Council seeks more positive spin

“We really need to lift our game here, move with technology and keep our community better informed,” says Councillor Stuart Freudenstein.
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The councillor told last week’s monthly council meeting he wanted to see better communication between Young Shire Council and its community.

So he turned to the general manager, in the form of a notice of motion, to investigate their options for improvement and he’s received full support from his fellow councillors.

“I have had this concern for quite some time – that our existing methods of getting messages out to our community is falling well short and that we should be looking at other options,” Cr Freudenstein said.

He cited a column by Young radio announcer Neil Langford published in the The Young Witness on Friday, September 26.

Cr Freudenstein said Mr Langford spoke about a plethora of issues in town – gathered from a radio survey – such as the urgent need for road upgrades, and incomplete and outstanding works.

But Cr Freudenstein said the radio announcer neglected to mention what efforts council had made.

He was particularly concerned council’s LIRS (Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme) application for Lovell, Cloete and Thornhill upgrades wasn’t mentioned.

“The application, if approved, will allow council to borrow $2.5 million, obtain a three per cent interest rate subsidy and do all the works in one program rather than spread over many years, as is the case with current funding.

“Gus Smith Oval car park and Cranfield Oval were highlighted, but no mention of the $1.2 million worth of works for our sporting fields which has been brought forward due to the successful LIRS application of late.”

Cr Freudenstein said the Young Sports Advisory Committee hadbeen deciding the final package of works so funds could be borrowed and work could begin.

“…to see that he and/or his respondents didn’t know of council’s progress exemplifies the fact that we should be trying other methods of connection with our residents,” he said.

Cr Freudenstein suggested newsletters, utilising Facebook or creating an IT and media staff position may be their best solutions.

Cr Ben Cooper said he supported Cr Freudenstein’s notice of motion 100 per cent.

“We do a great job but the message isn’t getting out there,” he said.

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Last-minute call for Moruya Speedway nominations

DIRT DRIFTERS: Dennis Richardson and Todd Baxter cut around Moruya Speedway last season. MORUYA Speedway’s season opening race meeting will be held at the 500-metre race track on Saturday, November 1.
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The club was hoping for last-minute entries in super production, Aussie sixes, Ford fours, series production, second drivers and ladies’ divisions before registration closes on Sunday, October 26.

Meetings in October at Nowra and Goulburn were cancelled due to a lack of nominations, and Moruya Speedway secretary Kay Nash strongly encouraged drivers to signal their interest.

“We really need entries and the drivers have had their forms for quite some time,” Nash said.

“It’s tough for us because we don’t get the city drivers.”

Nash said Moruya Speedway drivers Todd Baxter, Grant Lavis, Johnny Ralph and Kiel Rosevear were making changes to their vehicles and some would miss the first weekend of the season.

“Todd is having 12 months off, Grant is fixing his car, Johnny sold his car and he’s getting a new one and Keil is building a new one,” she said.

Nash speculated that drivers were still preparing for the season and it was possible people were waiting for clearance.

“A lot of cars have to go away to be looked at,” she said.

“If there are issues then the drivers have to get them fixed before they can be signed and race.

“There are probably some still finishing off their cars; it’s hard to say.”

In past seasons legend cars and 1600s sedans -now called national fours – raced at Moruya but Nash confirmed they would not be there.

“I’m not quite sure about vintage or formula 500s,” Nash said.

Racing starts at 4pm for a twilight meeting with gates opening at 1.30pm.

Spectators are welcomed with canteen facilities available.

Daytime licenses will be offered and the club encourages people to volunteer at the canteen.

To nominate, or volunteer, phone Nash on 0423 836 851 or register through Moruya Speedway’s website at http://www.moruyaspeedway南京夜网/.

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Move to Parkes highly successful

Pictured are Chemstore’s local staff who operate from the company’s premises in Clarke Street. From left to right are, back row – Rodney Punch, Steven Gillard, Terry McAneney, Guy Parker, Chris Cannon, Jeff Punch, Jay Kross, Adam Harvey, Steve McGonigal, Darren Mann, Aporosa Ada; front Row – Jarrad Punch, Epi Sadrodro, Luke Parker, David Masoe, Ionatana Tino, Aaron Punch.Missing – Tom Anderson, Jonathan Henry, Wayne Jordan, Aaron Kingham, Ryan McLuckie and Allan Cannon.Many Parkes residents may not know Chemstore even exists – but it is one of Parkes’ largest employers.
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Located in Clarke Street in the Parkes Industrial Estate, the tank business was started in Penrith in 1972

It relocated the entire manufacturing facility and head office to Parkes in 2003 – and has not looked back since, expanding to such an extent that at one point, more than 50 people were employed.

The Chemstore Group is a family owned company, operated by Nelson Pridham and his sons, Jerry and Sam.

The move was because Parkes is conveniently situated at the centre of the road and rail link between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and is also positioned on the main rail line from Sydney to Perth and Adelaide to Darwin.

This provides a prime location and accessibility to all of Australia’s capital cities, managing director, Jerry Pridham explained.

Chemstore has developed vast knowledge in the industry through three generations of family.

They have more than 100 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture and supply of fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) chemical storage, transport and process tanks, plus other specialized composite products.

More recently, the company has signed exclusive rights to become the sole Australian distributor for the world-renowned Permastore range of Glass-Fused-to-Steel tanks and silos.

Through dedication to delivering the highest quality products and 100% customer satisfaction, the company has gone from strength to strength, and doubled in size since the move to Parkes.

Chemstore now employees a total number of 37 employees; 33 of which are local residents.

Some work in the office in management, administrative, marketing, sales and project management roles, but the majority work in the manufacturing process of the tanks.

The company continually invests in research and development to remain at the forefront of the industry, and to offer new products and solutions to emerging markets and needs.

A couple of new products recently developed are FRP water cartage/spray tanks, and industrial water tanks.

With the bushfire season approaching, these tanks will no doubt prove valuable and useful assets locally.

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“War-to-end war” remembered

REMEMBERING HEROES: Batemans Bay RSL Sub-Branch honorary secretary Peter Watson at the honour stone in Clyde Street, where the Remembrance Day service will be held on November 11.Eurobodallaresidents will pause to remember Australia’s extraordinary sacrifice in World War I at Remembrance Day services in Moruya and Batemans Bay on November 11.
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Batemans Bay RSL Sub-Branch honorary secretary Peter Watson said the war took a huge toll on a small population.

“Australia lost 60,000 dead in World War I, from a population of five million, which would be the equivalent of losing 276, 000 today,” Mr Watson said.

Remembrance Day marks the armistice signed to end the carnage on November 11, 1918.

“It remembers a time when people thought something was so horrific, we could never do it again, and said ‘we’ve got to stop this’,” Mr Watson said.

“So many thousands died to protect the rights we have today.”

Participants will form up for the Batemans Bay service at 10.45am at the Honour Stone in Clyde Street, and the service will get underway shortly before 11am.

Reverend Tom Slockee will read the official prayer.

Participants will form up for the Moruya service at 10.40am outside the RSL Memorial Hall in Page Street, and the service will get underway shortly before 11am.

Mr Watson expects plenty of support from the community on Remembrance Day.

“The school kids and community organisations around here are very switched on with Remembrance Day, Anzac Day and other services,” he said.

Mr Watson, who recently took over as secretary of the Batemans Bay Sub-Branch from Les Arnould, is, like Arnould, a Vietnam veteran.

He served with the Second Battalion Royal Australian and New Zealand regiment in 1970 and 1971, and is a member of the Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers.

“Vietnam veterans and the RSL have a history of not getting on, but in the Eurobodalla, relations between Vietnam veterans and the RSL are terrific,” he said.

“Part of my job is to make sure they continue to get on.”

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Total fire ban for Flinders region

TOTAL FIRE BANS have been declared for Wednesday, 22 October 2014 in the Northeast Pastoral and Flinders regions.
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Both regions have a fire danger rating of severe.

Where Total Fire Bans have been declared, very hazardous fire weather conditions are predicted.

The Total Fire Ban will apply for 24 hours from midnight to midnight.

The CFS recommends that you implement your Bushfire Survival Plan.

FIRE DANGER RATING

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of Severe, well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

If you don’t have a plan to ensure your survival, leaving early before a fire starts is your safest option.

In making your plan, you should be aware that in high fire danger conditions, essential services including mains-fed electricity and water supply may not be available due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Landowners are asked to adhere to local harvest codes of practice which are available from your local council.

Landowners are also asked to ensure that any burn-off activities conducted today are fully extinguished before midnight tonight.

Agencies are advised to activate their Total Fire Ban procedures in preparation for these predicted fire weather conditions.

For further information contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visitwww.cfs.sa.gov.au

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A winning start

PLAYED AWAY: Tim Hartshorn, pictured here batting last week, captained Batemans Bay to its first win of the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association season.BATEMANS Bay Cricket Club’s first grade side eroded last season’s finishing faults to upset Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen at Hayden Drexel Oval, Worrigee on Saturday.
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The Bay made a great start, hitting 265 in their first innings last week, leaving the home side with plenty of runs to chase.

Ex-Servicemen’s were on the back foot early, with opener Chris Bramley absent and unable to resume his innings from last week.

Shoalhaven then lost early wickets, with Paul Britt dismissing Brett Jones for a duck, and Tim Sethi removing skipper Mat Ganderton for 11.

Sam Stewart (14) was the only other player in the top order to reach double figures, as Shoalhaven slumped to 7/40.

Aaron Van Essen (27) added some runs late in the piece, but the damage had already been done.

Marc Stiller, David West and Luke Condon each dismissed a lower order batsmen and Shoalhaven was bowled out for 70.

Sethi (4/8) was the pick of the bowlers for Batemans Bay, while Britt bowled well with figures of 2/15.

Sethi’s accurate medium pace deliveries troubled the batsmen as he constantly made them play.

“He put it in very good areas, particularly with the pitch doing a little,” Batemans Bay captain Tim Hartshorn said.

“He put the ball in a position where they had to play which made a big difference.”

Batemans Bay had a 195-run lead and decided to enforce the follow on, but there was a lot more resistance from the home side in its second dig.

Blake Morris (23) and Stewart (18) made some starts at the top of the order, while Josh Jones (51) displayed some big hitting, with three sixes on his way to a half-century.

Shoalhaven batted out the rest of the day, reaching 5/109 before the close of play, giving Batemans Bay first innings points.

Marc Stiller (3/13) was the best of the bowlers in the second innings and was unlucky not to remove a batsman who played and missed several times in one of his spells.

The win was a big turnaround for Batemans Bay, after they struggled in their first season in the Shoalhaven last year.

Hartshorn was impressed by the Bay’s ability to finish off its opponent, especially with new addition, Ryan Chamberlain, unable to bowl due to a side strain

“It’s a good start to the season knowing we have enough firepower to bowl sides out,” Hartshorn said.

Hartshorn highlighted Stiller’s consistency and low economy rate – 24 runs from 23 overs – which helped his side build pressure.

“He bowled exceptionally well and in one particular second innings spell he made a batsman miss numerous times,” he said.

Batemans Bay’s first grade team has a bye next weekend before a two-day match against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads on November 1 and 2.

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Nature Coast stars in whale of a trip

GREAT LEAP FORWARD: A humpback calf shows what it is made of at Merimbula in 2012. Picture: WAYNE REYNOLDS.GeoffRoss will have a ringside seat as whales ply the Eurobodalla coastline this season.
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The scientist sets sail next week from Sydney aboard the HM Bark Endeavour Replica, bound for the Far South Coast and an annual festival of all things hugely marine.

The replica of the HMS Endeavour, which was commanded by Lieutenant James Cook, will be a major attraction at the Eden Whale Festival.

Mr Ross, a National Parks and Wildlife Services whale and dolphin expert will join the crew on the once-in-a-lifetime five-day voyage.

“This is a joint venture with National Parks and the Australian National Maritime Museum and it’s going to be exciting,” Mr Ross said.

“This replica will be just like the ancient whaling vessels that once visited the region,” he said.

However the ship hands have swapped harpoons for cameras.

“Instead of hunting whales, we will be watching them and shooting photos,” Mr Ross said.

Built in 1988 for Australia’s Bicentennial, the ships masts and spars carry 28 sails spanning approximately 3048 metres.

Mr Ross said he would be thrilled to see a glimpse of how sailors’ lives were during Cook’s world voyage of 1768 to 1771.

“I’m excited about being on the replica of the 18th century ship,” he said.

“Sleeping conditions will be just like they were when Cook sailed, with hammocks and all,” he said

“There is other accommodation, called supernumerary, for those who don’t want to be part of the crew.

“They get a single cabin and get to relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

“I will teach people about marine mammals and help them identify sea birds.

“We will climb the mast and watch the humpback northern whale migration in the Pacific Ocean.

“It should be a once in a lifetime experience.”

In port, festival patrons can board the famous replica and explore the ship’s mess deck – where sailors lived and ate their meals – including the large fire-hearth (stove).

They can also glance around the Great Cabin where botanist Joseph Banks and his scientists worked and documented their botanical specimens.

The expedition leaves Sydney on Monday, October 27 and arrives in Eden on October 31.

The ship departs Eden on November 3, arriving in Sydney on November 7.

Visit www.anmm.gov.au for more details.

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Suspended jail sentence follows Moruya car chase

A Moruyaman who led police on a car chase in August was handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence when he appeared in Moruya Local Court this month.
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Anthony Craig Pittman, 34, of Costin Street, pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and speeding and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended licence.

Police facts tendered to the court on October 10 stated officers saw Pittman driving out of Woodbridge Avenue, Moruya, at 10.05pm, August 16.

Police said they followed him into Bergalia Street intending to stop him for a random breath test.

While in a 50km/h zone, Pittman accelerated to an estimated speed of 100km/h after going through the intersection of Bergalia and Francis Street.

He turned left onto the Princes Highway where he again accelerated and drove over the roundabout at the intersection of South Head Road.

The police pursued him until he spun his car 270 degrees at the roundabout at the intersection of Vulcan and Campbell Streets.

He got out of the car and ran, but police said he was found crouching in a garden bed.

Before arresting Pittman, police asked him why he didn’t stop for them, and he replied “because I don’t have a licence”.

He had been driving while his licence had been suspended from July 30 to October 29 for being an unaccompanied learner driver.

The court heard Pittman had a poor driving record, but other than these matters, had not offended since 2008.

“Your record has come back to haunt you,” Magistrate Doug Dick said.

“I need to protect other road users.”

Pittman was convicted on both charges, fined a total of $1500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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Councils see red in vote to head off budget black hole

The peak body for NSW councils has resolved to lobby for the end of a measure it says will cause a $288 million funding hole across the sector in the next three years. The peak body for NSW councils has resolved to lobby for the end of a measure it says will cause a $288 million funding hole across the sector in the next three years.
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Councillors at the 2014 Local Government NSW (LGNSW) conference unanimously voted to lobby the federal government to abandon freezing the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants to councils.

In June Dubbo City Council estimated the measure would leave it more than $1.9 million worse off in the next four years.

Dubbo council has delegates at the conference, which on Monday considered motions from councils about the issue.

After the vote LGNSW president Keith Rhoades said councils were living the reality of the government’s budget decision not to index the important grants.

“The consequence of this funding freeze is a $288 million hole for the NSW local government sector – and our communities – over the next three years,” Cr Rhoades said.

“All NSW councils, both country and city, will feel the pinch, as shown by the 11 councils who submitted motions on this issue to the LGNSW Annual Conference, including the Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Randwick and Wakool.

“Financial Assistance Grants are extremely important as they are untied, which means they can be used for council services, facilities and infrastructure that the community deems to be most important – not as directed by the Australian government.

“They are also an essential part of councils’ revenue base, particularly as NSW councils are constrained from increasing their own source of revenue by rate-pegging.

“$288 million over three years will not drastically impact the Australian government, but it is a severe hit to individual councils, and even more so in country areas where they have extensive road networks and small rate bases.”

Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson and councillors Greg Mohr, Kevin Parker, Allan Smith and John Walkom are attending the conference on behalf of the council.

Dubbo councillors Greg Matthews and Ben Shields are also in attendance as board members of LGNSW.

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Top opera talent to hit the Dubbo stage

Pianist Julia de Plater, Joshua Rogers, Jessica Westcott, Joshua Oxley, Anna McDougall, Soonki Park and Deepka Ratra are part of the group that will sing at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club on November 2. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDEarly next month a group of Sydney Opera singers will converge on Dubbo, where they will perform musical hits and feature a local choir and two young local artists.
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The seven opera singers who have performed in Opera Australia productions, will take their Rising Stars Tour to Dubbo on Sunday, November 2.

Local talents Billie Palin and Nathan Byron will also be showcasing their creativity at the concert, which will be held at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club.

Dubbo South Public School administration manager Lindy Blekemore has also organised a choir to perform on the day.

Rising Stars manager Jessica Westcott, who is one of the seven opera singers, hails from Parkes and said after many years living and studying in Sydney she was excited about coming back to the country.

“I’m looking forward to performing in front of a home audience,” Ms Westcott said.

“When I was growing up there were not many places to perform or train. It will be great coming back to the country and helping regional kids.”

Before the performance takes place, the Rising Stars opera singers will conduct workshops for the local choir, as well as Billie and Nathan.

“We’ve been told by Ms Blekemore that the choir are really excited,” Ms Westcott said.

“We’ll be conducting performance-based games and giving them advice on how to work together as an ensemble.”

The concert will feature various acts from the Rising Stars opera singers, including performances from much loved broadway and musical hits, gospel songs and solo acts.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Dubbo RSL, or at the door.

An adult ticket costs $30, concession $25 and kids under 12 are free.

The performance will begin at 3pm on Sunday, November 3.

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