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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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

16/01/2019 // by admin

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

FOOTBALL

GIPPSLAND LEAGUE

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

16/01/2019 // by admin

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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Oliver brilliance helps Boars Colts progress

16/12/2018 // by admin

Caleb Hewitt evaded the Mudgee Wombat defenders to score a crucial try for Parkes Boars Colts yesterday. sub
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A piece of late brilliance from Parkes front-rower Iszac Oliver has helped Parkes take a late victory over Mudgee to keep their Central West Rugby Union Colts season alive.

Having led for much of the game though never with a lead bigger than a handful of points, Parkes suddenly found themselves under the pump as Mudgee levelled the scores at 17-all with seven minutes to play.

Substitute winger Matt Burgess had made a dashing run down the left edge to score and though the goal was missed, Mudgee had given themselves a chance to at least force the game to extra time or pick up a late win.

Oliver was having none of it though.

After Parkes took possession from a Mudgee clearing kick, they chanced their arm and the ball found itself with the tight-head prop, who was only a metre or two in from the left touch-line.

He opted to run it down the short side, and before he was pushed into touch he produced a deft left-foot chip infield which sat perfectly for fly-half Caleb Hewitt, who took it on the bounce and scored.

With two minutes on the clock Mudgee did earn one last crack at the Boars but an infringement at the back of their scrum cost them possession and ensured that Parkes stay alive.

They will now meet Dubbo ‘Roos next week in the minor semi-final.

“It was a pretty special piece of work to finish, Iszac is always capable of that sort of thing,” Parkes coach Fine Latu said.

“We are lucky that none of us here on the bench had a heart attack.

“They scare us every week.

“We’ve had some niggling injuries for a while now, and some of our best players probably aren’t fully fit but we can’t really afford to give them a rest.

“It was a big effort from everyone today.”

Earlier Mudgee had opened the scoring 12 minutes into the match courtesy of Tom O’Leary though Riley Byrne hit back eight minutes later with the Boars’ first, with Hewitt’s conversion giving them a 7-5 advantage.

Jonah Poppe put Mudgee back in front with a converted try in the 26th minute as the game continued to fluctuate, but a five-pointer to Myles Smith on the stroke of half-time would prove vital to Parkes’ victory.

Hewitt added the extras to give them a 14-12 lead at the break.

When play resumed neither side were able to capitalise on some good attacking opportunities though the majority of them belonged to Mudgee.

Against the run of play, Hewitt put over a penalty to give his team a five-point lead, only for Burgess’ try to set up the nail-biting finish.

“The boys put in a big effort, there were a couple of decisions that went our way that we failed to capitalise on and a couple of things that we could have done differently,” Wombats coach Tim Burgess said.

“It was a good piece of play from their prop that set up the game-winning try.

“I’m still very happy though, it is our first year back in the competition and we should be better again next year.”

PARKES BOARS 22 (Caleb Hewitt, Riley Byrne, Myles Smith tries; Hewit 2 conversions, penalty) defeated MUDGEE WOMBATS 17 (Tom O’Leary, Matt Burgess, Jonah Poppe tries; Nick Rosamond conversion).

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Redlands – a walk in the (dog) park

16/12/2018 // by admin

Belgian shepherd Unya, dashhound Gidget and kelpie Sasha have fun in the water at Raby Bay dog off-leash area with Lorraine Browne. Photo by Stephen Archer.REDLAND City is getting a reputation for being dog friendly, with many Brisbanites giving their pooches a bayside outing.
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The city has 28 dog off-leash areas and most are signed and fenced and have poop disposal bags.

Some even have water access, small dog areas and exercise equipment.

The city has also opened up some of its beaches for dogs.

At Coochiemudlo Island’s Main Beach and Russell Island’s Lions Park, dogs can have a splash on the beach but must remain on leads during the bird migration season.

Every suburb in the city has at least one dog off-leash area.

At Alexandra Hills, dog parks are at George Street, Hanover Drive, Valantine Street, where there is a separate small-dog area, and at Windemere Road, where there is a separate small-dog area and dog equipment.

In Birkdale, dog parks are at Aquatic Paradise Park West, Commodore Drive, Lachlan Street, Three Paddocks Park and Thomas Street, where there is a separate small-dog area.

Dog off leash area. Raby Bay, Cleveland. by S-L Archer.

Dog off leash area. Thomas Street Wellington Pt. Nicola Porteous-Grace and Barkley of Wellington Point.

Capalaba has some of the largest dog areas at Brosnan Drive, parts of Capalaba Regional Park and Wentworth Drive where there is a separate small-dog area.

For dogs who love to get wet and chase a ball along the sand, Raby Bay Foreshore Park on Masthead Drive at Cleveland is ideal. It is unfenced and dogs can go in the water.

One of the city’s most loved parks, G.J. Walter Park in Middle Street, Cleveland, has its own dog park that is partially unfenced and is an ideal spot for dogs to go swimming.

No suburb is without a nearby dog park and at Ormiston, the park on Sturgeon Street has a separate area for small dogs.

Thornlands dog owners can walk their mutts at Manning Esplanade Park or Robert Mackie Park on Panorama Drive, where there is also dog agility equipment and a separate small dog area.

Another great park where dogs can have a good run around is at Victoria Point’s Fodder Forest on Link Road or at Les Moore Park, Wilson Esplanade.

Redland Bay has three dog off-leash parks one at Charlie Buckler Sportsfield on Boundary Street, another at Main Street and a foreshore walk at Talburpin Esplanade, Point Talburpin.

At Mount Cotton, dogs can test their agility on equipment at Community Park in Valley Way at Bohemia Court.

On the bay islands, Pioneer Park on Lamb Island has a grassy area for dogs which is unfenced and has no seating, like the dog area at Attunga Street on Macleay Island.

Dog off leash area. Raby Bay, Cleveland.

Pioneer Children’s Memorial Park on Russell Island also has a dog off-leash area.

On North Stradbroke Island, at Dunwich, there is a dog off-leash area at Skatebowl Park in Barton Street, which is also unfenced with no seating.

At Home Beach, Point Lookout, dogs are allowed to swim in the water.

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Timber Bridges need replacing

16/12/2018 // by admin

Stuart Town children won the poster competition What a fantastic afternoon we had last Friday.
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Mumbil-Stuart Town CWA’s international day at Mumbil Hall was a roaring success.

A huge congratulations must go to the hard-working ladies at CWA and also to the students and teachers of Mumbil and Stuart Town public schools.

As announced on the day Stuart Town won the poster competition, however it was a close result and all the students from both schools did a fantastic job.

I was sitting with the mayor and I know he was impressed.

On the day there was also a special presentation done by Kathy Mason.

Kathy gave a fantastic presentation on the country of study, Botswana, I know every one appreciated Kathy making the effort and travelling out to Mumbil.

With the announcement that the Dripstone bridge needs replacing, I for one am pleased that the bridge is finally getting attention it needs.

It was only a band-aid fix after the last floods when it partially collapsed and I’m glad a new bridge is on the agenda. I know the 10-tonne restriction is a major inconvenience, but the end result will be worth it for this very important and busy road.

Until next fortnight,

Councillor Marcus Hanney.

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Work to do for Parkes Spacemen ahead of this week’s semi

16/12/2018 // by admin

Parkes Spacemen have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the best sides in this season’s Group 11 finals series after they came up short against a quality Macquarie outfit in Dubbo yesterday.
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Parkes Spacemen have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the best sides in this season’s Group 11 finals series after they came up short against a quality Macquarie outfit in Dubbo yesterday.

Missing a number of players including Dennis Moran, Hayden Robinson, Cameron Standen and Matt Clarke and Todd Barrow, with the majority of these players expected to return next week, ultimately it was the Spacemen’s ball control and defence that led to their demise at the hands of a hungrier Macquarie team.

The final 15 minutes of each half proved fruitful for the home side as they posted two tries just before half-time to lead 22-10 at the break and scored another two in the final minutes of the match to seal the 48-24 victory.

The final round loss had little bearing on the semi-final fixtures with Nyngan climbing into fourth and relegating the Spacemen into fifth after the Tigers defeated minor premiers Cyms in their match.

In the earlier matches, a 12-man Parkes Under 18 side went down 48-4 to finish in equal fifth but miss out on the semis via for and against.

Parkes Reserves enjoyed better fortune to record a 26-24 victory and secure second place on the ladder and two bites of the cherry in the semis.

They face Macquarie again next week in the qualifying semi-final.

In the main match, Parkes were on the back foot early when Mason Williams opened the scoring with a converted try for Dubbo in the first minute of play.

The Spacemen hit back seven minutes later when half Alex Prout made a half-break and off loaded to try scoring machine Tino Ionatana who raced 30 metres to score for 6-4.

Parkes Under 18s front-rower Ethan McKellar ran on for his first taste of first grade football in the 11th minute.

He contributed to the Spacemen taking the lead after his strong charge was followed by back-rower Ben Nash before Prout dummied and crossed with Jake Dooley converting for 10-6.

When Ashley Widders crossed for Macquarie’s second try, in the 20th minute, scores were level again at 10-all.

Macquarie looked set to take the lead in the 24th minute before a last gasp effort from Spacemen custodian Sam Dwyer defused a Dubbo kick to save the try for the visitors.

Macquarie only had to wait a further two minutes before they did lead after hooker Jeremy Smith scored from dummy half.

Williams’ successful conversion saw the home side open up a six point gap at 16-10.

They extended their advantage in the final minute of the half when Etuate Gusuivalu crossed and Williams converted for the two teams to head to the sheds at 22-10.

The Spacemen looked to have gotten away to the perfect start when play resumed only for captain Pat Rosser to have a try disallowed in the fifth minute.

Parkes successfully cut into the Macquarie advantage when Tino Ionatana regathered a loose Dubbo pass to scamper away and score for 22-14.

The Spacemen looked to have all the momentum when Jake Dooley continued his good try scoring form by adding another four pointer to his season tally after a slick backline movement for 22-18.

All that momentum was lost when Macquarie winger Turuva Villiavue scored a try against the run of play to open the lead back out to eight points at 26-18.

Two more Macquarie tries in three minutes all but ended the contest with first Luz and then Kyle Cochrane crossing for four pointers with Williams converting both tries.

Cochrane’s try came on the back of a Parkes error from the restart.

The ball was sent out on the full from the kick-off, gifting Macquarie a penalty from the middle of the field.

The penalty found touch and Cochrane, who had been a real handful all match, finished off a good move to score.

Prout gave the Spacemen faithful a glimmer of hope when he put Evi Nioko through a gap with an inside pass.

Nioko raced 30 metres to score with Dooley converting for 38-24 and 12 minutes remaining.

It was the home side that dominated the final minutes as the Spacemen looked to have run out of steam.

Tries to Dylan Hill and Perry Meredith in the final five minutes saw the score blow out to 48-24.

In a match with very little positives to come out of it for Parkes, Prout and Tino Ionatana were standouts.

Compounding the loss for the Spacemen were injuries to Ben Nash (leg) and Alex Prout (knee).

Parkes will hope they are fit for this weekend’s elimination semi-final against Nyngan as they will need all hands on deck.

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Great offer for Australian Open tickets

16/12/2018 // by admin

Tennis Australia has just released a superb offer where people can buy pre-sale tickets before the public.
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This entitles any adult who is a member of a tennis club in Australia to purchase tickets on Friday September 5, and Friday September 12, for any packages or single sessions to any day or night at the Australian Open in 2015.

The Open commences on January 19, and runs for two weeks.

There are plenty of Parkes and District couples and families travelling to Melbourne in January to experience one of Australia’s most iconic sporting events.

A lot of people have been enquiring what the best way is to secure tickets.

Tickets go on sale to general public mid-October so a great opportunity to secure priority seating in either Rod Laver Arena or the newly roofed Margaret Court Arena.

Parkes Tennis Club has adult membership for just $45 per year which is one of the cheapest memberships across NSW.

If anyone would like to take advantage of this offer, they need to fill out a form from the tennis club and contact Secretary Di Scott on 0417 437 417 as soon as possible so details can be forwarded to Tennis NSW and they receive their exclusive membership number.

TOURNAMENT HELPERS

This weekend will see Parkes Tennis Club staging their Silver Category junior tour event which attracts players from across the eastern states of Australia.

Helpers are needed both in the canteen for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday and court spotting.

Court spotting is simply sitting and watching four courts of matches for a couple of hours and notifying Tournament Director Helen Magill back in the office by walkie talkie that matches have finished.

This enables the next matches to go on straight away and ensures minimal delay.

If you can help out either way, please contact Helen on 0407 253 888 as soon as possible as a roster will be drawn up.

Unfortunately volunteer helpers are few but the tennis club committee work tirelessly in offering tennis as a sport for the community of Parkes.

Any parents involved with children in junior comp, squads, Hot Shots, Tottenham trips, night competitions or any regular adult tennis players are encouraged to give a couple of hours of their time to make this weekend, which is the one and only fundraiser for the year, and the only time Parkes Tennis Club ask for help, a huge success.

JUNIOR COMPETITION

There is no junior tennis tomorrow due to the Parkes Show.

Next Tuesday will be the final round of junior competition and a BBQ and presentations will follow.

Results from the penultimate round are as follows:

BLUE DIVISION

Bryce Taylor caused an upset win over good friend Tom Winter last week.

Tom was the hot favourite but Bryce overcame a dodgy knee to win by one game on the whistle.

Jay Arrow continues to improve his tennis and out played Josh Winter last week 6/2 while Abbey Kennedy and Brett Taylor finished in a 4-all draw.

GOLD DIVISION

Holly McColl and Marites Woods had a good match with Holly just getting the win 4/3 after Holly had wiped Georgia Sideris in a catch up match played prior 7/1.

Ryan Mackenzie, with a new found enthusiasm which could be attributed to the new flash looking racquet he was wielding, accounted for Yuan Rivera 6/4 last week.

Georgia Sideris and Kayla Swetland completed the final match in the Gold division with a 4-all draw.

GREEN DIVISION

Jackson Plummer and Luke Dison were seen having some beaut rallies in their match.

Both these boys have made some nice improvements to their games this term.

Jacko won 5/4.

Maticka Brown hit some sizzling ground shots last week to score a 6/2 win against a much improved Breanna Weekes.

Mikeely Birmingham and Alex Bartley-Richardson are both continuing to work hard in their training sessions.

They finished their match in a 3-all draw.

RED DIVISION

Monique Morgan showed her Pop how she plays tennis last week.

She was on her game with a hard fought 3/2 win over Makayla Strudwick.

Lucin Sarkissian and Maddy McCormick played a 5-all draw in their match.

Bridie Clowry proved a little too strong for Monica Hoswell, winning 5/1.

There are quite a few outstanding matches from the term due to excursions or illness which need to be completed by Tuesday, September 2.

These need to be finalised or $10 forfeit fees will have to be paid.

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