Sharks don’t deter winning Outriggers

NO FEAR: Leesa Osborne (left), Tracey Rutter, Greg Jenkins, Ty Graham, Jodie Watkins, Paul Watkins, Scott Osborne, Karelle Johnson, Jon Tucker and Heidi Graham took placed second in the Changes race for Mollymook at the Nobbys Beach Regatta, despite beach closures due to shark sightings.With beaches closed for seven days due to great white shark sightings, 16 Mollymook Outrigger canoe paddlers were pretty nervous when they took to the water in Newcastle on January 17.
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The group took part in a regatta at Nobbys Beach, despite being surrounded by signs reminding people of the dangers.

While many aquatic activities were cancelled, the regatta went ahead as planned to the delight of the Mollymook group that had been training hard for months.

One paddler Jodie Watkins said the fear of sharks ensured “speedy changes” for the team.

Mollymook’s mixed team, made up of Paul Hill, Ali Hill, Angela Richards, Kerri Wild, Greg Sutcliffe and Libby Lamont, took out first place in the first event, the eight kilometre short course race.

Ten Mollymook paddlers also took part in the 33 kilometre changes race which involves six paddlers completing the first leg, then three or four team members float in the water and wait for the canoe before making a switch with other members while the vessel keeps moving.

“This was made all the more nerve wracking by the possible presence of large sharks,” Jodie said.

“The conditions were hot and it was an exhausting race.

“The adrenalin was pumping all the way as Mollymook held second place and overtook to be in first place for much of the race.

“In the end, Mollymook was the second canoe across the line and received hand carved medals that were presented to them by the mayor of Newcastle.”

The team consisted of Leesa Osborne, Tracey Rutter, Greg Jenkins, Ty Graham, Jodie Watkins, Paul Watkins, Scott Osborne, Karelle Johnson, Jon Tucker and Heidi Graham.

Jodie said the regatta was a successful event for Mollymook and lead up for the local event.

Team will come from all over the state when a regatta is held in Ulladulla Harbour on March 7 and 8.

WINNERS: Paul Hill (left), Ali Hill, Angela Richards, Kerri Wild, Greg Sutcliffe and Libby Lamont took out first place in the short course mixed team event.

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Powerlifters in national team

Kev Rogers and Sandra Middleton have been named in the Australian team for the world powerlifting titles this year.Powerlifters from the Ormiston Health Club have again had success in national competitions.
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Sandra Middleton and club head trainer and proprietor Kev Rogers won their individual weight classes recently at the Council of Australian Powerlifting Organisations (CAPO) National Championships held in Brisbane.

Sandra, who is trained by Kev, won her weight class (52kg fly weight), and won the overall masters class in bench press and deadlift (push/pull) and set a new Australian record.

Kev won his weight class (60kg light weight) and set two national records and three world records.

Both Sandra and Kev have been named in the Australian team for the Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA) World championships being held in Sydney in November.

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Road safety gets personal

HIT HOME: A new online road safety campaign asking people how many family members they are willing to lose in a road crash has hit home in Whyalla.A new online road safety campaign is asking people how many family members they are willing to lose in a road crash.
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This message is hitting home in Whyalla and across the Eyre Peninsula with seven road deaths on the Lincoln Highway in under one month.

Minister for Road Safety Tony Piccolo said the campaign aimed to remind people that the road toll was not just a number, it was about people.

“Road safety should be a priority for everyone and central to this campaign is a thought-provoking video which asks the very personal question: Are we comfortable with losing a loved one on the road?” he said.

“The video, which features the views of South Australians about road fatalities, is a poignant reminder that it is easy to become detached from road crash statistics.

“It seems obvious but we need to remind the public that every person lost on our roads is someone’s mother or father, sister, son or friend.”

View the video here.

Motor Accident Commission general manager Michael Cornish said the video reinforced research which showed many people did not consider they might be affected by a road crash.

“Perhaps we may have come to expect that the road toll is an unfortunate but unavoidable part of using our road system,” he said.

“However, this takes on a very different connotation when it becomes a personal matter for ourselves or our family.

“Our message to road users is simple: Please don’t be complacent while driving, make the decision to do the right thing.”

Mr Piccolo said all road users were responsible for each other’s safety.

“I would ask everyone to take a moment to watch this video and share it on social media to spread the message,” he said.

“We can all play a role in saving lives on our roads; every driver, every motorcyclist, every pedestrian and every cyclist is responsible.”

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Australia Day in the Macleay

Australia Day in the Macleay Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.
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Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

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Time for end to Labor stalling

OPINION on the Abbott-Truss government’s higher education reforms has gone up a notch as critics anticipate the legislation’s reintroduction to Parliament next month.
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But as they preach how the uncertainty is affecting students and the sector, they fail to acknowledge that their own Labor-Greens camps have caused the current impasse.

Labor introduced the demand-driven system that this government wants to retain but also ensure its long-term sustainability, which Senator Carr et al now oppose.

Strange, given the double-digit growth in students most universities experienced under the system.

Meantime, the student unions demand education access and opportunity for all students including those disadvantaged.

Also odd, given this is precisely what the government’s legislation sets out to do through scholarships, removing the upfront HELP fee, and extending government support to sub-bachelor courses and private providers that will provide pathways into higher education.

The expansion of the demand driven system under the reforms will benefit more than 80,000 students a year by 2018…. the student unions clearly haven’t done their homework.

Nor has Senator Carr in his criticism of speculated university drop-outs as a result of low ATAR acceptances.

The pathways under the Coalition’s reforms will help prepare low ATAR score and other students gain a higher education qualification, so why oppose it?

Despite the scaremongering, there hasn’t been a dramatic drop-off in student university enrolments this year so far.

In fact, government data shows university applications are at similar levels to last year, with some unis reporting a rise.

Many students appear to trust universities to be reasonable on future course pricing.

And they should with the sector issuing public statements and modelling confirming it.

Similar assurances were made at the senate inquiry into the reforms that I chaired.

Nor does it make any business sense to do the contrary and lose students – these are smart people running the sector.

Reform is never going to be easy.

The government introduced changes after discussions with the sector and senators interested in representing students, not party politics.

Even former Labor MP Maxine McKew, now Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, called on Labor to end the impasse while other members privately agree.

The higher education sector supports the reforms and all want an end to the uncertainty.

It’s unlikely the Greens will agree to a sensible compromise – it’s time Labor did.

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