Stevens’ art picked from more than 50

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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