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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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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Four A grade singles Championship matches headline the week in bowls

Charlie Bryant had a win in his Championship singles match which lasted over four hours.Men’s Bowls News for Wednesday March 18
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Club Singles Championships

The 2015 singles championships are getting closer to completion following the playing of matches last weekend.

Out of the four matches played in ‘A’ grade the biggest winning margin was only five shots with some great bowls being played by all of the bowlers.

Charlie Bryant and Alan Messiter played the longest match, a marathon 42 ends lasting more than four hours.

After the scores were level at eight all after 12 ends Alan appeared to have the edge, gradually drawing away to an 18-10 lead after 22 ends.

Charlie knuckled down winning eight of the next ten ends to lead 23-20 but two ends later the scores were again level, this time at 23 all.

The scores were again level at 26 all on end 39 before Alan scored one shot to again take the lead.

That was as far as the defending champion could get as Charlie scored the required five shots to take a thrilling match 31-27.

Not quite as long, but even closer was the match between Gerard Beath and Russel Nobes.

After the scores were level at three all and five all Russ gradually edged in front to lead 18-13 after 18 ends.

The scores were again level at 18 all after Gerard won the next three ends but then Russ won four ends in a row to lead 26-18.

Gerard picked up 11 shots to three over the next eight ends to tie it up at 29 all before Russ went all but with a single on the next end, but Gerard scored the two he needed on the next to take the 35 end match 31-30.

In the match between Tom McSorley and Norm Egan the scores were level at 12 all, 15 all, 23 all and 28 all before Tom won the final two ends, and the match, 31-28.

The final ‘A’ grade match was close early with Brian McDonald leading Charlie Browne 14-10 after 14 ends but Brian then won seven ends in a row and the match looked over at 26-10.

Charlie hit back winning seven of the next nine ends to trail 25-28 but Brian dug deep scoring three singles to Charlie’s one and took the match 31-26.

The ‘B’ grade matches were not as close with three of the four resulting in big scores.

Jack Nobes defeated Robert Gee 31-10, Bruce Holland defeated John Burns 31-13 and Terry McGrath defeated Alan Walls 31-13.

A much closer result was the outcome of the match between Rick Nobes and Mark Hubber.

Rick led from the start but after 17 ends Mark was only trailing by one at 14-13.

Rick edged in front again to lead by six after 27 ends but by the conclusion of end 33 Mark had again narrowed the margin, with Rick leading 26-24.

Rick then scored a three and a two to enter the semis with a 31-24 victory.

The two ‘C’ grade semi-finals both resulted in convincing wins, but the contests were much closer for the early parts of the Matches.

Joe Burgin and Kevin Webb were level at seven all and ten all and Joe was only leading 14-13 after 18 ends.

Joe then proved why he was one of the favourites for the title by conceding only one more single, taking the match 31-14.

Tom Downing led Jack Martin 10-7 after eight ends but Jack then hit his straps, allowing Tom only three more singles to join Joe in the final with a 31-13 victory.

The match between Joe and Jack on Saturday week should be well worth watching.

Matches for Saturday March 14, 2015

The following third round matches have been listed for this Saturday March 14 at 1.00pm.

‘A’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Charlie Bryant versus Gerard Beath, Marker: Alan Messiter and Brian McDonald versus Tom McSorley, Marker: Norm Egan.

‘B’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Terry McGrath versus Jack Nobes, Marker; Jack Martin and Rick Nobes versus Bruce Holland, Marker: Mark Hubber; Umpire: Les Bryant.

Please Note AGAIN: If you cannot mark it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement.

Lachlan Valley District Championships

The semi-finals and final of the Lachlan Valley Triples were played at Grenfell last Sunday.

I have no scores but after Paul Kay, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell) defeated Tim Fowler, Rob Chambers and Barry Jones (Grenfell) and Gus Taylor, Ian Eastaway and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) defeated Ross Hunter, John Joyce and Matt Reid (Grenfell) in the semi-finals, Steve Galvin and team went on to take the title in the afternoon.

This Sunday, March 22, the first round of the district fours will be played at Cowra at 1.00pm.

First round matches see “Player”, Ian Eastaway, Gus Taylor and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) versus Paul Kay, Graeme Hunter, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell); Noel Hubber, Nick Skipper, Russel Nobes and Gerard Beath versus John Liebech, Dave Wood, Ross Hunter and Matt Reid (Grenfell) and Tom McSorley, Bill Brown, Ralph Morgan and Charlie Browne versus Charlie Bryant, Col Neilsen, ‘Player” and Graham Amery.

Club Pairs Championships

Entries are now being taken for the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade pairs championships.

Due to the late listing for these events, entries will now close on Saturday April 4.

The first round of all events will still be played on Saturday April 11.


The first round of pennants is set down for Sunday April 12.

Please keep your eye on the notice board to see if you have been selected.

If selected but not available, you must notify one of the selectors as soon as possible.

Dates to RememberMarch 21; Semi-finals of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ grade Club Singles: March 22; Round 1 of the District Fours at Cowra at 1.00pm; March 28; Finals of all Club singles: March 29; Semi-finals and Final of District Fours at Cowra.

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Ben Emms victorious on rifle range opening

2013 Lyndhurst Rifle Club celebrated its 100th year with Ben Emms showing precision marksmanship to win the annual prize meeting.
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Eight months later the club was closed down and remained closed for twelve months.

In the twelve months of suspended shooting club members worked tirelessly to change the direction of the range and seek approval from the firearms registry to resume shooting.

December 2014 saw the new range operational and preparations began for the official opening.

On Saturday and Sunday March 14 and 15 2015 the annual Lyndhurst Rifle Club prize meeting was held.

Saturday evening marked the official opening of the range with the Honourable John Cobb unavailing the plaque marking the beginning of a new era. The Honourable John Cobb was accompanied by the Honourable Paul Toole, Scott Ferguson (Mayor of Blayney Shire) and representatives from the NSW Firearms Registry to witness the official opening.

Following the opening the annual Calcutta was held auctioning off the top ten shooters from the first days shooting.

Ben Emms auctioneer, chanting his way through the top ten, razzing the crowd to raise much needed funds.

Dinner followed, with proceeds being donated to Uralba Retirement Village in Carcoar, thanking the community for their support through our rebuilding process.

Sunday saw the conclusion of the two day shoot with Ben Emms claiming victory in a momentous effort to win target rifle, with a score of 299.45.

John Maguire from West Wallsend won B grade, with a score of 237.14.

Jeremy Westblade from Explorers Rifle Club won C grade with a score of 285.19.

Geoff Willis from Bathurst won F Class A, with a score of 351.25.

Warwick Sides from Ungarie won F Class B, with a score of 337.19.

Keith Hills from Lyndhurst Rifle Club won F Open, with a score of 347.22.

We would like to thank all those who provided assistance and sponsorship to make the weekend a success.

Next week shooting will be at 300 yards, starting at 1pm.

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Blues to meet Coyotes in Sportspower Cup final

Ben Allen (left) and Geoff Palmer (right) have been key players this season for the Coyotes.Little did the Young Blues and Young Criterion Hotel Coyotes know they would be playing each other so often during their debut season in the Cowra district cricket competition.
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This weekend’s Sportspower Cup grand final will see the two sides from the Cherry Capital meet for the third time in four weeks. It will be the sixth encounter they have had this season, including Twenty20 matches.

After Saturday’s low scoring preliminary final, the Blues will have a chance to gain revenge on the Coyotes who won bragging rights earlier in the season in the Doug Wright Twenty20 Shield final.

The Blues confirmed the rematch in a game highlighted by a ruthless man of the match bowling performance from Josh Platt (5-10).

The chase wasn’t quite so convincing for the Blues losing six wickets on the way to the required 87, 37 of which were contributed by Platt.

The Blues’ victory means the two top sides from the regular season will meet in the final after the Coyotes confirmed the minor premiership during the final round just over a fortnight ago.

Jonte Powderly (left), Zac Williams (centre) and Luke Cosgrove (right) have plenty of ability with the bat despite failing on Saturday.

Played at Cranfield Oval on Saturday, Morongla were in control early at 1-61 but the loss of representative players Conor Crook (27) and Cam Edgar (29) in quick succession led to the lone Cowra side being bowled out for 86.

Jacob McNaught (10) was the only other batsman to score a worthy contribution as the middle to lower order showed no resistance to Platt who continued his mean streak with the ball returning incredible figures of 5-10 off eight overs.

Brendan Croese finished with 2-7 to be the only other multiple wicket-taker.

In reply the victory was not as comfortable as the Blues would of liked, limping to 89 off 20-overs.

Jacob McNaught, along with brother Sam, began the defence in perfect fashion removing openers Jonte Powederly (0) and Brendan Croese (2) respectively.

A further four wickets fell, three claimed by Morongla’s promising young leg-spinner Angus McFarland who returned figures of 3-35 off six.

Josh Platt (37) did the majority of the damage as Nick Corbett (18 not out) ensured the Blues would feature in this season’s final.

Jacob McNaught, along with McFarland, picked up multiple scalps finishing with 2-20 off seven when the Blues passed 86.

This Saturday the Blues will now take on the Coyotes for the Sportspower Cup trophy at Alfred Oval while in the second grade competition Grenfell got the better of Morongla and will meet minor premiers Wyangala at Holman.

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Yass Shows its spirit

The woodchopping events drew good crowds on Sunday morning. Photo: RS Williams.Yass Show photosMore Yass Show photosCars littered the streets around the Yass Showground on the weekend for the 152nd Yass Show.
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People from all walks got involved in all the events and attractions including the antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dog trials, woodchopping, vintage and veteran cars, equine show jumping and all the other livestock events.

Youngsters fell in love with the rides, the magic shows and the other attractions on offer both days.

The turnout was a pleasant surprise for organisers and Yass Show Society President Rob McAuliffe couldn’t be happier with the result.

“It was brilliant, very busy with big crowds; it really was better than expectations and the weather was the best part about it,” he said

“The highlight for me was watching the clydesdales do the barrel racing.”

He said the Professional Bull Riding was particularly popular.

“That is always a success and a great drawcard, a lot of people come along to watch the event, it is really entertaining.”

Mr McAuliffe said although they received some enquiries for volunteering, they needed some training before they were thrown in the deep end.

“We will need to get them trained up for next year to show them the ropes a bit more.”

This year’s Yass Show included two new features; the Barrel Racing with heavy horses and the Gourmet Gallop, which showcased great local food and wine available for purchase.

“I think the popularity of the Yass Show comes from the variety of events, competitions and we really have a good livestock following. These new features created more variety to the line-up.”

Mr McAuliffe said that although it was disappointing there was no Yass Show Girl in 2015, it wasn’t to the detriment of the show.

“She was definitely missed and hopefully we will have one next year.

“It is a big commitment for them as they have to go through many hoops, which is hard when the girls have full time jobs or families.”

Eilish McCormack, Vice President of the Agricultural Show Council next generation, opened the show and welcomed residents and visitors onto the grounds on Saturday.

The Yass Show Society would like to thank all the sponsors for the 2015 Show, and in particular the major sponsors. Without this sponsorship, it would be difficult to hold an event with ribbons, prizemoney and fabulous entertainment for all.

“A big thank you to all the volunteers, it’s events like these that show the community spirit,” Mr McAuliffe added.

Anyone that wants to be involved in the 2016 event should contact the show society at [email protected]南京夜网.

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Closing the gap a life mission

Beaudesert’s Jermayne Williams is doing his bit to close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.JERMAYNE Williams is a fit and healthy 22-year-old man with the world at his feet.
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He works out at the gym five times a week, plays sport, eats healthy, works hard at his community support career in Beaudesert and quit smoking two years ago.

The fire in his eyes shows a passion and ambition for life – a desire to learn, grow and make a difference in the lives of those around him.

Jermayne has got a lot of things going for him in life and the potential for a long and bright future ahead if he keeps doing what he is doing.

There is just one thing though.

Jermayne has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood running through his veins, which means he can expect to live 10 to 17 years less than other Australians.

THE Close the Gap campaign is a national push to end health inequality and close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

For Jermayne it is a matter of life and death – not just for him, but for his five brothers, his mum, his dad, grandparents, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunties and uncles.

The prospect of living a shorter life than his non-Indigenous gym buddies and footy mates even though he is making the same healthy lifestyle choices as them is like a punch in the guts.

“It’s confronting – seeing that number in front of you scares you a bit, seeing I could die 10 to 17 years younger than people who aren’t Indigenous,” he said.

“My health at the moment is really good – I play for the Beaudesert Kingfishers, I play some touch football, I quit smoking, went back to the gym and started eating healthier.

“You put some time in now, it’s going to pay off in the long run.”

Jermayne said knowing the reality of the life expectancy gap motivated him to keep going with his healthy lifestyle choices so he could be around to help other people.

“It plays a large role in how I react to certain things – growing up you see your aunties and uncles not making the best choices for their own health and I’ve reflected on that and decided not to make those choices as well,” he said.

“My lifestyle choices are a lot different to others and to some people I’ve seen growing up because I want to be around a long time.”

SEEING people dear to him making poor health choices which could reduce their life expectancy is painful for Jermayne.

But through the stories he has learned growing up – stories like the one of his mother being forcibly removed from her home at Cherbourg as a two-year-old in 1972 – he knows the scars run deep for many people.

He holds a wisdom beyond his years that tells him even though he is managing to build a healthy lifestyle for himself, other people may need more time than him to break their unhealthy habits.

“The answer to closing the gap is awareness and understanding,” he said.

“Some people make certain choices because of stuff that’s happened towards them – with the generation before me there was the Stolen Generation – and some people make the lifestyle choices they do because it helps them cope,” he said.

“It’s not my place to say it but sometimes it’s their way to escape the reality and some of the ways they deal with it might not be that healthy.”

He said patience was key.

“There needs to be patience around understanding people’s situations – understanding our culture and how strong it is – it’s not a lifestyle or a life choice, it’s family,” he said.

“Sometimes you fall into habits that other people have – if you hang around them so much you start picking up their habits and it’s about breaking that cycle.

“If you’re a mother and you smoke you can’t really be angry when your kids grow up and start smoking – it’s just about breaking that chain.”

KNOWING his life could be cut shorter because of his Indigenous heritage is both upsetting and motivating for Jermayne.

He hates hearing about health inequality but he loves knowing there is something he can do to change it.

Aside from shifting to healthier lifestyle, Jermayne is putting his money where his mouth is – working on projects through the Mununjali Jymbi Centre and Oxfam aimed at improving people’s quality of life.

He sees the significance of governments funding public awareness campaigns to help close the gap, but he also knows the significant power individuals have to make a change in their own lives.

“For me it was a case of opening my mind up to the wider picture of the world and how my body operates,” he said.

“I was seeing I wasn’t that healthy because growing up I did the teenage thing smoking then I quit smoking, put on weight, bulked up a bit and thought it was time for a change because I couldn’t even run 100m without getting puffed.

“It comes back to an individual – their choice to understand that they need to choose their lifestyle and how important that choice is.”I

Close the Gap Day is on March 19.

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