NORTH-EAST Rivers Festival director Lyndon Russell and his intrepid crew Russell’s Raiders last year claimed their fifth successive Derby River Derby race in the premier super-multi class, for rafts with more than 12 crew.
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And Mr Russell said yesterday that they were keen to continue their dominance of the premier class.

“There were 220 people on the river last year, well up on the year before, and about 2000 people came along to watch, throw flour and water bombs and generally enjoy the iconic event,” he said.

“We’re hoping to improve on that this year.”

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said that the council would this year be part of the action in the open-multi class, for rafts with six to 11 crew members.

“I’ll be easy to spot _ just took for the frightened, freezing crew member,” Cr Jarvis said.

Those interested in lifting the Raiders’ title should note, the crew’s river descent was so rapid last year, it overtook most of the field in the open-multi race and finished fourth in the race that started 30 minutes before theirs.

Music, entertainment and food stalls kept derby patrons entertained and fed between the rafting events.

The Russell’s Raiders crew in action last year.

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WE ARE well into our performances of the youth musical production, The Little Witch of Warrell Creek, with a cast of 10 students aged seven to 15 years and the adult production, Little Box of Oblivion, with a cast of five.
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The performance dates and venues still to come are Friday, November 1 at Gladstone Community Hall at 8pm (our only dinner show), Sunday, November 3 at Stuarts Point Community Hall at 2pm (special children’s performance of The Little Witch). Free entry for children aged up to 12 years. Adults $10.

Friday, November 8, at Kempsey RSL Club at 7.30pm. Sunday, November 10 at Bellingen Community Hall at 2pm. Ticket prices for this production will be adults $15, under 18s $10 and children 12 years and under are free.

An extra $15 needs to be added to the ticket price at Gladstone’s dinner performance. Once again the catering will be done by the capable Smithtown Primary School P&C. Bookings are still available at Macksville Ex-Services Club, Cascade Garden Centre, Gladstone, Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club and Waterfall Way Visitors Centre at Bellingen. Online bookings are available on www.tickethost苏州纹眉学校.au or phone bookings on 0403 074-525.

A performance at Stuarts Point on Saturday is a fundraising evening to raise money to assist the Eungai/Stuarts Point CWA with funds for the erection of a storage shed at the Yarrahapinni Community House. Thank you to all our loyal supporters who will attend this event!

On Sunday, November 17, at 1pm the Players will hold a thank you barbecue for our members and their families. Bring your own drinks but food will be supplied. Our monthly meeting will be held on this date at midday. The venue is the River Reserve at Stuarts Point.

The Players have been able to obtain the services of a professional actor to run a weekend drama workshop for adults and youth here at the Point on January 17, 18 and 19 at our local community hall. The workshop will cover all facets of theatre and 25 participants will be able to attend. The cost of the workshop will be $25 for adults over 18 and $15 for students. This fee covers membership to The Players and the Macleay Valley Arts Council for 2014.

Our first production for 2014 will be a musical by Judith Prior who wrote The Outback Debutant Ball. It is titled Streudelfest and has a cast of 12 of varying ages. This production will be performed in May.

Anyone interested in joining The Players or participating in the workshop is encouraged to phone Kay on 6569-0210.

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CHRIS Matthews and Glenn Musto will take their tour to Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay next month.
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Chris Matthews

Two of Australia’s most respected and hard working musicians come together for one night of fantastic music, ripping yarns and simply, a really great time.

From Chris Matthews’ virtuoso guitar skills to Glenn Musto’s effortless pop sensibility, it’s a show that offers something very unique and special that people from all walks of life can enjoy.

Taking a pinch of folk, a decent sprinkling of country, generous proportions of good foot stompin’ rock and roll, a large spoonful of rollicking bar room roots, and some incendiary guitar work, Chris Matthews has become recognised as one of Australia’s finest musical talents.

His remarkable skills on six and 12 string guitars, banjo and lap steel have amazed audiences from Broome to Batemans Bay, and his live shows have become legendary for their astonishing guitar work, combined with intelligent song writing and entertaining off the cuff stage banter.

Armed with the aforementioned instruments, a stomp box to drive the beat home and an impassioned and solid voice that could only come from the land of Australia, he is one of those performers who once seen, is one you never forget.

Glenn Musto’s show has been described as complementing the pop sensibility of Crowded House with a hint of local grit and endearing acoustic interpretations of his adroit recording style.

And don’t forget his scrapbook, which he expertly uses to ask the audience to write lyrics for him, keeping them engaged all night. He has been a touring musician for 15 years (including a recent performance for Danish royalty!) and his songs have received strong airplay on radio including Triple J and Nova.

He has developed a bijou yet committed fan base through his authentic and connected songwriting, nurtured by a complicated upbringing in Australia’s remote western heartland and honed through some incredible musical experiences in many of the great and small patches of the planet.

Chris and Glenn will perform at the Grand Tasman Hotel on Saturday, November 2 and Oysterbeds Coffin Bay on Sunday, November 3 as part of their South Australia and Victoria tour.

Catch Chris’ latest album It Goes To Eleven at https://itunes.apple苏州纹眉学校/au/album/it-goes-to-eleven/id450239860 and Glenn Musto’s new album #12 Sensitive at: http://glennmusto.bandcamp苏州纹眉学校/album/mustos-scrapbook-12-sensitive

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THE NAMBUCCAValley Arts Council has begun a new sequence of art classes, which will run on Tuesdays until December 10.
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The classes are taught by David Southgate in the small hall of the Nambucca Entertainment Centre. The morning sessions run from 9am to midday and cover techniques in oil and acrylics.

In the afternoon there will be classes in pastel from one o’clock until four.

David’s classes are for all levels of experience including beginners.

He is a qualified and gifted teacher and will help to give confidence in taking those first steps or trying new techniques.

For this term there is a focus on ‘The Human Form’, however, class participants who come with their own ideas regarding subject matter will be given guidance and help.

Why not come along and join these relaxed classes? You are guaranteed to meet new friends and have a great time.

For further details or to register, call Lynne Greentree on 6569-4382 or call in at the Stringer Gallery on Ridge St for more information.

There are reduced prices on class fees for all NVAC members.

David Southgate

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DORSET Mayor Barry Jarvis got in touch with his inner child at Friday’s launch of the 2014 North East Rivers Festival at Winnaleah District High School.
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As well as participating with festival director Lynden Russell, Bass Labor MHA Brian Wightman and Karen Campbell in the fast and furious dry land boat races, in which the Punk Rockers team, unfortunately finished dead last, Cr Jarvis demonstrated the balance often needed to negotiate the local government decision making process.

Festival director Lynden Russell said that Cr Jarvis rode an electric-powered skateboard, only to later explain that the battery was getting flat and, with his weight, it was not able to go very fast on the tarmac of the basketball court.

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis, Gayle Edson, of Bridport, and festival president Gary Thomas at the launch of the 2013 North East Rivers Festival.

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BUSSELTON has a name to watch in Bryn Weinman, a local19-year-old BMX rider who travels the world doing what he loves most.
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Bryn, who has been riding for the past five years only recentlyreturned from a three month trip to America where he trained at the residentialaction sports camp, Camp Woodward.

Sponsored by Impurity Bikes and Monster energy, the talentedformer MacKillop Catholic College student is aiming to obtain a six month American visa so he can further his skills.

“I travel around doing shows and contests and I meet lots ofdifferent people and have learnt a lot,” he said.

Bicycle motocross or BMX as it is commonly known, Bryn saysdoesn’t always have the best connotations attached to it.

“Whilst I do think it’s really strange that all my family hasgone to Uni and I ride my bike for a living, it is really annoying to getstereotyped” he said.

“But people need to know you can actually make a living fromthis sport.”

Bryn’s main inspiration is American BMX rider, Matt Hoffman,who he says invented the sport in his eyes.

“I want to see more government funding for the Busseltonskate park as there’s a lot of talent around the South West area but peoplecan’t get very far with it here in Busselton” he said.

“They would either have to travel to Dunsborough to thenewly upgraded skate park, or travel up to Perth like I used to.”

Bryn said he was looking forward to heading back to theStates next month and added that he wanted to make special thanks to hisparents and the Busselton community for their ongoing support.

Talented: Bryn Weinman travels the world with his bike.

Talented: Bryn Weinman travels the world with his bike.

Talented: Bryn Weinman travels the world with his bike.

Talented: Bryn Weinman travels the world with his bike.

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A CONCENTRATED effort to control pests, including foxes and feral goats, is helping to increase the population of yellow-footed rock wallabies in the Gawler Ranges, including at Hiltaba Nature Reserve.
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A recent spring survey revealed wallaby numbers in the Gawler Ranges were on the increase.

Nature Foundation SA (NFSA), together with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) laid more than 9000 fox baits and removed nearly 7000 feral goats from Hiltaba.

NFSA conservation programs manager Alex Nankivell said these efforts hadn’t just benefited wallabies in the area.

“We have a range of other things on the property to track change and key conservation projects , including sites to track the recovery of native endemic plants,” he said.

“Through our comprehensive bio survey, we have seen once you remove predation and grazing pressure from the area, things can recover.”

The program in the Gawler Ranges is part of DEWNR’s ‘Bounceback’ conservation program, which is aimed at restoring the semi-arid environments of the Flinders and Gawler Ranges, as well as Olary Hills.

NFSA chiefe executive officer Ian Atkinson said signs on the reserve were promising, with young wallabies already spotted in the area.

“Recent monitoring showed the first signs in a long time yellow-footed rock wallabies were increasing on Hiltaba,” he said.

“Two young adults have been born since the Foundation purchased Hiltaba in 2012 and two females with pouch young were also found.”

Hiltaba Nature Reserve was launched on May 3 as a private protected area for the conservation of local flora and fauna, including the yellow-footed rock wallaby.

NFSA believes this is clear evidence the management of foxes and goats have allowed the wallabies on Hiltaba to start the long road to recovery and grow their numbers to the point where Hiltaba wallabies are no longer isolated from the nearby populations in the Gawlers Ranges National Park.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula senior ranger Michael Freak said there was some concern the populations around the Gawler Ranges, including at Mount Friday on the Hiltaba reserve, had been affected by a large bushfire.

“We have implemented fuel reduction burns in the past, adjacent to the wallaby habitat, this reduces but doesn’t totally remove the risk,” he said.

Work will continue to ensure yellow-footed rock wallaby numbers will increase higher, but it will mean ongoing monitoring for foxes and goats.

BOUNDING BACK: A young Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby captured during a recent survey which reveals a pleasing steady increase in numbers following goat control and fox baiting in the Gawler ranges.

BOUNDING BACK: A young Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby captured during a recent survey which reveals a pleasing steady increase in numbers following goat control and fox baiting in the Gawler ranges.

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