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Pros and cons of portable

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COMPACT: This Kambrook ceramic tower heater operates at a low surface temperature and is self regulating, creating a safe and energy efficient warmth in smaller spaces.

Consumers have a lot to consider when deciding on which portable heater will most suit their needs.

There are different benefits to each of thefan, oil, ceramic, radiant and micathermic heaters on the market.

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.

“As one of the more versatile options, oil heaters are great for all sized, closed living areas and radiant heaters offer instant, personal heat and are ideal for use in larger open plan spaces.”

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Bi-riteCarey CoversFostersLyal EalesMidwest ElectricalArarat Mower CentreGilbert & JuryStephen Dalton GasfittingTJO ServicesShe said convection heaters offer comfort for mid-sized living areas but one of themost energy efficient options weremicathermic heaters which are able to heat up quickly and evenly, reaching full power output in just minutes.

“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.

“Radiant heaters are ideal in larger, open plan areas, and spaces that have high ceilings which do not retain warm, heated air. Radiant heaters do not dry out the air as quickly as most other forms of heating.

“Convection heaters fill a space with warmth by heating air. These are ideal for smaller spaces sealed against draughts, where the warm air can be continually reheated.

She saidmicathermic heaters were different to other types of heaters and could be a better choice than an oil, fan or radiant heater.

“Micathermic heaters can heat up quickly and evenly, reaching full power output in just minutes. Offering instant warmth, this type of heating requires less time and energy to bring the room up to temperature.

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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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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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Croquet club plans fun day

ON THE TABLE: Secretary Delma Taylor and croquet committee Alex Nitsche, Pearl Hansonand and Peg Terry plan the Fun Day on May 7.
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Narooma Croquet Club will celebrateWorld Croquet Fun Day onSaturday, May 7, from 9am to 12 noon.

Everyone is invited to attend the event to be held at Dalmeny Sporting Club, Dalmeny. Entry is free and there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available.

Croquet club results:

Sunday, April17:Golf:Christine Stent, Peg Terry 7 v Pearl Hanson 6;Pearl Hanson, Peg Terry 3 v Christine Stent 7.Association:Kathy Hoyer 15 v Alex Nitsche 12;Pauline Wilcock 6 v Norm Hoyer 6.

ThursdayApril 21:Golf:Louise Starkie, Heather McGougherty 1 v Delma Taylor, Peg Terry 7;Sally McGougherty, Pearl Hanson 3 v Janet Jones, Marg Ensby 7;Louise Starkie, Melva Horsington 7 v Delma Taylor, Heather McGougherty 4;Peg Terry, Sally McGougherty 0 v Pearl Hanson, Janet Jones 7;Melva Horsington, Louise Starkie 7 v Margaret Ensby, Delma Taylor 4;Alex Nitsche 7 v Peg Terry, Pearl Hanson 4;Alex Nitsche, Margaret Ensby 7 v Pearl Hanson, Louise Starkie 3.Association:Norm Hoyer 13 v Alex Nitsche 16,Denese McCann 18 v Kathy Hoyer 7.

Sunday, April24:Golf:Delma Taylor 5 v Christine Stent, Peg Terry 7;Peg Terry 4 v Christine Stent, Delma Taylor 7;Christine Stent 5 v Delma Taylor 4;Christine Stent, Pearl Hanson 5 v Alex Nitsche, Peg Terry 7.Association results:Kathy Hoyer 11 v Alex Nitsche 15;Norm Hoyer 6 v Pearl Hanson 8.

Narooma Croquet Club is seeking new members:

If you are looking for new friends and having good social fun while getting some exercise then this is for you! Folks wanting to come and try are supplied all equipment. Bring a sun hat and wear flat sole shoes. Games are played Thursdays & Sundays, 9am to 1pm at Dalmeny Sporting Club, Dalmeny.

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Long walk home: Hikers hit the road for wounded diggers

Jaymie Brown (leading), Julie Johnson and Murray Stewart step out the kilometres on the Inverell to Graman road.THREE people from Mount Russell walked from Inverell to Graman on Sunday as participants in the Run 4 Kids Walking Wounded virtual marathon. They set off from Inverell at about 5am on Sunday, and by about 9.30am were about halfway there.
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The trio were part of a fundraiser for a charity that supports Australian soldiers who may struggle mentally, long after returning from their tours of duty.

A near-unprecedented level of military operations over the past 20 years has seen our soldiers involved in multiple overseas operations throughout their careers. Increased stress levels have dramatically impacted their mental health.

Walking Wounded is Brisbane based, mostly run by veterans and volunteers, and aims to engage, assist and refer young veterans and the families of the fallen to the help and relationships they need.

The marathon was set down to be completed by Anzac Day, so Julie Johnson, Jaymie Brown and Murray Stewart set off the day before to down the distance in one hit. “The challenge was to walk 42 kilometres,” Julie said.

“We’ve been supporting a different charity every month this year. Murray and I competed in Gosford last week in a battlefield mud run to support autism.” She said they participate in the events just to help out, and for the sake of completing the challenges.

“It’s a good deed and a good way to keep healthy and fit too,” Jaymie said.

“There’s a beer at the end at the Graman pub, and we’re looking forward to it,” she said.

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Warm the home efficiently

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EFFICIENT: Recent studies conducted in Australia show reverse cycle air conditioning systems are more efficient and cost effective to run than ever before.

As a general class, air conditioning faces the criticism of being costly to run, noisier than some other heating options and not the best for allergy suffers.

However, Dave Smith, general manager of sales and marketing for Fujitsu General Australia, saysrecent studies conducted in Australia have shown reverse cycle air conditioning systems more efficient and cost-effective to run than ever before.

And, he says, with gas prices expected to triple in the next few years, it makes split system air conditioning worth serious consideration.

“Engaging with a fully qualified air conditioning installer to install the product ensures the product operates as efficiently as it is designed to. This will also ensure the air conditioning system is correctly sized for the space required,” he said.

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Bi-riteCarey CoversFostersLyal EalesMidwest ElectricalArarat Mower CentreGilbert & JuryStephen Dalton GasfittingTJO Services“These days, thanks to state-of-the-art technologies, systems such as ourFujitsu inverter reverse cycle systems are quiet, can handle Australia’s weather extremes and reach the desired temperature quickly and have options with filters which helpremove fine particles and dust to maintain high indoor air quality.”

He said consumers need to consider which system will be right for their home.

“A reverse cycle split system allows homeowners to heat or cool one room or area, such as a bedroom or living area, theycan vary in capacity and can be matched to suit any area of the home.

“A multi system is ideal for use in multiple rooms within a home with up to four indoor units connected to one outdoor unit. For example, connect one larger indoor unit in the living area and three smaller indoor units for the bedrooms. Each indoor unit can also be individually controlled to suit that space.”

Ducted air conditioning systems offereven greater flexibility and a whole home solution with the ability to heat or cool the home using discreet grills in the ceiling. Ducted air conditioning can also be ‘zoned’ – this means each zone can be switched on or off as required. For example, bedrooms set-up as zone one, kitchen and living as zone two.

“It is important to be able to zone different areas as only heating or cooling the rooms that are occupied reduces energy consumption and improves cost efficiencies of the system. This can mean heating living areas during the day and bedrooms at night. It gives the homeowner greater control of their comfort.”

Dave’s Top TipsCarry outthe general maintenance requirements as outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure optimum efficiency. For indoor units, make sure there’s a regular filter maintenance routine to ensure the airflow is not restricted. For the outdoor unit, make sure it is clear from any obstructions such as leaves or other garden waste, or other household items such as the pet’s day beds so as to not block the airflow, which can reduce efficiency. Like a car, an air conditioner will require a professional to complete a service dependant on use – this can usually be completed at the 18 month to two year mark.

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Beryl the cheeky BrahmanVideo

Beryl is often found sleeping on the bath mats thanks to her love of rugs. Photo: Beryl the Brahman/FacebookBeryllives a life of luxury, flitting between snoozing in the living room and eating mangoes with dad in the backyard.
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Beryl is an eight-month-old Brahman calf.

Sally Webster wasin the cattle yard at her 2000-head cattle property near Georgetown, north Queensland, when she spotted the newborn.

Beryl was struggling to suckle because her mum was over-producing milk, which meanther teats were too big for the tiny calf to gether mouth around.

Mrs Webstersaid she reluctantly stepped in totry andhelp feed the calf, who if left in the yard with her mother, would have starved.

“I put my fingers in her mouth and dripped some water near her mouthand she drank straight away,” she said.

“It is one of those things that even though we took her from her mother we saved her life. It was a hard decision.

“Sometimes living on a station you have to interfere to save their lives.”

Ms Webster said the next day she and her husband Jake went into town and bought calf-feeding equipment and “that was it, she was part of the family”.

Beryl the Brahman loves cuddles on the lawn. Photo: Beryl the Brahman/Facebook

The 24-year-old couple had both grewup loving and living on the land and fell in love with Beryl straight away.

“Beryl is our first child, we are just recently married, hopefully kids will come along one day,” Mrs Webster said.

“She leads a pretty unique life, not many cows would have the life she has.”

While Beryl lives in her own small paddock right next to the house, she takes any opportunity to sneak into the house and hang out.

“She has a small paddock right near the house she can live in but she doesn’t go far way, she pretty much lives in our house yard and eats our lawn,” Mrs Webster said.

“I don’t think she thinks she is a cow, she is so human like, I think she thinks she is a dog.

“She is weaned now, but she knows where the powdered milk is that we fed her, so she tries to get into the house all the time, if we accidently leave the door open and we can hear a rustle and we know Beryl is probably inside.”

While she may look like the other cattle on the property, she is treated very differently.

“She loves eating fruit, bananas and mangoes, she loves sitting down with us on the lawn, she just wants to sit down with us, she sits on us all the time,” Mrs Webster said.

“If we can’t see her and we sing out ‘Beryl!’ she will moo back to us.

“We have six working dogs, they know the rules with Beryl -two of the pups used to snuggle up with Beryl, they used to curl up next to her.

“They are working dogs, they have to herd cattle but they know Beryl is not a normal cow, they know they can’t bark at her.”

While Beryl is likely to grow considerably -Brahman cows can reach a whopping 700 kilograms -Mrs Webster said she will likely remain a well-mannered lady.

“As long as she has manners we are happy, she knows when we are rousing, she is very placid,” she said.

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Pros and cons of portable

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COMPACT: This Kambrook ceramic tower heater operates at a low surface temperature and is self regulating, creating a safe and energy efficient warmth in smaller spaces.

Consumers have a lot to consider when deciding on which portable heater will most suit their needs.

There are different benefits to each of thefan, oil, ceramic, radiant and micathermic heaters on the market.

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.

“As one of the more versatile options, oil heaters are great for all sized, closed living areas and radiant heaters offer instant, personal heat and are ideal for use in larger open plan spaces.”

This Advertising Feature is sponsored by the following businesses. Click the link to learn more:

Bi-riteCarey CoversFostersLyal EalesMidwest ElectricalArarat Mower CentreGilbert & JuryStephen Dalton GasfittingTJO ServicesShe said convection heaters offer comfort for mid-sized living areas but one of themost energy efficient options weremicathermic heaters which are able to heat up quickly and evenly, reaching full power output in just minutes.

“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.

“Radiant heaters are ideal in larger, open plan areas, and spaces that have high ceilings which do not retain warm, heated air. Radiant heaters do not dry out the air as quickly as most other forms of heating.

“Convection heaters fill a space with warmth by heating air. These are ideal for smaller spaces sealed against draughts, where the warm air can be continually reheated.

She saidmicathermic heaters were different to other types of heaters and could be a better choice than an oil, fan or radiant heater.

“Micathermic heaters can heat up quickly and evenly, reaching full power output in just minutes. Offering instant warmth, this type of heating requires less time and energy to bring the room up to temperature.

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Legacy welcomes Sydney guests

David Gaddes, Eric Easterbrook, John Williams, Patrick Down and Bruce Carter at the dinner.MOREE’S Legacy group enjoyed the company of some high profile guests for their recent change-over dinner.
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Sydney Legacy president, legatee Eric Eastbrook, joined the Moree Division of Sydney Legacy for the evening.

As did Sydney Legacy COO David Gaddes and Moree Plains mayor Katrina Humphries.

Incumbent Moree Legacy president John Williams was returned for another stint in the role.

“It’s my second term,” Mr Williams said.

“I was previously president in the past too.”

Mr Williams said their members enjoyed a good evening.

The group remain an integral part of the Moree community, having worked tirelessly to support war widows and the elderly over many decades.

Mr Williams has been involved for 36 years and said in the past 10 to 15 years they’ve donated upwards of $600,000 to Fairview Hostel.

It’s a staggering effort, but John said the group are eager to continue their good deeds.

“I say we’ll go on a lot longer. We’re seeing now with peace keeping and more wars going on.

“Mr Eastbrook told us a story on the night about a lady who found herself in [financial] trouble, her husband was in hospital with PTSD… these are the things we do.” John said.

When he signed on to help Legacy in 1980, there were over 150 war widows in Moree – that number is now down to 41.

At next year’s change-over Mr Williams said he hopes he can report back on another successful year.

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Athletes to take on Aust Ironman

EUROCOAST: Peter Cox at the halfway mark of the 180km bike leg at Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie, last year.More than 2100 athletes from more than 40 countries are converging on Port Macquarie for the 31st running of Ironman Australia, the longest running Ironman event in Australia, to be held on Sunday May 1.
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Included in this number is a contingent from the Eurocoast Triathlon Club.

For the first time, Ironman Australia will be run on the same day as its little brother, Ironman 70.3.

An Ironman triathlon consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, followed by a standard distance marathon (42.2km), for a total race distance of 226km.

The winner is expected to complete this distance in about 8.5 hours.

The cut-off for all competitors to classify as finishers is 17 hours.

This year there are more than 1400 entrants.

Ironman 70.3 is a half Ironman distance (1.9km swim, 90km bike ride, 21.1km run).

There are more than 700 athletes entered for this race.

The Eurocoast Triathlon Club will be represented by four members in the premier race.

Simon Fitzgerald will be competing in his 12th Ironman Australia race.

Completion of 10 races has classified him as a Legend of this event.

Fitzgerald is aiming on improving on last year’s time of 13 hours16 minutes.

Patrick “Paddy”Hammond is returning to the Ironman distance.

His most recent Ironman race was in Western Australia in 2014, where he finished in 11 hours23 minutes.

The Port Macquarie course is harder and slower than the Western Australia course, due to the hills on the 180km bike leg.

Craig Shepheard returns for his second Ironman Australia. Craig finished in 12 hours50 minuteslast year.

Peter Cox also returns for his second attempt on the Ironman Australia event, after completing the course in 14hr 01 minute last year. He suffered blistered feet early in the marathon leg, which affected his time.

In the Ironman 70.3, local triathletes Ivo Ahlquist and Bec Shepheard will be stepping up to the half ironman distance.

Ivo won his age group at the Batemans Bay Triathlon festival held earlier this month, while Bec has also tasted success in shorter distance events.

Mention must be made of Dave Ross, from the NSW Mid North Coast.

Dave has competed in every Ironman Australia race since its inception at Forster in 1986, and has completed 30 races.

He is lining up again for his 31st attempt, and has been acknowledged as an Immortal of this event.

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