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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RAMPAGE: Griffith Blackbirds player Issy McCloskery stares down her Young opponent. Picture: Raeleen Vincent
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The Griffith Junior Rugby Union Club travelled to Cootamundra for the annual opening gala day of the Southern Inland junior rugby season.

The under nineswhite team came away with two convincing wins, the first over the Young Yabbies 45-10 and the second over the Albury Steamers 60-20.Fletcher Robertson and Kadon Williamsput in a strong efforts.

Under nines black narrowly lost their opening game against the Temora Tuskers 15-20 butbounced backto roll the Tumut Bullants 35-10. The standout players included Xavier McLeod, Ajay Chilby and Riley Perkins.

Following on from an exhibition match played last season,Griffithhas entered sides in both the seniorand juniorViva 7s.

The Blackbirds faced twoYoung sidesin both divisions and showed plenty of potential but lost all their games.The standoutswere Issy McCloskey andSerenity Amiatu.

The under 11s were competitive in their first match of the day againstTumutbut went down27-0. Their second match against the Temora Tuskers was an evenly contested match and only a late try sealed a 17-5 win to Temora, with Blake Flanaganthe sole try-scorer for the Blacks.

GAP: Connah Teaupa had a mixed day in his first outing for the Griffith Blacks scoring a try and picking up a yellow card. Picture: Steven Parisotto

It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from theunder 13s.The Blacks sent out an ominous warning to their SIRU competitors following a 70-0 demolition of the Young Yabbies.

The Blacks were slow out of the blocks in the second match of the day against Temora and gifted the Tuskers two intercept tries. They turned the tide but fell short as Temora won 28-29.

Reigning SIRU under 15s champions, the Griffith Blacks, got off to a perfect start, notching up two convincing wins.MattParisottoled the team from the front with three tries, while Olivah Smyth grabbed a hat-trick of his own.

The Blacks intensity dropped away in their second match and had to fight hard for a27-7 win over Young.Bryn Francis and Connah Teaupa were exceptional.

Special mention must go toNoah Tyrrell, Will Carey, Oliver Shelton, Jyi Romeo, Lachie Robertson, Jack Fry and Tanner Cassidy who donned the jerseys of their opponents who were short on playing numbers.

PACE: Tom Taylor brushes aside a defender in his side’s narrow loss to the Temora Tuskers. Picture: Steven Parisotto

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Leicester City fans across the world showed their joy after the Premier League triumph. Photo: Ross Kinnaird Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy arrives at San Carlo Pizzeria for a celebratory lunch after they clinched the most improbable of Premier League titles. Photo: PA
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Sydney man Tim Oakley spends his work days analysing risk and treasury data, so he should know a good financial opportunity when he sees one.

When he noticed that Leicester City, the team representing the place where his English-born father Colin grew up, were paying astronomical odds to win the English Premier League this season, he decided to have a small wager at the start of the campaign last August.

Oakley, who lives in Como in NSW, put $5 on the Foxes to win the Premiership with Sportsbet at 3000-1. Fearing that betting company might have a payout limit, he also put $5 on with Centrebet at 2000-1, averaging his bet out at 2500-1.

Today he is $25,000 richer as a result of his blind faith in the team he has followed from a distance all his life, and his children Aliza, who turned five on Thursday, and Sebastian (two and a half) are looking forward to a trip to Disneyland to celebrate.

“I thought the odds were so high it was worth a small bet at the time,” he said. “I like to bet that way, taking small bets on long shots to try to win large amounts.

“At Christmas, I thought I could cash in but I decided not to. They were top of the league and the companies were offering cash-outs but I thought I would let it ride.

“My view was that I could have picked up a few thousand dollars and taken the profit, but that would not have been a life-changing win. So I let it run to try to get the maximum I could. I just had a feeling that they would carry on and win the title.”

Oakley, 36, works as a treasury analyst in software and describes himself as an occasional gambler.

He is certainly on a hot streak now, and although he says he rarely backs horses he recently won $1000 on a flutter on the nags.

He will not let the Leicester win affect his betting strategy, however.

“I will back them for the Premier League next season. They were $40 but they are now around $26. I will put about $100 on that and back them to win the Champions League as well.

“I like backing things at big odds because as we have seen anything can happen.

“I have always followed Leicester. My grandfather, Thomas Oakley started all this by taking my dad to the old Filbert Street ground for Leicester games. He came to Australia with his parents as a 12-year-old. He’s been in tears watching these games over the past six months.

“He has taken a mining job outside of Darwin at the moment, and although he knows they have won the title he is a little bit incommunicado.

“My wife (Carol) has become a massive fan, staying up late with me to watch games as well. She’s been a real champ about it all.”

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MATTHEWWilliams capped off a memorable day for Warrnambool trainers, joining Symon Wilde in leading in a winningtreble.
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Five-year-old gelding Artie’s Shore ($6.50) pushed through late and was one of five horses across the track with 150 metres to goin the 1400m handicap.

Hewas the horse that hit the line full of running, winning by 1.5lengths from Darren Weir’s Something To Share ($21), with another 1.25lengths to Flemington galloper Orator ($41).

For Williams it was his fourthwinner for the carnival.

“Where’s the bloody car,” Williams jokedin reference to the previous trainer bonus.

“I’m rapt for my staff. There’s a lot of cold wet mornings down at the beach and climbing sand dunes. It’s been a good result to have a coupleof winners.

“Planning for the carnival starts in January when we map outprograms. Ittakes a lot of work to get results.

“Iwas sitting beside a few blokes and they started to roar and pump fists in the air.

“He’s looking good and we’llbe heading to the Swan Hill Cup with him.”

Winning jockey Damien Thornton said Artie’s Shore would be suited in the Swan Hill Cup.

“Matty has done areally good job with his team. Heputsme on and gives me a good go. It’s nice to be able to ride a winner for him,” he said.

“Artie’s Shore just found another gear in the straight.”

BALLARAT master trainer Darren Weir scored his seventh win of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival with Voodoo Lad.

Voodoo Lad collected The Standard benchmark 78 handicap over 1100 metres on the final day.

The four-year-old bay gelding, with Brad Rawiller in the saddle, overcame the Mitchell Freedman-trained Marwood and another Weir runner, Shades of Bella.

Marwood and Shades of Bella were separated by a photo-finish.

“The team has worked really hard over the carnival and worked hard up to the carnival, so a big thank you to them all,” Weir said.

“He is a beautiful type of horse and his gallops at home suggest…he’s a pretty high-class galloper.

“He ran through the line really well.”

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Melissa Weller presenting the session.More than 30 people gathered at Yass High School last Wednesday evening (May 4) for a two-hour session on “Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers”.
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Run by Yass Valley Council’s Road Safety Officer Melissa Weller, the session was attended by parents and their learner-driver children, and offered advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice and training.

The session began with a heartfelt presentation by a courageous young local woman in a wheelchair whose life has been forever changed by a fatigue-related accident on the Barton Highway almost three years ago.

Driver fatigue accident survivor Samantha Longmore shares her story.

Back in 2013, then 20-year-old Samantha Longmore was working two jobs: on a rural property during the day and at a Canberra club during the night, and this meant she would often drive back to her home in Binalong in the early hours of the morning.

“I was doing way too much, working too much, socialising too much, like a typical young person, and fell asleep driving back from work,” she said.

“I don’t remember much about what happened, I remember leaving work, I got some petrol, a coffee, and something to eat, and I think I had one sip of my coffee and here I am lying in hospital not knowing what the rest of my life would bring … nobody did.”

An attentive audience listens to Samantha’s personal account.

Samantha now has hemiplegia, and is paralysed on the right side of her body, unable to move her right arm or leg.

“If you fall asleep at the wheel it’s not just you that it will hurt, it could be other road users, and will definitely hurt your friends and family,” she said.

“And playing loud music in the car doesn’t help. No matter how much you pump up the volume it won’t keep you awake if your body wants to sleep.”

Samantha’s powerful message, which she delivered on the day that was also her 23rd birthday, set the scene for an engaging session.

Other presentations were given by Johanna Brown from NRMA, who described the Free2go program (which provides a year of free roadside assistance for 16 to 20 year olds), and Sean McGrath from Ascent Training Services, who outlined the Safer Drivers Course.

Session presenters Melissa Weller, Sean McGrath and Johanna Brown.

For Melissa Weller, who has been running the sessions for many years, this one was the most successful and she was delighted with the outcome.

“We had the highest number of people attending this time and I think we were able to get the message through that driving a car is dangerous and you need to take it seriously.”

Melissa explained that high traffic volumes on the Barton Highway, the state of the road, and the increasing level of commuting meant people had to be extra careful with their driving.

“We have around 46 per cent of our workforce commuting to the ACT for work and kids going back and forth to uni, and this commuter lifestyle is a safety hazard with people being tired after a long day or becoming impatient on a road that has limited overtaking opportunities.”

“Fixing the road, and maybe even doing duplication would be a good thing, but that could take many years so in the meantime we’re working on behavioural aspects, right from the get-go where people are learning to drive,” she said.

As part of her road safety initiatives, Melissa will also present a free two-hour session for the older age group at 10am this Wednesday (May 11) at the Yass Golf Club entitled “On the road 65 Plus”.

This will include presentations by a local pharmacist, as well as an occupational therapist and will cover issues affecting older drivers such as modified licences, safe driving habits, and mobility scooters.

Bookings can be made by calling Yass Valley Council on (02) 6226 9248 or by e-mailing Melissa at [email protected]论坛. For full details see: 梧桐夜网yassvalley.nsw.gov419论坛/news.

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Retail sales growth remains tepid, thanks to discounting and subdued demand. Photo: Chris HopkinsThe value of retail sales across Australia rose a healthy 0.4 per cent in March, seasonally-adjusted, suggesting consumer demand has started to pick up after a slow start to the year.
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The rate compares with a revised 0.1 per cent increase for February and economists’ forecasts of 0.3 per cent.

In volume terms, however, first-quarter retail activity was up 0.5 per cent on the December quarter, down from 0.6 per cent last time and below forecasts of 0.7 per cent.

Nonetheless, an improvement in the March trade balance and robust new home sales in the month point to relatively strong growth in first-quarter gross domestic product, according to some economists.

This, in turn, could spare the Reserve Bank of Australia a follow-up cut to the cash rate, which was reduced to a new record low of 1.75 per cent on Tuesday. Low inflation, which triggered the move, remains a concern, however.

The Australian dollar rose on the upbeat economic snapshot, by about 0.5 per cent to US74.90¢.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday that sales of clothing and footwear climbed 1.1 per cent month-on-month, while food retailing was up 0.6 per cent.

Other retailing, which covers everything from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to magazines and books, was ahead 0.4 per cent for the month.

Turnover in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway outlets was flat, however, and there was a 0.5 per cent decline in department store sales.

Despite some weakness in the retail data, an 8.9 per cent surge in new home sales in March, and a $900 million narrowing in the trade deficit to $2.2 billion suggests economic growth is gaining momentum, says Capital Economics economist Kate Hickie.

“March’s Australian international trade and retail sales data suggest that a boost to GDP growth from net trade probably more than offset an easing in consumption growth in the first quarter,” she said.

“We estimate that real GDP growth accelerated from the fourth quarter’s 0.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter to about 0.8 per cent.

“Overall, an acceleration in GDP growth in the first quarter would prompt suggestions that the RBA won’t cut interest rates again.

“While demand is important, we still believe that continued low underlying inflation will be the trigger for a decline in rates to 1.5 per cent,” she said.

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Rossetto to contest seat


NEWCOMER: With three and a half years worth of experience on Griffith City Council, Paul Rossetto will run for the seat of Farrer. Picture: Riley Krause.GRIFFITH City Councillor Paul Rossetto has reitterated he has not left council.
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“It upset a lot of people and The Area News regrets that,” Councillor Rossetto said. “My present term in council continues until September 2016 when Local Government elections will be held.” Cr Rossetto has thrown his hat into the ring for the seat of Farrer for the Christian Democratic Party.

“If I am elected to Federal Parliament the Local Government Act requires that I vacate my position on council or because the two elections are so close together if I was elected to Canberra I would not run in the Local Government election in September.Winning the seat of Farrer will be challenging. It depends on the level of discontent. I am hearing there will be a significant protest vote against both major parties. The CDP usually polls at a very low base around 2 per centto 3 per centin the House of Representatives. TheLiberal Party in Farrer has been polling at plus 50 per centin the last few elections. So based on those figures you would have to say the odds are 20:1 against me. However, due to the double dissolution the CDP has a very good chance of electing its first Federal Senator, Mrs Nella Hall representing NSW. The CDP remains the last truly conservative party.”

Cr Rossetto said the federal election was different in 2016.“This year Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera andCarrathool shires have been re-distributed into the Farrer federal electorate,” he said.

“Traditionally those shires mentioned have been National Party voting shires. Because of the ‘non compete’ agreement with the Liberals those National Party voters are being forced to blindly vote for a Liberal sitting member few people know or have even heard of. In essence this non compete agreement strips away National Party rights todemocracy. A point that should make many National Party voters angry. We all know if it wasn’t for the National Party holding the Liberal Party to account, the affects of the MDB Plan would be a lot worse.Mr Rossetto said Member for Farrer Sussan Ley wasrefusing to support the 31 recommendations of the Maddigan/Ljeinhelm Select Senate Inquiry held last year into the MDB Plan. “This is an issue that not only severely affects the MIA but all Murray Darling Basin Communities because it’s like a human being bleeding from a cut on the foot,” he said.“If the bleeding is not stopped the human being will die. Presently, the 31 recommendations are the bandages required to stop the Murray Darling Basin communities from dying as their precious fresh water is wasted through evaporation in the Lower Lakes Alexandrina of South Australia.

The CDP will have a stand at the Riverina Field Days in Woodside Hall.

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Spy thriller on the stage


Nicholas Bermingham and Sebastian Maule in rehearsal for The 39 Steps. Photo: suppliedREHEARSALS have commenced for Chevalier College’s latest production.
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Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps will combine spies and death-defying feats of escape with special effects and a live swing band to thrill audiences.

Director Kate Price said she was excited to bring the production to life for audiences in the Highlands.

“The twisting turning plot engages audiences young and old – there’s no danger of falling asleep in this play,” Ms Price said.

“If you’re in the mood for a laugh, this is the show to see.”

Performances will showcase the talents of students from year nine to year 12 with a myriad of characters, locations and scenes as well as a few quick changes.

Among the performers will be Patrick Holman who plays the perfect English fop in his character Richard Hannay with well-timed dialogue and facial expressions with a touch of irony and sarcasm.

There will also be Nicholas Bermingham and Lillyana Lema who will play several roles throughout the production with humourous outcomes on stage.

The production is based on John Buchan’s novel and the Alfred Hitchcock film and will offer a Monty Python style of humour.Chevalier College’s production of ‘The 39 Steps’ will run from Wednesday, May 11 to Saturday, May 14.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for concession card holders and $45 for families (two adults and two concession card holders).

Bookings can be made via 梧桐夜网trybooking南京夜网/KNFU

Chevalier College is located at 11 Charlotte Street, Burradoo.

Details: 4861 1488 or 梧桐夜网chevalier.nsw.edu419论坛

Performance dates:

Wednesday, May 11 from 7pm

Thursday, May 12 from 7pm

Friday, May 13 from 7pm

Saturday, May 14 from 2pm and 7pm

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