Walking many miles for smiles

Toni Carey, clowning around for a good cause.Ingebirah local Toni Carey is getting close to the start date for her “Miles for Smiles Charity event”, a walk from Jindabyne to Bowral in the Southern Highlands, beginning next Monday August 24 at around 9.00am. She will commence with a three kilometre (km) snowshoe walk up at Perisher and then go down to Jindabyne to walk around the lake. Toni and several companion walkers will finish up in Bowral on Saturday September 12.
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The walk will cover a distance of around 230km taking in various bush trails and town walks along the way, with a stop over in Canberra of around five to six nights, where Toni and her companion walkers will walk around the Canberra CBD, Lake Burley Griffin and also walk some bush trails in the surrounding National Parks.

“During the walk we will dress as Clowns and carry buckets for donations, brochures and smiles on sticks to give out to passers by in an attempt to raise awareness and hopefully, $5,000 for the Clown Doctors who do a fantastic job of making sick children and hospital staff in over 22 different hospitals around Australia, smile,” Toni said.

Toni retired to Ingebirah from Bowral where she had worked in the health sector. A friend of hers, Dr Peter Spitzer, a family GP, brought Clown Doctors to Australia and started the Humour Foundation in 1997 with performer Jean Paul Bell. Dr Spitzer passed away last year and Toni is walking in memory of Dr Spitzer as well as to raise money for the Humour Foundation.

Anyone wanting further information may contact Toni at [email protected]南京夜网.

She also has a Facebook site: facebook南京夜网/jindabyne2bowral and for donations people can donate directly to: https://clodocs.everydayhero南京夜网/au/milesforsmiles

If people want to catch up with Toni, walk some of the way or donate while she is on the road, her schedule for the region is;

Day one, August 24 – Jindabyne Town walk 4.35km, extra walk towards Lake Jindabyne 3.27km and Rock Creek Snowshoe Track at Perisher 3km.

Day two, Tuesday August 25 – Lake Jindabyne walk along foreshore to East Jindabyne 17.5km.

Day three, Wednesday August 26 – Coolamatong Golf Course walk and Berridale shops 8km

Day four, Thursday August 27 – Tuross River walking Track – Wadbilliga National Park 4km, North Ridge Reserve walk 4km, Lambie Street historic walk 5km.

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It started with the kids

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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE: Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club vice-captain Annette Chapman, captain Adam Woodward and president Rodney Austin are preparing for a busy season on the beaches.

TWO people who have taken leadership of Mollymook Surf Club’s patrols over the coming season both started their involvements with the club after their children got involved with the Nippers program.

New surf club captain Adam Woodward and vice-captain Annette Chapman are preparing for a busy season patrolling Mollymook Beach from September 19, along with the North Mollymook and Narrawallee Beaches for six weeks during the peak season.

Adam and Annette said no major changes were planned to the club’s operations.

Instead, “It’s just a matter of maintaining the standards that we’ve got,” Adam said.

The club has about 200 patrolling members and “Our job is to ensure they are the best informed they can possibly be,” Adam said.

“It’s not difficult to do because they are all so diligent.”

Part of their role of overseeing all patrols and life saving duties is focused on ensuring all volunteers are complying with all health and safety regulations, to maintain the club’s high standards.

Those standards were important, Annette said.

“I think everyone who’s a part of this club is proud to be involved,” she said.

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Workers back at Kelso aged care project expansion

BACK ON TRACK: Whiddon Kelso’s director of care services Nicole Mahara and Andrew Symons, site manager for Grindley Construction, on site yesterday at the $14 million expansion of the local aged care facility. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081915cwhiddn2A $14 million aged care project at Kelso is back on track.
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The Whiddon Group’s plan to expand its residential care home was thrown into turmoil in early July when the company in charge of the project went into liquidation.

The demise of Keystone Projects came as a shock to the teams of tradies working on the expansion, but most of them are now back on site and working for the new team in charge from Grindley Construction.

In the meantime, Whiddon says the appointed Keystone administrator will follow due process in matters relating to all creditors.

When completed, the project will add 60 aged care beds to the nursing home.

The additional rooms will all be private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. There will also be an on-site cafe, restaurant-style dining rooms and a beauty salon.

Whiddon Kelso says construction is again well underway just over five weeks since Keystone Projects went into voluntary liquidation.

In the week following the liquidation, Whiddon secured Grindley Construction as the new partner and began re-engaging subcontractors who were previously working under Keystone Projects.

The majority have been retained, including Bathurst Electrical, Tanner Plumbing, Dunbar Scaffolding and Jim Grives Bricklaying.

Whiddon’s director of care services Nicole Mahara said the expansion was now about one month away from completion.

“We have achieved a number of key milestones over the past few weeks, including the pouring of the new road and driveway that leads to our new entrance,” she said.

“Over the next few weeks the subbies will be working on landscaping, painting and the electrical fit off, and our Whiddon team will be fitting out the interior of the home prior to opening.

“The worksite has regained its buzz and, with the subcontractors back on-site, work is really progressing once again.

“We are around one month out now and, with inquiries and our wait list continuing to grow, we are looking forward to opening the new wing and welcoming our new residents.

“A few of our team travelled to Sydney last Saturday to help at the opening of our new home in Glenfield [also by Grindley Construction] and having seen the finished product and heard the wonderful feedback from families, we are very excited for our own opening.

“The support that we’ve received has been fantastic, our residents, staff, families and community have been great and very understanding and we have been working with Grindley Construction and the local team.

“We’ve had barbecues on-site and invited the builders to join us for a couple of morning teas.”

Grindley Construction site manager Andrew Symons said the past few days had been the busiest at Kelso since Grindley took over.

“We’ve got labourers, concreters, tilers, plumbers, painters, landscapers, electricians, carpenters and many more on-site,” he said.

The new wing at Whiddon Kelso will be opening for tours for the many people on the waiting list and for the community in late September.

New residents will be moving in at the end of September.

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Stawell’s skies lit up by Aurora Australis

Bright: Lyn Mackenzie captured these images of the stunning Aurora on Saturday night. This photograph was taken by Lyn at 11.16pm.
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THE Wimmera was treated to Aurora Australis once again at the weekend.

Red skies: The skies lit up across the Wimmera as residents were treated to Aurora Australis once again at the weekend. This photo of the Aurora was taken at 11.42pm. Pictures: Lyn Mackenzie.

Lyn McKenzie was one of many photographers capturing the phenomenon.

She said it was the best show she had seen at Stawell.

“The one on Saturday night showed us several different types of aurora including a Proton Arc and Picket Fence.

“We don’t get to see it as clearly as Tasmania usually because we get the top of it, but on Saturday night we were not only able to capture it on camera,it was very clearly visible to the naked eye. It danced across the horizon as a whitish glow which showed the curtain effect as well as the beams shooting upwards.

“The cloud also co-operated by clearing right away and only returned as the show waned around midnight.’’

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Dirty days

MUD BATH: The Blues’ Dylan Galea gets a feel for the Ballan surface during last Saturday’s round 17 Central Highlands Football League clash with Hepburn. Picture: Kate Healy.BALLAN Football Netball Club president Billy Smith is confident the state of itshome ground won’t be a long-running issue, providingit can land funding to fix drainage issues at the sporting reserve.
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The Central Highlands Football League club has been forced to use alternate venues for many Tuesday night training sessions, despite a major upgrade of the playing surface during the off-season.

Ballan has not had to shift any home fixtures because of the issue, but its condition has been the talk of many within league circles.

Photos taken by The Courier’s Kate Healy on the weekend show just how bad the oval is in some areas.

Smith said thetwo issues contributing to the muddy surface were the lack of time the new grass hashad to establish and the drainage throughout the precinct.

Hesaid rainfall from the tennis and netball courts quickly flowed onto the oval, which is located well below.

“At the start of year all the seed washed off the oval because of the reserve drainage, so the oval had to be reseeded due to this issue,” Smith said.

“We are little bit disappointed, but we understandthat the grass is young and once it has a good 12 months for the grass to establish, we are hoping that it will be a lot better next year.”

Moorabool Shire Council chief executiveRob Croxford said it was expected that the oval would battle in its first season following the refurbishment, which was completed inApril.

“The playing surface held up well for the first part of the season, however with the recent heavy rains, like all grounds in the region, the quality of the surface can be compromised,”Croxford said.

Croxford saidcouncil had “no direct day-to-day responsibility for the recreation reserve”, buthas been and will continue to assist the crown land committee of managementand the club within itsresources.

He said any further drainage works will need to be assessed against allprojects into2016-17.

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