August, 2018

Don’t panic, the Rio Olympics will be fine

I’ll admit it right from the outset, I’m an Olympics tragic.The prospect of the world’s best athletes descending on Rio deJaneiro for the world’s biggest sporting event is always going to be a tantalising prospect, and any chance to see Australians compete for gold is always a good one.
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From the moment the Opening Ceremony gets under way, I will happily spend the next two weeks watching whatever sport is broadcast onTV.

Everyone will have their favourite sport over the two weeks of the Games, but for the other three years and 50 weeks the Olympics aren’t on, a new favourite sport emerges: Olympic bashing.

Going off the coverage in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics you would think the world’s athletes are walking into a death trap, a security nightmare, chaos or a combination of all three.

Some are already labeling Rio as the worst Olympics ever.

Whether it’s the Zika virus, threats to security, the state of the athletes village, crime rates in Rio or the state of the water, media have beenfocusing on a litany of concerns in the lead-up, rather than the chances of Aussie medal hopefuls.

But while the problems facing Rio are many and threaten the reputation of the Games, this situation is not a new one.

Every four years the host city is plagued with issues in the lead-up to the Games, only for them to beforgotten about once the Olympics begin and the Games go on to be a great success.

London 2012 was plagued with security issues and cost blow out. In the lead up to the 2008 Olympics Beijing was crippled with fears of pollution and human rights abuse in Tibet. People had concerns before Athens about ticket sales and sweltering conditions. Moscow and Los Angeles had boycotts from several nations at the height of the Cold War.

Not even Sydney 2000 was immune, with concerns about Australia’s treatment of Indigenous Australians or kicking homeless off the streets for the Games.

The point being, that regardless of the problems in the lead-up to the Olympics and the growing negativity, the Games always turn out to be a success, uniting people from across the world together through sport, regardless of race, religion or country.

And at a time when there’s so much negativity in the world, we need the Olympics more than ever.

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Rural leader program life changing

NO REGRETS: Sally Taylor of Trundle said that taking part in the RAS Rural Achiever program has changed her life and made her more involved with her community.If you’re thinking about applying for theRoyal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Award, Trundle woman Sally Taylor says just go for it.
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Sally was among the eight NSW finalists named asRural Achievers for 2016.

And she hasn’t looked back since.

“It’s a life changing experience,” she said.

“It opened so many doors for me, I’ve been networking with the most incredible people and the week at the Sydney Royal Easter Show was one of the best weeks in my life.”

Sally is a third generation farmer and as a result of her participation in the program, she said she’s more involved with her community.

She attended Trundle Central School and has five university degrees.

September 30 is the last day to apply for the RAS Rural Achiever program, which recognises and celebrates the positive contribution young people make to agriculture and rural communities.

Finalistsparticipate in a 12-month program that provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities, including a seven-day behind-the-scenes experience at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show, official functions with RAS Councilors and the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW representatives, cocktail reception at Government House, and tour of NSW Parliament House.

All finalists receive $2000 in prize money, a 12-month RAS Alumni Membership and are outfitted in the latest country clothing from Akubra and Thomas Cook Clothing Co.

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Big Variety Bash

LOCALS: “Car Bee” owner Trevor Obst and Variety Bash entrants Sally Hawkins, Richard Harvie and Neil Frith are all ready for the 28th annual event.A bunch of locals from Naracoorte, Frances andBordertown will head off this Saturday on a 2142km journey in a bidto raise money for Variety, the children’s charity.
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BASH: Naughty Nuns

More than 100 cars and 350 peopleare participating in this year’s 28thannual SA Variety Bash, including local entrants Richard Harvie, Lavinia Hannaford, Sally Hawkins and Neil Frith who will complete the week-long trip in “Car Bee”.

The team of four “bashers”are hitting the road in a1967 Statesman de Ville from Port Lincoln on Saturday morning after already raising around$27,000 for children in need.

Car Bee entrant Richard Harvie is participatingin his second bash and can’t wait.

“Last year was really good fun. I was only going to do the Variety Bash once but I had to come back and do it again,” he laughed.

While entering the bash to “tick it off the bucket list”, Mr Harvie said it was great to raise money for such a worthy cause.

“Variety is a fantastic charity. They give to a wide range of great projects like funding wheelchairs, buses and playgrounds for children in need.

“So far we have raised around $27,500 through selling sheep and cattle, a Sunday luncheon as well as a donated goods auction. People have also donated money to have their branding put on the car.”

Also joining Car Beewill be Naracoorte’s Ian Cox withJohn Barry, Paul Lewis, Reinhold Wehrmann, Ian Catford and Lachlan Cox in two “Toy Soldier”themed cars.

The local team will bring with them a wealth of Variety Bash experience in their 1965 Valiant AP5 Station Wagon.

Ian, who is setting off on his sixth Bash adventure this year, said:“I think Variety is an amazing charity in the way it operates, with money raised going to children in need.

“No doubt Variety has made a lot of difference to the lives of many children and their families.

“The Variety Bashers are also a great lot and we have many fun times throughout the Bash each year.”

Like many other participants, Ian and his team’s main mission is to improve the lives of children while beating last year’s fundraising efforts.

“Our main aim this year is to be a major fundraiser team,” he said.“We have had tremendous support from a number of suppliers at Cox Rural Group andlocal businesses, for which we are most appreciative.

“We are all looking forward tothe Bash.After such a long period of fundraising, we can’t thank our sponsors and supporters enough for donating to such a worthy charity.”

Jill Williams of Naracoorte is also participating in theSA Variety Bash with Bordertown friendsSharon Tink, Karen Johnstoneand Angela Browne of Trott Park.

The four women, dubbed the “Naughty Nuns’”will set off with the other SE locals in a1970 yellow Holden HT Wagon on Saturday.

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Gallipoli pilgrimage is a unique experience

Goondiwindi State High School Principal, Brett Hallett gave this speech last week.The school was looking back and sharing its students pilgrimage to Gallipoli.
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Good Evening. Firstly can I acknowledge the absence of our long time mate, and number one supporter of the ‘Goondiwindi ANZAC Study Tour’ Mr John Toohey. I spoke with John this morning and I know he would much rather be here with us than in his hospital bed. Our prayers are with you John, and we all wish you a speedy recovery. Tonight we have spent time together to reflect on not only our journey to many battlefields of the past, but also to consider the small yet significant tradition we have created over the past 12 years across 6 separate tours of the Western Front and Gallipoli. Undoubtedly the 100 plus students who have been part of these tours have experienced something which is unquantifiable and unique in the most special way. It is difficult to explain what it is, but it is something which shares a parallel to whatever it was that the ‘diggers’ could only understand.

This is what is so special and unique about this study tour; it is the ‘shared experience’, whether it be sharing our first evening service at the Menin Gate, sharing our first visit to a war museum, sharing our first eulogy to a fallen soldier, or sharing our first view of ANZAC Cove.

It is something that we experienced together, a time when we were moved, a time when we were amazed, or a time when we just laughed. The ‘shared experience’ and significance of this study tour connects us with our sad past, which in turn connects each of us in a most special way. I wrote for an article in The Argus and I would like to share that with you now.

I have been privileged to have the opportunity to participate in this study tour on three separate occasions. On each tour there are differences and similarities, the differences come from the variety of the individual students with in study tour groups that make each experience unique. The similarities are the long lasting memories created, and the fact the each child who steps onto the plane in Brisbane, is a changed young adult when they step off the bus in Goondiwindi. It’s quite confronting when I think about this, because it makes me reflect on the returned servicemen from these conflicts in the past, and how devastatingly different the impact of their respective experiences are.

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Here comes the rain, there goes the road

SOME times the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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And that’s exactly the case with the hundreds of potholes that are again springing up around Bathurst following steady rain this week.

It seems to take little more than a few drops for our roads to start cracking up –and for the complaints from drivers to start.

Few things rile our readers as much as potholes, so much so that their existence seems to colour every discussion in this city –and social media makes it easier than ever for them to have their say.

When this newspaper asks on its Facebook page should Bathurst Regional Council spend $85,000 to buy a restored carriage to feature in the Bathurst Railway Museum, several readers say,“no,not until the roads are fixed”.

When we publish a story on Bathurst’s booming economy and falling unemployment rate, readers say, “but what about the roads?”

When the mayor launches Local Government Week by saying what a great place this is to live, the response is “except for the potholes”.

And who can blame them?Why is it that our roads are so susceptible topotholes after relatively minor falls of rain?

And why do the same roads seem to crack uptime and again, even after they’ve been repaired?

Drivers along Eglinton Road know exactly what we’re talking about.

As we’ve said before, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that those incharge of spending the money we pay in taxesand rates are skimping when it comes to roadsmaintenance.

Perhaps the number crunchers are satisfiedthat it’s cheaper in the long run to save money onthe construction of quality roads and then keeppatching each time it rains, rather than splashing out big dollars inthe first place.

If that’s the case, though, then perhaps they need to consider the findings of an NRMA report thatciteda $15.2 millionbacklog in roads maintenance fundingin council’s 2014-15 assessments.That assessmentrated Bathurst roads among the very worst among Central West councils, a finding that should surprise few locals.

Roads, rates and rubbish are the 3Rs of local government and they’re the areas every council needs to get right.

When it comes to roads, however, Bathurst really needs to do better.

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