March, 2019

Dragon boaters enjoy day on Burrendong

Lachlan Dragons dragon boaters Warren Edwards, Claire Davis, Canadian coach Kamini Jain and Donna Edwards.Three of our Lachlan Dragons, Warren and Donna Edwards and Claire Davis, experienced a fantastic weekend at Burrendong Dam, where they were welcomed by Pinnacle Dragons of Orange, along with representatives from many other NSW clubs for two days of camping and coaching over the October long weekend.
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Dragon boating is one of those sports where many different teams can come together in a situation of real friendship and connection – and Burrendong was certainly conducive to such bonding.

Among the crews were members from Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Renowned Canadian coach, Kamini Jain, provided each of the 39 paddlers with individual tuition and guidance, with hints on how to correct any faults and improve their paddling techniques.

“We were a little concerned about the weather forecast when we headed out of Parkes in rain on Friday afternoon,” Donna admitted, “but we were on the water by nine o’clock on Saturday morning and, although the day was yet quite brisk, the waters were calm and Lake Burrendong, at 126 per cent capacity, looked magnificent.”

Under Kamini’s excellent coaching the paddlers could feel their techniques improving, and each paddler’s performance was filmed for individual evaluation and discussion.

“The afternoon paddle was smooth and surreal,” stated Warren,“It was the most peaceful and relaxing feeling, with us being the only ones on the Lake, apart from the birdlife and an occasional fish breaking the calm surface.”

After the paddling each day, the paddlers enjoyed the camaraderie of camping experiences in a welcoming and cosy atmosphere, with all meals provided, a roaring outdoor fire and the fun of camping games.

On Sunday morning, with daylight saving just ushered in, the keen paddlers were on the water by half past eight for further drills to enhance their newly acquired skills.

Although this mixed bunch of paddlers had at first seemed a bit of a motley crew, by Sunday they had come to resemble something close to two professional crews.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the skills passed onto us by Kamini,” said Warren, “The results, by Sunday, were spectacular and I really feel that Kamini was proud of her efforts and success.”

“It was a great weekend of learning from Kamini,” agreed Claire, “as well as from each other.

“And it was a real joy to feel part of this group as we watched each other’s skills develop.”

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In council this week…

NEW TERM: Council will sit to address its first full business agenda since the election of Ken Halstead as mayor and Ian Scandrett as deputy mayor, pictured with general manager Ann Prendergast. Photo: Victoria LeeCoal miningTWO notices of motion will address community concerns about coal mining in the Southern Highlands.
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Councillors Garry Turland, Duncan Gair and Peter Nelson will put forward that council request the state government to buy back Hume Coal’s lease and implement a moratorium on further activities by prospective mining companies.

Councillor Larry Whipper has submitted a separate motion that council reconfirm its position as being a “coal mine free shire”. The motion also asks council to contact the minister for planning and amend the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to prohibit future mining activity and lobby the state government for “a prohibition on coal mining, coal extraction and coal exploration”.

Bowral hospitalCOUNCILLOR Gordon Markwart has called for a meeting with key health industry representatives to address the proposed privatisation of Bowral and District Hospital.

His notice of motion requests council seek assurances that staff numbers will not be reduced andservices will not suffer. He has suggested council hold a meeting with Minister for Health Jillian Skinner, Goulburn MP Pru Goward and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell.

Council recordingTHE cost to buy a recording of a council meeting is expected to be confirmed at $5.

This follows a motion in the last term of council to reduce the fee from $50 as in the 2016/17 fees and charges schedule, to $5.

A report prepared by council staff recommends the price reduction be accepted.

Fitzroy InnA COUNCIL report recommends approval of changes to the Fitzroy Inn development in Mittagong.

The development application includes construction of six new buildings containing four hotel suites, car parking, driveways, drainage and landscaping.

A modification of consent has been requested for changes to thelocation of severalbuildings andthe driveway and car park.

As the development is compliant, councillors are recommended to approve it.

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‘I got it wrong’: Baird gives greyhound industry ‘one last chance’

‘I got it wrong’: Premier Mike Baird with Deputy Premier Troy Grant on Tuesday. Photo: Nine NewsPremier backs down on greyhound racing banThe NSW greyhound industry will be given “one final chance” by the Baird government under a new regime being touted as “the strictest regulations that exist anywhere in the country”.
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Premier Mike Baird declared “I got it wrong” while confirming he would back down on his original promise to close down the industry from July next year.

Instead, Mr Baird said the industry would need to sign up to mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and registering greyhounds for their entire lives.

A new independent regulator will be headed by former Labor premierMorris Iemma. There will be more resources for enforcement and prosecution and animal welfare.

“I got it wrong, we got it wrong, the cabinet got it wrong and the government got it wrong,” Mr Baird said.

Premier Mike Baird announced a backdown over his greyhound racing ban on Tuesday. Photo: Christopher Pearce

Mr Baird said he knew a lot of people will be disappointed by the back down but said “we are listening”.

Cabinet revisited the decision to ban greyhound racing on Tuesday morning.

The move followed a sustained media and industry campaign since it was announced in July and amid expectations of a large swing against the government at the November 12 byelection in Orange.

The decision to ban the industry from July 1 next year followed the report of a special commission of inquiry headed by retired judge Michael McHugh.

It found up to 68,000 greyhounds had been euthanised in the past 12 years because they were too slow or unable to race.

The inquiry was prompted by revelations aired by the ABC’sFour Cornersprogram about live baiting in the greyhound industry.

The back-down comes despite Mr Baird having argued for months that closing the industry is “the right thing to do”.

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South West chefs surfing new turf

Wave of support: A team of surfing chefs from the South West will land at Bib & Tucker this month to raise money for SurfAid’s work in remote Indonesian villages. Photo: Supplied.A group of award-winning chefs from the South West will venture north to Perth this month for a special event to raise money for SurfAid.
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Two time world champion Tom Carroll and Yallingup surf legend Taj Burrow will join Aaron Carr (Vasse Felix), Tony Howell (Margaret River Hospitality Group), Dany Angove (Leeuwin Estate) and Paul Iskov (Fervor) at Bib & Tucker in North Fremantle.

Billed as ‘more than a cocktail party but not quite asit down dinner’, SurfingChefsfor SurfAid will feature dishes prepared by the guest chefs alongside McHenry Hohnen and Bunkerswines.

The evening is the brainchild of Must Winebar chef Russell Blaikie, who began calling on his chef-mates to cook for free to support the cause.

“SurfingChefsfor SurfAidis about partnering a line-up of amazingchefswhosurfwith some of the greatestsurfersin the world to cook, party, and raise funds for the important work of SurfAid,” Mr Blaikie said.

Chef Paul Iskov. Photo: Offshoot Creative

“Over the years, we’ve raised close to $300,000 for SurfAid’swork in the remote islands of Indonesia.”

The SurfAid organisation works to assist remote villages in programs toprovide clean water, access to basic health care, and improved nutrition all with a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy.

Local chef Paul Iskov will take part in the event for the second time and said he was looking forward to the spirited ambience of the SurfAid kitchen.

“It’s a fantastic experience, everyone jumps in and helps out and because we are all together working it gives each chef more of a chance to engage with the diners and talk about what they’re making,” Mr Iskov said.

“I remember the first time I went up for the event a couple of years ago, the first thing I saw when I walked in was Tom Carroll behind a huge pile of prawns, prepping and getting involved.”

Mr Iskov said as a keen surfer who had spent many weeks surfing Indonesia’s best breaks it was important to give back to the remote villages.

“To know that all we need to do is give up buying a coffee a few times a week, or donate a few days of our time to make a massive difference to those communities is incredible.”

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