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Volunteers: Mike Vasey, Ross Croft, Gail Sargentsen, Josh Whiteland (Koomal Dreaming), Charles Gilbert and Ashley Kidd. Photo: Cheryle Brown. IT’Sthe time to celebrate Nannup’s volunteers again during National VolunteerWeek from May 9to 15. Nannup, like many communities,relies on itsvolunteers to ensure that our town continues to develop and thrive.
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Continuing the Give Happy Live Happy theme from 2015, this year celebratesthat there is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time andskills to help others. Volunteering builds communities, is a healthy lifestylechoice for those who volunteer and is one of the strongest predictors we have ofincreasing our health andhappiness according to volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw.

Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’tvolunteer – doctors should recommend it.

“Australia was ranked number 10 in the latest World Happiness Report and we think it has a lot to do with Australia’s dedicated volunteers. The report highlighted Australia as having the second highest percentage population share of volunteering in registered organisations and we know that number would be even higher outside of the established organisations,” Brett Williamson OAM, CEO, Volunteering Australia said.

“Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference, so pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week and you too can Give Happy, Live Happy. We want to make Australia the happiest place on Earth.”

Nannup has more than 50 community groups who rely on the invaluable workand commitment of volunteers. Nannup’s volunteers contribute in a range ofareas from emergency services; to sporting and recreational clubs; to arts andculture; to the environment; and community services.

Where would Nannup be without the volunteers for our successful Musicand Flower and Garden Festivals? If paid labour was the only alternative therewould be no event, major or otherwise.

To all the volunteers in Nannup, both seen and unseen, thank you.

More information on volunteering in Nannup can be obtained from the NannupVolunteer Resource Centre on 9756 3022.

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REDLAND City’s three state MPs are remaining tight-lipped about the battle within the Liberal-National Party.
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The then Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek leaves the Redland Bay Golf Club in March 2011 minutes before Jeff Seeney calls a press conference about the plan for a change in the party’s leadership.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and Redlands MP Matt McEachan will be in the party room when the Opposition decides whether to hold a leadership spill on Friday.

If the bid is successful, a three-way battle for party leadership will be held between former National Party leader Lawrence Springborg; long-time leader hopeful and former LNP Treasurer Tim Nicholls; and the former Housing Minister and NRL umpire Tim Mander.

The party room meeting and spill motion were raised by former deputy leader Jeff Seeney following Mr Mander’s resignation from the Opposition frontbench and questions over Mr Springborg’s grip on power.

The move was reminiscent of the party unrest, which came to a head in March 2011 at an Opposition Community Cabinet meeting at Redland Bay Golf Club when Mr Seeney hinted the party leadership of John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg would change.

Both Langbroek and Springborg tendered their resignations the day after the Redland Bay event, when the then Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was named leader of the party outside cabinet.

On Wednesday, Mr Mander dismissed claims the move could jeopardise his re-election to his seat of Everton. Mr Springborg said he was confident of maintaining the leadership.

Cleveland MP Mr Robinson was not willing to say who he would back but used the opportunity to have a swipe at the Labor government.

“In my view, Lawrence Springborg has done a good job across the state to hold to account this do-nothing Labor government,” he said.

“Secondly, whoever emerges as the leader from Friday’s LNP party room, we all need to unite behind them and quickly get back to focussing on jobs and growing the economy and working hard in our electorates.”

Redlands MP Mr McEachan said the most important thing for Redland taxpayerswas a strong Opposition team holding the Palaszczuk Labor government to account.

However, Capalaba MP Don Brown, a member of the government, said the rift in the Opposition was ominous.

“The Palaszczuk government and I are focused on delivering for our community, whether it is compulsory preferential voting or the leadership,” he said.

“It is clear the Opposition only cares about their own jobs.”

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The final round of the Pennants season was played last weekend.
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The Grade 2 side travelled to Grenfell and lost a close match.

Graham Fliedner’s team won by three shots while Garry Carberry’s team won by four.

On the other rink, Col Hayward’s team were beaten by 11 shots with the overall result going to Grenfell by four shots.

Depending upon other results, the Grade 2’s may progress to the playoffs.

The Grade 5 side travelled to Caragabal and will be in the playoffs after a good win.

Warren Bevan’s team went down 20-19, but the other two teams had wins.

Col Mudie and his team won 19-17 and John Corcoran’s team won 18-14 for an aggregate score of 58-51.

In Grade 7, the winner of the match between Parkes and Railway Diggers would go on to the playoffs.

Railway got off to a good start, but Parkes fought back and had the lead for a while.

Railway came back to take the match by four shots, winning two of the three rinks.

In Club Championships, Brett Frame teamed with Paul Henry to play the father and son team of Warwick and Matt Parker in Major Pairs.

Brett and Paul won the early ends to lead 5-2 before the Parkers drew level at 8-all.

Brett and Paul steadily built a lead and ran out 26-20 winners.

In Major Singles, John Corcoran scored a convincing win over Arthur Corbett.

John teamed with Tom Casey in Major Pairs to defeat Garry and Michael Went.

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Parkes Spacemen reserves came from the clouds to overcome Nyngan 18-10 on Jock Colley Field last Sunday.
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Down 6-0 at oranges and 10-6 inside the final 10 minutes, Brent Timmins’ men lifted when required, with two late tries earning an important victory for the second consecutive week to earn a share of the premiership lead.

The teams exchanged pleasantries and try-scoring opportunities throughout the first half which ended with Nyngan ahead 6-0 after a try on 26 minutes.

A bustling Grant Coleman try levelled the scores, but the visitors regained the advantage after 45 minutes to lead 10-6.

As minutes ticked by and tension mounted, it was the Spacemen who responded the better with two late tries sealing the win.

With six minutes to play, replacement Aubrey Milson plunged over wide out and veteran Billy Joe Francis landed a booming conversion for Parkes to lead for the first time.

Two minutes later, the non-stop George Wright gapped the tiring Nyngan defence to position fullback Darcy James for a brilliant try to clinch victory against the odds.

The nature of the win will provide the Spacemen with plenty of resolve and confidence ahead of the difficult road trip to Macquarie this Sunday.

The Clarke trio (Jeremy, Kristian and Matt) were among Parkes’ best, supported by Wright, Francis and Jordan Clyburn.

PARKES 18 (D, James, A. Milson, G. Coleman tries; BJ. Francis 3 goals) defeated NYNGAN 10 (M. Sheather, K. Myers tries; Sheather goal).

Referee, Greg Phillips.

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Parkes Spacies hosted Nyngan Tigers in Round 2 of the Group XI league tag competition on Jock Colley Field last Sunday.
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Eighteen ladies sang captain Hannah Kelly happy birthday before running on pumped for a repeat of their 2015 semi-final triumph.

Parkes started strongly with nice passes and quick runs from Ella J Harris, Hannah Kelly and Britt Ryan seeing Demi Winter get close to scoring.

Quick tags by Sally Dwyer saw Nyngan forced to kick on the last,

It was not taken on the full, but gathered up by Britt Ryan who produced a bustling run.

From the play the ball, Parkes spread the ball across field for Britt Dumesny to make a finger tips catch and run through the defence. With no points posted by either team, Parkes made a change and introduced Katie Caldwell from the bench.

She made an immediate impact, producing a line break and putting Ella J Harris over to open Parkes’ account.

Parkes capitalised on a Nyngan fumble with good work from Nat Gardiner, Nicole Mapperson and Louise McAneney to put Codie Wakefield over for the Spacies’ second. Nyngan put some points on the board six minutes before halftime.

Parkes hit back from a good run by Sarah McAneney.

She off-loaded for Katie Caldwell to score under the posts, with Ella J Harris adding the extras.

A short kick by Nyngan went out after a bounce leaving Parkes with a lot of defence to do just before half time.

They held on to take a 14 – 6 lead into the break.

Great chase and pressure from Parkes saw Nyngan knock on in their first set of the second half with the home side getting possession 20 metres out.

The were unable to add to their advantage, but continued to pressure the Tigers into errors.

Tries to Emma Bailey and Katie Caldwell, and a successful Claire Barber conversion before scoring a try of her own, saw Parkes out to a healthy lead.

Further tries to Demi Winter (2) saw Parkes Spacies run out very convincing 40 – 6 winners.

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Wodonga star Isaac Wallace will miss six-to-eight weeks with a broken fibula.
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WODONGA star Isaac Wallace will miss up to two months of football with the Murray Bushrangers after breaking his leg.

The undefeated Bushrangers have been forced to make four changes for Saturday’s clash against perennial TAC Cup powerhouse Calder Cannons, with Wallace,Jayden Gallagher (ankle),HarryMorrison (back) and Will Brodie (school football) dropping out of the side that drew with Sandringham.

North Albury’s Alex Paech comes into the team, along with Chris Welsh, Ryan Kilpatrick and Billy Cooper.

With Max Lynch, Fletcher Carroll, Zach Sproule and Charlie Spargo still three weeks away with NSW-ACT commitments,Bushies coach Leon Higgins said the injuries provided opportunities for the rest of his squad.

“Whilst it is alwaysdisappointing to suffer injuries and our medical and rehabilitation team are quite busy at the moment, it doesprovide a number of players with an opportunity to make their mark,” he said.

“We have been particularly impressed with our midfield depth this year with players such as Mason Marr, Ben Paton and Nick Richards all playing crucial roles through themiddle of ground.

“Alexhas been limited to one TAC Cupgame so far this year and we are looking forward to giving him somecontinuity at this level, he is very powerful, competes hard and has enormous talent which combined with agreat work ethic ensures he will improve with every game he plays.

“Calder are very hard to beat on their home ground, but our boys are a tight group and the spiritthey demonstrated in the final stages of last week game will give them enormous confidence in each other.”

Saturday’s match in Craigieburn starts at 1pm.

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Police are searching for teen missing from St Arnaud.Wednesday, 12.30pm
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MISSING teenagerBrody-Jye Jeffrey has been found.

The boy, 15, was last seen inMarket Street, St Arnaud, on April 24.

Victoria Police confirmed on Wednesday Brody-Jye was safe and well, but a police media spokeswoman could not provide details about where he was found.

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POLICE are continuing their search formissing teenager Brody-Jye Jeffrey.

Brody-Jye, 15, was last seen in Market Street, St Arnaud, on April 24.

St Arnaud Senior ConstableDan Wiseman said police had no leads abouthis whereabouts.

He said Brody-Jye was 160cm tallwith athin build andbrown-orange hair.

He said Brody-Jye he was wearingblack pants, black shoes and a white shirt.

Snr Const Wiseman urged anyone with information to call5495 1000.

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POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 15-year-old Brody-Jye Jeffrey.

Brody-Jye was last seen getting on a bus in Market Street, St Arnaud, on Sunday, April 24 about 4.30pm.

He is described as 160-centimetrestall with athin build andbrown and orange hair.

Brodye-Jye waswearing black pants, black shoes and a white shirt.

Anyone who sees Brody-Jye is urged to contact the St Arnaud Police Station on 5495 1000.

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The Parkes Spacemen Under 18s took on Nyngan at Pioneer Oval last Sunday in a match which saw the visitors dominate and run out convincing winners 34-18.
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Cursed by some poor handling, Parkes were in trouble from the opening whistle.

Nyngan scored in their first set of six, less than three minutes in, to grab a 6-0 lead. Parkes regrouped and replied in the 10th minute.

An excellent grubber kick from Bailey Jones saw Riley Scott pick up the loose ball and score out wide for 6-4.

Nyngan responded four minutes later when they crossed under the posts after the home side dropped the ball.

Trailing 12-4, the junior Spacemen fought hard to get themselves back into the match with a try in the 26th minute, capitalising on a dropped ball by the Tigers.

Ned Hunter scooped up the loose ball and dashed 60 metres to score under the posts, getting Parkes to within two points of the lead.

However, right on halftime, some coach-killing poor defence saw Nyngan score an easy try under the posts and lead 18-10 at oranges.

The second half picked up where the first half finished and it was not long before Nyngan scored their fourth try after another dropped ball by the home side in their own half.

This was followed by a defensive error which saw the Tigers winger stroll over for an easy four pointer and a 22-10 lead.

Parkes started to tire from all the defensive work they had completed as their error rate climbed.

Nyngan took full advantage, scoring under the posts in the 40th minute to take a commanding lead 28-10.

Parkes tried hard to lift their intensity and were rewarded in the 48th minute.

Good lead up work, a great run from Jay Slavin attracted several defenders before he was able to slip a nice ball out to Josh Amberge who went over in the corner to reduce the deficit to 14 points.

Just as the Spacemen appeared to be getting back in the match, they again came up with an error as they failed to reach the touch line from a penalty kick in their own half.

Nyngan seized on the mistake with good ball movement and line running leading to another try and conversion for the visitors to get out to an unassailable 34-14 lead with only minutes remaining.

Parkes kept trying hard and scored a consolation try right on the stroke of fulltime.

A well worked move down the left edge saw Morgan Powter crash over to reduce the final margin to 16 points at 34-18.

Jay Slavin was easily the best for the Spacemen with several barnstorming runs while Josh Amberge looked dangerous with the ball.

The pair were well supported by Aaron Wykamp.

Parkes have been without their Western Rams stars Joey Dwyer, Darby Medlyn and Brad Gaut and desperately await their return.

They will look to tighten their defence and reduce their high error rate after losing the opening two encounters.

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Making a difference: Holiday Coast Credit Union workers Jo Hawkins, Neville Parsons, Vicki Clout with Make A Wish volunteers Peta Watters, Clayton Purkis and Hayley Purkis and Rachael Taylor-Klump from HCCU.PORT Macquarie is the newest home for the Make A Wish foundation with the worldwide organisation opening a branch here for the first time.
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World Wish Day on April 29 was an opportunity for the branch to get on board and host a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Holiday Coast Credit Union.

The Make A Wish Port Macquarie team will now hold a trivia night on June 18 at the Port Macquarie Surf Club, which aims to raise as much money as possible to grant wishes to children here.

President and team leader Peta Watters said the branch began just prior to Christmas with the demand for Make A Wish in Port Macquarie strong.

“The team from Coffs Harbour would often come down to work for wishes for kids down this way,” she said.

“Thankfully we were able to start up a branch here in Port Macquarie so we can help those who need it.

“We have a great team with at least 10 individuals who have come on board. With World Wish Day coming up we thought it would be great to get the Port Macquarie community more involved.”

The funds raised go directly to helping grant wishes to children who need it in Port Macquarie.

“We currently have two kids in Port Macquarie who need our help and would like wishes granted,” Peta said.

“Any donations and all funds we raise will go towards that.”

Every day, six families around Australia receive the devastating news that their child has a life-threatening medical condition.

Make A Wish is committed to bringing the healing power of a wish to each and every one of these children and their families.

That’s 2000 families each year; four times the number that the organisation is able to reach.

Anyone who’d like to donate or help can contact team leader Peta Watters on 0402 120 323 or Toni Walls on 0434 534 665.

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At The Joan: Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style.
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Three distinctive voices of Russia will resound from the concert platform this month, when Penrith Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Splendour, the second concert of its 2016 season, on Saturday,May 21at The Joan.

The Festive Overture by Shostakovich, composed in 1954 for a Moscow concert commemorating the Soviet Revolution, is a thrilling concert-opener with grand fanfares and lively rhythms that put the entire orchestra on show.

Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style when he joins the orchestra as soloist in the high-energy Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. One of the most popular 20th-century works for trumpet, the concerto’s fiery rhythms evoke the gypsy-like rhythms of the composer’s native Armenia, while its dreamy lyricism explores the instrument’s oft-neglected sensitive side.

The concert also features the world premiere of an award-winning work, Perpetuum Mobile, by young Australian composer Richard Hair. The composer comments that the work’s perpetual motion drives an abstract sound-world in which the strings of the orchestra that provide the never-ceasing ‘motor’ energy suggested by the title.

Concluding the program is one of the great Fifth Symphonies of the nineteenth-century repertoire. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, written late in the composer’s life, was not an instant critical success but is one of his best-loved and most moving works. From its poignant opening clarinet solo, to one of the most memorable horn solos in the entire symphonic repertoire, to its rousing finale, it is often regarded as a musical exploration of the idea of “ultimate victory through strife”.

Fittingly, one of the symphony’s most notable performances in history occurred onOctober 20 1941, during the Siege of Leningrad. The city’s radio symphony orchestra had been directed to continue its performances to maintain the spirits of the city’s population. Even as bombs fell outside, the performance, which was broadcast live to London, continued until the final note.

Conducting the concert is PSO’s artistic director, Paul Terracini – himself no stranger to the Arutiunian concerto, which he performed during his earlier international career as a trumpet artist.

The concert begins at 8pm on Saturday,May 21at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, and a free pre-concert talk by the conductor will begin at 7.20pm.

Tickets, from $28 to $57, are available at the box office at the Joan, phone 02 4723 7600 or online at 梧桐夜网thejoan南京夜网419论坛, or at the door.

This is the second performance in the orchestra’s 2016 season. Flexible subscription packages for the remainder of the season are still available, offering substantial savings on single-ticket prices.

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Light and dark of ‘cosplay’ | Photos FANTASY: Cosplay artists Evey Dantes, Chloe Lyttle and Rae Johnston will be guest stars at Comic Gong 2016, on May 14. See the full photo gallery online at 梧桐夜网illawarramercury南京夜网419论坛 Pictures: Supplied
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TweetFacebook Cosplay celebrity!Rae Johnston, Evey Dantes and Chloe Lyttle/Feisty Cuffs together in one amazing photo gallery – and soon to be together at Comic Gong 2016! #CG2016Several celebrity cosplay (costumed play)artists will be appearing at the Illawarra’s annual comic and graphic novel convention, Comic Gong, on May 14.

Stars include Journalist and TV personality Wiradjuri Wonder Woman Rae Johnston, Roller Derby queen Chloe Feisty Cuffsand Instagram sensation Evey Dantes.

Ms Johnston has been travelling the country for years as a professional host at comic conventions, and MC for the cosplay competitions.

Her regular character is Wonder Woman as it enables her to become a “real life role model for kids”.

“I love the reaction from kids. I’ve had a little girl come up to me shaking because she was so excited,” she said.

“They look up at you with their big eyes and ask ‘can I get a photo with you Wonder Woman’, and to be able to make their day like that is amazing.”

Ms Johnston said what she loved about Comic Gong was the happy vibe seen everywhere and the “sense of gratitude” people had for being able to meet other like-minded fans.

“The first year I came it was a tiny little convention and it was beautiful and wonderful.Watching it grow is really heart warming. It just shows there’s a huge audience of comic book fans.”

Evey Dantes is one of the cosplay competition judges and is also impressed by the growth of the event and how the culture has developed in Wollongong.

She used to be the Emo kids in school, “the weirdo in the corner everyone was afraid of”, and was dragged to her first comic book convention six years ago by her little sister.

At the time Ms Dantesnever imagined herself going out in public wearing a costume, however loved the experience and has never looked back.

“I’m quite an anxious person and get quite nervous, but being in costume brings me out of my shell,” she said.

She believesit’sa good creative outlet and stress reliever, especiallyas her day job as a nurse could be quite hectic.

In the last few years her following has flourished and nowboasts75,000 Facebook fans and 22,000 on Instagram.

“It’s pretty crazy, I can’t believe this many people would pay attention to my crazy, weird antics,” she said.

But having tens of thousands of followers on social media has it’s dark side.

Both Feisty Cuffs and Ms Dantes have both experienced identity theft.

Feisty has been alerted to at least three incidents in recent months where people were pretending to be her on various dating websites.

Ms Dantes has had similar experiencesas well as discovering companiesusing her pictures to advertise without her knowledge.

“I recently had a convention which turned out to be all a con, they were offering prints of me with tickets which I had nothing to do with. So that was quite unsettling,” she said.

“I’ve also had a few stalkers in my time …it’s a little bit scary at times.”

Overall, all three still love dressing up and being part of comic convention world.

Catch them at Comic Gong, Saturday May 14.

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IT’S such an act of pure bastardry, the perpetrators are barely worth wasting the newsprint on.
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But those responsible for poisoning family pets in Glenfield Park should at least know this.

When you are caught, and you will be, the justice system might give you a break with a soft sentence.

But The Daily Advertiser won’t.

You will be named and shamed on the front page, as is befitting of such a reprehensible act.

You haven’t just murdered defenceless animals andleft theirinnocentowner distraught and devastated.

You’ve planted a seed of fear in every pet owner in Wagga.

And you’ve helped erode the community’s trust in itself.

Deliberately harming animals indicates a high-risk of a psychopathic disorder.

Perhaps you should seek help.

If you were trying to kill the dogs because their barking was offending your delicate sensibilities, then that’s almost as bad.

Try contacting police or a council ranger first.

Either way, your unspeakably cruelty is the ultimate “dog act”.

Not in the ball gameSpeaking of “dog acts”, the alleged brutal assault on a Narrandera Aussie rules player last weekend strikes to the heart of an issue confronting all contact sports.

Where is the line between an act being “part of the game” and an act being criminally negligent?

The blow thatbroke Narrandera coach Tim Sullivan’s jaw certainly appeared little more than a thuggish assault to those on the sideline.

So much so that Mr Sullivan is considering legal action against the opposition player.

The fact the assault may have been provoked, which some claim it was, is immaterial.

An assault on a football field is no different to an assault on a footpath outside the pub.

If such an act was allowed to go unsanctioned, what message would that send to the teenagers on the sideline looking on?

Football is a tough game and testosterone-fuelled men will often make bad decisions in the heat of battle.

But assault is assault, whichever way you colour it.

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With countless hours and hundreds of kilometres covered in training, Gunnedah cyclist Nathan Browne is two sleeps away from competing in his first “hellish” Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic.
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Steve Murray, Steve Middleton, Nathan Browne and Gary Turner.

Widely considered the toughest cycle race in Australia, Browne will be taking part in his first and is uncertain of what awaits.

His goal is clear however.

“I really just want to finish it. If I’m in the mix toward the finish then who knows,” Browne said.

In the build-up, he’s received advice and training assistance from a number of people, like Garry Turner, Steve Middleton, Stuart Downes and Steve Murray, all eager to see him do well.

Murray, a committee member with the Gunnedah Cycling and Triathlon Club, competed in the race on four occasions.

He’s been quick to offer a few words of wisdom.

“I think Nathan’s the best rider in town at the moment,” Murray said.

“He’s really ramped up his riding and training in the last 18 months.”

But Browne will need to be on his game if he’s to finish the 228 kilometres, including a steep 18 kilometre climb up the Gibraltar Range.

“His aim will be to get over that [the range] and still be in the first bunch. You’ve got to preserve yourself.

“At around 130 kilometres into the race he’ll be at the summit of the range and it’s mostly downhill from there but it’s still pretty hilly,” Murray said.

Gordon Turner Motorcycles have been quick to help Nathan prepare for the event, offering sponsorship, assistance and new equipment.

They’ve provided him with a Giant propel advanced pro zero bicycle to utilise in the race, a bike you would see competitors in the Tour de France use, Mr Turner said.

Nathan will compete in the C grade division against 87 other riders.

“It’s a really sought after crown and there’s quite a bit of prize money involved,” he said.

According to Browne and Murray, he’ll be one of only a handful of riders from Gunnedah to ever take on the challenge.

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