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Inaugural NAIDOC Week awards milestone

Inaugural NAIDOC Week awards milestone

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Proud NAIDOC Week award winners at Tamworth town hall on Sunday. Photo: Julie Craigie PhotographyA FULL-TIME family carer and employee who has also completed six qualifications in a year, a “quirky” elder who never disappoints and an inspiring youth with a future in the air force are among the 12 recipients of NAIDOC Week awards for the Tamworth region.
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The awards night was held on Sunday at Tamworth town hall, where about 200 people turned out tocelebrate achievements and contributions of and for the Aboriginal and Islander community.

Tamworth NAIDOC committee co-chair Ryan Taylor said the event’s aim was to “really recognise people that make a difference”.

“Considering it was the awards’ first year, the amount of support we did have was phenomenal and the event was run really well,” Mr Taylor said.

Sam Ruttley of Healthwise New England was the winner of the professional achievement award.

Her citation said that, on top of caring for her younger siblings, she had made time to gainseveral new qualifications, including a diploma in management.

“She is willing to push the boundaries and succeed as best as she can, and strives to make change within Aboriginal health and the broader community.”

Male elder of the year was Trevor French, described as a “quirky character” on the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council board.

“He is often the LALC’s chosen ambassador and never disappoints in any tasks he undertakes,” Uncle Trev’s citation states.

These include being involved in opening Moree’s rehab centre, and volunteering as a coach or bus supervisor every weekend for Midnight Basketball.

Youth of the year Jacob Stanton was so named for being “a self-starter, motivated to succeed, and committed to helping others do well”.

“He has sought help and now it’s paying dividends. His journey so far is inspiring and the best is yet to come,” his nomination says.

Jacob undertook the Army First Look experience last September and has since been through an Indigenous YOU recruitment session and a Defence Indigenous pre-recruitment course.

He’s set to join the air force as a personnel capability specialist later this year.



The full list of award winners is:

Professional achievement: Sam Ruttley

Community contribution: Midnight Basketball

Artist of the year: Jodie Herden

Male sportsperson of the year: Zarayn Knight

Female sportsperson of the year: Paris Knox

Female elder of the year: Yvonne Kent

Male elder of the year: Trevor French

Non-Aboriginal community contribution: Joanne Stead

Scholar/academic/student of the year: Georgia Taggart

Apprentice/trainee of the year: Sara Keaton

Youth of the year: Jacob Stanton

Volunteer of the year: Douglas Kirk

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Leaders phone Wilkie, he ‘won’t do deal’

Leaders phone Wilkie, he ‘won’t do deal’

HE’Staken phone calls from both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, but Andrew Wilkie is adamant he won’t be doing any deals.
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The Denison MHR could play a crucial role in determining who forms government if the federal election result remains indeadlock.

Vote counting for the House of Representatives continues on Tuesday, and so far a winner has not been determined.

Mr Wilkie told ABC radio he had spoke to both leaders, but wanted to be “a person of his word”.

“I characterise both of those phone calls as them opening up the channels of communication,” Mr Wilkie said.

Mr Wilkie helped Labor form government in 2010 by entering a formal arrangement with Julia Gillard, which later collapsed.

Hesaid during theperiod when hedidn't have a deal hewas “more true to the idea of independence.”

“I went to the election saying repeatedlythat Iwould not enter intoany formal agreement with any party after the election to allow them to form government,” he said.

“The most important thing here is that I’d be a man of my word.”

Mr Wilkie said if the deadlock remained,the Governor-General would no doubt invite either party to test its support on the floor of the Parliament, andhe expected a no confidence motion to be debated.

“Those of us who don’t have a deal wouldhave to vote on that motion,” he said.

“Rather than a standing deal over time that locks us in, we will weigh up the merit ofthings each and every time.”

At this stage, Mr Wilkie will be joined on the crossbench byQueensland’sBob Katter, Victorian Cathy McGowan and Nick Xenophon Team’sRebekha Sharkie.

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Rocky Rotary’s drought help

Rocky Rotary’s drought help

Standing firm: Longreach Rotary's Dave Phelps has been working in conjunction with coastal Rotary Clubs to ensure the western Queensland drought appeal sustains its momentum.Rotary clubs around Australia have donated $860,000cash and in-kind for Queenslanddrought relief in the last two years and have set a target of $1m before the end of the year.
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RockhamptonNorth Rotary Club project manager Ron Poulsen said it was understood that the drought wasn’t over.

Overthe past two years the club had given $25,000in credit card vouchers, which had been distributed to graziers in need around the Longreach, Winton and surrounding areas, and has nowpledged to donateanother $10,000 to the Longreach and District Drought Assistance Project.

“This has had a positive result across the whole community because rather than sending food or other products, the vouchers are used at local businesses in Longreach and other centres who are doing it very tough as well.”

The Rotary Club of Rockhampton North has also co-sponsoredwith the Rotary Club of Longreach to send 2016 National Youth Science Forum student Erica Coxon to Canberra with the brightest and best students from around Australia.

Erica, whose family is from Longreach,has since been selectedas one of 27 students worldwide, to attendthe International Summer Science School in Heidelberg in July, and will benefit from a $3000 donation from the Rotary Club to help her live her dream.

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School with a country beat

School with a country beat

CLASS IS IN: The CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music students and tutors are in the midst of a week of learning about the music business, songwriting, performance and musicianship in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030716GGD01SCHOOL’S in for the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music students in Tamworth as they prepare for one of the biggest concerts of their lives on Friday night.
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More than 20 young up-and-coming country artists have made Tamworth their home for the week.

Group leader Amber Lawrence said the junior academy was always fun.

“I love seeing the growth of the students,” she said.

“They come in and have so much talent already – it’s ridiculous how established they are when they’re so young.”

Lawrence said she wanted them to believe they could do anything if they put in the hard work.

She said it was the “hungriest of the lot” who made it because they worked hard, always tried to improve

their performances and enjoyed it.

“The future is theirs to take,” Lawrence said.

“There are some who might change their minds and decide they don’t want to be a musician, but you’d be

surprised who is still going to be here 20 years later.”

In the lead-up to the graduation concert, Lawrence said she would be working on picking songs and focuson what they wanted toget out of the week ofintensive study.

Lawrence will perform a free family show at the Tamworth Regional Playground on Saturday at 10am.

She will perform songs from her children’s album The Kid’s Gone Country as well as Superhero.

“The kids’ songs have just been going so well,” she said.

“The songs aren’t just for children, though, because they were written with adults in mind as well.”

The academy students graduate with a concert atCalrossy Anglican School on Friday at 7.30pm, with tickets available at the door.

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Ice action group calls on support service

Ice action group calls on support service

EXPLORING OPTIONS: Kevin Anderson hasn’t ruled out working with Tamworth Family Support Service to set up a drug support line in the region. He is pictured with drug and alcohol specialist Dr Michael Campbell Smith. Photo: Barry Smith 290416BSB04TAMWORTH MP Kevin Anderson is continuing to look into a local rehab option as the ice action grouphones in on phone support services.
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The action group brought in the Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) to explain how their 24-our helpline for domestic violence and homelessness operates.

Leigh Smith from TFSS gave a briefing to Kevin Anderson’s Tamworth ice action group yesterday as the taskforce still looks to establish a similar support for drug abuse in Tamworth.

While it was a fact-finding exercise for the group, neither party has ruled out a partnership in the future, which could see the TFSS call service expanded to deal with local drug issues.

Just over two weeks ago, Mr Anderson said the group wanted to streamline services and wanted to continue discussions with an “organisation in Tamworth that does it now for domestic violence” to potentially expand capabilities to drug and alcohol services.

Mr Anderson said the service expansion wasn’t discussed at the meeting, but was keen to talk further on the idea.

TFSS business development manager Leigh Smith presented the phone support model yesterday and said providing drug and alcohol support was something the service would look at.

Mr Smith said drugs and alcohol were often tied up in issues of homelessness and domestic violence, not just in the region, but across the country.

He said the helpline had proven to be a great model in Tamworth and it would be a viable option to combat drug issues.

“We get a better success rate when we talk to people at the time of their crisis,” he said.

Another rehab for the region would also be a welcome addition, according to Mr Smith.

“There are limited spots at Freeman House in Armidale and the (Maayu Mali) centre in Moree,” he said.

“The spots are limited compared to the scope of the issue in the region and the state.”

MP Kevin Anderson is continuing to explore the rehab option, with the chief executive officer of Lyndon, a central west-based rehab facility, invited to visit Tamworth and discuss options.

“Everything is on the table,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Smith and the Tamworth member agreed there was no fix-all for the problem of ice but pointed to greater collaboration between local services to better help people in the region as a key outcome.

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$15,000 fine for discharge of waste

$15,000 fine for discharge of waste

THE government has whacked poultry producer Baiada with a $15,000 fine for discharging waste from its Tamworth abattoir in August last year.
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The NSW Environment Protection Authority investigated the spill at the Out St premises after the company reported the incident.

EPA north branch acting director Brett Nudd said the spill was caused by multiple equipment failures at the site and would have been prevented had the company carried out scheduled maintenance.

“A pump failure resulted in wastewater overflowing from the first-flush system into an offsite stormwater drain,” Mr Nudd said.

“The high water level alarm also failed, as a result of low voltage in the battery, which had not charged efficiently.”

While there was no evidence of environmental harm, the EPA said it was vital companies effectively maintained their equipment, to avoid putting the environment and local communities at risk.

“To their credit, Baiada took prompt, appropriate clean-up and preventative action in response to the incident and have put considerable funds into rectifying issues with the first-flush system,” Mr Nudd said.

A Baiada spokesman said the company was disappointed the event occurred.

“Following an internal review, we have improved our systems and processes, in order to prevent a similar event happening in the future,” he said.

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Armidale hockey star off to Rio

Armidale hockey star off to Rio

RIO BOUND: Armidale’s Georgina Morgan is heading for Rio after being named in the Hockeyroos. Photo: Daniel CarsonARMIDALE will have the chance to cheer on one of their own when local hockey star Georgina Morgan takes to the field at the Olympic Games in Rio this year.
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Morgan was named alongside 12 debutantes, with only four members of the squad having previous Olympic experience.

Despite the side having so many new faces, Morgan believes they have the right formula to walk away with the gold medal, but will face some tough competition along the way.

“It is a fresh-faced-looking team in terms of Olympic debut, but in terms of international debuts, we have a lot of caps there and a lot ofexperience,” she said.

“The Dutch have been a powerhouse over the last two Olympics but I think the recent champions trophy shows it is anyone’s game.

“Our style of hockey, the way we play, is reallyexciting.

“We are playing more of an attacking style and with the youngsters we have through the midfield, I really think we can get gold.”

Morgan began playing the sport when she was six years old and worked her way up through local hockey teams to representative level, before she secured her place in the Australian side.

She said growing up in the country, she always had a lot of support and aims to do the area proud when she dons the green and gold.

“It is really great to get the support from Armidale,” she said.

“I know everyone has been sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the announcement.

“I always get messages from home and it is justawesome.

“I am pretty overwhelmed today just by the amount of messages I have got, and people saying how proud they are.”

The team will train in Perth for the next three weeks before heading to South America for their final preparations.

The Games commence on August 5.

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Rio 2016 Olympics: Tears of joy as Ellie Carpenter makes Matildas squad

Rio 2016 Olympics: Tears of joy as Ellie Carpenter makes Matildas squad

Star on the rise: Ellie Carpenter.Michelle Payne unveils horrific scarFlanagan overlooked for Olympic selectionCampbell's world record the perfect tonic
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The sacrifice of leaving home at just 12 years of age to pursue her dream has paid off for teenager Ellie Carpenter, the baby of the Matildas Olympic squad.

Western Sydney Wanderers defender and Westfields Sports High School student Carpenter, 16, revealed she got emotional after learning of her selection. "I burst into tears, my dream came true," Carpenter said. "All my hard work and my sacrifices have paid off now. When I was 12 years old I made the move from Cowra, which is about 400km west of Sydney and I left my family and friends to move to Sydney to pursue my dream with quality coaching and academies up here. Leaving my family was tough, but it's all paid off now, so I'm really happy that I've done that."

Carpenter only thought about making the 2016 Olympic team when she made her Matildas debut back in March when she was 15.

She was only four years old when the Matildas last played at an Olympics in 2004, but the daughter of two PE teachers said she was already kicking a ball by then.

"I remember watching the previous [2012] Olympics. I was looking at that saying 'I'd love to be there one day.'" Carpenter said. "To come this early is just amazing and incredible. I'd be just very happy to get on the field and any minutes would be a dream come true, even to step on the field."

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic nominated Carpenter's ability to play in several positions as the reason she beat out other contenders for an Olympic berth. "She's matured a lot both on and off the field. Physically she is ready to go," Stajcic said.

Matildas teammate Chloe Logarzo was impressed by Carpenter's attitude. "She's hard working and determined and she won't let anything stop her and I think that's such a great thing to have at such a young age," Logarzo said. "I'm going to teach her how to drive. It's great to see her grow up and mature as a person and as a player."

Stajcic rates recalled forward Sam Kerr as one of the world's most powerful women's footballers, but says she still has something to prove going into the Olympics.

Kerr 22, has only recently returned from a foot injury she suffered in the W-League last December. She has made three cameo appearances as a substitute for her American club Sky Blue FC since mid-June. "She's been selected based on her history. We know what kind of impact player she can be," Stajcic said.

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Aquatics debate far from dead in the water

Aquatics debate far from dead in the water

THE Albury Council election race was ignited on Monday night.
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The extraordinary meeting to deal with a rescission motion on holding a community poll about aquatics facilities as part of the September local government elections has laid the basis for a potentially heated campaign.

The rescission motion as proposed by former mayor Alice Glachan was successful after present mayor Henk van de Ven spectacularly back-flipped on his support for the poll just a week ago.

Aquatics users including the Fish Out of Water lobby group are desperate for improved facilities.

But the big question remains how will an indoor 50-metre indoor pool complex estimated to cost up to $50 million be funded.

The council’s recent record of attracting NSW Government support for major projects is not great and some members of the presentcouncilrightfully have reservations about the city plunging into more debt to finance an aquatics mega facility if external funding is not forthcoming.

There can’t be enough community consultation on a project of this magnitude.

The Border Mailposed the same question proposed for the community poll in an online survey: Are you in favour of Albury Council spending up to $50 million to build a new FINA standard aquatic centre and closing Lavington Swim Centre?

The response from the 232 respondentswas 145 in favour and 87 against.

Some sections of the council clearly didn’t want the poll to go ahead, fearful of the result potentially stopping the project in its tracks.

Albury’s aquatics facilities are tired and need regenerating.

But the pool poll question was criticised for being too narrow, inflammatory and ill-conceived.

If so why didn’t those councillors so opposed to the question not speak up a week ago and try to amend the motion carried on the casting vote of the mayor Cr van de Ven.

Many of the existing council will front up for re-election in September with aquatics facilities the big ticket issue.

It would be a shock if a ticket of candidates from the aquatics community didn’t stand.

Existing councillors such as Darren Cameron have laid their cards on the table on the aquatics super centre.

He rightly points out the election will be largely a referendum on pools.

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