Too hot, hot damn: Parkes to handle Hottest7s heat

22/07/2019 Posted by admin

SEVENS HEAVEN: Former Orange Emus skipper Ben Parkes has risen rapidly through the Northern Territory’s rugby pathways. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKWhen former Orange Emus skipper Ben Parkes uprooted and moved to Darwin in 2015, playing rugby wasn’t on his radar –let alone rugby sevens.
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Now he’s not just playing the latter form of the game, he’s representing the Northern Territory.

Parkes shone in the Mosquitoes’ history-making National Sevens Championship campaign in Adelaide last year –the side placed fourth and trumped top seedNSW,it’s best ever showing–and he’s retained his place in the 12-man NT squad for this weekend’s Coca-Cola Hottest7s In The World, in Darwin.

TheHottest7swill feature 12 women’s teams and 32 men’ssides from all across Australia as well as Fiji, Singapore and Borneo.

It continues to grow andwith a total prize pool of $80,000 it’sthe richest tournament in the southern hemisphere.

“I’d never played sevens before I came up here, but everyone is huge on it,” Parkes explained.

“It made sense to give it a go, although it’s completely different to the 15-a-side game and it takes time to learn. Fitness is the big one, it’s something else how fit you need to be.

“Being a part of the National Sevens Championship side was incredible experience, it was the Northern Territory’s best ever finish and we knocked off NSW which was a highlight.

“I think it’ll go to another level this weekend though, some of the teams coming are unbelievable and there’s a few ex-internationals playing as well.”

Another level is right.

World Cup-winningAll Black Zac Guildford will lead the Darwin Stallions, that’s just one example of the quality on show at the annual tournament.

Parkes’ Mozzies have drawn the toughest pool in the tournament too, they’ll take on two-timerunners-upGumatj Cavaliers –including former Fijian skipperSetefano Cakaunavalu –along with Fiji’sEagle Warriors and NT Cougars.

But, as the eighth seed in the tournament and with strong results under their belt, there is a real chance the Mozzies could come away with a top four finish –if not better.

STINGERS: Ben Parkes (middle, back), with the Mozzies squad at last year’s nationals. Photo: NT RUGBY

“It’s a pretty tough draw, we’ll be up against it, in fact it’s probably as tough as they come,” Parkes said.

“But for us we’re just looking to play good, structured sevens and build on the nationals campaign.

“It’s as much about learning and gaining experience as winning, although getting the results would be nice.

“I’m really looking forward to it, it’ll be an amazing experience, even if it will be bloody hot.”

Parkes, who plies his trade for Darwin’s University Pirates at club level and is the best part of 70kg wringing wet,said the Mozzies havebeen training for almost six months in preparation for the Hottest7s so despite their tough schedule, so they’ll be as well prepared as possible.

They continued that preparation on Wednesday night with two trial games, and will trainwith the Australian Development Squad on Friday.

“It’s pretty full-on, especially in the heat up here,” Parkes said.

“Obviously a massive focus is staying hydrated and all that sort of thing, the preparation has been good though we’ve been training for a long time for this weekend.”

Parkes is expected to bring his knowledge of the modified format of the game back to Orange in March, he’s planning on turning out for the Aiden Brice All Stars again at the Orange City 10s.

Bathurst’s Darcie Morrison will also be in action, she’ll be representingtheAussie Development Squad.

The Hottest7s kicks off on Saturday, at Darwin’s Land Rover Rugby Park.

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Shire begins to tire of war

22/07/2019 Posted by admin

Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of January 20,1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
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LIEUTENANT R. F. Cork, Recruiting Officer, attended Moruya Shire Hall on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. for the purpose of enrolling recruits, but unfortunately, there were no Patriots present to offer their services for King and Country.

MEETING LAPSED. – The public meeting, convened by the President of the Shire Council, Mr. Flood, for Monday night to establish a branch of the “Citizens’ War Chest Fund” in Moruya collapsed through paucity of attendance. The Convenor & Messrs J. R. Milne, and W. Ryan, Club House Hotel, were the only attendants.

A WARNING. – The Hon. Sec. of the Red Cross Society is in receipt of the following letter from the Head Office Sydney: – Dear Madam, – Owing to the fact that a good many of the garments forwarded from Australia to the Commissioners in London find their way in prisoner’s parcels to Germany, it is particularly requested that no letters be enclosed with any of these garments. Serious trouble might ensue if communications, possibly containing references to the enemy were found in parcels on arrival in Germany. We are directed to ask if you will be so good as to make this known as widely as possible amongst your workers. Yours faithfully, GLADYS OWEN and MARJORIE MORT, Joint Hon. Secs.

DISAPPOINTMENT. – Private Joe Smith, who got his hand smashed in the fighting at Poizieres, is very much disappointed that the injured member has not sufficiently mended to allow his going back to the front. Joe was on a visit to friends in this district, and was called back to Sydney during the week to receive his discharge.

TIMBER INDUSTRY. – Owing to the stoppage of railway extensions and other public works the demand for timber is slumping to such an extent that it is now being found difficult to keep our regular timber workers in employment. Mr. James, Manager for Allan Taylor & Co. left Moruya in his private car for Sydney on Wednesday morning with a view to securing Queensland or other contracts in order to keep his employees here at work.

DOWN FROM THE NORTH. – Mr Coffey, a brother of the recently deceased Mr. Paddy Coffey of Braidwood, arrived in Sydneyon New Year’s Eve. He is reputedly the owner of an immense pastoral area in the Northern Territory while his livestock assets are set down at 750,000 head of cattle and 80,000 horses. – Braidwood “News.”

BODALLA. – (From our Correspondent.) On Tuesday last the picnic in connection with the Church of England Sunday School was held at Dalmeny Beach, where a very enjoyable time was spent by the children and parents, who were driven out by Mr. J. Duncan per motor. Unfortunately after bringing the first load of passengers home the car went on strike and other local cars had to be requisitioned to bring them home.

A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the All Saints’ Church on Wednesday 17th. Inst. when Miss Phyllis Ravallion said “I Will” in reply to the usual question. The bridegroom was Mr. A. J. Berriman of Bodalla. We wish the young couple all the happiness and good luck they deserve – Rev. Lewin was the officiating clergyman.

TOWN TALK. – That Moruya is now recognised as the best fishing ground on the South Coast.

That the tasty whiting is now biting very freely on our beaches.

That “Goldy” Lambert, Heffernan (2), Ireland, and C. Williams comprise a camping party at the Broulee Beach who are having a shining time amongst the finny tribe and the breakers.

That Mr. Dan Skehan, local foreman for the Harbour and Rivers Department, has re-started mending the river training wall where injured by the late floods.

Mr MICHAEL CORRIGAN. – (A native of Moruya) – The last of “Mick” Corrigan’s coaching plant was sold at auction on Tuesday by W. Rixon. The big passenger coach, so familiar here for many years was knocked down to Mr. Frank Behl, of Pambula, for £8. Its disappearance from the roads is a result of the ever increasing motor traffic.

Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (梧桐夜网mdhs.org419论坛).

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Going down the sustainable transport road

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Describing what we mean by sustainable transport is a challenge. Sometimes it is easier to describe what it is not.
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For example, streams of motionless cars onjam-packed roads withvehicles spewing emissions andpollution is not sustainable.

Of course, we have the opposite problem in rural and regional areas where there can be large sections of road with very few vehicles on it, making the cost of transporting goods to relatively small populations expensive, and not particularly sustainable in economic terms.

To some degree the problem in a country like Australia is that we have developed transport systems largely around the individual.

As has been demonstrated, a transportation infrastructure based around individuals in automobiles contributes toglobal warming, pollution, health problems and energy insecurity.

Conversely, the idea behind a green transportation infrastructure is one that provides opportunities for people to get around their communities using their own power – such as walking or biking – or by other more environmentally-sensitive means, like trains or buses.

A truly green infrastructure is one that residents enjoy, provides durable and inexpensive mobility and addresses the underlying conditions from which our energy crises arise.

In short, sustainable transport infrastructure by nature means a greater focus on a public transport system that serves the public well.

Recently we have also seen developments like solar roads,a modular system of specially-engineered solar panels that can be walked and driven upon.

The panels contain LED lights to create lines and signage without paint, heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation and microprocessorswhich allowthe panels to communicate with each other, a central control station, and vehicles.

The panels are made of glass …but not ordinary glass, they are made of specifically-formulated tempered glass, which can support the weight of semi-trailers.

Like many other parts of our lives we are bound to see technology and sustainability play a much larger role in our transport system.

La Vergne Lehmann, Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group

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Shanks in form for track series

22/07/2019 Posted by admin

JUNIOR development rider Mason Shanks continues to improve on the track and was rewarded with two strong wins during the Dubbo City Toyota Track Racing Series on Tuesday night.
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Shanks was able to upstage Ella Mann, Hamish Murphy, Zoe and Darcy Shanks in two of the three events, while Murphy was the winner of the third junior development race.

Tiny tots and super tots riders Jed and Ellie Reynen, Cooper Farr, Connor Billsborough and Mackenzie Murphy rode safe and fast in their events and continue to improve their skills.

Tom Williamson, Emily Hines and Will Gilbert scored wins in the junior development two races, with Isabelle Russell taking out three wins in the junior division one events, while her brother Louis also recorded a win. Jennifer Raines (four lap handicap and four lap scratch race), Helen Hines (two lap handicap) and Sarah Gordon (five lap scratch race) were the winners of the D-grade events, with Haydon Carroll finishing with two placings.

Simone Grounds, who is a former state and national champion, took out the C-grade four lap handicap, five lap scratch race and six lap scratch race, while Lachie Clark won the two lap handicap, with Joe Shanks, Haylee Fuller, Catherine Fuller and Grounds all finishing on the minor steps of the podium.

Sydney-based rider Ashlee Jones took out the B-grade two and four lap handicaps, while Sam Fitzgerald won both the six and ten lap scratch races, with Dylan Eather, David Gerrish, Justin Brooks, Jones and Fitzgerald finishing in the minor placings.

Kurt Eather was in ominous form, taking out three A-grade races (eight lap scratch, four lap handicap and 20 lap scratch) as Mick Ticehurst shot clear to win the two lap handicap, with Jason Farr, Chris Couper, Adam Mitchell and Tim Hines scored podium placings.

A large group of Dubbo Cycle Club riders took to Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill this week for some special training sessions in preparation for a number of upcoming events.

The home of track cycling at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Dunc Gray Velodrome, will play host to the upcoming under-15 and 17 NSW Junior State Track Championships, the Clarence Street Cup and the NSW Masters State Track Championships.The Dubbo Track Open and under 9 to 13 NSW Junior State Championships are fast approaching and will be held at Victoria Park No.1 Oval February 11-12.

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Looking through the lens

22/07/2019 Posted by admin

HEIGHTS: George Ingerman took this photo from atop the Point Lowly lighthouse, with his feet and truck in view.
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George Ingerman proved that he is certainly not afraid of heights when taking a daring photo for the regional Through the Lens: Seniors Card Photographic Exhibitioncompetition.

The local electrician who does work inside the Point Lowly Lighthouse, managed to find the right angle to truly show the dizzying site from atop the building.

Mr Ingerman placed second in the Regional Australia competition in the Through the Lens competition, which had over 400 entries, and his photo was displayed in the Adelaide Convention Centre as a result.

“I was pretty casual about it in the first place, I initially entered as a bit of a lark, just putting a nickname onthetitle and a rather shabby description,” he said.

“Later it became a little bit more professional as things evolved, and I had to workshop my description of the photo through email in order to fineness the entry.”

Mr Ingerman said it was simply ‘seeing the opportunity’ which gave him the idea for the photo.

“I like taking photos and working as an electrician on the lighthouse itself I would often go outside and have a look around, thinking ‘wow’,” he said.

“The Whyalla Council takes care of the lighthouse and I work for a contractor who does all the electrical work for the council.

“I always had the idea of doing that top-down photo, I also took some panoramas from up the top as well, which took in the Santos jetty and right around the base –it really showed the Peninsula.”

However it was the top-down photo that Mr Ingerman found to be the best, and the one which took the most effort to take.

“I had to go as far over the railing as I could, at the edge of the image you can see a handrail, and I had my shins pressed against it as hard as I could to get the photo,” he said.

“I think this one was always my favourite photo I took up there.”

Though Mr Ingerman did not receive feedback from the judges, he said he was happy to finish second in the Regional South Australia category.

“I didn’t expect to be a regional finalist, but it was satisfying to finish in that position,” he said.

The Through the Lens competition was part of International Day of Older Persons celebrations, andwas open to all South Australian Seniors Card members from June 2 to July 29 2016.

The competition and exhibition promote active ageing by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography, and demonstrates that people can learn and create at any age.

Colin Sanderson won the competition with his photo of theArckaringa Hills at sunrise, taken at Arckaringa Station.

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Jesus was the ultimate fisherman

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

As my wife and I settle into life in the Wimmera, we can’t help but notice that fishing is a favourite leisure-time activity.
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This area is home base for so many ‘tinnies’ – of various sizes and specifications. Being a ‘mad keen fisherman,’ I applaud and fully agree, fishing is fabulous.That is not to say I am any good at fishing: it seems fish and I have an arrangement that they are never where I am, and I am never where they are biting.

Regardless of my lack of success, I still love the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and ‘drop a line’ somewhere.

The Bible tells us of a special fisherman, Jesus Christ.

For a man who grew up in dusty Palestine and trained as a carpenter, Jesus was an extraordinary fisherman. Matthew and Mark’s Gospels both tell of a very successful fishing trip he went on, a trip that he is still on to this day.

I want to share with you a story about the ones that did not get away.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he was walking along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee when he spotted two brothers, Andrew and Simon Peter out fishing. He boldly said to them; “Follow me and I will make you fish for people”.

That command might sound weird to our ears but the brother’s response was simply amazing. They obeyed and immediately followed. No stalling, no umming or ahhhing;these brothers simply dropped their nets and followed.

And further along the shoreline Jesus did the same thing to another pair of brothers, James and John with the same result: Jesus calledthem, and they immediately dropped what they were doing and followed.

Wow! That’s some fishing technique, because this was even before the four had seen Jesus at work healing, preaching and performing miracles all over the countryside.

What it demonstrates is that, if and when Jesus calls you to follow, He does not miss and He will not give in till you are caught, until you follow Him.

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Service comes to end

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

PROUD: Palliative Care Tasmania program manager for Northern Tasmania Sharon King says she is proud of what the organisation has achieved. Picture: Tamara McDonaldAfter months of fighting to secure funding failed, Palliative Care Tasmania will cease services ina matter of weeks.
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The four remaining staff members’ contracts will end in coming weeks.PCT general manager Colleen Johnstone will be the last to leave, and will finish up on February 15.

The service provides end of life education to Tasmanians statewide, and gages community concern about end of life care.

Program manager for Northern TasmaniaSharon King, whose role covers the North and North-West, said discovering different cultures’ and religions’ customs was enlightening.

Ms King started work with PCT about two years ago, beginning her role with experience as an allied health professional. Educating vulnerable communities has been particularly rewarding, shesaid.

“People like in the LGBTI community, there’s specific considerations we might need to take a look at, suchas estranged families [that] can cause alot of anxiety at end of life,” shesaid.

Ms King said Tasmania’s communities were incredibly diverse and had different needs. PCT consultationled to providing services ranging from palliative care beds atGeorge Town to art therapy atDeloraine, she said.She said there was anxiety within the sector about who would fill the gap, and still community confusionabout the definition of palliative care.

Ms King said PCT was “quietly confident” that a state parliamentary inquiry into palliative carewould put forward positive recommendations for PCT. She said she hoped to keep the door open to be able to continue educating in palliative care.

“I think we’re really proud of what we have achieved, and we’re just disappointed and sad to see this ending,” she said.

But Ms King said without her “great manager” Ms Johnstone’s persistence, the service would have had to wrap up in June.

PCT acquired federal governmentfunding as part of the Better Access to Palliative Care funding from June 2012. Funding was due to end inJune 2016 but was extended to September lastyear.PCT then worked on short-term projectsand hasapproached the state government forfunding. A state government spokeswoman said the state government had “worked constructively” with PCT since their federal funding ended andwould “continue to investigate opportunities” to support them.

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Rich indigenous cultural heritage in the Upper Hunter

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

LOCAL aboriginal artists and arts organisations are encouraged to apply for NSW Government funding to support their projects.
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Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund was for projects in remote and regional NSW that encourage Aboriginal people to explore and express their cultural identities.

“I urge all our local Aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for this funding, which will allow them to share their stories and skills with their communities,” he said.

“This is well-targeted support to build the skills, capacity and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts organisations as well as create a diversity of stories and contemporary artworks which speak to local communities.”

The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5000 for individual professional artists and up to $20,000 for organisations.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government was proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture across NSW.

The fund supports projects that:

* Enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities;

* Engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW;

* Encourage people to engage with Aboriginal arts and cultures;

* Build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW; and

* Increase skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists in regional NSW.

“Last year the fund supported 15 striking projects including painting, carving and fibre workshops across the state,” Mr Johnsen said.

“With our rich indigenous cultural heritage here in the Upper Hunter, I strongly encourage our local artists and art societies to apply for this funding, and highlight our wonderful, contemporary indigenous art.”

Applications close on February 27.

For more information, visit 梧桐夜网arts.nsw.gov419论坛

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Air route open for new players

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

Creating competition: NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance at a sod turning ceremony at Merimbula Airport where he announced the deregulation of the Merimbula – Sydney route. Themonopoly enjoyed by Regional Express (Rex) on its Merimbula to Sydney route will be removed in the coming weeks.
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Member for Bega and NSW Minister for TransportAndrew Constance announced Monday he will be signing the paperwork later this week to allow for more competition on the 35,000 passenger a year route.

Mr Constancefirst expressed his intentions to deregulate the route in December 2015and said he has been working hard for the past year to make it happen.

“It’s important for people to understand in terms of deregulation, what it does is drive down the cost of business for the regional airlines, and often in reducing their red tape it should mean a flow on to customers,” Mr Constance said.

“At the same time a bit of competition is a healthy thing and with the enormous opportunities out of Canberra’s international airlines, linkages in terms of regional air services will become increasingly of greater demand for our visitor economy as well.”

As part of his plans for regional airports Mr Constance is also calling on the federal government to amend the Sydney Airport Management Act to allow more regional flights into Kingsford Smith.

“There is no reason why they can’t lift the cap to exclusively provide more slots for regional airlines. That enables the regional airlines to better use their existing fleet, it enables regional airlines to fly to better timetables and it doesn’t have any impact to any of those communities under flight paths,” he said.

Mr Constance said he has already met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and is hoping to meet withShadow Minister for Transport and InfrastructureAnthony Albanese to ensure there is bipartisan support for his plan to see thecap lifted from 80 to 85.

“My message to Canberra is we can’t wait, we need the slots now,” he said.“With the state investing tens of millions of dollars in the infrastructure…Canberra needs to come to the party and open those opportunities.”

When questioned about whether there are any plans to allow for Canberra to Merimbula flights, Mr Constance remained positive.

“I’ve already had one local operatortalk to me about flights to Canberra. Ultimately it will be up to the market to determine that, if the demand is there why wouldn’t you take a potentially 25 minute flight across the escarpment down to this beautiful part of the globe?” Mr Constance said.

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Call for fast action after blackout

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

Concerned: Residents who live in the Lakeside Woods Estate at Lake Cathie said they are fed up with having a third world power supply. They want Essential Energy to act more efficiently.Lake Cathie residents are voicing their concerns after they were left without electricity, internet or phone services for up to 30 hours over the weekend.
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About 1000 Lake Cathie customers were affected by an unplanned power outage at about 2pm on January 14 after a storm.

Essential Energy North Coast community relations manager Rachel Hussell said power was restored to all but 161 customers later that night.

A generator was sourced to restore power to the 161 customers on January 15 and the last customers were connectedat 9.30pm.

Julia and Charles Watkins live on Shearwater Court said that they are disappointed with the amount of time it took for Essential Energy to respond to the incident.

The couple’s house normally runs off solar power and they are concerned they will be issued with a large bill to pay for the electricitythey are using, due to a generator provided by Essential Energy.

Rod Streeter lives on Lakeside Way and said his family is often required to carry around torches and candles.

The residents said they want to be better informed if there is a power outage.

One resident said many residents weren’tnotified.They said without phone coverage they are literally being ‘left in the dark’ about the situation.

Mr Streeter’s wife Deb runs a business from home and relies on access to internet and power to operate. Mrs Streeter said that she is potentially losing thousands of dollars due to thelack of essential services.

Rachel Hussell said Essential Energy crews responded immediately on January 14 and located an underground fault.

As a general rule, shesaid, it is not Essential Energy’s policy to supply alternative generation during an outage.

“The company encourages all customers to have a contingency plan for when the power does goes out, either during a storm or for planned work,” she said.

Essential Energy crews are continuing with repairs.

Ms Hussell said extra testing of the underground cable is being undertaken to reduce the risk of further disruptions to the power supply.

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