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Big plans for Anzac weekend

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MEMORABILIA: Anzac Centenary Sub-Committee co-chairman Peter Linn and RSL president Garry Johnston with some of the club’s World War I memorabilia on the newly renovated back porch, which local students will paint as part of the 2015 Gallipoli anniversary.LOCAL students will paint the town red,and various other colours, as part of nextyear’s Gallipoli anniversary commemorations.

Anzac Centenary Sub-Committee cochairman,Anglican Archdeacon VenerablePeter Linn said the Port Lincoln HighSchool, Navigator College, Port LincolnPrimary School and St Joseph’s Schoolwere joining artistic forces to help make theAnzac weekend memorable.

In the lead-up to the event, high schoolstudents will create contemporary muralsfor the RSL back and side walls, and willalso do artworks on their interpretation ofwhat the centenary means to them for anexhibition at the Nautilus Arts Centre.

The Port Lincoln Singers and PortLincoln Primary School students are workingon a performance at the military display,which will be near the Makybe Divaforeshore statue on the Sunday.

“The schools are very keen to get involvedand we’re keen to see what the studentsviews and interpretations are,” Ven Linnsaid.

Prior to the Anzac weekend Woof Designwill photograph and digitally archive theRSL’s extensive collection of artefacts, withthe photos to be made available to the publicthrough the RSL and local school websitesas an educational resource.

Ven Linn said Port Lincoln should beproud of its extensive memorabilia display.

“It’s absolutely amazing.”The Anzac weekend will feature variousfestivities including a traditional 1940sstyle dinner dance at the Nautilus ArtsCentre, an all-night youth vigil at the warmemorial and sporting events atCentenary Oval.

Crowds are expected to reach up to 3000for the dawn service and about 5000 peopleare set to attend the weekend’s events.

In coming months there are plans toupgrade the war memorial with extrapaving and a disabled ramp.

The gun, propeller and anchor will alsobe moved, and lighting, a low wall for seating,and signage will be installed.

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WWI in the Herald: December 10,1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive


Paris, Wednesday.

The following communique was issued last night:-

We repulsed a violent attack. A very fierce struggle continues on the Argonne.

A previous communique stated:

The enemy is now more active on the Yser and around Ypres, but our artillery has replied successfully to them.

Our brilliant attack, which carried Vermelles and the enemy’s position at Rutoire, marked the end of a determined struggle for two months, during which we sapped and mined since we were expelled from Vermelles on October 25th.

Our heavy artillery has dispersed the enemy from several of his positions on the Aisne and in the Champagne district.

We gained some ground in the Argonne, in Lagrurie Wood, and also northwest of Pont-a-Mousson.

Paris, Wednesday.

It is reported from Amsterdam that the British have recaptured Passchendaele.

The Allied fleet on Tuesday resumed a bombardment of the Belgian coast.

The capture of Vermelles is important, as it gives the French a strong position, commanding a considerable stretch of country, including Lens and Pont a Venden, where a number of railways and roads converge.

The Germans have resumed the bombardment of Rheims by means of aeroplanes.

It is reported from Amsterdam that a French airman at Felug, Hainault, tried to drop a bomb on the petroleum and ammunition stores, but the Germans opened fire, compelling him to mount to a greater altitude.

A German bi-plane started in pursuit but the Frenchman escaped after dropping a bomb, which exploded three cars of an ammunition train.

London, Wednesday.

A fierce night attack was made on Dixmude on December 6th, owing to the sudden massing of the Germans.

The Allies replied with hand grenades, and later made a counter attack with the bayonet. They rushed the German trenches, the enemy losing heavily, and leaving many dead.

London, Tuesday.

The Australian War Contingent Association is sending each of the men belonging to the Australian Expeditionary Force a box of chocolates with New Year greetings.

Hospital accommodation and a convalescent home in England have been placed at the disposal of the association.

Rome, Wednesday

Ahmed el Sheriff, the Chief of the Sennussi, has convened a meeting of his adherents in Egypt for the purpose of affirming their loyalty to Britain.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, desires it to be definitely understood that there has been no fighting on the part of the Australian Expeditionary Forces in Egypt.

He wishes to contradict a wild rumour which has been circulated that a number of Australians have been killed. Any such incident, he added, would be disclosed at once.

More travelling cookers are wanted for the expeditionary forces. The Minister for Defence stated that any gifts of cookers would be very gratefully welcomed.

Their usefulness has been proved practically at Broadmeadows during the past few weeks, and when the 14th Infantry Battalion marched into Melbourne recently their dinners were coking on the road.

It is pointed out by the Defence Department that letters and other postal matter for members of the Australian Imperial Force, who have left Australia with the first Australian division, should be addressed to Egypt. Letters for members of the medical units who sailed in the hospital ship should be addressed to England.

Correspondents should be careful that the address contains full particulars as to the number (if any), rank, name, and designation of the unit of the person for whom the letter is intended.

A directive has been issued to commanding officers to ensure, without fail, that upon enlistment and at the time of signing the attestation form, each member of the Expeditionary Forces shall make proper provision for his dependents, by signing an allotment form, to allot to his wife, from the date of enlistment, and not merely from the date of embarkation, not less than two-fifths of his pay if there be no children and not less than three-fifths if there be children.

In the case of an illegitimate child or a bona fide prematernity order, one-fifth to be allotted. In all cases of allotments in favour of dependents, the member is to be given clearly to understand that the allotment is to be considered irrevocable (except in the case of death of the allottee or like circumstances which may make a variation compulsory) or unless for increase of amount, or in case of a member marrying after making the allotment, or in case of a married man enlisting as single, in which cases amendment in the direction of proper provision for wife, or wife and children, may be made.

The spirit of the direction is to be strictly observed, as well as in cases of single men with dependents.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Edward Alexander Bourke, Elderslie, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Patrick Egan, Abermain, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Clarence Stanley Read, Wallalong, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Albert Edward Stow, Underbank, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcements

Weir design set to improve safety

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The design of works to reduce the dangers of the South Dubbo weir is “proceeding satisfactorily”, a Dubbo City Council director reports.

Stewart McLeod provided the update this week nine months after the council committed to safety improvements of the site where two teenagers have died since 2008.

At the time of the resolution made in March the construction of a rockfill ramp was considered likely to trigger state legislation requiring a fishway, so a fishway was also included in the project, taking the costs from an estimated $2 million to $4 million.

This week Mr McLeod said in a report that a less costly fishway design had emerged as the preferred option – but not because of price.

The rock ramp fishway option scored the highest in an evaluation against a number of criteria that did not include financial outlay, Mr McLeod, council technical services director, said in a report to the works and services committee.

But it also “represented the least constructions costs” while a previously identified option “represented the greatest cost”, he said.

In the report on the agenda for the committee last night, Mr McLeod said a design workshop held on November 14 had evaluated five alternative options for fishways.

Previous reports had identified a vertical slot fishway as preferred, but this was before the council resolved to construct a rock ramp downstream of the existing weir crest for public safety reasons, Mr McLeod said.

The designs were evaluated in the areas of functionality, operation, environmental issues and risk, the director said.

A rock ramp fishway with lateral ridges was considered the best by the workshop, scoring 240 points, two more points than a rock ramp fishway with random rock placement, while a vertical slot fishway only achieved a score of 203.

“The cost of each option was also estimated, but only for the purpose of differentiating between options,” Mr McLeod said.

“It was considered the rock ramp fishway options represented the least construction costs while the vertical slot fishway represented the greatest cost.

“As the rock ramp fishway is the best and least expensive option, it has now been adopted as the preferred option.

“This option will see a series of pools down the sloping surface of the rock ramp.

“These will be designed so that fish can swim from pool to pool and pass upstream.”

Mr McLeod said a choice between the two types of rock ramp fishway could be made later during the detailed design phase.

A budget allocation of $4 million for construction was expected to be sufficient for the new preferred option, but a detailed estimate would be prepared after detailed design and before going to tender, he said.

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Millions in further drought assistance announced

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Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce announced a further $100 million in Drought Recovery Concessional Loans earlier this week. Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce announced a further $100 million in Drought Recovery Concessional Loans earlier this week.

Eligible farm businesses will be able to apply for loans up to 50 per cent of total eligible debt to a maximum of $1 million in total, over 10 years.

The variable interest rate initially will be set at 3.2 per cent and reviewed on a six-monthly basis.

Interest only repayments will be available for the first five years of the Drought Recovery Concessional Loans scheme.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he welcomed the announcement, which would allow farmers to get back on track when the drought breaks.

“These loans are not for those farmers who are going through a short dry spell,” he said.

“These loans are for the farmers who have been struggling through the worst drought in living memory.

“Farmers will have to demonstrate that they have experienced either a one in 50 or a one in 100 year rainfall deficiency, which is really a very specific area.

“Farms around Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina have gone for three years without putting in a crop and this assistance is designed to enable planting or restocking to assist farmers to transition to full production as soon as possible.”

Bouke mayor Andrew Lewis said a number of farmers in his electorate are seeking government assistance.

But he was unsure whether farmers would seek to “take on more debt.”

Mr Coulton said the Drought Recovery Concessional Loans are another form of considerable assistance made to farmers.

Farmers have accessed more than $700 million to date through the Farm Household Allowance, Drought Concessional Loans and social support.

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Be a secret blood donor Santa this Christmas

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Stacie Parker and teacher at Baradine Central School Alix Talbott at the Dubbo Blood Donor Centre. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.THE Dubbo Donor Centre are urging Dubbo residents to make the most critical secret Santa exchange this Christmas with a blood donation.

Dubbo Donor Centre is one of NSW most poorly-booked sites this Christmas.

More than 140 Dubbo blood donors are needed this festive season, in order to prevent a shortage of blood stocks between December 22, 2014 and January 3, 2015.

Blood Service spokesperson Erin Clarke urged locals to give blood and give the gift of life this Christmas.

“If secret Santa is the anonymous giving of gifts designed to make people’s day then blood donation must surely be Australia’s ultimate secret Santa exchange,” she said.

“Blood will be needed every day this month by road trauma patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and premature babies.

“With so many people likely to be away on holidays, we need others to step forward and be an Australian patient’s secret Santa’ to ensure no one misses out on receiving that special gift.”

Stocks of platelets, a blood component vital to the treatment of cancer patients, were particularly at risk during this period, Ms Clarke said.

Platelets only last for five days and so donors are constantly needed, she said.

“Your donation will be one of 27,000 blood gifts given to Australian patients this Christmas – and will have a far reaching impact on the lives you save, and the lives of their loved ones,” Ms Clarke said.

“So this Christmas we’re urging Dubbo people to take part in the Australia’s lifesaving secret Santa exchange by making an appointment to give blood between December 22, 2014 and January 3, 2015.”

The blood donor centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

To make an appointment to give blood, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

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