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 Afternoon tea with Oli

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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 Was just reminiscing early mornings. Happy Valentines xx

penguinthemagpie I love you.

penguinthemagpie Soon to be reunited

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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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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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Two of Mt Victoria’s most prominent landmarks are both on the market.
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The Imperial Hotel and the Victoria &Albert Guesthouse are for sale, and the interest in the old pub is running hot.

Imperial Hotel

Alan Gregory, from Ray White Blackheath,is handling the Imperial’s sale. Hesaid there had been a lot of people at the open inspections.

“There’s a healthy interest …maybe a handful of interested parties at this point and the vendors are very keen to sell,” he said.

Victoria & Albert

The pub was last traded in late 2013, when Sydney couple Elijah and Shua Deamer took it over. But they closed its doors -apart from weekend meals -in November.Mr Deamer saidthey were losing money keeping it open and some days would serve onlytwo meals.

It will now be auctioned on February 26.

The pub has 28 lettable rooms with 12 en suites and sixcommon bathrooms. There is a grand ballroom, large dining room, function/pool room and full commercial kitchen.

While the barand bottle shop are closed, there is income from permanent guests in some of the rooms.

The building is heritage listed and will need some renovation. The liquor licence, plant and equipment and furniture are included.

The Victoria &Albert has been owned by the same Sydney man for more than 25years. He also recently sold the Cecil guesthouse in Katoomba.

Agent Peter Poulos said the V&A was built in 1914 and operated as a pub until 1941 before it was converted into a guesthouse.

It has 24 rooms,11 with en suites, a 120-seat licensed restaurant, conference facilities, a spa room and an outdoor pool. There is also a four-bedroom chalet style accommodation building beside the guesthouse.

Mr Poulos said it offered a “blank slate” to generate income fromaccommodation, conferences, weddings and/or to attract drinkers and diners. The asking price is $2.25 million.

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(BAYLISS) Barnawartha North, North Victoria Livestock Exchange. Premium Weaner sales at NVLX, Day 2 of sales.The North East and Riverina’s reputation as a top quality beef growing region has been reinforced through another successful start to the year at January’s feature weaner and female sales at Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange.
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About 22,500 head, worth $30 million,changed hands during the seven sales between January 5 and 20.

Over the fourdays of weaner markets at NVLX 19,970 cattle were sold for $24,482,827, averaging $1225.98 per head while the three female marketssaw 2539 cattle sold for $4,783,770, averaging $2027.88 per head.

Albury Wodonga Stock Agents Association president Mark Breen said buyers came from all over to tap into the region’s quality.

““It was just enormous …they were fantastic yardings, terrific yards, and were supported very well,” Mr Breen said this week.

“Twentythousand weaners went through there in 10 days, it was brilliant.”

With nationalrestocking in full swing, it was little surprise interest would be high, and from day one the bidding was strong.

Corcoran Parker, Wodonga,principal Kevin Corcoran told Fairfax Media after the first day’s sale producers were more than happy.

“This has been a very successful sale, and reached above the expectations of most clients,” Mr Corcoran said at the time.

Producers from across the Riverina and as far away as the Gippsland offered pens at NVLX.

Mr Breen, who is with Landmark, said while return buyers were active it was the region’s reputation that attracted such a wide interest.

“Quality oversees the whole thing,” he said.

“We don’t struggle for quality in this part of the world and people know that.

“We had a lot of northern buyers and a couple of times the southern fellas turned up.

“On the second weaner sale we also had quite a bit of Tasmanian competition, it was well supported.”

The success of the January sales augurs well for Beef Week, which started on Friday and will move into the region next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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MASTER IN WAITING: Jordan Maher at Hawkesbury Martial Arts, where he has become an instructor, while also training hard to compete in international competitions. Picture: Geoff JonesHAWKESBURY Martial Arts’ Jordan Maher has taken his karate to the next level as he approaches age 20.
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Last year, Maher travelled overseas three times to compete in karate tournaments, representing Australia and also competing individually.

Regardless of who he represented, he acquitted himself admirably, finishing third in the Oceania Junior championships as he represented Australiaand third in the under-21 championships in the Czech Republic, where he competed as an individual.

He also competed at a senior tournament in Germany while again representing Australia and made it through to the second round before bowing out, but as one of few people from the Australian team to make it even that far, he was impressed with how he performed.

He received a broken nose for his troubles at the Australian Open last year as well, which he saw a ‘welcome’ to the senior ranks.

“This was a rite of passage I suppose,” he said. “I had a broken nose in the finals of a senior event, I wanted to fight on but they wouldn’t let me.”

Maher turns 20 this year, which means it is his last year of qualifying for junior, or under-21, tournaments.

This year, he wants to do do well at the Australian junior championships, so he can qualify for the world junior championships.

His experience fighting in the senior ranks already is something which gives him hope of a big run at the world championships.

“I have been trying to focus on doing senior eventsand I am just trying to make a bit of a name for myself in the seniors,” he said.

“There are not too many competitive people, but every fight is like a final in the seniors, I don’t seem to be doingtoo badly by myself.”

Karate has even led to a career for Maher, who now is a personal trainer and elite karate instructor, working out of the gym.

He said he works at the Richmond site, and a new one in Bella Vista, full time, and intends to make a career out of instructing at this stage of his life.

“One day I might even take over the place,” he said.

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WELL ALIGHT: Firefighters and police attended two car fires in Leone Healy Park on Friday morning. Photo: FACEBOOKResidents have praised swift actions of Orange firefighters who extinguished two car fires.
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At 6.30am on Friday, Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called after reports a pair of vehicles were ablazein Leone Healy Park.

It took the crews just 30 minutes to extinguish the fires and there were no injuries reported.

Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Dave Harvey said police were investigating the theft of the cars.

It is believed one of the vehicles was taken from Orange and the other from Bathurst.

He encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, CanobolasRural Fire Service zone operations officer Brett Bowden praised the efforts of residents near Selwood Lane who spotted a man lighting fires on Thursday.

QUICK RESPONSE: Firefighters from Springside and Spring Hill RFS brigades attended fires which were started in Selwood Lane. Photo: PETER JARICK/FACEBOOK

Mr Bowden said a residenthad told firefighters – who arrived on scene to extinguish the blazes – they believed they knew the alleged arsonist.

Police later arrived and took a 30-year-old man into custody, charged with lighting causing or setting fire to property.

The actions of vigilant neighbors brought a strong, immediate response from fivecrews from Springside and Spring Hill volunteer brigades, which played a critical role inthe fires being brought under control and extinguished quickly.

“People shouldn’t wait if they see smoke, particularly if they see flames, they should call triple-0,” Mr Bowden said.

“Fortunately for us and for the local community, the ignition happened at 7.30pm,” Mr Bowden said, explaining the cooler temperature assisted RFS crews.”

In an unrelated matter police on Thursday charged a 32-year-old man with charges ranging from assault and intimidate to causing malicious damage.

Police say the man assaulted a 24-year-old woman and damaged property belonging to a 26-year-old woman in a domestic violence related incident.

In a separate incident a46-year-old woman was on Thursday charged with goods in custody and possessing prohibited drugs.

Police stopped the woman in Dalton Street and she was unable to provide proof of purchase for a number of grocery bags in her vehicle.

She will face Orange Local Court on Monday, March 6.

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RESTRICTIONS on road trains accessing abattoir and feedlot facilities in the Cowaramup area are due to be lifted as early as next week according to the Augusta-Margaret River Shire.
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The restricted access for vehicles over 19 metres for North Treeton road transporting cattle to the Western Meat Packers Group processing facility has been in place for two weeks.

Western Meat Packers Group chief executive officer Andrew Fuda told Farm Weekly the company were working with the Department of Main Roads and the Augusta-Margaret River Shire.

“We are working with them collaboratively and positively to develop and implement the best possible solution for industry, the company and ratepayers,” Mr Fuda said.

“It had been a great result for the business.

“No truck over 19m was able to access the roads, as it had its Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) access was removed (from the RAV network) due to an incident – we since have worked through that and the RAV will be back online.”

As described by Main Roads; RAVs are vehicles that exceed a width of 2.5 metres, a height of 4.3 metres, a length of 19 metres for a vehicle combination, a length of 12.5 metres for a rigid vehicle and a gross mass of 42.5 tonnes must only operate on roads approved by Main Roads.

As livestock carriers servicing the area came under this classification, those carriers over 19m were unable to access a number of roads in the area, including; Rosa Brook, Jindong-Treeton and North Treeton roads.

To overcome the issue, livestock were transported in smaller road trains, under 19m in length.

While the road access into Western Meat Packers was impacted, Mr Fuda said business was unchanged.

In 2008 contractors worked with the Western Meat Packers to fund an upgrade of the road accessing the abattoir for $200,000, to make the road a high standard to allow road trains to access the abattoir.

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Country road lined in gold CLASS: Travis Collins has been nominated for six golden guitars.
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BIG NIGHT: Lyn Bowtell has seven chances to win a golden guitar, making her the most nominated artist this year.

UNDERDOG: Katie Brianna has been recognised for her wonderful second album, Victim or the Heroine.

FAVOURITE: Kirsty Lee Akers has a massive chance to win best female artist. Picture: Gareth Gardner

INSPIRING: Catherine Britt is nominated for her fundraising single F U Cancer. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookHard Light. Collins is also in contention forheritage song of the year with Troy Kemp (Hometown Calling), song of the year with Damien Leith (Call Me Crazy), video of the year (Call Me Crazy) and single of the year (Just Another Girl).

“With these six I’ve been nominated 18 times in total, but I’ve never walked away with one,” Collins said.“I’d like to hope that this January I might be able to bringone home and it’s more of an award for everybody around me, not just myself.

“A lot of the people I know have a hand in selecting these finalists.I’ve looked up to them for so long, soit means a lot to me.”

Bowtell has five nominationsfor hercollaboration with Kevin Bennett and Felicity Urquhart. The albumBennett Bowtell Urquhartis in contentionfor best alternative country album, country album, best group or duo, heritage song (Goulburn Valley Woman), best bluegrass recording (I Hear Them All)and APRA songofthe year(Goulburn Valley Woman).

Bowtell has another two chances to win bestvocal collaborationfor her songsBartender Blueswith Adam Harvey andF U Cancerwith Newcastle’sBritt,Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr, and Wendy Matthews.

“You kind of think you’ve got enough odds in there that you’ll at least win one, but you never know,” Bowtell said.“It really is an honour to be nominated for that many. To me it says the industry are liking what I’m doing and the fans will hopefully too.”

Travis Collins – Just Another GirlKurri Kurri-bred songstress Akers is also considered a massive chance to finally win best female artist after the breakthrough success of her Country ARIA No.1 album Burn Baby Burn. It’s been 10 years since the then 18-year-old won the Star Maker competition and nine from when she claimed her only golden guitar for best new talent.

An outside chance of a golden guitar is Elermore Vale’sKatie Brianna, whose sophomore record Victim or the Heroinewill compete with Bowtell for best alternative country album. It comes a decade after her only other nomination.

Kirsty Lee Akers – Burn Baby Burn

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Rising star heads east Sean O’Sullivan trains with the Sydney Roosters first team.
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The Penrith Panthers junior fielded offers from several NRL clubs after an electric 2016.

He signed for the Roosters in the middle of sitting HSC exams at Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown.

TweetFacebook Sean O’Sullivan signs with Sydney RoostersPictures: Sydney RoostersAt a time when most Year 12 students were completely focused on the HSC, Sean O’Sullivan was steeling himself for the hardest decision of his young career.

Before sitting a single exam, the Patrician Brothers’ College Blacktown graduate was putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Sydney Roosters.

It formally endedsix years with the Penrith Panthers, where O’Sullivan guided his team to become national junior champions last year.

“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” he confessed.

“I’ve been playing with all those boys since I was 12 or13, and they’re all my best mates so it was a sad decision. But it was probably the best decision for my football.”

The move was the final actof an unforgettable yearfor O’Sullivan.

In 2016, he represented NSW in a victoriousunder-18s State of Origin match, scored18 points for Australian Schoolboysin a 50-26 win over England Academy, and was named NSW Rugby League’s junior player of the year.

An electric seasonculminated in O’Sullivan fielding offers from several NRL clubs.

The Glenmore Park Brumbies junior said he decided to remain in Sydney to beclose to his mum, dad and sister.

He was able to enjoy two days ofschoolies between preseason commitments – but he said training with the first team hasbeen “the best experience ever”.

“When I first went in there I was nervous, shy; I had just turned 18 and I was training with my idols,” he said.

“The first week or two I was in awe of all of them. But now I’m really comfortable around them. It’s been great, I’ve learned so much already.”

Sean O’Sullivan, with fellow Patrician Brothers Blacktown students Michael Tupou and Josh Curran, after being selected for the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League team last year. Picture: Geoff Jones

O’Sullivan said he’snoticed improvements in his fitness, strength and confidence by pitting himself against some of the biggest names in rugby league, including Jake Friend and Blake Ferguson.

He’s already been named in a 25-man NSW under-20s training squad, but said securing regular game time in the NYC Holden Cup washis sole focus for this season.

“I just want to play good football really, and all the other stuff will take care of itself,” he said.

“I don’t really try and set myself specific goals because I feel like it could distract me.

“I just try to stick to the process and take every game as it comes.”

Though he seemingly has the world at his feet now, O’Sullivan is already planning for his career after professional football.

He will study a Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at university, having done well in the HSC and makingthe principal’s honours list.

Patrician Brothers rugby league head coach Matthew Hartigan had plenty of praise for his “super impressive” former student.

“Sean has all the attributes of a leader and the whole Patrician Brothers Blacktown community is extremely proud of everything has has achieved to this point,” Hartigan said. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sean.”

The teenager said his coaches and teachers all helped him reach the point he’s at now.

“The whole school was awesome to me, helping me out with my education and my football,” he said. “I wouldn’t be the player that I am without Patrician Brothers.

“I love the school and I’ll forever be in debt to it.”

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Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann with McIlroy Auto Group’s Derek McIlroy.The Mcilroy Auto Group initiative to hold a number of events to support the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation has reaped dividends.
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Travis Head signing autographs at the Cricket4Cancer day.

On Wednesday, January 25, the Crickert4Cancer project raised more than$5000, due to the appearance of Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann and state cricket captain and Australian one day player Travis Head.

Both were involved in a T20 Game Day held at Encounter Bay Cricket Club.

More than 100 childrenturned up on the day to take part in the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy coaching clinic and hundreds of families attended to enjoy the fundraising food festival and watch Darren Lehmann’s XI take on Travis Heads’ XI in the T20 charity match with Travis ‘s team taking out the winning title.

The $5000 takes Mcilroy Auto Group to a total raised of $28,457 so far this year, which will more than cover the $25,000 running costs for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.

Cricket4Cancer is a project which has been also based on the running of three major events.

The T20 Game Day experience, a sportsman’s lunch held at the Hotel Elliot and a golf day at the McCracken Golf Club.

Cricket4Cancer has attracted not just Darren Lehmann and Travis Head to these major fundraising events, but Shaun Tait and Wayne Phillips, bothformer Australian Test and onecricket stars, have been in attendance.

The profile of Cricket4Cancer has been boosted by attracting these superstars of cricket to the region.

Full credit is attributed to the work of Derek and Kirsty McIlroy and Wayne and Danielle Weise to make all this happen.Mcilroy Auto Group would like to thank everyone for coming and enjoying the day especially Darren Lehmann and Travis Head.

The event couldn’t have taken place without key sponsors Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy, Encounter Bay Cricket Club, South Coast Realty, Notable Imprint, SA Design and Print, Smart Bar and the volunteers from the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.

For more information, please visit梧桐夜网cricket4cancer南京夜网419论坛or call Danielle Wise @mcilroyautogroup on 08 8552 1255.

The Cricket4Cancer series is a crescendo of Fleurieu fundraising events headlined by cricketing greats such as Darren Lehmann and Travis Head.

The main objective behind Cricket4Cancer is to raise the running costs for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation which equates to approximatley$25,000 per annum. For more information, visit Cricket4cancer南京夜网419论坛 or facebook: Cricket4Cancer

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Having recently moved to the Shire I was surprised by T Walker’s claim in the Courier Sun (25 January 2017) that 80% of our rate payments are spent on wages. I rushed to the BSC’s website and looked at their most recent Annual Report.
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According to the financial statements, employee benefits and on-costs total $10.3m while rates and annual charges bring in $12.7m – which I presume is where Mr Walker gets his 80% figure. I note the latter figure includes both annual charges and rates; if you were dealing with just rates they make up 22% of operating income or $7.5m. In which case, Council employees’ costs are actually more than what Council collects in just rates.

But employee benefits and on-costs is more than just wages: this operating expense can include liabilities such as superannuation, workers compensation, FBT, leave payments and eligible termination payments. The costs of these liabilities into the future is what scares me.

Regardless, the $10.3m employee costs makes up just over 30% of total expenses of almost $30m. My question is, are other sources of revenue (user fees and charges, grants, interest and investment revenue, etc) used to pay employees? Is Council’s overall income one big melting pot (ie. are line items fungible) or are various income streams tied to certain expenses that preclude paying wages, etc? This, to me, would be an important starting point in informing ratepayers exactly what employees cost us.

I am told that over 50% of our Shire is non-rateable and that the majority of non-rateable land is owned by state and federal governments. Do these tiers of government contribute to our fiscal imbalance?

It is stated that the special rate variation is intended for transport infrastructure works – and I have no reason to doubt that. But it seems to me that unless Council starts decreasing staff numbers, we are heading towards a tipping point in terms of funding future liabilities if we stick with current staffing levels.

Like any ratepayer I am interested in keeping rates to a viable minimum. And probably like most ratepayers I am not an accountant so I am happy to be corrected on any of the above. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the info sessions where I could have had my questions answered, so apologies if this was all discussed.

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  • Posted on 20. December 2018
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