AUTOMOTIVE repairers from across the West Coast gathered at the Ceduna Sailing Club on Tuesday, October 15 for the Capricorn trade industry night.
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Repairers from Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Penong, Smoky Bay and Wirrulla learned of the latest Capricorn developments, as well as meeting with suppliers from Adelaide.

Capricorn has met with local repairers before at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, but changed the format for this event, with a trade format with 10 suppliers followed by a sit down dinner.

Capricorn area manager Terry Brooks said the company trades under a cooperative approach.

“Members enjoy it because they get a 30 day instant credit trading account through a supply network of 1300 suppliers, including Repco, Bursons and Kumho Tyres,” he said.

“Capricorn provides an opportunity for members to network with like minded businesses and open their eyes to copious supply channels.”

Also present at the trade show was SA/NT sales manager Darren Arthur, who introduced Capricorn into South Australia in 1989 in Adelaide.

Since then it has grown to include nearly 14,000 members across the state.

Mr Arthur said it hasn’t been surprising to see how it has grown during this time.

“I’m not surprised about how it’s spread, but I’m surprised on how it’s been embraced by our country members,” he said.

“It’s now 24 years old in South Australia and continues to get growth.”

Many of the members present at the trade night spoke of why they have appreciated their membership with Capricorn.

Val Vowles of Streaky Bay Crash Repairs said it has made buying parts for their business much easier.

“We don’t have to worry where we buy parts from as we use the Capricorn book which lists all suppliers,” she said.

“Buying through the Capricorn scheme is also good because when we purchase parts we also get reward points, which end up as shares in the company.”

Noel Greatbatch of N & C Agricultural of Wirrulla said in the past it was difficult to buy parts at an efficient price.

“The fact was we couldn’t buy at an efficient price to be competitive,” he said.

“10 years before (becoming members) we had to fight to get a good price, with Capricorn we get a good price straight away.”

Local members appreciated the chance to catch up with suppliers from the city and gain information on the latest products.

BATTERY TALK: Andrew Nicholls of Ceduna Autopro (left) talks with Kym Vonthethoff of Independant Battery Distributors of Adelaide.

DISCUSSION: Ian Kuchel of Lakeside Nissan in Adelaide (left) talks with Darren Hocking of Hocko’s Auto Repairs in Ceduna at the Capricorn trade night.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES: Leon Veerhuis of Ceduna Machinery (centre) meets with Rod Crain of Repco in Port Lincoln (left) and Shawn Spargo of Australian Motors in Adelaide at the Capricorn trade night at Ceduna Sailing Club.

MEMBERS MEET UP: Rod Tonkin of Tonk and Jake Automotive in Ceduna (left) meets with Graham Rudloff of Hi Tech Diesel Injection from Adelaide at the Capricorn trade show at the Ceduna Sailing Club.

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The Dreams of the Chosen: Book 3 of the Deucalion series by Brian Caswell.
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This novel is the long-awaited final chapter in the multi-award-winning Deucalion Sequence. Across light years of space millions of settlers have come to the planet Deucalion to escape their past and build their future. Deucalion is a source of great wealth and a chance for a new beginning. But what does this mean for the people who live there. Can they survive? The author takes you on an excursion into the future merging fact with fantasy in a gripping read that will leave you wanting to start the series all over again. The earlier titles in this series are Deucalion and The View from Ararat.

All three books in this series of young adult fiction are available to borrow from the Narromine Branch of the Macquarie Regional Library.

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The Macquarie River Fishing Classic is on again and this year there is more than $15,000 worth of prizes and climbing.
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Riversmart CEO, Bill Phillips has released details of the upcoming Macquarie River Fishing Classic, Carp muster and river clean-up, an event which last year attracted nearly 500 entrants.

“Once again Orana Mutual is our main sponsor,” Dr Phillips said.

“Like last year, Dubbo Marine and Water Sports have again donated a tinnie, trailer and motor package valued at $6000. All entrants in the competition are in the draw to win that great prize. Plus, this year we have local fundraising raffles happening in Wellington, Dubbo, Narromine and Warren with nearly $2500 worth of prizes on offer in each venue.”

This year the event will run over December 7-8 with $16,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

“Our thanks to Dubbo Marine, the Garden Hotel, Brennan’s Mitre 10, Warren Golf Club and JJA-Delta for their support of this event,” Dr Phillips said.

“We’re expecting even more prizes to be donated to the pool in the coming weeks.”

Another innovation this year is that people can enter the competition on-line, simply go to www.riversmart苏州纹眉学校.au and follow the link. Plus, entry forms can be picked up and lodged at the Courthouse Hotel, Battler’s Mate and Orana Mutual.

“We’d urge people to enter now, either online or in person to take advantage of the early bird discount and to avoid the queues on the event briefing night, which this year will be Friday December 6,” Dr Phillips said.

All entrants have to show up at one of the event tally rooms to get their ID tags and brag mats.

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In the lead-up to Narromine Public School’s musical, The Amazing Race Around The World, some of NPS’ stars went to visit the residents at Timbrebongie for a performance morning tea.
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Lucy Shepherd (year 2) and Chantelle Walsh (year 6) sang a beautiful medley of Australian songs from the choir and Sarah Jackson recited the beautiful poem I Love a Sunburnt Country, written by Dorothea Mackellar.

The residents seemed to be impressed with the confidence and talent of students and enjoyed chatting with the girls over morning tea and birthday cake.

Ella Geyer also presented Timbrebongie with their tickets to the matinee performance as our special guests.

Narromine Public School always thor oughly adores its visits to Timbrebongie and loves the opportunity to perform

and converse with the lovely residents there.

It was a great opportunity for the students to gain experience performing in front of an audience and help prepare for the big day.

The students and teachers hope they enjoyed their visit as much as they did.

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ST PATRICK’S Primary proved they were the superior school when it came to touch footy after their clean sweep at the Cactus Moran Community Cup Challenge on Friday.
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St Pat’s took out the top prize in the Years 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 groups with an all-school finals affair.

With Macksville High the only school in the senior division, the students split along age lines and played a round robin event.

The juniors (Years 7, 8 and 9) proved to be too good for their senior counterparts (Years 10, 11 and 12).

St George Illawarra great and One Community Ambassador, Shaun Timmins, was present on Friday, giving the students some pointers and tips on the importance of participating in sports.

He said it’s a great way to build confidence and help with social skills.

“It is so important for kids to keep active and be involved in team sports,” Shaun told the Guardian. “It’s important for the community to see the impact days like these have on the lives of the younger generations.”

Twenty-two teams from around the Valley took part in the event and organisers said it was a great display of sportsmanship and community togetherness.

“The event has drawn a large cross-section of the community and it’s evident in their faces how much fun the kids are having,” event co-organiser Mark Russell said.

“The event pays tribute to the contribution Michael ‘Cactus’ Moran and Louis Ballangarry made to the sporting community … and since its beginning the community has embraced the work and legacy these two guys left.

“You get such a cross-section of the community out to support the day which is exactly what the organisers wanted.

Friday night saw the Club of Origin match played between two sides of players between the ages of 12 and 60.

“Captains Maurie ‘Moz’ Lonergan and Danny ‘Doot’ Doolan were very happy with their players performances despite the wet conditions,” Mark said. “They have indicated there will be a re-match to sort out a winner.”

Best and fairest for the game went to the young ones in each team.

* Although numbers were down on previous years at Sunday’s bowls and golf event, it was still a major success with 157 turning out to compete.

“Overall the weekend went well,” president of the Louis Ballangarry and Cactus Moran committee Jeneane Donohoe said. “Congratulations to the 220 school kids and adults for playing in any kind of weather – it shows the sportsmanship they have. It’s credit to all of them.

“Also a big thanks to Macksville Touch Association, Graham Eadie, Steve Martin, Phil Sigsworth and Shaun Timmins, and Mark and Lisa Russell from Aussie Gateways.”

Money raised from the weekend will be donated to the Macksville Touch Association and Eungai Public School.

Amelia Gadsby, Ulysses Roberts, Nathan Fitzgerald, Charlie Dent, former St George Dragons player Shaun Timmins, Annabelle Craven, Hunter Flanders, Ritchie Donovan, Tayla Donovan, Hamish Seccombe, Jessica Davis, (front) Angus Johnson, Aash Pope, Kade Scarth, Jayda Rixon, Ruby Moore, Caldyn Powlesland, Kooper Woods and Koneisha Bula

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