Sweet deal for telehandlers

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith with one of the fleet of seven JCB telehandlers.The versatility of JCB’s telehandlers has made them the perfect choice for a leading sugar cane farm and processor
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The Keith family owned Rocky Point Mulching is Australia’s only family-owned and operated sugar cane farm and mulch processing plant and has put its faith in JCB telehandlers to work in every aspect of their operation.

Counting 13 members of the family working full-time and with an annual turnover of $30 million, they recently launched a new division, Rocky Point Recycling, to turn waste timber into garden mulches.

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith, says the seven JCB telehandlers the business owns are always hard at work and used across all divisions.

“We’ve been purchasing JCB machinery for the past 10 years and we haven’t looked back as they are so versatile.

“We use them for picking up the large square bales of the mulch, site maintenance and cleaning, and general duties around the operations,” he said.

“JCB is the only brand of telehandler we buy as they are productive, efficient and help us maximise uptime.”

He also likes their versatility and high tech features.

“We especially find the engine upgrades with the speed cooling fan and transmission electronics most helpful, as well as the boom dampening which all add up to operator comfort and machine efficiency,” Mr Keith said.

“The engine speed cooling fan is great in the hot and humid Queensland temperatures, as it reacts to changing temperatures, which maximises our fuel efficiency.

“The all-round visibility with tinted glass is another plus as well,” he said.

Service and support is also a feature.

“Most of the time it feels like the JCB team is working only for us, which is great.

“They are always helpful when it comes to service questions, maintenance or when we are looking to upgrade,” Mr Keith said.

“JCB’s constant product improvements make purchasing a JCB an exciting time, and we try to add a new machine at least every 12 months to keep the fleet up to date with their technology changes.”

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Narooma area police reportFeb. 1

File photo. Illegal campers –Narooma police moved on some illegal campers set up on the Kianga headland off Dalmeny Drive at 8am on Monday. The three young males had allegedly also became abusive at passers-by.
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Accident investigation –Police are investigating an accident involving a Tasmanian registered vehicle that occurred near Black Creek on the Bermagui Cobargo Road at 5.45am last Wednesday. The car skidded off the road and the driver ran off, not being seen again.

Property stolen –A large amount of property was stolen from a shed to the rear of residence on Isabel Street, Narooma sometime between 1.30pm and 9pm last Sunday, January 22.

Items include a Yamaha generator, Husqvarna chainsaw, golf bag and clubs, various tools, a GPS watch, slots cars and drones. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has been offered items such as these is encouraged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Narooma police on 4476 2044.

Mid-range drink driver–A 42-year-old local Narooma man was stopped on the Princes Highway near Montague Street at 3.40pm on Saturday. He failed a breath test and was charged with mid-range drink driving.

Mystery clothes –Narooma police were concerned for the safety of individuals who left various items including clothes and a beach towel that were found on Carters Beach off Centenary Drive at 7pm last Sunday, January 22. Police monitored the area for a few days later deeming the clothes had just been left there and there was nobody lost at sea.

Hilux damaged –Unknown persons caused damaged to a Hilux parked on Forsters Bay Road scratching the driver’s side panels between 6.30am on Friday and 7.30am on Saturday.

Cannabis found –A local 39-year-old man was caught in Narooma and charged with possessingcannabis on Saturday.

A 38-year-old local man meanwhile was also caught with cannabis on Centenary Drive at 9.30am on Friday and charged with possession.

Scooter found –A child’s MPG scooter found at the Narooma wharf at 9.30am on Friday was handed into police and can be claimed.

Lost iPad –Someone last week reported a missing iPad mini in a yellow magnetic case lost in Narooma near the newsagent in Midtown on December 29.

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Sydney’s $10 million super sprint ‘The Everest’ to trump Melbourne Cup from October 2017

Main contender: Tommy Berry wins the TJ Smith on Chautauqua. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Sydney will host Australia’s first $10 million horse race at Randwick in October, making it worth nearly two Melbourne Cups in terms of stakes.
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The race, to be known as The Everest, will target the best sprinters in the world and be run over 1200m at weight-for-age on October 14.

Owners will be able to buy a spot in the 12-horse field with a three-year commitment for $600,000 a year. It is similar to the Pegasus World Cup concept in America – and spots will be able to be traded.

The Melbourne Cup is worth $6.2 million in prizemoney, a purse dwarfed by the $10 million on offer at Randwick. It will be the richest race on turf in the world.

Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding and Australian Turf Club chairman Laurie Macri made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon after working on the race for the six months.

“It is a game changer for racing in Sydney,” Balding said. “It will be known as ‘The Everest’ and will be the richest 1200m in the world and the richest turf race in the world.”

The race will focus on an area which Australian racing is built on, and will not attempt to compete with the major staying races during the Melbourne spring carnival.

Macri said the sprint journey was chosen because there is not an opportunity to run for that sort of money over 1200m anywhere in the world.

“This is not about Sydney against Melbourne. This is about playing to Sydney’s strength,” Macri said.

“Our sprinting division is the strongest in the world and we think they deserve an opportunity to showcase them to the world.”

While the initial concept is for 12 runners, Racing NSW and the ATC are prepared to extend the field if the interest is there, with the additional entry fees to be added to the purse.

The Everest will sit only under the $US12 million ($15.9 million) Pegasus World Cup over 1800m and $US10 million ($13.2 million) Dubai World Cup over 2000m.

The name was chosen because this will be peak of racing.


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Farmers help out the environment

Landholders Graeme and Wendy Ross are restoring precious woodland habitat and native grasslands on their property, Willowglen, at Bathurst.
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The Ross family have fenced off more than 125 hectares of remnant vegetation to enhance ground cover and promote the regeneration of native plant species, returning the landscape to its natural state.

Graeme and Wendy worked closely with Allan Wray and other staff from Central Tablelands Local Land Services. Photo: Contributed

This ambitious project received a helping hand last year from the Commonwealth Government’s Green Army Program, delivered through Skillset, with participants planting two thousand native seedlings on the site including Yellow box, Apple box, Blakely’s red gum, Sheoaks and Silver wattle.

“They did a very good job helping us out with fencing and with planting, and they seemed to enjoy themselves even during some particularly rough weather conditions,” Graeme said.

Graeme and Wendy have also planted another 3000 seedlings to complete the project. Prior to the project they had collected seed from red box and yellow box eucalypts and propagated several thousand seedlings, which were then used in the new plantings.

The new vegetation has been strategically located to enhance landscape connectivity and wildlife habitat, and also to provide shade and shelter for livestock.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services supplied additional native tube stock and tree guards for the site and also facilitated funding to pay for fencing the site and the installation of a watering point for livestock in the new paddock.

“Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to increase vegetation connectivity in the landscape and to improve groundcover through sustainable grazing practices, so it’s a pleasure working with farmers like Graeme and Wendy,” Land Services Officer, Allan Wray said.

“They have already done a lot of work on their property that demonstrates how farm productivity and biodiversity can go hand in and hand. This latest project is a great example of well planned and practical revegetation and farm management.”

Graeme and Wendy Ross will manage the new project area to reduce grazing pressure during critical times, particularly during dry spells and following rain events, to ensure native plants have the opportunity to flower and set seed.

“We have been working to improve ground cover on the farm and we also saw this project as a good opportunity to get better control of stock movement by dividing our paddocks,” Graeme said.

“More control over grazing access will give native plant diversity greater opportunity to survive and regenerate. The more diversity you have, the healthier the landscape, and we like to see the native plants and animals in the bush, it creates a very appealing environment.”

Bush rock, dead standing and fallen timber will also be maintained across the site to provide important habitat. The area will be strategically grazed to maximise groundcover and plain wire has been used in fences to allow native animals to move through the landscape without injury.

For more information about the benefits of sustainable land management and how Local Land Services can assist in planning and implementing improved management practices that can both protect the environment and improve productivity, phone Allan Wray on 02 6333 2318 or email:[email protected]论坛

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Schools are set for 2017

Schools are set for 2017 FUN: Naracoorte Primary School receptions Kadence Watson and Sam Watters enjoy the playground equipment.
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NEW: Naracoorte Primary School receptions Archer Woosnam and Annie Rasheed enjoying their new surroundings.

BUDDIES: Evie Sneath and Harvey Burzacott.

Naracoorte Primary School: New principal David Adams (left) with new staff Will Sandford, Kath Mott, Daniel Hallett, Daniel Wallis and Adam Stokes.

FRIENDS: Naracoorte South Primary School receptions Emma Kay (left), McKinley Brighton and Sinead Legoe play on their recces break.

SMILES: Naracoorte South Primary School receptions Eliza Crossling, Sam Vickery, Linken Pohlner and Fiann Kenny on the playground.

Naracoorte South Primary School: Trudy Holland (left) and Jess Jones.

Naracoorte South Primary School: Amanda Thompson.

FRESH: Sunrise receptions Piper Southern (back left), Angus Farley, Olive Marshall, Qinxuan Li (front left), William Teate and Portia Lowe.

HAPPY: Receptions BL – Hudson Oster, Poppy McLachlan, Charlize Cashine, Mahli Donaldson, FL – Meg Speed , Mia Slotegraaf and Ben Durik.

Naracoorte Sunrise Christian School: Catie Kennedy (left), Natalie Filsell and Margret Dow. Absent: David Jones.

Padthaway Primary School: Libby Thornton (left) and principal Olivia English.

Lucindale Area School: Jason Backler and Tahnee Manuel.

Naracoorte High School: Chelsea Dahlenburg.

Naracoorte High School: Irene Willcocks.

Naracoorte High school: Sarah Kershaw.

TweetFacebookNaracoorte High SchoolNaracoorte High School has 421 confirmed student enrolments for this year.

Eighty-four of those children will join the school for the first time, with the majority being Year 8 students.

The high school will welcome new teachers Sarah Kershaw and new graduate Irene Willcocks from Adelaide.

Sarah will teach English for all grades with Irene teaching science and physics for Year 11 and 12.

Chelsea Dahlenburg will return to the school after spending twoyears at Lucindale.

She will teach in theagriculture and horticulture and the physical education (PE) areas.

Last year, the school said farewell to previous science and physicsteacher Lara Parkinson who has moved to Brisbane.

Significantly, the school also said goodbye at the end of last year to long-time chaplain Trev Barnett, who has retired.

Deputy principal Jim McConnellis set for a long absence with his annual leave taking effect after week two of the opening term.

This year, Naracoorte High School will be able to use a new lift which will enable people with disabilities access to the upper levels.

In March, the schoolwill also begin its Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) project which will aim to be completed by November.

STEM is a $2.5m federal government initiative to allow schools to upgrade resources to provide students withtheability to access 21stcentury learning.

The school also had architectural drawings designed for a new front gate entrance after the previous structure was demolished last year.

Naracoorte Primary SchoolNaracoorte Primary School is set for a busy 2017 with 462 enrolments for the year.

Of that total, 57 Receptions will start their first school year with 12 other joining across all year levels.

Five new teachers will join the staff this year.David Adams from Adelaide will come out of retirement to lead the school as the new principal.

Daniel Wallis andDaniel Hallett will both teach Year 5, with MrWallis coming from Mount Barker and colleague MrHallett making the short journey from the local high school.

The school also said goodbye toMarie Riddle in mid-2016 after she served as the school’s principal for 15 years. She has retired to Goolwa with husband Mike, also a former long-time teacher.

Adam Stokes has moved from Queensland to teach the Year 6 students.

Will Sandford and Kath Mott have also secured teaching roles at the school.

Cherylie McConnell and Janet Duncan will both callit quits after many years at the primary school.

Ange Donnelly is on maternity leave for 2017.

Ceri Edwards, Tahnee Manuel, Jacquilyn Bradley, Fiona McInnes and Laura Staude will also be leaving the school after reaching the end of their contracts.

The school is looking forward to implementing its STEM project this year.

Naracoorte South Primary SchoolNaracoorte South Primary School will maintain the same level of 210 enrolments for this school year.

A healthy number of about 28 new Reception students will bolster the total number.

Recent graduate and local Jess Jones will teach ICT along with a Year 2/3 class.

Another former local Trudy Holland returns to Naracoorte to teach Year 4/5 after spendingthe last few yearsteaching at Oakbank Area School.

Amanda Thompson makes a return to theschool to teach junior primary science.

Kath Mott, Bernadette Blance Palmer and Lisa Rye all parted ways with the primary school in 2016.

Naracoorte South Primary School hasalready started construction ofan outdoor classroom with fire pit which is expected to be completed by the end of the first term.

Over the break, several classrooms were painted throughoutwith new carpets added to some rooms and other classroomsreceiving new furniture.

The schoollooks forward to extending its “Walker Learning” approach to junior primary teaching this year, as well as using a more inquiry based approach in the senior primary yearsto complement the STEM focus.

Naracoorte Sunrise Christian SchoolNaracoorte Sunrise Christian School is excited to begin the school year with 152 enrolments confirmed.

There will be 21 new Receptions joining the campus with one other Year 5 student also starting.

The addition of new teachers will allow for future growth in the school.

Natalie Filsell from Adelaide will teach a the Year4/5 class.Catie Kennedy is the non contact teacher.

Margaret Dow is the school’s new educational support officer and David Jones will do grounds/general maintenance work in 2017.

The school will have four straight grades which are Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3.

Lucindale Area SchoolLucindale Area School started 2017 this week with a total of 175 enrolments.

Staff are looking forward to the new school year having welcomed new staff Tahnee Manuel,Jason Backler,Rangi Millerand Chantelle Bloomfield.

Tahnee will teach the Year 6/7 and lead the choir.

Jason joins the schoolfrom Strathalbyn and will be an Agriculture, HASS andPLP teacher.

Rangi Miller will be taking on the role of PSWthis year.

The school has also bought a 33-seater bus.

The boarding house has had new paint work, new curtains and blinds installed and upgraded furniture in the student rooms. The schoolhasalso installed NBN for fast internet access.

Padthaway Primary SchoolPadthaway Primary School will have a total of 63 students with seven in the preschool this year. Four new students will join the the campus in the preschool, Year 2, 3 and 5.

Olivia English has been appointed as the new school principal following the retirement ofHarry Long in May last year.

Libby Thornton will be the newpreschool teacher and will be joined byAshlea Owen who is returning from maternity leave.

After eight years,Michelle Lampard has left her teaching positionat the school.Cara Maney also moved on after a year.

in 2017, the school will begin developing the preschool and is set to builda new indoor/outdoor play space dedicated to early years learning.

An upgrade of the playground area will also get underway after necessary funds were raised from thecommunity and fundraising committee.

Frances Primary SchoolFrances Primary School is predicting to have between 30-40 students for the 2017 school year.

Three new Reception students will join the campus.

Skylea McLean will return to the school to teach the senior class after teaching in Queensland for the past three years.

Teachers and students will enjoy using the the new electronic whiteboards that were installed over the break.

State-wideMore than 13,000 children started their first year of school this week.

In total, an estimated 170,000 students are attending 513 public schools including 13,500 children starting Reception, 11,000 starting high school and 11,500 beginning Year 12.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close said: “We welcome and wish good luck to all our 170,000 students in what we hope will be an exciting and rewarding year, especially those who are going to school for the first time and those embarking on the final stage of their school journey.

“A new school year provides a great opportunity for students to create or renew friendships and explore areas of interest as they study and prepare for their futures. We also wish our hard-working and highly skilled workforce of dedicated teachers, leaders and support staff a highly successful 2017.”

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Water bomber move worth considering

THE Cleve District Council’s suggestion to the CFS to relocate the firefighting aircraft based on Eyre Peninsula over the fire danger seasonfrom the Port Lincoln Airport to the more central site of Cummins is an interesting one.
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The idea would be to increase the automatic drop zone – which is the area that automatically receives a bomber drop if a fire starts– to include land further north on the Eyre Peninsula.

At the moment a large portion of the bombers’ 70-nautical mile automatic drop zone is over the ocean, which does seemto be a waste.

The Cleve District Council’s chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the council was keento start a conversation with the CFS and while CFS chief officer Greg Nettleton is yet to provide a response it will be interesting to see if it is something that can be seriously considered.

Aerotech First Responseis the primary contractor for the provision of 16 aircraft services acrossSouth Australia to the CFS, including in Port Lincoln and Aerotech already has a base at Cummins for its agriculture services.

There may be logistical reasons why it would not work but it is certainly worth asking the question if it means a quicker response time to more areas of the Eyre Peninsula.

By air, Cummins is not too far from Port Lincoln so response times to areas around the city should not be significantly increased if the move went ahead and the response time would be quicker to the more rural areas where fires often start.

Fixed wing water bombing aircraft have been stationed at thePort Lincoln Airport during the fire danger season since the Wangary bushfire and over those years they have been a welcome addition to the Eyre Peninsula’s firefighting capacity, supporting the efforts of the volunteer firefighterson the ground.

Firefighting aircraft do notextinguish a bushfire alonebut they do provide important support.

As the main airport in the region, it initially seems to makesense to have the firefighting aircraft based at Port Lincoln Airport, however it is good to see people thinking outside the square and not assuming things have to be done a certain way just because that is the way they always have been done.

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Competitive carnival ahead, young cricket guns meet at Cowra

Bathurst’s Ryan Peacock will captain Western/Riverina in the Under 18s State Challenge in Cowra. Play begins this Friday and will run through until Sunday.The last time Cowra hosted a three-day cricket carnival a young Adam Zampa emerged on the scene as a future Australian representative, that was during January, 2007.
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More couldbe unearthedthis weekend, with Friday markingthe opening day of the NSW Under 18s CountryChallenge, pitting together four teams made up of 48 of the state’s best country cricketers.

Western and Riverina combine as thetournamenthosts, whileCentral North/North Coast, Central Coast/Newcastle and ACT/Southern/Illawarra make up the competition.

Bathurst starRyan Peacock will captain Western/Riverina, whichincludesfellow Western ZoneplayersLuke Powell and Ben Parsons, also from Bathurst,Ben Knaggs and Charlie Kempston from Dubbo, Charlie Greer from Orangeand Grenfell product Hamish Starr.

Coach Robbie Jackson expectsa high standard of cricket, particularly from opening roundopponents ACT/Southern/Illawarra –who Jackson’s side will meet at Twigg Oval on Fridayfrom 10am.

“This will probably be some of the best cricket these guys have played,” Western/Riverina coach Robbie Jackson said.

“[ACT/Southern/Illawarra] has great depth and some quality cricketers.We’ll have to be ready for what they dish up.

“It’s a great opportunity to play against other quality cricketers.”

Jackson identifiedRyanPeacock andyoung tearaway Hamish Starr, as well as Riverina batsman Jack Harper and all-rounder Mitch Cleeland, as the four key players.

Each side is scheduled to play each other in the 50-over format, giving players opportunity to be noticed for selection into next season’sNSW Country/ACT under 19s side.

“Not only does it act as part of the selection process for 19s, but it’s a good opportunity to play such a high standard of cricket before going back to local finals,” Jackson added.

Friday’s other match features Central North/North Coast and Central Coast/Newcastle at Holman Oval.

All matches will be played at Holman and Twigg Ovals with play scheduled to start at 10am each day.

Cowra District Cricket President Greg Nicholls says the close proximity of Holman and Twigg Ovals makes it an ideal location for a high performance three-day carnival, givingselectors easy access toboth games.

“You talk to people and they love the set up here with the grounds right next door.

“That’s what makes it so attractive for a three-day carnival,” he said.

On Saturday, Western/Riverina take on Central North/North Coast at Twigg while in thefinal round they play Central Coast/Newcastle at Holman Oval.


Ryan Peacock ©, Charlie Kempston, Hamish Starr, Ben Parsons, Ben Knaggs, Charlie Greer, Luke Powell (Western),Caleb Barras,Eddie Keogh,Jack Harper,Josh Staines,Mitch Cleeland,Avery Weilandt (Riverina).

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Camera cover ‘missed’

TROUBLED: David William Wotherspoon died in April, 2013, after being found unconscious in a “safe cell” at Cessnock Correctional Centre. Picture: Supplied
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A CORRECTIONAL officer who was on her first shift monitoring the cameras in a mental health unit failed to notice an Indigenous inmate had partially covered his camera until moments before he was found unconscious, Newcastle Coroner’s Court has heard.

David William Wotherspoon, 31, had been trying to cover a camera in his “safe cell” at Cessnock Correctional Centre with wet toilet paper from about 3.06pm on April 5, 2013.

He failed a number of times, the toilet paper sliding off onto the ground, before he managed to partially cover the camera looking into his cell about 3.15pm.

He could still be seen moving around on the cameras up until 3.20pm.

But by the time two correctional officers went to deliver his meal at about 3.35pm he was unconscious, a ligature tied tightly around his neck.

Correctional officer Jennifer Reynolds told a coronial inquest into Mr Wotherspoon’s death on Wednesday that she wasn’t exactly sure why she missed the camera being partially covered up, despite noticing a number of Mr Wotherspoon’s earlier unsuccessful attempts.

“I couldn’t honestly answer that,” she said.

“It would have been because I was busy, there were alarms and phone calls coming in.”

Corrective Services Investigation Unit Detective Inspector Garry James had previously toldthe inquest the role of monitoring officer at the jail was too onerousfor one person.

“I noted there were 64 monitors across three TV screens,” Detective James said.

“One operator monitoring those three TVs, she’s got to handle the alarm system, the internal intercom, outside phone calls coming in.

“It is a huge task.”

Mr James said, in his opinion, it would have been “hard to even identify that wet toilet paper had been thrown on the monitor” in Mr Wotherspoon’scell, saying the partial covering wouldn’t stand out among all the other screens.

”I recommended that it needed two people to do that job,” he said.

“One watching the screen, the other one to be handling the phones and the alarms.

“There is now two people in the monitoring room since that day.”

Earlier, senior correctional officer Dave Harrower told the inquest he had spoken with Mr Wotherspoon only minutes before he was found unconscious.

“He said “Dave, can I have a shower?” Mr Harrower said.

Mr Harrower said by the time he returned to Mr Wotherspoon’s cell only a few minutes later the 31-year-oldwas unconscious.

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City’s accommodation on ‘unusual’ list| Photos

City’s accommodation on ‘unusual’ list| Photos Taronga Western Plains Zoo where visitors can sleep in luxury safari tents on the edge of the African savannah. Photo: TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO
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Aranyani Bison Adventure Park which allows visitors to camp in a Native American style teepee. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Enchanted cave in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views, a spa and a woodfire. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse has wall-to-wall windows, exposed native timber and is perched on timber stilts. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Visitors get a glimpse into what life would have once been like for a lighthouse keeper with a night in Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. Photo: JMorrell OEH

Talo Retreat Yurts have canvas walls lined with Australian wood, a domed skylight to allow stargazing from ybed and a private outdoor spa. Photo: TALO RETREAT

White Cliffs Underground Motel gives visitors the chance to experience underground-living first hand. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Perched overlooking a stunning valley near Bathurst, is a 1949 red double decker London bus that has been converted into accommodation. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

TweetFacebookDestination NSW: 8 unusual places to stay the night-Stay in an underground ‘dug out’ at The White Cliffs Underground Motel

-Camp Native American- style, bison and all, at Aranyani Bison Adventure Park

-A London bus in the bush at Artisans Park

-Adults-only treehouse at Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse

-African Safari in Dubbo at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

-Caveman accommodation at the Enchanted Cave in the Blue Mountains

-A lighthouse on an Island at Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

-Yurt on the Murray River at Talo Retreat

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Big school is now in session

Alexander Edmonds and Emily Forbes are just two of Cowra Public School’s new Kindergarten students.They’re small fish ina big pond but that hasn’t stopped the newest kindergarten students at Cowra Public School (CPS) and Mulyan Public School (MPS) from taking the leap into infantsschool.
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Kindergarten students at CPS walked through the gates for the first time on Wednesday whilst class was in session for MPS students on Thursday.

Cowra Public School Assistant PrincipalSheridan Oborn said it was always exciting to see the new students start.

“It’s always lots of fun having our new kindies come in, it’s lots of fun teaching them all the basic routines of school where to line up, how to put their hand up and how to go up stairs,” she said.

She said teachers at CPS also share the same enthusiasm for the first day of school.

“Our teachers are very passionate about all their students and look forward to the start of the year and meeting all the names on that are on a page and getting to know their students and tailoring their teaching to their students educational needs,” she said.

She said that the Year 1 cohort will now have to get used to the fact they are no the littlest ones in the school anymore.

“The kindergarten children from last year would still be talking about their teacher over the holidays and it’s strange for them to come back on the first day and no longer be kindergarten students, that they’ve moved on.

Kinder Purple and Kinder Aqua celebrated their first day at Mulyan Public School on Thursday.

Assistant Principal at MPS, Beatrice Murray said there were quite a few nervous Mums on Thursday morning but it was all smiles from the new students.

“I don’t know who was more nervous, the mums or the kids,” she said.

“But there were no tears this year so we are happy about that.”

After an extensive introduction program, Mrs Murray says kindergarten students were ready to feel at home at MPS.

“We are doing the best start assessment now, looking at where students are at and what teachers can do to help them,” she said.

She said she looks forward to seeing their journey through primary school.

“When Kindergarten comes, they are new, fresh face little children and by the end of Kindergarten they have grown in so many different ways,” she said.

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Moree melts in record heatwavePhotos

KEEPING COOL: Amelia Powlton and Maddie Lumb enjoy some delicious ice-cream from Sullivan’s Newsagency on Wednesday.
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Moree residents are doing everything they can to keep cool this week as the record-breaking hot weather continues, with a stretch of 40-degree temperatures in store until at least Tuesday.

We arecurrently up to 37straight daysof 35-degree plus temperatures, more than double the previous record set in the summer of 1981/82, and this looks set to continue.

Another record could well be broken over the next week, as Moree buckles down for seven straight days of40-degree temperatures –equal that of the record set in November 2009.

Wednesday kicked off this latest40-degree period with a top of 42, while Thursdayis set to peak at a sweltering 44 degrees. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are each expected to reach 42 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be 43.

Bill Crawford, owner/manager of Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal said this summer hasbeen pretty tough with temperatures about 55 degrees ontop of a roof in this heat.

“We’ve been up on roofs every day …it gets pretty extreme,” he said.

“It’s the extended period of heat which knocks us up the most, it wears you down.”

FEELING HOT: Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on top of a roof in Wednesday’s heat.

While outside workers are sweltering, a number of local businesses are benefitting from the heat spell.

Yates Refridgeration and Airconditioning has seen a huge surge in business.

“I’ve never seen so many installs,” co-owner Sheryline Yates said. “We’ve been constantly inundated with people wanting air-conditioners installed. We’ve got installs almost every day.”

Mrs Yates said while business has always been busy around this time, this year has been particularly demanding.

“We’re just flat-out; there seems to be an influx all at once.”

Harvey Norman Moreehas experienced one of its biggest seasons for air-conditioner sales, which franchisee Marc Pigdon said has been constant since December.

“Every day there’s been a constant flow of people in the store looking for air-conditioners,” he said.

“We’ve sold out two or three times and have had to get stock from out-of-state.”

HOT SELLERS: Harvey Norman Moree franchisee Marc Pigdon said air conditioners have been in high demand this summer.

Mr Pigdon said portable air-conditioners have been most popular as people look for immediate relief, while split systems have also been popularas alonger-term solution, and surprisingly, the “old window rattlers” havebeen selling well.

Fans have also been walking out the door of Harvey Norman Moree as people look for additional ways to cool their houses.

“We ordered 100 fans at the start of the season and they were gone by mid-December,” Mr Pigdon said.

“People will come in for something else and they’ll grab a few pedestal fans.”

In addition to fans and air-conditioners, more people have also been buying new refridgerators and even blenders.

“It certainly has been a great season,” Mr Pigdon said.

Moree melts in record heatwave | Photos Maddie Lumb and dog Phoebe have fun cooling off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Phoebe cools off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Maddie and Alice Gough with Zohie Lobsy cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Morgan, Holly and Blayne O’Dempsey cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Jodie and Evie Anderson cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Shaylee and Jacqueline enjoy the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen on the slide.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Harper Anderson comes down the slide.

Matthew Anderson on the slide.

Birds finding the shade.

Carolyn Osmond waters the plants at the Fork and Spade Nursery.

Charlie the friendly cockatoo at Fork and Spade Nursery stays hydrated in this heat.

19-year-old duck Handicap doesn’t move far from his water under the shade at Fork and Spade Nursery.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

It doesn’t take long for ice-cream to melt in this heat.

Fun on the slide with water. Photo contributed by Jodie Litchfield.

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Bill Lawry and Dick Blacka: A tale of two cricket tragics

Cricket tragic: Local sporting identity Dick Blacka with a photograph taken during his recent meeting with former Australian cricket captian Bill Lawry.A tribute to cricketing legend Bill Lawry will be aired on ABC’s Grandstand program on his 80thbirthday –February 11.
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The tribute is a poem, penned by Bega resident John Cafe, by special request after a chance meeting of Mr Lawry and local cricketidentity Dick Blacka.

Wes and Matt Fleet discovered they were painting the kitchen in Mr Lawry’s Merimbula holiday home and mentioned in passing that Mr Blacka was a big fan and had been diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Cafe said Mr Lawry’s reaction was a catalyst for the tribute.

“Bill not only agreed to meet Dick,” he said.“But set aside an afternoon and hosted for him for an afternoon tea with a big spread prepared by his wife.

“It just lifted Dick’s spirits to no end.”

After the meeting, Matt asked Mr Cafe to pen the tribute to show their admiration of the cricketing icon.

However, the simple gesture quickly became something more when Mr Cafe asked his brother to look over the words.

“One of my brothersis a cricket tragic,” Mr Cafe said with a laugh.“So I asked him to referee it and we came up with this tribute.”

“It all stemmed from his generosity to Dick.”

“He took the time to encourage him through the sickness, and this is also in appreciation of everything Dick has given to local cricket.”

Mr Blacka is a life-long supporter of the local competition and is a life member of the Tathra Sea Eagles club.

It took almost 12 months of back and forth to settle on the final result, butMr Cafe’sbrother, who works as a producer for ABC in Sydney,recorded the poem with music and a backing track of cheers and commentary.

News spread through the ABC and it will be aired on February 11 to celebrate Mr Lawry’s 80thbirthday, both locally and in Sydney on the Grandstand program.

An interview with Mr Cafe and Matt Fleet will be aired before the tribute is played on Andrew Ogilvy’s Saturday morning program.

Mr Blacka, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment over the last two years, met with fellow cricket tragic and commentary team icon Bill Lawry at the former Australian captain’sMerimbula holiday home.

”It was very casual, it was two people together who love the game,” Mr Blacka said.

“He’s quite funny, and really down to earth.

“He’s a good bloke, there’s no doubt about it.”

The pair spent the afternoon together chatting about the rich history of the game, it’s modern day adaptations, their shared passion for fishing and even Mr Lawry’s well-known love of pidgeons.

“He did talk about pigeons, but I didn’t have much to say,” Mr Blacka said with a laugh.

“I did tell him they used to race pigeons out at Cobargo in the 1960s at the football ground before games.”

Through the afternoon Mr Blacka gained an insight into the former Australian captain’s view on the modern game.

“He was a stalwart, he stayed at the crease and took his time,” Mr Blacka said.

“It’s a completely different game to how he used to bat, he never believed they’d play shots like they do now.”

The pair are planning to catch up again soon and fish at Mr Lawry’s favourite spot at Tura Beach.

Mr Blacka played his first grade cricket game in 1970, and despite his current treatment took to the field this season in the local C Grade competition.

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First for the North Coast

Kempsey Saints in action in 2016.IN what will be a first, all Football Mid North Coast clubs will come together for a pre-season seminar on Sunday at Laurieton United Ex-Services Club.
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This will take in clubs from South West Rocks to Gloucester.

“In other years we’ve had northern and southern meetings, but this time we’ve decided to get everyone together at the one time and the one place,’’ Football Mid North Coast chairman Mike Parsons said.

He said there will be representatives from the Northern NSW Federationat the seminar to address club delegates.

“All the club registrars will be in attendanceand they’ll be briefed of what will be required with player registrations this year,’’ Mr Parsons said.

There will also be a detailed outline on how clubs can increase sponsorship revenue along with grant applications for funding toimproveinfrastructure.

Mr Parsons had previously said that improving facilities for players and spectators will be a major priority for Football Mid North Coast. He is concerned football is lagging behind other codes in this area.

“We’ll have discussions on how clubs can give better value for money to their sponsors,’’ Mr Parsons added.

There will also be a detailed explanation for all club presidents onFMNC’sstrategic plan that has been signed offby the board.

Mr Parsons said the seminar will be part of the board’s plan to make clubs ‘more inclusive’ in the running of the code.

He added the seminar will now be held annually as part of the pre-season preparations.

“Sundaywill be a busy program,’’ he said.

“We’ll be starting at 9.30 and running through to 1pm.’’

Mr Parsons added the regularpre-season briefing for premier league clubs will be held later this month.

Ten clubs from Forster-Tuncurry to Kempseywill contest the premier league this year, an increase in one on 2016 with Wauchope’s return.

“If we can achieve this we will have more than 350 players on our books,’’ Mr Taylor said.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats will be one of sevenFootball Mid North Coast Premier League clubs taking part in the Westfield FFA Cup this year.

The others are Wallis Lake, Tuncurry-Forster, Macleay Valley, Port Saints, Wauchope and Kempsey Saints.

Kempsey Saints Football Clubrecently announced the appointment of Matt Baker and Jason Fisher to coach their 2017 Premier League squad.

Baker is amongst the highest credentialed coach’s in the area and brings a professionalism to the job that has been refined over years of coaching at all levels.

He has recently stepped away from the Football Mid North Coast rep system,where he coached with and against the best players and coaches between Kempsey and Newcastle.

Baker is committed to Saints this year and is focused on achieving a successful season.

In 2016 he became the seventh life member of the Saints club.

Fisher was instrumental in guiding the Saints into Premier League, and has the experience of playing or coachingevery year the Saints has been involved in senior football.

Pre-season is underway and players who wish to join the senior team can attend training atEden St on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm.

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