Archive for August, 2018

  • Merger ‘no option’

    Date: 2018.08.21 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Merger ‘no option’ A clear majority of the community members in attendance at Monday night’s public meeting voted for Forbes Shire Council to submit a stand alone proposal in response to IPART’s Fit for the Future report, as opposed to a recommendation to merge with Weddin.

    Forbes general manager Brian Steffen, mayor Phyllis Miller and Member for Orange Andrew Gee facilitated the public meeting on Monday. 1115fitmeeting(21) (25)

    About 100 people attended the public meeting on Monday.

    About 100 people attended the public meeting on Monday.

    About 100 people attended the public meeting on Monday.

    Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller spoke to the community about council’s options regarding their Fit for the Future submission. 1115fitmeeting(10)

    Member for Orange Andrew Gee attended the public meeting on Monday. 1115fitmeeting(20)

    TweetFacebookWhat the community had to say…

    Peter Bright – “We can’t win if we stand alone so what do we do? If the government thinks we should amalgamate…we can’t win that fight.”

    John Bruce – “We have excellent roads, magnificent parks and gardens, a terrific medical centre. Council are very supportive both financially and in-kind and they seem to do that and remain financially stable. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

    Stuart Thomas – “It would seem it’s been put forward that mergers will be forced, if that’s the case, what happens to the infrastructure, depots, council chambers, that sort of thing?”

    Kerry Neaylon – “If Weddin don’t want to merge, we don’t have an option, we have to stand alone don’t we?”

    Marg Duggan – “I’m a little bit on the way that if we merge, there’s obviously a bigger voice. On this side of the mountains the government don’t hear us very well, so the bigger the council, the bigger the voice. I think there’s got to be some advantages and I fear what will happen if we don’t take the opportunity to be progressive with it and get as much money out of it as we can.”

    Chris Sweeney – “We don’t want someone in Macquarie Street to tell us what we should be doing as an area or as a council. We as a voice need to be telling politicians that we don’t want this. Here, it’s a long way from the other side of Weddin Shire to Forbes, it doesn’t work.”

    John Herbert – “I’ve been around a very long time and I’ve never heard of bigger equals better. You’ve got to realise that when you amalgamate there’s a lot of cost involved…one thing follows another. Let’s keep local in local.”

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  • A ‘Good News’ story

    Date: 2018.08.21 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Peter Pearson is currently “living the dream” caravanning Australia and has now released a memoir which covers his life and the transforming power of God in that journey.

    Raised at “Dunoon” near Baldersleigh and schooled by correspondence, Peter spent ten years as a shearer, worked as artificial inseminator and spent two years in NSW Ambulance Service. He then became an officer in the Salvation Army where he spent 37 years before retiring in January 2014.

    In “A Blood and Guts Good News Story” Peter Pearson has drawn on his experiences extending from his early childhood through to his retirement from Salvation Army Officership.

    In the course of his career, Peter’s work supporting people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction exposed him to a brutal honesty rarely seen in modern church life.

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  • Solid start for Moree in Connolly Cup

    Date: 2018.08.21 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    THE second round of the M.AConnolly Cup was contested inBingara on Sunday, between Moreeand Gwydir.

    The annual competition for teamsthroughout New England and NorthWest cricket zones saw Moreeachieve outstanding success inrecent years making the finals on anumber of occasions. Moree werehanded a forfeit in the first round byArmidale Colts.

    Sunday’s game got off to a crackingstart with Moree captain KyleO’Connor calling correctly, winningthe toss and batting first.

    “Tails never fails” was the call fromO’Connor.

    Doug Murphy set the platform atthe top of the innings and in a strongpartnership with Darryl Smith movedthe score to 1/76 at the first drinksbreak with both players playing withfinesse and power to clear the rope.

    The Gwydir openers bowled tightly,but a change of bowler at eitherend allowed Moree to score freely.

    This continued after the dismissalof Smith for 42 and in a short butentertaining innings Ben Day clearedthe boundary in a rapidly hit 20 runs.

    Murphy continued to tick over thescoreboard, another partnershipbetween O’Connor and Murphypushed Moree’s score towards 200.

    Murphy was finally dismissed for awell grafted 70 and O’Connor added46 before being well caught. MichaelSlack-Smith proved that time awayfrom the crease had not hurt his formand his elegant 34 showed there wasstill life in the cricketing legs yet.

    Moree was dismissed in the 47thover for 249 runs, feeling confidentthat was a total they coulddefend.

    After lunch the improvementof 15-year-old tearaway fastbowler Paddy Montgomery wasevident for all to see and he hadthe Gwydir openers in all sortsof trouble, with both calling forhelmets and the slip cordontaking a few extra steps backafter a sharp chance was turfed.

    The consistent line andlength of Nathan Holland andthe raw pace of Montgomerywas too much for the Gwydirtop order and they tumbled to2/20 inside four overs, withmost of the runs coming fromedges and false strokes.

    The evergreen Slack-Smithknown more for his spin bowlingthen came on and sentdown some sharp seam updeliveries from his short runand took a couple of quickwickets and with the help ofBen Day had Gwydir strugglingat 5 for 49 the over beforedrinks.

    A tactical masterstroke bythe skipper saw O’Connor, withthe urging of his senior players,brought Montgomery on for afinal over.

    Great bowling resulted in thesixth Gwydir wicket falling andthe home side reeling at 6/49after 17 overs.

    Some wild swinging afterdrinks allowed Gwydir to reach100 in their chase before beingdismissed, the bowling honoursshared between Montgomery,Slack-Smith, Holland and Day.

    Overall a solid start to thecampaign and Moree move intothe next round of the competitionundefeated and feelingconfident of another successfulyear in the representative cricketscene.

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  • Roll out the red carpet

    Date: 2018.08.21 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    HOLLYWOOD TREATMENT: Stakes director Richard Owen is rolling out the red carpet for audiences in Cootamundra on Friday. Picture: Harrison VeseyCOOTAMUNDRA may be a long way from Los Angeles but moviegoers are getting the Hollywood treatment this Friday.

    Debut director Richard Owen is rolling out the red carpet for the premiereofStakes, the locally produced crime drama.

    The Australian feature film follows the journey of a youngthoroughbredtrainer aspiringto fill the shoes of her recently deceased father.

    Inspired by real events, the film highlightsthe criminal element of the horse racingindustry whilst remaining appropriate for a younger teenage audience.

    The movie has sold out cinemas fromWagga toKingscliff and now Cootamundra is getting the red carpet experience.

    Richard, associateproducer Ken Hammond and muscleboundactor Ty Butler will be at The Arts Centre from 7pm on Fridayfor a meet and greet, and to sign free posters for fans.

    Richard said the community has been “monumentally supportive” of the production, sohe wantedto repay the favour by shunning the big cities for a regional release.

    “It’s not about the money, it’s about supporting rural and regional communities.I didn’t make it for me, I made it for everyone in the community,” Richard said.

    The cast featuresseveral professional actors, including former Cootamundra boy Adam Drummond, as well as a host of local amateurs.

    Richardloves the response from audience members who spot themselves or a friend on the big screen.

    Also on display is the Riverina itself, with plenty of local landmarksandsome breathtaking scenery.

    Many locals will recognisethe filming locations and the cast, including Ty.

    The tattooed, muscle-bound skinhead cuts an intimidating figure on the film posters.

    According to Richard his character “leaves a trail of bodies behind him” in the seedy underbelly of the racing world.

    In reality the actoris an IT consultant by day, and will be familiar to many as he works inlocal hospitals.

    The unmissable eveningbegins at 7pm on Fridayfor a 7.30pm start to the film.

    Tickets are $17and available at the door, though patrons are encouraged to book now for catering purposes.

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  • All set for fundraiser fashion market

    Date: 2018.08.21 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    There will be plenty of pre-loved clothes at the Fashion and Homewares Markets on Saturday.This Saturday Town Hall will be transformed into a marketplace for the Fashion and Homewares Markets.

    About 20 stalls are booked in for the day, with a range of clothes, children’s clothes and homewares on offer.

    Market organiser Emma Gaffney said it’s great to see plenty of pre-loved clothing stalls attending the markets this Saturday.

    “We’ve gone back a bit more into pre-loved clothes which is really good because recycling is a good way to go,” she said.

    Little Creek Events will also be at the markets to satisfy your hunger with some yummy treats so you can shop ‘til you drop.

    “People can come in the morning, have a bite to eat and keep shopping,” Ms Gaffney said.

    Entry to the Fashion and Homewares Markets is a gold coin donation and all proceeds, including stall fees, will go to this year’s chosen charity, Angel Flight.

    Ms Gaffney would like to thank Forbes Shire Council for the donation of the use of Town Hall.

    The markets will be on at Town Hall this Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

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