South Mandurah lose two in a row

South Mandurah lose two in a row Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.
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Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

Cricket: Singleton Irwinians defeated Halls Head on Saturday. Photo: Richard Polden.

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Fickle funding for Murraylands community centres

Murray Bridge Community Centre community development worker Anna Scheepers, volunteer group members Stephen Fullston and Judith Brockhoff, computer tutor Clinton Nevin and volunteer group member Bruce MacGill are excited for the future of the centre.Community centres around the region are learning about the fate of their immediate future from the State Government’s Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.
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The Murray Bridge Community Centre confirmed it would receive funding until the end of June 2016, but at least one other Murraylands centre has not been so lucky.

Murray Bridge centre community development worker Anna Scheepers said that through public participation the centre could secure its future and remain open.

“Some centres may have received funding for three years as opposed to one year … we got one, and we’re super grateful for that,” she said.

“In the meantime, we’re looking at different options to make the community centre more sustainable; so, eventually our goal is to not be dependent on funding at all.

“The most important thing is the community centre is not closing.”

She said a number of avenues could make self-sufficiency possible including work by volunteers, providing affordable courses and the hiring of facilities.

Ms Scheepers said the centre was working towards the possibility of opening another day a week to give young or disengaged people a place to congregate.

“We’re really positive and excited about the new challenges we have because it allows opportunities to grow and expand and be an asset to the community we serve,” she said.

She said the centre needed feedback about the direction it should go and what people would like to see so it could best serve the community.

Garden group member Judith Brockhoff said being involved with the community centre had been beneficial for many people.

“It’s a great place; people come here to feel better and build confidence,” she said.

“It would be a great loss if the community didn’t support it.”

But unlike Murray Bridge, the Mannum community centre was not successful in obtaining continued funding.

Mannum Community Hub program coordinator Tanya Mathews said the hub had applied for three years’ worth of funding, but had been unsuccessful due to the large amount of applicants.

“I bawled my eyes out,” Miss Mathews said.

“There was empathy and understanding from the department … the support offered from them in the interim is still there.”

She said it would mean the hub would have to apply for smaller grants for individual programs and build stronger relationships with other community groups.

“It would’ve been a lot easier to receive a bit bigger funding … it’s just time-consuming,” she said.

“The pressure to create programs on limited funds does your head in – you’ve got to find people with the skills who want to offer their time.”

Miss Mathews said ultimately, the lack of funding would mean the community would lose.

“We’re unable to promote the wellbeing, which is what’s intended,” she said.

“It will just not allow us to go with the plans and services we were going to offer to the community.”

The Tailem Bend Community Centre said it could not comment on its funding situation until a formal announcement had been made.

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Murray Bridge call centre on hold

About 18 permanent jobs at the Murray Bridge call centre face an uncertain future as the likelihood of shutting down the service continues to grow.About 18 permanent jobs at the Murray Bridge call centre face an uncertain future as the likelihood of shutting down the service continues to grow.
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With ever-evolving technology and the internet so easily accessible, demand for the centre’s directory assistant service is on a steep decline.

Largely answering Telstra’s 1234 calls, employees would connect callers to a number or provide them with street directions, weather forecasts, movie times or sports scores, 24 hours, seven days a week for a call fee of $1.99 plus standard mobile charges.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager Mark Bolton said with a majority of people now owning smartphones it was just as easy for them to look up the information online.

“What we are seeing is a decline in call numbers by 20 per cent year on year,” he said.

“It’s pretty clear this trend is because of peoples’ habits … and we see that continuing.

“The business model has changed for us.”

While an official decision about the centre’s future is yet to be made, Mr Bolton said the idea of closing was forthcoming.

“We are in consultation at the moment,” he said.

“It’s important we speak to the (Murray Bridge) team first.

“We’ve got a pretty good work transition in place though.”

The consultation period would end in the next two or three weeks and an announcement was expected to be made early April, if not before.

If the call centre does close, anyone contacting the 1234 service would be redirected to various call centres around Australia.

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Bizarre pie championships

PIE eater: fastest at the 22nd Annual World Pie Eating Championship, Barry Rigby – but the event was declared a non-event as the wrong pies were offered up. (Pic: Wigan Today)IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of the traveller, David Ellis says the 22nd Annual World Pie Eating Championships at Harry’s Bar at Wigan in England’s Manchester, have ended in something of Pie Noon.
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Because the meat and potato pies for the championships were delivered by mistake to revellers at a Divorce Party down the road – leaving the 24 competition Pie Eaters facing a table-load of pies that had been intended for that divorce celebration, and were double the championship’s regulation 25cm diameter.

And although their pies were cut in half for health-safety reasons, and a former champion Barry Rigby (who remarkably for a pie-eater is a part-time professional fitness instructor) chomped through his half in a fastest time of 42.6 seconds, organisers decided the 22nd Annual Championships were a non-event.

The bizarre championships originally centred on the most pies eaten in three minutes (the record was seven,) but Government Healthy Eating regulations introduced in 2006 saw the rules changed to the fastest time to consume a single pie (currently 35.86 seconds.) And past winners have included former Australian Rugby player Matt Dunning, who won the event for fastest time in 2006.

PHOTO: PIE eater: fastest at the 22nd Annual World Pie Eating Championship, Barry Rigby – but the event was declared a non-event as the wrong pies were offered up.

Pic: Wigan Today

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Council supports campaign against concession cuts

BLOCK: Whyalla City Council has voted unanimously to support a Local Government Association campaign seeking to block cuts to concession council rates for pensioners.Whyalla City Council has voted unanimously to support a Local Government Association campaign seeking to block cuts to concession council rates for pensioners.
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The LGA has welcomed news the state Liberal opposition, Greens, Family First and Independents have announced they will disallow any change to pensioner concessions on council rates in the Legislative Council.

LGA president David O’Loughlin said the LGA’s legal advice was that regulations would need to be changed for the state to cut the concessions.

“We thank Steven Marshall for responding to our campaign and finding one possible solution to the problem, which is to disallow any changes to regulations which would permit the government to scrap concessions for pensioners, part pensioners and self-funded retirees,” he said.

“While the government has yet to introduce any associated regulation into the parliament, if the state government determines to go down that path, we will fully support the initiative by the Liberals, Greens, Family First and Independents to disallow the regulations.

“The disallowance motion, when passed by Legislative Council, would put the ball right back into state government hands.”

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Time for change of zone, says Premier Weatherill

Time for change of zone, says Premier Weatherill “I’m for it, moving half an hour forward to go with the eastern states. It makes it so much easier – you ring up and they’re open.” – Dianne Cordon, Murray Bridge
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“I think we should keep it as it is. When you get to my age, you don’t like change.” – Iris Mayr, Peake

“There are too many changes going on as it is – look at climate change stuffing up the seasons.” – Steve Olsen, Murray Bridge

“I’m not in favour. We have to get children up and they have to catch the bus at eight o’clock, so it’ll be that much more difficult.” – Julie Cordon, Monarto

“It’d be good for business if we were half an hour ahead with the eastern states, but if you live over Ceduna way it might be different.” Leeanne Piazza, Murray Bridge

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Around Cootamundra – February 9

Meeting footy legends Around Cootamundra – February 9 GREEN TEAM: Jessica Meale, Mikayla Large and Ellisha Large were excited to get a photo with Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington at the Cootamundra Pool last Thursday morning.
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FLANKED: Cootamundra rugby union star Sammy Maxwell didn’t waste the opportunity to meet her hero, Wallabies flanker David Pocock, when the Brumbies took on the Highlanders in Wagga.

FUN: Enjoying themselves at the Cootamundra High School swimming carnival on Thursday were (back, from left) Nick rumble, Sarah Edwards, Mitchell Smith and Rhys Derrick (front) Lydia Rumble, Olivia Hamilton and Eliza Cooper, all cheering for Pinkstone.

PINKSTONE PRIDE: Meanwhile another Pinkstone house member in Hamish Basham looked pretty snazzy representing with pride.

BALDRY BLUE: Tayla Heath and Jess Meale made excellent advocates for Baldry house with their super outfits.

TAKE YOUR MARKS: Ready for the 100m breaststroke are (from front) Ben Camilleri, Mitchell Holmes, Jayden Sutton, Shawn Flint, Jake Turner and Andrew Clements.

TweetFacebookTerms in FRESH FACES: Grady Maher (year eight), Clancy Maher (year 11) and Blake Guthrie (year 11) are enjoying their first week of term at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown.

THREE Cootamundra boys are enjoying their first weeks of the term at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown.

Starting off the 2015 year at the school are Grady Maher (year eight), Clancy Maher (year 11) and Blake Guthrie (year 11).

St Gregory’s College is a Catholic, boys only secondary college in the Marist Tradition since 1926.

They offer strong academic and pastoral care and state of the art facilities

An open day at the college for other interested families will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 10am until 1pm. Contact the Registrar on 4629 4269.

Donate to Jack’s Ride

COLLECTION tins are now in a number of locations in town for people to support Jack’s Ride for Jai.

At 12-years-old, local youngster Jack Douglas is undertaking an epic pushbike ride from Cootamundra Post Office to the Junee Post Office and will then cycle the return trip to Albert Park in Cootamundra – all of which is a total distance of 107 kilometres.

Support Jack’s efforts by donating in one of the tins now at the Central Hotel, Ex Services Club, Pazzaz Hair Studio and Cootamundra Library.

To support Jack in his ride or to find out further information, please contact his mum Rhonda on 0407 951 013 or [email protected]南京夜网.

Jack’s Ride supports Jai Godbier, who last year was diagnosed with ‘late infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)’.

Jack wanted to help as soon as he learned about the future Jai faced. He goes to school with Jai’s brother Koby but more than anything saw a young boy in trouble and wanted to do his bit.

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Gallery: Sutho wins U21s shield

Gallery: Sutho wins U21s shield Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson
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Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

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Ararat Swimming Club finishes fourth at Donald

Ararat s under nine girls relay team with their second place ribbons (L-R) Billie, Asha, Holly and Emma.THE Ararat Swimming Club has finished fourth overall in the first swim meet of the year at Donald last Saturday.
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The Water Rats had 23 participants for the competition, finishing fourth behind Stawell, Horsham and Donald.

Jack Cameron competes in the backstroke at the Donald swim meet.

Ararat Swimming Club president Ainsley Cameron said in the lead up to the first event of 2015 the local swimmers practiced at the Beaufort Outdoor Swimming Pool.

“The club took up the opportunity of the Beaufort Swimming Pool being opened and did two lots of two-hour training sessions last week,” she said.

“It was great being able to train in a 50-metre outdoor pool in the cooler conditions.”

Ivana Donnan with a look of determination during the freestyle.

The extra practice looked to pay off in Donald, with personal bests once again produced by Leroy Bell, Ivana Donnan, Marcus Donnan, Jodan Grant, Havana Madex, Kiara Madex, Navasha Madex and Charlotte Walker

Ms Cameron said one of the highlights of the day was the performance of the Ararat under nine girls.

“Our girls nine and under relay team did a fantastic effort for their first time as a group and for some, their first relay event, by taking out second place,” she said.

“Emma Lavery (in her first meet for the season) was part of that team, but also took out first in her age group for backstroke A very proud moment.”

Also impressing was Billie Donnan, who backed up her performance at the Stawell swim meet, with a second place finish in her 25-metre freestyle final.

In-form swimmer Luke McInnes was well placed again in all of his events and continued to enjoy a tough competition with Stawell Stingray rival Jayden Dignin.

The Ararat Swimming Club is now looking ahead to the end of the month where it will compete at the Wimmera Championships at Warracknabeal with valued sponsor Christians Bus Co providing the transportation.

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Buangor upsets Landsborough West in Ararat and District Tennis

Ararat’s Graclyn Dowling moves in for a return during the match against Elmhurst on Saturday at the Ararat City Tennis Club. Picture: PETER PICKERINGBUANGOR has upset Landsborough West in round twelve of the Ararat and District Tennis Association.
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The bottom placed team snuck home to win by just two games after close results in each of the divisions contested.

Brady Walsh starred for Landsborough West in the men’s section, while Ben and Phil Hartwich’s demoralising defeat (9-0) of the Landsborough West partnership of Justin Lee and Seth Blake ensured Buangor jumped to an early lead.

In the ladies, Angela Hodder stood tall for Landsborough West and helped her team to collect the points.

With just four games between the two teams, the final result was decided by the mixed section.

Seth and Jo Blake’s one game defeat of their opponents handed Landsborough West the final division by just one game, but not the result overall.

In other matches Ararat continues to leave the rest of the competition for dead after it comfortably accounted for Elmhurst.

Crowlands is the competition’s next best team and despite dropping the men’s section to Landsborough took control to coast to victory.

Results

Crowlands 75 games, 8 points def Landsborough 61 games, 2 points

Men, Crowlands 13-0 lost to Landsborough 36-2: H Price, S Jardine lost to L Scott, A Lee 1-9; D Brady, S Mills lost to C McSparron, K Scott 4-9; H Price, D Brady lost to L Scott, C McSparron 6-9; S Jardine, S Mills lost to A Lee, K Scott 2-9.

Ladies, Crowlands 36-2 def Landsborough 5-0: J Boatman, J Price def D Mannington, A Newberry 9-1; K Vance, R Cooper def A Graveson, S Bullock 9-2; J Boatman, K Vance def D Mannington, A Graveson 9-1; J Price, R Cooper def A Newberry, S Bullock 9-1.

Mixed, Crowlands 26-2 def Landsborough 20-0: H Price, J Boatman def L Scott, D Mannington 9-1; S Jardine, J Price lost to A Lee, A Graveson 1-9; D Brady, K Vance lost to C McSparron, S Bullock 7-9; S Mills, R Cooper def K Scott, A Newberry 9-1.

Buangor 83 games, 6 points def Landsborough West 80 games, 4 points

Men, Buangor 33-2 def Landsborough West 25-0: B Hartwich, C Hartwich def J Lee, D Leehane 9-7; P Hartwich, D Jess lost to S Blake, B Walsh 8-9; B Hartwich, P Hartwich def J Lee, S Blake 9-0; C Hartwich, D Jess lost to D Leehane, B Walsh 7-9.

Ladies, Buangor 23-0 lost to Landsborough West 27-2: K Hartwich, K Sanford lost to A Hodder, T Hodder 1-9; M Allen, A Tonkin def J Blake, K Hodder 9-3; K Hartwich, M Allen lost to A Hodder, J Blake 4-9; K Sanford, A Tonkin def T Hodder, K Hodder 9-6.

Mixed, Buangor 27-0 lost to Landsborough West 28-2: B Hartwich, M Allen def J Lee, T Hodder 9-4; C Hartwich, K Sanford lost to D Leehane, A Hodder 1-9; P Hartwich, K Hartwich lost to S Blake, J Blake 8-9; D Jess, A Tonkin def B Walsh, K Hodder 9-6.

Ararat 103 games, 10 points def Elmhurst 61 games, 0 points

Men, Ararat 36-2 def Elmhurst 21-0: J Hannett, S Gason def M Haddow, P Hall 9-8; S Walton, A Drosg def M Boatman, J Boatman 9-3; J Hannett, S Walton def M Haddow, M Boatman 9-5; S Gason, A Drosg def P Hall, J Boatman 9-5.

Ladies, Ararat 34-2 def Elmhurst 23-0: C Harricks, A Burmester def S Rodgers, J Trengove 9-1; G Dowling, G Bush lost to L Haddow, M Harricks 7-9; C Harricks, G Dowling def S Roberts, L Haddow 9-8; A Burmester, G Bush def J Trengove, M Harricks 9-5.

Mixed, Ararat 33-2 def Elmhurst 17-0: J Hannett, A Burmester def R Haddow, J Trengove 9-3; S Gason, C Harricks lost to P Hall, S Roberts 6-9; S Walton, G Dowling def M Boatman, L Haddow 9-4; A Drosg, G Bush def J Boatman, M Harricks 9-1.

Ladder: Ararat 108 (points), 202 (%); Crowlands 86, 134; Elmhurst 65, 95; Landsborough West 38, 70; Landsborough 32, 71; Buangor 31, 78.

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