Weather holds for show success

At the time of writing this column a very successful first day of the Nyngan 2013 Show had occurred with ideal show weather.
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Good support was evident for all the ring events with all the horse stalls full.

Our local schools should be commended for their attractive displays in the Wye Pavilion.

Other first day features like the Speed Shearing, Poultry and Wool Pavilion, Animal Nursery, Yard Dog Trails, dog races and jumps seemed well-supported with the biggest crowd for many years attending the rodeo.

Thanks to president Chris Elder and all members of the show committee and stewards who have rolled up their sleeves again to ensure everything possible was done to prepare and stage this year’s show.

Also appreciation is extended to all involved from Bogan Shire Council who have prepared the grounds to a very high standard and have done a lot of work to ensure all the recent events at the showground (Easter Rugby League Carnival, Small Schools Camp, Equestrian Events, Pony Club Camp and Anzac Day Races Meeting) were well catered for.

Our community continues to give excellent support to the yearly Anzac Day Services and March, with the large turnout from our local schools in holiday times, a significant part of the formalities to remember all those who did not come home.

The local RSL Sub-branch has commenced planning for Anzac Day 2015, as we join all other communities to remember the centenary of Gallipoli, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Nyngan’s 1990 flood.

Congratulations are extended to our neighbouring Shire of Brewarrina as it celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

We attended a combined church service last Sunday,

followed by the launching of two books to commemorate the 150th anniversary by state governor, Professor Marie Bashir AV CVO, who also presented the mayor Wulf Reichler with his OAM.

StormCo were back in town last week with lots of local children attending their sessions.

They seem to enjoy coming back to Nyngan regularly each April holidays as much as our

children enjoy participating in their games and organised activities.

I am sure many families join Council in thanking them for the enjoyment they bring, and

positive role models they are for all who have contact with them.

A number of draft legislation papers and reports have recently been released by state government.

The “White Paper” on planning legislation seeks to streamline planning approvals and speed up considerably the time taken to approve Development Applications to motivate the construction of new homes.

Councils and communities are to be extensively involved in forward planning what developments they want on their respective areas.

The first lot of recommendations to the Primary Industries Minister from the reference panel helping to plan the makeup of Local Land Services have been sent to the minister.

This new organisation will replace the existing Catchment Management Authorities, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and parts of the Department of Primary Industries. Most of Bogan Shire will be in the Central West zone from here to Lithgow, one of 10 areas planned statewide.

The section of Bogan Shire in the Western Division will be in the large western area.

The boards will have three elected members and four ministerial appointed members from the same area.

Another recommendation is to lower the size of the holdings to be rated down to two hectares and maintain the current rating system currently used by Local Health and Pest Authorities until the new boards are elected early next year.

A Treasury Corporation report into the financial sustainability of the 152 Councils in NSW showed Bogan Shire to be in the mid range or moderate zone for financial performance and sustainability both at present and for our 10-year outlook.

Our financial performance and debt levels were well ahead of most of the surrounding Councils in the Orana region.

Council will provide a separate report on the options contained in its discussion paper released last week by the Independent Panel looking at all areas of state local government titled “Future Directions” once a detailed study of it has been carried out.

Congratulations to Noel and Nerida Wright on their 50th wedding anniversary, and Don and Betty Munro on their 60th wedding anniversary.

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Anzac Day marked

Ex-servicemen and women gathered at the Bogan Shire Cenotaph for the 6am Dawn Service on Anzac morning before going to the Nyngan RSL Civic Club to enjoy breakfast provided by the RSL Women’s Auxiliary and cooked to perfection by Scott and David Bartley and Steven Spicer.
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At 9am there was a service conducted by Elwyn Trothe at the Nyngan cemetery, then it was back to the RSL Club to assemble and wait for the march to begin.

Pupils from Nyngan Public, Nyngan High School, St Joseph’s, Girl Guides, Police Department and the Fire Brigade assembled outside the RSL Club along with the ex-servicemen and women, many of whom were wearing with pride their own or family medals along with symbolic sprigs of rosemary.

People gathered the full length of the main street to catch a glimpse of the Diggers as they proudly marched along.

Elwyn Trothe led the service at the Cenotaph, inviting Rev Graham McLeod and mayor Ray Donald to address the crowd.

Imogen Wardman spoke on behalf of the Nyngan High School and was very interesting to listen too. Well done Imogen.

Locals, groups and schools then laid wreaths, followed by a minute’s silence, which was solemnly broken by a stirring rendition of The Last Post.

The Diggers then marched back to the Nyngan RSL Club to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the RSL Women’s Auxiliary, which was very much-appreciated by all those present.

After lunch the Diggers relaxed and reminisced, remembering fallen comrades, telling a few yarns and generally catching up.

Many thanks to the Bogan Shire for its support and assistance on the day, to the organisers, staff and volunteers at the RSL Club for making the day run smoothly.

The Nyngan Jockey Club held a well-attended race meeting in the afternoon with six races on the program and a free luncheon.

Prizes were on offer for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ over 25 years sponsored by Jazz Em Up Hair Salon and was won by Angela Bush.

‘Best Dressed Lady’ under 25 years, sponsored by Fifi Hair Salon was won by Naomi Whitehurst from Cobar. The gentlemen on the course were not forgotten with a prize for the Best Dressed Man which was won by Dean Spicer.

What a big day out for Nyngan. After a great day at the races for those not wanting to go home too early there was the ever-popular two-up which completed a long and memorable Anzac Day in Nyngan.

o Jonathon Grant and Garry Owen were the youngest Diggers marching at our Anzac Day parade. Both have served in Iraq. Jonathon has served in Banda Aceh and Garry in Afghanistan.

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Budding shearers have a go

IT is described as “the toughest job in the world” but shearing is definitely a viable career option.
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Budding young novice shearers from the SE and western Victoria were given a taste for the job last week at Lukeburn, near Kybybolite.

They were trained in the art by Victorian company Shearer Woolhandler Incorporated through experienced instructors Darren Smith and Stuart Grigg.

Mr Smith said the students had picked up shearing well, even the younger ones in the group who were around 15. He said teenagers who wanted to leave school and get a trade could earn good money after finishing a Certificate II in Shearing or Woolhandling.

Depending on the amount of work, a young shearer could shear 120 sheep a day after a couple of weeks’ training. “Once they can already shear a sheep, they’re fine,” Mr Smith said.

He said contractors usually started youngsters in woolhandling – hence their training in that – then gave them a chance to shear a little with help, then moved them up to crutching and eventually full shearing.

He said there was plenty of work around for local shearers.

“In the main shearing season around here it’s all guns blazing,” Mr Smith said.

“That’s mainly in the spring but there’s an autumn season as well.”

A Certificate III came with on-the-job training, he said, and government subsidies applied for students aged under 20 with no other qualifications.

The 13 shearing instructors at Shearer Woolhandler put on 14 shearing schools a year ranging from novice through to professional.

He said Shearer Woolhandler would hold a local school at the same time next year, depending on numbers.

He also said they would also like to run another novice school.

For more details, contact Mr Smith on 0488 508 837.

The instructors thanked Steve Chaston for supplying the sheep and Gary Smith for donating the venue and power for the day.

Instructors Stuart Grigg (left) and Darren Smith demonstrate correct technique last Thursday during a shearing workshop at Lukeburn.

Ben Lively “pens up” to get the sheep ready to be shorn.

Nathan Skinner takes part in the shearing training at Lukeburn last Friday.

Young Naracoorte shearer Blake Hindmarsh gets started on a sheep.

Ollie Chaston has a go.

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Jenna Strauch lives the dream as city move pays dividends

SACRIFICE comes in many forms for elite athletes.
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There’s countless hours of intense training, constant criss-crossing of the country to attend major meets, missing out on precious time with family and friends – all for the sake of sport.

Bendigo teenager Jenna Strauch, who moved to Melbourne 14 months ago to further her rapidly rising swimming career, knows all about the challenges of aiming for the stars.

In fact, the most difficult part of her move to the city has nothing to do with swimming at all.

“The hardest thing was adjusting to the change in our family structure and completely changing the way both myself and my family went about our day,” Jenna says.

The daughter of former footballer Dean Strauch is referring to the fact that while she now lives in the suburbs with mum Jane and brothers Ryan and Tom, her dad is still based in Bendigo during the week for work and drives down on weekends to be with his family.

And with her own 4.15am starts daily, the demands of swimming 50-plus kilometres every week, and year 10 study commitments to meet, there barely seems time for Jenna to breathe.

But she never dwells on the negatives and adopts an ever-upbeat approach to her busy life.

“People say I sacrifice a lot of things to do what I love, but to me I’m not sacrificing anything,” says Australia’s fastest female breaststroker of her age.

“I am getting to do a lot of other things that 16-year-olds don’t. I’m doing something that makes me happy, the thing that I love. I’m living my dream.”

Over the past year, that dream has included representing her country at two major swimming meets, including the Australian Youth Olympic Festival where she claimed two individual gold medals in her pet events, the 100m and 200m breaststroke, both in record-breaking time.

Jenna wore the green and gold in a Trans Tasman carnival against New Zealand, won her first open age national medal (bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the Australian short course titles) and took out the 100m-200m breaststroke double at the national age championships.

She also competed at the Australian open long-course meet, which doubled as the trials for the London Olympic team, swimming in a star-studded field that included household names like Leisel Jones, Leiston Pickett and Linley Frame.

It was an amazing experience for the former Bendigo East Swimming Club member, who only began racing seriously in 2009, but soon had local officials rewriting the record books.

In mid-2011, she switched to the elite Melbourne Vicentre squad based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre under the guidance of respected Australian Olympic coach Ian Pope and former South African Olympian and national coach Craig Jackson.

Jenna was named the Bendigo Sportsmen’s Association Junior Sports Star of the Year in December 2011 – the same month the Strauches made their big move south.

It was a difficult decision, but everything is turning out, well, swimmingly!

“Dean and I have the philosophy that opportunity only knocks once, so take it and see what evolves,” Jane Strauch says.

“The move required our family to split during the week and come together on the weekends. This has been the most difficult part, although we deal with it positively.

“Jenna’s brothers enjoy visiting their friends in Bendigo, while loving the experience of meeting new people in Melbourne. We are fortunate that we live near the beach and spend a lot of time enjoying the area.”

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Jenna receives her Bendigo Sportsmen’s Association Junior Sports Star of the Year award in December 2011. She is surrounded byTavish Eenjes, Callum King andIsaac Buckell.

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As luck would have it, the Strauches also live across the street from former Hockeyroo and Olympic gold medallist Claire Mitchell-Taverner, who has become a family friend and valuable mentor for Jenna.

“When we moved in, she was pregnant at the time and we introduced ourselves,” Jenna says.

“We have got to know her more and sometimes now I talk to her about things like juggling school and finding the right balance.

“It’s good to have someone like that – she is more of a friend than anything, but it’s nice.”

This year has got off to a busy start for Jenna and shows little sign of slowing down.

In January, she attended Swimming Australia’s invitation-only national training camp on the Gold Coast – the first major event as officials look towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio. While there, she worked in a group of six elite breaststrokers, half of whom were Olympians.

Earlier this month, she was in Sydney for the NSW open championships, swimming the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 100m and 200m individual medley. She brought home silver in the 200m breaststroke behind Olympian Sally Foster.

Over coming weeks, Jenna will again be in action on the national stage in events that could further cement her reputation as a future star of Australian swimming.

She travels to Adelaide this week for the national age titles, where she will compete in the 16 years category for the first time after celebrating her birthday on March 24.

They wrap up on April 13, but the Australian open long-course championships, also in Adelaide, begin just a fortnight later.

The meet will be used as selection trials for the 2013 FINA world championships, to be held in Barcelona in July and August.

Jenna’s approach to her future is to take things as they come.

“I am just aiming to reach the highest possible level that I can,” she says emphatically.

“I’m lucky to have a really supportive family and a good inside circle of support staff and friends around me and I feel like I have already achieved a lot in such a short time.

“I am doing things I couldn’t have dreamed of just three years ago.

“I have been given so many opportunities and it’s nice to know that everyone is behind you.”

As she prepared for the two major national long-course carnivals in April, Jenna Strauch found time to tell Women in Sport about her amazing journey so far:

When did you start swimming and what led you to take it up?

I first did swimming lessons at 18 months old, but only started competing at 11.

It started as something special that my dad and I would do together – we’d get up early and I would go and swim with him. I always completed my laps earlier than dad, so I used to watch a squad that trained at the same time. A friend and I decided we would give swimming squad a go and I have never looked back since.

Did you excel immediately or was it a while before you became serious about your swimming?

I was lucky enough to qualify in my first year of competitive swimming for the 2009 Victorian Country Championships in Sale.

I swam a PB and came home with a silver medal. This was my first experience of racing at a higher level. The success motivated me to want to race at this level and above constantly.

What exactly do you love about swimming? And what motivates you to keep going?

I love the energy and the adrenalin of racing, which is my favourite part of swimming.

I love the feeling that you get when you get something right in training – I love the way I go to training and I always leave the pool with a smile, it makes me happy.

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Click to read Jenna’s achievements so far.

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I get this feeling from swimming that I can’t get from anywhere else.

Sometimes it gets hard, as you have disappointment, but it’s the disappointment that makes me stronger. Disappointment makes me more determined to move forward.

The biggest thing that I love about swimming is the never-ending opportunities that arise!

How difficult was it being based in Bendigo while trying to reach the elite level?

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the sport and given a good base while training in Bendigo. My performances qualified me for both national open and national age championships.

From having these experiences, I realised that to further my aspirations I would need to move to a capital city.

What has been the biggest challenge regarding the move?

The biggest challenge actually had nothing to do with swimming. My transition in terms of changing swimming programs was smooth and effective.

The hardest thing was adjusting to the change in family structure and completely changing the way both myself and my family went about our day. At the start, it was about changing the way I think and look about my life.

Are there things you really miss about Bendigo?

The biggest thing I miss are my Bendigo friends, family and the memories I have there. But I think that life can never stay exactly the same, things change, but the memories will always be there.

I have made some wonderful friendships in Melbourne so I am very lucky and I still make the most of my time with my connections in Bendigo when I have the chance.

Have your times improved much in the year you have been based in the city?

My times improved immediately when I transferred to Melbourne, as the focus for training at Melbourne Vicentre was aimed at the elite level. Skill sets such as turns, dives and timing were of utmost importance.

My coaches not only worked on my pet event, breaststroke, but made me focus on my non-preferred strokes, swimming longer distances and building my core strength.

This variation in training provided a stronger base for my breaststroke and general swimming, so my times improved.

How do you juggle swimming with studying, family life and being a teenager?

I belong to an amazing swimming club that encourages and provides friendships and team building opportunities.

I also go to Korowa Anglican Girls School in Glen Iris and I am one of many elite athletes at the school.

My friends understand my commitments and although I often miss many social occasions, the girls often change times of events so I can be included or they simply invite and include me anyway. I feel privileged to be a part of a strong friendship base.

Studying and homework is difficult, but I allow Saturday afternoon to be my relaxation time and I complete homework all day on Sunday.

You must have a hugely supportive family…

My family support me and assist me with daily processes, which I appreciate.

My brothers and mum live with me and we spend a half hour or so each night chatting and discussing our days. I speak to my dad every night before bed as he lives and works in Bendigo during the week and drives to live with us on the weekends.

Dad, mum, my brothers and I always find time on Saturday to chat and do something together.

Who is your swimming coach? What about other mentors you’ve had over the years?

Ian Pope is my present coach. He is an Olympic and national swimming coach for Australia and the head coach of Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club.

He served on the Australian Olympic coaching staff in 2000 and 2008 and has been selected every year since on the national team..

His knowledge, skills and methods for coaching are sensational, with me having access to the latest and most superior training possible.

Craig Jackson is my distance coach. His “can do”, “nothing’s too hard” strong work ethic motivates me to produce the best swimming my body can produce and I thrive under his guidance.

When it comes to mentors, Mark McGrath has been travelling my journey with me. He gives solid, clear advice and guidance to ensure my wellbeing and body development. Teamed with Aaron Anderson, of Movement Squared Osteopathy in Bendigo, my body is stronger, fitter and well prepared for the rigors of training and racing.

Do you have any sporting role models who inspire you?

Sally Pearson – I admire her hard work ethic and determination to win.

Rebecca Soni – she is the top breaststroker in the world

What do you rate as your career highlights so far?

Swimming Australia National Events Camp selection (Australia’s elite swimmers training camp, working in a group of six breast- strokers, including three Olympians, trained by Australian coaches).

Swimming Australia team for the Youth Olympics Festival (winning a gold medal in both 100m and 200m breaststroke and breaking both records).

Jenna Strauch has made many sacrifices to advance her career. Picture: Swimming Victoria

Bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Perth last year.

What constitutes a “good swim” for you?

I have the thought pattern that every swim is a “good swim” as long as you learn from it.

All swimmers have “bad swims” but I think through a “bad swim” and determine what I can learn from it and make it a “good swim”!

Do you have any advice for young Bendigo swimmers about how they can reach their potential?

Strive for your best, maintain a strong work ethic and take every opportunity that arises.

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The great attachment-parenting con

It is 11.49pm and I have just breastfed my10-month-old daughter to sleep for the third time tonight.
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To sayI’mdreading the sound of her wakingup again would be an understatement.I’mactually fearful of it – I startedtrying to put her sleep at 7pm.

It’s not just a night-time problem. She won’t sleep during the day either – unlessshe’s in the car or in bed with me. She literally won’t sleep for more than 10minutes unlessI’mlying down next to her.

She won’t sleep in a cot, my husband and I havegiven up on self-settling and, six weeks out from her first birthday, the onlyway to get her to sleep at night is to put her “on the boob”.

It’s exhausting, it’s demanding and it’sfrustrating. When other mums I know have their babies fast asleep by 7pm everynight and are sitting down to a civilised dinner with their partners, it’s hardnot to feel as though somewhere along the lineI’vegone terribly, terriblywrong.

So, how did we get here? Well, we got suckedin by whatI’venow coined, “The Quick-Fix Guide to Surviving Those First FewMonths With Your Baby”, otherwise known as attachment parenting.

Attachment parenting, it’s a touchy-feelyapproach which can see parents wearing junior in a sling, spending as littletime away from them as possible, responding to every cry, co-sleeping andbreastfeeding on demand. Advocates claim it not only leads to happier, moreemotionally stable children but makes parenting a more enjoyable experience allround.

Like many first-time parents, we fell intoattachment parenting by accident. It started when we put our daughter – who wasunsettled – into bed with us one night. Of course it worked a treat and ateight weeks seemed like a fairly harmless, inconsequential thing to do. Infact, it was beautiful. We loved having her close to us, and it was easier. Sowe kept doing it.

From that night we also became more laxabout putting her in the cot during the day. She went to sleep more easily andslept for longer when she was being held or lying next to me on the bed.

I’ve never enjoyed following convention sowhile other mums were going through the hard yards of bassinette-to-cottransition, trying every trick in the book to get their babies to self-settle,I airily announced we were putting Leila in with us at night.

“Yes”, I agreed when met with anynay-saying, “It might create problems down the track but we’ll cross thatbridge when we come to it.” Hmmm.I’mnot so much crossing the bridge as dragging myself over it with two brokenlegs, a blindfold and a 60kg rucksack balanced on my head, all while dodgingenemy fire.

When Leila got to six months and startedsleeping diagonally between us, alternating between kicking me in the head andwaking up for two-hourly comfort feeds, we decided we’d had enough.

It was time for our child to start sleepingin her cot at night. Ha! Because it was always going to be that easy, right?When neither of us could take the screamingany more we started finding excusesto put her back in bed with us “just for tonight and then that’s it.” I don’tthink either of us wanted to admit it, but we were well and truly trapped.

Fast forward a few months and Leila’snew-foundmobility posed the next problem. It was no longer safe to leave herasleep on the bed alone – even for a few minutes – in case she woke up andtumbled off. We dismantled the cot and replaced it with a single mattress onthe floor, complete with sheets and a fluffy pink doona.

Fortunately – or unfortunately, dependingon how you look at it – the mattress serves another purpose. It enables me tolie down next to her and “shush” her to sleep. However, these days, unless Iphysically restrain her she simply crawls away. Tizzie Hall would have a fit.

At three weeks old Leila successfully fedfrom a bottle of expressed breast milk. Unfortunately, wedidn’tpersist. Ilove breastfeeding, it’s been an incredible experience but now I’d do anything for my child to take abottle.

She won’t let a plastic teat or formulanear her which has limited the amount of time I can spend away from her, seriouslyimpacting on my freedom. Nights out for my husband and I are now virtuallyimpossible.

Don’t get me wrong – my daughter is my veryheart and soul. She has enriched my life so much I feel I could burst with lovefor her. None of this is her fault. Sheknows what she knows – sleep is something that happens when she’s lying next tomum, or on dad’s chest or in our bed. Milkcomes from mum and mum only. It’s the “normal” that we have created for her.

This rut we’re stuck in has left mefeeling guilty, icky and, yes, like a bad mother. And that’s my point.Attachment parenting will set you up for -I’mnot going to say failure – butfor a very difficult time.

In the short term, it works. You will havea content baby. It’s a quick fix but you’re not actually fixing anything. Indeed, you’re creating problems. And one day it dawns on you – you have a 10-month-oldwho won’t settle in her cot, will hardly sleep during the day and whodoesn’tlook like being weaned until high school.

Such is the insidious nature of theproblems caused by attachment parenting. Yet the idea of it is so appealing tomany parents.

What new mumwouldn’twant to hear that constantlyholding her baby, breastfeeding him on demand and by-passing sleep-time dramasby co-sleepingisn’tall part of a legitimate, tried and tested parentingstrategy that will safeguard his emotionalwell-beinglater in life and make himan all-round better person?

Pfffft! Take it from me, when it’s 11pm andyour baby is a screaming, over-tired mess whodoesn’tunderstand why you won’tjust put her on the breast like you usually do, you won’t feel like you’refostering any kind of emotional stability in your child at all.

Attachment parenting has its place. If youhave absolutely nothing else to do but parent – no job, no housework, no sociallife, no other children to look after and no marriage or relationship to maintainthen what are you waiting for – attach away. But the reality is that in thisday and age, either by choice or necessity, most mums do have other things todo. The least we can do for ourselves is make it a bit easier to wear ourdifferent hats.

My advice – don’t think that by familiarisingyour baby with a bottle, insisting on cot-sleeping, self-settling and movingthem into their own room at six months you’ll be depriving them of love andnurturing. In fact, I think the opposite is true. There’s nothing wrong with abit of routine, order and discipline. You’ll be sparing yourself a lot ofstress, screaming and lost sleep down the track which will ultimately leave youin a better frame of mind to do your best parenting.

Celebrity spotting in Whyalla

Many may have seen singer Carmen Smith around town this week.
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She is most recognised from the Voice Australia and as the lead female vocalist in the film clip for Guy Sebastian’s hit song, Gold.

Currently on tour with Guy Sebastian, Carmen performed at the Middleback Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday night to a sold out show.

As a Sydney girl, it was Carmen’s first visit to Whyalla but she said it was somewhere she had always wanted to see.

“I know about Whyalla because my husband’s parents when they first moved from Brazil, this is where they came,” she said.

“My brother-in-law was born here and then they moved to Adelaide and that’s where my husband was born.”

Whyalla was the first stop on the regional tour for Guy and Carmen before they head to Renmark and then onto dozens of other locations across the country.

“There is a lot of driving involved but the thing with the regional tour is that we get to see the country,” Carmen said.

“I just love that Guy can do a tour like this because I feel that regional places don’t always get those kind of concerts.”

Carmen said she loved performing at more intimate venues such as in Whyalla.

“It was amazing and it was good fun,” she said.

“The problem with massive theatres is that you can’t see anyone and I like seeing their faces.”

Carmen has been a friend of Guy Sebastian’s for almost 10 years now, first meeting when she auditioned to be one of the singers on his 2004 Armageddon tour.

“We have just been friends ever since,” she said.

Last year Carmen made it through to Joel Madden’s team on the Voice after performing a superb rendition of Alicia Key’s song ‘How come you don’t call me?’

However, controversy surrounded the popular contestant when she was asked to leave the show for featuring in Guy’s song Gold.

“I actually can’t believe it has been a year since all of that happened, it was a bit of a crazy time but now I can look back at it and for me it was the right thing to happen,” Carmen said.

“The show was amazing but it was like one moment in 10 years of singing.”

Carmen said she went into the show with a relaxed attitude and was never out to win.

“It was never a competition for me, it was more to prove to myself that I was a good singer and now I am back on tour doing exactly want I was doing before,” she said.

While only a short visit, Carmen said she enjoyed seeing the town and could not believe the redness of the dirt.

The show has received rave reviews from audience members who were left wanting more.

On Tuesday night, some dedicated fans met Guy Sebastian and were lucky enough to snap a photo with the star.

CONCERT: Kirsty Davis caught Guy Sebastian after he left his concert on Tuesday.

LUCKY: Emily Boundey was lucky enough to meet Guy Sebastian after his concert on Tuesday night.

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A million reasons to buy a Pink Bun

Whyalla Bakers Delight will join more than 600 Bakers Delight bakeries this month aiming to raise $1.2 million for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).
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From today until May 22, Whyalla Bakers Delight will be donating 100 per cent of the sales from its pink finger buns as part of its pink bun campaign.

With Bakers Delight bakeries across the country turning pink, the aim is to raise a record breaking $1.2 million to help fund BCNA’s work to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best treatment, care and support possible.

The money raised thanks to Bakers Delight customers will support BCNA’s free information resources, such as the My Journey Kit, a resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Whyalla Bakers Delight team hope to make this their most successful Pink Bun campaign ever, aiming to do their bit to better the $1million raised in 2012. Last year Whyalla Bakers Delight raised $2075 for the Pink Bun campaign and franchisee Stephen Lisk said this year the team is looking to raise more than $2500.

“With the generous support of the Whyalla community, we think we can beat this easily,” Mr Lisk said.

A breast cancer survivor herself, BCNA chief executive officer Maxine Morand said the support provided through the Bakers Delight Pink Bun campaign is just as important as ever.

“The Pink Bun campaign raised more than $1 million for BCNA in 2012, and last year 81 per cent of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia received a My Journey Kit,” Ms Morand said.

“That’s a figure we’re incredibly proud of at BCNA, but one that wouldn’t be possible without the help of Bakers Delight and their customers.”

With Mother’s Day only a few weeks away, Ms Morand said buying pink buns was a nice way to say Happy Mother’s Day while supporting grandmothers, mothers and daughters across the country.

“Why not make a difference this Mother’s Day by buying your mum or kids a meaningful treat?” Ms Morand said.

“Hundred per cent from the sale of your Pink Bun will come directly to BCNA to support Australians affected by breast cancer.”

Customers will also be encouraged to leave a personal message on a Pink Lady silhouette for a gold coin donation.

The message may be in support or memory of a loved one with breast cancer in their family or community.

The silhouettes will then be displayed around each local bakery during the campaign.

TURNING PINK: Supporting the pink bun campaign were (from left) chemotherapy patient Leanne Lines and Whyalla Bakers Delight staff sales manager Sarah Haake and sales assistant Kim Pudney.

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PATS review overdue

OUT OF POCKET: Resident Carl Le Bon said the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme needed to be updated to better rflect the rising costs of living.Whyalla resident Carl Le Bon has welcomed the announcement by the state government that they will be reviewing the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme.
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Mr Le Bon said the PATS system was long overdue for a review and that things needed to change to better reflect the current cost of living.

“The system is damaged,” Mr Le Bon said.

“The only changes to the PATS scheme in the last 13 years is that a pensioner can have a single night’s accommodation instead of two nights if required, previously you had to have two nights.

“The other change is the difficulty in accessing the system particularly in the past 18 months.”

Currently the PATS system provides a partial subsidy to pay for travel and accommodation costs for rural and remote South Australians travelling more than 100 kilometres to see a specialist.

Mr Le Bon said patients can use the subsidy for accommodation of their choice with the current reimbursement up to $66.

Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2000, Mr Le Bon said during this time accommodation was around $87 per night and nowadays you would be looking at $150 per night.

As for fuel, Mr Le Bon said petrol was around 85 cents per litre in 2000 but now it costs $1.50 to $1.60 a litre.

“There’s been no increase to PATS benefits since that time,” Mr Le Bon said.

“The cost of living has increased and this hasn’t been reflected by the PATS benefits.”

In late 2011, the PATS system was updated for all patients across Country Health SA to make the payment process more efficient, consistent, faster and fairer.

Mr Le Bon said now that everything needs to be done electronically, it isolates many elderly people or people unfamiliar with using this method.

“Some elderly people don’t own a card and they don’t want to give their bank details so they can’t get benefits,” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said there were residents in Whyalla needing the care of medical specialists in Adelaide but the current system was too difficult for them to navigate.

“People are putting themselves at risk at the moment with the way the system is managed,” Mr Le Bon said.

“Instead of having one page to fill out they now have three.

“Especially elderly people become so disillusioned to the amount of hoops they have to jump through to get anywhere.”

Mr Le Bon said the elimination of advance payments has made a significant impact on many patients with tight incomes.

Mr Le Bon said a single pensioner he knows, simply cannot afford to pay for accommodation in Adelaide upfront and then wait for the PATS reimbursement. “He sleeps in his car and then drives home the next day,” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said with the Whyalla hospital’s new cancer unit being built, he expects that he may be asked to transfer his regime to Whyalla but he will be saying no.

“I’ve had the same support team for 13 years, these are the people that have kept me alive, why should I change?” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said the current system needed to change to better accommodate the regional South Australians that are being neglected because of their postcode.

“If you happen to live “outside of SA” which ends somewhere past Port Wakefield, you’re penalised,” Mr Le Bon said.

“It needs updating, it needs to be progressive not regressive.”

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Ideal conditions for hockey

ROUND two of East Gippsland hockey was played in relatively warm and sunny windy conditions.
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In the women’s competition, Sale defeated Orbost in a closely contested game in ideal conditions at Stephenson Park.

A goal early in the second half by Emily Carrolan for Sale was the only score of the match.

Bairnsdale defeated Wellington 6-0 with goals from Else Bramwell (three), Trish Comer, Kellie Whitechurch and Taryn Haylock.

Swan Reach had a solid 5-0 win over Nagle. Goals were scored by Shana Snell (two), Beck Corben, Sarah Grixti, and Jude Lunny.

EMILY Carrolan continued her scoring, helping the Sale’s men’s team draw against Orbost.

The match began at a fast pace with Sale able to score within the first minute after a breakaway move which saw Carrolan find the net.

Despite Orbost pressing hard and looking dangerous at times, Sale’s 1-0 lead remained intact at half-time.

The second half saw experienced campaigner Brendan Coulton level the scores.

Both sides continued to press hard and try to get a break but neither side was able to trouble the scorer.

Bairnsdale had an emphatic 15-0 victory at home against Wellington. Ed Long scored six goals, Riley Simpson four, Ry Mutimer three, Scott Smith two and Greg Wood one.

Nagle showed again it will be the team to beat with a 4-1 win over Nagle. Oscar Crunden-Smith (three) and Chas Newcomen scored for Nagle, while Swan Reach’s goal came from Dale Murrell.

In a fast high quality game, Nagle was too strong in the men’s. Swan Reach tried hard all day but was unable to match the superior firepower of Nagle.

MAFFRA had the bye.

ON Saturday Swan Reach will travel to Wellington, Orbost will host Maffra and Nagle will host Sale. Bairnsdale has the bye.

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Long-running Manningham council dispute settled

A three-year defamation dispute between former Manningham councillor David Ellis and a Chinese welfare organisation has been settled.
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Mr Ellis and former councillor Stephen Mayne were sued by the Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc (CCSSCI) over comments they made to the media in 2010.

The pair criticised the CCSSCI for submitting expansion plans for Donvale’s On Luck Nursing Home directly to the state government without properly consulting the Manningham Council.

It prompted CCSSCI to take legal action against the pair.

Manningham council chief executive Joe Carbone confirmed that the matter between Mr Ellis and the CCSSCI had reached a confidential settlement ‘‘earlier this year’’.

“The council’s insurer took carriage of the matter. The total cost to council was the insurance policy deductible (excess) of $5000,” Mr Carbone said.

Mr Ellis, who served as a Mullum Mullum ward councillor between 2008 and 2012, told TWR: “I haven’t had to pay anything or make any apology”.

Mr Mayne settled out of court in December 2011, and part of the settlement was to apologise “for any damage caused to CCSSCI’s reputation”.

The controversy surrounding the 120-bed expansion of the nursing home divided the former group of Manningham councillors.

In 2010, a councillor conduct panel found former councillor Fred Chuah guilty of misconduct over his dealings with the centre.

While on council, Mr Chuah also served as the CCSSCI chairman and was married to the CCSSCI chief executive.

The conduct panel found Mr Chuah deceived and misled the council about the remuneration he received from CCSSCI and failed to notify the council of On Luck’s development plans when he was obligated to do.

The panel called for Mr Chuah to apologise, but he resigned from the council a week later, citing health reasons.