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  • Chris’ carefree character

    2019 - 01.16

    THEN AND NOW: Twenty-two-year-old Chris McMahon said although being born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) and requiring the use of a prosthetic leg, he has never let it weigh him down in life. Whyalla News covered a story on Chris when he was 14 years old, before he had his short leg amputated. Chris was always smiling despite his disability.Living with a disability for his entire life, Chris McMahon has had to overcome more than the average 22-year-old.
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    Those who meet Chris for the first time might not get past his happy-go-lucky smile and carefree attitude to realise that he has a prosthetic leg.

    “So many times people have said to me ‘wow I had no idea’ – it’s probably because I don’t let it hold me back,” he said.

    Diagnosed as Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), a rare non-hereditary condition, Chris was born with his right leg significantly shorter than the left.

    When he was born, his parents, Julia and Ian, were given two options; either to have the leg amputated or try the only treatment that was available at the time, bone lengthening therapy.

    Julia and Ian wanted to give Chris the best start to life as possible, so at just two-years-old he had his first bone lengthening operation.

    Using an external frame, called the Ilizarov frame, pins are secured through the skin and muscle into the bone while the bone is broken and the frame is gradually extended as the bone heals.

    An incredibly painful procedure, Chris’ parents received negative comments from those around them, labelling it as ‘cruel’.

    “It’s easy to judge from the outside without being in the situation yourself,” he said.

    “I’m incredibly thankful of my parents, without them I really don’t think I would be the guy I am today.”

    Chris was in and out of surgery growing up, from a second bone lengthening surgery, a full knee reconstruction, repairing a growth plate in his right leg and the removal of a pin from his hip, as well as breaking his leg twice after lengthening surgery.

    “I could walk, just not for long distance, so I got a prosthetic leg,” he said.

    The prosthetics helped Chris learn to walk more efficiently and to make sure he would not develop curvature of the spine.

    Chris said having a prosthetic helped him become more active, however, the fact that his foot sat inches above the ground and his prosthetic, did get him down.

    “I’d get that sixth sort of sense where I felt like someone was looking at me, could see people gawking,” he said.

    “I’ve always had friends and family and a lot of support behind me, just as much as I got picked on for it I got a lot more support about it too.”

    Although it did have its downsides, Chris said it never held him back from life.

    “I learnt how to skateboard, ride my bike, I jetty jumped and played hockey all through school,” he said.

    “In my teenage years, when I became more active I broke a few prosthetics, one time I went through three legs.”

    Amputation had always been an option for Chris, his parents welcomed any decision he wanted to make.

    “Once I got old enough and could understand what was going on, I weighed up the good and bad sides of the operation,” he said.

    So two years ago, at 20-years-old, Chris decided it was time to have the leg removed.

    Before his surgery, Chris was required to lose weight to help with his recovery time.

    He joined a gym, and lost more than 10 kilograms – since then has lost another 20 kilograms and is at the gym at least twice a week.

    “Ever since I’ve had it it’s just all been up hill, I haven’t looked back, life has just been better ever since,” he said.

    With the new prosthetic Chris has more movement in his leg and has been able to access higher quality prosthetics – currently his everyday leg has synthetic skin to appear more realistic.

    “That’s all thanks to the Whyalla orthotics department, they are really good at what they do,” he said.

    Currently working at Bureau Veritas, Chris said he had difficulties initially getting a job in the mining industry, which he believes was due to his leg.

    “It’s probably one of the first things I would mention during interviews just to get it out of the way,” he said.

    “It keeps up with the rest of my body and hasn’t been a problem at work whatsoever which to be honest is a surprise.”

    Chris’ life with one leg is no different to that of anyone else his age; he loves to attend the occasional music festival and have a good time with friends.

    He enjoys having a swing at golf, have quality family time, and is looking forward to soon moving in with his girlfriend Claudia.

    “Me and Claudia definitely want to see the world, so that’s something I really want to achieve,” he said.

    Always the joker, Chris said he had a joking nature about his leg, often having a laugh about it.

    “There’s been a few times I’ve taken it off in public and placed it next to someone and see them freak out, just to make fun of it – not to take it too seriously,” he said.

    “If you can’t make fun of it what’s the point.”

    Chris said he admired others who had disabilities that overcame adversity.

    “I reckon it’s really cool when I see someone else with a disability doing it just as good, or even better than people without disabilities,” he said.

    “It’s good to see it doesn’t let anyone else down, or set them back, like it doesn’t me.”

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    Southern Sevens football tournament

    2019 - 01.16

    Southern Branch committee member Ken Park, Southern under 17 women’s players Lexi Carter and Paris Ford, Southern women’s Kellie Brown and Southern Sevens creator Jim Ford are excited about the prospect of the inaugural competition.ISON Park will welcome teams from across the state in March when is hosts the inaugural Southern Sevens football tournament.
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    The competition is the brainchild of Southern Branch ladies coach Jim Ford who is working in conjunction with Southern Branch committee member Ken Park and a host of other organisers as they prepare for the competition they believe could revolutionise football in the area.

    Ford is currently Director of Navy Football and his idea stemmed from an already established competition that he has been involved in for a number of years.

    “We [Navy Football] used to go up to Forster every year to play in the Viking Challenge, which is a six-a-side tournament that has been running for a while and attracts over 100 teams,” said Ford.

    “With all the facilities we have here at Ison Park, I thought, why are we going all the way up there if we can have one right here?”

    Ford and fellow Navy Football operations officer, Kellie Brown, used what they know about the competition at Forster to develop what has lead to the creation of Southern Sevens.

    “We took the idea to Ken [Park] and Southern Branch and they said yes, then we went to Shoalhaven Football and they said yes… they thought it was a great idea so we began organising,” said Ford.

    The development of the competition has only been in the works since November, giving them limited time to get the tournament up and running before it takes place on March 7 and 8.

    The organisers have been working with Southern Branch and also Shoalhaven District Football, whose referees and grounds at Ison Park will facilitate the running of the competition.

    “The first year is always going to be the hardest but we see this as being something that can be sustainable and something that we can run annually.

    “There will be lessons learnt this year but we want to develop something that we can build on and ultimately improve next year,” said Ford.

    Southern Branch committee member Ken Park said that further down the track, this tournament is something he hopes will grow exponentially and that can incorporate different parts of the community.

    “We hope that down the track we can get Shoalhaven City Council involved and make them recognise the huge benefits it can have on local tourism and the financial side of things,” he said.

    “We’ve seen what it is like in Forster and if we can make it as big as it is there, here in Nowra, then it will be a huge success,” said Ford.

    However before they reach that point, they need to attract the interest from players and individuals to register teams for the competition.

    The competition will run over two days with two separate competitions for ladies and men.

    It will be an open aged, seven-a-side tournament with similar rules to those of the local summer soccer competition which includes roughly 12 minute halves and half size fields.

    Ford is encouraging local teams to get around the new idea and register teams to take part in the competition.

    “We’ve already had interest shown from a number of local clubs including Illaroo, Shoalhaven United, Shoalhaven Heads and a number of Southern Branch ladies,” he said.

    Despite being a local event, the emphasis has been put on teams from outside the region to come and compete in the Southern Sevens.

    “I’ve received emails from teams in the ACT and around Sydney who are interested in taking part in the tournament which has been great and we hope for many more,” said Park.

    So why should teams register in the Southern Sevens?

    Kellie Brown said that the competition is perfect timing in the lead up to the football season and clubs and teams who are interested in some match practise should get involved.

    “It’s the perfect pre-season build up, making it the ideal time for teams and players to have a hit out before the season starts… and there are a number of cash prizes on offer for teams who win,” she said.

    Jim Ford said that they are actively trying to seek out sponsors for the competition so they can name the fields at Ison Park based on a businesses or groups in the community.

    “North Nowra Tavern has generously come on board as a sponsor of the competition and will be the place all teams and competitors go back to after each day to see where and who they will play the following day,” said Ford.

    Registration is $500 per team and Ford stressed that you don’t have to be apart of an organised club to register.

    “Some clubs may enter teams but if you are apart of a club and want to be in a team with your mates, that is fine too… Registration works out to be about $50 a player for a squad of ten,” he said.

    Ford’s vision is for a ‘good quality, well run and sociable’ competition which can be further developed and improved in future years.

    “Wouldn’t it be great, five years down the track to look back at this competition and think, this is a real bumper thing for the area.

    “It’s bringing people to the area, it’s financially sustainable and there some great football happening,” said Ford.

    For more information or to register a team to take part in the Southern Sevens, email [email protected]南京夜网

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    Floods: Call for better drainage in West Cessnock, video

    2019 - 01.16

    WORRIED: James Street resident Bill Thompson has concerns about a proposed rezoning at the end of his street.Last week’s rainfall highlighted concerns from James Street, Cessnock residents about flash flooding occurring at the end of the street after periods of heavy downpour.
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    Video footage showed the flow of rain created a strong torrent that flowed into the paddock at the end of the street – where a 25-lot rezoning is proposed.

    The water completely submerged the gutter and ran onto the footpaths and up the driveways in the street.

    Bill Thompson, who has lived in James Street with wife Barbara for 57 years, said he has requested a proper drainage system for the water to flow into the creek behind his house to prevent the bank up of water that currently floods the end of the street after rainfall.

    He has also put in requests to council three weeks ago after the last storm and then Mayor Bob Pynsent himself last week for the gutters to be cleared out and the potholes to be fixed.

    Mr. Thompson said that the rain runs so badly that, residents have to park their cars with the right wheels on the road and the left wheels on top of the gutter to try and restrict overflow into properties.

    He said it has been an ongoing battle to get council to resolve the issue.

    “We can’t get it through to them,” he said.

    Mr. Thompson also demonstrated concern about the overflow of sewage in their backyard each time it rains.

    He said their manhole rises and seeps sewage into their backyard on occasion, meaning the couple cannot even use their own toilet.

    His neighbour Andrew McGrath said along with the rain flooding the road and gutters, it also rises into his yard as far as his garage each time there is heavy rain.

    The residents also raised concerns about the proposed rezoning, which is is located between the edge of the existing built up area of Cessnock and Black Creek.

    Mr. Thompson said he is strongly opposed to this development and has even had petitions after housing was proposed for the area.

    “It’s wrong, you just don’t need it,” he said.

    “I feel sorry for the people who are going to build in there.”

    A council spokesperson said most of the area to be rezoned is above the one per cent (annual exceedance probability) flood planning level.

    “Those few proposed lots which are marginally below the one per cent (AEP) flood planning level have areas free from flooding to accommodate a building,” the spokesperson said.

    “The rezoning will not impact on the height or extent of existing flooding within the area—this conclusion is supported by appropriate flood study and assessments.

    “In addition to flooding from Black Creek, localised overland flow issues can arise during storm events. Existing underground drainage is limited in the existing urban area and stormwater flows generally occur as overland flows.

    “If the rezoning is approved, works associated with the development may provide limited improvement of the current local drainage issues, however, additional capital upgrade works would be considered by council to address stormwater drainage issues in the existing urban area.”

    See Mr. McGrath’s video below (mild language warning).

    James Street, West Cessnock

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    Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School $2.4m building project underway

    2019 - 01.16

    DEVELOPMENT: The design plans for Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School middle school project.WORK on a $2.4-million building project at Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School is due to be completed by term three.
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    The middle school stage 1b project is being funded by a $1.6-million business loan from the Lutheran Laypersons League and $800,000 from the Federal Government.

    The middle school includes years seven and eight this year and will grow to years seven to nine next year.

    Horsham builders R A Plazzer Builders won the contract for the stage 1b project, designed by Brand Architects.

    Middle school head Jason Przibilla said concrete slabs had been poured for the classrooms, teachers’ area and the outdoor play area, which included two TigerTurf hard courts.

    On Monday, builders started work on steel frames for the new rooms.

    Mr Przibilla said the project was due to be finished by July, in time for term three.

    ‘‘We’re really looking forward to the buildings,’’ he said.

    ‘‘There are plenty of rooms including four extra general learning areas, along with open learning areas where we can have a chapel, meetings and assemblies.

    ‘‘We’ve also got a seminar room, storage and teachers’ office area. When that’s all finished we’ll be able to house all the students.’’

    The upgrade will allow the school to have specialised subject rooms for mathematics, English and humanities, along with multi-purpose rooms.

    Mr Przibilla said the specialised teaching areas would give staff the opportunity to tailor how they taught subjects.

    ‘‘We want to keep the traditional approach, but also make sure we’re allowing the capacity to be flexible.’’

    He said middle school students would also have a courtyard after the completion of building works.

    ‘‘There’ll be some outdoor landscaping and gardening, which will provide a place for students to sit, relax and talk,’’ he said.

    Mr Przibilla said students were excited by the prospect of moving into the rooms.

    ‘‘The new year sevens are adjusting to secondary school at the moment – they’re asking lots of questions and are keen to get into the new building.’’

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    OPINION: Election contest good for Yass

    2019 - 01.16

    Michael Pilbrow shares his views on the 2015 State Election.The Queensland election result last weekend has showed that no government or political party can take anything for granted.
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    Three years ago, who would’ve thought that a Labor Party that won only seven seats out of 89 would be on the verge of getting back into government after only one term in Opposition?

    Or that a Liberal National Party that won the biggest majority in Australian history could be thrown out after one term?

    I’ll leave the analysis of the Queensland result to others, but I mention it to point out that it would be a mistake to assume that the upcoming NSW election is a foregone conclusion.

    New Labor leader Luke Foley has made a very strong start in his new role and is winning support for clear and pragmatic policies in areas like horse racing taxes, privatisation and newsagents.

    The situation facing newsagents is a good example. Luke Foley has made it clear that Labor is on the side of small business and will not allow the big supermarket chains to sell lottery tickets.

    Across NSW, this election will be much closer and more interesting than many would have predicted four years ago.

    Here in the new seat of Goulburn, of which Yass is a part, things are certainly hotting up.

    Labor’s outstanding candidate, Ursula Stephens, has been active doing community meetings across the electorate, including one in Yass just before Christmas. The Yass meeting was very positive, with locals coming along to raise issues and test out the candidate – it was great to see grassroots politics in action.

    There was another great example of grassroots campaigning recently in Goulburn, when candidates were invited to discuss renewable energy at a “Politics in the Pub” event.

    Ursula listened and spoke with conviction – and was the only major party candidate who turned up. The Greens, Christian Democrat and Outdoor Recreation candidates all attended and passionately articulated their positions. Other speakers also participated, including a representative from the National Party who spoke very well and highlighted to many the shame that there is not a Nationals candidate in the race.

    Disappointingly, no one from the Liberal Party attended Politics in the Pub, so there wasn’t the opportunity to compare all the candidates – but this didn’t seem to worry the others who were prepared to subject themselves to a raucous night in a room packed with people who care about energy, the environment and local jobs.

    Being part of the new seat of Goulburn is good for Yass. There is no sitting member, no Nationals candidate and a very strong Labor candidate, so this is a great opportunity for the issues important to Yass to get noticed. Make the most of it.

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    Cessnock District Cricket Report: February 4, 2015

    2018 - 12.16

    After the Australia Day long weekend off, the Cessnock District Cricket Competition recommenced in all grades on Saturday.
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    In first grade all games went as expected, with the top three sides defeating the bottom three sides fairly comfortably.

    At Mulbring Oval the home side got back in the winners’ circle after a minor hiccup that saw them drop their first game of the season against Supporters Club a fortnight ago. They defeated bottom-placed Wine Country by 80 runs.

    Batting first the Marlins scored freely to post a very healthy 6-218 from their 40 overs, with Greg Sheehan blasting 69.

    Skipper Josh Lewis was next best with 59, with Drew Olsen (29), Scott Robertson (18no), Chad Lewis (16) and Mick Mascord (13no) all working the ball nicely.

    Matt Lightfoot was easily the best of the Wine Country attack with 3-16 off 10, with association president Mark O’Hara picking up an unlikely 2-20 off four.

    The Wood Ducks were all out inside 32 overs in reply for 138, with Bryce Morley and skipper Stephen Hedger keeping things moving with 37 apiece.

    Shane Morley (22) and Nathan Wright (21) both made starts, but someone needed to push on to a big score to pose any sort of threat chasing the big target.

    Wickets for Mulbring were shared between Luke Reed (3-31 off six), Scott Robertson (3-30 off 10), and Brad Strachan (2-31 off 5.3).

    Bellbird maintained second spot on the ladder after a convincing 104-run victory over Peden’s Hotel at East End.

    Tigers skipper Rob Drage won the toss and elected to bat, with the visitors accumulating freely to post 6-193 from their mandatory 40 overs.

    Elliot Gyler led the way with 49, Jason Orr made 41, with Ben Fairlie (29), Nick Siers (29), and Billy Orr (13no) all amongst the runs. Dale Johnson was the best of the Peden’s attack with 3-45 off 10.

    The Piranhas were skittled for just 89 in reply, with Jacob Waite their best with an unbeaten 19. Beau Lewis (17) and Pete Brennan (15) made starts at the top of the order, while for Bellbird Wade Attewell did the majority of the damage with 4-26 off eight, with Dave Gyler offering good support with 2-8 off four.

    In the final game of the round Greta/Branxton kept their top two-finish hopes alive with a four-wicket victory over Supporters Club at Baddeley Park.

    Supporters batted first and posted a competitive 151 considering the slow pitch and even slower outfield.

    Michael Ho batted sensibly for their top score of 36, tail-ender Justin Brown and skipper Alan Clarke made 35-apiece, with Nathan Stapleford (16) and Jack Morris (13) making starts.

    Cliff Newling was the best of the Greta/Branxton attack with 3-50 off 10, with Mick Shelley keeping a lid on things with 2-26 off 10.

    The Blues were in a spot of bother at 3-13 in reply, but recovered to pass the target (6-155) in the 30th over with four wickets in hand.

    Greg Andrews once again stole the show with an entertaining 83, sharing in a match winning 98-run fifth wicket partnership with opener Mick Shelley (28) who played an excellent sheet anchor role.

    Cliff Newling (15no) and Barry Richards (11no) were at the crease when the winning runs were hit, while for the Goannas Stapleford was outstanding and really kept his side in the hunt with 3-29 off nine, with skipper Clarke completing a fine all-round game with 2-38 off seven.

    SECOND GRADE

    Greta/Branxton 6/88 (Brock Charnock 26, Darren Holz 18, Zac Sneesby 2-30 off 7, Glynn Hayes 2-22 off 10) defeated Supporters 86 (Greg Brodie 21, Brett Morris 20, Jack Turner 14, Nathan Holz 4-13 off 6, Damien Austin 2-17 off 5).

    Mulbring 6/84 (Shaun Clarke 27, Mark Waddell 20, Brent Mendyk 17, Nick Hurn 3-10 off 5, Luke Jeans 2-68 off 9) defeated Wine Country 77 (Luke Jeans 34, Brent Mendyk 4-3 off 5, Dave Lord 3-12 off 10).

    Bellbird defeated Peden’s Hotel (no details submitted).

    THIRD GRADE

    Paxton 8/176 (Ben Read 42, Aaron Zechel 33, Steve Collins 31, Ben Hipwell 26, G. Kelso 4-45) defeated Laguna 69 (W. Kowaluk 34, Ben Read 4-15 off 10, Aaron Zechel 3-5 off 7, Brendan Hayes 2-25 off 10).

    Greta/Branxton 7/88 (Wes Hickey 23, Sam Dagg 16, Bryce Osland 14, M. Williams 4-28 off 10, S. Minter 2-13 off 9) defeated Supporters 81 (M. Williams 23, C. Gray 15, T. Ballendon 14, Beau Lantry 4-21 off 9.3, Bryce Element 2-14 off 6).

    Bellbird defeated Wine Country (no details submitted).

    FOURTH GRADE

    Greta/Branxton 8/146 (Ben Lahey 54, Alex Walkling 26, Zac Watkins 19, B. Mortimer 4-26 off 10, J. Rachael 3-47 off 9) defeated Supporters Black 137 (B. Mortimer 39, P. Burgess 37no, O. Levido 24, W. Myers 14, Rod Hines 2-17 off 7, Alex Walkling 2-26 off 9).

    Greta/Branxton White 5/126 (Ben Hogan 37, James Shoulders jnr 29, James Shoulders snr 24no, Steve Croucher 2-33 off 10, Adam Williams 2-26 off 10) defeated Peden’s Hotel 110 (Adam Williams 49, Tom Lantry 25, Jesse Minchin 2-12 off 5, Zach MacBeth 2-3 off 2).

    Denman Hotel defeated Mulbring (no details submitted).

    Supporters Gold bye.

    POINTS TABLES

    First grade: Mulbring 70, Bellbird 65, Greta/Branxton 62, Supporters 47, Peden’s Hotel 43, Wine Country 37.

    Second grade: Mulbring 66, Greta/Branxton 62, Peden’s Hotel 54, Supporters 50, Wine Country 46, Bellbird 40.

    Third grade: Paxton 72, Greta/Branxton 60^, Supporters 54, Laguna 53, Wine Country 38^, Bellbird 28*#^.

    * Lost points 18/10/14 due to second grade forfeit.

    # Lost points 22/11/14 due to second grade forfeit.

    ^ Lost points 13/12/14 for playing unqualified players.

    Fourth grade: Greta/Branxton Blue 54, Greta/Branxton White 50, Peden’s Hotel 48, Denman Hotel 41, Supporters Black 36, Mulbring 33, Supporters Gold 29.

    Club championship: Greta/ Branxton 567.39, Mulbring 504.52, Supporters 442.30, Bellbird 422.00, Peden’s Hotel 372.57, Wine Country 343.00, Paxton 108.00, Laguna 79.50, Denman Hotel 32.94.

    Club championship formula: First Grade x 4, Second Grade x 3, Third Grade x 1.5, Fourth Grade x 0.8035.

    NB: Only Greta/Branxton Blue and Supporters Gold fourth grade teams contribute to club championship points.

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    Anzac keepsake ready to be treasured

    2018 - 12.16

    Boorowa RSL Sub Branch secretary David Boardman is framed by fellow members as he conducts a portion of last year’s Remembrance Day service. He will play a key role in the 2015 Anzac Day activities. Photo by RS Williams.The Boorowa Sub Branch of the RSL will produce a special souvenir Centenary of Anzac programme for the mid-morning commemoration service on Anzac Day 2015.
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    Secretary of the Sub Branch, David Boardman, is currently preparing the programme with the assistance of other Sub Branch members.

    The service will run along the lines of previous years, with a few extra features in recognition of the very special occasion.

    Among these special features will be a large green wreath set up near the Memorial, on which any relatives of Boorowa WWI service personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice will be invited to place poppies in remembrance of their family members.

    While this ceremony is taking place the names of the 66 Boorowa servicemen who lost their lives in WWI will be read out.

    Relatives and local organisations will also be invited to lay wreaths at the Memorial.

    It is expected that another special feature of the service will be the ‘carpets’ of poppies made by local people.

    The opening choir item will be provided by the Boorowa Central School Senior Vocal Ensemble, and the hymns for the service will be sung by a combined Ensemble and Boorowa M&D choir, Kath Tilden presiding at the organ.

    Associated with the Ensemble items will be composer Lugh Damen and conductor Laurelle Nosworthy.

    The service is to be conducted by members of the Sub Branch, school captains and local clergy.

    Members of the Boorowa Cadet Unit will mount a catafalque party and Craig Barker will provide the appropriate bugle calls.

    A large number of people are expected to take part in the march which precedes the service.

    It will as usual be led by a flag bearer and the local drum band under the direction of Ted Anderson.

    The Sub Branch is planning to make the souvenir programmes available before Anzac Day, and hope to attract several volunteers to distribute them on the day.

    Anyone who would like to assist can phone David Boardman on 63851358 or Derrick Mason on 63853213.

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    Roxbylink Gallery prepares for 2015

    2018 - 12.16

    ABOVE?AND?BELOW: ART: Artist Anna Andrasic will have an exhibition at the Roxbylink Gallery. Pictured here are two of her art pieces.Artist Anna Andrasic lives in the small coastal town of Port Neill on the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula.
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    There was a time, a few years ago when Ms Andrasic once found inspiration from the red dunes surrounding Roxby Downs.

    However that said, Ms Andrasic finds inspiration no matter where she goes, be it nature or moments in life itself, infusing her heart felt art with vibrant colours that will invoke thoughts particular to the viewer.

    “I never know what the end result will be as I never plan anything,” Ms Andrasic said in a recent interview.

    “I just approach a blank canvas and let the inspiration flow.”

    The Roxbylink Gallery hopes the work will inspire the community of Roxby Downs at Anna Andrasic’s exhibition opening on Friday, February 6 at 6pm.

    Ms Andrasic’s exhibition is the first in what arts and cultural development officer Ella McCarthy describes as an exciting year for the gallery.

    “In putting together the program for this year, the gallery will be featuring a combination of group and individual exhibitions, offering a mix of local and out of town exhibitions,” she said.

    “Our focus is on making the space available for the community first and foremost and provide them a place to showcase their work.

    “Artists need an opportunity to express themselves and the Roxbylink Gallery has the space for them to do that.”

    Ms McCarthy said the program is scheduled twelve months in advance with a priority given to local artists and groups.

    “Some of the works on display this year will be local photographer Hayley Scrivens, the Roxby Downs Area School Senior School and The Red Earth Festival exhibition, and the National Youth week themed exhibition It Starts with Us,” she said.

    For more information contact arts and cultural development officer Ella McCarthy on 0419 407 737 or email: [email protected]南京夜网.au

    Kindies first day: photos

    2018 - 12.16

    Kindies first day: photos Blayke Hopkins, 5, said: “Everything. Everything I’ve done is my favourite. I also really like my ninja turtle bag.”
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    Hendrix McDonagh, 5, said he liked “playing with the lego and I’m looking forward to drawing.”

    Samuel Brown, 5, said: “it’s fun because I can play.”

    Saffron Gersbach, 5, said she enjoyed school because “my big sister is here. I also like craft and learning.” She is pictured with her sister and year 6 school councillor Sophia Power.

    Ava-Leah Lemessurier, 6, (at left) said so far she liked “doing craft.” Emily Bramble, 5, said she enjoyed “playing with my friends and I just like school. I also like the smart book.” The girls are pictured with year 6 school councillor Nick Kianou.

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    Back to school: Tommy’s Tidbits

    2018 - 12.16

    Hello readers,
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    Welcome to this column and boy, how quiet is it with all the munchkins back at school.

    The kids I saw this week were so excited about starting a new school year, while the mothers and grandmothers were crying about the preparation- it used to be the other way round!

    Just a few treats for the little terrors when they get home and also a little snack for yourself as well- good for the lunchbox as well!

    Zucchini and pea slice

    -1 tablespoon olive oil

    -I brown onion chopped finely

    – 450 grams zucchini grated (use carrot as well if you like)

    -1 cup sifted self raising flour

    -6 eggs lightly beaten

    -1 cup parmesan cheese

    – 300 grams ricotta cheese

    -1 and a half cups frozen peas thawed and crushed

    Preheat over to 200 Celsius. Heat oil in nonstick frypan, add onion and cook until golden.

    Place in a large bowl with zucchini, parmesan and flour and mix well.

    Fold through the eggs and the ricotta, peas and carrot mix well.

    Spoon onto a greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with baking paper.

    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.

    Allow to cool, cut into slice, serve hot or cold.

    Hummingbird loaf cake

    – 2 cups S/R flour

    -2 cups of grated carrot

    -1 teaspoon of baking powder

    -3 teaspoons mixed spice

    -1 and a half cups brown sugar

    – 4 eggs lightly beaten

    -2 thirds of a cup of vegetable oil

    -1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    -Half cup canned crushed pineapple

    -2 thirds of a cup of walnuts chopped

    Preheat oven to 180 Celsius.

    Place the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and sugar in a large bowl and mix to combine.

    Add the egg, oil, vanilla extract, carrot, walnuts and pineapple and mix to combine.

    Pour into a 10cm x 12cm loaf tin lightly greased and lined with baking paper and put in oven and cook for 45 minutes or until cooked.

    Test with a skewer, if it comes out dry, it’s ready. Allow to cool in tin for 5-10 minutes.

    When cool turn out onto wine rack and allow to cool completely.

    This is beautiful and simple, lathered with butter and served with a cuppa or for the kids with a glass of milk. Bliss!

    The other thing everyone is loving at the moment is wraps- and you can put anything into these- avocado chicken salad/ham/tomato/grated carrot, beef/anything you have in the cupboard.

    It’s great for lunch or an afternoon snack.

    Serve them up for dinner and that will satisfy the little darlings when they get home from school! Yay!

    See you next week darlings,

    Love Tommy

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