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Border Mail week in pictures: June 13, 2016

Border Mail week in pictures: June 13, 2016 June 12, Lavington – Grand Master Goshi Yamaguchi arrives from Japan to train at local dojo to celebrate 50 years or Goju Kai Karate-do in Victoria. Pictured is Shihans Brian Mackie, Iwan Pranatio, Goshi Yamaguchi, Gohei Yamaguchi, Alvaro Martos and Paul Starling. Picture: MARK JESSER
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June 12, Rutherglen – Nationals candidate for Indi Marty Corboy wins the annual celebrity grape stomp with Rachelle Enever while current member Cathy McGowan looks on. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 10, Wodonga – Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop visiting Wodonga to make a local community safety announcement before attending a roundtable of local youth leaders at Cafe Grove. Here pictured together with student Rebecca Marshall 18 from Wodonga Secondary College. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 11, Beechworth – Night Mountain Biking at Beechworth with Chris Doe. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 6, Wodonga – Carolyn Wood lost her dog Mylie three weeks ago and it was found in Adelaide. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 11, Yarrawonga – Jydon Neagle gets a handball off for the Wodonga Raiders in a game against the Pigeons. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 6, Lavington – Melisa Kinateder and her son Oliver, 5. Melisa’s home has been broken into several times. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 8, Wodonga: Jodie Larkins tries to shave music teacher Peter Klein’s beard for Shave 4 the athletes. The charity is raising money for students in the special olympics team. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 10, Wodonga – Area Manager Ryan McNamara and Health & Fitness Co-Ordinator Matt Frost from the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre promoting their new youth obesity program. Picture: ALEISHA MCCARRON

June 9, Tallangatta – Tallangatta SES members are upset about having their funding cut by Towong Council. Pictured are Jean Blackwell, Brian Meyers, Elsie Hamlin, Maree Meyers, Bev Brunning, Don Blackwell, Stephan Bornholm and Russell Janszen. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 7, North Albury – North Albury rising netball star Nakita Singe. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 9, Myrtleford – McNamara Reserve, Myrtleford has secures funding for lighting upgrade. Pictured is McNamara Reserve President Bob McNamara. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 7, Wodonga – Alan Lappin in the Border Mail Studio for the Indi Candidates 2016 Portraits series. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 7, Albury. A truck goes under the Dean Street Bridge in stormy weather. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 7, Wodonga – A successful national heritage motoring day in Wodonga meant the club could donate $1000 to uniting care. Pictured are Uniting Care Agency Manager Naomi Jansen with Lynda Oates and Tilo Schmidt from Murray Heritage Motorists. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 8, Beechworth – Sheila and John Rademan Fox Gloves Bed and Breakfast at Beechworth and they are unhappy with the council’s running of tourism in the area. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 10, Wodonga – Steve Carne and Jodie Jones preparing for their second last lunch service at Broadgauge, Wodonga before they will be opening their new Deli in South Albury. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 7, Albury – Dr Rob Willis from Border Energetics uses NES therapy which is a diagnostic and treatment tool used to assist people and animals in the management of a range of illnesses. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 8, North Wangaratta – Resident Sue Chatfield is not concerned about lead contamination findings although she lives next door to the gun club where it originates from. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 8, North Wangarratta – Rovers Senior Coach Gary O’Keefe is upset lead contamination has forced the club to move all their games to other ovals and the financial loss for the club will have a great impact on the rest of their season. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 9, Albury – Albury-Wodonga representative hockey side. Pictured are Josh Verity, Jeremy Payne and Tony Donnolley. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 7, Rutherglen – Sgt Brian Curran of Rutherglen Police ahead of the walkabout. Police said they would increase their presence for this year’s event as a precaution against drunken behaviour. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

June 8, Lavington – NSW All Schools, Soccer, Riverina v North Coast, Maria Vitucci is shocked after she scored a goal from almost half the ground. Picture: MARK JESSER

June 8, Wodonga – Anita Geary of Yackandandah was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and and is so grateful for the help she got from the McGrath Foundation during her illness. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

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Council can lift its game in key areas

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie says she is trying to improve community consultation and encourages residents to provide feedback.WODONGA Council’s approach to community consultation has room for improvement after being found to be an average performance area in a recent independent customer satisfaction survey.
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Consultation, lobbying and decision-making all rated just above the state average, but the index score for each core measurement were all considered average.

The survey of 400 Wodonga residents was carried out between February 1 and March 30 this year and is the first time the council has participated in the survey since 2012.

Customer service was the strongest performance area with an index score of 75 considered to be good.

But the index score for consultation (56), lobbying (56) and decision-making (53) are allaverage.

Lobbying had a high level of “don’t know”responses (19 per cent) whichsuggests many in the community were not aware of what council wasdoing in thearea.

Wodonga’s present major priorities include the central business district overhaul, Logic industrial huband Baranduda sportsfields.

But the council has adopted a “secret society” approach to all lobbying attempts on major projects in recent years.

Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie has also come under fire for refusing to declare whether her council would donate money tofit out the Albury-Wodonga cancer centre and refusing to confirmCr Mark Byatt was stepping aside.

In a prepared statement, Cr Speedie said the council was always looking for ways to improve.

“I’ve made a concerted effort to engage with the community, talk with residents and groups regularlyand I’ve spent time visiting schools and businesses in my first six months,” she said.

“I’ve encouraged residents to come in and see me.”

The council didn’t divulge how much the survey cost, but aDepartment of Environment, Land, Water andPlanning spokesman said the minimum cost was $8250.

“Councils can choose to include more questions on their survey at additional cost, with the maximum being $18,100,” he said.

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Ice forum hits Tanunda

Barossa Crime Prevention Officer Ian Skewes was MC for the evening.
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The Barossa Ice Forum hit Tanunda on June 9, with hundreds of community members attending the event in the hope of learning more about the drug ‘Ice’ and a variety of information.

New Chief Inspector Alby Quinn and Barossa Crime Prevention Officer Ian Skewes introduced the panel of eight experts for the night, before addressing the agenda of the evening to the attendees.

Chief Inspector Quinn discussed statistics about the Barossa Local Service Area regarding drug-driving and drink-driving before a panel addressed issues surrounding their expertise.

Chief Inspector Quinn also addressed that although ‘ice’ is a serious issue, it has been over-hyped over time, and dramatised to a large extent.

“I don’t think that its got the hype that it had a number of years ago,” he said.

“At the moment from a personal and policing perspective, we haven’t seen what was portrayed in the media to that extent.”

He also stated about the education side of how SAPOL tackle the issue, and start in schools and move eventually into sporting precincts as well.

“The sporting arena isn’t immune, where you’ve seen people such as Ben Cousins in the past, and other arenas aren’t immune to the issue either,” he said.

Chief Inspector Quinn said that if anything is out of the ordinary, that they are encouraged to report it.

“If you see something, smell something or you think something that isn’t right,” he said.​

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The work of Volunteer of the Year, Tuku is recognised at the highest level

Big heart: Volunteer of the Year, Ms Tuku Williams, centre, with Banks MP David Coleman and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.The work of Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre volunteer TukuWilliams was acknowledged recently at the highest level when she was presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award for the Banks electorate by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
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Ms Williams received the award during a recent visit to the centre by Ms Bishop and Federal MP for Banks, David Coleman.

Ms Williams has been volunteering at the organisation since 2014.

She started as a support for seniors in the art class activities. Three years on she continues to provide valuable assistance wherever she is required to assist in other activities of the Community Aid Centre.

Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre chief executive officer, Anne Farah-Hill said,: “Ms Williams donates many valuable hours during the week to support wherever and whatever she is required to do, sometimes doing as many as 20 hours per week.

‘’Her service to the community is appreciated by all the clients of Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre not to mention the staff and management who value her caring nature as well.

‘’She has a big heart for the seniors and says it truly brings her much joy, satisfaction and a great sense of purpose.’’

Ms Farah-Hill said research shows that volunteers live happier and healthier lives, which is summed in the theme of the recent Volunteer Week was ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

Before becoming a volunteer, Ms Williams was spending her time raising her children, and then grandchildren.

Even though she loved doing this, she realised that her passion was for the ageing population when her mother was diagnosed with dementia.

Ms Williams says “I love volunteering at the Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre. The most joyful part of volunteering for me, is being with the elderly clients.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre is located at 30 Morgan Street, Kingsrove.

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Waterways choking on wet wipes

BLOCKAGE: The one-tonne “fatberg” that choked a sewer system at Eleebana in February gained worldwide headlines.
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Stop putting wet wipes down the toilet.

ENVIRONMENT DAMAGE: A mangrove tree covered in flushed wet wipes near a Sydney waterway.

That is the desperate message Hunter Water Corporation are sending in a three-month advertising campaign aimed to raise awareness of the havoc being wreaked on the region’s sewer systems by the so-called“flushable” wipes.

Pictures of the removal of a one-tonne wet-wipe blockage fromEleebana in February this year went viral around the world and prompted Hunter Water to adopt apreventativeaction plan in households across the region.

Hunter Water Media and Stakeholders Manager Nick Kaiser said wet-wipe blockages, known as “fatbergs”, were responsible for “around 80 per cent of Hunter Water’s sewer system chokes” and the problem was “widespread”.

“Wet wipes don’t break down in the sewer system like toilet paper,” Mr Kaiser said.“Instead they mix with fats and oils, causing pipe blockages known as fatbergs.”

HEALTH THREAT: A suburban backyard that has overflowed with sewer as a result of a “fatberg” blockage in the system.

Mr Kaiser said the problem has stemmed from certain wet wipes being marketed as “flushable” and biodegradable.

“Companies are advertising these products as something you need for personal hygiene; people use them for wiping down surfaces in the bathroom and whatever else and they are being used for convenience,” Mr Kaiser said.

“Consumer advocate Choice has surveyed over 1500 Australians on what they thought ‘flushable’ meant, and most said they would expect it to be something that broke down like toilet paper.”

Mr Kaiser said people should “use your wet wipes to your heart’s content” but the clear message was todispose of them in the garbage bin rather than flush them down the toilet.

He estimated it wascosting Hunter Water $15 million per year to service the blockages, which could have a flow-on effect to water utilities for households throughout the region.

“That money has to be recouped from the customer in the end,” Mr Kaiser said.

“So, in a roundabout sort of way, flushing these does put up water prices because it adds to the operating expenses.”

There is also the environmental damage being caused when “fatbergs” make their way into water systems.

“What you have when you have a sewer system blockage like the large choke at Eleebanais that the flow of sewer has to go somewhere, and where it goes is up out of manholes, and whatever else,” he said.

“Invariably that finds it’s way into a water system one way or another, like a lake, creek or river, so they do cause very direct environmental damage.”

From this week, advertising material can be seenon the back of toilet doors inHuntershopping centres, pubs, clubs and cafes.

AWNRM board members

THE Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management (AWNRM) Board have recently welcome two new members into their ranks,both of whom are bringing with them “a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the region and its people” according to the AWNRM.
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Peter Miller –the first new board member –has been involved in community affairs for the last 30 years in and around Ceduna. He has been Chairperson of a number of key organisations in the region including Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC), and Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service (CKAHS) and five years as executive chairperson for the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia.

“Mr Miller’s experienced in strategic business planning, corporate governance and finance management, together with his broad understanding of local and state issues is highly relevant to the continued success engagement and delivery of on-ground works,” said AWNRM presiding board member Parry Agius.

The second new board member Kirsty Richards has lived in and around the Yalata community for many years andis “well versed in Aboriginal Lore”.“With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Indigenous Community Management and Development, and a wealth of experience working in remote Aboriginal communities in both South Australia and the Northern Territory, she is undoubtedly qualified to make a valuable contribution to the Board’s future endeavours,” said Mr Agius.

The board also has two retiring membersBrian Queama and RoseLester who have provided many years of service and contributed to the strategic development of the board’s policies and plans.

“Brian’s close relationship with the people of Oak Valley and Yalata Communities and his activeparticipation in on-ground works contributed strongly to the Board’s successful engagement,training and works delivery with local community members” Mr Agius said.“As a Yankunytjatjara woman, Rose showed a strong commitment to land and waterconservation, as well as cultural heritage.”

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Dan wants Yorkeys action

YORKEYS Crossing is back in the sights of the state government after Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan pleaded for an upgrade in State Parliament recently.
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Mr van Holst Pellekaan said he haswritten ‘many letters’ to a succession of transportministers about what he described as a very important piece of infrastructure around the outside of the regional centre of Port Augusta.

BRIDGE: Member for Stuart recommended a Yorkeys Crossing upgrade in State Parliament recently.

He described thedirt road as a bypass when the main roadthrough town is unavailable.

He said it is especially hazardous afterrain.

“In fact, onMay 24, we had a three-car accident on the bridge over the gulf, the Joy Baluch AM Bridge, whichput the entire National Highway Onethrough the centre of Port Augusta out of action,” Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

“Mr Speaker, National Highway One, as you would know, is our national road that services heavytransport for the entire nation. It goes across a bridge that has one lane in each direction over thegulf in Port Augusta.”

“When that bridge is out of action, our national freight route is out of action,and we are left with, as a backup, Yorkeys Crossing, which is a serviceable road for passengervehicles at low speeds but not nearly good enough as a backup for our national transport task.”

The MP explained how the road hastreacherousnature, which is amplifiedeven after as little assix millimetres of rain.

“We have had the bridge in Port Augusta out of action many times –Iwould estimate 10 times inthe six years that I have been a member of parliament – and we are, unfortunately, incrediblyclose to a very serious problem with regard to our nation’s freight efficiency,” Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

“If we have anaccident on the bridge in Port Augusta that knocks it out even just for 24 hours, can you imagineall of the freight travelling between Adelaide and Darwin, and between Sydney and Perth, unableto use Highway Oneand having to use Yorkeys Crossing, which goes around the outside of PortAugusta?

“Traffic within Port Augusta grows every year. Traffic around Port Augusta—intrastate traffic—grows every year, and our nation’s freight task is estimated to double over thenext 10 years…

“ I do not advocate for acomplete bypass of the City of Port Augusta; that would be a mistake. The long-term solution weneed is to have two lanes of traffic all the way through Port Augusta, and that would requireupgrades to two bridges: the one over the gulf and the one over the railway line, further eastwithin Port Augusta.

“Every time Iapproach this government about this issue and ask them to pursue it, the answer I repeatedly getis that the government has done a cost-benefit analysis and just does not see it as worthwhile.”

“…That cost-benefit analysis is flawed because it does not include in the cost side the risk toPort Augusta, to South Australia and to our nation if the bridge happens to be knocked out for asignificant amount of time.

“This is also a health and safety issue for the people of Port Augusta because all of the emergencyservices are on one side of the bridge and large residential development areas are on the other. Itis an incredibly important issue with regard to our nation’s transport task. It is a very importantissue for Port Augusta, for our state and for our nation.”

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Fresh and delicious

Good fare: The pilot program has started by targeting senior men living alone in a bid improve residents’ health.A new Hills Community Care initiative is giving the gift of independence to a range of Hills residents.
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TheIt’s A Stirprogram is designed to teach individuals how to cook some simple, fresh and healthy meals at home.

The pilot program was targeted to senior men living alone, while a second series currently under way is aimed at people in the community with mental health challenges.

While teaching residents how to cook is the primary aim of the program, the classes also present an opportunity for increased social interaction.

The Hills mayorMichelle Byrne said she was thrilled to see the program underway.

“As a passionate advocate for mental health issues, I’m really pleased to see that we’re providing this excellent service to our residents,” Cr Byrne said.

“Hills Community Care provides so many wonderful services, but I think this latest one is really striking a chord with members of our community.”

Cookery: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne, centre, with new students enrolled in the Stir It Up program.

The first group of graduates – aged between 74 and 93 – said the program had helped them develop simple strategies to improve their diet.

“I had no confidence in cooking and since coming here and being part of this terrific group with a great convenor, I’ve found it excellent and it’s given me the confidence to be able to take home the recipes and go home and try it out,” 83-year-old Patrick Keating said.

“I thoroughly recommend it, because it gives you independence and the opportunity to come and share ideas with the guys in the group.”

For more information for all services offered by Hills Community Care, please contact The HillsCouncil on 9843 0555.

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Art is… finished for another yearPhotos, Videos

AT AN END: Bela Jozsa meets Tchingal at the Horsham Town Hall. The 10-day Art is… festival has concluded for another year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWITH pumas, amazing racesand stories of the Wotjobaluk people, 2016’s Art is.. festival was a roaring success, organiser Adelle Rohrsheim said.
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The 10-day festival featured a range of literary and comedy events alongside public art events.

MsRohrsheim said she received great feedback about the 21stArt is…festival.

“It’s been really good, we’ve had some great numbers and all the events have been very successful,” she said.

“The main response I’ve had is that there’s something for everyone.

“It’s very exciting to see all the plans, organisation and hard work come to life.”

MsRohrsheim singled out Art Play Sunday, Tchingal and the Grey Matter: Lifting the Lid walking tour as particularly successful events for the festival.

“Art Play Sunday was really exciting, it was great to be able to utilise all that space at Horsham Town Hall, with the art gallery there,” she said.

“It was great for parents.

“There was so many activities the children really didn’t have time to get sick of it, and then after there was a performance for everyone to watch.

“Across the board tickets did well, with Art Play a third or tickets were walk ins on the day, which is unheard of at the town hall.”

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On Friday MsRohrsheim said they were expecting about 250 people to attend each performance of Tchingal during the weekend run.

“I’ve been to rehearsals and it looks amazing,” she said.

The event saw art come off the gallery walls and into the street, withbuskers, projection events and Tasmanian devils spotted throughout Horsham CBD.

She said the festival committee were already looking at next year’s events.

The 2016Art is…festival was the final of the three-year Layers of Time theme.

Next year the theme changes toArt is…a footprint.

“We’re still debating the sub-themes for each of the three years,” she said.

“It’ll be about environmental impacts, but not just that, it could be about the footprint art leaves or even a literal footprint.

“It’s open to artists to take it in any direction.”

MsRohrsheim thanked volunteers and the community for supporting the 2016 event.

“I’m really thankful for the volunteers or committee members,” she said.

“It’s all their hard work that had made this year, the 21stevent, so successful.”

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‘Beautiful’ blast off for band

IN ORBIT: The Rangers of the Universe are Simi Price (left to right), Steve Squelch, Scott Nash and Jason Maljers. Picture: Melinda McMillanFOR Scott Nash every moment counts. The bass player from Rangers of the Universe was diagnosed with a brain tumour 17 years ago.
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The father of twohas since undergone four operations at the hands of surgeon Charlie Teo to remove tumours.

“He basically saved my life,” Nash said.

“After the last time, I thought ‘I have to get off my arse and do something because I don’t know how long I have got.’”

“Life is too short to waste…time.”

“It really chucks in a couple of nice sparks, it’s fairly, in a strange way, inspirational. You tend not to put [things] off, you just get off your butt.”

After the last surgery Nash spent his recovery at home writing about 80 songs.

Those songs have become the backbone of Rangers of the Universe.

Nash says the band is still embryonicbut already there is a great vibebetween its members. Rangers of the Universehas played four gigs. The first gig, at the Lass O’Gowrie, was well received.

“It was like I’m throwingeverything on the floor and it could have got stomped on,” Nash said.

But after the first song Nash knew they were doing okay.

“Personally, it was a beautiful, beautiful experience to get through the whole growing thing, get to the first gig and then watch the crowd,” he said.

“It was a genuine, sweet, passionate response to the show…itwas awesome…a life changing moment.”

See them at The Hamilton Station Hotel, on July 17.