Monthly archive for ‘ February, 2019 ’

Children to be forgotten no longer

20th February 2019 | Closed

Children are only just being recognised as victims of family violence in their own right, a south-west youth worker says.
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Brophy Youth and Family Services executive manager of child and family services Ruth Isbel said attitudes had only just started to shift with the help of things such as the state Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“We think it’s incrediblypleasing to see children are being acknowledgedas victims in their own right andthat there is a much greater understanding and knowledge of the impact of familyand domestic violence on children and young people,” Ms Isbel said.

A report from the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in State Parliament on Wednesday looked atsystemic failures around the deaths of children experiencing family violence, including children not being given access to support or risks being overlooked.

The report made 13 recommendations to ensure children are recognised in the state’s family violence response, including more focus on children’s unique needs and better practices to prevent, identify and respond to child sexual abuse.

Ms Isbel, who has worked with Brophyfor two decades, said family violence had a serious impact on the social, cognitive, psychological, and emotional development of children.

“Many of our clients, children and young people, come to our attention as a result of experiencingand being exposed to family violence,” she said.

“It can certainlyimpact on their capacity to learn, on theireducation, on their capacity to be able to manage their emotions and itimpacts on their capacity to have trusting, strong relationships.

“It has pervasive impacts on their life trajectory.”

Ms Isbel said prevention was the key to breaking the cycle.

“If we canprevent then hopefully we can stop the cycle from repeating itself,” she said.

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Howlong’s Hibberson new Swans coach

20th February 2019 | Closed

MAIN MAN: Danny Hibberson will coach Upper Murray club Federal in 2017 after a long career with Howlong.
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Experienced Howlong product Danny Hibberson will coach Federal in 2017 in a bid to lead the Swans to back-to-back flags.

Hibberson has played for the Swans for three of the last four years, before getting the nod for his first senior coaching opportunity.

The playing coach willbe assisted by Gerard Midson, who joins Federal after two years as the reserves mentor at Rutherglen.

“I’m keen to get started and the plan is to try and blood a few young kids through,” Hibberson said.

“We got some younger guys through last season, but it’s a bit of a double-edge sword because you want to see the better guys come into town to play.”

He added there has been a lot of interest from the young brigade ahead of next season.

“We’re going to pair them up so they can work together on their skills and fitness,” Hibberson said.

“Most of the team won’t start training until February, but if they want to train we’re not going to stop them.”

Federal president Craig Sheather said the club had received interest in the coach’s position, but was pleased to be able to appoint someone from within the ranks.

He added despite losing premiership coach Jack Neil and key big man Brent Ohlin, the club is hungry for further success in 2017.

“They are our only losses to date and we are confident of signing five or six players soon,” Sheather added.

“We got nine football and netball teams in grand finals this year so the benchmark for 2017 has to be set at 10.”

The club is hosting a ‘meet andgreet’ and light training session this Sunday at the clubrooms to formally welcome Hibberson to the role.

A reserves coach and a number of new recruits are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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A fine vintage at the Helm

20th February 2019 | Closed

Like a fine wine: Ken Helm stands down as Chairman of Canberra International Riesling Challenge after 16 years, having led and developed the Challenge since its inception. Photo: Yass Tribune.After 16 years the founding Chairman of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), Ken Helm has stepped down from the role having led and developed the Challenge since its inception.
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Ken will remain on the CIRC Board, ensuring that his extensive knowledge of the event and the wine industry is not lost to the Challenge.

“The CIRC is now bigger than one person and is internationally recognised as a major promotion of Riesling and Canberra,” Mr Helm said. “I have made this difficult decision due to increasing demands from the Helm Wine business and family responsibilities which make it difficult to devote the time necessary to be the Chairman of the CIRC.”

“The Challenge is in a very good position, it has a professional and dedicated full-time Secretariat, a supportive Board, a strong group of sponsors including the ACT Government and the support of international wine industry,” he said.

“We have just conducted one of the most successful challenges in our 16 years, with near record entries and significant support from our judges, wineries and consumers.”

Ken thanked the original sponsors of the Challenge, the Wolf Blass Foundation, Jim Murphy Market Cellars, ActewAGL, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, QANTAS, and the ACT Government

Acknowledgingthe initial group of people who supported the CIRC concept and the current board members for their commitment and guidance,“…This has been underpinned by the support of the various ACT Government Chief Ministers – Kate Carnell, Jon Stanhope, Katie Gallagher and Andrew Barr – who have generously agreed to be the Patron of the Challenge.”

“My time as Chairman has been very satisfying and rewarding in many ways. It has allowed me to develop close relationships with many members of the diplomatic community in Canberra, wine organisations and friends in the Australian and International wine industries, who have been crucial in sourcing judges and bringing the entries to the CIRC”, he said.

“I have been fortunate enough to be able to develop an idea into an international event which promotes excellence in Riesling, Canberra and the Canberra Wine Industry. I am looking forward to continuing to support the CIRC as a Board member.”

Local businessman James Service, a founding member of the Challenge, has been elected to replace Ken as Chairman.

Mr Service paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman saying “Ken Helm’s vision, passion and commitment has seen the Challenge cement itself as an international event showcasing not only the Canberra district wines but also the whole city and region …”

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Openers win it for Kings

20th February 2019 | Closed

OPENER: Toby Shannon helped his team get the required runs on Saturday without losing a wicket. Picture: Tony Grant.
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An unbeaten 80 run opening partnership has set up a win for the Kings Gym cricket team over competition newcomers the Cavaliers in last weekend’s 20/20 clash at King George oval.

Glen Innes Cricket Association spokesman Mark Jacobs said the Cavaliers went into bat first and looked all at sea from the beginning of their innings.

“The Cavaliers captain Greg Wilkins looked good with the bat but unfortunately his teammates could not maintain partnerships and a steady flow of wickets fell,” he said.

The Kings bowlers seemed to have all the answers and knew exactly where to bowl to the Cavalier batsmen to stop runs and get wickets.

“Unfortunately for the Cavaliers they only had eight players so they did not get a full complement of wickets to get through.

“Neil King bowled really well for the Kings and took a couple of wickets bowling a lot of very accurate on the stump deliveries.”

The Cavaliers ended up their innings at seven for 87 off their 20 overs and the Kings looked confident when their openers strolled to the crease.

Jacobs said the Kings openers looked good and got the runs easily.

“Brendon Levy went berserk with the bat, hitting sixes and fours seemingly at will,” he said.

“One ball was hit so far that we lost it and we had to restart play with a new ball.

“Levy was in a good partnership with Toby Shannon and they scored the winning runs with plenty of overs to spare eventually finishing at no wicket for 95 runs.”

Jacobs said the match finished early due to the pace the Kings batsmen set.

“The game was all wrapped up by 4 pm which is one of the earliest finishes I have seen in a local cricket match,” he said.

“I think the Kings openers just decided they’d try and cut loose and get the runs as quickly as possible.

“When the openers hit sixes in the early overs the writing is on the wall.

“The Cavaliers really tried hard but they were outclassed on the day.

Jacobs said the Cavaliers team play the game with a jovial spirit but could do with some net sessions to brush up on their skills.

“If points were given for heart the Cavaliers would do OK,” he said.

“I know Greg Wilkins has tried hard to get a team together to make the competition stronger, I am sure with some time his team will come to be competitive and win a game.”

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Surfest gets Lake Macquarie on board

20th February 2019 | Closed

OFF THE LIP: The Lake Macquarie Surfing of Festival at Redhead beach next month is expected to attract a quality field of competitors.Lake Macquarie will be one of three Hunter Local Government Areas showcased by Surfest after the announcement its Festival of Surfingis set down for Redhead next month.
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It will be staged on January 28 and 29 and Surfest organiser Warren Smith said having it under their banner “wasa major coup”.

“It was something we wanted to do, to bring Lake Macquarie into Surfest,” Smith said.

“We’ve got some of the best beaches on offer so let’s showcase them.

“It’s in its third year now and is a major part of Surfest and we want to continue to grow it.”

There will be longboard, shortboardand stand-up paddleboard divisionsbut the drawcard event will be the Teams Challenge.

It pits Lake Macquarie boardriding clubs against each other for a place in Surfest’s Orica Team Challenge at Stockton Beach the following weekend.

Surfestwill also have events in Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council between January 21 to February 26.

“We are trying to develop the event to support the locals and the teams challenge is mainly for them,” Smith said.

RIDING THE WAVE: Stand-up paddleboarding will form part of the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing at Redhead Beach in January.

“The ongoing support of Lake Macquarie City Council is very importantfor Surfest and the greater Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area,” Smithsaid.

HANG TEN: There will be some fierce longboard competition during the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing at Redhead beach next month.

“This event with Lake Macquarie City Council and the community of Redhead completes the circle for Surfest, as we aim to achieve wider community involvement in our festival.”

Heats will take place on January 28 January. Finals and the Team Challenge is on January 29.

Markets will be held in the Redhead Beach car park on both days.

“Surfing is very much part of the Lake Macquarie lifestyle and Council is delighted to be partnering with Surfest for the third year to present this festival,” Mayor of Lake MacquarieKay Frasersaid.

“The event creates a real buzz in the community and provides significant economic returns for the local economy.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our city through beautiful Redhead Beach.”

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