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Life membership for SES community hero

Recognised: James Pullin with his award. Picture: Supplied.James ‘Jim’ Pullin has been recognisedfor his 55 years with the State Emergency Service (SES) with a Life Membership award.
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The Gymea localjoined the service at 16 in 1961and has been involved in almost everymajor emergency in NSW.

He retired in 2014 but still mentors some of the younger volunteers.

He started as a volunteer in the State Emergency Service and civil defence in 1961and joined the SES full-time as a division officer in Monaro South Coast in 1973, working on bushfires as the deputy fire control officer.

He was involved in recovery operations for the Tumut Pond bush crash in 1973 when 33 people died; the Thredbo landslide; and the Newcastle earthquake aftermath.

He said the Sydney storms in 1999 stood out as one of the biggest operations he’s been involved in.

‘’It was really devastating to the Sutherland Shire,’’ he said.

‘’But it brought our unit together. It was a chance to help the community we live in.’’

He said a lot had changed since he first joined.

He remembers being offered cartons of beer, cooked meals and even a fridge from thankful residents.

He admits you couldn’t accept those gifts now.

He received his award during a special ceremony last month in front ofActing State Emergency Service Commissioner Greg Newton, Sydney Southern Region controller Sam Colwell andSutherland Unit Controller John Gonzalez.

‘’It was emotional. It was a honour to be a part of the unit,’’ he said.

‘’It’s an example of what you can achieve in the service.’’

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New campground to ease holiday crush

The State Government announced the construction of a new $2.5 million campground for the Margaret River region on Monday, aimed at easing increasing congestion at current facilities.
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The new facilitywill be located at the historic Jarrahdenesite inBoranup forest and will provide 45 individual camp sites and two group camping settings.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said there was a clear need for extended camping facilities.

“At peak times,Contoscampground is full so it’s important to meet the demand with more high-quality sites,” Mr Jacob said.

The popularsite was at capacity across the summerwith many expressing disappointment at the lack of available sites.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said DPAW’s Parks for People program would give both locals and visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the region.

“Providing essential infrastructure at campgrounds in our regional national parks createsgreater recreational opportunities and encourages more people to get out and experienceregional WA,” Mr Redman said.

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association chief executivePip Close said the announcement was a bonus for holidaymakers.

“Camping is aversatile holiday option that offers something for everyone,most Australians experienced camping holidays as kids and it allows people to really reconnect which is something a lot of visitors come to Your Margaret River Region to do,” Ms Close said.

“Camping creates affordable opportunities for those seeking a natural environment setting, near to the coastline and we’re excited about today’s announcement and the additional facilities this will bring.”

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How to stay fit this winter

Simple rules: Titled Sports Physiotherapist Meg McIntyre has a few honest tips to help you stay fit during winter.
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Fitness and injury prevention should be a goal for everyone.

And Dr Google may not necessarily be the best source for anyone seekinginformation on how to achieve your fitness goals.

That’s the opinion of Titled Sports Physiotherapist Meg McIntyre.

With a background at Olympic and Commonwealth games level, the well-known physiotherapistlives by the simple rule of use it or lose it.

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Ms McIntyre says there are a few simple rules to achieve your personal fitness goals.

“You need some commonsense, so don’t go out and take on something too big too early,” she said.

“Warming up does not mean just feeling warm, but shouldtake at least 10 minutes –at an absolute minimum – to ensure you are sufficiently prepared for the activity and that the blood is flowing.

“We tend to think that someone warming up is a bit full of themselves. We need to change that attitude because we tend to underestimate what we can get away with.

And age tends to push this further away from us.

“And make sure you arewell-hydrated too.”

Some athletes or fitness enthusiasts tend not to drink enough fluids with water the best option.Surprisingly athletes who are more fit than others may need a longer warm-up session to compete at peak levels.

Ms McIntyre encouraged anyone contemplating a winter health kick to seek professional advice from a physiotherapist, sports trainer, fitness instructor or sport coach.

“Fitness is not about simply during the event. It is also about recovery where resting and re-hydration arealso asimportant because that’s what your body needs to prepare for the next event,” Ms McIntyre said.

“I’d also strongly suggest that stretching –including a warm up and warm down –everyday is important to good health.”

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Your chance to be part of local film project, film society

Stevie Skene and Dane Millerd will be co-directing Through The Past, Darkly – a dark exploration into themes of drug use, relationships and domestic violence set against the regional backdrop of Forbes. The pair are holding auditions for the film at the Vandenberg Hotel later this month.Forbes residents have become accustomed to films being shot in their backyard of late with The Legend of Ben Hall, Death’s Waiting Room and the soon-to-be-filmed Are You Scared Yet?
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This summer, Stevie Skene and Dane Millerd will bring to life a disturbing urban legend called Through The Past, Darkly.

The film, which is still in its infancy, traces the life of a handful of twenty-somethings and their experiences at a fictitious music festival.

The movie is a dark exploration into themes of drug use, relationships and domestic violence set against the regional backdrop of Forbes and a who’s who of Australian music.

Through The Past, Darkly is Millerd’s third feature after There’s Something In The Pilliga/ Half-Human and Death’s Waiting Room while for Skene, it will be her feature film directorial debut.

For co-director/ producer Millerd, it is another step towards turning Forbes into a film and arts hub.

“The vision for me has always been about trying to bring projects to Forbes and create work and opportunities for Forbes people,” Millerd said.

“By the end of 2017 at least four films will have been filmed in the town within three years.

“The town is filled with talented and dedicated people and such has been the demand that I am in the process of creating the Forbes Film Society (FFS) with some other like-minded people.

“From just last week we are already up around 500 members and we plan to run castings, workshops, fundraisers and exhibitions through the FFS as a way to not just make more feature films but to open doors for everyone who is interested in film from children through to their grandparents.”

The Forbes Film Society is looking at holding a writing workshop before the end of July with details still to be confirmed.

“The expressions of interest have already been overwhelming and we plan to run other classes for special FX makeup, circus performing, theatrical armoury, acting, photography, improvisation, editing, cinematography and sound among others,” Millerd said.

“We seek sponsors and partners to make this a reality and we can be reached via our Facebook page – Forbes Film Society.

“In the interim, the focus is on the initial castings for Through The Past, Darkly in Forbes on Sunday, June 26 at the Vandenberg Hotel from 10am-5pm with an additional day at the Gearin Hotel in Katoomba on Sunday, July 10 from 10am-5pm though we ask interested parties to check the Facebook page for updates or changes of time and details or location.

“Grant and the team at the Van have been a tremendous support.

“We are casting for all roles from cast and crew and welcome any interested parties to apply,” he said.

“We want newcomers, interested parties and our frequent crew members to all apply so we can ensure we assemble the best possible group for this project.”

Skene and Millerd are also in the process of enlisting support from the White Ribbon Foundation for their new feature film as well as other local and national organisations to make this film a reality.

Through The Past, Darkly traces the story of siblings Viv and Archie who are torn apart because of an horrific incident at a music festival that has a serious impact on all their friends and shatters their single-parent father, Lloyd.

“In a world where domestic violence has been too frequent and too often pushed to the background, we believe that such a film shines a light on an important issue,” Skene said.

“With one woman dying every week at the hands of an abusive partner and male violence victims also on the rise, this film is a must see.

“If every person can examine their own attitudes towards their spouse or any woman in their life then perhaps this generation and those after it may not have to endure the horrendous implications that are tied to domestic violence.

“It’s all about education.

“If we can leave an impression on just one person and make them stop and think about how they treat their partner or how they are raising their child then that in itself will make this film a success.”

Find the Forbes Film Society page on Facebook for more information and send a message for more details.

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Throwback Thursday June 2006: PHOTOS

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New look Roos seal win

The Roos sealed a comfortable, if not spectacular, win over the Hogs at home on the weekend. Darren Pfeiffer is pictured clearing from the backline as Angus Burleigh provides protection. Photo: Corrine Chalmers. With many regular players unavailable at the weekend it was a new look Aussie Hotel Yass Roos that took to the field against the Googong Hogs.
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The Roos had signed on five new players in the last couple of weeks and they were all required for this match.

Despite a slow start and time taken to get the new combinations to gel, the Roos went on to seal a comfortable, if not spectacular, win over the Hogs 14-18-102 to 6-8-48.

A couple of late goals to the Roos in the first quarter had them just ahead at quarter time.

Until then, it was looking like the Hogs might trouble the Roos. Coach Terry Lemon had to do some fast thinking and make some positional changes to get the best from the new players.

It all started to come together in the second quarter and the Roos went on to extend their lead. A cameo role at Full Forward by past player Brendan Roweth netted him eight goals for the match as he provided a great target for the Roos. Half time had the Roos in front 7-8-50 to 4-5-29.

The third quarter was more of the same and the Roos eased off a little, possibly fatigued, in the last as the win was inevitable.

Play was scrappy throughout the match and the Roos never really got their run-on play working but with so many unfamiliar players out there, this was probably to be expected.

“Raw talent got us through today,” summed up coach Terry.

The new recruits – Alistair Buttimore, Matt Cuthbert, Sam Campbell, Jacob Backhouse and Ben Power – all acquitted themselves well on debut for the Roos and the signs for the remainder of the season are good.

These players add more depth and choice for the coach, putting pressure on all players to be at their best to get into the side each week.

Best players on the weekend were Dave Willersdorf, Tom Hanson, Darren Pfeiffer, Brendan Roweth, Ben Power and Brad Porter. Aside from Brendan’s eight, Brad Porter and Sam Campbell scored two goals each and Cam Attwell and Ben Power got one a piece..

It was a bye the week before for the Roos and the match against Ainslie resulted in a narrow loss for an under strength Roos team. This put the Roos into third position on the ladder and they remain there after this week’s win.

Another away game this coming Saturday has the Roos up against ADFA/RMC Rams. The match is at RMC Oval Duntroon and gets under way at 12pm. The Rams are only one spot back on the ladder from the Roos so this will be another strong contest.

The Rams are a young, fit side so the Roos will need skills and tactics to negate the speed of the Rams. Possession will be the key to winning this one. It promises to be another exciting clash so I will see you at the footy.

Go the Roos.

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United fight crucial: BRAG

UNITED FRONT: The Border Rail Action Group convenor Bill Traill wants mayors on both sides of the Border to come together and push for train change.A NEW plan indicates Sheppartonis the priority of the two North-East train lines says Bill Traill, who is hoping to inspire a united fight for services.
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The Border Rail Action Group convenor said he wantedmayors on both sides of the Border topush for change, followingthe release of the Regional Network Development Plan.

Mr Traill believesShepparton Council’s work with its community, and other tiers of government, is partly to credit for its transport progress.

It was a year ago when the city’s mayor, Dennis Patterson, caught a train withmore than 100 pyjama-clad residentsto Melbourne, in asuccessfulcampaign for an extra train service.More recently, it hadseveral wins in the Victorian budget.

“Shepparton is higher on the list, which is a credit to thelocal government support they have had,” Mr Traill said.

“We would absolutely like to see the two councils come togetherwith the state government members, to present a united front to Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.”

Mr Traill met with Albury Council staff on Monday and said he wouldmeet with Wodonga on Wednesday.

“Our approach wasn’t as focused as it is now,” he said.

“It’s the beginning of a coming together.”

Albury mayor Henk van de Ven said both mayors raised the issue at the Regional Capitals Australia Conference held in Albury in April andwrote a joint letter to Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie.

“I honestly think there’s not much we could do,” he said.“We can support BRAG with their effort because they are on top of it.”

Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie said shehadmetwith Public Transport Victoria, V/Line, sitting state members and Ms Allan’sstaff alongsidechief executive Patience Harrington.

“We continue to hold ongoing discussions with neighbouring councils …as well as local representatives including BRAG,” she said.

“It is a priority of this council to ensure our people and the region have access to improved services.”

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