Fishing scene heats up

Many locations have experienced their hottest start to spring on record.
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The early run of mulloway generally produces trophy sized fish like this one held by Gareth Lynch.

The unseasonal burst of hot weather has pushed the clock forward on several migratory fish runs.

The snapper bite is hot to trot in our bays with some sizable reds up to 8kg already landed.

These bites are always welcome and even more so if they startearly and run longer.

With the snapper comes a range of other fish including several species of shark that provide somedelicious flake for the pan.

Add to this plenty of squid and a creel full of whiting and we have a warm water smorgasbord that’s well underway.

While it’s a month early some good sized mulloway have already started to show along the back of the Coorong.

Extremely hard to catch, mulloway are highly sought and the spring run produces some trophy sized catches.

Fresh baits of squid, pilchards and saurie fillets have so far worked best and most fish have been landed early morning or after dark.

Some sizable seven gill sharks have also been landed from the beach as well as the odd gummy shark and occasional salmon.

With the early run of fish we can also expect to see good numbers of bronze whaler sharks begin to arrive in the coming weeks.

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Bonny lass Bonnie takes boot, ballet shoe, to stereotypes

The Bay Post/Moruya Examiner’s front page story today about the exuberant Bonnie Brewer is another example of why it is so much fun to live and work in the Eurobodalla.
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Bonnie Brewer

As Emily Barton’s story shows, when Bonnie is not leading her rugby union team on the field, Bonnie appears inother incarnations.

Bonnie is a keen and cheerful member of the Bay Theatre Players, in both that group’syouth and general ensembles.

She is a joyful dancer and a student at St Bernard’s Primary School, Batehaven.

She has a ready smile and clearly loves life.

She clearly saw no reason not to follow her brother onto the rugby field and has been having a blast.

She plays halfback for the Batemans Bay Boars’ under 11s –which means she sets the plays –which means –to be frank –she’s smart.

Go Bonnie –and go all the other girls she hopes will join her on the field.

Her days of playing with the boys are limited and her cheerful wish is for others to step up and form an all-girls team.Why not?

The rubbish that collected on the Batemans Bay foreshore over the long weekend (page 3) brought back memories of the rubbish Moruya residents bemoaned after the Easter weekend –fishing tackle, bags of bait etc –left in the North Head break wall.

Our problems are nothing compared to those onSydney and Melbourne waterways, but perhaps twice daily collections should be introduced in such a popular tourist thoroughfare as the Batemans Bay foreshore.

We’re glad tourist operators have reported a good weekend for business (page 5), but tourism is a double-edged sword.

Our picture shows some tried to stack their rubbish neatly.Ensuring there is enough bin room for those who do wish to dispose of their rubbish is wise.

On the bright side, the shire’s beaches have come up very nicely in the regular “State of the Beaches” report (page 5).

No beach will ever be free of bacterial contamination –a pristine beach off a national park will still collect bacteria after heavy rain, from native animals.

However, the shire’s beaches are doing well indeed, which is good news for all of us –those who depend on them for their income and those of us who just love them.

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AWH landmark result

SMILES ALL ROUND: Albury-Wodonga Health ceo Sue O’Neill has confirmed the service’s first profit since its launch in 2009 in annual report this week.ALBURY-Wodonga Health has returned its first profit since the merger of the Albury and Wodonga hospitals in 2009.
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The cross-border service has turned around a $1.6 million loss last financial year into a $1.2 million profit for 2014-15 when a $2.2 million loss was forecast 12 months ago.

AWH began on July 1, 2009 with its biggest loss of $2.9 million coming in 2010-11.

The major financial reversal was contained in the AWH annual report tabled in the Victorian Parliament this week and to be presented at its upcoming annual meeting.

AWH’s budget has grown from a $130 million to $240 million since its inception.

Chief executive officer Sue O’Neill said a major focus on access to elective and emergency care had contributed largely to the turnaround in financial fortunes.

“We’ve achieved all our activity targets and we did that with some efficiencies and some improvements in the way we did business,” she said.

“It led to us lowering our costs and coming out with a better outcome.

“Thisresultis a really good news story for us.”

AWH lifted its performance target from 90 per cent 12 months ago to 99.7 per cent.

One of the single biggest improvements in the last 12 months was recorded in the numberof patients with a length of stay in the emergency department of than 24 hours.

The figure peaked at 225 at Albury and 98 at Wodonga in the first quarter of last year.

They dropped to 111 and 55 at Albury and Wodonga respectively in the second quarter before plummeting to a low of two and zero between January and March this year.

In the final quarter of 2014-15 they were three and one and the latest data for the first quarter of 2015-16 shows the trend has been maintained.

“A better better understanding of our demand, matching our capacity, resources and improving productivity has resulted in a series of improvementsin the time patients on average waited for emergency care and received elective surgery,” Ms O’Neill said.

Ms O’Neill joined AWH in August last year from Cabrini Health in Melbourne.

The opening of a fourth operating theatre at Albury hospital during the last financial year has also played a factor in the bottom line improvement.

A total of289 more patients received orthopaedic procedures compared to the previous year.

Other steps forward include the overall reduction in the waiting list for procedures that require overnight stay by 15 per cent.

“We acknowledge that targets are not always met,” Ms O’Neill said.

“Butwe are consistently moving closer.”

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Mission completed for Gunnedah Catholic schools reunion

IT was a trip down memory lane for ex-students who attended the Combined Catholic Schools reunion in Gunnedah over the long weekend.
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Mission completed for Gunnedah Catholic schools reunion A CLASS gathering from the 1960s enjoy themselves at the Combined Catholic Schools reunion on the long weekend.

The Gunnedah Catholic Schools Reunion.

Betty Stepkovitch (formerly Kelly), of Smithfield, came from Narrabri to board at St Mary’s College from 1947 to 1951 and was dux of the school in her last year. Betty left school after the death of her mother and went on to raise eight children and teach scripture in state schools for more than 30 years. She was awarded life membership of the association. Betty thorougly enjoyed her trip down memory lane and was delighted to show her daughters Vivienne Healey, left, and Katrina around her old “alma mater”. Betty has 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Laurie Mansour pictured with his sister Bernice who forged a career as a successful opera singer.

Gunnedah Catholic Schools reunion.

Form 10 in 1965 was the first class to sit for the School Certificate introduced under the revolutionary Wyndham Scheme 50 years ago. (Standing from left) Ian Hartley, Cheryl Field (Dillon), Jacinta Stanley (Gaynor) and Marie Hobson (Campbell), all of Gunnedah. (Seated) Janet Nolan (Wilby) and Patsy Spradbrow (Tailby), both of Newcastle, Pam Esdaile, of Sydney, and John Bell.

(Standing from left) John Hobden, Cheryl Field (Dillon), of Gunnedah, Gaylene Feld (Dillon), of Camden, Ron Dillon, of Gosford, Tony Bennett, of Gunnedah, and John Pritchard, of Canberra. (Seated) Sr Christine Belling, Beryl Walters (Johnstone), of Gunnedah, Marlene Nelson (Johnstone), of Boggabri, and former St Xavier’s teacher Carolyn Pritchard, of Canberra.

This group was part of kindergarten to 6th class 1965 at St Xavier’s. (Back from left) Phil Hinselwood, of Gunnedah, Brendan McGee, of Canberra, Tim Lawrence, of Coffs Harbour, Peter Maxwell, of Gunnedah. (Middle) Therese Fulwood (formerly Donnelly), of Gunnedah, Janice Chalmers, of Glen Innes, Alice Collins (Rugers) of Singleton, Helen Mansour, of Sydney, Christine Gilbert (Maley), of Gunnedah), Anne Cheetham (Richardson), of Lemon Tree Passage. (Front) Ray Gaynor and Richard Gallen, of Gunnedah, Lyn Bruce (Scott), of Sydney, and Agnes Doring (Bailey), of Mackay. Lyn Scott and Richard Gallen were the school captains in 1965.

(Back row from left) John Campbell, Judy Green (formerly Bowen), of Gunnedah, Clare Sydenham, of Sydney, Beth Flynn, of Port Macquarie, Wanda Dunnet (Druce), of Narrabri, Helen Robinson, of Inverell, Christian Rugers, of Broadwater, Julie Clarke (Williams), of Newcastle. (Front row) Maria Lester (Elliott), of Brisbane, Wendy Cope (Dare), of Sydney, Lyn Carolyn, of Frank Rugers, of Kew, Ann Patterson (Webb), of Lemon Tree Passage, Cathy Roberts (Campbell).

Some of these “old boys” were members of the victorious St Mary’s College rugby league team which claimed the 1958 championship at the prestigious Peel Schools Carnival. Coached by Fr Tom Shanahan, the team included Ron Turner (not present) who went on to become Cronulla’s first international player. (Standing from left) Ron Dillon, of Gosford, John Pritchard, of Canberra, Ray Outeridge, of Mooloolaba, Billy Hope, holding the treasured pennant, and Robert Hope, both of Sydney. (Seated) Mick Juratowitch, Tony Bennett, Bob Groth and Des (Wimpy) Dries, all of Gunnedah.

The Gaynor family was well represented at the reunion. (From left) siblings Kay Clarke, Ray Gaynor, Maree Roach and Jacinta Stanley. Absent: Pat Gaynor. The family can claim an unbroken line of either pupils or teachers from the Gaynor/Harrigan family at the local Catholic schools since 1910 when their uncle Bert Harrigan began his education at St Xavier’s.

The Mansour family came home for their mother Merle’s 90th birthday celebration and it was a great opportunity to attend the reunion. From left, Maree Lynch (Mansour), of Lane Cove, Michael Mansour, of Nord’s Wharf, Libby Mansour, of Charmhaven, Laurie and Merle Mansour, Helen Mansour, of Bellevue Hill. Another brother Greg Mansour, of Nord’s Wharf, was unable to attend). Laurie’s sister Bernice Hughes, of Mosman, a well-known opera singer, also enjoyed the reunion.

Former school friends catching up at the reunion. (Standing from left) Sr Gabrielle Foley, of Gunnedah, Glenda Chalmers (Jackson), of Goulburn, and Desne Manns (Delaney) of South Coast. (Seated) Trish Ware (McMahon), of Werris Creek, Frances Watts (Wittman), of Mittagong, Kay Clarke (Gaynor), of Gunnedah, and Christine Salerno (Jansen), of Newcastle.

The Rugers family travelled to Gunnedah for the reunion. (From left) Christian Rugers and his wife Rita, of Broadwater, Alice Collins, of Singleton, Pauline Baldwin, of Broadwater and Frank Rugers, of Kew. Frank was also part of the music ministry at Mass on Sunday morning playing the flute, with Kay Clarke on organ and Ray Gaynor on guitar.

Sr Christine Belling, of Gunnedah, Bob and Jeanette (formerly Foley) Brennan, of Tamworth, and Sr Gabrielle Foley, of Gunnedah.

Sisters Cathy Roberts (Campbell). left, and Marie Hobson, right, werte delighted to catch up with Terry Tydd and his sister Junette Barbato, whose father Frank Tydd, a local builder, employed Ossie Campbell for more than 40 years as his foreman/carpenter. Terry Tydd, a doctor, has retired at Manly, while Junette lives in Armidale.

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Runners revel in daylight savings

Cold southerly winds greeted the 63 Broulee Runners on Wednesdayevening, which tended to slow the pace down.
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RUN WITH MUM: Rhys and Jo Flood and Leanne and Jaylah Hancock ran on Wednesday.

The exception was Daniel Beby, who recorded a very fast time of 17 minutes flat over this temporary longer course.

This was only one second slower than his previous time before the start of the bridge work, which has lengthened the course.

This was the group’s first event at the new daylight saving time of 5 PM and we attracted 10 new starters. It is definitely a family event with three members of the Weymans family having their first run.

The triathlon season is fast approaching and a number of athletes are working hard on their training and most notable are Daniel Beby, Lachlan Brown, Gary Ashton and sisters Kylie and Kim Young.

Two kilometres:Hugh Wignell 8.18.Kobe Jenkins 8.36.Riley Nimmo 9.07.Cameron Lunn 9.07.JaylahHancock-Cameron 9.34.Sam Blake 9.38.Leanne Hancock 9.51.Stephanie Lunn 10.01.Alex Young 10.32.Leanne Weymans 10.35.Leo Weymans10.39.Dylan Holmes 11.01.Sandra Lunn 11.10.Riley Beby 11.12.Bradley Lunn 11.13.Katie McDonald 11.29.Caroline McDonald 11.33.Kim Wignell 12.14.Mitchell Beby 13.48.Cara Young 13.51.Sari Jenkins 13.56.Jesse Jenkins 13.58.David McCann 14.10.Katie Patyus14.19.Leila Patyus14.20.Robyn Kennedy 14.54.Patrick Wade15.05.Chris Wade15.10.Carissa Morgan 15.39.Mitchell Morgan 15.40.

3.5 kilometres:Rhys Flood 15.04.Indhi Filmer15.34.Christian Filmer 15.44.Ava Weymans 17.20.Alistair Mars18.53.Craig Senior 20.15.Mike Kennedy 24.13.

Five kilometres:Daniel Beby17.00.Scott Carver 20.27.Lachlan Brown20.59.Matt Lambert 21.12.Jo Flood 22.50.Gary Ashton 23.25.Andrew McPherson 23.30.Dave Connaughton 24.26.Greg Flood 24.39.Mark Lavender 25.55.Paige Connaughton 26.06.Kylie Young 26.58.Scott Senior 27.46.Deb Connaughton 28.02.Jackson Blake 28.13.Kyle Young 28.42.

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Daniel cracks the top 1000

SLICE…Daniel Hobart moving swiftly to the ball in a recent match of the Australian Futures Tour.Our tennis star Daniel Hobart has cracked the top 1000 in the world, with a current singles ranking of 989 and doubles ranking of 899.
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This is a huge jump from the position he finished in at the end of last year, with a singles ranking of 1839 and doubles 983.

Daniel put his improvement down to, “working hard and gaining more experience”.

The 17-year-old has been busy refining his skills and technique all over the world in that last few month and this past week in Alice Springs, as a part of the Australian Futures Tour. Returning home to Mount Barker soon, Daniel, formerly of Port Pirie, will finalise his Year 12 commitments and move freely into his well- deserved professional tennis career.

Daniel has been recently nominated for the Sport SA Country Athlete of the Year award, with the winners soon to be announced.

His booked-up schedule with tournaments in the Australian Futures Tour will see him through to Christmas, after which Daniel will be completely focused on the Australian Open.

His father Brenton Hobart said Daniel will be hoping to do well in the junior singles competition, make the qualifying finals for the men’s singles and also perform well in the doubles at the Australian Open.

Reflecting on his progressively improving performance, Daniel said, “There is still a lot of work to do”.

The young gun is definitely one to keep your eye on as he climbs through the ranks at a rapid rate.

Daniel said he hopes to crack the top 500 by the end of next year.

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Ominous portents for a catastrophic bushfire season

THIS week’s fire emergency a few hours down the road is an ominousprelude to a bushfire season thatthreatens to erupt.
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Two homes, six sheds and two vehicles have been destroyed in the 4000-hectare blaze near Lancefield, which was sparked by a government-controlled burn-off.

Any summer in our hot, dry continentpresents fertile bushfire conditions.

But the portents of doom areparticularly strong this season.

Just a week into October, and the region is sweltering through an unseasonal mini-heatwave, with the mercury nudging 35 degrees in Wagga on Tuesday.

September was the third driest on record nationwide and forecasters have warned the dry hand of El Nino is likely to extend its reach over much of the continent in coming months.

Couple that with a high fuel-load onthe ground, caused by a wet winter and an asphyxiating dry spell, and a dramaticreduction inburn-offs, and you have a recipe forcatastrophe.

We don’t have to glance far back intohistory to see how real the threat is.

The fire crisis that engulfed the BlueMountains two years ago offers a soberingreminder of how fleeting fate can be inour sunburnt country.

And it was just over 18 months ago that homes were destroyed by a furious bushfire south-east of Wagga.

Despite the freshness of thosetragedies, recent surveys suggest only afraction of residents have properemergency preparedness plans forbushfires.

The message is simple: if you live nearbushland, you need to be prepared forthe prospect of a bushfire coming nearyour home.

Ensure your home is free from debrisand old leaves, and keep woodpiles andother flammable materials well awayfrom the house.

Keep your lawn short and thebackyard tidy and consider purchasinga portable pump to use from yourswimming pool or water tank.

We are on the cusp of a long, hotsummer where a perfect storm offactors means the bushfire threat is at apeak.Complacency is as big a threat as thefire itself.It could cost you your houseand belongings, or even worse, your life.

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Little interest on water security plan in Beaudesert

Seeking feedback: Seqwater senior planning engineer for integrated master planning Jim Fear, community relations adviser Tina Donovan and water supply planning manager Mick Drews hosted a public meeting to seek feedback on the Seqwater water security plan.A PUBLIC meeting to get feedback on a 30-year water security plan for south-east Queensland attracted little interest in Beaudesert on Wednesday.
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Less than a handful of people attended the meeting which bulk water supplierSeqwater hosted at The Centre on Brisbane Street.

The meeting was part of a 12-month community consultation program on 30-year plan Waterfor life: South East Queensland’swaterfuture 2015-2045.

Seqwater external relations manager Mike Foster said he was not surprised by the low turnout because it was unlikely any major works would be required until 2030.

“We wanted to do the neighbourhood meetings on the basis of giving people a chance to come along if they wanted to have a chat but it’s fair to say the small numbers seen in Beaudesert are pretty reflective of what we’ve seen across the region,” he said.

“It’s not surprising given the decision of any source is not actually imminent – it’s not happening for such a a long period of time.

“My message is people will continue to hear from us, we’ll continue to give people the opportunities to come in and have their say.”

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Making our waterways safer

Tenders are open for the construction of a rock ramp and fishway at the South Dubbo weir.Tenders are open for the construction of a rock ramp and fishway at the South Dubbo weir.
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Dubbo City Council director technical services Stewart McLeod said the weir safety improvements included the construction of a rock ramp and fishway and would be completed early in 2016.

Since it was built in 1942, nine people have drowned at the weir, two of which occurred in 2008 and 2011.

“The construction will take place in accordance with approved designs and include creating a number of ridges and pools on the downstream side of the weir to create the ramp.

“Importantly the construction will have to ensure the protection of the existing weir, maintain the existing river flows and have contingencies in place in case of high flows throughout the construction period.

“This will involve putting in diversions around the work area to maintain the river flow while also preventing any pollution to the river downstream or upstream of the operations. “The fishway is created by creating a series of ridges of large rocks with spaces in between. Migrating fish will be able to swim from pool to pool and eventually swim upstream of the weir.”

Construction is expected to start in December. During construction the area will not be accessible to the public.

Dubbo City Council has allocated $4 million in its 2015/2016 Draft Operational Plan and Budget to construction works at the South Dubbo Weir.

Initially, council would have had to fork out $1 million of that funding just to acquire the weir from the NSW government, however that was reduced to about $15,000.

The $857,000 was based on the value of the weir itself, however after council pursued to attain the weir at “a nil or nominal cost” from the NSW government, only the value of the land plus reasonable administrative and legal costs would need to be paid.

Tenders will be received up to 10am November 3 and a mandatory site meeting will be held on October 21.

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Krystle clear on why she’s in the pageant

Dubbo’s Krystle Bourne is vying for the title of Miss Australia International. Photo: Syham Elomar
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ONE of five women vying to be the next Miss Australia International is proud to call Dubbo home.

Sydney-based Krystle Bourne is new to the world of pageants but an old hand at raising money for good causes.

It was the chance to help a favourite charity that convinced Ms Bourne to take part in her first-ever pageant.

The 26-year-old was told of the Miss Australia International contest and encouraged to enter it by a Myer work colleague impressed by her efforts to help others.

At Hornsby, Sydney City, Blacktown and Castle Hill stores she has joined committees and helped staff raise money for charities, with Myer providing matching money.

The annual exercise has nurtured a charitable bent in the young woman who entered the pageant for one reason.

“We got to choose a charity to promote during our time in the pageant,” Ms Bourne said.

“I chose the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). I’ve always had a love of animals”.

Pets were aplenty in the Dubbo household of Ron and Margaret Bourne, parents of a young woman “proud to be their daughter and grateful for their constant support”.

The couple brought their daughter to Dubbo where she was about six months old.

She was educated at St Pius X Primary School, Buninyong Public School and Dubbo College’s South and Senior campuses.

After completing her secondary education, Ms Bourne worked for a year at Dubbo’s Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon and Shoe Shuffle.

In 2009, with a puppy rescued from the city’s animal shelter under her arm, she moved to Sydney to study for a degree in fashion design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Paris the Chihuahua is still her treasured companion and a reminder of the goals of the IFAW to “rescue individual animals, protect entire populations and preserve precious habitat”.

Ms Bourne is accepting donations for the IFAW at 梧桐夜网gofundme南京夜网/missaust4ifaw.

She is also seeking at least one sponsor to optimise her chance of winning the title and representing Australia at the Miss International pageant in the United states next year.

Entrants in the Miss Australia International contest get 20 bonus points if they “have been active in the community and located sponsors”.

“The sponsorship goes to the overall pageant and running of the pageant,” Miss Bourne said.

Potential sponsors of Miss Bourne should contact pageant director Ferial Youakim on 1300 595 898.

The contest’s “crowning ceremony” will be held at the King’s School theatre at Sydney on November 7.

Miss Bourne believes judges are looking for “someone who is dynamic and passionate about the charity they have chosen and really believe in what they are doing”.

“I think it’s really important to be well-rounded,” she said.

Currently a sales manager at Myer Castle Hill, a grounded Miss Bourne is planning for her future beyond the pageant.

“I have aspirations to be an assistant store manager, then hopefully a store manager or maybe a buyer,” she said.

Mrs Australia International and Miss Teen International will also be crowned at the November 7 ceremony.

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