Brisbane weather: Sticky and top of 35 predicted

Sticky conditions are predicted for south-east Queensland on Wednesday, with above-average temperatures and a chance of a storm later in the day.
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The Brisbane area is set for a top of 35 degrees, while Ipswich could hit 40.

The humidity is also high. It reached 90 per cent in Brisbane at 5am, before it began to drop.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said people should look out for potential storm warnings later on Wednesday.

“Both today and tomorrow the humidity levels are very high. We are expecting with that some storm activity,” she said.

“There is the chance of a gusty storm coming through this afternoon or this evening.

“Tomorrow, the moisture increases further so there could be potential of a wet day with showers and storms expected.”

Brisbane is predicted to reach a top of 33 degrees on Thursday, and 35 on Friday.

However the temperature is expected to drop down to the high 20s during the weekend.

Brisbane’s hottest day so far this month was last Tuesday, when the mercury reached 33.2 degrees.

The warmest day of the year was during the G20 weekend, when on November 16 the maximum was 38.9 degrees.

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Moran launching 2015 season

Alex Prout (Under 18s coach), Lionel Harris (president) and Dennis Moran (first grade captain-coach) are all eager to get preparations underway for the 2015 season. subRecently appointed Parkes Spacemen captain-coach, Dennis Moran is busily chasing player signings as he prepares for the 2015 Group 11 competition which is set to kick off in March.
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The Parkes Leagues Club will be the venue for a gathering of potential players, committee members, sponsors and supporters this Friday night at 7pm.

Moran will address those in attendance to unveil his optimistic plans for yet another Spacemen assault on the first grade competition.

“I am inviting all interested people, especially players, to come along on Friday night to have a chat, ask questions and hopefully sign contracts for the upcoming season,” Moran said.

Club President Lionel Harris has added to Moran’s request, keen to see many players and supporters in attendance.

Matters will be discussed to lay down plans for the conduct of the club over the next 12 months.

“We need to get our affairs in order as there is a lot to organise,” Harris said.

“Especially as our first fundraiser, the Elvis Revival Festival, is a great money spinner for the club,” he said.

Under 18s coach and first grade player Alex Prout is also an exciting signing for the Spacemen.

He had a fantastic 2014 on the paddock, his first in the Parkes red, white and blue which gained him the club’s Player of the Year trophy.

Prout recently agreed to terms to play in the senior team as well as coach the juniors.

Hopefully it is the start of a long association here for the former Gilgandra boy who relocated to Parkes to live with his long term partner, talented jockey Tiffany Jeffries.

Prout is an NRL Game Development Officer for the Western Region and is a real asset for Parkes.

It is Moran who the newly appointed Parkes Rugby League Football Club committee is pinning its hopes on to build on the success of previous years.

He has undoubtedly been an integral part of that success since arriving in Parkes in 2009.

His prowess on the field aided the Spacemen’s victories in 2010 against Wellington and again in 2013 when the Parkes boys caused a boilover in defeating Dubbo Cyms.

Man of the Match in the 2013 victory, Chad Porter who is now on an NRL contract, named Moran as the most inspirational player he has been associated with.

It is testament to the admiration held for the father of four boys whose wife, Peta is a former Canowindra girl.

The experience gained by Moran in 35 appearances for the Parramatta Eels from 1998 and a stellar stint in the UK from 2001 are just a few feathers in the cap of the talented footballer who is sure to attract plenty of attention both on and off the field over the coming season.

It all has to come together yet and hopefully Friday night’s gathering will be the start of a new and exciting era in Parkes rugby league.

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Zone 20 riders success

Will Crawford competing in the Working Hunter Hack at State Show Riding in Scone.Five riders from zone 20 travelled to Scone to take part in the NSW Pony Club State Show Riding.
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The riders Will Crawford, Catelin Crawford, Melissa Grant, Zara Carlson and Brianna McAuliffe came together from Tumut, Tarcutta and Tumbarumba pony clubs to represent the zone.

Zone 20 incorporates Black Range, Corowa, Culcairn, Holbrook, Jindera, Jingellic, Tarcutta, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Upper Murray and Wirlinga.

Riders competed in several different rounds of competition according tothe size of the horse and age of therider.

Catelin Crawford ended up with four placings including two seconds and two thirds, Zara Carlson placed fourth and fifth while Brianna McAuliffe placed second, third and fifth.

Show riding involves horse and rider demonstrating their skills on the flat.

The horse is judged on conformation, paces and manners, while riders are judged on their riding ability.

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How siege reached its awful end

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TweetFacebookThe Daily Telegraphto relay Monis’s demands: he wanted a direct line to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and an Islamic State flag delivered to the cafe.

“He says an eye for an eye,” Mr Hoffman said. “If someone else runs, someone dies.”

He added: “I have had a shotgun put at my head. Yes we do need help, but that will only happen if demands are met.”

Media complied with police requests not to publish these messages or Monis’s demands while the siege continued. Monis was using the hostages to get his word out, and police did not want anyone playing into his hands.

But he persevered. He ordered hostages to deliver video messages shot on a smartphone. These were posted on Monday evening using the YouTube account of another hostage, 21-year-old Joel Herat, a staff member at the cafe. YouTube took down the videos, but they spread on social media.

“Hi everyone, I’m Selina Win Pe,” said Ms Mikhael’s colleague, from Westpac’s global transformation project. “We have three specific requests and none of these have been met.

“One is to send an IS flag as soon as possible and one hostage will be released. Two, please broadcast to all media that this is an attack against Australia by Islamic State.

“And number three is for Tony Abbott to contact The Brother on a live feed and five hostages will be released.

“Most importantly, there are three bombs around George Street, Martin Place and also at Circular Quay and in order for these not to be ignited we need these three things to be met as soon as possible,” Ms Win Pe said. “Please help us.”

Similar video messages were delivered by Ms Mikhael and barrister Julie Taylor, who began, “This is a message to Tony Abbott”.

But Ms Win Pe became more desperate in a call to theTelegraph, pleading:”We’ve got pregnant ladies in here and sick and elderly … We have not heard from Tony Abbott. We have been asking him to call us to have a long conversation. He clearly doesn’t give a shit because he hasn’t called us since 9.45 this morning … Help us. Help us to get Tony Abbott to call this gentleman to send the fricking Islamic State flag …”

The demands were not met.

But at 2am, more than 16 hours after the siege began, it appears the 12 remaining hostages seized their chance. Monis began to drift off to sleep. They dashed for the exit.

Monis roused and started shooting. Tori Johnson, the cafe manager, attempted to wrestle the gun from him. Monis shot him dead, although Mr Johnson’s wounds suggest he beat him severely before firing the fatal shot, one source said.

At 2.03am, six of the hostages ran out a service door. They included Harriette Denny, Jarrod Hoffman andsoftware engineerViswakanth Ankireddy,a 32-year-old from India who is living in Sydney with his wife and young daughter and working on a Westpac project.

Outside, police had heard the shots. And a sharp-shooter had seen Mr Johnson go down, one report said. Now they had to storm the cafe or many more people would die, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said later.

About 2.10am they shot down the glass doors and blazed into the cafe in a hail of gunfire and lightning flashes of light.

In those final seconds, they killed Monis. But the barrister Katrina Dawson – mother of three, and Julie Taylor’s coffee companion – was also killed in the firefight. Police believe it was Monis’s bullet that killed her.

Injured in those final violent seconds were Marcia Mikhael, shot in the leg, the75-year-old woman, shot in the shoulder, a 52-year-old woman who was shot in the foot, and a 39-year-old policeman whose face was sprayed with pellets. He was released from hospital and Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said: “His only words to me were, ‘I’ll be back at work tomorrow’.”

Fifteen hostages were alive, but Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson became the victims of Man Haron Monis, a deranged lone wolf who wanted the world to believe he was an Islamic State warrior.

He had been born with thename Mohammad Hassan Manteghi. He grew up to become a fake sheik, a pretend spiritual healer anda wannabe terrorist.

Nobody believed him. But he was dangerous and, for more than 16 hours, he did terrorise a nation.

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New roof for Trades Hall

Signed, sealed and delivered: Wauchope Show Society president Bob Kennett, second from right, hands over payment for the new Trades Hall roof to Melissa Cooper, of Scott Cooper Metal Roofing and Earthmoving, watched by Show Society vice-president Neil Coombes and secretary Anne Watkins. Up to scratch: Looking pleased with the new Wauchope Showground Poultry Pavilion roof are, from left, Poultry Club president and Show Society vice-president Neil Coombes, Show Society secretary Anne Watkins, secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary Trish Douglas, Ladies Auxiliary member and Show Society committee member Doris McKinnon and Show Society president Bob Kennett.
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THE leak-catching bucket brigade will be out of a job during wet weather at Wauchope Showground, now that there’s a new roof on the Trades Hall.

And the chooks will also be a bit happier when it rains because the Poultry Pavilion has been re-roofed too.

Show society president Bob Kennett said the big curved roof on the Trades Hall badly needed replacing, as it had been leaking “for at least 15 years”.

“It was a bad state of affairs,” he said.

“There was so much silicon up there it was not funny.”

The big hall was originally built by the army during the Second World War and Mr Kennett said the leaking roof was the original one from back then – more than 70 years ago.

The roof cost $41,000 to replace and Mr Kennett said the Show Society wanted to thank the Member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner, who informed them funds may be available from the Crown Lands Department for such a project, and encouraged them to apply for a grant, which they did.

Mr Kennett also thanked Scott Cooper Metal Roofing and Earthmoving for the work carried out successfully on the large structure.

The Poultry Pavilion’s gleaming new roof was a project jointly funded by the Poultry Club and the Show Society Ladies Auxiliary, with both chipping in half of the $9000 cost.

Poultry club president Neil Coombes thanked club members Scott Balmar and club vice-president Robert Scott for their help with the roof, which was also in desperate need of replacement, having also been in place since before the Second World War.

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Close call for St John’s students

HOME SAFE: The St John’s group, which included Ulladulla students, was pictured outside the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place just minutes before an armed gunman entered the café.A group of Ulladulla students made a potentially life-saving decision not to enter the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday morning where two hostages were later killed.
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The six teenagers are relieved to be home with their families after they were almost caught up in the 17-hour siege that brought the city to a stand-still.

The students from the Milton-Ulladulla district were on a two-day St John’s the Evangelist High School excursion and had sent family members photos of themselves with the Sunrise television crew in Martin Place only 10 minutes before 17 people were taken hostage by a lone gunman in the nearby cafe.

Their concerned parents were unable to contact the students or teachers for up to half an hour, but were relieved to discover the group had left the area shortly before the CBD lock-down.

Joanne West-Field was beside herself with worry after hearing about the siege only minutes after receiving a photo from her daughter Bridget and her classmates.

“Having received a Snapchat at 9.38am of the girls outside Sunrise, when I heard of the siege shortly after my stomach sank,” Mrs West-Field said.

“I knew they were in the vicinity and I prayed they hadn’t had a chocolate urge.

“I tried texting, calling with no response and it wasn’t until I heard her voice there was some relief.”

Jeff Thoroughgood told the Times he was pleased to learn the school group, including his daughter Paris, had left the area and were safe in Darling Harbour when the tragic events unfolded.

He said, with three people killed, including two hostages and the gunman at 2.15am on Tuesday, it was “distressing to think what could have happened”.

“We were obviously very relieved given the outcome of the siege and having now found out that just prior they were debating whether to go into the cafe but decided not to,” he said.

“It’s distressing when you think what nearly happened, but thanks to the teachers for looking after the kids and our thoughts go out to those who lost loved ones in the siege.”

Before heading back to their accommodation in Randwick, Paris told her parents it was “frightening” to know the siege was happening right alongside them.

The 30 year nine and 10 students from across the Shoalhaven were on an end of year sightseeing and shopping tour in the CBD and visited venues including Martin Place, Madam Tussauds and Darling Harbour.

As part of the excursion the group watched Channel 7’s Sunrise program being filmed on Monday morning at the station’s studio in Martin Place.

They had their photos taken with the news crew and Cash Cow before walking past the popular chocolate cafe and heading to Darling Harbour.

St John’s principal Neil McCann said on Monday the group had decided to “take stock and reassess their plan” following the incident that brought Sydney to a stand-still.

He said the decision was made for the school group to stay overnight in Sydney and return home to the Shoalhaven on Tuesday to avoid catching a train from Central Station.

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GALLERY: High Achievers Awarded

GALLERY: High Achievers Awarded 2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones
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2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

2014 Higher School Certificate First In Course Awards held at Australian Technology Park Redfern. Picture: Geoff Jones

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Proposal to dump ‘unsightly’ boats

DORSET councillors at their meeting on Monday agreed to write to Marine and Safety Tasmania requesting that they take necessary action to have derelict and unsightly vessels removed from the Brid River port area.
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The decision followed a notice of motion at the November meeting by Cr Lawrence Archer.

Cr Archer argued that the port area was situated at the entrance to the town and was one of the views that impacted on the impression visitors and residents formed of the seaside tourist drawcard.

“The sight of a rather large rusty derelict vessel adjacent to the bridge is detrimental to the image that council should promote for Bridport,” he said.

“The offending vessel has been there, without propellers and no maintenance, for over five years.”

Cr Archer argued that it was a matter for Marine and Safety Tasmania as the maritime authority had previously dealt with similar situations on Launceston’s Tamar River.

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Binocular astronomy for youngsters

THE night sky can fire up the imagination of children in a way few other subjects can.
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Kids of all ages find it hard to resist the temptation to explore these jewels that glitter overhead in our dark western skies this time of year. So, what are you waiting for?

Few hobbies provide as much universal appeal as stargazing. It’s an activity that parents and children can enjoy together and it doesn’t require a lot of equipment to start. All you really need is a decent pair of binoculars , and they don’t have to be brand new. The ones in the closet right now will do!

What? It’s true, many parents are surprised to hear that, like telescopes, binoculars can be used effectively to find and study many deep space wonders like star clusters, comets and even distant galaxies. In fact, binoculars offer some clear advantages over the traditional telescope, especially when being used by kids.

Binoculars are lighter and require no assembly. This means it’s easy to take advantage of any clear evening sky. Just throw the strap around your neck and away you go. A pair of 7×50’s are OK but 10×50’s are better. Binoculars have a wider field of view than a telescope, so it’s easier to search the sky, and if you stumble across something really cool the wide view makes them easier to see and track .

Perhaps the most important benefit of binoculars for most families is the price. Binoculars are much less expensive than telescopes, you cane sky watch with your children without breaking the bank. In effect, you have two small telescopes right in your hand! For family whale watching or sporting events, your binoculars win out. Trying doing that with a telescope.

I just ducked outside while you were reading this to tell you Venus is now low in the south-west after sunset and ready to be called the ‘Christmas Star’ once again because of its brightness this time of year. Keep an eye out too for Mars, sitting almost due west at sunset. It’s the brightest object in this part of the sky and you simply can’t miss its reddish glow!

Hey, keep an eye out for the space station passing over the mid north coast this Thursday morning at 4.33am from the South and again on Friday morning at 3.43am but this time look more towards the South-west. Good luck!

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Looking to the big time

When you ask a 15 year old what they want to do when they grow up they usually reply with a shrug or an ‘I don’t know’, not Billabong High student Emily Jones (pictured), she has her sights set on working in musical theatre.
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The 15 year-old Billabong High student is part of the Riverina Choir and was selected to perform with the central choir at the school spectacular recently.

Being in a regional area Emily was selected for the choir after the Riverina Choir sent in a DVD of her singing.

After selection she received the songs she had to learn and then learnt the choreography with a few other students selected for the choir.

With many of the choir member from regional areas they only get two rehearsals before the event.

“On Wednesday we had our first rehearsal then Thursday is a full dress rehearsal. It’s bit daunting not knowing what to do on the stage,” Emily said.

Emily is currently completing musical theatre exams on top of her school work through Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA).

“It’s a hard industry to get into (musical theatre) in regional areas but hopefully going to Sydney I can get into the performing arts school there,” Emily said.

Her goals are fully supported by her family who are also music orientated.

“My Dad’s in a choir and my sister plays the trumpet,” Emily said.

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