Archive For 20/01/2019

Jeremy realises his calling

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CALL THE SHOTS: Wodonga’s Jeremy Bahr aspires to be an international hockey umpire after stepping aside from playing to take on the role full-time. Pictures: MARK JESSERA Wodonga teenager is taking giant steps to achieve his dream of making it to the top level of hockey in Australia.
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However, what makes Jeremy Bahr’s story unique is the fact he’s doing it as an umpire.

Bahr officiated his first match at just 12 years of age and has continued to work very hard since, having developedaspirations to become an internationally-recognised umpire.

His outstanding achievements to date have led to him being nominated for the 2017 Norske Skog Young Achiever of the Year Award.

The 18-year-old has continued on the pathway, but admitted it has had its fair share of challenges.

“I think the main thing people get turned off by is the way some people react to decisions,” Bahr said.

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jeremy Bahr has committed himself to taking his umpiring career as far as possible, with the ultimate dream of officiating at the Olympics.

“You’ve got to learn to get over that.

“The main thing is keeping fit and constantly updating yourself with the knowledge of the game.

“The International Hockey Federation update their rules every two years and there’s been some interesting changes.”

It was late in 2010 that Bahr started umpiring his first games with schools for their winter sports competitions, and, in 2011, took responsibility ofunder 12s matches, where he started to progress further.

“I got invited to go to Canberra in 2013 with the local side here and in 2014 I went to Melbourne for a junior state championships and enjoyed all that and decided I wanted to go further,” he said.

“I gave up playing last year to focus a bit more on going to a national level.

“I’m currently in the process of obtaining a level two accreditation, which is for nationals, that involves going to Melbourne and umpiring premier league games.

“Hopefully by the end, I can travel around Australia and get myself a spot in the Australian Hockey League.

HANDS UP: Wodonga teenager Jeremy Bahr said there has been plenty of interesting changes made to the rules of hockey in his short time as an umpire.

“An Olympics down the track would be great.”

He has also been a mentor to local juniors interested in trying out umpiring.

“It’s great to see they’re now learning, because we need more umpires,” Bahr said.

“We had a bit of a shortage last year, so hopefully we can get more numbers.

Last year was Bahr’s second term as a member of theWodonga Hockey Club committee and he also received the club’s prestigious Myer Endeavour Award for his umpiring efforts and achievements.

“Wodonga Hockey Club have supported me really well and are my go-to for anything,” Bahr said.

“I plan to stay around here for now, and, eventually, if there is a spot, I’ll hopefully move up to the Australian Hockey League and see where it goes from there.”

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Jeremy Bahr has learned to deal with vocal players and keep composed as he works his way up the state hockey umpiring ranks.

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Mandurah Country Club to transform after 50 years thanks to RfR grant

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Member for Dawesville Kim Hames, Mandurah Country Club president Grant Shortland-Jones, club patron Judith Tuckey and Candidate for Dawesville Zak Kirkup. Photo: Cam Findlay.
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The Mandurah Country Club will receive $130,000 in Regional Grant Scheme funding towards their building refurbishment, as part of Royalties for Regions.

Member for Dawesville Kim Hames said he was pleased the popular and long-standing club would benefit.

“The Mandurah Country Club has over 900 members, 15,000 non-member visitors and hosts many other community groups as well as state and national events,” he said.

“The clubhouse is over 50 years old with very little modernisation over this time, this is due to limited funds being available as a not-for-profit community club.

“This funding will allow the club to upgrade their facilities and present a club of a standard that will allow them to continue to attract and promote state and national events, and grow tourism in the region.”

The events to be held at Mandurah Country Club include the Australian Taxi Industry Golf event in May, which will bring in around 150 people from all over the country.

A national field is also expected to compete at the Mandurah Amateur Open and the Peel Eater Classic, which always draw big crowds, as well as many other events.

“This funding benefits not only the club but the Peel Region with the increase in visitors to the area,” Dr Hames said.

He said the Regional Grants Scheme provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.

The grant is part of the $10 million investment of the Regional Grant Scheme over 2016-2017, made possible by the Royalties for Regions program.

“The scheme provides grants of between $50,001 and $300,000 to support region-specific projects that are driven by local communities,” Dr Hames said.

Dr Hames said the Regional Grants Scheme assists in attracting investment, increasing job opportunities, and improving the quality of life in the regions.

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Letter: Mike Davison

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Mr Davison’s 75-year-old father gets ready for an exhibition drive in a restored race boat.
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Dear Mr Blanch,

As an entrant and attendee of the Forster/Fred Williams Boaties Reunion for the past fiveyears, we were speechless at first when told that the Progress Association had made the decision to ‘un-invite’ the Mid North Coast Speed Boat Club/Boaties event.

Our family travels from Brisbane each year with one of our two 35–year-old restored race boats in tow. Each year we stay at Lanis Holiday Island (where we also stay during Christmas holidays and have done since 1986), each year we eat at local restaurants, each year we spend a small fortune on fuel, each year we book a year in advance and look forward to the next event and each year we support the incredible area which is the Great Lakes.

Our club, Everingham Boat Owners, has supported MNCSC since its inception and for the past twoyears the club has entered eightboats (with 15 club boats slated for the 2017 event). All of the club members attend the event with wives, children and in many cases parents.

Tagging along to each and every event are my parents (dad 75 and mum 74) who travel from Wollongong so we can all catch up at this 100 per centfamily orientated weekend.

Every year we meet up with boating friends and rub shoulders with the legends and Australian/World champions of the sport and industry such as Fred Williams, Ken Warby, Grant Torrens, Dave Carroll, Lee Kavanagh, The Sainty Family and Danny McGuire to mention a few(apologies to any legends I have missed ).

We can assure you, in no uncertain terms, that the Progress Association Family Fun Day would be a mere shadow of its self if it wasn’t for the powerboats.

I am sure that all of our fellow ‘boaties’ would agree that immediate action is undertaken to ensure that either the powerboats are reinstated to the program or an alternative location is provided and approved to run this awesome family event that Fred Williams started a decade ago.

I attach a photo of my 75 year old father ready for an exhibition drive in my restored race boat.

Mike Davison,


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Fears for Mater’s 24-hour palliative care

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AFTER-hours palliative carevisits atthe Calvary Mater Hospital could be at risk of being replaced by a telephone hotline.
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Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp revealed on Friday that his office had been contacted by staff at the hospital concerned at moves to potentially cut the 24-hour service in the wake of a “risk assessment review”.

TheNewcastle Heraldunderstands there are currently more than 300 patients accessing the service, and Mr Crakanthorp accused the government of targeting “vulnerable people”.

“Death is not limited to the hours of 9am to 5pm and patients do not choose when or how they die, but they should be able to choose where,” he said.

In a statement Roslyn Barker, the acting assistant director of clinical services fornursing at the Calvary Mater, did not rule out whether Hunter New England Health wasconsidering replacing the after hours visitation service with a telephone service.

Instead, she said thesafety ofstaff was“a priority”and that the health service was“always looking at ways we can continue to provide the vital service to our patients while protecting our staff”.

Ms Barker said a palliative care nurse “is available through a 24-hour outreach service to provide advice and treatment to palliative patients, either over the phone or when required in their homes.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp with the former state member Bryce Gaudry on Friday.

We would like to reassure patients that the service continues to be available and is unchanged,” she said.

Mr Crakanthorp plans to try to force the government to confront the question by lodging questions on notice when parliament resumes next week.

He called on new health minister Brad Hazzard to “revoke” any move to dismantle the 24-hour service.

In a written statement, a nurse from the Calvary Mater who wished to remain anonymous said any suggestion of a need to curtail the service because of safety concerns was unnecessary.

“The service has been going for over 30 years with the same risks, and without any documented safety concerns or incidents over the years,” the nurse stated.

“Risk is being mitigated as much as reasonable, and the staff feels changes to the current service would be detrimental and against the core value of dying with dignity and in a setting of their choosing.

“24/7 care is recognised as a cornerstone of palliative and end-of-life care best practice and vital to enabling people to die at home if they wish to do so.”

The Newcastle Herald has previously reported thatHunter hospitals were “badly under-resourced” to provide adequate end-of-life and palliative care, as well as calls for 24 hour services to be extended to Maitland.

Former Newcastle MP Bryce Gaudry, an ambassador forPush for Palliative, an organisation thatimproved campaigns for improved palliative care services in NSW, said the move would be a “very negative step”.

“Palliative care really is to ease people on a journey all of us will go on, if possible, in your own home,” he said.

“The idea of removing nurses and doctors from the home is a very negative step [and] economically foolish.”

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Cockatoos, bats eat up fruits of farmers’ labor

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FRUIT ATTACK: Cockatoos and flying foxes have caused havoc among the state’s fruit and veg crops. Produce for a Sydney Royal display has been decimated. SULPHUR-crested cockatoos have wreaked havoc on a crop of jam melons and grammas growing near Forbes, thatwere supposed to feature in this year’s Western District entry at the Sydney Royal Show.
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Cockatoos have been one of the biggest challenges to this year’s entry, and this is the second time they have destroyed the jam melon crop, said Tom Dywer from the Western District Exhibit committee.

“The melons have been planted twice and the cockatoos have attacked them both times,” he said.

“The melons were netted, but once they grow big, they are outside the net and then the cockatoos are at it.”

Mr Dwyer thinksthe floods that hit Forbes last year left the birds desperate for food and they were picking off anything they could get.

The melons were easy pickings. Despite the setback, the show must go on, and the Western District crew isworking long hours to get itsdisplay ship-shape.

Giant pumpkins, maize, and clover will feature in this year’s display, and Mr Dwyer saidit is all starting to come together.

“We’ve got a good bit of the display built up at Gilgandra,” he said.

“We’re getting new produce all the time, and we’re putting it all together.”

The Western District Committee is calling onany jam melon and grammafarmers in the region to help better itsRoyal Sydney entry.

Mr Dwyer said anyone able to help should phone him directly on 0429 449349.

“We’d want to know where the produce is first, and then we’d pick it up around March 20,” he said.“With the jam melons, the bigger the better.”

Fruit bats attackCockatoos aren’t the only hungry animals that fruit farmers had to contend with this season. While a lot of the fruit-pilfering is being carried out by various bird-life, some farmers are also being visited by their furry, nocturnal cousins –fruit bats.

Fiona Hall from theCaernarvon Cherry Company said, once the fruit starts to ripen it’s a race against time to get as much off as possible, before it can be damaged by bats. “Fruit bats fly in overnight and bite the top off about 5 per centof the ripe fruit.”

In one night, bats can do thousands of dollars worth of damage, which Fiona Hall saidis annoying for farmers who have spent the whole year growing the fruit.

“We are looking into more netting in the future, because every year we have to contend with cockatoos, starlings and bats,”she said.

“The cherry season has finished now, but apples will be ripening soon and we are going to be keeping a close eye on them.”

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