Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

Super excited for today’s #LiveLikeSally signs!Drop in&say Hi #Dymocks Wollongong 11am &SDS Warringah Mall at 5pm : ) pic.twitter南京夜网/2ODJrMXZUk

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

Beyoncé’s latest pic with Blue Ivy is TOO CUTE: http://t.co/7KL9H996KNpic.twitter南京夜网/NC27GZyqLI

— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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The mining boom: how have we spent our ‘once-in-a-century’ windfall?

16/03/2019 // by admin

Source: RBATHE mining boom delivered Australians a once-in-a-century windfall.
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So how did we spend it?

New modelling published by the Reserve Bank shows the mining boom triggered a binge on new cars.

Purchases of motor vehicles were 30 per cent higher than they otherwise would have been as a result of the boom.

The boom has also underpinned a glut of spending on household items such as furniture, whitegoods, TVs, cameras and computers.

Purchases in that category – called “durable goods” by economists –were 20 per cent higher than what would have been the case if there was no boom.

There are two main factors driving these trends.

First, the boom boosted our incomes. The bank’s modelling shows household disposable income per person was 13 per cent higher last year than if there had been no mining boom.

Second, the surge in demand for Australian minerals pushed up the exchange rate, making imported goods such as cars, TVs and computers cheaper for local consumers.

The analysis shows the effects of the mining boom left motor vehicle prices more than 15 per cent lower than they otherwise would have been and prices for durable goods such as furniture, whitegoods and electronic gadgets about 11 per cent lower.

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TAFE seeks community input

16/03/2019 // by admin

COMMUNITY VOICES: Peter Charker, business department head at the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute’s Cootamundra Campus, said the aim of the advisory group is to “regain a focus on listening to the people.”TAFE NSW Riverina Institute’s Cootamundra Campus hosted its first advisory group breakfast on Wednesday to help identify the best way for the institute to serve our town’s needs.
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Representatives from the region’s business, government, health, aged care, community and education sectors were invited to form a local advisory committee and share their thoughts on what Riverina Institute currently offers the people of Cootamundra, in addition to discussing other potential services the town would benefit from.

“We are committed to participating actively in the local community,” said Riverina Institute’s Leanne Hogan, manager of education and training.

“A local advisory committee will help us ensure that we are meeting the needs of our local community.”

Business department head Peter Charker said the advisory committee is all about workforce development opportunities and thanked the Cootamundra Development Corporation for their partnership.

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Jean Fraser takes Monthly Medal

16/03/2019 // by admin

How good has it been for the ladies who have been winning the past few weeks, they just aren’t winning the day’s event but scooping the pool.
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Congratulations to those good golfers.

Last week’s great player was Jean Fraser who took out August’s Monthly Medal, Loren Cup, Nearest the Pin with a nett 75 score and a couple of balls in the ball competition.

Runner-up was Sue Martin on a count back from Bev Brien. Bev didn’t go home empty handed taking out the scratch score with Cheryl Royal another Nearest the Pin winner as well as Denise Haesler who took home the raffle which was kindly donated by Cheryl.

9 Holes – two players (Marilyn and Margie) took up the challenge this week,

Wednesday the event is yet to be decided as it clashes with the very popular Narromine Tournament.

Western Districts 4BBB Finals

Friday saw Gale Noakes and Marg Macarthur attend the Western Districts 4BBB in Narromine with the winning combination having the opportunity to play in the State 3 Day Finals Event at Bon Ville later in the year.

Western Districts Pennants Semi-Finals

Congratulations to our squad: Dense Haesler, Marie Cornish, Min Burge, Cheryl Royal, Pauline Potts, Gai Drew, Jan Payne,Kathy Martin, Bev Brien and Marie Cornish on their mighty effort of making the semi-finals.

Up and Coming Golf Events

August 27 – Narromine Open Day

September 6 – Saturday – Club’s Novice 4BBB Event – can be mixed teams but you must have a Novice player.

13 and 14 – Cumnock

Saturday is a Mixed Stableford Event,

Yesterday

The Diggers Golf Club held their “Monthly Golf Event”.

Get well

A cherio call goes to Gai Drew after her beaut boat trip and her eye operation.

Coring of Greens

The Club wishes to advise all members that they are most welcome to lift a shovel or two when the greens get “cored” this Sunday.

The more helpers the easier this job is for all involved.

Please note due to this the Men’s September Monthly Medal Event has been moved to September 13.

See everyone Wednesday

“Dimples”

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Benbolt the best

16/03/2019 // by admin

Benbolt the best MAIL MEDAL: Lawrence Benbolt (middle) was presented the 2014 Far West Football League Mail Medal on Saturday at Thevenard. Joint runner-ups were Thevenard’s Dom Denton (left) and Jarrad Trowbridge.
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A GRADE: Best and fairest and Bev Oats Perpetual Trophy winner Carrie-Lee Miller.

LIFE MEMBERS: New Far West Football life members Glenn Dunn and Tracy Chandler.

BEST UNDER 21: Maddie Smart.

D GRADE RUNNER-UP: Gretel Anderson.

B GRADE: Best and fairest Stacey Breede and runner-up Louise Lynch.

UNDER 21 ACHIEVERS AWARD: Meesha Dunn.

UNDER 21 ACHIEVER AWARD: Telene Ettridge with Kirsty Collins.

UNDER 21 ACHIEVERS AWARD: Kadisha O’Loughlin.

B GRADE FOOTBALL BLACKHAM MEDAL: Stefan Masierowski.

RAFFLE WINNER: Paulie Haynes won first prize in the raffle. All raffle prizeswere donated by Ceduna Betta Electrical and Ceduna Homescene.

RAFFLE WINNER: Craig Trowbridge.

RAFFLE WINNER: Tania Threadgold. was a winner.

RAFFLE WINNER: Dylan Cook.

RAFFLE WINNER: Tania Threadgold.

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Demons upset Yinnar

16/03/2019 // by admin

Newborough advanced to the grand final. Pictured is Lachlan Fanning.
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FOOTBALL

MGFL

BOOLARRA overran Yinnar to take out Sunday’s first semi-final, while on Saturday Newborough barnstormed by Mirboo North to advance to an 18th grand final.

Newborough v Mirboo North

NEWBOROUGH further firmed as premiership favourite after shooting down last year’s flag holder Mirboo North by 90 points in Saturday’s second semi-final.

The win put Newborough into its 18th decider, and its third in succession.

With a week off the Bulldogs will go into the grand final full of confidence and determined to win after losing the previous two.

Mirboo North went into the match with an unchanged line-up while Newborough had three alterations.

Newborough won with the big men controlling the match; Chris Hancock in the ruck played another superb hand but it was coach Glen Michie who shone the brightest with his ability to read the play and direct traffic around him.

During the game he had three opponents who were unable to quell him.

Luke Webber was also a star around the forward line with his strong marking.

Newborough jumped hard in the first term and rattled on five goals but missed just as many.

It was mostly one way traffic as Mirboo North played second fiddle to the stronger Bulldogs team.

Two goals in the first quarter to Michie was a preview for the afternoon.

He continued his good form for each quarter, finally finishing with eight goals which was nearly as many as Mirboo North scored in total.

By half-time the margin had swung out to 42 points with Newborough shining in the sun.

Liam Carolan and Josh Whittaker controlled the backline, disabling any forays by the Tigers.

After the break the Dogs continued their onslaught, a seven goal term established a huge lead which was never going to be run down.

When Mirboo North did get a score, it was only a matter of minutes later that Newborough replied.

All the major positions were won by the Bulldogs as the Tigers capitulated and went down in a heap.

They did however have a few players in the mix, with club best and fairest winner Jacob Nash doing his best along with Joey Brooks, Matt Holland and Tristan Salerno.

Daniel Risol was the star of the match, only scoring a couple of goals but his inspired play brought others into the game, setting up a Newborough victory, 23.17 (155) to 9.11 (65).

Newborough has a week’s rest while Mirboo North must face up to Boolarra for the right to contest the 2014 flag.

The Newborough reserves, who went through the season undefeated, suffered their first loss in the second semi-final, going down to Yinnar by two points.

Yinnar v Boolarra

UNDERDOG Boolarra ran out a strong come-from-behind winner over Yinnar in Sunday’s first semi-final.

Trailing until the 13th minute of the last quarter, the Demons dug in and produced some magic to level, then rise above the Magpies.

Yinnar opened up strongly, kicking the first three goals, two from coach Sam McCulloch, and it was 15 minutes into the term before Boolarra replied through Chris Stasinowsky, who booted two quick ones for the Demons.

By the quarter’s end Yinnar led by nine points.

A six goal second term by Yinnar put it in the box seat as Tyler Hillier and Kane Grinstead-Jones ran rings around their opponents.

Big Jesse Bowe was winning the taps and Yinnar was on top by the half-time siren.

Boolarra, however, did not give up and Stasinowsky produced brilliance up forward with another three goals.

The Dees commenced their comeback in the third term, playing wide with Bevan Charlton-White and Courtney Sherriff.

The defence tightened, reducing Yinnar’s avenue to goal.

Damian Yates was moved on to Stasinowsky but it did little good as he bustled and crashed his way through packs, took marks and, importantly, kicked goals.

It was a one man show up forward for Boolarra but he had plenty of players feeding him.

In a frenzied last quarter Boolarra threw everything at a tiring Yinnar; an early goal to Troy Tobin brought the Dees closer and when Scott Cooper goaled at 13 minutes the scores were level.

Yinnar struggled to get the ball within the forward 50, forced out by relentless pressure from Boolarra.

With the clock ticking on to 20 minutes a Stasinowsky goal, his seventh, gave the Demons the lead for the first time in the match.

Further attacking raids by the Dees resulted in another goal to Justin Emery which was enough to keep them in front.

The final term 5.4 (34) last quarter from Boolarra eclipsed Yinnar’s one behind, capping off a stunning comeback.

For Yinnar it is curtains following a disappointing final series in which it was beaten twice.

Boolarra now has a crack at Mirboo North this week for the right to play Newborough in the grand final.

Stasinowsky was voted as best, while Matt Buglisi, Daniel Metcalf and Sherriff were worthwhile contributors.

Yinnar started well but faded as the game went on, McCulloch was voted best with four goals while youngster Max Renwick kicked three.

Yates, James Dowling and Jesse Sleswick also put in, but the Pies ultimately went down 14.6 (90) to 11.9 (75).

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Growth triggers council restructure

16/02/2019 // by admin

Wollondilly Council will undergo an organisational restructure in a bid to better accommodate the area’s booming population.
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The restructure, approved at last week’s council meeting, will affectively replace the two deputy general manager roles with three directors — director of works and services, director of planning and executive director of community services and corporate support.

With Wollondilly’s population predicted to triple over the next 30-40 years, council general manager Luke Johnson said the new structure was vital.

‘‘The old structure served us well but now we face unprecedented growth pressures,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s one thing for there to be growth but it’s another to have the resources to think about it strategically.

‘‘We need to ensure we are well positioned to manage that growth.’’

A manager of economic development will also be hired on a contractual basis to accommodate for the period of rapid growth.

‘‘We have growth now but we didn’t want to make that a permanent position,’’ Mr Johnson said.

‘‘After a few years we will review whether we need that position or not.’’

Mr Johnson said he expected to advertise for the vacant positions with the next three to four weeks and hoped the new structure would be in place by the end of the year.

Funding for the new positions is expected to come from several sources including: salary savings, additional growth/development income and the possible deferment of some unfilled positions.

Mr Johnson said it was hoped the new positions would be funded within the current budget.

‘‘The decisions we make will impact on Wollondilly for decades to come,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a responsibility to get it right for future generations.’’

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Kim Kardashian on her way

16/02/2019 // by admin

Be prepared for the Kardashian circus to invade western Sydney this September.
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Kim Kardashian is set to visit Australian shores to celebrate the launch of the Kardashian Kollection Spring 2014 collections.

The visit includes a chance for fans to meet Kim centre stage at Westfield Parramatta from 2.30pm on Saturday, September 13.

Kardashianwill greet and sign photos for the first 200 shoppers in-line that make a Kardashian Kollection purchase between Tuesday, August 26 and Saturday, September 13.

The Kardashian Kollection has expanded from ready-to-wear apparel tojewellery, sunglasses, handbags, hosiery, denim and shoes for women, as well as the newly released Kardashian Essentials range of shapewear, hosiery and sunglasses.

Each piece is designed by the famous reality sisters -Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.

■Details: westfield南京夜网.au/parramatta.

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Call for independent candidate

16/02/2019 // by admin

A grassrootspolitical advocacy group is calling for an independent candidate in the lead up to the state election.
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The Latrobe Valley 1st campaign came in response to community angst following the Hazelwood mine fire and is seeking applications for potential candidates in the Morwell seat.

The call follows the group launching a series of “kitchen table” conversations to put a spotlight on local issues.

The campaign is modelled on the Voices to Indi group, which helped independent Cathy McGowan beat long-term candidate Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella in the last federal election.

Latrobe Valley 1st president Gilio Barbara said after decades of failure by the major parties, the group believed there was a need to support a strong independent candidate.

“We are now seeking applications to become the people’s candidate to stand as an independent in the November state election and represent us on this and other important local issues,” Mr Barbara said.

He said he was appointed as the group’s president in the last fortnight, with former spokeswoman Tracie Lund attending to work and family commitments.

Mr Barbara said the group was pushing to reduce the Morwell seat from a safe seat to a marginal one, once a safe Labor, Liberal and now Nationals seat.

“The two major parties seem to be city centric and have allegiances to their political parties, rather than the electorate,” he said.

“We’re urging that we should support an independent candidate with no allegiance to a political party, but someone involved in the local community that has shown an interest in the welfare of this electorate.”

Mr Barbara said many people had voiced their opinions in public forums in the past six months since the mine fire and believed there were capable individuals to represent the Morwell seat.

“We want people putting their hands up to have a go, to be community minded, genuine and committed people in the area,” Mr Barbara said.

To apply for the position, phone Ann Pulbrook on 0488 729 175 or visit

www.lv1.org/apply for more information. Applications close 5pm, Monday, 1 September.

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Brothersgive the inside running on racing scandals

16/02/2019 // by admin

Brothers Barry and Alan Wood with copies of their latest book From the Track, which was presented to horse lover Queen Elizabeth II. Photo by Judith KerrSCAMS, scandals, ring-ins and rogues are all part of the latest offering from Mount Cotton authors Alan and Barry Wood.
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From the Track is the brothers’ third book delving into the murky, but often humorous, depths of the world of gee-gees.

Like Off the Track and On the Track, this book is illustrated with quirky cartoons from Brian Doyle.

Find out the true story behind Archer, the Melbourne horse who won two Melbourne Cups and how the photo-finish camera robbed the winner of a major race.

Or the uplifting story of a racehorse who went beyond the call of duty for his blind owner.

All three books have been dedicated to Barry’s son, Darren, who was unable to outrun the black dog of depression in 2008 and died at the age of 40.

Some of the proceeds from the books goes to beyondblue, an organisation helping people with depression.

Even Queen Elizabeth II loves the brothers’ tales after copies of the first two books were sent to Buckingham Palace in 2013.

The brothers received a letter from the palace thanking them for thinking of the Queen and commending them for supporting beyondblue.

But neither is sure whether From the Track will be their last.

Alan and wife Beth moved to Redlands 14 years ago and after retiring in 2010 built a home at Mount Cotton, which offered the best of city and country living.

The brothers have both owned race horses but it is Barry who has a mind like a steel trap and remembers trivia and details about the sport dating back to 1949 when he was five years old.

“A friend of ours was arranging some trivia questions for the local club at the Gold Coast and asked Barry to give him some questions on racing,” Alan said.

“After our friend received the quizz, he made the remark, ‘gee Baz, you should write a book’. Barry contacted me and away we went true story.”

From The Track is published by Five Mile Press, RRP: $32.95

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Seniors forge an inspirational path

16/02/2019 // by admin

Redland City’s inspiring seniors for 2014 are, front from left, Helen Holmes, Conchita Maulguet, Laurie and Genny McKenzie, Erica Siegel, Phil and Dorothy Elliss, Col Limpus, Barry Cullen, and, back from left, Bob Lynch, Tony Chapman, and Glen Gray. Photo by S-L Archer.REDLAND City was abuzz with seniors activities last week as young and old turned out to celebrate Seniors Week 2014.
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From the annual Seniors Walk on the mainland and the inaugural Bay Islands Seniors Walk to kayaking, sports tournaments, morning teas, entertainment, the University of the Third Age Seniors Week Breakfast and much more, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

A highlight of the week was the sixth annual Redland City Inspiring Seniors Awards, in which one or two older Redland residents were chosen from each city division as the most inspiring seniors for 2014.

Nominations came from members of the public and Redland City councillors, who were asked to nominate older residents they saw as an inspiration to the community.

The inspiring seniors were celebrated in a ceremony at Tranquil Waters Retirement Village last Thursday, and the divisional winners for 2014 were Barry Cullen (Div. 1), Helen Holmes (Div. 2), Glen Gray (Div. 3), Phil and Dorothy Elliss (Div. 4), Conchita Maulguet (Div. 5), Laurie and Genny McKenzie (Div. 6), Tony Chapman (Div. 7), Col Limpus (Div. 8), Bob Lynch (Div. 9), and Erica Siegel (Div. 10).

At the ceremony, each winner was presented with a framed photograph of themselves with an engraved plaque acknowledging them as an inspiring person.

Every year in August, Seniors Week in Queensland presents an opportunity for communities across the state to acknowledge the many valuable contributions made by older residents.

In the Redlands, it is celebrated with a full program of activities that shines a spotlight on the benefits of active and positive ageing.

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