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Still thriving after half a century

CELEBRATING 50 years of the Australian College of Educators’ New England Regional Group has been made all the more special after members picked up a top award last week.
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ACE EDUCATION: Frederick Osman (Past President, ACE NSW), Phil Jones, Warren Halloway, Marguerite Jones, Dan Riley and Heather Causley.

Executive members of the group were presented with the Outstanding Service Award at the ACE NSW Sir Harold Wyndham Medal and Awards Dinner in Sydney on October 9.

Each member of the executive received an ACE NSW Branch Outstanding Service Award 2015 for their commitment to the ACE New England Regional Group, which is celebrating 50 years of service.

The New England Regional Group was the first regional group of the college to be established in 1965.

Celebrations will take place at Armidale City Bowling Club on Friday, October 30.

To book tickets for the event, click here.

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A dog’s life

DOG GONE: Dudley is one of the Bruisers in Legally Blonde The Musical.At the theatreIsobel MacCallumIT HAS been an interesting process to cast the furry actors required for Legally Blonde The Musical.
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Bruiser Woods is Elle’s dog, more of a trusty sidekick than a pet.

Elle likes to dress Bruiser up in different outfits and put him in her purse.

Rufus is Paulette’s dog, he is a macho pooch with a sweet disposition.

Rufus gets rescued from Paulette’s ex-boyfriend.

The role of Bruiser in Legally Blonde The Musical will be shared between two dogs: Dudley and Chloe.

Dudley turned two years old in July.

He lives with Brittney Royle and her fiancée Stephen Turner.

The pair have another dog at home called Pixie who Brittney thinks is enjoying the solitude while Dudley is at rehearsals.

Stephen is working away from town at the moment and is missing his fur children.

Brittney says Dudley is a little dog with a big personality who loves attention, loves his toys and is incredibly playful.

Dudley is not a fussy eater, although he’s partial to beef Schmackos, and the leftover bird feed!

BRUISER TWO: Chloe’s favourite activity is riding in the car staring at the passing trees and wagging her tail.

Chloe will share the role of Bruiser, she three years old and lives in the Ross household with Ashlee who is nine years old, her older brother Bailey and her mum Tracey.

Two other dogs also live in the household but Matilda and Natis won’t be enjoying any on stage moments.

Ashlee says Chloe is outgoing and very protective of her family although she has crazy moments where she runs about and whips her favourite toy, a pretend dumbbell from side to side.

Leftovers from dinner and gourmet beef My Dog are Chloe’s favourite treats, and she refuses to eat vegetables.

Her favourite activity is riding in the car staring at the passing trees and wagging her tail.

Dudley and Chloe are both enjoying the attention from the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical.

Both dogs will work on their stagecraft with Lindy Eyles, who is a local dog trainer.

Lindy has been training dogs for 24 years, she’s actively involved with Kyeamba Kennels and Training Club which is based at San Isidore.

She also runs regular classes with her business Out and About.

Lindy will be helping the dogs and their owners develop strategies for coping with the overwhelming nature of being on stage with music, lights and other noises providing lots of doggy distractions.

Legally Blonde plays Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre from Saturday,November 7 until Saturday,November 21 with both matinees and evening performances.

It is a Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre community production.

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Swim club rallies for Tom Berryman

Vital cause: Swimmers will raise money for champion Tom Berryman on Wednesday night.PORT Macquarie’s close-knit swimming community will rally around one of its own on Wednesday night.
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The swimmers are urging as many people as possible to head to the Port Macquarie Olympic Pool to raise some vital funds for emerging star Tom Berryman, who is doing it tough.

Berryman, a national age swimming champion, is undergoing treatment for non-hodgkins lymphoma.

A family fun night is planned, with a barbecue and aqua scrambles at the pool.

Bring your togs and take part in Tom’s 1 Kilometre Backstroke Challenge. It involves swimming 1km of continuous backstroke.

The 15-year-old Berryman won his Australian Age medals in the backstroke.

A Progear fat tyre bike will be raffled.

The St Paul’s/Mackillop band will provide tunes on the night.

Berryman’s head coach, Michael Mullens, said the club was there to help. The pool staff are donating their time to the cause. All admission fees are going into the kitty.

Mullens was confident of raising plenty of vital cash for the Berrymans.

“I’m hoping we can raise a couple of thousand bucks for them,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we’d do it for anyone within our community.”

The diagnosis was a shock to the club.

“You just don’t expect things like that to happen,” Mullens said.

“All these kids are bullet proof. You just don’t expect things like that.

“He’s one of the nicest guys, and this is one of the most upsetting things.”

Berryman began swimming at the club three years ago.

He began to think something was wrong in January, when he experienced pain in his right arm.

He stopped swimming in May and underwent surgery in Sydney to remove a six centimetre tumour. He’s also undergone chemotherapy.

Berryman is due to finish treatment at the end of the month.

If you can’t make it to the night, but still want to help out, donate to the PMASC account. The BSB is 124001. Account number 2237 8627.

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Regional areas top abuse list

A UNIVERSITY of New England scholar is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to keep regional and rural women in mind when tackling domestic violence.
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In a recent study, Gina Dillon found that regional and rural women are more likely to report having experienced partner violence compared to women living in metropolitan areas.

Using data sourced from more than 7000 women, aged between 32-40 years, Ms Dillon found approximately one in every five women reported having been in a violent relationship at some time in their adult lives.

The study showed that a history of partner abuse was also linked to women having difficulty managing their income, lower levels of education and having poor levels of social support.

“It is well known that experiencing partner abuse can have serious long-term physical and mental health effects for its victims,” Ms Dillon said.

“These effects can remain for a long time even after the abuse has ceased, with increased problems related to depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There are also increased risks of physical problems such as chronic pain and breathing and cardiovascular problems in people who have been exposed to partner violence.”

Approximately 20 per cent of women living in capital cities reported partner abuse, while 24 per cent of women from regional areas and 26 per cent of women from rural and remote areas reported experiences of partner abuse.

“As residents in non-metropolitan areas it is important for us to be aware that partner violence occurs in our local area, and at alarmingly high rates,” Ms Dillon said.

If you are experiencing partner abuse help is available at 1800Respect on 1800 737 732.

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No easy solution either way to Syrian refugee crisis

WE’VE all the seen the meme on Facebook with an elderly Aboriginal man and the words “Got a problem with boat people? So did we! Not so ****ing funny now is it?”
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While this doesn’t offer any solutions, and uses at least one unnecessary word, itoffers an timely perspective on therefugee crisisthat has gripped Australia since the Tampa incident in 2001.

I have an imagein my head of an early settler in Australia complaining aboutabout the heatand flies and an Aborigine saying to him, “Hey, love it or leave.”

Our culture was foisted without invitation the original Australians, and some may feel the same is happening to us now.

Sincehumanity’s greatest enemy, Islamic State (ISIL, ISISetc), started its murderous, genocidal rampage through theMiddle East, the refugee crisis has boomed to thepoint where faraway Australia is in line to take thousands displaced from Syria.

The photo of a Syrian boy drowned on a Turkish beach put a human face on the crisis, leading to calls to open the gates to refugees, and, counter-calls describing the flood of them as an “unarmed invasion” and claims that most of them are opportunists rather than genuine asylum seekers.

We’ve even had a certain dimwitted red-headed politician jumping up and down saying “I told you so,” and her misguided supporters unleashing an avalanche of dodgy dribble on social media.

Those who think there is an easy solution are mistaken.

People’s fears are at least partly justified. Every person who arrives means at least one job (or welfare payment) that won’t be going to someone already living here.

When Labor was in power, there would be reports of an asylum seeker boat arriving every day, and this simply couldn’t continue.

It was “stop the boats or lose the votes”.

However, Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla are campaigning for our shire to becomea refugee welcome zone, and in this they deserveour support.

The last word should go to NSW premier Mike Baird, possibly the best politician Australia has produced.

“We cannot see the images we have seen, and feel the things we have felt, and then go back to business as usual.”

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Green light for Port Alma

The importance of Port Alma for future live cattle exports has been acknowledged by the federal Senate this week.
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The Senate passed a motion by Rockhampton-based Senator Matt Canavan noting the approval of Port Alma as a live cattle export facility and the benefit of providing new export options to producers and the cattle industry in central Queensland.

“The vote was 45 to 10 in favour,” Senator Canavan said. “Only the Greens voted against it.”

“Around a quarter of all the cattle exported from Townsville come from central Queensland and producers bear the costs of trucking them north. Port Alma gives them a much closer facility with much lower transport costs.”

Senator Canavan said Port Alma said the only thing holding back export at Port Alma were high cattle prices which was “great news” for producers.

“The facility at Port Alma was approved by the Department of Agriculture earlier this year and is currently registered to export live cattle.”

Senator Matt Canavan

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Monk visit to help Nepali school

SHOCK waves from this year’s earthquake that rocked Nepal in April have been felt by charity workers inRedland Bay.
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Glen Mackley and Leanne Papas have rallied around family, friends and neighbours in the bayside suburb to raise money for a school they helped set up in north western Nepal.

Their charity, Kailash Humla Childrens Home, started in 2009 after the couple worked in rural Nepal.

“We initially cared and educated eight students in Kathmandu,” said Ms Papas.

“Through fundraising, we managed to build them a school and return them to their home village of Humla, which now houses 51 students.

Leanne Papas co-founder and Jillian Papas secretary at candle fundraising stall

Students are currently staying in temporary tents.

“There is the capacity to increase student numbers to 100 as further funds are raised.”

The school the Redland Bay charity raised money to build and completed in 2014.

Although their school was safe during the 8.1 magnitude earthquake, many students are still sleeping in tents, too scared to sleep inside the school building.

The Redland Bay-based charity will hold a fundraising event at Pelican’s Slipway Cafe on Saturday, October 24.

Monk Pema Topchen with some of the children

Director of the Nepal school Pema Topchen, a Tibetan monk, will be there to explain the school’s needs.

On sale will be Christmas cards, candles and Nepali handicrafts with all money raisded going to the school.

Those who want to attend can contact Ms Papas on 0411 029 346.

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Mudgee students experience the world of virtual reality

Teacher Terra Starbird with a student using the Oculus Rift headset prototype to experience virtual reality at the Mudgee Public School fete. Photo by Peter Richards.The students at the Mudgee Public School fete were among the first people in Australia to catch a glimpse of the future, by trying out virtual reality using a prototype headset called Oculus Rift.
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Virtual reality allows students to experience things first hand that they could never experience in real life, such as flying through the universe, shrinking down to the size of an atom, ravel back in time and walk amongst dinosaurs, or descend into the heart of a volcano, in a way that truly feels as if you are there.

A complete virtual world is created inside the computer, and by using the Virtual Reality Headset, students become part of this virtual world and are immersed within this environment and whilst there, are able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions, and move around the world

The students got to explore scale from the tiniest atom to the entire universe, by moving through a computer generated world, and zoom down to examine individual atoms, zoom out a bit to see human cells, out some more to see the normal sized world we live in of cars, people and buildings, and then keep zooming out to see the earth, the solar system, our galaxy and keep going until they can see the entire universe laid out before them.

The headset tracks all movement, so wherever the student looks, the view changes to match.

“It feels as if you are completely in another world, and the students often were reaching out to touch things invisible to everyone else in the room,” teacher Terra Starbird said.

“It seems completely real to the person with the headset on, they are literally in another world – if they look behind them, they see the world behind them, they sounds and images completely surround them.”

“One of the students commented that it was like ‘being inside the matrix’.

“Students could move through a computer generated world, and zoom down to examine individual atoms, zoom out a bit to see human cells, out some more to see the normal sized world we live in of cars, people and buildings, and then keep zooming out to see the earth, the solar system, our galaxy and keep going until they can see the entire universe laid out before them.”

The Oculus Rift will be available sometime next year.

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Netball all about fun for the Glitterbugs

Back row, from left: Tane Power, Deb Molony, Shelly Mansfield, Talara Molony and Jodie McMillan. Front, from left, Tania Moulds, Trish Brest and Bec Burton.FOR some ladies, playing netball on a Monday night at Macquarie Park means a get together with friends, a fitness workout and a tough game.
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This applies to the Port Combined Glitterbugs who describe themselves as a mature team who really enjoy their Monday night netball.

They rarely win a match, but when watching from the sidelines, you are able to become involved in their enjoyment.

The ladies are work colleagues joined with mums from students at Hastings Public School.

Goal attack, Deb Molony hasn’t played for 30 years, but has re-entered the sport, bringing her daughter along to join the team as well.

For the two seasons that these ladies have played together as a team, they have improved their game, improved their fitness and are looking forward to maybe winning a few more games in the future.

Nevertheless the Glitterbugs will continue with their great team spirit and participation of sport.

The first phase of the selection process for our 2016 junior representative teams has taken place, and these young players have commenced training with their respective coaches.

Final selections for these players is scheduled for Saturday, November 7.

Nominations for senior players for 2016 rep teams close on November 9 with selections to take place at Macquarie Park on Saturday, November 14.

Good luck to the teams participating in the Masters Netball competition hosted by Charlestown Netball Association in Newcastle this weekend.

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Hard work shines at business womens’ awardsPHOTOS

Hard work shines at business womens’ awards | PHOTOS April Armstrong, winner of the Telstra Business Womens’ Award in the start-up category. Photo: Richard Polden.
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Mandurah Taxi chief, Julie Murray, finalist in the Telstra Business Womens’ Awards. Photo: supplied.

April Armstrong, winner of the Telstra Business Womens’ Award in the start-up category. Photo: Richard Polden.

April Armstrong, winner of the Telstra Business Womens’ Award in the start-up category. Photo: supplied.

Telstra Business Womens’ Award finalist Julie Murray (right) from Mandurah Taxis. Photo: supplied.

April Armstrong, winner of the Telstra Business Womens’ Award in the start-up category. Photo: supplied.

April Armstrong, winner of the Telstra Business Womens’ Award in the start-up category. Photo: supplied.

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