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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2009
Over the last 10 years, thousands of school children have learned the basics of science in a fun-filled and interesting way at Selwood Science & Puzzles at Hazelbrook. The workshops began in a rear hallway but expanded over the years to take in another room, even the garage and carport. The education area used now is in a building in the rear garden of Selwood House, and this area is dedicated to teaching, or just having fun with science. In the past, there have been some January school holidays where the workshops have operated over 10 days. But the workshops now been reduced to five core activities run over three days, usually in the second week of the holidays. The current workshops are Fun Electricity, Science Magic, Water Science, Slime Making and Easy Chemistry. The July 2009 school holiday enrolments broke all records, with every workshop fully booked. The education area is also used for many other science activities, such as visits by school classes and vacation care groups. Birthday parties are often held there, where the children have a fun science- based activity run by the Selwood staff for one hour, followed by food, drinks and games organised by the parents. One family even organised a disco for their party. Selwood has also hosted Science Week activities and Father's Day "fun stuff ". Selwood House is classified by the National Trust of NSW and Blue Mountains City Council (circa 1865). It combines history with some amazing displays, free hands-on activities and a range of educational puzzles, books and toys that will entrance the very young to the very old. Selwood Science & Puzzles is situated next to Hazelbrook Railway station at 41 Railway Parade. Opening hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10.00am-4.30pm weekends and public holidays; every day during the school holidays; closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. For more information phone 4758 6235 or visit www.SelwoodScience.com.au Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was quoted in the news recently as opposing a trade union push to give preference to Australian manufacturers. He said it would lead to the kind of protectionism that led to the last Great Depression. I think he's got it wrong -- and obviously I'm not alone. At least 50 per cent of the men and women who visit Ravir in Blackheath express the yearning for Australian made clothing. As part of our vision for Ravir -- which primarily stocks clothing made of natural fabrics -- we seek out the small Australian manufacturers. They might be few and far between, but my sense is that their numbers are growing. Some examples... Australian made clothing - has the PM got it wrong? Science Can Be Fun www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2009 30 by Raelene Allen Woolerina, a range of fine merino clothing for men and women, is designed and made in Australia. It was the brainchild of sheep farmer Warwick Rolfe, who lives near Forbes in NSW. He sources the wool locally and has it processed in NSW and Victoria. The product is high quality and will only get better. Vigorella is another Australian brand. We introduced it late this winter, and it was an instant hit with our female customers. It's made in Victoria and the range is dynamic, with styles that suit the Australian lifestyle -- casual, funky, and comfortable. The summer range is about to arrive and I'm predicting it too will do very well, with vibrant colours and a range of styles to suit different body shapes. There are other Australian labels that we carry -- WA sock manufacturers Stockpile and Reno and Deep Blue women's fashion both made in Victoria. And you can bet your (Australian-made) boots there'll be more. Ravir is open seven days and is located in the old post office in Govetts Leap Road.
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