South Whyalla Cricket Club scores $3800

SCORE: South Whyalla Cricket Club president Allan Woolford said a $3800 state government Active Club Program grant would help the club move forward.
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South Whyalla Cricket Club will continue to grow after receiving a $3800 state government Active Club Program grant to go towards new equipment, uniforms and club promotion.

South Whyalla Cricket Club president Allan Woolford said the grant would help build the A grade side since its reintroduction into the competition in 2013.

Mr Woolford said the club committee was in discussion over how to spend the grant but said the funding boost would help move the club forward, with new cricket netsalso completed late last year.

South Whyalla Cricket Club was one of six successful applicants in the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast region during the second round of grants for 2014/15.

Other successful clubs include Iron Knob Golf Club, Cleve District Bowling Club, Kapinnie Mount Hope Cricket Club, Lock Football Club and Streaky Bay Tennis Club.

Recreation and Sport minister Leon Bignell said sport clubs played a key role in the health and welfare of communities throughout the state.

“Sport is often at the heart of community life, especially in regional areas,” he said.

“The Active Club Program helps our sport and recreation clubs to continue to deliver the programs and services they provide to their respective communities.”

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Grass Roots Bull RidingPhotos

Grass Roots Bull Riding | Photos Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer
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Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Bull riding action. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Current world champion bull rider Robert Mims, of Texas, USA, displays the stars and stripes of his country. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Behind the chutes, among the chaps wearing chaps. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Selling the cowboys in the Calcutta Auction is Ray White’s top auctioneer, Haesley Cush. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Kiyah Bradshaw, of Redland Bay. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Peta Browne and Cameron and Wiley Taylor, of Willowbank. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Montana Elaine Long, of Gatton. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Taran Chirgwin, of Calliope, and Tyler Morgan, of Monto. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: David Mawhinney, of Beaudesert, Sam Champ, of Caboolture, and Tim McArthur, of Cooyar. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Ben and Alyssa Ballantyne, of Redland Bay. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Emma Lee Fox, of Coochiemudlo Island. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Kerry Payne, of Coominya, and Cheyanna Long, Shannea Farrier, and Chayse Long, all of Gatton. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Patrick Mitchell and Tony Jones, of Cleveland.

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Tahlia and Andy Parr, of Calliope. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Christel Long, of Gatton, and Ty Payne and Tania Payne, both of Coominya. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Brooke and Georgie Stower, of Toowoomba, and Alia Khan of Gympie. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Destiny and Lauren Bradshaw, of Redland Bay. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Abbey Mathews, of Redland Bay, at the Thong Throwing competition. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Patrick Saunders, of Cleveland, has a go at the Thong Throwing competition. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Sonni Moratti, of Redland Bay. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Amy Hetherington, of Cloncurry, and Zac Riley-Watson, of Rockhampton. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Thong Throwing Champion Lleyton Browne, of Mount Cotton, with The Cage director Linda Grieve, of Redland Bay. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Rob Black, of Dayboro. Photo by Stephen Archer

Grass Roots Bull Riding, Redland Bay: Delia Lorac, of Highgate Hill. Photo by Stephen Archer

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Shellharbour City residents recognised on Australia Day

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Dorothy Dean and Jason Carrasco are Shellharbour City Council’s Australia Day award winners. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

TWO Shellharbour City residents have received recognition for their extensive community work at the Australia Day Celebrations.

Twenty-one year old cancer survivor, Jason Carrasco was named Young Citizen of the year, while Albion Park RSL Sub Branch member Dorothy Dean received the Citizen of the Year Award.

Shellharbour City Mayor Marrianne Saliba said the two recipients were more than worthy winners.

‘‘Jason’s work has had a huge impact not just in our area but the broader community as well, his work with the You Can centres has given young people battling cancer an important place to come together and share their stories and experiences and he shows the quality of young people we have in our region,’’ Cr Saliba said.

‘‘Dorothy is just an absolute gem and shows the calibre of volunteers we have in the region, her work not only with the RSL and their Day Club programs, but with Meals On Wheels and other organisations helps a large number of people and it’s great we can recognise somebody like her.’’

Mr Carrasco, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 18 said the award was a shock and dedicated it to close friend Cassie Nascimento, who passed away following a battle with brain cancer.

‘‘This award was definitely a shock, the things I’ve done have never been to win an award, they’ve been to help people and to keep Cassie’s memory alive,’’ he said.

‘‘When I was in treatment, Cassie was always there for me, she was in remission then and then she relapsed, I just wanted to help people the way she helped me and keep her memory alive, this award is for her as much as it is for me.’’

You Can is a youth cancer program founded by the Sony Foundation of which Mr Carrasco is an ambassador, last year his You can Walk For Cass event raised $70, 000 for the program.

Mrs Dean, a former member of the air force, also said she was surprised to have been named a recipient.

‘‘When I heard I was nominated I was shocked, then I saw the calibre of the others who had been nominated and I thought any of them should win befor me,’’ she said.

‘‘A lot of my walk has been with elderly people and I just think it’s important to give back to them.

‘‘They’re people who have gone through the hard times, women who had to look after the house and family while their husbands where at war, these people have gone through so much and I think it’s important there’s somebody to help them now when they need it.’’

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Shire’s 2015 Australia Day

Shire’s 2015 Australia Day TweetFacebookCommunity Service Citizen of the Year – Tim Leader
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As a member and position holder in three community groups – Bellingen Lions Club, Bellingen SES and Bellingen Showground Trust, Tim has worked on a wide range of projects that have been a direct benefit to the Community over the past 30 years. Tim has held all the important positions in his Lions Club, and has been actively involved with work projects including the Showground, Cemetery and Bellorana Nursing Home.

His 16 years work with the Showground Trust has seen him President for three terms, and he has put in countless hours building, replacing, upgrading, maintaining and repairing the heritage buildings and grounds of the Showground. Tim has been involved with the SES for 22 years, many years as the Deputy Controller. Currently, he is acting Controller, responsible for SES members, liaison with SES HQ, co-ordinating SES rescues and training, flood alerts and monitoring and all thing related to natural disasters in the valley.

Sportsperson of the Year – Justin Alford

Justin is another young person we have seen before. Playing in his chosen sport of Hockey, Justin has had a very successful year playing in Division 1 men’s hockey who won gold at Coffs Harbour, the first time in 7 years. His team won the Premiership in Grafton Premier League, and Justin was named Players Player by his Club.

Justin was named in the NSW Open Men’s Country Team which went on to win Gold at the Nationals. From there, he was named in the Australian U21’s Country Team to tour Fiji in December to compete in the Oceania Pacific Cup. And so it goes on, a very busy year for Justin and an inspiration for many other young players and fostering a local interest in the sport of Hockey.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Jonty Neaves

Jonty is one of those all-round sportspeople that leave us mere mortals shaking our head in wonder. A student at Bellingen High School, Jonty’s sporting endeavours cover:-

Athletics; where he is the School 16 years Champion, Mid North coast CHS 16 years Champion and North Coast CHS 16 years Champion. In the NSW CHS Athletics he was 7th in the 800m

Cross country; where he is the Bellingen High School 16 years age Champion; runner-up Mid North Coast CHS 16 years age Champion; runner-up North coast CHS 16 years age Champion.

Cricket; where he was part of the Bellingen High School Zone Championship Team; he was selected for the Mid North Coast CHS Open Team as well as selected for the North Coast CHS Open Team.

Jonty’s favourite sport, however, is AFL Football, and to pursue this avenue he has to find opportunities outside the School environment, which he does. Jonty has assisted younger members of the school as a role model and helping to run sports events such as umpiring cricket and helping in primary school athletics carnivals.

Team of the Year – 19 Years Girls Futsal Team – Bellingen High School

The 19 Years Girls Futsal Team were undefeated through all their preliminary rounds and were the Northern NSW Champions. This qualified them for the Australian Championships and they were again undefeated during the preliminary rounds. In the Semi-finals the Team defeated Robina High School 8 – 2 and qualified for the finals against Harristown SHS (a football academy school).

The team won the Grand Final 6 – 3, and were announced the Australian Champions.

Community Event of the Year – Bellingen Agricultural Show

The Bellinger River Agricultural Show is an iconic regional event that has run for more than 140 years. The Show combines traditional agricultural activities and exhibitions, arts and crafts and top class local entertainment. In recent years the Show has grown significantly and the program is continually evolving to maintain its relevance within the local community.

The Vision Statement for the Show expresses not only what the Show means to the Society but also what it delivers to the community that supports it. The Society’s vision is for a “sustainable, inclusive community event which reflects the past, celebrates the present and looks to the future”. This year the gate numbers, entries in all sections, trade stalls and displays increased. A successful year again.

Creative Arts Youth Award – Abigail Hardinge

This year the Creative Arts Award goes to Abigail Hardinge, last year a year 6 student at St Mary’s School in Bellingen. Abigail submitted a poem in the nationally recognised ‘BOSTES Write On’ competition. BOSTES stands for Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards, and is the peak educational organisation in NSW. Abigail competed against students from all over NSW, and won one of six gold Medals awarded in her age group.

Abigail’s poem will now be published in the ‘Write On Anthology’, a book published by BOSTES and sold to Schools across the country and internationally to inspire students in their writing. Abigail’s win reflects the high standards of education in rural Australia, and brings prestige to her School and the Bellinger Shire she lives in.

Wings, By Abigail Hardinge

Tears of grief, sadness and fear

I wish for her to hold me near

There’s an emptiness that swirls around

It fills every corner without a sound

I know she’s gone, through clouds and sky

She didn’t even say goodbye

I have a feeling, deep down inside

A pain, an ache it’s hard to describe

Then one day, she’s back

Blue, white and black

Wings spread wide, feathery head held high

I knew then, she never died

I followed her through green and brown

Through trunks and leaves, out of town

Rustling leaves whispered above

While twigs and sticks cracked, dry, unloved

She led me to a pond so clear

With snow-drops and lilies, the fear is not here

She looked into my heart with bright brown eyes

And whispered to me this is not goodbye

She then sang a song, pure and sweet

Her song, our song, our hearts meet

The song that previously healed all worry

Her eyes say the message, I am truly sorry

That song healed me, my thoughts, my heart

It stitched me up, where I had fallen apart

It reminded me, my job my duty

It reminded me of life’s true beauty

My mother, gave me wings, she made me fly

Now it’s no longer, me myself and I

She left, but I know she’ll always watch me

She’s there in the stars, the rivers, the trees

And so now I’m strong, I live, I love

Forever in my mind, my mother, my dove

I feel her warmth, her passion, her care

Everything I do because I know she’s there

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Memorial Gate gets upgrade

UPGRADE: Whyalla City Council group manager community Migelle Hiscock has been working with RSL to achieve upgrades to Memorial Gate in readiness for the 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorations.Memorial Gate is undergoing a major upgrade in readiness for the 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorations.
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The upgrade is being supported through Whyalla City Council receiving $27,000 of federal funding as part of its Anzac Centenary local grants program.

Whyalla City Council group manager communityMigelleHiscock said the community services department had been working closely with the RSL to achieve some “much longed for” upgrades.

Whyalla RSL president Matthew McDonnell said he was “very appreciative” the iconic site was being upgraded.

“The site of the Whyalla war memorial has been the centre piece for all Remembrance Day services for decades and the Memorial Gates are an iconic part of the site,” he said.

“The Whyalla RSL members are extremely grateful for the work being done and are excited to see the completed work.”

Mrs Hiscock said residents would have noticed a change in the past week with the archway overhaul underway.

“The memorial archway is the current upgrade to the area, with the arch being removed from site to allow the contractors to blast, repair and paint,” she said.

“It is expected that the arch will be absent from site for a couple of weeks whilst work is undertaken; the arch will be then reinstated with a crossand new lighting installed.”

Mrs Hiscock said other works had already been completed and further works, including landscaping and maintenance of seating, was planned.

“Other upgrades that have already been undertaken in recent months include the rejuvenation of the cenotaph with the engraving being reworked, the stone walls have been cleaned and the brass plaques have been cleaned and resealed,” she said.

“The two ticket boxes have been rendered and concrete paths have been installed to reduce tripping and flooding hazards.”

Mrs Hiscock said photographs of the original memorial showed the gates were part of the design but had been removed from the site.

If funds allow, the council said it would like to reinstate gates to the archway.

Memorial Gate was first erected in 1952 at the entrance of Memorial Oval as a tribute to those who enlisted in World War II from Whyalla.

Mrs Hiscock said the arch would be reinstated shortly and all other works on site would be completed before Anzac Day as per the grant requirements.

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Barossa, Light and Gawler Australia Day AwardsPhotos

Barossa, Light and Gawler Australia Day Awards | Photos Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left, Dav Phuah, Sandy Rasnus and Stuart Rusted were inducted as Australian Citizens.
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Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left Valerie Pellowe, Sandra Caveney, Mauren Dunkeld, Eileen Strachan, Pat Lean and Lesley Anderson from the Lyndoch Red Cross group were awarded Community Event of the Year.

Barossa Australia Day Awards. Williamstown couple, Glen and Lyn Venning were awarded the Citzen of the Year award for selfless and largely unacknowledged actions thathave enriched the lives of those in the Southern Barossa community. From left, Stephan Knoll, Member for Schubert, Steve Kaesler, runner up for Citizen of the Year, Lyn and Glen Venning, Citizen’s of the Year and Bob Sloane, Barossa Mayor.

Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left, Stephan Knoll, Member for Schubert, Nathan Bruhn, Young Citizen of the Year and Bob Sloane, Barossa Mayor.

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TweetFacebookBarossa CouncilTwo community groups, a couple and an individual were recognised for all the hard work they do for their local community at the annual Australia Day Awards for the Barossa Council.

Glen and Lyn Venning of Williamstown were awarded the Citizen of the Year award for the tireless work they have done in the Williamstown community.

The pair are both heavily involved with the community owned, Abbeyfield Aged Care facility, and during the recent Sampson Flat bushfire they helped evacuate all the residents of the facility.

Both Glen and Lyn’s commitment to Abbeyfield extends after hours where they volunteer, organising sing along sessions and other community events. Other groups to benefit from the contribution of Glen and Lyn include the Queen Victoria Jubilee Park Committee, CFS, and Kersbrook Church of Christ.

Glen is the ‘master of ceremonies’ for nearly every Williamstown community event, including Vintage Festival town days, the Christmas Parade and the Community Christmas Carols and his MC duties now extend to the Gawler Relay for Life for the last three years.

“I would like to congratulate all those that were nominated for the award,” Glen said. “I would also like to give thanks to our parents. They have been great examples for us.

“The way they served the community gave us a great path to follow.”

“I would also like to say thank you to all that believed in us and supported us,” Lyn added.

Also humble to win an award at the Barossa Council Australia Day ceremony was Nathan Bruhn who won the Young Citizen of the Year award. Nathan has been heavily involved with the Eudunda Show, as a committee member, and through organising the 2013 Ute Muster and providing music and entertainment.

He is the founder of NM Entertainment, based in the Barossa. Nathan co-ordinates community focused concerts, including the popular bi-monthly Eudunda Rocks. Eudunda Rocks is a showcase of local musicians and performers, with the primary focus being on uncovering and nurturing the talents of the local community. Eudunda Rocks raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Heart Kinds and the local Eudunda Club.

Community Event of the Year award went to the Lyndoch Red Cross for their 75th birthday celebration and the centenary of Red Cross in Australia celebration, both of which were held on Sunday, September 21.

The Lions Club of Angaston & Districts, Sturt Highway Driver Reviver project was awarded Community Project of the Year.

The road safety initiative has been operational for over 20 years and is the only community service activity in the Barossa Valley that involves all recognised service clubs, including Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Soroptomists.

Operating on all major long weekends and through the year the initiative aims to help save lives by encouraging drivers to take a break.

Member for Schubert, Stephan Knoll congratulated all the winners and said it is good that the awards recognise people that do good in the community.

Light Regional CouncilTHE Greenock Village Community Association not only took out the honours for this year’s Light Regional Council’s Community Event of the Year award for their efforts in the 2014 Tour Down Under event, they also hosted this year’s Australia Day breakfast.

In front of a large crowd at Centenary Park, Greenock, Mayor of Light Regional Council welcomed many new Australians to the Light region in a citizenship ceremony and presented the award winners with their Australia Day certificates.

2015 Light Regional Council Citizen of the Year award winner Joy Heintze of Greenock was proud as she received her award from Mayor O’Brien and ended her thank you speech with an ‘Aussie, Aussie Aussie’ catch-cry with the crowd responding with ‘oi oi oi’.

Joy said, “It’s great being an Australian and thanked Margaret Linke for nominating her.”

“I enjoy being able to help the elderly citizens in the region keep connected with the community through events such as day-trips and tours,” she said.

2015 Young Citizen of the Year Award winner Allana Danby was emotional in receiving her award.

Allana said, “I would like to thank Kathy Ryan for nominating me. I would also like to thank the Kapunda families and others in the community who supported me in my first year of running my new dance company Funke Feet and thank everyone for being here today to celebrate with me.”

Virginia Armstrong, member of the Greenock Village Community Association received the Australia Day award on behalf of her hard working committee.

Virginia said, “I would like to thank the Light Regional Council for their support with the events run by the committee. I would also like to thank my committee members and the people of Greenock for supporting the Tour Down Under event and the many other events run by our group.”

The morning continued on with a scrumptous bacon and egg burger breakfast prepared by volunteers and members of the Greenock Village Community Association.

Town of GawlerThe annual Gawler Australia Day Breakfast was a raging success on Monday, with another “full house”.

As per usual, people dressed for the occasion, with a range of clothing and accessories to celebrate the day.

Sponsored by the Apex Club of Gawler and the Town of Gawler Council, the breakfast was a big hit, with not only locals but visitors from far and wide – including several from interstate.

With tummies full and friendships renewed, the Australia Day awards commenced, with the captain of One Tree Hill CFS Tom Walsh giving a poignant Australia Day message, honouring the way the community got behind the recent bushfire effort.

Australia Day ambassador Wayne Anthoney gave an interesting address on his time in central Australia, and the plight of indigenous Australians from 1888 to the present day.

The citizen ceremony saw in excess of two dozen people take the “affirmation” from the stage, then get presented with their certificates and a gift bag by Mayor Karen Redman.

“Affirmation cards are an intrinsic part of Australia Day and I encourage participants to reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen,” the mayor said.

The Gawler community event of the year was International Women’s Day, while Gawler Girl Guides was named as the group of the year.

Gawler Youth Advisory Council president Ashlee Jensen was named the Gawler young citizen of the year.

In her acceptance speech, she encouraged the community to “Keep giving young people opportunities, so they can shine.”

The final award was made to the Gawler citizen of the year, Brian Thom (pictured), for his hard work over many years serving the town.

“I dedicate this award to all the fire-fighters at the recent Sampson Flat bushfire,” Mr Thom said.

“Secondly I would also like to dedicate it to my wife Bev, and members of the Gawler History Team.

“You often hear people talk about ‘making a difference’ in communities. I would encourage people to ‘make a positive difference’ to the community.

“For people over 18, get involved with groups such as Apex, and perhaps for younger people, get behind the skate park and form a ‘friends of’, to help look after the facility.

“There are so many hard-working people in the community, and, as for Gawler, it is the best place to live in.”

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Basketball’s rising stars shine at junior classic

FIRED UP: Rebecca Kellett in action during the basketball tournament at the Bendigo Stadium. Picture: PETER WEAVINGABOUT 5000 players, coaches, parents and officials took part in the Skin Ski N Surf Junior Classic tournament in Bendigo over the past three days.
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The annual tournament culminated in grand final deciders for both the boys and girls divisions on Australia Day at Bendigo Stadium.

Several junior Bendigo Braves teams won through to finals.

The under-20 boys title ended in a dramatic 30-29 win for Bendigo Braves against Melton.

The Braves won the under-18 boys final against Warrnambool, 52-35.

Bendigo’sunder-12A boys team defeated theSouthern Peninsula Sharks 35 to 31 in the grand final.

Jacob Nihill scored 13 points in the win, Liam O’Brien scored 10.

In the under-14A boys competition theBendigo Braves had a big win against the Warrnambool Seahawks, winning 48 to 26.

The Bendigo Braves won a tight contest against the Ballarat Rush, 38 to 32 in the under-16A girls.

Fresh from the under-16 Australian Country Basketball Championships,Laura Anderson starred for the Braves with 11 points.

Danielle O’Toole and Jessie Rennie scored seven points each.

The Ballarat Rush prove too strong,defeatingthe Bendigo Braves 20 to 11 in the under-12B girls final.

Jayda Drummond scored seven points for the Braves.

Other wins for Bendigo included the under-16 girls B, 35-25 againt Melton.

The under-14 girls B final ended in a 38-14 win for Bendigo (2) against Echuca.

To see more photos from the tournament visit the Bendigo Advertiser website.

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Australia Day Shellharbour style

Shellharbour City residents recognised
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Xavier Andrew, Jacob March and Gabriel Andrew enjoy celebrations. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

SHELLHARBOUR City Council’s Australia Day celebrations have again proved popular, with hundreds of people turning out to mark the occasion.

Australian flags, beach shelters, eskies and folding chairs dotted Reddall Reserve for the annual Breakfast By The Lake, which had everything from motor sports, live music, theatre performances, creative artistic sessions, competitions and games.

The morning also saw the presentation of the council’s Citizen and Young Citizen of The Year Awards and a citizenship ceremony, in which 15 Shellharbour City residents officially become citizens.

Shellharbour’s Australia Day ambassador for 2015, TV and film actor Nicholas Bishop, said Australia Day is an occasion to celebrate what makes-up the Australian persona.

‘‘When I’m asked what these qualities are, I believe that that the Australian persona is one of openness, honesty, charm and certainly dedication to hard work,’’ he said.

‘‘This lies in the heart and soul of all Australians, it is there in the Australian sense of humour which is satiric and full of wit and irony.

‘‘Australia Day means so many things to all of us, but for me it is really about a day to stand up and be proud of not only who we are, but what we have.

‘‘This country is full of culture and diversity and we are full of open minded people, hard working people.’’

Throsby MP Stephen Jones said while Australia Day is an important celebration, it was important to acknowledge Australia’s history past European settlement.

‘‘We belong to a country and a culture of over 40, 000 years, a country and a culture that has existed continuously for longer than any other culture on earth,’’ he said.

‘‘We as European or Australians of non Aboriginal background join with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in sharing their culture and saying we are so very, very proud of it. ‘‘In 2015 we should renew our efforts to ensure we fix up some of the things we didn’t get right 200 years ago when we drafted our first constitution by recognising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our nation’s founding document.’’

Shellharbour mayor Marrianne Saliba said the day was a special one, especially for those who received their citizenship.

‘‘It’s always great day here and it’s great to see so many people here today,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the things that always moves me is the citizenship ceremony, I received my citizenship in 1974 and it reminds me of that and how big a step it is to be considered a citizen of our country.’’

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On the Bulga

No fear of fire on soggy Oz daySTRAIGHT after I finish writing this column I’m taking the family to Ellenborough falls to have a sausage sandwich and a chat with out fearless and fabulous bush fire brigade members. There’s a certain irony involved when the fire brigade’s fundraising Australia Day sausage sizzle is hosted in such wet conditions, but at least they can be sure they won’t be called out to a blaze. May I take this opportunity to praise their dedication and hard work, and to remind all rural readers that donations to your local bush fire brigade are always welcome and very well-earned. I hope that they get home in time to listen to Triple J’s hottest one hundred, which may or may not include a certain song by Taylor Swift.
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School resumes for the yearEXHAUSTED parents who have spent the past six weeks chauffeuring children to sleep overs, movies and swims are breathing a collective sigh of relief as book packs are bought and schoolbags are re-packed for yet another year of learning. Here on the Bulga we have a couple of students up for the HSC this year, and there are a few new enrolments at Elands Public. Welcome to the new children, and best of luck to those facing the HSC.

Jai returns from GermanyLOCAL lad Jai Harrison has returned from a very exciting trip to Germany over the holidays, when he caught up with his grandparents who were all too happy to cram a year of spoiling into six weeks. Jai travelled with his Mum Connie and her partner, and reportedly had a wonderful time. He was, however, very happy to return to his girlfriend Grace, and the musical pair wasted no time getting back into the swing of things, performing two gigs on Australia Day as their popular duo “Sweet Nothin”. The busy pair performed at the Manning Entertainment Centre for Australia Day celebrations and then moved on to the Top pub in Wingham to entertain punters in the afternoon. Welcome back Jai. We look forward to hearing tales of your travels soon.

Rhonda and Made’s trip delayedHERE in Elands we were all looking forward to catching up with ex-Elander Rhonda Jones, who had planned to visit from abroad this week with her Balinese husband Made. Unfortunately Made has fallen ill and so the Bulga reunion will have to wait until he’s fit to travel. This news must have been particularly frustrating for host Jane Watson who has cleaned her house to within an inch of it’s life. We may have to devise a roster of local visitors so that Jane’s magnificent housekeeping may be truly appreciated and admired.

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2015 Triple J Hottest 100: which songs will top the iconic music list?

2015 Triple J Hottest 100: which songs will top the iconic music list? Hilltop Hoods
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Vance Joy

Peking Duk

Chet Faker

Glass Animals

Asgeir

Chvches

Ed Sheeran

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TweetFacebookAccording to their lists there’s a host of artists in contention, with Chet Faker, Peking Duck andHilltop Hoods among the favourites.

Will Cosby Sweater, Talk is Cheap or Stolen Dance take top billing? Only time will tell.

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All right, enough stalling: here’s our Fairfax Media “expert” opinions:

1.High – Peking Duk (video below)

2.Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

3.Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

4.Gooey – Glass Animals

5.Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods (video below)

2. 1989 – Chet Faker

3. High – Peking Duk

4. King and Cross – Asgeir

5. Do I Wanna Know You – Chvches

1. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

2. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

3. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (video below)

5. Shake it off – Taylor Swift

1. High – Peking Duk

2. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

3. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance (video below)

4. Take Me Over – Peking Duk

5. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

2. Left Hand Free – Alt J (video below)

3. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

4. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

5. West Coast – James Vincent McMorrow

1.Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker (video below)

2.High – Peking Duck

3.1989 – Chet Faker

4.Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

5.Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Take me to Church – Hozier (video below)

2. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

3. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

4. Tightrope – Illy

5. Chandelier – Sia

Do you agree or disagree with these lists? We’d love to hear from you, so please submit your comments and alternative lists in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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