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Bendigo puts on another great show

Written on July 10, 2018 at 20:13, by

WHEN it comesto major events, Bendigo always puts on a greatshow.
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Convener Steve Pate’s comments in the wake of the four-day 20th annual Alpaca National Show and Auction at Bendigo Showgrounds last week should haveall in the city pretty chuffed.

More than 170 breeders from across Australia.About 670 animals on show.Near record numbers that it’s worthy to note surpassed last year’s show held inAdelaide.

The communityshould also note Mr Pate’s statement that state-of-the-art facilities at the showgrounds helped bringthe show to the city – due reward for all those who worked hard to attract funding to improve this precinct.

Finally, we should be encouraged by thefeedback from participants who clearly enjoyed their timein Bendigo.

Such was the positivity around this event that it’s fair to expect thoseinvolvedwill surely returnhome and talk up boththe wonderful experience they had visiting this fine city and Bendigo’s great ability to hostsuccessful major events.

There is no greater marketing tool than word of mouth.

Well done organisers, well done Bendigo.

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Kek takes two-shot lead into final round of Dubbo championship

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ANTHONY Kek will take a two-shot lead into the final 36 holes of the Dubbo Golf Club championships after negating Sunday’s windy conditions.
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Kek was among a trio of players to fire 72 on the 19-9 course on Saturday but took the lead courtesy of an excellent 74 on Sunday.

It leaves him two shots off club trainee professional Jake O’Brien, who had 76 on Sunday to sit on a combined two-day total of 148.

Errol Toomey (150) is third after consecutive rounds of 75 while James Morrow (151) is also in contention.

Kek’s second round ultimately was the top score of the day but was punctuated by bogies in the difficult conditions.

A double-bogie on the sixth was followed up by further dropped shots on the 8th, 9th, 13th, 16th and 18th holes but he managed to fight back with birdies on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 12th holes.

Only five players managed to break 80 on day two, with Grahame Allan actually improving his score to fire 77 a day after shooting 81.

Peter Allan is leading the way in the A-reserve division after firing 74 and 84 over the first two rounds.

He has a three-shot lead over Aaron Etcell and Alex Haylock, with Jesse Carolan also looming.

Jeremy Tooth’s 36-hole total of 170 is enough to have him holding a three-shot lead over Marc Foley and Paul Houston in B-grade while Kayden Barker holds the box seat in C-grade.

He shot rounds of 86 and 92 over the weekend and has a commanding 11-shot break over his nearest rival Phillip Reynolds, who had scores of 91 and 98.

The final two rounds of the event will be played this weekend.

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Non-stop action for Muller Park club

Written on July 10, 2018 at 20:13, by

OCTOBER is proving a very busy month for the Muller Park Tennis Club.
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The penultimate round of the Tom Toohey Monthly Tournament was played recently and there was clear winners in both the mens and womens divisions.

Mick McDonagh dominated with 24 points, ahead of Paul Roe (18) in the mens while Robyn Rawlinson, on 21 points, was out ahead of a close group of ladies, with Gladys Thornbury runner-up on 19 points.

The court resurfacing is currently under way with the three courts due to be completed this week.

Some of the first games on the new surfaces will be the mixed championships which are on this Sunday, October 20.

A reminder for members that nominations are open now and will also be taken on the day.

It will be interesting to see if the new surface influences the game as players adjust.

Members are also advised that a committee meeting will be held after the championship rounds on Sunday.

A grand total of $3325 was raised for Camp Quality Western Region at our recent Grahame Priest and Warren McLennan Memorial Charity Day.

We could not do this without the support of the community and the following sponsors – the Daily Liberal, Tom Toohey Financial Planning, Dubbo RSL Club, Orana Quilting, Westside Hotel, Big on Style Fashions, Snares Talbragar Newsagency, Bunnings Warehouse Dubbo, Sportsmans Warehouse, Bourke Street Butchery, EmbroidMe Dubbo, MLC, CommSec, Challenger Financial, Franklin Templeton Investments, Zurich and Tennis NSW.

Thank you also to the many people who made private donations for this worthy cause.

Muller Park Tennis Club is located in Brisbane Street, North Dubbo.

Everyone is welcome for social tennis each Sunday from 1pm.

Ladies tennis is also played on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am.

Contact [email protected]杭州夜网 for more information.

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Lovable little Lewie passes therapy dog test with flying colours

Written on February 14, 2019 at 18:02, by

Meet Lewie.
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The four-year-old Maltese-poodle cross has not only been part of the Mortel family since he was a pup, but also part of the famous Mortel’s Sheepskin Factory at Thornton.

Stephanie Mortel has taken Lewie to work for several years and she believes being exposed to customers as well as their family has equipped him perfectly to be a therapy dog.

Lewie graduated as a therapy dog on Friday after a chance conversation between Mrs Mortel and Assistance Dogs NSW director of training Carmel Kaczmar.

“Lewie has never been to any official training, my husband and I and our kids have all chipped in,” she said.

“He has always been well behaved and had a wonderful temperament, but it’s not really about training, it’s more about their nature and personality.

“There is a criteria dogs have to meet to become recognised as therapy dogs and I was speaking to Carmel one day and she sort of said ‘well, you know I can test him’.

“So we put him through his test and he passed which wasn’t surprising given how he understands commands and his­ ­intuition.”

Mrs Mortel said Mortel’s were big supporters of Assistance Dogs NSW and what they did was an essential community service.

“The dog and training is worth around $60,000 each so anything we can do to support them we will,” she said.

“They’re a charitable organisation and the support they give people is wonderful.”

Mrs Kaczmar presented Lewie with his coat, collar and lead as a certified therapy dog on Friday and Mrs Mortel hoped he would have many more years as Mortel’s “customer service dog”.

Mrs Kaczmar said Lewie was a natural.

“Over time they’ve noticed Lewie will go up to customers in the store and become clingy with them and it often comes back that person had an illness or injury,” she said. “He has a wonderful nature and although the Mortels said they didn’t do a lot of training with him, having been dog owners before they were already attuned to training him naturally.”

Assistance Dogs NSW are in desperate need for volunteers and will host an­ ­information day on October 26 at Minmi.

Anyone interested can contact the group on 0409 343 051.

PUPPY LOVE: Olivia (left) and Stephanie (right) Mortel, with Assistance Dogs director of training Carmel Kaczmar and their beloved Fudge.

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Wallsend’s Mr Universe: photos, video

Written on February 14, 2019 at 18:02, by

MISTER Universe lives in Newcastle.
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Lee Priest-McCutcheon,41, clinched the prestigious National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) title in England on the weekend.

The Wallsend bodybuilder’s victory will add his name to the list of winners that also includes Arnold Schwarzenegger.

‘‘All the greats have won it,’’ Priest-McCutcheon said.

‘‘Winning has still not sunk in.’’

Priest-McCutcheon becomes the second Australian Mr Universe in the title’s history.

His win also means the Hunter can now lay claim to both a Mr and Ms Universe after Jennifer Hawkins won her title in 2004.

Competing in America until 2006 as Lee Priest, Priest-McCutcheon retired from professional bodybuilding that year and returned to the Hunter.

His career included numerous titles as well as providing the motion for special effects designers to build the Incredible Hulk in the 2003 movie starring Eric Bana.

When organisers asked him to compete in Mr Universe, Priest-McCutcheon said he started training ‘‘6-7 hours a day’’.

About four hours of that was weightlifting, he said, while the remainder was cardio exercise including walking around Newcastle beaches.

Celebrating the win, he allowed himself a cup of tea and a biscuit before heading back to the gym the following morning.

He also got a tattoo to mark the comeback win.

‘‘It’s a phoenix,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s me rising from the ashes.’’

Listening to mellow music and talk radio while he trains, Priest said he looked forward to returning to the region after seminars and appearances in Europe.

‘‘[I] just can’t wait to get back to Newcastle to go walking around our beautiful beaches,’’ he said.

Returning to the region’s restaurants would also offer a treat after a tightly-controlled diet in the lead-up to the competition.

‘‘No more boiled chicken and rice for a while,’’ Priest-McCutcheon said.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon, Picture by ©Carl Hensel

Lee Priest-McCutcheon competing in London.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon (centre) competing in London.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon competing in London.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon competing in London.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon competing in London.

Lee Priest-McCutcheon, Picture by ©Carl Hensel

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Workers shattered by EDI closure plan

Written on February 14, 2019 at 18:02, by

Workers at the local EDI Downer facility are devastated by news that they are likely to be out of a job by Christmas.
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The Western Advocate revealed on Saturday that Downer EDI’s 100 employees have entered a 20-day period of consultation with management prior to a final decision on the plant’s future.

One staff member yesterday said a lot of workers were tradies with young families, mortgages and car loans.

The plant employs boilermakers, electrical mechanics, spray painters, fitters and administrative staff.

The shattered worker said if EDI Downer ceases operations in Bathurst it would affect not only those employed at the plant, but the city as a whole.

“With so many tradies entering the market, it is going to be very hard to find another job,” he said.

He added that the news came as a shock to many who were oblivious of what was coming.

“They are just devastated,” he said.

Downer EDI executives said the plan was to move all local work to Cardiff, near Newcastle, and the Newport plant in Victoria.

Australian Workers’ Union western region organiser Alan Haynes yesterday said the union was just as shocked as the employees.

“It came way of out of left field,” he said. “We were told the plant would be closing in the next two or three months.

“We had no idea there would be a review.”

NSW secretary of the AWU, Russ Collison, is in Bathurst today for meetings with management and employees.

Meanwhile, Downer EDI corporate affairs manager Michael Sharp said management would meet with the workforce over the next three weeks, listen, and see what emerges.

He said he had spoken with local state and federal MPs and the mayor of Bathurst to advise them of the situation.

“Obviously we will consider any proposal from the political representatives for the Bathurst region,” Mr Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said both staff transfers and redundancies were on the table.

“Staff have been informed of relocation opportunities to Downer Rail sites or, depending on their skills, to other Downer sites,” he said.

“We will sit with every employee on a one-on-one basis and discuss the options if we were to go down that path.”

Mr Sharp said the situation was definitely a tough one for all involved.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of news that the local Simplot plant, which directly employs around 200 people, is also fighting for its future.

BLEAK CHRISTMAS: Bathurst’s Downer EDI facility looks likely to close by the end of the year. 062409cedi

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Cannabis and cash found in home

Written on February 14, 2019 at 18:02, by

A 45-year-old Woodberry man will appear in court next month after police seized a quantity of cannabis and cash from his home.
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Police searched the man’s home on Windermere Avenue after they received information he had been selling drugs.

The man was arrested and taken to Maitland police station on Friday where he was charged with ­possessing a prohibited drug and having goods in custody.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear before Maitland Local Court on November 4.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector John Zdrilic said people needed to understand the dangers of taking drugs and the effects it could have on a person.

He said drug users often started stealing to pay for their addiction and this caused havoc for victims.

“Drugs continue to be an issue on the streets and while ever that is the case we will continue to enforce the law on anyone who is in possession of drugs,” Inspector Zdrilic said.

“Criminal acts also occur as a result of that kind of lifestyle and that behaviour puts the community at risk. Police will continue the fight against drugs until it is no longer an issue within the Central Hunter command.”

DRUG WARNING: Police say they will continue to crack down on drugs until they are no longer a problem.

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Consultation and unpleasant anticipation

Written on January 29, 2019 at 15:27, by

NEWS that a second major Bathurst employer could be closing its doors has sent a shiver of fear through the local economy.
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The Western Advocate revealed on Saturday that Downer EDI has begun a three-week period of consultation with staff about plans to close its Bathurst operations and move all local work to either Cardiff, near Newcastle, or interstate.

October 31 has been nominated as D-Day but that date is subject to change depending on feedback received during staff consultation.

But, as others who have been through similar consultation periods know, nothing over the next three weeks is likely to change Downer’s plans.

And that means about 100 local families face an uncertain future just weeks out from Christmas.

The news of Downer EDI’s possible closure came as senior Simplot management continued discussions about the future of the company’s Bathurst plant.

About 160 more local jobs are under a cloud at Simplot and it seems the Federal Government is resisting pressure to offer any sort of bailout package.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane toured the Bathurst plant on Saturday and it would have been the perfect chance to announce its rescue plan.

Instead, Simplot received only the regurgitated promise that the abolition of the carbon tax would save the company about $500,000 a year while the Coalition Government would also cut red tape to help local manufacturers.

If executives at Simplot’s American head office were delaying an announcement on the plant’s future until they heard from the Federal Government, then Mr Macfarlane’s visit on Saturday may have been the death knell.

We only hope we’re wrong.

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Alkane Resources to host forums

Written on January 29, 2019 at 15:27, by

Alkane will be conducting forums in Dubbo soon Managing director of Alkane Resources Ian Chalmers will return to Dubbo from Perth next week to chair community forums on the Dubbo Zirconia Project. He is pictured during a tour earlier this year of the under-construction Tomingley Gold Project. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
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THE MOOTED re-activation of a railway line running past Dubbo homes will not necessarily get up a head of steam if and when the state government approves Alkane Resources’s $1 billion Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP) at Toongi.

The company will hang on to the more than $30 million needed to get the Dubbo to Toongi line operational unless it is certain it can access the Port of Newcastle and get chemicals to Dubbo by rail through the “very congested” Hunter Valley.

Alkane Resources managing director Ian Chalmers reports a decision might be a “few years away, unfortunately”.

It would be preceded by consultation with Dubbo City Council and residents, “particularly those down along Margaret Crescent”.

“But at the end of the day, we’ve got to make sure it’s a viable option before we promote it,” Mr Chalmers said.

The managing director is promising details on Alkane Resources investigations into transporting chemicals at two forums next week.

Residents of Dubbo and district are being encouraged to turn out at 7pm to the Toongi Hall and Dubbo RSL Memorial Club on October 22 and 23 respectively to make comment and ask questions about the DZP Environmental Impact Statement on public exhibition until November 18.

People intending to participate are being urged to review the document at Dubbo’s Civic Administration Building or at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/on-exhibition.

A newsletter has been issued by Alkane Resources in a bid to fill the venues.

It reveals the transport hurdles ahead for the company that remains intent on launching the construction phase of the DZP from the second half of 2014 and the production phase from early 2016.

“The company is seeking flexibility from the NSW government to delay the decision on rail right through to Toongi for another few years while critical issues of reagent (chemical) supply are bedded down,” it says.

“Rail remains the preferred option for transport for nearly half of the reagents to and from the DZP, and Alkane is working on reagent logistics with prospective suppliers.

“The railway line would be used to transfer four or five key reagents from a port facility, most likely Newcastle, via Dubbo to the DZP site.

“However, unless we can be guaranteed supply from bulk storage or direct import into Newcastle, a fully utilised train service (of) three Newcastle return trips per week, and efficient and reliable train pathing on the Dubbo- Newcastle line through the coal train traffic of the Hunter Valley, rail will not be a viable option.”

From his office in Perth, Mr Chalmers yesterday said Alkane Resources’ preference was to use both road and rail for the DZP.

“Some things are better transported by road and that balances the impacts as well,” he said.

Mr Chalmers said the DZP’s next steps were not dependent on the use of rail.

“It’s got to come into the mix somewhere, but we could start without the rail component,” he said.

The managing director does not consider that the DZP would “add much” to the substantial freight traffic already on the Newell and Mitchell highways.

He said there would be a “small impact from additional truck traffic” between Dubbo and Toongi.

Alkane Resources is hoping the state government will grant development approval for the DZP by the middle of next year.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Mining company encourages Dubbo students to get skills

Written on January 29, 2019 at 15:27, by

ALKANE Resources wants students in Dubbo to try and tap into opportunities presented by the Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP).
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If granted development approval, the DZP would have an “open-ended life” spanning decades.

Managing director Ian Chalmers, headed to Dubbo next week for community forums, had a message for students yesterday.

“If you do some science subjects, like chemistry and physics, or something like engineering, there are going to be opportunities coming out of following that path,” he said.

The DZP is expected to create up to 400 jobs in its construction phase and about 250 jobs when operational.

Alkane Resources reports that they will fall into the five categories of entry level, semi-skilled, trade-based, degree-qualified and support.

Entry-level jobs will include on-the-job training, with applicants with HSC-level chemistry qualifications “regarded favourably”.

Vehicle licences, forklift and reach tickets will be required for semi-skilled jobs and electrical or mechanical qualifications for trade-based roles.

The Alkane Resources recruitment team will be looking to fill a range of positions requiring degrees, particularly chemical engineering.

Experience and qualifications in fields such as accounting, human resources and IT will boost the chances of applicants for administrative or support roles.

Alkane Resources wants job-seekers to be ready when the final configuration of DZP jobs is determined.

“If you’re interested on a long-term career, now is the time to start building the skill set you will need in order to be eligible for one of our roles,” the company reports in its latest DZP newsletter.

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Garden Friendship day encourages green thumb interaction

Written on January 29, 2019 at 15:27, by

Spring flowers make a spectacular show in Dubbo. Photos: Louise DongesGREEN thumbs from around the region will gather in Dubbo on Saturday, October 26, for a Garden Clubs of Australia friendship day.
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The event will be held at Dubbo RSL Memorial Club from 10am and is designed to heighten interest in horticulture, encourage participation and facilitate contact between gardening clubs in neighbouring areas.

Organiser George Hoad said 22 gardening clubs had been invited to attend.

“The day is all about sharing information and reaching out through the friendship of gardening,” he said.

“Club members will have the chance to meet the Garden Clubs of Australia president, committee and zone co-ordinator and other gardening enthusiasts in a friendly and relaxed manner.

“Guest speaker will be Neil Jones, a former horticultural management lecturer, who has a high profile in the Orange area.”

Cost of the day is $25 per person. Gardening club members intending to participate should contact Mr Hoad by tomorrow, by telephoning 6550 5890 or emailing [email protected]杭州夜网.

Garden Clubs of Australia is a non-profit organisation formed by Margaret Davis in 1950. The organisation provides a range of services to members through affiliated clubs and has an Australia-wide membership of 55,000.

Mr Hoad said the primary objective was to extend the culture of gardening into the wider community for the benefit of all citizens.

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Public plea to help solve Lake Bolac caravan theft

Written on January 29, 2019 at 15:27, by

Police say the public could hold the key to solving the theft of two caravans from Lake Bolac earlier this month.
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Investigators say two caravans, owned by a Ballarat family, were stolen from the town’s foreshore sometime on October 2 or October 3.

The owners had parked the vans just off Frontage Road, but thieves hooked them to unknown vehicles and drove away.

Worth more than $15,000, the two vans were old but had a substantial amount of equipment inside.

One of the vans had also been recently refurbished.

One of the missing vans is a white Empire caravan, registration V38408.

The other is a white Franklin caravan, registration V42906.

Senior Constable Brendan Vann said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or call him at the Lake Bolac police station on 5350 2310.

Police say the public could hold the key to solving the theft.

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Frosty received a warm welcome in Robin Hill

Written on December 29, 2018 at 21:11, by

NO-ONE was cheering louder than Robin Hill’s Delaat family when Mark Winterbottom crossed the finish line first at Mount Panorama on Sunday.
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The Delaat children – Millie, 12, Leo, 10, and Chloe, 7 – along with their parents Kylie and Tony are diehard Ford fans, and “Frosty” is their all-time favourite driver.

Two years ago, the family heard a whisper that Frosty was staying in their street, so Tony, assisted by Leo, decided to make a giant “Go Frosty” sign and worked long and hard cutting out the words and painting them in his car’s colours.

“It took two or three days,” Kylie recalled.

When they finished painting the sign it was stuck up on their fence and then, to their shock, the night before the big race there was a knock at the door.

“I just freaked out,” Kylie laughed.

“It was Saturday night and we weren’t expecting anyone. The kids were in their pyjamas and there was a knock at the door.

“Leo answered it and all I heard was a voice saying, ‘Hi, I’m Frosty’.”

Leo said he realised who it was immediately and started chatting to the star while his mum, still in shock, made her way to the door.

“He said thanks for the great sign,” Kylie said.

“He had his wife with him and another gentleman. They probably stayed for five minutes all up, but it made the kids’ year.”

Kylie said the family went up to the Mount on Sunday but returned home to watch the tense final minutes on television.

“I thought [Jamie] Whincup was going to get him,” Leo said. “I was really nervous. I was happy when it was over.”

Kylie said the family was delighted with the win. “Since Leo was two he’s always loved Frosty. He picked him out and has followed him ever since,” she said.

FAN CLUB: The Delaat children – Chloe, 7, Millie, 12, and Leo, 10 – were thrilled with Mark Winterbottom’s Bathurst 1000 win on Sunday. They are pictured with mementoes from the day in 2011 when Frosty knocked on their door to say hello. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101413cfrosty1

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