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Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home

16/02/2019 // by admin

Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home DAMAGED: Several rooms were destroyed at the Kilaben Bay house after fire swept through the property yesterday.
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HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebook Kilaben Bay house fireGraeme Knott was overcome with gratitude to firefighters after they found his dog, Dyllis, alive and well.KILABEN Bay man Graeme Knott cried tears of joy yesterday when he saw his beloved dog, Dyllis, emerge from his fire-ravaged home in the arms of a firefighter.

Overcome with emotion, he ran over and gave her a big hug.

Dyllis, wet and covered in soot, responded with a lick to his face.

Mr Knott said he thought she had died in the blaze, which began to tear through his home some time after 1.30pm.

It took about 20 firefighters more than 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, but a number of rooms could not be saved.

Mr Knott said he wanted to give a sincere thank you to them for rescuing his dog.

“I wasn’t home and I saw smoke coming through the trees as I drove down the road,” he said.

“I have two dogs, one of which [Shrek] came to greet me as I came out of the car.

“Dyllis was lost for what seemed like an hour.

“I burst into tears when they brought her out.

“I just want to thank them.”

Mr Knott said Dyllis was his wife’s dog.

“My wife has dementia, she’s in the nursing home,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander for Newcastle, Graham Kingsland, said that firefighters had found Dyllis scared and hiding inside the house.

“The guys were just doing the final extinguishment and found the dog in the front room,” he said.

“When we arrived the house was fully involved, there were visible flames coming through the windows.’’

Kilaben Road was closed off while firefighters worked on the home, which was confirmed to be contaminated with asbestos.

Lake Macquarie duty officer Inspector Murray Lundberg said they had been knocking on the doors of surrounding houses advising people to lock their doors and stay inside because of the contamination.

He said detectives and forensic specialists would work on determining the cause of the blaze, which was not known.

Talented group puts St Francis in finals

16/02/2019 // by admin

ST FRANCIS College has teams in under 14s state finals in three sports thanks to the skills of players such as (from left) Jack Grintell, Lachlan Pengelly, Sam Hopper, Isaac Williams, Nathan Tang and Tom Van Buuren.School sportST FRANCIS College has unearthed a stream of sporting talent that could take them all the way to state titles in three sports.
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The year 8 boys that fill the under 14s age group are well on their way to leading the state in Australian rules football, rugby league and basketball.

Last week the under 14s won the Riverina final of the Giants Cup in Australian rules football.

Played in different age groups, the state competition features teams playing for the Giants Cup in southern NSW, while northern schools play for the Swans Cup.

Having won the MIA competition, St Francis under 14s met up with regional winners from Albury, Wagga and Deniliquin last Thursday.

The Leeton school defeated Xavier High School by four points, Kildare Catholic College by sevent points, then smashed Finley High School to be crowned Riverina champion.

It now plays off against the winners from Canberra, Sydney and Northern regions for the state title in Sydney on August 18.

It is the first time the school’s under 14s have made the state final. The St Francis open boys and open girls teams just missed out on being named Riverina champions.

In basketball, the under 14s are the Wagga Diocese champions and are schedueld to play in Sydney against other diocesan champions at the Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) state finals.

St Francis defeated Xavier High School and Marian Catholic College to reach the state finals.

In rugby league, the team plays in the Cochrane Cup, which is a state-wide age-based CCC school knockout competition.

St Francis has already defeated Mater Dei Catholic College and Kildare Catholic College to progress.

Today the team plays Red Bend Catholic College at Forbes for the chance to make the final 16.

The strength of the team is the fact so many of the boys have played with or against each other in school, representative and club sports, so they know how each other plays.

“They all play lots of different sports, developing the skills that have combined to create the talents that they have now,” teacher Travis Doyls said.

A number of the boys were also members of the St Joseph’s Leeton team that won the Mortimer Shield primary school rugby league competition in 2012.

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Hikers tread miles for homeless

16/02/2019 // by admin

TWO walkers made it to Gunnedah this week as part of a 690km hike for 2014 Homeless Persons Week.
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Tamworth Family Support Service homeless services manager Tanya Rodgers and Narrabri man Frank Crump walked 20km into Gunnedah on Tuesday- the third day of the Hike for Homeless.

The hike began in Moree on Sunday, and has already been through Narrabri.

It continued on yesterday to Tamworth, and will go through Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and is due to end back at Moree on Sunday.

Ms Rodgers said while she had taken part in fun runs, she had never attempted such a long hike.

“I’ve been sleeping really well, until it’s time to roll over, and then the muscles start complaining,” she said.

Ms Rodgers said homelessness was a far bigger problem than most people realised, when you looked at the number

of people who were “couch surfing” or

finding temporary accomodation at caravan parks.

“This is about making people aware of the issues, and that the stereotype of a homeless person is not true.

“It’s you and me – we are all one pay day away from homelessness.”

Country singer Victoria Edwards and her band performed a free concert in Gunnedah on Tuesday night at the Gunnedah Services Club.

Ms Edwards said she had been asked if her first single, Open Doors, could be used as a theme song for homelessness.

“This is what the song is all about – reminding people there are opportunities, to keep looking and don’t give up,” she said.

“Homelessness is quite hidden. This is not the way it should be. We should be looking after our own communities.”

Ms Edwards is holding concerts at each stop along the way.

People can sponsor or donate to the hike, and raffle tickets, with a Mitsubishi Mirage as the first prize, are also available. For more information, visitwww.hikeforhomeless南京夜网.au

Each night, about 105,000 Australians are homeless.

Homeless Persons Week runs from August 3 to 10.

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In-form Greens facing big task

16/02/2019 // by admin

Group 20 rugby league
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IT WILL be a tough trip out to Lake Cargelligo for the Greens this weekend, but there is an air of confidence around the club after two wins in a row.

Leeton has put together strong performances for two rounds and has finally reaped the rewards, while Tullibigeal-Lake Cargelligo United are cruising along and ready to defend their first grade title.

At this late stage of the season, coach Frank Fiumara is merely trying to accentuate the positives for his Greens to keep them on a roll.

“We’ll be doing what we’ve been doing the last few weeks, doing the positive things we’ve been doing,” Fiumara said.

“We’ll work on the things we’re good at. It’s too late to work on the things we’re not good at.

“We’ve shown what we’re good at is good enough to win games, we just haven’t put it together

“The young blokes are doing that, they’re inspiring the older fellas. We are just starting to get to know each other and realising what we’ve got.”

While the feeling around the club at the moment is good, Fiumara knows that it will need to improve against a team like TLU.

“It’s two in a row, which we haven’t done all year, so there’s a different feeling,” he said.

“But you go out and play Lakes, you can’t just think we’ll play like we did last week. It won’t be good enough.

“You’ve got to step up a gear. I think we can do it, but we can’t have those lapses against Lakes.”

Leeton will be without Ben Evans, who broke his jaw in the first half last week, but came back on in the second and scored the final try of the game on his home ground at Barellan.

The young players have been central to the recent resurrection and Fiumara will again call on his guns to bolster the side. “I rate Josh (Nikoro) and Billy (Gilbert),” he said.

“I played with (Cronulla’s) Jeff Robson and Billy in my eyes is as good as him at this level. Josh Nikoro is as good as Garry White when he was young and he got signed by the Tigers at 16.”

However, the coach knows his side can’t ease off over the final three rounds.

“I definitely want to win Dad’s cup (the Frank Fiumara Memorial, played for against Bidgee Hurricanes at No. 1 Oval), that was a goal from the start of the year, and you know the rivalry between us and Yenda,” Fiumara said. “Lakes is a good tester for us. After the weekend, the talk has been good about Lakes.”

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Newstead Bowling Club’s $3m kitty after sale of historic property

16/01/2019 // by admin

SOLD: Newstead Bowling Club chairman Gary Norton and treasurer Leo Hevers are pleased with the sale price achieved on Wednesday night. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0807newstead1A NEW home for Newstead Bowling Club members could be up to 18 months away, depending on how the club chooses to spend the proceeds of Wednesday night’s sale.
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Club chairman Gary Norton said the club could use the proceeds, in excess of $3 million, to build indoor greens by Easter, but it wanted to investigate a more ambitious option to build state-of-the-art greens capable of hosting national and international bowls competitions with the help of federal funding.

The larger scale option could take up to 18 months.

“Once we get [a prestigious] event the first time, we will be in the running to have them on an ongoing basis, so it’s not a one-trick pony,” he said.

“For a couple of years, the average age of the Australian men’s bowls team was younger than the average age of the Australian cricket team – everyone thinks bowls is an old game, but it’s certainly not.”

Two possible ways forward will be investigated in the coming months.

Mr Norton said the club could pursue a merger with another club and said there were three shortlisted candidates, including a golf club, a football club or another bowling club – they will be reduced to two in the coming month.

He said equal voting rights, the right to stand for the board and recognition of life members would be pursued for any amalgamation.

Another option would involve becoming part of Orange City Council’s mooted major sporting facility, with a meeting yet to be held.

“It would be built ready with TV broadcasting, which is what these national events are about – the likelihood of attracting these events would be exceptionally high,” Mr Norton said.

“If the council is 10-15 years away, I don’t believe Newstead can sit on its hands – whether the council is prepared to bring the processes forward is yet to be seen.”

Settlement will occur in January to allow closure for the members.

If an amalgamation is pursued, the club will move straight to the new premises in January, however if the council project is the preferred option, Mr Norton said the club had in-principle support from the two other bowling clubs to move to one of them temporarily.

Emotional decision to sellABOUT 60 of Newstead Bowling Club’s members voted unanimously to sell the homestead and bowling facilities for $3,447,500 on Wednesday night.

While the club has no outstanding debt, the figure will be reduced to about $3,060,000 once GST and legal and transfer costs from the sale of the 8300-square metre property are paid.

Club chairman Gary Norton said the decision to sell had been an emotional one for the members, but applause broke out after the vote.

“The feeling is strong, but there’s excitement as well,” he said.

While the buyer remains confidential, Mr Norton said they were based in Orange.

“We do realise, and the members realise, there will be development over the grounds, but both the building and the big tree are heritage listed, so the members are comfortable that they’re not going to be knocked down,” he said. “We believe that it will be housing with a little bit more prestige.”

Mr Norton anticipated the price had set a record for residential land sales in Orange.

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Hurricanes a finals player

16/01/2019 // by admin

Group 20 rugby league
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The Bidgee Hurricanes will make Hay work for every point when the two sides come together at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday.

Playing their Indigenous recognition round in one-off jumpers, the Hurricanes want to ensure a team like Hay -and also Darlington Point-Coleambally in two weeks -that will be playing finals earns the right to stay in the top five at the end of the season “They’ve got to earn their stripes if they want to be in finals,” coach Simon Watson said.

“They shouldn’t be beaten by a side like us at this time of the year.

“I don’t know whether they’ll go like a bull at a gate or feel us out. I don’t know how they’ll play us.

“I think their structure, they play through the forwards and give it to the backs to run and see how they go.

“We’ll play it like the last couple of weeks. I think we’re just going to throw the ball around, but not go overboard with it.”

While the results have shown on the socreboard with a draw and a loss, the Hurricanes have played good football the last two weeks.

The first half of the game against Waratah Tigers was the side’s best for the year -although the Tigers surged at the death to share the points -and even in the heavy loss to West Wyalong, the Hurricanes played well and the game only got blown out in the last 10 minutes.

“(The players) are still there to see how well we can play,” Watson said. “They still want it, but we don’t want to be stupid about it.

“We’ll throw the ball around a bit more … it’s something we’ve wanted to do all season.

“They’re thinking now ‘let’s see what we can do’.”

Last time the two teams met it was a case of another one that got away for the Hurricanes and they’d like to get as many of those back as possible in the second round.

Hayden Crockett has been a boom recruit for the Hurricanes since then, figuring in players’ player results almost every week in the month since he started with the club. Watson said he has added spine to the side’s defence.

“I hope ‘Kopa’ (Kopalagi Alofipo) can play this week,” Watson said. “Seany Scott has had a corked thigh for weeks, but he keeps going and seems to be able to get himself out of trouble.”

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New board to decide fate of tennis courts

16/01/2019 // by admin

CLOSED…The sign on the locked gate at the Senate Road tennis courts.THE future of the Port Pirie and District Tennis Association’s Senate Road tennis courts will be a matter for the new board to consider in coming months.
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The venue has been closed because of occupational health and safety issues with two recreational players being hurt from uneven bitumen in between and at the rear of the courts.

Port Pirie Tennis Centre manager Grant Hanlon said that the future of the courts would be a matter for the new board which would be elected at the annual general meeting on Monday.

“I am not sure of the costs to repair the courts,” he said.

He said the courts were handed to the tennis association by the previous owners, the smelter, which at the time was keen to keep them as community courts.

“While we are not under any obligation to do so, the future of the courts will be a decision for the new board to make,” Mr Hanlon said.

He said the association’s courts on The Terrace were open to the public all year round at no cost.

“These courts are equal to the best courts in South Australia and we keep the gates open to the public, even during winter,” he said. “All our funds are going towards these courts – we have plans to upgrade the lights from courts six to 10 to an international standard and we need to bring up to scratch courts 16-21.

“We are also looking at extending the clubhouse to create a bigger hall area.

“Last year we spent about $7000 on our show courts, courts 1 to 10, to have them all professionally cleaned and get them up to A1 position.

“We need to keep these courts in tip-top shape for the community, our clubs and for the invitational tennis championships in February.”

Maxine Northcott is among a group of recreational players who regularly used the Senate Road courts as part of a Tuesday morning social tennis club.

Mrs Northcott said that the venue had been popular with recreational players.

“The association did offer us the use of their courts on The Terrace, but we decided to move to the court belonging to the BHAS Bowling Club,” she said. This court is next to Woodward Park.

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Come and try boccia

16/01/2019 // by admin

BOCCIA: The Australian Paralympic Committee is bringing a ‘come and try’ boccia session to Whyalla on Wednesday, August 20.
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The Australian Paralympic Committee is bringing boccia to Whyalla with a ‘come and try’ session on Wednesday, August 20.

The session will be held at the Whyalla Health and Leisure Centre and run from 5pm until 7pm.

Australian Paralympic Committee development officer Emily Ayles said boccia was a sport for people with a high level of physical impairment.

“Boccia is a skillful, exciting and strategic sport that was developed specifically to cater to people with varying levels of physical impairment,” she said.

“Boccia is a truly inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by all.”

Ms Ayles will run the session on behalf of Boccia South Australia and said she encouraged everyone to try boccia.

“Boccia is a fantastic inclusive sport, which provides pathways to Paralympic competition for athletes with a disability,” she said.

“Anyone can attend the come and try event; doesn’t matter what ability, or disability.”

Ms Ayles said the session was the result of funding from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.

“We’re very excited to be able to bring boccia to regional South Australia thanks to the support of the Coca Cola ‘Get Involved’ funding initiative,” she said.

Ms Ayles said she hoped the session would get the ball rolling with an eye to forming a boccia club in the Whyalla region.

“Boccia is a relatively new sport in SA, and is gaining momentum with Australia increasing its presence on the world stage,” she said.

“There are currently four clubs across Adelaide, and we are looking at forming a club in Whyalla/Port Augusta.”

Ms Ayles said the session would be completely free with all equipment provided.

To register, or for more information, contact Ms Ayles on 0417 286 613 or by email at [email protected]

Boccia is atarget sport where people aim to throw leather balls as close as they can to a white target ball called the jack.

To learn more about boccia head to the Australian Paralympic Committee YouTube channel at https://www.youtube南京夜网/watch?v=279vqusy_4I

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Netballers fight for consistency

16/01/2019 // by admin

CELESTE Morrison is surrounded by the Turvey Park defence at Leeton Showground last Saturday.RFNL netball
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A SEASON’S-WORST performance against Turvey Park has dropped Leeton-Whitton to third on the Riverina A grade ladder.

The Crows were never in the hunt against the Bulldogs, eventually going down 57-41.

Coach Nicole Matthews admitted Turvey Park had played good netball.

“They came out firing at the start and had a hold on us from the first quarter,” she said.

“It was hard last time against them, it rained and the game was called off, and one of their main shooters didn’t play.

“If she’s on, she’s on and this time she was pretty good.”

The Crows turned the ball over too many times to remain competitive even on their home court.

Having gone through the first round of the season undefeated, Matthews would not admit to being concerned just yet.

“I just know they can do better,” she said.

“We just need to be a bit more consistent. We are hot and cold at the moment.

“We’ve got to get past it, we’ve got to step it up and we need to start pushing forward.

“We’ve got three games left and our aim is to finish top three, second or third, to get the second chance.

“Hopefully we play to our potential come finals.”

This week the Crows travel to Wagga to take on the Tigers, but will be without key players in each third – Katelyn Clyne (defence), Clare Vant (centre) and Meg Collins (attack).

The coach is already looking at the draw for the final three rounds, with first and second-placed Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes and Narrandera yet to play each other again.

“We’re lucky we had a good run in the first round,” Matthews said.

“Our girls can do it and they do want to. We’ve got the potential to be there at the end, we just need to be positive.”

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Dubbo Square receives $2 million makeover

16/12/2018 // by admin

Charter Hall retail manager Dannielle Kirkwood and site foreman Thomas Yeo from the Maas Group view progress on the $500,000 upgrade of Dubbo Square’s outdoor car park. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE Upgrades totalling $2 million are underway at a shopping centre at Dubbo.
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Charter Hall yesterday told the Daily Liberal of its investment in Dubbo Square, located in the city’s main street.

It was undertaking a $500,000 upgrade to its outdoor car park.

Local contractor Maas Civil Pty Ltd had been engaged to complete the works, needed because of general wear and tear of the car park surface and tree root damage, the company advised.

The project is visible from the outside, but Charter Hall also has plans for the interior of the shopping centre.

It reported it had started a $1.5 million air conditioning upgrade using local sub-contractors and due for completion in late October.

Charter Hall centre manager Shane Barr said the property group was committed to the ongoing development of Dubbo Square, and that work on the car park was “the first stage of a number of upgrades we have initiated for the centre”.

“Dubbo Square is an important centre for Charter Hall and the local area, and through these refurbishment works we are committed to creating an enhanced shopping environment for the local community,” he said.

Dubbo Square is home to Coles, Target and 36 specialty stores.

Charter Hall owns and manages more than 81 neighbourhood and sub-regional shopping centres across Australia.

It bought the centre at Dubbo in November 2012, changing its name from Centro Dubbo to Dubbo Square.

The car park improvements include removal and regrading of the existing surface to provide a safer environment for customers.

Charter Hall advised customers to take note of directional barrier fencing in place while the works were being completed.

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