September, 2019

GWS debate frustrates

Harry Perryman
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The pushto restrict GWS Giants’ priority access to southern NSW players is ‘a bit of a slap in the face’ for recent draftees as well as the clubaccording to their academy coach Jason Saddington.

No sooner had the Giants won their first pre-season game against West Coast in Narrandera last weekendthan the simmering dispute over the club’szoning rights againraisedits head.

Butin a staunch defence of their investment and involvement in areas including the Riverina, Saddingtonsaid the academies areabout helping footballers reach their peak.

“It does get frustrating because there’s a lot of great people who do a lot of great work in our programs–from coaches, to parents and the kids themselves,” Saddington said.

“Knowing all the blood, sweat and tears that go into their development, to say they were just going to develop out of the region anyway without all that hard work, it’s a bit of a slap in the face, really.”

The Giants academy supported Matt Kennedy through his recovery from a knee injury in the months before he was drafted in 2015.Rival clubs, particularly in Melbourne, believe the Giants have been handed access to an Australian rules heartland, in particular along the Murray River.

He concedesthe club may be a victim of its own success.

“It’s a bit of both –it’s testament that you’re doing a good job because there’s kids being produced out of the area,” Saddington said.

“The frustration can be that we can say there wasn’t the same quality of player or type of players when we started and I’d say that’s off the back of work we’ve done in the area.”

GWS debate frustrates Williams

Matt Kennedy, Zac Williams and Harry Perryman

Jeremy Finlayson

Narrandera crowd

The Giants were a hit with fans

The Giants were a hit with fans

The Giants were a hit with fans

Leon Cameron is proud of the club’s development of Riverina footballers

Harry Himmelberg

Land of the Giants

The young Giants’ win suggested their talent runs deep again this year.

Matt Flynn

Kennedy shakes hands

Zac Williams

Will Setterfield (Albury)

Fierce contest

Flynn flies

Himmelberg in the thick of the action

Zac Williams keeps the pressure on

Matt Flynn


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Low feeling in High St

Feeling cut up: High Street butcher Rex McKay is fearful for the future of his business due to looming roadworks in the front of his shop north of the former railway crossing. Picture: MARK JESSERTRADERS north of Wodonga’sold High Street railway crossing are worried about the impact of new roadwork with one fearing the area will become a “ghost town”.
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Wodonga Council said this week the next stage of High Street works would begin between Bond and South streets in September.

The Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver owner Rex McKay said he feared for the future of his business due to the lack of car parking during the lengthy disruption.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” Mr McKay said.

“I can see this area becoming a ghost town because eight months is a long time, not only to survive but to meet the same expenses.

“It costs me $1200 a week to open with no return, what do you think will happen after eight months.

“We opened what was a closed down shop six years ago and the council look like it could turn it into a closed down shop again.”

Mr McKay was ata council forumfor affected businesseson Thursday night but left feeling he was being offered “nothing” tocope.

He said the city would provide up to $3000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis for businesses to spend on improving their shops.

“How many businesses will have $3000 at the end of this to do something with their shop?” Mr McKay said.

Alljoy Chinese Restaurant proprietor Carolyn Chan said her dine-in custom had dropped with work on the neighbouring Mann Central shopping centre creating noise and air pollution.

She said the council had advised businesses to explore rent relief with their landlords.

“The landlord will listen but I don’t think they will accept a reduced rent because the cost of living is going up and the council rates are going up,” Mrs Chan said.

The eastern side of the north-end shopping strip has seen the closure of Bernie’s Auto Spares due to retirement and a coffee shop not renewing its lease.

Julia’s Fabric Boutique owner Cathy Upton is concerned about the impact on her customers who need to park nearby to carry in sewing machines for repairs and classes.

Similarly African Groceries sell 20-kilogram bags of rice and 12½-kilogram packs of semolina which their customers do not want to carry far.

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Ambitious agenda for writers fest

Enthusiastic: Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom on Friday announces the program for the event, which runs April 7-9. Picture: Simone De Peak
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The 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival is a “milestone”, in the words of director Rosemarie Milsom.

“It’s the biggest and most ambitious program ever,” Milsom said at the launch of the festival program on Friday at Newcastle Regional Library.

There are more than 140 writers involved in the program of more than 80 events, which runs April 7-9 with a hub at Newcastle City Hall and events in nearby venues, including a marquee in Wheeler Place for the first time.

Guest speaker for the popular opening night event on April 7 at the Civic Theatre is Michael Leunig, one of Australia’s most beloved cartoonists.

Among the many headliners participatingare Richard Roxburgh, Julia Baird, Sarah Wilson, Peter Doherty, Nick Earls, Clementine Ford, Jackie French, Emily Maguire, Tara Moss, Alice Pung, Tracey Spicer, Holly Throsby and Chris Uhlmann.

The opening day schedule on Friday, April 7, focuses on local writers and all but one of the sessions are free.

The History Council of NSW is bringing a panel of historians and publishing experts for a masterclass on April 7 that will help guide people through the writing process, from research to publication,” Milsom said.

Roxburgh, actor and now children’s book writer, will feature in the main program and also the free Family Day event in Wheeler Place on Saturday, April 8.

Sarah Wilson, the”no sugar” entrepreneur, has changed tack and her new book explores her experience of anxiety. She appears on April 8.

Journalist Julia Baird will discuss Queen Victoria: An Intimate Portrait, her weighty biography of the famous royal on April 8.

One of the panel highlights is Getting Even: The Politics of Resentment,featuring Jonathan Biggins, Charles Firth, George Megalogenis and Chris Uhlmann on April 9.

In The Priest and the Writer,Ailsa Piper and Monsignor Tony Doherty will discuss their unlikely friendship, which developed after exchanging a number of letters. The free conversation is on April 9.

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BEAR’S BEER BLOG: White Rabbit’s Teddywidder

For the longest time I’ve felt that mainstream brewerieswould be well served by getting a little bit weird now and then.
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They can still have their core releases that they put out for the majority of their customers, but they could also look to get a little experimental for small-batch limited release stuff.

It could lead to a wider market, todrinkers who might not normally look at your core range.

It could alsogive your brewers a chance to freshen up and let their imagination run free instead of making the same three or four beers over and over again.

Little Creatures has been doing it for ages, James Squire does it in fits and starts (more so on tap these days than in the bottle) but there aren’t many more doing it.

White Rabbit (like Little Creatures, owned by megabrewer Lion) has just started offering something different on the side.

A while ago they released a sour red, a Flemish red ale aged in used wine barrels and sold in a 750ml champagne bottle. I haven’t tried it but have heard good things about it.

Their follow-up has just hit the market –Teddywidder (apparently it’s the name of a breed of rabbit).

A beer in the similar sour/tart range asthe sour red, this is a 3.1 per cent weisse beer with some lemon-grapefruit tang.

Personally, I’d have preferred more tartness and some more complexity, but still –I had this on a warm night and it did go down quite nicely.

And the relatively low alcohol is handy too.

The low level of tartness and complexity may be because of the need to make a beer that’s not too much of a step from the core White Rabbit drinkers.

They’ll head down to brewery bar in Geelong and perhaps be interested in trying something that’s a step up from the core range, but maybe not a giant leap.

If I ever made it to their brewery bar, I’d have a glass of this. Unless, of course, that sour red was on tap.

If you’re looking for a bottle of the Teddywidder,there’s really only two places to go –the White Rabbit Barrel Hall in Geelong or the website mocu南京夜网419论坛.

Glen Humphries is the 2016 AIBA Australian Beer Writer of the Year and author ofThe Slab.

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Initiative to promote equity

Unity: Fabiana Soares, Lauren Gale, Natasha Scully, Lynette Harris, Helen Freeland, Patricia Zammit and Joseph Cassar sign a symbolic code of conduct. Pic: Greg Ellis.Illawarra Shoalhaven Social Investments (ISSI) stakeholders have met in Wollongong to sign a symbolic code of conduct.
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The ground-breaking effort to promote equity in the region has been run from OurPlace Bellambi for two years to try and change the way disadvantage and inequity is addressed. ISSIis a multi-sector body formed to break down barriers to addressdisadvantage by making community aspirations and needs acore priority. The initiative is coordinated and hosted by the Australian Social Investment Trust. ASIT executive chair Natasha Scully said thesector-neutral organisation wascommitted to bridginggaps and bringingtogether people from across thecommunity to solve complex social issues. “We are committed to long-term, intergenerational positive change in these communities and the empowerment of people within them to reach their potential”.

Government, non-government and community based organisations involved include Department of Family and Community ServicesIllawarra Shoalhaven District, Department of Education, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Police, Wollongong City Council, University of Wollongong, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and Illawarra Forum.

Within the next two years ISSI will actively workwiththree new communities in the region.

Illawarra Forum chief executive Nicky Sloan said the community services industry in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven hada long history of working collaboratively to find outcomes to complex issues and the Illawarra Forum waspleased to be working with key government and community representatives as part of a new collective approach.

Wollongong Local Area Command commander Joseph Cassar described the initiative as an excellent opportunity to collectively work together to provide a safer and self-sufficient environment for ‘at risk’ communities.

“I see our local Police, as playing a pivotal role in providing advice and support to these communities on crime prevention and safety issues, whether it be on a personal basis or from a great community perspective,” he said.

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