Scottish perspective on waste

Waste Management Officer Amanda Ingram (centre) toured Forbes Scrap Metal with LandCare ­representative Len Reade and Forbes Scrap Metal owner Les Little on Thursday last week as part of the vocational component of Group Study ­Exchange.A passion for waste management led Scotland’s Amanda Ingram to Forbes last week as part of Rotary District 1010 Group Study Exchange team.
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Ms Ingram arrived in Forbes last Tuesday week as part of the five person inbound GSE team from Northern Scotland.

Last Thursday week Ms Ingram joined local Landcare enthusiast Len Reade on a tour of Forbes environmental projects, focussing on waste management.

Ms Ingram visited Twin City Recyclers, Forbes Scrap Metal and the Forbes Shire Council Daroobalgie landfill site.

During the four week exchange Ms Ingram said she hopes to learn more about Australia’s campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of and participation in recycling.

In Scotland around 40 per cent of waste is recycled, Ms Ingram said.

“It has been great to find out more about the way waste is managed in this part of Australia and how it compares to Scotland and I have gained some really useful ideas and contacts.

“I think a lot of the legislation we have in place [in Scotland] are imminent for Australia so it’s good to talk about that too,” she said.

Between vocational visits Ms Ingram visited the proposed community garden, White Bend and constructed wetlands sites.

“I’m trying to show the achievements of Landcare towards improving and restoring the environment in the urban area,” Mr Reade said.

During Thursday’s tour Ms Ingham also gained an insight into revegetation, salinity, water tables and wildlife corridors.

“We are trying to show what we have achieved and how we achieved it and the results before and after and finding a two-way interaction,” Mr Reade said.

Mr Reade said although there would be a number of differences between Australian land and Scottish land, he believed there are also a number of similar environmental issues.

“As a representative of Landcare on the environment committee we are very interested in her knowledge and ability of waste management and how it can be utilised in our area,” Mr Reade said.

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Floods bad for business

Employees of Forbes electrical business, Shead and Nicholson, Phil Cleal and Glen Read, move stock back to lower shelves after last week’s flood alert.The long-term effects of last week’s flooding are the biggest concern for Forbes business owners, according to the president of Forbes Business Chamber.
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Business Chamber president and Superbee General Manager, Karla Hudson, has sent out a request for feedback on the impact of the floods from chamber members.

Ms Hudson said the early response has indicated that businesses are worried about the longer term impact of the floods on their customers.

She said a large number of businesses had shut down for several days late last week, due to road closures, but owners seemed more worried about the impact after the flood threat had passed.

“Loss of trade was probably the biggest immediate concern, but I think what is worrying businesses more is the long-term affect,” she said.

Ms Hudson said businesses like steel suppliers, rural supplies and engineering firms were concerned how their primary producer clients would cope.

“How long will it take for those farmers who are in low lying areas who have crops flooded to get back in business – that’s the biggest concern,” she said.

Ms Hudson said several businesses had been very busy prior to the floods – particularly supermarkets and pharmacies – but once major roads and streets were closed, many were forced to shut down with staff unable to get through floodwater.

Ms Hudson said she had also received positive feedback from chamber members who praised the regular text messaging and email communication from Forbes Shire Council on latest road closures and river heights, but some are worried whether the shire will be able to pay for repairs to road infrastructure damaged in the floods.

She said the chamber was now asking people to shop locally to help businesses recover.

“We’re just asking people to shop locally – we always ask for people to do that, but if you can get it here, please do, because with losses of 50 to 80 per cent of trade over a week, our local businesses are definitely struggling,” she said.

Business chamber members and other businesses can provide feedback to the chamber by emailing Karla Hudson at [email protected]南京夜网.au.

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Squash club ready for open

Squash open organisers Garry Dempsey and Dennis Haynes.Bringing their racquets this weekend will be some of Australia’s best squash players for Forbes’ third annual major squash event.
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The Forbes Shire Council Squash Open 2012 that will commence this Saturday is expected to be one of the best so far, and tonight is your last chance to enter.

President of the Forbes Squash Club, Garry Dempsey said at the Forbes Squash Club on Sunday he’ll be one local competing against high-calibre players from all over the state.

“People [are coming] from Sydney, Canberra, Orange, Bathurst, Grenfell, Parkes…” Dempsey said.

While he estimated on Sunday around 50 players had put their names on the list, more are needed.

“Seventy is a good number, we’re hopeful we’ll get that,” Dempsey said.

“It’s a good thing to have a good spread of local players.

“But it’s not us versus them. It’s all about individual performance,” he said.

Forbes Squash Club Registrar Dennis Haynes said squash events like this one used to be widespread in small towns across country NSW, but now they’re usually in towns like Bathurst and Dubbo.

“That’s why it’s good Forbes has one,” Haynes said.

“It’s especially great for younger people who can’t travel to bigger places.”

While the Forbes Shire Council Squash Open 2012 will cater for all players, people who cannot hold a racket are welcome to see some of the best competition in the state.

“We have junior players Jessie Keegan, Jeff Salmon and Rohan Toole competing,” Dempsey said.

“The winner from last year’s tournament, Michael Bolton will be returning.

“There are strong male players and there may be some top line lady players coming,” he said.

Your last chance to register in this year’s squash open is tonight at the Forbes Squash Club.

Dempsey also said their will be a band and a dinner at the Forbes Golf Club on Saturday night.

“Anyone can come along to that even if they can’t play squash,” Dempsey said.

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High School win B-grade title

High School are Forbes cricket’s B-grade premiers for 2011/12, after defeating Bowling Club by six wickets in the consolation grand final last Saturday.
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Man-of-the-match was young High School batsman Jason Hoswell, who scored 59 of the 87 runs required for victory.

Hoswell’s innings at Botanical Gardens last Saturday featured two sixes and four more boundaries and he was unbeaten when High School hit the winning runs in the 25th over.

High School had won the toss before Saturday afternoon’s B-grade finale, and sent Bowling Club into bat.

Hindsight revealed it was the right choice with Bowling Club all out for 86 in 36 overs.

Jacob Allegri made 19, Brett Stirling hit a dozen and Jarrod Andrews 10, but High School’s youthful bowlers would have felt they had won the first innings.

Fast bowler Tim Prior saved his best for the last game of the summer, taking 5/15 from eight overs, including top order scalps of Mark Stirling, Andrew Quirk and Shane Bolam.

Not to be outdone, Jack Janetzki finished with 2/12 from 10 overs, four of which were maidens.

With Kyle Sharpe’s two wickets and the tidy opening bowling of James Rousell (1/16 from nine), Bowling Club were all out for 86 and needed to defend well to have a chance of victory.

High School’s innings didn’t start well, with Jye Skinner out on the fourth ball for one, but that brought Jason Hoswell to the crease to join Gus Coles.

The pair added 25 before Coles was bowled by Abel Bernardi for eight, but Hoswell and Jordan Coles produced what proved to be a match-winning partnership.

The younger Coles gave Hoswell much of the strike but he stayed out in the middle for another 12 overs, until he was caught off Jarrod Andrews’ second over for 11.

Jason Hoswell had passed his half century by this stage and shortly after, with new partner Jack Janetzki, scored the winning runs in the 25th over.

Bowling Club’s bowlers all tried hard and none were too expensive, but defending 86 was too difficult a task. Abel Bernardi gave another impressive performance with the ball (1/12 from seven overs), while Clint Hurford (1/22 from seven), Jamie Hoswell (1/20 from 3.4 overs) and Jarrod Andrews (1/8 from two) also picked up wickets.

Bowling Club would have had little hesitation in naming Jason Hoswell (59no) the man of the match.

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Footy Talk

Billabong Crows forward Nathan Finnen flies over Rand-Walbundrie Tigers defender Gerard Telford.HENTY THRASH CULCAIRN AND EYE FLAG
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Henty has shot into genuine premiership fancies, following a stunning win over old rivals Culcairn in another impressive performance at Culcairn.

The Swampies have taken on and defeated the top three teams from last year following a round one bye and are looking the real deal to break their premiership drought.

The game was all over at quarter time after Henty turned on an opening quarter of sustained pressure and superb ball use to kick seven unanswered goals.

They did not let up for the remaining three quarters and went on to win by

74 points 20-17-137 to Culcairn 9-9-63

to remain in second spot on the


A functional forward set up led by Ryan Hon (4), Jon Mercuri (4) and Shannon Terlich (3) complemented the dominant midfield led by Heath Ohlin and Simon Hillier.

James Paton was best for Culcairn, with excitement machine Jarrah Maksymow (3) goals, Luke Taylor and Shannon Gilson also good contributors.

Osborne burs ted the unbeaten run of Lockhart, inflicting a 45 point defeat at Osborne in a tough encounter before a large crowd.

The Cats are still unbeaten and have taken a hold on top position in a promising start to the season. Their real test will come this week, when they travel to Howlong.

Reliable forward Trent Perczyk kicked four goals in a low scoring game to be the dominant forward. Ben Davis, Stace Creasy, Daniel O’Connell and Jamie Parr were other good players.

Lockhart really struggled up forward in perfect conditions with only five goals being the result of a tough day out against a tight and committed Osborne backline.

Mitchell Pilon, Chris Cerato, Zach Sheather and Josh Maniscalco continued on their excellent form, but lacked enough support to threaten the pacey Cats on home turf.

Holbrook recorded its first win for the 2012 season, by belting Jindera, in a replay of last years premiership decider, winning at home by 135 points.

The feature of the game was one of the most dominant forward displays possible from Michael Lamb, who kicked an incredible 11 goals and 11 behinds in a master class.

Lamb tore the Bulldogs defence apart with his strong leading and marking and second efforts. James Breen was a good support with four goals.

Jarrod Twitt, Josh Jones, Brendan Hankel, Zach Fulford and Hayden Hibberson ran riot in the midfield and provided silver service to Lamb and co up forward.

Holbrook looked to have turned the corner after a sloppy start and with some good news on the recruiting front pending; they are looming as a sleeping giant.

RW Tigers overcame a determined Billabong Crows first half effort, to grind out a workman like 51 point win at Rand, to stay in fourth place.

Josh Jarvis and Josh Warren-Marmo kicked three goals each, as inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Tigers valuable percentage opportunity.

Former Barnawartha star Cameron McNeil starred in the centre, with great support from Ryan Kirkwood, Hayden Tyrell and Justin Dickson.

The Tigers face a crunch game this week, when they make the journey to Lockhart with a win to either side being critical to finals appearances.

Howlong led by a six goal haul from star forward Daniel Bradshaw and five goals from Troy price proved too good for

BB saints winning by 55 points at Howlong.

Kylin Morey also kicked six goals for the saints, but it was not enough to damage the Spiders winning run as they remain in third position.

Youngster Beau Walker maintained his sizzling form with a best on ground effort. Damian Russo, Josh Duffy and Steven Bradshaw controlled the clearances for Howlong.

The final round four match was played under lights at Lavington Panthers Oval, with CDHBU overcoming a first

quarter deficit to run out 45 point


Phil Dudley was the shining light for the combined Power, kicking seven goals, while Joel Rippingale was the star in the midfield. Shane Franz kicked four goals for Magpies.

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Students take skills to the world

Year 12 Red Bend Catholic College student Max ­Ridley with the gold medal he received for ­winning the state title during the World Skills Australia State ­Championships last week for his efforts in ­Agriculture and Primary Industries.Year 12 Red Bend Catholic College student Max Ridley can now add gold medallist to his list of accomplishments after taking out the World Skills Australia State Championships last week.
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Max and his fellow year 12 student Blake Osborne travelled to Sydney to compete against other vocational education students in the state championships last week after earning their places in the finals late last year.

The two students had between 1 ½ days and two days to show off their learned skills, taking out gold and sixth place respectively.

Agriculture and Primary Industries student Max completed five set tasks over two intensive days of competition to finally edge out his fellow rivals by less than one point.

The first task was to move livestock into a set of yards, draft them off, weigh them and work out how much drench they needed to be given.

Max was then required to drench them.

The second task involved farm machinery and saw Max conduct a pre-service check on a tractor and then attach an implement.

In task three Max had to construct a farm fence.

Task four required Max to give first aid in a mock scenario where a child had fallen from a silo.

Although Max performed well in each task it was the final stage which saw him edge out his rivals.

As part of the fifth task Max was required to put his maths skills to the test by working out the percentage of pasture in a paddock and calculate the cost of replacing the pasture.

Agriculture teacher Susan Earl said while it was good to be practical with agriculture, maths was still required.

“It is important to realise that all the skills taught at school can be useful in the outside world,” Mrs Earl said.

“The separating points in the end came down to the ability to do farm based maths calculations.”

Max said he was very pleased and surprised by the final result.

“There was a lot of competition there,” Max said.

“[The chief steward] said it was the hardest level of competition he had seen.”

According to Max one of the hardest aspects of the competition was performing under pressure – with all tasks set against a time limit.

Fellow student Blake competed in the Metals and Engineering section to achieve sixth place.

As part of the competition Blake was required to construct a transportable metal sheep feeder using sheet metal and square tubing.

Like Max, Blake’s skills were pitched against 11 other vocational students all vying for the top spot.

Blake admitted to experiencing some nerves before the competition but said he enjoyed the competition.

“It was good. It was a good experience,” he said.

Through the competition Blake said he gained some new skills and hopes the experience will help him gain employment in the metals or mines industries.

Red Bend Catholic College Technical and Applied Studies (TAS) teacher Col Hawthorn said both Max and Blake had won at the regional finals to reach state selection.

Mr Hawthorn said it has been six years since the college has had a student reach the National Titles.

Max is the second student of Mr Hawthorn’s to go to Nationals and looks like he may follow in the footsteps of former student Todd Grace, who won the state title before going on to win at Nationals.

Max will return to Sydney in August this year to compete in the National World Skills titles.

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Fire danger season ends early

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has ended the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Mid Lachlan Valley Team area early due to continuing mild weather conditions.
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From Thursday, March 8, fire permits will no longer be required for the Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes and Weddin Local Government Areas.

“Although fire permits are no longer required, property owners must still adhere to the law regarding the use of fire,’’ Superintendent Ken Neville, Team Manager said.

“This requires people to notify neighbouring land owners and land management authorities 24 hours prior to burning, as well as taking appropriate action to ensure containment and control of fire so it doesn’t escape and cause damage.

“Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape,” Supt Neville said.

“Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to cause damage to life, property and the environment.

“We encourage people to get advice from their local RFS Fire Control Centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing, trittering and burning and how to prepare their homes for the next bushfire season,” Superintendent Neville said.

If residents do have to burn they should ask the RFS for advice, permits and approvals:

* Give fire authorities and neighbours 24 hours notice.

* Check weather conditions/Total Fire Bans.

* Delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast.

* Create proper fire breaks.

* Have adequate water resources on hand.

* Supervise the fire at all times.

* Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if fire escapes.

For more information contact Mid Lachlan Valley Team on 6851 1541 or visit

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Grateful for every stride

FOR those who haven’t seen the ABC documentary Running to America, it’s an inspirational uplifting story and, as this journo has no shame in admitting, brings a tear to the eye.
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The documentary follows Juan, Joseph, Caleb and Charlie from their homes in remote regions of the Kimberley and Arnham Land to the finish line of the world’s biggest marathon in New York.

The boys are mentored in the task by Australia’s greatest marathon runner Rob de Castella. The documentary was released in December last year to rave reviews, however the Indigenous Marathon Project did not end there. Rob took a second group of runners to complete last year’s New York Marathon and is currently training his third squad of runners for this year’s event, a squad that includes Pacific Palms Primary and Forster High School alumni Nat Heath.

“Like a lot of people I saw the documentary and through work and various people I knew I heard about the project and thought it was a great opportunity,” Nat said from his office at Newcastle University’s Wollotuka Institute.

Nat attended tryouts in Sydney in April which included a 5km time trial and a beep test. The selection process also included a range of interviews.

“They asked my reasons for wanting to participate, what things I already do in the community, what things I hoped to take back to my community and just things to test my suitability for the program.”

Nat was successful and has thrown himself into training, most recently completing the Gold Coast half marathon in a respectable 90 minutes. Nat is grateful for every stride after being struck down in his athletic prime by a neurological disorder which doctors said would put an end to his days as an athlete.

“It’s called Guillian-Baree Syndrome and I was diagnosed in 2010,” Nat explains.

“Basically your immune system attacks the nervous system. It started with pins and needles in my hands and led to paralysis in different parts in my body. I was hospitalized for two weeks and doctors said I would likely never get back to my previous level of endurance.”

It took a lot of hard work for Nat, a first grade rugby player and triathlete, to regain his strength including the indignation of being outrun by a tight-head prop in the early days. “I changed a few of my habits, really looked at my health and fitness and when doctors said it was really going to affect my endurance I took it as a bit of a challenge. I’m ultimately grateful for the experience.”

After completing his first camp at the AIS and the Gold Coast half marathon, Nat is currently pounding more than 80km of pavement per week in preparation for New York and hopes to compete in September’s Forster Running Festival where coach de Castella is the headline act.

“Of all the running events we do that’s the one I’d like to do the most,” Nat says.

“It’ll be up to my coaches but I’ll most likely be there either way. My dad still lives at Smiths Lake so it’s a good chance to get back home.”

Nat, who has a degree has social science, is also completing a Certificate IV in health and leisure as part of the project which he feels will equip him well to give back to the indigenous community. “My two biggest passions are Aboriginal education and Aboriginal health. When people think of Aboriginal communities they think of you know the Northern Territory and places like that, but communities here in NSW like the Cabarita community in Forster and communities and around here in Newcastle are facing the same issues. I want to highlight that by completing the project and taking its benefits back to those communities.”

Nat is hoping to break the three-hour mark in the New York Marathon on November 4.

INSPIRATIONAL PROGRAM: Former Forster High School student Nat Heath is pounding more than 80km of pavement per week as he prepare for November’s New York Marathon as part of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project.

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Iconic pub changes hands

Rachel Parsons outside the Post Office Hotel, which will be under new management by the end of the week.It has been a dramatic few days for the publicans of the iconic Post Office Hotel.
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Yesterday morning, Craig and Rachel Parsons had shut the doors of the Lachlan Street hotel, having reached a stalemate with the pub’s owner over the terms of their lease.

As an open letter to patrons advised, they were unsure when or if the historic ‘Postie’ would reopen.

The only thing they knew for certain was that they wouldn’t be in charge.

However, the pub’s future became much clearer yesterday with the arrival of new licensee, Vonnie Newcombe.

After negotiations failed with Craig and Rachel Parsons, the hotel’s owner had organised for Ms Newcombe’s takeover.

With the help of Ms Parsons and long-standing Postie barmaid, Kerry Acheson, Ms Newcombe hoped to reopen the hotel before the end of the week, possibly as early as today.

Ms Newcombe said she planned to continue operating the Post Office Hotel as usual, and Ms Parsons encouraged all patrons to call in and meet the new publican once the doors reopened.

Footy tippers and punters club members have been assured that both competitions will continue as normal if they wish to remain involved, otherwise they can request a refund from Ms Parsons.

Craig and Rachel Parsons made the shock decision to close their hotel on Monday night.

As outlined in the letter to patrons, it remained closed on Tuesday and yesterday and the Parsons family are now in the process of packing up their belongings and moving out.

In the letter to patrons and the Forbes community, Rachel Parsons said she and her husband felt they had no choice but to close the hotel.

“This is due to the current financial climate and a very unreasonable landlord,” she said.

“Our financial situation is one that our landlord refuses to negotiate the current lease with us, and has been unreasonable in any discussions.”

“Craig and I have enjoyed our time getting to know you all and running this business. We feel as though we have failed you all, and we apologise immensely for that,” Rachel Parsons said.

Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Lachlan delegate, Jim Clyburn, said that the economic climate was increasingly tough for publicans.

Mr Clyburn, who operates a pub in West Wyalong and owns another in Condobolin, said hotels face stiff competition from supermarkets and other liquor retailers.

“You can go down to any supermarket today and a can of Coke is dearer than a can of beer,” Mr Clyburn said.

He said the AHA’s recommended beer price is now $5.30 a schooner, but most pubs are reluctant to charge that much, fearing that customers will leave and drink at home instead.

Mr Clyburn said the introduction of poker machines to hotels in the late 1990s had allowed publicans to compete with clubs but now hotels faced competition from elsewhere.

“The same thing was happening then as it is now,” he said.

“Things are pretty tough [for pubs] now but I think when you go into this business, you have to realise that the good old days are over.”

Vonnie Newcombe said she and her husband operated one of Ballina’s biggest pubs for nearly a decade.

She invited anyone who has been a patron of the Post Office Hotel to call in and meet her.

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Nominate incredible local women

It’s time to celebrate the achievements of extraordinary local women with entries now open for the Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards.
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Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Riverina Murray, Loretta Willaton, urged the local community to make 2012 the year they nominate local business women for the prestigious national Awards.

“Innovative business women can come from anywhere and we certainly have many in the Riverina Murray region who inspire others by their courage and leadership,” Ms Willaton said.

“We strongly encourage women who are nominated to enter the Awards. For finalists and winners, they offer significant benefits from the increased public profile, networking opportunities and a share in more than $200,000 in cash and prizes,” she added.

There are three qualifying categories in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards:

* Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award – Open to owners with a 50 per cent share or more in a business with responsibility for key management decision making.

* Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award – Open to employees in the private and corporate sectors, or owners with less than a 50 per cent share in a business.

* White Pages(r) Community and Government Award – Open to employees in government departments, statutory bodies or not-for-profit organisations.

There are two specialist categories:

* Nokia Business Innovation Award – Recognising innovation across a number of areas including sales and marketing, process, product or service.

* marie claire Young Business Women’s Award – Open to entrants in one of the qualifying categories aged 34 years or under as at 30 June 2012.

Awards are offered in each category in every state and territory and winners will be announced at public events held between September 18 and October 16, 2012.

State and territory winners are eligible for the national Awards which will be announced at the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards in Sydney on 21 November.

Entries are open until midnight on 19 June.

To nominate business women or for further information about the Awards, visit: www.telstrabusinesswomensawards南京夜网 or call 1800 817 536 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.

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Lockhart’s Community Hero

Rose Lehmann’s dedication to giving back has endeared her to the Lockhart community who have nominated her for the NSW Woman of the Year Award – Community Hero category.Lockhart’s Rose Lehmann is one of just six finalists in the NSW Woman of the Year Awards in the People’s Choice – Community Hero category.
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Rose was chosen from over 200 entrants by a judging panel led by the NSW Minister for Women, Pru Goward who said it was a tough task for the judging panel to select a shortlist.

“We had a very difficult job in selecting finalists because the calibre of nominations was so high.

“It was inspirational to read these extraordinary women’s stories and find out about the great work that they are doing throughout the state,” said Minister Goward.

Rose’s dedication to giving back has endeared her to the people of the Lockhart community who nominated her for this award.

Rose has volunteered for more than 60 years for various causes that make her beloved hometown of Lockhart a better place to be.

Born and raised in Lockhart, Rose is an enthusiastic and unassuming volunteer who has quietly worked for her community for six decades.

Described as a highly respected role model, Rose always honours her volunteering commitments with a smile, positive outlook and lots of energy.

She had a pivotal role in Lockhart’s success when it was voted winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Award for 2009/10.

When Lockhart played host to the 2010 awards Rose organised the spectacular street parade with a wool and wheat theme to showcase the town’s proud heritage.

As well as her proven track record in working on big projects for the town, Rose also takes care of the details. Not only was she the driving force behind the parade, she also made all of the table settings and gifts for the evening reception – not an easy task for more than 300 people.

As well as the planned events, Rose is also at the front of the queue to help people during unexpected circumstances – during the devastating floods earlier this year, Rose opened up her own home to a family who had lost everything, giving them food and shelter for a number of weeks until they were able to get back on their feet.

Always unassuming, Rose describes her help during the floods as “really just giving a family a warm bed and dry spot, something to eat, a shower and a bit of companionship. Helping in this way is what community spirit is all about.”

Her hard work and persistence has brought many visible improvements to the town. She helped with the background information for the funding applications for the Lockhart Grandstand and restoration of the main street and Men’s Shed.

The embodiment of community spirit, Rose has been involved in almost every Lockhart organisation at one time or another; from the CWA to the local school, the museum to the Arts Council.

Whether she’s organising Christmas calendars or recipe books to raise money, serving food in the school canteen or preserving Lockhart history, Rose is busy making things better for her community.

She was nominated for NSW Volunteer of the Year 2009/10 and Citizen of the Year in 2011.

The People’s Choice – Community Hero is chosen by the public and the community is urged to get behind this worthy nomination by voting for Rose online at One vote per email address.

Voting closes at midnight on Monday 14 May 2012. The winner will be announced by the Premier of NSW at a special reception on Thursday 24 May 2012.

The other five finalists in the Community Hero category are:

Jenny Armstrong from Marsfield – dedicated volunteer with Riding for the Disabled NSW.

Elsie Gordon from Dubbo – Murrawarri woman, teacher and advocate for domestic violence victims and women’s health.

Yvonne Keane from Kellyville – dedicated volunteer with Hear the Children and founder of Reach for the Rainbow.

Shirley Nelson from Byron Bay – founder of Feros Care Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation providing aged care.

Sheila Turnbull from Cessnock – advocate for women’s equality, passionate about helping women and girls to fulfil their potential.

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Cancelled sale raises questions

President of the Forbes Associated Agents Geoff Rice has questioned council over their decision to cancel a weekly sheep sale during the floods.
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Local agents John Martin and Bill Dunn believe it is the first time in history a livestock sale has been cancelled in Forbes.

At around 11.30am on Monday, March 5, council suggested to Mr Rice that the sheep sale should be cancelled due to flood water.

An hour later it was confirmed.

“From the point of view of the vendors it was hard,” Mr Rice said of the decision.

“I’m well aware that Forbes was pretty drastic but we had people along the river that were really desperate to get stock out of their [place] before the river came up,” Mr Rice said.

Mr Rice said Forbes is one of three top selling centres in the state and cancelling the sale put pressure on the rest of the state.

“We have a lot of people, not only along the Lachlan, that are trying to get stock out,” he said.

Mr Rice said it was imperative the sales returned to normal as quickly as possible.

“If we don’t open these yards and even the flow of stock out, when we do enter the market there will be a downward pressure system,” he said.

Wagga Wagga and Cowra both cancelled prime cattle sales due to flooding, with Wagga also cancelling their prime sheep sale.

With so many selling centres closing due to floods, Mr Rice expressed concerns about a market glut.

“We are well aware of council’s obligations but we would have liked to be in the decision making process a little bit more,” Mr Rice said.

Mr Rice said he believed council’s decision to cancel the sheep sale was based on information received from the SES and police.

Past president of the Forbes Associated Agents Bill Dunn also questioned the cancellation.

“Yes the southern side was affected but the northern and western side was not,” Mr Dunn said.

He said the cancellation compounded last week’s yarding.

Without the cancellation of the March 6 sale, agents estimated the yarding for last Tuesday week would have been around 10,000 lambs.

Instead, Mr Dunn said, 24,000 lambs were yarded.

The swollen numbers caused the market to drop $10 to 12.

“If we’d had that sale that wouldn’t have had quite so hard a drop,” Mr Dunn said.

Mr Martin said the drop has cost the local region an estimated $200,000.

Mayor of Forbes Shire Council, Phyllis Miller, said the decision to cancel the sale was brought up at an Emergency Operations Centre meeting and the decision was made by organisations who had representatives at the meeting.

Representatives included the SES, police, Department of Community Services, Rural Fire Service and Forbes Shire Council.

“[It was decided] it was in the best interest of our shire to not have people travel to the sale,” Cr Miller said.

The opening of the new pig yards was also cancelled.

The opening will now be held on Friday, April 20.

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Doherty’s double: Reinsman joys on-track success

JINDERA reinsman Tim Doherty enjoyed one of his finest days at the track in years when he steered home a winning double at Wagga last Thursday.
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Doherty is slowly increasing his involvement in the sport after time away and he proved he’s still got it with a race-to-race double to open the Wagga program yesterday.

His first winner came on his pacer, Diliart ($5.50), then got home on Trewin Road ($2.90) for his father John Doherty to give him a 100 per cent strike rate for the day.

Doherty moved to Victoria in 2003 to take up harness racing training and driving full-time and enjoyed 30 winners in his first season.

He then gradually decreased his involvement as he undertook university studies and then ultimately decided on a move back to Riverina in 2008.

His father John followed and purchased a farm at Jindera six months ago and the pair are at it together now with a team of seven working on their own track.

Doherty is enjoying his time back in Albury and was happy to claim a double yesterday.

“It’s been a really good day,” Doherty said.

“I didn’t drive for a couple of years so this would have to be my first double for four or five years. I wouldn’t have a clue.”

Doherty only got Diliart a month ago and she came to the Jindera stables winless from almost 20 starts.

She broke through at start number 21 yesterday and Doherty likes the four-year-old mare.

“I only got her three or four weeks ago and didn’t know anything about her,” Doherty said.

“I didn’t think she would go as good as she did.

“She was a really nice two-year-old but hits her knee badly and lost confidence I think.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she runs through the grades. I really like her.”

Diliart led and ran away for a dominant 16-metre victory.

Trewin Road also led, and held on to score by seven metres. It was the five-year-old’s second win to go along with eight placings from 15 starts.

“He’s a good little racehorse,” Doherty said.

“He’s no star but he does his job by keep getting a cheque.”

Doherty is manager of Albury’s Equestrian Centre and is happy with a team of seven to work with his father John.

Doherty admits he is enjoying being back in the sport here in Riverina.

“I love it now,” he said.

“Having our own place and own track and it’s just good to get back to the Riverina where I’m from.

“It’s so much more social here and laid back. It’s good to be apart of.”

Meantime, experienced Wagga trainer Norm Jerrick produced a gem of a drive to steer Modern Slippa ($6.90) to victory in the Workout Wagga C2-C5 Pace (2165m).

Jerrick rarely drives but has got back in the sulky a couple of times recently and he produced a masterclass in the final event to get the talented four-year-old to victory.

Jerrick put Modern Slippa to sleep three back along the pegs and brought him through with a charmed run to grab the lead in the final 50 metres.

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