he was back to Bilambil way before me. He had LUFFLEY CAFE in Murbah dressed as a jazz musician and then Sunday at Carool at ILNAM WINERY.
We did spend days in Armidale with my Kinfolk. Makes my step a little lighter and my heart brightens considerably. Then I myself spent more days in Kalang with my girl and her young man. We even did a Tupperware party – a matter which I will not discuss in this time of possible global depression. Suffice to say I do not like rip-offs and am anarchistically disinclined to Tupperware Parties and the people who dwell therein.
We ate brekkie at the BLACK BEAR CAFE in BELLINGEN where Kati B is cooking. Hello Sofi, Dave and Kate. IMM is building Bello houses and making Ortho Chairs from beautiful timbers. And me in sadness is looking for a wee pied-a-terre in my own world where they are. My Mum and Dad’s flat is for rent so i see on the REALESTATE.COM.AU. At a price I can pay – but there is familial complications there which could make things between me and mine more difficult and sad than they now are and I don’t want to risk further estrangement. Sure would like a home base however. And some new routines. I have never been able or inclined to STAY PUT and do the same things over and over. I have been here – stayed here- a wee bit too long.
One more drive down Kennedy Drive to park in the same carpark and meet the same people and I am thinking of necking myself. As Pat the Rat Gelahar of the Langton Centre would say. Izzy said this would be an adventure requiring a travel blanket and I am ready to ride camels across the desert but this becalmed state is sending me feral.
Been away for over a week. Came home on the COUNTRYLINK train and coach last night and that was an experience. Small country travelling is usually an ‘ experience’.
THIS week we go south again. Izzy has a Sunday with the Clarence River Conservatorium. We are heading to Kalang and then up to Armidale. In the meantime – here is the year in fotos so far. Well – a little.
I have chosen the PUZZLE from slide.com to see whether I can puzzle this one out. Grandchildren and Children HERE I COME !
SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE : COASTERS IN 1847.
BELLINGER CEDAR IN 1847
NORTHERN CEDAR.-On Monday last we noticed the arrival of some extraordinarily large logs of cedar, by the new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, Market Wharf: Since then we have learnt that one-half the cargo (30,000 feet cedar) is the produce of only one tree, the parent of the immense logs first noticed. This interesting specimen of Bellinger produce yielded about 15,000 feet sawn timber, and realised in Sydney upwards of one hundred guineas. The purchase, we believe, has been made for the China market; and as the quality of this cedar is correspondent with its magnitude, it will tend, we trust, to increase the growing repute of Australian cedar with the Celestials.-S. M. Herald, August 19. 1847
MURDERS BY THE BLACKS.- Intelligence was received yesterday, in Sydney, from the Bellinger River, dated the 17th inst. stating
that Daniel Devlin, His wife, and Dennis Cheyne, all living on John Robertson’s cedar cutting station, had been inhumanly murdered by the blacks. The same letter also states that a civilized black, who had been living for a considerable time with Commissioner Massie, had been decoyed away and murdered by the Maitland tribe on the M’Leay River. The white population of these districts are said to be out in pursuit of tbe savages. The particulars may be expected in Sydney in a few days. Mrs. Devlin has left a child nine months old. Her parents
reside at the Five Islands.-Herald, Mar. 30. 1846
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