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Labor fills the frame

Labor fills the frame

Joel Fitzgibbon.
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WHILE speculation continues about what the 45thAustralian Parliament might ultimately look like, the picture in Lake Macquarie is clear.

Labor has retained the local seats of Hunter and Shortland, with increased majorities, at Saturday’s federal election.

Prior to Saturday’s poll, electoral boundaries had been shifted,and voters from Morisset to Toronto and Doyalson were faced with new, albeit incumbent, Labor candidates.

On Tuesday, with votes from70 of 71 polling places counted, Joel Fitzgibbon’s decisive win in Hunter was confirmed.

Mr Fitzgibbon secured 62.75 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.Nationals candidate Ruth Rogers had secured 37.25 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he expected Labor would do well in the Hunter, regardless of the boundary changes which saw his seat extended into the Westlakes towns of Lake Macquarie.

“[Hunter] is a different seat but [there are] strong communities of interest still, demographically not much has changed,” he said.

Labor’s former member for Charlton, Pat Conroy, made a successful transition to Shortland.

Mr Conroy claimed victory at 8.30pm on Saturday, with nearly 75 percent of the vote counted.

On Tuesday, with votes from 52 of 53 polling places counted, Mr Conroy had received 60.09 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, with Liberal candidate Jenny Barrie receiving 39.91 per cent.

Despite being a sitting member, Mr Conroy said he had to familiarise himself with an almost entirely new constituency in Shortland.

He praised the former Labor member for Shortland, Jill Hall, forproviding him with unwavering support in his campaign.

He also thanked the previous member, Peter Morris.

“Between them, they have 44 years' experience in the seat of Shortland –and I will be drawing on it,” he said.

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Green is not my favourite colour: Thurley

Green is not my favourite colour: Thurley

Albury deputy mayor David Thurley, left, in attendance at the Albury Greens' election party. Source: Amanda Cohn Facebook Page.ALBURY deputy mayor David Thurley has distanced himself from suggestions he is aligned tothe Greens despite attending a post-election celebration with party members.
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Cr Thurley is also national presidentof the Murray Darling Association which attempts to balance the needs of irrigators and the environment.

He confirmed he attended the Greens’get together along with his wife Sue, who handed out how-to-vote cards for Greens’candidate Amanda Cohnon Saturday.

“I suspect a bit of mischief making is going on,” Cr Thurley said.

“Butwho really knows what is happening.”

In his MDA chairman role, Cr Thurley also said he briefed Dr Cohn on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan during the election campaign and made the same offer to Labor candidate Christian Kunde.

Cr Thurley isnot aware of any irrigator backlash from his attendance at the Greens’event.

“The aim of the MDA is to achieve good outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin for everybody,”he said.

“People are suspicious of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and don't believe it listens.

“Sometimes that is because the authority listens and doesn’t do what they want.

“The root of the scepticism is what is environmental water?

“Is the amount of water being diverted to the environment too much, too little even.

“But there is an opportunity to review those sustainable diversion limits later this year.

“Also social impacts will be reviewed.”

The MDA operates similar to the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils

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Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million

Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million

Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property
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MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Australian Property Monitors

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

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Federation way to go

Federation way to go

EARLY WIN: Federation Council administrator announced $1.73 million in funding for road improvements on Tuesday.
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FEDERATION Council has had an early funding windfall for road upgrades in the post-merger eraincluding works on Federation Way.

The council confirmed on Tuesday the NSW government has provided $800,000 towards improving the Federation Way between Urana and Morundah.

The same amount has been sought from the federal government's heavy vehicle safety and productivityprogram with the council also chipping in $50,000.

The total cost of the project is $1.65 million for reconstruction, re-alignment and widening works on a 4.5-kilometre stretch.

Federation administrator Mike Eden said the upgrade would provide a double benefit when completed.

“The Federation Way is an important thoroughfare for ratepayers being the farmers out at Urana and also grey nomads,”he said.

“Many of them travel through the Rutherglen, Corowa and Mulwala area and then head north.

“But if the road is no good we are not going to get any of the trucks or tourists through the area.

“Also, our local contractors and council employees are kept in work.”

The Federation Way works are being funded under the NSW government's fixing country roads program.

The program will also deliver improvements to two other projects in the council area.

They are a floodway on the Daysdale-Walbundrie Road with an estimated total cost of $220,000 with the grant program providing $195,000 and councilthe remaining $25,000.

Also, a1.4-kilometre section of Bull Plain Road south of Emu Park Road will be upgraded with an injection of$440,000.

The state government fund is providing$415,000 towards the project which will improve the link betweenOaklandsand Mulwala.

The federal government's blackspots program will also fix a two-kilometre sectionof Federation Waynorth of the Urana-Boree Creek Road, the intersection ofSpring Drive and Bull Plain Road in Mulwala and theJasmin Court-Redlands Road intersection in Corowa.

The total cost of the approved grant funding is $1.73 million.

Federation Council was formed in early May after a three-way mergerinvolving Lockhart was rejected by the NSW government.

Local Government Minister Paul Toole recently metwith thecouncil.

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A man of many flags

A man of many flags

WINNING WAYS: Jason Saunders celebrates taking out the 2012 SWDFNL grand final with Heywood - the club's first flag in 53 years.Jason, you've jammed a lot into your footy career but the main question centres around your birthday – April Fools Day.
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Do many people stir you up about being born on that day?

Yes. There's lots of people that have cheap shots.

It's alright to let them fire off the cheap shots.

I keep on telling them I was born after midday so they ease off a bit after I tell them that.

Jason, you’re in your first season as senior coach of Allansford.

After 12 games, the side has notched up eight wins and is in fourth place on the ladder.

Are you happy with how the side is travelling at this stage?

I would have loved an extra couple of wins but we don't have them.

I thought we did a good job against Dennington on Saturday to lose by only 23 points.

It was a bit of a turn-around on our game earlier in the year against Dennington when they beat us by 77 points.

We've got the top side Old Collegians this Saturday.

They beat us in round two but we are hopeful that we may turn the tables this week.

Dennington and Old Collegians are the two powerhouse sides of the league.

It's fair to say we'll have a better indication of how we are traveling after Saturday's game.

This season at Allansford we've blooded a lot of our younger players that have come through our junior ranks.

They’re doing a great job.

What's been the toughest part ofyour first season as coach at Allansford?

I suppose the toughest part for me has been about putting my game plan and structures in place.

The players are on board now andit took a while to get it all sorted out, but we're heading in the right direction.

You’veplayed with Portland in the Western Border Football Netball League, and then in the South West District Football Netball League with Heywood.

How does the the standard of footy in the WDFNL compare to those other two leagues?

I reckon it's pretty strong.

It's a lot like the Western Border league used to be like - good, strong, tough country footy.

How did it come about that you got the coaching job at Allansford for this season?

I had a chat with Nick Johnstone through a mutual friend.

I knew a few blokes out at Allansford so it all ended up being a good fit for everyone.

Allansford is a bit like Heywood.

They both have strong community people involved in the clubs.

Jason Saunders in action for Allansford. Picture: Amy Paton

Will you coach Allansford next season?

I've got a one year contract with Allansford.

I've loved my time with the club but I've got to weigh up a lot of things before making any decisions.

I've got a young family and my work commitments to consider before decisions are made.

But I want to stress I love coaching footy.

Where did your footy career start?

I played a year in Geelong in the under 9s before my family moved back to Portland.

I played junior footy with West Portland and South Portland.

Then I playedin an under 16 premiership side with North Portland.

I started playing in Portland's under 18 side in 1998.

I played in the reserves side at Portland in 2001 when we won the flag.

Jason, one of your sporting highlights was playing in Portland's senior premiership win in 2003.

Who coached the Tigers to that premiership victory?

Brodie Atkinson was the coach for three years.

He came from Sturt.

Brodie was a great coach.

We beat South Gambier in that grand final win.

South Gambier was undefeated leading into the finals but we beat them when it counted –the grand final.

We were disappointing in 2004 but I suppose it had to be expected as we had lost eleven players from our 2003 premiership win.

The end of the 2005 season finished up being terrible for Brodie as his brother Kyle died in a car accident in August.

Kyle was coaching Nirranda at the time.

Mark Jeffries took over as coach at Portland in 2006.

I had a mixed 2006 season as I had broke my right hand.

I played in the reserves grand final side which lost and I would say the 2007 season was no better for me as I switched between the seniors and the reserves.

Was 2008 any better for you?

Yes. Winis Imbi was the coach.

He was a great player for the club so was his brother James.

We beat Hamilton Imperials to win the flag I played on Imps coach Brad Cooper.

We fell short in 2010 as we lost players and had some injuries.

When did your involvement in coaching begin?

I was the Portland under 15 coach in 2007 and ended up being a finalist in the regional junior coach of the year before taking over as the under 17 coach with Portland in 2008.

I filled two roles in 2009, the first as the senior fitness coach with Portland and the under 17 coach.

I was the fitness coach at Portland in 2010 and 2011.

I went out to Heywood for the 2012 season as assistant coach to Shane Keegan.

We defeated Westerns by 30 points to win the flag.

It was a wonderful effort as it was Heywood's first premiership win in 53 years.

I took over as senior coach of Heywood in 2013.

We lost the grand final to Coleraine in 2013 and lost again in 2014 to Dartmoor before beating Tyrendarra last year to win the flag.

It was a relief to get my first senior coaching premiership victory under my belt.

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New coach for Narooma

New coach for Narooma

NEW COACH: New Narooma tennis coach, Geordie McEvoy. A Narooma local, Geordie recently has been running a coaching company in Melbourne.
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NaroomaTennisClub is growing and opportunities to get involved are expanding.

We have a new coach, Geordie McEvoy. Geordie went through school here inNaroomabefore heading off to Melbourne for Uni. Whilst in Melbourne he helped run a coaching company, He is back now and a great asset to the club. Call him on 0402 278 184

Inter-School sport

Last week we hosted the PSSA inter-school challenge between Milton and Merimbula Primary Schools. Despite lots of rain on the weekend, because our courts drain really well, the day went ahead and the kids had a great day oftennis.

Tennisfor sport

Next termtenniswill be one of the sports played by theNaroomaPrimary School Stage 2 classes on Fridays. This year we will be giving away free club memberships to the most aspiring young players in each class.

Winners are grinners

Naroomahad twoteams in the last Eurobodalla Ladies Districttenniscompetition. The division 1 team were knocked out before the finals, however the division 2 team won the grand final last week, beating the Tomakin ladies 5 sets to 2. If you would like to form a team or just put your name down as a reserve, please contact Kathie. The compcurrently has 3 divisions and matches take place between clubs from Batemans Bay toNaroomaeach Thursday. It is a great day of fun and friendly rivalry, with the home teams providing lunch. Teams often travel together for away games and might stop off for a spot of retail therapy on the way home!

NaroomaClub caters to all ages and abilities.

Tennisis a great sport for people of all ages. We have people in their seventies and eightieswho still enjoy a hit and the social catch-up with friends over a cuppa.There is socialtennis happening every Monday, Tuesday, Thursdayand Friday mornings. Club activities wind up cheaper than hiring the courts privately! Next term we plan to have some young parents trained in running Community Play.This is suited for children just beginning and uses modified balls, small racquets and mini size courts.

Nighttennis

There are currently a few private groups who play at night, under lights. However we are currently collecting names for a night social competition.Please ring and list your preferred night with Peter 0427 332 011.NaroomaTenniscourts are in great condition, thanks largely to a very dedicated maintenance team of Steve Deck, Barry Pateman and Peter Stranger.

Any general inquiries: please ring Kathie (president) on 4476 8080

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Four Highlands athletes rewarded

Four Highlands athletes rewarded

Jack Howard strides strongly down field for the Bowral Kookaburras. Photo by Wendy HowardTHE Berrima District Sports Awards (BDSA) winners have been announced for April and May.
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Georgia Genner was the junior winner for April and Grace Fairall was named senior champion.

The May junior champion was Jack Howard and Sue Hearn was the month's senior winner.

The BDSA committee recognises the best junior and senior athletes in the Highlands each month over a 12-month period.

Georgia Genner was recognised for her achievements in basketball.

During April, Georgia played for the South West Sydney Academy of Sport basketball team in the 2016 NSW Clubs Academy Games.

Georgia secured a spot in the academy late last year and started 2016 as a member of the NSW Country team.

Grace Fairall won the senior champion award for her performances in gymnastics.

Grace was one of 50 people selected in the Australian team at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in China in April.

Grace, with her partner Jessica Adams, represented Australia in the pairs event at the world championships in the junior section for 12 to 18-year-olds.

Fifteen countries were in contention, and Grace and her partner reached the finals to place ninth.

Jack Howard was the BDSA junior monthly award winner for May.

Sue Hearn and her horse Remmington. Photo by Franz Venhaus

Jack attended the NSW Combined Independent School's rugby league camp.

He was then selected as a shadow player of a 20-member squad to play at the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League Championships.

He is one of the growing number of local juniors who gives back to their sport by refereeing junior games.

Jack also plays hockey for Bowral Hockey Club in the division B men's team and as goalkeeper for the men's division A team.

He was also selected as the goalie for the Southern Highlands under-15s representative team that played at the state championships in May.

Sue Hearn was the senior award winner for May.

Sue boosted her chances of Olympic representation as one of the seven Australian dressage riders to contest the first of two nomination events for the Olympics.

Competing in Europe, Sue and her horse Remmington scored an impressive 68.82.

At the end of the first round, was positioned second on the ranking list for the Olympics squad.

- By Kathy Cupitt

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Look at the viewvideo

Look at the viewvideo

THE Mid-North Coast will host a marathon with a difference on September 25.
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Worth the hard work: Beach to Brother organiser Mick Maher at the top of North Brother Mountain. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Ifyou everwanted to find out what your body’sabsolutelimit is, then Beach to Brother is the event which could tick all the right boxes.

The main event involves a42-kilometre marathon run fromTown Beach whichfollows the coast down to Laurieton, but the final step is a killer.

Runners will be required torun up North Brother Mountain, but the view at the top is breathtakingand worth the hard work required.

Organiser Mick Maher said the event wasn’t thefirst of its kind nationally, but it is for theregion.

“Competitors willencounter beaches, coastal paths, more beaches,dramatic headland tracks, coffee rock, bush-trails, break wall paths that are flat, undulating, ordownright vertical,” he said.

“The coffee rock section of the beach as youapproach Lake Cathie is a killer if the tide is a little high …the higher the tide the more time youspend on the rock platform.”​

If the full marathon and then running up a mountain isn’t quite for you, there are two other options on the day.

“Having the option to conquer such a challenging hill at the end of a marathon, ora half-marathon, or a 10km run, is what raises the bar. It’s about bragging rights I suppose,” Maher said.

More than 100 registrations have been received in two weeks, with more than 80 per cent coming from areas well outside Port Macquarie.

“I’d say the biggest benefit isgetting our community out and about andshowing them places they might not have known aboutbefore,” he said.

“Areas such as the whole Grant’s Head area of stunning headlands and trails that run fromBonny Hills through to Camden Haven are amazing.

“Many locals, even runners, still haven’t ventured up theNorth Brother trail and it’s good to havean event they don’t have to drive seven hours to compete in.”

For further information head to 梧桐夜网facebook南京夜网/beachtobrother.

Early bird entries are still available for those who want tograb a bargain.

The marathon costs $110, the team-relay marathon costs $160, the halfmarathon $75, and the 10-kilometrecosts $45.

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Speedy meeting earns results

Speedy meeting earns results

APPROVAL for anewsignat Allansford’s Premier Speedway was among agenda items passed at Monday’s Warrnambool City Council meeting.
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A special meetingto approve the councillor code of conduct provoked passionate debate, but when it came to the ordinary meeting, councillors worked through the agendaquickly.

At the special meeting councillorsBrian Kelson and Peter Hulin spoke against the code, before it was passed 4-2.

The ordinary meeting thenbegan at 5.45pm and finishedat 6.13pm.

The amendment to the Warrnambool Planning Scheme for the speedway means the sporting facility canreturn its name to itsPrinces Highwayfenceline for the first time in more thana decade.The motion was moved by councillor Rob Askew and seconded by councillor Mike Neoh, before being passed unanimously.

Also passed unanimously was the Warrnambool Planning Scheme rewrite project.The council received 15 submissions regarding the amendment, which were referred to an independent panel.

Chief executive Bruce Anson noted the council officers who contributed to the rewritehad been commended by the panel.

“Council has carried out a substantial body of strategic work in conducting the planning scheme review and preparing the amendment,” the panel commented.“The work complies with the requirements of all relevant ministerial directions and planning practice notes and the process carried out by council is to be commended as one of the best examples of a thorough planning scheme review seen by the panel members.”

Cr Neoh said the planning scheme provides framework fordevelopment into the future, while councillor Rob Askew also commended the officers and said it was a very complex document.

Also approved was the City Centre Renewal Project shopfront improvement and access fund.The fund willmatchdollar-for-dollar up to $3000 for shopfront improvements and internal all abilities access.

It forms part of the council’s business support package during the renewal works.Improvements could include painting, cleaning, removal of redundant signs, repairs or maintenance,repairs or replacements to verandahs and establishment of level access within the building.

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Checking your cat for malignant cancers

Checking your cat for malignant cancers

Millie the 14-year-old domestic long-haired cat has cancer. To be more precise, she has alimentary lymphoma which is the most common form of malignant cancer seen in cats and it affects the gastrointestinal tract.
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Cats of any age can suffer from lymphoma, however middle-aged to older cats are most at risk.

Unvaccinated outdoor cats are at greater risk than indoor cats and recent studies have also shown that cats routinely exposed to tobacco smoke are at greater risk for gastrointestinal lymphoma. Millie’s owners bought her to Dr Jana’s Vet Centre with early signs of the disease which included poor appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Suspecting alimentary lymphoma, a biopsy was performed on Millie to confirm her initial diagnosis and to ensure the most effective course of treatment.Following Millie’s biopsy she commenced a course of chemotherapy that required her to be placed into isolation to prevent her from contracting other diseases whilst her immune system was vulnerable.

Although alimentary lymphoma is not a curable disease, Millie’s signs and symptoms, her quantity and quality of life have dramatically improved following her chemotherapy.

Depending on how Millie progresses she may require continuing chemotherapy for the rest of her life. As alimentary lymphoma is such a prevalent disease in cats.At Dr Jana’s Vet Centre we recommended that all cats from seven years of age undergo twice-yearly health checks to allow for early detection of this aggressive form of cancer.

Fortunately, Millie is doing well with therapy and enjoys most of her treatment in the comfort of her home.

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