Students pitch in for food hall

Young Food Hall volunteers Laurel Merrin, Eliza Boyle and Naomi Peters gratefully accept the $325.05 raised by Young High School Year 12 leaders Tegan Walker and Joel McKenzie and the class of 2014IT’S an annual tradition of Young High School’s Year 12 students to raise money for a gift or new equipment for the school on their last day of class.

But the class of 2014 decided to mix things up a bit by instead choosing to donate the funds they raised to a charity outside the school gates.

Year 12 school leader Tegan Walker said since their year advisor Ben Cooper was so involved in the community, they sought his opinion on where the money could be used.

He suggested the food hall.

The students knuckled down to raise $325.05 by any means necessary, including locking teachers out of the school’s car park and charging them $10 to get back in, washing cars for another $10, and playing annoying songs in the quadrangle and students paying to turn them off or change the song.

“We were surprised since we only got the call an hour ago,” Young Food Hall volunteer Naomi Peters said on the day.

“It was the most beautiful surprise,” fellow volunteer Laurel Merrin added.

“We make no money, we’re a not-for-profit organisation, it’s important for people to know that,” she said.

The students presented the money to the volunteers in Carrington Park at 1pm, the same time they decided to tie Mr Cooper to a lamp post with plastic wrap and duct tape, feed him cake and cream and soak him with water.

Students pitch in for food hall Young High School Year 12 students tie their year advisor Ben Cooper to a lamp post with plastic wrap and duct tape, feed him cake and cream and soak him with water on their last day of class.

Young High School Year 12 students tie their year advisor Ben Cooper to a lamp post with plastic wrap and duct tape, feed him cake and cream and soak him with water on their last day of class.

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A trail to tell the tales of Bundanon

STEP BY STEP: Janet Laurence is creating a walking trail lined with trees and stones engraved with poetry and prose. Photo: BRENDAN ESPOSITO

JANET Laurence did not count on upsetting the locals when she was commissioned to create an artwork for the historic Bundanon property.

However, the creation of Treelines Tracks, a three-kilometre walking trail lined with trees and stones engraved with poetry and prose, disturbed some of the inhabitants of the Shoalhaven River property.

“The kangaroos eat a lot and the wombats kick up a stink when there’s replanting near their burrows,” Ms Laurence said.

The project was almost stymied by the weather too.

“Until six weeks ago it hadn’t rained for a long time. That was a major challenge to planting new trees. Miraculously it rained in time.”

Treelines Tracks links natural bushland to farmland, the homestead and a regenerated area of Bundanon, which was gifted to the Australian people in 1993 by renowned artist Arthur Boyd and wife Yvonne.

Ms Laurence is working with Dr Shane Norrish from Landcare Australia to create the artwork, which is inspired by a bush regeneration program that has eradicated 117 hectares of lantana and planted more than 42,000 trees in previously degraded parts of the property at a cost of $1.3 million over four years.

Ms Laurence said the project tells the story of Bundanon through its trees, with species like the grey gum, banksia red rover and turpentine tree creating the trail.

It begins at the ruin of the original Bundanon farmhouse, winding down through the old forest, along the lake and across an open paddock towards the Bundanon Homestead.

The red cedar and Illawarra flame tree will act as “punctuation marks that carry you through the walk”, she said.

Stones placed along the track are engraved with fragments of poems and prose written either at Bundanon or about its landscape.

“It’s obviously a work that will evolve over time,” she said. “It’s only part-planted and of course it will evolve long beyond my lifetime.”

Bundanon stretches across 1100 hectares of the distinctive Shoalhaven landscape, its rocky escarpments, pristine bush and 12 kilometres of the river. More than 90 per cent of the property is bushland and a Wildlife Sanctuary protecting threatened species.

Treelines Tracks is part of Siteworks, an annual event that brings together scientists, artists and community leaders.

The chief executive of Bundanon Trust, Deborah Ely, said the artwork brings together ideas explored by Laurence in her practice such as the notion of restoration and repair, history and memory, plants and


“Treelines Tracks tells stories and celebrates trees,” Ms Ely said.

“All the plants selected are endemic to the existing Bundanon site, or have been introduced to the site at some point throughout the property’s history – by early settlers, the Boyds or tenant farmers.

“The walking path reveals the different ways trees exist between the natural world, settler culture and the contemporary environmental approach to landscape.”

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Paving a path for homeless

MULTI FACETED: Penni Wildi (centre) also demonstrates the other forms that the initiative comes in with Director of Family and Community Services Steve Shanahan (right) and Ross Kirkby from St Vincent DePaul Goulburn.HOMELESSNESS is an issue in every town and city across Australia, and Goulburn is not immune.

According to an evaluation report for the South East NSW Community Connections project, there were 285 people (singles and families) seeking assistance from Housing NSW as of June, 2012.

A service known as Path2Home has been started by Southern Cross Community Housing (SCCH) to provide assistance to people in need.

The program is run in partnership with the NSW Department of Family Services and Housing, local police and other community service providers. SCCH officially launched the initiative at Roses Café on Monday.

Path2Home is in the form of a mobile phone app, a hard copy booklet and in a business card format.

The Path2Home app provides help for those looking for immediate support in a crisis, with information about such things as housing, food and clothing facilities.

It also includes a list of names and locations in service areas that can help, including support agencies, counselling, where to get free showers, toilet and laundry facilities, availability of food banks, free or low-cost meals and food parcels.

It even provides details for emergency shelter or a bed for the night, Police and hospital locations and their phone numbers as well as 1800 hotlines.

“Path2Home consists of a hard-copy directory, a phone app, a website and other associated paraphernalia that goes with it,” Southern Cross Community Housing staff member Penni Wildi said.

“We also have stickers and USB ‘wafer cards’ available for people to use as well. We have already launched Path2Home in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Cooma-Monaro and Bombala areas and now in the Goulburn Mulwaree area as well.

In the next few weeks we will also be launching it in Bega, Queanbeyan and Yass.”

Chairperson of Southern Cross Community Housing, Bob Ashford explained that the service was provided over several mediums due to the ease of access to most modes of communication, even for those that are homeless.

“We live in a technological age, and everybody from kids to adults has a phone; it’s like an umbilical cord attached to them!” he said.

“It keeps them in contact with family, friends and even people who are in the same sort of distress situation as they are.”

Mayor Geoff Kettle and Council’s community services officer Jim Styles have put their full support behind the program throughout the region.

“Council supports wholeheartedly the launch of this app and we want people to put up stickers and posters all over town to notify people of this great initiative,” Cr Kettle said.

Mr Styles says Council is initially looking into linking up the Path2Home app with the ‘Keep Up G-Town’ app recently launched for the region’s youth. “Hopefully that should fill in a few gaps,” he said.

“The Keep Up G-town app is a little bit different to this app, providing information about some of the activities and specific contacts locally, but also providing more information about what’s on in Goulburn on a regular basis.

Hopefully the two might complement each other. If council sets the example and starts to advertise this app and puts up posters and brochures around the place, then hopefully the business community will come on board to help as well.”

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Jeanette and Jan happy with win

Jeanette Jackson and Jan Latter were delighted to win last Thursday’s Bridge comp. subThe Parkes Bridge Club has been starved of a Bridge game on a Tuesday, owing last week to a wake being held at the venue that afternoon.

Results from last Thursday, September 25, were as follows:

North-south winners were a very excited and incredulous Jeanette Jackson and Jan Latter with a score of 58.3%.

Second were Margaret Hawken and Audrey Somers (56.3%), followed by Val Boyd and Barbara Magill (55%).

East-west winners were Fay Davis and Peter Dorn with 57.4%.

Next best were Helen McQuie and Keith Fiedler (56.6%), followed by Suzie McNamara and Pam Mowtell (54.2%) and Gai Baker and Anne Berkeley (51.2%).

Last Monday, Joan Reilly and Margaret Hawken finished on top with 64.8%.

Anne Berkeley and Gai Baker (63%) were next best, followed by Isabel Orange and Keith Fiedler (61.9%), and Bill Burke and Gary Somers (51.1%).

Parkes will be sending two teams to the Cowra Bridge Congress on October 12.

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Superfast broadband here

New NBN (National Broadband Network) towers around Cowra and Young have been activated, connecting more than 1200 homes to superfast broadband.

This is according to Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor.

He said towers had been switched on at Cowra, Cowra West, Koorawatha, Noonbinna and Young West.

This will impact around 308 premises in Young and 176 in Koorawatha.

Mr Taylor said nearby homes would receive internet speeds faster than metropolitan areas.

“These are terrific speeds opening up vast opportunities for rural areas in my electorate.

“Skype will work perfectly, you can download multiple high definition movies at the same time and technology such as telemedicine and e-learning applications using videoconferencing also become available.

“There’ll be no pixellation of the image – the reliability is very solid,” Mr Taylor said.

He said only a limited number of people should connect to the fixed wireless network in a given coverage area at one time, so the speed and connection remain consistent and stable, even during peak times like early evening.

Residents or business owners who want to check if they are in the coverage area should visit the NBN Co website at www.nbnco南京夜网.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address/choose-a-provider.html and input your exact address.

If you are, then ring your preferred phone company or internet service provider and ask for a technician to do a qualification test and hook you up to the service.

The website takes you through the process or you can call NBN Co on 1800 687 626.

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Excellent bowls in Singles, Pairs finals

Luke Ramsay had the war paint on last Sunday. sub Ben McNaughton performed well in Sunday’s final.sub

Last weekend the Railway Diggers Bowling Club witnessed two great matches under beautiful weather conditions.

Good spectator support last Saturday saw the final of the Major Pairs between Mick Furney and Steve Frame against Paul Keogh and Tony Peisley.

Tony and Paul got off to a good start, winning the first three ends to lead 8-0.

Steve and Mick won the next five ends to claim the lead at 10-8.

The match see-sawed over the next six ends with Steve and Mick going on to win 27-16.

Last Sunday saw the final of the Major Singles played between Luke Ramsay and Ben McNaughton.

As predicted, it was no walk over for Luke as Ben led 21-19 after 23 ends.

Luke then showed his experience at a crucial part of the match, hitting the front when it mattered on the 27th end.

Luke went on to win a great match 31- 26. Congratulations to all the players on some excellent bowls.

Social bowls was won by Fred Dennis, Steve Nicholson and Graham Thomson.

Runners-up were Kel Quartley, Tony Latter and Kevin Ford.

Wednesday bowls was a fantastic day again with 30 bowlers competing.

Winners were Col Hornery, Alan Affleck and Keith McRae.

Runners-up were Rob Parker, Ian Simpson and Pat Cooney.

The jackpot went off and will start at $50 next week. The new starting time for Wednesday bowls will be 1.30pm with names in by 1pm.

Tomorrow, mixed social bowls will be played with names in by 12.30pm for 1pm start.

Twilight bowls begins next Thursday.

Teams are reminded to register at the club by Tuesday.

The AGM is being held on Monday, October 13, commencing at 6pm.

End Womens Cancer Charity Bowls Day is being held at the club on October 11.

Bowls start at 10am with a jumping castle, sausage sizzle, and face painting followed by Karaoke and an auction.

Names need to be down at the club.

It should be a great family day.

Friday night raffles are on tonight with the card draw now $900 and the badge draw $300.

Meat trays and an IGA raffle will also be held

There is too much to miss out on and a courtesy bus available.

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Time to make the Pink Ribbon promise

Dubbo and surrounding locals can make a Pink Ribbon Promise and support women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers

This October Dubbo residents are being encouraged to Unite in Pink and make a Pink Ribbon Promise for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon.

Dubbo and surrounding locals can make a Pink Ribbon Promise and support women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers by:

* Hosting a Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon fundraiser

* Buying Pink Ribbon merchandise on Friday 24th October from Orana Mall or Dubbo Centro

* Volunteering your time and joining thousands of generous volunteers across the country who will work together selling merchandise to help beat cancer this October

* Donating to Cancer Council Pink Ribbon this October. Big or small, your donation will help beat breast and gynaecological cancers

About 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer every day in Australia.

In the Western NSW region, it is predicted that, by 2016, 260 people will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in a single year, with 62 deaths expected.

This October, Cancer Council hopes to raise $3.66 million in NSW, and $9.47 million nationally, to continue to fund vital research, support and prevention programs for the thousands of women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

Getting involved is easy. Simply call 02 6937 2600 or visit www.pinkribbon南京夜网.au to get started.

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Riley’s ready for the Big Apple


For Dubbo’s Nathan Riley, running 10 kilometres was once the most gruelling workout he did but after just returning from a 30 kilometre race in the searing heat of Alice Springs, he’s ready for the New York Marathon.

The 20-year-old will take part in the iconic 42 kilometre race on November 2 after linking up with the Indigenous Marathon Project earlier this year.

“I still have to pinch myself a bit but I’ve got four weeks until New York so I’ve just got to put my head down and I can be a bit excited about it when I get there,” he said.

“If you’d told me at the start of the year, there’s no way I’d believe it, I used to do a bit of running for fitness for boxing but I’d do 10 kilometres and be wrecked, now that’s nothing, it’s a recovery.”

Riley’s father put him onto the Indigenous Marathon Project and after going to Sydney to try out he got the call a month ago that he would been accepted.

Riley runs each and every day now for training in the lead-up to next month’s race and admits his aim is being able to run a marathon under three hours.

The final trial in Alice Springs certainly helped the 20-year-old runner.

“I’ve been to the AIS in Canberra and did couple of races like the City 2 Surf and I just ran at Alice Springs in the 30km trial for New York and that was pretty tough in the warm outback,” he said.

“We started at 5.30am but as soon as the sun came up it got into the mid-20s.”

Indigenous Marathon Project Ambassador Charlie Maher has come from Alice Springs to work with Riley while he also had the opportunity to work alongside renowned athletes Jane Fardell and Rob DeCastella, who is also the director of the project.

“I’ve got Charlie Maher who’s come down from Alice Springs to work with me, he was the first Indigenous man to run the New York Marathon and he was the first in this project so it’s pretty special and I’ve been do some working with Jane Fardell too, which has been pretty flat out,” he said.

Riley was an ambassador for the recent Dubbo Stampede while he has also spoken at a seminar for the Dubbo Clontarf Foundation, an association which strives to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.

This inspiring of people and acting as a role model is something Riley has enjoyed and he admits he would love to get more young people in Dubbo interested in athletics and attempting to run a marathon.

“Hopefully I can come back and get a few more people interested in doing something that’s a bit different, it’s something I really want to do, get more people involved.”

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Pye eyeing state titles after success at Blayney

Local dressage competitor Simone Pye was crowned Elementary Champion with her horse Pretty Harmony at last weekend’s Central Western Championships. Photo: Greg KeenDRESSAGE

Dubbo equestrian riders will head into this weekend’s annual championships full of confidence after some great results at the Central Western Dressage Group Championships at Blayney.

Last weekend’s competition at Blayney was an important one for local riders as it helped their chances of qualifying for NSW State Dressage Championships. For others it was another chance to compete with their favourite horses in a number of equestrian disciplines.

There was a high level of competition at the dressage show but Dubbo’s Simone Pye was crowned Elementary Champion on her horse Pretty Harmony.

This involves performing at a high level in both of two ‘elementary’ dressage tests.

To be able to perform well in both events means the rider has put in a lot of practice, patience and perseverance and it earnt Pye valuable qualifying scores towards the NSW State Championships.

Judy Brock was another local who performed well, picking up her first championship win when she finished as Novice Champion.

Other Dubbo riders Diana Tremain and Paralympian Sue-Ellen Lovett and also performed well.

Lovett is one of the most well-known competitors after carving out a hugely successful career and competing at both the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympic Games and has inspired many of the current local club members to take up the sport.

All these riders will be in action again this week, searching for perfection in the Orana Dressage Club’s annual championship event at Dubbo Showground.

Riders from the central west, as well as some from Sydney, will converge on Dubbo for the event and judges will be keeping an eye on the key areas: rhythm, suppleness, impulsion and the harmonious relationship between horse and rider.

There is a small, very hard working, local committee and volunteers getting things organised this week so the event runs smoothly but the ODC is always on the lookout for new members. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to come along and find out more information about joining the club.

The ODC’s Dressage Championships begin at 8.30am on Saturday and concludes on Sunday afternoon.

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We will host City-Country: Wagga mayor


Wagga have hit back at claims their Equex Centre stadium will not be ready for the 2015 Country-City rugby league fixture, while also firing a shot a Dubbo City Council in the process.

The Daily Liberal reported on the story earlier this week after there were claims Wagga’s Equex Centre would not be ready for the representative match, scheduled to be played next May.

But The Daily Advertiser reported yesterday there would be no chance of the match not going ahead in the Riverina.

“They can wish for what they want, but Equex will be ready,” Wagga mayor Rod Kendall was quoted as saying in the article.

“My expectation is Equex will be ready before the Brumbies match in January, so Equex will certainly be ready by the City-Country match.”

Dubbo counterpart Mathew Dickerson had been in touch with NRL head of football Todd Greenberg on Monday to make him aware Dubbo’s Caltex Park would be a willing replacement host but Wagga Rugby League chairman Steve Kimball was certain the venue would not change.

“We have absolutely zero doubt about the job being complete for the City-Country game,” he said.

“If we didn’t start the job until February, we still would have the job finished.

“Any hold-ups we are having with council is not affecting the City-Country game, which is the main goal, but council has allowed the professional bull riders to come in at the start of November, and that’s the timeline that is going to be a struggle to meet, not the other one.”

After a slight delay, work on the ground began on Monday, the day after the local Group 9 grand final, and plans remain to have the major structural work for the requirements at the Equex Centre completed by November 1.

Kimball also spoke to Country Rugby League officials on Wednesday, where it was re-confirmed the City-Country fixture was “100 per cent coming to Wagga”.

Mayor Kendall also fired a parting shot at Dubbo, believing Dubbo City Council have bigger things to worry about than the Country-City match.

Dubbo and Wagga are linked through the Evocities program and Kendall suggested Dubbo City Council should be more concerned about building the mountain bike track require for an Evocities event, than the redevelopments of Equex.

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