• School cadets finish with flare

    Date: 2018.07.06 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    THE HEAT IS ON: NSW RFS cadet championships.NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Chifley/Lithgow Team held their annual Secondary School Cadet Program Championship and Graduation Day on Thursday, October 22.
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    Superintendent Greg Wardle said that all students who participated should be proud of their efforts and achievement.

    “This year we had five schools participate in the cadet program, with 48 students graduating after successfully completing the 10-week course,” he said.

    “The Secondary School Cadet Program provides students with more than an introduction into basic firefighting.

    “The program provides practical life skills; develops leadership, teamwork and initiative skills as well as fostering qualities of community responsibility and service.”

    The championship and graduation were held at Oberon Recreation Ground, with all five schools participating inthe events.

    “The cadets performed extremely well, undertaking tasks involving hose drills, relay pumping, using knapsacks and even buckets in simulated firefighting activities,” Superintendent Wardle said.

    “There were seven teams in total participating in the championship, with each team timed and/or measured in their results for every event. The team who scored the most points overall was declared the winner on the day.”

    The winning team for 2015 was the Gold Team from Carenne School Bathurst, edging out The Scots School Bathurst in second place and the Blue Team from Carenne School Bathurst in third place.

    Superintendent Wardle said that all teams performed extremely well and displayed good physical and problem solving skills, but most of all, teamwork.

    The graduating students were from Carenne School Bathurst, Oberon High School, Portland Central School, St Joseph’s Catholic School and The Scots School Bathurst.

    Each graduating cadet received a Certificate of Attendance for completing the program.

    “The success of the Secondary School Cadet Program, the championship and the graduation of the cadets is only possible with the great support, time and effort of our volunteers and the schools involved,” Superintendent Wardle said.

    “It is hoped that each of the cadets takes advantage of this introduction in to the NSW RFS and becomes future members of their nearest Rural Fire Brigade. They have done themselves, and their school, proud.”

    The Secondary School Cadet Program has been running since 2005 in the Chifley/Lithgow Team area and will commence again in 2016.

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  • Students close the book on exams and school

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    Teacher Lisa Wilson discusses the Visual Arts exam with Dubbo College Senior Campus students Sam Read and Madelaine Fern. Photo: BELINDA SOOLESTUDENTS at Dubbo College Senior Campus were among Year 12s thrilled to have completed what was the final HSC exam for 2015 – Visual Arts.
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    Teacher Lisa Wilson described the cohort of 25 students as “dedicated”, with many having spent holidays working tirelessly on projects.

    Some had the additional challenge of having sat the Food Technology exam on the Wednesday morning, before sitting the Visual Arts exam that afternoon.

    Hamish Duffy-White, Caitlyn Coman-Sargent, Madelaine Fern and Sam Read were among students who told the Daily Liberal they were now looking forward to the next stage of their lives.

    Hamish said he hoped to continue on a creative career path, possibly in languages, while Caitlyn planned to pursue studies in theatre and performance.

    Sam said he had “lived and breathed art” this year and expected it to be a part of his life for years to come.

    Madelaine also loved the subject and said she hoped to study art history.

    Ms Wilson described the exam paper as “very contemporary” and said work the students had done during the year would have put them in especially good stead for the questions on installation art and artwork in the public space.

    Indeed, earlier this year Dubbo students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with acclaimed performance artist Marina Abramovic.

    Some 642 students across the Dubbo electorate sat the HSC in 2015, with 12,000 students statewide taking part in exams on the final day. Students could expect to get their HSC results on December 16.

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  • Mental health needs for farmers discussed

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    The Centre for Rural and Remorte Mental Health David Perkins and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simson at the Primary Industries and Mental Health 2015 Symposium in Dubbo yesterday.PHOTO: TAYLOR JURDHealth professionals, researchers and those in the farming, mining and quarrying industries came together in Dubbo yesterday to explore mental needs and work on solutions for those employed in regional and remote areas.
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    The aim of the Primary Industries and Mental Health 2015 Symposium was to exchange ideas on the varying mental health needs of those living in these communities.

    Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRM) director David Perkins said it was wonderful having farmers, researchers and industry specialists working together to achieve better outcomes for mental health.

    “There are specific challenges in rural and remote areas which makes life very difficult for people,” he said.

    “We’re want to try and get practical outcomes and we hope to make a difference.”

    With about 30 people in attendance at the meeting, Mr Perkins said there was strong representation from industries where mental health services and support were needed.

    “Rural communities face hardships such as drought, flood and fire, as well as economic problems such as falling commodity prices,” he said. “At times they are under a great deal of stress and we need to understand and cater for their needs.

    Outgoing NSW Farmers president and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simpson said the challenge is to get a solution.

    “We’ve begun the journey of fixing the problem and we’ve begun the conversation,” she said. “My job is talking to the government so that they’re aware of this and that both the state and federal governments can find a national approach.”

    Other speakers included Brian Kelly from the Centre for Resources Health and Safety, Caroel James from the School of Health Sciences.

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  • Michelle Payne’s win may be the greatest victory by a female jockey anywhere

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world. Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.
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    Michelle Payne before the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe Armao

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    As far as female jockeys go, Michelle Payne is in rare air indeed after her stunning Melbourne Cup triumph aboard 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s race.

    Several women riders, here and overseas, have piloted big race winners, and a few have scored in group 1 events – the pinnacle of the sport.

    But in each racing jurisdiction there are a handful of major events, all with group 1 status, that transcend the ordinary classification. They are the races that are not just signature events in one country but prove irresistible to owners, trainers and riders from all over the world.

    Races such as Britain’s Epsom Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France, the Kentucky Derby in the US, the Japan Cup and Melbourne Cup all hold that sort of cachet; they are the biggest of the big, the racing equivalent of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments, golf’s four majors, football’s Champions League.

    For female jockeys, even those at the top of their profession, it’s hard enough to get a ride in these races, never mind win them. And it’s arguable that now Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    The only one that might come close is the victory by Julie Krone on Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the US Triple Crown, but most fans would surely agree that Payne’s triumph trumps that as the race she won had a deeper field and much more exotic competition in the saddle.

    The racing world has broadened its horizons considerably in the past 25 years and winning the big prizes is now much tougher as the international dimension has increased. It’s not just horses from top European and Japanese stables that Payne had to see off on Tuesday, but the cream of the international riding crop.

    She was up against jockeys born in Italy (Frankie Dettori, who rode the runner-up, Max Dynamite), New Zealand (Michael Walker, partner of third placed Criterion), and Jim Cassidy, Irishmen Jamie Spencer and Colm O’Donohue, South African-born Chad Schofield, Frenchman Gerald Mosse, Norwegian-born William Buick, Brazilian Joao Moreira and Englishman Ryan Moore.

    She will always be remembered for her exploits on Prince of Penzance. But will she be the mould-breaker that some hope she is, or will the male jockeys reassert their dominance and continue to pick up the plum rides?

    There have been some breakthroughs earlier that have not been capitalised on. While females in the US, such as Rosie Napravnik, who has won Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup races, and Chantal Sutherland, who has captured a slew of big US prizes, have had great opportunities, female jockeys in Australia have not been given those chances.

    Payne won the Thousand Guineas on Yosei and the Toorak Handicap on Allez Wonder, both group 1 races. Kathy O’Hara in Sydney has scored at the highest level on Ofcourseican in the Coolmore Classic, a feat equalled earlier this year by Linda Meech, who won the same race on Plucky Belle.

    Clare Lindop in South Australia became only the second woman to win a group 1 race in Australia – and the first Australian born to do so – when she took the Adelaide Cup on Exalted Time in 2006. New Zealand rider Maree Lyndon had scored in the same race aboard Lord Reims in 1987.

    Lindop and Jamie Kah have won jockey premierships in South Australia, while Kate Mallyon has won the last two apprentice titles in Victoria.

    Lindop does get some big race rides but she also suffers the fate that Payne talked about on Tuesday, that of getting “jocked off” in favour of a man when the big events come round by owners who don’t trust female riders enough.

    She was the regular partner of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed earlier in her career, but when it was time for the big tests interstate male jockeys climbed on board, with Craig Williams steering the horse to victory in the Caulfield Cup.

    Still, until Payne’s amazing triumph Lindop had perhaps the biggest claim to female fame at Flemington when she pulled off another remarkable upset by winning the Victoria Derby on 100-1 shot Rebel Raider in 2008.

    That win came a year after Nikita Beriman had landed another huge upset in the Emirates Stakes, another group 1 test, on the 100-1 shot Tears I Cry.

    All of these women riders have proved that when given the right horse they can do the business. That the prejudice against them still exists can be seen by the starting prices of the three big winners who have scored for the women riders at Flemington: all went off at 100-1.

    When Payne and her sisters in the saddle get rides that are strongly fancied, then maybe her call for female riders to be given the same opportunity as male will have been heeded.

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  • Victorian quick James Pattinson confident despite being rested

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    James Pattinson is confident he will play all remaining Sheffield Shield games despite being rested on Cricket Australia’s advice for this week’s game against New South Wales.
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    Pattinson said he was the only quick bowler to bowl all of his allotted 10 overs in each Matador Cup game this summer and then backed that up with a Sheffield Shield match.

    Pattinson and high-performance manager Tim McCaskill said it was part of the deliberate and painstaking rehabilitation program, since Pattinson’s second back stress fracture, that his load be carefully managed.

    “It was always part of the plan for me to miss this one,” Pattinson said.

    “Coming back into cricket I had a good run of eight Matador Cup matches – and I was the only fast bowler to bowl 10 overs in each game – and then straight into the shield so it was always the plan to miss the second one.

    “I would have loved to play but Cricket Australia felt it was best to manage the load. Looking big picture it is the right thing to do, we have three Shield games after this and I will be clear to play those.”

    Victorian chairman of selectors Andrew Lynch said it was important to manage Pattinson carefully and so he will miss the NSW game starting in Sydney on Friday. Pattinson will be back for the Shield match from November 14 against WA at the MCG.

    “James’ bowling workloads are at a level that require him to rest from this match,” Lynch said.

    Pattinson revealed his reconstructed bowling action has lost none of its venom with a sharp spell in the second innings of the Shield win over Queensland last week in which he knocked over Test recalls Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja.

    “He was bowling the absolute house down,” said teammate Peter Handscomb. “He was bowling fast, he was swinging it and it was awesome to see.

    “It’s just something where we want to make sure he gets through the entire season for us first. Then by getting through the season, it puts his hand up to play for Australia.”

    Last month Victorian coach David Saker said national selectors would be mad to rush Pattinson back into the Test side and urged caution. The Australian sport science team has evidently done that by having the quick bowler rested for this game.

    “If he can get through two or three Shield games, two things will happen; he will be confident in his body, plus his action will be a bit more grooved and he probably will be ready by then,” Saker said.

    Australian coach Darren Lehmann rebuked Saker at the time for his comments saying the Victorian coach should worry about the Victorian team.

    “We won’t rush him back in if he’s not right. He’s got to be ready to play,” Lehmann said.

    This Saturday: The Rebuilding of James Pattinson

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  • Spring racing: equal opportunity boss slams sexism in racing

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    Michelle Payne before her ride on Akzar at the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe ArmaoVictoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commissioner is calling on the horseracing industry to review sexism in the sport she suspects is “deep seated”, and highlighted by pioneering Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne.
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    Kate Jenkins, overseeing an investigation into sexism within Victoria’s police force as head of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, has applauded Payne for bravely raising discrimination she still encounters in what the rider termed a “chauvinistic sport”.

    “She [Payne] has described, I think, a phenomenon of gender inequality that exists across our entire community,” said Jenkins, also convener of the Victorian Male Champions of Change group established this year and recent appointee to Carlton Football Club’s board.

    “My hope would be that this is something that spotlights racing, and lets racing take leadership in the sporting world to do something differently.”

    In the television broadcast of the 155-year-old, world-famous horse race, Payne spoke immediately after her unprecedented victory of the doubters. She said “some of the owners” of winning horse Prince Of Penzance “were keen to kick me off” and, in triumph, said such detractors could “get stuffed”.

    Jenkins told Fairfax Media the fact Payne broached such a thorny topic in her first interview “was reflective of a woman with lifetime experience of discrimination and chauvinism in a sport”.

    “Then she really recognised her supporters – who were men – who had really encouraged her,” Jenkins said.

    “So she was really clear recognising that they had really backed her … but the interesting thing that she did, that is often not done, is she that she then said – and named – people who had been in opposition to her because she is a woman.”

    Payne’s comments are resonating so strongly, Jenkins said, because they are not only true, but brave. “It’s hard to speak out, particularly when you’re a woman … against a tide that’s saying ‘no, we don’t discriminate, you’re getting equal opportunities, it’s just that you’re not as capable for whatever reason’.”

    Jenkins surmised Payne spoke as she did because “she’s obviously a very resilient, supported person who has got there despite some of the barriers”.

    The VEOHRC boss suspects Payne may have felt especially uninhibited because of “the true power that she had in that moment”.

    “Ultimately she had won the Melbourne Cup,” Jenkins said.

    “In the world of business you don’t get to win a Melbourne Cup and turn around and say: ‘see, I proved you wrong’. But sport gives that unique opportunity to say that despite all of your negative views about women I’ve proven you wrong.”

    Jenkins said Payne risks incurring backlash for putting the spotlight on a topic many find uncomfortable.

    “I don’t know how it will be viewed within the racing industry. But based on other industries and organisations that I’ve worked with on gender inequality there are quite mixed views on whether it’s an issue, and if it’s an issue whether it should be exposed for public examination.

    “The backlash often, I think, reflects the very sexism that is the problem. The idea of ‘why are you making a big fuss?’

    “But where the leadership is keen for change, and can see the problems, that’s when action actually happens.”

    The general manager of the Australian Jockeys  Association, Des O’Keeffe, who has worked in racing for more than three decades, applauded Payne for bringing attention to the topic.

    “I’d say to any owner or trainer out there who still has that ingrained perception [of female jockeys being inferior to male jockeys]: ‘open your eyes, look a bit deeper than you might have in the past and see how incredibly well any number of women are doing in this sport, highlighted by a ride yesterday where Michelle just completely nailed it in the most competitive two-mile race in the world’.

    “There’s no doubt they [doubters] are out there. Michelle had that feeling and I know that’s not an uncommon feeling.”

    While O’Keeffe acknowledged ongoing discrimination of female jockeys, he said horseracing had been no worse in the past than politics or the media in Australia.

    “Horseracing is doing better than the former PM’s front bench and it’s doing better than AM radio,” O’Keeffe said.

    “And it is probably doing better than a lot of other professional sports.”

    Female jockeys were first allowed to ride in Australia in 1979. Four women ridden in the Melbourne Cup since.

    “To have had only four women jockeys since then just really demonstrates to me that there must be deep-seated sexism in the industry,” Jenkins said.

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  • New cinemas to reopen at Gold Coast’s Pacific Fair

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    The cinemas are about to reopen at Pacific Fair at Broadbeach. Photo: Pacific Fair Broadbeach The transformation of Pacific Fair is expected to be done by mid-2016. Photo: Pacific Fair revamp underway
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    Pacific Fair cinemas are set to reopen on Thursday, the latest stage in the $670 million reimagination of the Broadbeach shopping complex.

    Three of the 11 cinemas opening on Thursday will be the top-flight Gold Class cinemas, with state-of-the-art sound.

    Another of the revamped cinemas has a 22-metre high digital screen, while the remaining seven cinemas have been modernised.

    Pacific Fair at Broadbeach will on November 12 reopen its new eating and dining area called The Patio, and a series of new retailers.

    Centre manager Annabelle Green said the transformation of Pacific Fair, expected to be complete in mid-2016, was an important refurbishment for the shopping complex.

    “Our local community and visitors are set to descend on Pacific Fair in the lead-up to Christmas and the summer holidays,” Ms Green said.

    “The upcoming openings of Events Cinemas, The Patio and the other new retailers will provide the enhanced shopping experience we know the Pacific Fair shopper is looking for,” she said.

    Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is part of a $2.8 billion suite of shopping centres managed by superannuation funds giant AMP Capital.

    Pacific Fair sits by the southern end of the Gold Coast light rail line at Broadbeach.

    Construction work already done shows the first panel of the new “super roof” has been built along the curved edge of the resort area.

    The stairs leading from the new casual dining area and the bridge across the resort area are in place awaiting their final treatments early in 2016.

    A new fresh food market opened in June 2015.

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  • Kayaking day for the family

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    BRING your paddling arms toMoree’s family fun Kayaking dayon November 15.
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    CottonInfo in conjunctionwith Gwydir Valley IrrigationAssociation, National Landcareand Local Land Services NorthWest are holding this family funday for free.

    CottonInfo natural resourcestechnical specialist, StaceyVogel, said that the events areheld to educate people.

    “We want people to learnabout riverine health and whatthey can do to keep their localrivers systems and wetlandshealthy,” she said.

    Two oncologistswill be joining paddlers onthe day.

    One will be discussing theriver system and the bugs thatdwell in it, the other will be discussingturtles and mammalsthis will also include a show andtell session.

    The kayakswill set off atTareelaroi and will go for anhour and a half with a break formorning tea and a barbecue willbe provided at the end.

    “Children under the age of 16need to be accompanied by anadult, the event is open for allages that have a basic level offitness and no prior kayakingexperience is needed.

    “Professional instructors willbe readily available on the day.

    “We have run a lot of theseevents.

    “People have always said thatthey have been a lot of fun andvery informative but a practicallearning experience.”

    Registration needs to becompleted by tomorrow, thereare limited spots available.To register call Stacey Vogelon 0428 266 712 or Alice Devlinon 0427 207 167.

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  • War nurse to blockie

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    RED Cliffs’ Nellie Veir Scott’s life is to be showcased in a new Melbourne exhibition about the World War 1 soldier settler experience in Victoria.
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    War nurse to blockie Nellie Scott pictured with her former husband and Red Cliffs soldier settler Frank Carey who died in 1939. Pictures: Courtesy Coral Carey

    A new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne features Red Cliffs woman Nellie Scott who signed up with the Australian Army Nursing Service in 1915, aged 25.

    TweetFacebookSoldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories opens at Old Treasury Building in Melbourne on November 9 and features records straight from Public Record Office Victoria’s archives, revealing stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience – particularly in Red Cliffs.

    Between 1918 and 1934, the Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle about 11,000 returned soldiers on farming land across the state through government leases.

    From the exhibition’s original records, as well as first-hand video and photo accounts, visitors can discover how the scheme shaped the Victorian landscape as we know it today.

    Ms Scott’s daughter Coral Carey was interviewed by exhibition curator Kate Luciano who wanted to highlight the women who worked the land.

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  • Fun fashion fundraiserPhotos

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    Fun fashion fundraiser | Photos Sue Schramm models an outfit from Target, Cooma.
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    Mother and daughter, Holly and Skyla Rose model fashions from Target.

    2MNO presenter Juli Field with Carmen Henkel who won Best Dressed Lady.

    Claire Neumeyer and friends Marilyn Watson and Shirley Blyton.

    Betty Fletcher won Best Hat.

    Elain Schofield, Elaine Lonergan, Margaret Hassall and Kevin Dunne were there for the two course meal and the fashion parade to raise funds for 2MNO.

    Joan and John Holmes had fun at the fundraiser.

    2MNO presenter Quintin Phillips does a little turn on the catwalk.

    Rose Ricketson and Mikel Simic (Mikelangelo) won Best Dressed Couple.

    Jasmin Pascoe played her guitar and sang three songs for the crowd.

    Helen and Geoff Bowland strutted the catwalk like professional models.

    2MNO presenters David Price and Wendy Grayson.

    TweetFacebook Check out the fun and fashions on the catwalk at the Melbourne Cup luncheon.What: Rotary Melbourne Cup Luncheon fundraiser for community radio station 2MNO

    Where: Cooma Ex-Services Club Function Room

    When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • ‘Can Grow Mo’ raffle fundraiser for Snowy River Men’s Shed.

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    Jindabyne Bowling Club barman Darcy Kemp helps promote the “Can Grow Mo” with his moustache. Photo by Steve Cuff.Jindabyne Bowling Club has put their on twist on Movember, with their “Can Grow Mo” version raising money for the local Snowy River Men’s Shed.
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    During November they promote the cause with a big sign in the entrance to the club, and cap it off with a huge raffle on Friday November 27 at the club. The evening is one of their biggest raffle nights of the year with a vast selection of prizes on offer.

    The Snowy River Men’s Shed have their headquarters near the Jindabyne airstrip and each Thursday their members get together to either work on their own projects at the shed, or to simply have a venue for the day to come and meet other people.

    At the shed they have various equipment to assist the men in building their own projects from woodwork to metal work, and funds raised in previous years from the “Can Grow Mo” fundraiser have helped assist with a new toilet block, upgrading of machinery and this year will help to line the inside of the shed.

    They have also been able to buy generators to power their equipment, as they off the grid in their location.

    For anyone wishing to join the men’s shed, they can contact secretary Shane Trengove on 0457 781 827 or just turn up on Thursday between 9.30-3.30. Take the turnoff to airstrip opposite the Department of Sport and Rec on the Barry Way and look for the airstrip entrance and the shed.

  • Local team competes in UGLY games

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    TOUGH COMPETITION: The Moree Team at the UGLY Games.

    LOCAL fitness fanatics travelled toInverell to compete in the UGLYGames in support of theLeukaemia Foundation.

    About 32 athletes of all fitnesslevels from GTK CrossFit competedamong the 75 athletes on theday.

    GTK CrossFit co-owner andinstructor, Heidi Dell, said theteams included Inverell,Tamworth, Coffs Harbour andMoree.

    “There were two divisions RXand Scaled,” Dell said.

    “It was down to the last minuteand last rep in the grand finals forboth teams.

    “With eight teams in total competingfrom Moree it was an amazingeffort to take out winning positionsin both categories.

    “GTK CrossFit – orange in RX,Cougars and Cubs scaled and TwinHarts took second place in thescaled division grand final.”

    The competition was held toraise money for the LeukaemiaFoundation in conjunction withthe UGLY Bartender competitionheld state wide.

    Unique, Generous, Likeable,You is the acronym for the popularUGLY Bartender of the Year competition.

    “The UGLY Games was a greatday and we were happy to haveraised $5000 for the foundation,”Dell said.

    “The games havebecome an annual even for theInverell community.

    “The competition is a fun andfriendly event.

    “The calibre of CrossFit athletesin this area is improving out ofsight it’s very exciting.”

    GTK CrossFit is now lookingforward to the North West ThrowDown in Inverell on November 21.

    The competition will be the firstof six rounds over the period of sixmonths. GTK hopes to hold thesecond round in Moree.

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  • Leppington Sydney’s newest suburb to be home for 30,000

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    Leppington land will be released for development in five stages. Work on supporting infrastructure begins next year. Photo: NSW government Leppington is currently home to about 2000 people but this is expected to grow to about 30,000 people. Construction of the first houses will start in about two years. Photo: NSW government
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    Welcome to Sydney’s newest suburb.

    Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced on Wednesday plans to rezone enough land for nearly 30,000 new residents in Leppington, an area about 50 kilometres south-west of Sydney’s central business district.

    The area is currently sparsely populated and home to about 2000 people and semi-rural properties.

    But Mr Stokes said it was not fair to characterise the new land release as urban sprawl and   that the suburb  would be built around a range of supporting new infrastructure.

    “The fields around me will be transformed into new homes, new cycleways, new parks, a new primary school and a new independent K to 12 school,” he said.

    Mr Stokes said the new homes would be   a mix of low density apartments, freestanding homes  and especially terrace-style houses more  like Sydney’s inner-suburbs.

    “We can see that [classic Surry Hills terrace style of home] being expanded to new areas of Sydney,” he said. “Terrace houses … are robust and resilient [and cut] down on land costs.”

    The government intends to release land in   five stages, beginning with 2500 homes that will begin to be constructed in about two years.  A further 6500 will be released in four stages to follow.

    Work on supporting infrastructure begins next year.

    Leppington stands squarely in Sydney’s “south-west growth centre”, an area long targeted by the state government for future growth. More than 300,000 new residents are expected to move into the region in the future.

    But the area has grown much less quickly than the other part of Sydney targeted for rapid population expansion,   the north-west, despite the opening of the $1.8 billion South West Rail Link earlier this year.

    The land adjacent to the new rail line has not developed as soon as expected, and Mr Stokes’ announcement on Tuesday is an early effort to coordinate development along the railway line.

    It takes a little less than one hour to reach the suburb by train from Central or Parramatta stations in the afternoon peak.

    “The great thing about Leppington is that it’s on a bit of heavy infrastructure […] the government seems to have got that right,” said Dr Bill Randolph the director of the   City Futures Research Centre at UNSW. “But the key link is jobs and whether jobs can be pulled outwards [toward the new suburb]. The effect of [a new airport at Badgerys Creek, about 15 kilometres west] could be critical.”

    But some residents say their future remains clouded as the government continues to deliberate over the path of a future extension for the railway line.

    The government is finalising plans to reserve a stretch of land that would be used for a future rail extension from Leppington to Bringelly and Narellan, but the government has put no time frame on the construction of that extension.

    About 90 homes lie in the path of a draft future extension released in June,  but the state government says it has not yet made any final decisions on the path of the extension.

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