Tim Sheens names five debutants in Kangaroos team for Four Nations opener

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named five debutants, including South Sydney premiership winner Dylan Walker, for Australia’s opening Four Nations clash against New Zealand on Saturday.
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Walker, Daniel Tupou and Josh Mansour headline an inexperienced Kangaroos back line, while forwards Aaron Woods and Aidan Guerra will also make their Test debuts.

Sheens has opted for the NSW back row of Greg Bird, Ryan Hoffman and Beau Scott.

New Zealand’s squad is also filled with youth: Jason Taumalolo and teenage winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will make their Test debuts.

Australia: Greg Inglis, Josh Mansour, Dylan Walker, Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou, Daly Cherry-Evans, Cooper Cronk, Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith, Sam Thaiday, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Bird. Interchange: Robbie Farah, Aidan Guerra, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker.

New Zealand: Peta Hiku, Jason Nightingale, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Dean Whare, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Jesse Bromwich, Thomas Leuluai, Adam Blair, Simon Mannering, Kevin Proctor, Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Lewis Brown, Greg Eastwood, Martin Taupau, Tohu Harris.

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Brisbane filmmakers crowdfunding The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco

Brisbane filmmakers are planning a big screen adaptation of John Birmingham’s The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco.A trio of Brisbane filmmakers have turned to crowd funding to help promote their yet-to-be made comedy – and give locals a chance to be a part of it.
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Producer Bec Dakin, director Zenon Kohler and writer Karl Mather work in the advertising industry by day, but formed Wickham Park Productions to bring their first feature film to life.

The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, John Birmingham’s 1997 sharehouse comedy (a sequel-of-sorts to 1994’s He Died With a Felafel in His Hand), will start filming in Brisbane in May 2015.

Ms Dakin said she had fallen in love with the book in 2004 while still at film school.

“A lecturer said ‘Don’t be silly, he’ll never option that to you, you’re just a student’,” she said.

“I arranged a meeting with John and amazingly he said yes.”

Six years passed before she found her kindred spirits in Mr Kohler and Mr Mather, and their fledgling production company succeeded in getting seed funding from Screen Queensland to develop the script.

Now they’re halfway through a Pozible crowdfunding campaign – not to raise funds to shoot the movie itself – but to help spread the word about its existence.

“When it gets time for it be distributed, we want to know that there’s a whole heap of people out there who already know about it and have told their friends,” she said.

“The film has every opportunity to succeed then … it’s a different way of finding an audience.”

So far around 100 people had pledged nearly $24,000, about one-sixth of the campaign goal.

Rewards up for grabs include on-set experiences, cast meet and greets and even the chance to spend half a day with John Birmingham playing his beloved X-Box.

However, Ms Dakin said the cheapest reward at just $5 allowed supporters to join the “Tassie Babes” community via a website log-in, where they could access and give feedback on exclusive content such as behind the scenes footage, audition tapes and pre-production notes.

“It’s also where we’re going to be putting our casting notifications for extras before we put them out through casting directors,” Ms Dakin said.

“It’s really important to me that this is a Brisbane story and it gets filmed here … using locals is crucially important.”

Several key roles had already been cast, including Brisbane comic Damien Power as Elroy, New Zealand actor Kristian Lavercombe as Leonard, and Spicks ‘n’ Specks host Josh Earl as Phil.

“It’s got such great characters – they’re over the top but they’re not that far off people you know,” she said.

Ms Dakin said they were still looking for the right person to play Birmingham himself.

“That’s our next challenge,” she said.

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Bikie associate spared conviction over police assault

A young outlaw bikie gang associate who assaulted, threatened and verbally abused two police officers in Port Melbourne, has been spared a conviction.
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Jamie Peter Riseley, 21, pleaded guilty to assaulting police, using threatening words in a public place, resisting arrest and possessing a controlled weapon before a Melbourne magistrate on Tuesday.

An unmarked police car was patrolling Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, near the clubhouse of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, when they encountered Riseley shortly after 2am on March 22, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.

Moments later police intercepted Riseley’s vehicle on the corner of Plumber and Graham streets where he showered them with a barrage of abuse, including saying, “go f*** yourself” and “I’m going to kill you c****.”

Riseley had swung his arms around and challenged police to a fight and continued to resist arrest even after being capsicum sprayed, the court heard.

One officer suffered “soreness to the forearm” and another a sore shoulder following the arrest.

Riseley had described the actions of the two police as  “overzealous”, his lawyer told the court.

On Tuesday, Riseley also pleaded guilty to riding a motorcycle without a licence in February, when he was intercepted with four “other motorcycle club associates”, and again riding without a licence in relation to another road stop in April 2013.

Magistrate Franz Holzer sentenced Riseley to a corrections order involving 150 hours of labour to be served over 12 months, and remarked that police should not have to regularly face abuse from the public.

“They are not punching bags,” he said.

Riseley’s arrest in March had come two weeks after the Mongols’ Port Melbourne clubhouse and a tattoo studio linked to the club were raided by police.  Prominent Port Melbourne Mongol Mark Graham, who is linked to the Victims of Ink tattoo studio on Bay Street, was recently found guilty of attempted murder over a shooting at a crowded Queensland shopping centre, in which an innocent bystander and a bikie rival were injured.

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Cattle come out for the big spring show season

JEWEL IN THE CROWN: Pyree dairy farmer Tom Cochrane clips Kangawarra Jewel ahead of Thursday’s annual Illawarra Cattle Society Spring Fair.THE local cattle showing season gets under way this Thursday with the Illawarra Cattle Society Spring Fair at the Berry Showground.
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Starting at 9am, for the first time Ayrshire cattle have been invited to attend the annual show.

The show is hosted by the Illawarra Cattle Society of Australia and between 50 and 60 cattle are expected take part in the show, from as far afield as Camden and Bega, as well as the local area.

With some of the best Illawarra and Ayrshire cattle in the region on show, the competition is expected to be fierce.

Classes range from under six months to mature cows, over six years in milk.

Grand champion heifers and mature cows will be awarded in both sections, while the grand champion Illawarra will take out the coveted Bell Ringer Trophy, a special award donated by the late Don Norman and his family.

Judge for this year’s Spring Fair is Berry Holstein breeder, Peter Cullen.

The Spring Fair gets under way at 9am and will run through until about noon, members of the public are invited to attend and breakfast and lunch will be available at the grounds.

The 13th annual South Coast and Tablelands Spring Heifer Classic will be staged at the Berry Showground on Sunday, November 16, before local farmers prepare animals for Australia’s International Dairy Week at Tatura, which then leads into the local showing circuit at Kiama, Berry, Nowra, Kangaroo Valley and Milton.

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Online gambling ‘like a freight train’

ODDS ON: A Wagga counsellor has suggested online gambling may have contributed to a loss in poker machine revenue recorded at the city’s clubs.THE “freight train” of online gambling may be having a significant effect on Wagga clubs’ bottom line, according to one of the city’s counsellors.
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Family Support Services gambling counsellor Robyn Preston said the more than $500,000 net revenue decrease year on year from poker machine income at Wagga’s Rules Club and more than $300,000 net downturn at the city’s RSL Club may be attributed to a shift to online gambling.

“I would have to say online gambling would possibly be the result of that, mainly because it’s so accessible and in your face,” she said.

“It appeals to the younger generation with smartphones and all that sort of stuff.

“You can just sit anywhere and do it.”

Mrs Preston denied the revenue loss was due to a decrease in gambling generally.

“The gambling trend is not actually in a downturn; it’s just shifted to somewhere else,” she said.

“Online gambling has been building for a couple of years.

“I’m seeing that in the clients I’m seeing.

“Online gambling is like a freight train rolling along.”

Rules Club general manager Jack Jolley didn’t name one specific reason for the fall in takings, saying online gambling may be influencing the club’s result.

“That’s one of the factors that will contribute for sure,” he said.

“We do know that gaming machine revenue is down across the Murrumbidgee zone,” he said.

RSL general manager Andrew Bell blamed the decrease on tough economic times.

“Society is becoming a saving society as opposed to a credit society,” he said.

Mr Bell said the club continued its strong vigilance of problem gamblers, but had not “upped the campaign at all”.

Mrs Preston said she believed the clubs were addressing the issue of problem gambling adequately.

“The clubs are responsible and they are extremely supportive of gambling counselling,” she said.

“They will direct them (problem gamblers) to me.”

Mrs Preston said that five years ago one in 10 of her clients would have presented with an online gambling problem, but the figure had now risen to three in 10.

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Watchdog to probe Australia Post over banning a post box for the disabled

Councillor Andrew Murat with his prototype drive-through post box.DISABILITY Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan will take up the cause for a drive-through street-posting box in Armidale with Australia Post.
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Ms Ryan will ask the service why it has ruled out installing the special box when its own accessibility action plan, launched two years ago, commits to providing accessible products and services to the disabled.

“Australia Post is not providing accessible post boxes to the disabled and I will be raising this matter with them,” Ms Ryan said yesterday.

Armidale Dumaresq Council has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition calling for the installation of the special post box, designed by councillor Andrew Murat.

Cr Murat has spent about $1000 of his own money completing the project.

The post box is aimed at letting disabled people mail letters and parcels from their cars.

But Australia Post has ruled out installing the special post box, claiming it held concerns about the practicality and safety of the installation and it may present a dangerous situation for posties trying to clear the mail.

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Wake Up, Wimmera: October 22

PIC OF THE DAY: Send your photos of the Wimmera to [email protected]南京夜网.au or tag us on Instagram @wimmeramailtimes and use the hashtag #wakeupwimmera to have your pic included! Picture: MATT COUGHLAN
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We’re in for a scorcher – or a lovely warm day depending on your preference. On the way to oneof the hottest days since last summer with 35 degrees expected.


HORSHAM Rural City Council will campaign forwater to flow into Burnt and Bungalally creeks.Cr David Grimble made an impassioned plea tothe council at Monday night’s meeting to take aninterest in the fight of Burnt Creek farmers, who lastweek called for water authorities to release anenvironmental flow down the rivers.


CELEBRITY VISITOR: Star Sydney jockey Tommy Berry enjoyed a quick stopover in Donald at the start of the week. He is pictured with, from left, back, Debra French, his sister Sam Spencer and Kristy French; front, Sharni French. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“I’ve met a lot of jockeys and some of them are a bit stuck up, but he’s just lovely.” – Donald resident Debra French who was delighted to meet multiple Group 1-winning jockey Tommy Berry.


Horsham’s Coughlin Park will undergo a $1.46-million upgrade to improve amenities for a range of sporting and community groups.

UPGRADE: Coughlin Park Management Committee chairman Brendan Ryan, Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy, Coughlin Park Bowling Club president Judy Bryan, Father Peter Hudson, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty, Horsham Saints Football Club president Roger Sordello and Horsham Saints Cricket Club president Tim Lannen. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera secondary students will partner with Horsham Regional Art Gallery to host three exhibitions in the next three years.

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Views sought on future of old bridge

THE Shoalhaven community is being invited to have a say on the future of the old Nowra Bridge.
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Planning is now under way for a new bridge over the Shoalhaven River which will enable highway traffic to be removed from the 133-year-old Nowra Bridge and improve traffic flow for motorists.

The NSW government has put $1.6 million into the project, with the federal government committing $10 million towards planning and design.

Possible outcomes for the old bridge once the new bridge is open to traffic include retaining it, relocating it either whole or in parts or removing it.

No decision has been made and in the next few months the community will be invited to provide ideas, feedback and submissions on what the old bridge could be used for or how it could be remembered if removed.

During October and November the Roads and Maritime Services project team will hold information displays at a number of locations and events in the area to talk to the community about possible outcomes and ideas.

Staffed displays will be held this Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26 at the Shoalhaven River Festival, on Wednesday, November 12 from 5pm to 7.30pm at North Nowra Community Centre and on Saturday, November 22 from 10am to 1pm at the Nowra School of Arts.

The feedback collected will be one of a number of factors to guide the proposal for the future of the bridge.

Other factors to be considered include conservation of the heritage value of the old Nowra Bridge and the cost and feasibility of potential outcomes.

Feedback and submissions on the future of the old bridge will be accepted until Friday, December 19 to ensure the community has adequate time to provide its views.

Feedback can be provided in person at the displays, by post PO Box 477, Wollongong, NSW 2500, email NowraBridgeProject @rms.nsw.gov.au, the information line on 1800 331 713, on Facebook at www.facebook 南京夜网/PrincesHighwayUpgrade or complete an online survey at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/nowrabridge.

A proposal is expected to be available for community comment in the first half of next year.

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Rologas Fields upgrade a win for city

Steve McMillan is happy to see upgrades for Rologas Fields. ARMIDALE Sports Council chairman Steve McMillan was thrilled to see upgrades for Rologas Fields announced.
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“Any improvements to sporting infrastructure I’m happy to see – soccer, touch and junior and senior cricket all use Rologas Fields,” he said.

Council will be moving forward with a $1 million upgrade to the field, with assistance from the NSW government.

The refurbishments will include new toilets and showers for both home and away teams, as well as other amenities.

Demon Knights president David Farmer said he was happy to see improvements which will allow visiting teams to clean up before heading home.

“It will be good to have facilities for them to have a shower and change before getting back on the bus,” he said.

“The change rooms as they are, you can’t fit a full team in there.”

Councillor Andrew Murat estimated the improvements would be finished in the first half of 2015.

Cr Murat said the upgrades would also serve to give a good impression of Armidale to visiting teams.

The NSW government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme helps by subsidising interest on loans to complete projects.

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Batters star in great game of softball

PHOENIX Hanson beat Phoenix Enduro in a quality game of softball on Saturday.
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Hanson won 10-8 in round two of the Camden Haven Port Macquarie Softball Association at Findlay Park with some strong batting the highlight of the match.

With Enduro’s new pitcher away, Rowena Meers stepped back into the position and she was well backed by her team.

Strong batting by Clare Hayes, Kristy Chant, Jackie Darcey and Jenny Clark took Phoenix Hanson to a good early lead.

By the fourth inning Hanson led by five runs and were holding well.

The teams were even in the field with only eight players on each side. In the fifth inning Enduro’s strong batting changed the scoreboard by adding four runs to close the gap between the two teams.

Hanson’s batters put another three runs across home plate, taking the score to 10-6.

With pressure on Phoenix Hanson to keep the lead in the last innings Enduro were unable to put the runs on the board with Hanson eventual winners in a great game of softball.

In the other scores of the day, Finnians beat Forster Lakers 8-1 and Diamonds beat Macleay 18-3.

Table: Phoenix Finnians 4, Diamonds 2, P Enduro 2, P Hanson 2, Forster Lakers 2, Wauchope Bago Tavern 2, Macleay 2

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