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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A GROUND-breaking mental health event will be held in the Glenfield Community Centre to raise the issue of mental health within Wagga’s African community.
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The concept of mental health is largely foreign to more than 300 African refugees who have settled in the city.

Mental illness is regarded as a silent crisis across the continent of Africa, where people with mental illness are frequently resigned to the dark corners of churches, chained to rusted hospital beds, locked away to live behind the bars of filthy prisons or tied to sticks in displacement camps.

Despite a growing belief amongst health organisations and experts that investing in mental health in African countries would bolster development across the continent and impact on the success of programs focusing on target health issues, it has not found its way into core programs.

While there is a strong focus on health issues such as AIDs, HIV and malaria in third-world communities, Wagga African Association Inc representative John Moi said a lack of access to information about mental illness in their home countries has caused the issue to be greatly misunderstood by refugees now living in Australia.

“The concept of mental health is entirely new to us and our understanding of mental health is completely different to people here,” he said.

“Mental health is not recognised in the same way.

“For many African people, when someone talks about mental illness they think of the person who is running naked down the street or the person who behaviours very strangely.

“They don’t realise things like social isolation, thought patterns, feeling anxious or worried or all the things we think about are part of mental health.

“We have to create an awareness that mental health is not madness.”

John admits the lack of awareness, stigma, feelings of shame and an inability to recognise the signs of mental illness are leaving members of the African community suffering in silence.

“They shy away and fear they will be shunned,” he said.

“From this event we hope to create awareness and de-stigmatise the existence of mental health issues.

“This event is targeting the African community, but it is open to the wider community as well.”

John believes a combination of factors could leave African refuges vulnerable if a greater awareness about the need to address mental health is not established.

“The challenges for refuges are different,” he said.

“Cultural differences, language barriers and limitations, the trauma they have suffered in their past as well as things like trying to get a job and settle in their new home can be very hard.”

The Tuongee Pamoja (Let’s Talk Together) event will take place on Saturday November 2 from 11am to 4pm in the Glenfield Community Centre, to coincide with Mental Health Month.

Participants will have a chance to discuss issues and raise questions with mental health facilitators, share personal stories in a safe and supportive environment, gain knowledge of services and enjoy African music and dance.

There is no cost and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Mental Health Month, visit www.mentalhealth.asn.au.

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SUTHERLAND Shire artist Simon McGrath hopes to send a chill through people’s veins when they visit Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi.
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Mr McGrath’s installation is sponsored by Greenpeace and is around the theme of melting polar ice caps.

Not so much a sculpture as an app, the installation allows people to scan a registration marker with their iPhone to see an imaginary virtual iceberg floating off Bondi on their phone screen.

Mr McGrath describes the installation, Virtually Melted, as a piece of ‘‘augmented reality’’.

His previous work in the 2011 Sculpture by the Sea, a giant faucet and taps on the cliff at Bondi, was meant to make people view the ocean as a sink.

That piece, entitled Who Left the Tap Running, created a stir, with Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark posing in front of it.http://www.abc苏州纹眉学校.au/news/2011-11-04/tap-sculpture-on-sydney-clifftop/3629146

His latest installation is a response to recent research by leading ice expert, Peter Wadhams. The Cambridge University professor predicts the Arctic polar ice cap will have melted by the summer of 2015-16.

Others suggest 30 years or as late as the end of the century.

Mr McGrath said his work is a response to the research.

‘‘The environment is a theme that carries through all my work,’’ the father-of-three said.

‘‘Research says there is debate about whether the ice caps are melting but the Professor has gone out on a limb with his prediction,’’ he said.

‘‘This installation is to connect people with the issue, not to make them panic.

‘‘There is a role for art to connect the public with science. Scientists aren’t good at connecting.They have all this information but are not creative in the way they express it.

‘‘Sculpture by the Sea is a big public exhibition and I am using it to encourage people to connect with the issue of melting ice caps and rising sea levels.’’

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2013 opens on Thursday October 24 and runs until November 10, featuring 100 artworks from Australia and international artists.

Melting moments: Loftus artist Simon McGrath has an installation in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi. His work is a response to warnings of melting polar ice caps. Picture: Chris Lane

Using their iPhone, the public will be able to view an iceberg floating in the ocean off Bondi.

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Member for the Dubbo electorate Troy Grant has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement on amendments to the Companion Animals Act which would be introduced to create a new category of “menacing dog’’ to help safeguard the community.
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“This is great news for the community ensuring everyone’s safety around menacing dogs,” Mr Grant said.

“We see too many incidents where a person and some cases a young child are attacked and these new laws will help further protect people.”

Local Government Minister Don Page and Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson set up the Companion Animals and Dangerous Dogs Taskforce to examine regulatory options available to reduce the number of serious dog attacks.

In addition to creating a new category of ‘menacing or potentially dangerous dog’ the legislation includes harsher penalties including prison terms for irresponsible owners and encourages owners to de-sex their animals.

This new category will allow councils to be more proactive in dealing with aggressive or menacing dogs that have not yet attached or been classified as a dangerous dog. A dog defined as menacing will have to be muzzled and under the control of an adult when in public.

Mr Page said that under the new rules there would be increased penalty notice amounts and court penalties for failure to register a companion animal and where a dog has been involved in an attack.

“Failure to register a companion animal, no matter where it is kept will increase from $165 to $275. And if the matter goes to court, a fine up to $6600 can be imposed,” Mr Page said.

“Our message is clear – if you own an animal, you need to be a responsible owner and take the proper precautions appropriate for the animal,’’ Ms Hodgkinson added.

“Further to the increased penalties, the NSW Government will expand the existing pet education program to pre-school children and families expecting a child to raise awareness on how to act and be safe around dogs, and importantly prevent attacks.’’

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About 300 people attended the successful Parkinson’s 4 Pancakes this month which not only raised funds, but awareness, for the disease.
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Local girl Sharon Doherty was the inspiration and organiser behind the event. She chose to support Parkinson’s NSW because its sole focus is not on finding a cure, but having had this disease touch her personally, her appreciation for an organisation that seeks to also provide support for everyday needs is great indeed.

“It was a great day,” Sharon said.

“With the gold coin donation, the monster raffle, merchandise, food and drinks, competition entry, games and donations, we have raised over $9000 so far.”

Pancakes were definitely the order of the day with more than 350 being made and indulged in, thanks to Parkinson’s NSW who provided the pancake batter and maple syrup through a donation from Green’s. A number of those would have been consumed by Ollie Wiggins and Katie Powell who were the winners of the tasty pancake eating competition.

“We also made 100 bacon and egg rolls, 100 cups of tea and coffee not to mention cold drinks and fruit salad,” Sharon said.

Children were kept entertained with a kids activity area with face painting, pasta threading, pancake decorating and more.

“Sacha Whitehead of Parkinson Portraits and Natasha Riches-Walker from Dirt Thirsty displayed their art throughout the morning also,” Sharon said.

One of the highlights at the event was the Parkinson’s Awareness Relay which was won by the Healey family. The relay had four stations which reflected what it was like for someone to live with Parkinson’s. Station one was ‘motor control and co-ordination’, station two ‘balance’, station three ‘rigidity’, station four ‘speech’. The level of work and organisation that went into this event was enormous and Sharon and all those who helped have proven to be an inspiration.

“All funds raised from the event will go to Parkinson’s NSW and it would be wonderful to make this an annual event, hopefully,” Sharon concluded. To find out more about Parkinson’s NSW, visit http://www.parkinsonsnsw苏州纹眉学校.au/.

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A WORKING group will be formed to come up with a concept for a statue of Captain Matthew Flinders and his cat Trim to be erected in Port Lincoln.
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The group of council staff, councillors and community members will also look at redeveloping existing Matthew Flinders memorabilia on Tasman Terrace and explore potential funding options for the project.

The council endorsed the project this week, with a view to starting it in 2014, which will be the 200th anniversary of Captain Flinders’ death.

Councillor Rod Patterson is pushing the project recognising the explorer’s significance to the Port Lincoln community.

Mr Patterson said other sea ports around Australia were also planning commemorations, including statues, to coincide with the bicentenary.

“But … no sea port in Australia reserves the special relationship we in Port Lincoln share with Captain M Flinders RN, and his birthplace in Lincoln, or Donnington, to be precise.”

Mr Patterson said the proposed project fitted with the city’s Public Art Strategy.

“Given the time since our last major acquisition under the banner of ‘public art’, Makybe Diva, it is probably timely that we fund another worthy contribution to our city.”

Councillor Neville Starke questioned the cost of the project and raised concerns about setting a precedent for statues of other historic figures with connections to the region such as explorer Edward John Eyre, the father of the Australia wheat industry William Farrer and fishing industry identities like Dinko Lukin.

Councillor Travis Rogers said a statue of Matthew Flinders was probably overdue and, as for other historic figures, they could be honoured in many different ways.

“I believe this could kick start our public art strategy,” Mr Rogers said.

The council’s chief executive officer, Rob Donaldson, said the fist step would be to come up with a concept because it would be impossible to estimate a cost without a concept.

Mayor Bruce Green said by endorsing the project the council was not committing to funding it and he suggested any council contribution would be a small percentage of the overall cost, as had been the case with the Makybe Diva statue.

Mr Patterson would also like to see the existing Matthew Flinders memorabilia in a laneway between Civic Hall and the Civic Centre on Tasman Terrace refurbished and possibly moved to a more visible location.

“Consider, we build a couple of suitable stone pillars on the pavement near the city end of the zebra crossing in Tasman Terrace – not more than just a few metres in front of where the arch currently sits.

“With an angle grinder and a big enough forklift, one could free the arch from its extant supports and place it on top of our new sandstone pillars.

“In this location, not only is it more visible to tourists, but, it could be viewed from both sides.

“Given that we’ve relocated the arch and given that we’ve probably re-located the two brass plaques onto the new sandstone pillars, it could be a logical spot to place a statute of our man, complete with his cat.”

Mr Patterson believes a “people friendly” statue would be a tourist drawcard providing photo opportunities like the popular Makybe Diva statue.

Councillor Rod Patterson is pushing a project to recognise explorer Matthew Flinders’ significance to the Port Lincoln community.

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