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‘I’m sorry’: Premier Baird

APPETITE FOR CHANGE: Premier Mike Baird (right) and Deputy Premier Troy Grant front the media on Tuesday to announce a wind-back of the greyhound racing ban. Photo: WOLTER PEETERS
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A DECISIONto reverse the greyhound ban has been largely welcomed by Orange’sbyelection candidates, but some warn the future of the industry is still far from guaranteed.

Premier Mike Baird confirmed reports the government wouldbackflip on the ban on Tuesday and apologised to those in the industry who had done the right thing.

Mr Baird saidthe feedback received fromthe community showed it washorrified by Justice McHugh’s findings onanimal cruelty, whichledto the ban, but they also asked togive the industry one last chance.

“That’s what they’ve said consistently,” he said.

“In hindsight, we got it wrong – I got it wrong, cabinet got it wrong, the government got it wrong.”

The decision followed consultation by Dr John Keniry on how the industry would transition.

“He has advised cabinet there is a deep appetite for change,” Mr Baird said.

“The industry will be given that one last chance –I want to be clear, we are not returning to the status quo,the barbaric practices have to end.”

A panel will work with industry and animal welfare agencies, chaired by former premier Morris Iemma, with measures including a possible reduction to 15 tracks, breeding capped at 2000 dogs a year, a $1500 bond per greyhound and a no-tolerance policy on animal cruelty.

Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett said the industry should have control of the reforms.

“I’ve said I want to see greyhound racing continue in NSW and this gives us a path forward and it’s a good outcome ultimately for everyone involved,” he said.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Phil Donatosaid the industry should receive more of the$35 million it contributed to the intercode agreement with harness and thoroughbred racing to spend on compliance and was concerned aboutthe $1500 bond and the economic impact of closing tracks.

“People can’t afford $1500–if theyhave a litter of 10, that’s $15,000,” he said.

He and Labor candidate Bernard Fitzsimon saidthere was still not enough detail.

“Nothing will be done before the byelection and people need to be very skeptical –it’s good news but we’ve got to keep fighting,” Mr Donato said.

“Until amendments to the bill are passed, there’s still no guarantees,” Mr Fitzsimon said.

Independent candidate Scott Munro believed the change would not have happened without an independent in the byelection race.

“We know Labor’son 30 per cent, the Shooters have got 13per cent and I got 15-18 per cent–they know the numbers,” he said.

“Country people don’t forget.”

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Impressive gym for all

Felicity Ralph and her daughter Millie with Parkes Fitness 4 All manager Mandy Reedy. Photo by Barbara Watt. Parkes’ newest gym, Fitness 4 All, will officially open on Saturday at 8am.
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Locally owned and operated by Shane Mann, Fitness 4 All boasts all brand new equipment in the fully renovated gym area of the PCYC in Pearce Street.

Shane said it has been a long-time dream of his to open a fitness centre for the community to be proud of.

“Having travelled the world duringthe past 10 years training in health clubs, piecing together new ideas and equipment types, I felt the time was right to make thedream a reality,” he said.

“To do so inside the PCYC, were I spent a majority of my childhood, makes it even more special!

“The PCYC is such a hidden treasure and has so much to offer as well.

“I named the business “Fitness 4 All” because I believe it truly is a health fitness centre for everyone, no matter what your fitness level, shape or size, we are here to help.

“I feel the new equipment, the floor plan inside the club, the weights, cardio, group classes and kids play area is exactly what was needed for the community.”

Shane said theequipment isthe most modern on the market and some of it (at the time it was ordered) hadn’t been seen in Australia before.

“The equipment selection provides us with the opportunity to cover all areas, whether it be for weight loss, specific sports training, weight gain, rehabilitation from injury or surgery, theaged or disabled,” he said.

The Fitness 4 All team includes manager Mandy Reed, three qualified trainers and four qualified instructors.

“I have surrounded myself with a fantastic, friendly and qualified teamwho, all being locals, understand what the community wants and needs to achieve a healthy body and healthy mind lifestyle,” Shane said.

“We are proudly associated withNorthparkes Mines and Fitness Passport and welcome any other organisations or groups to join us in building a healthy community.”

Go along andsee for yourself what Shane and the teamhave built – the doors open on Saturday at 8am.

“Come and meet our great team and take advantage of our free classes,giveaways and the super savingson our foundation membership deal,” Shane said.

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Ship keel logs secured

AHOY: Wanderer Replica Project publicity officer Jon Gaul with the massive logs from which the keel of the ship will be built. Picture: Liz TicknerThe Wanderer Replica Project has taken another big step forwardwith the arrival of two massive keel logs at the shipyard site atBoydtown.
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The 15-metre hardwood eucalyptus logs, each weighing an estimated 6-8tonnes, will now be assessed for suitability by the Wanderer Replica Project’spresident and headshipwright, Morrie Lynch, of Eden.

The Wanderer Replica Projectis a non-profit, volunteer community body to build and operate a 25m full-scale replica of Ben Boyd’s 1837 topsailschooner.

The shipyard site has been established at Boydtown on Twofold Bay, adjacent to the historic Seahorse Inn, originally built for BenBoyd in the 1840s.

The keel logs were secured fromthe 730-hectareBoydtownproperty and thentransported three kilometres to the shipyard site usingloader machines on loan to the project.

This approachavoided issues involved with moving oversize logs by road transport fromforest logging locations such as Bombala.

“We’re pleased to obtain this coastal grey box timber for the replicakeel,” MrLynch said earlier this week.

“This is a good, durable hardwood for purposeslike shipbuilding, heavy construction and wharfage,” he said.

The construction phase will provide visitor educational facilities for visualinspection by school and tourist groups as the hull takes shape atBoydtown.

As the first tall ship built in Twofold Bay, Wanderer Replica willkeep the legacies of traditional shipbuilding and Eden’s nautical past alive.

The Wanderer Replica Project is looking for more volunteers, young and old, male andfemale, to work not only on the physical construction of the ship at theBoydtown site but also to volunteer for a wide range of other activities.

Help is needed for a range of activities includingfundraising, publicity,grant applications, event organisation, computer skills, food preparation, office administration, as well as education and visitor guiding.

Interested volunteers should contact Morrie Lynch on0438 805 684 or email [email protected]论坛

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After 17 years, Kosi is back

Key forward Justin Koschitzke celebrates one of his 31 goals for Lavington this year. He will return to home club Brock-Burrum next season.
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JUSTIN Koschitzke is hoping to play about 10 matches in his homecoming at Brock-Burrumnext season.

The former St Kilda player will return to the Hume league for the first time since he played under Brocklesby coach Gavin Adams in 1999.

Koschitzke joined the Murray Bushrangers the following season.

While many expected good mates Koschitzke and new Brock-Burrumcoach Kade Stevens to finish theircareers together, Stevens said it was never totallyplanned.

“It’s been the talk and something people assumed would happen andwe sort of denied it, but playing with himagain was inviting,” Stevens said.

“Work commitments will be his No.1 priority in Melbourne as they should be for everyone so he’ll play as much as he can.

“He’s been fortunate enough to find some clients down this way.

“It’s great he’s going to have a kick again.

“Hopefully we get a fair few games out of him.”

Stevens and Koschitzke have played the last three seasons together at Lavington with the forward kicking 31, 58 and 40 goals.

Another Panther,Luke McLellan, is set to follow the duo to the reigning premier.

Brock-Burrum will be chasing a hat-trick of flags with Dean Murphy (Melbourne) and Kylin Morey (Beechworth) the only confirmed departures.

Stevens’ signing leaves only two Hume leagueclubs –Henty and CDHBU –without senior coaches for next season.

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Bridging the generational gap

The Highlands Community Centre will hold technology courses for seniors starting in October. Photo suppliedTRYINGto tackletechnology is often a slow and frustrating process.
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Starting fromOctober 18, Highlands Community Centre will run a number of Smart Classes for Seniors.

The courses willprovideprofessional tuition in the use of iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android smart phones.

Participants will be provided withan updated and easy to follow course manual for future reference.

These classesaimto provide confidence in using popular digital devices and help alleviate any anxieties peoplemay experience with technology in a non-threatening environment.

With the support ofstudents from Chevalier College, Moss Vale High School and Southern Highlands Christian School,participants will be able to learn skills toenhance their lives socially and help them gain independence by having access to online activities such as libraries, movies, social media and shopping.

The classes will cover topics such asusing email, sending messages, downloading apps, voice control and learning digital literacy skills.

Each course will consistofthree two-hour sessions from either 9.30am-11.30am or 12.30pm-2.30pm.

The cost ofeach course will be $25 for the three classes, a course manual, morning or afternoon tea and professional tuition.

For more informationcontact Highlands Community Centre on4862 1122.

Seniors classes:

iPhone classes: October 18, October 25 and November 1 from9.30am-11.30amiPad classes: October 18, October 25 and November 1 from12.30pm-2.30pmAndroid phone classes: October 21, October 28 and November 4 from9.30am-11.30amAndroid tablet classes: October 21, October 28 and November 4 from 12.30pm-2.30pmThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Local talent set to shine

Albert Gray will play the Kyneton Music Festival’s Golden Sounds stage. With the vocal prowess of Howlin’ Wolf, the striking guitar tones of Chuck Berry, and the lyrical muscle of Steve Earle, Gray has been described as Australia’s most versatile young singer-songwriter.As part of this year’s Kyneton Music Festival, Saturday, October 21 will see the Golden Sounds stage at Major Tom’s awash with talent handpicked from our very own goldfields region.
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An eclectic lineup of local musicians including Luke Watt, Buck Edwards, Albert Gray, Harry F L Vincent, Leon and The Freedom Cage, Queensland, Cameron Holmes and King Maxwell will dazzle audiences between 12pm and 5pm, showcasing the diversity and flair of local artists.

Festival director Rob Jones is proud to present Golden Sounds which he describes as “not only a great opportunity for local musicians to reach a wider audience, but also to be part of an exciting music festival in their own backyard”.

Now in its fifth year, the Kyneton Music Festival is a unique weekend, jam-packed with good times and fantastic tunes!

Also featuring renowned acts Henry Wagons, Mojo Juju, Dorsal Fins, Mikelangelo, Liz Stringer, Raised By Eagles and many more, the festival takes place on October 20 and 21 at venues around Kyneton.

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The question is, could we or should we try to live forever?

Doctors talk about what might happen to our bodies if we lived forever, orfor a very long time. But would we thinkand live differentlyif we had countless tomorrows?
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I never thought about my own mortality much until I was diagnosed with cancer last year. There was always time, I thoughtbreezily, always time for everything. I could be careless and fix things later, make amends later, be a full, proper, grown humanbeing who finished her filing and had napkin rings and little tables in hallways with lamps and paperweights on them, later.

Life sentences: Julia Baird considers the implications of living much, much, much longer.

Then the doctor’s words romped across my future hopes and expectations like a fire devouring bush.

And while my eyebrows are still singed by the experience, I now wonder if it actually made me a better person, a little less of a fool. I miss the thrill of abandon and risk as I live more carefully, deliberately. But in many ways I am glad I was smacked so forcefully, as even though I am no longer panicked, I am conscious every day of the fact that life is very often not as long as you think, that the hours and minutes count. That five-minute conversations might matter a lot more than five-year plans. And when I was ill people were suddenly so much kinder – kind in a way we all should always be.

A recognition of death is often twinned with a powerful thirst for life. So what happens when we strive to live forever, and how would the postponement of death affect the way we live? Would it change?

Great outrage was directed at the scientists who published a paper inNaturethis week, in which they argued that our life expectancies, after rising dramatically since 1900 or so, have plateaued and are not likely to progress much further.

One of the authors, DrJan Vijg from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York,thinks we have already reached the top limit of human longevity: “From now on, this is it. Humans will never get older than 115.”

What they found was that the survival age of older groups had increased for the past century but levelled out in 1980 – at roughly 99. Since then, the increase in the age limit has been fractional.

We are unable to fully repair the damage to our DNA done by the process of ageing andas the scientist, and Vijg puts it:”At some point everything goes wrong, and you collapse.”(Critics say the scientists forgot to factor in future developments in medicine.)

Have we really grappled witha world full ofcentenarians? How would we live?

A central question in the memoir of a brilliant neurosurgeon dying of brain cancer,When Breath Becomes Air, is how differently the authorPaul Kalanithi​ would live according to how long he thought he had – two months, two years or two decades.

And if discrepancies in access to medical treatment are already yawning chasms, how can we ensure that a bid to prolong ageing is not just a space race between billionaires? Life expectancy in some African countries still hovers around 50: Sierra Leone, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast are all between 50and 53 years.

Research studies show desire for longer life fades as people age, and that the wealthier hanker for it in a way poorer people do not.

What was missed in all the hue and cry about Vijg’s research ishe still thinks there is a strong chance we can improve our health span, which is surely the best outcome.

The thirst to live and endure is understandable.But an understanding of our own mortality can often make living sharper.

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Threat to tourism brand

The success of the ‘Manning Valley naturally’ tourism brand could be threatened if MidCoast Council signs up to be part of the proposed Hunter Joint Organisation (JO).
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Former Greater Taree City Council mayor Paul Hogan voiced his concern as he discussed the State government’s proposal to include MidCoast Council in the Hunter JO. (Click here to read the relatedstory ‘A question of identity’)

Mr Hogan is passionate about growing tourism in the Manning Valley and ensuring marketing of our region maintains its growing momentum.

The ‘Manning Valley naturally’ brand promotes our regionsnatural assets, the ninestunning National Parks,45 kilometres of pristine coastline, Ellenborough Fallsand theonly double delta river system in Australia.

“The success of the ‘Manning Valley naturally’ brand can’t be lost,” Mr Hogan said.

“I can see combining this theme with the pristine beaches and lakes of the wider MidCoast Council area can enhance this, but how on earth does the Hunter Valley fit into that sort of marketing? It simply doesn’t fit.

“That is why consideration and discussions with the council’s to our north should have occurred rather than to simply lie down and allow the Great Lakes status quo to remain.

“That is not the forward or progressive thinking needed to shape a new MidCoast Council.”

The ‘Manning Valley naturally’ brand is a success story of the former Greater Taree City Council. Former mayor Paul Hogan is concerned the brand could be impacted if MidCoast Council becomes part of the Hunter Joint Organisation.

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All-action Hawks pulling the region in

Picture: Getty ImagesAfter a record-breaking round one performance against Adelaide in front of a parochial home crowd, Hawks co-captain Oscar Forman believes the ‘word is getting out’ on where to find the Illawarra’s hottest ticket in town.
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​And the three-point sharpshooter wants the region to build on that support when Illawarra’sbiggest rivals, the Sydney Kings, cometo WIN Entertainment Centre on Friday night.

A crowd of 3247 people witnessed Illawarra’s breathtaking 122-88 first-up victory over the 36ers which has helped set the tone for what is expected to be another strong campaign. The attendance was substantially higher than last season’s opener andForman hopes that figure will continue to rise on the back of the Hawks’ stunning first round display.

“The numberthat you are looking for of course isbums on seats and for us you would hope or assume that the vast majority that came [to our first game]are going to go back,” he said.

“The performance we put on, the value for money with their free cheeseburgers, the excitement we provide.It was an entertaining game. The crowd was very loud. The crowd was excellent and it is one of the reasons that spurs us on having a crowd like that.

“We look forward to going against the Kings, with that rivalry, having a loud crowd again and hopefully have even more people so we can bring the curtain down and really look to fill this place every week.For Illawarra to come out and support us for game one it means that word is getting out to the community and they are coming out to support us.”

Illawarra fans will only get two opportunities, excluding finals,to see the Hawks in action against their biggest rivals this NBL season.

The second game is onMonday,December 5.Sydney head into the first meeting on the back of a disappointing opening round performance.

Despite a heavy recruitment drive, which included snatching last season’s NBL MVP Kevin Lisch from the Hawks’ grasp, the Kings were beaten 77-73 on their home floor by the Brisbane Bullets.

Forman expects Illawarra’s biggest rivals will want to bounce back from the disappointing start.

“With the roster they assembled to start to season, to havea loss on their home court, theywill have to put a lot of assessment into that and I think they will change what they will try to do. They will come out aggressive I am imagining,” he said.

“Quite similar to what we did in pre-season, we put in a poor performance and then we came out and put in a strong performance.

“I am expecting the same for them and we need to be ready.I don’t think we are going to get a start like we did against Adelaide again but if we can minimise our errors early in the game and make sure they don’t get anything easy [that will help].

“If we make them work for everything, that will probably start draining them early.”

The Kings welcomed the signing of two-time NBA champion Josh Powell before their opening match against the Bullets, but the former LA Lakers forward didn’t participate in the match.It is unclear if he will make his first appearance for the club against the Hawks on Thursday night or if he will wait until their home stand against Cairns on Saturday.

Illawarra also play Melbourne United awayon Sunday.

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Cactus warriors winning the battle

Ian Grenda demonstrates the best way to kill wheel cactus: herbicide injected directly into the plant’s lobes. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDVolunteer “cactus warriors” have removed 90 per cent of wheel cactus in public land around Maldon.
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Wheel cactus is a common site in central Victoria.The noxious weed is native to Mexico and in Australia is considered a serious threat because it is highly invasive and difficult to destroy.

Wheel cactus is particular problem around Maldon, where adedicated group of volunteers havesuccessfully removed the weed from about 90 per cent of public land in the Maldon Historic Area.

Parks Victoria ranger team leader Noel Muller said he was delighted to see so much of the area cleared of the weed.

“The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group have rallied their volunteers for more than a decade toeradicate the cactus from the Maldon area, it’s a great example of community spirit and dedication,” he said.

The control group holds monthly field days between April and November, using syringes to inject cactus lobes with herbicide.

TCCG member Lee Mead said she was pleased landowners were also taking steps to control wheel cactus.

“Controlling this weed on private land is also essential to stop the spread of seeds to other propertiesand parks nearby,” she said.

“We can come help people wanting to manage the weed on their land. The Tarrangower CactusControl Group can show you how the techniques to kill and control it on private land.”

For more information, visit: 梧桐夜网cactuswarriors.org

BEFORE AND AFTER: It is only in its absence that the true impact of wheel cactus can be appreciated. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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