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The week that was in the central westPhotos

The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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SNEAK PEEK: What’s in tomorrow’s Muswellbrook Chronicle

HERE is a sneak peek of what’s in tomorrow’s Muswellbrook Chronicle.
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BIG OCCASION: Muswellbrook Rugby Club president Tim Pike (second from right) with Heelers, from left, Ben Hoffman, Brad Smith and Will Harvey, who are primed for tomorrow’s major semi-final at Highbrook Park.

From news to sport, social to community, we’ve got it covered.

Planting the idea

LOCAL green thumbs will be delighted to hear plans for a Muswellbrook community garden are growing by the day.

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.

Black Coal Cup still smash hit

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.

Youth services at your fingertips

THE search for information about youth services in the Upper Hunter has been simplified thanks to a collaborative effort between Muswellbrook Shire Council, Upper Hunter Community Services (UHCS) and BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal.

George Smith rolls up his sleeves to lend a hand

DURING the recent National Blood Donor Week, Red Cross encouraged people to donate blood. However, it was also a great time to also acknowledge those who have been dedicated to donation for decades.

Supporters will lift Denman Devils

TOUGH-as-teak Denman Devils forward Ben Hagan believes a big support base will lift the side in Sunday’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand final.

Juniors 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.

It’s all or nothing: Heelers

IT’S what local rugby dreams are made of. Tomorrow, at Highbrook Park, neighbouring clubs Muswellbrook Heelers and Singleton Bulls go head-to head in not one, but two, major semi-finals.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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Queanbeyan Whites’ HP Momsen kicks point-scoring award

Queanbeyan Whites player HP Momsen.HE may have missed four crucial penalty goals in the John I Dent Cup grand final, but Queanbeyan Whites winger HP Momsen was still happy in contributing 97 points for his men during the season.
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Last Friday night he won the Gus Vallance Memorial Trophy for the competition’s highest points scorer at the MacDougall Medal awards ceremony in Canberra, in just his second season at the Whites.

Momsen said he put himself under too much pressure in the grand final, and along with a niggling groin injury, could not kick at his best.

“I let my confidence down, but I’ll put my head up, and I look forward to next season,” he said.

“But my rugby’s definitely improved. I’m only 20 years old, and I enjoy Australia and Queanbeyan,” he said.

Momsen hopes to continue his good form next season, and make the Canberra Vikings National Rugby Championship side.

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Father’s Day challenge to sort the best from the rest

Stephen and Kaitlyn Rutledge start practising for the challenge.This year at the Woodstock Show there will be a competition to determine who the world’s greatest dad really is.
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The competition starts at 1pm, with participants to meet in the show’s town square.

Alison Rutledge is excited about the event.

“It is the first year of the challenge, so we are hoping every dad on the grounds has a go,” she said.

The challenge will be undertaken in teams of two, a father and their child, however all competitors must be five or over.

“Twist dads arm, and have a go in the name of fun,” Mrs Rutledge said.

The challenge will include demonstrations of the father’s ability to undertake domestic chores.

“There will be one event where the children will have to shave their father’s faces and another where he will have to dress as fast as he can, with his team mate helping him,” she said.

The fastest team to complete all of the activities, to the marked standard will win the challenge.

“An adjudicator will decide whether you meet standards of domestic bliss, if not you may have to complete the activity again until you get it right,” Mrs Rutledge said.

The challenge has no entry free.

“It will be free entertainment for the crowd,” she said.

“If it does take off we will put it in every show.”

There are tasty treats and cash prizes for the father and child teams who perform best.

If you think your dad is the best, or know of a dad who may fit this title then tell them to head on down and take on the Dad of the Day Challenge.

The Dad of the Day Challenge is sponsored by Elders Insurance, Cowra.

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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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Dimboola’s Robin Kuhne new WorkCo manager

NEW LEADER: Robin Kuhne will take over the role of WorkCo general manager on Monday following the departure of Dean Luciani. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWORKCO’S new general manager Robin Kuhne plans to uphold the organisation’s high level of service to the Wimmera community.
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Mr Kuhne starts the role on Monday following the departure of long-serving manager Dean Luciani.

Mr Kuhne has been with WorkCo for eight years, including the past six as training manager.

“The general manager’s role seemed like a natural progression,” he said.

Chief executive John Ackland said Mr Kuhne was appointed after an extensive interview process featuring internal and external applicants.

“Robin has worked in several roles and is a very capable person,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing our current successful operations in the region.”

Mr Kuhne said maintaining WorkCo’s level of service across the state was important.

“The organisation has been extremely well led for a long period of time,” he said.

“I think it is the general manager’s role to ensure that high level of service is maintained.

“I’m sure there will be opportunities for me to put my own spin on things down the track.”

Mr Kuhne said although WorkCo continued to evolve, the fundamental message remained the same.

“We are here to support employment and training in the six regions we cover,” he said.

“It is a commitment shared by all WorkCo staff.”

Mr Kuhne said he was aware of the region’s needs.

“I was born in Dimboola, I still live in Dimboola and I have three daughters who attend the same schools I did growing up,” he said.

“I feel I am well positioned to understand the challenges our region is faced with.

“Having said that, I believe all challenges provide opportunities.”

Mr Kuhne entered the engineering trade before joining WorkCo as an apprenticeship field officer.

“With engineering you can get something designed and built in a short time,” he said.

“Here you are building relationships during a long period of time.

“The product involves a lot more work and effort, but overall it is a lot more satisfying.”

Mr Kuhne said some of the apprentices he employed eight years ago were now employing their own apprentices.

“It is very rewarding to see them come full circle,” he said.

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Kinder children go bush to learn about nature

Archer rubs a gum leaf to release the eucalyptus smell. Picture: PETER PICKERINGCAREY Street Kindergarten has been developing a ‘Bush Kinder’ program which is now up and running and gives its children the opportunity to learn and explore in a bush environment.
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Kindergarten director Kara Bartlett said the Australian bush provides a unique learning environment and once a fortnight the children spend three uninterrupted hours of quality play and exploration time using what nature has provided as learning materials.

“We forage for insects, bugs and beetles, build cubbies, climb trees and most of all have lots of fun,” she said.

“Bush Kinder is based on the European model of forest schools, where the learning takes place almost exclusively in an outdoor setting come rain, hail or shine.

“Bush Kinder is becoming more apparent in Australia as we are recognising the importance of learning in the outdoors and also trying to counter balance the research showing that Australian children are spending more and more of their time indoors involved in sedentary activities.”

Carey Street Kinder welcomed a special guest to its bush session recently, with Bill Speedy from Brambuk sharing with the children Aboriginal dreamtime stories and Australian folklore.

Ms Bartlett said the children really enjoyed having Mr Speedy share his knowledge of the bush and the connections of the Aboriginal people.

“Bill led us on a bush walk where he showed the children how to track a kangaroo, dingo and emu,” she said.

“He showed us how to find witchetty grubs in the trees and other bush tucker. Bill played the didgeridoo and then each of the children were able to have a try as well.

“He also taught us about some of the natural medicines of the bush and finished by showing us how to make a campfire with a stick and a piece of bark.”

Carey Street Kindergarten run bush kinder sessions once a fortnight on a Tuesday. If anyone has any further questions please contact Kara Bartlett on 5352 7738.

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Halls Gap Hub plans challenged

Will Halls Gap’s Visitor Information Centre return to the centre of town? That’s an assurance president of the Halls Gap Residents and Ratepayers Association, Paul Turner is seeking from Northern Grampians Shire Council as construction of the Halls Gap Hub proceeds.A CHALLENGE has been issued to the Northern Grampians Shire Council to provide a commitment that Halls Gap’s Visitor Information Centre will return to the community hub precinct when development is complete.
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The challenge has come from the president of the Halls Gap Residents and Ratepayers Association, Paul Turner, who expressed his concerns about the direction council appears to be taking in relation to the community hub and particularly, the Visitor Information Centre.

He said the majority of people in Halls Gap wanted a commitment that the Visitor Information Centre, currently located at Brambuk while construction on the hub precinct continues, would return to the centre of the township.

“We have a petition circulating at the moment that contains in excess of 200 signatures,” Mr Turner said.

“Our association has been concerned with the entire process, from the lack of consultation to the apparent change in focus by council.

“The majority of residents and business owners in Halls Gap want the Visitor Information Centre back in the centre of town where it belongs.”

Mr Turner said concerns had also been raised about council’s decision to call for expressions of interest for the use of parts or all of the hub precinct, which could include commercial interests.

He said this would be at the detriment of existing businesses in Halls Gap.

“We believe the community hub should be just that, for the community and not for commercial interests,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that the focus of council seems to have changed.

“We were told that council would be making a decision on both the location of the Visitor Information Centre and what the hub will contain, but we haven’t been given any indication either way.”

Shire chief executive officer, Justine Linley, said in relation to calls from the association about a lack of consultation, the community had responded well to a workshop-style meeting held in Halls Gap over the issue.

“We did conduct the consultation meeting a little different, whereby rather than having a speaker at the front answering questions from the floor, round table discussions took place with council representatives,” Mrs Linley said.

“This is the way council is conducting a lot of its consultations and we think it works well. Not only does it avoid a lot of conflict, it gives everyone in attendance the opportunity to have a say.

“In a public meeting forum, we find a lot of people don’t speak up and put their views across. Most people we spoke with said they were pleased with the process we adopted on the night.”

Mrs Linley said council was pleased that the community was taking such an interest in the project.

“We are very conscious that Halls Gap, like in a lot of small communities, there is a collective of whole bunches of diverse people with differing ideas,” she said.

“The views put forward by the Halls Gap Residents and Ratepayers Association is one view and a very important view, but it’s not the only view.

“There is a diversity of viewpoints in Halls Gap and for council to make the best decisions it can, we need to hear all those views, not just one section of the community.

“That’s the value of the approach we have taken, It allows us to obtain the views of all the diverse groups of people.”

Mrs Linley said the community hub petition would be tabled at council’s meeting in Stawell on Monday night. The procedure with petitions is for the documents to lay on the table for a month before being discussed by council.

In the meantime, Mrs Linley said she welcomed the community’s input.

However, Mrs Linley did allude to the fact that within the funding agreement in place with the Federal Government through the Regional Development Australia Fund and the State Government through the Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First Program, there is a requirement for the precinct to contain a commercial element.

“We have to be able to provide the best services that we possibly can to our ratepayers, while being mindful of our cash position and the requirements within the funding agreement,” Mrs Linley said.

“Both agreements have an economic development focus, so any discussion on the facility being just for the community is irrelevant.

“There does need to be a commercial element within precinct and therefore, we need to work hard to make sure that this becomes a thriving and financially viable hub.

“The critical thing is, this hub development has had a lot of time, energy and emotion put into it and I can understand why the community members feel a sense of ownership.

“It is a healthy sign that people are so passionate about the development. It means the facility is needed and was needed.

“In relation to the Visitor Information Centre, there are arguments for moving it back to the precinct, but there is also a strong case for retaining it at Brambuk.

“We can only present these options and arguments to council. Ultimately, it is up to the council to debate the issues and make a decision. We do however, have to be mindful that we need to do things that are needed and not just wanted.

“I really believe this debate to be a healthy one for Halls Gap. To see such a level of passion can only be a good thing.

“It really underlines the fact that the government did agree to fund the project.”

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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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