One killed, four injured in Maitland Vale Road crash

One killed, four injured in Maitland Vale Road crash The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly
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The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly

The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly

The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly

The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly

The scene at Maitland Vale Road early Thursday morning. Picture: Eddie O’Reilly

TweetFacebookOne of the men was thrown from the vehicle on impact.

The accident occurred on Maitland Vale Road about11.15pmover a sweeping right hand bend.

Paramedics spent more than two hours stabilising the driver inside the Range Rover four-wheel drive as rescue personnel worked to free him.

Crash investigators were looking into the cause of the crash, which occurred around a 45km/hr s-bend on the rural road.

The Herald, Newcastle

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TONY BUTTERFIELD: Great game, but needs work

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 05: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys speaks to the crowd during the North Queensland Cowboys NRL Grand Final fan day at 1300 Smiles Stadium on October 5, 2015 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
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AS I sit down to draft this week’s final column for the year, I feel a little out of breath.

It’s been a long haul.

Emerging from the annual hibernation in February, the new NRL season brought hope for all, including the struggling NRL clubs.

The Knights, in particular, had chins wagging they were final-eight prospects after just four rounds.

But, like the tortoise said to the hare, “that’s just chin-waggin”.

The NRL season is long, intense and physical, one of the most gruelling competitions in world sport. It’s longer than a marathon. And tougher than getting to the final two on Survivor.

And so it has proved to be some 31 brutal weeks later.

The spectacular season finale, with the Knights’ NSW Cup success thrown in, served up a tension-filled, action-packed, nail-biting banquet for local sports lovers the past two weeks.

Climaxing a second after the wobbly football left Johnathan Thurston’s right boot on Sunday night, the haze of energy from the occasion has not yet lifted for many league tragics.

When it does, the real state of the game can be assessed: big resource discrepancies between clubs; three clubs under NRL administration; confusion with rules; judiciaries; contract sanctity; refereeing; and declining crowd and junior numbers — to name but a few.

These are all clear indicators of a game that needs leadership and a massive tune-up.

Hopefully, before getting to work on these things, the NRL leadership, like the rest of us, will take a well earned moment to appreciate another season completed with a contest for the ages.

Some are saying it was the best GF ever. I prefer to think everyone sees these things through their own frame of reference, filtered by memories and the emotions they evoke.

All can be special in their own way, but this one will certainly be hard to beat, Knights ’97 included.

Importantly, like the Knights, where inaugural coach Allan McMahon received tributes for his foundation role in the premiership, the NQ club was quick to acknowledge the similar role played by their late coach Graham Murray. Muzza is credited with securing JT from the Bulldogs and building a squad with a solid junior base.

The squad that Muzza started delivered on Sunday night in a way that would have made the old coach very proud indeed. It also serves as a lesson to those trying to build a successful club roster – the good ones take time, astute planning and the best people.

A WELL deserved and hearty congrats to our brave NSW Cup side, who fell at the national final hurdle on Sunday. Their tremendous rally late in the season instilled some much-needed confidence, renewing some vigour about the club after difficult times.

On the day, Ipswich were probably a touch better, but there was little in it.

Controversially, an Ipswich Jets player dispensing some jungle justice on our attacking trump in Jake Mamo was allowed to remain on the field despite clocking our man, whose afternoon was thereafter spent on a merry-go-round.

Those who believe that incident did not affect the final scoreline must surely be Queenslanders. However, the only opinion that mattered was that of the match officials and video referee on the day. But they were about as effective as an ashtray on a motorbike.

Unacceptable in a grand final. In fact, it was unacceptable in the ’50s and ’60s and warranted a mandatory send-off even then. A weak and potentially costly failure not befitting the occasion or the effort of our brave Knights. Well done, fellas. Great season!

BACK to the first-grade grand final for a moment.

The question I’d like answered about the application of the golden-point rule is why there is a rule that can impugn the integrity of the outcome on league’s greatest day.

Did the best team win on Sunday? By the golden-point rule and on the scoreboard, yes — the Cowboys got field position quicker than the other mob and, bang, it was all over.

My problem with this is, by its very finality, a drawn grand final match is a significant sporting moment. It’s here, more than ever, that any result must be settled, and seen to be settled, by millions, with honour, integrity and fairness. The golden point doesn’t do that in my view, as exciting as Thurston’s field goal was.

Granted, the golden-point principle may be a sound mechanism to determine a winner in the week-to-week premiership tussle. I understand in this regard it is favoured by broadcasters for its ability to spike interest in viewers. I get all that.

But surely equity and common-sense require the Broncos get a go with the ball in extra time? After such a titanic and evenly balanced struggle? On grand final day?

And that’s the point – they never got their chance – and that’s bodgie.

I mean, to determine the ultimate victor of a competition, comprising 500 professional players, played over 200 games for 10 months of the year, costing a combined $350-$400 million to stage, broadcast to millions, with a system patently influenced by the random toss of a coin just doesn’t cut it in my mind.

Forget coming back next week, but rule makers could do worse than adopt the world game’s 10 minutes of extra time (each way), then golden point. In the biggest game of the year, the focus should be about respect for the players and all they have sacrificed. That respect should extend to allowing the contest to be properly and fairly concluded in the biggest moment of a player’s life. May we never see the likes of it again.

FAR be it from me to comment, but since many have . . . Johnathan Thurston is a superstar who will one day likely be anointed as one of the game’s so-called Immortals.

But I found calls this week for his immediate canonisation, more than likely traceable to his excitable management team, a tad premature.

More immediate is the shamefully delayed recognition of St George legend Norm Provan. If ever there was an Immortal, this bloke is the embodiment. Mentor and captain-coach to current Immortals John Raper and Reg Gasnier, Provan would play and win an astonishing 10 straight grand finals between 1956-65, captain-coaching the last four of those before retiring with more than 250 first-grade games and 16 Tests under his belt. Enormous. Unmatched?

The rest of his amazingly influential career can be found on Wikipedia, but the above exploits alone make a very strong argument for expeditious recognition.

At a spritely 82, it’s reported the six-foot-four giant affectionately known as “Sticks” is not in the best of health. Go on, committee guys, I reckon it would cheer him up no end and finally make a few things right.

As I sign off for the year I’m reminded of the privilege it is to submit weekly musings on the game and its people. To my loyal readers, I trust I haven’t wrongfully offended and hope I made sense most of the time. If I didn’t, then I’ve got something in the off-season to work on, and tips are always welcome.

Merry Xmas and good health to one and all (thought I’d get in early). It’s on again next year!

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Beaudesert girl off to state athletics titles

ON YOUR MARKS: Jimboomba girl and Beaudesert State School student Imogen Gee, 11, will compete at the State Primary School Athletics Championships on October 15 to 17.A BEAUDESERT athlete has earned her way toTownsville to compete at the Queensland State Primary Championships.
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Imogen Gee, 11, will facesome of the state’s best athletes at the track and field championships from October 15 to 17 at the Townsville Sports Reserve.

It was no mean feat for the the Beaudesert State School year sixstudentto make the state championships, just two years after she began running competitively.

To book her ticket to Townsville, Imogen finished first inher school athletics carnival 100m final, then finished second at the south coast district championships in the same event.

Imogen, who lives at Jimboomba,said it felt fantastic to come second in the district titles.

“I was shocked,” she said.

“It felt really good because the girl who came first was very professional, she trains a lot, so to come second was great.”

The talented 11-year-old has managed to excel despite no proper training, unlike some of her opponents who employ personal trainers and practice constantly.

Imogensaid she was excited aboutjetting off toTownsville alongside her father to compete against the state’s best.

“I’m really nervous, my dad has got me to train every day, lots of running and exercising,” she said.

“It will be my first trip to Townsville, I can’t wait. I’m confident I can do well but I’mpretty nervous.”

Imogen said she could not have done so well without the support of her family.

“They have all encouraged me and my dad has been out training me all the time, they have been really good for me,” she said.

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Tougher times for poor renters

Wodonga house seekerThe Border Mail he wason a disability pension, was single and supportedtwo children.
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The man, in his 30s, said he hadbeen looking for a house for a month and applied for about 10 places eachweek.

“To be honest, I’m at a stage where I don’t care what house or flat it is,” he said.

“Priorto this month Ihad been living in a tent, but a friend with a kind heart offered me a place to stay.

“I’m starting to get very disheartened with it all.

“It would be nice to have rooms for my children when they visit, but a safe place with aroof over our head is the main thing.”

There was little change in Wodonga from the previous quarter.

But regardless of that,the housing situation is slowly getting worse.

The Rural Housing Network, in the Hume region, has reported a 30 per cent increasein the number of people seeking urgent housing assistance.

Service development manager Laura Simpson said half of those were single people.

“Singles can face additional challenges in affording a private rental, because if they are on a low or fixed income it’s harder to afford the rent on your own,” she said.

“According to our datafinancial difficulty is the main reason why people sought assistance across all of our programs.”

The situation is better north of the Border where, on Thursday, there were about 20 affordable houses compared with one in Wodonga, she said.

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Gunnedah gets ready for the HSC

Eighty-one Year 12 students in Gunnedah will begin Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams next Monday.
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The exams will be undertaken by 43 students at St Mary’s College and 38 students at Gunnedah High School.

Statewide, more than 69,000 students will sit the HSC, with written exams to be held over 20 days between Monday, October 12 and Friday, November 6.

The first exam will be English standard and advanced. English is the only compulsory HSC subject.

Students who complete the HSC can apply for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

ATAR’s assist universities to rank applicants for selection into courses, and give students an idea of their overall achievement in relation to other students.

St Mary’s College student Jake Somerville will undergo HSC examinations from October 12-29, starting off with standard English and finishing with studies of religion.

Aiming for about six hours of study a day, Jake said he was a bit nervous but was mostly looking forward to it all being over.

“I don’t really stress that much. I figure it’s not the end of the world but I guess some people would get pretty stressed out with it,” he said.

“I’m trying to do a lot of preparation for it.”

Jake has been completing past HSC papers and said he was concentrating his efforts on English, studies of religion, and physics, particularly the long written responses.

The HSC is a stepping stone to university, according to Jake.

“My parents have always said that university is very important and my sister has gone to Newcastle university,” he said.

The 17-year-old has his sights set on a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) at the University of Newcastle after a gap year.

Jake said he attended an open day at the university, which held introductions to courses on offer.

“There was a mechatronics one there, so I sat in on that and it just intrigued me,” he said.

The 2014 ATAR for the course was 74.70 and students must have undertaken HSC mathematics (band 5 or above ) or equivalent.

Jake said he enjoyed mathematics and would sit HSC exams for two-unit and three-unit mathematics.

The concept of robotics and unmanned vehicles holds Jake’s interest and the strong prospect of job availability following graduation from the four-year course.

“It’s a growing field,” Jake said.

“It’s expanding. It’s in very high demand.”

Jake and a group of his friends will celebrate the end of the HSC by spending a week in Coffs Harbour in late November.

Conscious of the many options available to her, Gunnedah High School student Meg Jaeger has found it difficult to settle on a university degree but thinks sociology may be her fit.

Meg has applied for early entry at the University of Newcastle, where she hopes to begin a Bachelor of Social Science next year.

Originally, Meg had planned to do a Bachelor of Science but recently decided it was no longer the path she wanted to pursue.

“I want to do more humanity stuff, so sociology,” Meg said.

“I’ll do probably a Bachelor of Social Science more for interest – you don’t really get a specific job at the end.

“It just interests me the way people work, why they do things and the reasons behind why they do things, and make the choices and have the beliefs they have.

“I’ve always been interested in this stuff but it was only this year that I’ve realised that there is actually things you can do with that.”

Meg said she considered applying for the police force after completing a university degree.

“I would be willing even to do some work experience before I applied, just to see what it’s like,” she said.

“That’s the problem with applying for uni and stuff.

“When you don’t know anything about the career that you’re studying for and you work out that you don’t like it, then it’s just a waste of time and money.

“I guess I’ve never really been the person to kind of choose what I want to do because I always change my mind. Just wherever I end up, just doing something I’m happy with.”

Meg’s HSC exams will run over a two-week period, rounding off with chemistry on Friday, October 23.

The 17-year-old said she had high hopes for successful results because she was first in two of her classes at school and did well in the HSC trials.

“I would be disappointed if I didn’t get around the same marks,” she said.

“If I got the same marks as in my trials, I would be happy, so I’ll be even happier if I improve.”

St Mary’s College student Charlie Waterford is keen to beat her brother and sister’s ATAR’s when she completes the HSC this year.

“I’m competitive against them,” she said.

“If I can beat them, I will be happy.”

Charlie will be sitting the HSC from October 12-29, finishing up with a Studies of Religion exam.

Aiming for an ATAR of 70 or above, Charlie said she hoped to do a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Charle Sturt University in Bathurst.

“Sport’s sort of my thing and I’m interested in it,” she said.

“I don’t want to be stuck inside. I like being outside.”

Charlie is committing a lot of study time to Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) in the hope of achieving a high enough ATAR.

“It’s my best subject,” she said.

Charlie said she would like to specialise in clinical rehabilitation but was also considering a diploma to allow her to teach PDHPE in schools, and has looked into teaching in other countries.

“I definitely want to travel,” she said.

With HSC exams just four days away, Charlie said she was a bit nervous but eager to get started.

“I just want to get it over and done with because it’s really dragging out but then at the same time I don’t want it to be finished because it means school’s finished and that’s a bit sad,” she said.

Charlie said Year 12 had been really good and she enjoyed the well-known routine of school.

The support of teachers and her results in the HSC trials motivated Charlie to improve her knowledge for the upcoming exams.

“Miss Wilson, the PE teacher, she has done so much for us. She’s given us 2001 to 2014 past paper questions, so I feel like she puts in heaps of effort, so I want to put in heaps of effort,” she said.

Group study is the one of the methods Gunnedah High School student Mitchell Brandon has been using to prepare for the HSC.

Mitchell and fellow Year 12 students have been regularly getting together at the High School to go through past papers and curriculum content with their teachers.

“We’re kind of all pushing each other, which is good,” he said.

“We try and bounce off each other and try and help each other out because we’ve all got to move up together to get the marks.”

Mitchell said he was committing more of his study time to physics because he felt it was a hard subject.

Undertaking physics, chemistry and mathematics at school has laid a good foundation of knowledge to assist Mitchell in his pursuit of a Bachelor of Surveying at the University of Newcastle.

“I’ve been out with some surveyors at the coal mines out there at Tarawonga and I was just going out there to see what kinds of jobs are about and surveying caught my eye,” he said.

“I was tossing up between engineering and surveying and engineering kind of was too much inside than what I liked.”

Mitchell said he only recently decided to pursue surveying but it was always his plan to go to university.

“Nowadays, you need a degree of some sort to get a decent job; sort of like if you want a higher job you’ve got to have the qualifications and nowadays that’s what uni is,” he said.

The 2014 ATAR for the surveying degreee at Newcastle was 71.25, according to Mitchell, but he is hoping to achieve 75.

“What happens on the day, happens on the day but I’ll try and put in as much as I can between now and then,” he said.

Following a gap year in Gunnedah, Mitchell said he hoped to find accommodation at the university campus.

“I want to do uni. I want to do the whole campus life. I reckon it would be good fun,” he said.

“It will be a good experience down there.”

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Women’s awards

An awards program honouring inspirational women is seeking nominees for the 2016 show. Pictured at the 2015 event are Tayla Hanak – the young female ambassador – with Natalie von Bertouch.See photos from the 2015 women’s awards program.
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To coincide with International Women’sDay, the Fleurieu and Kangaroo IslandWomen’s Community Awards willcelebrate the achievements of women at adinner on March 11, 2016.

MP for Finniss Michael Pengilly will hostthe awards ceremony, together with VictorHarbor VIEW Club.

Nominations are sought in the categoriesof young female ambassador, volunteer,health, education and sport.

The awards honour inspirational womenwho have made or are making anoutstanding contribution, or who haveinspired others through their achievementsin the community in any of these fields.

Nominations are now open and will closeon January 29. For more details phone 85522152 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Third-largest global coral bleaching event is underway, scientists say

A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world’s reefs by year’s end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
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A before and after image of coral bleaching in American Samoa, with the right image taken in December 2014 Photo: XL Catlin

The consortium of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US,the University of Queensland,Reef Check, and XL Catlin Seaview Survey says the mass bleaching – only the third of itskind in recorded history – is being driven by increased ocean temperatures.

NOAAhas estimated the event may kill more than12,000 square kilometres of reef worldwide.

The rise in the ocean temperaturesis being caused by the background warming from climate change made worse by this year’s superEl Nino weather event, and a Pacific warm water mass known as “the Blob”, the researchers say.

The Great Barrier Reef shown in healthy conditions. Photo: Australian Institute of Marine Science

The extent of the damage to Australia’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef was not yet known, but it will become obvious by early 2016, University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said in a statement.

“If conditions continue to worsen, the Great Barrier Reef is set to suffer from widespread coral bleaching and subsequent mortality, the most common effect of rising sea temperatures,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

Coral bleaching occurs when stressed corals exude an algae,zooxanthellae, which lives inside their tissue. After it is expelled, the bright, white skeleton of the coral is left exposed. They can, but do not always, die as a result of the bleaching.

According to the NOAA-led researchers, coral reefs support one quarter of all marine species and a mass bleaching event can “severely deplete” the ecosystems that rely on them.

Bleaching on reefs in American Samoa. Photo: XL Catlin

In 1998, more than half of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching and up to 10 per cent of its corals died. That was the world’s first, major recorded event of its kind and it killed 16 per cent of the globe’s corals.

The second event, five years ago, did not affect the Great Barrier Reef partly because two local cyclones helped to drive down ocean temperatures.

But this year so far, bleaching has already been recorded across the northern Pacific, Indian, and western Atlantic Oceans. It is expected to become obvious in the Caribbean in the next few weeks.

Bleaching only reaches a “global event” stage when all three major ocean basins are affected across multiple reefs spanning 100 kilometres or more, XL Catlin Seaview Survey said.

“This is only the third time we’ve seen a global-scale bleaching event,”NOAACoral Reef Watch coordinator Dr MarkEakinsaid in a statement.

Dr Tyrone Ridgway, fromUQ’sGlobal Change Institute, said the severity of any impact on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef will depend on how long the higher-than-average ocean temperatures last.

“As we move into summer, these temperatures are expected to rise even more,” he told Fairfax Media.

“If we get coral mortality, the health of the system will decline.”

As corals are the “builders” of the Reef, this would affect fish stocks as well as tourism.

Surface watersof the equatorial central and eastern Pacific – where the El Nino has formed -are as much as 4 degrees warmer than average, while deeper gauges are detectinganomalies of 7 degrees.

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Angler in hot water over illegal fishing

A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court. A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court.
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John Austin Gaydon, 44, represented himself on Wednesday accused of possessing a Murray cod illegally taken and five other charges.

Anyone convicted of possessing a fish illegally taken could face maximum penalties of stiff fines or jail terms or both.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said the matters before him were quite serious allegations.

Mr Gaydon sought an adjournment to gain legal advice ahead of entering a plea.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 5am on April 5 and 12.46am on April 6 at Narromine.

The Dubbo man is accused of possessing a prohibited size Murray Cod in excess of one metre.

He is charged with possessing a fish illegally taken – a Murray Cod – caught via a non-attended hand line.

Mr Gaydon is also charged with being master of boat not preventing serious fishing offences.

He is accused of resisting or obstructing a fisheries officer by being master of boat failing to stop when directed.

He is also charged with leaving a hand-held line unattended in the Macquarie River and with using more than two hand-held lines in inland waters.

The matter was adjourned to October 21.

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$50b sub building program ‘would bring Japan and Australia closer together’

Japan says its bid to build Australia’s replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries’ two navies closer. Photo: SuppliedDefence Minister rejects concerns of rushed bidding process
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Japan sees its bid for Australia’s $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations’ navies work closely together on joint operations such as enforcing freedom on the seas.

The visiting delegation from Japan, which is bidding for the hotly contested program to replace the Collins Class submarine, says choosing Japan over rivals Germany and France would help cement the natural bond between the two major democracies of the western Pacific.

In comments that are likely to raise hackles in Beijing, senior Japanese defence official Masaki Ishikawa told Fairfax Media that Japan would like to go much further than just building Australia’s next subs.

“We would like to deepen our strategic co-operation with Australia. So we don’t want to stop at the submarine building co-operation itself. We want to go further to operational co-operation in the submarine area: joint training, joint operations, something like that. Maybe the US could join us [in a] trilateral operational co-operation,” he told Fairfax Media on the sidelines of the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power conference in Sydney.

“Two democracies and two such allied countries of the US – we can co-operate in keeping the Pacific safe.”

The strategic argument to buying Japanese submarines remains a central plank of the country’s pitch to Australia. The two countries’ navies would be closely bound together by using the same submarine technology.

It was a dimension enthusiastically embraced by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who believed that Canberra and Tokyo should deepen ties amid the rise of China and the strategic uncertainty that this is causing, though this outlook is expected broadly to continue under Malcolm Turnbull.

But the desire for closer ties on both sides – a fact clearly reinforced by the Japanese delegation’s remarks about subs – is likely to irk China, which fears such moves are aimed at containing the expansion of its power in Asia. That is particularly so when talk turns to three-way co-operation with the US.

Backing up Mr Ishikawa’s remarks, senior Japanese naval officer Rear Admiral Naoto Sato, who is also part of the delegation visiting Australia this week, said that freedom of navigation at sea was a core value shared by Japan and Australia.

“If we had the same sister ships and submarines, we understand how we operate and the performance. We both know each other very well so we can effectively operate in this area,” he said.

Freedom of movement on the seas is vital to Australia’s export-driven economy, as well as to Asia’s stellar growth. It has been a key theme at the Navy’s Sea Power conference, with the head of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift and Defence Minister Marise Payne both stressing that any impediment to such freedom would have catastrophic effects on the region.

Concerns have been raised in the wake of Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea about any efforts by the regional giant to impede such freedom through key shipping lanes.

Hidehiro Ikematsu of Japan’s Ministry of Defence stressed that Japan had no intention of trying to contain China.

“Let me be clear: Japan doesn’t have any intention to contain or confront China. We don’t want or expect Australia to make a choice. We simply want to strengthen ties with Australia regardless of other countries,” he said.

Japan is offering to build Australia an evolved version of its Soryu class boat. Mr Ishikawa said Japan was conferring a special status on Australia by sharing its highly classified submarine technology, something it was unlikely to do with any other country.

Japan, like Germany and France, is offering to build all of the new submarines in Australia if that is what Canberra wants. It would build a mock-up boat first to iron out flaws, the delegation announced this week.

It would do most of the building at a refurbished ASC shipyard in Adelaide but could also deliver some work to Melbourne, Newcastle or Perth, said Noboru Flores from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which would build the submarines along with Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation.

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Students perform in physie competition

Gunnedah Physical Culture (Physie) Club recently held its Annual Club Competition at St Xaviers Hall.
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Little performers: (From left) Charli Mills, Mia Mizzi, Grace Larman and Molly Oram.

The afternoon provided the girls with opportunites to display their routines.

“All the girls performed really well,” club president Kath McQuirk said.

“The club spirit really showed through as everyone tried their best, and supported each other.

“The club competition is a trial run for the North West Zone Competition held this weekend in Tamworth.

“We wish all our awesome girls the very best for this weekend.”

The Gunnedah Physie dance team in action.

Annual Club Competition 2015 results:

Five-year-olds: Olivia Semmler 1; Chloe Day 2; Poppy Oram 3; Emily O’Brien 4; Bianca Sheumack 5. Best marcher – Poppy Oram. Best dancer – Chloe Day.

Six-year-olds: Jazmin Hobden 1; Jordana Jeffrey 2; Louisa O’Brien and Sophie Pike 3; Tahlia Smith 4; Charlee O’Hearn 5; Georgia Kirby 6. Best marcher – Tahlia Smith. Best dancer – Jordana Jeffrey.

Seven-year-olds: Molly Oram 1; Alice O’Brien 2; Freya Conn 3. Best marcher – Molly Oram. Best dancer – Alice O’Brien.

Eight-year-olds: Sophie Bush 1; Alice Roach 2; Daisy Sheedy 3; Holly Sheedy 4; Courtney Hobden and Lilly Joliffe 5; Serena Jaeger 6; highly commended – Alyssa Frey, Sophie Kennedy, Charolette Semmler, Macella O’Brien. Best marcher – Alice Roach. Best dancer – Sophie Kennedy.

Nine-year-olds: Talea Coulton 1; Brittany Sheumack 2. Best marcher – Talea Coulton. Best dancer – Brittany Sheumack.

Ten-year-olds: Michelle Schoeman 1; Aleesha Ward 2. Best marcher – Michelle Schoeman. Best dancer – Aleesha Ward.

Eleven-year-olds: Claire McQuirk 1; Chantele Pike 2. Best marcher – Claire McQuirk. Best dancer – Chantele Pike.

Twelve-year-olds: Kate Bishop 1; Bethany Robe 2; Bethany Kirby 3. Best marcher – Bethany Robe. Best dancer – Bethany Kirby.

Thirteen-year-olds: Bella Gallagher 1; Savanna Cull 2; Maddison Coombs 3; Kaitlyn Macaulay 4; Felicity Roach 5. Best marcher – Felicity Roach. Best dancer – Savanna Cull.

Fourteen-year-olds: Isabel Kelly 1. Best marcher – Isabel Kelly. Best dancer – Isabel Kelly.

Fifteen-year-olds: Charline D’Anastasi 1; Hannah Turner 2; Rebecca Etheridge 3. Best marcher – Charline D’Anastasi. Best dancer – Hannah Turner.

First year seniors: Alison Gosper 1; Bianca Day 2; Geogie Roach 3. Best marcher – Alison Gosper. Best dancer – Georgia Roach.Encouragement award – Freya Conn. Champion marcher – Alison Gosper.

Champion dancer – Savanna Cull. Junior champion – Sophie Bush. Senior champion – Charline D’Anastasi.

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