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Tigers take their share of awards at presentations

TINGHA Tigers President, Chris Curtin hasn’t stopped smiling since the annual Group 19 presentation night in Wednesday at Uralla.
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Tigers Guy Mepham took out the Tooheys Group 19 Player of the Year and the best and fairest for the Under 18s was Jayden Connors, who will head off to play for the Titans next year.

“We’ve also had Bevan French who’s going to Parramatta,” Curtin said.

“It’s a big year for the Tigers. We’re nurturing the future NRL players…and it is a good thing for the club.

“Another good thing for the club is the fact that this weekend the Tigers will tackle Gwydir at Bingara in the semi-finals. We’ve got a couple of players out but at the same time we’ve got a very good side,’ Curtin said.

“We performed well against Armidale last week, so we’re hoping we can take that form down to Bingara.

“Gwydir are a very good side, they led the comp for a very long time and then they just went through a slump; they came out and beat the competition favourites, Glen Innes two weeks ago so that sort of put the cat among the pigeons, so to speak.

“I think we can beat them at Bingara on a bit of a slower field, it will suit our team a lot better.”

Curtin’s tip for the grand final?

“I would say Tingha and Boomerangs,” Curtin laughed.

“But if we’re not there I think it will be Glen Innes and Boomerangs.”

SUCCESS: Tingha’s a grade coach Nick Dawson, Guy Mepham, Jayden Connors and under 18s coach Scott Fitzgerald at the Group 19 Presentations.

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Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, Kelly O’Dwyer

Higgins federal election candidate Kelly O’Dwyer. Picture: Bonnie Savage/Melbourne MagazineTWR put three questions to candidates in the Higgins electorate to help voters make up their minds at the upcoming election. Below are their responses.
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KELLY O’DWYER:Liberal (sitting member)

What is the most important federal issue for the electorate of Higgins?

Since becoming the member for Higgins three-and-a-half years ago, I have been working hard listening to the concerns of Higgins residents. In that time I have held 16 community forums, over 170 mobile offices and distributed tens of thousands of surveys.

People tell me that they are concerned about the economy, job security and cost of living pressures.

Since 2007, the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government has lurched from one crisis of its own making to another. It has been the most financially reckless government in Australia’s history, changing our fiscal position in 2007 from no net debt and surpluses, to record government debt levels that will go beyond a staggering $300 billion.

The Coalition is committed to putting the budget back on track and restoring confidence. We have already announced that we will cut the company tax rate by 1.5% to free up capital and allow business to grow and invest; remove $1 billion of red tape that is strangling business and the not-for-profit sector; and abolish the carbon tax that has increased the cost of living.

What would be the first local issue you would tackle were you to win your seat?

Higgins has a thriving shopping, arts and café culture, combined with beautiful parks and recreational facilities, close to public transport and great schools. These are some of the reasons that people from so many different backgrounds make Higgins their home. However, this does not mean Higgins is not without its challenges.

As many people would know I have been campaigning for grade separation at the many level crossings throughout the electorate; especially those along the Dandenong rail line in Carnegie and Murrumbeena and the Glenferrie, Toorak and Burke Road level crossings. This hard work was rewarded when the state government announced the Murrumbeena level crossing as a priority location for removal and committed funds to the removal of Burke Road. If re-elected I will continue to work with my state counterparts on these important nation-building infrastructure projects.

I would also like to address an issue many families in Higgins are facing and that is the increased cost of childcare. Under the Labor government we have seen childcare costs increase by more than $100 a week. This is putting serious pressure on families budgets and preventing people, especially mothers, from going back to work, should they chose to do so. Flexibility and affordability are at the heart of the Coalition’s plan for childcare.

Rank the following five issues in order of importance (from a personal perspective, not necessarily according to party policy).

Unemployment

Education

NBN

Climate Change

Asylum Seekers

HIGGINS CANDIDATES’ Q&A LINKS

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Kelly O’Dwyer

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Wesa Chau

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,James Harrison

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Phillip Dall

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Leanne Price

Meetings put focus on Council’s projects

Wellington Council is calling on the community to attend its community Report Card Meeting, with Geurie kicking off the rounds next Monday August 19.
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The meetings, introduced by general manager Michael Tolhurst, are aimed at providing residents with an insight into projects Council has been focusing on during the year.

The meetings also provide residents with a chance to have a say on projects they would like to see completed.

Mr Tolhurst said the meetings were designed as a way of increasing the level of communication between Council and the community and vice-versa.

The first meeting will be held at Geurie Hall at 6pm on Monday, August 19.

This will be followed by one at the same time at the Stuart Town RTC on Tuesday, August 20.

Three final meetings will be held the following week.

The first of these will be at the Gollan Hall at 6pm on Monday, August 26 with the second to be held at the Wellington Civic Centre at 6pm on Tuesday August 27.

The final meeting will be at the Mumbil Hall 6pm Thursday August 29.

Mr Tolhurst said it was imperative for residents to attend these meetings for them to be successful.

“This is more than just a meeting – it is a chance for the community to ensure we stick to the tasks outlined on the timetable.

“More importantly it’s a chance for council to hear directly from the community on issues they see as being important,” he said.

For more information on the meetings, please phone Wellington Council on 6840 1700.

August 19: 6pm Geurie Hall

August 20: 6pm Stuart Town RTC

August 26: 6pm Gollan Hall

August 27: 6pm Wellington Civic Centre

August 29: 6pm Mumbil Hall

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Police seek witnesses to possible assault

Detectives are searching for witnesses after a 52-year-old man was found with serious head and facial injuries.
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Shortly before 4.30pm on Thursday, officers on patrol found the man near a bus stop on Parkin Street in Rockingham.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition and police are unsure how he sustained his injuries.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Herne Hill will face Midland Magistrates Court on Friday after a burglary at Midland IGA.

Police will allege the man smashed a window to gain entry to the store at 1.20am Friday morning, stealing a number of items before fleeing.

He was apprehended nearby after police patrolling the area responded to the store’s alarm activation.

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Under-age children caught in rampage 

Wellington Police senior sergeant Simon Madgwick says his officers have spoken to the parents of three children aged under 10 who went on a rampage through the streets of the town.
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But he says under age crime in Wellington is not out of control, warning parents and youths the behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“I’m extremely disappointed with the behaviour of these children,” senior sergeant Madgwick said.

“We picked up the three children trying to light a fire near the Scout Hall and took them home.

“We stressed to their parents the acts of the children were disgraceful, we have referred the matter to family and community services and we will be following up the actions taken by them,” he said.

The youngest of the trio aged 7 damaged windows at the Wellington Dance Academy, then lit fires near the Civic Centre where the local Eisteddfod was being held. They then they proceded to light a tree and moved to a park near the Scout Hall where they again attempted to set fire to the surrounding area.

“We seized aerosol cans, barbecue lighters and paper. The children are under age and there’s nothing further we can do, but we have advised their parents we are fed up with the children’s actions and the community has had enough,” he said.

“I have taken this to the Department of Family and Community Services.

“We have spoken to the parents about socially acceptable behaviour, also their responsibility in knowing where their children are,” he said.

The children broke the front door and windows at the Dance Academy. Police say the damage is estimated to be more than $300.

“We ask the community to continue to report crime by under-age children to us,” senior sergeant Madgwick said.

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Marcus’ service honoured

“Wow, that’s incredible,” the effervescent Marcus Hanney said as he accepted a surprise certificate from Wellington Business Chamber president Ian Law.
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“I’m pretty overwhelmed that people would nominate me for the Excellence In Customer Service Award,” Mr Hanney said.

Ian Law said the community had supported the intiative and he was pleased to see such positive people getting encouragement.

“Marcus is a happy, bright and positive person and does some really good work at the Caltex on the Mitchell Highway.

“I’m impressed with the community response to the awards. So much so we’ll be announcing shortly prizes for those who nominate people and an awards night to keep the positivity going,” Mr Law said.

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Ricky Gervais raises bar again with daring comedy

Simple soul … Ricky Gervais stars in the new comedy Derek. Ricky Gervais
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On Thursday night on the ABC – for those who found it – Ricky Gervais’ latest comedy premiered in Australia.

Derek is a controversial series which blurs the lines between documentary, drama, comedy and just what is funny, and it was a landmark moment for the comedian who created in Derek a character who definitely pushed the boundaries.

Which is, after all, what Gervais lives to do.

All over Twitter he’s the arch atheist, trolling the faithful with glee. As host of the Golden Globes, he didn’t just bite the hand that fed him so much as tear it off at the wrist as he ripped into the assembled stars.

And in television comedy, his true element, he’s been unstoppable.

Playing David Brent in The Office he exposed the hilarity of the over-confident but under-talented boss and deconstructed the tropes of the modern workplace to show us the truth of life as a workday drone. In Extras, he stripped back the egos of actors to reveal why adults would choose a career playing dress-ups. And in Derek, well, Gervais is tossing traditional concepts of comedy out the window entirely.

Derek – created, written, directed and played by Gervais – is the story of a quiet middle-aged man who works in a slightly seedy nursing home, with his best friends the other staff and the residents.

A simple soul (the question of whether Derek is mentally handicapped has been raised repeatedly, but Gervais shrugs it off), he faces life with an almost zen-like calm and in his honest appraisal of what’s happening around him, pops out some of the funniest lines seen on screen in years.

But the huge achievement Gervais manages is this: we’re never laughing at Derek. His innocence is the filter through which Gervais’s sharp comedy has been run and the result is astounding.

In last night’s opening episode, dropped into the national broadcaster’s schedule with almost no warning, we join 49-year-old Derek Noakes as he goes about his business with a documentary film crew in tow. We meet his best mate Dougie (played by long-time Gervais associate Karl Pilkington), nurse Hannah (Kerry Godliman) and his “best friends in the world”, the home’s residents.

The pilot admirably introduced both the characters and the concept when Hannah made the mistake of confiding in Derek that she was interested in one of the residents’ visitors, but suspects he might be gay.

Derek’s solution to the problem is the direct opposite to what every other tired sitcom would have done and it’s brilliant because of it.

But as we were laughing, Gervais was already setting up one of the most heart-breaking TV scenes imaginable – and that in a year when Offspring bumped off a major player just to keep things interesting.

It was a clear indication that with Derek, Gervais has moved his past anarchic comedy in a very new direction.

This is funny, but subversive as well, challenging viewers to rethink why they laugh, why some things are taboo and asking why they should be.

Derek is no ordinary TV hero, but by episode two (screening on the ABC next Thursday), where his world is under threat from a budget-cutting council, we’re well and truly on his side.

Before its premiere in Britain, the series came under heavy fire for what the politically correct (who hadn’t even seen it) were sure would be an attack on those who can’t fight back.

After it aired, the reaction was overwhelmingly different with legions of viewers calling Derek the sweetest character in years and the series became an instant favourite.

Here in Australia, the reaction is likely to be the same.

You will laugh, no doubt about it, but chances are you’ll find yourself choked up at genuinely touching moments that no other performer would have even dared. Possibly at the same time.

Gervais, acknowledged in the comedy world as one of the best, has raised the bar again.

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Dream realised

“Who gets to see their dream come true?
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“I’m living mine,” Teresa Yasserie of the Aboriginal Education Training Unit said at the unveiling of two memorial stones which she funded in a bid to get more Aboriginal people involved in sorry business, the traditional processes of dealing with death.

The memorials were placed at the Falls Road site and the old cemetery in memory of the Aboriginal families who were buried there without accurate site locations.

“I thought it was my passion but when I started everyone was thinking the same and wanted to have ownership of a significant way of honouring our family,” she said.

“In traditional times this is what we would have done. We had the right, we’ve got to get it back.

“We have started one [course] in Bourke, they come off the street some of them and it is changing their lives, making it for their mob, they’re making it their own and it is wonderful.”

At Wellington TAFE The Aboriginal Passing Program (TAPP) focused on the modelling of the two headstones with carpentry teacher Chris Woods, followed by art teacher Iris Reid teaching traditional Aboriginal art so that students could paint the monuments and create a personal and meaningful legacy.

One of the students, Alex Daley made a head stone for her uncle Henry Williams which she gave to her mother, Irene Daley.

“It was something I never thought I would do and the teacher (Chris Woods) was brilliant,” she said.

Teacher Iris Reid said that for the Falls Road site, memorial totems of the area had been used including the possum, black snake and echidna as well as the gum leaves, blossoms and wattle of the area.

She also spoke about the coffins and caskets which had been lost in floodwaters at the Falls site.

“I think there were a lot of babies’ coffins. They would have been elders; if they grew up they would have been our aunts and uncles, being picked up from the floodwaters.

“A lot of young men dived in to save the caskets.”

“It’s sad that a lot of elders’ graves are not marked in any way shape or form,” Rod Towney, manager of Aboriginal Education and Training and Western Institute of TAFE said, adding that he was proud to see what had been achieved and that the memorials were a first in Australia, if not the first.

“It’s an important part of being black, never ever deny it, grow up as a proud Australian person, see what we can do together when we talk about a cause, because working together as a group that’s the way we’re going to come forward,” he said.

Mary Henderson thanked everybody who had come on board to see the project through.

“Whether you’re black white or brindle you all have a purpose in life and if we are here for self esteem or recognition we are not going to get there, but to support our up and coming elders sitting here in their youth and recognising them for who they are that’s more valuable,” she said.

The second memorial in the Old Cemetery was placed near the grave of Mudgee Phillips and at the unveiling of the memorials, Diane McNaboe sang in Wirradjuri “come here hearing good things and talking about good things and seeing good things”.

TAFE Western is the single largest provider of Vocational Education and Training for Aboriginal people in Australia with more than 7,600 students each year. The Institute is making a reputation for itself throughout Australia and internationally for its efforts to bridge the gap in the disadvantage that Aboriginal people experience in relation to education and employment.

Currently, Iris Reid is working with a class in Dubbo on painting caskets and TAFE Western are looking for more students to take part in TAPP.

The unveiling of the Falls memorial.

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Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, Leanne Price

TWR put three questions to candidates in the Higgins electorate to help voters make up their minds at the upcoming election. Below are their responses.
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LEANNE PRICE (Rise Up Australia)

What is the most important federal issue for the electorate of Higgins?

We have always been strong in retail and manufacturing, mostly relying on Australian made. Since the government lowered tariffs on foreign imports in the 1980s, we have seen a gradual decline in Australian made products and manufacturing. Hence, in order to stay competitive with cheaper (more inferior) brands, Australian companies are now manufacturing overseas, causing instability in job security.

Small businesses are under threat due to high rent and the effects of the bigger food chains that dominate the market. Unfortunately, shop owners are forced to walk away unable to cope with the rising prices. Tarrifs need to be reviewed, for the sake of Australian’s future in manufacturing and the livelihood of the people with small businesses.

What would be the first local issue you would tackle were you to win your seat?

On being elected I would work on issues relating to small business as there are many areas within Higgins which deal in retail. Also working with local councils in different areas, as there is a breakdown of community in some areas from what it once was. The people’s needs are the focus, not infrastructure that the people can’t afford.

Rank the following five issues in order of importance (from a personal perspective, not necessarily according to party policy).

Unemployment

Education

Asylum seekers

Climate change

Higgins federal election candidate Leanne Price.

HIGGINS CANDIDATES’ Q&A LINKS

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Kelly O’Dwyer

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Wesa Chau

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,James Harrison

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Phillip Dall

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Leanne Price

Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, James Harrison

TWR put three questions to candidates in the Higgins electorate to help voters make up their minds at the upcoming election. Below are their responses.
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What do you think of their answers? Leave a comment below.

JAMES HARRISON (Greens)

What is the most important federal issue for the electorate of Higgins?

We know that same-sex attracted young people have a higher risk of developing mental health issues and are much more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. This is a disturbing statistic and illustrates how important it is that our leaders send a strong, positive message to all our young people; that they will be valued and supported members of our community – regardless of their gender or sexuality. This is just one reason why marriage equality is so important. Our young people need to know that they will be treated equally and can aspire to all the things that all young people can.

What would be the first local issue you would tackle were you to win your seat?

Our world’s climate is in crisis. Polar ice is melting, glaciers are disappearing and we’re experiencing more frequent and extreme weather events. We must act now to reduce pollution and speed up the transition to clean, renewable energy. The cost of acting early will be far less than the cost of dealing with more natural disasters and extreme weather.

Our local natural environment is also in terrible condition. Gardiners Creek and our precious Yarra are flooded with plastic pollution like shopping bags and drink containers. I will work to address the causes of this pollution by supporting measures like a container deposit scheme which have been proven to drastically reduce pollution, increase recycling and raise valuable funds for local community groups.

Rank the following five issues in order of importance (from a personal perspective, not necessarily according to party policy).

Climate change

Asylum seekers

Education

Unemployment

NBN

Higgins federal election candidate James Harrison. Picture: Supplied

HIGGINS CANDIDATES’ Q&A LINKS

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Kelly O’Dwyer

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Wesa Chau

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,James Harrison

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Phillip Dall

Higgins candidates’ Q&A,Leanne Price