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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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Gallery: Breath of Fresh Air red carpet

Gallery: Breath of Fresh Air red carpet Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs
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Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

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Follow the election campaign trail – November 7

22 DAYS TO GO
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PLEDGES:

Coalition:$65 million to expand the Ballarat Base Hospital, including $10 million for a cardiac facility and $8 million for mental health services.Labor:$15 million redevelopment of Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium, as pledged earlier this year. Also made a pledge to develop a ethical clothing program in Melbourne.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

“Consensus between Napthine and (David) Davis they’re not too fussed if a hard object drops onto Simon Ramsay’shead” – Shaun LeaneMP on a photo with the Premier and Health Minister wearing hard hats and Mr Ramsay opting to be hatless.

Shaune Leane’s tweeted photo.

WHERE THEY WERE:

Both PremierDenis Napthineand Opposition LeaderDaniel Andrewswere in the Eureka Stockade city to secure the all-important Ballarat vote. Napthine visited the Ballarat Show while Andrews returned to Melbourne in the afternoon. Transport MinisterTerry Mulderwas at Derrinallum, in his home electorate of Polwarth. Mining magnateClive Palmerwas at the swish Langham Hotel in Melbourne to launch Palmer United’s campaign.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Buddy, you can’t sit here all day,” four-year-oldHarry Taskerto Dr Napthine when the Premier visited his family home.

GRAFFITI GAMES:

Every election has its share of dodgy deeds, whether its vandalism or fights over election-day leaflet handlers. The carnival has started early down on the Mornington Peninsula with Liberal MPLorraine Wreford’selectorate office defaced by an unidentified source.

THE ODDS:

Number of seats Palmer United will win:

Two seats: $17

One seat: $8

No seats: $1.07

FROSTY RECEPTION:

Controversial Frankston MPGeoff Shawwas confronted by a voter at the suburb’s main train station who told him “When are you going? The sooner, the better.” Mr Shaw told the disgruntled voter that he wasn’t going anywhere and they started an awkward debate about abortion law reform.

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No fly zone: panel knocks back Skydive building

Skydive the Beach’s new administration building would include a reception area, merchandise shop, offices and kiosk.Skydive the Beach’s plan to build a new administration building has hit a major snag, after an independent assessment panel said its planned location at the edge of Stuart Park was ‘‘inappropriate’’.
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The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) met this week to hear concerns about the controversial building, with 15residents speaking against its approval.

They said the 400 square metre premises, proposed for the corner of Kembla Street and George Hanley Drive, would block views from their houses and was the only visible entry way into Stuart Park.

Beach Park Motor Inn owner Gabrielle Fraticelli also told the panel the new skydiving headquarters would affect her business, as it would block the views from her motel rooms.

An artist’s impression of the building.

‘‘I have operated this business for 25 years and people who come to stay with us expect views,’’ she said.

‘‘I love our park, our guests love the tranquillity of the park and this building will take that away.’’

Other people raised concerns about parking, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and said the private business facility should not be built on public land.

Before the IHAP meeting on Tuesday night, the four panel members visited the proposed site and viewed it from neighbouring premises.

Handing down their recommendation, panel members said ‘‘the area where the development is proposed is important as a visual link from George Hanley Drive into the park as well as a point of access for pedestrians and cyclists’’.

‘‘The panel notes that there are few locations along George Hanley Drive that provide view lines into the park.’’ Alternative locations that minimise the effects on views into the park and reduce conflict with pedestrian and cyclist movements should be considered, the panel said.

The administration building was to replace the ageing cottage from which Skydive the Beach now operates, and would have included a reception area, merchandise shop and kiosk, as well as offices and parachute packing and storage space.

IHAP has recommended the decision be ‘‘deferred’’ to allow Skydive the Beach to explore a different location.

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Stawell Wildcats fight to the finish

STAWELL Wildcats did their association proud last weekend when they fought to the finish against strong Mount Gambier teams.
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Both the ladies and the men’s tams went down to Mount Gambier as expected, but the margin did come as a bit of a surprise.

The ladies got the night underway and started in a blaze of glory.

Grace Bibby scored six points in the opening quarter and coach Rhi Davis scored four, to see the Wildcats in with a chance at quarter time.

It was a second quarter fade out that proved costly for the Wildcats as the Lakers went on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes.

Wildcats called a time out and found their first score of the term when Bibby was on the end of a baseline play.

Davis scored with 47 seconds remaining on the clock, but that was it for Wildcats for the term.

After a positive first quarter they went into the rooms confident they could claw their way back into the contest.

The second half was much like the first quarter, Stawell remained in touch, but couldn’t make inroads into the deficit.

The final score for the match was 40-65.

Bibby finished with 15 points and was the best for Wildcats, while Lakers guard Briana Walters was the leading scoring on the court with 23.

Davis was happy with the effort and intent of her players, but said they needed to string together a full four quarters if they are to win a game.

“Our intensity from previous games certainly improved,” Davis said.

“It was the second quarter where we let ourselves down. We got lazy and you can’t afford to do that against good teams.”

Lakers backed up with a game against Horsham on Sunday where they won again.

Stawell will meet Horsham in just over a week.

Stawell men had Mount Gambier slightly nervous as they held a six point buffer over the Wildcats going into the last change.

While many in the Stawell team looked a little unsure under the immense pressure, the less experienced Eugene Omiona, Shane Field and Rory Jones showed no fear.

Omiona kepted the Wildcats in the game with a couple of clutch three pointers.

Field and Jones were tough in and under and provided the team with rebounds and scores from their bustling work, while Joel Freeland was consistent across both ends of the floor.

Wildcats started poorly and finished the same way, but throughout the middle quarters, they gave the reigning premiers a scare.

Mount Gambier’s coach was calm until the third term when the frustration of his team’s performance was getting the better of him.

Stawell coach Ben Leslie was happy with the overall performance despite losing what was a winnable game.

“We matched them for more than two quarters and that is a huge positive for us,” Leslie said.

“Their class shone through in that final quarter. A win against Horsham the next day sums up just how good they are.”

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Apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall lands her first win

STAWELL apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall rode her first winner at Mortlake last Saturday.
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Chelsea Hall aboard the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained Respect Me at Stawell on Tuesday. The young apprentice recently scored her first race win at Mortlake.

Hall, who is an apprentice to Terry and Karina O’Sullivan, began her racing career just over a month ago at the Gunbower Cup, where she placed third aboard Paul Jones trained Spanish Vixen.

Since that weekend, she has had several rides for many trainers, none she will remember more than race two at Mortlake.

Hall was on the back of Harold and Jamie Barry trained galloper, Act of Freedom.

Act of Freedom has had 25 career starts and was still a maiden, making it even more special for Hall.

“It was definitely very exciting to win,” Hall said.

“I was unaware that the horse hadn’t won until after the race and that just added to it.

“I knew he would be up on the pace early. I got to the lead without using too much petrol and let the horse go at his own pace to the finish.”

With Hall in the saddle, not only did he hold on, but he sprinted away and finished four and a half lengths clear of Tony Laidlaw-trained Urban Miracle and Wayne Walters-trained Memphis Flyer.

Hall’s mount was not heavily supported by punters, but returned a nice dividend of $11.40.

Hall had four other rides on the day including the Mortlake Cup, where she finished fourth.

At this stage every race is a learning curve for Hall, but she is pleased to get a race win on the board.

“The better your results are, the more opportunity you’re going to have,” Hall said.

“Winning gives you confidence and that helps with your development.”

Hall rode the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained galloper Respect Me at the Stawell Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Day meeting on Tuesday and finished a brave second.

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Don hangs up his fire hat

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain. “I’m shining my boots for the last time,” Young NSW Fire and Rescue captain Don Smyth said as he prepared for his photo with The Young Witness on Wednesday.
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The local firefighter is hanging up his helmet and uniform for the last time today, retiring from the service after 40 years – five of which he captained.

As of midnight tonight his deputy captain Ryan Terry will be stepping into the role, for which Don’s been preparing him over the past two years.

“I’d like to congratulate Ryan for stepping up to the task. I believe the town will be in good hands,” Don said.

“Both Ryan and all the crew are well trained and they have plans to keep on the training.”

Don – who was born and bred in Young – has attended some 6000 fires over the four decades and has been the engine keeper for 10 years.

An official farewell will be held for Don in February – following which The Witness will publish a full story on his days as a firie.

The father of three and grandfather won’t be completely disappearing from Young’s scene – instead he’ll be using his spare time to continue his business, travel, fish and get to know his grandkids better.

Ryan – also born and raising his young family in Young – joined the brigade in 2006, spending the last two years as deputy captain.

“I’m excited to be able to lead such a great crew and help the community in any way,” Ryan said.

“And I’m excited for Don to have a break after 40 years.”

He said he was looking forward to the challenge and working with the community and other emergency services.

His focus at the moment is on improving their in-house training.

“I’m looking forward to getting the boys trained up and moulding them – in the last two years, we’ve had six new recruits with two or three to come,” Ryan said.

“I want to do more training outside what we do – that’ll be a big thing.”

One thing he said he’d love to implement in the near future is the greater use of FaceTime and the upgrade of technology for the brigade.

He discovered the big benefits of having an iPhone and using FaceTime during the Turners Furniture One fire on September 25.

While face-to-face with his fire inspector in Mittagong, Ryan was able to show what was actually happening on the ground, instead of verbally describing the conditions.

“Because we’re so remote… once we did face time it was a lot easier… it worked really well and I’d like to push this,” he said.

“This was my first major incident [as incident controller], this was what they call a fifth alarm, most house fires are one alarm.”

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain.

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Stawell Golf Club hosts annual tournament

STAWELL Golf Club had plenty of golfing action on offer as they commenced their annual tournament last Friday.
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Laura Martin and Delcie Baggs were the best of the ladies fourball best ball stableford, winning with 47 points.

Robyn Iles and Leigh Johnston were runner up with 46 points.

Iles was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Dulcie Molan on the ninth, Mandy Male on the 13th and Jo Orr on the 17th.

In the men’s fourball best ball stableford it was Geoff Alborough and Brian St Clair taking victory from Graeme Trickey and Richard Lipovas.

Trickey and Lipovas were the runners up following a countback from Jim McKendrick and Alan Jamieson, Richard Hackwill and Shaun Allen and Geoff Blachford and Dave Fiscalini.

Nearest the pins in the men’s section were Col Apelgren on the sixth and Trickey on the ninth.

The 13th and 17th holes were unclaimed.

The second day of the tournament saw the 18 hole stroke events take place.

Kaye Skinner was the winner of the ladies division one section with a score of 90 while Lyn Willcock was runner up on 95.

In Division two Dot Russell was a clear winner with 97 and seven shots behind her was Kaye Ellen.

Handicap winners were Laura Martin in division one and Dulcie Molan in division two.

Nearest the pin winners were Lyn Willcock on the sixth, Kaye Ellen on the ninth, Martin on the 13th and Jill McInerney on the 17th. Kaye Skinner’s was the nearest second shot on the 10th.

David Hunter was the men’s stroke winner on 79.

Hunter finished the better of a countback from Max Waters who was the runner up.

Graeme Healy was the division two winner and Brian St Clair won division three.

The handicap section was won by Des Pickford, Brian Gale and Peter Sharp in their respective divisions.

Richard Hackwill was just one shot behind Pickford in division one, Alan Jamieson the same behind Gale and Matt Bunting was also only one shot behind in C grade.

The Sunday feature was the Drummond Golf Sponsored mixed pinehurst where Mal and Kaylene Cameron were victorious.

They had a gross score of 75 to win the scratch division.

Handicap winners were Ross and Ruth Hutton with 96-273<2044>8-685<2044>8 and Richard Hackwill and Joan MacPherson were runner up.

Nearest the pin for the men were Mark Kuypers on the sixth, Ross Hatton on the ninth, Colin Cullen on the 13th and Graeme Trickey on the 17th.

In the women’s nearest the pin Lyn Willcock claimed the six hole and Kaye Ellen claimed the 13th.

Rounding out the four day tournament was the fourball best ball stableford played on the Tuesday. Leonie Bailey and Ruth Hatton won on 48 points and Dot Russell and Delcie Baggs were runner up on 44 points.

Jane Delley was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Bailey on the ninth and Hatton on the 13th.

In the men’s Mark Rooke and Matt Bunting took home top honours with 47 points from Phil Matthews and Richard Hackwill 45.

Brian Iseppi was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Rob Blachford on the ninth, Richard Hackwill on the 13th and Brad Hubble on the 17th.

Dulcie Molan was the nearest the pin for the overall tournament just 1.97 centimetres while Graeme Trickey was the nearest for the men 47 centimetres away.

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Athletics training returns to new North Park track

STAWELL Amateur Athletic Club will revive weeknight track and field events at North Park next Tuesday after a lapse of more than fifteen years.
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In its heyday, the club had as many as 30-40 runners competing Tuesdays on the old track.

Impetus for the return is the opening of the new North Park running track, a facility the club is proud of and one they are determined to utilise.

“Competition stopped through a lack of numbers,” Stawell Amateur Athletic Club president, Keith Lofthouse said.

“The deterioration of the old track into something you wouldn’t want to run on had to be a factor.”

Bob Freeland has been the main man behind getting the competition back up and running.

Already conducting Monday night training sessions at Central Park he will back up again the next day and that shows how dedicated he is to the revival

Races will be conducted over a variety of distances from 70 metres to three kilometres from 6.00pm right through summer.

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to pit themselves against the clock.

Discus, shot put, long jump and triple jump events will be organised for those interested and walkers are welcome.

Freeland will offer training advice and programmes and the only costs will be a $5 registration for non-members and a gold coin donation on the night. For details phone Bob Freeland on 53583300 or the club on 53562493.

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Tragedy at Murray Mouth

A Willunga man drowned while fishing at the Murray Mouth on Thursday, November 6.Tragedy unfolded at theMurray Mouth on Thursday, November 6, when 48-year-old Willunga man, Iain McNicol, drownedwhile fishing.
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Mr McNicol was pulled from the waterunconscious while fishing off the beach at theMurray Mouth. Police and emergency services crewswere alerted to the incident just before 5pm.

Desperate attempts by other fishermen toresuscitate Mr Nicol failed and he died at the scene.

Mr McNicol was a father of three – to Daniel, Amyand Alysha – and a husband of almost 25 years toLisa.

He had owned Audiomotive Car Audio atWillunga for almost six years, and was involved as asponsor with the Willunga Football Club, whereDaniel played.

Mrs McNicol described Mr McNicol as a caring,loving and devoted husband and father.

She said he was “everyone’s friend” and a“generous and giving person”.

Mrs McNicol said the Coorong was one of herhusband’s favourite places and “since he could walkhe was holding a fishing rod”.

Mr McNicol’s death is not considered suspicious,and a report is being prepared for the State Coroner.

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Indoor soccer players excel outdoors

SEVEN of Stawell’s better indoor soccer players recently represented Stawell in the annual South West Games outdoor seven-a-side tournament.
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The team, comprising players from indoor soccer ranks, defied all expectations by winning through to the final and receiving runner up medallions on the day.

Stawell started the day well, using pace to their advantage in the open spaces, with a hard fought 3-0 win over an experienced Brunswick side. With regular midfield supply from Wes Oosthuizen and Rob Lembo, the elusive Andrew Cameron led the way up forward with two goals and was supported by the talented Ike Zanos.

The second game resulted in Stawell’s only group loss with a 0-2 scoreline against a strong Monbulk outfit, who regularly compete in state level ranks.

Defenders Liam Andrew and Tom Grace worked overtime to prevent Monbulk from scoring in the second half.

Stawell recorded their second win against Warrnambool B 2-0. Under the guise of a leg injury, Oosthuizen drifted forward to open the scoring with a well timed header from a searching Zanos pass. Cameron followed up by booting his third for the day.

The final group fixture saw some tired legs hold on for a nil all draw against Catalonia.

Stawell did not have a substitute on the day and the 30 minute games were starting to take their toll.

The result was good enough to see Stawell finish second in their group and qualify for the semi final stage where they ran into group B winners, Warrnambool A.

The semi final was another tight affair ending at nil all after normal time and leading to a penalty shoot out. This is where goal keeper David Holmes came to the fore.

With a fourth clean sheet under his belt, Holmes soaked up mounting pressure to make six crucial saves on the way to an eventual 3-2 win.

Goal scorers were again Zanos with two and Cameron with one.

The final pitted Stawell against an undefeated Monbulk team.

Stawell came out blazing early and managed to dent Monbulk’s confidence with a goal from Cameron, who walked the ball into the back of the net after defeating the keeper one-on-one.

Monbulk struck back late in the half to level the scores by the break.

Unfortunately, fatigue set in and Stawell was unable to go on with it against a well drilled, highly skilled team.

Monbulk scored another four goals in a onesided second half to win the competition for a second year in a row.

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