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Opportunity knocks for Katrina

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

THE door is ajar to Katrina Hodgkinson locking horns with cabinet colleague Pru Goward over a new-look seat of Goulburn.
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A redistribution of state electorates will either force the O’Farrell Government ministers out of their comfort zones or pit them against one another.

Primary Industries Minister Ms Hodgkinson is considering the latter.

Under changes last week endorsed by Governor Maria Bashir and set to take effect from March of 2015, the Goulburn electorate will nearly double in size while neighbouring Burrinjuck is abolished.

The new seat of Goulburn will encompass the townships of Yass, Gunning, Boorowa and Binalong, previously in Burrinjuck. Gone are the Highlands twin towns of Bowral and Mittagong.

Ms Hodgkinson has called the shots from Yass headquarters since becoming the Member for Burrinjuck in 1999.

Ms Goward, once dubbed ‘Queen of the Highlands’, has operated from Bowral since 2007.

The former is reluctant to move west to a new seat of Cootamundra, while the latter’s made it clear she’ll again stand for election in Goulburn.

The chain-of-events means Ms Hodgkinson, a National, and Liberal Ms Goward are poised for a three cornered contest.

“I’m from a family of five generations of Yass on Dad’s side and five generations of Goulburn on Mum’s,” Ms Hodgkinson, who this week began the process of consulting constituents over her next move, explained on Monday.

“The roots run deep… Both the newly formed Goulburn and Cootamundra electorates are wonderful regions, and it is well known that I have a very strong inter-generational history in both the Yass and Goulburn districts.

“Over the coming weeks, I will be listening to people and communities both within my electorate and beyond about the new boundaries. I will make a further statement when that consultation process has been finalised.”

Contrary to recent reports, Ms Goward, the NSW Minister for Community Services and Family, plans to stand for a third term in parliament.

She’ll do so from the electorate of Goulburn despite the removal of supporter bases at Bowral and Mittagong.

“I will be very pleased to continue to represent the seat of Goulburn,” Ms Goward said.

“While I am sorry to say farewell to constituents in Bowral, Mittagong and the northern villages, overwhelmingly my existing constituents will remain in the seat of Goulburn and I wish to continue representing them.

“Goulburn is a wonderful area and I love representing the entire electorate in the NSW Parliament.”

Meanwhile the pair continues to occupy front bench positions at Parliament House in Sydney.

A three cornered contest isn’t a foreign concept to Ms Hodgkinson. She won election to parliament in 1999 despite a challenge from Liberal candidate Gloria Schultz, wife of retired federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz.

Ms Goward joined parliament with electoral victory in 2007, seeing off challenges from then Goulburn Mulwaree mayor Paul Stephenson and ALP candidate Rob Parker.

They’re yet to face electorate challenges as threatening as each other, however.

ANOTHER DAY IN THE OFFICE: Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson is considering running against Pru Goward for the Goulburn electorate.

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Hey too good for strong field

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Fantastic Spring weather greeted golfers last weekend when they contested the Chris Goodie sponsored 18 hole Stableford.
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Prior to the presentation of trophies, Goodie thanked the members for their support of the day and he reiterated that he was delighted to donate the day’s trophy.

The club’s junior coordinator Robert Hey showed the excellent field a clean pair of heels when he took out the major trophy after compiling a superb 42 points.

Hey finished a clear two shots in front of former member Matthew Heffernan who now plays his golf out of the Condobolin Golf Club.

Hey, in his victory speech, congratulated Goodie for his support of the club and he remarked that it was with great pleasure he accepted the trophy from one of the club’s most liked and remarkable members.

Ball winners were Matthew Heffernan 40 points, Blake Parker and Mark Kelly on 39, Rick Glover 38, Sam Turner, Ross Smith, Joe Goodie, Phil Bishop, Paul Massurit and Michael Mitchelson 37, Wayne Parker 36 and surviving the countback on 35 were Paul Thomas, Bernard McCabe and Tom Medcalf.

In the nearest the pin awards Brian Hogan Snr took out the Idlerite Tyrepower 1st hole at 370cm.

Martin Woods cleaned up on the Griffins Leading Edge 4th hole at 216cm while Michael Mitchelson got the first of a double when he took out the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th hole at 397cm.

He then capped of the day by winning the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete 9th hole in two shots at 684cm.

On the Harvey Norman 11th hole, Mitch McGlashen snared a birdie two after his tee shot finished 253cm from the pin.

The golfing gods weren’t smiling on Sam Turner after he missed his birdie from 390cm on the tough Westlime 15th hole.

On the Parkes Heavy Mechanical Repairs 18th hole best in two shots, Blake Parker received two golf balls compliments of the sponsor when his second shot finished 291cm from the hole.

Robert Hey was congratulated by sponsor Chris Goodie after he won the stableford event last Saturday at Parkes Golf Club. sub

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PCYC on Far SouthCoast needs you!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

EUROBODALLA andBega Valley Shire Councils and the Far South Coast Local Area Command arecelebrating the finalisation of the agreements that will establish a Police,Citizens and Youth Club (PCYC) in the region.
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The first task ofthe partnership group is to recruit a club manager to lead the development ofthe service across the shires.

Two small officeswill be established in Narooma and Bega, while two NSW Police Force YouthCommand youth case managers have already been appointed and will be focusing oncase management of young offenders and will use both offices.

Unlike atraditional PCYC that has premises, the “club” will be a virtual one – itsactivities will stretch across the communities in the two council areas.

The activitieswill be chosen based on three criteria:

* Interest fromthe community and its young people

* Availability ofvolunteers from that community to assist, including as instructors

* Viability ofthe activity, not least through use of volunteers

Both councils andthe police are now seeking support from interested community members to becomePCYC volunteers to assist in the running of activities such as boxing, boxingfor fitness, martial arts (judo, taekwondo, wrestling depending on availabilityof graded instructors), PCYC self-defence, archery, small sided football ortouch competitions, safer driver classes, Blue Light dances, and voice classes.

Volunteers may alsobe needed for formal team competitions. The PCYC will provide volunteers withaccredited training.

Young people arealso to be encouraged to participate in PCYC’s Blue Star citizenship andleadership programs that involve volunteer hours in a local activity.

It is hoped thata community forum will be held in November with the CEO of PCYC NSW to developthe framework, committees and programs to get the club up and running.

For moreinformation and to register your interest in becoming a PCYC volunteer, pleasecontact Greg Curry on 0447 421 319.

PCYC CREW: Police officers Scott Wharfe, Far South Coast PCYC youth case managers Greg Curry and John Smith, upcoming new boxing protégée Sholto Hosking, boxing trainer Mark “Ziggy” Zielinski, Steve “Spearsy” Spears and Sergeant Steve Mawson.

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Thomas turns up duringdrug raid 

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

FOR a little wooden train, Thomas sure has a lot of puff.
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When council workers saw him bobbing up and down in raging Wollondilly River flood waters near Towrang in December 2010, they thought the worst.

But last week he turned up in the most unexpected way – during a police drug search.

Detectives discovered the former Goulburn Waterworks attraction while sifting through evidence on an Eleanor Street, Eastgrove, property last week.

Despite the ordeal, Thomas looked in terrifically good nick, according to Acting Local Area Commander Evan Quarmby who praised police for their sleuth work.

“The team did a fantastic job with the Eleanor Street matter – and the bonus for the community is that we found Thomas,” Superintendent Quarmby said.

“It’s amazing that he’s still in such good shape given that he was washed away by the floods almost three years ago.

“One of Goulburn’s most wanted has been found after decamping in a north easterly direction!”

Police towed Thomas back to the station on Monday for a reunion with the Mayor and other council staff, before transferring him “by police escort” to the council works depot in Bourke Street where he’ll be repaired and given a fresh lick of paint.

Thomas spent his early years in Belmore Park before making his way across town to the Waterworks in 2008 where he was extensively refurbished by volunteers.

How Thomas ended up at the Eastgrove property is still a matter for police investigation.

But police are thankful the little wooden train remained largely intact.

Mayor Geoff Kettle said it would probably be some weeks before Thomas again assumes his position at the Waterworks, joining the magnificent Appleby Beam and Hicks Hargraves steam engines.

“On behalf of the community, I thank the police for their wonderful efforts,” he said.

Council’s Museum Officer – Water Works Julianne Salway, acting Local Area Commander Evan Quarmby, Mayor Geoff Kettle and Goulburn Police crime manager Detective Inspector Chad Gillies welcome back Thomas the Tank Engine. Inset, the last sighting of Thomas during the 2010 December floods.

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Businesses see the light

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Small businesses in Hume and Whittlesea can get help to become more sustainable and energy-efficient.
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A new information service offers on-the-spot energy-use assessments and independent advice, including a brokerage service providing LED and solar lighting.

Positive Charge is run through the Moreland Energy Foundation and has already helped more than 170 businesses to replace fluorescent tubes with energy efficient globes, upgrade airconditioners and install ‘new-generation’ fridges.

Co-ordinator Chandra Sundareswaran said the goal was to cut carbon emissions and support communities in taking control of their power bills.

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Co-ordinator Chandra Sundareswaran – pictured, right, with Hume council’s Amadis Lacheta and real estate agent Sam D’Angelo. Picture: Michael Copp

GALLERY: FABBA-ulous fun at Club Mudgee 

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Many in the crowd at Club Mudgee’s outdoor concert on Saturday were too young to remember a time when ABBA was bigger than Justin Bieber.
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Those who were old enough might have noticed that Benny and Bjorn didn’t look quite as they remembered (Frida blamed Botox).

But hits like Waterloo, I Do I Do and Eye of the Tiger soon had the crowd up and dancing to tribute band FABBA at the fundraiser for Lifeskills Plus.

Dancing Queens Elke Simpson, Bailee Davis, Emily Nott, Xanthe Althofer and Hallie Daniell.

Maree Nott, Rebecca Daniell and Toni Althofer settled down for an afternoon of FABBA Fun.

Georgie Gillard Cuddles up with her father, Scott Gillard.

Hands up if you love FABBA: The ABBA tribute band had the crowd up and dancing at Club Mudgee.

Alison Mara, Kate Whitehead, Cindy Barton and Jennie Blackman were enjoying the outdoor concert.

Anthony Hugest with Taleica Bradbury.

Mary Buckley and Joy Murkins came early to get a sunny spot and a good view.

Olivia Papworth, Annette Benetti, Melissa Benetti, Kristy Cresham and (back) Brittanee Woods, joined the crowd supporting LifeSkills.

Cooper Gant, Stevie-Rae Gant, Montarna Gillard, Jemma Cullen and Georgie Gillard couldn’t wait to get up and dance.

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Gallery: Kristi Harrower

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

​A pictorial look at some of Kristi Harrower’s glittering career.
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Kristi with her grandmother Dorothy after the Spirit’s WNBL championship win.

Bernie Harrower and Kristi lift the WNBL championship trophy.

High fives for her championship-winning team-mates.

Free throws – nothing but net.

Another assist.

Running the point to perfection.

An emotional end to Kristi’s Olympic career. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Slicing through the USA defence at the London Olympics. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Scoring two points against France at the London Olympics. Picture: FAIRFAX

Celebrating the Opals’ world championship success in 2011.

Shedding a tear after the 2008 Olympics gold medal game against the USA. Picture: AAP

Too quick for the Russian defence at the 2008 Olympics. Picture: REUTERS

Leading the Bendigo Lady Braves to victory over Knox in 2000.

Memories – Kristi playing with the Melbourne Tigers in the 1990’s.

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Way to go from a humble start

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The year 2013 seems to have a tinge of purple to it.
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For the first time, after 17 years of trying, Fremantle have made the AFL grand final.

No wonder the whole of Perth is painted purple.

Fremantle always had the odds stacked against them.

They were the losers of the AFL schoolyard- they were tricked into trading their superior lunch for sandwiches nobody wanted, their clothes were funny, and they had bad taste in music.

When Fremantle arrived, expansion teams were a foreign concept and they were treated with an element of disdain from some, and disinterest from others.

Freo first lined up in 1995 – ayear before Fitzroy folded -and they swiftly took the Lions’ position as the easybeats of the competition.

Other clubs had Friday on their mind when saw they were playing the Dockersnext week.

Draft picks, hoards of money and the best coaches in the game weren’t provided as a start-up kit to a new club like they were to GWS and Gold Coast.

NorwereFremantle given an instruction manual on how to trade effectively.

Other clubs manipulated that to legendary effect.

How about giving up one of the greats of the modern game, Andrew McLeod, for… Chris Groom?

Or I’m sure selectors would love to go back in time and un-trade the picks which eventually got Essendon Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas for Todd Ridley and Tony Delaney.

I’m not sure who was responsible for Fremantle’s jumper, but it was found about 13 years later to be contributing to their lack of success.

Presumably the designer was a West Coast fan in disguise.

They certainly had a rather pretty colour scheme in purple, white, red and green, but it was confused and messy.

The anchor on the jumper was thought to be metaphorically dragging Fremantle down to the bottom of the ladder.

The green and red was discarded and a streamline purple and white v-neck jumper seems to have directly correlated with more on-fieldsuccess.

And then there was the song.

From the first refrain of ‘Freo, heave ho’ to their proclamation that they were, indeed,the way to go, it has long been an example of how not to create a new theme song.

But it’sgrown into its tackiness over the years, and when Fremantle fans were given the chance to give it the old heave ho last year, they chose not to.

Fremantle have taken a good 18 years to recover from the disadvantages they were dealt at their origins.

I don’t think I’ll bethe only unattached supporter to donthe purple and white this weekend.

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GALLERY: Presentation recognises outstanding performances

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

A healthy gathering of supporters and Award recipients attended the Parkes Harness Racing Club’s Annual Awards Presentation night at the Parkes Leagues Club.
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Club President Geoff Cole welcomed those in attendance and announced he would be standing down at the Club’s upcoming Annual General Meeting after four years at the helm.

But the night belonged to Parkes reinsman David Harris and Trundle Owner, trainer, Peter Wright who between them bagged five awards.

And it was the bonny little mare, Big Hat who both were quick to thank for her efforts which primarily contributed to them winning the various trophies.

Big Hat, a four year old mare by Life Sign out of Golden Beach was purchased by Wright and his late father in law, John Newbigging who was a former leading horseman from Peak Hill.

Newbigging was affectionately known as “Big Hat” and the family thought it only fitting to remember him by naming the mare in his honour.

It was a good effort for Peter to win his awards as he only raced two horses throughout the 2012-13 season.

Dave Harris was a deserved winner of the Byrne Clothing Leading Local Driver after showing plenty of ability in the gig for a number of years.

Finally trainers have recognised that ability and Harris has rewarded them for their faith with some very good drives.

The Harris family, including his father David (senior) and older brother Robert have been prominent in the sport for more than 40 years and no doubt they are proud of their youngest family member’s achievements.

It was fitting that harness racing stalwart, Bill Palmer received the Col Fletcher Ford Clubman of the Year Award.

Palmer has given his life to the sport and despite moving into his 70’s, is still as active in working for the sport as he has ever been.

Forbes mentor Jason Gaffney was a joint winner in the Golden Gait Stud Leading Trainer within 100k of Parkes and he is a horseman whose stable just keeps getting stronger.

It was refreshing to see Lester and Linda Hewitt in Parkes to receive their award, won by Oh So Sweet for Leading Juvenile pacer.

The Hewitts were joined by other Bathurst identities Sue-Helen O’Shea and Michael and Michelle Munro who were representing the Owners of the Year, Peter and Marie Neal (Rayngold) while it was disappointing that Steve and Amanda Turnbull weren’t on hand to receive their major Awards for the Trainer and Driver Premierships.

Award winners were as follows:

Col Fletcher Ford Clubman of the Year – Bill Palmer.

NSW Owners Association Leading Owners – Peter and Marie Neal (Rayngold).

Reflection Jewellers Premier Driver – Amanda Turnbull.

Cunningham’s IGA Premier Trainer – Steve Turnbull.

Langlands Hanlon Horse Of The Year – Big Hat.

Rosewood Stud Leading Juvenile – Oh So Sweet.

Byrne Clothing Leading Local Driver – David Harris Jnr.

Byrne Clothing Leading Local Trainer – Peter Wright.

Leading Driver within 100km of Parkes – David Harris.

Golden Gait Stud Leading Trainer within 100km of Parkes – Peter Wright and Jason Gaffney (joint winners).

Dave Harris was a deserved winner of the Byrne Clothing Leading Local Driver and Driver Within 100km (of Parkes) awards after having a great season in the gig throughout the district. His family were at the awards night to support him including his mum Lorraine, dad David Snr, nephew Jake Sinclair and niece Courtney Sinclair. sub

Peter and Marie Neil’s “Rayngold” was named the NSW Owners Association Leading Owners at Parkes for 2012-13. They were represented at the Parkes awards night by stable driver Michael Munro who was accompanied by his wife Michelle (left) and Sue-Helen O’Shea. sub

Two ladies who work hard behind the scenes for harness racing in Parkes are Sally Morrison and Nicky Rusten. They were acknowledged for their efforts at the Parkes HRC Presentation Night. sub

Forbes trainer, Jason Gaffney was the joint winner of the Golden Gait Stud Leading Trainer within 100km of Parkes. He shared the award with Peter Wright. Jason was unable to attend the awards but was represented by his mother Angie Hodges and sister Emma Gaffney who are flanked by Parkes HRC Secretary Stacey Dowton and Vice President Troy Peters.sub

It was a big year for Dave Harris and Peter Wiright at Parkes. They collected five awards between them with Dave taking out two driving awards, Peter taking out two training awards and his mare Big Hat being named Parkes Horse of the Year. Pictured are from left – Dave Harris, Parkes HRC President Geoff Cole and Sarah, Peter and Stacey Wright from Trundle. sub

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Shared pathway celebration recognises volunteers: Gallery

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

EUROBODALLA ShireCouncil on Saturday hosted a big celebration to say thank you to the volunteersfor their amazing work helping to build the Narooma-Kianga-Dalmeny sharedpathway.
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The day startedwith a fun bike ride from the Dalmeny shops to Kianga Beach where a tributestone dedicated to volunteers now stands.

The children wereinvited to decorate their bikes and about 50 riders were flagged off by Memberfor Bega Andrew Constance.

More than 100people gathered for the unveiling of the tribute stone at Kianga Beach.

The idea of theshared pathway goes all the way back to 1988 with the initial idea for justwidening the shoulders on the existing road.

But then in 2005,the then mayor Neil Mumme held a public meeting to discuss a purpose-builtshared pathway that would run by itself on the foreshore separate to the road.

Constructionstarted the following year with concreting and form working volunteers workingwith the assistance of council starting to build the pathway at Kianga and thenat the Dalmeny shops.

Seven years laterafter all the hard work and money raising the final section of pathway wasfinally completed at Kianga.

Several State andFederal grants were applied for and the community also raised thousands ofdollars, while council also regularly contributed.

Councilinfrastructure director Warren Sharpe said community donations exceeded$150,000 toward the total cost of $1.25million, while State Government grantstotalled $350,000, Federal grants totalled $259,000, with the remainder comingfrom council.

Typical of thevolunteers and their helpers were elderly couple Alex and Diedre Smith, whowere always at the morning teas and enjoyed talking to the volunteers andsupplied scones every week.

UnfortunatelyDeidre Smith passed away just three weeks ago, but she did make the lastworking day of the path.

Alex has gone toMelbourne to live with one of their sons, and will come back for a visit whenwell enough to travel.

Pathway supporterGail Knight said the pathway meant a lot to them and was a big part of theirlife, and they were looking forward to the celebration.

Their son Stevefrom Canberra was able to attend Saturday’s ceremony.

“A lot of thecommunity miss not seeing them walking everyday as they did somewhere on thepath, not many people knew their names but always said hello,” Gail said.

Pathwayfundraising committee president John Gibson meanwhile wrote a nice letter thatfeatures in today’s letters section.

“Thisprofessionally constructed pathway was built by local volunteers, ablysupported by the morning tea ladies on site over a period of several years,”John wrote.

“This asset willbenefit not only members of our community, young and old for years to come butwill be a drawcard for visitors to our region, with resulting commercialbenefits.

“Such a projectappeared daunting when first proposed several years ago. “It owes itssuccessful completion not only to sustained local financial support and willingwork volunteers; much credit must go to the fundraising committee who workedtirelessly over such a long period to achieve this desired result.”

MONUMENT UNVEILED: Pictured behind the new pathway monument at Kianga on Saturday are state member Andrew Constance, mayor Lindsay Brown, Gail Knight, Tracy Elmer (wife of concreter Steve), Anne Alexander (wife of form worker John), John Gibson and council infrastructure director Warren Sharpe.

FAMILY BIKING: The Byard family – mum Alex, dad Wayne and their Joe aged six of South Narooma peddled a tandem bike from South Narooma. The distance wasn’t at all daunting for Joe’s parents as Alex and Wayne bought the bike in England before Joe was born and spent eight months riding around the world covering more than 6,000 miles before they returned to Australia.

START: State Member for Bega, Andrew Constance officially started Saturday morning’s bike ride from Dalmeny through to Kianga for the unveiling of the monument erected commemorating the help of volunteers completing the shared pathway from Narooma to Dalmeny. The contingent of riders then rode to Apex Park where council held a free sausage sizzle.

ON YA BIKE: Sam Hodge, 15 and his brother Thomas, 10 of Kianga celebrated the completion of the pathway by joining in the cycle ride on Saturday morning.

FLOWER POWER: Sandy Loudoun and Allie-Mae Cook both aged seven decorated their push bikes in a flower theme on Saturday morning’s ride to thank the pathway volunteers that was hosted by Eurobodalla Shire Council.

FERNY’S APPRENTICE: Young Mitchell Loudoun decorated his bike with concreting equipment as Ferny’s apprentice with Jet-James Cook colourfully decorated Cob Bike.

BBQ: It was all hands on deck for Narooma Rotary for the sausage sizzle.

MONUMENT INSTALLED: The monument to the pathway is installed in the lead-up to the celebration.

MONUMENT INSTALLED: The monument to the pathway is installed in the lead-up to the celebration.

MONUMENT INSTALLED: The monument to the pathway is installed in the lead-up to the celebration.

MONUMENT INSTALLED: The monument to the pathway is installed in the lead-up to the celebration.

MONUMENT INSTALLED: The monument to the pathway is installed in the lead-up to the celebration.

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