Watagan Park
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Build a backyard haven

We should treat our outdoor spaces the same as our indoor spaces in terms of creating different spaces and functional dynamics, says Matt Leacy. “The same way that you have a kitchen area, a casual lounge area and a playroom indoors, you can create equivalent areas outdoors that serve the same purposes and help you… Read More >

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Kitchen tools for busy children

Cool down with cool moulds Summer is here and that means HEAT – hot summer days! There’s nothing better than munching on a homemade icy pole to cool down. These clever shapes means each one slides out easily, and the handle has a built-in drip guard for mess-free fun! Choose from designs including rockets, bugs,… Read More >

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Confessions of a happy ‘drunk’

Dr Harvey Karp, pediatrician and child development expert says that half of all new parents get fewer than six hours of broken sleep a night – a level of sleep deprivation that causes the same mental impairment as being drunk. If that’s the case, I have been tipsy for a lot longer than I’d like… Read More >

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Cool things to do with kids

Cooking with your kids in the school holidays is a wonderful activity to get them busy. Here are three simple recipes from James Clode, of Dad’s Apron, that are easy enough for the kids to help with or even make themselves… if you don’t mind a little mess! Double choc cookies These super chocolatey cookies… Read More >

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How to create a beautiful garden

If you’re looking to create a beautiful garden, then Wyee Nursery Manager Russell Brown is a handy man to know. Starting his career as a landscape contractor, including work at Wyee Nursery, he was eventually offered a job at the well-known nursery and hasn’t looked back since. “My main role is nursery manager, I oversee… Read More >

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Super day trips to delight the family

There’s so much to do with kids over the school holidays, right on our doorstep! The whole family will have a fantastic day out at all these local attractions. Speers Point Park Just a short 30-minute drive from Watagan Park, Speers Point Park, right on the shore of Lake Macquarie, makes for a fantastic day… Read More >

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Caves Beach Nippers to the rescue

Only a half an hour’s drive away from Watagan Park, the beach lifestyle at the beautiful Caves Beach is easy to enjoy this summer! Nippers is a great activity for kids and the Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club provides locals and visitors with a safe and friendly beach – and trains hundreds of community members… Read More >

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New principal to take the reigns at Charlton

Mark Ash will take over as principal of Charlton Christian College, when current principal Sue Skuthorpe retires at the end of the year, says Rebecca Craig, marketing manager at the college. “Currently Mark is the principal of Suncoast Christian College in Queensland,” Rebecca says. “He has been a successful principal and deputy principal for many… Read More >

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Settlements underway at Watagan Park

With a community already home to more than 200 fun-loving families, Watagan Park is growing and developing all the time, says Keith Johnson, Managing Director of Johnson Property Group. “We have seen all settlements occur for stages 2.1/2.2/2.3, and settlement for stage 2.6 is in mid to late December,” he says. “The community is growing… Read More >

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New exhibitions explore love of country

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will kick off its summer program with the major international touring exhibition “Saltwater Country” alongside its own exhibition, “Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures”, the gallery says. Both exhibitions make links to culture and place, with a strong connection to ‘saltwater’ country. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is the final destination for… Read More >