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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Maddi’s doing really well.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a booking for this weekend, call8752 0494

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This was found by a court to be discriminatory.

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

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

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

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

Darcy Maybon


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

This is totally unfair and untrue.

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

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

Pull your horns in!

Paul Bosman


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

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

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

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

This was proclaimed on January 1,1901.

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

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

Bruce Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

Belmont resume at 2-24.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wallsend and Charlestown areas per program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MDBA CEO Phillip Glyde.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I will give them that,” she said.

“It was good to have them here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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