Berry veteran takes hat-trick

MENACING: Berry veteran Ted Street took a hat-trick against Bay and Basin on Saturday.
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BERRY-Shoalhaven Heads veteran Ted Street lived out every bowlers dream by taking a hat-trick on Saturday.

The skipper achieved the feat during his side’s nine-wicket win over Bay and Basin at Zealand Oval.

Street took 3/15 from four overs as Berry dismissed Basin for 138, with Lachlan Woolley (2/25) and Peter Richardson (2/18) also doing some damage.

The only two to get going for Basin were Marcus Lamb (50 not out) and Joe Parkes (40).

Berry made light work of the total, polishing off the runs in 27 overs, for the loss of just one wicket.

Richard Ingle (71 not out) and Peter Richardson (51 not out) did the job with the bat for Berry.

Over at the Added Area, Nowra Green had their 10th consecutive win in their top of the table clash with Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen.

Nowra made a big total of 6/257 from their 40 overs, with Gary Smallwood (89) and Geoff Rumble (88 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.

Michael Mills was the pick of the bowlers for Ex-Servos with 3/34.

Ex-Servos were gallant in their reply, but eventually fell 15 runs short when they were bowled out for 242.

William Economos Continued his good form with the bat with 69, Scott Cusack made 48, while Michael Mills remained not out on 33.

Geoff Rumble led the way with the ball for Nowra with 4/29, while Justin Rumble and Cody Smallwood each took two wickets.

The match between Ulladulla United and Nowra White at Ulladulla Sports Park was washed out.

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Archival Revival: Bathurst streetscapes

Archival Revival: Bathurst streetscapes Aeroplane view of Bathurst, 1924. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.
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All Saints Anglican Church, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bank of Australasia, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Basset bike shop, 1913. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bathurst News Co. building, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bathurst Times office, 1914. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Presbyterian Church, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Boer war memorial, 1910. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Braemar, Keppel Street, 1922. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Brown, cottage, 194 Peel Street, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Bushells Tea advertisement on the building of Mrs Hudson’s, Grocer and fruiterer, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Former Church of England cathedral, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

Methodist Church on William Street, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

The City bank, date unknown. Photo: Gregory, Albert E./ Bathurst Regional Council.

38 William Street, 1912. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 George Street, corner of Durham Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 -61 William Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

55 -61 William Street, 1910. Photo:Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

63 George Street, date unknown. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

64 William Street, early 20th century. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

65 George Street, 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

91 George Street, 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Grotenfent’s butchers, 95 – 97 George Street, circa 1912. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Exchange, William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Exchange building, William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The corner of George and Howick Steets, 1902. The Bathurst Exchange William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Diocese of Bathurst Chancery, 100 George Street, date unknown. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Edinboro Castle hotel, William Street, 1917. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Grand Hotel (now demolished) on the site of the Knickerbocker Hotel 144 William St, 1919. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

King’s Parade, looking south to the site of the Carillon War Memorial, 1907. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Methodist Hall, William Street, 1866. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Royal Hotel, 108 William Street, 1920. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

The Newmarket Hotel, 86 William Street, 1890. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

Western Advocate building, unknown date. Photo: Central Western Image Library.

101 George Street corner of Howick Street, 1924. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

102 William Street, 1924. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

113 – 123 George Street, 1938. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

127 – 129 William Street, 1923. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

107-11 George Street, 1920. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

George Street, 1947. Photo: Heritage Study Photograph Collection, Bathurst Regional Council.

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Father/son team our sporting heroes

Brett (left) and Hamish Dobie stop at the Naracoorte Caltex (formerly Scott Petroleum) depot in Naracoorte to collect their Scott Petroleum Sportsperson Of The Year award from Caltex commercial business manager Troy Henschke earlier this week.FATHER and son team Brett and Hamish Dobie have collected the Scott Petroleum Sportsperson Of The Year award.
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Team Dobie was the October Sportsperson Of The Month following their great showing at the Bulk Nutrients Elite Sidecar Motocross Titles in Horsham.

The team finished with a third placing and a potential European trip as a result.

As winners of the Sportsperson Of The Year the Dobies received a $100 voucher from Scott Petroleum Naracoorte (now Caltex).

“It’s good recognition,” Brett said, thanking Scott Petroleum for the sponsorship.

“It (sidecar motocross) is not such a high-profile sport.”

The sidecar season is over for now with the Dobies taking a well-earned break, but they expect to fire back up in the new year.

In the last weekend of April the sidecar spectacular is on in Naracoorte, a popular event which the Dobies are expected to feature highly at.

Hamish said he and his dad travel a lot for the sport and appreciate any help they can get.

“We are always looking for any sponsors ( big or small) that would like to jump on board and support our racing seasons,” he said.

“We usually race all over SA and western Victoria, and also if the chance to go overseas to race comes our way will be chasing some sort of help as it will be an expensive trip!”

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Macarthur shines in HSC results

State-toppers: Reynard Tan (left) and Isaac Jones, of Hurlstone Agricultural High School, at the Locomotive Workshop at Australian Technology Park Eveleigh where they were awarded their First in State certificates. Picture: Geoff JonesIt’s a fiercely fought battle of the minds, a test of knowledge and mental strength; the Higher School Certificate is New South Wales’ final high school examination, and shines a light on the best and brightest young minds in the state.
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Yesterday, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented 105 students with First in Course certificates, congratulating the NSW students that topped the state in their courses.

Macarthur was represented in this prestigious group by three students — Hurlstone Agricultural High School’s Reynard Ezekiel Tan and Isaac James Jones, and Mount Carmel Catholic High School student Stephanie Penales.

The three students respectively achieved the highest marks in Agriculture, Primary Industries Examination and the hotly contested Ancient History.

‘‘I’m glad all the work throughout the year paid off,’’ Ms Penales told the Advertiser.

‘‘It doesn’t always feel like it will [pay off] at the time.’’

Ms Penales studied Pompeii and Herculaneum and Ancient Egypt in her Ancient History class, her favourite topic being a profile of Akhenaten, and hopes to major in ancient history or archaeology at the University of Sydney.

Reynard, 17, has a keen interest in Agriculture and studied a lot of past papers to achieve his state-topping result.

‘‘When I walked out of the exam, I had a pretty good feeling about it,’’ he said.

‘‘I plan to do a bio-technology degree at university, hopefully at UTS [the University of Technology Sydney].’’

Reynard’s classmate and friend Mr Jones, 18, didn’t feel as confident following his Primary Industries exam, and was excited to learn he’d achieved the highest result.

‘‘The girl that topped the state last year was from Hurlstone as well, and we were taught by the same teacher,’’ he said.

‘‘Throughout the year he said I was on the same level as her, so I was hopeful I might get First in Course.’’

Aside from being classmates and friends, Reynard and Mr Jones were also both members of the Hurlstone Christian Fellowship.

Mr Jonessaid: ‘‘I had a good time at school, I loved my school and I feel lucky to have gone there — there are a lot of people that are not that lucky.’’

Students who sat their HSC this year will receive their results today.

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Horsham Swimming Club wins Neil Ross Trophy at Warracknabeal

SUCCESS: Horsham’s Eloise Wills, St Arnaud’s Yelana Jennings, Stawell’s Jordan Austin and Jayden Dignan and Horsham club captains Matthew Ough and Maddison Morgan with the trophies they collected at the District 12 swim meet at Warracknabeal on Saturday.HORSHAM Swimming Club continued its form in the pool at the District 12 swim meet at Warracknabeal Memorial Swimming Pool on Saturday.
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The Sharks won the Neil Ross Trophy for the team with the highest aggregate points with a total of 523 points.

Stawell Stingrays were narrowly behind Horsham with 486.5 points.

A total of 118 swimmers competed at the meet.

St Arnaud’s Yelana Jennings won the Geoff Ferguson Memorial Trophy for the best performing female swimmer over four strokes aged 17 or over.

Horsham’s Eloise Wills won the Phillips Perpetual Trophy for the girls 10 years and under 50-metre butterfly.

Stawell duo Jayden Dignan and Jordan Austin continued their strong form in the pool.

Austin won the W. Maroney Perpetual Trophy for the women’s open 100-metre freestyle, while Dignan claimed the Warracknabeal RSL Perpetual Trophy for his efforts in the men’s open 100-metre freestyle.

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U/14s rep cricket side triumphant

VICTORY: Back row coach John Delaney, Alex Slade, James Hardyman, Hudson Bird, Josh MacTaggart, Liam Simpson, Chris Black (manager) and Mitch Black. Front row Daniel Hardyman, James McLeod, Harry Clarke, Harry Croker, Hayden Essery and Anita Handono. Absent: Keegan Hughes. THE Manning’s under 14’s representative side played in the final of the Mid North Coast interdistrict competition against Macleay at the Cedar Party Reserve on Sunday December 7.
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The wicket, field and surrounds looked an absolute picture and impressed everyone who attended the days play.

Both teams and officials observed a minute silence prior to the commencement of play as a mark of respect for the iate Phillip Hughes.

Manning won the toss and elected to bat first and proceeded to produce their best and most disciplined batting performance of the rep season.

They managed to overcome a good all-round bowling and fielding performance by Macleay and batted out their allocated 50 overs to finish with seven wickets down and 226 runs on the score board.

All those who batted contributed to the team score through good partnerships. The leading run scorers were Harry Croker 72 and Harry Clarke 67 which included a fabulous third wicket partnership of 128 runs and an exceptional display of running between the wickets. Alex Slade 21 not out, Hayden Essery 13 and Mitch Black 10 not out, all continued their good form.

After lunch Manning took to the field and from the very first ball of the innings, which saw a Macleay opener dismissed, the pressure was applied and maintained until the fall of the 10th wicket.

As if to script, Manning produced their tightest bowling and fielding effort and gave just eight sundries away, largely due to Harry Clarke who captained the team with maturity above his years.

Josh MacTaggart and Harry Croker opened the attack and set the standard for all the bowlers who followed with their combined eight over spell keeping Macleay to 11 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.

Daniel Hardyman and Mitch Black followed with the ball maintaining the same pressure and it wasn’t long before the pressure showed and wickets began to fall.

Late in the middle session, injury forced Hudson Bird from the field and opened the way for our super sub fielder James Hardyman to continue his mighty fielding effort for the remainder of the innings.

The first ball of the 43rd saw the fall of the last Macleay wicket with the score on 132 and gave the Manning side a convincing victory.

Leading wicket takers were James McLeod three for 22, Josh MacTaggart two for five, Hayden Essery two for 21, Liam Simpson one for 12, Harry Croker one for 13, Harry Clarke one for 20.

The fielding effort across the field was of a high standard all afternoon with moments of absolute brilliance from Tuncurry’s Anita Handono and Hayden Essery. Harry Croker completed a fabulous all-round game when with the keeper’s gloves on in the middle session of play, took four catches and completed a stumping.

The rep side is made up of players from Taree, Wingham, Old Bar, Nabiac, Forster, Tuncurry and Gloucester.

John Delaney

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Illawarra police pursuit ends in arrest

An Austinmer man has been arrested after a police pursuit through the Illawarra on Tuesday night.
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Wollongong police crime co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Lisa Westwood said officers were called to the Bellambi boat ramp around 9.15pm in response to a driving complaint.

Police say they found a37-year-old man from Austinmer behind the wheel of the car, whoallegedly refused to comply with police directions and drove off.

Sr Sgt Westwood said apursuit commenced, but was soon terminated due to dangerous driving by the alleged offender.

Police re-engaged the pursuit later in the evening, with at least three squad cars seen following a vehicle southbound on the Princes Motorway near Figtree around 11.30pm.

Thatchase was co-ordinated by Lake Illawarra police.

Sr Sgt Westwood said policeagain terminated the pursuitbut following investigations, a man was arrested on Wednesday morning.

He was charged with dangerous driving and a police pursuitand was set to face Port Kembla court on Wednesday.

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Rainforest restoration progresses

Littoral rainforest at Long Beach before restoration began.A JOINTpartnership between Eurobodalla Shire Council and the community has resulted in significantly reduced weeds in rainforest stands on council reserves in Long Beach, Tuross and Ringlands at Narooma.
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The preservation works are part of a project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust which aims to protect littoral rainforests and other endangered ecological communities through long-term intervention.

Littoral rainforests are a rare type of rainforest that occur within two kilometres of the coastline and make up less than 1 per cent of all Australian rainforests.

The forests are endangered because of human impacts. The biggest threat is weeds spreading from backyards and dumped garden waste.

Eurobodalla’s largest littoral rainforest stands are in Tuross Head at Chatham Park, Clive Park and the majority of the Tuross Lake north shore, where recent works have been under way.

Mayor Lindsay Brown said he was pleased with the project’s progress.

“It’s important that we look after the littoral rainforests that are left in Eurobodalla,” Cr Brown said.

“Without intervention these rainforests can become critically endangered and disappear altogether.

“Council’s actions are reducing threats to these ecosystems and will ensure that they remain a valued part of our environment.”

As well as weeds, other threats to Littoral rainforests include fire, soil disturbance from vehicles or increased foot traffic and understorey clearing including firewood collection.

For more information on littoral rainforests or to express interest in the project phone 4474 1000.

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Show of appreciation for Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary volunteer

Jocelyn Scott was thanked for her generous involvement and support at the recent Boorowa Hospital Auxillary meeting.At a recent meeting of the Hospital Auxiliary, an afternoon tea was given to Jocelyn Scott in appreciation for her generous involvement and support of the Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary.
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Jocelyn has been a tireless worker supporting the hospital over many years. Both Auxiliary members and hospital staff were present to thank Jocelyn, and she and Dr Scott both shared some wonderful stories.

Last Thursday the Auxiliary held their annual Christmas Party at the Ex Services Club and a delightful meal was served by Richy Didge.

On Friday the Christmas Raffle was drawn at the Bendigo Bank. First Prize was the hamper and was won by Alice Marsh. Second prize was a ham and was won by Darrel Murphy.

Meg Merriman won third prize which was a turkey roll.

The Hospital Auxiliary thank the community for their generous support in raising money to help our hospital.

-Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary

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Accused negotiating with DPP

A man accused of robbing Narromine churches and businesses and destroying a waste depot building by fire is involved in negotiations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
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Nathanial Thorne-Coates was not required to appear via prison video link when 14 charges were brought before Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday December 10.

The 23-year-old from Narromine has not entered pleas to 10 charges of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company, two charges of aggravated break and enter with intent in company and single charges of aggravated enter dwelling with intent in company and use fire to destroy property in company.

The DPP said a case conference had been productive.

“There has been some resolution,” the prosecutor said.

“We seek a further adjournment for ongoing negotiations.”

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold excused Thorne-Coates from appearing in court in person and adjourned all charges to January 21.

There was no application for bail which was formally refused.

Prosecution facts tendered to the court allege Thorne-Coates stole $1000 in cash, two data projectors, a kettle and microwave during an aggravated break and enter at St Mary’s Anglican Church between 11am on August 24 and 9.25am on August 25.

He is alleged to have entered St Augustine’s Catholic Church and St Augustine’s Primary School with intent to commit indictable offences between 12.30pm on August 25 and 4.45pm on August 27 and 8pm on August 26 and 8.30pm on August 27.

Police allege Thorne-Coates attempted a break and enter at the Macquarie Clothing store between 7.25pm and 7.30pm on August 28.

He is alleged to have stolen $1430 in cash during an aggravated break and enter at the Narromine Uniting Church between 12pm on August 29 and 10.45am on August 30.

Police allege Thorne-Coates entered the Seventh-Day Adventist church with intent to commit an indictable offence between 8.30pm on August 29 and 8.30am on August 30.

He is alleged to have stolen television sets, computers and alcohol from the Narromine Turf Club between 6pm on August 31 and 7.15am on September 2 and a television and stereo system from U-Store storage sheds between 12.05am and 9.33am on September 9.

Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen 100 packets of potato chips, two cartons of soft drink, $100 worth of assorted lollies and a wheelie bin from Narromine Fruit and Vegetables between 10.10pm on September 12 and 12.04pm on September 13.

He is alleged to have stolen $1400 in cash from the Narromine Waste Depot between 4.19pm on September 19 and 10.24am on September 20.

He is further alleged to have damaged the waste depot building by fire, causing an estimated $100,000 damage.

Between 12.20am and 12.31am on September 22 Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen a golf kart from Narromine Golf Club.

Thorne Coates and a 17-year-old youth were arrested when police executed a search warrant on September 24.

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ATARs out tomorrow

Narromine High School students are among the 55,000 NSW students who will find out their ATAR Tomorrow.
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Tianna Collison, Rebecca Sinclair and Sam Reid are ready for the next step in thier lives.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be released tomorrow morning at 9am.

The ATAR is the rank NSW and ACT universities use to select school leavers for their courses.

Two students from Narromine High School have had the stress of the ATAR taken off having received early offers to universities.

Tianna Collison and Rebecca Sinclair have been offered positions at regional universities in NSW.

They are two of the seven NHS students to be given early offers.

Principal Michael Sloan said this is a great accomplishment.

“Students who apply for early entry needed to demonstrate commitment, leadership skills, community involvement and the ability to succeed as tertiary students,” he said.

“Congratulations, we wish you all the best in you tertiary studies.”

Rebecca is heading to Wagga Wagga.

“I’m going to uni to do Social Work at CSU,” she said.

Tianna is taking time off before resuming study.

“I’m going to take a gap year and travel around Australia and I’m deferring a criminal justice degree,” she said.

Like her friend, Sam Reid is also taking a year off.

“I’m going to travel up to Darwin to work,” she said.

The former NHS students are relieved and ecstatic to be finished school.

“(I feel) relief. No words can describe it,” Rebecca said.

They have also discovered a lot of spare time on their hands.

“I’m working,” Tianna said, “I also have a lot of spare time on my hands.”

Despite being pleased to be finished school the girls are going to miss some aspects of it.

“Seeing everyone everyday, we’ve taken it for granted,” Tianna said.

Students applying for tertiary study in 2015 have until Wednesday, January 7 to change their course preferences for consideration in the Main Round of offers on Wednesday, January 21.

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Sport, tragedy and ‘Where is Perth?’ top Google searches in 2014

Sport, tragedy and ‘Where is Perth?’ top Google searches in 2014 A part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which was blown out of the sky by a missile about Ukraine.
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National Memorial service for victims of MH17 at the St Paul’s Cathedral. Photo: Eddie Jim

Perth children Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17.

Australian Federal Police officers prepare to search the crash site of MH 17. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Experts believe Australia is well equipped to handle any Ebola outbreak.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

A Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft takes off to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from RAAF Base Pearce north of Perth March 21, 2014. Photo: Reuters.

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer Ron Day from 10 Squadron, keeps watch for any debris as he flies in an AP-3C Orion over the Southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on March 20, 2014.

A family member of a passenger from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 waits for news at the Lido Hotel on March 20. Pic: Getty Images

Peaches Geldof. Picture: Getty Images

Peaches Geldof. Picture: Getty Images

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller celebrate after Gotze’s winner. Photo: Getty Images

The moment: Mario Gotze, of Germany, slides the ball across the Argentine keeper to score the winner. Photo: Getty Images

The German players celebrate winning the World Cup after the final whistle. Photos: Getty Images

TweetFacebookThe World Cup action stole Australians’ hearts in 2014 as the most searched-for term on the world’s number one search engine, Google.

It was otherwise a macabre top five, however, with downed aeroplanes MH17 and MH370 seeing Malaysia Airlines at number two, and comedian Robin Williams, media personality Charlotte Dawson and cricketer Phil Hughes, all of whom died before their time this year, rounding out the top five.

MH370 and Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, and who died of a heroin overdose, were also the top two trending news searches.

Hunger Gamesstar Jennifer Lawrence was the top-searched celebrity – no doubt spurred by news of the mass leak ofnude celebrity photosby hackers, of which she was a prominent victim.

Topping the list of “Where is…?” search locations was Sochi, the little-known Russian city sparking Australian curiosity as the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

MH370 ranked second, while “Where is Perth?”, curiously, ranked third.

Either we’re stupider than we look, or people were searching for some geographical context in relation to the missing MH370 flight, which is believed to have disappeared into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth.

“This is where the surface analytics of Google’s top 10 trends can be misleading – we should understand that Google releases these figures as much to promote its own business,” saidDeakin University Professor of Internet Studies Matthew Allen.

Far from the internet making us stupid, Professor Allen said today people mainly used search engines to drill down further into the 24/7 news cycle and find in-depth information about current events, rather than trying to find out something they did not already know, as they might have 10 to 15 years ago.

“These are people who know things are going on and want rapid access to a whole bunch of links to news providers or Twitter streams, and the simplest way to do that is go to Google and type it in,” Professor Allen said.

The data also showed an “ecology” had grown between social media, traditional media and search, he said.

Phillip Hughes’ death was also the most popular subject of discussionon Twitterin 2014 in Australia.

“Alex from Target” – the humble young Texas retail worker whose photographwent inexplicably viral on social media- was the sixth most searched-for news item of the year.

And, after Ebola, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,also known as motor neurone disease) was the second-most searched for “What is…?” term, boosted by the viral success of the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign on social media, which was launched to raise awarenes of the condition.

WATCH: The team from theCoastal Automotive Centre Bunbury take on the Ice Bucket Challenge with a cement mixer.

Google’s Shane Treeves said the increasing use of search terms reflecting natural speech – such as “What is”, “Where is”, “Who is” and “How to” – reflected both how Google’s algorithms had evolved and also the increased use of mobile and voice search apps.

“We are seeing more downloads of the Google search app across Android and iOS – more people are using Google on smartphones and tablets, not just on their desktop or browser,” Mr Treeves said.

Other popular search terms point not to news events but changing national trends.

Paleo Recipes slipped in at number 10 of the top recipe searches – the only diet that ranked anywhere – while apparently the humble pancake is back on the menu at number one.

Crochet, knitting and meditation were among the top five “how to” searches.

And in the constantly changing world of internet trends, 2014 was the year that popular hook-up app Tinder became mainstream.

It was the top trending digital/internet slang word, and also ranked number five among “What is…?” searches.

Google’s “Trending” searches are calculated by how much a term has spiked in use compared with the previous year, the company’s Mr Treeves said.

It was the second year that micro-video app Vine, and virtual currencies Bitcoin and Dogecoin, made it into the top 10 tech search trends.

Rival search engine Bing, powered by Microsoft, did not release its top 10 overall search trends, opting instead to list popular categories.

Its most popular celebrity search was Australian model Miranda Kerr, with Robin Williams coming in at number three and Jennifer Lawrence at number five.

MH370, Ebola and MH17 topped news and current affairs searches, and the World Cup was the most searched-for sports term.

Bing’s top three tech searches were the iPhone 6, Xbox One and iPad.

Waterwise project blooming

John Dymock, Melissa Henry, Lydia Jarvis, Roz and Rod Gibson, Roger Warren, Rosemary Nicholls, Jo Snelling, Steve and Peter Jarvis tidied up the Waterwise garden at the Boorowa Hospital recently.Back in 2008, Boorowa Community Landcare Group (BCLG), with assistance from local business, started to develop a ‘Waterwise’ native garden at Boorowa Hospital.
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The aim was to provide a peaceful, wheelchair friendly, outdoor setting for patients and visitors. Since 2008 an area to the east of the hospital has gradually been landscaped with native plants, a pathway with a handrail and outdoor seating.

Early in December, a group of Landcare volunteers got together to do some tidying up; weeding, pruning and spreading more mulch. BCLG would like to thank Boorowa Council for supplying the mulch for this ‘spruce up.’ Light rain prevented the group from painting the handrails and this has been postponed until a later date. BCLG also hopes to replant some areas of the garden in autumn.

This is an ongoing project and more volunteers are always welcome. For information please contact the Boorowa Community Landcare Group on 0459 681 018, by email on [email protected], or drop in and visit the Landcare Support Officer in the Boorowa Council building on Market Street.

-Boorowa Community Landcare Group

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