You’re a hero or a zero in space of one metre

Afterdriving at speeds approaching 250km/hdownthe straights, scrapping the side mirror against concrete walls at 180 and jumping thecar over curbs at well over 150, the top 15 cars qualified within half a second of eachother at Townsville.
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Thatequates to around one-metre in distance between first and 15thand tells us acouple of things. Firstly, the drivers are incredibly skilful but surely in need of some form of therapy. Secondly,this is the most competitive sport in the country,where after three kilometres of near out-of-control madness, you are just an also ran ifyou’re more than one metre behind the winner.

Welcome to Brad Jones’world.

DRIVEN: Albury’s Brad Jones is a man with a plan to win a V8 Championship, saying ‘you keep getting stronger – that’s what you can then build a championship year on’.

Just make it even more interesting, American billionaire Rodger Penske lured Joneskey Driver Engineer combination of Fabian Coulthard and Phil Keens to join his DJRPenske team at the end of last season.

Despite the challenges, Jones said the first half of the year has been successful with two wins and a second from the first sevenevents.

“With change you always go through a difficult period,” Jones said from his office atBJR HQ in Albury this week.

“But I would describe the first half of the year assuccessful. Jason in the BOC car had a great start but we reallystruggled with the freightliner car at the start and getting to know Tim (Slade).

“We both ended up learning a fair bit about each other fairly quickly but now we have beenpretty successful. Even after a tough weekend like we had in Townsville where itdoesn’t suit us, we were still in the top 15, so we have consistency andresults that gives us confidence.”

With only two races left until the teams hit the showcase events of the year – Sandown500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 – Jones is squarely focused on more racewins and putting the team in position to challenge for a championship.

“We have two tracks coming up where we have struggled a bit – Sandown andGold Coast, but we are working on some things to minimise that,” he said.

“It’s a three-yearplan to win a championship, right now we are still getting to know Tim and he’s stillgetting to know us; my focus is to make sure he finishes the year at worst in the top 10in the championship, but ideally in the top five and we will need a strong secondhalf of the year to achieve that. You keep getting stronger; that’s what you can thenbuild a championship year on,” Jones said.

There is real momentum in the BJR camp and with brother Kim, Jones has theexperience to turn it into on track success. Once known for punchingabove its weight, other teams as well as the sport’s leading commentators nowknow that the Brad Jones Racing team is a consistent top 10performer and thenext step is to win a Supercar Championship.

For this weekend though, as the teamshead to Queensland raceway for round 8, Brad Jones will just be looking to find thatelusive half a second that will put them at the front of the field.

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Tigers far too good for Rovers

The undefeated Bungendore Tigers continued on their winning way proving too strong for the Boorowa Rovers. The final score favoured Bungendore 38-4 but didn’t really reflect the game.
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It was only in the final quarter of the match when the Tigers began to pull away from a very plucky Rovers team who just couldn’t penetrate some tough defence despite many promising raids.

Bungendore got away to a flying start leading 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Rovers launched a counter attack and very nearly crossed just three minutes later. A fiery blow up saw a Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

Boorowa were quick to capitalise with Kris halls crossing wide out after some good lead up work. With the score at 10-4 Boorowa continued to mount several attacking raids but the Tigers defence held firm. Bungendore then went further aheadjust before halftime to make the score 16-4 at the break.

The second half,Bungendore scoredquickly after just three minutes to extend the lead to 22-4. The match began to get heated as both forward packs tried to dominate with some good hits. The Rovers tried hard to penetrate the Bungendore defensive line and probably deserved more points. It was Bungendore however, that raced in three tries in the final fifteen minutes to blow the score out somewhat to 38-4.

Despite the score, it was one of Boorowa’s better displays with some promising signs in attack and some willing defence. Best for Boorowa was Mick Hinds who picked up three points and was creative in attack all day. Kris Halls was also impressive picking up two points and Mr Consistency, Matt Batt got one point. Players player was Mick Hinds whilst the Fabstock award went to Justin Corkery.

In other games on the weekend, Boomanulla won a tight game 28-20 over Braidwood whilst Harden hammered the gunning Roos 52-10 and the North Canberra 54 soundly beat Crookwell 18.

This weekend’s other games see Boomanulla hosting Harden, Bungendore play Gunning and ADFA face a huge task against North Canberra. Crookwell has the bye.

The Rovers have just one home game left for the season on Saturday week when they host ADFA. One date supporters should also note is September 10 when the Ex-services club will host the Rovers presentation night. Meanwhile, this weekend get along and support the lads at Braidwood on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Then on Saturday night the boys will be back at the Courthouse to hopefully celebrate a win.

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Rams ready for race day

MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Football Club will swap their playing jumpers for racing attire at Skellatar Park next month.
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FUN FOR ALL: Muswellbrook Rams under-6 Golds’ Lachlan Mills.

And, the local organisation is extending an invitation to residents, and visitors, to attend its annual Rams Race Day on Sunday, August 7, which will be held in conjunction with the popular Bengalla Cup.

“It’s a great low cost event the whole family can enjoy and we would love everyone to come along,” Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Club publicity officer Michelle Williams said.

“The more people we have attend the meeting the merrier.

“It will no doubt be a glorious winter’s day with so much on offer.

“We’ll have free laser tag and a jumping castle for the kids, along with a reptile display, NRL games and prizes, a delicious barbecue lunch, full TAB and bar facilities, and a colouring-in station for the ‘littlies’.

“Added to that is a display of vintage cars, a coffee van, slushies, popcorn and fairy floss, temporary tattoo booth for the children as well as beautiful landscaped grounds to sit and relax.

“If you want to have a bet on the Bengalla Cup, you’ll be looked after, too.”

All the action will take place at the Muswellbrook Race Club with gates opening at 11.30am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Entry is just $5 and all children will be admitted free of charge.

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Water assets must be included in stamp duty exemptions​

Following release of the 2016–17 State Budget, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) welcomed the three measures announced by the government that will assist the agriculture sector address family farm succession challenges by:
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Removing stamp duty on the transfer of land for all types of succession; Increasing the limit of the First Start loans under the Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme (PIPES); andProviding grants for professional advice on a broad range of issues including succession planning.Removing transfer duty on all familial farm property transfers will likely have the greatest impact helping the sector with this issue.

However, the transfer duty concession currently omits water assets.

In an irrigation farming operation, water assets are an integral part of the business and their value often exceeds the value of the land.

The exclusion of water assets from the stamp duty exemptions is a major issue for our industry members.

Under the current transfer concession framework, these assets continue to attract the significant stamp duty charges.

It is important to consider that one of the reasons for the transfer concession was to bring Queensland in line with other states; however the omission of water assets is not consistent.

QFF acknowledges and thanks the state government for its considered policies positions towards farm family succession challenges.

Unfortunately, the full intention and benefit of the government’s intergeneration stamp duty exceptions will not be realised by our industry members while water assets remain excluded.

QFF will work with the government to address this oversight.

Until this is resolved, intergenerational stamp duty will remain a financial barrier for the next generation of irrigators who are ready to enter our growing sector.

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Warm weather set to hang around despite rain: photos

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Blues bring golden summer

FEBRUARY’S Sheffield Shield match is the centrepiece of a three-year commitment from Cricket NSWto put Wollongong at the elite table.
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Blues brother: Dapto junior and NSW coach Trent Johnston at North Dalton Park on Tuesday, announcing next year’s Sheffield Shield match. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

NSW will host Tasmania starting February 25, a match which could prove pivotal in Shield final qualification calculations.

The North Dalton Park match comes after Cricket NSW took Shield clashes to Wagga and Coffs Harbour in recent seasons.

Securing the fixture comes as part of a significant upgrade to Dalton Park facilities, the home of Wollongong Cricket Club and the Wollongong Lions Australian football team.

Dapto junior Trent Johnston is expecting the pitch to be of international standard for the Shield match, after the ground previously hosted Big Bash trials.

“The Sixers played here a couple of years ago when I was involved,” he said.

“The wicket was very good, a lot of pace and carry.

“To get that in the first few days and then get a turning wicket at the back end of the game will be exciting.”

With the Illawarra to host the Australian Country Championships in January and a NSW second XI match this year, aBig Bash trial is also on the agenda as part of the three-year commitment, as well as a women’s Big Bash match.

Johnston hoped Wollongong would become a regular feature on the NSW calendar.

“Absolutely,” he said.

“It will all depend on the facilities and how the wicket plays, but the ground staff here are committed to providing a good surface. Hopefully we can get more games down here in the future.”

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Comments invoke hatred, fear and racism

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That’s the way many are starting to feel about the wider population of Australia.

This week there have again been “identities”, not mentioning any names (Sonia Kruger) spouting the need to ban Muslims from Australia.

What an absolute disgrace this is.

Even more concerning is the number of “friends” popping up on personal social media accounts throwing their support behind these comments.

When did Australians become so jaded and fearful?

Not to mention racist.

There is obviously a lot of turmoil and unrest throughout the world.

However, to solely blanket blame an entire body of humans is wrong.

Not every Muslim is a terrorist just like not all males are rapists.

To say all Muslims should be banned from entering Australia is not a solution.

In actual fact it would only breed more hate and make Australia a bigger target than it probably already is.

The issue is the need to work out how to stop these terrorism attacks from occurring and how to prevent people from being radicalised.

That cannot be done overnight and it isn’t an easy task.However, working on that is a better solution than breeding hate, racism and fear.

Ms Kruger in her statement that all Muslims should be banned from Australia directly correlated her opinion with the attacks in Nice.

Sure, this man was a Muslim, but he wasn’t a practicing Muslim.He drank, was a “womaniser” and didn’t attend Mosque.

For Australians to think it would be okay to ostracise Muslims really is an outrage and makes one’s skin crawl.

What happened to remembering that we are all human?There are some nasty people out there, but not everyone is like that.

One person being a murderer doesn’t necessarily mean the rest of their family is, so why are people so quick to jump on the bandwagon with this?

For those of this mindset that all problems and terrorismin the world are caused by Muslims –go back in time and have a good, long look at the history books.

People of all religions have committed atrocious acts against humanity. It is definitely time some got off their high horse on this issue as it isn’t helping.

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Grants program celebrates volunteers

Applications for the Liberal National Government’s Thank a Volunteer Celebration Grants program have begun.
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Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said funding of up to $1000 was available to local governments and community organisations for events recognising the contributions of Western Australian volunteers.

“West Australians have a great tradition of volunteering and its value to our State is enormous, estimated at about $39 billion per year in economic, social and cultural value,” he said.

“The many hours volunteers dedicate to supporting organisations across WA have an immeasurable positive impact for volunteers, their communities and the organisations they help.

“The Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants program will enable local communities to acknowledge and celebrate the role of volunteers in their communities.”

Mr Simpson said the State Government would $1.3 million in recurring funding to support volunteering.

“This includes more than $650,000 to promote the value of volunteering and $640,000 to Volunteering WA as the peak body to support the sustainability and effectiveness of volunteering,” he said.

International Volunteer Day takes place on December 5, 2016.

VolunteeringWA research last year found that volunteering is WA’s largest industry by employment.

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Snappers get portrait tips

ANCHOR: Fran Solly’s Anchor was given first by the judge in the open section.
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PORTRAITUREwas the subject of apractical session at the June meeting of the Port Lincoln Camera Club.

After the regular club business, clubmembers had a quick coffee then cleared the floor and set up the lights and backdrops.

Local photographer and club member Fran Solly spent the first part of the practical session explaining various types of lighting, the importance of interacting with your models to keep the mood light and relaxed, and suggested camera settings to use.

Members were fortunate enough to have fourmodelswhowere extremely obliging and sat, turned, stood, twisted, leanedand twirled while looking happy, wistful, melancholy, nonplussed and occasionally a little confused -the result of a dozen or so photographers all trying to create the perfect model poseat the same time.

It was a thoroughly good meeting with everyone agreeing it was a very productive evening.

The results of last month’s competition results were also revealed.

The set subject was weather.

Michael Bolenski scooped the pool winning both the judge’s and the popular vote with his stunning Wreck Beach Storm.

Gordon Fowler’sGathering Stormand Wet Weekendwere equal third in the popular vote with Gathering Stormalso awarded second place by the judge.

Sunset Rainby Fran Solly was the judge’s choice for third and the popular vote for second was Karen Miels with her photograph, Autumn Fog.

The Michael Bolenski show continued in the open section with Charlietaking the top spot in the popular vote.

Gordon Fowler was second with Gum Nutsand Ruth Evans was third with A Little Optimistic.

The judge gave first and third to Fran Solly with Anchorand Dunesrespectively and second to Judy Glendenning for Curves.

Merits were also awarded to Ruins at Sunriseby Ruth Evans and Splash Downby Karen Miels.

Everyone is welcome at our meetings which are held at the Senior Citizens Hall in Hallett Place.

The club’snext meeting is at 7pm on Monday,July 25.

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SAND DUNES: Fran Solly’s Dunes was judged third in the open section.

STORM CLOUDS: Gordon Fowler’s Gathering Storm was judged second in the set subject.

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Recycling is top priority at council

Proud: Mayor Simon Landow and environmental services manager Brad Staggs are happy to see six recycling and waste bins installed in Picton Botanic Gardens.
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Recycling was a top priority for Wollondilly Council in the past year.

Mayor Simon Landow is delighted with the council’s latest recycling initiatives.

“The council has taken a proactive approach and is encouraging residents to become more sustainable,” he said.

“The shire is exceeding the state average benchmark for recycling, which is excellent.

“Wollondilly residents are savvy recyclers and there has been a generational change. It is good that council continues to remind us to recycle.”

Last year, the council introduced a 360 litre recycling bin option on top of the existing 240 litre bin for residents who needed more recyclingspace.

Environmental services manager Brad Staggs said the introduction of the larger bin and less contamination resulted in a 44 per cent increase in recycling in the pastyear.

The council hasinstalled six recycling and wastebin enclosures in the Picton Botanic Gardens and four more bins were installed inBargo Town Centre as part of the recent streetscape upgrades.

The council also received $5000 funding from Keep Australia Beautiful to employ eight environmental educators to provide advice on using the correct recycling bins at the 2016 Australia Day event and IlluminARTe Festival.

Three cubic metres of recycling was collected during IlluminARTe, which was 30 per cent of all rubbish collected, and 600Lof recycling was collected on Australia Day.

Keep Australia Beautiful’s programs coordinator Jen Bryant said she was pleased the organisation could help the council do its bit at the events.

“The council was able to install red and yellow bins andsignage to encourage people to do the right thing.Keep Australia Beautiful was happy to support,” she said.

Mr Staggs said he would like to seethe council’sWaste Wise Events Protocol, which provides guidelines around waste at events, to come into effect within the next year.

“I would like the council’s binsto become available for community events andI would like to see the dual bin enclosures installed across the shire,” he said.

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Remolea bull sale tops at $10,000 twice

Vendor Hilary O’Leary with Bob Nixon Wallen Creek Herefords, Drillham, Owen Bronkhurst and Mark Duthie of GDL, and equal topped priced bull Remolea Kenworth. A top price of $10,000 was achieved on two occasions at the third annual Remolea Poll Hereford on-property sale at Clifton on Monday.
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Conducted by Hilary and Dot O’Leary and family, the sale resulted in37bulls selling for anoverall average of $5689, representing 97 per cent clearance.

Topping the sale was thetwo-year-old bull Remolea Kenworth K83, by Trefoil Park Plair F35 from Remolea Isabel, selling to Toby and Jane Nixon, Wallen Creek Herefords, Drillham.

Kenworth entered the sale ring with a weight of 926kg,scrotal circumference of 41cm, and an EMA of 110

Toby’s father, Bob Nixon, operatedon the family’sbehalf and described the Kenworth as a good honest bull, who will be used over Wallen Creek stud females.

“I really liked him, and he is a bull that isbacked-up with a good set of estimated breeding values,” Mr Nixon said.

Also making the same money was Remolea Kenya K35, a son of Evesham Bomber from a Remolea female.

Also aged two-years, Kenya weighed 968kg, hasa scrotal circumference of 41cm, an EMA of, and was bought bySid and Margaret Fletcher, Hill View, Old Koreelah, NSW.

The Flecthers also paid $7000 for Remolea Kalibrate K04, a sonof Days Calibre, from Dunoon Ruth.

Mal and Tracey Newton, Malland, Bell paid to $8000 for Remolea Kyogle K101, agrowthy son of Cannawigra Transformer.

The James family, Wandoanfinished with two bulls to average average $5750. They paid a top of $7500 for Remolea Kohli, a son of Yavenvale Futura, from the Remolea Isabel female family.

Volume buyers included Russell and Amanda Hay, Nurragi, Taroom, who finished with four bulls to average $5620,

GDL’s stud stock managerHarvey Weyman-Jones, operated for Eungy Pastoral Co, Milparinka, Blackall, who also finished with four bulls to average $5250.

Vendor Hilary O’Leary toldvisitors the cattle industry was the most positive he had seen in his life-time.

He believes the market will remain strong into the future.

*Selling agents:GDL, Dalby andRay White Studstock, Tenterfield, NSW.

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Dene calls time on career

Hanging up the boots: Dene Halatau will retire at the end of the season after 14 years playing first grade rugby league. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesOne of the NRL’s nicest players has decided to hang up his boots.
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Wests Tigers co-vice-captain Dene Halatau, 33, announced on Monday that this season would be his last after 14 years in first grade.

The utility player made his debut with the orange, black and white against Manly in 2003.

“I’ll always remember my debut,” Halatau said.

“I was so nervous beforehand but I only ended up playing three minutes.”

Halatau lists among the highlights of his playing career the 2005 grand final win –the first and only in the joint venture’s history –and representing New Zealand at test level.

But what he is most pleased to look back on is the people with whom he has shared the journey.

“To win that grand final at such a young age with a bunch of the other guys was such an amazing experience,” he said.

“What I’m really going to miss is meeting lots of different people.

“In my time I’ve gotten to know other players, administrators, sponsors and of course fans.”

Halatau loves seeing enthusiastic young players make their first grade debuts and since joining the leadership group has enjoyed helping them find their feet.

He is certain the Tigers have a strong future ahead and is thrilled with the talent coming through.

“There’s nothing better than seeing a young bloke who has worked so hard make his debut,” Halatau said.

“Last game Jacob Liddle had so much fun in his first grade debut, and Kyle Lovett is another who springs to mind as being such a hard worker who really appreciated the opportunity to make the team.”

Halatau is excited by other promising young prospects like JJ Felise, who has made a big impact in his few games with the team this year.

He also thinks Liddle will be more than capable of taking the hooker mantle in coming years.

“Robbie [Farah] and [Matt] Ballin are both getting on like me and I have no doubt Jacob will do a great job at hooker,” he said.

“He played hooker in his first game and killed it.”

The veteran hopes to continue his involvement with rugby league into the future, whether its in an ambassadorial or administrative role.

He is proud of his work with the NRL’s State of Mind mental health program and would also love the chance to continue that role.

While the decision to retire had played on Halatau’s mind for a number of seasons, he will still miss the chance to interact with fans.

“I want to thank the fans that have been with me all along. They’ve been a great support throughout my career.”

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Second crop of fake $50 notes

COUNTERFEIT $50 bills are again circulating in Bathurst, the second crop to emerge in just over one month.
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In early June, police warned retailers to be on the look out for fake bills after two were picked up in the CBD; after being presented at two separate retailers, a fast food restaurant and a department store.

This week, police again wanted retailers to be vigilant after more fakenotes were detected.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Cracknell, acting Crime Manager within Chifley LAC said a number of storeshave become the victim of the counterfeit currency.

Of the fake notes recovered, Detective Inspector Cracknell saidthey were“smaller than the real thing and quite faded” however, were still of reasonable quality.

Like last month, the fake bills have been presented at fast food outlets as well as a club and petrol station.

Detective Inspector Cracknell said they notes weren’t detected as fake at the time, but discovered later in the night when the retailers were closing.

Typically counterfeit notes are either $50 or $100 in currency and exchanged for items of small value, to maximise the amount of legitimate currency received as change.

Fast food outlets, due to the young age of many staff and the speed at which customers are served, and bars, clubs and hotels where lighting is poor are often popular targets.

Detective Inspector Cracknell said an easy wayfor everyone to check the legitimacy of a note was to crush it in their hand.

“A real note will bounce back; if it doesn’t it is probably a fake, because they aren’tmade out of the same material.

“If you take a legal note and crush it it flattens out pretty much straight away, but a fake note will stay crumpled.”

He said if retailers were concerned about a note to refuse it as payment.

InSydney some retailers and clubs used a a special blacklight on notes which determined it’sauthenticity, but Detective Inspector Cracknell said on advice from the Australian Federal Police, one of the easiest ways to test a note’s authenticity is the crunch test.

“You can also look for obviousdifferences such as colour and textureplus the clear security windowtends to be different,” he said.

Anyone who suspects they have received fake currency should contact Bathurst police n 6332 8699.

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