JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Caitlin Jones, Keata-Jade Clare, Angus Williams, Max Patteson, George Patteson, Fletcher Williams, and Ethan Jones are regulars at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre for club training.TIME is running out to have your say.
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Muswellbrook Shire Counicl is encouraging the community to complete the online survey for theproposed Special Rate Variation.

If approved, the Special Rate Variation will allow for a greater upgrade of facilities in the shire.

The program proposal includes a range of updates around the shire, includinga Regional Convention and Performance Centre – a major component of the Muswellbrook Town Centre Plan;an expansion and upgrade to the facilities at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre; andthe full delivery of the Denman Town Centre revitalisation plan.

Muswellbrook Swimming Club committee member Russell Hartin said the group was excited about the prospect of an upgrade to the aquatic centre facilities.

The plans include replacement of the 87-year-old 50 metre swimming pool; construction of a dry/wet or water park for children, adjoining the indoor facility; and, additional café space.

“Obviously the committee would like to see a pool that gives us the ability to run carnivals and those sorts of things in the area and draw people to the area through that,” Mr Hartin said.

“The pool needs to be built to certain standards and that’s what we’ve put forward as a committee to the council as to what we would like to see as the upgrade goes ahead.

“We promoted, through the club, for people to have their say on what they thought would be the best outcome for the facility as a whole, for the community.”

Mr Hartin said newer pools had better technology, like level gutters, which allowed their towns to host meets of a higher standard, and the Muswellbrook group was enthusiastic about having that potential in town.

“It allows you to draw bigger carnivals to the area and host regional type events, rather than just area events,” he said.

He said the local club would have access to the indoor pool during the construction phase, which would allow them to still host short course meets and club training.

“We don’t see it as a major issue during the construction period because we’ve still got another facility that can be used by the community as well,” he said.

“As members of the community we’re keen for everybody to have theirsay so we end up with the best facility for the town that serves the needs of the town for the next 80 years.

“It needs to be a facility that can be used for a number of things, not just swimming, but also hydrotherapy and things like that.

“The overall design allows for those sorts of things.

“It’s not just about swimming; its about a community facility that more people can use.

“We just think it’s exciting for the town the prospect of having a new facility that will be to a standard that a lot of other places would love to have.”

The online survey of residents closes on Friday, February 3.

Residents can also write (PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333) or email ([email protected]论坛) to express views to the general manager.

For more information, or to complete thesurvey about the proposed Special Rate Variation,visit https://muswellbrook.nsw.gov419论坛/index.php/2015-05-29-01-29-46/2584-srv

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‘Beautiful soulmate’ | PHOTOS, VIDEO Special friendship: Sam Bloom with her confidant, Penguin the Magpie, who helped her through one of the darkest times of her life. Photo: supplied
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penguinthemagpie After more than 14000 images and 2 years documenting my life with these beautiful kids, the first advance copies of ‘Penguin Bloom’ arrived home. So many tears of joy and pain went into writing and producing this book which we are all now so proud of. Published by ABC Books and beautifully written by Bradley Trevor Greive, you can pre order copies now online or wait to pick one up in all good bookstores from 21st March.

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penguinthemagpie Sam, the boys and I are so excited to finally announce that our book, Penguin Bloom written by Bradley Trevor Greive will be made into a Hollywood film staring Naomi Watts as Sam. “Sam’s undeniable spirit and the intense physical and emotional journey she and her family embraced resonated with me both as a storyteller and as a mother,” Naomi will co produce alongside Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Emma Cooper.

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penguinthemagpie Love when they leave the light on.

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penguinthemagpie I’ve been gone 8 days and this morning thought I’d better come home and say hi.

penguinthemagpie All babies love a kiss and cuddle before bedtime.

penguinthemagpie We all grow up eventually… I’ve been seen dating some magpie boys in Newport. Don’t worry I’ll keep sharing my life with you….

penguinthemagpie Brown eyes run in the family.

penguinthemagpie Front row seats.

penguinthemagpie Loving their first shower of the summer.

penguinthemagpie Taking turns

penguinthemagpie What we learn from Mother Nature is priceless.

TweetFacebookPenguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family, which tells the story of how a baby magpie helped Sam through the darkest struggle of her life.

Sam fell from a balcony in Thailand on a holiday in 2013. As a result, she was paralysed. At the time, her three sons were 11, 10 and eight years old.

Cam said Sam was an incredibly active person, who loved surfing and mountain biking.

“She basically lost all independence,” he said.

“When Penguin arrived, Sam was at her lowest point. Penguin had been injured after she had fallen out of the nest, and we looked after her.”

Penguin was named by Cam and Sam’s children, as she had big feet. She became part of the family, running down the hall, talking with the boys and singing in the house.

“She was like a pet dog,” Cam said.

But it was her relationship with Sam that was most special.

“Penguin was a companion for Sam when the kids were at school, and I was at work,” Cam said.

“She was her beautiful soulmate. She would often sit on Sam’s shoulder or head, and Sam would talk to her. Penguin was always a good listener.”

Penguin was always free to leave, but she continually came back to spend time with the family.

Over the course of her stay with the Blooms, Cam took about 2000 pictures of the bird, which helped form the arc of the book. Cam and Sam were interviewed by writer Bradley Trevor Grieve for five months for the book, and he also used the photographs.

Cameron Bloom Penguin Bloom sales go to help people with life-changing injuries.

The Bloom family are currently looking after two new magpies, Panda and Puffin.

You can follow theiradventures and explorationson Instagram by searching ‘penguinthemagpie’.

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Moree Show Society president Brendan Munn, worker Kon Buliopoulos, Work for the Dole supervisor Luke Hook, worker Brett Draper and Jobs Australia’s Adam Gordon and Trish Atkins in the much-improved stables at Moree Showground.Horse owners will be lining up for a spot in Moree Showground’snew and improved stables at this year’s show thanks to some very hard workers.
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Over the past 18 months, Moree Showground has undergone a much-needed facelift aspart of the Department of Employment’s jobactive Work for the Dole program.

For five hours a day, five days a week since August 2015, local Work for the Dole clients have worked hard building, painting, sanding, welding, fencing, concreting, plumbing and more to get the showground facilities up-to-scratch. During this time they have fixed the grandstand, bar, toilets, main arena fence and completed a number of other odd jobs.

This week will see the completion of the third project at the showground – fixing oneof the horse stables which was in a significant state of disrepair.

About 15 workers, under the guidance of Work for the Dole supervisor Luke Hook, spent the past three months straightening the foundation of the building andreplacing the old wooden posts and railings with new steel ones.

Mr Hook saidhis workers have been fantastic.

“It’s been a great experience working with the blokes from Work for the Dole,” he said. “I’m teaching them what I know and learning new things as well.”

BEFORE: The stables at Moree Showground were in a serious state of disrepair prior to the upgrades that were undertaken by Work for the Dole clients.

Moree Show Society is very grateful for the Work for the Dole program, which president Brendan Munn said has saved them valuable time and money.

“The amount of work the guys have been doing over a six-month period, there’s no way the show society would be able to do it,” Mr Munn said. “[The workers] are getting a big tick from the show society.”

The program also has significant benefits for the workers who gain valuable skills, training and on-the-job experience.

Work for the Dole client Brett Draper saidhe looks forward to coming to the Moree Show in April and seeing all his hard work paid off.

“It gives you a bit of pride coming to the show and saying, ‘I did that’,” he said.

Jobs Australia Enterprises is the lead provider for this particular Work for the Dole activity, providing the budget and ensuring the project is running smoothly. Regional managerAdam Gordon, said the guys have done a great job at the showground.

“This activity is a fantastic example of what can be accomplished through the Department of Employment’s jobactive initiative,” he said.

“There’s lots of work which has been undertaken for the betterment of the community that wouldn’t have been done otherwise.”

The showground project is ongoing and work will soon begin to fix another of the old stables.

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GIVING: Adam Harvey, Becci Nethery and Angus Gill were among the performers at the benefit concert. Photo: Bob McGahan PhotographyA concert and celebrity workout on Wednesdayhave raised thousands of dollars for the family of Chloe Chappel, who’s fighting for her life for the second time in her three-and-a-half years.
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GIRL IN BLACK: Keely Johnson gave her time to perform. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

The Chappelshave been given the frightening news their daughter has a 50/50 chance of surviving her fight with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mum Shelley being from Tamworth, locals have been raising money to help keep the family afloat and reduce some of their financial stress.

Chloe during her first treatments in 2016.

More photos below rightA celebrity workout at Knockout Personal Training gym in the morning attracted performers including Adam Eckersley, Dan Murphy and Sally-Anne Whitten, and raised $350.

And the Chloe Chappel Benefit Concert at South Tamworth bowlo raised $6000 with the help of entertainers Adam Harvey, Becci Nethery, Angus Gill and The Long and Short Of It.

SWEATING IT OUT: Some of the participants in the celebrity workout at Knockout Personal Training gym.

Personal trainer Sam Barnett said about 25 to 30 people took part in her high-intensity interval training, subjecting themselves to “a heap of bodyweight exercises” includingpush-ups, sit-ups, crunches, squats and lunges.

Anthony Walmsley, Jimmy Craz, David ‘Stixy’ Adams and Sarah Byrnes were also among them.

“We only raised $350, but I’ve got a couple of otherpeople who have messaged me saying they’d like to catch up and donate,” Miss Barnett said.

“It all helps, though – hopefully it helps them with something.”

Miss Barnett went to school with Mrs Chappel, who she said was showing “unbelievable” strength during her daughter’s treatment.

Chloe’s great-aunt Denise Callaghan said the concert had been “absolutely amazing”, with a crowd of about 120 people there to enjoy the music and support the auction and raffle.

“It was anemotional night;we had photos of Chloe up there and what she’s been through. It was very, very emotional,” she said.

Mrs Chappel said Chloe had been “hammered with chemo” and was now suffering from mouth ulcers that made her unwilling to eat.

EMOTIONAL: Adam Harvey holds up a framed thank you letter and photo from the Chappel family. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

“She hasn’t been wanting to eat for the last four days or so, [so] we are looking at getting her a nasal gastric tube so the stress of getting food into her is taken away,” she said.

“We have a long way to go and it’s actually quite heartbreaking to see her have to go through this once again …We have been told there’sa 50/50 chance of her walking out of the hospital alive, so we are hanging on to the ‘glass is half full’side of that and just trying to remain positive.”

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SUPPORT: Angus Gill performing for the crowd. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

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MUST WIN: Josh Toole and his Bathurst team-mates need to beat Blue Mountains on Sunday if they want to reach the President’s Cup decider. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKOrange’s Mitchell Cricket Council President’s Cup final hopes are completely in the Blue Mountains’ hands, as the Cattle Dogs prepare to take on Bathurst in this weekend’s final preliminary fixture.
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If the Blue Mountains topple Bathurst, the Bluebaggers will be guaranteed a place in the final against the Cattle Dogs.

If Bathurst bounces back from its loss to Orange two weeks ago, the finalists will be decided on net run rate which would, on current numbers, likely resignthe Bluebaggers to missing out.

Bathurst has been the formside inWestern Zone this season, having reached the final fourof the state-wide Country Cup, but the now-dubbed Barracudas lost out by one wicket to Orange in a thriller.

The good news for Bathurst is that a full strength side is available for Sunday’sgame and it will be played on home turf at The Scots School.

“It should be a good contest, if we play our best cricket hopefully it will be a good result,” Bathurst skipper Jameel Qureshi, one of those to miss the Orange match, said.

“Losing to Orangewas a bit of a wake up call to the boys I think, those things are never nice. Hopefully we produce our best cricket this time for the Blue Mountains.”

The Cattle Dogs showed they’re a threat in the opening round by thumping Orange by six wickets at Country Club Oval.

Michael Emmanuel snared 5-30 while opening bat John Ford made 54. If they line up again on Sunday, they will be two players to watch, but Qureshi is more focused on what his side can do.

“I really don’t know much about Blue Mountains, but Iknow they beat Orange and Orange beat us,” he said.

“They always play well as a unit, play well as a team. They are pretty similar to us in that they all get along well together.

“But I’ve always been a big believer, especially at this level, that if you concentrate on the basics like taking catches, running between wickets –it’s those little things that count.

“If we do those one per centers and play well as a team –bat in partnerships and bowl in partnerships –that’s what it’s all about. We have a very well balanced side, so it’s a matter of getting the little things right and concentrating on ourselves.”

Qureshi said he will be looking to bat first should he win the toss, but at the same time chasing a total does not concern him either.

“If the wicket is flat I always like to bat first, get the runs on the board and put the onus back on the other side –they’ve got to play at your pace,” he said.

“But we are comfortable chasing as well, we have a fair few batsmen with a fair few different gears who can bat for certain situations.”

Play starts at 10am.

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RECRUITING: Orana Juvenile Justice Centre acting unit manager Lindsay Kelly, youth officer Emma Brown and centre manager Kimble Appleyard.Orana Juvenile Justice Centre (OJJC) manager Kimble Appleyard is currently recruiting youth officers to join the team in 2017.
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It’s the first time in 15 years the OJJC has hosted a recruitment drive, and it’s all in an effort to build its bank of youth officers.

The OJJC has a capacity of 30 young people and accommodates malesmainly from the Central and Far West areas of NSWwho are on control orders or remanded in custody.

Centre manager, Mr Appleyard, said while the youth officer role comes with itschallenges, it is a rewarding career in mentoring and monitoring the progression of youth.

“We want to recruit a different group of people who are interested in taking up the challenge of working with these complex kids,” he said. “If you’re up for a challenge it’s the job for you. It pays well and is morally rewarding –it’s a good opportunity to get your foot in the door.”

Emma Brown, 27, has been a youth officer at the OJJC for almost four years after originally working in community services.

She said the best thing about the role is watching the boys grow and improve, andthat working with the staff, being put through training and being faced with something different every day keeps the job interesting.

Emma believes her role impacts the whole community in that she works to reduce reoffending through rehabilitation.

OJJC is recruiting both ongoing and casual youth officers. There is no gender preference and no prior experience or training in the field is required, only a drivers licence, First Aid certificate and a working with children check.

“It’s challenging seeing the cases these kids have, the amount of disadvantage and trauma these kids have can be challenging mentally but it’s part of the training to respond to that and help kids overcome it,” Mr Appleyard said.“People of all ages and genders should feel free to apply as Juvenile Justice is an equal opportunity workplace.”

Those interested canattend the information night held at 6pm on Monday, January 30.

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RELIEF: Andrew and Daniel Goetz with dog Cerberus are extremely grateful for the help of the Pet Medical Crisis Fund. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
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It wasn’t long afterDaniel Goetz, 21, brought Cerberus home that he realised something was wrong with the eight-week-old Alaskan Malamute.

“After about a week of us having him, he started to deteriorate pretty quickly,” Mr Goetz said.

It took multiple visits to Greencross Vets Ballarat and then to a heart specialist at Werribee Veterinary Hospital before it was discoveredCerberus had a rightintrahepatic liver shunt. This meantblood wasn’t flowing through his liver properly making him sick and in need of surgery.

To cover costs of veterinary bills, medications, scans and surgery, which amounted to morethan $6000, Mr Goetz has been workingfull-time as well as a second job on weekends. He has also received help from his parents and set up a GoFundMe page, but it still wasn’t enough.

Fortunately non-for-profit charity Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in to help.

The charity helps pensioners and disadvantaged families save their pets from unnecessarily being put down due to not being able to afford emergency care.

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Founder Jennifer Huntoriginally began the charity forthe aged pensioner.

“Often pensioners’families have left home, they’re losing their independenceand their pet becomes their companion,” Ms Hunt said. “If they have a pet that is savable but they are unable to pay a veterinary bill…to kill their pet would be a great source of depression for them so the difference it makes is enormous.”

The charity asks the pensioner orfamily to put in what they can, then works with veterinary clinics to drop their prices and bridges the gap of up to $1000.

Ms Hunt saidMr Goetz and Cerberusfitted the criteria because the family based in Smythesdale was doing it toughdealing with other medical conditions such aschronic illness and Tourette syndrome.

“The $1000 is often the difference between the pet being able to live or not,” she said. “In this case with Cerberus, without the surgery he would have died.”

Mr Goetz said he had been very “nervous” and “upset” about the prospect of losing his “best friend” before the surgery.

“It is definitely a huge weight off my shoulders and I know at least I’ve done everything that I can and everything from here is really up to Cerberus’ body,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing that there is someone out there trying to help people in this situation.”

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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: Passionate environmentalist Mick Callan received the Jo Ross Memorial Award on Australia Day after his years of dedication to preserving and improving the local environment. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHE environment is not separate from people.
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That was the message Jo Ross Memorial Award recipient Mick Callan wanted to get across on Australia Day as he collected his honour.

During the awards ceremony in Machattie Park, Greening Bathurst’s Ashley Bland announced Mr Callan as the recipient of the prestigious award.

A deserving recipient, Mr Callan has helped to protect and improve the local environment through his roles with Bathurst Regional Council andthe Central West Councils Environment andWaterways Alliance.

Mr Bland said he went “above and beyond” these roles, something that made him as worthy as previous recipients of the Jo Ross award.

“To be awarded an environmental award from the very people that are out there protecting our environment around this city every day is very humbling and I’m very proud,” Mr Callan said.

When talking about the importance of the environment, Mr Callan noted that its survival was vital to the survival of humanity.

“When I meet people around the place and I talkabout the sort of work I do, they say “you’re a bit of a greenie then” and it always sort of has this negative connotation,” he said.

“I’m never really sure how to respond, but when I think about it, the environment isn’t separate from people. We rely wholly on the environment for our existence, for our food, for our water and for the clean air we breath. So without the environment, we don’t exist.”

Mr Callan went on to say that Australian researchers are finding that people in located within six minutes ofgreen spaces are more likely to be happier, healthy people.

“If you live beyond that six-minute zone …the evidence is that you are more likely to be susceptible to mental health issues, such as obesity and depression,” he said.

“So we can’t separate ourselves from the environment; we very much rely on it.”

Mr Callan joins a long list of recipients of the Jo Ross award, including Tracey Carpenter, Bill Joshand the Boundary Road Reserve Landcare Group.

The award was introduced following the death of Jo Ross in 2006 and sale of her art bequeathed to Greening Bathurst.

It serves as a way ofrecognisingindividuals and groups that have worked hard to improve the local environment, something Ms Ross did herself.

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OPEN DOOR: Orange MP Phil Donato said he would listen to residents’ views on voluntary euthanasia after earlier saying he would have “trouble” supporting it. Member for Orange Phil Donato has left the door open to throwing his support behinda cross-party bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia.
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Earlier this week, Mr Donato told theCentral Western Dailyhe would have “trouble supporting” thelegislation.

“I don’t know enough about it, but my feeling is that I don’t support it,” Mr Donato said on Monday.

“I’ve had relatives who have been terminally ill and have later died. I don’t know if euthanasia is the answer.”

Mr Donato said he had since been contacted by several residents, including a prominent doctor, who had urged him to reconsider his views, something he was more than willing to do.

“I’m happy to have a discussion about voluntary euthanasia,” Mr Donato said.

“It’s amatter of talking about it and looking at what processes could ensure safeguards are in place.”

There has been a wave of support for the bill from the electorate in the past week.

A poll published on theCentral Western Daily’s website revealed 82 per cent of200 respondents wanted the voluntary euthanasia bill passed.

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Readers echoed those sentiments in their comments on theCentral Western Daily’s Facebook page, with the vast majority of posts being in favour of a patient’s right to choose to terminate their life.

“If someones quality of life is drastically impaired by an illness or injury, and that person is in a clear mind about the decision, why the hell shouldn’t they be able to be take it into their own hands? We put our beloved pets out of their misery if they are sick or injured, why not a person?” James Hocking asked.

“Iam caring for a terminal cancer patient at the momentand it’s bloody hard watching someone suffer every single moment of every day, with your hands tied behind your back. It’s not OK and no one should have to suffer the indignity of it,” Karen Cassidy said.

“While this discussion is going on there is still an unfunded, un-staffed and locked-up palliative care ward in the Orange public hospital. If the government refuses to cover the cost of existing services what sort of outcome can we all expect?” Josh Burns asked.

A cross-party working group comprised of Nationals, Greens, Liberals and Labor members is developing the bill, which is expected to be presented to parliament in the second half of 2017.

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of February 3,1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
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RACING CARNIVAL. – The three days’ race carnival to be held on the Moruya Park Course on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next, promises to establish a record for the district in the large fields contesting and visitors attending. There are at present something like 80 horses working on the track, which will give an idea of what the racing is going to be like from a spectator’s point of view.

HOLIDAY. – Monday next, first day of the Moruya Annual Races, has been gazetted a public holiday for this district.

NICE CUP OF TEA. – Visitors to the three days’ races will be able to obtain a recherché cup of tea at Mr. H. Lavis’ tea booth on the ground.

MEALS READY. – Mrs. P. J. Gannon announces in this issue that she will be prepared to supply cold luncheon at 1/6 and a cup of tea with scone and cake for 6d at all hours during the three days’ racing carnival commencing on Monday next 5th instant.

A MORUYA BRAVE. – Mr. and Mrs. R. Knight, of this town, have received a cablegram from their son, Private “Phil” Knight, stating that he arrived in England safe and well on January the 10th. “Phil” sends kind regards to all Moruya friends.

SCHOLASTIC. – Last week the schools in town and district were reopened for the purpose of teaching the young how to shoot. Most of our Pedagogues trekked to the city to enjoy a well deserved rest from their binding and strenuous labours, as well as a little legitimate “devarsion” with cronies of former days.

SHIRE COUNCILLOR. – In this issue Mr. Joseph Sebbens, Bateman’s Bay, announces that he is a candidate for A riding of the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Sebbens is well acquainted with the whole of the riding he seeks to represent since boyhood, and, therefore should know the wants of every corner of it.

RIDING E. – Mr. H. J. Bate, of Tilba Tilba, announces himself as a candidate for E. Riding in the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Bate should make an exceptionally smart Councillor, as he is young, educated and intellectually smart, as well as being thoroughly acquainted with every hole and corner and by-road in E. and other Southern Ridings.

RIDING A. – Mr. T. Flood, the esteemed President of the Eurobodalla Shire Council, advertises in this issue that he will contest A. Riding in the forthcoming Shire elections which takes place on the 24th instant. President Flood will be hard to beat as he is a great favourite with Bateman’s Bay residents and the majority of electors in A. Riding, as well as in Moruya.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent.)

Narooma still has a fair number of tourists after the finny tribe.

Mr. Herbert Snell had the misfortune to lose his fine shafter through his jinkers capsizing and breaking the horse’s leg in two places.

A very heavy storm broke over the town on Sunday with very fierce thunder and lightning.

Our new Post mistress has arrived to take charge of the local office. Miss R. Davidson is about to try married life.

Mrs. Greig, daughter of Mr. John Emmott of Moruya, and a lady friend spent a few days here during the week.

NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent).

Large preparations are being made at Belimbla in the manufacturing of Eucalyptus Oil, it should also open up fresh Mining fields. Heavy rain has caused damage to several crops in the district.

Cattle buyers have been attending the Gulf regularly of late purchasing all the spare cattle available, which are in excellent condition.

Mr. Stewart has been very ill, but under the care of our expert nurse and faithful friend, Mrs. O’Toole, he has pulled through.

Mr. Dixon, of Queensland, is now with Mr. Davidge at Reedy Creek taking part in the making of Eucalyptus Oil.

Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (梧桐夜网mdhs.org419论坛).

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Bunbwahl Public School staff members Amy Crozier, Felice Davis and Lee-Anne Bramble welcome new principal Dianne Farley ((third left).First time kindy kids aren’t the only ones excitedly waiting for the new school year to begin.
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Bungwahal Public School’s newly appointed teacher/principal Dianne Farley is counting down the hours, eagerly waiting for the school gates to officially open for 2017.

As a teaching principal Dianne is looking forward to meeting and tackling the many challenges associated with a small, country coastal school.

“The overriding challenge will be to ensure I maintain Bungwahl to the enviable standard it is, while being open to innovative creativity to meet the challenges of students in the 21stcentury,” she said.

“My first challenge will be to get to know the students and their families so that I can tailor learning to meettheir individual learning style and needs.”

Dianne Farley said she was excited by the possibilitys for makiing student learning more engaging and relevant.

An enthusiastic and visionary primary school teacher, Dianne is thrilled with her appointment to, what she described as, an outstanding small school.

“The previous principal, staff and school community have developedincredible programs, a great school culture and enviable academic results.”

More importantly, the Orange native said with a smile, she was looking forward to not having to scrape ice off the windscreen during those frostywinter months.

With posts in central and western NSWand further afield toEngland –in schools which have ranged from 16 to 740 student schools – Dianne’s appointment in the Great Lakes is the furthest east she has taught.

While she has spent many years holidaying on the coast, Dianne has never lived on the coast.

“I had my first experience in a small school six years ago and absolutely loved it.

“I enjoy the opportunities for leadership and autonomy without losing the classroom contact with children –which brings me the greatest joy.

“I find the honesty, humour, creativity and intelligence of children continually uplifting.”

After completing her studies at the then Mitchell College, Bathurst, Dianne began her career teachingEnglish at Wilcannia Central School.

Education is very much a part of her family structure with her husband, four siblings and two of their partners members of the teaching fraternity.

“My late dad (who was a farmer) said I was born to be a teacher;

“I love being around children,” the mother of three adult children said.

A one-time secondary school teacher, Dianne switchedbecause she enjoyed the diversity of primary education.

“In secondary you have to have a specialised subject.

“But primary teaching allows me to cover and explore every subject.”

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The Lioness and I usually spend Australia Day hosting about fifty people for what has become an annual institution.
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But The Lioness was not up to it this year after the stress of my recent bout of ill-health.

However in the end we made a last-minute decision to invite six mates or so for a late-afternoon barbecue.

So there we were, imbibing a few beverages, when all of a sudden about 100 people – who looked to be of Asian descent – walked into our yard, started tearing down our buildings and setting up camp.

All the while chanting terra nullius.

It was scary, but then, fortunately, my alarm clock went off and I woke up in a cold sweat.

However the lesson I gained was an insight into how Australia’s indigenous people must have felt when their country was first taken over by the English.

I don’t have any problem with indigenous Australians protesting ‘Invasion Day’; it’s just I reckon they’ve got the date wrong.

Which is hardly their fault, because they didn’t nominate January 26 as ‘Australia Day’.

It would be hard to find a country anywhere that has not been invaded at least once in its history.

And that is the way it has been since the beginning of civilisation and to a certain extent our indigenous people have to accept that – but not what has happened since.

However I still can’t understand the significance of January 26.

After all, it was just when a bunch of English blokes came to Australia to set up a penal colony on the east coast of Australia.

The reality is the Dutch, French, Spanish, Indonesians or any number of other countries could have ‘invaded’Australia before 1788.

So the original Australians were always going to be up against it, one way or the other.

Don’t get me wrong.

I have many indigenous mates, and will always support them and try to educate others about the issues they face, and the racist assumptions made about them.

But rather than choose the date of a fairly insignificant event in the history of this country, why not pick a more relevant one to celebrate Australia Day, and decide what that term really means?

Why not make it a date concerned with the federation of Australia or even the opening of the first Federal Parliament?

After all, how many Australian citizens – and others – even know what January 26 represents?

Or stopped on the day to reflect on what it means to be an Australian?

For most of us, Australia Day is about having a day off work, draping ourselves in Australian memorabilia, having a barbie, going camping or floating down the Murray River.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s not pretend that for most of us it is anything more.

Australia has always been a land of migrants – be they Irish, Afghans, Chinese, Kiwis, the wave of refugees after World War II or the ‘10 pound poms’.

And that wave has become a tsunami as more people of different races emigrate here.

We are no longer a country of Anglo-Saxon Christians.

So the sooner we work out what being an Australian really means – including recognising the history of our original citizens – the better off we’ll be.

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Senior police are reminding road-users that although Australia Day has finished, Operation Safe Return and double-demerits will continue until Sunday.
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On Australia Day (Thursday 26 January 2017) – Day Two of Operation Safe Return – there were no fatal crashes recorded throughout the day; however, drivers continue to make poor decisions on our roads.

The death toll this year stands at 22 lives lost in 26 days on NSW roads.

Acting Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said that the road toll is sure to increase if people don’t slow down and drive sensibly.

“Australia Day has finished, but Operation Safe Return has not. Police will be out in increased numbers until the end of the weekend enforcing speed, mobile phone, seatbelts, and other behaviours that are costing lives on our roads.

“I am encouraged by the fact that no fatal crashes were recorded on Australia Day, however, with the ludicrous behaviour we saw on our roads it seems like this was pure luck.

“After 384 lives were lost on NSW roads last year, an increase to this number is unacceptable.

“If people don’t learn to slow down and stop driving like idiots, we are going to see the death toll increase again this year,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Operation Safe Return, the Australia Day road safety enforcement campaign, concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday (29 January 2017).

Double demerits are in force for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Some examples of the poor decisions made by drivers on Australia Day (Thursday 26 January 2017) were:

-About 5.20pm, a 38-year-old man with an eight-year-old passenger allegedly did a 30 metre burnout in a Holden Commodore on Wrench Street, Cambridge Park before losing control and crashing into a tree. He was trapped in the car for an hour before being taken to Westmead Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The eight-year-old passenger was taken to hospital for assessment. Inquiries are continuing.

-About 11.45pm, a 41-year-old woman driving a Holden Commodore allegedly crashed into a set of traffic lights on Sydenham Road, Marrickville. She was treated for minor injuries before being arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis of 0.185. She was charged with high range PCA, failing to carry a licence, driving without headlights, driving an unregistered vehicle, not obeying the direction of police and not wearing a seatbelt. She is due to appear at Newtown Local Court on 21 February 2017.

-About 11.45am, a 35-year-old man driving a red Chrysler Neon allegedly ignored a direction to pull into an RBT site on Queen Street, Berry, before crashing into a car. He was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with numerous offences; including, fail to stop at RBT, drive whilst disqualified, negligent driving, and three outstanding warrants. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Nowra Local Court today (Friday 27 January 2017).

-About 7.30am, 21-year-old man was allegedly detected speeding at 132km/h in a 60km/h zone on Brabham Drive at Eastern Creek. The driver was issued an infringement for driving more than 45km/h, had his licence suspended and plates removed from his car.

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