International event at Mirrabooka

Stuart Tinney (Gold Medallist Olympian) is likely to be one of the stars at next month’s event at Mirrabooka. (Photo: Eventing NSW).MIRRABOOKA Equestrian Park, just south of Moruya is hosting the first international event in its history on August 11 and 12.
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The competition is open to 3 Star International and Australia horse and rider combinations in what is know as a three-discipline spectacular.

The line-up of riders will vary from past and present Olympians, to potential Australian reps, and down to virtually new-comers and junior introductory competitors.

The event encompasses all three main disciplines – cross-country jumping, dressage and showjumping.

All competitors must compete and complete in all three disciplines to achieve the optimum average to win their category – seven categories in all.

The CIC (Course International Competition) rules will apply in accordance with the statutes of the FEI (Federation Equestrian Internationale) and established as part of the Pacific Rim.

Entries officially close today (July 20), but late entries will be accepted.

You can enter online at www.nominate南京夜网.au or by phoning 6747 3887.

For further information, contact Milton Leslight on 44724777 or 0418644217.

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Children’s Ward breathes easy

CHARITABLE SCENE: Producers of the Community Movie Productions Inc movie Wishbone, David Morgan and John Hutchens, presented nurse unit manager Melissa Bell with $5000 toward buying this humidifier for the hospital’s Children’s ward.COMMUNITY will has not only achieved a massive feat on the big screen but has also translated into a significant contribution to Bowral Hospital’s Children’s Ward.
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Producers of the Community Movie Productions Inc movie Wishbone, David Morgan and John Hutchens, presented nurse unit manager Melissa Bell with a $5000 cheque from the proceeds of the film on Friday.

The money has already been used to purchase a humidifier that helps ease the airways for children with respiratory illnesses.

Ms Bell said the hospital was extremely grateful for the donation.

“The humidifier will be particularly useful during winter so this couldn’t have come at a better time,” she said.

“This will allow us to help babies and small children with respiratory problems stay here longer. Before we would have to consider sending them to a tertiary centre.

“That keeps them here closer to home.”

Wishbone showcased the talents of hundreds of Southern Highlands residents and featured a host of local attractions and landmarks.

It was a labour of love for Mr Morgan and Mr Hutchens, who were extremely proud to hand over the proceeds from a project that stemmed from an idea formed in 2006.

“It has taken us a lot longer to get to this point than we first expected, but it was a wonderful journey,” Mr Morgan said.

Mr Hutchens described the whole process as “very enjoyable”.

“We hope to make more movies for charity not profit, we are amazed it got to this stage,” he said.

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Ready to ‘rumble’

TENSION MOUNTS: The tension between Hatton Independent Robert Parker and incumbent Liberal Pru Goward is clear at the Mittagong Business Chamber meeting on Monday night.IF Monday night’s Mittagong Business Chamber meeting was anything to go by, then the Southern Highland News’ Final Face-off debate next month will be one to attend.
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Two of the four candidates for the Goulburn electorate, incumbent Liberal Pru Goward and Hatton Independent Robert Parker, were invited to address the chamber on their goals to assist Highland businesses.

Both candidates used their time to throw jabs at the other and, come question time, it took intervention from chamber president Bill Armstrong to stop the event from becoming an all-out debate.

As the issue of climate change inevitably surfaced, the room began to heat up.

Mr Parker saw red when Ms Goward argued wind power was a cheaper source of energy than nuclear.

“Nuclear power’s time has not quite come and at this point in time wind energy is cheaper than nuclear,” she said.

Mr Parker said, on deciding the best energy path to follow, the “right decision needs to be based on the right economics”.

He said everything was pointing towards nuclear power being the cheapest form and “we’ve got to be brave and suck it up”.

Before the forum took the contentious turn, Ms Goward spoke firmly of the need to “revolutionise” NSW after 16 years of “disgraceful Labor administration”.

She described the lack of a Labor candidate for Goulburn as “the ghost in the room” and condemned the party as “a rabble” and “a gang”.

“The reform job is so big, the State is so broke, one term is not enough ? we’ll be asking you for two,” she said.

Mr Parker’s address remained focused on creating more job opportunities in the Southern Highlands and training more employable people. Referring to a TAFE forum earlier that day, he said addressing concerns such as the lack of adequate equipment would be a simple starting point.

On a larger scale, Mr Parker referred to the consequences of sending major projects overseas, such as the construction of 640 rail cars and 200 coal cars to China, which he said led to the large amount of workers being retrenched at Bradken in Braemar.

“I would move heaven and earth to get that going again, to build jobs and inspire generations,” he said.

Questions from chamber members also touched on green fill developments, taxes, unions, the economy and Part 3A.

Christian Democrat Adrian Van Der Byl would not make time to speak to the Southern Highland News on this topic yesterday.

Greens candidate Maree Byrne said she was “disappointed” not to have been invited to speak at the meeting.

See Friday’s News for her take on local business needs.

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Bookshop is here to stay

ANGUS & Robertson, Bowral is here to stay despite the 125-year old chain being placed into voluntary administration on Thursday night.
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The Bong Bong Street business was one of 61 franchises, operating under the Angus & Robertson name, that would not be affected by the move into administration.

For the book giant’s 103 remaining company stores the long-term future was more uncertain.

REDgroup Retail Pty Ltd, owned by private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners, appointed Ferrier Hodgson as voluntary administrators to its collection of bookshops on Thursday night.

That collection includes the Australian arm of Borders and the Whitcoulls chain of newsagencies in New Zealand.

Early reports point to online competition as playing a significant role in the move.

Bowral franchisee Marie Fitzpatrick said, while she couldn’t rule out a name change in the future, it would be “business as usual” in the shopfront she and husband Tony have operated from since 1992.

“We will continue to operate as a book shop and plan to be here for a long time to come,” she said.

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Bega District Diary

Cobargo man Lee Sweeny is well known for his hobby of constructing unusual push bikes in his home workshop using parts from old bikes he collects from local sources, including the tip. Here he is roadBirthday calls
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Happy birthday to Scott Lambert, Lily Warby, Zoe Harrington, Robyn Coombes, Barry Mead, Ryan Newton, Jamiee Jamieson, Tessa Stewart, Erin Ahkin, Talitha Stafford, Carol Atkins, Pat Thornton, Johnno Hergenhan, Kylie D’Arcy and Kellie Heffernan who all celebrated their birthdays during the week.

Other birthdays

Grant Davis of Bega recently celebrated his birthday with friends.

Happy birthday to Scott Lambert of Kalaru who turned 21 on Tuesday July 17. Lots of love from Mum, Dad, Stacey, Shane, Riley and all of your friends and family.

Gary DeLaMare celebrated his 21st at the Bega Bowling Club on Saturday. Friends and family travelled from near and far to help Gary celebrate his big day. He us pictured with his mother Mary and brother Glen.

Happy 21st birthday to Erin Joan Ahkin for today, July 20. Still as beautiful as ever. Love always from Mum, Dad, Kylie, Christie, Ashley, Mikayla, Ella, Ciall, Riley, Nanna Lucas and Nanna and Pop.

Happy birthday to Stephanie Pieper who turned 16 yesterday (Thursday). Love from Mum, Dad and family.

MS Fundraiser

The photos have come in from the recently fundraising nights for multiple sclerosis research.

The first night, Mates for MS, was ladies only with everyone asked to wear red.

A quantity of sangria and cocktails was consumed and $730 was raised.

The other fundraiser was a men only poker night and it raised $777.

A further $300 was raised from the sale of armbands bringing the total to $1,800.

Oldham-Gallimore wedding

Friends and family gathered together to help celebrate the wedding of Ross Oldham to Katrina Gallimore at the Grange in Pambula on Saturday, May 19.

The bride and her father, pageboys Reece and Joe travelled in a magnificently presented horse-drawn stagecoach.

Bridesmaids Amanda Morrison, Kylie Gallimore and Belinda Rambow travelled in a Torana street machine and the groom and his attendants, Adam Maxworthy, Rob Cochrane and Todd Goldspink, arrived on highly polished Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Engagement

Pauline and Lyle Blair announce the engagement of their daughter Michelle Blair to Ely Wetzler, son of Greg and Janie Wetzler.

Everyone wishes them both a lifetime of love and happiness.

Heffernan-Harpley wedding

Robyn Heffernan and Matthew Harpley were married on March 31 at St Patrick’s Church, Bega, with Father Mick Burke officiating.

Robyn is the eldest daughter of Roger and Nalda Heffernan of Candelo and Matthew is the son of Peter and Maree Harpley of Canberra.

Robyn was attended by her sisters Anne and Catherine and childhood friend Requel Slack (nee Beasley).

Matthew’s attendants were his mates Peter O’Keefe, Peter Klekner and Damian Mommsen.

The reception was held at The Wharf Restaurant at Merimbula and the wedding cake was beautifully decorated by family friend, Trish Beasley.

After a two-weeks honeymoon in Thailand, Robyn and Matt have settled at Surf Beach while their new home is being built at Broulee.

Memorial seat

The Bega Valley Chapter of Compassionate Friends has erected a memorial seat in the Tathra Memorial Gardens.

A working bee and picnic were held on Saturday, June 23, on a beautiful day in Tathra.

Todd Whyman gave his time, equipment and expert building knowledge on the day, which was very much appreciated by the members.

This is a very fitting memorial to the children of members and will be a special place for family members to sit and look out to sea.

The members were treated with four whales passing by on this special day.

Thanks to the Tathra Lions for their permission to erect this memorial chair in their lovely gardens.

Compassionate Friends meet on the first Monday of each month in the Bega Red Cross Rooms at 7pm.

The group offers support and friendship to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents following the death of a child of any age or cause.

New teacher

Student and staff of Bemboka Public School welcome Mrs Anne France to the

school as relieving K1 teacher for the remainder of the year.

Mrs France has three pupils in her kindergarten class, Josh Smith, Jamie O’Brien and Luke Walters.

Asked to comment on their new teacher, Josh said she could read very well; Jamie advised that she is nice; and Luke said she was good.

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Yuin Club presents Michael Fix

THE Yuin Folk Club Inc is presenting Michael Fix in a house concert on Saturday, July 21 at Frybach Park/Lyrebird Ridge Road, Coolagolite (Cobargo).
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Admission is $10 for members and non members *

Members $10/ Non members $12

Afternoon tea will be provided)

Bookings are essential. Please phone 6493 6758.

You can get to the venue by taking the Bermagui-Cobargo Road, and it is the first road right after the Stihl sign, then on to Green Tyrrells Rd.

Turn off at Lyrebird Ridge Road and follow signs.

Michael Fix is a multi-award winning guitarist, composer and producer, a leading exponent of contemporary acoustic guitar and a consummate performer – and he makes it look so easy.

His repertoire includes jazz and blues, Celtic and Australian folk, country, classical and his own distinctive compositions, many of which have received national TV and radio exposure, as well as various major awards.

Put a guitar into Michael Fix’s hands and the emotional possibilities of music are suddenly released.

This remarkable composer and musician has the power to create myriad sensory experiences through his music – it captures and conveys emotions, experiences and images with ease, and they are unforgettable.

Over the past decade, he’s released six albums, together with several singles and EPs, and has established himself as one of Australia’s finest guitarists and composers, performing at festivals across the country, and writing evocative music for television, film and documentaries.

He’s also won numerous awards for his music, including three Golden Guitars, and his guitar workshops are in high demand all over Australia and internationally.

Indeed, Michael’s reputation is growing rapidly.

He has already achieved international recognition, performing in the United States and New Zealand, as well as numerous times on Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.

Now he’s been invited to appear in Italy: a country well known for its passion and emotion.

The Italians have discovered Michael’s music, fallen in love with it and want to hear him in person.

He’ll appear in the medieval town of Sarzana in Tuscany, following in the footsteps of long-time mentor and friend Tommy Emmanuel, a festival regular.

The concerts will take place in an ancient castle, as well as a centuries-old tiered opera house.

Michael began performing in his home town of Wollongong at the age of 12, and in his early twenties moved to Sydney, where he was discovered by the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.

Emmanuel became a mentor to the young guitarist and spent several years teaching and working with him.

Michael’s credentials include acclaimed Sydney band Hat Trick, which he joined in 1985.

Hat Trick specialised in eclectic versions of classical and folk pieces, and this music has played a major role in the development of Michael’s own musical style.

The years 1991-95 saw Michael working with award-winning singer/songwriter Graeme Connors, touring Australia several times as lead guitarist with Connors’ Prodigal Sons band.

In 1999, Michael was recognised by the CMAA with his first Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitar, for the catchy “Mr Wonglepong”.

He went on to win the award the following year with “Walkin’ the Walk”, and took it out again in 2003 with “Mulga Dan”, joining Keith Urban with the highest-ever tally of Instrumental Golden Guitars.

Michael performs regularly at music festivals around the country and overseas. His distinctive, eclectic and accessible style make him a popular performer at everything from guitar festivals to jazz and blues festivals, folk festivals and country music events.

He’s also toured with artists like Albert Lee, Christine Anu and Anne Murray, as well as appearing with the world’s greatest guitarists – including Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor – at festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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Locals ready for rally

Claude Murray in action.THE local Truck and Tractor rally team will be hoping to continue their excellent recent results at this weekend’s Bay Stages Rally, held in the state forests surrounding Batemans Bay.
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Bega driver Claude Murray will be lining up for his fifth Bay Stages Rally in his crowd pleasing Datsun 1600, with Goulburn’s Lizzy Ferme navigating.

Jonathon Murray and Tim Mead will be preparing and servicing the car during the event.

After some outstanding showings earlier in the season, Claude and his team are currently leading the ACT “Total Traction” Rally Series outright and are also leading the NSW State Two Wheel Drive Championship.

“Lizzy and I have had a great year so far,” Claude said.

“To be able to set some fastest outright stage times at state level events, in a car that is heading for its 40th birthday is pretty amazing.

“Especially when you consider that our old Datsun has no turbo and is not a four wheel drive like most of our competitor’s cars.”

After starting last year’s Batemans Bay event as car 18, Claude and Lizzy finished ninth outright, were the first two wheel drive car home and also won their class.

While this was a great result, Claude hopes that he can do even better this year.

“Lizzy and I seem to have really come together this year, with each rally our teamwork improves and it’s showing in our results,” Claude said.

Claude and Lizzy will be starting this year’s event as car 8.

The “Eco Point” Bay Stages Rally has attracted an impressive list of entries, with more than 60 of the state’s best cars and crews lining up for the start at the Murramarang Resort on Saturday morning.

A full list of spectator instructions is available in today’s edition of the Bay Post Newspaper, or from the start location at Murramarang Resort.

Cars will also be able to be viewed at the Nelligen Steam Packet Hotel service park throughout the afternoon.

Claude and his team would like to acknowledge the support from their valued sponsors, including Blue Water Windscreens and Bega Truck and Tractor.

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Bowral Public kids show Aussie spirit

SUPPORTING QUEENSLAND: Bowral Public School student leaders: Andrew Dowe, Emil Thaning, Toby Croudson, Jonathon Bell, Rosemary Bowyer, Gigi Dunn, Beth Parsons and Sophie Doughty with kindergarten students Lachlan Cooper, Harry Mattick, Hal Canute, Corby-Lee Hatherly, Annalise Huntrods and Sam Mackay.BOWRAL Public School students showed true Australian spirit last Wednesday.
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An idea thought up by the school’s student leaders – a mufti day – was held so students could come to school in their most Aussie outfit to raise money for Queensland schools damaged by recent flooding and Cyclone Yasi.

Bowral Public School boy captain Jonathon Bell said almost the whole school got behind the idea.

“Today is called “come as an Aussie” day to raise money for schools that got damaged by the floods and cyclone in Queensland,” he said.

Girl school captain, Rosemary Bowyer, said the dress theme meant everyone could fit in.

“We decided to make it Aussie dress because not many people have maroon [Queensland’s official state colour] clothing,”

Bowral Public School deputy principal, Jan Christie, said she was very impressed with the students’ initiative, and that more than $1000 had been raised on the day made up of gold coin donations from each student who came in Aussie attire.

Miss Christie said the whole school was especially proud of the kindergarten students who got involved, as they had only been at school for three days and already showed great enthusiasm.

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We invite candidates to take part in The Final Face-off

IT’S the election Labor haters have been waiting for.
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After 16 years of rule the ALP looks set to suffer one of its worst electoral defeats in NSW history, allowing a new Coalition Government to take power. But what will the new government deliver for you and your family?

With most of the policies and promises on the table the News will host “The Final Face-off” on Monday, March 21, so you can see first hand what the candidates for the seat of Goulburn will deliver if elected.

The debate at Bowral Memorial Hall will be moderated by former 2ST radio host Steve Anderson and will be a combination of questions by the News and the public.

In the lead-up to The Final Face-off we want to hear from you and what you think are the major issues come March 26.

There will also be input from the audience on the night.

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Brawl shuts down pub

THE Moss Vale Hotel shut its doors early after a brawl on Saturday night.
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Bowral Police said they were called to the rear car park of the Argyle street premises at 10.45pm where a large crowd of 20-30 men had gathered.

They said no one made a compliant and the crowd was moved on as the pub closed its doors early.

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