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Elks’ festival face-off

o Match ready: Utility player Jay Hampson joins a full Elk’s line-up on Saturday to take on Armidale’s Univeristy of New England rugby squad Robb College.The Elks are gearing for a hard-hitting Australian Celtic Festival face-off against Armidale’s University of New England’s Robb College from 3pm on Saturday, May 3.
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Currently holding fifth place on the season ladder, the Elks will take on the third place holders in what has always proved to be a close and action packed game, according to club president Michael Lamph.

“It’s always a good game with Glen Innes and Robb,” Lamph said.

Topping the university side by only a point in the 2013 Westpac Helicopter Charity match, Lamph said Robb College is notorious for producing a hard-hitting, tactical side and following their convincing win over Gwydir in round 2 of the competition, played on April 26, they will prove tough to beat on Saturday.

As the Elks continue to train and play at the Glen Innes Showground, both Lamph and local union legend Ron de Cleene said the doubled training commitments this year have already shown improvements in the Elks’ game, with consistently strong turn-outs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings leaving the team quietly confident going into the game on Saturday.

As the team ramps up for the Celtic Festival match, the local Red Cross ladies have come on board again opening the bar and barbecue from 12pm, with the game set to kick off from 3pm.

With the Showground expecting large numbers of campers and visitors for the coming festival, the Elks are encouraging spectators and local fans to use the George Street entrance to the Showground, with free gate entry on the day and parking at the rear of the Glen Innes High School.

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LIVE: Party Pics May 1

​Brock Perks caught people unwinding at the Burwood Inn on Thursday, then Peter Stoop and Jonathan Carroll headed to the Maitland Showground on Saturday to catch the festival-goers at Groovin the Moo.
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LIVE: Party Pics May 1 Greg, Sophie and Leah Coffin, of Merewether, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

David and Jackie Wykes, of New Lambton Heights, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

John and Colleen Hodgson, of Wallsend, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Jessica Bowditch, of Speers Point, Anita Antunovich, of Valentine, and Matilda Sheargold, of Cooks Hill, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Jackie Muir and Tom McKenna, both of Merewether, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Paul and Jenny Richardson, of Merewether, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Josh Teixeira, of Merewether, and Sam Bryden, of Coal Point, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Narelle Oswald, of Merewether, Lorraine Dickson, of Belmont, and Razia Khan, of Merewether, were at the Burwood Inn on Thursday. Pic: Brock Perks

Jess Smith, Jesse McColl, Bronte Creek, Erin Laffey and Josie Pye, all of Nelson Bay, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Cody Sosso and Jarrad Pluckrose, both of Nelson Bay, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Taylor Green, Anna MacInnes and Carlie Ebert, all of Port Macquarie, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Bree James, Taylor Bryant and Courtney Hunter, all of Caves Beach, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Maisy Marsh, Ivy Hines and Nena Kirwan, all of Swansea, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Alinda Sazdanoff, Kayla Nilsen and Alley Nilsen, all of Caves Beach, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Lucy MacRae, of Merewether, with Mackenzie Ptolemy and Jessica Noncic, both of New Lambton, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Grace Power, Angelique Self and Whitney Palmer, all of Forster, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Peter Stoop

Kate Norgrove, of Wyee, Jordana May, of the Blue Mountains, and Stuart Norgrove, of Wyee, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

Jack Mackenzie, of Salt Ash, Karla David, of Tanilba Bay, Dylan Bennett, of Maitland, and Andrew Rudge, of Nelson Bay, were at Groovin the Moo on Saturday. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

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Upper Lachlan tussock tamers welcome green army funding

Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee Chair Nerida Croker welcomes Green Army funding from Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor to continue Tussock Tamers workFEDERAL Member for Hume Angus Taylor has congratulated the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee on securing Green Army funding for itsTussock Tamers in Actionproject.
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Meeting with Committee Chair Nerida Croker and Landcare representative Mary Bonet recently, Mr Taylor said the funding would allow a team of up to nine young people and a team supervisor to be employed for up to 26 weeks to help remove tussocks.

“Tussock Tamers has had great success already in the Upper Lachlan and importantly this funding will continue the program,” he said. “By the end of last year, more than 300 people in the Upper Lachlan Catchment and surrounding areas had joined Tussock Tamers, with 180 developing integrated weed management plans for their properties – covering 50,000 hectares. Workshops and field days will be starting up again in late May to extend the program to the Abercrombie River Catchment.

“Serrated tussock is incredibly invasive and has the potential to infest entire properties. I congratulate the Catchment Coordinating Committee on the great work it’s done to establish a broader community approach.”

Mr Taylor said Tussock Tamers was one of five Green Army projects already approved for Hume, however the Government was also welcoming applications for further project proposals in the current round.

“This is part of a wider Coalition commitment to supply a Green Army of up to 15,000 young people to tackle environmental issues in their local communities.”

He said applications for further proposals opened on Monday 14 April and will close Friday 9 May 2014. To be eligible, projects must be ready to commence between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. Project guidelines and information are available at:www.environment.gov.au/green-army

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One year after attack, blind victim takes the lead to protect guide dogs

BEST MATES: Orange Public School students Sophie Mahlo and Angus Staniforth with Matt Bryant, his guide dog Bronco and his children Shailyn and Logan Bryant at a talk about guide dog etiquette with students in year 3 and 4. Photo: JUDE KEOGH0430guidedogTHERE is not much in the world scarier than hearing a growling, barking dog running at you, but you cannot see it, says Orange man Matt Bryant, who is blind.
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Unfortunately, Mr Bryant and his guide dog Bronco were attacked by a dog that was off its lead while they walked towards March Street last year.

Bronco tried to fight back.

“He was just trying to protect me,” he said.

“But I didn’t know what to do or what was happening because I couldn’t see.”

As part of International Guide Dog Day students at Orange Public School were shown how to behave around a guide dog by Mr Bryant and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

The program is called Take the Lead and is designed to educate people not to let their dogs off their leads and be vigilant around people with guide dogs when in leash-free areas.

In the past year, a national survey of more than 220 guide dog handlers who are blind or vision impaired, including 76 NSW and ACT residents, found that on average one guide dog a month in NSW and the ACT was attacked by another dog.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT chief executive officer Dr Graeme White said other worrying results showed pet dogs distracting guide dogs from their job was a major safety concern for guide dog handlers, with most saying they had experienced off-lead dogs distracting their guide dogs on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

“Any distraction to a working guide dog can put its handler’s safety at risk. For example, if a guide dog is distracted while guiding its handler across the road, the consequences could be disastrous,” Dr White said.

Mr Bryant received Bronco about 15 months ago and said he had experienced similar issues.

One, he remembered, occurred at a traffic light, which was the worst possible location to distract a guide dog.

He said another problem was people thought it was fine to pat Bronco while he was in his harness.

“I was at a cafe and I went to pay for a coffee I had ordered on my key card and a woman started patting Bronco on the head,” he said.

“Bronco got really excited and he reacted and wanted to play, he’s a dog, and I lost concentration on what I was doing.”

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Property planning competition underway

o Planning ahead: Year 11 Glen Innes High School students (from left) Jesse Martin, Dan Landers, Mitchell Cook and Jai Campbell take a break during the property planning workshop.Glen Innes High School students joined almost 200 people braving the wet weather to take part in an on-farm field day at Guyra property Willow Park as part of the annual Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) Schools Property Planning Competition.
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“We were very impressed with the commitment of the teachers and students who all turned up despite the pouring rain,” event coordinator Michelle McKerney said.

“We had the driest January on record at Willow Park, followed by the hottest February, and then during the week of the field day we recorded 120mm. We turned the paddocks into a classroom, and both kids and adults were very attentive and really seemed to get a lot out of the event.”

The Schools Property Planning competition gives secondary school students firsthand experience in strategic property planning to tackle the real life challenges faced by local farmers.

The students were welcomed to Willow Park by hosts John, Helen and David McKerney who explained the history of the farm business and its current operations.

Northern Tablelands LLS staff were on hand to share their expertise, providing additional information on livestock production, water quality issues, biodiversity management, and soils and pastures.

“There were a lot of knowledgeable presenters who worked with the students and got us all thinking hard about the logistics of farm management,” Ms McKerney said.

“The best thing about the field day was that it brought together great minds, young and old, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running a long-term, profitable farm whilst also sustaining our natural resources.

“We’re now looking forward to seeing some of the solutions that the students pull together as part of their Property Planning Competition entries.”

Ms McKerney said the competition integrates with the schools’ Year 11 curriculum in the farm case study subject. Students write up their plan – either individually or in small groups – and the best two per schools in the Northern Tablelands LLS region are submitted for judging by the property owner, an LLS board member and a staff member.

The competition concludes at Aquip in Gunnedah in August.

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