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FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 LIFESTYLE 41 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Roads for all to share TOO often Ive seen a post on a community noticeboard on Facebook, or heard a disgruntled and not very community-minded member have a whinge about cyclists not paying road registration and therefore taking up space on roads that car drivers are paying for. I really fear for cyclists, being vulnerable road users with often unfounded aggression directed at them. Lets get this straight. Cyclists are people too. They are not just Lycra-clad lunatics but they are also mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. And whats more, they are legitimate road users. So whats with the rage? Is it all to do with misinfor mation and lack of education around the road rules and rights of cyclists? Or is the Lycra really that offensive that people would actually want to commit an act of brutality against a fellow road user (and human being)? British writer, Helen Pidd, suggests that motorists hate cyclists because they think they offend the moral order by not following the same rules as drivers. She thinks that cyclists are perceived as free riders and that the anger against freeriders comes from deep within the human psyche. I suggest that aggression against cyclists often stems from some motorists being ill informed about where the road registration is used. Roads are not funded from car registrations but from general revenue (income taxes, rates, etc.), which we all pay directly or indirectly. The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are the two main sources of roads funding in the Territory. Many if not most cyclist also drive cars as well. Or, you could look at it the other way and say that there are many drivers who also cycle. Who cares, it doesnt have to be one way or the other an us or them mentality. The benefits of cycling are many. The environmental benefits are enormous. But the health benefits and cost benefits cannot be ignored either. Alice Springs is perfect for cycling short distances around town, flat surroundings, and some great tracks to ride on. So get on your bike. Or dont. Whatever you want. Just respect all legitimate road users however you choose to get around. Hayley Michener is the program manager for desertSMART COOLmob. Hayley Michener DESERTSMART COOLMOB Fun come rain or shine IT IS winter and its cold again. You want to try to escape the daily grind, but whats the point in going away if you have to stay locked up inside? A good place to start was at Bells at Killcare, a boutique hotel situated in a regional coastal setting, next to a national park and seven bays and beaches. Its cold, wet and windy on the NSW Bouddi Peninsula, part of the lower NSW Central Coast region. But that shouldnt stop you having fun, right? The hotel is made up of fivestar cottage-style accommodation with a separate dining and lounge area, a roaring fire in both the lounge area and the bedroom, designer furnishings, a luxurious king bed, and a bathroom with a deep bath. Of course you want to get out and explore, but you can also escape by (finally) getting to read that book thats been propped by your bed for the last six months. There is an outdoor lap pool, but that got nothing more than a cursory glance. Instead it was off to the day spa inside a quaint, fully restored pitched-roof barn. Bells specialises in Aboriginal-inspired spa products, using native plants and botanical extracts. The Kodo, meaning melody, is the signature massage inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques that works to bring the body back into balance. Wet weather doesnt mean you cant step outside it just makes it more of an adventure. With walking boots on we tackled the Maitland Bay Track, a short but steep walk that leaves the Maitland Bay Information Centre and winds its way down to Maitland Bay, skirting past the rainforest community known as Bouddi Grand Deep. This is one of the most popular walks in the Bouddi National Park, but its quite demanding on the way back up. A bonus of this track is that the remains of the PS Maitland, which sank off Bouddi Point in 1898, can be seen at low tide. If you follow the track to the beach, and follow the shoreline to the northern end, the remains can be viewed from the rock platform. Another option is to explore Bouddi National Park on mountain bikes (available for hire from Bells). For a fairly flat ride along the water, there is a path from Woy Woy to Gosford around Brisbane Waters. But if you have more time on your hands, the Tuggerah Lake Circuit has a 14km flat bike track (28km return) around the largest lake on the coast. It was pretty windy down on MacMasters Beach and no one was going to convince me to jump in the water and join those few brave surfers. That said, the beach was abandoned. Killcare, Putty, Copacabana and Avoca beaches are all close by, as well as Hardys Bay, where kayaking is popular, Pretty Beach, which has tennis courts to hire, Wagstff, Booker Bay and Ettalong. Bells host regular Wellness Retreats as part of an ongoing Wellness Program. There is only one restaurant at Bells so the offering is limited (if you dont feel like venturing far from your room) but at least it is of a high standard. Manfredi at Bells restaurant is run by Italian chef Stefano Manfredi, the man famous for Italo-Australian cooking and behind the popular Sydneybased Restaurant Manfredi and Bel Mondo. He even has a kitchen garden on the grounds at Bells, which Manfredi describes as a constant work in progress. If you want to eat like a king every day, there is a cooking school. You can learn how to make fresh pasta, a traditional Italian stew or a winter ragu at one of the day-long classes. If it was this sunny you would read outside, but inside by the fire is just as good Lisa Muxworthy WWW.NEWS.COM.AU Wet weather doesnt mean you cant step outside it just makes it more of an adventure Garlics got the spice to liven up your winter WINTER is a great time to plant a range of not commonly grown but highly beneficial crops in the home garden and garlic leads this list of specialty plants. Garlic, artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and a range of spring herbs all providing food, medicinal outcomes, acting as pest deterrents or providing interest to the garden. One such example is garlic. Garlic is not often grown and yet is an easy crop to cultivate and can be used as a food, as a condiment, for medical purposes and is a great pest deterrent and has been harvested or cultivated for over 5,000 years. In Greece, Germany, Scandinavia and India the smell of garlic was used to protect against evil and was hung as a bouquet to ward off the devil. It was also used widely in charms and spells. Louis Pasteur first proved its antibacterial properties in 1858. It was announced as a great discovery as at the time penicillin had yet to be discovered. Garlic can be planted any time from late autumn, though winter and well into spring. Traditionally Ive always planted garlic in mid winter to early spring to be harvested in late summer however many home gardeners have great success planting in winter and harvesting in late spring or early summer. Garlic will grow in a wide range of soils however it prefers high organic matter content soils due to their increased moisture and nutrient holding capacity. Dig in lots or compost or well aged manure prior to planting. Plant garlic using individual cloves broken from a garlic clove or from established plants purchased at your local nursery. Plant cloves a few centimetres below the surface into raised garden beds and space 8-10cms apart. If planting cloves plant with the pointy end facing up. Give the plants some fertiliser, two to three times throughout the growing season, an organic fertiliser being preferable. Reduce water at the end of spring (four weeks prior to harvesting). Garlic is sensitive to moisture stress while growing. Any periods of dry soil conditions especially during bulbing will result in reduced yields. For most soils 4-5cm of water per week should be sufficient however in sandy soils it should be 5cm or more especially during hot spells. As the plants mature close to harvest time watering should be reduced. Harvest when plants have flowered and have turned mostly yellowy brown. Ease bulbs out with a fork, and let them dry in a warm semi-shaded spot for several days before hanging to dry for four weeks in a warm well ventilated location. Store then in a dry, cool, airy spot to prevent bulbs from rotting. One raw garlic clove a day is said to guard against high blood pressure, heart disease and fungal and bacterial infections. Garlic has so many varied uses in cooking and can be used as a pest deterrent. Garlic is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 and C, it contains sulphur, zinc, copper, iron, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Crushed and mixed with honey and lemon it eases coughs and colds. As a pest control there are many recipes available for its use. Sarah is a waitress and has a one year old boy. She and her husband, Jack, bought a house on the outskirts of Alice Springs and are paying their mortgage off as fast as possible. Jack works normal business hours. Sarah works during the evenings, public holidays and over weekends when Jack can look after their son. Due to the nature of her employment, Sarah relies on penalty rates to give her a reasonable income in lieu of a full time job. Penalty rates are the higher rates of pay that employees get when they work early mornings, late nights, public holidays and weekends. Penalty rates are determined in agreements and awards. Every industry and job will have different penalty rates. Therefore employees who are not covered by an award or workplace agreement will not get paid penalty rates, unless their contract stipulates otherwise. The origin of penalty rates in Australia goes back to 1919 when the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission held that penalty rates for working on Sundays were intended as compensation for working unsociable hours. In 1947 Saturdays were included. In the long history of penalty rates in Australia, it was recognised from the start that employees should be compensated for working during time they should be spending with family, friends or engaged in religious or other activities away from the workplace. This is still true for the modern economy. The hospitality and retail industries are often quoted as those who stand to lose most if penalty rates should be cut or reduced because people would not work in those industries anymore. If the current review of penalty rates should result in a reduction or cut of penalty rates as a result of workplace reform, someone like Sarah will have to reconsider her employment situation in order to meet her fi nancial obligations. Ren Laan. THE LAW AND YOU LAWYERS & NOTARIES