Month: June 2018

Special visit helps with title preparations

KOONDROOK motorcross rider, Kale Makeham is on his way to Dubbo to compete in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship.
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The 19-year-old will compete across three states during the coming months for the chance to take out the title.

KOONDROOK motorcross rider, Kale Makeham is on his way to Dubbo to compete in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship. Picture – KENDALL JENNINGS

”I’m really excited for the upcoming supercross championship,” he said.

“I recently finished fifth in the National Motocross Championship, which was great, but I’ve always preferred the more intense racing that supercross is. So I’m really excited for that.

“I’ve been training really hard on the bike and in the Gym at Stayfit in Kerang and everything is coming along perfect so I’m ready to do battle and fight for my first national championship.”

The championship will take Makeham to Phillip Island later this month for the second round – which is Australia’s first supercross event to be held in conjunction with the MotoGP – before moving to Toowoomba and Newcastle.

The teenager is hoping tofulfillhis dream of winning a national championship as his “‘dream list” was shortened recently with a visit from former AMA Supercross Champion Ben Townley.

Townley came out in force the open round of the motocross season jumping large and finishing with an impressive lead at attracting attention from Australian Chad Reed.

However, it was the second round of the motocross championship held at Coonabarabran in April where it all came unstuck.

One of his last races before heading to America the New Zealander suffered a season-ending hip injury, and losing his chance to ride for 22 Chad Reed Motorsports. Reed, the fourth wealthiest sport earner in Australia, was recruiting Townley for the motocross season as Reed himself was out injured.

With the nod given by Townley’s surgeon to get back on the bike, the New Zealander began training hard.

When he flew over for testing from New Zealand last month Gippsland rain made it impossible to test his supercross machine.

A plea went out of the social network Facebook from team owner Yarrive Konsky looking for somewhere to ride in Victoria.

It was Makeham who came to the rescue offering the use of his track for the day.

It did not take long for it to become clear that Townley would be heading to Makeham’s supercross practice track after the KTM Privateer posted the following post on his Facebook page.

“Okay tomorrow has just gone from a boring Saturday to probably the best day of all time!!! One of my childhood heroes and an AMA Supercross champion is coming riding at my house pretty pumped about it gonna be a sick day!” Makeham posted on the social media site.

With a venue confirmed Townley, along with team manager Mike Landman and Honda guru and ex-factory Honda manager and mechanic Pip Harrison loaded up and made the trip out Makeham’s home town.

Local photographer Kendall Jennings also made it out to the track and was able to catch up and capture some photos of both Townley, Makeham and Errol Willis, who has been training with Makeham in preparation for the upcoming supercross series.

“The day at Kale’s track with Kale, Errol, and Townley, Pip Harrison, Mike Landman and Leigh was great, it was awesome to see BT back on the bike and really it doesn’t look like he has been off it, like he never had a hip injury, damn awesome, feel so privileged.” she said.

Townley could not thank Makeham and his family enough for the last minute use of the track and was impressed by the setup the young rider had available.

“The track was neat, really awesome,” he said.

“I have been doing some testing over in Australia I have been lucky enough to ride a couple of different places now and I really enjoyed riding here. I just like to thank Kale and Errol for having me out here it has been mint, it was good to ride with them as well.”

For Makeham it was a dream come true to have the 2007 AMA 250 Supercross champion riding at his house.

“It was a dream come true to have Ben Townley at my track,” he said.

“I was a bit happy about when it all came together, it was at short notice. If I had more time I could have prepared it up a bit better for them but it was good to see one of the world’s best talents in your front yard.”

For 2011 under 19s motocross and supercross champion, Errol Willis the opportunity to get an insight on how someone like Townley tests and to see him ride up close in person was priceless.

“It is good to have a guy like Ben Townley come here,” Willis stated.

“Being a past American Supercross Champion, obviously he knows what he is doing on a bike, so it is good to come watch him, and see how he tests, how he does it, and have a look to see how it should be done.”

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Groundskeeper’s special talent

He works as a groundsman for the Andamooka Primary School whose job description is to look after the general cleanliness of the school to keep it tidy.
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He is a just an ordinary person in Andamooka who likes to talk and express his feelings on how things could be improved for the betterment of the community.

But Paul Killeen, 58, has a hidden talent.

He is a part time cartoonist for the local paper, the Andamooka Press, and has also done his time with the then-Andamooka and District newspaper.

His artistic work can be full of humour, hate and sometimes politics which has upset some people.

But he sees the brighter side of things in life no matter how people judge and criticise his work.

“People see my cartoons differently,” said the single dad who has been drawing cartoons for the past 30 years.

“But for me it’s all about what’s happening around my community and at the national level.

“It may upset some people in some ways.”

Some of his provocative cartoons deserve recognition and could possibly win him prizes for international media awards .

“I do this for fun and enjoyment,” Mr Killeen said.

“It’s a medium where I can express my feelings towards an issue which can bring about changes.”

“It can be loud music from the neighbourhood, or an excavator being pulled off the road by the police to check the validity of its registration.”

And at the national level, Mr Killeen did cartoons for electricity rate, global warming and the much publicised carbon tax.

“The funniest one was when a water tank rolled down the hills in Andamooka,” he added.

He said that his latest cartoon submitted for the September edition about the land sale in Andamooka had been stopped by the authorities, which really upset him.

“Some have been questioning me why my cartoon didn’t appear on last month’s edition,” he said.

“I told them that I’ve been censored.”

“But they can’t stop me from doing what I love doing.”

The rejected cartoons were pasted on his vehicle and posted on the notice board around town.

Mr Killeen lives alone and is occasionally visited by his only daughter who works for BHP Billiton in Roxby Downs.

For the past 35 years he has seen little changes on the development of the Opal mining town and only hoped that those in power will put their act together for the common good of the community.

“I was brought up when people still used long drop toilets and no electricity. Power was supplied to only homes who could afford it,” he said.

Apart from his work at the school Mr Killeen involves himself as a volunteer worker for the Country Women’s Association.

He loves to cook his own food especially his favourite dish roast pork and lamb with vegetables.

He is not contemplating moving anywhere for greener pastures.

“I will continue work on my cartoons until I cannot hold a pen anymore. It’s been part of my life and I love doing it,” he said.

Groundskeeper Paul Killen has a talent for drawing and a sense of humour, perfect attributes for a cartoonist.

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Family in step for cystic fibrosis

ORGANISERS behind this year’s Great Strides Walkathon are looking to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis one step at a time.
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The event, now in its fourth year in Bendigo, raises vital funds to help Victorian families manage the genetic disorder.

But all this would not be possible without ongoing support from the local community, according to walkathon co-ordinator Kristy Hunt.

Despite working as a nurse, Ms Hunt said she had no idea what to expect when her son, Lincoln, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth.

With Lincoln’s diagnosis, Ms Hunt and her partner, Tim Cain, also learned they were both carriers of the gene mutation and that their children would have a one-in-four chance of being affected.

“My partner and I had no idea what it was until then. We had to learn the hard way,” she said.

Ms Hunt said Lincoln, 3, must be attached to a nebuliser at night and will require regular chest physiotherapy to support his lungs, which are often worst-affected by the disease in addition to the pancreas, liver and intestine.

“It’s a daily thing that he will have to deal with for the rest of his life,” she said.

Ms Hunt said taking part in the walkathon fundraiser was her way of giving back to the community that had supported her.

Participants can choose to complete either a 3km or 6km event around Lake Weeroona on Sunday, October 21.

They can go solo or compete as a team, and prizes are available for the most funds raised as well as for the winners of each circuit.

To register, visit www.cfv南京夜网.au or call 9686 1811.

Kristy Hunt with Lincoln, 3 and Tim Cain.

Teams can raise money via Everyday Hero at ww.everydayhero南京夜网.au/event/GreatStridesVIC2012

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Teachers blitz airwaves against $1.7b education cuts

A campaign against cuts to public education has been launched by the NSW Teachers Federation.
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A $1.7billion decrease were announced by the NSW government and the Federation fears it will damage the education of students in schools and at TAFE colleges.

Teachers Federation Acting President Gary Zadkovich said the government had broken their promise.

‘‘When the government announced its changed education policies they promised not to cut education funding — they lied,’’ he said.

‘‘In September 2012, they cut education funding by $1.7billion, the biggest cut to education in the history of NSW.

‘‘By cutting over 1800 education staff and the programs they run, schools and colleges will be forced to do more with less.

‘‘The advertising blitz is part of the ongoing campaign to stop this happening by forcing the government to reverse the cuts.’’

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Teachers blitz airwaves against $1.7b education cuts

A campaign against cuts to public education has been launched by the NSW Teachers Federation.
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A $1.7billion decrease were announced by the NSW government and the Federation fears it will damage the education of students in schools and at TAFE colleges.

Teachers Federation Acting President Gary Zadkovich said the government had broken their promise.

‘‘When the government announced its changed education policies they promised not to cut education funding — they lied,’’ he said.

‘‘In September 2012, they cut education funding by $1.7billion, the biggest cut to education in the history of NSW.

‘‘By cutting over 1800 education staff and the programs they run, schools and colleges will be forced to do more with less.

‘‘The advertising blitz is part of the ongoing campaign to stop this happening by forcing the government to reverse the cuts.’’

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Festival rolls on

THE two-week Victorian Seniors Festival is in full swing, with one of the major events occurring on Wednesday morning.
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More than 90 people gathered at the Kerang Memorial Hall to see Elliott Howard and Chris John perform Me ‘n Me Mate.

The hour-long production, written by Mr John, features yarns, ballads and songs written by some of Australia’s greatest poets.

Festivities continue today with a morning tea at the Sir John Gorton Library and a variety spectacular at the Kerang Memorial Hall from 1.30pm.

More than 90 people watched the performance of Me ‘n Me Mate on Wednesday.

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Dubbo student inspired to build

Dubbo College Senior Campus dramatic and performing arts head teacher Lauren Ward with Dale Johnson and his revolving set.Photo contributedWITH aspirations to train in New York and become a film and theatre actor and director, 17-year-old Dale Johnson is used to putting in a big effort at school.
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The Dubbo College Senior Campus student has created a theatre set as part of his year 11 final drama assessment, with the piece to take its place among the school’s instructional teaching tools used to inspire future generations.

“My assessment task was to design a set suitable for the David Williamson play Let the Sun Shine so that’s what I did – but I went one step further and actually constructed the set in a scaled-down model,” Dale said

“The play mostly moves from a lounge room in one house to a lounge room in another house so I created a pivot on a lazy susan to turn from one room to the other.

“The two sets are back-to-back with space between where other sets can be constructed at the sides.”

Dramatic and performing arts head teacher Lauren Ward said the effort was outstanding.

“Dale’s effort went above and beyond all expectations,” she said.

“The attention to detail is excellent and it is a flexible set that meets the spatial requirements of the play.”

“It is a lovely naturalistic design that has a strong conception with the play itself.

“Students were asked to design a set but Dale has constructed the set in its entirety and it’s so good that we will now use it as a teaching tool in the drama department.”

Dale’s love of drama began when he was a child but he said he was further inspired when he started watching the television show Glee.

“When I was young I used to put on little performances for my family and my grandma has always said I was at my happiest when I was performing,” he said.

“The stories you can tell in the theatre or on film or television can be very powerful and inspire lots of people and I really want to be a part of that.

“It will be a hard road to New York but I intend to get there.

“I want to train at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and that costs $30,000 a year for five years.”

Dale’s initial plan is to pursue his other love when he finishes school next year.

He hopes to enter the hospitality industry and ultimately open his own restaurant, all to start saving the money towards his New York dream.

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Teachers blitz airwaves against $1.7b education cuts

A campaign against cuts to public education has been launched by the NSW Teachers Federation.
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A $1.7billion decrease were announced by the NSW government and the Federation fears it will damage the education of students in schools and at TAFE colleges.

Teachers Federation Acting President Gary Zadkovich said the government had broken their promise.

‘‘When the government announced its changed education policies they promised not to cut education funding — they lied,’’ he said.

‘‘In September 2012, they cut education funding by $1.7billion, the biggest cut to education in the history of NSW.

‘‘By cutting over 1800 education staff and the programs they run, schools and colleges will be forced to do more with less.

‘‘The advertising blitz is part of the ongoing campaign to stop this happening by forcing the government to reverse the cuts.’’

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Community garden

Older residents in Andamooka have been provided with a recreational market garden to help to keep them busy and become a part of the town’s long term community development.
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The new initiative was spearheaded by the Andamooka Town Management Committee who established the market garden two weeks ago in which the older residents can have an input and see it through until the garden is ready to be harvested.

The new project will see them being picked up from their homes and involved in planting varieties of seedlings and watering the garden on a daily basis.

Andamooka community administrator Deb Allen said the committee viewed the innovation as a self-help project which could benefit the community at large.

“We want to build up the community to do something worthwhile,” she said.

“We don’t have to rely on the mine or the government to give us money.”

She said whatever was planted on the garden would be consumed by the local community who over the years have relied and bought their vegetables from the local supermarket.

Mrs Allen said the new garden would be a social place where people could meet and enjoy a cup of coffee and mingle with the locals.

She said the new garden could also become a new tourist attraction in Andamooka.

INVOLVED: Andamooka community administrator Deb Allen waters the new garden specifically established for older citizens.

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Transport fee plan confirmed

COUNCIL have endorsed a fee schedule to the Gannawarra Non-Emergency Transport Service.
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The proposed fee schedule is based on the previous operators contribution schedule and the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme, which currently allows clients to receive a reimbursement for trips over 100 kilometres on the G-NETS transport bus.

The service transports about 15 to 20 clients a month, with 75 per cent of users being over the age of 75, and 20 per cent requiring mobility assistance.Since its inception in 2008, the service has provided transport for more than 700 shire residents to attend medical appointments or see specialists in larger regional centres.

Bendigo is the primary destination, with Echuca and Swan Hill visited on a regular basis each month.

A summary of proposed additional fees were put to councillors at the September council meeting, with popular journeys such as Cohuna to Bendigo for $55 or Kerang to Swan Hill for $38.50.

A full review of the pricing structure and operational costs will be undertaken over the coming months with a new schedule to be presented to council in December.

Councilors had the option to not adopt the fee structure, but were advised the service would be unable to invoice the fees and would have to continue with an unsustainable voluntary contribution model.

Gannawarra Shire took ownership of service operations in May, and intend to develop a fee schedule to reflect services provided by previous owner, Southern Mallee Transport Connections Partnership (SMTCP) and the G-NETS Steering Committee.

When the shire took ownership of the service in May, council community services director, Jason Russell said the service was well regarded and well used by members of the community.

“It’s one of those vital services that we don’t want to lose,” he said.

The schedule became effective at the end of September, but will be reviewed over the coming months in consultation with VPTAS and service users to identify a fee level that is viable and attractive to users.

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