Barista and bartender alert

A SCHOLARSHIP of$20,000 is up for grabs for a talented young Hunter Valleyhospitality professional or hospitality hopeful.
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The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSWin conjunction with Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) is calling for nominations for the 2016 Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship.

The winner of the $20,000 award,targeted at recent school leavers living in regional NSW, will undertake a 2.5 year Bachelor of Business Degree at the BMIHMS.

The scholarship grant goes towards the costs of accommodation associated with the degree.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the scholarship was a life-changing opportunity to kick-start a career in an important and dynamic industry.

“If you are just about to finish school, or have recently finished, and dream of working in hospitality throw your hat in the ring,” Mr Whelan said.

“Our industry is fortunate to be made up of many talented men and women who got their start in regional NSW.

“This scholarship is a way we can give back to regional communities and ensure we have the quality people to lead us in the future.”

Entries close on 28 October and are open to any young male or female living in regional NSW.

Applicants can be 17 when applying but must be over the age of 18 when the degree commences.

Hopefuls can nominate themselves, or be nominated by an employer or someone else who thinks they would be a worthy recipient.

They can already be working in a pub, or a student keen to get a foot in the hospitality door. For further information – or an application form – contact the AHA NSW scholarship co-ordinator on (02) 8218 1877 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Reforms or extinction an easy decision

PARTY TIME: Greyhound breeders, owners, trainers and supporters celebrate NSW Premier Mike Baird’s decision on Tuesday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
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ORANGE’S greyhound owners, trainers and breeders pledged to preservetheir industry by adhering to stricter rules and regulations after NSW Premier Mike Baird repealed his controversial ban on racing.

Mr Baird on Tuesday scrapped his Government’splans to abolishracing in the state on July 1 next year, instead granting greyhound stakeholders what he termed ‘one last chance’ to regulate themselves and rub out all traces of animal cruelty.

The Premier’s conditions –to be refined by a Greyhound Industry Reform Panel chaired by former premier Morris Iemma –will likely include a reduction in the number of tracks, a bond on every dog bred, birth-to-death registering requirements and mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for those found guilty of live baiting.

David Pringle, who breeds 30 pups per year at his Clergate property, believes the reforms will cause only “a little suffering” for those whose livelihoods are tied to the state’s 34 tracks.

“The authorities have already been reforming greyhound racing for the past 18 months,” Mr Pringle said, noting breeding had been halved in that period.

“I’m sure everybody in the industry will work with what we’ve been given.”

The exception, according to Mr Pringle, was the mooted $1500 bond on all pups, which would financially cripple breeders and “shut down the industry” if instituted.

Colin Miller, who hasowned, trained and bred greyhoundsfor 40 years, said Tuesday’s decisionvindicated the industry’s three-month fight.

“They thought we were just going to roll over and take it but we showed them,” Mr Miller said.

“There was a lot at stake and we were always going to fight it.”

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Attendees quiz Eppalock candidates

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Lockwood candidates speak at City of Greater Bendigo election forumCommunity groups survey Bendigo council candidatesBendigo residents hear from Whipstick ward candidatesAttendees made the most of anopportunity toquestioncandidates for the Eppalock ward of the City of Greater Bendigo.

More than 30 minutes of the two-hour forum at Strathdale Community Centre on Tuesday were devoted to questions from the audience.

Queriesranged from whether or notcandidates were part of a voting blocto their transparency in financial and policy decisions,andknowledge of rate capping.

The eight participating candidates raced through the questions set by the event organisers, which raised thetopics of climate change and the environment, integrated transport and cultural diversity and governance.

Yvonne Wrigglesworth,Rosemary Glaisher,Helen Leach,Susie Hawke,Mark Weragoda,Brenton Johnson,Margaret O’Rourke andGeoff Stephens took part in the forum.

George Flack and Colin Carrington did not attend.

The Eppalock forum was the third and final ofa series of pre-election events organised by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, Progress Bendigo and Bike Bendigo.

Lockwood candidates featured the night before, and Whipstick ward candidates spoke the week prior.

The forums builton asurvey,which asked candidates questions based on the council’senvironment, cultural diversity, land use and transport, and housing strategies and plans.

All 10of the Eppalock ward candidates submitted responses, of which Margaret O’Rourke’swas highest ranked.

Full responses are available on theBendigo Sustainability Group website.

The City of Greater Bendigo council election is on October 22.

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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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‘Morale boost’ for CFA

HANDS OFF: Wangaratta volunteers protested the Victorian government involvement in EBA negotiations, now the CFA is celebrating the federal Senate decision.
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An intervention by the federal Senate to protect firefighters has been welcomed as “great news for volunteers” in the North East.

The amendment, passed37 to 31late Monday night,will make it unlawful for enterprise agreements to “undermine”volunteers in favour of professional, unionised workers.

Oneissue with the CFA agreementwas the influence of the United Firefighters Union, which had the power to sign off on changes to CFA policy.

But the organisation’s 60,000 volunteers had no say.

Rutherglen group officer Andrew Russell said the Senate decision was a step towards repairing damage caused to volunteers.

“I’m hoping this news might boost a bit of morale,” he said.

“There’s a lack of engagement among volunteers at the moment and it’s a bit because of the issues.”

Volunteers were still busy in the wet season, helping SES crews with flood relief.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to CFA volunteers about a federal intervention when they rallied at Parliament house in Melbourne in June.

“That to me means a hell of a lot because it means he’s delivered his promise,” Mr Russellsaid.

“All I want now, more than anything, is a resolution because we’ve got really good relationships with our paid staff.”

Senator Bridget McKenzie

Senator Bridget McKenzie spoke in the Senate on Monday to thank CFA volunteers from Wangaratta and other parts of Victoria for travelling toMacedon in recent weeks for theinquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill.

“There are specific clauses right throughout the EBA which affect and impact on the CFA and their volunteers’ ability to do their job,”she said.

“The state legislation that sets up the CFA defines it as a volunteer organisation supported by employees, and that is rare and that takes unique management.

“It takes a unique approach to industrial relations –well, it should.”

She said UFUbossPeterMarshall claimed the agreement would not impact volunteers, but could not give her any evidence.

She said the bill was deliberately narrow so it would help the CFA, but not affect police, paramedics or other volunteers.

“Currently in Victoria, the CFA are in crisis with this EBA,” Senator McKenzie said.

“We on this side respect the role of both volunteer firefighters and paid firefighters and the courage that they all display in keeping us safe in emergencies.”

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Munch on good mental health

MAKE A PLAN: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey said it’s important to have a starting point when addressing mental health issues.
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Mental health is not the same as mental illness, and people should endeavour to maintain the wellbeing of their mind as they do (or should do) their body. A business breakfast at the Tenterfield Golf Club this Friday, October 14 will feature a presentation byRural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey with some basic mental health concepts to consider and implement.

“We’ll talk about what mental health means, and some tips and strategies to maintain it,” Miss Doosey said.“We’ll also look at how to help someone else, and how to approach doing that.

“It’s a short and punchy presentation, and there are some great videos in it produced especially for the presentation, and it’s rural-based.”

Miss Doosey said there are some particular strategies for seeking mental health support in rural areas, such as when living in a small town like Tenterfield where you may not want to air your concerns to health professionals you may later meet on the golf course.

She said people can feel isolated in these situations, but as well as resources in the community there are other options such as online support and phone services.

She said there are misconceptions around therapy, but there are online, self-paced programs thatmay not be as confronting.

“It’s important to have a starting point,” Miss Doosey said.

She said sometimes people don’t seek help because they don’t recognise that what they’re feeling is a mental health issue that can be addressed.

“They accept that how they’re feeling now is how it’s always going to be.”

This can lead to the higher rates of suicide in rural and remote areas.

In milder cases the solution can be as simple as becoming more active, improving sleeping patterns, or even becoming more socially-connected.

“You don’t even have to share your problems,” Miss Doosey said.“Just having people around can help.”

To attend the business breakfast contact Caitlin Reid at [email protected]论坛. It costs$15 including buffet breakfast, and runs from 6.45am to 8.30am.

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Water Week makes a splash

Use water wisely: A catchment to tap water tour on October 22, as part of National Water Week, will give people a chance to learn more about our water supply.PORTMacquarie-Hastings Council is encouraging the community to get involved and celebrate National Water Week.
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Water Week makes its splash between October 16 and 22, and aims to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together in building awareness and understanding around water.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council director Jeffery Sharp said the week-long celebration was filled with programs and activities that werenot only educational, they werefun.

“The week is dedicated to encouraging us all to protect this vital resource, and highlights that we need to use water wisely today if we are protect it for future generations,” Mr Sharp said.

The community is invited to enjoyfree activities, tours and events.

Osmosis Photography Exhibition ‘Retrospective 2004 – 2016’The exhibition profiles the work of local photographers, taking their inspiration from water in the Hastings and linking community, art and the environment.

It’s a selection from the hundreds of images contributed to the Osmosis photography competition since 2004.

15 – 22 October 2016,Ross Family Studio – Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Monday toFriday, 9am to5pm : Saturday andSunday 10am to4pm.

Water Stories at the Library Free storytime sessions, craft and a visit from Whizzy the Waterdrop.

Targeted at pre-school aged children. (No bookings required)

Monday October 17, 10.30am – Wauchope Library

Tuesday October 18, 10.30am – Port Macquarie Library

WednesdayOctober 19, 10.30am – Laurieton Library

Catchment to Tap Water Tour Learn more about our water supply on this informative bus tour onSaturday October 22, 8.45am for 9am departure from Players Theatre.

Return about 1pm.

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