Clean up your act

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Those arriving for the Bathurst 1000 are being warned not to dump their rubbish.FANS flocking to the Bathurst 1000 next month are being warned local authorities will not put up with any rubbish.
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Specifically, they won’t put up with any rubbish being dumped around the city that costs Bathurst Regional Council and the environment.

Bathurst residents are also being warned of an impending blitz as authorities gear up to get tough on illegal dumping, which will attract hefty new fines.

Bathurst Regional Council, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Roads and Maritime Services are joining forces to ramp up efforts to curb illegal dumping within the region in a co-ordinated campaign.

Bathurst mayor Gary Rush said illegal waste dumping is an ongoing, costly and highly visible concern.

“Illegal dumping continues to be a problem right across the country and it’s estimated to cost Bathurst Regional Council tens of thousands of dollars a year, not to mention the significant impact and cost on the local environment,” Cr Rush said.

“Bathurst Regional Council is committed to working with the EPA and the Roads and Maritime Services. It’s crucial we collaborate with specialist organisations on this important issue in ourcommunity.”

Roads and Maritime Services western regional manager Phil Standen said there were certain times, such as during the Bathurst races, when there was an increase in illegal dumping.

“We have crews who maintain public spaces such as rest areas in and around Bathurst,” Mr Standen said.

“Unfortunately, at certain times of the year, there is a big spike in dumping of items such as lounge chairs and building rubble, which diverts crews and resources away from their role inkeeping the facility clean for people to rest and revive.”

In most cases, the rubbish is domestic waste, such as old whitegoods, pushbikes, lounges, carpet, tyres, clothing and other household items.

Rubbish can also blow into waterways or bushland, or by its nature result in contamination to land.

When hazardous materials such as asbestos or discarded syringes are dumped, the costs associated with the clean-up are very high, often requiring specialist contractors to remove the illegal waste.

Cr Rush said that often, items can easily be recycled or disposed of for only a few dollars at the tip.

“Councils are often left to clean up the mess utilising resources for reporting, investigating and finally removing the dumped rubbish,” he said.

Those found to be undertaking illegal activities such as rubbish dumping or even firewood collection from council and state lands may be issued with penalty notices.

To report illegal dumping within the Bathurst Region, contact Bathurst Regional Council on 6333 6111; the NSW EPA Environment Line on 131 555; NSW Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Footgolf: the Colonial Golf Club unveils new sport

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Fun for all: Footgolf is a new, easy to understand, way to introduce people to sport on a golf course. Picture: Helen Nezdropa.Imagine you could play golf with a bigger group of friends, finish sooner and not have to carry a heavy bag of clubs.
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A new form of golf has been launched that will solve all of those problems for you.

The Colonial Golf and Footgolf Club this weekend kicked off the first round of footgolf on it’s newly prepared course with an exhibition friendly tournament.

It is the first footgolf course in western Sydney, but the sport has already been taken up widely in the USA and Europe.

Footgolf is a very simple game; you kick a soccer-sized ball around the course onto specially made greens with 53 centimetre wide holes.

The winner of each hole is the one that puts the ball in the cup with less kicks, as in golf.

Merle Gordon, owner of the Colonial Golf and Footgolf Club, said this is now a permenant fixture at the club.

‘‘The club will have this on every week and the we are working out what times this might work for school children to come after school,’’ she said.

‘‘The council and local community have been very helpful, helping us put this together and working on times going forward.

‘‘Since we set this course up we have been fielding calls from other courses about using this as a way to grow the game.

‘‘Even one director from a nine-hole course in New Zealand has asked about it.’’

The aim of footgolf is to bring new people into golf clubs, through people having fun in groups, some younger participants and providing a sport that is a little less serious.

‘‘We look like being extremely busy next term with school sports and kids pestering their parents to let them play,’’ Gordon said.

‘‘It’s a pleasure to see people going around the course and having a laugh while doing it.’’

Christian Wainmayer, who is on the Footgolf Australia board of directors, believes the low barriers to entry of this sport mean it will be accepted quickly.

‘‘Across the globe we are seeing families, even mums with kids across the holidays when there isn’t school, are the people taking this up,’’ he said.

‘‘Anyone who can kick a ball can be involved and the skills are easier to learn.

‘‘There are 190 footgolf courses in the USA already.

‘‘We are after people who aren’t taking it that seriously, but people who want to come and have fun.

‘‘The sport isn’t played individually; we see groups of guys coming to book and just enjoy themselves.’’

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Mixed results in Pool comp

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Round 6 of the Parkes Pool competition was contested last Monday with some of the results not going the way most suspected.
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Top of the table Parkes Hotel (1) just scraped through with a tough 8/7 win over 10th placed Broadway (2).

Third placed Railway Rhinos smashed fourth placed Parkes Hotel (4) 12/3 while the biggest surprise of all was the young Parkes Hotel (3) team pulling off a great escape, winning the last five games of the night to beat the much higher placed Star Hotel (2) 8/7.

All the results of Round 6 were as follows:

Parkes Hotel 1 def Broadway 2 – 8/7; Bowling Club def Star Hotel 1 – 8/7; Railway Rhinos def Parkes Hotel 4 – 12/3; Railway Sleepers def Parkes Hotel Warriors – 10/5; Broadway 1 def Coachman Purple Cobras – 11/4; Parkes Hotel 3 def Star Hotel 2 – 8/7; Coachman Gravediggers had the bye.

Draw for Round 7 is as follows:

Coachman Gravediggers v Bowling Club; Broadway 2 v Star Hotel 2; Star Hotel 1 v Railway Sleepers; Parkes Hotel 1 v Broadway 1; Parkes Hotel Warriors v Parkes Hotel 4; Coachman Purple Cobras v Railway Rhinos; Parkes Hotel 3 have the bye.

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Big summer planned at Parkes Tennis Centre

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Zanda Johnstone will enjoy Hot Shots at Parkes Tennis Centre again this term. subAs Summer approaches, Parkes Tennis Club are getting ready for a jam packed program during the next few months.
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The night competitions will get underway mid-October with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night divisions all catering for various standards and formats including singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Players may enter individually or as a team and further information may be obtained by phoning Helen Magill on 0407 253 888 or via email [email protected]南京夜网

Juniors start back from Friday, October 11, for another eight week program including ANZ HotShots for girls and boys aged from four years through to after school lessons, squad training and tournament play.

Tennis is a great sport to enjoy for life.

Starting young and learning the correct technique and game features will encourage juniors to stay with the sport.

Hot Shots players are in groups consisting of a maximum of four players.

It runs for half an hour once a week over the eight week program so it’s not a huge commitment for parents.

For further information about any junior programs contact Helen Magill on 0407 253 888 or email [email protected]南京夜网

The junior competition will commence Tuesday, October 14, with names needed to be in to Helen by October 7.

Junior comp will have half hour singles divisions and also singles and doubles divisions which a player may enter with a friend and play one set of singles and one set of doubles each week.

The comp will run from 4pm-6.30pm and times can be configured to work in with other sporting or academic commitments.

November and December will see the annual Club Championships and Bokeyar Cups being played.

Players should start thinking about doubles and mixed partners and get practicing.

Watch this space for further info on these events.

Next week there will be reports from all the holiday tournaments which are currently in progress across NSW with Jake Magill, Emily and Molly Thomson and Holly McColl all competing.

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INDISPUTE: Cathy McGowan won’t speculate on electoral fraud claims

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– Campaign ‘did not push vote shifting’
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INDI MP Cathy McGowan’s election campaign is under the heavy scrutiny of the Australian Electoral Commission amid claims of electoral fraud, but the independent MP will not speculate what it could mean for her politically.

It is understood the commission’s new integrity unit is investigating allegations that some young supporters of Ms McGowan switched their electorate details back to Indi before last year’s election, despite no longer living, working or studying in the area.

Those votes may have contributed to Ms McGowan’s 439-vote win over former Liberal member SophieMirabella.

Voices 4 Indi, the grassroots movement behind Ms McGowan’s campaign, has denied any wrongdoing and said it highlighted a problemyoung, rural people moving away for study faced across Australia, in that they often were still deeply connected to their home towns.

Ms McGowan herself said she would wait for the results of the commission investigation before commenting further.

“I’m very supportive of (the commission) and I encourage their investigation of any complaints,” she said.

“It’s important peoplehave confidence in thesystem.”

A Liberal Party spokesperson yesterday said: “The Liberal Party is pleased that the Australian Electoral Commission is looking into these matters. These enrolments should be closely scrutinised by the Australian Electoral Commission.”

Mrs Mirabella did not return calls yesterday.

Ms McGowan said she was unaware of the investigation until a News Corp Australia journalist contacted her for comment on Friday, the day before the story was published.

News Corp reported the Liberal Party raised concerns about electoral fraud in an unnamed seat earlier this year, and that the enrolments of about 20 Indi voters were under scrutiny so far.

This included one young woman who was studying in Melbourne but changed her enrolment back to her parents’ Indi address in July.

Allegations have also arisen that “Indi expats” — supporters who had moved away but returned to work on the election — colluded in encouraging people to switch electorates.

There is no suggestion Ms McGowan knew of or encouraged any of the conduct.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission website, the address voters register under must be their main residence for at least a month.

The commission also stipulates that students away from home can remain on the roll in their home electorate.

— with AAP

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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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