Apple refreshes its super-thin 12-inch MacBook

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Apple’s 2016 MacBook. Photo: AppleApple has today updated its diminutive 12-inch MacBook, adding new processors and the option for a ‘rose gold’ (aka pink metal) finish, but sticking with the one-USB-port design that many fans were critical of the first time around.
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Originally introduced in March last year, the machine known simply as ‘MacBook’ now comes with an Intel Skylake processor in both models, not just the high-end version, and also features a snappier graphics processor. It still comes with 8GB of RAM across the board, but its battery has been bumped up slightly which should combine with the economy of the Skylake to deliver several more hours of usage.

The most notable aspect of the update is what has not been changed, namely the single USB-C port that must be used for charging, connecting storage devices, connecting peripherals and outputting video. Doing any more than one of those things at a time will require the use of adapters or hubs, which was a major complaint thrown at the original MacBook and looks to still be a sticking point a year later.And the worst: New MacBook with HDMI a dongle and then another USBS dongle and accessories. Dongle hell! pic.twitter老域名/p9Al8v03ZK— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) March 10, 2015

Of course the minimalist design allows for a very thin and light laptop (1.31cm at its thickest point, 920 grams), and Apple would surely suggest that most workflows could be managed wirelessly using iCloud, AirPlay and Bluetooth. You might also argue that if somebody wanted portability and ports, there are several models of MacBook Air and Macbook Pro available which let you add USB accessories to your heart’s content.

Speaking of adding stuff, the 2016 MacBook comes with a modest price bump as well. While this time last year you’d pay $1799 for the 256GB model and $2199 for the 512GB (which also has a faster processor), the 2016 models are $1999 and $2449 respectively.

You can order one from today directly from Apple.

2016 MacBook specs:12-inch LED display at 2304 x 1440Intel Core m3 at 1.1Ghz, or Intel Core m5 at 1.2Ghz8GB RAM256GB flash storage or 512GB flash storageIntel HD Graphics 515480p FaceTime camera

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Mittagong secures big win

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April Hamilton controls the ball during a 2015 hockey game. Photo: Josh BartlettMITTAGONG flexed its premiership muscles with a crushing win on Friday night.
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The Mittagong first grade ladies hockey team recorded a 5-0 win over Burrawang at Welby.

The match signaled round three of the Southern Highlands Hockey Association’s winter competition.

Two goals apiece to Karen Hamilton and Rebecca Cross guided Mittagong to victory.

Rachel Eringa started the scoring when a rebound from a short corner found the back of the net.

Hamilton registered the second goal on the back of a nice pass from her daughter April.

Mittagong led 2-0 at half time.

Cross scored the next two goals from short corners to help her team take a 4-0 lead.

Hamilton completed the rout when she scored a goal on the back of good passing from team mates.

Mittagong coach Yolande Isedale said it was a solid win by her side.

“We’re happy with the result, we played really well,” she said.

“But we are looking at little specifics and there is a lot of work in front of us.”

Isedale said 2016 would be a rebuilding year for Mittagong.

“We are bringing a lot of juniors up this year and we have a young side,” he said.

“Most of our players are between 13 and 16 years.”

Burrawang headed into Friday’s game under strength, with a large contingent of players unavailable.

However, Burrawang captain Meaghan Stanton said she didn’t want to make excuses for the loss.

“Mittagong played a good game,” she said.

Stanton said Burrawang’s best were forward Jamie Binder and goalkeeper Tara Bevan.

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World of more craft

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TREELIKE: Meredith Woolnough’s red coral branch at Timeless Textiles, exploring the world of nature.
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TWO new exhibitions suggest that Newcastle fibre artists are creating something unique. Or is this part of a universal trend to bring traditional female textile processes into an avant-garde gallery setting and inevitably blur forever the boundaries between art and craft?

Newcastle has what is still the sole professional specialist textile gallery in Australia. Meredith Woolnough has exhibited at Timeless Textiles virtually since its inception, though she is now widely celebrated for her innovative labour-intensive image making with thread. Did she discover for herself that her sewing machine could be used to make lyrical linear structures? They increasingly contrast delicate tracery with dense sculptural patterning, built up in countless layers of stitching.

Her present exhibition at Timeless Textiles until May 15 is based on details from the world of nature. There are closely observed leaves of begonias, waterlilies and eucalypts, whose veined growth patterns are clearly defined. Corals also make ideal subjects, both as treelike forms and dense colonies.A new development translates the spiral of a tiny seaweedy marine creature into a vibrant freestanding sculpture. The piecesmust have taken many weeks of concentrated stitching, of meditative dedication.

Meredith Woolnough is now one of the Hunter’s most exhibited professional artists, with work in up to eight shows a year in the few years since she graduated from COFA.

FANTASTIC FABRICFORTUITOUSLY, another textile artist is brilliantly represented across the road at Curve Gallery until April 30 in a joint exhibition with photomedia artist Clare Weeks, based on the manipulated figure.

There are about 50of Gillian Bencke’s fabric creatures on the walls or suspended, gently rotating, from the ceiling. They come in many humanoid variations, having evolved from two legs to three, four or even more, all individually hand sewn, using a wealth of patterned fabrics and the contents of several family button bags, with much of the fabric recycled. They display a rich preloved life and inexhaustible variety and vitality.

Many of us who made and loved golliwogs before they became politically insensitive will recall how they came to amazing individual life once their button eyes were attached. But Gillian Bencke takes this minor miracle well beyond family fun. Hers is genuine artmaking, requiring fertile imagination and much time in the studio.

Such intimations of an alternative creation are subliminally enhanced by the disturbing photo collages of Clare Weeks.This is a new form of image making for a widely respected teacher whose work has been exhibited in many places over the years. Autobiography becomes surreal in these prints of disembodied limbs, strangely interactive. Without the connecting body, arms and legs become odd, unexpected living entities. It’s an apparently simple idea that reverberates into metaphysics. Like the fabric menagerie, these photographs take the imagination into some curiously provocative places.

WATER CYCLETHE exhibition at the Lovett Gallery until May 14 is both book launch and school holiday activity, as well as a chance to see Liz Anelli’s sketches and finished illustrations for Desert Lake: the story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.The cycle of events from salty desert to flood-fuelled burst of life and back to desert makes a powerful story. Despite the infrequent inundation, frogs and other life forms survive for years in the mud under the salt, waiting for the lake to reappear as storm waters drain into it from an area the sixth of Australia.This must be an amazing spectacle, loud with birds, leaping with fish, producing instant ecosystems and, here on the gallery walls, illustrations rich in detail.

OPEN TO ALLAT Newcastle Art Space until May 1 is a show open to all comers, with works by a new generation of artists, plus such stalwarts as Leslie Duffin, Peter Lankas and Gwendolin Lewis.Particularly notable are Jane Blackall’s meticulously collaged Customs House made of paper and card, Alison Pateman’s reduction linocuts and the balletic bonsai melaleuca by Hugh Grant and Andrew Fitzgerald.

Not to forget the dishevelled clay skeleton by James E. McFarland, cynically titled Waiting for the train.

CONNECTIVITY: Clare Weeks explores the human form in ‘trace #10’.

IMAGINATION: Detail of Gillian Bencke’s ‘No such thing as a fish’ at Curve Gallery.

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Warning after two cases of poisoning

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Tailor made: Con Adam with a solid 2.5 kilo tailor from St Georges Basin. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res – about 1 megabyte.)DPI/Fisheries have reminded anglers not to eat spanish mackerel that weigh more than 10 kilogramsfollowing two recent reports of ciguatera poisoning after people ate portions from a large spaniardcaught off the NSW mid north coast.
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Ciguatera poisoning is caused by eating warm water finfish which carry the ciguatera toxin.

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A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Jervis Bay recently rescued a man and woman who spent along, wet night on Bowen Island, at the entrance to Jervis Bay, after their boat sank overnight.

The crew of Jervis Bay 40 retrieved them from the northern tip of the island just before 7.30am andthe pair told the crew they had been fishing off the island when their boat was rolled by a wave about8pm.

They managed to attract the attention of the crew of a passing yacht early next morning, who alerted FederalPolice and they were eventually returned to Creswell Naval Base.

Marine Rescue NSW Illawarra Regional Controller Bruce Mitchell said the man and woman were ingood health when rescued but were fortunate that conditions had been mild overnight.

He saidall boaters should be reminded to always wear lifejackets on board and to log on and off with Marine RescueNSW when heading out.

DPI/Fisheries Research Centre results from acoustic tagging of mahi mahi off the NSW coast showed one tagged mahi mahi travelled from Ballina to Terrigal in a month –a distance of 550km.

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Flashback Friday – October 1972

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EDUCATION plays a big part in this week’s Flashback Friday as Urrbrae and Roseworthy hold open days. There are also a range of champions from local shows as we look back to October 1972.
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Flashback Friday – October 1972 Buyers in the wool room of Brookman Building, Adelaide, had to work hard to fill requirements with prolonged bidding and peak prices.

Royal Melbourne Show Poll Dorset judge Ron Harris, Canowindra, NSW, with Balmoral yearling shorn ram trophy winner Peter Harris, Milthorpe, NSW, second placed Roy Harris, Newbridge, Vic, and third Jim Martin, Yankalilla.

Miss Balaklava show girl 1972 Terry Callery (right), Riverton, is sashed by 1971 winner Marilyn Gregor, Hoyleton.

Grand champion Merino ram at the Bordertown Show, entered by TP Ingpen.

Dairymaid Lisa Paynter at the Carnival of Australian Cheese in Adelaide.

The Oak Lynne reserve champion boer at Melbourne was sold for a record prices of $1450 to DOug Johnson, Parilla.

Colin and Joy Lienert, all smiles after their Lynjoleen Berkshire stud Sheoak Log had been named most successful in the breed at Melbourne Show.

Mr and Mrs WW Doering, Dutton, Mr and Mrs KJ Schubert, and sons David and Gavin, Cambrai, and RJ Schmidt, Dutton, at the Barossa stud sale.

Urrbrae fourth year student Nick Hunt, Kalangadoo, brushes up on his shearing skills. In 1973 Nick may have had to share his lessons with girls.

Seller CHJ Allen, Wandilo, and buyer TG Battams, Portland, with the prime purebred five-year-old Friesian bull which sold for a record $380.50 in the lower South East.

An aerial shot of the Wallaroo shore terminal facilities with two bulk cargo vessels at the shipping berths.

Wilsford Wines director Noel Burge, Lyndoch, with Bleasdale Vineyards marketing manager David Mitchell and managing director John Potts, Langhorne Creek, during tastings of the Adelaide Wine Show.

Ross Bain, Naracoorte, at the pumping system that feeds water back and forth over the levee bank as seasonal needs change.

Robert McCullum holds the grand champion beef cow of the Jamestown Show, Mt Robert Karla.

SA branch chairman of the Angus Society of Australia Don Moyle, with veterinarians P Cole, Bordertown, JT Fearn, SA Department of Ag, and G Manefield, Mt Gambier.

On display at Bellbro was this ram’s fleece which won the champion ribbons at Tintinara and Keith shows. Inspecting the fleece are D Mosey, Mundulla, R Hill, Mundulla, E Aitken, Willalooka, and J Leake, Nyroca Past Co, Padthaway.

Mrs Geoff Whillas, Kurara Station, Port Lincoln, and Mrs George Skinner, Springfield, Bordertown, were in Adelaide to watch the “frenzied” bidding at the wool sales.

Ruth Millgate, 1st Highgate, and Jane Clifford, 2nd Highgate Brownies pack did the rounds selling cookies.

This photograph by staff photographer Eric Spargo was taken at Roseworthy Ag College and was an award winner in the national photographic exhibition at Adelaide.

Stock Journal receptionist Julie Bastian, Clearview, poses as Miss Milk Slim, alongside Mr Milk Slim, during the opening ceremony of the Metropolitan Milk Board’s third annual milk diet week.

Visitors listen as the Roseworthy cattle breeding program is explained during ‘Farmers’ Day’.

Joint auctioneers at the Kentish Downs sale, Graham Harfield, Dalgety Coles, and Eddie Scriven (right), Bennett & Fisher, with Ern Wirth.

Dorset Horn ewes being offered at the 1972 Dorset Fair.

General manager of Southern Farmers KD Williams, and chairman of directors HH Shannon.

The scene at Burra for the Collinsville ewe sale.

Reserve champion cow at the Naracoorte Show, entered by BV&DR Thomas, Bangham.

Roseworthy students Trevor Bray, Bordertown, and Bruce Pocock, Lameroo, demonstrate sheep skills at the open day on Roseworthy College.

At the Glenjoy Friesian stud reduction sale are studmaster Michael Rathjen (right) with top buyers Vern Kerber, Goldwyn, Woodside, and Clarence Clover, Timboon, Vic.

Assistant Director of Ag P Trumble watches as Roger Croser, Minlaton, is presented his Shell-Rural Youth Travel Award to New Zealand, from Shell Co administration manager RL Dahlenburg.

Adelaide & Wallaroo Fertliser’s Port Adelaide field officer Blair Gillies, shows Rowland Flat Ag Bureau president Andrew Koch and members Merv Lindner and Otto Grocke around the site.

Judge Geoff Pfeiffer, Woodside, looks over the Suffolk section at the Clare Show.

Sixty fire and auxiliary units, including this Salisbury unit, took part in a parade along King William Street to mark the opening of Fire Prevention Week in SA.

Barry Land, Whyadra, Georgetown, is with buyer John Turner, Smith’s Bay, Wisanger, at the Kingscote ram sale.

CSIRO’s Veronica Rogers talks to well-known seed producer George Zerk, Naracoorte.

Wool and meat committee of the United Farmers & Graziers secretary Jim Smith, president John Kerin, and vice president Bill Murdoch, discuss brucellosis vaccinations.

Reserve champion AIS bull at Mt Gambier show was Lynonga Futura, shown by H Cleggett & Sons, Langhorne Creek.

Miss Northern Shows show girl Virginia Foulis, with president of the show’s association Dudley Freeman, Yapoona Springs, Wilmington, and the 1971 title holder Jill Millard.

At the Anna Villa sale were JCM Read, Bruce Tancock, Lawrie Poole, Clem Hewett, Clem Daniel, and Ainsley Tancock, and Peter Symons.

The Poll Merino which made the top breed price of $200, held by Joe Lehmann, Flariville, Georgetown, for Kangaroo Island sheepmen to inspect before the Kingsctore sales.

Broadways principals Stirel Henderson and son Neil, with the 14-month-old ram sold for $175.

Kevin Hannaford holds his all breeds grand champion ewe from the Myoma Poll Dorset stud, Riverton.

Crystal Brook show president Ivan Smart, Narrimar, Narridy, Saddleworth sheep convenor Kevin Hannaford, Riverton, and winner of Poll Merino honours David Kellock, Kelval, Burra.

Mr and Mrs AR Langford, Mrs MM Langford, Ardrossan, and Mrs EM Johns, Maitland, after the Rilera sale.

Starr Burrage, Jean Channing, Val Horward and Kathy Schwark, standing in the three states, hoisted driver Haydn Penley on Poeppel’s Peg, marking the borders of SA, Qld and NT.

During the annual gala day on Urrbrae Ag High School , students Greg Patten, Grantley Stone and Peter Workman, try their skills on 60cc motorcycles.

Cooks and early clients tuck into the barbecue at the annual gala day at Urrbrae High School.

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Brawl trio have charges dropped

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POLICE have dropped charges against three people allegedly involved in avicious Port Fairy attack which left one victim in an induced coma.
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Patrick Watts, 50, of Griffith Street in Port Fairy,and coupleSam Watts, 25, and Sara Hallen, 29, both of Watton Street,Penshurst, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for what was to be a two-day contested hearing.

A policeprosecutorinstead withdrew all charges after one of the victims failed to attend court and the other told police he didn’t remember details of the individualinvolvement of the co-accused as he received significant injuries.

In December last year Port Fairy’sFelton Pulham, 27, of Ritchie Street, andAaron Smit, 31, of Elizabeth Street, pleaded guilty to serious assault chargesand were placed on community correction orders.

One of the victims was left in an induced coma and the other suffered a broken jaw.

Police alleged a father and son were at the Port Fairy IGA supermarket on August 21 when there was a minor altercation with Sam Watts, who got into a car Ms Hallen was driving.

The couple soon returned to central Port Fairy in the company of Patrick Watts, Pulham and Smit.

The court heard the alleged victims werepunched, kicked and spat on.

One witness stopped his car and tried to break up the brutal attack while another witness described one of the accused as”kicking the s… out of the guy on the ground”.

A police prosecutor raised the prospect of appealing against the leniency of the penalty received by Pulham, who has nine pages of prior convictions, saying only an immediate jail term was appropriate.

Most of Pulham’sprior offending isforviolence and breaching intervention orders and thelast time he was in court, on less serious charges,he received a six-month suspended jail sentence and a CCO.

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Anglers flat out hooking flathead

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Declan Da Silva with his 1.5kg snapper from last weekend. He was just too late to enter it in his fishing club monthly comp.
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Hayden from Compleat Angler Windang saysthe reasonably good weather, combined with theschool holidays and a long weekend, will ensure there aresome excellent fish caught.

The inshore flathead drifts around the 30 to 40 metre depth linehave been producing some excellentcatches with most anglers landing their bag limit of 10 fish in no time.

On the inshore reefs, kingfish up to 5 kilos and a few reds are showing.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Most fish are around that 1kgmark with a few bigger specimens lurking about that will give your drag a workout.

There have been a few quiet rumblings of snapper up to fivekilos also, but you know these snappergurus, they’re a secretive bunch, but one did let slip, only use the freshest baits.

The beaches are teeming with bait which is bringing around salmon and tailor and a few anglers havebeen very disappointed with small sharks they thought were mulloway.

Ganged pillies and even garfish have worked well but you need to keep moving and test each gutterfor best results.

Whiting have been hanging around most beaches and live worms or fresh pipis flicked in just behindthe shore break should get you hooked up.

The rocks have slowed a little on the pelagic front but the bread and butter fish are starting to move in.

Adelicate use of lightly weighted prawns or cunji in around the washes should hopefully produce abream, pig or trevally.

Warilla Hotel Fishing Club’sApril monthly competition saw deep sea biggest fish section go to Joe Sciberras with anice 600 gram flathead.

Steve Rhind nailed a 4.4kg mix to take out biggest bag.

The senior BRE saw John Phelps table a 900 gram rock blackfish to take biggest fish.

GrahamJackson had a mix of 1.15 kilos to take out biggest bag.

Paul Bysterveld won fish of the month with his 1.135kg flathead. Next month’s target is john dory.

A lesson learnt by young Declan Da Silva who arrived a tad late to enter the comp with his 1.5kgsnapper and he is adamant it will not happen again.

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Don pops in to our backyard

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Don Burke of Burke’s Backyard fame will co-host the next Game of Champions playoff event with local Skillset Environment manager Ashley Bland on Earth Day tomorrow.
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The public event promises to be entertaining with an energy-based game show that involves a quiz and a ‘Would I Lie To You’ segment where PowerPlay champions must gain the highest number of points to win the championship prize of $1000 and the title of PowerPlay Earth Day Champion.

The champions represent apprentices and trainees from around Australia who have won the monthly PowerPlay Challenge with a prize valued at $1500.

They are then eligible to compete in a series of four playoff events held on key world environment days.

Competitors for Adelaide, Sydney, Bathurst and Orange will be competing in tomorrow’s event. The public is also invited, with the chance of winning a PowerPlay Energy Saving Retrofit Kit that can help PowerPlay households reduce their usage.

Mr Bland said more than 800 young participants from around Australia registered for the PowerPlay program before registrations closed in May 2015.

Two Adelaide participants have already won the World Habitat and World Wetlands Days Game of Champions title and the $1000 prize money. The final event is on World Environment Day in June.

The Skillset PowerPlay gamification program is funded by the Federal Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.

The mobile app is being trialled by Skillset to see if it has the potential to influence and change consumer behaviour towards energy use by making energy saving a normal, everyday household practice.

Mr Bland says research findings show that those engaged in PowerPlay have higher levels of awareness and understanding about how to save energy and some are now experiencing a real reduction in their household bills.

A smaller sample group of PowerPlay households in Bathurst and Orange, who are having their energy usage monitored by Essential Energy as part of the trial program, were also invited to participate in an energy saving video competition.

The winner of this competition will be presented with a cheque for $2000 by the Mayor of Orange, John Davis, at this Friday’s event.

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GALLERY: Swifts Abbey McCulloch and Steph Wood lap up chance to push Orange’s best juniors

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GALLERY: Swifts Abbey McCulloch and Steph Wood lap up chance to push Orange’s best juniors SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
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SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SWIFT TEST: The NSW Swifts guns Abbey McCulloch and Steph Smith were in Orange on Wednesday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

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Test win a sign of a strong sporting culture

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News that Cricket Tasmania has secured a Test match at Bellerive this summer between Australia and South Africa is exciting forthe state’s thousands of cricket fans.
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The star-studded South African team is currently ranked third in the world Test rankings behind Australia and India, and willprovide Australia with much stiffer competition than the depleted West Indian side that padded up at Bellerive last year.

The challenge, however, is for all cricket fans to now throw their support behind our cricket administrators – who workedtirelessly to lock in the game for all Tasmanians – by attending the game in their thousands.

Yesterday, Cricket Tasmania chief executive David Johnston said that Cricket Australia and CricketTasmania had been working together to look at ways of attracting fans to international cricket in Hobart.

It may sound parochial, but Bellerive Oval is one of, if not the most picturesque groundin the world. It’s hard to think of a more appealing setting anywhere in worldcricket.

By having the game secured for Tasmanians, it also speaks volumes of this state’s ability to attract national and world-classathletes and major sporting events.We already host two successful AFL teams at either end of the state, attracting thousands of fans every game.

Bellerive attracts capacity crowds to almost every home game for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big BashLeague.

Targa Tasmania – which was recently won further state government support to the tune of $1.65 million – is regarded as one of thefinest events of its type in the world. It draws almost 3000 people to the state a year, and injects about $8 million intothe economy.

We’re poised to host a world cup netball match between traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand at the Silverdome later thisyear, and then there’s talk that Launceston may be granted a licence to host a Tasmanian side in the trans-Tasman competition, theANZ Championship.The ramifications of that are enormous.

More than 55,000 fans flock to Symmons Plains every year for a round of the V8 Supercar championships – it is the largest single sporting event on the state calendar.

As impressive a list as that is, however, Tasmanians still need to show support for these type of world-class events.

The alternative is, we run the risk of other states with a track record of attracting large crowds poaching these events fromunder our noses.

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Mypo to host Anzac clash

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Anzac clash: Mypolonga will host Meningie for this years’ River Murray Anzac netball and football clashes on Saturday.THE Mypolonga netball and football clubs will play host to Meningie as part of their respective Anzac clashes on Saturday, which also forms part of the Murray Bridge RSL’s inaugural Anzac sports carnival.
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As per previous years,the State RSL will again issue the Anzac medallion to a player judged as the player of day in both sports.

This year the Murray Bridge RSL has donated perpetual shields which will be contested for each year –the River Murray football and netball associationswill play for the Gallipoli Perpetual Shield and The Bangka Strait Vivian Bullwinkel Memorial Shield respectively.

This year the Murray Bridge RSL’s goal is to raise funds for student scholarships to send two Murray Bridge High students on a study tour to the Western Front Battle Fields in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Joe Di Santo, who is coordinating the carnival, said sport playeda vital role in the Australian Defence Force and within the Murray Bridge area and surrounds. “Australian Rules Football in particular has and continues to play a vital role in the ADF,” he said.

“There have been many well-known Australian rules footballers to have served in the ADF … many of them didn’t return”.

“In 1943 in the prisoner of war camps of Changi, Australian prisoners of war coordinated and participated in their own sports … as way to keep moral and hope up –the Changi Brownlow was competed for by Australians.”

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Locals feature when it comes to highway jobs

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MINISTER for Roads Duncan Gay released research results which has found about 35 per cent of workers building the Pacific Highway upgrade are local residents, and 30 per cent consider permanently relocating to where they currently work.
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The research – a profile of the construction workforce between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour and an accommodation study between Coffs Harbour and Ballina – was undertaken to assist planning for the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.

Mr Gay said the results were a major win for the North Coast economy, with significant long term benefits flowing to communities and local businesses.

“Today, 3500 people are working directly on the Pacific Highway upgrade – of these 35 per cent are local residents,’ Mr Gay said.

“It is also clear other workers are enjoying the North Coast lifestyle, with 30 per cent wanting to be locals as they are considering permanently relocating to their current work location.

“This makes sense when you consider more than half of survey respondents have been working on various sections of the Pacific Highway upgrade for as many as seven or eight years.

“It means the upgrade is providing a continued source of employment for these workers who are moving from one job along the upgrade to the next.

“Importantly, it also means we now have a long-term, skilled workforce based on the North Coast providing valuable transferrable skills to build other sections of the upgrade.

“Other significant study results show about 65 per cent of workers rent their accommodation off local businesses and home owners – boosting the local economy.

“North Coast communities are also set to benefit from the 43 per cent of workers who relocated as a family unit with their partners.”

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Pre-sold houses ‘lock out families’

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PROPERTY isbeing pre-sold to investors up to 12 months in advance in arecent trend that hasseen the local housing industry “verge on the border of crisis”.
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Peter Hurst of award-winning Hurst Homes believes the surge in property pre-sales should be viewed as a huge step forward for the city’s growth.

Investors and developersare buying up land before it enters the free marketdue toa skyrocketing demand for housing in Wagga’s newest estates.

Samantha Brunskill,a leading property developer in Wagga, said the increase inmulti-stage pre-sales is a“roadblock” for families looking to build a new home.

“There’s less than a dozen blocks around the citythat people can buy now because they’re all being sold off before they enter the free market,” she said.

“It’s specifically a problem because there’s a lack of development land available that people can build on themselves.”

Pre-sale generally refers to homes that are only partially built or in construction at the time of purchase.

The homebuyer, whether a company, investor or a mum or dad, enters a contract with a building company to buy a house with pre-agreed uponspecifications.

Egan Valuers director Chris Egan said that demand for land is so strong in Wagga thatproperty is often 100 per cent pre-sold by the time it goes up online.

“They take interest from the developers and the private builders and by the time they have a title for the lot, it’s all been bought and sold,” he said.

“I should be able to go to Tattonor Estella and choose to build a house –but it’s just not possible because of the rise in investor activity.”

Mr Egan partly blames councilbecause it is failing to do enough utility headworks in areaswhere“demand is already outweighing supply”.

Pre-sale agreements have long been criticised by experts because the buyer has to foot the costs for any non-essential upgrades to the property.

But Peter Hurst of Hurst Homes, an award-winning Wagga buildingcompany, said the surge in pre-sales should be viewed as a huge step forward for the city.

“We’ve seen pre-sales a lot recently;when there’s good momentum and positivity in the market we see pre-sales become more prevalent,” he said.

“There’s a cross section (of pre-sale buyers)and it varies. At Estella Rise, it’s a broad range of people, it’s not all just builders and investors.

“It’sa big point of employment and a massive contributor to the economy andit further proves at some stage Wagga will be recognised as a massive regional centre.”

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