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200 for Trauma Week

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ABOVE: Staff, students and guestsattended a Founders Day morning teaat the Lithgow campus this week to celebrate25 years since the University ofNotre Dame first established a presencein Australia — at Fremantle,Western Australia. Pictured at theinformal get together are (sitting)Alison Holley, Dr Zelda Doyle,, campusmanager Chrissie Thompson, ProfessorGavin Frost. Standing, AlannaRezzonico, Greta Geninson, KeithLandale, Jessica Less, Aaron Wong,, DrRose Wang and Associate ProfessorJohn Dearin.LITHGOW’S Rural Clinical Schoolof the University of Notre Damewill play host later this month tothe university’s annual RuralTrauma Week.

As part of the medical studiesstudents are required to attend theseminar each year for familiarisationwith the type of trauma likelyto be encountered in regional ruraland industrial situations.

Around 200 medical studentswill be in the area from WednesdayAugust 27 to Friday August 29.

On the Thursday night there willbe a social evening at the UnionTheatre with a spit roast and bushdance.

Mock trauma exercises will befeatured on the final day.

Theforum will be a boost for theLithgow accommodation industrywith the students booked in at theBlack Gold Cabins at Wallerawangand at the Colonial Motor Inn atMarrangaroo.

The Trauma Week is separate tothe rural medicine forums held inLithgow each year for first yearmedical students.

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Rail Alliance ignores investment

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The North West Rail Alliance (Sunraysia Daily, 6/8) uses misleading Labor attack lines about the Victorian Coalition Government’s budget, but fails to mention Labor’s broken Mildura rail promise.

Peter Ryan and Peter Crisp in Mildura.

The alliance seems to be calling for investment in rail, yet strangely does not praise the Coalition Government’s Murray Basin Rail Project, which will transform the way farm produce and freight is transported in northern and western Victoria.

This project will standardise rail between the Sunraysia region and Victoria’s ports, and has received huge applause from the Victorian Farmers Federation as well as Mildura businesses.

As leader of the Nationals, I was proud to announce it with Mildura MP Peter Crisp within our first term of government – now that the state’s finances are in a position to do so.

The alliance complains about this huge Coalition investment in rail, seeming to suggest it’s too late and saying it “won’t be costed until after the election”.

But it fails to mention we set aside $220 million for the project in the budget in May.

The alliance also fails to mention Mildura heads the list for regional cities to benefit from the Coalition’s Regional Growth Fund, with $35.5 million injected into 35 projects worth a total of $222 million.

Peter Ryan,

Deputy Premier


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OUR SAY: Smoking Joe’s out of touch comment adds fuel to the fire

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FEDERAL government members have done nothing this week to convince rural and regional voters that their needs are being considered in the corridors of power in Canberra.

First came the ridiculous proposal to make jobseekers apply for 40 jobs a month when, as any jobseeker in the bush could have told them, many towns would be fortunate to have half that number advertised.

It should have been a reminder that “one size fits all” policies rarely work in a nation the size of Australia, and nearly always leave country people worse off.

Apparently not, though.

This week voters were treated to Treasurer Joe Hockey’s assertion that increased fuel taxes would not unfairly hurt the poor because, apparently, they either don’t have cars or don’t drive very far if they do.

Mr Hockey says he was relying on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to support his claim, but he would have been better served relying on a little commonsense.

Or perhaps he could have spoken to some of his own regional MPs.

A car is not a luxury item in most country towns and cities that are poorly served by transport.

And real estate tends to fall in price as you move further from the centre of these towns and cities, so it is often the poorest who travel the longest distances.

The raw ABS data may not paint that picture, but anyone living west of the Great Dividing Range knows it’s the truth.

Sydney – home to Joe Hockey, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Bronwyn Bishop, Philip Ruddock – is undoubtedly the current government’s conservative power base, but it needs to expand its thinking if it wishes to govern for the whole nation.

And rural and regional MPs – particularly the Nationals – need to speak up more strongly for their constituents, even if a healthy margin means they have little to fear at the ballot box.

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No rest for Hawks with momentum for semi-finals on Mortimer’s mind – Video

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FULL STRENGTH: Brock McGarity and his Orange Hawks teammates want to regain that winning feeling in today’s clash with Bathurst Panthers. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 081014zlleague15DISPELLING any rumour of resting players, Orange Hawks captain-coach Tim Mortimer has named a full-strength side for Saturday’s Group 10 premier league blockbuster with Bathurst Panthers.

Hawks host Panthers at Wade Park and with the two blues assured a place in the finals whisperings of Mortimer resting several key players before the finals were circulating.

With Orange CYMS all but relying on a Hawks victory to qualify for the play-offs, the decision could have played a pivotal role in who the two blues faced in next week’s elimination semi-final.

“We aren’t really worried who we play, we have to beat them regardless,” Mortimer said.

“Momentum is important and I was always naming a full-strength side for this game. Sure, if somebody has picked up a niggle at training then, yes, maybe they will get a rest but we want to win.”

Mortimer’s men are coming off a loss to Bathurst St Pat’s, their first defeat in 10 games, and Panthers, not unlike CYMS, desperately need a victory to keep their finals hopes alive.


“The feeling in our shed wasn’t good last weekend,” Mortimer said.

“The boys were quiet, and it’s not a feeling we want again. Momentum is huge in this competition this season and we want it, and that winning feeling, back leading into the finals.”

The sheer size of Panthers’ pack – led by the Seager brothers, Brent and Blake – presents a problem for Hawks’ comparatively small forwards, and Mortimer said his side was bracing itself for an onslaught through the middle of the paddock.

“Their pack is huge, but most sides are bigger than us,” he explained.

“They’re playing good footy and probably need a win a bit more than us. They have plenty to play for and will be coming here ready to put on a show.

“But we’re at home, we like playing here, and even though they came out very hard against us last time I think we’re ready for it this time.”

Hawks host Panthers at Wade Park, kicking off at 2pm.

ORANGE HAWKS: 1 Joe Lasagavibau, 2 Justin Howarth, 3 Tim Mortimer, 4 Jared Brodrick, 5 Alofi Mataele, 6 Brock McGarity, 7 Keegan Harding, 8 Arty Shead, 9 Mitch Hurford, 10 Jason Greenhalgh, 11 Chris Anau, 12 Lawrence Fogg, 13 Travis Bubb.

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Square dancers celebrate birthday

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Colourful crew:: The Port Macquarie Square Dancing Club celebrates their first birthday on August 15, and then features at the Byabarra Rural Fire Service’s fundraiser the next day. Time has flown since Tony Bowring established the Port Macquarie Square Dancing Club last year.

The club celebrates their first birthday on Friday night at the Rotary Community Centre, and they want everyone to come down to Hastings River Drive.

Numbers have grown steadily, and Mr Bowring expects about 30 dancers whirling and entertaining from 7.30pm.

“People are welcome to pop in and have a look at what we’re doing,” Mr Bowring said.

“At the moment we’ve got quite a few people involved.

“We’ve actually got the best numbers of any square dancing club from Newcastle to the Queensland border.”

To the unfamiliar, a square dance involves four couples arranged in a square.

The eight dancers face the middle on each side of the square.

The dance originated in England and mainland Europe in the 17th century, with particular prevalence in France.

The dance’s coastal popularity is partly due to local learner classes, which will also run next year.

“Originally there were four clubs in Port Macquarie, and that’s going back quite a while,” Mr Bowring said.

“We’re lucky now because we’ve got quite a few retired dancers coming out of the woodwork combined with graduates of our learners’ class.”

The group draws members from the Hastings valley, as well as further afield from Harrington to Coffs Harbour.

The group will be celebrate their birthday at the centre at 198 Hastings River Drive on Friday night, before joining Saturday’s fundraiser at the Byabarra Rural Fire Service.

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Classic Holdens roll into town

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READY TO ROLL: Anton Beens, Jayson Martin, Sam Staley, Presley Easdale, Paul Chivell and Tristan Coote.

A MOTORCADE of classicHoldens will roll into the Bendigo Showgroundstomorrow.

The Bendigo Sandhurst Holden Club will host the sixth annualHolden Day, which will see 400 Holdens on display from the 48-215, commonly referred to as the FX, to the VFCommodore Holden.

The Poyser Motors Central Victorian All Holden Daywill include a display oforiginal, restored andmodifiedvehicles along with relatedtrade stands.

Poysers Motors will also showcasecurrent model Holdens.

Entry is by gold coin donation and money raised will goto the Bendigo Intensive Care Unit.

The Golden Square Swimming Pool committee will sell refreshments.

The Bendigo Sandhurst Holden Club formed in 2005 and caters for thosewho own or have an interest in Holden Vehicles from 48-215 (FX)through to any Holden more than 25 years old.

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Evil came to the Capertee Valley

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WHEN two Portland police officersresponded in November towhat appeared to be a routinecomplaint of illegal shooters in theCapertee Valley they were not toknow that among them they wereabout to come face to face withtwo men who were to become themost reviled Muslim extremists inAustralia.

The complaint related to gunfirethat had been going on forquite some time on private propertyon Crown Station Road in thevalley.

There were four men and asmall boy.

That now seven year old boy,innocuous at the time, was tobecome the symbol of internationalrevulsion in the past weekwhen photographs appeared ofhim holding the severed head of aSyrian soldier.

It was that image — describedby US Secretary of State John Kerryas ‘stomach churning’ — morethan anything that confirmed thepsychopathic madness of the conflictsthat began in Syria and havesince spread with devastatingimpact to a war weary Iraq.

It also brought home to Australia the realisationof the extreme undercurrent existingin this nation and, at least on thisoccasion, in the Lithgow area.

The boy’s father, Khalled Sharrouf, fledAustralia on his brother’s passport lessthan a month later to join with the brutalextremists seeking to establish an Islamicstate.

His Australian born wife and five childrenlater followed him to the war zone.

Sharrouf posted the sickening photoon social media with the equally sickeningcomment ‘that’s my boy’.

It was Sharrouf and that unfortunatelittle boy in the party that confronted thepolice officers that afternoon in theCapertee Valley.

With them were two other men on thenation’s terrorist watch, one of whom hasalso since that time been prominent insocial media posts from Syria, plus afourth man who up to that time wasbelow the radar.

Sharrouf is on federal authorities’ mostwanted list but is not expected to returnto Australia.

The men did not cause problems forthe police and two were charged withfirearms offences.

Another of these, Mohamad Elomar,has since fled the country, also to join thejihadists in Syria, and a warrant has beenissued for his arrest.

The Capertee alarm had its sequel inLithgow local Court yesterday when onemember of the party faced two chargesrelating to the unlawful use of firearms.

The matter was adjourned without anyevidence being taken to be re-listed in thesame court on October 17.

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BFL: Redan, Lake Wendouree youth girls ready for the big one

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Captains Hayley Smith (Redan) and Riley Holloway (Lake Wendouree) will lead their teams into battle in the Ballarat Football League’s youth girls’ grand final on Sunday. REDAN and Lake Wendouree are set for a blockbuster grand final to put a fitting cap on the Ballarat Football League’s youth girls season.

The two clubs will square off at White Flat Oval on Sunday, with more than just a premiership on the line.

For Redan, the reigning premier, a win would cap a perfect season of football after Lions’ champion Amy McDonald was awarded her second consecutive league best and fairest.

Meanwhile, coach Chris Wilson was handed the coach of the year trophy after steering the club to a perfect 10-0 home and away record.

However, Redan captain Hayley Smith says her side is facing pressure to record its second consecutive flag.

“It’s really nerve-wracking because last year we went in thinking we had no chance against Ballarat, having been smashed by them previously in the finals,” Smith said.

“It’s the same again this year – we beat them (Lake Wendouree) in the finals, but it was pretty close.

“There’s a lot of pressure and, for me, it’s my last season and I’d love to go out with a bang.”

The Lions defeated the Lakers by 37 points in their most recent encounter in the semi-finals, and recorded a 28-point win in their first clash back in round seven.

However, Lakers captain Riley Holloway says the side has made dramatic improvements through the year, and is hungry success after making their maiden grand final.

“It’s a good feeling (to get to the final),” Holloway said.

“Having a few new girls this year coming through and already into their first grand final – it’s really great to see.

“We’ve already had a few improvements between the games and we’re just going to in there and give it our all.

“Hopefully, third time lucky, we’ll get the win,” she said.



B: N Griffin J Rainsford G Richardson

HB: T Dunn J Bokma E McLean

C: A Tebble O Kyatt A Lodge

HF: L Murphy E Richardson K Prebble

F: A Cutler A Morgan-McTaggart A Tebble

R: A McDonald H Smith M Flenley

Inter: T Dunn, A Flintoft


B: T Den Ouden E Relouw P Guthrie

HB: M Arnott K Jackson K Jackson

C: M Chew I Walker A Maria-Rice

HF: D Jenner T Bruhn E Trainor

F: A Jackson L Quinlan Roberts S Hearn

R: N Alexander J Gilmer R Holloway

Inter: P Arnott G Jenkins

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Photos: Friday 15 August

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Photos: Friday 15 August Tidy Towns – Peter Dunn, judge Luciano Mesiti, Ralf Metzner, Lyn McBain, Di Sneddon and Richard Upston.

Dora the Explorer at McDonalds

Senior instructor 4th Dan Black Belt Michelle Lambkin and Master Greg Franks 6th Dan Black Belt do a demonstration for the academy students.

Senior instructor 4th Dan Black Belt Michelle Lambkin and Master Greg Franks 6th Dan Black Belt do a demonstration for the academy students.

Senior instructor 4th Dan Black Belt Michelle Lambkin and Master Greg Franks 6th Dan Black Belt do a demonstration for the academy students.

Singleton Tidy Towns

Lyn McBain, Luciano Mesiti, Joel Fitzgibbon.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball – Teagan Ingold, Janine Keech, Hilda Ford, Kay Sullivan and Melanie Double dressed in their finest Op shop fashions.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball – Scott and Bernadette Reid with Jenny and Jeff Power.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball – Abbie Caelli, Vicki Caelli and Michelle Davy.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball.

Singleton Cancer Appeal Ball.

Bunnings staff members – Lisa Jackson, Vicki Griffin and Joel King with an excited Banjo Cole in his custom made Thomas the Tank Engine costume with his brother Jaxson Cole.

Soccer team – Jackson Shade, Nick Holland, Simon Kelly, Elijah Smith, Cameron Monk, Samuel Holz, Rhys Shearer, Harry Whitehead; front – Riley Woods, Josh Dale, Lleyton Rose, Oliver Berry, Tom Stacy, Mitchell Cox, Lachlan Passlow, Cooper Maytom and Ewan Kelly.

Greta McDonald’s store manager Nicole Andrews with Dora the Explorer.

Greta Public School – Shaylea, Chloe, Kimberley, Olivia; Ariella, Jasmine, Kadliee, Jordan, Jordan, Laura, Joseph, Alex; Sophie, Heidi, Amira, Lincoln, Ryan, Laviniya, Sarah, Breannah, Izabella; (front) Hollie, Desharna, Katie-Rose, Amiliya, Pyper, Oscar and Emily.

Bunnings staff members – Lisa Jackson, Vicki Griffin and Joel King with an excited Banjo Cole in his custom made Thomas the Tank Engine costume with his brother Jaxson Cole.

Thea and Jack Fleming

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Special gesture carries weight

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IT ARRIVED hidden among the usual letters.

A card postmarked Horsham.

The contents made by day. Maybe year. Yes, it’s the special little gestures in life that can carry so much weight.

The card was from perhaps the loveliest lady you would ever meet… Rene Vivian.

Rene would often drop in to say hello during my time in Horsham.

Each year she would traditionally arrive just before Christmas with a smorgasbord of the most delicious treats for the Wimmera Mail-Times staff.

One of my great weaknessesin life is therumballand, let me tell you, Rene just happens tomakethe very best in the world.

We had a great agreement – I’d collect stamps to help Rene’s fundraising for the Cancer Council and she’d supply the odd jar of her famous rumballs.

Oh, how I miss those tasty treats.

But I digress… back to the card.

It seems Rene has been following my 12-week Men’s Health Challenge from afarwith great interest.

Clearly, my efforts had impressed her to the point where she sent me this lovely card of congratulations.

”Good on you, Rod,” she wrote.

”Could not be more proud of you.”

As if that wasn’t touching enough, Rene signed off with the ultimate PS.”Your dear mum would be so proud of you.”

Oh, Rene… you’re a special lady.

I so hope you’re right. My weight was one of the things that worried by dear mum Irene so much and, well, I never did much to ease that tension.Until now, I guess, and she’s not here to see the results.

It’s something that has worried by dad enormouslyas well while my stepmom Val has taken upIrene’s cause with gusto – always bashing on about looking after myself and losing weight.

If I’m to be honest my weight has worried everyone close to me.

So, finally, thanks to the urgings of Peter Strange at Bendigo Community Health Services and the drivings, sorry, support and encouragement of Amy Holmes and co at Shape Health andFitness, I’ve made a change to my life.

A friend told me this week they’ve never seen me happier.

My wife confided this week that my whole demeanour has changed.

Apparently, I used to swear and curse every morning while struggling to put my shoes on. Can’t remember that but I’ll take her word for it.

My snoring (Ionce used toraise the roof) has descended to ‘acceptable’ levels.

My belt is on its finalnotch – seven in all.

The count now is 15 kilograms and 20 centimetres off my middle.

I continue to pound the pavement around Lake Weeroona, although still thankful it’s under the cover of darkness.

The most popular question I get asked is ‘how do you feel’.Honestly… sensational.

Who would have thought the change could be so drastic?

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