Lauren Cheatle shoots to national selection

Berrima District Sports Awards 2014 junior champion Lauren Cheatle has been picked again for the Australian Shooting Stars women’s cricket squad. Photo by Josh BartlettCRICKET
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BOWRAL cricketer Lauren Cheatle is a star that continues to shine brightly.

Cheatle, 16, has been selected for her second successive overseas tour with the Commonwealth Bank Australian Shooting Stars.

The Highlander will represent the Stars when the squad travels to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 30.

Australia will stay until April 13 and will play four 50-over and two Twenty20 matches against the ECB Academy.

The Southern Stars squad is the equivalent of an Australia A side (second tier).

Cheatle was recently picked to tour Sri Lanka and retained her spot for the trip to Dubai.

The emerging talent said it was “massive” to be picked for the upcoming tour.

“It’s incredible to be selected again,” Cheatle said.

“It’s a shock because I didn’t think that they would select the same players (as Sri Lankan tour).”

Cheatle said she was pleased with her form on the last tour, where the Stars played two 50-over and two T20 games.

The all-rounder missed the tour opener due to illness, but returned to the side for the final three games.

Cheatle said she picked up a couple of wickets but didn’t have an opportunity to bat.

“I did alright – it was my first trip overseas,” she said.

“This time around, I want to get more out of my bowling.

“We have the same coaching staff as the Sri Lankan tour, so I will be picking their brains.”

Cheatle is contracted with the NSW Breakers women’s cricket team and trains three times per week in Sydney.

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Korea first hand for Cowra View Club

Guest speaker Jay Moore and baby daughter Grace, mayor Bill West, Jemma Pokoney, Annette Lynch and Ruth Fagan at the recent VIEW Club lunch.The Cowra VIEW Club was pleased to be involved in the Festival of International Understanding once again.
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President Annette Lynch welcomed the mayor Bill West, councillor Ruth Fagan, youth ambassador Jemma Pokoney and council project officer Linda Barron.

A new member, Dorothy Dodd, was also included.

Mayor Bill West was most appreciative of the continued support given by the club to the festival prior to introducing Mrs Jay Moore, the guest speaker and her two children.

Jay’s parents came to Australia from Korea and it is here that she received most of her education, only recently settling in Cowra with her husband.

She choose four main topics for her talk on Korea; language, food, work, culture and religious interaction. This was enhanced by a powerpoint presentation and an amusing quiz.

Rowena Casey thanked our guest for her address and made a presentation in appreciation.

Councillor Ruth Fagan spoke on the youth ambassador program and introduced Jemma Pokoney, representing Cowra Dance Factory. Jemma has chosen the local hospital as her charity and told us of her many fundraising efforts, her love of dancing and her passion and determination to make a difference and succeed. We were most impressed by her maturity and enthusiasm and this was acknowledged by Murial Yell on behalf of the club.

Members were reminded that the next meeting will not be until Friday, April 24, when we will be commemorating Anzac Day with historian Graham Apthorpe as speaker.

-Cowra VIEW Club

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Counterfeit banknote sparks police warning

POLICE are warning to be on the lookout for fake banknotes after a counterfeit $20 note was seized at Miller Shopping Centre.
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Australia has one of the lowest rates of counterfeiting in the world, but police recommend residents learn what to do if they suspect a note is fake.

They should compare the note with one believed to be genuine, handle it as little as possible and store it in an envelope.

A real note is printed on plastic, hard to tear and springs back if scrunched. A genuine note should have a white image on the clear window that cannot be scratched off, and should have a coat of arms and diamond pattern when held up to the light. Print should appear sharp.

A suspect banknote may feel too thick or thin and have irregularities in lines or colours.

Always record information about where the suspect note came from and report it to police.

Bag snatch arrest

A man, 33, was charged with armed robbery after he threatened a woman with a syringe and stole her handbag on Sunday.

A woman, 41, was walking into a unit block on Nagle Street, Liverpool, at 5.30pm when she was approached by the man who fled after taking her bag.

Police searched surrounding streets and found a man in Nagle Street. He was arrested and appeared in Liverpool Local Court on Monday.

Man stabbed

A man was hospitalised after an assault at Liverpool on Sunday.

Security officers removed a man from a function room at a building in Laurantus Service Way at 3.30am after he allegedly became argumentative and threatening. Police were told that when the security officer went back inside to remove another patron the man who had been taken outside approached another man, 30, and hit him on the head with a bottle and stabbed him with a knife. The two men removed from the venue then fled in a vehicle.

The injured man was treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Police want to locate the two men and the vehicle.

Police car in crash

Police are investigating a crash in Casula involving a police vehicle on Friday.

A car from Liverpool local area command was on its way to assist police trying to stop a suspected stolen car at 10pm. As the police car approached the intersection of the Hume Highway and Pine Road, a Toyota Camry made a right-hand turn in front of the police car. The police car hit the Camry and a power pole before stopping across two lanes of the Hume Highway.

The Camry continued into a construction fence. A girl, 15, and a boy, 11, had to be rescued from the car by emergency services. They were treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital; the boy suffering a broken collarbone.

The two police officers were treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to Liverpool Hospital.

Police are investigating the crash.

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Bishop charged with concealing sex abuse

Former Catholic Bishop of Wollongong, Philip Wilson. FILE PICTUREThe former Catholic bishop of Wollongong, now Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged over the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse in the Hunter region.
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The charge relates to the 64-year-old’s alleged concealment of child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s, when both men were working in the Maitland diocese.

Fletcher died in 2006, a year after he was jailed for at least 7 years following his conviction on nine sexual abuse charges relating to a 13-year-old boy between 1989 and 1991.

A special commission of inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by the church in the Hunter found Fletcher had an ‘‘extensive history of sexually abusing children in the diocese, exclusively abusing young males and particularly altar boys.

‘‘His offending history dates back at least to the 1970s,’’ the inquiry found.

Archbishop Wilson was charged with concealing a serious offence by NSW Police on Tuesday and is thought to be the most senior Catholic official in the world to face charges of this nature. If sentenced, he could reportedly face up to two years behind bars.

He said in a statement that he was disappointed by the charges and intended to ‘‘vigorously defend my innocence’’.

‘‘The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976, when I was a junior priest, that a now deceased priest had abused a child,’’ he said.

‘‘From the time this was first brought to my attention last year, I have completely denied the allegation.’’

Archbishop Wilson served as Wollongong’s bishop from 1996 to 2000.

In June last year, he gave extensive testimony at a royal commission hearing into the Wollongong Catholic diocese’s response to child sexual abuse complaints made against Father John Nestor.

Nestor was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 1997 but acquitted on appeal seven months later.

However the commission heard other complaints had emerged – including that Nestor had watched boys showering, made boys bathe naked, conducted bodily ‘‘soap inspections’’ and touched a boy ‘‘on the penis and the bum’’ – leading then Bishop Wilson to fight to have him removed from the ministry.

The Archbishop told the commission he felt so strongly the priest should not be allowed to practise that he was willing to ‘‘take the matter all the way to the Pope’’ and resign if necessary.

He also criticised the Congregation for the Clergy (CFC) – one of the Vatican’s most powerful bodies – for always taking the side of priests accused of abuse.

On Tuesday, Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham issued a statement saying he was ‘‘deeply saddened’’ to learn Archbishop Wilson had been charged.

‘‘Acknowledging that due respect must be accorded to the criminal justice system and the matter properly dealt with before the court, it is inappropriate at this time to make any further comment in relation to the case,’’ he said.

Archbishop Wilson is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on April 30.

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Rural roads undergo repair

Tony Donohue talks to Katrina Hodgkinson and John Seymour.
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COOLAMON Shire Council will receive $15,000 in state funding to undertake a load assessment of Smokey Creek Bridge.

Candidate for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinsoncongratulated the shire on its successful Fixing Country Roads funding application for more than$1.3 million.

Coolamon Council will also receive $75,000 for the reconstruction of the access road to Emerald Grain, which will improve access into the Emerald Grain Site for high mass limit (HML) vehicles transporting 80,000 tonnes of grain per year.

The total project cost will be $150,000, with Coolamon Shire Council contributing $75,000 towards the project.

Croker Grain, Marrar (Easticks Lane, Lyne Street, Canola Way, Marrar South Road) will benefit from an injection of $617,000 which will result in improved access to Croker Grain Hub, which in turn is expected to reduce the number of freight movements into the site by up to 37 per cent by permitting the use of high productivity vehicles.

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Kevin Bacon becomes a spokesman… for eggs

Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB
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Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB

Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB

Kevin Bacon has finally found the role he was born to play: a national spokesman for eggs.

The Footloose actor is the face of the American Egg Board’s new campaign, “Wake Up to Eggs with Bacon”.

Bacon, 56, stars in the campaign’s web film, in which he appears in a woman’s kitchen as she is cooking eggs for breakfast.

The video begins with the woman saying, “There’s no better start to the day than eggs for breakfast, except for maybe eggs with a side of—”

“Bacon,” Bacon himself interjects.

Bacon, who has starred in television drama The Following since 2013, later explains that “nobody knows eggs better than Bacon”.

Never one to take himself too seriously, the commercial is filled with jibes at the actor.

“Did you know that each egg contains six—” he says, before the woman cuts him off to say, “Six degrees of separation! Right?”, referencing the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” game which emerged after Bacon gave a 1994 interview boasting he had worked with everyone in Hollywood, or worked with someone who worked with them.

“No,” Bacon replies.

“I was going to say six grams of high quality protein.”

It isn’t the first time Bacon has poked fun at himself in the name of a brand.

The actor appeared in an advertising campaign for British telecommunications company EE Mobile in 2012, in which he found connections between himself and British celebrities using the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” framework.


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5 characteristics of great dads

GREAT DADS: It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids. Photo: Louise KennerleyWe’ve long lived with the model of the ‘provider’ dad who went off to work to earn the bacon, while the mum cared for the kids at home.
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Fortunately we’re not living in the 1950s anymore, and there’s much more flexibility and choice about how families structure themselves. More mums are working and more dads are actively involved in caring for their kids.

This is all beneficial for our kids, as dads are just as important as mums when it comes to a child’s healthy development. The interactions, connection and activities that dads share with their kids help them develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.

And when dads support their partners, they also have a big influence on their children’s and the entire family’s wellbeing.

Dads do matter. A lot. Which is why it’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

It can often seem that long work hours can get in the way of dads having a more active involvement in their kids’ lives. But new research from the Journal of Family Issues, which assessed up to 1159 children living in two-parent families, shows that long work hours aren’t strongly related to dad’s involvement.

There’s a subgroup of dads who are still very involved with their kids even though they work long hours. They tend to carve out time with their kids by cutting back on their own leisure time, or involving their kids in their leisure activities.

It seems that a dad’s attitude makes all the difference. Dads who value their family life and their role as fathers prioritise and make the time to be involved. These more non-traditional attitudes ensure that they are more involved dads.

Here are five ways to think about the role of dads these days as described by Father-Inclusive Practice Guide.

Dads are responsible

A responsible dad can be relied upon to be actively involved in his kids’ everyday care including bath time, dinner time and bedtime. He’ll also be involved in their child care or preschool routines, and help make important decisions about his kids’ education and care.

Dads are thoughtful

A remembering dad regularly thinks about his kids and keeps them in his mind even when they’re not together. He also remembers special events and supports his kids’ interests and friendships.

Dads are nurturing

A nurturing dad enjoys spending time with his kids. He uses time together to guide and teach his kids, encourage and support them, guide their behaviour, and have fun together.

Dads are affectionate

An affectionate dad shows his kids that he loves and cares for them. He gives them kisses and hugs, comforts them if they get upset, and listens and responds to them so they feel valued and heard.

Dads are interactive

An interactive dad plays and communicates with his kids during everyday activities such as gardening, cooking and shopping. He plays and explores with his kids, reads and talks to them, and takes his kids out into the community for events or activities.

Jodie Benveniste is a psychologist, parenting author and a great believer in the power of intuitive parenting. You can find more parenting inspiration at jodiebenveniste南京夜网.

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May Day returns to May in 2016

Qld treasurer Curtis Pitt. Photo: Robert ShakespeareThe Queensland Government is moving May Day back to May.
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Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Labour Day public holiday would be returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May next year, in time for the 125th anniversary of the 1891 Shearer’s Strike.

The LNP moved the holiday to October during its term in government, claiming it needed to spread out the state’s public holidays across the year.

Unions and Labor protested the move when then-attorney-general made it, arguing the Queen’s Birthday could be moved instead given Labour Day’s historic links to May. Queen Elizabeth was born in April, but her birth is commemorated in Queensland in June.

Mr Pitt said he was righting an “arrogant decision” by the former government.

“I have discussed this change with business and industry, unions, and others and the government has taken their views on board in coming to its decision,” he said in a statement.

“This decision honours our election commitment while also delivering certainty and stability for everyone.

“From 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on the first Monday in May and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on the first Monday in October.”

The government will also reverse the LNP’s workers’ compensation changes, which was also an election commitment.

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Time ripe for local frozen berries as Victorian farmers eye Australian first

Growing need: Matt and Ruth Gullace at their Mornington Peninsula berry farm. Photo: Penny StephensAfter an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries from China, Australians may soon be able to buy local berries. But they will have to pay a premium.
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With 27 cases of hepatitis A linked to a recent consumer recall of Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet frozen berries, Mornington Peninsula berry farmers Matt and Ruth Gullace have launched a local product under a new brand, Matilda’s.

The Victorian Farmers Federation says the Victorian farmers would be the first to put wholly Australian-grown berries onto consumer shelves.

While the Gallaces’ Sunny Ridge frozen strawberries are currently available only at their farm gate shop at Main Ridge, they are negotiating with Coles and Woolworths to have their products on supermarket shelves by June.

Mr Gallace said after the hepatitis health scare, the company believes the Australian market is ready for locally grown and packed products.

He said consumers could pay $2 to to $2.50 more per 500g bag than for overseas berries, making the product about $7 per pack.

“It is still early days but we have done our market research and most people are willing to pay that small premium to get that quality,” Mr Gallace said.

He said Patties Foods, the company that distributed the suspect frozen berries, had about 40 per cent of the frozen berry market before the health outbreak and it had left a vacuum in the market.

“There is certainly scope there and there always has to be choice,” Mr Gallace said.

“We have spoken to [Coles and Woolworths] before but now they actually return our phone calls … They are talking about volume expectations, so we are pretty confident,” he said.

Mr Gallace said the company had made a small investment in equipment to freeze its berries but that most of the work was labor intensive, involving hand-hulling and sorting.

He said if the market continued for locally grown frozen berries, an investment of about $2 million would be needed for an automated system.

Mr Gallace said he expected to sell about 800 tonnes of frozen berries a year, about 20 per cent of Sunny Ridge’s yield from its four farms – three in Victoria and one in Queensland. He said they would look to other growers if demand exceeded supply.

Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said the hepatitis health scare plus a drop in the Australian dollar made the time right for Australian competition in the market.

He said Australian-grown produce was safe because of its quality assurance standards, its high-quality water for irrigation and cleaning, and because of the health standards of its workers.

“People still buy on price,” Mr Tuohey said. “Australian food is at a premium to imported product, but shoppers generally – quite often – buy on price, but they need to buy on quality and safety more than on price. That has been the main hurdle,” he said.

“[Food producers] here have to do everything right all along the supply chain. I’m sure they are trying to do that in China but there are some gaps there,” he said.

He said supermarkets tested about 5 per cent of the imported frozen product that they sold, but this did not pick up every problem.

There are 12 hepatitis A cases in Queensland linked to the recalled frozen berries, three in Victoria, eight in NSW, two in Western Australia, and one in South Australia and the ACT.

A federal Health Department spokeswoman said only the Nanna’s Mixed Berries product has been epidemiologically linked with the outbreak. The other products have been recalled as a precaution.

Anyone who has eaten the recalled frozen berries and feels unwell should consult their GP.

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Tennis round up

BACKHAND: Brayden Hondow.
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Division One

Xavier Saints 9-9-76 def Lyndoch 7-7-79.

McGee, Damian, Jefferys, Adam (XS) 1 v Liebelt, Edward, Carmody, Alan (L) 9; Polito, Robert, Buckby, Roger (XS) 4 v Earl, Logan, Wandersitz, Simon (L) 9; Leeflang, Melanie, Polito, Jayne (XS) 9 v Koch, Emily, Douglas, Laura x (L) 1; Fisher, Karen, Thorne, Carolyn (XS) 9 v Jenner, Sharon, Chinner, Carlene (L) 6.

McGee, Damian (LS) 6 v Liebelt, Edward (L) 4; Buckby, Roger (XS) 6 v Jenner, Brett (L) 4; Roe, Daniel (XS) 2 v Earl, Logan (L) 6; Jefferys, Adam (XS) 1 v Wandersitz, Simon (L) 6; Leeflang, Melanie (XS) 6 v Koch, Emily (L) 2; Polito, Jayne (XS) 6 v Douglas, Laura x (L) 0; Fisher, Karen (XS) 1 v Jenner, Sharon (L) 6; Thorne, Carolyn (XS) 7 v Chinner, Carlene (L) 6.

McGee, Damian, Roe, Daniel (XS) 6 v Liebelt, Edward,Jenner, Brett (L) 7; Polito, Robert, Jefferys, Adam (XS) 0 v Carmody, Alan, Wandersitz, Simon (L) 6; Leeflang, Melanie, Fisher, Karen (XS) 6 v Koch, Emily, Jenner, Sharon (L) 3; Polito, Jayne, Thorne, Carolyn (XS) 6 v Douglas, Laura x, Chinner, Carlene (L) 4.

STRETCH: Nuriootpa’s Grant Daniel returns during a doubles game against Kapunda at Lyndoch. Nuriootpa won the semi-final.

Nuriootpa 9-9-78 def Kapunda 7-7-74.

Sharman, Dylan, Daniel, Grant (N) 9 v Matters, Michael,Matters, David (K) 3; Pope, Nathan, Grace, Tim (N) 9 v Karvouniaris, Yanni, Bishop, Matt K (K) 4; Seelander, Kimberley, Keys, Emma (N) 3 v Gerhardy, Mandy, Daniel, Karen (K) 9; Karvouniaris, Paula, Evans, Robyn (N) 1 v Crowhurst, Annie, Mickan, Helen (K) 9.

Sharman, Dylan (N) 6 v Matters, Michael (K) 4; Pope, Nathan (N) 6 v Matters, David (K) 4; Grace, Tim (N) 6 v Prior, Grant (K) 1; Daniel, Grant (N) 6 v Karvouniaris, Yanni (K) 0; Seelander, Kimberley (N) 5 v Daniel, Karen (K) 7; Keys, Emma (N) 6 v Gerhardy, Mandy (K) 3; Karvouniaris, Paula (N) 0 v Mickan, Helen (K) 6; Evans, Robyn (N) 3 v Johnson, Sarah (K) 6.

Sharman, Dylan, Grace, Tim (N) 4 v Matters, Michael, Prior, Grant (K) 6; Pope, Nathan, Daniel, Grant (N) 6 v Matters, David, Bishop, Matt K (K) 2; Seelander, Kimberley, Evans, Robyn (N) 6 v Crowhurst, Annie, Gerhardy, Mandy (K) 4; Keys, Emma, Karvouniaris, Paula (N) 2 v Johnson, Sarah, Mickan, Helen (K) 6.

Division Two

Nuriootpa 4-4-62 def by Lyndoch 12-12-102.

Edwards, Glenn, Noack, Simon (N) 1 v Powell, Sam, Lane, Andrew (L) 9; Schiller, Travis, Discombe, Michael (N) 5 v Pretlove, Zak, Magarey, Angus (L) 9; Fay, Breanna, Beckmann, Madelene (N) 4 v Plowman, Lil, Hinderwell, Vicki (L) 9; Discombe, Jayne, White, Amanda A (N) 5 v Carmody, Julie, Lane, Diana (L) 9.

Edwards, Glenn (N) 1 v Powell, Sam (L) 6; Noack, Simon (N) 0 v Lane, Andrew (L) 6; Schiller, Travis (N) 3 v Pretlove, Zak (L) 6; Discombe, Michael (N) 6 v Dyer, Michael (L) 3; Fay, Breanna (N) 3 v Plowman, Lil (L) 6; Beckmann, Madelene (N) 6 v Hinderwell, Vicki (L) 4; Discombe, Jayne (N) 7 v Carmody, Julie (L) 6; White, Amanda A (N) 2 v Lane, Diana (L) 6.

Edwards, Glenn, Fay, Breanna (N) 6 v Powell, Sam, Plowman, Lil (L) 4; Noack, Simon, Beckmann, Madelene (N) 3 v Lane, Andrew, Hinderwell, Vicki (L) 6; Williams, Matthew, Discombe, Jayne (N) 6 v Carmody, Julie, Magarey, Angus (L) 7; Discombe, Michael, White, Amanda A (N) 4 v Dyer, Michael, Lane, Diana (L) 6.

Willaston 11-11-94 def Kapunda 5-5-73.

Manie, Robert, Wurst, Kyle (W) 4 v Wuttke, Nick, Karvouniaris, Jamie (K) 9; Nys, Carl, Pettrey, Darren (W) 9 v Higgins, Fraser, Laubsch, Steven (K) 5; Edwards, Angela, Pettrey, Tanya (W) 9 v Wall, Tracy, Cobbledick, Marg (K) 1; Chester, Jodie, Stojko, Nicole (W) 9 v Cobbledick, Ellen, Daniel, Lisa (K) 2.

Manie, Robert (W) 3 v Wuttke, Nick (K) 6; Wurst, Kyle (W) 7 v Karvouniaris, Jamie (K) 6; Nys, Carl (W) 4 v Higgins, Fraser (K) 6; Pettrey, Darren (W) 6 v Laubsch, Steven (K) 4; Edwards, Angela (W) 6 v Wall, Tracy (K) 4; Pettrey, Tanya (W) 5 v Cobbledick, Marg (K) 7; Chester, Jodie (W) 6 v Cobbledick, Ellen (K) 0; Stojko, Nicole (W) 7 v Daniel, Lisa (K) 5.

Manie, Robert, Nys, Carl (W) 6 v Wuttke, Nick, Wall, Tracy (K) 3; Wurst, Kyle, Pettrey, Darren (W) 0 v Karvouniaris, Jamie, Cobbledick, Marg (K) 6; Edwards, Angela, Chester, Jodie (W) 6 v Higgins, Fraser,

Cobbledick, Ellen (K) 4; Pettrey, Tanya, Stojko, Nicole (W) 7 v Laubsch, Steven, Daniel, Lisa (W) 5.

Division Three

Willaston 5-57 def by 11-84 Vine Vale; Willaston United 9-72 def 7-64 Lyndoch.

Division One Boys

Xavier Saints Black 4-4-40 def 2-2-36 Tanunda White; Tanunda Black 2-2-29 def by 4-4-35 Lyndoch.

Division Two Boys

Kapunda 2-2-31 def by 4-4-38 Willaston; Trinity College 3-3-29 def 3-3-29 Freeling.

Junior Pennant Girls

Angaston 4-4-37 def 2-2-25 Riverton; Tanunda 4-4-41 def 2-2-25 Xavier Saints.

Division Three

Tanunda White 2-2-28 def by 4-4-30 Nuriootpa; Angaston 2-2-25 def by 4-4-33 Tanunda Black.

Division Four

Freeling 3-3-28 def by 3-3-30 Kapunda Black; Nuriootpa 4-4-30 def 2-2-20 Tanunda.

Division Five

Freeling 4-4-31 def 2-2-22 Tanunda White; Kapunda 4-4-25 def 2-2-25 Nuriootpa.

Division Six

Kapunda 3-3-22 def 3-3-21 Angaston Blue; Freeling 3-3-28 def 3-3-26 Vine Vale Green.

Division Seven (green ball)

Tanunda 2-2-21 def by 4-4-31 Lyndoch Gold; Lyndoch Blue 4-4-29 def 2-2-26 Nuriootpa.

Night tennis

Monday White/Blue

Can’a’balls6-6-52 def by 6-6-62 Lyndoch; Via Allendale 3-3-50 def by 9-9-69 Maranock; Havn’a’ball 5-5-49 def by 7-7-60 Gully Cannons; Deuce Again 6-6-50 def 6-6-48 Angaston Blue.

Wednesday White/Blue

Hermansberg 4-4-48 def by 8-8-57 The Schnauzes; VVTC Clinkers 3-3-33 def by 9-9-66 The Whackits; Nuri Mixers 6-6-47 def by 6-6-56 Manooknas; Freeling Rebels 7-7-62 def 5-5-42 Freeling Young Ones.

Wednesday Red

Tanunda Downunder 9-9-64 def 3-3-48 Lyndoch Leftovers; Rosie’s Rebels 9-9-62 def 3-3-46 The BYE.

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Rate hike

Local pensioners will be subject to a 16.6 per cent increase on Council rates from July 1 this year due to Federal Government’s decision made in 2014 to cut funding for pensioner concessions.
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The specific cost on each pensioner concession entitlement will vary across Council regions however this 16.6 per cent will be the average increase in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council for pensioner ratepayers.

The State Government indicated this decision was made based on the Federal Government decision in 2014 to cut funding to State Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concession Card and Senior Card Holders.

The Local Government Association is working closely with Councils throughout South Australia seeking support towards their campaign to lobby for the reinstatement of the concessions.

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council CEO, Mr Roy Blight said if the pension concessions weren’t available it would have a significant impact on ratepayers who have received the concession previously.

“Council is keen for Federal and State Governments to resolve their differences over this issue and have the pensioner concession reinstated for the 2015/16 budget,” Mr Blight said.

“If it is to cease from July 1, 2015 it will have an immediate and direct impact on rate payers who have received the pensioner concession.”

Mr Blight said the Local Government Association had been active to have this change overturned and Council have been working closely with them and their campaign.

Within South Australia, the State Government has provided pensioners with a concession of $190 ($100 for self-funded retirees) on Council general rates.

This funding enabled concessions to be paid to pension concession holders for utilities, water and Council rates.

A nationwide cut of $27.7 million saw the State Government fill the funding gap for the 2014/15 financial year, however in the 2015/16 budget, State Government announced concessions on Council rates would cease as of June, 2015.

For the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, funding for pensioner concessions on general rates received from the State Government was $170,130 for 957 ratepayer assessments.

At the ordinary meeting of Council held at the Mintaro Institute on Monday night Council moved a recommendation that Council determine to:

1. Not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for the pensioner concessions.

2. Inform all ratepayers of the cessation of pensioner concession funding from 1 July, 2015 and the impact on eligible pensioners.

3. Seek feedback from ratepayers about options that the Council could consider in responding to the State Government’s decision to abolish the pensioner concession rebate on Council rates.

4. Write to local State and Federal Members of Parliament seeking support for the reinstatement of funding for the pensioner concession rebate on Council.

Council also added a recommendation to the motion that:

5. That Council write to Premier Jay Weatherill and Member for Frome Geoff Brock expressing Councils strong disapproval on the spending of $1.1m of taxpayer funds on a politically motivated advertising campaign on pensioner concessions cuts.

The addition of the fifth recommendation was moved by Councillor Kells and seconded by Councillor Burfitt.

Councillor Calvert and Councillor Schwarz were against the addition of the fifth recommendation with Councillor Schwarz stating it could impact on the relationship between Council, State and Federal Government and make it difficult in the future to source grants.

Councillor Golding spoke in favour of the fifth recommendation stating that the Premier made this a Political issue, not the Council.

Council will now write to Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock sharing their strong disapproval regarding the funding cuts to pensioner concessions and work closely with the LGA’s campaign to lobby for its reinstatement.

See next week’s Northern Argus for comments from Senator Sean Edwards and Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock on this issue; as well as the response from pensioner ratepayers in the region.

More information on this issue can be found in the Council Agenda and Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Council held on Monday, March 16, 2015.

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Frank Yamma plays music from the country’s heart

Frank Yamma will perform at the Candelo Village Festival. HOW does the critically-acclaimed musician Frank Yamma describe his sound?
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“Desert sound mate, it’s a desert sound,” he said.

“A lot of bands coming from where I come from now, and they make desert sound.

“You go to the Top End, everybody playing there they call it saltwater bands.”

The Pitjantjatjara man sings in his Indigenous language as well as English, and while himself the son of a renowned musician he has had a turbulent life, spending time in prison as well as being homeless.

Now, with the acclaimed albums Uncle and Countryman under his belt, Yamma has spent the past few years travelling and playing music around Australia and the world.

His schedule means he is a busy man these days, so speaking while on the road Yamma said he had just coming in from New Zealand and was on route to Port Fairy, before going to places such as Blue Mountains.

“Then I’ll have a rest, then out again,” he said.

He was looking forward to his upcoming show headlining the Candelo Village Festival on March 28, never having done a gig in the area before.

Growing up outside of Alice Springs, Yamma travelled around a bit but was surrounded by family and music in his youth.

“I didn’t really have a home because going around everywhere I had uncles and aunties,” he said.

“Everybody was looking after me, but that’s what family is for.

“Every place I go, the family are musicians so get the band equipment out and play together.

“My brothers were musos so all grew up together playing music, you know.”

These days his brothers are a bit older, and “not as into making noise anymore”.

Yamma’s father Isaac, who passed away in 1990, was a country-singer who founded Australia’s first national Indigenous radio network.

He had his own recording studio which nowadays many Indigenous artists play in, and he and Yamma enjoyed a good relationship.

“I liked listening to him singing, and I’d be playing along on guitar,” Yamma said.

“Really good fun.”

Yamma’s mother passed away when he was quite young, and when he got to his teens he and his brothers went to do work such as stock hands and in stations.

In his younger days he spent time in prison, when he was “young and silly”.

“Teasing coppers and all that,” he said.

“Ended up in jail for one year.”

This time was spent writing songs and jamming on the prison guitar.

Frank Yamma – Everybody’s Talking“When I started getting older, I done silly stuff again,” he said.

“You know, driving around drunk and stealing because I was really, really silly.

“I got locked up again, this time for three-and-a-half years.

“It give me a lesson alright.”

He was able to study inside prison, and spent his time learning “as much as possible”.

“Once I done my time I got out, and thought ‘I gotta do something, I gotta get an opportunity to make noise,” Yamma said.

There is a strong connection between his music and the land.

“I sing about land, trees, animals, people, you know,” Yamma said.

“It’s story telling.”

The Candelo Village Festival will be on March 28.

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Rural leader steps down

AGRICULTURAL ADVOCATE: Dierdre Lemerle is retiring from her roles at CSU and the Graham Centre after a long history.
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A CAREER focussed on delivering research directly to the ruralsector is what defined Graham Centre director Professor Dierdre Lemerle.

Professor Lemerleis retiring from the top job where she was integral in overseeing the research undertaken by the Graham Centre.

The centre based in Wagga is a collaboration between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Charles Sturt University (CSU).

ProfessorLemerlewasdirector of the centresince its inception 10years ago.

Before that she spent 25 years with theNSWDepartment of Primary Industries in Wagga.

Professor Lemerlesays it is an exciting time for agricultural research and emphasised the importance of communication throughout the entire chain.

“There’s a great team of scientists at the Graham Centre and we have developed partnerships with farming systems groups to ensure that our research is needs driven,” she said.

ProfessorLemerle’sresearch has included non-chemical weed management and increasing crop competitiveness with weeds.

She was awarded the Council of Australian Weed Science Societies Medal for Excellence in Weed Science in 1998, and the CSU Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Excellence toAllelopathyResearch Group 2000.

Professor Lemerle said the clean and green reputation of produce grown in the Murray-Darling Basin cannot be understated.

“We are at a huge advantage here just because of our regional location,” she said.

“The bottom half of the Murray-Darling Basin produces 40 per cent of the food in Australia.”

To be at the forefront of research she said the industry needed to collaborate and deliver results directly to the sector.

“The bucket of money (for research) is always shrinking but there are still new opportunities,” she said.

“Our farmers are producing food and fibre sustainably and we need to communicate that message to the consumers.”

Meanwhile, she stressed the abundance of opportunities for people who were interested in agriculture as a career.

“There is a whole range of career paths available now that weren’t there 10 years ago,” she said.

Professor Lemerle said she was keen to maintain an involvement in the rural research sector despite the fact she was retiring from the role of director.

“I am keen to support the ongoing work at the Graham Centre and I believe now is an exciting time to be at the forefront of agricultural research,” she said.

Professor Lemerle said a new director at the Graham Centre would bring a wealth of ideas to lead the identity into the future to help farmers become more efficient at producing food and fibre.

“We will see more of the extension people working closely together and it is critically important that we continually focus on needs-driven research,” she said.

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