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PHOTOS: New-look Jacksons & Co hotel ( admin posted on July 22nd, 2019 )

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY. The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.
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The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

David Leslie (Manager). PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

The old Regent Hotel opened as the new and improved Jacksons & Co last Friday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY.

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Hard work pays off at South Campus ( admin posted on July 22nd, 2019 )

Tiarna Wakley (2013 school captain), Phoebe Hall (Welcome to Country) and Abbie Merritt (AECG award) at the South presentation of awards.THE Dubbo College South Campus hall was packed to capacity for the annual presentation of awards last week, with principal Darryl Thompson praising the South Campus community for their commitment to education.
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“Tonight is an important celebration for the school and its community,” he said. “It is a celebration of the hard work from the students of our school, their parents and carers, the South Dubbo community and our dedicated staff.”

School captains Melissa McDonald and Kerrod Potter saw more than 280 awards presented to students in recognition of academic, cultural and sporting achievements. Staff including Calvin Reid, Helen Jones, Vicki Mitchell and Dianne Baker were recognised for contributions to public education.

Mr Thompson said Dubbo College had continued to produce excellent academic results.

“Our school musical, champion debating teams and Student Representative Council all make us the envy of other schools,” he said.

“Our sporting teams have once again competed strongly at state level with highlights being our girls’ basketball team coming fourth in the state and our seven-a-side rugby side winning at state level.”

Creative and performing arts head teacher Jules Manton said it was an eventful and terrific year for students at South Campus. Highlights included a trip to Sydney to work with the National Institute of Dramatic Art, strong representation at the Western Region Dance Camp and involvement in a short film festival.

“Congratulations to Amber Bunt who was successful through audition in joining the State Dance Ensemble performing in the State Dance Festival and NSW Public Schools spectacular,” she said.

“Other notable individual successes include wonderful work and huge success at the eisteddfods by Melissa McDonald, Amber Bunt, Irunika Hapuwida, Billie Palin, Nathan Bryon, Elijah Stanger-Jones and Oscar Del Bao.

“Term three was about our musical production High School Musical 2 Junior. More than 80 students were involved in the production which enjoyed great success.”

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Turnbull targets Murdoch over guns ( admin posted on July 22nd, 2019 )

Coalition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull could get media mogul Rupert Murdoch on the phone, but via Twitter, millions of other people have been able to see their conversation.
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A tweet sent from the Coalition frontbencher to the media mogul over the weekend – supporting tighter gun laws in the United States – has been retweeted more than 2400 times, with more than 1000 ‘‘favourites’’, as of Monday morning.

On Monday, Mr Turnbull estimated the tweet would now be on ‘‘several million devices’’.

On Saturday, in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut where 26 people were killed at an elementary school, Mr Turnbull replied to a tweet by Mr Murdoch.

‘‘Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy,’’ Mr Murdoch said.

Mr Turnbull then observed: ‘‘@rupertmurdoch I suspect they will find the courage when Fox News enthusiastically campaigns for it.’’

According to Twitter Counter, Mr Turnbull – who currently has about 136,000 Twitter followers – got an extra 1800 followers out of the comeback.

Mr Turnbull told Fairfax Media that he was surprised that his tweet had been retweeted so many times, but as a ‘‘keen observer of social media,’’ he was ‘‘always interested to see its viral nature’’.

‘‘Of course not every tweet is retweeted many times … but there’s the potentiality for it,’’ he said, noting that the reach of people’s comments was determined by the reactions of others, not newspaper editors or TV producers.

‘‘[Social media is] messy and it’s often abusive and all of that stuff but it is nonetheless a very interestingly democratic phenomenon.’’

Mr Turnbull said he didn’t know whether Mr Murdoch read his tweets: ‘‘I’ve got no idea whether he takes any notice of it at all.’’

But even though the Coalition’s communications spokesman said he never had any difficulty getting in touch with Mr Murdoch, having known him for almost 40 years, he has no plans to make a call this time around on gun law reform.

‘‘It sounds like he has the same views that I do,’’ Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull said that the media mogul had an extraordinary ability to influence political opinion in the United States, noting that the political demographic of Fox News viewers was predominantly Republican and not in favour of gun reform, and could be a ‘‘game changer’’ on the issue.

‘‘Is Fox News prepared to run the risk of alienating or offending some of its core demographic?’’ he asked.

Mr Murdoch’s initial tweet to his 379,800 followers has so far generated about 3028 retweets and 523 favourites.

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‘Overwhelming’ experience ( admin posted on July 22nd, 2019 )

FOR many, finishing high school means the chance to participate in a raucous week of heavy drinking and wild partying along a beach.
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But for the sixth consecutive year, year 12 students from Kerang and Cohuna have come back from an Alternative Schoolies trip to Cambodia with a different perspective on life and with memories that will last forever.

There was no alcohol on this trip; not even for a student celebrating their 18th birthday.

Along with students from the Northern Territory Open Education Centre, the young adults helped enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in remote communities.

The students, along with teachers and members of the Rotary Club of Kerang, assisted in building new houses and shelters for the community.

All the equipment needed to construct the buildings was funded by the students during the year, which included organising a used battery drive and several other fundraisers.

The overall fundraising amounted to $15,000 to put back into the Cambodian communities.

The students’ own expenses were all self funded.

Kerang Technical High School student, Luke O’Brien had no regrets about choosing this Schoolies option, rather than party on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

“At first I was a bit worried (about doing the trip), but I absolutely loved it,” he said.

“The only time I thought about home was when I was at the airport, other than that I was so happy to be there.”

The 18-year-old said it was a “life changing” experience.

“It makes you think differently about your own life seeing the kids over there,” he said.

“The kids treat you like family and welcome you. They are very polite, even if they are asking for money.”

The students shared their experiences with local Rotarians at their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday evening.

Cohuna Secondary College student, Rebecca McKenzie said it was “overwhelming” coming back to Australia after an emotional two weeks from November 25 to December 7.

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried when I got home. I cried for those that I had left behind – the orphans, the veterans and the street kids,” she said.

“I cried knowing I was coming home to such comfort but the people I’d left behind had nothing of the sort.”

Kerang student Katie McDonald said she now has a different perspective on life after spending time in Cambodia.

“I think we all learnt who we are as a person and what’s really important to us and not to focus on all the materialistic things in life,” she said.

“You just look at what they’ve got and how happy they were (the disadvantaged children) and think back to our own lives.”

Fellow Kerang student Erin Knight said her favourite part of the trip was taking part in the Green Gecko project, which looks after homeless children who have been street beggars.

“They are still independent and they wash their own clothes and look after themselves, but they just have a place to live,” he said.

“It’s like a big family there.”

Local Rotarian, Sharon Champion has led the trip since its inception in 2007 and said this year’s group of students had been exceptional.

“They are an amazing bunch of students,” she said.

“Each and every one of them has just got so much out of the trip.”

Mrs Champion said parents of the students have commented how much the trip had changed their children.

She said the trip was tough at times, but overall the group bonded well together.

“The way the group worked together was amazing. There were ups and downs, but you can’t throw 50 people together for two weeks and not expect there to be some disagreements,” she said.

“If there weren’t, I would’ve been wondering what was wrong.”

Kerang and Cohuna students help stabilise the bamboo floor in Cambodia during the Alternative Schoolies trip.

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Christmas holiday fun on the Fleurieu ( admin posted on July 22nd, 2019 )

Looking for entertainthe kids over thesummer schoolholidays? Look no further! Here are a few options to keep thefamily busy on the south coast.
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Get involved in community events

There is always loads happening on the south coast over summer time – whether it’s ‘come and try’ sailing events in Goolwa; live music gigs at Port Elliot; or the famous New Year’s Eve Festival at Normanville. To keep in touch with what’s going on, make sure you grab your copy of The Times each Thursday, or keep an eye on the our website.

School Holiday Fun at the SA Whale Centre – Sensational Science, Victor Harbor

Explore the wonderful world of whales in this sensational session that gives children a chance to learn and have fun with science. The program costs just $8 a child and includes entry into the SA Whale Centre. Accompanying adults are free. Sensational Science will be held on January 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 between 1pm and 2pm.

For details, click here, or phone8551 0752.

The Big Duck, Victor Harbor

Guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping, The Big Duck Boat Tour takes visitors to inaccessible areas of coastline in a 7.3m expedition-style rigid inflatable boat, spotting seals, dolphins, seabirds, penguins and whales in their natural environment along the way. Speeding around South Australia’s most treacherous reefs and stunning landscapes, this is a trip to remember. Groups are limited to 10 people, spray jackets and lifejackets are provided and private charters are available. Tours start from just $35 per adult, $25 per child (under 12) or $110 for the family (2 adults, 2 children).

For details, click here, or phone 0405 125 312.

Cockle Train, Goolwa to Victor Harbor

All aboard! Take a ride on the Cockle Train, a historic steam train journey hugging the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia. Departing Goolwa station, in the historic wharf precinct perched alongside the River Murray, the Cockle Train heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up and dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast before terminating in Victor Harbor. Return trips cost $14.50 per child and $28 per adult.

For details, click here.

P.S. Oscar ‘W’, Goolwa

Take a cruise aboard the historic 100-year-old paddle steamer as it makes its way along the Lower River Murray from The Wharf to Laffin Point. Departing from Goolwa Wharf, watch the stokers fire the boiler and feel the vibrations from the paddle wheel as you begin the one-hour cruise back in time along the river. Step up onto the top deck, see the wheel-house and talk to the officers on the bridge about the boat and its history. Cruises cost $8 for children aged 5 to 15, $15 for concession and $20 per adult.

For details, click here, or phone1300 466 592.

Granite Island, Victor Harbor

Across the Causeway from Victor Harbor is magical Granite Island, home to a population of Little Penguins and the iconic Horse Drawn Tram. Guided penguin tours are always popular with the kids, held at dusk every night. A professionally trained guide takes visitors to view the penguins as they come ashore after a day’s fishing. The best way to travel the 630 metre wooden Causeway to Granite Island is on the Horse Drawn Tram, powered by a gentle Clydesdale horse. Guided penguin tours cost $12.50 per adult, $11.00 concession, $7.50 per child and $36.00 for a family (2 adults, 2 children, extra children $5.00). Bookings essential.

For details, click here,or phone 8552 7555.

Kangaroo Island Sailing, Wirrina Cove

Embark on a journey onboard the luxurious Lady Eugenie, a 75ft ketch skippered by Ashley and Renee Newman across the waters of Fleurieu Peninsula. Operating out of Wirrina Cove, this is a truly magical experience with a range of tours ranging from two-hour sunset cruises to three-day Kangaroo Island adventures. Sailing options start at just $89 per child and $99 per adult for a two-hour sunset cruise.

For details, click here.

Surfing lessons

Victor Harbor, Middleton, Port Elliot and Goolwa offer some of the best surfing breaks in the state, so why not make the most of them this summer!? For those that are yet to ‘hang ten’, a number of surf schools will have you catching waves in no time. Ocean Living Surf School, Surf Culture Australia, Surf and Sun, South Coast Surf Academy and Surfing South Australia Surf School all offer fun ways to learn surfing, safely.

For details, click here.

Cycling paths

Bring your bike, scooter or blades and discover the network of cycling trails the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. The Encounter Bikeway travels from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island, offering 30 kilometres of scenic coastal cycling. Winding its way from Marino Rocks to Willunga is the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, taking cyclists past magnificent cliffs before arriving in McLaren Vale. The Shiraz Trail is an easy eight kilometre cycle through vineyards between McLaren Vale and Willunga. Oxygen Cycles in McLaren Vale offers bike hire starting from just $5 per hour ($15 minimum).

For details onOxygen Cycles, click here.For information on theEncounter Bikeway, click here.www.tourismvictorharbor苏州美睫培训.au; To find out more about bike trains in the Onkaparinga council area,click here.

Strawberry Picking, Mount Compass

Situated in the picturesque Mount Compass Valley is Agon Berry Farm, famous for delicious strawberries, jams, berry fruits and even sweet corn. And while their strawberries and jams are available all year round, between November and April Agon invites people to pick their own strawberries, making it a perfect day out.

For details,phone 8556 8428.

Take a walk over the causeway to explore Granite Island.

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