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Calare MP stages listening posts

From left Forest Reefs resident Maureen Campbell who spoke with Federal MP for Calare John Cobb about her concern about the proposed wind turbine project for Flyers Creek. They were discussing the issue at Ryan’s Bakery last Friday.Concerns about changes to family day care, the Blayney railway crossing, the windfarm proposal and amalgamation threat were some of the issues the Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, heard at his listening posts in Blayney shire last Friday.
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He spent time at the Millthorpe Store and Ryan’s Bakery to hear residents’ concerns about any local or national issue.

Mr Cobb said: “I’ve heard that women doing family day care can have a maximum of four instead of five children in their care from 2014.

“They are going to lose 20 per cent of their income, but their costs will be the same. It’s a crazy situation – I’ll see what I can do.”

The Blayney railway crossing had been an issue with it being blocked during peak ‘hour’ as school buses were trying to cross, said Mr Cobb, but feedback from residents showed that it had improved more recently.

Regarding the amalgamation threat, Mr Cobb said the “feeling in Millthorpe was that it was probably going to happen” [that Blayney would merge with Orange and Cabonne local government areas].

“Blayney shire is good for five years [according to the recent Treasury Corp report], but after that, I think it might get into a bit of trouble.

“Orange council would be very interested in Blayney’s mines and water.”

Mr Cobb said the Coalition – of which is part – was keen for the referendum on whether local government should be recognised in the constitution to better assure its funding.

“The reason most people want [local government] recognition by the Commonwealth is for money to go direct to councils as we could do with roads.”

He said that could be challenged in the high court by the State Government, which he claimed “hides about 10% to 15%” of the Federal funds it receives to hand out to local councils.

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Study seeks smokers who gave up ‘cold turkey’

PEOPLE who have given up smoking ‘‘cold turkey’’ in Blacktown are wanted by University of Sydney researchers as part of a study on the most successful quit methods.
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Study leader Simon Chapman said his team would interview them to find out how they successfully quit smoking.

He said there was a huge level of research ignorance that most ex-smokers quit without drugs or professional help.

In a recent paper published in the journal, Tobacco Control, Professor Chapman and collaborator Melanie Wakefield argued that most people manage to give up by themselves, without the use of ‘‘clean nicotine’’ methods, such as patches.

Professor Chapman said those insisting that non-combusted nicotine should be an essential accompaniment to mass cessation had either forgotten, or were ignorant of, the history of how this massive phenomenon occurred for 25 years.

“In the 50 years since the 20th century’s smoking epidemic began to decline from the beginning of the 1960s, hundreds of millions of smokers around the world have stopped smoking permanently,’’ he said.

Those wishing to help can register for the study by phoning 93517789.

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New App encourages kids to Walk Safely to School

On the eve of term two starting, Walk Safely to School Day has been announced.
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Scheduled for Friday, 24 May 2013, the announcement comes with the launch of an exciting new interactive App which will encourage more children to walk everyday.

Walk Safely to School Day Ambassadors, Liza Emanuele and Lisa McAskill said the App was a great way to build excitement and connect with kids in the lead up to the day.

“My son Hugh loves the App. It is a great way to monitor how far you are walking and as a consequence means you make more mindful decisions about travel and therefore walking more,” TV presenter and trainer Lisa McAskill said.

The free App has not only been developed to help build awareness of the Walk Safely to School day campaign, but to help meet one of the national objectives of the day whereby every Australian child is exercising at least 60 minutes a day, in a bid to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and other health related issues.

To assist meeting this target, the App has been designed with fun and interactive features to encourage regular walking not only in the lead up to the day, but beyond, such as; being able to track kilometres travelled to and from school, time spent walking and the average walking speed in a bid to make walking to school more fun and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Other ambassadors are also joining the ranks to encourage walking as part of everyday life, such as the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood who will walk his son to school on May 24.

Walk Safely to School Day is a national community initiative.

Now in its 14th year, it aims to raise awareness of the health and environmental benefits that walking can have for the long term health of our children.

All schools are encouraged to participate in the day and promote the App.

To find out how, visit the website www.walk南京夜网.au

ENCOURAGING: After the announcement of this year’s ‘Walk Safely to School’ day, an app has been released to encourage children to walk safely to school.

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Another tough day for Maggies

The best thing about the Magpies trip to Coffs Harbour to play the Comets was that a full quota of players turned up to play.
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Obviously the big defeats in the first two weeks of the competition have not deterred the players’ enthusiasm.

Injuries hurt the reserve graders, as player after player seemed to be leaving the playing field.

Unfortunately a lot of his groupies will be disappointed to see Beefer’s nose bent across his face.

Tries to Jordan Bolt and Dylan Somers and a goal to Jordan left the full-time score at 54-10 to the Comets.

Under 18’s player Braedon O’Brien stood out for the Magpies and Jordan Bolt played strongly.

In first grade, after another promising start, things soon turned pear-shaped and the Comets ran the Magpies into the ground.

While all players gave it their all Matt Bush, Dan Beverly, John Bond, Dylan Edwards and Max Redstone stood out for the Magpies.

Things do not get easier next Sunday when the in-form

Macksville Sea Eagles travel to the Graveyard to take on the Magpies in three grades.

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Call for aboriginal efforts to be recognised at Bunbury’s Anzac Day services 

THE  recognition of New Zealand at Bunbury’s Anzac Day services this year has raised debate that aboriginals should also be acknowledged.
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About 3000 people attended the dawn service at the Bunbury War Memorial which featured a traditional Maori blessing from Fr Kuzie Tuhura and the playing of the New Zealand national anthem.

“We were very pleased with the turnout at the dawn service this year and it was definitely one of the biggest we have had for many years,” Bunbury RSL president John Gelmi said.

“I think the dawn service is popular because it has such a peaceful atmosphere and the ode read in Maori was a beautiful thing.”

The Bunbury Mail received feedback from residents that the service should put more focus on the involvement of aboriginals.

“A lot of locals have family that went to the war and I think that they should be recognised in the service,” said local Noongar elder Dennis Jetta.

“When you look through the history of the wars, aboriginal people made a big contribution to defending our lands and that should not go unmentioned.”

Many veterans marched in the parade down Blair Street which also featured local school groups.

The main service was held at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell and saw more than 5000 people in attendance.

The service was attended by a number of dignitaries and featured a wreath laying procession and a speech from special guest Don Robertson.

Father Kuzie Tuhura delivered traditional Maori blessings at this year’s Anzac Day services in Bunbury.

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North Ballarat Rebels continue to lose

THE North Ballarat Rebels’ win-less run continued at the weekend, going down to Calder Cannons by 54 points in round five of the TAC Cup.
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The Cannons adapted better to the strong breeze at Craigieburn, with Ricky Schraven and Josh Cauchi running riot in a match-winning third term.

North Ballarat started strongly and trailed by just 10 points at the first change, despite kicking against a five-goal breeze.

Things did not go to plan for David Loader’s charges in the middle two quarters, with Calder opening up a 58-point buffer by three-quarter time.

“The first 25 minutes was the best quarter of footy we have played all year,” Loader said.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to sustain that into the second and third quarters.”

Stawell-bred ruckman Kyle Hendy was named the Rebels’ best, while Kalkee’s Josh Webster had another good hit-out in defence and in the forward line.

Ararat on-baller Jake Robinson was another solid performer.

Injured Horsham Saints pair Keegan Mellington, knee, and James Richards, groin, missed the clash because of injury.

Loader said both players were likely to return in the next fortnight.

Walpeup-Underbool key forward Dallas Willsmore is still a few weeks away with a knee injury.

The Rebels will have another chance for their first win of 2013 when they take on Sandringham Dragons at Eureka Stadium on Sunday.

The Cannons adapted better to the strong breeze at Craigieburn, with Ricky Schraven and Josh Cauchi running riot in a match-winning third term.

North Ballarat started strongly and trailed by just 10 points at the first change, despite kicking against a five-goal breeze.

Things did not go to plan for David Loader’s charges in the middle two quarters, with Calder opening up a 58-point buffer by three-quarter time.

“The first 25 minutes was the best quarter of footy we have played all year,” Loader said.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to sustain that into the second and third quarters.”

Stawell-bred ruckman Kyle Hendy was named the Rebels’ best, while Kalkee’s Josh Webster had another good hit-out in defence and in the forward line.

Ararat on-baller Jake Robinson was another solid performer.

Injured Horsham Saints pair Keegan Mellington, knee, and James Richards, groin, missed the clash because of injury.

Loader said both players were likely to return in the next fortnight.

Walpeup-Underbool key forward Dallas Willsmore is still a few weeks away with a knee injury.

The Rebels will have another chance for their first win of 2013 when they take on Sandringham Dragons at Eureka Stadium on Sunday.

Calder Cannons 12.11 (83) d North Ballarat Rebels 3.11 (29)

Goals: North Ballarat, Josh Webster, Liam Hoy, Seamus Blake. Best: North Ballarat, Kyle Hendy, Matt Crouch, Josh Webster, Mitchell Bowman, Lachlan Cassidy, Jake Robinson.

REBEL: Walpeup-Underbool key forward Dallas Willsmore.

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Promise to listen: PMHC in Laurieton tonight

CAMDEN Haven Chamber of Commerce will host Port Macqua­rie-Hastings mayor and councillors at tonight’s meeting to discuss issues affecting local business.
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The council will make a presentation on the planning documents for the next four years and operational plan which details the projects to be undertaken in the upcoming financial year.

The meeting is open to all local businesspeople, iKew (former visitor information centre) volunteers and interested parties to attend.

“As a chamber one of our key objectives is to create greater recognition of the Camden Haven, to attract tourists and potential residents to our area so that our local businesses and community enjoy a continual improvement in trading and lifestyle conditions,” said chamber president Garry Carpenter.

“All projects adopted by chamber reflect this objective. It is important that chamber members recognise that this is their best opportunity to comment and play a part in the planning process.

“The last meeting attended by the mayor and councillors was very well received and this meeting will be the same.”

Refreshments will be served at 5.45pm ahead of the meeting which starts at 6.15pm at the Laurieton United Services Club.

For more information about the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce visit www.camdenhaveninfo南京夜网.au. For tourist information, there is a link on this website to the marketing branch of the chamber’s site www.visitcamdenhaven南京夜网.au and in a matter of weeks volunteers and chamber members will be able to access www.ikew南京夜网 for further iKew events.

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Young Braves stand tall on weekend road trip

Bellinger Valley Braves had some good results in the Northern Junior League basketball competition on the weekend.
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UNDER 14 MEN

Game 1 on Saturday was their first competition game as a team and they struggled a little at first to put plays together.

Quirindi put on a physical game and ran their lead out to 26 points.

By midway through the third quarter, the Braves managed to reduce the lead to 10.

The score see-sawed from then on and after a great effort the final score was Quirindi by 14.

Following a loss to Kempsey, a very close game against Tamworth was decided after five minutes of extra time with Tamworth winning by 2.

In the final game against Taree the “Young Braves” stepped up to show they could be a force in this competition with 59-50 win.

UNDER 16 WOMEN

The Braves under 16 women have proven they are formidable team bringing home four wins from four games in Armidale last weekend.

Taree was the first to suffer defeat, going down by 39 points, with a similar result for the well-drilled Braves team in the next game against the Ballina Breakers.

Sunday morning’s game against a bigger, well-drilled Quirindi team was a test to the months of hard training sessions put in by the girls.

The outstanding performance by Holly Brindle at both ends of the court coupled with the determination and stamina of Taylor Schellenberger and Aimee Sully secured an 11-point lead for the Braves at the half-time break.

The consistency and tenacity of guards Tallulah Foggiato, Lara Brindle, Molly Phillips and Ruby Roddenby, alongside the size and strength of Maxine Rolstone and Bronte Flanagan was the nail in the coffin for Quirindi with the Braves very deserving winners 67-53 at the final siren.

The last game for the weekend against Grafton was a lacklustre affair with the Braves easily shutting down the Vikings by 20 points.

Given that this newly-formed team has three girls who still qualify to play at under 14s level as well as three new players to the rep basketball world the future for this team is certainly looking very bright.

UNDER 16 MEN

A great weekend in Armidale.

Thanks to Christian, Brock and Tristan for boosting the team numbers to make the team complete. Jacob from Port is also a valued team member.

The boys got off to a good start with a convincing win against Tamworth.

In the second game they were put to the test and went down to Quirindi.

Their third against Taree was an absolute nail biter that went into five minutes of extra time.

Unfortunately the Braves could not hold on, and were beaten by 3 points.

Sam, Jacob and Vincent were exceptional on the court.

On Sunday, with only six players, the young Braves dug deep and completed their weekend with a win over Kempsey.

River performed well. Anton, on loan from the under 14 men, stepped up and played a great game putting some points on the board and giving his team mates an extra player for the bench. Lucas Van Haren showed his usual dominance in all games.

Well done, and with a few more training sessions together as a team, we are in for a great season.

State League import and coach Ervin Herron (centre) with his mighty under 14 men (fromleft) Noah Stevens, Hayden Consodine, Sam Shellenberger, Brad Hickey, Nicholas Harry, Andrew Radford, Hudson Taylor, Ashley Shellenberger and Coey Dean.

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Aerobatics to wow Wings Over Illawarra crowd

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Excitement is building in the Illawarra in the lead-up the region’s biggest air show this weekend.

Former RAAF Top Gun instructor Matt Hall is expected to deliver the highlight of this year’s Wings Over Illawarra, with a daring aerobatics display.

Hall’s display is a new addition to the seven-year-old event, and part of efforts to add to its modern elements.

‘‘We still have the historic aircraft side of things but it’s a new addition that’s going to bring some new people down,’’ said Chris Clark, air display co-ordinator.

Organisers are hoping for a crowd of 15,000 people, with the event set around the theme Celebrating Naval Aviation – a nod to the centenary anniversary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet into Sydney.

Michael Hough, of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society, said spectators would have the chance to enjoy static displays and – for the buffs – see some of the maintenance being carried out on aircraft, including the HARS Neptune.

Mr Hough said the event was a proven tourism drawcard for the region.

Wings Over Illawarra is at Illawarra Regional Airport this Sunday. Gates open at 9am.

Former RAAF Top Gun instructor Matt Hall will take part in this year’s Wings Over Illawarra event. Picture: RICHARD BRIGGS

Information: www.woi南京夜网.au

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Hawks stand firm and down Gatton

TWO very long road trips in a week could not dampen the Hawks’ spirit and while Lockyer Valley was very keen to replicate their 2012 AFLDD season performance (two wins over the Hawks), Goondiwindi had something to say about that. After a stunning final quarter performance by Goondiwindi, the Hawks have now secured two wins on the trot.
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Goondiwindi started strongly, having most of the possession of the ball. Young Hawks’ player Alex McNaughton played the quarter of his life, in the first term, showing his speed and agility on the wing, leaving his Demons opposition in his wake. Lockyer fought back at the end of the first term to be just 13 points down.

Hawks lost ever reliable goal sneak, Michael Lynn, to injury and this made a difference in their forward line.

Lockyer Valley Demons lifted their game in the second quarter, yet the Hawks still managed to score the first goal from the boot of coach, Brenton Jardine. Pressure was mounting; the Hawks team fumbled the ball and Lockyer fought back.

Goondiwindi’s ever reliable Dave O’Toole steadied the ship, kicking a much needed goal to take the Hawks into the long break with a 21 point lead.

The third quarter proved to be the battle ground; both teams keen to gain the upper hand over their opponent. Goondiwindi started stronger and through constructive play and sheer determination – Brenton Jardine to Dave O’Toole to Jeremy Leahy – Jezza scoring the first goal of the term. The Hawks showed more of a structure to their team play. Unfortunately this did not last long.

As the quarter progressed, Goondiwindi were not able to capitalise on their runs through the middle and basic skill errors crept into their game; allowing the Lockyer Valley Demons to gain the upper hand in possessing the ball. The Hawks won the rucks, and despite the determined efforts of Jeremy Leahy, the Demons won the centre clearances and were able to score more freely, kicking the next three goals.

Back pocket player and Hawks’ players’ player, Myles Sheahan, was instrumental in keeping the Demons at bay turning over possession many times, together with support and strong performances from Gus McLaughlin and Adam Scoble in the backline.

Lockyer had momentum going into the final break kicking their fourth goal just before the siren. The Demons, with a win in sight, were pumped for the final quarter challenge.

Well, a challenge is what they got!

Refocused Hawks took to the field for the final term and their game stepped up three notches. Put simply – the Hawks blew the Demons out of the park.

Goondiwindi dug deep, challenging and pressuring the Demons at every turn, not allowing Lockyer any momentum up forward. The Hawks showed complete dominance. They held their marks, kicked long, shepherded and manned up.

Switching Adam Scoble from centre halfback to full-forward was a masterstroke by the Hawks’ coaching team with Adam scoring five goals in that final term.

Try as they might, Lockyer was not able to get the ball into their forward line as the Hawks’ defensive pressure was steadfast and strong.

Hawks’ ruck, Stuart Lowe, won the majority of his ruck contents and Steve Collett, Dave O’Toole, Brenton Jardine and Jeremy Leahy were all single-minded in their determination to win the centre clearances and propel the ball forward, not allowing the Demons any chance of gaining possession for very long.

Confidence grew for Hawks’ Zac Naismith, Joel Neilsen and Cam Thomas with some strong marks and kicks that found their targets each time. Cam Goulter, awarded the player of the match by Lockyer, continues to improve his marking and kicking game and battled hard for every possession, while returning Hawks players Matt Starling and Matt Brown were tough and reliable across the field, giving everything they had.

Hawks’ Gael Chany kept running all day, never giving up, whilst alternating ruckman, Nathan Owen, did his absolute utmost in keeping the Hawks on track and propel the ball forward towards the Hawks’ forward line.

In the end, the Hawks were far too strong around the ground and kept the Demons scoreless in the final term while kicking 7 goals, 5 behinds in what can only be classed as an inspired display of team footy.

Hawks’ coach, Brenton Jardine, said after the match, “despite being flat after two long road trips in a week, I was very pleased with the boys’ team effort”.

“It was very gratifying to see how well the Hawks responded after I asked them to dig deep for the final quarter. They didn’t let me down.”

Special mention too from last week’s match to Nathan Owen for his tenacity and the goal he scored but was not recorded.

This week the Hawks are at home to a young, fast Dalby Swans team, who are coming off a win over the Highfields Lions. The day at Riddles Oval starts with Under 12s, followed by Under 14s, followed by the senior match.

Quarter by Quarter Scores:

Goondiwindi Hawks 3.3 (21); 6.5 (41); 7.9 (51); 14.14 (98)

Lockyer Valley Demons 1.2 (8); 3.2 (20); 7.4 (46); 7.4 (46)

Goondiwindi Goal Kickers: Adam Scoble 5, Brenton Jardine 3, Dave O’Toole 3, Jeremy Leahy 2, Cam Goulter 1

Goondiwindi Best Players: Myles Sheahan, Brenton Jardine, Dave O’Toole, Stuart Lowe, Adam Scoble, Alex McNaughton

Gus McLaughlin races the ball from the backline.

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