Give happy, live happy


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

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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Youthoria impresses


EP TOUR: WCYCS chief executive Joanne Clarke, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, Michael Traeger and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar. WEST Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS)was the highlight of Opposition Leader Steven Marshall’s whirlwind visit to the Eyre Peninsula last week.
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Mr Marshall started his tour in Cednua, calling in at Coffin Bay to meet with oyster growersand then Port Lincoln on Wednesday night for a meet and greet.

He saidthe take-aways from his meeting with the oyster industry in Coffin Baywere largelypositive.

“It’s great meeting withlocal representatives of theindustry and was good to see that they are in a really positive position in regards to protecting themselves from the POM’s outbreak.”

He spent Thursday morning at WCYCS meeting and speaking with staff there before visiting Youthoria to have morning tea with some of Port Lincoln’s youth.

Hesaid meeting local youth and learning about the services WCYCS offeredwas the highlight of his trip.

“I learned heaps about what they’re doing with early intervention programs and education,” Mr Marshall said.

WCYCS Joanne Clarke said it was a “pleasure” to host Mr Marshall and discuss some of their programs with him.

“Mick Treager and myselfwere able to discuss Kirsty legacyand share her vision of what a MentallyFit EP could look like and the importance of locals supporting locals,” she said.

Mr Marshallon his visit to Youthoria said it was amazing to see the community support afacility that could help young people get workplace skills and training.

“There aren’t many places like this, so to see it and see it working so well is great,” he said.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar was with Mr Marshall on his tourand theyspent time at Youthoriatalking with young peopleand staff.

“We were all very proud to show off our successfulsocial enterprise Youthoria – this project is a real life working example oftraining and employment outcomes in action,” Mrs Clarke said .

”The visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase all of these thingsand enable young people to share their stories with a political leader,which helps them to feel valued and have their voices heard.”

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Winner: Station Officer Barren Bofinger with Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSWCaringbah firefighterDarren Bofinger has received a commendation for courageous action after savingtwo people from wild surf at Merry Beach atKiola.
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He was among 35 firefighters recognised with awards for risking their lives to help others both in Australia and overseas.

The off-duty station officer was packing up camping gear onJanuary 29, 2015, when he noticed a couple in distress in the water.

Without hesitation, he grabbed his surfboard from the car and paddled out to them.

While he was helping thewoman, another man on a board arrived to help.

Despite the large swell anda strong rip he managed to bringthe woman back to the beach.

He then went intothe water again to help the two remaining menback to safety.

A number of other local firefighters were recognised with a humanitarian overseas service medal for their deployment to Japan.

Inspector Gary Meagher,Station Officer David Cross,Station Officer Rodney Davis,Station Officer Craig Vincent,Leading Firefighter Michael Packham andSenior Firefighter Pavel Novotny were among 27firefighters to receive the medal.

They were part of a search and rescue deployment sent after theJapan earthquake andtsunami in 2011.

Theyspent a week in Minami Sanrikusearching the wreckagein extremely difficult conditions.

Scott Farlow MLC presented the awards during a special ceremony earlier this week.

“The courage and determination of all those involved cannot be overstated,” he said.

“The presentation was an opportunity to formally acknowledge the actions of those who went above and beyond to help others and I commend them for their bravery, skills and professionalism.”

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Equity budget


BALANCING the demands for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay is the rationale behind the framing of Gannawarra Shire Council’s proposed 2016-2017 budget.
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The budget has been structured to maintain existing service levels while complying with the Victorian Government directive to limit its rates increase to 2.5 per cent.

Council proposes to retain its existing rate structure of four differential rates for residential, commercial/industrial, irrigation district and farmland dryland categories and a rate concession for recreational land.

Shire corporate services director, Tom O’Reilly said that the budget was also structured to deliver grant-subsidised projects aimed at promoting liveability and sustainability within the municipality and to provide a contribution towards the renewal of council’s infrastructure.

Mr O’Reilly explained that in the interests of rate burden equity, the differentials were structured for a 60 per cent contribution from residential and commercial/industrial categories and 40 per cent for both farming categories.

“We haven’t quite managed that split this year with 63.95 (per cent) and 36.05 (per cent),” he said.

The draft budget will be available for viewing on the council website, at council offices and at municipal libraries from today.

Information sessions will be held with respective progress associations and community groups at Cohuna, Kerang, Koondrook, Leitchville, Lake Charm, Lalbert, Quambatook, Murrabit and Macorna.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, June 6. If required, council will hold a special meeting to hear submissions.

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This weekend, the Art Gallery of Ballarat will unveil a painting by Hubert von Herkomer, one of England’s best known and fashionable portrait painters of the late 19th century. Mary Hope, pictured, is the daughter of the person on the right. Picture: Lachlan BenceA WHOPPING $750,000 is expected to be pumped into Ballarat’seconomy this weekendthanks to thousands of visitors keen to get a taste of the city’s unique history.
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Ballarat Heritage Weekend is also expected to attract up to 10,000, based on last year’s figures.

Ballarat Regional Tourism chief executive officer Noel Dempsey said festivals played a vital part in Ballarat’s economy.

“We can’t underestimate the impact events such as Ballarat Heritage Weekend have on our localeconomy,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Last year, more than 2,700 visitors flocked to our city, staying for the day or overnight and spendingtheir dollars at our local eateries, attractions and hotels.

“Judging by last year’s feedback, we’ll see these visitors again this year and they will likely bring theirfriends and family too.”

Accommodation providers are some of the biggest winner’s in the Ballarat Heritage Weekend festival.

Ansonia on Lydiard manager Angela Lazzo said she only had a handful of rooms left for the weekend.

Craig’s Royal Hotel officemanager Beth Currie said they were also reaching full capacity, and that seats in the hotel’s High Tea experience were also nearly sold out.

“It’s always good for us,” Ms Currie said.

Hotel and Heritage on Lydiard accommodation manager Trevor Smith said he was experiencing a similar boon.

“Heritage Weekend always attracts those who are not only looking to admire Ballarat’s history but tostay in heritage accommodation so The George is always a popular choice with visitors,” hesaid.

This year’s festival has a theme of Ignite Your Curiosity, with highlights including a vintage fashion fair, fashion shows, the best beards competition at the Hop Temple, the Ballarat Tweed Ride and horse and carriage rides.

A free live entertainment schedule will be held throughout the weekend at the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and theBallaarat Mechanics’ Institute.

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Kerry O’Brien on Keating


Author talk: Kerry O’Brien will speak about his interviews with Paul Keating as part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. Picture: ABC
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After covering politics for almost 50 years as a journalist, Kerry O’Brien is more than happy to watch this year’s federal election from the comfort of his own home.

“I’m very happy to watch the political process from the lounge room and from the morning radio and the papers,” he said.

“I’ll be able to dip in and out of it but I won’t be missing it.”

Rather than focus on current politics, the six-time Walkley winner and former host of7.30andFour Cornerswill instead be focusing on politics of the past as part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

He will speak at Riverside Theatre on May 21 about his first book,Keating, based on aseries of conversations with Paul Keating.

The book is drawn on the 16 hours of interviews Mr O’Brien did with the former Prime Minister for a four-part ABC series in 2013, as well as additional interviews specifically for the book.

“Even after all that time interviewing, I was left with more questions that had gone unasked,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It was almost a case of how long is a piece of string.”

Keating has never written an autobiography or a memoir on his time in politics, and Mr O’Brien said the book is as close as we’ll get to Australia’s 24thPrime Minister.

“When you’re doing an interview for7.30, they’re on the issues of the day and tend to be sharp encounters. There’s no real time for real conversation,” Mr O’Brien told theSun.

“The difference with this is that there was time to give discursive answers, it was a much more relaxed process so it encouraged a candour not seen in those short interviews.”

The interviews ranged from Keating’s childhood to his time as treasurer under Bob Hawke to his five years as Prime Minister.

“One of a kind”: Paul Keating spent 16 hours being interviewed for the ABC series and eventually the book. Picture: Brendan Esposito

“Together with Hawke, those years were probably the most intensely dynamic years of economic reform in Australia,” the veteran journalist said.

Reflecting on his interviews, Mr O’Brien said it’s unlikely there’ll be another politician like Keating that will grace the chambers of Parliament House.

“In the spectrum of Australian Prime Ministers, Keating was one one of a kind,” he said.

“His dynamic personality was both an asset and a liability. He had the sense of purpose and determination to do big things.”


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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.


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.


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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