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Special needs children supported by local Trust

Special needs students at Mary Brooksbank School enjoying the multi-sensory room funded by a grant from the Gary Walden Trust. Picture: Jonathan NgGary Walden was a man much loved by his colleagues and peers.
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When he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2007, his wife Carol was so overwhelmed with the number of flowers she received that she asked friend Rob Spence what she could do to make the flowers stop.

It was then that the Gary Walden Trust was born.

By asking friends and family to donate money to the newly formed charity instead of spending it on flowers, $10,000 was raised at Gary’s funeral alone.

‘‘We looked at how we could use the money to help children with special needs in the Macarthur area that normal funding schemes didn’t cover,’’ Mr Spence, founding member of the Trust and long-time colleague of Gary’s said.

‘‘We set up the trust so people could give money and continue the sentiment of the work Gary went above and beyond the call of duty to set up.’’

On August 27, the Gary Walden Trust is hosting its annual fundraising dinner, and special guests motivational speaker Michael Crossland and Bulldogs star Josh Reynolds will be in attendance.

‘‘The dinner is the main source of revenue for the Trust — school’s can apply for grants from the donations,’’ Mr Spence said.

Mary Brooksbank School in Rosemeadow is one school that has benefited from the Gary Walden Trust, with their grant going towards a multi-sensory room for their special needs students.

‘‘We’re all about making a difference for the kids, and we hate to use a cliche but its about stopping them falling in between the cracks,’’ Mr Spence said.

The Gary Walden Trust Dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 27 at Wests Leagues, from 6mp. Tickets are $80 or $600 for a table of eight, and must be booked by today (Wednesday, August 20).

Bookings: Cathy Brown, 9603 1333, [email protected]

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GALLERY: Vietnam War veterans recognised in Medowie service

GALLERY: Vietnam War veterans recognised in Medowie service SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.
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SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

SERVICE RECOGNISED: Scenes from Medowie RSL sub-branch’s Vietnam Veterans Day service on Monday, August 18. Pictures: Stephen Wark.

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Living the dream

Joe Bobbin plays full-back and wears the number 1 jersey for the Jacksonville Axemen from Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: Allene Rachal Photography.BOMBALA’S own Joe Bobbin is playing the game he loves on the other side of the world with the Jacksonville Axemen in the USA.
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Bobbin first put on a Bombala Blue Heelers jersey as a junior and now he’s making his mark playing the sport on an international stage.

Since May Bobbin has been signed with the Jacksonville Axemen, one of the leading teams in the United States of America Rugby League (USARL).

The Axemen are currently undefeated champions of the Southern USARL.

Bobbin’s proud mother Dinah Coleman said Joe loves the sport and finds it ironic that he eventually became an axeman.

“Like most country kids, as a teenager he used to do the woodchopping circuit and when he signed with the Canberra Raiders they made him stop, for insurance reasons, they thought it was too dangerous,” Ms Coleman said.

“We all had a good laugh at that because running out on the field playing football is pretty dangerous too and they thought woodchopping was dangerous.

“Now he’s playing football with the Axemen.”

Bobbin played for the Bombala Blue Heelers when he was in primary school and was awarded best and fairest for many years.

When numbers fell in the Bombala team he changed to the Cooma Colts where he had a great run, finding his position as full-back.

Bobbin’s under 16s Cooma Colts team was undefeated and he was quickly picked out by selectors from the Canberra Raiders.

He soon showed his strength and determination with the Raiders, playing the Toyota Cup and travelling to Fiji with the side.

Ms Coleman admits she misses her son now that he lives aboard but that this is all part of him doing what he loves.

“I think it’s great, he’s a young person who is following his passion,” she said.

“I guess I’m used to him living away because he moved to Canberra when he played for the Raiders and that was hard because he was a teenager and I was worried about drugs and all you hear about football is about bad behaviour.

“But the Raiders have a strong sense of teamwork and mateship.

“Joe has a great attitude to his health, fitness and the sport.

“He’s now taken that over to the USA and it’s not often you hear about the good stories like that in the sport.

“I’ve always told him it’s about choices, he has the rest of his life to party and that right now you have the opportunity to play football, so you should do it.”

Bobbin’s family will be watching the game on the USARL website this Sunday.

The National Champ-ionship is played on Saturday, August 23, and is streamed live at 9am Sunday, August 24 (AEST).

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Murray Mallee Red Cross members celebrate: PHOTOS

Murray Mallee Red Cross members celebrate: PHOTOS Barmera Red Cross member Shirley Backman and Murray Bridge member Pauline Thiele chat about the 100 year celebration.
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Karoonda Red Cross members Joan Hoff and Beth Hammond received 10 year service awards from Red Cross patron Val Broadbent along with Waikerie Red Cross members Joy Paschke and Shirley Mudge.

Murray Bridge Red Cross member Chris Vigar shares stories with Mannum members Judith Quast and Lois Parker.

Pinnaroo Red Cross members Muriel Knutsen, Helen Rooney and Dot Lawrence ate lunch together at the celebration.

Red Cross executive director Helen Connolly, member services Alison Laslett and internationalhumanitarian law Petra Ball attended the Murray Mallee celebrations.

Loxton Red Cross members Noeleen Milich and Pauline Adkins enjoyed their lunch together.

Wendy Hender, of Mount Compass, chats to Karoonda Red Cross member Carlene Schulz.

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Hawkesbury creates Green Army

The Hawkesbury Environment Network has been given two federal government grants to fund Green Army projects for conservation work in the Hawkesbury region.
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With $525 million budgeted over four years for projects across Australia, the Green Army is one of the government’s major environmental initiatives.

The program will provide Hawkesbury residents aged 17-24 with full-time employment and training on environmental conservation tasks which will increase their skills and qualifications in well-supervised and safe training environments.

Chairman John Street said he was excited to be able to combine conservation training for young people with the opportunity to give them experience in protecting bushland areas.

‘‘These projects will help raise community awareness of bushland connectivity, environmental weeds, people impacts on natural areas, conflicting land uses, threatened species and communities, indigenous cultural heritage, and holistic land management,’’ Mr Street said.

The two teams of nine people will have six Green Army sites which will expand and enhance existing local land and bushcare programs including the Hawkesbury Rainforest Network Landcare group, Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group, MacMahons Park Bushcare group, the University of Western Sydney’s Earthcare Centre, Redbank Creek Recovery Program and the Grose Vale-Kurrajong Cats Claw Creeper Project.

The teams will work with these groups to implement staged bush regeneration programs to enhance bushland, protect fauna habitat and preserve sites of cultural significance.

Designed by the Hawkesbury Environment Network, the projects will be implemented in partnership with the Local Land Services Regional Landcare Facilitator, Hawkesbury Council, Hawkesbury River County Council, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, University of Western Sydney and bushcare groups.

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Cannons crushed by Port Vikings

The Cannonballs struggled in the slippery conditions losing 48-7 to the Port Vikings.IT was a tough day in tough conditions for the Cannonballs first grade team on Saturday afternoon.
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They hosted competition leaders Hastings Valley Vikings at Ian Walton Rubgy Park, Crescent Head and went down 48-7.

A poor week at training showed throughout the game with club captain Brad Booth summing it up when he said “It stormed early and it kept on storming.”

Too many missed tackles, poor options with the ball in hand and a lack of physicality at the breakdown cost the Cannonballs dearly.

First grade coach Jared Fuller said that the team didn’t stick to their game plan.

“We lost our way early and never recovered,” Fuller said.

“I can’t ever question the effort put in by the guys but the execution was very poor.

“The Vikings are the bench mark of the competition this year but we should be able to compete better than we did on Saturday.”

Kea Pereira scored the only try for the Cannonballs and Shahid Khalfan added the extras.

The loss was bad enough but injury concerns to workhorse Luke Smith (shoulder), Jesse Ball (hip) and Ethan Dowling (arm) could see them missing from the next game against the Port Pirates.

Pereira was the best of the Cannons, taking home three points and the player’s player award. Khalfan was his ever reliable self and picked up two points.

Captain Braden Farrawell picked up the one point after plenty of hard work on the field.

Coffs Harbour lost to the Port Pirates on the weekend, a win for the Cannonballs over the Pirates in the last round would secure third place and a home minor semi-final.

Coach Fuller had a warning for his players who were expecting a win over the Pirates.

“This won’t happen if the team plays the way they did on the weekend,” he said.

“We won’t beat them if we put in another performance like this one.”

On a positive note, the reserve grade outfit was back to its winning ways after a hard fought 22-21 victory over their Viking counterparts.

The Under 16s team also won 27-7, despite playing with three fewer players for the duration of the game.

The Vikings failed to honour a verbal agreement between the zone clubs that the under 16s teams would match playing numbers on game day.

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Local women at state level

Young’s Yellow Grade 4 Pennant side will head to Raymond Terrace next week where they hope to bring home the 2014 Grade 4 State Pennant Flag.
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The eight women from Young Women’s Bowling Club will take part in the NSW State Pennant 2014 Championships on Tuesday, August 26 until Thursday, August 29 in a round robin competition.

Three games will be played over the first two days to determine finalists who will compete in the finals on the Thursday.

The two teams making up the side consist of Judith Mulligan (lead), Heather Bailey (second), Margo Parker (third) and Margaret Gailey (skip), and Kate Cooper (lead), Lyn Martin (second), Therese Ruhl (third) June Brown (skip) who will be among competitiors from 16 other regions around the state.

“It is a wonderful feeling to make it to state level,” Heather said.

“You know that your club is representing one of the 16 regions that made it to that level and that surely is a great achievement.

“The buzz you get when you arrive at the venue is really something, recognising top players – last year we played on the rink next to Karen Murphy’s team (she is Australia’s number one female player) and it just felt incredible.”

Despite the distinct disadvantage of living so far from the eastern seaboard where exposure to competition is extremely high, the local women aren’t detered, rather quietly confident.

“We know we will be playing against stiff competition, [but] we endeavour to talk with each other and acknowledge good play when it occurs. Pep talks before and during the game, and debriefing after each game helps to keep each member focused,” Heather said.

If Young is successful in winning the finals of the Round Robin, they will be announced winners of the 2014 Grade 4 State Pennant Flag.

“That would be a great effort,” Heather said.

“The result of each game is based on the aggregate score of both teams to determine the sides score, so it is important both teams work together in order to win their game.

“We know it won’t be an easy competition, but we’ll do our very best and that’s all anyone can do.”

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Pimpinio under-17 investigated after Swifts player left with severe facial injuries: Tiger to face tribunal

UPDATE: A tribunal hearing for a Pimpinio under-17 player accused of assaulting a Swifts player has been postponed.
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The footballer was scheduled to face the Western Vic Football tribunal on Wednesday night after an incident on Saturday that left a Swifts player with severe facial injuries.

Field umpires reported the Horsham District Football Netball League player, who is being investigated for assault by Stawell police.

The player was immediately removed from the game and suspended by Pimpinio.

The Swifts player received fractures to his eye socket and cheek bone and will require surgery.

Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen said a new date for the tribunal would most likely be next week.

He said the matter would be heard by the tribunal without the need for a league investigation because the incident had been witnessed by umpires, and the player was reported.

Northern Grampians Police Inspector Ian Lindsay said police were investigating the incident as an assault.

“It’s a nasty incident and you wouldn’t expect something like that in that age group,” he said.

“We want to send the message that violence in any form is unacceptable.”

Inspector Lindsay said police were in contact with Pimpinio president David O’Connor and Swifts president Robert Carey.

With the two clubs slated to meet in Saturday’s under-14 qualifying final at Balmoral, Inspector Lindsay said restraint from supporters was important.

“We want to encourage appropriate behaviour from teams and supporters – no violence and no reprisals,” he said.

Mr O’Connor released a club statement about the incident on Tuesday.

“The club is devastated over the incident,” he said.

“Any behaviour outside the realms of sportsmanship and healthy competition cannot and will not be tolerated by our club.”

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NSW Farmers backs CSG water monitoring

NSW Farmers Association president Fiona Simson.
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NSW Farmers President Fiona Simson has today welcomed a new water monitoring framework aimed at improving science-based evidence and transparency in the coal seam gas industry.

The framework, announced today, aligns with key policy passed at NSW Farmers’ Annual Conference in July this year.

Ms Simson said NSW Farmers is pleased the state government has started the process of mapping underground water and developing baseline water profiles.

“It’s an excellent starting point, and the modern technology and software independently developed through NICTA appears promising.”

“Our membership base see this as a crucial and essential step in ensuring that the coal seam gas industry does not harm agricultural land and water. We have been highlighting the importance of comprehensive baseline water, soil and air studies in areas affected by exploration activities for some time.

“What’s important now is accessibility, transparency and reliability of data as well as a full understanding of the suite of testing to be undertaken.

“There’s no point having monitoring bores if the community aren’t aware of the information that is available, and if the data isn’t comprehensive enough, particularly as it relates to quality as well as consumptive use. We will want to make sure that those boxes are ticked.” Ms Simson said.

“We welcome these initial steps and will continue to advocate for an approach such as this to be taken across the state.”

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Say goodbye to winterat Delegate markets

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the markets.THE inaugural Delegate Big End of Winter Market Day will be held this year on August 30 at the Delegate Exhibition Hall at Delegate Showgrounds.
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From 10am until 3pm visitors can browse through more than over 25 stalls – all under cover, making it an all weather market.

There will be plenty of parking for all off the road.

Included in this year’s stalls you find greatbargains and some new release items not seen before.

Stalls include hand crafted jewellery from local girls, handmade house ware items, local girls with their knitted and crocheted items, candles, kitchen ware, kitchen supplies, make-up and beauty products, essential oils, clothing, horse wares, wood work, wool, books, local artist paintings, scrapbooking, cards and wrappings.

Penny of Lou Lou’s will have clearance items along with her new stock, some of the party planners will have clearance sales along with new catalogues.

Rustic Nag Creations, Blown Away Access-ories and EMJ Hand-crafted Jewellery are some of the fantastic local creators you won’t want to miss checking out.

Take the time out to visit with us on the day, don’t rush, there will be the opportunity to get a haircut, have a foot or hand massage using essential oils.

Sit and have a cuppa from Gilbert’s Coffee Van and help the fundraisers by buying their delicious cakes and sandwiches.

With plenty to see and plenty to do, take the time to visit the historical village of Delegate on August 30, not only will you find the markets a treat, you will find the Delegate Woodwork Room, the Early Settlers Hut, the Delegate History Room and the Bundian Way Art Gallery will all be open for you to look through.

This is a day you won’t want to miss, make the drive to Delegate, there will be something for everyone.

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