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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Helping hand needed for Veteran’s week

Last Saturday the Men’s Single Stableford was sponsored by Paul Flynn,Lloyd Kimber and Darren O’Brien and Sunday’s event was sponsored by SimonOakes.
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PLACINGS: Winner of the Paul Flynn, Darren O’Brien and Lloyd Kimber Trophies went to Daryl Whinam, and runner-up to Jim Glasheen.

Many thanks.

Next Saturday’s event will be the November monthly medal sponsored by KeithSimmons Engineering. Sunday’s medley will be sponsored by the Golden Glance Nursery and the Antz Pantz Cafe.

We are hopeful that with fine weather this week we will be able to play 17 holes next weekend.

If any member has a bit of free time we do have a bit of work to do on the course to get things in order for the Veteran’sweek of golf to start ontheNovember 14.

A call to 0428 335 303 will put you in touch with the greens staff and your helpwould appreciated.

October29Stableford -Paul Flynn, Darren O’Brien andLloyd KimberTrophies :-Stableford. First Daryl Whinam43 points, secondJames Glasheen 41 points, third Steve May40 points c/b, Colin Miller.

Young Detailing ServicesNTPs: SeventhSteve May, 17 Matt Williams.

Keith Simmons Engineering NTP: ThirdRon Thompson, nineCraig Taylor, 14 Peter Brodbeck. Pro Shop Twos Steve May(2), Stephen Hare,Bob Splithof,Pat Brodbeck,Max Gilbert,Alan Moore,Stuart Norton,Craig Taylor. Twoballs each. Pro Shop Twos Col Miller, Alan Moore, Mick Slater. threeBalls each.

October 23Hayley Anderson Mind Battle Ambrose.

First Chris Keevil, Robert Keevil, Chris Fraser, Alan Wilder. Nett 48. Second Ian Page, John Jones, G.O Nicolls, Ian Broderick.

Nett 50. Handicap Division. First G Le Strange, I Goodluck, P Brodbeck, B Stone.41 1/8 Nett Second P Norton, M Hanley, S Murphy, J Anderson42 3/4 Nett.

NTP G Murfitt, A Wilder, L Foley, N Rhodes. Straight Drive M Hanley (men’s) C Rhodes (Ladies).

October 26Medley Stableford – Pro’s Comp -First Darren O”Brien 42 points, second C/BLarry Markspoints, third Peter Ferguson 40points. Balls went down to36 points. Pro Shop Twos Comp Col Blizzard, Grant Harding, Geoff Walker, Wally Wilder, twoballs each

October 28: – Weekly 9 Hole Comp -First Col Miller 21 points, twoballs, second Andrew Miller, Brian Christie, Darren O’Brien 20 points,oneball each.

Please note that the midweek comp can be played on any midweek day.

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UK billionaire’sAACo stake grows to 38pc

Patient investment strategies by Joe Lewis’ private equity business Travistock during the past six years have delivered it a dominant ownership stake in historic cattle business, Australian Agricultural Company.
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While Australiahasbeenheld captivebythe potentialforeignownership of Australia’s largest landholder, S. Kidman and Company, quietly in the background a shrewd billionaire from Londonhastakena grip on the country’s second-largest landholder – the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo).

Joe Lewis, the owner of football team Tottenham Hotspur, is the ultimate owner of the AA Trust, whichhasjust converted 59 of 160 Convertible Notes into fully paid ordinary shares inAACo.

AACoowns 7 million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory, equating to about one per cent of Australia’s land mass.

It’s a big show of confidence in the company from Mr Lewis, whose total wealth is estimatedbyForbes at $7 billion.

He could havetakenthe cash, but instead hehastakenshares and built his stake further in the company to just under 38 per cent.

That 38pcis worth about $350 million, which is not far off the original $365 million bidbyGina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and her Chinese co-investor, Shanghai CRED, for S. Kidman and Co.

AACoalsohasa much higher quality portfolio of cattle stations than Kidman.

Furthermore, the value ofAACo’s properties rose 15.8 per cent this year, while Kidman’s showed no movement in value in the fiscal 2016 period.

Mr Lewis, who is chairman of private equity group Tavistock, which he founded in 1975, is one of several billionaires to have shown a new interest in Australian agriculture.

Mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest, along with retailing billionaires Brett Blundy and Gerry Harvey, have made significant agricultural investments in the past 12 to 18 months.

But Mr Lewis’ investment inAACostarted as far back as 2011 and nowhastwo Tavistock directors on the board.

The real genius deal was done in 2013, whenAACowas trying to raise capital to reduce its gearing from more than 40pcto less than 25pcas well as find funding for its new “vertically integrated strategy”, which included an abattoir in Darwin.

As part of the deal, he was issued 160 convertible notes, which were given a fixed share conversion price of $1.148.

That price was a significant discount toAACo’s net tangible assets per security of $1.90.

Furthermore, there was a separate $219 million non-renounceable entitlement offer priced at $1 ashare.

Mr Lewis, as an existing shareholder at the time, took up his full entitlement worth about $29.6 million.

He thenalsosub-underwrote the offer – that is, he would buy any of the new shares that existing shareholders did not take up.

In the past three years cattle prices have risen to record highs and rural property values have bounced back, whichhasgivenAACo’s share price a kick up to $1.74.

As such, Mr Lewishasfound that not onlyhashe increased his stake in the company butalsomade a handsome profit along the way – and all with very little public outcry.

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says new refugee ban will stop country hopping

A boat carrying asylum seekers is intercepted by a Customs vessel in 2011. Photo: James Brickwood Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announcing changes to refugee immigration laws with Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday. Photo: Michele Mossop
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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says tough new immigration laws are designed to stop refugees from country hopping after being released from offshore detention camps.

On Sunday, the Turnbull government announced it would permanently ban asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat from ever entering the country, even if they are genuine refugees and seek to come as tourists or on business decades later.

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament in November, applying to all adults detained on Manus and Nauru and backdated to July 2013.

Mr Dutton said refugee and asylum-seeker advocates should stop advising detainees to refuse to move to third countries because the government would eventually cave in and bring them to Australia.

“What we don’t want is if someone is to go to a third country, that they apply for a tourist visa or some other way to circumvent what the government’s policy intent is by coming back to Australia from that third country,” Mr Dutton told ABC radio on Monday.

“We are not going to allow people smugglers to get back into business.”

“There are a lot of people who believe, regardless of what we say, that they will eventually come to Australia and there are many advocates who are messaging that each day to people on Manus and on Nauru.”

There is growing speculation the government is preparing a new third country deal to resettle detainees on Manus Island and Nauru. While Mr Dutton restated the government’s opposition to a previous deal negotiated between the Gillard government and New Zealand, he wouldn’t be drawn about possible fresh negotiations with New Zealand and even the United States.

The laws announced Sunday would prevent a refugee who was on Manus Island or Nauru and subsequently resettled in a country like New Zealand from being able to fly to Australia, where they could attempt to stay.

Unaccompanied children and those who were brought on boats by their parents would be exempt from the laws and some ministerial discretion would apply, Mr Dutton said. He also said the laws would not hit any legal hurdles.

“The legal advice is very clear from the international division of the Attorney-General’s department, it’s very clear from the Australian Government Solicitor. There are no constitutional issues here… and we are absolutely confident in terms of the constitutionality and that we meet our international obligations.”

Labor and crossbench senators are already coming under pressure from the Greens to reject the government’s plan.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said on Monday the government was chasing a “mean, cruel agenda of One Nation”.

“I’m hopeful that if Labor shows a little bit of courage on this issue … there’s a real chance we’ll be able to strike this legislation down,” he said.

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In My Paddock: Gerard MatthewsOctober 2016

Brimpaen’s Gerard Matthews believes harvest will be a mixed bag this year.HOW 12 months can change one’s perspective.
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This time last year we were staring at bare paddocks, crops were struggling for moisture and we were offloading any livestock we could.

This year there’s bulk feed, clover like I’ve never seen it, crops that still have water lying in partsand selling sheep isn’t an issue at all.

With the wet winter brings the good and the bad.

There are weeds and disease growing in crops like I’ve never seen, due to the inability to spray and excessive moisture.

It might sound like I’m complaining but I’m not –we will benefit later from the wet season. Every year, good and bad, has its obstacles – you just have to take them as they come.

The biggest challenge of 2016 hasn’t been on the farm but in the hospital, with Dad being diagnosed with cancer early in the year.

He still has great prospects of a full recovery and with chemotherapy starting, he is in process of moving forward to beating the horrible disease. Having spent several weeks in Melbourne and months in Sydney receiving treatment and operations he has hopefully seen the worst of it.

Support from Mum has been his defining strength but also from the community of friends and family. This has also been the case for me.

With an added workload and responsibility I’ve received immense help and support to keep my head above water.

I appreciate all that’s been done and the continued support is remarkable.

It just goes to show that country people have resilience and selflessness that you don’t find anywhere else.

Dad will continue to fight to get back to doing the things he loves.

We have sold a few lots of lambs, which have averaged really well.

With lambs being sold less than six months of age in excess of $130, the crossbred lamb trade is definitely the most desirable program we have on the farm currently.

Shearing was challenging. With wet sheep, wet paddocks and rain it seemed nearly every day getting the sheep dry enoughwas about the story of this year.

But, in a year like this compromises were made to get the job done.

Crops are inconsistent this year. Canola has really struggled to cope with the wet and yield will be considerably down. Broad beans started out extremely well but then were hit hard by disease. They are regrouping now as the sun starts to shine.

Wheat is improving every day and is almost fully out in ear. While the oats are mixed, some parts have been waterlogged and struggled but where the oats are good they are unbelievable.

Harvest will be a mixed bag.

It looks like it will take us well into the new year, but definitely looks to be much, much better than last year.

Spray topping has been done with a few moments of insecurity in the tractor as wet spots were found and conquered.

We have a new apprentice kelpie on board.

In the short time he’s been around he has shown significant progress and potential as a great dog.

Tennis has started and Brimpaen’s two teams are both doing extremely well.

With an upgradeto thefifth court and a successful barbecue after our first home game, things look great.

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Flathead on the bite

WHAT A WOPPER: Mick Kovarik with a yellowbelly landed from his kayak while trolling lures in Somerset Dam.THEmain species caught in estuary waters this week are whiting and flathead.
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Both are sand dwelling species so targeting sandy patches or banks in rivers andcreeks – not rockyareas –has been the most productive.

There arestill a few chopper tailor moving through estuary waters so it is worth putting a floating pillie outor throwing slugs or minnow lures around. At the least have one rigged at the ready in case aschoolboils close by.

BIG NOBBIES: Lee Whiteside with quality snapper caught on squid off Cape Moreton.

There were a few early season mangrove jack caught from Jumpinpin over the past week, mostwere undersize but it’s a good sign for the warming months ahead.

A few bull sharks were caught again this week. Most have come from the upper reaches of rivers inthe deeper holes at daylight and dusk.

There are a few mud crabs around but numbers have dropped off compared witha few weeks ago.

In Moreton Bay school mackerel are in good numbers although mostfish caught havecome from the eastern side of the bay and there’s been a few grass sweetlip caught around island shallows before daylight by those using unweighted baits.

On the offshore scene we’re starting to see summer species dominate,including a few earlyseason mackerel caught on trolled lures around Hutchies and Cape Moreton as well as small marlin outwider.A tip would be to use live baits on reef areas and wrecks for a cobia, amberjackor kingfish.

It’s worth throwing a small livie at a wave rider buoy for a dolphinfish buttoo much traffic or spear fishermen will see them disappear.

Freshwater anglers using live shrimp are catching a lot of bass, lure anglers are doing it a bittougher. They need to find the schools and work them.

Trolling is producing more fish than it was a month ago, especially if you concentrate onrockypoints or follow the foreshores so your lure is occasionally bumping bottom.

Top impoundments this week were North Pine Damand Hinze. You’ll do a lot of looking in Wivenhoe beforefinding feeding fish.Somerset is the pick of the two Brisbane River catchment lakes.

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Moorooka bus fire: Indian PM calls Turnbull over Manmeet Sharma

Friends and bus drivers gathered at a vigil in Moorooka, Brisbane on Saturday night to pay their respects to Manmeet Sharma. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington Mr Alisher was an enthusiastic singer and hobby film-maker. Photo: supplied
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Smoke billows from the bus at Moorooka. Photo: Twitter / ABC

India’s Prime Minister has raised concerns with his Australian counterpart over the alleged murder of a Punjabi bus driver set alight on a Brisbane bus.

In a statement issued on Sunday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said PM Narendra Modi called Malcolm Turnbull to send him Diwali greetings.

“Prime Minister Modi also conveyed a sense of concern being felt in India over the recent brutal killing of Mr Manmeet Alisher, a person of Indian origin, in Australia,” the statement read.

“Prime Minister Turnbull expressed shock at the killing and conveyed that the matter is being investigated.”

When asked on Monday morning, Mr Turnbull said he could understand his counterpart’s concerns.

“In fact, I spoke to Prime Minister Modi about it last night and conveyed our sympathies and condolences,” he said.

“The matter, of course, is being closely investigated (and) I will keep him informed as the results of the investigation arise.”

A series of attacks on Indian students in Australia in 2009 caused tensions between the two countries and raised concerns in India about racially motivated violence.

Police have struggled to detail a motive for the fire attack in Brisbane’s south just after 9am on Friday, in which an “incendiary device” was allegedly thrown on the 29-year-old casual bus driver, also known as Manmeet Sharma, as he pulled up to collect passengers.

Moorooka man Anthony O’Donohue, 48, has been charged with the murder of the driver and another 11 counts of attempted murder.

Outside court on Saturday, his lawyer said he held concerns for his client’s mental health.

Within hours of the incident, which sent shockwaves through the city’s Indian, transport, and wider communities and made headlines back home, they said there was no indication of terrorism or racial motivation.

Mr Sharma’s brother Amit Alisher told the ABC he feared the attack may have been a hate crime, fearing the worst even in the absence of any clear evidence.

“We suspect that it may be [racially motivated],” he said.

“We would like to see due process, we have faith in the Australian system.”

Long-term family friend Winnerjit Goldy and Manmeet’s older brother Amit Sharma rushed for Australia at the weekend and have called for justice over the death.

The slain driver’s parents are still yet to learn of the popular singer, actor and community man’s death.

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Softball games saw some smashing hits

A gradeShields 14 defEagles 1
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THEShields girls have come out firing this season.

They held theEagles team to justone run, leaving the sidewith fourscoreless digs.

Melissa Balek ofShields finished the Eagles’ last bat with a double play.

Six out of nineTiger playershad a catch in the field and the girls were able to back it up with a strong bat.

The main event was Amesha Meyer’scracking grand slam in the third.

Best at bat:Shields’ Amesha Meyers 2 from 3.

The Eagles best at bat:Stephanie Perry 1 from 2.

Squaws 17 defRebels 0

There was top pitching by Squaws’ Alana Jantke, having fourstrike outs.

Atight field kept the Rebels scoreless.

The Squaws side wasable to back up itsfield with strong batting.

Multiple highs includeda home run from Alana Jantke, along with a twobagger.

Ella Blewit, Chrissy Clarke and Livinia Kerley all hadtwobase hits as well.

Best at bat:Squaws’ Ella Blewit and Belinda Reynolds both 3 from 4.

The Rebels’ best at bat: Shannen Hearne 1 from 2.

BgradeEagles 6 drew with Shields 6

This game was high paced with quick digs.

There was a total of sixinnings and multiple digs where no runs were scored.

PREPARED: Eagles’ Alkira Saunders about to take a swing during the Eagles vs Tigers A grade match on Saturday.

Eagles’ Suzanne Scanlon had a massive ninestrike outs.

Shaylee Saunders had twodouble base hits.

Shields’ Kaidy Morgan smashed a home run in the second.

She also did well to havetwocatches.

Rookie Amesha Meyers had three at short stop.

A quick thinking double play was achieved by the Eagles’ Saunders sisters in the second.

Best at bat:Eagles’ Shaylee Saunders 2 from 3.Shields, Amesha Meyers and Kaidy Morgan both 2 from 4.

Squaws 21 defRebels 2

The Squaws girls had another smashing day with their bats.

Rebels were unable to respond on the day.

The red and whites had safe hits all round.

This was highlighted by a homer from both Shyane McDonald and Lexi Williams.

Along with a twoand threebagger fromTanya Williams.

Rebels scored itsruns in the first by Hannah Pycroft and Daniell Garner crossing the plate.

Best at bat:Squaws’ Lexi Williams 3 from 5.

Rebels’ Daniell Garner 2 from 3.

Under 16s will return to the field this weekend after a bye on Saturday.

Junior games are at 11.45am, as usual.

Amesha Meyers

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Toole belts Macquarie in aggressive knock

A CRACKING knock from Mitchell middle-order batsmanJosh Toole helped rocket his side to a dominant five-wicket win over Macquarie at Orange’s Jack Brabham Park on Saturday.
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In the second Western Zone inter-council trial game, Mitchell raced passed Macquarie’s total of 8-171, Toole’s unbeaten, better-than-a-run-a-ball 61 propelling his side to victory one ball into the 31stover.

At the other end having contributed an unbeaten 44 to a six-wicket stand worth 112, skipper Jameel Qureshi said his Bathurst batting partner’sno-holds-barred approach was fun to watch.

“He was just in one of those moods…all I had to do was play my own game down the other end,” Qureshi said.

“He just wanted to hit everything, and when he’s in one of those moods, you can’t really tell him otherwise.

“In saying that, though, it was still a pretty sensible innings. He kept out the good balls and attacked the bad ones.”

GREAT KNOCK: Bathurst batsman Josh Toole blasted an aggressive 61 for Mitchell in Saturday’s Western Zone win over Macquarie.

While Toole only managed six runs in Sunday’s round three loss to Lachlan, he provided the highlight of a patient effort from the Mitchell outfit.

Winning the toss and batting first, Macquarie started strongly before Mitchell’s new-ball pairing struck.

Charlie Kempson (eight) andJordan Moran (23) fell to Orange’s Hugh Le Lievre (2-38) andBathurst’s Matt Stephen (1-30) in quick succession.

Mitch Bower (two) went soon after toLe Lievre, who doesn’t take the new ball on a regular basis for his club side CYMS.

Macquarie’s Greg Buckley came and went for 13, leaving the bulk of the run-scoring to be done by Tom Nelson.

Nelson provided just that, hitting 67 not out as he anchored Macquarie’s innings.

However, his runs came slowly as the visitors crawled to 8-171 from their 50 overs.

It was a shaky start to Mitchell’s innings with the bat, left-arm quick Henry Railz (2-25) taking the early wickets of Bathurst City duo Joey Coughlan(zero) and Ben Orme (zero) while Henry Shoemark (four) fell to Ben Semmler (1-10) to leave the hosts reeling at 3-8.

Veteran Riche Venner (31) steadied the ship alongside the prodigious Ryan Peacock (16) until the pair fell in quick succession with the score on 60.

It was then over to Toole and Qureshi–and it didn’t take long for the gun pair to race to 5-172and the victory.

Although Toole’s innings stole the show, the Mitchell skipper said it was his side’s innings with the ball that set up the win.

“I thought we bowled really well as a team,” Qureshi said.

“Hugh and Stevo really built up the pressureand then, I thought anyway,it was a good deck for slow bowlers.

“We took the pace off the ball and made them play our game, which worked beautifully.”

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Letters to the editor

HISTORIC SNAPSHOT: Seeking information about this photo. If you recognise any of the faces, call Nita Quinn on 6492 1826 or the Bega Pioneers Museum 6492 1453.Off and racingLadies and gentlemen, it’s time to place your bets on the greatest race event of the century – The Global Warming Stakes!
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Here’s the Form Guide.

Renewable Energy –A great prospect with Winx-like abilities. There have been attempts to nobble this Phar Lap of the 21st Century but, despite being forced to carry heavy weight, sheis performing well. Loves a tail wind and is a strong finisher on a dry track. The smart money is on this horse.

Old King Coal –Literally on its last legs but propped up with stimulants. Has had a succession of jockeys who have a track record of interfering with Renewable Energy in the back straight. The owners, the Fossil Fuel Mafia, seem determined to keep flogging a dead horse.

Nuclear –Doesn’t have a great track record, failing spectacularly at the Fukushima Stakes and the Chernobyl Derby. Has received some late backing from Old King Coal interests but punters are wary of dangerous riding charges.

Biomass –Showed early promise but apparently the horse’s appearance (remember Fine Cotton) was altered to make to make it look like Renewable Energy. Turned out to be the progeny of Old King Coal and the tired nag, Woodchipper.

Clean Coal –A scratching. Couldn’t stand up when inspected by the Race Veterinarian.

On this form you’d expect that Renewable Energy would romp it in as the clear favourite. However, there are disturbing reports that the Fossil Fuel Mafia have an unhealthy influence over the Stewards. So far the Stewards seem to beignoringthe scientific advice that only Renewable Energy is fit for racing.

Doug Reckord, KalaruRejecting inputOn September 17 I wrote to ABC head office regarding the cessation of the funeral announcements at 6.59am and how the community of this listening area were so upset that they were missing this very important announcement.

Well over 2500 people signed the petitions requesting the return of this important information.

I find it very strange that the ABC is now wanting more input from the community into the local radiostation’s programming and then straight away rejected the one item we all want to be broadcast.

I feel that nothing will change about this decision by the ABC unless we all protest by writing to the ABC head office and our local ABC in Bega.

ABC’s head office address is GPO Box 9994, Sydney 2001.

Maybe, hopefully, the funeral announcements will be broadcast once again at 6.59each morning.

Annette Warby, TathraConcerning infoWhilesurfing the internet to find out whether the fluoridisation of Bega’s drinking water would damage the bacteria’s in my septic system, I came across this which is of a real concern.

I have emailed council regarding the septic issue so if the septic gets damaged I have someone to sue.

According to a paper written by Gary Null, PhD, entitled The Fluoridation Fiasco, “…fluoride is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic”.

He goes on to state “…the fluoride added to drinking water and toothpaste is a crude industrial waste product of the aluminium and fertiliser industries…toxic enough to be used as rat poison”.

DrNull adds “research does not support the effectiveness of fluoridation for preventing tooth disease. …purported benefits are supposedly for children, not adults and senior citizens. At about age 13, any advantage fluoridation might offer comes to an end…fluoridation has never been proven safe. On the contrary, several studies directly link fluoridation to skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, and several rare forms of cancer.”

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FREE Eyre export venture

FREE Eyre’s Mark Rodda and mark Cant from Sea Transport Corporation at the opening of the Lucky Bay harbour expansion on Friday.A JOINT venture betweengrower-owned agribusinessFREE Eyre and transshipping company Sea TransportCorporation is expected to save growers money and create at least 50 jobs in the region.
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The companies announced plans on Friday for a transshipping enterprise at Lucky Bay, near Cowell,where grain will be barged out to ships in Spencer Gulf.

The joint venture companySpencer Gulf Trustwill bring together the global expertise ofSea Transport’s transshipping technology with FREEEyre’s grain grower shareholders andclients, tobuilda bulk commodity transshipping terminal and enterprise at Lucky Bay, using state-of- the-art, shallow draft transshipping vesselsto load larger cargo vessels moored in the gulf.

At the official opening of the Lucky Bay transshipping harbor extension on Friday, Free Eyre chairman John Crosby and Sea Transport chairman Stuart Ballantyne saidthat subject to funding negotiations, construction on the land-based grainreceival, storage and handling facilities would start in the first quarter of 2017 and becompleted in time to receive grain for the 2017 harvest.

The site at Lucky Bay where a bulk commodity transshipping terminal and enterprise will be built, using state-of- the-art, shallow draft transshipping vessels to load larger cargo vessels moored in Spencer Gulf.

Financial modelling suggestsgrowers in the Lucky Bay catchment zone could save $10 to $19 a tonne on average, depending on individual growers’ freight costs.

Across the past 10 years, an average of onemillion tonnesof grain has been produced within this catchment zone.

The Spencer Gulf Trust anticipatesWallaroo will be the second stage with similar facilities designed toreceive, store and export both grain and fertiliser, adding competition to the supply chain.

There is also potential for transshippingat other key locations such as Streaky Bay and Kangaroo Island and the company believes this alternative method of transshipping bulk commodities has the potential totransform grain and fertiliser handling in South Australia.

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