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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Twilight markets just in time for Christmas

Stock up: Don’t miss the Hastings Farmers’ markets next Tuesday evening to find all your Christmas Day necessitiesDODGE the Christmas queues, find an easy car park, enjoy some local entertainment and talk to the people who grow and make the fresh local products for your healthy and tasty Christmas feast.
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The Hastings Farmers’ Christmas Market will be held at the Wauchope showground from 3 – 7 pm on Tuesday, December 23, just in time for the big day.

You will find all the food you need for your Christmas feast including freshly harvested vegetables and freshly picked fruit such as juicy nectarines, peaches, mangos, blueberries and cherries, just to name a few.

There will be succulent beef, pork and buffalo meat, fresh oysters, hand-made chocolates, sweets, locally made cheeses and so many other fine products and lovely hand-made gifts produced on our door step.

You’ll also find seed and young seedlings, exotic plants, rainforest trees and fruit trees at the market.

The recent welcome rain has softened the soil in the garden and provides the perfect opportunity for planting out for the new season.

As a way of thanking the community for supporting local producers throughout the year, the vendors at the Farmers’ Market are collectively donating their products for a giant Christmas Hamper to be drawn at the market at 7pm.

Tickets in the Christmas raffle are free.

Simply purchase any item from the Hastings Farmers’ Markets and you are eligible to receive a ticket and be in the draw.

For further information contact Elly Franchimont on 0424 220 937 or find them on Facebook – www.facebook南京夜网/hast.farmers.market

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Thomson impressed with local gardens

GARDENING: Sophie Thomson with Merridy Briese at her Cleve gardening workshop.
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GARDENING Australia presenter Sophie Thomson visited Eastern Eyre last week to speak to people about issues they might face in their gardens.

Visiting Cowell, Cleve and Kimba, Ms Thomson ran a series of workshops, covering topics like sustainability and pests and diseases.

She said the main focus of the workshops was talking about the principals of sustainable gardening and how people could achieve it.

“A lot of people think by choosing the organic mulch they are making a wise choice and in many ways it is, but to get that out here gives it a large carbon footprint,” she said.

“What I talk about is how gardeners can make more local choices, so if they are looking for mulch you could local source pea straw for your garden.”

Ms Thomson, who also visited for the field days earlier in the year, said gardeners in this region in particular were “some of the best”.

“People here garden in spite of all the challenges they face, this is some of the hardest land to work with and people are doing really well.”

She said the drier weather and water restrictions had also seen a lot of people become wiser in their plant choices as well as with watering.

“People here have become innovative and that is because they have had to, if you don’t have the water you have to make smart decisions about what to put into your garden,” she said.

Ms Thomson said she had seen a rise in interest with a lot of younger people getting involved with gardening, especially produce gardening.

“We had a quite young group come to the Cleve night session and that was good to see.”

“The younger generations are definitely showing interest in the produce side of gardening, and I guess I try to talk about things they can do to make that successful.”

She said a part of her workshop was talking about making the right decisions so people could get the best from their gardens.

“Things like attracting beneficial insects into your garden, like bees is important – if you don’t have them in your garden then they aren’t going to get what they want out if it.”

“It is about education really, learning about these things will hopefully give people the gardens they want and they will continue to enjoy it.”

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Letters for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gorse
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OVER the years there have been many ideas put forward to get rid of gorse.

The latest is to release a particular type of moth larvae in the Pipers River area.

The type of moth isn’t mentioned, so hopefully when fully grown they will only lay their eggs on gorse bushes.

Perhaps the University of Tasmania’s biological control unit could also come up with something to get rid of hawthorn as well, it is almost as bad as gorse.

Worse, in fact if you have a hawthorn hedge on your property, because the landowner is not allowed to remove it according to Tasmanian law.

Tasmanians ought to send all the gorse, hawthorn, rabbits, starling, sparrows and blackbirds back to the UK.

— JOHN DENNE, Longford.

Immigration

I HAVE several overseas born friends unable to obtain Australian citizenship.

This despite the fact that they are all tertiary educated, in good health, relatively well heeled and with no criminal history apart from the odd parking fine.

One of them has worked in Tasmania on a 457 visa as a senior health professional for several years.

Although her efforts have improved the quality of many folk’s lives immeasurably, our department of immigration feel that she is not a suitable person to be granted permanent residence; no reason given. Contrast this then with the record of Man Haron Monis and the ease in which he was firstly allowed to enter, then stay in Australia, and it’s clear that those responsible for undertaking a sensible migration program to this country are spectacularly out of touch with the wants and needs of local communities.

— DAVE ROBINSON, Newstead.

George Town hub

WE have had the absolute pleasure to look through the new “Hub” in George Town.

This is a fantastic building and every one involved in the construction of the complex should stand very proud.

It will be a great asset to any member of the community that choose to use the facility.

It is a magnificent addition to our town.

MARGARET AND HARVEY GIBBONS, George Town.

Fracking

THERE’S enough scientifically-backed evidence available now to show fracking is a seriously bad idea on many levels – not least economically.

It really is time all members of the Hodgman government acknowledge Tasmania’s environment is our state’s greatest economic asset.

The rest of the world can see it, but for some bizarre reason our governments do not.

Tasmania has won, or been highly placed, in countless tourism awards this year.

A sensible and economically responsible government would be seeking ways to further capitalise on these awards, and promote what Tasmania clearly does so outstandingly well.

— ANNE LAYTON-BENNETT, Swan Bay.

Expenses

THERE was some publicity recently given to the cost of refurbishing an electoral office for a Liberal MHR elected in 2013.

Despite a response from the federal MP suggesting the costs were justified and “within guidelines”, many voters – even on the same side of politics – were dismayed/embarrassed/ropeable when the costs of that office fit out were published.

These are difficult economic times and if there is one theme running through it is “belt tightening”.

No matter that “within guidelines” and “a very small expense in the overall scheme of things” may be considered sufficient explanations for what a sceptical voter might regard as a “rip-off”, it is the necessary, if unfortunate, responsibility of elected representatives from all parties to have tighter belts than most.

With the holiday season here and politicians off somewhere, let’s hope they take to heart some of their own advice and go frugal and shop locally – domestic holidays rather than taxpayer funded trips to far away places with strange-sounding names and almost total irrelevance to an MP’s need to gain knowledge and expertise.

— TREVOR COWELL, Perth.

Teachers

WE ARE told that we want to be the clever country/state.

Here we are giving more money to education for resources but cutting teachers. Who is going to use all these new resources?

Now we have Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapping jobs in the CSIRO and training courses. Where is the cleverness? Certainly not in our federal or state governments.

Still, I guess as long as the pollies get all their entitlements then all is well with the world.

— GLENNIS SLEURINK, Launceston.

Politics

LET’S forget party politics for a minute.

When did Australia elect to have two governments operating at the one time?

It appears right now that we have just this.

We have a government, formed in the House of Reps, elected earlier this year by a comfortable majority.

But we seem to have another government in the Senate.

One government – the government of the people – tries to enact legislation that it took to the election. Yet, we have the second government (the Senate) rejecting 90 per cent of the proposed laws.

This is clearly an untenable situation. Surely the Senate is there to scrutinise and review legislation. It is entitled – indeed required – to pick legislation to pieces, complain, condemn, even amend legislation, but not to block it completely.

The result is that Australia is going nowhere. It simply can’t while we have two ‘governments’.

The opposition is there to put its point of view. And so it should. But at the moment, it, along with the Greens, simply block. They are acting like a second government.

I am absolutely positive that when our forefathers established Parliament this scenario was never envisaged.

To say Australia is ‘ungovernable’ at the moment may be an overstatement.

But unless the Senate pulls its head in and starts acting like a house of review, the time may come – sooner than we think – that the country comes to a complete standstill.

— TONY BENNEWORTH, Launceston.

Labor

I WAS amazed to here recently on television, a poll which would put Labor back in power if there was an election now.

Does the public really think Labor would do anything different to what they have done recently?

First consider that Kevin Rudd after spending $42 billion surplus handed to him by Peter Costello in his first year in office and then had to borrow madly to overcome the Global Financial Crisis the next year.

Plus then borrowing billions of dollars to run the country.

When Labor were put out of office by the people, it was because they had exposed their way of operating.

The new government was not handed a $42 billion surplus as was their predecessors, instead they were handed a debt.

How on earth were they expected to produce anything but a tough budget and then put up with the hypocrisy of the previous government’s taunting over their first budget?

If this latest poll is true, then all I can say is, do the Australian people have such a seriously short memory of why they outed Labor in the first place, or do Australians not see the obvious, which is,

No Employer = No Employee.

— KEN MANNING, Deloraine.

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Cheeky Leo Sayer to come back to Bunbury

The international superstar is performing Feb 12 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.CONCERT: When Leo Sayer answered the phone he said, “I’m in the car stuck in traffic darling and dreaming of having a snooze”.
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The Grammy Award-winning international superstar spoke to entertainment ahead of his February 12 concert at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

The stage veteran is excited about coming back to Bunbury, saying he “bloody loves it, it’s a beautiful part of the country.”

From his first big single, The Show Must Go On, from the hit debut album, Silverbird (1973), Leo Sayer has had a seemingly never ending stream of hits – One Man Band, Long Tall Glasses, Moonlighting, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, Thunder in My Heart and More Than I Can Say all topped the charts in the 70’s and 80’s.

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Sydney gunman a real sheikh only to himself

Took hostages: Man Haron Monis. Photo: Nick RalstonCOMMENT
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Despite the apocalyptic timbre of the siege in Sydney and the perpetrator’s apparent links to Islamic terrorism, it was the crude work of one man acting alone.We can’t stop this. Sorry, but we can’t. As we ruminate on a thousand hows and what ifs –such as how the hell did someone like Man Haron Monis find himself out on bail –there’s a brutal truth we can’t escape: we’re trying to impose order on chaos; to convince ourselves that everything can some day be under our control, when it just can’t. Tony Abbott deserves lasting admiration for having the courage to admit as much.

From all appearances, this was as crude and as solitary as it gets. There’s no high-tech wizardry on show. There’s no elaborate, maniacal plan worthy of a Hollywood supervillain. There’s not even a mastermind pulling strings to make this more coherent. There is only a man, a gun and a flag. The man and the gun we’ve seen before. Indeed, we’ve seen it horrifically often: in Belgium just hours after Martin Place; at Port Arthur. But the flag –that changes things. It lends this the apocalyptic timbre that drives us so mad. It’s the thing in this episode that does the least damage – and the most.

It’s also the thing that makes this global. There’s every reason to suspect we’re dealing with someone deranged here but many deranged gunmen have gone before him. Only rarely do they associate themselves with the symbolic power of a global militant movement. At no point in the history of our species have such human satellites, living beyond the margins of even the most marginal groups, had the power to do so: the power to become so much more than they are simply by attaching themselves to a symbol from another continent. And right now, there is no symbol more potent and available than that of Islamic terrorism.

So, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and Martin Rouleau Couture in Canada. Zale Thompson in New York. Now Monis at Martin Place. We’re seeing this more now: troubled (often criminal) histories, possible mental illness, religious conversion, violence. Monis apparently converted to Sunni Islam only recently, perhaps because you can’t really claim to love IS when you’re a Shiite and they’re trying to exterminate you. Islam has such permeable borders, such an absence of hierarchy, that anyone can become anything in their own mind. Its symbols are available to anyone who wants to claim them and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. Australian Muslims had been disowning Monis for at least seven years. They’d even expressed their concerns to the authorities. But how can you stop the “fake sheikh” being real to himself?

There’s no control order regime to account for this. There’s no metadata inside an apparently deranged mind. We’re busy fretting about the terrorists’ tools of the future – which is all fair enough – while they wreak havoc with the tools of the past. Think about what we’ve seen lately, from Australia to North America: a knife, an axe, a couple of guns, even a car. Perhaps the most profound aspect of our age is that the power to inflict carnage is now shared with the small to the invisible to the otherwise insignificant. Man Haron Monis was so insignificant, hardly anyone knew him; so insignificant the system overlooked him. And now he’s history.

But there’s another history to be written here. One that is very much in control. It’s a history written not just in the statements of leaders, but in the minutiae of our everyday interactions. It’s the history we glimpsed as the siege unfolded when a single, humble Australian decided to declare #illridewithyou in solidarity with Muslims too scared to ride public transport. It’s a history that commenced with the interfaith vigil held at the Lakemba and Auburn mosques. And it’s a history to be determined by what we decide this tragedy symbolises: the sordid ideology of a man who deserves to be forgotten or the greatest virtues of those of us left behind.

Waleed Aly is a Fairfax columnist and hostsDriveon Radio National.

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League tag competition change confirmed

LINING IT UP: Miranda Andrews (throwing the ball) from Pacific Palms during last week’s primary school league tag gala day in Taree. GROUP Three Junior Rugby League will play girl’s league tag in north/south divisions next year.
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“That’s a definite,” NRL development officer Kylie Hilder, who is assisting with establishing the competition said.

Hilder is also the co-coach of the Forster Tuncurry Hawks Ladies League Tag side.

This will mean Forster-Tuncurry, Wingham, Taree Panthers, Taree RSL Red Rovers and Old Bar Pirates will be in the same group to cut down the travel with northern clubs involved in a separate competition.

At this stage, it is planned to play two age divisions – under 12s and 14s – but the final decision will be based on registrations.

“We might just go with 14s for next year and look to expand in 2016,’” Kylie said.

She added there is also some thought to playing matches on Friday afternoons with all matches at the one venue.

“We could play one week at Wingham, then Taree, Old Bar and Forster,” Kylie said.

She understands that league tag will be in opposition to established winter sports including netball and hockey.

“It’s going to be baby steps for us next year,” Kylie admits.

“So we’ll have to be a bit flexible.”

Kylie was enthused by the response to a primary school league tag gala held in Taree last week. Seven schools were involved with 15 teams playing.

“It was hot but the girls really enjoyed it and as the day went on they started getting a better understanding of the rules and the matches improved,” she said.

Kylie will hold come and try days in conjunction with the junior league clubs early next year, where registrations will also be taken. No dates have been determined yet for the come and try days.

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New gala event to help bring cinema back to Bunbury community

A series of fundraisers hopes to centre cinema to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. BUNBURY Regional Entertainment Centre fans have been crying out for the return of cinema to the centre – but they need to get behind a new gala event to make it possible.
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Film has been a popular part of the centre’s program since it opened in 1990.

A trusty 35mm projector had allowed the screening of a wide range of film over the years, including children’s films, classics, shorts and the latest international and arthouse films from across the globe.

But the worldwide roll-out of digital cinema has meant the centre’s selection of films has diminished over the years and there is no longer an Australian distributor that offers the latest international or arthouse films in 35mm prints.

The cost for the Bunbury centre to set up digital cinema and conform to the industry standard is about $80,000, so the team has come up with a fundraising plan to bring back the popular Summer and Winter Film Festivals and be involved in events such as CinefestOZ.

The fundraising efforts will include an Australia Day Gala Spectacular in the new Sky Bar overlooking the Leschenault Inlet fireworks show.

“The whole community has been crying out for cinema to come back to the centre and we hope that people get behind us and purchase tickets to this fundraiser,” centre manager Joel McGuiness said.

“I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be than on the awesome balconies of the newly expanded entertainment centre on Australia Day, with great food, entertainment and a cocktail in hand.

“I really think that this event will become a ‘must-do’ on the social calendar, like the annually sold out events in Perth at places like Cocos and Frazer’s restaurants, especially with people knowing that the funds will go to a great cause.”

Fundraising for the digital projector will also include a diamond ticket raffle between now and Australia Day, which will give the winner a free double pass to every Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre presented show in 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan: The world’s best small bar scene

Make no mistake – Melbourne has some great small bars. They’re up there with the best.
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Try Bar Americano, a tiny place in the CBD, down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and room for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. There are no seats, the cocktail menu is printed in Euros, and the bartender wears a waistcoat. It treads that line between trendy and pretentious with precision.

And Melbourne is full of similarly great places, small, friendly bars where you can get a drink without having to hear to the TAB in the background, where you can listen to the music you like and imbibe the drinks you like with just a few other people.

But still, Melbourne doesn’t have the world’s best small bars. Neither does Sydney. Great cities like New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires can’t even claim that title, although they’re worthy contenders.

The world’s best small bar scene, without doubt, is in Tokyo.

No one else can compete. This is a city of hundreds, thousands, probably tens of thousands of the smallest, coolest little bars you’ve ever seen. Serving world-class food and painstakingly chosen drinks. Playing great music.

Small bar fans: welcome to paradise.

Start with the izakayas, the bars that double as tapas-style restaurants, the neighbourhood eateries where people go to drink a few flasks of sake, maybe a cold beer, and eat small plates of amazingly good food. To find an izakaya, look for the signature red lanterns out the front. You may not speak the language inside, but that’s OK: everything is good.

Izakayas are everywhere throughout Tokyo, ranging from the fancy, upmarket joints serving haute cuisine to the dingy street-side places that dish up stripped-back Japanese fare at its finest.

That’s a good start to the night. But there are plenty more small bars to be enjoyed.

Maybe you’ll go for a weird theme bar like the Lock-Up or Alcatraz E.R., places in the district of Shibuya that are decked out like dungeons and spooky hospitals. They’re a little cheesy, but definitely fun.

Then you might head somewhere with a more subtle theme, like 8-Bit Café, a Shinjuku bar where customers play old Nintendo and Sega gaming consoles while they consume their drinks. Or Bar Plastic Model, a tiny joint nearby that’s decked out with small plastic toys from Japan’s early-80s boom.

The true joy of the Tokyo small bar scene, however, is a place without a theme. It’s one of the hole-in-the-wall establishments that the city is littered with; quiet drinking dens that have no need for a theme or any fancy decoration. They’re just great places to drink.

Try Bar Martha in Ebisu. Something feels familiar here: it’s down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and space for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. This is one of Tokyo’s many whisky bars, a dark, cosy place where bottles of expensive spirits are lined up on the bar, and a DJ spins ’60s and ’70s classics on vinyl records.

Japanese whisky is served with a single, perfectly chipped sphere of ice. Bar snacks are free. The place oozes class.

And a bar like that is no anomaly in Tokyo. They’re everywhere. Above the street, below the street, unmarked doorways that lead to nighttime perfection.

There are jazz bars with live bands. Punk clubs in trendy Shimokitazawa. Gaming bars in Shibuya. English theme pubs. Anime bars in Akihabara.

The Golden Gai district in Shinjuku is a huge network of alleyways lined with small bars, some that have room for only four customers, some that don’t take to foreigners too kindly, but others that will provide the best night of your life. There are themed bars, fancy bars, dingy bars and plain, middle-of-the-road bars. All are worth exploring – if you can get in.

People get drunk in Tokyo, but they don’t get rowdy. You might have a few businessmen, ties askew, attempting to drunkenly practice their English on you, but this is not a city where you’re likely to run into serious trouble.

The Tokyo bar scene is all about good drinks, good food, good music, all taken in an establishment that’s about the size of your lounge room.

No other city can compete.

Which city do you think has the best small bar scene? 

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More charges laid against former Armidale dentist

A former dentist at Armidale has been charged with two additional historical indecent assault offences during a court appearance today.
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The 79-year-old man appeared at Armidale Local Court about 10am where 12 counts of indecent assault and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent were mentioned.

The charges relate to alleged assaults against two boys, one aged 16, the other between nine and 10, inside a dental surgery in the early 1980s.

At court, the man was additionally charged with two historical indecent assault offences in relation to another boy, aged 14, in 1982.

The man remains on conditional bail to reappear at Armidale Local Court on Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad are continuing their investigations into the incidents under Strike Force Holbeach.

They are appealing for anyone who can assist them to come forward.

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Gray has the golden touch

WINNING WAYS: Kyah Gray’s sporting career just keeps getting better. THE golden run of Shoalhaven Heads hockey star Kyah Gray continued recently but this time the success was indoors.
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Gray was a member of the winning NSW open women’s hockey side that proved too strong for its rivals in the national tournament in Canberra.

Gray’s NSW side was far too strong for Victoria in the final and recorded a 5-2 win.

She said it was a good all round effort from her team.

The defender produced a strong all round effort.

“I scored two goals from penalties and also saved some goals,” she said.

For those not familiar with indoor hockey it’s played within an area a little bigger than a basketball court, on floorboards or vinyl/lino and there are boards around the playing area.

Players can hit the ball into the boards, to get an advantage, if they want.

“The boards were dead and they just did not bounce,” Gray said.

NSW played eight games – won six, lost one to the ACT and had a draw against Western Australia.

Gray loves playing indoor hockey and said it was a fast game with lots of action.

The outstanding sportsperson is also equally at home playing field hockey.

“I like both forms of the game and playing both formats can help your all round game,” she said.

“I find the change of seasons – from field to indoor – keeps me fresh.”

Gray found the speedy indoor format helped her skill level and she also now gets the ball away quicker.

The past few months resulted in a run of success for Gray.

Gray was a key member of the NSW Arrows opens side that won the Australian Hockey League titles and was a member of the NSW under 21 side that won the Australian Championships.

She was then nominated for a NSW Institute of Sport award.

“It has been a good year,” she said.

“However, winning does not come easy.

“This success has been a long time coming.”

She can remember a time when winning did not come at all and before this run Gray said the last time she similar success was when she was in the under 15s.

Gray is now off overseas to take part in the FIH Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, early next year.

Details of Gray’s section will appear in an upcoming edition of the South Coast Register.

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