August, 2019

Funds to push freight to rail in the Illawarra

The Illawarra’s share of freight rail funding will enhance the network, according to the NSW government.The freight rail network in the Illawarra will get a share in fundingfrom the NSW government.
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The region will receive part of a $1 million spendto upgrade rail lines at Shellharbour and Unanderra as part of the Fixing Country Rail pilot program.

The $15 million program is designed to alleviate connectivity problems on the network.

Much of the $15 million is being spent in rural areas like Moree and Barellan.

But two projects in the Illawarra will share in $1 million, which will build anew turnout at the centre of Dunmore Loop at Shellharbour and another at Unanderra.

The Illawarra turnouts –which allow trains to transfer from one line to another –are designed to increaseline capacity.

“We got two of the 10projects announced state-wide for this program,” said Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth ward.

“It’s a great win for business. Itmeans more flexible use of the freight network and the existing infrastructure.

“We can have more freighttrains accessing the raillines and that means more freightoff our roads and onto rail.”

The key freight rail infrastructure project in the Illawarra is the Maldon-Dombarton line.

Priced at around $700 million is it vastly more expensive than the two turnouts.

Mr Ward said this project was about making the best of the network now.

“This isn’t about Maldon-Dombarton, this is about improvingthe existingnetwork and the infrastructurethat is there and utilisingit to itsfullest extent,” Mr Ward said.

“I’ve already made it clear the governmentis committed to Maldon-Dombarton buteven the Labor partyagrees that a private sector solution is what’s required.”

Mr Ward said the appeal of the funding was the chance to movefreight off the road and onto the rail network.

“One ofthe reasons I asked for the money is that I could see the benefits of enhancingand increasing the amount of freightthat moves around the line,” he said.

“This helps movefreight quicker and more efficientlywhich means businessis moreinclined to use freightrail rather than freight by road.”

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Warriors take aim at grand final

Rugby league fans will descend on Boggabilla on Sunday.IT’S going to be the biggest day in Boggabilla for years.
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Following a visit from the Group 19 executives at the weekend, the all clear was given to the Macintyre Warriors to host the rugby league major semi-final onSunday.

It bringsus just one win away from creating history, where the tiny township of Boggabilla will swell by monumental proportions to cope with Grand Final day.

During the last fortnight there has been significant speculation that all finals would be moved to a more suitable venue, due to the lack of facilities at the Boggabilla Sports Ground.

That venue was to be Inverell, who finished second in the regular season, which would have placed them at an enormous advantage considering that right belongs to the team finishing on top, which then meant the Hawks would have to travel to Boggabilla for the major semi-final. For this year at least, following plenty of controversy, common sense has prevailed giving the Warriors at least two finals, which will hopefully include Grand Final day.

Last weekend was the end of the road for our girls this year and the promise of things to come with a 16-10 loss to the Moree Boomerangs. Toni McGrady and Makiily Sampson both got tries, with Maleika Craigie kicking the goal for the Warriors ten points. Makiily was the best of the girls.

In a dress rehearsal for next week’s first Reserve Grade Semi-Final, the Warriors finished on top of the Boomerangs 32-22, after leading 20-6 at half-time.

The young speedsters were once again the main contributes to the score sheet with Dallas Dennison, Hayden McGrady, Jamal Woodbridge and Quindon McIntosh all getting tries for the backs, while Tyler Dennison held up the forwards end.

The Reserve Grades competition leading point scorer, Derrick Craigie, added four goals to his tally. Robbie McIntosh got the Coaches award.

This Saturdaythe two sides will line up against one another again at Ashford, with the winner moving to the second week of the finals and the loser hanging up the boots for the year. The game will commence at1pm.

In the First Grade match the Warriors suffered just their second loss of the year, and their secondin three weeks. The Boomerangs had to win to be assured of playing finals football, where the Warriors were guaranteed of their spot at the top of the table, regardless to the result.

This showed with the hungry Boomerangs taking a 16-6 lead to the break and then extending that lead into the second half, before the Warriors finished full of running to go down narrowly 34-28. Malcolm McGrady, Rick McGrady, Liam McGrady, Clyde Hickling and Harold ‘Buddy’ Brown (celebrating a birthday) all got tries with Malcolm McGrady and Kerrod Sampson both kicking two goals. Remarkable Robbie McIntosh got the coaches vote for best on ground in First Grade as well. ‘

Saturdaywill see the Boomerangs take on the Ashford Roosters at Ashford, with the Boggabilla Sports Ground coming alive on Sunday when the Macintyre Warriors take on the Inverell Hawks, with the victor earning the first spot in the 2016 Grand Final and the home ground advantage.

There will be four games, with the first kicking off at10.45am, and the gates opening at9.30am.

It is expected that there will be a bumper crowd with prime vantage points in hot demand and early attendance recommended. It is likely that at some stage, due to the large crowd, vehicles will be stopped from entering the grounds, so it would be a good idea to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on the ground.

Entry to the grounds will be via McCosker Street on the Western side of the Oval. Remember this is an alcohol free event and any person found bringing alcohol into the grounds will be asked to leave immediately with no exceptions.

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Ararat’s season finishes on high

Alan Batchelor gets his kick away for Ararat. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT won its last game for the 2016 Wimmera Football League season with a 151 to 69 point victoryagainstDimboola on Saturday.
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The strong performance came in front of the club’s1956 and 1986 premiership players.

The Rats were in control for the whole match as the side booted23 goals13to the Roos’11.3.

Lachlan Hamilton kicked seven goals for the Rats to finish with a season tally of 42 from 15 games.

Coach David Hosking said Hamilton did not start with the intensity required for the game.

“Lachie started slow, so i just pulled him aside and said to focus on attacking the ball,” he said

“I was just trying to get his confidence up for the rest of the game.

“Certainly there were a lot of people around which always makes for a good atmosphere.”

Gordon Laurie and Jack Ganley each added four goals of their own.

Ararat’s fourth win of the season lifted it into sixth position –just two points outside the top five.

Hosking said thatthe final scorelinedid not accurately reflect how competitive the game actually was.

“It was a good win,” he said.

“I thought it was probably a bit closer than the scoresindicated.”

He said it was the evenly spread contributionacross from his players that pleased him the most.

“I think we were pretty even on the day,” he said.

“Wehad a few guys back in the team to make us stronger which always helps.”

Ryan Bates continued his recent good form to finish the season with another strong performance.

He was named best on ground for the second week straight after a good performance against Minyip-Murtoa in round 15.

The Rats had become an unlikely late season finals hope heading into thefinal round.

But their poor percentage was always going to make it difficult for the side to move into the top five.

It proved too much to overcome in the end.

It was a disappointing way to end the season for Dimboola.

Jayden Lehmann kicked three goals and was named the Roos’ best player.

The side had been showing improved form over the past month of the season.

But they could not manage a second win to go with its 12-point win against Nhill in round 12.

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Funding available for budding garden designers

WINNERS: A child from Yates Junior Landcare garden grant recipient, Blackett Childcare Centre in Western Sydney.
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YATES and Junior Landcare are calling on schools, kindergartens and youth groups across the country to submit a design for their dream garden for the chance to receive a grant valued at $2,000.

The ‘Design and Be Inspired in the Garden’ grants program is offering 12 grants made up of $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products, and a Yates growing consultation.

Grants will be awarded to the most creative, well designed, sustainable, and environmentally conscious entries.

Landcare Australia CEO, Tessa Jakszewicz, is looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas submitted.

“This program is all about being creative and no idea is too big,” she said.

“We’re hoping to see an array of designs submitted, be they productive vegetable gardens, sensory gardens or recycled gardens.

Junior Landcarers are a creative bunch, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Yates Horticultural Communications Manager Angie Thomas said the partnership between Yates and Junior Landcare was all about helping young people to connect with the natural environment through getting outside and getting their hands dirty.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer the funding, products and expertise to help 12 creative and innovative gardens come to life,” Ms Thomas said.

Any budding gardeners interested in submitting an application should visit the Junior Landcare and Yates Garden Greenie websites, where there are resources and case studies that are sure to inspire.

Applications can be made online through the Landcare Australia website and close on August 15th at 9am (AEST).

Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment.

Yates is Australia’s leading garden care brand and a long-term partner of Landcare Australia and key supporter of its Junior Landcare program.

Proceeds from the sale of Yates’ Nature’s Way products with the Landcare Australia logo fund Junior Landcare projects.

Support includes growing challenges and grants programs, and aims to help young people, schools and youth groups connect with the land and how plants grow, as part of an outdoor learning experience.

For more information, guidelines and criteria, or to submit an application, please visit 梧桐夜网landcareaustralia.org419论坛/be-inspired-garden.

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Saints surge for vital win

Tooleybuc Manangatang pair Victor Caristo and Lachlan Gleeson gang up on Koondrook Barham’s Daniel Mowat.WITH the finals series just around the corner,the significance of this game for TooleybucManangatang could not be overstated.
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With both teams near full strength, thescene was set for a cracker of a game between thesecond placed Raiders and fifth placed Saintsat Barham.

Although the ground was boggy in placesand heavy underfoot, both teams went in hardearly and set about moving the ball forwardwith pace.

However, as the quarter progressed, theSaints began to show better control andfinesse, while the Raiders started to fritter andfumble their way forward.

With Ryan O’Sullivan dominating the ruckand Joshua Stone working hard through thecentre, the Saints were putting tremendouspressure on the Raiders defence.

While Shane Guerra, Troy Rogers and FrazerNeate tried hard for the Raiders, Saints JohnWardle, Benjamin Arentz and Trent Baker keptthe pressure on, keeping the Raiders goal-lessfor the quarter.

Although Rhett Sutton tried hard to challengeO’Sullivan in the ruck, he was no matchfor the big man’s efforts all over the ground.

His inspirational work in the second quarterbrought teammates Nick O’Neill, NyaburuKelly and Stephen Lyons to life as they setabout continuing the good work from the firstquarter.

Raiders Troy Rogers, Frazer Neate and JayReynolds were again in the mix, but mostof their work was either nullified or down indefence.

As much as they tried, the Raiders could notkeep up with the Saints’ attacking footy andalthough they managed to kick two goals forthe quarter, they were clearly being outpacedand outplayed.

The pivotal moment in the game came in thethird quarter, where the Raiders came out andthrew everything at the Saints, but failed tomake any real headway or shatter the confidenceof the charging Saints.

In fact, the Saints seemed to relish the challengeand continued to match the Raidersthroughout the quarter.

O’Sullivan again was brilliant as Kelly, SimonMunkara, Rhys Budde and Nick O’Neill allchipped in pressing forward.

For the Raiders, Lucas Mathews put in somehard work through mid-field as did Rogers,but most of it came to nought as the Saintscontinually piled on the pressure.

The final quarter was all the Saints as theRaiders seem to run out of steam, allowingO’Sullivan, Munkara, Stone and Baker to easilyfeed the goal scoring machine Lyons.

His five goals for the quarter was like a trainingrun as the Raiders had no answer to hisstrength and marking prowess.

While Troy Rogers continued to give goodservice, along with Lucas Mathews and JakeHare, the Raiders were no match forthe Saints who now sit fourth on the ladder.

For more Central Murray football/netball coverage, grab a copy of Monday’s Guardian (August 8).

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