University of Newcastle researchers awarded $5.6 million funding

The University of Newcastlehas been awarded more than $5.6 million in National Health and Medical Research Council funding.
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The funding includes support for a senior research fellowship, practitioner fellowship and five early career fellowships, the highest number of early career fellowships the university has ever received in a single round.

A five-year Research Fellowship has been awarded to world-leading fertility researcher, Associate Professor Mark Baker, whose vision is to understand and overcome male infertility, which affects one in 15 men.

In a worldwide first, Dr Baker will use protein biomarkers to try to unlock the causes of male infertility, by studying the structure and function of sperm proteomes – the sets of proteins expressed by genomes. Currently, diagnosing issues with male fertility is complex, with only around 30 per cent of cases being detected.

Mark Baker

Professor Luke Wolfenden has been awarded a Practitioner Fellowship to help address impediments to the translation of chronic disease prevention research. Working in partnership with researchers and end-user organisations such as schools and community groups, Professor Wolfenden intends to explore ways to encourage the adoption of health programs, creating true impact in our region and globally.

Early Career Fellowships have been awarded to:

Dr Emma Beckett, a molecular nutritionist, aims to explore the complex interactions that exist between the way we taste food, genetic variance in taste receptors and the bacteria that live in our guts. She aims to determine how these interactions may promote or suppress disease processes, such as oncogenic (causing development of cancerous tumours) processes in the gastrointestinal tract.

Emma Beckett

Dr Chantal Donovan will work with Professor Phil Hansbro to target lung diseases such as emphysema, severe asthma and pulmonary fibrosis, which are major burdens on the Australian community and economy. The team will assess the potential of a new target (IL-33), and therapy (anti-IL-33) in suppressing remodelling in experimental models and human tissues which may lead to a new treatment to reverse and/or prevent lung diseases.

Dr Andrew Gardner Traumatic brain injury is increasingly recognised as a risk factor for dementia. Dr Gardner aims to systematically evaluate the association between a single, and repetitive mild TBI and neurodegenerative disease in retired collision sports athletes by using advanced research methods to rigorously study the issue.

Mr Hopin Lee aims to translate evidence into practice to produce more efficient health services. The clinical focus of this research is in obesity, smoking and musculoskeletal pain – some of Australia’s key health priority areas.

Dr Jessie Sutherland is working to understand the crucial role of early ovary development in determining a woman’s future fertility. Her research program will introduce a number of cutting-edge techniques, such as single cell isolation from ovarian tissue sections with the aid of laser capture microscopy, and 3D histology of the ovary, to help better understand female reproductive biology.

Jessie Sutherland

In addition, a consortium of Australian Investigators including Professor Darryl Knight, Head of School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle and Investigator with the Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, has been awarded $2.5 million by the NHMRC to support a Centre for Research Excellence on pulmonary fibrosis.

Ready for excitement at cup recovery meet

PORTLincoln Racing Club will host a Melbourne Cup Recovery meeting tomorrow in what could be a nine-event card.
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Bel Streak is simply a case of ‘the more you put on the more you get back’ in the first distance race of the season while Magical Tycoon is the suggested each way bet.

PIPPED: The Headliner defeats Black Barra and Propshaft at Port Lincoln Racecourse on October 21. Picture: Tom Rush

Benchmark 80 1390m:Propshaft has nine wins, six placings at this distance from 18 starts, the Brian Lear trained seven-year-old stuck on well first-up and looks cherry ripe to win.

Hanks Nephew and Black Barra have won at this trip but they certainly prefer the 1200. The Headliner fought courageously to win last start but he might just find thistrip beyond him at this stage.

Benchmark 72 1000m:Geordie’s Second has the ability to take out this race, if he was to do everything right and sail in front he is the one to catch.

Tintagel Rocker improved immensely ridden with a sit to score at big odds last start.Dire Warning, Destony Hawk, Heavens Flightand Sound Of Victory are all capable in what looksa high quality race.

Benchmark 64 1750m:Bel Streak has won two races (both 1390m) here earlier this season then hit the line nicely at Gawler over 1500mlast start suggesting this trip will be ideal.Ready Again looks thequinella optionon his big maiden win and Valik is next best.

Benchmark 64 1210m:Magical Tycoon races well (threewins from seven starts) here and does show a nice turn of foot late in her races, each-way all day.

Plenty of depthwith Point Drummond, Dazzling Lilly, Celebrity Tycoon, Spalding Cove and Sandhill Jett all handy types.

Class 2 1000m:Expecting a couple ofin-formmares to fight this out in Jiriki and Nippy Lippy who both looked well placed. Both have good early speed.

Three-Year-Old 1210m:Rocky Valley waswell supported winner against a similar field last start, up in weights expect more pressure – might just take her on at the expected short quote. Tornado Blue, Boutinniere and Heza Gunn can feature if things go their way.

Benchmark 56 1390:Twenty-five nominations -may look at splitting thefield. Bossa Nova is the class runner with 63 kgs but I have a few fromthe black book for value Divadebeer, Last Dip and Designer Edition.

Maiden 1210m:OWell and Mako Cove weren’t beaten far last start and look the major players with a watch on Patriot Code first-up.

Melbourne Cup Tip:BankHartnell and Jameka in your trifectas and first fours, then throw in a few roughies and hope for the best.

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MyState chair’s conduct warning

The banking sector is at risk of further regulation if instances of badservice and badadvice continue, MyState Limited chairman Miles Hampton has warned.
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Mr Hampton noted the “criticism that has engulfed the banking and wealth management industry” in his address to the Tasmanian-based lender’s annual meeting in Hobart.

Miles Hampton

“It appears that significant numbers of customers ofsome industry participants have suffered from poor service and, worse still, poor advice,” Mr Hampton said.

“This does not reflect well on the sector and we face the risk of greater regulation if it continues.”

More regulation would potentially push up costs and risk to lenders, while continued controversy could push customers into the arms of agile new market players.

Mr Hampton said MyState remained vigilant about what he called “conduct risk”.

“ …whilst I cannot say it will never happen here, I can say that we recognise the risk and constantly monitorour business to minimise the possibility of us having similar issues to those thathave impacted some of our larger competitors,” he said.

Mr Hampton also noted the emergence of new digital business models and players in the banking and wealth management sector, known as fintech.

“There is no doubt that the traditional banking and wealth management business models will be impacted as others seek to take market share from us,” hesaid.

“Our challenge is to monitor, to respond where appropriate, and, from time to time, be prepared to be an innovator ourselves.”

He said he was confidentMyState was continuing to build a stronger business.

MyState grew market share during 2015-16, achieving 8.7 per cent loan book growth, to $3.9 billion.

Deposits were up 8.9 per cent to $2.7 billion.

The company’s statutoryprofit after income tax fell by 12.9 perper cent to $28.3 million.

Underlying net profit after tax was up 4.5 per cent to $31.1 million.

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Club’s racing into the future

Here to stay: Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club has signed a new 21-year lease with Latrobe City Council. photograph bryan petts-jonesTHE future of greyhound racing in the Latrobe Valley looks bright following the signing of a new 21-year lease at Glenview Park.
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Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club has entered a new long-term lease with Latrobe City Council for the site, which recently underwent a $6.5 million redevelopment.

TGRC manager Hector Caruana said the new lease came as peace of mind for the club.

“The club’s very happy about that; we’ve got a new facility here and now we’ve got a new lease to marry into it,” Mr Caruana said.

“We made no secret of it, we said to the council, us spending $6.5 million on your piece of land is probably the biggest investment by a club on a council-owned piece of real estate in the Valley for probably the past 20-30 years, so hopefully they’re appreciative of that and we’re looking after it.

“It’s been a win-win for everyone.”

Council officers recommended chief executive Gary Van Driel sign the new lease pending the completion of some outstanding works at Glenview Park in a report tabled at council’s 12 September meeting.

Those works, including some remedial landscaping, have since been completed and the lease was approved last fortnight.

The club has also signed off on a sub-lease for Telstra to build a signal tower in the middle of the course to boost signal strength in the area.

Mr Caruana said TGRC was an important asset to the region’s economy and would continue in that vein for the next two decades at least with the new agreement finalised.

“From our point of view locally, the greyhound track here we race twice a week, it’s good for the economy for the town,” he said.

“It brings people to the Valley, they need to buy services, petrol, all that sort of stuff.

“I employ local people twice a week for our race meetings plus full-time staff. So race clubs, like anything else, all country towns need these sorts of facilities to help the economy.”

The new agreement follows a major boost for the industry’s viability with New South Wales premier Mike Baird overturning his decision to ban greyhound racing in the state.

Mr Caruana said there were never fears for the Victorian industry’s security and the NSW shut-down did not factor into the lease arrangement.

“They’ve done a backflip in NSW but we’re considerably further advanced here in Victoria. Our system here in Victoria is vastly different. Now they’ve done a backflip up there they will improve their systems dramatically,” he said.

TGRC now looks forward to the 2017 Traralgon Cup to be staged in March.

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Out and About in Bathurst | October 31, 2016

Out and About in Bathurst | October 31, 2016 Shirley Osborne with Jeanette Goodacre at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus5
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Barbara Pozza with Margaret Bower at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus4

Jan Gardiner with Kay Kane at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus8

Lorraine Murphy with Mike O’Neill at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus3

Lindsay Cox with Tim Hector at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus6

Frank Smith with Elizabeth and Lach Rendall at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus2

Sue and Gavin Christie at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus7

Probus presidents Michael Ryan, Joy Richens, Jenny Wass and Ken Barcham at a meeting of the local Probus clubs. 102616cprobus1

Victoria and Hayley Day attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints3

Christine Hurford and Judy Gordon attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints2

Debbie and Jamie Gardiner attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints5

David Bullock and Diane Fraser attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints1

Kira-lee and Allira Lucas with Patricia Bugg at the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints6

Graeme Hill and Christopher Percival attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints4

Barbara O’Donnell and Edith Rout attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints7

Lisa Mclean and Sue Bennett attended the All Saints Cathedral Spring Market. 102916pbsaints8

Zoe, Grant and Kate Barker at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn6

Ginie Udy and Gary Rush at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn9

Brad Aitcheson and Prue Aberley at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn4

Zahid Islam and Israt Moonmoon at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn2

Andrew Speed, Burnice Browne and Cameron Dunstan at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn8

Jude (3) and Henry (5) Burnett at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn1

Staphanie Cochrane and Jacinta Betland at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn3

Stacey Booth Mollema and Mahir Islam at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn5

Liam and Nick Davis at the 65th birthday celebrations for SDN Children’s Services in Bathurst. 102916pbsdn7

Susan Orlovich, Sister Mary Trainor and Philomena Orlovich at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph8

Monica Foran, Jacinta Thatcher and Amy Sullivan at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph9

Kath Crowley and Josephine Smith at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph5

Kate Feltham, Peter Sheppard and Melissa Feltham at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph10

Barbie Ryan, Carol Anderson and Councillor Monica Morse at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph7

Sister Paula Smith, Rhonda Orr and Barbie Ryan at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph1

Sister Jeannette Bubb and archivist Carol Anderson at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph4

Carmel Carroll, Mary Meehan, Adele Cottrell-Dormer, and Carmel Stanfordat the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph2

Mary Mehhan and Sister Paula Smith at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph6

Sister Trish Slavin with Jude and Maree Maloney at the garden party at St Joseph’s Mount. 102916pbjoseph3

Janine Fuller and Veronika Cvitanovic at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin3

Sharon Byrnes with Anya and Dion Perry at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin4

Michael Flynn and Dr Vladimir Shcherbinin at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin7

Paul Cropley and Jake Stretton at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin5

Brad White and Sebatian Jones are ‘Summer St’ and they performed at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin1

Harriett Smith and Rosy Ward at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin2

Pamela Clinghan and Lynda Beresford at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin6

Maddison, Kelly and Caroline Stratton at the opening for Bathurst’s new skin cancer clinic. 102916pbskin8

Tony and Joan Keech at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec7

David and Diana Marlow, from Exeter in the Sourthern Highlands, at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec6

Evelyn Andrews with Julie Andrews at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec4

Christine Bruce with Sally Bennetts at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec3

Jan Kendall at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec12a

Scott and Karen Mitchell at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec10

Lucy Field, Deb Field, Wendy Winwood-Smith and Jody Kinney at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec5

Peter and Gael Harvey opened their garden for the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec11

Julie King with Keith Jordan, both from Sydney, at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec9

Gwen and Don Stafford, from Yetholme, at the Spring Spectacular. 103016cspec8

Brendan Sweeney at the Lifeline Book Fair. 103016cbookf2

Kate Symonds was at the Lifeline Book Fair. 103016cbookf3

Katelyn King, Susan Berkely, who was visiting from Yorkshire, England, and Allison King at the book fair. 103016cbookf4

Carly Bloomfield with Katelyn Tillack, both from Orange, at the Lifeline Book Fair. 103016cbookf5

Natalie Newman with Autumn (7 months) and Abraham (2). 103016cbookf6

Connor MacLeod with Abby Cawthorne at the book fair. 103016cbookf7

Skye Carney, Toni Ramsey and Kyla Carney at the book fair. 103016cbookf8a

Elizabeth and Vanessa Cozens at the book fair for Lifeline. 103016cbookf9

Meghan Porter, from Yetholme, at the book fair. 103016cbookf10

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Wild rabbits in the crosshairs

A new strain of RHDV1 is set to be released next year to control wild rabbit numbersA NEW weapon to fight the exploding wild rabbit population will be trialled at 418 sites across the country next year.
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The RHDV1 K5 virus will be launchedas part of the coalition’s$1.2-million campaign to research and developnew wild rabbit control methods.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, along with community organisations, Landcare groups and government land managers will be participating in the national roll out of the virus.

The release of the RHDV1 K5 virusfollows the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre’s (CRC) investigation into specific tools to minimiseescalating rabbit numbers. They discovered this virus would work better in cool-wet regions of Australia, where rabbit populations have shown resistance to the existing RHDV strains.

RHDV1 K5 is one of the more humane methods of controlling wild rabbits. It is the new variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV1) andis better adapted to overcome the protective effects of the benign calicivirus detected several years ago in Australian rabbits.

“Australia has a good track record when it comes to the biological control of rabbits,” Mr Joyce said.

“When we released the haemorrhagic disease virus in 1995, populations in arid areas of Australia, were reduced by 98 per cent,”

The trial sites for the virus have been announced. They include four sitesnear Armidale and Ebor, three at Inverell and Tamworth and two each at Ashford and Bithramere. Other sites include Atholwood, Castledoyle, Delungra, Gidley, Merriwa, Tenterfield, Uralla, Urbenville, Warrah Creek, Willow Tree and Woodenbong.

At Glen Innes 27 sites have been approved for the roll out. Two sites have been selected at Glencoe Pinkett, Ben Lomond, Red Range and Emmaville, with one each at Dundee, Nullamanna, Swan Vale and Llangothlin.

Mr Joyce encouragedeveryone to get involved by downloading the RabbitScan mobile app and contribute to the national data set to monitor the spread of the virus.

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LOSSES: How much money is Ballarat losing because we are not in a Liberal-held seat, asks one reader.Is Ballarat missing out on much-needed funds?WEmay have missed out on some anticipated grants from Canberra as we are not a Liberal-held seat.
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Maybe we are not a Liberal-held seat as we missed some previously sought grants under Liberals.

Ballarat was, for decades, an extremely safe Liberal seat, but was lost over either money or policies.

There are not many other factors in politics other than charisma and charm; just look at Donald Trump. A plethora of well-picked, high profile Liberal candidates have fallen asunder as Catherine holds sevenper centin her fifth term, and thankfully, she is not complacent about this.

I say she has policies, charisma and charm and only lacks money from the narrowest of margins the Liberals won by. This is called a mandate until it hits the senate. Three out of four is not too bad.

– Colin Holmes, Ballarat

Don’t abandon the pawns in this heartless gameWHY don’t we hear the cries of broken refugees in offshore detention centres? The government should listen to the many passionate Australians who care and feel shamedand stop this stupid hearts of stone game; the policy of “they shall never come to Australia”.

It is childish and heartless to abandon these lives, pawns in a ruthless world of utter misery.Close the detention centres, bring this sad, unfortunate group of people into our land and give them hope, in a one off, act of mercy. Then let us see if our policy of stop the boats is as successful and effective as they say.

Prove it, in a one-off act of kindness to these human beings who have been placed out of sight and out of mind. We can still stand firm on a stop the boats policy if it does control our borders.

– June Johnson, Alfredton

Thanks for the support during campaignAS my first time standing for council, it has been a great experience and I learned much.

Special interest groups forced me to research many important issues. The survey results are now on many of their websites (links on my Facebookpage).

I would like to thank the many people who helped with advice and in particular the hard slog of walking most of south ward delivering flyers. Given the huge expense of posting, it was my only choice.

People I chanced to meet outside their homes were without exception very nice, but it was physically hard walking several hours daily for weeks. Even my dog complained.

It is a pity more people did not attend the public forums to hear directly from their candidates. My thanks to John Barnes and the Ballarat Residents andRatepayers Association for their illuminating series of forums for candidates and community.

– Merle Hathaway, Ballarat

Support for refugee groups in BallaratappreciatedTHANK you for the article, “Refugee Compassion Plea” printed in The Courier on October 15. The refugee groups in Ballarat sincerely appreciate your support in their strivings for justice over the last fourteen years.

It is heartbreaking and frightening to learn that the Department of Immigration and Border Force are introducing yet more policies to hurt innocent people.

There are influential figures in our country, who have exceptional ideas for resettling our refugees.

If only our politicians would soften their hardened hearts and open the gates of mercy. Right now is the time to admit that our border policies are evil.

We will applaud any politician who has the courage to stand up and demand that the cruelty has to stop.

Please don’t wait for our grandchildren to have to say “sorry” on our behalf.

– Diane Collacott, Ballarat

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Letters to the Editor

TRICK OR TREAT: Our pick of the pics this week is ‘vampire’ Kayla Sullivan celebrating Halloween at Valmar Support Services on Monday, October 31. Photo: Alix Douglas.
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Al’s Kitchen ‘The Field Days food canteen’Al’s Kitchen was abuzz with life;

Atthe Piccaninny dawn;

From stations near and far;

The band of volunteers were drawn.

The RFS had gathered;

There to feed the hungry hoard;

To prep and serve their choices;

From Al’s Kitchen’s menu board

Everybody had their job;

Each member of the crew

With military discipline;

Each knows what they must do

The bread was buttered, bacon fried;

The eggs were cracking fast;

The schnitties fried;

And popped into the oven so they’d last

A quiet start, they trickled through;

The chips began to fry

The salads prepped, the steaks are on;

We start to wonder why

The people are not hungry yet;

Where is the great big queue?

And still we cook and butter bread;

And find more things to do

Eleven comes, the rush begins;

All hands to stations now

We see the queue go winding back;

The only word is WOW

Four hours of relentless rush;

The queue will not abate

It stretches from the food hall;

All the wayout to the gate

Still everybody has a job;

Still each one knows their place

There’s a tired look developing;

Across each server’s face

A schnitty here with coleslaw;

Andthree steaks all with the lot

Oh yeah a sanger in a bun;

I nearly just forgot

The process runs like clockwork;

As we push them through the line

And still they come and still we push;

The process works just fine

The rush is done a little rest;

Then cleaning can begin

We made it through and fed them all;

Each wears a tired grin

A masterful arrangement;

The precision must be seen

As we fed a mighty army;

At the Field Days Food canteen

Marty Boyce 2016

Yass airport under fireYour article onOctober 18 andquote:“Development application to extend a private airstrip is on public exhibition…” QuoteTed McIntosh:“I don’t think there will be much criticism over the DA…”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The proposal would allow a peaceful rural area to become a very noisy hub of light aircraft activity.

Apart from potentially high levels of very intrusive aircraft noise, local residents are concerned about safety, fire risks, pollution, increased usage of unsealed roads, heavy vehicles, privacy, wildlife and stock impacts, erosion and reduced property values.

Impacts could also extend to other areas, including Yass itself, as users based at the proposed airport would be largely unrestricted about where they can fly.

I urge all Yass Valley residents to examine the proposal, details of which are on the Yass Valley Council website (Andquote; On Exhibition) and submit their concerns to council.

Unfortunately, the period for public comment expires today (November 2).

Linda Thane –Yass

YASS RODEO a poemThe arena lights shine brightly;

Dust shimmers above the ground.

The crowd is waiting silently;

For the last bull of the final round.

The cowboy climbs the chute;

Tightens the rope around his hand.

Then with a nod, the game is on;

A contest between bull and man.

They burst out into the arena;

You can hear the crowd roar.

But the bull has got the best of him;

Throughthe air we see him soar.

He hits the ground in a cloud of dust;

The clowns now by his side.

He picks up his hat and curses;

That bull he couldn’t ride.

The announcer tells us it’s over;

He’ll see us another day.

There’s no dust in the lights now;

As the crowds fade away.

The rodeo is finally over;

Everyone packs away their gear.

They said it was a good one;

And hope to be in Yass next year.

The crowd is suddenly quite;

Dust drifts in the air.

The cowboy grips the rope.

John McKenchie, December 2011

Classic Yass this weekendI wish to letpeople know that even though it is not listed in the Yass Valley Council’s Events Calendar, the Classic Yass weekend will be held on November 5 and 6, 2016.

For 11 years, the Yass Antique Motor Club have run this very successful event,some years receiving grants from council.

Last month when the events calendar did not include our event, we made enquiries and were told that it was an administrative error.We have had a development application approved.

The Tourist Information Centre has asked for flyers to hand out attourist events.

We would like to know how to getthe event listed next year. It is too late this year.

Ruth Thompson –Yass

YASSFM on Greyhounds and BoomerangsNot unlike boomerangs – the Greyhounds have come back!This was clearly evident in YASSFM’S program “Yes Yass it’s Saturday’ when local greyhound breeder and trainer Neil Staines ‘came on board’ full of a renewed elation to discuss the NSW Government’s back flip to reinstate this racing industry.

With over fifteen race meeting venues in NSW, it is easy to imagine the immeasurable number of supporting industries, families and individuals that rely on the greyhound industry for their financial survival and motivation.

It is integral to our Australian culture, and in particular, the racing industry generally.

A force for better welfare of all involved, especially the greyhounds, is clearly transparent under numerous publicity.

The vast majority of participants want that minority of lawbreakers weeded out.

A variety of ‘Greyhound Adoption Programs’ are available via the net.

Yass FM

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Student union ends

Forty-four years of offering independent student advocacy, careers and counselling services to Gippsland’s higher education students came to an end on Thursday.
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The Monash University Gippsland Student Union voluntarily entered liquidation after it became clear the union’s future was unsustainable.

“It’s 44 years of student independent rights, it’s an absolutely devastating blow to the university students and the previous students, life members, stakeholders,” MUGSU community representative Lisa Dourley said.

“It’s the end of an era… I feel numb.”

The Monash University Gippsland campus was officially transferred to be part of Federation University Australia in 2014, with a planned teach-out of Monash undergraduates put in place.

MUGSU president Keshav Rajcoomar said the union tried to form an independent union that involved FedUni students, so the model could remain beyond the teach-out period.

But he said the university only supported a senate model, and due to decreasing Monash student numbers and an inability to fill board positions in future, the MUGSU system was not viable.

FedUni student engagement manager Ryan Hsu acknowledged it would have been a difficult day for those involved in the transition.

“I do have strong empathy and sympathy for what’s happening,” Mr Hsu said.

“In terms of the FedUni students and the majority of the student population, I think come tomorrow or even next week, I don’t think they will necessarily see a lapse in service or the gap, because those students have already started to work with FedUni staff members on numerous things.”

Mr Hsu said activities, clubs, societies and events would continue beyond MUGSU’s life.

When asked why the university did not support an independent student union, Mr Hsu said the senate model was chosen to guarantee “genuine consultation and engagement with students”.

“If we look at the external model, in terms of the student union, whatever the motion passed within the board has no direct effect on the university,” he said.

“Whereas the senate model was done in genuine good will with a lot of consultation and we really wanted something, not just to pay lip service, but something that really can make changes.”

Mr Hsu said the senate model involved about 25 FedUni students from across all campuses and faculties, who were “given a say across many different facets”.

He said staff were happy to chat with students who felt services were not there or representation was lacking and encouraged conversations with senate members to learn more about that model.

After Thursday’s meeting, FedUni student Sonya Mentha began taking expressions of interest for those who wanted to see an independent student union form.

Ms Mentha said she would continue seeking student interest during orientation week and the start of semester next year before presenting the numbers to the university.

“I know students need a voice that’s independent from the university, in case there are things they disagree with,” Ms Mentha said.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting the students passionate about being involved in university and not just turning up to class.”

MUGSU has directed its liquidators to distribute any remaining assets to an independent state trustee, to provide bursaries and scholarships to Gippsland students seeking tertiary education.

It has referred Monash University Gippsland students to email [email protected] for student support before they receive an email direct from Monash University.

Federation University Gippsland students can contact student advisers at all campuses via [email protected]论坛 or 5327 6105.

FedUni students can email [email protected]论坛 to express their interest in forming an independent student union.

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Andrews to lead Valley taskforce

Premier Daniel Andrews is set to lead a Latrobe Valley economic taskforce in the face of Hazelwood power station and mine’s speculated closure and growing unemployment figures.
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The State Government said it was working on a plan for the region irrespective of Hazelwood owner Engie’s decision about the future of the major Valley employer.

“A new dedicated Latrobe Valley economic development team is being established to work alongside the community to deliver new jobs and a strong economic future,” Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan said.

“The Andrews Labor Government will ensure the Latrobe Valley has a strong future, no matter what decision Hazelwood’s overseas owners make.”

The plan will explore new business opportunities in the region and expansion of existing local businesses.

“The people of the Latrobe Valley have underpinned Victoria’s economic growth for decades. We are working closely with locals to create jobs and secure the economic future that these communities rightly deserve,” Mr Noonan said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way with our $40 million package, including $10 million for an Economic Facilitation Fund to support the creation of new jobs and to diversify the Latrobe Valley economy.

“This is driving new investments like the expansion of the Victoria Valley Meat Exports processing facility in Trafalgar, which will create 73 new full time jobs in the Valley.”

The announcement comes after the unemployment rate in the Gippsland/Latrobe Valley region ballooned out to 8.1 per cent as of September, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

A peak of 8.3 per cent in July this year was the worst figure since November 2005 (8.1 per cent) and follows a trend of steady incline since July 2015 when it sat at 5.2 per cent.

Latrobe sits well above the state’s regional average of 5.7 per cent with the number of unemployed in Gippsland rising from 7966 to 10,259 since December 2014.

With question marks hanging over the closure of the Hazelwood power station, Member for Morwell Russell Northe last week called on the sitting State Government to take action.

“Hundreds of jobs are hanging in the balance after reports Hazelwood Power Station may close, but the Andrews Labor Government has left the community in the dark on what they know and if there is any plan for the transition,” Mr Northe said.

“For two years Daniel Andrews has neglected the Latrobe Valley, it is time his city-centric Labor Government opened its eyes to the employment crisis unfolding.”

The unemployment rate has risen from 6.1 per cent to eight since the change of government.

During the coalition’s four-year term of government, from 2010 to 2014, the rate was stable with a high of 6.0 per cent and low of 4.6 per cent.

The worst rate on record for Latrobe was between September 1999 and August 2000 when unemployment rates hovered at 10 per cent.

A rate of 4.2 per cent was the lowest recorded in March 2009.

Employment in regional Victoria has fallen in the past quarter with full-time jobs down by 8453.

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