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Things go swimmingly at Sunday’s triathlon for junior Piranhas

17/10/2018 Posted by admin

“OUR junior base is so strong, we wanted to focus on that for a day.”
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Orange Cycle and Triathlon Clubpresident Michael Lockyersaid he was “overwhelmed” with the support for the Piranhas’ junior triathlon on Sunday, which attracted over 100 competitors.

Lockyer said the event was designed to celebrate the club’s younger brigade of competitors, while encouraging participation and appreciation of the sport from all ages.

“It was another wonderful turnout,” Lockyer said.

“If you look at it, arguably our best triathletes male and female are both 16. We have some unbelievably good juniors in our club.

“The day really was about them. We themed each race in a way and, while the races were timed, there was no real winners. We really wanted people to get out and give it a go, and everyone who competed got a medal.”

In terms of results Harry Greatbatch clocked 9.39 to win the overall junior division (80m swim, 2km cycle, 800m run), along with the male section and his 8-10 years category.

Charlie Miller was the quickest in the male 5-7 years age group, clocking 12.08, just 17 seconds in front of second placed Seb Benton (12.25).

Jessie Tudor won the junior female division, clocking 10.02, by 51 seconds from second placed Mollie Dean (10.53), while Olivia Martin came up trumps in the female 5-7 years age group, clocking 12.16, which was also good enough to finish fourth overall in the nine-competitor junior division.

In the short internal (150m swim, 5km cycle, 1km run) race Charlotte Simmons (20.42) won out over Brooke Martin (21.35), while Thomas Tudor (21.25) came up trumps in the short external (150m swim, 6km cycle, 1km run).

Declan Kelly (38.53) finished first in the mid external (150m swim, 10km cycle, 2.5km run) race, while Jack Bilton (1:06.18) won the long external (400m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) from Bailey Kelly (1:11.01).

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Christmas carnival has a rich history

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THE Inverell Apex Club is busy preparing for next weekend’s Venetian Carnival, which has been a long tradition in the local community.
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The Venetian Carnival was first held in December 1951 on the banks of the Macintyre River in Campbell Park.

Other towns had Christmas carnivals and Inverell Apex decided the town needed an event around Christmas where other groups could hold fund raising activities in a family atmosphere.

CHRISTMAS TIME: Apex president Doug Hunt with the Christmas Stocking that is being raffled and will be drawn at the Venetian Carnival.

The name “venetian” was chosen to highlight the river and borrow the concept of “carnivale” on the canals of Venice.

There were many fund raising groups in Inverell and all were invited to attend, each with their own unique attraction such as cake stalls, “Games of Chance”, lucky numbers and raffles. One popular site was the Ambulance “lucky number” stall. At the time the ambulance service was run on a membership system and local officers had to collect regular subscriptions from the members and fund raise very much like the Westpac helicopter service does today. Over the years the carnival gradually got bigger with almost every service club, sporting organisation and charity taking part.

The Venetian Carnival was always free to enter and then a charge per family was introduced. The venue in Campbell Park made it hard to restrict entry so in 1984 the Club moved to Rugby Park. A gate charge per person was introduced but it lacked the atmosphere and after several years the decision was made to return to the riverside.

SPINNING: Gordon Ellis watches the Inverell Lions Club wheel spin to draw another ham winner at the 2012 Venetian Carnival.

It was at Rugby park that one of the more adventurous means of delivering Santa was tried when Santa parachuted onto the footy field with a smoke flare attached to his foot. Unfortunately the Apexian doing the public address joked that Santa might be on fire, at which time 500 children began screaming and crying. Luckily Santa wasn’t on fire and managed to deliver the lollies and calm the children down.

With the return of the Carnival to the riverside venue a few years later another ambitious delivery of Santa was tried, with a flying fox hitched to a house across the river and Santa wizzed from bank to bank at a great rate of knots. Again Santa arrived without injury.

Santa has seen fit to use every possible conveyance including: fire engine, police car, police motor cycle, motor boat, jet ski, horse drawn cart, antique cars and sports cars. How will Santa arrive this year? You’ll have to be there to find out. But you can be assured he will have the famous lolly bags!

In the initial years the feature of the night was Santa followed by fireworks, over the years the entertainment has varied from low key events to celebrity appearances such as Humphrey B Bear and John Williamson.

CAROLS: Donna Schuman, Madison Spicer, Oliver Spicer, Megan, Ella and Toby Beveridge at last year’s Venetian Carnival.

This year will see carols by candlelight followed by the lighting of the town Christmas tree and the draw of the famous Christmas Stocking raffle. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the carnival.

The Venetian Carnival will start at 5pm at Campbell Park.

There will be many activities for the whole family including jumping castles and rides, Santa’s visit and carols by candlelight.

Santa has seen fit to use every possible conveyance to arrive at the carnival over the years, including fire engine, police car, police motor cycle, motor boat, jet ski, horse drawn cart, antique cars and sports cars. How will Santa arrive this year? You’ll have to be there to find out. But you can be assured he will have the famous lolly bags!

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Good blues for Christmas

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Dom Turner and Supro will headline the Wollongong Blues Club concert at Corrimal RSL on December 13.
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BLUES fans are in for a Christmas treat when Wollongong Blues Club presents its free show at Corrimal RSL this Saturday.

The Christmas show, from 7pm to midnight on December 13, features Dom Turner and Supro, PJ O’Brien Band and Guy Munro and the Freeman Brothers.

As well as some blistering blues, Santa will show up and there will be raffles, a Christmas dinner and festivities. All are welcome.

Headline act Dom Turner and Supro have been described as “a mixture of three-parts blues, two-parts surf rock, a heavy spoonful of dub laced with a splash of Tabasco-spiced New Orleans funk, all blended with a helping of Tex-Mex jalapenos, salt, reverb and voices from the dead and traditionally served with your choice of ice cold beer”.

Turner and Supro have rocked audiences at numerous festivals, including the East Coast Blues Festival and the Australian Blues Festival.

Australian blues sensation PJ O’Brien has won plenty of awards including best new talent, song of the year and group of the year at the Chain Australian Blues Awards.

His band features legendary bass player Al Britton (Bondi Cigars) and Dave Fester (Glen Cardier and the Sideshow).

Guy Munro and the Freeman Brothers are a Sydney four-piece blues/funk outfit combining tight rhythms and fat grooves.

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Disability services mark big day

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Strike: Competition was fierce at the 12th Ten-Pin Bowling Challenge at Albion Park Rail. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHANWOLLONGONG ADVERTISER
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International Day of People with Disability was held on December 3 but the folk at Greenacres Disability Service are still celebrating.

Greenacres Art Exhibition is the latest celebration, showcasing the abilities of the talented people at Greenacres. It officially opens on December 11 from 10am at the Art Arena Gallery, 39 Market Street, Wollongong and runs until December 20, featuring landscapes, portraits, abstract paintings, wall hangings and pottery.

What sets the exhibition apart is not the quality of the art but the artists themselves – every one of them has a disability.

Greenacres’ dedicated arts coordinator, Victoria Velozo, says she is amazed by the quality of the pieces her students create.

“It is so inspiring to watch someone who cannot maintain eye contact and who can barely communicate verbally suddenly do a beautiful job of expressing themselves visually,” she said.

Greenacres also held a disability ten-pin bowling challenge at Albion Park Rail Strike Zone on December 2. Greenacres network co-ordinator Jeremy Ryan said keen bowlers from Greenacres, House with No Steps and The Disability Trust as well as Employment Services and High School Support Units took part.

The film Search for the Gong was also screened at Hoyts Warrawong on December 4. All the cast members in the 10-minute film have a disability.

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Get festive at free blues gig

17/10/2018 Posted by admin

Dom Turner and Supro will headline the Wollongong Blues Club concert at Corrimal RSL on December 13.
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WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Blues fans are in for a Christmas treat when Wollongong Blues Club presents its free show at Corrimal RSL this Saturday.

The Christmas show, from 7pm to midnight on December 13, features Dom Turner and Supro, PJ O’Brien Band and Guy Munro and The Freeman Brothers.

As well as some blistering blues, Santa will show up and there will be raffles, Christmas dinner, and festivities.

Headline act Dom Turner and Supro have been described as “a mixture of three-parts blues, two-parts surf rock, a heavy spoonful of dub laced with a splash of Tabasco-spiced New Orleans funk, all blended with a helping of Tex-Mex jalapenos, salt, reverb and voices from the dead and traditionally served with your choice of ice cold beer”.

Turner and Supro have rocked audiences at numerous festivals, including the East Coast Blues Festival and the Australian Blues Festival.

Australian blues sensation PJ O’Brien has won plenty of awards, including best new talent, song of the year and group of the year at the Chain Australian Blues Awards.

His band features legendary bass player Al Britton (Bondi Cigars) and Dave Fester (Glen Cardier and the Sideshow).

Guy Munro and The Freeman Brothers are a Sydney four-piece blues funk groove outfit combining the talents of master blues/funk guitarist Munro with the tight rhythms and fat grooves of Nathan, Luke and Isaac Freeman.

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Party kicks off the season

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Ryder Lukey, 2, and Nabila Abou-abssi tell Santa their Christmas wishes at The Housing Trust’s residents’ Christmas party at MacCabe Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBERCHRISTMAS came early for about 200 children who attended The Housing Trust’s annual residents’ Christmas Party last week.
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Held at MacCabe Park on December 3, Santa turned up on a fire engine with the bell ringing and handed out gift bags donated by local businesses to delighted children.

The smiles on their faces said it all and the children, along with about 200 adults, had a great time at the Christmas party enjoying a sausage sizzle and drinks, rides, jumping castles, slides, Matilda’s Farmyard, face-painting, clowns and games with prizes. The barbecue was run by Rotarians.

The annual event is provided by The Housing Trust free of charge to its residents and families, as well as clients of partner agencies – Wollongong Women’s Refuge, Wollongong Homeless Hub and St Vincent de Paul.

“The Christmas party provides an opportunity for our residents to take some time out, relax and have a bit of fun,” The Housing Trust operations manager, Chris Lacey, said.

“Our dedicated staff know how much the party means to our tenants … it is our way of saying thank-you to each of our residents for taking great care of their homes and for bringing people together.”

The Housing Trust has been supporting low-income Illawarra families for more than 30 years. It provides subsidised rental homes to more than 2000 people from Helensburgh to Kiama.

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Battle begins on behalf of seabirds

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NPWS ranger Rowena Morris with a little penguin at Five Islands Nature Reserve. Picture: SUPPLIED
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AN ambitious project has begun to save the Big Island seabird habitat on Five Islands Nature Reserve, offshore from Port Kembla.

Because of strangling invasive kikuyu grass and mile-a-minute weeds, the ground-burrowing seabirds such as little penguins, shearwaters and storm-petrels are struggling to rear their young as weeds choke their breeding areas.

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a non-government organisation, got behind this project and provided a grant to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to restore the habitat.

During the past few decades the white-faced storm-petrel has undergone a six-fold decline in numbers in NSW, and hasn’t been able to nest on Big Island for the past 40 years because of the weed infestation.

In 1962 there was an estimated 1000 breeding pairs of little penguins on the island, and the last survey in September this year recorded about 215 breeding pairs.

Foundation chief executive officer Susanna Bradshaw said the habitat was “in desperate need of rehabilitation”.

“With support from the foundation, NPWS staff are now reinstating the native vegetation so that the seabirds are able to burrow and nest on this important island once more,” Ms Bradshaw said.

South Coast regional manager of NPWS Diane Garrood said she was delighted to receive support for the project.

On Monday, the wildlife service joined volunteers from Friends of Five Islands and conducted a little penguin and storm-petrel survey, and plan to undertake follow-up work after the initial weed control program.

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Securing a job the Sureway

16/10/2018 Posted by admin

ON THE RIGHT PATH: Sureway Wagga case manager Rod Nicoll and business development leader Juliana Skeels are assisting Emily Bartley to get a job. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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EMILY Bartley wants the chance to show employers she is committed, conscientious and a fantastic employee.

Desperate to get a job, Ms Bartley will take any role she can in the retail sector.

Her Sureway case manager Rod Nicoll said employers need to look beyond disabilities and focus on abilities.

Ms Bartley, who has a learning disability, said as long as she is taught things slowly and clearly, she will be able to perform the task to a high standard.

“I’m a quick learner,” Ms Bartley said.

“I’m proactive and I like working as a team.”

For Ms Bartley having a job would bring her much more than a pay packet.

“It would make me happier, I’d have a brighter life and (it would make me) feel I can give something to people,” Ms Bartley said.

Sureway business development manager Juliana Skeels is travelling around the country promoting the support Sureway can provide employers of people with disabilities.

“(Some) employers seem so scared of the disability, we can provide assistance support and awareness training,” Ms Skeels said.

In one case, Sureway provided an employer with fully subsidised disabled toilets.

“We’re here to empower people and we want them to come into the community and workforce and get off a pension,” Ms Skeels said.

Ms Bartley has a certificate in the early childhood sector and has three years experience in a café.

“I’m very conscientious, I’m very enthusiastic,” Ms Bartley said.

“I just want myself and other who have a disability to be given a chance.”

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Knitters needle Hay for gas response

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IKNAG members wait for answers outside Wollongong MP Noreen Hay’s office.WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER
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Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Gas are hoping Wollongong MP Noreen Hay will meet them soon, claiming she has failed to answer questions about coal seam gas for nearly four years.

IKNAG members sat outside Ms Hay’s Crown Street Mall office for a few hours on November 24 seeking answers to three questions – would she back a request to the NSW Premier to permanently ban CSG mining in the Sydney water catchment, what would she do to ensure CSG activities did not occur there and how can CSG exploitation be allowed when the public can be fined up to $44,000 for entering these areas.

IKNAG spokeswoman Cherry Hardaker said Ms Hay’s office told the group, which had emailed the questions to Ms Hay four days before, that Ms Hay was busy and she didn’t have answers to the questions.

Ms Hay told the Advertiser she was fully supportive of Labor’s policy, that should they win government, they would rule out CSG in defined no-go zones, including core areas of the catchment.

“I’m on public record on a number of occasions of my concern about any kind of CSG or fracking that would affect the water tables,” Ms Hay said.

Ms Hay said she could not see IKNAG on November 24 due to other engagements but would be more than happy to meet them another time.

IKNAG is a sub-group of Stop CSG Illawarra. Its 60 members knit jumpers and hold stalls to raise funds and gain support for their anti-CSG campaign.

The group has visited 11 NSW MPs in the Illawarra and Sydney, seeking their support to ban CSG mining in the catchment.

Mrs Hardaker said all other Illawarra MPs had been supportive.

“We are far from radical extremists,” Mrs Hardaker said. “We are just ordinary people and we’re also there to lobby politicians and bring new supporters to the anti-CSG movement.”

Mrs Hardaker said Stop CSG Illawarra had been emailing Ms Hay for at least 3½ years, seeking a meeting and asking her stance on CSG.

“We’ve had no response … it’s not good enough that an MP representing us in Parliament does not have time to say where they stand on an issue that affects the drinking water of 4.5 million people.”

Ms Hay was surprised by the suggestion she wouldn’t respond.

“I always respond to everything. I’ve built a reputation on this … I don’t believe I’ve received anything from Stop CSG Illawarra.”

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Arts co-ordinator ‘continually amazed’

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Disability 10-pin bowling challenge was part of the celebrations for the International Day of People with Disability. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHANINTERNATIONAL Day of People with Disability was held on December 3 but the folk at Greenacres Disability Service are still celebrating.
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Greenacres Art Exhibition is the latest celebration which showcases the abilities of the talented people at Greenacres.

It officially opens on December 11 from 10am at the Art Arena Gallery and Studio at 39 Market Street, Wollongong.

Running through to December 20, the exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, abstract paintings, wall hangings and pottery.

What sets the exhibition apart is not the quality of the art but the artists themselves – every one of them has a disability.

Greenacres Disability Services’ dedicated arts co-ordinator, Victoria Velozo, said she was continually amazed by the quality of the pieces her students were creating.

“It is so inspiring to watch someone who cannot maintain eye contact and who can barely communicate verbally suddenly do a beautiful job of expressing themselves visually,” she said.

Greenacres also held a disability 10-pin bowling challenge at Albion Park Rail Strike Zone on December 2 as part of its celebrations.

Greenacres network co-ordinator Jeremy Ryan said keen bowlers from a range of disability services including Greenacres, House with No Steps and the Disability Trust as well as employment services and high school support units took part in the 12th Ten-Pin Bowling Challenge.

“The challenge is a great way for people with a disability to socialise, have lots of fun, develop a new skill and celebrate the International Day of People with Disability,” he said.

Celebrations also included the screening of Search for the Gong at Hoyts Warrawong on December 4. All the cast members in the film produced by Greenacres Disability Services and directed and filmed by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company have a disability.

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