Give happy, live happy

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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.

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

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 MPs tight lipped over LNP tussle

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REDLAND City’s three state MPs are remaining tight-lipped about the battle within the Liberal-National Party.

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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Grade 2s still playoff chance despite loss

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The final round of the Pennants season was played last weekend.

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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Spacemen face tougher test

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Epi Sadrodro put in a big effort for the Parkes Spacemen last week, playing the full game in the front row. Photo: Jenny Kingham 0516League_0840
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After two solid wins to start the 2016 Group XI season, Parkes Spacemen will face a sterner test when they head to Dubbo to take on Macquarie in Round 3 this Sunday.

The Spacemen have recorded convincing wins over Wellington and Nyngan, despite not being at their best.

The departure of Justin Toomey-White has seen the Cowboys become a shadow of their former selves while the Spacemen were expected to get the points on home turf against the Tigers.

Sunday’s clash with Macquarie, a side they lost to in the pre-season, will give coaches and supporters alike a better understanding of where the Blue, Red and Whites are at.

Injured captain-coach Dennis Moran is confident of a good performance from his men.

“We played well against Nyngan, but Macquarie are probably a stronger side at this stage,” Moran said,

“They are more structured and a bit more physical.

“We will need to improve in a couple of areas if we are to get the points on Sunday.

“We will continue working at training tonight and hopefully we will have everything right for game day.

“Our line speed and dominance in defence need to be better against the bigger sides.

“Our line speed will improve if we can control the ruck a bit better.

“Against Nyngan last week, our second half completion rate was at 85 percent which is very good.

“It showed that when we control the ball we can dominate other sides.

“It is where games are won or lost.

“If we are not holding onto the ball, we are giving the opposition the chance to put us under pressure and score points.

“It is something we will keep working on,” he said.

Epi Sadrodro played the full 80 minutes in the front row last week and impressed the good crowd in attendance at Jock Colley Field.

Sam Dwyer continued his great form and received good support from his Western Rams teammate Brandon Tago.

While Moran will miss at least another six weeks and Jordan Pope around the same amount of time, the Spacemen welcome back Group XI forward Ethan McKellar who will add some punch in the middle of the park.

Players in the lower grades have been performing well and some will likely get a chance in the top grade on Sunday.

“Ideally we would like to name the same 17 each week to get some combinations going,” Moran said.

“Unfortunately it is not the case and we will make do with the players we have.

“Our halves are a good example.

“They are slowly forming a good partnership and are starting to understand each other’s games.

“Each week they are getting better and I am hoping for another improvement this week,” he said.

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Jobs stimulus Federal focus

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THE Federal Government is banking on a jobs and growth focus to secure an election victory in July.
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Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget, handed down on Tuesday, provides minimum tax cuts but aims to generate jobs and getting people back into work.

People earning more than $80,000 a year will receive a $4.32 weekly tax cut as a result of plans to increase the medium tax bracket to $87,000 – with higher cuts for those who earn a higher wage annually.

The government also plans to implement a jobs program that will see people under the age of 25 offered internships.

Businesses that take part in the initiative will receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 across six months, with participants to be paid an extra $200 per week on top of their Newstart allowance.

Other business-focused initiatives include reducing the small business tax rate by one per cent to 27.5 per cent from July 1, with turnover criteria increasing from $2 million to $10 million.

“Over the last year, the government has succeeded in expanding markets; fostered an economic climate resulting in new jobs; funded a range of infrastructure works to benefit communities and regional development; and provided targeted social safety nets,” Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad said.

“This budget is focused on growth and jobs. The framework we are developing is one that can allow Australia to prosper in a competitive global environment.”

The agricultural sector will benefit from a scheme offering $2 billion in loans for dams, pipes and other water infrastructure, a $220 million investment in upgrading Murray Basin rail freight lines and a $594 million boost for the development of an inland freight rail link through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Efforts to eradicate carp throughout the Murray-Darling Basin with the introduction of a controlled virus will proceed after the program received a $15 million commitment.

“Victoria has a long list of water infrastructure projects which will improve our State’s water security and boost agricultural opportunities,” Victorian Farmers Federation president, Peter Tuohey said.

A number of road infrastructure efforts, including the Roads to Recovery, Bridges Renewal, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, and Black Spot programs, will receive continued support.

An additional $7.1 million funding will be given to the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which will extend services provided across the country for a further four years.

The government will receive $416.9 billion in income through taxes and charges, but spend $450.6 billion on services and initiatives, resulting in a projected $37.1 billion deficit in 2016/17.

“We have all the opportunities; it’s now up to us to seize them and make them work for us, as individuals, businesses, governments and as a country,” Mr Broad said.

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YVC to streamline grant process

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Photo: Woo Back 2 was successful in obtaining a $5,000 community grant in the 2015/2015 program.Council is looking to streamline community and heritage grant application procedures to ensure the process encourages individuals and community organisations to apply for funding. Council’s draft Community Grant policy and draft Local Heritage Grants Program policy are currently on exhibition for community review and feedback, until Monday, 30th May 2016.
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The Community Grant policy brings together Council’s Community Small Grant Program (CSGP) and Community Facilities Infrastructure Grant (CFIG). The new approach intends to meet the objectives of the two previous programs with efficiencies in program administration and introducing six categories for funding to assist with community development – Community and Culture, Recreation and Leisure, Sports and Health, Children, Youth and Senior Services, Welfare and Natural Environment.

The Local Heritage Grant Program policy review was undertaken in light of outcomes from previous years’ Local Heritage Grants Program and changes are in line with the Office of Environment and Heritage 2013 Guidelines. The policy has been broadened so that the program can provide financial incentive to, not only works, but projects that will foster positive attitudes towards local heritage and facilitates long-term strategic projects.

The draft policies can be viewed online (yassvalley.nsw.gov419论坛/council/exhibition) or at Council’s Administration Office – 209 Comur Street YASS. The community can make a submission to Council in writing or email on any aspect of the content of the draft policies – PO Box 6 YASS NSW 2582 or [email protected]论坛, up until 5:00pm on Monday, 30th May 2016.

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Water worries

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Dry times: With water levels at Leslie dam dropping below 15,000 megalitres irrigators in the upper Condamine region will not receive their anticipated water allocation.
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The upper Condamine irrigation region is expected to lose an estimated $7million worth of chickpeas with SunWater unable to fill their anticipated water allocation.

In February, SunWater announced growers in the upper Condamine would receive 32 per cent of their allocations with sufficient water stored in Leslie dam to deliver this promise.

Only last week, the key body for water infrastructure development and management revealedall was not as rosy as first thought.

According to Central Downs Irrigators chairman Lindsay Krieg, SunWater called a ‘panic’ meeting to inform irrigators dam levels had dropped significantly, meaning growers had gone from 100 per cent of the announced allocation to just 20 per cent in six weeks.

“We’ve got some pretty serious questions as to how exactly that happened and why we weren’t informed,” Mr Krieg said.

“Most people would have taken their water back in February had they known they weren’t going to get it now- we had no information from SunWater whatsoever to let us know that water wouldn’t be available.”

Mr Krieg said SunWater held another urgent meeting yesterday to work out how they could deliver the water.

“They keep coming up with this excuse that this happens in other catchments all the time. We don’t care what happens elsewhere, it’s never happened here,” he said.

“They’re blaming it on the weather and saying there’s been unprecedented heat in the last two months and that’s fine, but why didn’t they tell us our allocations were being reduced at all times?”

To meet the allocationSunWater were required to deliver 5000 megalitres of water and therefore needed 6000 megalitresto cover evaporation losses.

Mr Krieg said SunWater currently had2500 megalitres remaining and only 1000 megalitres would be released to irrigators.

“They’re going to lose 1500 megalitres just filling up the river to get the water to the end,” he said.

“We’re about 4000 megalitres short and I’ve worked that out to equal$7million worth of chickpeas.That’s a conservative figure- it’s a nightmare.”

Mr Krieg said under the 2009 resource operations plan (ROP) no irrigation water could be released after dam levels reached 15,000 megalitres.

“Very few people were aware that rule existed and SunWater even seems to have missed it,” he said.

“We have no information we can base that on apart from the fact that there is no other explanation- they stuffed up and forgot about their 15,000 megalitre rule.”

Growers say they are angry they were unable to make informed management decisions resulting from the decline in available irrigation water.

A SunWater spokesperson said there were many misconceptions around irrigation allocations getting in the way of facts.

“An announced allocation is not a guarantee of available water, it’s based on water available at that time so if conditions change as they did at Leslie dam, the full allocation can’t happen,” the spokesperson said.

SunWater also denied allegations of overlooking the ROP and said information on dam levels was available online at any time.

“We give them daily storage reports and 12 month outlooks. Lesliedam has been going down since 2013 and they know about this, they know about the ROPso they should know what they’redealing with in terms of the current situation,” she said.

“If we started to give predictions of the water we think they might get, people start to assume that’sgospel and it can’t be because it depends on the weather.

“We put the tools in their hands andlet them make judgements based on their knowledge of that landscape aslots have been there for generations.”

Mr Krieg describedSunWater’s response as inadequate and said he believed the “people at the top” did not know of the dam level decline.

“If the local SunWater staff knewthis was happening they’d have told us, and if they weren’t being told from the top I’d say the people in control didn’t know,” he said.

“They’re sayingthis is our business and weshould be managing this to know how much water is left in the dam.

“No, it’s their business. Theyoperate the dams not us. How are we supposed to interpret dam levels to know how much of our announced allocation is being lost?”

Mr Krieg said many growers saved their water allocation for chickpeas and forewent irrigating cotton crops as a result.

“People have forward sold chickpeas on the back of that allocation announcementand now they can’t fill those contracts- it’s a complete debacle.”

Following discussions with the Upper Condamine Irrigation Advisory Committee yesterdayit was agreed that the remaining medium priority water available in Leslie dam would be released to irrigators next week.

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BETRAYAL: Bowraville families watch as parliamentarians break their promises

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‘BETRAYAL’ is how Leonie Duroux described the feeling of watching a majority of NSW parliamentarians vote down the bill tabled by Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge to implement Recommendation 8 of the Bowraville Inquiry’s unanimous report to broaden double jeopardy laws.
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“David put forward his second reading of the bill and Liberal and Labor members voted it down … even members of committee (the 2014 parliamentary Inquiry into the family response to the murders in Bowraville),” Ms Duroux, who is one of the representatives for the families of murdered Bowraville children Colleen Walker, Clinton Speedy Duroux and Evelyn Greenup, told the Guardian.

“I was so cranky – when one of the Liberal members got up and said he was voting against it, we walked out.

“We came back to hear the end of the debate …

“I can’t believe this is where we are – again … its f***ing ridiculous.”

Ms Duroux said in contrast, the support the families received at their rally help just prior to the sitting was fantastic.

“More than 250 people joined us when we walked up Macquarie St

“The police blocked the road off for us and we walked right up the middle of the road.

“It was an amazing feeling.”

And the next step?

Ms Duroux said Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and his team had been working flat out and would be would be making another submission to the NSW Attorney General next week.

The families have been fighting for justice for their children for 26 years.

Recommendation 8 of the Parliamentary Inquiry requested:That the NSW Government review section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 to clarify the definition of ‘adduced’, and in doing so consider:

• the legal or other ramifications of defining adduced as ‘admitted’, particularly on the finality of prosecutions

• the matters considered by the English courts under the equivalent UK legislation

• the merit of replacing section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 with the provisions in section 461 of the Criminal Appeals Act 2004 (WA), and

• the merit of expressly broadening the scope of the provision to enable a retrial where a change in the law renders evidence admissible at a later date.

The report was supported unanimously by parliamentarians when it was originally tabled at the end of 2014.

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Growing support

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A GROUP of Cohuna youths are redeveloping the town’s retirement village garden.

The Cohuna and District Leo Club members have been weeding, trimming and planting since 2014 to transform the overgrown Cohuna Retirement Village courtyard into a usable gathering space.

Leo club adviser, Lee Walkington said the Leos interviewed residents to determine their preferences for redevelopment of the space, with the overwhelming majority requesting new garden beds, a shaded communal area, new outdoor furniture and a water feature.

“Leos are the first community group to ‘adopt a spot’ – a section of the garden at the village,” Mrs Walkington said.

“We hope that other groups, such as schools and other organisations will join the initiative.

“This program is not only about looking after the garden, but interacting with the residents as well. The Leos are planning to send letters, asking for commitment and support and have already heard from St Mary’s [Primary School], who are looking forward to being involved.”

Leos opted for low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants to brighten the dull area, with mosaic art pieces to enhance the area, expected to be used for birthday parties and social activities.

“Some residents were pleased to have light beam into their rooms for the first time in years, because the bushes were so high they covered their windows,” Mrs Walkington said.

Leo member, Emily Rigg said she has always wanted to undertake volunteerism in a town that is quickly transforming into a retirement town.

“If we have a good garden I think it will be great and beneficial for the long-term viability and will attract more people to our beautiful town,” the Cohuna Secondary College student said.

“Choosing the plants and planting them would be the most fun task so far and watching the transformation quickly take shape.

“Firstly, we had to design everything and decide on what to do. It involved a lot of weeding and organisation, a lot of meetings.”

Leos funded the project through fund-raising activities including car washes, movie nights, waitressing and the selling of their famous hot donuts at community festivities.

“It is the biggest and first major project we have undertaken, but it’s all working,” Miss Rigg said.

“It is just about getting our name out there and to say that it is okay to volunteer when you’re younger.

“The residents are really lovely and many of them want to come out and help.”

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RSL volunteer chips in $16,300 to project

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Local military historian Peter Ball (left) hands a cheque for $16,300 to Paul Penno of the Bendigo RSL, as part of a fundraising drive.Related coverage:

Call out to help raise $500,000 for RSLPermit lodged for RSL rejuvenationHAVING dedicated almost two decades to theSoldiers Memorial Institute’s museum, it was fitting that historian Peter Ball was the first person to make a donation to its rejuvenation.

His private donation of $16,300 kicked off a fundraising drive hoping to bring in $500,000 from the Bendigo community.

The rejuvenation project includes a complete refurbishment of the Pall Mall building, and the addition of a two-storey annex to contain pieces of Bendigo’s military history.

Mr Ball was an inaugural member of the RSL’s museum sub-committee, established in 1997.

He said it was always his intention to make a donation when the project looked set to become a reality.

“It was early 2013 when we could see that the project was going to go ahead, so I decided to make a donation,” Mr Ball said.

“It was about 1996 or 1997 when the hall was still being hired out for events like weddings, but that started to go by the wayside.

“We were wondering what to do by that stage, and decided to go down the path of a museum at the memorial.”

An artist’s impression of the upgrade to the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall.

When the Passchendaele Barracks Historical Society was relocated from the drill hall on Mollison Street in 1997, it opened up an opportunity for the RSL to trial the Pall Mall building as a museum for their military memorabilia.

The public response was favourable, and the museum was opened in February 1998.

The idea for the $4.2 million upgrade started in 2011 and has now gathered full steam. The City of Greater Bendigo and state government have pledged their financial support for the building.

Mr Ball, a Vietnam War veteran, said the rejuvenation would help to make the RSL’s collections more accessible to the public, while also preserving the original building.

“You only need to look at the original building to see how significant it is for Bendigo –it’s so significant that it needs to be kept in the best condition possible,” he said.

“New technology will be brought in to keep the museum at modern standards.”

His interest in local war history was sparked at a young age, watching his father and uncles participate in World War II.

Mr Ball said interest in Australia’s war history was growing, with an increasing amount of people contacting the RSL to trace their family’s history of service.

The Bendigo District RSL launched its fundraising drive last month, hoping to tap into the community spirit which led to the institute’s construction in the 1920s.

All of the names listed on the structure contributed to its construction.

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State Cup forfeit sees normality resume

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Hanwood FC have had a slight scheduling change in their weekend match-ups.

TOUGH TIMES: The loss of Sevi Tropea for Saturday’s game will be huge for a Hanwood side looking to avoid back-to-back defeats. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

The boys in Blue were initially supposed to play Sutherland’s Menai in the State Cup on Sunday.

The team who knocked out Hanwood in the quarter-finalslast year won’t have the same chance after they forfeited the round.

This means Hanwood progress to the round of 32 and also their clash with Leeton United in the Griffith District Football Association first grade competition is back on.

Hanwood coach Brian Bertolin was a bit disappointed they wouldn’t get to play in front of their home crowd.

“It save us having another backlog of games,” he said.

“It would have been nice to play but (forfeits) more often than you’d think.

“I suppose the benefit is that it gets rid of another good side from the tournament.”

Bertolin said this change hasn’t affected the team’s mindset.

“Leeton in Leeton is always one of the hardest games to play,” he said.

“We’ve never ever had an easy game in Leeton and I expect nothing different this time.”

Leeton are hopeful their international players will be right to suit up for the game whileHanwood will be missing a few of their own.

SeviTropea pulled up sore from their mid-week clash with Yoogali SC and will likely out for the Saturday contest.

This combined with star striker Dan Johnson sticking his hand up to strap on the keeping gloves in the absence of the team’sregular shot stopper and Hanwood will have their work cut out for them.

Leeton assistant coach Joe Trifogli was hopeful those internationalclearances would go through.

“We’ve had one cleared so far, so he’ll be right, but we’re just waiting on the other three,” he said.

“Hopefully we find out (Thursday night), so we can select our team.

“Our local guys did a really great job last week, as well some of the younger ones that came up from 18s.”

Trifogli said if United stuck to their guns, a win would come on Saturday night.

“If we do everything right and play good football, we know we can win,” he said.

“It’s another game under lights, which is a good experience.

“Last time we were at home we played under lights.

“Everyone will need to step up again to get the job done.”

First grade will kick off at 7pm at No. 1 Oval on Saturday.

Hanwood currently sit 2ndon the ladder while Leeton are in 4th.

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UFC stars teach next gen in Gunnedah

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has seen unprecedented growth in the last couple years and Gunnedah fans will have their chance to get up close and personal with stars from Thursday.

Brendan “Badger” O’Reilly (pictured) will join fellow UFC star Richy Walsh in Gunnedah for a host of workshops. Photo contributed.

Australian fighters Richy Walsh and Brendan ‘Badger’ O’Reilly arrived in town on Thursday afternoon to start a three day batch of workshops.

One of the organisers, Tim Jeffrey, said the visit will be about more than just fighting.

“Basically Richy and now Brendan “Badger” O’Reilly are to coming to town to do talks with the kids at Gunnedah South School and Gunnedah High School to promote healthy lifestyle, training, reaching your goals and to discuss where their careers have taken them,” Tim said.

“We are really excited to have them come to our little town and think it’s a great opportunity for people to meet someone from a small rural town [Richy is from Warren, NSW] who now travels the globe competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts in the UFC.

“While the guys are here they will also be linking up with Greg from Battle PT and hosting some training sessions on Saturday at the PCYC. There are still plenty of spots open,” he said.

The pair has grown accustom to big city fights and fanfare attached but Tim believes they’re just as eager to head to the bush.

“The guys have wanted to do a regional tour for a while now and after speaking with them, they decided Gunnedah would be a great place to start,” Jeffrey said.

The pair hit Gunnedah South Public School on Thursday with Greg Sams from Battle PT before they headed to Boggabri Rugby League Clubfor wrestling and grappling training.

Theyvisited Gunnedah High School on Fridaybefore making a trip out to the mines.

On Saturday, Richy and Badger will be holding three training sessions with the first a focus on MMA techniques, second a look at defence and techniques and the third is a youth class covering defence.

There is a cost for each session and to find out more contact Gunnedah PCYC on 6742 1586.

“We feel that the visit is an amazing opportunity for Gunnedah and an experience no one should miss,” Tim said.

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Basslink fault slowing internet

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The Telecommunications Ombudsman has reported an increase in complaints in Tasmania related to slow internet.

Opposition ICT spokeswoman Madeleine Ogilvie says ‘mum and dad consumers’ have been hurt by slow internet coinciding withthe Basslink cable outage.

“Mum and dad consumers and end users at home, have been paying for an internet service that they haven’t been getting and that’s because of the outages, and the lags and the delays,” she said.

“Ferguson [the IT minister]needs to pick up the phone either to the telecommunications ombudsman or the head of TPG and say this stuff’s not good enough: ‘I know it’s private sector, but I’m here to back for the people’.”

She said her office had received numerous requests for intervention, after service providers refused to provide customers with make-up data or a refund.

The Telecommunications Ombudsman reported 496 new complaints in Tasmania between January and March.

The most prominent issuein Launceston was reported to be issues with landline connection delay, in Hobart it was internet connection delay.

MsOgilvie said additional fibre optic capacity should be part of the feasibility study into the second Basslink, as it was more cost-effective to look at the two simultaneously.

Information Technology and Innovation Minister Michael Ferguson did not answer questions about compensation for internet customers or additional fibre capacity for a second Basslink.

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