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Gloucester plays in Chris Hoare Cup

Gloucester plays in Chris Hoare Cup

Bulahdelah Central School hosted the annual Chris Hoare Cup at the Bulahdelah soccer fields against Gloucester High School this year.
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The five sports involved in the competition were open boys’ and under 14 rugby league, under 15 boys’ and girls’ soccer and open girls’ touch football.

The first game saw Bulahdelah win the under 14s rugby league with a convincing 34-10 victory. All the boys played well, with special mention of Cooper O’Bryan, Ben Ayliffe and Kobi Watt for their great attacking and defensive skills.

The under 15 girls’ soccer team played a very good Gloucester team and went down 5-0, but this result did not reflect the intensity and competiveness of the game.

The open girls’ touch team had a wonderful 3-2 victory with Claudia Holt, Bianca Mason and Kiara Fardell starring for the home team.

The under 15 boys soccer team were the next to display their skills and after a hard fought game came away with a meritorious 2-1 win, with Blake Richardson “heading” home a late winner.

The main game, the open rugby league was a cracker between two very committed teams.

Bulahdelah took an early lead after Jake Curnow barged over. Not long after, Jake scored his second and it looked like an easy victory was on the cards.

Gloucester responded well and after a see-sawing second half the scores at full time, were locked at 18 all.

For the first time in the history of the cup, golden point rules were applied and it didn’t take long to get a result. Kyan Briffa dug deep and used his strength to scramble over and seal a 22-18 victory for the home team.

Apart from Kyan and Jake, other players who excelled included Dylan Tooze, Kyle Shultz and Jayden Lilley. Amidst wild celebrations the cup was presented by Jenny and Steve Hoare to Jordan Gregory, the victorious captain.

Cop win: Jenny Hoare and captain of the victorious league team, Jordan Gregory.

A great day was had by all involved and a special thank you to Mr Belic for his organisation and Mr McCann, Ms Sawtell and Mr Prowse for their coaching of these teams.

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Rehab centre knocked back

Rehab centre knocked back

PLANS for a drug and alcohol therapeuticcentre in Smeaton have been thrown into jeopardy after the proposal wasknocked back by council.
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Hepburn Shire Council issued a refusal to grant a permit noticebecause it said the founders did not provide enough information for a land capability assessment.The planned 10-bed facility has stirred up controversy in sleepy Smeaton since it was first suggested late last year.

Co-founder Stuart Fenton sufferedbacklash from angry community members when he tried to quell their fears at community meetings. At the end of January at least 10 formal complaints had been submitted over the plans.

The proposal had been pegged to go before council in February but the date continued to be push back.

Acting chief executive officer Grant Schuster said the council refused the permit under Section 61(2) of the Planning and Environment act 1987 that says an authority must refuse to grant a permit if a relevant determining referral authority objects to the grant of a permit.

Smeaton community meeting last year.

“A relevant referral authority (Goulburn Murray Water) objected to the grant of the permit following receipt of further information and therefore Council was bound to refuse to grant a permit,” Mr Schuster said.

He said council provided the applicant the opportunity to provide further information.

“Further information was provided by the applicant in May 2016 and assessed by Council and GMW. GMW objected to the permit following receipt of the further information.”

He said the applicant could appeal the decision through VCAT.

Smeaton resident and spokesman for a group opposing the development David Sewellsaid the community was pleased by the refusal. He said Smeaton was not a suitable location for a drug and rehabilitation centre.

Mr Sewellsaid the land’srural zoning as well as a lack of 24-hour emergency services in the regionmade the site inappropriate for the rehabilitation centre.Mr Fenton, who was initially shocked by the Smeaton community’s opposition, said he remained determined to build a therapeutic centre at some point in the area to fill the desperate need for rehabilitation services.GMW spokeswomanKristin Favaloro saidthe information provided within the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) was notsufficient to assess the proposal.

“Should the LCA be amended to include the information requested GMW will reassess theapplication.”

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Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service

Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service

Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service RISING STAR: Junior Employee of the Year award recipient Hayley McCarthy was recognised at the business awards. She is pictured with Tahlia Sobko.
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A LONG LEGACY: Greg and Margaret McDonald, Port Augusta Business Hall of Fame inductees, are pictured with Port Augusta City Council's Sam Johnson.

SECURING A QUALIFICATION: Steven Petrie was named apprentice of the year. He is pictured with Vania Chrisopoulos.

DEVELOPING SKILLS: Petrea Anesbury received the trainee of the year award. She is pictured with Nistico Sen.

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Oz MineralsAugusta Caravan & CampersCrossroads EcomotelGliddon’s ElectricalRowe PartnersBeyond BandTelstra Store Port Augusta Junior Employee of the Year 2015Hayley McCarthy –Wendy’sHayley joined Wendy’s as a team member and her leadership in customer service saw her promoted to team leader within eightmonths. Hayley’s initiative and financial acumen is demonstrated in her efforts to reduce operating costs. Hayley is a valuable spokesperson for the business.

Port Augusta Business Centre Senior Employee of the Year 2015Rosa Manno –Johnston WithersBorn and bred in Port Augusta, Rosa recently celebrated 35 years as a conveyancer. Her contribution to Johnston Withers covers many tasks, and she willingly shares her vast knowledge and experience with colleagues. Rosa is respected by colleagues and clients alike for her perseverance, diligence, warm nature and outstanding customer service.

Cinema Augusta Best Small Business 2015Supreme Clean Carpets and RestorationSupreme Clean Carpets and Restoration was established with a focus on quality through training. The businesshas developed a niche as the only one of its kind outside of Adelaide offering full insurance approved restoration services. This approach, combined with significant investment and innovative marketing activity, has seen the business grow significantly.

Rowe Partners Best Medium BusinessSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambThe business was established10 years ago andprocessed100 lambs a week. With investment and marketing, the business now processes500 lambs domestically. Moving into the growing organic market, Saltbush Livestock exports to 14 countries and processes an additional 700 lambs per week for the global market. Last year, Saltbush Livestock was recognised as one of the state’sTop 25 fastest growing companies.

Better Homes Supplies Best Large BusinessRowe PartnersWith a strong focus on outstanding account, business support and financial advisory services, Rowe Partners operates at five locations from its head office in Port Augusta. A whole of life approach to client relationships, combined with a culture of high performance and continual improvement has seen the business grow within a challenging economic environment.

Oz Minerals Best Home–Based BusinessMagic Memories by ErikaMagic Memories is a photographic studio that values strong client relationships. Operating from home, the business has established with a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness to client requests. Erika credits a range of innovative marketing programs and themed photo shoots for having increased both her business profile and profitability. Recent Snow Queen Mini Sessions teamed a professional Elsa (Frozen) cosplayer with young clients to provide a fun and unique experience in children’s photography.

RDA Far North Best Tourism OperatorCrossroads EcomotelConstructed of rammed earth and insulated panels, this 22 room eco-motel opened in 2014, with a mantra of “a quality product at an affordable price”. Outstanding customer service has brought repeat visitation and a top ranking on TripAdvisor. With a deliberate social and environmental ethos underpinning the operations, Crossroads Ecomotel has demonstrated that it is possible for a business to be both environmentally responsible and profitable.

Southern Cross Austereo Most Innovative BusinessSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambEstablished in 2006, Saltbush Livestock has developed into a fully integrated lamb meat sheep business, delivering quality lamb to leading restaurants and retail butchers across Australia and internationally. Careful land and animal management practices have been acknowledged and endorsed by Australia Certified Organic, establishing Saltbush Livestock as the only certified organic grower/producer and exporter of Saltbush Lamb in South Australia.

Most Popular BusinessMagic Memories by ErikaA passion for photography and a genuine desire to make people happy is at the heart of Magic Memories by Erika.Thanking clients for their support via loyalty cards, thank you notes and free photoshoots has been repaid in spades with Magic Memories receiving the highest number of public votes.

MagicFM/5AU Best New BusinessAugusta Caravans &CampersResponding to the downturn in the mining industry, Augusta Caravan & Campers evolved as a diversification of the family transport business. Exposure to the vast number of travellers passing through Port Augusta plus some local market research was enough to convince them to try something different. Augusta Caravan & Campers use the increasing knowledge of their customers to value add and increase profitability.

Beyond Bank Most Outstanding Business AwardSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambSaltbush Livestock has achieved outstanding results by tapping in to the growing preference for organic products. The significant time and financial investment and personal approach to promoting their product, has seen a 400 per centgrowth in demand. It has also been rewarded with gold medals in the Sydney Royal and Royal Melbourne Fine Food Shows and national finalist in the 2015 Delicious Awards.

Apprentice of the YearSteven Petrie –Gliddon’s Electrical ServicesTrainee of the YearPetrea Anesbury –Department of Treasury and FinanceEmployer of the YearAshley and Belynda Stroyan–Terry Gardiner’s Meats & SmallgoodsHall of Fame inducteesGreg andMargaret McDonald, andPeter MartinFor more information about the awards, visitthe website.

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Buying a ticket is now trickier

Buying a ticket is now trickier

The new single-trip Opal card can only be bought on eight South Coast stations.There is the chance some commuters could end upon a South Coaststation platform with no way to buy a ticket next month.
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On Monday Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced that, from August 1, paper tickets would no longer be sold oraccepted on public transport.

Only 5 per cent of all public transport trips are taken with paper tickets –the vast bulk using the Opal card.

For that 5 per cent, single-trip tickets will be introduced which will work just like an Opal card.

They can be bought from a ticket machine at train stations.

However, on the day of Mr Constance’s announcement, 26 of the 34 stations on the South Coast line had no ticket machines.

But a Transport for NSW (TfNSW) spokesmansaid it wasn’t necessary to have machines on every station.

From Helensburgh all the way to Bomaderry just eight stations had a single-trip ticket machine installed.

These include hub stations Helensburgh, Thirroul and North Wollongong.

Wollongong, one of the line’s most-used stations, does not have a machine according to the Opal website.

This raises the very real possibility thatpeople without an Opal card could be stuck on a platform unable to buy a ticket.

The TfNSW spokesman called the single-trip tickets a “last resort”.

“With public transport Opal card patronage now at 95 per cent, where more than 80 per centof customers top up via auto top-up or retail stores, top-up and single-trip ticket machines are only needed as a last resort for customers,” hesaid.

“This means they do not need to be at every station on the network.”

He said TfNSW has rolled out more than 350 Opal top-up machines of which 255 provide Opal single-trip tickets at stations “that provide coverage for 99 per centof all train trips”.

He said commuters could visit opal南京夜网419论坛 to find the location of the single-ticket machines.

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Invited to judge: met a Princess

Invited to judge: met a Princess

Ted Laurie discussing Australian agriculture with HRH Princess Anne during the Royal Three Counties Show in England.
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Local cattle farmer, Ted Laurie wasinvited by the UKDevon Cattle Breeders Societytojudge at the Devon World Cattle Congress held at the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern, England from June 17 –19.

Winners Circle: Ted Laurie judging at the World Devon Congress in the UK with Richard Dorrel, bull owner and John Barker, bull parader.

The Congress is a two week conference to assistinternational Devon cattle breeding,held every four years rotatingbetween Brazil, Australia and the UK. Their breed judging took place during one ofEngland's largest livestock and equine shows.Devon’s werethe largest breed exhibited at the show with over 100 head paraded.

Ted started judging livestock at local shows in his early twenties. From there, he began to judge at Australian Royal Shows.In 1991, hejudged Devon’s at the former The Royal Show,hosted annuallybytheRoyal Agricultural Society of England from1839 to 2009.

“The Laurie family has a long association with the breed,” says Ted,having bred Devon’s forgenerations.

It’s this good reputation which lead to him being asked to judge atone of the major regionalshows in England.

The Laurie farm nowbreeds Angus cattle, so while Tedand his wife, Alison were overseas, they took the opportunity to visit other farms in Scotland and England. He says he likes to learn about other farming practices.It giveshim a chance to askquestions about what other farmersare doing.

“To see if we are on the right track,” Tedsays.

Which is what he spoke to HRHPrincess Anne about when he met her during the show.He says she is a very strongsupporter of the rural industry in the UK. She is very well liked in the rural communities and has an interest in agriculture.

He says his conversation with HRH Princess Annereinforced theclean and green image of Australian farming is the right path. In the UK the practices are different and doesn’t produce as high quality eating beef as other countries. He noticed in restaurants the premium cuts came from places like, Brazil and Australia.

“It’s what our consumersare wanting; anenvironmentally sustainable safe product to eat,” he says.

Tedsays society expects farmersto profitable and sustainable.

“We need towork with the environment instead of against it, withcontinual improvement. Beprogressive farmers.”

Ted and his brother James run Knowla Livestock at Moppy, west of Gloucester.

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Music thrills to warm up the weekend chill

Music thrills to warm up the weekend chill

JOY: The Bush Happy Band - Caramel Smith, Kylie Nebauer and Rick Durand - is set to entertain at Tilligerry RSL from 8pm on Saturday. Picture: SuppliedCRUISE through the weekend to the sweetand rockin’ tunes set to be played across the Port’s music spotsby solo acts, duos and bands.
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The Happy Bush Band will set up at Tilligerry RSL on Friday night.

From 8pmCaramel Smith, Kylie Nebauer and Rick Durand will be centre stage deliveringthree-part harmonies plusguitar, mandolin, banjo and keyboard performances.

At Wests Nelson Bay Diggers on Saturday night, The Way duo ofTy Coates andCaz Rae will have the entertaining reins.

The pair will take to the stage at 9.30pm to deliver a set filled withclassic and current hits.

Jason Bone will fill d’Albora Marinas with music from noon on Sunday.

Bone, a solo act, will perform in the forecourt of the Nelson Bay marina until 3pm.

A prominent figure in the local and national music scene during the past 17 years, Bone is well known for his easy going Sunday chill vibe.He has an extensive repertoire that consists of music ranging from jazz though to blues and rock.

Murray’s Brewery at Bobs Farm will continue itsAmericanBeerMonth celebrations. Norm Bakker will deliver a free tribute to Elvis show on Sunday from noon.

For a full run down on which artist is playing where in Port Stephens, consult the Examiner’s gig guide.

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Novelist delves into city’s secret history

Novelist delves into city’s secret history

SECRET STORIES: Miles Franklin Award shortlisted author Rod Jones will speak about his latest novel at this year's Mudgee Readers' Festival. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Rod Jones’ latestnovel was born out of a very public first meeting with his biological mother.

The Motherstells the secret interwoven stories of three generationsof women: Jones’adoptive grandmother, Alma; his adoptive mother, Molly; his wife, Cathy; and his birth mother, Anna, whom he met for the first time at a reading his acclaimed novelJulia Paradisein 1986.The meeting, arranged by Jones, is described in the book.

“It was something more than idle curiosity,”he told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year.

“I'd been living by myself for a few months in the old Australia Council studio in Venice. It probably wasn't just a question of my adoption, but also the things of midlife people begin to think about in the years before 40: realising key senses in which one is unhappy, and having to face up to that.”

Joneswas 17 when his mother told him he was adopted.

“I don't think I had a single clear reaction, I probably didn't want to deal with it. It probably confirmed the sense of differentness I'd felt all my life, and probably still do feel." He pauses. "I'm not normal."

Jonesappears in the book as alter ego David, but the focus is on the four women beginning with his grandmother, Alma, who in 1917 war-time Footscray wasliving in a sleep-out at the back of a house with her children.

While the world is at war, Alma falls pregnant andher daughter Molly is born in secret. As Molly grows up, there is a man who sometimes follows her on her way to school.

Decades later Anna meets Neil in 1952 at her parents’ shack at Cockatoo. She later enters a Salvation Army home for unmarried mothers, but is determined to keep her baby.

Fast forward toFitzroy, 1975. Student life. Cathy and David are living together, determined not to get married. Against the background of the tumultuous events of the sacking of the Whitlam government, a new chapter is added to the family’s story.

Mudgee Readers’ Festival chairperson, Susie Bennett said The Mothers “is a beautifully expressed, poignant book, telling the story of three generations of unmarried mothers and the secrets and attitudes associated with those involved from 1917 to the present.”

“It cleverly interweaves the social history of the times with the story and I found the well researched historical content interesting in itself,”Ms Bennett said.

“The novel was borne out of Jones' own experience and I was totally captivated by his ability to write in a feminine voice about the emotions, distresses and secrets associated with giving a baby up for adoption, being forced to enter a home for ‘unwed’mothers and the desire to keep a child when society is so prejudiced against it.

“Overall I felt that The Mothers was compelling, often sad, exquisitely crafted and totally worth reading. I look forward to hearing Rod Jones speak of this book at The Mudgee Readers' Festival.”

Rod Jones will speak at two sessions as part of Mudgee Readers’ Festival, August 13 and 14. For tickets visit梧桐夜网mudgeereaders南京夜网

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Voters speak on steel

Voters speak on steel

save steel: Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has been criticised for his decision to oppose a steel bill put forward by the Greens. Picture: Sylvia Liber
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A steel campaigner hascriticised Illawarra Liberal MP Gareth Ward over his plans to vote against a bill they claim will help the industry.

Mr Ward, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, said on Monday that he would not be voting for the “disgraceful” bill put forward by the Greens that calls for 90 per cent of local steel to be used in NSW government infrastructure projects.

“I will stand up in the parliament. I will make it quite clear how we can support the steel industryand steel workers but protectionism is not it,” Mr Ward said.

South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris has spent the last 12 months pushing state and federal politicians towards helping the steel industry.

Mr Rorris said thefederal election results –particularly the Nick Xenophon Team’s efforts in South Australia, the home oftroubled steelmaker Arrium –showed job security was a big deal for voters.

“Nick Xenophonhad been elected with multiplesenators and taken a seat away from the Liberal Party,largely on the basisof things such as local jobs and local steel procurement,” Mr Rorris said.

“I think Garethneeds to acknowledge thatand I think and hope that the NSW Liberal government has amajor rethink because the way I read it, I don’t think the voters are muckingaround any more.”

Mr Rorris said politicians needed to get the message the voters were sending.

“I thinkthis is a kickin the pants for politicianswho are burying their heads in the sand and pretending the market willfix everything,” he said.

“Well,it won’tfix everything, and what the voters have just said is‘get in there, fix it, support our local jobs orget out’. I think it’s a blunt message and our state government woulddo well to heed the call.”

He criticised what he saw as the Liberal Party view that intervention was not necessary as themarket should be left alone.

“The problem is the market has failed,” Mr Rorris said.

“The international steel crisis is the biggest exampleof market failure since the GFC. That’sthe problem, the otherway has not workedand is not working.

“That’s why we sayto Gareth,have anotherlook at the steel bill.

“If he thinks he could improve on it with another wayhe should move an amendment.”

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A real estate trifecta

A real estate trifecta

PROUD: Jessica Zandona, who was named Australasian Property Manager of the year earlier in the year, played a big role in Griffith Real Estate's success.
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It’s a story of “David and Goliath” proportions.

BEATING THE BIG BOYS: Tony Santolin (left) and Brian Bertolin (right) were over the moon at the awards night with their haul. Picture: Supplied.

Griffith Real Estate recently took on the big guns in the property world and came out the victor.

They took out three awards at the Australasian awards night.

These included the excellence awards for sales productivity, property management productivity anddigital excellence.

Griffith Real Estate Director Tony Santolin said it was a big effort to take down some of the biggest names in thebusiness.

“Winning the awards against offices from Melbourne, Fremantle and New Zealand, who have huge offices, is a great achievement,” he said.

“They may have better properties, they may even have better film-making, but we won (digital excellence)because we were to the point, more real in our approach and not cheesy.

“The others were a bit over the top in their approach.

“Also for our video now to be used at other agencies, as what a video should look like, it’s really humbling.”

He said the team’s cohesiveness was a big factor in the win.

“Out of 900 properties, we only have twovacant,” Mr Santolin said.

“So we’reriding the wave of economic boom in Griffith.

“Having the biggest team in town, we're able to capture that momentum.

“The whole team is benefiting from training and going to courses and just really working well together.”

Santolin said he’d never dreamed that the’d be at this stage.

“Brian (Mob) and Jessica Zandonaspoke on property panel a couple months agoand wereable to share our stories,” he said.

“Thirtyyears ago, I couldn’t have imagined that one daywe’d be speaking in front of a huge audience like that one.”

The behind the scenes work didn’t go unnoticed by Mr Santolin either.

“Brian Bertolin was a major part of winning these awards,” he said. “He handles all our rentals and is a great person to have.

The work Brett Naseby and Nathan Thomas did on the winning video can’t be understated.

“It was a full team effort from everyone.”

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Costly slow start

Costly slow start

Stuart Scott carries a number of defenders at Tom Clyburn Oval on Sunday. The Tigers were beaten by two-points. Photo by Terese Peters.Canowindra slipped to fourth on the Woodbridge Cup ladder following Sunday’s two-point loss at Tom Clyburn Oval against the Eugowra Golden Eagles.
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Despite scoring the games first points, through a try to captain-coach Matt Frazer, a slow opening 40 minutes from the Tigers allowed Eugowra to assemble a 16-6 lead at halftime.

The lead was extended to 22-6 when the Eagles crossed again during the first set after the break, but the Tigers showed characterforminga major revival to finish the game just two-points behind, losing 28-26.

Canowindra capitalised after dominating theearly stages of the match when Frazer opened the scoring at the 10 minute markand Matt Mclean added the extras.

A string of handling errors gifted the Eagles favourablepossession and territory and the visitors took full advantage leveling the scores at 6-6.

Back to back tries inside final seven minutes of the half gave Eugowra the momentum at the break.

Despite the Tigers’ comeback duringthe second 40 minutes, the seventh placed Eagles managed to maintain the edge.

Three points and players’ playerwent to Matt Frazer, two points were awarded to Blake Willson and Dave Doran picked up one.

The Canowindra Tigresses were also defeated by Eugowra losing 20-4.

This weekend the Tigers travel to Young where theymeetBurrangong.

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