Boxing ring a hit with Numbulwar youth

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GLOVES ON: Numbulwar youth have a blast with their community’s new inflatable boxing ring and giant boxing gloves. Photo: Supplied.ITmay be a small, remote community, butNumbulwarnow boasts aneye-catching,yellow and red inflatable boxing ring.
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With help from the Northern Territory government,Roper Gulf Regional Council has installed the boxing ringfor local youth.

Council staffmade the most of a $10,000 Community Benefit Fund grant to purchase the boxing ring as well asa pool table,television,gaming console and computertablets, to ensure the sport and recreation hall has become the place for youth to congregate in Numbulwar.

Roper Gulf Regional Council’sCommunity Safety, Youth, Sport and Recreation co-ordinatorSam Nowickisaid the provision ofengaging activities for youth was always high onthe agenda for communities.

He saidthe boxing ring had provided a safe and unique way for Numbulwar’s youngest residents to be physically active and build their confidence.

“The bouncy boxing ring has received a good workout already, with the youth enjoying some fun boxing matches,” Mr Nowickisaid.

“It’s a really great workout, with the boxers having lots of fun in a safe environment.

“There has been lots of laughing, cheering and fun had with the new gear.”

Numbulwar is located almost 500kmseast of Katherine and has a population of 687 people.

KNOCK-OUT: Numbulwar kids enjoy the boxing ring. Photo: Supplied

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If you know something, say something

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LOCAL police havethanked the community for their ongoing support during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
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While members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers; ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) in the community.

Police and Crime Stoppers conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.

Over the course of the campaign and in the weeks that followed, Crime Stoppers received a number of Information reports from the community relating to possible drug activity in the local area.

Mid North Coast Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Paul Fehon, thanked the community for getting behind the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

“During the campaign we received 22 information reports via Crime Stoppers about suspected drug activity across our command, all of which will now undergo further investigation,” Det Supt Fehon said.

“We know we can’t be on every street corner and therefore a whole-of-community approach is required to effectively stem the spread of illicit drugs like ‘ice’.

“That’s why it was so positive to see the calls coming in with valuable information from members of the public, and I thank each and every person for making that effort.

“Unfortunately, Mid North Coast LAC and our community is not immune to the prevalence of prohibited drugs – in fact, just last week we saw a number of drug-related arrests.

“This only strengthens our resolve to continue our work, with and for the community, to get iceoff our streets and put those responsible for manufacturing these dangerous substances before the courts.

“Never underestimate the important role you can play in helping us track down and arrest those involved in manufacturing and distributing ‘ice’ across our neighbourhoods – your phone call could make an enormous difference.”

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Mid North Coast Local Area Command (LAC)can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on1800 333-000or online at梧桐夜网crimestoppers南京夜网419论坛.

“While the campaign has come to a close in Mid North Coast LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Price said.

“We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.

“Calls made to Crime Stoppers are directed to a state-wide call centre and they’re completely confidential. You do not have to identify yourself and you will not be compelled to participate for a court case,” Mr Price said.

“Most importantly, every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply – so if you know something, say something.”

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Tasmanian driver set pace for future racers

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Back in 1961 local race driver Gavin Youl was encouraged by World Champion Jack Brabham to go to England to race the new MRD (Motor Racing Developments) Formula Junior car which had been designed by Australian Ron Tauranac with input from Brabham.
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Youl had followed in his older brother John’s footsteps racing an Austin Lancer with a twin cam MG motor in 1959 and a Porsche Super 90 with considerable success.

The opportunity to progress his career in England was too good to pass up.

It proved to be a very successful move.

Youl finishing second in both the heat and the final of the FJ race at Mallory Park which set the scene for some great performances over the following years.

The next meeting at Silverstone the car suffered a holed fuel tank and Youl was forced into the pits to top up.

He still finishedseventh in a car that had virtually no brakes.

At Aintree Youl was forced out of the final with a blown head gasket, but then at Goodwood Youl finished fourth in his heat and second in the final, despite numerous problems including a fire in the pits during practice.

It was now time to go home.

The avid pilot, who also held the class C Australasian altitude record of 26,000 feet, ferried a single engine Cessna back to Australia with friends Roger Tregaskis and Eoin Young.

He covered14,000 miles in 98 flying hours, making 30 stops in 18 countries

The MRD had been shipped back to Tasmania where Youl used it to good effect before venturing to Catalina Park in NSW.

There hewon a hard fought battle for the FJ title against Leo Geoghegan in the Lotus.

Youl then repeated the effort at Longford where the car, despite it’s 1097cc capacity, recorded over 200kph on the flying mile.

He then returned to England with the intention of racing an updated version of the car, now called a Brabham.

However,a crash at Brands Hatch during pre-season testing left him with a broken collarbone and out of action for some time.

The repaired car was returned to Australia but after competing at a couple of meetings on the mainland Youl decided to retire from the sport.

Subsequently, the car had a number of owners, but very little use until it was purchased recently by a Tasmanian collector who has a particular passion for Brabhams.

The beautifully-restored car is now on display at the National Automobile Museum in Cimitiere street.

This weekend will be good opportunity to view the car as the museum is open to the public, free of charge, on both Saturday and Sunday.

TASMANIAN TRIUMPH: Gavin Youl wearing his victory garland after winning the NSW Formula Junior Championship at Catalina circuit in Katoomba. He raced internationally with Jack Brabham’s MRD team.

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Spring a mixed bag: Bureau of Meteorology

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SPRING OUTLOOK: The jury is still out on whether Tasmania will experience a wetter spring than the average, with the Bureau of Meteorology outlook showing an equal chance for wet and dry conditions. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
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Farmers will have to wait a little longer before they know for certain whether Tasmaniawill have a wetter or drier spring than average, however temperatures are likely to be hotter than average.

The latest outlook report from the Bureau of Meteorology shows a 50 per cent chance of the spring season being either wetter or drier than average.

Climate indicators at this stage do not tend towards either scenario, Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Catherine Ganter said.

“With respect to farmers and normal conditions, it appears farmers have a good base to start with [for spring],” Ms Ganter said.

The report shows an 80 per cent chance of hotter-than-average temperatures occurring for the whole of Tasmania.

“Both the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be warmer than average and that includes day time and night time temperatures.”

Earlier in the year the state was in the grip of an El Nino weather system that caused lower-than-average rainfall to occur across most regions.

The El Nino was a mixed bag for farmers, with the livestock industry experiencing fodder shortages and some horticulture industries harvests wereimpacted.

However other industries, such as berries, poppies and viticulture experienced bountiful harvests.

The El Nino began to weak over the autumn and winter months but brought with it the 50 per cent chance of its opposite weather pattern La Nina to appear.

“In the Indian Ocean we have a negative diapole that has been influencing climate the past few months but it is weakening and on the other side in the Pacific Ocean our climate indicators are currently neutral.”

Ms Ganter said there was still a chance La Nina could form but it was getting a bit late for the southern states, including Tasmania.

“It’s still looking like 50-50 for La Nina but the two climate drivers [of the system] are either neutral or weakening,” she said.

“We may approach La Nina thresholds later in the year but it might be a bit too late for us in the south.”

The current negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) pattern is expected to weaken over the spring period. This means its influence on Australian rainfall is likely to decrease in the coming months.

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is neutral, with sea surface temperatures showing a cooling trend since late last year.

In periods when La Niña is developing or near thresholds, some areas typically experience La Niña-like impacts, including above average rainfall across northern Australia.It is less likely to hit Tasmania.

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Global issues covered at world-first sheep event

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Woolgrowers and sheep breeders from across the globe will gather in Adelaide for the inaugural World Merino Insight (WMI) from 4-9 September.
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The six-day event covers both the meat and fibre aspects of merino production and brings together breeders, suppliers and buyers from across the sheep, wool and sheep meat industries.

WMI Co-Chair Peter Meyer said the event was for everyone involved in the sheep, sheepmeat and wool industry – not only Merino breeders.

“We have an excellent cross-section of industry showcasing all facets of the Australian sheep sector,” Mr Meyer said.

“It’s a great chance for an in-depth industry insight, from the conference on Tuesday to the innovation day at Murray Bridge, where we have more than 20 trade displays and more than 20 sheep studs from South Australia and interstate displaying livestock.”

Held in and around Adelaide, the six-day program includes a field day, two ram sales, a conference, Royal Adelaide Show access and tours.

Mr Meyer said the event tied in well with the Royal Adelaide Show, and two of the industry’s feature sales, the Classings Classic Merino Ram Sale at Murray Bridge and the SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale at Adelaide.

“There is no better time to be in the sheep industry then at the moment with excellent wool prices and lamb and mutton prices,” he said.

“The Insight is a great event and well worth making the effort to come to.”

So far the event had attracted good interest from overseas, interstate and locally, with Mr Meyer saying it would also allow fantastic opportunities to network with industry leading speakers and producer delegates from across the world.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is proud to support the South Australian Merino sheep industry and is a sponsor of the 2016 World Merino Insight conference. Earlier this year, PIRSA also supported and launched the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint, which aims to grow South Australia’s sheep industry production and value from the current base of $1.48 billion per annum to $1.8 billion in 2020.

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Seeding success for cotton industry

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NEW AND IMPROVED: An artist impression of the redeveloped facility, which will be an economic boon to the region. Photo: Hill Lockart ArchitectsTHE cotton industry has always been on the cutting edge of innovation, a trendCotton Seed Distributions is continuing with a $41m redevelopment of its Wee Waa processing plant.
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The sitewill get nearly 17,000 square metres of new warehouse space and a new laboratory,after receivingapproval from Narrabri Shire Council and the JRPP.

CSDchairmanJames Kahl said while theexisting processing plant was able to meet the current needs of the industry, the company was looking to the future.

“We need to be able to support the Australian cotton industry for at least the next 30 years,” Mr Kahl said.

Upper Namoi Cotton Growers’ president Nat Grove said the cotton industry had always been a “forward thinking” industry.

“A decision like this shows the money there is within the industry,” Mr Graves said.

“That much development will probably see a rise in employment during the construction and possible more heads to run it in the busy time.

“To have a world class labset upin our backyard, andwithin middle of the cotton growing area, is going to be a real boon.The benefits in breeding improvements is going to be a positive for the whole industry.”

On top of the $41m investment for the infrastructure, CSDwill invest a great deal more to install equipment in the new facilities over the next 18 months.

Construct will start nextJanuary, withthe plant to be operational for the 2018 processing season.


Grant to complete Lifeskills Centre

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The Lifeskills Community Centre in Mudgee is set to be completed sooner than expected, thanks to a grant from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
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In June 2015, the Mid-West community, especially people with a disability, welcomed the opening of Stage 1 of the Lifeskills Community Centre in Oporto Street, Mudgee.

The Community Centre, with its new, purpose-built respite accommodation enables Lifeskills Plus to provide services to more people with a disability.People with a disability and their families/carers already use the new respite services extensively and the number of requests to access respite continues to grow.

Development of Stage 2 of the Lifeskills Community Centre started earlier this year withsupport fromcommunity members, local businesses and tradespeople.

Thissupport has contributed to the creation of threerooms for client support and training programs, and enhancement of the Sensory Garden with a shade sail and interactive “Water Wall” to be installed.

Lifeskills CEOCarolyn Peek, whohas been the driving force behind establishing thecentre,isoverjoyed with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation’s endorsement of theCentre.

“Lifeskills appreciate the support from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the community who are making it possible to provide this important, local, resource to help meet the needs of people with a disability, their families/carers and the wider NSW Mid-West community,” Ms Peek said.

“Within the next 10 months, the NSW Mid-West will have full use of the Lifeskills Community Centre. In addition to housing the Lifeskills disability and Respite services, the Centre will include a woodwork and art/craft/music space, meeting rooms, training and education facilities, and our region’s very first specialist Sensory Room. “

The Lifeskills Community Centre will be open to all members of the community including individuals, local businesses, early childhood, schools and adult education services and health services such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Mental Health support and residents of Aged Care services.

The community and services will soon be able to usethe Lifeskills Community Centre’sfacilities including the therapeutic sensory room, workshop, meeting and training rooms and the multi-purpose event space with access to a community kitchen for larger functions.

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Total Tools

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Serious tradesmen have enjoyed the newest destination for trade-quality tools and expert customer service since Total Tools opened its doors in Rockingham recently.

Franchisee Nathan Bowden said Total Tools’ extensive range of major brand stock in a multitude of categories across 1150sqm of retail space made the store the go-to location for those who earn their living from a trade, discerning DIYers and handypersons alike.

“If we haven’t got it in store and a customer has a specific request for an item, we can order it in for them to meet their individual needs or requirements,” he said.

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“I’m a local guy who grew up in the area and is familiar with the area, with a trade background that understands the tools being sold,” he said.

“We have a team of trained staff with good product knowledge and customer service, coming from trade and industry backgrounds, enabling them to meet customer inquiries.”

Total Tools has plenty of special promotions on offer for the die-hard tool fans, to celebrate their official store opening.

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How to spend $20m

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BUY THE LOT: Brian Orvad reckons the lucky lotto winner should invest in Glen Innes real estateA builder in his thirties “from a tiny town near Glen Innes” is $20 million richer after winning Tuesday night’s OzLotto.
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NSW Lotteries confirmed the win was going to someone in the New England region.

Mystery surrounds the identity of the builder, aged in his thirties and who lives near Glen Innes, who purchased the ticket online.

The massive windfall has Glen Innes in a spin, with locals scrambling to find out who the mystery winner is.

Guy Schafer from Schafer’s Newsagency in Glen Innes said there was a fair bit of buzz around as news spread.

“I would have loved to have sold it ,” he said.

“The person is very lucky and they’ll be doing very well from now on I’d say.”

If New England’s latest multi-millionaire is looking for ways to spend his newfound fortune, he has plenty of options.

With $20 million, he could buy 80 houses in Glen Innes – exactly half the 160 houses listed on the town’s residential market.

Glen Innes Ray White’s sales manager Brian Orvad said the price triangle in the town ran from $100,000 to $900,000, with the average price at $250,000.

“He could buy half the residence in town, what an amazing thing,” Mr Orvad said.

“There is some really nice residential real estate in town ranging from $300,000 to $700,000. There are some really quality, upper market houses in that bracket.”

“He could even buy my place, it’s on the market for $665,000 – if he gives me a call I’ll happily take him through it,” Mr Orvad said, laughing.

If he did want to invest in the local real estate, Mr Orvad said it would give the region’s housing market a “real kick along”.

“Hopefully because he’s a local he will want to turn some of that money back into the local area and give the locals a spark,” he said.

“We’d be quite happy to look after him in thatregard, we have about 100 of those listings – totally private of course, I’m like a priest,” he said, laughing.

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$100m lets Milskil fly high

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PIONEERING: Milskil trains RAAF fighter pilots and is the first business of its kind in the country. Pictured is CEO and founder John Lonergan, after the company secured $100 million in Defence contracts. Picture: Jonathan Carroll When John Lonergan finished his 17-year stint in the air force, he found himself at a crossroads.
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Despite a decorated military career – including being named fighter pilot of the year – the only place he could put his expertise to use was a commercial airline.

“They only value a small part of the skill set,” Mr Lonergan said. “It’s like getting a masters degree and then working a job at McDonald’s.

“I decided to pursue the idea of re-investing military skills back into Defence because I saw they were just being wasted.”

Fifteen years later, Mr Lonergan is chief executive officer of Milskil, an East Maitland-based company that provides simulator and ground school training to the fighter pilots and weapons systems operators in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Starting out with two instructors based at Williamtown in 2001, its workforce has grown to 40 people –primarily ex-military instructors from Australia and the United States- who work across bases at Williamtown, Tindal and Amberley.

Mr Lonergan said the company, which will relocate to the Williamtown Aerospace Park next year,was the closest thing you could get to another air force squadron outside the RAAF.

“We’re kind of hidden from plain sight, because the work we do is completely integrated with the operational air force personnel,” he said.

On Wednesday, a $100 million contract was formalised between Milskil, its partner Raytheon and Defence that will see the company continue to do the pilot training for the Classic Hornet and Super Hornet.

It has also been awarded the contract for the Growlers, which arrive in Australia early next year.

“Our whole job in life is to replace people in green suits so they can do more of their operational job,” Mr Lonergan said.

The company also expects to vie for the training contract for the Joint Strike Fighters, due to arrive at Williamtown in 2018.

“In a nutshell, we are positioning for it and we believe we are well-positioned, noting that we are the only company in Australia that’s ever delivered this type of training.”

Mr Lonergan said employees had the “best of both worlds” by doing nearly the same job they did in the military, without the personal toll of long postingsoverseas.

“The attraction for them is they have a very unique set of skills which they can use to help train the next generation of fighter air crew.”

But it was also the character of the person – driven, and with a winning mentality – that made them a good pilot.

“It is kind of like an elite sport, you are always trying to do better, you are always in competition with your peers.

“When you’re a fighter pilot, there’s no second place.”