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New disability scheme office

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Senior operations manager Kellie Gilbert and district manager Warren Sullivan with NDIS staff Karen Symons, Dianne Lucas and Katrina Armstrong.As the transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) hits full force, St Vincent de Paul Society representatives were pleased to open the local office on Tuesday.
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Located in the Hong Yuen plaza, the office is expected tocater to over 650 participants from Inverell, Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

“It’s a really great facility to have here in Inverell. It’s easily accessed in the arcade and I think it’s going to help a lot of people,” local councillor Di Baker said. She felt it was a step forward for the disabled community.

Inverell Shire Council deputy mayor Anthony Michael, Glen Innes Severn Council deputy mayor Carol Sparks, Inverell Cr Stewart Berryman, board member Kerri Muir, Cr Di Baker, Cr Paul King and Cr Kate Dight visiting the new office.

“If we haven’t seen you yet, we’ll be seeing you soon,” was the message for locals with disability supports waiting to transition from senior operations manager for St Vincent de Paul Hunter New England and Central Coast areaKellie Gilbert.

She urged participants not to be fearful of the process, which will see disability support funding shift from services to individuals.

“We’ve got some lovely staff here that are going to come out and explain everything and help everybody through it,” she said.

She said that some eligible people who are currently “locked out of the system”, will soon be able to receive their supports, and that choice will be paramount.

“They can actually go out shopping and go to different service providers, get the best deal, get the best kind of service that fits their needs,” she said.

District manager for New EnglandWarren Sullivan said that as a lifelong scheme, those receiving support can plan for the long term, without having to reapply every year.

“Their plan just keeps rolling over as their needs change,” he said. He considered the change monumental.

Ms Gilbert said that although life will change for participants over time, the initial process will focus on the supports already being received that need to continue and if there are any “glaring gaps” to be filled.

“Then over the year, spend some time actually thinking about your goals in a broader way. And that way, we’re not putting so much pressure on people to think of these amazing goals right now,” she said.

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Hockey masters eye up New Zealand tour

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Australian reps: Leigh Rogers and Michael Collins will line up for Australian Masters Hockey in May, while Barb Rogers has been named as a reserve.
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Despite years of experience, Leigh Rogers and Michael Collins both agree: It never gets any easier to qualify for Australia.

The pair play masters hockey and have both been named in respective women’s and men’s sides to play three matches against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Barb Rogers has been named as shadow (reserve) for the Australian roster after a standout showing in national championships late last year.

“It never seems to get easier,” Leighsays. “You kind of know what to expect, but you still have to play your best hockey.”

Collins echoed the sentiment saying he had “trained smarter” this year to earn his spot in the green and gold.

“When I got selected as a shadow made me think I was on the right track,” Collins said. “I’ve been playing nationals for almost 10 years, but started to be more focused on it, I put a bit more effort in …trained smarter.”

Unfortunately Collins never got any game time as a reserve, and he was shocked to discover he had been named in the initial line-up for this year’s tour.

“I was absolutely wanting it, but I was a bit dumbstruck, you’re never quite sure you heard it [announced] correctly,” he said with a laugh.

“I happened to be there with a good mate of mine and I was too busy congratulating him that I missed my name, so I was fairly well gobsmacked to find out.”

Barb also shared a quirky beginning to her Australian campaign.

She was named as a shadow for the nationals and didn’t expect any game time.

However, she got the call up before having a standout performance to be selected as a back up for the Australian roster.

Leighand Collins train together twice a week, adapting the artificial surface of the Bega Tennis Courts to the conditions they’ll face on ground in New Zealand.

It’s a process they’ve done over a couple of years now and helps them keep in check with the feel of turf.

“You have an official training program sent out that you have to follow and submit things like your sprint times,” Leighsaid.

“But the courts can help keep you honed to that type of playing field.”

This will be Collins’ first international event and the first time for Barb to be named as a back-up to contest.

Meanwhile, Leigh is staring down her fourth year of play and said she knew plenty of her team-mates already.

“There are a number of women from the NSW nationals side selected so it does definitely help you settle in,” she said.

The Australian masters will face off against New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman tour in May.

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Raising the bar at nationals

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WAYNE and Josh Hancock of Reedy Creek took out the 2016-2017 Taipan Nationals at Meningie on January 5 –but they didn’t realise they had won until they were at the bar.
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NATIONAL WINNERS: Reedy Creek’s Wayne Hancock, son Josh Hancock and grandson Tait Hancock accept the national taipan catamaran sailing trophy at Meningie. Picture: Supplied

The father and son duo had a tumultuous five days of sailing, with a broken boom and a lightning storm thrown in.

When the pair came off the water at the end of the last race, they believed they had come second.

But when they reached the bar, the second placed SA team conceded defeat.

The Hancock crew had won the series by 18 points on a count back.

Wayne, 61,has been sailing since he was about 15, while Josh, 32,has been sailing since he was a child.

Both are members of the Lacepede Bay Sailing Club.

They competed in the 5.7 Taipan class catamaran category on boardRikki Tikki Tavi, with Wayne as skipper and Josh as crew.

“At 61, I’m a bit surprised,” Wayne said.

“I’ve sailed a few other boats and have been state champion and national champion in dolphins, which are not sailed much any more,” he said.

“But this is my first national sailing the taipan.”

Wayne and Josh have had their taipan for four seasons and have sailed in state titles in SA and Victoria.

Wayne said it had been 20 years since he had competed in a national sailing event in any class, but it had been a long-time aspiration to take another crack.

“Basically, we entered because it was at Meningie, just up the road,” he said.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

The national titles were at Queensland three years ago and have been in New South Wales and Victoria the past two years, respectively.

Wayne said Josh and himself were not the only father/son crew competing, but it was a special memory to savour.

“We’re farmers –Josh runs the farm and I work for him –so we work together all week and then sail on weekends,” he said.

“It was a bit of a mixed feeling coming into the beach –we had this sinking feeling, but we were elated once we found out we had won the nationals.”

Wayne said the best part about the win was sharing it with his family.

He said he had “dragged” wife Anne along to almost every sailing event since they got married more than 40 years ago and the odd event she had missed watching him compete in didn’t feel right.

Grandson Tait, 3, collected the trophy, making the win a family affair.

Josh said he was pleased to be able to help his dad tick a dream off his bucket list.

“It was my first national and I was doing it more for my dad than myself,” he said.

“We’ve been out of boats for a bit, windsurfing, or on sail boards, so to be able to do it with a son is pretty exciting for him.

“My mum’s ill –we’re living it one year at a time, so it’s a nice, positive experience to brighten up a tough time.”

Josh said Tait was “more excited about the win than anyone”.

“Tait would help us rig up in the morning and in the afternoon he would have a chat with us on the boat and ask ‘did you win?’

“On presentation night he came up and collected the trophy and carried it back to the table for us.

“When he found out we’d won the whole thing he was pretty excited for us.”

Josh said it would be “nice” one day to compete in a similar event with his own son.

“I’m not sure what he will want to do, I’ll let him make that decision, but maybe one day in a few years we’ll be sailing in something like this together,” Joshsaid.

The South Australian taipan catamaran titles will be at Kingston SE on Saturday, February 4.

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Urana left on the outer

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HAPPIER TIMES: Federation Council administrator Mike Eden congratulates former Urana Shire mayor Pat Bourke on his LRC appointment last year.
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THE former Urana Shire has been temporarily left without a voice on the Federation Council local representative committee after three former councillors including ex-mayor Pat Bourke quit.

The departures of Mr Bourke, John Doyle and Ian Kreutzberger were confirmed at the Federation Council meeting on Tuesday and follows the exit of another former Urana councillor, AlanUrquhart, in the lead-up to Christmas.

Former Corowa mayor Paul Miegel, Daryl Davey and Fiona Schirmer are the only original members of the committee formed soon after the merger of Corowa and Urana shires last year.

Gail Law was added to the committee to replace Francesco Bruinsma, who was the first to quit.

Another former Corowa mayor, Fred Longmire, also departed late last year when administrator Mike Eden decided to cut the size of the committee to seven.

Mr Eden flagged a further reduction to five, but has back-tracked and will keep the committee at seven until the council budget is handed down.

The committee will be totally disbanded once campaigning for the September elections begin with a majority of past and present committee members expected to stand for election.

Nine councillors will be elected with Federation Council not to be divided into wards.

Mr Bourke and Mr Miegel have rotated the role of committee chairman.

Mr Bourke said his reasons for stepping down were shared by Mr Doyle and Mr Kreutzberger.

“We started off with good ambitions, but unfortunately things haven’t panned out the way we wanted them to,” Mr Bourke said.

“We certainly haven’t given up on our communities.

“We wouldn’t do that.”

Mr Bourke declined to elaborate further.

Mr Eden acknowledged the loss of the three former Urana councillors was a setback.

“It is disappointing that the northern end of the council area has lost three very experienced and committed voices on the LRC,” he said.

“But I am confident in the next two to three weeks we will have some suitable replacements.”

LRC members are paid their former councillor allowance.

They were allowed to speak for the first time during a council meeting on Tuesday, but still cannot vote on agenda items.

The LRC’s role is is to provide advice to the administrator on community views and issues.

Mr Eden’s biggest decision to date is the appointment of general manager Chris Gillard for the next four years.

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Schools’ new leaders

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NEW LEADER: Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa welcomes Peter Scott from Mackay into the principal role for 2017.
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As we speed through the first month of the year, Mount Isa’s schools are already planning the new year and there will be plenty of new faces for students to deal with.

Catholic Education welcomes two new principals to the Mount Isa Community at the start of the 2017 schoolyear.

Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa welcomes Peter Scott into the principal role.

Mr Scott comes from the coast; he was the Deputy Principal- Curriculum at Mercy College Mackay, a role he held for two years.

Prior tothis, he was the Head of English and Drama at St Patrick’s College, Mackay for 13 years.

Mr Scott said he waslooking forward to moving out west and getting to know the Mount Isa community.

One of the Catholic primary schools in Mount Isa also has a new principal for 2017 but someone who has been around the traps a while.

St Kieran’s Catholic School welcomes a familiar face to the role of Principal.

Claudine Dank has been appointed as Principal for 2017.

Claudine has been the Assistant Principal –Religious Education at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mount Isa for the past three years.

Prior to thisleadership role, Claudine taught at both St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mount Isa and St Kieran’sCatholic School, Mount Isa.

Claudine Dank.

Dr Cathy Day, ExecutiveDirector, Townsville Catholic Education said the two new principals bring a wealth of knowledge with them.

“Their experience in leadership andfocus on teaching and learning will be a great asset to our schools,” Dr Day said.

“This year will be an exciting time for the Mount Isa schools as the new principals settle in and sharetheir expertise and experience with the staff, students and parents.”

The 2017 term dates for Townsville Catholic Education are:

Term 1:Monday January 23- Friday March 31 (10weekterm)

Term 2:Tuesday April 18 – Friday June 23 (10 weekterm)

Term 3:MondayJuly 10 – Friday September 15 (10 weekterm)

Term 4:Tuesday October 3 – Friday December 1 (9 weekterm)

Year 12 school year concludes on Friday November 17,2017

Secondary classes conclude Friday November 24,2017

Pupil free days:

Tuesday April 11

Wednesday April 12

Thursday April 13

Monday October 16

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