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

Posted on 14 July 2018 | Comments Off on A workshop to build up resilience and strength in the face of cancer

PHOTO: Supplied (Quest for Life Foundation).
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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

Posted on 14 July 2018 | Comments Off on First place for Coolmore beef

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

Posted on 14 July 2018 | Comments Off on Tougher penalties in force

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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Fortuna ready for Tyers titans in season closer

Posted on 20 June 2019 | Comments Off on Fortuna ready for Tyers titans in season closer

Fortuna 60 have pulled off the upset win of the season after defeating Traralgon City 2-1 on Sunday to book a grand final date against Tyers Lightning in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League’s women’s division.
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The Roosters were aiming to do the treble after winning the league and Browne Huiser Cup but were unable to overcome their less fancied opponents.

The game was abandoned after a City player received a serious leg injury in the second half when Fortuna was ahead 2-1.

On Tuesday the league issued a statement confirming the incident had been investigated and “the match deemed to have been completed with a 2 goal to 1 victory recorded in favour of Fortuna”.

Fortuna coach Greg Shankland said while was not “the best way” for the game to finish he was proud of his team’s achievement.

“They’ve worked hard and the team we played last weekend hadn’t been beaten before; they were the league title holders the Browne Huiser Cup winners,” Shankland said.

“It’s a big ask, but they made it – they’ve developed quickly and the club itself is really, really with the way they came along.

“It’s just down to working for each other, commitment and morale.”

Fortuna managed to finish fourth this year and progressed to the final of the Browne Huiser Cup, where they lost 5-0 to the Roosters.

Tyers finished second this year after long being the team to beat in the women’s competition.

Shankland said his team faced an uphill battle to overcome the Lightning and said he hoped his team learned from the experience.

“They’re a very astute side, very well organised but they’ve been playing together for years,” he said.

“But we’re learning and whatever happens on the day the club and myself will be very proud of the girls.”

Tyers defeated Monash SC 2-0 to make the final and club president Jennifer Pridgeon said the team was peaking at the right time.

“I went and watched he game on Sunday and they put together a good 90 minutes on the weekend and they’ll use that as motivation to put that on the pitch again this week,” Pridgeon said.

“I suppose they had a bit of a lull during the season when their coach went overseas, but they’ve used the couple of losses and not finishing on top as motivation to get them through to this grand final.”

She said having experienced players such as Abbey Taylor, Renee Vidler and goalkeeper Stephanie Pridgeon spread across the field would help ease the team in the grand final.

Despite that, Pridgeon said the Lightning would not underestimate their foes.

“They realise that with Fortuna beating City that they shouldn’t take them lightly,” she said.

“That’s the message that (coach) Katie (Goodman) will get through to them this week at training.”

The game kicks off at Morwell’s Crinigan Reserve, Crinigan Road at 3pm.

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Downsize to Mitre Street

Posted on 20 June 2019 | Comments Off on Downsize to Mitre Street

A CENTRALLY located, well-presented home is on offer for people looking to move on to the next phase of their lives.
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Sitting high on Mitre Street, this four-bedroom home is set back from the road and completely shielded from view.

Appearances are deceptive here, as this home is much larger on the inside than the exterior of this property would suggest.

It offers a large open-plan living area, cleverly designed to appear as two separate living areas.

The spaces are separated by a cosy, modern kitchen.

The kitchen includes stone benchtops, a walk-in pantry, dishwasherand separate oven and stove top.

Three of the four bedrooms in this home feature built-in storage, including the master bedroom, which offers a generous walk-in-robe.

In addition to this, the master bedroom also offers a large ensuite with standing shower and a spa bath.

The design of the home isolates the master bedroom from most of the other bedrooms for a little added privacy.

This can be improved if the fourth, and smallest, bedroom is converted into a study, as the current owners have chosen to do.

The home also presents a main bathroom, with a three-way design,shower, bath, toilet,large vanity andtwo linen cupboards.

More storage is on offer in the laundry, which also provides another access to the rear yard.

One Agency Bestwick Real Estate’s Sheridan Bestwick said there are a number of benefits that come with this property.

These include its location, privacy, size andlow maintenance yard, making it suitable to variouskinds of owners.

“It would probably suit someone who is downsizing, maybe from a property outside of town,” Ms Bestwick said.

“It is such a rare find because it is so central and so big.”

In addition to all the features mentioned above, this property offers ducted heating, covered pergola,and double garage.

“There is really nothing that has to be done to it –just move in,” Ms Bestwick said.

This property is listedfor private sale, meaning interested partieswon’t need to compete against each otherfor it at an auction.

Anyone who would like to find out more about this property can contact One Agency Bestwick Real Estate on0423 380 182 or viewthe listing at梧桐夜网oneagencybathurst南京夜网419论坛.

There is also an open home scheduled for 11.30am on Saturday to give people an opportunity to walk through and get a feel for the property and its potential.

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Hills firefighters take  the stairs for motor neurone disease

Posted on 20 June 2019 | Comments Off on Hills firefighters take  the stairs for motor neurone disease

HITTING THE STAIRS: A team of Hills district firefighter will be climbing 98 floors in their full kit to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease. HILLS FIREFIGHTERS will be racing to the top of Sydney Tower Eye to help raise money to extinuguish motor neurone disease.
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The fiveHills District NSW Rural Fire Service members will join hundreds of firefightersascending the 98 floor buildingwearing full firefighting kit.

Fire and Rescue NSW in partnership with Macquarie University have teamed up to organise themajor fundraising event called Fire Fighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease.

Glenhaven Rural Fire Brigade firefighter Evan Lister, saw this as a great opportunity to participate in a worthwhile cause as he sees it as a great challenge and a good way to bring up our fitness levels and also to increase awareness of this insidious disease by doing something out of the ordinary.

“This will also serve as a test of endurance for our fire fighters as they prepare for the coming bushfire season,” Mr Lister said.

“It will be a gruelling challenge, however it is nothing in comparison to the challenge patients with MND face every day.”

Mr Lister will lead the team of five firefighters from the Hillswhichincludes fellow brigade member Zac Young,Matt Tregear and Kane Chamberlain from Rouse Hill brigade and Nick Taylor from Maroota South brigade.

Superintendent John Hojel commended the team taking on the 98 storey challenge.

“It is great to see our volunteer members continue supporting the community through a variety ofavenues,”Superintendent Hojel said.

“Every dollar raised will directly support vital MND research at the Macquarie University MND Research Centre.”

This year, the Fire Fighters Climb for MND invites firefighters from all fire services, both within Australia and internationally, to take part in this incredible fundraising event.

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A life-saving act of kindess

Posted on 20 June 2019 | Comments Off on A life-saving act of kindess

UNEXPECTED GIFT: Ken Miller, 77, of Bidwill was surprised with a 10 litre water container after his street’s water supply was shut down on the eve of an important medical procedure. Picture: Simon BennettKEN Miller isunfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with bowelcancer –not once, but twice.
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It seems fortune was on his side this time after an act of kindness that may have saved his life.

Last week the 77-year-old wason edge about his yearly colonoscopy.

However, Mr Miller was almost forced to miss his scheduled appointment at Mount Druitt Hospital after his street’s water supply was unexpectedly turned off on the eve of the check up.

Unable to take the critical 9pm preparation drink that flushes out his body, the Bidwill residentthought he would have to cancel his appointment.

He waited until midnight but with no water supply and all of the grocery stores closed, he was in a state of panic.

“Iwould have had to make all the arrangements again, new referrals –everything,” he said.

“It probably would have taken another two or three months [to schedule a new appointment].”

The life member of Mount Druitt Senior Citizens Club rushed down the street to ask Sydney Water employees when his water would be turned back on.

“They said there had been an emergency and it wouldn’t come back on until the next day. I told them, ‘I need water to take my preparation’.”

The workers gave Mr Miller three small bottles of water out of their truck, but he said it wasn’t enough.

“Later a chap from the water board came to my door with a 10 litre container of water. I was not expecting anything like that,” he said.

“He told me he had a friend who had been in a similar situation.It was such anice gesture and I couldn’t thank him enough.”

Dr Richard Hanney, a specialist at Mount Druitt Hospital, said the act of goodwill could have been a life-saver.

“We found a small tumour that had not yet become cancerous,” he said. “Had we rescheduled the appointment, it might have been too late by the next time we saw him.

“We can’t proceed with a colonoscopy without our patients following the proper preparation procedures.”

Mr Miller, whose mother passed from bowel cancer aged 51, was first diagnosed with the disease in1986 and relapsed in 2006.

“Iinherited a bad gene,” he said.

“I had my first one removed on October 161986. The doctors told me I was very lucky [to survive].Nearly 20 years to the day I was diagnosed again.”

Mr Miller said his four children have been scanned for the cancer gene and urged others to do the same.

“I never dreamtof gettingbowel cancer. Now I never miss a check up.”

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Orions to face new-look Mountaineers

Posted on 20 June 2019 | Comments Off on Orions to face new-look Mountaineers

Sheffield will unveil three new recruits as it seeks to show the rest of the clubs that they have improved when the second round of the Greater Northern Cup is played on Saturday.
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The Mountaineers travel to Devonport to take on their big city rivals in a game that always seems to contain some spice, no matter what the ladder positions are

Adding to the occasion will be debut of former Orions wicketkeeper Richard Cowlard for the visitors, while Mersey Valley recruits Curt Woolley and Denzil DeVries also get their first chance to impress.

Captain Gary Miles is also a welcome return for the Mountaineers after injury saw him spend plenty of time on the sidelines last year.

Comeback: Sheffield captain Gary Miles returns to the Mountaineers line-up for the game against Devonport after missing most of last season.

While Sheffield play its first game for the year, Devonport are coming off an impressive 109-run win over South Launceston last week.

They have made just the one change, with batsman Bruce Will set to miss a few weeks after a knee operation.

His spot has been taken by another run maker inBrent Mullett, who will alsotake up his customary spot behind the stumps.

After a disappointing outing at home in the opening round, Wynyard will be looking for redemption when it hosts Latrobe.

Kade Bellinger will make his debut for the Bluesand will also take over captaincy duties.

He is theonly change to side andreplaces veteran Brett Lee, who returns to the second grade side.

The Demons put together a strong performance last week to topple Riverside in round one, and predictably have named an unchanged team after getting solid contributions from every player.

The two grand finalists from last season, Ulverstone and Burnie clash at UCI Oval, and come into the game with differing form lines.

Led by a swashbuckling maiden century to Darren Banham, the Black Caps made a handy total against Launceston before keeping things tight with the ball to run out comfortable 59-run winners.

Selectors have been forced to make one change, with Steven Murfet replacing the unavailable Sam Murfitt.

The Hurricanes were barely in the hunt against Westbury as they attempted to chase down 231 last week, but have shown faith in the batting group for Saturday.

The only change is in the bowling stocks, withyoung paceman Emmitt Watkins returning from a knee reconstruction that saw him miss all of last season, and Shaun Redman going out.

After rain washed out the opening round of the second grade season last Sunday, players will hope to get away this Sunday when Devonport and Wynyard host Twenty20 gala days from 10.00am. The Orions are joined by Ulverstone and Latrobe, while the Blues entertain Sheffield and Burnie.

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‘Incredible shrinking hospital’ is an insult

Posted on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on ‘Incredible shrinking hospital’ is an insult

OUTRAGED: Labor MP Jenny Aitchison says she has requested more than a dozen meetings with Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health.
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Every member of the Maitland community should attendSunday’s Save Maitland Hospital rally.

While the rally is being stagedas a protest against the state government’s decision to fund thenew Hunter hospital at Metford through a public-private partnership, it’s about a great deal more than that.

There are legitimatefears that the PPP could create a two-tier system of care.

This in itself is cause to protest but we have plenty of other things to be angry about.

The Lower Hunter Hospital timeline is little more, at this point, than a site in need of heavy remediation, a rubbery estimation of bed numbers andan unclear charter of services, all tied together under a PPP funding model.

In 2011 the newly elected Baird government promised the people of the Lower Hunter a publicly funded teaching hospital to rival the size and servicesof the John Hunter.

Five years on, a great deal has changed. We are now looking down the barrel of a much-smaller hospital, with some estimating bed numbers will plummet from the 450 that were initially bandied about to 220.

It’s also been confirmed that the existing Maitland Hospital will close, although we have no clear idea whether it will be sold or kept to house allied health services.

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison has been vocal on this matter and rightly dubbed the Metford facility as“the incredible shrinking hospital”.

Ms Aitchison has called upon the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, to consult with her on the matter but she has been denied time and again.

In the Mercury’s opinion, when the NSW governmentdisrespects our elected member of parliament, it shows disdain forthe people of Maitland.

The Mercury calls on all members of the Lower Hunter community to attend the rally on Sunday.

We must demand to know how many public beds will be available.

We must insist on transparency around projected population growth in our local government area, and whether bed numbers will ensure accessible health care for all.

We must fight for specialist services and not content ourselves with a second-rate rural referral hospital, where peoplewill be shipped out of our area for treatment.

Health care is literally a matter of life and death. It’s worth fighting for.

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Robins face yet another tough challenge

Posted on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on Robins face yet another tough challenge

Division 1Ulverstone will have their work cut out trying to keep strong Wynyardto a losing score. The Robins were disappointing against South Burnie and Saturday’s game will be no easier. Grant Crowe, Peter Ayton, Damien Symes and Robert Groenewege were ruthless against Turners Beach as was the Graeme Hodgetts rink. The Robins need to restrict those two rinks to a reasonable score. Latrobe has again demonstrated they will be a force and should come away with the win. South Burnie has too much fire power for Devonport and Burnie should make it two from twodefeating Penguin.
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Division 2If Sheffield’s Tony Wootton, Mick Wootton, David Vince and John Sullivan carry on fromlast week they should defeat Port Sorell.East Devonport look like premiership material early in the season and should win over South Burnie. Latrobe faltered last week against Sheffield and may do the same against Turners Beach while surprise packet Railton may be too much for Wynyard.

Division 3Home green advantage should give Smithtonthe win against Wynyard. Penguin’sIan Batchelor, Brian Richardson, Tony King and David Scott are on firebut may find Spreytontougher. Early finals favouritesRidgleywill defeat Burnie if Keven Baker, Peter Crowe, Lloyd King and Vaun Eavesrepeat theirmassive win. Devonport and Ulverstone both lost last Saturdayso we will go with a draw.

TOP FORM: David Hardy of Burnie in the Division 3 game against Smithton. They face Ridgley this weekend.

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Champs land prized recruit

Posted on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on Champs land prized recruit

BENALLA is well placed to capture back-to-back Ovens and Murray A1 pennants after appointing Matt Robertson as coach.
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READY TO GO: Wodonga bowlers Ray Moon, Tony Smedley and Rob Taylor are looking forward to the opening round. Picture: MARK JESSER

The former Victorian playerhas crossed from Shepparton and will be bringing several players with him.

Robertson has taken out every title in the Goulburn Valley during his decorated career and will further strengthen the powerful Benalla side.

It defeated Wodonga by one shot in last year’s grand final.

Benalla will start its premiership defence against Corowa Civic on Saturday.

Wodonga has lostthree skips –Josh Rudd, Andrew Batterham and John Dawson –from last season.

Rudd will play in Shepparton, Batterham has moved to Darwin and Dawsonis set to play for Howlong.

The Bulldogs have good depth however and are expected to remain in the upper echelon.

Steve Coulston, Ashley Bates, Paul Davies and Peter McLarty will skip for Wodonga against Wangaratta at Wodonga.

Promoted Rutherglen has picked up Wodonga bowler Klive Liverton.

Rutherglen has replacedCorowa Services in the top grade after making the A2 finallast season and meet Myrtleford in Saturday’s opening round at Myrtleford.

Yarrawonga play YMGCR.

In last weekend’s Jack Beck Perpetual Trophy, the Ovens and Murray defeated Albury and District by 33 shots.

Beechworth youngster Mason Baylis skipped the Ovens and Murray’s only undefeated teamwhile David Barnes achieved the same feat for Albury and District.

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What’s on

Posted on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on What’s on

Friday, October 21
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CWA Bathurst will meet at 172 Russell Street from10am-noon, followed by a guest speaker/lunch. Call Madeleine Nassar,6332 9080.

CWA Craft will meet at172 Russell Street from 1-4pm. Call secretary Joy Press, 6337 6511.

Feed The Youth nights are held at thePCYC in Morrisset Street from October to March:free barbecue and live band from 6-8pm.

Business community forumwill be held at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centrein William Streetas part of council’s development of anew Economic Development Strategy2017-2020.

The forum will be held from 7.30am and is open tomembers of the local business community. To register, phone council on 180044 88 96 or email [email protected]论坛

The strategy will aim to encouragecontinued local business growth, economic infrastructure, innovation andinvestment.

Author Talk,Remembering Ben Chifley,at Bathurst Libraryat 6pm. Free. Call 6333 6281.

Saturday, October 22

Backyard Bird Count andbird walk atBoundary Road Reserve at 8am.The third annual Backyard Bird Count runs until October23 and council is asking residents to take part by signing up.

Register at aussiebirdcount.org419论坛 and download the app so you can identifybirds in the community and log the sightings.

Council and local birdexperts will host a free public bird walk in Boundary Road Reserve.Event details are available on Facebook.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A bird walk will be held on Boundary Road Reserve at 8am on Saturday, October 22. The third annual Backyard Bird Count runs until October 23 and council is asking residents to take part by signing up.


Big Cake Bake will be held onFriday, October 28 from 10am-2pm at78 George Street. The Bathurst Red Cross branch and Red Cross store will be holding theBig Cake Bake to continue their great work. By enjoying a cake and cuppa on this day, you will be helping to raise money to help Red Cross continue its vital everyday work in Australia and overseas, supporting young parents struggling to provide regular meals for their families, remote communities recovering from disaster and elderly Australians who are isolated and alone.

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Women’s nines set to kick-start November

Posted on 20 April 2019 | Comments Off on Women’s nines set to kick-start November

GAME FACES: Corrimal’s Ainslie Hawes, Tammy Fletcher and Abby Holmes will all take part in the upcoming November 9s. Picture: Sylvia LiberIF women’s rugby league continues on it’s rapid upward trajectory there’s no doubt people will look back at the Nines format as one of the key building blocks.
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It’s something Corrimal Nines coach Tammy Fletcher is well aware of having this year donned the Red V of St George Illawarra in the Dragons landmark Nines clash against Cronulla in September.The Sharks snuck home in a thrillerbut Fletcher still looks back on match as the experience of a lifetime.

“I’m still lost for words to describe it,” Fletcher said.

“There was a massive hype for the game and all the girls werefilled with adrenaline because we wanted to to do well for ourselves but we also wanted to do well to represent women in league as well because we were on show. It’s definitely one of the best experiences of my life.”

Fletcher will draw on that experience when she takes the reins atCorrimal for the Cougars November 9s campaign that will take place on Friday eveningsacross Novemberat Ziems Park, beginning November 4.Having seen first-hand how valuable the abbreviated format of the game is as a development tool, Fletcher is looking forward to introducing a host of new players to game.

“I was really excited to hear about the program coming in to introduce new girls to the game as a bit of a development and recruitment process,” Fletcher said.

“I think the NRL game gave us a lot of exposure that we needed, at the right time as well, to helpboostthe local league so I’m really excited. You only need 12 players in a team, it’s nine minute halves so the girls are in and out but it touches on a bit of everything skill-wise so it’s the perfectintroduction to the game.”

The competition will have both open and under 18s divisions as theIllawarra District Rugby League looks toward the NSW Rugby League’s Tarsha Gales Nines [under 18s] competition in 2017 and also at adding an under 18s division to the Women in Defence Leaguenext season.

“We’re heading towards the Tarsha Gale under 18s Nines competition next year which we’ll be looking toput an [Illawarra] side in and we’re also looking to implement an under 18s competition in the Women in Defence League next year so this is a catalyst for that,” IDRL general manager Chris Bannerman said.

“Teams are capped to four currently registered players so really it’s about introducing new girls to the game.

“We’re looking at five or six teams in each division which means we’re probably going to have in excess of 80 new girls introduced to the game which is a real success and hopefully that’ll see a lot of those girls transition into the 2017 competitions.”

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