Lions roar past Jemmy Moss

RESISTANCE: Richard Stone plays his shot in an attempt to salvage Jemmy Moss’ innings.MITTAGONG have continued their good form in second grade, maintaining their spot at the top of the ladder with an easy outright win over Jemmy Moss on the weekend.
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Electing to bat, Jemmy Moss collapsed and only managed to post a disappointing total of 44, with Chris Packer returning for Mittagong to take six wickets.

In reply, Matt French scored a solid 45, backed up by 37 from Simon Reinhard.

Matt Conquest was the only bowler to do damage with the ball, taking four wickets for Jemmy Moss.

The Lions declared at 6-127.

Trailing the match by 83 runs, Jemmy Moss did little better in their second innings, managing only 50.

Jemmy Moss’ century scorer in the previous game, Richard Stone, was the only batsman to make double figures for his side in their second dig, finishing on an unbeaten 33.

Stephen Allport (3-2) and Hayden Wallace (3-18) took charge with the ball for the Lions, with Matt French and Joel Moran also picking up a wicket each.

Still absent for the Lions was skipper Justin Kelly, who hoped to return this Saturday for the match against Moss Vale.

Kelly said it was a good win for his side coming to the end of the season, and said they would be full strength for the semi-finals.

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Wallaby Hill refusal court bound

WINGECARRIBEE Council seems headed to the Land and Environment Court with the owners of Wallaby Hill Farm.
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Last week, the majority of councillors ignored staff recommendations and voted to refuse husband and wife Derek Pascoe and Alex Townsend’s application to have their facilities approved as an equestrian centre.

The formal reasons for refusal centered on concerns for bushfire safety, environmental concerns, traffic management and impost to the roads from sizeable horse floats.

But the debate also focused on tensions of the past, with councillor Larry Whipper reiterating his view that Wallaby Hill Farm was a development completed “by stealth”.

The sorest point for him tracks back to a legal technicality that allowed Mr Pascoe and Mrs Townsend to escape making any contribution to the sealing of Wallaby Hill Road up to their driveway.

Mr Pascoe said he had lost hope of getting “anything but grief” from the council.

“It’s very simple, we are currently seeking legal advice and if the council really want to spend ratepayers money in the Land and Environ?ment Court rejecting a proposal that was recommended for approval by their own staff, had no objections from any neighbours, requires no infrastructure and will see less people on and off the property than what’s already approved, then that’s where we will see them,” he said.

“And obviously we will be expecting to recover our costs as well.

“I think it’s a frightening waste of ratepayers money for what appears to be a bit of a personal grudge.”

Councillor Whipper said he hoped the matter would not end up in court but maintained he would not back down from having safety concerns addressed and trying to prevent the community from “being saddled with more costs”.

Last year, Mr Pascoe and Mrs Townsend received Winge?carribee Council approval to hold four equestrian events on their property a year, on the condition they contribute to works needed to upgrade Wallaby Hill Road.

But, they sought legal advice believing it was an unfair condition given it was the council that in 2008 placed more than 100 millimeters of recycled road material on the road, which was later found to be contaminated with items like nails and bolts.

The road has since been sealed at a cost to ratepayers of more than $70,000.

Mr Pascoe and Ms Townsend later escaped making any contribution on a legal technicality.

Council will outline its reasons for refusing the latest application, which was considered permissable under the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan 2010, at today’s meeting.

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Carpathon a true classic

GOLDEN CATCH: Reece Gallagher, 11, with his 4.5 kg Golden Carp that he caught on Sunday.By Ben McClellan
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YOU could have been mistaken for thinking you were at Sydney’s fish markets, not Berrima yesterday, by the pungent smell of Carp that filled the village air.

The fourth Berrima Carpathon was another big success, with more than 2000 of the foreign marine pests caught – weighing nearly a ton in total – fished by more than 400 people along Wingecarribee River from Moss Vale to Joadja.

But Berrima was fish central with fishermen and women of all ages vying for a variety of prizes.

Last year’s winner, Mark?Walton retained his crown, though not with a Carp a big as last year.

Mr Walton bagged a 6.85kg Carp on Saturday after catching a 7.25kg one last year.

New Berrima’s Kelly Wilson was the best fisherwoman, with a 5.5kg catch, while Reece Gallagher, 11, took the honours on Sunday with a 4.5kg golden Carp.

Jackson Walton, 9, matched his father’s prowess with the rod to take out the most Carp caught award.

The family-oriented event attracted people from near and far, with 43 members of Albion Park’s fishing club making the trip inland along with visitors from western Sydney.

Carpathon co-organiser, Andrew Hearn, said he wasn’t sure how the word spread so far but the warm weather helped boost numbers.

“It’s the best time of year to fish,” he said.

“It was five times bigger than last year.”

“All the Berrima businesses have helped with 70 prize categories.”

Mr Hearn said Wingecarribee Council had chipped in with some advertising money, which will only see the Carpathon continue to grow.

There was a Carpathon Facebook page and the major prize was a family fishing package from Bowral’s Field and Stream worth $350.

Surveyor General Inn publican Ross Durney, who helped put on the event and housed carp headquarters at his pub, said the whole village had gotten behind it.

But, like most participants, he despised Carp.

“I don’t like them – they stink,” he said.

Bob Carter did all the weighing and Mr Durney said someone tried to sneak in a frozen Carp, caught before the event started on Friday, but Mr Carter smelt a Carp (rat) and disqualified them.

Mr Hearn said the Carpathon had strong corporate support.

“Thanks to Field and Stream, The Shed company in Mittagong, 2ST, the Highland News and Tooheys who gave out XXXX Gold hats and gave away a $500 fibreglass esky,” he said.

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Dramatic Oscar Wilde tales

WILDE Tales, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a collective celebration of the intangible and a theatrical delight”, is coming to Bega next week.
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This beautiful and unique production takes you into the extraordinary imagination of Oscar Wilde with a dynamic interpretation of his collection of short tales – wherein a cold-hearted princess steals your heart, tantalising mermaids tempt your soul away, and rowdy witches drag you into the frenzy of the dance.

The stories are for everybody and as Wilde himself suggested “for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy”.

Prepare yourself for a magical and wonder filled theatre experience that combines Wilde’s renowned wit with gorgeous music, creative and colourful design and unique staging.

Wilde Tales is both humorous and moving and filled with Oscar Wilde’s insights into life and love.

Directed by Julian Louis and featuring Julia Davis, Benedict Hardie, Sean Lynch, Johnny Nasser and Gwyneth Price with sound design by Carl Polke and movement direction by Kirk Page.

Suitable for the ages 12 years upwards.

Due to the scale and cost of this production, it will be playing for two nights, July 26-27.

Matinees are available for school groups.

Tickets are cheaper if booked on the SEAR Ticketing Hotline – only $22 adults, and $17 concession.

At the door ticket sales will be $25 and $20.

Book now on 1300 667 136.

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Mayor’s column

THE $10 million announcement by Prime Minister John Howard for the Bega to Yellow Pinch pipeline is great news for our shire.
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We have been lucky in terms of rainfall and a strong management plan by council’s water and sewerage services team to provide adequate water supplies during a very dry time, and now the pipeline will go a long way to drought proofing the southern end of the shire.

The pipeline is not an overnight solution so the message remains that people should continue, at all times, to conserve water.

We have received significant rainfall which has been outstanding for our region and holds us in wonderful shape heading into spring.

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OUR business community, despite some tough times, always has a positive outlook.

The Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards for Excellence really highlighted the effort many businesses put in to meet the needs and demands of customers.

It was a great chance to talk to Bega business operators during the night and there is a real sense of optimism regarding the future growth of our region.

Council congratulates the monthly award winners and thanks the Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry for another well-run event.

In terms of helping business, council continues to implement its commercial centres strategy and we believe it will provide a catalyst for long term business growth for the whole shire.

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OUR shire is this week hosting the Public Libraries NSW Country 2007 Conference.

There will be more than 250 delegates in our shire, enjoying the surrounds of Merimbula and the wonderful hospitality that is associated with our region.

The theme of the conference is ‘Public Libraries a Cultural Pearl’. This theme highlights the vitally important role libraries play in fostering community learning and a central social point for many in our communities.

Our library staff and event co-ordinator Tim Moorhead have put in a lot of work that should make the conference an outstanding success.

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WITH significant rainfall across the Bega Valley we ask that residents be patient when it comes to fixing our roads.

The rain has created a number of challenges in terms of road conditions but our works teams have been working diligently to make the necessary repairs.

With more rain expected across the shire, we encourage motorists to drive to the conditions and take extra care.

The rain has also set back a number of projects including the bridge replacement at Meakers Gully, but we are taking every opportunity to progress these works when weather permits.

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THE wonderful supporters of the Bega Hospital Auxiliary are looking for more volunteers.

This wonderful band of volunteers does some magnificent work in supporting the hospital through catering drives, street stalls and raffles.

President Dorothy Mullaney tells me that some of the volunteers are starting to get a little older and the auxiliary would welcome an injection of new blood.

The work of these committed people has helped in the purchase, this year alone, of bedside lockers, a blood machine, evacuation chairs, resuscitation trolley and much more vital equipment for the hospital.

They also assist by manning the kiosk and some members are ‘Pink Ladies’ – helpers who attend to patients whose families are not in the area.

This is a very special service as the Pink Ladies help with laundry, provide flowers, write letters and do messages for the patient.

People wanting to join or would like more information should phone Dorothy Mullaney on 6492 1022.

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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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