Monday, March 5, 2012

2012 Programme - Competitions for Primary School Students

As part of the 2012 programme, “Turning the Pages” is pleased to announce two competitions for primary school students.

Page Turner Junior is two concurrent competitions – writing and photography – open to all primary school children who live in the Upper Hunter Shire and the Liverpool Plain Shire, on the topic; “My River”.

Winners will be announced at the Turning the Pages River Day, on 9th November.

We are hoping that each school will allocate class-time to talk about the River (not necessarily the Page’s River) and encourage students to participate in the competitions. We plan to exhibit all entries on the walls of the RSL Hall in Murrurundi on Festival Day.

  • Topic: My River
  • Closing date 21st September 2012
  • All entries (text and photographs) must be original. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your text and photograph.
  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the author agrees as a condition of entry that Turning the Pages River Inc. will have the unrestricted right to publish winning and highly recommended text and photographs in any format, including print, audio and digital.
  • Each student can enter both competition with ONE story and ONE photograph only.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entry indicates acceptance of all the conditions.
  • Entries that fail to comply with the entry requirements will be disqualified.
  • Winners will be announced on Turning the Pages Festival Day in November.
  • Please post your entry to :
    Turning the Pages. 66 Mayne St. Murrurundi NSW 2338


  • Prose (fiction and non-fiction) and verse to be judged together.
  • Word length – up to 1000 words
  • Judges – writers Patrice Newell and Phillip Adams.
  • First prize: Gift Voucher. Highly commended prizes - Gift Vouchers
  • Text (prose or verse) must be in English and typewritten, double-spaced
  • Each entry should include:
    A. Two hard-copies of the text, which should include the student’s name, and will be no more than 1000 words.
    B. An accompanying document with personal details containing:
  • Text (prose or verse) must be in English and typewritten, double-spaced.


  • Each entry should include:
    A. A maximum of A4 print of a photograph and a short explanation of the story behind the photo (reason for taking it, any special meaning, etc.).

    B. An accompanying document with personal details containing: NAME, AGE, SCHOOL, POSTAL ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, and TITLE of the photograph.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday November 23rd. 1.30 pm at Haydon Hall Murrurundi.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writing Competition Winners Announced

TTP received scores of stories from all corners of the Hunter catchment. According to the judges - Patrice Newell and Phillip Adams - the level was high, and most stories extremely entertaining. After much discussions they awarded the following prizes:
    PENGUINS ON THE PAGES by Stephen Tuffin
  • WINNER under 21’s
    DIRT STREAMS by Aidan Beiboer (16 year old).

Honorary mentions

  • Water–Lifeforce of the planet by Jennifer Jane Ellis

  • Watermarks by Paula Stevenson

  • Aqua terrorists by Tony Winton

  • Life in the Country by Peter. W Bishop

We are glad to announce that the Upper Hunter Waterkeepers Alliance decided to continue supporting Page Turner. Details will be posted here at the beginning of next year.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

September at the RSL Hall in Murrurundi

Saturday, September 4th - 9.30 AM

The second Landscape design and Environmental art workshop with Barbara Schaffer, principal landscape architect for the NSW Government and Jennifer Turpin, a renowned environmental artist. A presentation of the design for a new River Walk along the Pages River in Murrurundi based on suggestions that were brought forth in the first workshop, and a presentation by Jenny Turpin of a concept for a major kinetic water-wind sculpture in the centre of Murrurundi.

The workshop begins at 9.30 at the RSL Murrurundi and is open to all.

Friday, September 24th - 10 AM

To coincide with the United Nation World River Day on September 26th, TTP will celebrate its own Pages River on the last Friday of schools' term. The program which will begin at 10am at the RSL in Murrurundi will include - address by the Shire Mayor Cr. Lee Watts, Art and Science presentations by primary school children, presentations of the design for the River Walk and a concept for a major sculpture, announcement of the winner of Page Turner (short story competition) and tree planting.
All are welcome.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Natural History Illustration Workshops

We are proud to present
Natural History Illustration Workshops
Dr Trevor Weekes and Christine Rockley
from the Natural History Illustration Unit
at The University of Newcastle.

at RSL Hall Murrurundi
Workshop 1: Saturday and Sunday. 14th-15th August.
Workshop 2: Saturday and Sunday. 21st-22nd August.
9am-4.00pm for both workshops

The workshops will focus on the flora and fauna of the Pages River and will be divided into two specific parts. It is essential that participants attend both weekends

Workshop 1: Weekend 1 will be a drawing workshop. The primary focus will be to produce working drawings from specimens, and finalizing the colour scheme and the composition in preparation for the larger final artwork to be executed on the second weekend.

Workshop 2: Weekend 2 will be executing the larger artwork based on the drawings and composition done in workshop 1. The finished artwork will be produced on 4 A1 sheets, joined together to form 1 large mixed media work approximately 1.8 metres in height by 1.2 in width.

The purpose of these workshops is to introduce a new and different way of looking at nature and producing art works. The workshop and content will focus on practices normally aligned to natural history Illustration and highlighting the bridge between Art and Science. This practice in itself is specialized and is one that would not be readily available to practicing artists or the general public.

Required Art Material
Graphite Pencils
Pastels and/or coloured pencils.
Charcoal (optional)
Acrylic Paint
Water Jars (2)
Rags, paper toweling.
Sketch book
Kneadable eraser

  • All participants must bring along the required art materials.
  • Paper for the large work will be supplied.
  • Specimens will be supplied ( beetles, moths, butterflies etc)
  • Some plant specimens will be supplied but it is advisable to collect some that may be used for your work. It depends on what is available.
  • Dried specimens will be OK for this project.
  • If you have a magnifying glass please bring that along.

Morning tea will be served at both weekends.

To participate please register by July 30th with Jean Davies
Tel: 65466274 or
Non-refundable registration fee:
$30 for each workshop ($60 in total) to be paid at Haydon Hall, Murrurundi.

As the number of participants is limited,
interested people are urged to register early.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Landscape Design & Environmental Art Workshops

With BARBARA SCHAFFER, principal landscape architect for the NSW Government and JENNIFER TURPIN, an internationally renowned environmental artist.

The half-day workshops are intended to help form the basis of the final design for the River Walk and contribute to the development of the concept for kinetic artwork. They are open to all residents of the district to come and share their hopes and dreams for the proposed Bridge to Bridge river walk along the banks of the Pages River in Murrurundi, and contribute to the development of the concept for kinetic artwork by Jennifer Turpin. The workshops will involve among other things, a site walk, presentations by Barbara and Jennifer, and open discussions in which participants could offer ideas and suggestions.

  • Workshop 1: morning of Saturday 15th May
  • Workshop 2: morning of Saturday 4th September

Both workshops start 9.30 am @ the RSL Hall Murrurundi.
To participate, please register by May 10th by contacting Jean Davies
Tel: 65466274 or email to:

Bridge to Bridge Nature Walk

The focus of the Turning the Pages project is the development of a River Walk approximately 2 km along the banks of the Pages River in the township of Murrurundi. The proposed walk will wind from the bridge over the Pages River in the centre of Murrurundi, through the Wilson Memorial Park, the Visitor Centre, around historic buildings to the historic suspension bridge.
  • The walk will feature, among others:
  • Artworks
  • An outdoor classroom
  • Interpretive sites
  • Walking, cycling and exercise tracks
  • An arboretum
  • A bush tucker forest
  • Interpretive, picnic and relaxation areas
  • A children’s playground
  • Active river rehabilitation sites
  • Viewing platforms
  • Artistic garden and water management features
  • A nationally significant and unique kinetic sculpture.

Each element of the project will stimulate the imagination and tell a story about the ecology of the Pages River and its unique environment.

Please post your comments and suggestions.