A workshop to build up resilience and strength in the face of cancer

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The Quest for Life Foundation and the Lithgow Breast Cancer Support Group are holding a Living Well with Cancer workshop on Friday 11 November from 9.30am-3.30pm at the Secret Creek Cafe, 35 Crane Road, Lithgow.

The program is designed for people living in challenging life circumstances to learn about the importance of self-care and the elements that build resilience.

Participants will explore how to create inner peace, manage their emotions and how to easily incorporate relaxation into their everyday life.

The workshop is designed for anyone taking on the battle with cancer, and also to help carers looking after those who are.

Margie Braunstein will present the essential Quest for Life teachings so participants can reflect, replenish and leave motivated to make self-care and inner peace their foundation for living.

Margie is a senior facilitator with Quest for Life as well as a dedicated, professional counsellor and psychotherapist.

Margie works with people from all walks of life to support their quest for wellbeing, peace and joy.

Bookings are essential.

To reserve your place, call Roslyn on 0417 371 58 or Dave on 0407 149 669 oremail [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

The program costs $10 which includes morning tea and lunch, and will provide a valuable insight into tackling one of life’s most challenging battles.

Founded by Petrea King, the Quest for Life Foundation provides retreats and community based workshops designed to encourageand empower people to create emotional resilience.

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First place for Coolmore beef

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Think thoroughbred studs think multi-million dollar horses but these properties are also home to significant beef cattle enterprises.
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The Hunter’s leading thoroughbred studs Coolmore and Darley run between them more than 2000 head of cattle.

Cattle play a vital role on theregion’s studs as they are used to clean up pasture paddocks once the horses are moved to fresher fields.

Coolmore has over 700 head of cattle on its 8,500 acreproperty and the studwasranked number one,by meat processor JSB Scone, out of over 450 beef cattle producers supplying a“clean and green”total grass fed, chemical free, program for the life cycle of the cattle.

TheJSB Farm Assuranceprogram values, promotes and recognises “clean and green” product anddelivers a whole farm management system that encourages long term management practices to producers.

Coolmore’s ranking is a reflection of its a clean and green product; the high value, high quality and highlyproductive Coolmore land upon which the best cattle and the best thoroughbred horses are raised.

JSB held a Farm Assurance Beef producers forum in Scone this month for 100 producers to enhance partnerships with industry and promote supply chain alignment and opportunities – from paddock to plate.

JSB also hosted a producer dinnerand visited Coolmore Stud as part of their on-goingcommitment to promoting and engendering a whole value chainrelationship and understanding between the buyers, agents, producers and consumers of their product.

Whilst at Coolmore they also attended theirStallion parade -the Parade weekend attracts over 5,000 people tothe Hunter Valley.

The Hunter’s thoroughbredindustry (value added) is worth $564.4 million/year.In the Department of Planning and Environment’s Hunter Regional Plan 2036 it described the region as one of three of the best thoroughbred centres in the world.The plan states there is a need to protect the Equine Critical Industry Cluster and allow for expansion of the industry. It also talks about the need to conduct an assessment of landuse compatibility.

Some statistics on the two leading studs:Coolmore:1,000 horses and 780 head of cattle;11 stallions standing in 2016;1,600 broodmares serviced in 2015; 150 employees.

Godolphin/Darley:400 employees;22 stallions in Australia; owns over 250broodmares;stallions serve over 2,000 mares per season;450 horses in training;Woodlands (6,500 acres, Denman);Kelvinside (1,700 acres,Aberdeen);1,250 head of cattle at both Woodlands and Kelvinside properties;4,000 clients and visitors annually.

PRIME: Coolmore’s agricultural manager John Borg with some of the stud’s Angus cattle. The cattle are a vital part of the thoroughbred stud’s enterprise.

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Tougher penalties in force

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Drink drivers face tougher penalties after new laws came into effect from Monday, October 24.THE WA Government are getting tough on drink drivers with new alcohol interlock laws which came into effect from Monday, October 24.
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High end and repeat drink drivers will be required to install an alcohol interlock in their vehicle, if convicted of particular drink driving offences.

Offences include drivers which record a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more ordangerous driving causing death orinjury where DUI was an element

Other offences are any dangerous driving causing bodily harm where DUI was an element or two offences within five years having a blood alcohol contentbetween 0.05 per cent and 0.149 per cent or failure to comply with giving a breath sample.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said the WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme was not retrospective, so all drivers would start with a clean slate from Monday.

“This is a chance for those drivers convicted of drink driving offences in the past to change their behaviour, and not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they have been drinking,” he said.

Convicted drink drivers who wish to drive after the initial disqualification period will have an ‘I’ condition placed on their licence for at least six months andmust pay to have the alcohol interlock device installed by an approved service provider.

Vehicles will also have to be presented to a service provider every month for the performance data to be monitored, at the cost of the interlock driver which isestimated to be $1600 over a six-month period.

Offenders who do not have an interlock fitted will not be allowed to drive.

It is expected between 4000 and 6000 high end and repeat drink drivers will be required to enter the WA Alcohol Interlock Scheme every year.

Smart Start Interlocks is set tobecome a certified supplier of the interlock system, its ownerJohn Doherty spoke toWATodayandsaid the device would not inhibitany existing functions of the vehicle other than the starting circuit whichconnects into the indicator and horn for warning signals.

Mr Doherty said participants would be contacted by an agent to come back and collect their car and watch videos and do some training on using the device.

Mr Doherty saidthe systems are leased on a monthly-payment basis, with participants having to pay an installation fee.

Passmore Automotive is an agent for Smartstart in Busselton. The service area is a 150km radius from their workshop.

According to WA Police, to September 30this year, 45 people were killed on WA roads where alcohol was suspected in a driver or motorcycle rider.

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Unleashing the ‘Monster’

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As brutally heavy as their music is, Graves guitarist ShaunO’Brien believes their songs aren’t justa soundtrack to mosh-pit carnage.
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STAYING HEAVY: Metallers Graves released their debut album on Friday, October 21, and will undertake a national tour later in 2016.

“It’s (new releaseMonster) a bit of a concept album lyrically, because it’s really relevant to our vocalist’s (Rhys Benn)mental health and upbringing,” theShellharbour Village residentsaid.

“It’s a really good vent for him…Because he suffers from schizophrenia,depression and bipolar.

“All his lyrics pretty much tell his story, about (topics like)finding out he had schizophrenia…So that’s pretty much what the whole album’s built off.”

The axeman believestheir material also served a vital purpose for fans.“He gets quite a few kids coming up to him at shows, saying,‘this song helps me out’, or‘I can relate to it quite a bit’.”

The extreme metal bandreleased debut albumMonsteronFriday viaMelbourne-based label Greyscale Records.

In recent months Graves haveopened for Byron Bay heavyweights Parkway Drive in Wollongong, and toured Australia with America’s Suicide Silence and Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder.

Those highlights aside,since formingfive years ago the eight-string guitar-wielding outfithasnavigated some tricky waters at times.

Setbacks includedline-up changes, finding appropriatemanagementand“quite a bit of financial pressure and troubles, both personally and within the band”.

O’Brien, 24, said initiallyall five band members hailed from the Illawarra.

Nowadays, besidesUnanderra residentBenn, otherplayers are located in Nowra and Newcastle.

INTENSITY: Graves vocalist Rhys Benn. In recent months Graves have opened for Byron Bay heavyweights Parkway Drive in Wollongong. Picture: Jessy Holtfreter

“We had to push through quite a bit of stuff to get to this album, but we’re here now,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien described their sound as “a mixture of deathcore, metalcore, nu-metal and hardcore”.

“It’s definitely not for everyone. One of our new singleswas played on Triple-J daytime radio the other week, and we saw a couple of the messages that were sent in.Stuff like, ‘what is this music?’ It’s pretty funny, having to explain it to people.

“You just tell them you worship the devil or something like that,” he laughed.

The University of Wollongong student is eyeing a career as a high school history teacher. “I always want to be playing in a band though, whether it’s like in a hardcore or metal band, or a pub-rock band or something like that.

“I always love being involved in music in some way or another. It’s too fun not to be.”

Graves will undertake a national headliningtouralongsideTexancrew Kublai Khan.This will include a Licensed/All Agesshow at Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club on December4.

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Maroons recognise best

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THE BEST IN A PREMIERSHIP YEAR: Amy Jackman won Newbridge’s A grade netball best and fairest.
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LACHLAN Ford and Amy Jackman have won Newbridge’s two top best and fairest awards for 2016.

The club also honouredBrian Comer and Tony Holland with life membership.

Award winners:



Best and Fairest – Lachlan Ford(62 votes)

Most Determined – Caleb Argus

Most Consistent – Brad Comer

CoachesAward – ConnorToohey


Best and Fairest – Ned Martin(61 votes)

Most Determined – Matt Penrose

Most Consistent – Leon Nixon

Coaches Award – Zac Cruse

Players’ Player – Adam Doyle

CONSISTENT: Midfielder Lachlan Ford edged out Sam Kennedy by one vote in the senior best and fairest.


Best and Fairest – Lachlan Else(44 votes)

CoachesAward – MacauleyRamsay

Guts & Determination – Dale Baker

MostDisciplined – KeelanBertuch

Most Consistent – Jake Webster


A Grade:

Best and Fairest – Amy Jackman(48 votes)

CoachesAward – RachelPettifer

Best in Finals – Amy Jackman

B Grade:

REWARD: Centre Rachel Pettifer received the A grade netball coaches award for the Maroons.

Best andFairest – SharleneHannig(59 votes)

CoachesAward – ReneeSkirving

Best inFinals – ReneeSkirving

C Grade:

Best and Fairest – Susan Randall(43 votes)

Coaches Award – Caitlin Smith

Best in Finals – Morgan McCormick

C Reserve:

Best and Fairest – Rhiannon Green(43 votes)

Coaches Award – Annalise Hinton

Best in Finals – Sarah Hamilton


Best and Fairest – Brianna Burt(46 votes)

Coaches Award – Neve Curnow

Best inFinals – MonicaFriswell


Best and Fairest – Shelby Webster(68 votes)

Coaches award – Hayley Jones

Best inFinals – OliviaFriswell

Special Awards:

Life membership – Brian Comer and Tony Holland

FootballContributor – MelvaFriswell

Netball Contributor – Selina Holland

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Silver medal at state for hockey side

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TEAM EFFORT: Hockey New England’s under 15’s women’s team won the silver medal at the indoor state championships on the Central Coast. The competition was held from November 14-17. HOCKEY New England continue to dominatewith the under 15’s winning the silver medal at last weekend’s indoor hockey state championships on the Central Coast.
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The girls suffered a 5-3 loss in their first match against North West Sydney before they bounced back to beat Metro South West 5-3.

Further wins against Tamworth andNewcastleensured their place in the semi-finals.They defeated Northern Sydney and beaches 4-3 to qualify for the decider against Illawarra.

Illawarra was far too strong in the final and the New England side finished with a silver medal.Coach Mark Low said the highlight of the carnival for him was the teamwork his side showed throughout every match.

“We had a slow start, went down to Sydney North and we shouldn’t have but that was just first game jitters I think,” he said.

“We haven’t got any superstars in our side but they worked together really well, it was a really solid team effort.”

The boys’under 15’s New England team also put in solid performances to finish second in their division one pool.

The NSW sides to compete at the national carnival were announced withMeg Lye, Nathan Czinner, Jake McCann making the under 15’s teams andHayley Lennon selected as a shadow player.

Nathan Czinner was selected to represent NSW after last weekend’s under 15 indoor hockey state championships on the Central Coast.

In other hockey representative selections, Olympican Georgie Morgan was selected for theAustralian Trans Tasman series and the International Festival of Hockey.Carolyn Beresford andCyndy Slade were also selected in the over 50’s Australian Trans Tasman Team.

Jake McCann’s performances at the state indoor championships earned him selection in the NSW under 15’s indoor hockey team.

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Juniors deliver strong effort to start season

Posted on 20 March 2019 | Comments Off on Juniors deliver strong effort to start season

Stoked: Hawk Sam Robins happy with his Player of the Match Award after a stellar effort in the first match for the junior season. Photo: Supplied.
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With the rainy weather more like winter, the majority of the Margaret River Junior cricket teams were rained off on Saturday and it looked to be a wet start to the cricket season for the youngsters.

Nevertheless, Maurice Shinnick’s under 16’s travelled toChurchill Park to take on YOBS CricketClub, doing their best to ignore the clouds threatening to open up overhead.

Batting first, YOBS made 7/129 from their 30 overs with Thorp (31) and Luff (27) the highest scorers for the home team.

Oscar Herbst was the pick of the bowlers with 3/19 from 6 overs, while Sam Robins, playing an age group above where he could be, bowled incredibly well with 1/10 from 3 overs.

Jude Shinnick’s spell was incredible but without luck and finished with 0/7 from his 4 overs.

Chasing 130 for victory, at just over 4 per over, the run chase started of badly with Aiden Robins (1), Jude Shinnick (2) and Oscar Herbst, (0), all dismissed early.

Kurt Thompson hit 15 runs and with 25 from Jaz Kupfer-Hollis, the Hawks were in with a sniff.

However when Mason Beecham (4) and Killy Booth (0) were out, the visitors soon found themselvesin trouble.

Ben Shinnick, also stepping up a grade to play this week, showed his more-experienced team mates just how to start an innings with 12 runs.

It proved too little, too late for the Hawks despite a gutsy effort and they were dismissed for a total of just 74 runs.

The Chicken Treat Margaret River award for Player of the Day was passedto Sam Robins for a fantastic display in his debut in the under 16’s.

Club President Miles Mottershead said the junior playing groups were already boasting an impressive array of talent as well as great attitudes from young players.

“Weareproud to have such a good group of kids signing up to play this season, supported by their parents and families who get involved at the club and help out all year,” Mr Mottershead said.

​Junior Events & Clinics

Positions are filling up very quickly for the junior coaching clinics being held on Sunday, October 30.

There is a fast bowling clinic for Under 16’s and under 14’s and a clinic for all ages below those levels.

Cost to participateis just a gold coin donation per child and allows entry to the Australian CricketAssociation Celebrity Twenty20 match. Clinics run from 1130am to1pm before all the magic ofthe match starts at 2pm.

To register your child please call the club on 0467 545 913 before you miss out, spaces are very limited.

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Plan your weekend

Posted on 20 March 2019 | Comments Off on Plan your weekend

Friday, October 21
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Hannam Vale.

‘Renewal’ Exhibition, paintings byChristine du Fresne and sculptures by Louise Young, Gloucester Gallery, 10am-4pm.Wunderkammer –The Cabinet of Wonders Exhibition, Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie Street, Taree, 10-4pm.Children’s Week Exhibition (all weekend), Manning Regional Art Gallery.Crystal Dreaming Musical, Taree Christian College Theatrette,(all shows sold out).Saturday, October 22

Tareeparkrun, Endeavour Place, 8am.Mount George Village Markets, Mount George Hall, Nowendoc Road, Mount George, 8am-12pm.Old Bar Markets, Old Bar Road (near tennis courts), Old Bar, 7am-1pm.Tuncurry Markets, John Wright Park, 8am-1pm.Renewal’ Exhibition, paintings byChristine du Fresne and sculptures by Louise Young, Gloucester Gallery, 10am-4pm.Wunderkammer,ManningRegional Art Gallery,10-4pm.Sunday, October 23

Wunderkammer,Manning Regional Art Gallery, 10am-1pm.‘Renewal’ Exhibition, Gloucester Gallery, 10am-1pm.Hannam Vale Open Garden Day, Hannam Vale Reserve 1155 Hannam Vale Road, Hannam Vale, 10am-4pm, $8 entry per person. Children under 16 years free.Event spotlightHANNAM Vale Open Garden Day will have a collection of private country gardens open for just six hours this Sunday, October 23 for you to visit at your leisure.

Gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm for one day only. Visitors making their way to Hannam Vale should exit the Highway at either Moorland or Johns River and follow the signs for around 11kms.

For information, contact Anne on 0414 989 776 orGraham on 0403 447 042.

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Paintball shot down

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A proposal that Mid-Western Regional Council support Glen Willow as a potential site for a paintball facility has met united opposition from Mudgee sporting groups.
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Cr Alex Karavas put forward the proposal “that council support the construction of a paintball facility at Glen Willow” as a notice of motion to Wednesday’s meeting.

Cr Karavas told council that his intention was not that council establish the facility, but that it should give support to any private developer who might wish to start a paintball business at Glen Willow.

Cr Karavas, who stood for council on a platform of providing recreational opportunities for young people,said 2500 people had signedan online petition calling for a paintball facility in the region.

But speakers from the Mudgee Sports Council, Mudgee Wolves Football Club, Mudgee Netball Association and Mudgee Touch Association made their feelings clear at the open day ahead of the council meeting.

Mudgee Wolves FC president Peter Mitchell said Glen Willow had been developed as a regional sporting facility and to allow a commercial venture such as paintball there would jeopardise thesporting atmosphere and tourism potential of the precinct.

“Council has stage 2 and 3 plans in place for Glen Willow and sporting organisations have applied for grants on the basis of that,” he said.

Mudgee District Netball Association president Liz O’Brien said rather than directing funds towards a paintball facility which might be used mainly by visitors, council should invest in facilities for local people such as walking and cycle tracks and upgrading playgrounds and skate parks.

Resident Phil Blackman told council that noise from a paintball facility would affect neighbours and people using the off-leash dog walking area.

Council agreed that Glen Willow was not a suitable site for paintball, and after extended discussion,voted against an amendment that councilgive support in principle to any person wishing to establish a paintball facility in the Mid-WesternRegion, within the guidelines of council’seconomic development policy.

The amendmentwas opposed by Cr Peter Shelley, whopointed out that any proposal for paintball on private land could be dealt with through council’sexisting processes and that a paintball facility already exists in the Bylong Valley.

The original notice of motion was also lost.

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More than a club

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Douglas Tennis Club. DOUGLAS Tennis Club might be small –but it is mighty.
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Three years ago the club discovered its courts were in too poor condition to continue playing.

After being in sub-par condition for many years, the cracks and holes had become toodangerous for players to continue.

The Douglas farming community refused to give up the heart of the area, throwing itselfinto fundraising.

The club has been running for more than 115 years and has alwayshad a team.

Secretary Anne Penny said the community felt like the club was slipping away.“It was difficult to attract players to our local team when it didn’t feel likea local team,” she said.

“When your home games are in a different town it is hard.If itcontinued I think we would have lost our club.”

The club applied for government and Tennis Australia grants and was successful, gaining two grants to rebuild.

However, one grant was for $33,000 andthe club had to match it, and then some, in order to complete the works.

It was a long journeybut the club managed to pool together more than$80,000 with government grants, community fundraising and support from Douglasbusinesses.

Penny said it was a big job.

“We had to pull up the existing courts and put completely new ones in with new fencing as well,” she said.

“We started with a grain drive, approaching farmers to ask if they would donate a portion of their harvest sales to the club.

“We also asked businesses within and with links to the Douglas community for donations.People were alsovery generous.”

Penny said it was not just the money –several community members volunteered to cut down labouring costs.

The club will unveil all three tennis courts at agrand opening on November 4with a home game to follow on November 5.

“There is a lot of history there and connectionswith players now whose great-grandparents might have been involved,” Penny said. “Being the only sporting club in the area, the social aspect is important given how isolated we are.

“It’s a way for the community to gather together.We are proud of it, being such a small community.

“We have a lot of younger up-and-coming players. We now know this will be there for them.”

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Great opening weekend for Lithgow’s cricketers

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HUGE INNINGS: La Salle Second Grade’s Tod Walsh, pictured in full bowling flight in the 2015/16 season, helped secure his team’s win against Hampton with a personal tally of 91 runs. PHOTO: File image.CRICKETERS from across the district dusted off their gear for the first round of the Lithgow District Senior Cricket competition for 2016/17.
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First GradeHampton took on Lithgow Hotel in what was a relatively low-scoring affair.

Hampton were first to bat but SMiller didn’t get much of an opportunity and was caught by Valley’s L Redman after just three runs.

It was a pattern that was to continue for Hampton, with Wayne Campbell their best with seven runs.

Chasing 32, Lithgow’s Michael Hutchinson did most of the hard work for Lithgow Hotel finishing the day with 23 not out.

Quentin Kidd added the extras to give Lithgow Hotel the win with a final score of 34.

La Salle Hornets were the first to bat in their match against Valley. Only one of their batting order, Connor Brown, managed to crack double digits (13) but they finished with a respectable 51.

It was too much for Valley, however, with their batsmen all out for 37. Warren Stevens (13) was best at bat for Valley, while Connor Brown’s bowling tore through the order, finishing with six wickets for Hornets.

Second GradeIt was a battle of the Lithgow Hotel teams when the One and Two teams clashed. There were some decent scores from the batsmen, with Two setting the pace with 105 runs. Best at the crease were Reece Brown (25) andBrett Holyoake (23).

The number One team came out firing, with Mitch Dean (15) and Terry Ford (14) putting in good groundwork. Neil Hutchinson finished with a tally of 24 runs to seal the win.

Lidsdale and Valley were evenly matched for their game, with strong bowling from Blakes Caldwell and Todd proving the difference in the end.

For Valley, Nick Moore (37) and Steve Moore (13) were best at bat; however Lidsdale were able to chase down Valley’s 79 to finish with five for 85. Mitch Thompson was their best with 35.

A mention for Valley’s Mitch Williams who opened the bowling with two golden ducks.

PORTLAND One played Portland Two in a low scoring affair from both.

Portland Two were all out for 35, with Colin McCann (9) their best on the day.

Bowlers Joel and Sam Cameron ripped through the batting order, finishing with two and four wickets respectively, including a golden duck.

With the bar low, Portland One’s batsmen wasted no time and Isaac Fardell (10) and Sam Cameron (25) along with Jack Hughes (6) did enough to get the win.

PORTLAND One played Portland Two in a low scoring affair from both.Portland Two were all out for 35, with Colin McCann (9) their best.

Bowlers Joel and Sam Cameron ripped through the batting order, finishing with two and four wickets respectively, including a golden duck.With the bar low, Portland One’s batsmen wasted no time and Isaac Fardell (10) and Sam Cameron (25) along with Jack Hughes (6) did enough to get the win.

Hampton took on La Salle with some huge scores in thismatch.

Hampton were first at the crease and thanks to big scores from Jack Bilby (77) and Brad Kay (39), put themselves in a strong position with 213. Best at the crease for La Salle was Lachlan Yates, who managed three wickets and a catch.

La Salle weren’t to be daunted by the task ahead and Michael Wren (79) got them off to a huge start. Tod Walsh was best for La Salle, with a personal tally of 91 doing serious damage to Hampton’s confidence.

La Salle finished withfive for 240.Best at the crease for Hampton was Ryan Bilby.

POINTSCORE–First Grade:Lithgow Hotel 7, La Salle Hornets 7, Lidsdale 5, Valley 3, Hampton 3

Second Grade:La Salle Hornets 7, Portland One7, Lithgow Hotel One7, Lidsdale 7, Lithgow Hotel Two3, Portland Two3, Hampton 3, Valley 2.


First Grade –

Lidsdale v Valley T1 (G2)

La Salle Hornets v Hampton T2 (MJ2).

Bye: Lithgow Hotel

Second Grade –

Lithgow Hotel One v La Salle Hornets T3 (G4)

Lithgow Hotel Two v Hampton–Watsford

Valley v Portland 1 Conran (MJ1)

Lidsdale v Portland Two–Wang

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Cash boost for Wauchope school

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Cash boost: Wauchope Public School has got a major injection of money from the NSW government.
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The NSW government will give Wauchope Public School $1 million in 2017, an increase of almost 50 per cent on last year.

The additional needs based funding comes through the NSW government’s Resource Allocation Model.

Announcing it, Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the state government is delivering on its commitment to provide extraschool funding based on student need.

“These extra resources go directly to our Oxley schools allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community.”

Mrs Pavey says some schools in Oxley employ extra teachers with expertise to help students who need more support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy.

John Baker from Wauchope Public School said the funding will be a wonderful addition to their resources.

In the past, the money has been used for a range of different programs for the enrichment of students through robotics, help for children with learning needs and maths and reading programs.

“Results are outstanding. The money will be used for social skills programs, teaching students to behave appropriately in different settings and releasing teachers to help pupils needing support,” he said.

The extra funding will also extend enrichment classes even further for 21stcentury learning, getting students involved in coding and understanding how computers work.

Mr Baker added: “It’s a significant amount of money and we’re very happy to receive it and know that it will make a difference for our kids.”

In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most.

Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in the Oxley electorate include:

Wauchope Public School will receive $1,027,251 in 2017,an increase of $333,803 or 48%.

Other schools to benefit are Melville High, Macksville Public School and Bellingen High.

Wauchope Public School is one of the largest primary schools in the Hastings with 700 pupils.

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Mosquito disease warning

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BREEDING GROUND: Sydney University medical entomologist Cameron Webb sets traps in the Hunter estuary, an environment conducive to potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes breeding in vast numbers. Picture: Simone De PeakABOUT the quickest wayto catch mosquito-borneRoss River virus,experts say, is to be uncovered near the Hunter River in the morning or atdusk.
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Especially now. Acombination of warm days and rainfallin the Hunter has been conducive to mosquito breeding, and prompted a warning from health officials waryof the spread of mosquito-borne Ross Riverand Barmah Forest viruses.

“Heavy rainfall during the past few weeks has contributed to a rise in mosquito numbers, while the warm weather allows mosquitoes to survive longer and transmit the viruses to people,” Hunter New England Health public health physicianDavidDurrheim said.

“The symptoms of Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus infection include fever, skin rash, painful joints and tiredness.”

Both viruses usually leave sufferers with a mild illness lasting a few days, though in some casesaches and tirednessset in for months.

Hunter residents are warned to fit flyscreens to theirdoors and windows, useinsect repellent and spray“knockdown” insecticide in bedrooms half an hour before bed.

To that, Sydney University medical entomologist Cameron Webb would addkeeping theyardclearof pots, buckets and any rubbish that can become“a mosquito factory”.

A record number of people in the eastern states –including NSW –were infected with Ross River virus early last year, anddengue fever cases havealso climbed in the past two decades.

Thepresent threat of mosquito-borne virus isn’t as dire, Dr Webb said, butshouldn’t be ignored.

“When you have a slow start to the mosquito season as we have this year, people get a bit complacent,” Dr Webb said.

“Around Newcastle there are well over 60 types [of mosquito] and half a dozen pose a significant risk.”

Culprit one: the salt marsh mosquito, foundin mangroves,Fullerton Cove, Hexham swamp and wider Port Stephens.

Dreaded for its bite, the species arrives in vast numbers and swarms nearwater.

The Australian backyard mosquito, though, is thought to bite more Australians than any other species.

“They’re in pot plants, bird baths, septic tanks,water tanks,” Dr Webb said.

“They’ll really interrupt your barbecue.”

A note ofredemptioncan be found inthe Hexham grey mosquito –immortalised by the Ossie the Mossie statue atHexhamBowling Club –that devoursother species.

“Each time you see a Hexham grey, you know it’s eating hundreds of its pesky cousins,” Dr Webb said.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere in Australia that pays tribute to mosquitoes as much as Newcastle.”

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