Ballarat Miners announce coaches for new SEABL season

BALLARAT Miners have called on two South East Australian Basketball League legends to lead the club to new heights.
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Bendigo Braves great David Flint has been appointed to the vacant head coach role, with Miners champion Eric Hayes locked in as his assistant.

The Miners had been on the hunt for a replacement for Guy Molloy, who resigned from the top job in December last year. Flint is their man.

“It’s a privilege that (the Miners) have the faith in me to get things done, and I have no question that things can get done around here,” Flint said after meeting the players at training last night.

“It’s great to get back with a club that has so much rich history, and they are, to me, throughout the years SEABL has been going, by far the most successful club.”

Flint said it was a huge plus to have Hayes on board.

“I love the way he played and I know he and I can work very closely together,” he said.

The 50-year-old arrives in Ballarat boasting an outstanding career as a coach and player with the Miners’ arch-rival. He is Bendigo’s all-time leader in games played, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals, and led the Braves to their first championship in 1988 as a playing coach.

Flint’s impact on the SEABL is just as great, having been selected in the Team of the Decade for 1980-89 as a player and 1990-99 as the head coach. Flint has six years’ coaching experience at the Australian Junior National Championships, including three as head coach of the under-18 men’s team, in which several Miners have played.

Hayes’ name is synonymous with Ballarat basketball.

He is the all-time leader for SEABL games played, and holds the same record at the Miners, where he is a leader for points, assists and steals.

Hayes sits in the SEABL top 10 for points, assists, rebounds and steals, and was inducted into the 2000s Team of the Decade.

“There is no doubt I have a desire to coach the Miners at some stage, however right now the timing is not right for me or my family,” Hayes said.

“When David asked me to be involved as an assistant I jumped at it, as I have so much respect for what he has achieved and thought what better way for me to further my coaching career with this great club.

“I will fully support him where I can.”

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Townes Earle comes to town

COMING TO MILTON: Justin Townes Earle will be bringing his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore to Milton Theatre in February.Milton Theatre will host renowned signer songwriter JustinTownes Earle this Saturday, February 9.
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Townes Earle was last in Australia in April 2012 forBluesfest and a national run of headline shows in support of his presciently-titledfourth album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

Since April 2012, Justin has since been quiet, working awayon a swag of awesome new tunes, and he is keen to roll out some awesome soundsat his gig this weekend.

He has also spent some time travelling the States impressingall and sundry with his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore,which was schooled into him from a young age by his legendary old man, SteveEarle.

There have also been whispers of him curating celebrationsfor Woody Guthrie’s centennial celebrations in New York.

He made his debut at producing when he took the helm of thelegendary Wanda Jackson’s new album Unfinished Business.

At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what he’sbeen up to, only that he’s returning, and he’s bringing his guitar andincredible knack for writing odes for the downtrodden and broken-hearted,something of a speciality for the young man.

And joining him on this trip for his first foray Down Underwill be burgeoning Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis who earned widespreadacclaim for his debut album Photographs (New West), and whose sparse yetpoignant wordplay and deft guitar skills will make him the perfect appetiserfor the Justin Townes Earle main course.

Whether you’ve been seeing him continually over the last fewyears or just recently opened your heart and mind to the music of Justin TownesEarle, fans are sure to rejoice at news of his imminent return, and rest safein the knowledge that he’s as excited to be coming back to Australia.

Tickets for Saturday, February 9 show are now availableonline at www.lovepolice南京夜网.au/tours or through Country Leather in Milton.

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Marketing push for Barossa food and wine

TOURIST ATTRACTION: South Australian Tourism Commission promotional photo of visitors enjoying food and wine at Murray Street Vineyard. True to its word, the South Australian Tourism Commission is ready to give a significant push for tourism to the Barossa Valley.
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Last year, the SATC indicated after a recent long push for Kangaroo Island, the Barossa was in line for promotion.

Director of Marketing at the South Australian Tourism Commission, David O’Loughlin, said the Barossa is currently a key focus for the commission.

“Over the past few months we have been working closely with the region to refine its regional brand positioning as one of Australia’s premier food and wine destinations, and as one of South Australia’s most popular tourist attractions,” Mr O’Loughlin said.

“Prior to Christmas we began campaign development promoting the region which we are hoping to preview for local stakeholders in the next few months.

“The integrated campaign is expected to start in various media (including television) mid-year. While the campaign is still in development, we are incredibly excited about what we believe will be one of our most successful campaigns yet.

“The marketing push will be supported by a strong PR campaign which will see a number of journalists visit the region over the coming months, generating valuable editorial for the Barossa.”

Mr O’Loughlin said the campaign would be measured by an increase in consideration for travel to the region, and other areas of South Australia.

Recently appointed Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell is excited about the Barossa campaign.

“I had several briefings with the commission and look forward to working with them to promote all the Barossa region and this great state has to offer,” Mr Bignell said.

“I am a regular visitor to the Barossa and worked closely with locals on establishing the Character Preservation Bill which has locked in the valuable agricultural lands which make the region so special.

“I have already been in touch with Chris Pfeiffer, chair of Tourism Barossa, and I look forward to working with him and tourism operators in the Barossa.

“The quality of the food and wine, along with the magnificent setting of the Barossa – indeed all of our wine regions – is a message I’m really keen to see delivered to an expanded local, national and international audience.”

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Blasko mesmerises Milton

BEAUTIFUL BLASKO: Sarah Blasko performs at Milton Theatre. Photo STEPHEN BRAY.Sarah Blasko rolled into our sleepy south coast town for twointense and cinematic style sets at Milton Theatre on Friday, January 25.
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After quickly selling out the 8pm show, managementgraciously opened up a 4pm matinee slot.

These were the first shows of a prolonged national andinternational album tour for I Awake which includes a backing orchestra andvenues such as the Opera House in Sydney, Art Centre in Melbourne as well asvenues in Paris and Berlin.

A cynic might say she was just here to tighten up a band orto re energise before the ardour of the tour proper.

Yes the later set improved on the matinee and I can onlyimagine that the Candelo shows on the Saturday and Sunday were even better butthis was no rehearsal.

Darren Hanlon was a surprise support act.

His lofi story telling was a perfect foil to the intensitywhich was to follow.

Word is that he and Ms Blasko shared a house in the postmillennium.

He brought a beautiful 100 year old guitar and charmed usall.

Hopefully he will be back, perhaps with some of his oldCandle Records’ stable mates or Mick Thomas of Weddings, Parties, Anything famewhose last album Darren recently produced in Portland, Oregon.

I Awake is Sarah Blasko’s fourth long player.

She produced and wrote the album [co writes and addedorchestral arrangements] by herself.

Composed initially on a piano in a house that Sarah lived inby herself in Brighton UK in the first six-months of 2011 the album was thenrecorded in Sweden and Bulgaria.

I Awake has been receiving steady airplay and acclaim sinceits release late last year.

Sarah’s lilting and fragile voice belies the power andintensity of her performance.

There is a dichotomy at the base of her music.

Light but dark, open yet closed.

Honorary local bassist David Symes combined well withSwedish drummer Frederik Rundqvist and allowed David Hunt on keys to draw andlead these songs.

Long-time band fellow Ben Fletcher was flawless on guitar,uke and banjo.

As the warm night progressed the beats became almost trancelike, with Sarah singing, dancing and channelling her Baptist churchupbringing.

The audience was privy to what are very personal stories ofself-revelation and then, hopefully, shared in the epiphanies of understandingand acceptance.

It is heavy-duty subject material wrapped in Kate Bush likecotton candy vocals and though I felt honoured that she had chosen MiltonTheatre as one of only two small venues on this tour, I was still jealous ofthe major cities, as it would have been even better with a backing orchestra.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Student stabbed at a high school in Queanbeyan

Source:Canberra Times
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Year 7 students who only began secondary school last week watched in horror as a 16-year-old was allegedly stabbed during the lunch break at a Queanbeyan high school on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged lunch-time attack, which left a 16-year-old student with two wounds – one to his abdomen and another to his thigh – at about 12.45pm, according to police.

The 16-year old was taken from the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, to The Canberra Hospital by ambulance.

Queanbeyan Police duty officer Inspector Christopher Varley said the 15-year-old boy was charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. He would remain in police custody overnight, and appear before Queanbeyan Local Court Wednesday morning.

Paramedics arrived at the scene at 12.45pm, and took the 16-year-old victim to The Canberra Hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition on Tuesday evening. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Inspector Varley said the alleged attacker had been detained by teachers when police arrived at the school shortly after 12.47pm.

‘‘I’ve got to pay compliments to teaching staff… and the professional job they did to control the incident and contain the young man involved,’’ Inspector Varley said.

‘‘He was basically with the school staff when we arrived.’’

Inspector Varley said the attack had been witnessed by several students as it had occurred during lunch time.

‘‘A number of students were in the vicinity at the time and of course witnessed what occurred,’’ he said.

Counsellinghas already been provided to distressed students at the school.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities said further student support would be offered on Wednesday, and for as long as needed.

The Department refused to comment on the incident any further, saying it would be inappropriate while the police investigation continued.

Inspector Varley said school staff had done a good job of caring for the child witnesses.

‘‘Clearly it’s a traumatic event to occur in the school grounds,’’ he said.

An outdoor lunch area at the school had been cordoned off, and police said a knife was recovered at the scene.

Students had been called into an assembly after the incident, while some students could be seen leaving the school in tears.

Several parents rushed to the school to collect their children after hearing news of incident.

One mother said: ”My son just rang and said a boy he knew had been stabbed. ‘We’re in minor lockdown please come and get me’.”

Another mother said her Year 7 daughter had told her the stabbing happened at the end of lunch time.

“It’s her first week [of high school]. She was sitting having lunch and then she saw the stabbing. I’m thinking of pulling her out and sending her to a private school.”

Students who witnessed the incident said they had been instructed not to speak to the media.

The school’s principal refused to comment on the incident.

NSW Police at the scene of the alleged stabbing. Photo: Karleen Minney – CANBERRA TIMES

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Boys impress at Summer Carnival

AWESOME ATHLETES: Little Athletics members Archie Skinner, Haydn Galea, Jack Skinner, Lachlan Smith and Ryan Smith at the Lake Illawarraa Summer Carnival at which they competed along with Joe and Ben Shephard.The last half of the Little Athleticsseason has seen a handful of childrendown at Frogs Holla enjoying some sprint races and some distance races, resultswere not recorded for the first two weeks but it was a great opportunity to getback into training after a nice Christmas break.
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Sadly the weather got the better of us last week and we hadto cancel.

During the holidays a small group headed up to LakeIllawarra and competed in the Summer Carnival.

Once again this event was well attended by other AthleticCentres and the competition was very tough.

As we’ve come to expect from Milton Ulladulla, Haydn Galea,Jack and Archie Skinner, Lachlan and Ryan Smith, Joe and Ben Shephard allshowed a great competitive spirit and gave it their best shot.

Our medal tally may have been smaller than previouscarnivals but our team went into all of their events with greatenthusiasm.

Well done boys.

The Shoalhaven Gala Day is being held this coming Sunday,February 10, at the Ron Brown Sporting Complex, starting at 9am.

All of our members are welcome to take part.

This may be good practice for those attending the RegionalChampionships in Wagga Wagga later in the month.

Our next point score day is scheduled for Tuesday, February12.

Let’s see if we can break some of those long standing clubrecords.

And finally as always Milton Ulladulla Little Athleticswould like to express our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: Milton Ulladulla ExServos, Milton UlladullaBowling Club, Mollymook Golf Club, Mollymook Narrawallee Real Estate and BakersDelight, their continued generosity helps the development of athletics withinthe Milton Ulladulla area.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Chapman happy in open water

COURTNEY Chapman ditched the pool for the open water two years ago and hasn’t look back since.
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Given the success she’s enjoyed, it’s little wonder too.

The 15-year-old Orange High School student will swim in her second open water nationals at the 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre on Lake Macquarie this weekend.

“I got into it maybe two years ago. I was never really good in the pool and I thought maybe the longer stuff would be a bit better for me, and on my first attempt I made nationals,” Chapman said, qualifying via the state championships at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre.

This year’s three-day open water national championships begins on Friday.

Chapman will compete in the 10 kilometre event on Saturday and the five kilometre swim on Sunday.

The event showcases Australia’s top open water swimming talent, with the open 5km and 10km events incorporating the selection trials for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

And while Chapman hasn’t yet booked a place on the plane to Europe just yet, her goals ahead of the national championship suggest she has one eye on Spain.

“I’m hoping to medal in the five (kilometre) and finish in the top 10 in 10 (kilometre),” she said.

Open water swimming is largely a foreign sport in Orange.

Aside from triathletes, Chapman said only a handful of swimmers have given the open water variety of the sport a chance, but, personally, it has been a challenge she’s loved.

“It’s hard to explain, you don’t have anything to follow and there’s no turns and you’ve just got to look up… you’ve got to have a lot of strength,” she said.

“It’s a different feel in the water. There’s no chlorine, it’s fresh water.

“I really enjoy it.”

She said training along side the experienced Gary Hollywood at Kinross has helped in her development immeasurably.

“He is from New Zealand, and he is very, very good,” she said.

“I train in the pool but he gives me six to seven kilometre sets, which prepares me for the open water swim.”

The 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships in Lake Macquarie start on Friday and wrap up on Sunday.

IN DEEP: Courtney Chapman will contest the Open Water Swimming Championships this weekend. Photo: NICK MCGRATH 0204nmswim

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南京夜网 21/01/2019

Ballarat Miners announce coaches for new SEABL season

BALLARAT Miners have called on two South East Australian Basketball League legends to lead the club to new heights.
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Bendigo Braves great David Flint has been appointed to the vacant head coach role, with Miners champion Eric Hayes locked in as his assistant.

The Miners had been on the hunt for a replacement for Guy Molloy, who resigned from the top job in December last year. Flint is their man.

“It’s a privilege that (the Miners) have the faith in me to get things done, and I have no question that things can get done around here,” Flint said after meeting the players at training last night.

“It’s great to get back with a club that has so much rich history, and they are, to me, throughout the years SEABL has been going, by far the most successful club.”

Flint said it was a huge plus to have Hayes on board.

“I love the way he played and I know he and I can work very closely together,” he said.

The 50-year-old arrives in Ballarat boasting an outstanding career as a coach and player with the Miners’ arch-rival. He is Bendigo’s all-time leader in games played, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals, and led the Braves to their first championship in 1988 as a playing coach.

Flint’s impact on the SEABL is just as great, having been selected in the Team of the Decade for 1980-89 as a player and 1990-99 as the head coach. Flint has six years’ coaching experience at the Australian Junior National Championships, including three as head coach of the under-18 men’s team, in which several Miners have played.

Hayes’ name is synonymous with Ballarat basketball.

He is the all-time leader for SEABL games played, and holds the same record at the Miners, where he is a leader for points, assists and steals.

Hayes sits in the SEABL top 10 for points, assists, rebounds and steals, and was inducted into the 2000s Team of the Decade.

“There is no doubt I have a desire to coach the Miners at some stage, however right now the timing is not right for me or my family,” Hayes said.

“When David asked me to be involved as an assistant I jumped at it, as I have so much respect for what he has achieved and thought what better way for me to further my coaching career with this great club.

“I will fully support him where I can.”

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Ballarat Miners new assistant coach Eric Hayes and new head coach David Flint.

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南京夜网 21/01/2019

Broadmeadow may be end of line

SYDNEY trains may be terminated at Broadmeadow rather than Wickham under state government plans to cut the Newcastle rail line.
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When Planning Minister Brad Hazzard announced the Wickham terminus plan in December, it was generally assumed that all trains currently running to Newcastle would then end at Wickham.

But speculation about the Sydney service has been triggered by government artwork showing the Wickham interchange as more suited to four-car trains than the eight cars usually used on the Sydney service.

And reports to the government have said the extra rail traffic generated by a Wickham interchange would probably require the permanent closure of the level crossing at Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

The extra rail traffic would come from empty trains, which are presently kept on the Newcastle line, having to go back to Broadmeadow for stabling.

One way to avoid this traffic would be to end the Sydney services at Broadmeadow.

But while this would ease pressure on the Beaumont Street gates it would force Maitland line passengers to catch another train, between Hamilton and Broadmeadow, to reach the Sydney service.

Concerns about such issues led the Newcastle Herald to contact the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, last week, to ask about rumours that the Sydney trains would terminate at Broadmeadow.

They passed the questions to Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, who sent them to the Hunter Development Corporation.

Corporation chief executive Bob Hawes acknowledged the reports raising concerns about Beaumont Street – and the even closer Railway Street, Wickham, level crossing – but said final decisions would be made once planning for the Wickham terminus was under way.

The same applied to whether the Sydney service would start and finish from Broadmeadow.

‘‘Such matters are operational detail which will be resolved through the scoping study phase in consultation with Transport for NSW,’’ Mr Hawes said.

He said a ‘‘multi-agency steering group’’ would be put together in the coming weeks to implement the decision announced by Mr Hazzard in December.

‘‘I can honestly say I haven’t seen anything to indicate a departure from the starting point of the announcement, which is services terminating at Wickham,’’ Mr Hawes said.

‘‘But that’s a general planning position and from here on in there will be an interesting and complicated matrix of issues to be worked through.

‘‘It’s a bit like the Hunter Highway. An announcement was made and a line drawn on a map but the eventual outcome was somewhat different.”

What the change could mean:

MAITLAND-SYDNEY: Change trains at Hamilton for Broadmeadow, change at Broadmeadow for Sydney.

MAITLAND-NEWCASTLE: Terminate at Wickham.

NEWCASTLE-SYDNEY: Start at Wickham, change at Broadmeadow for Sydney.

南京夜网 21/01/2019

Braves legend to coach Ballarat Miners

BENDIGO Braves legend David Flint is the new coach of arch-rival the Ballarat Miners.
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Flint spent more than 15 years with the Braves, where he helped develop arguably the most fierce rivalry in the SEABL.

Last night, Flint, who coached the Braves to their first SEABL title in 1988, donned a Miners polo top for the first time.

“It was a hard decision, but it just feels right for me to get back into coaching at SEABL level,’’ Flint said last night after he put his new team through his first training session.

“I love the Bendigo Braves… the club was such a big part of my life for a long time.

“I’ll always have a place in my heart for the Braves and I want the club to be successful.

“But right now I have a new challenge and I’m very comfortable with my decision.”

From the late 1980s until the end of the 2002 season, Flint was the face of the Bendigo Braves.

He was named the Braves’ greatest player by the Bendigo Advertiser at the club’s 25-year anniversary in 2010.

Flint holds club records in games played (318), rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.

Overall, he coached the Braves 343 times with an imposing winning percentage of 63 per cent.

In the past decade Flint has coached Braves junior squads and was the head coach of Victoria Country under-18 squads.

He will continue to work with the Bendigo YMCA and will commute to Ballarat.

“I love my role with the YMCA and if I didn’t think I could do both jobs justice, I wouldn’t be coaching,’’ he said.

Flint signed a two-year deal with Ballarat where he will have the services of former Miners star Eric Hayes as his assistant.

The Braves and Miners clash on April 3 in Ballarat and an inaugural Anzac Day game in Bendigo on April 25.

Braves coach Ben Harvey welcomed Flint’s signing with the Miners.

“I wish Dave all the best with Ballarat,’’ Harvey, who played under Flint in 2001 and 2002, said.

“It’s great to see him coaching in the SEABL again.”

Eric Hayes and David Flint.

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南京夜网 21/01/2019

Stockton dunes stay off limits

STORM damage to Stockton’s famous sand dunes is worse than first thought, with authorities now moving to install expensive sand fencing in northern parts of the bight to encourage the repair of severely eroded banks.
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The news is a blow to the park’s managers who had hoped to soon reopen sections of the dunes to campers and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts.

Users of the park have grown increasingly frustrated with restrictions on access and camping in the area, but it now seems certain that those areas will remain off limits for some time.

That frustration was displayed at a rally held last weekend which attracted an estimated 5000 four-wheel-drive enthusiasts who called for an end to access restrictions in the region’s national parks, and in particular Stockton sand dunes.

See the Herald’s coverage of Saturday’s Unlock Australia rally here, includinga picture gallery, news report and video.

National Parks and Wildlife Service yesterday confirmed that an anticipated natural recovery of the storm-damaged dunes was either not happening, or happening much slower than expected.

NPWS ranger Tony Demamiel said sand fencing would be installed in some northern sections of the bight. Such fencing involves the laying of timber and other biodegradable materials in areas where high seas have breached the frontal dunes and flooded camping areas and four-wheel-drive tracks behind. While water has mostly drained from those areas, the danger of high seas re-entering remains, he said.

The material, erected in a mesh pattern, is designed to catch blowing sand and gradually rebuild the dunes.

‘‘We’ll have to trial the fencing in small sections and monitor the dune recovery,’’ Mr Demamiel said.

‘‘It won’t further restrict public access, but existing restrictions will have to remain in place.’’

The initial breaches in the dunes were caused by vehicles travelling from the beach and into camping areas behind, he said. Those breaches were worsened by recent high seas.

Four-wheel-drive clubs and recreational users of the dunes have flooded the Newcastle Herald with complaints about the restrictions in recent weeks.

NPWS said most of the fencing and gates referred to by park users had been erected by or for private landholders.

Worimi Land Council and Boral own several large slices of the bight which are used for commercial purposes or fenced to protect important Aboriginal sites.

Draft plan gathers pace as stakeholders squabble

A DRAFT plan of management for Stockton sand dunes is likely to be hastened following increased tensions between park managers and recreational park users.

In the pipeline for almost two years, the plan is being prepared by a board of management that comprises members of all stakeholder groups, including Worimi Land Council, four-wheel-drive clubs and commercial tour operators.

‘‘Everyone knows the park is in danger of being loved to death,’’ National Parks and Wildlife Service’s senior ranger Leanne Ellis said.

‘‘This plan will enable the park to be managed so that it can be protected, but also meet the demands of people who want to use it.’’

Ms Ellis said the recent spotlight on the area could speed up preparations of the draft plan.

‘‘We’re really pleased that so many people are interested in protecting and using the park,’’ she said.

OFF LIMITS: Wes Whitworth with his father Ken at a fenced-off section of the Stockton sand dunes. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The public will be able to comment and make formal submissions when the draft plan goes on public exhibition.

南京夜网 21/01/2019

Egel wins thriller at Borderline Speedway

BORDERLINE Speedway was treated to a thrilling duel between South Australian Matt Egel and American Travis Rilat as the pair went head to head for race honours in the Lucas Oils Tyson Perez Memorial which was presented by GT Bobcat on Saturday night.
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Threatening dark cloud blanketed the sky as the 34 strong field prepared for the third running of the memorial event which coincided with the sixth round of the Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers All Stars Series.

Once again Borderline attracted some of the best 360ci drivers in Australia, including defending champion Egel, Rilat, Troy Little, Tim Van Ginneken and Matt Reed who stepped down from his regular 410ci ride to step into the #49 QP Lubricants Eagle, owned by Ken Hutchins.

Egel made his intentions clear from the outset, claiming the Oval Express Time Trials quicktime before blitzing the field in the opening heat of the night in his Tony Bartlett owned and prepared Bartlett Auto Care #75 Cool Chassis.

Not to be outdone, Rilat showed he had not only made the long journey to honour his late friend, but to also claim honours, charging through the field in his ESP #29 XXX machine to be hot on Egel’s tail.

Venturing over the border, Warrnambool regular Van Ginnekin won the second heat, while it was the Metro Holden #14 J&J of young gun Brendan Quinn which greeted the chequered flag in the third.

The clouds could only be held off for so long with light rain eventually falling just as the fourth heat arrived, throwing a spanner in the works for many teams as the racing surface changed for the remainder of the evening.

Officials worked to get the track back to a suitable condition, and it was South Australian Shane Hendry who guided his SA Kerbing #43 XXX home ahead of Reed.

Rain continued to fall which placed some rough patches in the track, forcing drivers to reassess their strategies around the oval circuit.

Shannon Barry took heat four from Egel, while Rilat claimed victory in the fifth heat.

Although a number of accidents marred the final round of heats, they eventually came to a close with Brad Foster claiming victory in the sixth and final heat.

With time ticking on, organisers had to cancel the shoot out which saw the B-Main conducted on a freshly prepared circuit.

Needing a top six finish to transfer into the feature race, it was Jack Lee leading home Mount Gambier’s Karl Enderl in his Western United Financial Services #11 Cool Chassis, followed by Tony Moule, Bill Fraser, Phil Lock and Mark Caruso.

Following their strong performances leading up to the 31 lap decider, Egel and Rilat occupied the front row for the main event, and they did not allow the rest of the field a chance at glory.

Egel led every lap of the race, holding off the advances of Rilat who made several attempts that almost paid off to snatch the lead.

In what was an emotional race for both drivers, Egel and Rilat finished first and second with Reed making a mammoth charge from 12th position to claim third.

Chad Ely, Sam Putland, Little, Chris Solomon, Moule, Hendry and Enderl rounded out the top 10.

SPECIAL WIN: Matt Egel claimed back-to-back victories in the sixth round of the Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers All Stars Series which coupled as the Lucas Oils Tyson Perez Memorial at Borderline Speedway on Saturday night

GOING THE DISTANCE: American Travis Rilat ventured to Australia to race in the memorial event that honours his late friend Tyson Perez, finishing second

南京夜网 21/12/2018

Bendigo water polo teams eye state titles

Bendigo’s men’s and women’s water polo teams hope to rule the pool when the Victorian Country Championships comes to the Bendigo Aquatic Centre this weekend.
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Bendigo hasn’t won a title since the mid-1990s and will have to overcome the might of the Ovens and Murray, Bairnsdale, Geelong, Albury and Wodonga teams to break its drought.

Eight men’s team will shoot for the title, with Bendigo boasting several quality additions to its squad which didn’t make the semi-finals last year.

“Paul McKenzie brings some experience, speed and skill to the team as a forward with a strong accurate shot,” Bendigo Water Polo Association president Bruce Pridham said.

“Jason Greene brings extensive water polo experience to the team and will fit-in in a support role.”

Pridham will come off the bench for Bendigo, which has a splash of youth and experience in the 13-player team.

“Ian Symons fronts up again for his 25th year of country championships, or around that,” Pridham said.

“He’s in good nick for an old bloke, he’s a utility. Ian’s 53 or 52 and he’s as fit as ever.

“There’s a real focus on youth this year in the Bendigo team with Tim Carew, Nick Swan, David Symons and Dan Carew sure to make their presence felt in the pool.

“It’s expected the Ovens and Murray will dominate the weekend. The Wodonga Pool Pirates are looking to reclaim the title after dropping to Northside in 2012.”

Four women’s teams will compete for the title, with Bendigo’s women in training since December.

“The Bendigo women’s team is looking strong, again with a focus on youth,” Pridham said.

“Lily Pridham is hoping for a good tournament after state representation in the under-14s last month.

“We’ve also got the Reade sisters returning to Bendigo after Camille had a stint in Sydney first grade and represented the Australian Defence Forces in the Australian Championships.

“Her sister Jacinta is also back. There’s a number of Bendigo juniors playing their first year in the senior competition – Laura McCulloch, Keely Scarce, Hannah Dobell and Olivia Arandt.

Bendigo are hoping for a top-two place, but the (Albury) Sharks are current water polo championships and will be hard to beat.”

Teams will play four games, with the top-two teams after the rounds playing-off in the final.

“The Aquatic Centre is still open to the public, we welcome people to come down and view the sport at this high level,” Pridham said.

“There’s a number of Victorian and Australian players in action across the weekend.”

Bendigo was made host of Saturday and Sunday’s championships in December after the Wodonga pool wasn’t ready in time.

Bendigo last hosted the championships in 2011 and more than 200 players are expected to be in action this weekend. Matches begin at 8.30am on Saturday, with the last game to finish about 3.30pm on Sunday.

Amelia Marshall and Mairaed Dullard.

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Government looks to local contractors for major projects

A REGIONAL civic leader has welcomed news the State Government will employ an industry advocate to ensure work from major government projects flows to local contractors.
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Grant District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smart – whose council pushed for local contractors to benefit from the $23m Mount Gambier Prison expansion – said opportunities should be given to contractors from the region given the downturn in some sections of the economy.

His comments come as the State Government undertakes a cluster of new major projects in the Mount Gambier area, including the $27m redevelopment of the Mount Gambier Hospital and the $3.5m new ambulance station.

Mr Smart yesterday described the government announcement as positive given the multi-million-dollar new government projects underway in Mount Gambier.

He said nearly 60pc of the work at the Mount Gambier Prison had been undertaken by local contractors and the trend should continue for other government projects.

“We are still to get the final figure for the Mount Gambier Prison expansion, but that is a great outcome,” Mr Smart said.

He said there had been a major push from regional areas to ensure local communities benefited economically from major government projects.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the move was a response to an increase in the value of contracts being awarded to interstate companies at the expense of local businesses.

“Investing in good, well-paid, secure jobs for South Australians is at the heart of our economic policy,” Mr Weatherill said.

“We want to ensure that South Australia achieves the maximum economic benefit from the $3.8b of contracts let annually by the State Government and that local companies are given every opportunity to win these contracts.”

He said the industry participation advocate would review the impediments companies faced and work with South Australian business and industry associations to increase the number of companies able to meet tender requirements.

Mr Weatherill said the advocate would also work with the procurement board to ensure its policies and practices were not disadvantaging local business.

“The role also will involve liaising with the Commonwealth and other state governments to investigate changes to national and state procurement procedures that reduce impediments local businesses face in winning tenders interstate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister Tom Kenyon said the move aimed to strengthen requirements for proponents of major projects to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunities for suppliers to compete for work.

Primary Industries and Regions SA chief executive Ian Nightingale has been appointed to the new position.

“Mr Nightingale brings a wealth of experience to this key position through his senior position with PIRSA and as inaugural chief executive of the Department of Planning and Local Government, where he led the reforms of the state’s planning system,” Mr Kenyon said.

“We’re seeing a period of unprecedented opportunity in South Australia with the State Government investing more than $9b in capital projects over the next four years.”

The advocate will work closely and consult with business, industry, government departments, employer representative groups and unions

MAJOR SPIN-OFFS: Grant District Mayor Richard Sage stands in front of the new cell block at the Mount Gambier Prison. Around 60pc of contract work for the $23m expansion has flowed to South East companies. Picture: ANELIA BLACKIE

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Brillante’s competition for position

RISING Jet Josh Brillante knows the defensive midfield role vacated by ex-captain Jobe Wheelhouse must be earned.
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Filling in during Wheelhouse’s injury woes and fellow midfield marshal Ruben Zadkovich’s suspensions, Brillante has started 10 of his 14 games for the Jets since leaving Gold Coast United.

Wheelhouse’s departure from the club last week handed Brillante his first appearance as a first-choice midfielder in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sydney.

‘‘It’s a good opportunity for me to play in the midfield and try and do well for the team and hopefully make a mark in the finals,’’ Brillante told the Newcastle Herald.

But the recruitment of the experienced Zenon Caravella from Adelaide and with youngsters Jacob Pepper and Mitch Oxborrow desperate for an opportunity, the Bundaberg product knows he must keep performing.

Asked if Wheelhouse’s departure made him feel more secure in the side, Brillante said: ‘‘I don’t think it’s like that at all.

‘‘I’ve still got to work hard as there’s other boys who play in the midfield that are doing well at the moment, so I just want to concentrate hard and play well and keep earning my spot.’’

Brillante and his teammates struggled at times on Saturday to deal with the craft of Alessandro Del Piero.

Playing out from the back also proved problematic.

The Sky Blues’ goals came directly from Jets turnovers in their own half.

‘‘It wasn’t the best game and the weather made it difficult for us, but we’ll take the one point and look forward to the future and next week’s game,’’ Brillante said.

‘‘We want to try and play our game and play out from the back, so sometimes that’s going to happen.

‘‘It was raining and wet and then it went sunny and then starting raining again, so it made it very difficult.’’

WORKHORSE: Josh Brillante knows he cannot rest on his laurels. Picture: Simone De Peak

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High-value processing opportunities unveiled to grow region’s timber sector

DETAILS of the State Government’s research initiative to drive new high-value products for the $1b regional timber industry were unveiled late yesterday to civic leaders and revealed possible opportunities for the South East, such as biodiesel and green chemical production.
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Elected members from across the region gathered for the briefing at the Main Corner in Mount Gambier to learn details of the study being undertaken by researchers from Finland.

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a world leader in translating wood fibre research into tangible business opportunities.

The centre is also globally connected to major international cellulose fibre players and investors.

While details of the study were not announced until late yesterday, it is understood green energy and biochemicals were among the opportunities being explored.

Other opportunities include sophisticated modules for the construction sector, along with bioplastics.

The initiative – driven by the State Government – follows one of the most turbulent chapters in the South East timber industry, with job losses across the sector.

With the region’s timber industry reliant on the cyclical housing structural timber market, it is hoped the research will kickstart new value adding for the region’s sprawling plantation estate.

Professor Goran Roos, from the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Council, said the timber industry could no longer survive in the long-term by undertaking low value-adding activities and needed to explore higher-valued products.

He said the study aimed to provide timber firms with information and knowledge so they could make decisions about their future.

Prof Roos said the team working on the study had already visited around 25 timber firms across the region.

While explaining not all firms had come on board, he said the team had been able to “talk through the issues” with many participating companies.

Prof Roos said there were many opportunities possible for the region’s timber sector, particularly biodiesel, because of the region’s large plantation base.

Meanwhile, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast chief executive officer Mike Ryan said the research initiative was a key action identified from the economic forum held in Mount Gambier last year.

He said the project was also a need identified in the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification report.

“It is something the RDA is very pleased and happy with,” Mr Ryan said.

He said it was critical the regional timber sector tapped into new opportunities.

“We can’t keep on with what we have been doing,” Mr Ryan said.

“We need new value-adding opportunities to set the timber industry up for the future.”

Mr Ryan said staff from the Finnish research centre had been liaising with regional businesses on the initiative.

Key speakers at yesterday’s briefing included Prof Roos, and Dr John Kettle, from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy is providing project support for the study.

It is understood regional timber industry leaders have already been briefed on the study.

EXPERTS: Scientist Toni Ahlquist and international business development manager Dr John Kettle, both from the research centre in Finland, stand behind Professor Goran Roos outside the Main Corner before yesterday’s key meeting with civic leaders. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

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Beach volleyball ace in elite company

Bendigo beach volleyballer Saran O’Connor is steeling herself for a big step-up in competition when she takes on some of Australia’s best female players this weekend.
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The 19-year-old and team-mate Marta Slawuta – a former Polish national indoor player – have been accepted into the 24-team field for round four of the Renault National Beach Volleyball Series at St Kilda Beach.

“It’s very exciting,” O’Connor said of her series debut.

“I was a bit concerned our entry wouldn’t get accepted because St Kilda’s round is the most popular on the national tour – everyone wants to come and play in Melbourne.

“It clashes with St Kilda Festival, so there’s always heaps of people around, a great atmosphere and vibe, so it’s just been the favourite for athletes to compete at.

“The national tour beach series in Australia is the qualifying for our top elite teams for the world tour, it’s got some very, very solid players on it.

“Ultimately we would love to get through to the top 16. We’ve got pool matches on Friday and from that the top 16 go through to Saturday and play elimination.

“We’d love to at least win one of our pool matches and be competitive in the other one to push us through to the top 16.”

O’Connor and Slawuta have only been playing together for a month and will face some battle-hardened teams on Friday.

For O’Connor, who only switched to the beach from indoor volleyball 12 months ago, it’s another chance to learn from top-quality opposition.

“I’ll be learning from how the more experienced players play, learning their different styles of game and mentality on the court,” she said.

“It’s a mental game, it’s a matter of how much do you want it, how much are you going to work for it and how well do you cope with the pressure.”

Last month, O’Connor partnered with Geelong’s Laura Wallace to finish fifth in the under-23s division at the junior nationals at South Melbourne Beach.

“We had a really solid week, had ups and downs but ultimately we were really, really happy with our results,” O’Connor said.

“We beat two out of the three other Victorian teams during our round robin matches, so that was really positive.”

O’Connor is waiting to hear if she has a partner in order to compete at the next round of the national beach series in South Australia next weekend.

Saran O’Connor.

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