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

The Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation’s principal purpose is to provide cancer patient transport to and from Adelaide for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other related cancer treatments, which is not currently supported by the South Australian Government.

Volunteers are the backbone of the foundation and are critical to running the daily door to door transport service.Mcilroy Auto Group is a proud family owned automotive dealership founded in 2006 and located on Adelaide Road, Victor Harbor.

McIlroy Auto Group houses Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai automotive brands and is renowned for award winning service and customer satisfaction.

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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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ABSTRACT: One of the monoprints by Alice Hope which is on exhibtion at Front Room Gallery.Printmaker Alice Hope currently has an exhibition of monoprints at The Front Room Gallery, Hunter Street.
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Hope, who moved to Newcastle 18 months ago from the UK, has produced 20 works for the exhibition simply titled Recent Monoprints. It is her first solo show in Australia.

The artist has been working in the printmaking medium since high school where she was taught by “a really inspirational teacher”.

The works draw on her love of abstract expressionism.

“I love the surprise element of print making, you don’t know what you are going to end up with until it has come out the other side of the press,” she said.

“Using that surprise to work on the next piece, using the mistake that worked really well in the end.

“I’ve built up a body of work based on losing myself in the technique and it’s something I really enjoy.

Monoprints are one-off works.

“It’s quiteunusual with printmaking,” Hope said.

“The main reason people use printmaking is because you can get lots of prints.

“I just really enjoy having a one-off piece and how each one is different.

“I enjoy drawing and painting as well, but printmaking is what I do most in terms of making art.”

Hope is also a primary school teacher, she trained at the University College of London. Shesaid the role of art in education was “undervalued” in Australia.

“Funding is being cut from art in education,” Hope said.

“[Art]isan amazing way, especially for young children before they have learnt to read and write,for them to be able to communicate and represent their thinking.”

Hope said making art in Newcastle became possible for her when she discovered Newcastle Art Schools’ Art Access. The scheme allows artists to pay to use the school’s facilities or to attend art classes.

“They have got really great facilities, I’d just go in once a week and make art. It’s fantastic.” she said.

Front Room Gallery is located at 590 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The exhibition runs until February 10.

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