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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Variety brings sunshine to Bendigo

19-04-2019 by admin

Variety brings sunshine to Bendigo Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo. Alexia Fisher, 3 from Axedale, has come to farewell her Grandma.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

TweetFacebookChloe, year 10, tells us about her favourite excursion at Kalianna in #bendigopic.twitter南京夜网/tCVAHyRwaw

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016Kalianna School #Bendigo students with the new bus donated by Variety 4WD Trek pic.twitter南京夜网/nzebTh2fkt

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016Paul Dibb explains what’s gone into his Mad Max car for the Variety 4WD Bash (1/2) pic.twitter南京夜网/XqnmZAvSUy

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016More from Paul Dibb about what’s gone into his Mad Max car for the Variety 4WD Bash (2/2) pic.twitter南京夜网/yADScn7aZP

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Communities must plan for energy changes now

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Last week represented the end of an era. The closure of Port Augusta’s coal fired power stations and mine in SA provides NSW Hunter Valley communities with an important lesson. Like the Hunter, the Port Augusta community has a proud history of supplying South Australia with coal power over the last 50 years.

UNCERTAIN: Port Augusta shows job losses at short notice can happen at power stations as well. The Hunter needs to plan for such transitions today.

But in these rapidly changing times, coal companies can close power stations and mines at very short notice, and they can’t be relied upon to give workers and communities a fair and just transition. All too often – when power stations close their doors for the last time, the community is left with very little to show for decades of hard work. In the case of the Port Augusta mine, there is no transition plan in place, and only $1 million in support for affected families provided by the state government.

With less than a year’s notice, and constantly changing closure dates, the Port Augusta workers and their families had little chance to plan for the future. As a community, we need to start planning for the energy transition Australia is currently experiencing right now, and we need the government on board to help.

We know that the size and scale of the mines is not necessarily a guarantee of the chances of the transitions being fairly managed. Northern and Playford power stations historically provided 35% of South Australia’spower. These power stations, along with the nearby Leigh Creek mine and the rail supplying it, have provided employment for nearly500 people.Yet, in what is becoming a painfully familiar story, many workers first found out about the closures via the media. Before that, many in the community believed the power stations would keep operating for many years. This lack of certainty often leads to stress for workers and their families.

The Hunter has already started to experience this, as major mining companies respond to the falling coal price and local communities respond to changes in the energy market.

Anglo American announced late last year that it was undertaking a global restructuring, axing85,000 jobsworldwide. They subsequently cut jobs atDrayton. BHP laid off290 workersat Mt Arthur, and Glencore mothballed Bulga with400 jobs lost. Peabody’s international financial woes may lead totroublein Australia, threatening the 500 jobs at its Wambo mine. Port Augusta shows job losses at short notice can happen at power stations as well. The Hunter needs to plan for such transitions today.

But on the positive side, Port Augusta offers an example of the community creating proposals for new industries well ahead of the government. TheRepower Port Augustaalliance of community groups, unions, Port Augusta Council and local business groups have a proposal to build solar thermal plants and wind turbines, producing baseload power for South Australia and employing hundreds of people. They have been campaigning for years to get government support to make it happen. Unfortunately the state and federal governments have only now started seriously thinking about supporting this proposal – too late to smooth the transition for Port Augusta workers losing their jobs.

There are many opportunities for new jobs in new industries in the Hunter. It’s essential that communities keep coming together to investigate economic development ideas now, and governments come to the table early to plan the transition.

Hannah Aulby is a clean energy campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation

Can Jess revive Labor?

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DISCUSSING LOCAL BUSINESS: Lithgow Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hoy, Lucy Hoy withFederal Member for Chifley Ed Husic and Labor candidate for Calare Jess Jennings. Photo: Shannon BellamyIT has been a lean few years for the ALP in the Calare electoratebut Bathurst Regional Council member Jess Jenningsbelieves he might just be the man to put his party back ontrack.

Cr Jennings already knows who three opponents will bebut the main target will be the Nationals newly anointedAndrew Gee who is currently the State Member for Orange.

Nowhere has the rejection of Labor been more evidentthan across the Lithgow area where the party had struggledto win a single booth in recent elections at all three levels ofgovernment.

And this in what was in the past always regarded asLabor heartland.

But Cr Jennings believes the political wheel is againturning full circle, particularly in Calare where the retirementof Mr Cobb makes it a whole new ball game.

Cr Jennings was a familiar figure in Lithgow during thelast federal election when he campaigned in an environmentallyconscious fashion — by bicycle.

He was back in Lithgow in recent weeks presenting hiscredentials.

His theme was the level of federal neglect of regionaldevelopment generally.

“The Coalition has a history of ignoring the needs ofregional Australia,” he said.

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Former students celebrate 50 years of being teachers

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REUNITED: Tony Hamilton-Foster, who attended the college from 1965-1966 and Nerida Hoy, who has not been back to Wagga since she graduated, are back for the Wagga Teachers College Alumni anniversary. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

As this group of students entered a new chapter in their lives, the teaching establishment wherethey started their careers ended an important one.

The last three classesof the old Wagga Teachers College have reunited in Wagga to celebrate 50 years since graduation.

More than 120 students from 1965, 1966 and 1967 gathered for three days of activities backwhere it all started.

Former student Bruce Forbes recalled attending lectures from 9am to 5pm and demonstration lessons at Lake Albert Public School when it only had two teachers.

These were the last students to complete the leaving certificate before the new system was implemented and the establishment became the Riverina College of Advanced Education.

Mr Forbes said he witnessed a “youth revolution” with a new group of tattooed students who dressed differently.

“They came driving cars and they had money in their hands,” he said.

The formerstudents attendedformal dinners, city and campus tours, barbecues and plenty of trips down memory lane.

The Wagga Teachers College was established in 1947 after it was converted from defence force barracks.

A 70-year celebration will be held in October next year to recognise the role education has played in the development of Wagga.

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Perth Airport passengers who missed flights due to Antonov An-225 vent frustration

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Passengers walking the final leg to Perh Airport. Photo: Twitter / @DRJM_Fernandez The Antonov An-225 Mriya at Perth Airport. Photo: Brendan Foster

Passengers who missed their flights or were forced to walk up to four kilometres to get to Perth Airport on Sunday have vented their frustration online after the arrival of the world’s biggest plane caused traffic chaos.

An estimated 16,000 aviation enthusiasts headed to the international terminal on Sunday to witness the 600-tonne Antonov An-225 landing just before midday, leading to traffic being banked up for kilometres around the airport.

The unexpected gridlock caused passengers trying to catch flights to miss their plane or abandon their lift to the airport to walk or run the final kilometres of their journey.

One musician posted on his Facebook that he and another band member were forced to “run one kilometre to the airport with a sh*t tonne of music gear weighing us down” only to make their flight with “no time to spare”.

He said the other four members of the band missed the flight and had to be re-scheduled to depart later that afternoon.

Another social commentator, Ryan Albrey, complained Perth Airport had not done enough to warn passengers of the traffic delays, simply telling travellers to “come a little bit early”.

He also criticised that there were no traffic wardens around the airport to prevent plane spotters from parking their cars on the side of the road.

“Anybody that arrived for a flight today “a little bit early” definitely missed their flights,” Mr Albrey said.

“Airport Drive was a gridlocked car-park for over four kilometres.

“The lady in the car behind me had arthritis and to do as hundreds of others were doing and walk the last four kilometres to the International Terminal wasn’t an option for her.

“It was a fairly significant impact for her. She missed her flight.”

Another passenger, Kylie Peel, posted on Facebook that the traffic chaos had caused her to miss her flight to Melbourne.

“Thank you stupid big plane and all the idiots that had to stop traffic to come and see it,” she wrote alongside a photo of the Antonov AN-225 taken from inside the airport terminal.

A Jetstar spokeswoman said a “handful” of passengers missed their flight to Bali on Sunday and were rebooked on a later service.

Virgin Australia also confirmed some of its passengers missed flights and had to be rescheduled on later flights at no extra charge.

Qantas is yet to comment on how many of its passengers were affected on its Singapore-bound flight.

WAtoday reporter Brendan Foster, who was at the airport during the plane’s arrival, described the scene as a Hollywood post-apocalyptic movie” where people stuck in traffic left their cars to “gaze up at the sky waiting for a meteor to hit.”

The Antonov An-225 is due to depart Perth at 5.30am on Tuesday.

A Perth Airport spokeswoman said passengers had been urged prior to the plane’s arrival on Sunday to get to the airport early and allow extra travel time due to expected spectator traffic.

“Perth Airport expects a lower number of spectators for the departure – due to the early time and weekday slot – however, is urging all travellers to allow extra time to get to Terminals 1 and 2 if travelling on Tuesday morning,” she said.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline strongly recommended people travelling on flights on Tuesday morning allowed extra time to arrive at the airport.  Gridlock as world’s largest plane Antonov AN225 lands in Perth. Some forced to walk. Wonder how many missed flight. pic.twitter南京夜网/Cyiuytt8c6— Dr Joseph Fernandez (@DrJM_Fernandez) May 15, 2016

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