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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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The experienced Ben Hawken is returning from a hamstring injury for United tomorrow. Photo: Jenny Kingham 0416Hockey_0952
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Parkes United head to Bathurst this weekend to tackle competition heavyweights St Pat’s in what shapes as the match of the round in the mens Premier League hockey competition.

Both teams were held to 1-all draws in the last round two weeks ago and will be itching to consolidate their respective positions on the ladder.

United were held by Souths while Zig Zag surprised St Pat’s.

With both teams fresh from last weekend’s general bye for the Under 18s State Championships it should set the scene for an entertaining match.

United will head into the match with some major omissions as Jack Elliott and Regan Hotham are still on the comeback trail from knee injuries.

Defender Ben Townsend is out with a quad injury while Hamish Orr will miss the match due to work commitments.

It will make for a stern test of the depth of the United squad, however, they should be able to cover these losses with Brad Gardiner and Ben Hawken due back in the side.

The focus for United will be simple after watching Zig Zag spring the biggest surprise of the season so far.

The Lithgow side controlled possession for the majority of the game while pressing St Pat’s all over the field, a plan Parkes will hope to execute as effectively.

United lifted against Souths and will look to put in another strong performance where they compete for the full 70 minutes.

The defensive unit of keeper Nick Kelly, Tim Somers, Matt Job, Dan Wilson and Ben Hawken will have their hands full as St Pat’s have had no trouble in converting their chances this season.

United will put special emphasis on keeping out penalty corners as the Bathurst side have a number of potent variations.

Graeme Thompson will be a key figure in controlling the midfield alongside Damien Morgan and Mitchell Townsend.

All three did plenty of work last time out and will be required to put in another solid stint if they are to contain the premiership favourites.

Up front, United will focus on capitalising on their attacking opportunities with Gardiner’s return set to strengthen their penalty corner options.

Andrew Bourke and Josh Kearney were in great touch against Souths, creating plenty of headaches, and will need to convert at a high level against the competition leaders.

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How many times when driving on our roads do you see people doing the wrong thing behind the wheel?
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It could be talking on the phone,not wearing a seat belt, driving too fast when the roads are wet,or overtaking other vehicles when it simply isn’t safe to do so.

Perhaps they’re in an obvious hurry to get somewhere, so they’re running that red light when they clearly had time to stop.

All it takes is for someone to jump the green light at an intersection and you have – potentially – a major traffic crash unfold.

There are many other factors that can lead to people being seriously injured – or worse – on our roads. But inattention is one of the most avoidable.

Not indicating at a roundabout or changing lanes without looking may not lead to a fatal collision, but people not taking their responsibilities seriously in those types of situations is indicative of poor driver behaviour that often does lead to tragedy.

This week is National Road Safety Week, where the Road Safety Advisory Council and Tasmania Police raise awareness of what they label the “fatal five” – driving under the influence, driving while distracted, not driving to the conditions, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

Tragically, 18 people have died on the state’s roads in 2016compared with 12 at the same time last year. That’s a shocking statistic. You cannot imagine the heartache the families and friends of those 18 people must be enduring.

Sadly, it seems that the road safety message simply doesn’t get through to many people.

It’s difficult to understand why.Do those peoplethink they’rebulletproof? Do they simply not care about other people they share our roads with?

Cars today are safer than they’ve ever been thanks to better design and construction, as well asimproved technology, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes. Unfortunately, none of those modern marvels can stop people drink driving, speeding or not driving to the conditions.

The state government’s Towards Zero campaign -which poses the question topeople: how low should our road toll be? – is an important step in raising awareness.

Accidents will always happen. But at least striving to reduce our road toll is an extremely important step because as the television ads say, even one person dying on our roads is one too many.

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Scary: The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and about 600 rounds of ammunition was seized from a home at Josephville on Wednesday. POLICE investigating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubarrested a24-year-old Josephville man andseized aAR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunitionduring the search of a home on Wednesday.
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About 10 Taskforce Maxima officers descended on the home beside Mt Lindesay Highway andseized600 rounds of ammunition,illicit substances includingmethylamphetamine, GBH, cannabis and prescription drugs.

The 24-year-old man was arrested without incident.

He was later charged with a string of offences including the possession of restricted weapons, possession of firearm magazines and thepossession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs and drug utensils.

The man was given a notice to appear inin the Beaudesert Magistrates Court on July 5.

Detectives had been investigating links between outlaw motorcycle gangs and illegal firearms when they received a tip off in recent days about the AR-15 rifle.

Task Force MaximaActing Detective Inspector Russell Jones said the man in custody is the brother of a Hells Angel member.

Acting Inspector Jones said theseized weapon was highly dangerous and could have caused significant harm to the community.

“That type of firearm can only be possessed by a person who is licensed to be a commercial roo shooter or a professional shooter,” he said.

“Once again were are finding drug and weapons in the hands of criminal gang members and their networks.”

Acting Inspector Jones said investigations werecontinuing into whether the gun was stolen and how the man came to possess it.

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He’s a survivor: Terry Crossley says he is a prime example of why you should take a bowel scan every 12 months.MAY is Bowelscan month and there is no better time than now to grab a kit and test yourself for the second most commonly diagnosed cancer for males in Australia.
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Bowel cancer is more common in men than breast cancer is in women, with this month dedicated to raising awareness for testing against the deadly disease.

The survival rate for bowel cancer diagnosed at stage one is 93 per cent. The survival rate for bowel cancer diagnosed at stage four is only eight percent.

Testing kits are available at any chemist or through Rotary of Port Macquarie.

It is not an over exaggeration to say that these tests save lives. Terry Crossley is a prime example.

Thankfully, Mr Crossley, a Port Macquarie man, detected his bowel cancer early due to his mindfulness to test for the disease every 12 months using the home testing kit.

Mr Crossley was diagnosed in 2006. Due to the early detection, he was able to fight and defeat the disease as it was in the early stages.

He is now cancer free.

“When I found out it was an enormous surprise. No one ever expects to get cancer,” Mr Crossley said.

“It was the first and the only one I had ever had so it was a significant shock. I was still working at the time and it causes you to do a major revaluation of your life.

“Even at the stage it was caught, at there was a chance I wasn’t going to pull through, so it makes you think.”

The incidence of bowel cancer increases dramatically over the age of 50. The likelihood of being diagnosed with bowel cancer at 80 is 10 times greater than at 50.

These scary statistics are backed up by the fact that more than 4000 thousand Australians will die of bowel cancer in 2016.

More than 15,000 will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and one in 12 people will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

The Australian Government issues people over the age of 65 with a test kit every five years, but that is simply not often enough, according to Mr Crossley.

“I thank God for the testing kit. At the time it was before the Government started providing them,” he said.

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Blues face tough road test

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LAUNCESTON faces one of the toughest road trips in State League football as the Blues prepare totravelto West Park on Saturday to play a powerful Burnie Dockers in round 7.
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GOT YA: Launceston’s Joe Boyce about to tackle Burnie’s Brodie Knight in a clash at Windsor Park last season.

Coach Chris Hills is expectingwet conditions as they take on one of the TSL flag favourites.

“It’s a massive task for us to go down and try to beat them,” Hills said.

“One of their strengths is the way they play together –they trust each other and Clint (Proctor) has them working together as a team and they have that good combination of youth and age which really shows when the game is on the line, the older guys tend to step up and show the guys the way.

“We’ve got to go down there and take our chances and throw caution to the wind and play footy.

“I think we have shown at times that we can match it with the best but we haven’t been doing it for long enough so we need to play 120 minutes of full-on footy.”

Launceston is coming off a week off with the bye following their 39-point loss to Lauderdale in round 5 at Windsor Park.

“I thought we were good for three quarters against Lauderdale but I told the guys that the last quarter was probably the most disappointing quarter of footy I’ve been involved in for a long time in a game where could win on such a big occasion but we didn’t step up so hopefully we can turn that around.”

Jake Hinds will be unavailable due to suspension and Josh Bellchambers is sidelined with a knee injury and will be six to eight weeks away from returning according to Hills.

Burnie will be full of confidence coming off their 60-point demolition job on Lauderdale last week and sitting on top of the TSL ladder with a 5-1 record.

The Dockers included Jameson Foreman, Brodie Knight and Jaidyn Cox.

North Launceston lose Tarryn Thomas andIsaac Thompson to the Tassie Mariners for their road trip south to Kingborough to play the Tigers.

Lochie Young andLouis Venn will be available for selection after missing last week’s win over Clarence and Haydn Goss returns from injury.

Josh Ponting remains sidelined with a broken handand could miss another three weeks.

The Tigers have some injury worriesbut regained captain Tim Peterson.

Devonport named Corey Plumbridge, Kurt Heazlewood and Brayden Butlerfor their road trip south to play Hobart City but lost Ethan Stephenson to the Tassie Mariners.

Lauderdale regained Sam Siggins for their traditional rivalry clash against Clarence with the Roos including Jake Cox.

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THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a final public hearing into the Catholic Church in February 2017.
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The commission has called for submissions until July about any factors which may have contributed to why thousands of children were sexually abusedwithin the church, including the role of canon law and mandatory celibacy, and the processes by which priests and other religious were selected.

It is also considering factors contributing to how the church responded to allegations of abuse.

Final call: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called for public submissions into a final public hearing into the Catholic Church and child sexual abuse, to be held in February 2017.

Royal Commission chief executive officer Philip Reed said previouscase studies and hearings hadconsidered Catholic institutionsincluding the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide, the Dioceses of Ballarat, Wollongong and Rockhampton, Catholic Education offices, the Marist Brothers, the Christian Brothers, and the Sisters of Mercy. Case studies hadalso considered the Towards Healing process and the Melbourne Response.

“The Royal Commission is inviting submissions on a number of factors identified through our work including canon law, mandatory celibacy and the selection, screening, training and ongoing support and supervision of working priests and religious,” Mr Reed said.

“We wish to examine to what extent these and other factors have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, or whether these issues have affected the institutional response to child sexual abuse,” Mr Reed said.

The Royal Commission is also seeking comment and submissions on the current and future proposed approaches of Catholic Church authorities to responding to survivors of child sexual abuse, individuals subject to allegations of child sexual abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse.

A copy of Issues Paper 11: Catholic Church Final Hearing, is available at the Royal Commissionwebsite athttp://梧桐夜网childabuseroyalcommission.gov419论坛/research/issues-papers-submissions.

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On a balmy Sunday night of the October holiday weekend in 1963, Tony and Genevieve Hassab were hosting a 21st birthday party for son Paul at their Laidlaw St property in Boggabri but the birthday boy was late.
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Boggabri captain-coach and half Barry Kellam fires a pass away to centre Robert Heiler before West centre Ken Thompson can effect the tackle. Others in the picture include (from left) Boggabri five-eighth Bill Robinson, prop Michael Nelson, referee Ted McAlpine, West hooker Denny Dewhurst (behind Kellam), prop Fred Mitchell, second-rower and coach Brian Fletcher, five-eighth Bill Walton and lock Harry Marcellos.

Not that anyone wasworried.

Paul Hassab was otherwise engaged, helping create history for Boggabri that afternoon.

He was a second-rower in the brilliant Boggabri side that won the club’s first Group 4 premiership by beating West Tamworth 22-10 in the grand final at Scully Park inTamworth.

“We didn’t get back to Boggabri until about 8 o’clock,” Hassab recalled.

“They started the party without us.

“It was a big celebration. Half the town turned up.

“The whole team went and it didn’t finish up until the early hours in the morning.”

That tiny Boggabri with a population then of 850 even made the grand final was a feat in itself.

The team had to come from the minor semi-final against Werris Creek and then a replayed final against Tamworth City just to reach the decider.

But they had good reason to be confident against the West Tamworth Robins (as they were then known) who had not played for three weeks since beating Tamworth City 12-11 in the major semi-final.

“After playing the minor semi at home and then two finals we were rock-hard with no injuries,” Hassab said.

“We knew we had the wood on West purely on the basis of fitness.”

A point with which West Tamworth second-rower Kevin O’Toole agreed.

“We thought we were pretty well-matched,” he said.

“But the extra week off and the hot weekend killed us.

“They were a very good side though.

“It was always hard against them.”

Barry Kellam, now living at Coffs Harbour, was in his first year as captain-coach of Boggabri at 26 after playing his early football at Tumbarumba in south-west NSW .

Don Furner, a former Kangaroo and coach of the Canberra Raiders, had coached at Tumbarumba early in his career and recommended Kellam for the Boggabri job.

“I decided to take the chance though Val (wife) wasn’t real keen at first,” Kellam said.

“Boggabri secretary Bill Hanton gave me work at the Royal Hotel.”

Kellam was happy to find a lot of young blokes at the club.

“If you get a young team you can tell them what to do.

“Old blokes know more than you.

“I told them ‘I’m the boss, what I say goes’.

“They all took it well. You can only have one captain.”

Kellam went into the grand final confident.

“I thought our backline was as good as any in the group and the forwards were the equal of any – they didn’t get on top of other sides but held their own.

“It was a good night of celebrations at Paul’s party. There were a lot of supporters there.”

Hassab remembers Kellam as a “terrific coach who led by example”.

“He was a strong, solid player and I’ve never seen a player strip a ball (which was legal then) better than Barry.

“Barry wanted everybody fit. Everybody had a job where they were physically required to work hard.

“Tom Sutherland (prop) was the anchor of the side.

“He was a big, strong bloke, a good pug who didn’t take a backward step.

“It was a tough grand final. The scrums were ferocious.

“We had a top front row in Tom, Bill Urquhart (hooker) and Michael Nelson who stood up to West.”

Remarkably, Hassab was in just his first year of rugby league after playing rugby union at Waverley College in Sydney, where he was a boarder, and at Gatton Ag College while completing a diploma inagriculture.

He came back home for a year in 1963 before being recruited by the Canterbury-Bankstown Berries (as they were then known) in 1964.

He was actually training with South Sydney at the start of the 1964 season with old schoolmate Michael Cleary (who represented Australia in both rugby codes as well as athletics) but a wrangle with Boggabri over a 600 pounds transfer fee wasn’t resolved before the Rabbitohs completed their gradings.

“Mick rang up Clive Churchill who was coach at Canterbury at the time so I trialled with them and was lucky enough to make the side.”

Hassab had two years with the Berries, playing 22 first grade games, before leaving Sydney for Grafton to focus on his career in the Department ofAgriculture.

He played and coached South Grafton and then Smithtown before returning to the north-west at Gunnedah for three seasons including a 1973 grand final win against WestTamworth.

He later returned to rugby as coach of Gunnedah’s Red Devils from 1982 until 1988.

He now has a rural supply business in Port Macquarie where he has lived for 20 years.

He looks back fondly on his time at Boggabri and went to the club’s 100th anniversary in March.

“They did a great job,” he said of the Boggabri club committee.

“I thought rugby league was dying in the country but not from what I saw there.”

Current club president Greg Haire would agree and says mining in the area has helped.

He is in charge of a thriving club with a committee of 22.

“With the mines, there’s jobs and we can keep the young blokes here,” Haire said.

Hassab says in 1963 farm work was the main occupation in the area.

“Back then the town of Boggabri had a population of about 850 and we had no more than about 35 seniors registered and about 20 juniors.

“The reserves and juniors also did well that year.

“It was a very close-knit club.”

As it is now after 100 years and still going strong.

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Marathon game fisher worried about economic impact of Geelong Star SPOTTED: Bermagui based commercial fisherman Jason Moyce spotted the Geelong Star working the bait grounds at 12-Mile Reef on the morning of Friday, May 13.
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MARLIN CAPTURE: Tyrone O’Connor this year fished 40 out of the 56 days he was in Bermagui and often by himself in his new 30-foot game boat ‘She Left’.

RARE KILL: Tyrone O’Connor with one of the only fish he kept this season, tagging and releasing all his marlin.

The factory trawler Geelong Star. Photo supplied by Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association.

TweetFacebookNarooma News on Friday said the vessel was fishingat least 20 nautical miles from Bermagui.

Bermagui-based commercial fisherman Jason Moyce spotted the Geelong Star working the bait grounds at 12-Mile Reef on the morning of Friday, May 13.

Mr Moyceposted a photo of the trawler on social media commenting: “Doing its fourthlap of the 12… Doing 1-mile shots and then winching up!Smashing it!”.

The vessel is working the productive grounds off Bermagui on theday before the Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament begins, contrary to the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association’spromise to keep away from game fishing tournaments.

Andthe continued focus of the trawler on the bait grounds off Bermagui and Narooma is raising concerns among game fishermen worried about localised depletion of fish stocks and also the economic impact of the vessel on local small towns reliant on game fishing.

The Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association spokesman however has dismissed these claims saying baitfish were not beingdepleted, even thoughthe vessel had concentratedall of its efforts off the South Coast in recent weeks and months.

One dedicated big game fisherman disagrees andbrushed shoulders with the controversialtrawleron an almostdaily basis during his recent eight-week annual fishing marathon out of Bermagui.

Tyrone O’Connoris fearful of the long-term impact the trawler will haveon fish stocks if it keeps up its concentrated effort in Narooma and Bermagui watersand therefore the impact on the economy of fishing towns that rely on visiting recreational anglers and their perception of a healthy fishery.

He is not against professional fishing but said there needed to be greater oversight on the Geelong Star and where exactly the 95m vessel was allowed to fish within the zones and sectors approved by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

He is alleging the vessel has been put on hold from nettingwaters north of Sydney and hence was spending all its time off Narooma, Bermagui and Eden in what was known as Sector 6, magnifying the effect of local bait stock depletion.

Mr O’Connor, a financial planner from Melbourne, spends his annual holiday fishing out of Bermagui and has done so for the last 30years.

This year he fished 40 out of the 56 days he was in Bermagui and often by himself in his new 30-foot game boat ‘She Left’.

His observations were that the Geelong Star in the time he was on the water this year seemed to be focussing on waters off Tuross Head, Narooma and Bermagui, travelling wherever the bait school were, often along the edge of the Continental Shelf and12-Mile Reef and as far south as Eden.

At the end of his stint, he said the Geelong Star had ventured further north to Batemans Bay and Jervis Bay because that is where the bait was and the currents were slack.

He acknowledged that this year was a very good year for marlin but that was at the beginning of the season and things dropped off quite quickly, which seemed to be timed to the lack of bait.

“Sure you can’t claim that all thebait disappeared because of the Geelong Star because there are all kinds of factors like the current, but I’mworried about the long-term impact this and any other mid-watertrawler will have,” he said.

Game fishermen and the Geelong Star were bound to be thrown together as they were both chasing the same thing along the samewater on the edge of the Continental Shelf. The Geelong Star was after bait species such as Cowan Young and slimy mackerel and there were the same fish being chased by the marlin.

“It was a regular event to see the Geelong Star turn up when ever bait reappeared on the edge, It was hard for anglers to catch consistent slimy mackerel on the edge throughout March and April,” he said.“The Geelong Star is already having an effect in this area, it has continually netted day in and day out along the edge mainly from Tuross Canyons to Eden and has reduced bait numbers thus reducing the chances of marlin etc staying in the area due to insufficient preferred food.

“The long term effect of this type of fishing practice will have tremendous impacts on marine life, our way of life and economic pressure for towns and businesses that rely on recreational fishing.

“This netting technique that is concentrating all its efforts on the edge needs to be stopped much sooner than later. The fact that the area available to netting has recently been widened, in my view,will not lessen the pressure on bait stocks found on the edge, i have no doubt that the net will still be worked up and down the edge for a very high percentage of its time. We need to act very strongly now to protect. We need to unite as one.”

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The Narooma News has contacted and asked boththe sitting Federal Member Dr Peter Hendy and Labor candidate Dr Mike Kelly for their view on the Geelong Star’s continued focus of fishing activity on the Far South Coast and its impact on the economies of local towns and sustainability of the its fishing practices.

Dr Mike Kelly said:”When I was the member I worked hard to ensure that our local fishing industry and marine environment were adequately protected. This included close involvement in the roll-out of the marine bio regional planning process. I also ensured the proper protection of our abalone industry by winning reforms to anti-poaching laws to make the work of our marine police worthwhile and effective. I delivered on my commitments to local recreation and commercial fishers and would continue to remain vigilant in defending our resources and environment. If elected I will rigorously investigate the trawler issue and act as needed.”

Dr Peter Hendy also replied that he wasaware that many people have a strongly held view that this ship’s activities pose a threat to recreational fishing and the whale watching industry.

“My aim is to find a way forward that allows co-existence of recreational fishing, commercial fishing, a sustainable environment and the whale watching industry. A workable compromise needs to be made,” Dr Hendy said.

“In recent months I have had detailed discussions with the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, and concerned constituents.

“That has led to Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) engaging directly with stakeholder groups in Eden-Monaro. There is currently very detailed and active consultation going on to get to a balanced decision on how to proceed. They are looking at a whole array of issues such as area of operations, time of operations, and solving conflicts with recreational fishing and tourism activities.

“AFMA is tasked to manage and monitor commercial Commonwealth fisheries and ensure Australian fish stocks and our fishing industry are viable now and in the future. Australia’s fisheries are world class, sustainably managed and decisions are made using the best available science – this will continue under this Government’s watch.I will encourage AFMA to continue discussions with stakeholders.”

A spokesman for the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association however has dismissed the concerns of game fishermen about localised depletion and the impact on local economies.

“There is no evidence of localised depletion of bait fish stocks or impact on game fishing,” the spokesman said.“In fact, game fishers and tackle shops report the most recent tournaments have been hugely successful with plenty of game fish on offer. The ‘fish and move on’ rules that apply to the Geelong Star, and conservative quota management, are working.This fishery has been commercially fished for 25 years.”

The SPFIA spokesman went onto to say: “The operators of the Geelong Star have made voluntary undertakings in relation to fishing on the NSW South Coast, including not fishing within 20 nautical miles of Bermagui from Mid-December till Anzac Day, not fishing within 20nm of the following ports the week before and during the GFAA and/or ANSA sanctioned tournaments at Kiama, Ulladulla, Bateman’s Bay, Merimbula, Eden, as well as the Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament held at Bermagui in May.The vessel will not fish within 20nm of Eden during the week before and during the three-day Eden Whale Festival held in October each year.These are significant concessions from the vessel operators that directly address the concerns raised by recreational fishers.”

The Merimbula Big Game andLakes Angling Club(MBGALAC) meanwhile hassupported the regulation change, which came into effect on May 1, thatgives the Geelong Star more water with the understanding that this could mean less time in local waters. Read more

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Artist Kay Norton-Knight visited Work of Art Community Gallery on Wednesday for a preview of her exhibition Contours.
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Mudgee artist Kay Norton-Knight with Jackie Weston and Philippa Murray.

This is the first time the Mudgee artist has displayed her works in Gunnedah, with great interest shown by those who attended the preview.

“We have a group of print makers in Gunnedah, however, I think this work is really very impressive. The viscosity and the woodcuts are very interesting,” Shirley Urquhart said.

“It’s a little different in printmaking compared to what we’re used to, and very attractive.”

Curved lines are a recurrent theme throughout Mrs Norton Knight work and many feature the landscape of Alice Springs where she completed her artist’s residence.

“I used to have to cycle past the West McDonnell Ranges to get to my studio every day,” Mrs Norton-Knight said.

The artist said she found lines to be “very therapeutic”.

“I find that they are more relaxing and calming to the eye, more so than the severe. I prefer working with the curves rather than the sharp edges,” she said.

When she does woodcuts, Mrs Norton-Knight said she likes to leave the wood exposed and work with the grain.

Enjoying an afternoon preview. From left, Anne Pickett, Felicity Baker, Judy Baker and Shirley Urquhart.

Gallery owner Chris Burgess said the artist’s works were reasonably priced and a “great investment”.

“The exhibition is absolutely fantastic. It’s different but by the same token it’s very warming. Those earthy tones of Kay’s are very welcoming,” he said.

Gallery co-ordinator Philippa Murray said the exhibition was a great contrast to the previous exhibition on show, Art from the New England.

“It’s such an impressive body of work and so many hours of work went into it,” she said.

“It’s tremendous to see such good support from the local area.

“I really urge everyone to come and have a look.”

The Work of Art Community Gallery will exhibit printmaking and sculptures by the artist until early June, with all works for sale.

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30 RUNS: Ashlee, Michelle, Daniel, Mitchell and Riley Beby. Riley received his thirty run shirt, making him the third member of the family to achieve this target.
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The Broulee Runners’ 64 starters enjoyed great conditions on Wednesday, May 4 and14 personal best times were recorded.Maureen and Paul Searson and Lily McCloud enjoyedtheir first run.

Outstanding young athletes Jaylah Hancock-Cameron and Rhys Flood showed the benefit of their intensive coaching program over the past month.

Jaylah set a new record for the women inthe 3.5 kilometres.Both of their previous times were recorded before they had to run extra distance around the bridge construction site.

Riley Beby was awarded his thirty-run shirt, joining two other members of his familyto achieve the target.

A number the runners are planning to go in the Batemans Bay first Park Run on Saturday.

May 4 results:Two kilometres

Jakeesa Smith 7.48 PB

Oliver Dyason 8.06

Riley Beby 8.08

Piccola Bayley8.59

Lily McCloud 9.03

Flynn Pratt 9.11

Jake Pratt 9.36 PB

Sean Pratt 9.36 PB

Sandra Lunn 10.21

Lara Elliott 10.35

Scott Elliott 10.36

Jill Brown 10.37

Sue Hargraves 12.20 PB

Bradley Lunn 12.45

Mitchell Beby 13.00

Pauline Hicks 13.19

Carissa Morgan 14.05

Steve Morgan 14.06

Makayla Wade15.51

Maureen Searson 15.54

Patrick Wade 16.05

Alba Van Der Meulen 16.06

Roz Hayward 17.44

Karee Van Der Meulen 17.51

Elani Van Der Meulen 17.53

Rachael Wade 20.23

Ashlee Beby 21.00

Michelle Beby 21.01

3.5 kilometres

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron 13.24 PB

Rhys Flood 13.54

Marty Jones 15.06 PB

Lucy Jones 17.12 PB

Shayne Hargraves 17.15

Callum Elliott19.02

Cameron Lunn 19.17

Ross Hayward 20.09

Paul Searson 20.42

Kim Young 21.13

Millie Preston 21.46

Libby Buttress 22.34 PB

Bridget Doherty 22.39 PB

Charlie Jones 24.48

Ben Turner-Collins 24.50 PB

Richard Fisher 27.50

David McCann 28.41

Five kilometres

Daniel Beby 18.36

Scott Carver 19.56

Andrew McPherson 21.57

Dylan Van Der Meulen 22.08

Gary Ashton22.55

Nev Madden 24.21

Dave Connaughton 24.48

Greg Flood25.31

Jasper Motyka 26.02

Deb Connaughton 28.51

Stephanie Lunn 28.02PB

Marlin Bayley 28.02

Nina Thorne 28.19 PB

John Hicks 28.39

Damia O’Loughlin 31.21 PB

Kirsty Campbell32.46

Zed Clare 33.03

Elijah Turner-Collins 33.03 PB

Robyn Kennedy 44.06

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