Pyramids @ The Cut

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Pyramids @ The Cut is fast becoming renowned as one of the best dining establishments in the Peel.

Building a reputation for great food, excellent service, consistency and quality.

The newly re-branded restaurant is situated at The Cut Golf Course clubhouse facility.

“The Cut decided to give the dining venue its own identity to ensure patrons were aware it is available to the general public and we encourage everyone to try out our fabulous menu options,”Operations Manager Jodie Budworth said.

“A brand new Spring menu will be launched in September.”

“The Cut is already recognised as one of Australia’s best golf courses, and with a new focus on live entertainment, we have been extremely successful with two sellout dinner shows in as many months,”

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Pyramids @ The Cut“We’re now looking to make a mark in the Peel for our fine dining and fantastic social events in Pyramids Restaurant, bringing not only more golfers, but locals and visitors to the facility – The Cut caters for all.”

To ensure our patrons feel welcome we are currently offering a Pyramids Privilege Card, which entitles them to 5 per cent off the entire bill and is valid for all dining experiences for 90 days.

“Anyone can sign up when they dine with full details and conditions available at the bar” said Ms Budworth

With Father’s Day just around the corner on Sunday, September 4 The Cut is featuring a delicious Sunday breakfast menu between 8.30-10.30am or the a la carte menu is available all day from 11.00am for lunch and dinner.

There are far too many other event to mention so find The Cut on Facebook for more information.

Call 9582 4444 to book.

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Magpies welcome star back

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BOOST: Speedy Northern NSW rep player Matt Comerford is likely to return to the Maitland Magpies line-up for Saturday’s second leg of their semi-final against Edgeworth Eagles. Picture: Jonathan CarrollThe Maitland Magpies are confident young star Matt Comerford will be fit for Saturday’s semi-final second leg against Edgeworth Eagles.
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The dynamic midfield/forward was unable to come up for last week’s first leg, in which the Magpies staged a courageous comeback to secure a 2-all draw with the league premiers.

“We’re likely to get him back into the team, but whether he starts or not hasn’t been decided,” Magpies assistant coach Reece Thompson said.

“We’ll do our tactical session on Thursday and make a decision.

“It will be more a tactical move. Matt Comerford brings something different to our team, but it ‘s the same with any team he plays with, it’s no fluke he made the Northern NSW rep team.

“The game plan for round one was not to lose the game. The game plan for this leg is to win the game.

Magpies welcome star back GOAL: Matt Thompson’s penalty shot just crossed the line after an attempted save by Edgeworth keeper Jim Fogarty. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

GOAL: Maitland’s Matt Thompson successfully appeals to the referee for goal after the ball dribble out of Edgeworth keeper Jim Fogarty’s grasp across the goal line. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG Matt Thompson is congratulated on his goal. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: The ball sails past Jim Fogarty for a goal by Ryan Clarke. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland players celebrate Ryan Clarke’s equaliser. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Synchronised defending by the Maitland Magpies. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth’s Keigo Moriyasu. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth’s Keigo Moriyasu. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth’s Keigo Moriyasu and Maitland’s Jye Mackellar. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland’s Carl Thornton. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth players celebrate a goal by Dylan Holz (pictured with arms raised). Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth players celebrate a goal by Dylan Holz (pictured with arms raised). Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland keeper Matthew Trott directs players into defensive positions for a free kick. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG Matt Thompson is congratulated on his goal. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Edgeworth’s Ayden Brice and Maitland’s Matt Thompson. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland’s Matt Trott makes a save. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland’s Ryan Broadley. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG: Maitland’s Ben Martin. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookMatt Comerford brings something different to our team, but it ‘s the same with any team he plays with, it’s no fluke he made the Northern NSW rep team.

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Households to save about $140 in energy bills

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Eligible households can apply for NSW Government Home Energy Action appliance program discounts to replace inefficient TVs and fridges.
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The 40 and 50 per cent discounts for low income households are expected to save households an average of $140 a year on their energy bills.

“This program will help 20,000 low income households lower their living costs. Replacing power hungry TVs and fridges is an easy way to lower your energy bills,” Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey.

“Replacing an inefficient fridge will save a household up to $200 a year on its energy bill. Replacing an inefficient TV will also save a household up to $125 a year on its energy bill.”

Eligible households must be:

A NSW resident; andHold either a valid Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink or a Gold Card from Veterans’ Affairs.The fridge being replaced is six years or older and the TV being replaced must be a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) TV.Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the scheme could also reduce about 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which was like taking more than 2,800 cars off the road, if 20,000 households each used the subsidy to replace one appliance.

Low income households are the most vulnerable to rising energy costs.

“That’s why this scheme is designed to reduce the high upfront costs for these households to replace inefficient fridges and TVs,” Ms Pavey said.

“The scheme is expected to save enough electricity to power more than 1800 average NSW households a year.”

The NSW Government is also working with leading community service organisations namely Anglicare, Baptist Care, Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre, Kildonan Uniting Care, Metro Assist, Northern Rivers Community Gateway and Good Shepherd Microfinance to ensure their energy hardship clients can easily access the offer, particularly those most in need across regional and remote NSW.

The offer is available until the $4 million program budget is exhausted.

To apply for a subsidy, visit梧桐夜网environment.nsw.gov419论坛/households/appliance-replacement-offer.htm.

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Scam tax calls surface in Cessnock

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A Cessnock resident is alerting people about scam tax calls after receiving two inone day this week.
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Kim Traceysaid she received two dodgy calls from someone pretending to be the Australian Tax Office (ATO)on Monday.

She said it was a pre-recorded message with a woman’s voice telling her that she owed the tax officemoney.

The voice told her to call a phone number and pay money or else she would be put in jail.

Ms Tracey said while she knew straight away it was a scam, she was concerned for otherswho may not realise, such as the elderly.

“I didn’t take any notice to it,” Ms Tracey said.“But I’d hate to see anyone else get caught.”

“People should be made aware that there are scams out there.”

“They’re making our area more vulnerable.”

The ATO said tax-time was always a prime period for these types of calls, due to thelarge number of people lodging theirreturns and receiving refunds.

Assistant Commissioner Graham Whytesaid that while most people were able to identify scams, it was important to remain alert during tax time.

“Although the ATO makes thousands of outbound calls to taxpayers a week, there are some key differences between a legitimate call from the ATO and a call from a potential scammer,” he said.

Mr Whyte said the tax office would never cold call citizens about a debt or threaten jail or arrest.

Scams reported to the tax office rose by more than 90 per cent from 2014 to 2015.

From January to May this year, the ATOreceived more than 40,500 phone scam reports.Of these, 226 Australians handed over $1.2 million to fraudsters and over 1900 gave out some form of personal information, including tax file numbers.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector Mitch Dubojski said he had not received anycalls about the problemthis taxtime.

However he encouraged people to report these kinds ofincidents to the tax office before calling police.

If you think you have been contacted by a fraudster, contact the tax office on1800 008 540.

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Winds wreck 900 yard event

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The Bathurst Rifle Club’s 900 yard range of the W & J Brown shield was postponed due to very strong winds threatening to snap the target legs and endangering the markers.
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A practice shoot was organized over 600 yards with smaller targets but the weather almost halted that shoot before it began.

A swirling shower of sleet and rain swept Grahame Willis off the mound after just four shots and he retired for the day.

The sapping cold was a real drawback to achieving good scores as numb hands and fingers made it impossible to get any real feel for the trigger.

The cold north-westerly wind began to vary in strength and direction and became very unpredictable.

After the sleet, there were periods of bright sunshine but the overwhelming cold wiped out any feeling of comfort.

Steve Williams and Gordon Shepherd set the standard with 47s with Graeme Bright and Dennis Lavelle both one point back on 46.

Bright somehow managed a magpie three between two centre bull’s eyes such was the wind variation.

John Coghill stayed out of the magpie ring but jumped from side in his 44.01.

Colin Howell and Mathew Allen, a newcomer to target shooting, found buffeting on the mound another factor to overcome.

Second stage improved as the wind eased offand Williams and Shepherd went shot for shot, both finishing with 48.04 apiece. Shepherd’s inability to finish (last shot inner fours in each stage) saw Williams come out on top by a solitary centre bull’s eye.

Bright wobbled, dropping 5 points in his last seven shots, while Lavelle could not improve on his first stage. Coghill did however, with a satisfying 46.02 second dig.

Geoff Willis, a late arrival due to work commitments, did not experience the early conditions but had to contend with another drenching rain squall before putting together a pair of 56.2s.

The 900 yard final range of the W & J Brown Shield will be held August 27.

Scores: S Williams TRA 95.06; G Shepherd TRA 95.04; D Lavelle TRB 92.03; G Bright TRA 91.06; J Coghill TRB 90.03; G S Willis FSA 112.4; M Allen FSB 92.1; C Howell FSB 91.1.

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Premier ejection creates history

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Will Hodgman made history on Thursday, becoming the first Tasmanian Premier to be ejected from State Parliament.
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Speaker Elise Archer booted Mr Hodgman from the House of Assembly for 90 minutes during Question Time, leaving Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff to hold the fort.

Mr Hodgman was ejected while he was responding to a question from Labor justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings about an incident at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

The pair exchanged barbs, ignoring a directive from the Speaker to come to order.

Responding to a taunt from Ms Giddings to answer her question, Mr Hodgman told her to “ask another one then”, before he was ejected by the Speaker.

“I’m not having that disrespect,” Ms Archer said.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said Mr Hodgman’s ejection showed he had lost control of himself and the government.

Asked if Ms Archer recently being overlooked for a ministry pointed to the ejection being a result ofexisting tensions inside the Liberal Party, Mr Green said there was no doubt recent cabinet appointments had caused “ructions” inside the party.

“Without any doubt when you’ve got a situation where the Premier is made such an example of…there will be tensions behind the scenes,” Mr Green said.

Parks Minister Matthew Groom was the last government minister to be ejected in June last year.

Leader of government business Michael Ferguson was quick to characterise Mr Hodgman’sejection as a non-event.

“There’s a lot of hurly-burly in Parliaments that occur from time to time and today is no exception. We just have to take that one on the chin,” he said.

“Things get said and the Speaker has a job to do and we respect that.”

In a statement, Ms Archer said a number of members were highly disorderly during Question Time.

“It is the principal role ofthe speaker to make sure that members obey the rules (Standing Orders) of the house and follow the correct procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all members,” Ms Archer said.

“No member of the House of Assembly is immune from the Standing Orders, and I will always rule on matters as I see and hear it.”

Mr Hodgman issued a brief statement on Thursday evening, saying the rules of Parliament applied to everyone, and Ms Archer had ruled as she saw fit.

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Work and play at “Strathdon”

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“Strathdon” will auctioned on September 3 by Delta Livestock and Property.THE perfect mix of work and play awaits the new owners of “Strathdon”, a 225 hectare property at The Gap, near Coolamon.
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With a dam for swimming, a home paddock for riding motorbikes, a tennis court and a hill for hiking, the potential for activitiesare endless.

On the farming front, cropping and livestock opportunities are available in a season the owners describe as “excellent”.

“Strathdon” comprises 170ha of undulating arable farming country and 51ha of rolling grazing hill country.

Andrew and Rebecca Peel and family bought the property in 2010 and are selling to pursue a new project.

“Wehope the next owner enjoys the property as much as we have,” Mrs Peel said.

“Strathdon” comprises170haof undulating arable farming country and 51haof rolling grazing hill country. It has predominantly red loam soils.

During the Peel’s ownership the farming country has been leased out to allow themto run a small cattle herd while maintaining their off-farm businesses.The country isleased until the February 28, 2017, meaning any lease payments after settlement will be transferred to the new owner.

In the past “Strathdon” has been used as a prime lamb enterprise.

Timber on the property comprises of kurrajong, cypress pine, box and gumtree timber.

The property’s proximity to town (just 10 kilometres from Coolamon) means town water supply is available.Town water is currently supplying homestead and stock troughs. There is also aregistered bore (unequipped) and sixdams.

Working improvements include a three stand shearing shed andsteel yards, large four door lockup garage and large four door lockup machinery shed.

Mrs Peel said the property was ideal for entertaining.

“You couldn’task for a better setting to spend time with friends and family.We’ve held a number of bonfires, tennis and cricket afternoons here,” she said.

The homestead was originally built in 1908 and underwent extensive renovations in 2009.

She said “Strandon”boasted“the best view of the Riverina’s sunsets”.

From a hill nearby the house you can see The Rock as well as neighbouring communitiesGanmain, Coolamon, Wagga and Marrar. The hill sits on 16ha andis owned by the crown and can rented for an annual fee.

The property features a six-bedroom homestead which wasoriginally built in 1908 and underwent extensive renovations in 2009.

There is anestablished low maintenance garden and extensive lawn area.

The property will be auctioned on September 3 at 1pm by Delta Livestock and Property.

The selling agent is Tim Corcoran.

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Centre of attention at CSU

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LEARNING LAW: NSW Court of Appeal president Margaret Beazley addresses legal minds at the Centre for Law and Justice launch. Photos: BRADLEY JURD 082516bjlaw1Charles Sturt University (CSU) officially launched its new Centre for Law and Justice on Thursday morning.
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Associate professor Alison Gerard, head of the CSU Centre for Law and Justice, with NSW Court of Appeal president Margaret Beazley. 082516bjlaw2

NSW Court of Appeal president Margaret Beazley was on hand for the opening of the centre.

Justice Beazley recognisesthe importance of thelaw and the courts in regional NSW.

“Every aspectof your life is actually affected by law and if you don’t have easyaccess to this, you can end up in a very expensive retention from lawyersfrom areas like the city,” Justice Beazley said.

“What you really need is your home-grown lawyers.

“Andnow students can have a high quality law degree and apply it to thecommunity.”

On the day, Justice Beazley addressed many legal minds from across NSW, including police, lawyers and students from different universities across thestate.

Along with the new centre, CSU has launched anew Bachelor of Laws degreeand Justice Beazley is impressed by how hard university staffhave worked to make the degree happen.

She also believes a law centre based in Bathurst will be important for helping locals.

“You need local people who understand local problems,” Justice Beazley said.

Associate professor Alison Gerard, head of the CSU Centre for Law and Justice,said the new law course is for professionals wanting to work in rural, regional and remote Australia, or in the area of indigenous issues.

While the course is in its early stages, Professor Gerard has cited some big goals in the near future for the law centre.

“In the future we want to be running honours and masters programs,” Professor Gerard said.

“We want to produce the best graduates that want to stay and practice in rural areas.”

While the course iscurrently all online, Professor Gerard wants to see the course move to internal study.

Many current CSU law students attended the opening, includingMiriam Dayhew,a law student from Wagga Wagga.

Ms Dayhew has always wanted to study law, but is due for retirement in a few years.

“CSU offers the flexible approach with working and studying full time,” Ms Dayhew said.

Roslyn Harling,a paralegal who is fromthe state’sSouth Coast, saidher background was her reason for choosing law.

“I’ve got an insurance background, so I felt a law degree wouldgo hand-in-hand,” Ms Harling said.

For more information regarding the new Centre for Law and Justice, visit 梧桐夜网csu.edu419论坛

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BE HEROIC

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Thousands of children and office workers will swap ties for tights, backpacks for capes and coats for costumes next week as they dress up as superheroes to take part in Muscular Dystrophy Australia’s (MDA) National Superhero Week.
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After the success of 2015’sNational Superhero Week involving thousands of Australians, MDA is looking forward to an even bigger and better 2016 event, which runs from August 29 – September 4.

MDA’s executive director Boris M Struk said the annual event had captured the imaginations of school children and brought work colleagues together to make a difference for people living with the degenerative muscle disorder.

“The main aim … is to let children and families affected by MD know Australians stand behind them in support of their fight for a cure for this devastating disorder, while also allowing a fun way for everyday superheroes to raise funds and awareness for MDA,” said Mr Struk, whose son has the most severe form of the disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

He said the condition shouldn’t stop children from unleashing their inner Superman or Wonder Woman.

“Children with the disorders need to know that MD should not hold them back from their aspirations, and National Superhero Week allows them to realise this and be their favourite superhero,” he said.

MDA Ambassador and Carlton football club’s Nick Graham said getting involved is the best excuse you’ll ever have to dress upwhile also supporting a great cause.

The week is ideal for channelling your inner superheroes but also remembering the real heroes — those bravely living with the devastating condition every day.

One in every 625 Australians isaffected by MD, which has60 different variations. It eventually causes immobility, respiratory problems and cardiac complications.

DMD is the most severe form, affecting young boys who are diagnosed between the ages of two and six years and are fully dependent on a wheelchair by eight.

Funds raised in previous years have helped fund research positions at the National MD Research Centre, in the hopes of finding a cure.

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Van Veen, Nightingale off to Coffs Harbour

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For the second year in a row Lithgow golfers have made it through to the final of the NSW two ball best ball final at Bonville Golf Course near Coffs Harbour in early October.
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Last year the team of Ross Harrington and Daniel Buckenswon the Lithgow qualifier and then the Blue Mountains qualifier to make it through to the final.

This year Johnathan Van Veen and Brett Nightingalefollowed suitwhen they took out the Lithgow and then on the weekend the Blue Mountains qualifier with a score of plus 9 and are now off to the final at Bonville.

THROUGH TO TWO BALL FINAL: Lithgow golfer Johnathan Van Veen. File photo.

Saturday’s event was a single stableford with the grade winners being: A-grade went to Dave Titcume on 37 points with the runner-up voucher going to Darren Hunter on 36.

Pat Wall returned the best stableford score of the day — 39 points which gave him the B-grade voucher. Runner-up was Dave Hicks on 33 points.

C-grade was won by Paul Bailey on 35 points and Mark Howell runner-up with 33 points.

Best scratch scores were registered by: A, Darren Hunter 74; B, Pat Wall 83 and C, Mark Howell 96.

Nearest the pin awards went to: Mark Howell on the second (139cms); Rod Bright on the fourth and ninth (298 and 336cms); Dave Hicks on the 13th (149cms) and Tom Jennings on the 18th (268cms).

Friday nine hole results: Winner Steve McCann 29 points and runner-up Ross Harrington 27.

Tomorrow’s event will be a stroke with the Ron Evans Painting sponsored monthly medals held in conjunction.

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