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 Inseparable

penguinthemagpie Afternoon tea with Oli

penguinthemagpie You try explaining Instagram to a chicken!

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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 The new website is here, selling beautiful fine art prints and shipping worldwide. Penguinthemagpie南京夜网

penguinthemagpie Was just reminiscing early mornings. Happy Valentines xx

penguinthemagpie I love you.

penguinthemagpie Soon to be reunited

penguinthemagpie The blurred boundaries of being loved and spoilt

penguinthemagpie Love when they leave the light on.

penguinthemagpie Summer mornings.

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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French songstress Edith Piaf props up in bed in 1959 after an undisclosed illness. Piaf died in 1963 from exhaustion and liver disease, aged of 47. Photo: Matty ZimmermanHe loved music, my grandfather. He’d always played the piano. A family gathering wasn’t worth the name until he approached the lovely old piano in the corner of what was always called the front room, spread his fingers across the keys and summoned the magic, my grandmother at his side. Waltzes, Irish tunes, everyone singing; classical, a smattering of old-time swing, songs and tunes from a century ago. Often, his eyes would close as he delved into his repertoire.
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He spoke French, too. It had been useful on the Western Front where he’d fought in World War I and even handier in Paris when he’d taken leave.

There’d be a ghost of a smile when he’d speak occasionally about Paris. But he left much in the air. You had to imagine for yourself the cafes and the music of that city of light and love, a tall, thin farm boy who spoke French and played the piano, savouring the mercy of a few days away from the artillery and bayonets and machineguns. He had been, after all, just 21 when he sailed across the world to war.

I lived next door to my grandfather when he was old and faltering, and sometimes I’d play him a record of some song or tune that had taken my fancy and which I thought might quicken his heart.

Like a fair proportion of the world, I found myself in the 1960s transported by the voice of the French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

She had, of course, captured audiences for decades, but after she died in 1963, broken down by her addictions to morphine and alcohol and life, her music became more popular than ever.

As a boy, I felt I’d discovered a shining alternative universe of song when I first listened to Piaf. I bought a record of her best-known music and almost wore it out transporting myself to a place that existed only in my imagination: a smoky, black and white Paris, romantic to the point of heartbreak.

One wintry day I played my record to my grandfather. I thought Piaf’s La Vie En Rose, surely one of the loveliest songs of love ever sung, might take him back to the rosy hues of his youth. If there is an evocative song of all things French, this is surely it.

My grandfather closed his eyes and sighed.

But it was another song on that record that stirred him. He sat up in his easy chair and moved a hand to the stirring rhythm of it. His eyes were open and he was clearly seeing something beyond the room in which he sat.

The song was Non, Je ne regrette rien.

“No, I regret nothing,” my grandfather translated, and he sounded as defiant as Piaf’s rendering of it.

I already knew the bones of the story that had shaped his life, and that of all my family.

Twice he was wounded within the hellfire of the Western Front, only to be patched up in British hospitals and sent back to the trenches. In a hospital in Birmingham, he was nursed by a young softly spoken woman named Cecilia. They fell in love.

My grandfather’s military papers listed him as Presbyterian. Cecilia was Irish Catholic.

It is hard now, a century later, to imagine what depths of religious bigotry governed social and family behaviour.

When the war was done, and the delights of Paris had released their spell on my grandfather, he and Cecilia quietly married. My grandfather wrote to his parents, omitting to mention his bride was Catholic.

When, back in Australia, the family eventually discovered the woman who would become my grandmother was a “papist”, no mercy was shown. My grandfather, the twice-wounded war hero and farm boy who spoke French (and Latin), played the piano and had a deep sensitivity about him, was frozen out. He had chosen a wife from the wrong religion.

The newlyweds left the family property and my grandfather went schoolteaching. He had to save hard, because when his father died, the will, which he’d been assured left him the family farm, “went missing”. He was forced to bid at a trustee’s auction for his own property with a Depression only a few years ahead. Much hardship was to follow.

The family wound never healed properly, but my grandfather and grandmother cleaved to each other and had six children. In time, their own family gatherings became immense, grandchildren and great-grandchildren finding themselves stilled by my grandfather’s music, his Cecilia at his side.

“I regret nothing,” he said that day as Edith Piaf’s voice died away.

He meant it. You could hear it. Words to live by.

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RISING STAR: Talented New City cricketer Maddi Baird is the ninth nomination for the Norske Skog Young Achiever of the Year award. Picture: MARK JESSER
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MADDI Baird often wonders how different her life would beif she hadn’t accepted an offer to fill in for her brother Nick’s under-11 cricket side in 2009-10.

With New City looking for players one Friday night, Baird was given a call by club official Andrew Kilby to make up the numbers.

Baird has shown her class for New City’s under-16 side this season under the coaching of John McDonald.

She’s been making numbers, impressive ones, on the cricket field ever since.

Baird, 17,has gone on to represent the North East Knights and Victoria and is hopeful of one day playing for the Melbourne Renegades.

State honours … Baird has put some good results on the board playing for Victoria.

“My life would be completelydifferent if I didn’t play that night,” Baird said.

“I don’t know what I would be doing to be honest.

While Baird is best known for her bowling, she is also more than handy with the bat.

“I remember batting and bowling but I don’tthink I did too much.

“After that I played every week and that’s how I got right into it.”

The Xavier High School student’s impressive progress has earned her the ninth nomination for the Norske Skog Young Achiever of the Year award.

Although the young all-rounder is presently on the comeback trail after injuring her calf at the national under-18 championships in December, she has still had a season to remember.

She opened the bowling in every match and took seven wickets including 3-12 off three overs against Tasmania.

Baird is presently playing for New City’s under-16 side and hopes to return to the Phoenix second grade line-up in coming weeks.

The youngster has been encouraged by the introduction of Cricket Albury-Wodonga’s Thunder-Stars Girls Under-14 Cricket League this season.

“It’s a lot different to when I started,” she said.

“It’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds.

“I don’t think there were any other girls playing around Albury back when I started and nowthere is a competition which is greatfor the localgirls.”

Baird is an avid watcher of the Women’s Big Bash League, particularly when the Renegades are in action.

Several of her Victorian under-18 teammates –Georgia Wareham, Amy Yates and Nicole Fulton –play for the Renegades..

“They were top-age players at the nationals and got contracts with the Renegades which is really good,” she said.

Junior coach John McDonald said Baird was ticking all the boxes in her development.

“She has an excellent attitude and excellent approach to her preparation,” McDonald said.

“Her training is good and she tries to train well so she can play well.

“She’s a very handy swing bowler and played a very important innings in the under-16s last week.

“Maddi’s doing really well.”

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The Bordertown Chinese Restrarant arecelebrating 20 years in the Tatiara on this weekends Chinese New year that sees the year of the rooster begin.
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Tim and Helen Wei first came to Bordertown 20 years ago on Chinese New year with their eight month old daughter and opened the popular restaurant on Woolshed street a couple of months later.

The couple have since had another child and both kids, Jenny who is now 21 and Jake who is 8 love the country lifestyle.

The kids both went to Bordertown Schools and Jenny is now in Adelaide studying teaching and would like to return tothe country some day.

Tim who moved here when he was 25 bringing Helen across two years later said the the double occasion this year is‘double happiness’

Tim said it was very difficult when he first came over, and despite having learned englishat school he said when he came to Australia, it was totally different.

“I came here for new life, a different lifestyle and a new way to live.”

Before coming to Bordertown, Tim and Helen hada restaurant in Victoria for four years in Bunyip, which was just a little too small and did not allow room for progression.

They searched at many places across four states before checking out Bordertown last and falling in love with the community straight away.

Tim said it was their first impression that made them decide to come.

“People say hello to you on the street, and that’s very important to us.” Tim said.

“When people come to a town,the first thing they notice is the people, and how they make them feel, if they make them welcome or not.”

“Right from the start, the town has been really supportive.” Helen said.

Tim and Helen now enjoy the country lifestyle for many reasons with the Tatiara community being a huge contributor.

Their business has had ups and downs which they said fall in line with all other businesses who have been affected by issues such as the drought and the meatworks.

“The businesses all support each other. That’s how a small community works. We support each other and that is very important.”

There have been a lot of businesses come and go throughout their time here, and Helen believes that the main reasons are for personal issues, and changing locationsrather then slow business.

The couple attribute their 20 years of success to the support from the community, and the quality of their product.

“We appreciate people’ssupport in the last 20 years. Without that, we can’t survive,” said Helen.

Tim said 95 percent of their customers were regulars, which come from beyond the Tatiara, from Tintinara all the way out to Nhill.

Helen said“They come from so far away, I really hope they enjoy their meal. 80Kms is very far.”

Tim who is the chef at the restaurant said that he will never drop his standard and continuesto better his product.

“Some people get slack after a few years, and how that’s some businesses fail. But for me I’m always improving and keeping that high standard. You cant be slack, or people wont come in.”

“When I finish cooking, I come out and talk to people. That is my job. Its important to ask them how they enjoyed the meal.”

This is especially true as they saida lot of their customers are still having the same dish after 20 years.

As well as locals, Tim and Helenhave regular tourists stopping in for the food, and they use the opportunity topromote the district with their main suggestions for tourists being Poochers swamp, the white kangaroos and Claytons Farm.

“There is so much to offer, there is always something to say. I think Bordertown has a lot to offer,” Helen said.

The couple are certainly giving back to the community and havehired a lot of students from the area.

“It’s good for them to have that practice and learn something and it helps us as well. We try to teach them a lot of things, and after a couple of years they are very confident.

“We always give a good reference, and it makes it much easier for therm to find jobs if they leave the area,” Tim said.

They have family in Victoria and China, with Helen’s mum and sister coming out to visit numerous times to see them doing what they love.

“”We are very lucky that we enjoy what we are doing. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing you would find the job pretty hard,” Helen said.

For tomorrow night and throughout the weekend,there will be a number of specials at the restaurant for dine in and take away.

The couple will also be trialing some new items on the menu and have arranged complimentary dumplings and a glass of soft drink or bubbles(dine in only)and are offering 10 percent off all take away orders.

“I’ve tried to cook more traditional meals,” said Tim.

The couple said that their ‘Bordertown Deluxe’ is the most common dish and one that Tim has made up himself and is very proud of.

“We want to thank all customers for ongoing support. We couldn’t have done it without you,” they said.

To make a booking for this weekend, call8752 0494

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FRESH FACES: Front row L to R – Lithgow High School Principal Ann Caro with new teachers Marnie Peters (TAS) and James Taylor (Science), Back row L to R – Nicole Thompson (English), Erika Marlin (English) and Amanda Saladine (PDHPE).
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Lithgow school students will notice a few new teachersas theyreturn to class in 2017.

Erika Marlin is a first year English and History teacher starting at Lithgow High School.

Ms Marlin comes from family of teachers with her mother being a deputy and both her grandmothers having careers in theclassroom.

She appreciates the warm welcome she has received from Lithgow High School community and wants to make a difference in the lives of her students.

“I hope at the very least, if not content, they learn some study skills. In History, I don’t like to give them the facts, Ilike to teach them how to discern the facts themselves by giving them primary sources,” MsMarlin said.

“I like to teach them how we analyse them and how they are contextual to their time and teach them to make a judgement themselves.”

Ms Marlin believes that being a teacher is often so much more than academic results.

“I’ve just come from teaching in Mt Druitt which is a really hard area to teach in.

“Most of the time the kids aren’t there to learn, they’re there to feel safe or they’re there to talk to someone or they’re there to get their basic needs met and I find that more validating than a student getting any band 6.

“So forming relationships with these students that don’t have safety or role models or stability in their lives is really rewarding. Just giving them something for them to be familiar with and safe with, it’s really good, I don’t know how else to say it.”

Local primary school students will also notice a difference with maintenance work being conductedover the summer holidays. In total $67,000 of funds from the NSW government wasused for minor works in primary schools across the area.

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Isolationist USAGiven the beautiful words welcoming all, that are associated with the Statue of Liberty,perhaps the statue should be returned to France given that the USA seems to be in the grip of an isolationist dictator.
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Don’t jump into same sex marriageRecently, there was a comment on the letters page (webwords, I think) calling for legalisation of same-sex marriage because some overseas countries have done so.

What are we, lemmings to follow the politically correct crowd mindlessly over the edge and down the gurgler?

Few of the world’s 193 member states have legalised same-sex.

In most cases it has been passed by a narrowmargin of the legislature or imposed by activist judges.

We all know how nations can be conned. HItler did it with the aid of Goebbels in Germany in the1930s.

Australianvoters need to be aware that if same-sex marriage is legalised here that upholders of traditional marriage will be hit by the Orwellian nightmare faced by conscientious objectors in Canada whereChristians have become pariahs.

Low graduates at Trinity Western University in Ontario are denied accreditation and thus the ability to work as lawyers because they signed a pledge to forgo all sexual activity unless it is between husband and wife.

This was found by a court to be discriminatory.

From The Catholic Weekly, January 22, 2017: In the last three weeks, we have seen not one but two high ranking UK Government officials with expertise in terrorism suggest that the view that marriage between a man and a woman, and the desire to express this, is a form of terrorism.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the UK for a little less than three years.

Kerry Faust, raised in Australia, now living in the US with her husband and children was, two decades ago, a leading lesbian activist in Sydney.

She says: “Now, a year after homosexual marriage was legalised throughout the United States, changes that many did not anticipate are quickly coming through.”

Darcy Maybon


Utter lack of compassionI must react to Colin Field’s letter DA of January 24in which he asserts that Mike Baird’s resignation is the easy way out.

This is totally unfair and untrue.

You know full well that he resigned suddenly for the sake of very serious health concerns of close family members.

What you say is plain shameful and shows your utter lack of compassion.

Pull your horns in!

Paul Bosman


Australia Day dateIs January 26the most appropriate day on which to celebrate the founding of Australia?

Certainly the landing of the First Fleet marked the founding of Sydney and the State of New South Wales, but what is its relevance for the other states and territories?

For our First Nations people it was not a cause for celebration, but the beginning of a lot of trouble for them.

The event which marked the founding of Australia was the bringing together of the states to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

This was proclaimed on January 1,1901.

Of course, Australians have other things on their minds on January 1, but there are other possible days.

Perhaps March 29, which marks the election of the first Commonwealth Parliament, or May 9,when the first Commonwealth Parliament was opened, would be more appropriate.

Bruce Johnston

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RETURN: Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood will more than likely bat next of his team against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Cahill Oval on Saturday.Picture: Jonathan Carroll.A gamble to play a man down last weekend may pay dividends for Belmont on Saturday as skipper Mark Littlewood returns in pursuit of an outlandish outright victory.
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Despite being bowled out for 23 in their first innings Belmont, the Newcastle District Cricket Association competition leaders,need a further 112 runs with eight wickets in hand and 90 overs available to secure maximum points against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Cahill Oval.

Littlewoodmissed the unusual events ofday one, which also included the visitors twice being dismissed under 100,because of a 10-year premiership reunion in Adelaide with previous South Australian club Sturt.

But he was still named on the team sheet meaning this season’s leading batsman, with 650 runs next to his name including three centuries, will more than likely be next man in for the hosts.

“That was always the intention, to try and contribute in some way on the second day,” Littlewood said.

“It wasn’t the best showing with the bat, more embarrassing than anything, but the boys have done well to fight back and take 20 wickets which has put us in a pretty good position.”

Belmont resume at 2-24.

Around the grounds and Wests are in a strong position to pounce on much-needed maximum points away against Cardiff-Boolaroo.

The eighth-placed Rosellas have the hosts 2-33 in their second innings at Cardiff Oval, still leadingby 17 runs overall after declaring 50 ahead at 6-133.

Over at No.1 Sportsground and University will take up the chase against Toronto (7-258) on day twoafter the Kookaburras recovered from 4-27 to reach stumpsin the crucial top-four clash.

Remaining round 13 matchesrevert to one-day fixtures with wet weather preventingplay at Learmonth Park, WaratahOval and Wallsend Ovallast weekend.

Hamilton-Wickham have Ryhs Hanlon back in for Jordy Toby while Clint Goodchap is set to make his first grade debut when the second-placed Pumas host Newcastle City.

Waratah-Mayfield are down injured bowlerAron Tisher facing an unchanged Merewether with Michael Holt called up.

Wallsend and Charlestown areas per program.

Meanwhile, the inauguralSixers Social Women’s Cricket competition commences across three Newcastle venues on Sunday with 20 teams registered.

LADDER: Belmont 71, Hamilton-Wickham 55, University 50, Toronto 49, Charlestown 44, Merewether 40, Waratah-Mayfield 38, Wests 34, Newcastle City 29, Stockton-Raymond Terrace 22, Wallsend 21, Cardiff-Boolaroo 9.

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Waves of opportunties TweetFacebook Surfest launch at Redhead Beach on January 27Pictures by Josh CallinanTheyarrive at different stages of their careersbut all four Hunter surfers are united in pursuit of the same goal.
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Philippa Anderson, Elle Clayton-Brown, Jake Sylvester and Ryan Callinan will carry the hopes of becoming a home-grown Surfest champion while using next month’s event to lay a platform for the year ahead.

At Friday’s official launch Callinan said he woulduse Surfest as the first step towards regaining a spot on the World Surf League championship tour following his rookie season in 2016.

The 24-year-old from Merewether finished 34th and missed automatic re-entry so will strive to return by collecting points at qualifying school competition, starting with a familiar break from February 20 featuring the likes of title holder Matt Wilkinson, 2012world champion Joel Parkinson and 2014 Surfest winner Matt Banting.

“They’re all important [events] in their own way, but this one starts the year and can help you build confidence,” Callinansaid.

“And with the names that are coming downit would be awesome to get a result insuch a strong field.”

Callinan, who will start Surfest at the round of 64, said last year was an important learning curve forhis career in the water.

“I felt like Iwas ready, but I don’t think I was as prepared as what I thought,” he said.

“Seeing everyone on top of their game all the timereally lifted my level and I got alot out of it. But now I know you have to take every opportunity, you can’t let any slip by, because everyone capitalises so well. Everything has to be on point.”

Anderson, 25 of Merewether, wants to make her long-awaited breakthrough onto the World Surf League championships tour and next month will be up against fellow former Surfest champions Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

“There’s always a goal in the back of my mind to make the world tour, but over the years I’ve started to understand that you can’t think too far ahead,” she said. “It’s a marathon not a sprint.”

Sylvester, 23 of Bar Beach, and Clayton-Brown, 15 of Corlette, arrive as wildcards after claiming trial events at One Mile Beach on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Lake MacFestival ofSurfing will be held this weekend before a host of other lead-up events.

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Collombatti residents are being urged to participate in an electrical battery storage system trial to assess the potential for customer-owned battery storage systems to better manage electricity network demand.
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In a joint project with the University of Technology Sydney, Reposit Power and SMA Australia, Essential Energy will test battery storage systems with eligible customers in a two-year partially subsidised trial.

Essential Energy’s acting general manager asset management, Paul Brazier, said thetown of Collombatti had been selected for the trial due to the high concentration of solar customers in the area and the potential to address an emerging network constraint of demand exceeding grid capacity.

“This is an exciting opportunity for these residents to be part of the rapidly evolving energy ecosystem, while helping to explore the potential benefits of battery storage integration into electricity networks,” Paul said.

“If successful, this technology may reduce the need for future network investment and expansion and, as a result, help Essential Energy maintain downward pressure on electricity prices.”

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (AERNA) has provided $1.87 million in funding for the trial with participants eligible for an upfront subsidy of up to $5,500 towards the installation of a battery storage system.

Participants with existing solar systems can purchase either a separate eligible battery storage inverter, or an inverter that combines both solar and battery storage.

Participants will retain ownership of all batteries and inverters installed as part of the trial.

To register your interest or for more info, contact Reposit Power on 02 8294 6124 or: https://reposit.wufoo南京夜网/forms/expression-of-interest-networks-renewed/.

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‘Review’ in south looks unlikely Leeton Shire Council mayor Paul Maytom, regional engagement officer Liz Stott, Murray-Darling Basin Authority chairman Neil Andrew and MDBA chief executive officer Phillip Glyde.
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MDBA chairman Neil Andrew.

MDBA CEO Phillip Glyde.

TweetFacebookMDBA chief executive officer Phillip Glyde was wary about the term “review” for the south and was unsure whether one would occur in the same way it did in the north.

“We’re certainly doing the work,” he said.

“Under the Basin Plan, four years ago there was always planned to be a review in the numbers for the northern part of the basin.

“At the time the plan was set, the quality of information we had for the north was no where near as good as we had for the south.

“In the south there’s not such a review mechanism. The mechanism is the sustainable diversion limit …which is essentially if you can find smarter ways to achieve good outcomes for the environment using less water than you don’t have to take the water away from irrigators.”

Murrami farmer Debbie Buller attended the MDBA meetings in Griffith and the pop-up in Leeton.

She was disappointed the basin appeared to be split in two.

“It needs to be looked at as a whole,” Mrs Buller said.

“The divide just keeps getting bigger and now we have this ‘quadruple bottom line approach’.

It was a triple bottom line. Now it’s the socio, economic, environment and culture …we’re split again there.

“They (the MDBA) needs to start approaching it (the plan as a whole.”

Mrs Buller was pleased to see the authority in the area, saying it had been a long time since they were last in the MIA.

“I will give them that,” she said.

“It was good to have them here.

“What we need is more action though and less words and talking, but it is good they are listening to us.”

Mrs Stott said there has been a reasonable turnout for the pop up shop in Leeton.

“There was probably around 20 people from the community there …a mix of farmers and local business owners,” she said.

“They just wanted to come and reconnect with the authority and get some information about where things were heading with plan and what’s coming up over the next 12 months.”

The event also allowed them to air any grievances they had.

“It gave them the opportunity to raise any issues they wanted the authority to follow up on,” Mrs Stott said.

“To be honest, I think there’s a mix of opinion in all communities. There’s people that are positive or negative, informed or not informed.

“Which is why these pop up shops are so good. They can connect with the authority and get information.”

Mrs Stott works in the role two days at week and welcomes feedback from irrigators and the community to take back to the MDBA.

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Girl power hits Hunter TweetFacebook Hunter Track Classic athletes at Nobbys Beach on January 27Pictures by Max Mason-HubersSome of Australia’s best female athletes will take centre stage at the Hunter Track Classic on Saturday night.
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Led by the likes of Rio Olympians Linden Hall and Morgan Mitchell, the girls feature in two of the final three races at Glendale.

Just prior the entire Paralympic silver-medal winning 4×400 metre T53-54 relay team, including Merewether’s Christie Dawes, will start a mixed gender wheelchair pursuit.

And hurdler Michelle Jenneke, renowned for her pre-race dancing routine, will also be in action.

It’s all part of animpressive program many individuals will use to lay theplatform for 2017, which culminates withWorld Championships in London in August.

Qualifying timesare on the agenda and 400 metre runner Mitchell knows all about that, achieving a mark for Rio at last year’s Hunter Track Classic before going onto make an Olympic relay final in August.Her aim is 52.10 seconds, which falls within her personal best range.

“Last year I was here andran 52.04s, which was a Rio qualifier, and if I did that again I would be over the moon,” Mitchell said.

“Training has changed around a bit so it might be a little tough, but 400m is a tough event so I’ll just run my own race and see what happens. I’m just excited to be getting back into it.”

This will be the 22-year-old’s third Hunter Track Classic.

“It’s my favourite meet on the whole grid,” she said.

“It all started back at my first one – ran well there, loved the town, loved the food, loved the beach and thought I’ll definitely come back. Now I make it my first proper race of the season.”

Hallwill line up in a hotly contested 800m at the Hunter Track Classic, against fellow Rio Olympians Anneliese Rubie and Zoe Buckman as well as three-time Australian champion Brittany McGowan, before turning attention to her favoured 1500m distance.

“I’m really focused on being top eight at world champs and I’d probably rather a result next to my name than worryingabout a particular time,” she said.

“But in the back of my mind really is breaking four minutes. No one has done it yet in Australia so it would be nice to be the first.”

The 25-year-old recorded a personal best time of four minutes and 1.78 seconds for1500m in the US in May.

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