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FORMER Wangaratta Rovers star Ross Hill has returned to W.J. Findlay Oval as co-coach of the Hawks.

Hill will replace his cousin Andy, who has stepped aside after one year in charge, alongside Sam Carpenter.

Hill, who played 306 matches in a distinguished career with the Rovers, returns to the club after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup.

Carpenter said Hill’s experience with the Bushrangers would prove invaluable as the Hawks look to return to the top-five after a two-year absence.

“No one has got any more respect around the place than Ross Hill,” he said.

“He will be great –it’s a really strong move for the club.

“‘Rossco’ has had three years at the Bushrangers and he will bring a fair bit to the table.

“Andy was probably always only going to do it for a short time, just to help me out, and he’s been fantastic.

“He will still be around the club and help out, which is fantastic.

“Andy has three young boys and he indicated a while ago he wanted to take a bit of a step back.

“We’re hoping with Ross coming onboard it will create a bit of positive momentum and enthusiasm around the club with recruiting and things like that.”

The Hawks have kicked off their recruiting for 2017 in a positive fashion by signing Alex Marklew.

Marklew, who played his first VFL match for Essendon last weekend, has spent this season with Doutta Stars.

Carpenter said Marklew would continue to try his luck in the VFL next season and play in the Ovens and Murray when available.

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Diversity key for project firefighters

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FIRE READY: The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are calling for residents to put their hand up and become project firefighters. Picture: CONTRIBUTED THEDepartment ofEnvironment, Land, Water and Planningand Parks Victoria are encouraging residents to put their hands up to become project firefighters, ahead of this year’s bushfire season.
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Wimmera district manager Russell Manning said the department and Parks Victoria werelooking to recruit 800 firefighter in 80 locations across the state, including 43 new recruits to be based across Horsham, Edenhope, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Wail.

Mr Manning said the department was looking for a wide range of people to step up and become project firefighters.

“We want to boost our intake of female and Aboriginal people in the workplace,” he said.

“Traditionally we have low numbers of both applying.We’re keen to see a range of people applying for the roles.

“We employ a lot of permanent staff who come through the project firefighter ranks.

“Improving diversity in project firefighters means we’ve got a great pool of people who are accessible for us to employ.”

Mr Manning said the roles were a vital part of keeping the Wimmera safe during the bushfire season.

“The work is vital,” he said.

“Some staff start in September to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

“Traditionally we’ve had an early fire seasonso it’s making sure we’re boosting existing firefighters with resources to combat any spring fires.”Mr Manning said last spring, firefighters faced 30 early blazes.

He saidan adequate firefighting forcewas an essential factor thatensured these were kept under control.

He said recruits received extensive training under the guidance of experienced staff.

Mr Manning said there were few requirements outside of applicants holding a driver’s licence and being able to pass fitness and medical standards.

“A lot of the work is engaged in firefighting to protect our communities and engaged in planned burn programs,” he said.

Mr Manning said applications for the 18, 26 or 34 week positionsclosed on September 4, with further information available by calling 136 186.

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ParadeThe definition of new

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SNAPSHOT: Another photo from reader Sheree Ashcroft, this one showing a beast in the shadows. 082516dinosaurAUSTRALIANS have always had a pretty unique way with words, but Parade was surprised to see what words and phrases have recently been added to the Australian National Dictionary.
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Additions include “ranga”, “firie”, “bogan”, “snag”, “straight to the pool room” (another indication of the enduring legacy of that classic film The Castle), “carry on like a pork chop”and “I don’t know if I’m Arthur or Martha”.

There also a few Parade thinks are best left unpublished.

But, of the new 6000 words and phases that were added, Parade’s favourite would have to be “do a Bradbury”.

Everyoneremembers Steven Bradbury taking the gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics after all his opponents hit the ice.

Parade can’t wait to see what other words and phrases get added next.

Word or two to the air out thereIT’S always a bit of a worry when you come home from work and your significant other is having an animated conversation with herself.

That was Parade’s experience this week, when he came into the lounge room to find the significant other in question standing near the heater, hands waving about, talking passionately into the empty air in front of her.

Parade’s first instinct was to apologise for interrupting and go into a different room to let the one-person conversation take its course.

But curiosity got the better of Parade and he stopped and listened for a bit –which is when he spied the mobile phone in his significant other’s hands and the thin cords coming out of her ears.

Yes, she was talking to someone who wasn’t herself–thankfully.

That onecan be filed under“a sign of the times”.

Grisly name for a gruesome historyHERE’S a geographical titbit Parade picked up in a book this week: there is supposedly a “man-eaters junction” on the rail line between Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.

That grisly name comes from the man-eating lions that preyed on workers building the railway back in the late 1890s.

It’s not a name to inspire a traveller’s confidence, is it?

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Hear the Thunder? That’s Bathurst’s new cricket club

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NEW junior cricket club BathurstCity Thunder will be making their debut appearance this summer, looking to givethe city’s youngsters more chances to get into the sport.
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DEBUT SEASON: Trent Hemsworth and Bathurst City president Chris Warry – with children Cooper Warry and Brooke Warry – are looking for new Bathurst City Thunder juniors. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

The Thunder are hoping to enter up to six different age divisions across both Friday and Saturday cricket.

The creation of the club coincides with the 20thanniversary of the Bathurst City Redbacks.

“If you don’t have a strong junior structure then the longevity of your senior teamis short,” Thunder co-coordinatorTrent Hemsworth said.

“The guys that formed the Redbacks club 20 years ago are retired or getting towards the end of their playing days and we want their legacy to continue on.”

Last season’s NSW T20 Blast isn’t taking place this summer but the good news is thatBathurst District Junior Cricket Association will continue to run a Friday night kanga cricket competition.

“The Friday night competition was successful and we want kids to continue playing there,” Hemsworth said.

“Itallowed parents to have their weekends free and their kids can still play cricket.

“We’rehoping to enter under 7s and 9s for Friday, plus under 7s, 9s, 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s on Saturdays.”

Anyone with queriesor those who wish to join can find club members at themobile registration tent, located at Proctor Park on Saturday mornings.

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Crash driver faces court, 15 years on

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SMASH: British tourist Arabella Stuart was killed in this head-on collision in January 2001. Michael Collins will be sentenced on Friday. Picture: Stefan Moore
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IT has taken more than 15 years,but Michael Collins –the man who fled to Turkey after causing a horrific head-on crash at Karauh that claimed the life of a Britishmarine biologist –has spent his first night in custody.

Collins, also known as Metin Yuceturk, wept in the Newcastle District Court dock on Thursday as Arabella Stuart’s sister, Kate, and her father, John, who had travelled from the UK for the sentence hearing,read emotional victim impact statements to the court.

“Although I appreciate his apology or a jail sentence would not have made any difference to the outcome of the crash, the fact that the person who had driven into her had ran away made an unbearable situation so much harder,” Kate Stuart told the court.

Arabella Stuart, 26, was on her way to the Great Barrier Reef on January 13, 2001,when Collins’Toyota Supra crossed to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway and collided head-on with her camper van.

The impact killed Ms Stuart and injured three others,including the back-seat passenger of Collins’car, whohad to have his left arm amputated below the shoulder,

But 26 days later, after discharging himself from hospital,Collins fled to Turkeywith the help of his mother.

Checks of his license had revealed he was disqualified from driving until August2001, and a blood test hadreturned a positive result for cannabis.

The court heard he was married in Turkeyin 2008 and returnedto Australia, undetected, in 2012, where he began working as a labourer.

He wasn’t arrested until 2015 and never sought to come forward and speak with police, Crown prosecutor Paul Maher told the court.

In June,he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. Other serious driving charges will betaken into account when he is sentenced in Newcastle District Court on Friday.

Judge Leonie Flannerysaid a full-time custodial sentence was an “inevitability” andremanded Collins in custody toserve his first night since pleading guilty.

Aircraft Simulation

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It’s no diamond cut for Olympic inclusions

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Women’s softball and men’s baseball have returned to the Olympic roster for the2020 Tokyo summer Olympic games.
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The decision to include both diamond sports was endorsed at a full meeting of theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, August 3.

There was plenty of excitement –but should we really be celebrating this sexist divide?

Should we be celebrating the fact that only male baseball players can enter theOlympics?What about the elite women’s baseball athletes?

Should we be celebrating the fact you can only go to the Olympics as a female forsoftball?What about the elite men’s softball athletes?

In 2012 the IOC recommended the two sports join forces and put forward a joint bidfor re-inclusion.

This reinforced the stereotypes across the world that only men playbaseball and only women play softball.

As someone who has played both softball and baseball, I am gravely disappointedfor the elite female baseball athletes I have played with and against.

Women who chose softball instead of baseball have now been given greateropportunity in the sporting world.

What message does that send to the nextgeneration?

The Australian men’s baseball team, the Southern Thunder, are currently ranked13th in the world rankings.

The Australian women’s softball team, the Aussie Spirit, recently came 10th at theWorld Championships held in Canada, despite ranking third before the tournament.

So the argument that these two teams are the best we have to show is not evident.

The Australian women’s baseball team, the Emeralds are currently ranked third, alongwith the Australian Steelers, the Australian men’s softball team.

Maybe we should consider theirachievements too.

On top of this only six teams from either sport will have the opportunity to compete.

Of the 195 countries in the world, only six countrieswill compete per sport.

Don’t startcelebratingyet –we may not even be sending an Australian diamond sports team to Tokyo.

Mikaela Mahony is a journalist at Fairfax Media and a sporting enthusiast.

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Canowindra’s sweetest spot

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Artisan chocolate shop Coco Harvest inhabits 31 Gaskill Street, Canowindra. The opening of the business coincided with the building’s 101st anniversary.
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THE battle between milk, dark and white chocolate has long divided friends and familybut oneshop has popped up in Canowindra which opens a whole new can of worms.

AtMatt Brewster and Ross Hipwell’s Coco Harvest, settling on thechocolate typeis just the startof your worries. The real choice lies in its form -in a bar, a jar or an individual treat–and its accompaniments –smoked macadamias,marshmallow orhoneycomb (to name a few).

The two chocoholics opened their store in November to showcase thebest artisan chocolate and confectionery in the country.

“The artisan chocolate scene in regional NSW is happeningat a micro level but in the cities it’s absolutely booming. We’re bringing the best productsfrom Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to the Central West,” Matt said.

Theyplace theirorders with their artisans at the start ofeach week. The chocolate is then handmade and packedin time to be sold at Coco Harvest on the weekend.

“The chocolate in our stores is only ever a few days old. Just this week I had to wait while the artisans at Whisk and Pin, in Leura, finished their batch before I could take it home,” he said

Matt said their suppliersall hada compelling story to match their products.

“They’rean incredibly passionate group of people.”

To coincide with Orange Wine Festivalin mid-OctoberCoco Harvest will be offering a range of chocolates which pairwith different wines.

In October Coco Harvest will stock Adelaide chocolate maker’s Chocolate5018 range.

Coco Harvest lives in a small shopfront on Canowindra’s main street.Built in 1915, the shop, 31 Gaskill Street, hadpreviously been home to a solicitors firm, a real estate agent and video shop.Now, it’s got a whole new lease on life.

“It was such a beautiful building in a beautiful town we thought we would buy it and hold onto it.After much thoughtwe finally decided touse it to offer boutique chocolates to the Central West,” he said.

The duo chipped away at renovations for a decade before opening their business, Coco Harvest, last November.

“The locals were intrigued because there would be flurries of work but then nothing for weeks.”

“It was a labour of love,” Ross said.

Matt Brewster and Ross Hipwell.

The pair had never owned a retail shop before nor had theybeen in business together. Previously based in Lithgow, Matt workedin economic development and Ross, a former dairy farmer, worked in training and assessment.

“On our openingmorning two very nervous guyspulled open the doors. That day I’m surewe had nearly every resident in town come in to have a sticky beak!Our business now is made up of locals,travelers en route to or from Canberra and tourists visiting the Central West.”

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Flu forces shut down

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NO-GO ZONE: Cowra’s Bilyara Retirement Village has been forced into lockdown after a suspected outbreak of Influenza at the facility. Photo: COWRA GUARDIANCowra’s Bilyara Retirement Hostel has been forced into lockdown until further notice.
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Management at Bilyara were forced to lockdownthe facility on Thursday after a suspectedoutbreak of influenza.

The lockdown impacts82 residents at Bilyara, including 14 in the facility’s Ganya Cottage dementia unit.

Nine Bilyara residents are effected by the outbreak at this stage with pathology completed on three.

Bilyara chief executive office Ray Harris said it was the first occasion the facility had been closed due to influenza.

Mr Harris said staff were currently awaitingconfirmation of influenza from the pathology tests.

Along with residents at the facility Mr Harris said the lockdown impacts 120 staff.

Two staffare off sick at this stage.

A spike in emergency admissions for influenza has signalled that the flu season is gathering pace, with nearly 2000 confirmed caseslast week in NSW.

This year’s predominant strain – influenza A (H3N2) – is particularly menacing to the very young and the elderly, with 22 aged care centre outbreaks last week alone.

There have been 79 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities this year, affecting 942 residents and staff,and causing 45 deaths.

NSW Health’s Vicky Sheppeard said this was double the number of outbreaks compared to last year, when the bulk of cases were caused by type B influenza.

“Last year when we had type B and other years when we’ve had H1N1 the elderly haven’t been as susceptible,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“It’s interesting when swine flu came out in 2009 we hardly had any outbreaks in elderly people and it’s thought that because it was quite similar to the 1918 strain that they had developed immunity early in life and maintained that.”

The latest influenza report shows 2341people cases of influenza were confirmed across NSW last week, causing 141presentations to the emergency department.

This was an increase on the previous week, but within the usual range for this time of year.

Although emergency departments start to see an increase in flu admissions at the beginning of winter, it usually snowballs as more people become infected and peaks towards the end of winter.

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Port Fairy is streets ahead

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Sackville Street during the Port Fairy Folk Festival.RELATED: Port Fairy community tuned into big pictureRELATED: All in to live the good lifePORT Fairy is bucking the trend of declining shopfront occupancy in main street retail.
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In a bustling Port Fairy CBD, three shops are vacant.

With a permanent population of 2835, Port Fairy continues to punch above its weight at a retail level.The town’s CBD is home totwo bakeries, three real estate agencies, four banks, a supermarket, two op shops and four hotels.

Itis also known for its many cafes and restaurants and has built a reputationas a destination for shopping sprees, with a large number of fashionhouses.

This strong retail sector has some key, peak times of the year to feed off.

Port Fairy has become one of the state’s most desired destinations.

During the summer holidayperiod, thousands of family groups flock to the town to enjoy a break by the sea. The town is then swamped in March for the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

The next big surge comes at Easter, with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy an extended weekend in Port Fairy.

Damian Gleeson has watched closelyPort Fairy’s rise from a sleepy fishing village to a tourism epicentre.

Mr Gleeson is publican at two of the town’s four hotels – the Star of the West and the Royal Oak.

He is also a former president of the town’sfootball netball club and now has that post for the cricket club.Born and bred in Port Fairy, Mr Gleeson returned to the town in the early 2000s after time away.Since his return, he has seen a growth in the town’s tourism industry.

“Twelve years ago it was a long, long winter,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty quiet now at the back end of July and August.

“But it used to be that once Easter was over, there was nothing until Christmas.Now you look at the calendar and there is something happening nearly every month.

“Meg Finnegan and her team at the Port Fairy Winter Weekendshave done a great job.For seven weeks from the start of June there was something on every weekend.

“What that creates is people come to Port Fairy no matter when it is and know there is something happening.Try and get a park here on any Saturday morning during the year.”

“You never hear visitors to Port Fairy complain about how cold it is;they just rug up and talk about what a great little place it is.”

Mr Gleeson said the success of Port Fairy has much to do with the can-do attitude of the community.

“My father (Jim) was a life member of the football and cricket clubs and never played a game in his life,” he said.“People in this town put a lot of value on thework that happens behind the scenes to get things done.”

Mr Gleeson said the town also benefited from having strong support from the Moyne Shire Council.

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