Northcliffe - our community
Southern Forests, Western Australia
In March 2017, Northcliffe was proud to host the launch of debut novel, Bloodlines, by Northcliffe author Nicole Sinclair. Crowds filled the Painted Tree Gallery, boxes of books were sold and signed, and an exhibition was mounted to compliment the Bloodline themes.
You make the best choices you can at the time Beth, knowing you’ll never have to live this life again.’ Val shakes her head, her voice cracks. ‘You’d never want to.’
Thirty-one-year-old Beth, who’s grown up in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, is running from her past when she heads to an island in Papua New Guinea. Interwoven with Beth’s narrative about the joys and brutalities of island life is the story of her parents' passionate, tender love for each other. But Clem and Rose’s union is beset with tragedy, forever marking the lives of those around them.
Bloodlines is a layered novel with shifting settings, times and voices. At its heart it is a story about love – love found and love lost – and the choices that shape us. If offers insight into the complexities of daily life in Papua New Guinea and how it feels to be an outsider in our closest neighbour’s land. It is also a story about family, exploring the bonds that tie us to our clan – specifically, the changing relationship between father and daughter as a young girl grows into a woman; the grief, and acceptance required. On many levels, it is a novel about letting go of the past and forgiveness of self, of saving and being saved. Above all, Bloodlines asks us to consider what it means to make a home, and what we might owe to those who dwell in it.
The major achievement of this deftly written novel, lies in its balancing of dual narratives, as they are revealed in the past and present. Shifting between the perspectives of five memorable characters, this ambitious, big-hearted, and at times confronting novel, heralds an exciting new voice in Australian literature.
Bloodlines is published by Margaret River Press and now available for purchase for $27 at the Northcliffe Visitor Centre, at your favourite online bookstore, and at many good bookstores around Australia.
The information above was initially featured on the Margaret River Press website.
The National Productivity Commission recently invited public submissions on their draft review of the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation Policy (TUSO). This is the policy that subsidises the provision, by Telstra, of standard telephone services throughout rural Australia. The productivity commission has posed the question whether TUSO policy should change to consider Sky-Muster NBN Satellite services as a replacement for copper landline phone services. At the moment copper landlines are (mostly) only removed when the NBN provides the customer with a fibre, hybrid or fixed wireless replacement.
From our research, most Sky-Muster users, especially those who have no mobile coverage, are saying that they still need their ordinary phone lines. The phone is more reliable in general and in particular during emergencies and power failures.
The removal of copper voicelines in the bush would also mean that any ADSLx internet services enjoyed by residents in Northcliffe would be cut off. This would unduly restrict the download allowances of many users to a maximum of 60GB per month. The Sky Muster rules don't even allow you to purchase a second satellite service if you have a business on your premises. These limitations are inherent to the satellite infrastructure, which will almost certainly not be upgraded for many years. The Sky Muster satellites are brand new and they already severly limit the possibilities for rural users. At the NCRC we believe the continuation of ADSLx services, where they are available now, is essential.
The NCRC uses a 600GB per month ADSL2+ internet plan. Without this we would have to severly limit customer access to the internet. The NCRC has made a submission to the procuctivity enquiry outlining the problems we see with their proposal. Access theNorthcliffe Community Resource Centre's submission here. We are sincerely hoping that this bad idea is not included in the final report to the Government, and that any changes to the TUSO contribute to the protection of ADSLx services for the 3% of Australians who will only have access to the NBNs Sky-Muster satellite services. If the Productivity Commission don't support the bush then it will be up to us to convince Governments in Australia to ignore their recomendations and to protect our phone lines.
Food, chalk bombing, photo booth, dunk tank, bucking bull, tye dying, music performers and more. Northcliffe is coming alive on 11 April, when we host the shire wide Youth Festival. This is a free event running from 11am-4pm in the Town Hall area of town. Buses are available from Manjimup, Pemberton or Walpole. Reserve your seat by calling 9771 7777.Event poster
Northcliffe's regular night-club style dance event, Club ROMP, is back on 15th April at Northcliffe Workers Club. Meals are available from 7pm and the the beats will be starting at 8pm and running through until 1am. Get your dancing boots on...Event poster
One of WA's largest and longest running mountain bike events, the Karri Cup is held annually in Northcliffe. This year the main race, a 100km track through the Southwest Forests, will be held on the Saturday. 50km and 25km and team relay races are held concurrently. Karri Kids races will be held on the Sunday (with lots of age categories, including open/all ages). These are great for spectating as well as participation. Information and event registrations.Poster.