Golf day to help Legacy

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Last year more than 90 golfers teed off at the Grange Golf Club to support the fourth annual Legacy Charity Golf Day, and golf day organiser Phil Rath hopes to reach the 100 mark this Friday.

He is also hopeful the fifth running of the increasingly popular golf day will once again raise at least $5000 for Legacy.

He said Legacy was dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependants of Australian Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.

Across Australia Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1900 children and people with a disability.

With about 950 widows and dependants enrolled in the local area (Helensburgh to Gerringong), Legacy services are continually being required to assist those in need.

‘‘We don’t get any funding so whatever we raise goes to widows and their dependants,’’ Mr Rath said.

The golf day will start with a breakfast in the clubhouse from 7am-7.45am, before a shotgun tee-off at 8am.

Two drinks will be provided on the course and golfers will be served steak with salad after playing the game.

There will also be a raffle with an accommodation package at The Esplanade at Batemans Bay as first prize. The $60 entry fee includes breakfast, lunch and green fees.

Information: 0417 042 888

Pat Osmond, Phil Rath and Coralie Wilson will take part in the annual Legacy Charity Golf Day at the Grange Golf Club this Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

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Panthers’ spirit shines

Vivian Blurton. Luke Obal.
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The Lion’s Branden Harris

Timothy Yarren

Ruckman Timothy Jubb and Carey Park’s Jayden Wilson

John Klumpp and Carey Park’s Shannon Spadaccini.

Carey Park.

Vivian Blurton.

Carey Park’s Jordan Baggetta and the Lion’s Ethan Hughes.

FOOTBALL: It was a nail-biting ANZAC day clash last Thursday when the Carey Park Panthers performed a spirited come from behind victory in front of a home crowd to win by two straight kicks over the Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lions at Kelly Park.

The game drew a massive crowd and did not disappoint the spectators, with the lead changing four times in the last quarter to ultimately see Carey Park over the line with a 17.12-114 to 15.12-102 victory.

HBL opened up the game with a bang posting a five-to-two goal first quarter, as Captain David Newman let go of one of his trademark punts to get the score ticking over.

Best on ground Cody Garlett was able to convert for the Panthers through some hard midfield work from Jake Omara, but Newman hit back with another goal, as HBL got on top of the Panthers early, leading by 19 at the first change.

The Panthers opened the second term with some hard efforts from Liam Stewart ending in a goal for Carey Park, but HBL soon hit back with two of their own.

However Carey Park was able to halve the play in the second and stop the Lions run, as half time hit with the Lions still only leading by 19 points.

The third quarter came about and Carey Park needed to spark soon, and a goal from young gun Tim Yarran was able to help the Panthers find their feet.

Calum Leslie soon followed and the Panthers were able to reduce the lead to 8 points, however Jarrad Watson was able to convert for the Lions to help keep Carey Park at an arm’s length.

Lukas Teague then goaled for the Lions and it was quickly back out to a three goal margin.

However more work from Yarran and some serious pace through the midfield from Joel Coyne saw the Panthers convert through forward specialists Garlett and Matt Martin. Small forward Aaron Hill then set himself for two goals in a row and all of a sudden the Panthers had taken the lead.

However Brayden Prentice was able to sneak a goal in on the three quarter time siren, allowing the Lions a three point lead at the final change.

The fourth quarter started with teams evenly matched going goal for goal throughout the first fifteen minutes.

It wasn’t until Hill was able to kick his third that the Panthers strung together consecutive goals, as Jai Grantham was able to kick truly through more hard work from Yarran.

Prentice however soon goaled again, followed shortly by Hill for his fourth, and then HBL’s John Klumpp, to keep the Panthers lead in doubt.

Carey Park soon went forward again to Martin, who had struggled in contested marks all day due to Scott Delmenico’s defensive efforts. The ball hit the deck and was surrounded by ready-to-pounce Lions.

The Lions moved it quickly but to no avail as O’mara was able to take the saving mark and give it to Leslie for a goal, sealing the deal for the Panthers.

Carey Park will travel to Busselton next week to take on the Magpies, while HBL will pay a visit to Payne Park to take on Ryan Pitts’ Bulldogs.

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Great crowd gathers for ANZAC Day greyhound race

Last Thursday the Port Augusta Greyhound Club held its Anzac Day meeting.
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The weather was delightful and as usual the crowd was one of the biggest of the year.

Damien Mills, who travels from Woodcroft to Port Augusta for each meeting, trains Azz Always, which won the 682 metre distance event.

Another regular supporter is Peter Slater, who travels from Broken Hill to race his dogs at Chinnery Park.

Peter’s dog Jet Fields won its race, the third win over 447 metres at this track.

Many thanks go to ‘Della’, who has spent a lot of time and demonstrated much skill in the recent improvements he has made in and around the clubrooms.

The club is very proud of the work that Della has done and the Anzac Day crowd were all impressed.

Coming meetings include The Patrons 447 metre Free For All, to be held on May 11 and the 682 metre Anniversary Cup on May 25.

PRESENTATION: Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan presents Azz Always’ trainer and owner Damien Mills with the trophy.

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Girls and sport

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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“Boys are natural born risk takers, whereas girls are less competitive and more likely to be cautious”.

It’s the standard line trotted out whenever we talk about gender differences and sport. And no doubt people can back up the claim by reference to any number of observations from their daily life.

But why might this be the case? Where does girls’ “innate” cautiousness come from? Right about now, some readers are going to launch into a supposedly scientific explanation that begins in the Savannah and involves men outwitting Sabre tooth tigers while women sit at home and go online shopping. Or something like that.

But there’s a simpler explanation: girls are taught to be cautious and rewarded for avoiding risk-taking behaviour.

On a recent Saturday morning at a sports class I saw a small example of how this learning happens. My daughter was climbing a rock wall — with harness and everything — alongside a boy around the same age. The instructor helped both my daughter and the little boy up to the first toe-holds.

But that’s when things started to change. The little boy was encouraged to climb higher and higher. He was given help co-ordinating his hands and feet. At one point, the instructor took to the wall herself, climbing up to push him ever higher.

Meanwhile, my daughter perched there waiting. While she was assisted a little, much of this was simply holding her up, rather than actively encouraging her to seek out find toe-holds.

In total, the whole episode took just over three minutes. Of those three minutes, my daughter was being helped for just over one minute. And during some of this time, the assistance took the form of simply placing a reassuring hand on her back. The boy was given double that time, and was consistently challenged to scale ever higher.

I’m not suggesting that the instructor was deliberately giving the little boy more attention than my daughter. Nor do I think she was consciously encouraging the boy to extend himself while she primarily concerned herself with keeping my daughter safe. But, conscious or not, the outcome was that the boy came away believing he was capable of climbing the rock wall and deserving of attention and my daughter did not.

Now, it may be that I’m one of those most vile of lifeforms: the overbearing middle class father who constantly whines about how his little girl didn’t get a fair go. Perhaps. But there is a fair swathe of research that suggests that there’s a gender bias when it comes to instruction, one that extends well beyond my daughter and her sports class.

And this isn’t confined to primary or secondary school, but begins at pre-school. A 2005 study of 20 Swedish pre-school teachers — 10 female and 10 male —published in theEarly Childhood Education Journal, for example, found that play was highly gendered.

“Girls participate to a lesser extent in physical activities and when they do, they are often interrupted,” wrote the researchers.

Often this wasn’t deliberate, but was, unsurprisingly, a matter of the teachers repeating the kinds of play that they had engaged in as children.

“It is apparent that male preschool teachers’ own experiences of different sports activities made a lasting impression on their work in preschool. Today, when they work in preschool they try to support children’s needs in physical play”, noted the researchers.

“Female preschool teachers tend to prioritise calm play, which they also, for the most part, have experienced in their own childhood. Female preschool teachers emphasise the importance of social development in play while male preschool teachers accentuate the significance of physical development.”

And it’s not just physical development that is affected by gender. Other research suggests that girls are often not encouraged — or given the opportunity — to extend themselves intellectually.

In her 1994 bookSchoolgirls, which was based on a year with eighth graders at two Californian schools, for example, Peggy Orenstein noted “that boys are referred for testing for gifted programs twice as often as girls”.

Orenstein notes that this may be because giftedness is regarded as rare in boys and is therefore more often noticed. Since girls’ intellectual giftedness conforms to gender stereotypes, their abilities are regarded as normal, and therefore not seen as requiring the kinds of special attention of a giftedness program.

Happily, when my daughter had a second go on the climbing wall, she was paired with another little girl. And what do you know? Both received about equal attention.

If we want our daughters to be brave, courageous, physically active, and feel equally deserving of attention, then we need to be vigilant in challenging gender stereotypes. Because even with the best intentions, if we are not consciously rejecting outdated gender roles then by default will continue to do what we’ve always done and confine our girls to the bottom rungs of life’s rock wall.

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Oakeshott: Do you support same-sex marriage? 

PORT Macquarie MP RobOakeshott believes a bipartisan approach could well see Australian votershaving their say on same-sex marriage.
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The Lyne MP believes theSeptember 14 federal election is the ideal opportunity to put a“plebiscite-style question” to the people.

The catch – if there isone, and Mr Oakeshott feels it can be overcome, – is that it all parties needto agree on the question.

“If there’s amulti-party agreement then I think there’s a lot to be said about getting somedirection from the people,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“It’s hard to argueagainst the collective view of the Australian people.”

The MP was quick topoint out that despite the obvious policy differences between the two major parties,bipartisanship was not a foreign concept to this parliament.

He cited the recentNational Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill as one prime example.

Late MarchCoalition MPs praised the government and Community Services Minister JennyMacklin, who described the bill as the most significant social reform since theintroduction of Medicare.

Add tothat NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s decision to sign up to the Gillardgovernment’s education funding reform package and Mr Oakeshott believesagreement is possible.

Another ofthe crossbenchers, New England MP Tony Windsor, prompted the latest round ofdiscussion on marriage equality earlier this week.

“Discussionof same-sex marriage hasn’t fallen away despite the recent rejection of theproposal by the federal parliament and local people continue to lobby me bothfor and against change,” the Tamworth-based MP said.

MrOakeshott’s experience in his electorate has been similar. Interest in theissue, he said, has grown over time.

“For along while it wasn’t high on the radar. It wasn’t so much of an issue at the 2010federal election. At the 2008 by-election it didn’t really feature and the samecan be said of the 2007 general election.

“But whenpoliticians started to get involved with the work of the High Court, groupsbecame interested and over the last two years a lot has changed.”

A referendum-style question, Mr Oakeshott said would be as simple as: Do you support same-sex marriage?

It is, he said, “a sensible and natural next step”to a socially significant question.

A referendum question, Mr Oakeshott said would be as simple as: Do you support same-sex marriage?

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Camp keeps kids on go

Nevertire Nyngan Mid West Pony Club Camp
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Following on from a highly-successful Mid West ODE, Nevertire and Nyngan Pony Clubs combined to hold a terrific camp making use of Nyngan’s fantastic facilities.

More than 50 children and their trusty steeds gathered on Sunday afternoon for three days of fun and instruction.

Polo X, horse ball, camp drafting, horsemanship, sporting, dressage, show jumping, X country and vaulting were on the action-packed agenda.

Sarah Venamore is greatly sought after as a dressage coach, as well as being internationally successful in the sport of vaulting and a national vaulting judge.

Children of all ages were delighted with the exercises undertaken on both the vaulting drums and horses, and enjoyed two days of her outstanding instruction.

Murray Henderson, riding high on his win at the mid west, instructed the camp drafting. Heath Jones did horsemanship, Lachlan Ross for Polo X and Glen Manton the showjumping. They all travelled and willingly gave their time to the next generation of riders.

Exceptional parents and club members made sure the children had experienced all aspects of riding in a fun and energetic way.

Nyngan Pony Club, The Mid West and The Bogan Shire Council are to be commended on their well-maintained and terrific facilities.

John Hoy had the X country course in top condition and catered for all levels of riders with challenging and interesting jumps to school on.

With two clubs catering for the camp, cakes, slices and treats kept smiles on both instructors and children’s faces.

Warm days and cool nights in swags around a campfire were enjoyed along with the outdoor cinema and craft activities on offer.

Nevertire Pony Club president Angela Noonan ended the camp praising the children for their exemplary behaviour, the parents for their hard work and Nyngan Pony Club for having blind faith in Nevertire’s organisational skills.

o Lauren Moody getting over the jumps at the pony club camp.

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Fishing companies to be congratulatedIt

It is now 12 months since the Adopt a Beach program was put into place, and it would be nice to see what types of debris and the amounts collected are.
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There has been a huge improvement in 12 months with the amount of marine debris that had been washing ashore previously at Point Bolingbroke.

The two companies that have monitored beaches south of Tumby Bay, Blaslov Fishing and Tony’s Tuna, have done their beach clean up regularly.

In particular Blaslov Fishing have gone above and beyond what they were ever asked to do and this company is one that can set an example to others in the aquaculture Industry.

I would like to commend Justin Nelligan from Blaslov Fishing on his effort and thank him for his support.

The beaches are the cleanest they have been in many years and its has been pleasing to have people say that it’s nice to see the beaches clean of the rope, plastic and other material they used to see littered along the coastline.

At the end of the day some have realised that it was not that hard to do the right thing and to monitor what was washing ashore.

It is something that needs to continue and I would like to see the program continue.

It would be disappointing to see a successful program and the work that has been done and results achieved all come undone.

Minimal marine debris is being collected from around Point Bolingbroke compared to when the Adopt a Beach program first started, when every few weeks more than 100 kilograms of debris was coming ashore.


Bolingbroke, Tumby Bay

Well done to local police officers

I want to use this forum to publicly thank the two police officers on patrol who stopped on Mortlock Terrace to give me a lift home in the early hours of Friday morning after the Anzac Day commemoration.

I estimate I had walked about 12 kilometres that day and found out I’m not getting any younger.

After trying for about half an hour to get a taxi I gave up and decided to walk (not a very good idea).

My lower back was killing me and my legs and feet were aching so it was with huge relief I accepted your offer.

Unfortunately I failed to get your names so gentlemen, once again I thank you very much.

You showed great community spirit and are a credit to your uniforms and the SA Police.


Vietnam veteran and RSL Port Lincoln president

$20,000 raised for Zac Noble

Zac’s family are grateful and humbled by Eyre Peninsula’s wonderful country kindness.

We wish to convey our sincerest thanks to everyone who gave their time and talent, generous donations of money, auction and raffle items, food and accommodation for Zac’s Benefit.

All proceeds will go toward Zac’s personal care and comfort as well as equipment and treatment for his rehabilitation.

We are hopeful that Zac will transfer to a country nursing home soon.

Thank you all so very much.



Are the fairies at work in Canberra?

With the departure of experienced Labor politicians, one has to wonder who is advising the prime minister.

Could it be the fairies at the bottom of the garden?



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Landcare celebrates its true champions

Upper Snowy Landcare Champions Robin and Phil Daley, Angel John Gallard (Snowy River Alliance), Linda and Chris Millington, Stuart and Jan Reid.LOCAL landholders who have made outstanding contributions to natural resource management in the catchment were honoured at a Landcare dinner hosted by the Upper Snowy Landcare Committee.
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Adrian Begg, Chair of South East Landcare, which covers the Southern Rivers region, presented four “Champions of the Catchment” awards to people who, through innovation, persistence and a wilingness to assist others that share the similar land management problems, have improved the condition of natural resources in the Upper Snowy Catchment.

A Champions award was presented to Phil and Robin Daley for their outstanding work in the control of grassy weeds on their property as well as the work that Phil has done in sharing his techniques at weed field days run by the Berridale Rocky Plain and Snowy River Landcare Group.

Not only have the Daleys been able to transform their property from a weed and rabbit haven, they have also been able to develop new techniques to address the emerging African Lovegrass problem on their property.

Stuart and Jan Reid of “Murlingbung” received an award for their work in taking the principles of sustainable grazing management developed elsewhere and translating them to the harsh reality of grazing on the Monaro.

Not only have the Reids invested in the development of fencing and water infrastructure on their property to support the system of cell grazing on their property but, over the last 20 years, they have persisted, often through trial and error, to develop a system of grazing

rotation that is suited to the long cold winters and unpredictable rainfall on the Monaro.

Chris and Linda Millington of “Goldfields”, Dalgety have battled against the odds of fluctuating rainfall and heavy insect attack in their endevours to rehabilitate their land along the banks of the Snowy River.

As with many people who live along the Snowy, although the Millingtons both work full time, they have made the planting of trees and the management of weeds in their riparian zone (and also on the rest of their property) a priority.

With funding from the snowy Banks program managed by the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, the Millingtons have been able to fence of sections of the River, install off-stream stock watering points and use irrigation systems to water new plantings of trees and shrubs along the river banks.

The final award of the night went to the Snowy River Alliance group who have been at the forefront of the campaign for the restoration of environmental flows to the Snowy River since the early 1990s.

Through ongoing hard work, this small group of individuals, which includes people from Dalgety through to Marlo, have convinced politicians of all persuasions of the need for water to be returned to the Snowy River to restore the health of the river. Their persistence has been rewarded with the study completed by the expert panel of scientist into the health of the river and the subsequent legislation of environmental flows for the river.

The Champions of the Catchment awards started with an idea by John Carter of Far South East Landcare, who wanted an opportunity for the efforts, perseverance and the inspiration provided by local Landcarers to be recognised by their peers. Often what is important in the management of natural resources at the local catchment level is not as relevant to the criteria used in judging State or National Landcare awards so these awards are born out of the Landcare ethos of “Local people, Local problems”.

When introducing the Champions awards, Chair of the Upper Snowy Landcare Committee, Vicky Bridgewater said, “These awards are also recognition of partnerships in Landcare that occur at a number of different levels.

“Firstly there is the partnership that occurs at each household and farm level. As everyone would understand, there is a sharing of the decision making, there is a sharing of the work load and there is the support given to each other in the management of the land. Importantly there is also support for each other in the activities off their own property through contributions to community groups such as Landcare and our awards honour these family partnerships” she said.

Mrs Bridgewater described the partnerships the Upper Snowy Landcare groups have with their partners in the management of our natural resources, including the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the Federal Governement Caring for our Country program.

“Tonight and on the bus trip tomorrow, we will see outstanding work that has been done by Landcare with out partners in the management of the Monaro grasslands, work to combat the perennial grassy weeds, which are the greatest threat to the sustainable productivity and biodiversity of our grasslands as well as the efforts that are being made to restore the health and vitality of our rivers”, she said.

Mrs Bridgewater especially commended the partnership with local government, especially Snowy River Shire Council. Mrs Bridgewater said,

“The contribution of the Council vegetation management staff to the planning of our weed control programs and their contribution to our

field days has been invaluale.”

Following the awards dinner on the Friday night, there was a bus tour to the properties of the award recipients. Amongest attendees on the bus tour were Landcare members from the whole of the South East landcare region, which stretches from Wollongong to Eden and up to the Snowy Mountains.

Satisfaction and stupidity: an ironman’s motives

ASK most triathletes why they’d take on an ironman, all 3.8 kilometre ocean swim, 180km bike ride and marathon run, and the answer is usually one relating to personal satisfaction following months of hard work.
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The euphoria, the feeling of accomplishment.

There’s always one, though.

“I really don’t know the answer to that question,” Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club president Steve Martin said, heading a record number of Piranhas heading to this year’s Ironman Australia event at Port Macquarie.

“The entries didn’t close out in 20 minutes, or something like they usually do, so there was a few of us who had no intention of joining, saw a few spots still open and stupidly registered ourselves.

“I guess it’s a bit of peer pressure as well. The group we’ve got sort of all said, ‘I’m in, I’m in, I’m in’, and it sort of got out of control.”

In all, 24 Orange men and women, over half of them first timers, will take on the 2013 ironman event, one of the most popular in the country.

Over 1500 people will travel, some from across the globe, to take part in the race.

The atmosphere will be electric.

“A lot of people have read into it a lot more than I have and the atmosphere is supposed to be very spectacular,” Martin added.

“There’s a lot of spectators and we’ve got over 100 Piranha supporters there. On the day it’s going to be pretty amazing, and hopefully that’ll be enough to get us through each of the three legs.”

The overall winner of the event will finish the race in nearly nine hours, while Martin expects the first Orange athlete to come in at around the 10½ hour mark.

“There’s a number of people that have been putting in 20 to 25 hours of training a week. Hopefully they get the rewards they deserve,” he said, later adding some of the Orange entrants may find it a little tougher than others.

Namely himself.

“There’s been a couple putting in a few hours a week … hopefully they get to finish,” Martin said.

And if they do, Martin said they’d be finishing the 226km round circuit with him at the back of the pack in a time closer to 15 hours.

“I still can’t answer the question as to why I’m doing it,” the club president said smiling. “Stupidity.”

The Ironman Australian Port Macquarie event will be held on Sunday.

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CHEER SQUAD: A large contingent of Orange triathletes and supporters will be at this Sunday’s Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie.

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Teachers welcome Gonksi reforms

Western Sydney teachers have welcomed the news that NSW is the first state to sign up to the Gonski reforms, and will receive $5 billion in additional federal funding to implement them.
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Premier Barry O’Farrell and state Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today announced they would find an extra $1.7 billion in the state’s budget to help deliver the reforms.

A group of teachers from Blacktown, Glenwood and other suburbs visited Canberra to encourage the welcome outcome the day before the Council of Australian Governments meeting of April 19.

The meeting broke without a decision on the Gonski reforms by any state government.

Mr O’Farrell said Gonski would provide more resources and fairer distribution of them in NSW schools.

“The NSW government’s … education reforms delivering more local decision-making by principals and school communities, focusing on quality teaching, and improving literacy and numeracy standards are consistent with the direction of the Gonski Report,’’ he said.

A guarantee of Commonwealth funding will be legislated by July 1.

State funds are expected to be found by deferring the abolition of inter-governmental agreement taxes, an efficiency dividend to be implemented in 2015 and state budget savings — some from reforms to vocational education and training fees and subsidies.

Mr Piccoli said the funding would deepen and accelerate education reforms in NSW, including allocation of resources directly to schools.

He said the majority of Gonski funding would go to schools that need it most.

Quakers Hill High School principal Lauretta Claus said Gonski offered a model that addressed inequities in the distribution of funds to schools.

She said the federal government’s schooling resource standard — built on Gonski principles — was similar to past funding arrangements, but the more generous base student amount of $12,193 would effectively allow her to hire 16 more teachers.

‘‘If you had 16 extra teachers that’s the opportunity to provide an even greater diversity of subjects,’’ she said.

‘‘Public schools are the heavy lifters.

‘‘The majority of students that meet the loading requirements, the kids from low socio-economic backgrounds, whose English skills are limited and those with a disability are all met by the public system.’’

Teachers see green

Here’s what the signatories said:

‘‘Our students and staff deserve better learning and working resources/facilities. Most people would be amazed at what public schools are able to achieve with such limited resources. Imagine what could be achieved with real funding for support, resources and facilities.’’

‘‘I care about education. I care about the welfare of students. I give a Gonski.’’

‘‘Do you want us to provide a sub-standard education for our students? We need your support!’’

‘‘The students are our future and we need the funds to guide them to the right career. Teaching is a vocation and needs funding.’’

Today’s children will be paying your old-age pension. Do the right thing for the future.’’

‘‘Quality teaching depends on quality funding in our public schools.’’

Showing support: Quakers Hill High School principal Lauretta Claus and Blacktown Teachers Federation president Liz Rose flank a mobile billboard which asked Premier Barry O’Farrell to deliver NSW’ share of funding recommended by the Gonski Review. Picture: Mike Sea

Young Tigers have good start to 2013 season

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The 2013 season is in full swing with three rounds completed already.

Once again NJRLC has received excellent registration numbers across all age divisions, in particular large numbers in our mini football ages (five to nine years).

The competitive age groups (10’s, 11’s, 12’s, 14’s and 16’s) have also held up very well, while a few extras in the 14’s and 16’s wouldn’t go astray.

It is not too late to register this year, if you are interested please call 0409 222 903.


The Nyngan Under 9’s travelled to Narromine on Saturday expecting a hard game.

Nyngan players Reg Herbert and Jack Buchanan started the day in strong fashion tackling players well above their weight.

Tom Yeo and Jesse Beetson ran well and were hard to stop every time they had the ball. Will Richards is continuing to improve pulling off some good tackles and showing some surprising speed with some long runs.

The twins Jack and Tom Gadsby troubled the defence continually all game. Nyngan continued to go try-for-try in the game with a good “Bomber” Healy being hard to stop. It often took four to five tacklers to bring him down.

Rory Quarmby played well saving some certain tries with good defence. Digby “Rein” Barrow was hard to catch with his elusive running and scored a try with a good run from dummy-half and looked certain to score another, but only to be stopped by desperate defence.

Saxon Grant played well and showed surprising speed with several long bursts through the middle of the Narromine defence. When these boys get their defence in order they will beat anyone on their day.

Under 11’s.

Last year’s grand finalists have continued their good form from the past season. After the first three rounds they remain undefeated.

On Saturday the boys took on the always-tough PCYC Dubbo team and came away with a very impressive 18-6 victory.

After a tight opening 10 minutes, Will Boag got the Tigers on the board with a very determined effort from 20 metres out. Toby Smith added the extras for a 6-0 lead. The score remained the same until half-time, thanks to some great defence from everyone, especially Lachy Donnelly and Cale Dunn.

The second half didn’t quite start how they would have liked with an early PCYC try leveling scores at 6-6.

From then on the game was all Nyngan. Captain Bill Quarmby led from the front again. He was well supported in the forwards by Jack Ryan and Tyler Martin.

Tough work up the middle enabled wide-running backrowers Kyle Hall and Will Boag plenty of room to move and they made plenty of ground each time they got the ball.

Lock forward Sonny Knight was as usual outstanding making 39 tackles and many line breaks. Col Robb-Piper and Toby Smith controlled the ruck area well and both were rewarded with tries in the second half.

The new recruits Emma Teale and Zander Wood also played very well, both gaining in confidence each week. Emma’s got plenty of pace to burn and Xander has all the skills.

Full-back Cale Dunn turned in another five-star effort, tackling fearlessly and causing the defence problems each time he touched the ball.

His combination with Lachy Donnelly in the centres is just starting to gel.

Coaches pick for Player of the week went to Will Boag, great game Boagy!

Under 12’s

As with the 11’s, the 12’s also remain undefeated after a decisive victory against Narromine.

Star of the show was Bill Sheather who crossed for a hat-trick of tries. Bill really has flown off the blocks early this year, playing great football each week.

Campbell Woolnough was another to standout, scoring a try from a kick-off and proving dangerous with each touch.

Cooper Ryan, Terrence Ryan and Cooper Martin also deserve a mention for relentless work in defence.

This team is a big chance of going for back-to-back premierships but this will only happen if the boys can make sure they get to training each week.

Under 14’s

The one that got away. The boys got out to a good lead before knocking up late in the second half.

Scores finished level at 44-all. Best for Nyngan were Tom Garment and Corey Turk. Tom Waterhouse and Jak Jeffery also worked hard throughout.

Under 16’s:

Despite being beaten by Wellington, the 16’s put in 100 per cent effort throughout. Best for Nyngan were Mitchell Williams-Hedges, Logan and Jackson Hourn.

All teams are away this weekend please check with coaches for game times.

Next home game will be Saturday May 11.

o A good crowd watched the Nyngan junior Tiger games when they played St John’s.

o Nyngan Tiger Kyle Hall in action.

o Lachy Donnelly a flyer for the Nyngan Tigers.

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More housing and respite

QUILT: Jill Anderson and Karin Oswald from the Quilters Guild with Bedford s Seth Carey and Cara s Narelle Scafidi at the presentation of a Quilters Guild quilt to the new Bedford residents.A THIRD supported accommodation home for people with a disability will open in Port Lincoln later in May.
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This follows the opening of not-for-profit organisation Cara’s second supported home, which now has tenants moving in.

Since its first local camp two years ago, Cara has acquired three homes offering accommodation and respite options, the first being acquired in September 2011 offering accommodation and respite in three units, with the second and newest being this new four-person home, and a third home to open later this month offering respite services for six young people.

Cara chief executive Denice Wharldall said the newly opened home offered the opportunity for greater independence for people living with a disability.

The new home opens the door to a wider range of support services for people living with a disability and their families.

The home, which was built under the Bedford Homes for 100 program and is managed by Cara, welcomed its first residents last month.

The property has facilities tailor-made for residents who use wheelchairs, including wide hallways, double doors to bedrooms and bathrooms, easy to access kitchen facilities, ramps, 24-hour on-site staff support, and a garage built to accommodate wheelchair transport vehicles.

Ms Wharldall said in recent weeks the final touches had been put in place, with furniture, electrical equipment and carpets supplied and installed by local businesses to accommodate the four residents.

“As a disability services charity, we have recognised the ongoing issue where clients in Port Lincoln have needed to travel to Adelaide or Port Augusta in order to receive respite and accommodation services.

“This new home is one of three Cara is now managing in the Port Lincoln area since we commenced services here.”

Cara first started in Port Lincoln with its Camps for Kids program.

The camps program offers children with a disability across South Australia the opportunity for a fun weekend away, which also provides much needed respite for their parents.

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Dalgety’s Patty Thompson retires from volunteering

AFTER being part of the Dalgety Hall Committee for 29 years Patty Thompson – ‘Mrs Spick and Span of Dalgety’ – has decided to hang up her broom and take off her apron as Secretary of the Dalgety Hall 355 Committee.
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The Snowy River Shire Council acknowledges Pat’s unpaid years of service to the community. The current 355 Committee hope those who have enjoyed the use of the Hall join them in their congratulations and reflect on this enormous feat that is only one year from the “Big three-0 (30 years ) as a volunteer on this committee.

Michelle White has now taken up the responsibility as secretary. She always has the community at heart and has participated on other community committees, P & C, Tennis Club, currently involved with the Coolamatong Club and is the Dalgety School Bus operator.

Maybe it is a type of succession planning as Michelle is also the daughter of Megan and Jeffrey Power, who are also part of this “Powerful Team” of the Dalgety Hall group of volunteers, along with Judy Walters and Gloria and Rodney Mugridge.

At his last 355 meeting and AGM, outgoing council representative, Councillor Bill Smits commented to Councillor Vickii Wallace, “This committee has always been well recognised by Snowy River Shire Council and the wider community, as hard working and doing a great job.”

Clr Smits said “it is very much a hands on group, whether it be cleaning up after a function or oiling the floors themselves”.

The Dalgety Hall is not only the hall Patty keeps clean. Patty has also looked after the Dalgety School for 25 years and has kept the Buckley’s Crossing Hotel tidy for along time.

Many of the large homesteads have had Patty’s elbow grease to keep them looking their best. Patty is also a member of CWA and Red Cross and keeps herself busy in many other ways within the community.

Patty’s move to bustling Berridale from “River Glen”, Dalgety, would have been initially sad; leaving her lovely riverside homestead and extensive garden beds. But her new garden now overflows with flowers and vegetables with the assistance of her “partner in crime” Keven Burke.

At the recent Dalgety Show, Patty blitzed it with most successful exhibitor in vegetables, in the flowers; four 1st and two 2nd prizes, in cookery three 2nd prizes and a 1st prize in needlework.

Patty and Keven have a common love of music. Patty has revived the musical afternoons in Berridale at the CWA rooms and they are both key members of the monthly musical afternoons at the Cooma Bowling Club, with Keven on his harmonica and Patty by his side.

The council’s general manager, Joe Vescio, has thankrf Patty for her contribution to the community and notes the fantastic example she has set as a community volunteer.

There are many ways residents can contribute to their community with volunteering for the local hall committees being one of them.