Archive for July, 2018

Jul 9 2018

Lovely ladies light up track

FASHIONISTAS were in fine form at Sandilong Park on the weekend.

The fillies and fellas dressed to impressed at the Euston Club Resort Mildura Cup on Sunday with the fresh spring styles shining through.

The frocked-up ladies of Sunraysia battled it out for glory in the prestigious Fashions on the Field event that saw winners judged in four different categories.

The winners were: Bonnie Cerchi, Q Central Lady of the Day; Lauren Joyce, All About Me Undergear Millinery Award; Olivia James, Princess for a Knight Junior Racegoer; and Bridgette Cox, the Seasons Spanish Bar and Grill Judge’s Choice Award.

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Fashions on the field millinery winner Lauren Joyce with friend Jacinta Curley, both from Mildura.

Olivia James won Junior Racegoer at the Mildura Cup.

Bridgette Cox won the Euston Club Resort Mildura Cup judges choice in the Fashions on the Field event.

Aspiring model and Fashion on the Field judge Bianca Taylor.

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Jul 9 2018

Merriwa teachers give a real Gonski

Teachers from the Merriwa Teachers Association took to the streets wearing Gonski green last Saturday to meet with local parents and the community to highlight the importance of supporting the “Guarantee Gonski” campaign.

“We received a fantastic amount of support from the residents and many signed a petition to register their support for Gonski, and better funding for education,” association president Rebecca West said.

The “Guarantee Gonski” campaign is about gaining public support for the future funding of education and communicating to all members of parliament to sustain it, as planned, after the election.

Under Gonski every NSW public school will receive more than $1.6 million in extra financial funding over the next six years.

This is a further investment in NSW schools of more than $5 billion.

“The Merriwa Teachers Association is concerned that the federal election has put this funding in jeopardy,” Ms West said.

“Being able to meet and talk with the community was a great way to ensure a better understanding of what Gonski funding is and how it can affect the future of our schools.”

Gonski funding is set to deliver much-needed additional resources to all schools across the Upper Hunter and more broadly across the country from the beginning of 2014.

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GIVING A GONSKI: Merriwa Teachers Association members Andrew Duncan, Rebecca West (association president), Tessa Rowe and Rebecca Hopkins.

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Jul 9 2018

Hume council pokie policy divides

Hume council’s proposed gaming policy will go back to residents, after councillors last week decided to make changes to it.

As reported by the Weeklyon June 4, gaming venues in Hume face stricter guidelines under the new policy. It has been based on the views of residents, community health and well-being agencies, and gaming venues from surveys carried out in 2010.

Major points in the new policy are:

•  Gaming machines will not be approved if the council determines there will be a detrimental impact on the local community; and

•  The council won’t support new gaming venues on its land.

At a meeting last Monday, councillors agreed to these two points but were divided on whether the council should be holding functions at gaming venues and whether the council would contribute funding for the development, extension or refurbishment of gaming venues.

Under the policy, the council wouldn’t be able to hold functions at venues including the Sunbury Bowling Club and Craigieburn Sporting Club because they have gaming machines.

Cr Jack Ogilvie said he didn’t agree with those conditions and wanted public feedback on whether they should be excluded.

Councillors Jack Medcraft, Ann Potter, Alan Bolton and Geoff Porter supported Cr Ogilvie’s recommendation. Councillors Adem Atmaca, Drew Jessop, Casey Nunn, Helen Patsikatheodorou and Chandra Bamunusinghe voted against changing the policy, which has already been on public display. Cr Porter used his casting vote as mayor to send the policy back out for public comment with the exclusions.

Cr Ogilvie said it was discriminating against the clubs with gaming machines to say the council wouldn’t hold any events at them.

Jul 9 2018

Council cracks down on bullying

A WINGECARRIBEE councillor has hit back at a claim that he is a bully.

At last week’s council meeting, Cr Ian Scandrett was attempting to raise what he believed was a Point of Order during a debate about the accuracy of minutes from the July 24 meeting.

Mayor Juliet Arkwright, who was speaking at the time, did not take lightly to being repeatedly interrupted by Cr Scandrett and slammed the door shut on his Point of Order.

“It could be said councillor that you are a bully and I will not be bullied by you or anyone,” she said.

“I find it offensive from you councillor Scandrett that you can never ever let anyone have a word without trying to have the last word and interrupt.”

Cr Scandrett denied he was a bully and said Cr Arkwright’s comments were not constructive.

“I am sorry she has chosen to do this in a public forum at a time when the council needs unity,” he said.

Cr Arkwright’s comments come as the council was considering whether or not to introduce a formal Bullying Policy.

The policy, suggested by Cr Larry Whipper, was aimed at avoiding “harassment and intimidation in the workplace” and “an attempt to reinstate some degree of functionality into the business of council”.

It would be designed to also formalise a process restricting individual councillor access to staff, rather than apply as a blanket rule.

“Some people in the community are perplexed about the council and what they have described as ‘credibility issues’,” Cr Whipper stated in the motion submitted for consideration.

The council currently has four policies in place that cover councillor behaviour and interaction with staff: Code of Conduct; Councillor’s Access to Information and Interaction with Staff Policy; EEO and Harassment Policy (under review); and Statement of Ethics.

Cr Ian Scandrett.

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Jul 9 2018

Lucky escape for driver

A MITTAGONG man was trapped in his car on Saturday night after a collision with another vehicle.

Police said the 52-year-old was driving west on the Old Hume Highway at about 8.40pm on August 31 when a Mercedes sedan allegedly failed to give way at the intersection of Wombeyan Caves Road.

The two cars collided when the Mercedes, driven by a 17-year-old p-plater from Bowral, proceeded onto the Old Hume Highway and into the path of the 52-year-old man’s Ford.

The 52-year-old was freed from the wreck by emergency service personnel.

Police said he was taken to Bowral Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the 17-year-old driver of the Mercedes was treated for minor injuries.

The 17-year-old was issued with a traffic infringement notice for failing to give way at the intersection.

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Jul 9 2018

Bowral High School duo scoop award

Bowral High’s Stephanie Muddle and Nicole Reay are the top VET student and teacher in the region. Photo by Emma BiscoeA HOSPITALITY student and teacher from Bowral High are winning awards regionally, and are in the running to take out the state awards.

Year 12 student Stephanie Muddle won VET in School Student of the Year and hospitality teacher Nicole Reay won VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year at the Illawarra and South East Region NSW Training Awards recently.

The two said it had been a privilege to win the award, and Stephanie said she wasn’t expecting it.

“I was so shocked when I won, I couldn’t believe it or explain the feeling,” Stephanie said.

“It’s been amazing to have gotten this far. Even if we don’t win the state awards, being recognised is reward enough.”

Mrs Reay said the win was an indication that public schools “did it well”.

After 18 years experience in the hospitality industry, Mrs Reay decided to move to teaching. “I always enjoyed being involved with the trainees,” Mrs Reay said.

“I love teaching hospitality and it’s amazing to be recognised for doing something I love so much. I see a change in the kids who need a path and it’s beautiful seeing them grow.”

Mrs Reay said she treated her hospitality class as a team and her training techniques and industry experience attributed to what made her teaching stand out. “I listen to what they want to get out of it and incorporate it into what they need,” she said.

“It’s a great industry locally and I encourage them to work in it, even if it’s just on the side to help them get through uni, it’s flexible and a big industry.”

Stephanie said her passion for the hospitality industry started much like most people’s – in the kitchen with her parents.

“I’d just make a mess with mum in the kitchen in the beginning, but slowly got more interested and when I started hospitality (at school) it really opened it all up,” Stephanie said.

“I’m interested in all aspects of it and would love experience in different parts of the industry, from accommodation to commercial cookery.”

Stephanie and Mrs Reay were put through a second interview process after the regional awards and chosen as state finalists.

The NSW Training Awards will be held in Sydney on Thursday, September 5.

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Jul 9 2018

Police briefs September 4

Father’s Day drink

A HIGHLANDS man was charged with mid-range drink driving in Bowral on Fathers’ Day. Police said the 40-year-old was stopped for a random breath test on Kirkham Road at about midnight. He allegedly failed the roadside breath test and was charged. He will face court at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Walkers lost in bush

TWO bush walkers became lost on Saturday night after losing their way near Welby. They became disorientated after leaving Box Vale Track and walking up Natai River in the afternoon. They called for help on a mobile phone, before the battery went flat soon after. Police began searching the area, however, the two walkers found their way back to safety at about 7pm.

Alleged assault

TWO men will face Moss Vale Local Court in relation to a string of alleged offences committed on in Bowral on Friday night. Police said a 25-year-old man was charged after allegedly threatening security staff at a hotel. Officers were called to the scene at about 10.30pm after reports that the man refused to leave the premises after he was denied entry because of his level of intoxication. The man was arrested and given strict bail conditions stopping him from consuming alcohol or going within 100m of the hotel. The man’s 18-year-old friend was also charged after he went to Bowral Police Station soon after and allegedly assaulted police who were asking him to leave the area. Both men will face court at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Drugs charge

A MAN will face Moss Vale Local Court after police allegedly found prohibited drugs in his car. Police stopped the vehicle for a random breath test at about 5.35pm on August 29. Officers had cause to search the vehicle and found the drugs, which were seized.


FIRE wood, a trailer and a mechanical log splitter were taken from a storage yard in Pikkat Drive, Braemar, last week. Police said unknown offender/s took the items some time between 6.30pm on August 26 and 8am on August 28. Anyone with information should contact Bowral Police Station on 4862 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Jul 9 2018

Runners gear up for Gunnedah foot race 

Runners will lace up to determine the fastest legs in Gunnedah later this week… well, over 8km at least.

Organisers are busily finalising preparations for Sunday’s 37th annual Gunnedah Gallop which will also feature a 3km community fun run.

Among the race field will be triathlete and gallop co-ordinator Lauren Robertson and local marathon runner Jon Renton.

Renton placed seventh overall at the recent Tamworth half-marathon and has earmarked this weekend Gallop as an opportunity to fine-tune preparations ahead of his start in the Sydney Marathon later this month.

“The gallop is sort of my lead up race to the Sydney Marathon at the end of September,” Renton said.

“It’s a nice hit out to sharpen the legs.

“I’m tapering off now so I should run alright.”

The veteran long distance runner placed third last time he entered the race competitively, adding there was a lot of prestige behind the historical Gunnedah event where there was only ever one speed – flat out.

“Because it’s such a short distance, this is where you go as hard as you can and try and keep up with the front runners,” he said.

While a win would be ideal, Renton reckoned the younger brigade probably had his measure this year.

“I think there are a fair few other runners in front of me before I get a chance (to win it),” he conceded.

“I’m a little older now so probably a little bit slower.”

Former Gunnedah Gallop champion Megan Isbester, who recently became the first woman to win it in the event’s near 40-year history, will undoubtedly prove hard to beat again this weekend.

The teen running sensation blitzed the field to win the women’s division at the Tamworth 10km run late last month.

Another competitor sure to be in the running should he enter is former Gunnedah local and 2011 Gallop champ, Peter Loveridge.

Back in Gunnedah, Robertson has also been clicking over the kilometres in training but acknowledged she too would probably finish well down the standings this year.

In any event, she stressed it’s health and fitness is the main aim for many competing, herself included – everything else was just a bonus.

She added the Gallop continues to grow in popularity and has become a staple on the regional running circuit, alongside other big name events including last weekend’s Dubbo Stampede.

“I get a lot of people asking me when the Gallop is on,” Robertson said.

“It’s never been a money making thing, we just want to make it more fun for people.”

Robertson said the event’s continued success was ensured through the generous support of local business.

Registrations for the Gunnedah Gallop starts 8am on Sunday for a 9.30am race start at the Gunnedah Showground. Barbecue breakfast, coffee and drinks will be available.

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Read to run. Lauren Robertson and Jon Renton reckon the competition is sure to prove tough.

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Jul 9 2018

Get to know your vehicle

AN idea to help women motorists has grown into a workshop that can benefit male and female drivers in the Southern Highlands.

Moss Vale Motor Group principal Mark Castle and Women on Wheels Co-ordinator Helen Davenport. Photo supplied

A free workshop, sponsored by Holden will be held at Moss Vale Motor Group on September 18 and will run from 7-9.30 pm.

Moss Vale Motor Group Principal Mark Castle said Women on Wheels had been run in other dealerships in Australia – yet never here in the Southern Highlands.

“I wanted drivers of the Southern Highlands to have this opportunity to learn the basics of motor maintenance, from changing a tyre the easy way, to checking oil and fitting new wiper blades,” Mr Castle said.

“This is an ideal way to ensure we are all safer on the roads and to help everyone understand what service departments are talking about when you get your car serviced,” he said.

Mr Castle said Moss Vale Motor Group had a duty of care to ensure everyone could be safe on the road and the Women on Wheels workshop would give drivers an edge.

Moss Vale Motor Group’s service workshop will be opened for the night with places for 50 people, both men and women to come along and learn something new about their cars.

Four experienced technicians will work on cars in various stages and audience participation is encouraged.

“There will be a prize for the best question asked on the night, so it’s going to be a lot of fun as well.”

Co-ordinator Helen Davenport said she was excited at the prospect of seeing women learn more about their own cars and said many of their customers had said they were very keen to learn more about the inner mechanical workings of their cars.

“Women want to be able to discuss with their husbands and partners what work has been done on their cars and to understand the bill they get when their cars have been serviced. Women on Wheels is the perfect place for this education to happen,” Mrs Davenport said.

Mrs Davenport said she hoped school girls and their mothers would attend and that the community would embrace the workshop as a service that helped all women understand their vehicles more.

Details and bookings: Helen Davenport on 4868 1055.

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Jul 9 2018

Judges are inspired by the ‘amazing poetry’

THE annual Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards national presentation ceremony was held at The Civic last Friday with the winners of each section from all over Australia reciting their poem in front of an appreciative audience.

The ceremony opened with a Welcome to Country delivered by Samuel Griffiths, with Bonnie Hayne, from Gunnedah Conservatorium, singing the national anthem, accompanied by Jamie Brown.

In line with this year’s theme, Wherever The Wind Blows, the society welcomed QANTAS pilot, Captain Richard de Crespigny, who safely landed a QANTAS Airbus A380, which had suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after takeoff from Changi Airport in Singapore.

Using powerpoint images on the big cinema screen, Captain de Crespigny delivered an inspiring speech about his experience, with the presence of local resident Jenny Barlow, who was a passenger on the airbus, adding to the excellent presentation.

Society President John Lemon congratulated every student who was inspired to enter the competition.

“We are much richer for your efforts and in my mind every one of you is a winner,” he said.

“It has been an exceptional year for the awards with 10,000 entries received from 700 participating schools across Australia.

“It is the 30th anniversary of the cast bronze statue of Dorothea on her horse in ANZAC Park, which was erected following a nationwide public subscription.

“This year, with the generous assistance of the Gunnedah Shire Council, BHP Billiton and many others, we have been able to make significant landscape improvements to the area surrounding the statue – this will make it a much more appealing place to sit and ponder the legacy left by both Dorothea Mackellar and our founder Mikie Maas,” Mr Lemon said.

“We are very lucky to be able to share this with visitors to Gunnedah and local residents.”

The society also welcomed judges Glenda Millard and Sally Murphy, who had the daunting job of sifting through the thousands of poems and choosing the winner and runner-up in each division.

The poets estimated that they had spent 400 hours reading the entries, with secondary judge, Sally Murphy, commenting that the poems which rose to the top in this year’s awards were those which offered the reader the chance to look at something in a new way, or experience something new.

“There were poems which chose to use complex language and those which used more simple word choice,” she said.

“Some were light-hearted, funny, and others were chillingly serious – what these ‘good’ poems had in common, however, is that they made me think.

“When I read them I was left feeling something – happy, or sad, or in awe – and wanted to re-read to see just how the poet had made that happen.”

Primary judge Glenda Millard shared a poignant moment in her life which inspired her to “get on” with the task of reading the thousands of entries in the primary section.

“I would like to relate a personal anecdote which I think reinforces the impact of Dorothea Mackellar’s poetry on generations of Australians,” she said.

“Earlier this year my father passed away. As I was sorting through his documents I found five small exercise books filled with stories.

“I wept as I read them, knowing how much he had missed the bush in his final months – as I read his faded, spidery writing I came to the very familiar lines of Dorothea Mackellar’s – I love a sunburnt country.”

Glenda said her father, in conclusion, had written of how often these words came to mind: “All you who have not loved her, you will not understand”.

“This being my second year as a judge, I am better acquainted with the awards, and so in some ways I was more prepared for the deluge of entries as they arrived,” Glenda said.

“But I think it would be impossible for me to ever be prepared for the joy I feel when I read an entry, which is unique and well-written.

“Like precious jewels, cut and polished until they gleam, they excite and inspire and remind me of why I agreed to take on this task once again. I must admit to feeling awed at the quality of some of this year’s poems.”

Both judges thanked the teachers and parents who have taken the time in a crowded curriculum, to encourage the love of poetry.

A unique school inside a juvenile detention centre at the Youth Education Centre, in Cavan, South Australia, has also been fostering a love of poetry with young offenders.

The students’ delighted teacher Rae Sinclair and Deputy Principal Danuta Earle travelled to Gunnedah to accept the secondary school award on behalf of their excited class.

The late Sheelah Baxter was a patron and long-term supporter of the awards. Her encouragement and interest in younger entrants in particular, is commemorated with the Primary Schools Award, which went to Oxford Falls Grammar School.

The crowd was treated to a magical performance by Li Ling Chen playing the oboe, accompanied by Matthew Minter on piano, before a magnificent fingerfood luncheon was served in the Mooki Room by Gunnedah High School catering students.

WINNERS are grinners. Poetry award winners and judges pictured after the presentation ceremony with Project Officer, Mila Stone, left, Danuta Earle and Rae Sinclair (Youth Education Centre, Cavan SA), Robyn Stannard (Oxford Falls Grammar School), guest speaker Captain Richard de Crespigny, Benjamin Gibson (Redeemer Baptist School, North Parramatta), society President John Lemon and Coral de Crespigny. Front: Elisabeth Sulich (SCEGGS, Darlinghurst), Josiah May (Knox Grammar), Jarrod Hoy (Curl Curl Public School), Alpay Filizkok (Redeemer Baptist School) and judges Glenda Millard and Sally Murphy. Absent from photo: Jobelle Roscas (Tasmania).

UPPER Primary winner Jarrod Hoy (Curl Curl North Public School NSW), pictured with society President John Lemon and judge Glenda Millard.

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