Tough trip to Dubbo for Boars

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Dylan Hood was Parkes’ best in their third grade clash against Dubbo. sub
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Parkes Boars lower grades endured a tough visit to Dubbo Roos last Saturday, going down in all three divisions.

A depleted second grade side found the going tough against a well-drilled Roos outfit.

Down 19-0 at the break, the Boars suffered from a lack of depth in the second period as Dubbo ran in six unanswered tries to go with their three first half efforts to claim a 57-0 victory.

Best for the visitors were lock Rowan Pearce, Matt Clark, winger Tim Lawler and hooker Rory Nock.

Third grade were down by the same margin at halftime of their match, giving the home side a 19 point start in the second period.

Despite winning the second stanza 14-12, the Boars went down 31-14.

Three first half tries, two of which were converted, set up the win for the Roos as Parkes fought hard, but could not reel them in.

The Roos got out to 24-0 with the first try in the second half before a Dylan Hood five-pointer gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Toby Tanks added the extras for 24-7 with the Boars determined to make further inroads into Dubbo’s advantage.

However, the Roos were next to score and opened up an unassailable 31-7 buffer.

The Boars continued to fight and were rewarded with a try to Marika Korovui with Tanks adding the extras.

It was to no avail as Dubbo claimed a 31-14 victory.

Best for Parkes were hooker Dylan Hood, fly-half Epi Sadrodro and second-rower Brad Russell.

Two tries in each half was enough for the Roos to claim a 24-0 victory over the Boars in the colts.

Down 12-0 at the break, the young Boars were well in the match.

Dubbo proved too consistent and added a further 12 in the second period while keeping Parkes off the scoresheet.

Best for Parkes were prop Jarrod Westcott, fullback Caleb Allen, and openside flanker Ryan McCracken.

The Boars have a week off with the Country Championships on.

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Aberdeen Lions roar for care package cadets

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THE Lions Club of Aberdeen Inc recently put some smiles on the faces of the Aberdeen Care Package Cadets.
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The local organisation donated a very generous $1000 towards the youngsters, who send parcels to our extraordinary troops serving overseas.

The contents of every package is unique – featuring items such as Tim Tams, Pringles, Vegemite, deodorant, sanitisers, hand and face wipes, beanies, games, tins of food, soft toy mascots, tiny Aussie flags, breakfast cereals and much more.

However, they’re all equally appreciated.

“In the first year we sent 30 care packages, in 2014 we sent 330 packages and I’m guessing we’ve sent more than 700 since we started the program,” founder Carole Johnston said.

“So, we are very thankful for Lions’ support.

“But, we’re also aware of their need for new members – and this is our chance to help them, too.”

The Lions Club of Aberdeen has been established in town since 1971.

The members meet at the Aberdeen RSL Club on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

“We only have seven remaining members and are always looking to requite newcomers,” Wendy Dixon said.

“We enjoy good friendship and monthly dinner meetings.

“We are very active in our local community, holding raffles and joker draws at the Aberdeen RSL, cooking barbecues and catering for events.

“Our funds are raised to distribute back into the local community, schools and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).”

GRAND GESTURE: Members of the Lions Club of Aberdeen Inc who recently donated $1000 to the Aberdeen Care Packet Cadets.

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WEEKEND FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

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Eaglehawk’s Brodie Collins. The Hawks take on Strathfieldsaye on Saturday.BENDIGO FOOTBALL LEAGUE –ROUND 4
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Strathfieldsaye v Eaglehawk, 2.20pm Saturday at Flight Centre Park, Strathfieldsaye–unfamiliar territory for the Storm coming off a loss.

The reigning premier’s winning streak ended last week at 39 at the hands of Golden Square with a 24-point defeat.

They will now look to bounce back against an Eaglehawk side that is also 2-1 and has key midfielder Ben McPhee in fine form.

The Hawks haven’t beaten the Storm in their past seven encounters, but have generally made Strathfieldsaye work hard for the four points in most of those clashes.

Last time: Strathfieldsaye 15.16 (106) d Eaglehawk 12.8 (80).

Since 2009: Strathfieldsaye 8; Eaglehawk 7.

Maryborough v Kyneton, 2.20pm Saturday at Barkers Oval, Maryborough–for the second week in a row the Magpies, who have now lost 23 games in a row,are back at home to take on the Tigers.

After the 208 point blowout against Sandhurst in round two, the Magpies were more competitive against Eaglehawk last week and were able to hit the scoreboard 19 times.

Expect the Tigers to be fired up to hit back with vengeance after blowing a strong half-time position against Castlemaine at home last week to suffer their first loss of the season.

Last time: Kyneton 21.16 (142) d Maryborough 12.5 (77).

Since 1995: Maryborough 29; Kyneton 14.

Castlemaine v Golden Square, 2.20pm Saturday at Camp Reserve, Castlemaine–nodoubt both clubs will have cherished a seven-day break this week after both went into round three off only five day spells.

The Bulldogs are now the only undefeated team in the competition after last week’s victory over Strathfieldsaye, while the Magpies showed plenty of character last week in overhauling Kyneton after trailing by five goals at half-time.

Castlemaine hasn’tbeaten Golden Square since 2005,with the Magpies no doubt keen to have another crack at a competition heavyweight following their Anzac Day hiding from Strathfieldsaye.

Last time: Golden Square 14.15 (99) d Castlemaine 5.9 (39).

Since 1995: Golden Square 29; Castlemaine 14.

South Bendigo v Kangaroo Flat, 2.20pm Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo–the Roos start favourites, despite an ordinary QEO record in which they have won just one of their past eight games at “Headquarters”.

A trend of the Roos this season has been to burst out of the blocks –they have scored 98-28 in first quarters –while the winless Bloods are struggling inside 50, kicking just 19 goals in their three games so far.

Last time: South Bendigo 12.12 (84) d Kangaroo Flat 5.7 (37).

Since 1995: South Bendigo 31; Kangaroo Flat 13; Drawn 1.

Gisborne v Sandhurst, 2.20pm Saturday at Gardiner Reserve, Gisborne–the young Bulldogs have conceded scores of 154 and 171 in their past two games, and the defence looks set to be in for another long day against the Dragons, who have won two in a row and boast a percentage of 239.

Last time: Sandhurst 12.20 (92) d Gisborne 6.9 (45).

Since 2000: Gisborne 22; Sandhurst 16.

SELECTIONS:

Kieran Iles (14) – Kyneton (50), Golden Square (19), Strathfieldsaye (42), Sandhurst (31), Kangaroo Flat (34).

Adam Bourke (11) – Kyneton (55), Golden Square (15), Strathfieldsaye (36), Sandhurst (62), Kangaroo Flat (20).

Richard Jones (11) – Kyneton (57), Golden Square (42), Strathfieldsaye (31), Sandhurst (39), Kangaroo Flat (19).

Luke West (11) – Kyneton (68), Golden Square (34), Strathfieldsaye (27), Sandhurst (74), Kangaroo Flat (40).

HEATHCOTE DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE –ROUND 6

Leitchville-Gunbower v Huntly, 2.15pm Saturday at Leitchville Recreation Reserve–has the makings of a beauty between two premiership contenders.

The Hawks –who had a bye last week –are the only undefeated team with a 4-0 record, but they are bound to face stiff opposition from the Bombers, who are coming off three consecutive wins by more than 100 points.

Last time: Leitchville-Gunbower 11.23 (89) d Huntly 7.9 (51).

Since 2010: Leitchville-Gunbower 8; Huntly 4.

Elmore v White Hills, 2.15pm Saturday at Elmore Recreation Reserve–after last week’s victory over LBU,can the Bloods win two in a row for the first time since 2012?

If they are going to take the next step and play finals, these are the games they must be winning, whilethe same goes for the Demons if they are to figure in the finals action for a third-straight year.

Last time: White Hills 17.18 (120) d Elmore 14.13 (97).

Since 1995: Elmore 24; White Hills 18; Drawn 1.

Heathcote v Mount Pleasant, 2.15pm Saturday at Pigeon Park, Heathcote–the annual Cliff and Peter White Memorial Shield is up for grabs, which always adds extra incentive when these two rivals clash.

At home, the Saints could be hard to shake, although, they will want to kick better than last week’s 10.15, while the Blues are coming off a pair of hidings by a combined 200 points.

Last time: Heathcote 15.7 (97) d Mount Pleasant 14.12 (96).

Since 1995: Mount Pleasant 29; Heathcote 13; Drawn 1.

North Bendigo v LBU, 2.15pm Saturday at Superior Roofing Oval, North Bendigo–tough day for the Cats looms against a North Bendigo side on the rebound from its first loss of the season last week to Colbinabbin.

The winless Cats –now the only team yet to sing their song this season –are making life tougher on themselves with ordinary conversion in which they have kicked 18.35 in their past three matches.

Last time: North Bendigo 26.25 (181) d LBU 3.6 (24).

Since 2001: LBU 22; North Bendigo 12.

SELECTIONS:

Adam Bourke (17) – Elmore (18), Huntly (11), Mount Pleasant (18), North Bendigo (70).

Kieran Iles (17) – Elmore (11), Leitchville-Gunbower (7), Mount Pleasant (10), North Bendigo (72).

Luke West (16) – Elmore (12), Leitchville-Gunbower (4), Heathcote (7), North Bendigo (74).

LODDON VALLEY FOOTBALL LEAGUE –ROUND 5

Bridgewater v Mitiamo, 2.15pm Saturday at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval, Bridgewater–the grand final rematch between what are also the only two undefeated teams after four rounds.

The Mean Machine has picked up from where it left off last year with four wins by 79, 88, 101 and 139 points to startthe season, while the Superoos have been scratchy early in games before kicking into top gear during third quarters, but they must be up and about from the outset this week to be a chance.

Last time: Bridgewater 17.14 (116) d Mitiamo 8.12 (60) – 2015 grand final.

Since 1995: Mitiamo 25; Bridgewater 19; Drawn 1.

Pyramid Hill v YCW, 2.15pm Saturday at Mitchell Park, Pyramid Hill–the Bulldogs and Eagles are both chasing their second wins of the season.

At home the Bulldogs appear to have the edge against an opponent they have defeated 11 times in a row by an average of 50 points.

Last time: Pyramid Hill 11.12 (78) d YCW 3.4 (22).

Since 1995: Pyramid Hill 27; YCW 17.

Marong v Inglewood, 2.15pm Saturday at Discover Marong Oval–the Blues broke a 17-game winless streak last week and will now target two victories in a row for the first time since rounds 17 and 18 of the 2008 season.

After the jubilation of last week’s win over Newbridge it would be a major let-down for the Blues to slip back into old habits and drop off.

Marong goes into the game on the back of two wins in a row, with this contest having the makings of a danger game for the Panthers.

Last time: Marong 14.7 (91) d Inglewood 8.12 (60).

Since 1995: Marong 28; Inglewood 13; Drawn 1.

Newbridge v BL-Serpentine, 2.15pm Saturday at Karee Wool Riverside Oval, Newbridge–Inglewood took advantage of a Maroons’ side low on confidence last week to win its first game.

Now the Bears have the chance to do the same. Can they seize the opportunity to get on the board?

Last time: BL-Serpentine 13.20 (98) d Newbridge 11.10 (76).

Since 1995: BL-Serpentine 25; Newbridge 20.

SELECTIONS:

Adam Bourke (13) – Marong (6), Newbridge (14), Bridgewater (20), Pyramid Hill (15).

Luke West (12) – Marong (14), Newbridge (12), Bridgewater (24), Pyramid Hill (36).

Kieran Iles (12) – Marong (30), Newbridge (9), Bridgewater (13), Pyramid Hill (12).

NORTH CENTRAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE –ROUND 4

Wycheproof-Narraport v Charlton, 2.30pm Saturday at Wycheproof Recreation Reserve–clash of two teams that both have unblemished 3-0 records.

The Navy Blues have been consistent, kicking 13 goals in all three of their wins by 27, 31 and 33 points.

The Demons have had Corey Jones and Ricky Allan combine for 20 goals over the past two weeks, providing a dangerous duo.

Last time: Charlton 8.12 (60) d Wycheproof-Narraport 7.8 (50).

Since 2009: Charlton 12; Wycheproof-Narraport 9.

Boort v Birchip-Watchem, 2.30pm Saturday at Boort Park–the improved Magpies are eyeing off their third win in a row and at home, look a strong chance to do so against the Bulls.

After winning in round one, the Bulls have since lost two on the trot, despite the valiant efforts of new ruckman Lochlan Sirett.

Last time: Birchip-Watchem 21.10 (136) d Boort 4.7 (31).

Since 2009: Birchip-Watchem 9; Boort 7; Drawn 2.

Donald v St Arnaud, 2.30pm Saturday at Donald Recreation Reserve–strong possibility that the reigning premier Saints are going to drop to 0-4, unless they can conjure an upset against the ladder-leaders.

While the Saints are spluttering early in the season, the Royals are off to a flyer at 3-0 and having scored both the highest (348) and conceded the least (178) points so far.

Last time: St Arnaud 12.17 (89) d Donald 10.6 (66) – 2015 preliminary final.

Since 2009: St Arnaud 12; Donald 9.

Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers v Wedderburn, 2.30pm Saturday at Sea Lake Community Centre–a 138km road trip for the Redbacks to take on the Tigers.

Both teams go into the match without a victory and desperate to notch their first four points of the season.

Between the two sides they are averaging just a combined 52 points per game. The ability to capitalise inside 50 will be crucial in this battle.

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Peter ready for jail bailout

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Behind bars: Devonport man Peter Chettle is preparing to go behind bars in Hobart to support the Whitelion Bail Out fundraiser on Friday, May 13. Picture: Cordell Richardson Peter Chettle is going to jail next Friday, and he wants you to help him pay his bail.
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No, he hasn’t committed a crime, he is doing it voluntarily for the Whitelion Bail Out event, which will be held in Hobart on Friday, May 13.

Bail Out is a slightly unorthodox fundraising event where attendees will start the day at Bellerive Ovalbefore being taken off to Old Richmond Gaol.

Mr Chettlewill be stripped of possessions, fingerprinted, photographed and subjected to interrogation.

He will also appear before a magistrate in a mock court proceeding before being sentenced to some cell time.

The event is aimed at giving people a taste of what the experience is like for some of the young people that Whitelion work with.

Whitelionsupports ‘at risk’ young people in the community by matching them with a volunteer mentor to spend time with them,to and give them guidance, support, teach them basic living skills and give them a role model to look up to.

Mr Chettle has been a mentor for Whitelion for the past six months and said he had seen the benefits the organisation had for the youth.

It will be his first time being putbehind bars and he is expecting it to be an eye-opening experience.

“I was fortunate that I had a great upbringing and I’ve never been locked up before, but this will give me an understanding of what it’s like,” he said.

“It’s only for a short period of time, it’s supposed to be for reflection and to think about some of the obstacles that these young men are up against.”

As the name of the event suggests, there is a bail process involved. Each ‘inmate’ needs to raise a minimum of $1000 before they can be released.

Fortunately for Mr Chettle, he already has that part covered. He is the president of the Devonport Mersey Lions Club, who have offered to sponsor him for the $1000.

While he has his bail sorted, Mr Chettle said he was open to more people sponsoring him to help raise more money for the organisation.

The Bail Out is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Whitelion and is held across the country. So far, the event has raised more than $262000 nationwide with the aim of reaching 700000.

Whitelion will alsobe holding an information session at 21 Best Street, Devonport in the main boardroom onTuesday, May 31from 6.30pm to7.30pm.

This will give anyone interested the opportunity to learn more about becoming a mentor.For more information,contact Brendan Hingston on 0437 721 222 or [email protected]论坛.

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Dogs seek redemption against Saints

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Second plays fourth as the Gunnedah and District Bulldogs head to Inverell this weekend to try and shake off the damage done from their Nomads mauling last weekend.
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The Bulldogs and the Nomads fight it out at Wolseley Park last Sunday.

The AFL side will take on the Inverell Saints from 2pm at Varley Oval in the fifth round of the Tamworth AFL competition.

With the Saints currently sitting in second position on the ladder, the road trip for the Bulldogs proves a steep mountain to climb in pursuit of their second win for the season.

Making matters worse for the Bulldogs is the Saints are coming off the back of a 202 point thumping at the hands of the Narrabri Eagles last round and will be brimming with confidence on their home turf.

Although chalking up a first round win over Moree Suns, the Bulldogs have had a tough time of it since.

A five point loss to the Kangaroos and last weekend’s 106 point loss to the Nomads have seen both matches precede bye weekends, making it hard for the Bulldogs to string together some form of continuity on a weekly basis.

On top of that inconvenience, this weekend will see the Bulldogs play the third of last season’s top three side’s midway through the first round of matches this season.

However the culture of the club is still upbeat and the side will be buoyed to have inspirational and representative captain Andrew George back this week.

He’ll take his place in the midfield, where it is expected he will team up with fellow representative midfielder Scott Hardy, and tagging rover Ollie Neader.

Coach Greg Piggot is hoping against a bigger team like the Saints that his side’s physical presence can have an influence on the match.

“Higgins was good last week and brought the ball to ground a lot,” Piggot said.

“He’s a big man and hard to move in the contest so he’ll be one of our main targets come Saturday.”

The coach also believes the form of full forward Howgate has been solid so far this season.

“He’s our leading goal scorer and is also a big target up front.

“Hopefully we can get a few inside 50’s Saturday and really use his height to our advantage,” Piggot said.

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Youthoria impresses

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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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Caringbah firefighter recognised with courage award

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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

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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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Fest a real godsend for businesses

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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

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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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