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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