Schools on display for leaders

COOKOUT: State government executives and school staff Wayne Hunter, Paul Heithersay, Kym Winter-Dewhirst, Erma Ranieri, Joslene Mazel, Jenny Richter, Ben Pugsley, Kathy Davison, David Brown, Tony Harrison and Rowena Fox enjoyed lunch cooked by Mitchell Bates and Ethan Franklin.MEMBERS of the Department of Education and Child Development Department touched down on the West Coast this week get a first-hand look at the region’s education facilities as part of a wider visit by state government chief executives.
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Eyre Peninsula department of education and child development education director Rowena Fox said chief executives of all government departments made the trip and visited schools in Ceduna, Cleve, Ungarra and Port Lincoln.

“The purpose of the visit was to gain an appreciation of issues related to Eyre Peninsula, particularly in relation to child education and development,” Mrs Fox said.

The group made the trip to Ceduna Tuesday afternoon to assess the school’s flexible learning option centre and youth hub, before the senior management council met with local industry leaders for a cocktail night at the Port Lincoln Hotel that evening.

Ungarra Primary School was visited on Wednesday morning where the group inspected the school’s Stephanie Alexander garden kitchen before returning to Port Lincoln to meet with staff and students from the Port Lincoln High School.

“It was a great opportunity for the group to get a first hand look at the high school’s agriculture centre and the diverse options students have to them,” Mrs Fox said.

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Concern over radioactive storage

CONCERNED: Darren and Kelly Hunt, Tom and Helen Harris, Toni and Cameron Scott, Andrew and Justine Major, Peter and Sue Woolford and James, Jacinta and Bradley Woolford are some of the landowners concerned about the potential for a radioactive waste management facility to be placed in the Kimba and Buckleboo district.THE potential for a low to medium grade radioactive waste management facility in the Kimba and Buckleboo district has some local families concerned.
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After an information session in April and a call for voluntary nominations from landholders, two families with properties to the north of Kimba expressed interest in volunteering land for the facility.

The project is still in its early planning stages but a number of residents and landowners who are strongly opposed to the idea of the facility being placed anywhere in the district have decided to act.

Among these families’ concerns are the potential health effects a storage facility could have as well as future property values and the impact it could have on grain prices in years to come.

Cameron and Toni Scott said after their neighbours told them they had expressed interest in volunteering land for the facility, they were immediately concerned.

“When the information session was held in April it was the middle of seeding and a lot of us couldn’t make it,” Mr Scott said.

“Our concern is this facility could be near our farms and homes and we don’t know what the consequences could be in the future.”

Mr Scott said his family’s concerns were that there was no precedent to compare the proposed facility to and so much was unknown.

“We don’t know what it could do to the district’s reputation, what it could mean for our grain in the future, we don’t know what the outcomes will be for future generations,” he said.

Jeff and Jenny Baldock were one of the families to put in an expression of interest and said they let their neighbours know out of courtesy after making a submission.

Mr Baldock said he would be disappointed if the community didn’t keep an open mind until they had more information and said to debate the issue now was difficult as absolutely no decisions had been made in terms of the location of the facility.

“We thought it could potentially be a great advantage to our community,’ Mr Baldock said.

“No one would have put in a submission if we thought there was a chance it could be detrimental to the area we live in.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is hoping the Kimba district doesn’t “wipe off” the opportunity for a radioactive waste management facility to be located somewhere in the area.

He said earlier on he had floated the idea of nominating his property to explore the potential it had to help the Kimba community and an information session he held in April was to address any issues residents had with the idea of him housing it on his farm.

“After the meeting I had further advice that nominating my farm was not feasible because of a perceived conflict of interest.”

He said he asked the 48 people who attended if they objected to his nomination, to which he said residents were happy for him to “throw his hat in the ring”.

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Trio off to Fiji

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY REPS: Clare Bosman, Emily Williams and Jess Luchetti.FOLLOWING the Australian Country Hockeychampionships in Unanderra NSW, three ofLithgow best young hockey players – ClareBosman, Emily Williams and Jess Luchetti – wereselected in the Australian Country Under 21 side totour Fiji in December.
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It was a great tournament for Clare who wasalso named Players’ Player for NSW.

It was good tosee Clare selected for the tour as she was alsonamed in the side along with Jess Luchetti to tourFiji but had to withdraw due to injury.

Country went on to win gold.Jess, Emily and Clare were selected in this year’sNSW Women’s Country side following impressiveperformances at the recent Open women’s statechampionships.

Clare and Emily were selected as attacking midfielderswhile Jess was the custodian.

The side had a real Lithgow flavour with thecoach Wayne “Wally” Gaynor who has enjoyedconsiderable success at this level and this year hadto settle for bronze with NSW coming in third.

In their round robin games NSW defeatedSouth Australia 5-1, Western Australia 6-1,Australian Defence Force 6-3,Queensland 1-0 and Victoria 1-0.

NSW finished first in their pool afterthe round robin games, then playedWestern Australia in the semi final.

In was one plays four and in the othersemi where two plays three it wasQueensland taking on Victoria.

Although NSW did not play their bestthey tied with Western Australia 1-all atthe end of the semi final after beatingthem 6-1 in their previous meeting.

The game went into a penalty shootoutwhere players go one on one with theopposing goalkeeper.

It was all tied up again after the firstfirst five players with Jess Luchetti outstandingsaving three out of the five raidson her goalmouth.

Goalkeepers are at a distinct disadvantageagainst the free running attackersand the game went into a sudden deathformat.

It was Western Australia that broke thedeadlock and took the match in suddendeath.

In the other semi final Queenslanddefeated Victoria 1-0 and then in the final,Victoria took the title when they defeatedWestern Australia 2-0.

It was a disappointing end to the tournamentwith NSW scoring 20 goals forand only six against and being bundledout in a sudden death play-off.

For Jess and Clare it will be back to theaction on Saturday when they take onBathurst City in the Western PremierLeague semi final here at Lithgow with thePanthers keen to make it back to backtitles.

The girls who have represented at justabout every level during their careers arethe daughters of Paul and LeanneBosman, Samantha and Scott Luchettiand Bryan and Jan Williams.

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Support for Alinta closure includes Whyalla

A QUARTER of the $1 million in initialsupport for communities affected by Alinta Energy’s announcement to close its Flinders operations will now be distributed to Whyalla for job creation grants.
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Immediately following Alinta’s decision in June this year, the state government announced they would provide $1 million in initial support.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maherwas in Port Augusta today (Wednesday) to announce howthe broad split up the $1 million wouldbe allocated.

Both Port Augusta and Whyalla will receive $258,000 each for Regional Job Creation grants.

Mr Maher said thefunding wouldbe for existing or new businesses looking at expanding and employing more people.

The other half a million will be distributed as $258,000 to support ongoing viability of Leigh Creek and $225,000 to support Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback supply chain workers.

More to come.

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Party Pics: Out and about in Newcastle

Party Pics: Out and about in Newcastle Talisha Holley and Jason Varoxis, both of Hamilton.Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil
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Rachelle Kimbley, of Waratah, and Jenny Kimbley, of Hamilton North. What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Bill and Lyndal Coote, of Toronto.What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Belinda Hockings, Alex and Dianne Panov, all of New Lambton.What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Sarah-Jane Dunford, of Maitland, and Hannah Jacka, of East Maitland.What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Rebecca Lanfranchi, of Fishing Point, and Julie Collins, of Arcadia ValeWhat: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Erin Marney, of Gateshead, Garth Russell, of Merewether Heights, and Bec Bolton, of Macquarie Hills.What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Sam Cooper and Kari Armitage, both of Merewether Heights.What: Hunter Business Women’s Network Hunter Leaders Comedy Debate Who Makes A Better Boss – A Man or A Woman? Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle When: August 12Pictures: Simone De Peak

Clair Jamieson and Rachael Vince, both of Kotara South.Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil

Margaret and Jenna Worthing, both of New LambtonMaitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil

Claire and Scott Hughes, of Wallsend.Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil

Erin Ellis, of Hamilton South, and Ophy Lockyer, of Singleton.Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil

James Adams, of Rutherford, and Beck Rowley, of Wallalong. Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate FestivalWhere: Maitland Riverside When: August 15 Pictures: Marina Neil

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