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Winemakers at the Farmers Market

THE month’s Wingham Farmers Market feature producers are Dale Bradshaw and Sooze Bosire of Old Inn Road Wine.

Dale and Sooze’s property is located near Bulahdelah. There they have a one hectare vineyard with 2500 vines, growing a mix of Verdelho, Chambousin and Dolcetto.

The venture started five years ago, and they are now in their second year of commercial production and have produced some beautiful wines courtesy of award-winning wine makers Nick Paterson and Matt Burton.

Dale says lots of people are surprised that grapes could be grown in Bulahdelah, and “the secret is to pick the variety (of grapes) that suit your area.” They have tried a different type of Verdelho grape, so people can expect a slightly different taste to other wines, and they assure us that thanks to the dry weather before Christmas the 2013 vintage will be great.

Old Inn Road Wines are truly boutique. Dale and Sooze proudly state their grapes are all handpicked, and the vines handpruned for the best results.

The grapes are whole bunch pressed to avoid bitter tasting phenolics, leaving a wine which lasts well but is best drunk fresh. They also boast environmental responsibility, and are looking at being fully biodynamic within the next three years.

They will have special light weight bottles for 2013 so they use less raw materials and less fuel for transport, the cartons are all recycled, and tasting cups are made of corn starch not plastic. Dale says he just loves the chorus of the frogs on their place!

The newly bottled 2013 vintage will be available at the next Wingham Farmers’ Market on May 4, and makes an excellent lunch wine.

Also at the market at Wingham Showground this Saturday yummy hot soup will be back at the community stall, and there will be a talk at 10am by Beren Williams.

Beren sells biochar generated from his property at Lansdowne.

Biochar is a relatively new and very interesting product, so come along to hear just how it benefits the soil, the environment and your veggie patch!

If you want to have a stall at the Wingham Farmers Market call Annette on 6550 7213.

Locally grown or made, spray-free products are preferred. For new stall holders the first market is free! More information atwww.winghamfarmersmarket苏州美睫培训.au

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An inspiring legend, says Reece Hartveld

WINGHAM High School captain, Reece Hartveld spoke of the significance of the Gallipoli landing and the Anzac legend at Wingham’s main commemoration service last week.

“The birthplace of the Anzac legend, the infamous Gallipoli beaches and ridges, a place where many lost their lives in a campaign which resulted in futility and eventual retreat, but also a place where Australians and New Zealanders alike were able create a legacy for themselves with their unyeilding determination and commitment to a just cause.

“And it is this spirit which should not be soley linked to Gallipoli, but rather any men and women who have laid down their own lifes for the sake of others, which to me, is the essence of Anzac Day – to remember and respect those who came to the aid of others in times of need during any conflict, be it World War I to Afghanistan.

“The Anzac legend is not necessarily one particular thing, but rather a collective group of personal qualities such as courage and selflessness which began with the Australian’s and New Zealanders at Gallipoli.

“Now when asked of the significance of the Gallipoli landing, I did not think of it as a show of Australia’s military strength and fighting power, but rather its strength in the face of diversity and danger, and the mateship and comradery which developed as a result of this.

“It must be remembered that all of those who were part of World War I were volunteers, and went to preserve and defend a basis for life as we know it for other people.

“Farmers, office workers, tradesmen to professionals, people who were the same age as me if not a little older, did not come home, or were in such a state that they were reliant on others to care for them.

“The fact that they placed any future hopes of building a life for themselves as barter for the freedom and lives of others is something which lies at the heart of the Anzac legend.

“The fact that people at such a young age were making such a huge decision and sacrifice is something all young people here today should reflect on.

“So even as we approach the 100th anniversary of the landing, we may still remember those Australian men and women who have sacrificed themselves throughout the course of our short history, and to hopefully take some of those qualities which they shown so readily away with us this morning.”

Wingham High captain, Reece Hartveld.

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Here to help

The appointment of three new salaried medical officers has been welcome help this year as the Whyalla hospital continues to make improvements and developments.

The appointments help fulfil a commitment from Country Health SA and the Minister for health and ageing to provide additional support at the hospital.

Doctor Aftab Ahmad Cheema and Doctor Jalal Qamar started at the hospital in February while Doctor Sheraz Jamil started at the hospital just this week.

Country Health SA director of medical services Doctor Susan Merrett said the doctors will help to improve services to patients in the Whyalla community.

“Dr Cheema, Dr Jamil and Dr Qamar will support the work of the GPs across surgery, anaesthetics and medicine and provide medical support for the specialist physician service,” she said.

“As is often the case across rural parts of Australia, it has taken time to recruit to these positions so it is great to have the three doctors on board.

“The appointment of salaried medical officers is a huge step towards transforming Whyalla hospital into one of the four country general hospitals.”

With works continuing on the multi-million dollar hospital redevelopment, Dr Merrett said the hospital is shaping up to be an important hub of activity for medical professionals.

“As more salaried medical officers are employed, Whyalla will become a major centre for the training of rural doctors in the future,” Dr Merrett said.

Dr Cheema and Dr Qamar have both worked in Australia for the past 12 to 18 months with Dr Cheema graduating in 2008 and Dr Qamar in 2009, both in Pakistan.

Having previously worked at Modbury, the Royal Adelaide and Lyell McEwin hospitals, Dr Qamar said he was enjoying working at the Whyalla hospital.

“I wanted to experience working at a country hospital and the people here are very friendly,” he said.

“It is great to be able to work across the different areas of the hospital and support a variety of patients.”

Coming to Whyalla after working at the Flinders Medical Centre, Dr Cheema said one of the main attractions for him was the fact the hospital was going to be one of the main country general hospitals.

“It is a great opportunity to be able to work in what will be one of the big country hospitals,” Dr Cheema said.

“Since starting in February I’ve worked in the High Dependency Unit and in Anaesthetics and the increased exposure to the consultants means you can gain more experience.”

Dr Jamil has started at Whyalla hospital after graduating and working in Pakistan and said all the staff had been very helpful and welcoming at the hospital so far.

“I look forward to working at the hospital and making a contribution to the local community,” he said.

“Working in a country hospital, especially one going through a transformation into a country general hospital, provides a great opportunity to learn from all the senior doctors, GPs and nurses, and also to work and gain experience across a wide range of departments in the hospital.”

Country Health SA aims to have four salaried medical officers working in Whyalla and work is continuing to recruit to the final position.

The appointments are also part of a wider move to provide rural-based training to junior doctors.

Two additional trainee GPs will also be rotated to work at Whyalla hospital later this year.

WELCOME: The Whyalla hospital has welcomed three new salaried medical officers (from left) Doctor Jalal Qamar, Doctor Sheraz Jamil and Doctor Aftab Ahmad Cheema.

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Volunteering for Red Shield Appeal

Teresa Morris is volunteering for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal this year because she knows what it feels like to be in need.

Ms Morris said when she lived in Sydney she had to use the homelessness service until she was able to get back on her feet and now she wanted to give back so other people could also use the same service.

This will be the first doorknock appeal Ms Morris has been involved in however she said she would hopefully continue to volunteer for the appeal in subsequent years.

“I’ve got a target that I’d like to get while I’m doing it, if I could raise about $200 I’d be really happy with that,” she said.

Ms Morris said she was hoping to do the appeal in her own area or through the Westland Shopping Centre.

She said she was most looking forward to the generosity of other people during the appeal when they donated money.

“The money is going towards useful things such as housing and food and it’s a really good cause so I’m happy to be helping out and doing what I can for it,” Ms Morris said.

Ms Morris said she would encourage prospective volunteers to sign up for the appeal because it was a great opportunity and it was helping someone in need.

The Salvation Army holds a street outreach program every fortnight for anyone to come along to.

It is held at the foreshore on Fridays at 5pm.

The army hopes to mobilise 100,000 volunteers across the country for the Red Shield Appeal.

The Red Shield Appeal helps the Salvation Army provide more than 100,000 meals and 5000 food vouchers to hungry people and 2000 beds for homeless people every week.

To find out more information about the Red Shield Appeal or to sign up as a volunteer phone the Salvation Army on 8645 7150.

DOORKNOCK: Local woman Teresa Morris will be volunteering for this year’s Salvation Army Red Shield doorknock Appeal. Ms Morris said she would encourage people to sign up to the appeal so they could help give back to the community.

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Estuary fish left to rot

RESIDENTS facing the Vasse River estuary are angry that thousands of dead fish have been left to rot on the banks and in the waterway.

When the Department of Water was contacted about the cleanup the Mail was referred to the city as they were coordinating the cleanup, however the city said it had finished.

The Department of Water said the combination of water and fish pathology tests would indicate that the likely cause of the fish deaths was an adverse reaction to noxious substances and bacteria associated with the breakdown of high organic loads washed down the drains by the first winter rains.

“Low dissolved oxygen was found in initial water tests and although it appears not to be the direct cause of death, it is likely to have contributed,” a spokesperson said.

The deaths have sparked a call for action from Busselton mayor Ian Stubbs and the Minister for Fisheries and Vasse MLA Troy Buswell.

Mayor Stubbs, has formally written to Mr Buswell, urging the State Government to appoint an independent person to undertake a thorough review of the management of the waterways, and advise the State Government on the changes necessary to ensure these kinds of events did not occur in the future.

“Thousands of fish died during this latest incident, which the city believes could have been avoided if the right management structures were in place and resources available.”

Mr Buswell has supported Mayor Stubbs’s request. He said there were important issues that needed to be dealt with.

He has written to the Minister for Water Terry Redman saying the deaths were very frustrating and “clearly shows that no lessons have been learnt from the 2010 event”, when there was a previous mass death of fish in the estuary.

Estuary resident Phillip Moore, who was one of the first to discover that fish were dying was disappointed that the fish cleanup was called off.

A member of FAWNA he said they had done a conservative survey, which estimated 45,000 fish had died over three kilometres.

“It was clear that with the minimal resourcing and absence of agency responsibility that there was no plan in place for a cleanup of this magnitude,” he said.

“This is very sobering due to the number of kill events that have happened here.

“The concern now is the impact of those tens of thousands of rotting fish left in an estuarine system that was obviously sick before this episode.

“We need a lead agency to now come forward and work with these agencies and concerned community members on improving the health of the estuary.”

FAWNA president Jeff Falconer indicates to some of the rotting fish in the estuary.

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Tale of two bridges

THE replacement of Marlee and Duffs Bridge on Bulga Road, is the result of cooperation between a passionate community group, a desperate council and a reluctant state government.

The tale of these two bridges spans a century.

The building of Marlee Bridge in 1900 and Duffs Bridge in 1903 marked a new era for the communities upstream of Dingo Creek.

The wooden structures were erected at a time when good-quality timber was plentiful and community participation was the norm when it came to building and maintaining rural infrastructure.

Originally built for horse and cart, these bridges spanned high above the Dingo Creek and meant residents could get to Wingham and back in one day, instead of having to stay overnight in town.

Over the decades the bridges withstood the impacts of motor vehicles and later heavier vehicles, including logging and milk trucks.

In 1995 the State government declassified Bulga Road and Comboyne Road from their regional road status. They became local roads, which meant all maintenance, including these two timber bridges (by then each over 90 years old ), was now the responsibility of the council. Council was given a small amount of compensation which was used to further the sealed sections of both roads (at the community’s request).

In 2009, routine bridge inspections of Marlee and Duffs Bridges, on Bulga Road, indicated they were beyond repair. In fact the 109- and 106-year-old bridges, particularly Marlee Bridge, were classified as dangerous.

Greater Taree City Council immediately placed an unprecedented load limit on Marlee Bridge of two tonne, which meant that only regular sedans could use the bridge. Four-wheel drives and heavier vehicles were diverted along a 20 kilometre (largely unsealed) detour through Mooral Creek, until a solution could be found. Duffs Bridge posed a similar problem, with a load restriction of 12 tonne.

The situation was considered by residents and council as a ‘civic emergency’ as the communities of Marlee, Bobin and Elands were now a further 20 kilometres from town and emergency services would also have to use the detour.

Unfortunately for council, an application with the Department of Defence to utilise one of their 15 de-commissioned bailey bridges (as an alternative to the onerous detour) was rejected.

Attempts were made to access some funding from then roads minister David Campbell, but he indicated the bridges were entirely council’s responsibility and no funding would be forthcoming.

Tourist Drive Eight Action Group (TD8, formed in 2008 to advocate for improvements to Bulga Road after a significant landslip in 2008) also petitioned the minister, making a personal trip to his office in Sydney, but came away disappointed.

Faced with isolated communities, which included school children travelling almost two hours to get to school, the city council resolved to spend its entire bridge budget for two years, to get the bridges replaced.

Sandra Kwa of TD8 remembers the situation seemed hopeless, with the community being asked to foot the bill, even though there were more than 150 other timber bridges in the region, which were also in poor shape.

“I didn’t know what to make of it all. I couldn’t believe the State government would wash its hands of the situation when they had left our council in such a predicament,” Sandra said.

Tourist Drive Eight proved to be a powerful ally for council and they continued to lobby the State government.

“Col Hurrell discovered our local member, Andrew Stoner was visiting Wingham and speaking to farmers in Wingham Central Park, so we decided on the spot to go and talk to him directly about this problem,” Sandra said.

This turned out to be a significant turning point. Sandra showed Mr Stoner a document written by the Regional Road Classification Review Panel, which stated timber bridges on declassified regional roads should still be eligible for State funding.

“Once I showed Andrew this, he promised us he would use it to get some funding,” Sandra said. In the end, the State government agreed to allocated $2.5 million towards the reconstruction of both bridges.

Council paid for the remaining $4 million.

“I think the replacement of these bridges should be held up as a great example of what can be achieved when local community groups, councils and the State government, work together,” Sandra said.

However Sandra and the TD8 group are still eager to hear from Andrew Stoner’s office regarding their petition to have Bulga Road reclassified as a regional road. The petition was presented to him personally in July last year and contains 3000 signatures.

“Bulga Road satisfies the criteria of a regional road as it is a major tourist route leading to a natural icon of state significance,” Sandra said.

Andrew Stoner said he has tabled the petition with the minister for roads.

“After consideration by the minister, I will be tabling the petition in Parliament,” Mr Stoner said.

The new Marlee Bridge opened to traffic on April 15 this year.

The opening of the original Marlee bridge on April 21, 1900.

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GALLERY: On track action Day 2

Race 1 winner was Alivital, pictured with jockey Darren Gauci, trained by Michael Moroney. Darren Gauci rides Alivital to victory in Race 1.

Royal Hawaiian and jockey Michelle Payne took out Race 2.

Winner of Race 2 Royal Hawaiian was trained by Ciaron Maher, pictured with jockey Michelle Payne.

Royal Hawaiian’s connections had plenty of reasons to celebrate after Race 2.

Royal Hawaiian trainer Ciaron Maher with jockey Michelle Payne.

Royal Hawaiian winning connections, including trainer Ciaron Maher (far left) and jockey Michelle Payne.

Race stewards watch over Race 2.

Decoupez, pictured with jockey Alan Creighton, was trained by Bill and Symon Wilde.

Trainer Symon Wilde.

Alan Creighton and Decoupez.

Michelle Payne won Race 4, her second event for the day, with Akavoroun.

Akavoroun owner Wayne Cox.

Akavoroun owners Wayne Cox and Colin McKenna with trainer Ciaron Maher.

Michelle Payne won her second race for the day with Akvaroun, after winning Race 2 with Royal Hawaiian.

Pictured are winning connections to Akvaroun, including owners Wayne Cox and Colin McKenna, and trainer Ciaron Maher.

Akvaroun and Royal Hawaiian trainer Ciaron Maher.

Race 6 winner was Rococco ridden by Glen Boss and trained by Mick Price.

Race 6 winner was Rococco ridden by Glen Boss and trained by Mick Price.

Jockey Glen Boss rode Rococco to victory in Race 6.

Race 6 winner was Rococco ridden by Glen Boss and trained by Mick Price.

Warrnambool Racing Carnival crowd.

Jockey Glen Boss.

Warrnambool Racing Carnival crowd.

Rococco owner owner Drew Morphett was more than happy with the win.

Black Cavier trainer Peter Moody and Simon O’Donnell and horse racing media identity Dr Turf.

Brungle Cry, ridden by Steven Pateman, approaches the last hurdle, followed closely by Beer Garden, ridden by Brad McLean.

Jockey Gavin Bedggood is unseated from Xaar Best, on the final turn in the Galleywood. Both jockey and horse are fine.

Steven Pateman salutes the crowd, after winning the Galleywood Hurdle aboard Brungle Cry.

Darren Weir

Race 8 winner was Five O’Clock ridden by Brad Rawiller and trained by Darren Weir

The field in the Wangoom Handicap heads for home, with winner Second Effort, ridden by Brad Rawiller, in the centre (red sleeves, black and white check)

Wangoom Handicap winner Second Effort ridden by Brad Rawiller and trained by Clinton McDonald

Wangoom Handicap winner was no1 Second Effort ridden by Brad Rawiller

Wangoom Handicap winner Seciond Effort connections (fro left) John O’Grady, Antony Blackshaw, Brodie Arnhold, Damien Mori and trainer Clinton McDonald

Cosmic Demon jockey Michael Walker

Race 9 winner was Cosmic Demon ridden by Michael Walker and trained by Darren Weir.

Galleywood Hurdle winner was Brungle Cry ridden by Steven Pateman and trained by Robert Smerdon, both pictured with the trophy.

Robert Smerdon

Companion horse Louis (owned by Simone Ferchie, of Geelong) and travelling with Linwood Bridge, receives a carrot from Lynette Sheppard, of Warrnambool.

Race 1 runner Precious Zen receives a wash down.

Race Stewards from left Ray Walsh, aboard Dino, and Janet Williams, aboard Fred, in the parade yard.

From left- Bianca Gilcrist, of Winslow, Bernie Tichbon, of Mount Gambier, and Colleen and Greg Fawkes, of Bushfield, celebrate as Royal Hawaiian wins Race

Poplin, ridden by Steven Arnold, rears up as stewards try to move it to the barriers before the start of Race 3

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Hey Jude, you’re a great principal

Source: The Area News, Griffith

A Griffith principal’s passion and devotion for her school has been rewarded.

In recognition of her leadership and commitment, Griffith Public School principal Jude Hayman has been named one of two inaugural winners of the Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship.

She will undertake a post-graduate professional short course at the prestigious Harvard University in June.

“I got the call to say I’d been shortlisted and had an interview with a panel of six over the holidays,” she said.

“It was nerve-wracking but they said that they could see the care that I have for the kids.

“You can’t be in this job if you don’t love them.

“I think this is less about being the principal; it’s more about working collaboratively with staff, which my staff does well. Fortunately for me I work with diverse staff members that have great ability.”

Ms Hayman said she was thrilled to receive the prestigious honour.

“I’ll be participating with principals from all over the world and hopefully I’ll be able to bring back some new ideas I can use here,” she said.

“I’m over the moon. I think it will be challenging but I’m really excited about it.”

Along with principal of Chifley College, Bidwell Campus in Sydney’s west Mark Burnard, Ms Hayman was presented the prestigious scholarship last night at the Public Education Foundation’s “Celebrating the Achievements of Public Education” Awards night at the Sydney Town Hall.

Public Education Foundation chief executive Verity Firth said the foundation wanted to offer principals in the government sector an opportunity that might have otherwise been out of reach.

”It’s both a reward and an incentive,” she said.

”This is a reward for the dedication they’ve already given to public education and also a life-changing and career-changing event, something that fills them with ideas and inspiration, and they can come back and apply that at their local schools.”

Griffith Public School principal Jude Hayman. Photo: Anthony Stipo

Lani puts her skills to use

Lani Green has a talent that would astound most.

Through the use of charcoal, pencils and pastels, Lani is able to create marvellous portraits of both people and animals alike.

Lani has been drawing since she was a child and discovered her talent for portraits when she was a teenager in high school.

Attending Whyalla Stuart High School, her talent was spotted by her art teacher Mr Murphy.

After leaving high school, Lani pursued other mediums such as painting, mainly fantasy scapes of fairies and other mythical creatures.

Giving her hand drawings a break for six years, Lani has picked her skill back up only to receive great acclaim and a lot of interest from buyers.

“The last couple of years I’ve started to try and do something with it,” Lani said.

An artist friend of Lani’s suggested that they have a bit of a draw one night and she drew her first portrait in about six years.

“I managed to come up with one that was better than any of the ones I’d done before,” Lani said.

“I didn’t really do much with it and then people started booking me to do it for them.”

In the last couple of months Lani has been helped by Steve Walker, assistant principal at Whyalla Stuart High School.

Steve spotted Lani’s talent through a mutual friend and came up with ideas on how to make her artistic talent a viable business.

Lani already has a facebook page where her portraits are displayed and people can commission her for one of her pieces.

Word of mouth is currently the main form of business for Lani’s art.

Pets have been a popular business, with many people wanting a drawn likeness of their favourite furry friend.

Westland Shopping Centre is the next port of call with Lani and Steve looking to rent a stall at the local mall to help get the word out for her very unique talent.

A website is also on the horizon with Lani speaking to a few different people to try and get a web presence up and running.

Lani is also looking at entering in the Clare Art Show in July and hoping to have a presence at the Whyalla Show later in the year.

Steve has been a great help to Lani constantly encouraging her.

“Everything he said he was going to do, he’s done,” Lani said.

“He said he’d hate to see me get to 30 or 40 or 50 and never be given the chance to see if I can actually make it as an artist.”

Always looking to grow and be inspired in her art, digital art is another medium that Lani is also experimenting with at the moment.

She is hoping to hone this new skill so she can start making posters of fantasy creatures as well as part of her artistic business venture.

Adelaide is also on the horizon with Lani hoping to get some of her artwork displayed in cafes and museums to start getting her work well-known.

To view Lani’s artwork go to www.facebook苏州美睫培训/LanisPortraitsAndPaintings.

WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: Lani Green uses charcoal, pencil and pastels to create incredible likeness of both people and animals alike.

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Police hunt for stolen art

A LOCAL artist called police after the front door of his gallery had been forced open and the premises rummaged through.

A security alarm was activated when thieves broke into the art gallery near Ngilgi Cave.

Artist Adam Stanley advised a painting, similar to the one pictured, measuring around 500mm x 300mm was stolen.

•In a true case of the underestimated underdog, a man armed with a wooden fence picket defended himself against an attacker with a combat knife, and came off best.

A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital with a fractured forearm after the Anzac Day fight.

It is alleged the man with the combat knife was threatening the other. He has been charged with going armed in public to cause fear.

•An arrest warrant has been issued for the woman involved in a pursuit from Perth to Busselton early last month. The 24-year-old was expected to appear in court on Monday but failed to show.

The 23-year-old man is due to face court in Bunbury next Friday.

•A flare was let off between Quindalup and Siesta Park just before 5am on Monday.

Several people reported the incident to Dunsborough police, however no boat in distress was located.

Acting Sergeant Clay Whitehead from Dunsb-orough police warned people against setting off flares unless in a life-threatening situation.

“There are severe penalties for letting flares off unnecessarily,” he said.

•Thieves broke into a Fairbairn Road home through an open kitchen window on Tuesday afternoon, stealing a white Toshiba notebook and small quantity of prescription medication.

•Residents came home from a holiday last week to discover their Armstrong Road property in Broadwater had been rummaged through. Three passports were stolen in the burglary.

•Cash was stolen from a black Toyota Hilux ute parked at the old Dunsborough boat ramp on Thursday. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.

•Dunsborough Police are also seeking information relating to a burglary that occurred in Quedjinup from April 4-25. An orange Stihl chainsaw and a carton of Jack Daniels and Cola was stolen.

A painting similar to this was stolen from a local gallery.

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