Ben Emms secures world title

Ben Emms being Chaired to the presentation by his Australian Teamates.
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Lyndhurst resident Ben Emms, is the newly crowned world champion in the sport of Fullbore Rifle Shooting.

Ben began rifle shooting early on through his family’s interest in the sport.

The family property has been home to the Lyndhurst Rifle Club since 1921.

The stock and station agent found himself at the top of the leaderboard after competing against 400 of the world’s best in the championships held in the United States.

The event of Fullbore Rifle Shooting entails firing single shot target rifles with metal sights over the 800/900 and 1000 yard ranges.

The rifles are fired from the prone position with no rest just a sling supporting the rifle.

Like other target shooting sports, athletes need to be well physically and mentally rehearsed in order to reach the highest level, due to the demand it puts on the body.

The world championships for this sport are held every four years and attracts competitors from all over the globe.

Ben’s Newcastle teammate Matt Pozzebon, who earlier in the week emulated Ben’s last year success by winning the USA Championships, was a close finishing third in the world championship.

The rifle shooting team competition, the Palma Teams Match, was held after the completion of the individual rounds.

Australia placed fourth in this event after a close battle with South Africa and Great Britain took out the title.

Scores from the Individual Competition were:

Emms, Ben 669-77 Australia.

Ball, Nigel 668-75 Great Britain.

Pozzebon, Matthew 666-78 Australia.

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Opinion: Cronulla-Sutherland Kayak Club’s magnificent seven take on world

Darren Lee, Nadya Mikhailova, David Little, Dallas Newman, Lorraine Harper-Horak and in the front Pauline Findlay and Sasa Vujanic will all be representing Australia at the Kayak world masters. Picture: Jane DysonCRONULLA-Sutherland Kayak Club has seven members headed overseas next month to represent Australia at the Marathon World Cup Masters and Marathon World Championships in Gyor, Hungary.
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One of their final tune-ups for the international series of races was held on Saturday at Grays Point when the club staged a round of the state marathon series.

More than 140 entrants took to the water for endurance canoe racing at Grays Point.

Cronulla Sutherland Kayak Club secretary Peter Sigal said Australian Canoeing named the magnificent seven to represent at the International Canoe Federation World Canoe Marathon Championships and the World Masters Cup.

The Masters World Cup is on September 8-9; the World Championship September 11-13.

The seven selected are Nadya Mikhailova, Pauline Findlay, Dallas Newman, Lorraine Harper Horak will compete along with Darren Lee and David Little in the Masters World Cup in both K1 and K2 class events. Australian marathon champion Sasa Vujanic will compete in the World Marathon Championship men’s senior K1 event.

Sigal said the their selection was as a result of individual performances at the Australian Marathon Championships held in Canberra earlier this year.

Sigal said it’s a credit to their club and reflects the top calibre of people that are members of the club.

Two Test greats

ON THE cricket front, the fifth Ashes Test starts at The Oval in south London today, as skipper Michael Clarke wears the baggy green for the last time.

I spoke about my endorsement of Clarke in this column last Thursday.

He has been a wonderful player and fine leader.

This will be his 115th and final Test match.

The Test, limited-overs one-dayers and Twenty20 sides will be captained by Sutherland Cricket Club’s Steve Smith, who was formally appointed on Friday .

Clarke was the brash young stroke-maker who became the steadfast, tough, selective shot-maker and the studied accumulator as his career developed.

Smith deserves full support and have the opportunity to take the next generation of players forward at international level.

At 26 he still has many, many, many innings ahead of him.

He is a humble young man, articulate, and communicates and relates well with people of all ages.

Smith has hinted he may even drop himself down the batting order to No. 4 from his newly acquired No.3 position.

Smith should stay at No.3 and build a new middle order around him.


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Format to spice up comp

FAST TENNIS: Event sponsor, Port Lincoln McDonald’s owner Tony Baj and local tennis export Darren Polkinghorne are excited about the launch of Port Lincoln’s new Fast Tennis competition, which starts tomorrow night.A NEW tennis concept that’s sweeping the sport will touch down in Port Lincoln tomorrow night as a prelude to the upcoming summer season.
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Fast Tennis, a shortened mixed format of the game with four-game sets, no-advantage deuce games and the playing of lets aims to spice up the local competition and get more people involved.

Port Lincoln Tennis Association president Julie Polkinghorne said matches would be quick, exciting and a lot of fun.

The competition will run on Friday nights at 6.15pm for five weeks before regular summer tennis begins.

Mrs Polkinghorne said the association was looking at new ways to filter fresh faces in to the regular competitions and thought a fun way to do that would be to try the Fast Tennis concept.

Teams of four will be mixed and need a minimum of one female player, and both juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate.

Each Friday the competition will start with doubles matches, which are best of two sets with a super tie-break used to decide any tied games.

Singles matches will follow, which are best of three sets, and all sets will be decided by a mini tie-break at 3-3.

Mrs Polkinghorne said McDonald’s had come on board as a major sponsor, which reduced the cost to nothing for Port Lincoln Tennis Association members and $2 per person for non-members.

She said she was “stoked with the response” and was looking forward to seeing some fresh faces at the tennis tomorrow night.

Entries close today so if you would like to be involved contact Julie Polkinghorne on 0428 531 106.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Found in a family album

A gathering, perhaps the official opening, at the Old Bega Hospital.#ThrowbackThursday: Last days of Old Bega Hospital
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#ThrowbackThursday: Old Bega Hospital memories #1

KEN Blanchfield found this fascinating photo in his family album.

He thinks it is possibly the official opening of the Bega Hospital, and it is certainly a large gathering in front of the building.

Associated with the hospital in the late 1880s were CT Stiles, F Blanc, W Scott, A French, Doctors Evershed, J Marshall, McKenzie and W Meeke, and on the committee were G Forbes, J Connelly, W Lane, J Maher, H Underhill, F Manby, C Harrison, H Cowdroy, D Gowing, J Rodd, A Wren and R Gentle.

Descendants of these men might like to carefully examine this photo and see if they can distinguish their ancestor.

Other members of Bega Valley pioneer families might also like to see if their great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents are in the photo.

If they can identify anyone, they can ring Claire Lupton on 6492 2570 or email her on [email protected]南京夜网.

Ms Lupton is the project coordinator and editor of Capturing the Memories, a history of the Old Bega Hospital.

It had been hoped the book of Capturing the Memories would be ready to be sold at Raise the Roof, the Old Bega Hospital Spring Festival on Sunday, October 25.

However, Ms Lupton said she has received so much material that it is unlikely that the book will be published by then – although orders can be taken.

She said it was also hoped that those who contributed to the book would attend Raise the Roof for a reunion of those who remembered the hospital when it was a hospital, either on the staff or as a patient or visitor.

Betty Smith (now Carriage) was identified in a recent photo as the nurse who is descending the steps to the ambulance as patients were moved to the new hospital.

Sister Crawford may have been the nurse at the top of the steps, but no-one could identify the ambulance officers.

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Stroke of geniusProfile

Ivan Estreich in his North Nowra home with two clocks, both of which he made himself. Photo: MAISIE COHEN
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TIME is precious, something North Nowra man Ivan Estreich knows all too well.

Born in Bowral 83 years ago, the grandfather of three is a time caretaker of sorts, having nurtured a lifelong interest in clocks and watches.

One of five children to Florence and Andrew Estreich, Ivan was the only one of his siblings interested in clocks.

“I always liked watches and clocks,” he said.

“As time goes by you buy books and learn how things are cleaned and repaired. After a while I could get spare parts for clocks.”

He grew up on a dairy farm and the family later moved to Meroo, but hard times struck.

“When the milk was sold it was in 10 gallon cans then,” Ivan said.

“But they decided to get rid of those and people put freezers in, and small farmers couldn’t afford freezers.”

It was the Depression Era, and Ivan’s father ended up heading to the north coast to find work.

In the 1950s Ivan met a young woman named Nola Russell.

“We met going to the pictures, that was all the go then, there were no TVs,” he said.

Around 18 months later, in April 1960 the pair were married at the Church of England in Nowra.

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Labor sticks fat on footy holiday

PRESSING AHEAD: The Andrews Labor Government has resisted pressure from business groups to dump the grand final eve holiday in Victoria.THE Andrews government has refused to buckle under business pressure and dump its controversial AFL grand final eve public holiday.
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Small business minister Philip Dalidakis has lodged a notice of decision confirming the state government would honour itselection commitment to make grand final Friday and Easter Sunday public holidays from this year.

The notice of decision was signed by the minister following the conclusion of the regulatory impact statementprocess.

The public holidays will be officially introduced via a notice in the government gazette, allowingVictorian businesses time to put in place their trading arrangements and to organise employee rosters.

There will be no trading restrictions imposed on either grand final Friday or Easter Sunday.

“Whether businesses open or closeis entirely a matter for them,” Mr Dalidakis said.

“Grand final Friday presents itself as a great opportunity to celebrate Australia’s national game and spend moretime with our family, friends and loved ones.”

Australian Industry Group regional manager Tim Farrah said the holiday was ludicrous.

“We were very hopeful the government would change its mind based on the facts we presented to them through our surveys,” he said.

“It was fairly conclusive this will be of no benefit to the state at all.

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Ararat juniors assert authority

JUNIOR: Tom Mills made his senior debut for the Rats last weekend.
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ARARAT’S under fourteen footballers are blitzing the rest of the Wimmera Football League competition this season.

The Rats sit on top of the League ladder without a blemish, and boast a percentage of705.56.

Last weekend, the side were easy 60-point victors against Minyip Murtoa.Cori Corrigan andRhiley McKinnis booted four goals each whileBaydn Cosgriff,Jake Arnott andCody Lindsay were named among Rats’ best players.

Ararat claimed the points 10.9 (69) to the Burras 1.3 (9). The Rats play fourth placed Horsham Demons this weekend.

In the under 17 competition,Liam Arnott andHarrison Cronin snared five goals each to guide Ararat to a 98-point win over Minyip Murtoa.

Arnott, along with Chris Wilson, Logan North andBen Boatman, received Rats’ best player votes.

Ararat’s reserves had a tough day, going down to Minyip Murtoaby 73 points.Chris Jerram,Patrick Bell andTaine Pearse stood tall.

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Letter to the editor: ‘Homosexuals’ are ‘hijackers’

It would appear the heterosexual proponents of same sex marriage are under the delusion that the ongoing debate is just about marriage equality, of course this is just a smoke screen.
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On the other hand the homosexual community are pushing their own selfish agenda.

Neither group is considering the wider ramifications of any such unnatural union.

Both parties say it is all about love between two couples regardless of their sexual preferences.

There is very little mention of the rights of children who through adoption and other means may be the result of any such union.

Surely children should be brought up in a natural environment where possible they can experience the love and nurturing of both a mother and father.

If such children when reaching an age where they can make their own decisions choose to lead a a homosexual lifestyle then so be it, however they should not be subjected to a no-choice atmosphere where they would be under the sole influence of two parents of the same sex who believe it is quite normal and natural for children to have two mothers or two fathers.

In my opinion this scenario would create so much confusion in the minds of young children it would have the potential of having an everlasting detrimental effect on their precious lives.

Invariably children will at some time walk in on their parents making love.

I wonder how two married guys will go about explaining to their child why they are committing sodomy and how this act of love making produces children?

I finished raising my three children (two girls and a boy) as a single dad, so I know how difficult it is for a man to teach young girls about the birds and the bees and to assist them with their personal hygiene needs, however I made sure I always had members of the opposite sex around me to assist in such important matters.

Of course this will be a much bigger problem for married homosexual men than it will be for lesbian women.

The homosexual community have hijacked the rainbow, they have hijacked the word gay.

We can no longer depict a rainbow in our artwork or write songs using the word gay unless we are referring to homosexuals, now they are trying to hijack the sanctity of marriage.

Tom Griffin,


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What’s in Queen Elizabeth Centre?

OPEN DAY: Japanese speech pathology lecturer Natsuka Mori meets BHS speech pathologists Acushla Thompson and Brian Eft touring the Queen Elizabeth Centre in May.
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OPEN day at Ballarat Health Services’ Queen Elizabeth Centre is a chance for the community to learn about the specialised disciplines housed on site.

BHS executive director Wendy Hubbardsaid the event wasa chancefor people to learn more about the range of programs on offer.

“Many people would drive past the Queen Elizabeth Centre regularly but not reallyknow what goes on here,” Ms Hubbard said. “The aim of the day is to show people what services weoffer in fun and friendly atmosphere.”

Displays will include exhibits on speech pathology, dietetics, occupational therapy, exercise physiology,orthotics andcommunity programs and clinical services.There will be live music, a free sausage sizzle,an International Foto Biennale exhibition and Voice FM radio broadcast.

Queen Elizabeth Centre, in Ascot Street South,will be open thisSunday, from 10am until2pm.

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$22 million for infrastructure

LONG-TERM PLAN: The Port Lincoln City Council’s newly adopted long-term financial plan, which will go until 2026, highlights more than $22 million in asset and infrastructure costs.THE Port Lincoln City Council’s newly adopted long-term financial plan, which will go until 2026, highlights more than $22 million in asset and infrastructure costs.
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The council voted on the revised financial plan at its meeting on Monday night, which will be integrated with the council’s strategic directions plan and infrastructure and asset management plan.

The new long-term financial plan aims to fully fund the council’s projected asset and infrastructure renewal costs of more than $22 million for the 10-year period.

Rate revenue increase settings have been identified at 2.9 per cent for 2016/17, 2.1 per cent in 2017/18, 2.6 per cent in 2018/19 and 3.3 per cent in 2019/20 and future years.

This forecast reflected the city’s anticipated growth, together with the local government price index.

“The new plan also allows for very significant new and upgrade infrastructure project investments of nearly $21 million, including the acquisition, refurbishment and on-going capital renewal of the leisure centre,” mayor Bruce Green said.

The plan also includes an additional $2.5 million in road resealing works over a 10-year period and $2.5 million in unallocated capital works in the latter five years.

Arguments for and against the financial plan were expressed during the council’s Monday meeting, including those about the council’s infrastructure.

Though not voting against the plan, councillor Jim Papazoglov brought up the ongoing work needed for the Port Lincoln jetty and swimming enclosure, with ongoing work affecting the structural integrity of the jetty.

In opposition to the plan, councillor Diana Mislov said she had concerns about the content of the infrastructure and asset management plan and mirrored concerns Mr Papazoglov had about the jetty.

“With the town jetty site, who knows how much it’s going to cost us and I fear for future commitments because of that,” she said.

“Grants are the only hope we have to affect services to the community without resorting to rate rises.”

Councillor Linda Davies also voiced similar concerns raised during the debate about the leisure centre refurbishment, arguing that taking $5 million in revenue over the next 10 years would put home-owning families in a really struggling condition.

Both councillors Danny Bartlett and Travis Rogers expressed support and said this was a good plan, based on the best information available at the moment.

Borrowings of $6.2 million and $2 million have been included in 2015/16 and 2016/17 respectively.

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