Brass band will jazz it up at Hurstville

International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30 with a performance by the St George Brass Band at Hurstville Central Shopping Centre.
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The band will be belting out a few hours of lively jam sessions to celebrate the day from 11am for shoppers and commuters.

All that jazz: The St George Brass Band will be celebrating International Jazz Day at Hurstville Central.

Hurstville Central spokesman Donovan Moodie said the St George Brass Band has some wonderful musicians including a State Champion cornetist, a cornetist with the NSW Fire Brigades Band, two brothers on horn and trombone, all supported by a tubist.

“Saturday 30 April is International Jazz Day, which was created to help highlight the role that jazz music plays in uniting people in all corners of the globe,’’ he said.

“We think International Jazz Day is the perfect day to celebrate in Hurstville with its mix of many cultures and dialogues.

“There is an extraordinarily rich cultural melting pot here in Hurstville and our centre and that’s what International Jazz Day is helping to recognise.’’

Based at Bexley School of Arts,the band is well-known to many in the community after performing at Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Band members range in age from 13 into their 60s andhavewon awards at state championship level including the under-15 ensemble senior quintet inthe open ensemble event and inthe Sydney Metropolitan Band branch solo and ensemble championships.

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Busselton children national finalists in an award

Super Kids Award national finalist Rocco Watson and the Good Guys Busselton general manager Lisa English.
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BUSSELTON superheros Rocco Watson and Jett Dixon are national finalists in the Super Kid Awards and have been recognised for making a difference in the community by doing a good thing.

Last year, Rocco rode his bike from Dunsborough to the Busselton Hospital to raise money for the hospice where his grandfather was a patient at the time.

Rocco’s mum Susan said he was accompanied by his dad and they did the journey dressed as Batman and the Green Lantern.

“In the space of a month, Rocco managed to raise over $2000 and although his Poppy has now passed away, he was so proud of what he achieved in his honour,” she said.

Super Kids Award national finalist Rocco Watson and the Good Guys Busselton general manager Lisa English.

Jett’s mum Melanie Dixon said a child in her son’s class was being picked on and had no friends.

“So my son befriended him and organised a play date at home all by himself,” she said.

“It melted my heart to see him being so compassionate towards others,”

The Good Guys Busselton store is sponsoring the awards and general manager Lisa English said she was proud to recognise and celebrate super kids within the community.

“The Super Kid Awards program honours children who show super hero qualities in their daily lives, making them a role model for their friends, family and local communities,” she said.

“I was truly inspired by Jett and Rocco, and my team and I all have our fingers crossed that they take out the national Super Kid Award title.”

From the finalists across Australia, two national winners will be chosen by an independent judging panel.

The winners will each receive $10,000 from The Good Guys to support their educational growth and development.

A Super School Award will also be granted which will see an Australian primary school receiving $10,000 to develop their specialist program focusing on education and well-being.

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Griffith domestic violence statistics alarming

DOMESTIC violence in Griffith is a serious issue, police statistics reveal.
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Thre number of domestic violence related assaults rose by 31.6 per cent in 2015, with 246 incidents reported.

That was an increase from 187 in 2014 and is a rate of 1035.9 per 100,000.

The average rate across NSW is 397.2 per 100,000.

The alarming statistic from the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report puts the city in the top five places where domestic violence related assaults occur.

The report also reveals there were 177 non domestic violence related assaults in Griffith in 2015.

There were also 19 sexual assaults, 196 break and enters into homes, 63 cars stolen and 231 reports of items being stolen from a vehicle.

Retail stores were targeted 151 times by thieves, there were 120 fraud incidents and 332 malicious damage to property offences.

In Carrathool, there were 21 domestic violence related assaults, 12 non domestic violence related assaults, 10 break and enters to homes and five cars stolen.

In Leeton, there were 68 domestic violence related assaults, 56 non domestic violence related assaults, 13 sexual assaults, 72 break and enters to homes, 42 cars stolen and 126 reports of malicious damage to property.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional crisis, callLifelineon 13 11 14 or call Triple-0.

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Step-father pleads guilty to assault

A PORT Stephens business owner has pleaded guilty to indecently and sexually assaulting his step-daughter on a number of occasions during a five-year period.
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The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared via audio visual link in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a person under the age of 16, aggravated sexual intercourse and aggravated sexual assault.

He was committed for sentence to Newcastle District Court on May 5.

The incidents occurred between 2009, when the victimwas 11, and 2014, court documents state.

The girl told a teacher at her school in 2015 and her step-father was arrested.

He has been in custody since being refused bail in Raymond Terrace Local Court in December last year.

According to anagreed statement of facts, the man touched his step-daughter inappropriately in her bed in December of 2009.

Prior to that he had become increasingly affectionate towards her and would touch her breasts and buttocks when he hugged her.

Between December,2010, when the girl was 13, and December, 2012, the man digitally penetrated his step-daughter after giving her a massage, court documents state.

On another occasion in February, 2014, the man rubbed his penis on the girl’s back during a massagebefore digitally penetrating her.

After the massage, the man said goodnight before placing his penis on top of his step-daughter’s palm and moving it back and forth for about 30 seconds, court documents state.

All sexually inappropriate activity ceasedin September, 2014, court documents stated.

But about a year later,after an argument with her sister, the girl confided to a teacher at her school that she had been “molested” by her step-father.

The police were called and the girl made a statement.

“The incidents of digital penetration and inappropriate touching by the accused upon the complainant as outlinedin the above offenceswere not isolated incidents,” according to the agreed statement of facts.

Call for review on video replays

IN FRAME: A shot from BarTV footage of the Maitland v Valentine match showing Magpies midfielder Matt Crowell and Phoenix’s Darren Cooper in the 27th minute. Crowell received a yellow card for the incident.FRUSTRATED Valentine coach Darren Sills has called for the formation of a judiciary panel to exam “blatant off-the-ball incidents” usingvideo evidence following the spiteful clash with Maitland on Saturday.
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Former Socceroo Dean Heffernan, who was playing up front for Maitland,and Valentine defender Wilson Edwards face suspensionsof at least two weeks after they were given red cards in the 23rdminute for an altercation at Cahill Oval.

Heffernan allegedly elbowed Edwards to the head in back play, sparking a melee. Edwards then allegedly stomped Heffernan.

National disciplinary guidelines classify foul play off-the-ball as violent conduct and the charge carries a minimum penalty of a two-game suspension. The pair will learn their fate on Thursday.

The incident,clashes before and after the send offs and other foul play this yearprompted Sills to speak out.

Sills was especially concerned about an alleged elbow from Maitland’sMatt Crowell to the head of Darren Cooper in the 27th minute on Saturday which received only a yellow card.

While Sills acknowledged cameraangles were limited at NPL games, he believed clearfootage should be allowed as evidence of misconduct.

“The games are all televised now, so if there’s blatant off-the-ball incidents,why can’t theybe reviewed by a panel?” Sills said.

At present, Northern NSW Football disciplinary commissioner Bill Moncrieff uses reports from referees to determine penalties. Witness accounts and other submissions can be used inappeals but not video replays.

NNSWFoperations manager Alan Nisbet said the governing body did not use video evidencebecause of its limitations at the NPL level.

“We do not have the resources and camera angles to determine issues like this,” Nisbet said.“And if we were to try to do it for one, from one camera angle, we just don’t believe it would be fair and correct for everyone, so we don’t do it.”

Nisbet said the increase in coverage of NPL games in recent seasons through the emergence of BarTV did not change the situation.

“A lot of our games, if not all, all covered, but it’s only one camera,” he said.“And even when you watch the NRL with multiple camera angles, you can’t always determine what’s happened.”

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Your #Riverina, April 20Photos

Your #Riverina, April 20 | Photos aroundthefarm: Men of the Hay Plains, reminiscing of days gone by. Four of these gentlemen have known each other since childhood. They had gathered to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Two were groomsmen on the day. It was a privilege to share the day and listen to the stories. #hayplains #riverina #visitnsw #merinowool #haynsw #rurallife #D750 #mynikonlife #congratulations #blackandwhite #silhouette #ruralaustralia #thankafarmerforyournextmeal @australianphotography_magazine
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ainsrust: Beautiful Autumn Day at the Victory Memorial Gardens in Wagga Wagga, with the Chisholm Fountain in all its glory. ☀️🌹💧#nofilter #waggaview #visitwaggawagga #visitwagga #riverina

robertsingleton832: Oats emerging🚜🌾🐄#thankafarmerforyournextmeal #irrigation #dairyfarming #riverina

inexplicablewanderlust: The pink ice cream truck obsession continues. Today on the blog, more of this choc-dipped nut-covered goodness from the Easter weekend and some thoughts on family (link in bio).

haranspatisserie Watercolour beauty #haranspatisserie #dessertistheanswer

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shoot2720: Silhouettes in the committee stand @rocktheturf2016 . A quiet moment as the sun sets. ________________________________________ #rocktheturf2016 #tumut #rocktheturf #riverside #riverina #myriverina #music #silouette #teenagers #fotfl #festivalofthefallingleaf #sunset #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephoto #contrast #mycountrylife #countryboy #countrylife #hello_bluey #icu_aussie #redenergy

countrygirl_bl: Nice little surprise while hanging out the washing tonight #DragonFly #Autumn #Night #Riverina

the_a_mumma: Aurelia Mary had a little lamb, It’s fleece not white coz it’s real. We’ll let her think it’s pretty cute, Instead one day our meal 😋🐑🍗 #farmtastic #lambcuddles #toddlergirls #freerangechildren

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mildredcrafter: Always sad to leave but also can’t wait to get home. #nofilter is ever needed up here 💕#riverina #hayplains

countrygirl_bl: Can’t complain with this view. Photo taken in 2015 #FarmingLife #Riverina #Crops #Canola #Beautiful

ballyvaughan_: Gorgeous afternoon sun was dancing among the sheep. #Corriedale #ram #ewe #lamb #sheep #wool #agriculture #farming #aussieag #Riverina #Australia #australiagram #countrylove #sheepofinstagram #farmlife #livestock #ig_discover_australia #rural #aussiephotos

kenn_legend: Riverina rodeo #1 for 2016. Limit claimed the win 🏁 🏆 Great times w/ @gpm_stulz & family cheering on! good sensations #shitness2fitness #wagga #riverina 📷 @reitheralastair @oliversracing

alpa_agents: RLA Wagga Wagga agents in action today. #ALPAAgents #ALPAAuctioneers #riverina #waggawagga #waggalivestockmarketingcentre #salemakers #saleosaleo

timgorillabits: Awesome Wiradjuri dancers at the Junee Rhythm and Rail festival #latergram #riverina

joi_design_arts_2016: 17/04/2016 TeamSRS Storm Chase Looking North East of Eastern Hill , East Albury Australia. Photo Taken by my Son. (Cody) #albury #stormchasers #riverina #anvil #lightningflashes #srs #purplesky #northeast #cg

jessicalouise692: I’m back in #Wagga visiting family at the moment and there is a lot of burning off being done on nearby farms and we’ve also had some great storms lately. As a result there is a lot of dust and smog in the air which is totally horrible for anyone with asthma or breathing issues but has one notable positive effect- we currently have the most gorgeous and vividly coloured sunsets! Unfortunately I haven’t had much chance to photograph many of them though! I’d like to say I’ve been to busy having fun… But I’ve actually been too busy seeing doctors, messing around with medications and reacting badly to said messing around and generally lying around feeling lousy and sorry for myself. On this particular night last week I felt absolutely awful- I’d gotten up to do a few things in the morning, used up all my energy and got back home around lunchtime and slept most of the afternoon. I had no intention of taking photos but as I watched the sky change colour the smokiness meant the sun was an incredible vibrant orange colour and I couldn’t resist. So I sweet talked a ride from Mum, jumped in the car and rushed off to try and catch the last few minutes of sunset. To be honest this isn’t a perfect shot- I went back and forth as to whether or not to post it at all. But after I took this photo my mood had totally turned around. I still felt awful physically but just the act of taking photos had been enough to lift my spirits slightly at the end of an incredibly tough few days and it left me so grateful that even though I may have really crappy health I still have my photography. I’m still trying to remind myself that I don’t have to be productive and ‘perfect’ all the time. Some days just surviving is okay and sometimes it is the smallest things amongst otherwise crappy experiences that make you believe that it is going to be okay. So I thought this was worth the share. I hope you all don’t mind the essay… #smallmoments #itsthelittlethings #spoonielife #nomorespoons #yaydrugs #photographyislife #grateful #tired #field #paddock #sunset #fiery #paintedsky #australiagram #countrynsw #waggaview #riverina #studentlife #canon #visitwagga

bels_rural: Some days I just forget my camera and get stuck using my iPhone, tonight was one of those times. I cannot remember the last time when that windmill was used. #ruralimageryspecialist #belsruralphotography #tonightsunset #windmill #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunset #hayplains #riverina #mybackyard #outbacknsw #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #farmingofficial #farminglifeaustralia #myview #rurallife #warrendale #hayrangelands @bels_rural @rmwilliamsoutbackmagazine @outback_life @haytourism

christineleidl: Bridesmaids candid moment sooc #Goolgowi #Griffith #tribesixdesign #wedding #bride #bridesmaid #photographer #Riverina #country #sunsets

gulpha: At last the weaning is over for another year.😄🌞 #riverina #aussieag #drovers #agrofazendas #ig_countryside #ig_downunder #kuntryliving #farmphotographydaily #fatosagricolas #shorthorns #beefproduction #thankafarmer #trb_rural #trb_country #shorthorn #farmer_daily #country_features

aroundthefarm: The homestead in the moonlight. I don’t often get back to where I grew up, and when I do it is always a fleeting visit. I have visions of one day taking a long exposure of my childhood home under the Milky Way, but for the past 12 months it’s been cloudy or bright moonlight whenever I’ve visited. This time I thought I’d just see what happens, regardless of the light. #hayplains #riverina #merinocountry #merinowool #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #visitnsw #longexposure #moonlight #ruralaustralia #D750 #mynikonlife @nikonaustralia @australianphotography_magazine

woodydownunder: Up up up and away #tinyplane #worktrip #riverina #plane #peaceful #beautiful #scenery

lisalollylegs: Yes… this was absolutely amazing !!! A Chocolate Iced Vanilla Slice with Fresh Cream .😍The baker cut it in half as it was too big, so this is actually one slice pictured!! Loving being back in the Riverina for good old fashioned country baking 🍽🍰 #lakealbert #thebakery #vanillaslice #riverina #waggawagga #countrylifestyle #countryaustralia #getinmabelly #nomnomnom #toogoodtoeatjustone #australia #aussielife #aussielifestyle #ilovemyfood #appventure #coloursofmylife #visitaustralia #visitnsw #nsw #foodie #foodporn 😜⭐️😜

joi_design_arts_2016: 17/04/2016 TeamSRS Storm Chase into Table top nsw, Australia. Looking North West towards the Paper Mill. North of Albury. Eeeeek! Wasnt expecting this Bolt! Stop by FaceBook and give our Storm Page a Like 👍 (Southern Riverina Storms) #Cg #australia #riverina #Stormchasers #srs #lightningbolts #photography

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ravendale_park: The Rock Hill shadowing this gorgeous little red brick house #redbricks #rural_love #Riverina #therock #lockhart #loveoldhouses

yarran_park_farmstay: Sometimes those yabbies just don’t come out to play Josh. #farmstay #alpacas #farmtours #riverina #permaculture #angoragoats #farmlife #ecofarm

ballyvaughan_: Moving time. Ewes are getting bigger and bigger, but some rain would be nice about NOW. #sheep #corriedale #wool #farming #agriculture #livestock #welovewool #aussieag #thankafarmer #Riverina #Australia #australiagram #sheepofinstagram

robertsingleton832: Dairy cow pantry #silage #dairyfarming #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #irrigation #riverina #JCB

talgoonacharolais: Perfect Saturday evening #farmlife #riverina #nsw #visitwagga #sunset #fire #bonfire

kensalan: Cheeky lil flower girl @ Aunty Liz & Uncle Jakes wedding. #wedding #wagga #flowergirl #bride #riverina #flowers #daughter #cheeky

christineleidl: Weddings, rainbows, sunsets and thunderstorms…only in the country! #tribesixdesign #goolgowi #wedding #Griffith #Riverina #bride #dearphotographer #clicknmoms #bp4u

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Two new island authors

AUTHORS: Macleay Island authors Patricia Cation and Alene Ivey will launch their first books on the island on April 29.
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Macleay Island residents Patricia Cation and Alene Ivey have found their literaryvoices with the release of first novels.

The books will be launched at the Macleay Island Progress Hall, Russell Terrace at 10am on Friday, April 29 with both authors to read excerpts and sign and sell copies.

Both new authors owe their publishing success to theMacleay Island Inspirational Writers Group which they say have inspired and encouraged their endeavours.

Ms Cation said she joined the group on the advice of a neighbour on moving to the island eight years ago.

“I moved to the island as a pre retirement move. I wanted a community lifestyle and it has totally given me that. Besides, it’s lovely place to live with a nice community,” she said.

“I was interested in writing and I loved reading, but I would never have done it (published a book) if not for the group,” she said.

Ms Cation found easy fodder for her story through family research and her first novel The Basket Maker is loosely based on her great great grandfather who was born in 1860 in the Randwick Benevolent Asylum.

“That seemed pretty interesting to me. This is a work of fiction but the events, births and deaths are fact. Of course, you don’t know who said what to whom and when,” she said.

Ms Cation will also launch a second novel at the event. Entitled The Way Home, this is a work of contemporary fiction about three women caught up in an online scam.

Ms Ivey is also launching two books, equally inspired by the group. She said her first entitled Turn Right at the Pink Shirt was a collection of short stories on travel and had already been cobbled together before joining the group.

Her second entitled Paradise Landing is about a young woman who moves from Melbourne to live on an island in Moreton Bay.

“It’s not my story, but I did start making jottings when I moved here nine years ago. The people on the island are very different from those on the mainland,” Ms Ivey said.

“I have always written, but my work would not have been published without the group,” she said.

All books have been published through Feed a Read and can be ordered through that website or purchased at the launch or the island post office for $15.

Ms Ivey said hers had already proven such a success that a second print run had been ordered to cater to the launch.

“We both ordered about 50 in the first run because you don’t know how they will go. I never expected them all to go so well,” Ms Ivey said.

Morning tea will be served at the launch. RSCP to Ms Cation on 3409 5984.

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‘He just did it ’cause he likes you’: Government unveils confronting ad campaign to tackle domestic violence

In the ad, the girl’s mother reassures her, “He just did it ’cause he likes you.” In the TV ad, a father also yells to his son playing, “Don’t throw like a girl”.
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The ad campaign features a one-minute TV ad in which a young boy slams a door on a young girl, causing her to fall.

The Coalition government has launched a confronting new ad campaign, designed to get parents, teachers and coaches to clamp down on disrespectful and aggressive behaviour by boys and young men.

The $30 million campaign, which begins on Sunday, features a one-minute TV ad in which people dismiss or encourage gender stereotypes and violence against women and girls.

In one scenario, a young boy slams a door on a young girl, causing her to fall over. “He just did it ’cause he likes you,” the mother explains.

In another, a dad at a picnic, yells to his son playing nearby: “Don’t throw like a girl, mate.”

The situations escalate until a woman is knocked to the ground by an irate and violent partner, under the tagline: “Stop it at the start.”

Social Services Minister Christian Porter described the campaign as “very confronting”.

“People know that violence against women is wrong. What they may not know is that … all of us can unknowingly excuse and therefore perpetuate the behaviour that can lead to violence.”

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said that excuses like, “it’s just boys being boys” had to stop.

The campaign will include TV, print, radio and digital advertising.

It comes as new Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins told the National Press Club she would make domestic violence one of her priorities as she begins her five-year term.

She said the 2015 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey showed younger people had higher levels of “attitudinal support” for violence against women than older age groups.

“It should be of grave concern to us all, to know that it is our youth who are learning to accept and excuse violent attitudes to women and girls,” Ms Jenkins said.

“We need to intervene now so this is not a problem we pass onto the next generation.

“For this reason I welcome the government’s prevention campaign launched today.”

The campaign also follows Australian Bureau of Statistics figures that one in three women over the age of 15 has experienced physical violence, while one in six has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.

Greens spokeswoman for women Larissa Waters said the campaign should be accompanied by a funding boost to women’s refuges, legal services and call centres.

“We absolutely need to raise awareness and change attitudes about domestic violence and gender equality but doing so without boosting funding to crisis services, which are currently having to turn women away, is dangerous,” she said.

Labor similarly welcomed the campaign but called for more money for frontline services for women and children escaping violence.

More than 80 family violence experts and community groups wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month, calling for more than $127 million a year to address critical shortages in domestic violence funding in the upcoming budget.

When asked about the request for more frontline funding, Mr Porter said the Coalition government had recently committed $100 million to address domestic violence and $230 million for the national partnership agreement on homelessness – with a specific focus on domestic violence.

“People will always say that more can be done … but over the last nine months more has been done … than has ever been done before.”

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000.

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Hillclimb a chance for games appearance

Motorsport may be included in the 2017 Australian Masters Games on the North-West Coast, with theLake Barrington International Rowing Course access road to be used as a possible venue for a hillclimb competition.
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HILLCLIMB: Smithton’s Phil House will compete at this weekend’s event at Lake Barrington. Picture: RBR Australia

The 2.3 kilometre sealed road, which includes no less than 31 bends.

It has become Tasmania’s premier and most challenging hillclimb event, sinceit was included as a round of the Tasmanian Hillclimb Championship series several years ago.

The course will be put through its paces again on Saturday for the 31 Bends of Barrington Hillclimb event.

The event willbe hosted by the North West Car Club.

The club is also hoping it will double as a test event for next year’s games.

However some minor road upgrades will be required.

The North West Car Club ishoping the course can be upgraded to attract drivers from all over Australia during the Masters Games.

The 16th Australian Masters Games are expected to attract8000 participants will compete across approximately 60 different sports.

Hillclimb is one of the more spectacular forms of motorsport.

As the name suggests, it involves racing uphill against the clock.

It is similar to a Targa stage, with only one car at a time on the course.

With the reputation the Lake Barrington course has gained, it isnot surprising a capacity field of 45 cars from all over the state has entered Saturday’s event.

The event is the second round of the Carter Mechanical Black Tac Series.

Drivers in six different classes will be given the chance to complete six runs over the day.

Classes will be based on engine capacity and two-wheel-drive, or four-wheel-drive categories.

The first run of the day will commence at 10am.

There will be ashuttle bus which will ferry spectators to several different viewing points during the day.

Refreshments and canteen facilities provided lakeside as well.

Hobart’s Ben Spriggs is a former outright winner on the course.

Fresh from a week competing in Targa Tasmania in his Subaru Impreza WRX, it won’t take long for himto settle in to the pace on Saturday.

He will be a strong chance for class F (4WD) and outright fastest times.

Last year’s class B (1600-2000cc) winner, Black Tac Series winner, and fellow Hobart driver Leigh Ford, believes he is a chance to break his own course record in his Honda Integra Type R.

The battle for class C (2000-3000cc) honours looks likely to be an all-Coastal affair with Elliott’s Adrian Hodgetts (Datsun 240Z) and Smithton driver Phil House (BMW E30 Aplina) two of the leading contenders.

In class E (over 4500cc, rotaries and turbo-charged cars) Devonport drivers Michael Bellinger (Datsun 240Z V8) and Brad Matthews, in his unlikely, but very quick Ford Fairmont, both have their eyes on a possible class record and a strong showing in outright standings as well.

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Graduates from Crookwell

The University of Canberra hosted its graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall at Parliament House last week (5-7 April). Graduates from rural and regional areas were among those collecting their degrees at eight ceremonies.
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The graduations were the last with Professor Stephen Parker as the University’s Vice-Chancellor, with Professor Parker stepping down from the role on 1 July, after more than nine years in the position.

He estimates he has seen more than 25,000 students graduate from the University during his tenure.

“I always look forward to graduation because it is a time that acknowledges and celebrates years of hard work and dedication,” Professor Parker said.

“Our graduates are now ready for careers in industries including education, nursing, science, law and many more. I congratulate them on their achievements and wish them all the best for long and successful careers in their chosen field.”

Adam Evans

There was little time for University of Canberra graduate Adam Evans to celebrate his graduation on Tuesday, 5 April, before he was back at work.

The 23-year-old former Crookwell High School student described receiving his Bachelor of Building and Construction Management degree as a great relief.

“It was really four years of hard work, plenty of travel between Canberra and home, but it’s great to have my degree in my hands now,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans said some of his work mates at a large construction company were also graduating at the same ceremony at Parliament House. “The work that we are doing now really requires a degree and I’ve enjoyed my time at UC, particularly networking in the industry,” he said.

Mr Evans said his job will be his focus for the time being, but he’s got some travel plans locked in. “I’m heading to Rio to see the Olympics later this year, I’ll be spending a month or so over there,” he said. “But I really want to knuckle down and work hard before then.

Jessica Gray

Crookwell’s Jessica Gray is already putting her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science double degree to good use after scoring a job in central Queensland.

“It’s a different system to down here so I’m just adjusting,” she said. “A lot of teachers don’t do the double degree so the Queensland Department of Education liked the fact that I was super qualified.”

The 24-year-old added she is looking forward to getting married in August.