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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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Greta’s Don Cruickshanks enters 14 national tree champions on National Register of Big Treesphotos

Whatever Don Cruickshanks does, he does it well.
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The Greta retiree has grown national champion orchids, and is known as a bit of a celebrity in the orchid world.

He was a successful cow cockyfor many years.

Towards the end of his career, Mr Cruickshanksstarted work as a cattle manager at Rosemount Vineyard and ended up growing grapes.

“I believe whatever youdo, youput everything into it,” Mr Cruickshanks said.

But it’s his latest venture that is perhapsmost impressive.

Mr Cruickshanks has entered 14 national champion trees on the National Big Tree register.

Trees have always been a joy for Mr Cruickshanks from his work on the land.

After he retired he started taking day trips with his wife where they would explore bush areas and enjoy the trees.

Mr Cruickshanks’s sister saw a story about theregister and told him about it.

So he started entering a few of his finds…and boy were they winners.

“When I found a big tree, it just turned out that these trees were bigger than any anyone else had found,” he said.

Don’s tree passion | PHOTOS Moreton Bay fig trees, Maitland Road, Islington Park.

Rare historic Aboriginal scar tree.

Greta’s Don Cruickshanks with the big tree he spotted at Moonan Brook during a recent trip to the Upper Hunter.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

The wedding tree in Raymond Terrace.

Moreton Bay fig trees, Maitland Road, Islington Park.

Don Cruickshanks, of Greta, with the forest red gum in Fosterton Road listed on the Australian National Register of Big Trees.

Raymond Terrace’s Norfolk Island Pine tree is one of the biggest Christmas trees in the southern hemisphere. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Tree of Knowledge on Hannell St, Wickham.

Tree of Knowledge on Hannell St, Wickham.

Fig trees on Council Street, Cooks Hill.

Union Street, Tighes Hill.

A lone pine in Mayfield West.

Norfolk Pines at King Edward Park, Newcastle.

Norfolk Pines at King Edward Park, Newcastle.

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Qantas buffeted by competition headwind as oil prices stay low

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. The airline has disclosed softer trading conditions for the December half. Photo: Cole Bennets Passenger numbers rose 2.5 per cent, but that didn’t stop revenue from falling. Photo: Glenn Hunt
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Despite Qantas warning Monday of soft trading conditions as it battles the headwind of rising competition from rival airlines, analysts were upbeat, telling clients things could have been worse.

The December half underlying profit before tax will run at $800-$850 million, down from $921 million earned a year ago, the airline said on Monday even as it benefits from a further decline in oil prices.

In the September quarter alone, domestic revenue slipped 3 per cent to $3.98 billion due to rising competition on international routes with domestic demand also subdued. Even so, it said the December quarter will see an improvement.

“We are seeing international airfares below where they were 12 months ago, but the impact of that is tempered by the competitive advantages … including our strong domestic position and diversified Loyalty business,” the group’s chief executive, Alan Joyce said.

“Qantas Domestic, Jetstar Domestic and Qantas Loyalty all continue to perform well with high operating margins in a stable market.”

In the December half, the group’s fuel bill is expected to fall to $1.5 billion from $1.7 billion, although for the full year it is expected to be little changed at $3.1 billion compared with $3.2 billion in the previous financial year, it said. Overall, passenger numbers rose 2.5 per cent.

Capacity on international routes rose 5.8 per cent as the group shifted aircraft from domestic services to lift capacity mostly in Asia “in response to growing inbound demand from the region”, it said. Domestic revenue slipped 2.9 per cent, as international revenue fell 6.9 per cent.

In the December half capacity growth has been cut from the earlier forecast 2.5-3 per cent to a more modest 1.5-2 per cent. The decision to shift capacity from domestic to international services will see international capacity rise 3.5 per cent with a 1 per cent decline in domestic capacity, Qantas said.

“We believe investors should breathe a sigh of relief,”J.P. Morgan told clients, with the decline in revenue per seat “a cyclical rather than a structural issue”.

“The stock looks inexpensive, relative to global peers and the ASX industrials market, more broadly”.

Macquarie Equities said the quarterly data was worse than expected, although capacity reductions will help to protect revenues.

“Qantas remains fundamentally undervalued and despite a lack of earnings momentum a return to dividends is evidence of management’s confidence in the sustainability of earnings,” it told clients.

Qantas shares were up 8c at $3.02 in closing trading.

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Senators Derryn Hinch and David Leyonhjelm in Twitter slanging match

Senator Derryn Hinch accused David Leyonhjelm of being a “white-anting vandal”.A Twitter war of words has broken out between Senate crossbenchers, with combative Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm labelling Derryn Hinch “a dumb heap of parrot droppings”.
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The pair have clashed since it was revealed that Senator Leyonhjelm told a rally at Queensland Parliament in 2013 that he would be happy to let police “lie on the side of the road and bleed to death”.

Complaining about new laws designed to deny affiliates of outlaw motorcycle gangs access to gun licences, the NSW senator said police and the public were on a collision course.

“For myself, I am never going to help someone who thinks it’s OK to pull me up, search me and threaten me with jail if I don’t answer their questions, merely because I ride my motorcycle in company with a couple of other people,” he said at the protest.

“If that’s what they think, they can lie on the side of the road and bleed to death.”

After writing a blog post explaining his views and criticising Australians for being too quick to “excel at outrage”, Senator Leyonhjelm turned his attention to Senator Hinch, who is a pro-police advocate.

“You need to read this and apologise to me, you dumb heap of parrot droppings,” he tweeted, linking to the blog post and saying it was acceptable for Australians to criticise police. @HumanHeadline You need to read this and apologise to me, you dumb heap of parrot droppings. https://t.co/gvpwp0Vbyc— David Leyonhjelm (@DavidLeyonhjelm) October 30, 2016

Senator Hinch didn’t pull any punches in his response, accusing his colleague of being a “a white-anting vandal”. @DavidLeyonhjelm I will never apologise for defending our police against white-anting vandals – even a fellow Senator.— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) October 30, 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Duff’s award-winning beer to be tapped at Bitter & Twisted

RAISE YOUR GLASS: Stuart Duff will unveil Dusty Miner’s special Black Rye PA at Bitter & Twisted on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIN this flavoursome era of craft beer, one of the last bastion of mainstream brews would surely be the mining industry. A hard-earned thirst, needs a big cold beer, and all that jazz.
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However, Aberglasslyn underground fitter Stuart Duff is casting off those old stereotypes with his award-winning Dusty Miner Craft Brewery. In two years the home nano-brewery has won silver medals for itsBlack Bon3s Dark Ale, a tribute to Maitland Blacks Rugby Club, at the Sydney Beer and Cider Awards 2015 and this year’s Australian International Beer Awards.

“I started grain-brewing 15 years ago and with the craft beer scene becoming what it was, I said to my wife [Cathy] I’d like to do it,” Duff said.“So she said find some people, other than my friends, to try it and I got some good reviews, so she let me go and buy a brewery.”

Duff still worksas aunderground fitter at Wambo Mine, but hopes to one day brew full-time. And he’s getting closer to that dream.Eight bottle shops and three pubs stock his range, thatincludes,Shaftman Pale,Stook IPA,Undercut Msa and 3 Daughters Red, which Duff said is“like my girls;it’s intriguing, feisty and sometimes sweet.”

Duff will be pouring his Dusty Miner dropsat theBitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival this weekend at Maitland Gaol, plus a special one-off Black Rye PA.

It’s brewed with rye grain in a black IPA before bourbon oak chips were added tothe fermenting process.

“Barrel-aged beers have been coming out for the last six months or more, so people have been ageingthem in old bourbon, whiskeyorwine barrels to get the actual flavour out of the barrel,” Duff said.“I didn’t have a barrel or the time to age it, so I’ve used bourbon oak chips in the fermenter.”

It’s an exotic ale that will turn heads at Bitter & Twisted, but is Duff converting many of his old pit buddies away fromTooheysand VB?

“Some are starting to try new things, which is good, but there’s still some guys who are old school and it’s hard to change those blokes,” he said.“The younger blokes are willing to try new beers.”

This year’s Bitter & Twisted will be the 10th edition of the popular event. Sydney’s award-winningStockade Brew Co and Modus Operandi will both debut this year and Newcastle’s Apple Truck Cider will have an individual stall for the first time. Saturday is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday.

Melbourne CupEverything you need to know

TOMORROW is the first Tuesday in November which means it’s Melbourne Cup time.
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But if you’re not a keen horse racing fanand have no clue who you should be cheering for on the day, don’t worry –we’ve got you covered.

First up let’s take a look atwho is actually running in this year’s Melbourne Cup.The final 24-horse field is here.

And if it’s the one time of the year that you place a bet and you’renot sure who you should place your hard-earned cash on –we’ve got you covered with these tips.

Or perhaps this willhelp you decide:

Or if you believe in the power of pets – Maremma guard dog Amor has picked a favourite for you. Read more here.

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Fashions on the fieldNot sure what to wear to that Cup function you’ve got on tomorrow? Well ladies, we can tell you stilettosare out. Read more here.

Think you know who’s going to win?So you’ve been reading the previews on the horses and following their progress throughout the season?In fact you’re pretty sure you know who’s going to take home the Cup.Then be sure to take in part our poll and let us know:

Where are all the celebrities at Melbourne Cup Carnival 2016?Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Enrique Iglesias, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton, Solange Knowles, Eva Longoriahave all made celebrity appearances at the Melbourne Cup Carnival down through the years.But it seems organisers are happy to stick with local talent for 2016.

That is apart from nine-time Olympic gold medallistUsain Bolt, who is on theCrown Melbourne marquee guest list for Oaks Day. Read more here.

Woods emerges from the wilderness to win stableford

BEST PERFORMER: Justin Sutton was the best performer of the locals during last weekend’s 2016 NSW Country Championships at Goulburn. He’s teeing off with fellow competitors Brad Croker of Goulburn and Charlestown’s Michael Wade. Photo: Paul ThomasLocal accountant and renowned Parkes businessman Peter Woods certainly struck with a vengeance last Saturday when members of the Parkes Golf Club contested the Totally Workwear sponsored 18 hole Stableford.
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Woods, who hasn’t graced the winner’s podium in over fouryears, certainly found excellent form last weekend when he returned a great 41 points to take the winner’s spoils from new member Luke Clarke on a countback.

Woods’ last victory was some 50 months ago and ironically wasn’t a single event but a fourball with the late Mike Richardson.

Playing off a 31 handicap, Woods will now find his handicap has been reduced.

Saturday’s ball winners saw Luke Clarke head the list on 41 with Ron Hetherington close behind on 40 while on 39 were Matt Lawryk, Terry Walsh, Tony Hendry and Michael Kable while Todd Jayet survived the countback on 38 points to gain the remaining ball.

In the Nearest the Pins saw Laurie Wakefield take out the Idle Rite Tyrepower 1st Hole at 310cms, and local mayor Ken Keith snared the Griffins Leading Edge 4th Hole and the Money Hole award at 320cms.

Tony Hendry shot the shot of the day to finish just 103cms from the pin on the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th Hole, while Robert Cheney fired a birdie two after his shot to Harvey Norman 11th Hole came to rest 322cms away.

On the tough Westlime 15th Hole, Garry Phipps earnt two balls courtesy of Westlime when he finished 341cms from the flag.

The remaining two awards of the day saw Mark Job in a big comeback to golf, finishing 365cms from the flag on his second shot to claim the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete sponsored 9th Hole.

On the PJL Groups 18th Hole in two shots saw Tony Hendry victorious at 380cms.

CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHTMembers are urged to book their tables for the club’s annual presentation night that will be held this Saturday, November 5 at 7pm.

A delicious smorgasbord meal will be provided for a minimal cost of $25per person and live music will also be there for members to dance to.

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS & REGIONAL TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe NSW Country Championships were held over the weekend at the Goulburn Golf Club.

And despite battling tough conditions that saw extremely quick greens and several holes that had hazards and tight fairways, the entire Lachlan Valley team performed creditably with Forbes champion John Betland the best individual when he finished on 147 in 15th place.

Reigning club champion Justin Sutton was best of the locals as he finished on 153 after rounds of 79 and 74.

The district team which appeared solid on paper finished in ninth place in the Regional Teams Championships with Parkes being represented by Sutton, Mitch McGlashan and Cameron Butler.

Forbes players filled the remaining three places with Betland joined by his brother Steve and the-up-and-coming Lee Grierson.

NSW FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIPSReigning Parkes Foursomes Champions Peter Dixon and John Green will travel to Campbelltown Golf Club this weekend to contest the NSW Foursomes Championships.

Members wish them all the best in a game that friendships are truly tested.

PYBAR HANDICAP CHALLENGEThe final of the Pybar Handicap Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 13, at 9am.

The field will comprise the following players Brian L. Hogan, Vic Gaidzionis, Tony Hendry, Cameron Butler, Wayne Butler, Colin Barker, Ian Phipps, Lachlan Buesnell, Troy Thomson, David Stevenson, Mitch McGlashan, Garry Phipps, Ross Smith, Matt Lawyrk, Peter Magill, Michael Dellaca, Joey Van Opynen, Robert Hey and Chris Goodie.

Reserves are Michael Smith and Bernard McCabe.

Players listed above must inform the captain of their intentions to play by this Saturday otherwise they will be replaced.

THIS WEEKEND’S COMPETITIONSThis Saturday, the men will contest the finals of the Parkes Betta Home Living Medal of Medals, as well as the Griffins Leading Edge Putter of Putters competitions.

These will be run in conjunction with the Telescope Tyres & Batteries November Monthly Medal which sees Food Service Central as the sponsor of the A, B and C Grade Handicap awards.

The Veterans handicap award is sponsored by Troy Thomson, Peter Magill, David Stevenson and Robert Cheney, and Griffins Leading Edge will provide the trophy in the putting competition.

The ladies will contest an 18 hole multiplier for the Kaye Jones trophy and will play an 18 hole Stableford for Vanessa’s Wool ‘N Craft trophy tomorrow.

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South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

This weekend is your chance to get out and see all the latest caravan and camping products and equipment in the biggest and longest running caravan and camping expo in Southern NSW.
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“The South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is the best place for people from the South Coast, Snowy and Canberra regions to see a full range of caravan and camping products, all in one place,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO Lyndel Gray said today.

“With over 100 exhibitors and hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, campervans and camper trailers on display, along with the latest products and accessories, it’s an unmissable event for anyone who loves a caravan or camping holiday.”

The Expo, taking place at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, will mark its 15th year providing a fantastic one-stop-shop for caravan and camping products in the area.

“There is so much to see and do at the South Coast Expo, from the huge range of products to the experts on hand to answer all your questions and with fantastic food, free kids entertainment and free onsite parking – it’s a great day out for anyone.

Don’t forget you have a chance to win over $3000 worth of great prizes in our Passport competition including:

1st Prize

A “Fair Dinkum” Single Carport, proudly provided by Southern Coastal Sheds and Garages.

2nd Prize

800lb Pro Series Weight Distribution Hitch, proudly provided by Camden Caravan NSW.

3rd Prize

Outback King Single Swag, proudly provided by Bluewater Campers.

The South Coast Camping and Holiday Expo is on at the Mackay Park in Batemans Bay from Friday to Sunday, November 4 to 6. It is open from 9am – 4pm daily and tickets can be purchased at the gates on the day.

Adult tickets are $15, Concession $10 and children 16 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

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Letters to the editor/reports

Guest: Naracoorte 4WD president Peter Flavel (left), Diane Hevey and guest speaker Wayne Hevey.4WD meetingNaracoorte SA 4WD Club held its third annual meeting last month. In three years, the club has grown to 54 families enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship of like-minded people whiletravelling around Australia to places most people only dream of.
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The club averaged one trip a fortnight with many local trips to Beachport, Robe, Little Desert, Ngarkat and Pyrenees and longer trips to Tasmania, Otway Ranges, Cape York, Fraser Island and the Simpson Desert.

The club isnow focussing on one day trips to local places of interest. Longer trips planned include the “high country” in January and Western Australia and the Kimberleyin May.

Fines master Lew Haynes gave members a good laugh during the year raising $300 for the RFDS. David Steadman, Chemmart, matched this amount at the annual meeting.

The club was also very active in the promotion of four wheel driving in the community with a float in the annual Christmas parade, putting the four wheel driver’s perspective on the Lucindale Area School’s project on “Four Wheel Driving and the effects on the environment”.

Members manned the gates and promoted the club at the Naracoorte Show and the Rotary 4WD expo, did track clearing at the Coorong National Park and did marshalling at the Moorex Sprint Rally.

Guest speaker at the annual meeting was Wayne Hevey, CEO of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, and his wife Diane. Wayne spoke on the future directionof 4wding and the need to work ever closer with parks and government bodies.

The club executive for 2016/17 is: president Peter Flavel; vice-president David Steadman, secretary Jackie Muecke, treasurer Ray Hillier, trips coordinator Eric Matters and catering Lew Haynes.

Club meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the anglers clubrooms, Park Tce, start with a sausage sizzle at 6pm and meeting from 7pm.

Show letter disappointsI am writing in regards to L J Brown’s letter “Show a disappointment” in last week’s Herald.

Firstly, not only is your letter incredibly critical, but extremely negative as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but why would you choose to insult whilst pulling a community event to pieces?

There are many people involved with putting on such a community event and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there were still many people voluntarily involved to help the weekend run for the benefit of our community.

Secondly, since when was the attitude that if something is poorly, we should perhaps forego it? This year was the 153rdannual Naracoorte Show, and I can’t think of another local event that has been running near that length of time or has more tradition and involvement of Naracoorte’s history associated with it.

No, I am a strong believer that if you don’t like the way something is done in your own backyard, you jump in, boots and all, and offer your help, not sit back and throw stones. Perhaps, L J Brown, you might consider contacting the organising committee to see what you can do to impact this event in a positive way.

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Should mining continue?Should mining continue? Should we continue mining coal to keep power costs down and so protect our standard of living? Or should we stop mining coal to safeguard the environment and so protect our standard of living?

What does “standard of living” mean anyway? What is “living” for? What are human beings for? What does — and what doesn’t — constitute “being human”? Can we summon up the energy to find out and perhaps do something?

ARNOLD JAGO,Nichols Point.

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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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