Ararat Rats ready for Wimmera elimination clash

Ararat forward Tyler Cronin kicked a game high three goals last weekend against Stawell and will be important to the Rats’ fortunes in Sunday’s elimination final.THE Ararat Rats will compete in Sunday’s do or die clash at Horsham City Oval against the team which helped them qualify for their first Wimmera Football League finals’ series in four years.
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Minyip/Murtoa’s win over reigning premier Dimboola in the final round of the home and away season opened the door to the top five for the Rats and they completed the final piece of the puzzle with a hard fought 10-point victory over rival Stawell.

Joint-coach David Hosking said after 16 rounds of highs and low it is a relief to be featuring in week one of the finals.

“We left it to the absolute last moment and had to rely on other results just to get there, so yes relief is a good word,” he said.

“Given the club has had a lean spell in the last couple of years it is good to make the finals and it is an achievement, but at the end of the day there is no point being there to just make up the numbers.”

That ‘lean spell’ of finals’ appearances stretches back more than 10 years, with only skipper Alan Batchelor and Jake Williamson the remaining senior players of the team that lost the 2010 elimination match.

When it comes to senior finals’ campaigns the Rats have been part of the September action on just three occasions over the past decade 2006, 2008 and 2010 for a return of zero wins, five losses.

To notch up a victory you have to flick back through the record books to the first semi-final of season 2003, where the side smashed Horsham United before falling short of a grand final berth the following week by just two points to arch rival Stawell.

“It is time we improved that record,” Hosking said.

“That is pretty poor when you consider that we are a club from the second biggest town in the league, to have that as our recent finals’ record, is not good enough in anyone’s eyes.”

With only a handful of players in Ararat’s line-up experiencing senior finals football, Hosking said those players will need to lead the way.

However, he is also adamant that the only way his team will defeat the Burras is with 21 contributors.

“The obvious ones are the players that have done it before, the likes of Cosson, Mendes, Batchelor, Williamson and Searle — they know what is required,” he said.

“They are players that I guess have a bit of an X-factor. They also have this type of experience and know what needs to be done.

“What I’d also add to that is that we have some blokes who I reckon have got a real ability to have a major impact in games like this too. Guys like Liam Cavanagh and Brady Miller can perform in big games.”

Burras’ leading scorer Clinton Midgely is coming off the back of an eight goal haul last weekend against Dimboola, however in round 11 Miller held the full forward to just one major.

Hosking believes this match-up will be one of the most important to Ararat’s fortunes on Sunday.

“Anyone who can kick eight goals in a game is obviously pretty dangerous, so if Brady can keep him quiet it is going to go a long way to winning us the game,” he said.

“What it is also going to come down to is how well they restrict our delivery into the forwards and how well we restrict their ability to deliver it into their forwards.

“Whichever team has a midfield that is able and prepared to work hard defensively will have the advantage.”

Ararat and Minyip/Murtoa share one win each for the two previous encounters this season.

The Rats claimed the first scalp in round four with a 19-point win, before the Burras turned the tables seven rounds later with a 58-point victory.

Missing from the round 11 clash was Cavanagh and Beau Cosson to VicCountry duties, while injury/illness struck Mick Fratin and Batchelor early in the contest.

Three out of those four players are fit and firing for Sunday’s match.

“I’m not sure the result would have been different in the second game, but it certainly would have been closer if we had have had all those guys available,” Hosking said.

“I take some comfort from the fact that I know we can beat them, we have done that this season and you hang your hat on that a little bit. We were certainly minus a few key players in the second encounter, so that didn’t help our cause, but we didn’t help it either by kicking ourselves out of the match early with six behinds.”

Hosking said he and Andrew Louder have spent this week drumming into their players the need for intensity from the opening bounce.

If the Rats can replicate their early season form and produce a four quarter effort there is no reason the side can’t progress into week two of the finals.

“Expect the same, but at a higher intensity — that is the point we have made to them during the week, that the basics remain the same,” Hosking said.

“To win in finals you have to be at your best for longer.

“They have just got to go out there and play footy the way Andrew and I know they can.

“They’ve got to be true to themselves, that’s it. Don’t try to be anything you’re not.”

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$971k facelift for Capalaba College

CAPALABA State College will undergo a major spruce up after receiving $971,407 from the state government for school maintenance projects.
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Capalaba MP Steve Davies says Capalaba State College will receive $971,000 for repairs and maintenance programs.

It was the largest one-off allocation under the final round of the three-year School Maintenance Backlog grants scheme.

In the first round, the school received $160,000 and $390,000 in the second round.

The total for all Capalaba electorate schools this round is about $1.6million.

Capalaba MP Steve Davies said the money would be used to give the school a much-needed facelift and denied it was pork-barrelling in the lead up to next year’s state election.

He said the college was earmarked for increases to maintenance funding before the 2012 election.

“Of the final $100million under this program, Capalaba State College received nearly $1million – so it’s a great outcome for the school which desperately needed repair work,” he said.

The college will use the money to fix broken doors, windows, drains, downpipes,paint rooms, and make the school safer.

The Newman Government allocated $300million to the school maintenance program when it took office in 2012 and so far $200million has been spent.

Alexandra Hills State High School will get $294,409, Alexandra Hills State School $52,376, Birkdale South State School: $52514; Birkdale State School: $51,405; Coolnwynpin State School: $51,238; Hilliards State School: $53585 and Vienna Woods State School: $48,770.

In the electorate of Redlands, seven schools will share in $591,454 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.

Victoria Point State High School received $243,400, the largest slice of the funding.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said the money allowed schools to use local tradespeople to carry out the maintenance.

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Students’ art then, now and beyond

Aris Ioannou-Marsh and other students from Elonera Montessori High School will show works in the Then, Now, Beyond exhibition. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN Young artist Aris Ioannou-Marsh has learned a lot about art in the last two years.
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The fruits of the year 12 student’s labour will be clear to see in Then, Now, Beyond – a student exhibition at Red Point Gallery in Port Kembla, showcasing work from Elonera Montessori High School.

A candidate for the visual arts course in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Ioannou-Marsh is required to curate an exhibition of artwork produced in his senior years which allows him to experience the processes of art-making, exhibiting and to become actively involved in the art world.

This led to Then, Now, Beyond – which opens on Friday, August 29, from 6.30pm at Red Point’s premises at 100 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla, and runs until September 5.

Ioannou-Marsh’s work on display includes watercolours, photography and video.

“I have really enjoyed the process of creating a large body of work over the past two years, which explores themes concerning the self and sense of place,” he said.

“Working freely with these themes has allowed me to experiment with various techniques and materials and create a multi-dimensional and multi-thematic collection of works.”

Selected works from other high school students will be exhibited along with exceptional works by year 11 visual art students Miles Myjavec and Marianne Gillespie.

The students have been working under the instruction of Sharon Loney and Kathryn Orton.

Art teacher Ms Orton said the school in Mount Ousley was tremendously proud of this inaugural event.

“The range of processes on display in the exhibition include drawing, collage, papier mache, mixed media, digital arts and multi-media films show the students’ inventive explorations into art making and self-expression. Everyone is welcome to come and see this exciting, creative beginning,” she said.

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Ararat Rural City Council to install signs warning of smoking bans

SMOKING close to underage sporting events is now banned following the introduction of State Government legislation, with Ararat Rural City Council soon to erect signage at venues across the municipality to warn users.
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The legislation, which also covers smoking near playgrounds, swimming pools and skate parks, was introduced in April and Council will receive $5000 in funding from the Department of Health to cover the cost of installing signs at Council sporting facilities, reserves and playgrounds.

Smoking is now banned within 10 metres (about two car lengths) of a sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during an organised underage sporting event. This ban also includes training or practice sessions to prepare for participation in an organised underage sporting event, and breaks or intervals during the course of the event, training or practice session.

The ban also applies to outdoor dining and drinking areas that are situated within 10 metres of an outdoor public sporting venue during an organised underage sporting event or training session.

“Underage sporting events attract a wide variety of patrons, including families with children and young people and this ban creates a smoke-free environment where children and young people can enjoy sporting and recreational activities without being exposed to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke,” Council manager planning and development Joel Hastings said.

“Children and young people are impressionable and are more likely to view smoking as socially acceptable when they regularly see people smoking in different settings.

“Banning smoking in areas frequented by children and young people will help to de-normalise smoking behaviour and discourage children and young people from taking up smoking.”

Ararat Rural City Council indicated that compliance with the ban is expected to occur through a public education and awareness campaign and changed community expectations but can be enforced by inspectors, authorised under the Tobacco Act 1987, who may provide information about and, when necessary, enforce the ban, with an infringement attracting a fine of $144.36.

“Sporting venue staff, operators and volunteers are not expected to enforce the ban and are not empowered to do so but may provide a vital role in raising awareness and promotion of the new regulations,” Mr Hastings said.

“Consultation undertaken by the Department of Health shows strong community support for banning smoking at public places regularly attended by children and these factors are likely to result in high levels of voluntary compliance with the smoking ban.”

Under the law an ‘organised underage sporting event’ includes the following:

Is planned in advance.

Is organised or intended for, or predominantly participated in by, persons under the age of 18 years.

Is conducted according to established rules by a professional or amateur sporting body or by an educational institution.

May be a one-off event or part of a series of events.

Examples of this include:

An organised underage sporting event: A Little Athletics meet; An interschool/school sporting event participated in by people in their final years of secondary school, some of whom may be over the age of 18; An underage football match run by a regional football league.

Not an organised underage sporting event: An open netball game where some of the players are minors; An open-age football match in which most of the players are over the age of 18; An informal or impromptu sporting activity involving minors at an outdoor public sporting venue.

The ban does not apply: If no underage sporting event is currently underway; to a person at a residential premises (at privately owned homes and land); to a person in a motor vehicle that is driving or being driven past the sporting venue; to a person in an area that is separated from the sporting venue by a road.

Council will erect a mix of permanent and semi-permanent signage at the majority of Council owned or managed reserves and facilities. Signage has been provided to the Grampians Region YMCA to be erected at the Skate Park.

The signage and information package will be made available to reserve managers (special committees) to assist them with the changes and advice and support will be provided by council environmental health and recreation officers.

On a motion from Cr Gwenda Allgood Council will write to all sporting bodies requesting that the new legislation be detailed in their weekly programs.

“Some of the sporting organisations do already have signs up there and they do comply but there are some of them that basically don’t have the signs up and may not be aware of this particular issue,” Cr Allgood said.

“One venue I was at … they did have a sign up, a battered one, and people stood underneath it smoking.

“It’s really disappointing because you’ve got children there and you’re trying to encourage children to be healthy and not to do this and you see parents doing that sort of thing, and I’m thinking if it was on the program as well there would be nothing they could do.

“And if we ever have cigarette police coming and tapping people on the shoulder we have done as much as we possibly can.”

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Gold Coast street closed after molotov cocktail threats

A bomb squad officer inspects the device that has forced the closure of a Gold Coast street. Photo: Matthew Howard/Ten Eyewitness News Police have closed a Surfers Paradise street after a man reportedly made threats with molotov cocktails. Photo: Matthew Howard/Ten News, via Twitter
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Police officers searched a white Toyota Yaris on Trickett Street for explosives. Photo: Kendall Gilding/Seven News

A Gold Coast street has been reopened following a bomb scare on Thursday afternoon.

Police established a 100 metre exclusion zone around Trickett Street, in the heart of Surfers Paradise, about 1pm after a man reportedly claimed to have molotov cocktails in his car.

The police bomb squad was called to the scene and an officer in protective closing inspected a paper bag.

Officers also searched the man’s white Toyota Yaris, which was parked on the side of the road, for explosives.

The street was reopened once the bomb squad declared the area safe shortly after 2pm.

The man has been taken into custody for questioning.

Investigations are continuning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Queensland MP Vaughan Johnson apologises for Asian drivers comments

Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson has back-tracked on comments deemed ‘inappropriate”. Photo: Harrison SaragossiJust hours after Premier Campbell Newman publicly chastised an MP over his comments regarding foreign drivers, Vaughan Johnson has apologised.
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Mr Newman said he did not agree with Mr Johnson’s concerns about international drivers, which he first expressed in parliament on Wednesday and expanded on Thursday morning in a Fairfax Radio interview where he singled out Asian drivers as also not understanding road rules “in their own countries”.

Mr Newman said he went too far.

“I have great respect for Vaughan’s efforts as a hard working local member. I don’t agree with his comments and I reject them and I believe he understands that he went a little too far in his comments,” he said.

“…He has been spoken to.”

But Mr Newman would not say whether he had personally spoken to Mr Johnson.

“You’ve got the comment you are going to get on the matter,” he told journalists.

“You know how I feel about what he said, I don’t agree with it, I think it was inappropriate and he knows that is the case.”

The government media unit released a letter of apology from Mr Johnson shortly after Mr Newman’s press conference.

“I wish to apologise for any offence caused by my recent comments regarding foreign drivers on Queensland roads,” it read.

“I wanted to convey that all drivers in Queensland must take care on the roads.

“I regret the way in which I expressed my concerns, and acknowledge my comments were inappropriate.”

Mr Johnson also created controversy in November 2009 when he spoke of his concerns regarding foreign-born taxi drivers in parliament, commenting “they all look the same”.

Speaking on a road transport bill in Parliament on Wednesday evening, Mr Johnson expressed concerns about foreign drivers and their lack of “understanding at all of the conditions of the roads that they drive, on the distances they drive and what lays ahead”.

Speaking to Fairfax Radio 4BC Mornings on Thursday, the Member for Gregory went further.

“It’s foreign people who come here, want to work here, we get a lot of backpackers working in this country now,” he said.

“Some of those people come from countries where they drive on a different side of the road to us.

“Many of those Asian people, and I’m not against Asian people and don’t get me wrong, but a lot of those Asian people come from an environment where they have no comprehension of road rules in their own countries let alone come here and think they can just meld into the system. It doesn’t work like that.

“Many of these people don’t understand the distances they drive.

“We’ve had fatalities on the roads here in Queensland and Australia, many of them have been foreign people with no comprehension at all of the distances of the fatigue factor and every other factor that goes with driving in our country.”

In November 2009, Mr Johnson took to Parliament to express his concerns about foreign taxi drivers, saying “they all look the same” and questioning their ability to drive.

The Liberal National Party MP, who told Parliament earlier this year that the female body was the “most sacred thing on the planet”, is known for his outspoken brashness as well as his advocacy of road safety issues.

He said he did not have a breakdown of the number of foreign drivers involved in car crashes to back his claims, but said every driver needed to take more responsibility on the road.

“What I would like to see here is people that want to drive in our country have a full understanding of the complexities of driving here to do a course through a proper driving instructors’ operation,” he said, adding that he would like those even on a short holiday to “learn the rules”.

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Role to play in reducing sexual assault

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Wagga Women’s Health Centre women’s counsellor Emma Flakelar and community development officer Julie Mecham prepare to hand out flowers through the city to raise awareness for The Day of Action of Sexual Assault. Picture: Michael Frogley”WE do live in a relatively safe place, but unfortunately that still doesn’t protect everyone”.
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With one simple statement, Wagga Women’s Health Centre community development worker Julie Mecham managed to powerfully summarise the importance of raising awareness about sexual assault within the community.

Despite the increasing prevalence of sexual assault in Australia, Julie admits it still largely remains a taboo subject within modern society.

Julie, along with women’s counsellor Emma Flakelar, today sought to break down myths and stigma attached to sexual assault by promoting TheDay of Action against Sexual Assault campaign.

TheDay of Action against Sexual Assault is recognised as an opportunity to commemorate survivors of sexual assault and all those who have worked with survivors.

“Sexual assault is on the rise,” Julie said.

“And, while it is excellent that women are coming forward to report incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence, the fact is this violence against women should not be occurring.”

Despite the continued hard work and efforts of organisations including the Wagga Women’s Health Centre, Julie believes there is still a damaging perception attached to sexual assault and victims.

“There has been a lot of media attention lately on measures women are taking to protect themselves, like learning self-defence skills, but this still fails to fully recognise and acknowledge that sexual assault is never the victims the fault,” she said.

“There should never be a question of ‘what did shedo’, ‘why didn’t she scratch his face or gauge his eyes and escape’, ‘why didn’t she check her drink to make sure it wasn’t spiked?’

“These are questions of the victim that should never be asked. Why doesn’t no mean no?”

New statistics released in June 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown a disturbing trend in the number of reported incidences of sexual assault.

Reports of sexual assault have hit a four year high, with the ABS revealing there were approximately 20,000 reports of sexual assault reported by police during 2013 – anincrease of eight percent on 2012.

“Rape and sexual assault are acts of war,” Julie said.

“They destroy the enemy in the same way as gunfire.”

Julie hopes the Day of Action against Sexual Assault will play a role in creating greater support and understanding for victims.

“Survivors of sexual assault need to know that they are never to blame for assault,” Julie said.

“The victim’s action’s, clothing or lifestyle is never an excuse for the assault, and this is something the community needs to better understand.

“The perpetrator is the only person ever responsible for a sexual assault.”


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Strong year for impressive muso

SHOW: The Kite String Tangle, AKA Danny Harley, will play in Bendigo on Thursday.AFTER impressing in the Triple J Hottest 100 earlier this year, The Kite String Tangle has had a successful 2014.
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The Brisbane-based music producer will play in Bendigo on Thursday as part of a national tour promoting his newly released EP Vessel.

It will be a return to Bendigo for The Kite String Tangle (real name Danny Harley) after a memorable visit to Groovinthe Moo in May.

“I got there and had left my shoes in Brisbane so I got to explore the town centre for new shoes,” Harley said.

“Playing at festivals like Groovin the Moo and Splendour in the Grass is pretty strange.

“They are festivals that most Aussie musicians dream of playing, so it has been pretty surreal.”

Harley’s single Given the Chance reached number 19 in this year’s Hottest 100 and gave hima healthy amount of momentum to release his album.

“The Hottest 100 is something the whole country gets behind, so it was pretty flattering and helpful to my career,” he said.

“It brought a lot more people out to my shows and built the chemistry between the audience and me, which is something I enjoy.”

The Vessel EP Tour already has a number of sold-out shows and has announced extra shows to cope with demand. The tour began in Darwin on August 20.

“The first tour I did only played to about three people. There were a lot of smaller venues,” Harley joked.

“We had a killer tour at the start of the year and (on this tour) there are only a few shows left with tickets still available. I’ve definitely seen both sides of the coin.”

A packed tour schedule, a new EP and a growing fan base also meant Harley had to refine his electronic music for live shows.

“I try and make everything as individual as possible. It is underwhelming to just see a guy with a laptop,” he said.

“My gear has changed over time since the smaller gigs. It’s a completely different set-up.

“I’ve been changing the way I play stuff live. Now there are keyboards, pads I hit with my drumsticks and vocal effects I automate on my table.”

Harley started playing guitar aged 12 and studied it right through university.

“Ironically I don’t play guitar in my live shows,” he said.

“I bought a laptop after university and it was a game changer. I could write complete arrangements on one laptop and it changed how I approached music.”

The Kite String Tangle’s style of music is something Harley has refined over the years. Vessel contains tracks that Harley worked on for some time.

“Some of the songs I have had for a couple of years, some I wrote close to the release date,” he said.

“But it is a collection of songs that has stuck with me and it’s nice to have that.

“(Given the Chance) had a dream run and it led to my first body of work. So when I released it there was still an‘oh my God’ moment.”

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Hunt ends AFL career, set to join Qld Reds

Karmichael Hunt will have played in elite national competitions for three codes when he makes his Reds debut. Photo: Dave Hunt Hunt playing for the Suns. Photo: Matt Roberts
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One of the worst kept secrets in sport has been confirmed with Karmichael Hunt announcing his four-year AFL adventure is at an end.

Code-hopper Hunt will join Super Rugby team Queensland Reds next year and on Thursday announced he was leaving Gold Coast following Sunday’s final AFL clash against West Coast.

The former rugby league international has played 44 games since joining the Suns and described his journey in the sport as a “once in lifetime experience”.

“My family and I have been considering my next step as an athlete for some time, and as a result, now is right time for my playing career with the Gold Coast Suns to come to an end,” he said.

“I will be forever grateful to the AFL and Gold Coast Suns for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

“I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it and the game and the Suns will always be part of mine and my family’s life.”

The 27-year-old remains in the hunt for selection in the Suns’ team to take on the Eagles, with the club set to honour Hunt’s time regardless of whether he plays or not.

“Karmichael Hunt’s role in establishing us as an AFL club will never be underestimated by those close to our football club,” Suns chief executive Travis Auld said.

“Karmichael has delivered far more the we could have ever hoped for when we signed him in 2009.”

Hunt, along with James O’Connor, will be formally named as part of the Reds squad at their gala ball in Brisbane on Friday night.

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Black Coal Cup still smash hit: photos

THE Black Coal Cup battled the elements and the current economic climate but still came out on top at the Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.
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While playing numbers took a slight hit this week, organiser Joe Matthews was still a happy man.

“We’re down three teams on last year,” he told the Chronicle.

“But, things being as they are, it’s a great effort.

“Everyone is doing it tough at the moment.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with how it’s all gone.

“We just got a few drops of rain.

“And, I can’t thank all the people who participated, or helped out, enough.

“We should have an idea of how much we’ve raised in the next week or two.”

Unfortunately, not everything ran smoothly on the day.

Newcastle Knights legend Danny Buderus and a couple of National Rugby League stars were unable to make the trip to Muswellbrook after an issue forced the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to stay grounded.

“That was a big letdown, very disappointing,” Mr Matthews said.

“They were ready to board the aircraft, however a mechanical problem meant it couldn’t take off.

“Despite that setback, the region’s school kids enjoyed themselves, especially with the chipping competition.”

HAPPY CHAP: Black Coal Cup organiser Joe Matthews was pleased the charity golf day, which raises funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, dodged a bullet with the weather on Tuesday.

Black Coal Cup still smash hit: photos CHAMPIONS: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Richard Jones (left) and organiser Joe Matthews (right) with the winning team, from left, Shane Gageler, Ben Getley (Harvey Norman), Brendan Jones and Jeremy Gray. Absent: GarethLloyd

LINING UP: Everyone wanted to try their luck in the chipping competition at the Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.

FEELING THE POWER: Mac Gen team members, from left, Rod Latham, Phil Wallis, Ray Chillingworth and Pete Ellis at the Black Coal Cup charity golf day.

BRING IT ON: The quarter from BOC, from left, Willie Stols, Shannon Kemp, Rowan Higgins and Damien Fitzgerald were keen to help out the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

NO PRESSURE: Mangoola’s Dennis Gallen chips onto the green during the Black Coal Cup on Tuesday.

SUPER SHOT: Brian Webber, representing Active Drilling, sinks a long putt during the charity fundraiser round at the Muswellbrook Golf Club.

HAPPY PARTICIAPNTS: Active Drilling team members, from left, Gary Evans, Bill Costello, David Kinch and Brian Webber do their bit for charity on Tuesday.

HITTING THE COURSE: The Black Coal Cup attracted Mangoola representatives, from left, Dennis Gallen, Alan Burns, Ricky Clifford and Tom Waddington.

EASY DOES IT: Muswellbrook South Public School student Sharni Ridley takes on the chipping challenge.

FINE FORM: Muswellbrook High School teacher Sharon Turner went close a number of times in the chipping competition on Tuesday.

COLOURFUL COMBINATION: Muswellbrook Golf Club pro Jason Taylor (left) and John Tutt jnr made quite a sight at the Black Coal Cup.

ALL SMILES: Muswellbrook Forest Nursery team members, from left, Rob Tynan, Pete Hodgson and Danny Lewer supported the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

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Father’s Day 2014: photos, video

Father’s Day 2014: photos, video “My dad is the best because deep down under his manly exterior, he has heart of gold,” Dominica Sanda
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Victoria Pearson & Paul Roumanos.”I have always felt so lucky and blessed to have the dad that I have. My dad is and always will be my superhero!!!!” Victoria Pearson.

“My dad gets me! That’s where I get my zany sense of humor from. He lives in the UK and I can’t believe how much I miss him!” Hetha Anfield

“My dad Greg is one of the biggest inspirations in my life and has always supported me – he’s one of my great friends,” Josh Bartlett

“I love my dad because he’s such a good thinker, and he can always come up with a solution to any problem I throw at him!” – Victoria Lee

“My Dad is one of the best men I know. I love him so much and am so aware of all the love, support and encouragement that he gives and has shaped me and guided me” xoxo Liss

TweetFacebook”Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children,”

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PSOs on duty in Traralgon

Protective service officers hit the Traralgon Railway Station platform on Monday, ahead of their first shift on Tuesday night.
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They will patrol the platform, car parks and surrounding area from 6pm until the last train each night, and work in shifts of two.

Traralgon is the last of Victoria’s designated regional centres to receive PSOs after officers were assigned to stations in Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong in May.

Pictured are PSOs Shane Dole, David Fenwick, David Adele and Darren Snowden.

SOCIAL TALKThe Express’ Facebook followers’ reaction to news that protective service officers were deployed at Traralgon Train Station on Tuesday.

Matthew Muscat No coincidence that there’s an election in November. Why wasn’t there PSOs in the Valley a year ago or even 6 months? Too late Napthine.

David Rushton Sad it’s come to that, that we need this… Anyone would think we were in the city. Very disappointing.

Alyssa Hill Traralgon is where all the clubs are so Traralgon needs it most, but I reckon Morwell and Moe should eventually get them too.

Deb Williams Well done – The PSOs in Melbourne make me feel much safer when waiting on stations (especially at night).

John Ernst But they are not allowed on the trains! Maybe you might like to ask why? So a crook can jump on the train and the PSO can do nothing about it.

Alison Shea Would be nice for the early morning trains too!

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Wagga Sports AwardsPhotos

Wagga Sports Awards | Photos (Back, from left) Gabby Suckling, Naomi Price, Kirsty Blake, Mil Ansell, Virginia Baggio, Kara Price, Emma Thompson (middle, from left) Tarni Price, Tempe Oke, Jess Absolum, Sarah Stewart, Maddison Absolum, Bridget Horsley (front, from left) Molly Stewart. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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Mark Cunningham collecting the award on behalf of AFL player Harry Cunningham. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga Public School Australian Football players Jake Manley, 11, Ned Cooper, 11, Campbell Simpson, 12, and Harry Reynolds, 13. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Chris McKenzie and David Leonard. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Tennis team Thomas Gardner, 14, Max Prest, 11, and Matt Hort, 17. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson winner, Kaitlin Staines. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson winner, Simone Alexander. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Thomas Gardner, Charlie Prest and Trey Murphy. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Isaac Rayner and David Ferguson. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Rachel Trenaman. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga Swim Club junior team Abbey Senior, 8, Brodie Senior, 13, Tim Murphy, 15, and Meg Senior, 11. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Chris Tuckett, Todd Henderson and Sean Perry from crickets Team Wolverines. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in archery winner, Joe Hand. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Joel Robinson. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Isobel Cowell wins for hockey. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Sachi Bandara, Darcy Gribble, Tim Murphy, Matthew Tom, Tom Dorg, Evan Nichell, Sam McLay and Tom Crouch. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Cricket winner, Dean Crane. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in athletics winner, Frankleen Newah-Jarfoi. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Jon Nicoll. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Nick Donato, Jack Stubbs, Ed Ansell, Daniel Downes, Luke Murray, Blake Jorgensen, Lachlan Moore, John Downes, Ian Begg. Picture: Laura Hardwick

(Back, from left) Gabby Suckling, Emma Thompson, Bridget Horsley, Jess Absolum (front, from left) Sarah Suart, Mil Ansell, Maddison Absolum win for league tag. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Alison Miller. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Tom Byrnes and Jerry Maslin. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Kate Gallaher. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Charlie Westerman. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Alison Miller wins for netball. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Terry Storch and John Wells. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Campbell Lovell. Picture: Laura Hardwick

(Back, from left) Max Dejong, 12, Cooper Adams, 12, Xavier Henney, 12, Shane Roberts, 12, Nathanael Mooney (front, from left) Jock Cheeney, 11, Jed Dejong, 10, Damon Apps, 12, Wil Hurst, 10, Max Jenkins, 12, Jett Buttifant, 10 and Tom Carroll, 12. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Brandon Demmery wins for motor sport. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Michael Vella, Brandon Demmery and Richard Giffiths. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Brandon Demmery. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Michael Vella, Isaac Rayner, David Ferguson and Richard Griffiths. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Nick Donato, Michael Stubbs, Jack Stubbs, Ed Ansell, Daniel Downes, Luke Murray, Blake Jorgensen, Lachlan Moore, John Downes and Ian Begg. Picture: Laura Hardwick

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