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Dubbo woman receives award in recognition of her community service

Elsie Gordon.DUBBO’S Elsie Gordon has been named the winner of the Essential Energy Regional Service Award – part of the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards announced in Newcastle at the weekend.
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Mrs Gordon is a Murrawarri woman, from Dubbo. For 18 years, she has worked in a women’s housing program and has been involved in numerous community activities including being a part of community committees especially in relation to domestic and family violence issues.

The Essential Energy Regional Service Award was developed to recognise individuals who often make a difference by giving their guidance, encouragement and much needed support within their communities.

Whether it is mentoring unemployed, running camps for our underprivileged teenagers or simply spending their time offering friendship, hope and inspiration to the disadvantaged and those who need it most.

Mrs Gordon has held a range of positions in the community sector through both paid and volunteer positions from Aboriginal Support Worker through to Co-ordinator.

She is now employed by TAFE Western as a part-time teacher in Dubbo where she currently teaches Aboriginal students to gain qualifications in Social Housing and has also assisted students in preparation for the entry into CSU NSW Police Force for Aboriginal people.

Mrs Gordon was described as someone who demonstrated strong work ethic and commitment to people experiencing disadvantage.

She is a natural teacher who has been recognised for her life experience and is now contributing to stimulus and course outlines at Dubbo TAFE.

The annual awards program were presented by PRIME7 and supported by the Commonwealth Bank and recognises groups, business, individuals and communities who play a vital role in enhancing the social, environmental and economic prosperity of regional and rural NSW and the ACT.

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Colts run down Cougars total 

LDCA A grade cricket
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LSC Colts sent an ominous sign to the A grade competition with a defiant five-wicket victory over Yanco Club Cougars at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday.

Having improved over the first two rounds, the Colts batting line-up performed with spine against Cougars as they chased down the visitors’ total of 8-139.

Cougars would have liked more runs, but wouldn’t have been displeased with their total off 40 overs.

Adrian Axtill (44) played a crucial innings, combining with young number three Mitchell Hardie (42) to put on 87 runs for the second wicket.

Steve Campbell (15) and Ben Richards (12) played their part lower down, with the tail ensuring the Cougars batted out their 40 overs.

Josh Carn (2-16) took two wickets and was miserly, with Nathan Carn and Brian Conroy bagging one each. However, it was Alex McMaster that proved deadly with the leather, taking 4-12 off six.

Colts opener and captain Matthew Del Guzzo (35) started things off well for his side, dominating a 40-run partnership for the first wicket with Nathan Carn (6).

With an at-times erratic Colts lower order, Del Guzzo’s dismissal by Billy Dickinson (1-15) in the 16th over could have spelled danger.

However, McMaster, in what is believed will be his only appearance this season in Leeton cricket, contributed 31 and Brian Conroy an aggressive and unbeaten 31, and with contributions by Rhys Carroll (11) and Jarryd Day (14), the chase was in safe hands, passing the total in the 35th over, five wickets down.

Campbell was the key man for Cougars, taking 3-30, with Luke Rimmer (1-17) the other wicket-taker.

ADRIAN Axtill contributed 44 runs, but went wicketless against Colts.

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Second source of income

Under Australian income tax law in most cases only individuals, superannuation funds and companies pay tax. Where a person chooses to operate their business through a partnership or a discretionary family trust it is the individuals who control the trust that pay the tax. Q. I have two jobs, one as an employee on $46,000 a year and one as a subcontractor in the fitness industry earning approximately $3,120 a year. In my fitness job the gym would like to pay me per class $30 plus whatever tax I would have to pay. Should I allow 20 per cent, making this $37 per class? Also does the $3,120 from my subcontracting job count as a second job and adds to my taxable income?  I assume I need to do two tax returns. One as my usual personal tax return and an additional business one, is this correct?A. The amount of income tax a person pays on their subcontracting income depends on the marginal rate of tax that applies to the income. Currently the individual income tax rates, including the 1.5 per cent Medicare Levy, are 20.5 per cent up to $37,000, 34 per cent up to $80,000, 38.5 per cent up to $180,000, and 46.5 per cent for income earned over $180,000.In your case as you are earning the $46,000 as an employee your subcontracting earnings of $3,120 will be taxed at 34 per cent. This would mean if the gym is going to pay you after tax $3,120, they will need to pay you $4,939.Your subcontracting income will count as business income and not as a second job. If you were to be treated as an employee by the gym you would have to sign an income tax declaration and be treated like any other employee.As you will be earning business income you will need to obtain an Australian Business Number. If you did not do this the gym would be required to deduct income tax from what they pay you at 46.5 per cent. As you will be regarded as running your own business you should seriously consider taking out public liability insurance to protect yourself.When you lodge your 2014 income tax return you enter the information related to your employment income and you will also need to complete the business section of the tax return. On this section of the return, in addition to your personal details, you need to advise the tax office the industry in which you are working.The other sections of the business schedule require you to enter the income you have earned from your subcontracting activities, and there is also a section where you enter details of any expenses paid in relation to earning your subcontracting income. These expenses could include the cost of replacement and cleaning of any uniforms you are required to wear and possibly motor vehicle expenses if you drive from your place of employment to the gym.
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Tim Winton film is Turning a dollar

Brothers Jakory and Jarli-Russell Blanco in The Turning.The big-screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s short-story collection The Turning has passed the $1 million mark at the Australian box office.
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Though far from record-breaking the total is significant because of the nature of the film and the unusual distribution of it.More movies

A three-hour portmanteau with 17 directors (18, including the sand animation opening title sequence, directed by Marieka Walsh), Tim Winton’s The Turning began its exhibition life at festivals and one-off screenings with guest appearances by cast members and directors.

Five weeks ago it began its season proper, opening on 16 screens around the country. It has played in a total of 48 venues, but never on more than 34 screens at one time. As of Sunday, it was on 20 screens.

The distribution by Madman and director-producer Robert Connolly’s Arenamedia has focused on the idea of the film as an event, with the screening broken by an interval and accompanied by a 40-page colour program (a very useful aid to deciphering the fact some characters reappear in different segments, played by different actors and out of chronological order). At $25, tickets retail at a significant premium to the norm.

“To reach such a milestone is an incredibly rewarding feeling,” says Connolly. “The great thing about this unique project is that it will now go on to exist in a variety of shapes and forms across a number of different platforms.”

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Antonia Bird, director of Priest, Ravenous, dead

Guy Pearce (foreground) and Robert Carlyle in Antonio Bird’s 1999 film Ravenous.The British film and television director Antonia Bird has died after a seven-month battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer. She was 54.More movies
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Bird is best known as the director of two films starring Robert Carlyle, the 1994 drama Priest, which starred Linus Roache as a gay priest and Carlyle as his lover, and the 1999 feature Ravenous, in which Carlyle played a cannibal in the hostile American frontier.

Bird and Carlyle were frequent collaborators. She first directed him in the TV series Safe, and again in the feature Face (a gangster film that also starred Ray Winstone and Blur frontman Damon Albarn). The pair were also partners, along with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and filmmaker Mark Cousins, in the production company 4-Way Pictures.

Carlyle tweeted on Saturday, after Bird had passed away – peacefully, in her sleep, according to a release issued by her agent – that it was ”such a sad day today … farewell my beautiful friend”.

Irvine Welsh also tweeted. ”Antonia made amazing films. She was my partner with @markcousinsfilm and @robertcarlyle_ So sad they’ve gone, so lucky to have known them.” Bird began her career as a theatre director before moving into television. Her socially aware dramas bore the mark of the veteran English director Ken Loach, whom she acknowledged as a major influence.

She started out directing episodes of long-running soaps EastEnders and Casualty before moving on to more upscale drama. Safe, a tale about homeless teenagers, won her a BAFTA in 1993.

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Celebrity spin off lines

Kate Hudson has endorsed a range of activewear for Fabletics. Nicole Richie has a jewellery line called House of Harlow.
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Kourtney, Kim and Khloe have the Kardashian Kollection.

Jessica Simpson has a successful shoe range.

Beyonce Knowles has her own perfume.

Gwen Stefani has a label called L.A.M.B.

Jennifer Lopez is one of many celebrities with a signature perfume.

Britney Spears has her own perfume.

Justin Timberlake has a range called William Rast.

Gwyneth Paltrow will sell you anything from clothing to her cookbook.

Kayne West wants you to buy his t-shirts.

Kimora Lee – her clothing range is called Baby Phat.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Photo: Ryan McCune

Paris Hilton has a shoe range.

Sean Coombes sells everything from water to cclothing.

Sienna Millerhas a clothing range called Twenty8Twelve.

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Severe storm predicted to hit Brisbane

Batten down the hatches, October’s first decent storm is heading Brisbane’s way.
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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning, as a fast moving trough moves across the state from the west.

Senior forecaster Pradeep Singh said thunderstorms were likely to hit Queensland’s southeast corner from late Tuesday morning.

Hail, thunder and wind gusts of more than 90 km/h are expected to lash the city for much of the afternoon.

“Brisbane is in the firing line for hail and high winds,” Mr Singh said.

“It could start overnight and should things develop, storm warnings are likely to be in place.”

The bureau issued its first severe storm warning on Tuesday shortly after 9.30am.

The warning was issued for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts, including the towns of Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey, Gatton and Goondiwindi.

Mr Singh said Brisbane could expect to receive about 15 to 20 millimetres of rain on Tuesday, while the remnants of the storm were likely to bring further shower activity on Wednesday.

“The trough will be around for most of the day Tuesday then will clear to showers on Wednesday,” he said.

“The activity then should shift to northern parts of Wide Bay.”

He said the storm was fast moving, meaning it would not bring a lot of rain.

Tuesday is expected to be warm, with a temperatures reaching 31 degrees before the storm hits.

It will be the first severe storm activity in Brisbane since early September.

“We had a couple in September, then we had troughs coming in but they failed to produce much,” Mr Singh said.

“Now the moisture is increasing and we have the north east winds producing some storms.”

Emergency Management Queensland has urged those in the state’s south east to ensure they are prepared before the storm hits.

Disaster Management director Brian Cox said people within the affected areas should put loose garden furniture and toys inside and secure items which can not be moved, such as trampolines and swing sets.

“Ensure your animals have shelter and are secured and that your vehicles are under solid shelter or covered,” Mr Cox said.

“Disconnect all electrical items, external television and radio aerials and computer modems.

“When the storms strike stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights. If you have no choice but to be outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter and never under trees. If you’re driving stop clear of trees, power lines and streams.”

Mr Cox said it was not uncommon for power to also be lost during severe thunderstorms so make sure you have the basic items, such as a torch, medications and food and water.

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Private firms win road contracts worth $250 million

Queensland Government awards private sector road contracts. Photo: MICHEL O’SULLIVANThree private sector firms have won road infrastructure projects after RoadTek were ruled out of the bidding for the contracts.
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These first three contracts – for work on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane – are valued at $250 million.

Ultimately $400 million in road contracts in south east Queensland will be issued.

RoadTek is a Department of Transport and Main Roads-owned organisation that competed against private sector firms for road maintenance contracts to keep contract prices down.

Last week 140 RoadTek staff were told they would be made redundant after the state government agreed to stop RoadTek from competing for these contracts.

Ultimately 600 RoadTek workers will be made redundant.

The decision to rule RoadTek from competing was based on the recommendations of the Queensland government’s Commission of Audit process in June 2012.

It said the cost to deliver road and transport infrastructure since 1999 had grown by 79 per cent in Queensland compared with the national average of 69 per cent.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said five-year contracts had been awarded to a joint venture between Leightons, Boral and Amey, to provide roadworks on the Gold Coast.

A firm called Road Infrastructure Services has won the contract to provide the roadworks in Brisbane, while Downer Mouchel has won the contract for roadworks on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Emerson blamed the previous Labor Government for road maintenance contract prices increasing faster than the national average.

“The cost of maintaining roads blew out because Labor refused to work with the local construction industry to deliver the best outcome for drivers and taxpayers,” he said.

RoadTek will be able to compete for road maintenance projects in regional areas.

The new contracts will begin at the end of November 2013.

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Big-hitting Chris Lynn craves Shield recall

Queensland limited overs star Chris Lynn wants to use the tour game against England to prove he’s more than just a big-hitting wonder, and has the skills to thrive in the longer formats.
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Lynn smashed a match-winning six that secured the Bulls the Ryobi Cup title on Sunday but hasn’t been included in the Bulls side to open their Sheffield Shield account against South Australia in Adelaide.

Instead, he has been picked to bolster a WA Chairman’s XI side to play England in their first match of the Ashes tour, starting in Perth on Thursday.

It’s a golden opportunity for the 23-year-old, who has become an accomplished 50-over and T20 player but remains desperate to be a force in longer forms of the game.

The WA Chairman’s XI will be made up of mostly fringe players from their Shield squad, with Lynn joining fellow Test players Ashton Agar and Marcus North under the captaincy of spinner Michael Beer.

Lynn returned to Brisbane on Monday morning but will fly out Wednesday to try and get some more early-season runs on the board against the tourists, who will make their way across the country before setting up camp in Brisbane for the first Test on November 21.

“I’m fortunate to be able to play gainst the Poms. They’re one of the best sides in the world at the moment so it’s massive for me to be able to show my skills against them,” Lynn said.

“I want to get back in the Bulls Shield side so if I can score runs against them, I’ll be able to put my hat in the ring.”

Lynn smacked an unbeaten 58 off 40 balls to give the Bulls another domestic title and his career continues to intrigue. Blessed with a fantastic eye, Lynn came into the Queensland frame with plenty of wraps but some technical issues have seen his four-day career fail to soar to any great heights.

He averages 36 in 20 Shield games, with three centuries and three half centuries. But the consistent run scoring that’s needed to iron out a regular spot in the side hasn’t eventuated.

One man who did find form in the Ryobi Cup was Usman Khawaja, the Ashes discard who sparkled throughout with 426 one-day runs at 71, including 104 off 100 balls in the final.

“He’s been the class batter throughout the tournament. He’s such a good player to watch. I’m not the only bloke saying that. There’s plenty out there,” Lynn said.

“He’s a lot more relaxed, just takes every innings as just a game, as we should. He keeps things simple and backs his natural instincts.”

WA Chairman’s XI Michael Beer (capt), James Allenby, Burt Cockley, Matt Dixon, Ryan Duffield, Marcus Harris, Chris Lynn, Mitch Marsh, Luke Towers, Tom Triffitt, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye.

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Watson hardened by marathon tour

Shane Watson is about to enter the Ashes after a six-month world tour in which he played more days of top-class cricket than just about anyone on the planet.
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The 32-year-old all-rounder has not been home since April, living out a hotel room since he jetted off to the Indian Premier League not long after the birth of his first child.

In all, he has played 72 days of competitive cricket since then, taking in the IPL, the Champions Trophy, the Ashes in England, limited-overs series against England and India and the Twenty20 Champions League as well as other tour and warm-up games.

It is a remarkable figure given that back in February Watson set off on Australia’s Test tour of India not even being able to bowl due to a calf injury that had ended his summer prematurely for a second year in a row.

Australia’s personnel against England is again affected by injuries to fast bowlers – James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and Patrick Cummins are all sidelined for the first Test at the Gabba on November 21 – but Cricket Australia is pleased with how resilient Watson’s sometimes wonky frame has been for much of this year.

“There is the obvious criticisms that come out with some of the injuries but there have been some success stories along the way and he’s one of them,” CA general manager of team performance Pat Howard said.

“But I don’t want to give anybody the kiss of death. We’ve got a long summer ahead. I know Shane and Dr Brukner [Australian team doctor Peter Brukner] have worked really well together. It’s been a very positive result for Australian cricket, that one.”

Howard said Watson, who topped Australia’s runs tally in the Ashes after a career-high 176 in the fifth Test at the Oval, would be given a rest on his return from the subcontinent, where there are two one-day internationals left in the rain-affected series.

The Australian players will only return from India about 36 hours before the second round of the Sheffield Shield starts on November 6, but Watson will sit out the NSW match against Victoria at the MCG.

“We’re having a look at him playing one Shield match on return [against Queensland at the Gabba from November 13 to 16] but there are two more games to go so we’ll very much work with the player on that and NSW,” Howard said. “There is a plan in place but these things have got to be flexible.”

Howard said Test captain Michael Clarke also deserved some credit for the way he had managed Watson’s bowling spells in England.

Others such as James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell have also had extended stays overseas this year but Watson has played almost throughout his time abroad. He is set to retain the No.3 spot in the Test batting order when the squad for the first Test is announced on November 12.

‘The medical staff have worked really hard with these guys and monitored them closely, and it’s never going to be perfect. But both the players and the medical staff have done really well,” Howard said.

“There’s that old adage of players playing cricket, and you can’t complain that these guys aren’t playing enough cricket. They are certainly doing that.

“The refreshing process, though, is important, and for days off on tour there has been some periods where they’ve had some mental days down to try to deal with that.”

SHANE WATSON’S ODYSSEY

April-May: Indian Premier League for Rajasthan (16 Twenty20 matches)

June: Champions Trophy for Australia (5 ODIs including warm-up games)

June-September: Tour of England for Australia (5 Tests, 3 tour games, 2 T20s, 5 ODIs)

September-October: Champions League for Rajasthan (6 T20s)

October: Tour of India for Australia (1 T20, 4 ODIs).

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