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ARAFMI meetingARAFMI Queensland will meet on Monday, July 28, at RDCOTA Cottage in front of the Mental Health Centre, Weippin Street, Cleveland, from 10am to noon. Morning tea is provided. Enquiries to 3254 1881.
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Coffee ChatTHIS Friday, July 25, the Redland Centre for Women’s Coffee Chat will be held at a new venue, the Redland Bay Golf Club, North Street, Redland Bay, from 10am-12pm. Open to all ages, Coffee Chats are a great opportunity to meet other women in the Redlands, share stories and enjoy some laughter. RSVP to Denise Hagen at [email protected]南京夜网 or phone 0418 726 549 as seats are limited.

Probus Club of ShorelineTHE Probus Club of Shoreline will meet at the Victoria Point Uniting Church Hall on Point Halloran Road on Friday, July 25 at 9am. The guest speaker will be Patrick Pickett, whose topic is the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Club members have been invited to bring a friend, and it will also be a ladies’ day. Guests are welcome. Enquiries to Bob Mackie on 3821 4916.

Combined Probus clubTHE Combined Probus Club of Poinciana/Redlands Inc’s next meeting is on Thursday, July 24 from 9am for 9.30am at the Victoria Point Bowls Club. The guest speaker is author/ historian James Lergessner. Enquiries to Ann on 3286 2800.

RDCOTA RedlandsSENIORS and immediate family are invited to attend a Financial Information Service talk at the Capalaba Library (Noeleen Street) on Friday, August 8, from 10.30am to 11.30am entitled Aged Care Fees and Charges. Book on 3843 8010. This informative talk may be of value to seniors considering entering care. Seniors walk T-shirts and information bags are available from the RDCOTA office, 57 Wynyard St. Cleveland. Registration fee remains at $5. Enquiries to 3488 0680.

Redlands RSL Sub BranchTHE quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, July 27 at 10am in the Gallipoli Room of Redlands RSL. Transport is available to eligible members by phoning club reception. RSL Headquarters is open 9am 4pm, Monday to Thursday. Pension and welfare officers and league representatives are available to assist. Enquiries to 3488 1102.

U3A RedlandsU3A Ramblers Big Day Out is on July 24. There is a venue change contact Alex on 3245 1403 or Penny on 3822 6669 for details.

The Life in Australia program is at the Donald Simpson Community Centre on Monday, July 28, at 9.30am with John Hale presenting “A trip touring back to the Old Country”. Cost of $4 includes refreshments. A CPR awareness course will run on Thursday, July 31 from 5.30pm-7pm at Cleveland State High School, open to members and tutors, cost $2. Call the office to register. There are vacancies for the computer classes, call the office to enquire. Easy cooking for men class is on the first and third Monday of the month at Cleveland State High School; phone Barrie on 3821 0878.

Genealogy Classes are on Wednesdays from 9am-11am at the Veterans’ Community Centre; phone Les on 3824 0825. Come and learn bridge at the Redlands Bridge Club, Thornlands, on Thursdays from 1.30pm-3.30pm; phone Avra on 3207 7328. The U3A Redlands office at Cleveland State High School is open 9am-noon, Monday to Friday during school terms. Phone 3821 3888.

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Sports store thrives on competition

WITH his career spanning 20years in the sporting goodsindustry, business owner DavidJones has led Sportscene tobusiness success.
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The journey started whenMr Jones formed a businesspartnership to open Doody’sSports Store in 1994.

Four years later the store wasrenamed Sportscene.

Since taking on the businessindependently in 2000, Mr Joneshas provided the region with arange of sports equipment andclothing.

“With Mount Gambier havingsuch a large variety of sportit is important we cater to allactivities represented,” MrJones said.

“We also sponsor many of thelocal teams and clubs to create arelationship between customersand the store.

“When we support clubs, theyreturn the favour by sendingtheir players to us for supplies.”

Friendly customer serviceand a wide selection of stock arepriorities in the running of thebusiness.

“We try to offer a welcomingexperience for our customers,”Mr Jones said.

“We pride ourselves on greatservice and catering for allsports whether it be football,netball, hockey, soccer, tennis orcricket.”

“My staff are regularlyupdated on new stock so theycan offer helpful advice to ourcustomers.”

Despite facing competitionfrom a number of other sportsstores in Mount Gambier, MrJones – like many other businessowners – considers onlineshopping as the biggest retailthreat.

“The internet and onlineshopping has definitely made afew challenges for the businessin recent years,” Mr Jones said,explaining many customersresearched products onlinebefore entering the store.

“The advantage we have isthat most people want to havetheir products now, they don’twant to wait for it to arrive inthe post, especially if the gameis on the weekend.

“We find lots of kids will lookup what they are after onlineand choose what they want andcome to the store to see if wehave it.

“If we do, they often buy it,but if we don’t we can order it infor them.”

The store’s location in thecity’s central business district, isanother advantage.

“We are also surroundedby a number of other greatbusinesses in the main streetso people don’t feel the need toshop at department stores orshopping centres elsewhere,” hesaid.

With the store bursting at theseams with stock ranging fromfootwear, to clothing and athleticequipment, Mr Jones hopes forbigger premises in the future.

“I would love to have a largerstore down the track because weare running out of space here,”he said.

“I feel we have just aboutoutgrown this store, but we willhave to see.”

Judgement day for wine show

Cowra Wine Show committee chairman, Peter JefferyWith around 9000 bottles primed for tasting, judging has commenced in Cowra’s 32nd wine show.
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Cowra Wine Show committee chairman, Peter Jeffery, said this year’s show attracted a massive 1500 entries from 220 producers from across Australia.

Mr Jeffery has been a part of the wine show since 1999 and said there are several factors which sets the Cowra Wine Show apart from its larger counterparts.

“It’s a national wine show, so it gives producers, including all the small producers, an opportunity to benchmark their wines against those made by bigger producers,” Mr Jeffery said.

“Cowra Wine Show has a smaller volume requirement for entry than some of the capital city wine shows so that encourages smaller producers to enter.

“We are very fortunate in Cowra to have an event like this because it brings a lot of people to the town – we’ve got busloads coming in from various places and they not only support the Cowra Wine Show , but the town itself.”

South Australian wine producer Tim Knappstein is set to head a team of 16 judges in determining the best wines of this year’s show, with judging divided into four panels.

Each panel is headed by a panel chair, with two senior judges and an associate judge.

Judges score the wines up to 20 points, with points awarded for colour, clarity, smell and taste.

Judging panels can taste up to 80 wines a session, so they’re given soda water, crackers and olives to cleanse their palates between tastings.

Mr Jeffery said each entry requires six bottles, because of the number of tastings that may be required.

“You always need at least one spare, because with screw-caps you occasionally get a faulty wine, just very occasionally. As you can see from all of these exhibits, there’s not very many that are sealed by cork these days, because the Australian industry and most of the world’s producers have found we were getting some very poor-quality corks from the cork producing nations and as a result there were so many faulty wines sealed under cork so it was a logical step to go to screw cap,” Mr Jeffery said.

“[Judging] is a very demanding job, it’s rather daunting when you’ve got 70 glasses in front of you and you’ve got to do justice to those wines and the producers.”

This week’s judging culminates in the public tasting on Saturday night, at the showground pavilion.

Mr Jeffery said this is the first year the catering for the public tasting has been done fully commercially, so it should be a ‘very good night’.

“We’ve capped the numbers attending that to 700, to enable our guests to have a pleasant night,” Mr Jeffery said.

“Stewards will be serving the trophy-winning wines, fortified wines and dessert wines, which will enable everyone to have a reasonable chance of tasting those special wines.”

The evening kicks off at 6pm, with tickets $50 per person.

To purchase tickets, contact Cowra Visitors Centre on 6342 4333.

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2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga, SAPHOTOS

2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga, SA | PHOTOS The best surfers from South Australia, as well as competitors from interstate competed at Waitpinga point for the 2014 Hurley Winter Classic trophy on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Roger Foster.
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The best surfers from South Australia, as well as competitors from interstate competed at Waitpinga point for the 2014 Hurley Winter Classic trophy on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Roger Foster.

South coast surfer Ellie Francis took out the women’s category of the Winter Classic. Photo: Roger Foster.

Seaford’s Leigh Gapp suits up for a free-surf, while fellow Seaford surfer Jye Demmrich gets ready for a heat on Saturday. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Surf photographer Kane Overall of Henley Beach and Kangaroo Island surfer Teale Vanner at the Hurley Winter Classic on Saturday. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Chelsea Betham, Kristen Cowell and Bianca Sawyer of Adelaide. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga point on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Dave Steele of Seaford and Priya Sharma and Joe McGregor of Adelaide watching the comp. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga point on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Alex Ball of Chiton Rocks and Grace McDonald of Middleton. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Encounter Bay’s Dan Keelan has his hands full with Hugh and Noah Keelan at the Hurley Winter Classic. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Sam Williamson of Maslin Beach, Bailey Lodge of Glenelg, Cameron Lewis of Brighton, Jesse Little of Hallet Cove and Izaac Treadwell of Brighton. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Seaford surfing trio Jack Harmer, Caspian Zalups and Corey Thompson. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Seaford surf artist Henry Walker painted a picture while surfing on his unique blue surfboard. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Middleton’s Georgie Thomas, Deb Thomas and Max Thomas watching the competition on Saturday. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Michael Newport and Anna Raff of Moana watching the surfing on Saturday. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Gary Haworth and surf photographer Darrel Sim at Waitpinga on Saturday. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Surfer Kale Brock of Grange and Emma Krieg of Henley Beach. Photo: Ben Kelly.

In the judging tent Lachy Rix, Jake Hadcroft and Brad Patterson were putting up some big numbers. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Hurley’s William Mills of Maslin Beach and photographer Che Chorley of Parkside. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

The 2014 Hurley Winter Classic at Waitpinga Beach, SA on Saturday, July 19. Photo: Ben Kelly.

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Illegal tobacco and weapons seized

Detectives have seized illicit white cigarettes, air pistols,tobaccoand cash as part of a multi-agency investigation into the supply ofillegaltobaccoin Sydney’s north-west.
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Last year, investigators from Trademark Investigation Services (TMIS), contacted NSW Police about a man suspected of sellingillegaltobaccofrom a market place in Sydney’s north-west.

Following the contact from TMIS, detectives from the Property Crime Squad and police from Quakers Hill Local Area Command formed Strike Force Kanundra to investigate the man.

On Friday 18 July 2014, detectives were joined by officers from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and TMIS in executing search warrants at a market place in Parklea and a home in Merrylands.

At the marketplace in Parklea, police spoke to a 49-year-old Merrylands man and seized numerous illicit white cigarettes, laser pointers,illegaltobacco, ice pipes, documents and mobile phones.

During the Merrylands search warrant, police located and seized illicittobacco, two air operated pistols, cash documents and mobile phones.

Inquiries are continuing and legal action is anticipated.

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“Wimmera paramedics will quit”: Ambulance Employees Australia rejects State Government pay offer

Wimmera paramedics fight for a pay rise in January. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERAMBULANCE Employees Australia state secretary Steve McGhie believes Wimmera paramedics will quit en masse if the State Government’s proposed changes to work conditions are successful.
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The government released a revised pay offer on Wednesday.

Ambulance Employees Australia and the State Government have been locked in a pay dispute for about two years.

Much of the impasse has involved the government’s proposed changes to work conditions, including forcing staff to do shift relief work.

Mr McGhie said people would quit if they were forced to move anywhere in the state for up to a month at a time.

“The government wants the power to uproot paramedics from their home base to send them anywhere in the state for anything from a single shift to a month at a time,’’ he said.

“This is one of the strings attached to the offer the government did not talk about.

“The disruption this poses for families, and the health and safety issues around extensive travel after long shifts at work, make this completely unworkable.’’

Mr McGhie said paramedics in Melbourne could work that way because of reasonable distances.

But he said it was impractical and dangerous in rural Victoria.

Mr McGhie also talked down a $3000 sign-on payment in the revised offer.

The previous offer was a $1500 sign-on payment.

Mr McGhie said the State Government and Premier Denis Napthine had shown arrogant contempt and disregard for paramedics by calling it an upgraded pay offer.

“What he doesn’t let on is that paramedics have not had a pay rise for almost three years, and the payment is to cover the lack of back pay,’’ he said.

“Apart from that there is nothing new here, but there’s a lot that’s rotten.

“This offer is a con, a sleight of hand.

“The sign-on payment was $1500 November last year. It’s been topped up to give the appearance of something generous when it’s not.

“It’s the same contemptuous approach we’ve had all along.”

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New digs for SES

NEW FACILITIES: State Emergency Service deputy unit manager Mark higgins, administration officer Rhonda Crichton and rescue operations Mark Crichton were happy the Whyalla SES unit were finally receiving upgrades.Whyalla SES will soon benefit from upgrades to its facilities.
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The branch has been successful in securing funding that unit manager Tony Fahlbusch has pushed for a decade.

Mr Fahlbusch said securing the upgrade was a project he first initiated in 2002.

“I initially started the project in 2002 and we were on the program [to receive upgrades] then taken off due to other units in worse state than us needing upgrades, which is understandable,” he said.

“It was a 10 year plan that has finally come to Fruition.”

The upgrade has seen the removal of the previous training room, vehicle shed and store room to be replaced with a brand new appliance shed and a training and administration building.

Work began on the buildings in November last year and handover of both buildings is expected to be later this month or early August.

Mr Fahlbusch said the volunteers were excited to finally have new facilities in place.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.

“It’s going to serve the community well in the sense that members are not going to have to spend so much time cleaning the building or doing as many repairs to the facilities as we have done in the past.”

An official opening of the facilities will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 1.30pm.

Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Disabilities, Youth and Volunteers Tony Piccolo will be at the branch to witness the opening.

Mr Fahlbusch said the opening would include an open invitation to present and past SES volunteers, as well as the general public, to come and participate in the opening.

He said the branch hoped the upgrades may attract new members to SES.

State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer emergency service organisation that provides immediate assistance during emergencies and disasters.

It also provides community response to ‘day to day’ incidents such as vehicle accidents, searches, cliff rescues, flood and storm damage situations and any other incidents that might require rescue or search services.

For more information on how to volunteer for the Whyalla SES branch, contact the unit on 8644 0088.

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Robbery at Rydalmere service station

Two men are facing court after an overnight robbery at a Rydalmere service station at the weekend.
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About 9.30pm Sunday, two males entered the Victoria Road business.

One of them threatened the console operator with a firearm and demanded money.

The console operator has given them cash and cigarettes.

The two males left the service station and were last seen travelling west along Victoria Road towards James Ruse Drive in a Ford Falcon.

No shots were fired and there have been no reports of injury, ’

Police patrolling an industrial area on Briens Road at Northmead spotted a car, matching the description of the Falcon, in an underground car park.

Two men, aged 21 and 18, were arrested without incident. Police located cartons of cigarettes and a loaded firearm in a nearby room.

Both were taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with robbery whilst armed and refused bail. They will appear in Parramatta Local Court later today

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Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo … which will be the largest city in 2031?

BATHURST will be the largest regional centre in the Central West and Orana regions by 2031, according to recently released population projections.
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Bathurst will swell to a population of 51,550 by 2031, beating out Dubbo which is projected to reach 46,500 people – and Orange, which could reach 46,250 people, according to projections from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Based on figures from 2011, the Bathurst population will increase by more than 29 per cent, while the population will increase by around 15.53 per cent in Dubbo, around 17.39 per cent in Orange, around a 8.91 per cent increase in the Mid Western Regional Council and an 8.33 per cent increase in Blayney.

The population in Parkes is also projected to see slight growth, however the population is expected to decline in Lithgow, Oberon, Cowra, Forbes and Wellington.

Overall, the projections indicate populations across the 20 local government areas in the Central West and Orana region will grow to around 299,550 people, around a 8.2 per cent increase on the 2011 population of 276,850 people.

The population data also showed there will be a significant increase in the percentage of people aged 65 or older. Around 72,450 people (24 per cent) will be senior citizens,169,800 people (57 per cent) will be between the age of 15 and 54, and 57,300 people (19 per cent) are projected to be under the age of 15.

The Department of Planning and Environment will use the figures for a new generation of strategic plans called Regional Growth Plans, which they will be developing for different regions across the state.

In June, the State Government released new draft regional boundaries, which grouped the Central West and Orange regions together.

Once all the boundaries for each region have been finalised, the department will begin on the plans, which will help council’s and the government create a strategy for sustainable growth and change.

Apart from looking at population, household and dwelling projections for the region, the Regional Growth Plan will also look at the region’s major employers, which according to the department, include agriculture, school and preschool education, and other store-based retailing.

The Regional Growth Plan will identify areas suitable for housing and employment expansion in the region.

Not all parts of the region are projected to grow equally, and as such the plan will identify strategies to ensure population sustainability and to manage population decline.

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Parkes High School tennis girls in final eight of statewide competition

Parkes High School Girls tennis team members, from left, Hannah Potts, Yasmin Potts, Maddison Potts, Bec Kiley and Phoebe Potts will travel to the Combined High Schools State Tennis carnival in Gunnedah today. subThe Parkes High School Open Girls tennis team is travelling to Gunnedah today to play in the Combined High Schools State Finals tomorrow and Wednesday.
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In what could be a first for Parkes, four local sisters will represent their local high school team at the same time in the state-wide high school finals.

The five girl team includes Bec Kiley, Maddison Potts, Yasmin Potts, Hannah Potts and Phoebe Potts.

The girls will compete as one of the top eight teams in NSW after a wonderful effort in the preliminary rounds.

The team secured its place in the final following convincing wins over Orange and Bathurst, culminating to a nail-biting encounter and subsequent win over a strong West Wyalong line-up last term.

Ace tennis coach Helen Magill was impressed with the win.

“The match against West Wyalong was a cracker,” Helen said.

“It went down to the last match and a final set tie-breaker as to who would go through.

“The girls kept it together and played some really great shots at important times to get the win.

“They thoroughly deserved it,” she said.

The girls finished as Combined High Schools Western Region champions and will be flying the Parkes High School flag in the prestigious Floris Conway Cup at Gunnedah.

They will participate in both singles and doubles matches at the tournament.

The team are supported and supervised courtside by team manager, Science department head teacher, and local tennis player Mr Andrew Pigram.

Maddye (Year 12), Bec (Year 11), Yasmin (Year 9), Hannah (Year 7) and Phoebe (Year 7) will compete against teams from across the Sydney metropolitan area, regional New South Wales, and the state’s north and south coasts.

Many of the schools involved in the finals will be Sports High Schools from throughout NSW.

The girls have maintained a long association with Parkes Tennis Club and have been continually supported in their sporting endeavours by Helen Magill.

“I have been lucky enough to be involved with developing these five girls’ games over the years,” Helen said.

“They are a credit to their school, Parkes Tennis Club and the town in general.

“The girls all have different strengths and play very different games.

“I am sure they will put in a strong performance this week,” she said.

Gunnedah look most likely to be the team to beat with two of their players competing in junior International Tennis Federation tournaments played worldwide.

Four of the Parkes team will represent Western Region later this term.

Bec, Yasmin, Hannah and Phoebe were all selected while Maddye would likely have been selected too.

She decided not to nominate as to concentrate on school and work commitments.

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