Purcell defends roads funding

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PUSH: Upper House Member for Western Victoria James Purcell is working to gain funds for the Stage Two redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.
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MOST ofthe $44 million in state funding for south-west roads announced last week is money the region usually receives for road maintenance,Memberfor Western Victoria James Purcell says.

Responding to criticism by south-west councils of State Roads Minister Luke Donnellan’s promotion of the moneyas aboost to the state’s road funding, Mr Purcell conceded that “recurrent funding makes up 90 per cent of the figure”.

However Mr Purcell, who helpedMr Donnellan promotethe funding, said the money was particularly useful because it had been allocated to road projects the community wanted rather than VicRoads projects.

The projects to be funded had been identified “direct from community feedback,” Mr Purcell said.

Mr Purcell said he was confident the region would get more road funding in the near future.Having Mr Donnellan visit the south-west last week had been very useful because it allowed him to see the poor state of roads in the region, he said.

More funding for the region’sroads is one of the issues on which Mr Purcell, who leads the Vote 1 Local Jobs party, hopes to use hiscrucial Upper House voteto press the Labor government for more money for the south-west.

Mr Purcell said the Labor government needed two of five cross-bench votes in the Upper House to pass its legislation and he was generally one of the votes sought.

“(Vote 1 Local Jobs is)willing to help with legislation as long as they are willing to help western Victoria,” he said.

Mr Purcell said the state government sought his support to increase royaltieson brown coal and to increase stamp duties on transfers of foreign-owned land.

He said those tax increases would secure another $67 million for the state government.

Apart from more funding for roads,one of Mr Purcell’s next goals is to gain fundsfor the Stage Two redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.

Mr Purcell met last week with state treasurer Tim Pallas to seek fundingfor the $112 million development that will create a new emergency department and operating theatres at the hospital.

He said he hoped to get funding innext year’sstate budget for Stage Two’sdesign and tendering components with further funding forthe construction phasesto be allocated in budgets after 2017.

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Soak up luxury and style

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If style, class and sophistication are high on your new home requirements, this stunning property at Prospect, Launceston, will grab your attention.

The modern, versatile design of this homecombines practicality and aesthetic appeal, whileaccommodating the everyday needs of a family.

With multiple living spaces, including both formal and informal living area, a “man cave”, study and theatre, every member of the family is well catered.

The beautiful chef’s kitchen, centrally located within the home, offers gorgeous granite benchtops and top quality appliances.

The incredibly spacious master bedroom features a fabulous ensuite, a sitting area plus a great little balcony to enjoy a nightcap whileenjoying the lovely outlook.

Additionally, on the upper level of the home is a sitting area and the remaining threebedrooms, each spacious with built-in robes.

A fabulous feature of the property is the home theatre, complete with soundproof walls. Thegames room also comes complete with as-new pool table andaccessories.

Externally, the home features an excellent undercover entertaining area and a brilliant deck, overlooking the four-jet swim-spa/hot tub.

A double garage connects to the home, and ample additional off-street parking is provided, catering to boats, caravans, or plenty of guests. The whole block is securely fenced including electric gates to the driveway and a camera/intercom system for additional security.

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Western aims to keep improving its touch

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THE Western NSW Mariners FC will look to put the finishing touches on itspreparation for a Football NSW Women’s State League campaign when hosting Gladesville on Sunday.
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The match, to be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex, will be the last for the Mariners before the players take the next step in their premiership push.

From 20 completed games, the Mariners have only lost twice and head into the final round sitting second onthe ladder.

A win will not only confirm a top two finish and the second chance which comes with it, but could also see the Mariners replace APIA Leichhardt Tigers at the top.

The Tigers sit just two points –less than a win –ahead of Mariners and meet currently third placed Southern Districts on Sunday.

Mariners coach Mick Godbieris not overly concerned where his side ends up given all semi-finals will be played in Sydney, but admits top spot would be nice.

“If we did get that minor premiership it would be a nice little bonus, but it’s not a major goal,” Godbiersaid.

“For us it’s to finish in the top two then go one better in the finals than we did last year.

“It doesn’t really matter to us where we finish, one, two, three – we know the team that plays against us will have to work for everything because we are a confident side.”

What Godbierdoes want is a win over Gladesville in Mudgee and for his players to show continued improvement.

Last Sunday when playing out a nil-all draw with Southern Districts, the mentor was most impressed with the effort of his midfielders.

Though not able to find the back of the net,Teegan Courtney, skipper Kristy Collingridge, Tayla Lloyd andKya Godbier created plenty of chances.

Under 15s talent Brianna Trappett was another who impressed against Southern Districts.

She scored against Gladesville at Mudgee earlier this season when the Mariners won 2-0 and will be keen to do so again if given a chance.

That 2-0 win came in the first meeting between the Mariners and Western this year.

The other endedin a draw which has Godbier cautious heading into the third clash even though Gladesville will not qualify for the finals.

“They’ll come to play for sure. We played them about a month ago and we had them on toast, we had them 3-1, but they came back and it ended up 3-all,” Godbier said.

“We should have out best 11 back this weekend .. we had a few out last time we played, but no excuses there.

“Our aim is to keep improving,that’s pretty much what we have tried to do over the last month, to sort of keep stepping up and not peaking too early.

“Hopefully then we can step up for the finals and go bang, bang.”

Three of the Mariners’ junior sides will also use Sunday’s match as a warm-up for the finals.

The under 13s have already sewn up the minor premiership, while the under 15s and under 17s have earned a semi-finalspot.

SOLID: Kya Godbier impressed in the midfield last Sunday and will look to shine again in the Mariners’ final round match.

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Be vocal over violence

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Keep trying: “The fear of harm may stop her from disclosing it straight away, so be patient,” said VOCAL’s Kerrie Thompson. Picture: Max Mason-HubersFRIENDS, neighbours and colleagues of women suspected to be inabusive relationships have been encouraged to forget about minding their own business and “break the silence” instead.
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Victims of Crime Assistance League senior victims support specialist Kerrie Thompson said people who knew awoman subjected to violence often felt unsure about intervening and confused about what to say.

“But it’s really important to have the conversation that you’re concerned about them,” Ms Thompson said.

“It’s about breaking the silence.That conversation might just be the thing she needs to hear to see that someone else has recognised what’s been happening and that there is someone she can trust who will help.

“Saying‘I’m worried about you, are you OK?’ is a good place to start,to show that you’re concerned about her and the situation you believe she’s in.”At the same time,Ms Thompson said, those broaching the topic needed to be prepared for the woman to either not know how to respond, or to become defensive, and to not take herreactionpersonally.

“You might be the first person who has asked her about the abuse and she may be oppressed,” she said.

“She may have been threatened with harm to her, her children, her family or pets if she speaks out.

“Keep checking in with her, saying ‘How are you going? I’m here for you’ and let her know that when she’s ready to talk in the future you’re there to help.

“But most importantly, when you do have that conversation, listen to her without judgement and help her know it’s not her fault.”

Ms Thompson said many women had been subjected to a complicated pattern of violent behaviour they couldn’t make sense of and were often “scratching their heads” about whether acting differently could have prevented the abuse.

She said peoplecould give the woman telephone numbers for theNational Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service (1800 RESPECT) andDomestic Violence Line (1800 656 463).

They can alsocontact VOCAL for brochures about specialised services applicable to the woman’ssituation, including housing and financial support. VisitHunter Stadium on September 3 to stand up against violence.Register:mycause南京夜网419论坛/events/1000people1voice

Staying safe before leavingIT could be as simple as a woman parking on the street instead of in the driveway,so she can not be blocked from leaving.

VOCAL’s Kerrie Thompsonrecommended any woman who feared for her and her children’s immediate well-being to call Triple Zero and leavestraight away.

But she said any woman considering leaving could create their own “safety plan” now, providing it doesn’t raise alarm bells and put them at risk.

She said a woman couldleave her handbag in a quick-to-reach spot; send copies ofimportant documents to a friend; and forwardabusive texts or emails elsewherein case their phone was damaged.

Eastlakes Family Support Service’s Roz Smee suggested havinga“safe word” and sending it via text to a friendif they needed them to call Triple Zero; hiding spare car keys and setting up a secret bank account if possible.

“But trust your gut instinct –if you don’t feel comfortable, if things are going to escalate and not going to end well, get out of that house,” Ms Thompson said.

If possible, women should have a neighbour,family member or safe space where they could go anytime.

The Stumblin’ Wilburys back for one night

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Reunion: Frankie J Holden, Andy O’Donnell, Garry Carson Jones, Pol O’Shea, David Crowden and Ken Vatcher have amazing on stage chemistry as the Stumblin’ WilburysMerimbula will come alive on Saturday, August 27, when the Stumblin’ Wilburys reform for a onenight only reunion performance with their fantastic energetic show Back from the Wilburyness.
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Showcasing the hits of super group The Travelling Wilburys and their megastar members – GeorgeHarrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan – this will be a night of great fun that isnot to bemissed.

Frankie J Holden, Andy O’Donnell, Garry Carson Jones, Pol O’Shea, David Crowden and Ken Vatcherestablished an amazing chemistry when Frankie J put the band together severalyears ago, back in 2009.

It all started primarily for them to perform atSapphire Rock and a string of other sell out gigs to help raise funds for the Pambula Swimming Poolin conjunction with the Rotary Club of Pambula.

These gigs were so successful that the club was able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to put towards enclosing the pool, now known as the Sapphire Coast Aquatic Centre.

Other performances followed and soon the band became a firmfavourite with audiences whenever and wherever they played on the Sapphire Coast.

Great musicianship and great vocals combined with a swag of megahits ensure that the dance flooris always full whenever the Stumblin’ Wilburys play.

They will be playing all the The Travelling Wilburys big hits such as End of the Line and Handle with Care.

This is a special reunion gig and is the only one planned, so don’t miss out, who knows if the Stumblin’ Wilburys will ever grace out shores and take to the stage again.

This is the perfect event to get a big group of friends together tosing, dance, laughand have a great night out while listening to some fantastic ‘old school’ hits.

Tickets are $25 per person and you can book yours at Club Sapphire, Merimbula, either at the cluborby calling 6495 1306.

This is event is for people over the age of 18 only.

Doors open at 8pm and the music and entertainment will start not long after.

Don’t miss this chance to see theStumblin’ Wilburys come out of the Wilburyness for onegreat show, this Saturday night, August 27 at Club Sapphire.

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Weekend planner August 26-28

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Bel Canto choir: Students from Tacking Point Public School audition to be part of this musical group which will perform on Sunday at the Uniting Church Port Macquarie, along with Edgecliff Prep Singers, Cantorus and Rose Wilson.FRIDAY
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ARIA Hall of Famer Glenn Shorrock performs at Laurieton United Services Club on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $35 at the door.

CMNC Concert: Carol Irving & students clarinet & sax recital,Glasshouse, 12.30pm, free

Geoff Jones:Port City Bowling Club, 7.30pm, free

Gotcha Covered:Panthers Port Macquarie, 7.30pm, free

Glasshouse Regional Gallery:Old stories, New Light; Back Yard;Inside the Line; Now If What Then; open Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm


Wauchope Farmers’ Market: Wauchope Showground, 8am-1pm

Orchid & Bromeliad Show: Panthers, 9am-5pm

Film: The Women Who Were Never There, Wauchope Arts Community Hall, 6pm, donation

La Vive Studios Showstoppers: Glasshouse, 6pm, $18-$25 or family $70

Hastings Cancer Trust Trivia: Iona Centre, St Columba Anglican School, 7pm-10pm, $10, byo

Echo Beach:Panthers, 7.30pm, free

Danny Havo & The Vindicators:Port City Bowling Club, 7.30pm, free

Basement Sessions: DJs Nathan Healey,Tim Helmy, Port Panthers,8pm, $10

Glenn Shorrock: LUSC Laurieton,8pm, $35


Port Macquarie Art Society Market: Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Drive, 8am-1pm

Artist Market in the Vines: Cassegrain Winery, 764 Fernbank Creek Road, 9am-3pm

Orchid & Bromeliad Show:Panthers, 9am-3pm

Heavenly Voices: Edegecliff Prep Singers, Bel Canto, Cantorus, Rose Wilson, Uniting Church Port Macquarie, 2pm, $10-$20

DJ Nigel Head:Flynns Beach Surf Club, 2pm, free

Robyn & Andy Blackmore:The Westport Club, 2pm, free

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Addressing skill shortages

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NEW SKILLS: Holden senior HR manager Jamie Getgood (left), Porthaul Forestry’s James Williamson, AFPA SA state manager Clare Scriven, City of Mount Gambier CEO Mark McShane, Department of State Development automotive transitions team’s Alan Sibbons and RDA Limestone Coast chair Richard Vickery at the recent meeting.The forestry industry across the Green Triangle Regionhas expanded rapidly over the last fiveyears with an estimated doubling of harvest operations during that time. It is anticipated this expansion will continue through until 2025.
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With the forestry and transport sectors employing more than 18,000 people and generating a conservative figure of $790 million in economic activity, they are significant contributors to the regions economy and it is estimated there will be an additional 550 jobs created across these two sectors by the end of 2016.

In June 2015, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast Inc successfully received funding from the Department of State Development’s Skills for Jobs in Regions Strategic Employment Fund, to deliver a Forest Industry Employment Project (FIEP).

This project provides a co-contribution subsidy for employers to up-skill truck drivers and harvester operators and is just one of the initiatives being instigated to address known skills shortages in the forestry industry due to this rapid expansion and an ageing workforce.

The FIEP is driven by a Steering Committee that includes experienced industry representatives that have a vast knowledge of the issues and opportunities.

In addition to this work around upskilling, the committee are also conscious of the opportunity to attract workers from the automotive sector and other allied industries, that are currently experiencing downsizing, particularly where there are transferable skill sets.

Local forest industry employers and other regional stakeholders recently participated in an information evening organised by the SA Branch of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA-SA) with representatives from Holden and the State Government’s Automotive Transitions Team.

The Limestone Coast region is a great place to raise a family with low cost living,affordable, quality housing for purchase or rent,endless sporting and recreational activities,mild climates,extensive shopping facilitiesand plentiful beaches and natural assets.

RDALC, the FIEP Steering Committeeand Local and State Government representatives are collaboratively working to ensure this region is effectively represented as a great place to live and work at an upcoming Holden expo in Adelaide.

They are also developing initiatives to ensure we have processes in place to link suitably skilled workers with identified job opportunities.

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Hawks title defence is a matter of defence

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Captain coach and five-eighth: Dave McGrady led the Warriors to a maiden year minor premiership and will now try to create history when he leads his side out in the Group 19 grand final at Inverell. Photo: Rachel Holmes
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Inverell might be heading into their third straight Group 19 grand final, althoughit will be their first at home in 16 years when they host minor premiers Boggabilla on Sunday.

In 2000the Hawks took out all three grades at home, and some of that side will form part of a huge crowd at Varley Oval on Sunday as the Hawks look for two more premierships with thejuniors meeting Ashfordin the second game.

While the Warriors finished on top it is the reigning premiers that might have the slight advantage afterpipping Macintyrein the major semifinal,although president and coach Garry Lavender believes there is nothing between the two sides.

“Every time we have played them it has taken until the final minute for me to be able to take a breath,” Lavender said.

“Finals are a different game and a different competition.”

“Whoever turns up with the rightattitude on theday will take the chocolates.”

The semi-final ended up being 33-20, although was a lot closer than that, and the Hawks learnt plenty from keeping the minor premiers scoreless in the second half, after trailing into the break.

“We have been working on our defensive pattern for the last few weeks,” Lavender said.

“We need to control the ball, complete sets and do the simple things that win football games.”

“In the second half ofthe semi they had more possesion and we kept them scoreless after they out-enthused us in the first half.”

The Hawks have had to make one change to the side that won the major final, high school winger Brad Hickman picked up an injury in an Inverell High side that recorded a big PSSA win during the week.

Hickmanwill be replaced by reserve grade flyer Leroy Davis, who will have a big job to do keeping up with the Warriors outside speedsters.

“They probably have us out wide so we have to contain them in the middle and control it,” Lavender said.“You can’t relax against them.”

Skipper Guy Mepham is an old hand at controlling big games, and his goal kicking andkicking in play from dummy half is equally as important to the Hawks chances as his leadership and direction is tothe young side, whose average playing age this season is just 22.

Nick Hodges and Alex McCosker have both also been there and done it before and will also be looked to on the field on Sunday.

“For a young side they have done so well this season,” Lavender said.“You are under the pump every week when you try and go back to back but we have just gone about our business and now we get a shot at it.”

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‘Don’t take this’

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Plea: Tennis club members stand behind driving force; community members Don and Pam Green, Tennis Club Vice President Ryan Varga and member Pauline Merritt.Tailem Bend Tennis Club members are beggingthe Coorong District Council to fix their clubhouse rather than demolish itit.
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It was declared unsafe for use last year after awhite ant problem was found,which has attacked the floorboards of the building making it unsafe to stand on,there are also concerns of asbestos.

The Coorong District Council own the land that the tennis club use and on July 19, the council made a decision to vary terms of the lease at the Tailem Bend Tennis Club to include demolition and removal of the clubhouse.

Members of the tennis club understand there is a possibility that their club and facilities will be moved to create a combined multi-sport facility at Jaensch Park where the netball club,football club and cricket clubare currently located.

They have come to terms with this move and are excited by itbut are now pleading to be able to use their current facilities until the move happens, which they understand does not have an official date but could take up to about seven years.

Devastated at the possibility of losing their clubhouse, they have started a petition to the Mayor and Councillors to reverse their decision to demolish the clubhouse.

Vice President of the Tailem Bend Tennis Club Ryan Varga said it would be ideal to keep the use ofthese facilitiesuntil the move.

“It’s like when you sell a house, you don’t sell it until you have a new one to live in,” he said.

Members are worried that if their club is forced to stop for the time being, they will struggle to get it going again once the move occurs.

Recently joined member of the Tailem Bend Tennis Club, Pauline Merritt does not want to see their clubhouse demolished is involved in the petition which has gained more than 400 signatures in five days.

“We are hoping to reverse the council’s decision to knock down our clubhouse until they can relocate us in the new complex,” she said.

“I feel that the councilors that voted unanimously have been misinformed.”.

“Everyone is looking forward to having a new venue, but in the meantime we just want to have a place to stay,” Ms Merritt said.

“This is an important venue for the aged and especially our youth to have,” she said.

More then 50 names use the tennis club facilities and about 20-25 extras travel from across the Murraylands to participate in the Senior’s competition on Tuesdays.

Although it may not be a modern facility with mis-matched chairs and crockery, members would enjoy a cup ofcoffee together to make the sport more social.

“If this closes, tennis will stop, it is at least five to seven years before the new venue is ready.”

“Once something stops, it will not get started up again,” Ms Merritt said.

Members of the tennis club understand that $5000 has been set aside for the demolition of the clubhouse and whatever money is left over will be used to build a storage shed.

“The building has a floor that needs fixing and this can be done for about $2000 and to knock it down will cost ratepayers a lot more,” Ms Merritt said.

Mayor of the Coorong District Council Neville Jaensch said the council feelsvery deeply for the club, but their obligation is safety.

“The council, I believe has just finished getting the asbestos issue report,” he said.

“We have an obligation for safety and we treat it very seriously.”

Mayor Jaensch said the council will revisit the situation and is open to discussion with the tennis club and the community.

“There may be a chance that theclubhouse does get fixed but it will be dependent on the asbestos report and the cost it will take to bring it back to safety,” he said.

Mayor Jaensch said the move of the the tennis club is in very early stages and they are in discussion with the various sporting clubs where all clubs need to have an equal say.

He said there is no specific timeline of the move at this stage.

“We feel it would be to the best outcome to have upgraded facilities,” he said.

“We do not want to see the tennis club fail, there has never been a point where we want that to happen.”

“We just have a responsibility to the community for their safety,” he said.

Tailem Bend Football Club President Terry Connolly said he would have no issue if the tennis club were to move to the grounds, but it would have to be their decision.

“We will be more than happy to sit down with the tennis club and the Coorong Council if the move goes ahead, to best accommodate them.”

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Young Rams a real ‘team’: Benkovic

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“WE win as 27, we suffer setbacks as 27” – that’s the credo, which Muswellbrook Rams under-18 coach Paul Benkovic has instilled into his Group 21 side.
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BRIGHT FUTURE: The Muswellbrook Rams under-18 squad – back, LeagueSafe Rob Beckingham, Paul Dengate, Lochlan Paine, Joaby Stevens, Cody Risby, Will Noonan, Brad Collett, LeagueSafe Chris Dengate; middle, coach Paul Benkovic, FAO Kim Beverstock, Koby Adam-Smith, Brock Farrell, Reinhard Lategan, Annaru Komene, Bailey Taylor (c), Jake Parker, Jason Mackay, Wade Mackenzie, assistant coach Mick Barnes, manager Jonas Merrick; and, front, Blake Kellett, Will Picton, Bryce Beverstock, Fletcher Baker, Alex Armstrong, Tom Bianco, Brock Mathews and Brodie Collins – which will face the Singleton Greyhounds in Sunday’s Group 21 grand final.

And, it’s a bond the mentor hopes will hold the youngsters in good stead against the Singleton Greyhounds in Sunday’s grand final at Olympic Park.

“I had a squad of 27 at the start of the year,” he said.

“Since then, everyone’s played their part.

“They’ve been fantastic – they are a great bunch of kids.

“They’re all very respectful.

“In fact, I can’t speak highly enough about them.

“They’re also local juniors, which makes this journey even more special.

“A lot have come through the club’s ranks from day one.

“But, all in all, they’ve worked extremely hard to be in the position they’re in.

“Assistant coach Mick Barnes, and LeagueSafe trio Rob Beckingham, Chris Dengate and Kim Beverstock, have also been sensational for me.

“I’m thrilled with the excellent support I’ve received.

“It’s been a huge team effort.”

The Rams sent the Scone Thoroughbreds packing in last Sunday’s final, despite trailing their rivals 10-4 midway through the second half.

However, tries to Brad Collett and Jayden Kennedy, plus two goals to Bailey Taylor, saw Muswellbrook prevail 16-10.

“They didn’t panic, which was important,” Benkovic said.

“They’re not only fighters, they all have good heads on them.

“I was very proud the guys maintained their composure under pressure.”

Benkovic said the Rams had shifted their focus onto the Greyhounds, the only outfit to beat them in 2016.

“That loss, 12-10 in the major semi-final, taught the boys they’re not invincible,” he admitted.

“I believe they are hungry for it [success] now.

“Three or four of them also played in the 2015 grand final.

“This is their chance to avenge that defeat.

“The players kept cool heads (against Scone) – they’ll need to do that this weekend, too.”

Muswellbrook tackles Singleton at 11.20am, following the women’s league tag encounter between Scone and Greta Branxton from 10am.

The squad is:PaulDengate, Lochlan Paine, Joaby Stevens, Cody Risby, Will Noonan, Brad Collett, Koby Adam-Smith, Brock Farrell, Reinhard Lategan, Annaru Komene, Bailey Taylor (c), Jake Parker, Jason Mackay, Wade Mackenzie, Blake Kellett, Will Picton, Bryce Beverstock, Fletcher Baker, Alex Armstrong, Tom Bianco, Zac Dean, James Howard, Ethan Alderson, Hayden Moxey, Jayden Kennedy,Brock Mathews andBrodie Collins.

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Lambie to meet over UTAS move

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TASMANIAN Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet a federal minister and senior education officials for abriefing to detail how the government will spend $150 million in the relocation of the University of Tasmania’sBurnie and Launceston campuses.
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During this year’s federalelection campaign the Coalition and Labor both announced they would invest$150 million to relocate and expand the UTAS’s two campuses, but little detail on how it would be spent was provided.

Ms Lambie wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and asked him to provide further clarification about how the money would be spent.

In a letter to Ms Lambie, Mr Turnbull said Launceston would“be an early priorityfor a City Deal” which includedmoney for UTAS’s campus relocation.

A briefing has now been slated for August 29 in Ms Lambie’s Parliament House office withAssistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor and a senior officer from the Department of Education.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the$150 million “would beavailable from when the project begins”.

“On UTAS’ advice our contribution will commence from 2017-18 as the project’s work ramps up,” he said.

“I’ve been in Tasmania discussing the project’s rollout and the planning required with UTAS, as has the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor, and I’ve also met with the Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

“We are currently working through the rollout details of the project with UTAS and the Tasmanian Government and following that I will be in a position to brief my parliamentary colleagues.”

Ms Lambie called on the government not to delay funding the project.

“All too often politicians have made promises,” she said.

Mr Taylor, who visited Tasmania on Friday, said although both the Launceston and Burnie campusredevelopments were important, Launceston had precedence for him.

“I’m focused on the Launceston project because that is the one that will have the big impact on that city,” he said.

DETAILS: Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor in Canberra on August 29.

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All Blacks on guard after Quade recall

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Quade Cooper will only “enhance” the Wallabies’ chances if picked for Saturday’s second Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says.
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DANGERMAN: Quade Cooper’s recall to the Wallabies’ starting side has the All Blacks on red alert. Picture: Getty Images

Cooper was named at five-eighth when the Australian side wasunveiled on Thursday, after earlierspeculation he could start at No.12 to replace Matt Giteau (ankle).

The 28-year-old hasn’t played at international level since taking on Uruguay in last year’s World Cup and has a patchy record in New Zealand, where he has been booed mercilessly by local supporters and targeted by the All Blacks as a weak link in defence.

But coach Michael Cheika had little choice but to turn to Cooper as he deals with a spate of backline injuries, including to inside-centre options Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua and Rob Horne.

“Quade’s a good player. He gets maligned a wee bit over here because of a few incidents with Richie [McCaw],” Hansen told reporters.

“We’re not too forgiving of people who pick on Rich – I’m talking about the fans.

“Within the team he’s well respected.

“He’ll enhance them, I think.”

All Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett hopes a sold-out Westpac Stadium takes it easy on the Auckland-born Cooper.

“He’s a good bloke and he deserves to be treated like anyone else,” Barrett said.

Hansen expects the Wallabies will kick more with Cooper as a second playmaker, next to Bernard Foley, in an attempt to control territory.

It’s anticipated Cooper will be partnered in the centres with Samu Kerevi, who looms as a straight swap for the out-of-form Tevita Kuridrani.

Other changes are also likely in the wake of last week’s 42-8 belting in Sydney.

Australia hasn’t won in New Zealand since 2001 and are the biggest outsiders in Bledisloe Cup history but Hansen is bracing for the “kitchen sink” to be thrown at them.

“They’ve had a big week over there with their own disappointment plus the media and their own fans having a crack at them,” he said.

“We’d be foolish to think they’re not going to turn up and play really well.”

Magnolias in bloom

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 by
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STUNNER: The magnificent magnolia x soulangeana comes into its own in late winter and early spring, bursting out with large mauve and white goblet-shaped blooms on bare, sculptural branches.As the late winter, early spring garden gradually unfolds its buds,few plants say ‘look at me’ more dramatically than the stunning sculptural blooms ofMagnolia x soulangeana
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Named after Professor Pierre Mongol, anearly 18th century director of the botanical gardens in Montpelier in France, magnolias are a large and varied genus of both deciduous and evergreen plants mainly from Asia.

As woodland plants their best growing soils are lime-free, deep and fertile,well drained and aerated with generous amounts of organic matter. Water regularly and mulchannually with a mix of leaf mould, cow manure anda handful of blood and bone.

Propagation can be achieved from summer to autumntip cuttings or simplelayering. Apart from shaping a young shrub according to its habit of growth, pruning is not usually required.

Magnoliax soulangeana(the collective name for a French hybrid from 1820) makes a eye-catching tree in small gardens, growing to around 5m x 4m at maturity on a single trunk with low lateral branches. Winter buds (which might need some protection from possums) open into large, lilac-purple, waxy, petalled goblets, white inside suffused with purple at the base lasting between 3-4 weeks in bloom.

An improved variety ‘Burgundy Glow’ has fragrant flowers of dark purplish pink and white. Magnolia ‘Felix’ features show stopping giant, fragrant hot pink blooms; while Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ has black/red tulip shaped blooms,and later attractive foliage. Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ is the first creamy yellow flowered hybrid – a vigorous grower becoming a small upright tree. Varieties ‘Sunburst’ and “Sundance’ are deeper hued.

Often the first to flower in winter and popular as a tubbed plant,Magnolia stellatagrows slowly into a small bushy to medium sized shrub producing masses of star-shaped white flowers.

Although a member of the Magnolia family, the evergreenMichelia figo(commonly known as the port wine magnolia) is not as hardy as the previously mentioned deciduous trees. As a heavily perfumed small creamy-purple flowered screen or container plant it does best in a sunny sheltered site with protection from severe frost.