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Girvans earn break

Friday, 16 November, 2018

LOCAL woodchopping siblings, Cheyanne and Aaron Girvan have wound up their competition activities for the year until chopping picks up again in January, and they’ve certainly earned the break!
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The two have racked up some impressive results at a number of events throughout the past few months, and can add the following placings to their names.

Cheyanne –

Melbourne Royal Show (September 22 – October 2):

1st Jack and Jill sawing Handicap with Brett Cole (Bendigo).

2nd Ladies Underhand.

Bendigo Show (October 25):

1st Jack and Jill Handicap Sawing with Andrew Kelly (Woodend, Vic).

1st Jill and Jill Handicap Sawing with Adele Deverell (Broadford, Vic).

2nd Jack and Jill Championship Sawing with Andrew Kelly.

2nd Open Double Handed Sawing with Andrew Kelly.

2nd Ladies Underhand.

Overall Ladies Aggregate Winner.

Bairnsdale Show (November 8):

1st Jack and Jill Handicap Sawing with Matt Knight (Towamba, NSW).

2nd Ladies Underhand.

Aaron –

Melbourne Royal Show (September 22 – October 2):

2nd U17 Underhand Championship.

Bairnsdale Show (November 8):

3rd Novice Standing Block (Aaron’s best standing block yet).

4th Novice Underhand.

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Dining for a cure in Margaret River

Friday, 16 November, 2018

The Tour de Cure team are making their way around the South West, visiting schools and dining for the cause.MARGARET River will be hosting a special dinner to raise money for the Tour de Cure WA.
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The Tour de Cure aspires to assist with the funding of cancer research, with their goal to reach $3.8 million by the end of the financial year.

The team of 30 Australian cyclists are riding from Albany to Bunbury from Wednesday November 26 to Saturday November 29 to raise money for vital cancer research for Perth based charity Melanoma WA, supporting projects across Australia.

Tour de Cure WA Ambassador Matt Fullton said the funds would create melanoma support packs for South West GPs.

“The purpose of the melanoma support packs is to fill the void between initial diagnosis and referral to a specialist,” Mr Fullton said.

“We’re excited to be bringing the event to the South West of WA for the first time and are really looking forward to supporting the local communities of WA.

“Margaret River is going to be the highlight of the tour – presenting a significant cheque to Melanoma WA and riding through a stunning region of Australia,” he said.

The Tour de Cure riders will also visit several primary schools along the way, including St Thomas Moore in Margaret River to spread a cancer prevention message to over 2000 school children.

The dinner will be held at the Quality Inn Margaret River with Melanoma WA’s chief executive officer Clinton Heal in attendance to accept a $10,000 cheque raised by the cyclists.

By attending, dinner participants will become part of the unique cycling experience, with awards being given out for the day’s ride along with the presentation of the cheque to go towards the cancer prevention project in the local community.

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Council finances get tick of approval

Friday, 16 November, 2018

Gunnedah Shire Council has released its annual report for 2013-14 in the same week auditors gave the shire’s finances a clean bill of health.
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Council’s financial officer Kim Chua told the November council meeting all council’s ratios met local government benchmarks.

The council received an unqualified audit.

“In the words of the auditors, we are in very good stead. We are in the top 10 to 20 per cent of all councils.”

Gunnedah Shire Council is measured against benchmarks set for a band of councils of similar sizes.

Auditors UHY Haines Norton Chartered Accountants noted a council surplus of $5.069million, including grants and contributions, $822,000 higher than the year before.

Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler.

The surplus was helped along by a nine per cent increase ($1.177 million) in rates and annual charges, and a 21 per cent increase ($1.75 million) in user charges and fees.

The rates and annual charges income was boosted by the special rate variation the council has implemented.

The value of council’s net assets increased by $6.897 million to more than $333 million, and borrowings were up $4.614 million to $5.996 million.

Councillors also applauded the highlights of the annual report.

“This report is something we should be proudly providing to the community to make sure the community is aware of the efforts of this council,” Gunnedah mayor Owen Hasler told council.

“I think we are doing very well based on both the auditor’s report and the annual report.”

Deputy mayor Gae Swain said it was a good effort, particularly considering the “huge, huge turnover of information, and in some cases, of staff”.

General manager Eric Groth said the past financial year had been the biggest period of change he had seen during his 17 years in local government.

He said it had also been one of the “highest periods of achievement” he had seen during that time.

“I ask the community to recognise the achievements of staff,” Mr Groth said.

“They are people who live in this community with you, and they care as much about the community as you do.”

Among the highlights listed in the annual report were recurrent savings of more than $500,000 under council’s efficiency program, implementation of 61 out of the 67 actions in the Blackadder Review (with the rest to be completed this financial year)and negotiation of in principle voluntary planning agreements with Whitehaven and Shenhua.

“The achievement of significant savings by council was achieved by an organisation-wide efficiency target required to be met by managers, and establishment of a savings project team,” the report noted.

It said council had delivered two per cent – or $480,000 – in savings.

“Items included in these savings include the removal and non-replacement of a senior mangement position, the director community and corporate services, as part of a restructure, reduction in the number of vehicles held by council, changes to telephone systems, relocation of the Visitor Information Centre and a number of other efficiency initiatives,” the report said.

“These were achieved without negatively impacting upon service delivery. In a number of these instances, council has in fact been able to enhance service delivery at a reduced cost.”

• 139 development applications were lodged valued at $23.339 million

• 9013 visitors attended the Visitor Information Centre in 2013-14 – about 24 visitors a day, or three per hour

• Council received 1463 customer requests

• From January 2013 to October 2014, the gunnedah.nsw.gov.au website had 94,094 visitors

• 118,248 livestock were sold at the saleyards

• There were 32 recipients of the Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund

• 1632 students took part in school holiday programs

• 57 dogs were re-homed

• 44 food premises were inspected

• The library circulated 34,694 books to 5138 members

• 13,217 people went to the movies

• The Community Transport Service completed 12,744 trips

• 14,326 tonnes of waste to the waste management facility

• 2291 tonnes of recycling for re-use and 1303 tonnes of green waste went to the waste management facility

• Council maintains 34 recreation parks and seven sporting fields

• There have been three-four major subdivision applications in the past 18 months

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Coming up rosy for Morris Park improvements

Friday, 16 November, 2018

Garden Club President Mary Finn, Luke Gordon from Eureka Plants and host, Anne Ward catching up at last weekend’s Open Garden and Rose Information afternoon. Photo by Federation Fotos.With temperatures reaching the high 30s, hundreds found solace from the scorching heat in Mark and Anne Ward’s garden on Saturday as part of an Open Garden and Rose Information afternoon.
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Around 250 people visited the Ward’s beautiful garden, enjoying a Devonshire tea while taking in views of roses of every kind.

With all proceeds going to the Canowindra Garden Club to be used for town improvements, Mrs Ward said Morris Park is next on the list.

“We raised $2500 which was just fantastic. We’re spending it on improvements in Morris Park like garden seats and a memorial rose garden that we look after in honour of our founding member, Margo Chick,” she said.

“There’s also a kiosk there that we’re going to refurbish so we’d just like to really thank everyone for coming and supporting the event.”

The couple’s niece and now a top ten finalist in the Telstra Road to Discovery talent development program, singer/songwriter Sophie Payten also attended the event and sang the afternoon away.

“It was just lovely having Sophie sing and we were all sitting there thinking how one day we’ll be able to say we heard her before she becomes really famous,” Anne laughed.

Luke Gordon from Eureka Plants in Canowindra also proved to be a valued guest speaker, sharing his knowledge of all things roses.

Eureka Plants has been specialising in roses for 30 years, with Luke also holding a horticulture degree from Melbourne University.

Rose diseases, summer pruning, how to look after different varieties including Floribundas, old English roses, hybrid roses, hybrid teas and mini roses.

A range of exciting new rose types were also on the agenda at the popular afternoon.

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Hot, dry summer on way for Scenic Rim

Friday, 16 November, 2018

Dry conditions are forecast to continue for the region.THE Scenic Rim is in for a hot, dry summer carrying little reprieve for drought-stricken farmers, with arid conditions forecast to continue into January.
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The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a drier and hotter than usual summer for the region, which has been officially in drought since August 1 this year.

In its three month outlook for rainfall the Bureau predicted the region was likely to receive low rainfall, high temperatures and a higher chance of heat waves.

Beaudesert is unlikely to receive rainfall above the median of 306mm from November to January, with the Bureau predicting only a 30 per cent chance the region will get more than the median.

The Bureau predicts the region has a 75 per cent chance of recording maximum temperatures above the median of 29.7 degrees celcius.

Bureau senior hydrologist Dr. Paul Feikema said the hot dry conditions were likely to be felt across the country.

“Early summer is looking warmer than average for virtually the entire continent and drier than normal conditions are likely in the east,” he said.

“The warm and dry mean long term drought conditions have continued in Queensland.

“Warmer than average days are expected from November to January across much of Australia.”

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme loans are open to farmers in Scenic Rim.

For more information visit www.daff.qld.gov.au

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the region is unlikely to receive more than median rainfall in November to January.

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Death investigation continues

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Investigations are continuing into the death of Rebecca Perkins in Gunnedah last week.
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The 25-year-old’s body was found on Tuesday morning at the Overlander Motor Lodge, sparking an operation named Strike Force Neweena.

Oxley crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly said police were still

awaiting the results of a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of

death.

“That may take some time,” Inspector O’Reilly said.

Homicide squad detectives arrived in Gunnedah last Tuesday night following the discovery and police confirmed that day they were treating the matter as suspicious.

A man had been questioned by police, but no charges have been laid.

Police have also talked to witnesses.

Tamworth and Gunnedah police are continuing to investigate the death.

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Band rages into battle

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Hopefuls: Sydney band Raging Waters are in the Australian final of the Global Battle of the Bands competition. Picture: Skylight PhotographyAUSTRALIA’S hottest up and coming bands are ready to rock.
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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.

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

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Post builds confidence

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Job ready: Sonia Prakash is not letting illness stop her from getting a job. She completed work experience with Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson though the Northcott Transition to Work program.DURING her teenage years battling bipolar disorder and anxiety, Sonia Prakash couldn’t imagine being able to hold a steady job.
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Now at age 20 Ms Prakash is not letting illness hold her back and is taking part in a transition to work program.

Ms Prakash, who lives in Gregory Hills, has worked for Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson over the past six weeks doing data entry and other work.

“It’s been a great experience and I’m enjoying learning all about politics and the important role administration plays in bringing it all together,” Ms Prakash said. “I’ve had lots of discussions with staff members about topics ranging from welfare changes to Medicare.”

She also travelled to Canberra to gain an insight into the politician’s work.

Bipolar disorder is often diagnosed in people who experience extreme mood swings that can last hours or days.

The Northcott Transition to Work program helps school leavers with a disability gain skills that will enable them to find and keep a job.

Mr Ferguson said he invited Ms Prakash to do work experience because he saw it as an opportunity to build confidence and experience a work environment.

“There’s a lot of stereotypes and misunderstanding in the community about disability,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Many employers often think because people have a disability that they have only limitations when there are a lot of things they can do.”

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Lucky break put champ on track

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

ASBK Phillip Island Superbike Championship Sunday Afternoon Race Sessions 20/07/14 2014 Aus Superbike Championship Glenn Allerton. Photos: Andrew Gosling.
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ASBK Phillip Island Superbike Championship Saturday 19/07/14 2014 Aus Superbike Championship Glenn Allerton. Photos: Andrew Gosling.

WILTON’S Glenn Allerton capitalised on his home-ground advantage to take second place in the final round of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship series at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend.

Allerton claimed third, second and fourth place in his three races to get 60 points and a second place finish in the round results.

He mustered 314 points over the series to take fourth place in the overall championship standings.

The Wilton racer has experienced some good moments on the track this year, including winning his third Australian Superbike Championship, in July, at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria.

“The championship was very fast this year,” he said.

“I had done a lot of training and practise so I fully expected to win, but there is always the unknown of motorsport.”

The former Camden High School student won the event in 2008 for Honda and 2011 for BMW.

Allerton told the Advertiser he could hardly believe he had notched up his third Australian Superbike Championship win.

“When I was a kid in school it was my dream to be a champion at bike racing,” he said.

“It was something I thought about all the time and to be living my childhood dream feels great.”

He started racing dirt bikes in 1988 and his passion for motorsport grew. He continued to race until he broke his leg.

“I broke my leg in a big crash in Adelaide which set me back,” he said.

“I always liked watching Mick Doohan on television, so I decided to give road racing a go after my leg healed.”

Allerton feels he made the right call when he took up racing road bikes in 2001.

“At the time the broken leg was a bad thing,” he said.

“But now I look at it as a blessing because I then went on a path which led me to become three time Australian Superbike champion.”

He has set his sights on racing on the international stage, including taking part in future World Superbike Championships.

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Stop using verbal gymnastics over ABC cuts, backbencher urges PM

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Protesters rally against ABC budget cuts outside Parliament House on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied using “verbal gymnastics” over cuts to the ABC after one of his own MPs urged him to call a spade a spade and stop denying the government had broken its election promise.

Liberal MP Craig Laundy, who is well respected by his colleagues, raised the issue in the partyroom on Tuesday, several sources told Fairfax Media, on the condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to publicly comment on what takes place.

But in an encounter closely watched by MPs, Mr Abbott told his backbencher that he’d never said the ABC would be exempt from an efficiency dividend.

One MP said it was taken very badly by many Liberals who worry the Prime Minister is losing touch and refusing to listen to his backbench.

But two other sources were more favourable and said the Prime Minister didn’t slap down Mr Laundy.

Mr Laundy, who could not be reached for comment, is said to have told the Prime Minister he was willing to go out and argue the case in his marginal Sydney seat and was prepared to lose it for the right causes.

But the Member for Reid urged the Prime Minister to stop pretending the government had not clearly pledged the night before the election not to cut the ABC’s funding.

Mr Abbott told SBS on the night before last year’s election there would be “no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no chance to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS” if the Coalition was elected to government.

In question time on Tuesday, Labor seized on the government’s refusal to acknowledge the pledge and asked Mr Abbott: “Prime Minister, no-one will own up to making that statement.  Does the Prime Minister have any idea who said it?”

Mr Abbott said “of course I made that statement” and under pressure compared his promise to former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan who consistently promised a budget surplus he never delivered.

Earlier on Tuesday about 300 protesters rallied on the lawns in front of Parliament House against the cuts.

Lisa Robins, an environmental consultant from Canberra, waved a banner reading “Two-faced Tony” and ‘Hands off Bush Tele” in defence of the ABC’s national rural radio program Bush Telegraph, which was named among the programs to be chopped.

“I fear for free speech in Australia and for where our democracy is heading,” Dr Robins said.

“Tony Abbott was always having a go at Julia Gillard, [saying] who is the real Julia Gillard. Well, who is the real Tony?”

“I work in the natural resource management sphere and Bush Telegraph is one of the best pathways we have for communicating what’s happening in rural Australia.”

The opposition’s communications spokesman Jason Clare addressed the demonstration and said voters detested politicians lying about lies.

He led a recital of Tony Abbott’s infamous pledge that there would be no cuts to the ABC or SBS if elected.

“No ifs, no buts, no ABC cuts,” the protesters chanted.

Mr Clare also mocked the government frontbench by apologising for their absence at the rally.

“I have a few apologies I have to give. The first is Christopher Pyne,” Mr Clare said.

“Christopher says he is busy.

“He is reading all the comments that have been made on his petition.

Mr Pyne launched a petition on change.org last week to protect the ABC’s Adelaide production unit.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who was called upon but has not committed to Labor restoring the funds in full if elected, told the rally Mr Abbott had “made himself a bigger man than he is” through his regular attacks on lies in politics while he was in opposition”.

“Never has a politician in modern history pinned so much of his own character to the issue of not telling lies in politics,” Mr Shorten said.

“He was merciless in opposition. He made himself a bigger man than he is by saying he would be different.

“Now, what we have is this attack on the ABC. It is not just an attack on an Australian institution, it shows you that this PM has no commitment to keeping his promise with Australian democracy.”

Mr Shorten said the cuts amounted to the effective censorship of independent broadcasting in Australia.

The CPSU, which represents ABC staff, called on the government to release the efficiency review into the ABC on which the further funding cuts are based and vowed to “go hard” against management.

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