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

16/03/2019 // by admin

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

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

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

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

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

There are two main factors driving these trends.

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

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

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

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TAFE seeks community input

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

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

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

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

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Jean Fraser takes Monthly Medal

16/03/2019 // by admin

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

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

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

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

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

Western Districts 4BBB Finals

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

Western Districts Pennants Semi-Finals

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

Up and Coming Golf Events

August 27 – Narromine Open Day

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

13 and 14 – Cumnock

Saturday is a Mixed Stableford Event,


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

Get well

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

Coring of Greens

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

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

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

See everyone Wednesday


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Benbolt the best

16/03/2019 // by admin

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

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

BEST UNDER 21: Maddie Smart.

D GRADE RUNNER-UP: Gretel Anderson.

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


UNDER 21 ACHIEVER AWARD: Telene Ettridge with Kirsty Collins.

UNDER 21 ACHIEVERS AWARD: Kadisha O’Loughlin.


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

RAFFLE WINNER: Craig Trowbridge.

RAFFLE WINNER: Tania Threadgold. was a winner.


RAFFLE WINNER: Tania Threadgold.

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Demons upset Yinnar

16/03/2019 // by admin

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

Newborough v Mirboo North

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yinnar v Boolarra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Growth triggers council restructure

16/02/2019 // by admin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kim Kardashian on her way

16/02/2019 // by admin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call for independent candidate

16/02/2019 // by admin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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