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Records tumble for tough team

THE Tamworth region’s firefighters have cemented their reputation as some of the toughest in the state with two teams finishing in the top five at a major championship event while breaking records along the way.
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HOT TO TROT: Tamworth fire fighter Phil Moore on the run during one of the events at the Kelso titles last weekend.

The team from Tamworth Fire and Rescue were still celebrating this week after they were placed second in the State Firefighting Championships held in Bathurst late last week.

The Kootingal/Moonbi Rural Fire Service brigade took home the title of fourth place and a composite team of two firefighters from Gunnedah placed 13th.

Having only been together for 18-months, the Tamworth team were overjoyed with the win and received some widespread praise from the judges.

“We’re a relatively new team to the championships and to come away winning second place at our first state championships is absolutely phenomenal,” team member Phil Moore said.

“The team thoroughly deserve it after all the effort they’ve put in with training.”

Mr Moore described the tournament as challenging with some highs and lows but it came with two broken records.

“We would win an event and then do a couple of not so good runs and would win one again.

“Overall we won four events and came second in two.

“One of our highlights was the urban pump booster valve and high rise bag event where we beat the state record by eight seconds.

“We didn’t just beat it, we absolutely annihilated it which was awesome – we were really happy with that one.

“On the last event of the day we also beat the state record in the urban pump suction event.”

The team was also awarded the GAAM trophy for attaining the highest aggregate points in all pump and collector events.

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Nursery produces two more potential Group One graduates

THE Bendigo Jockey Club has launched the careers of a plethora of Group One winners.
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Rekindled Power cruises to victory for Dwayne Dunn.

That’s why it is known as the Nursery Of Champions.

Two maiden winners on Cup day could join the likes of Shocking and Better Loosen Up on the BJC’s Nursery Of Champions honour board in the future.

The Mike Moroney-trained Margin Trader and Paul Messara-trained Rekindled Power couldn’t have been more impressive in breaking their maiden status.

Both horses were ridden by Dwayne Dunn.

Dwayne Dunn aboard Margin Trader.

Margin Trader will be set for the AJC Derby at Sydney’s autumn carnival after scoring on debut.

Moroney had originally set the three-year-old for the Victoria Derby, but that preparation was cut short because the horse was too “colty”.

Moroney gelded the son of Tavistock and decided to give him a light spring.

Margin Trader burst clear at the 200m mark to win impressively from Tribal Doctor, with Bendigo galloper Windfleet an unlucky third.

Windfleet was held up for a run in the straight, but once clear flashed home late in the race.

Out of the same family as champion galloper Might And Power, Margin Trader is bred to get over 2000m plus.

“It’s good he could do that on raw ability,’’ Dunn said.

“He has still got a lot of education to come his way and he’ll improve again.

“It took me a bit by surprise how quickly he picked them up.”

Dunn collected his second win from as many races when Rekindled Power blew away its rivals to win the Bendigo RSL 3YO Maiden Plate.

The three-quarter brother to smart middle distance galloper Rekindled Interest scored a three-and-a-half length win over Inauguration, with Duke Of Brunswick third.

Trained at Scone by Paul Messara, Rekindled Power was going to run in Saturday’s Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington.

However, Messara and connections decided to give the horse an “easy kill” in a Bendigo maiden.

“Considering he could have run in the Carbine Club Stakes, you’d expect that he would win the race like that,’’ stable representative Rod Douglas said.

“Paul wanted to teach the horse a bit more on this nice big track with a good jockey on top.”

Next stop for Rekindled Power will either be Flemington on the last day of the carnival or the Sandown Guineas (1600m).

“He is a very nice horse, but whatever he does this time in, he will be better for it in the autumn,” Dunn said.

Inauguration was a solid effort in second place, while Duke Of Brunswick did plenty of work three wide and will be better suited with a sit next time around.

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Police raids net $1m drug haul: VIDEO

ILLEGAL DRUGS PROBLEM: Central Hunter local area commander Superintendant Garry O’Dell said the ­supply of prohibited drugs was a big issue in the area.Police say they have seized more than $1 million worth of drugs and arrested a fourth man as part of raids across the Hunter Valley which included the Gladiators’ clubhouse in Maitland.
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Five properties were raided on Tuesday as part of a year-long investigation into the manufacture and supply of drugs in the Hunter Valley.

Police from Strike Force Raptor, the State Crime Command Gangs Squad and Central Hunter conducted the raids about 9.30am.

Officers executed search warrants at the Portland Street clubhouse of the Gladiators outlaw motorcycle club in Horseshoe Bend and properties at Largs, Rutherford, Dungog and Port Stephens.

Video courtesy of NSW PoliceA 41-year-old man, who police said was a Gladiators member, was charged with a number of offences relating to the commercial supply of drugs.

He was also charged with possession of an unauthorised pistol, receiving or ­disposing of stolen property and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Police said a senior Gladiators office bearer, 49, from Horseshoe Bend was charged with four counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and unauthorised ammunition.

A 25-year-old man from Port Stephens was charged with a number of offences relating to commercial drug supply and possession of unauthorised firearms.

Detective Inspector John Walke from the State Crime Command Gangs Squad said a fourth man, a 53-year-old from Tenambit, was arrested on Wednesday morning.

Inspector Walke said the investigation was ongoing.

Central Hunter local area commander Superintendant Garry O’Dell said the ­supply of prohibited drugs was a big issue in the area.

“We’re talking about significant ­quantities and if we hadn’t intervened these drugs would have become available to people in the community,” he said.

“They’re illegal drugs, we see lots of poor behaviour and crime connected to these illegal drugs. I expect it to make a significant impact on drug supply in the area.”

Superintendent O’Dell said Central Hunter police would continue to work with the Gangs Squad.

“Whether it be outlaw motorcycle gang members or not, anyone involved in the supply of drugs we’ll target,” he said. “We’ll continue to monitor the activities of known criminals and where we can we’ll take action to interrupt them and their activities.”

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34th Warrnambool motorcycle safari an all-ages event

Allansford’s Graeme Smith on his Skyteam Cafe Racer will be part of the 34th annual Warrnambool Surf City Safari motorcycle rally starting from the Civic Green this weekend. 141028AS01 Picture: AARON SAWALLMOTORCYCLES dating back 90 years will purr along with modern-era machines in the 34th annual Warrnambool Surf City Safari this weekend.
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About 70 riders from as far as Adelaide will take to south-west roads for the showcase event, organised by the Warrnambool and District Motorcyle Owners Club.

It starts on Saturday with a display from 10.30am on the Civic Green where Warrnambool enthusiast Rob Kenna will speak about his trip to the Isle of Man, where he competed in the world-famous Manx Grand Prix last year.

Riders will leave at 1pm for a trip to Grassmere to inspect a unique collection of 70-plus motorcycles displayed in the George Taylors Store.

The group will then travel via Wangoom, Framlingham and Panmure to Laang for afternoon tea at the shooting range before returning to Warrnambool for an evening meal, when local drag racer Tony Frost will speak about his exploits.

On Sunday morning riders return to the Civic Green for a 9am departure on a 270-kilometre trip to Mount Eccles and Portland before returning via Dutton Way to Warrnambool.

Club ride organiser Bruce Brown said it was a popular event which brought riders from across the state and South Australia.

“We usually get about 70 riders with machines from the mid-20s through to modern times,” he said.

“There’s a good cross-section to see. There will be a barbecue and refreshments provided at the Civic Green provided by Rotary on Saturday.”

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Paddock party fever on the rise

IT’S now two weeks and counting down to the Party in the Paddock at Graham and Marlene Manvell’s fabulous Kitty Crawford Estate.
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HEY THERE, YOU: Mental as Anything, pictured, are going to rock Kitty Crawford Estate along with Blu, Streamline, the Jimmy Craz Band and the fabulous Adam Eckersley Band.

Event organiser Chris Watson said tickets were selling very well and he hoped it would once again be a sellout, as was the case last year.

“We release 800 tickets and ifthey all sell, there’s another 200 we can make available,” Chris saidyesterday.

“All the bands are really excited to be coming back to Tamworth. For the Mentals, it’s been quite a while since they performed here, and I know Adam Eckersley is pretty chuffed to be playing back inTamworth again.

“Another bonus on the day will be the emcee, Darren Coggan, who’s promised to do a couple of his famous Cat Stevens numbers for the audience.”

If you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t heard who’s going to be playing there – I’ll let the cat out.

Apart from Mental As Anything and the Adam Eckersley Band, there’s Blu, Streamline and The Jimmy Craz Band.

Rebs and Crystal from 92.9 will be there to share hosting duties with Darren Coggan.

Sponsored by New England Mutual Tamworth, Party in the Paddock is a major fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Tamworth and has the potential to realise $20,000-$25,000 if it sells out, as expected.

“We’re really excited to be the major sponsor,” New England Mutual Tamworth branch manager Andrew Tickle said.

“It’s a great day out for families and a great way to give back to a cause that we are very passionate about.

“We hope to see the community come out in force and join us at Party in the Paddock.”

More than 9000 individuals have stayed at Ronald McDonald House Tamworth in the past six years.

It’s a home away from home for sick children and their families, staffed by caring people and a wonderful team of volunteers.

The big day out is Saturday, November 15 at Kitty Crawford Estate, 1095 Nundle Rd, Dungowan.

Gates open at 2.45pm and the music begins at 3.30pm.

The party starts when you get there. You can either drive out or grab a bus to and from the venue. Just ask when you purchase your tickets.

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au or at the Capitol Theatre, Tamworth Regional Council at 437 Peel St, or from the new Tamworth Visitor Information Centre at the Big Golden Guitar.

You can also book your ticket over the phone on 6767 5300.

WITH all the excitement of Party in the Paddock, I have to let you know some rather sad news about a festival that’s close to home.

Paul and Hele McCloud’s popular Hartwood Campfires and Country Music Festival has come to an end after 27 fabulous years.

Paul and Hele, with help from a large group of volunteers, have run the festival each Easter since 1988, but say the time has come to pass things on to the next generation.

“Although the festival has been a local success story, we want to do different things in our retirement and the property is now being listed for sale,” Paul said.

“The local Warrumbungle Council has imposed more stringent conditions on the future operation of the festival but I’m continuing negotiations with them in the hope of getting approval for the new development application, so an incoming buyer could still either continue to run the festival or lease it out to another operator to run from 2016 and into the future.”

Paul said he’s had some interested parties indicate they would be happy to lease the site and keep the festival going, which would continue to be of great benefit to local businesses and the surrounding villages in the district.

“The people who have supported the festival over the years have been mainly the grey nomads,” Paul said.

“They have been such a pleasure to entertain and have always taken great pride in making sure there was no rubbish left around the campsites before going home after the event each year.”

Hartwood, near Tambar Springs, was the family property where Paul grew up.

His father purchased Hartwood in 1946, and young Paul attended Coolah Central School, leaving at the age of 13 to help his folks on the farm.

He released his first album in August 1982 and since then has recorded a further 16 albums.

Paul and Hele toured Australia extensively from 1980 until 2008, as well as running the Hartwood festival each year. Paul’s father ran a very successful stud piggery on Hartwood during the 1970s and ’80s and was instrumental in getting thefestival started.

Paul and Hele’s mate, Trevor “Chalky” Chalk from the Sunshine Coast has shot heaps of video footage at Hartwood 2013.

After innumerable hours in the edit suite, he’s come up with adouble DVD, so chances are, if you were in the audience, you couldbe a film star! The video is available direct from the website, www.paulmccloud南京夜网 for $30, including postage.

Country Music Notes wishes Paul and Hele all the very best in their well-deserved retirement.

GATES opened yesterday ahead of the second annual Clarence Valley Country Muster at Wendy Gordon’s Calliope property, north-east of Grafton, this weekend.

The second Clarence Valley Country Muster, which officially starts tomorrow, will also be the stage for the release of a new album by Grafton-based band Suburban Country and feature poets’ breakfasts over the three main days from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Wendy said it was wonderful to see the caravans, campers and motorhomes start rolling onto the property after so many months of preparing the site.

“We can fit 550 caravans on the site, and it would be lovely to see the place full this year,” Wendy said.

“Apart from the music, the muster will serve up meat and vegetables grown in a district regarded as a leader in agricultural produce for well over a century.”

Walk-up artists will be in the running to win a $2000 recording package from Kross Kut Records.

Proceeds from raffles over the muster will go to Camp Quality – an organisation looking after the needs of children with life-threateningillnesses.

Prizes include three days of relaxation at the nearby Pillar Rock farm-stay centre, a $500 shopping voucher from Coles and much more.

Wendy said the phones in the muster office had been running hot for the past few months, with inquiries coming from all overAustralia.

“We’ve timed the muster to be held the same week as Grafton’s famed Jacaranda Festival, which gives people even more to see and do in this beautiful part of the world,” Wendy said.

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Bendigo Cup day a success

FRIENDS: Catina Eyres and Joey Ryan. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHYThe Bendigo Cup finished its 156th year today, with stylish crowds, exciting racing and a very satisfied BendigoJockey Club.
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Club chief executive Ian Hart said the general public was particularly well dressed this year.

“I just think there was a real step-up this year,” Mr Hart said.

“We are just always thankful that people come and support it and come out with their families to have a good time,” he said.

The Bendigo Cup is the premiere fundraising event for the Jockey Club and is critical for ensuring the club’s financial viability for the following year.

Mr Hart said, thanks to the revenue raised,the club would be able to undertake an ambitious program of works to improve the facilities.

“Each yearwe try to get twoor three projects done,” he said.

“Last year we did big paving projects and now (we have)plans for upgrades of rooms andshade structures.”

Club president Brendan Drechsler said BendigoJockey Clubhad been trying to lift the profile of the Bendigo Cup for a long time.

The club’s efforts were successful and next year will mark the race’sfirst year as a listed event.

“We’re extremely proud of the fact that the 2015 Jayco Bendigo Cup has been elevated in status and joins Geelong as the second only group three race in provincial Victoria,” Mr Drechsler said.

He said attendance numbers at the cup were slightly down this year but he was thrilled with the quality of horses and standard of fashion.

“It certainly is country Victoria’s social and sporting event of the year.”

Mr Drechsler said many race goers probably didn’t realise how much money was spent on preparations for cup day.

“We spend over $100,000 for infrastructure costs. All those marquees,they havegot to go up and come down,” he said.

“Weserved over 3000 corporatemeals today on the racecourse.”

The Jockey Club hired 80 security staff and 200 casual staff just for Cup day.

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Installers of crusher plant sued

A CLONCURRY-BASED mining company is taking the installers of its recently built crusher plant to the Supreme Court.
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CuDeco is seeking costs and damages from Equipment & Machinery Sales Pty Ltd for an alleged “substandard installation”.

The mining company’s quarterly report alleges that the recently built crusher plant based at the Rocklands Project needed major works and improvements to the electrical systems.

“The installation failed to comply with relevant contractual standards, Australian Standards and Queensland Mining Regulations,” the report said.

“The company also had to replace two failed gearboxes in the secondary and tertiary roller crusher circuits and was required to replace a number of other sub-standard parts during this period.”

The crusher is now operational, but needs fine-tuning and modifications to increase operational time.

“Indications are from our experienced crusher operators that up to an additional 200 tonnes per hour is achievable as a result of the rectification work undertaken,” the report said.

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Man stole vehicle to drive to funeral

A 19-YEAR-OLD man stole his employer’s vehicle in Quilpie to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Lake Nash, the Mount Isa Magistrates Court heard.
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Darius Webb also stole the vehicle to attend the Boulia Rodeo on April 26, 2013.

He was in the dock when he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Webb was placed on a good behaviour bond lasting six months.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paige Barrow said Webb was a stock hand for a cattle company.

Three weeks into the job Webb asked his employer for time off to attend the funeral, Senior Constable Barrow said.

The employer asked for details of the funeral, but was not given them, so refused the time off.

At 1am on April 26 Webb and a friend stole a Toyota Landcruiser and two motorcycles on the back of it, the court heard.

The vehicle ran out of fuel and was found in scrubland by the side of the road about 11 hours later.

“There was no damage to the vehicle, it was in the same condition other than having no fuel,” Senior Constable Barrow said.

Solicitor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Bob Quilliam, said the main reason his client stole the vehicle was to get to the grandmother’s funeral and the Boulia Rodeo was a minor reason.

Webb had no previous criminal history.

The conviction was not recorded.

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Greenacres workers given training to help well-being

Emily Chodat shows Greenacres employees how to get fit. Picture: ROBERT PEETEmployees at Greenacres Disability Services were put through their paces on Wednesday in a new fitness class, aimed at improving workers’ overall health.
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The North Wollongong service is set to offer regular exercise sessions for its supported employees, under a new partnership with Wollongong trainer Chodat Fitness.

CEO Chris Christodoulou said the program was important, given many people with disabilities struggled to manage their weight.

“The fact is that many of our employees, because of the nature of their disability, are a bit overweight,” he said.

“We’ve always given them time to do stretches on the job, because of the nature of their work, but this is a way for them to get active on a regular basis.”

Mr Christodoulou hoped nearly half of the service’s 150 supported employees would take up the challenge, noting it was purely voluntary.

Chodat Fitness director Emily Chodat said the classes had been tailored for the specific ability level of the employees.

“While the workouts are designed to raise the heartbeat, activate muscle groups and increase flexibility, the main focus is demonstrating functional fitness and how to have fun keeping fit,” she said.

The classes are part of the service’s ongoing partnership with the group, which also includes fund-raising activities.

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Flaherty close to golf tournament breakthrough

ANOTHER promising result, another near miss.
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Warrnambool golfer Joanna Flaherty is in consistent competition form. 140211RG01 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Warrnambool teenager Joanna Flaherty’s latest effort in a Golf Victoria tournament left her encouraged but also ruing what might have been.

Flaherty was runner-up in the annual 36-hole Spring Country Tournament at Portsea and Sorrento this week, going down by a solitary stroke.

The 19-year-old signed for a round of 73 at Portsea on Monday and backed up with 81 at Sorrento on Tuesday.

But she couldn’t hold out Victoria Golf Club’s Kono Matsumoto (75, 78), who took home the Ruby McKenzie Trophy for her display.

Flaherty, a member at Warrnambool and Port Fairy golf clubs, said she was pleased with her performance.

“I hit the ball really well both days. I had a guy that I was staying with who showed me around Portsea the day before, which really helped,” she said.

“I struggled a little bit around Sorrento. I didn’t know where to hit the ball.”

But Flaherty, whose handicap has dropped six shots since she finished school last year, was slightly frustrated at another missed opportunity.

She also placed second in the Victorian Country Championships at Yarrawonga in August, losing a matchplay contest on the 18th hole.

“I’ve had a couple of really close seconds this year, which is a bit disappointing. I’ve still been pretty happy with the way I’ve gone this year,” she said.

Flaherty’s effort was one of a host of solid performances from Warrnambool Golf Club members.

Karen Jenkins took out the C grade gross section with rounds of 102 at Portsea and 97 at Sorrento. Jenkins was also the runner-up in the overall handicap section, which carries the Vi Teesdale Trophy, with net 150.

Di Sullivan won best net score in C grade for her 73 on day one, while Di Goodall did likewise on day two with 68.

Jenkins said she was surprised to win C grade, admitting “I hadn’t taken much notice of what the others had been doing”.

“Day one at Portsea I didn’t think I played terribly well at all but day two at Sorrento I played OK, just didn’t get into any trouble.”

Meanwhile, Flaherty is on target to claim Warrnambool Golf Club’s women’s championship when the 72-hole tournament ends on Sunday.

Flaherty shot a round of 79 yesterday to take her three-round score to 240.

She is 20 shots clear of Di Robinson, who shot 86 yesterday. Alison Sinclair is third with 263 thanks to her round of 87.

Beryl Drake leads B grade after her round of 96 took her to 281. Joan Jacobson is second with 294 and Marian McKenzie third with 296.

Heather Haberfield has one hand on the C grade title. Haberfield leads with 311, ahead of Jessie Johnson, 318, and Pam Arklay, 324.

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