Mascots join campaign trail in Qbn

Premier Mike Baird with Queanbeyan Basketball yowie mascot. (Photo: James Brickwood.)CAMPAIGNING in the seat of Monaro has reached new heights with a number of life-sized plushies getting in on the action this week.
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Queanbeyan Basketball’s yowie mascot (who harbours a close resemblance to Chewbacca from Star Wars) was a highlight of premier Mike Baird’s visit on Tuesday. The premier was in town to announce $60,000 for renovations to the Queanbeyan Basketball Centre.

This morning another creature going by the name ‘Cranky Koala’ was spotted in front of Member for Monaro John Barilaro’s main street office.

‘Cranky Koala’ said it wanted locals to consider the state of the cuddly creature’s home habitant ahead of the NSW Election on March 28.

“It’s a marginal seat and we want people, especially here, voting for a party that supports koalas in our native forests and to end woodchipping,” convenor of environment studies at the ANU School of Art John Reid said.

“We want to put pressure on the preferred candidate to protect native forests.”

‘Cranky Koala’ is touring the state’s marginal seats having spent the weekend in the seat of Newtown and scheduling a future appearance in Bermagui.

“We just want voters to think about the issues,” ‘Cranky Koala’ said. “We’re not necessarily saying you should vote for this or that person.”

‘Cranky Koala’ and John Reid in Queanbeyan today encouraging voters to consider the state of native forests ahead of the NSW election. Photo: Kim Pham.

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Free burgers for Harmony Day

Picture: Jeff De PasqualeAs part of Liverpool council’s Harmony Day celebrations, MTC Australia will host a free burger giveaway at Bigge Park on Thursday.
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Culture and diversity will be at the centre of the annual event which celebrates cultural respect and tolerance for everyone that calls Australia home.

MTC Australia hopes that residents from different backgrounds can share a meal on the day, and the giveaway burgers will feature toothpick flags from around the world to recognisethe many cultures that influence Liverpool city.

Liverpool Council will join with The Western Sydney Wanderers and the Liverpool Migrant Centre to commemorate the 15th annual Harmony day next Thursday.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun said the day represents a milestone in Australian culture and should be a time to promote social inclusiveness, respect and belonging for everyone.

“Our local event aims to bring communities together, build social cohesion, raiseawareness and recognise our city’s commitment demonstrated through our involvementin annual Harmony Day celebrations,” he said.

“It encourages us to embrace our unique qualities and share cultural traditions while gaining a better understanding of one another.’’

Picture: Jeff De Pasquale

Harmony day is held gloabally on March 21 to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Liverpool will celebrate with an event in Bigge Park that will see the Western Sydney Wanderers bring coaching clinics, football activities and players to meet local fans.

A citizenship ceremony on the day will welcome new residents into the Liverpool community.

Mayor Mannoun said the event is especially relevant to Liverpool because residents represent more than 150 different birthplaces, making Liverpool one of the most diverse communities in NSW.

Picture: Jeff De Pasquale

‘‘Harmony Day in Liverpool is a beautiful day of celebration promoting awareness of thenational theme ‘everyone belongs’ and how proud we are to be part of such an inspiringand harmonious community,’’ he said.

“Let’s celebrate and showcase a sense of pride in ourselves and in our communitybecause everyone belongs here in Liverpool.’’

The Liverpool Harmony Day event will take place in Bigge Park from 10am to 2pm.

For more information call 1300 36 2170 or visitwww.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

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FINALLY FOOTY IS BACK

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Collingwood star Jamie Elliott in action against arch rival Carlton. Picture: GETTY IMAGESND:ONLY a couple of sleeps Magpie until your Collingwood heroes roll into Bendigo for Sunday’s big clash with Carlton at the QEO.
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There’s no premiership points, but that won’t stop the players from giving their all.

This contest could be played near Ayers Rock and it would still draw a huge crowd.

There’s no love lost between the Black and White and the Navy Blues.

KA: The game is a sell out.

About 10,000 fans will pack into the QEO to see my Pies smash the Blues.

I have been counting down the days to see them play here and it is shaping up to be a cracking game, albeit a match worth nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Pendlebury, Swan and Cloke are named for the Pies, while Judd, Gibbs and Henderson will play for the Blues.

ND: It’s only a practice match and you are talking about a smashing.

Those with no allegiance to either club will be wanting to see a closely-fought contest.

On paper the Magpies look stronger, but the match is on grass, not paper.

A player I really enjoy watching is Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott.

He has an incredible leap, is afiercecompetitor and capable of a few goals.

Jamie, aka Billy, will be in No. 5 this season.

Some of Collingwood’s greatest and most popular players – Terry Waters, Ron Wearmouth, Ron McKeown and Nathan Buckley – have worn No. 5.

Will be interesting to see how Swanny goes on Sunday.

KA: Nathan Buckley, what a player!

He was my hero growing up and although nowadays he has his critics, I’m still his number one fan.

Elliott is a star in the making and old mate Swanny, just keeps rolling.

He is crowd favourite and after having a disappointing season last year,Pies coaches are saying Swan is looking back to his best this pre-season.

Hopefully we get a glimpse of his Magpie magic on Sunday.

ND: Many weeks to go, but if Collingwood does not reach the finals then the noise from Buckley’s critics will be extremely loud.

Collingwood has shown it can be ruthless when it comes to coaches, and I’m not referring to one of your favourite movies, The Club.

Not so long ago and Mick Malthouse was celebrating another coaching triumph when Collingwood won the a premiership in 2010.

Now Mick is at the Blues and set to break the coaching games record held by Collingwood legend Jock McHale when Carlton takes on the Pies in this season’s fifth round.

Like him or not, Mick Malthouse has an outstanding record.

KA: Malthouse has been an incredible coach over the journey.

He worked wonders at the Pies and brought the faithful a long awaited premiership in 2010,something I will remember forever.

But I don’t expect him to bring the Blues a premiership in his time there.

Putting the rivalry aside, it is great to have footy back on the QEO.

I do like cricket, but there is nothing like watching a good footy match, especially when its Collingwood and Carlton.

Let’s hope it is a cracking game and both Pies fans and Blues supporters walk away from the match looking forward to an exciting season ahead.

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Singleton a priority

AFTER listening to the evidence presented to him during a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Shadow minister for communications Jason Clare agrees Singleton should be included in the next roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
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The NBN is Australia’s new network for fixed line phone and internet services but due to the nature and size of our country the steps toprepare for installation differ for each location.

POSITIVE TALKS: Singleton mayor John Martin, Gill Eason, Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow minister for communications Jason Clare and Shaun Barry.

Accompanied by Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, Mr Clare listened intently as local business leaders, the mayor and council staff put forward their case.

From Mt Thorley and Broke to McDougalls Hill and the town centre, the stories of howunreliable internet connections and mobile phone coverage is disadvantaging localbusinesses were numerous.

Singleton Business Chamber’s Gill Eason says the problem is not only affecting already established businesses.

“Internet access for businesses in the Mt Thorley and McDougalls Hills area just dies at around 3.30pm so trying to use the internet is just a waste of time. They may as well pack up and go home,” she says.

“This lack of capacity also means that many new businesses can’t even get access to aninternet connection or phone line.

“At a time when we are trying to diversify the local economy and attract new businesses to the area this is unacceptable.”

Business operators in outlying regions, like Broke, also face similar challenges, she says.

Council’s economic development officer Selana Avard agrees this technology is vital if we are going to diversify the economy and retain our “core population”.

She pointed out how now would be the perfect time to lay cables in Singleton’s town centre with the pavement being pulled up for the upgrade.

Mr Clare says with the next roll out update due at the end of the month, now is the time to lobby the federal government.

“They promised areas with the poorestservices and greatest need for upgrades will receive first priority,” he says.

“Given the evidence I have heard today Singleton should be a priority.”

Mr Clare says under Labor, Singleton was scheduled to get the world class fibre-to-the-premises NBN.

In the meantime, Mr Fitzgibbon will encourage Telstra to upgrade their current services.

At present the Bridgman Ridge is the only area in town connected to the NBN.

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Asbestos disposal investigation

THE state’s peak environmental watchdog could yet prosecute a company accused of illegally transporting and disposing of asbestos last year.
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Investigations are continuing after a quantity of the hazardous material was found last November on private property on Wandobah Road at Tambar Springs.

The bonded asbestos is understood to have been contained in debris from a house in Gunnedah that had been demolished following a fire.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued a clean-up notice to the demolition company to remove and dispose of the material correctly.

It also took formal regulatory action, in the form of a warning letter, against the company that transported the asbestos.

However, EPA local manager Simon Smith said investigations into whether the conduct breached the Protection of the Environment Operations Act were ongoing.

“This incident serves as a reminder to companies that there are significant penalties for transporting and accepting waste unlawfully,” he said.

“If the waste is contaminated with material like asbestos, then the company and its operators may be

placing themselves and others at risk by handling it.”

Anyone who sees illegal dumping occurring, or comes across waste that has been illegally dumped, is asked to report the matter on 131 555.

– Ross Tyson, Northern Daily Leader

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The week that was around the region | Photos FORBES: The trailer for a documentary following ultramarathon runner Kirrily Dear’s White Ribbon run in November last year has been released.
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PARKES: The team at Parkes Shire Visitor Information Centre is thrilled to welcome its new Parkes Shire Tourism Trainee, Jemima Hilder.

ORANGE: Dog owners in a social housing complex in Maxwell Avenue say they’re living in fear after dog bait was found in a number of yards.

GRENFELL: Al Furey will be in Grenfell for a week of meetings to be held at The Henry Lawson High School Hall.

COWRA: Festival goers lined the streets and cheered on from their verandahs as the annual Festival of International Understanding parade headed up Brougham Street.

ORANGE: Jade Nonnenmacher is making the most of the new car smell after winning the Robin Hood Hotel’s Mitsubishi Mirage promotion on the weekend.

BLAYNEY: Andrenalin, glamour and fast-paced fun – this weekend’s Millamolong John Davis Volvo Polo Carnival will have it all.

CANOWINDRA: The Mitchell String Quartet will be performing later this month in Canowindra at All Saints Church Canowindra, bringing with them the sounds and music from palace chambers.

ORANGE: Russell Culverson has had enough of animal carcasses being dumped on the edge of the road and wants authorities to crack down on recreational hunters who do the wrong thing.

FORBES: With everything from turkeys to turtles on show, this year’s St Laurence’s Primary School fete will certainly have the cute factor.

PARKES: The Parkes Memorial Hill Committee met at the memorial to sign off on new interpretive panels for the memorial and the new garden.

COWRA: Local pole dancer and pole studio operator Lauren Barker performed at Encore recently. The highlight of Lauren’s evening was the performance by Amber Ray and Jedda J Jordan.

ORANGE: Four Canobolas Rural Technology High School students will learn to tell traditional Aboriginal stories through dance as part of the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Rekindling Youth program.

FORBES: Forbes Magpies are looking to a successful 2015 season and with a fresh line-up of senior coaches and new players, things are certainly looking up.

CANOWINDRA: Member for Orange Andrew Gee announced $9,220 towards a bus shelter upgrade in Canowindra under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Regional Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme.

BLAYNEY: Blayney Shire mayor Scott Ferguson believes Millthorpe’s Redmond Oval could become one of the region’s premier sporting facilities after it undergoes a $500,000 revamp.

PARKES: Runs were not easy to come by in the A grade cricket match between Royals and Commercial Colts. Only Luke Clarke and Phil Dunford were able to post reasonable scores for Royals against the under-manned Colts.

COWRA: More than 140 people attended a forum in Sydney last week opposing the construction of a dam at Cranky Rock.

ORANGE: Ppolice are asking for the public’s help to piece together the movements of a 50-year-old man who was found dead on National Avenue early on Sunday morning.

ROCKLEY: Wayne Crisp, originally from Rockley, saddled up to compete in the open bull ride on Novocane at yesterday’s Rockley Rodeo. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030815crodeo

BATHURST: Eleven inmates spent their first night at the Kirkconnell Correctional Centre on Monday.

BATHURST: Bathurst High Year 10 students Josh Broes and Emily Kavwenje received guidance from nurse Alison Parker during a hands-on program held at the hospital to show the teens the graphic effects of risk-related behaviour.

BATHURST: Nasho Barry Stuart and the Lone Pine, which has links to the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli, growing in the grounds of Bathurst Cemetery. Photo BRIAN WOOD 030915pine3

BATHURST: Porters Cafe owner Chris Bergen has joined the call for CCTV in the CBD after his store fell victim to a malicious damage attack on Friday night. Photo PHILL MURRAY 030715pchris

BATHURST: Three men were transported to Orange Hospital after a two-car accident west of Bathurst on Monday. It was the fourth accident on the same stretch of road in five months. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030915cmva4

BATHURST: Jackson Butler from Butlers Events at Carrington Park this week helping put the finishing touches on the corporate marquees that have been erected for Saturday’s big NRL match between the Panthers and Titans.

LITHGOW: John Barnes and Col Hunter enjoy the Portland Art Show. The art show raised more than $25,000 for local charitites. lm031215art13

LITHGOW: The local mining union sponsored a community meeting at the Workmens Club on Tuesday night to discuss the state of the Lithgow economy.

MUDGEE: Pigeon breeder Brian Jones and judge Allan Driscoll with the Champion Fancy Pigeon and Champion Utility Pigeon of the 2015 Mudgee Show.

MUDGEE: There was colour, colour everywhere at Lawson Park on Sunday as more than 500 people took part in the first annual Dye Hard Fun Run.

MUDGEE: There were pirates of all sizes at the PCYC as part of Monkey Madness’ pirate week shenanigans.

OBERON: Oberon High School Year 12 students participating in an HSC Study Skills Day.

OBERON: Oberon school student got the chance to learn the ropes from former NRL players Nathan Hindmarsh, Ian Schubert and Josh Perry when they visited Oberon as part of the Hogs for the Homeless Ride.

BATHURST: Record entrant and crowd numbers, burnt rubber and heart-thumping action, had organisers boasting of the most successful Bathurst Autofest ever.

DUBBO: Three Oriental small-clawed otter pups at the zoo will soon start to venture out of their dens more frequently. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

DUBBO St Brigid’s School, Parish Priest Father Greg. The Catholic Church will celebrate 150 years this year, with a number of activities planned throughout the year. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: Ability Links team members Melissa McWilliam, Melissa Goedee and Cassie Gardner invite the community to leave their handprint on a banner at the program launch on Thursday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Organisers Geoff Smith (Rotary) and Carly Donohue (University of Newcastle), with Mudgee High School students Adam O’Connell, Daniel Reinhard and Josie Ajer McConnell. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

WELLINGTON: A ‘fast-running fire’ on the Mitchell Highway, which came as close as 200m from homes on an estate near Wellington, was deliberately lit.

DUBBO: Macquarie Anglican Grammar School student Holly Adams shortly after completing her first solo flight from Narromine to Dubbo.Photo: ANGELA CLUTTERBUCK

DUBBO: Director of ‘Away’ Kate Bain and president of Wesley House Players Rhonda Kerr promote the production in the lead-up to opening night on Friday, March 13. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

DUBBO: Darrio Manifest Phillips with his young troops. Photo: KATHRYN O SULLIVAN

DUBBO: Ten years on; Dot Stevenson, Dubbo, Christine Lord, Gilgandra, Pam Whitney, Tamworth, Shirley Cheney, Blayney, Julie Darley, Orange, Judy Regan, Dubbo and Jan Mackintosh, Dubbo. Photo: LAURA McINTYRE

WELLINGTON: Lilah Wykes gives her very best smile, after the 5-year-old was plucked from Wellington in a national modelling agency competition.

DUBBO: Kiffin Miller, Olivia Watson, Sarah Minto, Steve Gulckman, Abbi Fox, Shivawn Stevens, Kim O’Conner, Karen Hagan and Melia Condon get stuck in, planting a new medicinal garden at the School of Rural Health. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

WELLINGTON: Police, State Emergency Services and paramedics deliver the man into the helicopter at Wellington on Saturday night.

DUBBO: CWA Macquarie group handicraft officer Carolyn McCulloch with some of the exhibits from across the region entered in the group competition judged at Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

NARROMINE: Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, Adine Hoey and Mayor of Narromine Shire, Bill McAnally.

NYNGAN: Local businesses contribute to the latest milestone for Nyngan Solar Project.

NYNAGN: Jill Elder, Samantha Hicks and Chris Elder attending the Zone Showgirl finals.

NYNGAN: Kathryn Lamond AGL Energy, Bruce Smith First Solar, Jim Hampstead Deputy Mayor of Bogan Shire, Anthony Fowler AGL Energy. Anthony Roberts, Greg Bourne Chair Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Mark Stephens AGL Energy.

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Eastlake too good on day two

Guy Gillespie’s 2/63 in 17 overs was not enough for Queanbeyan to stop Eastlake. Photo: Steph Konatar.
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EASTLAKE snagged the minor premiership after winning the Cricket ACT two-day competition by seven wickets against Queanbeyan at Freebody Oval last week.

Queanbeyan set 350 in day one, and early in the day it looked to be a difficult task as the Bluebags made runs hard to come by for Eastlake.

After a couple of early wickets from Guy Gillespie and captain Sam Taylor, Eastlake sat at 2/76 heading into lunch.

The Bluebags managed another early wicket after lunch and they looked to be in control until fomer Queanbeyan batsmen Michael Spaseski and Vele Dukoski stepped onto the crease.

Spaseski and Dukoski made life for the Bluebags very difficult, scoring 146no and 132no respectively.

Guy Gillespie was the best bowler for Queanbeyan, bowling 2/63 in 17 overs.

Queanbeyan captain Taylor said there were a few opportunities his team should have taken, but ultimately they were outplayed.

“We needed to take catches and had a couple of misfields, but we didn’t do anything momumentally wrong,” he said.

“It was a flat deck, dry day and a harsh outfield, a little bit harder and probably better suited for batting and they jumped on that.”

Spaseski and Dukoski were two batsmen that should not have been given an inch, Taylor admitted.

“(Spaseski) and (Dukoski) are two blokes you don’t want to get going,” he said.

“But credit where credit’s due, we were outplayed.”

Taylor suggested the current Bluebags would not have played against the pair any differently, despite their Queanbeyan links.

“I mean it would be nicer if everyone could stay at the club,” he said.

“It might have given the boys a bit of fire in their bellies, but I don’t think they would’ve thought about it really.”

“Let bygones be bygones” said the captain, insisting the team would not dwell on the loss and was looking towards their semi final against West’s UC at Freebody Oval this weekend.

“We’ve forgotten about the loss and we’re looking forward,” he said.

“We’re ready and pumped up for a good finals series.

“We got our home semi, but West’s are going to come out firing and we’ve got to be ready for that.”

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IN COURT

IT started with a man exposing his genitalia on a pub dance floor and ended with another man facing court on two serious assault charges.
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South Australian Geoffrey Wilson, 42, fronted Gunnedah Local Court last week to answer charges relating to an incident in the Club House Hotel in the early hours of September 27 last year.

Magistrate Barnett heard that a dance at the popular hotel had been uneventful until security staff received complaints that one of the male dancers had dropped his trousers to his ankles and was exposing himself.

Two security staff escorted the man from the floor who left the area without incident.

At this point Wilson is alleged to have approached the staff members and asked why they were removing the dancer from the floor.

Wilson has then said “why are you giving me the eye”, and attempted to grab the shirt of one of the security officers.

Wilson was then pushed through the door of the hotel by the staff with several punches being thrown during a struggle on the footpath which spilled out onto the road.

Just as the staff members were getting the upper hand with Wilson, the dance floor exhibitionist joined in, kicking one of the staff several times in the head as he fell to the ground.

Police were quickly on the scene but both Wilson and the dance floor man had left the scene.

Security staff followed both into the carpark of KFC.

They found Wilson sitting on a bench.

Wilson then ran at one of the staff and both men fell to the ground, striking a steel poll.

Wilson sustained minor injuries to his head and his victim an injury to his arm as he struck the pole.

Wilson was detained until police arrived and he was kept in hospital overnight for observation.

Police obtained CCTV footage of the incident which aided them in their investigations.

Wilson declined to be interviewed over the incident.

Magistrate Barnett fined Wilson $2500 on one count of assault and dismissed a second charge.

A MAN who fired two shots from a large-calibre Lee Enfield rifle outside his Hunter Street home has narrowly escaped jail.

Forty-eight-year-old Anthony Roden appeared in Gunnedah Local Court last week on five firearm-related charges arising from an incident late last year.

Roden was charged with using a firearm near a public place, having possession of an unregistered firearm, using an unauthorised firearm, not keeping a firearm safely and with having possession of ammunition when he appeared before Magistrate Barnett.

Evidence supplied to the court detailed how Roden had “gone for his gun” after hearing whistling, yelling and name-calling outside his home on the evening of October 10.

Police were told Roden had removed the Lee Enfield from a Remington firearms case which he had secreted under a concrete step at the side of the dwelling after becoming “alarmed when he heard someone calling him a dog”.

He was to later tell police that he had become anxious when he heard what sounded like a shot from the direction of the showground.

He admitted that he had fired one shot from the rifle before putting it back under the step.

Police were quickly on the scene and saw a “shadowy figure” running from the scene.

Officers found one spent casing on the footpath and were told by several witnesses that at least two shots had been fired in quick succession.

Police then asked Roden’s partner for permission to search the premises and were given consent.

A search turned up the Remington firearms case with the Lee Enfield, while inside the dwelling police found a green ammunition box in the main bedroom which contained one spent .308 casing and 14 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition.

Roden later handed himself in to Tamworth police, making full admissions to the charges.

Mr Barnett sentenced Roden to five months jail on the first charge but suspended the sentence on him entering a Section 12 (suspended sentence) bond with orders he accept supervision and guidance from the Probation and Parole Service.

On the ammunition charge, Mr Barnett recorded a conviction but imposed no penalty while on the remaining three charges he placed Roden on a Section 9, two-year good behaviour bond with the usual conditions relating to supervision and guidance.

On a separate charge relating to the assault on his female partner, Roden was placed on an additional Section 9, 12-month bond.

This charge arose after an incident on April 28 last year when Roden had grabbed his victim by the arms.

A GUNNEDAH woman has been fined and put off the road for six months on a mid-range drink-driving conviction.

Belinda Sams, 52, of Barber Street, blew .108 when she was pulled over by police in Barber Street just before 1am on February 28.

Sams’ Toyota Camry was stopped by police on a random breath-testing patrol.

The defendant told police she had consumed four Jack Daniels and Coke after finishing work.

She was fined $350.

IT has taken almost two years but a Yarrabin man has finally faced Gunnedah Local Court on a charge of causing malicious damage.

Magistrate Barnett was told 20-year-old Nathan Walsh had been with a group of friends shortly before 2am on the night of September 28, 2013 when they walked past the premises of Goodstart Early Learning Centre.

It was alleged Walsh had run at the Colorbond fence and threw himself at the panelling, causing several sheets to pop out with both Walsh and the sheets landing inside the premises.

Walsh pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on a Section 9, 12-month good behaviour bond.

A BLOOD-ALCOHOL reading of .108 has cost a George Street resident $750 and his licence for nine months.

Robert Williams, 58, appeared before Magistrate Barnett last week in Gunnedah Local Court on one count of mid-range drink-driving.

Williams was charged with drink-driving after his Toyota Hilux was pulled over by police as it left the carpark of the Railway Hotel shortly after 5pm on February 26.

He told police he had five schooners of Tooheys New beer prior to driving.

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Weekend Wrap: What’s OnMarch 13-15

Flickerfest screens at the Glasshouse this Sunday* Lazy Sundays: Finnian’s Irish Tavern, 8.30pm, free
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* It’s Friday I’m In Love: Tasty Tunes at Zebu Bar + Grill, 5pm, $8 cocktail, $4 domestic beer, $10 tasting plates

* Hastings Valley Fine Art Gallery: Summer Breeze Exhibition by members, Thursday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, free

* Glasshouse Regional Gallery: Sarah Wade Abstracts, Black Harvest – Andy Devine and Peter Tilley, until March 22. Weekdays 10am until 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm, free

* Haven Fine Arts Gallery: Lakeside Jewels exhibit by Alita Allison, 2/524 Ocean Drive, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, until March 12

* Raffles at Port Panthers from 6.45pm

* East Coast Encounter, at the Glasshouse from 10am

* Martini Club at the Beach House from 5pm until 6pm, $5 imported tap beer, $6 spiced cider, $7 Beach House martini.

* Campfire Festival at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley. Featuring big-name artists including John Butler Trio, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll, Ash Grunwald, Beccy Cole, Mental as Anything, The McClymonts, Wendy Matthews, We Two Thieves and more. Finishes Sunday night

* Keep Calm, Play Bridge at Port City Bowling Club from 12pm

* Live Music at the Beach House from 12pm, featuring Luke Cousins and special guests

* Sprouts for Kids, art activities from 11am at The Glasshouse

*Plain Air Painting Days, Saturday and Sunday, with Ewan Macleod at the Glasshouse Gallery from 10am to 3pm, $20

* Dying with Dignity forum at Port Panthers from 2pm.

* Raffles at Port Panthers from 12pm

* Sunday Bloody Sundaze at the Beach House from 12pm until 10pm, $5 Beach House Rum punch, $8 Bloody Mary, $8 Mojito, $10 Spit Roast burger, $15 Jugs Tooheys New, $20 Corona Buckets.

* Flickerfest, featuring some of the most innovative, creative and cutting edge short films being produced in Australia and the world today. From 2pm at the Glasshouse, tickets cost $25 members, $35 non-members.

* Hart to Hart at Quaylime from 3pm until 8pm, free.

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Modern kitchen central feature

5B Quarry Road, ​West Launceston
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FOUND in a quiet no-through street, this home offers beautiful views and is a leisurely walk to the scenic Cataract Gorge.

Presented in modern style, the large kitchen takes centre stage in this home.

The kitchen is fitted with quality stainless steel appliances, an island bench and finished with timber cupboards and drawers, ensuring cooking will be a pleasure.

The open-plan living and dining is off the kitchen and enjoys a sunny aspect with sliding doors providing access to the decked entertaining area.

The home has three bedrooms upstairs, all with built-in wardrobes with a possible fourth bedroom downstairs.

The downstairs area offers flexible use and could be used as a teenager retreat that would include bedroom, rumpus with a separate bathroom-laundry.

It could also be used as a home office or even a large playroom

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The week that was around the region | Photos FORBES: The trailer for a documentary following ultramarathon runner Kirrily Dear’s White Ribbon run in November last year has been released.
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PARKES: The team at Parkes Shire Visitor Information Centre is thrilled to welcome its new Parkes Shire Tourism Trainee, Jemima Hilder.

ORANGE: Dog owners in a social housing complex in Maxwell Avenue say they’re living in fear after dog bait was found in a number of yards.

GRENFELL: Al Furey will be in Grenfell for a week of meetings to be held at The Henry Lawson High School Hall.

COWRA: Festival goers lined the streets and cheered on from their verandahs as the annual Festival of International Understanding parade headed up Brougham Street.

ORANGE: Jade Nonnenmacher is making the most of the new car smell after winning the Robin Hood Hotel’s Mitsubishi Mirage promotion on the weekend.

BLAYNEY: Andrenalin, glamour and fast-paced fun – this weekend’s Millamolong John Davis Volvo Polo Carnival will have it all.

CANOWINDRA: The Mitchell String Quartet will be performing later this month in Canowindra at All Saints Church Canowindra, bringing with them the sounds and music from palace chambers.

ORANGE: Russell Culverson has had enough of animal carcasses being dumped on the edge of the road and wants authorities to crack down on recreational hunters who do the wrong thing.

FORBES: With everything from turkeys to turtles on show, this year’s St Laurence’s Primary School fete will certainly have the cute factor.

PARKES: The Parkes Memorial Hill Committee met at the memorial to sign off on new interpretive panels for the memorial and the new garden.

COWRA: Local pole dancer and pole studio operator Lauren Barker performed at Encore recently. The highlight of Lauren’s evening was the performance by Amber Ray and Jedda J Jordan.

ORANGE: Four Canobolas Rural Technology High School students will learn to tell traditional Aboriginal stories through dance as part of the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Rekindling Youth program.

FORBES: Forbes Magpies are looking to a successful 2015 season and with a fresh line-up of senior coaches and new players, things are certainly looking up.

CANOWINDRA: Member for Orange Andrew Gee announced $9,220 towards a bus shelter upgrade in Canowindra under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Regional Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme.

BLAYNEY: Blayney Shire mayor Scott Ferguson believes Millthorpe’s Redmond Oval could become one of the region’s premier sporting facilities after it undergoes a $500,000 revamp.

PARKES: Runs were not easy to come by in the A grade cricket match between Royals and Commercial Colts. Only Luke Clarke and Phil Dunford were able to post reasonable scores for Royals against the under-manned Colts.

COWRA: More than 140 people attended a forum in Sydney last week opposing the construction of a dam at Cranky Rock.

ORANGE: Ppolice are asking for the public’s help to piece together the movements of a 50-year-old man who was found dead on National Avenue early on Sunday morning.

ROCKLEY: Wayne Crisp, originally from Rockley, saddled up to compete in the open bull ride on Novocane at yesterday’s Rockley Rodeo. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030815crodeo

BATHURST: Eleven inmates spent their first night at the Kirkconnell Correctional Centre on Monday.

BATHURST: Bathurst High Year 10 students Josh Broes and Emily Kavwenje received guidance from nurse Alison Parker during a hands-on program held at the hospital to show the teens the graphic effects of risk-related behaviour.

BATHURST: Nasho Barry Stuart and the Lone Pine, which has links to the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli, growing in the grounds of Bathurst Cemetery. Photo BRIAN WOOD 030915pine3

BATHURST: Porters Cafe owner Chris Bergen has joined the call for CCTV in the CBD after his store fell victim to a malicious damage attack on Friday night. Photo PHILL MURRAY 030715pchris

BATHURST: Three men were transported to Orange Hospital after a two-car accident west of Bathurst on Monday. It was the fourth accident on the same stretch of road in five months. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030915cmva4

BATHURST: Jackson Butler from Butlers Events at Carrington Park this week helping put the finishing touches on the corporate marquees that have been erected for Saturday’s big NRL match between the Panthers and Titans.

LITHGOW: John Barnes and Col Hunter enjoy the Portland Art Show. The art show raised more than $25,000 for local charitites. lm031215art13

LITHGOW: The local mining union sponsored a community meeting at the Workmens Club on Tuesday night to discuss the state of the Lithgow economy.

MUDGEE: Pigeon breeder Brian Jones and judge Allan Driscoll with the Champion Fancy Pigeon and Champion Utility Pigeon of the 2015 Mudgee Show.

MUDGEE: There was colour, colour everywhere at Lawson Park on Sunday as more than 500 people took part in the first annual Dye Hard Fun Run.

MUDGEE: There were pirates of all sizes at the PCYC as part of Monkey Madness’ pirate week shenanigans.

OBERON: Oberon High School Year 12 students participating in an HSC Study Skills Day.

OBERON: Oberon school student got the chance to learn the ropes from former NRL players Nathan Hindmarsh, Ian Schubert and Josh Perry when they visited Oberon as part of the Hogs for the Homeless Ride.

BATHURST: Record entrant and crowd numbers, burnt rubber and heart-thumping action, had organisers boasting of the most successful Bathurst Autofest ever.

DUBBO: Three Oriental small-clawed otter pups at the zoo will soon start to venture out of their dens more frequently. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

DUBBO St Brigid’s School, Parish Priest Father Greg. The Catholic Church will celebrate 150 years this year, with a number of activities planned throughout the year. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: Ability Links team members Melissa McWilliam, Melissa Goedee and Cassie Gardner invite the community to leave their handprint on a banner at the program launch on Thursday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Organisers Geoff Smith (Rotary) and Carly Donohue (University of Newcastle), with Mudgee High School students Adam O’Connell, Daniel Reinhard and Josie Ajer McConnell. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

WELLINGTON: A ‘fast-running fire’ on the Mitchell Highway, which came as close as 200m from homes on an estate near Wellington, was deliberately lit.

DUBBO: Macquarie Anglican Grammar School student Holly Adams shortly after completing her first solo flight from Narromine to Dubbo.Photo: ANGELA CLUTTERBUCK

DUBBO: Director of ‘Away’ Kate Bain and president of Wesley House Players Rhonda Kerr promote the production in the lead-up to opening night on Friday, March 13. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

DUBBO: Darrio Manifest Phillips with his young troops. Photo: KATHRYN O SULLIVAN

DUBBO: Ten years on; Dot Stevenson, Dubbo, Christine Lord, Gilgandra, Pam Whitney, Tamworth, Shirley Cheney, Blayney, Julie Darley, Orange, Judy Regan, Dubbo and Jan Mackintosh, Dubbo. Photo: LAURA McINTYRE

WELLINGTON: Lilah Wykes gives her very best smile, after the 5-year-old was plucked from Wellington in a national modelling agency competition.

DUBBO: Kiffin Miller, Olivia Watson, Sarah Minto, Steve Gulckman, Abbi Fox, Shivawn Stevens, Kim O’Conner, Karen Hagan and Melia Condon get stuck in, planting a new medicinal garden at the School of Rural Health. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

WELLINGTON: Police, State Emergency Services and paramedics deliver the man into the helicopter at Wellington on Saturday night.

DUBBO: CWA Macquarie group handicraft officer Carolyn McCulloch with some of the exhibits from across the region entered in the group competition judged at Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

NARROMINE: Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, Adine Hoey and Mayor of Narromine Shire, Bill McAnally.

NYNGAN: Local businesses contribute to the latest milestone for Nyngan Solar Project.

NYNAGN: Jill Elder, Samantha Hicks and Chris Elder attending the Zone Showgirl finals.

NYNGAN: Kathryn Lamond AGL Energy, Bruce Smith First Solar, Jim Hampstead Deputy Mayor of Bogan Shire, Anthony Fowler AGL Energy. Anthony Roberts, Greg Bourne Chair Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Mark Stephens AGL Energy.

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The week that was around the region | Photos FORBES: The trailer for a documentary following ultramarathon runner Kirrily Dear’s White Ribbon run in November last year has been released.
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PARKES: The team at Parkes Shire Visitor Information Centre is thrilled to welcome its new Parkes Shire Tourism Trainee, Jemima Hilder.

ORANGE: Dog owners in a social housing complex in Maxwell Avenue say they’re living in fear after dog bait was found in a number of yards.

GRENFELL: Al Furey will be in Grenfell for a week of meetings to be held at The Henry Lawson High School Hall.

COWRA: Festival goers lined the streets and cheered on from their verandahs as the annual Festival of International Understanding parade headed up Brougham Street.

ORANGE: Jade Nonnenmacher is making the most of the new car smell after winning the Robin Hood Hotel’s Mitsubishi Mirage promotion on the weekend.

BLAYNEY: Andrenalin, glamour and fast-paced fun – this weekend’s Millamolong John Davis Volvo Polo Carnival will have it all.

CANOWINDRA: The Mitchell String Quartet will be performing later this month in Canowindra at All Saints Church Canowindra, bringing with them the sounds and music from palace chambers.

ORANGE: Russell Culverson has had enough of animal carcasses being dumped on the edge of the road and wants authorities to crack down on recreational hunters who do the wrong thing.

FORBES: With everything from turkeys to turtles on show, this year’s St Laurence’s Primary School fete will certainly have the cute factor.

PARKES: The Parkes Memorial Hill Committee met at the memorial to sign off on new interpretive panels for the memorial and the new garden.

COWRA: Local pole dancer and pole studio operator Lauren Barker performed at Encore recently. The highlight of Lauren’s evening was the performance by Amber Ray and Jedda J Jordan.

ORANGE: Four Canobolas Rural Technology High School students will learn to tell traditional Aboriginal stories through dance as part of the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Rekindling Youth program.

FORBES: Forbes Magpies are looking to a successful 2015 season and with a fresh line-up of senior coaches and new players, things are certainly looking up.

CANOWINDRA: Member for Orange Andrew Gee announced $9,220 towards a bus shelter upgrade in Canowindra under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Regional Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme.

BLAYNEY: Blayney Shire mayor Scott Ferguson believes Millthorpe’s Redmond Oval could become one of the region’s premier sporting facilities after it undergoes a $500,000 revamp.

PARKES: Runs were not easy to come by in the A grade cricket match between Royals and Commercial Colts. Only Luke Clarke and Phil Dunford were able to post reasonable scores for Royals against the under-manned Colts.

COWRA: More than 140 people attended a forum in Sydney last week opposing the construction of a dam at Cranky Rock.

ORANGE: Ppolice are asking for the public’s help to piece together the movements of a 50-year-old man who was found dead on National Avenue early on Sunday morning.

ROCKLEY: Wayne Crisp, originally from Rockley, saddled up to compete in the open bull ride on Novocane at yesterday’s Rockley Rodeo. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030815crodeo

BATHURST: Eleven inmates spent their first night at the Kirkconnell Correctional Centre on Monday.

BATHURST: Bathurst High Year 10 students Josh Broes and Emily Kavwenje received guidance from nurse Alison Parker during a hands-on program held at the hospital to show the teens the graphic effects of risk-related behaviour.

BATHURST: Nasho Barry Stuart and the Lone Pine, which has links to the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli, growing in the grounds of Bathurst Cemetery. Photo BRIAN WOOD 030915pine3

BATHURST: Porters Cafe owner Chris Bergen has joined the call for CCTV in the CBD after his store fell victim to a malicious damage attack on Friday night. Photo PHILL MURRAY 030715pchris

BATHURST: Three men were transported to Orange Hospital after a two-car accident west of Bathurst on Monday. It was the fourth accident on the same stretch of road in five months. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 030915cmva4

BATHURST: Jackson Butler from Butlers Events at Carrington Park this week helping put the finishing touches on the corporate marquees that have been erected for Saturday’s big NRL match between the Panthers and Titans.

LITHGOW: John Barnes and Col Hunter enjoy the Portland Art Show. The art show raised more than $25,000 for local charitites. lm031215art13

LITHGOW: The local mining union sponsored a community meeting at the Workmens Club on Tuesday night to discuss the state of the Lithgow economy.

MUDGEE: Pigeon breeder Brian Jones and judge Allan Driscoll with the Champion Fancy Pigeon and Champion Utility Pigeon of the 2015 Mudgee Show.

MUDGEE: There was colour, colour everywhere at Lawson Park on Sunday as more than 500 people took part in the first annual Dye Hard Fun Run.

MUDGEE: There were pirates of all sizes at the PCYC as part of Monkey Madness’ pirate week shenanigans.

OBERON: Oberon High School Year 12 students participating in an HSC Study Skills Day.

OBERON: Oberon school student got the chance to learn the ropes from former NRL players Nathan Hindmarsh, Ian Schubert and Josh Perry when they visited Oberon as part of the Hogs for the Homeless Ride.

BATHURST: Record entrant and crowd numbers, burnt rubber and heart-thumping action, had organisers boasting of the most successful Bathurst Autofest ever.

DUBBO: Three Oriental small-clawed otter pups at the zoo will soon start to venture out of their dens more frequently. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

DUBBO St Brigid’s School, Parish Priest Father Greg. The Catholic Church will celebrate 150 years this year, with a number of activities planned throughout the year. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: Ability Links team members Melissa McWilliam, Melissa Goedee and Cassie Gardner invite the community to leave their handprint on a banner at the program launch on Thursday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Organisers Geoff Smith (Rotary) and Carly Donohue (University of Newcastle), with Mudgee High School students Adam O’Connell, Daniel Reinhard and Josie Ajer McConnell. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

WELLINGTON: A ‘fast-running fire’ on the Mitchell Highway, which came as close as 200m from homes on an estate near Wellington, was deliberately lit.

DUBBO: Macquarie Anglican Grammar School student Holly Adams shortly after completing her first solo flight from Narromine to Dubbo.Photo: ANGELA CLUTTERBUCK

DUBBO: Director of ‘Away’ Kate Bain and president of Wesley House Players Rhonda Kerr promote the production in the lead-up to opening night on Friday, March 13. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

DUBBO: Darrio Manifest Phillips with his young troops. Photo: KATHRYN O SULLIVAN

DUBBO: Ten years on; Dot Stevenson, Dubbo, Christine Lord, Gilgandra, Pam Whitney, Tamworth, Shirley Cheney, Blayney, Julie Darley, Orange, Judy Regan, Dubbo and Jan Mackintosh, Dubbo. Photo: LAURA McINTYRE

WELLINGTON: Lilah Wykes gives her very best smile, after the 5-year-old was plucked from Wellington in a national modelling agency competition.

DUBBO: Kiffin Miller, Olivia Watson, Sarah Minto, Steve Gulckman, Abbi Fox, Shivawn Stevens, Kim O’Conner, Karen Hagan and Melia Condon get stuck in, planting a new medicinal garden at the School of Rural Health. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

WELLINGTON: Police, State Emergency Services and paramedics deliver the man into the helicopter at Wellington on Saturday night.

DUBBO: CWA Macquarie group handicraft officer Carolyn McCulloch with some of the exhibits from across the region entered in the group competition judged at Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

NARROMINE: Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, Adine Hoey and Mayor of Narromine Shire, Bill McAnally.

NYNGAN: Local businesses contribute to the latest milestone for Nyngan Solar Project.

NYNAGN: Jill Elder, Samantha Hicks and Chris Elder attending the Zone Showgirl finals.

NYNGAN: Kathryn Lamond AGL Energy, Bruce Smith First Solar, Jim Hampstead Deputy Mayor of Bogan Shire, Anthony Fowler AGL Energy. Anthony Roberts, Greg Bourne Chair Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Mark Stephens AGL Energy.

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Qbn under 12s snag premiership

Back Row: Michael Frost (coach)Middle Row: Jasper Haskins, Ben Thurling, Blake Faunce, Ryan Deardon, Brad Millynn, Josh Fahey, Max Hunter, Eli BrennanFront Row: Jordan Gilbert, Elijh Deveau-Patterson, Sam Frost, Jackson Miller, Harry LitchfieldThe Queanbeyan Under 12 cricket team faced off in the ACT Cricket Junior Grand Final against a very formidable Eastlake side last Saturday and Sunday.
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The Queanbeyan side won the toss and sent Eastlake in. With the format of the match seeing Eastlake face 25 overs, then Queanbeyan 25 overs and then on the Sunday the reverse, a good start to the match was essential. The Mighty Bluebags responded with a superb opening bowling display to restrict the visitors to 5/41 from their allotted 25 overs.

Queanbeyan got off to the best possible start with the bat and whilst the scoring was slow and steady the first part of the innings finished with a flurry and Queanbeyan were 0/88 overnight.

The Sunday morning saw captain, Sam Frost and youngster Blake Faunce both retire at 50 having added 112 for the 1st wicket. Really useful contributions from Elijh Deveau-Patterson (22), Jasper Haskins (13no) and Jordan Gilbert (11) left Queanbeyan at 8/199 from their 50 overs and Eastlake needing 160 from their remaining 25 overs.

The task proved too much for the interstate rivals and at the conclusion of their 50 overs the scoreline read 9/136 and a comfortable win for Queanbeyan by 63 runs.

For the Bluebags Ryan Deardon took 2 wickets whilst all other bowlers played their part. Brad Millynn was at his fiery best, Eli Brennan, Max Hunter and Jackson Miller all produced excellent spells with their wily spinners and Ben Thurling, Harry Litchfield and Josh Fahey were both accurate and threatening.

The lads had played brilliantly all season and the effort from each and every player was tremendous and the premiership thoroughly deserved.

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