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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Rachel Coverdale covets hard slog on hills training

Rachel Coverdale.
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A MORE aggressive attitude to training rewarded fitness instructor Rachel Coverdale with a satisfying win in the five kilometre David O Jones Stawell Mitre 10 Handicap at Stawell last Saturday.

From her back mark, she could see the entire field stretched out in front of her as she began one of the steadier climbs through the Ironbarks.

She had momentum on her side and gradually picked off the front markers one by one to have the race in control for the last kilometres.

Sven O’Flynn, still not fully fit, showed courage to edge out Robert Freeland for second place in a desperate drive for the line with Rhonda Rice showing improved form by battling into fourth place.

Coverdale lacks little in fitness, conducting eight group training sessions per week at Stawell YMCA as well as putting a number of her personal training clients through their paces.

Her race times with the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club had stagnated until she began challenging herself at Stawell’s Big Hill every Wednesday with waif-like clubmate Meggy Boan whose work ethic is relentless.

“I’m fitter, I’m stronger and have a lot more stamina since I’ve been running the Big Hill,” Coverdale said.

“To run hills effectively you have to train on them. It’s given me confidence and I’m able to finish off my races with more strength than I have before.”

She plans to run in the Stawell Hospital half-marathon on October 3 and is hopeful of a personal best from her third attempt at the 21km.

Horsham’s Nitschke brothers made a worthwhile trip down the highway for a one kilometre dash in the sub juniors races with Jordan prevailing to win bragging rights over Jay Jay and Lily O’Flynn splitting the pair.

A tougher challenge awaits in the eight kilometre Stawell Toyota Handicap at Stawell tomorrow with race distances building towards the 16 kilometre Hyperno Marathon warm up on September 13.

Fun runners are welcome.

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Is Tatyoon the new premiership favourite?

TATYOON’S display on Saturday against a hapless Hawkesdale/Macarthur was awesome.
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Tatyoon won by 132 points after taking the foot off the pedal in the third quarter. It was clearly preservation football from then on as the Hawks looked forward to this week’s encounter with Moyston/Willaura.

Tatyoon is now the short priced favourite to win the premiership.

The Southern Eagles were decimated by injury and will struggle to be able to come back from the loss, but that does not take away from the Hawks’ display.

It was an even team contribution, but it was the new kids on the block who stood up and were outstanding Mitch Cronin and Arthur Armstrong were the standouts.

For these two players the world’s their oyster and it will be interesting to follow their football careers.

In the elimination final conditions were wet and made handling the greasy ball difficult, but in the end Penshurst was too good for Lismore/Derrinallum.

Even though they only won by eleven points the potential was there for the Bombers to win by a lot more.

In the reserves Wickliffe/Lake Bolac overcame SM&W Rovers, with Chris Hillet a very handy inclusion in the Pies’ team.

The cat was set amongst the pigeons when Pies’ legends Brian McInnes and Pat Hoey were seen in the team rooms, with a few people wondering if they were going to play.

Finals times has everyone on their toes.

Tatyoon beat Lismore/Derrinallum in the other reserves’ match, with that result being the reverse of the U16.5 game.

Moyston/Willaura beat Hawkesdale Macarthur in the U16.5 elimination final.

Tomorrow is the second semi final, where the all conquering Tatyoon take on the rested Moyston/Willaura in what should be the grand final preview.

Pumas beware because after last week’s performance the Hawks seem unstoppable.

The Pumas need to play at their best and this is not beyond them as they have played well all year, however a moment’s lapse could be costly.

The loser will be destined to play Penshurst who take on Hawkesdale/Macarthur in the first semi. Injuries have dampened the Southern Hawks’ chances.

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The ‘new’ Roving Eyes can announce that this year’s Mininera and District Football League grand final will be played at Glenthompson.

It is the first time since 2006 that this venue has been used to stage the main event.

The preliminary final venue is yet to be announced and will be dependant on this weekend’s results. Keep an eye out in next week’s Over The Fence for that announcement.

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This week’s ‘Kiss of Death’ tips, which were not very good last week are…

Second Semi Final – Tatyoon (seniors), Tatyoon (reserves), Ararat Eagles (U16.5)

First Semi Final – Penshurst (seniors), Wickliffe/Lake Bolac (reserves), Tatyoon (U16.5)

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One unusual sight at the qualifying final at Caramut was an aeroplane in a trailer!

Obviously a project in the making, but it was a real talking point.

I suspected Caramut was making a statement about the very good condition of the oval.

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Another interesting on-looker at Sunday’s game was long time coach of VFL team the North Ballarat Roosters, Gerald Fitzgerald, whose son plays with Lismore/Derrinallum.

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Congratulations to ex-SM&W Rovers’ player and current Springbank footballer Luke Fisher who won the Central Highlands Football League best and fairest on Monday night.

The 23-year-old won the Geoff Taylor Medal by a convincing seven votes.

Luke, who is also an MDFL Lewis Medal winner, had nine best on ground votes and recorded the equal highest tally for the medal.

Congratulations also to Stacey Rea, wife of ex-Pumas’ coach Matt Rea, who was equal runner-up in the Central Highlands’ A grade netball B&F the same night.

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Good luck to all teams playing this weekend and go and watch the netball.

There were some very close games last weekend and it shows how tight a competition it is.

In the words of Wolfgang Riebe: “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

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Tractor Trek for the kids is on again

PETER and Bill Henry with the restored veteran tractor that has been returned to service as a charity fund raiser.
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OUT of the paddocks and onto the country roads — the Camp Quality Tractor Trek is set to get under way again next month.

And again Lithgow will be well represented.

The Trek resembles a charity ‘bash rally’ except the participants travel by vintage tractor.

Funds raised through sponsorship go to Camp Quality, the organisation that supports children with life threatening illness.

In its inaugural year in 2012 the Trek raised $80,000.

Last year this more than doubled to $180,000 with the biggest individual fund raiser being an entry by Henrys Plant Hire, of Lithgow.

The old tractor was driven by Peter Henry who said the support from the Lithgow district and outside sponsors had been tremendous.

Mr Henry and the trusty tractor will be back on the road from September 18 to 20 with his fellow trekkers helping support the 3500 children registered with Camp Quality.

Each year the participants also visit schools along the route providing a puppet show with an anti bullying theme.

More than 40 tractors are expected to take part when the Trek sets out from Borenore on September 18 to proceed through Cudal, Murga, Forbes, Eugowra, Gooloogong and Canowindra before finishing back in Borenore

As part of the Lithgow district fundraiser the Donnybrook Hotel Fishing Club has organised an auction night at the hotel this Saturday night with lots of memorabilia and other items up for grabs.

Proceedings get under way at seven o’clock.

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Guitar theft victim speaks outvideo

Merv French, the owner of 14 signed guitars stolen in the past week, is not letting the theft affect his love of country music. Photo by Stephen Jeffery.THE OWNER of 14 stolen guitars signed by some of rock’s biggest names says the thieves left behind the most treasured instrument in his collection.
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Detectives are investigating the theft of the collector guitars from a shed at the back of Merv French’s property in Manly West, on Brisbane’s bayside.

The instruments, which Mr French purchased from a friend two years ago, are worth an estimated $30,000 and were signed by rock luminaries including the Eagles, Kiss, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss and The Choirboys.

However, the culprits left behind all of the acoustic guitars, including the most valuable instrument in the collection; one signed by country music stars Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Slim Dusty.

“If someone wanted to buy it I would take $6000 for it, nothing less,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful old Fender; I’ve seen Slim playing it on videos.”

Mr French, a country music aficionado who cites Dusty as his favourite artist, turned to guitar playing six years ago as a way to cope with the death of his wife.

The 81-year-old continues to host friends for jam sessions at the makeshift studio in his Berrimilla Street house.

While Mr French said he’d have “a few words” to say to the thieves if he ever met them, he asked that they either return the instruments to him or forfeit them to police.

Merv French points out some of the guitars left behind in his collection after a burglary this week. Photo by Stephen Jeffery.

“They’re not going to be any good to them, because anyone who knows guitars [won’t touch them],” he said.

Officers from Cleveland CIB have informed local pawnbrokers about the theft, and are searching websites such as Gumtree and eBay for the stolen goods.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Rare guitars stolen from Manly West

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Narromine granted over four thousand for Heritage Grants

Narormine Shire has been granted $4500 from the NSW government Heritage Grants Program.
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The Shire is one of four in the Dubbo electorate who recieved funding.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the heritage of the electorate would benefit from the $35,000 investment in the program.

“I’m delighted these grants have been awarded for valued heritage services in the local area,” Mr Grant said.

Along with Narromine Shire, Dubbo City Council received $12,000, Forbes Shire received $11,000 and Parkes received $7500.

The grant funding represents eight of 181 heritage grants being announced across NSW.

“The NSW Heritage Grants program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to private owners, councils and community-based organisations to maintain and improve their heritage assets,” Mr Grant said.

Minister for Heritage, Robert Stokes said $1.46 million for 181 new projects would protect heritage places and conserve historic places for future generations.

“The NSW government is committed to caring for places of heritage significance and supporting projects which protect our heritage while adapting sites for new uses,” he said.

“New heritage projects can also boost tourism and employment opportunities, particularly in rural and regional communities.”

Funding has also been provided for a wide range of conservation, interpretation, community youth and seniors heritage projects.

Local governments are receiving funding assistance for heritage studies, advice and networking events designed to better protect their local heritage places.

A full list of projects funded under the 2014/15 NSW Heritage Grants program can be found at

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Junior Rams flying Muswellbrook flag

THE Muswellbrook Rams under-18s will fly the local flag for the club in this weekend’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand finals.
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While the organisation’s other grades have all bowed out of the premiership race, the young guns face off against the Denman Devils at Greta Central Oval on Sunday.

But, they’ll have their work cut out for them.

“Denman has been the form side all year,” Rams’ co-coach Steve Haylen said.

“We’re definitely going into the match as the underdogs.

“The Devils beat us in the major semi a fortnight ago, but we knocked over the Singleton Greyhounds last weekend.

“That was a great effort by the boys.

“They played some gritty league and didn’t give up, which pleased myself and fellow coach Matt Durham.”

Despite the previous results between the two clubs in 2014, Haylen said Sunday’s encounter was anyone’s for the taking.

“We know what to expect from Denman; they’re pretty strong in the forwards,” he told the Chronicle.

“Our guys need to keep it simple, cut back on mistakes and work to our strengths.

“We’ll be concentrating on our game, not the Devils.

“If the guys play to the best of their ability, I think we’ve got the side to win it.”

The under-18 match kicks off at 10.25am.

In reserve grade (1.10pm) and women’s league tag (11.55am), the Scone Thoroughbreds face the Singleton Greyhounds in both fixtures.

LOCAL HOPES: The Muswellbrook Rams under-18 squad, back from left, Michael Upton (manager), Jacob Connor, Steve Haylen (coach), Sam Heriot, Rohan Pottinger, Mitch Taylor, Brady Benkovic, Andrew Pritchard, Jacob Kennedy, Jayden Sampson, Noa Durham, Seaton Graham, Matt Durham (coach), Gus Mather (trainer); and, front from left, Nathaniel Hoffman, Mark Glew, Shelby Stevens, Ryan Holman, Beau Dixon, Ryan Symington, James Collins, Jackson Anshaw, Curtis Farrell, Kyle Robertson and Gary Jones (trainer).

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Design for small spaces

Design for small spaces Ligne Roset’s Ploum sofa, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
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Designer Nick Rennie will exhibit at Living Large In Small Spaces.

Ligne Roset’s Serpertine chair, designed by Eléonore Nalet.

The Ruché bed, designed by Inga Sempé and part of the Ligne Roset product range.

Nick Rennie’s CHART rug in blue, part of the Ligne Roset range available from DOMO.

Interior designer Hamish Guthrie.

TweetFacebookLiving It Large In Small Spaces exhibition, which is set to highlight the benefits of good design and a smaller space.

The exhibition will run for two weeks from September 5 at Allpress, within the urban precinct of Collingwood in Melbourne, and will feature products from the luxe French furniture brand Ligne Roset.

“It will demonstrate that every space within an apartment should have a central theme and be designed around specific activities,” DOMO founder Frank Novembre said. “After 30 years in furniture retailing, we’ve seen a shift in people’s lifestyle and living requirements and we recognise the need to provide pieces that cater for apartment living,” Novembre said.

“Fortunately, good design is recognised across the globe and brands such as Ligne Roset can often cut through cultural boundaries and break down traditional models of furnishing spaces.”

The exhibition will feature five distinct themed spaces: Eat, Live, Sleep, Work and Outdoor, with Ligne Roset products selected by interior designers Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie from Hecker Guthrie.

Co-director Hamish Guthrie said the exhibition was aimed at encouraging people to re-think the way they “inhabit domestic space” by living in smaller spaces.

“Apartment living requires a slightly different mentality. You can’t live as you would in a four-bedroom house but there is no need to compromise – you should always be able to live in a space to create a successful environment,” Guthrie said.

Rennie has had several of his designs produced by Ligne Roset, including the Chart rug and Saldo table.

He said living and working in Australia had brought challenges with breaking into the European market.

“You have to constantly be talking to manufacturers, design houses and the like. I travel regularly because with the difference in time and distance you cannot be quick to change things if there is a problem with manufacturing or for them to regularly be in contact with you.”

Rennie’s Saldo glass-top coffee table was the first product made by Ligne Roset four years ago.

“It was a simplistic and minimalist design so it was quite an easy product to develop,” Rennie said. He added understanding the manufacturing process, budgeting and having a solid working knowledge of production techniques was important for designers to succeed, here and overseas.

“Australian designs are world class and the reality is that conceptually a handful of designers are starting to work with some of the best companies in the world, the hardest part is not the design, but having having access to the manufacturer and being selected by the manufacturer amongst mostly designers based in Europe and some of the biggest designer names in the world.”

Rennie said he overcomes the tyranny of distance and networking opportunities by ensuring he speaks viaphone, email or Skypewith international companies a few times a week to “build relationships”, as well as travel regularly.

“It is infinitely easier if you are based there (but) Ligne Roset has been fantastic (as) for them the whole focus has been on whether the product suits the range… it is a really nice company to be involved with.”

While good collaboration was key, Rennie said, to the success of a product suiting a range, being open to new ideas or reinterpreting creations in a modern context was equally important.

“In this day and age the real innovation comes through new materials and manufacturing,” he said. “We live in a world with diminishing resources so innovation comes from minimising the impact on this.”

Rennie said when choosing furnishings and decorating a space, whether small or large, it was also important for people not to compromise on style and functionality.

“In Australia the biggest problem designers face is the copy industry, so don’t compromise on the object you want nor compromise on the quality because at the end of the day you pay for what you get.

“If that table and chair suits your needs go and buy it – no one buys copy cars. At home, I have a mix of IKEA, as they make good quality, through to design classics. When decorating it’s about making the decision on what is important to you …to make the most of situations.”

Living It Large In Small Spaces will exhibitfrom September 5 to 19 September at Allpress at 80 Rupert Street, Collingwood. For more information visit domo南京夜网.au.

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Not end of line just yet

MUSWELLBROOK residents stood united alongside locals from Scone, Aberdeen and Denman at the Save Our Rail rally in Newcastle last week.
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And, while they joined forces from different parts of the Hunter, they all shared the same goal.

To protect the transport lifeline for everyone without a car or licence or who simply prefers to travel by train.

As of Boxing Day this year, Upper Hunter City Rail will stop at Wickham and Sydney services at Broadmeadow.

“There is much conjecture as to whether Upper Hunter trains will actually ever get closer to Newcastle than Broadmeadow,” Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook Scone Healthy Environment Group’s Wendy Wales said.

“Given the recent ICAC controversy about property developer and Lord Mayor of Newcastle Jeff McCloy funding election campaigns for a number of Newcastle Liberal MPs, the rally protestors felt justified in calling a halt to the destruction of the inner city heavy rail service and replaced by a vague covered outdoor replacement shed-as-terminus and promised light rail – till at least after an election.

“Apart from the proximity of the rail line to the harbor and city centre, the land under the rail has never been underground mined and so is capable of supporting high rise buildings.

“It is not surprising developers would try to secure it.

“For us in the Upper Hunter, whether we get to Hamilton and then have to get to Broadmeadow to get to Sydney, or whether we get to Broadmeadow and then have to catch a bus to Newcastle, there is a clear signal that our journey is going to take longer and cost more.”

Ms Wales said she did not think the Wickham Transport Social Impact Assessment addressed the needs of the people in the region.

“Consultation went no further than Newcastle and Maitland,” she told the Chronicle.

“The Social Impact Assessment identifies those disproportionately affected as with limited mobility (aged and disabled), large items (such as bicycles, surfboards and luggage), or otherwise encumbered (including people travelling with young children).

“This adverse impact is multiplied for those of us travelling longer journeys from Scone, Dungog, the Central Coast and Sydney.

“Increasing travel time makes journeys ridiculously long for those travelling from the Upper Hunter to Sydney.

“At the moment it takes three minutes to get from Broadmeadow to Hamilton by staying on the train.

“When travellers need to take a bus from one to the other it is surely going to add at least 25 minutes to their travel time each way, assuming they make their connection.

“With an early start it has been possible for Upper Hunter residents to use the train to have four effective hours in Sydney – arrive at Central 11.10am and depart 3.15pm to make it back to Muswellbrook by 7.30pm.

“This has been a valuable service and saves the expense and inconvenience of an overnight stay.

“Additional shuttle time added to the inevitable uncertainty of whether the train will run to schedule will make this journey quite stressful for those who can’t find an alternative.

“Community organisations such as Two More Trains for Singleton have been calling for an improved service to the Upper Hunter because we need a better, not diminished, service.

“The train is a lifeline and independence for young and old in the Upper Hunter.

“It enables us to travel by one mode to the beach, university, Newcastle TAFE and the city and is a short distance from many medical facilities.

“I therefore urge the government to take this opportunity to rethink and work on well-planned improvement to our public transport system.”

You can find out more about the proposed change by contacting Upper Hunter MP George Souris, visiting the Save Our Rail website and lodging your concerns with [email protected] by midnight (tonight).

Use the Wickham Transport Interchange REF as the subject.

SAVE OUR RAIL: Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook Scone Healthy Environment Group’s Wendy Wales (second from right) and Bev Atkinson (right), from Scone, drum up some support in Muswellbrook.

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Drug supply strike force makes arrest in Wellington

POLICE investigating drug supply in the Dubbo area have charged a man in Wellington.POLICE investigating drug supply in the Dubbo area have charged a man in Wellington.
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Detectives from Strike Force Salco arrested the 35-year-old at a Wellington residence on Wednesday.

He was taken to Wellington Police Station and charged with possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug on ongoing basis, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, participate in criminal group and self administer prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail ahead of an appearance inDubbo Local Court.

Strike Force Salco, comprising detectives from Orana Local Area Command, was formed in March 2014 to investigate the alleged supply of methylamphetamines.

During investigations police allegedly identified a man dealing prohibited drugs on 28 separate occasions from premises in Hunter Street, Dubbo.

On July 22, 2014, the 35-year-old man was stopped by police and submitted to a search where he was allegedly found in possession of 18 deals of methylamphetamine and cash.

The drugs were seized and sent for scientific examination which confirmed they were methylamphetamines (Ice).

Detectives later conducted a search warrant at the Hunter Street premises where they allegedly located amounts of methylamphetamines and cash.

Two other people were arrested at the premises and charged with a number of drug offences. Their matters are now before the court.

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Pies progress as Pumas crash out in Mininera netball

WICKLIFFE/LAKE BOLAC has sent Moyston/Willaura crashing out of the 2014 Mininera and District Netball Association finals’ series.
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The Magpies only entered the top five in the final round of the home and away season, but were desperate for another win and this was evident as the players led strongly, took time with their passing and put the score on the board in the wet conditions.

While it appeared Wickliffe/Lake Bolac was playing the better brand of netball, the Pumas remained close on the scoreboard, with just one goal separating the teams at the first break.

The duel between Magpies’ shooter Amanda Clark and Moyston/Willaura’s Katy Jewell kept the crowd on their feet, with both tall players contesting the ball strongly and not holding back.

Clark was supported in the circle by sister Simone McDonald and together they made the most of their opportunities.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac pushed out to a six goal lead at the main interval, while the third term was full of loose balls and plenty of turnovers with both defences working hard to restrict scoring opportunities.

Pumas’ Zanetta Hosking was relatively quiet in the first half, but lifted her work rate in the third quarter and each time she put the ball up it meant a score for her team.

Nothing separated the sides at the final break locked at 25 goals apiece although the Magpies came out with some renewed energy in the last quarter which allowed them to play some strong netball and go on to claim victory 38 to 31.

The C grade elimination final saw Tatyoon keep its season alive by downing Caramut 35 to 23.

Little separated the two teams at the first break, with the Hawks holding the slight advantage, with Heidi Astbury a steadying influence.

Astbury’s delivery of the ball was of a high quality, setting up numerous scoring chances which allowed Tatyoon to push out to a three goal lead at halftime.

The Hawks stuck to their game plan and continued to break away during the third term and while Caramut’s defenders tried everything to unsettle Tatyoon’s attack, the tactics were to no avail as the Hawks claimed victory and a pass into week two of finals.

In Saturday’s B grade qualifying final SM&W Rovers fell short to Glenthompson/Dunkeld in a low scoring affair.

Rovers’ defence, led by Stacey McKay, worked hard at contested balls consistently throughout the match, but weren’t rewarded for their efforts on the scoreboard as the Rams built a lead of 12 goals over three quarters.

The Bulldogs made a concentrated effort in the last quarter in what was probably their best for the day, but by that point the gap was too big to challenge and the team eventually went down 28 to 16.

Seasoned C grade finalists the Ararat Eagles set the pace and established an early lead in their qualifying final match against Lismore/Derrinallum.

With youngster Jordyn Leggett being a pivotal player in the goal circle for Ararat, the reigning premier was able to put 10 goals on the board for the quarter, while the Demons could only manage five.

The Eagles maintained that gap as the first half came to a close, however during the third term the Demons mixed their defence line up, with the changes having an immediate effect on the scoreboard.

Lismore/Derrinallum had reduced the margin to five by the final break and kept that momentum going.

The side again outscored the Eagles in the fourth, but were unable to get across the line as Ararat hung on 25 to 23.

It was a thriller in the 17 and under qualifying final between Wickliffe/Lake Bolac and Glenthompson/Dunkeld, with additional time required after the match ended in a draw.

The Magpies’ defensive end led the way during the contest, with Gabrielle Higgins and Annabelle Millear teaming well together.

With the scores locked at 28-all after normal time, teams took to their huddles before ‘time on’ as a sense of urgency spread over the court.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac appeared a little more composed, but the Rams quickly answered with goals of their own.

The match looked headed for more extra time, before the Magpies scored the winning goal close to the final whistle to take the win 33 to 32.

Moyston/Willaura will fight to keep its season alive on Sunday following a loss to Tatyoon in last weekend’s 15 and under qualifying final.

Tatyoon player Sarah Phillips and Moyston Willaura’s Kiara Pitcher provided a great contest in the midcourt and were a driving force for their respective team over the course of the match.

The difference seemed to be the Hawks’ Ellie Dickins, who worked tirelessly around the court and was a strong contributor in the circle.

The two teams went goal-for-goal in the final quarter, with some careless errors creeping in as the tension heightened. Tatyoon regained control and was able to hang onto its one goal advantage at the final whistle to win 24 to 23.


A grade

Qualifying final

Woorndoo-Mortlake 38 (J Cameron C Morgan) def Glenthompson-Dunkeld 33 (S Alderman L Pyke).

Elimination final

Moyston Willaura 31 (Z Hosking K Jewell) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 38 (A Clark T Notting).

B grade

Qualifying final

SMW Rovers 16 (S McKay J Bartram) lost to Glenthompson-Dunkeld 28 (J Parker B Watts).

Elimination final

Hawkesdale Macarthur 34 (L Margrie K Habel) lost to Lismore Derrinallum 41 (B Mcphee M Henderson).

C grade

Qualifying final

Ararat 25 (J Leggett, L Harvey) def Lismore Derrinallum 22 (E Baker L Loader).

Elimination final

Tatyoon 35 (H Astbury T Reynolds) def Caramut 23 (K Hargreaves R Russell).

17 and under

Qualifying final

Glenthompson-Dunkeld 32 (J Beveridge S Ferguson) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 33 (A Jackson K Jackson).

Elimination final

Penshurst 27 (L Rentsch R Mibus) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 19 (J Greenburger T Watson).

15 and under

Qualifying final

Moyston Willaura 23 (R Nailon-Williamson L Argall) lost to Tatyoon 24 (S Phillips A Astbury).

Elimination final

Penshurst 23 (A Huf A Boland) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 21 (C Edwards H Drendel).

This weekend’s matches

A grade

Second Semi – Lismore Derrinallum v Woorndoo Mortlake

First Semi – Glenthompson Dunkeld v Wickliffe Lake Bolac

B grade

Second semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Glenthompson Dunkeld

First Semi – SMW Rovers v Lismore Derrinallum

C grade

Second Semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Ararat

First Semi – Lismore Derrinallum v Tatyoon

17 and under

Second Semi – Tatyoon v Wickliffe Lake Bolac

First Semi – Glenthompson Dunkeld v Penshurst

15 and under

Second Semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Tatyoon

First Semi – Moyston Willaura v Penshurst

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