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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(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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