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Burgess takes win in Par Plus

Last Saturday we had 10 starters in a Par Plus sponsored by Narromine Pharmacy. The winner was Jack Burgess with +7 from Doug Blazey with +5 and Geoff Swane +3. Nearest the pin on the ninth was Doug Blazey.
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On Sunday we had 46 starters in a two-person Ambrose sponsored by Ag N Vet.

The best score on the day was 57 3/4 by George and Mick Sadgrove from Tony Mann and Glen Monaghan with 58 1/2. Third was Craig Duff and Mick Harris with 60 1/4. In the non-golfers section Dave Warren and Wes Greg had 64 1/2 as did Tony Beaumont (who was really struggling at the end) and Col McKay. Best mixed team was Bruce and Trish Mitchell and best ladies team was Margot Wynn and Claire Hamilton. Nearest the pin on the third was Rob Williams, ninth Rob Williams, 10th Brian Masling, 17th Carol McDonald and 18th Tony Mann. Nearest the pin on the second shots on the sixth and 12th was Dave Floyde and longest drive Tony Mann. A great day was had by all and $460 was raised for Narromine Cancer Support.

On Tuesday night the weather played havoc but we still had 129 starters with the best team score by Team Orange with 98 points led by Craig Davies 27 (snip snip) and George Mack 25.

Othergood scores included Jim Hamilton 24, Marie Houghton 24, Doug Blazey 24, Bob Walsh 24, Vicki Tuck 24, Robert Handsaker 24, Sandy Mack 23, Lyn Davies 23, John Butcher 23 and Tim Penson 24.

Nearest the pin on the third was Bud Cape, ninth Craig Davies, 10th Geoff Swane and 17th Tim McGrath.

This weekend we have the 4BBB Championships over the two days. Don’t forget the AGM on November 21.

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More than $12,000 received by Victor and Normanville underpaid workers

VICTOR HARBOR – A Victor Harbor real estate agent is one of several underpaid workers in South Australia who has been back-paid following a recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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The real estate agent was paid $7300 for underpaid annual leave and redundancy pay entitlements upon their termination of employment in 2011.

A Normanville worker received $5500 for hours worked on rostered days off and underpaid an allowance between 2010 and 2012.

The total amount paid by employers in the intervention was more than $80,000.

The biggest recovery was $15,000 for a Murray Bridge truck driver who was underpaid overtime rates and not paid for hours worked on public holidays over a three year period.

The underpayments occurred because the employer did not keep an accurate record of the hours the employee worked throughout his employment.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the case highlights the importance of employers complying with their obligation under workplace laws to keep accurate time-and-wages records.

“We often see situations where an employer’s lack of diligent record keeping results in confusion between employers and their staff and ultimately underpayment of employees, who then lodge complaints with us,” Ms James said.

“Employers who fail to keep proper time-and-wages records and issue detailed pay slips to employees are at much greater risk of inadvertently underpaying their employees.

“It’s a legal requirement that pay slips be issued within 24 hours of payment and they’re vital for the employee to check for themselves that they’ve received their full entitlements.”

Underpaid Fleurieu workers have been back-paid thousands of dollars.

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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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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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Community to animals’ rescue 

ANIMALS are often the forgotten ones when it comes to natural disaster events, but one Leeton resident has put their welfare first.
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The NSW bushfire crisis has affected many people, their homes and their pets and animals, with Caddie Roberts hoping to lend a hand to help the latter in the Blue Mountains.

Last week, Miss Roberts travelled to some of the areas affected by fires to assist where she could in caring for and saving animals from the blazes.

She realised there was a huge need for food and the essential items needed to care for animals and decided to see how the Leeton community could help.

From there it snowballed, with businesses and individuals throughout town donating goods big and small.

“My first instinct was to go and help the animals,” Miss Roberts said.

“I’ve always loved animals … in situations like this they are often put last and don’t have a voice. I went up there (last) Monday night and arrived in Sydney about 6am because the whole way along I was picking up donations. “Everyone has been really generous.”

Among the donations were animal feed and supplies from businesses CopRice, Yenda Producers and MIA Rural Services that were all delivered on the weekend.

A trailer was borrowed from Broso’s Farmland Supplies to transport the donations, with Thrifty Hire in Griffith supplying a vehicle for the trip.

Teerman’s Transport and Guilford General Transport shared the cost of delivering a bigger load of animal feed to the fire zone.

“I can’t really believe all of the support,” Miss Roberts said.

THE Leeton community and businesses have jumped on board to help animals affected by the recent bushfires in the Blue Mountains, including (from left) Craig Guilford (Guilford General Transport), Gerard Woods (CopRice general manager), Joe Broso (Broso’s Farmland Supplies), Darren Cooper (MIA Rural Services), Chris Butler (Yenda Producers Leeton), Dale Teerman (Teerman’s Transport), and Jeff Hutchins and Caddie Roberts.

Contributions

-CopRice – five pallets horse and animal feed, 60 bales rice hulls

-MIA Rural Services and Great Australian Pet Food Company – 48 bags of dog food

-Yenda Producers Leeton – pallet of mixed goods

-Broso’s Farmland Suplies – trailer (plus loading)

-Guilford General Transport and Teerman’s Transport – sharing semi-trailer transport costs

-Thrifty Hire (Asio, Charlie, Lil and Viv Arcifa) – truck hire, to tow trailer

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Illegal workers found in Leeton 

A GROUP of illegal workers are being held in detention after being found at numerous workplaces around the state, including Leeton.
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Five men and two women from Malaysia were located in Leeton last Thursday morning after raids were conducted around 4am by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Other illegal workers were also found as part of the compliance operations in Griffith and the Central Coast.

They have been found to be “unlawful non-citizens” and detained and transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney where arrangements are being made for their removal from Australia.

Federal assistant minister for immigration and border protection Michaelia Cash said the operations were conducted in response to community information supplied to the department.

“Investigations into the circumstances of the employment of the illegal workers are continuing,” she said.

“Employers should be aware it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally or to refer an illegal worker for work.”

The visa entitlement verification online service is available to employers to check the details of prospective employees, with their consent, to confirm if they are eligible to work in Australia.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

Anyone with information about illegal workers can call 1800 009 623.

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Excellent conditions greet keen shooters

Nine rifle shooters competed under almost ideal conditions over 300 metres at the Narromine-Dubbo rifle range on Saturday. The small wind changes still caused problems and at the end of the first stage, Dave Forster led F-class with a 54/60, while in C-grade, Lachlan Simpson had fired a 40/50.
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In the second stage, Alan Taylor hit a 57/60 in F-class to win the badge with an off-rifle score of 110/120.

In B-grade, Noel Thompson scored a 71/100, while C-grade went to Lachlan Simpson with 82/100.

The weekly handicap trophy was taken out by Rob Rainbow after shooting a good second stage.

Individual scores were:

Clive Simpson 42/54, F-class total 96/120; Lachlan Simpson 40/42, off-rifle 82, handicap 15, total 97/100 Noel Thompson 36/35, o/r 71, hcp 18, total 89/100; Scott Monaghan 50/51, F-class total 101/120; John Sidoti 32/29, o/r 61, hcp 30, total 91/100; Dave Forster 54/54, F-class total 108/120; Rob Rainbow 50/58, F-class total 108/120; Alan Taylor 53/57, F-class total 110/120; Henry Taylor 31/48, F-class total 79/120.

Next Saturday shooting is from 400 metres starting at 12.30pm.

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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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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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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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