Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, Wesa Chau

Higgins federal election candidate Wesa Chau. Picture: ModformTWR 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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WESA CHAU (ALP)

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

One important issue for people in Higgins is education and affordable childcare. The ALP has delivered the better school reform to ensure every child will receive a good education. In addition, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced $450 million to improve before- and after-hours school care, which would allow schools to offer flexible opening hours and new high quality activities, such as music lessons, supervised sport and homework clubs. In addition, families will continue to receive 50 per cent Child Care Rebate (of up to $7500 a year). This enables women to participate in the workforce.

In addition, the NBN infrastructure is important for businesses and homes, whereby we are offered two possible forms of access to information and technology. The Liberal Party would offer a slower network which would be more expensive for each of us to connect. The ALP offers a superfast network that provides connectivity directly to each of our homes and small businesses.

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

I have been out and about in the community, at our train stations and our shopping centres in Higgins. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet the people of Higgins and discuss the issues which concern them. From these discussions, one local issue I would tackle first is to ensure there is affordable access to quality education and opportunities for children and young people.

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

Education

NBN

Asylum seekers

Unemployment

Climate Change

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

Vinnies winter appeal receives good response

ARARAT – The St Vincent de Paul Ararat Conference has been distributing items warmly donated as part of its annual St Vinnie’s winter appeal.
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President of the St Vincent de Paul Ararat Conference Pat McAloon said the event is the major fundraiser of the year for St Vincent de Paul.

Mr McAloon said last year St Vincent Ararat distributed $19,560 to help people in need, on average $400 a week.

He said the money goes towards providing emergency relief for people in Ararat and surrounding areas.

Mr McAloon said he was very pleased with the involvement of people in raising goods and awareness of social issues, particularly students at Marian College.

In June students from the secondary school braved freezing temperatures to take part in the appeal by sleeping out in cardboard boxes for a night.

In response the community donated a large amount of food, clothing and toiletries which will all go directly to providing assistance to individuals and families doing it tough.

Twenty-one students participated in the local sleep out which came about as a result of the annual corporate sleep out held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne every year to highlight the plight of homelessness across Australia.

A break down of the almost $20,000 raised and distributed last year includes $8,000 for food, $2,000 for emergency transport and accommodation, $6,000 for medical and chemist supplies and $2,000 for home appliances.

Mr McAloon said some of the money also goes towards giving disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn.

He said all of the money raised goes to the people in the community that most need it.

“All of the money we raise is spent locally and goes towards helping local people in need,” he said.

“It is determined on a needs by need basis.”

We like to think of it has a hand up, not a hand out.

“Everybody has times in their lives when they get stuck and things can become too much.

Megan contributes to the Vinnies winter appeal.

“We like to think we are there to bring help to people to get through those times when for example all the utility bills come at once or a multitude of things are impacting someone’s life.”

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Roosters say their first season was fair enough

“WE copped some huge dust-ups on the scoreboard, but we didn’t back down,” Ashford Rugby League Club president, Mick Lewis said.
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It was Lewis’ take on the Roosters effort this year after they ended their season last week, fighting for air beneath a massive 72-12 loss against the Moree Boomerangs.

However Lewis said the club was satisfied with the season.

“We were happy to come through without any forfeits,” he said.

“When we started the season and we were forced to go up to first grade we set ourselves some objectives. To come through the season without forfeiting a game, hopefully win a game in A grade (we didn’t care where it was) and just with this friendly little rivalry, we wanted to beat Inverell in the first grade.”

Lewis said the Roosters had ticked all three of those boxes and thought the rivalry between the Roosters and the Hawks was very much overstated in some quarters. He admitted there was significant competition between the two clubs, but put it down to the fact that Inverell are their nearest rival team. He described the Hawks as being more of a big brother or parent figure club.

“I don’t want bad blood between Inverell and Ashford, it’s not necessary,” Lewis said.

“The challenge of beating something that you’ve been a part of previously was there for all of our players and we’re happy to achieved that, but it’s not resentment of Inverell. They may take it that way, but that’s not what I mean.

“I mean, I didn’t go to the players who came to us, they came to me and there are reasons for that and they need to look at that.

“But don’t just point the finger at us, we’re not the bad boys here.”

Lewis said the Roosters existence has little to do with Inverell.

“We’re a little town of 500 people who have had an ambition to have a rugby league team for many, many years,” Lewis said.

“A number of those players who came back to us have ties with the town,” Lewis said.

“They were educated out here in some cases or their family came from out here or their fathers in some cases played for Ashford when there was a club here previously and there was a bit of an emotional attachment to the town and they wanted to come back out.

“Darrell Kachel’s right in one way, it’s the novelty of a new club and I understand that. I’m not being critical of the Hawks, but Inverell would have to look at the way they have treated their players over the years and look at the reasons some of their players chose to come to us, I guess.”

Lewis said he is fairly confident the Roosters will form again next season, but the final decision had not been made yet.

“The majority of players we’ve had this year have indicated they will be back with us next year, in fact they’re looking forward to it,” Lewis said.

“We’d like to improve our player strength, particularly in first grade. We were probably not realistically competitive this season, so we need to improve a bit.

“We’re not worried about numbers it’s just that we need to find a few more quality first graders to put in with what we’ve got.”

So what are next year’s goals?

“To field three sides again and improve on this year’s performance, simple as that.

“Look, having our own football side is a huge thing for the Ashford community and this year our gate was very well supported and not only by people from Ashford either.”

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SOCCER: Let the finals begin

This weekend marks the start of soccer finals for the Redbacks ladies team, while the rest of our teams begin to wrap up their regular season.
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Friday night will be our Under 18’s last game of the season, and Saturday sees all our senior teams at home, as well as our Annual Golden Oldies match – what a great weekend for soccer!

Here’s the list of action for the weekend:

Under 18’s v South West Rocks

Where: Laurieton

When: Friday 16th at 6pm

Under 16’s v Macleay Valley Rangers

Where: Laurieton

When: Friday 16th at 8:40pm

FINALS WEEK 1: Redbacks Ladies v Port United

Where: Laurieton

When: Saturday 17th at 2:45pm

Reserve Grade v Port United

Where: Laurieton

When: Saturday 17th at 1:15pm

First Grade v Port United

Where: Laurieton

When: Saturday 17th at 3pm

Golden Oldies

This Saturday we’ll be having our annual Golden Oldies match. This is an opportunity for all our past players and supporters to take to the field for a friendly match. The match will be played across the field, to limit the level of exhaustion, and is a half hour match, designed for a bit of fun.

Kick off is at 12:30pm, just before our Reserve Grade squad. If you’re keen, or know someone who is, make sure you’re down at the fields at 12:15pm, and supporters, make sure you’re there to cheer them on!

Sportsmanship

As the season wraps up and finals begin, players and supporters are reminded to be respectful to our opposition, as well as officials.

No matter how wrong you think a decision is, abusing the referee will get you NOWHERE, and will most likely only result in a yellow or red card.

So please, think of your other teammates, and the impact your red card will have on them, and practice good sportsmanship.

Treasure Chest – $9,000!!!

There are now only 8 keys left!!!

Purchase a ticket in the Redbacks Meat Raffle, between 1pm and 2pm on Sunday, at the LUSC, and for every $5 in tickets, you’ll receive a free ticket in the Treasure Chest. Meat Raffle is drawn at 2pm, and Treasure Chest around 2:30pm. If your lucky number is called out, you’ll have the chance to try and unlock the Treasure Chest, and win $9,000!!!

Remember, this is a big fundraiser for the Club, so if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday, make sure you head down to the LUSC, and who knows – you might just win!

Bus to Wingham

Next week (Saturday 24th August) will be the final round for our Reserve Grade and First Grade squads in the regular competition. The Redbacks will be hiring a bus for players and supporters to head to Wingham, and provide our boys with some much needed support before finals start. Cost is $15 per head, and the bus will depart 11:30am. If you’re interested, please let us know on Facebook, or email the Club

Presentations

Junior Presentation is booked for Sunday 22nd September

Senior Presentation is booked for Saturday 12th October – the theme is 80’s disco

Times will follow, but note these dates in your calendars – you don’t want to miss them!

Good luck to all this weekend.

Soccer action is all at Laurieton this weekend.

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City to Surf sees outstanding effort from Tom

A young man from Inverell was among more than 86,000 runners in Sunday’s City to Surf race in Sydney, also helping boost funds for the MS Society.
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Tom Lane was part of a team of 35 students, staff and family from The Armidale School, who ran for the cause in the iconic footrace.

Tom put in an outstanding effort, completing the 14km course in 1:24:03.

“Everyone was having a good time while they were running – it was just awesome,” Tom said.

“I was relieved when I finished. My mind was happy, but my body wasn’t – I was pretty wrecked.”

The TAS team tallied up almost 500km in distance, and just over $8000 in donations. Despite having to make a 16 hour return trip, TAS had the one of the largest school teams registered in the event.

It was the 43rd year the event had been held, with more than 86,000 runners competing in 2013.

TAS students have taken part in the event on several previous occasions, and Athletics MIC Jim Pennington said it reflected the school’s philosophy that challenge and charity should come together.

“Over the past decade, the City to Surf has evolved beyond a physical challenge for the individual runner. Today almost one third of all participants run for a charity, supporting those in need whilst at the same time chasing an intrinsic goal,” said Mr Pennington, who ran his 18th City to Surf having first completed it as a Year 9 student 30 years ago.

“The beauty of this program is its unique ability to raise the social conscience of youth, thereby empowering them for a more progressive future.”

Long a hallmark challenge event for students at TAS, it now also forms part of a new school award called the TAS Triple Crown, for those students who complete the City to Surf, the 2km Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim and the 111km overnight Hawkesbury Canoe Classic during their time at the school.

FAST TIME: Tom Lane put in an outstanding effort in the City to Surf in Sydney last week, completing the 14km course in less than 85 minutes.

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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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What do you think of their answers? Leave a comment below.

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