Camden’s Great Value Cafe

The cafe that suits everyone.

Whether it’s a long black, a latte or just a flat white. If you’re anything like me, you like to start your day with a great cup of coffee. The GCM Cafe in Camden’s main street has it all.

The staff are not only friendly, but are also talented baristas that ensure your “heart starter” is exactly the way you like it. I’ve sampled most of the offerings in Camden’s local cafes and at $5.50 the GCM’s large size (16 fluid oz) mug is the best value. Not only that, when you ask for “extra” hot coffee, that’s exactly what you get! Add the convenient location, which is right next to the National Bank, the friendly service, and your day kicks off the right way.

The Menu has it all

GCM has revamped its menu and regardless of what time of day it might be, there’s something for every taste and preference.

Outside of the food options shown in the images above, there’s also a great range of pies, sausage rolls, muffins and soups. If you’re thinking healthy breakfast, why not indulge in some GCM muesli and yogurt with berries. There’s also croissants, soups and a range of cold beverages including smoothies and milkshakes.

Take a seat and chill out.

It’s a lot more than just take away! If you’d like to enjoy a coffee and a meal in house, the staff at GCM are more than happy to have you as their guest. Soak up some sun and relax in the courtyard at the rear of the building if you feel like it. Or escape rainy days and stay inside. You will find the atmosphere vibrant yet relaxing, with every staff member wearing a smile. So start your day or do lunch, maybe swing by for an afternoon cuppa and a muffin. Whatever your taste or time frame take advantage of GCM, the best value cafe in Camden.

Cheers to a Country Mudgee Escape

Lowes Winery Mudgee

A lot of us look to destinations across the globe when we think of travel. But if you reside in Sydney and want a relatively quick escape to a friendly country destination, look no further than Mudgee. Recently, I ventured a few hours hours west of Sydney and found a town filled with welcoming locals. There’s also plenty to do. This particular weekend featured the Mudgee Show and the Charity Shield. But there’s also the museums and to top it off, Wine Tours! Connoisseur or not, there is a service available that takes care of everyone.

See the Land and Taste the Wine Through a Country Escape Tour

You might have a group of friends that want to see a bit of the local landscape and also taste the “fruits” of Mudgee’s wineries. But which ones are the best? When are they open and more importantly, who will drive? Country Escape Tours have the solution and offer comprehensive wine tours with a difference. We were treated to not only to the best of Mudgee’s wineries, but also to a friendly and professional service.

Mudgee Wine Tours with a Difference

Country Escape Tours offer outstanding customer service and are completely focused on delivering a wonderful day out. You can choose a full or half day tour  where you will discover award winning wineries that are immersed in breathtaking vineyards. All of which are carefully organised by two experienced guides in Sandy and Maritza. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the beautiful array of wines and ports!!

Flexible Tours That Cater for Everyone

Also on offer, is a trio tasting tour, where you can sample not only wine, but beer and spirits as well. Or perhaps you’d prefer to “saddle up”. The horse riding tour includes a horse ride, lunch and a half day Mudgee wine tour. For the undecided there’s the “Mudgee Hopper”. This is the tour where you can hop on and hop off at whichever destination you choose.

Create Your own Mudgee Wine Tour

If you have particular wineries that you’d like to visit in mind, why not create your own tour. The available options are endless and include not only wineries, but cheese tastings, honey tastings, a distillery, craft beer, local produce and more. The fun is guaranteed!

Country Escape Tours will collect you from your accommodation and groups are kept to a maximum of 11 people. You will receive a personal and knowledgeable service that will create a Mudgee Moment that you and your friends will remember forever. I know we will. Private tours are also available.

Jacob Show’s Some Passion

Alternative Punk band Jacob have released their second album titled “Show Me Some Passion” and from a fan’s perspective, that’s exactly what it does. This four piece “INDIE/PUNK” unit is based in Wollongong and are driven by delivering the genuine article which is created through their perspectives of every day life experiences. Essentially Jacob is about honesty and not holding back on what’s inside your heart. This band’s inspiration comes from the truth and their sound is proudly delivered without inhibition. 

The Wollongong Punk Sound

Alternative band Jacob
New Album

The opening track titled “baby, I’m a blockhead” offers a cracking tempo from the very beginning. But with that said, and without witnessing a live performance, I didn’t feel that it represented the genuine punk genre. However, after viewing the live performance of this song on the band’s FACEBOOK page, I really had to think again!

Jacob kicks ass live!

The tone and the electricity delivers a real smack in the mouth and for me personally, it is 100% PUNK! On that point, I think it’s not only good for a band to save the best version of a song for the live performance, it is also their responsibility.

Get It Now

Essentially the whole album gets better every time you listen to it and I really think good music doesn’t always catch you immediately. That sometimes, it just grows on you and this is one of those albums. Show Me Some Passion, offers energy and creativity and from a personal take, one of the highlights is track five “a special kind of love“. This is a blend of rich harmonies, a catchy riff and some pleading lyrics that have been mixed superbly with a good song being the end result.

Experience The Passion

·      In summing up, this latest offering from Jacob offers a mixture of great riffs, energy and heart pumping tempo. This is a band that delivers from the heart, offering a refreshing mixture of fun and emotion. I have often said with reference to music, that it’s not always about the music! But where it takes you! In this instance “Show Me Some Passion” takes me on a journey of mixed emotions. A variety of highs and lows. In short, it’s a pretty good ride and I have to see them live!

If you’re a band or solo artist and have a new release up for review, please feel free to make contact now and we’ll discuss the options.

The Place For Every Mood And Taste

BARENZ!  TASTE AND HARMONY

CAMDEN’S PREMIER LICENSED BAR AND CAFE

 

It might be an intimate dinner or a morning coffee. You might be turning 21 or even getting married! Whatever your mood is, whatever the occasion maybe, it’s all found at Camden’s heart, BARENZ.

EVERYTHING FROM COFFEE TO TEQUILA

In January 2009 construction of a stylish and cozy convenience was completed in Argyle Street opposite the Camden post office. Since then, BARENZ has established itself as one of finest Cafes and licensed premises in the General Macarthur area. It’s the place where your mood is always catered for. Check the menu!

VERSATILE FUNCTION AREAS

You can catch an early coffee with a traditional breakfast and a newspaper if that’s your thing, a quick lunch or business meeting or maybe dinner and drinks.

Perhaps its cocktails and a group function in the evening. BARENZ can cordon off an area for 20 to 40 guests in its vibrant bar atmosphere with a mixture of lounge and high bar tables available. Adding to the Cocktail bar, a live artist or DJ and the perfect “chilled out” environment is created.

A GREAT RANGE OF COCKTAILS AND DRINKS

Got something larger on your social calendar? Maybe 150 guests? BARENZ offers an exclusive function area without having to book the entire venue. This comes with ample parking, a private entrance with access to indoor, outdoor and weather protected areas. The venue is versatile, accommodating any function from an 18th birthday party to a wedding.

Barenz function areas
Any event or function up to 150 people

BARENZ is the place where people meet in the evening to escape their day. It’s also the place in the morning to kick start a new day with a great cup of coffee. A place to celebrate the highs and escape the lows, a place where every mood is catered for. Even if you just want to sip on an EARL GREY tea and read a good book, they have a spot for you as well.

Barenz at Camden

 

The Answer To All Your Commercial Cleaning Needs

The Trusted Name

Whether you’re a builder, business owner or the proprietor of a licensed premises, Sitecom has all of your cleaning requirements covered! First established in 1988 by local resident Chris Sewell, Sitecom has become the most trusted name in commercial cleaning, proudly servicing the entire Macarthur region for over 20 years.

Chris Sewell Ceo

The Business

Sitecom offers a reliable and efficient cleaning service for virtually any type of premises. Multilevel structures, offices of any size, clubs, hotels, strata buildings and properties, churches and places of worship, Sitecom does it all. The staff are experienced, well trained and take pride in both the work they do and the good name they have helped establish.

Strata and Real Estate

When it comes to strata and real estate, Sitecom offer a prompt and reliable service at an affordable price. A service that ensures a property lease begins clean and ends clean. Strata buildings and ground maintenance, vacuuming, steam cleaning, polishing, all flooring including carpets and hard floors.

Builder’s Requirements

Perhaps you’re a builder and ready to hand over the keys to the owner. Sitecom will work to a checklist including; all types of windows and glass, all floor surfaces, tiles and splashbacks, benchtops and kitchen areas, single storey / double storey, office and factory construction work. The end result will be a pristine environment with a happy owner.

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Property Maintenance

Car parks and gardens can say a lot about the company behind them and a good first impression is often achieved through efficient property maintenance. Sitecom offers services ranging from garden design and construction to mowing, weeding, trimming, rubbish removal, car park cleaning and line marking.

Facilities Management

If you’re seeking the complete package, Sitecom offer a facilities management plan that covers everything. A cost effective option that offers an “all-in-one” cleaning and maintenance service. Also included is timesheet reporting that ensures the job you’re paying for has been successfully completed. Notifications of staff arrivals and departures, live incident reporting, stock control management, chemical usage and safety data sheet information.

Facilities Management

The Real Deal

Whether it’s just one small office or an entire office block, Sitecom are ready and happy to offer the standard of service expected from a professional commercial cleaning operation. Their staff are reliable, enthusiastic and take pride in their work. For an obligation free quote, simply visit

https://sitecomcleaning.com.au/builders-cleans  and fill out the form provided.

A Story With A Kick To It

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is the Korean style martial arts that was developed in the 1940’s and 50’s. But Taekwondo is very different from other martial arts. Physically, it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. The principle physical movements are in simpatico with the mind and life as a whole.

The Student

2nd DAN Black belt
Sam Evans 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo

Since he was just seven years old, Sam Evans has had a passion for martial arts and the a fore mentioned elements is what attracted him to Taekwondo. Six years later and Sam is now a second DAN black belt who has represented Australia in the Oceania Championships in Fiji where he took the silver medal. But the awards and victories don’t stop there. Sam has won the New South Wales State and Gold Coast championship titles in his division for the past two years.

Sam’s record

2018 NSW State Champion

2018 Gold Coast Champion

2017 Sydney Taekwondo Championships, Gold Medal

2017 Cool Climate Classic Canberra, Gold Medal

2017 Gold Coast Champion

2017 NSW State Champion

Sam trains at, and is a member of the Five Dock based Musa Taekwondo club. The club proprietor Alex Sootho is a 5th Dan black belt and has also coached at national level. Alex and the tutors under him, offer a range of coaching techniques that suit any age. The club has a disciplined, yet relaxed environment and an atmosphere that inspires students like Sam to perform and succeed.

While most of his opponents are of similar weight, Sam often encounters taller competitors. But as he pointed out, that while height is not intimidating it sometimes means a change in tactics. A lot of his mental preparation starts the night before a tournament. Sam has learnt the standard of discipline needed to be completely focused on how he sees the fight playing out. So come tournament day, Sam is completely in tune with his coach’s instructions and ready for action.

A lot of Sam’s inspiration is simply staying fit, but he also likes to set new goals and face new challenges. Of course, representing his country has been a major achievement and a proud moment for Sam. But returning with a medal really put the icing on the cake. However, Sam still has both feet firmly on the ground and explained, “this all came about through the discipline and self-belief that I’ve learnt through practicing Taekwondo”.

Sam also credits his chosen sport for gaining valuable skills that assist in his everyday life. The discipline and restraint of knowing when and how to react in different situations. Taekwondo has introduced Sam to new friends and it’s also given him the opportunity to give back to the community. When he’s not preparing for upcoming tournaments, Sam passes on the skills that he’s acquired to younger students through teaching.

So while Taekwondo is an effective form of self defence, it’s also an opportunity for young people like Sam to gain self confidence and achieve personal goals. Sam Evans has already done his country proud, through his own personal efforts. But in turn, he also offers his knowledge to help others achieve their goals and that makes him a real winner!

Taekwondo champion Sam Evans

Emmjay For Carton Cloud Software

THE CLOUD’S ALL CLEAR AT EMMJAY

Any warehousing or 3PL business needs accurate inventory data to operate effectively. Substandard records lead to stock inaccuracies, inefficient operations and dissatisfied customers. Larger software companies want a fortune to provide what they believe is the solution but then simply isn’t viable for the small business owner.

3PL Warehouseing

No Time In The Beginning

When Emmjay Warehousing was in its infancy, manual records were used but they soon proved to be too time consuming and inadequate. The staff were left with a lot of time management frustrations. Then some research by the managing director, Michael Bonnaccorso found a software package specifically designed for warehousing and 3PL logistics.

integrated 3PL Warehouseing

3PL SOFTWARE SOLUTION

Carton Cloud is the affordable small business solution to all of your warehousing and 3PL requirements. It offers an integrated warehouse and transport system with all the necessary information at your fingertips. Carton Cloud also makes all the relevant information available to your customers.

Carton Cloud 3PL Software

Better Customer Service and Stock Control

No longer will you or your staff have to deal with phone inquiries regarding an order’s status. With Carton Cloud software, the customer can now see if an order has been entered, finalized and dispatched. Your customers will also enjoy greater stock visibility, and can conveniently generate their own stock reports. Again, reducing the need for verbal communications.

3PL Service Blacktown

Superior Warehouse Operations

The staff at Emmjay Warehousing now enjoy better communication through more accurate and accessible information that the Carton Cloud system offers. The internal day to day routines are more transparent. This in turn, keeps staff members on the same page with the ultimate result being a happier work environment and a more efficient operation.

storage logistics near Blacktown

Continued Research and Developement

To top it all off Carton Cloud aren’t resting on their laurels! The continued updates, further research and developments really adds quality assurance to their product. This has made Michael Bonacorrso and the staff at Emmjay Warhousing  very satisfied customers. So impressed was Michael with the Carton Cloud service and software he’s voiced his endorsement via this Youtube video.

 

 

UPHOLSTERY SOLUTIONS, VISIONS AND DESIGNS

Upholstery Solutions

Achieve Your Vision

Perhaps you have an old rocking chair that needs refurbishing. Or you need new cushions to go with the lounge that is also in need of an upholstery upgrade. Then there’s the fabrics, finishes, drapery and cabinetry to consider. At Upholstery Solutions your interior visions are created and turned into reality.

They cater for all budgets on projects of all sizes, from a single heirloom chair to whole-home renovations. At Upholstery Solutions, the customer is offered personalized design guidance where you can book a creative session in their show room or they can come to your home if preferred. Together you will create the perfect look.

IT STARTS WITH THREE SIMPLE STEPS

1. Consultation

Start with a one on one consultation. Upholstery Solutions will visit your home with handpicked fabrics and design ideas to suit your taste and budget.

2. Planning

Your creativity will be inspired and unleashed! An Upholstery Solutions design specialist will make the selection of fabrics and finishes a fun and rewarding process.

3. Implementation

With Upholstery Solutions it’s all about adding the customer’s personal touch even as your furnishings are being crafted. They can customize height, comfort, depth and more…

Discover what it feels like to be surrounded by furnishings that are uniquely you. Furnishings that you have created and then feel the joy of seeing your home transformed. So put your feet up and let Upholstery Solutions do the rest. Their collections team will schedule a pickup time and a location that works for you.

Upholstery solutions banquette Kitchen

Return delivery and installation is included in your project cost. Deliveries can be arranged for any week day afternoon, or on weekends by appointment. If you are moving into a new premises, Upholstery Solutions can organize delivery to your new location Australia wide.

All production is carried out by expert Sydney upholsterers and furniture craftsmen. All residential workmanship is backed by a lifetime guarantee. At Upholstery Solutions care and quality are the watchwords of their manufacturing process.

master upholsterer

So join thousands of Upholstery Solutions customers who are enjoying the comfortable, beautiful and high-quality furnishings they’ve ever owned. Their creativity and expertise ensures your satisfaction. To find out more about Upholstery Solutions visit their website or call 02 46 55 6138.

Shoe Sorters And Carousels: Busy Year For Mulley Engineering

A New Carousel for Tamworth

2018 has been a busy year for Mulley Engineering thus far. Kicking off with an upgrade at Startrack’s Tamworth terminal. One of the key components in parcel freight and 3PL operations is the carousel and Mulley Engineering were called in to replace the existing unit. This upgrade just happened to coincide with the Tamworth Music Festival so Greg and his team were fortunate enough to finish the job and catch the second day of the show.

A Shoe Sorter Installation At Newcastle

Shoe sorters are essential for efficient, handling and distribution. They have proven to be invaluable where there is a wide variety of product sizes, shapes and weights to be sorted. Such requirements took Mulley Engineering from Tamworth to an installation in Newcastle. Direct Freight Express required a depot upgrade to include a shoe sorter system which is unique in rural areas. The install would require a view visits but did go to plan and was finished as scheduled.

Dandenong Expands It’s Loading Area

After the Newcastle installation, Direct Freight Express again called on Mulley Engineering to upgrade their Dandenong operation. One crucial ingredient in achieving good customer service is the loading and then unloading of PUD vehicles. It must be quick, it must be efficient and it must be safe. This facility called for an extension to their system, which resulted not only in the faster unloading of PUD trucks but a smoother operation all round.

Double Carousel For Wetherill Park

As businesses expand and get bigger, so does the load on their facilities. With this in mind, it was back to Wetherill Park in NSW for Mulley Engineering. The client being Border Express and the request was to expand their existing carousel by doubling its length. Border Express wanted to split their operation and the upgrade would improve efficiency across the board.

Campbellfield Expands With A New Shoe Sorter Install

Competition in the parcel freight and 3PL industries is both consistent and relentless.  So Direct Freight Express in Campbellfield Victoria called on Mulley Engineering to install a new shoe sorter. The customer’s goal is to help expand not only their interstate operations but also their rural Victorian locations. For Greg and his team, it’s their biggest installation of the year and it will vastly improve the customer’s operation in efficiency and productivity.

 

 

 

As you can see, it’s not only been a busy year for Mulley Engineering but also one well travelled. For Greg and his employees, it’s been an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan areas and experience life in rural towns. It’s also been very satisfying to bring upgrades in the warehousing, 3PL and parcel freight industries to these areas and witness their expansion.

 

 

 

 

Paradise Waters

Brobes Keeps You In The Picture

Paul Broben is a freelance photographer based on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. With an outstanding career spanning over 30 years’ Paul has become one of Australia’s most respected and sort after photographers. Early in his career Paul “Brobes” cut his teeth as a Gold Quill and Walkley award-winning media and press photographer. With his work regularly enhancing front page news headlines all over the world. His obvious talent quickly gained him respect and notoriety, which pushed him onto film and television sets. Whether it was capturing the subtlety and nuance in an actor’s expression or the sheer scale and magnificence of a Hollywood explosion, Brobes’ became an expert in telling the story.

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Aria Las Vegas

In the years that followed, Brobes’ built a career in an industry that has seen some major advancement in technology, making it an environment where only the best survive. He boasts a wide range of national and international clients that have built their visual identity on the imagery that he produces. His areas of speciality and service include (but, are not limited to) commercial, architectural, film and television production stills, editorial, advertising, culinary, product, event and conference photography as well as mining and general industry photography. One-on-one tuition and training is also available as well as short video production.

Gwinganna
Gwinganna