“Bomber” Johnny Peard joins Gunnedah Men of League golf dayPHOTOS

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Trust a bloke by the nickname “bomber” to drop in on Gunnedah’s Men of League (MOL) Foundation charity golf day.

The legendary JohnPeard was in town to support the group’s fund-raising efforts on Sunday.

The former Australian Test, Eastern Suburbs, St George and Parramatta five-eight is famous for refining the up-and-under kick laterdubbed the “bomb”.

As a MOL foundation member, number six on the roll, Peard has seen the organisation grow from humble beginnings in 2002 to a membership base today of more than 26,000.

“Bomber” Johnny Peard joins Gunnedah Men of League golf day | PHOTOS Men of League mates share a laugh at the Gunnedah Golf Club on Sunday. Pictured left: Barry Ford (Narrabri), Bob Adamson (Gunnedah), Peter Lonergan (Narrarbri), Kevin Robinson and Ken Thompson (Tamworth). Front: Johnny “Bomber” Peard.

Robert Price ready to tee off.

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Garren Cruickshank watches Roger Buttenshaw chip to the green.

Heath McIlveen, Brian Jaeger, Blake McIlveen, Lachie McArthur

TweetFacebookPeard concerned about grassrootsMore must be done for rugby league in the bush, former Australian Test representative John Peard said.

The ex-international was in Gunnedah on Sunday to support the Men of League Foundation charity golf day.

He said much had changed since his playing era (1966-79), some for the better but some for the worse.

“The pace of the game is certainly a lot quicker,” Peard told the Namoi Valley Independent.

“But I’m concerned about the grassroots.

“Unless the ARL address that, we could be in trouble.”

He also thought the way the game is markets itselfhad to change to remain competitive with rival codes like Aussie rules and soccer.

“We need to promote the game more,” he said.

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Sad news for Cooma

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The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation has decided to close its Cooma office in December, with the loss of 12 full-time positions.THE Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) will close its Cooma office in December, transferring the company’s payroll and human resources (HR) administrative services to Melbourne.

The closure will result in the loss of 12 full-time positions from the Cooma office. Staff were informed of the decision on Monday, prior to the public release of the news on Tuesday.

It is understood that news of the closure came as a shock to staff, even though a decision about the future of the Cooma office had been on the cards for at least the last three years.

Staff were not forewarned of the closure decision and the arrival of senior management figures on Monday had come as a shock.

The mayor of Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, Cr Dean Lynch, also expressed surprise and disappointment at the news when he was contacted by the Cooma-Monaro Express on Tuesday.

“I am extremely surprised and disappointed to hear this news and I will certainly be expressing this disappointment to SMEC’s CEO, Andy Goodwin,” he said.

The Cooma-based payroll function will join other corporate operations – including finance, human resources and marketing – in the company’s Melbourne office.

Other HR administrative services will be transferred to SMEC’s Global Shared Services office in Manila, which supports the company’s global operations.

The press release issued by SMEC on Tuesday noted the company had grown substantially over the years, with more than 75 per cent of the workforce now based outside Australia.

According to the release, SMEC was exploring opportunities for its Cooma-based employees to pursue new positions within its Australian business. The company also gave a commitment to supporting its employees, providing career counselling and job search assistance.

The press release also stated that SMEC would like to continue supporting the local community, and was currently looking into various options for the Cooma and Snowy Mountains regions.

The press release concluded with SMEC thanking all of its Cooma-based employees, past and present, for their dedication to the company over many decades.

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“Don’t risk truck safety”: mother

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Part of a convoy of trucks leaving Parliament House and heading to EPIC for a rally opposing the RSRT (Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal) payment order. Photo: Graham Tidy.JASMINE Payget will never forget the day her six-year-old son, Rian, was killed by a hit and run truck driver.

The Lawson mother and her husband, Laurie Strathdee, were driving along the Hume Highway at Sutton Forest when a semi-trailer crashed into their car, pushing it into a ditch.

Rian was fatally wounded and his parents and older brother were hospitalised. The driver didn’t stop and was never found.

So when Ms Payget heard of plans to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, she contacted the Blue Mountains Gazette to voice her concerns.

“The tribunal was established to provide wage incentives to increase safety.” she said.

“Well respected researchers tell us this is happening, [that] wages are related to safety.

“When you pay the worker per job then the tendency is to say, ‘if I can drive faster and don’t have a break, then I can be doing three jobs when I should only be doing two’.”

The tribunal had spent more than two years trying to come up with a way to set pay and conditions for truck drivers, Ms Payget said.

“To abolish the tribunal which has spent a lot of time thinking about how to pay people so there’s an incentive to do the right thing – it’s just wrong.”

Independent truck drivers protested in Canberra on Sunday. They say increased payments will drive small trucking companies and owner-drivers out of business.

And the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said the tribunal – set up by the Gillard Labor government – was little more than a “recruiting tool” for the Transport Workers Union.

Ms Payget conceded the issues were “complicated” but she feared that safety would be compromised.

“Like most parents, if something terrible has happened to you, we want it not to happen to someone else. The tribunal is attempting to create a safer system and I don’t want it abolished.”

Ms Payget said she had to attend a workshop in the Southern Highlands last weekend.

“I had to drive past the scene of the crash. I still find it really, really difficult.”

Rian Strathdee would have turned 18 next week.

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Youngsters shine at junior tournament

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THE Esperance Tennis Club had a strong contingent of 22junior players atthis year’s CBH Country Tennis Championships held at Alexander Park in Perth.The tournament was over three days with theplayers competing against the best country juniors in WA.

The best individual performances were William Wildberger who reached the final of the 12 and under division in the main draw and went down to the number 1 seed Scott Tuia. Other notable performances in the singles were Max Chapman and Stella Wildberger who made it to the semi-finals in their respective U10’s event.

ETC teams also performed well with Toby Jones and Max Chapman taking out the teams event for the U10’s division A. Vincent Newman and Luke Greatrex finished runner-upin the U14’s division B and Lachlan Stewart and James Dwyer were runner-upin the U14’s division C.

The Esperance Tennis Club would like to thank itssponsors for their support of this year’s squad as well asall the parent helpers whoassisted.

Top effort: The Esperance Tennis Club Junior Country Week squad doing their club and coach proud at the three-day championship in Perth.

Trophy winners: Lachlan Stewart, Toby Jones, Max Chapman, William Wildberger, James Dwyer, Luke Greatrex and Vincent Newman.

Big hit: Claudia Parker who led a strong contingent of Esperance girls at this year’s Country Week event has a practice hit on the courts.

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Hilder and Simpson cases adjourned again

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Troy Hilder playing for the HawksThe cases against alleged drug dealers and former group three rugby league coaches, Troy Hilder and Dean Simpson have been put back once again.

The two men had their cases adjourned to June 7 after appearing at Taree Local Court (one via videolink) onTuesday (April 19).

Hilder and Simpson were arrested on two separate occasions earlier this year as part of Operation Carpet, an extensive police investigation into drug supply in the Manning and Great Lakes area.

A one-time local police officer, detectives will allege 38-year-old Hilder supplied his Hawks players with drugs following a trial game against the Kotara Bears in Kotara in late February.

Police will allege that Simpson was in the process of supplying methamphetamine when he was arrested in his vehicle on March 1 near his Coolabah Drive, Taree business.

Simpson will face charges relating to the supply of a prohibited drug and to receiving and disposing of stolen goods between November 2015 and March 1.

The charges include four counts of supplying a prohibited drug, indictable quantity (not cannabis); two counts of supplying a prohibited drug; supplying a prohibited drug on an on-going basis; and receiving/disposing stolen property.

Darren Coombes, arrested at Hallidays Point as part of Operation Carpet, will also face Taree Local Court on June 7.

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Clipperton in form for Prompt Response

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Fresh from group 1 glory for Gai Waterhouse, Sam Clippertonwill combine with the champion trainer again at Newcastle’s Beaumont track on Thursday.

IN FORM: Sam Clipperton celebrates English’s win in the All Aged Stakes on Saturday. Picture: bradleyphotos老域名出售备案老域名

Clipperton will ride Waterhousefilly Prompt Response, which will be a long odds-on favourite in the 1200-metre two-year-old maiden.Last Saturday, Clippertonpiloted English to victory for Waterhouse in the Randwick All Aged Stakes.

Prompt Response, which will carry just 55kilograms, has had three starts, all in group company. She was ahalf-length from the winner, Concealer, whensecond in a group 3 at Flemingtonin November. Shewas beaten two lengths in the group 2 Rosehill Magic Night Stakes last month anda head in the group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes at Randwick on April 9.

Clipperton will ride another favourite, Nic’s Vendetta, for Lower Belford trainer Todd Howlett in the 1350mclass onehandicap.Nic’s Vendetta was narrowly beaten in his past two starts on the Beaumont track.

Clippertonwill also be aboardNewcastle trainer Kris Lees’only starter, Second Obsession, at the meeting.He rode the mare, which is in the2100mbenchmark 64 handicap,when she was beaten a length at Hawkesburythree weeks ago.

“Prompt Response is obviously the best of my rides and she is so well weighted,” Clipperton said.“I thought she went massive when a close second in the group race last start, she went down fighting.This filly will race in the first two or three.

“Nic’s Vendetta has very good form and has a good trainer and should be hard to beat in the small field.I rode Second Obsession last start and the key to this mare is to get her to settle.She is a bit one paced, but the distance won’t be a problem and she can sustain a long run.”

Clipperton has two other rides at the meeting.

“My ride in race two, Fast Candy, went very well first up,” he said

“She is a big player in the race.

“I am on a first starter [Dorawin]for my old boss Ron Quinton in race fourand she has been impressive in the trials and has a good gate.”

Meanwhile,The Wine Country Race Club will stage the traditional Anzac Day race meeting at the CessnockRacecourse on Monday.

It is a non-TAB meeting and the Anzac Day crowd is normally the biggest of the year at Cessnock.

The feature race on the program is the John Cleaves Memorial.

Cleaves, a well-known Cessnock Solicitor, was chairman of the Wine Country Race Club, a director ofthe Newcastle Jockey Club and one time treasurer of Cessnock Leagues Club.

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Skydive the Beach jumps at record highs

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Common sight: A skydiver sails through the clouds above Wollongong. Picture: Kirk Gilmour.If it feels like you’ve seen more skydivers parachuting in over Wollongong in recent monthsyou could be right, with Skydive the Beach’s half-yearly result reporting huge jumps in its, well, jumps.

According to documents published on the Australian Securities Exchange, the Wollongong-based company broke its previous daily recordfor the number of tandem skydives into its home groundon December 30.

Up by 50 from the previous record, 286 people skydived into North Wollongong on the day before New Years Eve. And on both days ofValentines weekend this yearthe company delivered more than 1000 tandem jumps per day across all its drop zones.

The results also showSkydive the Beach is on track to more than double theyearly number of tandem jumps across its Australian and New Zealand drop zones by June 30.Up from 61,069 tandemjumps across all drop zones last year, the company forecasts it will make more than130,000 tandem skydives this year.

The resultsinclude a six-month revenue of $24.5 million and a242% increase in profits compared to the same time last year.Theyare the first full half yearly results since the 17-year-olddebuted on the sharemarket in March 2015 and acquired five extra drop zones, taking its total to 16 across Australia.

Also contributing to strong growth, Skydivetook its first steps into the global adventure tourism market in October–buying Queenstown drop zone Nzone for $15.5 million –and has acquired land in Queensland’sMission Beach.

While the number of Skydivecustomersfrom Australia, Europe and North America continued to rise, the strongest growth was in the Asian demographic which leapt fromfrom 6166 jumpersin 2014 to more than 11,000.

Also in the ASX documents, Skydive the Beach reported its Chief Operations Officerand director Tim Radfordhad suffered a serious head and spinal cord injury in Februaryafter hefell while walking in Queenstown.

Assistant chief operating officer Courtney Butler has assumed Mr Radford’s role in his absence.

Looking up: Skydive’s CEO Anthony Boucaut. Picture: Supplied.

CEO Anthony Boucaut says:“This resultreflects our strong underlying business and our successful execution of our corporate growth strategy.Nzone is another exciting addition to our footprint and we expect the full benefit [to be evidentat the end of the financial year.Wewill continue to pursue further organic and acquisition opportunities in our pursuit to become the global leading tourism adventure company.”

The numbersKey figures from Skydive the Beach’s half yearly reports to the ASX include:

Tandem jumps

Jul-Dec 2015: 58,386Jul-Dec 2014: 25,502Forecast total for 2015/16: 130,381Total revenue

Jul-Dec 2015:$24,575, 000Jul-Dec 2014:$10,021,000Forecast total for 2015/16: $54,900,000Record daily jumps

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Hydro planned for risks: Eslake

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The broken cable

HYDRO Tasmania director Saul Eslake has defended the company’s risk planning foran extended Basslink outage.

Right to Information documents reveal days before the cable broke in Decembera Hydro risk management committee questioned whether the company had properly planned forthe possibility of an extended Basslink outage.

At the time, Hydro was importing about 40 per cent of the state’s power through the cable.

The RTI document shows the committee “questioned whether the risk relating to an unplanned outage of Basslink for 60 days or longer was appropriately assessed in light of Tasmania’s increased reliance on importing electricity from Victoria”.

Mr Eslake said the committee’s job was to “test the assumptions on which management strategies and actions are based andto satisfy itself as to management’s capacity to carry out its proposed actions”.

“Management were satisfied Hydro had the capacity to cope with an extended outage of Basslink of more than 60 days,” Mr Eslake said.

“No lights have gone off, no emergency services have had to cease doing what they do because they haven’t had access to electricity.

“Although some major industrials have voluntarily reduced their loads no workers have been stood down.”

Labor and the Greens have continued to criticiseEnergy Minister Matthew Groom for not implementing household power rationing at an earlier stage.

“The energy minister is like a sleepwalker stumbling in the dark, heading the state inevitably towards power rationing,” Greens MP Rosalie Woodruff said.

Labor Leader Bryan Green warned power prices would increase due to the energy crisis.

Mr Groom said the cost of the government’s energy supply plan would not be passed onto households.

“Any increase to regulated power prices from the first of July this year is expected to be modest and not as a result of the current Basslink outage.”

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Ahmadi muslims to pay their respects at dawn service

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Ahmadiyya Muslims will attend Dawn Services this year to pay their respects to our ANZAC traditions including in Jimboomba.Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia including worshippers from the local mosque at Stockleighwill participate in Dawn Servicesthroughout the country and will volunteer for local RSLs in each state to commemorate the ANZAC Day.

Locally the worshippers from the BaitAl-Masroor mosque will pay their respects at the Greenbank RSL Dawn Service in Browns Plains as well as at the Anzac Day Parade in Jimboombaat the WWI cenotaphas well as at the main service at ANZAC square in the city..

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia will commemorate ANZAC Day by taking part in various volunteer activities, selling ANZAC badges and by joining ‘Dawn Service’ on 25th of April in all major states of Australia.

Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims, young and old, will be part of ‘Dawn Service’ all over the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made by servicemen and women and those who continue to serve the nation.

The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Mr. I. H. Kauser said,

“ANZAC is one of those significant days that bring our nation together to reflect upon the great sacrifices our servicemen and women made to protect us and our country,” he said.

“It is a day of great importance and a day when we as a nation should reiterate our pledge of loyalty and service to the county in war and peace. It is a day that gives us a message that we as a nation must unite and honour those who sacrifice their lives for us all.”

Mr Kauser said participation in ANZAC Day was just one of many ways Ahmadi Muslims showed their love for Australia.

“Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia always pledge their loyalties to their homeland; Australia and we are always ready to sacrifice our life, our wealth, our time and our honour for the sake of our country,” he said.

“I encourage all Australian Muslims to join in the commemorations of the event and reflect on the sacrifices and services of our men and women who work day in and day out to protect us and to keep us safe.”

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Easter events deserve praise

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We recently saw the running of the Stawell Easter Gift for the 135th time and what a fabulous carnival it was.

Congratulation to the Stawell Athletic Club and all concerned for a wonderful weekend of athletics, racing, bronco riding and all the other entertainment that Stawell and district provides during the Easter break.

A special thank you to StawellBiz and the Council personnel who give their time freely for the ongoing organisation of the Main Street Easter Festival. A huge crowd and numerous forms of entertainment for kids and adults alike.

All the major events over Easter were well patronised and what a huge boost for our economy. It sometimes amazes me that the Easter Carnival continues to grow, but it’s not surprising when you have the passionate, dedicated people that we have in our shire. Let’s now look forward to the 136th Stawell Easter Gift.

During the last few weeks I have met up with a number of state politicians. Last week I met with the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville.

Of course most of that conversation was about the drought and what opportunities are available to those affected by the very dry conditions.

Some of the conversations were about providing water for the agricultural sector from the underground bores that have been recommissioned. Also the extension of the pipeline is a hot topic. Things like some funding direct to our communities for mental health, school fee assistance, training and the like have been discussed and our argument is that it is needed now, not after it rains. We are certainly out there trying to get some results for you.

Just before Easter, I had a meeting with the Department of Sport and Recreation about the ongoing wellbeing of the Stawell Gift. It was a very positive meeting which no doubt will be part of retaining this wonderful, iconic, international event here in Stawell.

On Sunday, April 17 a get together by our community supporting the Refugee Welcome Zone was held at Halls Gap. About 300 people attended and all were very positive about Council’s decision to support 37 other shires throughout the state.

In my next column I hope to be able to update you with some news on our current developments and some very exciting new opportunities.

Stay tuned.

Cr Murray Emerson, Northern Grampians Shire

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