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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

Pumping!

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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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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A 23-year-old woman found injured in a Mornington Island laneway yesterday afternoon was airlifted to Mount Isa Base Hospital for treatment to serious head and arm injuries.
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Police attended a laneway located between Mukakiya and Jimbarn streets around 5pm following reports of a disturbance involving a man and woman.

Police will allege the woman was assaulted with a stick and rock, causing several large lacerations to her head and face, as well as possible facial fractures and an arm fracture.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by police and charged with one count of grievous bodily harm.

He has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today

The man and woman, both from Mornington Island, were known to each other.

– Source: Queensland Police Media.

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BUILD-UP: The road to the Magic Millions has been paved with feature racedays, with the Brisbane Racing Club alone to host 12 Black Type Races before December 19.AUSTRALIA’S richest raceday, 17 Black Type races and 11 individual feature race meetings are the headline acts of a revamped 2015/16 Queensland Summer Racing Carnival which began last Saturday, November 14 at Doomben Racecourse with the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m).
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The road to the Magic Millions has been paved with feature racedays, with the Brisbane Racing Club alone to host 12 Black Type Races between November 14 and December 19.

The Gold Coast Turf Club will host Magic Millions Preview Day on Boxing Day, headlined by three feature races and three ‘wildcard’ races for horses hoping to qualify for Australia’s richest raceday – the $10 Million Jeep Magic Millions Raceday on Saturday, January 9. Doomben will also host a ‘wildcard’ race on Saturday, December 19, with the winner of the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m) gaining automatic qualification for the Magic Millions Trophy/Stayers Cup (1800m).

Jeep Magic Millions Race Day provides $10 million in prize money over nine races, spearheaded by the $2 million 2YO Classic (1200m) and $2 Million 3YO Guineas (1400m) along with five other races worth $1 million each. The Sunshine Coast Turf Club will also host two feature meetings during the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, with the 2YO Classic Plate on January 16 and the Sunshine Coast Cup on January 26.

Racing Queensland racing operations manager Ross Gove said the feature race days programmed for the coming months would provide the perfect lead-up ahead of the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.“While the revamp of the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival has been reasonably subtle, there can be no question that the flow of Black Type races programmed will provide excellent pathways for horses to peak for rich ‘grand finals’ in late December and ultimately the Magic Millions Raceday. The carnival’s profile gains impetus at Doomben on December 12 with four Black Type races programmed that will undoubtedly unearth some serious Magic Millions contenders in the 2YO and 3YO ranks,” he said.

“The Boxing Day meeting at the Gold Coast provides a tremendous pipe-opener for the Magic Millions Raceday a fortnight later and also the ‘Wildcard’ races on the Boxing Day card add great intrigue to that race day. This season’s Magic Millions meeting is unprecedented in regards its prize money, but it is also certain to attract a massive amount of profile from within and outside of the Racing Industry.”

Plenty of zip in veteranVETERAN 8YO gelding Steel Zip added another feature win to his impressive record when he came from a near hopeless position to win the listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday, November 14.

The late driving win from Steel Zip denied 68-year-old veteran rider Tony Erhart from being the oldest jockey to win a metropolitan race in Brisbane when he and his mount Top Tone were nosed out on the post.

Winning trainer Pat Duff was delighted with the win of the stable stalwart – a horse who had a great connection with his wife Dinah who died from cancer three years ago. “There was some emotion as it was Dinah’s last horse and I also felt sad for Tony (Erhart). Tony rode Steel Zip work during the week and if I had any disappointment it was beating Tony – we’ve been friends for a lot of years,” Duff said.

Steel Zip was bred and sold by Daandine Stud for $13,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The Duff stable has prepared the gelding to 11 wins and 17 placings from 67 starts and earnings of more than $780,000.

He is one of three winners produced by the Brisbane 2YO winning Cossack Warrior mare Zip. His sire Canadian Silver was a Group 2 winner in Canada who has produced four stakes winners – the others being Make Mine Magic, Top Marc and Canadian Time.

First winner by MeldROYAL Academy sire Meld was represented by his first winner at the Gold Coast on November 3.

Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association webpage reports that the Mel Eggleston trained gelding Mini Meld accelerated to a five length victory on debut in the Highgrove Bathrooms Plate (900m). Mel’s brother Andrew Eggleston stands Meld in the Gold Coast hinterland at Numinbah Valley. “I bought him off Lloyd Williams for $40,000 at a tried horse sale. I was originally going to export him to Thailand but there delays due to swine flu so I kept him here. There was another opportunity to send him to Thailand later on but I wasn’t going to let him go after seeing his first foals. He really stamps them,” he said.

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Thornton newsagent Wayne Hackett chased off armed thief.A masked man brandishing a knife has attempted to rob Thornton Newsagency in broad daylight.
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When the offender entered the newsagency on Tuesday November 17, owner Wayne Hackett went straight on the defence to protect his business and the customers milling around the shop.

“There were two customers and kids outside coming home from school,” Mr Hackett said.

“I saw him put the knife up, it was probably 200 millimetres long.

“I just picked up my baseball bat, put it in the trigger position and off he went.”

The offender fled the scene within seconds of entering the building about 4pm.

One of the customers gave chase, but the offender jumped inside a waiting getaway car, which took off in a cloud of dust.

This is the third time the newsagency has been targeted by armed intruders in just 12 months.

“We were held up almost 12 months ago so since that day I have had the bat here,” Mr Hackett said.

“We are not in a shopping centre and there are plenty of ways to get away, I think that’s why they go for us.

“I might get some additional cameras after this one.”

A witness to the incident told The Mercury that hewas on his way home from the train station when he sawthe attempted robbery.

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Fresh flavours: Clayton Donovan at work combining cheese, macadamia nuts and other ingredients for a dish at his Jaaning Tree restaurant.Australia’sonly “hatted” indigenous chef and the host of ABC TV’s Wild Kitchen program will be cooking up a storm at the Hastings Co-op Department Store on Saturday.
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The renowned chef and restaurateur will conduct a cooking demonstration from 11am to 1pm.

For five years Clayton operated The Jaaning Tree Restaurant in Nambucca Heads, but these days he creates his amazing food at “pop-up restaurants”, corporate functions and public and private events and passes on his skills and unique knowledge at cooking schools.

While operating his restaurant Clayton won a prestigious Australian Good Food Guide Chef hat four years in a row.

Clayton grew up on Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung land on the Mid North Coast and started learning about native produce when he was four years old out walking with his aunties and grandmothers, taking what they found in the bush or along the coastline and cooking it up at their homes.

Bush tucker flavours are one of the strongest trends in the global food scene at present, Clayton says, with the world’s top restaurants getting on the bandwagon.

There is a lot of interest internationally in what is happening in Australia with Indigenous foods and local cooking shows and up-and-coming young chefs often include bush food ingredients in their menus.

He just happened to get involved with these marvellous flavours and ingredients earlier than the others and has a lot of experience.

Clayton says he can understand chefs around the world getting interested in Australian native food flavours – “it’s like having a whole new bag of tricks to play with”, he says. The popular chef is no stranger to the Wauchope area, having cooked for this year’s Meals in the Fields banquet at Hollisdale’s Near River farm, using local produce for the multi-course gourmet event.

Clayton is planning to use more local produce for The Department Store cooking demonstration, combined with finger limes and warrigal greens for another of his distinctive delicious dishes.

He hopes people attending the demonstrations will “have fun” and take home some new ideas for incorporating bush food ingredients into their family meals.

“It’s Australian, it’s sustainable and it makes a lot more sense than just using imported ingredients,” he says.

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Today isGo Home On Time Day, and Beyond Blue is urging everyone to knock off at theirrostered time and consider whether yourwork/life balance is healthy — or perhaps address reasons that may be keeping you at work, day in day out.
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According to Beyond Blue, around60% of Aussieswork extra hours to meet the expectations of theirjob. Some people may find it satisfying and rewarding to put in long hours at work however, this can affect your mental and physical health — and also your relationships.

It’s up to both employers and employees to discuss expectations so that everyone’s clear on workloads, priorities and deadlines — and the resources available to complete tasks.

For some tips on how you can ensure you’re out the door on time today, or how to take care of your mental health at work, visit Heads Up.

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