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JETGO brings biz opportunities here

Up up and away: Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling welcomes the JETGO airline service direct to Melbourne and the opportunities it brings.Herons Creek community meetingLast week councillors and council executive staff had the pleasure of meeting with Herons Creek residents as part of the Engaging and Communicating with our Community program.
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It is always great to have community members taking the time to meet with council to discuss important issues, particularly within communities with very specific and often unique needs.

Last week’s meeting saw a good turnout, with numerous questions oflocal interest, including the resurfacing of Herons Creek Road, mowing andlandscaping of street and nature reserves;a local quarry proposal, and relocation of the Herons Creek bus shelter and Blackbutt Road bridge.

Council appreciates the community’senthusiasm for these and other local issues and is committed to moving forward with the actions agreed at the meeting.

Thank you to all the community groups across our local government area for your interest, effort andpassion for our area and particularly to everyone who took the time to meet with us in Herons Creek.Minutes from the meeting can be viewed at pmhc.nsw.gov/au/communitymeetings

JETGO is goThe first JETGO flight from Port Macquarie to Melbourne hit the skies last Monday, opening upexciting new opportunities for business, tourism and leisure.

We know this route has been on the community’s wish list for many years, and council hasworked hard to deliver this result.

Flights will initially be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with hope for a future seven day serviceas demand builds.

There are a range of airline services connecting the Port Macquarie-Hastings community directly toSydney, Brisbane and now Melbourne, and with the planned $7.5 million upgrade to the passengerterminal building and ongoing planning for the proposed Airport Business Park, these are excitingtimes for our region.

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From Lake dream to realityphotos

From Lake dream to reality | photos TweetFacebook A home to grow with Jenelle McInnes designed this Mount Hutton home with her large family in mind. Jenelle McInnes was rifling through old belongings when she stumbled on a sketch she pencilednine years ago.
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She had just purchased a modesttwo-bedroom house at 21 Burton Road Mount Hutton with her husband and three children, that she confessed was a “bit of a dump”.But the paper reflected her grand vision for a luxury five-bedroom residence on the two-acre block.

“To see that it’s come to life is pretty amazing,” she said.

The business owner had acreative backgroundand was determined to build a functional home for her large family. “My youngest was about elevenand I wanted it to grow with them,” she said.

And so it did. Her children–nowin their twenties – still make use of the soccer field to kick a ball around with mates. But with thekids leaving the nest, the couple are ready to downsize.

“It’s thesort of home that deserves to have a family in it,” Ms McInnes said.

A “porte cochere” entrance allows guests to arrive comfortablyand an alfresco area, solar-heated pool, water feature and cabana all offer effortless entertaining. Other features include an open-plan living area witha fireplace and cathedral ceiling, parent’s retreat, a billiard room and kitchen with butler’s pantry.

Second and third-generation local builders from Budbuild constructed the home and agent Cameron Fitchett said they had gone “above and beyond.”

According to Mr Fitchett, the property was most spectacular at night.

“Because it’s an acreage, it’s so quiet. It’s a really unique home after dark.”

House of the week

Mount Hutton

21 Burton Road

$2.3 million

5 bedroom 3 bathroom 6 garage

Agent: Century 21 Carkeet Johns Smith Charlestown

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Fresh, floral and fun for students

Crookwell Public School partneredwith the Crookwell Open Garden scheme and what a fabulous open garden weekend it was for thedistrict. The students were fortunate to partake in the garden festival by creating a sculpture and hosting their very own flower show. At the grand opening of the Willow Tree Garden Sculpture Garden, Crookwell Public School was awarded the “Student Grand Prize for Primary Schools”. Congratulations toAnne Pye and Rachael Mayne on their exhibition and for encouraging all students to display their creative talents.
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Florist, Sandy Arnott, surrounded by students proudly displaying their amazing floral arrangements.

On November 4, all students participated in floral demonstrations under the guidance of floral stylist Sandy Arnott.

Mrs Brennan, Mrs Painter and Mrs McIntosh enjoyed the floral morning. The children’s behaviour was a great reflection of the way the school was run, Mrs Painter said.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their day, learning about flowers, colour harmony and arrangement styles. They were so proud to host community members, who participated in the workshop and then assisted our Year 6 students with their arrangements.

A big thank you to all the staff and community members who donated their floral creations to Viewhaven Lodge and Crookwell Hospital. They were delivered by Mrs Willis, Kirrilly Skelly and Sarah Jones on Friday afternoon to bring cheer, colour and fragrance to those who needed it the most.

Bridgette Anable, Emily Newman and Jay Cunningham are pictured with ‘Slimey’ the snail, which took out first prize in the sculpture competition.

“I would like to thank you for this morning. We thought it was special to be invited. Dorothy really enjoyed it. We were impressed with the arrangements the Year 6 students put together. Their behaviour was a great reflection of the way the school is run,” said Mrs Painter of Crookwell Historical Society.

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Moruya bridge delays

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Princes Highway from today aswork is carried out to improve road user safety on the Moruya Bridge.
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The NSW Government allocated $100,000 for work on the bridge, including repairing handrails, theconcrete kerbs and the footpath.

One lane closed on the Princes Highway on Moruya bridge as roadworks commence today.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said work would be carried out on weekdays, between 9am and 3pm, from Monday, November 14 to Friday, December 9, weather permitting.

For the safety of workers and motorists, lane closures, traffic control and a reduced speed limit of40 km/h would be in place during working hours.

The spokesman said every effort would be made to minimise noise associated with the work.

“Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience while work is carried out,” he said.

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Meanwhile, motorists around Train Street, Broulee, and on South Head Road, Moruya, should keep an eye out for roadworks in the coming weeks.

Eurobodalla Shire Council is extending the kerb and gutter at the Train Street junction with George Bass Drive to improve road safety at this busy spot.

On South Head Road, council crews will be installing a concrete pedestrian refuge island near the Keightley Street junction.

This will allow safe access for pedestrians and cyclists from the shared pathway to the residential area on the southern side of South Head Road.

Council will also do some heavy patching of the road surface between Keightley and Maunsell streets, and that section of South Head Road will then get a re-seal before Christmas.

The council hoped both projects will be complete by the end of November.

The council asked drivers to slow down in the area and take notice of traffic control, and be aware of the changed traffic conditions once the work was finished.

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Aussie Rules guys are custom-built for touch

IN TROUBLE: Bar Up Bullbars’ Rachael Addison trying to close the gap in a first half dominated by the Young Guns in the women’s premier league last Tuesday. Bullbars won the second half, but lost the game 5-3. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly
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A team packed with staunch Australian Rules players reckons they have the cutting edge on the touch football field.

Wagga Tigers’ Campbell Lovell and East Wagga-Kooringal’s Brocke Argus coach men’s premier league team MJR Electricsand love nothing more than to beat rival teams packed with rugby league players.

Lovell, a former Cobras player, and Argus, a former Casuals player forged the team last season.

“We tried to get some new faces along, we teach them week-in week-out,” Lovell said.

“They’re getting better and better.”

MJR Electrics were grand-finalists in their debut season, and in four rounds, have climbed to the top of the ladder this season.

“I reckon Aussie Rules players have the advantage,” Lovell said.

“We have different-sized bodies, we’re a bit more agile.”

Marrar new recruitJesse Margosis and Osbourne captain coach Matt Rava,crucial in MJR Electric’s attack, have returned for another season.

In the off-season MJR lost a gun in Curtis Steele,Holbrook’s newly-appointed assistant coach.

“He’s having a year off, focusing on footy,” Lovell said.

“Most (Australian Rules) clubs start hooking into pre-season trainingat the end of the month.”

Tuesdaynight’s game presents a true test of character, with Margosis overseas and their toughest opponents, Advanced Communication Cobras, set to steal the lead if MJR Electrics lose.

Lovell knows that Cobras pose a threat, particularly in attack.

“It’s going to bemore of a defensive game,” he said.

“We need to get the defence right. Our attack will come on any day, we have toshut down a few of theirplayers.”

And when all else fails, a bit of sledging, by Argus,goes a long way.

“He’s always got to have his say,” Lovell said.

“He definitely gets in theirhead.”

MJR’s strong startmay not unfold in a strong finish; last summer numbers were down at the back-end of the season.

Lovell wants another grand final appearance, but isn’t counting his chickens.

“It’s too soon to tell,” he said.

“We made it last year, in our first time in the competition, it would be good to go again and try and win it.”

On Tuesday at 7pm Quolls play Katana Security Wizards and Casuals have a bye.

In the women’s premier league at 6pm, Bar Up Bullbars aim to end a streak of losses as they face AKW Jets,KFK face on-form Young Guns and Don Tuckwells Audio have a bye.

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Never too late to change

Beating the odds: Nicky Tillier overcame 28 years of drug addiction to turn her life around and become the residential facilities operations coordinator at Odyssey House. Picture: Simon BennettIf you told Nicky Tillier ten years ago she would be working at Odyssey House, she would have laughed you out the building.
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But not only does the recovered addict work at the drugrehabilitation facility, she was just named staff member of the year.

It has been a long road for the Leumeah resident.

She was addicted to drugs –marijuana, speed, ice, heroin – for 28 years and was not able to turn her life around until she was imprisoned and had her then 4-year-old daughter taken away.

It was then she came to Odyssey House for treatment.

“I was charged when I was about 38 for my first crime and went straight to jail,” Ms Tillier said.

“I didn’t want my daughter coming to visit me in jail, so I manipulated the situation to come somewhere like Odyssey House where I could see her.

“That was the beginning and two-and-a-half years later I graduated.”

Ms Tillier said she had “big behavioural issues” when she came to the facility and had never had an authoritative figure in her life.

“I rebelled like a child,” she said. “It wasn’t until a year later that I realised I wasn’t here to get custody of my daughter and then put her through all that again.

“I needed to give her a happy, healthy life –as well as myself –and that’s when things changed.

“I think being in addiction for so long you can just get stuck in that rut and you think that you can’t live without itbut I learnt that if I were to use again, it would just be a choice.

“Addiction is a choice –and you’ve just got to choose life.”

After coming through the other side of her addiction, and regaining custody of her daughter, Ms Tillier set about giving something back.

“The work that I do now is paying it forward,” she said.

“The [residents] trust me because I’ve had that experience, I do get it, I know what they’re going through or at least I can guess.

“I definitely see a lot of me in these guys that come through.

“And that’s why I do what I do, I don’t want 28 years of drug abuse, crime, stupidity, hate and pain to be for nothing.

“I’ve turned it around because I really want to use that negativity in a positive way.

“There is always a chance to come back.

“A leopard can definitely change its spots –I’m a testament to that.”

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Tough time chasing

Maffra players celebrate after Nathan Magnuson takes one of his six wickets against Bundalaguah.THE teams batting second during the fifth round of Sale-Maffra failed to win on Saturday.
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Last season’s grand finalists, Rosedale-Kilmany and Bundalaguah, lost to the bottom two sides of 2014-15.

THE upset of the round came at Stephenson Park, where Longford defeated reigning premier Rosedale-Kilmany.

The Lizards posted their first win of the season by successfully defending their total of 205 from the previous weekend.

The home side had the Warrior in trouble early, at 4-21 following the dismissals of Tim Dessent, Anthony Scott, Brad Scott and Rohan Diamond. Keenan Hughes claimed three of those wickets, with Connor Hughes claimed Anthony’s scalp for 15.

Combining for a 69-run partnership, Mitch Thacker and Hayden Glover worked hard to get the innings back on track before Glover was caught off the bowling of Kerrod Macgregor-Davies for 38.

Michael Walters later joined Thacker for a 46-run stand, but his dismissal for 35 had the Warriors 7-137.

The innings was wound up soon after, with the Warriors losing their final three wickets, including that of Thacker for 42, for 11 runs. RK was bowled out for 148 in the 72nd over.

Keenan Hughes was the best of the Longford bowlers, claiming 4-22, Connor Hughes and David Atkinson both took two wickets.

RESUMING play on 3-21 in reply to Maffra’s 270, Bundalaguah was bowled out for 181.

The victory moved the Eagles to the top of the ladder.

The highlight of the Bulls was 92 from Adam Ward.

The home lost the wickets of Jason Langshaw and Jordan Rodda early, and when Tom Glenn was dismissed, the Bulls were 6-41.

The trouble was compounded when Mat Dowsett was run-out for 12, leaving the Bulls 7-63.

Ward and Jake Wynd put on 116 runs for the eighth wicket. The partnership ended when Ward was bowled by Nathan Magnuson, his sixth wicket.

With a run added, Wynd was caught off Mitch Bennett’s bowling for 39, before the innings was wrapped up for 181 soon after.

After taking three wickets to end day one, Magnuson finished with 6-39, while Bennett took 3-47.

Batting a second time, the Eagles scored 0-69 from 11 overs. Nick Wozniak scored 49 and Alex Mellor 20.

STRATFORD was too good for Collegians.

After making 264, the Redbacks bowled the home side for 87. Zach Hurley top-scored with just 20.

The Stratford bowlers shared the wickets, with Dylan Bolton taking 3-17 from seven overs.

The Redbacks batted again for 36 overs, scoring 6-138, with Bolton making 43, Ben Channing 25 and Daniel Richardson 20.

Boisdale-Briagolong’s Louis Howard batting against Sale.

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG avoided outright defeat against Sale.

The Saints were bowled out for 92 in reply to the home side’s 208, with Sale captain Steve Parry enforcing the follow-on. The visitors batted out the day, reaching 5-129.

Beginning the day 3-50, the Saints were soon 5-66.

The only batsman to get a good start on the day, Michael Cassidy, was dismissed for 21. Apart from Andrew Gieschen, who was out late on day one for 27, no other Boisdale-Briagolong reached double figures for the innings.

Ben Jones finished with 5-28, while Matt Raidal and Ben Howes claimed two wickets each.

The Saints batted better a second time. Louis Howard scored 39, Steve Noble 31 and Gieschen 20, while Howes claimed another two wickets.

Sale’s Ben Jones took five first innings wickets against Boisdale-Briagolong.

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SUPPORT FOR YOUNG REFUGEES | ‘It helps kids who’ve lived through war to feel better’

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG REFUGEES | ‘It helps kids who’ve lived through war to feel better’ 8th Capoeira Angola Youth Festival
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8th Capoeira Angola Youth Festival

8th Capoeira Angola Youth Festival

8th Capoeira Angola Youth Festival

8th Capoeira Angola Youth Festival

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TweetFacebookrodawhere we doour moves in pairs while others play the instruments and sing.

To finish the day we hadlunch together.

Here are some more of the pupils’ individual comments:

“It was a great day for learning more about Capoeira and making new friends.”

“Today mademe feel that Capoeira is like my big family of people from around the world.”

“When we are inthe roda it doesn’t matter if your partner is male or female, what age they are or whatcountry they come from, we just enjoy ourselves.”

“When you come to Australia as a refugee you really feel lonely and different. It’s hard tomake friends when you can’t speak much English. Often you feel really down because of allthe bad things from the past.”

“Capoeira makes us feel like we belong. It teaches us to work together and respect each other.”

“We are so happy that through the organisation STARTTS Mestre Roxinho has been able tobring us Project Bantu.”

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State Government doubles cash contribution to Beef Australia

Beef Australia chairman Blair Angus.
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It might still be 18-months away but interest around Beef Australia 2018 is already starting to heat up.

Queensland’s Agriculture Minister, Bill Byrne, hastoday announced that the Palaszczuk Government will double its cash contribution to the Beef Australia expo in Rockhampton taking total government support for the event to at least $1 million.

“As the Member for Rockhampton I am very pleased that my first announcement on my return as Agriculture Minister is that the Palaszczuk Government will provide $500,000 in funding to Beef Australia 2018.

“It is something I have lobbied for and I know it will be welcomed enthusiastically in the Beef Capital and the cattle industry,” the Minister said.

“The increased financial support for Beef Week in Rockhampton in 2018 will be in addition to substantial in-kind support and the vital contribution to the success of the expo made by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

“That in-kind support will at least match the $524,000 provided in 2015 from a range of government agencies.

“It will include awareness promotion, a comprehensive program of DAF seminars and property tours, event biosecurity and assistance and advice for exporters as well as profiling of the latest technological advances and improvements arising from research and development undertaken by the department.

Minister Byrne said the additional funding would help ensure that Beef Australia 2018 again provided a vital economic boost to Rockhampton.

“The 2015 Expo brought 90,000 people to the city from all over Australia and the rest of the world, including 1100 registered international visitors from over 40 countries,” he said.

“The benefits to Rockhampton simply can’t be overstated. An independent assessment of the 2015 event concluded $74 million was spent in the region as a direct result of the Expo.”

The increased funding has been welcomed by Blair Angus, chairman of Beef Australia.

“This is a great commitment from the Palaszczuk Government and I would like to thank Minister Byrne for his continuing support,” Mr Angus said.

“We are delighted that that the government has doubled its financial contribution to what will be our 11th expo in our 30th year.

“It is especially welcome 18 months or so ahead of the event as it gives us some certainty as we make preparations for what is certainly the most important event of its kind in Australia.”

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Crackdown on minors gets traction

On notice: Underage drinking in Gunnedah will not be tolerated: Gunnedah Liquor AccordGunnedah Liquor Accord has moved to tighten restrictions on underage drinking in local pubs and clubs.
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The group representing Gunnedah hoteliers and managers last week approved in principle measures toban those under 18 caught drinking in licensed premises until their 19thbirthday.

The restrictions mean offending individuals willnot be permitted at any licensed venue in Gunnedah, not even arestaurant with their parents,until the age limit wasreached.

The proposal was universally supported at the recent liquor accord meeting. Many were in favour of the enforcement which sought to avoid the potentially-crippling, financialrisk many ownersfacedwhen underage persons were detected drinking atlocal establishments.

Gunnedah Liquor Accord member Chris Gibbs said the impact on a regional business could be significant.

“The fines are massive,” Mr Gibbs said.

“We’re not talking chicken feed here.It can as much as $33,000 all up.”

State government powers could alsoclosevenues for up to 28 days if convicted. Mr Gibbssaid the government penalties were tailored to city-based revenueand had little consideration for country areas which could have as little as 10 per cent of the turnover.

Courthouse Hotel managerJosh Launders said banning teensattempting to flout the law was a win for all involved.

“It’s protection for hoteliers but it’s not just about us, ithelps keeps kids safe,” Mr Launderssaid.

“We’re in full support.

“None of us want kids drinking at pubs.”

Gunnedah Golf Club general manager Steve Johnstonagreed with therestrictions.

“There can be a lot of problems for the licensee,” Mr Johnston said.

“We’re all vigilant for it but people can slip through the net.There needs to be some deterrent.”

But he abstained from formal approval at this time pending further inquiries.

“In principle, I didn’t have a problem with it,” he said.

“But because we’re owned and operated by the members and we’ve got a constitution to adhere to, I wanted to check the legal ramifications [of the proposal].”

Australian Hotels Association NSW applauded Gunnedah for its pro-active approach tounderage drinking.

“AHANSW has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking and people attempting to illegally enter venues,” an AHA NSW spokesmansaid.

“We welcome locally-based initiatives that are set up by local accords to solve issues in their own communities.”

Just how the ban enforcement will work wasnot to be determined but it’s likely the liquor accord will look to places like Waggawhere a similar ban was already in effect.

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