St Benedict’s opens for Anti-Poverty Week

Volunteers Jeanette Buckley (left) and Kris Mitchell helping out in the kitchen at St Benedict’s Community Centre. Photo: Miles ThompsonST BENEDICT’S Community Centre in Crawford Street will be working to raise awareness for Anti-Poverty Week in the coming days, by opening their doors for lunch to the whole Queanbeyan community.

The Community Centre will be serving lunch to both the public, as well as those in need, between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14 and Friday, October 16.

St Benedict’s serves lunch five days a week to the poverty stricken, normally to around 70 people a day.

However this week, they will be increasing their capacity where possible, as well as seeking involvement from local dignitaries, Co-ordinator Elaine Lollback said .

“The Councillors will be cooking lunch on Wednesday,” she said.

“We’re hoping the Mayor’s going to come down to serve on Friday.”

All those who regularly volunteer at the centre will also be on hand. Ms Lollback said there were around 80 in all, and some who travel from as far as Cooma to help out.

“St Benedict’s wouldn’t exist without the community,” she said.

“We’re really going great guns at the moment.”

Ms Lollback had great praise for Queanbeyan’s support of the organisation, with people regularly providing donations of milk, blankets, or simply just their time.

“It can really make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Tom Parkes, a member of St Benedict’s Community care program, said that the initiative was a great opportunity for the general population to take a closer look at what St Benedicts provides.

“It’s an opportunity to chat to the people who are there regularly, the people who are homeless, and people who’ve got difficult circumstances,” he said.

“That’s what Anti-Poverty Week is all about.”

Mr Parkes said opening up understanding, particularly about the different circumstances the poverty struck find themselves in, was crucial to helping make poverty a thing of the past.

“We’ve got young people who need counselling, who’ve got no where to go.

“We’ve got people who are out of jail and looking for a new start.

“We’ve got people with drug problems, and some people with mental health problems.”

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday, October 11 and concludes on Saturday, October 17, with the United Nations initiated ‘International Anti-Poverty Day’.

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Students raise $9,500 from walkathon

Pictured enjoying the walkathon are Jorja Davis, Jorja Mann, Georgia Sideris, Holly Kerrigan and Ally Fryer. The Holy Family Parents and Friends Association held a special walkathon to raise funds.

The students at Holy Family sourced sponsorship from family and friends to participate in the event.

The walkathon was held at Pioneer Oval with students, staff and parents walking around the oval for approximately two hours.

A total of $9500 was raised on the day – a phenomenal achievement!

Josef Swindle, a Year 6 student, won the prize of Mini iPad for being the student who raised the most amount of money in the school.

Class awards for highest fundraisers as well as participation awards and lucky draw prizes were also presented.

Holy Family School would like to thank their wonderful P&F Association, everyone who was able to sponsor a child and the many local businesses who supported the event.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Miss You Already


Stars: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Screening: Selected cinemas

Rating: ★★★

CATHERINE Hardwicke, the Los-Angeles based Texan who gave us Thirteen and the first Twilight movie, crosses the Atlantic here to direct Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in a female friendship ‘‘tramedy’’ set in London. That’s a film that is both comedy and tragedy, and I promise never to use the word again.

Who wouldn’t cross an ocean to work with those two? Collette can do anything, and often does; Barrymore does very little, but she brings a tonne of love with her. It’s hard to think of an actress so beloved; she doesn’t always show a great range but she has that lopsided grin that says: ‘‘I’ve seen some life and come out the other side.’’

Casting her as the best friend is clever, because Collette’s character here needs someone to convince us that she’s loveable. If she didn’t have breast cancer, it would be easy to dismiss her as spoiled and irritating. The disease doesn’t change that; it just amplifies it, which is also clever.

We want to judge her, but we can’t, because we must have pity on anyone fighting cancer. That makes it both morehuman and more challenging.

Actress and writer Morwenna Banks lost three friends to breast cancer, so she wrote a radio play about it. Here it is a movie about 10 things: vivid, occasionally funny, but not as funny as it thinks; heartbreaking and gut-wrenching; too self-aware and hipster by half; and true enough when it matters to be disturbing and confronting.

If you get the sense that I was both moved and frustrated by it, you’d be right, but I think that was what Hardwicke intended. She tries to avoid gross sentiment. She fails, but she puts up a fight.

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are best friends in Miss You Already.

Movies about cancer almost never avoid that swamp. This one tries to skirt it by focusing on 30years of friendship between Milly, an English girl, and Jess, an American who arrived at the same school when they were about six.

For anyone being treated for cancer, the movie will be close to home. For those who have lost someone, it will bring back awful memories. For the young, who may not have thought about it, Miss You Already might be an eye-opener, or a glum introduction to a place they don’t want to go.

Forget that it’s about cancer. As a film about female friendship, it has some energy and style, not least because these two actors are so lovely together.

Collette never loses Milly’s humanity, even when she’s behaving badly. Barrymore oozes affection and humour in every scene. I would have preferred more of that bond, because films about cancer just knock everything else into the wings. It’s just so implacable in a dramatic sense, like a herd of elephants tramping through Regent’s Park.

As in life, everything becomes about the illness, no matter how hard the filmmakers try to hold it back.

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Rugby Sevens at Glen Willow brings players from across NSW

The PJL Constructions Mudgee Rugby Sevens is at Glen Willow tomorrow. Pictured is Tui Tui Savii on his way to a try last year for Warringah.

If Rugby Union is “the game they play in heaven” then Glen Willow will be paradise tomorrow when the PJL Constructions Mudgee Rugby Sevens fills the fields.

While plenty of locals will account for a number of teams the tournament will once again attract players from other Central West locations, Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter, and even the ACT and areas further down south.

The structure aims to provide players of varying skill levels the opportunity to compete in this fast-paced format of the sport.

Teams play in pools of three to grade them, those at the top of the pool go on to play for the Oriental Cup, the middle tier play in the Shield competition and bottom sides play for the Plate.

There is a total of $12,000 of prize money on offer.

The Oriental Cup is for $6000, with the runners-up collecting $3000, $1000 will go to the Shield winner and $500 for the runners-up, $250 for the Plate winner and $100 for the runners-up.

The women’s winners will pick up $750 and the runners-up will collect $250.

Tournaments in years gone by have seen teams ranging from those that do the “sevens circuit” to former players still keen to lace up the boots for some fun, even non-Rugby players such as the Mudgee Black Swans AFL members that had a go last year.

The action begins at Glen Willow Sporting Complex from 9am Saturday.

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Monster of a show for rev heads

IT’S one big set of wheels, but Jack Monkhouse can handle the drive.

The young driver will be showing off his skills on Saturday when EMT Events brings the USA v Australia Test match to the Armidale Show Ground.

READY TO RUMBLE: Jack Monkhouse will be hopping behind the wheel of a monster truck at the Armidale Show Ground on Saturday.

“It’ll be a fun-filled night for the family,” Monkhousesaid.

“We’re going to have our Jet Yaris, which is a tiny Toyota Yaris with a massive jet out the back of it which blows a huge flame.

“We have the fireworks as well.” A highlight of the event is the Monster Crush, which is half hot rod, half tank. “It pancakes a car,” Monkhouse said.

“That’s the first time we’ve had that on display in Australia.”

Event organiser Rusty Bell said coming to Armidale was a non-negotiable for the team of daring drivers.

“We like coming out to the country areas, not all the fans can come out to the big cities to watch the show,” he said.

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Time for rural towns to speak up

Opinion: Sami Shah says it may be time for rural towns to start speaking louder.THEonly time people in the cities remember that rural Australia is even a thing is when something horrible happens -if there’s a particularly terrible and tragic car crash, perhaps some sort of macabre murder, or the odd Ice bust.

Otherwise, they really don’t seem to care.

Every start of the winter, city papers will roll out a page twostory about how the lack of rain means a grim harvest.

Then by the end of winter there’s always a picture of a farmer grinning from behind an armload of Canola flowers, or a father-son pair posing next to their bountiful wheat crop.

Other than that, the major centers of political and economic power in Australia really don’t much care for country towns.

And in many ways, country towns seem happy with that arrangement.

You don’t live far from quality cell reception if you want to be part of the mad hustle that comprises city life.

Staying rural means a commitment to moving slower, being more considered in every decision, and reacting at a more measure pace (It also means never being able to get good enough bandwidth to really Netflix and chill, but sacrifices have to be made).

Which is great when you’re watching politicians and mining magnates debase themselves on TV and realize that those people really don’t represent your life in anyway.

The problem is, they are making decisions that do.

See, when Australia had its most recent coup (at this point, we’ve got the kind of coup numbers that should only happen in an African nation that has a machete on its flag), once the dust settled the new PM had to look to the Nationals for support.

It’s all coalition building, shoring up the base type stuff, that really only makes sense once you realize politics is about not having any real commitments to belief or ideology.

And the first thing those two groups–the new Liberal leadership, and the Nationals–negotiated was an agreement on no gay marriages.

One party that purports to represent mostly rural interests, and the other that claims to represent mostly conservative values.

Which is all great, except when you live in a rural town, it’s not gay marriages that everyone is worried about.

Maybe on a discussion-over-coffee-level, but not beyond that.

What’s really talked about more, is the fact that the number of fatal car crashes increases every year.

Or that domestic abuse numbers are so high right now, that I’m yet to meet someone without several anecdotes about being exposed to it too often.

But none of the major or minor parties are discussing how more money can be spent on urgently needed road safety measures.

That a speed camera near Clackline once every few weeks isn’t stopping people from driving into trees at fatal speeds.

Or that there’s barely any resources available for women in abusive relationships.

That the only regularly available mental-health services in town are limited to detention centers and prisons.

Those are issues that might actually help country towns.

But no one ever hears people in those towns complain about them.

Which is why, it might be time to start speaking louder.

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Call for balance on water plan

BALANCING ACT: Continued access to water for productive use is critical to the growth of northern Victorian communities, Campaspe Shire Council mayor Leigh Wilson says.Campaspe Shire Council has called for the government to strike a balance between theenvironmental, social and economic needs of Victoria’sMurray-Darling Basin communities.

The council has lodged a submission to aSenateinquiry into the impacts of the controversial Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Campaspe mayorLeigh Wilsonsaid the council had been a long-time advocate on basin issues given the importance and significance of northern Victoria’s agricultureindustry.

“We have consistently advocated for a balanced water management regime whereby the environmental, social and economic elements of our community are valued and supported to grow,” he said.

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EU says US data transfer illegal

Edward Snowden … bombshell revelations about US spying

A trans-Atlantic pact that potentially allows USspies to get their hands on European citizens’ private data was declared illegal by the EU’s highest court this week, in a ruling that threatens to plunge internet companies into a legal limbo.

Judges at the EU’s Court of Justicestruck down the so-called safe-harbour accord after an Austrian law student complained about how USsecurity services couldgain access to Facebookcustomer information sent to the US.

“This judgment is a bombshell,” said Monika Kuschewsky, special counsel at law firm Covington & Burling in Brussels.The move followsbombshell revelations by National Security Agency defector Edward Snowden about USgovernment spying on citizens.

Facebook, likeother tech giants Googleand Yahoo!, have been reeling from the effects of the Snowden revelations in 2013. Snowden welcomed the judgment.

The USlegislation compromised “the fundamental right to respect for private life”, the EU court said.

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Art contest’s new plan

URALLA and Walcha are teaming up to make this year’s Waste > Art and Design Competition even bigger than all the rest.

The competition was initially run by Northern Inland Regional Waste, however the organisation has canned the regional contest for this year.

But Uralla and Walcha shire councils have come together to keep the creative juices flowing, organising the contest as a joint initiative.

Uralla Shire’s manager of waste and resource recovery Kath Little said residents can expect a few more little changes to the competition this year.

She said a Professional Artists section has been added.

The competition is also set to take on a different scale, with size restrictions on artworks being lifted.

“The Waste > Art and Design Competition celebrates the creativity and resourcefulness of the region,” Ms Little said. “[It] aims to inspire the community to consider ways unwanted items or ‘waste’ can be reused and recycled.”

The competition is free to enter, with prize money up for grabs.

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Flu season kicks in for Somebody

OUT FOR A REPEAT: Don Ryan’s Somebody might not make her second career start at today’s Bathurst meeting after a win on debut. She is in doubt due to the flu. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN 老站出售racingphotography老域名出售备案老域名 091515somebodySHE made an impression on debut, but Somebody is not likely to get her chance to back that up at Tyers Park today for her trainer Don Ryan.

The Bathurst trainer was hoping to see the three-year-old filly in action at her home track in the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1,100 metres) as part of the twilight race meeting.

But having showed signs of the flu yesterday, Somebody is a doubtful starter.

If she is scratched, it would be a shame.

Jockey Eleanor Webster-Hawes timed Somebody’s run to perfection at Dubbo last month to win by a nose, but the filly will have to take on some more experienced campaigners if she starts today.

Still, Somebody will get to shed a kilogram off her back for the run compared to what she humped at Dubbo. She is set to go from barrier six as the 55.5kg bottom-weight.

Ryan said if his filly starts and she can pull out a run similar to her Dubbo debut, she will give herself every chance at making it two from two.

“We expected that she was going to be hard to beat at Dubbo. We were still impressed with her a lot more than we expected though,” he said.

“The placegetters from that race have all won at the next starts, so that means things look pretty good for her. That Dubbo run was a pretty hard one.

“I know in racing you can never look too far ahead, but I think she’s going to be a very good filly.”

While Ryan said it’s still too early to start thinking long-term with Somebody, it’s all about working her up closer to the mile with each start.

“We think she’ll appreciate 1400 metres, which is a good all-round distance. I don’t think there would be any trouble taking her up to the mile. She’s a stoutly-bred filly,” he said.

“This race will be a bit of a challenge because they’re all experienced horses and tough campaigners.

“Eleanor and her understand each other really well. They’re a good combination and that’s another thing she’s got going for her.

“She’s a model filly and has been lovely to train.”

Runners to keep an eye on will be former Bathurst resident Bjorn Baker’s Lady Sniper, who is back from a spell after contesting the Inglis Classic at Rosehill, plus top weight Denman Flyer, who enjoyed a strong previous preparation.

If Somebody does not end up racing, there are other Bathurst hopefuls in what will be the last race of the meeting.

Shane Cunynghame will saddle up Grey Pariz and Paul Theobald’s chances rest with Dunderry.

Today’s meeting at Tyers Park starts at 2pm with the Maiden Plate (1,100m).

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Bridging gaps for polio sufferers

WHILE a disease such as polio may be a world away from Armidale, an upcoming event hopes to do its bit in eradicating the illness.

BIG SCREEN DREAMS: Gerry De Gabriele wants to end polio.

The Rotary Club of Armidale Central is holding a special movie preview of Bridge of Spies at Belgrave Cinema, with all money raised going to charity End Polio Now.

Club President Gerry De Gabriele said it was an interesting time in the fight against the disease, with Rotary clubs worldwide involved in its prevention since 1988. “The most immediate news is that Nigeria as a country no longer has the wild polio virus,” he said.

“[In Australia] the generation before mine was littered with polio sufferers.

“It affects third world countries today and makes life very hard for those who have had the disease.”

Mr De Gabriele hopes as many people as possible would attend the charity screening.

Bridge of Spies will screen on Wednesday, October 21 at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, tickets are $16.

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City hospital’s fresh look

CONSTRUCTION of Armidale Rural Referral Hospital’s redevelopment could start as early as July next year.

The launch of the schematic design for the $60 million redevelopment yesterday also delivered an update on the project.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced the redevelopment is ready to hit one of its final milestones.

“The final planning phase involves the project team deciding on details such as room fit outs, carpet and paint colours and location of furniture and equipment,” Mr Marshall said.

“This work is expected to be complete early next year.”

The design will include a new Critical Care Unit resulting in Armidale Rural Referral Hospital reobtaining their high rating and be able to cope with high trauma patients again rather than patients having to be transferred to Tamworth.

“The redevelopment will deliver a mix of new and redeveloped facilities, including the construction of a new four-storey building which will be directly linked to each floor of the existing three-storey main hospital building,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said that in preparation for the main construction project, minor work will begin on-site towards the end of the year as some of the smaller existing buildings are removed to create space for the new hospital building. “The community will continue to be involved in the process of capturing and documenting the history of the buildings on the campus,” he said.

“Construction of the new four-storey building and the redevelopment should commence in late July next year, following the calling of tenders for the works.”

The upgrade will also bring a new emergency department to receive patients from O’Dell Street, new in-patient ward, four new operating theatres and a central sterilising supplies department.

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Social pressure ‘not clouding judgment’

AN ARMIDALE magistrate has rebuked suggestions a media focus on domestic violence clouds her judgment on offenders.

Magistrate Karen Stafford told Armidale Local Court on Wednesday that political debate and media focus on domestic violence had no influence on her ability to judge each case on its own merits.

She noted a letter from a victim written in support of her partner, who was charged with domestic abuse offences, which suggested media pressure may impact her judgment.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth,” Magistrate Stafford said.

“It doesn’t colour or cloud what sentence I impose.

“What we have been seeing in the courts is now in the public domain.

“What does the community think of this type of offending?

“That’s where it is important.”

The comments came during a sentence hearing for an Armidale man who pleaded guilty to an assault occasioning in actual bodily harm and an assault with an act of indecency on his partner.

Defence barrister Kirk Dailly told the court his client was ashamed of the assault.

“He used the word ‘unacceptable’,” Mr Dailly said.

“He’s been punishing himself in relation to this, what he’s done to the woman he loves.”

Mr Kirk said his client had a “fragile mental state” and asked Magistrate Stafford to consider imposing an intensive corrections order.

But solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions Ben Barrack told the court a term of imprisonment was necessary.

“The offence initially came from feelings of jealousy,” Mr Barrack said. “It’s aggravated by the fact that it occurred in the home of the victim.”

He said the victim was stripped during the incident.

“She feared he was going to rip her dress so she removed it,” he said.

“She knew [her clothes] were going to be taken from her.

“[The accused] chased her and dragged her back into the bedroom and he pushed her back on to the bed.

“The punches to the back and the buttocks occurred while she was naked on the bed.

“She lay on the bed hoping he would leave her alone.”

Magistrate Stafford said she had to consider the man’s sentence as a deterrent to other potential offenders.

“I have to give a sentence that reflects the community’s outrage and surprise,” she said.

“It’s the context that makes this more serious.

“It’s not just your home, it’s her home.”

She handed the man a 12 month suspended sentence and imposed an apprehended violence order to protect the victim.

“If you break an AVO with an act of violence, you have to go to jail,” she said.

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