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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).


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.


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’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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Get fit for free

Many locals have started their fitness focus with the help of the free Community FitClubs in Aberdeen and Scone.GETTING fit is somethingmany of us put on the ‘to do’list, although not all of usfollow through.
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Two fitness clubs in Sconeand Aberdeen are hoping tochange all that.

Aberdeen Community FitClub coordinator BroganKing said getting into afitness routine was a loteasier if you did it in a group.

“We have been running theCommunity Fit Club sessionstwice a week in Aberdeensince March and it is reallytaking off.

“We started with just a fewpeople, now we can haveanywhere between 10 and 40people.It makes it a social event,not just a work out,” she said.

King said the trainingvaried from session tosession.

“We play games, do a lot ofcardio and body weightexercises.There are always lots ofkids, so it’s very familyfriendly – and it’s free.

“We want to promote livinga healthy lifestyle in ourcommunity,” she said.

The Aberdeen CommunityFit Club is held on Mondayand Wednesday afternoonsfrom 5.45pm for a 6pm startat Jefferson Park, Aberdeen.

The Scone Community FitClub is held on Tuesday andThursday afternoons from6pm, on Monday and Fridaymornings from 6am and onSundays at 10am at the BillRose Sports Complex.

To find out more, contactBrogan on 0402 246 557 orcome along to the nexttraining session.

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HSC exams done and dusted

Year 12 students have walked out of their school gates for the last time following the completion of the Higher School Certificate examinations last Wednesday, November 5.
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School’s out: Lorann McCann, Hannah Wood, Will Thomson and Josh Monteforte sat the last HSC exam of 2014. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

Will Thomson, Hannah Wood, Lorann McCann and Josh Monteforte sat the last HSC exams of 2014. Picture: Jonathan Ng.

The culmination of 13 years of schooling came down to just three and a half weeks of examinations.

While most students finished their final exam before last Wednesday, those unlucky enough to study information and digital technology as well as entertainment industry had to wait out the entire three and a half weeks.

Among those students was Picton High School’s Josh Monteforte, 16, Lorann McCann, 17, Hannah Wood, 18 and Will Thomson, 18.

It was a case of mixed emotions for Hannah.

‘‘I’m happy about it but it hasn’t really sunk in,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m excited too because it feels like it’s been a long time coming.’’

For 17-year-old Lorann it was time to hit the pub — but only for a meal for the under-aged local.

‘‘I’m glad it’s over to be honest,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m really relaxed and calm now.’’

The next challenge for Lorann will be deciding whether to pursue a career in the arts or teaching.

‘‘I always wanted to be a teacher but I have an interview with NIDA [the National Institute of Dramatic Art] for stage management,’’ she said.

‘‘Now I have all these options to choose.’’

For Josh, there is still one year left of schooling at least.

The 16-year-old, year 11 student sat his information and digital technology a year early.

He saw both the positive and negatives of one more year at high school.

‘‘It’s a bit annoying because I can’t do anything till next year but when you think about it, it’s one down,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ll have less of a load [next year].’’

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Grenfell Kart Club News

Brent Logan with his first place trophy after winning the Southern Star series in Clubman Light.The weekend of October 25th and 26th saw Grenfell members travel to Dubbo for the final round of the Southern Star Series. Tom Sargent had another great weekend winning Rookies with Josh Sargent coming second in Cadets. Brent Logan came 4th in Clubman Light.
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The Series which was run over 5 rounds in Canberra, Griffith, Wagga, Grenfell and Dubbo saw Grenfell members have a great result with Tom Sargent winning the series in Rookies. Josh Sargent came second in Cadets and Brent Logan came first in the series in Clubman Light.

Overall a great effort from the Grenfell boys. Our next race meeting is on Sunday December 7 with our Christmas party on Saturday night at the track.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday November 11 at 7pm at the Grenfell Bowling Club.

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2014 Remembrance Day commemorations

The Grenfell RSL will be commemorating Remembrance Day with a Service at Memorial Park on Tuesday the 11th of November 2014 at 11am. Members of the public are of course welcome to join us as we come together to remember the sacrifice of those who have died for Australia in wars and conflicts.
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At 11am on the 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. After the end of World War 11, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, a title that is more appropriate for a day when we commemorate all war dead.

The Service will involve the Army Cadets, the Town Band Buglers and students from local schools. The Service will take approximately 30 minutes.

Poppies, pens and brooches will be available at the RSL street stall on Friday and Saturday morning and at Memorial Park prior to the Service.

The RSL will be having a Remembrance Day Dinner at the Bowling Club on Tuesday the 11th of November, commencing at 7pm. There will be guest speakers and Grenfell Cadet Platoon, Cadet of the Year.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes and can be made by telephoning before Sunday the 9th at the latest.

DON FORSYTH ON 63432374 OR RON HUCKLE ON 63432662.

All veterans, ex-serviceman and women, their relatives and friends, as well as relatives and friends of deceased veterans are welcome.



The RSL is now seeking the names of personnel from within the Shire who have qualified for

Inclusion on the Roll of Honour at Memorial Park.

Names already gathered are Sheree Bateman, Maurice Reynolds, K Rolls and James Forsyth.

For further information or inquiries contact Don Forsyth on 63432374.

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Wagga photos of the weekNovember 1-7

Wagga photos of the week | November 1-7 Jason Mara gets out of Golden Ghost’s way at the PBR at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley
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Turvey Park recruits (from left) Chad Gibson, Ash Moloney and Dan Ryall get a feel for Maher Oval. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga City Club Championships, round one. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior tennis. Sarvesh Parthiban. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior softball. Turvey Park v Blue-Js. Lachlan Chyb. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Kieren Sargent ponders his shot in miserable conditions during the first round of the Wagga City Golf Club championships. Picture: Laura Hardwick

First grade cricket. Kooringal Colts v St Michaels. St Michaels’ keeper Jarrod Koetz removes the bails but Kooringal’s Jeremy Bunn is safely in his crease. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Lake Albert v South Wagga. South Wagga’s Sarah Shaw. Picture: Michael Frogley

2015 Miss Wagga Wagga Adriana Lions and 22015 Miss Wagga Wagga Adriana Lions and 2015 Community Princess Sarah Moon. Picture: Michael Frogley015 Community Princess Sarah Moon. Picture: Michael Frogley

Guy Ford gets airborne from Bardo at the PBR event at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley

Guy Forn from Capella, Queensland holds on at the PBR event at Equex. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga mum Kristin-Lee Campbell makes sure her fridge is free of foods that could kill her children. Mrs Campbell featured on SBS’s Insight this week. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga Asthma Swimming Club members (back) Liz, 17, and Gabe Shaw, 12, and (front) Gabby Byrnes, 17, and Olivia Shaw, 15, have been treating their asthma through regular swimming. Picture: Michael Frogley

Mayor Rod Kendall flags out the Aussie Muscle Car run heading off from Tarcutta Street. Picture: Les Smith

Kevin May prior to the Aussie Muscle Car run heading off from Tarcutta Street. Picture: Les Smith

Austin Cornell, 9, Tom Prescott, 9, Emma Mundy, 7 and Myles Cornell, 6, (back) Ned Prescott, 12, Isaac Cornell, 12 and Meg Mundy, 10, prepare for Friday night’s annual South Wagga Public School’s fete. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga man Andrew Harper, who runs the second-biggest refugee camp in the world, has been back home for a break. Mr Harper, who leads the UN refugeee camp of 620,000 in the Jordanian desert, says the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are getting worse. Picture: Les Smith

Bidgee School student Jamie Power, 13, is looking forward the student run family fun day on Friday, where school learning support officer Wendy Murdoch will have her head shaved. All funds will go to the Starlight Foundation. Picture: Michael Frogley

Anna Keough, Amanda Parker, Tammy Heffernan and Lisa Trinder attend a Melbourne Cup luncheon at The Pavillion. Picture: Michael Frogley

Terry Finn, Rhys Greentree, Ethan Andrews and Myles Carroll at the Melbourne Cup race day at the MTC. Picture: Michael Frogley

Jayne Smith, Mikala Hall and Rachel Latimer at the Melbourne Cup race meet at the MTC. Picture: Michael Frogley

Kildare Catholic College year 12 students Jacob O’Hara and Jack Squires throw their papers in celebration after completing the final HSC exam, information and digital technology. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Graham Harris gets a cool-down during the Kooringal Public School annual fun run. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Ben Steele as John, Elizabeth Clarke as Wendy, Jacinta Steele as Michael, Charlotte Robson as Tinkerbell and Michael Ireland as Peter Pan. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Murrumbidgee Turf Club chief executive Scott Sanbrook has acknowledged the risks of horse racing, but views Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup tragedy as unavoidable. Picture: Michael Frogley

Riverina Equine Vet Service vet Andy Lamont weighed in on the Melbourne Cup horse deaths, saying conditions in racing thoroughbreds are an uncommon event. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga high school students Sam Bannister (Kooringal High School), Tomas Herrick (Kildare Catholic College) and Lily McKenzie (Wagga High School) are volunteering to help David Gardiner and the Wagga RSL sub-branch sell poppies for Legacy. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Caitlin Mcpherson, Stephanie Bredin, Louise Sloan, Aurora King, Haylee Hann, Lauren Exton, Brittany Brown and Sarah Hancock at the Coolamon Central School formal. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga High School’s Isabella Ziff, 15, prepares for her game in the all schools water polo competition . Picture: Les Smith

Wagga High School’s Joel Crakanthorp moves quickly in the all schools water polo competition match against TRAC. Picture: Les Smith

Contractors seal off the Cross Street car park as Wagga City Council finally celebrate the $13 million gasworks remediation project. Picture: Michael Frogley

Wagga policeman Brayden Sharrock shows off his Australian Police jumper outside the Wagga police station. In a landslide result, the Australian Police team thrashed its New Zealand counterpart 70-34 at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: Michael Frogley

Charles Sturt University research fellow Belinda Hackney shows member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce some seeded legumes during the pair’s visit to the university’s Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation on Thursday. Picture: Les Smith

A deliberately lit fire tore through part of Young Showground’s main pavilion on Sunday morning. Picture: The Young Witness

The Youngfella, pictured with Joel Maconachie, raced in the James Green Memorial Silver Spoon (1200m) at the MTC on Melbourne Cup Day. The eight-year-old has named after James and is trained by his father Russell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Megan Taylor is all grin after bringing Paleface Ready first past the post at the MTC Melbourne Cup race day. Picture: Michael Frogley

Megan Taylor brings Paleface Ready first past the post at the MTC Melbourne Cup race day. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Dob in a druggie anonymously

DRUG BUSTERS: Far South Coast Local Area Command’s senior constable David Bates and Inspector Mick MacPherson are preparing for Operation Bauds, which will give residents the opportunity to inform police about drug offenders.Ifyou are a user of illegal drugs, November might be a bad month.
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Far South Coast Local Area Command police will launch Operation Bauds, where Eurobodalla and Bega Valley residents can ‘dob in druggie, anonymously’ next Monday. The operation will run until the end of the month.

Acting FSC LAC Inspector and crime manager Mick MacPherson said the operation would target illicit drug offences, whether it be dealing, use, cultivation or manufacturing.

“Drugs have a massive ripple effect on the greater community,” he said.

“People with information can ring our special line on 4478 9937, and leave their report anonymously on an answering machine.

“Any information will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

A police spokesman said drug use caused trauma for families and financial hardship as well as health and social issues.

“There is the tying up of police, ambulance, hospitals and courts and the crimes that people are likely to commit to support their habit and because their behaviour is affected,” he said.

Mr MacPherson said the opportunity to report drug matters anonymously would appeal to many.

“Anonymity is always a good thing, and that is why Crime Stoppers has been so successful,” he said.

He said it did not matter how trivial something seemed; the police want to know about it.

“Anything can be of value, and significant in the long run,” he said.

Drug matters can still be reported directly to police officers and to Crime Stoppers.

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Film review: Interstellar

Trailers have given away little about this film, other than “Matthew McConaughey goes to space to save dusty world”.Interstellar
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(M) 3.5 out 5

Director: Christopher Nolan.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow.

FILM-MAKERS have long tried to predict the future.

One of the most intriguing of these sci-fi predictions is 2001: A Space Odyssey – a film that’s now confusingly set in the past -and it is the obvious reference point for Christopher Nolan’s own attempt at prophetic cinema.

Just as 2001 wanted to explore the possibilities of space and beyond, Interstellar aims to go to the final frontier and further, all the while exploring the nature of humanity and the unknowns of the universe.

Even the structures of the two films are similar, which makes it even harder to avoid these comparisons – it’s impossible not to think of Interstellar as Nolan’s Space Odyssey.

As such,this filmis incredibly ambitious,even for the director who took us into a dream inside a dream inside a dream with relative ease. However, this might bea starbridgetoo far.

As fascinating and scientifically intriguing as it is, Interstellar asks a lot of the viewer in terms of endurance (it’s almost three hours long) and whether you will buy into the plot twists that come with its cosmic destination. And after just one viewing it’snot immediately obvious how successful it is.

The film spends the first hour on Earth sometime in the possibly not-too-distant future, where climate change has wiped out billions of people and ruined most of the world’s crops, leaving the planet a dusty husk of its former self.

Among the farmers struggling to keep the world’s mouths fed is Cooper (McConaughey), a former test pilot who turns to corn farming after the government shuts down non-essential programs, and while he still secretly yearns for the adventures of his youth, Cooper is mostly content to raise his two kids.

That is until some weird happenings in the family home inadvertently lead him into space as part of a mission to find a new home on a new planet in order to save what remains of humanity.

Obviously there are some major plot points removed from this synopsis, but you’re better off not knowing them and just enjoying the surprises. Nolan’s typical secrecy meant the trailers gave away little about this film in the lead up other than “McConaughey goes to space to save dusty world” and that’s one thing of the key things Interstellar has going for it – it’s a journey into the unknown for the characters and audience alike.

But is it an enjoyable one? That’s the question you might find yourself asking as you walk out of the cinema after three bum-numbing hours.

Interstellar is definitely fascinating. It’s filled with amazing ideas, stunning visuals, great performances, and what is apparently a level of scientific theory that’s interesting if you’re so inclined.

But after all this brain fodder and some genuinely awe-inspiring moments we finally reach the third act – and it’s a long time coming – the story takes a turn that will either leave you tearing up your ticket or glued to your seat.

My initial reaction was the former but the more the film went on and the more I think about the film in the hours since watching it, the more I am willing to forgive it. Maybe. To be honest I’m still undecided.

And that’s the general feeling I’m left with after seeing Interstellar – a sensation of indecision.

Large parts of the film are stunning, such as the depictions of blackholes, wormholes and space travel, but other bits are not so great, such as some of the dialogue, the lack of characterisation, and that plot twist. There are questions unanswered – some deliberately so but some seemingly ignored – and while this does make me want to watch it again to dig a little deeper into the film, its length is kind of off-putting. At the same time, the fact that I’m still thinking about it so much is probably a positive.

Interstellar is ambitious, perhaps overly so, and it’s engaging and intriguing, perhaps at the expense of being truly entertaining. For now, the best I can say is that, yeah, it’s pretty cool and particularly impressive on the big screen but not quite the five-star classic that Inception or 2001: A Space Odyssey is.

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What’s On in Grenfell

Wednesday – November 5th
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Weddin Community Nursery (WCN) at Grenfell TAFE – all welcome – 9am

Martial Arts class – rear of IGA – 6.30pm

Playgroup – BLUE DAY – Grenfell Public School Hall Call Emma: 63431717

Royal Far West Meeting – 22 Rose Street 2pm

Local Health Meeting – 6pm Multi Purpose Service (MPS)

Thursday – November 6th

Leisure Group – Uniting Church Hall 10am – 12noon ALL WELCOME

Friday – November 7th

Indoor Bowls – Grenfell Bowling Club – 7pm

Swimming Club – 6pm Grenfell Swimming Pool

Twilight Golf – 5pm Country Club

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – Cowra Local Support Group at 12:30pm. Open to all survivors in the community. If interested contact Pascale on 6342 1612.

Sunday -November 9th

Social Golf – Country Club – from 8am

Museum Open – Camp St – (between Fire Station and Council Chambers) – 2pm-4pm

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The Tremolos reunite for free concert

The Tremolos formed in 1964 and were a big hit amongst the Grenfell Community performing at many different functions and events over a period spanning approximately two years.
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The band members consisted of Ronnie Plant lead guitar, Noel Cartwright rhythm guitar, Andrea Ladlow (Virtue) piano and vocals, Robert Farrell bass guitar and Barry Virtue drums.

The Tremolo Band played a good variety of music from The Beatles to Old Time Waltzes.

This November the band will reunite for a single event at the Grenfell Bowling Club on November 15, 2014, entry is free and there will be a Courtesy Bus running with other attractions such as Lucky Door prize and spot dancing, the night is designed to be a fun night for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be a smorgasbord meal with bookings essential by ringing the Club on 02 6343 1656 or you can order a Counter meal from the Rinks restaurant.

The music will kick off at around 8pm, so for a fun, night of music and memories make your booking today, entry to the Club is free and children are most welcome.

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Netball coup for the Storm

STAR TEAM: Shellie Davies, Aleisha Langdon, Tracy Wilson, Mali Roberts, Glen Cowling, Sandy Truscott, Jodie Bouwmeester and Zenda McConnell.
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THE Strathfieldsaye Football Netball Club has pulled off a coup, securing the coaching talents of netball identity Zenda McConnell for the 2015 season.

McConnell, a legend of the White Hills Football Netball club, has decided to take up the Storm’s 17-and-under coaching position.

A coach for the past 25 years, McConnell has led the Demons to three A-grade premierships.

She has also been a Northern Central region 15-and-under squad team selector for the past two years.

“Zenda’s appointment is reflective of the importance the club sees on building a strong future and culture within the club,”Strathfieldsaye president Glen Cowling said.

“Appointing experienced coaches is only the first of many initiatives the club is adopting.

“The 17-and-under grade is the future of the club and it requires the same importance as our senior grades.”

Mali Roberts has been reappointed coach of the A-grade team.

This season the Storm’s senior team missed out on finals, finishing with six wins and 12 losses.

The 2015 Bendigo Football Netball League season will be her second year as head coach of the Storm.

Players Shellie Davies and Sarah Hill will step up next season, also taking on coaching roles.

Hill will be an assistant to McConnell with the junior team.

Jodie Bouwmeester will also become a development coach, while the B-grade team will be led by Aleisha Langdon and B-reserve team by Sandy Truscott.

Next season the club will also introduce two development teams.

The club willhost trials for its 17-and-under teams on November 16, 19 and 24 if required.

The sessions will be held at Flight Centre Park on Tannery Lane at 5.30pm.

Expression of interest forms are available on the Strathfieldsaye FNC website.

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