Crows unbeaten after nine

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HAPPY: Beaufort coach Dale Power has his team up and firing after the opening nine games of the year. File picture: Adam Trafford.
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BEAUFORT remains one of only two sides yet to drop a game this season and arethe new Central Highlands Football League ladder-leadersafter claiming victory over Dunnstown by 36 points.

Saturday’s winhas lifted the Beaufort boys from second spot on the table to bepercentage clear of Waubra, which is also unbeaten after the opening nine gamesof 2015.

The Crows and the Roos played out a draw in round five.

On the weekend, the tough and disciplined Crows overcame a slow start to eventually take control ofthe game and force the Townerson the back foot.

Dunnstown’s ability to slow things down and force a defensive scrap early wasadmirable, but the Daville Building Surveying Towners struggled to maintain their intensity as the contestwore on.

After an inaccurate (1.6) opening term, Beaufort was able to gradually get the gameon its own terms, as the Crows got on top at stoppages and largely controlledpossession.

Defender Lachlan Pfeiffer was particularly influential for the Graintech Crows, as his ability tonullify the classy Aaron Sawers was a key reason why his side took a 16-point leadinto half time.

Dunnstown flashed in and out of the game after the main break, but whenever itseemed that the Towners were on the verge of a comeback, Beaufort quickly repliedon the scoreboard.

Crows’ forward Matt Begbie was instrumental in the victory, proving a handful upforward and kicking goals at crucial times in the second half.

Coach Dale Power said it was a solid performance from his team and lauded an evenspread of contributors.

“We’re a pretty even side across the ground, which is important in this league,”Power said.

“We’re not really deficient in any one area and we’re not outstanding in any onearea. If we all play our role, we seem to get the result at the moment.

“There were only maybe two patches I can think of where we didn’t control the play.It felt like we had hold of the tempo and hold of the clearances.”

Despite the loss, it was once again an improved performance from Dunnstown.

The Towners impressed with their ability to defend and slow Beaufort’s ballmovement, but despitepersevering to the final siren, were unable to keep up withthe Crows after quarter time.

Coach Justin Abrams said the signs were promising for his side, which sits justoutside the top eight in 10thspot, but is now two games adrift ofthe finals bracket.

“We’re getting there,” Abrams said.

“As I said to the boys after the game, take Gordon last week. They were cellardwellers for about four years and it’s taken them that long to rebuild. Beaufortweren’t dissimilar – they were really battling and now they’re unbeaten.

“We’re in our first year of a rebuild. To be within 20 points last week and 36 pointsthis week, it’s pleasing. There are more positives than negatives.”

Experienced ruckman Mark Stewart was once again excellent for the Towners,providing a target around the ground as well as up forward, while Daniel McGrathand Mitch Kennedy both stood up in defence.

Beaufort has a big clash with Gordon to plan for next weekend, while Dunnstown has another difficult encounter with Buninyong.

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Always read the fine print

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Free trade agreements (FTA) such as the one with China have always been sold as a massive win for the economy, but there’s always the fine print they’re hoping no-one notices.
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On the one hand, our agricultural exports will be able to compete freely for an additional 1.3 billion customers. On the other hand, imported goods are about to get a whole lot cheaper, which may not necessarily be a win for consumers.

We’ve yet to come up with a set of guidelines for country-of-origin labelling, and until that happens you’ll see the big supermarkets bring in a lot of cheap frozen produce of questionable safety. Frozen berries, anyone?

Our manufacturing sector too, will struggle to compete with products built by hands paid $1.50 an hour, but that’s okay, because theagreement appears to allow Australian firms to bring in an unlimited number of temporary workers from China.

Businesses have already been agitating for a reduction in penalty rates, what impact will a supply of cheap labour have on our jobs market?

There will be far-reaching consequences that no-one seems to want to think about.What ever happened to responsible government that looked out for the people and not just for businesses? Is our way of life being sold off?Something to think about while you wait to replace that cheap imported hair dryer for the third time.


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Power outpoints Pioneers

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SPEEDY: Moama’s Lachlan Schultz was the Bendigo Pioneers best against Gippsland Power. Picture: BILL CONROY
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THE Bendigo Pioneers could not halt Gippsland Power’s charge to victory in the TAC Cup football clash at Craigieburn on Saturday.

Gippsland’s dominance in and around stoppages proved telling as it gained a three-goal lead by quarter-time.

Power racked up nine scoring shots to one in a brilliant start to the match.

By half-time Gippsland held a 28-point buffer.

Bendigo did lift its play in the second half, but Gippsland had all the answers as it kicked away to record a 33-point victory.

Pioneers’ coach Brett Henderson said Gippsland’s strength around the packs was telling.

“They had one or two players dropping off back into defence and were able to take quite a few intercept marks or spoil a pass,” Henderson said.

Power’s pressure meant a lot of Bendigo’s attacks were forced sideways, backwards or came unstuck through disposal errors or wrong decisions.

“There was no doubt the effort was there, but our play to the forward half was chaotic at times.

“The pressure on our midfielders meant some passes to the forwards were not so great.”

Despite the loss, Henderson said there were positives to take from the match.

Moama’s Lachlan Schultz followed up his great play in the breakthrough victory against NSW-ACT the previous round by being Bendigo’s best.

“Lachy was outstanding. He works so hard from the start of the match until the finish,” Henderson said of the wingman’s play.

Sandhurst’s Lachlan Tardrew provided plenty of run and dare in the second half.

Golden Square clubmates Isaac Miller and Jayden Burke were again strong in defence.

Echuca’s Isaac Johnson and Jordan Bath played well in their first TAC Cup under-18 games, while Sandhurst’s Braidon Blake and Cooper Jones are two youngsters developing well.

Mildura’s Jayden Fox tore a hamstring just before half-time and is likely to miss four to six matches.

After next weekend’s bye, Bendigo plays Oakleigh on July 4 at the QEO.

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Police continue to investigate death in Mackay house

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Police say forensic evidence will be critical to determining how a 39-year-old Mackay woman died, after her body was found in a house on Friday night.
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The woman had suffered neck injuries when emergency services found her at the Beaconsfield home on Ellul Court about 10.10pm Friday.

Investigators took a man into custody but he was released and not charged.

Detective Acting Inspector Jeremy Novosel said the post-mortem would be completed in the coming days.

“At this point in time a crime scene has been declared at that premises. We’ve got our scientific and scenes of crime officers conducting forensic examinations which will aid in our inquiries and investigations,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“We’ve certainly spoken to a lot of witnesses who were at that scene. We like to get as much background, as much information as we can leading up to the circumstances.”

Police believe a triple-0 call was placed to emergency services from the house.

He said the man and woman were known to each other, but was unsure whether they were partners.

Detective Acting Inspector Novosel declined to say whether a weapon was found at the scene or go into detail about the woman’s injuries, saying that information formed part of the police investigation.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Handing over the teaching reins

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GO NORTH: Gary Begley is in the Northern Territory to meet its Education Minister Peter Chandler at Parliament House as part of a mission to pass on saddle-making skills to students in the outback. Photo: BRIAN WOOD 060915saddle2A saddle maker from Bathurst is gearing up to share his trade with teachers in the Northern Territory so they can return to the classrooms and pass on the craft to their students.
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Kelso’s Gary Begley runs Saddlery Australia, which incorporates Burrum River Saddlery School, and clearly loves what he does for a living.

In fact, “Begs”, as he likes to be called, will visit Parliament House in Darwin tomorrow as part of a new venture with its government.

The visit will see him pass on his skills to seven teachers, who will then return to their local rural and remote communities armed with the knowledge and equipment to teach high school students to make their own saddles, bridles and reins.

Mr Begley said he had pre-prepared kits with all the leather already cut for each of the students to make their own saddle as part of their school agricultural studies.

“It’s all about teaching the teachers so they can teach the kids,” he said. “Our first meeting to kick things off will be with the Northern Territory’s Education Minister Peter Chandler at Parliament House in Darwin. We’ll be in town for about three days before returning back to Bathurst.

“Saddlery is a lost art these days, so this will really help pass on the knowledge we have. The kids can take ownership of the saddle they make, knowing that when it’s finished, it will be their pride and joy.

“They really want to do a good job because they will be riding their own horse in that very same saddle and showing it off to all their mates.”

Mr Begley said he had plenty of travel coming up as he and wife Lesley take their whip and saddle-making schools to the outback.

“We off to Dimensions in Leather Expo again in Brisbane in July and after that we will drive to Longreach in August to run a saddlery school at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This will be our second year there,” he said.

“After that it’s off across the Barclay region in the Northern Territory to the Three Ways and down to Alice Springs where we will meet up the seven trainers from four different schools in the NT as a follow up to the meeting with the minister.”

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Sullivan mixes it up on way to derby triumph and ninth straight victory

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ON THE MOVE: Orange CYMS lock Tim Mortimer scores in the Group 10 derby against Orange Hawks. Photo: KELLY LUCAS 0620klrugby6RUGBY LEAGUE
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THAT’S nine.

Orange CYMS continued on their merry way throughout the 2015 Group 10 season on Saturday night, knocking off Orange Hawks 26-10 in one of the best games so far this year.

The green and golds were made to work for it, though, against a vastly improved Hawks outfit from the one that suffered a 43-10 defeat back in round one, but when Mick Sullivan’s men lifted a gear, four second-half tries put the icing on the Orange derby double for the premiership favourites.

Sullivan, who was pleased with the effort from his troops, said his side’s 16-point victory over the two blues was arguably their best performance of the season to date.

“We’re still patchy, but the second half (was our best), definitely,” he said.

“Couple of years ago (Hawks) went through and defeated us in every round game and the first semi, so it’s pleasing to get back on top of that ledger.

“I’m pleased with the boys, it’s been a long first round. We’ve remained unbeaten and our next goal was to kick the next round off in style.”

Both teams putting together great halves, its 6-all Hawks and @[email protected]#[email protected]南京夜网/sSKBSC4OL5

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Festival for young film makers

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CALLING all aspiring young film makers, there’s a festival just for you.
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The Empire Cinema Bowral. Photo by Roy Truscott

A Youth Film Festival will be held as part of Empire Cinema’s centenary celebrations this coming September.

The festival, sponsored by Films in the Southern Highlands (FISH), will offer a range of prizes for best film and runners up.

Entry is open to all high school students who attend a high school in the Highlands region.

Planning for the event suggests films should be less than 10 minutes and express themes that are important to young people living in the Highlands.

The entries will be judged by a specialist panel and films will be screened for viewing by the public during the centenary celebrations. An information session about the Youth Film Festival will be held at Empire Cinema Bowral on Monday, June 29 at 5pm.

Attendees will be given more information and able to ask questions.

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Dangerous weather warning for Esperance

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Esperance residents are being encouraged to secure their houses as a dangerous weather warning has been issued for all areas southwest of Bunbury, Narrogin, Hyden, Salmon Gums and Israelite Bay.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued the dangerous weather warning for Esperance this morning, saying the unusual weather could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

“This is unusual weather that could cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous,” the warning said.

“If you live in an area southwest of a line from Bunbury to Narrogin to Hyden to Salmon Gums to Israelite Bay you need to get ready now for the bad weather coming today. This includes people in, near or between Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany and Esperance and surrounding areas.”

“The worst weather is expected along coastal parts between Margaret River and Esperance.”

Widespread damaging winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour could result in damage to homes and property are expected said the DFES.

In isolated areas south of Busselton and Hopetoun dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may also cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. Conditions are expected to ease by Monday.

Isolated thunderstorms and small hail are also likely.

Surfers along the south coast between Augusta and Israelite Bay are discouraged from entering the ocean as tides may be higher than usual and beach erosion is likely said the DFES.

The DFES advises residents who are away from home to contact family or friends to help prepare vacant properties for the widespread of damaging winds that is expected.

“If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.”

The weather warning also encourages people to:

Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.

Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.Move vehicles under cover.

Boat owners should securely moor their boats.

Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.

If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500 or to report powerlines down, call Western Power on 13 13 51.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

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Council tilt for vineyard owner

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Nick CuguraGIVING the the city’splanning department greater power to approve private developments is one of the key platforms of Bendigo businessman Nick Cugura’s campaign for election to local council.
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As owner of Big Hill Vineyard,Mr Cugura is no stranger to council’s planning process. He said he spent $45,000 successfully appealing to VCAT the council’s decision to deny him a permit to build accommodation facilities at his winery.

He said the council lacked common sense on planning issues, holding back development.

“As a councillor I would be pushing for the planning department to have more power to rubber stamp developments.Provided they comply with planning regulations, developments should just be approved,” he said.

Mr Cugura said providing the planning department with more power would help the city’s economic development.

“We’ve got huge unemployment issues in Bendigo. Councillors should be doing everything they can to create more jobs,” he said.

He said he hoped the current crop of councillors would get the boot next year.

“The current councillors are too often fighting and arguing. Let’s do what’s in the best interests of Bendigo,” he said.

Mr Cugura said the debate over the proposed Kangaroo Flat pool was an example of council lacking common sense.

“We already have a pool on the outskirts of town that isn’t being utilised enough,” he said.

“If we have another pool it needs to be in the middle of Bendigo so no community is disadvantaged.”

A new pool would need to be 50 metres, not the 25mpool currently mooted, he said.

Hesaid his agenda for council was simple – create jobs, reduce rates and improve consistency of decisions.

Mr Cugura, who also co-owns wine management software company Ezy Systems, has lived in Bendigo 23 years.

“I came up here from Melbourne and fell in love with the country lifestyle,” he said.

“I’m really happy with the opportunities Bendigo has provided me.”

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Community relieved after Cobar woman found safe

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FOUND: Cobar woman Danielle (Nelly) Martin.COBAR woman Angela Green says she “shook with emotion” when police phoned her to say her missing cousin Danielle Martin had been found alive some five days after she was last seen in the town.
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“It was just the best outcome, I took the call and just looked at everyone and screamed ‘We found her!’,” Ms Green said.

Danielle (Nelly) Martin was last seen at her Hartmann Street home on Monday and was reported missing to police on Wednesday.

Police began an investigation and made a statewide appeal for information about Ms Martin’s whereabouts, issuing a photo of the 26-year-old mother and a white Toyota Hilux they believed she may have been travelling in.

A member of the public found Ms Martin on the Lerida Road, about 5km outside Cobar, about 2.40pm Saturday.

She was taken to Cobar Police Station then to Cobar Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.

Ms Green said she had hoping for the best but admitted she feared the worst.

“My stomach was churning the whole time, all we wanted was for her to be found alive,” she said.

Ms Green said Ms Martin remained in hospital and her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

What happened in those few days Ms Martin was missing was the subject of a police investigation.

But one thing that was clear, Ms Green said, was how community-minded Cobar had rallied to help one of its own.

“On Friday afternoon I put a post on Facebook asking if people on motorbikes might be able to meet at the truck bay on the Wilcannia Road to search for Nelly and within an hour there were about 18 motorbikes there ready to go,” she said.

“Property owners throughout Cobar, Tilpa, Louth, Mt Hope and Nymagee were checking their properties and pilots and property owners were doing aerial searches.”

Ms Green thanked the Cobar Roosters rugby league club for allowing a command post to be set up there to coordinate the search, along with local residents who had helped organise meetings, food and other supplies for those taking part in the search.

“Without them we would have been lost – there were so many people who helped, from the police and the people searching and even those people who didn’t live in Cobar but shared a post on Facebook to get the word out there, we can’t thank them enough,” she said.

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Tower green light for Sebastopol

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CLEAN UP: Resident John Grigsby says a 35 metre tower would be an improvement on a vandalised fence. Picture: Justin WhitelockRESIDENTS set to live in the shadowof a proposed35-metretelecommunicationstower in Sebastopol have given the proposalthe green light.
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A home owner livingadjacent to the vacant site which has been earmarked for a Telstra telecommunications facilityon Spencer Street said he did not mind if the controversialtower was built, while another said it might actually improve the appearance of the street.

The City of Ballarat will consider a planning permit on Wednesdayfor the development of the facility which will include an equipment shelter, 2.4m high security fencing and the 35m tower with six antennas. Thecouncil report has recommended the development be approved.

The report said there were 11 objections to the notice of application, including a petition with 70 signatures, but those in the immediate areasaid they were less concerned.

John Grigsby, who has lived across the road from the proposed telecommunications centrefor nine years, said the existing site was a frequent target forvandals.

“I don’t mind (the 35m tower),” Mr Grigsby, 89, said. “It’s no worsethan looking at that bloody ugly fence.If they build it they might finally clean (the graffiti)up.”

The site is located in an industrial zone but is located oppositea residential area.

Another nearby resident who did not wish to named said many in the surrounding area were opposed to the tower but that didn’t include somewhose homes directly faced the site.

“We don’t care. It’s an eyesorenow,” the woman said. “It won’t look great but it might look better than it is now. It has always had graffiti and we’d hope for they’d do something about it.”

The woman said she understood some people in the area were concerned about radiation from the facility but her husband was not.

Other concerns mentioned in objections to the development included the contrast with the rest of the neighborhood, potential property devaluation, and that the tower will be visible from public parks.

The council report said there was a strategic justification for approving the facility, as part of a general upgrade of broadband telecommunications.

Telstra has declared in its proposal the highest level of electromagnetic radiation from the facility will be 0.55 per cent of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency standard.

According to the council report, while there is information both positive and negative with regard to potential health issues caused by telecommunication towers, cases before VCAT involving the potential healthside effects have been consistently dismissed.

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St Brigid’s College students organise sleep-out for homelessness

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St Brigid’s College students organise sleep-out for homelessness Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students and Young Vinnies committee members Millie Friend, Imogen Chesterfield, Esther Craig, Aily McAuliffe, Ashley Hobbs and Claire Burke with one of the blankets they have made for St Vinnies. The Young Vinnies group has also organised a sleep-out for Thursday night. The event will raise awareness of homelessness. Group member Kathryn Op de Coul is absent. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students and Young Vinnies committee members Millie Friend, Imogen Chesterfield, Esther Craig, Aily McAuliffe, Ashley Hobbs and Claire Burke with one of the blankets they have made for St Vinnies. The Young Vinnies group has also organised a sleep-out for Thursday night. The event will raise awareness of homelessness. Group member Kathryn Op de Coul is absent. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

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Baa Baas maintain focus

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BARBARIANS continued their surge with a 42-7 win over Glen Innes at Alcatraz onSaturday.
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After rolling St Alberts last week, Baa Baas were intent on going back to back, which they did.

“It was good,” co-coach Sam Piddington said.

“We were actually able to score a few tries.”

The foundation was set up front.

“The forwards laid the platform,” Piddington said.

“They’re a big strong pack, the Glen Innes boys.”

It allowed their backs to shine.

The class of their backs was probably the difference in the end, Piddington felt.

The second half was better from them.

There were a few things at half-time they weren’t quite happy with.

“Our attitude in defence in the first half was pretty ordinary,” Piddington said.

“We really stepped that up in the second half.”

Their willingness to run the ball also picked up.

They were a bit soft into contact at times in the first half.

One of the most pleasing aspects was the set pieces.

“We hardly lost a lineout all day, which is something we’ve been struggling with,” he said.

The scrum also did well, which was encouraging.

League convert Mitch Cooper was again very strong in the centres.

“He’s really starting to find his feet,” Piddington said.

Second-rower Sam Noakes, fullback Keith Ellis and hooker Aaron Mackay were other standouts.

The other first grade game was deferred until after the university holidays.

TABLE: Armidale 34, St Alberts 25, Robb College 18, Barbarians 15, Glen Innes 1.

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