Family disgusted by vandalism

Yvonne Allen and Nancy Hill inspect the recent damage to the grave of well-known local, the late Henry Hill.A vicious vandalism attack on the grave of well-known local man Henry Hill has been slammed by his bereaved family.
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His widow Nancy Hill and niece Yvonne Allen contacted the Forbes Advocate yesterday after discovering the final resting place of Mr Hill was attacked during the weekend.

Ms Allen said she first became aware of the vandalism when two women told her about a spate of recent attacks at the Forbes cemetery.

Ms Allen said she contacted Mrs Hill straightaway and the pair decided to visit the cemetery to see if Mr Hill was one of the victims.

What they discovered reduced Mrs Hill to tears.

“I said someone has pinched his flowers,” Mrs Hill said.

Pots of silk flowers lining each side, the centre and the foot of Mr Hill’s grave had been broken, tipped off the grave or removed.

One large pot which was located near the headstone has disappeared.

This loss has hit Mrs Hill hardest because it featured a personal inscription she wrote to her late husband. It stated her love for Mr Hill and how much she missed him.

“It made me cry and I’m trying to get over it. It’s sad. It’s really, really sad. It makes you feel sick,” Mrs Hill said.

Mrs Hill and Ms Allen don’t believe Mr Hill was targeted in the attack simply because a number of other gravesites nearby have also had their silk flowers pulled out and strewn about.

“It’s a very, very bad shock,” Mrs Hill said.

“It’s disgraceful. I can’t understand why anyone would do it to someone that is dead and can’t defend themselves. It’s just weak.”

Mr Hill passed away in February last year and is remembered as a stalwart of the Forbes community.

“He was always helping kids. We reared up seven kids that had nowhere to live. He taught them boxing, footy, cricket, touch football, softball.

“He was good. He would do anything for anyone. He helped anyone. He’d go without to help others,” Mrs Hill said.

Mr Hill and his family are well-known around the community for their contributions to sport and in recent years, support of the Forbes Renal Dialysis Unit.

“He was on dialysis for 17 years. He suffered when he was alive and now he is still suffering,” Ms Allen said.

The attack has been reported to the police and enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Mrs Hill said she would like the personalised pot put back on the grave, if nothing else.

“It will be no good to anyone because they wouldn’t have the same name,” she said.

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Lockhart recognises a mentor

Steve Harradine unveiled the first of two plaques at the official opening of the Heather Harradine Memorial Skate Park. The youth of Lockhart enjoyed a skateboarding workshop at the official opening celebrations of the Heather Harradine Memorial Skate Park on Monday.
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Lockhart Shire Council Mayor, Peter Yates and Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire unvelied a plaque at the Heather Harradine Memorial Skate Park with the help of Lockhart Central School students Sarah Pitner, Ameliea Farrall and Siomn “Scooter” Hounsell.

There were over 60 people of all ages at the official opening of the Heather Harradine Memorial Skate Park in Lockhart on Monday.

In a show of appreciation to her devotion to the youth of Lockhart, the park was dedicated to the late Heather Harradine, a former teacher at Lockhart Central School (LCS) and instigator of Lockhart’s Rural Youth Action Team (RYAT), the committee behind raising money to build the skate park.

In 2009 Ms Harradine along with Tana Cuming, then Lockhart Shire Council youth officer, Mrs Margot Mildren, and a group of eager students from LCS identified a skate park as something that would benefit Lockhart’s youth and formed the RYAT committee.

Since then, the committee managed to secure approximately $130,000 needed to make the skate park a reality and construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2011.

LCS year 10 student, Sarah Pitner has been a member of the RYAT committee since it formed in 2009 and this week she, along with Simon “Scooter” Hounsell and Amelia Farrall represented their school in the unveiling of a plaque at the park.

“It is good that it was named after her. She (Mrs Harradine) had a connection with us that other teachers didn’t”, Sarah said.

Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire officially opened the skate park saying that he was pleased to see a great attendance at the event “celebrating what has been an enormous amount of work”.

“It’s impressive, really impressive,” he said and congratulated the committee on a job well done.

Lockhart Shire Council Mayor, Peter Yates, addressed the crowd and recognised the contributions made by various local community groups and businesses.

“It is really a case of Federal, State and Local Government, local businesses and community members working together to achieve a desired result,” he said.

Cr Yates went on to thank the members of RYAT. He recognised Mrs Harradine as a driving force behind the project, “This park is to be dedicated to the memory of Heather as a testament of her dedication as a teacher and mentor to the youth of Lockhart,” he said.

Steve Harradine, Heather Harradine’s husband thanked the community for their effort saying that what his late wife would really be proud of is that the committee continued on without her to achieve their goals.

He spoke on behalf of his family, saying “We are very grateful, thank you very much.”

The official opening was held in conjunction with Youth Week and following the unveiling of two plaques in the park there were skate and scoot workshops available as well as a sausage sizzle put on by LCS P&C committee.

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Small communities battle big flood

Warroo and Corinella are now bracing themselves against a major flood.
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Deputy Controller for the Forbes SES Jordon L’Estrange said whilst Forbes’ major flood peak has now passed, work at the Forbes SES depot has not stopped.

While the spotlight for the major flood peak was on Forbes last week, Mr L’Estrange said SES volunteers were working hard to ensure downstream communities were well prepared before roads between Forbes and the outlying areas were cut off.

Mr L’Estrange said last week alone SES volunteers deployed to Forbes and local volunteers helped fill enough sandbags to prepare Forbes for the major flood peak and send seven semi-trailer loads of sandbags to Bedgerabong.

“Before it even got to Nanami we were looking downstream,” Mr L’Estrange said.

Dry sandbags collected by the SES at over the weekend were also sent downstream to Bedgerabong before access by road was cut.

Now the roads are cut, Mr L’Estrange said the operation for the downstream communities has changed.

Helicopters are now being used to airlift sandbags from Bedgerabong to properties and communities under threat.

Mr L’Estrange said Corinella was looking to face floodwaters travelling from the north and south.

“Blokes out there are saying that they have never seen anything like it before,” Mr L’Estrange said.

“I’m personally concerned about homesteads out there and the school is one of them.

“We are sandbagging as quick as we can but our feeling is that the levee is in possibility of being breached.

“We are trying to do everything we can to protect the people out there and because they are not in the city centre, does not mean that we won’t be helping,” Mr L’Estrange said.

Yesterday afternoon floodwaters were rising at Corinella a rate of 2.5 centimetres per hour.

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One win down, Culcairn confident of better season

New Culcairn captain-coach Chris Willis. New Culcairn captain-coach Chris Willis admitted ahead of the weekend’s season opener against the Billabong Crows that he is “excited” by the Lions’ premiership prospects.
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Willis has returned to Culcairn after a two-year stint coaching Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes and is happy with the Lions squad at his disposal.

Willis said up to 12 new players would enter the Culcairn line-up, which was bundled out of finals in straight sets last year after claiming the minor premiership.

Willis believes there is plenty to like about Culcairn this season.

“It’s pretty exciting, we’ve got a pretty good side,” Willis said.

“We’re probably lacking one quality on-baller but we’ve got a lot of different blokes who will change through there.

“We’re not clutching at straws.”

Willis is confident this year’s Culcairn team can be better than Kade Klemke’s outfit last season.

“I think it’s probably a more balanced side this year,” Willis said.

“Last year I think they relied on a couple (of players) to win their games.

“This year there is a more even spread of quality, rather than just a couple of stars.”

Culcairn was close to full-strength when it travelled to Oaklands at the weekend to take on Billabong Crows.

Only James Paton misssed the game due to a two-week suspension he copped at the end of last year.

Before the match, Willis said he did not know what to expect from the Crows.

“I don’t know much about the clubs from out there,” Willis said.

“They’re a bit of an unknown but I’m sure they’ll be just as keen as we are.

“It will be a challenge in its own right, that’s for sure.”

For the record, Culcairn defeated the Billabong Crows 16.15 (111) to 10.5 (65).

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AFL TAS Women’s Football Final

Finals footy action from the Women’s game between Spreyton and Launceston at Maidstone Park, Spreyton.
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Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreyton’s Chantelle Graham uses her head to win the ball.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreyton’s Sommer Bissett uses her tongue in determination to get the ball clear.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreyton’s Ebony Rouse desperately tries to get her handball away.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. The girls played through attrocious weather during the game, and even had to endure this hail storm.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. The girls played through attrocious weather during the game, and even had to endure this hail storm.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreyton’s Helen Matthews desperately tries to control the ball in the wet conditions.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreyton’s Brittany Gibson tries to gather up the ball sheparded by teammate Alissa Ritchie.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreytons Alissa Ritchie soccers the ball forward in the attrocious conditions.

Finals footy action from the AFL Tasmania Women’s Football League game between Spreyton and Launceston. Spreytons Alissa Ritchie steams after the ball at the front of the pack.

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