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Hall to look for real job in 2017

20th January 2019 | Closed

ON TARGET: Australian Open runner-up Ashley Hall will play in next week’s pro-am in Albury.
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One of Australia’s hottest golfers has confirmed he could still look for work next year, despite racking up almost $180,000 in prizemoney over the past fortnight.

Australian Open runner-up Ashley Hall confirmed he will contest next Wednesday’s Commercial Golf Resort Albury pro-am.

Hall’s financial battle was well-documented leading into last month’s national event at Royal Sydney, where he grabbed a six-figure cheque after losing to world number five Jordan Spieth in a play-off.

He followed that with another top five finish in last weekend’s Australian PGA on the Gold Coast.

“It’s not urgent anymore, and I can be a bit picky next year,” he said.

“But I still might try and find something though for part of next year.

“It’s a while now between tournaments so I might look to tee something up with family or friends.”

The 33-year-old contested a pro-am in Queensland on Monday, just hours after his fourth-place finish in one of Australia’s two major events.

“I still want to go and play pro-ams,” Hall said.

“It’s still golf and I still love the game.

“You never know who you’re going to meet.

“You might make an impression, and, who knows, they might look to sponsor you.”

Hall has an agreement with Callaway for equipment, Titleist provides balls, while he’s had a long-running corporate deal with Holden.

But like all pros, he’d love a monetary sponsorship, just to ease the pressure of providing for his wife and their two children.

“Very often I’ll play good when I need it the most,” he said.

“I find a way, but I wish it didn’t happen like that.

“Just prior to the (Australian) Open that was the worst it had got.”

Golf is generally regarded as the most difficult sport to master mentally, as players strive for that perfect swing, the perfect shot.

“Everyone said to me when I started at pro level how important the mental aspect was, and I said, ‘yeah, sure’,” Hall said.

“But it is so crucial, it’s so important in order to be able to play good golf.”

Albury’s $25,000 pro-am will be a homecoming, of sorts, for Hall.

“I’ve never played the course, but I’ve had family in the Albury-Wodonga area,” he said.

“My great grandparents were in Wodonga, while I have cousins in Yackandandah, so I spent summers there.”

Around 80 pros.will contest the December 14 event.

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Seating win for Boomi Sportsground

20th January 2019 | Closed

SEATING SCORE: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall reviews plans for new seating at the Boomi Sportsground with Trust chairman David Officer.
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The Boomi Sportsground will soon have portable seating, giving up to 200 people somewhere comfortable to sit when they use the facilities.

The Boomi Sportsground Reserve Trust hasreceived a $5,000 state government grant to purchase new, portable and tiered seating for use at the grounds.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall delivered the funding news to Sportsground Trust members this weekand saidthe new portable seating would mean it could be moved around the grounds for different groups and different sporting events ranging from cricket to campdrafting and athletics to mud trials.

“The grant will be used to produce two tiers of seating, each 10 metres in length, and it will be built by a local Warialda engineering firm,” Mr Marshall said.

“They’re hoping it will seat up to 200 people and I know the local schools who use it are especially excited because they haven’t’ had anywhere to sit up until now, or at least anywhere safe to sit.

“The new seating will also be available for use by a wide range of clubs and groups who use the Boomi Sportsground, including various horse and equine groups and other sports clubs.

“It’s great news for Boomi and for the Trust, which is run by enthusiastic volunteers who give their time and skills generously.”

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall reviews plans for new seating at the Boomi Sportsground with Trust chairman David Officer.

Mr Marshall said the funding was aimed at helping groups like the Boomi Sportsground Trust because their efforts helped not only their own members but also their local community.

Trust secretary/treasurer John Oates said the funding would help them “get more than just bums on seats”.

“The Trust islooking to provide better facilities for community groups while making the sportsground more user-friendly and also appeal to more groups who want to use it,” Mr Marshall said.

“They’ve already got their next project mapped out -a major one for a new kitchen/canteen complex –and they’ve already spoken with me about how they go about that.I’ve suggested they have a look at what’s been achieved at Dundee where the local group there were recently given a $40,000 grantto put in a canteen complex at their sportsground.”

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‘He was supposed to come home that day’

20th January 2019 | Closed

As soon as her sister’s car pulled up and its headlights filled the driveway,Sharon Bradney knew something had gone horribly wrong.
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Rushing to the porch, she told Sharon there’d been an accident, but Sharon could only manage to scream “no”.

“And I knew, I just knew,” Sharon said.“You think you know what it’s like to lose a parent, but until you’ve lost one, you don’t know. The way he went, it was just such a shock. I didn’t get a chance to tell him how much I loved him.”

Herdad Roger had drowned after his tinnieoverturned in the Murray River at Bungowannah in December 2014.

He was one of the 68 people who have drowned in the Murray between 2002 and 2015, making it the number one river drowning blackspot in Australia.

And he was among a large proportion of those who were not wearing a lifejacket.

Sharon couldn’t sleep for days after the news, and still thinks of her father every day.

The hit song of December 2014 was James Bay’sHold Back the River, which reminds the Lavington mum of her dad every time it plays:

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes,

Hold back the river, so I can stop for a minute and see where you hide.

With summer upon us again, Sharon wants to send a message to the Border community about water safety, stressing it was important to respect the river’s unpredictable power.

Reflecting her loss, she refers to Roger as if he is still with her.

“He checks water levels, he always has a ruler at the bank, and he’ll see how much has risen overnight,” she said.

”He shouldn’t havebeen on the water that day, it was too quick …he was meant to come home that day.

“Think about your friends and family before you take that risk.”

Sharon’s warning comes as anew report from the Royal Life Saving Society revealed there were 14 drowning deaths in the Murray while boating between 2005 and 2015, with 93 per cent of the deaths males, and 50 per cent aged between 18 and 34.

More than 20 per cent ofthese deaths were in small powered boats less than five metres long, houseboats and on kayaks.

No lifejackets were worn in 42 per cent of cases, and alcohol was involved in 21 per cent of the deaths.

Royal Life Saving Societyriver safety co-ordinator TristanStrong said the current in the Murray was exceptionally strong, and implored boaters to ensure they wearlifejackets this summer.

“I’ve seen full-sized gums get taken down the Murray, you or I are notgoing to be able to hold against it,” he said.“It’sjust too easy for us to be pulled down.”

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Praise for joint efforts

20th January 2019 | Closed

WORKING TOGETHER: DELWP officer Craig Hamilton with Bethanga Recreation Reserve president David Elder and the award. Picture: MARK JESSERA COUNTRY life makes one aware of fires, but that means more than just fighting them.
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Projectsin Benalla and Bethanga won Victorian Fire Awareness Awards for their work in preventing incidentsor helping people afterwards.

Friends of Bethanga Creek, a group overseen by the Bethanga Recreation Reserve committee of management, took out the community-led prevention section.

Benalla Council claimed the recovery (industry) section for Rural Fire Tales, a documentaryfeaturing interviews with people affected by the Lake Rowan and Stewarton fires in December 2014.

Council officer Jan Osmotherly also received a $2000 fire services special incentive grant towardsfire recovery.

The annual Fire Awareness Awards, presented in Melbourne last week, are organised by Victoria’s three fire agencies, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority and Department of Environment, Land, Water andPlanning.

Bethanga Recreation Reserve president David Elder said his group sprayed weeds around the creek ahead of a fuel reduction burn earlier this year that involved about 50 volunteers.

“Making it easier to manage, but also to make it a nicer space to be for the whole township,” he said.

“As a reserve we always wanted to clean it up.

“The idea is eventually we put a path into the bottom of the rec reserve, actually create a bit of a walking path along the creek as well.”

Mr Elder said the Friends group was pleased to be recognised with an award.

“Like all those things, everybody’s got to work together to make it work really well, which it did,” he said.

Benalla mayor Don Firth congratulated all those involved in creating Rural Fire Tales.

“The interviews provide a unique insight into the actions, responses and impacts experienced by the community and the resilience demonstrated by local people and volunteers in the aftermath and recovery,” Cr Firthsaid.

The documentary aimed to help therecovery of people impacted by thefire and also be a community education resource foremergencymanagement. Forty-three people aged between two and 78 years tookpart ininterviews about the grass fires, which affected 92 properties and burned 8316 hectares.

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Ag scholarships available

20th January 2019 | Closed

As an initiative to further foster education and support in rural NSW, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is offering scholarships of up to $5000 to students studying Vocational Education Training (VET) coursesin 2017.
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The scholarships are available for NSW individuals studying at registered VET institutions, such as TAFE or local colleges, who demonstrate a passion for a career that will support the future success of our rural and regional communities.

Kate Ross, Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, said the organisation is committed to supporting students and their post-school study.

“Every student takes a different career path and through this program we’re enabling more students to reach their potential through studies that will see them living, working and contributing to rural and regional communities,” Ms Ross said.

“This scholarship embraces the diversity we are seeing in country communities and the goal of this program is to help develop Australia’s next generation, while making post-school study accessible to as many individuals as possible.

“Our VET Scholarship Program has so far assisted students undertaking a broad range of studies including auto electrics, agriculture, community services and wool classing, whose passion and drive has shone through in their scholarship applications,” she said.

Scholarships are valued up to $5000 for full time and $2500 for part time students.

Applicants must be enrolled in or are applying for study in any accredited VET course at an approved Australian education provider and must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

For more information and to submit an application go to rasnsw南京夜网419论坛/foundation/scholarships-and-grants.Applications close February 12.

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