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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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Barossa and Light Bowls results

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

IN HERE: Angaston skipper John Standish directing a teammate where he would like the bowl to come. Freeling’s Shane Marslen watches on. Results for Saturday pennants on November 22.
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Division One

Eudunda 100 v Tanunda 92

C Jones 16 v P Baverstock 28; R Ellis 29 v T Edwards 22; D Kleinig 25 v T Liersch 23; G Prior 30 v B Pech 19/Nuriootpa 00 v Kapunda 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Angaston 111 v Freeling 69

M Schutz 32 v L Ryan 17; M Short 18 v J Grantham 24; J Standish 28 v S Marslen 16; B Bowden 33 v T Mullins 12.

Lyndoch – bye.

Division Two

Freeling 00 v Angaston Blue 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Nuriootpa Gold 00 v Nuriootpa Black 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Kapunda 80 v Eudunda 64

P Maitland 23 v R Milde 24; E Allanson 27 v D Leditschke 19; J Trotta 30 v G Schutz 21.

Lyndoch 66 v Tanunda 76

J Sharratt 20 v P Knight 28; T Drummond 17 v D Grear 30; B Allan 29 v D Armstrong 18.

Nuriootpa Green 00 v Angaston White 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Division Three

Kapunda Black 64 v Lyndoch 74

P Dobbin 29 v J Allwood 23; A Thiele 15 v D Turvey 25; G Campbell 20 v A Turvey 26.

Eudunda 79 v Nuriootpa Gold 68

R Fiegert 32 v R Leske 13; M Nietschke 23 v S Stewart 23; D Pope 24 v P Hughes 32.

Tanunda 90 v Angaston 65

M Paech 25 v Z Horvath 22; M Meertens 21 v D Copperwheat 23; B Hoklas 44 v B Agars 20.

Freeling 00 v Kapunda Red 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Nuriootpa Black – bye

Thursday Midweek Pennant played November 20.

Mid-Week Orange

Nuriootpa Black 64 v Kapunda Red 43

D Quodling 20 v J Trotta 21; T Billing 24 v C Sunman 7; R Mattschoss 20 v W Beavan 15.

Nuriootpa Gold 63 v Eudunda White 46

J Bell 23 v P Dickenson 15; B Randall 14 v G Prior 20; W Williams 26 v M Schutz 11.

Tanunda Black 66 v Angaston Blue 34:

D Heidenreich 21 v B Teakle 14; D Schiller 26 v B Tuttle 7; R Schnieder 19 v K Brook 13.

Lyndoch Blue – bye.

Mid-Week Purple

Freeling 36 v Lyndoch Gold 38

I McFarlane 11 v G Ayres 12; T Mullins 9 v J Beacham 15; J Grantham 16 v D Hausler 11.

Kapunda Black 57 v Nuriootpa Blue 56

R Gill 21 v R Turnbull 21; B Phillips 16 v R Chapman 20; C Hamper 20 v D Wilson 15.

Eudunda Red 00 v Nuriootpa Green 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Angaston White 57 v Tanunda White 69

F Thomas 24 v T Edwards 20; H Schmied 18 v P Baverstock 21; M Schutz 15 v J Garrett 28.

Thursday Ladies played November 13.

Eudunda White 35 v Tanunda White 36

J Milde 15 v J Stephens 14; B Marshall 20 v M Hurst 22.

Freeling 17 v Eudunda Red 37

K Bitter 5 v M Nietschke 20; D Johansen 12 v P Dutschke 17.

Kapunda Black 29 v Angaston Blue 21

S Franks 17 v M Elsworthy 7; R Scoot 12 v L Teakle 14.

Kapunda Red 39 v Tanunda Black 9

H Sexton 12 v K Wallace 5; L Carter 27 v M Meertens 4.

Lyndoch Blue 00 v Nuriootpa Gold 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Lyndoch Gold 00 v Nuriootpa Black 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Angaston White – bye.

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Lawyer will not give evidence, court told

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

A LAUNCESTON lawyeraccused of an $18,000 theft will not give or leadevidence in his defence, a court has heard.
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Adrian John Hall, 39, a criminal law practitioner, pleaded not guilty in the Launceston Supreme Court last week to eight counts of stealing from his former employer.

The Crown has accused Mr Hall of having stolen about $17,780 from Launceston barrister and solicitor Grant Tucker, between August 2010 and September 2012.

The amounts alleged range from about $320 to $9000.

The money relates to Mr Hall allegedly receiving cash paymentsand in one instancea cheque addressed to him,from clients for his professional services.

The defence has denied that Mr Hall acted dishonestly.

Today, the Crown closed its case and the defencewas asked if the accusedwould give or adduce evidence.

“I will neither give nor adduce evidence,” Mr Hall told the court.

Justice Stephen Estcourt told the jury that he needed to finalise and make changes to the written memorandum they would receive from him after counsel give their closing addresses.

The trial continues this afternoon.

Last week during his opening address, defence counsel Geoffrey Steward told the jury the names of half a dozen potential witnesses whothe defencemight call, including two lawyers.

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The sun shines a little brighter in Dungog

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Dungog Sunshine Club executive members, front, Jill Parson, Kay Edwards, Shirley Rumbel and patron Elaine Hawley with recipients of their club’s fundraising.Twenty six organisations shared in $4550 raised by the hard-working members of Dungog Sunshine Club.
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The Sunshine Club was started by a group of women in Newcastle who got together to knit socks, gloves and beanies for enlisted men in World War 11.

Quite a few groups started up and were spread around Newcastle and the Hunter.

Dungog joined the group but eventually broke away in the 1960s.

“The money that was being raised was going to Newcastle and members wanted it to stay in Dungog,” said president Kay Edwards.

“We only have a small membership and raise the money with our annual luncheon, two street stalls and games morning which are held about four times a year.”

Dungog is the only Sunshine Club left now.

Sunshine Club members, clockwise from front, Joyce Murray-Richards, Edna Brooker, Trevor Brooker, Eileen Nicholson, Robyn Murrell and Heather Muddle.

Recipients, who received $300 each included the Dungog District Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group, the Heart Foundation and breast cancer organisation.

Dungog-Clarence Town CWA, Dungog SES, Dungog Girl Guides, Dungog area Rural Fire Service, St Vincent de Paul, Camp Quality and Vision Australia each received $200 each.

Recipients of $150 were Boy Scouts, Lara Aged Care, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, Dungog A & H Auxiliary for junior cooking, Dungog Public School, Dungog High School, Dungog Preschool, St Joseph’s P & F, Dungog High School hospitality class, Presbyterian Church, Uniting Church, Anglican Guild, Dungog Netball and Dungog Soccer Club.

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Vote for your Hunter Hero

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Melinda Nay: Nominate for her work with special athletes. Picture: Dean OslandThe nominations are in. Thestories have been told.Now it is time to cast your vote.
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The 2014Newcastle Herald Hunter WaterHunter HeroAwardsrecognisethe extraordinary deeds of theunsung heroes living in ourcommunity.

Nominees appear everyMonday in the Communitysection of the Herald.

We have heard the stories ofHunter people going above andbeyond the call of duty in and fortheir local community.

An online poll viatheherald南京夜网.auwill determinethe top 10 finalists and a judgingpanel will decide the winner.

The winner of the awardswill be announced at theNewcastle Herald/Newcastle Permanent Carols ByCandlelight in King Edward Parkon Friday, December 19.

Revisit the profile stories and vote forthe 2014Hunter Heroattheherald南京夜网.au.

Online voting to determine the finalists closes at 5pm on Friday, December 5.

CARLEY JACKA: Nominated for her work with animals. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

►Emma Thompson, Mums Empowered founder

► Marilyn Frost, Maitland Art Gallery volunteer

► Wendy Cloake, Nurse

► Bruce Leverton, Scout Leader and Environmental Volunteer

► Lee Howes, Surf Lifesaver of the Year 2014

►Rob Hadley, Cycling for Ronald McDonald House

► Alan Chappell, Volunteer tutor

►Stephen Towell, lymphoma fund-raiser

► Cassandra Weller, With These Two Hands founder

► The Gardiner Family, Cancer Council fund-raisers

► Angela Hiscock, Medical ResearchFund-raiser, Volunteer

► Lyn Thorpe, Humanitarian Aid Worker

► Helen Cummings, Advocate AgainstDomestic Violence

► Luke Andrews,Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children student

► Lorraine Gardner and Janelle Shakespeare, HunterChildren’sResearch FoundationFounders

► June Chapman, Hospital Volunteer

► Pat Wilson, Airport Ambassador

►Richard Stark, Salvation Army supporter

►Robert Gray, Public Service

►Frank Carter, Fort Scratchley President

►Frank Duffy, War Veteran’s Advocate

►Denis Young, Camp Quality Volunteer

►Rachel Prest, Charity Organiser

►Jane McCallum, Lifeline Volunteer

►Kim Simpson, Charity Fund-raiser

►Ada Staader, Cancer Fund-raiser

► DrRobyn Fried, Health Volunteer

►Thea O’Sullivan, Oxford Hockey Club Secretary

►Patrick Bellamy, Disability Support/Trainer

►Bronwyn Melville, Newcastle Pregnancy Help Inc Secretary

►Michelle Davis, Road Safety Advocate

►John Redman, Veteran’s Advocate

►Ron and Helen Herbert, Hospital Volunteers

►Julie Marsh, Debbie Hastie, Cancer Fund-raisers

►Alan Baird, Patient Advocate

►Susan Walton, Volunteer Optometrist

►Peter Kibble, Kim McNaughton, Childhood Heart Disease Campaigners

►Karin Williams, Nurse

►Elle Gallagher, Charity Fund-raiser

►Jenny Noblet, Dr Bob Sillar, Melanoma Awareness

►Rae Pidgeon,Kiwanis Australia, Leader/Volunteer/Trainer

►Melinda Nay, Special Olympics Volunteer

►Lorna Dooley, Soul Cafe Volunteer

►David Jordan,Samaritans Christmas Lunch volunteer

► SisterHelen-Anne Johnson, Mums’ Cottage Volunteer

►Rosie Kirkwood, Works WithDisabled Worker

►Peter Williams, Cycling Advocate

►Carley Jacka, Welfare of Animals Advocate

►Richard Hoogwerf, Charity Surfing event Organiser


Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Council is firmly stepping out on the path to amalgamation with Qeanbeyan – basically because Palerang is broke with little prospect of improvement.
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We’ve been here before. The move from Tallaganda to Palerang was motivated by similar concerns with not much success. The amalgamation with Queanbeyan is also unlikely to produce any material improvement for people in the Braidwood district. There are two main reasons why this is the probable outcome.

First, modern Councils are rarely efficient at managing anything beyond sewerage, garbage collection, some roadworks and eternally insisting that rates need to be raised to sustain even basic services. Beyond that, the record is poor. The recent PLEP exercise is a case in point. Seven years of fluffing around and arguments with ratepayers to arrive at a solution that many still regard as flawed and second rate-and a staggering cost. Council has persistently refused to put a figure on the total cost (undoubtedly because it doesn’t want to embarrass itself), so guessing is all we can do. Most estimates I’ve heard are in the $1 to$2 million range, some outlying estimates are even higher. We’ll never know as long as Council resists true transparency.

A more visible example that everyone can relate to is the pedestrian crossings in Wallace St. A simple, straight forward project that (if built on private land) would cost under $50,000 and take around a month to complete using fair (not best) work practices. Council has taken many months of stop and go activity, conducting remedial work (to fix a pipe leak under the newly poured concrete) and coping with problems that could and should have been avoided with common sense planning. The result? A still uncompleted project without lighting, without zebra stripes and without shrubbery in the planters. Cost? Well even if we exclude the time costs involved in bureaucratic wrangling between Council, The RMS etc, the numerous surveys and studies conducted before the project started, we will end up with a community bill that is likely to be twice or three times what it should be for a design that many don’t like (because it forces cars toward each other rather than separating them as with an island design, because it chews up parking spaces etc).

That’s not good value. And if Council can’t get it right when the job is in the Main Street, right outside Council’s Office, what do you think happens when jobs are out of sight? Queanbeyan is a much bigger Council with a bigger bureaucracy, more internal processes and urban (rather than rural) expertise so it is even less likely to use rural ratepayer monies either wisely or efficiently.

The second reason to have low expectations of a Palerang/Queanbeyan amalgamation is that our district will become the overlooked rural outpost in a predominately urban/suburban, giant Council. We will be quickly forgotten and marginalised if we remain passive or dismissed as country rednecks if we fight for our rights. Either way the prospects look poor.

It wasn’t that long ago that progressive thinkers were arguing for a simplification in our three tiered system of government. The ideal being to strengthen Federal control over the big ticket items that all Australians need (health,education….) with more monies going to local Councils to handle grass-root issues (roads, community needs, citizen involvement). Seems to make sense?

Now we are going down a very different path. Big Federal Government, Big State Government and now Big Local government. Such moves will almost certainly mean that the Braidwood District will become unfit, (not fit), to meet the future.

Tim Lenehan


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The conversation ends on Wednesday night

Friday, 17 May, 2019

Angela Williamson, Daniel Jeffares, Rob Byrnes, Maree Byrne, James Saville and Jo O’Brien. Photo by Megan DrapalskiTHE economy came under the scrutiny at the fourth Conversations About Tomorrow evening.
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The resource person for the evening was Daniel Jeffares who spent years as an economist before making the transition to high school economics teacher.

The consensus from the group was the current economic system isn’t working for all Australians and the measure of gross domestic product (GDP) shouldn’t be our main measure of progress as it only measures financial progress.

The fact the gap between the rich and poor is growing was of great concern; however, the point was made that Australians earning $36,000 per year or more fall into the top 2.7 per cent of wealthiest people in the world.

Despite this, the majority of the population has little to no control over the direction of the economy.

Conversation attendee James Saville said part of the problem was how hard it was to find actual solutions.

“We’re saying society has a very seriously problem,” he said.

“There’s no motivation to change anything for the people in power.

“There’s a growing body of people who are aware that we’re facing a massive problem.”

The final Conversations About Tomorrow evening will be held on Wednesday night and will ask the question of what is in a footprint.

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Horse dies at Bong Bong

Friday, 17 May, 2019

Bong Bong Racecourse. Photo: Southern Highland NewsHORSE RACING
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IT has been revealed that a horse died at the Bong Bong Picnic Races on Friday.

Palestrina, ridden by jockey Nyssa Burrells and trained by Sam Kavanagh, ran into the running rail during the Gallenen Maiden Plate over 1000 metres.

A report of the incident was compiled by South East Racing chief steward Jim Walsh.

According to available evidence, Palestrina “made contact” with the running rail and injured its right shoulder.

Palestrina sustained a severe laceration and, according to the report, the filly was “humanely euthanised”.

Walsh told the Southern Highland News that the death, in his view, was a “rare event” in horse racing in NSW.

“We take all manners available to reduce horse deaths in racing,” he said.

“It is an unfortunate part of racing.”

More than 6500 people attended the Bong Bong Picnic Races.

Despite the hot conditions, four track records for fastest times were broken at the event.

The main race, the Macarthur Square Fashions Bong Bong Cup, was won by New Zealand import Tradtri.

Ridden by jockey Billy Owen, Tradtri galloped to win from Damysus and Frankenbeans.

The other big winner on Friday was jockey Tim Phillips, who rode four winners.

Trainer Donna Grisedale had three winning horses.

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Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Friday, 17 May, 2019

On Monday 17 November three students from Braidwood Central School attended the Aboriginal Education Achievement Awards ceremony at Batemans Bay. These awards recognise students, staff and community members who have contributed to Aboriginal Education, and celebrate success dedication and achievement. Indigenous television and film actor Luke Carroll was a special guest at the awards. He is also a proud Ambassador for the ‘Recognise’ campaign, The Cathy Freeman Foundation and The Malpa Project.
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Braidwood Central’s students, accompanied by two parents and the Aboriginal Education Coordinator, had a great day and enjoyed their well-earned success. Bradley Smyth was an MC, who did an outstanding job that was discussed by many in attendance, while Shania Morgan received a Sporting Achievement Award and Aguirre Corowa-Swan received a Creative and Performing Arts Award. Congratulations to you all.

Students Bradley Smyth, Aguirre Corowa-Swan, Shania Morgan at the Awards with Mr Michael Guilfoyle (BCS Head Teacher, Maths and Science and Aboriginal Education Coordinator

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Mental health forum

Friday, 17 May, 2019

MENTAL health advocate and best-selling author Matthew Johnstone will be guest speaker at a number of events in the area to talk about living with depression and personal well-being.
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Matthew Johnstone is a best-selling author, with his book I Had a Black Dog, published in more than 20 countries.

He will conduct open forums in the area on how to identify, understand and

work through challenging times and emotions.

The public sessions are free and will be held at the Boggabri RSL tonight from 6pm and at The Civic Theatre, Gunnedah on Wednesday from 6.30pm.

The forums are supported by Gunnedah Shire Council, Support A Mate, NSW Department of Health, Carer Assist and Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.

To attend please RSVP to Gunnedah Shire Council events officer Laurieann Boag on 6740 2169.

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Gunnedah doctor’s difficult journey

Friday, 17 May, 2019

One of Gunnedah’s newest doctors, Ruben Karalisingham, is an Australian success story.
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Dr Ruben Karalisingham is now working in Gunnedah.

Dr Karalisingham was a young Sri Lankan medical student struggling to gain his qualifications during the Sri Lankan Civil War.

For every week the university was open, he said it was shut for at least another three months as the country struggled with violence and conflict.

He said political groups urged students to join violent protests until a police presence was required at each university.

Eventually, police could not keep pace with the conflicts as well as guard the universities, so the universities closed.

“I was halfway through medical school,” Dr Karalisingham said.

“I was lucky my uncle was a GP in Melbourne.”

In 1989, he migrated to Australia where he attended university in Sydney and completed his medical degree.

He said he was fortunate to arrive when he did, with many migrant doctors now finding it difficult to have their qualifications recognised.

“There are still many migrants facing hardship,” he said. “They are still driving trams to buy food for their children.”

Dr Karalisingham worked as a doctor in Sydney, but wanted the country experience of working across a wide range of medical areas, so has worked in about 13 different towns in NSW, including Mudgee, Parkes, Inverell, Glen Innes, Bathurst and Cowra.

“I consider all that is a positive thing,” he said.

“Not everyone has the luxury of working in 15 hospitals.

“Country towns are all different. They all operate differently.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with different nurses and different staff. You get a wide variety of experience.”

He has also worked full-time in Warren in central NSW, but returned to Sydney while his daughter went to high school.

Because he still wanted to work in the country, Dr Karlisingham worked as a locum at Gunnedah’s hospital for three years, completing a week’s work in Sydney and travelling up to Gunnedah two weekends a month.

Now that his daughter has finished high school, Dr Karlisingham has returned to Gunnedah to work full-time.

“A lot of things attract me to rural areas,” he said.

“One of the things that makes me like a country town is that you can look after patients here and when they are at the hospital.

“It is a big bonus. When you are in big cities, you can’t do that, because there are specialists and other people who

work there.

“Here, it is right next door.”

Dr Karalisingham said while he enjoyed all aspects of general practice, he had been prompted to find a way to do more for his patients suffering chronic pain.

While living in Warren, he travelled to Sydney on weekends to study acupuncture and said he believed acupuncture could help ease the chronic pain of some patients.

“I find it works well for muscular skeletal complaints,” he said.

“It is a practice used all over the world.

“I still practice western medicine to the maximum, but when there is chronic pain, I might do acupuncture to relieve that pain.

“It never cures anything, but it can reduce the level of pain.”

Dr Karalisingham said he saw the need for the practice when patients in Warren came to him with chronic pain who often had to wait a year for an operation.

Reducing the pain could reduce the dependence of the patient on painkillers.

Dr Karalisingham said he was enjoying the country life and had been happy to come to Gunnedah, the town he had come to know the best during his time as a locum to country hospitals.

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