Coure helps post box reappear at Peakhurst

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Recently, I had the opportunity of attending a morning tea hosted by Oatley MP Mark Coure for him to get to know the residents of his electorate and learn if we had any problems.

I certainly had a complaint that the post box on Isaac Street just past the roundabout at Forest Road had disappeared without any notification as to the reason why.

I have used this mailbox regularly for 30 years and it is now a great inconvenience.

Mr Coure was most sympathetic and came to visit and inspected the location and informed me he would look into it on my behalf.

One day the box reappeared and I am so grateful to Mr Coure for making this possible for me and other elderly residents in the area.

Thank you Mark Coure for caring about your constituents in our electorate.

Gwen Wheatley, Peakhurst

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Turn Back Time Tuesday #29Photos

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Turn Back Time Tuesday #29 | Photos A minor accident occurred on Thursday, August 12, on the corner of Hindmarsh Road and Adare Avenue. The driver of one vehicle was issued an expiation notice forfailing to give way. There were no injuries, but both cars were towed away.

Southern Fleurieu Health Service Bereavement Group planted seedlings at Bridge Terrace Reserve in memory of those who had died. Pictured is the service’s socialworker Barbie Cakebread.

An official celebration was held at Alexandrina Council chambers to formally recognise council being awarded the Regional Centre of Culture 2012.

Goolwa resident and research consultant for Country Arts SA Christine Putland and Country Arts SA staff Steve Saffell, Jo Pike and Steve Mayhew helped celebrate the announcment of Goolwa as the Regional Centre of Culture for 2012.

Alexandrina Council’s manager for the arts and lifestyle services, Jenn Cole, Alexandrina mayor Kym McHugh and Wet Paint Productions co-ordinator and youth theatre officer Emily Zesers at the celebrations for Alexandrina Council.

Nangkita writer and actor Michelle Murray, Victor Harbor artist Catie Milte, Goolwaartist Johnson Carruthers and Victor Harbor artist Yvonne East enjoyed the official celebrations of Goolwa being named the Regional Centre of Culture for 2012 at Alexandrina Council.

City of Victor Harbor mayor Mary-Lou Corcoran (centre) prepared to shave her head to raise money for Variety, The Children’s Charity. She is pictured with Mal Russell and Debbie Drew, who were planning to be involved in the Tasmanian leg of the Variety Bash in October 2010.

Excitement was building for the 2010 Victor Harbor Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. Pictured are Phil Smedley from Victor Harbor Bridgestone Service Centre, MickHennessy from the Rock n’ ‘Roll Festival committee, Rod Ness, one of the 2010 festival entrants, and Leith Kavanagh standing beside Rod’s 1973 Chevrolet CorvetteStingray.

Main Street Precinct committee and the City of Victor Harbor asked students from UniSA’s Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning to devise a streetscaping plan for Victor Harbor. The students toured the main street precinct in early August as part of their research for the plan.

Patients were waiting up to six weeks on average to see their preferred doctors across the Fleurieu because of doctor shortages, increased doctor loads and practices struggling to retain doctors. Pictured is Victor Harbor Medical Centre receptionist Brianna Bainger.

Business woman Cindy Dinh of Victor Harbor received numerous awards at the Body Shop At Home annual awards program in Melbourne. She took home the National Group Champion Award for her central team sales of over $1.2 million dollars in the 2009/2010 financial year, second place for National Team Sponsoring and first place for Income Growth Award.

Betty the chook had laid a series of giant eggs, according to her owner, Pam Owen of Inman Valley. The bird had produced eggs that weighed in at 110 grams.

The South Coast Choral and Arts Society Drama Group prepared to perform ‘Goldilocks on Trial’ at the Victor Harbor Town Hall. Pictured is Dr Lester Cantaloupe III (played by Jack Buchanan) appearing as part of Goldilocks’ Defence Team.

Myponga locals Jennifer and Michael Farnden with daughters Cassie and Sydni Mills raised the awareness of Brain Injury Awareness Week. Michael received a brain injury during a car accident in 2008.

The Paddle Steamer Squares had party with a letter P theme. Winners of group’s best dressed award were Kerrie as paparazzi and Marlene as a pop star.

World Vision’s Keiren Johnson and Georgia Germein, World Vision Youth Ambassador for SA, visited Encounter Lutheran School students to talk about the global financial crisis and how the children could help. Pictured are Georgia and Kerien with students Lachlan Deimel, Alice Harry, Josh Hutchesson, Melinda Lomman, Imi Dunn and Rupert Catt.

Staff of Goolwa’s Create and Connect program Erica Harris, Karen Brown (middle) and Sharyn Brady, had fun with some of the group’s work displayed at its SALA Exhibition.

Rosanne Hosking and Catherine Riggall were two singers who performed at the concert Songs for the Soul, which was held at Goolwa’s Centenary Hall.

South Coast Camera Club member Dana Fatchen is pictured with judge Andy Smylie and her Image of the Month winning image.

John and Natalie Watkin featured in an advertising feature for Murphy’s Inn at Goolwa.

Rebecca and Stephen Rogers of Victor Harbor welcomed Kate Joan into the world on July 30, 2010. Kate was born at the Flinders Medical Centre and weighed six pounds nine ounces. Kate is sister to Grace and is granddaughter to Bert and Josephine, and Stephen and Jan.

Alexandrina Wildlife rescuer Deanne Smith, Eastern Fleurieu School Milang campus student Haley Evans and Investigator College Goolwa campus student William Miller helped release turtles from the Lower Lakes into a special exhibit at Cleland Wildlife Park. The turtles had recovered from tubeworm encrustation, but were unable to fend for themselves in the wild.

On Friday, August 6, 16 students departed Victor Harbor en-route to the Sebel Playford for the Victor Harbor High School formal. Pictured are Jorgi Stamation, Shahnie Kaczmarczyk, Nathan Carver, Gemma McKenzie, Brandon Mott, Alana Whyte, Mark Warwick, Alice Shaw, Scott McAvaney, Jade Charlesworth, Jarryd Thiel, Tamara Cocker, Mathew Morley, Tahnee Foster, Patrick Taggart and Elizabeth Denning.

Shannon Fitzgerald of Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism and Sophie Clelland of Adelaide celebrated the launch of the Coffee Club at Alexandrina Cheese.

Peter Galliford of Mount Compass, Marjorie Taylor of Goolwa, Barbara Galliford of Mount Compass, and Pam and Rod MacGregor of Willunga enjoyed listening to music at Fiddles on the Farm.

Travis Bedford, Bethanie Lambert, Ben Cogins and Annie Miller, all of Belair, had a great time at Fiddles on the Farm.

Lilian Woodward celebrated her 90th Birthday with family at Urimbirra Restaurant. Pictured are (front row) Sonia, Lilian, Joan and Dela, (middle row) Holly, Natika, Lisa, Anthony, Gordon, Pru, Scott, Neil, Marlene and (third row) Blake, Riley and Tracy.

Encounter Bay residents Robert and Christine Dunn visited the Lion Encounter at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa at the end of May 2010. The couple walked two 18-month-old, 90 kilogram lion cubs before sharing a breakfast at the centre. The two cubs were being rehabilitated at the centre and being raised to be put back into the wild.

Junior School SRC at Investigator College in Victor Harbor held a special event which required everyone from the school to only use one tap as the source of drinking water throughout the day. The aim of this event was to give every student in the school a small understanding and awareness of what it might be like in countries where water is not so easily accessible. Pictured are students Alannah Williams and Isabelle Bohnsack.

Grant Hutchesson and Dale Eatts competed in the Classic Sidecar category at the SA Dirt Track Championships.

Friends of the South Australian Whale Centre were preparing to release a set of cards to promote South Australian whales. This photo, taken by Diana Rogers and Rick Sullivan, was set to feature as part of the card set.

Encounter Bay under 11 division two centre Georgia Kraft stretched for the ball in a game against Strathalbyn.

Zoe Shute prepared to pass for Encounter Bay in an under 11 division two gameagainst Strathalbyn.

Strathalbyn’s Annabel Thomas leaped to grab the ball from Encounter Bay’s Alison Hammond in an under 11 division two match.

Langhorne Creek mini colt Tasman Follet kept his eyes on the ball.

Mount Compass footballer Cody Conner was off and racing at the Mini Colts Carnivalheld at the Encounter Bay oval. All 10 GSFL clubs participated, with Encounter Bay taking the top honours.

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Week in review, August 11-15: PHOTOS

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Week in review, August 11-15: PHOTOS The Southern Highlands community mourned the death of Australia’s best-known clown doctor and Bowral general practitioner, Dr Peter Spitzer. Photo by Roy Truscott

Sydney Weekender’s Mike Whitney with filming crew Glen Ellis and Jarrah Breitfuss and producer Susan Elliott. An episode highlighting the Southern Highlands will screen on Channel Seven at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 16. Photo by Emma Biscoe

John Hewson, Grant Blanchard and Rory Matthewswith Mr Blanchard’s bright and fresh display of lettuce. Agri-Trade International Pty Ltd CEO Rory Matthews, director and Canyonleigh resident GrantBlanchard together with chairman John Hewson have proposed a solution to China’s growing non-contaminated high quality food demand through high-tech Aquaponic style agriculture. Photo by Dominica Sanda

Exeter Soccer Club’s Ryan Elphick and Marco Molino are part of the committee seeking help from the community to raise money to cover registration andequipment costs. The club decided to hand back a $7500 donation from local mining company Hume Coal. Photo by Roy Truscott

Virginia Ellsmore, Nicholas Lidstone and Kathy Roche protest against coal mining outside of Hume Coal’s Moss Vale office. The protest was organised by the Southern Highlands Coal Action Group. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Members of the Southern Highlands Branch of the National Party (back), Rick Madelson, Valentine Tyson, Jan Mandelson and Nick Cleary with members of the Legislative Council for the National Party Trevor Khan, Sarah Mitchell and Niall Blair. The group supports the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. Photo by Megan Drapalski

Southern Highlands Orchid Society secretary Elise Porter, treasurer Ken Coates and president David Gynn show off some of the entries for the society’s upcoming annual show on August 31. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Mittagong Lions captain Mark Williams crashes over the line to score while fending off a Thirlmere player. Thilmere recorded an 18-10 win in the reserve grade rugby league game. Photo by Roy Truscott

Tony Springett and Zac Hulm of the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) donated these bikes to the special education class at Moss Vale High School with students Jake Turnbull, Ewan Loiterton, Michelle Haynes and Jasmine Bopping with their teacher Tim Vandervoort and a special appearance from Tirian McManus and Nicholas Smith. Photo by Roy Truscott

Students from Mittagong Public School with Matt Sewell, Kirsty Bolte, Sam Rocchi and Claudia Farrar from Hume Coal with Gary Avis, Karl Phillps, Tony Springett, Ray Hawkes and Nick Campbell-Jones from the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK).Photo by Roy Truscott

Hair is flying as Gabby Butcher from Chevalier College tries to get the ball past Oxley College’s Jamie Binder during a school hockey match. Photo by Roy Truscott

Chevalier College hockey player Maddy Ellsmore tries to get the ball past Oxley College opponent Caitlin Bellis. Photo by Roy Truscott

Exeter goalkeeper Hayden Mullaney makes a good save. However, it wasn’t enough for his side as Mittagong recorded a 1-0 win in the men’s football match. Photo by Roy Truscott

Highlands Football Club player Sebastian Garcia is at full stretch to try reach the ball. Photo by Roy Truscott

Moss Vale’s goalkeeper Hannah Pinkerton lunges to stop Burrawang’s Jess Eccleston from scoring. Burrawang secured a 3-1 win in the ladies hockey match. Photo by Roy Truscott

Lachlan Williams and Gabby Middleton received first place with the best dressed couple Daniel Field and Amber Howarth and in second place were Alex Allen and Hana Laves at Moss Vale High School’s dance off for Year 10 students. Photos by Roy Truscott

Year 10 student Gabby Middleton is in a spin by her dance partner Lachlan Williams at the Moss Vale High School’s dance off. Photo by Roy Truscott

Holly Thomson and Jennifer Menzies fight for the ball during Robertson’s ladies hockey match win over Mittagong. Photo by Sean Cross

Centennial Vineyards winemaker Tony Cosgriff is thrilled with the winery receiving recognition at several prestigious wine awards this month. Photo supplied

Highlands singer/songwriterJo Caseley was preparing for a concert at Penrose Village Hall on Saturday, August 16. Photo supplied

Violinist Linda Gilbert will peform a recital in Bowral on Saturday, August 16. Photo supplied

Highlands cyclist Nick Smith is fighting hard to earn a spot in the Australian junior men’s Cyclocross team. Photo supplied

Rachel Van Der Meer and Natalie Perri both go up for a header. Bundanoon recorded a 5-1 win in the ladies football clash. Photo by Robert Randazzo

Tulip Time ambassador Anthony Ackroyd (left) is posing for portraits by artists Mirjana Psakis, A-F Fulgence, Zoe Olivia Young and Carlos Barrios. Mr Ackroyd is the subject of the Bowral and District Art Society’s (BDAS) Celebrity Portrait Event for 2014. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Hugo Wood, Charlie Savage annd Alexander Vertzayias (AJ) are enjoying the chess competition at Tudor House School. Photo by Lauren Strode

Glenquarry Public School students Lexie Palmer, Harmony Rowe and Jasmine Govier are hard at work concentrating on their challenge in the Under the Microscope program. Photo by Lauren Strode

Freya Anthony watches on as Aurora Hore considers her next move during the chess tournament at Tudor House School. Photo by Lauren Strode

Outgoing Moss Vale Men’s Shed president Alan Hunt presents the president’s gavel to the group’s new leader Rudi Ross. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Retired minister Lloyd Vidler with members of the congregation that gathered for the lifting of the bells at Bowral’s Uniting Church. The church now boasts a peal of six bells. Photo by Roy Truscott

Fawlty Towers cast members Michael Turczynski (Manuel), Kirsten Smith (Polly) and David Furey (The Major). On 4 Young and Old presents Fawlty Towers at Mittagong Playhouse from Friday, August 15. Photo by Darryl Warry

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Mutch ado about Mark

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WENTWORTH coach Mark Alvey believes Roos young gun Kobe Mutch has the attributes to make it to the AFL.

Chosen one: Kobe Mutch has been picked in the level one AFL Academy squad.

The 16-year-old has been selected in the level one AFL Academy squad after his outstanding AFL Under-16s Championships on the Gold Coast last month.

Working under the tutelage of former Brisbane Lions star and AFL development coach Chris Johnson, Mutch will take part in development camps held in Australia and overseas over the next 12 months, where he is sure to be under the watchful eyes of club recruiters.

Alvey, a 59-game player with the Western Bulldogs and Essendon, said the young utility was one of the best kids he had seen come through Sunraysia in a long time.

“He’s a terrific kid who I’ve coached for the past couple of seasons,” he said.

“I’ve loved the way he goes about training and really tries to improve his game.

“I’ve thrown him around a bit in the seniors this year, played him in defence to learn to defend, and then wing and half forward toimprove his creativity.

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Trots: breeders pursuing elusive crown

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New Zealand raider Our Sky Major (Craig Demmler) is one of the star attractions in Australiasian Breeders Crown semi-finals in Ballarat on Saturday night. Photo: HRVBRUCE Edward has a real love for the standardbred industry.

His passion is breeding.

Edward operates Durham Park – a trotting nursery south of Buninyong and home of some 24 Australian, New Zealand and United States-bred broodmares, and their offspring.

He breeds to sell.

So with around 20 foals hitting the ground each year there are numerous of the Durham Park breed on racetracks or waiting to hit the racing circuit around the country.

Crucial to any breeding enterprise is having quality broodmares and Edward has left no stone unturned in seeking out and purchasing impressive bloodlines.

This has included importing 13 from the US.

Edward acquires potential broodmares at all stages of their careers – some as yearlings, some as going racehorses and others at the end of racing days.

Edward will be trackside at Ballarat’s Bray Raceway tonight watching three of his future broodmares contesting the Australasian Breeders Crown series semi-finals.

The Breeders Crown is one of the biggest age series in Australia and NZ, and as the name suggests winning one of its group 1 finals would be a jewel in the crown for any breeders – especially the breeder or owner of a filly or mare.

Edward has three three-year-old fillies engaged in Ballarat – the NZ-bred Ultimate CC (trained by Geoff Webster at Bannockburn), Tuscan Breeze (Emma Stewart, Smythes Creek) and Whatahottie (David Murphy, Dunnstown).

In each case Edward was highly impressed by bloodlines, with Ultimate CC out of a half-sister to grand circuit performer Slybye (31 wins); Tuscan Breeze a half-sister to five winners including Slick Bromac (32 wins), Smudge Bromac (29 wins) and Ardle McArdle (19 wins); and Whatahottie from a prolific-winning family including Reba Lord (17 wins), so made the purchases.

While winning a Breeders Crown title would be a massive boost to his breeding operation, Edward knows how difficult it will be just to get one of his trio through the semi-finals into the 3yo fillies’ final.

Each has certainly drawn to put themselves in contention for a required top six finish, with Ultimate CC in the first semi-final, and Tuscan Breeze and Whatahottie coming out of gates one and two in the second.

This is the second year in a row the eight ABC 2yo and 3yo pacing semi-finals for colts/geldings and fillies have been in Ballarat.

They have again attracted an outstanding array of youngsters, with NZ unleashing an awesome line-up featuring Kept Under Wraps (2yo), Linda Lovegrace (2yo), Rocknroll Arden (3yo), Follow The Stars (2yo), Big Lucy (2yo), Joannes Delight (2yo), Katy Perry (2yo) and potentially the best of them all, 3yo colt Our Sky Major.

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Orange B happy to go under the radar heading into state league blockbusters

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TIME TO SHINE: Orange B goal attack Kellie Watson said her side will look to move up the ladder in tomorrow’s second round of State League Netball. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0803ovonetballMF6ALL attention is on Orange A ahead of Sunday’s Central West State League round two games at Orange PCYC.

Orange A’s unbridled reign of dominance is under serious threat after its shock loss to Dubbo last week – its first loss in recent memory – and all and sundry wait with bated breath to see if the hosts will restore order on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Orange B is flying under the radar – and goal attack Kellie Watson said that’s exactly how her side likes it.

Orange B sits fifth after the first round of games two weeks ago, with three wins and three losses.

Orange B is equal with Forbes on competition points, but is relegated to fifth thanks to an inferior goal difference.

“We did well last week, especially considering we only had seven players for most of the day,” Watson explained.

“Now we know our opposition more, and where we can exploit them. With a full side on deck we’ll look to improve our position on the ladder.”

Watson highlighted ball movement as an issue in the opening round, but said with combinations now in place her side will improve dramatically.

“We swung the ball from side to side, so we need to be more direct in this round and use the middle channel better,” she offered.

“We were looking long as well, so I think we’ll concentrate on short, sharp passes and plays this week.”

Orange A coach Petrina Allen conceded her side’s position is an unfamiliar one, and said the aura surrounding the team was smashed to pieces after last week’s defeat.

“A lot of teams used to think they couldn’t beat us, ever,” Allen explained.

“Now there is no doubt a sense around the other sides that Orange can be beaten, so we need to take it one game at a time.

“In saying that we will be working on combinations with one eye on our game against Dubbo in the middle of the day.”

Round two of the Central West State League commences at 9am on Sunday, and will feature seven rounds in division one and three rounds in division two (17 and under).

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Season of big games to hold Roos in good stead

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KANGAROO Flat coach Jason Stevens is confident a season of bigger games than what his club has been accustomed to in recent years will hold the Roos in good stead as they strive to hang onto their position in the Bendigo Football League top five.

With two home and away rounds remaining, the Roos are within touching distance of what would be just their second finals berth since 2001.

The Roos are a game clear of sixth-placed Eaglehawk ahead of a trip to the Kyneton Showgrounds on Saturday to take on the Tigers.

“We’ve had some really big games all year… Good Friday against Golden Square, Anzac Day against Eaglehawk, our 150th game against South Bendigo, another big game against Eaglehawk in the context of the season a few weeks ago,” Stevens said.

“So I think the boys are really prepared for these last couple of weeks and trying to hang on to that position in the top five.”

The Roos’ improvement as the year has worn on has been shown the past month against leading flag contenders Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye when they trimmed 107 point losses in the first half of the season against both sides to 23 against the Dragons in round 16 and 32 last week against the Storm.

“We think our form is stacking up fairly well in the second half of the season and we have certainly been playing to our structure much better in this past month,” Stevens said.

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Salute to Kiel: CYMS’ tribute to prop forced into early retirement

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FITTING TRIBUTE: CYMS life member Mick Downey and current player Cam Jones display the premier league and first division No.8 jerseys that will be retired out of respect for injured star Kiel Vardanega. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0815mfcymsYOU would be hard-pressed to find a rugby league player more respected than Orange CYMS prop Kiel Vardanega.

Vardanega has bled green and gold since he was eight, has been the cornerstone of countless CYMS packs since and is undeniably one of the toughest front-rowers to ever wear a CYMS jersey.

Unfortunately, now he is set to never play rugby league again.

Vardanega was left with a fractured skull and nerve damage after a nasty head clash in CYMS’ Group 10 game against Cowra three weeks ago, and has been forced into retirement as a result.

In a fitting tribute to the blockbusting front-rower, CYMS will retire their premier league and first division No.8 jerseys for the rest of the 2014 season.

“The respect everyone has for Kiel and his family, and what they’ve done for the club, made it a very easy decision for us,” CYMS committee member Matt King said.

“It didn’t need to be discussed. He’s been with CYMS since he started, but unfortunately it seems very unlikely he’ll ever play again.

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“Testament to the bloke, I think he’s a bit embarrassed about this whole thing but it’s the least we can do.”

King said the barnstorming prop had earned his club’s respect, and outlined Vardanega’s history with the green and golds.

“In the early 2000s CYMS really struggled, but Kiel was always there, always the rock,” King explained.

“He was only 18 or 19, straight from under 18s into first grade but he was continually taking it up and getting whacked, getting back up and going again.

“CYMS’ packs from then on were built around him.”

King said Vardanega’s injury would play a role in CYMS’ performance over the finals series, undoubtedly providing extra motivation for the green and golds.

“It will give the boys motivation, particularly reserve grade,” King said. “He played in a lot of grand finals but he never won one. They’ll definitely want to win one for him this year.”

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Safe heist mastermind leaves empty-handed

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AN EMPLOYEE masterminded a Mission Impossible-style heist at a Bendigo sports store to clear his debts, a court has heard.

Stuart Shipway, 23, carefully planned the elaborate burglary at the Kangaroo Flat Rebel Sport outlet for months before trying to steal the store’s safe in the early hours ofJanuary 30this year.

The former Bendigo man, and personal trainer, scaled an industrial drainpipe to reach the store’s rooftop, used a rope to haul up a backpack containing an assortment of tools and entered the building through a hatch he had left unlocked.

Shipley then made his way through the storeroom and cut his way through a wall to the shop floor to avoid detection on security cameras and motion sensors.

He spent the next two-and-a-half hours trying to cut through a second wall to gain access to the business’ safe.

At about6.30am, Shipway conceded defeat and left the building via the roof, jumping the three metres to the ground before dumping his clothes and backpack.

He pleaded guilty in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Friday to one count each of burglary and attempted theft.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Jones told the court Shipway went to work later that morning and noted to colleagues and police investigating the burglary that the figure caught on CCTV footage held a remarkable similarity to him.

But he told police he was running a boot camp at Rosalind Park at the time of the crime.

A week later he told police he’d lied about his whereabouts so his girlfriend wouldn’t know what he had been doing and gave a second false alibi.

Shipway was arrested in March and admitted he’d planned the burglary to try and clear his debts.

Defence lawyer Megan Aumuir told the court her client was a young man with no prior convictions who had found himself in considerable financial stress.

She said Shipway felt remorse for the personal harm caused and the betrayal of his friends and colleagues.

“He is deeply ashamed by his conduct,” Ms Aumuir said.

“It’s quite extraordinary and seemingly out of character behaviour.”

She said since his arrest Shipway had relocated to ensure he had family support around him and had engaged in counselling to address any mental health issues.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said the offending was at the highest level of seriousness and said it was further aggravated by the degree of planning involved and his attempts to avoid detection following the burglary.

“It represents a massive breach of trust,” he said.

“On any measure, this is offending that deserves a period of imprisonment.”

But he said Shipway’s lack of priors and good prospect of rehabilitation were mitigating factors.

Mr Cottrill sentenced Shipway to a 15-month community corrections order with 250 hours of unpaid work and mental health assessment and treatment.

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Chess champs bring home bronze

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BRONZED BRAINIACS: EA Southee Public school took out third place at the Riverina One-Day Chess Tournament, the best result for our region so far. Pictured (from left) is team captain Jacob Maher, NSW junior chess league primary school coordinator Richard Gastineau-Hills, Elijah Holmes and Michael Perry.EA Southee Public School have flexed their mental muscle, placing third out of 62 teams from across 17 schools in the Riverina One-Day Chess Tournament on Wednesday, August 7.

Jacob Maher, Elijah Holmes and Michael Perry made up one of five teams sent by the school and finished the day on 12.5 points, going on to win a tiebreaker and bring home Cootamundra’s first junior chess trophy.

“It’s the first time in history we’ve won,” says 10-year-old Michael, who won five of his six games. Both boys agreed more people should “definitely” try their hand atchess.

“It works your brain and it’s fun, it’s very competitive,” says Michael.

The boys picked up the game at a young age and over the last few years have been honing their skills in the playground, giving up time at recess and lunch for quickmatches.

“I always used to think it was hard when I’d play against my brother because he’s really good at it,” explains team captain Jacob, “but he’d just encourage me to keep going. Now I can beat him.”

The tournament is run by the NSW Junior Chess League and this year was hosted by Sturt Public School in Wagga.

The tournament runs all day and students play six games each, earning their team one point for a win and half a point for a draw. Matches can take anywhere from two minutes to 45, and a computer system is constantly updated throughout the day to ensure the best teams face each other.

John Dorczak is the IT coordinator at EA Southee Public School and has been coaching the chess teams for several years. He says he hopes this victory will encourage more schools and more students in the area tocompete.

“Chess teaches logical thinking skills, long-term thinking and the ability to plan ahead,” Mr Dorczak says.

“The skills of chess have a calming effect on children’s personalities and that’s reflected positively in their school work.”

EA Southee Public School run their own chess tournament in Term Four and this year for the first time Cootamundra Public School also sent teams to the Riverina competition.

Mr Dorczak says he hopes all the Cootamundra primary schools can compete against each other and strengthen the region as a whole.

A Sturt Public School team won the tournament and will represent Riverina at the state final in Sydney this November.

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