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WATER DRAGONS: Narooma Blue Water Dragons club members are (left to right) Judy Whiting, Ed Proudfoot, Julie Melville, Leck Swaddling, Sue Seath, Carol Meindl and Liz Aedy. SEVEN paddlers from Narooma Blue Water Dragons travelled to Nowra on Saturday, January 10 to participate in their first regatta for 2015. It was a very early start leaving at 5.30am.
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But well worth the effort with the team not only having a great day competing in eight races, but best of all, Ed Proudfoot qualified for his L3 sweep accreditation – a big congratulations to you Ed.

All the paddlers were outstanding, bearing in mind they have not hada lot of race experience and to do eight races with very little turn round time, was outstanding.

The next event on the calendar is the 2 kilometre time trial in Jindabyne on February 15.

In this event boats are sent off individually about three minutes apart and compete against the clock. This is more of an endurance race as opposed to the sprint races in Nowra.

Narooma Blue Water Dragons has two members training with the Regional side this year.

One of those, Sue Seath, stayed on after the regatta to train with the team.

This was a fantastic opportunity to train with great coaches and paddlers – many of whom have qualified for the Australian team. Club President Leck Swaddling commented, “We have found in previous years those paddlers who have trained with such experienced paddlers not only gain a lot themselves, but also bring back valuable knowledge to the club.”

While training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights will concentrate on endurance work in preparation for the event in Jindabyne, if you would like to have a go at Dragon Boating, pop down to the club’s boat shed (situated next to the Quarterdeck Café) on Saturdays at 8.30am.

For more information contact the club on 0477 610 953, or email [email protected]南京夜网

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UP IN THE AIR: St Arnaud Football Club has asked members to help it determine what direction it takes in the future at a club meeting at the end of January. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDST ARNAUD Football Club willhost a meeting at the end of thismonth to help determine itsfuture direction.
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The club called for all membersto attend the meeting atMcDonald Hall, St Arnaud, onJanuary 29 from 7.30pm.

St Arnaud president BrettDouglas said the club wouldelect new office bearers for 2015and host a discussion with membersabout where they wantedthe club to go.

He said it was important formembers to have input into therunning of St Arnaud.

‘‘We’ve had a lot of questionsasked about what’s going tohappen in the next few years,and we wanted some directionfrom the members,’’ he said.

‘‘We wanted to discuss withour members where they wouldlike our football club to be in fiveyears’ time.

‘‘They can have some input onwhere they want St Arnaud to goas a club because I can’t makethat decision as an individual – ithas to be a town decision.’’

The meeting is unrelated tothe circumstances that forcedthe St Arnaud Netball Club intorecess after it failed to find apresident and secretary in 2015.

A review into football in northwestVictoria is being run jointlyby the AFL Wimmera Mallee,AFL Central Victoria and AFLCentral Murray commissions,and will make recommendationsto be implemented in 2016.

Mr Douglas said it was stillimportant for members to havetheir own vision for the future ofthe club.

‘‘Who knows what the reviewwill recommend,’’ he said.

‘‘Ultimately, it will be the decisionof AFL Country Victoria, butclubs need to have some directionof where they want to go.

‘‘There’s a push for some of thesouthern Mallee teams to comeinto our league, so do we want todo that or do we want to pushtowards Maryborough and Bendigo?

‘‘Loddon Valley is somethingwe could look at, so we’re justtrying to get some idea of whereour members want to be.’’

Mr Douglas said it was somethingall clubs should consider.

‘‘I reckon it is pretty importantfor all footy clubs in the countryto have a bit of forward thinkingabout where they want to be infive years’ time,’’ he said.

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Deputy Mayor Bob Kirk stands on part of the abandoned Goulburn to Crookwell rail line, in Campbells Lane.DEPUTY Mayor Bob Kirk is furious the region has missed out on funding for a rail trail project.
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The joint Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire plan won plaudits when a funding submission was handed to government in November.

But high hopes of success were dashed last week. State regional tourism minister John Barilaro announced $50 million for two rail trail pilot projects – the disused Casino to Murwillumbah in the Northern Rivers and the Rosewood to Tumbarumba rail corridors.

Cr Kirk is not impressed.

“Despite all the promises and all the insinuations on how the rail trail program would be assessed, they have done a back flip and directed money to the Northern Rivers to prop up (fellow National Party) Don Page’s electorate,” Cr Kirk said.

“It’s clear they have tried to circumvent the process.”

The Deputy Mayor is chairman of Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail Inc, a seven-member group pushing to build a 56km tourism route along the disused line.

The $12 million project was to be built over three years and estimated to attract 30,000 users and generate $3.4 million in community spending annually.

Both councils allocated $15,000 to a feasibility study and private parties also contributed.

Some members have worked on the scheme for up to three years. They jumped at the chance for a slice of the State’s $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, announced in this year’s State budget.

Cr Kirk and Mayor Geoff Kettle personally handed the application to Goulburn MP Pru Goward at Parliament House in November.

Afterwards, Ms Goward said the bid stood out because it was a “sustainable proposal.”

“I spoke to Mr Barilaro and he was very impressed with both the application and the presentation,” she said at the time.

Cr Kirk said Mr Barilaro told him it was “the best proposal he had seen.”

“But at no point in the last 12 months that we’ve nurtured this and busted our arse, was there any suggestion these would run as pilot programs,” he said.

“This seems to be a way of diverting funds to the Northern Rivers. How is that equitable and what was the basis for selection?” The Deputy Mayor argues the $50m would fund at least three rail trail projects and still have $20 to $30m left over.

A spokesman for Mr Barilaro said expression of interest (EOI) guidelines stated that the NSW Government supported, in principle, the adaptation of disused rail lines as rail trails “where there was strong local community support.”

“As these are the first potential rail trails developed in NSW we need to make sure we get the process right,” the spokesperson said.

“Therefore, we have set the project up as a pilot covering two rail corridors which the government considers are most advanced in terms of community and organisational support for rail trails in NSW.

“The EOI guidelines, however, make it clear that this pilot process will help inform further investment in rail trails along other disused rail lines across the State.

“There is no reason why this couldn’t include an investment in the Goulburn-Upper Lachlan area in the future, if there is demonstrated community support.

We are always happy to discuss this issue with the two councils.”

But Cr Kirk maintained the local project had much less opposition than the Casino to Murwillumbah rail trail.

“I doubt these two (other) proposals were as advanced in their preparation, as comprehensive as ours or have as much tourism potential,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Bob Kirk stands on part of the abandoned Goulburn to Crookwell rail line, in Campbells Lane.

“We know our project stacks up and it’s hard to understand why we didn’t get a better outcome.”

Cr Kirk said the group might well have a chance to apply for funding but was disappointed it wasn’t in the current round.

He intends taking up the application’s failure with Ms Goward and Mr Barilaro.

Ms Goward had not returned requests for comment at the time of publication.

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THE buoyant beef cattle market was reflected in exceptional prices for F1 heifers at Camperdown’s annual sale on Friday.
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The buoyant beef cattle market was reflected in exceptional prices for F1 heifers at Camperdown’s annual sale on Friday. Picture: FILE

Some vendors reported prices $200 a head higher than last year.

Allan Hickey, of Elders, said it was the first time in many years agents had combined the joined and unjoined heifer sales, which is traditionally held over two days.

A big buying gallery competed for the 790 joined heifers and 600 unjoined heifers. Local buyers provided much of the demand for the joined run – along with Gippsland, while the region was also active in the unjoined heifers.

Joined F1 heifer rates soared to $1480, with many drafts selling from $1100 to the top price. Bids reached $935 for F1 unjoined heifers, but many made between $750-$850.

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HANDS UP: Riana Drendell enjoys herself at the Stawell Leisure Complex. The Stawell pool will remain open on extreme fire danger days. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERSOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council will close five of its six outdoor pools on days of extreme or code red fire danger.
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The policy was put into action on Friday and Saturday last week when temperatures soared above 40 degrees.

Council closed Balmoral, Dunkeld, Penshurst, Glenthompson and Coleraine pools.

Hamilton’s outdoor pool remained open.

The council’s communication co-ordinator Alison Quade said the decision was based on keeping the community safe.

‘‘It has always been our policy to close on code red days, but now we have decided to close on extreme days as well,’’ she said.

‘‘We based our decision on CFA advice that leaving early is the best option.

‘‘We don’t think it’s a safe place to be. Things can change quite quickly and the Balmoral pool especially is surrounded by bush-land and grassland.’’

No other councils in the region have adopted this policy.

Stawell Leisure Complex acting manager Aiden Lee said the Stawell pool and the St Arnaud Pool would not close on days of extreme fire danger.

‘‘But we do take more care to look after the patrons on those days,’’ he said.

Mr Lee said as the Stawell complex was a relief centre, the complex would stay open during times of emergency also.

Halls Gap Swimming Pool manager Angela Leithhead said the pool would open as normal on high-risk days.

‘‘We will only close if there is a fire directly affecting us,’’ she said.

West Wimmera Shire Council contracts manager Bernie Maddern said the three pools controlled by council – Edenhope, Goroke and Kaniva – would also stay open on code red and extreme days.

‘‘The only time we will close is during an electrical storm or if the filtration system is not working,’’ he said.

Horsham Rural City Council community services director Angela Murphy said the council had no need to close Horsham Aquatic Centre, the only pool complex under its control, on high-risk days.

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Vietnam veteran Frank Wilcomes will travel to Gallipoli on April 25, following his grandfather’s footsteps. Photo: Chris ClarkeALL Frank Wilcomes knows about his grandfather is that he fought at Gallipoli and returned to Australia as a man affected by war.
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He knows he had been in the Australian Light Horse. He also knows he eventually found his way to the blood soaked battle fields of France and Belgium.

But the rest remains a mystery and his grandfather, who was also named Frank Wilcomes, remained an enigma until his death.

Come April 25 this year, Wilcomes Jnr will travel to Gallipoli with his wife to stand on the shores of Anzac Cove, 100 years after his grandfather did so in 1915.

It’s a trek Wilcomes has forever dreamt of making. Now at the age of 69, he says nothing will stop him from making the pilgrimage.

“I want to go to Gallipoli. I want to be there. I want to see Gallipoli,” Wilcomes told the Post from behind the desk of his local dry cleaning business on Thursday.

“I applied for the ballot and I thought I need to do this. I really want to do this. But I knew they only allowed 10,000 people on site.

“When I did find out I had been successful, well I was gobsmacked.”

“This was one opportunity which I thought – I’ll have a go.”

Like his grandfather, and his father before him who fought at Kokoda during the Second World War, Wilcomes Jnr is himself a war veteran.

After enlisting in the Australian Army as a young man, he spent 14-years serving his country.

This included deployment to Malaysia, Borneo and the Vietnam War.

It’s the values of he Australian Army that were instilled in him during those years that’s helping him make his way to Turkey.

“Basically that’s what it’s about, paying respects to the diggers who went there,” he said quietly.

“We went to war but it was nothing like what they went through.

“In Vietnam I remember seeing 747s landing with food for the boys. They certainly didn’t have that.

“But I understand that he must have gone like other diggers went, down the track with PTSD.

“It wasn’t recognised back then.

“But I understood he was a very solitary man, a very quiet man. He couldn’t bear the grandkids too much. He would disappear in those situations.”

While Wilcomes Snr remained an enigma to the family for decades, military service records, now a century old give some insight to the man.

ENIGMA: The only known photo of the Frank Wilcomes Snr who fought in Gallipoli, is taken at his son’s wedding in the days after World War Two. He is the senior man pictured on the left.

He enlisted on November 16 1914, as a 23-year-old in Morphettville, suburban Adelaide.

He listed his place of birth as Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

It’s an interesting piece of information that has also baffled the family for decades.

“The story is he jumped ship in Adelaide. I don’t know when,” Wilcomes explained.

His next of kin was listed as Arthur Wilcomes of San Francisco, USA. But on the records the name was later crossed out and replaced with “no relatives living.”

“I have another belief that he may have been a bad boy.

“It’s just a thought… He’s come off the land. He’s been a bad boy, gone to Adelaide, changed his name and joined he army.”

Whatever the case, the man named Frank Wilcomes arrived in Gallipoli on May 16, 1915 with the Australian 9th Light Horse.

He was there for some bloodiest days of the campaign. On August 27 he was part of the re-enforcement assaults in the battle for Hill 60.

It was bloody hand to hand trench warfare that saw a near 50 percent casualty rate for the 9th Light Horse.

Days after the battle, he was sent to hospital. It is not known if the reasons are related to the Hill 60, but he was sent to Malta and later England.

He didn’t return to Gallipoli.

Instead he was later transferred to the Australian 13th Field Artillery Brigade in March 1916 as a driver.

He proceeded to France and Belgium with the rest of AIF mid 1916 and remained surrounded by muddy trenches for over a year.

In July 1917 to was sent to England with influenza.

While in hospital he met a nurse named Linda Kate Lapham.

He remained in England with the 13th Field Artillery before proceeding back to France in mid September 1918. These were the last days of the war, and arguably the worst.

Three days after the armistice on November 11, 1918, he took leave to England where he married nurse Lapham in the tiny village of Tisbury Wiltshire in the South West of England.

He returned to Australia on September 6, 1919, nearly five whole years after he first enlisted.

He returned 28-years-of-age with a wife and child. He also returned a man affected by war.

“He never talked about the war.He hardly talked at all really,” Wilcomes remembered.

“His medals are also a mystery, we can’t find them. We don’t know where they are.

“We wrote to awards and honours to have them reissued but they don’t reissue them.

“All I have of him is this one photo at my fathers wedding.

“That’s all I have of him.”

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Yarding: 40,750
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A good quality yarding was offered, consisting of around 5000 new-season lambs.

There were good numbers of shorn trade andheavy lambs and an excellent run of extra heavy weights.

Merino lambs were also well supplied but the quality varied. All theusual buyers attended the market but some did not operate fully.

The market trend was dearer on most lines, with the heavierend remaining firm.

The new season medium and heavy trade lambs ranged from $100 to $138/head.

The shorn medium and heavy trade lambs$106 to $136/head, averaging 550c to 560c/kg cwt. Heavy lambs mainly sold between $130 and $150 and the top extra heavylambs reached $174/head. The heavy and extra heavy lambs averaged 520c to 550c/kg cwt.

Merino trade weights sold from $88to $112/head averaging 455c/kg cwt.

Good numbers of mutton were also supplied and well covered heavy weights were in good numbers. Medium weight ewes rangedfrom $71 to $92 and heavy ewes $88 to $112/head. Heavy Merino wethers topped the mutton, reaching $122/head.

Mostmutton averaged between 340c and 360c/kg cwt.

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Beaches stay shut after another shark sighting MONDAY 12: Newcastle beaches remain closed. Picture: Peter Stoop
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MONDAY 12: Newcastle beaches remain closed. Picture: Peter Stoop

MONDAY 12: Newcastle beaches remain closed. Picture: Peter Stoop

MONDAY 12: Newcastle beaches remain closed. Picture: Peter Stoop

MONDAY 12: Newcastle beaches remain closed. Picture: Peter Stoop

Authorities continue to seek out the shark near Newcastle’s beaches. Pic: Darren Pateman

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The shark lurks behind a lifesaver on a jetski on Saturday. Credit: Nicholas Tonks


CLASS: Residents enjoying an aqua class at the Young Aquatic Centre. (sub)Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has started an aqua gentle exercise class in Young.
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This low cost class for Young residents is delivered by trained and very experienced volunteer, Bev Walker.

“The class is ideal for people who have always thought about getting involved in gentle exercise,” she said.

“It is mostly helpful to those who wish to improve their balance and flexibility in a friendly, social setting.

“Everyone is welcome to come and join in.”

Aqua gentle exercise provides many benefits and is shown to prevent falls that may result in injury.

The class aims to improve physical, social and mental wellbeing of people of any age but especially older people.

The program aims to improve access to safe physical activity, especially for older adults living in rural communities. Over the last 12 months, 24 new volunteer leaders have been trained across MLHD.

“We know the importance of regular physical activity to maintain good health and this is a great chance for community members to take part in a low cost and fun program offered locally,” MLHD health promotion officer Barb Manwaring said.

“The cost to participants is $5 which includes pool entry.

“This is really great value for the one hour class and covers the cost of the pool entry and the equipment associated with running the group.”

The classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Young Aquatic Centre, Marina Street.

Both classes commence at 8.30am. The classes will run for approximately an hour.

For more information classes or the MLHD Physical Activity Leader Network, please contact Barb Manwaring at the Young Health Service on 6382 8746.

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A SPOKESPERSON for the Australian Drug Foundation says community drug action groups will remain focused on alcohol related issues.
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This comes despite increasing concern over the use of prohibited drugs, namely, ice.

Growing use of methamphetamines has been widely reported in local and national media in the past six months.

In October, Goulburn Police arrested and charged 19 people for supplying the prohibited drug under Strike Force Coull.

More recently, abuse of the substance was highlighted through random drug testing of drivers.

Some 40 local people have appeared in Goulburn Local Court as a result of the blitz.

Since the beginning of the year, a further 61 local motorists have tested positive to initial roadside swab testing, a number more than 10 times greater than those caught drink driving.

“Since the first of January within our Local Area Command, we have had five positive random breath test results for alcohol, but 61 positive indications for drugs of people tested in our campaign,” Hume LAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Chad Gillies told the Post.

“The recent tests conducted revealed significant yet disappointing results in regards to how many tested positive, and further highlights drug use in and around the area. We are being affected by drugs… Police are anecdotally coming across issues within their normal policing duties in relation to ice, in all kinds of jobs.”

Crystal Methamphetamine is a highly addictive illegal substance, manufactured by mixing common pharmaceutical drugs with a variety of dangerous chemicals including acetone, bleach, battery acid and engine coolant.

The drug activates three different responses in the human brain, including the release of dopamine, noradrenalin and serotonin.

Use of the drug can lead to the inability to produce dopamine naturally, agitation, aggression, anxiety and insomnia.

In terms of tackling the issue, Det Insp Gillies said a “holistic approach is required” through the aligned efforts of education, health and law enforcement agencies.

Still, the Australian Drug Foundation’s National Manager of Community Programs Jon McGregor says local groups will remain focused on alcohol.

“Drugs, and ice in particular, is definitely an issue. Illicit drugs cost $8 billion each year to the community. The media and community are very concerned about ice. (But) part of our message is that the big issue in terms of drugs and alcohol will remain to be alcohol,” Mr McGregor said.

“Alcohol costs the community $16 billion a year and a lot of the activities the Community Drug Action Teams put in place focus on drugs and alcohol… “We need to keep things in focus and there’s a lot of hype about the issue of ice at the moment, it has certainly captured the nation’s focus. When we compare it to alcohol, alcohol is still the issue.

“A national household survey completed in 2013 showed there were no increases in the amount of meth consumed by Australians.”

Community Drug Action Teams are volunteer based groups who work together, in conjunction with the NSW Ministry of Health, to minimise and prevent the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs.

The Goulburn branch, chaired by Goulburn Mulwaree Councillor Carol James, support a number of drug and alcohol free local events in the area.

PCYC Traffic Offenders Intervention Program Coordinator Natalie Wade

Learning the lesson FOR those caught driving under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs, a referral to the PCYC-run Traffic Offenders Intervention Program (TOIP) could be the result.

TOIP Coordinator Natalie Wade (pictured left) said while most people understand the dangers involved with drink driving, many are unaware of the impact of prohibited drugs behind the wheel.

Numbers have steadily risen in those undertaking the course in the past six months. While some volunteer to take the course out of interest, others are referred from the court system as part of sentencing.

“It’s a really interesting program and we’ve had a lot of referrals in the last three months in particular,” Ms Wade said.

“Mainly in the past it’s been for drugs, alcohol and speeding, but now we are getting more drug referrals.

Whereas we might have had one person with a drug referral every three months it’s now quite prevalent.”

The course comprises seven subjects, covering everything from first aid through to defensive driving, what drugs and alcohol does to the body and firsthand talks from accident victims, police and family.

Demand for the course has led to an increase in sessions, rising from five annually to seven in 2014.

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