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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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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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Planning underway for our next big NYE

Hands on: Nat Kirby and Kevin Philistin Merimbula Tourism, Grant Stevenson RFS, Gabriel and Narelle Hutchinson Arise, and Natalie Godward Cruise Eden.It may be more than seven months away butMerimbula Tourismmanager Nat Kirby is already planning Merimbula’s next New Year’s Eve event after taking the reins of the highly successful 2015 event, which attracted around 10,000 people.
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“The 2015 NYE event was very successful. The transition from a Merimbula Chamber of Commerce managed event to Merimbula Tourism was seamless due to the work done by the previous organising group from the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce. We all pitched in and collaborated well to ensure Merimbula retains this great NYE event benefiting locals and tourists alike.”

The success meant Merimbula Tourism was able to donate$1000 to the Merimbula RFS for the significant help given over the past five years. There was also $500 for Arise (Pambula Baptist Church) who for the third year, gave out water and red frogs with a focus on those at risk from alcohol consumption.

“These events take an enormous amount of effort from volunteers, and help from our sponsors,for which we are very grateful,” Ms Kirby said. “Merimbula NYE fireworks and concert is a very popular event on the Sapphire Coast calendar, without their assistance, we wouldn’t have this event.”

Ms Kirby is putting out a call for more volunteers to help with the running of this highly successful event particularly from mid-afternoon NYE to 2am the following morning. Jobs include can shakers for the much-needed donations, gophers or set-up and pack-down/clean-up crews. To get yourname on the roster for any positionplease contact Nat Kirby on 6495 1129.

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Group 20 feature strongly in rep team

The Group 20 side walk back after scoring a try against Group Nine. Following their 28-14 win over Group Nine, the Group 20 Razorbacks have had nine players selected in the Riverina leaguetag side.
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Whilst Group 20 players filled the majority of the squad, Group 20 coachKelly Pauls said several Razorbacks were unlucky to miss out.

“I expected it after the match on Saturday night, the girls truly earned their spots,” Pauls said of the Group 20 flavour in the Riverina side.

“Iwould have loved a couple more, but Group Ninehad some very athletic girls that will be handy in the side.”

The Riverina leaguetag sidewill play alongside the men in Wyong on May 14.

Pauls –who will manage the side –was hopefulthe side could train as much as possible before travelling to Wyong.

“That will be up to Peter but hopefully he will try and get a couple in and we can hopefully gel a bit,” Pauls said.

“An advantage of having nine group 20 players is they’ve already spent time together.”

Pauls said the high number of Group 20 players in the squad reflected how strong the local competition is.

“Iwas lucky enough to have our Leeton side play a lot of pre-season games against a lot of other groups and Iwalked away and said ‘our toughest opponents are in Group 20’,” she said.

“Andthis year, the teams across the board are a lot stronger.”

Group 20 players selected to represent Riverina: Shailyn Williams (Griffith Black and Whites),Eliza Baddock (Yenda),Maddie Payne (Yenda),Megan Pearson (Hay Magpies),Rachel Pearson (Hay Magpies),Georgia Everett (Leeton),Sophie McGregor (Leeton),Gabby McGregor(Leeton),Kate Cooper (Leeton)

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France wins $50b contract to help build Australia’s new submarines

France, Germany and Japan have been in a hard-fought contest for the contract to help build Australia’s new submarines. Photo: Department of Defence Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced French firm DCNS has won the contract. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda: France has been in a hard-fought contest against Japan and Germany for the contract to help build Australia’s new submarines. Photo: Supplied

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the winning bid for for the new submarine DCNS at a press conference in Adelaide. Photo: David Mariuz

Analysis: Best submarine at the best price, and good politics

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced all 12 of Australia’s next fleet of submarines will be built in Adelaide from local steel, with France winning the hard-fought global race for the $50 billion contract.

Mr Turnbull said in Adelaide on Tuesday morning that the decades-long program would create about 2800 direct jobs and help Australia transition to a 21st century economy.

The new fleet, the first of which will hit the water in the early 2030s, will be built using Australian steel, he said, declaring the pledge “part of our plan for the jobs and growth of the 21st century”.

“Over decades to come, the submarine project alone will see Australian workers building Australian submarines with Australian steel here, where we stand today, for decades into the future. Fifty years from now, submarines will be sustained [and] built here. Surface vessels will be built here because of the commitment we have made to this great national endeavour of building Australia’s navy of the 21st century.

“We do this to secure Australia, to secure our island nation. But we do it also to ensure that our economy transitions to the economy of the 21st century.”

He said the local build would ensure “that we have the technology and skills and the manufacturing” and would guarantee the “jobs of our children and grandchildren for decades to come”.

The economic flow-on effects would be “immense”, he said.

He said Defence experts’ advice was “unequivocal” in favour of the French proposal.

French firm DCNS won the hard-fought contest over Germany and Japan to help design and build the fleet to replace the Collins Class fleet.

“The recommendation of … the experts who oversaw [the process] was unequivocal. The French offer represented the capabilities best able to meet Australia’s unique needs,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull said that “the bulk of the work will be done here” in Adelaide though there would be a supply chain that stretched across the country and some components such as the US-made combat system will be sourced overseas.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said the new submarine fleet would form a “vital part of our naval capability to 2060 and beyond, well beyond the lifespan of most of us who are standing here today”.

“National security has been the number one driver of this decision,” she said. “It reflects the fact that we are a maritime-based trading nation and both our national and economic security are linked to the maritime environment of our region.

“We need submarines with considerable range. We need the capacity to remain undisturbed and undetected for extended periods of time. We need submarines that are quiet, that have advanced sensor technology to detect other submarines.”

France’s bid was seen as technically very strong, particularly its quiet propulsion system that uses a marine equivalent of a jet engine rather than a propeller.

DCNS makes a wide range of cutting-edge submarines, ranging from small attack boats to massive strategic nuclear missile submarines.

Their Shortfin Barracuda design will be a variant of an existing French nuclear-powered boat. It will be converted to a diesel-electric powered design.

The French were competing against designs by Japan and Germany. While former prime minister Tony Abbott favoured Japan, there were concerns that the country lacked experience in exporting such complex military hardware.

Rather Japan’s bid rested partly on strategic arguments, in that it would bring two of the major democracies in Asia closer together at a time of rising instability caused by the emergence of China as a major power.

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Mediterranean diet can protect against effects of eating junk food, study finds

The new study provides adds to the growing body of evidence that the Mediterranean diet is good for the heart. Photo: ShaiithThe prevailing wisdom that a balanced diet, rather than the extreme end of healthy, appears to be sound, with a new study showing sugary and fatty foods may not be as bad as we think for people with heart problems.
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A study involving more than 15,000 people with coronary heart disease from 39 countries found that while the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke, the Western diet of refined sugars and deep-fried foods did not increase the risk.

In fact it appears a Mediterranean-style diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and unrefined foods – has a protective effect when it comes to eating junk food.

The researchers from New Zealand said in their paper – published today in the European Heart Journal – they were surprised to find that eating greater amounts of healthy food was more important than avoiding Western junk food, such as lollies, cake and fizzy drinks.

But Professor Ralph Stewart, from the University of Auckland, warned the finding did not mean people could eat unhealthy foods with impunity.

“The main message is that some foods – and particularly fruit and vegetables – seem to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and this benefit is not explained by traditional risk factors such as good and bad cholesterol or blood pressure,” he said.

“The study found no evidence of harm from modest consumption of foods such as refined carbohydrates, deep fried foods, sugars and deserts. However, because the assessments were relatively crude, some harm cannot be excluded.”

The leading cause of death in Australia is coronary heart disease, with the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing it accounted for one in seven male deaths and one in eight female deaths in 2014.

While the traditional message has focused on avoiding unhealthy foods, this study suggests health groups should place more emphasis on encouraging people with heart disease to eat more healthy foods.

The researchers asked 15,482 people with stable coronary artery disease and an average age of 67 to complete a lifestyle questionnaire.

The questionnaire asked participants to detail how often they consumed servings from food groups such as meat, fish, dairy foods, whole grains or refined grains, vegetables (excluding potatoes), fruit, desserts, sweets, sugary drinks, deep-fried foods and alcohol.

Participants who consumed more healthy foods were awarded a “Mediterranean diet score”, while those with a taste for unhealthy foods were given a “Western diet score”.

Over nearly four years, 1588 of the participants suffered either a heart attack or stroke, or died – accounting for 10.1 per cent of the group.

“After adjusting for other factors that might affect the results, we found that every one unit increase in the Mediterranean Diet Score was associated with a seven percent reduction in the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death from cardiovascular or other causes in patients with existing heart disease,” said Professor Stewart.

“In contrast, greater consumption of foods thought be less healthy and more typical of Western diets, was not associated with an increase in these adverse events, which we had not expected.”

The findings were consistent across all the geographical regions involved in the study, including Australia.

The authors warned the observational study did not show cause and effect. Limitations include the fact it relied on self-reporting, did not assess total calorie intake and did not assess good fats and bad fats.

The study was funded by GlaxoSmithKline. The participants were part of the pharmaceutical giant’s “stability” drug trial, created to learn whether a drug reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths.

Dr Nita Forouhi, from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, told the UK’s Telegraph: “On the surface it is an attractive message that greater emphasis should be on encouraging healthy foods rather than avoiding unhealthy foods, but such a conclusion is premature.”

She continued: “It is too early without further research to conclude convincingly about the lack of harm of unhealthy foods.”

Victoria Taylor, from the British Heart Foundation said: “We should be cautious about the suggestion from the study that greater consumption of refined carbohydrates, deep fried foods, sugars and desserts, which are more typical of Western diets, are not associated with an increase in heart attack, stroke or death.”

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On this day in BallaratApril 27

Wendouree cricketer Heath Pyke in 2004. On this day in Ballarat | April 27 2002 – Highland Dancing Championships (part of Royal South Street) at Grammar’ Performing Arts Centre. L-R Shkara Rantall(8), Ebony Mackay (9), Rebecca Kelly (9).
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2002 – BFL under-14.5, East V Lakers: East Corey Quinlan.

2002 – BFL representative team’s coaches: Phillip Knowles (U18 coach).

2002 – Ballarat Secondary College. Winner of the Courier Write on Art Competition.16 year old Josh Begbie and 19 year old Ashley Skewes.

2002 – Jason Ibbotson, 2nd Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art “Hapkido.” He has been studying the art for 20 years and conducted a demonstration at Eastwood Leisure Complex.

2003 – VS dance party preview at Grainery Lane, pictured are organisers and performers Michelle (stage name will be “Luva DJ”) and Kynan (“old Des Peres”) Robinson.

2003 – Buninyong CFA profile captain Ron Shirley with the brigade’s 1899 Merryweather Fire Tender.

2003 – Avoca Races: from Left Pauline Borch, Linda Parry, Nicole Rinaldi Lizzie Lang.

2003 – Peter O’Connell 300th Game for Lake Wendouree.

2003 – Creswick Salem’s Lot location Superviser Peter Kedall and son Andrew Kendall prepare the town for Filming Next Week.

2004 – Promo for “100 days to Athens” dinner. President Ballarat Sportmans Club John Burt and executive director Victorian Olympic Council and bronze medallist (softball) Atlanta 1996 Jenny Holiday fight for gold at Sovereign Hill.

2004 – Excellence in Learning preview, ACU students from left, Bernie Sanford, Fiona Broadhead, Zoe Ruwoldt and Sandra Nicholls.

2004 – Sturt St Rotunda works, pictured is City of Ballarat painter, Simon Caygill, painting the top.

2004 – Preview to 100 days to Athens dinner, Canoeist Bryan Thomas, left, and badminton star Peter Blackburn.

2004 – At Peter Stevens motorworld workshop WorkCover minister Rob Hulls launches a safety campaign targeting automotive workshops. Rob Hulls with 4th yr apprentice auto technician Paul Manfreda looking at a turbo charger to fitted to the car.

2005 – Austin Radiology Centre at Base- official opening by Health Minister Bronwyn Pike, pic left, and BHS Chief M.I.T. Richard Van Dreven, right.

2005 – Silence for Killed worker on the Job at John Valves: Fetter Mark Duke.

2005 – Donation of a Guitar to the Victims of the Linton Fire: from left Henry McLean Manager of Allans Music Tony Boadle and Barb McLean.

2005 – IT entrepeneur George Fong flicks the switch to launch the opening of the festival.

2005 – Creswick School of Forestry– research and student services manager Carol Stewart, and Researcher CRC wood innovations Dr. David Butt.

2006 – Shane Giles of Ballarat training at WizeGuys gym for his role in The Biggest Loser TV show.

2006 – Scholar and Learmonth footballer, Luke Anderson.

2006 – Announcement by Minister for State and Regional Development John Brumby of $3.8M for 2 new and renovations for 5 attractions at Sovereign Hill. John Brumby (R) refuses the kind offer of dead possums from Sovereign Hill’s Luke Tonkin (L). Sovereign Hill board President Peter Davies watching.

2006 – Manager of “Irish Murphy’s” pub, Ian Larkin, prepares to renovate the front interior to accommodate smokers due to the new legislation being introduced. Greg Sheridan enjoys a smoke in the soon to be renovated area.

2006 – East Timorese veterans who helped the Australian Diggers repel the advancing Japanese army during WW11, spend a day at Christian College’s Scotsburn campus as part of the school’s external programme and a sister city arrangement with Geelong and Viqueque. Rufino Alves Correia (89) and Armindo Monteiro (86) proudly wear the SAS berets.

2007 – Geoff Wallis is reunited with his stopwatch that was lost in Lake Wendouree about 40 years ago when a cox. He was training in a rowing crew lost it overboard. BHS student Stachia Taffe unearthed it in about a foot of mud during an archaeological dig under the school’s boatshed.

2007 – Hole in One for 15-year-old Natalie Shannon.

2007 – Ballarat Trotting Club to hold fund-raising night for Riding For The Disabled at this saturday’s trots night. RDA volunteer Bill Whiting and VP Bobby Bath help Tiffan Poulton try out a trotting sulky at the RDA’s indoor arena in Carngham Rd.

2007 – Sudanese refugee Mary Top with her baby Nyabaum and and reunited with her daughter Nyadoar Moses (2) who she had to leave behind when she left to come to Australia.

2007 – Nikita Alexander and Andrew McDougall the only two primary school students from Ballarat to be chosen to represent Victoria in the VPSSA National titles.

2008 – Chris Banwell from East Point and Brad Anderson from Ballarat Swans.

2008 – Dallieill Dykstrq, Natalie Linke.

2008 – Reunion of Vietnam Veterans at the North Britain Hotel: Bill Klaus Peter Locke, Bob Eddon, Rick Avery.

2008 – ACU Nationl Schoolarships ceremony at Ballarat ACU: Miranda Dakydd, Marcus Page.

2008 – Sebastopol Secondary College student Steph Kuskonovic who suffers from cerebral palsy now ownes a computer which she can opperate simply by moving her eyes.

2009 – Jackie Stewart-Engelbrecht and Ian MacPherson from Barkly’s Restaurant.

2009 – Ballarat Devils’ Marcus Lynch.

2009 – Carngham Linton GD Tiarne Harrison fights for possesion with Illabarook GA Tegan Prentice.

2009 – Jackson Cheung from Tokyo Grill House.

2009 – Fifteen-year-old Australasian Under 17 Girls Singles Badminton Champion Tara Pilven.

2010 – Steve Fielding at Ballarat Secondary College, he wasn’t allowed in though.

2010 – Ballarat Football Club Legends Night will happen on June 5 and the club is looking for descendants of relatives: John Smith and Don Ross search for legends in the old photos in the club rooms. .

2010 – Chess tournament involving schools from around the region being held at Ballarat and Clarendon College, Caleb Fitzpatrick (Mt Clear College).

2010 – Cr Sam McIntosh, Ballarat And District Vignerons Assocuiation Rep Keith Wightwick and head chef at Heritage on Lydiard Damien Jones on the Balconey at Craigs.

2010 – Roosters Nick Peters and Bullants Richard Hadley.

2011 – North Ballarat Rebel Brad Crouch.

2011 – Terry Cunnington with his partner Shelley Foote in the block of land they have purchased round the lake. Terry has had issues with building regulations due to the Heritage area.

2011 – Lady Devils senior Leadership Group Tessa Curtain, Sally Gentle, Lisa Dejong.

2011 – Umpire Daryl Biggin at City Oval, celebrates, 100 Senior BFL games on the weekend.

2011 – Preview for MOPS walk around Lake Wendouree: Ruby Sanders (6), Lorna Clarke, Margaret Sanders (National Director of MOPS), Juelz Sanders.

2012 – Matt Walker, Scott Simpson, Megan Ryan at the Avoca Races.

2012 – Girls camped out for One Direction tickets that go on sale tomorrow. The earliest arrival was Nykita who has been there since 8am: Mikayla Duffy, Brooke Hutchinson, Tamika John, Nykita Gale.

2012 – Katherine Martin and Joshua Liston from Ballarat and Sebastopol Cycling Club and Professor George Kannourakis (Ballaract Cancer Research Centre) .

2012 – Sascha is the first Assistance Dog Australia puppy to be trained in Ballarat: Sascha and Sandra McLeod.

2012 – Manager of Warrembeen property near Rokewood, Wayne Johnstone, has had several sheep stolen.

2013 – Matt Short has been selected to play cricket for Victoria.

2013 – Ballarat Go Kart owners Nigel and Olga Kaye still aren’t able to open their business.

2013 – Miners Rest farmer Shane Carey will have an open farm day as part of nationwide Alpaca Week to promote Alpacas.

2013 – Commerce Ballarat executive officer Jodie Gillett and Tabel 48 owner Gus Raschilla.

2013 – Chris Skett, Elaine Tso, James Philips.

2014 – Mitre 10’s Chris Jones in front of new building in McPherson St. It will open in July.

2014 – Beechworth Bakery manager Belinda Pearce and employee Hannah Westaway after chopping their hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, with Kc hairdresser Jacqui Carey and Ashlee Sandwith, and Beechworth employee also making the chop Hannah Westaway.

Ballarat Lady Devils v Doncaster Rovers @ Morshead Park L-R – Alexandra Amore – Doncaster, Holly Williamson, Jordyn Donald – Ballarat

2014 – Ballarat mum Kate Gale is this year’s ambassador for the Mother’s Day Classic. She is also a breast cancer survivor after being misdiagnosed several times. L-R – Bree Gale – 9yo, Kate Gale, Gemma Gale – 7yo

Corey Smith is the new area manager for Country Victoria/Southern Australia Director of Coaching, in the new Ballarat Futsal Centre

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IWIB celebrates 10th anniversary of business women’s awards

IWIB celebrates 10th anniversary of business women’s awards TweetFacebookRead more: IWIB 2017 Awards winners story: PHOTOSThe first awards were held in March 2009and have become a highly soughtafter badge of honour for businesswomen in theregion.
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Read more: IWIB 2016 Awards winners story. PHOTOSMrs Papac said the feedback from entrants over the years was that win, lose or draw the process was a great exercise in self analysis of their business and a good exercise in personal development.

She said it hadalso been a great to unearth new businesses and otherswho hadbeen flying under the radar for years without seeking recongition. In the proces she has discovered someamazing stories.

“Wehave many businesswomen in our community with viable, sustainable businesses who are going beyond in many ways,” she said.

“Part of IWIB’s ethos is about community, giving back to the community and this has been encouraged for the past 12 years at IWIB.”

“We encourage business people to be actively involved in the community as part of our corporate social responsibility. Many of our members have taken this on board and are out there being actively involved, giving back to the community.”

Read more: IWIB 2015 Awards winners story: PHOTOSMrs Papac said her favourite memory from the last 12 years at IWIB though was having guest speaker Turia Pitt as a speaker twice.

“And I am looking forward to her coming back again as speaker at our last lunch for the year in November with a different story to tell now she is a mother,” she said.

“Turia is probably the most inspiring and motivating person I have met, and take on board her daily mentoring on social media.”

Read more:Inspirational Turia Pitt talks about facing fears and motherhood in WollongongAsked about her favourite memory from the past 10 years of awards was every awards day.

Her other favourite thing about the awards is “when the judges phone through their category winners and highly commended to me, every year I look forward to receiving the results”.

Read more: IWIB 2014 Awards winners story: PHOTOSA highlight this year has been going to each sponsor and head judge and interviewing them on what they thought about the finalists this year.

“Every judge this year had a very difficult time with the calibre of finalists and all commented that it was the most difficult year they have experienced for judging,” she said.

Read more: IWIB 2013 Awards winners story: PHOTOSMrs Papac said itwas uplifting to receive an email from Katrina Rowland, ofMortgage Success, whowas the inauguralIWIB Business Woman of the Year in 2009.

Ms Rowland saidwinning an awardbroughtreal rewards of recognition and a noted level of excellence to your current and future customers.It also brings pride and self satisfaction.

Anniversary: Virginia Wren, Dianne Chalk, Glenda Papac and Margaret Biggs will be among hundreds of women celebrating IWIB this Friday. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Story from the 10thanniversary of IWIB in 2016.

Illawarra Women in Business director GlendaPapactook over running of the peak women’s networking group in 2006 afterIWIB started in2004.

Under the direction of MrsPapac and her friendDelyse Del Turco for seven of the 10 years the peak businesswomen’s networking group has grown from strength to strength.

So much so it is now one ofthe biggest and most active networking bodies in the state.

It originally met every six weeks at the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant in Wollongong with up to 250 women on its database by 2007 when more than 100 women attended meetings.

At the outsetMrs Papac said theaim of IWIB was to help the women of the Illawarra grow their business by active interaction with others in thebest possible networking environment.

That was achieved by herstrong leadership, her interest in every business involved and he continuedsupport and encouragement.

MrsPapacsaid it was a particularly good environment for women just starting out in their businesses, as well as for women established in their businesses and looking to build their business.

Over the last decade IWIB hasprovided women with the opportunity to develop business relationships, refer work to each other, access joint marketing initiatives, seek advice from other women in business and build friendships.

The meetings are attended by a cross-section of women of all ages from a broad range of businesses.

Agrowing number of men have become involved over the years as welland are encouraged to contribute.

MrsPapachas always ensured IWIB is Illawarra-run for businesses in the Illawarra and that all money raises for charity stays in the region.

Every meeting supports a nominated charity and has featured an interesting guest speaker.

MrsPapacis always one to step out and try new things and during the last decade there have been many innovations.

One of her goals has been to help more women become actively involved in prominent leadership roles in the community.

She also encouraged them to continually enter awards. And says that is as much about what you learn in the process as anything else.

To date everything she had tried has worked. And many in business circles think it is a pity Mrs Papac is not able to enter the awards herself.

The IWIB awards are only one of her successes.

Othershave been the informal IWIB Coffee Club networking events and large lunches with high profile speakers such as Turia Pitt, Dawn Fraser and Mark Bouris.

IWIB now hosts two big lunches a year that are attended by up to 450 people.

TheIan Thorpe lunch in September is the next one. It is timedfor just after the Rio Olympics.

When Mrs Del Turco decided she needed to stand down as a director to focus on other things in 2014 an advisory board was established to help MrsPapacrun what has become a dynamic peak networking group for businesswomen.

Those board members are the Disability Trust’sMargaret Biggs, Hillross Fairy Meadow’sDianneChalkand Illawarra ITeC business development managerVirginia Wren.

Looking ahead to the next decade of IWIB one thing is for sure.MrsPapacand her advisory board will continue to innovate and grow the networking group for the good of everyone involved and the region.

Read more:Judging begins at Centro CBD for the 2018 Illawarra Women In Business (IWIB) Awards.2009 IWIB Awards winners story 2009 winners Kartina Rowlands and Angela Saville.

Dynamic duo share in business success

KATRINARowlandsand Angela Saville are today celebrating the honour of being the first Illawarra Business Women of the Year.

The two female role models received the honour at yesterday’s first Illawarra Women in Business (IWIB) awards at the Lagoon Restaurant.

IWIB directors Delyse Del Turco and Glenda Papac said there had been a great response to the inaugural awards, designed to celebrate and encourage achievement and promote positive role models for other women.

Mrs Papac said many had used the awards experience to help build their business profiles.

In entering, they had to demonstrate ambition, energy, skill, vision and tangible business success. And that is exactly what the judges saw in 2009 IWIB Illawarra Business Woman of the YearKatrinaRowlands.

They described her as a vivacious, multi-award-winning entrepreneur driven by a passion to be the first and best-choice financial services provider. They said she was well known and highly respected by her peers in a male-dominated industry.

As one of a select few high-profile women in the mortgage business she had become an important role model for diversity. What also impressed the judges was MsRowlands’ mentoring of younger women entering the profession.

The citation read: “Katrina’s remarkable integrity, dedication and warmth, combined with a down-to-earth business savvy, is evidenced by all who meet her. She is both humbled and honoured by the accolades she receives from her peers, her team (who nominated her for this award) and her many satisfied clients.”

MsRowlandswrote in her submission that her inspiration came from a deep-seated wish to be happy.

And no-one was more proud of her yesterday than her partner in business and in life, John, and her four children.

MsRowlandssaid the recognition was appreciated because she knew what she did was the best that she could do.

To be acknowledged for that locally meant people in this region recognised her hard work. She said it was a long, hard road to succeed in any business but even harder for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

MsRowlandssaid she was happy for IWIB to use her as a role model.

“I encourage others to really work to their full potential, especially women. I think the world is open to all of you to really do the best and be the best you can be. There is no marker to achieve that. It is just the satisfaction to know you have done the best you can. And the more you can share that with others is fantastic.”

Illawarra Young Business Woman of the Year Angela Saville was recognised for her decision to transform a hobby into a very successful business that had reaped enormous benefits for the Illawarra.

The judges were impressed by the way she took the gamble to leave her secure employment in the education system to set up a business that now employs many other Illawarra people. They said along the way she had developed skills in all aspects of her business, from management and marketing to financial matters.

Her citation read: “Savvy Fitness is enhancing the health and well-being of growing numbers of both young and more mature Illawarra citizens and is complemented by the many charitable initiatives that she runs.”

Mrs Saville said the win was very unexpected, much appreciated and a real privilege to receive in front of so many impressive women.

“We are all passionate in what we do which, I think, is the secret ingredient to being successful,” she said.


2009 IWIB Illawarra Business Woman of the Year:

Winner -KatrinaRowlands, of Mortgage Success.Finalist – Miranda Bond, of Inika Mineral Cosmetics.Highly Commended – Liz Anderson of Club 46, and Angela Johnson, of Evanscorp.2009 Young Business Woman of the year:

Winner – Angela Saville, of Savvy Fitness.Finalist – Jessica Saad, of University of Wollongong.Highly Commended – Jonni Nicolaou, of Lagoon Seafood Restaurant, and Jodi Pyke, of Finance Control.2010 IWIB Awards winners story 2010 IWIB Business Woman of the Year Angela Saville and Young Businesswoman of the Year Amy Harper.

Sisterhood savours achievers

LAST year was an incredible year for Angela Saville, and2010is shaping up the same way.

She was acknowledged at yesterday’s Illawarra Women In Business (IWIB)awardsas a wonderful role model and inspiration to other women business leaders in the Illawarra.

The Savvy Health and Fitness proprietor was widely applauded when she was announced as Illawarra Business Woman of the Year.

Mrs Saville started 2009 by being namedIWIBYoung Business Woman of the Year and ended it by being named Illawarra Young Business Person of the Year.

Around that, she supported husband Glen Saville as he backed Mat Campbell in the quest to save the Wollongong Hawks and helped the team reach the NBL grand finals.

The Illawarra Grammar School deputy headmaster Monica Watt was highly commended in the Business Woman of the Year category.

The judges said Mrs Saville took a positive approach to business and through her passion for her work had helped thousands of people improve their health and well-being: “Angela has achieved strong growth, with a clever and innovative brand strategy leading to an iconic business profile.

“Her business culture and approach is overwhelming positive and she has taken a leadership role to work collaboratively with her competitors for the benefit of the fitness industry.

“She also makes a positive contribution to the community through charity fundraising and contribution to schools and sporting teams.”

Amy Harper of Kells the Lawyers was namedIWIBYoung Business Woman of the Year, and Carrie Baldwin of Streamlined Bookkeeping was highly commended.

The judges said Mrs Harper showed great leadership, commitment and pride in her community.

They described her as quiet and unassuming with great personal values, commitment and professionalism when dealing with clients, mentoring junior staff or working in the general community.

TheIWIBBest BusinessAwardwent to Angel Recruitment & Consultancy Group, and Domina Insurance, run by Karen Ferguson, was highly commended.

Angel Recruitment was recognised for the way Beti Krsteski developed a one-person concept into a growing recruitment group.

Like an angel who is there when people need her, she broke into an established marketplace by valuing each candidate individually.

In the process, Angel Recruitment initiated a youth employment strategy in the region, and has been heavily involved in International Women’s Day Illawarra, Women on Boards and JCI Illawarra.

Rossi Simicic Lawyers was named Best Small Business and Phytness Physiotherapy’s Nicole Frost and Angela Rodwell were highly commended.

Lisa Hughes and Kristine Morgan, of Love Being Woman, Beti Krsteski of Angel Recruitment and Consultancy Group, Tiarna Simicic and Lou Rossi of Rossi and Simicic Lawyers who took out awards at the Illawarra Businesswomen’s Awards at the Lagoon Restaurant in 2010.

The judges said Luciana Rossi and Tiana Simicic’s success was driven by their passion and motivation for providing high-quality legal services and their enthusiasm for mentoring and providing training and development opportunities for young lawyers, ongoing community support and promotion of green work practices.

Love Being Woman won the Best Home Based BusinessAward, with Anne and Nicole Floral Designers highly commended.

The judges said Love Being Woman directors Kris Morgan and Lisa Hughes demonstrated a clear business vision, had a well-researched, clearly defined business plan and had shown how a small home-based business could be successfully developed.

2011IWIB Awards winners story Glenda Papac, Carmen Rudd winner of Business Woman of the Year and Delyse Del Turco at the Illawarra Women in Business Awards in 2012..

Rudd, Viselli top women’s awards

CarmenRudd and Natalie Viselli have been named as the Illawarra Business Woman of the Year and Illawarra Young Business Woman of the Year.

The prestigious awards were announced when Illawarra Women in Business (IWIB) directors Glenda Papac and Delyse Del Turco yesterday hosted the third annualIWIBIllawarra Business Women’s Awards.

Mrs Rudd was recognised for her role in developing Wollongong Serviced Apartments into a leading accommodation venue, developing an innovative new business called Illawarra Concierge and using her business successes to make a difference to many people in the Wollongong community and around the world.

She was chosen from 20 finalists for making many significant contributions with her time, talents and resources.

This year’s awards had double the number of entries from 2010.

In accepting her award, Mrs Rudd acknowledged her late father Paul Gauci for inspiring her in business.

Ms Viselli, a senior research manager with IRIS Research, was hailed as a great role model for all young women in the region.

She was recognised for her outstanding leadership at work and with organisations such as JCI lllawarra, her enthusiasm, her energy and the tireless way she has inspired others to do well.

However, Ms Viselli surprised everyone when she revealed she had recently made a very difficult decision to move to Canberra, to be with her partner.

The judges said the standard of entries this year was a testament to how many outstanding young business women there were in the Illawarra.

A highly commended award in theIWIBYoung Business Woman of the Year category went to Alita Ashcroft, of Contours Woonona and Dapto.

It was a great day for Ms Ashcroft and her business partner Alexandra Blake.

Contours Dapto was namedIWIBBest Business and Contours Woonona the best small business.

The judges said the two young business women stood out for creating systemised processes to ensure business continuity.

They also gave back to the community through health education for children, the mentally ill, middle aged and elderly women, mentored and motivated their staff and created social, educational and healthy communities within their business.

Shortly after Contours Woonona was established in October 2006 it was ranked the number one Contours franchisee in NSW and number two in Australia.

More than 80 per cent of all new members at Contours Woonona and Dapto are women who have never exercised before.

Ann + Nicole Floral Designers, owned by Ann Crasti and Nicole Goodyer, was recognised as the best home-based business.

The judges said the small enterprise had carefully planned its growth and development, clearly understood and capitalised upon its strengths and had implemented well defined strategies to overcome the challenges of being a home-based business.

The Best New Business was Renewable Recyclers.

Since the start of trading last March the business owned by Alison Perizi has seen its team grow from five to 14, diverted over 180 tonnes of toxic e-waste from landfill, provided 122 refurbished computers for the community, planted 360 trees through its customer loyalty program and worked tirelessly towards building a sustainable Illawarra.

It has also created job opportunities for people who face barriers with mainstream employment.

Margaret Biggs, of The Illawarra Grammar School, was namedIWIBNetworking Champion of the Year and was described as an outstanding member of the business community.

“Margaret is the person you go to when you need to know something or someone,”IWIBdirector Glenda Papac said.

“These awards showcase outstanding examples of how women in the Illawarra are driving forward the local economy.

“These awards are recognised as a highlight for women in the Illawarra business community and as a highlight in the annual business calendar,” she said.

“The number of applicants received this year has doubled.”



Winner: Carmen Rudd, Wollongong Serviced Apartments & Illawarra Concierge.Highly commended: Sandra Pires of Why Documentaries, Chris Beaven of Kidzwish Foundation, Jane Milinkovic of O’Donnell Hennessy & Co Chartered Accountants, Lou Rossi of Rossi Simicic Lawyers, Marion MacLean of You Are What You Eat, and Fiona Magro of Admin Resolutions.■ YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR:

Winner: Natalie Viselli of IRIS Research.Highly commended: Alita Ashcroft of Contours Woonona and Dapto.■ BEST BUSINESS:

Winner: Contours Dapto (Alexandra Blake and Alita Ashcroft).■ BEST SMALL BUSINESS:

Winner: Contours Woonona (Alexandra Blake and Alita Ashcroft).Highly commended: Why Documentaries (Sandra Pires).■ HOME-BASED BUSINESS:

Winner: Ann + Nicole Floral Designers (Ann Crasti and Nicole Goodyer).Highly commended: Your Contact Solutions (Melinda Charlesworth).■ BEST NEW BUSINESS:

Winner: Renewable Recyclers (Alison Perizi).Highly commended: Early Years Care (Marie Smith).■ NETWORKING CHAMPION OF THE YEAR:

Winner: Margaret Biggs of The Illawarra Grammar School.2012IWIB Awards winners story At the 2012 awards were Glenda Papac, Amy Harper, of Kells the Lawyers, Jenny Hirst, of IBC, and Business Woman of the Year Margaret Bowen, of the Disability Trust.

Women making their mark

IllawarraWomen in Business have named Margaret Bowen, of The Disability Trust,2012Illawarra Business Woman of the Year.

Mrs Bowen was recognised at the2012IWIBIllawarra Business WomenAwardsfor taking a humble company with four employees 25 years ago to an organisation with 700 people.

The judges said she had passion and commitment to developing quality services that met the needs of clients, families and carers.

Illawarra Young Business Woman of the Year was Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, Novotel Brighton and Mercure Gerringong human resources manager Emily Squires, who has initiated numerous programs for staff, customers and the community and had overseen an employee satisfaction rate of 98.7 per cent and a successful indigenous employment program.

She was also the inspiration behind the Amazing Race Wollongong, which raised $15,000 for Mission Australia and acts as a mentor and role model for staff as well as hospitality and events students at TAFE and university.

The new Business Woman of the Future category went to former St Mary’s College student Melissa Ljubic, who is doing the final year of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce at UOW.

She has combined her passion for social justice with her interest in economics and business and recently returned from Washington after an internship on Capitol Hill.

The Networking ChampionAwardwas presented to Vi Blazevska, of ANZ Bank Wollongong, and the Best New BusinessAwardwent to Skin Correctives, founded 14 months ago by Karen Meiring De Gonzalez.

Butler Creative was named Best Home-Based Business and Cheboom Bridal won the Best Small BusinessAward.

Last year’s businesswoman of the year Carmen Rudd tasted more success in2012, with Wollongong Serviced Apartments named Best Business.

IWIBIllawarra Business WomenAwardwinners.

Illawarra Business Woman of the Year: Margaret Bowen, of The Disability Trust. Highly Commended: Amy Harper, of Kells.Illawarra Young Business Woman of the Year: Emily Squires, of Accor. Highly Commended: Hayley Kelloway, of RMB.Business Woman of the Future: Melissa Ljubic, of UOW. Highly Commended: Valentina Stojcevska, of Kells.Networking Champion: Vi Blazevska, of ANZ Bank.Best New Business: Skin Correctives. Highly Commended: Birdie & Oak.Best Home-Based Business: Butler Creative. Highly Commended: AB Computer Training.Best Small Business: Cheboom Bridal. Highly Commended: Simple Fitness.Best Business: Wollongong Serviced Apartments. Highly Commended: The Disability Trust.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Congratulations to all over STOMP success

Congratulations must go to the Cessnock Business Chamber as well as the many local restaurants, wineries, businesses, gourmet products and food and market stallsthat took part and of course, everyone that attended the 2016 STOMP Festival.
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By all accounts the Festival was a raging success with in excess of 10,000 people enjoying all that our local area has to offer. This was certainly great for our local economy and would not have been possible without everyone … too many to name here … that made the Festival the success that it was!

STATE AWARDFor a number of years, the NSW Government State Representative Award has been recognising people who have represented the State of NSW in a competitive field.

Nominees of any age, who have represented NSW in a competitive field, whether it is sport, music, the arts or academic, either nationally or internationally, can be nominated for the award.

The nomination form can be obtained either by contacting my office or be downloaded from the website of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet at 梧桐夜网dpc.nsw.gov419论坛/programs_and_services/nsw_government_awards. The nomination form must be filled out and then signed by a referee (e.g. coach or instructor) who is an official representative of the NSW state organisation for which the nominee has been selected to represent NSW.

Further information regarding the Award can be obtained from the abovementioned website, by email to [email protected]论坛 or by phoning Protocol and Special Events on 9228 5016.

MESSAGEREQUESTSQuite often my office is contacted about requests for congratulatory messages for 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries and 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays for either parents, family members or friends.

For the request to be processed, you will need to provide supporting documentation such as birth certificates or marriage certificates.

The request is submitted by my office to the NSW Premier via the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and if appropriate, it will be then passed on to the NSW Governor, the Prime Minister and the Governor-General, so you only have to make one application if you are entitled to get messages from other parties.

Requests for congratulations are accepted up to six weeks before the birthday or wedding anniversary.

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Souths, Tigers clash to be comedy of errors

Not again: Robbie Farah couldn’t face another loss against the Canberra Raiders in Canberra last week. Picture: Stefan Postles/Getty ImagesTomorrow, the Wests Tigers will face the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
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Ordinarily a clash between the two squads would be one to circle on the calendar –but this year it deserves to be scratched off.

The Bunnies are performing worse this season than they have at any time in recent memory, even going down to the bottom-placed Sydney Roosters in round six.

And the mighty Tigers are not as mighty as their first two wins of the season would suggest.

Last weekend, the boys in orange were demolished by the Green Machine, with the Canberra Raiders scoring 60 points to the Tigers’ six.

The defeat saw the Tigers brought to their sixth straight loss.

The Bunnies haven’t been much better, only managing three wins from their first eight games.

Significant injuries will also put a dampener on Thursday’s battle.

The green and red team will see key playmaker Adam Reynolds sidelined with another jaw injury.

Also watching from the stands will be John Sutton, whowon’t be back until round 17.

The Bunnies will however benefit from the return of star winger Alex Johnston, who is expected to take the field after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Tigers are still missing courageous captain Aaron Woods, whose ankle injury will see him sitting in the stands for another two to three weeks.

David Nofoaluma is also sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury, while off-season buy Matt Ballin has yet to make his club debut due to his own troublesome knee injury.

After weeks of terrible losses and an inability to close out a game, it’s hard to imagine the Rabbitohs and Tigers match-up as anything but a comedy of errors.

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Model trains at Melrose in full flow

More than 850 people took the opportunity to be a passenger on the model trains at Melrose Park on the Sunday of Anzac Day Long Weekend.
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This is a record number of passengers –although visitor numbers continue to rise.

The park opened for the Sunday –it opens on the second and fourth Sunday of each month during daylight savings –attracting visitors from throughout to enjoy a ride or two.

A bouncy castle was also there for the children to have additionalfun.

Model Engineers Secretary, David Lloyd said there were two steam engines running on the day and about four other trains taking passengers for rides around the park.

Passengers are taken on a kilometre journey through Melrose Park and enjoy various obstacles including a bridge and tunnel.

“It kept our signal man very busy and very concentrated,” Mr Lloyd said.

This track has been the hard work of many volunteers for years and it’s gaining popularity.

Mr Lloyd said the visitor numbers to the Model Engineers park had steadily increased during the years and that more and more people were turning out on the train days.

Including a strong number of locals.

Clare has a standardised track, which allowsother trains to run on their tracks –it has seen trains come from elsewhere in SA and even as far as QLD.

There are 85 affiliated independent Model Engineer clubs throughout Australia, with seven of those in SA.

“It’s a great hobby because it involves all sorts of things.”

The youngest person to ever ride at the Model Engineers park in Clare was just five days old, while the oldest was 96.

It isfun for all ages.

The next trains day will be on Sunday, May 8 from 1.30pm.

It’s just $2 per ride and adults and children are welcome –free rides for children under three years old.

Mr Lloyd encouraged people to attend and check out what was on offer at the park.

It’s a place to take the whole family for abit of Sunday afternoon fun, take a picnic and relax for the afternoon of train rides.

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Support gap for disabled using servos

Filling up on petrol is a task taken for granted –but when you are not capable of doing so independently what options do you have?
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SEEKING SUPPORT: Springdale Heights resident Elaine Baker says there should be better support at service stations for disabled people. Picture: MARK JESSER

Springdale Heights resident Elaine Baker asked this question when she moved into her home in 2014.

Mrs Baker, who uses a walking frame, relied on her neighbour for helpwhen living in Jindera and has had difficulty finding assistance since living on the Border.

“Me and my son drove around Albury-Wodonga looking for a place that will help me,” she said.

“A lot of the time staff couldn’t as they were the only ones in the shop, or they just said no.

“I’d like to stay living in my home as long as I can but I’m starting toget sofrustrated.

“I know in Albury-Wodonga, thereare a lot ofdisabled people –where do they go?”

Disability Advocacy and Information Service Inc. executive officer Martin Butcher said he often receives inquiries about petrol stations.

“We find there is an issue …some petrol stations won’t assist people,” he said.

“For some people it can be a barrier to using their cars.

“We find independent stations are usually better and people can build relationships with them.

“I know that there’s a Caltex Station in North Alburythat if you were to go and honk your horn theywill come out,” he said.

A Caltex spokesman said there were four “honk for assistance” sites on the Border –on the corner of Dean Street and Creek St, Thomas Mitchell Drive, Union Road and on Bonegilla Road.

He advised customers to check theavailability for the assistance with these stores.

Mr Butcher said more could be done to support disabled people.

“I would ask petrol stations totrain their staff to keep an eye out for people with disabilities and to promote any driveway assistance,” he said.

“Wedo get people from the Border unaware of anybody that will assist them.

“If they promote it, it will becomeknown,and ifyou provide a good service people will come and use it.”

Caltex services providing the driveway support across the region can be found by selecting the “honk for assistance” filter on the online store locator.

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