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.


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.


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.


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: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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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 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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Wellington wonder paints the horse world Gold

16/01/2019 // by admin

Maddison Worthe in the USAHome sweet home. What an amazing trip, I am definitely having America Withdrawals. After all the competing, waiting and fundraising the time had finally come to join the rest of Team Australia in Sydney and set off for the World Youth Games in Texas. After 18 long flying hours we finally landed in Dallas.
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Next day we went to Ernest Wilson’s ranch, this was so good and his horses were amazing. Ernest is a Member of the American Paint Horse Hall of Fame, and is very involved in assisting the youth members of the association. We were very fortunate to have a horseman of his standing in the sport allow us to use his training facility and horses. I then found out I was drawn in the Showmanship event for the Youth Teams Tournament and I would be using his horse Willionaire. This was the horse Ernest’s daughter rode in her youth and won more than $100,000 in scholarships to put her through college. He is a beautiful 17.2hh paint gelding, the tallest horse I had ever ridden.

Each day we drove out to Earnest’s ranch and he would give us lots of tips and let us run through our pattern while he critiqued it.

Ernest was so knowledgeable and genuine and it was a privilege to be able to train with him. We also visited the ranch of Jeanie Young. Jeannie is also very involved in the youth there, and has judged at our National Show here in Tamworth. We rode some awesome horses and again ran through some patterns which she really helped us with. We were very lucky to have these people assist us, many thanks must go to our Team Managers for arranging this.

Finally we got to go to the show! The “Will Rogers Arena” and facilities are amazing and far ahead of anything we have here in Australia, with underground stables, multiple training rings and show arenas, covering 105 acres! The Youth Team Tournament is held before the World Games, and usually is only open to teams from the different US states. Thanks to Ernest sponsoring us and allowing us to use his horses, we were the only International Team to be invited to compete. Ernest bought in the horses we were using from his ranch and we spent a day washing, banding and exercising them to get them ready. My showmanship was the largest class I had ever competed in, and featured some amazing horses. Unfortunately I did not place, but Willionaire and I had an awesome run and I could not have asked for any more from him, considering our limited time together, and the American competitors using their own horses. To compete in that environment was a memory I will never forget.

At the World Show, Team Australia had an adopting barn, which was White Harvest Farms, from Montana, which was awesome! Karen Banister, the owner and trainer, helped us immensely! She let us ride her horses throughout the week before we competed, which kept us in the saddle thinking. They were a very hard working barn, and each day we worked their horses in 100 degree heat (38 degrees Celsius), twice a day, and they did everything we asked of them.

World Show finally arrived, we had a meeting with all the other teams and we drew our horses for the Youth World Show. For my trail class I drew the horse called Good N Rite a palomino mare owned by Christien Show Horses. That was about five days before I competed, and during that time I could only watch him being trained, and could not ride or work him.

Trail day had come and I was ready to show so we headed down to the barn to meet up with my horse. Our Team Managers and I headed up to the practice arena with the trainer and we had a 30 minute practice before walking the course. My trail course was huge, it had more than 52 poles but it was a really good pattern with some good obstacles. The field of horses drawn for the trail was really competitive and it was filled with very good horses. I went out third in the draw to compete and we got around the trail course but she was an extremely ring smart horse. I ended up placing sixth in my class which is still a great achievement and something I am very proud of. As I become an Amateur this season, this was my last ride as a Youth Member, and I will never forget that it was in the World Show, in Texas USA, on July 4.

After the show closed up we continued to do some serious shopping and sight seeing around Texas which was a blast and put us way over my suitcase limit.

The 21 days sadly came to an end and it was time to pack up and head home to Australia. I had an amazing time in Texas and I am very grateful to have been a part of the 2014 PHAA Youth Team, Team Australia ended up coming home as overall fourth. We made so many new friends over there, a massive thank you to Ernest Wilson, Jeanie Young, Karen and the girls from White Harvest Farms, the APHA and the PHAA, all of our supporters with us and at home, all those who helped me raise my funds, my mum and dad for everything they have done- I could not of done it without you and our team managers Lee and Dave for all their encouragement and support and for making this whole trip possible, ensuring we had the best experience.

I had the time of my life and finally checked that goal off the top of my list, so thankyou so much.

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Colouring Competition at the Library

16/01/2019 // by admin

View the colouring competition gallery!
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At the moment the children’s area of Wellington Library is covered on all sides by amazing works of art by children from Wellington Public School, St Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington Christian School and Nanima Preschool. The Children’s Book Week colouring-in competition has inspired lots of careful colouring, bold patterns and detailed illustration from primary and preschool aged children across the area. It is a good opportunity to come in and view the gallery, borrow a book and join your child up to the library. Membership is free and grows with the child, so it is never too early to sign them up! The winners of this year’s competition will have their prizes delivered to the schools in the coming weeks and thank you to all the children and teachers who took part – thanks to you our children’s area looks very colourful! This gallery will be up for a limited time only, so make sure you come in and have a look!

Winner of the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards, 2014

There are several categories covered by the annual Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards, and listed below are the overall winners for each.

Older readers: Wildlife by Fiona Wood. This junior fiction for more mature readers is a very real story about friendships, love and fitting in.

Younger readers: City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks. Birdie is a little girl who helps catch child-eating monsters – she is very brave and has a beautiful voice. This book is for young independent readers.

Early Childhood: The Swap by Jan Ormerod. With lots of pictures and a funny story, this very visual book is sure to entertain early readers and adults alike.

Picture Book: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan. Shaun Tan has created incredible and bizarre artwork for his latest picture book, which is both fascinating and slightly dark.

Information Books: Jeremy by Christopher Faille. This is a beautifully illustrated book about the journey of a little kookaburra growing up.

To reserve any of these award winning books through your library, call 6845 2156 or log into your library account.

Book review

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

You may have seen the film starring Judi Dench so why not read the book the film is based on? This is the full true story by British journalist Martin Sixsmith of his investigation into the case of a young Irishwoman who fell pregnant and was sent to a convent as a “fallen woman”. It is about a woman wronged by people she trusted, and her decades-long search for the son she never stopped loving. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, this is a story that will stay in your mind well after you have read it.

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Groups welcome monitor appointment

16/01/2019 // by admin

Community groups have welcomed the appointment of an independent monitor to Latrobe City Council, identifying a range of issues they want addressed.
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Local Government Minister Tim Bull last week appointed Lyndon Webb as monitor to help council improve governance at council’s request.

While Mr Webb’s exact goals have not yet been made clear, Mayor Sharon Gibson said Mr Webb would look at governance, procurement and finance, along with relations between councillors and council officers.

Committee for Moe president Manny Gelagotis said he would like to see a review of all of council’s policies, including the significant changes to its procurement policy instigated earlier this year, which drew criticism from the building and construction industry, along with the Red Tape Commissioner, for being too stringent. It was later relaxed as a result.

“The organisation is lacking a lot of confidence and self-belief because of the councillors’ constant barrage and attack on structures and policies,” Mr Gelagotis said.

“I question whether the organisation is a united business.

Advance Morwell vice chairman Graeme Sennett said he hoped to see improvements in community consultation.

“It’s easy to consult, but you need to consult with the appropriate group at the appropriate time,” Mr Sennett said.

“I think it’s a very mature organisation that can identify it’s got some issues and seek some support.

“This is a great opportunity for someone with a fresh pair of eyes to provide some advice and guidance.”

The Traralgon Community Development Association, which is currently campaigning for the town to secede from the rest of Latrobe City, said it was disappointed Mr Webb’s key role would not be investigative.

“Sure, we’ve got to improve the future, but we want to know about the past misdemeanours and what has really gone on,” president Bill McMahon said.

The group claims Traralgon has not got its fair share of capital works funding as compared with other major towns.

“We’ll look forward to talking to this gentleman and we’re certainly anxious to know what his role is.”

Latrobe City’s acting chief executive John Mitchell said council resolved to seek the appointment of an independent monitor after he and Cr Gibson met with Mr Bull where they discussed “a range of issues”.

“It was Sharon and my view that we should propose council request that interface,” Mr Mitchell said.

He said he believed council had taken some “very important steps” including the procurement review and changes to its meeting schedule.

“Two weeks out of three we’re focusing on strategic issues. There’s a good number of things I’m confident the community are going to see real benefits from.”

Mr Bull said both Latrobe City Council and the state would “make contributions to Mr Webb undertaking his operations as monitor, with State support to the salary component”.

He did not reveal exactly how much the appointment would cost taxpayers.

Mr Webb is expected to start this week.

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Tigers clinch minor premiership

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Brandon Bailey fending off Sale players. photographs tom morrison Ben Kearns chases his mark.
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Adam Bailey slams the ball forward.



MORWELL fired the first shot in the Gippsland League premiership battle by downing Sale to secure the minor premiership on Saturday.

The Tigers dictated terms for most of the day and led at every change on their way to a 10.12 (72) to 6.9 (45) win in the final round of the home-and-away season.

It was only the Magpies’ second defeat of the season and allowed Morwell to steal top spot on percentage.

However, neither coach was reading too much into the result.

“It was pleasing to get a win, but Sale had a lot of players out,” Tigers coach Harmit Singh said.

“In my eyes the minor premiership means nothing. It’s a whole new ball game going into finals and the real stuff starts now.

“For the guys that are a bit sore it’s a positive to have a week off and it gives us a chance to work on a few things.

“Our use of the football going into our forward-50 was poor at times and our communication and set-ups at stoppages got us exposed a couple of times.”

The Magpies regained John Gooch and Kane Martin, but were still without Tom Hams, forward Mitch Davis and full-back Andrew Quirkand and lost influential pair Jason Gram and Luke Collins to hamstring injuries in the lead-up to the game.

The latter three, along with the likes of Josh Dunkley, Brad Olsson and Nash Holmes from Gippsland Power, could be available to take on Wonthaggi in next week’s qualifying final.

Morwell welcomed back Tarkyn Lockyer, but lost Jack Weston in the warm up and was still without Boyd Bailey (VFL) and Julian Blackford (injury).

Tom Crosby and Tim Ryan continued their hot form and Joel Soutar was terrific in the centre, as the Tigers registered a winning score, despite getting only four goals between key forwards Ash Close (two), Daniel Hutchison and Dean Macdonald.

Sale saved some face with a strong last quarter and coach Matt Ferguson was measured in his assessment.

“Morwell were too slick, they beat us on the outside and moved the ball really well,” Ferguson said.

“We didn’t defend the middle of the ground well at all and we pride ourselves on pressuring the opposition.

“We had only lost one game for the year and this will be good for us. Last year we had this result in the last game of the year, but this time we can go away, have a look at a few things and get another chance.

“It also allows me as coach to be a bit sterner with the boys about things and I’m looking forward to that.”

Bairnsdale v Moe

Some words of wisdom from legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy almost inspired Moe to one of the upsets of the season away to Bairnsdale.

Sheedy took training last Thursday night and the Lions did themselves proud, despite going down 13.11 (89) to 13.9 (87) at Bairnsdale Recreation Reserve.

Redlegs captain James Gibbs booted six goals for the home side, which trailed at half-time, but avoided a confidence-sapping defeat ahead of finals.

Bayden Ashwood and Jack Vickers were also good for Bairnsdale, while James Blaser (five goals), Lloyd Williams and Leigh Sheehan were best for Moe.

Leongatha v Traralgon

Traralgon wrapped up a disappointing campaign with a good win away to Leongatha in coach Paul McCulloch’s final game.

McCulloch informed the playing group of his decision after last week’s defeat to Morwell and the Maroons saw him off with a 12.19 (91) to 9.9 (63) win.

Captain Mick Geary led from the front again, with two goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Josh Jennings, Danny Campbell and Tim Northe were also good.

Nathan Lynch, Chris Verboon and Nick Nagel – who booted six goals to take his season tally to 59 – were best for the Parrots.

Maffra v Drouin

Maffra full-forward Darren Sheen took his place in Gippsland League record books with a 16-goal haul in the 214-point win against Drouin.

Sheen became the first player since Sale’s Shane Loveless in 1987 to kick 100 goals in a home-and-away season.

He also became the fastest player to 200 goals in league history, having amassed 207 in 39 games.

The result was never in doubt, but the Eagles warmed up for finals with a 13-goal final term, with Kelvin Porter, Winston Gieschen and Owen Booth also in good form.

Luke Duffy, Broderick Fraser and Rhys Salter battled hard the Hawks, who finished the season without a win.

Warragul v Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi survived another test from bogey side Warragul at Western Park.

Despite their recent struggles, the Gulls boast a good record against the Power and produced easily their most competitive showing of the season against top-six opposition.

The visitors’ class eventually prevailed, though, with Kane McCarthy, Matt Coyne and Michael Kelly helping the Power to a 14.14 (98) to 9.12 (66) win.

Brad Scalzo, Tyssen Morrow and Chris Lee were best for the Gulls.

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War relic stolen

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A World War I machine gun has been stolen from the Wallendbeen Memorial Hall and police are appealing for leads.
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Wallendbeen’s Eve Everingham, who discovered the theft, said the gun had been mounted above the stage in the hall since it was opened in 1922 and has never, to her knowledge, been taken down.

Some 10 metres in the air and bolted to the wall, the thief or thieves clearly went to some effort to steal the German Maxim machine gun.

Cootamundra duty officer Inspector Frank Brown said police have been advised the gun was seized in Belgium in October 1917 during World War I, and was presented to the local community five years later.

“It’s been there for more than 90 years and was mounted on a wall 10 metres from the ground, which means it would have been difficult to remove,” Inspector Brown said.

“Since it was reported missing on Tuesday (August 19), the scene has been examined by a Scene of Crime Officer, and an extensive canvass of the area has been conducted by Cootamundra detectives,” he added.

Given the circumstances of the theft and the lapse of time since its donation in 1922, Inspector Brown said police are unable to confirm that the weapon was no longer functional, however, Mrs Everingham said it is assumed the firing pin had been taken out prior to the gun being mounted.

The perpetrators of the crime had broken into the hall through the lobby door. Mrs Everingham said she noticed it was off its hinges and was not closing properly before she noticed the gun was missing.

The hall is not used all the time so the timeframe for its theft is broad with those associated with the hall narrowing it down to between the third Tuesday in July and the first Tuesday in August.

She reported that forensic examiners had been and no fingerprints were found indicating a professional job.

The theft is the subject of ongoing investigations.

“We urge anyone with any information to contact Cootamundra Police,” Inspector Brown said.

Anyone with information can contact Cootamundra Police Station on 6942 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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