September, 2018

This Peak Hill winter crop is on a ‘Roll’

Brydee Roll, 10, checks on Gregory wheat at “Glenconnor”, Peak Hill. Despite flooding, her parents Wylie and Merinda Roll have little damage to about 1200 hectares of wheat, chickpeas, canola and faba bean crops.
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IT HASbeen a sodden start to the spring, but at Peak Hill, things are looking up.

Wylie and Merinda Roll, “Glenconnor”, have about 1200 hectares of crop in, including 800ha of Gregory wheat, as well aschickpeas, canola and faba beans.

And despite having their crops saturated during thedeluge of rain since June, Mr Roll said the damage hasn’t been too bad.

This Peak Hill winter crop is on a ‘Roll’ Roll kids, “Glenconnor”, Peak Hill: Fletcher 9; Brydee, 10; Laylah, 5, and Clancy, 9, in a paddock of 45Y86 variety canola.

Wylie Roll, “Glenconnor”, Peak Hill, with his kids, Ollee, 9 months; Brydee, 10; Clancy, 9, and Fletcher, 9, checking Gregory variety wheat.

Roll kids: Clancy, 9; Brydee, 10; Fletcher, 9, and Laylah, 5.

Roll family, “Glenconnor”, Peak Hill: Merinda, Ollee, 9 months; Fletcher, 9; Bryde, 10; Layla, 5; Wylie and Clancy, 9, in a paddock of 45Y86 variety canola who were dressed for the Dubbo Junior AFL Club’s grand final/presentation day.

Roll kids: Brydee, 10; Fletche, 9, and Clancy, 9, in a paddock of 45Y86 variety canola. They were dressed for the Dubbo Junior AFL Club’s grand final/presentation day.

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Pinjarra student flourishes in workplace training program

Sterling Winmar and Madelyn Walker at the WA Training Awards night. Photo: Supplied.
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Sterling Winmar, a year 12 student at Pinjarra Senior High School was one of five Western Australian students nominated for the 2016 Western Australian School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, for his traineeship with the Water Corporation.

Though he was not the winner, Stirling’s teachers said being a finalist is a huge compliment to him and speaks highly of his work ethic, attitude and enthusiasm in the workplace.

“Sterling is an amazing young man who actively seeks opportunities to network and find out more information about vocational pathways in the industry that he is keen to get into,” Vocational Education and Training (VET) co-ordinator Fleur Ambrosa said.

“Sterling established a link to the Water Corporation himself when he met a representative at a careers expo held during school holidays, he then followed up that connection.”

Sterling is currently completing a Certificate II in Information, Technology and Media in a school-based traineeship arrangement with The Water Corporation, South Metro Youth Links (SMYL) and Pinjarra Senior High School.

Vicki Anderson, Pinjarra SHS’s Aboriginal and Indigenous education officer (AIEO) said she was very proud to see a young aboriginal man making a name for himself.

Sterling completes secondary school this year having managed his school studies, attendingthe Water Corporation in Leederville one day a week and his duties as an AIME Ambassador, as well as being a student councillor.

“He has already been offered apprentice opportunities as a result of being nominated for this award,” Ms Ambrosa said.

“Sterlinghas very strong leadership skills and a determination to gain more qualifications.”

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NSW Senior State Cup locked in

Locked in: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has secured hosting rights for the NSW Senior State Cup.Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has secured a further 12 months hosting rights for the NSW Senior State Cup touch football competition.
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The announcement comes amid future planning for sports fields across the Hastings after council was given 18 months to vacate Tuffins Lane –the home of the Senior State Cup.

A three year contract to host the NSW Senior State Cup was awarded to Port Macquarie in 2013 and NSW Touch Association General Manager Dean Russell said he was pleased to announce this arrangement will continue for a fourth year.

“We have an excellent and very long standing relationship with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and we are look forward to more great football during the Senior State cup competition in December of this year and now in 2017 as well,”Mr Russell said.

Mayor Peter Besseling said the extension is a result of council’s commitment to supporting local and high level sports competition and the solid relationship that has been developed with NSW Touch.

“Council is grateful for the support of the Port Macquarie Touch Association which plays a big role in supporting this event and the NSW Junior State Cup which is under contract until 2018,” Cr Besseling said.

“Council is committed to continuing to work with the sporting community, event partners and the broader community to ensure our sporting facilities deliver short term, medium term and long term options to position Port Macquarie Hastings as a premier sporting destination.”

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Destination NSW backs flooded Riverina

HELPING HAND: The Deniliquin Ute Muster, which is one of the events Destination NSW has thrown its support behind in wake of the region’s flooding. DESTINATION NSW has responded to calls for an accelerated tourist promotion plan in the Riverina amid the region’s devastating flooding.
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Riverina RegionalTourism chair Greg Lawrence last week pleaded withthe state government to fund an advertising campaign to encourage people to visit the Riverina.

“We need to take steps so that those events that dogoahead don’t suffer a downturn through no fault of their own,” he said.

It comes after shows in Ardlethan, Illabo, The Rock and Culcairn were either scaled back dramatically or cancelled.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said despite the recent floods in the Riverina, it’s important “we send the message that the region is still open for business”.

“Destination NSW will continue to support local tourism businesses in this region,” she said.

“We’reencouraging visitors to plan a trip to the Riverina to experience the region’s exciting festivals and special events, fantastic food and wine offerings and stunning scenery.”

Gundagai’s Battle of the Bidgee and the Holbrook Campdraft havealso beenshelved due to the poor conditions.

“We also recently assisted Riverina Regional Tourism to secure Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise program to broadcast live from the area, promoting Taste Riverina and the region to a national audience of more than 400,000,” Ms Chipchase said.

Mr Lawrence added that it was “fortunate”plenty of events were still runningon good weather days in between episodes of rain and flooding.

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Trolleys for special needs

Sister campaign: Castle Hill residents Nicola Hawke, 29 with her sister Brittany Hawke, 20.
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Castle Hill resident Brittany Hawke is campaigning for trolleys for the disabledto be available at all major shopping centres in Australia.

“Able-bodied people do not understand how difficult simple tasks can be for both people living with disabilities and their parents and careers,” she said.

The secondyear social work student from Western Sydney Universityhopes to raise awareness of the difficulties families facein light of her own family’s experience.

Her sister Nicolahas a rare chromosome disorder called IP36 deletion syndrome which affects about 500 people world wide.

“It was really hard for my parents to perform daily activities,” Ms Hawke said.

“To push a wheelchair and a trolley down a skinny isle is near impossible.

“My sister is 29 now and can walk but if my parentshad been able to have my sister in a suitable trolley when she was younger it would have been a lot easier for them.”

A trolley specifically designed for disabled children who have outgrown normal shopping carts has been designed in America and become popular in centres. It is known asCaroline’s Cart.

Drew Ann Long founded Caroline’s Cart in the USafter realising her daughter who has special needs would outgrow atypical trolley.

Her hope is that one day all retailers will provide an equal opportunity shopping experience for parents and caregivers of special needs children by furnishing them to the option of a CarolineCart.

Special needs trolley: Drew Ann Long with her daughter Caroline in the original Caroline’s cart in the USA.

Ms Hawke hopes the same will eventually happen in Australia.

“I’ve found a couple of Coles stores in Queensland and Western Australia that have the disability trolley available but that’s it,” she said.

“It hasn’t really caught on in Australia yet.”

Ms Hawke said as little astwo carts per supermarket could make a huge difference or a combined set in large centres.

“In large shopping centres, if the customer service desk had a couple that would be incredible.

“They have wheelchairs and those kids carts. Imagine the positive impact on these parents and carersifthey had trolleys for the disabled as well.”

Sign Brittany Hawke’spetition to raise awareness for disabilities:change.org/p/brittany -hawke-compulsory-shopping-trolley-s-designed-for-disabled-in-all-shopping-centres

Trolley for special needs: An example of a trolley fitted with a chair suitable for a child with a disability.

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