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Senior netballers nearing finals

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with Linda Dewbery

IT finally felt like netball weather for Monday night’s round of seniors netball.

A chilly evening greeted our players, arriving to play the second last round before the finals series commences.

Leaders for each division worked hard to cement their top spot on the ladder, while other teams were looking to improve their positions.

Division 1 PC Cougars enjoyed a bye this week and sit safely in number one position.

Wauchope Nuffins knocked over division two leaders PC Jaguars with a confident 32-20 win.

Saints Splash easily accounted for PP Rebels, 25-12, to stay on top of division 3.

Joint leaders of division 4, PC Dream Team and Saints Newcomers continue to jostle for the top spot, both enjoying wins this evening.

This sets the scene for an exciting finals series for Div 4. Divisions 1-4 still have one round to play and the final 4 spots for each division are still up for grabs.

Division 5 begin their semi finals next week, with PC Pumas heading confidently into the semis, after accounting for PP Pearls 26-20 tonight.

Last weekend saw our development teams head south to participate in the Taree representative carnival, alongside our 12’s, 13’s and 15’s teams.

Our development teams are made up of talented up and comers looking to improve their game in a bid to knock on the selection door for representative selection in 2017.

These girls train as much as the rep teams, and are entered into carnivals so they can put their new learnings into practice.

All of our teams played exceptionally well on the weekend, with some age groups winning all of their games.

Representative teams from Macleay, Taree and Great Lakes attended.

The depth of talent in HVNA is exciting and our selectors always have a tough job every year, and I’m sure this will continue.

See you courtside.

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Ambitious plan to slash smoking rates by 2020

QUITTING:“Each year around 1140 South Australians die of smoking-related causes including cancer, heart disease and respiratory conditions.” Ms Vlahmos said.The State Government today has announced a new strategy that aims to cut smoking rates from a third, to eight per cent by 2020.
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Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos will officially launch the South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2020 today, World No Tobacco Day.

“On World No Tobacco Day we can reflect on the significant work done over the past years in reducing smoking rates,” Ms Vlahos said.

“Each year around 1140 South Australians die of smoking-related causes including cancer, heart disease and respiratory conditions.”

The strategy includes the continuation of successful mass media campaigns tat also target high-risk groups, as well as an innovative new Quitline service.

“Our new strategy combines successful strategies used in the past with new innovative technologies that ensure South Australians who smoke are given every opportunity to quit,” MsVlahos said.

The Quitline website is set to feature a new Webchat service providing easy access to those interested in quitting smoking, or in need of motivation and inspiration.

“Calling Quitline is one for the best things people can do if they want support with quitting smoking,” said Lincoln Size,Chief Executive forCancer Council SA.

“Smoking is becoming an increasingly expensive habit,but a greater price to pay is that tobacco products will kill two in three in long term users.”

in 2014, the daily smoking rate for South Australia was 12.8 per cent.

For more information about quitting smoking call Quitline on 137 848 or visit 梧桐夜网cancersa.org419论坛/quitline

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Cancer sufferer disgusted at Wodonga Council not committing to funds for regional centre

Under construction: The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre is nearing completion at its Borella Road site in East Albury.A BOWEL cancer sufferer from Wodonga has made a heartfelt plea to his council to donate money tothe Border’s regional cancer centre.
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Jerry Wilson thought “you bastards” afterWodonga mayor Anna Speedierefused to say whether her council would contribute funds to the fitting out of the centre.

“I’m quite disgusted that any organisation, such as council, which I believe has a responsibility towards all of its occupants, would say it’s nothing to do with us,” Mr Wilsonsaid.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011,underwent six months of chemotherapy in Albury and is hopeful of soon being given the all-clear after recent check-ups have shown no symptoms.

Mr Wilson said his experience had shown him the value of having a comfortable atmosphere.

“When you’ve got a chemical cocktail dripping into your arm and it’s not a matter of ‘take some Aspro and lie down for 10 minutes’, when you’re sitting there for four hours, it gives you time for reflection,” he said.

“You’ve got to be there to appreciate it fully.”

Mr Wilson said a council contribution would tell patients that the community cares about their wellbeing.

“It would be nice to think there was humanity in this and not simply dollars,” Mr Wilson said.

“It’s an opportunity for the council to show it’s made out of people not bottom lines.

“I just sincerely hope they give proper thought and proper consideration and come up with what everyone privately knows is a proper answer.”

Mr Wilson said if the council continued to snub the cancer centre it would find “it very embarrassing to back down”.

Albury Council plans to give $100,000 to the cancer centre which will open later this year, but Cr Speedie won’t say if her city will provide any funding to assist with its fitting out.

Ina prepared statement toThe Border Maillast week Cr Speedie appeared to clearthe council of needing to contribute to the $65 million centre.

“It is a key role of state and federal governments to ensure that health facilities are fully equipped to serve our communities,” Cr Speedie stated.

Mr Wilson said Wodonga Council had a responsibility to provide some funding in light of the number of its residents who will be treated at the site adjacent tothe Albury hospital.

“If Albury gives $100,000 then I thinkWodonga pro rata should kick in $75,000,” he said.

“Let’s stop putting in flags around town for two years and kick in $75,000 –that would make a difference.

“I would like them to think properly about it and I think they should be part of it.

“The ratepayers, the people of Wodonga are part it, willingly or unwillingly and the council has got a responsibility to support it.”

Mr Wilson’s callfollowscriticism ofthe council and Cr Speedie onThe Border Mail’sFacebook page linked to last week’s story.

“Hope she never has to use this amazing resource we have on the Border otherwise she will be sitting and lying on the floor,” Holbrook residentKelly Boers wrote.

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Scouts breeds ‘the leaders of the future’

Jake Spinks (centre) is on his way to becoming a future leader, according to St Marys Scout Group group leader Ken Barnes.JAKE Spinks has been inScoutssince he was seven-years-old.
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Now 11, Jake can cook for himself, pack his own bags and navigate through the bush, paddle a canoe and is a skilled ab-sailor.

The 1st St Marys Scout Group attendeewas recently awarded the prestigious Grey Wolf Award, the highest award for Cub level scouts, which was presented to him by Anne Thompson, the regional commissioner for Cubs Scoutsfor greater western Sydney.

It was a proud moment for Jake, according to his mother Rachelle Spinks.

“It’s been a long journey for him to get to this point,” she said. “He had already won gold, silver and bronze awards for Cubs level and now the Grey Wolf.

“To win the award you need to be pushed outside your comfort level and really take on some challenging tasks, so we are very proud of him.”

A former girl guide herself, Ms Spinks said Scout Groups taught childrenlife skills they don’t get fromother leisure activities.

“I knew what these groups offer kids, sport seasons come and go but these clubs operate all year round,” she said.

“It tests how people work together, teaches them important life skills and helps to create responsible adults.

“Both of my sons, Jake and (10-year-old) Liam are in St Marys Scout Group and they just love it. They get to go outdoors and experience camping and push themselves.

“There’s more to life than looking at an iPad or kicking a ball around.”

Jake Spinks (centre) receives his Grey Wolf Award.

Ken Barnes, 1stSt Marys Scout Group’s Scoutleader, said the group currently has 29 members and 10 leaders including himself.

The group caters for girls and boys from age 6 to 14 with Joeys, Cubs and Scout level activities run to cater for the appropriate age groups.

The former tennis teacher said becoming a Cub leader in 1990 was “the best thing I’ve ever done”.

“In some overseas countries Scouts groups are run through schools, which shows that a lot of people appreciate what these groups can do for young people,” he said.

“There is so much variety for the kids. We do canoeing, camping, hikes and even some 10 to 15 minute joy-rides in company-owned planes down at Camden.

“The award scheme with the badges allows kids to show others they have gained those skills and we also encourage them to participate in sport and other activities outside of scouts.

“People say that scouts builds family and community, and produces responsible adults and tomorrow’s leaders.”

1st St Marys Scout Group’s hall is located at thecorner of Gabriels Lane andCharles Hackett Drive inSt Marys.

The group holds weekly meetings for each age level and also runs occasionalweekend activities.

For more information, call 1stSt Marys Scout Group Scoutleader Ken Barnes on 0407 432 420.

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Concert’s ethnic twist

THIS year’s Mayor’s Charity Concert in Port Lincoln will be a celebration of the different cultures that make up the local region.
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The charity concert has been an annual event sincePort Lincoln mayor Bruce Green first established it in 2011.

Mr Green said he had been thinking about having a multicultural theme for a while to celebrate the wide variety of cultural backgrounds represented acrossthe local region.

However last year’s war and peace theme took precedence to coincide with the 100 years of Anzac commemorations.

He said this year’s multicultural theme would celebrate Eyre Peninsula’s diversity and culture.

“We think of ourselves as very mono-cultural but when you dig around a bit there’s lots of us who come from different backgrounds.”

Mr Green saidthere were about seven or eight acts so far but he would like to have about 11.

“We’re still looking for a few more.

“We’ve got ethnic groups that have been here for a long time –British, North American and indigenous of course.

“We’ve got Thai, Indonesia,Japan, the Philippines but I’d really like some of the other ethnic groups – Indian, Sri Lankan.

“The offer is out there for anyone who has an ethnicity who would like to sharean aspect of that throughdance, song or even a short performance.”

Mr Green said as well as the live performanceshe hoped to include a number of vignettes from people of different cultural backgrounds that would be played in between acts to add to the showcase of diversity and culture.

The short films from well known and not so well known community memberswill tell their stories of where they came from and how they ended up in Port Lincoln.

This year’s charityconcert will be on Friday, August 19 at the Nautilus Theatre.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Mentally Fit EP.

Anyone who is interested in performing inthe charityconcert is encouraged tocontact Anna Bell at the Port Lincoln City Council on 8621 2300.

CHARITY CONCERT: Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green is looking for more multicultural acts for this year’s Mayor’s Charity Concert.

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Will Southern Right whales visit the Fleurieu this winter?

STUNNING: This Southern Right Whale was snapped at Basham Beach, Middletonin August 2013 by Margan Toenee of Encounter Bay.Whale watchers are hoping for a bumper season with breeding patterns expected to bring higher numbers of southern right whales to the region.
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While no sightings have yet been reported to the South Australian Whale Centre, Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch’s Tony Bartram is optimistic there will be high numbers in line with the eastern population’s three-year breeding cycle, which saw high numbers migrate in 2013.

“They tend to come to our coast for the warmer water where they can breed,” Mr Bartram said.

“It’s more protected here and they can raise their calves.”

Whale sightings are a regular occurrence from June through to October but Mr Bartram is still concerned the bumper season may not eventuate.

Western populations between Ceduna and Western Australia are recovering at an annual rate of seven percent, but the eastern population around Kangaroo Island and Victor Harborhas not seen a similar recovery.

Food vital to whales’ survival such as plankton and krill grow in colder waters and warmer waters may affect which direction the whales migrate.

“There are concernsaround the low numbers, but we’re expecting a better year if that three-year cycle is in play–and other things haven’t affected the equation,” Mr Bartram said.

WAITING GAME: Pictured is a Southern Right whale at Petrel Cove in June 2015. Photo courtesy of Nedra Haines.

“But I guess time will tell.”

There have already been sightings of the similarly-sized humpback whale, but it is the southern right on which tourism depends, due to the species’ tendency to go closer to shore.

Mr Bartram said the two species were easily distinguishable, with the southern right having a flipper looking like a “cardoor”, while the flipper of a humpback willbe elongated and pointy, with black ontop and white beneath.

He urged people to report their sightings to the whale centre.

“If you’re not sure, just provide what you observed to the whale centre,” he said.

“It’s particularly important whale sightings are known about.”

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Grass is greener for advertisers on the roof of the Orange Regional Museum

PAINT THE TOWN: Councillor Chris Gryllis has suggested Orange City Council allow businesses to advertise on the Orange Regional Museum’s grass roof. Photo: STEVE GOSCHORANGE councillor Chris Gryllis says he’s hit on a marketing idea that will not only help advertise upcoming events but will also raise funds for the Orange Regional Museum.
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Cr Gryllis wants to use the museum’s grassy roof as an advertising board, attracting the sort of advertising that’s often seen on fields in stadiums during major sporting events.

He said he would like to see the Orange City Council logo on the grass, as well as local businesses, events or festivals that want to promote themselves.

“The new museum is a landmark in Orange and the green slope looks wonderful,” he said.

“It should be respected and looked after, in saying that I would like to see from time to time the emblem of Orange or the emblem of FOOD Week or something like this.

“From time to time big businesses who want to promote something could be there too.

“It would look something like the artwork you see during football games.”

This is not the first time Cr Gryllis has used an Orange landmark for advertising purposes, after the giant metal hat he built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Banjo Paterson’s birthday in 2014 was turned into an advertising billboard.

The hat is being used as a billboard to promote his business Chris Gryllis Real Estate and events such as the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival, not dissimilar to his plans for Orange Regional Museum’s grass roof.

“It would generate revenue, and all the money would go towards the running of the museum,” Cr Gryllis said.

“It would not be permanent – it won’t take anything away from the area.

“I’m still in the investigative stage, it’s just an idea that could lead to fundraising for the museum.”

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Calling for a cap on live cattle export

JOBS: Live cattle trade costs jobs in Australia’s processing industry, meatworkers say.
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CALLS for a cap on live cattle exports have been louder than ever in 2016 against a backdrop of tight cattle supply fuelling cutbacks across Australia’s meat processing sector.

Meatworkers are marking the five-year anniversary of the monumental suspension of trade with Indonesia by claiming the trade jeopardises jobs in Australia.

They argue that as the national herd sits at its lowest point in 23 years, the volume of live exports steadily increases, putting pressure on the number of cattle available to the local processing sector.

“For every additional head of cattle loaded onto ships bound for foreign markets more local jobs are lost,” said Grant Courtney, Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union.

Meatworkers questioned whether the federal government had ‘fallen to the narrow interests of an industry that contributes nothing to the broader community’.

Whether driven by the desire to protect jobs on home ground or by animal welfare concerns, arguments have been continually made since 2011 for a ban or cap on live trade.

Do any stack up?

Executive director at the Australian Farm Institute Mick Keogh says no.

“Globally the trade in live animals is rapidly increasing as agriculture trade barriers are reduced and nations become specialised in livestock production systems and integrated into multinational supply chains,” he said.

“For Australia to abandon live exports would simply hand major markets over to competitors, none of which have anywhere near equivalent animal welfare standards or programs.”

In fact, that has already happened with Australia’s reduced sheep exports.It would happen very quickly for live cattle exports if Australia closed down, Mr Keogh believes.

He points out that live exports are a very useful ‘market development’ tool that creates an entree to the processed meat market over time – witness the growth of Australian sheepmeat exports to the Middle East on the back of involvement in live sheep exports. In 2015, the value of livestock exports was around $1.6 billion.

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Fix the port but don’t kill island tourism

A Redland lobby group claims a quick and properly planned redevelopment of the Cleveland ferry terminal would be a fillip for the economy on North Stradbroke Island after mining ends in 2019.
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Redlands2030 group was commenting after the state government last week legislated to end all sand mining leases on the island in 2019 and set up a rehabilitation authority.

The group said the port facilities need immediate attention and upgrading but was wary about a massive housing, retail and tourism site which it said would compete with plans to attract tourists to the island.

“The current Walker Corporation proposal would destroy internationally significant Ramsar wetlands, cause traffic congestion and increase the proportion of Redlands residents seeking employment elsewhere in south east Queensland,” the group said.

“It’s also unlikely that the Walker Corp plans will happen in the timeframe needed to help with the economic transition for North Stradbroke Island, due to significant concerns about the environmental impact of the proposed massive dredging works.”

This month, the federal Environment Department extended the deadline for handing down its decision on Walker Corporation’s $1.3billion plans to overhaul the harbour.

The suspension means there will be no decision on whether the project needs formal assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act before September 2.

Sand mining on Stradbroke Island is due to end in 2019 and there are now plans to make tourism the No1 industry on the island. PHOTO: Judith Kerr

It was the fourth suspension of the decision since the plans were lodged with the federal government in December.

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The plans include revamping the ferry terminal, building high-rise waterfront residential units, dredging the harbour and using the spoils to create more than 43.5 hectares of reclaimed land.

After the suspension Walker Corp general manager Peter Saba said the extra time would allow for new technical information and more discussions with key stakeholders.

Redland City Council has backed the project, which it says will bolster tourism, provide much-needed transport facilities and ease unemployment after sand mining ceases on Stradbroke Island.

Community groups, including Redlands 2030, claim the project will be detrimental to significant wetlands and shore birds and will reduce public open space and parks.

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NSW Nats move to halt foreign ownership of farmland

NSW Nationals delegates vote to adopt a policy to place a moratorium over sale of farmland to foreign entities, including locally controlled overseas-offshoots, at the party’s annual conference.NSW NATIONALS have now got an official policy to halt the sale of agricultural assets to foreign entities–pending a review of the register of foreign government-ownership.
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The partyalso backs a call toextend foreign ownership laws to include local entities that are owned or controlled by foreign government entities.

The policy motion,brought by a four branches from across the state to the annual conference at Tweed Heads on Saturday,generated heated debate.

Discussion traversed hot-button topics, including the sale of S. Kidman and Co.’s cattle empire and Chinese state enterprises activity in Australia.

Several state and federal MPs took to the floor to oppose the policy, but grassroots sentiment won the day.

NSW Primary Industry, Landsand Water Minister Niall Blair opposed the motion. He policy should focus on the long-term outlook of local agriculture “rather than saying to (foreign) companies ‘we don’t want you, goaway’”.

“Enterprises that buy and sell in this country will support young farmers,” Mr Blair said.

Gilgandra delegate Warwick Moppet backed the move, based on negative impacts offoreign companies buying assets for food security.

“This competes with our young farmers,” Mr Moppett said.

Tambar Springs delegate Ruth Strang said the federal government’s policies were effective, and many foreign property acquisitions had injected welcome funding to improve land and equipment.

Forbes delegateMax Swiftsaid “Australians should own Australia” and roused the room to back the policy.

“Free trade is a nice feeling. Asset sales help us balance the books. But can we go overseas and buy land? No! For God’s sake, grow a spine!” he said.

Federal Parkes MP Mark Coulton said sales there are already mandates for theForeign Investment Review Board’sto scrutinise sales worthmore than $15 million. More regulation would impact Australian owners, he said.

“How far do you want the government to control what you do?,” he asked.

Mr Coulton pointed to the contribution of UK and US companies in pioneering the cotton industry and, unsuccessfully, asked delegates to vote against the motion.

It remains to be seen what, if any, impact the NSW state branch’s new policy will have on the Coalition government.

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