Lamb sausages are some of the best in NSW 

For the third year running, Dan Lennon and his team at Lennon’s Butchery has made an impression in the NSW/ACT Sausage King & Best Butchers Competition.
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Lennon’s ‘Marquez’ sausage took second place in the Lamb/Open Class heats of the NSW far north-coast, mid-north coast and New England regions. In the last two years, Lennon’s has snared first place and received commendations in multiple categories.

The ‘Marquez’ is “a North African lamb sausage. It’s got a bit of bite to it,” Dan said.

Dan explained the decision about which sausage varieties to submit for the competition is based on their regular stock and how well they rate with the customers.

“They’re the ones that we sell normally. If something works for you, you keep the quality going.”

Recognition by the industry for Dan and his staff confirms they are meeting high standards for their customers.

“Reaffirming that we sell good sausage and quality meat. That’s all you do it for,” Dan said.

He shared his advice for cooking the best snag. Whether to poke the sausage or not was the question. Turns out, Dan confirmed, that it’s right before it comes off the grill.

“You do at the end. Get the last lot of juices out of it.”

Lennon said quality butcher’s sausages don’t have the fat-retaining ingredient often found in mass-produced products that hold onto the fat and so contribute to spoiling the flavour. “What happens in a good sausage, the fat will come out of it, you’ve cooked the fat out of them.”

To create that perfect sausage, it means the Lennon staff are circumspect about the recipe and the process.

“We keep a fairly tight rein on what’s going in, so if you use a quality product to start with you’re going to get a quality product at the end.

MORE SAUSAGE SUCCESS: The team behind the winning snags are Al Anderson, Jordan Hanlon, Lynn Adams, Dan Lennon and Charlie Hartley.

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Wellington Eisteddfod

The Instrumental and Vocal section of the 37th Eisteddfod completed a highly-successful competition stage yesterday.
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Now the community is ready for the all-star Grand Concert on Sunday afternoon from 2pm.

Eisteddfod president Kevin Mason congratulated volunteers, sponsors and the local community.

“The support from many members of the community has been wonderful.

“This concert will be a fantastic way to wrap up the fortnight of competition and the local flavour is expected to make this a star-studded event’,” he said.

Wellington Public School Ukele Group.

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Honour Roll recognises volunteers

Today is the last day to nominate women volunteers for the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
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Member for Orange Andrew Gee said the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll was a great way to formally acknowledge the efforts of rural, regional and remote women, and celebrate volunteering as an important community value.

“Since the annual project started in 2010 it has helped to create a lasting archive and uncover inspirational quiet achievers – women who are so often the backbone of the community-based organisations,” Mr Gee said.

“There are now more than six million people volunteering annually across Australia, which represents 36 per cent of the adult population.

“The roles of women volunteers are diverse and include fundraising, delivering meals to the elderly, fighting fires, driving patients, mentoring the young, creating community artworks or co-ordinating events.”

All women nominated will be included in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering at Scone from October 25 to 27.

“The 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a positive way society can recognise, thank and celebrate the vital role 1.7 million NSW volunteers contribute to our way of life,” Mr Gee said.

“I believe that there are many women in the Orange electorate who are deserving of being recognised on the Honour Roll.

“I encourage anyone who knows of a valued female volunteer in their rural community to nominate them for this worthwhile project.”

Hidden Treasures is a joint project of the Rural Women’s Network (Department of Primary Industries) and the NSW Centre for Volunteering.

Nominations can still be lodged by completing a nomination online by tomorrow at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn

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Pat’s are stalking Panthers

HOCKEY
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WITH Bathurst rivals Souths hot on their tails, defending men’s Premier League Hockey champions St Pat’s face a daunting task today if they wish to earn a second chance come the 2013 finals series.

They must beat a Lithgow Panthers outfit that sewed up the minor premiership well before today’s final round and they must do so at Lithgow.

Currently Pat’s and Souths both sit on 38 points, but due to a far superior for and against, Pat’s need only win to secure second spot.

Souths, on the other hand, need to defeat cellar-dwellers Orange Wanderers and rely on the Panthers beating Pat’s to leapfrog their Bathurst counterparts into second.

According to St Pat’s goalkeeper Daniel Casey, securing second place is definitely a motivator, but he added the Saints are also prepared for a daunting do-or-die week one finals clash with Parkes United should they lose today.

“Of course we’d love to finish second, you get two bites at the cherry,” he said.

“But if we are to lose, it’s not the end of the world. We’d probably need to beat all those teams [Souths, Panthers and Parkes] to win the grand final anyway.

“We’re going in assuming Souths will get the win in Orange, so if we finish third, so be it.”

Casey said confidence remained high despite the prospect of dropping to third, with NSW Country players Shane Conroy, Jayden Ekert and Luke Thorncraft, along with ex-Kookaburra Matt Naylor returning for the must win clash.

“Having all the Country boys come back, and Matty too is huge,” he said.

“It’ll make a big difference for us, especially confidence wise as a team.

“These boys are coming off a pretty good tournament, I think Jayden scored a few goals so their confidence will be high and that should rub off on us.”

Pat’s custodian said his team were prepared for what Panthers will bring given the fiery nature of the two sides previous encounters.

“There’s no love lost,” Casey said.

“There is a definite mutual respect though, we know if we’re off our game they’ll do us and vice versa. There isn’t much between the two teams, they know that as well.

“I think it’ll just come down to who plays better hockey on the day.”

Casey said having a full strength team on the field was not only huge for Pat’s today, but would be vital in the coming weeks as well.

“Getting through the game with no injuries is a major thing for us,” he said.

“Winning is important, but whether we finish second or third, putting our strongest team on the field in the finals is vital.

“We’ll go in confident.”

St Pat’s host Lithgow Panthers at Bob Roach Field from 1.50pm today.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: St Pat’s Darcy Davis pressures Lithgow Zig Zag rival Matt Winterbottom in Lithgow last Saturday. The Saints will make the trek to Lithgow again today for their final round clash with Panthers. Photo: JEFF GEDDES pats2

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Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, Phillip Dall

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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PHILLIP DALL (Palmer United Party)

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

The most important issue or initiatives for this electorate is to stimulate the economy and get money flowing.

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

I wish to find out why the trains are still going so slowly over Burke Road and why is the Monash treated so differently than the other multi-lane roads in Melbourne.

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

Unemployment

Education

Asylum Seekers

NBN

Climate Change

Higgins federal election candidate Phillip Dall. 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

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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