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Thirteen candidates confirmed to run for federal seat of Bendigo

The ballot draw in progress. Picture: Blair ThomsonTHIRTEEN candidates will run for the federal seat of Bendigo.
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The candidates were confirmed at a ballot draw at the Australian Electoral Commission office in Hargreaves Street about noon on Friday.

National’s candidate Sarah Sheedy received first spot on the ballot in the draw. Labor’s Lisa Chesters will appear second and the Liberal Party’s Greg Bickley with be third.

Thirteen isthe highest number of candidates to runin the electorate for several years.

Retiring sitting member Steve Gibbons has held the seat of Bendigo since 1998, having won the last five elections.

He increased his margin with a swing of 3.4 per cent at the 2010 ballot, but eight candidates are now making a bid for the seat.

Voters will go to the polls in 22 days.

Order of candidate names drawn for ballot:

Sarah Sheedy, Nationals

Lisa Chesters, Labor

Greg Bickley, Liberal

Lachlan Sade, Greens

Charlie Crutchfield, Australian Sex Party

Alan Howard, Family First

Rod Leunig, Country Alliance

Daniel Abikhair, Save the Planet

Matine Rahmani, independent

Sandra Caddy, Rise Up Australia

Anita Donlon, Palmer United

Stephen Stingel, Katter’s Australian Party

Ewan McDonald

Candidate names in order of nomination:

Lisa Chesters, Labor

Lachlan Sade, Greens

Ewan McDonald, Australian Christians

Greg Bickley, Liberal

Anita Donlon, Palmer United

Rod Leunig, Country Alliance

Sarah Sheedy, Nationals

Charlie Crutchfield, Australian Sex Party

Sandra Caddy, Rise Up Australia

Alan Howard, Family First

Stephen Stingel, Katter’s Australian Party

Daniel Abikhair, Save the Planet

Matine Rahmani, independent

MORE TO COME…

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New darts teams find form

Last Thursday night saw local darters honour the late Ken Hodge with a few cold beers and plenty of hot darts being thrown. There were some close tussles with some of the new teams starting to really find some form and throw some good darts.
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The Top Pub Three opened up their account for the season with a 4-2 win over the Ram.

Meanwhile the Top Pub One brought the Ex-Services Club back down to earth with a 7-0 whitewash.

It looks as though the Top One may be the team to beat again this season.

The Rec Blue won a close one by 4-3 over the Top Pub Two with Chris Dwyer throwing a couple of century plus scores for the Top.

In the battle of the Rec Club teams, it was the Rec Silver 4 defeating the Rec Green 3 with Rob Dunwoodie throwing a game high 160 in this one.

In the match of the round the Courthouse, which Hodgy had a long association with, fittingly managed to score a minor upset over the Rec Gold by 4-2. The doubles matches were shared before the Courthouse side picked up three singles wins to take the victory.

The Top Pub Pleasure pack was won this week by Jimmy “Smokey” McGrath who threw some superb darts for the Courthouse pegging out early to snatch a couple of crucial wins.

There’s no truth in the rumour he was drug tested by ASADA officials shortly after the victory.

Round six tonight will see some interesting clashes take place. The improving Ex-Services are at home to the Ram, the Top Twos play the Top Threes in what should be a very even and entertaining contest that may well go until 4am on Friday morning.

The Courthouse will host the Rec Silver in another close contest, Rec Green will clash with cousin the Rec Blue whilst the match of the round will see last season’s grand finalist clash with the Top Pub One at home to the Rec Gold.

Top Pub are the only undefeated team left whilst Rec Gold will be fired up after their first loss last week to the Courthouse.

This is probably the best round so far this season so if you are looking to have a quiet drink or two tonight, head down to a local venue and be entertained both on and off the boards.

Don’t forget players, that a 7pm start is by Australian Eastern Time, not Perth time. Some teams are starting very late and if the trend continues they may be docked games. See you at the boards.

-Double Top

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Racing at Inverell for first time since New Year

INVERELL Jockey club will hold their first race meeting of the season tomorrow following a long, dry spell for on-course punters that has lasted since New Year’s Day.
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It will be a five race program for which there have been 73 acceptances, which club secretary Leanne Brown said is pretty good for the August meeting.

If the excitement of the racing not be enough for any extreme sports fanatics in the crowd, this year the club will be running a special feature race that is sure to provide plenty of interest and lots of laughs.

“Also on the day we will be having what we call the ‘Beer Steeplechase Challenge,” Brown said.

“We’re inviting teams from the community and organisations to come up and participate.

“Entrants will have to hurdle hay bales carrying a full schooner of beer and that will be measured at the end of each leg.

“The winner will be determined by a calculation between measurement of contents and time.

“Top Of the Town have come on board to sponsor that race with a night out at their restaurant for the winning team.”

Brown said nominations are still open for the challenge, which will have its heats run between races and the final battled out following the last race on the card.

The first race is due to leave the barriers at 2.05pm and gates will open at 11am for the city races.

There will be TAB facilities and bookmakers on-course.

“It will be a very entertaining day if we get some nominations for the challenge; David Fox mentioned the meeting on Tuesday in the Times, so perhaps he should be challenged,” Brown said with a laugh.

LAST APPEARANCE: Seen here on Diggers Cup Day last year, Jewel Passport will run her final race at Inverell on Staurday before she is retired by her syndicate of owners and trainer John Berger.

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GALLERY: The week in photos 

DUBBO: PolAir 1 landed at Dubbo on Thursday on its way west to search for missing resident Alois Rez. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE ORANGE: Senior Constable Greg Treavors, Senior Constable Helen Baker and boxing trainer Glen Sutherland will offer a new program giving at-risk youths the same opportunities to learn to box as Mitchell Collins, Ben Norris, Damien Johnson and Trent Johnson already have. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0815pcyc1
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MUDGEE: Crime writer Tara Moss shares a joke with Long Lazy Lunch host Dugald Saunders of ABC Western Plains at Blue Wren Winery and Restaurant on Sunday. Photo by Sandy Smith

DUBBO: Emergency services were called to a Dubbo intersection on Monday afternoon following reports a car had hit a pole.

ORANGE: POINTY END: Central Tablelands Water general manager Tony Perry and Cabonne deputy mayor Lachie MacSmith at the site of the proposed Needles dam on the Belubula River.

BATHURST: Jessica Small’s mother Ricki Small (left) is supported by her eldest daughter Rebecca and niece Millisa Reynders as she enters Bathurst Local Court on Monday for the first day of an inquest into Jessica’s disappearance. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081213cinqust10b

ORANGE: Mayor John Davis and members of the RSL honour the fallen at the 68th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, a day that marked the end of World War II. Inset: RSL vice president Ros Davidson gives her VP Day address. Photos: JUDE KEOGH 0815vp2, 0815vp4

Bathurst resident Maria Byers has travelled to Orange for work each day for 12 years but has noticed little improvement in mobile service. Photo: STEVE GOSCH.

BATHURST: Strong winds brought an old tree down on three cars parked in William Street on Monday afternoon.

BATHURST: Strong winds brought an old tree down on three cars parked in William Street on Monday afternoon.

DUBBO: Greg Sawyer from Australian Wool Network throws a fleece for students during an activity at the inaugural National Merino Challenge at Dubbo.Photo: CHERYL BURKE

ORANGE: Students of Glenroi Public School are learning basic cooking skills and the importance of nutrition, thanks to dedicated staff. Pictured are (from left) Terry McLean, Rory Bade, Zac Miller, Dylan Jordan, Courtney Bragg, Daniel Walker, Tyren Dixon and Tegan Wood. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0814sgcook1

BATHURST: V8 Supercar driver Lee Holdsworth and Mount Panorama circuit manager Mark Rayner inspect the changes to The Chase which are aimed at making the track safer. Photo: Phill Murray.

MUDGEE: Mem Fox meets fellow author, seven-year-old Jessica Nipperess at the Mudgee Reader’s Festival. Jessica’s book A Knight’s Quest is on the table in front of Mem.

PARKES: Russel Thurling of Winmalee and his dog ‘Trendy’ at the 103rd Annual Trundle Show.

PARKES: The shearing display was a hit at the Trundle Show.

LITHGOW: Making for a healthier lifestyle with a salt-swap initative are Nu-Tek’s Jason Cummings and Mary-Anne Land with Lithgow mayor Maree Statham and the Lithgow Black Panther. Photo: JEFF GEDDES lm081413salt

DUBBO: Parvez Alam, Fahdul Waham, MD Zahidul Haque, Chowdhury Beg and Shamima Kalam cook up a feast in celebration of the end of Ramadan. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

ORANGE: McKenna Pollack-Bennett, of Orange, performs her interpretation of Mary Poppins in the song and dance solo section for students 8 years and under on Monday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0812sgeist

Wellington Public School Ukele Group took part in the nstrumental and Vocal section of the 37th Eisteddfod

DUBBO: Eighteen-year-old Sheridan Granger is losing her locks this Saturday as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Bathurst RSL sub branch president Denis Chamberlain with two of the wreaths that were laid at the War memorial Carillon on Thursday morning as part of the region’s VP Day commemoration.

Orange Taxis chairman Darryl Curran says vandals who remove headrests from taxis will get caught. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0730taxitheft1

BATHURST: Vanessa Conlan leaves Bathurst Court House after giving evidence on day one of an inquest into the 1997 abduction of her friend Jessica Small. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081213cinqst22

MUDGEE: Club Mudgee’s David Lang, Maureen Heywood, Judy Hitchcock, Fave Holden and Bill Kerr present Lifeskills Plus Carolyn Peek with the first of many donations.

MUDGEE: World War II veteran Ron Mackie is searching for people he served with in the Sixth Division at New Guinea. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDER

Member for Orange Andrew Gee arrives at the NSW Parliament on Thursday with the petition calling for the upgrade of Ulan Road.

COWRA: Mulyan Public School students Cailee Anderson and Digby McGregor pose as Hermione Granger and Harry Potter watched by fellow kinders.

COWRA: Greg Campbell from Sutherlands Creek in Victoria, competing in the sheep dog trial heats Morongla Show ground.

PARKES: Students from Narromine High School paraded cattle in the Junior section at the Trundle Show – pictured (back-row, left to right) Sophie Walker, Maddy Preston and Harry Moore; front: Kim Grinsell and Megan Willoughby.

ORANGE: Bills Beans East Orange’s Carter Hirini could be putting used coffee grounds in a green waste bin instead of the red general waste bin when the green bin service is rolled out to businesses next year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0813sgbills

LITHGOW: Students at Cooerwull Primary School have been rewarded with a slippery slide and bouncing castle. Pictured from left, Grace Collins, Zoe Morgan, Alex Grant, Ryan Gill, Deklin Unsworth, Aaliyah Lake and Ambrozia Cummings. lm080613jump5

COWRA: The Squire Park Rest Centre which provides cheap meals and nursing, showering and change room facilities is under the new management of Rhonda Wren. Pictured: Nikki Howden, Rhonda Wren and Cheryl Beard outside the Squire Park Rest Centre.

WELLINGTON: The Falls memorial was recently unveiled.

FORBES: Nelson Park Tennis Club life member John Perry is sad to see the club have to fold

Flick through this gallery to find out what has been making news around the central west over the past week.

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Rob Styles wins golf club championship

On Saturday and Sunday 10-11 August, Boorowa golfers played 27 holes on each day for the Golf Club Championships.
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Perennial Club Champion, Robert Styles was the winner with rounds of 107, 105, total 212, while Daniel Bush was runner-up with 110, 111 totaling 221.

In ‘B’ Grade, Robert Dunwoodie was a clear winner with 130, 129 total 259; while Russel George was runner-up in his first Championship, on 137, 150 total 287.

Tim Good had a blinder on Saturday, winning the 18 hole net event with 84 net 57, from Daniel Bush with 73 net 61.

Robert Dunwoodie was 18 hole net winner on Sunday with 80 net 59, with Daniel Bush runner-up on 72 net 60.

Next Saturday golfers will play a Stableford Event for a monster meat tray.

The Golf Club Mixed Championship is on Sunday over 18 holes.

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Period residence has plenty of potential

An inviting facade leads you to the delightful aspects on offer which include leadlight windows, coloured glass, polished floor boards, plate railings, light pendants and high, ornate plaster ceilings.
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Stained timber panels throughout, while they will transport you back to a bygone architectural era, can dull the interior.

However, contemporary decor upgrades sympathetic to this era, will breathe life back to this grand old gem.

A home with ample room throughout offering two large bedrooms with the possibility of creating and extra bedroom plus office or computer room from the large rear verandah.

The loungeroom is a good size and features the stained timber finish also found in the hallway.

The kitchen and sizeable bathroom are in definite need of refurbishing.

Split-system airconditioning

and natural gas connection are in place.

There is 1103 square metres of land with established citrus trees but not much else.

Landscaping would simply value add to this wonderful period home in more ways than one. A side driveway leads you to the lock-up garage.

Located just minutes walk to the post office, supermarkets and CBD of town this is a home that has your name on it.

For inspections and further details are available by calling Gary Francis from Raine and Horne Wellington on 0428 459 830 or 02 6845 1222.

101 Simpson Street.

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Man held up Wollongong service station with screwdriver

Police are calling for help from the public after a man used a screwdriver to hold up a cashier at a Coles Express service station in Crown Street, West Wollongong.
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About 9pm yesterday, a man wearing a scarf covering his face entered the service station and threatened a 38-year-old male cashier, demanding he give him cash.

The cashier complied, and the man fled the store on foot.

Police from Wollongong Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

The cashier was not injured during the robbery.

The man is described as medium build, approximately 170cm tall and at the time was wearing a black hooded jumper, black pants, white joggers and a black cap.

Detectives would like to speak to any witnesses to the incident that maybe able to assist with their inquiries.

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Five in a row

St Joseph’s Primary Athletics Team (pictured) have won the Western Region Catholic Schools Handicap Trophy for the last five years running.
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Back row: Melinda Corcoran, Tom Jenkins, Ned Evans, Nick Jenkins, Tom Merriman, Sam Corkhill.

Third row: Matthew Canellis, Taylor Wythes, Sophie Canellis, Alice Kelly, Cooper Cross. Second row: Fergus Mullen, Jorja O’Brien, Richard Kelly. Front row: Rory McGrath, Tobias Piper and Marty McGrath. Absent: Grace Corkhill.

St Joseph’s Primary Athletics Team – Back row: Melinda Corcoran, Tom Jenkins, Ned Evans, Nick Jenkins, Tom Merriman, Sam Corkhill. Third row: Matthew Canellis, Taylor Wythes, Sophie Canellis, Alice Kelly, Cooper Cross. Second row: Fergus Mullen, Jorja O’Brien, Richard Kelly. Front row: Rory McGrath, Tobias Piper and Marty McGrath. Absent: Grace Corkhill.

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Coulton ready to boogey

Politicians are known to do almost anything for a vote, kiss a baby, wear a funny hat but will the Federal MP for Parkes, Mark Coulton ‘bust a move’ on Saturday night at Mumbil’s Biggest Dance party.
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“Just had notification … Federal member Mark Coulton will be attending the dance party this Saturday.

“Yes it is an election, but it is great to see our Federal Member taking the time to attend a small village event …

“Remember the dance party is this Saturday, starting at 6.30pm. There will be a raffle, chocolate wheel and now an auction. There are some fantastic prizes to be won … Come and join the fun in Mumbil,” the member for Mumbil Marcus Hanney said.

It’s fancy dress – ‘Rainbow, tight and bright’, BYO drinks and nibbles, Chocolate Wheel, Auction and prizes for Best Dress plus a raffle.

Entry: Gold coin donation, all welcome.

Money raised goes towards the students of Mumbil Public School.

“The hall will be nice and warm with plenty of heaters on,” Mr Hanney said.

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Bid to drought-proof Lachlan Valley

SOURCE: Central Western Daily
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CENTRAL Tablelands Water (CTW) wants all Calare’s federal election candidates to back a new 90,000 megalitre dam on the Belubula River near Canowindra.

But Orange is unlikely to benefit, with the water provider’s sights set on drought-proofing Canowindra, Blayney, Cowra, Parkes, Forbes and other towns in the Lachlan Valley.

The Needles site on the Belubula River was earmarked as a better location for the Carcoar Dam 40 years ago, but was abandoned after political wrangling, CTW general manager Tony Perry said.

State Water put the proposal back on the table last year when Infrastructure NSW recommended it as one of several dams for regional NSW in the next 20 years.

“Together with Blayney and Cabonne councils CTW is very keen for the proposal to get a guensey,” Mr Perry said.

As well as providing water security for the Lachlan Valley during drought, Mr Perry said the dam would offer flood mititgation for the Belubula valley downstream, including Canowindra, and take pressure off the Lachlan River.

Nationals incumbent John Cobb and Country Labor candidate Jess Jennings have both taken an interest in the project, Mr Perry said.

Mr Cobb fell short of saying he would lobby for the project if elected, but said he supported the investigation of permanent water security options for the entire electorate.

“Should I be given the responsibility to represent Calare and be part of a new government I will further discuss the water security options for the region with the relevant stakeholders,” he said.

Dr Jennings appeared to be on the same page, saying he was in favour of a regional solution for water security, but would need to further investigate the “pros and cons” before promoting the Needles dam for federal funds.

“I think that it has strong potential to alleviate urban pressure around the Blayney area,” he said.

“The Needles dam provides a much more widespread benefit than the Macquarie Pipeline.”

Mr Perry believes the push for the Needles dam will not be affected by the $20 million the federal government has allocated to the Macquarie Pipeline.

Although costs for the dam are yet to be calculated, Mr Perry said it would be cost effective and would mean plans for an upgrade to Lake Rowlands could be abandoned.

He also hoped to get backing from Centroc to continue lobbying for the new dam.

Sizing up:

* Proposed Needles dam on the Belubula River: 90,000 megalitres

* Carcoar Dam: 35,800 megalitres

* Suma Park Dam: 18,073 megalitres

* Lake Rowlands: 4500 megalitres

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POINTY END: Central Tablelands Water general manager Tony Perry and Cabonne deputy mayor Lachie MacSmith at the site of the proposed Needles dam on the Belubula River.

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