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Dear Bendigo: To boys who can fly ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Two weeks until a break, but there’s no winding down. It’ll be work, work, work, then stop.
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Same cannot be said about my boy’s daily doings. Primary schools know how to prepare for a holiday. My son’s class is all but packed up, save for the kids. Art work is off the walls, the board is wiped clean and the reading corner is now just a mere corner.

If only we could spend our wilting days at work making paper garlands of the newspaper…

I remember that time.

Picture a school portable, circa mid 1980s, ceiling fans labouring overhead and the faint scent of sweaty sneakers lingering below.

A class of tired, hot and slightly cranky kids, all hanging out for holidays.

And then, the doors/heavens would open and a timber-veneered TV on a trolley would be rolled into the room like some sort of Christmas deity.

It was the only time we’d watch the telly at school, and we’d take it in turns to bring video tapes in for our classmate’s viewing pleasure.

Think Labyrinth with David Bowie in those too-tight pants – all kinds of wrong, but at the time we didn’t care.

Think The Dark Crystal and my all-time favourite, The Boy Who Could Fly.

Does anyone else remember this? The tape belonged to a girl in my class and each year I longed for her to bring it in. Funny the things you remember.

I’d love to see it again, but I know it would only disappoint. (See earlier reference to David Bowie’s unfortunate excuse for trousers.)

The thing we didn’t get back then that is all-too raw for me now, is the bittersweet passing of another school year.

I’ve said it before, but for me as a mum, every milestone, no matter how large or small is publicly celebrated and quietly, privately a little bit mourned.

We’ll celebrate the end of the school year next week with a formal do. The little kids will be dressed as Wise Men and shepherds and angels – but aren’t they just!

At our first such event last year, I got a wee bit emotional.

It was the farewell to the grade 6s that got me.

Their school photos from prep and grade 6 were shown alongside each other to oohs and aahs and laughs and sighs. And how I cried.

And I didn’t even know the kids… it was the thought of them, growing up and moving on from primary school that unstuck me.

See? Everything bittersweet.

I recognised one of those kids in the street recently.

After a year at high school he looked all grown up. Different.

I think he’d grown wings.

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Coolum could stay: O’Malley ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

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WHILE Sunday’s round at Coolum could very well have been Peter O’Malley’s last at the venue as part of the Australian PGA Championships, the Bathurst professional believes the venue might still see battles for the Kirkwood Cup in the future.

Most involved with the sport believe the tournament will not played at Coolum next year following a number of clashes with the resort’s billionaire owner Clive Palmer.

The board of the Australian PGA will make a decision next Wednesday on whether the tournament remains on the Sunshine Coast or finds a new home, most likely on the Gold Coast.

O’Malley, who along with another tour veteran Craig Parry are the players’ representatives on the eight-member PGA board, said nothing had been decided about the tournament.

“This has been a fantastic venue and we haven’t decided whether we’re coming back here or not,” O’Malley said after closing his tournament with a three-under 69.

“It’s been a great time here and everyone enjoys it.

“We haven’t made any decisions and we haven’t signed any contracts.

“There’s a lot of great venues. This is a great venue and we might come back here, but there are other options available.”

Palmer has indicated he is supremely confident the 107-year-old tournament will remain at his Sunshine Coast resort which has hosted the event since 2002.

But PGA officials, clearly unimpressed with some stunts he pulled leading up to the tournament, have concerns about locking into a multi-year deal with the unpredictable entrepreneur who loves dinosaurs, vintage cars and the Titanic.

A number of courses have already emerged as alternative venues.

Brookwater, the highest ranked course in Queensland at number 24 in the country, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove, The Glades, The Grand and Royal Queensland could be possible new venues.

“We just want to look at our options and make sure we get the best package,” O’Malley said.

“This is the Australian PGA Championship. I think most of the players will support the tournament no matter where we put it.”

Golf’s senior statesman Peter Senior says it’s sad the tournament could move.

“It’s really disappointing the way he [Palmer] has handled it up there,” Senior said.

“It’s a great tournament for Coolum, great for the area. A lot of players are going to be disappointed.”

There were reports that Palmer threatened to lock out the PGA and had even ordered a heavy digger to rip up the ninth green last Saturday over a dispute involving advertising signs painted on the fairways.

“It was very difficult,” Senior said.

MOVE? Geoff Ogilvy of Australia lines up a putt on the ninth hole during round two of the Australian PGA Championship at Palmer Coolum Resort. Jeff the T-Rex who can be seen in the background is one of the reasons the tournament may find a new home. Photo: GETTY IMAGES 121712coolum

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Which way to equality? ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

If we don’t know where we are going, how can we know when we arrive? To avoid running around aimlessly towards the equality of men and women, we first of all need to know what we mean by equality.
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Equality has many different meanings, one being that two objects are the same in every way. Obviously, men and women are not the same and never will be, so if the question means, “Will men and women ever be the same?” the answer would be “No.”

Unfortunately, in the present set-up, many women try to be equal to men in a system designed by men to suit the interests and abilities of men. The parliamentary system and legal system reflect male thinking in that both use adversarial methods to settle disputes and make decisions and plans.

A woman entering those systems has to prove herself to be at least as tough as the men in a male-oriented game. The system doesn’t change to reflect female thinking; so a woman must play like a man.

In the Pygmalion stage play, Henry Higgins asks a question that sounds more like a prayer, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It seems that the present desire of women to be equal to men is granting Henry’s prayer.

The best we can expect from the present system is that the decisions made will be influenced to some degree by input from women. That isn’t real equality and makes little progress towards equality.

Real progress towards equality will be made when our social systems and structures change to also reflect female thinking. I don’t know what decision-making method would emerge if women were freed from submitting to the male-dominated system, but the adversarial system is not the only possibility.

For example, Gandhi gave us the truth-seeking method that takes competition for personal power out of debating to find the most workable solution to whatever the problem is. The point I make here is that it’s just possible men and women, working together, can come up with a better way.

Will men and women ever be equal? I’ve heard it said there are no wrong questions; there are only wrong answers. This question proves this saying is false. It’s a nonsense question because men and women are already equal. The question should be, “Will men ever accept that men and women are equal?”

The equality of men and women is a natural truth, just like “water seeks it’s own level” is a natural truth. Men have dominated women for centuries and came to believe male domination is natural.

Men can certainly do some things better than women, and it appears to be all the important things, but again that is only because the whole system we live in is suited to what men do best. If our social, legal and parliamentary systems were set up to suit what women do best, it would appear that women are superior to men.

The answer to the intent of the question is: Men and women will be seen as equal when the overall system we live in, and the rules we live by, emanate from the equality of men and women.

Bob Myers,Brierly Street, Warrnambool

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Oriental Hotel hot on the heels of competition leaders ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Another sublime performance from Oriental Hotel’s Jared Clulow ensured Lawson Park Hotel would have a nervous Christmas and New Year break.
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The former Western and Mudgee representative smacked 93 with the bat and took 4-11 off 10 overs in Oriental’s 118-run win over the competition leaders.

It’s the second consecutive match in which Clulow has produced a stellar performance. He took 6-24 against Woolpack Hotel a fortnight ago.

The win moves the defending premiers within striking distance of Lawson Park who have been the leaders for the first half of the 2012-13 season.

Clulow went on the attack from the start, sticking it to Lawson Park’s opening bowlers Trent Bright (0-50 off six overs) and Darren Snyder (1-24 off two).

Although Snyder had Clulow dropped early on, the stalwart of Mudgee cricket bullied the bowlers and showed little respect, dispatching their deliveries to and over the boundary.

Mark Hundy hit six fours in his score of 30 while Stuart Bromley provided the supporting role.

When Clulow was dismissed seven runs short of triple figures, Bromley stepped up to the plate.

Ever consistent, the Gulgong representative showed why he was one of the form players in the region.

His 64 guided Oriental to a handy total of 269.

Andrew Gay was the best of the bowlers for the Parkers, taking 3-38 off eight overs.

Lawson Park’s run chase got off to a horrific start as they lost Stuart Fredericks (6), Jacob Suttor (2) and Gay (2) before the score had reached 15.

Snyder and Bright – who were the two bowlers targeted by Clulow – got some sort of revenge as they posted 29 runs for the fourth-wicket before Snyder was bowled by Clulow for 19.

Bright went on to contribute 44 to Lawson Park’s innings before he was caught off the bowling of Greg Hundy (3-30 off five).

Michael Ford played one of his best innings of the season when he scored 34.

But losing too many wickets early on cost the Parkers the chance to record a historic victory as they were bowled out for 151.

CLOSE: Oriental Hotel batsman Jared Clulow tries to defend a jumping delivery from Nick Chapman as Lawson Park Hotel wicketkeeper Stuart Fredericks watches on. Photo: SANDY SMITH

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O’Brien stuns Woolpack with an all-out assault  ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Federal Hotel showed no mercy for Woolpack Hotel with the Hawks smashing the opposing bowlers to all corners of Cahill Park on Saturday.
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In the biggest team total in Mudgee District Cricket Association first grade competition in nearly three years, Federal blasted 9-332 from their 45 overs.

Led by a blistering 138 from James O’Brien, the Hawks were hitting fours and sixes for fun.

Apart from the first two overs where they scored 10, the run rate floated above seven runs an over – finishing with a run rate of 7.37.

The last time a first grade side posted a similar score was January 2010.

On that occasion, Jared Clulow smacked an unbeaten 167 as Oriental Hotel scored 6-344 against a hapless Lawson Park Hotel side.

From the opening overs, the Hawks’ intentions were well known.

They scored 22 runs in two overs and by the 10th over, they were 1-74.

O’Brien and Josh Edwards (52) were responsible for the early onslaught.

Edwards smacked four fours and three sixes on his to a half-century.

Their partnership of 72 came from just five overs.

When Edwards departed, O’Brien took control.

After starting slowly – three off 14 balls – the Western Zone representative quickly stepped up his strike rate.

His 138 came from 107 balls and it included 20 fours and four sixes.

It was the most dominating batting display seen in Mudgee first grade cricket since Clulow’s 167 not out.

When O’Brien was dismissed, Federal were 5-251.

Woolpack thought they had stopped the onslaught when Matt Smith (1) was gone shortly after but Mitchell Hearn added more misery for the bowlers.

Hearn remained not out on 53 as Federal finished on 9-332.

The bowling figures did not look good for Woolpack but Andrew Nash was left unscathed with 1-20 off five overs and Jeremy Newman (2-28 off four).

In reply, Woolpack did not come close to making a dent in the target let alone chase it down.

Without new recruit Steve Knight, Woolpack slumped to 8-72.

Phil English provided some resistance scoring 43 but Woolpack were dismissed for 106 in the 26th over.

In the same week he was chosen for Western Zone for the Bradman Cup, young quick James Ford picked up 4-20 off six overs while the silver fox Dave Edwards collected 4-27 off six too.

SMASH: Federal Hotel batsman James O’Brien scored 138 off 107 balls as his team piled on 9-332 against Woolpack Hotel on Saturday. Photo: SANDY SMITH

BREAK: The power of James O’Brien in his knock took a toll on his bat. Photo: SANDY SMITH

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Carols by Candlelight in Adelaide ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

WHAT A SHOW: Jon Stevens, The Fairies and the Taiko Drummers helped make Carols by Candelight a magical evening on Sunday, December 16. LITTLE HELPERS: Isabella Marafioti of Pooraka, Kaitlyn Glover of Mawson Lakes, Nicolas Marafioti of Pooraka and Oriana Bartlam of Elizabeth dressed to help Santa wrap up all the presents for Christmas Day.
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TEA PARTY: Melodie Corletto of Royal Park, Kristie, Felicity and Martin Stone of Strathalbyn, Jessica Nell of Largs Bay, Stephanie Nell of Strathalbyn, Daniel Pizzinato of West Lakes Shore and Georgina and Liam Kearney of South Brighton had a great set up at the carols.

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Chloe Hyde of Paralowie and Ruby Gourlay of Mawson Lakes got into the festive spirit at carols.

INCOGNITO: Isaac and Mayah Edwards of Largs Bay morphed into other characters with face paint.

HAVING FUN: Children’s entertainment group The Fairies kept the kids dancing at carols.

WHAT A NIGHT: Linda and Amelia Downes of Hillbank loved the carols.

TOO CUTE: Holly and Simone Burton of Seaton enjoyed each other’s company at the carols.

FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Csongor, Eben and Kaylene Matyas of Aldinga Beach had a lovely family evening together at carols.

JUST LIKE SISTERS: Simone Genovese and her mother Saskia Viergever, both of Brompton, were just like sisters catching up at carols.

Elder Park in the heart of Adelaidetransformed into a Christmas wonderland for Carols by Candlelight on Sunday night.

Thousands of people turned out to picnic by the banks of the Torrens River as the stage lit up with entertainment including Humphrey B Bear, The Fairies, Jon Stevens and the Young Adelaide Voices.

Entry was via a folded note donation with proceeds to theCora Barclay Centre, Novita Children’s Services and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Scroll through the photos above by Fairfax journalist Anthony Caggiano.

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CWD iPhone APP: Your final chance to win an iPhone 5 ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

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The iPhone app is another exciting step in media evolution and it gives readers the flexibility to access our information 24 hours a day at the touch of a button.

Just one of the great functions of the app is the report function which allows you to send us news tip and respond to assignments we set. It means you don’t just get the news, you help make it!

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By participating in our assignment asking people what they love about Orange you can go into the draw to win an iPhone 5. But you have to be quick – the competition closes on Wednesday!

The news tip function can also be used to send us a news tip or photo from a breaking news story you’ve seen – a crash, a bushfire – anything you think may be of interest to our readers.

Download the app today and participate in our give-a-way– It’s so easy to do!

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Event and group recognised ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Wellington Shire deputy mayor Caroline Crossley with community event of the year Dancing With the Stars organiser Ann Ferguson.THE Wellington Shire’s 2012 Event of the Year announced last Tuesday was Dancing With Our Stars organised by Ann Ferguson and her staff at Workhire and community volunteers.
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The ballroom dancing event involved a large number of community members as dancing ‘stars’ and has raised funds for a number of Wellington charities including Five Star Project and the Elderly Citizens Village.

The event directly raised $150,000 in two years and injected an estimated $300,000 into the local economy.

The event’s organising committee is made up of community volunteers and Dancing With Our Stars gained a strong community following with the 2012 event selling out within weeks of being announced.

Mrs Ferguson said that while her committee would be holding another fundraising event in 2013 it would not be a return to the ballroom dancing event.

Heyfield’s Community Resource Centre was declared the shire’s 2013 Group of the Year.

The HCRC developed and implemented the ‘Heyfield Sustainable Smart Town’ flag program which encouraged behavioural change and a commitment to sustainable living.

Three hundred and eighty businesses and households have committed to the program and undertook to reduce their energy footprint.

The flags are a source of enormous community pride and the HCRC role models sustainable practices and provides members of the community with information on sustainable services, products as well as rebates and subsidies.

The HCRC has been recognised and awarded the United Nations World Environment Day, Sustainable Education Award, the Prime Super Community Group Participation Award, was a finalist in the State Premiers Award – Sustainable Education and took out the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award.

The award was accepted by Julie Bryer on behalf of the resource centre.

Wellington Shire deputy mayor Caroline Crossley with community group of the year Heyfield Community Resource Centre representative Julie Bryer.

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Fire facts tell different story ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Last Saturday, a letter was printed in The Standard from the member for South West Coast, Denis Napthine.
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To say I was mildly disappointed by his comments would be an understatement but to say Mr Napthine has, at best, only a tenuous grasp of the facts is an even bigger one.

Mr Napthine claims to have written his letter in response to the article by Peter Collins in the December 5 edition of The Standard (‘South-west firefighters protest staff levels, state funding’), and not in response to the report that I personally hand-delivered to his office on December 4.

The report highlighted how the slashing of $66,000,000 from the fire services budget ($45,000,000 from CFA and $21,000,000 from the MFB) would affect frontline fire services in regional areas.

So, given that Mr Napthine doesn’t seem to have concerned himself with the report or such trivial matters like firefighter or public safety, here are some brief facts Mr Napthine and, more importantly, the whole community should know.

– The Warrnambool Fire Brigade responds to between 500 and 600 emergency calls per year.

– Warrnambool fire station is the only 24/7, permanently staffed station in the south-west area.

– Professional firefighters are responsible for between 80 per cent and 85 per cent of all CFA calls.

– Warrnambool Fire Brigade provides automatic support to Mortlake for the gas-fired power station, to the Port Campbell gas plants, to Portland for major incidents at Alcoa, the port area and other heavy industries, to Koroit and Port Fairy for significant structure fires, and responds to all hazardous materials and technical rescue incidents (confined space, steep angle and trench rescue) within the south-west area.

– Warrnambool fire station has a staffing level of only three professional firefighters on duty per shift.

– Chief Officers Standing Order 11, Health and Safety, clearly states that for unrestricted operations on the fireground, the preferred minimum is four firefighters.

– On the morning of the Telstra exchange fire, by chance there were four firefighters on duty. This enabled two firefighters to conduct an immediate and effective internal fire attack. If only three had been on duty as is the norm, there would have been no initial, internal fire attack. Given the rapid speed of fire development the damage done would have meant Telstra services would be off line for months, not a matter of weeks like they have been. For obvious reasons it is unsafe in the extreme for a firefighter to work alone inside a burning structure and the CFA will never condone such a practice.

– The closest aerial appliance support is at Ballarat or Geelong, both a minimum of two hours’ travel time away.

– The aerial pumper which is to be deployed to Warrnambool is not being delayed by the union in a bid for additional staffing, as stated by Mr Napthine. In fact, if Mr Napthine had done his research he would know that the CFA and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) already have an in-principle agreement for an additional three firefighters per shift to crew the aerial pumper. The problems are that, as it currently stands, the Warrnambool fire station is too small to accommodate either the appliance itself or the staff that will crew it. The engine bay is already full and the station has only four dormitories. The CFA is well aware of this.

– As a result of the Liberal Party’s budget cuts, the redevelopment of Warrnambool fire station continues to be delayed. Mr Napthine himself listed the six south-west fire stations funded for redevelopment in the 2012/2013 state budget and Warrnambool was not one of them. Without redevelopment, the aerial pumper and its crew cannot and will not be deployed.

– The state of Victoria is one of, if not the most, bushfire-prone areas on earth.

– The upcoming fire season is predicted to be the worst since 2009 (Black Saturday) when 173 lives were lost and 2029 homes were destroyed.

Mr Napthine has made the statement that the UFU’s claims are nothing but reckless scaremongering. Surely the public would agree that slashing the state’s fire services budget by a massive $66,000,000 in the face of another potentially devastating fire season is the very definition of reckless.

Troy Cleverley,Leading Firefighter JFAIP Practitioner,Warrnambool Fire Station

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Smells like teen spirit ( admin posted on July 16th, 2018 )

Christmas came early for two shocked triathletes at yesterday’s final Mudgee Triathlon Club race for the year.
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Teenagers Emmett Karstrom and Rose Vassel were dominant in their respective races at Lawson Park – Karstrom in the men’s long course and Vassel in the women’s equivalent.

Karstrom capped off his most successful year in the sport while Vassel ensured she would be a triathlete to watch out for in 2013.

“I felt good but I didn’t know I was going to go that good because I haven’t raced in a while,” the 19-year-old said.

The Cooks Gap resident only took up the sport last season and recorded her maiden win in only her second race for the year.

“I enjoy it all. It is a great well-rounded sport and there is definitely a sense of achievement at the end even if you don’t do well.”

Vassel was second out of the water behind Mel Kastelein but the pair, as well as Angela Fittler, were neck-and-neck when the competitors came back to transition to change from the bike leg to the run.

Vassel had plenty of fuel left in the tank as she put a nice gap between her and her nearest rivals.

She finished 90 seconds ahead of Kastelein with Fittler only a minute further behind.

Meanwhile it was Karstrom’s race from the moment the starter said “go”.

The Australian representative made his way to the front during the swim and he held his position for the entire race.

He finished the 300m swim, 10km bike and 3km run event in a time of 33 minutes and 28 seconds, beating the likes of Guyren Atkinson (35.48), Nick Kastelein (36.18) and Adam Mort.

“That swim was a bit of a surprise,” Karstrom said.

“I went out as hard as I could and I ended up a fair way ahead of the field than I thought I would.

“The bike I just went out as hard as I could and I felt really good.

“The run was a bit of a struggle, it was a bit hot out there but the last race I was really happy, it is a real plus for me.”

Karstrom has worked hard at improving his fitness, triathlon times and ability.

His highlight for the year was when he raced for Australia at the world championships in Auckland in October.

“This race today caps off a great year, I just wanted to have some fun,” he said.

“The swim and the bike definitely [have improved], my run was a little bit slower but I am actually a little bit faster than what I used to be.

“I start uni next year and I am going to be applying for elite athlete consideration so I will see what happens.”

In other results, Amelia Coombes won the junior long course for women, Adam Lucas won the senior men’s short course and Alison Wilson took out the women’s short course.

In the juniors short course brother and sister Joshua and Hannah Jones won the boys’ and girls’ events respectively.

Ella Hawes won the female midgets, Melissa Wisbey was victorious in the female minis, and Fraser and Lachie Burke took out the boys midgets and minis respectively.

THE WINNING PATH: Rose Vassel won her first women’s long course race at yesterday’s Mudgee Triathlon Club event at Lawson Park. Photo: BEN HARRIS

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