Monthly Archives: June 2018

Tigers down Rams in Elimination Semi-final

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Waihe Upegeto crosses for the final try of the match. The Tigers scored 9 tries in the 48-20 victory over Condobolin.A Shaun Craven first half double set the platform for a convincing semi final win against Condobolin on Sunday.
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It was a golden day for the stocky winger with great attack and defence setting his team up for the emphatic victory.

Craven started the day picking up a wayward kick and beating three defenders on a forty metre run for the line.

When Condobolin replied most at the ground pictured a tit for tat kind of day.

But led by Kepu Nathan and Mick Walker the tigers pack continually dented the Condobolin line allowing Phil Butler, Waihe Upegeto, Craven and finally Kepu himself to cross for first half tries.

The Tigers went to the break leading 28- 14.

Strong words from Captain Coach Damian Kennedy ensured the Tigers were switched on in the second half and were the first to score through Sam O’Malveney 32-14.

Smart play from Damian Kennedy saw the inform Charles Lawrence cross under the posts and the tigers out to 38-14.

From here the tigers needed to be congratulated as they held their composure against some questionable defence from the Condobolin side.

Under the guidance of Kennedy the Tigers scored again through Sam O’Malveney and Waihe Upegeto, and the

tigers ran out eventual winners 48-20.

It was a strong showing from the Tigers, with Kepu Nathan, Sam O’Malveney and Waihe Upegeto possibly the best in a good team effort, with Phil Butlers return to the team making a real difference.

Phil has been out for a number of weeks and his attacking ability adds another dimension to the Tigers game.

Canowindra 48 (Shaun Craven 2, Sam O’Malveney 2, Waihe Upegeto 2, Phil Butler, Kepu Nathan, Charles Lawrence tries. Rob Burn 6 goals) defeated Condobolin 20.

League Tag

After a 1-1 half time deadlock the tigresses found top gear in the 2nd half to run out 4-1 winners against the Cargo Blue Heeler pups in the elimination semi final on Saturday.

It was a real elimination final with plenty of emotion in both sides.

Mel Rue had an outstanding game, being involved in everything. Maddie Vitnell was once again the game breaker scoring two crucial tries.

But overall it was a great team effort. The girls now enjoy a week off before playing in the grand final qualifier at

Grenfell in a fortnight’s time. For Cargo the season is over but they certainly need to be congratulated on their efforts in 2010.

Canowindra 4(Maddie Vitnell 2, Hannah Roth, and Jess Dzerigas) defeated Cargo 1.

Finals Week two

Canowindra’s Open Junior team take on Peak Hill at Cargo on Sunday to see who’s first through to the grand final.

Kick off at 11.00am.

First grade take on Molong at 2.30pm in another elimination game.

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Whole new ball game

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INVERELL High School returns to Farrer High’s Simpson Oval for a University Shield showdown today determined to improve on its Arrive Alive Cup regional final defeat of six weeks ago.
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It will be a big ask though with Farrer stung by its own Arrive Alive Cup demise.

“I’m hoping we can be a lot better and put up a bit of a show,” Inverell coach Glen Partridge said.

“The thing we’ve got to do is get off to a good start.

“We’ve played three games and in that Farrer game we dropped the ball from the kick-off and we’ve done that in two more games.

“When we did that against Farrer, we were on the back foot from the start. That’s the only game we’ve lost.”

Farrer also anticipates a tougher opponent.

“We fully expect them to be a much improved side,” Farrer co-coach Steve Kavanagh said.

“They’ll be confident after beating Coonabarabran and Glen Innes and MacIntyre were also strong sides and they beat them on this side of the draw in the University Shield too so they’re definitely going well.

“And we’re coming off a loss too.”

The Arrive Alive Cup may be out of reach after last week’s loss to All-Saints Maitland but that means Farrer will now focus on the Uni Shield.

“That’s the way all the boys have been treating it,” Kavanagh said.

“All-Saints was a very good side but needs to improve a lot.

“We analysed where we went wrong and the team has looked to rectify those things.

“From a negative, a lot of positives have come.”

Kavanagh points to Friday’s win by Gunnedah High over Coonabarabran High on the other side of the Uni Shield draw, in which Gunnedah compiled a 40-nil lead before winning 40-24, as an example for his side.

“A lot of people would have expected Coonabarabran to win that game and a lot of people will expect us to win this one,” he said.

“But we have to respect our opponents.”

The game kicks off at noon.

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Graduates continue educational process

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AFGW (Australian Federation of Graduate Women), also known as ‘The Graduates’ is an organisation promoting the advancement of education for rural women, by funding scholarships and prizes.
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Each year a Scholarship of $1000 is given to the female rural student with the highest ATAR and the Dr Barbara Wright

Postgraduate Scholarship to the value of $4000 is awarded every second year to a female student undergoing a postgraduate degree.

The funding is made possible by generous donations as well as functions held during each year.

President Alison Biddulph presented her annual report at the annual general meeting held prior to the luncheon at The Japanese Gardens on Sunday August 8.

Four functions had been held during the year with guest speakers Caroline Jones, Dr Irina Pollard, Mr Philip Bailey and Julia Andrews from Canowindra. President Alison thanked her supportive committee for their enthusiasm, making the year the success it was.

Election of officers took place with Mrs Alison Biddulph of “Lyndon” Canowindra re-elected as President.

Vice Presidents are Jean Mary Fagan of Cowra and Marianne Payten of Cowra.

Secretary re-elected is Anne Holloway and treasurer is Maureen Knight. Archivist is Marie Daley. Publicity Officer is Sue Brown. Dr Lois Foster is Post-Graduate Scholarship Co-ordinator.

Other members elected to committee are Pat Burnheim, Betty Carroll, Pamela Heikkinen, Jenny White and Uma Kumar.

Dr Lois Foster introduced guest speaker Alicia Dawson, prize winner of the Post Graduate Scholarship awarded in 2006.

Alicia is a registered psychologist, totally dedicated to working in regional NSW.

Alicia did her Undergraduate Degree at the Charles Sturt University Bathurst while doing volunteer work for the Bathurst Community Centre.

Now working full time at this Bathurst centre, Alicia is commencing her Master’s Degree with a pilot study to assist children aged 7 to 10 years whose parents have identified as being anxious and or depressed with a low view of their ability to do any activity.

Previous treatment for such conditions has included Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), physical exercise and dance therapy.

Alicia has been a dance teacher for 11 years, enjoys working with children in a clinical setting (‘I get paid to play with children’) and is a smiling, happy confident role model for unhappy children who ‘don’t know how to play’.

‘Happiness workshops’ are what Alicia calls these sessions as children develop worthwhile lifelong skills.

The pilot study ‘Jidda Jive ’designed by Alicia Dawson will involve 30 children aged 7 to 10 randomly assigned to three groups for an eight week session.

Alicia defines Jidda Jive as a ‘dance and psychotherapy group intervention for children with anxiety, depression and low self-efficacy’.

In thanking Alicia, Vice President Marianne Payten spoke for all those present in wishing Alicia every success in her project and in gaining her Master’s Degree.

The AFGW Central Branch is inviting members and guests to their next function on Sunday October 10, a luncheon at Old Vic Canowindra with guest speaker the lawyer, Christine McIntosh.

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Ways and means of freeing carrier

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I HAVE no idea where to send this. Maybe you do and will.
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It’s about this ship stuck in the sand at Newcastle.

Back in the 1930s a ship got stuck on a sandbar and couldn’t be pulled off.

What one tug boat captain did was flood all the holds in the ship which made it sink further into the sandbar. Then the water was pumped straight back out resulting in the ship rising and leaving a trench underneath, allowing it to float and be helped out by tug boat and reversing its own engines.

Reckon it’s worth a try. What do you people think?

Horry Chandler


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Preschoolers a bunch of characters

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Canowindra Preschoolers and staff member Adelaide Lawrence in character for Book Week.Canowindra Preschool has had an exciting week celebrating Book Week.
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Lots of fabulous books – along with their owners dressed to match the book – turned up all week, celebrating the art of reading.

The preschool encourages parents to read to their children each day for as little as 10 minutes to stimulate their interest in reading to have those adventures and enjoyment through books.

Staff also read from six books on the CBC short list for early childhood books of the year, such as “Fearless”, “The Terrible Plop”, “Clancy and Milly”, “Kip”, “The Wrong Book” “Bear and Chook”.

On another note, congratulations to the Director Lana Brown and her husband Ashley on the birth of a beautiful daughter Eadie May born 19th August, a sister for Kate and Noah.

Preschool also would like to let interested families know it is open for enrolments for 2011, you can contact us on 6344-1261, or the new fax 6344-1266.

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Witnesses live with horrific memories

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IN reply to the article “Inhumane deaths report denied” by Jacqueline van Aanholt (NDL June 16) I must contradict the explanation given by RSPCA chief inspector David O’Shannessy because it is simply incorrect. Permit me to describe what actually occurred.
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At approximately 8.45am on Thursday, June 14, a team of eight lead by an RSPCA inspector, without giving prior notice, converged on the property and informed owner Ruth Downey they had come to assess, weigh and destroy those in her herd of cattle (dairy strain with a strong jersey influence) which failed to meet RSPCA requirements (based on a beef fat score).

Cows were separated from their young calves and put with those to be shot, which was almost the entire herd. It was horrendous, shocking. As the RSPCA inspector commenced shooting, many of the cattle fled in terror, and were chased by members of the team. One cow jumped two fences trying to escape. Could a cow “starving and close to death” do that? As the cattle ran past him the inspector shot them from the side to down them, and left them struggling to get up while he downed others in a similar manner. One animal managed to struggle to its feet before being finished off with more than one shot, and one unfortunate creature was left to suffer for approximately 10 minutes.

Mrs Downey pleaded with the RSPCA inspector to spare a cow whose breeding line dated back to the early 1950s. She was ignored.

Ironically, while the killing was in progress, a load of hay arrived, which Mrs Downey had ordered. The killing stopped until the truck departed. Forty-eight low conditioned but healthy cattle were destroyed.

These cattle were undeniably low in condition, but their coats were shiny and their eyes alert. Some had sappy young calves at foot. I ask, would a cow “starving and close to death” be rearing a healthy strong calf? No-one could possibly accuse Mrs Downey of neglecting her cattle, and no-one could possibly have done more for them during this devastating drought.

This was a senseless, cold blooded and cruel slaughter, no compassion, no mercy. Witnesses will live with the horrific memories for the rest of their lives. Mrs Downey, now bereft of her livelihood, has 13 motherless calves to rear, two of them only days old. Oddly enough no-one in the team bothered to ask if Mrs Downey had milk for them!

These cattle were not “starving and close to death”; they were not “euthanased in a manner that caused no unnecessary pain, distress or suffering”; they were not “put down humanely”. It was not “cruel for them to be kept alive”.

The police officer present appeared to be very young and inexperienced. The veterinarian from the RLPB should not have agreed to this mindless killing. On many occasions he had been consulted by Mrs Downey, and knows how devoted she is to the welfare of her cattle.

It just goes to show that power in the wrong hands is indeed a very dangerous thing.

Clare Roach


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Birthday party on track

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Railway Centenary committee member Graham Rice.Canowindra is set to party as the community prepares to host a bevy of activities, displays and events around town to celebrate the centenary of rail at the end of this month.
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The community is invited to help celebrate this milestone in Canowindra through music, food, parades and an opportunity for everyone to learn a bit more about the importance of the arrival of rail to the town.

The party starts Friday September 24 and will continue for 11 days with a full program of events planned throughout the town.

The celebrations will open at the Canowindra Show with railway themed categories in photography, art, vegetables and Lego models.

On Saturday October 2 a street parade will wind its way through town.

Committee member Graham Rice confirmed the Gooloogong Trail Riders had signed up to take part in the parade, adding dozens of horse and riders to the spectacle.

Another highlight is expected to be a Ben Hall bushranger re-enactment, with a local police following in the tradition of other local officers over the years, to be roped up and “kidnapped”.

Phil Hammond has kindly loaned the premises of the former Hardware store which will now be utilised for a variety of displays, such as model trains and wedding gowns, instead of the originally booked Services Club.

Tastecanowindra will be hosting the inaugural Womindra – a wonderful presentation of world music.

Sunday October 3 will be filled with gourmet meals on offer, a wedding gown fashion parade by the CWA and other presentations and displays.

Celebrations will come to a close at the end of the long weekend with a mufti day and sausage sizzle at Canowindra Bowling Club.

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Definitely not ‘close to death’

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REGARDING the “Inhumane deaths report denied” item (NDL, Saturday, June 16, page 3), I am absolutely outraged by the claims of David O’Shannessy, that cattle on a Pilliga property “were euthanased in a manner that caused no unnecessary pain, distress or suffering” last Thursday. Although these animals had been affected by this devastating drought, they were definitely not “starving and close to death”.
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Conversely, they were being well fed with hay (a load arrived while the animals were being destroyed – during which time the killing temporarily ceased, and a special high protein supplement to keep them strong. Nobody could, in honesty, have claimed “it was cruel for them to be kept alive”.

On one of the previous visits by this so called “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” there were four cows down with pregnancy toxaemia, which the owner was caring for. These cows all recovered and recently delivered healthy calves. One of these cows jumped two fences trying to escape the gun but to no avail. Does a starving animal “close to death” have the strength to jump even one fence? Is it “humane” to leave well-fed, healthy baby calves to face winter without their mother’s milk and protection against the cold? Nobody even enquired if the owner had milk to feed the 13 little calves (which she didn’t). A plea for them to leave one milking cow was dismissed with a bullet to that particular cow.

Initially the order to the property owner was to reduce the number of her stock and increase the body fat on those remaining. Both conditions had been complied with. With recent rain the owner was quite confident there would soon be a green pick to supplement the protein and dry fodder mix.

Everyone I know of (not just family) who has seen these cattle has stated they were strong and healthy and in better condition than could be expected, given the severity of the drought.

I have known the owner for 62 years and know her to be thoroughly honest and one who would never be cruel to any animal; although cattle have always been her special love.

These individually named cows all responded to her call. There could not be a person less likely to ill-treat their cattle.

Apart from the animal and human suffering, the real horror of this affair is that it was completely unjustified and carried out by the very people supposed to prevent such cruelty!

I am also appalled at the other departments involved. It seems all persons partaking in this action are far more concerned about losing their jobs than the welfare of the animals – or property owners already battling this seemingly endless drought.

Joan Overeem


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Workshops especially for rural women

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Local NSWWiA members; some of whom will be at workshop. Photo Maree Mckay.Women in Agriculture NSW will conduct workshops encouraging women to build leadership skills.
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Ms Susan Ainge, Project Officer for NSW Women in Agriculture, says that the workshops encourage women to build leadership and representative skills so as to support their communities, industries, regions and families in building community resilience and productivity in today’s changing world and climate.

“This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under

Australia’s Farming Future”, she said.

“The reason that the series targets women is that we are looking at the whole effect of the changing climate as it affects our enterprises, our politics and our communities”, said Ms Ainge.

“Women in many family units are the interface between these facets and have the ability to merge the different fields to synchronise reaction to change. We are hoping through the workshops to equip the participants with the tools and the courage to drive a move toward greater resilience in their enterprises and communities” she said.

One of these workshops is being held in Canowindra on Friday, September 3. Codie Gee from Jerry’s Plains attended the

Scone workshop.

“As a year 12 high school student I felt that it was a very informative day which covered leadership skills, time management and a lot more”, Codie said.

“I feel that this day would help young women that are interested in agriculture and even those who are leaving school”, she said.

Wendy Balneaves, a cattle producer from Parkville also attend the Scone workshop.

“We, as women, have to implement and encourage change in our own surrounds and play a main role, especially as farmers who are affected by severe extremes in climate and feel responsible for protecting, yet improving the land we hold”, she said.

The workshops are free and have been assisted by a grant from the Federal government. Accommodation is provided for women who to travel considerable distances for the workshop.

All enquiries should be made to Ms Susan Ainge on 0428242091 or see the website at .

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Need to accept nasty habit

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TAMWORTH, whether we care to admit it or not, has a nasty drug habit and the longer we take to acknowledge it the harder it is going to be to solve.
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This paper reported on a major police drug operation last week that showed beyond doubt that we are in no way immune to the problems well documented in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

And, in the event further proof is needed, we spoke to local police, youth workers and welfare officers yesterday who all said the problem in Tamworth is far worse than most people would realise.

With one youth volunteer saying children as young as eight are using alcohol and others suggesting that even younger children are exposed to the sight of parents and siblings using illegal drugs on a regular basis, it is apparent action needs to be taken.

It is equally apparent drugs in Tamworth, despite popular misconceptions, have no respect for geographical or socio-economic boundaries or, for that matter, varying degrees of ethnicity.

The river, for example, is not a magic demarcation line and growing up in a middle class neighbourhood with all the advantages that implies is no defence.

There is a small group of predators in this city who are actively trying to hook our young people on drugs as diverse as cannabis, methamphetamines and the like.

Then, of course, there are the old evils of cigarettes and alcohol.

Binge drinking has become a part of youth culture to a greater degree than ever before and the people indulging in it are getting younger and younger.

The fall out can include rape, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, random acts of violence and our epidemic of vandalism.

The first step in any rehabilitation program such as Alcoholics Anonymous is for the person with the problem to acknowledge that it exists.

Are we big enough as a community to look in the mirror and make that


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