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Local sparkies scoop award

Tim Tams and coffee may well have given Blayney Electrical Services (BES) the edge, says owner Mike Whitten, after his business scooped the Small Host Company of the Year Award for the Orange region from Skillset on Tuesday.
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The Skillset manager of the Group Apprenticeship Program, Alyssa Bennett, said BES was recognised for its commitment to training local youth.

“They have been recognised for upskilling their workforce,” she said.

BES owner Mike Whitten said: “Skillset employs our apprentice and we host them and try to give a bit extra help so they get through their TAFE studies. I didn’t think we have done anything extra, but the Skillset field officer nominated us.

“For our business, there’s a fair bit of time and effort in behind the scenes stuff with our apprentices’ TAFE e-profiling to record their progress through their course, for example.”

The multi-award winning local business does mainly industrial and commercial electrical services and has taken on four apprentices since it began in 1996.

Tom Berrington, 22, is the current trainee and in the final year of his apprenticeship. Sam Lynch was the previous trainee, completing his apprenticeship last November.

Mr Berrington said: “It’s been really good working for Mike because I’ve gained a lot in terms of friendship, a bit of respect, I’m always learning and I have fun while learning.

“Mike shows a lot of care with his apprentices,” he said.

BES will be in the running for the regional title award to be announced at Skillset’s Training Awards ceremony in July.

Skillset used to be called Central West Group Apprentices and is one of Australia’s largest group training organisations.

It was set up in 1982 as a non profit company limited by guarantee owned on behalf of the community by chambers of commerces and councils in western NSW.

Blayney Electrical Services owner Mike Whitten with his award and apprentice Tom Berrington.

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Fresh Jindabyne portrait could win $20k

Hill and Heat, Jindabyne.PROVING plein is anything but plain is Sydney artist Greg Warburton, whose work Hill and Heat, Jindabyne has been announced as a finalist in the 2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Warburton’s work will be competing against 39 others for the $20,000 Prize, which will be announced in May at the Parliament.
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One of the more niche of the landscape prizes, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize showcases the grand tradition of ‘en plein air’ painting – a style requiring the artist to paint entirely out of doors, where they are continually challenged by all the shifting lights, compositions and conditions that nature can conjure.

From portraits of Kings Cross to Currawong, Hornsby to Jindabyne and Hill End to Rozelle, this year’s finalists have delivered a stunning showcase of the many rural, urban and natural scenes of New South Wales. And thanks to Warburton’s work, Jindabyne is certainly a stand out.

“This painting was done in January this year when, according to the locals, the Snowy Mountains experienced their hottest summer in memory,” says Mr Warburton. “I certainly recall the bitumen on roads and car parks melting in the heat, and a local pub purchasing a mobile air conditioner which had no noticeable impact thankfully the beer was unaffected.

“Hill and Heat, Jindabyne was made in this atmosphere. The location is in the hills not far from the lake and Jindabyne village. Painting outdoors can throw up particular challenges which forces one to adapt. In this case, with water based paint and gouache my chosen media, the hot conditions meant I had to work fast, but also constantly, because the paint was drying so quickly.”

A well-known plein air painter of some renown, Warburton has staged four solo shows, and has exhibited in numerous groups shows since 1979 including the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman, Dobell, Blake, Adelaide Perry and Mosman Art Prizes.

“Artworks such as this prove that NSW is home to some truly beautiful landscapes. The fact that there are so many artists dedicated to recording these scenes is just wonderful, and is the main reason we have hosted this Prize for six years in a row,” says the Hon Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council.”

“It’s a stunning exhibition and one that everyone should see,” says Shelley Hancock MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. “One minute you’re looking at a street corner in Darlinghurst and the next you’re transported out to Apple Tree Bay, or to Forty Baskets Beach all whilst standing in Parliament House!”

The 2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize exhibition opens at Sydney’s Parliament House on Wednesday May 1 and runs through until Friday May 31. Entry is free, and doors are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm. For the first time this year, there will also be a special Salon des Refuses exhibition, showcasing the remaining semi-finalists and their beautiful works.

Orange pair to have an SG Ball

MATT Boss and Tom Satterthwaite are used to looking at each other from opposite ends of a football field.
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But at St Mary’s League Stadium this weekend, their rivalry will take on greater significance than any game the two have played in.

Boss’ Penrith Panthers and Satterthwaite’s Balmain Tigers will clash on Saturday in the 2013 New South Wales Rugby League SG Ball grand final.

The game is a high water mark in the two fledgling careers.

This time last year, five-eighth Boss was working his way into the Orange Hawks Premier League side, while Satterthwaite, an outside back, was trying to do likewise for Orange CYMS.

The pair were regulars in regional junior representative teams, with their efforts attracting the attentions of the Sydney-based clubs, who rushed to secure the duo’s services for the 2013 season.

The moves have paid handsome dividends.

Penrith finished the regular season with the minor premiership, winning seven of their nine games while accumulating 256 points for against 159 conceded.

The Tigers, despite suffering just one more loss, were relegated to sixth place at the end of the season proper, having racked up 234 points and let in 199.

Both former Orange juniors have left their mark in the push to the grand final.

Boss crossed for a try in his team’s 22-6 semi-final win over the Bulldogs and last week played a key hand in Penrith’s 44-nil qualifying final demolition of the St George Dragons.

Meanwhile Satterthwaite has scored four tries in his last three games, including a vital double in their come-from-behind 24-16 win over the Parramatta Eels a week ago.

Penrith will enter the match with the favouritism tag, having easily accounted for the defending premiers Tigers in their only clash this season.

Balmain coach and former St George Illawarra halfback Matthew Head watched Boss’ side destroy the Dragons last weekend.

“They’re pretty impressive,” Head said.

“In round two or three they put 30 on us too, so they are a very good team.

“Hopefully we can go out and play our way, play well and who knows, it’s grand final day so you don’t know what will happen.”

Head’s Panthers counterpart Mark Horo, himself a former NRL player, is quietly confident his side will be holding the silverware on Saturday afternoon.

“They will be very hard to beat in the final against Balmain,” Horo said.

“St George threw everything at us and the boys just wouldn’t let them through.

“The good thing is that over the course of the year every player has played a part.”

The central west will be well represented in the game, with Wellington’s Brent Naden and Forbes’ Dave Cowhan joining Boss in the Penrith outfit.

The SG Ball decider will be preceded by the grand final of the Under 16s Harold Matthews competition, played between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta.

GAME OF HIS LIFE: 2012 Orange Hawks five-eighth Matt Boss will suit up for the Penrith Panthers in Saturday’s SG Ball grand final against the Balmain Tigers.

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Hanlon wins stroke event with 66 nett

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Former local Mick Hanlon was the winner of Saturday’s stroke event. Now playing at Condo, he was just a little bit too solid for the locals with his 66 nett.

The group behind gave him no chance when they watched him play the 15th via the 13th fairway, and saw his tee shot on the 17th dribble just past the ladies’ markers. What they did not see was Mick’s string of pars from the eighth to the 14th which swung the game in his favour.

Runner-up was Pat Walsh with 67 nett. He got the staggers over the last four holes – could not par a hole off some handy tee shots.

John Wynne was the next best with 68 nett on a countback. Having a six on the 16th put him out of contention. The pin winners were Steve Peterson and Col Pratt.

Sunday’s par event saw Barry Howell get the cash over his marker Allan Holmes with +4 on a countback. You have five minutes to find a lost ball, Baz located his ball with seconds to spare on the seventh.

They were searching in the rough when his ball was lying on the fairway after a lucky bounce off a tree.

Al spotted the ball, but later on he wished he hadn’t. Tex Tomek had +1 to be the other ball winner. Pin winners were Al and Peter Murphy.

Mid week ladies’ winner with 35 points was Di Donald. The other four players all finished on 34 points and Rhonda Holmes was the lucky draw winner. A big thankyou.

What a fantastic lot of golfers and members we have at the Royal Nyngan Golf Club.

We had a fantastic roll-up of helpers at the Anzac Day Races to help the lady golfers with the afternoon teas, drinks, etc., and the Men’s Committee with the barbecue. Thanks to:- Veronica and Pat Bourke, Sharyn, Geoff, Steve, Burls, Lesley, Marg S, Luan, Gillian, Mandy, Kirsty, Sandra, Helen, Dolly, Judy, Gai, Dianne, Cathy, Colleen, Rhonda, the two Bettys, Robert, Marg D, Nicole, Dave, Cristene, Andy, Chook, Louie, Don, Anthony Blake, Jenny Martin, Nyngan Foodworks, Bogan Shire Council and Nyngan Jockey Club for the many and varied jobs you all carried out to make everything run smoothly. Thanks also to the Nyngan and surrounding communities who supported the Nyngan ANZAC Race Day.

Appreciation from

Jenny, Mim and Peter

Next Saturday we play for the Ted Winter Cup. This year’s event is sponsored by Nyngan Innovations. The format is a 4BBB stableford, scratch and handicap medley select.

Sunday the first of the Open’s get underway with Cobar and Mendooran the first cabs off the rank, a stroke event for the non-travelers.

The ladies have the WDLGA 4BBB in lieu of the 3BBB team’s event.

Badge draw this Thursday night is for $500, the Joker draw remains at $500.

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