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Stevens’ art picked from more than 50

20/01/2019 Posted by admin

WINNER: Guest judge Peter Bok with major prize winner Sarah Stevens and her entry Hidden Valley.A local artist has won the top prize at this year’s Port Lincoln Art Prize.

This year’s art prize attracted more than 50 entires, which were revealed at the opening andpresentation night at the Nautilus Arts Centre on January 12.

Entries also came from outside Port Lincoln, including Ceduna, Elliston, Snowtown and Adelaide.

Port Lincoln artist Sarah Stevens was awarded the $5000 major prize for her entry titled Hidden Valley.

Miss Stevens said it felt amazing to have won the major prize.

“It was completely unexpected, I was entering thinking I didn’t have much of a chance,” she said.

Miss Stevens, who has been painting for about 15 years, said the award win hadalready opened up opportunities for her including a chance to showcase some of her art in Adelaide.

Other winners included Ceduna artist Pungkai who received a $1000 highly commended prize for his entry Tali Tjuta –Many Sandhillsand Sally Kunze who won the $1000 Picture Perfect Local Artist Prize for her piece Boston Bay.

Adelaide Horlin-Smith won the Encouragement Award for Awakeningand Ann Fuss received the Hangers Award for Kaleidoscope.

Special merits were also awarded to Sarah Cavill for Fire Fairies, Emma Fuss for King Proteas, Makenzie Dickie for Fading Part 3 and Dave Trengove for Towards Sir Isaccs.

Adelaideartist Peter Bok was guest judge for theart prize.

Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said Mr Bok provided great insight as to how the winners were selected.

“His words were very encouraging with many of the artists present filled with a new sense of confidence,” he said.

Nautilus Arts Centre officer Vivianne Sarret said entries were up on recent years.

“We’re notjust reaching out to local people but reaching out to outside areas which is great,” she said.

The entries are now on display in the Nautilus Arts Centre until February 18 with the public invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced after the exhibition.

The Port Lincoln City Council thankedart prizesponsors Picture Perfect Framing and Artists Supplies, Pedemonte Jewellers, Port Lincoln Hotel and Regional Express.

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Fatal quad bike crash in Barellan, NSW, the second tragedy for Connor Irvin’s family

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Connor Irvin, 7, with his sister, Shenaye, died after he fell off his quad bike. Photo: FacebookThey are the biggest cause of death on Australian farms and, on Monday, claimed yet another life.

Seven-year-old ConnorIrvin, from the small Riverina wheat town of Barellan, waskilled by a quad bike on Sunday afternoonwhen he turned a sharp corner on his family’s farm and fell off.

He was crushed by the kids’ model bike but anine-year-old family friend who was sitting behind him survived.

Both boys were wearing bicycle helmets and were under supervision, a police spokesman said.

Connor’s family, including twin brother Bailey and parents Mel and Dennis, were watching as the crash unfolded and tried to save the boy’s life, it isunderstood.

“He was a very special, soft boy who loved his twin brother Bailey and his sisterShenaye[and] loved his dad’s farm,” a statement from theIrvinfamily said.

Connor’s death,the108th quad bike deathin six years,hasprompted fresh callsfor the state government to implement a coroner’s 2015 recommendations to make helmets, minimum riding ages and licensingmandatory.

However one of the country’s leading quad bike researchers said the machines overall are too dangerous.

“These machines have a very low stability,” said ProfessorRaphaelGrzebieta,from the Transport and Road Safety Research Centre at the University of NSW.

“They are equivalent to driving a heavilyoverladentruck on a bumpy, undulated terrain. Now would you do that? I don’t think so.

“People should wear helmets, yes. As for licensing, that’s not the causal factor here. The vehicles have a poor design feature, they are unstable when you hit a rock, a stump or a rabbit hole.”

Connor Irvin, right, with twin brother Bailey. Photo: Facebook

It’s understood the bike that killed Connor was a Kanga kids model that did not have any warning stickers on it to reflect the user manual, which states it should not be ridden by anyone aged under 16.

The brochure describes it as an “easy, exciting yet fun way for the kids to get into the four wheel thrill”.

ProfessorGrzebietawas part of a team todevelop safety ratingsfor quad bike models.

“Theyreally need to be ridden by people that have been trained,” he said.

A 2015 inquest into nine NSW quad bike deaths found that most involved roll-over accidents on unstable terrain and that most ridersweren’t wearing helmets.

Deputy State Coroner SharonFreundrecommended the government consider legislationfor mandatory licensing or training, helmets, seat belts, age restrictions and safety ratings.

She found there was apressing need for cultural change among quad bike riders.

However, Fairfax Media understands the state government is keen to stick to itsnon-regulatory approach andfocus on safety awareness.

“We will be implementing a public awareness campaign in the first half of the year that will include information on child safety risks,”said Minister for Better Regulation VictorDominello.”Sunday’s incident is a tragic reminderaboutwhy this work is so important.”

A $2 million rebate package introduced last year offersfarmers $500 to put towards the purchase of compliant helmets.

A coroner found in 2015 that most quad bike deaths were caused by roll overs on unstable terrain. Photo: Peter Stoop

Connor wasone of seven people aged under eightto dieon quad bikes since 2011.

His adult sister,Shenaye,was among several people who posted tributes online, saying:”Fly high my big blue eyed angel… Promise I’ll look after your best mate until you’re together again.”

Another family member posted “No more. Please no more!” as news filtered through of the second death in the family in as many weeks.

The extendedfamily in Barellan were still mourning the death of truck driverMichealIrvin, 29,in a truck crash on January 3.

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Riverina scores two wins in Bradman Cup

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Reece Matheson is in Newcastle with the Riverina Bradman Cup team.Riverina coach Mark Favell thought the opening day of the Bradman Cup would be the hardest hurdle for his side to overcome but the players secured a first-up win with ease on Monday.

Riverina met Central Northern at George Farley Oval, Wallsend and overcame Central Northern’s strong middle order.

Central Northern batted first and were sitting pretty at 4/106 before Riverina hit back.

Led by opening bowler Max Harper (3/15), Riverina turned the match on its head to bowl Central Northern out for 135.

With 50 overs to get the runs, time was never going to be a worry for Riverina.

Opener Blake Harper (39) got things going before Eddie Keogh (32) put a handy knock of his own together.

Central Northern’s Conrad George (4/32) was a constant thorn in Riverina’s side but it did little to stop the team.

Reece Matheson (31*) and Rupert Lilburne (17*) put on a 34-run stand to see Riverina score the required runs in 37.3 overs.

Riverina backed up its opening day by putting on a mammoth total in the day two match against Western.

Blake Harper (5) fell early as Riverina batted first.

From there, every player made a start with Harry Rosengren (35), Keogh (13), Dean Bennett (10) andReece Matheson (16) all contributing.

However, it was the final two partnerships that shone through.

Riley Gow (70*) combined withRupert Lilburne (39) for 77 runs first.

Gow then partnered with Joshua Staines (37*).

They put on an unbeaten 71-run stand to push Riverina to 6/259 after 50 overs.

Jack Cattanach (4/43) removed Brock Larance (7) early in Western’s run chase on to put Riverina on the front foot.

Western then fought back before Dean Bennett (1/9) found immediate success when he was brought into the attackto break a 42-run stand.

Nicholas Broes (79) and Henry Railz (44 retired) held the key toWestern’s innings.

However, Eddie Keogh (3/25) broke the partnership and continued to take wickets before Cattanach helped clean up the tail as Riverina won by 67 runs.

Riverina take on North Coastal today before finals commence on Thursday.

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Lifting fertility in flocks

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BOOSTING THE BOTTOM LINE IN FLOCKS: David Brown of Holmes Sackett, Wagga is pictured with his dog Salty. Picture: Nikki ReynoldsFERTILITY is key when it comes to increasing the bottom line in sheep flocks.

Producers will have the opportunity to learn about maximising conception rates and achieving the best results from top-performing genetics at an upcoming series of seminars.

Holmes Sackett consultant, David Brown, Wagga said the aim was to provide information to producers before joining.

Mr Brown said it was also timely given the fact that prices at a saleyard level were high and this combined well with the auction returns for wool.He said part of the workshop would focus on evaluating the best way to get value from rams.

Mr Brown said one of the main focuses of the workshops was to“up-skill” producers in conducting their own ram inspections before joining. “If you are perusing rapid genetic improvement in the flock you can’t do this if there is a bogus ram in there,” he said.

The workshops will focus on ram management and provide best practice pre-joining information.

Mr Brown said the workshops were an initiative ofSheep Connect NSW, and partners Zoetis and Holmes Sackett.

Sheep Connect NSW project manager Megan Rogers said the aim was to provide “hands on” practical information.“With the high prices for sheep, any benefits from improving ram performance will translate directly into dollars into producer pockets, and that can only be a good thing,” she said.

Ms Rogers said ram purchases were a key investment for any sheep operation, and ensuring that sires are performing to potential gives better returns.

One of the speakers isveterinarian Matt Playford, Dawbuts who will provide information on howto complete pre-joining ram inspections.

There will also be discussion and practical sessions on inspecting rams for soundness. Plus attendees can learn about making financial decisions in terms of spending money on rams.

The aim was to run the work shops before joining in southern NSW.

Dates and locations:

January, 30 –Harden January, 31 – YassFebruary, 1– Bombala February, 2 – CoomaFebruary, 3– Tumbarumba Registrations HTTPS://SHEEPCONNECTRAMINSPECT.EVENTBRITE.COM.AU

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Magpies ready to fly

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ALL SET FOR A BIG SEASON: Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Blake Dryden, Adam Vanzanten (coach) and Caleb Liddicoat will all play a big part in the Magpies success in 2017 . Photo: COURTNEY WARDTHE Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies have already returned to the training paddock ahead of what is looming to be a big season on the field.

Despite a disappointing year on the field in 2016, the Magpies have retained most of their core, while adding a couple of key exciting pieces.

“From the squad we had last year, we have only lost Jack O’Brien (England) and Trent Burns (retirement),” Magpies’ club president Jackson Bramley said.

“To combat their losses, we have added Albury duo Andrew Cowhan and Mitch McLeod, which is exciting.

“Coach Adam Vanzanten is excited to add these two, to what already was ayoung and exciting core from last season.”

The club’s three other sides –reserve grade, under 18s and women’s league tag -are all preparing well too according to Bramley.

“Lloyd Sharpe and Alex Stokes have taken over the reins of reserve grade and have big plans for the squad,” he said.

“Ted Bowley will again be in charge of the under 18s team, which looks to be very strong this season

“And the women’s league tag squad are looking to build on last year’s strong year. But at the moment, with club legend Wayne Strong stepping down, the team is still on the lookout for a coach this year.

“If anyone out there wants to coach the WLT team, please contact the club.”

With the start of the Group 7 less than three months away, the Magpies have already locked in two important trial matches.

“The annual Blaine Rosz memorial match against Mittagong is set for March 4 at the Berry Showground,” Bramley said.

“Following this match, we will hit the road to take on Adam’s old club Junee, from Group 9, on March 18.

“We went to Cootamundra last season and it proved to be a good bonding weekend for the club before the season starts, so we decided to do it again.

“The next weekend, on March 24, we have our season launch, which will kick-off what we hope is a very successful 2017 season on and off the field.”

If you are interested in joining the Magpies as a player, member or sponsor, please contact club president Jackson Bramley on 0421 193 028.

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