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THE farmers should be feeling happy about the rain we’ve had during the past week. The dams are looking much fuller and creeks and rivers are flowing more freely than they have for a while. The lawn-mowing services must be happy, also, as the grass is looking much thicker and growing very well and those who depend on tank water must be content, too, with a good to-up to their water supplies.

Something to think about

OF course the rain helps all ground cover to grow along with the scrub and the trees in the bush areas which increases the risk of bush and grass fires with the hotter months yet to come. I must say I was very pleased to read the Chronicle’s spread on preparations and advice for the upcoming summer months last week. It mentioned the use of swimming pools as static water supplies which can be the difference between saving a home and losing it to a fire. I assume that everyone would agree it’s easier and cheaper to refill even an in-ground pool than rebuild your home despite top of the range insurance.

With this in mind I am going to suggest that it might be sensible for those on larger holdings to have a sketch of their property with all dams, streams, water-holding gullies and the river (if applicable), etc marked on it which they could provide to the fire brigades in the area so time, which is of the essence to fire-fighters, is not wasted searching or travelling longer distances to water supplies they know of when they need water in a hurry either to save your stock and other property or your neighbours.

The AIDER service is a service which the RFS has in place to assist those who are unable for whatever reason to prepare their property for the bushfire season. Maybe it’s time to think how the public can provide a way to assist these volunteers when they need it in return. It is not always possible for your local brigade to attend a fire in your area as the members could be out somewhere else assisting with a fire so even if your local members know your property and where to go for water a visiting brigade would not. Think about this and make a map, even if you refuse to give a copy to the RFS brigades out of your area to keep, it could save your property, your neighbour’s property or even someone’s life in a crisis situation. Imagine how much relief it would be if Fire Comm. could just tell a brigade to call at the house or, if you’ve vacated the property, where they can lay hands on “a mud map” of your property which can help them do a quicker job of putting out a threatening blaze.

Vale Cliffy

I was saddened to hear of the passing of the last surviving male member of one of the pioneering families of the Cundle Flat area, Clifton (Cliffy) Smith on Friday, November 6. His funeral service was held on the following Monday , November 10 at 9.30am in Wingham.

Cliffy resided at Wingham Court at the time of his passing and had reached the 80th year of his life. He is survived by his sister, Valma and his two sisters-in law, Gwen and Margaret, are still with us. He had five nieces and a nephew, also, along with their respective families who will miss him in the coming years, I’m sure. To his remaining family and his friends we all send condolences on his passing and hope they have many happy memories to keep of times spent with him over his lifetime.

Birthday round-up

THE first name on my list this week is Mitchell Smith who mightn’t feel much like celebrating yet. He is joined by David Dick, Hunter Barbour and George Cassar.

All their family members and friends send best wishes for their birthdays and wish them well in the coming year. It is hoped the weather gods are kind to any of them who are having outside celebrations for their special days. With the age range I’d say the celebrations will be rather varied in format.

Happy anniversary wishes are sent out to Sue and Bob McKay this week. All your friends from Mt George wish you both health and happiness for another year and hope to be able to send the same wishes to you next year. Have a wonderful day.

School of Arts Reserve Trust invitation

THERE will be a children’s Christmas party held at the community hall on Saturday, November 28 commencing at 10am. I would think most of you would have noticed the signs along Nowendoc Road by now. All community members are invited to come along and help the children celebrate.

There will be games and prizes for the children and a visit from Father Christmas. A hamper raffle will be held and there will also be a sausage sizzle where you can buy a sausage sandwich ($2) and a can of soft drink ($2) so mum doesn’t have to cook lunch when you get back home.

The community markets are being held the same day so while someone else keeps the youngsters entertained mum and/or dad can browse among the stalls and look for a bargain without the usual “Can I have ?..?” or “How much longer are we going to be here?” Who knows, you just might find that one elusive gift you need for a hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list while the youngsters are happily engaged elsewhere.

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THE Men4Life (M4L) James Bond Spectre movie fundraiser on Thursday night at the Nowra Roxy was a smashing success.
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The event was a sell out,thanks to the event organiser M4L secretary Jason D Cox.

Before the screening of the James Bond movie the audience was entertained with a fun auction and lucky door prize give always.

It was great to see so many dress up for the theme of James Bond with the winners of the fancy dress going to Phil and Wendy Reid.

The night was also a opportunity for M4L support group to celebrate eleven years of supporting men in the Shoalhaven.

All proceeds from the night go a long way with assisting with the support group’s weekly meetings and Reconnect Camps, as M4L are unfunded and rely on community support.

The night was such a fun and successful event and we look forward to doing it again next year.

At the Men 4 Life (M4L) movie fundraiser are Jason D Cox (M4L Secretary), Mark Wilson, Michael Bett (M4L Vice) and David Simister (M4L President).

Jason D Cox and Greg Mcleod (Nowra Rotary) enjoy themselves at the Jame Bond movie night.

Helena Simister, David Simister (M4L President), Mr Fitzgerald, Tony Fitzgerald, Jenny Woods at the James Bond movie night.

Phil and Wendy Reid are the James Bong movie night’s fancy dress winners.

Having a great night at the James Bond movie night are David Simister, Peter Hallett, Rob Cooke (M4L treasurer).

Veronica Jane Terrassin, Jeanmarie Andrews and Lizzy Pie are set for a great night at the movies.

Jason D Cox and Phil Reid ready to go the flicks

Jason D Cox and Tony Fitzgerald ham it up at the James Bong movie night.

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Surf Report with John Veage Early morning gold.Picture John Veage
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Dawn cracks the line.Picture John Veage

My (Greg Nash’s) G&S at the Alley.Picture John Veage

Wet for the first time in 20 years.Picture John Veage

Set out the back.Picture John Veage

Sneaky bank near the rock pool.Picture John Veage

Fish fingerling throwing his arms like his old man.Picture John Veage


Hasnt got her hair wet yet.Picture John Veage

Ankle high-swellnet got it right.Picture John Veage

Cruz Mckee-ripping it up.Picture John Veage

This is what the beack looks like.Picture John Veage

“Back in my day”.Picture John Veage

Damien Hardman (North Narrabeen) missed out.Picture Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Layne Beachley (Freshwater).Picture Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

sneaky old salt -Russel Molony (North Shelly) Picture Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Volcom team rider Kyuss King taking to the sky(Picture:Christie)

Destination Tweed -DanSinclair.Picture Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Kelia Moniz two-time World Longboard Champion headbutted the deck. Picture: WSL/Will H-S

This is a woman! Picture Tim McKenna

Escondido in all its glory-Pedro Calado.Picture Daniel Nava

The paddle out is a bit hard-Nazare.Picture Helio Antonio

mySURF.tv host Ronnie Blakey chats with Billabong Team Rider Felicity Palmateer on set. Picture Surfing Australia / Nikon

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OUT: Stephen O’Keefe celebrates his first wicket for Australia in Dubai in October, 2014. Picture: Ryan Pierse, Getty ImagesFormer Hawkesbury cricketer Stephen O’Keefe has been named in a 13-man Australian squad for the third test against New Zealand.
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The test, which will begin no November 27 in Adelaide, will be the first ever day-night test match.

O’Keefe claims five wickets for NSW | November 17.

O’Keefe has been included in the squad because of uncertainty over the condition of the Adelaide pitch, and the fact he has been in fine form in the day-night Sheffield Shield matches.

The day-night test match will feature a pink, rather than a red ball, which has been the cause of some controversy.

Fellow former Hawkesbury player John Hastings said last month the pink ball made cricket boring.

Chairman of Australian selectors Rod Marsh said O’Keefe had been named in the squad to cover all bases.

“We have opted to include an extra spinner in the squad for Adelaide as we are unsure what conditions we will see there,”he said.

“Stephen was included in our squad that was to go to Bangladesh and if he should get an opportunity we think he will make the most of it.”

O’Keefe played his only test match last year against Pakistan, where he took four wickets.

He has taken seven wickets in three games during the Sheffield Shield season, although one of those games was called off before he had a chance to bowl a ball.

O’Keefe has been on the verge of Australian selection for some time, but Nathan Lyon has an ironclad grip on the spinner’s spot in the test team.

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Market fan Mayor Lindsay Brown with produce and SAGE’s Stuart Whitelaw.
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After more than a year and around 100 hours of volunteer effort, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla)has released a reportit says shows the local economic development impacts of its successful farmers market.

Thebottom line oftheSAGE Farmers Market Economic Impact Study 2014-2015is taking mostby surprise, but not themarketcommittee and chairman Stuart Whitelaw.

“The market’s managing committee knew that the market was generating serious economic activity. We could see that it was making a big difference to the lives of people growing food around here,” Mr Whitelaw said.”When you talk to some councillors or read important policy shaping documents published by council, the local food economy just isn’t on their radar as a serious consideration.

“SAGE is working hard on a number of fronts to change that, but we needed something that could quantify the impact of growing and selling food locally. We needed to be able to speak the language of policy makers.”

After surveying customers at four markets over 12 months, it was revealed that shoppers spend $1,769,000 annually at theSAGEFarmers Market.Additionally, customers were asked if they intended to shop elsewhere in Moruya that day.

Almost 75 per centof shoppers indicated they also shopped elsewhere, spending $1,459,000 annually.The study also obtained qualitative data from businesses in Moruya, with almost 70 per centof survey responses indicating they believed the market has a positive impact.

TheSAGEFarmers Market adheres to the best practice guidelines of theAustralian Farmers’ Markets Association, requiring eachstall holder is inspected socustomers can be confident that what they are buying is grown, harvested or made by the person they’re buying it from.

“The MoruyaSAGEFarmers Market is a shining example of the immense power of authentic well-managed farmers markets to grow local economies, and showcase regional agriculture and food production,”said Jane Adams, spokesperson for the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association, adding that other markets would use the study data.The full report isavailable for downloador [email protected]论坛

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Multiple fires are burning near Esperance in Western Australia and arebelieved to have been started by lightning strikes.The fire that started near North Cascade is currently one of the most severe. It is now at Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warnsit isunpredictable withflames burning up to two metres high.Incredible pics out of #Esperance right now. @R_H_Chandler joins us live @ 5.30 with the latest details #WAfirespic.twitter南京夜网/NGQ07sg8Uh
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— Anne-Maree Leonard (@amleonardGWN7) November 17, 2015Four people have died in thefires in the Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas overnight and the death toll is feared to increase. Two women and two men were killed and are believed to have been in their cars trying to escape the blaze.An emergency worker said the Salmon Gums blaze was the worst he had ever seen.”The wind and weather conditions … there was no stopping it,” he told the ABC.This thing is a monster and nothing we can do to stop it. A sick feeling leaving this place #Esperance#bushfirepic.twitter南京夜网/V0LW7B5bdM

— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015An emergency warning is in placeinGrass Patch, Salmon Gums, Merivaleand surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.More than 300 people have been evacuated.Bye to the farm as we’ve been told to evacuate good luck to all #Esperance#bushfirespic.twitter南京夜网/Yz9wcnjqpt

— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015Weather conditions are exacerbating the fires.Australia isentering a three-dayheatwave, with temperatures across the country expected to hit 40-degrees. Source: Bureau of Meterology.

Very hot air from north-west of Western Australia is moving south, elevating fire conditions. Winds are expected to change the direction of the fires.Smoke from #WAfires being carried across SE SA and SW Vic by mid-level winds. pic.twitter南京夜网/0RpQZ0UEj9

— Andrew Miskelly (@andrewmiskelly) November 18, 2015Around300,000 hectares have been burned in the North Cascadebushfire, reports WA Today.

The DFES is warningpeople not to leave it too late to evacuate.

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AustraliaPost is encouraging children across the Hastings to post their Santa mail nice and early to ensure the jolly man in the big red suit has time to reply before he packs up his sleigh.
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More than 100,000 letters from young Australians were sent to the North Pole last year.

With Christmas fast approaching, Australia Post is again preparing to deliver thousands of letters to Santa.

To ensure Santa reads and responds to children’s letters, simply put your wish lists in the post addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999.

Be sure to clearly write your child’s full name and address, along with a stamped envelope so Santa knows where to send his reply.

If children get stuck or need help with writing their letter, Australia Post has tips on their website, as well as decorative letter writing templates you can print from home.

Letters mailed before Christmas will receive a response direct from the North Pole.

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IT would be interesting to learn on what basis the Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance envisages a potential 170 jobs being generated by the proposed M1 service centres (“Muted reply to M1 plan”, Lakes Mail, November 12) as being a plus for the area, considering two factors.
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Firstly, there are only 20 staff parking spaces shown on the plans; and secondly, employers cannot recruit staff based on applicants’ residential addresses.

As to increased price competition, the community was assured of this benefit with the opening of the Caltex outlet at the Morisset Gateway.

We’re still waiting for price competition in Morisset despite a further increase in the number of fuel outlets, which is why I drive to Freemans Waterhole for my fuel.

If anyone thinks prices at more M1 service stations -which will undoubedtly be operated by one of the big players – will be competitive, I suggest they monitor prices at the existing twin service stations.

– J Graham, Cooranbong

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DIEHARD SUPPORTER: Peter Ciaston wearing his beloved red and white at BFL grand final day this year. Picture: Kate Healy.
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The man injured in a bicycle accident who lay in hospital in Melbourne unidentified on Monday night is a beloved figure at the Ballarat Football Club.

‘Scoreboard’ Pete Ciaston is at the Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering from his injuries, coming out of a coma on Tuesday.

Former Swans president Shane Manley said he was one of the hardest workers at the club and a top bloke.

“He’d do anything for anyone, he’s a reallygenuine, honest, caring guy,” he said.

Starting as a scoreboard operator 20 years ago–which earned the 51-year-old his name –Mr Ciaston has become one of the Ballarat Football League’s best-known faces while carrying water across the grades.

Mr Manley said he was unidentified until Tuesdaybecause in another bit of bad luck,his wallet had been stolen at a party only two weeks ago, and he was still in the process of replacing his licence.

He came off his bike at the roundabout on the corner of Dana Street and Albert Street, out the front of Ballarat police station.

By chance there was an ambulance parked at the police station so police and paramedics were able to attend to him quickly.

He was airlifted to Melbourne in a critical condition.

Mr Manley said a group from the club visited Mr Ciaston on Wednesday.

“The doctors have told me he is very lucky,” he said.

“Most of the people in the league know him and will be wishing him all the best.”

Mr Manley spoke about Mr Ciaston being embraced at the club, where he found a family after a tough upbringing.

A spokeswoman from the Royal Melbourne Hospital said he was in a stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Ciastonreceived many messages of support from the football world and beyond.

The Courier’s online message board and Facebook was where many people said they were thinking of him.

Craig Grant from Wendouree wrote on behalf of the Redan ‘old boys’.

“Get well soon Pete, one of the great characters of the BFL,” he said.

Kylie from Delacombe paid tribute to his character.

“Pete is such a caring, loving andhard working guy. Wishing you a speedy recovery Pete,” she said.

Karina Cromb wrote on Facebook about his after-match celebrations.

“Get well soon Pete. You’re a top bloke. I always looked forward to your Saturday night speeches,” she said.

Others described the Ballarat Health Services workeras “the nicest guy around” and a “champion bloke”.

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READY: A strong turnout is expected at the charity golf day next week.
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ON Friday, November 27, the Nowra Golf Club will hostannual SBC Macey Insurancecharitygolfday.

The cost per team is $300 per team of four and $400 hole sponsor.The day will get underway at 7am with breakfast, before a shotgun start at8am, before lunch at 1pm. This year’s charities are Shoalhaven Kids In Need, Sailability and Shoalhaven Education Fund.

Robbie Maddison will be the guest speaker at this year’s event.Over lunch, you can hear from the XGames extreme motocross legend about his motor cross stunts and world record distance jumps and most recently motor surfing Tahitis famous Teahupoo.

Nowra Golf Club’svery own PGA Pro Paul Maiolowill be in attendance to help your team get through theday. If you are willing to donate a small fee to the charity pool and he will take your shot –conditions apply.

There is also a chance to wina brand new Hyundai Sonata, valued at $35,000, if you can hit a hole in hole on the 12th.

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Your #Riverina, November 18 | Social photos madrick05: #sunset #summer #clouds #storm #waggawagga #riverina
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shoot2720: Another summer!! Looking out across the still waters in the Snowy scheme as the Sturgess fire burned out of control for days in steep, inhospitable terrain along the foreshores., it was midday in another world

wshq_waggawagga: Stormy skies always pass ⚡️ #myriverina

paulwkerr: Wollundry Lagoon at six am. #riverina #myriverina

gulpha: He is only a young bull but hopefully he can get the job done. 😄🌺 #riverina

combaninglarder: It’s a tough life! #lambs #twinlambs #smallholding #smallscalefarming #combaning #riverina

farmer_bruno: Bearded lizard climbing a Gordo vine. #riverinawinegrapes #riverina #griffith #grapes #wine #vines #australia #nsw #nofilter #alcohol #viticulture #vino @nswwine @riverinawinecollective @mcwilliamswines #lizard #vintage2016 #spring #sherry #moscato @wineaustralia

farmer_bruno: Bearded lizard climbing a Gordo vine. #riverinawinegrapes #riverina #griffith #grapes #wine #vines #australia #nsw #nofilter #alcohol #viticulture #vino @nswwine @riverinawinecollective @mcwilliamswines #lizard #vintage2016 #spring #sherry #moscato @wineaustralia

anotherfarmgirl: So did ya? #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #wheat #harvest #riverina #sunset #livelovefarm #farmgirl #farmlife #backboneoftheworld

bektaylor: – Home Sweet Home in 30 days – #familiesareforever #straya #jordscominghome #iamsoexcited #home #countrynsw #sunsets #farmlife #simplelife #nature #riverina

cap_tures: L A K E T A L B I N G O My last weekend in wagga for a while. I look forward to more adventures to come ! #stormchasing

bradleybridge: Real life genuine Wiradjuri didgeridoo in the making at Sandhills Artefacts in Narrandera. Worth ~$700 when done and sent all over the world, these aren’t just hollow sticks #didgeridoo #narrandera #sandhillsartefacts #indigenous #indigenoushealth #wagga #riverina

bushgoddess: The blue of #chicoryflowers against a morning blue sky before another glorious #Riverina late spring day. This chicory was growing by side of road so transplanted it with great success as it’s been self sowing now for two years = foraged food 😊. #springviewecofarm #tasteriverina #visitwagga

fi2011: #adelong #storm #clouds #abcopen #nsw #riverina #photooftheday #pic

roxy_butko: Sorry for the harvest spam…but it’s just so beautiful! #riverina #harvest #country #love #work #johndeere #tractor #pretty #sunset #australia #farming #panorama #onthe8thdaygodmadeafarmer

cap_tures: L A K E A L B E R T

a_stroll_through_the_country: 3 Headers in Sync. #canola #crop #header #johndeere #girlsdrivetoo #harvest2015 #riverina #nsw #australia

gulpha: Belmore Shogun looking to create some little shoguns! 🌸😄 #riverina #instakuntry #ig_down_under #agri #fazenda #farming #rural_love_ #farmpictures2015 #agrofazendas #agricultura_bruta #wow_australia #Animalsnapz #shorthorns #beefcattle #pecuaristas #agrowlife #rsa_rural #vscocam #agriculture #pocket_farms #shorthorn #aussieag #trb_country #ig_countryside

woodwinters: Top guys at McWilliams. Much respect for their work. And generous with the 25yo fortifieds and 1968 Cabernet.#mcwilliamsfamiliywinemakers#riverinawinecollective#wineaustralia

thecootamundraherald: We’re in for a tight finish between these two talented Cootamundra sides and you couldn’t ask for a better afternoon for it. #cootamundra #southwestslopes #riverina #cricket #bushcricket

raggiebell: Yep she’s right to go Dad! #letsgethayseasonandharvestoutoftheway #osfarms_au #riverina #australia

voyager_craft_malt: Back into it after our second rain delay. #riverina #craftmalt

raggiebell: The header contractor arrives tomorrow. #letsgethayseasonandharvestoutoftheway #osfarms_au #riverina #australia

bellarose_photography: “…may every sunset hold more peace” #bellarose_photography #australianphotography #australia #riverina Location: Riverina. NSW

roxy_butko: What a beautiful day 🚜🚜 #work #farming #harvest #johndeere #tractor #good #stuff #onthe8thdaygodmadeafarmer #beautiful #country #australia #love #amazing #riverina

combaninglarder: One chick, two mums. It’s ridiculous lol, and slightly chaotic. I’ve had hens raise chicks together before, but it was more like four chicks, two hens! #chicks #chickens #hens #twoparents #broodylife #backyardfarming #smallscalefarming #keepingchickens #combaning #riverina

h_u_l_a_g_w_a_y: Another #sunday #sunset #clouds #sky #skyporn #riverina

combaninglarder: Our raspberry bush didn’t produce last year, and I hadn’t seen any flowers on it yet this season. So obviously we just got a bit excited when we found these beauties! #raspberry #raspberries #chemicalfreeveg #berries #backyardveg #fruit #combaning #riverina

anotherfarmgirl: Aww yeahh #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #caseih #9120 #barley #harvest #riverina

terriv6: Traveling for work & cows on the road yesterday near Urana – thanks to my colleague and passenger @guykb for this great pic! Enjoy the weekend everyone! #thekindredsoulvillage #riverina #ig_australia #worktravel #roadtrip #nsw

combaninglarder: Out and about scratching and foraging this afternoon. #chicks #chickens #freerangechooks #hens #farmlife #backyardfarming #smallscalefarming #combaning #riverina

caitlin.langley: These two supervising my fencing repairs today. #riverina #waggawagga #arab #arabhorse #arabian #asghar #nofilter

a_stroll_through_the_country: The rain has finally scooted off! Back on the paddock! #canola #chaserbin #australia #nsw #riverina #girlsdrivetoo #harvest2015 #johndeere #windrows #header

raggiebell: We had barley grass everywhere this year. The kids hate it as the seeds get in their shoes, socks and clothes. #sunset #letsgethayseasonandharvestoutoftheway #osfarms_au #riverina

raggiebell: We have some amazing sunsets here. #osfarms_au #riverina #australia #kuntrygram #thankafarmerforyournextmeal

gulpha: Belmore Supercool kicks up some bull dust at ‘Coragulac’. 🌸😄 #riverina #instakuntry #ig_down_under #agri #fazenda #farming #rural_love_

jclknight: Draft up, #truckin days. #hayplains #riverina #cattle #kenworth #ontheroadagain

suziejayde: Sneek peek of my pole photoshoot 🙂 unedited pics… Cant wait to see the edited ones! 😁 thanks karl and jen for giving us the oppertunity! #pole #polephotoshoot #waggawagga #riverina

farmer_bruno: So while you’re out thinking about what to buy this Christmas… We’re getting our farm in order to give you the choice of what to drink at Christmas 2016. #chardonnay #riverina #griffith

h_u_l_a_g_w_a_y: #waggawagga – #junee road #juneesky #clouds #riverina #sky

insidethetomato: Beautiful job #Leeton. #sunset #nofilter #calmafterthestorm #Riverina #ruralnsw

gulpha: Life can be pretty relaxing at ‘Coragulac’ if you’re a cow! 🌞 #riverina #instakuntry #ig_down_under #agri #fazenda #farming #rural_love_ #farmpictures2015 #agrofazendas #agricultura_bruta #wow_australia #Animalsnapz #shorthorns #beefcattle #pecuaristas #agrowlife #rsa_rural #vscocam #agriculture #pocket_farms #shorthorn #aussieag #trb_country #ig_countryside

a_stroll_through_the_country: This is why you never buy a white car!! Lol! #riverina #nsw #crop #jeep #tjwrangler #ThatWasABigPuddle #australia #redmud

mickeyrolph: Ajanta cafe in Coolamon has to be the best in the Riverina! Unique yummy delicacies & good coffee especially the ‘dirty hippie’ chai x espresso yummo, and so much cool stuff to look at!! #coolamon #coffee #cafe #ajanta #Riverina #waggafood #visitwaggawagga #gifts

glawrence01: #tripadvisor sharing with tourism operators here in the #visitgriffith #riverina about the importance of #tripadvisor . Over 525 million people use #tripadvisor a month. That is a powerful story. #riverina #DNSW #visitgriffith #winegrapesmarketingboard

jimmycameron13: Located in the heart of Jindera….. You bloody beauty – strawberry lamington with cream! #dessert #riverina #lamington #strawberry #cream #love #food #heaven #country

suziejayde: Breakfast.. #blueberrysmoothie #blueberrys #blueberries #yum #healthy #purplenotblue #friday #doozieday #theatrium #theatriumcafe #waggawagga #wagga #riverina #cafe

visitwaggawagga: “I feel the need…the need for speed!” Sorry, there’s no Goose and Maverick spectacle but this Sabre jet fighter is one of a number of aircraft taking pride of place at the front of #Wagga’s RAAF Base. The static aircraft display is accessible for public viewing anytime, adjacent to the #RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre. Open 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, entry to the Centre is free. It showcases Air Force history along with representing the significant involvement of the RAAF in the #Riverina Region. Image: @sydney_dreaming #visitwagga #AirForce #aviation #wagga #waggawagga

bellarose_photography: “You never have to look too far to find a town’s beauty…” #bellarose_photography #australianphotography #travelaustralia #travel #australia #riverina #cootamundra #sunset #sunsetporn #sunset_madness #sky #dusk #railway #railwaystation #loveit #australiagram #ausfeels #aussiephotos #amazing_australia #aussie_captures #australian_landscapes #photooftheday #sky_brilliance #hdr_captures #ig_countryside #countrylifestyle #ig_down_under #countrynsw @great_captures_australia @australiancountrymag Location: Cootamundra. Riverina NSW

insidethetomato: Woken up by thunder this morning and some spectacular fork lightening. And here comes the #rain. #Leeton #riverina #weather

bellarose_photography: Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”. John Wayne. #bellarose_photography #australianphotography #horse #horseandrider #horselife #horselove #equine #cowboy#cowboyhat #australiancowboy #aussieguy #australia #riverina #ig_countryside #country_features #country #countrylifestyle1 #countrylifestyle #ig_country #horsesofig #instahorses #hdr_captures #australia_shotz #australiagram #ig_down_under #downunder #travel #travelaustralia Location: Riverina. Leeton.

voyager_craft_malt: A great few days showing @paulwesttilba and the @rivercottageaus team around our farm. #riverina #craftmalt

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UPDATED: Ute ends up in river | photos, video In the drink … the ute in the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer
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In the drink … the ute in the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the ute in the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the recovery mission at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink …removing items from the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink …removing items from the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the ute is pulled clear of the water. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … a tow truck recovers the ute from the river. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the ute in the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the recovery mission begins at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the ute out of the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

In the drink … the ute out the river at North Haven. Pic: Kate Dwyer

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A frank and moving conversation can do miracles.
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It can certainly change a life.

I saw that first hand yesterday at the Tie up the Black Dog event in Goondiwindi.

It was an event the amazing women from the Tie Up the Black Dog Committee had taken to Roma the day before.

Those women are Mary Woods, Liz Wood and Mary Carrigan.

They probably don’t see how they are making life easier and better for so many people.

But it was hard to miss yesterday.

THREE amazing women who care. Pictured from left are Liz Wood, Mary Woods and Mary Carrigan.

The workshop was aimed to shine the light on drugs, anxiety, and depression in the region.

A variety of speakers attended the session which was equally beneficial for professionals and community members alike.

The session focussed on recovery from addiction, rehabilitation, clinical information on substance abuse as well as depression and anxiety.

Sadly for me it was production day at the Argus and I could only attend for a short period.

It was occasionally hard work for those speaking and listening.

At least on an emotional level as people from many walks of life spoke about their own stories of depression and addiction. But it was also inspiring

Goondiwindi commuity leader Betsy Turner spoke on ways of looking at mental “well being”.

“One of the things I find very sad about this community is that some people at their very lowest don’t know that there is a better version of themselves waiting to come out.”

Betsy focussed on:

1. Hope.

2. Willingness

3. Responsible Action

“Hope is arousing a sense of positive purpose in life,”Betsy said.

“Hope and inspiring hope are key in mental health recovery. Addiction follows many pathways,” Betsy said.

Young people are one particular group which find it hard to ask for help.

“Young people are afraid to put their face out there and be identified,.” Mary Woods said.

Headspace helps youths aged between 12 and 25, through video links, face-to- face visits and doctors visits which are all free services.

Headspace began as a pilot program that was launched in Warwick due to the high incidence of suicide in the region.

The second office has now been opened in Toowoomba.

One of the speakers included an 18 year old who has benefitted from Headspace. At age 15 Wendy had found herself trying to run a family, a farm and get an education.

With help from Headspace and a love of horses Wendy has found a way forward past anxiety, depression and self harm.

Now Wendy is working towards a career working with children and horse therapy for those suffering mental illness.

“You get on a horse and the whole world melts away for half an hour, it helps,” the 18 year old said.

A barbeque and QandA session with a panel of community and clinical experience and guest speaker followed.

The guest speaker, Matthew Johnstone is an accomplished illustrator and author of six books, four of which have been best sellers.

His latest book “The Big Little Book of Resilience,” offers a roadmap to developing and maintaining resilience and how to overcome, learn and grow from challenging life events.

Matthew is the creative director at the Black Dog Institute.

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