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Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the organising committee of the 2016 Crookwell Garden Festival, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time over the Festival week-end on November 5th and 6th last.
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The success of the week-end was in no small part due to your valuable help. From manning the garden gates, selling tickets, preparing food and drink, putting up signs and many other tasks, your contribution was much appreciated. It became evident that the community spirit is alive and well in Crookwell.

While Crookwell Garden Festival benefitted directly from your help, the town as a whole ultimately benefitted with the influx of over a thousand visitors passing through the town, giving a boost to local businesses along the way.

In addition, a set of keys and a ring were handed in to the committee so please contact us if they belong to you. The winner of the Garden Lovers Market raffle was Marion Price and Katie Friend won the beautiful hand-painted cushions by Lesley Gartrell. Congratulations to the winners.

Yours sincerely, Lorna Vallely, President, Crookwell Garden Festival 2016 organising committee.

Men’s Sheds to benefitThe Turnbull Government is investing in the promotion and support of men’s health and wellbeing through yesterday’s announcement of funding towards nearly 100 Men’s Sheds across the country.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley announced that 93 community Men’s Sheds across Australia will share in $400, 000 in national funding.

Minister Ley said the Men’s Shed programwas going from strength to strength and is providing support to Australian men in a way they feel comfortable with.

“Men’s Sheds are a popular way for men to connect with their community—whether it’s through a building project, a first aid workshop or a transition to retirement seminar,” Minister Ley said.

“In Men’s Sheds across the country there are any number of activities for men to take part in, which in turn, provides that important sense of belonging to a community, particularly for older men and men living in rural and remote areas.

Jessica Howe

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Executives to let processes take course

AFL Tasmania is open to working with the NTFA and its division 2 clubs who are in a stand-off over a perceived lack of confidence in the association’sboard.
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PRAGMATIC: AFL Tasmania chief executive Robert Auld says the state body will wait before entering the NTFA board and division 2 clubs stand-off.

Ten division 2 presidents wrote to board members and AFL Tasmania executives on Friday expressing their concerns, which stemmed from the NTFA council’sdecision to admit Bridport and East Coast Swans from next year.

Existing division 2 clubs alleged there has been limited transparency throughout the process and in the board’s policy and procedures on several matters, resulting in the collective demanding a limited term for board members anda skill-set determined board.

A response within seven days, AFL Tasmania mentoring ofboard members anda meeting between all NTFAclub presidents and board members mediatedbyAFL Tasmania chief executive Robert Auld andTasmanian Football Council general Jackson Hills withintwo weeks have been called for.

“From our perspective, we need to be reallycareful in what role we play and my caution is sort of governed by a few areas. One is that we have to respect the bodies that are involved, being clubs and leagues,” Auld said on Monday.

“We don’t want to be known for, and nor do we want it to be ourmodus operandi, where we just come in and ride shotgun completely ignorant of process and the right governance and course of action that needs to be taken.

“We wouldn’t see ourselves as being proactively injecting ourselves inbut we have been offered aninvitation and we will work through it, but we will workthat with all the due respect that the NTFA and clubs deserve.”

In his first year in charge, Auld said AFL Tasmania was not in a position to declare if the NTFA board lacked satisfactory policy and procedures.

“More broadly, what we can do is offer all leagues and associations assistance with continuing to refine roles and responsibilities and continuing to look at best practice when it does come to governance models,” he said.

“We can certainly help as we look into the future what is the required skill sets and the like but none of that is in any way, shape or fashion judgement of the current NTFA board.”

The NTFA board is expected to meet early this week to discuss the correspondence before addressing the matters.

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Beaudesert is getting hairy for men’s health

Awareness: Beaudesert News owner Bob Christensen and Beaudesert Times journalist Tim Schaefer are participating in Movember.SOME very questionable facial hair has sproutedthroughout Beaudesert this month as the business community gets behind the Movember campaign in support of men’s health.
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For the month of November, dozens of Beaudesert businessman are growing some impressive –and very unimpressive –facial adornments to raise money and awareness about men’s mental health and prostate and testicular cancer.

Businesses are also getting behind the cause bycollecting funds or donating a share of revenue to the Movember foundation.

The Movember story began in Melbourne in 2003 as a challenge between thirty mates to see who could grow the best moustache.

Thirteen years on, Movember hasbecome a popular tradition around the world as a way to raise much-needed funds for health issues plaguing men.

Statistics showmenexperience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier, while 75 per cent of all suicides in Australia are men.

Prostate cancer rates are expected to double in the next 50 years and testicular cancer rates have doubled in the last 50.

Beaudesert News owner Susan Weymouth said she and husband Bob weresupporting the Movember campaign because issues like depression and cancer affect so many lives.

She said depression is very common among men andmore awareness iscrucial to ensure men know they are not alone and can seek help.

“Everyone knows of afamily member or acquaintance that has unfortunately taken their own life,” she said.

“It is a worldwide issue that touches some many lives locally, all too often.”

Beaudesert businesses supporting the campaign include Heits Quality Meats, Jenny’s Western Wear, Mitre 10 Beaudesert, Clarke and Turton Lawyers, Main Squeeze, Beaudesert Homebrew, Duffs Secondhand Furniture, Wrights Jewellers, Bean To, Bo Lingerie, Kalico Country, Wish Hair Studio and Everyday’s Cafe.

All participating businesses have donation boxes for people to make cash donations if they wish.

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Council scraps Roma Saleyards buyer fee

Moving on: Buyers at the Roma Saleyards are looking forward to getting back to business after the Maranoa Regional Council voted to remove the new buyer fee.A special meeting in Roma on Friday saw the Maranoa Regional Council resolve to removethe new Roma Saleyardsbuyer fee from the 2016/17 fees & charges schedule and refund those who paid in good faith.
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Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers, who brought the proposal to Council on behalf of Council as a whole, said as evidenced by the last few monthsthere had been different views within and between groups of stakeholders and their representatives.

The meeting outlined that out of the consultation to datethere were a number of key themes and matters for Council to consider going forward includinga need to provide key information about major changes and incorporatealead timefor implementation of major changes.

Council also acknowledged there were anumber of matters on the table that cloudeda robust discussion about the merits or otherwise of the fee and agreed where there was a major change proposed, Council needed to provide opportunities for broader input in addition to the input from stakeholder group representatives.

Further to removal of the fee from the 2016/17 fees & charges schedule, Council approved a number of other actions-to expand the draft prospectus/booklet on the saleyards, to separately consider the new multipurpose facility, to undertake a full review of costs, fees and charges, to formalise a detailed business plan and review the consultation framework.

Cr Chambers said the additional steps would provide valuable input into future budget deliberationsand assist in providing further information on key areas of interest to the community.

“On behalf of Council, I thank all buyers who supported the Roma Saleyards by making payment upon receipt of the invoice. We are grateful for their cooperation during a time of change,” she said.

“In a constantly changing business environmentit is critically important that we work together to ensure the Roma Saleyards remains the number one cattle selling centre in Australia – it is not something Council can achieve alone.”​

Saleyards portfolio chairperson Peter Flynn voiced his support for the proposal and said it had been a long and difficult six months for all involvedso it wasgood to have a way forward.

“There has certainly been some robust discussionbut it is important now to commence work on the specific feedback provided to us during the recent consultation and examine each of the issues on their merits,” Cr Flynn said.

Cr Flynn gave credit to Saleyards Advisory Committee members who had been in the spotlight over recent months.

“In any organisation or community groupit is always very difficult to get people to come forward and volunteer their time and experience, so we have been very fortunate to have experienced people willing to commit their time for the betterment of the Saleyards,” he said.

“I know that a lot has been said recently about the Advisory Committee and its membership, however, we need to not lose sight of the significant contribution by various members over the years.

“We recognise though that it is important to be open to new ways of consulting and gaining broader input from all stakeholdersand I look forward to the opportunities that input will bring.”

Cr Flynn said he believed the Advisory Committee would continue with a possible review of membership in coming weeks.

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Digging in

Given the elbow: Australian batsman David Warner looks to the heavens after deflecting a Kyle Abbott delivery onto his stumps at Bellerive Oval. Picture: Getty ImagesSouth African dynamo Quinton de Kock believes his side can inflict a series-clinching innings defeat despite his front-row view of Australia’s attempted fightbackin Hobart.
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A swashbuckling century from the exciting wicket-keeper batsman helped the Proteas to a commanding lead in the Second Test which the hosts clawed back to 120 runs by stumps.

Asked if he believed his team could win without having to bat again, de Kock said: “We are fairly confident but it’s not going to be easy because Australia are batting really well on that wicket.”

After bizarre dismissals of Joe Burns and David Warner, Usman Khawaja (56) and Steve Smith (18) saw Australia to stumps at 2-121.

“Usman’s batting exceptionally well and Steve Smith is always contributing. they are only two wickets down and the lead is 120 so there’s still a lot of work ahead but we are fairly confident.”

On a day when Tasmanian schoolchildren took advantage of free admission to help produce a 6283 crowd, South Africa taught their hosts a lesson in batting patience.

But Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood, who took 6-89 to limit the damage, backed his batters to take the match to a fourth innings.

“We talked about the very tough periods and saw one this afternoon when Kyle Abbott and [Kagiso] Rabada were bowling well together when it’s just about getting through and congratulations to Ussie on getting through that,” he said.

“Hopefully he scores some more runs tomorrow.

“It’s good for us to make them bowl a lot of balls. The longer we can keep them out there the better because it’s still a pretty good wicket.”

Hazlewood said the team was staying positive despite losing both openers in unfortunate circumstances.

“They were two pretty unlucky dismissals but the boys have shown some good fight digging in and a good partnership in the morning will go a long way. Those things go against you when you least want them to.”

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