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EAGLE ROCK: Dubbo’s Matt McIntyre celebrates Jay Porter’s game-winning shot in the Golden Eagle final at Orange City last week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHORANGE CITY WOMENThere was a wonderful roll up on Tuesday. Lyn Heaton from near Bundaberg came and had a social game with our ladies.
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The two Orange City No.4 Pennant teams Gold and Blue played each other with the Gold team winning. On Wednesday the Gold team plays Manildra at Molong and the Blue team travels to Millthorpe.

At the moment the Pennants scores are:Manildra 4, Millthorpe 12, Orange City Gold 19 and Orange City Blue 5.

President Lynne welcomed Junette McRae, Nita Bowers, Dianna Whiteley and Helen Giumelli back to bowls, also Lena Cornish to afternoon tea. Lovely to see these ladies back, also a happy birthday to Junette.

The men’s umpire convenerwill be at the Orange City Bowling club on Friday, March 3to give a talk on the rules of bowls. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting.

The Golden Eagle held last week was a great success. The final was a very exciting match. Thank you to all the ladies who helped with raffles and 100 Clubs, and also with the umpiring. The Eagle will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year.

Entries for the Veteran’s Day to be held on May 24 are closed and all information has been sent to the District president regarding badges. Majellan Gala Day is being held on Wednesday, March 8.

Newstead President’s Day is being held on Thursday, March 23, president Lynne will be taking a team to this event. March 15 is the first round of the District Singles at Molong.

Saturday, March 25 mixed bowls will be held at Orange City. Please put your names on the board. Women $5 and a plate, thank you.

District Flyers for Open Fours, Senior Fours and District Triples are on the board for you to enter your teams. District Pairs entries are now closed.

On Tuesday March 21, all proceeds of our day, green fees, raffles, 100 Club etc. will be donated to the cause of Ovarian Cancer.

Orange City Women’s Bowling Club will be entering a team in Relay for Life, so anyone who is interested in joining us please see secretary Jean and a roster will be done for this day.

The first round of the Novices competition was played on Wednesday.

Winners of the Social Bowls on Tuesday were Nita Bowers and Marianne Boers. Raffle winners were Violet Burton, Marianne Boers. 100 Club winners Margo Fairbairn, Yoka Smith and Violet Burton. Until next Tuesday keep well and happy.

ORANGE CITY MENFirstly the men’s committee would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Golden Eagle – Matthew McIntyre and Jay Porter and Bob Hamilton and John Mobbs for making the final and only missing out on the title by just twoshots.

On Wednesday evening we have twilight bowls as well as Thursday afternoon men’s bowls.

This Saturday we have a semi-final of the club major singles, with Mick Stevens taking on Mario Ruggiero at 1pm.

Sunday also sees the start of the pennant season. We have three very good sides this year to contest the No.5, No.6 and No.7 grades:

No.5v Lithgow at Orange City: K Carr, R Coyte, I Carr and S May. N Wilson, B Riley, J Quinn and D May.R Wilson, M Ruggiero, A Harman M Stevens.

No.6 v Country Club at Orange City:R Knott, B Cox, G Morgan and B Roberts. R Gentles, W Carr, G Setobn and N Seton. T Ruggiero, R May, B Warren and S Dunn.

No.7 v Country Club at Orange City: B Keogh, G Bradley, R Hutchinson and P Knight. D Ellis, G Pro, R Fisher and T Crowhurst. P Lewis, B Harvey, B Offner and D Greatbatch.

Can all players please tick there name for availability on the board at the club by Saturday 1pm at the very latest. If you are unavailable please notify one of the selectors.

COUNTRY CLUB MENResults from round one of the Major Singles last Saturday:

Peter Lange came back from 15-0 early, eventually drawing level with Garry Pearce at 30-30 and then taking two shots in the final end. Great game.

Tom Leonard beat Paul Ruggiero 31-13 and Ben Callaway beat Ron Hartley 31-5.

The raffle was won by Ian Davidson with the lucky bowler Ben Callaway, the jackpot was not won.

Last Tuesday Social Bowls had 48 players and two of the raffles won by Mario Ruggiero and one by Sam Beasley with the lucky bowlers Copper Schmich, Barnie Offner and Nev Seaton. Unlucky bowlers Kel Howarth, Ron Hartley and Dick Turnbull with the consolation to Tony Bowers, Reg Gentles and Peter Lange, the jackpot was won by Keith Lamont, Don Crawford and Tom Leonard.

Last Tuesday Major Singles game was played and Clint Gamble beat Peter Griffith 31-28.

Next Saturday’s games:

Round twoof Minor Singles Keith Lamont v Trevor Ormsby marker James Kemp, John Cooper v Jeff Burtenshaw marker Garry Pearce.

Round oneof Major Singles game is Mark Baker v John Dunn marker Peter Wright and round two Doug Hillier v Phil Knight marker Allan Blake and Joe Powyer v Ron Dunn marker Clint Gamble.

Players are encouraged to arrange games earlier and advise Jim and all championship games are play or forfeit. Major Pairs Nominations closeMarch 5, please nominate.

To nominate individuals or teams every week ring Peter Baker 0427 631 013 before noon Tuesday play starts at 12.30pm and also Saturday by 12.30pm as play starts at 1pm – mufti dress and visitors are welcome.

Please note changes to Pennant team selections for first round onMarch 5 –all teams to meet at 12.15pm:

No. 4 v Majellan at Country Club: Ben Callaway, Gary Farrell, Joe Powyer, Paul Ruggiero (manager)and Mark Baker, Reg Robinson, Peter Griffith, Peter Lange and Andrew Blimka, Glen Robinson, Matt Gamble and Martin Rickards.

No.6 v Orange City at Orange City: Ian Davidson, Phil McGarity (manager), Phil Knight, Greg Murray and Ron Dunn, John Dunn, Ron Hartley, Peter Baker and Tom Leonard, Warren Rodis, Roy Leonard, Cec Leabeater.

No.7 v Orange City at Orange City:Peter Wright, Dick Turnbull, Rob George, Jeff Burtenshaw and Neil Higgins (manager)Clint Gamble, Jim Finn, Trevor Ormsby and Jim Watson, Doug Hillier, John Cooper and Reiss Robinson.

Reserves who are expected to be at Orange City Bowling Club to cover any unexpected vacancies and to support our teams, with club gear and twobowls available at short notice:Garry Pearce, James Kemp, Bob Jenkins, Michael Roach and Aub Leonard and if any player is unavailable please contact selector coordinatorJohn Cooper on0400 923 750.

Nomination sheet is on the noticeboard for the travelling bowlers visit to West Dubbo Bowling Easter Carnival on April 14, 15 and 16,contact Peter on the above number if interested.

CANOBOLAS DISTRICT WOMENOrange City Blue defeated Manildra/Molong 5-0 on February 16, deferred from February 1. The round one table is:Manildra/Molong 4, Orange City Blue 5, Millthorpe 7, Orange City Gold 14. In round two Millthorpe defeatedManildra/Molong 5-0. Well done.

MANILDRAThe semi-finals of the club Singles were played on Sunday with Iain Campbell and Graham Fliedner moving through to play in the final. Iain beat Troy Williams while Graham beat Mark Gosper.

Pennants start this week, teams:

No.4 at Wallerawang, skip arranging transportleaving 7.15am for 10am start:G Smith, I Campbell, G Gosper, T Bennett, A Gosper, S Ball, A Regan, G Fliedner, R Hughes, A Campbell, N Kurta, B Allcorn. Manager D Cross.

No.6 at Parkes, skip arranging transport leaving 11.30am: B Gosper, T Williamson. T Williams, G Pallier, G Trevena, S Pallier, M Amberge, T Allcorn, C Williamson, S Trevena, S Gosper, B Fliedner. Manager B Fliedner.

Friday twilight winners this week: Kim Campbell, Dot Williamson and Andrew Gosper, runners up were Greg Trevena, Sam Pallier and Dan Mullins. Sat night winners were Sam Pallier, Legs Hartis and Di Fliedner, runners up Dot Williamson, Paul Trevena and Troy Williams.

The Saturday night Corner to Corner was not won and the jackpot now stands at $680.

NEWSTEADLast Wednesday we hadonly 14 social players enjoy a great afternoon of bowls an the Country Club.The winning rink was won by Norm Rosser, Ron Kelly and Col Rosser while the losing rink was won by Bob Ridgewell and Carl Jaeger.

The raffles on the day were won by Martin Klein, and Bob Ridgewell.

Pennants teams v Cumnock at Molong on Sunday, March 5:

No.1: Garry Norton, Grant Taylor, Pat Neiuwendyk and Wayne Uren.

No.2: Mick Wicks, Bob Cleal, Noel Elbourne and Col Townsend.

No.3: Ian Hatswell, Barry O’Donnell, Ken Bevan and Roger Annis-Brown.

For any unavailabilityplease ring Noel Elbourne on 0429 378 728. Reserves are Simon Tasker, Toby Wright, Tony Jordan, Steve Osmore, Neville Bartimote and John Schmich.

Transport from Orange to Molong is available and a bus will leave the Robin Hood Hotel car park on Sunday at 11.30am.

All bowlers looking for a friendly social game are welcome each Wednesday. Just ring the Country Club before 11.30am.

MOLONGThe following are the Molong Pennant teams for this weekend.

No.2v Cowra at Molong 10am: R Hamilton, S Shannon (Jnr), J Diduszko, W Whiteley. K Beatty, G Miller,B Diduszko, C Troth. R Cochrane, G Campbell, G Miller, K Nicholls.

No.5 v Gulgong at Molong 1pm: G Weekes, M Wright, J Beatty, R Halep. S Shannon (Snr), I Gosper, J Keiran, L O’Neil. P Russell, G Wilson, D Byrne, F Miller.

No.6vCondo at Condobolin (via bus): M Lyons, L Brown, B Atkinson, A Ford. T Lyons, P Brown, P Mullins, R Kirby G Russell, T Salcole, L Neil, TBA

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Voice of youth: Ben Wohlfiel, Genevieve Gregory and Hannah Smith are receptive to the idea of a youth council for Murray Bridge high schoolers. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
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Murray Bridge’s high schoolers will soon get more say in council decisions that affect them.

The rural city is looking to form a youth council that could advocate for school-aged young people, give feedback on relevant proposals, and come up with ideas about how to get youth involved in the community.

Participants will receive traning and mentoring, support from council staff when it came to minute-keeping and funding applications, and invitations to official functions.

Five year 10 and 11 students from Murray Bridge High School, three from Unity College and two from Tyndale Christian School will be involved.

Motivational speaker Nathan Hulls will visit each school to give a presentation on leadership, personal development and making a difference, and to invite students to get involved, in the near future.

Three Murray Bridge High students told The Standard they were encouraged by the idea.

“It’s pretty good because we get to have a say in what happens in the community, it’s not just made by the political community,” said Genevieve Gregory.

“They want to train us up so we fill their footsteps.”

Giving youth a voice would help reduce the sort of social problems that arose when high schoolers had nothing to do, Ben Wohlfiel said.

“Youth are the next generation of this town,” he said.

“It gives us an idea of what’s going on, then young people as they get older can step up into actual roles at the council.”

But Hannah Smith wondered why a youth council was needed when the council already had a youth advisory committee (YAC), a less formal group which gave advice on all matters relevant to people under the age of 25.

“I’m a bit confused about why we need another one … but I’ll support anything that allows youth to have more say in the community,” she said.

“Obviously youth have asked for this, and maybe it’s a good thing for people who want to take that (formal) direction, but maybe for some people the YAC would be better.”

Either way, the new youth council would need to be given time to flourish, Genevieve said.

She said a similar body in the Coorong district had vanished after about six months due to a lack of continuity.

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DISORDER IN THE HOUSE: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis objects loudly to a question from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.It led to an ugly scene in Question Time in parliament on Tuesday but the dust is far from settling on Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis’s description of the Fair Work Commission’s cuts to weekend penalty rates as a “gift” for young people.
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Labor spokesperson for Gilmore called the comment “insensitive”.

“It showed a complete lack of compassion for young workers in the electorate,” Ms Phillips said.

“We have people out there doing it so tough. Ann Sudmalis should come out and support local workers.”

Ms Phillips said far from being a “gift”, the cuts to penalty rates would impact workers immediately they can came into effect on July 1.

Referring to a McKell Institute report which suggested 6333 workers were employed in the retail sector in Gilmore, she said the penalty rates reduction would have a flow-on effect in the local economy.

“The report estimates it will take $1.9 million out of the local economy,” she said.

Mrs Sudmalis’s comment –and subsequent outburst in Question Time during which she was several times by the Speaker to stop interjecting – led to a flurry of unflattering memes on social media.

More importantly, however, it briefly put a serious local issue on the national agenda.

Defending Mrs Sudmalisyesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the high youth unemployment rate in Gilmore. He was followed up on ABC Radio on Wednesday morning by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who also referred to the youth unemployment rate in the Shoalhaven.

Gilmore has been held by the Coalition since 1996 but is now one of the most marginal seats in the country.

Local Liberal Party sources said they were “embarrassed” by the “gift” comment.

POLITICAL MILEAGE: Labor’s Jason Clare posted this on his Facebook page on Tuesday. Twenty hours later it had been shared 1000 times and had attracted 600 comments.

Mrs Sudmalis has been approached for comment.

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CRASH : Adelaide stands next to the plane she was flying when she made her unexpected landing. Photo: supplied.
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Sixteen year old Adelaide Pilt was left with one option.

After calling in her mayday call, and successfully dodging some power lines, she knew that her only hope for survival was to land into the paddock below.

At 350 feet in the airshe couldn’t see the flock of sheep or the wall of a dam that could prevent her safe landing, she just knew she couldn’t stay in the air.

Only a few hours ago, everything was under control.

Based in Exeter, the passionate student pilot commutes to Goulburn airport for her classes. But on Thursday, February23, things were a bit different.

That morningshe would be conducting her own engine checks and go on her first solo flight from the hangar.

Her instructorlooked on as she performed two successful circuits, but left his post to help another student as she took off for her third flight, leaving his radio, their only form of communication, in the car.

“The plane started shaking and the engine was running rough. It wasn’t climbing as powerfully as it should,” she said, describing the moment her plane begun to fail.

“Iknew it wasn’t normal.”

AFTERMATH: A car has to tow the plane back to the base. Adelaide traveled just under 3km from her starting point. Photo: supplied.

With no response over the radio, Adelaide grew worried. Her only option was to descend. She could nothead back to the field and was not high enough to turn the plane around.

Noticing a helicopter close by she made her mayday call.

“I picked the most viable option, and focused on landing the plane.”

Bumping along the ground she swerved in a attempt to avoid the sheep, braking only a few meters short from awall.

Completely uninjuredand full of adrenaline, she said the experience made her think twice about the mechanics of flying.

“I realised the only thing keeping me in the air was an engine -and it could fail,” she said.

Investigations revealed the circlip failed, restricting the flow of fuel to half the engine.

But for Adelaide, the close call did not tarnishher childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

“I love flying and I do want to continue, but it has certainly made it more real.”

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It’s not often that Bendigo residentsenjoy the privilege of living in a property designed by distinguished architectsfrom yesteryear, however currently listed on the rental market is a house that was designed by a couple of the city’s most notable names and played host to a range of community happenings.
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The property at 110 McKenzie Street harks backto the heady days of the quartz gold mining boom, whichtransformed Bendigofrom a modestmining town to a blossoming city that became home to migrant architects, builders and craftsmen,such asWilliam Carl Vahland andWilliam Beebe Snr.

SITTING PRETTY: Sitting on an elevated block with glorious views of the city, the McKenzie Street property looks out to another of Bendigo’s historical buildings, the iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral.

According to Department of Environment and Primary Industries records, German-born Vahland worked in the northern German baroque revival style, with the aim of creatinga “Vienna of the south”. He designed more than 100 buildings, notably Bendigo’s Town Hall, Capital Theatre and Fortuna Villa.

An English stonemason,Beebe spent 20 years buildinghis own family a sandstone and granitehouse, christened Rocky Vale, in Maiden Gully in the 1870s. His son, William Beebe Jr also became a noted architect, designing numerous buildings in Bendigo.

Both Vahland and Beebe Snr were involved in the creation of this historicresidence, one ofthe earliest buildings of itstime. In 1857 a Lutheran school – a separate building to thisresidence buton the same grounds –was designed and builtby Vahland, while this house was built for its German Lutheran pastor and his family, and acted as a manse and church. It was used fora range of pastoral activities, including weddings and christenings in the formal room at the front of the house.

The current owner estimates to have hadthe housefor between 35 to40 years. She purchased it from nearby Girton College, which was then owned by the Church of England and housed studentborders and the music department/administration space.

While the four-bedroom home has been fully renovated, many of the property’s historical attributes remain, a quality that’s rare to find in buildings on Bendigo’srental market. Inside are 4.5 metre high ceilings and generous-sized rooms, while outside displaysthelocally quarried sandstone, hipped roofs andchimneys, windows, doors,verandahs and posts all typical of buildings from this era.

There’s also a large stacked-stone cellar, which isaccessable viaa staircase, and a most novel entertaining space arguably not afforded to manyrenters.

Inside are all the mod cons you’d expect to find in a 21st century home –think polished floorboards, contemporary fitouts in the two bathroomsand reverse cyle airconditioning.

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Damien Clements, Peter Clarke, Darcy Cheetham, with Carly from the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter and John English also from the Shelter, Terry Ryan and Chris Turner discussing the positive outcomes generated from last year’s ClubGRANT for the Shelter. The annual ClubGRANTS program is now open and MidCoast Council is encouraging community organisationsto apply.
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Grants are made available throughNSW clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue. In the MidCoast Council region, that means funds will be available in both theGreat Lakes and Manning areas.

In previous years funds have been allocated to a diverse range of community projects including support for the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter, programs for young people at risk and those with chronic illnesses.

“This funding is administered by local representatives who have an in-depth knowledge of our area, so local needs can be funded,” said MidCoast Council’scommunity development co-ordinator Lyndie Hepple.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that clubs exist to meet the needs of their local area, which includes a commitment to providing considerable support through the ClubGRANTS program.

“Giving back to not-for-profit groups and charities is in the DNA of clubs, and this program provides the perfect opportunity in which to do so,” he said.

“For over 16 years, ClubGRANTS has encouraged these organisations to join forces with their local club for much-needed funding injections, it’s something our industry is extremely passionate about.

“Clubs have provided more than $1 billion in funding since the program’s inception, making ClubGRANTS one of the largest and most effective grants programs in Australia.”

Category 1 Grant Applications from clubs are now open to community groups from the following sectors:

Community welfare and social servicesCommunity developmentCommunity health servicesEmployment assistance activitiesFunding allocations work differently in each area of the MidCoast region:

In the Great Lakes area, MidCoast Council administers the ClubGRANT program on behalf of the clubs, and community groups can apply for funds online athttp://梧桐夜网midcoast.nsw.gov419论坛/Community/Grants-and-Funding.In the Manning area, clubs administer the program themselves, soapplicants can apply for funds by checking the ClubGRANTS website at梧桐夜网clubsnsw南京夜网419论坛(search for Greater Taree region).Unfortunately, with no Gloucester-based clubs meeting the revenue criteria this year, funds will not be available in the Gloucester area this time around.Applications for ClubGRANTS close on Friday April 7.

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TALKING JOBS: Mount Isa MP Rob Katter, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Minister Mark Ryan at a subcommittee meeting in Mount Isa to talk about job opportunities for regional Queensland in March, 2016. Mount Isa Mines is in the background. Photo: Chris Burns.
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Queensland PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk questions the federal government’s plans of developing Northern Australia.

“It’s time the Turnbull Government got this promised funding out the door,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

It has been 600 days since the Federal Government’s policy claims, yet the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Fund has not yet provided a cent to help regional Queensland, she said.

“My government has even stepped in to provide $15 million to fund feasibility studies for the Turnbull Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

She said the state government had done more for regional Queensland through programs such as the $200 million Works for Queensland funding.

The funding is to be spent by local councils that received by funding by November.

She said that 723 projects across Queensland were approved through this week through that program.

The Cooperative Research Centre’s Developing Northern Australia’s interim chair and Richmond mayorJohn Wharton congratulated the state government’s Works for Queensland funding, which Richmond benefits from.

“We really appreciate that they are getting things cranked up really well,” Cr Wharton said.

Yet investors would not commit to infrastructure unless state governments approve water licences. The federal government had limited power.

Cooperative Research Centre’s Developing Northern Australia’s interim chair John Wharton.

The Richmond mayor said there had been talk that the State Government would approve 237,000 Megalitres of water to be taken from the Flinders River. He said that studies showed that 500,000 could be taken.

“Last I heard it was down to 60,000. A lot of people needed that,” Cr Wharton said.

“Without prior approvals the federal government can do nothing. It’s a real issue,” he said.

The O’Connell Creek Water Storage and Irrigation Project would be able to provide 300 jobs for Richmond and mid west Queensland if built. The water licence has not been approved by the state government which therefore hinders development and the efficient export of agricultural products.

“We have the Flinders Highway that can run triple road trains straight to the Port of Townsville,” Cr Wharton said.

“There’s nowhere else I know in Australia you can run directly from a farming area or a mine straight to the port.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the state government should approve projects such as the Rookwood Weir –if it was serious about Northern Australia development.

“There have been around 100 project inquiries to the NAIF and 47 are being actively considered,” he said.

“Of those, four projects are in the due diligence phase, which means final checks and balances are underway.

“This is a large chunk of taxpayers’ money and we are making sure it’s spent responsibly.”

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonalddescribed the Premier’s comments as “an act of desperation”.

“The truth of the matter is that the Federal Coalition is now accepting applications for capital funding under the Water Fund and Loan Facility, but the Queensland Government has yet to submit one,” Senator Macdonald said.

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HIGH HOPES FOR HARVEST: Corrine Jasper, left, and Jolyon Burnett (second from right) with Nambucca Valley macadamia growers Charlie Higgins, Paul Tollis, Tony Styles and Hugh HarrisCharlie Higgins says it was a weak moment eleven years ago that saw him move out of beef and “go nuts” in Valla but it was a gamble that has paid off.
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Now fully-certified as an organic macadamia grower, Charlie is looking at a 10 to 15 per cent increase on last year’s crop in spite of the dry hot summer.

“We compost and mulch heavily so our trees can go for longer periods without watering,” Charlie said.

Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolyon Burnett said the industry hadrecorded a bumper harvest for the last three years and was looking forward to yet another.

“The 2017 Australian macadamia crop is forecast to reach 54,000 tonnes in-shell at 10 per centmoisture –this is fourper cent higher than the record 2016 crop,” Jolyon said.

“Farmers are getting good returns and reinvesting in their farms and the yields keep increasing –it is a real testament to the hard work of our members.”

More than 30 local growers gathered in Macksville on Tuesday to hear about the industry’s future, including itslatest marketing strategy.

“Over the last five years our exports to China have gone from zero to 30 per cent of our entire crop …however we do not want tobe too dependent on a singlemarket,” Jolyon said.

“Wewantto break into new markets in theAsia Pacific such as Taiwan and perhaps India. We have the competitive advantage over South Africa here thanks to proximity and our reputation for safe, clean produce.”

He said theindustry was also looking to increase market stability by broadening its base –for example, expanding into the breakfast cerealand snack bar market.

“Until now we havebeen seen as a snack food, but we are gearing up to approach big manufacturers and show them howmacadamias addvalue to their products.”

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Litter, leaves blamed for M1 Dapto flood chaos BLOCKED: A roads worker uses a broom to clear a drain on the northbound roadside. Once cleared, the water took less than five minutes to subside. Picture: Robert Peet
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HAZARD: Southbound traffic is reduced to a single lane as flood water inundates the roadway. Picture: Robert Peet

OUT OF BUSINESS: A tow driver inspects a delivery truck sidelined with serious damage to its front end. Picture: Robert Peet

A Mitsubushi Triton carrying a shocked Greg Borg comes to a rest on the roadside.


“When I came to a rest the only thing I could think of was, who’s going to hit me next?.

“I’ve got a wife and a daughter.I thought,‘I’m not going tosee them again’.”

Mr Borg suffered shock and aggravated a pre-existing injury, and was taken to Wollongong Hospital as a precaution.

According to an RMS spokesman, the road shoulder was swept with a vacuum broom a fortnight ago and the drains were clearedlast month.

“[The] blockage was caused by litter thrown from vehicles and leaves which washed down from further up the road, given the heavy rain which fell in a short time frame,” the spokesman said.

“Twice weekly inspections of the road network are carried out and blocked drains are reported and immediately attended to, while the shoulder is swept monthly to remove litter and other debris.”

Prior to the flooding, the roadway had beenscheduled to close in early April to allow roads workers to collect litter and clear gutters and drains, the spokesman said.

“A strategy is being developed to target critical areas of the network to address extreme weather events.”

The flood water quickly vanished as road workers used their hands and a broom to unblock the drains.

The truck driver was uninjured however 15 fresh food orders bound for the South Coastwould go undelivered, said Leisure Coastco-directorMichael Braidotti.

Mr Braidotti said the truck “slid” the length of the Fowlers Road bridge overhead then came to rest against the concrete roadside barrier.

“He hit the brakes,” Mr Braidotti said. “The road was wet it was raining and he’s just slid.He was very shaken up over it all.”

No one was injured in a separate collision which occurred in the northbound lanes.

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Fresh outlook: Warrnambool’s Darren Dorey turned his life around changing careers to work in mental health after a suicide attempt ten years ago. He attended the Fight for Your Life forum on Tuesday. Picture: Madeleine McNeil
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Ten years after a suicide attempt, Warrnambool’s Darren Doreyis happy to be alive.

“I got the right help at the right time and I’m genuinely glad I’m still here,” he said.

Mr Dorey was 40 years-old when relationship issues and“a long list of things” from his life caught up with him.

“I didn’t get the help I needed initially and it built up until the camel couldn’t take anymore straws on its back,” he said.

Mr Dorey was admitted to South West Healthcare’s mental health ward where he sought help for achronic health condition and anxiety and depression.

“It wasn’t a matter of not wanting to live, it was not wanting to cause any painfor anyone else.

“My family and friends (were feeling my pain). I didn’t want to be a burden on them anymore and that’s howI felt, thatI was a burden.”

Mr Dorey attended Tuesday’s forum and is supportive ofanything that encouragespeople to ask for help and raises awareness about the support services available.

He said early intervention and ongoing support for people who attempted suicideand their families was needed.

“The suicide rate is twice as high as the road toll and there’s still that much stigma about it.

“I heard someone say (suicide’s)the most selfish act you can do but that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

“At the time you don’t think there is any other option.

“(The anxiety) was crippling. I couldn’t go out side the front door because I thought I was going to die. It was that bad.

He said it was a slow road to recovery which includedtwo years of intensive work.

“It was the hardest job I’ve ever done but the most rewarding.”

Mr Dorey wentfrom working in sales in a multi-million dollar company, to retraining to become a peer support worker at South West Healthcare.

He also facilitates the Warrnambool Wellways recovery group, working with people with mental health issues.

“I turned my experiences around Inow workin mental health and helpother people with their stuff.

“I’m trying to make their journeysa little bit easier. I do get what it’sfeels like to be completely lost and what it’s like to live it.”

He said a change of career, new relationship and outlook meant he was enjoying life again.

“I actually wake up and think ‘It’s Tuesday what’s on today?’rather than‘Oh shit I woke up’.”

He encouraged others to visit theirGP or contact Lifeline who couldprovide links to services.

“Life turned around from what was seeminglyrock bottom. It’s turned around and become good again.”

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