Border breakfast wrap-up | Monday, October 31, 2016

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Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

Fresh five for WodongaFive newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.More here.

Past mayor proves hit for voters at age 80City voters in Wangaratta have turned to an 80-year-old former mayor to help lead the council after three years of administration.More here.

Four new faces voted inBallarat’s new council has been revealed.Previous mayor Des Hudson will retain his seat on south ward, along with fellow incumbent Jim Rinaldi and newcomer Ben Taylor, pushing out Peter Innes.More here.

Contaminants found in railway station soilSections of the Ballarat Railway Station car park have been fenced off amid fears elevated levels of contaminants have been found in the soil.More here.​

New Bendigo council revealedIt hasbeen an exciting weekend for the nine candidates who have been elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council.More here.

Mosquito coil sparks house fire at MandurangPeople have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.More here.

Man dies in HorshamA Horshanman, aged 32, has died after his four-wheel-drive hit a tree due to losing control on the Urquhart Street andKalkee Road overpass. More here.

VOTE HERE: Horsham Cup Best Dressed 2016| PhotosHave your say on who wore it best and you could win! More here.

RACV declares Portland roads the worst in VictoriaEvery few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves –often across double lines –to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims. More here.

Zombies shuffle their way down Port Fairy streetDozens of zombies shuffled their way down the main street of Port Fairy during what is set to become an annual event. More here.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

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Look beyond your comfort zone at work

Options: Federation Training Skills and Jobs Centre project manager Jackson Long said the centre would provide Latrobe Valley residents with ongoing support and skills when finding work. photograph emma watsonA Skills and Jobs Centre has opened at Federation Training’s Morwell campus, available to the young and old seeking a new career path or training option.
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Project manager Jackson Long said the centre was one of many across Gippsland, funded through the State Government to link job seekers to employers.

“We’re about giving people the skills and the ability to look for jobs further afield than what they would normally,” Mr Long said.

“Get them out of the box and let them look beyond what they would normally.”

As part of the centre, two industry engagement coordinators are knocking on industries’ doors to find out what local employers are after.

“They want to know what the employers would like to see come to their door; what sort of skills would you like to see come to your door that could help you improve your company?” Mr Long said.

He said this knowledge could then be transferred into advice for Valley job seekers, who often didn’t realise how employable they were.

“The jobs are pretty thin on the ground here in the Latrobe Valley, but (this is about) the idea of actually giving people the ability to go and get a job when they do find one, or perhaps look further afield than what they have in the past,” Mr Long said.

“They might think their skills are very limited to one job, so (this gives them) the ability to come in and talk to someone who’s got a pretty broad range of skills and knowledge with industry, to actually have a talk with them.

“They might say, ‘well I can only do this or I can only do that’, and after the interview they may think, ‘oh ok, I’ve got all these other skills’.”

FedTraining is holding a series of free workshops at the Morwell campus, covering employability skills, resume writing, where the jobs are and interviews.

For more information or to book your place, phone 1300 133 717, email [email protected]论坛 or visit 梧桐夜网federationtraining.edu419论坛/service/skills_and_jobs_centre

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Kids on the ball

Ball kids: Children from the Latrobe Valley helped out at the Traralgon ATP Challenger Tour. photograph hayley millsThey are often overlooked but it’s hard to imagine a successful tennis tournament without them.
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They are the ball children who spend their time chasing down loose balls to ensure matches run smoothly and with minimal delay.

Last week there were about 50 ball children who volunteered their time at the ATP Traralgon Challenger tournament.

Danielle Healey said she relished the opportunity to see the players up close.

“It’s good to be on court with players that you know are going to make it to the Australian Open or have played at Wimbledon,” Danielle said.

“It helps you know that you can use that (the insight gained watching the players) on court and improve your game and know that’s something that the players do.”

She said it was something she intended to continue in years to come.

Ryan O’Brien, who has been a ball child at the tournament for the past three years, said he enjoyed the banter with the players. He shared an experience with a player from this year’s edition.

“He hit a couple of aces and he wanted the same ball and I gave him the ball and he said ‘how do you know that’s it?’ and I said, ‘it’s dirtier’, Ryan said.

“He said ‘if that’s it it’s good’ and then he hit two aces with it.”

Hunter Eenjes said he joined in because he enjoyed helping the Traralgon Tennis Association and the players.

“(It’s) very entertaining, it can be scary sometimes when they crack it,” Hunter said.

Harriet Luders said she enjoyed it because “you get to know some more people and you get to watch some players and you can learn from them”.

“I didn’t get to do the whole week because mum said ‘you have to go to school’,” Harriet said.

“But I did get to do Monday and I’ve really enjoyed it – I’ve done it for the past four years.”

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No joy in War Veterans’ cricket

SHOWING HIS STYLE: Cameron Milne carried his bat for Gunnedah on Sunday before the hosts sank to a three-wicket loss against Inverell in the War Veterans’ Cup cricket match.AN unbeaten half-century from Cameron Milne and a four-wicket haul from Brad Jenkinson weren’t quite enough for Gunnedah as Inverell recorded a three-wicket win in Sunday’s War Veterans’Cup cricket match at Wolseley Park.
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Milne carried his bat as he scored 53 in a modest total of 129 before the visitors overcame the odd stutter to win relatively comfortably.

The result nonetheless was much more respectable than the 100-run loss that Gunnedah suffered against Narrabri a fortnight earlier, before Inverell slaughtered Narrabri by 179 runs the following weekend.

After being asked to bat first, Gunnedah crumbled to 4-24 in the 10th over after the first and third wickets fell to run-outs.

A prolific wicket-taker in recent weeks, Jaidon Tasker didn’t take any wickets this time but he produced a great throw to run out Jenkinson with a direct hit.

Gunnedah’s position would have worsened had Milne not survived a confident appeal for caught behind as a 54-run fifth wicket partnership unfolded.

Adam McGuirk scored 23 before Sam Doubleday scored 18, and the last five wickets fell for 21 runs as Gunnedah was all out with the fourth ball of the 49th over.

Kyle Chilcott was the best of Inverell’s bowlers with 4-23 while Lex Livermore and Michael Kenny took two wickets each.

Like the hosts, the visitors also fell to 2-5, before the dismissal of Kenny for 21 left Inverell a little shaky at 4-76.

Opening batsman Dave Mudaliar held the innings together as he scored 56, having brought up his half-century with one of his three fours.

Mudaliar found good support from John Krauss before Jenkinson struck twice in three balls as Inverell was 12 runs shy of victory.

Jenkinson also claimed a wicket when the scores were level, and he finished with 4-26 from nine overs as Alex Smith hitthe winning run from the final ball of the 35th over.

Krauss remained unbeaten on 24.

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Joining the fight

GESTURE: Prostate Cancer Support Group committee members and survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove with Tegra Australia group general manager, Geoff Bunn. Young branch of Tegra Australia has joined in the fight against prostate cancer by raising awareness and funds for the local prostate cancer support group.
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On purchasing a new truck recently the quarry and concrete business saw the opportunity to support a local charity and felt the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young to be appropriate.

The concrete mixer has since been sign written with the iconic blue ribbon symbolising their support for the charity, and will in turn donate $1 per metre cubed of concrete delivered from this particular truck.

Group general manager of Tegra Australia, Geoff Bunn, said the business is proud to be in a position to support the worthy group.

He said it’s a way for the community to indirectly give back to a local organisation.

“We decided we’d support a local group somehow and decided the best would be this one considering it’s predominately a male-orientated industry,” Geoff said.

“You know how men are about their health –as far as health’s concerned there’s never anything wrong with us, and when there is we don’t like to admit it. So we’re encouraging men to be more proactive in their health.”

Local prostate cancer survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove, said the gesture will raise awareness of the illness that is estimated to claim the lives of3,398males in Australia this year.

“By this truck being driven around town we hope to make men more aware of it and have regular check-ups,” Barry said.“On behalf of Young Prostate Cancer Support Group we’d like to thank Tegra very much for their support.”

The pair used this opportunity to remind men of the importance of regular check-ups.

“We recommend men have their annual PSA test–it only takes a couple of minutes,” Chris said.

Further to support local men’s health The Rotary Club of Young will be hosting a free men’s health forum at the Young Services Club on Tuesday, November 8 from 6.30pm.Also supporting the night will be the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young, Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network Inc, and guest speakers Dr Ray Stanton, Dr Tom Douch, Christine Britton and Jeremy Godwin.

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The WA Brekkie BlogMonday, October 31, 2016

Good morning! Here areyour headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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Let down: Yarloop residents want the Yarloop Primary School to open in 2017. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

YARLOOP:Yarloop’s children played in theirschoolplayground for the first time on Friday since the devastating fires that gutted Yarloop in January. However, it wasn’t due to the school reopening, but as a protest against the Department of Education’s decision to keep Yarloop Primary School closed. Read more.

BINNINGUP: The boat belonging to a missing Binningupfisherman has been washed up on a beach between Lancelin and Cervantes, 200km north of Perth.Jeff Doyleset out from Bunbury on an overnight fishing trip on Monday, October 17. Read more.

MANDURAH:A Greenfieldsman will face court on Tuesday after being charged with a string of offences related to stolen property and weapons. Read more.

COLLIE:The Collie to Allanson Footpath, now the Karak (Red Tail)Trail, had its official opening celebrations on Saturday. Read more.

MANDURAH:Alarming new government figures have revealed Mandurah’s jobless rate has almost doubled since January. Read more.

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

Tathra Wharf closure policy reviewed, relaxed

Proposed new signage for Tathra and Merimbula Wharves.
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The council is relaxing its approach to closing the shire’s two main wharves when poor weather is forecast.

The decision is part of an independent review of how BVSCmanages risks associated with marine infrastructure.

The review follows concern inside and outside the organisation around the automatic closure of Tathra and Merimbula Wharves when significant weather and ocean conditions are forecast.

The procedures in place up until now have been undertaken with community safety in mind, and come from a deep welfare concern that reflects the potential dangers these structures present and their history.

Following legal and insurance advice new signage will be erected soon highlighting the dangers andadvisingthe public not to use the Wharves during hazardous weather and surf conditions.

The signage will also direct people to the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated weather information.

Nina Churchward, BVSC executive manager of organisational structure and governance, said the practise of automatically closing these popular spots will stop once the new signage is in place and while the review is completed.

“We understand that the community has been dissatisfied with the approach we have taken in the past, this review will help us better meet those expectations while also properly managing the exposure to risk we manage on behalf of ratepayers,” Ms Churchward said.

The full scope of the review takes in all the Shire’s wharves, jetties, pontoons and boat ramps, which have a current replacement value of over $13million.

“Risk and insurance matters are increasingly difficult to manage for councils around NSW, and as a council charged with managing one of the longest stretches of coastline in the state we face unique pressures,” Ms Churchward said.

“We are hoping that the interim measures now in place, will become permanent once the review is complete which should be before the end of the year.”

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Cassidy reaches next level

Ready to compete: Cassidy Ercole, 15, is flying to France to compete in the Elite Gym Massilia from Friday, November 11. Picture: Anna WarrFor Cassidy Ercole, gymnastics is a full-time job.
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She can easily complete more than 30 hours of training a week,alongside school.

But all those hours are paying off as Cassidy’s discipline, determination and competitive results have proved she’s ready for the next level –her first international competition.

The 15-year-old Sydney West Gymsports student is headed to Marseille, France,to join Australia’s junior team atthe Elite Gym Massilia. It’s one of the world’s best invitational gymnastics competitions.

She was selected after trialling against all age-eligible gymnasts in Australia –a long waiting game.

“Before the first day [of trials] I felt really nervous and then the second day I felt better, I knew all the stuff I had to do,” Cassidy said.

Running through her routines on floor, vault, bars and beam at the trials,she proved she was ready for selection.

Her coach Belinda Vine, owner of Sydney West Gymsports, said that Cassidy was ready for the big step up.

Ms Vine is also travelling to Marseille with Cassidy as a team coach.

“It’s quite a high-standing international competition in Marseille,” Ms Vine said.

“We’re there for a week adjusting to different timezones and training on the equipment, andbeing part of an Australian team as opposed to [Cassidy’s] usual high-performance program, working with the national coach.”

The competition starts on Friday, November 11 and concludes Sunday 13.

Cassidy’s focus is on enjoying her first appearance onthe international scene –a chance toget used to competing overseas.

“For my first international competition it’s just about experience, not really any medals,” she said.

Success in this competition will be all about working as part of the Australian national team.

It will also be a chance to witnessfirst-hand the level ofcompetition Cassidy will face as a senior next year.

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Rotary Nowra open to all

INCLUSIVE: Nowra Rotarians, Shoalhaven Rotaractors and the 2017 outbound International exchange student having a coffee and cupcake break from manning the new trailer mounted BBQ’s at the Huskisson Triathlon recently.Rotary Clubs in Australia are part of an international network of business, professional and community people who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts.
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Rotarians are people like you and me. Everyday men and women who liked the idea of helping others, building peace and understanding, serving our community and developing friendships and networks that last a lifetime.

Rotary unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Each of Australia’s 30,000 Rotarians belong to a local Rotary Club and there are over 1100 Clubs in Australia, including seven in the Shoalhaven. While Clubs operate independently, they often come together to work on joint projects and celebrate big events.

From a personal perspective, Rotary is another term for the opportunity to substantially raise your local and international citizenship profile. The broad range of opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian are found in Rotary’s five interests (or “Avenues of Service”) – Community, Vocational, Youth, International and Club.

Community – As Rotary actively supports a number of local charities and not-for-profit service organisations, it provides opportunities for Rotarians to enhance the support that they already give to these organisations.

Vocational – Rotary provides a number of programs to support local business and vocational development. Being a Rotarian gives you the opportunity to network with likeminded business and professionals locally, Australia wide and internationally, and promote your vocational and business ideas.

Youth – Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self-esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.

International – Rotary supports communities in crisis all around the world and this collective Rotary International support is very effective in easing the hard ship of families that are victims of natural or manmade disasters. This interest also provides youth exchange programs and opportunities for Rotarians and their family members to travel anywhere in the world knowing that they have the support of friendly Rotarians at any destination.

Club – This interest provides opportunities for Rotarians to develop their own leadership skills, grow their confidence levels and for them and their families to enjoy the many fellowship and social activities Rotary conducts.

Most importantly, Rotary philosophy is family first, work second and Rotary and anything else third; so becoming a Rotarian doesn’t add commitment to your already busy lifestyle – it simply enhances and adds value to everything else you do.

With seven Rotary Clubs in the Shoalhaven to suit your residential address and lifestyle, you will soon find a Rotarian in your day-to-day activity that will be able to give you more details on their Rotary experiences and guide you towards a Rotary club suitable for you

Rotary Nowra periodically holds Rotary information nights, that are without obligation. If you would like to be invited to an information night, or just come to a dinner meeting, listen to a good guest speaker and see how Rotary operates, please ring Rob Russell – Rotary Nowra president0499 901 129or Polly Hill – president elect0405 445 138.

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Harleys thunder into town

PEACE: Olympic BMX rider Caroline Buchanan leada riders off on their Thunder Run on Sunday.
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Thousands of Harley-Davidsonowners and admirers have descended on the Illawarra in a roaring celebration ofmotorcycle culture.

MATES: Bike enthusiasts Mark Peigel, Jason Zanetta and Steve Brown during Saturday’s festivities. Pictures: Georgia Matts

The event, from Friday to Sunday, marked the first Australian Harley-Davidson rally open to non-HOG (Harley-Davidson Owners Group) members and the wider community.

LITTLE FANS: Children await an autograph from Caroline Buchanan on Saturday.

A large number of children and area families visited Stuart Park to see the machines en masse and up close, and to take part in a family-friendly program of entertainment.

The brand has taken on Australian BMX champion CarolineBuchanan as an ambassadoras part of its push towards a more “inclusive” culture.

Buchanan joined 1400 riders for Sunday’s Thunder Run through Wollongong,taking the seat of a customised Harley-Davidson Street 500 -a smaller, less powerful ride with her race number (68) on its front.

“It’s my career number,” Buchanan told the Mercury.

“When I was five years old and got on a bike my dad asked ‘what number do you want?’. We got electrical tape and had an ice cream lid as my number plate for my first race meeting.

“My brother was simple –he chose number 11 and my dad needed to cut [two pieces of] electrical tape.

“I was just being a little brat and decided a hard number with lots of curves. I’ve had it all through my career -two Olympic games and now it’s on my motorbike.”

HOG chapters from around Australia were well-represented in the crowd.

Marty Pluymers, a 31-year-old baker and a member of the Tasmanian chapter, rode his Harley-Davidson from Hobart.

“This being a national [rally], it’s probablyon of the only times where guys from all of the chapters come together,” he said.

“There might be guys I haven’t seen for months from Adelaide, Melbourne andout this way.

“This is three or four days where we can be together and it doesn’t matter what you do outside of the HOG group.

“Whether you’rea doctor or you’reunemployed, everyone’s on the same page.

“We just come together for the love of motorbikes.”

Throughout the weekend, riders took part in guided rides through Kangaroo Valley, to Picton and acrossSeacliff Bridge, as well as aLadies of Harley ride to Kiama Blowhole andJamberoo led by Buchanan on Saturday.

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Zone’s perfect balance

REPRESENTATIVE REWARDS: Englishman Greg Buckley has only been back in Dubbo a matter of weeks but has been called up to the Western Zone squad. Photo: FILEWestern Zone has opted to fine-tune its squad rather than overhaul it in the hope of returning to the pinnacle of country cricket in NSW.
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The squad for the 2016/17 Country Championship Southern Pool matches, to be at Shellharbour from November 18-20, has only two changes from last season but chairman of selectors Neil Doherty feels they make the squad markedly stronger.

The Matt Crawley-coached outfit was announced on Sunday evening, with Dubbo’s English star Greg Buckley and Cowra’s red-headed tearaway Jacob McNaught coming into the side which won two of three pool matches last season.

“It’s a very similar team to last season,” Doherty said.

“As a team they only lost one game last season so there was no need to make big changes.”

One of the changes was unavoidable, with spinning all-rounder Stuart Naden now playing his cricket in New Zealand while Rugby all-rounder James O’Brien missed out after making just 13 runs and taking a total of 2-82 from 13 overs in the two inter-council matches.

Doherty was particularlyexcited about the addition of out-and-out speedster McNaught, who only missed out last season due to an overloaded under-19s representative workload.

“With McNaught we’ll get a bit more of penetration opening the bowling. There’s a bit of a pace and he’s a left-armer two,” he said, before speaking about Buckley taking the place of fellow Englishman Naden.

“It’s a like-for-like change so we won’t lose anything.”

McNaught forms part of a powerful pace-bowling quartet alongside Will Lindsay, Tim Berry and Bathurst’s Aaron Seymour while in Buckley, Ryan Peacock and Marty Jeffrey there are three vastly different frontline spinners.

The batting lineup is almost exactly the same as last season, with NSW Country trio Nick Berry, again the captain of the side, Mitch Bower and Jordan Moran leading the way.

What also bodes well for Western is the likes of Peacock, Anthony Heraghty and Josh Toole are all in-form and ready to provide further runs for the 2013/14 NSW Country champions.

“It’s a very-well balanced side,” Doherty said.

“They bat very bat and there’s a lot of options with the ball.

“We’re hoping they’ll go really well and if they play to their potential then should be able to come away with a win.”

Western meets Southern/ACT on November 18.

WESTERN: Nick Berry (c, Cowra),Tim Berry (Cowra),Mitch Bower (Dubbo),Greg Buckley (Dubbo),Marty Jeffrey (Dubbo),Anthony Heraghty (Parkes),Will Lindsay (Dubbo),Jacob McNaught (Cowra),Jordan Moran (Dubbo),Ryan Peacock (Bathurst),Aaron Seymour (Bathurst),Josh Toole (Bathurst)

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LETTER: Shelley Watts, in her own words

HOME: Shelley Watts runs past her former school while training early this year.To my community – Thank you!
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There’s a song I listened to through my Olympic Games qualification and preparation called ‘1955’ by Aussie hip hop band, hilltop hoods.

Every time Ilistened to the song, it would remind me of home – the Camden Haven – 2443″My 1955!” The place I was lucky enough to call home, to grow up andenjoy my childhood and the place I will always be able to come back to and feel welcomed!

It can be a lonely road being an elite athlete and travelling here, there and everywhere sacrificing so much to chase your dreams! It is songs like this onethat remind me of homeand make it a little bit easier to do what I do! Because if I’m feeling low or tired, I can put it on and it reminds me of the people and town I am doing this all for! It’s all not only for me andmy family. It is for you! Every single one of you who have supported me throughout my life and career so far and who I know, no matter what I do or don’t achieve, will be there supporting me until the very end.

I was so humbled when I was contacted by Rheannan Chapman and the Kendall Blues footy club, telling me that they would so generously donate some of the money they raised to my boxing career! To think that others in the Camden Haven would be so willing to help me chase my dreams is amazing! I was able to send a video saying thank you to Rheannan and the club for being so considerate in including me on the amazing list of people they supported for their charity day in July. But I realised that in sending that video, I wouldn’t be able to thank the amazing people who attended their charity day and donated the money or bought raffle tickets to help the Kendall Blues donate the amazing amount of money that they raised!

This is why I wanted to write this letter to the editor. To say THANK YOU to YOU – my AMAZING community! Without your support, it would be so much harder to continue doing what I do.So thank you! For giving me the support, for giving me the motivation and for passing on all of the kind words you have sent to me before, during and after the Olympic games! I cannot show my appreciation enough!

The financial assistance is helping me in my next phase, post Rio. A time that has been much harder emotional and physically than I anticipated. The money will support me, as I have unfortunately lost funding due to the result in Rio, and it will help me start my road to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in my quest to become a back-to-back gold medallist!

Thank you again! I am more humbled and appreciative than I will ever be able to express! I hope I’ve been able to make you proud! As the song, 1955, goes: “no matter, Where I go, where I go.This will always be home” and I am so lucky I have a song to remind me every day of the amazing community and town I get to call mine!

Shelley xxx

Shelley Watts,2016 Australian Olympian,2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist

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Angus steers to $1340 at Yass

Jim Hindmarsh Harton and Co Goulburn agent, Mike Holmes, with the pen of 30 Angus steers,from the Shepherd family, Gunning, which weighed 275kg and sold for $1210.
Nanjing Night Net

A LONG and tough season on the southern tablelands and Monaro was evident in the presentation of cattle at the regular store cattle sale held at Yass last Friday.

With more than 1500 head yarded, the quality was mixed with only a few feature pens showing condition.

Local restockers competed with buyersfrom Goulburn, Cootamundra, Young and Gundagai.

LandmarkYassmanagerSam Huntersaid quality lightweight stock were rewarded by high prices.

“We saw Angus steers make $1340 a head (320kg) or 418 cents per kilogramwhich is exceptional in a declining market,” Mr Huntersaid.

“Smart buyers were working within the gaps of the market to purchase cattle of lighter condition that would respond well to the abundance of pasture growth we are seeing at the present.”

In a yarding dominated by Angus, with smaller numbers of Herefords, Shorthorns and European breeds, prices for steers ranged from $910 to $1340, with lighter weights selling from $710 to $900.

Heiferprices varied from $870 to $1180, with lighter weights making $565 to $825. Cows with calves made from $1750 to $2040, while cows with first calves topped at $2600.

Among the pens of quality steers were those fromthe Reed family, “Chatsbury”, Taralga, who sold 18 Angus, Rennylea-blood weaners from10 to 12 months, weighing 320kg, for $1340. A second pen of 15 Angus weaners sold for $1290. The Shepherd family, “Invergowrie Park”, Gunning sold 30 Angus steersweighing 275kg for $1210, while 19 Nero-blood Shorthorn steers, account “Lochiel”, Taralga, sold for $1290.

Producers from “Mylora”, Binalong, offered their annual draft of mixed-sex Wirruna-blood Poll Hereford weanersand sold 46weighing 269kg for $1150, with second pen of 15, weighing 312kg, selling for $1110. A pen of six- to seven-month-old Angus steers offered by Buena Vista Pastoral Company, Wheeo sold for $990.

In sales of older steers, the Abbey family sold nine Angus steersweighing 386kg for $1380, with a second pen of four steers weighing 360kg selling for $1250.

In the heifer sale, 19 Wirruna-blood, 287kg Poll Hereford heifers from“Mylora”sold for $930.Their second line of 32 Poll Herefords weighing253kg sold for $900, and a third pen of 37 heifers weighing 249kg made $870.

The Reed family offered 35 Rennylea-bloodAngus heifers from 10 to12 months, whichsold for $1180. A pen of 10 black baldies made$1050.

O’Connell and Co, Braidwood, received $874 for their pen of 12 black baldies weighing 240kg, and a pen of 11 Angus heifers weighing 238kg sold for $860. The Abbey family sold 11 eight- to nine-month-old Angus heifers for $1120. Theirsecond pen of 13 seven-month-old Angus heifers reached$910.

Cows with calves and not station mated made to $2040, when Padang Pastoral Co, Yass, sold 19 Angus breeding units. Burn and Daniel, Yass sold 18 five- to eight year-old Murray Grey cows with calves, and rejoined, for $2020.

Elders, Landmark, Delta, Agstock, Butt Livestock, MJ Hall and Co, Holman Tolmie,Gerrard and Partners, Ray White Livestock, Duncome and Co, MD and JJ Anderson and Jim Hindmarsh, Harton and Co conducted the sale.

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