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We’ll not forget them

REMEMBERING OUR DIGGERS: Christine Thomson, right, a grand-daughter of Bullah Vardy (pictured inset), at the Mawson Park Anzac Day ceremony with her daughter, Cheryl, and grandson, Harry Polglasse.AtPozieresin 1916, local soldier William ‘Bullah’ Vardy slumped in a muddy trench and scribbled in his pocket diary:‘‘Our men are making their attempt to take the German trenches. My God what a terrible bombardment. The sky is lit up for miles and the roar of the big guns would nearly deafen you. God pity the fallen tonight, it is terrible. This is a war of wars.’’
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Going by the huge Anzac Day crowds on Monday, I’d say Bullah’s horrific experiences a century ago still resonate with us today.

There is no generation gap on April 25. Banners held high, school blazers on, I reckon students made up almost half the crowd at the Campbelltown service, and I’m sure it was similar at Camden and Wollondilly.

At Mawson Park I bumped into Harry Polglasse, the captain of John Therry Catholic High School at Rosemeadow. He’s also the great-great grandson of Bullah Vardy.

Harry was there with mum, Cheryl, and his nan, Christine Thomson (Vardy), who well remembers her grandfather, who died in 1971.But typical of many Diggers, Bullah wasn’t one to talk a lot about the horrors he had seen. “He never talked about the war,” Christine told me, “we only know things about Pa’s experiences from his diaries.”

Some of the people at the Anzac Day ceremonies held framed photographs of their Digger forebears, and wore their medals, as young and old mixed as one, remembering sacrifices of the past.

World War I has a special place in our national psyche because ofthe massive impact it had on our tiny nation: more than 60,000 killed and 150,000 wounded. That is staggering. In 1914, for example, less than 2000 men, women and children lived in the rural valley between Glenfield and Menangle Park. Yet 250 Campbelltonians served, 40 of them left in war graves.

If you want to get a picture of the impact, let’s translate it into the present population of Campbelltown: that would mean about 20,000 of our young men and women marching off and 4000 of them being killed. The maths are probably similar for Camden, and I can only imagine the wrench those sorts of figures had on the tiny villages of Wollondilly Shire.

As far Bullah Vardy, a bank teller from Allman Street in civilian life, he served with the 1st Field Artillery at Pozieres, which saw the heaviest artillery bombardment of the war. Few diggers emerged unaffected. ‘‘The shelling of Pozieres,’’ wrote war correspondent Charles Bean, ‘‘did not merely probe character and nerve; it laid them stark naked as no other experience ever did.’’

Here are just a few of Bullah’s 1916diary entries:

July 24:‘‘All our chaps have taken the village of Pozieres and dug themselves in. Four of us had to visit the front line, so here I am. By gum, it’s hot. Germans only a few hundred yards away. I have been in the front line all day.’’

July 25:‘‘Had a very rough night last night. I am running dispatches from the trenches to the battery with heavy shellfire. My officer wounded. Day before, three men from the battery wounded.’’

July 26:‘‘Last night was hell. Our boys again attacking and the casualties were heavy. Was buried by a big shell in my dugout. Men close by killed. While observing a number of bomb throwers through the glasses a sniper had shot at me and only missed by a few inches, but got poor chap behind me. Trenches full of dead and wounded.’’

Lest we forget them.

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Pros and cons of portable

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Nancy Humphreys, senior category manager at Kambrook, explained some of the pros and cons.

“With a wide range of portable heaters available, remember that each product is suited to a particular environment,” she said.

“Ceramic heaters are ideal for small to mid-size living areas, such as bedrooms.Portable and affordable, fan heaters are great for personal heating in smaller spaces such as studies.

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“When it comes to thedifferences between convection and radiant heat there are some key points to remember.Radiant heaters emit heat from a hot surface (e.g. the glowing red bars in a radiator) to generate heat without directly warming the air.

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Launch concert for opera

LAUNCH CONCERT: Producer of music Valda Silvy and Western Sydney Opera Company founder and tenor, Lorenzo Rositano.The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will be the backdrop for the launch concert of the new Western Sydney Opera Company next week.
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The newly-formed company’s May 7 launch willfeature opera’s emerging artists performing operatic highlightsas well as songs from operetta and musical theatre.

The young cast will include Lorenzo Rositano,Paul Smith, Daniel Macey, Christopher Nazarian, Taryn Srhoj, Questra Mulqueeny and Allegra Giagu, accompanied by John Martin.

Rositano of Kingswood is founder and tenor of the new company, and said he was passionate about bringing the project to life.

Having studied at theSydney Conservatorium of Music, in London and in Italy, Rositano wants to give others in the west the opportunity to have quality operatic productions on their CV.

“I have had my chance and many opportunities, and that’s what I want to give back to locals,” hetold theGazette.

“I am completely immersed in the whole proposal, it’s my absolute passion.Since returning from Italy it’s something I have put my whole heart into.”

Rositano was inspired to start the company in Italy after seeing that even small theatres could put on magnificent opera productions.

“I thought, why are we not doing something like this around the corner from where I live?” he said.

Rositano produced and directed a production of La Boheme at The Joan in September of last year, assisted by funding from Penrith City Council for the new company.

Cast members hail from the Blue Mountains and western Sydney, and Rositano said the local productions would provide the springboard for many to travel overseas.

“When you do operas at the conservatorium you perform them as a student, but this is in a professional capacity,” he said.

It also brought opera closer to the people of Penrith.

“It’s giving people the opportunity to come and watch opera at their doorstep,” Rositano said.

Performing Arts Centre CEO Hania Radvan said the formation of Western Sydney Opera was “a great indicator of the vibrancy and artistic health of the region”.

“We are delighted to see independent artists such as Lorenzo Rositano and Western Sydney Opera reaching audiences and thriving,” she said.

The company will also stage a production of Donizetti’sThe Elixir of Loveat The Joan in September.

The launch concert begins at 7pm on Saturday, May 7. Adult tickets are $50, concession $45, and bookings can be made by calling 4723-7600.

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Countdown to Open Yellowfin Tournament

Tournament topper: Janet Chippindale shows her prize-winning Yellowfin Tuna at last year’s Merimbula Open Fishing Tournament run by the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club.
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It is now just over a week until the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Open Yellowfin Tournament on May 6-8.

With reports of fine yellowfin being taken off Eden as well as broadbill, the tournament certainly looks to be on track for a very successful weekend.

The club is posting a $6000 cash first prizefor the heaviest yellowfin tuna “line class” caught over the duration of the tournament.

Thanks to its great sponsors there will also be 16 other category prizes up for grabs.

For further details contact Robert Wood on0413 333 598.

With cash and prizes of over $1000,the club’s annual Snapper Classic is also scheduled for May 21-22.

This is a great competition for bottom bouncers and there is also free entry and cash prizes for junior anglers.

Briefing will be on Friday evening, May 20,at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Young: 0417 114 275.

Dusky flathead, trevally, tailor and whiting remain on the bite in our estuaries as well as bream, particularly near oyster beds.

Anglers are reminded that the annual zero bag limit closure for Australian bass and estuary perch from all rivers and estuaries in NSW will commence on May 1.

With the full moon it is time for some night time jewfish hunting using live baits.

Kingfish will also be on the prowl.

All estuary fish respond well to soft plastics and also live nippers.

Baitfish metal lures also bringgood results.

Ocean flathead remain on the chew; try 21 fathoms off Merimbula.

With the moon full there are also good gummy sharks active off the northern side of Long Point at about 20 fathoms as well as off Tura Golf Course and Tura Headland.

Good snapper and morwong are best sought off reef edges.Snapper are coming onto the biteas the waters cool. Best time is near dawn or dusk at a tide change.

Try from an anchored vessel with burley or use soft plastics, especially if you can locate a bait ball.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Clubmaintains an Open House at Spencer Park, every Friday evening commencing at 6.30pm.

Visitors are welcome, come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.

This Friday, April 15,Darragh Reynolds and Lindon Thompson are hosts.

All inquires Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880.

Try the club’s website; 梧桐夜网mbglac南京夜网419论坛

Established in 1936, we area family orientated fishing club with about 250 members,

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Cadets training

SEEKING NEWS RECRUITS: The cadets at the Cloncurry Anzac Day ceremony. Photo: Samantha Walton.THE North Queensland Army Cadet Brigade conducted training last week to prepare for the Cloncurry Anzac Day ceremony alongside other tactical training.
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On Friday, cadets from Mount Isa travelled to Cloncurry to take part incelestial navigation, survival tactics, radiotelecommunications anddrills of the Anzac ceremony.

The cadets were instructed through their training by training administration officer from Townsville headquarters, Lachlan Rich.

“The juniorcadets conducted basic navigation including celestial navigationand as they progress they will conduct more interesting forms of navigation including navigation by the stars,” Officer Rich said.

“The cadets madeimprovised tools with bones and tiedimplements with string. They also learntthe phonetic alphabet, this would give cadets the skills to read letters to an operator at theairline calls centre.”

Cadets then concluded their training with the procession for the Anzac Day Ceremony in Cloncurry.

Officer Rich said as a youth development organisation, training was a big focus.

“There are some things that you can find in other youth development organisations and then there are other things you can only learn in Defence,” he said.

“The cadets were all very keen in the trainingbecausewe were interested in what they want to learn and what they are interested in.”

“At the moment majority of the cadets are interested in the outdoors including camping, climbing hills and making tools, which Ilike so it makes it easy to support them.”

TheNorth Queensland Army Cadet Brigadecurrently has 29 recruits with room to expand. If your child is interested in joining they can contact the brigade through the Mount Isa Army Cadets Facebook page or contact an officer in charge.

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Eleven days of power cuts

Residents in a central Bega Valley region are expected to experience multiple electricity outages over the coming fortnight.
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According todatafrom its website,Essential Energy has planned nine supply interruptionsfor the 11days between April 26 and May 6 in the region that coversFrogs Hollow,Kanoona andToothdale.

An estimated total of 231 Essential Energy customers will be affected by these outages.

While some of the power outswill be short, lasting only 30 minutes, others will range from five to seven hours.

As someworksscheduledon different days overlap the same regions, some households will experiencemultiple supply outages over successive days.

For instance, an area south-east of Frogs Hollow around the Candelo-Wolumla Rd will experience about sixhours of nopower eachdayfrom May 3-5.

Resident of this areaIan Gordon, a retired principal fromWolumla Public School, hasa mild disability and was concerned about being without power for three days.

“This means that people with disabilities and/or mobility problemswill be without computers, televisions, cooking facilities or electric heating/cooling for the whole day,” he said.

“While I only have some understanding of what isolation can mean, I know a lot of folk will suffer.

“For three days I’ll be without any kind of entertainment orfood.”

Essential Energy’s southernregional manager,Steven Ilitch, said the power outageover these three days wouldprovide an accredited service provider with safe access to the local electricity network to carry out upgrade works.

“Essential Energy has provided advanced notice to all customers affected by a planned power outage so they can make alternate arrangements,” he said.

The reasons for the other power outagesincluded upgradingthe electricity networkat Kanoona as well as maintenance and reconfiguration of the networkfor parts of south Wolumla, Frogs Hollow and Toothdale.

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Gig guide April 28

LAUNCH PAD: Fresh from a rousing set at the Gum Ball, Bellbird’s William Crighton will let loose his self-titled debut album at the Stag and Hunter on Saturday night. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMUSIC5 SawyersFriday,DJ BennyB. Saturday,DJ ShotsFired.
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Albion Hotel Singleton Thursday, You’re The Star Karaoke.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, The Way.

Argenton HotelSaturday, DJ.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Full Throttle.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday,The Brown Bull.

Bar 121 Friday, Bonny Wythes. Saturday, Leadbellies.

Bar Petite Friday, Kylie Jane. Saturday, Mick & Josh. Sunday, Morgana Osakai, Jesse Bourke, Baby Legs.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain.

Bellbird Hotel Friday, Dos Eager.

Belmont 16 FootersFriday,Aqwa,OnTheProwl. Saturday,ArleyBlack,Loko. Sunday, Bloom.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Overtone.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Loko. Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt Hotel Thursday, Ty.Friday, Silverhair. Saturday, The Urge.

The Bradford Thursday, Shawn Lidster. Friday, Dirty Deeds AC/DC Show. Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Top Shelf.

Burwood Inn Friday, Mark Wells.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday,Goons Of Doom,Bleach Girls.Friday,Thirsty Merc. Saturday,ShockOne.

Cardiff RSLClub Friday,Loren Ryan.Saturday,Overload.

Carrington Bowling ClubFriday, Karaoke Klubhouse.

Carrington PlaceThursday, The Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Saturday, The Royal Key.

Catho Pub Saturday,Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday,Firewall. Sunday, Firewall.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Retro DJ.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday,Ryan Daley. Saturday, Steve Boyd.

Central HotelStroud Saturday,Ngariki.

Cessnock Rugby League Supporters Club Saturday, Solid GoldPartyNight.

Charlestown Bowling Club Thursday, Holly Wilson. Friday,TheRumourTrio.Saturday,Hummdinger.l

Clarendon Hotel Friday,MikeHorbacz. Saturday, Pistole Pete.

Club AzzurriSunday, Latinova.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Let Loose.

Club KotaraFriday, Dave Carter.Saturday, Kadence.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday,James Naldo.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Beth Gleeson.

Country Club Hotel Friday, Soulplay. Saturday, 4Letter Word,Murray Byfield. Sunday, Lennie and Carter.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday,Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday,Hendo.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Tre Soul.

Customs House Hotel Friday, Ash Knight. Saturday, Perry Carter.

Delany Hotel Friday, Overload. Saturday, Code Red.

Doyalson RSL Friday, The Way.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, The Sue & Mikey Show. Saturday, The Gaudrys.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Gary Davidson.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Jumpin Jukebox. Saturday, Retro Rockets. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Exchange Hotel Saturday,Secret Society.

Firestation Hotel Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo. Sunday, Loko Trio.

Foghorn Brewhouse Friday,Matt Semmens. Saturday,Ryan Daley. Sunday, Gleny Rae & her Bluegrass Playboys.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday,Cruzers.

Gateshead Tavern Friday,Pat Vs Cat.

Gladstone Hotel Friday, You’re The Star Karaoke.

Grain Store Saturday,Tim Rossington. Sunday,JJ King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, The Dew Cats.

Hamilton Station HotelThursday,Madhouse,P.Smurf, Tycotic, Talakai, Boxay, DJ Micks King. Friday,Minitaur Of The Gods, Three Wise Monkeys, Excuria. Saturday,Frank Saltana.

Harkham Winery Pokolbin Saturday, Adam Miller.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Fox Catapult. Saturday, Michael Hawk, Modern History.

Hawks Nest Golf Club Saturday, Dr Love.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Andy Show.

Honeysuckle Hotel Thursday, CrocQ. Friday, Hornet. Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Jake Folbigg,Phonic Duo.

Hotel Jesmond Sunday,Chris Unicomb.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Rubber Bullet.

Jewells Tavern Friday, Kim. Saturday,Third Creek.

The Junction Hotel Friday,Howard Shearman. Saturday,Rogue Lane.

Kent Hotel Friday,Chad Chuttleworth Duo. Saturday, X&Y. Sunday,Logan’s Heroes.

King Street Hotel Friday,Sanctuary Invasion featSensualise,Vthekid. Saturday, Dirt Cheap. Sunday, Will Clarke.

Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Friday, Gary Davidson.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Saturday,DanielArvidson.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Defaced.

Lass O’GowrieThursday,Ace Efalent,Buffalo Trio,My Friend Rupert.Friday,Deep Sea Lights,Vanishing Shapes (EP launch),Doc & The Delegates.Saturday,Midnight Movers,Zoo City Lads,The Longnecks.Sunday, Lonesome & Earnest,One Irection,Paul Davis,Bill Olsen.

Lizotte’s Newcastle Thursday, Alison Forbes. Friday, Adam Harvey. Saturday,Andy Firth’s Nova Swing Jazz Band. Sunday, 1927.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday,Hayden Johns.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Hornet.

Mary Ellen Friday,The Remedy. Saturday, Phase III.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mattara Hotel Friday,Kelly Hope.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Katrina Burgoyne.

Mayfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Hazels.

​Murray’s Brewery Sunday,BrienMcVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Phonic.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday,Counterpart. Saturday, The Royals. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

GRITTY: Catherine Britt’s F U Cancer tour stops at Wests New Lambton on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Newcastle United Sports ClubFriday, You’re The Star Karaoke.

Norah Head Bowling And Sports Club Saturday, Casho.

Northern Star Hotel Friday,Chikarma.Saturday, Thomas Blake.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Bobby C,Phonic Duo.Saturday, Overload Duo.Sunday, Ben Travis.

Potter’s Brewery Friday, Damien.

The Pourhouse Maitland Saturday, Tim Usher.

Premier Hotel Saturday,Fall To The Floor. Sunday, Schivoo.

Prince Of Wales Friday,Lauren Arms. Saturday, Jason Bone Duo.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday,Tres Hombres, Kellie Cain.

Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday,Maryanne Rex.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, Milestones. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Royal Federal Hotel Saturday, Marissa+1.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday,The Brown Bull.

Royal Motor Yacht ClubToronto Friday,Rob Wilson Country Rock Trio. Sunday,Casho.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Salamander Shores Friday,Pistole Pete.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Loren Ryan.

Shaft Tavern Friday, The Royals.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, Kim MacKenzie.

The Small Ballroom Thursday, Madchild, Mastacraft, Mickey Deville.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday,Mark Lee.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, The Urban Chiefs, Jimmy Watts Band. Saturday, William Crighton (album launch).

Star Hotel Friday, Tre Soul Duo. Saturday, The Big Bang.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Rave On.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday,Emily Rose.

Swansea Hotel Thursday, Steve Geary & Greg Poole. Friday, Brendan Murphy. Sunday, The O’Haras.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Hey Poncho.

Sydney Junction HotelFriday, Milk Run DJs.Saturday, Hornet.

Tea Gardens Hotel Friday,Tim Usher. Saturday, Brazilian Brothers Duo.

Tilligerry RSL Friday,Frets With Benefits. Saturday,Sam Russell.

Tomago Bowling Club Saturday, Emile & Marty.

Toronto Diggers Friday, 40 Up Club.

Town Hall Hotel Friday, The O’Haras.Saturday, You’re The Star Karaoke.

Wangi Deck Cafe Sunday,Darren Rolling Keys.

Wangi District Workers Club Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Wangi Hotel Sunday,Tiali.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Sunday, Robbie Urquhart.

Warners At The BayThursday,Anyerin. Friday, Phase III. Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Westfield Kotara Friday,Adrianna Mac Duo. Saturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Dave Carter.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests Leagues Club New Lambton Thursday & Tuesday,Angamus. Friday, Rubber Bullet. Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Kasey Chambers.

Weston Workers Club Saturday, Blue Suede Rockers.DJGavin Bean.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday,Kings Road.Saturday,Plastic Voyage,The Years.

Windale-Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Vegas.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.

MOVIESBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(M)Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Brooklyn (M)An Irish immigrant in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man when she returns to her homeland for a visit. (Lake Cinema)

Captain America: Civil WarAn incident leads to the Avengers developing a schism over how to deal with situations, which escalates into an open fight between allies Iron Man and Captain America.

Eddie The Eagle(PG) Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about an underdog that refused to give up.

Eye In The Sky(M)Complications arise when a lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) order a drone missile strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.

God’s Not Dead 2(PG)When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all.

Kung Fu Panda 3(PG) Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Lucent (MA)Afeature-length documentary which explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry through a combination of hand-held and hidden camera footage, highlighting the day-to-day cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice. Thursday7pm at the Regal Cinema.

Mother’s Day(M)Come celebrate the mother of all holidays with this heart-warming film following the very different relationships between mothers and their children. Filled with touching moments and big laughs.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2(PG)After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter.

The Boss(MA)A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

The Daughter(M)The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. (Regal)

The Divergent Series: Allegiant(M)The action-packed third instalment of the blockbuster Divergent Series, Allegiant takes Tris andFour into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris & Four travel beyond the wall enclosing Chicago to seek out a peaceful solution for their fractured city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths.

The Huntsman Winter’s War(M)As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsmen – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.

The Jungle Book(PG)Mowgli is a human boy raised by the Indian wolves Raksha & Akela ever since he was a baby andbrought to them by Bagheera, the black panther. When the fearsome Bengal tiger Shere Khan threatens his life, since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home.

The Lady In The Van(M) A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. (Regal)

The Met Opera: Manon Lescaut(E)Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. (Newcastle)

The Silences(M)Filmmaker Margot Nash turns her acclaimed documentary lens on herself inThe Silences, a haunting and deeply moving attempt to exhume the unspoken secrets and tragedies of her own childhood. Nash will conduct a Q&A after the Saturday 7.30pm screening. (Regal)

BROKEN SILENCE: Sydney filmmaker Margot Nash will present a Q&A with the audience following the screening of her autobiographical movie, The Silences, on Saturday.

Spotlight(R) Tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation thatrocked the city and caused a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions, the Catholic Church.(Regal)

You and Me(CTC)Active and life loving David“Barney”Miller was a passenger in a tragic car accident that left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs ever again. He enters dark time in his life, but through the love and support of his family andfriends, includingworld surfing championMick Fanning, hefindshis soul mate andtakes on the impossible.(Kotara)

Zootopia(G) In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

THEATREThe One Day of the Year A university student questions the way his father and ex-militaryfriends celebrate Anzac Day in Alan Seymour’s engaging drama. Newcastle TheatreCompany, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Friday and Saturday at 8pm (final shows). Pre-show army events in theatre foyer half-an-hour before starting time. 4952 4958;newcastletheatrecompany南京夜网.

Disney’s Mulan Jr A determined Chinese girl dresses in men’s clothes and joins the army tohelp fight foreign invaders and save her family; heartwarming musical. Young People’sTheatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, until May 21, plus2pm Sunday matinees on May 1 and 15. 梧桐夜网ypt.org419论坛; 4961 4895.

Funny Money A man who picks up the wrong briefcase on a train finds it’s full of money,and the mob boss who owns the bag pursues him; comedy by Ray Cooney. MaitlandRepertory Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until May 14, plus 2pm Sundaymatinees on May 1 and 8. 4931 2800; 梧桐夜网maitlandticketing南京夜网419论坛/maitlandreptheatre.

Tech Girls comp calls for more school sign-ups

SIGN UP: Maitland High School student Lara Jukes, 14, is building an app that organises all community events in one place for the Tech Girl Superhero Competition. Picture: Brodie OwenSCHOOLS across regional Australia have until April 29 to register for the national Tech Girls Are Superheroes Competition.
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The competition seeks to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, to school girls and tap their creative potential.

More than 60 school teams across Australia have now registered in the competition, who will each create an app that solves a problem in their community.

Maitland High School in NSW is taking part and teenager Lara Jukes admits it would be “crazy” if she landed her idea for an app on the Appstore.

The students have thrown up ideas that even the University of Newcastle concedes would give graduates a run for their money.

Among them is Lara’s idea to build an app to organise Maitland’s community events in one place.

“A lot of things happen in Maitland and you only really find out about them once they’ve been and gone,” the 14-year-old said. “If we could put all of those events in one place, it would be easy to find out what’s going around you.”

University of Newcastle IT lecturer Dr Karen Blackmore praised the student’s creative ideas while giving them a crash course in app building.

“This week we’ve seen new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving,” she said.

The competition is also looking for mentors, who will become role models and guide teams through the competition curriculum.

For more information, visit http://梧桐夜网techgirlsmovement.org/mentors-for-the-search-needed/

RIGHT: Maitland High School student Lara Jukes, 14, is building an app that organises all community events in one place for the Tech Girl Superhero Competition. Picture: Brodie Owen

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Fashionista with a cause

FASCINATING: Best fascinator at the Port Lincoln Cup, Brooke Cupples.STREAKY Bay resident Brooke Cupples willcompetein the State Final of the Fashion at the Races competition at Morphettville next weekend as the representative for Port Lincoln.
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Ms Cupples was selected for the competition after winning the title of ‘Best Fascinator’ at the races in Port Lincoln a few weeks ago.

“I actually went in it hoping to win only because I thought if I won I could make a speech about the National Jockey’s Trust,” Ms Cupples said.

The best dressed and runner-up for the competition both pulled out of the state competition, and Ms Cupples was selected to go on behalf of Port Lincoln, much to her surprise and delight.

Ms Cupples initially entered the competition in memory of her late sister, Simone Montegomerie and as part of an event she had organised for her charity ride ‘Cycling for Simone’ taking place in July this year.

The ride was originally a dream that Ms Cupples’ father had to raise money and give back to the National Jockey’s Trust; an organisation who support jockeys that suffer life changing falls and families of the fallen.

“He said that it would never happen, he just thought it would be good if it did. So from that moment on I just wanted to make it happen for him because I couldn’t bring back Simone for him so I thought: let’s do it,” Ms Cupples said.

The small group of family and friendswill set off on ‘Cycling for Simone’from Streaky Bay in July and ride all the way to Darwin.They aim to complete the ride in 26 days, the age of Ms Cupples’ sister Simone at the time of her death.

“None of us were cyclists, we’ve all only just bought a road bike,” Ms Cupples said.

“Ionly got my first at Christmas time so that’s the beauty of it we’re all just amateurs. We’re just out to do something for the love of Simone and the National Jockey’s Trust.”

Ms Cupples has now started preparing for the state final competition, determined to win in order to make a speech about the National Jockey’s Trust at the Morphettville race meet.

“I really want to just kind of get that word out that let’s support these jockeys who are – every time they jump on the horse – risking their lives,” she said.

She gotin touch withsomeone who is involved with thoroughbred racing in Sydney in the hopes they they could help her to hire a dress for the occasion, but when they heard about her causethey organised to have a dress made especiallyfor her.

“It’s all just come together perfectly. I’m so excited, it’s all meant to be,” she said.

The State Final of the Fashion at the Races competition will take place on Saturday, May 7 with 15finalists competing.

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Port Macquarie Ironman draws local triathletes

FOUR members of the Inverell Triathlon Club will head to Port Macquarie this weekend to compete in the Ironman Australia event to be held from Thursday April 28 to Monday, May 2. Brad Hilton and Corey Borthwick will take on the Ironman event, while Lisa Frost and Chris Hamilton will contest the 70.3 Ironman.
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HARD COMPETITION: Corey Borthwick, Lisa Frost, Chris Hamilton and Brad Hilton will tackle the Port Macquarie Ironman event this weekend, and all of them said they will be happy just to finish the tough event.

Frost said the Port Macquarie card was the Australian Ironman and half-Ironman championships.

“It’s one of the toughest and biggest races in Australia,” she said.

“The boys have all been training very well this year. So far no injuries, so I’m hoping that they all get what they’re looking for, which is probably personal bests.

“We’ll see just what pans out on the day because anything can happen. It’s a long day and you’ve just got to take it as it comes.”

Frost has entered the race three times and said Port Macquarie was her favourite race. She described it as an honest course with a tough bike leg.

“You have really got to work for it to do well,” she said.

“It’s my favourite course. It’s a good, hard course, and I’m looking forward to it.”

A competitor at last year’s event, Hilton said his training was as good as it is going to get.

“I’ve done more than last year, so, yeah. I’m doing a lot with Corey this year, so I’m hoping to go a bit quicker,” Hilton said.

“Last year I finished and I was happy with that. I felt as if I could do a bit better, so I ramped the training up a bit more this year and hopefully go a bit quicker.”

It will be Borthwick’s fifth time to the event and he thinks he will finish on the day.

“It’s hard enough to finish and that’s all I want to do,” he said.

Borthwick trains every day for a total of about 15 to 20 hours a week with very few days off.

“Between swim, bike and run there’s not much time for anything else,” he said.

Borthwick described Inverell as a great place to train.

“It’s the best place for riding a bike, good hilly terrain around here, nice and quiet for running on the road and a good quality pool and the dam for open water swims,” he said.

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Locals stop to remember them

World War II veteran Russell Price with his wife Councillor Sandy Freudenstein and veteran and former councillor John Drum of Bribbaree at the dawn service yesterday.By World War II navy veteran Russell Price’s (left) side at this year’s dawn service was his wife Councillor Sandy Freudenstein (centre), along with former councillor John Drum of Bribbaree.
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Mr Drum served in Malaysia from June 1968 to September 1969.

Cr Freudenstein said she was also representing several members of their family on the day.

“My dad returned from WWII in the army, mum’s father – Ernest Hargraves – fought at Gallipoli/Egypt and mum’s brother, a couple of years older than mum, was killed on a stretcher in WWII,” she said.

“Five days before the war ended, he was running out with his mates having been shot in his leg and his mates said jump on the stretcher.

“The stretcher was shot up the side and Les Hargraves was killed.”

Cr Freudenstein also came across the meaning of the poppy on social media and she decided to share it:

“A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine – while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.

“The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.

“He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.”

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Warriors post first victory

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Warrack Eagles’ Zandia Malone attempts to shoot over hands in her side’s one goal win over Dimboola on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERSTAWELL recorded its first win of the 2016 Wimmera Netball Association A Grade season by defeatingArarat on Saturday.
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The Warriors secureda 37-31 win against their arch-rivals.

It was set to be the game of the round with Stawell failing to win a game in the first three rounds while Ararat had been successful on just one occasion.

The game lived up to expectations with intensity at a high as the teamsbattled for the victory.

Ararat were the first side to falter, handingStawell a slight break.

But as the Warriors tried topullaway, complacency set in and the team gave up several easyturnovers.

New recruit Kellie Sommerville settled the young Warriors team in a best on court performance at centre.

Lisa Fleming played her role well and, despite giving away several inches in height to her opponent,she was able to use her athleticism to create intercepts.

Coach Toni Stewart said she was pleased withthe win.

“It was good to have a win in a goodteam game,” she said.

In other matches, Warrack Eaglesheld on to defeat Dimboola, Minyip-Murtoa were in a league of their own against Nhill and Horsham Demons got the better of Horsham Saints.

The Eagles took a slender four-goal lead into the final quarter against Dimboola but saw theRoos closethe gap early in the term.

The Roos were playing their best netball of the season, butfell just shy of a big upset.

The Eagles have a4-0 record to start the season.

Nhill was not given a sniff in its match with Minyip-Murtoa as the Tigerswerecompletely blown away in a 45-goal thrashing.

The Burras produced goal after goal in a match where they dominated all four quarters.

Kirby Knight was the best of the Minyip-Murtoa shooters, netting 43 times for the Burras.

Billie Bibby was named best on court for her drive and feeding in the mid-court.

Horsham Demons met Horsham Saints on Sunday.

The Demons were slick in attack and strong in defence in posting a comfortable57-29 victory.

Emma Buwalda netted 39 goals, but it was AlexandraHiscock who was named best on court. The Demons, Minyip-Murtoa and Warrack remain undefeated while Nhill are atthe bottom of the table.

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Fashion show fundraiser to support RSPCA in Inverell

A love for fashion and furry friends will be the centre of RSPCA Inverell’s upcoming Miller’s fashion parade at the Royal Hotel on May 7.
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The fundraiser will help support local efforts, including desexing and vaccination programs and rehoming impounded animals.

RSPCA secretary Margaret Payne is also hoping the event will draw more volunteers to the Inverell branch.

“What we need, more than we need anything else, is volunteers,” she said. RSPCA NSW chief executive officer Steve Coleman will speak at the fundraiser, along with Fiona Brown, who will discuss the role of animals in therapy.

Tickets are $10, and the group are currently looking to fill 50 reserved seats to ensure the event will go ahead.

Margaret promised that all money made will be put to good use in the local community.

“We don’t make money just to sit in the bank,” she said.

“When we get a substantial amount, we say ‘OK, let’s do a program.’”

Millers manager Vicki Berger said the small group work tirelessly but added, “You can’t keep doing these things if you don’t have some money behind the organisation”.

In between programs, the local branch also take submissions from pensioners and low income earners who request financial assistance for vaccination. If approved, the RSPCA cover two thirds of the cost.

“Vaccination is important, parvo kills,” Margaret said. She promised they would “never say no” to valid requests.

“It is a terrible, terrible disease. The animals suffer for the sa

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