League presidents look to 2015

Men in charge: Geoff Kelly is the Port City Breakers president while Phil Trembath is at the Sharks’ helm.PORT City Breakers president Geoff Kelly already looks forward to 2015.
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Kelly wants the club to put a difficult 2014 behind it and move on to next season.

He has a strong vision of what next season will look like. The Breakers’ first graders will help the future of the club out and family will be firmly on the agenda again.

Kelly wants to attract more juniors to the club and rugby league. He plans to have the kids take to the park ahead of the Breakers’ biggest matches this season.

Juniors will take to the field ahead of games against the Wauchope Blues, Port Sharks and Forster Tuncurry Hawks.

“We want to have kids from six to 16 playing on the back field [at the Regional Stadium],” Kelly said.

Training days are on the cards, too, with the seniors playing a role in helping the kids out.

“A lot of seniors will be involved with the juniors,” Kelly said.

Kelly has a strong committee to help him out. Dudley Millard is the vice president, Peter Hesse the secretary and Annette Rae the treasurer.

Ben Sprague will coach the side.

Trembath stuck his hand up to take the Sharks’ reins after Peter Cooke decided to have a spell.

Mick Cudmore is the vice president. Sharon Brock is secretary and Kim Trembath the treasurer.

The committee has hit the ground running. The club has already met with a couple of potential reserve grade coaches.

The Sharks’ retention committee has resigned most of last season’s crop of players, and Trembath is excited.

Matt Shipway has come back into the fold to coach the team.

Trembath said the club has a strong forward pack to work with.

“We need [to recruit] a decent centre, in my opinion,” he said.

“But there are already some pretty handy players at this club.

“We’ve got a strong forward pack.”

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Cowra police: thefts, assaults, trespass mar weekend

News in from the Cowra police station. FILE PHOTOCowra’s police were kept busy over the weekend with a number of incidents being reported.
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A 36 year old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he allegedly punched a 76 year old man to the head, causing him to fall on to the ground.

The alleged incident happened at around 4.40pm on Friday afternoon, in front of police who were patrolling the area.

The 36 year old was arrested as he crossed the road immediately following the incident, and was conveyed to Cowra Police Station. He has received conditional bail and is to appear in Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, November 5.

An ambulance was called for the victim who was taken to Cowra Hospital with lacerations to the back of his head and a concussion.

At around 11.50 on Friday night police were flagged down in Kendal Street by security. A window had been smashed on a Kendal Street premises, no entry was gained to the building as the window, which was damaged beyond repair, did not cave in.

In the early hours of Saturday morning trespassers gained access to the Cowra Swimming Pool. No damage was done to the premises, however the blanket, used to keep the pool warm at night had been peeled back.

At around 9am on Sunday morning a 42 year old male entered a shop on Redfern Street, police were called after staff at the business saw the man acting suspiciously.

Police spoke to the man before searching his backpack, locating a power tool inside. The man was conveyed to Cowra Police Station where he was issued a court attendance notice for stealing.

There was a report of stealing made from a location on Hartley Street, according to the caller four GPS dog collars were stolen between October 1 and October 18.

Another report of stealing came from a home on Appin Way. The occupant believes a power tool was stolen from their garage sometime between October 13 and 16, however admitted to Police that the garage was left unlocked during that time.

If you have any information which may be able to assist police with their investigations please call Cowra Police Station on 63415099.

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Monaros fill Tanunda Oval

MONARO FANS: Jye and Nate Gordon from Willaston enjoying the Rare Spares Show ‘n’ Shine event.Theninth biennial Monaro Nationals were held in the Barossa Valley last week from October 17 to 20, which included a huge turnout at Tanunda for the Rare Spares Show ‘n’ Shine event on Saturday.
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Over 260 Monaros filled the Tanunda Oval and a crowd of around 4000 enjoyed the day’s offerings, much to the organisers’ delight.

The nationals also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Holden HJ Monaro.

Organiser, John Newton said, “We were really pleased with how well the Rare Spares Show ‘n’ Shine went with the amount of cars, visitors, trade stalls, and kids’ corner and the entrants were certainly happy with the weather.

A line up of HJ GTS Monaros.

“A lot of the visiting Monaros came from Western Australia and Victoria, with this being their first trip to the region, and they were blown away.

“They said the region was a ‘hidden jewel’ and many invested energy and time at the wineries, on tours and got a good taste of the Barossa.

A 1969 HT ‘Kermit’ green Monaro on show at the event.

A broad range of Monaros were on show from original cars to show cars, which were highly modified.

After the event, a large number of the Monaros were driven to Kapunda to join in the Scase Automotive Show ‘n’ Shine event during the evening.

With the help of sponsors such as Rare Spares, Shannons Insurance, Winner Products Premium Interiors and Echuca Service Centre, the event certainly impressed car lovers.

Other sponsors that contributed include Livewire Solar and Electrical, Pacemaker Headers, Kies Winery, ULX110 Proven Custom Blend Oils, HKTG Parts Recovery, CA Schulz & Son, U Pull It Auto Recyclers, Redwood Classic Cars, The Dent-itian, Redwood on Target Fabrications and Concours and Custom Restoration.

The next Monaro Nationals will be held in a region of New South Wales (yet to be confirmed), and will be back in South Australia in 10-years time to another regional area.

FULL HOUSE: A snapshot of a some of the 260 odd Monaros on show at the Tanunda Oval at the Rare Spares Show ‘n’ Shine event held last Saturday.

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Shellharbour City Hub could cost millions more

An artist’s impression of the Shellharbour City Hub.TheStop the Hub community group estimates conditions placed on the approval of the Shellharbour City Hub development have added at least $2million in costs to what is currently a $57million project.
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Stop the Hub convener Dianne Quinlin said to put that into perspective, Shellharbour City Council recently sold the former council chambers and administration building at Warilla for $2million.

‘‘What was a folly is now an even more expensive folly,’’ Ms Quinlin said.

On Monday the southern Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the development application for the city hub, but not before imposing some strict conditions relating to flood mitigation works and car parking on the project.

As a result the council will need to make room for 24 additional car spaces within the development before consent is granted.

Shellharbour Council general manager Michael Willis said it was ‘‘premature’’ for anyone to speculate on the impact on the project budget or how specific works may be carried out.

‘‘We have an expert team who are experienced in projects of this size and nature, and they will provide professional advice,’’ Mr Willis said.

“This [approval] is a welcome step forward for this significant project.’’

Mr Willis said the council would work through each condition to determine how the hub design might need to be modified.

‘‘With any development approval there is likely to be conditions, and we will now look at the best approach to meeting each condition.’’

Mr Willis said the council had made it clear that a final decision on proceeding with the hub would be made by the elected councillors, subject to funding certainty for the project.

The Stop the Hub Group said the extra car spaces would need to be supplied by either by blasting further into the rock base or by altering the architecture of the administration building.

Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh believed the extra cost would be closer to $2.5million, which would be covered by the sale of more council assets.

Ms Quinlin said that at the same time as the Warilla administration building was sold, the neighbouring Warilla library was also sold for $2million.

‘‘Citizens are now paying $147,000 leasing costs for the Warilla Library with the cost of a replacement unfunded, to be built at an unknown location, in an even more uncertain time frame,’’ Ms Quinlin said.

‘‘The vast majority of the citizens of this city think the City Hub is a waste of money…the bureaucratic process that has permitted the City Hub to continue is an indictment of this process and local government.’’

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Armidale woman defrauded friend

A TRUSTED friend who embezzled more than $9000 from a sick 77-year-old pensioner will spend at least nine months behind bars.
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In sentencing Megan Griffen in Armidale Local Court on Monday Magistrate Karen Stafford said the crime was deplorable as Griffen was herself a pensioner.

“You are on a Commonwealth pension and a [doctor’s report] shows you also have health problems,” Magistrate Stafford said. “What’s worse is you stole from someone in your position, only she was worse off.”

The court heard Griffen wrote six cheques to herself from $800 to $2600 between August and November last year.

This money came from the elderly victim’s bank account which held her pension funds and her late husband’s superannuation.

The victim had been in and out of hospital during the time of the fraud did not know the money had been taken until her son, her power of attorney, noticed the discrepancy in the account.

Griffen originally pleaded not guilty to six counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

She changed her plea on the day of the hearing, in which the victim, two police officers and staff from the credit union attended to give evidence.

Defence solicitor Stan Kozera urged the magistrate to allow his client to serve her sentence in the community, allowing her to pay $100 a week until she could pay back what she stole.

Magistrate Stafford said Griffen was convicted of 11 fraud charges in 2004 in which she was required to pay compensation.

“She was ordered to pay $6000 [back] and not one cent was made to the victim or victims.

“Why should I give her a chance when she didn’t pay any of the money back last time?”

Griffen was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment with a non-parole period of nine months and will be eligible for release on July 19, 2015.

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Busy country lane transformed into road

PROGRESS: The upgrade of Pyree Lane, east of Nowra, which will see the road double its width, is on schedule to be opened later in the year.MOTORISTS are already using the new road surface as part of the $2 million upgrade of the accident-prone Pyree Lane east of Nowra.
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Work is on schedule for the upgrade, which is due to be completed by the end of the year.

The road is being doubled in width for its entire length from the median strip near Greenwell Point Road to the bridge at the southern end – a distance of 1475 metres.

Traffic is being diverted onto the new surface on the western side of the existing road, while the old part of Pyree Lane is being built up to the new level of the road.

The road is currently between 5.5m and 6m wide for its entire length; the new work will see each travel lane become 3.3m wide with an additional 2.2m shoulder.

It will provide proper travel lanes and good sealed shoulders for improved traffic and cycle safety.

The median strip at the northern end of the lane will also be extended for a further 40m.

It is anticipated the prime seal of bitumen would be in place on the road prior to Christmas, in time for the busy holiday period, while the final seal will be undertaken around April next year.

The $1,992,000 project has been funded under the state government’s Safer Road Strategy and is being undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council.

While work is being carried out in the area, motorists are reminded 40km/h speed limits apply.

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Have your say on the future of water in the South West

Dunsborough’s Toby Inlet.A DRAFT plan into the water supply for the South West has been released and is open for public comment.
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The Water Forever: South West Draft Plan was developed by local governments, communities and customers over the last year.

Water minister Mia Davies said the draft plan provided detailed options for developing new water sources and reducing water use.

The plan covers Margaret River, Dunsborough, Nannup, Greenbushes, Dalyellup, Eaton, Australind and Collie.

The minister said drinking water supplies for the South West were secured in the medium term but by 2060 the demand for water could surpass supply.

“Even though that may seem a long way off, we need to plan for a portfolio of options that can meet the challenges of a drying climate combined with a growing population in the future,” she said.

“The Water Corporation has already completed extensive engagement with the community – including government and industry – on how it can best meet these challenges.

“I now encourage everyone to take the opportunity to review the study and comment on the potential options proposed for the region during this final stage of the planning.”

The public comment period is open until December 16, 2014, and the final 50-year South West water supply plan will be released after community feedback has been considered.

The draft plan and details on how to provide feedback are available at http://watercorporation南京夜网.au/waterforeversw or by contacting (08) 9420 3656.

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State mining history group conference for Kapunda

KAPUNDA MINE SITE HISTORY: Two of the presenters speaking at the Kapunda conference in November, from left, Dale Mattock and Andrew Philpott.The South Australian Mining History Group will be holding its annual excursion in Kapunda this year on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2.
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Presenters involved with the Kapunda Mine Site and other experts in the field will be speaking to around 30 members of the group, along with 50 interested residents attending so far.

On Saturday morning at the Kapunda Soldiers Memorial Hall in Hill Street, keynote speaker will be Greg Drew discussing the Kapunda Mine and its history as told through original sources.

Andrew Philpott, environmental projects officer at Light Regional Council and member of the Kapunda Mine management committee, will be talking about the role of the committee in the Kapunda Mine site.

Susan Arthure and Simon O’Reilley will be presenting their talk on the uncovering of Baker’s Flat and Dale Mattock, researcher and member of the Kapunda Mine management committee, will present a talk on the life and times of a Kapunda Mine Cornish Miner’s Family, 1845-1865.

During Saturday afternoon and Sunday, tours will be conducted of the Kapunda Museum, Bagot’s Fortune, along with a walking tour of Kapunda and dinner at the North Kapunda Hotel. On Sunday, breakfast will be held at Davidson Reserve, Kapunda, and a cemetery walk and Kapunda Mine Site walk, including a talk by the owner of the mine manager’s residence, will take place.

Interested participants keen to take part in any of the events or for further information, contact Andrew Philpott on [email protected] or call 0417 817 566.

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North bundled out

BRAGGINGrights from the inaugural Northern Inland Premier League All Stars match went to the Southern Conference after a 3-1 victory over their northern opponents at Doody Park on Saturday.
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TUMBLED OVER: Northern Conference’s Heath Milne outmuscles Southern Conference oppenent Ryan Searle on Saturday. Searle and his teammates would have the last laugh however, winning the match 3-1.

That match and the earlier Rising Stars game raised $3000 for Ronald McDonald House.

Southern Conference found themselves up 1-nil after only five minutes after a mistake at the back by the Northern Conference defence.

The match evened out after that early goal and mid-way through the opening half Northern Conference were pushing hard for an equaliser.

But South scored a goal against the run of play to go up 2-nil.

A Josh Quaife penalty just before the break reduced the deficit to one.

Northern Conference coach Andy Lennon thought his side had the upper hand in the second half, but they were unable to find an equaliser and pushed everyone forward in the dying minutes, allowing Southern Conference to nab a late goal for a 3-1 win.

“It was a little diapointing,” Lennon said.

“We didn’t start well, but once we settled in we didn’t look too bad.”

Lennon had nothing but praise for the new concept and believes it will be bigger and better in 2015. “The main thing about the day was to pit the best against the best and we did that,” he said.

“The boys loved the concept.

“To raise $3000 for Ronald McDonald House was great as well.”

Lennon thought 2014 golden boot winner Jake Davies was close to the best on the park and was also impressed with midfielders Rhys Andrews and Willow Grieves as well as back Brendan Hatte.

The Rising Stars match finished at 1-all after Callan Macgregor scored in the dying seconds for Northern Conference. “It was a good game,” Northern Conference coach Mark Gwynne said.

“It was a very entertaining game.”

Southern Conference scored from a free kick deflection in the first half.

Northern Conference had plenty of chances to equalise throughout the match, but were unable to hit the back of the net until Macgregor finished off a beautiful Naran Singh through ball in the final minutes.

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New look for Tamworth in Country Cup

AN ENGLISHMAN, a miner and teenage spinner are the new faces in Tamworth’s Country Cup team to tackle a Newcastle adversary first up in Sunday’s Country Cup clash at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval.
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Adam Jones plays a back foot drive for his Bective-East side against South Tamworth and wicketkeeper Tom Groth. The pair will be united in the Tamworth side on Sunday for a Country Cup clash with Toronto, with Groth to skipper the side. hoto: Geoff O’Neill 191014GOF03

Tamworth selectors named one of North Tamworth’s two English recruits, Adam Mansfield, in their side to play Toronto on Sunday as well as Boggabri-based miner Brad Jenkinson and young Old Boys spinner WillChesterfield.

Mansfield was in sparkling form with the bat and gloves in Sunday’s War Veterans Cup run chase against Namoi at No 1 Oval.

He struck a fine 45, including some spanking off drives against left-arm Gunnedah seamer Troy Sands.

He and Redback teammate Kris Halloran (75) added 105 for the fourth wicket on a dying wicket to snare North Tamworth a six wicket win and a War Veterans Cup semi-final berth.

With Halloran playing for Gwydir in the Country Plate and Connolly Cup, it enables Mansfield to fill his spot in the Tamworth top order.

“He’s been pretty exciting so far,” said Tamworth selector and fellow top order batsman Adam Jones of the English Redback.

“He hasn’t missed out yet with the bat – he’s scored two or three 40s and a half century in the trial we had.

“He’s earned a spot in the top order and will open the batting with Simon (Norvill).

“That’s a pretty exciting pairing too.

“Adam’s got a pretty tight defensive technique too and I think he and Simon will make a very good opening partnership – I think they’ll be the perfect fit.”

Jenkinson, who plays with Jones at Bective-East, has made an immediate impression on his Bulls teammates with both bat and ball.

He took wickets and scored runs for the Bulls in their two WVC wins on the weekend and will form a four-man pace attack with Angus McNeill, Jack McVey and left-armer Col Smyth.

That leaves Chesterfield as the main spin option, with James Psarakis and Michael Rixon also quite capable of bowling tight off-spin.

“Will’s in good form and been doing all the right things,” Jones added.

“Last year he was one reason why Old Boys won the first grade premiership and has shown that talent all the way through the juniors as a 15 and 16-year-old.

“He is our main spin option but Jimmie and Ricko are also handy.

“This is the best-balanced Tamworth side I’ve seen for a while.”

Tamworth selectors have also come up with a strong Second XI to play Armidale in their Country Shield clash in Armidale on Sunday.

Matt Everett, Will Howard and English teenager Jack Beaumont drop back from the Tamworth First XI squad to bolster a side to be captained by Ben Middlebrook and containing the likes of Aaron Hazlewood and Adam Lole.

Hazlewood and Lole have been long- term members of the First XI and the pair of left-handers ensure there is a strong batting lineup, with Everett in the top order with Middlebrook.

“It was hard on Matt but we couldn’t fit him in with Grothy to keep and Adam his backup,” Jones said.

“With Ben to captain the side, Matty can concentrate on his keeping and batting.

“Will (Howard) just missed out as well and he and Jack (Beaumont) will be very handy in the bowling.

“It’s a very good side too.”

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