Australia Day 2015 in Cowra, program of events

Check out what’s happening in Cowra on January 26, 2015.Here’s what’s going on in Cowra on Australia Day 2015.
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8.15am – Civic Square


8.15am – Cowra Civic Centre

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cowra

Start the day off with a sausage sandwich or a coffee with the Inner Wheel Ladies!


8.45am – Cowra Civic Centre

Meet our Australia Day Ambassador Jodie Elkington, and support out local nominees as they recieve their Australia Day Awards


10.30am – Cowra Civic Centre

Hosted by the Inner Wheel Club of Cowra with sponsorship from Woolworths, Cowra.

Share in a piece of the Australia Day Cake following the Awards Ceremony.


10am to 2pm

Beyond Bravara, featuring an extensive selection of works by leading Australian ceramic artist, Stephen Bowers.


10am to 8pm – Cowra Aquatic Centre

Free entry all day. Cool off with a refreshing swim, hire a rocker, or join us for a free sausage sizzle, Australian poetry recitals and live music from 6-8pm.


10am – Cowra Bowling Club

Proudly sponsored by Cowra Council.

Contact Terry Peterswald on 6341 3219

From 11am –


Tee off from 11am Shotgun Start – Cowra Golf Club

Proudly sponsored by Cowra Council.

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12 for 12.30pm – Cowra Sevices Club

Hosted by the View Club of Cowra. Featuring special guest, 2015 Australia Day Ambassador, Jodi Elkington and the presentation of the Dr Warren Whiley Memorial Award.


1pm – Holman Oval, River Park

Cowra’s very own version of the T20 Big Bash featuring the Cowra “Noonbinna Bushrangers” up against the Cowra “Holmwood Swaggies”.

Proudly sponsored by Cowra Council.

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Wimmera child immunisation rates among the best and worst in the state

Ararat Rural City’s vaccination rate is among the worst in the state.CHILD immunisation rates in parts of the Wimmera are among the best in the state.
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Australian Childhood Immunisation Register data shows 100 per cent of two-year-olds in West Wimmera and Hindmarsh shires have been fully vaccinated.

Horsham is the next highest, with 98.53 per cent of two-year-olds vaccinated, followed by Yarriambiack at 94.74 per cent and Northern Grampians at 90.91 per cent.

Ararat Rural City is among the worst in the state, with only 89.74 per cent of two-year-olds fully vaccinated.

West Wimmera Shire child and maternal health nurse Monica Feder said the municipality had a 100 per cent immunisation for children aged one, two and five.

She said it was an issue she was passionate about.

‘‘We are very vigilant in maintaining that 100 per cent rate,’’ she said.

Mrs Feder said the key was making access to immunisations as easy as possible for parents.

‘‘When people come in for other checks, we can do immunisations right then and there, instead of having a special day once a month which other councils do,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s about making it more available to parents and making it available every time they visit.

‘‘I also follow up with phone calls and letters to those who might have forgotten.

‘‘If it doesn’t suit to come into a centre, I can take the immunisation to the parent – there is no excuse to not be immunised.’’

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Long process to become Justice

GUEST: Justice of the Peace Barbara Camporeale was a recent guest speaker at the Cleve Probus Club.AT the January meeting of the Cleve Probus Club Barbara Camporeale spoke of her work as a Justice of the Peace.
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She lives in Port Pirie and has been a Justice of the Peace for 35 years, had been president of the Northern Areas Justice Group for the last 10 years and a sheriff’s officer for 20 years.

Her busy life also includes cake decorating and she is a member of Rotary where she is involved in kids camp.

Ms Camporeale gave an interesting account of the beginnings of Justice of the Peace including how they had their beginnings as far back as the 16th century in England.

She told of the rigorous process of elimination that was involved in becoming a Justice of the Peace.

When she first applied, if you had a tattoo anywhere on the body you would not be considered as a suitable candidate.

However much has changed and this is no longer on the criteria.

She also told the group of the many facets of her work in the Port Pirie area.

Adoptions, abuse of women, issuing summonses and arrests were all part of her daily schedule.

Sadly she had 10 house repossessions in 10 days and stated that in her jurisdiction if a child had reached the age of 12 years without being in court their parents had done well.

At the end of question time vice president Allan Edwards moved a vote of thanks and presented Ms Camporeale with a Probus gift.

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Stars on their way to Koroit Irish Festival

SOME big names are on the way to help the Koroit community celebrate its Irish heritage.
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The Koroit Irish Festival has announced star performers Mike Brady and Damien Leith will be headline acts at this year’s event on the weekend of May 1-3.

As well as performing, Brady has the added honour of being the Koroit Irish Festival Ambassador for 2015.

As part of his duties in this role Brady will lead the street procession on Saturday of the festival, a colourful affair that sees members of the Koroit community carry the 32 Irish county flags down the main street. He will also be a special guest at the festival’s opening night on Friday, an event that attracts a full house to the Koroit Theatre.

Leith was the 2014 festival ambassador and produced a stunning show that, for many, was a feature of the weekend.

Koroit Irish Festival committee member Leon Carey said having both Brady and Leith coming to Koroit was a huge win for the festival.

“Both Mike and Damien are highly respected and talented performers who have national profiles so they will drew a lot of attention to our festival,” Mr Carey said.

“Mike’s latest album pays homage to his Irish roots so he is the perfect fit for our festival.

“And Damien was so good last year that people having being pleading with us to get him back which we are thrilled to be able to do. Both Mike and Damien are really excited about coming to Koroit. They are both very aware of the strong link Koroit has to the Irish and they want to help us celebrate this.”

Brady shot to fame in the 1970’s when he released the football anthem Up There Cazaly while his latest album Bloodlines was recorded in Ireland.

Brady’s visit to Koroit will continue a close connection to the area as he will be in Macarthur as the Australia Day Ambassador on Monday and he will also play at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March.

Irish-born Leith was the winner of the 2006 Australian Idol and had a number one hit nationally with his song Night of my Life.

Other acts also confirmed for the 2015 Koroit Irish Festival include Oh Pep, an emerging band that was awarded the 2014 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Performer of the Year award at the National Folk Festival.

Australian-Irish singer/songwriter Maria Forde will return as will high-class local Irish music performers Cill Airne, Tommy, Tuddy and Mick, The Kilmurphy’s, Kayla Dwyer, Rusty O’Bucks and Melissa Bowman.

Leading Irish music band from Ballarat, Old Melbourne Road, is also confirmed to play.

The festival will again hold the Australian Danny Boy Championships, spud peeling and picking competitions, the Beks Bowman Emerging Talent award and a game of Gaelic football.

EP avoids tourism number drop

VISITING: Tourists continue to make their way to the Eyre Peninsula despite the decline in other regions. DESPITE a massive decline in South Australia’s regional tourism numbers Eyre Peninsula has defied the trend to record an increase in visitors.
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In a boost for the region’s economy, visitors spent an added 8500 nights on Lower Eyre Peninsula during the 2013/14 financial year compared to the previous financial year.

While the increase may seem small, when compared to the deficits in other South Australian regions, it could be considered substantial.

The areas that saw the biggest decline in nights spent included the Flinders Ranges (333,000), Yorke Peninsula (252,000) and Limestone Coast (41,000).

Tourism shadow minister David Ridgway condemned the state government after figures showed more than half of the state’s regional towns were struggling.

“South Australia prides itself on its regions so it is very disappointing to see seven of our 12 tourism regions record a decrease in visitor nights,” Mr Ridgway said.

“Decreasing visitor nights is affecting small tourism business operators and jobs growth throughout regional South Australia.”

Other areas that suffered losses included the Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Kangaroo Island and Clare Valley.

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New plan for recreational fishing

A NEW strategic plan for the state’s recreational fishing industry has outlined a range of local benefits, including the ability to apply for grants and receiving further input from regional fishers.
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RecFish SA executive member and spokesperson David Ciaravolo said part of the $3.25 million funding allocation over three years would be used specifically for small grants.

He said councils and incorporated community groups could apply for the grants of up to $25,000 to benefit local recreational fishing communities on Eyre Peninsula.

Grants will be provided to communities for projects such as fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables and fish stocking.

Mr Ciaravolo said the decision to allow fishing in the Tod Reservoir that was made last year could be an opportunity for a fish stocking grant.

The strategic plan will also look in to providing free affiliate memberships to the recreational fisheries committee to help individuals access important information directly.

He said as well as providing information to more communities the group has made a commitment to regular surveys with the regions included in those surveys.

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School upgrade ready for classes

READY: Cleve Area School principal Ray Marino is pleased with the new classrooms and offices and is looking forward to the start of term to put it to use.
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STAGE one of Cleve Area School’s $4.3 million upgrade is complete with classes set to move in at the start of the school year.

The first stage of the upgrade included new classrooms and offices, which have now been furnished and are ready for students.

School principal Ray Marino said he was happy with how stage one had gone and was looking forward to seeing how the rest of the upgrade would come along.

He said next in line was making the old science labs into a new drama suites, which would be followed by landscaping and upgrading the grounds.

“There is landscaping happening now with some lawn to be planted but so far so good,” he said.

Mr Marino said throughout the planning stages the school had worked hard to make sure the classrooms were interactive and was happy with the results.

“There will be a few things here and there that we might have to iron out once we get into the classrooms but we will just have to wait and see.”

“All the classrooms are standard but they have smart televisions and all the technology they need now.”

He said it would be interesting to see how the teachers and students would interact in their new middle and secondary school environment.

“I will enjoy seeing how things go when everyone moves into the space and all the classes are in the same space.

“It is going to really feel like a school,” he said.

Mr Marino said he had taken the students through the building for a look at the end of the school year in 2014 and said they were excited to get into their new classrooms.

“It will be refreshing I think, all of the specialist subjects like drama and music will still be separate but it all flows together.”

He said the school had worked hard to get the most out of the $4.3 million upgrade.

“As always when you get a certain amount of money you always think what you could do with more but all in all we are really pleased.”

“We are lucky to have the opportunity and we are all looking forward to putting the space to good use,” he said.

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Full field at Horsham for Victorian Four-Ball Championship

GOOD DAY: Toolondo’s Sue Dunstan, left, and Horsham’s Liz Jackman, second from left, were the winning women’s pair at the Horsham round of the Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship on Sunday. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDA FULL field packed theHorsham Golf Club for itsqualifying round of the VictorianFour-Ball Championshipon Sunday.
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Men’s captain David Dickinsonsaid the club wasoverwhelmed by the numberof entries and eventuallyhad to turn some away.

He said the club hoped toexpand the competitionnext year to accommodateeveryone.

‘‘We had a lot of entriescome in and we were knockingteams back in the end,’’he said.

‘‘Next year we might openup an afternoon slot for thecompetition because it wasvery popular this year.’’

The event was a qualifyinground for the Golf Victoriachampionship, with the finalto be played in Melbourneon March 15 and 16.

Four Wimmera pairs fromSunday’s competition qualifiedfor the state final.

Adrian Taylor and MarkClyne were the winners ofthe men’s section and automaticallyqualified for thefinal.

Geoff Little and younggun Lewis Gebert wererunners-up and also wentthrough to the final.

Wimmera pair Donna andCraig O’Connor were winnersin the mixed section,giving them a clear paththrough to the final.

Horsham’s Liz Jackmanand Toolondo’s Sue Dunstanformed the winning women’spair.

Several prizes were onoffer during the day includinga Mazda2 car for the firstplayer to score a hole in oneon the 15th hole.

Dickinson said the carwent unclaimed, althoughone competitor came veryclose to winning it.

“It was great to see so many people there and the course was in fantastic order,” hesaid.

“We had quite a number of players come from other areas and other clubs and they were all impressed.”

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Sutherland Hospital mental health program ‘a life-saver’

Life ‘‘saved’’: Karina Whitehurst and Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell. Picture: Jane DysonA Menai mother has said how a new mental health program that was pioneered at Sutherland Hospital had proved a ‘‘life- saver’’ as she battled an illness that was widely perceived to be incurable.
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NSW Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell visited the hospital to announce the government would provide $1.8 million to expand Project Air, which trains staff to diagnose and treat patients with complex personality disorders.

Mr Rowell listened intently as Karina Whitehurst said she felt ‘‘doomed’’ after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

However, after joining the Project Air program, run by the mental health unit at Sutherland Hospital, she had rediscovered the joy of living.

Ms Whitehurst said she and her husband Scott and daughter Holly-Mae, 18, had benefited immensely from the program.

‘‘It takes time and determination and you really have to work at it, but you can get better,’’ she said.

‘‘When I was first diagnosed at 40, five years ago, I went home and Googled borderline personality disorder.

‘‘I honestly thought I was doomed because there was this stigma, and part of the stigma was that we were untreatable.

‘‘That view is slowly changing … this is what Project Air is about.’’

See more in Thursday’sLeader.

Do you know others who have benefited from this program?

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