iVote rolled out for byelections

AWAITING THEIR FATE: Newcastle candidates at answer questions from voters. VOTERS are spoiled for choice when it comes to having their say at Saturday’s byelections in Newcastle and Charlestown.
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Some voters will be able to lodge an iVote, which is an electronic pre-poll vote.

People who are vision impaired, are unable to vote without assistance, have difficulty voting at a polling place or will not be in NSW on polling day are eligible to use iVote.

Registrations to use iVote must be received by 6pmWednesday and can be lodged online at elections.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300248683.

Users of the electronic system then have until 6pm on Friday to cast their vote.

Application forms for a postal vote can be downloaded online and must also be lodged by 6pm Wednesday, with the completed ballots to be returned by 6pm Wednesday, October 29, following election day.

Pre-poll votes for both the Charlestown and Newcastle byelections can be cast on Wednesday, between 8am and 6pm,Thursday, between 8am and 8pm, and Friday, between 8am and 6pm, at the returning officer’s office in either Charlestown or Newcastle.

Full details of early voting options and all forms can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission NSW website at elections.nsw.gov.au.

On election day, Saturday, October 25, polling places are open between 8am and 6pm.

CHARLESTOWN POLLING PLACES

Charlestown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

– Adamstown Combined Pensioners Association, 153A Brunker Road, Adamstown

– Cardiff Public School, Macquarie Road, Cardiff

– Cardiff South Public School, Lake Avenue, Cardiff South

– Charlestown East Public School, 90 James Street, Charlestown

– Charlestown Public School, 15 Frederick Street, Charlestown

– Charlestown South Public School, 9 Patricia Avenue, Charlestown

– Dudley Pensioners Hall, 96 Ocean Street, Dudley

– Eleebana Public School, Ian Street, Eleebana

– Floraville Public School, 78 Floraville Road, Floraville

– Garden Suburb Public School, Progress Place, Garden Suburb

– Hamilton South Public School, Kenrick Street, Merewether

– Hillsborough Public School, 83 Waratah Avenue, Charlestown

– Kahibah Public School, Frith Street, Kahibah

– Kotara High School, 65 Lexington Parade, Adamstown Heights

– Kotara South Public School, Rae Crescent, Kotara

– Lakeside School, 40 – 44 Coral Crescent, Gateshead West

– Mount Hutton Public School, 12 Dunkley Parade, Mount Hutton

– New Lambton South Public School, 45 St James Road, New Lambton

– St Columba’s Parish Hall, Lockyer Street, Adamstown

– Warners Bay High School, 1 Myles Avenue, Warners Bay

– Warners Bay Public School, Jones Avenue, Warners Bay

– Whitebridge High School, 1 Lonus Avenue, Whitebridge

– Windale Community Centre, 12 Lake Street, Windale

– Wiripaang Public School, 2A Pacific Highway, Gateshead

NEWCASTLE POLLING PLACES

Newcastle CBD. Picture: Ryan Osland

– Adamstown Combined Pensioners Association, 153A Brunker Road, Adamstown

– Carrington Public School, Young Street, Carrington

– Hamilton North Public School, Jackson Street, Hamilton North

– Hamilton Public School, Dixon Street, Hamilton

– Hamilton South Community Hall, Fowler Street, Hamilton South

– Hamilton South Public School, Kenrick Street, Merewether

-Holy Family Church Hall Merewether, 17 Ridge Street, Merewether

– Islington Public School, Hubbard Street, Islington

– Lambton High School, Young Road, Lambton

– Mayfield East Public School, 32 Crebert Street, Mayfield East

– Mayfield Presbyterian Church Hall, Macquarie Street, Mayfield

– Merewether Heights Public School, Cedar Crescent, Merewether Heights

– Merewether Uniting Church Hall, 180 Glebe Road, Merewether

– New Lambton South Public School, 45 St James Road, New Lambton

– Newcastle East Public School, Tyrrell Street, Newcastle

– St Andrews Anglican Church Hall Mayfield, Church Street, Mayfield

– St Columba’s Parish Hall Adamstown, Lockyer Street, Adamstown

– St Johns Anglican Church Hall Cooks Hill, Dawson Street, Cooks Hill

– St Thereses Primary School New Lambton, Burke Street, New Lambton

– Stockton Public School, Lomond Street, Stockton

– The Junction Public School, Union Street, The Junction

– Tighes Hill Public School, Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill

– Waratah Public School, Lambton Road, Waratah

– WEA Hunter Laman Street Campus, 100 Laman St, Cooks Hill


Tinney jumps ahead

LEAP: Stuart Tinney was the standout performer in the Lynton Horse Trials held over the weekend. Photo: Darryl Fernance.FORMER Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney gave the weekend’s Lynton Horse Trials a glowing tick of approval.
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Tinney was a stand out performer in the three day event, which saw over 300 competitors from all over Australia gather on the property situated on the outskirts of Goulburn.

The three star event, one level below Olympic standard, was dominated by Tinney who admitted he came into the event unsure of how his evergreen horses would hold up.

But the former Sydney 2000 gold medal winner was a stand out performer in the CIC3 class with his horse War Hawk, his cross country score getting him over the line.

“The (cross country) course is well laid out for horses to build confidence,” he told the Post.

“The distances are well set up and it’s designed so horses can make a gate and build confidence for further gates along the course.”

Tinney was part of a swath of former Olympians who made their way to the annual event.

Former Beijing silver medallist Shane Rose and Megan Jones were also in attendance. But it was Sydney rider Elizabeth Lowery who stood out for the women.

Lowery was dominant in all three major event s that make up the horse trials; the dressage event, a show jump event and a cross country event.

Her results crowning her the Baxter Boots NSW CIC3 State Champion with her horse KL Kismet.

Organisers Georgina and Neil Kennedy had been busy preparing the event for a number of week leading up to the competition.

Not only is their event well known for being challenging, but it’s also renown as one of the more picturesque events in the Australian calendar.

“The riders love it which was great to see” Mrs Kennedy said.

“We worked hard to make it a great weekend. And we couldn’t have had better weather, we were very lucky.”

Tinney, who has competed at some of the most prestigious four star events in the world, said he has always been impressed with how well presented the Lynton competition was.

“It’s very beautiful there and it’s as aesthetically as good looking as any other event I’ve been to around the world.”

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Workshops aids Armidale foster carers to establish bond with kids in need

GUIDANCE: Dawn and Dennis talk about their foster caring with case worker Leah Hall before this weekend’s training workshops.FOR Dawn and Dennis, the first two hours after meeting a new foster child are crucial.
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“In that time you kind of observe them and suss them out,” Dennis said.

The couple, whose last names have been withheld to protect their address, have looked after about 20 foster children in just under four years.

They were trained as foster carers by Foundations, which will be hosting training in Armidale this weekend for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

The free training will be run on Saturday and Sunday, with a second two-day workshop next Monday and Tuesday.

Foundations Care manager case worker Kylie Giles said it was an opportunity for people to find out if foster care is really for them.

Dawn and Dennis have cared for children up to 16yearsold and said what really helped them was the support from the staff at Foundations Care.

Foundations Care is currently in contact with 64 foster carers throughout the New England.

Those seeking more information should contact Foundations Care on 6707 1000.

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Elyard’s work on exhibition

AN exhibition of local artist Samuel Elyard has opened at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre in Nowra.
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Something of an unsung hero, Samuel Elyard arrived in the Shoalhaven in 1868 and died here in 1910, and during this time recorded buildings, landscape and the river in art – mostly watercolour – that is celebrated as one of the treasures of our region.

This exhibition, Of Time and Place, will be open until December 7 and surveys his watercolours of the area from his first to last works, and briefly looks at works in oil, drawing and photography.

The exhibition is being staged in the main gallery.

On November 8, exhibition curator Max Dingle, will give a talk and guided tour from 1.30pm.

The access and east galleries feature Lost In Waste: A Landfill Odyssey, while in the foyer gallery is Seeking The Silence by Lissa de Sailles, the culmination of a yearlong journey into the ancient process of basket weaving and experimentation with mainly locally sourced plant fibres.

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Unique gifts on offer at Christmas Fair for children’s charity

Zoe Adams, 14, was finishing off her array of handmade items yesterday before the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) Christmas Fair at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday and Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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IT’S time to get that Christmas list written and start shopping, there’s only nine weeks left until December 25.

And what better way to get a head start on all that festive fun than this week’s Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) Christmas Fair at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club?

From handmade decorations and artwork to hot water bottle and iPad covers, there’s sure to be something for everyone, according to president of the Wagga CMRI committee Fiona Hamilton.

“It’s a place where people come to find gifts that are unique,” Mrs Hamilton said.

“A two-day window of opportunity to come and buy those different bits and pieces.”

The committee has spent the past six months preparing for this year’s 27th annual event, which will see more than 90 stalls from as far afield as Queensland and Victoria show their wares.

Wagga’s Zoe Adams, the event’s youngest stallholder at just 14, was putting the final touches on her array of handmade items yesterday.

“I just love craft and I’m inspired by nature,” the Kildare Catholic College year 9 student said of her pieces.

“I don’t really do it to make money, I do it to support the charity.

“I just do it because I love it.”

Ten per cent of each of the stall’s takings are donated to the CMRI and Mrs Hamilton said the aim was to raise $49,000 to purchase a specific piece of equipment.

The QIAGEN real-time PCR cycler – a vital piece of equipment for speeding up genetic research – will be placed in the institute’s Sydney research laboratory recently named after the city in honour of more than $1 million the committee has raised for research into children’s disease.

“We’re looking to, every year, buy one specific piece of equipment,” Mrs Hamilton said.

“It just adds to the transparency … people can say ‘this is what we’ve done’.”

WHAT: Children’s Medical Research Institute Christmas Fair

WHEN: Friday 10am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 4pm.

WHERE: Murrumbidgee Turf Club

COST:$5, children 14 and under admitted free.

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