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Overpass is go

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

The approved route for the new road over rail overpass planned for Gunnedah.
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Violeta Hiscock

Gunnedah’s second road over rail bridge will go ahead along the preferred route announced in August.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has confirmed work would now start on development of the concept design and environmental approvals.

The route includes acquisition of at least two properties to allow the access to Barber Street requested by local businesses.

Once again, the news has come as a surprise to Barber Street resident Violeta Hiscock, whose house lies directly inthe path of the access route to Barber Street.

Mrs Hiscock was suprised to hear the house she has lived in for 20 years was in the way of the route when it was announced as the preferred option in August.

On Friday, she was just as surprised to learn the route had been confirmed.

She has not yet been made an offer on her house by Roads and Maritime Services

She said she does not want to move.

“Money means nothing to me,” Mrs Hiscock said.

“I still feel that way, honest to goodness.

“I am 63 years old and I do not want to start all over again. I am comfortable here. I walk around and I know people here, I trust people here and I have friends here.”

Roads and Maritime Services left a message for Mrs Hiscock the afternoon before Friday’s announcement, asking her to call them. She said she wanted to continue to fight the acquisition of her home.

The Gunnedah overpass will be built to allow easier movement of traffic around Gunnedah as coal trains become longer and more frequent and mean faster times for emergency services vehicles.

Mr Gay said the Gunnedah overpass was part of the NSW government’s $290 million Bridges for the Bush program.

“The preferred option will provide an unrestricted higher mass limit (HML) route through the town and maintain access to the Barber Street business precinct through an upgrade intersection,” Mr Gay said.

The route chosen is west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill and will connect the Oxley Highway with a new roundabout at the intersection of Conadilly and Warrabungle streets.

Gunnedah Shire Council mayor Owen Hasler said today council supported the option and was “eager to see the concept turn into reality particularly given the increased rail traffic on the line due to greater coal production in the area”.

“Council applauds the state government and Road and Maritime Services on the extensive community consultation undertaken during the conceptual and planning phase of the project and are pleased that modified Option C has been identified as the preferred option for the overpass development

“This development brings with it many benefits for the community such as improved accessibility, improved safety and the opportunity for considerable economic benefits with the commercial redevelopment of the western end of Gunnedah.

“However, due to the extremely complex nature of the site I wish to also acknowledge that some residents will be negatively impacted by the development and this is indeed regrettable.”

Mr Anderson said the preferred option – Option C – had been refined to include access to Barber Street.

“I’m pleased the recommended Option C for the second overpass of the railway line at Gunnedah identified in August is now the preferred option,” he said.

“The new route will replace the New Street level crossing, which will be closed.”

For more information, contact the project team on the toll free number 1800 029 585 or email [email protected]南京夜网. To view the preferred option visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.

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Nungatta visit

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

THE Bombala and District Historical Society held its spring excursion to Nungatta, Nungatta South and Wangabelle on Saturday, November 15.
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Around 60 people made their way to Nungatta for morning tea where the President, Stuart Hood welcomed all and gave the group a history of settlement in Nungatta.

Mr Hood explained that when W.T. Morris squattered on 100,000 acres in the area in 1836, they found the aborigines in the area were outcasts from other tribes and were not aggressive like some of the aborigines further south.

There were a succession of owners each lasting three or four years until Alexander Weatherhead bought Nungatta in 1854 for 800 pounds.

It was now much reduced, about 12,000 acres. He later wrote that he was very happy there, he could eat when he was hungry, sleep when he was tired and work for the rest of the time.

He raised his family there, farmed it successfully and when he died in 1901 he left an estate worth 40,000 pounds.

Hector McWilliam (of McWilliams Wines) bought it from the estate in 1914 and unsuccessfully tried to subdivide it into dairy farms. He then sold it in 1918 to Henry Phippard, a Sydney builder (with his brother, Ernest, they had built the Queen Victoria Building), and built a large homestead on Nungatta.

However his attempt to run pigs was a failure, and in 1923 sold it to Traralgon graziers, Dunbar, Dunbar and Napier, who were later joined by David Walker, father of Alan Walker of Palarang. They successfully raised cattle, droving them to Traralgon to fatten them.

In 1946 they sold Nungatta to the Osbornes from Bungendore who used managers to run sheep and cattle. Gil McIntosh and Paul Gimbert were two of the managers in recent times.

Paul recounted some of his memories of his time at Nungatta. In 2013 Ben Campbell bought part of the property while James Osborne retained the south western portion.

The group then went and inspected the Homestead, which has fallen into disrepair, but it was evident that it had been a magnificent house when it was built.

Next was the woolshed where Keith Brownlie and John Podger, who had worked there during shearing, recalled some interesting incidents that had occurred.

Following lunch the group went to the cemetery where Alexander Weatherhead, some of his family and some workmen were buried, before continuing to South Nungatta.

South Nungatta was split off Nungatta in 1907 and run by Charles McCoy. Between 1919 and 1970 the Browns owned it and since 1972 the Nungatta South Group has owned it. They are a Melbourne Group who want to run it as a Conservation Reserve.

The group then proceeded to Wangabelle where Dot de Geus gave the history of Wangabelle from a thriving dairy community with a school of over 100 pupils to the present time where there are about 15 beef cattle farms.

The group also looked at the cemetery where descendants of the original settler Captain Stevenson are buried. Captain Stevenson himself is buried in Rockton.

This was the conclusion of a very successful day.

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Schoolies go for scenic alternative

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

Latrece De Thier of Logan, Elizabeth McNulty of Greenbank and Dale Sinkowski of Jimboomba enjoyed a peaceful Schoolies Week experience at Lake Moogerah.SCHOOL leavers are enjoying thepeace and quiet of the Scenic Rim as an alternative to the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for Schoolies Week.
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Parklands Christian College graduates Latrece De Thier, Elizabeth McNulty, Dale Sinkowski and Josiah Gray have opted for a week of camping at Lake Moogerah to celebrate finishing year 12.

The group of friends, all 17, are swapping the popular Schoolies Week experience of alcohol and partying for waterskiing, mountain climbing, board games and football at Lake Moogerah.

Elizabeth said she and her friends decided to go camping at Lake Moogerah because they preferred the atmosphere there.

“It’s a lot more peaceful and it’s safer,” she said.

“It’s quiet here and it’s just easier to relax here with your best mates.”

Latrece said alcohol would not be a part of the group’s Schoolies experience.

“You just do stupid stuff when you have alcohol and we want to remember our time here,” she said.

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Nelligen Doctor freshens the Barefoot Bowls

Saturday, 16 March, 2019

On Friday night just as the sea-breeze, or the Nelligen doctor, arrived the Community Bank Bare-foot Bowls competition was under way after a very hot day, in what turned out to be a very pleasant evening and a lot fun. There was some difficulties caused at the start when some those who played last week did not turn up but when a team was missing fortunately a new team arrived, and Phil Lewis and Peter Camiller soon sorted out a few new recruits to fill the gaps in some teams.
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Out on the green each team was given a rink to play on and a team to play on a rotating weekly roster.

The beauty of the night is the wide range of the age of the players being from children aged about nine to one lady in her late seventies and it was great to see so many families playing together and it was pleasing to see all the kids running around the vacant green having a lot of fun.

Laurie Riley is doing a great job coaching the C.W.A. ladies & he had time to pass his wisdom onto some of the players on an adjoining rink as well as coaching their opposing team, a great effort Laurie.

The team to win the Community Bank $200-00 this week was the Landmark team, and when play finished as it got dark all the players adjourned to the Barbecue area where Barry Broadbent, Gordon Shorrock, Gorrie Kite & President Phil had the sausages, onions and bread ready for all to participate in.

With still two weeks to go of the bare-foot bowls carnival to go come and try your luck in an evening fun.

Remember Bowlers are not old they just live longer.

Serious observations from the older hands at the Bowls Club.

Team Landmark show some form.

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Community digs deep for cancer patient Stuart Little

Saturday, 16 March, 2019

NINETEEN-year-old Stuart Little is facing a long road to recovery after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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STUART Little, centre, is facing a long recovery of treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is pictured with the band “The Budgie Smugglers”, David Sleath and Mike Brady, who will play at a special fund-raiser this Friday night.

Stuart, an apprentice at Lawrence’s Garage, is currently travelling to Tamworth daily for treatment and doesn’t qualify for the isolated patient allowance as the distance is under 100km.

The Gunnedah Miners Support Group has set up a trust account in Stuart’s name to raise funds to help him with medical costs.

The Barbers Way have backed the cause and are running “100 clubs” to raise further funds and a fund-raising committee has been set up to organise events for Stuart.

The committee are holding a “Rock n Roll” night this Friday, which will include an auction and entertainment from the Budgie Smugglers.

The event will be held at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club auditorium from 6pm and will cost $25 per person. Tickets are available from the club office or Gunnedah First National.

Tickets include a two course meal and entertainment.

2MO has donated a $1000 advertising package to the cause to be sold in the auction, which will also include items such as a two seater lounge, accommodation package, men’s Bolle sunglasses and vouchers.

If anyone has items to be donated to the auction they can be dropped at Gunnedah First National or Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club.

Stuart is very greatful for the generous support of the Gunnedah community and hopes to see everyone for a fun night.

“Get in and get your tickets, you do not want to miss out on a pre Christmas celebration with Stuart and the Budgees,” committee member Fiona Moore said.

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Eternal flame burns on

Saturday, 16 March, 2019

the new Glen Innes and District Services Club foyerThe Glen Innes and District Services Club has a brand new face.
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The club’s foyer has undergone a massive transformation, giving the club a fresh new look going forward. The new look features a water feature and a new memorial and eternal flame as well as a brand new reception.

The new foyer was officially unveiled on Friday by Services Club president Russell Meehan, and general manager Pat Lonergan said club staff are very happy with the finished result of the new foyer which took approximately 10 weeks to complete.

“It’s come up really well, we’re very happy with it,” Mr Lonergan said.

“It is the first thing people see so it’s nice to have it looking all fresh and new, we are now hoping to look at doing some work inside now.”

Mr Longeran said the memorial – which was officially opened by RSL sub-branch president Gordon Taylor – is a mix of old and new.

“All the marble is new, the rest of it came from the original memorial garden so it was just cleaned up and modernised,” he said.

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Vet Surgery celebrates 25 years

Saturday, 16 March, 2019

Greg and Nicola moved to Braidwood in August 1989 and established the Braidwood Veterinary Surgery in Wallace Street, in part of the building that is now Eureka Pizzeria. Greg’s great friend, Tom Burns (who many will recall), an Irish equine veterinarian assisted him during the first few horse stud seasons. It soon became a very busy large animal practice servicing the district, including two large thoroughbred studs, Charleston Stud (standing Zephyr Zip) and Strathallen Stud, belonging to the Lavis family (standing the legendary Whiskey Road).
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Owners Nicola and Greg Gilbert (sitting with Hugo) with Staff Camille, Danielle, Donna and Katie.

Over the next few years the business outgrew its premises and relocated next door into the building next to the church, 85 Wallace Street. This was a great location for many years and saw the business develop into a well-equipped three veterinarian practice.

In January 2011 the business relocated to the brand new purpose built A class hospital in the old shell depot on Araluen Road. This location has been the perfect site, particularly for its large parking area, room for stock trucks, and space for hospitalised large animals in outside yards, and large dog runs.

The building has been built to both Building Code Standards, with disabled facilities, public toilets, as well as Veterinary Board Standards, with on-site undercover equine reproduction facilities, two undercover stables and day yard for all large animals. Key services within the building include digital x-ray, ultrasound, in house pathology laboratory and state of the art operating theatre. The business continues to provide a 24 hour emergency service and employs three Veterinarians, a Practice Manager, an Accredited Veterinary Nurse and a Trainee Veterinary Nurse.

Braidwood Veterinary Surgery has come a long way in 25 years and would like to invite all their clients to their birthday celebration on 4th December from 6pm – 10pm.

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Local Giving Box appeal launched

Saturday, 16 March, 2019

GIVING BOX: Pictured at the Port Augusta Target store are mayor Sam Johnson, store manager Jackie Barker, local UnitingCare coordinator Helen Mullion and service assistant Sarah Donnellan. Port Augusta’s Target store and UnitingCare are partnering once again in an effort to spread Christmas cheer through the Giving Box appeal.
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The appeal encourages the community to buy gifts and make donations to help children who otherwise may have nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning.

A large ‘Giving Box’ will be displayed at the front of every Target store, and shoppers are encouraged to place unwrapped gifts inside or take a bauble gift tag to make a donation at the register.

The Target and UnitingCare Giving Box appeal (formerly Operation Santa) launched on November 6 and will run through until Christmas Eve.

The appeal is in its 23rd year and thanks to the support of generous Australians, has distributed over 1.7 million gifts.

Local UnitingCare coordinator Helen Million said there are many families in our community who are going to find it really tough to provide gifts for their children this year.

“We rely on fellow locals to dig deep, so please support our appeal at Target Port Augusta,” she said.

“We make sure that all donated gifts go to local families.”

UnitingCare staff and volunteers collect the gifts and ensure they are distributed to those most in need in time for Christmas morning.

Target managing director Stuart Machin encouraged all Target customers to help brighten someone’s Christmas by donating a gift or a card.

“We’re proud to continue our long tradition of partnering with UnitingCare to help the less fortunate at Christmas,” he said.

“Through their network of over 1,600 service sites across the country, UnitingCare will ensure we deliver gifts to families across Australia who need them most.

“With Christmas just around the corner, an overwhelming number of families in Australia will be feeling anxiety over the lack of resources to buy Christmas gifts for their children.

It’s expected this Christmas that nearly 600,000 Australian children will be living in poverty; an additional 40,000 will be living in out-of-home care and away from their families for a range of reasons.

Over 26,000 families benefited from the appeal last year, and this year organisers are hoping to assist and support even more struggling families.

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Model T helps give Angel Flight wings

Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Angels come in all shapes and sizes, and Gunnedah had a visit from an unlikely angel in a T Model Ford on Friday.
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Heading home: Lindsay Bell with his T Model Ford “Lizzy” stops over in Gunnedah.

Lindsay Bell, a Lion from Morayfield in Queensland and an Angel Flight Australia supporter, and his wife Valmay arrived in Gunnedah as one of the last stages in a great adventure that has taken them around Australia.

The Bells, along with three other vintage cars, took their 1923 T Model Ford “Lizzy” up across the top of Australia before coming back across the Nullabor.

Mr Bell said the 280km-a-day journey had brought with it some unexpected adventures.

“The spokes in the wheels are wood and they shrunk and came loose,” he said.

“We put all new tyres on when we left, but these aren’t modern tyres. We got to Perth and needed new tyres.”

Mr Bell, a former pilot, can no longer fly because of hearing loss, but has found ways to support Angel Flight from the ground, including this fund-raising adventure.

He has also assisted with about 160 Angel Flight missions, helping country people make it to medical facilities.

The Bells have done it tough in the heat, camping overnight and travelling without air-conditioning across the country.

They were looking forward to a return to Morayfield early this week.

“I am going to make myself a good cup of tea, sit down and enjoy watching the grass grow,” Mr Bell said.

“Lizzy” met with trouble when they got to Bathurst and is returning home on the back of a trailer, but Mr Bell said it wouldn’t be long before she was back on the road.

“She’s a great girl, we’ve had a lot of fun in her,” he said. “She is a most honest vehicle.”

The couple also have a 1912 T Model Ford at home that goes by the name of “Margaret”.

The Bells said they had met some wonderful people on their travels, including caravanners and Lions members.

The trip aimed at raising awareness of Angel Flight and funds to help the service.

For more information, visit Morayfield Lions on Facebook.

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Mittagong thirds record comprehensive win

Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Mittagong s Paul Jones, Paul Turner, Paul Stares and Jamie Stokes. Photo by Josh BartlettCRICKET
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THREE Pauls and a Jamie – it sounds like the start of a joke.

Paul Jones, Paul Turner, Paul Stares and Jamie Stokes guided Mittagong thirds to a comprehensive win over Bundanoon on Saturday.

Bundanoon captain Andrew Hore won the toss and elected to bat first.

Despite the best efforts of Hore and Neil Xavier (20 each), Bundanoon was eventually bundled out for 68 in the 16th over.

Stares led the Mittagong attack with 4/18 off six overs, while Jones took 4/14 from 3.3 overs.

The visitors had little trouble in reply, passing the total in 15.4 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

Turner top scored with 25no and received great support from Stokes (20no).

Mittagong captain Phil Aitkon praised his team for a great performance with the ball.

“We held our catches and then chased down the runs pretty easily.

“I’m a happy captain.”

Conversely, Hore said it was “one of those games you want to forget”.

“We were terrible with the bat.”

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Homegrown act for final folk performance

Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Upcoming feature act at [email protected], Oli Statham.We will be ending off a fabulous year of live music and poetry this Sunday November 30, 4-6pm, as [email protected] have their final get together for 2014 at taste Canowindra.
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All are welcome.

There will be the usual open mic section for poets and performers of acoustic music: this never fails to include quality music and a few great surprises.

Please contact Nerida Cuddy (0429 048 603) if you are keen to take part.

Our feature act, Oli Statham, is a musician from Canowindra. He plays various instruments, sometimes using a loop pedal.

Brought up in rural northern NSW, his taste spans roots/folk to rock, blues, funk and reggae, covers and originals.

It’s going to be a mellow afternoon, with a lot to enjoy, so bring your family and come and celebrate an eventful year of creative endeavours!

– Nerida Cuddy/[email protected]

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Cricket World Cup tours Port Augusta

Saturday, 16 February, 2019

TROPHY: Nitin Kharod and Rajinder Chauham were among the many people who were able to hold the International Cricket Trophy on Monday at ETSA Oval. Locals were given the chance to take a look and hold the International Cricket Council World Cup National Trophy this week, when the trophy tour stopped in town.
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The tour coincided with the Lord Tavener’s Indigenous Cricket Carnival held on Sunday and Monday.

The six-team Twenty20 format carnival was headlined by under 23 Australian Indigenous cricketer and South Australian under 17 captain Ayden McGregor-Baptista.

Mr McGregor-Baptista said his first game was on Sunday against Port Augusta and played in Quorn.

“The facilities in Quorn were fantastic,” he said.

“The game was demanding but it was all good fun.”

At ETSA Oval on Monday, there were family friendly activities throughout the day with local schools and visiting schools having the opportunity to see the World Cup trophy.

With just under 80 days until the 2015 world cup, the tour is bringing awareness to the tournament as well as bringing the trophy to communities.

The tour will take three months and visit the seven host cities and finish on Australia Day in 2015.

Cricket World Cup community engagement manager Cameron McLeod said a family travelled 160 kilometres to Jamestown to see the trophy on Sunday.

The World Cup begins on February 14 with Australia taking on England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and closer to home current champions India taking on Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

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Furkids Animal Rescue event a success despite heat

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Furkids Animal Rescue event a success despite heat Remi Hirayama, 9, of Brisbane with Sarah Lovell, 9, of Jimboomba and Duffy the Dog, got into the Christmas spirit at the Furkids Animal Rescue event.
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Jimboomba’s Jenni Raumauf and Jenny Gear with adopted dog Mackie.

Mali the dog enjoyed cuddles with Oliver Walburn, 7, of Mundoolun at the Furkids Animal Rescue Christmas event.

The Trembath family of Logan Village; Jett, 13, Benson and Kye, 9, with adopted dog Bully.

Cameron, 12, and Carlie Marshall, of North Mclean with adopted dog Diesel.

Alec Pyle with mum Jennifer, family friend Renee Fisher, 13, and cousin Ella Tandy, 13, and Blaze the dog.

Rita Thambiratnam and Ryan Wolski of Brisbane showed interest in adopting Kelpie Cross, Cole.

Sisters Robyn and Eileen Williams with Furkids Animal Rescue’s Lisa Barton and Wilbur the dog.

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