AIDEN Domic will join the list of 2016 first-gamers with North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup on Saturday.
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He has come through an interrupted start to the season to earn selection for the round six encounter with Oakleigh Chargers at Eureka Stadium.

Domic missed the latter part of the pre-season owing to rowing commitments with St Patrick’s College and travelled to Ireland and England with theschool.

He was then struck down by illness on returning home.

Domic, who has been named as 23rd man, has moved up from Mt Clear.

He also represented Vic Country under-16 last year.

The Rebels are pursuing a hattrick of wins after a slow start to the season in which they lost the opening three games.

They have turned their fortunes around against Calder and Bendigo –teams which have also been doing it tough.

Oakleighwill be a much more difficult assignment, with the Chargers boasting four wins in six matches. Their form-line is certainly stronger.

Hugh McCluggage (31 disposals),Jamaine Jones (31), Jarrod Berrty (29), Willem Drew (27) and Tom Williamson (23) were all big possession-getters against Bendigo Pioneers, but coach Gerard FitzGerald will be eager to see better use of the ball across the team through four quarters.

It took the Rebels a quarter to get their game on track in the battle of the Goldfields.

FitzGerald was impressed with the way they took stock and adjusted.

However,the Rebels cannot afford to start so slowly and have a lapse against the stronger Chargers.

REBELS LINE-UPB: Clay Bilney, Hasker Dawborn, Charlie Lee HB: Callan Wellings, Jarrod Korewha,Tom WilliamsonC: Lachlan Huppatz,Jarrod Berry,Naish McRoberts HF: Jacob Wheelahan,Sam White,Jamaine JonesF: Jordan Johnston,Shannon Beks,Izaac JohnsonR: Lloyd Meek,Willem Drew,Hugh McCluggageINTER from: Riley Taylor,James Gow,Jake McQueen,Todd Lawrence,Aiden Domic (23rd player),Zac Urquhart,Nick Hausler,Todd Clode DEBUT: Aidan Domic will make his TAC Cup debut at Eureka Stadium on Saturday after a disjointed start to the season.

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I love you, says dad


Family: Kirk Dicker, diagnosed with MND in 2014, does beach patrols in an all-terrain wheelchair with his son Anthony and partner Joanna Sharp.Kirk Dicker says hewill lose his voice soon.
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Before ithappens, the SistersBeachfatherand former Rosebery mine worker isin the process of banking his own voice.

People with motor neurone diseasemay want to bank their voicefor future usewithin high-tech augmentative and alternative communicationsystems.

“I’ve gotabout 1600 phrasestoputontoacomputer tosendto bedigitised,” he said.

”It meansI can record saying`I love you’for my five-year-old child to hear.”

Mr Dickeris determined not to let life pass by and is“livinglife to the fullest”and“creating happy memories”

“Mypriority is my family; and we all know what the end result is.I want to do things while I have the ability to do so, and cram in as much laughter and cuddles.”

Mr Dickeris one of more than 40-people in Tasmania with MND, the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling themuscles that enable peopleto move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die.

People with MNDhavean averagelife expectancy of two to five years.

As part of MND weekpeople aretelling their stories to raise awareness.

Mr Dicker and Boat Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club, where he’s a foundingmember, raisedfundsthrough theKirk Dicker Challenge Crazy Craft Raceto support MND research,hoping for a cure.

A donation was madeto the Menzies Institutewhere PhD student, Emily Handley, formerly of Boat Harbour, is looking intochanges between brain connections that take place in the early stages of fronto-temporal dementia and MND.

“I’ve beenhumbled byall the support fromthe surf club,myold workmates and the community,” Mr Dicker said.

His work mates helped renovate his house to selland the surf club raisedmoney for an all-terrain wheelchair that got him back on the beach.

Mr Dicker’s first symptoms of MND happened ona family holiday in 2013.

He found it washard to walk in thongs and hiscalf muscles were cramping.

“In the end it will stop me from breathing and this will happen with all my senses intact,” he said.

– The Advocate


Business welcomes tax relief


CHALLENGES: Stawell SportsPower owner Robyn Young says a federal government tax break is welcome relief for small business owners. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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A FEDERAL tax breakfor small businesses has been welcomed Stawell business owner Robyn Young.

Mrs Young and her husband Shane have run the Stawell SportsPower store for the past 18 years.

She said the 27.5 per cent small business cuts announced in Tuesday night’s federal budget would provide some welcome relief.

“Any tax break is welcome. It might give us the ability to have another employee,” she said.

Mrs Young saidher business employed several casual staff and one permanent part-time employee who worked three days a week.

She said the challenges were significant for small businesses.

“Bank fees are a massive impost,” she said.

“A lot of people probably don’t realise we have to pay for EFTPOS.

“When we first started,20 per cent of purchases were made through EFTPOS and 80 per cent were cash purchases.

“That’s swung completely around now.

“The bigger you are the less fees you have to pay. The big supermarkets, for example, don’t pay those fees.”

The cost of freight was another ongoing expense for small businesses, Mrs Young said.

“It can sometimes cost up to three times more to freight something than the actual cost of the item,” she said.

“It then becomes a real balancing act in terms of what you stock instore.”

She said the rise and rise of internet shopping had presented its own challenges for businesses.

“There are a lot of educated shoppers out there these days,” she said.

“People do their research online and are a lot more selective about what they will and won’t pay for.

“Businesses are also becoming more savvy about marketing.

“People don’t tend to do catalogues anymore.

“They’re all electronic and can be changed in an instant.”

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The former Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, is to be turned into car parking after being purchased by council for $600,000.The purchase of the Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, by council, is likely toresult in other council projects, such as some general road repairs and maintenance being delayed.
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The warning from BVSC director of strategy and business servicesLucas Scarpinis revealed inthe confidential documents that have just been declassified following the last council meeting on April 27.

“If council resolves to acquire 77-79Auckland Street, Bega, council’s long-term financial plan will have to be updated to reflect the new acquisition which will mean that currently committed projects will need to be reassessed for prioritised funding. This will occur during the 2017 financial year planning process,” Mr Scarpin said in his report to council in December 2015 when the opportunity to purchase the Plumb Motors site was being discussed.

Council had first looked at the site in 2013 and offered the vendor the unimproved land value of $348,000, but this was refused. Council then looked at leasing the site for car parking but the $20,000 annual lease was refused as the vendors wanted closer to $39,000.

Since then the site has been listed at $600,000, with Caddey, Searl and Jarman valuing the property at $625,000 in 2013.

Council purchased the site on April 1 for $600,000 and has said that it will cost an estimated $288,000 to turn the 2505sqm site into 90 car parking spaces.

Mr Scarpin also said that the acquisition of additional parking in Bega was not incouncil’s long-term asset management plans, but acknowledged it was reasonable to expect Bega would need extra parking at some time in the future and that “a strategic acquisition at the right price should not be ignored”.

The declassified documents also show that council paid$550,000 for the Hotel Australasia in Eden. Earlier in the financial year council paid $1.293million for the Auswide building in Merimbula. These purchases were also not part of the long-term plan and as such have no designated funding source, which means they must be paidfor from the general fund.

Eden’s Hotel Australasia was purchased by the Bega Valley Shire Council for $550,000.

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Schneider to play for Dogs


CAT AMONGST THE DOGS: Adam Schneider will play for Thurgoona on May 14, just over a month after he turned out for his home club Osborne against Jindera in the Hume League. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG
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ADAM Schneider will wrap up his country football tour with a farewell appearance for Thurgoona.

The former Sydney Swans and St Kilda star will line up for the Bulldogs against Chiltern on May 14.

Schneider played for his home club Osborne against Jindera in April and has also made appearances in the Riverina for Barellan and Coolamon in recent weeks.

The 2005 premiership player said he had “loved giving a bit back to the country” before he turns his attention to playing for Beaumaris in Melbourne.

“I’ve really enjoyed it.I really wanted to put the emphasis on junior footy, everywhere I’ve been I’ve wanted to get involved in the junior side of it,” he said.

“I remember when I was a junior, if an AFL or an ex-AFL player came out it was something I never forgot.

“It was great to to do that with my brother and a few good mates at Osborne,it was something I wanted to do for 14 years since I left.

“I’m good mates with Jayden Kotzur so he’s twisted my arm to go up there and have a kick at Thurgoona.”

There could be plenty riding on the clash for the Bulldogs, who sit 2-3 and face undefeated ladder-leader Rutherglen on Saturday.

Thurgoona co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan said he couldn’t wait to welcome the 228-game AFL veteran into the Bulldogs team.

“I’m a Swannies man so I have very fond memories of him in the 2005 grand final.He can do whatever he wants, even if he doesn’t get a kick I’ll be happy,” O’Sullivan said, only half-jokingly.

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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


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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