Brooklyn to play footy for Norwood

MAKING HISTORY: Port Lincoln female footballer Brooklyn George, who plays with the boys in the Wayback under 13 team, will play for Norwood’s under 16 girls team in the first ever state junior girls league, which begins this weekend.PORT Lincoln female footballer Brooklyn George, 13, will be a part of the Norwood girls under 16 team and will compete in a history-making competition for women’s football in Australia.
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The SANFL girls competition is the first of its kind in Australia and will give 302 girls across the state the opportunity to play football for an SANFL club in either of the under 16 or under 14 grades.

Playing for the Wayback under 13s along with all the boys in Port Lincoln, Brooklyn is no stranger to football, having played locally for a number of years.

She said however she was looking forward to taking her talents to Adelaide and seeing where she stacked up against the best girls in the state.

By living on Eyre Peninsula, Brooklyn was zoned to the Norwood Football Club and will play her first game this Saturday against the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at Coopers Stadium.

Each club will play three games against the other teams in their zone over a three-week period with the best performing teams in either zone facing off in the grand final a week later.

After playing the Eagles this weekend, Norwood will play Central Districts and North Adelaide before one of the four teams gets a crack at the grand final.

Brooklyn said she was looking forward to being a part of an SANFL club and following her dream of one day playing for Port Adelaide in an AFL Women’s competition.

She said she was also eager to play on SANFL ovals and wear the Norwood Football Club guernsey.

Brooklyn will head in to the competition with a slight advantage over most of the other girls as 195 of the 302 registered players in the competition are new to football.

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Good turnout for Vietnam Vets Day

VIETNAM VETS: Vietnam Veteran Rodger Simes, Reverend Brian Bascombe and Port Lincoln RSL vice-president John Stanley paid tribute to the local soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War at a memorial service held at the RSL Club on Tuesday.FOUR Port Lincoln men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War were remembered during a Vietnam Veterans memorial service at the RSL Club on Tuesday.
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Reverend Brian Bascombe led the service and spoke of the men who “paid the ultimate sacrifice” for their country and their mates.

Port Lincoln RSL vice-president John Stanley said the Vietnam Veterans Day brought a good turnout and gave everyone the opportunity to remember those who fought in the conflict.

Sergeant Douglas Baker, Lance Corporal Kevin Mitchinson, Private Ronald Hood and Trooper Hugh Carlyle all died in the war and were all remembered with wreaths laid in their honour.

Formerly a remembrance service for the Battle of Long Tan, the day was renamed to the Vietnam Veterans Day in order to recognise everyone who fought throughout the war.

At the end of the service, the sound of the chopper was played loudly throughout the room and the veterans that were there said it brought back a lot of memories, both good and bad.

“The sound of the chopper makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up,” Vietnam Veteran Rodger Simes said.

Mr Simes said soldiers in the conflict were at war for about six weeks at a time and the sound of the chopper either meant you were going to war or you were going home, which were two very different feelings.

Members and friends joined together afterwards for a light lunch and a few drinks.

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Chiefs see fisheries first hand

EXECUTIVE VISIT: Primary Industries and Regions South Australia chief executive Scott Ashby and South Australian Sardine Industry Association president Sean Kalling tasted some local seafood during a visit to Port Lincoln from all major state government department chief executives.LOCAL fishing and aquaculture industries got the opportunity to show off their wares when chief executives from major state government departments visited Port Lincoln this week.
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During the visit several of the chief executives met with fishing and aquaculture representatives on board the Markane sardine fishing vessel for a seafood lunch.

Catered by Kris Bunder from Del Giorno’s, the chief executives got to taste premium quality seafood and wine from the region while also discussing issues facing their industries.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia chief executive Scott Ashby said the visit acted as an opportunity to see how the sector operated at ground level.

“What we’re seeing is the end product of the planning and hard work of industry and our fisheries offices,” he said.

Mr Ashby said the departments needed to work constructively with industries in order to expand the products in to new markets and promote sustainability of the stock.

South Australian Sardine Industry Association executive officer Paul Watson said the local fishing industries were privileged to host the government officials.

“Having the chief executives here gives us an opportunity to show them first hand what happens on the water,” he said.

“And to do it on board a fishing boat like the Markane is great.”

As well as Mr Ashby, chief executives from other government departments including environment, water and natural resources, the Environment Protection Authority, transport, planning and infrastructure and the attorney-general’s office also attended the lunch.

Mr Ashby said a primary production industry like the seafood sector dealt with several government departments and it was important for all of them to come together to discuss any cross-departmental issues.

“We all touch on an industry in some way,” he said.

“They share with us their challenges and successes.

“They get to meet the chief executives, understand what they do and hopefully build a network.”

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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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Swampy’s saga over

MOYNE Shire has abandoned legal action against controversialpoultry farmer Swampy Marsh.
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MOVED ON: Moyne Shire is no longer taking legal action against Swampy Marsh’s Mortlake operation after he moved out in July. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The council lodged anapplication to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) seeking an orderto prevent Mr Marsh using theMortlake property for animal husbandry and asa warehouse.

But the long running saga between Mr Marsh and the council appears to have ended with Mr Marsh declaring the council had “finally bloody listened to reason”.

A council spokesman said the VCAT order was to prevent theoccupierusing theTownsend Streetproperty for animal husbandry and asa warehouse without a permit.

“As the premises have now been vacated, council has ceased proceedings at VCAT,” he said.

Mr Marsh said he had left the Mortlake site by the end of July and he had only two batches of chickensthere during two emergencies.

He said he submitted his defence to VCAT that the property had been used twice for a period of between eight to nine weeks.

“It was only ever an emergency situation and sadly the Moyne ratepayers have had to pay for their stupidity again,” he said.

He said the chickens had been housed there while he developed new methods for brooding and two hiccups hadforced him to find a home quickly for the birds.

“I was told to apply for a permit and that would take one month,” he said.

“Well in one month they would have been dead. I wanted to get a retrospective permit.”

Mr Marsh said shire officers then told him to remove the chickens but he believed if he did they would die and then he would face animal cruelty charges.

“I don’t want the $25,000 fine or the extra publicity so I just told them to bugger off,” he said.

The decision to withdraw the VCAT proceedings brings to a heada long-running battle between the shire and Mr Marsh, which dates back to 2013 when he blamed council inspectors for leaving a hole in a fence thathe saidallowed dogs to enterand maul chickens.

The shed, on commercial-zoned land behind one of the town’s supermarkets and across from residential land, was home to about 3000 chickens.

Mr Marsh said he still heldthe council responsible for the death of the chickens but said he couldn’tafford to take it any further.

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From a Pastor’s Pen

I was getting ready to fix a little item around the house this week, which meant that I needed to stick something that had come adrift.
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Before I started, I realised I needed to prepare the two surfaces properly before I tried to do the sticking.

Preparation is a critical step in any task that we might set out to undertake, isn’t it, whether it’s doing some glueing, painting, planting or even getting treatment for an illness?

If we don’t undertake thorough and proper preparation, the job we are starting to undertake has less chance of lasting as long as we would like.

If we consider that preparation is important for something in our lives here and now, how much more important is it to prepare for the time when we are going to move from our earthly lives to our lives beyond those on earth.

Jesus taught this principle in the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

The wise builder used a firm foundation and the foolish built on sand.

Here Jesus reminds us the importance of having the right preparation in our lives by building our hope and life on the truths of the Bible.

It is having this preparation, or foundation, that will allow us confidence to know we will enjoy the wonder of being in God’s presence forever.

Have you prepared for eternity, properly?

Brian Dixon, of Eden Church of Christ,

phone 6496 3367.

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