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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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