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VIDEO: Pair make indie gem with winning film

Film-makers: Australian International Academy students Arian Osman and Ruken Kaya won the student film competition for their entry, Living 2 Lives, which they produced in just one week. Picture: Isabella LettiniTWO year 9 students have won a student film competition after spending just one week developing their first short film.
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“We went to look at the website and realised we only had a week to do the film,” Arian Osman, a student atAustralian International Academy in Kellyville,said.

“Everyone else had nine months.”

Intrigued by the competition’s concept — to produce a film based on the theme of “diversity” — Arian and classmate Ruken Kaya jumped into action, writing scripts, recruiting actors and developing their film-making skills in just a few days.

Ruken KayaLiving 2 Lives, follows a teenage girl as she decides to join some friends at the park and disguise the fact that she is Muslim.

Her friends later discover the truth when they follow her to a religious service at her mosque.

Instead of judging or ridiculing her, they remind her to be proud of who she is.

Watch Living 2 Lives, by Ruken and Arian:

‘Living 2 Lives’ – A short film by Ruken And Arian”She was scared they were going to judge her, but once they knew the truth, they told her you shouldn’t be afraid of who you are,” Arian said.

The Australian International Academy students said the writing stage of the process was the hardest, and scoring the film to fit with the plot.

“Arian was really good at the editing and spent a lot of time on that,” Ruken said.

“It was tricky working out the different camera shots, filming from the bottom and the top, and doing close-ups.”

The pair said they were proud of the end result.

Ruken — whose favourite school subject is English — hopes to one day work as an immigration lawyer or in politics.

Arian is still deciding, but has an interest in art, technology and English.

Both hope those who watch their film understand its positive message.

“I think the message is really important — there’s not enough Islamic movies or Islamic film-makers out there,” Ruken said.

“It’s always good to get your message out there to people.

“I hope they understand the struggle that different people go through because of race or the way they look.”

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AMR shire cleaning contract recommended to be outsourced

Councillors will discuss the cleaning contract at the October 14 meeting. THE Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry have expressed concern over the decision to support a Perth company over local business for a three year cleaning contract with the Augusta Margaret River Shire.
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The October 14 agenda recommends Perth company OCE Corporate Cleaning to take on the three year contract with the Shire.

The recommendation to support the tender by the Perth company has baffled a number of community members, as local businesses have also nominated for the tender.

Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Peter Griffyn said that it didn’t make sense that a Perth cleaning company that doesn’t service the region would be recommended for two shire cleaning contracts when two local cleaning companies meet the requirements to provide the services.

“The shire report says that all tenderers would “ultimately employ local people”, what exactly does “ultimately” mean?” Mr Griffyn said.

“To me it means that not only is the money for these services going out of region to a Perth company, but initially the work will go to Perth employees. We have local workers good to go now with local businesses spending their money locally.

“On a number of levels this just isn’t on, so I hope there is not a total majority vote in support of these recommendations.”

Three service tenders have been made available for the next three years.

This includes one for amenities cleaning and lock up services at various sites within the shire, one for office cleaning services at the Margaret River Civic Administration Building, Zone Room, Margaret River Shire Depot Office and Augusta Shire Office and one for window cleaning services at the Margaret River Civic Administration Building.

Two of these tenders have been met with shire recommendations for OCE Corporate Cleaning to take them over, the recommendation stating a significant cost reduction would be achieved by awarding the two contracts to the company.

The recommendation also stated that economic tendering of council services encourages competitive pricing and allows the shire to obtain value for money for the goods and services it purchases.

“It would be absolutely devastating if the locals didn’t get it,” Down South Wholesale owner Dean Kemp said.

“Small towns run on the livelihood of businesses within them.”

Mr Kemp said he believed it would have a huge flow on effect on other businesses in the community such as himself and it would be a shame to see local business diminished when they put their “heart and soul” into the community.

“I just hope it stays local as these people rely on it,” he said.

“That’s what Margaret River is about, we look after each other.”

Councillor Ian Earl said he would be trying to defer the motion for another briefing.

The item will be discussed in tonight’s council meeting.

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Record year for Lions markets raises $11,700 for community

The Lawson Park Markets, run by Mudgee Lions, have contributed $65,000 to the local community in the past nine years.Mudgee Lions have announced that 2015 was the biggest and best year ever for the Lawson Park Markets.
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The average number of stalls at each market reached 60 for the year, an increase of 10 over 2014 average.

As a result, the Lions were able to donate over $11,700 to local groups and causes directly from the markets income.

Over the nine years of these Lions markets, some $65,000 has been donated back to the local community.

From the 2015 proceeds of the markets, donations have been made to Friends of Mudgee Pound, Mudgee Meals on Wheels for Christmas packs, Mudgee Churches for Christmas luncheons, Mudgee First Scouts, Mudgee Venturers, Mudgee Show Society for children and youth prizes, the Mudgee Lions Palliative Care Project, St Matthews School, the Mudgee NALAG group and many other local groups.

Many of these organisations have benefited from annual support.

Market income in the 2014 calendar year funded a new Lions initiative, Tertiary Education Scholarships for one student each year from each of Mudgee High and Gulgong High.

These scholarships provide $1000 for each of three years to the selected students (nominated by the respective schools) moving on to further education whether to University or TAFE.

The markets also provided over $5000 for LifeSkills Mudgee for their building project ­ Mudgee

Lions and the Australian Lions Foundation provided $25,000 to LifeSkills for their project as well as the local Lions putting in many hours of work at the new premises.

Secretary of Mudgee Lions, Lesley Halpin, on behalf of the Club, has extended a huge public thank you to the whole Mudgee community for its great, ongoing support for these Community Markets over the past nine years.

“There is a general feeling that the market stallholders and the community have taken ‘ownership; of these markets in a very real sense and this is what makes running these markets such a pleasure,” she said.

“The continued support and loyalty of the stallholders, many of whom have been attending these markets for the last nine years, is clearly one of the major reasons for the success of the markets.”

Mrs Halpin said the Lions believe it important that the proceeds from the markets are used locally for the betterment of the community we live in.

“The Club is very proud of its 50 plus years of serving the Mudgee community,” she said.

The Lawson Park Markets, are held on the second Saturday of each month, with a very low site fee of $15 (unchanged in nine years) and Lions also provide an insurance facility at an additional cost of only $10 for those stallholders who do not carry their own insurances.

The normal morning market will be held on Saturday 14 November with a special twilight market on Saturday, December 12 (no morning market on that Saturday).

Anyone who would like more information about the markets or Lions, whether about joining in the fun or about any of our projects and activities, should contact Karen or Guy Kemp on 6373 5366, talk to any of the Lions at the markets or any other project or you can like us on Facebook.

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Scenic Warrnamboolphotos

Scenic Warrnambool | photos Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

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Farrugia hoping in-form mare will make mum proud

MOST children take great delight in making their parents proud and tonight at the Bathurst Paceway, Londonderry trainer-driver David Farrugia will be attempting to do just that.
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He will be in the gig behind Kylie Armbro, a mare his mother Mary bred and owns, in the NSW State Bred/Breeders Challenge Pace (1730m).

Kylie Armbro has been in good form this season, having finished no worse than second in her last five starts, and Farrugia is hopeful of continuing that streak.

“For my mum and dad, watching them watch her race, it is a big buzz, it makes it all worthwhile,” Farrugia said.

“My parents are 79 … we say it is all about the glory.”

Kylie Armbro is one of a number of horses Mary Farrugia has bred out of Kylies Glory and while she has long shown promise, she has only recently started to turn that into results.

The four-year-old now boasts five wins and nine placings from 30 starts, the most recent victory having come at Bathurst on September 30.

From a barrier one draw she took the lead and thanks to opening and closing sectional splits of 29.9 seconds, she finished 9.1m ahead of her closest rival in a career-best 1:57.9 mile rate.

“She just had to learn how to race, with her it was a case of not knowing what to do out there,” Farrugia said.

“As she’s got a bit more age she has become more keen. She has always had a bit of something from the word go, it was just hard to work out how to switch her on and now she is just getting better and better.

“That last race at Bathurst was the first time that she had ever led. She got a bit lost and didn’t put her mind on it when they came at her, but she got there.”

Tonight Kylie Armbo is not likely to have the worry of leading the race after drawing barrier six.

Instead Farrugia will look for some cover before unleashing the mare in the latter stages of the journey.

“We have just got to see how it pans out. Hopefully she can get a bit of cover and hopefully she can get home for me again.”

While Kylie Armbro is the only last-start winner in the field, it still appears to be an open race.

Nathan Hurst’s Star Singer will be looking to go one better after three consecutive runner-up finishes while John Vautin’s Think It Through heads into the contest on the back of consecutive second placings.

The NSW State Bred/Breeders Challenge Pace will open the eight-race meeting at 6.09pm tonight.

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Ladies hit the stalls when twilight sets in

IT was an all-female affair at the first Ladies Twilight Markets.
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Incorporating home-based businesses from across Armidale, the Markets consist of 15 stallholders selling a variety of services and goods.

PRETTY IN PINK: Jess Fischer and Kristy Campion taking time to smell the wooden roses at the markets.

Organiser Christine Fittler said she wanted to give home-based businesses the opportunity to showcase themselves.

“It started because I wanted to help home-based businesses get exposure,” she said.

“We have a lot of really talented women in town.”

With 150 people stepping into Legacy House, Ms Fittler said the event was a great success and she is already planning the next Ladies Twilight Markets.

The next market will be held next year but interested community members can contact Christine on 0427 711 236.

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Diversity celebrated at Fusion

FUNKY AND FRESH: Sikh-inspired rapper L-FRESH The LION will launch his tour as one of many eclectic performers at Wagga’s Fusion15.
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Wagga is home to people from 98 countries, 99 language groups and 67 faiths and this diversity will be celebrated at Fusion15.

The multicultural festival will again turn the Civic Centre precinct into a hub for aromas from dishes from across the planet and music that has inspired multiple nations.

More than 10,000 people attended last year’s event and organisers are hoping to improve on that number on Saturday.

“There is literally something for everyone,” council’s director environment and community services Janice Summerhayes said.

“Not only will we have some of the best acts in the country, Fusion15 will again showcase everything our community has to offer.”

Fusion15 will be held at the Civic Precinct from 4pm to 9pm on October 17.

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Wollondilly and Coolavin U16s clash on Seiffert turfPhotos

Wollondilly and Coolavin U16s clash on Seiffert turf | Photos First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.
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First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

First game of the season for Wollondilly and Coolavin Under 16s on Seiffert Oval Saturday October 10, 2015. Photos by Darryl Fernance.

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Start your GM engines

Classic cars: Jack Mran, Scott Campbell, Phil Carthy and Justin Mitchell are well prepared for this Sunday’s All GM Day. Picture: Lachlan BenceThe fourth annual All GM Day will be held this Sunday, October 18 at the Ballarat Turf Club, Miners Rest.
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The event will showcase the best ofGeneral Motors Vehicles – past and present – from Holden, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and more.

About $22,000 has been raised for the Children’s Ward at Ballarat Health Services in the first three years.

“Each event we’ve grown to last year’s having 550 cars on display, which was a great amount and more than we anticipated,” Justin Mitchell, chairman of theEarly Holden Car Club of Ballarat said.

“We are hoping to beat that this year and weather permitting, that could happen.

“Being an hour from Melbourne it is not too hard for the guys to jump in these types of cars and travel up. People can just bring their cars on the day, you don’t have to enter ahead. There is judging and trophies for the real enthusiasts, but those entries are now closed.”

Mr Mitchell said the annual event always provides a great spectacle for car enthusiasts, with the oldest car entered thisyear a 1926 Buick.

“We invited the Buick Car Club to put on a special display of Buicks of all ages and have designated a special display for them to have something different and all in the spot,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said GM has a passionate following in the region.

“Most blokes who like Holdens also like looking at Corvettes or Chevs and others – they are sort of a family following,” he said.

“It probably throws back to the old days of you are either a Ford or Holden family.

“If you grow up with those, particularly Holden you have an affinity for General Motors as well.

“There is a romance with cars. From chrome bumper bars to good badges – people love them.”

Entry to the All GM Day atDowling Forest is $5 for adults and children under-16 are free.Gates open at 8am for display vehicles with public entry from 10am.

“The event is more than just cars,” Mr Mitchell said.

“There will be jumping castles, face painting, rock n roll dancing.From a family perspective there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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Lord sixth overall at state titles

Our service pistol shooters were over the river on the weekend participating in the WA1500 State Championships at Orana Pistol Club.
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I haven’t been able to track down any results yet. I will get back to you on that.

Some old news, but news nonetheless, was that Bob Dowling and Helen Lord took part in the recent ISSF State Championships at Cessnock a few weeks back.

Peter Lord also participated as a judge. I’m not sure how Bob fared but Helen came sixth out of 135 shooters taking part in the sports pistol event.

Congratulations to Helen on her result and to Bob and Peter for the part they played on the weekend.

Terry Greer was telling me about his recent experiences at the 2015 Masters Games in Adelaide.

One of the small bore rifle events had targets with a hole where the 10 circle should be.

Shooters would shoot into the hole and scores calculated to the nearest 10th of a point. So a shooter could score anywhere from 10.1 to 10.9 depending on where the shot went. Now that’s precision.

Saturday on A-range was a 50-metre small bore shoot.

Youngster Layton Johnson-McNeil took out the honours with 636 (567, 69), Kevin Sippel second with 597 (592, 5), Doug Jump 596 (584, 12) third.

Other shooters were Marg Stevens 595 (570, 25), Bob Dowling 595 (594, 1), Heidi Ryan 587 (566, 21), Warren Johnson 587 (583, 4), Peter Howell 587 (582, 5), Shane Lovegrove 583 (573, 10), Peter Calligeros 582 (576, 6) and Geoff Luck 550 (TBH).

Sunday on C-range was a standard pistol shoot. Numbers were up slightly but only just.

Kevin O’Neill was at his cracking best with a first place score of 574 (480, 94). Martin Cook was second with 569 (504, 65) and Craig Hyland 567 (468, 99) a shade third.

Other scores were Kevin Sippel 538 (397, 141), Richard Wheatley 512 (390, 122), Peter Howell 501 (472, 29), Malcolm Bootle 490 (361, 129), John Salter 446 (349, 97), Geoff Luck 442 (208, 234) and Layton Johnson-McNeil 391 (TBH).

This weekend will be a Centrefire/Sports shoot on C-range and a committee meeting will be held starting at 11am.

Any black-powder shooters please have a think about a possible Ray Johnson Trophy shoot in early November and have a talk to Bob Dowling if the idea tickles your fancy.

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