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Eddy upbeat about his new club’s prospects

IN CHARGE: Adam Eddy has joined North Ballarat as its captain-coach for season 2015-16. Picture: David Brehaut.
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ADAM Eddy knows he hasa bigtask on his hands.

Jason Crosbie

But he’s very confident the jobcan reap some rewards.

The 27-year-old is the man entrusted to take North Ballarat back to the top of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts competition after signing as captain-coach for the next two seasons.

Eddy has crossed to the Roosters fromMeeniyan Dumbalk United in the Leongatha District Cricket Association, where he enjoyed one of his best seasons as a player during the 2014-15 campaign.

Here, the all-rounder took a massive 57 wickets at an average of 8.25 and made a handy 149 runs at 24.83.

This followed a long career with fellow LDCA club Imperials -where he has played most of his cricket –anda stint withBroadbeach Robina on the Gold Coast.

The 2014-15 season was an impressive return for a player coming into the prime of his career and about to embark on an exciting new journey in unfamiliar surrounds.

Eddy told The Courier he was impressed with the talent at the Roosters and is aiming for a rapid rise up the ladder in his first season in charge.

He said the goal was to win more gamesand become more competitive, while striving for the top four.

North won just one game and collected awooden spoon last season, but Eddy is upbeat about thechances of reaching finals in 2015-16.

“I’m pretty happy with our preparation and where we are at at the moment. Everyone is up and about, which is good,” Eddy, who operates his own landscaping business,said.

“Peopleoutside the club don’t think much is going on, but internally we are pretty confident.

“There’s alot of talent here.”

Eddy, aleft-armfast-medium bowler andmiddle-lower order batsman, replaces last season’s coachJason Crosbie and captain Leigh Lorenzen.

There has been a decent turnover from the team that struggled through last campaign, withJakob Tidyman andMitch Zakynthinos joiningFootscray-Edgewater andAsh McCafferty signing with fellow Victorian Premier Cricket club Carlton.

Despite the magnitude of some of the losses, there is important inclusions.

Among the ins is “very helpful” all-rounderSujith Krishnamoorthy, who joins from Colac, and Englishtop order batsman/wicket-keeperRyan Plom. Both are set to play for the Roosters in the round one clash against last season’s minor premiersGolden Point this weekend.

North’s start to the season doesn’t get much easier in round two, with a fixture againstMt Clear.

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Safety first at level crossings as harvest season begins

Transport for NSW is reminding regional road users to be alert around level crossings over the coming months, as harvest season gets underway officially.
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“Grain harvest season in NSW starts in the state’s north in October and extends south until early 2016.

“There is increased truck and farming machinery on our roads moving produce to where it needs to go during this period,” Acting Executive Director, Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon said.

“It’s around this time of year when grain trains will be operating on lines that see little or no traffic for much of the year, so motorists will have to be extra cautious,” Mr Carlon said.

The longer working hours during harvest season increase the chances of fatigue, one of the biggest killers on our roads.

“Fatigue is a common factor in rural crashes, so drivers need to plan their rest and be aware of any signs that they might be tired,” Mr Carlon said.

“Heavy and long vehicles require longer distances to slow down – some trains can take up to 14 rugby fields to stop and can’t swerve to avoid a pedestrian or a motorist who has ignored the level crossing controls, so we need all road users to pay attention and obey the rules,” Mr Carlon said.

“Between 2001/02 and 2014/15, there were 122 collisions involving trains and road vehicles at level crossings throughout the state.

“Collisions between trains and road vehicles are often catastrophic, but we still see too many motorists taking risks.”

Transport for NSW takes an active approach to improving level crossing safety, allocating $29.2 million – $7.3 million a year – for the Level Crossing Improvement Program over the four years from 2014/15 and 2017/18 for the delivery of level crossing safety initiatives.

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Call to support McHappy Day

Ready for McHappy Day: Gabby Reynolds, Grant Smith, Fran Mclaughlan and Ben Johnson.LOCALS are being asked to get behind McHappy Day on October 17 to raise money for a range of programs that help seriously ill children and their families.
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This year McHappy Day is aiming to raise a record breaking $3.4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities which equates to providing a bed for about 25,000 nights for Australian families at one of the 16 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia.

Collie McDonalds licensee Grant Smith said they would be hosting a variety of events to raise money.

“We will donate two dollars from each Big Mac and Happy Meal sold on the day,” he said.

“Apart from that, there will be a band playing, raffles, face painting and fairy floss.”

Bunbury Batman will also be making appearance, while in the silent auction people can bid a framed signed jersey by the victorious Australian World Cup Cricket Team.

The South West accounts for 45 per cent of Ronald McDonald house intake, further adding to the importance of the cause.

“We look forward to having the local community get down on McHappy Day to help raise funds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and the brilliant work that it does for seriously ill children and their families,” Mr Smith said.

“Along with the usual fun that comes with McHappy Day, this year the local community will also be able to purchase the Ronald Socks as a new fundraising initiative for McHappy Day.

“It’s a fun way for everyone to get involved.”

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Thirsty Merc pay tribute with music

THEY’RE BACK: Thirsty Merc are touring their new album around the country and will be in Wagga later this month. Vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte (right) said the band’s recent tragedy has inspired them to move forward.
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It was a tough decision but Australian band Thirsty Merc decided in the wake of their recent tragedy that the show must go on.

The band played their first show on Wednesday night since the September 22 car accident that claimed the life of their stage manager and seriously injured drummer Mick Skelton.

“It’s been really difficulty on a lot of level,” vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte told The Daily Advertiser.

“We have never had an experience like this before.

“We are moving forward the best we can.”

Thistlethwayte said music has comforted him in his darkest of days and the first show back on The Good Life Tour was no exception.

“There was a lot of love in the room,” he said.

“People want to be a part of an experience that sends some love back to the guys in that tragic accident.”

The band will make a return to Wagga on October 29 at the Home Tavern to perform hit songs and tracks from their latest independent album, Shifting Gears.

Injured drummer Mick Skelton played on numerous tracks on the album and Thistlethwayte said it was bitter sweet to be performing those songs without him on stage.

Songs for the recent album were written in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Los Angeles and the band collaborated with Lindsay Gravina and Grammy nominated Emily Lazar.

Thistlethwayte said he is excited to return to Wagga, which he describes as a “supportive musical centre.”

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Farmers asked to check locust beds

Central west NSW farmers are asked to check for locust activity, particularly bare soil like roadsides and contour banks.
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Local Land Services is asking landholders to inspect their land in preparation for the 2015 spring locust campaign.

There have been scattered reports of hatchings so far, with activity focusing around Elong, Coolah, Tambar Springs, Mullally, Coonabarabran and Mendooran.

While landholders should wait until locusts begin banding to control, early reporting will allow Local Land Services to issue chemical and advice beforehand.

Central West Local Land Services’ current advice to landholders is:

 monitor for hatchings;

 dig known egg beds and areas of bare soil to inspect; and

 report activity and prepare for control during banding.

Chemical and advice is available to help landholders control locust.

When receiving chemical for locust control, landholders will need to ensure there is someone on the property with a current chemical user card (AQF3).

The main area of concern centres around the Mollyan area, according to Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson.

“We recently checked properties around Mollyan to find extensive egg beds throughout the area,” said Mr Robinson.

“Locusts will lay their eggs on bare areas, particularly along roadsides. On one property, we found egg beds pretty much anywhere we dug.

“We need landholders to get out to inspect and report any activity.”

The warmer weather has brought on hatchings over the last week. Some banding is starting to occur from the season’s initial hatching.

“Most of what we are seeing is the first instar stage, which have not yet banded,” said Mr Robinson.

“I saw my first lot of second instar in Elong last week. These were banding together – the prime time to control before they take flight.”

Landholders should report any locust activity to their nearest Local Land Services office, call 1300 795 299 or visit 梧桐夜网lls.nsw.gov419论坛/centralwest

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