Sunshine at Nundle

Country communities are run by committees and Nundle is a great example of that. With a town population of just 300, a quick scroll through the community directory lists some 26 committees. That’s a committee for every 11 people in town. But of course it doesn’t work like that. Attend a couple of community meetings and familiar faces reoccur. Hurrah you good people. Lately I have been working with the Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Committee on a revamp of a brochure promoting Nundle. This will be the fourth incarnation of a Nundle tourism brochure and each one has improved on the last. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on what a beautiful place we live in. Journalism colleague Amanda Ducker and I had great fun working together on two versions of the Nundle brochure. This time the Nundle community is working with the tourism arm of Tamworth Regional Council and the design will be ramped up another level again. I’ve been going through Nundle images from Tourism Tamworth, Nundle photographer Jan Cameron and my own library and it is a delight to see beauty in snowy Hanging Rock, moss covered forest pines, an eight-year-old boy looking out across the Peel Valley, vintage machinery at Nundle Woollen Mill and children playing at the park. When I walk of a morning or late afternoon I like to take my camera just in case there is stunning light on the hills that should be captured. Yesterday it was a colony of Middlebrook Honey bee hives loaded on the back of Scott Middlebrook’s truck. Last month I called Tamworth-based photographer Sunshine Poschinger, who grew up at nearby Hanging Rock, about whether we could access her back catalogue of Nundle images and it turned out she needed to photograph a town for tourism purposes for a TAFE photography assignment.  She chose Nundle and Hanging Rock. Talk about serendipity. Last night we perused images from her first afternoon of shooting. There were Danny Ponton’s giant weathered hands crafting leather with miniscule metal tools into intricately woven belts and golden light on oxblood coloured wool presses and a rusted, retired carding machine in the Nundle Woollen Mill grounds. Photography for the next Nundle brochure is in the hands of a friend.

Middlebrook Honey bee hives.

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