Australia Day 2015: Bega Young Community Citizen of the Year

Sarah Halin is the 2015 Bega Valley Chamber of Commerce Young Community Citizen of the Year. Photo: Robert Hayson.SARAH Halin was shocked, but “very appreciative” upon discovering she had been named the Bega Valley Chamber of Commerce Young Community Citizen of the Year.
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“Oh my god I was incomplete shock – I didn’t even know I was nominated,” Sarah said this week.

“I am very appreciative though and couldn’t be more thankful.”

Sarah said she found out she had been nominated by Donna Campbell, Bega Valley Shire Council’s community development officer.

“Donna said she had written two pages on me ‘and not one word of it was a lie’,” Sarah said.

“I knew I did a lot of work but don’t think it’s made much impact – I guess it has though if I’ve got this award,” she added.

That community work Sarah humbly understates includes – among much more we are certain – being a member of the Bega valley Youth Council, helping to organise the graffiti project at the Bega Skate Park, the winter sleepout in Littleton Gardens, volunteering with the PCYC and helping organise the morning breakfast and boxing program at Bega High School, completing the PCYC Blue Star program, and taking part in the BHS Cambodia trip and fundraising – twice.

“I really enjoy helping others,” she said.

“I’m one of those people who put my name down for everything.

“But it’s a team effort overall and I get a real enjoyment of that community spirit.”

Sarah has only recently moved to Sydney – to both look after her ailing grandfather as well as study events management at TAFE.

“To be honest I wouldn’t have even thought of that [events management] unless I’d been part of all those things in Bega.

“It was great to have the opportunity to do so.”

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Family lose everything in devastating blaze

A LISTON family are reeling after their home went up in flames on Sunday claiming everything they owned.
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A trampoline was all that was sparred in the devastating fire that claimed the house and car.

The small village are rallying around the young family after they lost everything in the devastating blaze.

Chris Wallbridge from the Northern Tablelands RFS said when firies arrived at the scene the home was unsalvageable.

“It occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning – when we arrived it was well alight.

“Queensland Fire and Rescue from Stanthorpe attended as well but the house was fully involved,” Mr Wallbridge said.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire with the owner, a single mother of two, visiting family in Sydney.

The woman’s 16-year-old daughter was the only one in the area, staying with friends in Stanthorpe over the weekend.

It’s believed a clothes drier may have been the cause of the blaze.

In the ensuing days neighbours have done their part to support the family.

“The fire happened around midnight – they’ve quite literally lost everything,” Liston resident John Howard said.

Mr Howard and wife Kym along with young Liston resident Laura Simpson and Tenterfield Shire councillor Gary Verri have offered up housing, clothes and food to the family.

They’re hoping others will put their hand up to show support too.

“Yesterday we went to Vinnies in Stanthorpe to try getting some emergency clothing.

“The young boy only turned 10 on the 12th of this month – he probably lost all his toys and presents,” John said.

A number of other families, churches and businesses in Stanthorpe have agreed to help the family.

Mr Howard said they were hopeful Tenterfield might do the same.

Liston residents will hold a meeting later this evening to figure out the best way forward with Mr Howard hopeful people will attend and show support.

They’re planning a fundraiser for January 31 at the Kilpa St park in Stanthorpe from 1pm with live music and a barbecue.

The family have been put up in temporary accommodation but it is unknown whether their home or contents were insured.

“They’re just numb and overwhelmed, feeling a bit disjointed. I think they’re still going through the stages of grief,” Kym Howard said.

For more information on how you can help contact the Howard’s on 07 4686 1012.

UPDATE:

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council have pulled the plug on the proposed park fundraiser, for reasons unknown at this stage.

Instead, Stanthorpe’s Top Pub will host a day long event on Sunday, February 1with a barbecue, live music, bush poetry, face painting and ajumping castle.

A $1 from each drink sold will also go to the family.

An auction will be held with goods coming in thick and fast from supporting businesses.

Despite the venue, organisers say it will remain a fun family day for a charitable cause.

Things will kick-off at 10am and run through to 10pm.

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Horsham impresses at Bendigo Country Week

FOCUS: Simon Hopper bowls for Horsham in the team’s division two match against Swan Hill at Bendigo Country Week yesterday. Pictures: Picture: JIM ALDERSEY, BENDIGO ADVERTISERHORSHAM Cricket Associationhad a flying start toits Bendigo Country Weekcampaign with a big winover Portland on Monday.
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Horsham batted firstand made 8-205 beforebowling Portland out for123 runs.

Horsham co-captain LachieJones said his teamhad a good performanceall-round.

‘‘We batted sensibly as ateam. The wicket had a lotof life and sideways movement,’’he said.

‘‘I thought we might nothave made enough runs,but when we went intobowl we put the ball in theright area early on andtook wickets.’’

Horsham elected to batand lost opening batsmanSandy Hodge for a duck inthe first over.

Jones and other openerJosh Mahoney then ralliedwith a partnership of 46before Jones fell.

Mahoney continued onwith Adam Atwood beforeAtwood fell to the bowlingof Troy Warburton for 15,but not before the pair hadadded another 45 runs.

Mahoney was the nextman out, going for 53 runs,but again contributing to a44-run partnership withBrent Hudson to put Horshamat 4-135.

Hudson, the last man tofall for 65 runs, had ahandy lower-order partnershipof 45 runs withDavid Puls, 23 not out, tobring Horsham to 8-205.

Jones said before goingin to bowl, he was concernedthe team was about30 runs short of what heconsidered a defendabletotal.

But he said solid bowlingperformances from SimonHopper and Puls got Horshamover the line.

‘‘We took early wicketsand put them on the backfoot from the start of theinnings,’’ he said.

Hopper had a five-wicketinnings with theball, which included thewicket of Portland’s top scorerJake Wilson.

Wilson made 34 with thebat, followed by PaulYoung with 20 runs.

Jones said the bowling ofHopper and Puls ensuredPortland was never able toget its run chase going.

Set 209 runs to win,Portland needed to scorefour runs an over; however,when bowled out in the47th over the team hadmanaged only two-and-a halfruns an over.

Portland started its inningsthe same way Horshamdid, losing a wicketbefore earning a run.

Opener Matthew Paynewas dismissed off thebowling of Puls, beforePuls struck again 12 runslater, dismissing numberthree batsman StephenO’Brien for just three runs.

The highest partnershipof Portland’s innings was29 runs between Wilsonand Young.

Jones said it was great tohave a win on the first dayof the tournament.

Horsham faced SwanHill on Tuesday and will play Grassmere on Wednesday.

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RSPCA pet adoptions 22.01.2015

RSPCA pet adoptions 22.01.2015 Business number: DAB/8Name: FrankBreed: Terrier mixCase: 811362Age: Est. 5 yearsSex: Neutered maleColour: TriI was a timid little boy when I first came into the shelter. I have now come out of my shell, I am a happy boy with lots of love to give. I have had a bad experience with little kids so would be best suited to a home with grown-ups. I still like to play a bit but would be just as happy to be with you having cuddles. I have not lived with another dog before but I may get along with another small desexed female who has the same personality as me. I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.
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Business Number: DAB/8Name: PercyCase no: 807006Breed: Domestic medium-hairAge: 2 yearsSex: Neutered maleColour: Grey and whiteI’m the most affectionate cat in adoptions at the moment. I love all of the other cats and snuggle and groom them all day. I love lots of cuddles and need a regular brush (which I love) to help my fur from getting tangled.Come in and meet me, I know you’ll fall in love. I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.

Business Number: DAB/8Name: SphynxCase no: 805964Breed: Domestic Short-hairAge: 1 yearSex: Spayed femaleColour: Black and whiteI’m a lovely girl who is patiently waiting for the right person to come and fall in love with me. I very social with other cats and can be very playful and active. I’d love to live with a family that will give me lots of cuddles and let me run around and play. Come in and visit me, even if it’s only for a cuddle. I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.

Business Number: DAB/8Name: HannahCase no: 808521Breed: Domestic short-hairAge: 2 Years Sex: Desexed femaleColour: Champagne My name is Hannah and I love to snuggle and have big cuddles.I’m social with other cats but if they try to play with me I can be a bit cranky.Even though I’m a short-haired cat, I do moult a lot, so I need regular brushing.I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.

Business Number: DAB/8Name: BobbyCase no: 809227Breed: Rottweiler mixAge: 18 monthsSex: MaleColour:Black and tanI am an excitable, handsome big boy who needs plenty of exercise, attention and firm consistent training. I am a very quick learner who is social with dogs and loves people. I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.

Business Number: DAB/8Name: NuggettCase no: 811537Breed: Kelpie / English Staffordshire bull terrierAge: 1 year 5 monthsSex: MaleColour: Black and tan I am a gorgeous friendly boy, who has had only the one owner. I would suit a home where I love to be inside as I am toilet trained. I would love to be part of a family who will play with me and give me plenty of attention and exercise. I’m available at Bendigo RSPCA.

Name: ApolloType: DSHSex: maleAge: 2 yearsID: 807408MC# 956000003681781Please read what my pal Cassius says and come to visit us cats waiting in Castlemaine for someone to come and adopt us! We all have different personalities, you can pat us and play with us and see if we are the one you are looking for. I’m available at Castlemaine RSPCA.

Name: CassiusType: DSHSex: maleAge: adultID: 810082MC# 956000003168806Apollo and I are both black and white boys waiting for new homes. There are girl cats here too of different colours. Sometimes there are kittens up for adoption, but we suit people who want a calm, mature cat. I’m available at Castlemaine RSPCA.

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50% rise to base rate under shire plan

THE base rate for all properties in Gloucester would rise by more than 50 per cent if a council application to increase rates by 13 per cent over the next three years is approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
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Council’s general manager Danny Green.

Under the plan, the shire’s existing base rate of $230 would rise to $350, a 52 per cent increase, if a special rate variation was approved.

General manager Danny Green said the rise in the base rate would ease the burden on properties with higher value as well as those who have seen an increase in the value of their land.

It would mean a substantial increase in the number of properties where the base rate would apply.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of all rateable properties in Gloucester and its outlying villages would be eligible to pay the base rate – up from 34 per cent currently – while nearly a quarter of all businesses would receive the same benefit.

Those on farms can expect to pay an average $2843 in year one if the special rate variationis approved, up from the current average of $2250 – a rise of 10 per cent.

Residential homes in Gloucester will see an average jump of $98 on their annual rates bill while thoseliving in outlying villages can expect their bills to jump by an average 15 per cent from the current $650 per annum to a yearly spend of $773.

Businesses will see an average 10 per cent increase in their rates.

Commercial and industrial businesses will increase from the current average of $1329 per annum to $1466 while those remaining businesses can expect their rates to rise from anaverage $975 to $1086 in 2015-16.

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