State PSSA hockey champions!

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The NSW PSSA champion Parkes Public School boys hockey team consisted of, back from left – Jason Wright, Glenn Johnstone (coach), Harrison MacGregor, Mitchell Cox, Domonic Reily, Austin MacGregor, Tobey Thorne, Mrs Judy Elliott (teacher/manager); front – Ryan Dunford, Grady Magill, Matthew Dillon, Kyle Thompson, Mitch Wright, Koby Johnstone and Joseph Tanswell. subParkes Public School (PPS) are the No 1 boys hockey team in NSW.
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After winning the Western Region title over Bletchington, Orange, followed by a convincing 4-0 win against Riverina, Parkes Public School qualified for the state finals played in Narellan.

Already in the top four teams in the state, a win in the first game against Gymea Bay saw PPS earn a grand final spot.

The Parkes boys took a while to click into gear and went to half time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Koby Johnstone converted penalty corner.

The second half saw Parkes hold their positions well and move the ball wide ensuring Gymea Bay had limited opportunities to score.

The defence and skills shown by the backs ensured Gymea Bay did not make a breakthrough while the strikers used their talent and teamwork to increase the lead and ensure a win.

Second half goals scored by Joseph Tanswell (2), Matthew Dillon and Jason Wright secured a well deserved victory.

With an hour break between games, the team rested before the state final against Grafton Public.

This game proved to be a much tougher affair as Grafton came out playing strongly.

The first half saw a number of goal scoring opportunities defended well by both teams.

PPS went to the half-time break with a well earned 1-0 lead.

The boys knew that they had to keep the pressure on in the second half as Grafton were constantly trying to break their defence.

The great team bond was evident as the boys worked together and encouraged both senior and junior team mates in all their efforts throughout the game.

The weather conditions were quite warm for hockey and both teams felt the heat.

With under five minutes remaining, Koby slammed in another goal off a short corner.

After the second goal, the boys could smell a victory and the state title.

PPS had utilised an excellent short corner tactic all competition and it proved successful yet again.

At fulltime, the excitement was clear with players, coach, staff, family and friends who had travelled to Narrellan all enjoying the win

Superb goal keeper Harrison MacGregor let in only one goal throughout the entire competition!

Captains Koby and Kyle Thomson gave an excellent speech, thanking Narellan and the organisers before being presented with the NSW PSSA state hockey shield for 2014.

They called up their team mates for individual pennants.

The shield and pennant will be proudly displayed in the PPS foyer for the next 12 months.

The boys were very proud winners and showed extremely good sportsmanship throughout the competition.

They were excited to do one better than their runners-up finish last year.

The boys were delighted to have Mrs Breadan (Parkes Public School principal) attend and support the finals day.

The team would like to thank Glenn Johnstone, Graeme Tanswell, Mrs Judy Elliott and all parents/carers who have supported them during the season.

They have ensured the boys were at training each week since April and travelled to many games.

Mrs Elliott congratulated the boys.

“It has been a pleasure to manage the hockey team,” Mrs Elliott said.

“They are wonderful representatives of the school and always very sportsman like.”

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Aged Care will reap rewards

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Candidates will help with Aged Care in Wellington’s communityAged care in the district is set to benefit from the addition of 14 qualified locals following their graduation at Sureway with a Certificate III in Aged Care.
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The program began in March and the students put in more than 80 hours of work in Maranatha, Bellhaven and Yeoval’s UPA Aged Care facility. Graduate Vanessa Ballantyne said that while she was originally interested in home care, when she tried the course she really enjoyed it.

“It was something new and I was interested in the aging population,” she said.

“It’s the residents that make it worthwhile, the rapport and knowing you’re helping the older generation.”

Aimee McMillan of Sureway thanked the aged care facilities for their support providing work placement and said that the graduates had all been offered employment in the area.

This course was designed to enable students to gain jobs such as a care assistant, community care workers or personal care workers.

Ms McMillan said she was extremely happy with the success of the course, adding that the students had all shown a lot of dedication to their studies.

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Combined Charity Day a success at Parkes Bowling Club

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Runners-up of the Charity Day were, from left – Frances Charlton, Elaine Miller, and Cherie Frame. subLast week the Parkes Womens Bowling Club combined with Railway Diggers Womens Bowling Club for a Charity Day with teams competing from Forbes, Molong and Orange to support the fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis.
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Guest Erika McNaughton gave a wonderful talk about MS, explaining in detail what it is all about and the different types of MS.

All the ladies went away with a better understanding of what life with MS is all about.

Winners were Molong, who had a very enjoyable day.

Parkes No 2 team of Frances Charlton, Elaine Miller and Cherie Frame finished second.

First prize in the raffle went to Isabel Munday, second to Dawn Fitzgerald (Molong), third to Lyn Kennedy.

Money Trees were donated by Ellie Hetherington from her vast array of plants which she sells for Can Assist.

Spider prizes were won by Jean Danson, Elaine Miller, Brenda Davies, Leah Tanks, Annie Forbes, and Win Cunningham.

Many lucky door prizes were also won.

The club look forward to their Charity Day next year which will be held at Parkes Railway Diggers.

For social bowls, please ring Table Selector Flo Riseborough between 9am and 9.30am.

On the Social Roster is Helen Heraghty.

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Celebrating Aboriginal culture

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Bayai Library Day was a chance to celebrate Aboriginal culture through performances from Wellington High School students, a morning tea with traditional flavours and a wide range of books at the library. Indigenous community links workers at Bayai, Herb Smith and Pam Toomey said the partnership with Macquarie Regional Library would see the event get bigger every year in a bid to engage the Aboriginal community at the library.
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Wellington branch manager Amy Swan said she was also looking to increase the resources available on Aboriginal culture. “We have a lot of local studies with the history of Wellington but not a lot of Wiradjuri history so we are looking to get as much as we can in terms of language, history, audiobooks, CDs with Aboriginal music and films,” she said. “We do have a lot of Aboriginal work but we want to build up specifically on Wiradjuri resources, too.

“I hope it connects the library with the Aboriginal community as a resource for them to make the most of and enjoy.”

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Low density dwellings bad for heart

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People who live in low-density housing in Melbourne’s outer suburbs are at risk of developing heart disease and becoming obese due to a lack of exercise, a study by the Heart Foundation has found.
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The report looked at the health implications for residents who live in low-density neighbourhoods – usually on the outskirts of Melbourne – where inadequate access to public transport and other essential services, such as schools and shops, left people with no choice but to drive.

Professor Billie Giles-Corti, lead author of the report, titled “Low density development” which was written in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, said the minimum requirement for density in Victoria – 15 homes per 10,000 square metres – was “significantly lower than what we need to encourage walking and the delivery of good public transport”.

“The ideal level of density from a health perspective may include a mix of housing options such as four or five storey apartment blocks, townhouses and single houses,” she said.

The report found that a 10,000 square metre block with less than 20 dwellings discouraged walking, and that at least 34 houses needed to be built a block that size for public transport and other services to be economically viable.Professor Giles-Corti said that low level density housing was responsible for the shortage of public transport and social infrastructure in the outer suburbs, as houses were too spread out and the population was too low to make “mixed use planning and public transport viable”.

Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Health Director Kellie-Ann Jolly said that as a result, people who lived in Melbourne’s outer suburbs were forced to use their cars more often, making them less physically active and more at risk to being overweight and developing heart problems.

“Physical inactivity is the biggest risk factor for heart disease in women, and one of the biggest for people in general,”  Ms Jolly said.

“Our bodies need to be active … and we know that half of all Victorians are not doing enough physical activity.”

She said building new developments out in our urban fringe without walking access to amenities was “appalling”.

“You need to be able to have access to services, and to be able to walk or cycle to work or school, or have access to public transport,” Ms Jolly said.

“Medium density housing is optimum for creating healthy and active communities.”

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