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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Central district to be revitalised

Coalcliff Plant Hire safety advisor Brad Hansen and Coalcliff operations manager Darrell Scott.Works are underway to substantially improve the eastern and western ends of Forrest Street, provide new access and parking for the art gallery and upgrade parking at the PCYC, senior citizens and Rolling Stock Shed.
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The $1.6 million improvements will be undertaken by Coalcliff Plant Hire.

Shire President Cr Wayne Sanford expressed his delight that a local firm has won the contract and was looking forward to yet another improvement to the town’s character and amenity.

“Council’s CBD revitalisation program is really gaining traction and these road and parking improvements will make a huge difference to how people experience and perceive the town.” He said.

Cr Sanford went on to say that the works will improve the area.

“The additional parking and improved access for the CBD will make the shopping experience more convenient and enjoyable for the local community and visitors.”

Coalcliff Plant Hire principal, Terry Massara, said that his team will be working to minimise any disruption to business and customers over the months of March and April.

Coalcliff Operations manager Darrell Scott said they are hoping to get the project complete on schedule.

“We are expecting the project to take twelve weeks start to finish, subject to weather conditions.”

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Cookbook to help raise funds for Anglicare

The Anglicare Cookbook was launched at Ballarat Grammar School on Thursday. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD.A LOCALLY collaborated cookbook has been launched to inspire local foodies for a good cause.
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The Anglicare Diocese of Ballarat launched their new cookbook on Thursday with the hopes of raising funds for the Ballarat centre.

The 500-recipe cookbook was a collaboration between the Ballarat Diocese Anglicare Steering Committee, Ballarat parishes and Ballarat Grammar School

Ballarat Diocese Anglicare Steering Committee member and Ballarat Grammar School captain Matthew Hall said the cookbook became the perfect chance to bring the parishes together for a good cause.

“We started thinking about it two and a half years ago on the committee and thought not only would it be a good fundraiser but also good for getting people together from all parishes,” he said.

Ballarat Grammar School students were given the opportunity to design each segment of the new cookbook including the cover.

It was year 12 student Elizabeth Wilson who took out first place for every design.

Inspired by a food advertisement on television, Ms Wilson had a different take on the tradition cookbook design.

“I saw the competition and thought I should have a go,” she said.

“I thought it would be a good idea to have more of an art and a creative side to food.”

Six hundredcopies are currently available to purchase at the Ballarat Diocesan Centre and Anglicare Centre with funds raised going towards the Anglicare Diocese of Ballarat.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Anglicare’s Art of Cooking Cookbook

WHERE: Ballarat Diocesan Centre, 49 Lydiard Street South and Anglicare Centre , 14 Victoria Street

PRICE: $20

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Council seeks input into pool upgrade

Gunnedah people are being urged to again have their say about the $7.8 million Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex upgrade.
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Gunnedah Shire Council has released a survey for people to have a say about what features they believe best meet the needs of of the community.

The survey is available on council’s website www.infogunnedah南京夜网.au and paper copies are available at council offices. Surveys close on April 2 and can be completed only once from each device.

Two community drop-in sessions will be held on Thursday, March 26.

The first session will be in Conadilly Street, Gunnedah adjacent to the Gunnedah Newsagency from 11am to 2pm with the second session at the Eric Arnold Heated Pool from 3pm to 6pm.

The GHD project team will be available at the sessions to discuss potential concepts and features with those who attend.

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Girton’s Athletics Day: Photos

Girton’s Athletics Day: Photos Lucas Kirby, Francis Gallagher, Patrick Haythorn, Jack Armstrong, Alex Holmes and Klyne Harris. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY
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Eva Harrington, 200m. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Lucas Kirby, Francis Gallagher, Patrick Haythorn, Jack Armstrong, Alex Holmes and Klyne Harris. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Jameson Crawford, Jordan Sutherland and Declan Rochford in 200m. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Jameson Crawford, Jordan Sutherland and Declan Rochford in 200m. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Cara McMaster-Alderton and Lauren Morris. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Cara McMaster-Alderton and Lauren Morris. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Isabelle Ellis-Reeves. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Lauren Pratt. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Lauren Pratt. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Emelie Mahony, Emily Fawcett and Max Deed. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Girton Sports Day at LUAC. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

John Lavery and Khaden Jones. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Matthew Slot. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Shaun Maharaj. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Ernie Milbert, Dooley Every, Julian Cheng. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Logan Rochford, Oscar Black, Tom Hatcher, Lachlan Campbell, Austen Knowlesand Jared Hodges. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Miyu Minokura, Rina Eibayashi, Mayuka Matsui. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Miyu Minokura, Rina Eibayashi, Mayuka Matsui. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

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Tigers rename the den

Queanbeyan Tigers’ Michael Goiser and Allinsure director Peter Chamberlain are looking towards a strong partnership after the renaming of the oval. Photo: Steph Konatar.AFL in Queanbeyan has been completely revamped with a new league, fresh new faces and now a new major sponsor.
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Queanbeyan has announced its new principal partner, Allinsure takes over the naming rights to the Tigers home ground, formerly known as Dairy Farmers Park.

“Our club has been extremely fortunate to have the support of Capitol Chilled Foods and the ‘Dairy Farmers’ brand for the past 15 years,” Queanbeyan general manager football operations, Michael Goiser said.

“But with Dairy Farmers moving to another category of support for our club, we are very proud to announce that Allinsure is coming on board as our new Principal Partner, and that from today our home ground will be known as Allinsure Park,”

Allinsure will provide the Tigers with a performance-based sponsorship deal.

The Tigers will receive a percentage of premiums sold to Queanbeyan Football Club members.

Peter Chamberlain, director of Canberra-based insurance adviser Allinsure, is well known in local AFL circles having umpired local first grade football throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Chamberlain said it was his passion for the game of AFL that encouraged him to link with the Queanbeyan Tigers.

“It is an important time for the game in Canberra as clubs like Queanbeyan transition out of the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) and back into a revamped and restructured AFL Canberra competition,” he said.

“AFL Canberra is beginning a new era of local football and we at Allinsure saw the opportunity to partner with the Queanbeyan Tigers as an excellent opportunity to help grow the game while supporting a local club.

“The Queanbeyan Tigers are a proud, traditional club dating back to 1925. They’ve had enourmous success in the modern era and we are very excited to be partnering with them,” Peter concluded.

The Tigers season kicks off on Saturday, May 2 2015 at the newly named Allinsure Park following the release of the draw for First Grade, Second Grade and Rising Stars (Under 18s).

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Kitchen confident of improved Spring Classics performance

PORT cyclist Lauren Kitchen has started her Spring Classics campaign well, but has higher hopes for future races.
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I can do better: Port cyclist Lauren Kitchen.

Kitchen finished the Belgian Classic in seventh place after a tough 120 kilometre race around eastern Flanders, in the north of the country.

The race started in pleasant 17 degrees under a sunny sky.

The peloton stayed together for the first 40km before the big teams set up trains into the crucial cobbled section around the 50km mark.

Kitchen’s HiTec Products team placed her perfectly, and she was third after the cobbled climb.

“I’m proud of how they rode,” she said. The race then went on to split on the local laps with 11 riders going clear with 20km to go. Kitchen and teammate Tatiana Gudzero were both in the breakaway.

“Tatiana and I rode together in the move,” Kitchen said.

“She tried to help me as much as she could. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get a better result for all the work she did.”

She has higher hopes for the races in the Drenthe region of the Netherlands.

“I’m satisfied with my feeling and my form now after this race,” Kitchen said.

“I’m happy to be in the mix of the results but I’m chasing something a bit more in the next block of races.”

Her next race is tomorrow.

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Annabelle Chauncy wins NSW Young Woman of the Year

Minister for Women Pru Goward with 2015 Young Woman of the Year Annabelle Chauncy. Photo: 2015 NSW Women of the Year Awards, Family and Community ServicesFORMER Canyonleigh resident Annabelle Chauncy has been recognised for making a difference to the lives of hundreds of women and children in Uganda.
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She has been awarded the 2015 Harvey Norman’s NSW Young Woman of the Year award which recognises the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to industry, community and society, and celebrates their significant achievements.

Ms Chauncy is co-founder of the School for Life Foundation which focuses on delivering high quality education in rural Uganda. The School for Life Foundation provides the support students need, including health care, clean water, uniforms and three meals a day.

Ms Chauncy said she was extremely humbled to receive the award.

“I was extremely happy and grateful that young women are highlighted in the awards program and commend NSW Women for creating a category for under 30 year olds,” Ms Chauncy said.

“It’s important to recognise young women making a difference across our country, to inspire others to aim high and not be afraid to take risks.”

She said young women should be role models and mentors to other young women as they embark on leadership journeys, supporting one another in each and every endeavour. Big things are happening at School for Life, with another 80 students just enrolled, bringing enrolment to 300 students, and this year a pre-school was introduced.

“Our students are from the poorest of the poor backgrounds, living in mud huts with no electricity, running water or amenities,” Ms Chauncy said.

“As such, we were finding that the first six months of the children’s education in Kindergarten was being spent developing fine and gross motor skills, learning routine and doing things like teaching students to hold a pencil, do up buttons on a shirt and tie shoe laces.”

She said the pre-school would bridge the gap between the village and school, enabling students a stronger start to their education. “We are currently constructing an assembly hall, tailoring centre and pre-school adjacent to the school which will be ready in the next six months.”

This year School For Life acquired 30 acres of land 10 kilometres from Katuuso and another primary school will be built, as well as a secondary school twice the size on recently.

“The land is currently being farmed with crops to feed our students three meals a day, and we are developing an animal husbandry program with pigs, goats and cows to generate an income which goes directly back into the operations of the school,” Ms Chauncy said. “We are excited to be able to educate more than 1400 students in the next three years.”

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Quarry expansion calls for road upgrade

WORK is being carried out on the Goolhi Road and Kamilaroi Highway intersection to meet conditions of an approved development application for the expansion of a local quarry.
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Starting on Tuesday, the work is being carried out by a private developer and will include rebuilding of the intersection and installation of new signs, guardrails and line marking.

The work will continue for 10 weeks and will be overseen by Roads and Maritime Services.

Work will occur between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and will begin on the northbound lane before moving to the southbound lane.

Traffic control will be in place for the duration of the project, with one lane to remain open to traffic at all times.

Motorists may experience delays of up to five minutes due to the changed traffic conditions.

Road users are asked to follow the direction of traffic control and reduced speed limits.

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Scorching test of firefighting skills

FIREFIGHTERS are setting up their battleground for the 2015 Regional Firefighters Championships held in Gunnedah this weekend.
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Local firefighters Glenn Swift and Brock Stone (background), Ian Crawford, Mark Sawyer and David Moses are busy setting up the grounds for this weekend’s firefighter championships at the Woolshed Reserve.

The two-day championship event is hosted by Fire and Rescue NSW Gunnedah and held at the Woolshed Reserve on Maitland Street.

The grounds have been prepared over the past 12 months after Gunnedah successfully secured the bid to host the competition.

Twenty-four teams from across NSW, with close to 100 competitors will compete in 12 events.

Events will begin at 8am each day, including the urban pump collector and ladder; urban pump disabled event; booster valve and remote access bag; ladder practice; urban pump and breathing apparatus; rescue event, urban pump and breeching, hose hydrant and extinguisher; hose and hydrant (four competitors); hose and hydrant (two competitors); urban pump suction; and hose hydrant and breeching.

The official opening of the championships will be held at 11am on Saturday by Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, with an aerial display from Kennedy Ag and a performance from the Gunnedah Shire Band.

It is free entry to the grounds for a family friendly event, including fire safety displays from the Rural Fire Service, giveaways, jumping castle and face painting. Food will be available at the reserve.

Sunday will begin with the rescue event.

Firefighting Championships president Greg Fredericks said the event was about upskilling and honing the skills of firefighters.

“All events are current Fire and Rescue practice,” Mr Fredericks said.

“The skills the firefighters retain become second nature with more practice and that’s what these events are about, so they can think more of the safety aspect of a job rather than thinking mechanically.

“The event also promotes camaraderie.

“I’ve been involved in the competition or as an offical for 40 years and have certainly gained lifelong friends.”

Staged over a two-year period, the championships consist of 10 regional weekend championships, which culminate in the Australasian Championships and NSW State Championships, held in alternate years.

Gunnedah firefighters placed 13th in last year’s event and hopes the support of their hometown will help boost their results.

Local firefighters hope the community will turn out in support of the Gunnedah station and to see firefighters from all over the state compete in a display of skill.

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The week that was around the regionPhotos

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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