Toronto win NSW pennant

Toronto are celebrating the biggest win in the club’s history after they claimed the state masters pennants final in Sydney on Sunday.
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CLUB FIRST: Toronto Golf Club’s winning state masters pennant team after their victory over Cumberland in the final at Pennant Hills on Sunday.

Toronto won a thrilling decider 4-3 over Cumberland at Pennant Hills when No.1 Tim O’Reilly squared the par-three 18thfor a 1-up victory.

Robert Smythe won 5&4, Terry Blomfield fought back from four down after eight holes to win 2&1and Michael Campbell won 5&4.

The other members of the team were Michael Musgrave, Brett Porter and Peter Drinkwater. Wilbur Wrightsonand Jeff Drummond played in the preliminary rounds but not the final.

Captain Paul Campbell also did not play due to a back injury and some mixed recent form, but he could not have been happier and prouder.

“We’re only the third club from Newcastle to win this,” Campbell said on Monday.

“It’s an incredible competition, very prestigious and highly competitive.It’s a fantastic thing to win. It was amazing, very emotional.

“It’s the biggest event we’ve everwon as a club.

“Timmy is the heart and soul of Toronto, and for him to win on the 18thwas a Hollywood finish.

“It is a real credit to our whole team and our supporters and caddies. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever experienced.”


Newcastle Golf Club will host the 200thedition of the Rankin Cup against Killara this weekend.

The two have contested the biannual event since Archie Rankin was president of both clubs 110 years ago, excluding the war years.

Competitors this weekend will have to use a hickory-shaft driver on the first.


John Quinn took home Merewether’s Lord Mayor’s Cup on Saturday with a nett score of 69 on a countback from Keith Crawford.

Matt Lister was the scratch winner after shooting a 72.

The club plans to run its Merewether Cup as an NDGA Order of Merit event on October 1 and will stage its Long Tan Trophy on August 20around the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War battle.


Nelson Bay’s Brett Allman won theOc Colley Cup and B-grade district championship from a field of 113 on his home course on Sunday.

Allman shot 83 to win the B-grade district scratch title. His nett 69 won him the cup, ahead of Muree’s Neville Wilson (70) and Newcastle’s Phil King (72).King (85) was runner-up in the scratch event, and Merewether’s Adam Wren shot 85 in third.


The NDGAwill hold its annual general meeting on Monday night next week.


American Jim Furyk became the first player to shoot 58 on the US PGA Tour on Monday, carding a 12-under round at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

The 46-year-old, who was already one of six players to card 59 on tour, had one eagle and 10 birdies and, not surprisingly, described it as a “wonderful day”.

Al Geiberger (1977) was the first player to post 59 on the US PGA Tour, followed by Chip Beck (1991), David Duval (1999), Paul Goydos (2010), Stuart Appleby (2010) and Furyk (2013).

“Pretty humbling, to think of all the great players, great names, to be the very lowest and the only person right now [at 58] is pretty special,” Furyk told Golf Channel after finishing fifth at the Travelers Championship.

Hehit all 18 greens in regulation and shoteight-under 27 on the front nine thanks to six birdies and aneagle at the par-four third, where he holed out from 120 metres.

South Coast art festival planning underway

HUBCAP HUNT: Lisa Leyson and Julie Sydenham are on the hunt for old hubcaps to be used as part of a community art project during this year’s Escape ArtFest. Photo: Katrina Condie. THE program for ARTfest 2016 has now been finalised and the festival is less than two months away.
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The event will be running in a number of venues around the Milton and Ulladulla area from September 24-October 8.

This much anticipated event on the region’s cultural calendar is set to impress this year with almost 40 individual exhibitions scheduled around the district.

From first time exhibitors to established and renowned professional artists, “the range of art on display is a testament to the diversity of the area” according to coordinator, Julie Sydenham.

Many of the artists have taken inspiration from this year’s ‘Clash, Bang, Trash’ theme.

Heading up the list will be the Shoalhaven Open Art Prize (SOAP) exhibition to be displayed towards the end of the festival at the Ulladulla Civic Centre.

Milton will be a hot-spot for ARTfest ‘galleries’ with almost half of the exhibitions on display there.

The surrounding areas, from Manyana to Mollymook to South Ulladulla, feature the other exhibitions with a host of art forms to suit every taste.

The festival website has a comprehensive list available as well as the full festival program so that art lovers can begin planning their ARTfest experience now.

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Tension growing on road woes

The region’s political leaders are ramping up pressure on the state government to fund much-needed road upgrades.
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Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has accused thestate government of only giving“lip service” to road concerns, whilefederal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan haslauncheda petition calling foraction.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell.

Mrs Britnell said while in opposition, current Roads Minister Luke Donnellan had labelled the region’s a “safety issue”.

“It is also becoming a financial and economic issue for local businesses and industry. These are vital trucking industry routes. Poor roads are slowing transport movements across the state and increasing vehicle repair costs,” Mr Donnellansaid in a media release in 2012.

Mrs Britnell described Mr Donnellan’s comments as“spot on”.“But for some reason he seems reluctant to act. There was not $1 in the lateststate budget for road repair programs in this electorate,” she said.

“In the 21 months he has been minister why hasn’t Mr Donnellan acted? It just proves that allLabor give this region is lip service.”

Mrs Britnell said recent rain had led to a spike in the number of calls to her office about the condition of roads.

“It’s only going to get worse as we head into August,” shesaid.

“Something needs to be done now, I have written to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan onnumerous occasions and constituents have told me they have done the same.”

Mrs Britnell said the previous Coalition government had budgeted for renewal works on anumber of key local roads, but since the change of government these projects had not gone ahead.

Mr Tehan’s petition is calling on the state government to “invest in roads they’reresponsible for”. He is also continuing his call for the state government to match a $20million federal funding pledge.

“If the state government do the right thing and fund their roads, we could see $80 million immediately dedicated to these key freight routes in south-west Victoria,” Mr Tehan said.

“I’ve started a petition calling on the Victorian government to invest in the roads that they’re responsible for.”

Mrs Britnell has echoedMr Tehan’s call.

“I urge Minister Donnellan to match that commitment, It won’t solve all the problems, but $40million will be a solid start,” she said.

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Time to give light rail a go

Light rail through the Wollongong CBD could benefit the city,according to a tourist consultant Matt Davidson.
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Mr Davidson echoed the comments of University of Wollongong transport expert Philip Laird in saying light rail should be something the city started thinking about.

Dr Laird suggested a light rail line from Wollongong station to the entertainment centre, with possible later additions linking in the hospital and university.

“It’s only an idea but what I’m saying is it shouldn’t justbe ignored, it should be looked at,” Dr Laird said.

Mr Davidson is also a former chair of Tourism Wollongong. In his time in that role, there was a study into a gondola from Mt Keira down to the University of Wollongong and Stuart Park.

The idea of light rail was touched on as a way to connect this to the rest of the city –and also make it easier to get around the CBDwhich he said was especially difficult for east-west traffic.

It would also provide a way of linking existing transport infrastructure to the places people want to go.

“We’ve got an issue where our heavy rail, our train station, is more than a kilometre away from the foreshore,” Mr Davidson said.

“Wollongong doesn’t seem to be a city where we say‘let’s jump on atrain and go to Wollongong’because it’s too damned far to walk from the train station toanywhere good.

“The harbour is about a 20-minutewalk.”

He said it could also provide a further boost for growth in the city,citing the light rail network on the Gold Coast and “pockets of development” that spring up at every rail stop.

Mr Davidson said it was “absolutely” worth having a conversation about the use of light rail in the city and neighbouringsuburbs.

“I wouldn’tprofess to having all the answers but wehave a tendency in this cityto write things off beforewe’ve started,” he said.

“We can’t be a city like that. Citiesthe size of Wollongongall over the world are doing light rail or at leastthinking about it. Why aren’t we thinking about it?”

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Goulburn jail locked down: Contraband uncovered in electrical panels

Goulburn Correctional Centre was locked down on Friday after contraband was found during a targeted cell search.
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The search was undertaken in the minimum security part of the prison, outside the secure perimeter.

The contraband was concealed behind electrical panels.

Prison officers and Special Operations Group personnel conducted the search after receiving special intelligence that inmates were hiding mobile phones and drugs in screwed-down furniture legs and metal wall panels.

Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran praised the hard work and efforts of all the officers involved.

“Our officers at Goulburn have done a terrific job in removing this contraband from their prison,” Mr Corcoran said.

“After receiving intelligence that inmates were unscrewing furniture and other cell infrastructure, our officers conducted this targeted search and did not fail.”

During the search operation, officers assisted by K9 contraband sniffing dogs found items including:

10 mobile phones;10 vials and 21 grams of steroids;4.7 grams of white powder suspected to be drugs; and150 tablets and pills.Officers also found screw drivers a prison-made weapon and homemade implements that allowed the inmates to remove electrical panels to hide contraband.

Four inmates were relocated following the search, which was attended by NSW Police Force officers who assisted with any prosecution matters.

A review of searching procedures will be conducted at the prison to ensure a reduction in contraband.

Information obtained during the operation will be used to strengthen measures taken to keep prisons free of contraband.

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World’s smallest horse no tall story

KNEE HIGH: Thumbelina is the world’s smallest horse, standing only as high as an adult human’s knee. Picture: Wikipedia/Phil KonstantinIN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in this world, David Ellis says there’s a horse in America that looks like any other except for one thing – she stands only about as high as, or even less than, many a family pet dog.
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Thumbelina, as she is named, is a dwarf off-spring of a couple of extreme miniature horses known as Falabellas, that themselves grow only to between 70 and 86 centimetres tall (20 to 34 inches.) And in her case she is half that at a mere 43cm high (17 inches) and weighs in at a very petite 26kg (57 pounds)… or about the size of an Aussie kelpie.

The Falabella was originally developed in Argentina from a rare species of horse discovered there in the mid-1800s, and introduced to America in the 1940s for their novelty value in hauling miniature stagecoaches in street parades and around wineries.

When Thumbelina was born, her owners on a farm in Missouri realised she was highly intelligent and trainable, and today, after having put her through some specially-designed training programs, are able to take her to visit sick children in hospitals and clinics, and like a guide dog, to lead elderly locals on shopping and other outings.

And as she was born with foot defects, they have designed special shoes for her so that Thumbelina can run and play with the other miniature horses.

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Aarya is made of the write stuff

Poetry in motion: Aarya Phansalkar was presented with her NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge award by Aboriginal Affairs minister Leslie Williams last week.
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Learning about the Stolen Generation had a profound effect onAarya Phansalkar.

The Granville youngsterput herself in their shoes whenshe wrotea poem about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their families.

The Stolenwas a standout winner in theNSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge primary writing category.

Entrants had the option to create an artworkor storyinspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples and history for theNSW ReconciliationCouncilcompetition.Thisyear’scompetition attractedmore than 700 entries from 74 schools across NSW.

“I attempted to imagine myself in the shoes of an Aboriginal person watching her people being stolen and taken to British camps to learn their foreign culture. I tried to think about how it would feel if I were taken away from my family,” Aarya said.

She and her Blaxcell Street Public School year sixclassmates entered the competition as part of an assignment.

“I was blown away by the depth of understanding and empathy she had for someone for age,” cultural studies teacher Belinda Alcasaid.

“We were over the moon and very proud of Aarya’s win.The competitiongave us an opportunity to open up a discussion with the children. Each member of the class went away with a greater understanding of Australian history, which is very important as Australia moves toward reconciliation. It starts with young people as they are the future.”

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Name change boosts service

HASTINGS Early Intervention Program will be celebrating a new era with a new name in August as itjoins with four other early intervention services on the Mid North Coast to form the Early Connectionsalliance.
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Past families and interested community members are invited to the Early Connections – PortMacquarie/Hastings launch on August 16 to celebrate the new name following 35 years of supportto the families of children with additional needs in the Hastings area.

The launch will be held at the Early Connections’ premises in Munster Street, Port Macquarie,at 1.30pm with RSVPs required by Friday, August 12, on 6583 8238.

Early Connections Port Macquarie/Hastings director, Beth Todd, said the alliance aims to support thedevelopment of a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid NorthCoast.

“We will continue to provide quality early intervention supports to children and families in the PortMacquarie/Hastings area from the same location and with the same long-term, committed staff,”Mrs Todd said.

Hastings Early Intervention Program currently provides support to 130 families in the local area witha team of 12 permanent staff including Early Childhood teachers, Early Childhood assistants, speechpathologists, a physiotherapist and administration officer.

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Imperials go down by eight goals to Souths

ANDjust when the final fourin Port Lincoln Netball Association looked about set, Souths caused an upset by beating the more fancied Imperials team, with a display of hard and fast netball.
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PASS: Imperials’ Simoan Hayman looks to pas the ball. Picture: Nick Harris

It was Souths from the start with the Vlassco sisters at each end. Kat in goals was a great target for her feeders, and was complemented by the youth and dynamics of Bryant in goal attack.

With Dennis in centrecontrolling the mid court, Imperials were forced into passing errors which Souths capitalised on, at every opportunity.

Stott was as usual providing the drive from goal keeperfor Imperials, and her fourintercepts from the impossible position kept Imperials close on the scoreboard.

With Souths having a twogoal lead at the end of the first quarter,the challenge was set for Imperials.The Vlassco goal keeperin Vanessa, who is known for her brilliance as a goalie, looked more than comfortable in defence and she was able to rebound 100 per cent of Imperials’ missed shots.

With Dennis and Matena in wing attack,the ball delivery was precise to Kat, who didn’t let her team down.Siegert and Hayman in the centrecourt for Imperials tried to rally their troops, with some decisive movement, however missed goals were costly.

With Souths dominating the secondquarter, and scoring itshighest scoring quarter of the season, with 16 goals, Imperials were left wondering. With a deficit of now 10 goals at the long break, Reidy took the goal defencebib, Rowett was moved to centre, and Hayman to wing defence.

Rowett provided a good match up with Dennis, and with Siegert in tandem, they continued to attempt to penetrate the South defence. Vlassco was not giving an inch and her strong hands and netball capabilities were on full display with her dominance this quarter. Together with her daughter, Kyeesha in goal defence, they wasted no opportunities in securing a further lead fortheir team at the last break.

With Imperials’ goalies, Rawson andEnge, swapping bibs for the last quarter, and Hayman back in centre, Imperials suddenly found some form throwing the first sevengoals of the quarter.Stott was brilliant in goal keeper and Rowett was having a purple patch.

Liddell in wing defencefor Souths stepped up her defence.

Bryant was now becoming a focal point for South’s attack, and her goal accuracy for the game at close to 100 per centwas impressive.

WhileImperials outscored Souths by sixthis quarter, the hard work was done by Souths in the first three, and they ran out worthy winners by eightgoals.

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Applications open for national rural women’s award

SUCCESS: The 2015 Rural Industries R&D Corporation Rural Women’s Award winner for NSW, Cindy Cassidy. (Photo: 梧桐夜网rirdc.gov419论坛) THE Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent award celebrating exceptional rural women.
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We invite you to join this celebration – either by nominating yourself or someone you know.

It is a life-changing opportunity for women who are passionate, courageous and aspire to lead positive rural industry and community change.

For more than two decades, the Award has championed women from Australia’s diverse industries and communities, giving them a platform to become part of the national conversation.

Susan Bower, Head of Westpac Agribusiness, said Westpac was again proud to be the Rural Women’s Award Platinum Partner.

“The award is the highest recognition for rural women in Australia,”Ms Bower said.

“It is more than simply acknowledgement of a smart idea, product or service.

It provides women a platform to play a vital and pivotal leadership role across business and industry, bring about innovative change and build resilient rural communities.”

All state and territory winners receive a bursary of $10,000 to bring to life an idea benefiting rural Australia.

They also participate in leadership development and gain access to a nation-wide network of Award alumni.

The national winner and runner-up, selected from the state winners, receive a further $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

John Harvey, RIRDC’s Managing Director, encourages industry and the community to get involved and nominate emerging rural leaders.

“More than 200 women have already been recognised as industry advocates through this Award – people from diverse backgrounds around the nation who contribute in many different ways.

They’re community volunteers, farmers, business leaders and industry representatives.

Tapping women on the shoulder and encouraging them to apply for the Award is vitally important – it is our rural organisations, businesses and industries who know the people doing great things,” said Mr Harvey.

Award winners and finalists join a vibrant alumni of like-minded women helping to build stronger and more productive rural communities across Australia.

Last year’s South Australian and National Award winner, Sarah Powell, said “the Award has been a game changer; it’s linked me with people I never thought I’d get to meet and given me a voice to pursue my passion for building the next generation of local leaders to sustain our regions.”

Ms Powell urges anyone wanting to make a difference to apply.

“The Award isn’t just about the $10,000 bursary.

It introduces you to influential industry advocates and importantly it gives you a voice, a platform to talk about the issues that matter most to you.”

The Award is presented in partnership with state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources.

The Award is proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness and the Award’s Media Partners, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

Applications close October 31.

The application form can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at 梧桐夜网rirdc.gov419论坛/rwa.

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