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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.

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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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3 men hurt at fire front

Contained: smoke from the Willi Willi Rd fire on Wednesday.THREE Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters were treated in hospital on Monday after separate incidents, two for smoke inhalation and the other for a back injury sustained in a fall.
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All the incidents occurred at the Willi Willi Rd fire which has been burning for 10 days west of Kempsey.

Since it began on Wednesday October 29 close to the edge of Willi Willi Rd in Sherwood, it has consumed 932 hectares of bushland.

Houses have been threatened by the blaze but so far no property has been lost to the fire.

RFS Lower North Coast Zone manager Superintendent Lachlann Ison said the incidents were a reminder of the dedication of the RFS crews.

“The first incident involved a male firefighter from the Mooneba brigade falling and injuring themselves mid-morning on Monday, they were transported to Kempsey Hospital and released later that day,” Superintendent Ison said.

“The other two incidents were smoke inhalation as a result of the prevailing wind direction wile the crew were conducting back burning operations around the fire.

“The wind was blowing the smoke straight back over them and they probably stayed a bit too long on the fire ground.

“The second casualty was taken to Kempsey Hospital about 6pm and kept overnight for observation, the third person was brought in about 7.30pm and they were transported to Port Macquarie Hospital and again kept in overnight.

“They have all now recovered and been released from hospital. The two male firefighters were from the SWR and Crescent Head brigades.

“It is a reminder of the dedication the crews have for getting their job done that they didn’t think about themselves only the task they had which was to conduct the back burns.”

Superintendent Ison said the Willi Willi Rd fire is burning within established containment lines and is being monitored by the RFS.

Smoke and flames will be visible for several days as back burning operations are undertaken to protect property which may be threatened by the fire.

For more information about fires near you and fire safety advice you can visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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Sowing the seeds to business success in Stawell

LINDA Hunter’s venture into business ownership was a year in the making and sprung out of her perceived need for a business in town to stock what she now offers.
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Linda Hunter at Linda’s Cottage Country in Main Street.

Chloe Rowlings, owner of Chloe’s Massage and Beauty Therapy.

“I decided to go out and do something on my own because I recognised there was a need for it from within the town,” she said.

Linda’s Cottage Country stocks local and regional produce, music and art supplies and even home brew.

“We offer a range of goods that had we not been providing, people would have no choice but to go out of town for,” she said.

Mrs Hunter said for Stawell to have a positive future the people of Stawell need to start thinking positively as well.

“It is important the people of Stawell know we’re here, we’re doing things, the town is prospering,” she said.

Chloe Rowlings is another individual that recognised a need and answered the call.

“I thought the residents of Stawell needed a relaxing, professional and friendly salon environment,” she said.

“I never really considered having my own business until the last few years. Now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Chloe’s Massage and Beauty Therapy provides a wide variety of high end, professional, quality and friendly services.

These include, facials, massage, body treatments, waxing, tanning, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and more recently, body piercings.

“We have also just introduced a natural, affordable and Australian made and owned, skin care line. Skin juice has beautiful products to cater for all your skin care concerns,” Ms Rowlings said.

Ms Rowlings said business has been ‘going absolutely fantastic’.

“It has been going so well that I have recently employed another beauty therapist and extended my original salon by 32 square metres. I am looking to employ someone else in the coming weeks leading up to the busy Christmas period.”

Ms Rowlings said it is great to see a variety of new businesses opening and even better to see young people, such as herself getting out there and giving it a go.

“I see it as being a positive role model for the younger generation. It’s giving them the message that you can achieve your goals young,” she said.

“Try your hardest, give it your all and be positive in everything you do. It’s hard work, but it is definitely worth it.”

Inika’s Michelle Rathgeber isn’t a newcomer to the Stawell business scene, however on the back of continued success has jumped the street and extended her reach to the new business ‘Inika Indulge’.

Inika Indulge is an expansion of Inika Imports. It caters for customer demand – female attire and pampering.

“We see the expansion of Inika as a great opportunity to promote Stawell and provide employment opportunities,” Mrs Rathgeber said.

“Inika offers a huge diversity of products; gift ware, home wares, clothing, aromic products, artwork etc.”

Inika has experienced a steady increase in customers since it began operating in 2008. The business caters for a large demographic and isn’t age or gender specific.

“We estimate up to 50 percent of our customer base is from out of town, largely tourists and increasing in numbers from neighbouring communities across the Wimmera,” she said.

“By occupying a shop in Stawell we assist the whole CBD and we get to be part of a genuine and expanding shopping precinct which is arguably the ‘prettiest’ CBD in the Wimmera, something the people of Stawell should be proud of.

“We still have a number of objectives we will continue to pursue.”

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Locals bid for Kempsey Cup

Excited: Local Kempsey Cup hopeful Butane, pictured with part owner, Rick Edwards. Nine horses will contest teh Kempsey Cup this afternoon.BUTANE will be flying the local flag in the 2014 Kempsey Akubra Cup this afternoon.
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Nine horses will contest the $25,000 event which will be raced at 4.40pm, the second last race of the day.

Butane, trained by Barry Ratcliff, is the red hot local favourite.

Ratcliff is part owner with local business owner Rick Edwards. The six-year-old bay gelding loves his home track with four wins to his name over the years, including two back-to-back Diggers Cup wins this year and last.

2013 saw local connections take out the Kempsey Cup when Villamill dashed to victory in the 1450m event. Trained at Gladstone by Peter Ball and owned by a local syndicate headed by Mark Winkler, it was one of the most memorable cup victories in history.

Ratcliff will be looking to replicate that win, and apprentice jockey Melinda Graham has been given the important ride.

Butane, sired by Primus from Spellbound Miss, has an impressive career with nine wins and 12 minor placings and its prizemoney has surpassed $70,000.

Two other horses in the cup field have a link to the Macleay.

The Neil Godbolt-trained Flying Kistena is part owned by Kempsey’s Mark Simshauser. The four-year-old bay mare has had two starts at the track for two seconds.

Jockey, Priscilla Schmidt has strong family ties in the Macleay and will keen to win her first Cup and give Godbolt his seventh Cup win.

Ebony Rein is owned by local racing identity David Walker. Trained by Terry Walshe from Coffs Harbour, the four-year-old mare has a good chance of going the distance.

A number of local trainers will field horses over the eight races tomorrow.

Ratcliff: Malleable (race four) and Malone (race eight); Tony Green: Harvard Graduate (race five); Vince Jones: Lady Shaftesbury (race five); Eddie Yabsley: Miss Rabble (race six); John Scott: Rodeo Grand (race six – first emergency); Julie Lynch: Brasileiro Macho (race eight).

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Round 2 cricket photos

Round 2 cricket photos RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.
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RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

RS Williams was stationed at the Yass cricket venues on Saturday to take these photos from the Snipers v Buffaloes and Dingos v Horns matches.

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The changing face of business in Stawell

STAWELL’S Central Business District appears more active and alive than it has for a number of years.
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This can be attributed to businesses new and old, flourishing at the hands of owner/operators who are both fresh and experienced.

Justin Barber and Daniel Digney at Hammer and Gad.

Nineteen year old Rachael Hedges is the newest and youngest person to take on the retail challenge.

Ms Hedges has not long opened Indigo Lane, a store stocking clothes for babies and beyond.

While her mother runs the business side of the operation, Ms Hedges is behind the counter full time along with one other part time staff member.

Ms Hedges said she recognised a need to make children’s wear more available and affordable.

“There has been a good response from people so far,” she said.

“They are glad to see a shop that offers more children’s clothing,” she said.

“We’re all aware that shopping in country towns can be costly, but what we’ve tried to do is encourage more people to shop locally by making it more affordable,” she said.

When the opportunity to purchase the family friendly cafe/restaurant/bar Lillies and Lattes in Main Street arose, joint owners Justin Barber and Daniel Digney jumped at the chance.

“Daniel and I have both wanted to run our own businesses for a long time and we saw a big opportunity here and room to grow,” Mr Barber said.

“This may sound weird coming from a younger person of Stawell, but we love Stawell and we thought why not? It was that simple.”

Lillies and Lattes caters for all ages at all times of the day.

“We don’t try and market to any specific demographic. We want everyone to feel welcome,” Mr Barber said.

“We also provide entertainment, live music, disc jockey and pool (eight ball) competitions to accommodate both young and older people.

“The food is great, the coffee is great, the beers are cold and we are proud to employ 14 people.”

As the weather heats up Mr Barber has promised even more developments in the coming months, including a new night menu.

“We really want something for the people of Stawell to do after 6pm. We shouldn’t have to leave Stawell every weekend to have a good time,” he said.

Mr Barber has encouraged the people of Stawell to focus on a future where tourism and new businesses are key to keeping the town economically viable.

“That can only be done by people taking a risk and going for it,” he said.

“We need to think outside the square and we need to lead by example.

“There are a lot of people that are having a go, both young and old and its great. We still need more people to jump on the bandwagon, you will be surprised at how contagious a positive attitude can be.”

Northern Grampians Shire Council’s Business Services and Tourism Officer, Shelly Chalmers, heaped praise on the determined and positive nature of the young entrepreneurs.

“Just to show the enthusiasm for being here and that they want to get in and have a go is fantastic and very encouraging,” Ms Chalmers said.

“They are so enthusiastic, it’s really good for Stawell,” she said.

Council’s Manager Economic Growth Debbie Bach said the growth in business driven by our youth has helped to reinvigorate the town.

“We’re very pleased to see them taking that step,” Mrs Bach said.

“It is a big step for anybody to go into a business, let alone when your that young, so we think it is a really positive thing for the town.

“It sends out a really good message to everyone, that young people are prepared to stay here and be involved in our community.”

And with even further developments on the horizon, the present positive vibes should carry the town well into the future.

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