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Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve

The Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve located in the mid–north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The 6-hectare reserve, situated on the Manning River near Taree, is a rare example of a subtropical lowland rainforest. Much of Australia's lowland sub tropical rainforest was cleared for housing and agriculture, leaving only small patches remaining, such as at Coocumbac Island; the soils are derived from the Manning River. These alluvial soils are enriched from basaltic deposits upstream at Barrington Tops and the Comboyne and Bulga plateaux; the average annual rainfall in nearby Taree is 1,176 millimetres. The most obvious mammal species on the island is the grey-headed flying fox, whose numbers may reach five thousand at certain times of the year. Noteworthy birds occurring here include the wompoo fruit-dove; the ecological community on the island is known as the large fig - giant stinger tree association. The genus ficus is well represented, with all the strangler figs of this latitude present.

Prominent are the large Moreton Bay figs. Other figs are strangler fig, small leaf fig and watery fig; the town of Taree, takes its name from another of the sandpaper fig. Other tree species include the native olive; the native elm grows on the island, here at its southernmost point of natural distribution. A large native hackberry occurs on the island, 30 metres tall and with a trunk diameter of 1.2 metres. Less common trees include the Australian rose mahogany. Rainforest regeneration programs have been put in place to encourage local rainforest species and suppress the problem of invasive weeds. Surrounding the island is an impressive community of two species of mangroves. Coocumbac means "meeting place" in the local indigenous Biripi language. Australian indigenous people visited the rainforest for the collection of food, medicinal purposes, the collection of fibres for making bags and nets and social gatherings; the rainforest has spiritual significance to the traditional indigenous custodians.

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Friend of the Family

Friend of the Family is a 1995 drama film written and directed by Edward Holzman, starring Shauna O'Brien & Griffin Drew. A married couple and Jeff, are trying to get their relationship under control, they do not communicate with each other much. Linda and Jeff are both having trouble talking to Jeff's two college-aged children and Josh, from his first marriage, they meet Elke, the younger sister of one of Linda's old friends. Elke, free-spirited and sexually uninhibited, begins interacting with most of the members of the family and romantically, with a new openness and communication between them as the unexpected result. Shauna O'Brien as Elke Taylor Griffin Drew as Linda Williams Stillman Burke Morgan as Jeff Stillman Lisa Boyle as Montana Stillman Will Potter as Josh Stillman Raelyn Saalman as Laura Kellogg Alex Demir as Ron Kellogg Betsy Monroe as Nancy Kellogg Friend of the Family has no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the Want-To-See is 62%. TV Guide gave the movie one out of five stars.

In 1996, an unrelated movie called. For marketing purposes it was rebranded a sequel entitled Friend of the Family II directed by Fred Olen Ray. In this movie, Shauna O'Brien plays a femme fatale character named Linda. Friend of the Family at the Internet Movie Database Friend of the Family at Rotten Tomatoes Friend of the Family II at the Internet Movie Database Friend of the Family II at Rotten Tomatoes