15. 07. 2018
Credit to mystery mentor

Credit to mystery mentor

New blue: Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has been named at the NSW fullback for game three of this year's State of Origin series, replacing Penrith Panther Matt Moylan. Picture: Nic WalkerJames Tedesco endured an equally arduous task recovering from the mental demonsof debilitating knee injuries as he did overcoming the physical aspect of it.
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But the 23-year-old has revealeda mystery mentor, who he was referred to by Tigers and Blues teammate Aaron Woods, has played a significant part in hisrecovery that has led him to the NSW No.1 jersey after 18months of hot pursuit.

Those who call on the mystery mentor have sworn secrecy to keep his identity private, but there is no hiding the effects he has had on the growing posse of players who now rely upon him for advice to help them deal with the rigours of being a professional athlete.

"Through this whole process he's got me in a good mind space and I think he'll get me in a good mind space for this game," Tedesco said.

"He's someone I started seeing after all my injuries. He's really helped me in my career. He sees Woodsy every week as well and boys through other teams.

"I think that's most of the battle, getting your head space right. I'm feeling confident in my bodyand having him to speak to every week has helped me mentally."

Tedesco has endured his fair share of heartache through what has been a rollercoaster start to his career.

Few have forgotten the torture the then teenagersuffered being stretcheredoff Leichhardt Oval in the opening minutes of his debut after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, nor the disappointment of a shoulder injury on the eve of this year's Origin series that paved the way for Matt Moylan to take what was seemingly his.

But Tedesco has taken solace in the mystery mentor who, despite not possessing a sports psychologist degree, has managed to have a positive influence on the mindset of the players he comforts.

"He's more just someone to speak to," Tedesco said.

"He's not a psychologist –that's not his profession or anything,” he said.

“I thank Woodsy for that because he put me on to himand he's been going great and started playing Origin since he started working with him.Brooksy[Luke Brooks]and Mitch [Moses]also do work with him as well. He's been awesome, I can't thank him enough.

"Sort of stuff like if I focus on the other team I'm not going to play my best footy.

“If I'm in my head thinking about different things my head is not in the game.

“When people are in their head, they're not playing their best footy and that's what he says to me.

“He wants me to focus on the game and focus what's infront of me and that's helped me tremendously.At the end of last year and start of this year, I've been playing my best footy because of that.

“I'm very grateful for the opportunity to speak to him."

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15. 07. 2018
Maurie hands over chains

Maurie hands over chains

Ian Jackson receives the district governor chains from Maurie Stack. Photo by Ashley Cleaver/Cleavers Images.Taree solicitor Maurie Stack has handed over the chains of office as Rotary district governor (district 9650) to Ian Jackson of Laurieton.
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“It has been a mighty experience for my wife De and I,” Maurie said.

“As we travelled around the district we were blown away by the wide range of programs adopted by different clubs, from Quirindi Conversations – getting four locals who have made it big on the national stage back for a Richard Vidler type interview – to the Casino Royale Ball in Tamworth, to Opera by the Lake in Forster. The list goes on and on.

“It is great to see clubs adopting programs which not only provide the money needed to support a wide range of youth related and other community efforts but also programs which add to the life of their local communities.

“Clubshave responded to local needs such as the widely supported program by Lightning Ridge club last year to raise funds to help local farmers struggling with the effects of drought.”

Maurie was particularly impressed by many of the international programs, including theCoffs Harbour Daybreak support of the Chiedza Child Care Centre, where local retired teachers return to help young child soldiers reintegrate into a schooling system.

“My own club, Taree on Manning, will holda dinner dance in the Centrepoint Arcade on SaturdaySeptember 17 with fabulous local band Circus Mule to raise funds to build toilet blocks in market places and schools on the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Outgoing district governor Maurie Stack with his wife De. “It has been a mighty experience for De and I,” said Maurie. Photo by Ashley Cleaver/Cleavers Images.

“We will be working closely with one of my fellow governor’s, Marie-Irene, who De and I met over a week in Sarasota last year, who lives there and works with the United Nations.

“If we raise US$7000, with the help of Rotary District funds and the Rotary Foundation this will increase to more than US$30,000 which will build male and female toilets in eight different locations. Effectively every dollar we raise is multiplied by four. Anyone wanting to host a table of 10 at $50 per head should contact Jane Mackenzie at Mansfield on the Manning.

“To raise the money those attending will be asked to bring a plate.”

Festivities at the district changeover dinnerwere lightened with background music by local celebrated keyboard player Richard Crook.

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15. 07. 2018
People and events

People and events

AGED TO PERFECTION: Probus Club members Fred Burton, Cyril Blowes and Clem Kauter have a combined 295 years of life experience.Golden ‘oldies’PORT Stephens Probus Clubhas been around for 33 years and can now claim they have some “golden oldies” in their midst.
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These three wonderful long time members who still attend nearly every meeting, can boast of 295 years of life experiences.

Clem Kauter (96) has just received his 30 year pin and Fred Burton (99) a certificate after retiring from the snooker group after many years of potting the black. Cyril Blowes, of course, is the club’s 103 year old legend.

The club meets at Nelson Bay Bowling Club on the secondThursday of the month from 9.30am.Head along or phonemembership officer Pam on 4981 0273.

AMBASSADOR: Peter O’Carroll, from Corlette, recently represented Port Stephens at the annual Ski to Sea international relay in the US. Picture: Supplied

Sister cities ambassadorPETER O’Carroll from Corlette recently represented Port Stephens in the sea kayak leg of the annual Ski to Sea international relay held in Bellingham.

The city of Bellingham, in the US state ofWashington, a sister city of Port Stephens, presented Mr O’Carrollwith honorary citizenship.

In a children’s book exchange, Mr O’Carrollpresented students at Alderwood Elementary with a copy of May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

In return, Mr O’Carroll wasgiven a copy of Storm Boy written and illustrated by Lummi Island author Paul Lewis, which will be kept at Tomaree Library. Mr O’Carrollalso received a plaque from Bellingham Sister Cities.

The Ski to Sea is a team relay event comprising cross country ski, downhill ski/snowboard, running, road bike, canoe (two paddlers), cyclocross bike, and sea kayak.

Mr O’Carroll’steam of international sister cities athletesfinished 139thout of 323 teams.

“It was great to represent Port Stephens in such a big event,” sMr O’Carroll said.“And the accompanying social and cultural exchanges were awesome.”

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15. 07. 2018
Hendy only has himself to blame for fall

Hendy only has himself to blame for fall

If indeed Peter Hendy has lost the seat of Eden-Monaro, to which all indications point, he only has himself to blame.
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Justified or not, the outcry against the “missing”sitting member began well before the election campaign, but came into stark relief over the past two months.

Missing Personposters, calls of “Peter Who?”through letters columns and social media –these weren’t just a campaign push but a publicindictment of the past three years of Liberal representation in Eden-Monaro.

Peter Hendy's Bega electorate office on Monday.

It must be said, as a media organisationwe know of many instances where Dr Hendy was in the Bega Valley, spending money, meeting constituents and opening infrastructure projects over the past three years.

Perhaps he suffered more from a lack of public profile, or a PR team not up to speed on what makes a worthwhile and timely release to media.

Or were we being treated as if Eden-Monaro was a safe seat with a long reputation as a bellwether and Malcolm Turnbull on the rise nationally?

However, surely knowing a good proportion of his electorate questioned his commitment to them would be a trigger for concerted action.

Instead, we had our federal representative refuse requests to every single candidates forum held throughout Eden-Monaro.

These weren’t all platforms for specific candidates or policies. They were forums hosted by community groups and ratepayer associations.

Admittedly, a busy campaign schedule across one of the state’s largest electorates could mean attending these forums is tricky.

But not one?

On election night, Dr Hendy was referred to by his successor, Labor’s Mike Kelly, as a “unicorn” –something heard of but never seen.

Well now it’s up to Dr Kelly to make sure he doesn’t fall into the same mythical realm.

Voting certainly swung towards Labor in a big way across Eden-Monaro, but “Peter Who” still garnered 40.7per cent of the first preference vote, compared to Dr Kelly’s 43 per cent.

And this is an electorate Labor lost only three years ago to a public sick and tired of party in-fighting

If Labor and Dr Kelly want to keep this seat,we have some simple suggestions.

Be seen. Be heard. Respect us and represent the Bega Valley –we matter.

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15. 07. 2018
Driving force

Driving force

Driving force Young Liberals Amanda Liem, Bailey Broom and Mitchell Levick. Picture: Harrison Vesey
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Michelle Rowland's supporters, including (centre) former Blacktown City councillor Julie Griffiths. Picture: Harrison Vesey

Christian Democratic Party supporter Peter Moss. Picture: Harrison Vesey

TweetFacebookBlacktown Suncaught up with three volunteersnear the end of their stint.

Labor Julie Griffiths. Picture: Harrison Vesey

A former Blacktown City councillor, Julie Griffiths is throwing her hat into the ring again at the elections this September.

Ms Griffiths became involved with the Labor party about 20 years ago campaigning for John Acquilina, then Nathan Rees and now Michelle Rowland.

She said although Kings Langley is traditionally a strong Liberal area, this year voters have been more receptive to Labor.

“Nurses are screaming out because they don’t have the funding in the hospitals,” Ms Griffiths said.

“One party gets in and supports them, then another gets in and takes it away, and in the meantime it’s everyone who suffers.”

Ms Griffiths said Labor is a party committed to putting money back into communities. Through her own life experience, including both her sons’ reading difficulties, she’s seen the need for the services Labor prioritises.

“It’s about being able to provide services to the community.”

Liberal Bailey Broom, Mitchell Levick and Amanda Liem. Picture: Harrison Vesey

After lending her support to the last two elections, 18-year-old Amanda Liem can finally cast her first vote.

The university student said her family is not very political but she got involved with the Liberal party at a relatively young age.

“I went to a pretty left-wing school and I was disheartened,” Ms Liem said.

“The Young Liberals gave me a place where I wouldn’t be judged for my views, and I could argue for what I see should be the future of Australia. That’s what politics is about for me.”

Ms Liem said the minute she finished exams this semester, she went straight to volunteer at pre-poll locations.

Today she arrived at Kings Langley Public School before 6am. She doesn’t expect to leave before 8pm.

“Anything for the election,” she said. “It’s fun, there’s a sense of camaraderie.”

Ms Liem said she believes the volunteers from every party all want the best for Australia, but for her this election is a choice between reform and stagnation.

She admits it’s “not sexy” but said tax reform is an important issue.

“Malcolm Turnbull needs a mandate from the people in order to implement his reforms.”

Christian Democratic Party Peter Moss. Picture: Harrison Vesey

Religion and politics can be a divisive issue that attracts some fiery comments, but for Peter Moss, volunteering for the Christian Democratic Party is “a labour of love”.

“I enjoy the smiles and the conversations, even the negative ones,” Mr Moss said.

“I find it very stimulating.”

Mr Moss has always been a CDP voter and said the party’s principles are the most important issue to him.

“They have a heart after God and doing the right thing by the nation,” he said.

Mr Moss believes one of the most important issues this election, and one that’s attracted the most “aggressive” comments from voters, is foreign ownership of land.

“A lot of people are saying Australia is being sold out, and the major parties are not looking after their own,” Mr Moss said.

“We are a global village, but there are families in that village that need to be kept safe.”

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15. 07. 2018
Three-month wait for one-punch attack sentence

Three-month wait for one-punch attack sentence

BOY Page has pleaded guilty to assaulting Buffs Club worker Melissa Abdoo.
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However, Page’s legal representative criticised the police prosecution’s “untimely” handling of the case, which means another three months before heis sentenced.

Page struck Ms Abdoo six months ago, in the early hours ofSaturday, January 9.

In the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday, prosecutionreduced the severity of the charge. The initial grievous bodily harm charge has instead become assault occasioning bodily harm in a public place while affected by alcohol.

As Page made his plea, the victim sat in the public gallery with her colleagues.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paige Barrow asked that the matter be adjourned. Ms Abdoomade an appointment to see a psychiatrist a month ago, at the recommendation of her general practitioner,but the waiting list was twice that time.

Senior Constable Barrowwanted a psychiatric evaluation of the victim, and saidit would be unfair if Page’s psychiatric assessment was considered in court, while the victim’s was not.

SUPPORTIVE: Buffs Club employees, including reception manager Karen Beetham, leave the Mount Isa Court House after supporting their colleague Melissa Abdoo, a victim of assault. Photo: Chris Burns.

The prosecutor said she received the case file on Friday, and then prepared with the understanding the matter would be adjourned.

Barrister DennisLynch said the psychiatrist appointment was to evaluate work cover damage, and questioned whether the psychiatricappointment would result infurther material supplied to the court.

He said he told the prosecutor on June 1 the charge against Page be reduced, based off the victim’s injuries listed in a medical report, but prosecution did not acknowledge this until Friday.

“If done in a timely way this could be avoided,” Mr Lynch said.

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge accepted the prosecutor’s request. He adjourned the matter to October 21. Page’s bail was extended.

SUPPORTED: Melissa Abdoo is hugged by Buffs Club colleague Sue Carroll in front of the Mount Isa Magistrates Court House. Photo: Chris Burns.

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15. 07. 2018
Spirit fading in Lockhart

Spirit fading in Lockhart

Spirit of the Land former committee president Liz Pertzel with Walter Alexanda, Barbra Jenkins and Elizabeth Campbell admiring the winning sculpture at last year's event. Picture: Lorri Roden. Lockhart’s biggest tourism attraction is at risk of foldingafter this year’s event.
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The Spirit of the Land Festival will celebrate its 10th year of operation but a lack of volunteers has put the continuation of the event in jeopardy.

The committee hasdesperately been trying to get more people involved since the annual meeting at the start of the year.

“There wasn’t much interest,” acting president Mandy Strong said.

Mrs Strong was vice president but had to take on the role of president for the year with no one else stepping up.

The committee called a meeting on Tuesday July 5 to try and get more people involved before the festival in October.

“We want people to come on now to see how it runs because as soon as this year’s festival is over we start looking for sponsors for next year,” Mrs Strong said.

The event brings more than 6000 people to Lockhart over the weekend.

“It puts Lockhart on the map and a lot of the people come back throughout the year,” Mrs Strong said.

“The sculptures we have put in town have made it a destination.”

The committee is made up of eight sub-committees, each with a different job and with one person in charge.

“We have one lady who looks after the volunteer roster, she doesn’t come to all the meetings and reports to the president,” Mrs Strong said.

“We aren’t looking for a huge time commitment -people don’t need to come to every meeting.”

The festival is run smoothly with plenty of volunteers who aren’t on the committee stepping up on the weekend of the festival to help out and make sure it goes ahead.

“We want to get a good succession plan in place for the committee,” Mrs Strong said.

This year’s Spirit of the Land Festival is on October 8 and 9.Registration for sculptures and art open in September.

Go to spiritofthelandlockhart南京夜网419论坛 for more information.

The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday July 5 at the Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

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15. 07. 2018
Veteran wants a 12 Hour return

Veteran wants a 12 Hour return

IT was 33 years ago when Tony Longhurst first did battle with Mount Panorama as he made his Great Race debut, but driving atBathurst’s famous track is still something which excites him.
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BATHURST ON THE BRAIN: Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Tony Longhurst wants to drive in next year's Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: GETTY IMAGES 070516longhurst

So much so the now 58-year-old wants to contest next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race.

“I know that I’d be competent if I went back to do a 12 hour race, do the middle section or a couple of stages and just chase the pace,” Longhurst told Speedcafe南京夜网.

“I was sitting there with Jim [Richards]watching the 12 Hour this year and I said: ‘If you and I were in this we could win it’. And he said: ‘No there’s no chance’.

“But I said: ‘No watch this’, and there’s another pace car, and another pace car and another one.

“You don’t forget how to drive. You know what to look at, you’rerelaxed.”

After making his debut in the Great Race in 1983, Longhurst went on to twice stand on the top tier of the podium at Bathurst.

He picked up his first win alongside Tomas Mezera in 1988 (FordSierra RS500)and backed that up with a second crown in 2001 when co-driving for Mark Skaife(Holden Commodore VX).

Having conquered that endurance race, in 2009 he added another title to his Mount Panorama resume. He won that year’s Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Rod Salmon and Damien White in a Mitsubishi Evo.

“I did a solid job in 2009 in the Evo car and I clearly remember that I had good control and stamina in that event,” Longhurst said.

If he is to secure a seat for next February’s Bathurst 12 Hour, Longhurst will be one of the oldest –if not the oldest –drivers taking part.

However, he will have more than just experience to offer team owners. While not a full-time driver anymore,Longhurst has still maintained a good level of fitness.

“You’ve just got to keep your nose clean and 12 hours up there is twice as hard as what six hours is,” he said.

“You don’t have to be young and fearless, you’ve got to be very, very smart and not make a mistake.

“I watch some of the sprint races now and you can see accidents before they happen. That’s the thing about getting old, you’ve been through it and done 25 years of it.

“You’ve done every crash, you’ve been aggressive with this person and that person.You’ve jumped out of the car and punched someone in the head and you know what to do and what not to do.”

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15. 07. 2018
Voters produce big swing

Voters produce big swing

SWING: Voters line up outside of the Long Street Primary School polling booth on Saturday morning.
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The Australian Electoral Commission have recorded a massive swing away from the Liberal party in Whyalla, with Labor winning every localpollingbooth on Saturday.

The result reflects well onLabor candidate Scott Martin in his first campaign for Grey, despite being out of the running for the seat.

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) candidate Andrea Broadfoot came in at second in Whyalla, further hampering Sitting Member Rowan Ramsey’s chances to retain his seat.

Around Whyalla all polling booths recorded a 13-16 per cent swing against the Liberal Party, with Labor’s vote holding strong and increasing by 2 per cent at the Whyalla Town Primary booth.

Liberal Losses

-19% at Whyalla Town Primary

-16.7% at Nicolson Avenue Primary

-16.5% at Memorial Oval Primary

-14.5% at Hincks Avenue Primary

-13% at Stuart High School

-12% at Long Street Primary

The Coalition’s numbers were also down by 20 per cent in the pre-poll voting.

Despite the large swing against the government in Whyalla, Mr Ramsey picked up positive results in rural areas, including the Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula.

Mr Ramsey also outperformed hometown contender Ms Broadfoot in Port Lincoln.

Local Member Eddie Hughes said the swing indicated a ‘massive change’ in the electorate of Grey.

“For the last quarter of a century Labor has treated Grey as a safe Liberal seat, and to see such a swing after Mr Ramsey went into this election with a 13 per cent margin indicates there is a profounddissatisfaction in Whyalla,” he said.

“The vote for Labor and the NXT demonstrates that most people felt the Turnbull government fell well short when it came to providing support for the industry.”

Grey could be crucial for determining the outcome of the federal election, with Labor and the Coalition fighting for every seat in a tight race.

“The odds are that it will be a hung parliament, and in that situation every seat counts,” Mr Hughes said.

“I find the election race very interesting,at the end of the day we want the best for the country, and irrespective of the result.”

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said voters in Whyalla had been ‘under pressure’ which had an influence on their vote.

“It doesn’t come as any surprise that people might change their mind under that kind of pressure,” he said.

“I don’t think they fully understood the depth of the packages we’ve put together to support Arriumonanti-dumping, the Adelaide to Tarcoola rail line, and the near-$50 million loan.”

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14. 07. 2018
Castle Hill Show may still go on after all

Castle Hill Show may still go on after all

May go on: Society president Peter Gooch will step down from the post in September, when a decision on the show's future will also be decided. Picture: Helen NexdropaIt’s possible the Castle Hill Show will go on, if funding can be sourced.
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Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Show Society president Peter Gooch saida number of alternative options were now possible to keep the 130-year-old society afloat.

A final decision on their future will be decided at the society’s annual general meeting in September.

It comes about a month after the society announced it would cease operation on June 30, due to insufficient funding. They said a changed rental agreement with The Hills Council over the Showground had impacted revenue.

”The main thing is to try and hang on until 2019 when the new railway station opens because parking is a big issue,” Mr Gooch said.

Construction on the Sydney Metro Northwest at Showground, due to be completed in 2019, as well as works to widen Showground Road, have also impacted operations.

The parking zone previously used by those participating in the show’s equestrian events wasdesignated as a depotby the Roads and Maritime Authority for the road widening.

“It’s a pretty popular and important part of the event and it’s part of the entertainment –if we can’t have that we can’t have the show the way it is,” Mr Gooch said.

The obstacles thrown in the society’s path aren’t restricted to construction in the area, however, with financial assistance still being sought.

Mr Gooch said they hoped to get some form of funding from The Hills Council, but were still in negotiations.

“We’ve definitely got to get the finances back on track –the committee is looking for sponsorship but we won’t know the results of that for a few months yet,” he said.

“It was a bit drastic to go ahead with the original motion to cease at the end of June, so we’ve rescinded that and decided to go through to the AGM.”

Mr Gooch will also step down as president at the meeting, after 10 years as president. He will remain on the committee, however, and said he hoped they would find a replacement president to inject new life into the ailing society.

“I think we kept the show going longer than we thought we would,” he said.

“The start of the railway could have been the end for sure, but we were able to keep it in tact.”

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