Archive for December 2018

Tayla’s cystic fibrosis film screens in USVideo

Tayla Dawson attended the festival as a VIP guest and panellist.LOCAL faces have been spreading the message about cystic fibrosis on the San Diego big screen as part of the International Mobile Film Festival (IMMF).
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Former Holy Trinity student, Tayla Dawson was inspired to make Cystic Fibrosis when Inverell came together in support of a then four-month old Charlie McGregor last year, with the Paint the Town Red fundraiser.

“I originally had no idea what the film would turn out like. My aim was to try and raise awareness about CF to even just a few people locally,” she said.

The film, made on Tayla’s mobile phone, is a simple but effective montage of local people, including Charlie’s parents Abby Hooker and John McGregor, explaining the disease and how it affects the people they love. Charlie’s cheeky smile fills up the screen, hitting the powerful message home for viewers.

When Tayla shared her film on Facebook, industry filmmakers saw its potential, and encouraged her to enter it into Sydney’s Smart Fone Flick Fest, where it beat out 500 entries to win the people’s choice award. She gained new film gear and two new mentors, festival founders Alison Crew and Angela Blake, who then entered Cystic Fibrosis into IMMF.

“Considering I never imagined any of this to happen, I think it’s been successful!” Tayla said. Tayla, who is currently living in the USA, had the chance to attend the festival as a VIP Guest Filmmaker and panellist. As the youngest guest at the festival, festival goers were fascinated by Tayla’s experiences and asked her about inspiration, mentors and aspirations for the future.

She had a fantastic time meeting fellow filmmakers, entrants and judges, but said the highlight was taking part in a mobile filmmaking workshop.

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Stay alert this long weekend

Operation Stay Alert starts at midnight for the long weekend. Photo: FDCPOLICE haveurgedmotorists to stay alert and take extreme care this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to avoid “road trauma that could change lives forever”.
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Extra police will be on duty during the annual Operation Stay Alert road safety campaign, which begins at midnight tonight and runs until 11.59pm, June 13.

Since the start of the year, 177 people have lost their lives in 167 crashes across the state, compared to 145 fatalities from 135 crashes in the same period last year.

Police haveurgedmotorists not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and to maintain alertness while on the road.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the long weekend was a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy their break, and urged motorists to be aware of the five factors that can lead to fatalities.

“Fatigue, impairment as a result of alcohol or drug use, seatbelts, speed and distraction are all risks that can lead to tragedy while on the road,” he said.

“I urge everyone to take care, drive responsibly and respect other motorists and obey the road rules.

“Drinking alcohol or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Plan ahead and find an alternative method of transportation if you plan to drink. It is just not worth it,

“As a motorist, your focus should always be on the road; not on the mobile phone, GPS, music or any other distraction. It only takes a split-second for a life to change forever.”

Executive director for the Centre for Road SafetyBernard Carlonsaid fatigue hadalready killed more than twice as many people on NSW roads this year than the same time last year.

“Drivers need to plan ahead and get a good night’s sleep before driving – whether it is a short or a long trip, day or night,” Mr Carlon said.

“When you’re driving, check for those familiar signs of tiredness such as yawning, sore eyes and restlessness.

“If you notice these things, pull over somewhere safe and switch drivers or take a20-minute nap.

“Four people lost their lives in the June long weekend last year. If you think that that’s an acceptable number, I ask you to think what an acceptable number would be for your family and friends.

“All deaths on our roads are preventable – people need to take a personal responsibility for road safety.”

Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols, mobile and stationary random breath tests and random drug tests.

Double demerit points will be in force and apply for all speeding, seat belt and motorcycle helmet offences during this period.

Extra traffic is expected on major routes across NSW over the next few days as families head to popular holiday destinations.

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Rose puts club first on milestone journey

LOYAL: Rose Delaney has been a dedicated performer for Nirranda. She will play her 200th game in round 10 action. Picture: Rob GunstoneCOUNTRY sport is all about getting in and doing the best you can for your club.
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At Nirranda, Rose Delaney does just that.

The 27-year-old has been a huge part of Nirranda since she first stepped onto the court to play netball for the Blues as a junior.

Now, at 27, Delaney will get her day in the sun when she plays her 200thgame on Saturdayagainst Deakin University at DC Farran Oval in Mortlake.

Delaney will line-up in the Blues A reserve team and then sit back and watch her A grade teammates look to build on an outstanding start to the season where it has won seven of its nine games.

“They are playing amazing netball, it’s been great to watch,” Delaney said of the Blues top team.

“The A reserve team is also going really well, it’s an exciting season for the club.”

Delaney has played a long majority of her career in Agrade but has been happy to take a step back this year.

“I wouldn’t mind having a go at playing A grade again in the future,” Delaney said.

“But we have so many good young players this year. It is important those young players getthe chance to play A grade, they are the ones that will keep the club alive and strong.”

Delaney may not be playing A grade but she has had the perfect vantage point to view many of the games from this season.Every second week she backs up from playing A reserve to umpire the A grade game.

Her highlight for the seasonwas the Blues clash with Dennington in round two.

“That was such a good game, the standard was unbelievable,” Delaney said.

“It was great to see up close and obviously a terrific win for our girls.”

Delaney is used to a heavy workload, having spent most of her junior career playing two games each Saturday.

Over the course of her career she has played all over the court and has now settled into a role at goal defence.

While things are going to plan for Delaney and the Blues, season 2016 is turning out to be a tough one for Deakin University.

Like all teams, the Sharks started the season with genuine finals ambitions but have yet to record a win after nine rounds.

The Sharks had one of their best showings last week, losing by nine goals to Timboon Demons.

Deakin Universitycoach Chris Van Kempen said her team is making progress.

“Last week we were only a couple of goals down at three-quarter-time but we just couldn’t finish off,” Van Kempen said.

“We have had some great quarters but just haven’t been able to string them together.The form of Georgia White has been a positive, she is still playing 17 and unders and is also goal keeper in A grade. She has played some beautiful netball, she is very talented.”

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A Land Rights Act NSW can be proud of

NSW Aboriginal Land Council Chair Roy Ah-SeeThe Land Rights network in New South Wales today celebrates the anniversary of one of themost progressive pieces of legislation ever passed by the NSW Parliament.
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On 10 June 1983, the NSW Parliament passed the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, creatinga process for the return of land to Aboriginal people and the establishment of land councils torepresent Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council Chair Roy Ah-See said the Act and the achievements of theLand Rights network over the past 33 years were something everyone in New South Walescould be proud of.

“Today, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council is the largest member-based Aboriginal organisationin Australia with 23,000 members, providing leadership for a network of 120 Local AboriginalLand Councils and manages an asset base of more than $600 million.

Cr Ah-See paid tribute to the Land Rights legends of the 1970s and 1980s who fought for thebest Land Rights system in Australia.

“In the past year we lost Land Rights legends like former Chairs Kevin Cook and Tiga Bayles.It is their vision, leadership and tenacity that we celebrate today.

“Under the system of Land Rights they and others fought for, Local Aboriginal Land Councils inNew South Wales are able to claim Crown land that is unused or unneeded.

“Like any other owner of freehold title, Local Aboriginal Land Councils can buy, sell, or leaseland for the benefit of their members.

“Throughout the State, we have Local Aboriginal Land Councils engaged in propertydevelopment and international tourism ventures. In many regional towns and centres they arethe main providers of essential services.

“The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is also investing in the capacity of Local Aboriginal LandCouncils through a $16 million five-year economic development strategy which is providingstart-up capital and business development support for the network.

“The return of land to Aboriginal people has provided new opportunities to strengthen usculturally and spiritually and to provide our own revenue streams, jobs and trainingopportunities.

“The passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in 1983 not only recognised pastdispossession of land but went further by providing a unique system ofcompensation that hasallowed Aboriginal people to pursue self-determination and economic independence.

Cr Ah-See said NSWALC was ready to meet the challenges of building a sustainable

economic base for Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

“The Land Rights network expects us to deliver for Local Aboriginal Land Councils by

providing leadership on economic development initiatives. It’s time for us to get on with the job

of turning those aspirations into employment and training for our mob.

“More Aboriginal people live in New South Wales than in any other State or Territory and

population increases will see Aboriginal people playing a greater part in the State’s society and

economy.

“The Land Rights network in New South Wales sees economic independence and self-

determination as the best way to close the gap on disadvantage and will continue to use land

as the vehicle to improve living standards for Aboriginal people.”

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Maxies Meats: a cut above

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Golden anniversary: Peter, Shirley, Maxie and Mark Burnside are celebrating 50 years since Maxies Meat Markets was first opened. The family wants to thank all their customers who have supported them over the years.

When you purchase meat from Maxies Meat Markets in Unanderra you can be assured that you are getting fresh, quality meat.

Owners and operators Mark and Peter Burnside said they concentrate on sourcing only the highest quality of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, rejecting the lower grade products.

“For us it is not about cutting the price but delivering a product that you can be sure is of the highest standard,” Peter said.

“We offer pasture fed, hormone and steroid free meat and our meat is delivered fresh to our premises every second day.

“People often ask why our meat tastes so good – and the reason is simple. All our meat is sourced from local farmers.”

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Maxies Meat MarketsSouth Coast ChickensMarco’sBLC AutosFigtree Air Conditioning & RefrigerationWollongong Smallgoods / Let’s Meat UpBreakout River MeatsMaxies Meat Markets sell a delicious range of sausages that are made on-site with lean meat – no off cuts or ‘extra-bits’ just fresh, quality meat.

The range includes gourmet, gluten free and preservative free sausages, wild mushroom and garlic sausages, sweet mango chicken sausages and even vegemite and cheese sausages.

“We encourage our customers to talk to our butcher for recommendations, as he can advise you on the best cut for your recipe or introduce you to new cuts and do some of the hard work for you by cutting up the meat, removing fat or the bone,” Mark said.

“We have a hands-on service and can provide information on the best way to prepare and cook our produce. This is the kind of customer service that you just cannot get in the big supermarkets.”

Fresh, quality meat.

Maxies Meats also has their own on-site smoke house, where they cook their own bacon and the best ham on the South Coast.

The smoke house’s bottom chambers are filled with oregon sawdust and heady waves of its smoke waft into the meat. Over eight hours it brings the rind to an appetising golden colour and accounts for much of its richness of flavour.

Bacon can also be cut to order – so you can get it as thick or as thin as you like.

Maxies Meats provide high quality meat trays for registered club and hotel raffles and they also supplymeat to businesses including: Mount Kembla Bowling Club, Towradgi Bowling Club, Cabbage Tree Hotel, Marcos and Thunderbird Chickens in Dapto.

Maxies Meat Markets is located at Shop 3, Tannery Street, Unanderra. For more information phone 4271 4622 or find them on Facebook.

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