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Wimmera children enjoy school activities | Photos Horsham’s Tamika Shanaughan, 4, participates in a flower-sewing holiday activity at Horsham Library. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
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Horsham’s Hozaira Ahmad, 10, Buket Akiz, 13 and Yaren Akiz, 11, sew flowers onto library bags as part of Horsham Library’s school holiday activity program. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Horsham’s Maddie Henstridge, 7, enjoys working on her holiday activity project at Horsham Library.

Emma Gellatly, 5, of Horsham sews a flower as part of Horsham Library’s school holiday activity program.

Horsham volunteer Sharon Creasey helps Evangeline Isham, 4, stitch a flower at Horsham Library.

Horsham’s Greta Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 8, with her solar prints holiday activity at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Nicholas Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 6, of Horsham shows off a solar print he created at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Dimboola siblings Harry, 9, and Amity, 7, Vercoe create solar prints during a holiday activity at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Aiden Van Der Westhuizen-Spiller, 10, of Horsham during the Horsham Regional Art Gallery solar prints holiday activity.

Elise Watson, 11, of Horsham creates a solar print during the Horsham Regional Art Gallery activity day.

Horsham’s Emma James, 5, is all smiles during the Horsham Regional Art Gallery activity day.

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Truck Show rolls into town

Jamie, 3, and Harry Haylock, from Port Fairy looking at a Mack truck at last year s truck show. 140125LP15THERE is no doubt in the mind of Koroit Truck Show organising committee member Graeme Morris about how this year’s event will go.
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“It’s going to be enormous,” was the enthusiastic response that came from Mr Morris when asked about the show.

“Going on the amount of phone calls we are receiving from people wanting to come it will be the biggest yet.”

This will be the third year the Koroit Truck Show has been held after it began its life as part of the long-running annual Koroit Show.

The trucks were introduced to the Koroit Show to add to that event but they soon became so popular that there was no more room at Victoria Park to hold them.

So a sub committee of the Koroit Show was formed to develop a new event with the Koroit Truck Show held for the first time on the Australia Day weekend in 2013.

That first event attracted a strong number of trucks and trade stalls and then in 2014 this interest grew as did the number of people coming through the gate for a look.

Now the 2015 Koroit Truck Show, to be held this Saturday at Victoria Park, is set to climb to even dizzier heights.

“We have trucks coming from all over Victoria as well as from South Australia and New South Wales.

“There will be some seriously good trucks on show and from what I am hearing there is a lot of polish being sold to the truckies out there and the boys are shining their rigs up.

“We have some great prizes lined up with the best rig of the show winning cash and prizes to the value of $3500.”

A new addition to the truck show this year will be the appearance of stunt bikes from the TC Tricks group.

These bikes will include BMX’s and small motorbikes which will see riders performing on the oval during the day.

Children’s entertainment will also be available and live music will be provided late into the afternoon.

Patrons will be able to buy food and drinks with the Koroit Cricket Club catering for the event.

There will also be a display of vintage trucks, motorbikes and cars which will line the boundary of the oval.

The truck show starts at 10am.

Litter bugs facing big cash fines

Good news: Ian Kiernan AO, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia Day welcomes the news about a litter hotline.
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THE NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced that from March 2015 anyone reported to the litter hotline will face fines of up to $200 for individuals; $500 for lit cigarettes during fire bans; and $900 for a corporation.

According to Ian Kiernan AO, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia, this announcement is a long time coming with many Australians concerned about the disgraceful state of our highways and roadsides; and is particularly welcome with Clean Up Australia Day which is celebrating 25 years on Sunday March 1, 2015.

“We field many complaints at Clean Up Australia from frustrated and concerned volunteers who want to clean up their local roadsides but cannot gain permission due to ownership disputes and safety issues,” said Mr Kiernan.

Ian Kiernan believes that the adoption of the litter hotline combined with the implementation of cash for containers recycling will go a long way to help reduce roadside littering. In fact, figures from both the 2013 Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report and the yet to be released 2014 Report indicated the most common rubbish types on roadside sites in NSW were beverage containers and fast food packaging.

“Introduction of the Rubbish app as part of the NSW rubbish hotline will be welcomed by volunteers as it will enable them to identify key rubbish hotspots so that they can register to clean them up.”

Clean Up Australia Day 2015 is your chance to put yourself in the picture and join hundreds of thousands of volunteers who will take their white and yellow bags and don their gloves to clean up their local community. Over the last quarter of a century volunteers have donated more than 27.2 million hours towards caring for the environment through Clean Up Australia Day, by removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country.

The Wauchope Lions are asking for volunteers to be part of Clean Up Australia Day in our community.

If you are interested, the group will be meeting at 8am at Yippen Creek Reserve, Wauchope. Volunteers are being asked to bring their own gloves. For more information, contact Bob Jones on 6586 1128.

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Writers’ group now local

Good spirits: Joint patrons of Port Writers – Bessie Jennings and Laurie Barber at the group’s recent inaugural meeting Port Writers Committee 2015: Back – Debbie Deasey, Gillian Scott, Fay Blundell and Melanie Wass. Front – Wendy Haynes, Rachel Palmer and Frank Urban (absent vice president Kerry Buchanan)
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PORT Writers have recently dissolved their affiliation with the Fellowship of Australian Writers and reformed as a ‘truly local group’, according to club members.

The group celebrated the official incorporation of ‘Port Writers Inc.’ at their recent inaugural meeting.

“As a local group, we look forward to supporting all writers in the Port Macquarie Hastings region and developing an agenda that truly meets their needs,” said newly elected President, Rachel Palmer.

High on the group’s agenda in 2015 will be the compilation of an Anthology centred on the poet Henry Kendall and the famous Camden Haven valley and magnificent Port Macquarie Hastings.

“Writers find much inspiration in the beauty and diversity of our local area, it seems natural to draw from that creativity,” said Rachel.

The first meeting introduced and welcomed joint patrons Laurie Barber and prize-winning poet Bessie Jennings.

Gill Goater facilitated a lively discussion on just what activities and exercises would support writers and how a move away from a more committee oriented approach could be achieved.

President Rachel Palmer, vice president Kerry Buchanan, treasurer Wendy Haynes and secretary Frank Urban are joined on the committee by Fay Blundell, Debbie Deasey, Gillian Scott and Melanie Wass.

Future Port Writers meetings will be held at the Rotary Community Centre, Hastings River Drive, at 1.00pm on the fourth Saturday of each month.

A membership application fee is $10 and a subscription running until June 30 2015, will be available for $20.

Contact numbers are 6584 6693 and 6581 2440.

Their next meeting on Saturday, January 24 will include a workshop led by Melanie Wass.

All interested writers and visitors are welcome to attend.

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