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300 game perfect way to win tournament for young gun Swallows

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IN THE ZONE: Hayden Swallow delivered his first 300 game last weekend. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0813mchayden2HAYDEN Swallow’s first 300 game ensured he took out the scratch honours at last weekend’s Bowl Inn Cafe Junior Tournament.
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Swallow delivered the first perfect game of his career in his last game of the tournament at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The 18-year-old had bowled 163 and 186 in his first two games.

Then he delivered perfection.

“It was a bit up and down,” Swallow said of his form.

“It just all came together in that last game.”

Swallow admitted his hands were shaking as he prepared to bowl his final delivery, and when it struck he felt relief.

He delivered his 300 game on lanes 13 and 14, the two lanes which have delivered the most success at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The perfect game means Swallow’s MOTIV Raptor has become his new favourite bowling ball.

“It used to be my second favourite ball. I guess it’s my favourite now,” he laughed.

Swallow’s 649 total allowed him to take out the scratch prize, ahead of fellow Orange bowlers Harry Betts (480) and Joel Patey (479).

The teenager has been bowling for more than 10 years but has changed his style in that time.

It is a chance which has paid off.

“I bowl two-handed. I used to bowl one-handed but I changed about three years ago,” Swallow explained.

“I was flat-lining in my averages. I changed to two hands and my average has gone up and up. Chucky (Jason Brown) has been a big help.”

The next achievement Swallow would like to tick off his list is bowling an 800 series, which is three games totalling 800 or more.

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Pressure valve released on Hawks

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COACH Luke Monaghan says there’s a sense of the pressure valve being released at Eaglehawk this week with the club’s Bendigo Football League finals destiny now out of its control.

The Hawks are in sixth position with two rounds remaining. As well as needing to win at least one more game, the Hawks must now also rely on fifth-placed Kangaroo Flat to stumble if they are to snatch a finals berth from the Roos.

The Hawks travel to Barkers Oval Princes Park to take on Maryborough on Saturday on the back of consecutive losses to Golden Square and Gisborne.

“To be honest, we can release that pressure valve now and just go out and enjoy ourfooty for the next two weeks and the results will take care of themselves,” Monaghan said on Friday.

“If there’s an opportunity to play finals, we’ll grasp it, but if not then we only have ourselves to blame.”

Maryborough promises to be stiff opposition for the Hawks on its home turf.

The Magpies have beaten South Bendigo and Golden Square the past fortnight and pushed the Hawks all the way back in round eight when they hadn’t won a game yet.

“They have been in really good form with a few wins on the trot and were obviously good enough to take the scalp of Golden Square, so we’re certainly aware that we’ll have to play very well for four quarters to get over them,” Monaghan said.

The Hawkswill use their 46th player for the season on Saturday when Ollie Butler, who has been picked on a wing, plays his first game.

Saturday’s game starts at 2.20pm.

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Parramasala set to spring to life

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Dancers from Nrityagriha School of Indian classic dance at Parramasala at Price Alfred Park, Parramatta. Picture: Helen Nezdropa.Parramatta and Harris Park will once again spring to life when the vibrant sights and sounds of the fifth annual South Asian festival Parramasala returns from October17-19.
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Featuring an exciting program of local and international artists, Parramasala is set to transform Parramatta with contemporary music, dance, theatre, film, workshops, exhibitions, free concerts bazaar market and Bollywood-style dancers.

Lord mayorJohn Chedid, said Parramatta is looking forward to reaping the social, cultural and economic benefits from this annual festival.

“Parramasala draws thousands of visitors to Parramatta and brings some of the world’s best performers and artists to our City, helping reinforce our position as one of the leading major events destinations in Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

“Our city is home to one of Australia’s largest Indian and South Asian communities and this festival not only highlights our thriving cultural diversity but also provides a great opportunity to showcase Parramatta and Harris Park to a large number of visitors from across Sydney.”

Some of the highlights of Parramasala 2014 include the free opening night parade through the streets of Parramatta, events in Harris Park and a range of entertainment and celebrations over the weekend.

The full 2014 program for Parramasala will be available in late August.

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OPINION: A few more good women

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HIGH PRICE: The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies.A POLITICIAN’S spouse is supposed to be seen – at functions, fetes and fund-raisers – and rarely heard. Arguably, there aren’t many other roles more limiting for a woman. (Obviously men can also be partners of women politicians, but Australia’s three tiers of government are dominated by men.)
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Yes, she can throw her energy into supporting charitable and community causes, but essentially she is required to be a glorified host and a well-presented plus-one.

Charlotte Thaarup-Owen, the wife of fallen former Newcastle MP Tim Owen, was never going to fit the mould. Before embarking on his short-lived political career, Owen spent 30 years in the Australian Defence Force. Thaarup-Owen told me in a 2011 interview after her husband’s successful election campaign that she had struggled with ‘‘constantly starting again’’ while he was with the ADF.

‘‘Your career gets chopped,’’ she said candidly.

Her ambivalence about her husband’s new career in politics was obvious. ‘‘I can’t say I was a great supporter of it because it was a little bit like going back into the military in terms of the demands on his time. I was so passionate about my business and I didn’t want to become the ‘wife’ again … That’s not how it’s going to be.’’

Thaarup-Owen is an intelligent, sophisticated woman – ‘‘a feminist at heart’’ – who grew up in Denmark with its culture of social equity. It was no surprise when she ignored protocol in May after her husband was first mentioned in evidence in the ICAC and took to Facebook to express her views about political corruption.

‘‘When we do the wrong thing,’’ she wrote, ‘‘we not only violate ourselves and our own integrity but we also tarnish those close to us with our poor choices. The further consequence of the actions displayed the last couple of years by both parties is that it becomes increasingly unlikely that decent people enter politics, that is sad for Australia and so very sad for the decent ones left.’’

In the past couple of weeks, a rapid procession of Newcastle men – from politicians to their wealthy developer contacts – have walked into the ICAC and obliterated any lingering community faith in fair and decent government.

The exposure of shady deals and a strained web of lies has been extraordinary.

Amid the condemnation that followed Tim Owen’s admission on Tuesday that he had lied under oath about accepting $10,000 from Newcastle developer and now lord mayor Jeff McCloy, it was Thaarup-Owen’s response that had an impact.

‘‘I am absolutely disgusted with Tim and what has happened,’’ she told me.

Her anger and sadness indicated that she, like the rest of us, had been lied to.

While Thaarup-Owen’s comment was brief, it was also rare. I struggle to think of another instance where a politician’s spouse has publicly denounced their wrongdoing. Even well-rounded fictional characters such as The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick don’t do it. I’ve joked that politicians must have iron-clad contracts with their partners that forbid them from ever speaking their mind in public. Nothing would surprise me.

Amid the awfulness of the ICAC proceedings, Thaarup-Owen’s integrity shines through – as does that of Kerry Schott, Kristina Keneally, and Jodi McKay. These women have paid a substantial price because of the appalling behaviour of a gang of influential, power-hungry men. Others have, too. A friend resigned last week from her role as Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell’s senior adviser as soon as his illegal actions were exposed. ‘‘I’m devastated,’’ she told me.

Coincidentally, I ran into Tim Owen’s adviser at a function on Monday morning and was surprised she was there given he was on the stand at the ICAC for the first time that day.

‘‘It’s business as usual,’’ she replied optimistically.

When I suggested it might not be by the end of the day, she touched her rounded belly and explained she was heading off in a couple of weeks to have a baby. This was the same woman who stood near Owen in tears during his May press conference as he announced he would not recontest the seat of Newcastle next year. I can only imagine how she feels now.

Sadly, we are confronted with a vicious cycle: women are treated badly in politics therefore we aren’t prepared to put ourselves forward in the numbers needed to gain fair representation. Look what happens if you do. In Jodi McKay’s case, not only did the opposition work against her, her own party helped to engineer her downfall.

It is a bleak state of affairs, but rather than hope for any remaining honourable men to take a stand, I think we need more good women. Many more.

Once stars take time out in Bendigo

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MUSIC: Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones play songs on the steps of The Capital theatre.LEAD actors for the new Australian production of musical Once visited Bendigo on Friday ahead of starting rehearsals.
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Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones play an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who meet in Dublin and fall in love over their passion for music.

Once was initially filmed and produced in Ireland and released in 2006.

The Irish film won the Oscar for best song (Falling Slowly) and in 2012 premiered on Broadway to sell-out performances.

Music and lyrics for the show and film were written by Glen Hansard and Maketa Irglova who also starred in the film.

Jones graduated from the Actors Centre in 2009 and has featured in shows such as Cabaret, Equus with New Theatre and the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Wind in the Willows.

The Sydney-based actor was cast in the role of the girl in February before Parsons was added to the cast.

“A role comes around every so often that you think I could do that, I’d love to do that and thankfully here I am. It’s amazing,” Jones said.

“It’s a simple beautiful love story full of some of the most amazing music you will ever hear.”

“I’ve done mostly straight theatre shows since finishing drama schools but I really loved music and played piano when I was younger.”

The pair are eager to get on the stage and start rehearsals.

“It’s been a bit of a wait and we’re keen to get stuck in,” Parsons said.

“(Glen Hansard’s songs) are big shoes to fill. Vocally it’s a big old sing but his guitar playing is insane, it’s hard to get your head around the rhythms he plays.

“It’s a real gift of a part, I can’t wait.”

Parsons graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has featured in shows such as Mamma Mia, Avenue Q and Concrete Jungle.

The British-born performer toured Australia with the Jesus Christ Superstar tour last year before being cast as the guy in Once.

“There are very few parts that are suited to me as well as this one,” he said.

“I’ve been in bands since I was a teenager so I’ve always been playing guitar but I’ve done a lot of musical theatre as well.”

Once opens in Melbourne on Saturday, October 4.

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Switched on to detail

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Switched on to detail Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY
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Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

TweetFacebookThe Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

A SHARP eye for detail and excellent organisational skills have held Joey Ryan in good stead for her job as a project support officer for the new Bendigo hospital.

When completed, in 2016, it will be the largest regional hospital in Victoria, with seven storeys and 372 inpatient beds.

Ms Ryan, 25,points to a large swathe of design blueprints.

On any given day she will have to meticulously sort through dozens of them, making sure each gets to the appropriate department and all expected items have arrived.

She will then liaise with hospital staff to ensure the designs meet their expectations and hopes, taking their requests back to the designers if there are any changes they require.

“It’s quite detailed,” Ms Ryan says.

“I like to be organised.”

Indeed, despite having no previous experience in design, Ms Ryan’s job requires her to have an intimate understanding of each nook and cranny, including its functionality and how it will affectworking conditions.

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CSU to lose $127m in governmentfunding, claims Labor senator

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ON CAMPUS: Senator Deborah O’Neill accuses the federal government of now lying about its lies. Picture: Michael FrogleyTHE federal government’s higher education reforms will rip $127 million out of Charles Sturt University (CSU), the opposition claims.
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The secretary of Labor’s education caucus committee, Senator Deborah O’Neill, made the claim while visiting CSU’s Wagga campus to talk to students about the proposed restructure.

“(Federal education minister) Christopher Pyne’s plan is to take that money from the university and (in turn) have it take the money from the students,” Senator O’Neill said.

“It’s a cost-shifting exercise.”

Senator O’Neill said regional universities and their towns would be hit hard by the reforms and she is urging centres such as Wagga to support Labor’s campaign to oppose changes in the Senate.

She said if changes to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) and higher education loan Program (HELP) that tied the student loan interest rate to the bond rate were passed then students could be “saddled with a debt sentence for decades”.

Country Labor’s candidate for Wagga at the 2015 state election, Daniel Hayes, accompanied Senator O’Neill to CSU.

“We have the state and federal Liberal governments saying you have to earn or learn, but what is happening is they are taking away the opportunity to do either,” Mr Hayes said.

“Unemployment is up and there are cuts to TAFE, and now the unis are in for further cuts.”

Rivcoll student president Brandon Harry said undergraduates were worried about a higher interest rate on loans taken out to obtain degrees and higher course fees.

“We are concerned there will be a money divide, or a class divide, that will stop people going to university regardless of their economic background,” Mr Harry said.

The Member for Riverina Michael McCormack defended the restructure, saying HECS and HELP loans were the best loans anyone would ever get.

“They are getting a loan which they don’t have to pay back until they earn $50,000 and it will give them a much-better paying job than if they don’t go to university,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack said the restructure would open up opportunities for CSU.

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Tumut stalwart marks milestone

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TUMUT stalwart Jason Back is always one to go the extra mile for the Blues.

Tomorrow, the power-packed front-rower will mark a milestone 100th game by making his 118th first grade appearance for the club against Tumbarumba.

The mountain club is gearing up to acknowledge the well-built prop’s dedication to the Blues tomorrow by celebrating his century – plus 18.

“There was a bit of confusion and somehow we went past the 100th game, so I’m actually playing my 118th game,” he said.

“But the club is going to celebrate the 100th.”

A household name at the club, the 28-year-old played his junior football for Tumut, before progressing through the Blues’ ranks to establish himself as a respected senior player.

“I won premierships with the club in 2007 and 2010, but I did my knee halfway through 2008 so I missed the final that year,” he said.

Back spent a year living and working in the Whitsundays in 2012, but returned to the club in 2013 after finding employment back in the town.

His welcome return to the club came at what has evolved into a tumultuous period for the once dominating Group Nine powerhouse.

“We were used to winning because pretty much we went so long with a really good side that had a lot of good players in it,” he said.

“By the time I got back, a lot of those players had retired or moved away.

“We haven’t been able to attract players like we used to because we don’t have the work to put the boys in jobs.

“We couldn’t get (Michael) Henderson because of the work trouble… We have the three or four mills but they are struggling to put anyone on at the moment.”

Back believes the club’s resurgence will be heavily influenced by the Blues’ ability to foster the talent of rising junior players.

“The young players need the experience but we need to blood them with experienced players around them,” he said.

“We have two young fellas in the halves who will only get better with time, but we definitely will need to buy some players and get some new blokes to the club.

“Tumut is a good club and you can’t win every year; this just isn’t our turn.”

Throughout his career Back has played with some of the club’s best homegrown talent, making it difficult for the popular ball-runner to put any one individual on a pedestal.

“Its impossible to separate Josh Toohey, Adam Pearce, Matty Richards and Matt Free,” he said.

“They are all as good as each other.”

Tumut will take on Tumbarumba at Twickenham tomorrow in the game being hailed as the Blues’ best chance of avoiding a winless season.

“We should get the win up – especially since Tumba are without (Aaron) Sweeney and Nathan Hammond,” Back said.

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LETTER: Letgraduates take honours

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WE are all so tired of this political scandal which is happening in Newcastle.

It is time for some radical thinking. My proposal is let’s find our clever, honest, hardworking and motivated university graduates who have a passion to ‘‘Revitalise Newcastle’’ and ‘‘make a difference’’.

They should be elected as decent members of society on merit of their capabilities and the party should be called ‘‘Bright Young Minds’’.

They would expect to be rewarded with appropriate remuneration for their efforts but would not accept money contained in envelopes.

Respect, trust and renewed faith would be shown to the members of this party by the loyal citizens as they set about their task to ‘‘change the face of Newcastle’’.

Just an idea but in my view it would certainly be an improvement on who we have as our leaders at this point of time.

Lesley Roberts,

Wangi Wangi

Your chance to live in harmony

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Learn to live in harmony with the environment with the appliance of science at the 2014 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Cafe at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden from 9am to 2pm Saturday, August 23.
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Take the opportunity to combine a refreshing stroll around the botanic garden while learning how to reduce your environmental foot print and save money.

Numerous experts will be on hand at the ninth annual Dubbo Sustainable City Expo to give free advice on a wide range of topics from composting to state-of-the-art sustainable living technology, appliances and services.

Learn the art of water-wise garden design, growing vegetables, composting and successful worm farming.

Check out the latest solar and renewable energy systems, and electric and hybrid vehicles.

Meanwhile the highly successful Science Cafe now in its second year, will inform, dazzle and amaze under the guidance of highly talented science teacher, successful actor and professional writer James Eddy.

Grab a refreshing beverage and listen to live interviews with some of the region’s most talented scientists, including scientists from the Australian National University and medical students from the University of Sydney. Sit back and enjoy SCINEMA films.

Children will be kept occupied by a wide range of free activities including interactive storytelling, the Stormwater Olympics, nature trails, the mobile zoo and face painting.

With so much to see, learn and do the 2014 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Cafe at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden promises to be a wonderful family day out.

Science Cafe is a registered National Science Week event and is funded under the NSW Regional Science Grants program supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW government. National Science Week runs from August 16-24.

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