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Upcoming partnership forum

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Recent signing of Landcare/ Central West Local Land Services Memorandum of Understanding. Photo: Contributed Central West Local Land Services is partnering with Landcare at the regional and State level to deliver a Partnership Forum at Lazy River Estate, Dubbo on Tuesday, February 282017.
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Central West LLS Regional Landcare Facilitator Karin Stark said the Intent of the forum is to foster partnerships and also to create meaningful opportunities for enabling large scale social, agricultural and environmental impact,

“Landcare is a grassroots organisation, grounded by like-minded community members that has survived many changes in politics, funding and even climate,” Ms Stark said.

The Partnership Forum is an opportunity for all those working in the areas of healthy environments, communities and sustainable agriculture to meet Landcare groups and explore ways of working together” Ms Stark said.

The day will see organisations such as Greening Australia presenting on their work including practical examples of successful partnerships with Landcare groups.

Social enterprise Cultivate Farms founder Sam Marwood will also be in attendance, speaking about his work in getting young people onto the land by linking them with investors.

While the morning includes an overview of Landcare, showcasing successful partnerships and tips for making the most of partnerships, the afternoon leads into sessions which will see attendees break off into themes of their choice to tease out opportunities for collaboration.

Registrations received to date include state and local government, not-for-profit organisations and private enterprise.

Due to the overwhelming response, remaining places are very limited.

Registration are essential and will remain open until Thursday, February 16- act now to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to register, contact Karin Stark, on 0428 943 781 or via email [email protected]论坛

This project is supported by Central West Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Landcare NSW.

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Retiring after seven decades

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RETIRING AT 87: Kath Carey at Long Flat post office with her beloved cat, Bella.Everyone around Long Flat knows Kath Carey, and that’s why she’s gone on working for so long. Kath has worked in the post office for 70 years, and has decided it’s time to retire.
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“I have always liked the job and loved the contact with the people. But I won’t miss the early mornings,” says Kath, who gets up before 5am and runs the post office from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Born in Taree, she came to Long Flat aged 12 with her parents, who took overthe store, which included the post office. As a teenager, Kathboarded at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney, made new friends, but was always glad to come home in the holidays.

“We got the steam train to Wauchope –sometimes it took 12 hours,” she recalls.

At 17, she began working in the shop, and ran the manual telephone exchange. Only a few businesseshad phones, including the hotel, thenumber of which was Long Flat One.

Kath married a widower, Lance Carey, when she was 27, and became stepmother to his three sons, who are still her friends. She went on working in the store and post office, and her father took over a bakery in Long Flat.

“My husband died in 1971. My Dad helped me and wewere lucky enough to sell the shop. I bought thishousein Long Flatand got permission to move the post office here, and I’ve been here 44 years.”

In recent years, when Kathwasn’t well, her friend Jan O’Neill came from Wauchope to keep the post office open.

“Jan has been a very good assistant, who has relieved me when I was in hospital,” says Kath, who is in good health again.

When she retires, the post office will go back to the store in Long Flat. Kath says she’s done plenty of travelling so she will stay where she is, and get her home in order.

“I’ll do those things I hadn’t time for when I was working, and if I don’t, well, they won’t get done,” she says with a smile.

Her cat, Bella, was a stray brought to her by a neighbour 11 years ago, and loves to keep Kath company. Customers often bring her treats.

“They are very nice people here in Long Flat. Bella gets a few prawns at Christmas, and she loves oysters. She drinks out of my mother’s crystal vase, because when I had roses in it, she used to knock it over.”

Kath will be missed by her customers who think the world of her. Paula Chapman, who delivers the mail from Wauchope, says sheis very popular.

“She’s just beautiful. She will do anything for you, and everybody knows her,” says Paula.

So when Kath closes the shop on February 24, she can be sure that all the people she’s served over the years will wish her a very happy retirement.

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Hawkesbury should support Giants: Ellis

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Catherine Cox, Liz Ellis and Sharelle McMahon will all commentate on the Suncorp Super Netball together.
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WINDSOR’S Liz Ellis reckons you would be mad to support anyone but the GWS Giants netball team in the upcoming Suncorp Super Netball leagueif you live in western Sydney.

The newly formed netball league is a replacement for the ANZ Championship, which finished last year and featured five Australian and five New Zealand netball teams.

Now there are eight teams, including the Giants, in an Australian only sport, which Channel 9 has thrown its weight behind.

Former Australian netball captain Ellis will be one of the commentators for the league.

She maintains that as a commentator it is her job to be neutral, but said the Giants would be her team if she did not have the job.

“Western Sydney people should be going for the Giants, as a western Sydney girl myself,I’ll have a soft spot for them,” she said.

“I think they will actually do quite well this year. They have some good players and a ripping coach. I think it might takethem a little while to get out of the blocks but they will come good.”

Ellis said Collingwood were the early season favourites in her mind.

“On paper Collingwood look the strongest team.They are full of internationals,” she said.

“There are coupleof other teams thatare capable of doing well. Sunshine coast look good, and I don’t think you can discount the Firebirds either.”

Ellis said she thoughtnetball had the potential to rival sports like rugby league, Aussie rules and soccer in the future.

“I think netball will become a first tier sport,” she said.

“The sport looks after its athletes. If you are a female athlete and had tochoose your sport, you would choose netball.It is an international sport, you are a professional player.If the sport takes itselfseriously, the public will as well.”

Ellis said she was thrilled to see female athletes starting to get the chances they deserved, although bemoaned the use of the term ‘women’s sports’.

“My goal in life is to make sure we stoptalking about women’s sport and talk about it as sport,” she said.

“I think there has been arealisation that there are great female athletes playing sport.

“Netball has plugged away formany years and people have started to realisethat the women have got it too.”

Over the past 12 months, sport with female athletes has seen a massive push to the forefront of the media.

Cricket has poured massive time and effort into developing the Women’s Big Bash League in particular, while the AFL has just launched its own women’s competition.

Ellis said she was happy to see so many female athletes getting a chance to prove themselves.

Ellis will join a commentary team on Channel 9 that will feature, among many others, Catherine Cox and Sharelle McMahon, who were both former team mates of Ellis and who to this day she said were some of her best friends.

She said they had commentated together for years, and were all looking forward to the start of the season.

Channel 9 will feature two live games a week, and two other games will be replayed on GEM.

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Crystal shines in Show Society

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When Crystal Hearn came runner-up in the 2011 Wauchope Showgirl contest, it opened her eyes to what goes on behind the scenes at the Wauchope Show.
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“Over the next few months, I jumped at every opportunity to help at other events when I could,” she said.

Her best friend, Andrew Carroll, who’s now the other Wauchope Show Society vice president, suggested that she become a director, to get more young people involved inthe society.

Crystal then learned that her great-grandfather was oncepresident, and she was proud to be following in his footsteps.

“I was surprised to be made vice president, as I am one of the youngest directors. I am extremely pleased that I was voted in,as I believe it brings youth to the higher position and fresh ideas.”

Crystal has taken on the role of bar manager at Show time on April 21 and 22, and will handle the licence, the alcohol and the entertainment. In the lead-up to the Show and during it, she will also help in the office.

Her vice president role includes being part of the executive committee and attending general meetings. She encourages local people to get involved.

“At Show time, we can always use every extra pair of hands we can find,” she says.

Now a barista at the Village Green Coffee Housein Wauchope, Crystal grew up on her family’s beef cattle farm at Beechwood, learningits workings from a young age, and helping out when she could.

During high school, shestudied agriculture and primary industries andplaced first in primary industries in year 12.

“My grandfather, Neil Eggert suffered from a stroke in 2010. He did the majority of the work on the farm up until this point. My uncle, Mick Eggert took over the workings of the farm.

“I am still helping run the farm whenever I am needed. This includes doing cattle work, feeding cattle, maintenance and helping look after my grandfather.”

Crystal has been coming to the Wauchope Show all her life.

”My grandfather and great grandfather, who was president, were both heavily involved with the Show Society. My grandfather operated machinery inside the main ring.

“My uncle, Farmer John, and auntie,Grace Eggertareheavily involved in the Show Society still.”

She says the Wauchope Show is very special.

“I love seeing the community come together for the Show. You see people you haven’t seen since the last Show and possibly work alongside them. And people who have no ties to a farming lifestyle get to see that side,” she says.

“Itattracts people from around the State and beyond, which brings money to the town, and brings the community together immensely, which can be used after the Show is over.”

The Showground is also used for the monthly Farmers’ Market,Riding for the Disabled,camping, and the annualBoating Camping Fishing Caravan and Boat showin August. Theyrecently had a very successfulmonster truck event.

Event days include Australia Day celebrations, the Hastings Co-op Twilight Tastings on March 25, and for a week from May 22, the Ulysses Club will hire the entire grounds for its AGM.

Crystal loves her job as a barista, making coffee and seeing the faces of her regular customers. She also runs a stationery business, Crystal Belle, from home, making wedding favours, invitationsand save-the-dates.

For her, the best thing about being vice president of the Show Society is being able to make positive changes and decisions, and having the support and trust of the board.

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Out and about in BendigoPhotos

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Out and about in Bendigo | Photos Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Lilah Collins. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
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Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Toby Collins. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Zarli Stephenson. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Daniel Weatherall and Anderson Morley. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Josh Demarco. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Toby Collins. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Koby Demarco. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Keeping cool at the Long Gully splash park. Juliette and Amelia Morley. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Scott Rayson and Naomi Brown enjoy a cold refreshing drink at Sim’R Cafe. Picture: NONI HYETT

Emmanuel Rouhand, Christophe Marionneau, Annette Giscard and Nadine Biard, from France, enjoy a drink at Sim’R Cafe. Picture: NONI HYETT

Brendan, Stephanie and Colin Semmens take a break at Sim’R Cafe. Picture: NONI HYETT

Local Band Animal Time perform at Music In The Park, Canterbury Park Eaglehawk. Picture: NONI HYETT.

Liberty and Cherie Sandwith, with their pooches, Panda and Willie. Picture: NONI HYETT

Local band, Animal time perform. Picture: NONI HYETT

Local band, Animal time perform. Picture: NONI HYETT

Local band, Animal time perform. Picture: NONI HYETT

Mia and Ely Vincent. Picture: NONI HYETT

Harley and Amal. Picture: NONI HYETT

Ky Jullian, Cameron Igoe and Mark Jullian. Picture: NONI HYETT

Oscar Cooke and Graciana Holland. Picture: NONI HYETT

Local band, Animal time perform. Picture: NONI HYETT

Kalym Currie, Joel Hodge and little Bella.

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