Cyrus returns home to the Gong: photos TweetFacebookX Factor contestant Cyrus Villanueva, is he’s a top bloke and the humblest of guys.
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Villanueva played tour guide to mentor Chris Isaak and a Prime7 film crew on Wednesday, with fans screaming everywhere.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery was at the free concert in the Crown Street Mall, clearly bitten by the ‘Cyrus Virus’.

Cyrus performs at Wollongong Crown Street Mall“He comes across as a really nice guy. He’s not only good looking … he’s a well rounded individual,” said Councillor Bradbery.

Jo Halios-Lewis from Balgownie ducked out of work early to bring her two children to the concert, agreeing the singer was down to earth and talented –“head and shoulders above the others”.

Senior minister of the New Day Church in Figtree Brett Gottle has known Villanueva for eight years and also attested to his character.

Post by Chris Isaak and Cyrus Villanueva sing “Wicked Game”.

“He’s a man of integrity, he has incredible character, incredibly humble and extremely competent,” he said.

The other running theme I kepthearing from everybody –even my housemate who rarely watches talent shows –is that Villanueva does have The X Factor.

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The Illawarra will have it’s first major reality tv star after Cyrus Villanueva was given a golden ticket to The X Factor grand final, along with singer Louise Adams, 31 of Mount Gambier and duo Jess & Matt, both 24 from Sydney.
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Villanueva was a ball of nerves up until the moment his name was called on the safe list duringTuesday night’s elimination show, though it was bittersweet.

“It’s at that point of the competition where everyone is so talented and so different you never know if you’re safe or not,” he said.“I was so over the moon to have made it, but I had to say ‘See you’ to [Big] T.”

The pair became close mates during their time on the television talent quest, each spurring the other on.

“He just keeps telling me, ‘alright bro, you gotta take this out – this is your moment’,” he laughed.

It certainly is his time to shine and Australia is backing him every step of the way. Villanueva concededhe knew Dapto would back him and also the people of Wollongong, but felt totally overwhelmed by the support from far and wide that continues to pour his way.

“I’m just following something that I love doing and putting all my effort and hard work into that,” he said.“I guess [i’m an] example to how far you can go if you put your mind to it.”

Monday night will see him perform three songs in the hope of being crowned winner on Tuesday. He couldn’t give too much away as to what songs have been chosen, but said in preparation he didn’t like to over-rehearse.

“When I learn any song I don’t over sing it, because there’s a point where you’re thinking too much, then you overthink trying to remember certain lyrics, then you get to the spotlight and you forget it all,” he said.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of media commitments and song practice, but the main aim for Villanueva is to “keep healthy, keep fit, make sure we don’t get sick the day before”.

Aside from his family, the biggest thing he’s missed whilst being in the competition were his mates, and being able to catch up for lunch or a surf whenever he wanted.

Once the show was over he said he couldn’twait to invite them around home for “a couple of cups of tea and some biscuits”.

“As soon as I left [Wollongong] it hit me how much they mean to me and how regular they were in my life, it’s been hard to be away from all of them.”


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Fodder contractor Craig Hage says the Krone Ultima CF155XC – the world’s first non-stop round baler – has increased his baling speed from 40 bales an hour to more than 80.BAROSSA Valley-based fodder contractor Craig Hage has invested in Australia’s first non-stop round baler, the Krone Ultima CF155XC.
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The machine was imported in September by Regari Contracting and has doubled its production from 40 round bales of silage an hour to more than 80.

The German-built baler keeps collecting the crop while the finished bale is being net wrapped and transferred to the plastic wrapper.

The pre-compression chamber enables high density bales of between 700 kilograms and 800kg to be produced, and the semi-variable bale chamber can produce 1.25 metre to 1.5m diameter bales.

When the bale is finished the two belts which make up the pre-compression chamber stop to allow net to be applied to the bale.

While these belts are stopped they move apart to expand the pre-compression chamber so that the incoming crop can still be collected until the finished bale is ejected and the bale chamber is empty. The collected fodder forms the core of the next bale.

Mr Hage said the Ultima was auto greasing and had improved operator comfort with the tractor not stopping and starting all the time, but the biggest advantage was improved labour efficiency.

“The biggest things for us is there is not enough time in the day to do things and finding good labour.”

“Last year we had four balers but (this year) we have three balers running doing a similar amount of work.”

There is also less heavy lifting with the hydraulic net roll lifter.

This removes the need for the operator to lift a full roll of net onto the top of the machine every time a new one is required.

The 16 film roll holders are also positioned at the same height as the film dispensers, reducing operator fatigue.

Mr Hage says it has not been a big silage year with the dry spring, but he has already made about 2000 bales with the machine.

“In the next five years we will see a lot more of these about,” he said.

“The biggest problem with round bale silage is it takes 30-40 seconds to make a bale but then you are sitting about for 15-20 seconds waiting for it to wrap and opening and closing the tailgate to produce it, whereas with this we can keep going.”

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FIRE danger is about to spike across southeastern Australia with conditions likely to be the most intense since at least last summer, more intense than a month ago when bushfires flared up.
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South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and much of these States are about to experience worse fire weather conditions than in early-to-mid October, the last time a wave of hot, dry winds blew across the region.

Inland areas will exceed 40 degrees as humidity drops below 10 per cent and winds gust to 40 to 50km/h.

Some coastal areas will see temperatures reach the mid thirties with similarly low humidity and high wind gusts.

The result will be fire danger reaching well into the severe and extreme categories, possibly beyond, particularly in areas which had had very little rain recently.

The saviour for some areas is soaking rain which fell about a week ago, dampening the fuel load.

The highest fire danger should occur during Wednesday for western and southern SA, Thursday for northern SA and Victoria and Friday for NSW.

During Tuesday parts of Western Australia’s south recorded their highest fire danger since last summer, even two summers ago.

At Norseman, in the southern Goldfields, 42-degree heat combined with six percent humidity and 89km/h wind gusts, resulting in its worst fire weather in several years.

The intense weather is due to 45-degree plus heat developing over northern WA due to days of unbroken sunshine with help from unseasonably warm waters offshore.

Some of this heat is being drawn south and east across the country in northwesterly winds ahead of weak fronts.

The weak fronts are allowing the heat to last a few days as it makes its way across southern Australia.

The wave of heat and intense fire weather will lessen when a stronger front moves through during Thursday and Friday.

However, it will take about a day for fire danger to drop significantly, once the southerly winds become cool enough.

Blowing dust is also likely to persist for about a day after the arrival of the southerly, given the wind change will be a dry one for much of the inland.

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Community members opposed to local council mergers are being called on to join a rally against forced amalgamations outside the NSW Parliament on Wednesday.
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The rally organisers say the protest is to make it clear that if the government doesn’t listen and sacks or forces local councils to amalgamate “we will remember them” at the next ballot box.

In a statement the Cabonne Amalgamation No Thank You (ANTY) group said it had been drawn to its attention that the NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton recently “infuriated her ministerial colleagues and undermined Premier Mike Baird” when she told cheering locals at an anti-amalgamations rally that Woollahra Council should not be merged and that “small can be effective”.

ANTY spokesperson Marj Bollinger said Ms Upton reportedly told the Hands Off Our Council rally in Double Bay, “I believe there is no perfect size for a council and what works here may not work for those that are three streets to our south. I do believe small can be effective. Let me be clear about my position on this issue – my position is that Woollahra Council should not be merged with other councils if it has the community support and the numbers stack up,” she said.

Unlike Member for Orange Andrew Gee who has stood firm in support of the community he represents. Ms Upton has backtracked on her stance and said she supports the government’s position.

“The NSW government has now received and responded to the IPART report, and the Attorney-General supports that position,” Ms Upton’s spokesman reportedly said

It is understood Wellington and Cabonne councils (which both reaffirmed their decisions to stand alone in their extraordinary meetings) felt limited by the 50 words they were allowed to respond to the IPART recommendation with.

Wellington Council even sent extra attachments with their response and to Deputy Premier Troy Grant, who mayor Anne Jones said had refused to return her calls.

“It is situations like this that have people who vote, angry that their local members place far more importance in securing their party pre selection at the next election than standing up for their constituents and doing what they themselves believe is morally right,” Mrs Bollinger said

“That is why anti amalgamation groups state wide are encouraging people to join in a rally in front of Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney at mid day on Wednesday 18th November to make it clear that if the government doesn’t listen and sacks or forces local councils to amalgamate ‘we will remember them’ at the next ballot box’.”

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Narromine Shire Council is leaving the merger box blank in its IPART feedback form, according to mayor Bill McAnally.
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The shire is maintaining its stand-alone stance after comprehensive meetings, discussions and public forums.

Cr McAnally isn’t concerned, even after a letter from the premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole sent out a letter last week, asking councils to consider mergers.

“Councils that have demonstrated an ability to work together in reaching agreement to merge will have the opportunity to shape the future of the new council and serve the community until the end of their current term,” the letter reads.

Bill McAnally, Narromine Shire Mayor. “It’s like we’ve had three medicals and we’ve come out healthy, except on scale and capacity,”

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Not to be rushed: Simon Coote and Nisa Schebella checking out the Oceanic Victor project at the meeting on Monday, November 16. More than 60 people attended.
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Caution was the key word at a meeting in Victor Harbor on the Oceanic Victor in-sea aquarium proposal for Granite Island.

More than 60 people attended and most were concerned about the proposal that will include swimming with tuna in an in-sea aquarium in the waters off Granite Island.One comment which summed up the mood of the gathering was the “in-sea aquarium would be one giant burly bucket.”

Attendees were involved in aquatic organisations such as diving, school swimming, sailing, paddling andsurfing and there were a number of concerns raised about the project.

They included environmental concerns, the attraction of sharks around the nets, the proposal is hasty and being rushed through, restrictions of sailing events with the location of the in-sea aquarium, a poor business model due to poor water visibility and the expense to visit the in-sea aquarium.

The in-sea aquarium is currently located at Port Lincoln and if the project is approved it will be towed to Granite Island.The directors of Oceanic Victor are Mike Dyer and Tony Santic.

Beach guardian and one of the organisers of the night Nisa Schebella said they wanted to gauge from the community who is going to be impacted by the project.

“We want the facts and we want to be clear about the process,” Nisa said.

“We do not want to be seen as negative, but certain development is not what Victor is.

“My vision for Victor is a place which is pristine, where we can surf, swim and see the whales. Tuna is not what Victor is.”

Currently the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) hasre-opened submissions on the project.

Submissions close on November 26, and town plannerSimon Coote and David Cooneywill be at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club onSunday, November 22, from 4pm to7pm for anyone who needs assistanceto write their submission or get some extra information.

“I have offered my professional experience to assist people putting in a submission to DAC,” Simon said.

“I am aware for the average person it is often a bureaucratic confusing process.

“I am against the proposal, as it does not acknowledge the existing use of the Encounter coast and near shore watersand gives no consideration of the financial impact on existing businesses and activities such as surf schools, national sailing titles and surf lifesaving clubs.”

A spokesperson from state government department DEWNR said there has been no decision on the Oceanic Victor project and PIRSA is still assessing the aquaculture pilot lease.

“Contrary to reports the lease for the kiosk, toilets and other facilities on Granite Island is still under negotiation with no decision made,” the spokesperson said.

“It is also important to note that PIRSA has only responded to questions on the project in its submission, but at this stage has not approved the project.”

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FULL STEAM AHEAD: Robyn Scott and Nadia Mellor finetune for the women’s only triathlon at Allans Flat on Sunday. Picture: DAVIS HARRIGAN
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A CAPACITY field will compete in the women’s only triathlon at Allans Flat on Sunday.

Since starting out with 35 competitors in 2009, numbers have ballooned to 250.

More than $10,000 has been donated to Border women’s organisations in that time.

OrganisersNadia Mellor and Jo Homer said the growth of the event had been incredible.

“The event started with an idea to raise the profile of triathlon as a sport with women, and to also raise funds for local women’s services,” Mellor said.

“This huge increase means the Look Good Feel Better Program will get a substantial donation for women going through cancer treatments.

“The race will have many first timers who have been encouraged by previous participants to come and have a go in a very supportive environment.”

While many of the women will have their sights set on personal best times, others will simply be keen to finish.

The action kicks off at 8.30am.

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LOCAL newspaper archivists Rod and Wendy Gow have released a new local history book titled “Krambach – Chronicles of 1937 to 1950”.
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This local history book, compiled from newspaper articles from 1937 through to 1950, follows on from their earlier local history book “Krambach chronicles of the early days 1856 to 1938”, covering Krambach, Dyer’s Crossing, Tipperary, Firefly, Wang Wauk, Bulby Brush, Bucca Wauka, Larry’s Flat, Bunyah, Cucumbark, Karkatt, Kundibakh, Willina, Belbora, Avalon, Tahpit and surrounding districts.

Commencing at the lowest economic point of the Great Depression in 1937, through the years of World War II, and continuing after peace was declared, in the years of austerity to 1950, these newspaper articles highlight the efforts and determination of these communities in such tough times to live a normal, if frugal, lifestyle.

They came together and assisted those less fortunate than themselves. They held sporting events and entertainments that brought enjoyment into their lives, and quite a few still successfully operated businesses and farms, most kept their household economies afloat, being the sons and daughters of pioneers who had been through the 1890s depression, they excelled in making life more bearable.

Those on farms generally fared better than the general populace, being able to grow their own food, and the excess was donated to those in less fortunate circumstances. Some dairy farmers managed well enough to be able to purchase motor vehicles, a commodity generally out of the financial reach of most families.

These gallant men and women turned tragedies into triumphs and established a productive and supportive society. They also managed to glean enough money from their savings to build new churches, halls, and sporting grounds. Community was everything – support your neighbour when they needed you – and keep the family afloat, being their main objectives.

Many obituaries have been included, as these give interesting details of the pioneers and descendants life and achievements. These articles shed light on the family history of great interest to the following generations. Likewise many marriage reports are also in great detail and highlight the connections between the many pioneering families who moulded this district with their untiring efforts.

Copies of the Gows’ latest local history book are available at Cundletown Museum, (Soldiers Memorial Hall), Main Street, Cundletown.

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