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PM tackled on?Bishop’s behaviour

THE member for Indi believesBronwyn Bishop’s $5000 helicopter trip is bringing ridicule to parliament, but she does not thinkthe Speaker should resign.
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Instead Cathy McGowan has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott outlining her concerns about Ms Bishop’s actions.

“I want to meet with him and talk about it,” Ms McGowan said.

She wrote to Mr Abbott on Monday after an electorate tour through the Mitta Valley on Saturday brought home to her how Ms Bishop’s Melbourne to Geelong chopper ride was seen by voters.

“It’s very, very important that that Speaker has got the confidence of the people of Australia and I just haven’t seen it this last week in Indi,” Ms McGowan said.

“If people are joking about it and telling me the jokes and thinking it’s hugely funny and wanting people to laugh with it, I go ‘aw’.

“What’s currently happening is that we’ve had an enormous loss of respect for the institution of parliament.”

Though Ms McGowan does not believe Ms Bishop’s resignation as speaker is the “only way” torestore confidence in parliament.

“Bronwyn could apologise, she could accept responsibility for what’s going on, that would certainly me happy because I think in lots of ways she is a very important figure in Australian politics,” Ms McGowan said.

“I’m definitely not calling for her to resign, because I don’t think that necessarily solves the problem, because we could get another speaker in who doesn’t bring with them a gravitas for the job.”

Ms McGowan declined to sayMs Bishop should repay money claimed for attending Mrs Mirabella’s wedding in 2006, saying she did not know the full circumstances.

Meanwhile, Ms McGowan will launcha Kitchen Table report on Sunday.

It is basedonfeedback from 1500 North East residents and will feed into an Indi Summitin October.

Ms McGowan said topics covered includetransport, phones, jobs, education, drugs andagriculture.

“You’ll look at the report and go ‘we know all this’ and to me that’s really lovely because it gives me such confidence in my representation…and me as an independent can be really clear on how I vote on things,”she said.

Feedback: Cathy McGowan speaks to constituents at The Cube In Wodonga. She has written to the PM about Bronwyn Bishop. Picture: MARK JESSER

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New timber bridge expected to last 50 years

ACCESS: Council engineer Peter Davis overseeing craning in of the new bridge structure on Watagan Creek Road.The usually peaceful Watagan Creek Road, Laguna saw much more activity than usual last Thursday with the craning in of a new timber bridge.
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The full bridge replacement saw the existing 7.4-metre structure completely removed and replaced, including high-tech laminated components.

It was lifted in and secured in place by specialist bridge technicians.

Cessnock City Council design delivery manager Katrina Kerr said every effort was made to ensure there was minimal disruption to the adjacent conservation area.

“Access at the bridge site was tricky, and required careful planning,” Ms. Kerr said.

“This new bridge is expected to have a 50-year life and will solve access issues for residents who live in this beautiful area.”

Regular inspections revealed the existing bridge was deteriorating and in need of extensive repairs or replacement in September 2014.

A 7.5-tonne load limit was imposed on the bridge due to the severely decayed condition of some components, with a further reduction to 3.5-tonne recently.

Replacement of the bridge is now complete and is open to traffic.

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Skinner wants Bulls thriving

HEAVY WORKLOAD: Southcity playmaker Kyle McCarthy will refreshed after the Bulls’ bye last weekend. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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SETTING sights on a top-three finish, Southcity captain-coach Nick Skinner has used thebye to re-energise the Bulls for their charge to the Group Nine finals.

Searching for a remedy for Southcity’s faltering form, Skinner has revealed the team is returning from some late season R and R.

“I gave everyone the week off,” Skinner said.

“I think we needed it, and hopefully we’ll all be refreshed and ready to go again.”

With Southcity precariously perched in fourth position following three losses in their last four games, the bye was a timely break for the team – and particularly playmakers Nathan Rose and Kyle McCarthy.

“What with all the rep footy they’ve (Rose and McCarthy) had a big preparation,” Skinner said.

“Hopefully they’ll have picked up.”

Heading into the last three games of the home and away series, Skinner knows halves Rose and McCarthy hold the key to Southcity’s fortunes.

Despite Southcity dipping to fourth on the ladder, the newly re-appointed Bulls coach has definitely not lost heart or confidence in the team.

Counting down to a critical Wagga derby against third-place Kangaroos at Equex Centre on Sunday, Skinner is adamant the Bulls can climb the table.

“Definitely,” he said.

“We’ve got three games to go and they’re all must win.

“At the moment Roos are ahead of us.”

For Southcity, beating Kangaroos, Cootamundra and Tumbarumba in the final three games would ensure the team finishes no worse than third.

And Skinner believes his team is not far off its best touch.

“We haven’t been playing bad, but we haven’t been playing good either,” he said.

“We can play a lot better. We were playing a lot better earlier in the season.”

Southcity trumped Kangaroos 28-16 at Harris Park on May 2, but have won only four of their next nine games.

Wiping the slate, Skinner said Roos had grown in stature since the loss to Southcity two months ago.

“They’ve come a long way,” he said.

“They’re third on the ladder, young and enthusiastic and (coach) Adam Hall steers them well around the paddock.

“We definitely have to match their enthusiasm.”

The Bulls will not make any changes to their line-up.

On the other side of the coin, Roos are in injury strife, with forwards Chris Jordan, Tom Webb and Tyler Austin all in doubt for Sunday.

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Rollout of shire signage starting soon

New shire entry and locality signs will be seen as soon as August this year.NEW shire entry and locality signage will be seen around the Highlands as soon as August this year.
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Earlier this year, councillors voted to endorse new creative signs to be installed at entry and exit points and between localities within the shire.

In last week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, councillors supported the installation of the new signage which would be rolled out from August this year.

Current signage across the shire is considered to be outdated and not consistent with Destination Southern Highlands branding.

Three types of signs will be installed including, two shire-entry billboard signs which would be made to be re-adapted as the marketing of the Southern Highlands changes.

Seven rural shire-entry signs will be installed from August 30 this year, in road reserve areas at key entry points to the shire and about 150 locality signs will be installed to clearly define entry and exit points from shire localities.

The locality signs would be placed back to back so as commuters leave one area, they will see the sign of the next locality they are moving into.

State roads have been identified as priority for the rollout and council staff members have started investigating the position and quotes for the highway billboards.

Council has allocated $130,000 to fund the project over 2015/16 and any additional funds would be considered in the 2016/17 budget.

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Going green, by royal decree

The King and Queen of Green from the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company, spreading the word about composting, worms and chooks in Bundanoon last Sunday. Photo supplied
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DON’T be alarmed if green royalty stops you in the street. They only want to talk about worms.

The initiative is part of a council program to encourage residents to recycle their organic matter, whether that be through composting, worm farms or backyard chooks.

Council’s Waste Education Project Officer Esther Landells said while Highland residents were good recyclers, we could improve when it came to organic matter.

“In a recent audit of garbage in the shire, we found that 60 per cent of material in the red bins could be recycled – mainly food scraps and the like.

“By recycling this organic matter, not only will this give you more space in the your red bin, but you will also help to cut down on the methane gas that organic matter produces,” she said.

The royal couple is encouraging people to attend upcoming information sessions on waste recycling, with the added incentive of a free compost bin or worm farm (including worms) for attendees.

The information sessions will be held at the Resource Recovery Centre next week: Monday, August 3, Tuesday, August 4 and Thursday ,August 6 between 3.30pm and 5.30pm (each session is half an hour) and also on Saturday, August 11 between 11am to 12.30pm.

To book into a session email [email protected]论坛 or visit council’s website.

The King and Queen of Green come from Wollongong’s Eaton Gorge Theatre Company, which specialises in spreading environmental messages. They will be visiting Bowral in a couple of weeks and will also make an appearance at the Home and Garden Show.

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Going from dirt to awards in four years

WIN: Southern Cotton general manager Kate O’Callaghan addresses the packed auditorium at the Telstra NSW Regional Business Award. Picture: Supplied.
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Southern Cotton have won the prestigious Telstra NSW Regional Business Award.

They were recognised for their contribution to the establishment of the cotton industry in theMurrumbidgee.General manager Kate O’Callaghan said the support of theirdirectors, team andthe local growers – who together had shown an ongoing commitment to becoming the best gin in Australia – was the reason they had been successful.

HONOURED: Kate O’Callaghan attributed the award to a solid team effort. Picture: Supplied.

“In just four years, we have built the Southern Cotton business from the ground up,” Ms O’Callaghansaid. “The Telstra award is such an honour.We are proud to continue our support of the growing cotton industry.”

Chairman Scott Hogan said it was an honour to accept the award.

“Congratulations to the other finalists in the category – Highlands Drive Safe, RTC Group Holdings Pty Ltd andSouthern Cross Resorts – on your incredible and diverse achievements,” Mr Hogan said.

“We are very proud tohave been selected alongside you and wish you every success in your future endeavours.”

CELEBRATION: The Southern Cotton team celebrates after winning the presitigious award. Picture: Supplied.

The win was announced at a gala event in Sydney, and recognised the efforts of the whole Southern Cotton team whohad dedicated the last four years to transforming a Whitton paddock into a $26 million operation through thedevelopment of the cotton ginning business.

Southern Cotton has operatedfor just three seasons andhasprocessed more than 500,000 bales.

The company employs40-plus seasonal workers and 11 full-time staff.

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Powell escapes serious injury

GREAT NEWS: Elliott Powell’s knee injury isn’t as bad as first thought.ALBURY has finally received some positive news on the injury front, withElliott Powellcleared of any major structural damage to the knee he injured on Saturday.
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The midfielder had to go under general anesthetic to straighten his knee after the game, but the Tigersremainoptimistic Powell could play after the split round.

Powell was stretchered off in the second quarter againstRaiders, before being taken to hospital by paramedics.

Meanwhile, Lavington will be without ruckman Jamarl O’Sullivan for its big clash with Wodonga Raiders in the second week of the split round.

O’Sullivan has takena one match set penaltyafter being reported by the matchreview panel for striking North Albury’s Luke Holman.

Wangaratta defender Daniel Boyle faces the tribunal on Wednesday night.

He was reported by the match review panel for engaging in rough conduct withRovers’ Cam Bishop.

Bishop was knocked unconscious by atackle in the second quarteron Sunday.

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Willaston round up

Willaston had a pretty good day out at Freeling winning three out of the four games played. We start with our Friday night lads who played a really good game. The boys had a lot of good passes and ran with the use of slick handballs and accurate kicking. Hayden Gray played an awesome game taking marks and getting plenty of the ball. Alister also played well with good kicking and a skilful snap for goal.
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The Under 13s played a disappointing game compared to the last time the two sides played. The boys were outsmarted and that proved to be the difference in the game. The positive is that it is a simple fix and can be worked on during the week at training. The boys will come back better next week and will be eager to rejoin the winners list.

Our Under 15s put in a great team effort resulting in a great win. Willaston opened the account with the first three goals of the quarter. Midfield managed to get on top setting up the forward line with several different goal kickers. The back line stood up with a tight defence. All in all it was a great team effort from the lads.

Our Under 17s also had a fantastic win against Freeling with the boys jumping out of the blocks putting the opposition under pressure from the first bounce. It was a great four quarter effort by the whole side with a well deserved win.

Our B grade’s game was another must win to keep our hopes alive coming up to finals. First half was pretty scrappy but once settled players like Johnathan Hurst and Curtis Marks opened up the game and that let the rest of the team to play flow on football. Coach Max Bornholdt was happy with the win and commented that it was a good team effort.

Our A grade had a tough day at Freeling. The first half we dominated but inaccurate kicking kept Freeling in the game. The second half Freeling stepped up a gear and kicked truly to finish the day giving us a football lesson. Congratulations to Leighton Mells and Lee Sutton for their debut game for the A grade.

Next week is a bye weekend for our club except for our Under 13s who will be playing at Nuriootpa.

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Trainer rates medal highly

IT’S CLOSE: Athletes sprint for glory in the City of Greater Bendigo Thousand (120m) at the 2012 Bendigo International Madison carnival. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHYTHERE have been many wins Bendigo athletics trainer John Burke has celebrated over the years.
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Burke rates the Don Cameron Medal he earned in 1979 as one of his most cherished possessions.

The Cameron Medal is presented to the trainer of the Bendigo Thousand winner at each Bendigo International Madison athletics-cycling carnival.

Burke earned his in 1979 when Frank Cornish sprinted to a memorable victory.

The medal was struck to honour Don Cameron, winner of the first Bendigo Thousand in 1947.

“Being presented with the Don Cameron Medal meant a lot then and still does,” Burke said.

Cameron passed away recently, but his feats on the athletics track are not forgotten.

The South Australian capped his trek to Bendigo in 1947 by winning the Thousand. The thousand pound purse made the race one of the richest in the world.

Cameron later married Pauline Mason of Bendigo and worked at the Ordnance Factory, now Thales for many years.

He was speedy wingman for YCW and South Bendigo football clubs.

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Junior Blues endure losses

In very cold conditions the young Blues battled againststrongopposition in all gradeson Sunday.
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The footballers had a unlucky day out and came home without a win.

The under 11sagain put in a sound performance when they played theGriffith Swans Red but weren’t able to take away the win.

The endeavour of the whole team is to be commended.

Best:Lachlan Fattore, NickGraham, James Clarke, Thomas Scott, Max Rainbird, Chase Neutze.

The under 13s also went down to Griffith Swans Red.

The side continues to gain confidence in their own abilities and that oftheir team-mates.

The group is a positive and talented unit who just keep on keeping on.

Best: Zac Fairweather, Chris Hayes, Elli Hay, Jack Cullen, Bryce Rogers, JamesBuchanan.

The footballers enjoyed a trip to Canberra withthe Auskick Kids last Saturday when they got to seeGeelong play GWS in the AFL.

TheAuskick Kids joined in with the half time game while the older ones did a lap of honour withother footballers from around the Riverina.

The netballers also had a tough day at it but came away with plenty of positives.

The under 11splayed a taller team in Griffith Swans Red which made it very difficult for the young,smaller Coly girls.

The girls never gave up as theypersistedthroughout the entire match.

Right up to the final whistle the girls werefighting for possession of the ball.

The award went to Emily Hibbert for her strong work indefence.

The under 13swere soundly beaten by Griffith Swans Red, sufferingtheir biggest defeat for the season, 37-8, in theprocess.

The Griffith team demonstrated why they are near thetop of the ladder with their fast and effective team work.

The award went to Hannah Clarkefor her consistent determined efforts.

The under 15s brought home Coly’s only win of the day, beating the Crows36-21.

Coly were in a comfortable position early in the game, whichenabled coach Kim Mannes to make positional changes.

The changes gave Mannes a chance togauge her optionsheading into the final round of the regular season before competing in the finals.

The awardwent to Laura Hogan for her excellent shooting and strong presence in Wing Attack.

Next week the juniors will be at home atColeambally.

The matcheswill be the last games of the home and away season andthey take on the Narrandera Eagles.

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