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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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.
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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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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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