Reg Davison is enjoying great golf form since retirement. subMembers encountered wet and humid conditions during Saturday’s Sportspower Parkes sponsored 18 hole Stableford competition.
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Revelling in the conditions was the recently retired Reg Davison who survived the dreaded countback after he and Terry Walsh recorded rounds of 39 points.

Davison, who played in the earlier part of the day, missed the majority of the wet weather while Walsh battled the worst of the conditions.

To make matters worse for Walsh, his name was drawn from the hat in the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete and Parkes Heavy Mechanical Repairs sponsored members lucky draw competition.

With rules stating the winner must be in the club at the time the event is drawn, Walsh missed out on $160.

Davison has been extremely consistent since retiring from the workforce and Saturday’s victory came as no surprise to his playing partners.

He expressed his delight in winning and thanked all his fellow competitors as well as the sponsors Fiona and John Lovett.

Nearest the pin awards went to the club’s real sharpshooters with Matt Egan claiming the Idlerite Tyrepower 1st hole at 330cm.

Brien McPhee hit a solid 6-iron to 301cm of the flag on the Griffins Leading Edge 4th hole while a well struck hybrid by Wayne Powter saw him claim the Dirt Doctors Landscaping 6th hole.

On the Harvey Norman 11th hole, Terry Walsh claimed the two balls and a tap in birdie when his tee shot finished just 20cm away.

On the final par three, the tough Westlime sponsored 15th hole, Peter Dixon finished closest at 510cm after a brilliant 6-iron.

The best-in-two-shots final two holes of each nine saw Troy Hopley claim the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete 9th hole at 269cm.

On the Parkes Heavy Mechanical Repairs 18th hole, Robert Hey hit his sand wedge to 177cm of the pin to claim the two balls on offer.

Ball winners went to 39 Terry Walsh, 38 Garry Phipps, Laurie Wakefield and Luke Hodges, 37 Brien McPhee, Ken Ryan, Robert Hey, Brian Hogan (Snr), Jack Cole and surviving the countback was Ian Phipps.

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Morning Shot: Instagram’s @lozzabee shared this hint of purple in the clouds over Honeysuckle this morning.
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Trains: Major delays are hindering journeys on the Newcastle line, with passengers urged to allow additional travel time due to urgent signal repairs. Passengers should listen to station announcements and check indicator boards.

Weather: A shower or two in Newcastle (24 degrees), Maitland (27 degrees) and morning rain in Scone (27 degrees).

Traffic: Drivers are warned to exercise caution on the M1 between George Booth Drive and the Hunter Expressway due to coal debris on the roadway.Road closures and special event clearways will also come into effect in the New Lambton area on Monday night ahead of Japan and Palestine’s Asian Cup clash. Central Street and Young Road, between Turton Road and Womboin Road, will close between 2pm and 9pm. Clearways will also be in effect from 3pm to midnighton Young Road, Central Street and sections of Turton Road.

As a result of signal problems on the Newcastle line, the Adamstown rail gatesare stuck in the down position and police are on site directing traffic.

Beachwatch: We’ll see plenty of cloud and a few more showers today so onlyan average day beachside. The wind will start from the south-west before heading to the south-east with the swell from thesouth-east around half to one metre. Wave conditions will be abit sloppy with the southern ends being the better value.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @lozzabee shared this hint of purple in the clouds over Honeysuckle this morning.

Uni accommodation unveiled:NEWCASTLE’S population is expected to grow by more than 700 new residents in a single day when the university opens four new residential towers at its Callaghan campus later this month.

Great white’s weekend appearance shuts beaches:POLL:IT was as long as a car and as fat as a cow – and it may well have had a mate.

Blessing of the Waters cancelled at Bogey Hole:THERE’S a first time for everything–so it was on Sunday when the annual Greek Orthodox blessing of the waters ceremony at Newcastle Bogey Hole was cancelled for the first time in 59 years.

Asian Cup lets Hunter teen live his dream:FOR a kid who loves his soccer, getting the best seat in the house at Monday night’s Asian Cup clash in Newcastle is a dream come true.

St Brigid’s was completed in 1835, and is the oldest surviving place of Catholic worship in Australasia. Photo: Dean Sewell Millers Point residents fear that their diminishing community may force the closure of the church. Photo: Dean Sewell
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Remembering Millers PointNSW government rejects option allowing Millers Point residents to stay

The bubonic plague threatened the congregation of Australia’s oldest Catholic place of worship a century ago but, in the end, bureaucratic indifference may be its downfall, churchgoers say.

Worshippers at the historic St Brigid’s church at Millers Point say the Baird government’s decision to relocate about 600 public housing tenants and sell their homes has decimated numbers at Sunday morning mass. They fear for the future of the 180-year-old institution.

“I’ve been a parishioner there for 45 years. Our numbers have depleted … it’s very sad,” said Dawn Caruana, a Millers Point public housing tenant.

Millers Point: a community under the hammer

The sandstone church in Kent Street has hosted Caruana family christenings, confirmations and weddings, and the funerals of Ms Caruana’s husband and young son who were killed in a car accident in 1979.

Ms Caruana, 69, said the church community kept her afloat after the tragedy.

“They rallied around and babysat, did the cooking, washing and cleaning on a roster – it was like one big family. And it went on for months,” she said.

“I would be devastated [to move away from the church]. I don’t know how I’d cope.”

St Brigid’s was completed in 1835, and is the oldest surviving place of Catholic worship in Australasia.

When the plague broke out at Millers Point in 1900, the government resumed and demolished much of the suburb, but St Brigid’s survived.

Parishioner Kelli Haynes owns a home in the area and has attended the church for more than a decade. She said up to 50 people once attended Sunday mass, but it now attracts fewer than 20.

When contacted by Fairfax Media last month, the church rejected suggestions it might close its doors. However Ms Haynes feared the closure was inevitable, or that services would become less frequent.

A broader decline in church attendance may have contributed to falling numbers, but the drop had been most marked since relocations began, Ms Haynes said, adding that even if new residents joined the church, the congregation was losing “its relationships, its history”.

The government says proceeds from the sale of 293 properties at Millers Point and the Rocks will be reinvested into the social housing system. But it has failed to explain exactly how the money, expected to top $500 million, will be spent.

The Department of Family and Community Services did not respond when asked how many Millers Point residents have been relocated so far.

Meanwhile, the NSW Ombudsman has asked the department to improve its dealings with Millers Point residents after an investigation found its relocation practices wanting.

The Redfern Legal Centre had complained that NSW Housing was not properly informing tenants of their right to an appeal in the event that alternative housing offers were rejected and their tenancy was being terminated.

Some residents have refused department requests for relocation interviews.The centre alleged Housing NSW was coercing tenants by arranging property inspections –which tenants cannot legally refuse – then conducting relocation interviews during the inspection.

The Ombudsman told Housing NSW to include appeal rights information in its statements to tenants,and to cease attempts to combine relocation interviews with inspections.

A department spokesman said the Ombudsman noted there was no implication of wrongdoing by the agency or its staff.He said a leaflet explaining tenants’ right of review was sent in the same envelope as relocation statements.

Redfern Legal Centre tenant advocate Martin Barker said many Millers Point residents were ill or elderly, and to “try and force your way into their house isn’t a reasonable way of approaching [a discussion about] their housing needs.”

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One man is in a critical condition and another has been arrested after a stabbing atCarlingfordon Saturday night.
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Just after 9.30pm, emergency services were called to Coleman Avenue, following reports a man was injured.

Police arrived a short time later and a 32-year-old man was found lying on the footpath with a number of stab wounds.

He was taken to Westmead Hospital where he is undergoing emergency surgery.

About forty minutes later (10.10pm), a 60-year-old man was arrested following a brief struggle in Bellington Road, Homebush.

He has been taken to Concord Hospital under police guard, for treatment of a pre-existing condition.

Inquiries suggest the two men were known to each other prior to the incident.

A crime scene was established and examined by forensic specialists.

Detectives from Rosehill Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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9AM:That’s all we’ve got time for folks! Tune in again tomorrow with Grace in Narromine for all your local, regional and national updates. In the meantime, you can catch up on the rest of today’s news through our websites.
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8.53:In spot news:

THE Dubbo Rhinos have raised serious concerns about this season’s Graincorp Cup competition after the Central West Rugby Union (CWRU) announced the club would be fielding two sides in two different competitions this season.

After two Rhinos sides played in the Graincorp Cup North competition last season the CWRU’s recent release of the 2015 draw revealed the fact one Rhinos side would now be transferred to the South division.

Dubbo Rhinos president Ian Burns has announced he will be pushing for the draw to be changed to have both Rhinos sides return to the North competition while revealing he doubts the club would be able to handle the workload of two Rhinos sides in two locations as well as a women’s team also in action.

8.48:Is today your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You share it with One Direction singerZayn Malik.

January 12 is also the birthday of Ella Henderson, Pixie Lott, Kirstie Alley and Rachael Harris.

8.35: Why you drink your tea,check out today’s front pages from around the country.

8.20:IT’Sa campaign trail with a difference.

Not with buses and banners, but with thumbs and backpacks. The Big Green Hitch will cuta swathe through Tassie, starting todayin Devonport where participants began hitching straight off the Spirit of Tasmania.

The hitch, nowin its third year, will raise money for Friends of the Earth.

“I’ve had in my life thousands oflifts and never really waited more than half an hour. We’ve met people who are professionalfisherman, miners, people with young families – people you wouldn’t meet normally and talk to them about the environment,” organiser Sam Cossar-Gilbert said.

This will be the first hitchheld in Tasmania. The first had the theme of ‘water’ and ran from Melbourne to the mouth of the Murray River. The second travelled Melbourne to Sydney through regions affected by coal seam gas.

The hitch is a race withfour stages, with points awarded for the team whichis first to reach the landmark.

8.07:Who else is feeling like this panda today?

8.02:An international darts tournament at Etihad Stadium erupted into chaos on Saturday evening when crowd members began throwing plastic chairs and tables.

One eyewitness said he travelled toMelbournefrom Sydneyespecially to attend the Darts Invitational Challenge and was shocked and disgusted at the aggressive behaviour.

“It was an absolute mess, drunken idiots that were getting bored and looking for a bit of excitement.”

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FREED: Horse owner Kathy Pryor was relieved after ambulance paramedics and a vet were able to pull Skip from the dam. STUCK IN THE MUD: Skip the horse was found stuck in a dam on a property on Forest Road on Friday morning.
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Paramedics rescue horse from drowning

AMBULANCE Rescue paramedics got a call of a different nature on Friday morning.

A horse had become trapped in a dam at a property south of Nowra on Forest Road.

Property owner Kathy Pryor said it was likely the horse, named Skip, had been in the dam all night.

She last saw him in the paddock at 8pm.

“In the morning I called out and saw his head pop up over the dam wall,” she said.

“He was stuck and fairly distressed. I phoned the vet and triple-0.

“They were all very quick to respond and I’m grateful for their help,” she said of the emergency personnel’s arrival.

South Nowra vet Alex Holdsworth said it wasn’t something she faced very often.

She worked with the paramedics to tie a sling around the horse.

Once secured, removing the weakened horse from the dam’s mud came down to brute strength.

Ms Holdsworth said the horse was at risk of hypothermia, fatigue and drowning.

“It’s a similar risk to what a human would face in the same circumstances but horses tend to be a flight animal so they kick around a fair bit,” she said.

“We don’t see them stuck in dams very often but I have had to save a few that had their legs stuck in the forks of trees.”

Skip is a retired race horse and has been owned by the family for about 30 years.

After being pulled from the mud the horse stood up after about 30 minutes and not long after that was able to walk.

A relieved Ms Pryor said he was distressed and tired but said she was very happy her old friend seemed to be all right.

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Many investors face bankruptcy and the prospect of losing their homes because of the loans. Photo: Erin JonassonHundreds of investors in failed agribusiness scheme Timbercorp will be called on to repay their loans to creditors including ANZ in coming weeks, as a four-week respite during Christmas ends.
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Timbercorp’s liquidator, KordaMentha, had been serving up to 70 writs a week in December before it halted the process for a month during the New Year period.

It estimated it would serve 150-200 writs in the next two weeks, as it races to call in a remaining 873 loans before a statute of limitations period expires in April.

Many investors face bankruptcy and the prospect of losing their homes because of the loans, which have ballooned to a total of $394 million because of accrued interest and penalty rates.

Several writs were registered with the Victorian Supreme Court on the day before Christmas despite the respite. However, a spokesman for KordaMentha said these had not been served and were only registered with the court because of statutory obligations.

Timbercorp victim Naomi Halpern said the lifting of the reprieve would be hard on investors fighting to get ANZ and other creditors to cancel loans. 

“People will be starting to feel the pressure, knowing that writs are going to be served again.”

Many victims were looking to a second hearing in the Senate inquiry into forestry managed investment schemes, due in March, for creditors to respond to concerns, she said.

“We are really keen for that second Senate hearing to take place. A lot more information will come to light and we will know what the recommendations from that will be.”

Some Timbercorp investors maintain they had no knowledge of the loans, which were set up by their financial advisers or accountants.

Timbercorp, one of Australia’s largest forestry investment schemes, collapsed in April 2009 leaving debts of $750 million.

ANZ was the main bankroller of Timbercorp’s lending arm, Timbercorp Finance.

KordaMentha, which has so far collected $23 million in fees from the liquidation, said on Friday it was unable to extend the reprieve because of its obligations to recover the loans before April.

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A critical incident investigation has been launched following the death of a man while in police custody at Bowral.
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Police were called to a fast food restaurant on Bowral Road at Mittagong about 8.50pm Sundayin response to a man claiming that he had been attacked.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command attended and the man was involved in a confrontation with police.

He was arrested and taken to Bowral Police Station, but died a short time later.

A critical incident investigation team from Cootamundra Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading up to the man’s death.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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The blasting heat from the blacksmith forge is Benedict Leckie’s antidote to the mean chill of Victoria’s coldest days.
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A T-shirt and jeans often suffice during cool weather because his body retains the heat hours after laying down tools.

Blacksmithing may be a fading skill, but it has been a career and life journey for Leckie. Like the wrought iron gates he has made, it has been a path with some intriguing twists.

Leckie, 37, makes ornate signposts, music stands, furniture and knives – many displayed in a former chapel where he lives in Chewton, near Castlemaine.

He played Eric Bana’s hand double as a blacksmith in Romulus, My Father. He made props that appeared in the film Charlotte’s Web, shot in Victoria in 2006.

Leckie began heating and manipulating metal as a child. At age 12, he built a forge from an old hot water system.

“There’s something very meditative about any sort of forge work,” he says.

He loves “forming hot metal under the hammer”, particularly making knives from high carbon steel, and is always looking for old high-quality steel remnants he can refashion into new tools.

Discarded objects are reborn in Leckie’s hands. An old circular saw blade might be crafted into a high-performance chef’s knife.

He crafts knives and cleavers for chefs’ individual specifications. Leckie says his knives are carefully balanced and can remain sharp much longer than other blades.

“There’s a lot of quality control that goes into something like this because I know by moving the steel there’s no faults in it. They’ll show up throughout the process,” he says.

Blacksmithing also supports Leckie’s hobbies, including hunting. He makes blades for skinning and butchering rabbits and deer that he hunts in state parks in central Victoria.

But he has no thirst for violence. Leckie hunts for food and knows the wild animals will be killed humanely.

“I don’t hunt for sport. I don’t believe in that. Killing something for the sake of it is not the right thing to do in my opinion.”

In March, his work will feature in the Castlemaine State Festival. His pieces will be displayed in his home exhibition space that he shares with his partner, fellow artist Thea O’Brien.

Leckie learnt his craft from other blacksmiths, reading books and countless hours of working with steel.

“You can be shown how to do it but you really have to learn how the steel moves. It’s totally intuitive.”

He is often asked to make ceremonial weapons and even swords, but he will almost always refuse.

“I couldn’t live with myself if somebody got chopped up with one of my blades. I steer away from it,” he says. “It’s a tool, it’s not a weapon.”

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