Showgirl heads to zone judging

Young’s winning showgirl for 2014 Laura Pollard (right) will head to Bathurst tomorrow for the chance to represent the region at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
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Laura is one of 23 girls heading to the zone six finals, which sees the largest representation of showgirls in the state. Girls will travel from as far afield as Bourke, Cobar, Coonamble and Gilgandra.

Laura is the daughter of Ean and Janine Pollard of Westmill products.

The contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech.

Finalists are also asked to demonstrate knowledge of their local community and current affairs and apart from their potential ambassadorial qualities, contestants are also judged on their involvement in and experience of rural affairs.

Best of luck at the weekend.

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Juniors stage comeback for grand final berth

Young Under 12s coach Dean Schofield with his side (back) Bevan Foxall, Ben Schofield, Will Cameron, Sam Corkhill, Cameron Job and Lachlan Crouch. Front: Matt Canellis, Lochie Pratt, Corey Lucas, Cooper Cross and Jack Nicholls.The season for Young’s Under 12s representative cricket sides started with a loss to arch-rivals Cowra.
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But from the get go, the local sides dedicated themselves to train harder and have continued to improve each week following games under the guidance of their coach Dean Schofield.

With two losses and three wins for the season, Young managed to make it into the semi-final against Parkes.

“After a fantastic effort from our bowlers, great fielding and catching skills in the outfield and in slips we managed to get Parkes out for 84,” Schofield said.

Incoming batters Ben Schofield (48no), Bevan Foxall (14) and Matt Canellis (16no) set about the task of chasing down these runs.

They managed to pass Parkes’ total in the 17th over and win the match by nine wickets.

“It was a dominant performance from our batters,” Schofield said.

“A job well done by all.

“Good luck against Cowra in the grand final this weekend boys. Play hard, support each other and most importantly, go out there and have some fun.”

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Hopping great art

Five of the six youth finalists with their kangaroos, Marylou Minehan, Taylor Waugh, Abbie Dunshea, Demoore Abbas and Maddie Smith.It was a hopping great time yesterday afternoon when the winners of the youth council’s ‘Paint-a-Roo’ competition were announced.
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Marylou Mineham’s ornate design bagged top honours – and a cool $200 – while there was a tie for second place with Demoore Abbas and Maddie Smith each taking home $50.

The‘Paint-a-Roo’ competition saw six local artistic youths selected to paint their designs onto the fibreglass kangaroos.

The judges – two from the Young council and two independent – assesed the unique pieces of art over the past few weeks.

The project aimed to raise awareness of youth issues in the town, especially youth mental health.

Art lovers can still check the colourful ‘roos in all their glory in the Town Hall foyer.

They’ll also be on display as part of the art exhibition at the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival.

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Nationals senator John Williams takes up fight about poor ABC reception

POOR reception of the ABC radio signal in certain parts of Inverell was an issue that Senator John Williams knew about, and was keen to rectify. So he took it straight to the ABC managing director, Mark Scott, when he appeared before Senate Estimates Committee this week.
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Senator John Williams.

Senator Williams brought the issue to the fore after Mr Scott told the committee that ABC Local was the emergency broadcaster in Australia.

“It’s not much good if you can’t hear the ABC,” Senator Williams said.

“I live just outside Inverell, my office is there, 12,000 people in town. The signal in many parts of the town is very, very weak. I have councillors come to me, I have people come to my office and say ‘Can’t you talk to the ABC and see if we can get the ABC signal?’ They want to listen to your programs.”

Senator Williams said the people out around Cobar and Wilcannia received a better signal and asked Mr Scott to revisit the matter.

“They do really have a strong argument. If your in an emergency, and you are a vital role in regional and rural Australia, (it’s) not much good if we can’t hear you,” Senator Williams said.

Mr Scott said the matter would be pursued with Broadcast Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

“They work out the policy and then the execution of that policy on behalf of the ABC. I’m surprised a town the size of Inverell may have difficulties,” Mr Scott said.

“Look it’s pretty good in some areas,” Senator Williams said. “But go up Lewin Street and other areas where a lot of people live there’s hardly any signal at all. I actually live west of town now, and my signal is stronger 15 kilometres west of town than when I was actually in town.”

Mr Scott said the matter of transmission for this area would be investigated and and Senator Williams would be notified as to its outcome.

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Game on for Interclub glory

GOOD CATCH:Ben Knott, from Charlestown, wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 120-kilogram black marlin hooked off Port Stephens recently. Call into Tackle Power Sandgate, at 53 Maitland Road, Sandgate, to collect your prize, mate. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the fishing page for verification. Meanwhile, thanks to veteran game fisho and Herald reader Peter Bliss, who phoned in midweek to query the claimed 120kg status of last week’s Fish of the Week winning marlin from John ‘‘Robbo’’ Robinson. It was a case of crossed lines, and apologies to Robbo if anyone gave it to you for exaggeration. It was still a good fish though.NEWCASTLE-Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Team 1 leads Interclub heading into the second weekend of competition but it’s still anybody’s race.
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Competitors in the southern hemisphere’s biggest game fishing tournament enjoyed remarkably good conditions last weekend.

Fears of a catastrophic blow-out courtesy of Cyclone Marcia up north proved unfounded as a fleet of more than 105 boats hit the water.

“About 55 marlin were tagged,” NSW Game Fish Association president Garry Chenoweth said.

“Most fish were caught on the troll, with the wider grounds producing.

“The majority of fish tagged were black marlin – it feels unusual not to have as many stripes.

“At the moment, NPSGFC Team 1 are leading tag and release and NPSGFC Team 4 are leading capture, but it’s really close.

“This weekend is still anyone’s game.”

Brent “Hammer” Hancock, from Tackleworld Port Stephens, fished on Born Free which was one of three boats in NPSGFC Team 1.

“Brent had a slow day on Saturday, got one I think and maybe five on Sunday,” workmate Paul “Ringo” Lennon reported.

“Born Free followed up with four marlin on Monday to take out the Ladies Day comp, the Lyndy Grieves Memorial.”

The Ladies Day tournament was named in honour of the much-loved fishing fraternity member who passed away last August.

For the past 30 years, Lyndy has helped husband Neil man the radio base during Interclub.

NPSGFC Team 1 leads tag and release on 117,031 points from Broken Bay Team 1 (104,358) and Sydney Team 2 (102,744).

Broken Bay Team 1 boat Vengeance is leading boat tag and release with 71,300 points ahead of Born Free (69,000) and Hoodlum (Sydney Team 2 – 62,531).

John Wise, on Hoodlum, is leading male angler tag and release (62,531) and tag and release marlin (62,500).

Amy McAndrew, from NPSGFC Team 5, fishing on Shelby, fronts the females on 57,500 points while Lake Macquarie Team 1 angler Luke Ashman, fishing on Gloriana, heads the juniors on 35,500.

Southern Zone Comp Team 2 member Chris Barsha, fishing on X-Factor, weighed the heaviest marlin, a 175.3kg blue.

Nathan Bright, from NPSGFC Team 2, fishing on Public Enemy, has the heaviest shark so far, a 373.5kg tiger.

The forecast is looking good for the weekend but Garry doesn’t want to jinx the event by mentioning it.

“Let’s just say we’re looking at a close result, which is always what you want to see with these types of tournaments. It’s never as interesting when there’s a runaway winner.”

Garry paid special tribute on behalf of the NSWGFA to local Port Stephens skipper Tim Dean, who ran “Soldier On” charity day on Thursday.

“Basically, Tim’s pretty humble about it, but they take out returned vets, wounded warriors if you like, for a day on the water,” Garry said.

“It’s the second year he’s done it and it’s gratifying the number of boats that volunteered their time and fuel – more than double the number from last year.”

Exotic fishing

MOVING away from the game scene, Ringo reports there have been good trag coming off the Gibber and 21 reefs, a few kings up to 15kg hanging around Broughton and the snapper are starting to come back now that the water has cooled down again.

“It was up to 26 degrees a couple of weeks ago but now it’s back down around 22 to 23,” Ringo said.

The high water temps may explain a plethora of unusual catches lately.

“There was a red bass speared in the bay about a month ago; a coral trout speared off Sydney; they caught two oceanic queen fish in nets off Stockton the other day and there was a ‘proper’ queen fish caught on the bait grounds by a marlin boat chasing slimy mackerel the other day,” Ringo said.

“You normally associate these species with the Coral Sea and the most obvious explanation, I suppose, [is] they are pushing down in the warmer water. That could explains the amount of sharks around lately too.”

There have been a few spearfish and sailfish hooked in recent weeks.

“Chris Drake got a 35kg sailfish in the lead-up to the Billfish Shootout,” Ringo said.

Estuaries fish well

LOCAL estuaries have been fishing well for jew.

“There’s been a few caught around the wreck at Corlette and in the deep water near Shoal Bay,” Ringo said.

“Not too many big, but good school jew up to 8kg.

“Kingfish are still lurking around the rockwall, mostly rat size, some just over legal but good numbers.

“Stacks of flatheads throughout the lower half of the bay and miles of squid throughout.

“Whiting have been firing up on the beaches, as well as some very handy jew.”

A monster jew

RIAGAN Dowling got a 36kg jew on Stockton Beach last weekend, which by any standards is a big one. It follows on from a slightly larger mulloway he got in January. No doubt about it, he has the touch.

“You never get bored of it,” Riagin said.

“I put it down to time and effort. We arrived just on sunset and fished for a couple of hours. It took about 25 minutes to get in.”

Check out the fish online at the Herald Fish File, along with all the other latest Fish File members.

Meanwhile, hats off to 12-year-old Allie Dearing who caught an 83cm, 3.5kg flathead in Nelson Bay this week.

One for the juniors

MAITLAND City Offshore Fishing Club will hold a free junior clinic at Swansea Gardens Caravan Park on Saturday, March 14, starting at 12.30pm.

The clinic, which will cover fish identification, knot tying and actual fishing, is open to all juniors from 8 to 14 years old.

To register phone Laurie Coughran on 0428 328 153.

Club president Tom Lantry advises the club’s next outing is this Sunday off Newcastle with launch between 6am and 6.30am.

For more details phone Tom on 0403 076 093.

Nan Tien Institute opens its doors

Anticipation: Nan Tien representatives Dr Leigh Wilson and Venerable Miaoyouin in front of the new campus at the Nan Tien Institute. Picture: GREG TOTMANAustralia’s first, government approved, Buddhist tertiary institution will open its doors after 15 years of designing, planning and construction, on Sunday, March 1.
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The Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a holistic education institution built to cater for 300 students, with a vision to one day cater to 3000.

To celebrate the opening of the $40 million project, the NTI opening ceremony will feature a blessing ceremony, community entertainment, a food fair and guided tours of the campus.

The campus will be officially opened by special guest Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, the Nan Tien Temple and NTI.

Mr Yun has 15 million followers around the world and his presence at the institute is expected to draw thousands.

The NTI is expecting approximately 5000 visitors to pour through the gates come Sunday, as the event is a first of its kind for the region.

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14-year-old to face Children’s Court over school fire

THE Department of Education has refused to say if a student has been suspended in the wake of Wednesday’s suspicious fire which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage toInverell High School.
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BURNING: A students captured this image of the fire as they were evacuated to the school oval on Wednesday.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by police, following investigations into the deliberately lit fire at Inverell High School which destroyed the industrial arts building.

The fire broke out just before 1.30pm and more than 700 staff and students were evacuated as fire fighters tried to douse the blaze which spread to much of the classrooms block.

Police will allege in court the girl, who is a student at the school, set fire to a tree before the blaze spread to the building, taking hold, causing the ceiling beams and roof to collapse.

Police have confirmed the damage bill from the fire is likely to exceed $200,000.

The 14-year-old girl is facing one count of recklessly cause damage by fire after she was charged on Wednesday night at Inverell Police Station.

The girl was granted conditional bail to appear in Inverell Children’s Court in March.

A Department of Education spokesperson will not confirm if the girl has been suspended in the wake of the police charge.

“As the matter is to go before the courts, it is inappropriate for the Department to comment on any disciplinary action the school may take in relation to the juvenile charged,” a statement said.

The loss of classrooms in the fire has seen further disruptions to school timetables today, according to the Department with the damage still being assessed by specialists.

“Parents may choose not to send children to school, but should understand that if they wish to send children to school they will be supervised as all staff will be on site,” a spokesperson said.

“The process of ordering temporary accommodation has commenced and the Department’s Assets team will be working to facilitate prompt installation so practical classes can continue.

“Inverell High School would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to its staff, parents, members of the community, many schools and local member Adam Marshall that have offered support and good wishes since (Wednesday).”

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Sunraysia’s battlers need welfare fair go: Agency warning on reform proposal

MALLEE Family Care’s Lisa-Maree Stevens has warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” to welfare reform proposals.
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Worry: Lisa-Maree Stevens has concerns on the welfare reforms.

The community services director said she hoped the Federal Government would spend time considering the recommendations made after the review of Australia’s welfare system before acting.

The A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes report, released this week, proposes changes to “make Australia’s welfare system fairer, more effective, coherent and sustainable and encourage people to work”.

The report result of an independent review into the nation’s $150 billion welfare system, commissioned by the government in December 2013.

“I would like the government to consider longer-term what impact this would have on the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community,” Ms Stevens said.

“We do live in an area where there are less jobs, so they need to consider how people are meant to get jobs.

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Four signed, four to go?

Neil Thorman, Kyle Richens and Matt Wakefield.
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The Young Cherrypickers have locked in four new recruits ahead of the 2015 season but captain-coach Luke Branighan has just announced there may be four more signings on the horizon.

Branighan made it official on Monday former ‘Picker Kyle Richens, Neil Thorman, Carl Plannicka and Matt Wakefield will be flying the red, white and blue flag this year.

There may also be four more international players heading Young’s way, pending immigration matters.

There are hopes former New Zealand Warriors under 20 prop Visesio Setefano will give the final tick to help bolster the ‘Picker pack, as well as three Fijian players.

The signing of Newcastle Knights prop, Zane Tetevano, Branighan was also hoping to secure has fallen through.

Tetevano will be staying to play in Newcastle.

But for now, all eyes are on the secured new recruits and what they can deliver come April.

The new recruits said Branighan’s position as captain-coach had drawn them to the club.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Luke, there’s rumours of how good he is and he’s highly respected,” 21-year-old Plannicka said.

“I’m looking forward to having a run with him.”

The now former Cowra and Group 10 player was looking for a change and travelling to Young everyday for work made him turn to the ‘Pickers.

“I was stuck in a rut in Group 10… I’m looking forward to something different,” he said.

It’s the same reason Englishman Thorman landed on our shores.

Thorman will be one to watch this season after Branighan described him as being the best British player he’s brought to the club.

“Neil and I played together in England in 2009 and is a very good player,” Branighan said.

“He plays a number of positions but I will play him hooker.”

Thorman – who previously played with Whitehaven in the championship – said he took Branighan up on his offer for the adventure and is already beginning to suss out the level of play in country NSW.

“I was looking at my options in the off season… Luke called me and asked if I had made a decision. It was quite lucky. I wasn’t under contract,” Thorman said.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Luke again, I really do think he is a good player… I’m just really excited to get stuck into the comp.”

Wakefield – who played for Woy Woy last year – wasn’t beating around the bush when he said yesterday that he was looking forward to winning the premiership.

The boy originally from Bronte and who attended high school with Branighan was just as thrilled to be playing alongside his old classmate.

“Honestly I was sick of waking up at 4am everyday for work,” Wakefield said.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people… I have over 20 years experience playing.”

Branighan said Wakefield was one of the best players running around on the central coast.

“He plays lock forward. [Plannicka] from Cowra played in last year’s Group 10 grand final for Cowra, he’s fit and very aggressive,” Branighan said.

“Richo is back from the coast. He’s been training house down and is primed for a big year.

“The club is still looking for a front rower and outside back.”

Meanwhile, the Young club is all geared up for their ground-breaking league tag carnival on March 7 and 8.

The carnival – which offers more than $2500 in prizes, is open to all league tag players registered with Country Rugby League – will take place at Keith Cullen Oval.

It will follow a round robin format on Saturday before teams are split into pools for a knockout on Sunday.

Teams from Wagga, Albury, Temora, Leeton, Eugowra, Grenfell, Orange and the Bears have already expressed interest in playing.

Registration for the carnival is priced at $30 per player and can be done through Jessica McInerney at [email protected]南京夜网.

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New Dawesville run at starting line

Dawesville parkrun organisers Tegan Towie, Michelle Sidebottom, Juliette Rowsell, Carrie Flynn and Steve Garner started a drive last year to bring the event to town.A SUCCESSFUL fundraising drive by area runners will give local athletes a new fitness option as the first Dawesville parkrun gets under way on Saturday, March 14.
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Last spring, the group called on local businesses to support bringing the free event, part of a worldwide exercise phenomenon, to the Peel region.

Until now, the closest parkrun was in Rockingham, and organiser Tegan Towie said that people she’s talked to are glad to have this option at the Dawesville Foreshore Reserve.

“They cannot wait to have one closer to home,” she said. “It’s fabulous.”

Parkrun consists of weekly, timed 5-kilometre runs. Held across Australia and overseas, parkruns encourage people of all ages and abilities, including families, to get out and enjoy fitness.

“We get the community together, and they have a good time doing it,” Ms Towie said.

Organisers began work last spring to raise the $10,000 necessary to fund a parkrun group, half of which came from the national body, parkrun Australia. They had hoped to have their first parkrun a bit earlier, but there were some logistical issues. They did, however, meet their goal of having it in the first half of 2015.

“It was a long time coming, but it feels damn good,” Ms Towie said.

The first parkrun in Australia launched in April 2011. There are now more than 100 parkrun events across the country on Saturday mornings with more than 114,000 parkrunners.

To participate in the weekly event, runners should arrive at 7:45am. There will be a pre-run brief, and the run starts at 8am at the southern end of Dawesville Boat Ramp car park.

For more information go to www.parkrun南京夜网.au

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