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need2know: RBA statement awaited

Local shares are poised to open higher as more data points to a strengthening of the US economy.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures up 27 at 5522

• AUD at 85.68 US cents, 98.53 Japanese yen, 69.17 Euro cents and 54.10 British pence

• In late trade, S&P 500 +0.2%, Dow +0.3%, Nasdaq +0.2%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 +0.3%, FTSE +0.2%, CAC +0.5%, DAX +0.7%

• Spot gold rises 0.3% to $US1143.88 an ounce

• Iron ore falls 1.4% to $US75.38 per metric tonne

• Brent oil slips 0.2% to $US82.81 per barrel

What’s on today

RBA Statement on Monetary Policy, Australian October Construction PCI, US October labour force report, US consumer credit, Germany September industrial production.

Stocks to watch

Credit Suisse has cut Origin Energy to ‘underperform’ and has a $13.50 target price, down from an earlier target price of $15.00.

UBS has a “neutral” rating on Commonwealth Bank of Australia and a target price of $80.“CBA announced unaudited Cash NPAT of ~$2.3bn in 1Q15 (to 30 Sept). This is slightly ahead of the numbers embedded in our 1H15 forecasts,” the investment bank said in a broker’s note.

The following stocks will trade ex dividend today: National Australia Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Kingston Resources (rights issue), Austin Exploration (stock split).

Currencies

On the $A, Ray Attrill, global co-head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank, wrote: “For all the compelling fundamental reasons for the AUD fall, we can’t ignore the fact that the simple break below the recent low of around 0.8650 provided the cue for fresh bouts of selling, with almost a full cent taken off the currency following that.”

ECB chief Mario Draghi fended off complaints about his leadership style and firmed up a promise of €1 trillion to revive the struggling euro zone economy.

The rouble may have plunged 25 per cent against the US dollar so far this year, but some currency traders are betting on a further 10 per cent drop in 2015 on the grounds that the currency is still expensive once trade and inflation are factored in.

Commodities

Oil markets fell back after a one-day spike as worries about high supplies returned to haunt traders, while the dollar pressed on with its rally which weighed on commodities priced in the currency.

Aluminium advanced for the first time in three days after the latest jobless claims data bolstered positive sentiment on the US economy.

Orange-juice futures dropped 1.1 per cent extending a slump into a bear market as US demand ebbed and prospects improved for a bigger citrus crop in Florida, the world’s second-largest producer.

United States

US stocks are higher in afternoon trade in a volatile session on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting fresh records on an indication that the European Central Bank would take more policy action if needed to boost a struggling euro zone economy.

First-time jobless claims dropped 10,000 to a three-week low of 278,000 in the week ended November 1, the Labor Department reported. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 285,000.

Labor Department figures on Friday morning in the US may show nonfarm payrolls rose 235,000 last month and that the jobless rate probably held at a six-year low.

Europe

Europe’s main stock markets ended higher after  ECB chief Mario Draghi signalled the central bank was readying further stimulus measures if needed to combat deflation and stagnation within the eurozone.

“The governing council has tasked ECB staff and the relevant Eurosystem committees with ensuring the timely preparation of further measures to be implemented, if needed,” Draghi told reporters.

Draghi’s comments followed a call by the OECD to overcome its reluctance and undertake quantitative easing given the very weak state of the eurozone economy and the risk of damaging deflation as inflation is running at just 0.4 per cent.

Qatar Investment Authority and a US investor have approached Canary Wharf-owner Songbird Estates about a possible takeover, a deal which would increase the sovereign wealth fund’s presence in London real estate.

What happened yesterday

Australian shares reversed early gains on Thursday as banks were sold down and miners sank, with Fortescue plunging dramatically after the iron ore price hit a five-year low.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index dropped 11.8 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5506.1. The broader All Ordinaries Index dipped 13.6 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5479.2.

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Facing a wall of silence

Creditors are growing increasingly frustrated at a lack of answers following the liquidation of agricultural equipment company Cornish’s.Creditors are growing increasingly frustrated at a lack of answers following the liquidation of agricultural equipment company Cornish’s.
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In information supplied to Cornish’s creditors on October 31, the company owes more than $4 million to about 254 companies.

On September 8, W. Bill Cornish Pty Ltd sold their Narromine, Gilgandra, Gunnedah and Quirindi branches to Wideland Ag and Construction, before Cornish’s went into liquidation.

Shaw Gidley was appointed as liquidator on October 22 and PKF Lawler have been named as administrators.

However, creditors trying to uncover additional information have hit continual dead ends.

ITC National’s Director Peter Briggs, said he was not concerned about the money he was owed, but about the handling of the situation.

Mr Briggs said after contacting PKF Lawler he was told to contact Cornish’s director Doug Upcroft directly, however his number had been disconnected.

Mr Briggs was also given Jacqi Upcroft’s phone number but found it been disconnected as well.

“I can only hope there is a thorough investigation into the conduct of the directors of Cornish’s. To shut shop on a Friday (September 5) and the new owners commence business on the Monday (September 8) leaving only a PO box as a contact for the entire Cornish’s group stinks.”

He said he would like to find out what happened to the proceeds of the sale of Cornish’s.

Gason Sales and Marketing manager for agriculture Peter Piddington said he was also failing to find answers.

“I made a number of phone calls and left messages and I’ve had no calls returned,” he said.

“It’s disappointing to see an old established business go out of business. We’ve been dealing with them for 30, 40 years. It’s very disappointing when these things happen.

“The way it has all worked out is disappointing,” Mr Piddington said.

A meeting of creditors is expected to be held with Shaw Gidley on November 12.

Shaw Gidley and PKF Lawler were both contacted for comment but did not respond.

Wideland Ag and Construction did not wish to comment and Mr Upcroft could not be reached for his response.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west PARKES: The NRMA’s partnership will see direct support for two of the Festival’s major precincts: The NRMA Cooke Park Main Stage in the popular Cooke Park precinct and The NRMA Festival Boulevard.
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ORANGE: Her flair for jazz may have served her well during The Voice, but at Molong Central School yesterday, Holly Tapp’s pop and folk talents attracted the students’ attention.

FORBES: The dry finish hasn’t been kind to Forbes farmers but results from a local crop competition show that wheat and barley yields are holding up well considering.

COWRA: Canowindra have made their way to the top of SportsPower Cup table after a remarkable victory at Henry Lawson Oval against Grenfell on Saturday afternoon.

ORANGE: Owner of Pete’s Car Wash Peter Mueller with some of Orange’s veterans Barry Bettles, Allan Bennett, Ben Cook and Lindsay Wright who will be eligible for a free car wash on Remembrance Day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PARKES: Trainer Ricky Watt and his good looking chestnut gelding Tyson’s Tiger prevented a clean sweep by local stables at the Dubbo TAB meeting on Saturday.

GRENFELL: Lisa Schaefer, owner and creator, of Lisa Schaefer Millinery was thrilled to receive confirmation last week that her designs had been short listed in the very exclusive category of “Invitation Only” in the Crown Oaks Day, Myer Fashions on the Field, Millinery Awards.

BLAYNEY: A few months back fire badly damaged the facade and awning on the Oliver building in Adelaide Street and since then Council has been working closely with the owner to repair what is now a very unsightly building.

ORANGE: Jockeys (front) Brooke Timmis, Tiffany Jefferies, Cat Markwort and Rachel Hunt and at back, Kacie Chater, Eleanor Webster-Hawes and Ashleigh Borg made up the all female line up at the Orange Melbourne Cup races. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 1104sgjockey1

FORBES: The enthusiasm was visible yesterday when kids took to the soccer field to be coached by former Matildas star and potential 2015 Women’s World Cup player Renee Rollason.

COWRA: Traditional Ukrainian folk dancers Melissa Rohozynsky, Katerina Kobryn amd Melania Berehovy performing a welcome dance during Saturday’s twin events at Europa Park.

CANOWINDRA: Kain Earsman cleaned up the awards at the Tigers’ presentation night including first grade’s Best and Fairest, Players’ player, the Josh Lynch Medal and the Club player of the Year.

ORANGE: Tori Moore, Kate Butcherine and Sophie Law had their money on Jeff Brasch’s horse Devil in a Dress when she ran round at Towac Park for the Melbourne Cup Day meeting. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1102sgtowac

PARKES: Police and emergency services confer about the ‘plane crash’ and criminal activity at the Parkes Airport during the mock training exercise on Saturday. Some 65 personnel were involved in the special event. Photo: RENEE POWELL

BLAYNEY: CHAMPION Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley has prevailed in a dramatic finish to win his fifth New York marathon.

FORBES: The champagne was flowing and the women were dressed in their racing best at this year’s Forbes Toy Library’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon.

COWRA: The dangers to home renovators from asbestos removal is the theme of Asbestos Awareness Month for November.

ORANGE: Around 80 residents took to the streets on Friday night to protest against sexual violence and take part in the Reclaim the Night walk.

BATHURST: David McKibbon believes the erection of a dry stone wall on the O’Connell Road will one day cause a serious accident as it impedes motorists’ line of sight on that busy stretch of roadway on the outskirts of the village. Photo PHILL MURRAY 110514pwall

BATHURST: Bathurst Family History Group members Barry Konemann and Ron Murphy (left) and Bob Freeman (right) working on the damaged headstones at Bathurst cemetery with Bathurst Correctional Centre inmates George, Luke and Rene. Photo PHILL MURRAY 103114pgraves

MUDGEE: A Bedford MFR fire truck, circa 1970s, was named in honour of the late Joshua Pedley at Mudgee Motorfest on Saturday. Pictured are family members Phillip and William Pedley (right) with Mitchell Pedron, Mid-Western Regional Councillor Paul Cavalier and Alan Selman AFSM. PHOTO: COL BOYD

OBERON: Oberon Multi Purpose Service has installed a flagpole and raised an Aboriginal flag as part of the health district’s commitment to “Closing the Gap”.

OBERON: On Thursday last week students from Black Springs Public School travelled to the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery to see the Art Express exhibition.

OBERON: Oberon RSL Club held a best dressed competition on Melbourne Cup day. The winners were Kathy Robinson and Geoffrey Jones.

RYLSTONE: Diners were impressed by the food and the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at this year’s Rylstone StreetFeast.

BATHURST: Inland Building and Construction’s Jordan Price, Mackenzie Smith, Josh Pleming and Chris Yewdall putting the finishing touches on one of the outdoor play areas at Jenny’s Kindergarten and Learning Centre.

BATHURST: Amanda Griffin and Julia Sjollema got up close and personal with their catch of the day at Bathurst’s annual carp blitz. Photo ZENIO LAPKA. 110414zcarp8

BATHURST: Developer Lester Hewitt at the new Icely Estate near Eglinton as the pouring of the kerb and guttering enters its final stage. Photo BRIAN WOOD 102214lester

BATHURST: The Assumption School students dressed up for their Melbourne Cup celebrations. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 110414cassumptn

BATHURST: Western Advocate readers sent in lots of photos of hail after a fierce storm on Wednesday afternoon. This photo was sent in by Tanya Willey.

LITHGOW: Mayor Maree Statham and niece Regan Scott get into the Halloween spirit.

MUDGEE: Trine Gay, Alex Reynolds, and Sue Jakins celebrated the Melbourne Cup in style.

MUDGEE: Vehicles of all makes and vintages came from afar for the annual Cudgegong Cruiser’s Motorfest at the Mudgee Showground on Saturday.

DUBBO: Virginia Carter plies the knitting needles to add poppies to a vast visual tribute to those who fought for their country – the tribute is called 5000 Poppies and will be created in Melbourne in 2015. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo turned out in style to celebrate the 2014 Melbourne Cup at the Dubbo Turf Club. Pictured are Kym Johnson, Kirsty Colliver, Alanna Lawes and Sue Walsh. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Orana Rural Fire Service (RFS) are assisting Orana Local Area Command with the investigation of a blaze that stretched 164 hectares along the eastern edge of the Newell Highway on Tuesday morning.

DUBBO: Hannah Wright, Maddison Wallace, Paris Burns and Candace Brien after they finished their final HSC exam. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Broken Hill to Dubbo 24-hour Zoo2Zoo riders Matt Keele, Paul Schroder, James O’Reilly and Antony Bishop after achieving their goal with 20 minutes to spare. Photo: GREG KEEN

DUBBO: Tony Ryals at the site of a planned and now approved multi-dwelling housing and serviced apartments development with frontage to Cobbora Road at Dubbo.

DUBBO: Harley Palin with sons Sonny, 6 and Jasper, 3 at the Macquarie Regional Library book sale. Photo: GREG KEEN.

MUDGEE: A Day On The Green brought a little bit of everything to Robert Oatley Vineyards on Saturday; rock, country, soul, local talent, rain, sunshine, and three decades of hits from one of Australia’s most loved musicians. Pictured is Marlene Cameron from Mudgee with Tracey Mclean from Gold Coast.

NARROMINE: The cream of the crop of agriculture students attended the Rotary Youth Crop, Agronomy, Grain and Seed Camp in Narromine.

TRANGIE: The children dressed up to visit registered houses for the annual Halloween “trick or treat.”

WELLINGTON: Alice Chad and Laughlan Bailey get in the spirit for Melbourne Cup celebrations.

BATHURST: Stephen Champion from the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre this week launched the 2015 season program, packed full of variety. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 110314zbmec1

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Library lines

Don’t forget to check out the display of clippings and minute book excerpts relating to the history of the Grenfell Library currently on show in the library to mark the 75th anniversary of the passing of the NSW Library Act.
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There is some fascinating material on the emotive issue of whether or not to join a regional library and some of the statistics of yesteryear are very challenging – in 1970 the library declared a circulation of 49, 530 items (and they only loaned books and magazines at that time – no DVDs, etc!) and a total membership of 2,606 which included 1,203 children spread over six schools.

At the time of writing there were just three new books and one audio book on MP3 available so the New Materials display will be a little sparse this week. But there are a number of orders in the pipeline so the situation should improve in coming weeks.

Have you had a look at the library’s Facebook page or blog of late?

There is a cute photo of three young engineers enjoying the LASY (and the air-conditioning?) in the children’s area on Facebook.

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Basketballers bounce

Basketballers bounce Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.
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Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

Action from under 10 junior basketball on Thursday night.

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A great place to invest

Strong yields: LJ Hooker Kempsey licensee Carlos Peters said about 60 percent of property investors were from out of town.HOME buyers are snapping up Kempsey properties over the phone site unseen.
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Kempsey houses are becoming a hot item because of rental yields.

They are fetching 8.52 per cent on average, according to ‘your investment Property’ magazine and realestate南京夜网

LJ Hooker Kempsey licensee Carlos Peters said the current housing market in Kempsey was good, with better turnover than over the past two years.

“While there is a bit of risk involved because of the area, the yields are quite good,” Mr Peters said.

“So it’s the old story, the higher the risk the higher the return.

“You have people buying those homes on a 10 to 12 per cent yield, with many people buying site unseen.

“Sixty per cent of inquiries are from out of town investors, with many from Sydney.”

The median house price in Kempsey is $152,000 with weekly median rents at $250 per week. Homes in Kempsey are not fetching the best yields in the state, but are up there in the top 10 per cent.

“Rents are always good and strong in Kempsey,” Mr Peters said.

“They have always been consistent with our vacancy rate at about 1.8 to 2 per cent.”

Kempsey Stock and Land principal Ian Argue said Kempsey Stock and Land, at this time, had no rental vacancies on its books.

“Rentals are in strong demand for all types of houses and units,” Mr Argue said.

“Kempsey has always been a good safe town to invest and it’s not dear real estate.”

Mr Argue said reports indicated that Port Macquarie was currently experiencing a “mini boom”.

“Kempsey is on the outside of that and we mainly see a flow on effect,” he said.

“I would be thinking there will be more activity and it will get a little dearer to buy in the future.”

Mr Peters said Kempsey is a buyers market now.

However, he expects to see an increase in house prices over the next six months.

“We are seeing two to three buyers for one property now and if turnover keeps going the way it is, stock will slowly dry up,” he said.

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Below average rainfall for October

Like many other parts of NSW, Grenfell experienced below average rainfall for October.
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The Grenfell Weather Station recorded a total of 28.6 mm and the average rainfall for the month since 1886 is 54.9 mm. However, the rain received during the month was very beneficial to crops and pastures, even though more would have been ideal. The month’s rain has brought the total so are this year to 498.9 mm, just under 20 inches.

The wettest October at Grenfell was in 1973 when 180.2 mm was recorded and our driest October was in 2006 when no rain was measured.

Our coldest morning to 9 am was experienced on October 2 when the temperature fell to 0.9 degrees and Grenfell’s hottest day was felt on 24th October when it reached a very warm 34.7 degrees. The last day in October was quite warm when the temperature rose to 34.5 degrees. Also October 25 was very warm when it reached 34.1 degrees.

Our lowest maximum was just 12 degrees on October 14. The average minimum to 9 am was 7.8 degrees this compares to the average minimum since 1965 of 9.2 degrees. The highest minimum since 1965 was on October 30, 1990 when 21.0 degrees was recorded. October’s coldest morning since 1965 was on October 2, 1965 with a reading of -1.1 degrees.

October’s average maximum this year was 25.6 degrees and since 1965 the average is 22.5 degrees. So you can see by these figures that the month was a bit hotter than the average. The hottest day for October since 1965 was recorded on October 29, 1967 when 35.6 degrees was recorded. The lowest maximum was recorded on October 3, 1966 when the temperature only rose to 9.4 degrees.

Farmers in the Weddin Shire are now starting to get very busy, haymaking, harvesting of their canola crops and then soon harvesting other grain crops. Most would like to see conditions remaining dry for the time being and with the SOI (Southern Oscillation Index) reading of -9.0 this week means less rain ahead, unless there is a sharp turnaround.

Once harvest is over, many farmers would like to see some heavy falls of rain to replenish stock dam supplies to carry them through the hot Summer months ahead.

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Jacqui Lambie throws down the gauntlet on Defence pay as PUP tensions deepen

Senator Jacqui Lambie: “Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate.” Photo: Andrew Meares PUP senator Jacqui Lambie says if Clive Palmer (pictured) “had a conscience” he would support her campaign against the government’s Defence pay deal. Photo: Angela Wylie
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Senator Jacqui Lambie: “Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate.” Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator Jacqui Lambie: “Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate.” Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator Jacqui Lambie: “Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate.” Photo: Andrew Meares

Jacqui Lambie has lashed out at her leader Clive Palmer for failing to support her protest against the meagre pay deal for Defence personnel and has left open the possibility of a Palmer United Party split.

Senator Lambie’s initial plea for soldiers to hijack Remembrance Day and turn their backs on government MPs speaking in honour of Australia’s war dead was condemned the RSL, the government and the opposition.

Mr Palmer also rejected her protest campaign but backed the cause.

The Tasmanian senator then upped the stakes and threatened on Thursday to block all government legislation if the Defence Force weren’t given a better pay rise.

Senator Lambie said on Friday Mr Palmer had heard her out but she learnt he would not be supporting her Remembrance Day campaign via a “radio interview”.

The former soldier lashed out against her leader and threatened to split the party’s voting bloc in the Senate.

“You know what, it’s getting to the point I just don’t care what Clive Palmer’s position is on this at the moment – but if he had a conscience he’d stand right beside me and our troops and our veterans,” Senator Lambie told the ABC.

“Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate, that’s all Clive Palmer needs to decide on.

“Clive Palmer can no longer sit on the fence, he’s either standing by me or he’s standing near the Liberal National Party but I’m not going to stand around and watch Clive Palmer back flipping.”

Mr Palmer responded in a statement on Friday but did not address his senator’s threat to split the party or her threat to block legislation in the Senate.

However he did reiterate that while he opposed the below inflation pay rise awarded to Defence he would not be protesting on Remembrance Day or Anzac Day.

“In relation to Senator Lambie and her comments, she is very passionate about this issue as she did wear a uniform and served this country for more than 10 years,” he said in a statement.

“The beauty of democracy is that people are allowed to have their own positions on matters such as these,” he added.

“I will not make a political stance or statement on Remembrance Day or Anzac Day to dispute pay rates, I believe there is a political process when it comes to matters such as these and I will be respecting that process.”

‘Threats don’t work’

Treasurer Joe Hockey stared down Senator Lambie’s threat and said her actions would only make the fiscal situation worse.

“Threats don’t work for this government, the deal’s been struck,” he said.

“I wish we could pay our Defence Force more but the money is not in the budget,” he said.

“But if the government is hamstrung by Senator Lambie and others that are opposing are reduction in government expenditure then there’s certainly no money there to pay other people more money,” he said.

The independent Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal earlier this week approved the below-inflation pay deal for 57,000 Australia soldiers, sailors and air force personnel.

Tensions between Mr Palmer and Senator Lambie have been played out in the public domain on several occasions since the Senator took her place in the Senate.

Sources told Fairfax Media in September that they overheard Mr Palmer bagging his senator as “not very bright” in a conversation with fellow PUP parliamentarian Zhenya “Dio” Wang.

Mr Palmer has also distanced himself several times from Senator Lambie’s campaign to ban the burqa in Australia and her claim that Islamic Law “involves terrorism”.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called on the government to boost the pay offer for Diggers, but refused to comment on the divisions within Palmer United.

“I’m just not going to go where some of the crossbench senator’s comments go,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Brisbane.

“I don’t think Clive Palmer or his senators are the main game here. The main game is Tony Abbott,” he said.

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Enjoy a rose coloured afternoon

With the cornelia rose in full bloom, Anne Ward’s beautiful garden will be open to the public on Saturday, November 22.Everything will come up rosy later this month, with an Open Garden and Rose Information afternoon to be hosted by Mark and Anne Ward.
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The event will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 2pm to 5pm, with the Ward’s beautiful garden on display. Sit and enjoy the view while devouring a devonshire tea. Admission is $10 with all proceeds going to the Canowindra Garden Club to be used for town improvements.

With roses in full bloom everywhere, Luke Gorgon from Eureka Plants in Canowindra will be the guest speaker and will share his knowledge of all things roses.

Eureka Plants has been specialising in roses for 30 years, with Luke also holding a horticulture degree from Melbourne University.

Rose diseases, summer pruning, how to look after different varieties including Floribundas, old English roses, hybrid roses, hybrid teas, mini roses and some exciting new rose types.

Potted roses at wholesale prices will also be available on the day.

For more information contact Anne Ward on 6344 3262 or Robyn Cleary on 6344 3162.

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Young musicians join Riverina tour

Students from Young High School who will tour with the Riverina Combined Public Schools Band tour next week. IF you want to see some of Young’s best musicians on stage – then you can’t miss Riverina Combined Public Schools Band Tour which comes to Young next week.
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Ten students from Young High School and seven from Young Public School will be taking to the stage at Young Town Hall from 7pm Tuesday.

The students commence a weekend of intensive rehearsals at Sturt Public School Hall today, in preparation for a concert tour of Riverina from Monday, November 10 to Friday, November 14.

The tour will feature a large ensemble of 50 outstanding public school student musicians including 25 girls and 25 boys from 19 schools in regional towns and cities as far afield as Albury, Wagga, Orange, Mudgee, Hay, Dubbo and Narrabri.

The Young public school contingent is the largest representation of students from one town.

The Riverina students in this large ensemble were selected at the Riverina Music Camp in May.

In line with current policies, outstanding country music students from west of the Dividing Range have been invited to be part of the tour.

Many of the students in the band are members of the NSW Public Schools State Wind Ensembles that performed in the Opera House earlier this year.

These students are to perform together under the baton of conductor Di Hall, Arts Coordination Officer, Tamworth and coordinator of the State Wind Ensemble and West of the Divide Ensembles.

Coordinator of the Tour is Cheryl Walker, music teacher from Wagga Wagga High School. Cheryl also coordinated the annual Riverina Music Camp.

Students will also share their knowledge with younger students in band workshops.

Participating staff includes past Riverina students, now international performers, David Lockeridge and Bernard Lagana.

Entry to Tuesday night’s concernt is gold coin donation only.

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Weddin Community Native Nursery

The Weddin Community Native Nursery in East Street have a wide variety of Native plants and shrubs at very reasonable prices. Come along and see one of the friendly volunteer staff today for great service and advice regarding your planting this season.The AGM of the Nursery was held at TAFE on 31.10.14.Out going Chairperson of the Weddin Community Native Nursery, Gai Lander, presented a comprehensive report on the development of the Nursery since Oct 2012 when a group of volunteers who had completed Cert 111 in Conservation Land Management had formed a committee.
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The Weddin Landcare Steering Committee obtained funding for the construction of the fence, gravel, two shade houses, a watering system & a hot house, with volunteers providing the labour & maintenance.

An extensive seed collection is now housed on site & is constantly being added to by volunteer seed collectors.

Community support has been growing steadily as the public becomes aware of what is available. As well as purchasing plants in stock, landholders are taking advantage of the plant propagation program, where they can place orders for their particular requirements.

Gai wished the new committee every success in taking the Not For Profit enterprise to the next stage of its development.

In Treasurer Bill White’s report, he indicated that the WCNN had been able to meet all running costs & that the bank balance is healthy-largely due to the sale of approximately 12,000 plants.

Brian Johnson officiated at the election of Office Bearers for 2015:

Patron: Noel Cartwright, Chairperson: Jan Diprose, Vice Chair: Ted Franks, Treasurer: Bill White, Secretary: Di Franks

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Crowe Horwath battle tennis favourites

Round four of the Stawell Friday night tennis competition is shaping up to be an exciting battle with Crowe Horwath looking to upset the early favourites.
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Crowe Horwath will have the difficult match up against the unbeaten side, Stawell Toyota.

Crowe Horwath’s Aiden Jensz and Michael Cox have started the season in good form as has female teammate Courtney McIlvride. However, they will need a few more of their team members to improve if they are to have any chance of winning and bringing Stawell’s Toyota’s early dominance to an end.

A lot will be riding on the match, given they are on either scale of the ladder.

The result will most likely be determined by the number one men who could have either one of their combinations taking the court.

Joel Freeland makes Crowe Horwath a stronger side and if he meets Blair Hart it will be a game everyone will want to watch.

Cassidy Painting resumes after a week of rest, to battle it out with last week’s big improver Farrers Tyrepower.

Cassidy Painting dropped below Farrers Tyrepower on the ladder last week and will be keen to get that position back, but to do so they will need their younger males to have winning nights.

Riley Burke and Riley Graveson will need ample back up from the triple Js, Jemma Clarkson, Jill Faulkner and Jo Summers.

Farrers Tyrepower’s younger brigade will need to be on song to combat them, so David Simpkin, Ethan Blake, Narelle O’Shannessy, Ebony Summers and Caitlin Cooper will be given the task of claiming multiple sets against the tough opposition.

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Welsh coach Warren Gatland rubbishes suggestion Wallabies are ‘vulnerable’

CARDIFF: Wales coach Warren Gatland fears the Wallabies will thrive on recent controversies to make their spring tour a success, rubbishing the suggestion Australia is vulnerable.
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But Gatland promised that his side would “come in fully loaded” on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT) to try to land a psychological blow before the two teams meet in the World Cup next year.

Wales have been haunted by a horror losing streak against the Wallabies, which extends back to 2008 and the past nine Tests.

Making matters worse, Gatland has only beaten one of the southern hemisphere big three – Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – just once in 25 matches as Welsh coach.

But while the locals in Cardiff hope the Wallabies will be off their game as they adjust to Michael Cheika’s style and recover from the Kurtley Beale drama, Gatland isn’t buying into the theory.

“You can’t underestimate the Wallabies, a lot of people have been talking about what’s happened with Kurtley Beale and those sorts of things,” Gatland said.

“Does that make them more vulnerable? With Australians it makes them stronger, they thrive on any adversity and criticism.

“We expect a really tough game on Saturday, we know what to expect and the guys are coming in fully loaded.”

New Zealand-born Gatland was Australia’s tormentor as British and Irish Lions coach last year, guiding the tourists to a 2-1 series win which ended Robbie Deans’ Wallabies tenure.

He almost took down Ewen McKenzie’s men in Cardiff a year ago, losing by just four points with the Wallabies holding on for a tight win.

The next Test at Millennium Stadium will be Gatland’s third encounter with the Wallabies under three different coaches in just 16 months.

So what does he expect from NSW Waratahs championship-winning mentor Cheika?

“I’ve got a massive amount of respect for what Michael has achieved,” Gatland said.

“He’s the only coach that’s ever won a European Cup and a Super Rugby title. What he did with Leinster was incredibly impressive and he turned NSW around in a pretty short time.

“By his own admission it will probably take a bit of time, but having seen him operate it won’t be that long. He plays a really positive brand of rugby and gets his point across succinctly.

“In 10 months time when they turn up for the World Cup they’ll be a real contender. Perhaps psychologically it could be important [to win now] … form gives you confidence but it’s not the over-riding factor.”

Gatland has previously described the World Cup next year as his team’s version of the Olympics.

Wales, Australia and England are grouped in the pool of death with at least one team to be bundled out of the tournament in the group stages.

Wales have won the European Six Nations tournament twice in the past three years.

To get his team ready, Gatland has upped the Welsh training load and have adopted cryogenic-style recovery to have them primed to end their Wallabies hoodoo.

They will also unleash back-line giant George North from the wing to outside centre to set up a mouth-watering clash with Tevita Kuridrani.

“It’s going to be a frenetic pace … We’ve really looked at a long-term plan, we’ve run things a little bit different in terms of looking at the camps as World Cup camps,” Gatland said.

“It’s something I think we’ve been pretty bold and courageous to do, you’ve got to have the confidence to do what we’re doing. To be honest, our whole focus for the next 12 months has to be getting out of our group at the World Cup.”

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