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BRAND NEW CENTRE: The front entrance to the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre, which is almost ready to open to the public. A free community open day will be held on April 2.HAYBOROUGH – Get your goggles ready, the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre is set to open in less than a month.
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After decades of planning and investigation, followed by a 21-month construction period, the dream of an aquatic facility for Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor is soon to be realised.

The mayors of both councils are proud to announce that the highly anticipated aquatic facility will open on Saturday, March 25.

“After over 30 years of sustained demand, our communities will have the regional aquatic facility that they have been calling for,” Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes and Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said in a joint statement.

“Our councils have worked tirelessly together with the key project stakeholders to deliver this high quality facility on time and on budget, and we have achieved this for our communities.

“Our award-winning Fleurieu Aquatic Centre has been recognised nationally as a leading local government project with the unique collaboration between our two councils setting new standards for infrastructure delivery across council areas.”

To celebrate the milestonean official opening, which will include a free community open day, will take place on Sunday, April 2.

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre Authority chairperson David Cooke said the community open day was a chance to put the new facility on show.

“I am sure once the community sees the aquatic centre for themselves they will be blown away by the end result,” Mr Cooke said.

While plans for the celebration are still to be confirmed, community members are encouraged to put the date for the free community open day in their diaries.

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The Fleurieu Aquatic Centre project is a jointproject of the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor.It received $7.5 million from the Federal government, $500,000 from the state government and a generous land donation from Beyond Today.

Both councils contributed $6.5 million to the project.

The centre has an eight-lane,25mlap swimming pool;multi-use rehabilitation, leisure andchildren’s pool;outdoor ‘splash and play’ park; fitness centre and creche.

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End of the line: Donna Cook, her son Jamie and his son Kayden at their Stuarts Point home. The Cooks have fished the Macleay for five generations, spanning more than 100 years. Photo: Lachlan Leeming.“It’s like continually banging your head against the wall.”
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This is how Donna Cook, the matriarch of a Stuarts Point commercial fishing family, describes trying to keep their livelihood afloatin the wake of the NSW Government’s industryreforms.

The Cooks are one of many fishing families around the state who have been devastated by the reforms, which cap the amount of fish they could catch with their existing permits, with fishers required to purchase more shares to catch the same amount of seafood.

Donna said a continuing lack of information over what shares are available, and the fact that the shares necessary to keep their business afloat either don’t exist or have already been purchased by others, was creating angst for country fishers.

For the Cooks, it means the shares don’t exist for them to remain viable.

“We’re going to be buggered,” Donna said.

Donna believesthe reforms will see even more foreign seafood imported into Australia.

“We keep saying what about our consumers? Wewon’t be able to provide local seafood.”

A State Parliamentary inquiry into commercial fishing, with a report published on February 24,brought little relief. According to Eungaifisherman Nathan Neilly,the inquiry, chaired by Robert Brown of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, “more or less became a farce”.

He said that the processhad been a “sh-t fight right from the get go”.

“It’s stripped access from the active fishermen and given it away.”

Mr Neilly said that “neither the Shooters and Fishers or the Nationals went in to bat for us” throughout the inquiry.

It was a view echoed by Lawrie McEnally, chairman of theMacleay River District Fisherman’s Co-op, who said “if the National Party is our friend, I’d hate to see our enemy.”

Mr McEnally said uncertain times lay ahead for the co-op, with a number of local suppliers likely to be forced out as a result of the reforms.

“We won’t really know the outcomes until we see who does what,” he said.

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Mudgee region Kindy Kids 2017 | Photos Hargraves: Left to Right: Gracey Signal. Ruby Colley, Charlotte Shoemark.
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Ryan Attwood, Joey Annetts, Madeleine Connellan and Cassidy Warner.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Daniel, Violet. Levi, Patrick, Clayton, Sam, Ashton, Henry, Coby, George. Front row – Myles, Alannah, Lucia, Amelia, Ruby, Mackenzie, Ziggy, Lacey, Tom. Teacher: Mrs Shearman.

Mudgee Public – Back row: Jackson, Sebastian, Hamish, Jonah, Blake, Eli, Freddy, Brinley. Front row: Annabelle, Mollie, Maya, Emily, Elena, Sophie, Stella, Tyler, Alex. Teacher: Mrs Hargraves.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Brayden, Will, Seth, Cohan, Joey, Owen, Tyler, Riley, Elijah. Front row – Austen, Shaylee, Scarlett, Lilly, Mia, Amelia, Natalie, Skye, Zoe. Teacher: Mrs Julie Kidman.

All Hallows – Levi Roberts, Hallie Britten, Thomas O’Rourke, Hope Seis, Hamish Pirie, Chelsey Williams.

Gulgong Public: Back row (left to right)Izaac, Kailyn, Mason, Mikayla, Lachlan, Lawson, Michael, Hunter, Maddison, Connor, RonnieFront Row (left to right)Bailey, Allie, Max, Chase, Ellie, Amelia, Lachlan, Elizabeth, Miranda, Matilda, Jesse, Lola.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Rhys, Braxtan, Braxtyn, Owen, Jack, Angus, Ben, Riley, Jayson, Finnin, Dominik. Front row: Alexis, Larni, Taylor, Ella, Alannah, Audrey, Ruby, Makayla. Teacher: Mrs Nichols.

St Matthews: L-RFront Row:Marcus Stein, Grace Thomas-Grimes, Edward Keen, Indi Hendy, Paris Corbett, Lilly RoeMiddle Row:Charlie Menzies, Archie George, Ebony McDonnell, Felicity Goodlet, Tyce Pettitt, Olivia Pietsch, Harriet Portelli, Harlie Hayes, Paddy Portelli, Des SmithBack Row:Diezel Fitzgerald, Charlie Smeed, Stephanie Rogers, Anya Kriek, Hayden Maranda, Jack Hudson, Will Kearns, Sarah Murray, Kiara Glew, Hugh Carter, Arpan Choudhury.

Ulan Public School – Kinder – Emily McGrath, Elsie Milton, Lucy Fay and Nikola Wilson.

Gulgong Public: Liam, Flynn, Hunter, Elizabeth, Natasha, Eleanor, Charli, Rebekah, Flynn.

Gulgong Public: Back row (left to right)Payton, Kayla, Quinn, Alexis, Benjamin, Jemimah, Cooper, Patrick, Sara, RohanFront row (left to right)Miles, Calen, Amber, Tyler, Ayla, Tyeisha, Maddison, Joshua, Lachlan, Bohdi.

St Matthews: Back: Emily Bourke, Will Forster, Billy Menzies, Sam Gjessing, Raffaele Scotti, Manley Weaver, Matthew Cook, Louis Rodgers, Nate Mayberry-Curry. Teacher: Mrs Brook McDonald. Middle: Taylor Diprose, Sam Rusten, Porsha Barry, Holly Thomas, Holly Moerkerk, Milla Llewelyn, Bill Holden, Harry Crawford, Eadie Faulkner. Front: Creed Arthur, Claire Collins, Jarrah Roberts, Bridie Ramien, Katie Doyle, Lauren Marchant, Ruby Azar, Christian Giammarco.

St Matthews: Front Row (left to right)Oliver Price, Rehan Payyadi Ittapurath, Adele Flynn, Jacob Carter, Freya Swift, Joshua Palmer, Harrison Adams.Second Row: Audrey Bonham, Ella Whittaker, Lucy Stanford, Leila Puslednik, Alice Bond, Madison Meuret, Montana Griffith, Annalise Richardson, Monique BennettsThird Row: Oliver Dwight, Zoey Scicluna, Logan Richards, Morgan Turner, Matt Lacko, Heath Lynch, Thomas Bates, Emily Mcnally, Morgan McdonaldTeacher name: Kelly Espada.

St Matthews: Connor Whale, Dylan Dubbelde, Gurpreet Singh, Flynn English, Lily Ward, Lara Disher, Anthea Kearins, Jessica Nipperess.

St Matthews: Callum Double vice captain, Liam Mulligan Captain, Emma McCarthy-North Captain and Anika Baker vic captain.

CVPS – Back row L to R – Emilia, Frankie, Aliarna, Mikayla, Jaylaa, Anna, Tia, Aylah, Alyssa, Charlotte, Molly, Sienna. Back row L to R: Gabriel, Termjin, Brenda, Jack, Wyatt, Rayne, Riley, Addisson, Paxton. Teacher: Ms Fitzgerald.

Mudgee Public Leaders: Rudra Sharma, Jamie Underwood, Principle Alan Kerr, Emma Thyrd and Rebekah Lowe.

Ulan Public School – School Captains – Chloe Loughrey and Bella Knowles.

CVPS – Back row L to R: Alora, Chloe, Emelia, Chelsea, River, Eve, Aaliyah-Jane, Layla-May, Naomi, Evelyn-Margaret, Nadia. Front row L to R: Bella, Jock, Tiylen, Kobie, Sebastian, Tanquin, Cooper, Harrison, Riley. Teacher: Miss Huntly-Nott.

CVPS – Back row L to R – Leah, Ruby-Rose, Sienna, Tulley, Ruby, Sophia, Tahlia and Charlotte. Front L to R – Lucy, Mia, Millie, Tyra, Grace, Zach, Archer, Lachlan, Eli, Vincent. Teacher Mrs Cover.

CVPS – Back row L to R: Sophia, Elouise, Jessica, Simrat, Dakotya, Millie. Middle row L to R: Edward, Henry, Jardii, James, Brooke, Hailee, Amity, Eve. Front row L to R: Beau, Toby, Noah, Zaidyn, Lachlan. Teacher: Miss Tritton.

Rylstone Public School – Back row left to right – Finley, Luke, Elisabeth, Lexi, Simone, Alexis, Holly, Shree. Front row left to right – Alex, Riley, Charlotte, Skye, Breanna.

Ilford Public School – Amber Irons, Layne Besant and new principle Will Lindsay.

Lue Public School – Front row L to R – Tyler Charters, Amelia Murdoch, Kaspar Sander. Back row L to R – Aliza Butler and Elarah Mogg.

Kandos Public School – Back row L to R: Alex Falzon, Beau Wilson, Abbygail Healey, Scarlette Jupp, Kobie Potts, Brysen Banner. Front row L to R: Hermione San Martin, Akyah Wilkinson, Lexi Smith, Hailey Ashford, Grace Kelly, Theresa Li.

Kandos Public School – House Captains – Sophie Grimshaw, Ky Reddish, Jordan Sant, Kiah Rovella-Hoye, Laura Kubbere and Daniel Keeley.

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Last week Council staff met with University of Canberra staff and a number of students to begin an exciting project.
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Five Landscape Architecture students will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the Wollondilly and Mulwaree Rivers and the walking track.

TRAIL BLAZERS: The river-side walking track in Goulburn is a hit with the public, but stand-by for even more exciting development.

The students will design a plan for development of the river walkway and associated landscaping.

I unfortunately was unable to attend the meeting on Friday, but am looking forward to meeting the students involved.

The Walking Track has been a huge success within our community, with stage 1 already being well used by the public.

We have received plenty of positive feedback which is fantastic, however I believe the area is still full of potential as we look to undertake landscaping and include picnic and BBQ areas, outdoor gym equipment and other features. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the students come up with!

Operational PlanIn April the 2017 Operational Plan and Budget and a four year delivery plan will be presented to council. Councillors have been working closely with staff to pull this document together and we are excited to put it forward for community consultation.

The capital works program includes a number of exciting projects that the community is aware of including the Performing Arts Centre, Aquatic Centre Redevelopment, CBD Enhancement, Adventure Playground and more. Some of the proposed capital works that we will be considering are a street tree program including ‘avenues of honour,’ improvements toour waste management facilities, improving our city entrances and the upgrade of sport fields and cemeteries.

Goulburn ShowIt’s fantastic to have the Goulburn Show returning this weekend after a year off. The show is a huge community event that I am sure manywill be excited to attend.It really does have something for everyone with a number of great competitions, animals for the kids to see, attractions and rides for all to enjoy and the pavilion full of produce, art, cooking and photography. We hope to see you there over the weekend!

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STRONGER AS ONE: The nippers team from the Mollymook SLSC, which finished in second in the overall point score, behind hosts Warilla-Barrack Point SLSCA STRONG team of athletes have starred forMollymook Surf Life Saving Club at the recentSouth Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships, held at the Warilla-Barrick Point SLSC.
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Of the team, 46 of them were Nippers athletes and the top results in the u8s includeSonny Coote(second in beach sprint), Darcy Greenhalgh (second in beach flags) andHarry Walsh (first in run and wade), while the beach relay team (Sonny Coote, Harry Walsh, Darcy Greenhalgh and Hayle Bedford) finished second and the R and W relay (Harry Walsh, Max Butson, Cameron Campbell and Hayle Bedford) also claimed silver.

Stars in u9s wereSaige Williams(second beach in flags and third in beach sprint),Sebastian Diver(third in beach sprint) and the beach relay team (Beau Alderman, Sebastian Diver, Saige Williams and Jessica Barr) claimed bronze.

The u10s were best served by Logan Coote (third in beach flags),Maisie Butson(fourth in board), Jacob Jones(fourth swim and flags) and Hailey D’Ombrain (fourth in beach flags).

The top u11s were Nash Burton(second in board, second in beach flags andthird in beach sprint), Olivia Greenhalgh (first in beach sprint and second in beach flags),Kara Hoyer(second in swim),Estella Campbell(third in Ironwoman and fourth swim) and the swim relay (Kara Hoyer, Estella Campbell, Amarli Williams and Zoe Cowled) placed third.

In the u12s, stars were Blake D’Ombrain(first in beach flags and third in beach sprint),Stirling Norwood(second in beach flags and beach sprint),Karla Jones(first in beach flags and beach sprint),Tiffany Coote(third in beach flags) and Archie Skinner(fourth in swim), as the beach relay (Stirling Norwood, Blake D’Ombrain, Karla Jones and Tiffany Coote) claimed gold and the swim relay (Karla Jones, Blake D’Ombrain, Summer Lindberg and Archie Skinner) silver.

Best in the u13s were Maddy D’Ombrain(first in beach flags, second boardand fourth in Ironwoman),Arnae McKillop (second in beach flags and second in beach sprint),Julia Armstrong(second in Ironwoman and third surf race) andMaddie Healey(second in surf race and third in Ironwoman).

Also in the u13s,beach relay team (Maddy D’Ombrain, Arnae McKillop, Julia Armstrong and Maddie Healey) finished third. Finally, in the u14s, top results were Jack Skinner(first in swim, board, Ironman, beach sprint and second in beach flags), Ben Crockett(third beach sprint),Dani Holt(first in Ironwoman,swim and board),Eilish Norwood(second in beach flags and beach sprint),Shallan Burton(third in beach sprint),Jamie Scott(fourth in board), as the beach relay (Jack Skinner, Ben Crockett, Eilish Norwood and Shallan Burton), swim team (Jack Skinner, Dani Holt, Jamie Scott and Ben Crockett) and board team (Dani Holt, Jamie Scott and Ben Crockett) all claimed first.

On top of all this success, Mollymook’s all age relayclaimed the gold medal, while theirmarch past team got silver. In the seniors, the 30+ mixed board relay team claimed gold, the all age relay three-person taplin secured bronze, the open board relay finished with the silver and u15s female board relay claimed silver.

Individually, medals went toAnthony Ireland (gold in 30-39 years board, gold in 30-39 ski and gold in 30-39 surf), Cheryl Garin (golf in 40-49 2km beach run), Simone Scott (gold in 40-49 flags, goid in 40-49 beach sprint and gold in 40-49 board) and Paul Burton (silver in 40-49 flags, silver in 40-49 board and gold in 40-49 ski). Others medals included Brett Crocket (bronze in 40-49 board and silver in 40-49 surf), Robert Scott (silver in 40-49 ski), Kevin Whitford (silver in 50+ beach sprint), Laveneder Gardam (bronze in openflags, bronze in u17s 2km beach run andgold in u17s flags), Adam Newey (gold in open flags, silver in open beach sprint, silver in u17s flags and gold in u17s beach sprint), Brock Scrivener (silver in open flags, bronze in open beach sprint, gold in u17s flags and silver in u17s beach sprint), Timothy Burgmann (silver in open flags and gold in open beach sprint), Lewis Betts (bronze in open surf), Eilish Norwood (gold in u15s beach sprint), Eadan Burton (gold in u15s board and bronze in u15s surf), Kyla Wall (silver in u15s board and bronze in u15s ironwoman), Chloe Scott (silver in u15s ironwoman and silver in u15s surf), Sam Zustovich (gold in u15s flags and silver in u15s beach sprint), Keeghan Norwood (gold in u15s beach sprint), Noah Hill (silver in u15s beach flags), Jordan Karakousis (bronze in u15s flags and bronze in u15s beach sprint), Brent Manning (bronze in u17s flags and bronze in u17s beach sprint).

Olivia Greenhalgh, Jacob Jones, Karla Jones, Callula Norwood,Stirlingand Eilish Norwoodhead to Swansea Belmontfor theNSWchamps this weekend.

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GOOD FORM: Aradale Red’s Brian Richards in action during the final on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering
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The top two teams all season are in action with Aradale Red andStawell Golf Red set to face off for the Grampians Bowls Division title at Ararat Bowling Club on Saturday.

The Stawell team finished at the top of the ladder but both teams will give themselves a good chance of winning the decider.

It will be the second time in three weeks the two teams have clashed after they met in the first week of finals.

Stawell Golf Red won two of the three rinks to finish thematch 13 shots ahead of Aradale Red.

The Stawell team had Saturday off which could make play a part in how the team starts the match.

Stawell Golf Red’s Bruce Blenheim said the team was confident going into the grand final.

“We were good enough two weeks ago and nothing much has changed,” he said.

“I think we go in with an unchanged side and we arequietly confident.”

Blenheim said the team are aware that Aradale will have extra motivation this time around.

“Everyone has to bowl well on the day with Aradale trying to get revenge for their loss two weeks ago,” he said.

“Aradale have been known for their firm on-shots where as we rely on drawing to the jack to set things up.

“We have played down at Araratquite a few times and it would suit us the most out of all the Ararat greens.”

Aradale Red’s Gary Jamieson said the team is expecting a hard-fought match.

“Stawell are a pretty seasoned outfit in finals,” he said.

“But I think it is our time, we have been there a few times and never won a grand final before.”

Jamieson said the Stawell team got off to a quick start last time and the focus will be on preventing that happening again on Saturday.

“It is just a matter of the boys settling quicker than they normally do,” he said.

“If they can do that, then we will be right in the match.”

In division two it will be an Ararat derby when theGold andBlue teams battle it out for the top prize.

The Gold team finished in second position while the Blue team have reached the final from third place, 14 points behind minor premiers Stawell Blue.

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Lyne Marshall: Betwixt and Between mixed media.
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The team at the Manning Regional Art Gallery have been busy preparing for two new exhibitions which kick offthis Thursday, March 2, including theSaltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Awardand LyneMarshall’sRE:Location.

Clem Ritchie: Two Camps acrylic on canvas.

As a unique art competition, the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award aims to promote Aboriginal art from its local region.

The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, Birpai, Dhungutti and Gumbaynggirr nations to enter this annual award and this exhibition will display the finalists for 2017.

MidCoast Council’s acting art gallery directorRachel Piercyis excited to have these fabulous works on display.

“This is the first year this exhibition has toured and we’re pleased that we can showcase the diverse range of artworks for the community to enjoy,”said Rachel.

Lyne Marshall’sRE:Locationexhibition is a project based on relocation.

Initially basedaround the story of her own ancestors emigrating to Australia in the 1800s, she also investigated the past and present inhabitants of our land.

As part of this travelling exhibition, Lyne has placed ‘Art Pods’ in 10 locations in the lands of her ancestors in Ireland and Scotland and she will now also place these pods in locations on the Mid North Coast.

The Manning Regional Art Gallery pods are now in public areas and while hidden, are easily located with no digging required.

If found, please take one artwork, leave a message if you like and replace the pod. The location of the pods can be found at the gallery with clues and GPS location coordinates.

TheSaltwater Fresh Water Aboriginal AwardandRE:Locationwill officially open with an event from2pmonSaturdayMarch 4 where you can expect nibbles, wine and a guided tour of the exhibition. Entry to the opening is $10 or $7 for Friends of the Gallery (FOGs) members.

These exhibitions will run from this Thursday March 2 to SundayApril 2 and will be open during normal gallery hours fromWednesdaytoSaturday10am to 4pmandSunday1pm to 4pm. Visit梧桐夜网manningregionalartgallery南京夜网419论坛for more information.

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EYE Of The World couldcause an upset at double figure odds and win the $50,000 Port Lincoln Cup at Ravendale Racecourse on Friday.
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PREPARED: Going for a dip before the cup was Ronnie Bell on Hard At It, Tyson Bird-Balek on Spalding Cove and Darryl Carrison on Rooboy.

The Brian Lear-trained seven-year-old has done everything right here in his three runs since transferring from the Hayes-Dabernig stable.

Weighted well he gets the favours from the inside gate (unlike recent starts) with the expected early speed battle of Ustinov’s Fury and Rooboy.

On an each-way basis he is the top selection.

Ustinov’s Fury and Rooboy are both out and out leaders and expect fireworks early.

Montalto has found her true form as she gets up in trip.

Atruly run race will see her strong late and Hard At It is a must include on his prelude run.

Tips: Eye Of The World 1, Ustinov’s Fury 2, Montalto 3, Hard At It 4.

Race 1 -Maiden 1210m

Punters can get the money early with Phantom Date the best bet on the card.

The Mick White-trained four-year-old was terrific on debut when he chased hard, just failed to pick up Washerwoman.

The wide barrier is a slight concern but this one is smart and can do work in the run and still win.

The Darryl Carrison pair Insky and Halls Bay finished alongside Phantom Date in that same maiden and must be respected.

Tips: Phantom Date 1*, Halls Bay 2, Insky 3.

Race 2 – Benchmark 56 1390m

Letsava Win looks ideally placed for the Will Clarken stable.

The son of Savabeel closed off nicely when fresh at Morphetville and will prove too good to this lot.

Casino Exit and Sandhill Jett are place chances.

Tips: Letsava Win 1, Sandhill Jett 2, Casino Exit 3.

Race 3–Benchmark 56 1390m

Tough race so it might be good time to visit the buffet. Heza Gunn has raced well this season and can measure up against these limited older horses.

Look for Tassie to be ridden forward and give a sight.

Tips: Heza Gunn 1, Tassie 2, More Than Most 3.

Race 4 – Benchmark 64 1750m

Artful Diva could have been competative in the Port Lincoln Cup so she goes in as top pick in this. There looks enough early tempo for her to unwind late.

Joseph Arnold hardest to beat with Savanero next best.

Tips: Artful Diva 1, Joseph Arnold 2, Savanero 3.

Race 5 – Benchmark 64 1390m

Point Drummond can mix his form but going on his dominant last start win you have to include him in the main chances, especially if the rail is the place to be.

Heza Hussler, Divadebeer and Copper Coast Raider are racing well locally.

Wind Spirit and Bel Streak (threefrom threeat this track) are also winning chances in a high quality benchmark 64 event.

Tips: Point Drummond 1, Heza Hussler 2, Wind Spirit 3.

Race 6 – Benchmark 64 1000m

Tintagel Rocker has 62 kilograms to contend with but if he ends up in the one-one position in the run you would haveto give him a chance to bring up the hat-trick.

Nippy Lippy and Heavens Flight are consistent local performers while Geordie’s Second and Bold Senator could be blowouts if the track is racing favourably and they can pinch a break on the home turn.

Tips: Tintagel Rocker 1, Bold Senator 2, Nippy Lippy 3.

Race 7 – Flying 1210m

Debeersonus returns to his home track and won’t know himself with only 54kg on his back.The Simon Drewitt-trained seven-year-old has only missed a place once in 17 starts at this track. Each-way all day.

Hank’s Nephew, Killawarra, Propshaft and Black Barra draw the inside four gates. Who gets the luck will decide their fate.

Tips: Debeersonus 1, Killawarra 2, Propshaft 3.

Race 9 – Benchmark 60 1210m

The get-out stakes, the final race of the Port Lincoln season, sees exciting three-year-old Galaxy Falls return after a freshen up. He will have to be at his best giving the older horses weight.

Looking for value to get out of trouble or pay for dinner at the pub leads us to Rocky Valley.

Tips: Rocky Valley 1, Galaxy Falls 2, Dazzling Lilly 3.

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A man has been charged after exposing himself and acting indecentlyon a train nearParramatta.
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Police said the man was seen exposing himself and committing an indecent acton a train between Westmead and Parramatta Railway Station.

It is believed the incident took placed at about 11.50pm on Thursday, February 16.

Officers from the Transport Command’s Operation Artemis were notified and began investigations into the incident.

Following the investigation, officers attached to North West Police Transport Command charged a man, 43, with willful and obscene exposure on Tuesday, February 28. He is due to appear atParramattaLocal Court on Wednesday, April 12.

Toongabbie house fire appealPolice are investigating a house fire in Toongabbie.

Emergency services were called to Lamonerie Street at about12.30pm on Sunday, February 26,following reports of a house fire.

The blaze was extinguished a short time later by Fire and Rescue crews.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.The home was unoccupied at the timeand nobody was injured.

The roof of the house was significantly damaged.

Police said the cause of the fire still to be determined but there are reports a hydroponic set up was found in the house. Anyone with informationis encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000.

Mother and daughter found safeA mother and herdaughter have been found afterbeing reported missing over the weekend. Police said the woman, 31,and girl, 6, were last seen at a shopping complex on the corner of McFarlane and Pitt Streets on Friday, February 25.

Holroyd policewere alerted and began an search to find the pair.

Following a search, police located the woman and child safe and well during a vehicle stop in Merrylands justbefore 11.30am on Monday, February 27.

They were taken to Merrylands police station, where the woman is currently assisting police. Police thank the media and the community for their assistance.

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AWI Chair Wal Merriman told the Senate estimates committee it would be “terrific” if the WoolPoll tour was replaced with a simply phone call and postal letter to levy payers. “The circus has come to town,” Queensland NationalsSenator Barry O’Sullivan chimed during a Senate Estimates hearing scrutinising Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) expenditure.
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This set the argy-bargy tone between NSWLiberal DemocraticSenator David Leyonhjelm who fired the main questions to AWI’s chief executive Stuart McCullough about the industry group’s spending on the delivery of the WoolPoll – a three-yearly vote by woolgrowers on their levy contribution.

The last WoolPoll held in 2015 cost levy payers about $660,000, more than $15 for each of the 43,000 eligible woolgrowers voters.

While more than 20 forums were held across the country in the lead-up to the last WoolPoll, just 50.68 per cent of votes were lodged.

This reportedly marked the lowest number of votes in five WoolPolls.

AWI chairman Wal Merriman said majority of the spending was required to adhere to the statutory funding regulations.

“Stuart (McCullough) and I and a couple of others get in a car and we might drive 500 mile to meet 20 people, it is ridiculous,” Mr Merriman said.

He said in the past 12 months AWI had met with the Woolgrowers Industry Consultative Committee(ICC) to discuss extending the period between votes to four years.

Senator Leyonhjelmquestioned why extending the period between WoolPolls was a higher priority for AWI than driving down costs.

“If you went to woolgrowers and said this is a very expensive exercise therefore we should extend the period between WoolPolls, I’d question if that would be an appropriate approach if you haven’t done everything you can to lower the cost of the WoolPoll,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

AWI Chair Wal Merriman at Senate estimates hearings in Canberra.

“If you are satisfied two-thirds of those costs are necessary in order to achieve levy payer democracy, do you think you’d get a sympathetic ear form the government in terms of legislating to reduce those obligations?

“How much are you locked into in terms of those costs and how much is because you think you need to do these things – because of historical or traditional reasons.”

In response to Senator Leyonhjelm’s “worst case” suggestion of a phone call and voting slip in the mail, Mr Merriman said “if that is all you wish, that’s terrific, we’d be happy”.

While online voting has been an option for the past two polls, Mr McCullough said AWI were pursuing greater digital communication to decrease costs.

“Two-thirds of those costs are regulatory requirements and one-thirdis things we choose do,” Mr McCullough said.

“We see it as a big figure but we like the fact there is a WoolPoll every three years (and) we like the fact there is a zero option every three years.

“Is it a reasonable figure? … it is a hell of an expense.”

He said costs, which had been reduced from over $1 million in past years, were a factor in wanting to hold the levy vote every four years.

“We would naturally prefer a four year cycle – costs does play into that thinking,” he said.

“We haven’t pushed this on the (Agriculture) Department vigorously or the minster for that matter.”

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