THE Labor and Greens leaders have introduced a so-called private member’s bill into the State Parliament with the title Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (George Orwell would approve).
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There are fewer than nine more sitting days before the expected state election.

Whatever opinions are on legislating to facilitate euthanasia (and I am not a supporter), no fair-minded person could possibly agree that this short period will allow a reasoned debate and the opportunity for the bill and its consequences to be adequately examined by both Houses.

Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim should accept that, in the limited time this Parliament still has to go, it would be better spent debating ways of improving our economy, encouraging investment and growing jobs.

They should shelve hastily drafted legislation which fundamentally changes our law until there can be proper scrutiny and public debate.

– DON MORRIS, Liberal candidate for Rosevears.

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Are you looking for a family summer sport that supports skills development and the joy of achieving?

If you are swimming club is for you. Club night is held on Fridays commencing at 6pm. Swimmers must be four years old to register. Due to insurance regulations all swimmers must be registered before they can swim on Friday nights.

Swimmers’ club caters for all abilities from 10m events with flotation aids to 200m for the older swimmers.

Information sessions will be held at the pool on Sunday October 27, 12 to 2pm at the pool. There will be information on the on-line registration process, squad training and other useful information for parents and swimmers.

The first Friday night swim is scheduled for Friday November 1 – hopefully the pool will have warmed up by then.

This year several club swimmers achieved Junior Excellence (JX) Awards. Under the program, swimmers aged from nine to 13 years who accomplish times set by Swimming Australia qualify at Gold, Silver, Bronze or Green standard, depending on their best performance/s during the season.

Club swimmers who qualified for these awards were Hilary and Phoebe Yabsley, Kasey and Skye Douglas, Jorja Griffiths, William Gudgeon, Will Boag, Bill and Petria Quarmby, Sophie Barclay, Alex McLaughlin, Harry Blake, Millie George and Thomas Waterhouse.

This is the most swimmers we have had receive JX times which is fantastic.

Swimming is going from strength-to- strength in Nyngan. If you have a Friday night spare get down to the pool and see what wonderful talent is in our town.

See you at the pool.

LANE 8

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THE Australian teams featuring Bendigo’s Matt Fitt and Terry Atkinson are unbeaten and on top of their divisions after three days of competition in the Masters World Series Indoor Cricket tournament in South Africa.
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Fitt is playing in the over-30 men’s team in his first time representing Australia, while Atkinson is playing for the over-45 team at his second Masters World Series.

Atkinson has played three games, scoring 24 runs at a strike rate of 47.06and taken five wickets, while in four games Fitt has made 89 runs at a strike rate of 150.8 and taken seven wickets.

The over-30 team was 6-0 and the over-45 team 5-0 after the first three days of the tournament.

Matt Fitt

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TIMBERTOWN is proud to be holding their third Thomas the Tank Engine show this weekend Saturday October 26-27.
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With the weather looking great and Thomas due to arrive preparations are full steam ahead.

Enjoy two days packed with Thomas FUN!

Unlimited Steam Train rides behind Thomas the Tank engine as well as unlimited rides on the Horse and Carriage, Mini Steam Train and several other amusement rides operating on the day.

It will be all day fun with face painting, storytelling and jumping castle, just to name a few of the other activities.

The Fat Controller will host a mini stage show with the opportunity to meet and have your photo taken with him.

Thomas’ friends Cranky the Crane, George the Steam Roller and Rosie will also join in on the fun.

There is nothing extra to pay after entry besides food and souvenirs at value for money prices.

Toot toot: Thomas coming to Timbertown this weekend.

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RIGHT: Erin Bartell with her twin sister Sigrid and her HSC art work titled InterTWINed. ABOVE: Taylor Johnson with her piece about obsessive compulsive disorder titled Beautiful Nightmare.
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Jindabyne Central School’s (JCS) Year 12 art students face an anxious wait as Higher School Certificate (HSC) assessors mark their final work.

This year’s 10 Year 12 JCS art students have spent the past year working on their final projects and breathed a collective sigh of relief when they delivered their works to the school library for a mini-exhibition.

One of the most eye-catching art works belonged to 18-year-old Taylor Johnson.

Taylor’s piece was titled Beautiful Nightmare and symbolises obsessive compulsive disorder.

“Everything is repeated over and over again,” she said.

“I’m so relieved my work is finished now. It’s taken me almost a year to finish it.”

Erin Bartell’s piece tells the story of herself and her twin sister Sigrid – their connection and similarities.

The 17-year-old named her work, which represents herself and her sister in the form of clay models, InterTWINed.

“The way I have joined the models shows the connection between us,” said Erin, who estimated she had spent more than 100 hours completing her piece.

Her twin sister Sigrid’s work featured a bookcase portraying well-known fairytales including Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

Alarmingly, some of the books were shattered into pieces while blood-stained items littered the bookcase and claw marks scraped the side of the bookcase.

“My work is about how when kids are young they get read fairytales to learn life lessons,” she said.

“My artwork is trying to portray how children are almost scared into doing the right thing.”

Other works in the exhibition included Tessa Bickerstaff’s work titled Hybrid, Emma Bosden’s Displaying Insecurities, Tribute to a Warrior Woman sculpture by Rebecca Easton, Chantal Fox’s Wild at Heart, a photomedia series by Tasha Pascoe, Aqua Marine Movement by Alex Streete and Behind Closed Eyes Reality Lies by Blayre Smith.

Year 12 visual art teacher Jessica Whitley was thrilled with her students’ achievements and hopes HSC assessors will be just as impressed when they visit Jindabyne on October 26 to mark the works.

“I’m impressed with the resolution and conceptual strength of the works from the current HSC group,” she said.

“Their hard work, resilience and unique ideas have been presented in their final works.”

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Mitchell Breitfuss (HD), Harry Paradice (HD), Clare Kirk (D), Keegan Knott (D), Lucy Schroeder (HD) and Josie Sinclair (D). Absent students: Austin Beck (D), Joshua Matthes (D) and Harrison Marshall (D).Students at Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) recently completed the Australian Science Innovations Big Science Competition, an international competition that examines thinking critically and problem solving.
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Students entered the competition on a voluntary basis. The results proved outstanding for SMGS with:

n Three High Distinctions (95 per cent and above).

n Six Distinctions (85-94 per cent).

n Fourteen Credits (60-84 per cent).

Lisa Gibb, mother of Lucy Schroeder (Year 9), who achieved a high distinction, said, “Dean and I are very proud of Lucy. Her natural curiosity leads to science being a subject that she enjoys very much. Lucy is also very hard working and it’s pleasing to see her achieving such wonderful results.”

Jane Breitfuss wrote of Mitchell (Year 10), who also attained a high distinction, said, “Damian and I are ecstatic to hear of Mitchell wonderful achievement in the Big Science Competition. It is lovely that Mitchell’s achievement is being recognised as he has had a great love for all things scientific from a very young age. We are very proud of him.”

Harry Paradice (Year 8), who also received a Hhigh distinction, said, “I love science and the Big Science Competition helped me show where I sit with my science skills as well as challenging me to understand new scientific concepts.”

His mother, Sarah, emphasised frequent visits to Questacon when Harry was younger.

“I love the way Harry has pure fun with science and seeks as many experiences as he can outside the classroom.” she said.

“This may involve casually discussing any topic of interest at school with Dr Nelson’s weekly science club gatherings. It’s fantastic to see so many experiences available to feed his thirst for all things science.”

Students will have a chance to next enter The Big Science Competition in mid-2014.

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Blayney Shire Council has received $85,000 in NSW Government funding to prepare a new vision for the economic future of the town, the Member for Bathurst Paul Toole announced on Tuesday.
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The $85,000 in funding for the review is part of more than $2.3 million being distributed by the NSW Government to support robust long-term planning for new homes and jobs in line with the new planning system.

Mr Toole said a Blayney 2020 Masterplan would prove invaluable for the town.

“The Masterplan will help council understand the current economic situation and recommend ways to improve the competitive position of the town with a focus on creating jobs,” said Mr Toole.

“Two key priorities will be to evaluate the development of existing and potential intermodal freight operations and to establish an industrial enterprise corridor.

This is expected to bode well for a multi-regional push to revive the Blayney-Demondrille rail line – as reported in last week’s Blayney Chronicle, four operators have officially expressed interest in using the line.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Planning Craig Baumann said the Blayney 2020 Masterplan was one of 27 council projects that had received grants ranging from $26,000 to $200,000 under round eight of the Planning Reform Fund.

“This is vital work that councils are doing and I am very pleased that the NSW Government is able to support it,” Mr Baumann said.

“This funding is in line with the new planning system to put a lot more time and effort into strategic planning – deciding upfront how we want neighbourhoods, suburbs, towns and cities to look.”

Blayney Shire Council’s general manager Glenn Wilcox and mayor Scott Ferguson did not respond to the Blayney Chronicle’s request for a comment before we went to print.

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Blayney Shire Council at its last meeting on 14 October revealed how much it had spent on consultants.
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The information was in response to a request by councillor David Kingham at the previous meeting.

However, the Blayney Chronicle and general public won’t know the dollar amount as the report was aired in a closed session of the meeting.

According to the business paper, the matter is “considered to be confidential under Section 10A(2) (di) of the Local Government Act.

“…it deals with commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed … prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.”

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BACK ON STAGE: Former South East star Euan Doidge continues to rise with a key role in a major new production.FORMER Millicent performer Euan Doidge has landed yet another starring role in a national stage musical.
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Euan has won the plum role of Marius in Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Miserables, which opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne next June.

It is the latest highlight in a glittering career for the 20-year-old who spent his formative years at Millicent North Primary and Millicent High schools.

MJ Dance Studio and Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier and singing teacher Pamela Walker OAM of Kalangadoo have also been critical to his success.

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Tim Tulenew and Chris Ryan were the winners of Sunday’s American two-ball with a 59 nett, just a couple of blemishes on their card, a bogey on the 13th and 14th.

A highlight was left-handed Tim drawing his tee shot around the bend on the eighth and finishing on the green, a distance of 326 metres. It was the second time in a week, unfortunately neither he nor Tim could sink the Eagle putt.

Another birdie on the difficult 15th sealed their win. Runners-up for the second week in a row were Colleen Anderson and Rhonda Holmes with 63.25 nett, holes nine and 10 were unkind to them, dropping four shots at a crucial time.

Overall they played the par threes very well with a birdie over the cowal, the rest were easy pars bar the ninth.

Chocolate winners were James W Barrow and Andy Lane also with 63.25 nett.

They were flying high after nine holes at one over par. The back nine was a much different story, eight over was the best they could manage. Anthony Ah-See and Salty Taylor had 64.5 nett followed by Mark Keighran and George Holmes with 66.25 nett.

Pin winners were Tim, Chris, Keiro, Peter Murphy and a double to Mr Ah-See.

The day was sponsored by Graham, Eileen and Darren Larsen who have been sponsors for many years. Thank you folks very much for your continued support and to Andy Lane who organised the day.

Dave Bartley won the medal play-off on Saturday with 66 nett, a three shot margin over Tex Tomek and Col Pratt. There was very little between them at half-time, but Dave went forward and the rest went backwards.

Of the eight eligible players, seven turned up to make it a good contest. Pin winners were Tex and a double to Dave.

The day’s trophy, a pair of binoculars plus some other goodies were donated by our great mate in Dubbo, Ray Howell.

Another win for Rhonda Holmes in the ladies’ mid-week competition. She had 42 points, just one in advance of Di Donald with 41 points, then Jenny Holmes 37 points, the lucky draw went to Lyn Armstrong.

Badge draw is for $900 on Thursday night.

Golf next Saturday is a stroke event.

Sunday afternoon is now Twilight opening day with a 2.30pm start.

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