Air force plane spooks Great Lakes residents
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Air force plane spooks Great Lakes residents SHOCK FOR SOME: It rattled windows and sent swimmers diving for cover but for those in the know it was an incredible photo opportunity. Wayne Hunt took this amazing photo of the C-130J Hercules during low level refresher training over Forster last week.
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SHOCK FOR SOME: It rattled windows and sent swimmers diving for cover but for those in the know it was an incredible photo opportunity. Wayne Hunt took this photo of the C-130J Hercules during low level refresher training over Forster last week.

Photo by Wayne Hunt.

Photo by Wayne Hunt.

Photo by Leah Farrell.

LOCAL LINK: At the controls of the low flying aircraft was Flight Lieutenant Shane Anderson who attended Great Lakes College before joining the Air Force in 2005.

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Holiday activitiesPHOTOS
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Holiday activities | PHOTOS Emma Gellatly, 5, Horsham. Flower sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library
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Tamika Shanaughan, 4, Horsham. Flower sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library

Hozaira Ahmad, 10, Buket Akiz, 13, Yaren Akiz, 11, Horsham. Flower sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library

Maddie Henstridge, 7, Horsham. Flower sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library

Volunteer Sharon Creasey, Horsham, helping Evangeline Isham, 4, Horsham. Flower sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library

Greta Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 8, Horsham. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

Nicholas Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 6, Horsham. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

Emma James, 5, Horsham. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

Brother and sister Harry, 9, and Amity, 7, Vercoe, Dimboola. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

Aiden Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 10, Horsham. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

Elise Watson, 11, Horsham. Solar Prints holiday activity at Horsham Rural Art Gallery

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Ascella Estate’s passion for organic wine
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Barbara and Geoff Brown of Ascella Estate.It’s a long way from working in the Arctic to running a highly successful organic vineyard in the Hunter Valley but Barbara and Geoff Brown are enjoying life’s new challenges in a much warmer climate.
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Their Ascella Estate at Milbrodale is certainly the Hunter’s largest organic vineyard.

With 32 hectares under vine, it may well be the country’s largest family-run organic vineyard.

They bought the property in December 2007 and have turned the estate into a sustainable organic farm that produces high quality, award-winning wines.

Not a bad achievement for a couple who have learnt the ins and outs of viticulture mostly on the job.

Geoff came from a engineering and science background and Barb, a native of Canada, worked in health and community economic development.

This included establishing training programs for indigenous communities in the Arctic.

A commitment to organic food and great tasting wine led the couple to purchase the property and take on the hard work involved in proving they could produce great wines using organic methods.

Geoff takes charge of the farm and his favourite ingredient for healthy vines is Epsom salts – used as a micro nutrient.

He is also a big fan of fish oil and kelp extracts. From harvest to bud burst the property’s Dorper sheep are grazed among the vines to reduce grass and weed infestations.

But their love of tasty grapes, no matter their size, means they are banished from the vineyard after bud burst.

“They have a definite taste for fine grapes,” Geoff laughed.

Inter-row mulching and hand pulling of weeds is used along the 115kilometres of vines.

Helping the Browns in this task are members of WWOOF – Willing Workers on Organic Farms.

Since purchasing the farm and using their organic methods the soils at Ascella have gone from a ph of 7.8 to a ph range of 6-6.5 – making them ideal for grape production.

Ascella Estate wines are made by Liz Jackson at Monarch Wines in Pokolbin and the Browns paid special credit to her expertise in producing their award-winning range.

Apart from the challenges of running a large organic vineyard the couple have also been busy joining members of their local Bulga-Milbrodale community in its fight against the expansion of a nearby open cut coal mine.

“The Hunter is the oldest vineyard region in Australia,” Barbara said.

“It is rated as one of the top 10 vineyard regions of the world.

“So why destroy such a wonderful industry for such a short term mine?

“If it has to go ahead, why not go underground? No where else in the world would they contemplate expanding a mine like that and destroying our community.

“They will destroy our industry and the health and wellbeing of a community for what? It is so short-sighted.”

The Browns want the broader community to understand what’s at stake should the mining project be given he green light.

“Ten years of mining, but the adverse impacts will carry on for generations,” Geoff said.

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Brothers keen Nippers
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Keen competitors: New Nipper members Jack and Sam Tougher-Wells.JACK and Sam Tougher-Wells have recently joined the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club Nippers.
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Jack has started in the U/13s after transferring from Towardji SLSC, where he joined as a Nipper in the U/8s. His favourite events are Board and the Ironman and his other interests include rugby and fishing.

Jack is starting in Year 7 at Camden Haven High School this year. Sam Tougher-Wells has started with Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC in the U/12s.

He has also transferred from Towardji SLSC, where he joined as a Nipper in the U/6s.

His favourite Nipper events are Beach Sprints and the Surf Swim.

Sam is starting in Year 6 at the new Lake Cathie Public School this year and he is also involved in rugby and is a Rep Aus Tag Player.

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Thunder training underway
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Concentrated effort: Aaron Robinson kicks off. Star player: Paddy Bowen in action.
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Fighting fit: Dean Hawkins is fired up for the inaugural season. Pics:?MATT?McLENNAN

Too much fun: Jacqui Ostler lines up the bag.

Good form: Thunder skills coach John Tavaga.

Line up: Thunder women’s coach Tammie Breneger was impressed by the turn out.

THE Wauchope Thunder Rugby Club has kicked off its pre-season training schedule.

Sixteen men and women gathered at Andrews Park last week for the first series of training sessions run by coach Marc Minor, with club president Peter Daley on hand to supervise and help run the drills.

Fitness and communication were issues early on but they will improve as the playing group gels ahead of the Lower Mid North Coast zone rugby season.

Daley was pleased to finally be under way.

“I’m just astounded at the turnout for the very first Wauchope Thunder training session,” he said.

He couldn’t wait to get on the park for the season:

“It’s about growing rugby in the zone”.

The club now trains Tuesdays and Thursdays at Andrews Park, starting at 6pm.

New players are always welcome.

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Police empty septic tank in search for toddler William Tyrell
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Police are emptying a septic tank at a Bonny Hills home as they continue to seize forensic evidence in relation to the disappearance of toddler William Tyrell.
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Missing: William Tyrell

Homicide detectives have spent more than 24 hours searching through a Bonny Hills home, just south of Port Macquarie.

Officers have cordoned off the semi-rural property, and a grease trap and septic service truck pulled up to the house about 8am on Wednesday.

Detectives were instructing a man and he was later seen putting a large hose into the ground near the front of the single level home.

An elderly couple live at the semi-rural property and are believed toown a business that was raided at the nearby town Laurieton on Tuesday.

Computer equipment and a mattress were seized from an office space above a set of shops and taken away for forensic testing.

Resident Dean Pollard said the couple who owned the house on Wandoo Place are the guardians of at least three grandchildren.

He said at least 20 police officers and six cars were parked outside the home since 7am on Tuesday.

Via Port News

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Group 3 Preseason and Competition draws
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2015 Group 3 Rugby League Preseason and Competition draws
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XX Trophies preseason draw

Northern Pool: Port Sharks, Port City, Wauchope, Bye.

Southern Pool: Forster Tuncurry, Old Bar Beach, Taree City, Wingham.

Saturday, 14th March, Venue: Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie

Game 1, 1.00pm 18 [20 min match] Breakers v Sharks

Game 2, 1.30pm 18 [20 min match] Breakers v Blues

Game 3, 2.00pm 18 [20 min match] Blues v Sharks

Game 4, 2.30pm F/G [30 min match] Breakers v Sharks

Game 5, 3.10pm F/G [30 min match] Breakers v Blues

Game 6, 3.45pm F/G [30 min match] Blues v Sharks

Sunday, 15th March, Venue: Harry Elliott Oval, Tuncurry

Game 7, 2.00pm 18 [20 each way] Bulls v Pirates

Game 8, 3.00pm 18 [20 each way] Hawks v Tigers

Game 9, 4.00pm F/G [30 each way] Bulls v Pirates

Game 10, 5.15pm F/G [30 each way] Hawks v Tigers

Saturday, 21st March, Cup Finals, Venue: TBA

Game 11, 1.00pm 18 [20 min match] Loser G7 v #3 team N/Pool

Game 12, 1.30pm 18 [20 min match ] Loser G8 v #3 team N/Pool

Game 13, 2.00pm 18 [20 min match Loser G7 v Loser G8

Game 14, 2.30pm F/G [30 min match] Loser G9 v #3 team N/Pool

Game 15, 3.10pm F/G [30 min match] Loser G10 v #3 team N/Pool

Game 16, 3.50pm F/G [30 min match] Loser G10 v Loser G9

Game 17, 4.00pm 18 [20 each way] 2 best teams from G11/12/13

Game 18 5.00pm F/G [30 each way] 2 best teams from G11/12/13

Sunday, 22nd March, Shield Finals, Venue: TBA

Game 19, 12.00noon 18 [20 each way] Winner G7 v #1 team N/Pool

Game 20, 12.50pm 18 [20 each way] Winner G8 v #2 team N/Pool

Game 21, 1.40pm F/G [30 each way] Winner G9 v #1 team N/Pool

Game 22, 2.50pm F/G [30 each way] Winner G10 v #2 team N/Pool

Game 23, 4.00pm 18 [20 each way] Winner G19 v Winner G20

Game 24, 5.00pm F/G [30 each way] Winner G21 v Winner G22

Season Launch – Friday, 27th March, 2015

(All prize Money for Preseason Competition paid at Season Launch)

2015 Wingham Services Club – Group 3 Competition Draw.

Draw Code: FT-8 OBB-2 PC-3 PS-6 TC-1 WA- 4 WT-5 Bye-7

Easter long weekend, 3rd to 6th April, 2015

Week 1 Venue Day Date L/T 18 R/G F/G

Bulls v Hawks, Jack Neal Oval, Saturday 11th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Blues v Tigers, Lank Bain Complex, Saturday 11th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Breakers v Sharks, Regional Stadium, Sunday 12th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Pirates Bye

Week 2 Venue Day Date L/T 18 RG FG

Sharks v Pirates, Regional Stadium, Saturday 18th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Tigers v Breakers, Wingham Complex, Saturday 18th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Hawks v Blues, Harry Elliott Oval, Sunday 19th April 11.40 12.30 1.40 3.00

Bulls Bye

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Long Blows
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One of our friends, (yes, we do have some), often asks what we are reading.
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Sometimes it’s a bit hard to remember, but at the moment your columnist is in no doubt about the book presently on the go. For some holiday reading, we have been lent a copy of Charles Massy’s book on the ‘decline and fall of the Australian wool industry,’ Breaking the Sheep’s Back. In it Massy documents the manner in which the ‘minimum reserve price,’ scheme was mishandled, and how it brought a once proud industry, on which many people in the country still depend, to its knees.

The reserve was originally intended to inject some stability into the industry by providing a ‘floor’ in the market.

It seemed a great idea, and the possible saviour of struggling woolgrowers. But then, a few people, including a slew of agri-politicians, saw it as a means of getting the buyers to pay more and make everybody on the land rich. Your columnist can recall local people here saying how they thought that the reserve should go higher.

I wonder whether they would admit that now?

Well, of course, as they say, the rest is history.

And Massy meticulously relates the sad tale of the great bust.

Wool buyers weren’t going to be dictated to and pay inflated prices.

They stopped buying. As a result, the Australian Wool Corporation, which had been trumpeting its great successes, found itself buying in as much as 80 per cent of the clip, and feeding a rapidly growing stockpile of wool, much of it of inferior quality.

Eventually, the whole thing came to a head, and the government had to step in. Meanwhile, many fibre manufacturers were focussing their attention on synthetics.

The bubble had burst. The stewardship of the wool hierarchy, with their lavish overseas trips and elaborate lunches at woolgrowers’ expense, had been revealed as a charade.

It’s very sad, and we all paid, in one way or another, for those mistakes.

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