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Awards for hard working stud staff

20th August 2019 | Closed

TWO Queensland racing industry participants, Ian Brady and Hayley Nichols, are among the six category winners of this year’s prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable awards announced at Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne last Friday, December 2.
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Initiated by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation in 2005, the awards are now held in Britain, Ireland, the United States and Australia, which started the awards in 2015. They recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge contribution they make to the racing industry.

Overall winner of the Thoroughbred Excellence Award and the Dedication to Breeding Award was Tasmanian-based Jenny Watson, recognised for 40 years of commitment to the breeding industry in Australia. Currently foaling supervisor at Armidale Stud in northern Tasmania, Jenny also runs her own farm McLeay Thoroughbred Stud where she bred the dual Group 1 winner and 2014 Tasmanian yearling sale-topper Palentino. Jenny has also served for 15 years on the Tasmanian Bloodhorse Breeders board.

Ian Brady, stud manager, Wattle Brae Stud, Nobby, won the Dedication to Leadership category while Hayley Nichols, foreman, Schweida Racing, won the Dedication to Racing category. Their success follows the win by former Queensland jockey Amy Taylor, who won the Dedication to Thoroughbred Care and Welfare category at the inaugural awards last year.

Tom Reilly, CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia – a joint sponsor of the Godolphin Awards – congratulated Watson and the other five winners on their achievements. “Thoroughbred Breeders Australia is proud to be a part of these awards which really do go a long way to recognising the largely unsung heroes of our industry,” he said.

The Thoroughbred Excellence Award carried a prize of $5000 with a further $2000 to be distributed among her workplace colleagues. Each category winner received a prize of $10,000 with a further $3000 to be shared among fellow staff at their employers’ workplace. Each runner-up received $1000.

Ian Brady

Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Award category winners are (from left): Gerry Ryan, stallion manager, Coolmore Stud, NSW (Horsemanship); Nikki Cook, Shory Park Horses, Victoria (Thoroughbred Care and Welfare); Ian Brady, stud manager, Wattle Brae Stud, Nobby, Queensland (Leadership); Jenny Watson, foaling supervisor, Armidale Stud, Tasmania (Overall winner and Breeding); Melanie Caban, office manager, Vinery Stud, NSW (Administration); and Hayley Nichols, stable foreman, Schweida Racing, Brisbane, Queensland (Racing). Picture: Dave Goudie

WINNER of the Godolphin Leadership category, Ian Brady isn’t the type of person who looks for accolades.

The work he does as stud manager at Wattle Brae Stud in Queensland is reward enough for a horseman who has occupied his current position for 19 years and built a life around it. Ian also plays an integral role in training other employees and overseas students who come to Wattle Brae to learn about Thoroughbred breeding from the ground up.

“Ian has taken it all in his stride,” says Wattle Brae principal Gary Turkington.

For Ian, the thoroughbred industry has already rewarded him with a job he loves, but he sees the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards as vital in encouraging younger people to enter the business and to stay in it.

“My association with racing began when I was 10-years-old and I’m now 44. Over the years I’ve been involved, the industry has introduced me to so many really good people. It’s been fantastic. But to have a global enterprise like Godolphin sponsor awards like these adds great incentive. It’s amazing. I can’t tell you how honoured and thrilled I am just to be nominated,” he said.

Hayley Nichols

THE relationship between trainer and foreman is among the closest and most important in racing. Among other things, it is a partnership that requires the utmost trust and devotion – qualities clearly possessed by Hayley Nichols, foreman to Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida, who won the Godolphin Dedication to Racing category.

Schweida lists “extreme dedication and single-minded focus” among a long list of attributes displayed by Hayley. “Hayley is the first line of care for all our horses – she could have been nominated for almost every category of the awards,” Schweida said.

To Hayley, the nomination came as a surprise, but one she welcomes wholeheartedly. “Being a foreman or a strapper means you do your work day-after-day and don’t always expect much recognition outside your own stable. But these awards mean we are finally recognized. People will know about us and what we do. I take my hat off to Godolphin for acknowledging all the people who work so hard behind the scenes. It shows that they really care,” she said

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WA’s new point-to-point speed cameras could prove pointless on South West journey

20th August 2019 | Closed

People have noticed there’s something not quite right about WA’s first point-to-point speed camera trial location.
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As broken byWAtodayin February, the cameras were installed in October along Forrest Highway -Perth’s gateway to the South West – intechnology that allows two cameras to track a driver’s average speedover a 26 kilometrestretch of road.

Thosefound to have exceeded the 110 kilometre per hour limitwill be issued a fine.

But some drivers have questioned the position of the cameras since the trial was rolled out.

That’s becausethe 26-kilometre zone happens toincludethe only two roadhouses along a 130 kilometre stretch of roadbetweenBaldivisand Bunbury -making those who stop for a snack or to fill up their cars essentiallyimmunefrom getting a speeding ticket from the new cameras.

WA’s first point-to-point speed camera trial location may have hit a bump in the road. Photo: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA

A Road Safety Commission spokeswoman said the committee responsible for picking the location of the cameras was aware the zone included the Gull Myalup Roadhouse heading north and Settlers Roadhouse heading south but the location was earmarked for safety reasons.

“The 26 kilometrestretch of road on Forrest Highway was chosen in response to a high number of road crashes that resulted in deaths and serious injuries,” she said.

“An assessment of traffic volume and speeds was conducted as part of the decision making process, which demonstrated sufficient traffic volume and continuous speed for the average speed camera system.

“A steering committee of senior government representatives including WA Police, Department of Transport, Main Road WA, Road Safety Commission endorsed the section of Forest Highway for the average speed cameras.”

The Commission said it doesnot compile data on the number of people who stop at the roadhouses within the zone but determined there was sufficient volumes of continuous traffic through the area to support the trial.

New legislation allowing police to infringe motorists who speedthrough the zone is not expected to be passed until after the March state election, with the cameras likely to be enforceable by July, 2017.

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Planned outages for network

20th August 2019 | Closed

Residents may experience several power outages overthe next week as Essential Energycarriesout an intensive program of electricity network maintenance in theCowra, Youngand Grenfell areas during mid-December to improve the reliability of the local power supply.
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The mid-December maintenance will begin on Monday,December 12 and continue through until Saturday, December 17.

Regional manager Southern, Steven Ilitch, said crews would be working at various sites in the rurallocations of Woodstock, Bimbi, Caragabal, Greenethorpe, Quandialla, Bribbaree, Koorawatha andWeedallion.

MrIlitch said the maintenance was part of theirregularprogram of asset maintenance.

“Crews will complete a variety of tasks including replacing power poles, cross-arms, insulating devicesand upgrading electrical equipment to further strengthen the network,” hesaid.

“This work is part of Essential Energy’s regular program of asset maintenance and follows theidentification of potential network faults during our annual aerial and ground-based inspections.

“Crews will rectify any repairs required to ensure network integrity and mitigate bushfire risks.”

MrIlitch said thatextensive planning has been undertaken to minimise the inconvenience to customers including bringingin an additional 70 crew members from several regional depots to complete the work in the shortesttimeframe and with a minimum of power outages.

“Due to the scale of the project, several planned power outages will be necessary between December 12 andDecember 17, 2016 to allow crews to safely access the electricity network,” hesaid.

“All affected residents and businesses will be notified in advance to allow time to make alternativearrangements, however, work has been planned so that customers will only experience a single poweroutage as part of this project.”

Essential Energy has several handy tips to help customers prepare for planned power outages availableon its website at: essentialenergy南京夜网419论坛/outages,

Some of the tips are: toavoidopening thefridge or freezer while the power is off,protect sensitive electrical appliances, such as computers, by switching them off and unplugging them before the planned outage andswitching off stove hotplates, ovensand any other small appliances in case you’re not home when power is restored.

Due to the nature of this work, Essential Energy will require vehicle access to some rural propertiesthroughout the course of the project.

“We thank the community for its patience and understanding during these network improvement works,” MrIlitchsaid.

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Train buffs love to help

22nd July 2019 | Closed

TRAIN BUDDIES: Angus Webster and Steven Winkler were the two volunteers behind the scenes who helped Rutherford Technology High School students build a train line. Picture: Belinda-Jane DavisThey met through a model railway magazine and now best mates Angus Webster and Steven Winkler have used their skills to help others.
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The pair were the volunteers behind the scenes that helped Rutherford Technology High School’s special needs unit build an elaborate train track that would be any train enthusiasts dream.

Mr Webster, a retired coal miner, and Mr Winkler, a retired signalman,taught about a dozen students how to buildtwo tracks, a platform, arange of delicately painted buildings and the landscaping that brought it all together.

They worked on it one day a week with the students during the school terms and it took18 months to complete.

Mr Webster and Mr Winker said they enjoyed sharing their skills with the students, but most of all, they wanted to send a strong message to the students –that there are people out there in the community who want to help them grow.

“There are people out there that want to help them,” Mr Webster said.

“They got so much out of it and they gained a lot of skills and knowledge,” Mr Winkler added.

The pair initially made a test track with the students and hooked up the power so the train would move on the track.

They said taking the train around the larger track for the first time was an exhilarating moment.

“You should have seen it, it really made the track come to life –the kids loved it,” Mr Webster said.

Mr Webster said other retirees could help students complete a range of projects, but they had to have a task that was suitable for their level and could be done at school.

Mr Winkler has 25 years worth of experience on the railways. He developed an interest in model railways a few years ago.

“When I came into it Angus had already started the concept with the kids,” he said.

“We broke the kids into two groups and Angus would have one and I’d have the other.

“We’d do different things with them, for example, I would be teaching the kids to lay the trackwhile Angus would be teaching the kids how to build the scenery.

“Angus specialised in making the trees.”

Mr Webster has been interested in model trains since his father bought him a train set at the age of 11.

Mr Winkler is an avid volunteer and said volunteering was rewarding and gave retirees a path to give back to their community.

He volunteers with Beresfield Community Transport and helps at a local church.

“You have to have something to do and you meet different people on the transport side of it,” he said.

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Mayor Johnson confident

22nd July 2019 | Closed

COUNCIL: Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson, Federal Minister for Regional Development Hon Fiona Nash, Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde. PHOTO: Upper Spencer Gulf Group.PORT Augusta City Mayor Sam Johnson met with key ministers and South Australian senators in Canberra last week to discuss opportunities of storage-based renewable energy.
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Mayor Johnson, Port Pirie MayorJohn Rohde and Whyalla MayorLyn Breuer were joined byEnergy Minister Matthew Canavan, SA Senator Simon Birmingham, SA Senator David Fawcett at a morning tea hosted bySouth Australian Senator and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston.

Advisers from the Prime Minister’s office and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s office attended the meeting.

MayorJohnson is keen for the Upper Spencer Gulf cities to take full advantage of emerging opportunities in storage-based renewable energy technology, arid innovation in agriculture, defence, mining services and tourism.

“The visit provided a substantial level of comfort to us that senior members of government are committed to this region and are prepared to work with us to make sure our future is secure,” Mayor Johnsonsaid.

“It reinforced that we are on the right track, that we are being taken seriously as a region and that we can be confident about our future.”

Other issues discussed includeWhyalla steelworks, maximising local economic benefit from the Cultana defence expansion and improvinglocal higher education, skills and research capabilities in the region.

The Mayors met with Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Greg Hunt,Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash andEducation and Training Minister Simon Birmingham later that day.

Advisers from Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office and SA Senators Don Farrell and Alex Gallacher also found time to speak with the trio.

Mayors Johnson, Rohde and Breuerleft Canberra feeling confident about the level of political supportthe regionis receiving.

Whyalla Mayor Breuer said the trip was extremely worthwhile, with ministers and senators all showing strong levels ofengagement.

“There was genuine interest and goodwill by everyone we met with and a deep level of understanding of the issues and opportunities we were presenting to them,”MayorBreuer said.

Port Pirie Mayor Rohde emphasised the importance of Upper Spencer Gulf unity, statingthe neighbours must continue to work together tomake these initiatives a reality.

“Without a critical mass it will be difficult to achieve this on our own, so we need to keep working with our neighbours to make these initiatives a reality,” Mayor Rohdesaid.

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Teenagers turn to internet

22nd July 2019 | Closed

More young Tasmanians are turning to the internet for help withimportant issues in their livesthan to a school counsellor, teacher, or a community agency.
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After relatives andfriends,the internet was the most utilised source forhelp.The statistics were detailed in Mission Australia’sYouth Survey 2016,which represented 1950 Tasmanian respondentsaged between 15 and 19 years old.

Almost half of Tasmanian respondents said they would turn to the internet. The Tasmanian figure was slightly higher than the national average.The internet was also preferred to telephone hotlines, magazines and online counselling websites.

Mission Australia state director Noel Mundy said the trend raised questions about what advice teenagers were seeking and receiving on the internet. Mr Mundy said the statistic could indicate an increased need for honest conversations between family and friends.

The survey found coping with stress was the primary issue of concern for male and female Tasmanian youths.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson said youthsturning to the internet over face-to-face counselling was reflective of technology’s rising prominence.

“I don’t see this as a negative, we have to remember that telling someone you may be feeling down or battling some mental health issues is pretty daunting,” Mr McPherson said.

“So if kids are using resources such as the internet for help or advice, I think we should look to adapt to this and be aware that it may be in fact a more positive way to help young people,” he said.

“I would certainly push for people to utilise face to face counselling rather than online, but thankfully online is there as an option for those not willing to seek face-to-face.”

Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the state governmentput “significant resources into initiatives that specifically address concerns around the mental health of our young people”.

If you need help, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 orbeyondblue on 1300 224 636

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Damien’s Lego dream

22nd July 2019 | Closed

DAMIEN MacRae, 41, grew up in Londonderry and Richmond, and though his successful career as a lawyer took him to Sydney, it’s his Hawkesbury allegiance which is driving him to ask for ourhelp to realise a dream Lego project with his son.
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Damien MacRae and son Aiden, 4, with their surf rescue scene they put together. They have 2000 votes so far and need the Hawkesbury’s support to get it over the line.

Damien’s striving to get his Lego dream up is intertwined with the other battle he’s engaged in –against serial ‘spot fires’ of his stage 4 melanoma.

He and Aiden, 4, have put together a Lego Surf Rescue scene prototype from bits and pieces they’ve sourced from vintage Lego and having individual pieces manufactured by an English company. They chose the Aussie beach scene because sun exposure is the biggest risk factor for melanoma, and he wants to get the message out there to cover up against the sun.

He heard that Lego would manufacture a scene if 10,000 supporters voted for it online and that the Ghostbusters Lego rangehad come about by this method. Hefound the only Australian scene Lego made was one of the Opera House, so he and Aiden set to work on their prototype scene.

“I’ve been off sick for two years now from my company so I’ve got to spend a lot of time with my son on it,” Damiensaid.

His melanoma started with a mole on his earlobe.They took a third of his left ear off to be sure.He was given the all clear, but a few months later an X-ray found a fist-size tumour in his chest. They took that out along with three ribs in March 2015.

“I had to relearn how to walk and sit as a whole lot of muscles and nerves were missing. I now have back and chest pain and amstill getting over that,” he said. “Then six weeks ago I had a seizure out of the blue with with an arm and a leg waving around.” Thewalnut-sized brain tumour culprit was taken out three weeks ago.

More little tumours have been found in his brain but they will just be treated with radiation and new immunity-boosting drugs.“It’s like ‘Whack a mole’,” he said, referring to the arcade game of hitting moles with a mallet as they pop out of holes.

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‘I want make their first Christmas in Australia a positive experience’

22nd July 2019 | Closed

Time to help others: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Rowena Tran at the Whitlam Library in Cabramatta.Cabramatta residentRowena Tran likes to help people.
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Not justhelp. But the 22-year-old cares for other people and genuinely wants to make sure others are OK.

It led to her thinking about the influx ofnew refugees and migrants settling in Fairfield and how they will celebrate their first Christmas.

“Christmas might not be something new refugees and migrantsusually celebrate because of the situation in their home country,” she said.

“Christmas is a special time in our community. It’s a time for families to get together and celebrate. This year, I would like to make their first Christmas in Australia a positive experience.”

It led to her starting the Christmas Giving Tree appeal where residentscan leave Christmas cards or messages of support and donatetoys, canned food, clothingor other gifts.

Fairfield City Open Libraries will host aChristmas Giving Tree at each of their library branches.

“I believe this initiative is a great way for the residents of Fairfield City to come together and show our support for the new members of our community,” theFairfield Youth Advisory Committee member said.

“I think it would be wonderful to be able to provide the love and support that refugees and migrants need during their transition to Australia, especially during this time of year and let them know we are here to help.”

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the Christmas Giving Tree was a wonderful community initiative.

“By participating in the Christmas Giving Tree you are contributing to making Christmas in Australia a positive experience for more than 3,500 new refugees and migrants that have settled in the area during the last twelve months,” he said.

Council will work together with the Parents Cafe in Fairfield to distribute the donations to the families of new refugees and migrants attending their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 28.

For Miss Tran, the Christmas appeal is the latest in a long list of ways she helps others.

Last year she raised almost $2000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation when she participated in theCity2Surfafter her mother was diagnosed a few years ago with abrain tumour.

She also tutors at the libraries’ homework centre that gives free assistance with homework, assignments and study help for students.

On Saturday the speech pathology student leaves to volunteer in Taiwan at a school for disadvantaged children for three weeks.

“Helping others is something I really enjoy doing and when I saw this opportunity I wanted to do it,” she said.

“I will be teaching to children and English and helping them develop their confidence in their language skills.”

The Christmas Giving Tree is available at Bonnyrigg, Fairfield, Smithfield, Wetherill Park and Whitlam Libraries until December 21.

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Nothing in the plans

20th June 2019 | Closed

CLOSURE: Hydrotherapy pool not included in plans for Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment. Above, is Bourke Street Health Service, which is scheduled to close. The Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) has revealed the hydrotherapy poolwill not be included in current redevelopment plans for Goulburn Base Hospital.
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This includes any inclusion withplanned rehabilitation units on the future Goulburn Base site.

A spokesperson for Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) said the hydrotherapy pool wasconsidered to be “more a community service than a health service”.

“Less than five per centof patients admitted to Bourke Street Health Serviceand Goulburn Base Hospital access the hydrotherapy pool,” the spokesperson said. “There are many other therapeutic options for rehabilitation that do not require access to a hydrotherapy pool and result in positive patient outcomes.”

More than 80 representatives from different health departments, including Goulburn Mulwaree Council, project managers and architects, met over two Value Management Workshops in February and December last year to discuss included services for theredeveloped hospital.

“The Local Health District will continue to operate the BourkeStreet hydrotherapy pool while it engages with the wider Goulburn community about the future operations of the pool,” the LHD spokesperson said. “[We] acknowledge the pool is a community resource.”

Director of Optimum Health Solution, Marc Seymour, who has signed a 15-year lease for the hydrotherapy pool in the Goulburn Health Hub, said no one approached him about the redevelopments.

“If the hydrotherapy pool does close earlier than expected, I’m more than happy to talk about partnerships,” Mr Seymour said.

“My main message is that we’re doing what we do well and I’m confident in our service. We never knew it was shutting down.”

A Goulburn Mulwaree Councilspokesperson has acknowledged the upgraded Aquatic centre could collaborate with Goulburn Base Hospital down the track. “Everything is on the table for the future,” the spokesperson said.“[The council has] not been formally approached by the NSW Local Health district about this option, but discussions with the State and Federal governments will occur.”

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Stalker destroys life of woman

20th June 2019 | Closed

A woman who said her life had been ‘destroyed’ sobbed in Griffith Local Courtas her stalker pleaded guilty.
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Her stalker pleaded guilty to thecharge of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm on Monday, November 28.

The woman had become trapped in her own home, terrified to leave for shopping or work after months of the manfollowing her.

Magistrate Erin Kennedywarned the man his behaviour must stop and continued AVO orders to prevent him from harming, contacting or approaching the woman in the future.

“This person’s life has been upset considerably,” she said.

“In my view if these orders cannot protect this person…a jail sentence is likely.”

The victim’s ordeal beganat her Griffith home in September 2015 when the phone rang.

Answering the phone, she spoke with the man, who identified himself and told her he liked her.

She told him she was married with children but in response hetold her he had gone to her car and left his number there.

She asked him not to call again.

But the man called again twice more and when the woman attended the Indian Festival of the Lights she noticed him following her, and turned around a number of times tofind him watching her.

The following weekend the woman and her familywereat Griffith’s Central Plaza when she again noticed the man follow her to Target, Chemist Warehouse and the IGA.

He stood, just three metres away, again watching her.

The woman’s worry increased as over the next few months the man continued to watch and follow herat a number of locations including shopping centres and the Sikh temple.

He then began to go to her workplace.

The man waited in the carpark on a number of occasions as the victim arrived at work, he would remain until she left for the day and would follow her home in his car. She would drive home, with difficulty, terrified.

The months of uncertainty caused the woman to only leave her home for friend’s houses when she knew she would be safe. She eventually went to police to complain of the man’s actions, she said she had hesitated to do so previously because she felt it would bring shame upon her within the Indian community. The man will be sentenced on Friday, February 3 2017.

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