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Regional and community achievements recognised

$5000 prizes are up for grabs for winners in six categories, with a television package also offered for winners at the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement awardsTHE launch of the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards will be held in Tamworth on Thursday May 22.
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The awards recognise small to medium size businesses, organisations-groups as well as recognising the achievements of individuals.

The Regional Achievement and Community Awards will be calling for nominations in the categories of:

• The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Managers Award.

• The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Trust Award.

• The Prime Super Community of the Year Award Over 15,000 in Population Award.

• The Prime Super Community of the Year Award Under 15,000 in Population Award.

• The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award.

• The Dobija World Events and Tourism Award.

• The Elite Coatings Regional Service Award.

As major prize patrons PRIME7 and the Commonwealth Bank will be giving six winners $5000 and one winner a television advertising package.

The awards are supported by The Land Newspaper and Angove Family Winemakers.

For more information or nomination forms contact the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or visit the website at www.awardsaustralia苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

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Young Bulldog’s Origin call-up

Former Tathra rugby league player Adam Elliott, who now plays for the Canterbury Bulldogs development squad, has been named in the NSW under 20s Origin squad.DALE FINUCANE PICKED FOR COUNTRYSQUAD
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UNDER 20s ORIGIN PREVIEW

FORMER Tathra Sea Eagles rugby league player Adam Elliott is one step closer to the big show.

Elliott, who signed on with the Canterbury Bulldogs as a 14-year-old, has just been selected in the NSW under 20s Origin squad to play in Penrith, Sydney, on Sunday.

Ellliott said he was excited to learn of his selection.

“They picked the team [on Monday] and I just got a call from the Bulldogs general manager Allan Thompson saying ‘congratulations you’ve made the NSW origin team’,” Elliott said.

“I was pretty stoked to find that out.”

It’s not the only challenge Elliott will face this year after also taking on the captaincy of his under 20s Bulldogs development squad.

“I’ve been given the duty of being captain this year, so it’s a big responsibility I’ve taken on,” Elliott said.

“We haven’t started well, but it’s a 26-round season so I think we can turn it around.

“It’s always good being surrounded by good players as well,” he said.

Elliott said he thrived on the responsibility of being captain, and would use his past to inspire him in the Origin match.

“I like being the one to motivate the team and inspire a few of the fellas.

“It even comes back to the days playing down at Tathra – I think my team-mates would say it comes natural [to me] and it’s just carried on in my footy so far,” he said.

Sticking to his guns will be Elliott’s mentality ahead of the game.

“A big part of the game will be sticking to what I know,” Elliott said.

“As many people would know, it’s going to be a lot more ruthless and you’ll have to dig a lot deeper than you normally do.

“Just to show up and be tough for the 80 minutes will be something,” he said.

Elliott said part of the thrill was going shoulder-to-shoulder with some big names in the league and was looking forward to the task of an Origin match.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Anthony Milford – he’ll be in the halves and I’ll be in the second row, so we’ll clash a little bit and I’m looking forward to the challenge with him.”

Meanwhile, the Origin match is not the first taste of national recognition Elliott has received after captaining the Australian Schoolboys under 18s team.

“In a way this is my biggest achievement – Australian Schoolboys was a really great honour – this is one step closer to the NRL,” Elliott said.

Elliott said he took every role given to him as a privilege.

“It was a massive honour to play for them [Schoolboys], but this is huge.

“There is no such thing as just another rep side, every game is an opportunity and it’s very humbling.”

The Origin match will be “ticking one of the boxes” in the long journey towards the NRL, of which Elliott is in hot pursuit.

“I’ve been a Bulldogs supporter my whole life – when I started negotiations when I was 14 it was a big buzz for me, and now the buzz is even bigger.”

Although Elliott said he doesn’t feel ready to take on the NRL he wants to be at the Bulldogs.

“I’ve got a big loyalty to the club.

“It’s my dream to pull on a jersey for the Bulldogs,” he said.

Euan Aitken from Pambula and Moruya’s Rhys Kennedy are also named in the line-up.

Meanwhile, former Bega Rooster Dale Finucane is on the interchange for the Country v City Origin match.

Group 16 president Dean Lynch has declared the Far South Coast a “breeding ground” for top class players.

“Just goes to show that Group 16 has a proud tradition of fostering young talented sportspeople in our region,” Lynch said.

“Congratulations to all the players and their families.”

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Mr Forsyth to enlighten students

Eurongilly’s Mal Forsyth this week started as the second scripture teacher at Junee High School and will teach years 9 and 10. Picture: Declan RurengaAFTER a motorbike accident six years ago, Eurongilly farmer Mal Forsyth took time to take stock and examine what was important in life.
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He started working in youth ministry through a Cootamundra church and then headed to Sydney to develop further skills and study for a Bachelor of Theology.

This week Mr Forsyth started as the second scripture teacher at Junee High School.

When not working in the classroom, Mr Forsyth can be found working at his family’s farm at Eurongilly and Bethungra and said the scripture lessons wasn’t just about God, but how it relates to students’ everyday lives.

“It’s seen as ‘the God stuff’ and ‘the other stuff’,” Mr Forsyth said.

“What I want to show students, is what we believe about God actually affects everything else as well.”

During his studies Mr Forysth taught scripture at a school in the McArthur region for three years.

He said the motivation for returning to the Junee shire was to return home.

“There’s a real need for people to come back and take an interest in regional areas,” he said.

“Living in Sydney it was obvious that unless someone takes the initiative and moves to regional areas they can be quite easily forgotten in the media and by people,” Mr Forsyth said.

Mr Forsyth will be Junee’s second scripture teacher after Adele Skewes started teaching years 7 and 8 in 2012.

The Junee Christian Education Association is funding the scripture lesson program and Mr Forsyth said its growth was a positive sign.

“I think it means Junee is ready for something big and the Junee community is leading the way in making the Bible and the gospel accessible to every student,” he said.

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Going with the flow

o Keep it coming: Karinya committee members Gwen Parker and John Page discuss further development options with member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
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Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall visited the Karinya complex on Thursday, April 24, to inspect the results of the organisation’s first government-funded project since 1983, following the rollout of approximately $20,000 in grants funding in 2013.

While the funding project was initiated by former member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay, the funding process was later overseen by Mr Marshall who commended the Karinya projects committee on offering consistent and excellent service to the residents.

“It has been amazing, the level of services they have been able to offer, without government funding,” Mr Marshall said when delivering the funding last year.

Following issues with stormwater drainage off Grovers Lane at the rear of the Karinya complex, the funding was directed towards the establishment of stormwater redirection from the centre of the complex to the south and then into the stormwater drainage infrastructure on Grey Street.

Karinya’s John Brien was on hand with project leaders John and Shirley Page, Maureen Campbell, Jan Sharman and committee treasurer Gwen Parker, to show Mr Marshall the finished development successfully tendered by Glen Innes Severn Council.

Mr Brien commended council on its work to complete the project, drafting final designs and later constructing the drainage system.

“In my opinion they have done a first class job.” Mr Brien said.

Running in conjunction with the drainage project, Mr Brien said the final stages of establishing a pump to transport water from the existing well to service the general maintenance of the complex will be completed shortly with a mind to conserving local resources.

Both Mr Brien and Mr Page agreed that the new drainage works have secured the facility against significant water damage, addressing the previous issue of water draining directly through the complex.

“If you get water above the damp course in any building you have problems,” Mr Brien said, noting the new works should address the drainage issue to the benefit of Karinya residents.

Mr Marshall was pleased with the progress following the delivery of government funding, turning an eye to further developments that could gain higher government support following the success of the current project.

“There are always improvements to be made,” Mr Marshall said.

With a flagpole to be erected soon at the Karinya facility, the committee was confident that the final works to put the existing well into operation would be completed in the near future.

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Pelicans get hooked on fish

FIVE pelicans near Mildura Wharf face the prospect of a lingering death after ingesting fish with hooks still embedded in them during the past three weeks.
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Killer meal: Sunraysia Wildlife Carers’ Group has received reports of pelicans near Mildura Wharf ingesting fish with hooks still embedded in them.

Sunraysia Wildlife Carers’ Group president David Gee said it appeared that anglers were catching the fish – most likely carp – and throwing them to the birds without first disgorging the hooks.

Mr Gee said it was “too much of a coincidence” that all the pelicans affected had been foraging in the same area near the wharf.

He said all reports of the birds ingesting hooks had been received over a relatively short period.

It was, he said, difficult to conclude that the acts were not deliberate and questioned how the birds could have ingested the hooks by diving and ingesting fish attached to snapped lines entangled around submerged snags.

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Time for review?: Blues call for tighter processes after time controversy

IT turned into the curious case of the missing minutes at Jervois on Saturday, as the Bluds celebrated a hard-fought win.
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Or were there missing minutes?

Controversy and confusion surrounded Jervois’ five-point league win after a complaint was lodged to the River Murray Football League (RMFL) by the Imperial Football Club as it was alleged the siren was blown too early in the close clash.

Jervois president Michelle Hill said she had received correspondence from the league, which included a letter of complaint from the Imperial Football Club, about the timing of the match.

“We had a big weekend with past premiership players there, we were undermanned (with injuries) but played our guts out and Imps had to put a dampener on the weekend.”

Hill said the quarter was short, with only two goals kicked.

She threw her support behind the officiating time keeper, who shared the box with their Imperial counterpart.

“Our timekeeper did the right thing … he told me he did the right thing.”

Hill said the Bluds would respond to the league within the seven-day time period but said “I don’t think we have a case to answer.”

Imperial Football Club president David Daish confirmed the club had written to the league after a disagreement in the timekeeper’s box and asked they investigate the issue.

“The timebox is manned by both an official from Jervois and Imperials, near the end of the A grade game on Saturday, the Imperial timekeeper had an issue when the Jervois timekeeper blew the siren which seemed before the end of the game according to his stopwatch,” he said.

“Both officials, we believe, spoke to the league secretary after the game to discuss the issue.”

“As a club we have not suggested a penalty or any remedial action as we feel that’s up to the league to decide.

Daish said the club assumed the league would look at all of the evidence to see if there was an issue with either of the timekeepers watches, why there was a discrepancy, and then why was the siren blown if there was a discrepancy.

“Also we assume they will look at why was remedial action not taken immediately,” he said.

“It’s sad for players from both sides who battled their hearts out, along with all the coaching and support staff from each sides that through now fault of their own there is now a controversy at the end of the game.”

“What we would like to see come out of this is better procedures if there is disagreement between timing officials along with procedures for notifying the umpires immediately if the siren has inadvertently been blown at a disputed time, an incorrect time or even due to some hardware malfunction.’

Daish said their seems some confusion between what constitutes time on (where the clock is held) between officials and umpires so this may need to be clarified and all involved may need addition coaching and direction in that area.

“As officials and stakeholders in the RMFL we want clear results free of an controversy and as issues come up from time to time they may need to be investigated and remedial action taken to try and ensure as best we can, that they don’t happen again,” he said.

“At every club all of us are volunteers trying our best to do things right by our clubs and hopefully we can work together to make the game better – the club feels this is a serious issue that affects all clubs and would loath to see the result of a grand final or other important game clouded over this issue if it is not addressed and better procedures put in place.”

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Bloods claim first win for 2014

Aaron Shields in the action for Port Fairy. 140426AM52Terang Mortlake won its first game of the season last week at Gardens Oval defeating the home side by six goals.
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The game started well for the Seagulls with the first two goals.

This stung Terang Mortlake into business and from midway in the first quarter they dictated play for the remainder of the contest.

The home side came out after the long break and started to make some headway but Terang Mortlake had all the answers. Their foot skills, whether 20 metres or 50 metres, were exceptional.

Better players were a bit harder to find unlike the previous week against Portland when they were on every line.

Isaac Martin, as normal, gave his all. Jaise Coleman is proving to be very versatile spending some game time on the wing, as well as contesting the centre bounce.

Sam McCartney was also handy up forward with a couple of goals and taking many well judged marks.

This week Port Fairy heads inland to take on Hamilton Kangaroos on Sunday in a must-win game so I encourage all supporters to make the trip to Port Fairy north and get behind your club.

The reserves game on the weekend was very entertaining with the highlight being the goal of the day by Saif Sakate. It was that good it drew applause from opposition players and supporters just to watch him play is worth the admission price alone.

To think he has only been playing Aussie rules for a bit over 12 months is simply astounding.

The 1994 reserves premiership players held a small gathering under the grandstand and were ably led by Darren (Porky) Barker and Gary (Fingers) Malone.

The boys got together for a 20-year reunion. Well done to Porky and Peter (Gator) Lane for organising the event.

It was fantastic to see so much purple and gold at last Friday’s Anzac Day march.

We truly are privileged to be able to participate in this significant event each year.

A big congratulations goes to Mickey Sheehan who tasted his first win as the under 18s coach last weekend.

Mickey puts in more than anyone at the club and we can all help in some way by making sure all local lads stick around and get behind Mickey as it is not an easy job.

Tom Lambevski played a terrific game as did Jack Evans and it was great to see Donny Pevitt’s grandson Cameron Pevitt among the better players also contributing three goals.

RESULTS:

Terang Mortlake 16.15.111 defeated Port Fairy 11.9.75.

Goal kickers: G. Robinson 4, S. McCartney 2, R. Hare 2, A. McCartney, A. Farley, M. Sheehan.

Best players: I. Martin, J. Coleman, A. Farley, M. Sheehan, S. Anson, S. McCartney.

A needle is best to take to school

The best thing you can send your child off to school with is up to date vaccinations!
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PARENTS of preschoolers equip their children with an armoury of supplies just to get through the day — spare clothes, comfort toys, sun hat, snacks and drinks.

The tool that will give them the best start is their last childhood vaccination to prevent serious disease.

The childhood vaccination schedule starts when a child is born and is not completed until they receive their final immunisation between three years and six months and four years of age.

“Starting preschool, rather than starting primary school, is an ideal time to check your child’s immunisation status,” Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML) Board Chair Dr Shiva Prakash said.”

“Preschools and child care centres are places where children interact very closely and it is vital they are fully protected against a whole range of severe preventable diseases.

“To get full protection a child needs to have all the recommended vaccine doses, when they are due.”

As at December 2013, 98 per cent of five-year-olds in the Lithgow area were fully immunised.

In a report released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA), the Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local area (which covers the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith) shows that more than 91 per cent of one-year-olds, 93 per cent per cent of two-year-olds and nearly 93 per cent of five-year-olds were fully immunised which were above the national average.

Immunisation rates for children in 2012-13 also revealed that Lithgow and Mudgee were among the top 20 postcode areas with the highest rate of children aged five years who were fully immunised.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have lower immunisation rates in comparison with all children in the NBMML area.

Only 87.8 per cent of one-year-olds and 87.8 per cent of two-year-olds are fully immunised.

The percentage of five-year-olds who are fully immunised has increased from 87.7 per cent in 2011-12 to 93.1 per cent in 2012-13.

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LIVE: Thirsty Merc

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THIRSTY Merc burst onto the scene a decade ago, captivating Aussie listeners with songs including Someday, Someday and the anthemic In The Summertime.

Two albums followed: 2007’s Slideshows and 2010’s Mousetrap Heart which both cracked the top 20 on the ARIA charts. If frontman Rai Thistlethwayte’s work ethic has anything to do with it, fans won’t be waiting long for the band’s next release.

LIVE caught up with Thistlethwayte ahead of the band’s show at The Depot on Beaumont tonight.

For the past two years the singer has been largely US-based, with his most recent stint taking in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Austin’s famous SXSW music festival working as a solo artist, songwriter and even as a guest artist with other acts.

But Thistlethwayte takes the juggle between the different projects – and countries – in his stride.

‘‘There’s great things about Australia and great things about a city like Los Angeles, so I’m trying to take all the best bits and use them as a way to keep the creativity and inspiration flowing,’’ Thistlethwayte said.

That’s what it’s all about for the Thirsty Merc frontman, who consciously makes songwriting a daily fixture, though the rigours of touring and recording can often pose a challenge.

‘‘I’m always writing music, I tend to just write whatever music comes to me and I just try and write a lot of it,’’ he explained. ‘‘I try and stay on it a little bit all the time, but there are times when it becomes very challenging: with intense travel, if you’re in a different place every day, or if you’re obviously recording the fruits of the labour of the songwriting.

‘‘It’s very draining, but very rewarding as well, although it makes it harder after 10 or 11 hours in the studio to draw on a different type of creativity.’’

It’s clear the singer understands both the need for space from the creative process and the nurturing it requires.

‘‘I do think you need to do some healthy maintenance along the way. Like anyone with their bodies or their diet or their lifestyle, there are times when you really need to focus on being good to yourself,’’ he said.

‘‘You don’t want to overdo things in terms of just doing one dynamic because it is a creative outlet.

‘‘You do need to learn to miss things as well, take a bit of a break, I think.’’

Good thing, then, that after more than a decade in the music business, Thistlethwayte’s hunger to get out and play to fans is as strong as ever.

‘‘Songwriting has its own charm, it’s more solitary a lot of the time’’ he said.

‘‘Playing live is the most immediate, fun element of your career. You often do so much writing and recording that you can’t wait to get out there and play it live.

‘‘It’s pretty awesome, it’s really one of the reasons we do it. Not in an ego-stroking sense, but to know that something you’ve been a part of is communicating and people are sharing in that energy, it’s great to see.’’

Tonight’s gig will have the band show off a ‘‘fresh vibe’’, different versions of well-known and loved songs in a city which Thistlethwayte describes as having the ‘‘best audience response’’.

‘‘It’ll be a good chance to focus on the actual nuts and bolts of the songs, hearing the melody and having a few songs in their raw form,’’ he explained.

As for new songs on the horizon? Thistlethwayte says the four-piece has an ‘‘album length of material’’ already recorded, with release set for sometime before the end of the year. But whether they’ll release it as a traditional album is yet to be seen.

‘‘It’s been really exciting rolling with the punches in the industry. There’s never been any hard and fast rules anyway, but the unit of an album is definitely seen in a different way,’’ he said.

‘‘The way we take in information in our lives is different now: it lives in a different place and we draw from it in a different way. It’s kind of the best thing and the most challenging thing about the way the industry is at the moment.’’

Thirsty Merc play at The Depot on Beaumont tonight with support from Matt Purcell. Tickets have now sold out.