November, 2018

New program launch at open garden day

The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA) will introduce its first major public participation arts program at the ‘Grannes’ Open Garden Day this Sunday.
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Northern Grampians Shire CEO Justine Linley tries her hand tries her hand at clay sculpture with WAMA Patron Glenda Lewin and Pomonal artist Beverly Grace.

‘Seeding the Arts’ is the title of WAMA’s exciting new Community Arts initiative which will bring together artists and people of all ages to create works drawn from their experiences with nature.

The first project in the program centres on the almost magical process of “RAKU” through the making and firing of small ceramic sculptures inspired by the shapes and textures of gumnuts and seedpods.

Participants will be guided through the whole process from shaping the raw clay to the spectacular firing by ceramicist Georgia Ryden using a kiln specifically built for the project by local craftsmen, Graeme McKechnie and Peter Flinn.

From this pilot event WAMA intends to engage artists and communities throughout the state and eventually nationwide.

The finished RAKU pieces are destined to be used in a major installation at the Museum and other appropriate public institutions, galleries and gardens.

“This is just the first of several workshop projects we plan to develop,” Michelle Forbes said.

Visitors to the event this Sunday will also be treated to guided tours of the spectacular “Grannes” native gardens designed by Barbara Reading, an Art Exhibit by some of Australia’s most celebrated wildlife artists and tea, coffee with scones fresh from the oven, locally sourced home-made jams and cream.

The cost is $10 for adults with children under 12 free and all funds will go towards the WAMA Museum project.

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Mustangs must present strong case

Strong team: Mustangs celebrate 2014 grand final winTHE Mustangs will hold a meeting with Mayor Liz Campbell next Wednesday discuss the recommendations made by Country Rugby League CRL Terry Quinn.
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Scheduled for 11am, the meeting will feature new and old committee members.

Secretary Debbie Burley said the club will need to be seen to have a strong management committee as well as coaching staff for the 2015 to show they are able to deal with difficult players/supporters.

“The club is really going to have to have a strong case to gain entry for the upcoming season,” she said.

“As everyone knows, rugby league needs to stay alive in Kempsey so that players in our two junior clubs have a place to continue their playing careers. This town has been home to a great list of past and present players. We need to form a business plan to help seek entry to the competition.”

The club’s AGM will be held the day before at 6.30pm in the KJRL building.

Anyone in the community who cares for the Mustangs and the future on Rugby League in the area is urged to attend.

Membership is $10 per person and payable on the night of the meeting.

All positions will be vacant.

Coaches and support staff for the first grade, reserve grade, 18’s and Ladies leaguetag are also being called with anyone who is interested able to send their application to PO Box 3090 West Kempsey 2440.

Presentation for this season will be held sometime after the Group 3 AGM.

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Registrations still open for My Beautiful Miracle fundraiser

REGISTRATIONS are still being taken for the My Beautiful Miracle fundraising event to be held in Great Western on Sunday, November 16.
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Ensuring premature babies and their mothers continue to have access to the best possible care is the reason behind the event.

All funds raised from the ride, run or walk will go towards the Ballarat Base Hospital Special Care Nursery, the only servicing pregnant mothers and their babies in the region.

Participants have the choice of a 20 kilometre track or family-friendly five kilometre track.

Designed to suit everyone, the 20 kilometre track is open to not only runners, but also bike riders and horse riders.

The lengthy track will take riders and runners through the beautiful vineyards in Great Western.

The five kilometre track is only open to people wanting to walk or run, however the course has been set up to be accessible by pram and children are welcome to bring along their bikes.

Sign up for the 20 kilometre event will open at 7am on the day with a start time of 9am. Sign up for the five kilometre event is at 9.30am for a 10.30am start.

After completion of the courses there will be a barbecue lunch to be followed in the afternoon by live music, a jumping castle and other fun activities for people of all ages.

Talented band, Swift Revenge has donated its time and skills to play for all who attend. A blind auction and raffle will finish the day at 3.30pm.

A few of the prizes that will be auctioned off include a signed AFL jumper by Lewis Taylor – the 2014 AFL rising Star, Taylor has also signed a pair of playing boots, there will be two batons from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and a set of Prince William and Kate barbie dolls – which are a collectors item, still packaged with a certificate.

To register to take part contact Amy Kindred via email at [email protected]南京夜网 or go to www.facebook南京夜网/premmieride and follow the links to trybookings南京夜网.

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Lambie throws down the gauntlet on Defence pay

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.
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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 lashed out against her leader on Friday and threatened to split the party’s voting bloc in the Senate.

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

“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,” she 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 could not be reached on Friday when contacted for comment.

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 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”.

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Museum to add millions to Northern Grampians economy

AN independent study into the planned Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia near the Grampians has found that the development is expected to directly contribute millions of dollars to the region’s economy in its first ten years of operation.
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Greg Lewin (right) speaks with Professor Phillip Goad from the Melbourne University at the launch of the Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia funding campaign.

The proposed $22 million Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia (WAMA) will be the first dedicated centre in Australia that celebrates the unique relationship between wildlife art and science.

The $50,000 WAMA Economic and Social Impact Study was undertaken over the past three months by Insight Communications and Street Ryan & Associates, with funding from Regional Development Victoria, the Northern Grampians Shire Council and the WAMA Foundation.

The study was compiled using Bureau of Statistics data, tourism and local economic information, reviews and comparisons with other museums and botanic gardens around Australia and overseas, input from local stakeholders and recognised methods of analysis and modelling.

It predicts that the WAMA project will create more than 60 full-time equivalent jobs during its construction phase and about 40 during its early operating years.

By its 10th year of operation, it is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors annually with a significant number of international visitors, have generated about 100 full-time-equivalent jobs and be bringing $29 million per year into the region.

It concludes that the WAMA project is an entirely appropriate economic development initiative in the context of the transitioning Northern Grampians economy.

WAMA Chairman Greg Lewin has welcomed the findings and said the report provided solid research into the substantial benefits that will be delivered for the Grampians region and the state.

“We believe that this independent study confirms that WAMA is deserving of serious consideration as a critical regional development initiative.”

The findings of the study are set to be discussed when WAMA project co-ordinator Richard Watson meets with representatives from Regional Development Victoria today.

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