Paintings raise money for shark attack victim Sean Pollard

Pam Teede, Lee Raper and Jackie Price of the Australind Art Club show off the two paintings donated for their fundraising raffle.COMMUNITY spirit was on full display when the Australind Art Club raised funds for Esperance shark attack victim Sean Pollard at their Christmas lunch last Wednesday.
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Instead of buying gifts for one another this year, members of the club each donated $10 to the appeal.

This teamed with a paintings raffle and 10 per cent of the funds raised at the group’s latest art exhibition totalled $2,572 raised.

The paintings for the raffle were donated by Robin Collier from New South Wales and Pam Teede of the Australind Art Club.

Mrs Teede was recently awarded the Dunsb- orough Lions art award.

Upon hearing about Mr Pollard’s shark attack, the club’s decision to donate to his appeal was an easy one.

“We saw it as needing to go that extra effort,” member Lee Raper said.

“We donate four times a year and this was a really easy choice.”

The group donates funds for each of their four exhibitions a year.

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Ellie to wear the green and gold

MEDAL WINNER: Ellie Johnston helped lead the NSW under-14s indoor netball team to victory at the Australian Junior Nationals held in Western Australia recently. Ellie is pictured with her medal from the championships.
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COOMBA Park’s Ellie Johnston helped lead the NSW under-14s indoor netball team to victory at the Australian Junior Nationals held in Western Australia recently.

Held in Perth from November 30 to December 6, Ellie played goal attack and goal shooter throughout the competition.

Ellie and her teammates were clinical in their execution and this was evident in the final with the girls defeating Queensland 43-38.

On the last night of the championships, teams were invited to a ceremony presentation where the Australian team was announced.

Ellie was the first to be selected out of 200 other girls for an 11-girl squad to compete at the Australian Internationals in Perth next year.

Ellie will be busy fundraising and seeking sponsorship to help her get the opportunity to play for Australia.

Ellie, who has been playing the sport since she was eight, said she is both nervous and excited with the prospect of playing for her country.

“I’m a little bit nervous. It’s a fun sport that I love playing,” she said.

“I’d like to progress, do more competitions and maybe one day play professionally.”

The only training Ellie and her team mates will have together will be a couple of days before the competition.

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Mackay finishes as a winner

SO STRONG: Alex Mackay confirmed his reputation as one of the best hockey players produced in the local area with his efforts in the NSW under 21s side. ALEX Mackay capped off a great year by winning the national indoor hockey championships with the NSW under 21s earlier this month.
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The NSW team went through the tournament in Canberra undefeated, winning the gold medal match against Western Australia 4-1.

On paper it looks like a reasonably convincing win, but the score was locked at nil-all until just before half-time.

They scored their first goal after 18 minutes and then grabbed a second on the stroke of half-time, taking a 2-nil lead into the break.

They added a third early in the second half and later increased their lead to four goals, before WA got a late consolation.

It is the second consecutive year Mackay has been a member of the winning team, after they took out the 2013 tournament in Wollongong.

PROUD MOMENT: Alex Mackay shows off the championship shield.

There are a number of differences between indoor and outdoor hockey, such as the speed, weight of the ball and the number of goals scored.

Mackay described it as being like hockey’s equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.

This was Mackay’s last hurrah in the under 21s division and he said winning the tournament was an unbelievable feeling.

“I knew we’d be strong, but the boys all gelled together, which was very pleasing,” he said.

“This was our last chance to play together, so I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish,” he added.

Although he didn’t get on the score sheet in the final, Mackay netted four goals during the tournament.

“That was a bit of a surprise, I’m not really renowned for it,” he laughed.

“I was just in the right place at the right time, I’m more about the assists usually,” he added.

Mackay will be too old for under 21s next year, so is hoping he can make the open’s team next year, who have now won seven titles in a row.

All in all, it has been a very successful year for Mackay.

In the Illawarra competition, his University of Wollongong team won another grand final, and he won a title in Sydney first grade with Moorebank Liverpool.

He also won the country championships with NSW in outdoor.

Normally Mackay would spend his summer’s playing cricket with Bomaderry, but had opted to take a break this season so he will be ready to go when hockey comes around again next year.

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Long time clubman to lead South Bunbury

New South Bunbury assistant league coach Brendan Marshall, head coach Mark Docking and president Jeff Hayres.FOOTBALL: The position changes at the South Bunbury Football Club keep on coming after long time clubman Jeff Hayres was voted in as president at the club’s AGM on Saturday night.
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Hayres has spent the last two years as board director at the club and will replace Bevan Buswell at the helm.

He has been with the club since his junior days started as an under 10s footballer and he went on to play in both a colts and a league premiership with the red and white.

The aim of the club’s board is to continue the strong work already put in place by those before them, which Hayres has placed importance on.

“We’re really focused on continuing the good work put in place by the board members the past few years,” he said.

“It’s about honouring them – we’re in a really strong position at the moment and we want to continue with that.”

As for on the field, Hayres said the club’s league side is focused on finishing in the top three and being fiercely competitive in the coming season.

“Our goal is to finish within the top three and then we can go from there,” he said.

“We understand that it is very, very hard to win grand finals, so our goal from the outset is simply to play strong football.”

The change at presidency comes just two weeks after a new league and colts coach were announced for South Bunbury with Mark Docking and Barry Gresham taking the respective positions.

Former Collie Eagle Brendan Marshall has also joined the Tigers, taking up a role as assistant league coach.

Marshall played in 175 games as a Collie Eagle, collecting three best and fairest awards, two premierships and a Pike medal in more than 10 years with the club.

Hayres said the club has welcomed the experience Marshall brings to their coaching panel.

“Brendan brings a lot of big game experience to our coaching staff that we think will help,” he said.

“We’re working hard with coaches and volunteers around the club and we’re looking forward to 2015.”

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A community approach to tackling youth issues

Whyalla Community Partnership recently enlisted the help of UniSA business development manager Adele Flego. Pictured were (from left) UniSA department of rural health manager Mellissa Kruger, UniSA department of rural health mental health academic Lee Martinez, UniSA business development manager Adele Flego, Department for Education and Child Development manager support services Jeanette Conroy, Department for Education and Child Development education director Ian May and Community and Recreation Field officer Alberto Salatino.A community collaboration to tackle local youth issues has gained momentum.
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The Whyalla Community Partnership (WCP) is making strong progress with its development of a funding application for $1 million through a new national philanthropic initiative, the Search.

To further support the application being successful, the forum recently enlisted the support of UniSA business development manager Adele Flego.

WCP member Lee Martinez said Ms Flego flew to Whyalla from Adelaide this month to meet with the group and help progress the funding application due in February 2015.

“Adele, in a consultancy role brings expert knowledge and experience in successfully submitting grant applications on a national level,” Ms Martinez said.

“Adele is assisting the WCP working party with the engagement of a broad range of funders, stakeholders and relevant individuals with the aim of raising awareness and building public goodwill to the social challenge the WCP are trying to address.”

In April this year, a community partnership planning forum was held to identify joint community actions to improve the health, wellbeing and education outcomes for children and young people in the community.

A population level plan was developed with three priority action areas to be addressed over the next two years and indicators to measure success.

The three areas of focus included increasing attendance and engagement at all Department for Education and Child Development sites; exploring alternative learning opportunities for young people, such as the development of a community learning hub, and to increase accessible, affordable youth friendly health services in Whyalla.

Ms Martinez said this worthwhile and collaborative initiative was bringing people and organisations together rather than working in isolation from one another.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Whyalla to come together as a community to improve the wellbeing of the young people who live here and at the same time improve the wellbeing of the whole community because we are doing something that will be owned by the Whyalla community,” Ms Martinez said.

Ms Martinez said the forum was positive about its funding application but either way, it would still be working collaboratively to implement, monitor and report on the identified actions.

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Jimboomba Cancer Council highest fundraisers for third year running

Jimboomba Cancer Council chairwoman Angela Fischer with the branch’s Gold Coast region highest fundraisers award.JIMBOOMBA Cancer Council (JCC) has once again topped the Gold Coast region, winning the highest fundraising branch for the third year running.
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The branch received the Queensland Cancer Council’s (QCC) Cancer Free Challenge award at a ceremony recently for raising more than $56,000 throughout the year.

They beat their fellow Gold Coast branches of Beaudesert, Beenleigh and Southern and Central Gold Coast to take out the award.

JCC chairwoman Angela Fischer said the branch was overwhelmed at being the top fundraisers for the third year in a row.

“We were so surprised to win it again but also really proud,” she said.

“The award says a great deal about the community. We couldn’t have raised that much money without them.

“This year has been a tough year financially for many people and for them to still come out with such passion to support us and what we do is amazing.

“Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer and they want to help do what we do and that’s fight against cancer and hopefully find a cure for it one day.”

JCC was helped in its win through the Jimboomba Relay for Life event, whose top five fundraising teams raised just over $30,000 which was added to the branch’s total.

The rest of the money was raised through the branch’s other major annual fundraising events, including the Daffodil Ball, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Pink Ribbon Day.

JCC was also recognised at the ceremony for being a hope ambassador for spreading hope to those affected by cancer, creating awareness about QCC and what it does and for raising funds.

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FOUR EYES: Party Tricks tops off great year for TV drama

Rodger Corser and Asher Keddie star in Party Tricks.IT’S usual at this time of the year to say what shows have really appealed over the last 12 months.
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For series I’d put Party Tricks right up the top.

This Channel Ten romantic comedy-drama starring Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser was well scripted, well produced and beautifully acted by Keddie and Corsair with great chemistry between them as lovers who parted and then found themselves opposing each other for the Victorian elections, she as Labor Premier and he as leader of the Liberal Party, parachuted into that position just before the election.

Party Tricks is now out on DVD so if you’re looking for a great Christmas present to give someone, this is it!

The Code (ABC) was also up there as a really good and terribly exciting Aussie drama – its only fault was that it was a mite too complicated.

FOR overseas dramas there was nothing as good as The Fall (SBS) starring Gillian Anderson as an amoral detective and Jamie Dornan as a psycho killer.

The second series is playing on Foxtel so we’ll have to wait a while to see it on free television.

Runner-up was between The Good Wife on Ten and Borgen on SBS.

The Good Wife has one main character killed in a court room and another charged with drug offences, and at the series end the drug charges are still sticking.

Alicia Florrick (the good wife) hasn’t been so good of late and is standing for State’s Attorney.

Will she – I don’t think so.

She is certainly in the running but I think she’ll squib at the end.

Borgen had our heroine, the former Danish Prime Minister, now the leader of a very small party with elections coming up, aren’t they always?

Along the way she gets breast cancer and loses one of her faithful followers, but did she come good in the end.

What do you think?

Incidentally I believe that a bill put forward in Borgen had now been put to the real Danish Parliament.

FOR comedy I would put Utopia as the number one.

This ABC series was centred on an infrastructure Federal department and the only thing wrong with it was it didn’t always seem a parody of such as department but a mirror on the real thing.

If you follow politics at all, it was frightenly funny.

MY favourite advertisement – and there were few I liked – were the ones for Jeeps.

Even Santa Claus got into the act having finished his chores early because he bought a Jeep.

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Eden High smashes state average in six HSC courses

Eden Marine High School has recorded strong results in the 2014 Higher School Certificate, sitting “significantly higher” than the state average in six courses.
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The school offered 27 courses for 85 students this year, with band 5s and 6s recorded in all but five of those courses.

All up, seven students received a combined total of 11 band 6s (marks above 90), with 66 band 5s (marks of 80-89) recorded by 26 students.

With the results now known, Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) will follow on Thursday.

School principal Ian Moorehead said many students can expect solid scores as they anxiously wait to learn whether they will receive the marks required to enter their chosen courses.


“We’ve recorded significantly higher results than the state average in Legal Studies, two-unit Mathematics, History Extension 1, PDHPE, Physics and Hospitality,” he said.

“PDHPE is traditionally a subject of excellence for us and for schools in this area, and this year four out of the seven students in that subject have received band 6s.

“In a further 12 courses, our students’ marks were consistent with the state average – it’s a strong performance and goes to show that we’ve got very good staff right across the board.”

Mr Moorehead said the cohort also deserves praise for its work outside the classroom in 2014.

As part of its fundraising activities, year 12 recently donated $1425 to both youth cancer charity, CanTeen, and the Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter.

“They ran a whole range of events – cake drives, raffles and all sorts of other things,” he said.

“We’re talking about nearly $3000 being donated to charities by our year 12 students – that’s something I’m very proud to see and something that I think is very worthy of recognition.

“They’ve been a great – and very generous – cohort.”

Year 12 students will be able to access their ATARs on the Board of Studies website from 9am on Thursday.

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Bunbury cafe gets green machine

Natural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone shows off the result of the eatery’s new composting machine. ORGANIC waste from the preparation of food in cafes’ and restaurants can quickly get out of control – but one Bunbury eatery has taken the disposal of its yearly 15,000 kilograms of leftovers into its own hands.
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Natural Temptation Cafe recently installed ‘Greta de Garbo’, a self-contained composting machine which works around the clock to process about 90 per cent of the cafes’ waste.

Using a combination of heat, agitation, airflow and organic starters, the machine has meant staff no longer need to fill a 1100 litre bin each week.

Owner Annie Malone told business the idea came about after she and her staff began feeling bad for not reusing the large quantities organic waste produced through food preparation.

“I thought ‘I have to research and see if we can do our own composting on site’,” Ms Malone said.

She contacted Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, a company which engineers machines to divert waste from landfill.

“From the type of Cafe that we are, to the moral side of trying to make yourself sustainable we thought this could be the first step in saving stuff from going into landfill.”

A portion of the compost produced by Greta is used on herbs and vegetables used in food sold at the cafe.

Ms Malone said her staff had become more conscious of what waste they were producing in the cooking process.

“We thought ‘hey do we really need to use all this?’ It has been a general rethink of how we do business, what products we buy and how many things come in boxes,” she said.

She hoped her cafe’s example would inspire others in Bunbury to self-compost.

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Berger brothers win card competition

The artistic talents of two Narromine brothers have won them awards in Dubbo MP Troy Grant’s Christmas Card Competition.
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Zamael and Zerek Berger with their winning drawings and Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.

Mr Grant arrived at St Augustine’s to award Zerek and Zamael Berger with their prizes.

Zerek won the premier’s competition so his card will now be sent out to all the National MPs around the state as Mr Grant’s Christmas Card.

Zamael received a highly commended.

Mr Grant thanked the hundreds of students who entered the competition.

“It’s never an easy decision, with so many wonderful entries. Everyone did an amazing job and I want to thank each and every student that took the time to colour in,” he said.

First place went to a student from Geurie Public School, second place went to a student from Parkes Public School and third place went to a student from Mudgee Public School

Zamael was one of seven highly commendeds awarded around the electorate.

Both he and his brother are now proud owners of an Eftpos Gift Card.

Zamael said he would buy Lego with his gift card.

Zerek said he’ll just hold onto his.

To see the Berger brothers’ competition entries, along with some of the other amazing pictures, visit Mr Grant’s office at 1/18 Talbragar Street, Dubbo.

“I wish everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year,” Mr Grant said.

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