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The sky really is the limit at the Woodstock Show

in 2013 Orange Helicopters also provided the Woodstock Show with a free ride for a gate entry and raffle, pictured above are the winners alongside operator Dean Brus.Orange Helicopters will once again be at the Woodstock Show, and are offering a lucky show-goer the opportunity to win a free helicopter ride just for passing through the gates.
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Dean Brus from Orange Helicopters is happy to be giving away the ten minute joyride.

“The country side is looking magnificent at the moment, and the winner will be shown around the local area,” he said.

The company will be at the show all day, offering ten minute and 25 minute packages.

“The most popular ride is out to Wyangala,” Mr Brus said.

“Most people coming to the show are locals and love the opportunity to see the area from the sky.”

Mr Bus says that joy flights are perfect for Father’s Day.

“Most dads have everything; this is a gift with a difference.”

Flights can be pre-booked as a great gift for dad, or they can be arranged on the day.

Bookings can be made by calling Mr Brus on 0438270370.

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Former Ballarat school staffer caught with 15,000 child porn images

A BALLARAT father and former employee of a local secondary school, caught with almost 15,000 child pornography images, mostly of young boys, also discussed grooming tactics with other online predators, a court has heard.
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A covert police operation revealed in 2012 that Lee Terrence Clarke, 42, of Wendouree, was also in possession of 388 child pornography videos, many featuring young boys involved in sex acts with older men.

The County Court at Ballaraton Thursdayheard Clarke, a father of two boys, had been the member of an online “peer to peer” file sharing network and that he shared his collection of child porn with 250 other users.

Commonwealth prosecutor Andrew Sprague said Clarke often discussed grooming techniques with other users.

Detailing some of Clarke’s online discussions, Mr Sprague told the court of one occasion in which a fellow user commented on Clarke’s large collection of child porn.

“It took a while to get it all, never stop trying,” the court heard Clarke wrote to the user.

The court heard Clarke, who also worked with local youth in his role with the air force cadets, “preferred” boys between the age of 12 and 16, but that much of his collection included pre-teen boys and girls.

Clarke was arrested by Ballarat police on October 31, 2012,after Clarke let a covert officer access his child porn while online.

The court heard police quickly alerted the principal of the secondary school about Clarke’s charges.

Defence barrister Michael Stanton said Clarke had been employed at the school since 2012, with his duties including a supervisory role on school camps.

Clarke pleaded guilty to charges of accessing child porn using a carriage service and making child porn available using a carriage service.

The defence barrister said Clarke initially told police he had no idea why he had engaged in such conduct, adding he made full admissions and was cooperative with investigators.

Mr Stanton said Clarke became exposed to pornography in 2011 while suffering relationship troubles, adding it was then that he “ultimately sought out child porn”.

He said Clarke had since engaged in counselling with a psychologist, adding the offending had cost Clarke his career and second marriage.

Mr Stanton said Clarke had never tried to justify the offending.

Judge Frank Gucciardo will sentence Clarke onSeptember 9.

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GALLERY: Parramatta girls’ topical HSC art

GALLERY: Parramatta girls’ topical HSC art Imogen King with her innovative self portrait. Picture: Gene Ramirez
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Meegan Armstrong with a clay figure from her installation ‘Migration’. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Claudia Stafrace with her portraits of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Digital skateboard designs by year 10 students at Our lady of Mercy College, Parramatta. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

Picture: Gene Ramirez

TweetFacebook Migration, about the plight of refugees.

‘‘I went onto the United Nation’s refugee agency website and read a lot of articles about how they were treated —badly in certain instances,’’ she said.

‘‘I wanted to bring awareness.’’

Claudia Stafrace, 18, painted portraits of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden after exploring the power of technology, government censorship and the dangers associated with sharing personal information online.

They were hung at her school’s annual art exhibition on August 20, two days after Assange announced he would leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has stayed for two years to avoid extradition.

‘‘My concept was to explore the power and paradox of technology — basically that knowledge can be limitless with the internet but there are different ways it can be used such as as a means to control people.

‘‘I invite the audience to question ‘Is the disclosure of information by private organisations really of benefit to society or is it actually damaging?’’’

Imogen King, 17, painted a self portrait inspired by Australian artist Brett Whitely’s Alchemy.

‘‘My work is an attempt at a self portrait without ever depicting the physical version of me and [to discover] how does one encapsulate personality and the way that one views oneself within the world,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s quite hard because you feel like this work should … show everything that you are and everything that you’re capable of. You become incredibly emotionally invested in it.’’

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North Wagga sign Chad and Kirk Hamblin as co and assistant coach

Chad and Kirk Hamblin enjoy their first training run with North Wagga on Thursday night. The brothers will co-coach and assistant coach the Saints for 2015. Picture: Michael FrogleyFarrer League
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RESURGENT Farrer League club North Wagga hopes two brothers hold the key to premiership success.

The Saints have secured the services of Chad and Kirk Hamblin for the 2015 season.

Chad, 28, has signed on to co-coach the club alongside Nathan Dowdle, while younger brother Kirk will act as assistant coach.

Both siblings boast impressive football resumes.

Chad won three senior premierships at Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, before switching to Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka where he won three more in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2010 he won CAK’s best and fairest medal and was named best on ground in the Farrer League grand final.

Chad Hamblin playing for CAK in 2010, when he won the club’s best and fairest medal.

Chad then travelled north for work, and returned home two years ago to coach Hume League club Culcairn.

Kirk, 25, won four flags with GGGM before jumping ship to Culcairn to play under his brother for the past two seasons.

North Wagga co-coach Dowdle played with Chad at CAK and pointed the Saints in the direction of the two brothers.

“Dowds contacted me about six weeks ago and I had to put it on the back burner until I made up my mind,” Chad explained.

“North Wagga has a young playing group with a lot of potential, they just probably need that little bit of experience on top.

“Hopefully Kirk and I can provide that.”

Chad will become the playing coach at the club after confirmation Dowdle has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and is facing the prospect of spending an entire season on the sideline.

While Dowdle’s immediate playing future is in doubt, he says he is looking forward to working alongside Chad and Kirk.

“Chad and I can work well together and bounce ideas off each other,” Dowdle said.

“Both those boys have been around very successful football clubs and know what it takes to win premierships.

“And the best thing is they are really nice people, and a really nice family which we are bringing to our club.”

Dowdle revealed the Hamblin signings could be just the start of a big off-season recruitment drive for the Saints.

Kirk Hamblin playing for GGGM in 2012.

He confirmed the club is “chasing some more guys” as it fights to become a Farrer League power.

North Wagga president Greg Fox was rapt to announce the arrival of Chad and Kirk.

“We knew we were probably short one or two experienced players,” Fox said.

“We’ve been chasing a couple of experienced players for a couple of years now, but you need a bit of winning form behind you to attract guys to the club.”

With North Wagga’s season over, the Saints will begin preparing to kick off pre-season later this year.

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Elders to start community garden in NarrominePoll

An unused and overgrown patch of land in Burroway Street will be transformed into a community garden, thanks to a partnership between Narromine Shire Council and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation.
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Council will lease part of the area behind the Narromine Museum to the Elders for a peppercorn rental so that they can establish a community garden.

Narromine Shire Mayor, Councillor Bill McAnally said community gardens were a great way for people to socialise and to develop a sense of community.

“Council recognises that with the involvement of Councillor Ruth Carney and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation, this garden will not only clean up a neglected area, but will have significant community and educational benefits,” Clr McAnally said.

“It has the added benefit of educating people in traditional bush tucker and the types of native plants that can be grown alongside common vegetables”.

“Council can see that this is both a worthwhile use of the land and a great way for the young and old to integrate and for the Elders to pass on lessons about traditional Aboriginal foods and culture. Several schools and community groups have already pledged their support”.

“There is no question that the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation has transformed the old Historical Museum and brought it back to life, so we are excited about what they might be able to achieve with the garden.”

The Narromine Men’s Shed has indicated its support for the project, after cleaning up the old blacksmith’s shop at the back of the museum and cataloguing all of the items.

Council will lease the area to the Elders for $1 for the first year and they will use drip irrigation for watering.

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