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25 years ago:THE Western District will lead a push to celebrate Australia Day on January 1, the anniversary of the day Australia became a federation in 1901. The issue is likely to be debated as the Australian Labor Party puts in motion a campaign to pronounce Australia an independent republic on January 26, 2001.
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A PROPOSAL to build three new netball courts at Warrnambool football ovals is being held up pending a review by a rival netball association. The Warrnambool and District Football League Netball Association wants to build courts at the Mack Oval, Walter Oval and Merrivale Reserve but the city council is waiting on a reply from the Warrnambool City Netball Association, whose Caramut Road courts are used each Saturday for an inter-church competition and available for District League games.

50 years ago:THIS year’s Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeple will be the richest in the history of the event. It will carry $4500 prize money –the highest the club has ever allotted to any one race.

THE top teams in the Hampden League, and their supporters, were “killing football” by their selfish attitude, Koroit Football Club treasurer Mr E. Franklin said. The stronger clubs in the league would do nothing to help the weaker clubs, he said. “There is nothing I would like to see more than you beating some of these teams,” he told the club’s annual meeting.

100 years ago:THERE was satisfactory attendance at a public meeting convened by the Mayor Cr Webb for the purpose of organising the recruiting campaign for this portion of Corangamite. The Mayor said it was the duty of citizens to rally round the banner of the Empire at the present war crisis and do everything possible to assist in obtaining more recruits.

A NEW light has been placed at the end of the Warrnambool breakwater. It flashes every four seconds, giving a green light out to sea and a red light when in line with and behind the breakwater. Sometimes it is dangerous at the end of the breakwater and men attending to the old light occasionally incurred considerable risks of being caught by a heavy sea.

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Cr Marianne Saliba: Shellharbour City Council’s Back to Business Week event will be held on Thursday, March 2, as part of the council’s economic development push.
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After a beautiful summer holiday season here on the coast, many in the community are recharged and ready to embrace the opportunities of the year ahead.

The first Shellharbour City Business Network meeting for the year will focus on improving productivity with guest speaker, Paul Breen at 5.30pm-7.30pm, on Wednesday, February 15.

Mr Breen has a wealth of information about vocational training and is passionate about supporting young people in the work environment. As always, the monthly meeting is free and this one will be particularly attractive to any business person that wishes to better engage with young people, particularly to realise the full potential of their employees.

Anyone interested can contact council on 4221 6030 to register.

Experts will be on hand to provide business people with the support needed to optimise business growth at the Shellharbour City Council Back to Business Week event on Thursday, March 2.

Brief presentations from speakers from a range of government business support organisations will be provided. The event will also include a free, three-hour workshop on how to develop and implement an effective growth strategy for your business. This will provide a great platform for growing business during the next 12 months. For more information contact councilon 4221 6030.

Applications are now open for the next free business development program – Economic Gardening Illawarra that starts on March 21.

The structured business development program is free to businesses located in the Shellharbour, Kiama and Wollongong Local Government Areas.

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WAX ON, WAX OFF: Orchardist Peter Darley will save $60,000 thanks to the supermarkets allowing unwaxed fruit onto their shelves. Photo: JUDE KEOGH APPLE growers will save millions of dollars after two major supermarkets relented on their demand that the fruit be waxed to make it look more shiny.
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Coles supermarkets moved to selling wax-free apples earlier this month andWoolworths will do the same from February.

Both chains said the move was due to demand for more natural-looking fruit.

Orange apple grower Peter Darley hailed it as a big win justweeks before this year’s harvest.

Mr Darley said spraying apples with wax was expensive due to the high cost of the LPG needed to heat the substance.

He said the LPGcost $1.50 per case of apples.

That equatedto a $60,000 saving for his 40,000 cases of apples and more than $3 million for the 2-2.5 million cases of apples produced in Orange every year.

“A major issue in our favour is that the supermarkets have said they will accept apples that are un-waxed. People are looking to buy the natural product,” Mr Darley said.

“This is a big saving. LPG gas is not cheap, it is like petrol, it is expensive.”

Mr Darley said the spraying was done in packing sheds.

He said shoppers wanted more natural products but it did not mean they would miss out on seeing shiny fruit in their store.

“They will still be washed and polished, just not waxed,” he said.

Growers will also save on labour costs and on having to clean waxing machines.

Coles spokeswoman Jasmine Zwiebel said the move would not effect the price of apples.

“It’s a cost reduction for the growers,” she said.“Fruit pricing is seasonal, prices will fluctuate.”

And she said it would not change the quality or taste.

“The wax applied was safe, edible food wax. Some people will say they [un-waxed] are more fragrant or flavourful but we don’t have any evidence of that,” she said.

Woolworths head of produce Scott Davidson said they had listened to customer demand.

“It has been undertaken in full consultation with both the industry body, Apple and Pear Australia Limited(APAL) and all Woolworths apple suppliers,” Mr Davidson said.

An APAL video explaining apple waxHe said the main reason for waxing was presentation.

“While an un-waxed apple make look duller, it will still taste just as good and will contain all the nutrients that an added wax apple has.”

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) chief executive officer, Philip Turnbull, said some growers see value in waxing their apples, while some are happy to supply ‘no added wax’ apples.

“We represent all growers and this diversity of opinion,” Mr Turnbull said.

“However, if the major retailers’ move to apples with no added wax means people eat more apples, then, overall, it could be good for the industry.”

According to APAL, apples with no added wax have always been available in many retail outlets and farmers markets.

Organic apples don’t have added wax by definition and many pre-packed apples – apples sold in bags – also don’t have added wax.

“As Woolworths and Coles change to selling more apples with no added wax it may mean changes for growers who may have invested in waxing equipment and the wax itself. It may also complicate their packing lines if they need to wax some apples and not others,” Mr Turnbull said.

“However, we are happy when retailers look at finding new ways to excite consumers about apples and encourage apple consumption.

“We hope Woolworths’ and Coles’ decision to stock apples with no added wax helps to highlight that apples are a delicious and nutritious natural snack.”

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Country Music Festival in full swing | Photos Annual trip to Tamworth for Danielle Thompson, Parkdale; Simone Chalmers, Patterson Lakes; Narelle Tsiros, Parkdale; Narelle Tsiros, Parkdale; Nix Fraser, Sandringham; Riles Reilly, Marseille France, and Eddie Jenkins, Sandringham. Photos: Rachael Webb
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‘Buck yeah’ contingent from NZ: Shaun Thompson, Thomas Ngatai, Michelle Ngatai, Vai Kasieli, Sharlene Thompson, Glen Reedy and Robert Gaitau, at The Longyard Hotel.

Tyson Green, Singleton; Aleisha Taggart, Broke; Tim Green, Singleton; Jamie Green, Singleton, and Brenda Chong, Singleton.

Jenny Earl and her daughter, Jazmin, from Weston via Currey Currey.

Daniel Porter, Sarah Payne and their daughter Emily Porter, 14 months, Tamworth.

Cath and Leon Mackiewicz, Bellangry, with (centre) Caths mum, Margot Hobson, Tamworth.

Mates, Damien Pringle and Jasmine Sutnikov, Scone, with Holly Harris and Mathew Harris, Gunnedah, catching up at The Longyard Hotel.

Mates Catherine and Warren Carney, Wauchope, Glenn and Danielle Simpson, Kirrawee, enjoying the festivities at The Longyard Hotel

Charlie Saliba, Central Coast, with his ‘Millenium Country’ performing on Peel St. Charlie has been travelling to Tamworth for 37 years.

Vicki Sheehan, Tamworth; Kellie Sheehan, Tamworth; Dani Robson, Tamworth; Luke Robinson, Tamworth, and (at back) Adrienne Baker, Wamberal, at The Longyard Hotel.

Nola Crichton (been coming to TCMF since 1979) and Susie Ortlipp, both from Albury.

Ian and Jackie Melder catching up with Jackie and Pete Sparks, from Tamworth, at The Longyard Hotel.

Julie Lawlor, Central Coast; Kaybe McMullen, Central Coast; Tony Northcott, SA; Adrienne and Glenn Baker, Central Coast, all at The Longyard Hotel.

Paul Gers, Muswellbrook, on the mechanical bull.

Ryan Morris performing at The Longyard Hotel.

Renie Watson, Mollymook; Vicki Williams, Quakers Hill; Kerrie Samuels, Central Coast, and Shirley Cameron, Blacktown.

Joel Purcell and Corinne Death, both from Sydney.

Not letting the rain dampen their spirits is Sophie Timbs, 8, “Uki”, Walcha; Jess Bridger, 18, Brisbane, and Olivia Callanan, 9, Sydney.

Tamworth girls, Jessica Urquhart and Lakayla Dickson at The Longyard Hotel.

Kane Allan, Taree, and Vikki Squire, Sydney, catching up beside their mate Justin’s ute at The Longyard Hotel.

Shelly Hannaford, Gympie, and Tess Preston, Umina Beach, at The Longyard Hotel.

Queen of Country Music Quest entrants, Erin Whitten, “Bon Accord”, Tamworth, and Sarah Weatherley, “Balyarta”, Quirindi.

Draper kids, Ruby, 2 and Wyatt, 4, from Tamworth, having fun in the rain on Peel Street.

Festival goers dancing to Ryan Morris at The Longyard Hotel.

Angela and Peter Dunn, Richmond, Tasmania.

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NO SHOW: Brett Gleeson, the president of the Newcastle Show Association, says the show needs funding assistance. PICTURE: Jonathan CarrollEDITORIAL: Show deserves supportTHE Newcastle Show is cash-strapped and faces being permanently wound up unless the state government agrees to provide emergency funding, organisers say.
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While this year’s show is safe, association president Brett Gleeson has warned that three consecutive years of bad weather, the loss of the show public holiday, and the redirection of funding from the showgrounds to the state government’s coffers has led to a “critical” situation that could mean 2017 is the last time the show is ever held.

“I don’t want to be alarmist but it is critical [and] without support from the government and the business community the show won’t exist after this year,” he said.

“We’ve seen our funding depleted year after year and now we’re at a point where there is very little left in the kitty.”

At the heart of the matter is a decision by the former state Labor government in 2008 to abolish the former Newcastle Showground and Exhibition Centre Trust in favour of a more central manager –now Venues NSW.

It saw the trust lose control of the showgroundsand the associated rent and parking income along with it.

The decision crippled the association –in 2006 the trust listed assets in excess of $3 million. Now, Mr Gleeson says the show association has $10,000 left in the bank.

“Really I see what we’re asking for as compensation, Mr Gleeson said. “The show association is going broke becausewe can’t get access to any income while Venues NSW is sitting on money that belongs to the Hunter.”

The situation has been made worse by the loss of the annual show public holiday. After years of debate about the holiday –which the Hunter Business Chamber complained cost local businesses $35 million –Mr Gleeson relented in 2015 and agreed not to apply for the holiday.

“We gave up the public holiday and had hoped that with the benefit they received we would have had support from the business community,” he said.

But after losing about $130,000 from not having the public holiday, Mr Gleeson said the show only got about $18,000 in additional sponsors. He’s been meeting with business representatives in the lead up to this year’s show to try and drum up support.

Hunter Business Chamber chief executive Bob Hawes said the chamber “continues to promote partnerships and engagement between the business community and the Newcastle Show”.

However he said the chamber would not support the reintroduction of a show holiday.

“The Chamber supports the show as an important event but not at the expense of businesses in this region,” he said.

Mr Gleeson has also made representations to the government’s parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald, who has been speaking to members of the government.

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

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

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

Chloe during her first treatments in 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chloe’s gofundme account is:http://gofundme南京夜网/vak6e36e

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play starts at 10am.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Founder Jennifer Huntoriginally began the charity forthe aged pensioner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pet Medical Crisis Fund is reliant on public donations with 100per centof the funds going directly towards payingveterinary bills.To donate or find out more visit petmedicalcrisisfund南京夜网419论坛.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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