Fijian school benefits from generous Parkes

19-05-2019 by admin

Members of the Parkes Fijian Association Masi Seru (left), Ilaitia Naqau and Marika Koroivui who attended the most recent Parkes Shire Council meeting. They are pictured with Mayor Ken Keith (right) and Cr Alan Ward. Photo: Bill Jayet The Parkes Fijian Association has been coordinating fundraising activities to assist with major repair work to the Nasautoka district school that was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston earlier this year.

At last count more than $11,000 has been raised including a donation of $2000 from Parkes Shire Council.

The Parkes Rotary Club also donated 10 laptops.

Mr Ilaitia Naqua gave a short presentation at the most recent Council meeting where he outlined the work being undertaken by the association.

His presentation also included photographs of the damage caused and the work in progress which he and his wife took during a visit to the village last month.

Ilaitia, pronounced Elijah, was accompanied to the meeting by Masi Seru and Marika Koroivui.

During his address to Council Ilaitia said that until his visit, the school had no idea of the funds raised.

“Everyone was so grateful to the Parkes community for their generosity,” he said.

“The school management decided to rebuild the main school building and it will be an ongoing project.”

He said assistance had also been provided by the Parkes Christian School who formed a friendship with the Nasautoka district school during a visit last year.

Meanwhile, donations of any kind are still being gratefully received – phone Ilaitia on 0452 125 395.

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Parkes ladies impress at Western Districts tournament

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Parkes’ Division 3/4 winning team, from left – Dawn Wakefield, Kasey Fay-Rice (Division 4 scratch winner) and Leone Stevenson (Division 3 scratch winner). subThe Western Districts Ladies Golf Association held their annual tournament at a wet and windy Parkes Golf course last week with more than 180 women from as far away as Moss Vale, Goulburn and Sydney competing in four divisions.

The major scratch winners were as follows:

Division 1 – Susan Fenwick (Duntryleague); Division 2 – Marg Nicholson (Dubbo); Division 3 – Leone Stevenson (Parkes); Division 4 – Kasey Fay-Rice (Parkes).

Another notable Parkes performance was Chris Stait (runner-up Eunice Bishop Bowl, Division 4.

Open Teams Handicap Division 1 winners – Lynne Guise, Kaye Jones and Cherrie Phillips (Parkes); WDLGA Team Division 3 and 4 winners – Leone Stevenson, Dawn Wakefield and Kasey Fay-Rice (Parkes).

Daily winners included Margaret Hogan, Lorraine Maxwell, Dale Matthews, Lynne Guise, Cherrie Phillips, Kaye Jones, Dawn Wakefield, Chris Stait, Liz Matthews and Sue Holman.

Local nearest the pin winners on Tuesday and Wednesday were Colleen Staples, Kasey Fay-Rice and Sue Holman.

WDLGA Open foursomes was played Thursday with Dale Matthews (Parkes) and sister Vicki Sargent (Sydney) runners-up.

The Parkes ladies received very positive feedback for the event.

As well as all the lady members whohelped, the ladies would like to thank Paul Thomas, Wayne Parker, Dub Rogers, Phil Bishop and David Stevenson.

After a big week of golf, 12 women still made it to play in terrific conditions for Saturday’s Stableford event sponsored by Leone Stevenson.

Amy Walker was the winner with 39 points, improving every time she plays.

Close behind was Leone Stevenson on 35 with Kaye Jones and Cherrie Phillips next on 33 each.

Nearest the pins were Cherrie Phillips (1st), Judy McCabe (4th), Leone Stevenson (6th), Kaye Jones (11th), and Colleen Flynn (15th).

Anne Goodie Award went to Anne Berkley.

This Wednesday the ladies will play a Par event sponsored by Glynis Conroy.

Saturday’s event is the very popular 18 hole four ball aggregate Stableford sponsored by Parkes Cellars.

There is an individual event in conjunction.

It is also the first qualifying round of Handiskins.

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CWA conference a success

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TIRELESS: Members of the Murrumbidgee Lachlan group at the CWA conference in Cowra, Group President Donna Robertson, Group Representative Tanya Jolly, Group Secretary Kerrie Brill and Group Treasurer, Dianne Peters.THERE was more on the table than cake at this year’s Country Women’s Association annual conference with diseases,drug support, rural crime, access to education and women’s health services all issues on the agenda for discussion and debate.

There were 17 ladies from the Murrumbidgee Lachlan group at this year’s conference, which washeld inCowra.

This was the CWA’s 94thannual conference, marking almost a century of their invaluable work in rural and remote communities throughout Australia.

NSW Governor General David Hurley encouraged delegates at the conference to grasp change and continue in their role as the rock in rural and remote NSW a message that resonated with the Murrumbidgee Lachlan members.

The Hillston branch of the CWA put forward a motionasking that the CWA support rural and remote communities in maintainingaccess to women’s health services and to ensure that adequate funding is available for not for profit learning centres.

The issues of access to adequate health services and education have long concerned the Hillston branch, fuelling their tireless campaign to ensure residents of the town do not miss out on basic services.

Vice-president of the Hillston branchLois Stalley has previouslyspoken on her group’s intention to campaign for education services.

“We want to see the government not base funding for early childhood on numbered criteria, because if that remains the case thenout here in the bush we are never going to have the numbers to gain access to childcare at a reasonable price for normal families,” she said.

Delegates at the conference alsoasked for funding for education and subsidisation for the prevention and vaccination for Q fever, withthe motionsaccepted by more than 600 delegates present.

Campaigning to raise awareness and money for rarediseases has been abig part of what the CWA do and this year they did not disappoint,presenting a cheque for $35,000 tothe Lyme Disease Association of Australia to help them continue their efforts in research and treatment.Delegates voted to continue the funding and fundraisinginto the next year.

Funds were also presented by the group to the Salvation Army to assist with providing mobile drug support services to western and north-western NSW.Members from the area wererecognised in the Handicraft and Ag and Environment displays with severalcollecting prizes over the week.Bev from the Barellan branch was awarded the Donna Latter Memorial chocolate cake trophy while Dianne of the Hillston branch winning the Tremorva Trophy for photography.

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A love of footy

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Red Bend student Lillyann Mason-Spice has been selected for the NSW Rugby 7s Blue Belles. 0516lillyannWhile most girls her age are playing non-contact sport like netball or soccer, Lillyann Mason-Spice’s love of contact football has seen her selected for the NSW Rugby 7s Blue Belles team.

The 16-year-old’s love of football began at a young age – she started playing rugby league when she was five years old and continued with that until she had to switch to league tag (as girls can’t play contact after the age of 12) and now she has finally been able to get back into contact football by switching to rugby union.

Late last year Lillyann was selected for the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) rugby 7s squad

and through that she has played a number of competitions.

The most recent was in Newcastle, where Lillyann was one of about 15 girls selected for the NSW under 17s team.

Red Bend Catholic College sports coordinator Pat Rudd was the person who encouraged Lillyann to try out for the WRAS team.

Mr Rudd said the school is very proud of Lillyann’s selection in the NSW Blue Belles team.

“It’s an external program through Rugby NSW,” he said.

“It’s a pretty big achievement to go through the channels, playing gala days.

“Lill was a very talented league junior as a 12-year-old but girls can’t play contact sport after 12 years so there hasn’t been anything for her to tap into until now.”

Lillyann, and her parents, will now have a lot of travelling to do with training sessions in Sydney, as well as upcoming competitions in Bowral, Newcastle, Noosa, Byron Bay and the Central Coast.

On December 2 she will attend a youth camp for national squad selection and if she gets chosen for the nationals team, Lillyann will head to Western Australia on December 8 for the three-day international competition.

Lillyann’s mother, Larelle Spice, said Lillyann has a pretty good chance of being selected for the national squad.

“I think she’s got a lot of potential,” Ms Spice said.

“Her coaches are all very impressed with her.

“We’re very proud.”

In addition to her rugby union 7s success, Lillyann has also been asked to participate in a Nations of Origin Rugby League 7s Tournament at Raymond Terrace in July.

While she loves both rugby league and rugby union, her mum, Ms Spice said that if Lillyann had to choose between the two, she’d pick union.

“She’d choose union because she can go further than league at the moment,” Ms Spice said.

“She has the opportunity to play union in the Olympics later on.”

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Lindsay fires for Par event victory

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Lindsay Elliott scored an excellent + 5 to take out the individual event last Saturday. subSaturday’s Signs by Greg sponsored 18 hole Fourball versus Par event was all about partners combining to help one another.

That is exactly what Richard Hamilton and David Whitfield achieved when they recorded a narrow one point victory in the major event.

Whitfield recorded a + 3 individual score to be the dominant partner.

But, Hamilton was there when needed as he recorded a solid + 1 as they held out a great field that thoroughly enjoyed the day.

In taking out the Greg Brown sponsored event, Hamilton and Whitfield, along with runners-up Peter Boschman and Tony “Scrubba” Evans and third-placed John Green and Denis Howard, advance to the regional final of the Golf NSW Fourball versus Par Handicap Championship that will be played at Grenfell Golf Club on Sunday, August 7.

The winner of that event progresses to an all-expenses paid State Final at Bonville Golf Resort from October 4-7.

In the Individual event played in conjunction, Lindsay Elliott returned to the winners list when he recorded the day’s best individual score of + 5.

In accepting the spoils of victory, Elliott thanked the sponsors and he congratulated all players for their support of the event.

Ball winners from Saturday’s event went to +10 Peter Boschman and Tony Evans, and John Green and Denis Howard, +9 Robert Lea and Dave Whitfield, Justin Sutton and Paul Thomas, and Lindsay Elliott and Wayne Tucker, and on + 7 were Rod Kiley and Matty Swetland on a countback.

Unfortunately no nearest the pin awards were played as they were not put out for the early players to take onto the course.

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