Year of anguish for Saints coach

LONG ROAD BACK: North Wagga co-coach Nathan Dowdle (left) undergoing assessment by physio Matt Turnbull. Dowdle has been sidelined indefinitely with a calf problem following knee surgery. Picture: Peter Doherty
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Year of anguish for Saints coach North Wagga co-coach Nathan Dowdle discusses his knee and calf problems with physio Matt Turnbull. Pictures: Peter Doherty

Physio Matt Turnbull assesses Nathan Dowdle’s injuries.

Physio Matt Turnbull assesses Nathan Dowdle’s knee and calf problems.

North Wagga’s Nathan Dowdle gets some good news from physio Matt Turnbull.

Physio Matt Turnbull puts Nathan Dowdle through his paces.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf under the watchful eye of physio Matt Turnbull.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf under direction from Matt Wallis.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf in a bid to begin preparing for next season.

Nathan Dowdle

Matt Turnbull and Nathan Dowdle discuss Dowdle’s recovery from knee surgery.

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Picture-perfect town

PICTURE-PERFECT: Artist Catherine Abel paints in Trentham studio. She was a finalist in the 2015 Sir John Sulman prize. TUCKED away in a Trentham studio Catherine Abel chooses rich, luxe oil paints.
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The acclaimed artist paints Marigold,a woman from a by-gone era.

Draped in a deep cornflower blue dress, with a thick string of pearls wrapped around her neck, Marigold exudes Edwardian-style mystery.

Shehas returned from a sparkling night at the opera and is now seated in the library, having felt compelled to search for the book she clutches.

It is this era that Ms Abel loves to paint and it is for this particular piece that she has been nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize.

Before settling in Trentham, Ms Abel studied in Paris and lived in Melbourne–she moved to Hepburn to escape.

“I need the change, as an artist I love to go into retreat,” Ms Abel said.

“Before moving here I would never have said that I paint landscape but now I just love them, so the area does come into my work.”

Ms Abel spent many years coming to terms with being a historical painter.

“I love that era …yes it is unusual, but that is what I enjoy painting,” Ms Abel said.

“I leave a lot of the narrative up to the individual, each painting does tell a story.”

She said she used oil and acrylic paints to create a striking picture with strong colour.“My work is very different to other (Sir John Sulman prize) entries.”

“About 80 to90 per cent use luminous neon colours and are contemporary, but art history is a passion of mine and that is what I want to represent.”

The Sir John Sulman Prize, is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. It isone of three major annual art awards run by the Art Gallery of NSWeach year,along with the Archibald Prize and the Wynne Prize,whichmake upthe most prestigious art event in the country.

Ms Abel was one of 28 finalists in the competition.Jason Phu was awarded the prize for his Chinese ink of paper piece.Ms Abel’s work will be on displayuntil September 27.

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New blue for Greenbushes walk trails

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Chairman Pat Scallan has been busy on weekends upgrading the posts, signs and trail indicator markers on the Greenbushes Walk Trails.
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THE Greenbushes Walk Trails are being upgraded with new bright blue posts, trail indicator markers and signage.

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Chairman Pat Scallan has finished installing the new posts and markers on the Mining Heritage Walk and will soon begin upgrading the New Zealand Gully and Greenbushes Loop walk trails with assistance from volunteers.

The new A4 size safety warning signs will replace damaged or missing signage on the walks.

The upgrade project has been made possible with funding from a Community Grant awarded by the Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes.

The$1865 grant awarded in 2014 was used for the purchase of signage.

The Greenbushes Discovery Centre committee, which develops and maintains the walk trails, is keen to get feedback from walkers about the new directional posts, markers and signage.

The Greenbushes Walk Trails provide hours of enjoyable outdoor fun for the whole family with the one hour mining heritage skirting forest around the town boundaries with stopping points at an old tunnel and several mine shafts dating back to the early 1900s.

The two hour New Zealand Gully Walk takes in picturesque water bodies on the eastern side of the South Western Highway and the Greenbushes Loop takes walkers past the Greenbushes Pool and Mt Jones Dam to connect with a co-joined section of the Bibbulmun Track.

The Greenbushes Pool Boardwalk and Heritage Amble are two shorter walks which also prove popular with visitors.

Information and brochures about the walks are available from the Greenbushes Discovery Centre and local businesses or on the web at 梧桐夜网greenbushesinc.asn419论坛.

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