Geraldine Doogue to talk at Cooranbong concert

INTERVIEW: Geraldine Doogue will speak at the concert this Saturday night.
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JOURNALIST and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue will talk about religion in Australia during a concert at Cooranbong on Saturday night.

Ms Doogue returns as compere for the seventh Hymns and Songs of Praise at the Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The concert is a celebration of the Christian tradition of hymn and song singing.

The host of ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra and ABC Television’s Compass will also answer questions about religion and journalism in Australia during an interview halfway through the concert.

“Geraldine brings to Hymns and Songs a personal Christian commitment, a generous ecumenical spirit and several decades of experience in exploring the spiritual heart of Australian culture,” senior theology lecturer and co-producer of the concert, Dr Lyell Heise, said.

Backed by the Institute of Worship Orchestra and led by Avondale ensemble, The Promise, and soloists Albert Mataafa and Marian Moroney, Hymns and Songs of Praise will be big on audience participation. In fact, the audience will serve as a massed congregational choir.

“The energy and quality will far exceed what is normally possible in a local congregation,” Dr Heise said.

The concert will open with the premiere of prize-winning composer and Cooranbong resident Blake Robinson’s Sky Passage.

The concert will start at 7pm.

Tickets cost $20 (single), $15 (concession/student), and $40 (family— two adults and two or more school-age children).

■ Visit avondale.edu.au/events for details.

– Bianca Reynaud of Avondale College of Higher Education

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Stars with Sharina

STARS: Sharina at work at radio station 2UE.
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ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20) Your health needs to be looked after, so start that exercise programme or diet today! Take up jogging or join a gym but please don’t put this off any longer.

TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) This week is all about new beginnings. Some sacrifices will have to be made but this will only benefit your progress in the future.

GEMINI (May 22-Jun 21) A lively social event may take up a lot of your time this week and if you are single, love looks sensational. Money matters also look favourable as well.

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 23) Plans made recently will begin to take shape at last. The added strength to your aura will soon see you kicking a lot of goals.

LEO (Jul 24-Aug 23) An opportunity to do something you love will be presented to you. Travel plans are also taking shape and a special celebration is near.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sep 23) Long-awaited news may change your life in an unexpected way. Long-distance travel or communication is also shown for some. A great week awaits.

LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23) Your mind will be on family matters this week and it will be hard to concentrate on anything else. A decision needs to be made now or things may get worse.

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) Financial problems will be constantly on your mind. Relax, you are now coming into a period of good fortune and prosperity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Positive thoughts and actions will be well rewarded both this week and next. Love is also in the air so keep your eyes peeled for that someone special.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) A choice in love is indicated and family commitments look hefty. Those on the work front can expect a few problems to crop up if care is not taken.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Financially you will somehow open a new door to a chance for greater wealth and the colour blue will prove very lucky for you in some small way.

PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) This could be a difficult time when circumstances block you or bring you to a standstill. Stay strong and stay focused on your dreams and goals, patience is needed right now.

● Listen to Sharina’s Psychic Encounters program on radio 2UE and the Southern Cross radio network on Sundays from 8pm to midnight. Phone 2UE on 131 332 during the show for a reading. For a personal reading and charts, go to the website sharina南京夜网.au.

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Man recovering after home invasion

A man who was seriously beatenby two men at his Mount View home on Tuesday night is recovering in John Hunter Hospital.
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The 51-year-old was at home with his 39-year-old partner when two men entered through an opened sliding door with a wrench and a baseball bat at 8pmand immediately started assaulting the man, police said.

The men then ransacked the house and fled with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector John Zdrilic said the men appeared to be looking for something in the house.

He said the 51-year-old was taken to Cessnock hospital with wounds to his head and hands, and was flown to John Hunter Hospital when his condition deteriorated overnight.

He appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 49340200.

One of the men was described as a large older male, and the other was tall and of Caucasian appearance.

Detectives assessed the scene overnight and will continue their investigations today.

Hampden Bridge to go out with a bang… today

By the end of Wednesday,Wagga’s Hampden Bridge will be no more.
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Wagga City Council has just declared that Southern Cross Demolition has “confirmed the planned induced collapse of the Hampden Bridge today”.

Explosions from the detonation charges are expected to be heard across the city centre as one of Wagga’s most iconic structures collapses.

While no time has been set for the collapse, Fitzmaurice Street will be closed for a two-hour period as an exclusion zone is established.

“The public are reminded that access to the area during this period is not possible,” a spokesman for Wagga City Council said.

“Representatives from Southern Cross Demolition, Wagga City Council and NSW Police will be patrolling the exclusion zone.”

Detours from the exclusion zone will be clearly signposted, and through traffic on Wiradjuri Bridge will be stopped for a period of up to 15 minutes, council has advised.

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Hawkesbury’s wild weather

Julie Burrow with 200-year-old tree. Picture: Gene RamirezDrenchingdains and strong winds buffeted the Hawkesbury, bringing down trees and causing road closures and leaking roofs.
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The Hawkesbury received 42 millimetres of rain and the winds reached 37km/h over the past four days.

During the wettest period so far this year, Hawkesbury SES crews attended to four leaking roofs.

The Berkshire Park causeway was closed on Sunday afternoon and remained closed as the Gazette went to press yesterday.

On Monday morning Tennyson resident, Julie Burrow, discovered a 200-year-old tree had fallen in front of her home, crushing three gates and two fences.

Mrs Burrow told the Gazette she had reported the old tree’s lean to Hawkesbury Council two months ago but they had yet to inspect it.

‘‘No one ever came and checked up on the tree, now with the wind and wet weather it has fallen,’’ Mrs Burrow said.

Mrs Burrow said council staff had arrived yesterday morning but said the tree was ‘‘too large’’ to remove and that a contractor had to be hired.

A spokesperson from Hawkesbury SES said the region had been very been lucky that there were no serious accidents or damage due to the weather.

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