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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A vintage day out for auto club

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Judy Smith,Warren Brown,Anne Coulton, Barbara Livermore, Marcia Fancourt, Mavis Humphries, Avril Mills (back) Max Smith,David Kelvin,Bill Coulton, Arthur Broadley, Dick Fancourt, Ross Humphries,Brian Mills,Judy Payne, and on the table top of our hosts’ Ford F100, Cliff Stockley, Brian and Liz Galloway, owners of “Indigal Hacienda Grande”Maybe global warming is a fact of lifeor spring has come early.
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Either way, itwas a blessing for Great Lakes Historic Automobile Clubevent director Bill Coulton as we assembled at the TuncurryRockpool for our very popular mid week run.

Our first stop was for our morning teabreak, and a dozen or so cars headed down The Lakes Way for a cuppa in thepicturesque forest setting in the picnic area adjacent to the Pacific Palms CommunityCentre.

Good to see some of our members are getting their classic cars out of the shednow that the weather has improved.

Arthur Broadley and Barbara Livermore werealong in their 1971 Triumph 2000 and David Kelvin was enjoying the fresh air in his1977 Triumph Stag, as was Cliff Stockley in his 1993 Ford Capri.

Ross and MavisHumphries had their immaculate 1975 Toyota Crown out for the day, with Brian andJudy Payne along in their 1982 Volvo 240GLE aka ‘The Abbamobile’.

It was MichaelStJohn Cox’s inaugural run in his recently acquired 1997 MGF, which now sharesthe stable with his much admired 1985 Jaguar XJSC.

Next stop was at our barbecuelunchdestination, the unique Indigal Hacienda Grande at Pacific Palms hidden high on amountain overlooking….well everything.

Our hosts Brian and Liz Galloway madetheir barbecueand catering facilities freely available to us and gave us a guided tour ofthe Spanish themed property and shared many of their extensive range ofcollectables, each with its own story, with us.

It was good to see both Ray Sonter andMax Smith along for the run, and well into recovery mode after more than their fairshare of health problems.

If you have an interest in older vehicles or just enjoy motoring related mattersgenerally, why not come along to one of our regular monthly meetings, which areheld on the first Wednesday of the month, startingat 7pmat the BellevueHotel, Tuncurry, where you will be made most welcome.

It’s notnecessary to own an older vehicle, but should you decide to purchase one, there is awealth of expertise in the club, to help you with unbiased advice, in deciding on yourchoice.

The club is affiliated with many other clubs actively involved in thepreservation of our motoring past, and as such, a wide variety of events, both socialand otherwise, are regularly on our calendar.

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Fencing money spend still awaited

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Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson pictured with Wild Dog Fence commissioner Vaughan Johnson and Longreach landholders Elisabeth and Peter Clark, inspecting their exclusion fence.As Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson inspected cluster fencing projects at Longreach on Wednesday and repeated her conviction thatfencing strategies will help revive the central west’s sheep industry, an announcement on the allocation of the $5m for more fencing announced by the Premier in May is still being waitedfor.
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Ms Donaldson was accompanied on her fence visit by Wild Dog Fencing Commissioner Vaughan Johnson, who, along with fellow commissioner Mark O’Brien, started work last month with the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative oversight group.

According to a spokesman for the minister, theyhave been actively meeting members of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board, gathering information on how the money can be spent to maximum advantage.

RAPAD is responsible for rolling out the current allocation of state and federal funding in the central west for the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.

“The oversight group met in July to discuss the roll out of future funding support for the construction of wild dog fencing,” the spokesman said. “While the details of the new program have not been finalised by the oversight group, this additional investment will continue to provide much needed support to graziers and the local community.”

Speaking in Longreach, Ms Donaldsonsaid she was focused on how to maximise the benefits of the latest $5 million allocated by the Premier to wild dog eradication.

Decisions about where the next tranche of state government exclusion fence money is to be allocated are currently being debated by Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson and fence commissioner Vaughan Johnson, pictured, along with fellow commissioner Mark O’Brien.

“I don’t think there is now any doubt in this part of Queensland that cluster fencing is the best way to protect livestock from feral pests.

“Today I have been speaking with property owners who have installed cluster fencing.

“They made it very clear that landholders are now convinced that the strategy will quickly bring positive gains for the sheep industry.

“I’ve been told that where fences have been constructed, lambing rates increased by 70 per centalmost immediately.

“It has been enlightening travelling with Vaughan Johnson and hearing his thoughts about the best types of fence to ensure wild dogs can be kept out.

“Vaughan, his fellow Wild Dog Fencing Commissioner Mark O’Brien, and I are very clearly focused on ensuring that the $5 million allocation is spent wisely, to ensure the biggest bang for the buck.”

The issue is also being discussed today at the QDOG meeting in Charleville.

Ms Donaldson was due to participate by teleconference for a part of the meeting, to discuss the rollout of the program.

“While I want to see the funding allocated and more cluster fences under construction as quickly as possible it is very important that the right decisions are made to benefit the industry.”

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WA hits genetic jackpot

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Ross Adams, Peter Jackson, Michael Gough, Rony McDonald, Bruce Cameron and Tim Spicer with the Westerdale ram that sold for $25,000 during the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Sale at Katanning last week.GENETIC advancement by WA Merino breeders has been rewarded with major interest from local, interstate and international buyers.
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The 2016 Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Sale held over two days in Katanning last week reflected the positive outlook for the WA sheep industry, with stud breeders out in force, showing off their latest genetics.

The week climaxed with the sale on Friday, rated as one of the best on record at Katanning, with strong support from both stud and commercial buyers.

It averaged $9323 for the 24 rams sold – the best average in 20 years and the most rams sold in the sale since 2009.

The sale topped at $23,000 for a Poll Merino sire sold by the Gooding family’s East Mundalla stud, Tarin Rock.

Three other rams sold for $20,000 or more.

But it wasn’t only the sale where buyers were active.

There were some big privately negotiated sales following Merino field days in the Wickepin, Williams and Gnowangerup areas.

The biggest of these was $25,000 for a Westerdale sire which was sold to Argentina.

WA Stud Merino Breeders Association president Steven Bolt said everybody involved should be proud of their efforts.

“The quality that was on display and the outstanding results of the sale really demonstrated the best of what WA breeders can produce,” Mr Bolt said.

“It was exciting to have such large numbers of registered local, interstate and international buyers in the sale, as well as support from so many studs during the Expo.”

Elders stud stock manager Tim Spicer and Landmark Breeding representative Mitchell Crosby said overall it was a positive week for the Merino industry.

They agreed with Mr Bolt who said the attention from the east, along with sale results, was a reward for the effort breeders had been making to improve their flocks with good genetics over the past five to 10 years.

“The feedback has been positive too,” Mr Crosby said.

“It’s great to hear that potential buyers are noticing the continuing quality of WA Merinos year-in, year-out.”

In the show ring the supreme exhibit went to reigning champion the Norrish family, Angenup stud, Kojonup, with its impressive medium-woolled Merino ram that could not be overlooked by the judges.

The ram was also a high achiever in the sale selling for $20,000.

p For more results from the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo Show and Sale, see the comprehensive review in Sections 1 and 2 of this edition of Farm Weekly.