Get ready for inaugural Wiradjuri Festival

David Towney – former Peak Hill resident and owner of Red Dust Creations Indigenous Films in Sydney.David Towney – former Peak Hill resident and owner of Red Dust Creations Indigenous Films in Sydney – had high aspirations to hold a WiradjuriFestival.

Earlier in the year, he returned home to Peak Hill to meet with the Peak Hill Aboriginal Community Working Party, and Bulgandramine Traditional Owners.

Together they formed a committee, and after months and months of planning, The Peak Hill Wiradjuri Festival Committee was formed.

Preparations are now underway to host their first annual Wiradjuri Festival in the central west this October long weekend (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th) at Bulgandramine – an Aboriginal mission 22.5kms west of Peak Hill.

This old mission was abandoned more than 60 years ago.

However, recently, it has been part of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Project with Lachlan Landcare and the Peak Hill Aboriginal Landcare Group.

The Festival will showcase some of the finest professional Aboriginal talent in the Wiradjuri nation.

The program will include traditional dance, music, art, dreaming, bush tucker sampling, astrology and family, and feature some of the finest Aboriginal talent in the central west.

There will be activities for all age groups to participate – from traditional games including an old time favourite the Boondi Chase.

Camping and caravans are welcome to stay on site throughout the duration of the festival.

Food and drinks available.

No alcohol will be allowed on site as this is a family event.

Everyone is welcome to come and learn, share in or participate in celebrating the Wiradjuri culture.

Entry is $20 per car.

For bookings or further inquiries contact Event Coordinator /Founder David Towney on 0499080555 Or Secretary Karryn Keed 0407162799.

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Souths runs in Curran family blood: POLL

James Curran will be thinking of his grandfather Frank during Sunday’s grand final. Frank played with South Sydney in the 1930s and represented Australia 10 times. When South Sydney run out onto ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, James Curran will stop, smile and think of his granddad.

Frank Curran played 71 games for the Rabbitohs between 1931 and 1937, won premierships in his first two seasons and represented Australia 10 times on two Kangaroo tours of Great Britain and two of France.

Maitland Blacks prop James said South Sydney was in his blood. thanks to his grandfather.

“I was only two when he died, but Souths are a big part of our family,” he said. “I’ll definitely be watching on Sunday.”

James, a prop with the Maitland Blacks and former St Joseph’s College first XV, Australian under19s, Sydney University and NSW Waratahs Academy player, is also the son of former Wallaby Declan Curran.

James said his granddad rarely spoke about his career until his later years but one story from his playing days stood out.

“Back then there were no semis, the top placed team offered the grand final to whoever they thought were the second best team,” he said.

“One year it was Souths against the Roosters, Souths had two internationals and the Roosters had about five or six.

“Souths won in a boil-over and Frank was a police ­officer and had to go straight to work after the game in Redfern.

“He was on a tram on Allison Road and was alerted to a public disturbance at the back, he went down there, took one look at them and just got off the tram.

“They were Souths supporters celebrating the win, a game he played in, he couldn’t bring himself to kick them off.”

Another story came from when Frank received an unexpected bonus.

“He used to get £2 for being a policeman and £1 for playing, back then the gate takings were divided between the players,” James said.

“One year he got a £100 bonus, which was totally unexpected.

“A house at Redfern at that time cost £10.”

James said he will be cheering the Rabbitohs on come Sunday night.

“Dad said he wishes we were playing the Swans ­[losing AFL grand finalists], not Canterbury,” he said.

“It’ll be a good game, Canterbury are the only team playing consistently over two halves in the semis.

“It’s got to be Souths though, I think. Souths 13 plus.”

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Fairfax front pages: Friday, October 3

Fairfax front pages: Friday, October 3 The Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth, NSW

Central Western Daily, Orange, NSW

The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania

Illawarra Mercury, Wollongong, NSW

Newcastle Herald, NSW

Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW

The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania

The Border Mail, Albury, Victoria

Bendigo Advertiser, Victoria

Daily Liberal, Dubbo, NSW

The Courier, Ballarat, Victoria

The Standard, Warrnambool, Victoria

The Maitland Mercury, NSW

The Wimmera Mail-Times, Victoria

The Area News, Griffith, NSW

The Irrigator, Leeton, NSW

The Armidale Express, NSW

Bay Post, Bateman’s Bay, NSW

Cowra Guardian, NSW

Cootamundra Herald, NSW

The Canberra Times, ACT

Goulburn Post, NSW

The Grenfell Record, NSW

The Inverell Times, NSW

Muswellbrook Chronicle, NSW

Mudgee Guardian, NSW

Moruya Examiner, NSW

Narromine News, NSW

Parkes Champion-Post, NSW

The Queanbeyan Age, NSW

The Singleton Argus, NSW

Southern Highland News, NSW

South Coast Register, Nowra, NSW

Wellington Times, NSW

The Esperance Express, WA

The Macleay Argus, Kempsey, NSW

Manning River Times, Taree, NSW

The North West Star, Mount Isa, Queensland

Port Macquarie News, NSW

The Stawell Times-News, Victoria

Yass Tribune, NSW

The Young Witness, NSW

Australian Financial Review

The Age, Victoria

The Sydney Morning Herald, NSW

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Luck in the wind: Business owner thanks weather for saving his business

The remains of a business in River Street. Photo GREG KEEN.ANOTHER business owner caught up in Wednesday’s dramatic fire in NorthDubbo said he thought he was going to lose everything when the blaze broke out.

The inferno erupted on the corner of Bourke and River streets shortly before 4pm and fire crews spent several hours working to extinguish the fire.

Robbie Cook from Robbie Cook’s Auto Electrical and Air Conditioning said he was grateful his building received minimal damage.

“I thought I was going to lose the shed for sure. Luckily the wind was blowing the other way,” he said.

Mr Cook was evacuated when the blaze started and said the heat from the fire broke all the windows running along the side of his building.

“The fire brigade put it out before it could do more damage,” he said.

Mr Cook said he temporarily closed yesterday awaiting for electricity to be restored after it was lost in the blaze.

Yesterday, Sainsbury Automotive issued a statement via its Facebook page alerting clients it was attempting to operate with a “business-as-usual” approach and urged the public to have patience and be aware of emergency services still operating in the area.

“Luckily nobody was injured in the incident, however there were several cars which have been lost to the fire as well as our detailing shed,” the post said.

“We would also like to send our thoughts and best wishes to the team at Dubbo City Smash & Mechanical, who were hit extremely hard by the unfortunate incident.”

The street remained closed yesterday and police tape cordoned off the area.

Inspector Gary Barber from Dubbo Fire Station said when firefighters arrived on the scene on Wednesday they found the Sainsbury detailing workshop alight and the fire had spread to the adjoining Dubbo City Smash & Mechanical.

The police said they believed the fire was not suspicious but were still making enquiries about the origin and the cause of the blaze.

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Worried about your family history, genetics and cancer?

Local McGrath Breast Care Nurse Dianne Green and The Pink Dishes Cancer Support group have invited Gillian Shannon, Bathurst Community Health Centre Genetic Counsellor, to speak on the topic of genetics and cancer as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Barbara Reeves People interested in learning more about genetics and cancer are invited to a talk at Parkes Health Service Education Centre next Thursday (October 9).

Local McGrath Breast Care Nurse Dianne Green and The Pink Dishes Cancer Support group have invited Gillian Shannon, Bathurst Community Health Centre Genetic Counsellor, to speak on the topic of genetics and cancer as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“In my work with families, the most frequently asked question is often whether a family history of cancer puts them at risk and what can they do about it,” Gillian said.

“To answer that question we need to think about cancer and what makes one families history significant and another’s not”.

Many people have someone in their family who had or has cancer, but it’s important to know that only a small percentage (up to 5%) of certain types of cancer is due to an inherited faulty gene.

Cancer can occur in more than one family member for different reasons, including:

* Just by chance (mostly the cause)

* Shared environment and lifestyle influences (eg too much sun or smoking)

* Having an inherited faulty gene in the family causing an increased risk of cancer (uncommon).

The clues that cancers in your family maybe due to an inherited faulty gene include:

* The number of close blood relatives who have developed cancer- particularly breast and ovarian, or bowel cancer;

* The age at which the cancers developed;

* The pattern of cancer in the family;

* The number of different cancers, particularly if there is more than one primary cancer in the one family member and especially if the cancer occurred at an early age.

“These pieces of information are clues as to whether the cancer in your family has occurred by chance or is due to a faulty gene in the family,” Gillian said.

“The more clues on one side of the family, the more likely it is that there is an inherited faulty gene.

“It is important to note that we assess each side of the family separately. As the genetic counsellor, I work with you to assess this family history”.

The process of assessing a family history can take time and often the news is good or reassuring, in that the risk is not high and genetic testing is not needed.

If this is the case the discussion will be about screening recommendations to help manage the risk of the cancers seen in the family.

For some rare families, where genetic testing is needed, the pros and cons associated with genetic testing can be explored.

“So if your family history shows a number of the same type of, or similar, cancers on one side of the family, with individuals having that type of cancer at a young age or more than one type of cancer you may wish to pursue referral to the familial cancer service,” Gillian said.

To find out more about genetics and cancer, people are encouraged to attend the information session next Thursday, October 9 at 2pm, at the Parkes Health Service Education Centre (red brick building on the corner Coleman Road and Rose streets).

An afternoon tea will be provided after the presentation. Please RSVP to Parkes Community Health Centre on 6861 2500 if you wish to attend.

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