Teens invited to Milton show afternoon tea

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Last year’s Teen Showgirl winner, musician Chloe Dadd is encouraging girls in years eight and nine to take part in the 2015 event.

The Teen Showgirl competition is a valuable stepping stone to the Milton Showgirl and Blessing of the Fleet competitions.

Girls in years eight or nine at any local school can enter the competition which aims to boost the social, presentation and interview skills of participants.

Organiser Angela Brook is encouraging teens to take part in a friendly afternoon of scone making, cup cake decorating and discussion on February 15 in the lead up to this year’s Milton Show.

She said participants would meet members of the show committee who would help them bake and decorate, before enjoying an afternoon tea.

Each girl will learn about personal presentation and public speaking skills before being interviewed by judges who will talk with them about their involvement in the show and the local community.

Angela said the competition would provide skills vital for job interviews and other competitions such as the Blessing of the Fleet and future showgirl events.

“We hope to have a good turn-out of young girls,” she said.

“It’s always a fun afternoon and the participants get to meet new people and take on board new skills.”

Last year’s winner was Chloe Dadd who took part in the show’s Friday night Milton Idol competition before taking out the teen crown.

Any girls wishing to enter need to register as soon as possible by calling Angela on 0448 738 424.

The winner will be announced at the show on Saturday February 21 and all participants will be invited to take part in the Grand Parade and help out in the pavilion and with the petting zoo.

The Junior Showgirl competition will also be held on Saturday at the show, with entrants from years four, five and six invited to register on the day before being interviewed by judges.

Angela is encouraging young boys to take part in the Master Stockman competition, with entries invited from age five to 10 on the Saturday of the show as well.

“This is always a fun event where the boys wear their ‘cowboy best’ outfits and are judged on personality, presentation and participation in the show,” she added.

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Cork hats on for Australia Day at Nambucca Heads: PHOTOS

Cork hats on for Australia Day at Nambucca Heads: PHOTOS Phil Bradley and Helen and Greg Folan

Jim McCullagh and Steve Colmen congratulate Maxine Langley who won the fun run in the 30 years-plus female division

Jim McCullagh and Steve Coleman with Madeline McCullagh who won the 18-29 years female fun run

Jim McCullagh presents the trophy to Olivia Langley who was first home in the 15-17 years girls fun run

Jim McCullagh and Matiese Trisley who won the 13-14 years girls fun run

Jim McCullagh congratulates Jessice Deans who won the 10-12 years girl fun run and was fastest female overall on the 3.5km course in 13.37

Trevor Scott (centre) won the 30 years-plus and was fastest male overall in the fun in 12.27. He is seen here with Jim McCullagh and Steve Coleman

Jim McCullagh and Steve Coleman congratulate John Reynolds who won the 18-29 years male fun run

Jim McCullagh presents the trophy to James Weimer who was first home in the 15-17 years boys fun run

Jim McCullagh congratulates Sam Schmidt who won the 14-15 years boys fun run

Declan Sutton is as quick out of the pool as he is in it, winning the 10-12 years boys fun run. He is seen here with Jim McCullagh

Lion John Pacey and Brian Pade man the tongs as the longest sausage is cooked to perfection on the banks of the Nambucca

John Wilson, Harold Fowler and Tony Stokes sold tickets for the raffle and the barbecue tucker

The Nambucca Ukele Group was full of pluck

The Nambucca Ukele Group entertained

Nambucca Ukele Group

The Nambucca Evening VIEW Club operated a cake and sandwich stall. Pictured from left are Ruth Welsh, Joan Hosking, Bev Kirkby, Debbie Sinclair, Phoebe Peacock and Wendy Hunter

Lyn and Terry Snowden at the stall for the Nambucca Headland Museum which included photos of Mr and Mrs Gordon for whom Gordon Park was named after

Chris Mayon and Blew Manning from the Frank Partridge Military Museum at Bowraville

The Frank Partridge Military Museum was among the exhibitors at Gordon Park

Captain Arthur Phillip aka John Mills comes ashore at Gorodn Park

MC Mike Ryan, mayor Rhonda Hoban and Captain Arthur Phillip aka John Mills

Good crowds at Gordon Park

The Australian and Aboriginal flags are raised at Gordon Park

Entertainer Shane Pennington

Local legend Clyde Piggott, born in Macksville in 1932, was up for a yarn on local history

Kathy Dick, Jax Partridge and American bulldog Trech

Fire and Rescue’s Captain Robert Couchman explains the ins and outs of a thermal imaging camera to Jesse McMahon

Christopher Pearson and John Effield from the Nambucca District Volunteer Rescue Association

The Holiday Coast Boot Scooters were all a twirl

Live music at Gordon Park

The beat goes on at Nambucca Heads

Ian Flarrety of the Nambucca District Band

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Tatiara council opposes levy

TATIARA District Council strongly objects to any levies on its ratepayers/landowners.

Discussing the much-talked about SE drainage system and a potential levy to cover its maintenance at its January meeting last week, the council put forward its position in the form of a submission to the community panel charged with deciding how funding for maintenance would be achieved.

It was noted that both the Lower SE Drainage and the Upper SE Drainage systems are vital to the economy and the environment of the Limestone Coast region, hence they need to be maintained adequately.

The council said the amount to be spent on maintaining the drainage system should be a compromise between a figure calculated from a proper asset management plan and what funds the State and region can afford, stating it was obvious that this figure was going to be much more than $2.2 million (the State Government’s annual contribution) but it could be considerably less than the 3 per cent of capital cost figure.

The council strongly believes that it is the State Government’s responsibility to make a major contribution over and above the $2.2 million it has committed to maintain this important state infrastructure, especially as the drains are vital for proper environmental management.

If a levy was to be introduced, the council recommended two separate levies based on the two different drainage schemes.

It said the Lower SE scheme is much older, has no benefit to the Upper SE and has many more major structures that will need replacing.

If a levy was implemented, council said those who benefit from the drainage schemes should contribute to the maintenance costs.

The original Upper SE A, B, C Drainage levy system does not reflect the areas benefiting from the drainage system.

A significant portion of the Tatiara district does not benefit from the drainage system.

The submission closed with the point that the Tatiara District Council strongly objects to any levies on its ratepayers/landowners.

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Peter Conn awarded Fire Service Medal in Australia Day Honours list

Peter ConnGroup Captain Peter Warwick Conn joined the NSW Rural Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter with the Comobella Brigade in 1979. He has held the positions of Permit Officer, Training Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Senior Deputy Captain and Captain within the brigade. Peter was also a very active member of the Wellington Training Committee and when it closed became a member of the Orana Training Group where he remains a very active and supportive member.

Peter was elected as a Group Captain in 2001 a position he still holds. As a senior volunteer he chairs the Captains and Group Captains meetings, is the Chairperson of the Senior Management Committee and is a member of the Orana Bushfire Management Committee. He was also instrumental in the teaming of the Dubbo, Narromine and Wellington Council’s Rural Fire Brigades to form the Orana Team.

Peter Conn is a community oriented senior volunteer who is also a team member prepared and very willing to work with, train and mentor all volunteers especially those with senior roles within the brigades and Orana Team. He is well known and respected by his peers in the Orana Senior Management Group and his advice and assistance is regularly sought by members of the group. He regularly volunteers his service above and beyond that expected of a Group Captain and is willing to assist with the Incident Management team with Incidents received over the Wellington call 000 system to which he responds.

Peter’s performance in all aspects of his role as Group Captain and as a volunteer is well above that expected. His devotion to duty, leadership, loyalty and unselfish performance of his role is beyond question. These along with the example he displays and the integrity he shows are deserving of the highest recognition.

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GALLERY: Gunnedah Australia Day Awards dinner

Some of Gunnedah’s highest achievers were recognised at the Australia Day Awards dinner held on Sunday night.

The event at the Town Hall marked the start of the shire’s long weekend festivities and attracted a large crowd.

Emcee Michael Ruff kicked off the proceedings with the introduction of Gunnedah Australia Day ambassador, Peter Berner.

GALLERY: Gunnedah Australia Day Awards dinner Cheryl Sharman takes out the Citizen of the Year Award (40 years +).

Garry Dunkley from Curlewis took out the Community Achievement Award. He is pictured with Australia Day Committee Chair Cr Steve Smith

Grace Turner was presented the Young Citizen Award (21 years and under) by Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson.

Gunnedah HACC MSO Volunteers won the Max and Mikie Maas Good Neighbour Award.

Gunnedah Australia Day ambassador Peter Berner pictured with the winner of the Eve Turner Perpetual Trophy, Harold Hills.

Gunnedah Historial Society was presented with the Cultural Award. Pictured are Marie Hobson, left, Ron McLean, Val Fearby and Cr Owen Hasler.

Winner of the Citizen Award 21-40 years, Ainslie Burgess, pictured with Gunnedah Australia Day ambassador Peter Berner.

Best Decorated Table was won by Gunnedah High School.

Crystal Neil was presented the Ossie and Beryl Campbell Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award, by Marie Hobson.

Gunnedah Citizen of the Year Cheryl Sharman prepares to cut the cake with ambassador Peter Berner.

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