Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sail into this sale

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32 Ladbury Av, PenrithWHAT THE AGENT SAYS
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Set in a highly sought-after area this stylish house has all the ingredients you’d want in a family home. It has large bedrooms, stunning timber floors, open-plan living area, raised covered entertainment area (overlooking Panthers World of Entertainment) and an in-ground pool sheltered by a shade sail.

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Things go Crook for Sydney FC

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Follow @Dean_Benson14AFTER copping an unprecedented 7-2 hiding at the hands of the Central Coast Mariners last weekend, it seemed things had hit rock bottom for Sydney FC.
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But somehow, the Sky Blues dug themselves an even deeper hole on Saturday night.

Up 2-nil and seemingly cruising with

just 12 minutes to play against archrivals Melbourne Victory, Sydney conceded three late goals to taste what was surely one of the club’s most bitter defeats.

In fairness, one of Melbourne’s goals was a 25-metre thunderbolt from teenage sensation Andrew Nabbout, but still there is no way Sydney should’ve surrendered its lead.

This latest setback proved too much for Sydney coach Ian Crook, who handed in his resignation on Sunday morning just six games into his reign.

I feel sorry for Crook the man – a genuinely down to earth bloke – but not Crook the coach. He was sadly out of his depth from day one and that issue was only magnified when Alessandro Del Piero was signed.

Negative tactics, mind-boggling substitutions and a generously open defence all made Crook’s tenure a forgettable one.

Crook looked a broken man after Saturday night’s heartbreak and an unfortunate confrontation with a section of furious fans after the final whistle perfectly summed up the situation.

Ex-Socceroos boss Frank Farina or former Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick look the most likely candidates to become Sydney’s seventh manager in eight seasons – good luck to them!


Admittedly, it wasn’t a great weekend for Aussie sport (until our Test batsmen recovered beautifully on Monday) and the Wallabies should probably count themselves lucky that our bowlers struggled in the early stages of the first Test.

Why? Because our woes with the ball in hand kept, for the most part, the Wallabies’ 33-6 horror show against the French out of the headlines.

The Aussies were simply torn apart, albeit by a very good French side, at the Stade de France in Paris to get their European spring tour off to the worst possible start.

The French dominated the Wallabies’ scrum, the defence was worse than Lance Armstrong’s and in attack we showed about as much ticker as a tanking AFL team.

Sunday morning’s result meant the Aussies went another try-less 80 minutes – Mike Harris’s boot was again our only source of points.

I’m not necessarily calling for his head because I believe a lot of blame should be aimed at the players, but Robbie Deans’ job would surely be under serious threat.

Suggestions of the Aussies going through their spring tour unbeaten were simply laughable to begin with and the weekend’s display proved that.

A tougher test awaits our rugby team this weekend, when the Wallabies will head to the hallowed turf of Twickenham to face the Poms!


It was great to see Green Moon, an Aussie-trained horse, claim the Melbourne Cup last Tuesday in a field that was dominated by European heavyweights.

Green Moon started at $20 and so was a somewhat surprise winner, but those in the know insisted afterwards that with gun jockey Brett Prebble in the saddle, the Lloyd Williams-owned stayer was always in with a chance.

I wish I knew that before I put money on Red Cadeaux!

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Carbon crisis

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By now we all see the folly of the change from use of the term “global warming” to “climate change”. The government hopes people won’t notice that the science is wrong and that the Earth is not getting warmer, but cooler, as recent events have shown. This government’s fetish with carbon and CO2 is based on false and misleading scientific speculation. It is truly all about money and taxes. The climate change we are really seeing is the plunging fortunes of those trying to run an honest business. The carbon tax is hurting small business, Labor doesn’t care and the Greens care less.
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Heated sea-level discussionat Coastal Conference 

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KIAMA last weekplayed host to the 21st annual NSW Coastal Conference.
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More than 200delegates including local and state government representatives, scientists,academics, surf lifesavers and emergency services personnel attended thefour-day conference.

Some 45 paperswere presented to the conference covering topics such as; engaging communitiesin climate change and sea level rise, national surfing reserves, managingcoastal geotechnical hazards, coastal lagoon entrance management, Aboriginalcultural fishing in NSW, healthy waterways, and innovative approaches toproject delivery including using social networking.

The conferencealso included an address on a proposed policy framework for coastal Australiaby the National Sea Change Taskforce, which held its annual general meeting atthe conference.

Conferencewelcome speaker former Fairfax journalist, travel writer and ABC radiocommentator Kiama’s Bruce Elder spoke of the changes to the South Coast in thepast 30 years, the reasons for those changes and the need for the necessary developmentand tourism expansion to be considered.

“Never ignore thereason people originally came to your destination,” he said.

“That seems me tobe absolutely fundamental and is one of the great questions and challenges forthe South Coast.”

Kiama MP GarethWard said climate change was real.

“Climate changeis a reality and simply burying one’s head in the sand will not send thechallenges out with the tide,” he said.

“Ignorance onthis issue will only lead to greater challenges and costs into the future asdenial will equal delay.”

Relaxed sea-level lawsridiculed

THE StateGovernment’s new legislation scrapping sea level rise benchmarks and making iteasier for homeowners to protect their homes from the effects of climate changehas attracted scathing criticism from the man who co-authored the original 1979legislation.

Speaking at lastweek’s annual NSW Coastal Conference in Kiama, Angus Gordon a Coastal ZoneManagement and Planning expert of more than 40 years, described the legislationas ‘‘replacing one nonsense with a greater nonsense’’ and said it ‘‘reflected anaivety and loss of knowledge within the NSW government of coastalmanagement’’.

Mr Gordon saidwhile he had many concerns with the changes to the Coastal Protection Act, hewas particularly worried by plans allowing landowners to erect temporaryseawalls or sandbag against sea level rise without needing approval.

He said it waswell documented that building any wall on a beach caused erosion and thatseawalls could also impact neighbouring properties.

Mr Gordon alsosaid he was concerned that because there was no time limit on ‘‘so-calledtemporary works’’ on private land and that they would be used to ‘‘reclaimbeach’’ gained through coastal erosion, meaning in some cases a loss or beachfor community use.

‘‘Once they havereclaimed the beach they can then construct any exempt development they wish onthat,’’ he said.

‘‘Any coastalmanagement really needs to look at equity for both landowners and beachusers.The swing that has come in now really appears to favour landowners – it reallypays no attention what so ever to beachusers.’’

Kiama MP GarethWard who spoke at the conference about the changes and who spoke parliament insupport of the changes to the bill, said the changes had been made followingconsultation up and down the coast.

‘‘The billintroduced by Environment Minister Robyn Parker and now passed by theParliament seeks to cut the red tape that is entangled in the previouslegislation, which is so complicated that experienced local governmentbureaucrats find it difficult to understand,” he said.

‘‘In manyinstances people have worked hard to buy their piece of paradise on the coastonly to find that the value of that piece of paradise has been significantlydevalued because of legislation introduced by the previous Labor Government.

‘‘Under Labor, wesaw prescriptions about coastal erosion uniformly mandated across the New SouthWales coastline with no recognition of the fact that coastal protection anderosion has a different impact on individual communities and locations.

‘‘These changesreflect the government’s commitment to supporting landowners while alsosupporting the vital public interest.’’

Mr Gordon saidthe legislation also said that any works constructed which caused erosionelsewhere or a loss of amenity could be ordered to be removed.

‘‘Can you see thedilemma, if the only reason you have put protection in is is because yourproperty is likely to be threatened, or to reclaim the beach but anything youdo of that nature we already know will cause erosion, yet it says it can’tcause erosion… so they have brought in something that is unworkable,’’ hesaid.

‘‘We have come upwith a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem and the 20thcentury solution was one we knew was wrong in the 20th century.

‘This is a timewhen we are getting far more planning pressures on the coast and if we get itwrong now we will be leaving a terrible legacy for future generations.’’

Using a report bychief scientist and engineer professor Mary O’Kane, the new legislation alsoscraps the uniform benchmarks for sea level rise of up to 40cm by 2050 and ofup to 90cm by 2100, which were being used by coastal councils used to developtheir coastal management plans.

THE MAYOR: Kiama mayor Brian Petschler welcomes visitors to the NSW Coastal Conference at Kiama last week. Photo by Dylan Robinson

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Masters take on the world and the win

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THREE Pacific Palms SLSCmasters competitors travelled to Adelaide last week to compete in Rescue 2012, the World Life Saving Championships.
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Seasoned competitors Terry Brooker and Pat Powell, together with Steve Withers competing in his first World Championships, put their training to the test in cold, wet and windy Adelaide, with great results all round.

The campaign commenced at Christies Beach on Thursday (November 8) with surf events in a howling gale. Pat Powell, usually more at home on the beach, put in a creditable effort to win bronze in the 60 to 64-years ladies Surf Race in the difficult conditions.

Then it was off to Glenelg Beach for the Beach Sprint. In the highly competitive 60 to 64 years Male category, Steve and Terry put in a fantastic effort to survive the heats, with Terry eventually winning silver in the final and Steve coming eighth against a strong field. Pat, competing in the 60 to 64 years Female event, won silver in her event.

On Friday, with the gale still howling, the trio lined up for the 1km Beach Run on Glenelg Beach, with Pat gaining a bronze medal and Terry and Steve recording fourth and 13th respectively in their age groups. Beach Flags followed, with all reaching the finals and Pat winning bronze. Terry and Steve were unlucky to be knocked out at fifth and seventh respectively in their very strong field.

Good luck to our Bronze Medallion and Surf Certificate members who will undertake their assessment this Saturday – We know you will do us proud. Thank you also to all instructors and other experts who have assisted with their training.

Club members are reminded that the Blueys Cellars Masters Carnival is on again on Saturday 1 December commencing at 10am – this is for all over 30 years competitors. Put your name on the list on the noticeboard if you wish to compete – remember, normal competition patrol hours/proficiency rules apply. If you have any doubts about your eligibility, please ring Club Captain Sue (6554 0757) or Secretary Pat (6554 2058). Let’s put in a great effort this year and win the trophy back!

Steve Withers, Pat Powell and Terry Brooker, Pacific Palms’ Masters Team at the World Life Saving Championships.

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Smart brothers help defending champions survive run-out dramas

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Follow @Dean_Benson14A SMASHING century from Bay Tigers Black (A) skipper Gavin Smart helped the defending premiers to a monster 196-run victory over a brave Moruya side at Gundary Oval on Saturday.
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Smart’s innings of 108 included 13 fours and four sixes but wasn’t all smooth sailing as he lost partners Gavin Ladmore (45) and Dan Smith (six) in dramatic run-outs along the way.

However, those setbacks proved only to be minor speed bumps as the Tigers cruised to 6/286 off 40 overs.

Smart won the toss in the hot conditions and sent his side into bat, but opener Paul Gallen was soon on his way back to the pavilion, out for seven after he skied one to Moruya skipper Scott Sullivan.

Gallen’s dismissal brought his captain to the crease and the two Gavins combined well as both approached half centuries.

However, with Ladmore just five runs short of the milestone, a breakdown in communication between the two batsmen resulted in a frustrating run-out.

Smith suffered the same fate shortly after before Andrew Malcolm came and went for just four runs.

Moruya’s fourth scalp meant Mick Smart joined brother Gavin in the middle and the two combined to devastating effect as they took the score to 206 before the latter fell victim to an AJ King catch on 108.

Sullivan’s second catch of the afternoon dismissed Mick Smart for 67 but young gun Lachlan Patterson (28 not out) helped guide the Tigers to a monster total of 286.

Sullivan (1/65) bowled without luck but took one scalp to go with his two catches, while Ivan Mylott (1/56) was also among the wicket takers for the hosts.

Moruya’s run chase got off to a bright start as openers Brett Chown and King dug deep to continually frustrate the Tigers’ bowling attack.

Chown added one to the highlights reel when he dispatched Luke Condon for six, but his luck soon ran out when Malcolm found a way through his defences on 14.

The home side lost another quick wicket when Condon struck soon after, before Gavin Smart made a decisive move and brought Daniel Walsh into the attack.

That decision paid off handsomely as Walsh removed King for 13 with just his second delivery before also dismissing Paul Sullivan for two.

After making it three wickets in as many overs, Walsh removed Scott Sullivan for 11 to finish his spell with game-best figures of 4/30.

Smith (2/4) and Mick Smart (1/10 off eight overs) then cleaned up Moruya’s tail-end as the Tigers continued their unbeaten start to the season.

Moruya was all out for 90 off 30.5 overs.

BIG SWING: Moruya all-rounder AJ King battled hard to no avail on Saturday as the Bay Tigers Black ran riot. PHOTO: Dean Benson.

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We’vegot ourselves a convoy 

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MORE than $30,000 was raised towards supporting local kids with cancer, terminal illness and permanent disability at the 14th annual Convoy for Kids fundraiser on Saturday.
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The event – which was held at the Goulburn Recreation Area for the first time in its 14-year history – was the most successful fundraising event to date, with over 100 trucks and tens of thousands of dollars raised toward the cause.

Convoy for Kids Goulburn president Bryan Webb was thrilled with the result.

“It was the most successful convoy for kids we have ever had… People travelled from as far away as western Sydney,” he told the Post.

The decision to change the event location from Belmore Park to the Recreation Area on Braidwood Rd was one that Mr Webb believed paid off greatly.

The Convoy drew 105 participants compared to last year’s seventy.

“We are so pleased we went out there this year,” Mr Webb said.

Event secretary Bob Kirk said the Recreation Area provided easily accessible parking and an open, family friendly area to enjoy the day.

“It was a very successful day; best ever attendance, best ever auction result for the feed truck and our best ever fundraiser for the cause.

“People came from all over the place – the Southern Highlands, Young, Cowra, Braidwood, Crookwell, Goulburn and everywhere in between.

“The effort by the workers and volunteers was terrific.”

The hugely popular truck-pull challenge drew a large crowd, with a team of livestock carriers from Exeter claiming the title. Second place went to the crew from Country Energy.

The best fleet was awarded to Stirling Freight from Woodlawn and best overall truck was a custom truck owned by Scott McSweeney from Sydney.

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Rams dish it out … and love it

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ARMIDALE Rams racked up their biggest ever win against a hapless Glen Innes at Rugby League Park on Saturday in a case of what goes around comes around for the home side.
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The Rams have suffered some heavy losses in their short history but got a little back with a 98-12 thrashing that pleased current and past players alike.

“Hundred-point losses are pretty fresh in the memory,” Rams coach Greg Wood said.

“Chris Dooley (now with Gunnedah) was here for a look and he said ‘it’s about time’.

“You take these wins when you can get them.

“It’s two points and it helps the for and against.

“You can only play what’s in front of you.”

The big Armidale forwards got on top of the Magpies early and the backs had a field day, with Mitch Cooper scoring four tries in the halves.

“We’ve got this big pack and that’s obviously where we gained the upper hand from the first minute,” Wood said.

“We scored from the first set.

“That’s where Glen struggled, they had no forwards.

“Alf Atkinson was outstanding. He made 30 or 40 metres every time he ran the ball.

“If he’d had three or four metres more pace he probably would have scored four tries.

“Mitch Cooper scored four tries, didn’t drop a ball and made a couple of try-saving tackles.”

It wasn’t all good for the Rams though.

Firstly, they suffered injuries against a Glen side that also struggled to keep a full side on the paddock.

“They tried hard for a while but they ended up with 10 or 11 blokes,” Wood said.

“It was a war of attrition because we didn’t have a bench too.

“So we’re counting the cost ourselves.

“You like to get through these games unscathed but it doesn’t look like that’s what’s happened.”

Secondly, the Rams got a bit carried away at times and made mistakes as a result.

“We either scored or we dropped it,” Wood said.

“We tried to pay champagne football at times and it didn’t pay off.

“From a coach’s point of view that’s not great but it’s hard to stop them from getting expansive when they can smell a try at every opportunity.”

Steve Kim and debutante Brad Hague also scored three tries for the Rams.

Armidale’s win was built on the outstanding efforts of their big four – Atkinson, Anthony Postle, Dan Teitzel and replacement Laurie Craig.

Wood, out with a shoulder injury, paid tribute to his big men.

“After some lean years, it’s an embarrassment of riches to have so many, good big men in the same side,” he said.

“Alf (Atkinson) deciding to come home was a big bonus for us.

“He has been terrific all year.

“He never misses training and wants to stay on the field.

“I gave him 70 minutes against Tingha and he told me he’d rather have stayed on for the entire game.”

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Cargo kickboxer wins State title

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Makk after being presented with his title belt.Former Cargo Public School and current Canowindra Hight School student Makk McNaught has just fought his way to become the NSW STATE ISKA Thaiboxing SuperBantam weight championship.
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Four fighters from Millthorpe Gym travelled to the central coast on Friday to compete in the Coastal Clash IV held at Doyalson RSL on Saturday night.

The gym’s entire members and their families also travelled up to support the fighters as three were competing for titles and one was having a first fight.

Brad Abbot and Makk McNaught were contesting State titles and Jono McCann was contesting an Australian title.

Paris McNaught who is 12 years old was having her first contest against a 15 year old girl from the host club.

Makk has been competing for eight months in the lead up to this title fighting against men in their 20’s and at weight six kilograms heavier to prepare himself.

His trainer from Millthorpe Gym, Glen McDonald, could not have been more proud of Makk than that moment when the judges, after a long deliberation announced that the Blue corner – Makk – had won.

Makk was supported in his corner by his brother Beau, trainer Glen, support crew Anthony, Josh and founder of the club Kevin Blundell.

The fight was definitely a crowd pleaser and the best of the night with constant chanting and cheering for both fighters.

Makk was thankful for the victory after all his hard work and that of his trainer Glen and he was extremely proud of his sister and her effort.

Makk was proudly supported by our local Lions club Cudal – Cargo.

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Little Walgett tops zone, now for the State

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WALGETT Bowling Club earned a crack at a State 4s pennant when it overcame challenges from Inverell, South Tamworth and Armidale Services at South Tamworth Bowling Club on the weekend.
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The three Walgett teams (of four players) all played strongly, said team manager and one of the skips, Allan Tighe.

Walgett was the only unbeaten team, winning against all three opponents.

It’s a fine effort too from a club boasting just 57 bowlers.

“But we’ve got three pennants grades,” Tighe said.

“And we won the 5s last year too.”

With fellow skips Rex Skuthorpe and Doug Newton, Tighe adds some experience to a team which also includes novice, Donald Morgan.

“He’s only been playing five months but goes all right,” Tighe said.

While Walgett won the Zone 3 4s, West Tamworth Bowling Club won the 5s in Armidale.

It was West Tamworth’s first zone pennant for 25 years.

“We won the number ones 25 years ago,” said Bob Hennessey, who was a member of that winning 1s.

“This was a great result for us. The boys had to play in some bad conditions, particularly Saturday.”

West won its first game, lost its second and won its third.

Goodooga’s win over unbeaten Uralla allowed West to sneak past and win the Zone 3 5s pennant on shot margin.

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