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Bandits fall short in grand final

TOUCH FOOTBALL
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The Beresfield Bandits were the best of the local touch football teams at the weekend’s Hunter Western Hornets Regional Championships.

The Bandits made the final of the men’s 50s division only to go down 4-1 to Newcastle City at Maitland Park on Sunday.

A total of 57 squads from 12 associations contested nine ­divisions at the annual tournament, which was held in Maitland for a third straight year.

Most successful at the ­competition were Newcastle City and the Wallsend Wolves with three triumphs apiece.

Newcastle City won the men’s 50s as well as the women’s 40s, courtesy of a 4-0 victory in the decider against Central Coast, and men’s 20s, following a 7-6 triumph over the Doyalson Dragons.

The Wallsend Wolves finished on top of the men’s 30s and men’s 40s podiums, beating Central Coast (6-5) and Newcastle City (6-2) respectively, as well as winning an intra-club decider in the women’s opens with the blue side beating the maroon side 6-3.

Others to clinch titles were Doyalson (men’s opens), Dubbo (mixed) and Berkeley Vale (women’s 20s).

Locally, Beresfield made the men’s 20s semi-finals but failed to progress past the preliminary stages of the mixed category.

Hosts the Maitland Redbacks were bundled out in the men’s 30s and men’s 40s semi-finals after making the quarter finals of the men’s open section.

TOUCH OF SPEED: Rob Tynan, from the Beresfield Bandits, tries to elude an opponent during the Hunter Western Hornets Regional Championships on the weekend.

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Peddling good health

Cyclists will ride 900 kilometres in the Tour Da Country.A GROUP of Illawarra residents began a gruelling 900-kilometre bike ride this week to help close the indigenous health gap.
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The 2013 Tour Da Country began last Friday morning with a family fun ride from Fred Finch Park, Berkeley, to official celebrations at Lake Illawarra PCYC.

The Tour Da Country, now in its second year, aims to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles in indigenous communities. It was launched at a health information day at the PCYC.

Shane Venables, ride organiser and co-ordinator of the Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group, said at least ten cyclists from the Illawarra were taking part in the entire ride.

Riders left from Albion Park Rail on Monday.

The two-week trek ends on November 8 at Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service.

Keiraville resident Mr Venables said the trek would be making stops at indigenous communities along the way.

The event is the brainchild of Dale Wright of the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service.

“We’re going to promote healthy lifestyles for Aboriginal people, and each community where we stop will be holding a health day, similar to this today,” Mr Venables, 34, said.

“(It’s) just an opportunity to pop in, have a yarn about what the tour’s about, and looking after ourselves, getting more exercise, trying to give up the smokes, eat healthier and go an get a health check.”

Sponsors include the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local.

“I think it’s just to get our mob to start thinking about our health, and take control of our health into our own hands,” Mr Venables said.

“Just taking those small steps; start by walking an extra ten minutes a day, going to see a doctor when you’re not feeling well, get that regular health check.”

Mr Venables admitted he wasn’t as physically prepared for the long ride as he would like to be.

“I only did four of the ten stages last year as my wife was having a baby. I don’t feel as ready this time around, and this time I’m doing the whole leg.”

Throsby MP Stephen Jones took part in the launch ride.

“It’s one thing to have a doctor or a nurse tell you how to live your life, how to live a healthy lifestyle.

“But when you’ve got your cousin, your next door neighbour, your schoolmate in there alongside you setting an example, it’s much more powerful.”

Uncle Gerald Brown of Barrack Heights is chairman and president of the Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group.

“It’s really important for these fellas. They’re going to get some respect for themselves and go out in the country that don’t have this sort of stuff going on.”

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Organiser knows about losing everything in fire

X Factor contestant Rohan Herring with girlfriend Rebecca Petrovska and Crystal Jones from Danze Gallery Albion Park. They have organised a bushfire benefit night to be held on Friday. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOJENNY Jones knows all too well the emotional and financial damage that fires can do to a family.
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Her own home was gutted in a house fire 13 years ago, and she has urged the Illawarra to support a benefit night for those who have lost everything in bushfires in the Blue Mountains.

The event will take place at Dapto Leagues Club on Friday.

Oak Flats resident Mrs Jones is helping organise the event with friend and former X Factor contestant Rohan Herring.

She has enlisted the support of community members and businesses to run a variety night.

All proceeds will go to Winmalee High School to be distributed among the 50 students and their families who lost their homes in the recent fires.

Mrs Jones said when her own home was gutted, her community at Campbelltown rallied to help her buy essentials for her young family.

“We lost everything – we came home and there was nothing left,” she said.

“What these people are going to do now is have to itemise everything that was in their house.

“There’s a lot of emotional and financial stress they have to go through.

“The reason behind all of this is we got helped by the community when we went through it.

“Our local community got together and raised $1000 for us so we had cash just to buy those essentials to get us through.

“That $1000 cash was a lifesaver . . . your insurance doesn’t come through for a few months and you still have to find somewhere to live.

“The more cash and vouchers we can give the better.”

Mrs Jones now runs Danze Gallery at Albion Park Rail.

She has been involved in fund-raisers for various causes, including the Queensland floods and the Cancer Council.

The benefit night will feature song and dance from a range of performers including Herring, Trent Bowater, Danny Benn and Rory Chatterton.

“It’s great that all the community is coming together; all the singing and dance studios in the area working together for a common goal,” Mrs Jones said.

“The people of the Illawarra are unbelievable. I don’t think that would happen in many communities like it does in the Illawarra; just look at the Convoy and Relay for Life and how much the community helps there.”

Doors open at 7pm and tickets, $25 each, are available by phoning Mrs Jones on 0423 241 774.

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Warilla in the running for top beach award

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW assessor Colin Besley (left) and Shellharbour City Council environmental officer Andrew Williams at Warilla Beach. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHANWARILLA Beach is in the running for the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful Environmental Protection Award for its dune habitat and restoration works.
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Shellharbour City Council hopes the Shellharbour foreshore master plan will help Warilla in the battle to be named NSW’s most environmentally friendly beach.

Warilla Beach is one of 32 beaches in the running for the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach award.

Assessor Colin Besley of Sydney Water visited the spot last Thursday.

Work to protect and stabilise the dunes, identified as vulnerable to coastal erosion in the Shellharbour Foreshore Master Plan, began in 2009 and involves weed removal and native coastal revegetation.

Council officers, volunteers and students have planted thousands of native plants and removed weeds to improve the ecosystem and biodiversity.

More than 780 hours of bush regeneration work has been undertaken so far this year.

Since 2009, the council has received consecutive funding under the Office of Environment and Heritage’s coastal management program to complete these works.

The northern stretch of the beach adjoins the entrance channel to Lake Illawarra and is considered the most vulnerable to long-term erosion in the Shellharbour area.

“This project is essential to increase dune stability and assist in long-term dune rebuilding to maintain and provide defence to coastal hazards,” Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said.

She said that, at this stage, there was no intention for Shellharbour to follow Wollongong City Council’s example in regards to a dune management strategy, which is Wollongong council’s response to concerns about scarping and reduced sight lines for lifesavers and lifeguards.

“There are some issues that have been raised with me in regards to access, but what we do have seems to be in good condition at the moment and is stopping the deterioration of our beaches and dunes.”

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VIDEO: Miedecke’s mixed weekend

Miedecke in action on the Gold Coast.V8 Supercar Development Series and former NASCAR driver George Miedecke had a mixed weekend at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600.
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Miedecke replaced two-time Bathurst winner Tony Longhurst in The Boat Works Holden.

Nathan Pretty managed to walk away with the round win. Reigning champ, Gold Coast-based Ryal Harris, has moved back into the championship lead after the third race, which was deemed a non-race.

One of the most spectacular incidents in the V8 Utes 12-year history marred the final race of round seven.

Before all thatMiedecke was positive about his chances on Saturday, and with good reason.

“Managed to move forward from eighth to sixth in race one and set a new lap record along the way! #25 The Boat Works ute is a rocket when I can put a lap together,” he wrote on Facebook.

That changed 24 hours later.

“Sunday wasn’t so kind to us. Broken steering from contact caused a race 2 DNF, then race three cut short by one of the biggest crashes I’ve ever seen in the Utes. Thanks again to Cliffy, Brett, Tony L and the whole crew at The Boat Works, was a pleasure driving for you this weekend!

“Holy dooly. Happy to see my mates walk away from this one… I wasn’t too far behind, lucky to escape with just a mirror blown off!”

The V8 Utes will be back on track for the final Round of the Series at the Sydney Telstra 500on December 6-8 at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Smoke may be clearing but for the Zig Zag railway the agony lives on

JUST if and what degree of compensation will be worn by the commonwealth in the wake of the bushfire drama is yet to be determined but if compensation is to be paid the Zig Zag Railway should be first in line with its hand out.
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So too should those Lithgow businesses destroyed in the first 24 hours of the fire that is still menacing communities in its path almost two weeks later.

Just how many blows can the Zig Zag people take without deciding enough is enough?

It’s well over a year since the world famous tourist railway was forced to cease operations while attempting to meet requirements of government regulators.

While the members have battled to get back on track they have had constant setbacks from looters who have been stealing all manner of metal fittings from the rolling stock and ancillary fittings to sell to scrap metal dealers.

It has been a relentless onslaught.

Then there were the flood rains of early this year that led to further very costly problems including land slips.

The setbacks have been relentless.

And now the bushfires have swept through, wiping out rolling stock and infrastructure including a major workshop.

These are setbacks that would cripple the most successful of tourism operators anywhere.

The loss at Zig Zag is likely to be in millions and without help this could be the final knockout blow — the fire coming as it did within days of an optimistic forecast that passenger runs may be resumed by the end of the year.

The Zig Zag Railway was not the only major victim.

To read what Zig Zag needs desperatelyhead to the front page of today’s Lithgow Mercury.

NEAR MISS: It was clearly a close shave for the historic signal box at Zig Zag Railway’s Bottom Points. Other infrastructure was not so lucky. Readerpic lm102813zigzag2

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Call to check your boat

Peter Keft is the commander of Marine Rescue NSW’s Shellharbour unit. Anyone who wants to become a volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW at Shellharbour can phone 0447 722 667. Peter Keft is the commander of Marine Rescue NSW’s Shellharbour unit. Anyone who wants to become a volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW at Shellharbour can phone 0447 722 667.
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AS summer approaches, the Shellharbour unit of Marine Rescue NSW is urging all boat owners to have their boats and motors serviced.

The warning followed the recent release of statistics in the 2013 Royal Life Saving National Drowning report which showed 82 per cent of all drowning deaths were male.

Royal Life Saving CEO Justin Scarr said the organisation would like to see less alcohol drunk on and around the water, greater use of personal floatation devices and more caution when the weather is changing.

“Men must stop and think before taking unnecessary risks when they are swimming, fishing or boating with their fathers, brothers or mates,” Mr Scarr said.

The report also showed 34 per cent of all fatal drownings last year were in regional Australia.

According to the report, inland waterways continue to account for the largest number of drowning deaths.

In the past 12 months, 99 people drowned in inland waterways.

Peter Keft, commander of Marine Rescue NSW’s Shellharbour unit, offered advice for boat users this summer.

“Make sure, when they do go out into open waters, to log on with the Marine Rescue,” he said.

“Tell them where you’re launching from, how many people [are] on board, destination, estimated time you’re coming back, and to also log off when back home.”

Mr Keft said there were some residents who flouted the rules.

He said the public were welcome to call into their base at Shellharbour to discuss concerns or for weather, safety equipment and boating updates.

“You get a lot of tourists in the holiday season and if they’re not sure, come and see people from the Marine Rescue.

“We’re there on weekends and public holidays at Shellharbour.

“The Shellharbour base building will be moved and a larger base built on the present site, hopefully before the end of the year.”

Mr Keft said boaties should double-check everything before going to sea, particularly if their vessel had been idle during winter.

“We actually have very few assists given the number of boats going to sea over the year,” Mr Keft said.

“It is still important to check all safety gear, expiry dates on flares and that batteries are fully charged and in good condition.

“[This includes a] lifejacket, two litres of fresh drinking water for each person, appropriate map or chart of the area, compass, torch and V sheet, and a marine radio and EPIRB if venturing two nautical miles or more off-shore.”

Earlier this month, Roads and Maritime Services targeted small power boat operators in a statewide safety campaign. Operation Piccolo entailed boating safety officers randomly stopping skippers of small power boats to ensure they were aware of safety requirements.

“This boating season a zero tolerance policy applies to lifejacket breaches,” Roads and Maritime Director of Maritime, Michael Wright, said.

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Tuna industry launches website

AGREEMENT SIGNED: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) executive director Patrick Hone, Senator Richard Colbeck and Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA) chief executive officer Brian Jeffriess renew an agreement between ASBTIA and FRDC at the Seafood Directions Conference in Port Lincoln yesterday.THE local southern bluefin tuna industry re-signed an agreement with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) worth more than $2.5 million that will ensure sustainability for the fishery in the future.
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The signing of the five year agreement coincided with the launch of the tuna industry’s first website, which went live yesterday.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association research manager David Ellis said the cooperation between the industry with FRDC was important for the fishery’s sustainability.

He said the program between FRDC and the local tuna industry helps research many aspects including fish health and manufactured feed.

“We’ve got a good relationship with FRDC and it’s helped us keep sustainable,” he said.

“Having that relationship has given us a sense of stability and security.”

Other areas of research the investment will focus on include optimising the quality of southern bluefin tuna, improving ranching operations and focusing on environmentally sustainable practises.

Mr Ellis said the launch of the fishery’s first website yesterday was also a chance for the industry to interact more with the public.

“We just found we were fielding a lot of questions from the general public about sustainability and how the industry works,” he said.

“We felt it was better to get that information out there.”

The website also gives the public an opportunity to sign up and receive regular updates from the industry.

It can be viewed here

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Alectown blaze extinguished quickly

Rural fireservices from a number of different areas responded to a grass fire on aproperty near Alectown late this morning.
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Seven RFStrucks from Parkes, Peak Hill, Alectown and Bogan Gate, as well as localfire fighting units rushed to the scene aftera fire ignited in a barley crop being stripped by two headers.

Firefightersquickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble.

Fortunatelyit was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Photos: Barbara Reeves

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before it had burnt out about 30 acres of stubble. Fortunately it was stopped only metres before it reached scrub adjacent to the paddock.

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Warren rail bridge to be repaired

With Warren’s Guningba rail bridge damaged in last year’s Queensland Cotton gin fire, local grain growers have been anxious to see the bridge repaired.
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Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries this week announced that replacement of the timber rail bridge had now been included in the Department of Transport’s 2014-1015 works program.

With the bridge providing the only rail access into the local Graincorp silo, Mr Humphries said repairing the bridge was a priority.

“While the bridge will not be repaired for the current harvest, it will be complete by the 2014 harvest, which will be a relief for local grain growers,” he said.

“The rail line was last used in March 2012 and since the fire in September 2012 grain has been moved by road to a Nevertire site, which is costly and inconvenient.”

Mr Humphries thanked the Warren community for their commitment to having the bridge repaired and the minister for prioritising the works.

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