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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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2014 Christmas Cup’s the wheel deal for Orange Cycle Club

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

LEADERS: Ian Reed (third), Neil Yeo (first) and Murray Evans (second) took out the top three C grade spots in the Orange Cycle Club’s spring points series event on Saturday. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDTHE premier race event on the Orange Cycle Club calendar, the famous Christmas Cup, will be held on the Huntley Road course on Saturday, December 6.
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This event attracts riders from around the state and will be a quick and exciting race. There is $4700 in prizemoney up for grabs and the chance to win a new bike valued at more than $1000.

For more information go to the club’s website at www.org.au.

The club held another race in the spring points series around the quick Huntley Road course last Saturday.

This was a graded scratch race with A and B grades combined, C grade by itself and D and E grades combined.

The riders had the advantage of a cross tailwind on the way to Aerodrome Road, however by the second lap the wind and heat had picked up making the run in from home nasty.

The riders in B grade played a smart game and didn’t expend too much energy before the final sprint, except for the ever youthful Mick Cain who, unsurprisingly, sacrificed himself.

Tristram Duncan took out the race and was first across the line in A grade.

Special mention must be made of David Coles who was racing in A grade but stopped to help young Max Stewart in B grade who had a mechanical problem towards the end of the first lap.

Tim Guy, who was clearly the strongest rider on the day, also dropped back to help, sacrificing what would have been an easy first place finish.

The average ride speed for the two laps of the 23km course was about 40 kilometres per hour.

Andrew Cummins and Phil Mooney came in second and third respectively.

The C grade bunch splintered on the second lap allowing Neil Yeo, Murray Evans and Ian Reed to take out first, second and third places respectively.

Jeff “Panda” Ferguson lost one of his overshoe covers that obviously cost him several kilometres per hour, which is why he didn’t figure on the podium.

D/E grade was won by Ivan Podres, with Tim Robinson second and Ivan Webb third – clearly age shall not weary them. Gina Browne hung on for a valiant fourth.

As always the club thanks the volunteers for all their work and effort. Without them there would be no racing.

This Saturday, the club will hold its biannual hill time trial, this time up the Pinnacle from Racecourse Road. It is sure to rip the legs off the most seasoned riders.

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Community groups attend energy efficiency workshop.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

ENERGY: Several local community organisations were represented at an energy efficiency workshop put on by the National Energy Efficiency Network last Thursday. Not-for-profit community organisations have had the chance to learn more about energy efficiency and sustainability after a workshop was held in Port Augusta last Thursday.
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The workshop was put on by the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN).

NEEN supports faith-based and not-for-profit organisations in meeting the challenge of a low carbon future by providing free access to energy efficiency information.

NEEN regional leader SA/NT Philippa Rowland said the local workshop was a success with a diverse group of people attending.

“Yes [it was a success], a great start to establishing NEEN in the region,” she said.

“10 [people turned up]; an excellent diverse group of people.”

Local community groups that were represented at the workshop included: Wami Kata Aboriginal Aged Care, Sisters of Mercy, Centacare, St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Port Augusta Golf Club, Port Augusta Bowling Club and Repower Port Augusta.

Ms Rowland said all the organisations found the workshop useful.

“All are keen to take it further within their own organisations and homes, which will lead to some practical projects on the ground in Port Augusta,” she said.

Ms Rowland said NEEN was keen to run another workshop in Port Augusta and pointed to a possible return early next year.

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Unity application to be delayed

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Following earlier plans to have the modification to the approval for the Dargues Gold Mine submitted prior to Christmas, Unity Mining has now said it will delay the application until early next year.
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A gold pour at the Unity Mining Henty Plant in Tasmania. SOURCE: Unity Mining.

Unity says “As committed, further community engagement and information sessions will take place in both the Palerang and Eurobodalla shires in mid-December – further details on these sessions will be published shortly. Unity Mining will submit the modification once community consultations have concluded.”

Unity Mining Limited announced on 11th November that it is seeking a modification to the existing planning approval to advance the development of its $250 million Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek. Unity says “ The proposed modification includes four elements: Changing the location (within the site) of the surface waste rock emplacement to make it simpler to construct the Tailings Storage Facility, and to reduce visual impacts from Majors Creek.

Constructing a more direct access road to the Tailings Storage Facility and the relocated surface waste rock emplacement area, across Spring Creek. .

Modifying the plant design to enable final gold processing utilising cyanide to occur on site, providing a safer and more cost effective solution for the project and removing some 2,200 annual truck movements from the local road network.”

The proposed use of cyanide and processing onsite has caused alarm in the community after being earlier assured that no processing would ever be done onsite.

Unity is also wanting to extend the timeframe of the project to 6 years “reflect the delay in commencement of the mine operation, and increasing the maximum amount of ore that may be extracted and processed to align with the known Dargues ore resources.”

Activation of the gold mine will generate employment, training and education in the local area with about 100 jobs during construction and 120 residential jobs during operation of the mine.

Unity says that forecast NSW royalties of about $10 million will be payable over the current project life.

As a State Significant Development, any modifications will be sent to the Department of Planning. Last week Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced a suite of improvements to how state significant development proposals are processed, “speeding up the State’s

planning system and providing more certainty to communities and business.”

Ms Goward said it was in the interest of communities and industry to have a planning

system which assesses and determines applications efficiently.

Ms Goward said “We expect councils to assess development applications without delay, so we should hold ourselves to the same standards. The Government’s commitment is to reduce

the average time it takes to process state significant developments like manufacturing plants and mines by up to 170 days. These large and complex applications often require expert advice from government agencies other than the Department of Planning and Environment and this can add time to assessments.”

Ms Goward added “Importantly, opportunities for the community to have its say on developments will not change.”

The reforms include:

 Introducing clear timeframes for the PAC and other NSW Government assessment processes and clear accountability for meeting those timeframes;

 Appointing case managers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to manage planning applications through complex government processes and be accountable to a Cabinet committee for delivering outcomes on time;

 Establishing a whole-of-government approach to assessing state significant mining applications to make sure that agencies responsible provide timely advice and feedback;

 Setting up a panel of independent experts who will advise the NSW Government and the PAC on technical issues;

 Giving clearer guidance to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) on the application of government policies;

 Engaging better with communities affected by mining proposal by providing clearer information and more opportunities for community questions to be answered; and

 Appointing additional compliance officers in regional areas and ensuring conditions are being adhered to.

Ms Goward said the reforms would be implemented over the coming weeks and months to ensure certainty for both communities and industry across the state, who depend on a robust and efficient planning system.

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Playford invitational tennis

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

SERVING: Liz Pinnock had a winning night for Elizabeth against Trinity.
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In a high-class contest, Gawler Marvels overcame Playford 4-1 in last Thursday’s Playford Invitational night tennis round, to hold on to top spot.

The doubles saw Stephen Drury and Jack Brokate hold off Playford’s Ben Toor and Ryan Oster 30-28 to give the Marvels the start they craved.

Drury then won two tough singles, 30-25 against Toor and 30-26 against Oster, while Brokate split his singles.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Gawler can all but seal a grand final berth with a victory over Elizabeth.

In a battle to give favouritism to the winner for second spot, The Grove rebounded to beat Gulfview Heights 4-1.

Trinity just missed out on picking up any premiership points, with twins Brodie and Brayden Hondow recording tough singles losses, in a 5-0 result against Elizabeth.

Brayden went down 30-28 to Liz Pinnock, while Brodie’s 30-27 loss to Luke Forgione was another that “just got away”.

Games are played at the Bicentennial Courts, Elizabeth Vale, 7pm on Thursdays. The two-person teams play two singles each and a double, with matches decided by the first to 30 points, with at least a two-point advantage.

Results

Elizabeth 5-150 d Trinity 0-109 (Liz Pinnock/Luke Forgione d Brayden Hondow/Brodie Hondow 30-22; Pinnock d Brayden 30-28; Forgione d Brodie 30-27; Pinnock d Brodie 30-10; Forgione d Brayden 30-22).

The Grove 4-132 d Gulfview Heights 1-110 (Larry Parikh/Michael Hayes d Amy Sneath/Ben Tuckwell 30-21; Parikh d Tuckwell 30-16; Hayes lost to Sneath 12-30; Parikh d Sneath 30-22; Hayes d Tuckwell 30-21).

Gawler Marvels 4-139 d Playford 1-128 (Stephen Drury/Jack Brokate d Ben Toor/Ryan Oster 30-28; Drury d Toor 30-25; Brokate d Oster 30-19; Brokate lost to Toor 19-30; Drury d Oster 30-26).

Premiership table: Gawler Marvels 49, The Grove 43, Playford 25, Elizabeth 24, Gulfview Heights 21, Trinity 0.

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Christmas carols on the way

Sunday, 16 December, 2018

It’s almost time for one of Gunnedah’s big Christmas event, the Carols in the Park.
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JULIA Jones, Taryn Ortinger and Claudia Hamblin getting ready for carol singing at last year’s Carols in the Park.

The Carols in the Park will be held on Friday, December 5 and young and old are invited to attend.

This year promises to be bigger and better with a record number of schools and community groups set to perform during the free night of fun.

Gunnedah Public, Gunnedah South, GS Kidd, Carinya, St Xaviers, and St Mary’s will perform at the event,with Mullaley and Carroll public schools also performing for the first time .

Santa will arrive with a bag of goodies for the kids and carol singing will be interspersed with the local school items.

The Wolseley Oval event will start with the Gunnedah Shire Band,and Plains,Pipes and Drums playing from 6.30pm followed by carol singing.

There will be a barbecue along with light refreshments on the night as well as glow candles and glow sticks.

The evening will finish with the traditional fireworks display. If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday, December 8.

“It was great to see so many people participating last year and enjoying and enjoying a great night out with around 2000 in attendance,” Scott Dunlop of the Anglican Church said. “Gunnedah businesses have been very generous supporting Carols in the Park again this year, particularly our major sponsors Gunnedah Shire Council, Gunnedah Newsagency, BHP, and Stripes.

“The carols are a great team effort with lots of people across the community contributing in lots of different ways so it all comes together on the night.

“ I warmly invite everyone to come along to this special event as we gather as a whole community to celebrate the Christmas season.”

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From Little Conadilly to nationwide success

Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Jacinta and Justin McDonell’s dream started next to Coles in Gunnedah.
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Jacinta McDonell.

The brother and sister opened the first Anytime Fitness in Little Conadilly Street in 2008.

Now, there are 380 Anytime Fitness franchises across the country, with another 100 yet to open.

Jacinta McDonell, who is based in Sydney, told the Namoi Valley Independent this month that since that first store opened six years ago, none of the franchises have closed.

The McDonells grew up in Windsor, near Sydney, with parents who ran their own fitness clubs.

They have seen the industry go from leg-warmers and aerobics to the 24-hour service their own franchises now offer.

“Fitness centres have changed dramatically in the last 20 years,” Ms McDonell said.

“When we grew up there were no treadmills and bikes, it was all aerobics and weights.”

The McDonells, who themselves opened a fitness centre as soon as they left school, visited the United States about five times to investigate launching the successful US franchise Anytime Fitness into Australia.

Ms McDonell said they were impressed with the business and brought home a plan, which included launching the first centre in regional Australia.

It was a toss up, she said, between Gunnedah and Muswellbrook.

“We realised the real estate price was critical,” she said.

“It was right next to the Coles site which was really good and we wanted to go into the regional market at the right price.

“It was a great test market.”

The 24-hour a day, seven-day-a-week concept was reasonably new and Ms McDonell said while there were gyms in country towns, many of them were “tired and outdated”.

“They had some equipment there for 10 years and consumers didn’t have a lot of choice in terms of high quality.”

She said the 24-hour service was important for shift workers.

The test market paid off, and the Muswellbrook franchise opened about four months later.

Twenty franchises opened around the country in the first year, and 80 opened in the second year.

“It ramped up really, really quickly,” Ms McDonell said.

“We now have 380 and another 100 still to open, which will give us almost 500 clubs.

“It’s an amazing franchise story.”

While the Gunnedah Anytime Fitness centre is now in the hands of a franchisee, the McDonells have maintained an interest.

“We have been out there quite a few times,” Ms McDonell said.

“It would be our most visited centre by Justin and I. It has had three really good franchisers.

“Gunnedah gets spoken about quite a bit.”

Ms McDonell has expanded her interests and is on the development board for non-profit organisation The Hunger Project.

She has raised more than $100,000 for the organisation which went towards providing communities around the world with the ability to buy food-processing equiment, provided micro-finance loans for communities and assisted with training rural villagers in agricultural practices.

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Zoe zooms to the top

Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Zoe Binder with her charcoal portait. Photo supplied Zoe Binder’s design and technology major work. Photo supplied
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TO be nominated for one post-HSC showcase is an exceptional achievement.

To be nominated for two is almost unheard of, but for 17-year-old Oxley College student Zoe Binder it’s a reality.

Zoe will showcase her two unique major works in Art Express and Design Tech.

Her art major work is a couplet of charcoal drawings that represents her grandparents’ relationship.

“One piece is of my grandparents and the other is their hands crossed with their wedding rings showing to symbolise their love,” Zoe said.

The two drawings took more than 100 hours, but Zoe said it was worth the work.

“They’ve been together since they were really young and my idea was fairly simple,” she said.

“I wanted to honestly capture their love.”

Her design and technology major work tackled the far more severe subject of ocean conservation.

“I made three bikinis, but the whole message is of the oceanic conservation awareness campaign and highlighting the big issue of marine debris in Australian waters,” Zoe said.

“I made the print as well, which was a series of watercolour paintings on the outside.

“The bikinis are reversible and the inside is a bubble wrap print, so it’s literally on the flip side.

“It is the rubbish underneath the water.”

Zoe’s project was accompanied by an 80 page portfolio where she detailed a proposed social media campaign, including Instagram.

Moving forward, Zoe hopes to go to the University of Technology Sydney or the University of Canberra to study design.

“Art is always going to have a place in my life, whether it’s as a job or a hobby, it will always be present,” she said.

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Band rages into heated battle

Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Sydney band Raging Waters
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AUSTRALIA’S hottest up and coming bands are ready to rock.

The Australian finalists in this year’s Global Battle Of the Bands will musically joust tomorrow night at Mounties.

The competition will see 18 bands, including Sydney trio Raging Waters, perform for a place in the world tournament.

Tony Deveaux, guitarist and vocalist for Raging Waters, said the group was appreciative they had made it this far.

“It’s a big, real competition for bands like us,” he said. “Once you’re in it anything can happen.”

“We would like to be the first Australian band to win it, but even if we don’t, it’s still great exposure.”

The group, including Greg Griffiths on bass and Tony Boyd on drums, has been playing together for seven years, but only recently started to go under the name Raging Waters.

“That describes what our sound is like. It’s like something coming at you,” Mr Deveaux said.

“We’re a little bit different. We play classic rock in a modern way.”

The lead singer and songwriter has written more than 300 songs and hopes to one day get a publishing deal writing for a mainstream company.

For now though, the aim is relatively simple: share the music and rock on.

“All bands are being regulated somehow, but we want to do it our own way. It’s all about freedom.”

Competition prizes include three days recording at Melbourne’s Black Pearl Studios, Labelstate T-shirts, Chuck Taylor Converse products and a trip to the world finals.

The Australian final will be held at Mounties, Mt Pritchard, at 7pm on November 27. Tickets are $20.

On-street car sales an accident waiting to happen

Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Selling cars by the side of the road in Wagga appears to be governed by little more than Rafferty’s rules.
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Would-be sellers have been booked on some streets, while Red Hill and Glenfield roads appear to be a free-for-all.

These two thoroughfares are both now virtual “pop up” car yards.

Red Hill Road in particular is a danger zone.

Last week there were literally scores of cars strewn along the roadside verge stretching all the way from Henwood Avenue to the Plumpton Road intersection.

The concern is the area is now an accident waiting to happen.

Due to the high volume of vehicles for sale, there are now serious issues with passing traffic.

Instead of concentrating on their driving, some motorists are being distracted by all the cars for sale.

As well, potential buyers are carelessly stepping into the path of oncoming vehicles while trying to gain a better vantage point of their proposed new purchase.

And the strange thing is, despite several vehicles being booked at the intersection of Edward and Moorong streets last year, no fines have been issued to the sellers on Red Hill and Glenfield roads.

Even in light of the safety concerns a Wagga City Council spokesman says no complaints have been lodged regarding the situation, so no action will be taken.

That decision would appear odd given the number of times this issue has been raised in the media in recent years.

Last week, there was even a front page story outlining the danger.

The spokesman also claimed an inspection of the area indicated that no obstruction was noted to either passing traffic or pedestrians by the parked vehicles.

Perhaps it will be just a case of let’s wait and see.

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