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SERVED WITH DISTINCTION: Despite major problems with his feet, Clement Taylor served his country with distinction in World War I.
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Name: Clement Parsons Taylor

Date of birth: October 2, 1894

Place of birth: Wagga

Link to Wagga: Birthplace

Date of enlistment: July 15, 1915

Age at enlistment: 20 years 10 months

Occupation: Clerk

Religion: Church of England

Next of kin: Mother, Mrs Alice Tayler, St. Kilda, Victoria

Battalion or Regiment: 5th Battalion, 57th Battalion

Battlefields: France

Outcome: Returned to Australia, HT ‘Orontes’, August 1, 1920

CLEMENTParsons Tayler was born in Wagga, the son of John Sinclair and AliceTaylor.

He was educated at Hamilton College, Hamilton (Victoria) and joined theservice of the Bank of New South Wales in Melbourne in1911.

When Clement successfully enlisted with the AIF in July 1915, he had previouslybeen rejected for service on medical grounds due to his feet, which were ‘badlyformed’.

At this time, his mother was his sole guardian (his father’s whereaboutswere unknown) and it was she who gave written permission for her young son toenlist.

Like many young men of this period, Clement had prior military experiencebefore enlisting.

He had served for a year in the senior cadets, followed by a yearspent with the Citizen Forces (now known as the Army Reserve).

Following a review of Australia’s defence needs by Field Marshal Lord Kitchener in1909, it was realised that a credible defence force that could not only defend thenation, but also possibly contribute to the Imperial defence system.

This reviewexpanded the Citizens Forces by up to 50 per centin the three years beforethe outbreak of WWI.

In the lead up to WWI the Citizens Forces were called upon to guard essential pointsand man coastal forts and harbour defences.

Clement embarked from Melbourne with the 57th Battalion about HMAT ‘Wiltshire’ on March 7,1916, and disembarked at Suez shortly afterwards.

In May, 1916, heunderwent some sort of treatment on his feet at the port of Ferry Post on the SuezCanal.

On arriving in Marseilles a month later, he was admitted to the 15th FieldAmbulance Hospital for further treatment, this time on his ‘malformed right foot’.

InOctober that same year, Clement was once again a patient, this time at the 9thAustralian General Hospital, receiving treatment for his ‘deformed foot’.

Despite the shortcomings of his feet, Clement served with distinction on thebattlefields of France, eventually rising to the rank of sergeant.

He was dischargedfrom the AIF at Melbourne in September 1920, when his period of enlistment wasterminated.

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POWER TO WIN: Warrnambool’s Willem Drew is settling into life with Port Adelaide after being selected with pick 33. Picture: Kane ChenowethCONTESTED ball-magnet Willem Drew is rising to the challenge of his new surroundings at football’s pinnacle.
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Growing up just metres from South Warrnambool’s Friendly Societies’ Park but playing the majority of his teenage football at Koroit, Drew was hand-picked by Port Adelaide at number 33 in last year’s AFL national draft.

Willem Drew’s draft year highlights, via Port AdelaideThe 19-year-old, who was the third south-west prospect selected in the draft behind Hugh McCluggage (pick three) and Cedric Cox (24), said he was beginning to settle into his new space at Alberton.

“I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been a bit different moving away from home and settling in but it’s a good challenge really,” Drew told The Standard.

“The club and the guys have been great and very welcoming.

Drew rising to the challenge at Port | video, gallery Willem Drew playing for the North Ballarat (Greater Western Victoria) Rebels. Photo: Adam Trafford

Willem Drew of the North Ballarat Rebels kicks the ball during the round 17 TAC Cup match between North Ballarat and Eastern Ranges at Eureka Stadium on August 20, 2016. Picture: Jack Thomas/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Koroit player Willem Drew directs his teammates at a stoppage. Picture: Amy Paton

Willem Drew completes an agility test during the NAB AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on October 08, 2016. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images).

Koroit’s Willem Drew with his best on ground medal after the Hampden league’s 2016 grand final. Picture: Amy Paton

Koroit premiership and North Ballarat Rebels player Willem Drew is relaxed ahead of the 2016 AFL Draft. Picture: Rob Gunstone

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Fresh and clear: The Manning River at Charity Creek bridge was on the rise at the weekend as fresh spring water came down from Barrington Tops.The fishermen noticed it first and now word has spread.
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Natural springs at Barrington have “let go” and the result is a significant, although temporary, rise in the water level of the Manning River.

“It happens from time to time,” said Killawarra dairy farmer and chairman of the Manning Water Users Association, Robert Walsh.

At Killawarra, the Manning River was flowing at 181 ML (mega litres)on Monday, January 23 swelling to a peak of 508 ML by Wednesday. As levels then started to drop it was expected the event was all but over.

But the springs kept on giving.

Another surge came through on Monday of this week taking flow rate to a healthy 748 ML.

The change in the amount of water flowing meant levels went up by as much as 10 inches.

“There’s an old wives’ tale that says this is a sign a rain event might be coming,” said Robert.

In the meantime the water is looking the best it has looked for a while.

“It is in a very healthy state and crystal clear –great for swimming,” added Robert.

Local farmers are well aware of the spring discharge which helps out in times of drought.

When their dams have dried up they often pump from the river to irrigate their properties.

But as dry conditions continue, the river can suffer and as levels drop pumping restrictions can come into force.

This is when a natural boost to the amount of water in the river –seemingly for no apparent reason –is a welcome relief.

“Indifficult times it helps out considerably,” explained Robert.

Local farmers haven’t had any pumping restrictions lately –there has been more than enough water to irrigate. Unfortunately, most of them can’t afford to pump.

Despite dry dams Robert and other local farmers are reluctant to switch on their pumps.

“Most of the dairy farmers can’t afford the electricity bills,” he said.

Hopefully the old wives tale is true and that plenty of rain is onthe way to fill the dams. Before this happens though you might want to take a dip in the Manning.

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Taree and District Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club is planning a trial run over the route for the Bill Dennes Trophy rally on February 19, leaving from Fotheringham Park, Taree.There are some well meaning people who start a new year by making resolutions, which is very commendable you may say, but just as often these new resolutions are neglected or forgotten.
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I can’t ever recall making such resolutions to change my behaviour as it is mostly poor continually but as I get on in years, my aim throughout the year is to keep myself alive and as healthy as is possible.

There are certain restrictions which would assist in this process, not overindulging in foodstuffs, meat or vegetables which are commonly known to cause your body to produce fatty tissues and as one gets older and less active, it isn’t easy to curb the weight excess.

No one doubts good food is mostly delectable, the quantities are the problem.

It is possible to limit servings somewhat and thus keep one’s weight in check, a new year’s resolution of the writer if one is needed.

This is not a diet recipe but commonsense eating, as carrying excess weight isnot a good healthy sign at all.

What has all this got to do with motorcycling you may ask?

By keeping fit, there is every chance of enjoying your pastime and hobby, staying alive and even prolonging your riding days.

My advice to myself is everything in moderation. It is far easier to put on weight than to take it off.

Taree and District Vintage and Classic Motorcycle ClubCalendar of club eventsSunday, February 5: Seal Rocks for morning tea, leaving 9.30am at the TareeVisitor Information Centre.Wednesday, February 8: Mid week riders choice, 9.30am at three venues, Forster, Taree and Kew.Friday-Sunday, February 10-12: Karuah River Rally at Chichester State Forest.Sunday, February 12: Gloucester (to meetany returning riders), leaving 9.30am at the TareeVisitor Information Centre.Wednesday, February 15:Mid week riders choice, 9.30am at three venues, Forster, Taree and Kew.Sunday, February 19: Bill Dennes Trophy, trial run over rally route, starting at Fotheringham Park, Taree.Monday, February 20: General club meeting at Airport Tavern, Cundletown, 7.30pm.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net. Continue reading

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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.

penguinthemagpie Teamwork

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.

penguinthemagpie Home sure feels like a zoo at times

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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Eden’s iconic flag mast in the Imlay Street roundabout was adjorned with eight different flags on Australia Day but there was one missing.
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For more than 20 years Eden Killer Whale Museum volunteers have flown the flags of this country on the mast at the entrance to Imlay Street, but yesterday this tradition was questioned by many Eden residents.

The cause for concern was that there was one flag that was noticeably missing, the Aboriginal flag.

On a day where there were rallies across Australia pushing for Australia Day to be moved to another date, including a Survival Day Rally which was held just up the road in Bermagui,people were left wondering why, in Eden where there is a prominent and much-loved Indigenous community, there was no salute to the original custodians of this land.

President of the Eden Killer Whale Museum Committee and one of the men behind the arraying the town flag mast Jack Dickenson said he meant no offense to the Aboriginal community when he put up the eight flags of each of the Australian states and territories with the Australian flag flying high above them.

“They’re the same flags we have been putting up for the past 20 years, it has never been an issue before,” Mr Dickensonsaid.

Mr Dickenson was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the general division for service to the community of Eden in 2014. He is well known in the area and is very proud of all the work that the Eden Killer Whale Museum does for the community.

But, when he posted a photo of the mast to Facebook, he said he was shocked by the response he received.

His post was bombarded with comments from people claiming it was wrong that the Aboriginal flag was not flying and was disrespectful to the local Koori population.

He said he wasn’t being racist and meant no offense.

“I believethe Australian flag represents all Australians, regardless of their background or country of origin, I wasn’t trying to single anyone out,” Mr Dickenson said.

Local Koori elderpastorOssie Cruse said although the Australian flag should represent everyone, this is not necessarily the case with many Koori people.

“My grand uncle fought in France and died under that flag, there is no way I would ever dishonour that flag,” Pr Cruse said.

“But there are people in this country who claim a right under that flag and they dishonour me and they dishonour my brothers and sisters.”

Pastor Cruse said he was not outraged or insulted by the omission of the Aboriginal flag on Australia Day because he said the Aboriginal people don’t recognise that day, instead referring to it as Survival Day or Invasion Day.

“There’s a lot of mixed feelings about the Aboriginal flag on that day and while it would be nice to see it flying in Eden next year, I would rather get away from arguing about the flag and think of the real issues.

“We need proper understanding between all the people in this country, life still goes on and we have to do what’s right, we can’t put our head in the sand and pretend everything is okay.”

Mr Dickenson said the Eden Killer Whale Museum does have an Aboriginal flag and fliesit during Naidoc Week and on Friday,May 26, National Sorry Day, but that he personally thought the Australian flag and those of the states and territories was enough.

“I understand that others may think differently to me, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion so if someone wants to fly different flags all they have to do is volunteer with the Eden Killer Whale Museum, we are always looking for new volunteers and fresh ideas.”

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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!

penguinthemagpie Connected

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.

penguinthemagpie Teamwork

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.

penguinthemagpie Home sure feels like a zoo at times

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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‘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!

penguinthemagpie Connected

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.

penguinthemagpie Teamwork

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.

penguinthemagpie Home sure feels like a zoo at times

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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Hitting it up: The Macleay Valley Mustangs will open their 2017 campaign on home soil on Sunday April 9 against the Wauchope District Blues. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.The Group Three draw has been altered and will begin on the weekend before Easter on Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9.
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The revamp came after the original draw released late last year was opposed by the Port Macquarie clubs.

The Macleay Valley Mustangs will enter the 2017 season looking to improve on their first year back in Group Three which ended in their first grade and ladies league tag team missing out on a finals appearance.

Their reserve grade side was knocked out in the opening week of the finals series but the shining light for the club was the U18s.

The juniors finished the season as minor premiers and reached the grand final but fell to the Taree City Bulls in a tight contest.

The Macleay Valley Mustangs will begin their campaign on home soil on Sunday April 9 against the Wauchope District Blues.

There will be a break for Easter before hostilities resume on Saturday April 22.

The Mustangs take on the defending premiersPort City Breakers on the road on Sunday May 14.

A free weekend on July 15/16 has been added to the draw, while there’ll be no football played on the June long weekend.

The season launch will be at the Wingham Services Club on Friday March 31.

Grand final day will be Sunday August 27, with the final to be played on Saturday August 19. This will avoid a clash with the Taree Cup Carnival on Sunday August 20 and it will also be the first time a final has been played on a Saturday.

The Group Three pre-season will be played as north/south over two weekends.

This will be underway with the northern pool at Kempsey on Saturday March 18 with Wingham to host the southern games on Sunday March 19.

Finals will be held the following weekend at Tuncurry and Port Macquarie or Wauchope, depending on the availability of the Port Macquarie Regional Stadium.

Under the original draw the competition-proper was tostart the week after Easter on Saturday April 29.

Group Three and Group Two will meet in the revamped Country Rugby League representative program on Saturday, April 22.

The game will be played in the Group Two area.

The match will be restricted to players aged under 23 following a change to the CRL’s representative format approved at last year’s annual conference.

Group Three secretary Barrie Smith said going on last year’s registrations there will be 206 eligible playersfor selection.

The group expects to finalisecoaching staff for the representative side in the near future.

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This year is looking very positive for TAFEWestern’s Wellington College, team leader Adam Peckham said.
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CHANGING LIVES: Wellington College Team Leader Adam Peckham and mature student Raymond West on campus. Photo: NICK GRIMM

Mr Peckham said the college has seen an interest increase in already popular courses.

“We’re seeing more engagement with childcare and early childhood education courses. Our construction and automotive courses are always pretty popular but we’ve seen higher levels of interest already this year,” Mr Peckham said.

Mr Peckham said obtaining students can be a hard task.

“Because we’re working with such a small cohort, it can make it hard to get students,” he said.

Mr Peckham said said one of the most steadily growing programs is the basic computer skills course being offered.

“We had quite a demand for it last year, so that’s why it’s being implemented again this year.

“The program can help older residents improve their computer and IT literacy –you know their iPads, laptops, those sorts of things.”

Mr Peckham said Wellington Collegehas had to adapt to some social benefit changes.

“When the criteria to receive socials benefits changed, we did see a small percentage of enrollments drop –so we had to rethink our strategies to accommodate this.”

Mature-age student Raymond West said he saw his Certificate II in automotive service as a great way to improve on his skill-set.

“I decided to come to do a TAFE course because it could lead to a career change,” Mr West said.

“I’ve always said that knowledge is power and I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot.

“That’s why I chose to come,” he said.

Mr Peckham said newer programs being implemented should appeal to the local Aboriginal population.

“We’re running a Certificate II in Aboriginal Languages (Wiradjuri) and Certificates III and IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare,” he said.

Both Mr Peckham and Mr West encouraged anybody thinking of attending the college to go for it.

“When it comes down to it we’re here to help people broaden their career choices by giving them more skills to improve their employability,” Mr Peckham said.

“We’ve got really good support services for students here.

“The student engagement officers and Aboriginal student support officers are great,” he said.

The top TAFE Western courses in Wellington for2016 wereCertificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways,Certificate III in Business Administration,Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation andCertificate II in Business.

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